NSU Horizons Spring 2016

2 NSU HORIZONS To the Friends and Family of NSU: Since its founding in 1964, Nova Southeastern University has continued to evolve, embracing lofty goals and aspirations in its ongoing pursuit of academic distinction. In January, NSU entered the public phase of Realizing Potential—The Campaign for Nova Southeastern University . During the past several years, the univer- sity has successfully exceeded its fund-raising goals. Through that philanthropic support, its students, faculty, alumni, and communities have been able to realize their potential through NSU. Now it is time for us to realize the full promise of our potential as a doctoral research institution, a global online edu- cator, and as a leader in higher education. Through this philanthropic campaign we will raise $250 million by December 2020 to support excellence at NSU for our students, our faculty members and their research, and our 21st-century edu- cational initiatives. Along with our goal of also raising $300 million in sponsored projects, the Realizing Potential campaign will help us achieve our Vision 2020 goal to raise more than half a billion dollars in external funding. This issue of Horizons also illustrates the advances that NSU has made and its commitment to the future of the university and the community. NSU researchers are working to combat human traf- ficking, a scourge that affects many segments of our community. Professors and students are showing schoolchildren how exciting science can be, cultivating the next generation of scientists. NSU continues to lead the charge in coral reef preservation. We also are excited that the university will be pioneering cell-based bio- medical research with the launch of the new NSU Cell Therapy Institute to be located in the Center for Collaborative Research. I am proud to serve as NSU’s president and chief executive officer during this historic undertaking as we continue to realize the power of our potential. George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D. President and Chief Executive Officer Nova Southeastern University Horizons is produced by the Office of University Relations at Nova Southeastern University 3301 College Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33314-7796 ADVISORY BOARD George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D. President and Chief Executive Officer Jacqueline A. Travisano, M.B.A., CPA Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Ralph V. Rogers, Ph.D. Executive Vice President, Academic Affairs and Provost Frederick Lippman, R.Ph. , Ed.D. Chancellor, Health Professions Division Jennifer O’Flannery Anderson, Ph.D. Vice President, Advancement and Community Relations Brandon L. Hensler, M.S., APR Executive Director, University Relations EXECUTIVE EDITOR Mara L. Kiffin Director, Internal Communications MANAGING EDITOR Oline H. Cogdill ART DIRECTOR Susan Tischenkel-Hayward Associate Director/Senior Graphic Designer, Office of Publications CONTRIBUTING EDITORS AND WRITERS Julie Spechler Director, Public Affairs Bernadette Bruce Associate Director, Advancement Communications Joe Donzelli Associate Director, Public Affairs Dana Kantrowitz Associate Director, Information Services Jeremy Katzman Associate Director, Public Affairs Kathleen Kernicky Writer/Editor, University Relations Vera Mandilovitch Associate Director, Public Affairs Marla Oxenhandler Associate Director, Public Affairs Elizabeth Serioux Coordinator, Public Affairs OFFICE OF PUBLICATIONS Ron Ryan Director Sheryl Koral University Editor Carol Reynolds-Srot Associate Editor/Copywriter Roberta Harris Graphic Production Manager Send letters to the editor to mkiffin@nova.edu or use our online contact form. H ORIZON S