A quick rundown on this month's news. For details on any of these items, just click below. Or you can scroll down to browse the news:
Dr. Charles H. Hennekens, research professor of biomedical science in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and the Center of Excellence in Biomedical and Marine Biotechnology, has concluded that aspirin has similar benefits in preventing heart attacks and strokes in men and women, according to an article published in Nature Clinical Practice: Cardiovascular Medicine.
The article was prepared in collaboration with Danielle Hollar, Ph.D., research assistant professor at FAU and Colin Baigent, M.D., of Oxford University. The researchers noted that among male and female survivors of occlusions of the heart, brain and leg arteries, aspirin decreases the risks of future heart attacks, strokes and deaths from cardiovascular causes to a similar extent. Additionally, in apparently healthy men, aspirin was found to reduce the risk of a first heart attack, in younger women aspirin reduced the risk of a first stroke and in older women aspirin decreased the risks of a first heart attack and a first stroke. Read the complete press release.
The University's Florida Institute for Safety and Construction, housed in the the College of Architecture, Urban and Public Affairs, was recently recognized for helping to make the workplace safer. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) honored the institute, whose partnership with OSHA was recently renewed for two years, "in recognition of your outstanding contributions in the area of occupational safety and health to the workers of South Florida." OSHA Compliance Officer Vergie Bain said the program was instrumental in bringing about a marked decrease in fatalities in South Florida last year.
ESPN's "The Season: Weekly College Basketball 2006," a documentary-styled, reality-based series, featured the Owls men's basketball team earlier this month. The one-hour special presented highlights from four games and interviews with players, coaches, administrators and fans. Game highlights begin with the Jan. 17 game at Campbell, where the Owls claimed a 97-88 win in Coach Doherty's return to his college basketball roots, and ended with the Jan. 27 game at Belmont. Replays will air on ESPN2 on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 2 a.m. and Friday, Feb. 24, at 3 a.m. So mark your calendars and set your recorders.
In the teams' last seasons in the Atlantic Sun Conference, the baseball team is predicted to win its third regular season conference title and the softball team its ninth, the league office announced last month. FAU received nine of 11 first-place votes in the coaches poll, finishing ahead of Stetson. The softball team took 21 of 22 first-place votes in the poll, easily outdistancing Stetson and Kennesaw State, who were picked second and third.
The Owls baseball team finished last season with a 37-24 record, advancing to its sixth NCAA Regional in the past seven years. The squad returns eight position starters and almost the complete pitching staff from 2005.
The Owls softball team is poised to bounce back from last year's season, which saw the team not win the A-Sun championship for the first time in nine years and fail to advance to the NCAA tournament for the first time in seven straight years.
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Well over 100 FAU team members joined some 19,000 others running and walking along Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach for the annual Race for the Cure. The Komen Race for the Cure is the largest series of 5K runs/fitness walks in the world. This was the event's 23rd year. An estimated one million people participated in more than 100 races across the United States, generating donations for breast cancer screening, treatment and research.
The FAU team again won the award for Largest School Team. One of our graduate students, Elizabeth Gunn, placed third in her age group for the Women’s Competitive Run. The FAU team raised almost $4,000 to equal last year’s total, thanks to your generous support. Our champion fundraiser, Jennifer Bebergal, corralled three-fourths of the online donations herself.
In commemoration of Black History Month, FAU will offer a series of events. Lectures at the Boca Raton campus include: "The Necessity of Understanding the Past in Order to Understand African Americans’ Present," "Lynchtown, USA: An Indictment Against Vigilantism" and "Progress Without Due Process? The Illicit Intent of Racial Uplift in the No Child Left Behind Act." Times and dates for the events can be found here. The Jupiter campus offers "SHARIKA: A Multicultural Celebration of African-American History” on Saturday, Feb. 11. The Boward campuses also offer events, films and panel discussions. Call ext. 6-1257 for information.
The Charles E. Schmidt College of Science will honor Dr. Benoit Mandelbrot, the man responsible for most of the creation of fractal geometry and chaos theory, at the college's second annual Hall of Fame Distinguished Lecture and Awards Ceremony. Dr. Mandelbrot will be inducted into the hall of fame with FAU's Dr. Heinz-Otto Peitgen whose most recent work with fractal science focuses on using MRI's as a tool for breast cancer detection. The event is on Feb. 21.
On Thursday, Feb. 9, at 4 p.m., the K. Frank and Rita Korf Lecture Series offers FAU history professor, Dr. Patricia Kollander discussing her new book, "I Must Be a Part of This War"– A German American's Fight Against Hitler and Nazism (with John O'Sullivan, contributor; Fordham University Press, 2006). The free lecture will be held in Room D of the Live Oak in the University Center. For more information, call ext. 7-1164 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take a walk back in time as FAU’s Music Department presents an eclectic series of performances celebrating 20th century American music in the 2006 music festival. The festival, titled from “Carnegie Hall to the Cotton Club,” runs from Feb. 17 through Feb. 26 at the University Theatre on the Boca Raton campus. Faculty, staff and alumni may purchase concert tickets for half price. To purchase tickets, call ext. 7-2977 or e-mail email@example.com. For more information, call ext. 7-3820 or visit www.fau.edu/musicfestival.
"Love, Laughter and Lasagna," a fundraiser supporting the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing's new transdisciplinary program, the Initiative for Intentional Health, will be held on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the University Center on the Boca Raton campus. Tickets range from $50 for VIP seating to $10 for students. For more information, visit www.fauevents.com.
The Florida-Israel Institute presents the Israeli experience, as recorded on the silver screen: a lecture followed by a screening of an Israeli film and a post-film moderated discussion. Events will take place every second Saturday night during February at 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.floridaisrael.org.
The Thirty-Seventh Southeastern International Conference on Combinatorics, Graph Theory, and Computing will be on March 6-10. The event promotes better understanding of the roles of modern applied mathematics, combinatorics and computer science. To learn more about department of mathematical sciences events, visit www.math.fau.edu/web/Events/events.htm.
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