News Briefs, Jan. 9, 2018

Kiran Patel named Floridian of the Year

Tampa physician, entrepreneur and philanthropist Kiran Patel was chosen as Florida Trend’s Floridian of the Year following a busy year of charitable contributions made by the cardiologist and his wife, Pallavi, to various causes and organizations. On Dec. 28, Florida Trend stated that the couple’s generous donations in 2017 alone surpassed what many could contribute for an entire lifetime, noting some of the duo’s most recent contributions. One donation of note was the Patel’s $200 million gift to NSU which the couple committed to in September. Read more about Patel being named as Florida Trends’ Floridian of the Year at For the full story on the Patel contribution, visit

College of Osteopathic Medicine approved for Clearwater location

NSU’s Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine has been approved by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation which would allow 150 students to study at the Clearwater site beginning in the fall of 2019. The introduction of the new college was made possible in part by the donation of its namesakes Kiran and Pallavi Patel through their $200 million gift to NSU. For additional information, visit

NSU receives grant to better STEM education for hispanic students

The National Science Foundation awarded NSU an inaugural grant of $91,292 to fund a conference held in December which sought to gain research support for Latino students studying science, technology, engineering and math who are participating in STEM-based education. The conference catered to attendees hailing from 32 U.S. institutions and focused on two-year and four-way STEM pathways. NSU’s Greg Simco, Chair of the Engineering and Computer Science Department and professor of computer science in the College of Engineering and Computing, and Meline Kevorkian, Associate Provost of Academic Quality, Assessment and Accreditation and professor of education, have been credited for the coordination of the grant. For additional information, visit

Winter Involvement Fair to take place on Jan. 11

The Office of Campus Life and Student Engagement will host the annual Winter Involvement Fair on Jan. 11. The fair allows students to learn more about, and become involved with, more than 60 organizations and departments at NSU. The event will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will feature giveaways throughout. For more information, visit

Sharks and Service to host MLK Weekend of Service

On Jan. 13 and 14, students are invited to join Sharks and Service for a weekend service trip themed on youth development which will focus on the South Florida community. The participation cost is $15. For additional information, contact Andrea Dobo by emailing

NSU researchers to present at 2018 World Stem Cell Summit

Faculty and researchers from NSU’s College of Allopathic Medicine are scheduled to present their findings on new approaches to cancer immunotherapy and regenerative medicine at the 2018 World Stem Cell Summit (WSCS) from Jan. 22-26. WSCS is the largest meeting in the world focused on stem cells, boasting a gathering of more than 250 scientists, investors, business leaders, regulators, philanthropists, policy-makers, economic development officers and patient advocates. In addition to the 10 scheduled presentations, representatives of NSU will also hold meetings with academic and corporate partners at WSCS. For more information, visit

Nominations for the annual Student Life Achievement Awards to close Jan. 10

Jan. 10 will be the last day for NSU students, faculty and staff members to nominate candidates to be considered for the annual Student Life Achievement Awards (STUEYS). Submitters are asked to complete the STUEYS nomination process by 5 p.m. For more information about the nomination process, visit For additional assistance or inquiry, contact the Office of Campus Life and Student Engagement’s Special Event and Projects division by emailing

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