Biology News Archive


The following is a list of past 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

 

July 2017

  • FAU Scientists discuss black tip shark migration and shark physiology. Drs. Stephen Kajiura and Marianne Porter, Professors in the Biological Sciences Department, discuss the black tip shark migration (6:30) and shark physiology (43:00). Check out the show and happy shark week! 

  • FAU SCIENTIST HELPS DISCOVER NEW MINIATURE SHARK SPECIES. Dr. Stephen Kajiura, Professor in the Biological Sciences Department, was part of a team of scientists who discovered a new species of miniature, glow-in-the-dark sharks belonging to the Lanternshark family.

  • USA Today Interview. Dr. Marianne Porter, Assistant Professor in the Biological Sciences Department, discusses Olympic legend Michael Phelp's chances racing a shark. 

  • Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. FAU was well-represented by faculty and students from across several campuses at the 2017 large national conference. Congratulations to Sarah Hoffmann, IB Ph.D. student in Dr. Porter's laboratory, for receiving an award in the student talk competition! 

  • Good Morning America Interview. Dr. Stephen Kajiura, Professor in the Biological Sciences Department, discusses great white sharks with GMA hosts as they discuss actor Rob Lowe's encounter with a great white shark off the California coast.

  • FAU -SCI Partnership Yields First CareersFAU’s new workforce training partnership with Sancilio & Company (SCI), a Riviera Beach-based biotech company, has yielded new careers for recent graduates.

  • Avian Expert Awarded Scientific Product Grant. Wildlife Acoustics, Inc. has awarded a Scientific Product Grant to Rindy Anderson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. Anderson will receive acoustic recording units to further her research on Bachman's sparrow.

  • Research In Action. Anthropology researchers led by Kate Detwiler, Ph.D., are studying a little known monkey population living in Dania Beach. The video features Missy Williams, IB PhD candidate, and Daniel Alempijevic, MSc Environmental Science student. 

 

June 2017

  • Former Biology Honors Thesis Program Student Making Waves in SNMA. Congratulations to Sergeine Lezeau on being chosen to serve as the Publications Committee Co-Chair and Journal Editor of the Student National Medical Association’s (SNMA) National Committee Chair.   

  • Loggerhead turtle nests facing new threats. Dr. Marguerite Koch-Rose of the Biological Sciences Department along with researchers at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center were interviewed on WPTV to discuss rising threats to South Florida nesting grounds and sea turtle populations. 

  • FAU Biology Student Named Florida Student of the Year. Congratulations to Tevin Ali, recent B.S. Biological Sciences Graduate for receiving the prestigious award from the Florida Association of Colleges and Employers (FloridaACE). 

  • The Mystery of the Wild Monkeys of Dania. Congratulations to Integrative Biology PhD student Missy Williams and Dr. Kate Detwiler, her advisor, for getting their research featured in the summer issue of Gold Coast magazine (page 58).

  • Biology Master's student wins award. Congratulations to Danielle Dodge of the Voss laboratory for winning “Best Graduate Student Poster Presentation” at the 2017 Benthic Ecology Meeting in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

  • Dr. Nate Dorn Reignites Research Collaboration. Dr. Dorn recently restarted a collaboration and currently has four funded research projects totaling more than $640K.

 

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December 2016

  • 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. 

  • A study on fear memory by Robert Stackman, Ph.D., professor and interim chair of the Department of Psychology, and Joan Lora, a doctoral student in Integrative Biology - Neuroscience, was recently published online in the journal Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging. Collaborators include Sathyanarayanan (Sathya) V. Puthanveettil, Ph.D., associate professor at Scripps, who led the study. Previous work defined a role for the prefrontal cortex in consolidation of fear memory. However, the involvement of this brain region in encoding new long-term memories had not been determined.

  • The biology department recently awarded more than $34,500 in scholarships to 21 graduate students.  Additionally, 18 biology graduate students received Fellowships from the FAU Graduate College for the 2016-2017 academic year. Please join us in congratulating the following students:  

    • 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. 

 

November 2016

  • Congratulations to Florida Atlantic University's inaugural Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Championship winners! Three students from the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science placed in the Championship Heat. The IB PhD program took the 2nd and 3rd place positions in the Graduate College’s inaugural Three Minute Thesis Competition this last month.  Stephanie Kelly (Dawson-Scully) and Keith Murphey (Dawson-Scully/Ja (Scripps)) took 2nd and 3rd place respectively.

  • Championship Winner ($2,500) Mickelene Hoggard, Doctoral candidate, Chemistry

  • Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. "Snail Spit to Medicine." Advisor: Dr. Mare Cudic & Dr. Tanja Godenschwege

  • First Runner-Up ($1,500) Stephanie Kelly, Doctoral candidate, Integrative Biology

  • Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. "Of Flies and Men: Insights from an Age-Related Stress Tolerance Assay" Advisor: Dr. Ken Dawson-Scully

  •  Second Runner-Up ($1,000) Keith Murphy, Doctoral candidate, Integrative Biology

  • Charles E. Schmidt College of Science "Postprandial Sleep Mechanics in Drosophila." Advisor: Dr. Ken Dawson-Scully & Dr. William Ja

  • 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:

    • Christina Coppenrath (Baldwin)

    • Douglas Holmes (Esiobu)

    • Kyle Newton (Kajiura)

    • Betsy Evans (Gawlik)

    • Victoria Erb (Wyneken)

    • Alexandra Lolavar (Wyneken)

    • Carlie Perricone (McCarthy)

    • Michael Studivan (Voss)

    • Alberto Padilla (Hartmann)

  • Dr. Ken Dawson-Scully’s company Neuro Pharmalogics participated in the Tech Runway program and has just entered into a licensing agreement with FAU. Neuro Pharmalogics is a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing innovative therapies for patients with rare neurological diseases. Read more here:http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/careers/fl-fau-tech-runway-company-licensing-20161130-story.html and here.

  • Keith R. Murphy (IB-N PhD) is the primary author of a paper about how different foods can play roles in the immediate effects of sleep titled, “Postprandial Sleep Mechanics in Drosophila.” Researchers at FAU, Scripps Florida Research Institute, and Bowling Green State University have discovered evidence for “food comas”, the sleepy-like stupor that comes after eating a large meal. The study has gained national press this Thanksgiving, including articles in the Huffington Post and Fox news. Drs. Ken Dawson-Scully and Alex Keene and IB student Maria Yurgel are co-authors on the paper. Read the study here: https://elifesciences.org/content/5/e19334.

  • 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 hweissba@fau.edu.

  • 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.

 

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