Sea Level Rise: Impacts to Property and Regional Planning Solutions
A recent study published by researchers from the Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions at FAU reveals urgent action is needed to protect billions of dollars in real estate investment across South Florida due to impacts of sea-level rise over the next several decades. Read more on the FAU News Desk. Read the sea level rise report here.
Marianne Porter First FAU Biologist to Win NSF CAREER Award
Marianne Porter, Ph.D., an assistant professor, is the first FAU biologist to win the prestigious National Science Foundation Early Career (CAREER) Award. Porter received $625,943 over five years for research to better understand how marine animals tune, or dynamically adjust their movements using their skin and skeletons. Porter was featured in the FAU News Desk as well as the Division of Research.
Congratulations Graduates
Florida Atlantic hosted virtual commencement ceremonies for the Summer and Spring 2020 graduates along with a week of celebrations, recognizing the 2020 graduates. Click here to view the graduates and watch the virtual ceremony for the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.
Brain Behavior: Bilingual and Monolingual Brains May Differ
Mónica Rosselli, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology and assistant chair of in the Department of Psychology. Rosselli investigates cultural or learned experiences of language and studies differences between the brains of bilinguals and monolinguals in healthy and abnormal aging (e.g., mild cognitive impairment and dementia). 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
Researcher's Algorithm Part of Final Selection Round for First Post-Quantum Cryptography Standard
Edoardo Persichetti, Ph.D., is part of research team whose proposal for a cryptographic encryption scheme made it to the final round of the Post-Quantum Standardization process; a program created by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Read more.
How Can We Help South Florida Recover From the Pandemic?
NBC6 South Florida's Roxy Vargas interviews John L. Renne, Ph.D., a professor and Director of the FAU Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions. Citing other cities like Rome, Italy, Renne recommends devoting underutilized outdoor spaces to new purposes like markets and cafe-style dining, especially in downtown, walkable locations.
Hurricanes and Vulnerable Populations: How Will They Cope and Adapt?
Researchers from Florida Atlantic University, including co-principal investigator Diana Mitsova, Ph.D., an associate professor in FAU’s School of Urban and Regional Planning, in collaboration with Georgia State University, have received a RAPID grant from the National Science Foundation to capture momentary and time-bound data on the subjective perceptions of resilience of individuals and households, including their coping and adaptive capacities. Read more.
Three Minute Thesis Championship Competitor Toluleke Famuyiwa
Toluleke Famuyiwa is a doctoral candidate in Integrative Biology who presented "You Only Treat Cancer Once (YOTCO)" at the 2020 Three Minute Thesis Competition. Click here to learn more and see all of the 3MT Competition winners from the College of Science.
Math Researcher Makes Breakthrough in Understanding Malaria
Francis Motta, Ph.D., and colleagues uncovered evidence that will enable scientists to "develop new strategies and treatments to prevent and control parasitic infections that affect hundreds of millions of people worldwide." Read more.
Can Eight Hours of Sleep Enhance Memory?
Carmen Varela, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, researches the brain, memory and sleep, with a focused understanding of cognitive processes like learning and memory. Varela's research on how the importance of resting and sleep affects our learning and memory abilities. Read more.
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How to Make Your Own Comet
Make your own comet at home with professor of physics, Vicki Sarajedini, Ph.D., and physics research assistant, John Della Costa. Learn what comets are made of, why they have a tail, and how to make your own miniature comet. The activities demonstrated in this video, including handling dry ice, should be performed with adult supervision and with proper safety precautions, including gloves and protective eyewear.
Certified Nursing Assistant Test Prep Course
The College of Science is offering a Certified Nursing Assistant Test Prep Course (CNA), intended for students to “challenge” the CNA exam. The instructors are nurses and approved through the Florida Board of Nursing to teach a variety of certification courses. The first session will begin on September 14 and will run until September 20. The course meets Monday through Thursday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. through Webex and in-person on Saturday and Sunday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.. Learn more.
Electrocardiogram (EKG-12 Leads) Technician Course
Register for the Electrocardiogram (EKG-12 Leads) Technician Course taking place September to October through Zoom. This course prepares students to work as an EKG technician in hospitals, clinics, doctor's offices, and other health care facilities. After completing this course, students will be able to analyze cardiac rhythms and 12 lead EKGs. This comprehensive 30 hour EKG technician course prepares students to function as EKG and Monitor technicians. No previous healthcare experience is needed for this course. Learn more.
In the News
Student Spotlight with Ph.D. Candidate Sunil Giri
Sunil Giri is a Ph.D. candidate in Mathematics who plans on graduating Fall 2020. Sunil successfully defended his dissertation in July, which is titled “Infection Age Structured Vector Borne Disease Model with Direct Transmission,” He works with advisor, associate professor and mathematical biologist, Necibe Tuncer, Ph.D.

Photo: Pedro Portal, Miami Herald
Endangered Sea Turtle Shells Seized in Miami
Sarah Milton, Ph.D., professor and interim chair of the Department of Biological Sciences, was quoted in the Miami Herald story, “Endangered sea turtle shells disguised as blue plastic seized as MIA en route to Asia.” The article detailed the seizure of endangered Hawksbill and Green sea turtle shells at an air cargo warehouse — one of the largest seizures of turtle shells ever in the U.S. Read more.
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
Sponsored Research Awards
Ken Dawnson-Scully, Ph.D.
Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, $625,000
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