FAU: Traffic Data Show Drastic Changes in Human Behavior at Pandemic Onset

It’s not just health, social and economic consequences from COVID-19 that have impacted the world. Travel behavior also has been significantly affected. Using statewide traffic data from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), a study demonstrates the drastic changes in human behavior during the onset of the pandemic. With more than 20 million residents, Florida was selected because of its enormous diversity and unique demographic and commercial characteristics. Continue reading “FAU: Traffic Data Show Drastic Changes in Human Behavior at Pandemic Onset”




PALM BEACH COUNTY BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT BOARD LAUNCHES NEW “INVEST LOCAL” CAMPAIGN

The Business Development Board of Palm Beach County (BDB) unveiled a collaborative, multi-platform campaign to create awareness about the vital importance of supporting local businesses. In an effort to generate support for local businesses and help bolster Palm Beach County’s “recovery economy,” a 40-foot banner was installed on the west wall of its West Palm Beach headquarters at 310 Evernia Street that encourages businesses and citizens to buy local, meet local, eat local, stay local, play local, dine local, etc. This message will also appear in hundreds of email signatures, email campaigns and newsletters over the next six months from members of the business community, as well as the Economic Council of Palm Beach County.

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FAU Resident Physicians Vital to Region’s Healthcare Workforce

Thirty-five physicians from Florida Atlantic University’s Schmidt College of Medicine have completed an important step in their continuum of medical education – residency training. These physicians are the first graduates of FAU’s residency program in emergency medicine, the second class of the general surgery program; and the fourth class of the internal medicine program. In addition, the first fellow of FAU’s Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program, which launched in 2019, is among the physician graduates. Taking between three to five years to complete, residency training is required to become a board- certified physician. Continue reading “FAU Resident Physicians Vital to Region’s Healthcare Workforce”


FAU: COVID-19 Knowledge Base and Risk Assessment Tool is Powered by AI

Researchers from Florida Atlantic University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science, in collaboration with FAU’s Schmidt College of Medicine, have received a one-year, $90,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) RAPID project grant to conduct research using social networks and machine learning, facilitated by molecular genetics and viral infection, for COVID-19 modeling and risk evaluation. The project will create a web-based COVID-19 knowledge base, as well as a risk evaluation tool for individuals to assess their infection risk in a dynamic environment. Continue reading “FAU: COVID-19 Knowledge Base and Risk Assessment Tool is Powered by AI”



Life Sciences and the New Normal – An Update from the BDB Life Science Advisory Council

June 18, 2020 – As the world continues to combat Covid-19, Palm Beach County’s life science leaders are navigating the new normal with cutting-edge research, partnerships, and discoveries. Today, the Business Development Board’s Life Science Advisory Council, a group comprised of Palm Beach County’s top scientific leaders, shared behind- the-scenes updates on new developments in the sector.

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FAU Medicine Ushers in New Research Phase to Prevent Dementia

By 2050, approximately 16 million Americans and 60 million people worldwide will be affected by Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and related disorders (ADRD), which include Lewy Body Dementia (LBD), Parkinson’s disease, vascular dementia and frontotemporal degeneration. In Florida alone, individuals diagnosed with AD is expected to increase by 40 percent in the next 15 years. These alarming projections highlight the urgent need to employ a multifaceted and personalized approach that targets prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of dementia. Continue reading “FAU Medicine Ushers in New Research Phase to Prevent Dementia”