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FAU Harbor Branch eBulletin - December 2018

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January 02, 2019
FAU Harbor Branch 2018 Annual Report 
Check out our 2018 Annual Impact Report, which provides a year in review of research, an overview of funding sources and publications. Jim Sullivan, Ph.D., executive director of FAU Harbor Branch outlines the areas of emphasis as we look toward 2019. 
Microbiology Student Published in Protist Journal
Hunter Hines, a Ph.D. student in the McCarthy microbiology lab is lead author on an article published in the December issue of the journal Protist. In an international collaboration, the team investigated the rare ciliate Spirostomum semivirescens, generating the first transcriptome for this species, as well as molecular examinations into the species and its endosymbiotic algae. The paper shows that the ciliate exhibits both identical morphological features across a wide biogeography (UK to Sweden), and shares an exacting molecular signature. The team investigated the transcriptome to better understand the mechanisms for anaerobic respiration, and details the stop codons used by this eukaryote. 
Harbor Branch Work With Raytheon Gets Approval by the Navy
Navy Accepts Final Component for LCS Anti-Submarine Warfare Mission Package Following the Successful Completion of a Rigorous Acceptance Test Regime at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute.
The Raytheon-developed Dual-mode Array Transmitter (DART) Mission System and ASW Mission Package will significantly increase ASW capabilities within the U.S. Navy, bringing the ability to maneuver active and passive sonars above and below the thermocline layer.
'Eavesdropping on Groupers' Mating Calls Key to Survival
In a new study, researchers from FAU College of Engineering and Computer Science and Harbor Branch and collaborators, have taken this technology to the next level using deep neural networks – a set of algorithms modeled after the human brain. They have developed an effective method to classify grouper species by their sounds or “grouper calls.”
Patented Innovation to Aid Oceanographic Work
A patent has been issued for an underwater light detection and ranging system that combines multiple transmitters and receivers to help fine tune the resolution of the resulting image. Developed by FAU Harbor Branch scientists, including Anni Vuorenkoski-Dalgleish, Ph.D., the technology has oceanographic applications such as underwater imaging and environmental monitoring.
This technology would be most relevant to oceanographic applications, such as underwater imaging, optical communications, underwater object detection and tracking, sensing and domain awareness, environmental monitoring and ecological health assessment.
Help FAU Harbor Branch Solve the Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Crisis!
FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute

Help #FAUHarborBranch Solve the Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Crisis! Dr. James Sullivan, director of FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute explains how your donations can help prevent future...

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Researchers Uncover Majesty in Cuba's Reefs
FAU Researchers Uncover Majesty in Cuba's Reefs
FAU researchers, along with others, traveled to Cuba to study never-before-seen coral reefs. What they saw was spectacular. 

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