College of Science News


Wayne Robinson

Biology Undergraduate Studies Cellular Causes of Neurodegenerative Disease

October, 2021
Wayne Robinson, a junior majoring in Neuroscience and Behavior, is a member of Tanja Godenschwege, Ph.D.'s, laboratory on FAU's Jupiter campus. Robinson has mastered skills in molecular biology and imaging to investigate the cellular causes of neurodegenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Read More.

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Robin Vallacher Interviewed on WPTV's "To the Point"

September 26, 2021
Interim Chair and Professor of the Department of Psychology, Robin Vallacher, Ph.D., (pictured left) was interviewed alongside FAU Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science, Kevin Wagner, Ph.D., on West Palm Beach's WPTV 5 show "To the Point." Vallacher and Wagner discussed how social media has changed our political discourse. Watch Here.

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Monica Rosselli Recognized with HNS Lifetime Achievement Award

September 16, 2021
Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Psychology, Monica Rosselli, Ph.D., was awarded the Lifetime Achievement in Cultural Neuropsychology Award by the Hispanic Neuropsychological Society (HNS). Read more.

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'Octo Girl' Takes Deep Dive to Uncover How Octopus Species Coexist

September 14, 2021
Researchers from the Schmidt College of Science and collaborators conducted the first long-term study in a South Florida lagoon to discover how different octopus species coexist. Read more.

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Salvatore Lepore Recognized by National Academy of Inventors

September 9, 2021
Chemistry and Biochemistry Professor Salvatore Lepore, Ph.D., was selected for induction into the FAU Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors. Read more.

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Get Prepared for High Demand Careers with an M.S. in Data Science and Analytics

August 24, 2021
Graduate student Kerry-Ann Bartley shares how the M.S. in Data Science and Analytics program in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science provides training in analytic tools, preparing students with transferrable real world skills. Read more.

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Coping in College? Female Students Much More Stressed Than Males

August 23, 2021
In a study, recently published in PLOS ONE, researchers in the Department of Exercise and Health Promotion examined stress levels within the genders of undergraduate college students and discovered that female students were much more stressed than their male counterparts. Read more.

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Pre-Health Advising Comes to the Jupiter Campus

August 20, 2021
Pre-Health Professions Office advising is now available on the Jupiter campus. Meet with a pre-health advisor on Thursdays throughout the Fall 2021 semester. A range of pre-health services and programming will now be available to students on the Jupiter campus. Learn more.

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Student Spotlight: Soar-in-4 Scholar Jorge Torres

August 18, 2021
Jorge Torres is a pre-medical track student working towards a B.S. in Biological Sciences, and is a member of the Tiny Earth Lab, researching antibiotic producing bacteria found in the soil. He is also a member of the Soar-in-4 program. Read more.

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Varying Language Styles Personalize News

August 17, 2021
Two FAU researchers recently released results of an international study on the social psychology of three United States presidential elections. The results show distinct linguistic styles between two major networks, Fox News and MSNBC. Read more.

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Discovery ‘Offsets’ Disease: FAU Scientists Patent Protective Compound to Slow Brain Degeneration

August 13, 2021
Two professors recently discovered a compound with the potential to protect brain degeneration, which impacts millions of Americans every year who suffer from diseases, like Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s. Read more.

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FAU Experts for the 2021 Hurricane Season

August 12, 2021
With hurricane season in full force, several Florida Atlantic University faculty experts, including from the Schmidt College of Science, are available to discuss various issues surrounding hurricane preparedness, evacuation and aftermath with the media. Read more.

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Global Impact: Worldwide Research Changing the Future

July 23, 2021
Home to a diverse community of researchers, including faculty, staff, student and postdoctoral fellows, FAU’s global reach extends to all corners of the world. Take a look at FAU’s research that is making a worldwide impact. Read more.

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Another Record Breaking Year for FAU Researchers

July 22, 2021
Despite a challenging year due to COVID-19, sponsored research awards to FAU faculty are up, and continue to rise. For the 2021 fiscal year, the Schmidt College of Science research awards amounted to over $10.5 million, up nearly $1 million from the previous fiscal year. Read more on President John Kelly's blog commending research efforts.

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FAU'S COCE Receives Excellence and Innovation in Online Teaching Award

July 21, 2021
FAU’s Center for Online and Continuing Education (COCE) has been selected as the recipient of the Online Learning Consortium Accelerate 2021 Excellence and Innovation in Online Teaching Award for the development of online science labs in collaboration with faculty from the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. The award submission focused on the innovative use of technology and effective online pedagogy in the development of interactive and immersive online science labs. Read more.

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New Faculty Spotlight: Protecting Your Messages

July 12, 2021
Shi Bai, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, is working on a mathematical method, called lattice-based cryptographic systems, which is the use of mathematical equations to protect the security of messages. The race is on to build better cybersecurity to combat the looming threat of quantum computers and their ability to crack encrypted data. Read more.

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Celebrating Fintastic Fish: Day Commemorates Research and Conservation of 500 Sharks

July 14, 2021
We are celebrating shark awareness to commemorate research and conservation of 500 unique species of sharks. Learn about these important ocean predators and scientists from the Schmidt College of Science studying everything from how they swim to migration patterns. Read more.

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Boca Magazine Features Scientist Colin Polsky

July, 2021
Professor and director of FAU’s Center for Environmental Studies, Colin Polsky, Ph.D., was featured in Boca Magazine’s Winds of Change article to discuss the challenges that South Florida faces on the front lines of the global climate crisis. Read more.

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Gut Feelings: Researchers Gain Insight into the Gut Microbiome of Birds

June 14, 2021
In a recent study, Morgan Slevin, lead and corresponding author and an FAU doctoral student in integrative biology and neuroscience, studied the gut microbiota in relation to cognitive performance in 38 zebra finches to determine how the gut microbiome affects the brain and decision making. Read more.

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True Grit? Doesn’t Matter for Resistance Training in Men or Women

June 30, 2021
Researchers from the Department of Exercise Science and Health Promotion are the first to examine the relationship between grit and a muscular endurance performance task – specifically, the grueling back squat. Read more.

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Socializing ‘Sweet Spot’: Prescription for Healthy Older Brains is Improving Social Engagement

June, 2021
Emmanuelle Tognoli, Ph.D, a research professor in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, is part of a team of FAU researchers that were awarded a $675,000 grant to design experiences, or mathematical model, that give older adults a chance to form meaningful social interactions while aiding for age-related impairments. Read more.

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GEOPATHS Inspirational Summer Program

June, 2021
A select group of Palm Beach State College students are learning about the high impact practices and cutting edge techniques used by geoscientists at the GEOPATHS Inspirational Summer Program that took place in June. The National Science Foundation funded program provides experience flying professional drones, perform mapping of coastal geomorphology, and much more. Read more.

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Language Trade-off? No, Bilingual Children Acquire English by Age 5

June 23, 2021
A first-of-its kind study in U.S.-born children from Spanish-speaking families finds that minority language exposure does not threaten the acquisition of English by children in the U.S. and that there is no trade-off between English and Spanish. The study was led by lead author Erika Hoff, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Psychology. Read more.

2021 Three Minute Thesis Championship Runner-Up Winner Claudius Osei

2021 Three Minute Thesis Championship Runner-Up Winner Claudius Osei

May, 2021
Watch 2021 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Championship Runner-Up, Claudius Osei, present "Embodied Cognition: How Cognitive Behavior is Not Solely a Construct of the Brain But Involves the Entire Body.” Claudius was awarded $1,500 as the 3MT Championship Runner-Up winner, and is a Ph.D. student in experimental psychology. Learn more about the FAU 3MT Competition. Read more.

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Alumnus Chris Ruden Featured on Good Morning America

May 17, 2021
Chris Ruden, an alumnus of the Exercise Science and Health Promotion program , and amputee powerlifter, entrepreneur and motivational speaker, was interviewed on Good Morning America about turning adversity into an advantage. Watch here.

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Understanding Florida's Harmful Algal Blooms Free Online Video Series

June 14, 2021
FAU's Center for Environmental Studies and the U.S. Geological Survey have developed a series of free online modules to assist in understanding the science and challenges related to harmful algal blooms. Read more.

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FAU Quality Enhancement Plan: LeArning Reimagined Proposal Selected

June 10, 2021
The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) proposal, submitted by leadership from the Department of Mathematical Sciences and collaborators, was selected by the Office of the Provost as the University's official QEP strategy. Read more.

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Researcher Awarded $50k Walter & Lalita Janke Foundation Innovations in Sustainability Science

June 3, 2021
Vivian Merk, Ph.D., an assistant professor in chemistry and biochemistry, is investigating the cellular distribution of micronutrients in cyanobacteria that can enhance nitrogen fixation and biofuel production, and could help mitigate the adverse effects on Florida ecosystems and human health. Read more.

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Cancer Conundrum: Investigating the Complicated Side Effects of Cachexia

June 2, 2021
Researcher Andy Khamoui, Ph.D., from the Department of Exercise Science and Health Promotion, and member of FAU’s I-Health, is researching a life-threatening complication of cancer with limited treatment options, in hopes of finding a treatment. Read more.

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FAU High and Schmidt College of Science Student Wins $19k in Three Competitions

May 21, 2021
Paris Prince, an FAU High School senior and a junior in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science won $19,500 in funding from three competitions for her innovative student project and startup business called SPods, a portable, eco-friendly, hand hygiene product. Read more.

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Origin of Monkeys Living Near an Urban Airport For Decades Confirmed

May 18, 2021
Robust data and genetic research are providing important evidence on a colony of wild African vervet monkeys that landed in Dania Beach more than 70 years ago and settled in a thick mangrove forest near a South Florida airport. Read more.

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Science Students Earn Top Spots at 2021 Three Minute Thesis Competition

May 5, 2021
Congratulations to Three Minute Thesis winners from the College of Science: Championship Runner-up, Claudius Osei (experimental psychology Ph.D. program), and Championship Second Runner-up, Nirthieca Suthakaran (integrative biology Ph.D. program). Read more.

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Researchers Discover What May Be Destination for Sea Turtles' Mysterious 'Lost Years'

May 5, 2021
Professor Jeanette Wyneken, Ph.D., worked with researchers at the University of Central Florida on a study that discovered the legendary Sargasso Sea may be an important nursery habitat for young sea turtles. Read more.

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Students Develop Neural Networks Using Electron Microscopy

May 1, 2021
Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience FAU data science students developed an AI-based algorithm to help researchers identify gold particles in electron microscopy images and can help streamline research breakthroughs. Read more.

Virtual Undergraduate Research Symposium Winners

Virtual Undergraduate Research Symposium Winners

April 30, 2021
Congratulations to the student scientist winners from the 2021 Virtual Undergraduate Research Symposium! The college has winners in the Basic Sciences, Cross Disciplinary, Environmental, Ecological & Marine Sciences categories. Read more.

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Let Us Stand Together: Message from the Schmidt College of Science

April 30, 2021
The Charles E. Schmidt College of Science stands with all students, faculty, and staff during this unprecedented time in history, when we all feel the unfathomable impact of the pandemic and numerous incidents of racially motivated aggressions and violence. Read more.

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FAU High Graduates Receive Bachelor's Before High School Diplomas

April 29, 2021
Three FAU High students will receive their bachelor’s from the Schmidt College of Science prior to receiving their high school diploma. Read more.

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Helping Hand for Wading Birds

April 8, 2021
With the varying water conditions in the Everglades constantly putting the survival of wading birds’ chicks at risk, the race to understand events leading to a successful nesting season has become the mission of Michelle Petersen, Ph.D., a new research assistant professor in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. Read more.

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Student Spotlight: SEA Scholar Sammy Trail

April, 2021
Sammy Trail, is a graduate student pursuing her M.S. and Ph.D. in integrative biology, and a SEA Scholar working in the Department of Biological Sciences Marine Science Laboratory who is researching sensory biology and behavior with leatherback sea turtle hatchlings. Read more.


Pursue a B.S. in Medical Biology

April, 2021
FAU’s new B.S. in Medical Biology prepares students for competitive professional training programs in the health sciences with a streamlined, pre-professional degree program.
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Announcing the Chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences

April, 2021
The Charles E. Schmidt College of Science is pleased to announce that Stephen C. Locke, Ph.D., was appointed as chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences. Read more.

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Apply to Become a Manatee Master at FPL’s Manatee Lagoon

April 29, 2021
Apply to Become a Manatee Master at FPL’s Manatee Lagoon! Learn more. Read more.


FAU Names Science Student Daniel Gil Valenzuela Wimberly Scholar

April 8, 2021
Daniel Gil Valenzuela, a double major pursuing a bachelor’s in physics and chemistry with a concentration in biochemistry, was selected as FAU’s Stan and Renee Wimberly Scholar. Read more.

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Picture Perfect: Camera Traps Find Endangered Dryas Monkeys

April 21, 2021
Daniel Alempijevic, M.S., first author and a doctoral student in Integrative Biology, and Kate Detwiler, Ph.D., senior author and an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology in FAU’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, developed a species-specific camera-trap that captured picture-perfect details of the elusive dryas monkey species. Read more.

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Marianne Porter Receives Faculty Advocate Award

April 22, 2021
Marianne Porter, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, received the Faculty Advocate Award at the 6th Annual Women/Womxn’s Leadership Institute on March 27, 2021. Read more.


Alumna Reveals New Insights into Behavior of Two Dolphin Species

April 14, 2021
In a new study recently published in the journal Animal Behavior and Cognition, lead author and Schmidt College of Science alumna Cassie Volker of Wild Dolphin Project explored the aggressive fights between the males of two species of dolphins that coexist in the Bahamas. Read more.

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How Did 500 of a Species Form in a lake? Very Different Body Clocks

April 8, 2021
Researchers from Florida Atlantic University are the first to identify a single nocturnal species of a Malawi cichlid – the Tropheops sp. “red cheek. Read more.


FAU Researchers Receive Grants to Combat Alzheimer’s Disease

April 15, 2021
Four researchers from Florida Atlantic University’s Schmidt College of Medicine and Charles E. Schmidt College of Science have received grants totaling $641,818 from the Florida Department of Health’s Ed and Ethel Moore Alzheimer’s Disease Research Program. Read more.


Statement on Violence Against the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community

March 30, 2021
The Charles E. Schmidt College of Science stands in solidarity with the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities in denouncing increased violence, xenophobia, discrimination, and micro-aggression directed against Asian Americans across the nation. Read more.


Easing Anxiety in Children with Computerized Training Program

March 9, 2021
Nathaniel Shanok, Ph.D., a recent graduate, and Nancy Aaron Jones, Ph.D., FAU associate professor of psychology, published a study that found a way to alleviate negative emotions in preadolescent children in the journal, Applied Neuropsychology: Child. Read more.


Administrative Fellow for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

March 9, 2021
The Schmidt College of Science welcomes the newly appointed administrative fellow for diversity, equity, and inclusion, Yanmei Li, Ph.D., AICP, an associate professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. Read more.


Scoot Over! Study Reveals E-Scooter Use in Washington, D.C.

March 1, 2021
Understanding travel demand patterns of shared e-scooter use and the demographics most likely to use this alternative form of transportation are expected to be a moving target for several years and a challenge for city, regional, and transportation planners. Read more.

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Mean or Nice? These Traits Could Make or Break a Child’s Friendships

February 9, 2021
Researchers from Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science are the first to conduct a longitudinal study to examine the extent to which being “nice” (prosocial behavior) and being “mean” (relationally aggressive behavior) shape changes in friend perceptions of their relationship. Read more.

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Pursue a Bachelor of Science in Medical Biology at FAU

March 3, 2021
The Bachelor of Science in Medical Biology is a rigorous, streamlined, pre-professional program unique in Southeast Florida that will enable students to pursue competitive professional training programs in the health sciences. This program is tailored for students who seek entrance into top-tier schools in the fields of medicine, veterinary science, pharmacology, and more. Read more.

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Cone Snail Venom Shows Potential For Treating Severe Malaria

February 18, 2021
Using venom from the Conus nux, a species of sea snail, a first-of-its-kind study from Florida Atlantic University’s Schmidt College of Medicine in collaboration with FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and the Chemical Sciences Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology, United States Department of Commerce, suggests that these conotoxins could potentially treat malaria. Read more.


Depressed Moms Who Breastfeed Boost Babies’ Mood and Mutual Touch

February 10, 2021
A first-of-its-kind study by researchers at Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science examined the developing mother-infant relationship by studying feeding method (breastfeeding and/or bottle-feeding) and affectionate touch patterns in depressed and non-depressed mother-infant dyads as well as examining the infant’s electroencephalogram activity (EEG) during development. Read more.

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Data Science and Analytics Conference

November 14, 2020
The virtual 2020 Data Science, Analytics, and Artificial Intelligence Conference brings together the research interests of Florida Atlantic University and industry and government leaders to stimulate collaboration in the areas of data science, artificial intelligence, machine learning, analytics, and more.. Read more.

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CES-USGS Graduate Student Research Support Program

May 15, 2021 (Application)
FAU’s Center for Environmental Studies (CES) is pleased to announce our NEW CES-USGS Research Support Program for FAU graduate students interested in, or currently conducting, Everglades restoration-related research. Read more.

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Breaking the Chains of Incarceration in African American Males

February 2, 2021
Researchers from Florida Atlantic University’s College of Social Work and Criminal Justice and Charles E. Schmidt College of Science examine why re-entry programs are not as effective for African American men when compared to others.. Read more.

2021 Pre-Health Fair

2021 Virtual Pre-Health Week and Pre-Health Professions & Graduate Fair

March 18, 2021
2021 virtual Pre-Health Professions Graduate Fair! Admission representatives were in attendance from health-related graduate schools and programs. Read more.

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$450,000 Grant Awarded

January 13, 2021
City of West Palm Beach Awarded $450,000 by the State of Florida for Assistance with Developing Plans to Enhance Resiliency Read more.


Owl Research & Innovation Spring 2021 Magazine 

January 7, 2021
The Division of Research's Owl Research and Innovation Spring 2021 Magazine Read more.

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Satellite Tracking Juvenile Leatherback Sea Turtles 

January 13, 2021
Using prototype “micro-satellite” tags specifically designed to fit juvenile leatherback turtles, Upwell and Florida Atlantic University researchers released eighteen captive-reared juvenile leatherbacks off the coast of Florida and tracked their movements. Watch here.

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The Art of Science Virtual Gallery

Brought to you by The Division of Research at Florida Atlantic University Read more.

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New Faculty Spotlight: Big Data Holds the Link

Yang Li, Ph.D., will join FAU’s department of mathematical sciences at Charles E. Schmidt College of Science as an assistant professor in Spring 2021. Read more.

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College of Science Safety Ambassadors a Success

The Schmidt College of Science put out a call for student volunteers to serve as COVID-19 Safety Ambassadors for the Fall 2020 semester on both the Davie and Boca Raton campuses. Read more.

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Student Spotlight: Undergraduate Researcher Lina Crisostomo

Lina Crisostomo is a Biological Sciences major and Health Administration minor in the College of Science who is on the pre-health track student, aiming to go to medical school and become a physician. Read more.


FAU Receives NIH Grant To Enhance Social Engagement In Older Adults

The research team includes Emmanuelle Tognoli, Ph.D., a research professor in the Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences, FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, and a member of the FAU Brain Institute; Christopher Beetle, Ph.D., an associate professor of physics, FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science; and Christine Williams, DNSc, professor emeritus, FAU’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing. Read more.

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FAU and Memorial Healthcare System Establish Research Partnership

South Florida giants in higher education and healthcare have joined forces to form an alliance that will advance clinical research and clinical trials in the region. Read more.


Young Shark Scientist Working to Bring More Women of Color Into Marine Biology

Carlee Jackson isn’t afraid of sharks. Quite the opposite. She thinks they’re cute. She also thinks that they’re incredibly important to the ocean ecosystem. Read more.


Time-lapse of Bottlenose Dolphin Skeleton Completed by Science Grad Students

Check out this timelapse video of #FAU​ students putting together a bottlenose dolphin skeleton which is on display in the physical science building's atrium. Watch here.


Very Hungry and Angry, Caterpillars Head-Butt to Get What They Want

Inspired by his own butterfly garden at home, a Florida Atlantic University neuroscientist got a unique look at how monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) caterpillars behave when food is scarce. Read more.

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Resilience of the Florida Bay Estuary Study Published

Mason Smith, a geosciences Ph.D. student, and collaborators, including his advisor, professor, Scott Markwith, Ph.D., published a paper in Marine and Freshwater Research concerning a novel Florida Bay ecosystem model titled, “ Ecosystem structure and resilience of the Florida Bay Estuary: an original ecosystem model with implications for everglades restoration .” Read more.


Golberg Scholarship Helps Pre-Health Students Achieve Dreams

The Charles E. Schmidt College of Science’s Pre-Health Professions Office is providing additional support for Pre-Health track students pursuing goals of attending medical and health professional careers thanks to the newly founded Golberg Scholarship. Read more.


Boo! How do Mexican Cavefish Escape Predators?

To determine how this lack of predation impacts escape responses that are highly stereotyped across fish species, researchers from Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College explored the tiny A. mexicanus to determine if there are evolved differences in the species. Read more.


Herbert Weissbach Receives BioFlorida's ‘Lifetime Achievement Award

Among this year’s conference award recipients was Herbert Weissbach, Ph.D., professor emeritus in Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (CMBB), Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry within the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science at FAU’s John D. MacArthur Campus in Jupiter. Read more.


Novel Tracking Technology Sheds Light on Leatherback Sea Turtles’ Lost Years

A cross-disciplinary team contributed expertise from a diversity of scientific fields, including sea turtle husbandry, wildlife telemetry, oceanographic modeling, and conservation biology. Read more.


Fall 2020 Owl Research and Innovation Magazine

The Division of Research's Owl Research and Innovation Fall 2020 Magazine Read more.

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Planning Ocean Cities

Nov. 18 virtual event: "Planning Ocean Cities" The Center For Urban and Environmental Solutions is hosting a film screening, presentations, and discussion about climate impacts on the natural and built environment in South Florida. Read more.


Study First to Show Relationship Between a Bird’s Gut and its Brain

A study from Ph.D. candidate Morgan Slevin is the first to show the relationship between a bird’s gut and brain. Read more.


Diana Mitsova Appointed as the John DeGrove Eminent Scholar

Associate professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Diana Mitsova, Ph.D. , was appointed the John DeGrove Eminent Scholar Chair in Growth Management and Development. Read more.


Alumna Featured as Frontline Medical Professional

Tiffany Comerie, an FAU alumna who majored in biology, is now a Physician Assistant, serving on the front-line in the Emergency Room at Florida Medical Center. Read more.

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Teresa Wilcox, Ph.D., Named Interim Dean of the Schmidt College of Science

June, 2020
Teresa Wilcox, Ph.D., has been named interim dean of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. Teresa served as chair and professor in the FAU Department of Psychology since 2018. Read more.


Announcing the Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences

The Charles E. Schmidt College of Science welcomes Sarah Milton, Ph.D., as the chair of the Department of Biological Sciences. Read more.


FAU Awarded $5.3 Million to Detect Cognitive Change in Older Drivers

Monica Rosselli, Ph.D., Professor & Assistant Chair of Psychology in the College of Science, was a member of a research team that was awarded a five-year, $5.3 million R01 grant from the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health. Read more.

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Alumna Betsy Evans Leading the Way as Vulture Research Biologist

Betsy Evans is a Summer 2020 graduate of the Integrative Biology Ph.D. program in Environmental Science. Read more.


Mapping Cavefish Brains Leads to Origin Of Behavioral Evolution

For more than 1 million years, independent cavefish populations that are geographically and hydrologically isolated from one another have evolved to include about 29 different populations Read more.


FAU Awarded $2.4 Million NSF Grant to Train Data Scientists

Researchers from Florida Atlantic University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science in collaboration with FAU’s Schmidt College of Medicine, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, and Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, have received a five-year, $2.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation to train graduate students in data science technologies and applications. Read more.


Alumna Discovers Manta Ray Nursery

In 2016, Jessica Pate, FAU alumni, founded the Florida Manta Project to learn more about the understudied manta rays off the coast of South Florida. Read more.


Andrew Terentis Recognized as Fulbright Scholar

Andrew Terentis, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was selected as a 2020-2021 Fulbright Scholar in Cyprus. Read more.


Hot Dogs, Chicken Wings, and City Living Helped Wood Storks Thrive

Scientists from Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science compared city storks with natural wetland storks to gauge their success in urban environments based on their diet and food opportunities. Read more.


Ask a Scientist Now Available on Spotify!

FAU’S Ask a Scientist podcast series hosted by Ata Sarajedini, Ph.D., is now available on Spotify. Follow us on your streaming service of choice by searching "FAU Ask a Scientist." Read more.


Congratulations Future Doctors

Each year the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science celebrates the achievements of its future doctors, dentists, pharmacists, veterinarians, and physician assistants. Congratulations to the future doctors who began their journey here at FAU! Help us cheer on and commemorate these young students' achievements. Read more.


Hurricanes and Vulnerable Populations: How Will They Cope and Adapt?

Researchers from Florida Atlantic University, in collaboration with Georgia State University, have received a RAPID grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Read more.


Pursue a Degree in Geosciences at Florida Atlantic

The Department of Geosciences offers undergraduate degree programs leading to a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a focus in either Geography or Geology. Read more.


Pre-Health Professions Office Expands Davie Campus Support and Virtual Offerings

Science Student Services and Advising has transitioned to remote platforms beginning March 18, 2020 until further notice. Read more.


How Can We Help South Florida Recover From the Pandemic?

FNBC6 South Florida's Roxy Vargas interviews John L. Renne, Ph.D., an associate professor and Director for the FAU Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions. Watch Now.


Math Researcher Makes Breakthrough in Understanding Malaria

Francis Motta, Ph.D., second author and an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, is among a team of scientists who have uncovered evidence that an intrinsic oscillator drives the blood-stage cycle of malaria parasite, P. falciparum. Read more.

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Researcher's Algorithm Part of Final Selection Round

Congratulations to Edoardo Persichetti, Ph.D. , assistant professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences and a member of the FAU's Center for Cryptography and Information Security, whose proposal for a cryptographic encryption scheme made it to the final round of the Post-Quantum Standardization process. Read more.

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Sea Level Rise: Impacts on Property and Regional Planning Solutions

Researchers from Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions (CUES) in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science have published a new report, “Protecting South Florida: A Discussion of Sea Level Rise, Property and Regional Planning,” to assist local government to respond to sea-level rise. Read more.

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Marine Biologist Marianne Porter Awarded NSF CAREER Award

Four researchers from Florida Atlantic University have received the coveted National Science Foundation (NSF) Early Career (CAREER) award. Read more.


Inaugural Bjorn Lamborn Endowed Chair in Astrophysics

The Department of Physics in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science was the recipient of a $1.1 million gift to establish The Bjorn Lamborn Endowed Chair in Astrophysics. Read more.


Climate Change Still is Key Topic For Floridians in the Era of Coronavirus

The coronavirus crisis has not altered Floridians’ belief in climate change, according to the third Florida Climate Resilience Survey by the Florida Atlantic University Center for Environmental Studies and the Business and Economics Polling Initiative (CES-BEPI). Read more.


FAU Sea Turtle Researcher Finds More Human Interruptions During Nesting Season

Right before turtle nesting season, beaches were closed due to COVID-19, so the assumption was there would be fewer interruptions of nesting turtles. Watch more.


Department of Urban and Regional Planning Joins the College of Science

The department comes to us from the former College for Design and Social Inquiry and is led by Dr. Steven Bourassa, who serves as the Chair and Henry D. Epstein Professor. Read more.


Alzheimer's Study Awarded NIH Grant

Deguo Du, Ph.D. , an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and collaborators, were awarded a National Institute of Health (NIH) grant of $444,434 for the research project titled “Role of the N-terminal Region in Abeta Oligomer and Fibril Formation.” Read more.


Professor Stephen Kajiura Featured in National Geographic Shark Fest

Stephen Kaijura, Ph.D., will be featured in Sharkcano, Shark vs. Surfer, and When Sharks Attack during National Geographic’s Shark Fest 2020 in July and August. Read more.


Professor of Biological Sciences Featured on WPTV5 for Study on Effectiveness of Face Coverings

Nwadiuta Esiobu, Ph.D., Professor of Biological Sciences, was recently featured on WPTV5 for her study on the effectiveness of various face coverings. Read more.


Traffic Data Show Drastic Changes In Human Behavior At Pandemic Onset

Traffic volumes by March 22, 2020, dropped by 47.5 percent compared to that same point in 2019. Read more.

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Department of Psychology Welcomes Interim Chair Robin Vallacher, Ph.D.

Robin Vallacher, Ph.D., is a professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Psychology. Read the message from the chair.


FAU And South Florida PBS Partner For New Season of "Star Gazers"

Ata Sarajedini, Ph.D., Dean of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science will serve as a series consultant for “Star Gazers”. Read more.


Student Spotlight with Andrés Garzón-Oechsle

Andrés Garzón-Oechsle is pursuing a Ph.D. in Geosciences. He works with faculty member Erik Johanson, Ph.D., in the Environmental Change Lab. Previously, he received a B.A. in Anthropology at Indiana University and an M.A. in Anthropology at FAU. Read Q and A.

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Drone Aerial Video Shows It's "Hammerhead" Time!

Several juvenile shark species use shallow water nursery sites where the young can grow with a reduced risk of predation. However, prior to a study by Florida Atlantic University, no documentation was available to show that large adult sharks also swim in shallower waters to avoid predation. Read more.


Congratulations Class of Spring 2020

The College of Science is featuring Spring 2020 graduates from across the college this week. Keep an eye out for new graduates that will be added to this webpage and the College of Science social media. Read more.


Student Spotlight with Kaitlin Waite

Kaitlin Waite is pursuing a B.S. in Neuroscience and Behavior and a B.S. in Biological Sciences. She works with Howard Hock, Ph.D., in the FAU Undergraduate Vision Laboratory. Read Q and A.


FAU Study Finds Being Fun is No Laughing Matter

Researchers at Florida Atlantic University in collaboration with Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, find that being fun is a serious matter because it imparts special benefits to children. They recently published a first-of-its-kind longitudinal study in the Journal of Personality that explored the importance of being fun. Read more.


Research and Teaching Continues for Tiny Earth Lab Team

Upon FAU’s transition to remote working on March 16, 2020, due to COVID-19, our Tiny Earth team kicked into high gear to preserve the efforts of our teaching labs and team this far in the semester. Read more.


FAU's Women Researchers Leading the Way

FAU’s ADVANCE Institutional-Transformation Catalyst program received a $250,000 National Science Foundation grant aimed at recruiting and retaining women faculty, particularly in the STEM areas. Read more.


College of Science Wave Competition Winners

Florida Atlantic University has announced the winners of the annual Wave Competition, an undergraduate research competition organized by FAU’s Division of Research. Students have been working on innovative projects for the past two semesters, taking their ideas from concept to reality. Winners Here.


Congratulations to the Spring 2020 Graduate and Undergraduate Research Day Winners!

Congratulations to the winners of the 11th Annual Graduate and Professional Research Day and the 10th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium winners from the college of science. Winners Here.


Ask a Scientist

Science Professor Ata Sarajedini, Ph.D., interviews Nwadiuto Esiobu, Ph.D., a microbiologist and biotechnologist in this episode of Ask a Scientist. Listen Here.


Congratulations to the 2020 3MT Competition Winners from the College of Science

Students earn top spots in the university-wide research competition. Read More.


Virtual Communication in the Age of Social Distancing

When discussions occur face-to-face, people know where their conversational partner is looking and vice versa. With “virtual” communication due to COVID-19 and the expansive use of mobile and video devices, now more than ever, it’s important to understand how these technologies impact communication. Read More.


New Way to Identify the Sex of Sea Turtle Hatchlings

Researchers from Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science have developed a first-of-its-kind technique that is minimally invasive and greatly enhances the ability to measure neonate turtle sex ratios at population levels across nesting sites worldwide. Read More.


Three Baby Sea Turtles Released!

FAU worked with members of the United States Coast Guard to provide the three female baby sea turtles with a special “seat” on board a 33-foot special law enforcement (SPC-LE) boat for their journey home. On March 27, they were released about 17 to 18 miles offshore in the Atlantic Ocean’s Gulf Stream Current. Read More.


Student Spotlight with Amaury Miniño

Amaury Miniño is pursuing a B.S. in Mathematics with honors, and a minor in Economics. He works with Dr. Pamela E. Harris at Williams College, in continuation of his summer Research Experience for Undergraduates. Read More.


Mathematical Sciences Ph.D. Candidate Alex Milbrand is Leading the Way

Ph.D. candidate in Mathematical Sciences, Alex Milbrand, is teaching future scientists at FAU. With her sights set on pursuing a career in higher education, Alex shares her experience as a graduate teaching assistant, the range of leadership roles she has assumed along the way, and the opportunities afforded to mathematics students at the University. Watch Here.


Mother/Infant Skin-to-Skin Touch Boosts Baby's Brain Development

As the world prioritizes social distancing to stop or slow down the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), a new study by researchers at Florida Atlantic University demonstrates that mother-infant touch and contact are essential for optimal neurodevelopmental regulation in early infancy. Read More.


Distance Learning Innovation Award

The recently released zero-cost eText, Methods of Calculus, authored by mathematics faculty Papiya Bhattacharjee, Ph.D., was chosen for the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) Innovation Award. Read More.


Three Year NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship Awarded to Jorge Gonzalez

Jorge's research focuses on invariant manifolds in nonlinear dynamical systems. These are geometric objects which organize the long time behavior of models used in physics, engineering, biology, economics, and even from within mathematics itself. Read More.


Cavefish: Out of the Dark, Into the Limelight

Scientists Suspect These Blind Creatures May Hold Clues to Many Biological Mysteries, Including Human Disease Read More.


Fall 2019 Deans List

The Charles E. Schmidt College of Science is proud to announce the Fall 2019 Dean's List. Congratulations to our high achieving undergraduates. Read More.


Monogamous Female Sea Turtles

Like most other species, male sea turtles will mate with any female sea turtle they can. However, when it comes to female sea turtles and mate selection, it’s a little more complex. Sea turtles are known to have multiple mates, yet there is no consensus on why they do. Read More.

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Lisa Greenberg, Senior Instructor of Mathematics

Lisa Greenberg, a Senior Instructor of Mathematics in the FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, oversees Math Boot Camp for the University, helping create a foundation for students to develop higher-level math skills. Watch Video Here.


Affordability Counts at FAU

The College of Science’s Methods of Calculus course text and supplemental materials are now free to ensure greater access and affordability to students. Through the State University System of Florida’s Affordability Counts initiative, the FAU Department of Mathematical Sciences began taking steps to advance affordability in its courses. Read More.

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Virtual Pre-Health Professions Fair

The Pre-Health Professions office held a Virtual Pre-Health and Graduate Fair Monday, May 11 Students spoke with admission representatives online from health-related graduate schools and programs. For more information about this event Click here.


Student Spotlight with Morgan Slevin

Pursuing his doctorate in Integrative Biology and Neuroscience, Morgan Slevin also works with Assistant Professor, Rindy Anderson, Ph.D., in the Behavioral Ecology and Bio-acoustics Lab. Morgan's current project at FAU aims to help understand the relationship between a bird's gut microbiome, its brain, and its overall health. Read more.


Ask a Scientist with Necibe Tuncer, Ph.D.

Mathematical biologist, Necibe Tuncer, Ph.D., is interviewed by the College of Science Dean, Ata Sarajedini, Ph.D., about how mathematical models are used to understand how infectious disease spreads in a population Listen to Podcast here.


Science Olympiad 2020

Middle and High School student scientists from across south Florida came to Florida Atlantic University to compete in the 2020 Science Olympiad. Check out our Photo Album.


Soar-in-4 Student Scholars Welcome Reception

High achieving undergraduate students had the opportunity to meet with the College of Science Dean, college leadership, faculty and members of the academic affairs team at the Soar-in-4 Scholars luncheon. The students will work closely with the Academic Affairs team through the program. Students also had the opportunity to connect with fellow Soar-in-4 peers. Check out our photo album!


Frontiers in Science Lecture with Ryan Carney, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Digital Science and National Geographic Emerging Explorer, University of South Florida Ryan Carney, Ph.D., talked Digital Dinosaurs and Diseases at another packed lecture hall last Friday, February 21st. Check out our Photo Album.


Author and Nat Geo Explorer M Jackson, Ph.D., Speaks at FAU

Thanks to author, glaciologist, National Geographic Society Explorer, and TED Fellow, M Jackson, Ph.D., who joined us on Friday, January 24 to explore “The Secret Lives of Glaciers.” Check out our Photo Album


Calculated Surprise Leads to Groundbreaking Neuroscience Discovery

A study led by neuroscientist William Alexander, Ph.D., at Florida Atlantic University in collaboration with Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, and Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium, sought to better understand how motivational control processes help maximize performance when faced with task challenges. Read More


Professor Talks to WPTV for the Segment: How Dirty is Your Wristwatch?

Nwadiuto Esiobu, Ph.D., a Professor of Biological Sciences, worked with WPTV to test for bacteria on 20 different wristwatches. They looked for two germs, in particular: E. coli and staphylococci, or staph. Watch to find the results.


Student Services Welcomes New Assistant Director

The College of Science welcomes Mitchell Arthur, who joins Student Services and Advising as the Assistant Director of Science Advising and Continuing Education. Read more.


FAU Society of Physics Students Recognized as 2019 Distinguished Chapter

Society of Physics Students at Florida Atlantic University is an organization that provides a community for undergraduate students interested in physics. Our goal is to assist in bridging the gap between students and faculty, share ideas and knowledge of physics concepts, provide opportunities for leadership roles and encourage involvement in research. Find out More.


FAU Geologist Says Earthquake Risk in South Florida is Low

David Warburton, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Geosciences is interviewed by WPTV. Watch here.


FAU Receives University of Distintion Approval

FAU’s “University of Distinction” plan for applied artificial intelligence and big data analytics was officially approved today by the Florida Board of Governors, which oversees the State University System. Read more.


Human Mission to Mars Class Symposium

The Human Mission to Mars Class Research Symposium showcased the work of the student-led teams on Mars exploration. The undergraduate class of over 40 students shared their findings for the University’s inaugural mission to Mars. The teams presented research on Mars habitat construction, the best energy sources for long-term success on Mars, preventing a Martian mutiny, soil and plant microbiome for optimal crop yields, and much more! View Album.


FAU Mission To Mars Feature on CBS 12 Part 1

This first-of-its-kind course at FAU is open to all undergraduate students willing to be crew members for the University’s inaugural expedition to Mars Read more.


Female Sea Turtle Births are at an All-Time High

In her lab, just off the main campus at Florida Atlantic University, biologist Jeanette Wyneken likes to quip, "hot chicks and cool dudes." Read more.


Indigenous People's Choice of Medicinal Plants

The study, published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, is the first to analyze data collected at the village-level rather than the national level to guarantee that the estimates of medicinal plant families are consistent with the availability of these families locally. Read more.


FAU Turtle Research Featured at the Museum of Discovery and Science

FAU sea turtle conservation research is featured at the Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS) Turtle Trackers exhibit. Charles E. Schmidt College of Science Dean, Ata Sarajedini, Ph.D., welcomed guests at the launch of the exhibit alongside MODS CEO, Joe Cox, on Friday, Sept. 13 ribbon cutting. Read more.


Data Science and Analytics Conference 2019

The 2019 Data Science and Analytics conference will bring together the research interests of Florida Atlantic University and local industry leaders to stimulate collaboration in the areas of data science, artificial intelligence, and analytics. Read more.


NSF Funds Geo Pathways 2019!

To address the shortage of geoscience students in the workforce, Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and Palm Beach State College (PBSC) were awarded $314,841 through the National Science Foundation (NSF) Geopaths Improving Undergraduate STEM Education Project. Read more.

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2019 Explore FAU Day!

The October 19, 2019, Explore FAU Day was a success! Prospective students had a chance to explore all that FAU has to offer. We had over 500 high school students and family members visit the College of Science to talk with our students, faculty, and staff about the programs we offer and the exciting research we perform. View photo album.

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