Herbert Weissbach Receives BioFlorida's Lifetime Achievement Award
Herbert Weissbach, Ph.D., received BioFlorida's "Lifetime Achievement Award" at its annual conference. Weissbach is a professor emeritus in Florida Atlantic University's Center for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry within the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science at FAU's John D. MacArthur Campus in Jupiter. Weissbach received the award, which is reserved to recognize outstanding leadership in the industry throughout an individual's career and for significant contributions to industry growth. 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. For the study, researchers from the College of Science, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, and Cornell University sampled the gut microbiome of zebra finches. Read more.
Very Hungry and Angry, Caterpillars Head-Butt to Get What They Want
Inspired by his own butterfly garden at home, College of Science neuroscientist, Alex Keene, Ph.D., got a unique look at how monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) caterpillars behave when food is scarce. The results look something like a combination of boxing and “bumper” cars. Read more.
Frontiers in Science 2021 Public Lecture Series
January Talks
January 15

"Understanding the Big Bang: The Universe Beyond Einstein"

Ivan Agullo, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Physics, Louisiana State University

Time: 4:00 p.m.

January 22

"Human Health Assessment and Rehabilitation: What Does the Future Hold?"

Christopher Rhea, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Kinesiology, University of North Carolina Greensboro

Time: 4:00 p.m.

January 29

"Homo naledi and the Rising Star Cave"

Marina Elliot, Ph.D.
Biological Anthropologist, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Time: 4:00 p.m.

We invite you to join the Schmidt College of Science at the 2021 Frontiers in Science Public Lecture Series! Experts from across the world bring a diversity of topics, discussing research in timely and engaging areas of the sciences. This season will be fully virtual, yet just as interactive, including question and answer sessions. Above are the January speakers. To see the full line-up, visit
University Coronavirus Updates
FAU continues to closely monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19). For the most recent updates, visit the University's dedicated web page at
Time-lapse of Bottlenose Dolphin Skeleton Completed by Science Students
Check out this time-lapse video of Integrative Biology Ph.D. student, Danielle Ingle, and team, assembling a bottlenose dolphin skeleton which is on display in the atrium of the SE-43 building. The deceased dolphin was responded to by the Harbor Branch Marine Mammal Stranding Team. Other students who assisted with the project include: Wendy Marks, Chloe Prayon, Samantha McGuire, and Ivana Heerdegen. Please note, this video was taken pre-COVID.
Pictured: Danielle Ingle, lead on dolphin assembly project, and dolphin skeleton staged in preparation for installation.
Three Minute Thesis Championship Competitor Danielle Ingle
Danielle Ingle is a doctoral candidate in Integrative Biology who presented, "What happens when vertebrae don't bear weight?" at the 2020 Three Minute Thesis Competition. Click here to learn more and see all of the 3MT Championship competitors from the College of Science.
FAU and Memorial Healthcare System Establish Research Partnership
Florida Atlantic University and Memorial Healthcare System in Broward County have formed a “Research Partnership to Advance Clinical Trials” (Research PACT), which combines their expertise and resources in areas such as clinical research and clinical trials. The coordinated effort also will leverage the two organizations’ state-of-the-art facilities, as well as proficiency in various areas from cancer to cardiology and biomedical engineering to big data analytics and artificial intelligence. Fifteen faculty members in the College of Science were identified as research collaborators to support the Research PACT. Read more.
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." The paper discusses how the Florida Bay estuary is restricted from its historic freshwater input from the Everglades. Read more.
Young Shark Scientist Working to Bring More Women of Color Into Marine Biology
Carlee Jackson, an alumna of the Schmidt College of Science, was featured in the Sun-Sentinel for her co-founding of an organization called Minorities in Shark Science (MISS) for Black female shark scientists. Through MISS, Jackson and team have raised more than $25,000, which has helped them work towards their goal of increasing diversity in marine biology, encouraging more women of color to join the field of research. Read more.
Alumnus Tevin Ali Shares Tips for Current Students 
Tevin Ali, a Spring 2017 graduate of the B.S. Biological Sciences program, shares tips for current students and some of his favorite memories from FAU. Tevin is a Community Engagement Specialist & Campus Ambassador Program Mentor at Gift of Life Marrow Registry and a Higher Education Speaker. After graduating from FAU, Tevin earned his M.S. in Biotechnology Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at Johns Hopkins University.
In the News
Art of Science Photo Contest Winners
Hosted by the Division of Research, the Art of Science Photo Contest highlights the cutting-edge research, scholarship, and creative activity taking place in the field, in the lab, and across all disciplines at FAU. The College of Science is proud to announce that Charlene Fournier, a graduate student in the college, received the second place nomination for the contest and an additional seven students received honorable mentions. Click here to view the photos.
David Bjorklund, Ph.D., Publishes Book
David Bjorklund, Ph.D., Professor and Associate Chair for the Department of Psychology, published the book, “How Children Invented Humanity,” that is now available through Oxford Publishing and Amazon.
FAU Cares Emergency Fund for Students
Florida Atlantic University has established the "FAU Cares Emergency Fund" for currently registered, degree-seeking students who are experiencing financial hardship. The fund can be used for education-related expenses such as room, board, tuition, and personal expenses.
Students can apply here through FAU’s Office of Student Financial Aid. For more information and to donate to the FAU Cares Emergency Fund, visit
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Monday, January 25
2021 Faculty and Staff Diversity Symposium

Friday, January 29
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