Published On: Fri, May 24th, 2019

Boca Beat: 5/24

• Hannah Herbst from Florida Atlantic University High School was awarded the Intel ISEF Best of Category Award of $5,000, Translational Medical Science, for her project, titled “Sharks Take a Bite Out of Infection! An Antibacterial, Reusable Bandage for Post-Operative Patients,” at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), a program of the Society for Science & the Public, and the world’s largest international pre-college science competition.

• High school students who are leaders in their communities recently graduated from the Solomon Leadership Program, earning University credit. Twenty-two of the 29 teenagers who graduated from the program April 9 completed collegiate-level coursework to earn a credit from the values-based leadership program, said Catherine T. MacArthur School of Leadership Dean Dr. Craig Domeck. This is the first year the program offered PBA credit.

• Boca Raton Regional Hospital (BRRH) is the first hospital in Florida to adopt game-changing technology for some of its most complicated and lengthy neurosurgical procedures. The ORBEYE 4K-3D Video Microscope will be used by neurosurgeons at the Marcus Neuroscience Institute (MNI) for skull-based and spine procedures. The technology provides superior visualization, shortens the surgical time and enhances patient outcomes through minimally-invasive techniques.

• The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County has named West Palm Beach artist Hegina Rodrigues as the recipient of the 2018 Dina Baker Fund for Mature Female Artists. Rodrigues is a self-taught artist whose work has developed over decades, particularly from her travels. Not limited to two dimensions, she creates work with found objects into the assemblage. Her process commingles with the art classes she teaches to children and adults around the world, including the Council’s Arts in My Backyard Afterschool program.

• Florida Atlantic University’s first class of Doctor of Social Work (DSW) graduates from the Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work within the College for Design and Social Inquiry recently earned their degrees. The DSW degree is the first program of its kind to be offered in the state of Florida.

• While the clot-busting drug, tPA, has been the gold standard to treat stroke for decades, researchers from Florida Atlantic University’s Schmidt College of Medicine and Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s (BRRH) Marcus Neuroscience Institute are taking treatment options to the next level. Jang-Yen (John) Wu, Ph.D., distinguished professor of biomedical science in FAU’s Schmidt College of Medicine, and Brian Snelling, M.D., chief of cerebrovascular and endovascular neurosurgery and medical director of the Marilyn and Stanley Barry Center for Cerebrovascular Disease and Stroke at the Marcus Neuroscience Institute and BRRH, have joined forces to combine a breakthrough interventional procedure for stroke with a novel drug compound that has neuroprotective properties.

• Even though Palm Beach County is known for its vast wealth, one in six residents do not know where their next meal will come from according to the Palm Beach County Food Bank. Since the majority of Palm Beach State College students are residents of the county, they too may be struggling to get enough to eat. To help ensure they have this basic need met, the College has relocated and expanded its food pantry, now called Panther’s Pantry.

• Officials at Boca Raton Regional Hospital today announced the appointment of Kerry-Ann McDonald, MD, to the medical staff of the Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute (LWHWI) and BocaCare® Physician Network. She specializes in benign and malignant breast disease.

• Art enthusiasts can expect to be moved this fall by three exhibits that cover a range of topics including sexual assault and its effect on victims. The exhibits, which will be displays at The Art Gallery at Eissey Campus and The Gallery at Lake Worth Campus, showcase stories, ideas and perceptions through paintings, drawings, photography, graphic design and more. They are free and open to the public and feature artwork created by PBSC students and community artists.

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