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July 2022
Three South Florida counties that collectively are home to the largest metropolitan population in the state will soon have access to an academic health network that is a collaboration of the region’s leading public and private academic and medical leaders.

“This partnership marks the beginning of a transformative health network for our region,” said Brad Levine, chair of the FAU Board of Trustees. “I am thrilled to see all our partners come together to meet these vitally important needs. The time is now because the need is now.”

Initial partners include: FAU, Broward CollegePalm Beach State CollegeMemorial Healthcare SystemHealth Care District of Palm Beach County and Broward Health. More details will unfold as partnership develop. ... Read more.

FAU student Bernard Harrigan was named a 2022 Udall Scholar, marking the first time in the university’s history that one of its students was presented with this scholarship.    

“I am trying to make sure that the future will have beauty and reasons to continue to push forward like we always have," Harrigan said. "I know that to achieve this, the solutions need to be equitable to allow all to help make positive strides toward a better tomorrow." ... Read more.
Faculty Spotlights
WHC Names New Associate Dean of Student Affairs
Wilkes Honors College Dean Justin Perry recently appointed Rachel Luria, MFA, associate professor of Rhetoric and Composition, to associate dean of Student Affairs.

"Professor Luria has done an outstanding job in an acting capacity over the last year, bringing new energy and innovation to her role and to the operations of the college," Perry said. "I am confident that she will continue to help us take the mission of the Honors College to new heights as we enter a post-pandemic world."
FAU Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute Engages Internationally
SPAIN: Lucia Carvelli, Ph.D., associate professor of neuroscience, recently spoke at Gordon Research Conference's 2022 Membrane Transport Proteins, "Biomedical Transporters: Physiology, Dysfunction and Targets of Pharmacotherapy" conference in Barcelona, Spain. Carvelli's presented, "Remembering the Past to Prepare for the Future: the Long-Term and Inherited Effects of Amphetamine at the Monoamine Transporters."

DENMARK: Randy Blakely, Ph.D., executive director, was a keynote speaker at the 2nd International Transmembrane Transporter Society (ITTS) Meeting, “Catching Transport in Motion,” in Copenhagen, Denmark. Blakely's presentation was titled, "Presynaptic Choline Transporters: From Gene to Mouse to Disease.” Additionally, Felix P. Mayer, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow, gave a presentation titled, "Dopamine Transporters Out of Control: Disrupted Regulation of Dopamine Clearance and a Potential Remedy via Manipulation of Opioid Signaling."

CANADA: Mayer also joined Adele Stewart, Ph.D., research assistant professor of biomedical science, at the first Dopamine Society meeting, Dopamine 2022, that took place in Montreal. Mayer presented "Sex and the Circuitry: Dopamine Transporter Regulation In Vivo." Stewart presented on both "Guys and Dolls: Sex Effects in Dopamine Genetics, Circuits and Drug Action," and "Sexually Dimorphic Dopamine Signaling Dictates the Penetrance and Behavioral Trajectory of Human Dopamine Transporter Coding Variation."

Learn more about FAU Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute.
Student Spotlights
Meet Samantha Zaninelli, Wilkes Honors College (WHC), class of 2023. Zaninelli has a concentration in behavioral neuroscience and a minor in data science. She was recently named a 2022 Goldwater Scholar, one of only two students to receive this scholarship in FAU history.

Zaninelli is currently doing research in the lab of Erik Duboue, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, investigating the evolutionary basis of sensory-motor integration through CRISPR/Cas 9, utilizing the Astyanax mexicanus species. This summer she is an intern in a scientific laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley. ... Learn more.
Meet Maureen Tanner, WHC, class of 2023. Tanner is currently studying biological chemistry and conducting research in the RNA Dynamics Lab of Ilyas Yildirim, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Tanner was first interested in WHC due to the of the vast network of research facilities available to students. ... Read more.
Congratulations to FAU's 2022 3MT Championship Winners
More than 30 graduate students submitted a three-minute video to "pitch" their research in this year's internationally-recognized Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT) hosted by the Graduate College. As a result of preliminary round scoring, 13 graduate students advanced to the championship.

FAU's annual 3MT competition is now in its sixth year and has awarded more than $150,000 in graduate student scholarships. ... Learn more.
FAU-MPFI Partner Programs
Photo credit: Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience

FAU students Seth Goldin, FAU High School – Jupiter Campus, in partnership with Max Planck Academy, and Skylar Anthony, FAU's Wilkes Honors College, worked with researchers at Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience to develop software that helps analyze the precise location of proteins in the brain in an automated and efficient manner. This user-friendly software, "Gold In-and-Out" or "GIO," was also recognized in a recent publication of the scientific journal, Frontiers in Neuroanatomy.

“The software provides a time savings of up to 24 times for each data set," Goldin said. "It is also open-source, requires no programming skills, and is packaged in an intuitive interface.” ... Read more.
Successful Dissertation Defense

Congratulations to International Max Planck Research School – FAU Integrative Biology-Neuroscience student, Xun “Molly” Tu, Ph.D., for successfully defending her thesis.

Tu discovered a key role of an insulin-like growth factor in brain plasticity.
Summer Campus Research Activities Begin
FAU Jupiter recently welcomed esteemed researchers and students for a meet-and-greet luncheon to kick off the John Nambu Memorial Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates Program and the National Science Foundation Summer Integrative Neuroscience Experience. These two programs offer participants intensive research opportunities during the summer.

FAU Jupiter is proud to collaborate with Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience and UF Scripps Biomedical Research in hosting these talented students and faculty mentors. ... Learn more.
FAU Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute's Nicole Baganz, Ph.D., director of community engagement and programming and research assistant professor of biomedical science, and Paula Kurdziel, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow, recently led the neuroscience core course for the annual American Association of University Women Tech Trek virtual summer camp. The camp is a week-long, highly competitive, hands-on, problem solving program designed for middle school girls who have demonstrated academic excellence.

This year's activities included a dissection of a sheep brain and comparative anatomy; constructing LED and rope neuron to demonstrate neurotransmission and how neurons use electricity and chemicals in order to communicate, and other STEM-focused experiences. ... Learn more.

MobileMinds, a branch of the FAU Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute's ASCEND (Advancing STEM Community Engagement through Neuroscience Discovery) program, recently brought neuroscience education to Palm Springs Middle School.

During the visit, the middle school students and "NeuroSquad" worked together in a brain dissection activity.

The MobileMinds program partners with the Cox Science Center and Aquarium to build and teach the curriculum. ... Learn more about MobileMinds.

From left: Randy Blakely, Ph.D., executive director, FAU Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute; Frances Fisher; and Patrick McNamara, president and CEO, Palm Health Foundation. Photo courtesy of Palm Health Foundation.
More than 80 philanthropists, scientists and community leaders gathered at the Palm Beach, home of community philanthropist, Frances Fisher, for Palm Health Foundation's "Brain Health Innovation" cocktail reception. The event highlighted the drive for industry leading brain health advancement and celebrated Palm Health Foundation's $1 million gift to FAU Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute. To learn more and view photos from the event, click here.
OLLI Updates
Join Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at FAU Jupiter for the summer. Lectures and courses run from through July 14. To learn more, visit us online! 

With the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season forecast to be above average activity and a higher probability of major hurricanes making landfall along the continental United States coastline, several Florida Atlantic University faculty experts are available to discuss various issues surrounding hurricane preparedness, evacuation and aftermath.

To view the list of experts, visit here. For more information on FAU’s faculty experts, email mediarelations@fau.edu

FAU Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute reflects on the institute's transformative 2021 year in the newly published 2022 edition of MasterMinds. This publication provides updates on research and educational activities of more than 100 faculty-level neuroscience investigators who seek to unlock the secrets of brain development and the mind, as well as devastating brain disorders. Click here to read.
Educational Leadership:
Intern to Excellence

Educational Leadership: Intern to Excellence is a 22-month state approved master’s degree program in educational leadership. The accelerated program includes district specific professional development for aspiring school leaders. ...

FAU Jupiter's Library Hours Extended

Monday to Wednesday:
8:30 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Thursdays: 8:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Fridays: 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Saturdays: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Sundays: 12:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Did you know the Parking and Transportation Services provide a free intercampus shuttle service?

Students, faculty and staff can enjoy hassle-free, convenient transportation between the Boca Raton and Jupiter campuses.

Explore key Jupiter campus locations and learn about life as a Wilkes Honors College student without leaving your home.

The new virtual tour takes visitors through the John D. MacArthur Campus, world-class research facilities, and the beautiful Jupiter community with nearby beaches.