FAU Student News

Monday, January 13, 2020
Vol. 8 | Issue 2

FAU Student News

Your weekly source for important dates, events, and announcements.

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5th Annual WeLead: Diversity Matters Student Leadership Symposium

The WeLead: Diversity Matters Student Leadership Symposium one-day experience that aims to broaden participants’ cultural fluency while also promoting informed and effective social justice advocacy.

WeLead is open and free to all FAU students and includes keynote speakers, several break-out sessions and opportunities to interact with peers, faculty, and staff. WeLead will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2020 on the Boca Raton campus.

To register, visit the WeLead webpage.


Weeks of Welcome

Ready to take flight? Weeks of Welcome at Florida Atlantic University will help you begin to paint your Owl story. You will connect with other students, become familiar with campus, and get acquainted with the many resources available to you. We want to help prepare you for a successful academic and social experience. In addition to many fun activities, we have planned educational sessions and workshops that connect you with campus partners.

To view Spring 2020 events, visit the Weeks of Welcome webpage.

For more information, please contact Richard Mahler, Assistant Director of Student Activities and Involvement at mahlerr@fau.edu.

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MAD Tuesday- Fort Lauderdale Campus

Discover ways to make a difference anywhere you go by participating in the activity of the day! This event will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 21 from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at HE 713 on the Fort Lauderdale campus.

Connect with a Mentor!

Are you a new student looking to connect with the FAU community? Do you know a first-year student who would benefit from experiences from a current student, faculty, or staff member? Recommend or join us as a mentee with First-Year Connections!

We are currently looking for incoming first-year or transfer students for the upcoming Spring 2020 semester to be mentees in our program. First-Year Connections is a semester long commitment focused on guiding mentees on strategies to navigate throughout the FAU community. Meetings occur with a mentor once a month (communicating regularly via text, email, social media, etc.) and are agreed upon by both mentee and mentor.

Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity for our first-year students! Share or sign up at on the First-Year Connections Program Enrollment webpage!

Freedom Mortgage hosting On-Campus Interviews

Freedom Mortgage will be at the FAU Career Center's Boca Raton office on Tuesday, Jan. 21. To be considered for an interview, apply to the position in Handshake.

Save the Date! Internship and Part-Time Job Fair

Looking for an internship or part-time job? Then attend the Internship and Part-Time Job Fair on Wednesday, Jan. 29 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Recreation & Fitness Center (Boca Raton campus).

This career fair provides students an avenue to network with employers and learn about positions in a myriad of industries. Please RSVP in Handshake ahead of time so that you don’t miss out on pertinent information regarding the event!

Templeton & Company Information Session: Tax vs. Audit

This information session will take place on Thursday, January 30 from 6 -7 p.m. at the FAU Career Center (Boca Raton campus) To RSVP, visit Handshake

Join the Libraries for a Workshop!

Each semester the Libraries' Instruction and Engagement team carefully selects workshops that will target a wide variety of students and provide them with necessary skills to conquer the academic year. This semester is no different! We hope you mark your calendars for one of our seven unique workshops.

To view workshop dates, visit the FAU Libraries webpage.

The Secret Lives Of Glaciers

Dr. M Jackson will explore the fascinating geography of glaciers on this planet. Based on over a decade of research in the Arctic, Dr. Jackson shares many localized stories of what happens to an Icelandic community as their local glaciers disappear.

Profoundly hopeful, Jackson's talk shows how ice influences people just as much as people influence ice--and what all of us can do to move into a future with healthy glaciers and healthy communities. Jackson is a geographer, glaciologist, TED Fellow, a National Geographic Society Explorer, and author of the 2019 book "The Secret Lives of Glaciers."

This event will take place on Friday, Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. in General Classroom North Room 102 on the Boca Raton Campus. Parking will be available in Lot 4. To register, please visit the Eventbrite page .

FAU Frontiers in Science

Join us on Friday, January 17 for the FAU Frontiers in Science talk: “How AI and Machine Learning are Redefining Neuroscience” presented by Michael Smirnov, Ph.D.

Over the past decade, new image analysis tools have emerged for studying the networks, circuits, and synaptic connections in the brain. As data volume grows exponentially, manual analysis becomes an impossible task on researchers looking to shed insight on the structure and function of subcellular brain regions. In order to tackle this big data struggle, novel analyses leveraging the power of AI and machine learning are being developed and applied around the world.

At the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI), we have partnered with Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and FAU High School to build a neural data science program which recruits top-tier students who are immersed into a highly interactive programming, neuroscience, and data science curriculum. These students work closely with MPFI researchers to develop novel science-driven tools which leverage machine learning to help automate and improve analysis, collection, and insight drawn from cutting-edge neuroimaging data unique to our institute.

This event will take place on Friday, Jan. 17 at 4 p.m. in General Classroom North Room 102 on the Boca Raton Campus. To learn more please visit the Frontiers In Science webpage

Tunnel Vision - A Social Justice Experience

Join us in exploring the systems and forms of oppression that deal directly with domestic and global social justice issues. Using quality research and multi-sensory experiences, we seek to inspire compassion for these issues so participants can engage in meaningful conversations to create change.

The event will take place from January 22 - 25 Student Union at the Live Oak Pavilion on the Boca Raton campus. The various dates/times for this event are as follows:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 22 from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 23 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 24 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 25 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

MLK Diversity Address and Day of Service

Join us in celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a breakfast, keynote address, and the official send off for those heading to create meaningful change in our communities. All are welcomed.

This event will take place on Monday, Jan. 20 from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Locations as followed:

  • Majestic Palm Room, Student Union (Boca Raton Campus)
  • Heritage Hall - SD 105 (Davie Campus)
  • The Burrow (Jupiter Campus)
Students, don't forget to sign up for your Day of Service site! To sign up visit the MLK Day of Service Registration.

Karaoke Night

Show off your voice or cheer on your friends. Come to the Burrow to make new friends and reunite with old ones over karaoke.

This event will take place on Friday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Burrow on the Jupiter Campus

FAU Research Cafe

Join us for coffee, pastries and two informal, 10-minute introductions and presentations by research faculty or graduate students. Learn about possibilities to collaborate with them, network with other researchers, and find out about other happenings across campus.

Speakers: Meredith Ellis, Ph.D., assistant professor of Anthropology at the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, and Jordon Beckler, assistant research professor at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. The event takes place on Wednesday, January 22 from 4 -5 p.m. at the Jaffe Center of the third floor of the S.E. Wimberly Library.

New Course for Researchers: Responsible Conduct of Research

Did you know? Students and faculty researchers can now learn about the conduct and misconduct of research through a new course called Responsible Conduct of Research. The course is available as both an undergraduate and a graduate class. Keep in mind, students who are working on projects funding by the NIH may be required to take the class. For more information, please read about Responsible Conduct Research or contact Jazarae McCormick, Ed.D., at jkirchdo@fau.edu.