During our meeting Monday January 27, 2020 Karin Scarpinato told us about Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Research.  Karin is the current Senior Associate Vice President for Research at Florida Atlantic University, overseeing the strategic planning and operations of the university-wide Division of Research.
 
She began by showing us the geographic area of focus and some of the locations for FAU research, which include settings strategically located  along a corridor of more than 110 miles of coastline between Americas Everglades and the Atlantic Ocean.  In addition to the general sites of Lake Okeechobee and Florida Everglades, there are six campus locations: Harbor Branch, Jupiter, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Dania Beach, and Davie.
 
Karin identified three topical categories of research as Artificial Intelligence, Environment, and Health.  Artificial Intelligence research focuses in three main components: sensing, computing, and connectivity.  FAU research incorporates all of these into engineering, medical, education and other areas of research.  Projects include modeling of extreme weather events, ocean surveillance, and mobility intelligence.
 
Environment research involves harmful algal bloom, aquacluture (cultivating fish for food), shark migration, sea turtle hatching, sea level rise, and similar areas of focus.  Health research projects include autism, sleep analyses, brain exercise, and drug usage.
 
Concluding her presentation, Karin encouraged us to get involved by attending the Research in Action seminar series, participating in the Ask a Scientist podcasts, or joining the Research Blog.  You can learn more about FAU Research here.
 
Dr. Scarpinato is an affiliate faculty in the Department of Biology and holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics from the University of Goettingen in Germany.  Her research has centered around novel therapies for cancer.