Next Generation Neuroscience Graduate Program
A collaboration between the FAU Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science has resulted in the launch of a unique partnership to train the next generation of brain scientists through the newly announced Neuroscience Graduate Program (NGP). The innovative, multi-campus Ph.D. program will blend a comprehensive curriculum that ranges from molecules to mind with exceptional research opportunities, and will serve as a key element in FAU’s pursuit of groundbreaking interdisciplinary neuroscience research. Read more.
Science Sophomore Social
Check out some of the action from the Science Sophomore Social on October 27. Students had the opportunity to meet with advisors, academic departments in the college, student organizations, FAU Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry, FAU Career Center, FAU Owls Care Health Promotion, and more. View photos.
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.
January Talks
January 14

"Imagination and the Prospects for Empiricist Artificial Intelligence"

Cameron Buckner, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Houston

Time: 4:00 p.m.

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.

Congratulations Class of 2020 Graduates
Congratulations to the FAU Class of 2020 graduates who were welcomed back to campus to be recognized at in-person commencements Oct. 26 and 27!
Lobby and Study Areas Upgraded
Thank you to Diane More, whose generous gift upgraded the SE-43 building first and second floor lobby and study areas. The new furniture provided significant improvements for students, creating collaborative study spaces, comfortable rest areas, and the modular design accommodates large and small groups.
Center for Environmental Studies Films King Tides in Downtown Fort Lauderdale
Students and researchers from the FAU Center for Environmental Studies (CES) visited downtown Fort Lauderdale to film the annual King Tides event, where high tides cause flooding on the streets. King Tides occur when the alignment of the Earth, moon and sun produce higher than usual tides.
“I was describing to the students, passer-by, and the camera crew the various ways that sea-level rise and this ‘sunny day flooding’ are already impacting our urban landscapes and infrastructure, how we predict this might change going into the future, and some of the things that both academic researchers and local public works departments are looking to do about it,” said Richard Jones, a researcher at CES.
Art of Science Photography Contest Winners Announced
Maciej Stawikowski, Ph.D., an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was awarded first place in the Division of Research Art of Science Photography Contest. The photo is titled "Understanding Cholesterol Imbalance."

Congratulations to all of the winners in the college. The Schmidt College of Science had winners in a range of categories, including "In the Field," "In the Lab," and a number of "Honorable Mentions." View all of the photos.
Long-term Tracking of Wetland Birds
Pictured: Michelle Petersen, Ph.D., an assistant research professor.
For the wading birds of South Florida — like wood storks, ibises, herons and egrets — the delicate water balance of the Everglades ecosystem is critical to their survival. It impacts their ability to find food during the wet season and successfully nest in the dry season. Scientists with FAU’s Avian Ecology lab have monitored and studied the nesting colonies of these long-legged birds in the Everglades, including sites at Lake Okeechobee. Read more.
Studying Cellular Causes of Neurodegenerative Disease
Kerriann Badal, Integrative Biology Ph.D. program student, was recently awarded the National Institutes of Health (NIH) F31 Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research. Badal is currently working on her dissertation research in the Sathya Puthanveettil laboratory at Scripps Research located on the FAU Jupiter campus. Read more.
Social Media Spotlight: @Sharkmigration
@sharkmigration on Instagram: Delighted to catch a beautiful hammerhead shark and tag it with a satellite transmitter this morning. Early next year the tag will release from the animal and transmit information about temperature and depth preferences for the shark. These environmental data will help us to better understand the habitat utilization of this endangered species. Thanks to the @colganfoundation for funding this important work. Follow here. Learn more about the FAU Elasmobranch Research Laboratory (Shark Lab).
Undergraduate Student Spotlight: Nicole Abreu
Nicole Abreu is an undergraduate student pursuing a B.S. in Mathematics and a Minor in Political Science. Learn about why she chose mathematics at FAU, her recent visit to the Florida Capitol during FAU Day, and more. Read more.
Q&A with Assoc. Professor David Binninger: P.S.M. in Business Biotechnology
Learn about the Professional Science Masters (P.S.M.) in Business Biotechnology with this question and answer session featuring Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, David Binninger, Ph.D. Read more.
FAU High and Math Student is One of Five National Winners in 2021 Rising Scientist Awards
Vivek Sreejithkumar, a senior at A.D. Henderson University School, FAU High School and a dual-enrolled undergraduate student researcher in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, is one of five students in the nation to receive the 2021 Rising Scientist Award from the Child Mind Institute. Read more.
Pre-Health Professions Fall Workshop Series
All workshops will be virtual and open to all campuses. Workshops serve a range of students, from freshman to seniors, and topics including Pre-Health Freshman FAQ, Interview Boot Camp, How to Open a File, and more. Learn more.
2021 Three Minute Thesis Competitor
Watch 2021 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Championship Competitor, Michael Priddy, present “Understanding Storm-Induced Sediment Transport in the Nearshore.” Learn more about the FAU 3MT Competition.
Spring 2022 MCAT Prep Course
Register for the MCAT Prep Course that begins Tuesday, January 11, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. Spots are limited. 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
Exercise Science and Health Promotion Scholarships
David and Eleanore Rukin Memorial Scholarship (undergraduate students), $1,100

Virginia D. Kelly Exercise Science and Wellness Endowed Scholarship (graduate students), $1,200

Deadline: Friday, January 14, 2022

Soar-in-4 Scholars

The Schmidt College of Science Soar-in-4 2020 cohort of high-achieving undergraduate students had its first in-person meeting. The group of students met with Interim Dean, Teresa Wilcox, Ph.D., and Senior Associate Dean, Evonne Rezler, Ph.D. The college Soar-in-4 program fosters a highly supportive and collaborative environment that enhances student success at FAU and beyond. Learn more.

Let's Talk!

FAU students, join FAU Counseling and Psychological Services for Let's Talk! This service is open to all FAU undergraduate, graduate and
professional students. This service is a good fit for a range of needs, such as if students are not sure about counseling, students who want the perspective of a clinician, would like to discuss a specific problem, have a concern about friend and need advice, and more. Learn more.
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