Biology Announcements

The following is a list of the latest news from the Department of Biological Sciences. For more general stories or announcements, please visit the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science homepage, the Jupiter Life Science Initiative webpage, and the Owl Research & Innovation Magazine.


May 18, 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Lucia Carvelli, member of the Brain Institute and JLSI research group on the FAU Jupiter campus, for getting a paper accepted in Frontiers in Physiology, the second most cited journal in the physiology field!


May 11, 2018

FAU Alum and Former Undergrad of the Year Publishes Paper. Congratulations to Sabah Ali, FAU alum who worked with Dr. Rindy Anderson, for publishing a paper in a top ornithology journal, The Auk.


May 7, 2018

IB PhD Spring 2018 Graduates. Congratulations to the following (PI name in parentheses): Jennifer Krill (Ken Dawson-Scully), Olena Mahneva (Sarah Milton & Ken Dawson-Scully), Keith Murphy (Ken Dawson-Scully), Monica Risley (Ken Dawson-Scully), Brittany Stinson (Keith Brew), and Michael Studivan (Joshua Voss).


May 2, 2018

FAU Graduate a National Winner of a $20,000 Graduate Scholarship. Congratulations to Tevin Ali, FAU graduate and in a biotechnology entrepreneurship program at Johns Hopkins, for receiving a $20,000 National Graduate Scholarship by Sallie Mae and Scholarship America!


April 30, 2018

FAU AND MAX PLANCK TEAM UP ON FIRST-EVER JOINT POSITION. Congratulations to Ken Dawson-Scully for being newly appointed to the role of Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and head of institutional partnerships for FAU and the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience.


April 27, 2018

IB PhD Candidate Wins 1st Place in Statewide Competition. Congratulations to Keith Murphy for winning 1st Place at the Conference of Florida Graduate Schools Three Minute Thesis Competition in Tallahassee!


April 23, 2018

New poop sample analysis reveals interspecies monkey romance. Kate Detwiler, Assistant Professor and Integrative Biology program faculty, has authored a new paper that offers genetic evidence of what she’s observed: in the Tanzanian national park made famous by Jane Goodall’s study of apes, two species of guenon monkey are able to interbreed and produce fertile hybrid offspring who live alongside—and sometimes interbreed with—red-tailed monkeys.  MONKEYS SEE, MONKEYS DO CROSS SPECIES BOUNDARY.


April 20, 2018

Congratulations to Biology Honors Thesis Program student Andrea Rodriguez, who works gopher tortoises in the laboratory of Dr. Evelyn Frazier, who was awarded the University Scholars Award for the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. 


April 18, 2018

Undergraduate Researchers Represent FAU. Five undergraduate researchers presented their work at the Life Sciences South Florida Symposium at Florida International University. 


April 16, 2018

Teaching Innovations Improve Student Success. Many Biology faculty members are re-designing their teaching strategies to engage students and improve comprehension by implementing better technology and interactive resources, in-class exercises, and real-world applications of learned concepts to practical problem-solving skills. 


April 13, 2018

2018 Nambu REU Winners. Congratulations to the undergraduates that were chosen to participate in the fifth annual John Nambu Memorial Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program. This program is funded by the Jupiter Life Science Initiative and offers full-time research opportunities with stipend support for FAU undergraduates. 


April 11, 2018

Hanisak Named 2018 Audubon Hero. Congratulations to Dr. Dennis Hanisak, FAU Harbor Branch Research Professor and Education Director and IB PhD program faculty member, was recently named the recipient of this year’s Environmental Educator Award by the Pelican Island Audubon Society.


April 6, 2018

Keene lab publishes paper with students of all levels. The paper entitled "Variation in sleep and metabolic function is associated with latitude and average temperature in Drosophila melanogaster" examines the role that ecological forces play in sleep and metabolic function. The author list includes students at all levels in their academic careers- Valerie Rozzo, a Lifelong Learner, Joshua Torres, an undergraduate at the Wilkes Honors College, and Arianna Kerbs, a Dwyer High School student. 


April 4, 2018

Digital life team creates animated 3-D models of sea turtles from live specimens. Dr. Jeanette Wyneken in collaboration with the Loggerhead Marinelife Center, and the Inwater Research Group, have released new online full-color animated models of a loggerhead and a green sea turtle through a collaboration with sea turtle rescue and research institutions.


April 2, 2018

Department of Biological Sciences Undergraduate Honors Thesis Defense. Join us April 9, 2018 in the Student Union Palmetto Palm Room from 9am -12pm for the Biology Undergraduate Honors Thesis Defense Seminars!


March 30, 2018

8th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium. Biology Honors Thesis students presented their research along with fellow undergraduate researchers at the annual OURI Research Day!


March 23, 2018

Congratulations to the 2018 GPSA Research Day Winners. The Biology Department swept the competition this year! Congratulations to Jordan Merritt- IB PhD candidate, Sean Paz- IB PhD student, Rashean Graham-Biology MS student, and Tasso Cocoves-Environmental Science MS student, for placing in many of the science categories! 


March 16, 2018

VOICE PITCH SWAYS VOTERS, DOESN'T RESULT IN BETTER LEADERS. To determine if there is a correlation between voice pitch and leadership ability, Dr. Rindy Anderson, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, and Dr. Casey Klofstad, associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Miami, conducted an observational study and an experimental study that was published in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior.


March 12, 2018

SYNAPSE 2018 a big success. The Jupiter Life Science Initiative sponsored event showcased the work of more than 150 young scientists including, 40 Postdocs, 40 graduate students and 30 undergraduates from FAU, MPFI, and TSRI. 


March 8, 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Alex Keene, Associate Professor in the Biological Sciences Department, for recently receiving a $213,987 NIH research award for his project entitled "Development of Genetic Tools for Functional Analysis of Sleep in Cavefish."


March 5, 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Sarah Milton, Associate Professor in the Biological Sciences Department, for recently receiving a $9,750 sponsored research award from the FAU Foundation/Friends of Gumbo Limbo for her project entitled "Impacts of UV-B Light Therapy on Vitamin D and Immune Responsiveness in FP Turtles."


March 2, 2018

THEY'RE BACK! SHARK MIGRATION SEASON BEGINS IN S.E. FLORIDAIn the largest migration in U.S. coastal waters, blacktip sharks are headed south in the thousands for their annual migration off Florida’s southeast coast. For eight consecutive years, Stephen Kajiura, Professor in the Biological Sciences Department and internationally renowned shark researcher,  has been observing and tracking these “snowbirds of the sea.” 


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