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Newswise: Free Online Video Series Open to the Public ‘Understanding Harmful Algal Blooms in Florida’
Released: 14-Jun-2021 2:30 PM EDT
Free Online Video Series Open to the Public ‘Understanding Harmful Algal Blooms in Florida’
Florida Atlantic University

The free online series of short videos are designed to provide basic, jargon-free scientific information on harmful algal blooms: what they are; where they live and grow; and causes, impacts, and potential mitigation of blooms. The series is directed toward resource managers and decision-makers as well as the general public.

Newswise: Memory Biomarkers Confirm Aerobic Exercise Helps Cognitive Function in Older Adults
Released: 10-Jun-2021 10:25 AM EDT
Memory Biomarkers Confirm Aerobic Exercise Helps Cognitive Function in Older Adults
Florida Atlantic University

Until now, systemic biomarkers to measure exercise effects on brain function and that link to relevant metabolic responses were lacking. A study shows a memory biomarker, myokine Cathepsin B (CTSB), increased in older adults following a 26-week structured aerobic exercise training. The positive association between CTSB and cognition, and the substantial modulation of lipid metabolites implicated in dementia, support the beneficial effects of exercise training on brain function and brain health in asymptomatic individuals at risk for Alzheimer’s.

Newswise: Alarming Rising Trends in Suicide by Firearms in Young Americans
Released: 9-Jun-2021 8:30 AM EDT
Alarming Rising Trends in Suicide by Firearms in Young Americans
Florida Atlantic University

Researchers explored suicide trends by firearms in white and black Americans ages 5 to 24 years from 1999 to 2018. From 2008 to 2018, rates of suicide by firearms quadrupled in those ages 5 to 14 years and increased by 50 percent in those ages 15 to 24 years. Suicide deaths by firearms were more prevalent in white than black Americans – a marked contrast with homicide by firearms, which are far more prevalent in black than white Americans.

Newswise: FAU’s Ruth Tappen Named ‘2021 Alliance World Class Faculty’ Honoree
Released: 7-Jun-2021 8:30 AM EDT
FAU’s Ruth Tappen Named ‘2021 Alliance World Class Faculty’ Honoree
Florida Atlantic University

Ruth M. Tappen, Ed.D., RN, FAAN, the Christine E. Lynn Eminent Scholar and professor in FAU’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, is nationally and internationally renowned as an innovative researcher and scholar. Tappen was recently recognized as the “2021 Alliance World Class Faculty” honoree by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance.

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Released: 3-Jun-2021 8:30 AM EDT
Mangrove Root Model May Hold the Key to Preventing Coastal Erosion
Florida Atlantic University

How mangrove roots interact with water flow is believed to be a key element in mitigating coastal erosion. Researchers are the first to quantify the optimal mangrove root hydrodynamic with a predictive model, which provides insight into the sediment transport and erosion processes that govern the evolution of the shapes of shorelines. Results can provide useful guidance for coastal managers restoring estuarine mangrove forests or planting mangroves as part of living shoreline stabilization.

Newswise: Future Pandemic? Consider Radically Altering Animal Agriculture Practices
Released: 2-Jun-2021 8:30 AM EDT
Future Pandemic? Consider Radically Altering Animal Agriculture Practices
Florida Atlantic University

Almost three-quarters of emerging infectious diseases are spread between animals and people. COVID-19 is the latest and most impactful zoonotic event of the modern era. Researchers offer three plausible solutions to mitigate zoonotic risk associated with intensive animal agriculture. They explore incentivizing plant-based and cell-based animal source food alternatives through government subsidies, disincentivizing intensive animal source food production through the adoption of a “zoonotic tax,” and eliminating intensive animal source food production through a total ban.

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Released: 24-May-2021 4:30 PM EDT
Surge in Nitrogen Has Turned Sargassum into the World’s Largest Harmful Algal Bloom
Florida Atlantic University

Scientists have discovered dramatic changes in the chemistry and composition of Sargassum, floating brown seaweed, transforming this vibrant living organism into a toxic “dead zone.” Results suggest that increased nitrogen availability from natural and anthropogenic sources, including sewage, is supporting blooms of Sargassum and turning a critical nursery habitat into harmful algal blooms with catastrophic impacts on coastal ecosystems, economies, and human health. Globally, harmful algal blooms are related to increased nutrient pollution.

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Released: 18-May-2021 8:30 AM EDT
Study Confirms Origin of Vervet Monkeys Living Near an Urban Airport for Decades
Florida Atlantic University

Scientists have confirmed the species and origin of a colony of wild African vervet monkeys that landed in Dania Beach more than 70 years ago. They escaped from the Dania Chimpanzee Farm in 1948 and settled in a thick mangrove forest near the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in South Florida. The facility acted as a zoo and also provided primates imported from Africa as research subjects in the development of the polio vaccine and other medical research.

Newswise: Health Status of Vulnerable Gopher Tortoises Revealed in Southeastern Florida
Released: 12-May-2021 8:30 AM EDT
Health Status of Vulnerable Gopher Tortoises Revealed in Southeastern Florida
Florida Atlantic University

In previously unstudied gopher tortoise aggregations, researchers found that overall, 42.9 percent had circulating antibodies to an infectious bacterium that causes upper respiratory tract disease. Physical examination showed that 19.8 percent had clinical signs consistent with upper respiratory tract disease and 13.2 percent had some form of physical abnormality. None of the tortoises tested positive for Ranavirus or Herpesvirus, which represents important baseline data, since these viruses are thought to be emerging pathogens of other tortoise and turtle species.

Newswise: FAU/NCHA Community Health Center First University in Florida to Receive HRSA Designation
Released: 6-May-2021 8:30 AM EDT
FAU/NCHA Community Health Center First University in Florida to Receive HRSA Designation
Florida Atlantic University

The FAU/NCHA Community Health Center is the first university in Florida to be designated by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), as a “Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Look-Alike. To receive this designation, organizations must operate and provide services consistent with HRSA’s Health Center Program requirements to ensure health care for underserved communities and vulnerable populations in the U.S. through service provision to all, regardless of ability to pay.

Newswise: FAU Gets CDC Grant to Test PPE Efficacy and Workplace Virus Transmission
Released: 5-May-2021 8:30 AM EDT
FAU Gets CDC Grant to Test PPE Efficacy and Workplace Virus Transmission
Florida Atlantic University

With new challenges to keep the workplace safe from COVID-19, a CDC grant will enable FAU scientists to test the effectiveness of various types of personal protection measures against airborne viral transmission. Building on their prior studies, they will evaluate facemasks and other personal protection equipment; physical safety barriers; interior designs of spaces; AC, air filters, humidifiers; safe seating arrangements in a classroom setting and queuing at checkouts, as well as other measures.

Newswise: Poor Grasp of Dating Violence in College Perpetuates ‘Boys Will be Boys’ Views
Released: 4-May-2021 8:30 AM EDT
Poor Grasp of Dating Violence in College Perpetuates ‘Boys Will be Boys’ Views
Florida Atlantic University

A study to understand the dating violence experience and perpetration of college-age women, as well as how they conceptualize violence in dating relationships, reveals normalization of unhealthy violent behaviors where sexual pressure or sexualized verbal harassment are viewed as an innate part of men, supporting the idea that “boys will be boys.” Study participants demonstrated a lack of knowledge of the forms of dating violence and its consequences. They accepted, rationalized and provided excuses for these acts of violence.

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Released: 22-Apr-2021 8:30 AM EDT
Common Antibiotic Effective in Healing Coral Disease Lesions
Florida Atlantic University

An antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections in humans is showing promise in treating stony coral, found throughout the tropical western Atlantic, including several areas currently affected by stony coral tissue loss disease. Preserving M. cavernosa colonies is important due to its high abundance and role as a dominant reef builder in the northern section of Florida’s Coral Reef. Results show that the Base 2B plus amoxicillin treatment had a 95 percent success rate at healing individual disease lesions.

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Released: 21-Apr-2021 8:30 AM EDT
Picture Perfect: Camera Traps Find Endangered Dryas Monkeys
Florida Atlantic University

The Endangered dryas monkey is one of Africa’s most mysterious primates. They are difficult to find because they live in dense vegetation in secondary forest thickets. Using non-invasive research and no-flash camera traps from 2014 to 2019, scientists have confirmed the occurrence of the dryas monkey at seven locations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo spanning a total area of 3,453 square kilometers, based on opportunistic reports provided by local village residents and park patrols.

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Released: 20-Apr-2021 8:30 AM EDT
Flushing a Public Toilet? Don’t Linger, Because Aerosolized Droplets Do
Florida Atlantic University

Because COVID-19 has been detected in urine and stool samples, public restrooms can be cause for concern. Researchers measured droplets generated from flushing a toilet and a urinal in a public restroom and found a substantial increase in the measured aerosol levels in the ambient environment with the total number of droplets generated in each flushing test ranging up to the tens of thousands. Due to their small size, these droplets can remain suspended for a long time.

Newswise: FAU Researchers Receive Grants to Combat 
Alzheimer’s Disease in Florida
Released: 15-Apr-2021 8:30 AM EDT
FAU Researchers Receive Grants to Combat Alzheimer’s Disease in Florida
Florida Atlantic University

Four researchers from FAU’s Schmidt College of Medicine and Charles E. Schmidt College of Science have received grants totaling $641,818 from the Ed and Ethel Moore Alzheimer’s Disease Research Program.

Newswise: Practicing ‘Mindfulness’ in Summer Camp Benefits Campers and Counselors Alike
Released: 12-Apr-2021 7:05 PM EDT
Practicing ‘Mindfulness’ in Summer Camp Benefits Campers and Counselors Alike
Florida Atlantic University

A project shows how implementing an evidence-based mindfulness program in a summer camp setting decreases emotional distress in school age children and empowers campers and counselors alike – enhancing camper-counselor relationships. Mindfulness – a state of consciousness that fosters awareness – has the potential to help regulate emotions and behaviors. Mindful breathing, mindful bodies, and mindful listening assisted in bringing awareness to campers in the program and provided skills to address stressful experiences.

Newswise: Family Ties: Early Cardiac Events Pose Major and Different Risks in Close Relatives
Released: 12-Apr-2021 8:05 AM EDT
Family Ties: Early Cardiac Events Pose Major and Different Risks in Close Relatives
Florida Atlantic University

A study investigating a consecutive series of 230 patients with premature onset of heart attacks, strokes, angina or peripheral artery disease and a comparison group shows that family history of early onset cardiac events is a major and independent risk factor in close relatives. Patients with a positive parental or sibling history of premature cardiac events require even more aggressive therapeutic lifestyle changes as well as adjunctive drug therapies of proven benefit.

Newswise: How Did 500 Species of a Fish Form in a Lake?  Dramatically Different Body Clocks
Released: 8-Apr-2021 9:00 AM EDT
How Did 500 Species of a Fish Form in a Lake? Dramatically Different Body Clocks
Florida Atlantic University

Despite the dramatic difference between day and nightlife, how fish exploit different times of day has not been studied systematically. Scientists explored alterations in the circadian timing of activity and the duration of rest-wake cycles in Lake Malawi’s cichlids and identified the first single nocturnal species. Timing and duration of rest and activity varies dramatically, and continuously, between populations of Lake Malawi cichlids, providing a system for exploring the molecular and neural basis underlying variation in nocturnal activity.

Released: 31-Mar-2021 8:30 AM EDT
FAU Expert Answers Questions about COVID-19 Vaccines
Florida Atlantic University

FAU's Joanna Drowos, D.O., M.P.H., M.B.A., provides answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19 vaccines.

Released: 29-Mar-2021 8:30 AM EDT
FAU Professor Receives Prestigious ‘Blaise Pascal Medal’ for Engineering
Florida Atlantic University

FAU's Elishakoff, Ph.D., has received the coveted “Blaise Pascal Medal” for engineering from the European Academy of Sciences. The Blaise Pascal Medal was established in 2003 to recognize outstanding and demonstrated personal contributions to science and technology and the promotion of excellence in research and education.

Newswise: Starting Smoking Cessation in Hospitalized Patients Would Reduce Many Premature Deaths
Released: 25-Mar-2021 8:30 AM EDT
Starting Smoking Cessation in Hospitalized Patients Would Reduce Many Premature Deaths
Florida Atlantic University

Each year in the U.S., about 30 million hospitalizations occur in individuals 18 and older. Of these, more than 7 million are current cigarette smokers whose average hospital stay is several days. Researchers say that starting smoking cessation therapy during hospitalization and maintaining high adherence post-discharge can markedly improve permanent quit rates in these patients with minimal to no side effects. Cessation therapy also should include long-term counseling and at least 90 days of a prescription drug, specifically, varenicline.

Newswise: These Baby Great White Sharks Love to Hang Out Near New York
Released: 23-Mar-2021 8:30 AM EDT
These Baby Great White Sharks Love to Hang Out Near New York
Florida Atlantic University

A study offers the first fine-scale analysis of vertical movement of baby white sharks in the New York Bight. Their 3D movements along with oceanographic features like sea surface temperature show they traverse variable oceanographic features across the continental shelf in the New York Bight, but certainly have their habitat preferences. More than 90 percent of them were positioned within 20 kilometers of Long Island’s southern shoreline, which further confirms the importance of this region to baby white sharks.

Newswise: Study Aims to (re)Define Latino Manhood and Masculinity
Released: 22-Mar-2021 8:30 AM EDT
Study Aims to (re)Define Latino Manhood and Masculinity
Florida Atlantic University

Researchers explored how 34 Latino undergraduate male students defined masculinity and manhood based on their own life experiences and looked at gender socialization, leadership and transfer experiences. Study results suggest including the importance of an approach to research and practice that engages Latino undergraduate male students via leadership development and involvement that is reflective of the way Latino masculine gender identity and leadership performance is socialized within the social construct of “familismo.”

Newswise: Not Even a Pandemic Could Stop Future FAU Physicians from ‘Matching’
Released: 19-Mar-2021 4:30 PM EDT
Not Even a Pandemic Could Stop Future FAU Physicians from ‘Matching’
Florida Atlantic University

FAU's soon-to-be physicians learned today where they will be going for their next phase of training – medical residency. They are one step closer to becoming board certified physicians and helping the U.S. to bolster its physician workforce following a challenging year.

Newswise: FAU Unveils Center for Connected Autonomy and Artificial Intelligence
Released: 11-Mar-2021 12:00 PM EST
FAU Unveils Center for Connected Autonomy and Artificial Intelligence
Florida Atlantic University

To rapidly advance the field of artificial intelligence and autonomy, FAU’s College of Engineering and Computer Science recently unveiled its “Center for Connected Autonomy and Artificial Intelligence.”

Newswise: FAU Researchers Receive Prestigious NSF CAREER Awards
Released: 10-Mar-2021 8:30 AM EST
FAU Researchers Receive Prestigious NSF CAREER Awards
Florida Atlantic University

Two researchers from FAU’s College of Engineering and Computer Science have received the coveted National Science Foundation (NSF) Early Career (CAREER) awards totaling more than $1 million. Xiangnan Zhong, Ph.D. and Zhen Ni, Ph.D., assistant professors in the Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, received the NSF CAREER awards to drive the current artificial intelligence (AI) wave.

Newswise: A Remote, Computerized Training Program Eases Anxiety in Children
Released: 9-Mar-2021 8:30 AM EST
A Remote, Computerized Training Program Eases Anxiety in Children
Florida Atlantic University

Using a computerized and completely remote training program, researchers have found a way to mitigate negative emotions in children. Results support the link between inhibitory control dysfunction and anxiety/depression. EEG results also provide evidence of frontal alpha asymmetry shifting to the left after completing an emotional version of the training. Computerized cognitive training programs can be highly beneficial for children, not just for academics, but for psychological and emotional functioning during a challenging time in their development.

Newswise: Memorial Cancer Institute Together with FAU Research Partnership Earn ‘Cancer Center of Excellence’ Designation
Released: 3-Mar-2021 8:30 AM EST
Memorial Cancer Institute Together with FAU Research Partnership Earn ‘Cancer Center of Excellence’ Designation
Florida Atlantic University

A research partnership formed just last year by Memorial Healthcare System and Florida Atlantic University is already being recognized for quality care, results, and advances in research, and that’s great news for patients fighting cancer in South Florida. The alliance between Memorial’s Cancer Institute and FAU (MCIFAU) has been recognized by the state’s Department of Health as a “Florida Cancer Center of Excellence.” It becomes just the fifth in the state, out of more than 80 competitors, to earn the designation.

Newswise: Scoot Over! Study Reveals E-Scooter Use in Washington D.C.
Released: 1-Mar-2021 8:30 AM EST
Scoot Over! Study Reveals E-Scooter Use in Washington D.C.
Florida Atlantic University

Researchers examined e-scooter use in Washington, D.C. and found that both built environment and demographics matter. Tourist attractions, hotels and metro stops are all predictive of higher destinations. Scooter traffic is almost all in the downtown area, near the Mall, the White House and Congress. Younger median age, percentage of bachelor’s degrees and population density each were positive predictors for both trip origins and destinations. This model will help transportation planners figure out what drives e-scooter use.

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Released: 23-Feb-2021 8:30 AM EST
Drifter or Homebody? Study First to Show Where Whitespotted Eagle Rays Roam
Florida Atlantic University

It's made for long-distance travel, yet movement patterns of the whitespotted eagle ray remain a mystery. Between 2016 and 2018, scientists fitted 54 rays with acoustic transmitters and tracked them along both the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic coasts of Florida, which differ in environmental characteristics. Results of the study reveal striking differences in travel patterns on the Atlantic coast compared to the Gulf coast. Findings have significant conservation and adaptive management implications for this protected species.

Newswise: Cone Snail Venom Shows Potential for Treating Severe Malaria
Released: 18-Feb-2021 8:30 AM EST
Cone Snail Venom Shows Potential for Treating Severe Malaria
Florida Atlantic University

Using venom from the Conus nux, a sea snail, a first-of-its-kind study suggests these conotoxins could potentially treat malaria. The study provides important leads toward the development of new and cost-effective anti-adhesion or blockade-therapy drugs aimed at counteracting the pathology of severe malaria. Similarly, mitigation of emerging diseases like COVID-19 also could benefit from conotoxins as potential inhibitors of protein-protein interactions as treatment. Venom peptides from cone snails has the potential to treat myriad diseases using blockage therapies.

Newswise: In Response to Stephen Colbert, FAU Professor Says ‘Spice it Up’
Released: 17-Feb-2021 8:30 AM EST
In Response to Stephen Colbert, FAU Professor Says ‘Spice it Up’
Florida Atlantic University

A research professor gives a “shout out” to comedian Stephen Colbert. His motivation? Colbert previously referred to mathematical equations as the devil’s sentences and an unnatural commingling of letters and numbers – the worst being the quadratic equation – an infernal salad of numbers, letters and symbols. In response, the professor suggests that mathematics education needs to be enlivened so that students will recognize that this discipline is not merely a necessary evil, but a vibrant, exciting and fascinating subject.

Newswise: FAU Launches COVID-19 Registry and Repository to Advance Research
Released: 15-Feb-2021 9:00 AM EST
FAU Launches COVID-19 Registry and Repository to Advance Research
Florida Atlantic University

An essential strategy for managing COVID-19 requires vast amounts of real-world data to enable researchers to find patterns that will help to better understand and manage this disease. Florida Atlantic University has launched a registry and repository to contribute to new discoveries and knowledge related to COVID-19 and is currently enrolling study participants.

Newswise: Depressed Moms Who Breastfeed Boost Babies’ Mood, Neuroprotection and Mutual Touch
Released: 10-Feb-2021 8:30 AM EST
Depressed Moms Who Breastfeed Boost Babies’ Mood, Neuroprotection and Mutual Touch
Florida Atlantic University

Feeding method and affectionate touch patterns in depressed and non-depressed mothers and babies as well as infant’s EEG activity showed that mother-infant affectionate touch differed as a function of mood and feeding method (breastfeeding and bottle-feeding). Infants in the depressed and bottle-fed group reduced touch toward their mothers while breastfeeding had a positive effect on both mother and baby. Infants of depressed and breastfeeding mothers showed neither behavioral nor brain development dysregulation previously found in infants of depressed mothers.

Newswise: Mean or Nice? These Traits Could Make or Break a Child’s Friendships
Released: 9-Feb-2021 8:30 AM EST
Mean or Nice? These Traits Could Make or Break a Child’s Friendships
Florida Atlantic University

While it’s logical to assume that children who are mean have friendships characterized by growing strife and that children who are nice report little of the same, these assumptions haven’t been tested in the real-world friendships. A study of elementary-school children is the first to examine the extent to which being “nice” and being “mean” shape changes in friend perceptions of their relationship. Results confirm the widespread assumption that one child’s behavioral traits drive the other child’s friendship experiences.

Newswise: Digital Health Divide Runs Deep in Older Racial and Ethnic Minorities
Released: 3-Feb-2021 8:30 AM EST
Digital Health Divide Runs Deep in Older Racial and Ethnic Minorities
Florida Atlantic University

Results of a study qualitatively exploring reasons for digital health information disparity reveal a deep digital health divide that has important implications for helping older adults with COVID-19 vaccinations. Participants who were older, less educated, economically disadvantaged and from ethnic groups (African American, Afro-Caribbean or Hispanic American) were up to five times less likely to have access to digital health information than were those who were younger, more highly educated, had a higher income, or were European Americans.

Newswise: Study Aims to Break the Chains of Incarceration in African American Males
Released: 2-Feb-2021 8:30 AM EST
Study Aims to Break the Chains of Incarceration in African American Males
Florida Atlantic University

The majority of African American men return to prison within one to three years of their first release. A study explores why re-entry programs are not as effective for them when compared to others. Researchers suggest a holistic approach that addresses psychological and historical trauma in conjunction with the environmental factors that perpetuate the stigma justice-involved African American men experience. The approach accounts for negative associations developed in the centuries of oppression and segregation that shape their current societal interactions.

Newswise: FAU Earns National Recognition for Diversity in Engineering
Released: 28-Jan-2021 8:30 AM EST
FAU Earns National Recognition for Diversity in Engineering
Florida Atlantic University

The American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) has recognized FAU’s College of Engineering and Computer Science as a national leader in diversity in engineering. The ASEE recognized the college with its highest award – bronze level – for its commitment to inclusive excellence.

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Released: 26-Jan-2021 8:30 AM EST
Crunch! Underwater Acoustics Expose ‘Shell-crushing’ Sounds in a Large Marine Predator
Florida Atlantic University

“Shell-crushing,” an explosive sound, occurs when marine animals crack open hard shells like clams to eat the edible tissue. There hasn’t been any data to support this feeding noise, until now. A study is the first to quantify these sounds using underwater acoustics in a marine animal in a controlled setting. Scientists know what type of shell a ray is eating based on the sound it makes and show it’s audible above ambient noise in lagoons out to 100 meters.

Newswise: FAU Video Technology Inventions Acquired by Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
Released: 21-Jan-2021 8:30 AM EST
FAU Video Technology Inventions Acquired by Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
Florida Atlantic University

From YouTube to Netflix to Zoom, video compression technology is critical for streaming video applications to generate high-quality video. A novel, patent-pending video compression technology developed at FAU was recently acquired by Japanese industry giant Mitsubishi Electric Corporation. FAU’s research and development of enhanced video compression techniques are related to the new generation of video coding standard called “Versatile Video Coding” (VVC) or H. 266.

Newswise: FAU Launches New Telehealth Certification Course
Released: 19-Jan-2021 8:30 AM EST
FAU Launches New Telehealth Certification Course
Florida Atlantic University

A new, 20-hour telehealth certification course provides the essential knowledge to deliver skilled telehealth services. The fully online course addresses telehealth platforms and models for practice; evidence-based telehealth technology; quality improvement measures; regulation, policy and reimbursement; telehealth inter-professional practice and specialized populations; and telehealth and the future.

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.


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