Rod Murphey, Ph. D., director of FAU’s Jupiter Life Science Initiative and chair of the Biological Sciences Department, and Randy Blakely, Ph. D., executive director of the FAU Brain Institute, were recently honored with “See the Light” awards at the Mathew Forbes Romer Foundation's "Sweetness & Laughter Gala."
Anthony Singer (former Biology Honors Thesis program student) has been accepted into the Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology graduate program at USF.
Biomaterials: Sharks shift their spine into high gear. The languorous undulation of a shark cruising along a reef gives little hint of the fish's potential to unleash a burst of high-speed movement when pursuing prey. Writing in the Journal of Experimental Biology, Porter et al. reveal how the structural properties of the non-bony, cartilaginous skeleton of the spiny dogfish shark (Squalus acanthias) allow this fish to shift seamlessly between low-speed cruising and high-speed swimming.
Four PhD students were hooded at the graduation ceremony on December 16th.
COURTENAY GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS IN CONSERVATION BIOLOGY/ CONSERVATION BIOLOGY
Narcissus Smith (Baldwin; Hughes)
CAPTAIN AL NATHAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP/PALM BEACH COUNTY FISHING SCHOLARSHIP
Chelsea Bennice (Brooks)
VINCENT SAURINO FELLOWSHIP FOR GRAD STUDENTS IN BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
Stephanie Kelly (Dawson-Scully)
Saheed Oseni (Kumi-Diaka)
Melissa Slocumb (Keene)
Paveena Vichyavichien (Zhang)
Dr. G. ALEX AND CARLA MARSH SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Jessica Dell (Benscoter)
Sergio Gonzalez (Dorn)
ROSALYN E. SCHONZEIT SCHOLARSHIP IN ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
Karim Dawkins (Esiobu)
LUTZ MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Lauren Kircher (Baldwin)
Marisa Martinez (Gawlik)
NATIONAL SAVE THE SEA TURTLE SCHOLARSHIP
Lisa Celano (Salmon)
Christina Coppenrath (Milton)
Danielle Ingle (Porter)
Rachel Bladow (Milton)
Alexandra Lolavar (Wyneken)
Jacob Lasala (Wyneken)
Boris Tezak (Wyneken)
Sarah Hoffmann (Porter)
BOCA RATON ORCHID SOCIETY ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
Erick España (Esiobu)
JOHN NAMBU SCHOLARSHIP FOR MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
Priyanka Kakad (Godenschwege)
FAU Brain Institute Designated ‘Nikon Center of Excellence’. Florida Atlantic University’s Brain Institute in Jupiter is now home to a Nikon Center of Excellence, making it one of seven designated centers in the United States and 17 worldwide. Drs. Rodney Murphey and Ken Dawson-Scully were instrumental in developing this strategic partnership between Nikon and FAU.
Following eight 3MT Heats comprised of nearly 90 graduate students representing each college and a range of disciplines, 17 graduate students advanced to compete at the Championship. A number of our PhD and MS students placed and/or won People’s Choice throughout the 3MT heats. We’d like recognize the following students for representing our department:
FAU Drug Study Proposal Selected by National Institute on Aging Interventions Testing Program. The National Institute on Aging’s (NIA) Interventions Testing Program (ITP) recently approved a proposal by two Florida Atlantic University faculty members to test the known anti-inflammatory drug sulindac in a pilot study for life span extension. Distinguished Research Professor Herb Weissbach, Ph.D., and Shailaja Kesaraju Allani, Ph.D, research assistant professor- both of FAU’s Center for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science- based the proposal on years of research conducted at FAU on the drug, which revealed other unique biological properties that protect normal cells against oxidative damage that occurs after traumatic events such as heart attack and oxidative damage to the retina. Additionally, they have shown that sulindac can make anti-cancer drugs more effective in killing cancer cells. For more information, contact Weissbach at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Neuroscience Student Organization Hosted Kick-Off Event. Graduate students interested in brain sciences and brain health at FAU launched the group Neuroscience Student Organization (NSO) with an event held in downtown West Palm to network and hear TED-style talks focused on key facets of the graduate experience, from the perspectives of senior neuroscientists. The speakers included Tanja Godenschwege, Ph.D., associate professor, biological sciences, FAU, Robert Stackman, professor & interim chair, psychology, FAU and David Fitzpatrick, scientific director & CEO of Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience.
Worm Holds Key to Treating Epilepsy and Rapid Drug Discovery. IBAN student Monica Risley and researchers from FAU, in collaboration with The Scripps Research Institute, have opened up the possibilities for rapid drug screens to treat seizures in the near future by using a microscopic nematode worm. Current methods to control epilepsy, which affects 1 in 26 Americans, are not only inefficient but have not improved in more than 150 years when the first anticonvulsant drug was developed.
Congratulations to Brittnee McDole, a Graduate Student in the Integrative Biology Ph.D. Program for receiving one of the 2016 Society for Neuroscience Travel Awards from the FAU Brain Institute. Recipients receive up to $1000.00 toward reimbursable expenses to attend the SFN meeting in November 2016.
Nathalia Gazaniga, a recent graduate from FAU High and the Honors Thesis Program has accepted an internship at the National Institute of Health. She is a part of the National Institutes of Health Postbacculaureate Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) program. This program allows recent college graduates to obtain research experience at the NIH while applying to graduate and medical school programs. Nathalia is currently working in the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases in the Translational Immunology Section and is specifically focused on auto inflammatory diseases.