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FAU and H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute Join Forces

FAU Receives $1 Million NIH Grant for Cancer Research

The Charles E. Schmidt College of Science has entered into an affiliation agreement with the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa to engage in collaborative research targeting new cancer drugs and technology, seek funds to underwrite these cooperative efforts and create educational activities of mutual interest.

"FAU's new partnership with Moffitt, one of the top cancer research institutes in the nation, is a great honor and an opportunity for the University to make a significant contribution to the development of life-saving cancer drugs," said President Brogan. "This will serve to advance FAU's reputation as a major research university, while creating new educational and research opportunities with this highly esteemed institution for the faculty and students within our scientific academic community."

Dr. Gregg B. Fields, professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry heads the FAU team. He has been awarded a four-year, $1 million research grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The grant, which will be applied to this collaboration, is specifically for the development of a new class of cancer drug delivery vehicles utilizing nanotechnology to target specific cancer cells.

The agreement between FAU and Moffitt includes:
• Cooperative research and educational activities of mutual interest.
• Jointly seeking sources of external support through grants and other resources for research efforts.
• Creation of educational opportunities at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels
• Dissemination of news of discoveries and research findings to the public, other researchers and faculty through various methods, without compromising intellectual property, proprietary information or patent applications of newly developed technology or know-how resulting from this collaboration.
• The joint use of physical facilities and support services at both institutions that will expand and provide more cost-effective research projects and mutual interest activities.

"This new affiliation with an institution of Moffitt's caliber creates a fast-track opportunity for FAU's scientists to rapidly take lab-tested drugs through clinical trials and turn them into medicine," said Dr. Larry F. Lemanski, vice president for research and graduate studies. "The new pharmaceuticals in this collaboration create new opportunities for marketable discoveries that will, in turn, help fund additional drug research at FAU," said Dr. Nathan Dean, dean of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.

In 2001, the National Cancer Institute awarded Tampa-based H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute the status of a Comprehensive Cancer Center in recognition of its excellence in research, clinical trials and cancer prevention and control. Additionally, Moffitt is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a prestigious alliance of the country's leading cancer centers, and is listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of the top cancer hospitals in America. Moffitt's sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.

Athletics Update

You can check out the redesigned Athletics Web site at www.fausports.com. Football started with a couple of tough losses, but a conference player-of-the-week performance; volleyball starts strong with six wins in six matches; men's soccer is picked second in preseason conference poll; women's soccer off to a good start; the men's basketball schedule is released.

 

Annual Giving Donor Profile: Ruth Tappen

Dr. Ruth Tappen (right) is dedicated to making a difference. Director of the Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center, an FAU-based geriatric research and care facility on the Boca Raton campus, and the Christine E. Lynn Eminent Scholar in Nursing, Dr. Tappen is a nationally recognized expert on Alzheimer's disease and other memory-related disorders. Coming to FAU 10 years ago from the faculty of the University of Miami, she holds a bachelor's degree in nursing from Wagner College and a master's degree and Ed.D. from the Teachers College, Columbia University. She has done postdoctoral work in research at the University of Arizona.

Dr. Tappen supports FAU through payroll deductions to the Annual Fund. In addition, she has donated to the Memory and Wellness Center when a need arose. She considers her gifts very modest, but is keenly aware of how even the smallest gesture helps provide monies for scholarships, programs and research.

"As staff members, we have difficulty asking people to give if we ourselves don't make some effort," she says. "We all have the option to give within our means. I'm not a major donor, but there is a good feeling in what I do. We all need to recognize small donations, because every gift counts."

If you would like to make a gift to support FAU through payroll deductions, contact Tony Lee, assistant director of Annual Giving, at ext. 7-1053 or e-mail gifts@fau.edu.

 

College of Arts and Letters; School of the Arts to Offer a Myriad of
Events this Fall

A full season of events are lined up for this fall's Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters calendar and the College's School of the Arts season. Plays, concerts, gallery exhibitions (FAU's galleries were named the Best Art Gallery 2005 by New Times), lectures...there is something for everyone. Many of the events are free for faculty and staff. And if they're not free, discounts are offered. For the complete schedule, visit www.fau.edu/artsupdate.

 


New Faces

Dr. Howard Hanson has been named associate vice president for the Division of Research and Graduate Studies. He has also been appointed professor of geosciences in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. Dr. Hanson previously served as a technical staff member at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), which is operated by the University of California for the U.S. Department of Energy. As associate vice president, Dr. Hanson will assist Dr. Larry F. Lemanski, vice president for research and graduate studies, by providing additional leadership to the Division and serving as an advocate for both interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research programs at FAU.

Until 2002, Dr. Hanson served as group leader of atmospheric and climate sciences in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Division at LANL. He is the author of more than 75 technical contributions and four novels. His professional affiliations include membership in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Geophysical Union, the American Meteorological Society, Sigma Xi and The Oceanography Society. He became a certified consulting meteorologist of the American Meteorological Society in 1997 and currently serves as associate editor of Environmental Science & Policy and on the editorial boards of TheScientificWorld. Dr. Hanson holds a Ph.D. in meteorology and physical oceanography from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami.


Shirley Peltz Gerzon has been named director of development for FAU Libraries. Serving as a member of the University Advancement staff. She will be responsible for all fundraising activities for FAU Libraries. She comes to FAU with 10 years of annual and major gifts fundraising experience. In addition, she helped create documentaries for classroom use through VOICES & MEMORIES, a non-profit organization that she helped establish. She has co-produced industrial, commercial and educational videotapes, including the new, as yet unreleased documentary "The Olympic Doll."


Louis Ferreira has been hired as the new coordinator of the Assistive Technology Lab in the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD). For the last three years he has been the network administrator for the OSD while being dual-enrolled at FAU.

 

New Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic Studio Up and Running
Since 1997, the Boca Raton campus has proudly hosted the Florida Unit of Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic® (RFB&D) Learning Through Listening®, a national non-profit organization that provides audio textbooks to students with visual problems, physical challenges and learning disabilities. Staff members and volunteers recently moved into the newly renovated Gladys L. Davis Pavilion, former home of the FAU Police Department.

RFB&D Learning Through Listening now operates in a state-of-the-art facility that includes four fully equipped digital recording work stations. To become a volunteer, contact Arne Nielsen at ext. 7-4443 or anielsen@rfbd.org.

 
Wheelchair Accessible Golf Cart
Now Available to Students

The Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) recently purchased a wheelchair-accessible golf cart. The Yamaha standard ADA golf cart seats four plus the wheelchair-user. For more information, call ext. 7-3880.

 


 

 

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