The $71.5 billion budget signed by Governor Crist in late May provides record-setting funding for FAU. FAU aligned its top priorities with the greatest needs of Florida and the goals of the Board of Governors, including workforce development and increased research and biotechnology activities.
“In light of the more difficult economic environment in Tallahassee, I am pleased to see that FAU fared extremely well overall,” said President Brogan. “Special thanks are due to all who worked so hard during the past legislative session and throughout the year on these very important issues.”
Some highlights of the 2007-08 budget include the following:
- The FAU/University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Regional Medical Program received $4.7 million in recurring funding. This allows the regional medical campus at Boca Raton to continue to evolve toward the goal of offering all four years of medical education locally, thus increasing the pool of doctors who will practice in the state of Florida and were educated in their own backyard.
- FAU received $6 million to support joint research with the Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies.
- Funding was received to assist FAU in its acquisition and operation of the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution (HBOI). The University received $8.5 million in recurring funds to operate the institution. In addition, $44,641,984 was received in PECO (Public Education Capital Outlay) funding for renovation and new construction on the HBOI campus.
- The total PECO allocation for FAU is $95,886,454, the largest in University history. This amount includes the allocation for HBOI, a general classroom facility, an engineering building on the Boca Raton campus, an FAU/UF joint use facility in Davie, an addition to the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, and capital renewal and infrastructure funding.
- FAU received approximately $3 million for enrollment growth to support an additional 255 FTE. This includes 61 lower-level, 136 upper-level and 58 graduate students. The governor's recent veto of the 5% tuition increase provides a challenge as the University revises and recommends a budget for the Board of Trustees to review in the summer months.
- The Florida Institute for the Advancement of Teaching, housed within the College of Education, received $500,000 in non-recurring funds to assist in providing solutions for improving Florida’s PK-20 educational system by recruiting, preparing and retaining quality educators to meet the needs of Florida schools.
|A prototype of the autonomous mooring system attached to an acoustic payload. The acoustic housing has been removed. The mooring
system includes an intelligent mooring spool, a combination anchor/air brake and a flotation buoy.
FAU and Lockheed Martin have entered into an exclusive license agreement to develop and produce a rapidly deployable and autonomous mooring buoy system for military and scientific uses. The buoy’s missions could include submarine detection and location; meteorological and oceanographic measurements; autonomous underwater vehicle communication; and underwater navigation and positioning. The system was designed by researchers from FAU and the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), supported by grants from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Ocean Engineering Program, managed by Dr. Tom Swean, ONR program manager for Ocean Engineering & Marine Systems. FAU and NAVSEA have filed a joint patent application. FAU and Lockheed Martin will work closely with key U.S. Navy offices and government laboratories to continue development of the system and to identify other potential applications.
FAU is currently the only state university in Florida to offer its students a full range of dental care through its own dental clinic, located on the Boca Raton campus. FAU’s dental clinic began offering full-time services in 2000, and had 2,048 visits in 2006. MORE…
The Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center, a unit of the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, will be the only site in the country conducting a research study to determine if medication can prolong the period of time in which individuals with mild Alzheimer’s disease can drive safely. Peter Holland, M.D., research scientist, and Ruth Tappen, Ed.D., eminent scholar and professor in the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, will conduct this placebo-controlled, double blind study, which is being sponsored by a major pharmaceutical company. The Memory and Wellness Center is actively recruiting volunteers for this important study. For more information, call 561-297-0502.
Leaders from FAU and the Palm Beach County School District broke ground in May for Florida’s first “green” elementary school and a new facility for the Pine Jog Environmental Education Center. The school, scheduled to open no later than August 2008, will have an environmental focus, using the Pine Jog site as an outdoor classroom. The facility will be the first public elementary school in the state to become certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) as a “green” building.
FAU researchers have been able to identify neural signatures of effective, real-time coordination between people in one of the first studies in the field of social neuroscience to actually record, measure and analyze behavior and brain activity simultaneously in two interacting humans. The research was conducted by Drs. Emmanuelle Tognoli, Julien Lagarde, Gonzalo DeGuzman and J.A. Scott Kelso in the Human Brain and Behavior Laboratory at the Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. These findings are presented in an article titled “The Phi Complex as a Neuromarker of Human Social Coordination,” published in the May 8, 2007 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.