FACULTY RECEIVE NATIONAL ACADEMIES’ EARLY-CAREER RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS

Florida Atlantic University’s Andia Chaves Fonnegra, Ph.D. and Yufei Tang, Ph.D., have received The Gulf Research Program’s 2019 Early-Career Research Fellowships of The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Now in its fifth year, the fellowship program supports the development of emerging scientific leaders who are prepared to work at the intersections of environmental health, community health and resilience and offshore energy system safety in the Gulf of Mexico and other coastal regions in the United States.

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BDB ATTRACTS $220 MILLION IN CAPITAL INVESTMENT AND THOUSANDS OF JOBS TO PALM BEACH COUNTY

September 26, 2019 – PALM BEACH COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Business Development Board of Palm Beach County (BDB) completed its fiscal year with the growth of 34 companies that have either relocated to or expanded in Palm Beach County. All 34 companies have one thing in common: they have relocated or expanded using the BDB’s economic development services. Whether it’s expedited permitting, making the appropriate local connections, finding commercial or industrial real estate, or applying for city, county and state incentives, the BDB is positioned to ensure that Palm Beach County puts forward the most competitive information to win the deal. Within the past year, 2,725 high salary jobs were announced for Palm Beach County residents, creating a capital investment of more than $220 million through the BDB’s collaborative economic development efforts.

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PROTEIN INTAKE IN OLDER ADULTS DIFFERS DRAMATICALLY BY ETHNICITY/RACE

As the population of older adults in the United States continues to grow and becomes more diverse, health concerns increase in parallel. The loss of skeletal muscle mass, strength and function is one such concern and can begin to occur as early as age 40 and accelerates after age 60. A contributing factor to the age-related changes in muscle is insufficient protein intake by older adults who fail to consume adequate protein levels.

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University to Honor Health IT Entrepreneur on American Free Enterprise Day

The University will present its American Free Enterprise Medal to Y. Michele Kang, founder & chief executive officer of the healthcare technology company Cognosante®, on Thursday, November 14.

 

The medal ceremony is set for 10:30 a.m. in the Rubin Arena of the Greene Complex for Sports & Recreation, 1100 S. Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach. The ceremony is free and open to the public. For more information, call (561) 803-2025.

A visionary in the field of health information technology, Michele Kang founded Cognosante in 2008 to disrupt and challenge the status quo in the U.S. healthcare system. Leveraging a unique set of business, data and technical expertise in a fundamentally different way, Cognosante provides innovative solutions central to carrying out national healthcare transformation. Under Kang’s leadership, Cognosante has emerged as one of the most trusted partners of key federal and state health agencies, while growing rapidly over the past 10 years.

To further her goal of transforming the healthcare system in a fundamentally different way, Kang, who resides in Palm Beach and Washington, D.C., established Cognosante Ventures to provide seed money to promising startups in the health IT field. By investing in and mentoring these companies, Cognosante Ventures supports the development of technologies that will fundamentally change the way we experience healthcare.

Kang also established philanthropic and economic sustainability initiatives to promote entrepreneurship and increase opportunities for veterans, under-resourced young adults and disabled Americans. With a mission to promote the dignity of work, Cognosante Foundation, established in 2012, focuses on supporting members from underserved communities as they pursue financial independence through meaningful careers. She is also actively engaged in promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) studies and careers for girls and women.

In recognition of her entrepreneurial success and philanthropic efforts, she received numerous accolades, including 2015 EY Entrepreneur of The Year® for the Washington, D.C. region and the U.S. Award for Services. She was elected along with U.S. senators, high-ranking government officials and top executives of Fortune 500 companies as an inaugural member of 100 Women Leaders in STEM in 2012 and one of the “Top 100 CEO Leaders in STEM” in 2016.

Prior to founding Cognosante, Kang served as vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman’s Health Solutions division and as a management consultant helping global information, technology and telecomm companies formulate and successfully execute profitable growth strategies.

Kang is a member of the board of governors for the American Red Cross, a member of the board of directors for Northern Virginia Technology Council, an American Enterprise Institute National Council committee member and a champion of the Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts. She earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Chicago and a master’s degree in public and private management from Yale School of Management.

American Free Enterprise Day is a tradition at Palm Beach Atlantic since the first celebration took place in 1984. Previous medal recipients include George T. Elmore, president of Hardrives, Inc.; David C. Novak, co-founder retired chairman and CEO of Yum! Brands Inc., 2017; Kenneth Langone, founder of Invemed Associates and co-founder of The Home Depot, 2016; Leo A. Vecellio, Jr., chairman, president and CEO of Vecellio Group, Inc., 2015; Arthur L. Williams, Jr., A.L. Williams & Associates, 2014; Tim Gannon, a co-founder of Outback Steakhouse, Inc., 2013; Brian P. Burns, BF Enterprises Inc., 2012; H. Wayne Huizenga, Jr., Huizenga Holdings, Inc., 2011; Edward M. Kobel, DeBartolo Development, LLC, 2010; John D. MacArthur, insurance and real estate entrepreneur, 2009; John M. Gregory, SJ Strategic Investments, LLC, 2008; Karl H. Watson, CEMEX, 2007; Stuart W. Epperson, Salem Communications Corporation, 2004; Sam Moore, Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2003; Joseph R. Gregory, Kingsway LLC, 2002; Lester J. Woerner, Woerner Holdings, Inc, 2001; Rich DeVos, 2000, Orlando Magic; John J. Brogan, 1999; Thomas R. Pledger, Dycom Industries, 1998; Carl DeSantis, Rexall Sundown, Inc., 1997; Lowell “Bud” Paxson, Paxson Communications Corp., 1996; Richard S. Johnson, Johnson Investment Group, 1995; David Mahoney, Charles A. Dana Foundation, 1994; William G. Lassiter, Jr., W.G. Lassiter Co., Inc., 1993; Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr., The Dreyfoos Group, 1992; S. Bradford “Skeet” Rymer, Jr., Magic Chef, 1991; S. Truett Cathy, Chick-Fil-A, 1990; Stewart Morris, Stewart Information Services Corp. and the Hugh J. Andersen Foundation, 1989; Frederick M. Supper, Alexander Proudfoot Co., 1988; Henry J. Rolfs, Downtown/Uptown West Palm Beach, 1987; Theodore R. Johnson, United Parcel Service, 1986; Marshall E. Rinker, Sr., Rinker Materials Corp., 1985; and Sir John M. Templeton, Templeton World Funds Ltd., 1984.

Photo: The University will present its American Free Enterprise Medal to Y. Michele Kang, founder & chief executive officer of the healthcare technology company Cognosante.

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NEW METHOD REVEALS EFFECTS OF MECHANICAL FATIGUE ON BIOLOGICAL CELLS

Human red blood cells (RBCs) are extremely resilient and have the capacity to undergo cellular deformation as they navigate across various micro-vessels and capillaries. Over their 120-day normal lifespan, RBCs must undergo significant cyclic deformation through large elastic stretching and relaxation. Pathological deformations in RBCs are associated with various diseases such as malaria, sickle cell anemia, diabetes, myocardial infarction and various hereditary disorders.

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