Mean or Nice? These Traits Could Make or Break A Child's Friendship
Brett Laursen, Ph.D., professor of psychology, along with Department of Psychology graduates, are authors of a study that examined whether one friend's nice and mean behaviors anticipate changes in the other friend's perceptions of relationship negativity. The researchers are the first to conduct a longitudinal study on this topic. Read more.
TODAY Show Live at FAU Observatory
The TODAY Show was LIVE at the FAU Observatory the morning of February 23, covering the Mars Perseverance rover landing. Watch here.
Apply for College of Science Spring Scholarships
The College of Science has a number merit-based and financial aid-based scholarships available for undergraduate and graduate students this Spring 2021.
Depressed Moms Who Breastfeed Boost Babies' Mood and Mutual Touch
Nancy Aaron Jones, Ph.D., associate professor and director of the FAU WAVES Emotion Laboratory in the Department of Psychology, is the lead author of a study published in the journal, Neuropsychobiology, for her research examining the developing mother-infant relationship. For the study, researchers investigated the feeding method and affectionate touch patterns in depressed and non-depressed mother-infant dyads. Read more.
Announcing the New Bachelor of Science in Medical Biology Program
The Department of Biological Sciences' new B.S. in Medical Biology prepares students for competitive professional training programs in the health sciences with a streamlined, pre-professional degree program. Learn more and apply.
Breaking the Chains of Incarceration in African American Males
Peter Claudius Osei, a Ph.D. student in the Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences, and researchers from the College of Social Work and Criminal Justice, were published for a study examining African American men’s re-entry experience, family reunification, and recidivism. Read more.
Protect Your Owl Family
Review FAU's plans and guidelines for Spring 2021 at FAU. Read more.
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
Frontiers in Science 2021 Public Lecture Series
April and May Talks
April 2

"Mathematical Puzzles"

Peter Winkler, Ph.D.
William Morrill Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, Dartmouth College

Time: 4:00 p.m.

April 23

“A New Horizon in Precision Oncology - Proteogenomics"

Henry Rodriguez, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Cancer Clinical Proteomics Research, National Cancer Institute, and Senior Scientific Officer at the National Institutes of Health

Time: 4:00 p.m.

May 19

"The Universe as a Time Machine"

Ata Sarajedini, Ph.D.
Professor of Physics, Bjorn Lamborn Endowed Chair in Astrophysics at FAU, and Chair of the Hubble Space Telescope Time Allocation Committee

Time: 3:00 p.m.

Virtual talk details to be announced.
We invite you to join the Schmidt College of Science at the 2021 Frontiers in Science Public Lecture Series. The series runs from January through April. 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. To see the full line-up, visit
Virtual Pre-Health Weeks and Graduate Fairs
The 2021 Virtual Pre-Health Professions Weeks and Graduate and Professional Fairs begin on Monday, March 15, and run through Thursday, March 25. The college’s Pre-Health Professions Office will kick off this year's festivities with a health fair organized by the student organizations, as well as a physicians panel and a medical student admissions panel. On Pre-Health Professions Day, admissions representatives will be in attendance from a variety of health related graduate schools and programs including medical, dental, pharmacy, physician assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapy, podiatry, chiropractic, veterinary medicine, optometry, and many more. Learn more.
Student Spotlight with Alumna Debbie Thomas
Congratulations to FAU alumna and former undergraduate researcher Debbie Thomas for becoming first author on a journal article for the work she performed as a student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the College of Science. Debbie and her research mentor Dr. Maciej Stawikowski’s project, “Solvatochromic and pH-Sensitive Fluorescent Membrane Probes for Imaging of Live Cells,” was recently published in the American Chemical Society Chemical Neuroscience journal. Read more.
Pre-Health Professions Spring 2021 Virtual Workshop Series
April 26 and 29

Prepare for the application process to professional health programs. The Basics Workshop is for freshman and sophomores, and reviews what makes an applicant competitive, Pre-Health Office services, admissions exams, and more. The Beyond the Basics Workshop, is for juniors and seniors, and reviews the personal statement, application timelines, and much more. Register here.
Cone Snail Venom Shows Potential For Treating Severe Malaria
Researchers from the Schmidt College of Science and FAU Medicine, including College of Science alumni at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, published a study that shows how cone snail venom has the potential to treat severe malaria. Read more.
Three Minute Thesis Championship Competitor Madeleine Hagood
Madeleine Hagood is a doctoral candidate in integrative biology who presented, "Anisotropic Mechanical Properties of Shark Skin" 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.
College of Science Spring 2021 Continuing Education Courses
The College of Science Pre-Health Office is offering three continuing education courses this spring that are available for students and members of the community: Basic Clinical Skills for Pre-Health Students, a Certified Nursing Assistant Test Prep Course (CNA), and an Electrocardiogram (EKG-12 Leads) Technician Course. Each course is meant to promote education for future careers in health and medicine. Learn more.
Summer Registration Opens March 29
In the News
Natural Hazard Review's Most Downloaded Article
An article co-authored by John Renne, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and director for the Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions program, was published in Natural Hazards Review, "Traffic Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Statewide Analysis of Social Separation and Activity Restriction,” and has become the most downloaded paper (5,906 times) in over 17 years from this leading journal. Read more.
Women Leaders in Science
February 11 marked International Day of Women and Girls in Science, and FAU's chapter of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) was recognized. AWIS works to raise the recognition of women scientists, and supports a network of peers and allies to advance diversity. AWIS also promotes equal opportunity for women to enter the scientific profession and to achieve their career goals. Learn more.
FAU Cares Emergency Fund for Students
Florida Atlantic University 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 learn more 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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