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NSU Research Spotlight

NSU Study Shows Ocean’s Fastest Shark Is Being Threatened By Over Fishing

More bad news for sharks. A new study using satellite tracking by researchers from Nova Southeastern University’sGuy Harvey Research Institute (GHRI), the University of Rhode Island and other colleagues shows that the fishing mortality rate of the shortfin mako in the western North Atlantic is considerably higher than previously estimated from catches reported by fishermen….


Research Spotlight: Halmos Faculty Identify More than 180 Species of Fish

Halmos faculty member Tracey Sutton, Ph.D. and other scientists of the DEEPEND consortium have identified over 180 fish species new to the Gulf of Mexico and another 20-30 that are new to scientists. Most of these species come from the deep waters of the Gulf, where little research has been…


Halmos Faculty Studies Coral Reefs in Galapagos Islands

In April, Halmos faculty member Bernhard Riegl, Ph.D., traveled to the Galapagos Islands to work with a group of scientists from the Charles Darwin Foundation Scientists (CDF), Ecuador International Conservation (IC-Ecuador), ETPS Regional Program (Eastern Pacific Landscape), Nazca Institute of Marine Research and Nova Southeastern University to study three areas…


NSU Research Spotlight: NSU Biophysicist Studies the “Autocorrect” Feature in your DNA

New research at NSU has revealed the information content associated with each letter of DNA. This work may improve our understanding of how the genetic code can resist the effects of mutations that may cause cancer or inherited diseases. The same genetic code is used by almost all living organisms…


NSU Research Spotlight: NSU Researcher Secures Grant to Study Zika

Vladimir Beljanski, Ph.D., associate professor in the NSU Cell Therapy Institute recently received grant award from the Florida Department of Health, Biomedical Research Program for a project titled, “A comparative analysis of Zika virus-induced antiviral response mechanisms in under-studied cell populations.” Findings produced from this project can help to develop…


NSU Research Spotlight: NSU Researchers to Present at World Stem Cell Summit

The World Stem Cell Summit & RegMed Capital Conference has invited five faculty members from the Nova Southeastern University (NSU) Cell Therapy Institute to present on their research related to advancing new approaches to cancer immunotherapy and regenerative medicine at the organization’s 12th annual meeting. The summit is being held…


NSU Research Spotlight: NSU Scientists Study Disease that Impacts Hundreds of Thousands of Gulf War Veterans

As we recognize and honor our veterans for their service, we must also remember that many veterans are ill from exposure to unexplained pesticides, radiation or other toxins during their time in the service. Approximately a quarter of the 700,000 soldiers who fought in the 1991 Gulf War suffer from a debilitating disease…


Research Spotlight: Student Funds Her Shark Research with Crowdfunding Campaign

NSU student Rachael Karns funded her graduate thesis project in a modern, innovative manner: she launched a successful crowdfunding campaign on experiment.com, a website focused on supporting scientific discoveries through online public donations. At NSU’s Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography, Karns is pursuing a Master of Science in…


Research Spotlight: NSU names recipient of Prestigious Provost’s Research and Scholarship Award

In recognition of his significant contributions to Nova Southeastern University (NSU), Robert C. Speth, Ph.D., was named the recipient of the Sixth Annual Provost’s Research and Scholarship Award. Dr. Speth is a researcher and professor of pharmaceutical sciences in NSU’s College of Pharmacy. Ralph V. Rogers Jr., Ph.D., NSU executive…


Halmos Professor Travels to Africa for Conservation Efforts

Stephen J. O’Brien, Ph.D., professor at NSU’s Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography, recently traveled to Africa to participate in collaborative international efforts focused on world species conservation. O’Brien’s first stop was the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) in Namibia, which is led by international conservationist Laurie Marker, D.Phil., a…


Halmos Professor Travels to Europe to Research Crinoid Evolution

Charles Messing, Ph.D., professor at NSU’s Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography, recently returned from Europe, where he examined museum collections and consulted with paleontologists about incorporating Mesozoic fossil crinoids (sea lilies and feather stars) into phylogenetic trees of crinoid evolution. Such trees are currently based chiefly on DNA…


NSU Research Spotlight: Study Finds Vision Loss Due to Diabetes is Rising Globally

Diabetes has become one of the top causes of vision loss around the world, according to an article published on August 23, 2016 in Diabetes Care journal by a global consortium led by researchers at Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) College of Optometry in Fort Lauderdale/Davie, Florida, and the Vision and…


Check out this Great Online Resource: The Qualitative Report

NSU is home to one of the oldest and most prestigious open-access, online journals – The Qualitative Report, the first English language e-journal in the world to publish qualitative, action, collaborative, mixed-method, arts-based, and critical research from a transdisciplinary perspective. The journal’s quality can be seen by its inclusion in…


NSU Research Spotlight: NSU Researcher Discovers Unique Anatomical Characteristic in Barnacle Study

When it comes to long distance relationships, it seems the barnacle has it all figured out. That’s because if they fancy a mate who is far away, the male can simply make his penis longer to meet the need. That’s right – unlike humans, barnacles have the ability to physically…


Researcher Spotlight: NSU Professor Receives World Class Faculty Award for Global Contributions to Science and Medicine

NSU researcher and faculty member Nancy Klimas, M.D., was recently named the World Class Faculty Award recipient by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance at its 2016 Mid-Year Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale. “It is an honor to highlight Dr. Klimas as the Alliance’s 2016 World Class…


NSU Research Spotlight: Evren Alici, M.D., Ph.D.

Evren Alici, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Gene and Cell Therapy Center at Karolinka Institutet in Sweden and a visiting research professor at the NSU Cell Therapy Institute, which will soon be housed in the Center for Collaborative Research. His research is focused on developing treatments for blood and bone…


NSU Research Spotlight: Student Research Unleashes New Potential for Therapy Dogs

Senior biology major and Honors student Caitlin McCoy grew up with dogs at her family home in Massachusetts. While a student at NSU, she has temporarily cared for foster dogs in need of homes. When pictures of therapy dogs visiting college campuses began popping up on social media, McCoy envisioned…


NSU Research Spotlight: Halmos College Professor Presents AIDS Research Findings to NSU Pharmacy Doctoral Students

Stephen O’Brien, Ph.D., professor in the Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography, recently led a graduate seminar lecture called “CURE: A Science-Based Magic Bullet” for the NSU College of Pharmacy. The lecture covered the early days of the AIDS epidemic through our modern-day understanding of the disease, with a…


NSU Research Spotlight: NSU Optometry Researcher Wins Envision Research Proposal Competition

Envision recently awarded a research prize of $10,000 to a multidisciplinary team led by Ava Bittner, O.D., Ph.D., FAAO (Dipl.) of Nova Southeastern University (NSU), to fund a one-year investigation into the preliminary efficacy of telerehabilitation, i.e., using HIPAA-secure videoconferencing to deliver follow-up low vision services to visually impaired individuals…


NSU Research Spotlight: NSU Faculty and Alumnae Publish Sleep Research Findings in the Journal of Circadian Rhythms

Faculty and alumnae from NSU’s College of Psychology have published an article, “A PER3 Polymorphism Interacts with Sleep Duration to Influence Transient Mood States in Women,” in the Journal of Circadian Rhythms. Tatiana Viena and Christina Gobin, alumnae from the college’s M.S. in Experimental Psychology program, are the article’s lead…


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