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July 2021

New FAU Programs Combine Nursing with AI and Biomedical Engineering


Beginning this fall, Florida Atlantic University's Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the College of Engineering and Computer Science will offer two new and innovative combined programs in nursing and artificial intelligence and bioengineering. For both programs, students will complete a bachelor's degree in nursing (BSN) then complete the master's within the College of Engineering's Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. The combined degree programs can be completed in approximately five years.

The programs will provide BSN graduates with a leading edge in artificial intelligence, which includes algorithms, pattern matching, deep learning and cognitive computing to learn how to understand complex data. Artificial intelligence can be applied to almost every field of health care, including drug development, treatment decisions and patient care. Graduates of this new program will be able utilize knowledge to tackle complex problems that would otherwise be difficult or very time-intensive to address without artificial intelligence. FAU BSN graduates who continue to the biomedical engineering program will use engineering principles to define and solve problems in biology, medicine, health care and other fields.  

“Nurses spend more time with patients in clinical settings than any other health care provider. They are inherently problem-solvers and provide an invaluable perspective in the engineering industry,” said Dr. Safiya George, Dean, FAU's College of Nursing. “Our joint programs in nursing and engineering are a ‘dynamic duo’ that will build the foundational skills to better position nursing students to participate as future health care innovators and inventors.”


For more information on the BS in Nursing to MS in Artificial Intelligence Degree Program, click here. For more information on the BS in Nursing to MS in Biomedical Engineering Degree Program, click here. For additional details on the combined degree programs, click here.

Dr. Ruth Tappen, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance 2021 World Class Faculty Honoree

Dr. Ruth Tappen Named '2021 Alliance World Class Faculty' Honoree


Dr. Ruth Tappen, RN, FAAN, Christine E. Lynn Eminent Scholar and Professor in FAU's College of Nursing, and member of the FAU Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute and FAU Institute for Human Health and Disease Prevention, was recently recognized as the “2021 Alliance World Class Faculty” honoree by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance

“Dr. Ruth Tappen embodies the ideal Alliance World Class Faculty honoree. Her work has and will continue to improve quality of life for residents of South Florida and brings a well-deserved recognition of excellence to the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at FAU,” said Bob Swindell, president and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance.

Dr. Tappen is nationally and internationally renowned as an innovative researcher and scholar. Her leadership role, prestigious reputation and cutting-edge research projects benefit the biomedical, high-tech and healthcare industries. She is a leader in the field of Alzheimer’s disease and related memory disorders (ADRD) and long-term care of older adults. Dr. Tappen’s research has meaningfully impacted ADRD in the fields of geriatrics and gerontology and populations affected by ADRD. 

In 2020, Dr. Tappen was awarded a $5.3 million grant from the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health for her research on cognitive change in older drivers. This grant is enabling Dr. Tappen and her collaborators to test and evaluate a readily and rapidly available, unobtrusive in-vehicle sensing system, which could provide the first step toward future widespread, low-cost early warnings of cognitive change for many older drivers in the United States.

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Nursing Advisory Board Welcomes Timothy Snow


FAU's Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing welcomed Timothy G. Snow, President of the George Snow Scholarship Fund, to its advisory board

“I am very excited to support the College’s mission of providing a world class education to the next generation of caring and compassionate nurses. I think nursing is one of the most important career paths one can follow in the healthcare industry. Nursing is much more than a job. It is their passion, it is engrained into their being,” said Tim Snow. “It is my hope I may help the College continue its many institutional successes and thereby help their students succeed at what is the most noble of professions.”

Formed in 2012, the advisory board supports the College by leading advocacy and fundraising efforts. This past year, the board supported nursing students at a critical time by expanding its fundraising efforts for the College’s White Coat Ceremony, raising more than $100,000 so each student could receive a white coat scholarship and to provide additional support to nursing students.

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Anne Boykin Institute Hosts Summer Academy on Caring-Based Leadership in Healthcare


The Anne Boykin Institute for the Advancement of Caring in Nursing (ABI) recently held its annual Summer Academy. Registration was limited to 65 participants to facilitate reflective dialogue, the chosen structure and process for the Academy. Dr. Anne Boykin, Dean Emeritus and Founding Director of the ABI, opened the Academy with reflections and introductions, and 12 evocateurs facilitated the dialogue over the two days. The evocateurs, leaders in nursing practice and education, were Drs. Charlotte Barry, Terry Eggenberger, Nancey France, Claudia Grobbel, Mary O’Connor, Mary Packard, Marlaine Smith, Silvia Stradi, Maria Torres, Kathleen Valentine, Zane Wolf and Mary Ellen Wright. Drs. Terry Eggenberger and Kathleen Valentine co-directed the Academy. Artists-in-residence are invited to each Summer Academy to aesthetically represent the themes that emerge in the dialogue. This year, the Synergy Twins, talented violinists, not only wrote a piece that captured the meanings embedded in the dialogue, but inspired and touched the hearts of the participants with their musical interludes before the conference and during lunch. The participants identified action steps to advance caring-based healthcare leadership and formed work groups to address these steps. Clemson University’s School of Nursing and FAU’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing were sponsors of the conference. Next year’s Summer Academy will focus on Nursing Education Grounded in Caring.  

Student News

As FAU approaches a return to full operations, several updates have been shared with the university community. All members of the university community are strongly encouraged to Protect Your Owl Family and get vaccinated against COVID-19. Visit the FAU coronavirus website for additional information. Questions should be directed to FAUCOVID19@fau.edu
Congratulations to Dr. Neupane Poudel for the successful defense of her dissertation, "A Comparative Study of Resilience in Later Life in the U.S. and Nepal." Her dissertation chair was Dr. Ruth Tappen, and committee members were Drs. David Newman, Debra Hain, and Neldes Regina Marranzini.

Faculty, Staff & Alumni Spotlights

Dr. Cheryl Krause-Parello, Sharon Phillips Raddock Distinguished Professor of Holistic Health and Faculty Fellow of the Institute for Human Health and Disease Intervention (I-HEALTH), is the recipient of two pilot grants. She received a 2021 Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute Pilot Grant for the study, "Assessment of biopsychosocial indicators linked to canine intervention treatment response in veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms." Co-investigators on this project include Drs. Beth Pratt, Assistant Professor, and Christine Spadola, Assistant Professor, FAU's College of Social Work and Criminal Justice. Dr. Krause-Parello also received a pilot award from I-HEALTH for the study "Veterans and Dogs," research to describe the relationship of veteran demographic and health characteristics, dog functional type, and intensity of the human-dog relationship to changes in veteran mental health, wellness, and sleep through the development of an online national survey. Dr. Krause-Parello and Spadola are both principal investigators on this award.
Nursing Dean Safiya George recently presented to the Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton, sharing the work of faculty and students who are providing healthcare to some of the most vulnerable populations in our community.
FAU Nursing Alumna Teri Chenot was the recipient of the 2021 QSEN Linda Cronenwett Leadership Award, honoring an emerging nurse leader in the field of quality and safety education who has significantly contributed to the education of nurses or nursing students through exemplary vision, influence, critical thinking, communication and role modeling. Well done! 
We would like to express our gratitude to Matthew Patterson, MBA, Academic Advisor, who left the College to pursue other professional opportunities. We wish him the very best on his professional journey.

News & Events

Governor Ron DeSantis signed a proclamation in honor of Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month, commemorated in June. The governor recognizes Florida’s 17 Memory Disorder Clinics as vital to provide a continuum of services to meet the changing and challenging complex needs of individuals and families affected by Alzheimer's and related dementias. FAU's Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center is one of those 17 designated Memory Disorder Clinics, prioritizing and providing comprehensive dementia care and supportive services. For more information, contact 561-297-0502.
The FAU Nursing Experience: Committed to Caring (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)
What are health effects of toxin found in West Palm Beach's water supply? (WPTV)
Animal Interactions: One Researcher's Dog Began It All (Journey to Health)
Join the FAU Nursing faculty: Explore the roles of Assistant Professor - Practice Teaching Track, Visiting Instructor, and Instructor on FAU's Davie campus, and Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the Boca Raton campus.
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