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BLIND CAVEFISH, EXTREME ENVIRONMENTS AND INSOMNIA

Nearly all animals studied need to sleep, but little is known about why some animals sleep most of the day, while others sleep very little. As a result of living in total and permanent darkness in a small location in northeast Mexico, the eyeless, tiny blind Mexican cavefish (Astyanax mexicanus) has evolved sleeplessness, snoozing far less than their river-dwelling relatives. These fish have been studied for nearly 100 years for their fascinating traits, yet little is known about how their behavior evolves. Because of their lack of sleep, they provide a great model to study human sleep disorders such as insomnia.

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BDB AND SCHOOL DISTRICT HOST 3RD ANNUAL CAREER SHOWCASE FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

The BDB worked with the School District and CareerSource Palm Beach County to bring together high schools and local companies so that students could learn about career paths and the possibilities that are open to them as the county continues to attract more employers. Students enjoyed interaction with employers and workers in the growing sectors of Life Sciences, Aerospace/Aviation/Engineering, Business Financial Services, and Manufacturing. Other industries represented were Construction/Trades, Real Estate, Hospitality, Tourism, Public Safety, Healthcare, Entrepreneurship, Education, Government, and Exercise Science.

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Science Camp Registration Now Open

The Center for Integrative Science Learning at Palm Beach Atlantic is hosting a Summer Science Camp and Summer Science Institute for rising first through 12th-graders, at the University’s main campus in West Palm Beach. The science of natural disasters will be the theme from June 4 – 8 and from June 11 – 15, campers will learn about the science of survival.

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FAU APPROVED FOR NEUROLOGY RESIDENCY PROGRAM

Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine has received initial accreditation from the national Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for a University-sponsored residency program in neurology, in collaboration with Boca Raton Regional Hospital (BRRH), and Tenet HealthCare system’s Delray Medical Center (DMC), members of the FAU College of Medicine Graduate Medical Education (GME) Consortium. An extensive network of neurologists in the region also will provide elective sites for the program and serve as lecturers.

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DYADIC INTERNATIONAL, INC. ANNOUNCES RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT COLLABORATION TO PRODUCE AN ACTIVE INGREDIENT IN C1

Dyadic International,nc. (“Dyadic”) (OTCQX: DYAI), I a global biotechnology company focused on further improving and applying its proprietary C1 gene expression platform to speed up the development and production of biologic products at commercial scales, today announced that it has entered into a funded proof of concept research collaboration to explore the potential of its C1 technology to produce an important active moiety with an integrated, global biotech company.

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LEADING ADDICTION RESEARCHER JOINS FAU

Lawrence Toll, Ph.D., a renowned scientist whose research focuses on the management of pain and drug addiction through pharmacology and new drug discovery, recently joined Florida Atlantic University as a professor in the Department of Biomedical Science in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine and as an investigator in the FAU Brain Institute. Toll is FAU’s first recruit under the 21st Century World Class Scholars Program established by the state of Florida.

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