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Nova Southeastern University
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33314-7796


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Division of Public Relations and Marketing Communications
Nova Southeastern University
3301 College Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33314-7796

(954) 262-5353
(800) 541-6682 x25353
Fax: (954) 262-3954

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NSU Patel Colleges Take Shape in Clearwater

Last year, Nova Southeastern University received its largest philanthropic gift in history from Tampa-area cardiologist Dr. Kiran C. Patel and his wife, pediatrition Dr. Pallavi Patel. The commitment from the Patel Family Foundation includes a $50 million gift and an additional $150 million real estate facility investment in an upcoming…

NSU Professor Speaks with iHeart Radio on Correlation of Sleep Deprivation and Weight Gain

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adults need 7 or more hours of sleep a night in order to maintain a healthy well being. Deborah Ann Mulligan, M.D., FAAP, FACEP, director of NSU’s Institute for Child Health Policy and professor of pediatrics for NSU’s Dr. Kiran C….

NSU Researcher Featured in History Channel Series

  The History Channel has rebooted the 1970s series In Search Of… and one of its first episodes featured Nova Southeastern University’s Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography. In homage to the previous series, the new one has Zachary Quinto as its host (he plays the “new” Mr. Spock in the Star Trek…

Social Media Photo of Sea Turtle Hatchling Sparks News Stories

  There’s an old saying that goes: “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Well, in today’s world of Social Media, it could be said: “A photo is worth a thousand clicks.” That’s what happened when staff in the Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program came across a hapless sea…

NSU Professor Offers Advice On Children’s Questions Concerning Gun Violence

Unfortunately, school shootings are common news stories lately, making parents, teachers, and especially kids feel unsafe. According to CNN, 21 weeks into 2018, there were 23 school shootings which resulted in injury or death. Ralph Gene E. Cash, Ph.D., ABPP, professor at NSU’s School of Psychology, spoke with The Washington…

The “Toxic” Algae Issue: Social Media Ire has Law Enforcement on Alert

Florida is currently experiencing an environmental crisis in the form of algae. Red tide is killing dolphins, sea turtles, fish and more on the southwest coast and blue-green algae is blooming in the northern estuaries. This unbalance in our ecosystem has upset many throughout the state with some taking to…

Psychologist Wants Teachers to Beware of Back-to-School Anxiety

According to a study recently published in the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, nearly half of all teachers say they experience a high level of stress, which has only grown as school shootings become more common. For teachers who send their own children off to school each day, the stress…

NSU Hosts Local High School Students for Ice Cream Entrepreneurship Program

For most students, summer means taking a break from school work and relaxing by the water during lazy, hot days. But about 20 local high school students seeking to gain an edge opted to head back to the classroom to participate in NSU’s Ice Cream Entrepreneurship Program, a creative writing…

Early Adopters of Online and Distance Education Continue to Innovate

NSU has long been a leader in education when it comes to online and distance learning. The university introduced its first off-campus course of study in education in 1972 and since then has become nationally recognized for its innovative distance education programs. A recent study from the Online Learning Consortium…

NSU Professor Discusses How to Wake Your Child Up the Right Way

Getting enough sleep as a child is a critical component in the early developmental phase. According to Forbes, sleep deprivation can lead to long term ramifications and may even affect brain development. However, waking your child up may not be as easy as anticipated. Roseanne Lesack Ph.D., BCBA-D, ABPP, director of…

New Technology is Being Offered to Treat Chronic Dry Eye

Dry eyes are a very common and irritating condition in the United States. According to Health Line, about 4.88 million Americans who are 50 years old and older suffer from dry eyes. Over 3 million are women and 1.68 million are men. Chandra Mickles, O.D., M.S., FAAO, FSLS, associate professor…

NSU’s Director of Feeding Disorders Clinic Speaks to CNN about Study on Getting Kids to Eat More Veggies

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children with obesity are at a higher risk of having chronic health conditions and diseases that influence physical health. A study recently published in JAMA Pediatrics observed how children at school would be effected with segmented plates that had pictures of healthy…

NSU Professors Urge the Need to Vaccinate in Part of National Immunization Awareness Month

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 80 million people in America are infected with HPV, and another 14 million people, including teenagers, become infected every year. Deborah Ann Mulligan, M.D., FAAP, FACEP, professor of pediatrics at the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Bindu…

Disclosing Student Mental Health Records

With students returning back to classes soon, schools across Florida have been working to implement new safety guidelines as part of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Safety Act. One provision requires that parents and students must disclose previous school expulsions, arrests resulting in a charge and must also report any prior…

NSU Professor Weighs in on Final Debate for Democratic Candidates Running for Governor

Florida’s five Democratic candidates for governor met on the debate stage earlier this week. It was the fifth debate so far, but only the second to feature all five contenders. Prior to the event, CBS 4 Miami spoke with NSU professor Charles Zelden, Ph.D., about what key things to watch…

NSU Associate Professor Discusses How Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh Could Impact Healthcare

On July 16, 2018, Judge Brett Kavanaugh was nominated by President Trump to the Supreme Court, filling in Justice Anthony Kennedy’s seat. Kavanaugh is a conservative judge whose former stances regarding health care policy could impact future healthcare legislation. Daniel E. Dawes, J.D., associate professor of Complex Health Systems at…

Joint White Coat Ceremony Receives National Media Attention

On Saturday, July 28, 2018, NSU made history as it welcomed approximately 300 incoming medical students in the nation’s first combined White Coat Ceremony celebrating Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) and Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) candidates together. The Florida-based university is now one of only three in the U.S. with…

NSU Dean Offers Bullying Advice in Washington Post Article

According to the book, “No More Mean Girls: The Secret to Raising Strong, Confident, and Compassionate Girls,” research proves that severe childhood bullying puts children in a higher risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors.  Hard to detect actions, such as spreading rumors and saying hurtful comments on, and off-line, often…

Brevard Public Schools Names 2018 Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year

Brevard Public Schools honored two NSU alumna by recognizing them as principal of the year and assistant principal of the year. Ena Leiba, who earned her master’s degree in education leadership from NSU, has been credited as principal of the year at Sea Park Elementary School. Based on her strong leadership, Catherine Murphy, who received…

NSU Professor Featured on WPBT “Your South Florida”

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 115 people in the U.S. die every day after overdosing on opioids. A new state law is aiming to put an end to Florida’s opioid epidemic by changing how providers review, document and prescribe medication. Scott Kjelson, Pharm.D., CPh. assistant…

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