Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Scott appoints Lucas Boyce to FAMU Board of Trustees

Yesterday, Gov. Rick Scott announced the appointment of Lucas Boyce to the FAMU Board of Trustees.

Boyce, 35, of Orlando, is the director of business development and legislative affairs for the Orlando Magic. He currently serves as a member of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute and the Orange County Library Board of Trustees.

Boyce received his bachelor’s degree from University of Central Missouri and his master’s degree from Rollins College. He fills a seat that has been vacant since the resignation of Glen Gilzean in March.

Scott has appointed Boyce to a term of approximately three and a half years that will end on January 6, 2018.

The appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

Monday, July 21, 2014

National Cancer Institute funds $182,126 research project at FAMU pharmacy school

Mandip Singh Sachdeva, a professor in the FAMU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, has received a $182,126 research grant from the National Cancer Institute. The funds were awarded to support a project entitled: “Role of Telmisartan on Intra-Tumoral Distribution of Targeted Nanoparticles.”

The project’s abstract states that: “Our laboratory has been working with the use of inhalation and oral delivery of anticancer agents for treatment of lung cancer. Active targeting of chemotherapeutic drugs containing nanoparticles may effectively treat adenocarcinomas by achieving higher concentration at target sites.”

A nanoparticle is a microscopic object that is between 0.1nm and 100nm. Sachdeva is exploring how an experimental treatment that combines the use of certain nanoparticles with a drug named Telmisartan might improve the body's ability to fight cancer.  

The project began on April 1, 2014 and will continue through March 31, 2016.

Sacheva has brought more than $25 million in research grants to FAMU since he began teaching at the university in 1993.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

FAMU engineering Ph.D. candidate honored for presentation at renewable energy conference

Ruben G. Nelson, a FAMU Ph.D. candidate in electrical and computer engineering, was honored for delivering one of the best presentations at a national renewable energy conference.

Earlier this year, Nelson shared his research findings at the Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management (FREEDM) Annual Industry Review and Conference in Raleigh, NC. His delivery led him to win the award for best presentation in the “Energy Storage Systems and Electric Vehicles” session.

Nelson, who is advised by FAMU-FSU College of Engineering Professor Mark H. Weatherspoon, spoke about the results of his research in a paper entitled: “Computational Analysis of Interfacial Capacitance of a Li-O2 Cell Using Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy.”

The FREEDM initiative is sponsored by funds from the National Science Foundation. It is the product of a collaborative effort between Florida A&M University, Florida State University, North Carolina State University, Missouri University of Science and Technology, and Arizona State University to establish secure, sustainable, and clean energy.

Nelson is a native of Fort Lauderdale who earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from FAMU in 2007. He currently works as a graduate patent associate in the FAMU Office of Technology Transfer.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Hepburn shares football tips with middle school students at Detroit Lions Camp

From The Voice newspaper in Michigan:

Brandon Hepburn could be relaxing in a tropical location, taking it easy with training camp lurking around the corner.

Instead, Hepburn, a second-year Detroit Lions linebacker, spent a gorgeous Thursday at L'Anse Creuse Middle School East, sharing his football knowledge with 35 young kids at the Detroit Lions Camp.

"The Lord put it on my heart that I should be able to help some of the kids," said Hepburn, from Florida A&M. "Coming into this offseason I wanted to be involved. I talked to my teammates and they let me know.

Friday, July 18, 2014

FAMU welcomes new U.S. diplomat in residence

Senior Foreign Service Officer Michael E. Thurston will serve as FAMU’s new Diplomat in Residence for the 2014-2015 academic year. Thurston was appointed by the U.S. Department of State to serve as the Diplomat in Residence for the entire Southeast region and will be housed at FAMU's Office of International Education and Development.

Thurston's first lecture at the university will be held on July 23 at 3 p.m. at FAMU's Coleman Library as a part of the Graduate Studies and Research Programs' Professional Development Workshop Series. He will discuss opportunities offered by the Department of State and its Diplomat in Residence Program.

According to Thurston, his time at FAMU will be spent recruiting and mentoring students who wish to pursue careers with international connections through the U.S. Department of State, as well as serving as a guest lecturer and resource to the university's faculty on foreign policy and international relations.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

FAMU receives two top honors at 2014 HBCU Awards

(L-R): FAMU NAA President Tommy Mitchell Sr., FAMU Director of Media Relations Alonda Thomas and HBCU Digest Founder Jarrett Carter, Sr.
FAMU was awarded “Best Alumni Publication” and “National Alumni Association of the Year” at the 2014 HBCU Awards presented by HBCU Digest last week. The HBCU Awards celebrates the achievements of historically black colleges and universities throughout the United States, crowning winners in the fields of leadership, arts, athletics, research and community engagement.

“We are honored to receive this recognition from the HBCU Awards for the A&M Magazine and the FAMU National Alumni Association,” said President Elmira Mangum. “Our alumni are a major support system and integral part of sustaining the educational quality that we continue to provide. I’d like to extend special thanks to the Office of Communications for a job well done in producing an outstanding publication to share our legacy of excellence with alumni, students and supporters across the nation.”

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

FAMU alumna named MLB All-Star Teacher

FAMU alumna Rachel Blanks has been named a winner of Major League Baseball’s (MLB) 2014 Target Presents PEOPLE All-Star Teachers campaign.

Blanks, an educator at Wogaman 5-8 School in Dayton, Ohio, will represent the Cincinnati Reds at the MLB All-Star Game in Minnesota, which aired July 15 on FOX.

Fans nationwide were able to cast their votes online to select 30 winners, one representing each MLB team. The honor is an effort to celebrate teachers and raise awareness about the importance of education.

Blanks didn’t take the traditional route to teaching. While she was earning her bachelor’s degree in business administration at FAMU, Blanks thought she was well on her way to working for a major corporation and, eventually, opening her own business. Things changed while she was working part-time for Leon County Schools’ after school programs.