Populating Your Plot with Dorian Cirrone, Feb. 29

Saturday, February 29, 2-3:30pm, Fourth Floor,  Room 4009

Learn how to build a cast of characters who will interact with your protagonist and drive your story forward. DORIAN CIRRONE is the author of five books and several short stories and poems. Her most recent novel, The First Last Day, won the Florida Book Award’s Gold Medal, was on Bank Street College’s Best Books List, and has been translated into Azerbaijani, Swedish, Finnish, and Norwegian. She is the Co-Regional Advisor of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’ Florida Region and has taught writing on the university level and at many workshops throughout the state.


RSVP at lib.nova.edu/writers

Alvin Sherman Library’s Jazz in the Gallery Concert, Feb. 23

Join us on Sunday, Feb. 23, for Jazz in the Gallery! In honor of Black History Month, The Neil Bacher group will perform jazz in Alvin Sherman Library’s Cotilla Gallery, a music style that was developed in the early 19th century in the African-American communities of New Orleans, Louisiana. This event is free and open to the public! RSVP online at lib.nova.edu/BHM or call 954-262-5477 to claim your spot today! 


Halmos Faculty Discusses Why Handwashing is Important

At the beginning of February, local ABC affiliate Local 10 News featured a story on bacteria on shopping cart handles. From Davie to Coral Gables and Liberty City to Westchester, Local 10 News investigative reporter Jeff Weinsier went to 10 different locations around South Florida.

Using a special kit, the results showed seven of the 10 samples had high levels of bacteria.

Three of those seven were off the charts, with bacteria counts that were in the billions. Halmos faculty member Robert Smith, Ph.D. was interviewed for the story.  “They picked up a bacteria called Pseudomonas. It can also cause infections.” said Smith. Smith emphasizes that the best way to prevent the spread of infection due to bacteria is to wash your hands.

Smith’s lab focuses on understanding cooperation  and antibiotic resistance in bacteria using a multidisciplinary approach involving quantitative biology and mathematical modeling.

Seeking Undergraduate Student Commencement Speakers, Auditions in March

The College of Undergraduate Studies is seeking two Undergraduate Commencement student speakers; one student speaker for the morning ceremony and one for the afternoon ceremony.  Undergraduate commencement will be held Friday, May 8, 2020. For more information on undergraduate commencement please use the following link www.nova.edu/commencement/index.html .

Undergraduate students who are graduating this semester are eligible to audition to become the student speaker for their particular ceremony and represent their graduating class. This is a great honor and experience for any graduating student.

Auditions will be held on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 in the Mailman Hollywood Auditorium (second floor) from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

In order to participate in the auditions, please submit your intent to audition by using the link  www.nova.edu/commencementspeaker or you may contact Frank Majnerich at (954) 262-5144 / majneric@nova.edu. Mr. Majnerich will provide important details regarding the length of the audition and the theme for your speech and any additional information about the day of the auditions.

Sharks Women’s Swimming Crowned SSC Champions

For the fifth time in program history, the NSU’s women’s swimming team earned the Sunshine State Conference crown, becoming the outright leader in conference championships in the SSC. The men’s team fought until the end, coming up just short of first-place Tampa, who won their first title in program history.


  • Emma Sundstedt earned her third-consecutive gold medal in the women’s 1650 freestyle with a time of 16:37.64, an NCAA B-Cut time and just .11 seconds from her championship record.
  • Cassandra Wright won the second gold medal of the night for the Sharks in the 200 backstroke, finishing with an NCAA B-Cut winning time of 1:58.06.
  • Samuel Brettmann earned the gold in the men’s 200 breaststroke, posting a personal-best time of 1:58.50.
  • Alec Dawson earned the silver in the men’s 100 freestyle in 44.10 and Jenna Johns brought home the bronze on the women’s side in 50.75.
  • Caily Friel finished second in the women’s 200 breaststroke with an NCAA B-Cut time of 2:14.67.
  • Both the women’s (Wright, Amilia Nusbaum, Sundstedt, Johns) and men’s (Dawson, Aleksei AverchenkoJonathan YanelloMagnus Poulsen) 400 freestyle relays finished second with times of 3.23.96 and 2:57.86, respectively.


  • In the men’s 100 freestyle, Lliam Dolan posted a personal-best 45.66.
  • In the women’s and men’s 200 backstroke, seven Sharks qualified for the championship/consolation finals, and all seven of them posted personal bests.
  • Friel cut off almost three seconds from her personal-best in the 200 breast and Molly Griswold also posted a personal-best time to advance to the championship final along with Elizabeth Zubero.
  • Brettmann recorded a personal-best 1:58.56 to take the top seed in the men’s 200 breast.


  • In the prelims alone, the Sharks tallied 13 NCAA B-Standard times.
  • Out of those who qualified for the Championship or Competition Finals, 13 Sharks posted personal bests during preliminaries.
  • During the finals, 13 Sharks posted personal bests.


The Sharks will continue their championship season preparation. Up next, the 2020 NCAA DII National Championships held in Greensboro, N.C. March 12-15.

Black History Moment 2020: Ernest Everett Just

Earnest Everett Just

Ernest Everett Just was an African American biologist and educator who pioneered many areas on the physiology of development, including fertilization, experimental parthenogenesis, hydration, cell division dehydration in living cells and ultraviolet carcinogenic radiation effects on cells. Just’s legacy of accomplishments followed him long after his death, on October 27, 1941.
Early Life
Ernest Everett Just was born on August 14, 1883, in Charleston, South Carolina, to Charles Frazier and Mary Matthews Just. Known as an intelligent and inquisitive student, Just studied at Kimball Union Academy in New Hampshire before enrolling at Dartmouth College.It was during his university years that Just discovered an interest in biology after reading a paper on fertilization and egg development. This bright young man earned the highest grades in Greek during his freshman year, and was selected as a Rufus Choate scholar for two years. He graduated as the sole magna cum laude student in 1907, also receiving honors in botany, sociology and history.

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Source: biography.com

NSU Earns 2020-2021 Military Friendly School Designation

NSU is pleased to announce that it has earned the 2020-2021 Military Friendly® School designation.

“Over the years we’ve worked to make NSU a welcoming place for our Veterans, and this designation recognizes those efforts,” said Dr. George Hanbury, NSU President. “NSU is home to more than 1,000 student veterans, with many more being NSU faculty or staff members. We will continue to make these valued members of our community feel at home.”

Some of the ways NSU is meeting the needs of its veteran population include:

  • Veterans Resource Center. This center is a centralized location for services specifically designed for our veterans and military affiliated students. Its mission is multifaceted and includes the facilitation of academic success, transitional assistance, supporting university and community engagement, providing professional development opportunities, and ultimately graduation and career attainment.
  • Veterans Access Clinic. Thanks to a $5 million appropriation from the Florida Legislature and governor, NSU is bringing the full weight of its well-established clinical services to serve those who served our country. Veterans – those who are NSU students as well as veterans in the South Florida community – and their immediate family (spouse, children) will be able to visit or call this new clinic where NSU staff will help coordinate all the appointments they may need. This includes, but is not limited to: NSU’s medical, dental, optometry or psychology clinic, and if NSU doesn’t have the expertise in-house, through a network of community providers, staff will help the patient identify a provider and facilitate the referral so the necessary services can be provided.
  • In 2019, NSU debuted its new U.S. Army ROTC program. Army ROTC is an elective curriculum that students take along with their required college classes. It provides the tools, training and experiences that will help students succeed in any competitive environment. Along with great leadership training, Army ROTC can help pay for college tuition. Because Army ROTC is an elective, students can participate their freshman and sophomore years without any obligation to join the Army.


Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. More than 1,000 schools participated in the 2020-2021 survey with 695 earning the designation.

The 2020-­2021 Military Friendly® Schools list will be published in the May issue of G.I. Jobs magazine and can be found at www.militaryfriendly.com.

Methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Viqtory with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence (degree advancement or transfer) and loan default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.

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