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Just 50 years ago, champions of NSU resolved to make the dream a reality. Founders contributed family land, hosted Race Days at Gulfstream Park, and even inspired one man to handwrite a $1 million pledge on the back of an envelope.

Why? To provide the “missing link” in South Florida’s development: a postgraduate research institution concentrating on science and technology.

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Faculty Profile | Elliot Sklar, Ph.D.

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“There are no formal teaching centers in healthcare for the homeless in the country, and that needs to change,” says Elliot Sklar, Ph.D. People are hurting and feeling invisible. Through Project H.O.P.E., NSU is emerging as a leader in this exploding area of healthcare.

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Alumnus Profile | Griffin Anthony Occhigrossi

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Back-to-back season-ending injuries sidelined Griffin Anthony Occhigrossi’s baseball career. To help him work through the setback, his coach encouraged him to mentor young pitchers while the NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative loaded him up with volumes of books and introduced the NSU student to some favorite authors. The professor was also a conductor, arranger and composer who shared Occhigrossi’s interest in music, sports and psychology. Soon, a student’s distant dream of being a musician took center stage.

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Student Profile | Rebecca Urrutia

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Suffering from health conditions throughout her young life drove Rebecca Urrutia to seek a career in the healthcare field and take advantage of NSU’s dual admission program. Even prior to taking her seat as a graduate student in NSU's Physician Assistant program this summer, Urrutia worked in the lab of Idhaliz Flores, Ph.D. who guided her research on endometriosis – an inflammatory disease of the reproductive system that causes physical and emotional stress, pain that she has experienced first-hand. Urrutia now sees research as the best avenue to helping students understand what it takes to advance medicine.

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Faculty Profile | Jean J. Latimer, Ph.D.

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Science has not greatly changed the mortality rate of breast cancer victims; it has only managed to extend life from two to now 15 years for some survivors, according to NSU's Jean J. Latimer, Ph.D. Life is not generally extended for Jewish women, Latina women and African-American women for whom breast cancer is "triple-negative," which means it does not possess three biomarkers that allow for targeted treatment. Triple-negative breast cancer is on the rise, yet it remains the form least understood and until recently, little studied. Latimer has developed a revolutionary tissue engineering system that addresses this void and more.

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Alumna Profile | Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D.

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Are we addicted to racism? How do we end the ongoing hostilities between black and white America? These are but two of the timely questions that NSU alumna Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D. addresses in a brand new book released last month, which includes a proposal for healing racial conflict in the U.S.

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Student Profile | Alyson Kuba

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Before Alyson Kuba completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Miami, she began following the research of Joana Figuiredo, Ph.D., a professor at NSU’s Oceanographic Center. When Figuiredo posted that she was looking for a student with a new research idea, Kuba responded. Now Kuba is taking classes, finalizing her research proposal, and helping Figuiredo apply for a National Science Foundation grant based in part upon her idea.

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Faculty Profile | Yair Levy, Ph.D.

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Federal officials have called South Florida the "World Capital" of cyber-crime, yet investment directed toward prevention research has been minimal, according to Yair Levy, Ph.D. at NSU's Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences (GSCIS). Driven by a sense of patriotism, Levy helps the intelligence community address cyber security threats. Read his ideas for making NSU a leader in cybersecurity research and mobile cyber-computing forensics.

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Alumna Profile | Carrie L. Sarver

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Three generations of Sarver women traveled to Washington D.C. for a momentous event. The youngest, only 32 years of age at the time and the first in her family to graduate college let alone law school, raised her right hand and was sworn into the United States Supreme Court Bar. But for NSU's AAMPLE® program, Carrie L. Sarver says the moment she will never forget, would likely never have happened.

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Student Profile | Natalie Negron

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As a 20-year-old biology major on an externship in Graz, Austria, Natalie Negron watched doctors remove organs from a young woman and realized that her patient would not only impact the lives of needy transplant recipients across Europe, but hers as well. Watch her TedXNSU video.

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Student Profile | Trang H. Le

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Pharm. D. candidate Trang H. Le is a recipient of the Chancellor's Scholarship and the Richard A. and Hannah Stern Scholarship. She also is a peer tutor, a member of the team that placed first in the 2014 Ethics Bowl, a member of NSU's College of Pharmacy (COP) Student Engagement Task Force, a community volunteer, a student who has remained on the Chancellor and Dean's lists throughout her studies, and a concerned daughter whose family resides in Vietnam. Read her moving personal testimonial.

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