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FAU Professor, Eminent Scholar in Science Receives French Honor

BOCA RATON, FL (September 10, 2008) — Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science is pleased to announce that Scott Kelso, FAU’s eminent scholar in science and founding director of the center for complex systems and brain sciences, has been named a Pierre de Fermat Laureate, a prestigious French honor conferred by an international panel of scientists.

The internationally-renowned foreign university scholars are given a “chair of excellence” that provides financial support to develop international, collaborative research programs with French scholars.  Kelso will use the chair funding to develop a collaborative program between the center for complex systems and brain science at FAU and the Institute of Neuroscience in Toulouse, France.   A particular focus will be on the mechanisms and principles of human learning.

Kelso is one of the pioneers in the field of coordination dynamics, or science of coordination, which has led to many applications and developments in the neural, cognitive, behavioral and social sciences.   Kelso came to FAU in 1985 as the Glenwood and Martha Creech Eminent Scholar in Science.   He is a professor of psychology, biological sciences and biomedical science in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.


Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses strategically located along 150 miles of Florida's southeastern coastline. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts 10  colleges:  College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the Barry Kaye College of Business, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Graduate College,  the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.   

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