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Newswise: FAU Develops Simplified COVID-19 Diagnostic Method to Ramp Up Widespread Testing
Released: 12-Jan-2021 8:30 AM EST
FAU Develops Simplified COVID-19 Diagnostic Method to Ramp Up Widespread Testing
Florida Atlantic University

A simplified COVID-19 testing protocol can detect minimal quantities of the SARS-CoV-2 using samples from the nose and throat as well as saliva and may be useful in testing patients with low viral titers such as asymptomatic patients or testing individuals prior to quarantine release. The high sensitivity method can be used in laboratories with minimal molecular biology equipment and expertise, and enables several patient samples to be pooled, decreasing the number of tests required for larger populations.

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Released: 7-Jan-2021 8:30 AM EST
‘Hail to the Queen’ - Saving the Caribbean Queen Conch
Florida Atlantic University

Second only to the spiny lobster, the queen conch is a prized delicacy long harvested for food and is revered for its beautiful shell. Conch populations have dwindled so low, creating a dire and urgent situation in ecological and economic terms. To preserve this most significant molluscan fishery in the Caribbean, the world’s leading expert on queen conch aquaculture has published an 80-page, step-by-step user manual that provides complete illustrations and photos of how to culture and restore the queen conch.

Newswise: FAU Offers K-12 Teachers Free Course on Tips to Teach Online
Released: 14-Dec-2020 8:30 AM EST
FAU Offers K-12 Teachers Free Course on Tips to Teach Online
Florida Atlantic University

To address the many challenges of teaching online, FAU’s College of Education is offering a free eight-hour online certificate course for K-12 teachers to assist them with teaching online. This continuing education certificate course provides school districts timely assistance to enhance teachers’ e-learning skills and provides time-saving tips in lesson planning and effective student assessments for online teaching.

Newswise: FAU Receives Florida Department of Health Grant to Study Health Effects of Harmful Algal Blooms
Released: 10-Dec-2020 8:30 AM EST
FAU Receives Florida Department of Health Grant to Study Health Effects of Harmful Algal Blooms
Florida Atlantic University

Despite many occurrences of red tide and blue green algae in Florida waters, the understanding of the health effects of exposure to these blooms is limited. Researchers will evaluate short- and long-term health effects of exposure to harmful algal blooms (HABS) in Florida to capture key areas of human exposure and a wide demographic population profile. They also will evaluate the potential effect of exposure to COVID-19 on susceptibility to HABs and health outcomes in this study population.

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Released: 7-Dec-2020 8:30 AM EST
Stunning Discovery Reveals Bonefish Dive 450 Feet ‘Deep’ into the Abyss to Spawn
Florida Atlantic University

Using active acoustic telemetry and sonar data, a study provides the first detailed documentation of a shallow water fish diving 450 feet deep to spawn. Prior research has shown that bonefish dive about 164 feet to spawn, but this new and unprecedented study reveals that they reached depths of 450 feet, and moved below 325 feet for two hours before spawning in a rush upward to 220 feet deep.

Newswise: FAU Receives NIH Grant to Enhance Social Engagement in Older Adults
Released: 1-Dec-2020 8:30 AM EST
FAU Receives NIH Grant to Enhance Social Engagement in Older Adults
Florida Atlantic University

FAU researchers have received a two-year, $675,000 grant from the National Institute of Aging to test a mathematical model designed to optimize social and physical engagement in this population. The objective of the study is to identify strategies that will facilitate and enhance social interactions with and among older adults and counter age-related decline by pinpointing activities that will allow the social life of older adults to flourish.

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Released: 20-Nov-2020 8:40 AM EST
Very Hungry and Angry, Caterpillars Head-butt to Get What They Want
Florida Atlantic University

When food is scarce, monarch butterfly caterpillars go from peaceful feeders to aggressive fighters. The results look something like a combination of boxing and “bumper” cars. The less food, the more likely caterpillars were to try to head-butt each other out of the way to get their fill, lunging and knocking aside other caterpillars to ensure their own survival. And, they are most aggressive right before the final stages of their metamorphosis.

Newswise: Endangered Juvenile Smalltooth Sawfish Found in St. Lucie River
Released: 19-Nov-2020 8:30 AM EST
Endangered Juvenile Smalltooth Sawfish Found in St. Lucie River
Florida Atlantic University

Scientists tagged and released a young, rare female smalltooth sawfish -- a significant step for sawfish research and recovery efforts in Florida. The 10-year acoustic tag is a major milestone in providing crucial capacity to tell where these mysterious and endangered fish are headed in the future.

Newswise: FAU Announces Largest Gift in School’s History
Released: 17-Nov-2020 4:10 PM EST
FAU Announces Largest Gift in School’s History
Florida Atlantic University

Kurt and Marilyn Wallach share a lifelong commitment to educating on the Holocaust to ensure the lessons of this horrific point in our world’s history remains relevant today and to future generations.

Newswise: Perfect Match: FAU and Memorial Healthcare System Establish Research Partnership
Released: 16-Nov-2020 8:30 AM EST
Perfect Match: FAU and Memorial Healthcare System Establish Research Partnership
Florida Atlantic University

South Florida giants in higher education and healthcare have joined forces to form an alliance that will advance clinical research and clinical trials in the region. Florida Atlantic University and Memorial Healthcare System in Broward County have formed a “Research Partnership to Advance Clinical Trials” (Research PACT), which combines their expertise and resources in clinical research, clinical trials, basic research and translational biomedical research.

Newswise: Everyone Can Still Cast Their Votes … For the Best Images Captured by FAU Researchers
Released: 12-Nov-2020 12:40 PM EST
Everyone Can Still Cast Their Votes … For the Best Images Captured by FAU Researchers
Florida Atlantic University

FAU’s Art of Science photo contest is designed to engage and educate the public in the unique study, scholarship and creative activities taking place in all of the University’s labs, out in the fields and across all of its disciplines.

Newswise: Dopamine Surge Reveals How Even for Mice, ‘There’s No Place Like Home’
Released: 12-Nov-2020 8:30 AM EST
Dopamine Surge Reveals How Even for Mice, ‘There’s No Place Like Home’
Florida Atlantic University

“There’s no place like home,” has its roots deep in the brain. Using fiber photometry, scientists are the first to show that home evokes a surge of dopamine in mice that mimics the response to a dose of cocaine. The study demonstrates how dopamine rises rapidly in mice moved from a simple recording chamber to their home cage, but less so when they return to a cage not quite like the one they knew.

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Released: 9-Nov-2020 8:30 AM EST
What’s That Growing on Your Face Mask?
Florida Atlantic University

Many people reuse masks and other face coverings many times without sanitizing them. That is likely because current sanitization methods can be cumbersome. A new device using a hanging rack and UV-C light can sterilize up to six masks and other items simultaneously and quickly, killing bacteria, yeasts, mold spores, and viruses. This device has shown its efficacy against pathogens including the highly-contagious E-coli, which was eradicated in about one minute.

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Released: 3-Nov-2020 9:00 PM EST
Study Provides First Evidence of a Relationship between a Bird’s Gut and its Brain
Florida Atlantic University

A study of the relationships between cognition and the gut microbiome of captive zebra finches showed that their gut microbiome characteristics were related to performance on a cognitive assay where they learned a novel foraging technique. Researchers also identified potentially critical bacteria that were relatively more abundant in birds that performed better on this assay. This correlation provides some of the first evidence of a relationship between a bird's gut microbiome and its brain.

Newswise: FAU’s Herbert Weissbach Receives BioFlorida’s ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’
Released: 3-Nov-2020 8:25 AM EST
FAU’s Herbert Weissbach Receives BioFlorida’s ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’
Florida Atlantic University

FAU's Herbert Weissbach, Ph.D., recently received BioFlorida’s “Lifetime Achievement Award,” reserved to recognize outstanding leadership in the industry throughout an individual’s career and for significant contributions to industry growth.

Newswise: Remdesivir for COVID-19: FDA Approved but Still Unproven
Released: 29-Oct-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Remdesivir for COVID-19: FDA Approved but Still Unproven
Florida Atlantic University

In a review of evidence from the most reliable data from randomized trials to find likely small-to-moderate effects of remdesivir, researchers say that totality of evidence compiled before the WHO trial results justifies compassionate use of remdesivir for severely ill patients. A smaller trial in China showed significantly decreased mean recovery time but no suggestion of a mortality benefit. ACTT-1 found the same mean recovery time and a suggestion of a mortality benefit that did not achieve statistical significance.

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Released: 29-Oct-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Boo! How Do Mexican Cavefish Escape Predators?
Florida Atlantic University

When startled, do all fish respond the same way? A few fish, like Mexican cavefish, have evolved in unique environments without any predators. To see how this lack of predation impacts escape responses that are highly stereotyped across fish species, scientists explored this tiny fish to determine if there are evolved differences in them. Findings reveal that the dramatic ecological differences between cave and river environments contribute to differences in escape behavior in blind cavefish and river-dwelling surface cavefish.

Newswise: FAU Offers New ‘Dermatology Nurse Practitioner 
Post-graduate Certificate Program’
Released: 27-Oct-2020 8:30 AM EDT
FAU Offers New ‘Dermatology Nurse Practitioner Post-graduate Certificate Program’
Florida Atlantic University

The nation faces physician shortages in primary care and other specialties, including a projected inadequate supply of dermatologists to meet the demand for service. This innovative program will help to address these gaps and will equip advanced-practice nurses with the tools required to provide high-quality, holistic care for their patients with dermatological conditions.

Newswise: FAU Awarded U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research Grant to Improve Learning and Operation of AI Systems
Released: 22-Oct-2020 8:30 AM EDT
FAU Awarded U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research Grant to Improve Learning and Operation of AI Systems
Florida Atlantic University

Researchers will develop new theory and methods to curate training data sets for artificial intelligence (AI) learning and screen real-time operational data for AI field deployment. They will develop technology to identify faulty, unusual and irregular information for AI learning and operations that rely on data, and will provide critical alerts to troubleshoot a problem before it occurs. This data-quality evaluation technology is being developed for a number of industries ranging from the military to cybersecurity to medical diagnostics.

Newswise: Opioid Use Disorder? Electronic Health Records Help Pinpoint Probable Patients
Released: 21-Oct-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Opioid Use Disorder? Electronic Health Records Help Pinpoint Probable Patients
Florida Atlantic University

A new study suggests that patients with opioid use disorder may be identified using information available in electronic health records, even when diagnostic codes do not reflect this diagnosis. The study demonstrates the utility of proxies coding for DSM-5 criteria from medical records to generate a quantitative DSM-5 score that is associated with opioid use disorder severity. The study methods are unique in deriving a severity score that aims to mirror severity scores from more traditional interview-based diagnostic procedures.

Newswise: FAU’s A.D. Henderson University School Ranked
Second in America for K-5
Released: 20-Oct-2020 6:20 PM EDT
FAU’s A.D. Henderson University School Ranked Second in America for K-5
Florida Atlantic University

FAU's A.D. Henderson University School has been ranked the No. 2 Best Public Elementary School and the No. 11 Best Public Middle School in America by Niche, the largest website for researching public and private K-12 schools.

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Released: 20-Oct-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Scientists are First in the World to Spawn Bonefish in Captivity
Florida Atlantic University

Fossil records of bonefish go back 138 million years, but large gaps about their biology remain. In just four years, scientists have successfully spawned bonefish in captivity and have figured out their life cycle to help inform management and conservation of this revered fishery. In the Florida keys alone, the annual economic impacts exceed $465 million. Florida’s recreational and commercial fishing industries and associated businesses account for billions of dollars that drive the economic engine for the state each year and contribute to hundreds of thousands of jobs.

Newswise: FAU Researchers Receive $1.3 Million NIH Grant for Stem Cell Research
Released: 14-Oct-2020 8:30 AM EDT
FAU Researchers Receive $1.3 Million NIH Grant for Stem Cell Research
Florida Atlantic University

The NIH grant will enable FAU scientists to identify the gene regulation pathways activated to program immature stem-like cells of the eye lens to attain their mature form and transparent function. The research team plans to explore the genetic and cellular mechanisms controlling developmental DNA conformational changes and will identify the transcription factors needed for eye lens formation.

Newswise: Study First to Tally Biomass from Oceanic Plastic Debris Using Visualization Method
Released: 13-Oct-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Study First to Tally Biomass from Oceanic Plastic Debris Using Visualization Method
Florida Atlantic University

Scientists examined cell abundances, size, cellular carbon mass, and how photosynthetic cells differ on polymeric and glass substrates over time, exploring nanoparticle generation from plastic like polystyrene and how this might disrupt microalgae. Conservative estimates suggest that about 1 percent of microbial cells in the ocean surface microlayer inhabit plastic debris globally. This mass of cells would not exist without plastic debris in the ocean, and thus, represents a disruption of the proportions of native flora in that habitat.

Newswise: Menacing Assaults on Science Causing Alarming and Avoidable Deaths in the U.S.
Released: 12-Oct-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Menacing Assaults on Science Causing Alarming and Avoidable Deaths in the U.S.
Florida Atlantic University

In early 2016, the U.S. was judged to have been best prepared for the existential threat of a pandemic, but turned out to be the least prepared for the actual threat. In a commentary, researchers say that “pandemic politics” is causing assaults on science, the FDA and CDC. They say that politicization of the FDA and CDC is creating continued losses of trust by the U.S. public and continued harm to their longstanding reputations of respect and admiration worldwide.

Newswise: Trick-or-treat for Halloween? Here’s What You Need to Know
Released: 8-Oct-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Trick-or-treat for Halloween? Here’s What You Need to Know
Florida Atlantic University

Terry Adirim, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., in FAU’s Schmidt College of Medicine, provides answers to some of the most frequently asked questions and offers helpful tips regarding COVID-19 and “trick-or-treating” during the pandemic.

Newswise: Cartoon Network and Cyberbullying Research Center Release First-Ever National Research Findings on Cyberbullying Among Tweens
Released: 7-Oct-2020 12:05 AM EDT
Cartoon Network and Cyberbullying Research Center Release First-Ever National Research Findings on Cyberbullying Among Tweens
Florida Atlantic University

A survey of 1,034 tweens found that one in five (21%) tweens have experienced cyberbullying in some way: either by witnessing cyberbullying (15%), having been cyberbullied themselves (15%), or by cyberbullying others (3%). The survey also found that during the coronavirus pandemic, 90% of all 9- to 12-year-olds are using social apps, such as connected games and video-sharing sites in which they interact with others online.

Newswise: FAU Receives $5.3 Million NIH Grant to Detect Cognitive Change in Older Drivers
Released: 30-Sep-2020 8:30 AM EDT
FAU Receives $5.3 Million NIH Grant to Detect Cognitive Change in Older Drivers
Florida Atlantic University

Testing a readily and rapidly available, discreet in-vehicle sensing system could provide the first step toward future widespread, low-cost early warnings of cognitive change in older drivers. The use of an advanced, multimodal approach involves the development of novel driving sensors and integration of data from a battery of cognitive function tests, eye tracking and driving behaviors and factors. These in-vehicle technologies could help detect abnormal driving behavior that may be attributed to cognitive impairment.

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Released: 23-Sep-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Gulf of Mexico Mission: ‘Ocean Blue Holes Are Not Created Equal’
Florida Atlantic University

Scientists recently got a unique glimpse into the “Green Banana” Blue Hole thanks to gutsy divers and a 500-pound autonomous, benthic lander. Together with hand-picked, elite scuba divers, the research team is unraveling the structure and behavior of these marine environments by examining geochemistry, hydrodynamics, and biology. Findings from this exploration also may have important implications for phytoplankton in the Gulf of Mexico, including blooms of the Florida Red-tide species Karenia brevis.

Newswise: Master’s Degree in Artificial Intelligence Now Within Reach of Low-income Students
Released: 22-Sep-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Master’s Degree in Artificial Intelligence Now Within Reach of Low-income Students
Florida Atlantic University

The accelerated five-year bachelor’s degree in science and master’s degree in AI program is designed to adapt curricular and co-curricular support to enable students to complete their degrees in AI, autonomous systems or machine learning, which are critically important to advance America’s global competitiveness and national security. With this grant, FAU will recruit and train talented and diverse students who are economically disadvantaged and provide them with a unique opportunity to pursue graduate education in a burgeoning field.

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Released: 16-Sep-2020 5:30 PM EDT
Mapping Cavefish Brains Leads to Neural Origin of Behavioral Evolution
Florida Atlantic University

While studied for nearly a century, little is known about how cavefish brains differ. A study is the first to look inside their brains with millimeter resolution to start to understand how the individual neurons and brain regions that drive complex behaviors, including sleep and feeding have evolved. This work has broad implications for the understanding of how brains evolve in many different animal models and is hoped to be widely used by the scientific community.

Newswise: FAU Lands $11 Million from U.S. Office of Naval Research for Oceanic Bioluminescence
Released: 16-Sep-2020 8:30 AM EDT
FAU Lands $11 Million from U.S. Office of Naval Research for Oceanic Bioluminescence
Florida Atlantic University

FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute has landed an $11,179,001 four-year contract from the U.S. Office of Naval Research to develop a next-generation, high-intake, compact, bathyphotometer sensor for natural oceanic bioluminescence assessments. Bioluminescent creatures are found throughout marine habitats and their “glowing” energy released from chemical reactions is used to warn or evade predators, lure or detect prey and communicate with the same species. Research surrounding bioluminescence will soon serve as an important tool to protect U.S. coastlines.

Newswise: High-risk Patients for Colorectal Cancer Lack Knowledge About Colonoscopy
Released: 14-Sep-2020 8:30 AM EDT
High-risk Patients for Colorectal Cancer Lack Knowledge About Colonoscopy
Florida Atlantic University

Many clinicians rely on self-reports from their high-risk patients about their need and proper interval for repeat surveillance colonoscopy. Researchers analyzed data over four years to explore the knowledge of these high-risk patients. Twenty-eight percent were unaware of either the need for a repeat colonoscopy or the proper surveillance interval. Of these, 16.6 percent were unaware of the proper three-year interval to obtain a follow-up surveillance colonoscopy. Also, 12 percent were not even aware that they required a follow-up surveillance colonoscopy.

Newswise: FAU Awarded $2.4 Million NSF Grant to Train New Generation of Data Scientists
Released: 10-Sep-2020 8:30 AM EDT
FAU Awarded $2.4 Million NSF Grant to Train New Generation of Data Scientists
Florida Atlantic University

Scientists and engineers are well trained in their own areas of specialty, yet there’s a lack of integrative knowledge needed for new scientific discoveries and industry applications made possible by data science and analytics. Effective data scientists need to work in interdisciplinary teams and to use data visualization and communication skills to communicate their findings to individuals not trained in data science. This program will produce graduates with technical depth and knowledge of data science technologies and applications.

Newswise: Mindfulness with Paced Breathing and Lowering Blood Pressure
Released: 9-Sep-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Mindfulness with Paced Breathing and Lowering Blood Pressure
Florida Atlantic University

Now more than ever, Americans and people all over the world are under increased stress, which may adversely affect their health and well-being. Researchers explore the possibility that mindfulness with paced breathing reduces blood pressure. One of the most plausible mechanisms is that paced breathing stimulates the vagus nerve and parasympathetic nervous system, which reduce stress chemicals in the brain and increase vascular relaxation that may lead to lowering of blood pressure.

Newswise: Guilt by Dissociation: Study Sheds Light on Serotonin in Autism
Released: 2-Sep-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Guilt by Dissociation: Study Sheds Light on Serotonin in Autism
Florida Atlantic University

A study on serotonin, a mood-regulating molecule in the brain that regulates many brain synapses, is helping to unravel the puzzle surrounding its role in autism. The activity and regulation of the serotonin transporter (SERT), protein is critically dependent on a number of other proteins that tell the protein where to locate on nerve cells and how to act. Shifts in the transporter’s activity can significantly impact the ability of serotonin to act in the brain.

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28-Aug-2020 5:30 PM EDT
Face Shield or Face Mask to Stop the Spread of COVID-19?
Florida Atlantic University

If CDC guidelines aren’t enough to convince you that face shields alone shouldn’t be used to stop the spread of COVID-19, then maybe a new visualization study will. Researchers simulated coughing and sneezing from a mannequin’s mouth using a laser light to visualize droplets expelled. They tested a plastic face shield and found that they block the initial forward motion of the exhaled jet, however, aerosolized droplets are able to move around the visor with relative ease.

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Released: 31-Aug-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Hot Dogs, Chicken Wings and City Living Helped Wetland Wood Storks Thrive
Florida Atlantic University

Using the Wood Stork, researchers compared city storks with natural wetland storks to gauge their success in urban environments based on their diet and food opportunities. Results provide evidence of how a wetland species persists and even thrives in an urban environment by switching to human foods like chicken wings and hots dogs when natural marshes are in bad shape. These findings indicate that urban areas can buffer a species from the unpredictability of natural food sources.

Newswise: Scientists Catalogue Shark and Ray Distribution in Florida Lagoon
Released: 25-Aug-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Scientists Catalogue Shark and Ray Distribution in Florida Lagoon
Florida Atlantic University

A study is the first long-term, in-depth analysis of the elasmobranch community in Florida’s Indian River Lagoon and develops capacity to understand how these species may respond to further environmental changes. From 2016 to 2018, researchers caught 630 individuals of 16 species, including two critically endangered smalltooth sawfish. Results showed that many elasmobranchs use the southern Indian River Lagoon throughout their life histories and the area may serve as an important nursery habitat for multiple species.

Newswise: COVID-19: How South Korea Prevailed While the U.S. Failed
Released: 20-Aug-2020 8:30 AM EDT
COVID-19: How South Korea Prevailed While the U.S. Failed
Florida Atlantic University

In a commentary, researchers demonstrate the stark differences in public health strategies from two democratic republics: South Korea and the United States, which have led to alarming differences in cases and deaths from COVID-19. After adjusting for the 6.5 fold differences in populations, the U.S. has suffered 47 times more cases and 79 times more deaths than South Korea.

Newswise: Vulnerable Populations: How Will They Cope and Adapt This Hurricane Season?
Released: 19-Aug-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Vulnerable Populations: How Will They Cope and Adapt This Hurricane Season?
Florida Atlantic University

Researchers will study areas that include counties in south and central Florida and the Panhandle, which are still recovering from Hurricanes Michael and Irma, and which saw an influx of displaced individuals from Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. They will examine resilience of individuals and households, including their coping and adaptive capacities during a busy hurricane season in the midst of pandemic. The research will advance knowledge on several topics related to housing, health and hazards.

Newswise: FAU Awarded $2.2 Million to Monitor Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Okeechobee
Released: 17-Aug-2020 8:30 AM EDT
FAU Awarded $2.2 Million to Monitor Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Okeechobee
Florida Atlantic University

Researchers are developing a comprehensive sensing and information visualization package that will augment Florida’s existing monitoring programs for Lake Okeechobee, the second largest lake within the contiguous U.S. It will expand water, sediment, and biological measurements using innovative harmful algal bloom detection and environmental characterization technologies to allow pinpointing problem areas prior to or early on when harmful algal blooms are emerging in Lake Okeechobee. These harmful blooms are annual occurrences due to favorable environmental conditions.

Newswise: Study Finds High Levels of Toxic Pollutants in Stranded Dolphins and Whales
Released: 6-Aug-2020 3:10 PM EDT
Study Finds High Levels of Toxic Pollutants in Stranded Dolphins and Whales
Florida Atlantic University

Researchers examined toxins in tissue concentrations and pathology data from 83 stranded dolphins and whales from 2012 to 2018. They looked at 11 different animal species to test for 17 different substances. The study is the first to report on concentrations in blubber tissues of stranded cetaceans of atrazine, DEP, NPE and triclosan. It also is the first to report concentrations of toxicants in a white-beaked dolphin and in Gervais’ beaked whales.

Newswise: FAU’s ‘Fantastic Four’ Researchers Receive Prestigious NSF CAREER Awards
Released: 6-Aug-2020 8:30 AM EDT
FAU’s ‘Fantastic Four’ Researchers Receive Prestigious NSF CAREER Awards
Florida Atlantic University

Four FAU researchers have received the coveted NSF Early Career (CAREER) award for research to develop a low-cost, disposable point-of-care platform to detect current and emerging infectious diseases; for a cognitive screening tool for the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease using wearables and a smartphone; for mathematical tools and new ways of coding to enhance cybersecurity; and to better understand how marine animals tune, or dynamically adjust their movements using their skin and skeletons.

Newswise: Dolphin Calf Entangled in Fishing Line Only Lived Two Years Following Rescue
Released: 4-Aug-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Dolphin Calf Entangled in Fishing Line Only Lived Two Years Following Rescue
Florida Atlantic University

Researchers examined the outcome of an entangled bottlenose dolphin calf with monofilament fishing line wrapped tightly around its upper jaw. It was successfully disentangled and immediately released it back into its natural habitat. Surviving only two years, results showed long-term severe damage due to this entanglement including emaciation. There are about 1,000 bottlenose dolphins that live in the Indian River Lagoon, which also is a very popular location for recreational fishing.

Newswise: New Study on Development of Parkinson’s Disease is ‘On the Nose’
Released: 3-Aug-2020 8:30 AM EDT
New Study on Development of Parkinson’s Disease is ‘On the Nose’
Florida Atlantic University

Scientists suggest that the initial impact of environmental toxins inhaled through the nose may induce inflammation in the brain, triggering the production of Lewy bodies that can then be spread to other brain regions. However, the relationship linking olfactory dysfunction and Parkinson’s disease development remains unclear. New findings from a study add weight to this theory and identify a critical signaling molecule that may be key to the domino effect kicked off by nasal inflammation.

Newswise: Sea Level Rise Report: Impacts to Property and Regional Planning Solutions
Released: 28-Jul-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Sea Level Rise Report: Impacts to Property and Regional Planning Solutions
Florida Atlantic University

A new study reveals that urgent action is needed to protect billions of dollars in real estate investment across South Florida due to impacts of sea level rise over the next several decades. The report casts light on the issues and clarifies the alternatives available to South Florida, which embraces the four counties of Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach. Together, these counties generate more than $337 billion in personal income annually with a combined real property value assessed at more than $833 billion.

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Released: 22-Jul-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Biotelemetry Provides Unique Glimpse into Whitespotted Eagle Rays’ Behavior
Florida Atlantic University

Using uniquely coded transmitters and acoustic telemetry, a study is the first to characterize the ecology and fine-scale habitat use of whitespotted rays in Florida while also identifying areas of potential interactions between this species and multiple environmental threats. Biotelemetry provided unique insights into this species’ occupancy, which is not apparent at the landscape-scale. Prolonged observations showed affinities for habitats of considerable recreational and commercial importance, like inlets, channels, and clam aquaculture lease sites close to shore.

Newswise: Back to School?
Released: 21-Jul-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Back to School?
Florida Atlantic University

Dr. Terry Adirim provides answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19 and return to school for school-age children. Adirim is a physician executive with senior leadership and executive experience in academic medicine and the federal government. Her expertise includes pandemic planning and response, health care quality improvement and patient safety, and health policy and management.

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Released: 16-Jul-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Novel Measurement and Forecasting Systems Make ‘Weathering the Storm’ More Precise
Florida Atlantic University

In the last several decades, more than half of the deaths associated with tropical cyclones in the U.S. were due to inland flooding. Unfortunately, current forecasting capabilities are limited. Researchers are developing a warning system for more accurate and timely detection and forecasting of inland and coastal floods, under a variety of precipitation regimes. The technology will enable local and state governments to more effectively plan and respond to tropical storms.


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