News briefs for August 25, 2015

CCR and hospital updates
The Center for Collaborative Research, a facility where students can conduct research alongside organizations and NSU faculty, is expected to be complete by Spring 2016. The proposed plan to bring a new hospital on NSU’s campus is still awaiting approval. Plans for the hospital were put on hold pending hearings regarding other hospitals that have challenged it. More updates are expected later in the semester.

Pay off institutional charges with a payment plan
NSU students, with the exception of international students, can defer their remaining balances with new payment plan options. Plans include a four-month plan for the fall semester, four-month plan for winter and a 3-month plan for summer. Payment applications must be submitted by July 1 for the fall, November 1 for Winter, and April 1 for Summer. To be eligible, all prior balances must be paid in full and students must be registered for the semester(s) included in their plans. Applications include a $75 nonrefundable fee. If approved, a contract will be issued. For more information and to download the application, visit

Campus Card Services moves to new location
The Campus Card Services office has moved to the One-Stop Shop in the Horvitz Administration Building. Card Services provides information and services for SharkCards, NSU’s official identification cards. SharkCards are used for identification, library access, vending machines, photocopy services, meal plans, building access and parking access. For questions or concerns, contact Campus Card Services at 954-262-8929 or visit

NSU receives $800,000 grant to research Gulf War Illness
Paula A. Faria Waziry, assistant professor at the College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Institute for Neuro-Immune Medicine, received a $805,882 grant for her and her team to investigate causes of Gulf War Illness—a multisymptom disorder affecting veterans and workers of the Gulf War. They will focus their research on the genomic and cellular causes of the illness. The grant is from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs. GWI affects at least 175,000 soldiers who fought in the Gulf War. The illness causes fatigue, chronic headaches, memory problems, muscle and joint pain, gastrointestinal issues, neurological problems, respiratory symptoms, hormonal imbalances and immune dysfunction. NSU’s research team hopes to identify the causes so that those affected may receive more effective therapies.

Dean of Undergraduate Admissions announced
Brad Williams, vice president for student affairs and dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies, announced Deanna Voss as the new dean of undergraduate admissions. Voss came to NSU from her position as associate dean of enrollment management and executive director of admissions at the University of Miami. She is active in the National Association for College Admissions Counseling and the Southern Association of College Admissions Counselors.

Students get free Microsoft Office
NSU provides Microsoft Office free to NSU students. Office 365 includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Lync and more. The service allows installation on five compatible PCs and Macs, along with five tablets. To get Office 365, visit, login with NSU email credentials and click on the Office 365 in the top left corner to install. For assistance, contact the Help Desk at 954-262-4357 or

Criminal Justice Program ranks in top programs for veterans
U.S. News & World Report announced that NSU’s online Criminal Justice program is ranked as 21st in a tie for top online graduate programs for veterans. This is the third year the publication has issued these rankings. To be eligible, programs had to be part of an institution of higher learning that is certified for the GI Bill, participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program or be a public institution that offers in-state tuition for out-of-state veterans. Schools also have to be a part of the top 75% of schools in the 2015 Best Online Programs ranking. For more information about NSU’s Criminal Justice program, visit

Assistant professor named Volunteer of the Year
David Kerstetter, assistant professor at the Oceanographic Center, was named 2015 P3 Eco-Challenge Volunteer of the Year by the School District of Broward County. The award recognizes students, teachers, schools and volunteers in the district for their contribution to the environment. Kerstetter has worked with New River Middle School closely for the past three years to provide education on coastal fields, lab dissections and other outreach activities.

NSU makes CNN news
On Aug. 8, CNN published an article about the research that marine experts at NSU conducted to find a new species of anglerfish. The research team included Tracey Sutton, one of NSU’s experts on deep-sea life, and Theodore Pietsch from the University of Washington. Sutton and Pietsch discovered the new species after finding three female specimens at around 1,500 feet underwater. Their discovery was published by the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists in Copeia, which can be found on

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