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FAU Harbor Branch Hosts Ocean Science Lecture Series

The Ocean Science Lecture Series provides a forum for Harbor Branch's scientists to share their most recent discoveries with our neighboring communities. Lectures are held in the auditorium of the Johnson Education Center on the Harbor Branch campus, 5600 U.S. 1 North, Fort Pierce. Presentations are at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., followed by a meet-the-speaker reception. There is no charge to attend. If you are interested in sponsoring a speaker, or if you have any questions about the Ocean Science Lecture Series, please contact Jill Sunderland at (772) 465-2400, ext. 506, or e-mail at education@hboi.edu.

January 23: Brian Lapointe – Corals at the Crossroads: The True Life Adventures of Doc Ford

January 30
: Susan Laramore – Where Have All the Lobsters Gone?

February 6
: Peter McCarthy – The Bacterial Community of Sponges: Microbial Ecology Meets Biotechnology

February 13:
Clay Cook – Symbiosis in the Sea: "Living Together Can Be Fun"

February 20:
Fraser Dalgleish –
Underwater Imaging

February 27:
Amber Shawl, Megan Davis, and Paul Wills – The Oceans Need More Fish: A Closer Look at Aquaculture and Stock Enhancement

March 5:
John Scarpa – What’s in
Your Clam Chowder?

March 12:
Greg Bossart – The Indian River Lagoon Dolphin Health Assessment Program: New Findings on What’s Ailing Flipper

March 19:
Lee Frey – Intelligent Swarms: The Next Evolution in Marine Robotics

March 26:
Greg O’Corry-Crowe – Molecular Genetic Studies of Arctic Marine Mammals: Top Predators in a Changing Environment

Last month, officials and employees from FAU and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI) recently celebrated the union of the two institutions. The celebration was held at Harbor Branch, in the Johnson Education Center. Harbor Branch President and CEO Dr. Shirley Pomponi thanked Florida State Senate President Ken Pruitt for his vision, and President Brogan and Provost Pritchett for their leadership and strong support for the merger.

“Harbor Branch is proud of our heritage and our accomplishments over the past 36 years. We are excited about this new chapter in our history: one that will enable Harbor Branch Oceanographic and Florida Atlantic University to join our talents to train the next generation of scientists and engineers and to tackle some of the most challenging issues facing our planet”, said Dr. Pomponi in her introduction. President Brogan welcomed HBOI into the FAU organization and anticipated that merging HBOI with FAU will create additional educational benefits for the Treasure Coast, as well as economic opportunity.

“The state appropriations that FAU received for this expansion of its partnership with HBOI demonstrates Florida’s ongoing commitment to the advancement of research and technology,” said President Brogan. “Thanks to the tireless support of Senator Ken Pruitt and the Treasure Coast Legislative Delegation, this innovative venture succeeded and will help produce a new generation of marine scientists and leaders in environmental research and management.”


Student Applications for K-8 Laboratory Research School at Tradition Accepted
through Jan. 31

St. Lucie County residents still have time to submit student applications to the K-8 laboratory research school at Tradition, an innovative partnership between St. Lucie County Public Schools and Florida Atlantic University. Applications are currently being accepted online at www.tradition.fau.edu through Jan. 31, 2008. St. Lucie County Libraries and the joint-use library on FAU’s Treasure Coast campus offer hard-copies of the application and computers for public use for those who do not have access to a computer. Students will be randomly selected by a lottery program according to demographic information. Due to the laboratory setting, the enrollment must represent the public school population profile in the State of Florida.

The school is slated to open for the 2008-09 school year and will accommodate approximately 1,600 students and 120 teachers. dents. For more information, contact Carlos Gonzalez, project specialist with FAU’s College of Education, at 772-873-3338 or cgonza49@fau.edu.


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