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FAU’s Frontiers in Science Begins Spring Series with ‘The Foraging Gene: Will That Be Takeout?’

BOCA RATON, FL (January 4, 2010 ) – Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science will begin its 2010 Spring Frontiers in Science public lecture series with a presentation by Dr. Marla Sokolowski, Ph.D., F.R.S.C., professor of biology and Canada research chair in genetics and neurology from the University of Toronto at Mississauga. “The Foraging Gene:  Will That Be Takeout?” will take place on Friday, January 15 at 3:30 p.m. in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.  

In her presentation, Sokolowski will discuss her work which focuses on how a foraging gene in fruit flies affects the way in which these insects search for food. She has identified a single protein that plays a key role in the actions of this gene which may, in turn, be related to how humans make decisions about what, when and where to eat.

 “Research on genes involved in food intake and energy output holds promise for future understanding and treatment of food related disorders such as obesity,” said Sokolowski.

            Sokolowski has received Distinguished Visiting Professorships in the United States and Europe.  She also is a Fellow of the Canadian Institutes for Advanced Research where she co-directs its Experience Based Brain and Biological Development Programme.

              “This lecture begins the ninth year of our Frontiers in Science public lecture series,” said Dr. Gary W. Perry, dean of the College of Science. “We look forward to again presenting a series of interesting programs to our audience.”

             This lecture is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and supported by FAU’s Lifelong Learning Society Endowed Professorship.

            The reception that follows the program is made possible by the Warren Lloyd Holtzman Seed Grant, a component of the Community Foundation of the New River Valley.

For more information, contact Patsy Jones at 561-297-1307 or


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Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts 10 colleges:  College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the College of Business, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Graduate College,  the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.  

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