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Student Showcase of Films open for submissions
The 22nd Annual Student Showcase of Films (SSOF) is open to students enrolled in Florida high schools and colleges. The juried competition recognizes outstanding students by presenting more than $11,500 in scholarships and awards in the following categories: Feature/Shorts, Documentary, Animation, Commercial/PSA, Environmental PSA, Music Video, Screenwriting, Poster Design, Mental Health Awareness and an Audience Award. Honoring the legacy of Burt Reynolds, the SSOF also awards a scholarship bearing his name and a Sara Fuller Scholarship through its partners at Film Florida.
Students can enter through the online application process, view the awards categories, official rules and regulations, as well as info on how to submit their project at www.pbfilm.com/student-showcase. Final deadline in Jan. 18.
The red-carpet awards ceremony will be Friday, March 10, 2017, at the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida.
FAU receives grant
Florida Atlantic University received a more than $5.6 million grant to improve the professional development of aspiring school principals.
FAU was selected by the Wallace Foundation as one of seven universities to participate in the national $47 million initiative, called University Principal Preparation Initiative. It is designed to develop models over the next four years to improve university school principal preparation programs and encourage higher-quality training statewide.
RAND Corporation will conduct an independent evaluation of the initiative over four years, with a final report in year five. The study will assess how the participating universities go about trying to implement high-quality courses of study and to form strong partnerships with local, high-needs school districts. A series of public reports will share lessons and insights and describe whatever credible models emerge so that other universities, districts and states can adopt or adapt the initiative work.
Through this initiative, FAU will receive guidance on redesigning its programming from the University of Denver, which is nationally recognized for its high-quality program, and will partner with the three districts that hire most of its School Leader Program graduates: Broward County Public Schools, the School District of Palm Beach County and St. Lucie Public Schools.
Local neurosurgeons join Boca Raton Regional Hospital
Evan M. Packer, MD, and Lloyd Zucker, MD, are now a part of the hospital’s Marcus Neuroscience Institute and BocaCare® physician network.
Dr. Packer is a board-certified neurosurgeon. He attended the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine in Tampa and performed his general surgery internship and neurological surgery residency at the University of South Florida Affiliated Hospitals and Clinics.
He currently serves as an Affiliate Assistant Professor at Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine and has co-authored two book chapters in the Textbook of Neurological Surgery.
Dr. Packer is a Diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. His clinical areas of interest include: brain hemorrhages; brain, neck and spinal injuries; brain tumors; disc bulges and herniations; neck and back pain; sciatica; spinal compression fractures and spinal stenosis.
Dr. Zucker is a board-certified neurosurgeon who is fellowship-trained in complex spinal surgery. He attended medical school at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey/Rutgers in Piscataway, New Jersey. Dr. Zucker performed his general surgery internship at Middlesex General University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey/Rutgers and neurosurgery residencies at Hartford Hospital/University of Connecticut and John Dempsey Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut.