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October 2020

FAU Awarded $2.4 Million NSF Grant to Train Data Scientists

A team of researchers from Florida Atlantic University's College of Engineering and Computer Science, Schmidt College of Medicine, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, and Charles E. Schmidt College of Science received a five-year, $2.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation to train graduate students in data science technologies and applications. Dr. Ruth Tappen, Christine E. Lynn Eminent Scholar and Professor, expert on nursing management and memory disorders, is a co-principal investigator on this research grant. 

Data science and analytics is an emerging transdisciplinary area encompassing computing, statistics and various application domains that include medicine, nursing, and industry and business applications, among others. Although scientists and engineers are well trained in their own areas of specialty, there is a lack of integrative knowledge needed for new scientific discoveries and industry applications made possible by data science and analytics. The convergent research themes will focus on three data science and analytics areas: medical and health care applications, industry applications, and data science and artificial intelligence technologies. For more information on this grant, click here.

Memory and Wellness Center Begins
In-Person Operations

The Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center (MWC) is grounded in caring science and consists of a Memory Disorder Clinic, designated by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, and an Alzheimer’s Disease Specialized Adult Day Care, regulated by the Agency for Health Care Administration. 
On July 13, 2020, the MWC resumed the initial phase of in-person operations, following meticulous adherence to FAU, College of Nursing, and Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, to uphold its mission of meeting the complex needs of persons with memory disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD), and provide support to family caregivers. The same caring intent of creating a healing environment upon which the MWC was founded upon flows within the recreated spaces to ensure safety, and within the hearts of expert and devoted staff who, moment to moment, instill light, hope and healing while mitigating two compounding global pandemics - ADRD and COVID-19.

Caring through COVID-19: Stepping Up to the Challenge

Shortly after 2020 began, we began to witness the impact of COVID-19 on our community, and FAU swiftly transitioned to online learning. We are thankful to the faculty, staff and students who stepped up to the challenge in a variety of ways. Faculty and staff were able to quickly move classes and operations online, and provide a continuity of education for our students.

The College's Information Technology (IT) team has been at the forefront of this transition, and we're grateful for their steady hand during this chaotic time. Led by Jony Singh, the IT team has been responsible for transitioning and maintaining virtual classes. They have recorded and uploaded lectures and clinical lab classes; tested and launched virtual and augmented reality as part of the simulation lab; hosted large virtual events; created instructional videos to help faculty and staff work remotely; launched a Chatbot for website visitors; gathered technological challenges feedback to better improve experiences, and provided technical support to faculty, staff and students.


The College's clinics have also benefited from the expertise of the IT team. As the Community Health Center addresses the healthcare needs of vulnerable populations, they have offered telehealth services to patients. As part of this, the IT team has helped clinicians connect with patients and obtain access to patient information electronically. Simultaneously, the IT team has helped patients connect for their telehealth appointments and reduce stress related to technology issues.

"In general, COVID-19 has created an ideal environment for chaos in all aspects of life, and we know a calm and caring approach is the mindful way of dealing with this phenomenon," said Jony Singh, Executive Director of IT, effective August 2020.

Student News

The Student Nurses Association was awarded the FNA Education and Advocacy Award for their hard work in promoting and advocating for nursing and health care. This is the second time SNA has won this award, showing the chapter's continued and consistent commitment to advocacy. Well done!
FAU's College of Nursing offers a number of student nursing organizations to help nurture student success. Through these organizations, students develop leadership skills, build relationships, and are inspired to advance their goals. We'd like to congratulate this year's student leaders.
Congratulations to Adi Bukin, who was awarded the first Goodman Family Scholarship from the Florida Nurses Foundation. Well done! 
Congratulations to Kathleen Muniz, PhD student, and Jamika Hicks-Johnson, DNP student, who were both honored by the Florida Nurses Association South Region with the Sarah Fishman award. We're so proud of your accomplishments!. 

Faculty & Staff Spotlight

Congratulations to the following 2020 Florida Nurses Association award recipients: Dr. Lisa Wiese - Nurse Educator Icon Award; Dr. Cheryl Krause-Parello - Nursing Innovation and Creativity Icon Award; and Dr. Rhonda Goodman - Heather Scaglione Award. As part of the ceremony, Dr. Marlaine Smith was inducted into The Florida Nurses Hall of Fame. Mr. Armiel Suriaga was also selected as a recipient of the Edna Hicks Research Fund. FNA recognized all of the recipients at their Virtual Membership Assembly. 
Nursing Dean Safiya George is currently serving as the interim Associate Dean for Nursing Research. In this role, she is providing direction to the Office of Nursing Research and Scholarship, meeting with faculty to provide guidance on advancing their research portfolios and scholarship trajectory, reviewing grant proposals, leading proposal review sessions and mock reviews, and participating in the Research Advisory Council. Dean George is working closely with Dr. Alice Miehl, the new Director of Research, Scholarship and Sponsored Programs.
Dr. Beth Pratt was selected as a recipient of the Blanche Case Research Fund for her research, “Spouses of Veterans with Mental Health Challenges and Pet Dogs: Exploring Human-Animal Bonds.” Dr. Cheryl Krause-Parello is co-investigator on the grant. The funding is provided through the Florida Nurses Foundation.. 
Dr. Cheryl Krause-Parello was selected as a Fellow of the International Society for Anthrozoology. She joins a distinguished group of scholars. 
The College welcomes Javed Mohamed, Program Coordinator for the Working Professionals BSN program on FAU's Davie campus. In this role, Javed is responsible for advising students on their clinical rotations, financial aid and other matters to ensure their success throughout the program.  
Congratulations to the following College of Nursing faculty and staff who received promotions: Valentine Etienne - Director, Academic Programs; Dr. Beth King - Associate Professor with tenure; Dr. Andra Opalinski - Associate Professor with tenure and Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs; Jony Singh - Executive Director, Health Information Technology; and Dr. Lisa Weise - Associate Professor with tenure. 


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