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FAU Pillars

FAU’s most talented faculty, staff and students are expanding on its robust culture of research and inquiry. They’re leveraging regional assets, such as the ocean, patient populations, culture and business, to advance scientific understanding, discover new technologies and contribute to the economic vitality of our region. The university is investing in its research enterprise, and has made significant progress in establishing research pillars focused on institutional strengths.

Healthy Aging (I-HeAL)

James Galvin, M.D., M.P.H., joined FAU in May 2015 and is leading the Institute for Healthy Aging and Lifespan Studies. Dr. Galvin, one of the country’s most prominent neuroscientists, has generated millions in research funding from federal, state and local agencies, and private foundations.

He’s leading a team on redesigning the healthcare infrastructure, creating novel intervention programs to improve the care of dementia patients and their caregivers, leading to improved mobility, delayed nursing home placement, reduced hospital re-admission, and decreased costs.

FAU BRAIN Institute (I-BRAIN)

Randy Blakely, Ph.D., joined FAU in May 2016 to lead the FAU BRAIN Institute. FAU’s new institute reflects the U.S. Brain Initiative, a top national research priority.

Blakely, an internationally renowned neuroscientist with expertise in synaptic molecular biology, neurotransmitter transporters, and human genetics, will pursue research collaborations and educational relationships with regional, national and international partners, including Scripps Florida and the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience on the FAU Jupiter campus.

Sensing and Smart Systems (I-SENSE)

Jason Hallstrom, Ph.D., who joined FAU in February 2015, leads the Institute for Sensing and Embedded Network Systems Engineering. He studies the “Internet of Things” and how everyday objects like our clothes and roads are now able to talk to us. Advancements in computing, communication, and sensing make it possible to embed tiny wireless sensors in homes, yards, shoes and other everyday items. He’s growing a network of partners, including global companies Telit and Atmel, and Scripps Florida and Max Planck Florida.

FAU’s most talented faculty, staff and students are expanding on its robust culture of research and inquiry. They’re leveraging regional assets, such as the ocean, patient populations, culture and business, to advance scientific understanding, discover new technologies and contribute to the economic vitality of our region.

FAU Harbor Branch

Anton Post has been appointed as the executive director of FAU Harbor Branch, leading Environmental and Ocean Science research at FAU. Post will focus on a new strategic effort to develop interdisciplinary research combining expertise across many FAU centers and colleges including: FAU Harbor Branch; Institute for Sensing and Embedded Network Systems Engineering (I-SENSE); SeaTech: Institute for Ocean and Systems Engineering; Florida Center for Environmental Studies; Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and the College of Engineering and Computer Science.

FAU is in its fifth decade of working with marine science and technology partners on applied projects that produce positive environmental, societal and economic outcomes. Post will officially start in January 2017.



 Last Modified 3/21/17