FAU John D. MacArthur Campus at Jupiter Weekly e-Update
Friday, November 25, 2016
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Brain Institute Neuroscience Seminar Series
"From the Gut to the Brain: Hormonal Regulation of Brain Dopamine Homeostasis and Cocaine Reward," presented by Aurelio Galli, Ph.D., professor, Department of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics, Vanderbilt School of Medicine. 4 p.m., Nov. 29, Rm.106, Engineering East Bldg. Boca Raton. Learn More. View the full seminar series schedule.
Lifelong Learning (LLS)
Upcoming Lecture: "Leadership Lessons for the New President," Ken Adelman, Ph.D., Dec. 6, 2:30 - 4 pm View the full Fall 2016 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.
Rescheduled Event: A Special Presentation by FAU President John Kelly Richard Gordon
President John Kelly will deliver a special presentation on Thursday, December 1, 8-10 am, in the Elinor Bernon Rosenthal Lifelong Learning Complex at FAU Jupiter. He will share the latest on FAU's Jupiter Life Science Initiative with highlights on our newest world-class faculty, state-of-the-art technology, growing partnerships, increased research funding, rising student numbers, planned growth and more. Kindly reply by November 29 by clicking here.
FAU Graduate Students Tour Biotech Company Richard Gordon
Graduate students currently enrolled in “Drug Development and Regulation,” a new course offered on the Jupiter campus by FAU’s Center for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (CMBB), got a behind-the-scenes look at the Riviera Beach-based Sancilio & Company, Inc., where they toured their biopharmaceuticals manufacturing facilities. On the heels of its 20-year anniversary, FAU’s CMBB continues to fulfill its mission to build a biotechnology hub in the region. The Center’s partnership with Sancilio & Company, Inc., a biotech company focused on the development of novel therapies for application in the emerging field of lipidomics, trains highly-skilled workers in biopharmaceuticals and drug development. This graduate-level course, taught by Sancilio scientists, is designed to help meet their unique workforce needs by equipping students with industry knowledge, background on FDA regulations and hands-on laboratory experience with preparing and analyzing pharmaceutical solutions.
Honors College Welcomes Record Number of Guests for Open House Richard Gordon
The Wilkes Honors College hosted its largest open house to date, with 250 perspective students and their families in attendance. The event is designed to showcase the campus and introduce potential students to the unique experience, superior undergraduate education and welcoming community that the college offers. After a welcome address by Dean Goldey, guests atteneded academic breakout sessions with faculty members and tours of the campus by current students. There was standing-room only for the “FAU Jupiter Life Sciences and Pre-Med/Medical Scholars” session led by Ken Dawson-Scully, Ph.D., associate director of the FAU Brain Institute.
FAU Drug Study Proposal Selected by National Institute on Aging Interventions Testing Program Richard Gordon
The National Institute on Aging’s (NIA) Interventions Testing Program (ITP) recently approved a proposal by two Florida Atlantic University faculty members to test the known anti-inflammatory drug sulindac in a pilot study for life span extension. ITP accepts between three to five interventions for testing each year, among a large number of proposals from across the nation.

Distinguished Research Professor Herb Weissbach, Ph.D., and Shailaja Kesaraju Allani, Ph.D, research assistant professor- both of FAU’s Center for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science- based the proposal on years of research conducted at FAU on the drug, which revealed other unique biological properties that protect normal cells against oxidative damage that occurs after traumatic events such as heart attack and oxidative damage to the retina. Additionally, they have shown that sulindac can make anti-cancer drugs more effective in killing cancer cells.

“Since oxidative damage is believed to also play a significant role in age-related diseases and the aging process, the NIA selected sulindac to test for its ability to extend life span in mice,” said Weissbach. “We are thrilled to continue the work done in collaboration with our FAU colleagues Dr. Howard Prentice and Dr. Janet Blanks through the ITP program, which will hopefully lead to more effective treatments for common diseases we face with age, including cancer.”

The ITP program carries out testing studies in specialized facilities housed at University of Michigan, The Jackson Laboratory, and University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. The program is designed to involve collaborations with investigators at any university, institute, or other organization that has ideas about pharmacological interventions that might slow the aging process and wishes to test these in a lifespan study of mice.

For more information, contact Weissbach at 561-799-8345

Jupiter LLS Hosts Students from Independence Middle School to Learn from former NASA Astronaut Richard Gordon
Seventh grade students from Independence Middle School's SciQuest program recently attended “Perspectives from Space," a Jupiter Lifelong Learning Society lecture presented by former astronaut Sandra Magnus, Ph.D. Selected as an Astronaut in the 1996 class, Magnus entered NASA during the era of the International Space Station program, resulting in a career that took her around the world, as well as off the planet. Jupiter’s LLS invited local middle and high schools to attend the lecture as part of a community outreach effort.
The Neuroscience Student Organization Hosted Kick-Off Event Richard Gordon
Graduate students interested in brain sciences and brain health at FAU launched the group Neuroscience Student Organization (NSO) with an event held in downtown West Palm to network and hear TED-style talks focused on key facets of the graduate experience, from the perspectives of senior neuroscientists. The speakers included Tanja Godenschwege, Ph.D., associate professor, biological sciences, FAU, Robert Stackman, professor & interim chair, psychology, FAU and David Fitzpatrick, scientific director & CEO of Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience. All graduate student attendees received free 2017 Society for Neuroscience memberships. The event was sponsored by the FAU Brain Institute and the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience.
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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