Utility-scale Solar Energy Impedes Endangered Florida Panther
Florida, the “Sunshine State,” is rapidly increasing installation of utility-scale solar energy (USSE) facilities to combat carbon emissions and climate change. However, the expansion of renewable energy may come with environmental tradeoffs. Reducing the energy industry’s carbon footprint is impeding a large carnivore’s paw-print. Read more.

Olena V. Leskova, senior author, is a Ph.D. student in FAU’s Department of Geosciences and a Geographer/Geospatial Scientist at the South Florida Water Management District. Leskova is working alongside Scott H. Markwith, Ph.D., co-author and a Professor in FAU’s Department of Geosciences.
Alumna Named 2021 National Geographic Young Explorer
FAU Schmidt College of Science alumna Deborah Santos de Azevedo is a marine biologist and multicultural shark researcher. She works as a research assistant for the American Shark Conservancy and project manager for their Shark Surveys project, collecting in-water diversity, abundance, and behavioral data from shark species. She earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences from FAU in 2021, and performed research with the Elasmobranch Shark Laboratory, serving as a field research assistant. Read more.
The Ultimate Tour of Florida Atlantic University
Watch Florida Atlantic University on The College Tour before it officially drops on Amazon Prime Video! The Schmidt College of Science has two amazing students featured.
Frontiers in Science 2022 Public Lecture Series
Join us at the 2022 virtual FAU Frontiers in Science lecture series for an exploration of the sciences!
Upcoming Talks
February 4

“Conservation Through a Lens: Why Stories Matter”

Jen Guyton, Ph.D.
Award Winning International Conservation Photojournalist

Time: 4:00 p.m.
February 18

“Survival of the Friendliest: Understanding our Origins and Rediscovering our Common Humanity”

Brian Hare, Ph.D.
Author and Professor in Evolutionary Anthropology, and Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University

Time: 4:00 p.m.
March 4

“The (Social) Science of Disasters and Community Resilience”

Karl Kim, Ph.D.
Professor of Urban and Regional Planning and Executive Director, National Disaster Preparedness Training Center, University of Hawaii

Time: 4:00 p.m.
Exploring GEOPATHS Summer Institute Student Spotlights
The Exploring GEOPATHS Summer Institute provides students with the opportunity to learn about high impact practices and cutting edge techniques used by geoscientists. This program is organized by Florida Atlantic University and Palm Beach State College, and funded by the National Science Foundation. Hear about the experience from some of the first students who entered the inaugural program. Read more.
Inaugural Diversity in Science Festival
Friday, March 25, 2022 | Noon-5:00 PM | FAU Boca Raton campus

Beyond Diversity to Equity and Inclusion: Celebrate and reflect on diversity, equity, and inclusion in science. The FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Science is hosting the inaugural Diversity in Science Festival. High school and undergraduate students will enjoy science-related exhibitions, interactive games, and activities. Panelists and speakers will facilitate candid dialogue on transparency, accountability, inclusion, and equity. Learn more.
NSF Grant Awarded to Challenge Response for Sea Level Rise Along Gulf of Mexico
Diana Mitsova, Ph.D., Professor of FAU Urban & Regional Planning, is a co-principal investigator of a collaborative project that received $149,577 to create an interdisciplinary research network to address the challenge of responding to sea level rise along the Gulf of Mexico. Read more.
Save the Date for Pre-Health Professions Week
March 14-21, 2022

Save the date for the upcoming Pre-Health Professions Week. Join Graduate and Professional School Fairs on March 17 and 21, and look for activities throughout the week such as medical student panels, physician panels, virtual medical school tours, personal statement workshops, trainings, and much more. Learn more.
Art of Science Photography Contest Winners
Pictured: "Sun Coral," 2021 Honorable Mention, by Anton Oleinik, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Geosciences.
Congratulations to all of the Art of Science Photo Contest winners in the college. The Schmidt College of Science has winners in a range of categories, including "In the Field," "In the Lab," and a number of "Honorable Mentions." View all of the photos.
Ecology, Environment, & Resilience Initiative Theme Hires
The Charles E. Schmidt College of Science seeks two outstanding Assistant Professors to contribute to a vibrant and growing community of scholar-educators in environmental science. Learn more.
I-HEALTH Pilot Grant Awardees 2022-2023
Congratulations to the awardees from the Schmidt College of Science, listed below. Read more.

Project Leader: Shailaja Allani, Ph.D., Associate Scientist, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Project Leader: Chad Forbes, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Psychology.
Social Media Spotlight: @harborbranch
@harborbranch on Instagram: Water temperature plays an important role in ensuring the growth and survival of many species of marine life. It also has an effect on what animals are present in an area at a given time. The water temperature in the Indian River Lagoon and St. Lucie Estuary can vary widely depending on location and the time of year. These fluctuations in water temperature can be monitored using the Indian River Lagoon Observatory Network data portal, which can be found by visiting 📸 Brian Cousin, FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute.
Register to Compete in FAU's 6th Annual Three Minute Thesis Competition
An 80,000 word manuscript would take 9 hours to present. Your time limit...3 minutes.

FAU graduate students from all degree programs are invited to compete in the University's 6th Annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition, taking place March 15 - 17 and March 31, 2022. This exciting competition challenges graduate students to present their research in only 3 minutes to a live audience. Over $30,000 in scholarship prizes are awarded to Preliminary Round and Championship winners. Registration deadline: March 1, 2022Learn more and register to compete.
2021 Three Minute Thesis Competitor
Watch 2021 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Championship Competitor, Kirstie Tandberg, present “Investigation of Survivin-Targeting Marine Natural Products from the Indian River Lagoon.” Learn more about the FAU 3MT Competition.
Improve Your Commute Project
Help us develop greener, healthier, more affordable campus transportation options.
Help Us Help You: National College Health Assessment
The National College Health Assessment (NCHA) is a nationally recognized research survey that is sponsored and distributed by the American College Health Association (ACHA). Learn more.
Forward Together
FAU strongly encourages everyone to wear face coverings inside buildings as well as outside when around large groups of people. Help us move Forward Together.
In the News
Undergraduate Research Grants Program

Spring Deadline: March 15, 2022 (for summer/fall funding)
The program encourages undergraduate students from all disciplines to participate in independent research and creative projects in collaboration with FAU faculty. All proposals will be reviewed by the Distinction through Discovery Research Grants Committee using the judging criteria presented in the grant package guidelines. Read more.

Featured in Hubble Space Telescope 2022 Calendar
Professor and Bjorn Lamborn Endowed Chair in Astrophysics, Ata Sarajedini, Ph.D., has imagery from his Hubble Space Telescope research featured in the European Space Agency/Hubble 2022 calendar, showcasing "the latest spectacular images from the cosmos." The featured photo is titled, "Glittering Globular Cluster," which depicts stars tightly bound together by gravity. Learn more.

Undergraduate Research Presented at Florida Capitol

Four scholars had the opportunity to attend the second Florida Undergraduate Research Posters at the Capitol in Tallahassee. The students shared their dynamic and engaging undergraduate research and connected with Florida Senators Lori Berman and Tina Polsky. Read more.

Students pictured left to right, with respective colleges: Vanessa Stubbs (Science), Alexia Betances (Social Work & Criminal Justice), Michael Amin (Science), Vivek Sreejithkumar (Honors).
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