FAU’s Jupiter Life Science Initiative was recently featured in Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN). The article discusses the innovative collaboration among FAU, Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience and Scripps Florida. It also discusses the development of the Center for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology that serves as a link between FAU and industries in this field. Read the full article.

New Leadership 

Ken Dawson-Scully, Ph.D., associate professor of biology in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, has been appointed associate director of the FAU Brain Institute. In this position, Dawson-Scully will work to develop academic programs supported by the Brain Institute. Read the full article.

IB-N Student Publishes

Integrative Biology and Neuroscience (IB-N) student publishes in the journal Nature Neuroscience. Daniel E. Wilson had his work published titled, "Orientation selectivity and the functional clustering of synaptic inputs in primary visual cortex," in Nature Neuroscience. Wilson collaborated on the study with colleagues at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, including David Fitzpatrick, Ph.D., CEO of the institute.

The Initiative

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The Jupiter Life Science Initiative is aimed at building educational and research capabilities in the life sciences on FAU’s John D. MacArthur Campus in Jupiter, and is a collaborative effort between the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College. To learn more, read a message from the director.

Summer Research

The third annual John Nambu Memorial Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program welcomed a record 9 participants into this year’s program on May 16. Established in the memory of the late Dr. John Nambu, professor of Biology, the program provides undergraduates an opportunity to perform cutting-edge research in neuroscience and behavior-oriented labs on the Jupiter and Boca campuses. This year’s participants were selected through a competitive application process and were provided with a stipend for the duration of the 10-week program. Students also have the option to continue their research into the next academic year. Read More.

Dr. Keene wins Award

Alex The International Behavioral and Neural Genetics Society has awarded Alex Keene, Ph.D. of FAU the 2016 IBANGS Young Scientist Award. Recipients of the award must research topics related to the behavioral and neural genetics while making a projected impact in their field. Keene will be delivering the Young Scientist Lecture at the annual IBANGS meeting, to be held this year in Bar Harbor, Maine, USA.   


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WHO are we? You and your community-minded peers. WHAT do we do? We volunteer our time and expertise to get ideas funded. WHY? We want to be part of a dynamic community of interactive colleagues with robust research programs. HOW? We provide a framework for the systematic critique and revision of new ideas and proposals at all stages. WHERE? The Jupiter campus of FAU, 2nd floor conference room of the RE building. WHEN? Every 4 weeks for proposals. More often for new ideas.  SPECIFICS?

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