FAU Vice President for Research Earns Fulbright Scholarship
Daniel Flynn, Ph.D., FAU vice president for research. (Photo by Alex Dolce)
Daniel Flynn, Ph.D., vice president for research at Florida Atlantic University, recently received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award in international education for the 2022-2023 academic year from the U.S. Department of State and Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s preeminent educational and cultural affairs program that offers renowned students, educators and accomplished professionals support to pursue research and professional projects in partnership with more than 160 countries worldwide.
In his role at FAU, Flynn leads all research-related endeavors across FAU’s six regional campuses in South Florida, and also serves a catalyst for emerging programs that support local entrepreneurship and economic development, as well as strengthen the University’s corporate partnerships in research, which will now expand globally. With a doctorate in microbiology, Flynn spent more than two decades in various research-related roles in the fields of cancer cell biology and breast cancer invasion before making his transition to research administration in 2008 and then joining FAU in 2015.
“Dan’s investment in collaborative academic achievement and technological growth have resulted in exponential increases in research funding and expenditures for the university,” said FAU President John Kelly. “This scholarship provides an exciting opportunity to further expand innovative research, education and collaboration between Florida Atlantic faculty and scientists worldwide.”
The scholarship is part of the Fulbright International Education Administrators awards program to foster empowering connections between U.S. education officials and their international counterparts. As part of the program, Flynn will participate in a two-week group seminar designed to acquaint higher education administrators from the U.S. with France’s higher education and research systems, familiarizing participants with the processes of translating research discoveries to economic and societal benefit.
“The power of impactful research comes to fruition when discoveries are translated into improved efforts – whether it be innovations in technology, drugs, policy, etc. – that ultimately improve our lives and those lives around us,” Flynn said. “This unique opportunity provides a platform to delve into discovery of alternate best practices for academic entrepreneurship, technology transfer, economic development and corporate partnerships internationally.”
France, a top destination of tourism, is also a flagship location in Europe to conduct research, teach and pursue professional development. According to the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, there are 72 universities and 3,000 private institutions of higher education across the country, and with 2.22 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product devoted to research and technological development, the French government is steadfast in cultivating a rich research landscape.
“Upon completion of the Fulbright seminar in France, I intend on introducing learned best practices to our research offices at FAU, establishing a platform for collaborations between our research leaders with French scientists,” Flynn said. “This experience will allow me to gain a new perspective in refining the means we utilize in engaging faculty, developing intellectual property and collaborations with international counterparts, broadening the research portfolio at FAU.”