FAU John D. MacArthur Campus at Jupiter Weekly e-Update
Friday, December 30, 2016
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Brain Institute Neuroscience Seminar Series
"My Soiree with GABA: From Phenomena to Mechanisms of Action," presented by Hermes Yeh, Ph.D., Dartmouth University. 4pm, Jan. 10, FAU Boca campus, EE 106. View the full seminar series schedule.
Lifelong Learning (LLS)
Upcoming Lecture: "Joan Rivers: Behind the Mask of Comedy," Eunice Bernard and Carol Clarke, Jan 3, 2pm View the full Winter 2017 Schedule.
Honors College’s Kenan Challenge
Donate to Honors College’s Kenan Challenge to make the world a better place by helping students start their own social enterprises. Learn More.
Legislative Update
Read Government Relations latest Legislative Update Here.
Richard Gordon
FAU Brain Institute Designated ‘Nikon Center Of Excellence’ Richard Gordon
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. FAU President John Kelly joined Toshiaki Nagano, president and chief executive officer of Nikon Instruments Inc., and Randy Blakely, executive director of FAU’s Brain Institute, for a special event today to highlight the growth and progress associated with FAU’s Jupiter Life Science Initiative. Together, they signed a Memorandum of Understanding before an audience of more than 300 community stakeholders and FAU students, faculty and staff. Read More. Watch the video.
Wilkes Honors College Holds Annual Named Scholar Recognition Ceremony Richard Gordon
The Wilkes Honors College Annual Named Scholar Recognition Ceremony was held on November 18 and the 2015-2016 Wilkes Honors College Named Scholars and their donors were recognized during the ceremony. The event provided the opportunity for scholarship donors to meet with the recipients of their generosity, and for students to meet and thank their benefactors. The new Dean of the Wilkes Honors College, Ellen S. Goldey, Ph.D., was the guest speaker. Goldey shared insights regarding her background in the life sciences and spoke about how every Wilkes Honors College student has the ability to make a difference.
Blakely Appointed to the National Advisory Mental Health Council (NAMHC) Richard Gordon
Randy Blakely, Ph.D., executive director of the Brain Institute, is appointed to serve a four-year period on the National Advisory Mental Health Council (NAMHC). The NAMHC advises the Secretary of Health and Human Services; the Director, National Institutes of Health; and the Director, National Institute of Mental Health, on all policies and activities relating to the conduct and support of mental health research, research training, and other programs of the Institute. “I am honored to be able to serve our nation’s mental health research community and the NIMH through my work on the NAMHC,” said Blakely. “This position should also be helpful for FAU neuroscientists in having an informed perspective over federal grant priorities, particularly with a change in NIMH leadership.”
FAU and Neuro Pharmalogics Enter into Licensing Agreement Richard Gordon
Florida Atlantic University has entered into a licensing agreement with Neuro Pharmalogics, Inc., a private biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing innovative therapies for patients with rare (orphan) neurological diseases. The portfolio of patents focuses on the PKG (protein kinase G) pathway, which plays a pivotal role in several neurological conditions by controlling cortical spreading depolarization. Research at FAU has found that neurological diseases, including hemiplegic migraine – a severe type of migraine that can affect patients up to 15 times a month and can paralyze half the body – as well as neural trauma (traumatic brain injury and spinal shock), stroke, and epileptic conditions can be targeted through the PKG signaling pathway. Read More. From the Sun Sentinel.
FAU Jupiter’s Lifelong Learning Society Announces Winter Course Schedule Richard Gordon
Florida Atlantic University’s Lifelong Learning Society Jupiter has announced its course offerings for the winter semester, which begins Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017.Taught by FAU professors and distinguished guest lecturers, course offerings include such varied subjects as foreign policy, political science, film, music, art history and literature. The Lifelong Learning Society was established to provide adults of all ages the opportunity to enrich their lives through non-credit, university-level courses with no homework or tests. Learn More.
Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s John D. MacArthur Campus in Jupiter presently enrolls more than 1,500 students and offers a broad range of upper-division and graduate courses. The campus houses the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College and the nation’s largest Lifelong Learning Society. The Jupiter Life Science Initiative unites scientists and students in research and training programs and leverages FAU’s close affiliations with Scripps Florida and the Max Planck Florida Institute, which are also located on the campus. As part of this effort, the university-wide Brain Institute launched on the campus in 2016 and is a hub of cutting-edge, multidisciplinary neuroscience activity that builds on existing neuroscience centers and programs within FAU. The Center for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology offers research and training programs in molecular biology and biotechnology and serves as a link between FAU and other institutions and industries in this field.
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