FAU-Max Planck Joint Program Creates New M.D./Ph.D. Dual Degree
FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, along with the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, signed the new M.D./Ph.D. joint neuroscience program into effect in early October. Read more.
Climate Change Consensus Endures in Florida
Belief in climate change among Florida adults has climbed to more than 90 percent, including 84 percent of self-identified Republicans, according to a new analysis of the seven sequenced surveys conducted by Colin Polsky, Ph.D., a Professor and Director of the Center for Environmental Studies, FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and FAU's College of Business. Read more.
FAU Honors 2022 Talon Award Recipients
This year's Student Talon Award was presented to Cassidy Hoover, a prospective Fall 2022 graduate in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. She is involved in the honors program as a lead peer academic coach and is the program board director for FAU’s student government. She is also a member of FAU’s women’s club soccer team. Read more.
2022 Nobel Prizes: Translating Discovery Clicks for Chemistry
Pictured: Mare Cudic, Ph.D., Glycosciences Laboratory team.
The annual Nobel Prizes that were recently announced are largely considered the most prestigious honor in the world. While they are awarded to “those who, during the preceding year, shall have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind,” it also most certainly highlights the impactful research taking place in those given fields, including ground-breaking research at Florida Atlantic. Read more.
National Parks Conservation Association Funds Student Research
Congratulations to Garrett Maggio, Kayla O’Brien, Nate Winn and Olivia Rothberg the four FAU Environmental Science graduate students who were selected as recipients of the 2022-23 National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) funding support! The students' projects were each awarded $1,000 by the NPCA, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the National Park System for present and future generations. Read more.
Schmidt College of Science Hosts Inaugural FAU Pre-Health Professions Summit
Pictured, from left: Schmidt College of Science Dean and Professor, Valery Forbes, Ph.D.; Yale School of Medicine, Deputy Dean and Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Dr. Darin Latimore; Schmidt College of Science Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, Evonne Rezler, Ph.D.; and Schmidt College of Science Director for Pre-Health Advising and Programs, Gina Jones.
In October, FAU’s Pre-Health Professions Office hosted an inaugural Pre-Health Professions Summit. The three-day event featured healthcare professionals from surrounding universities and local community practitioners. Students had the opportunity to explore career options regarding research and medicine and participate in several workshops. Read more.
Pre-Health Student Spotlight: Dodlee Mosilme
This summer, Dodlee Mosilme, a first-year Biological Sciences student, was the first FAU student to join the 2022 Yale Summer Enrichment Medical Academy in New Haven, Connecticut. Read more.
The Webb Effect: A Revolution in Space Astronomy
Thursday, November 17, at 5:00 p.m.
Owls Perch Room, Schmidt Family Academic and Athletic Complex

The Nat and Dorothy Hyman Science Lecture Series presents, "The Webb Effect: A Revolution in Space Astronomy," with noted space expert Louis-Gregory Strolger, Ph.D., astronomer, Space Telescope Science Institute. A reception including hors d'oeuvres and beverages will follow the lecture.
Modeling the Ocean: The Conservation and Science of Marine Aquariums
Monday, November 28, at 5:00 p.m.
Owls Perch Room, Schmidt Family Academic and Athletic Complex

Join Andrew Sandler, founder and CEO of Polo Reef, on a journey through some of the most visionary, complex and expansive privately operated marine aquaria. The event is free and open to the public. A reception will immediately follow the lecture.
Great Minds Are Not All The Same with Dr. Temple Grandin
Tuesday, November 29, 2022
12:00 - 1:30 p.m. (EST)
Join us live on Webex 

Temple Grandin, Ph.D., is a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. Grandin has been instrumental in implementing animal welfare auditing programs that are used by McDonald's, Wendy's, Whole Foods and other corporations. Grandin has designed facilities for handling livestock that are used by many companies around the world, and has appeared on numerous TV shows, such as 20/20, Larry King Live and Prime Time. Her books include: "Thinking in Pictures, Livestock Handling and Transport," and "The Autistic Brain." Her book, "Animals in Translation," has been on The New York Times Bestseller List. Temple was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in September 2017, and in 2022, she was named a Colorado State University Distinguished Professor.
Visualizing Sea Level Rise Experience in West Palm Beach
October 29 - November 21, 2022

Picture public parks flooding and adapting in our immersive,10-minute VR experience. After the interaction, you can also participate in a research study investigating virtual reality and sea-level rise. Free and available for individuals 13 years old and up. This experience is produced in partnership with the FAU Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions and the City of West Palm Beach. Learn more.
Get a sneak peak of the VR views with this Sea Level Rise Explorer West Palm Beach video. Your input with this research study will guide the West Palm Beach mayor and City Commission in making important decisions for the future.
Applications are Open for FAU's Ph.D. Neuroscience Graduate Program
Deadline to Apply: December 1, 2022

Florida Atlantic's Neuroscience Graduate Program provides our doctoral students with the opportunity to work alongside world-renowned faculty using cutting-edge research techniques to understand the nervous system, from fundamental cellular processes to translational medical applications. The unique program links multiple FAU colleges, departments and local research institutes to achieve a multi-disciplinary training experience that spans the breadth of neuroscience inquiry.
Fall 2022 Pre-Health Workshop Series
September to December, 2022

The Pre-Health Professions Workshop series runs throughout the Fall 2022 semester with virtual and/or in-person sessions. Workshops are open to all campuses and include: Pre-Health and Health Science Academic Program Overview, Pre-Health Freshman FAQs, The Basics for Competitive Applications, Beyond the Basics, Post-Baccalaureate “Career Changer” Program, How to Open a File/Committee Interview Request, workshops for first generation students, and more. Learn more.
Schmidt College of Science Excellence Awards
To recognize the achievements of our faculty and staff, the Schmidt College of Science will present these awards at an inaugural celebration in Spring 2023. The awards recognize research, teaching, advising, service and dedication to the College’s mission and improving students’ experiences.

Deadline to submit nominations: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022
Jumpstart Postdoctoral Program 
The Jumpstart Postdoctoral Program aims to stimulate synergy between faculty and postdoctoral associates and encourage greater multidisciplinary collaboration. The program provides opportunities for postdocs and our faculty to engage in multidisciplinary research that addresses societally relevant problems. Faculty interested in starting a new collaboration and in supporting early career scientists, this is an ideal opportunity to do both.
Molecular Effects of Spinal Cord Stimulation on Pain Related Biological Processes
November 8, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Gelb Auditorium and Zoom, Schmidt College of Medicine
Coffee hour in the lobby 2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

Ricardo Vallejo, M.D., Ph.D., is an Anesthesiologist and Pain Physician, CEO for Stimgenics and SXG-Medical LLC, and CMO Capri Medical.
Rubin and Cindy Gruber Sandbox Open Hours: Ask Questions About AI
November Dates
Mondays from noon - 2 p.m.
Wednesdays from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Wimberly Library, Boca Raton campus  

The Rubin and Cindy Gruber Sandbox is a partnership between the S.E. Wimberly Library and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, and provides a unique environment to explore ever-changing technologies. These informative sessions invite faculty, staff and students to learn about and get involved with AI at Florida Atlantic. Learn more.
Earn Your Certificate in Cybersecurity
Build high-demand skills and combat cyber threats with a certificate in cybersecurity. Learn more.
TeamSparX Refresh
The Division of Research announced an upgrade to TeamSparX, a Florida Atlantic research collaboration platform. This team-building software platform connects researchers with potential collaborators and with students interested in research. Learn more and take a look at the new features.
In the News
Fall Equinox Triggers Great White Shark Migration South

Charles E. Schmidt College of Science Professor Stephen Kajiura, Ph.D., spoke with Newsweek as to why water temperature is a primary motivator of migration in marine organisms. Read more. Image: Newsweek.
Ian is Likely Florida's Deadliest Hurricane Since 1935

Hurricane Ian's storm surge claimed the most lives by drowning, likely making it the most deadly storm in Florida's history. John Renne, Ph.D., AICP, Professor and Director of the Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions, was interviewed in a recent Washington Post story, in which he advocated for better educating the public about the risks of staying in storm-surge areas. Read more. Image: The Washington Post.
Changes Needed for Coastal Communities as They Rebuild From Ian's Destruction

John Renne, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the FAU Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions, joined Michael Williams on WPTV's To The Point to discuss changes needed for our coastal communities as they rebuild following the destruction caused by Hurricane Ian. Watch here.
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