Erika Hoff sits with a member of her linguistics study. Photo courtesy of FAU News Desk

FAU’s five most funded researchers

November 17, 2017

The school receives millions of dollars in research funding each year from the National Institutes of Health to make groundbreaking scientific discoveries.

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Florida Atlantic researchers find evidence behind “food coma” phenomena

November 28, 2016

Researchers at Florida Atlantic have found evidence that the so-called “food coma” is a real condition, helping them to better understand why people often fall asleep after large meals, especially around the holidays.

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Harbor Branch Campus showcasing oceanographic technology in first ever rotating exhibit

January 16, 2016

Less than five percent of the entire ocean has been explored to date, according to the National Ocean Service. But scientists at FAU's Harbor Branch have been developing tools and technology to discover what lies beneath the deep. On Saturday Jan. 16, the FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI) will be unveiling a showcase that will feature the tools scientists and engineers of the institute use to explore the ocean. Named “Sight, Sound and Dynamics in the Sea: The Role of Technology in Ocean Exploration,” it will be Harbor Branch’s first ever rotating exhibit.

FAU has a New Face For its Neuroscience Department

FAU has a New Face For its Neuroscience Department

January 13, 2016

Neuroscience is one of Florida Atlantic’s four pillars the school believes to be integral in creating knowledge that benefits society. FAU’s new Brain Institute does just that, and starting in May, will feature a fresh face as its executive director, prominent neuroscientist Randy Blakely. Joining a program that has a history of excellence in neuroscience, despite it being so young, “is an exciting opportunity for me,” Blakely says.

Researchers are creating their own test subject

November 23, 2015

A small toy rover exploring a room like a skittish mouse may not seem to be a scientific feat. But the absence of anyone controlling it is.

University MRI building. | Jonathan Scott, Contributing Photographer

Florida Atlantic, University MRI reach research agreement

November 10, 2015

On Nov. 5, FAU and University MRI, a company located in the FAU Research Park on its Boca Raton campus, entered a five-year joint research agreement. The alliance will allow researchers from FAU to access their MRI machines and other visual imaging technologies to further the university’s focus in the neurosciences.

Lightning Strikes above Innovation Village Apartment. Photo Illustration by Max Jackson | Staff Photographer

The Dangers of Lightning Over Campus

November 7, 2015

Florida Atlantic and University of Miami fans alike sat on the edge of their seats as UM led the football game on Sept. 11, when suddenly the sound of sirens from the lightning warning system went off. A collective sigh could be heard as the horns faded, and a delay was announced because of an oncoming å.

Children line up for their chance to take down Ph. D candidate Nathan Laza at FAU physics carnival.  Joseph Kennedy | Contributing Photographer

Pumpkins fall for science at physics carnival

November 3, 2015

On the morning of Friday, Oct. 30th, pumpkins and watermelons of various sizes rained down, making a splat in front of an audience of elementary, school-aged miniature zombies and superheroes. “We get to show the kids that gravity exists; A demonstration of the laws of falling bodies,” said Andy Lau, associate professor of physics. Lau and other members of the physics department put together the Ninth Annual Pumpkin Drop and Physics Carnival. The event brings local elementary students to FAU to have fun learning about the laws that govern the world, all through experiments involving drones and dunk tanks.

Astronaut Steven R. Swanson pose for a photo with students from different high schools. Mohammed F Emran | Asst. Creative Director

Astronaut Steve Swanson Has Landed At FAU

November 1, 2015

Living in space isn’t too different from college life. “We each had one spoon to use for six months. We took special care of them because we’d be in trouble if we lost it,” joked recently retired NASA Commander Steven Swanson, referring to his time in the International Space Station (ISS).

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Study Tips From a Psychology Professor

October 16, 2015

Cramming is the stereotypical way of studying in college, but it’s a horrible way of doing so, according to professor of psychology Alan Kersten at FAU. “Cramming can lead to sleep deprivation,” said Kerston. “and coffee isn’t going to help.” To make more sense of how certain study tactics allow students to retain more and how others are a waste of time, Kersten explained the difference between short-term (or working memory) and long-term memory.

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How Video Games Affect The Mind

October 12, 2015

Walking into the far corner of the Student Union at the Boca Raton campus, the faint clicking of buttons, playful bickering and the occasional uproar can be heard: These are the tell-tale sounds of video games.

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FAU closes four-year study on teen alcohol abuse

October 7, 2015

A lack of parental supervision may be to blame for alcohol abuse in teen girls, according to a recently published paper by the university. Psychology professor Brett Laursen, Ph.D student Daniel J. Dickson and colleagues at Orebro University in Sweden tracked 957 girls as test subjects for four years, having them respond to a survey each year. This survey included questions like “[From a rating of 1 to 3] My mother lets me decide what time I should be home at night,” and “Over the last month, how many times did you drink alcohol until you got drunk?” The study was focused