Sunday, June 25, 2017

National Science Foundation awards FAMU $2M grant to enhance student success in STEM

L-R:  Desmond Stephens, Ph.D., Maurice Edington, Ph.D., and Lewis Johnson, Ph.D.
Florida A&M University (FAMU) has been awarded a four-year, $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) to help broaden the participation of minority graduates in the nation’s science and technology workforce.

The grant, which was effective June 1, supports FAMU’s HBCU-UP project titled “Science Community of Active Learners to Enhance Achievement and Retention.” The program is designed to significantly increase student success rates in FAMU’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degree programs.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Rattlers propel Jacksonville Sharks to top playoff seed

FAMU alumni Peter Tulloch, Damien Fleming and Terry Johnson help propel the Sharks to the playoffs
The Jacksonville Sharks are the hottest team in the area, going undefeated to the last game of the season, where they rested players in preparation for hosting the first round of the National Arena League (NAL) playoffs.  The Sharks lost by a touchdown to the visiting Monterey Steel 44-37, the same team they will face today, June 24 in the first round of the playoffs at Veterans Memorial Arena, the Sharks' home field.

Former Florida A&M University (FAMU) four-year starter, Damien Fleming, has led the Sharks as the team's signal caller.  Fleming is right at home with the Sharks as the Jacksonville native who attended Ribault High School is playing in front of a true home crowd.  Fleming is excited about the opportunity to play in familiar territory.

“It's a blessing to be able to play right here.  To have my high school career at Ribault, college in Tallahassee at FAMU and to be here in Jacksonville with an opportunity to play the game I love, it's just all you could ask for,” Fleming said.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Lawson introduces bill to extend life of Social Security

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-5) has introduced legislation that would extend the life of Social Security by 15 years to 2049.

“Social Security plays a critical role in our economy as it provides for over two-thirds of our nation’s retirees, and provides financial security to millions of disabled workers and their children,” said Lawson.

“However, as the program is currently operating, the Social Security trust fund will be depleted by 2034. That’s why I’m proud to introduce the Social Security for Future Generations Act of 2017, along with 17 co-sponsors and support from six organizations, including Social Security Works and the National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare.” 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

FAMU launches Digital Learning Initiative to transform classrooms with technology

While Florida A&M University students are enjoying summer activities, such as internships and study abroad experiences; faculty are hard at work finding unique ways to overhaul their classrooms by weaving the latest technology infusion upgrades into their courses.

Professors are redesigning their classes in preparation for fall to include the use of blended/hybrid approaches to teaching and learning. The course redesign efforts are a component of the University’s newly launched Provost’s Digital Learning Initiative (DLI) and promote student engagement, class discussions and instruction all within the swipe of an iPad or tablet.

The initiative’s launch was celebrated during FAMU’s annual Teaching and Learning Conference, which was recently held to promote best practices for course redesign and student engagement among faculty.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Medical marijuana research funding expected to bring millions to FAMU

A late amendment by State Senator Darryl Rouson to a senate proposal on medical marijuana licensing is expected to steer millions of research dollars to Florida A&M University.

The bill (SB 8-A) instructs the Florida Department of Health to “issue medical marijuana use registry identification cards for qualified patients and caregivers who are residents of this state, which must be renewed annually.”

It goes on to state that “the department shall allocate $10 of the identification card fee to the Division of Research at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University for the purpose of educating