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Training Tomorrow's Scientists Today



From left,high school students Cassidy Henry, Sabrina Reid and Mary Gearing spent three weeks with researchers.

FAU has long been committed to training future scientists, and this summer rising 11th and 12th grade students had the opportunity of a lifetime to work side by side with world-class researchers from Scripps Florida and outstanding faculty from the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College on the John D. MacArthur campus in Jupiter.

“A major mission of the Scripps Research Institute is to train the bioscientists of tomorrow,” said Dr. Harry Orf, vice president of scientific support for Scripps Florida. “That begins with exposing young people to the excitement of world-class research in the lab and classroom. Partnering with the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College is a unique opportunity for our scientists to interact with the next generation of researchers who will make significant contributions to human health.”

The inaugural program’s theme was “Science, Technology and Society,” and 34 students took one of three honors courses to receive three college credits in biotechnology, bioethics, evolution, psychology or human nature. Along with their coursework, they participated in various learning activities including, lectures and discussions conducted by Scripps’ scientists. They also toured Scripps’ state-of-the-art laboratories at FAU in Jupiter.

“This was an extraordinary opportunity for talented students to earn college credits, experience college residential life and interact with leading faculty and scientists conducting cutting-edge research,” said Dr. Keith Jakee, director of the Honors Summer Institute.

These exceptional students were honored at a special ceremony on FAU’s John D. MacArthur campus on July 29.

 

'Coffee with the Professor'
Returns for Fourth Year



From left, Jupiter Campus Vice President Kristen Murtaugh, Assistant Professor of Psychology at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science Natalie Belenky and BankAtlantic's Corinne Murphy at one of last spring's "coffees."

The John D. MacArthur campus will host “Coffee with the Professor” for the fourth year, beginning on Friday, Sept. 15, with a presentation by Dr. Doug McGetchin from the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. His topic is “Gandhian Non-violence in Action.

“Coffee with the Professor” is one of the MacArthur campus’ community outreach activities. The series allows members of the business community to visit FAU on an informal basis, without having to sign up for a lecture series or class. Each session consists of a 20-minute talk by an FAU faculty member, followed by Q & A and discussion. Coffee and continental breakfast are served. The events are free and open to the public and are held in the MacArthur campus dining hall annex.

Faculty members from five other colleges offering programs on the Jupiter campus will speak on October 20, November 17, 2006 and January 19, February 16 and March 16, 2007. Each session begins at 8 a.m. and concludes by 9 a.m.

Seating is limited, so reservations are requested. For information and reservations, or to be placed on the mailing list, contact Margaret Allen at mallen31@fau.edu or 561-799-8105. The 2006-07 program is generously sponsored by BankAtlantic.

 

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