Recently, the Jupiter High School auditorium was filled with students, and community members alike, for a guest lecture by Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI) scientist, Dr. Paul Evans. The special presentation was part of the 13th season of the widely popular “Meet the Scientist Lecture Series.” MPFI partnered with the Taras Oceanographic Foundation, which hosts the annual series at Jupiter High School. The series invites world class speakers to promote and encourage dialogue between scientists and the people of the communities in which they live and work. Dr. Evans, a postdoctoral research fellow in the lab of Dr. Ryohei Yasuda at MPFI, discussed “Biological Rhythms: Molecular Clocks to Keep Your Brain on Time.”
“Enriching science education in our community is such an important component of our mission,” said Dr. David Fitzpatrick, CEO and Scientific Director at MPFI. “We are grateful to the Taras Oceanographic Foundation, who shares this vision. We will continue to show our support by participating in this lecture series, in addition to creating our own community education programs, including the Science Meets Music series, the Science Career Panel and our Summer Internship program.”
The Taras Oceanographic Foundation, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization founded in Jupiter, works to increase awareness and support from the general public, and foster collaboration between the science and business communities. Through this partnership, MPFI reaffirms its continuous commitment to enhance interest in and foster understanding of bioscience research at all levels of education.
Each season of the “Meet the Scientist Lecture Series” runs from October through April, with all events free and open to the public and held at the Jupiter High School auditorium. Other lectures in this series have included Dr. Michael Yetman, a Postdoc in the lab of Dr. Hiroki Taniguchi. His presentation, which was delivered in October of 2017, was entitled “A Bloody History of the Brain: Neuroscience as told by Mummies, Cadavers, and Phantom Limbs.”