April, 2018
Upcoming Events
Wednesday, May 2
Harbor Branch Immersion Tour | Ocean Discovery Visitors Center | 10:30 a.m. [ More info ]

Wednesday, May 9
Harbor Branch Immersion Tour | Ocean Discovery Visitors Center | 10:30 a.m. [ More info ]

Ocean Science Lecture Series:   Did you miss out on the exciting 2018 lecture series? Don't worry! You can watch them all here.
Research: Like Human Societies, Whales Value Culture and Family Ties
Groundbreaking research from  Florida Atlantic University’s  Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute is the first to demonstrate that just like human societies, beluga whales appear to value culture as well as their ancestral roots and family ties. 
Through a detailed genetic study of kinship published in  PLOS One, an international team of collaborators has demonstrated that related whales returned to the same locations year after year, and even generation after generation. This inter-generational inheritance of where to go and when probably involves some form of social learning from members of the same species, most likely from mother to calf.

Findings from this study pin down the fundamental structure of the building blocks of beluga whale society and provide compelling evidence that migratory culture is inherited. Not only do these whales know where to go and where not to go, they also are passing on this information from one generation to the next. The study is expanding the understanding of how sophisticated non-primate societies can be and how important culture is for the survival of these species and how they are going to adapt to dramatic environmental changes. 

The research was featured on Newsweek  here. Read the press release  here.
Amy Wright Inducted into National Academy of Inventors
On April 5, 2018 Amy Wright, Ph.D., research professor at FAU's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, and Randy Blakely, Ph.D., executive director of the Florida Atlantic University Brain Institute and biomedical science professor in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine were officially inducted as  National Academy of Inventors (NAI) Fellows. The induction was part of the the seventh annual NAI Conference of the National Academy of Inventors at the Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection in Washington, D.C.
Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional accolade bestowed solely to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and welfare of society. Read more about the award  here.
FAU Harbor Branch Visionary Edwin A. Link Inducted Into Florida Inventors Hall of Fame
The late   Edwin A. Link, a driving force behind bringing Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute to Fort Pierce, is being inducted into the 2018 class of the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame. The Florida Inventors Hall of Fame (FIHF) recognizes and commends Florida inventors whose achievements have advanced the quality of life for Floridians, the state and the nation.

Link will officially be inducted at the fifth Annual Florida Inventors Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Gala on Friday, September 7, 2018, at the Hilton Tampa Downtown. 

Hanisak Named a 2018 Audubon Hero
FAU Harbor Branch Research Professor and Education Director Dennis Hanisak was recently named the recipient of this year’s Environmental Educator Award by the Pelican Island Audubon Society.

In particular, the award specified his hosting the Ocean Science Lecture Series (now in its 20th year), FAU Harbor Branch's major forum for our scientists to share their research with the public and the Indian River Lagoon Symposium (in its seventh year) which engages both scientists and local citizens in better understanding the Indian River Lagoon.

Congrats Dennis!
Lapointe Research Feature Awarded Emmy
A video which features research conducted by Principal Investigator Brian Lapointe, Ph.D., was recently awarded with a Suncoast Regional Emmy®. The 41st Annual Suncoast Regional Emmy® Awards through the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Suncoast Chapter promotes excellence in the television broadcasting industry. 
Nominated within the 'Environment' category, WPTV's (Jay Cashmere) "Saving the Last Living Coral Reef in North America," the story features Lapointe's research on long term water quality monitoring, climate change, and coral loss. Lapointe provided expertise as well as video footage for the piece. View the video  here.
Student Spotlight: Harbor Branch Student Association
The Harbor Branch Student Association's (HBSA) recently held a Student Showcase on campus which displayed student posters and offered pizza and games. The HBSA highlighted that this year's members have been awarded at least $112,373 in grants and scholarships, attended 26 conferences, presented 18 posters, given 22 oral presentations, won 8 presentation awards and published 2 papers!

The HBSA works to unify Harbor Branch campus students, and establish a connection to all FAU Campuses. They hold social, community service, and professional development events throughout the year.