Dinosaurs' Last Spring: Study Pinpoints Timing of Asteroid Impact
A groundbreaking study led by researchers in the Schmidt College of Science Department of Geosciences and an international team of scientists conclusively confirms the time of year of the catastrophic Chicxulub asteroid impact, responsible for the extinction of dinosaurs and 75 percent of life on Earth 66 million years ago. Read more.

Pictured: FAU’s Robert DePalma (left), senior author and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Geosciences, and Anton Oleinik (right), Ph.D., second author and an Associate Professor, Department of Geosciences.
Protecting South Florida's Wild Vervet Monkey Population
FAU alumna Missy Williams, Ph.D., founder of the Dania Beach Vervet Project, and her team, were interviewed by WPTV about their work to secure a permanent enclosure and skytrails for a colony of monkeys that are thriving in Dania Beach. The population of vervet monkeys have called South Florida home since the 1940s. A number of FAU student researchers are involved in the project, including Kathryn Coates, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in Integrative Biology, and is investigating monkey vocalization patterns. Watch here.
Frontiers in Science 2022 Public Lecture Series
Join us at the 2022 virtual FAU Frontiers in Science lecture series, beginning Friday, January 14 and running through Friday, April 22. We have experts this season from a range of scientific disciplines who are speaking about: conservation photojournalism, artificial intelligence, white holes: how a black hole dies, the social science of disasters and community resilience, and more! We’ve brought them to you from across the globe and from right here in our own community. We hope these lectures move you to deeper learning, explain your world, ignite your discussions, and bring the richness of the sciences to you.
Upcoming Talks
January 21

“Cryptography: How to Keep a Secret”

Alice Silverberg, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of Mathematics, University of California, Irvine

Time: 4:00 p.m.

January 28

“White Holes: How a Black Hole Dies and What Comes Next”

Francesca Vidotta, Ph.D.
Canada Research Chair in Foundations of Physics, Western University, Canada

Time: 4:00 p.m.

February 4

“Conservation Through a Lens: Why Stories Matter"

Jen Guyton, Ph.D.
Conservation Photojournalist

Time: 4:00 p.m.

FAU Scientist Aims to Ensure ‘Microbe-free’ Mars Samples
Gregg Fields, Ph.D., executive director of FAU’s Institute for Human Health and Disease Intervention (I-HEALTH) and a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, is working in collaboration with a team of scientists at NASA to ensure a “microbe-free” return of Mars samples in a vessel with multiple layers of protection. Read more.
National Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research
FAU is one of the few universities in the nation designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research. The Department of Mathematical Sciences is home to one of the leading research groups in quantum-safe cryptography, where our researchers have played an important role in securing FAU’s re-designation as a center of excellence through the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency. Learn more.
Art of Science Photography Contest Winners
Pictured: 2021 In the Field Faculty Winner, Chelsea Bennice, Ph.D., Assistant to the Director of the ASCEND Program, Schmidt College of Science.
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.
Fall 2021 Dean's List
Congratulations to our high achieving undergraduate students who earned a spot on the Fall 2021 Dean's List. View the list.
Researchers Review Birth and the Postpartum Experiences During COVID-19
Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience, Nancy Aaron Jones, Ph.D., and colleagues, discuss babies in the time of Covid. Learn about what moms and maternity services professionals note as the important lessons. Read more.
Congratulations Fall 2021 Graduates
Congratulations to the Fall 2021 Schmidt College of Science graduates who walked across the stage at the December 17 ceremony. See photos.
2022 Knauss Fellow Spotlight: Kate Shlepr
Meet Kate Shlepr, a Ph.D. candidate in Integrative Biology-Environmental Science and Knauss Marine Policy Fellow, who was featured by Florida Sea Grant to talk waterbird biology, conservation, and more. Read more.
Social Media Spotlight: @faumarinelab
@faumarinelab on Instagram: Have you ever seen Sargassum seaweed on our South Florida beaches? Large mats of floating Sargassum provide food and shelter for young sea turtles in the water but can create a barrier to the sea when washed up on our beaches. Follow here. Learn more about the FAU Marine Science Lab.
Undergraduate Student Spotlight: Gabriela Carina Rico
FAU undergraduate student Gabriela Carina Rico is studying neuroscience and behavior in the lab of Carmen Varela, Ph.D. Rico has found endless curiosity in synaptic plasticity and the mechanisms of learning and memory. Read more.
Science Diversity Lecture Series
Monday, January 24, 2022 | 3:00 p.m. | Zoom

Join us for the virtual lecture, "Quantitative Approaches to Social Justice in Higher Education," by Chad Topaz, Ph.D.. Chad is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Research for the Institute for the Quantitative Study of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity, Inc., (QSIDE) and Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Williams College.
Certified Nursing Assistant Test Prep Course
This continuing education course is a test preparation course intended for students to “challenge” the CNA exam. This exam preparation course is not affiliated with any certifying boards. The course meets in-person Saturday and Sunday 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. on the Davie campus and Monday through Thursday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. via Zoom.

January 29 - February 5
Science Faculty Support National Pediatric Cancer Foundation
Stephen Kajiura, Ph.D., Professor of Biological Sciences, and Vicki Sarajedini, Ph.D, Professor of Physics, were selected as role models for a pediatric cancer warrior who has aspirations to become a scientist, as part of the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation "Fashion Funds the Cure" event.
2021 Three Minute Thesis Competitor
Watch 2021 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Championship Competitor, Binod Rimal, present “Machine Learning Applications.” Learn more about the FAU 3MT Competition.
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.
FAU 2021 Year in Review
In the News
Supporting the SDGs: Rethinking the Role of Streets in the Climate-adapted City 
Rethinking street space offers an opportunity to tie climate mitigation and climate adaptation together to accomplish multiple community goals. The Taylor & Francis’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Online website now features four chapters of a recent book co-authored by John L. Renne, including chapter 3, From urban resilience to street resilience: Rethinking the role of streets in the climate-adapted city. Read more.
Funding Research Expeditions

Sean Williamson, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in the Marine Science Lab was selected by the FAU Postdoctoral Advisory Committee for a $1,000 grant which funds travel to present research at a national conference in 2022. Williamson studies turtle physiology and conservation. Read more.

Human Mission to Mars Research Symposium

Student-led teams from the Human Mission to Mars course presented their research on Mars exploration at a research symposium on December 15. The teams shared their findings on a range of subject areas they studied in this one-of-a-kind course. Learn more.
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