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Biology News Archive
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.

 

April 2017   March 2017   February 2017   January 2017   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. 
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