Showing posts with label Faculty. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Faculty. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

FAMU, UF partner to create Florida Minority Cancer Research and Training Center

FAMU Professor Renee Reams, principal investigator
By Lindy Brounley
UF Health Cancer Center

For many underrepresented minorities, pursuing careers in cancer research can be daunting. Nontraditional academic backgrounds and lack of exposure to research experiences often are impediments to underrepresented minorities’ preparedness for successful cancer research careers.

These minority students and investigators will now have support from the Florida Minority Cancer Research and Training Center, the state’s first and only National Cancer Institute minority institution/cancer center partnership focused on cancer research and training for African-Americans.

Funded by a $1.3-million award from the NCI — augmented with $320,000 in funding from the University of Florida Health Cancer Center — the center is administered by scientists from UF and Florida A&M University to provide research mentoring and training opportunities that burnish minority students’ and junior faculty members’ research skills, better preparing them for biomedical careers that could impact cancer health disparities in Florida’s minority communities.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

FAMU mechanical engineering professor awarded Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship

By Jan Aussiker
FAMU-FSU College of Engineering

Peter Kalu, 3M Distinguished Research Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, was recently awarded a fellowship from the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program.

The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program is a scholar fellowship program for educational projects at higher education institutions in Africa. The program participants are African-born academics that currently live in the United States or Canada and work in higher education. Kalu's fellowship will include research collaboration on the following topics:

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist joins FAMU’s faculty as new Knight Chair

The FAMU School of Journalism & Graphic Communication (SJGC) recently welcomed Francine Huff as the Knight Chair for Student Achievement.

While at the Wall Street Journal, Huff served as the Spot News Bureau Chief and contributed to the Journal’s Pulitzer Prize winning team coverage of the September 11, 2001 events.

This endowed chair is a five-year appointment. The goal of the Knight Foundation is to preserve the best aspects of journalism and use innovation to expand the impact of information in the digital age. It focuses on funding journalistic excellence and supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism and advance media innovation, as well as engage communities, and foster the arts.

Monday, October 06, 2014

FAMU psychologist returns from Ferguson, Mo. after offering trauma support to community

FAMU psychology professor Jackie Collins Robinson recently traveled to Ferguson, Mo. to volunteer to assist local children and community members in dealing with the aftermath and subsequent trauma surrounding the shooting death of Michael Brown.

Robinson, who is a licensed psychologist and licensed school psychologist in Florida, spent four days in Ferguson. Her visit was inspired by an invitation from the president of the St. Louis Chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists to help the organization meet the emotional needs of impacted adults and children in the Ferguson area through conducting wellness workshops.

“The St. Louis Chapter is one organization responding to the people of Ferguson’s demand for trauma related interventions,” Robinson said. “I was happy to lend my skills to this effort.”

Sunday, September 28, 2014

FAMU theatre icon Ronald O. Davies has died

Dr. Ronald O. Davis, professor emeritus and former director of the Essential Theatre at Florida A&M University, has died.  Davis, was found dead at his home in Asheville, North Carolina, over the weekend.  He was 80 years old. 

Davis who began his tenure at FAMU in 1969.  He retired in 2001, but continued to play a "supporting role" in the FAMU theater department's growth and development . Earlier this year, he staged a Jazz fundraiser for the department with the goal of raising $100,000 for student scholarships.

The cause of death or funeral arrangements are not yet known.  

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Temple U. Professor headed for FAMU

Iyelli Ichile, chair, of Temple University's undergraduate program in African American Studies has resigned her position for a new job at FAMU, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Ichile's resignation Monday came suddenly with classes at Temple set to begin on August 25. 

In an email to Temple students and faculty,Tuesday, African American Studies Department Chairman Molefi Asante described Ichile as "one of our most active and valued faculty members."

"Of course, we were stunned and broken hearted; however, we must wish her well and regroup and move forward with the work to be done for the next year."
The Inquirer reports, both Ichile and her fiance both found jobs at Florida A&M University "and will be moving immediately."
Temple student leader Paul Cange, said students were shocked to learn Ichile is leaving.
"She was so important in the department, and she was well-liked," Cange said.
He said he had registered for his first class with her for the upcoming semester.
As undergraduate chairwoman, Ichile helped students who majored and minored in African-American studies stay on track with their classes. 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

FAMU professor presents grape research at international conference in China

The work of FAMU’s Center for Viticulture and Small Fruit Research was on display this week in Beijing, China.

Yesterday, FAMU Professor Violeta Tsolova, a professor of viticulture and development biology at the center, presented “Molecular Breeding of Synchronized Grape Cell Suspensions for Flavonoid Overexpression” during the 11th International Conference on Grapevine Breeding and Genetics.

The conference, which occurs every four years, brings the world’s grape breeders and geneticists together to share their latest research progress; network and collaborate with researchers from around the world; and discuss challenging issues facing the research and industry communities with the goal of developing creative solutions.

Since its establishment by the Florida Legislature in 1978, FAMU’s Center for Viticulture and Small Fruit Research has been a leader in research, development, graduate training and extension activities in the areas of grape genetics, grape breeding, best practices for vineyard management, product development, grape biotechnology, small fruit evaluation, and production methods.

The center, led by Stephen Leong, is an integral component of the College of Agriculture and Food Sciences.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

FAMU Music Professor Longineu Parsons to play Carnegie Hall

FAMU Department of Music Professor Longineu Parsons will perform alongside Broadway’s elite at the world-renowned Carnegie Hall on June 23.

Parsons, a celebrated trumpet player, will appear in the Broadway reunion production, “Black Stars of the Great White Way Reunion: Live the Dream.”

The reunion pays tribute to the role African Americans have played in Broadway’s history and will honor the work of such entertainment legends as Louis Armstrong, Eubie Blake, Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Louis Jordan, Paul Robeson and Fats Waller.

Parsons will share the stage with some of Hollywood and Broadway’s greatest contributors such as Obba Babatunde, Keith David, Dule Hill, Norm Lewis, Phylicia Rashad, Chapman Roberts, Glenn Turner, Cicely Tyson and Ben Vereen.

“It’s a big day at the office, a good day at the office,” said Parsons, who will play a tribute to Armstrong. “I look forward to being a part of this historic occasion.”

Saturday, June 14, 2014

FAMU mourns the loss of long-time educator Eileen Warner

The FAMU community is mourning the loss of long-time educator Eileen Warner. Warner served FAMU for more than 32 years as a high school English teacher at FAMU Developmental Research School and served as a faculty member in the College of Education.

She was celebrated for her unwavering dedication to her students, and as a result was named “Teacher of the Year” numerous times. Warner served the students in and outside of the classroom as a mentor, senior class adviser, yearbook and newsletter sponsor and homecoming/royal court co-chair.

She was a FAMU alumna, receiving both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the university, and was completing her doctorate degree at Grand Canyon University at the time of her death.

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Professor journeys to Nigeria to combat diabetes

FAMU Biochemistry Professor Ngozi Ugochukwu is journeying to Nigeria as a recipient of a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship. The Fulbright Scholars Program is a highly competitive international education exchange program that awards grants to students, faculty or professionals who wish to study, teach and conduct research abroad.

Ugochukwu will complete research at Nigeria’s Federal University of Technology (FUT) in Minna. Her research will focus on ethnopharmacology, the study of ethnic groups and their use of drugs. She will also conduct research on bioactive compounds and their role as leads for drug discovery, and uses for traditional medicine in diabetes therapy.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Fla. surgeon general appoints FAMU professor to Child Abuse Review Committee

Florida Surgeon General John H. Armstrong has appointed FAMU social work Professor Robin Perry to the State Child Abuse Death Review Committee (CADR).

Perry is one of 18 individuals selected to serve on the committee from various state agencies, associations, commissions and professional disciplines. He is appointed to a term ending December 2015.

“I am honored by this appointment and look forward to the opportunity to be a part of this important team of experts engaged in meaningful dialog and analyses in the service and protection of children throughout Florida,” Perry said.

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

FAMU honors Researchers of the Year

(L-R) Interim Vice President for Research K. Ken Redda, President Elmira Mangum, Dr. Huijun Li, Dr. John Steven Cooperwood, and Interim Provost Rodner Wright.
FAMU recently honored Professors John Steven Cooperwood and Huijun Li as its “Researchers of the Year.”

FAMU President Elmira Mangum and Interim Vice President for Research K. Ken Redda announced the winners during the university’s annual researchers’ luncheon.

The honors are awarded in conjunction with the FAMU Division of Research (DoR) and the FAMU Faculty Senate, and presented to FAMU researchers who have made a profound impact both on and off campus through their discoveries and contributions.

"Your hard work and commitment to excellence is a fitting representation of what we're capable of here at this university," said Mangum, congratulating the honorees. "You are the caretakers of what is necessary to keep the university's shining light burning each day."

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Taylor reappointed to USDA NAREEE advisory board

FAMU College of Agriculture and Food Sciences (CAFS) Dean Robert W. Taylor has been Tom Vilsack to the National Agricultural Research, Education, Extension and Economic (NAREEE) Advisory Board.
reappointed by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

As a member of the advisory board, Taylor will represent the National Crop, Soil, Agronomy, Horticulture or Weed Science Society.

“We are very excited to have you on board in order to continue our work for the USDA and the [NAREEE] mission. The participation and engagement of folks like you make our work that much more impactful,” said Michele Esch, NAREEE executive director, in a letter announcing Taylor’s reappointment.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Professor represents FAMU at International Technology and Engineering Educators Association Conference

FAMU technology education professor David White has journeyed to Orlando, Fla. to represent the university at the 76th Annual International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) Conference.

White has been selected to host the Foundation for Technology and Engineering Educators (FTEE) Spirit of Excellence Breakfast during the conference and will make a special presentation, along with FAMU Developmental Research School instructor Bobbie Thornton, titled: “Engaging Students with Special Needs in Technology Education” during the conference’s STEM showcase.

White is the coordinator of the Technology Education Program in the College of Education.

According to ITEEA officials, White was selected to participate in the conference in honor of his, and FAMU’s, continued contributions to the association’s mission of promoting integrative STEM education for students of all walks of life.

“I am very proud and honored to represent FAMU at this conference,” said White, a previous recipient of the prestigious James J. and Loretta C. Buffer Award in Industrial Technology Education. “This is yet another example of how FAMU is becoming a leader in STEM education initiatives, not only in the state of Florida but globally."

According to White, FAMU’s Technology Education Program is the only program in the state that is certified by the Florida Department of Education to produce fully-licensed technology and engineering educators for sixth through 12th grades.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

FAMU professor highlighted as “Woman of Power” by Black Enterprise

FAMU Professor Atira Charles is being highlighted by Black Enterprise magazine as a “Woman of Power.”

The national business publication recently included Charles, an assistant professor of management in the School of Business and Industry (SBI), in the February “Women of Power” edition. She is featured in an article about workplace empowerment.

In conjunction with the magazine article, Charles was invited to present a workshop titled, “Balancing Act: Strategies for Managing Racial & Gender Identities at Work” at the 2014 Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit. The Summit was held Feb. 26 - March 1 in Boca Raton, Fla. More than 800 women from diverse industries and professional organizations attended the summit.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Ziegler named Reeves Eminent Scholar Chair

FAMU Professor Dhyana Ziegler, a knighted Dame of Justice by the Chivalric Order of the Knights of Justice, has been appointed the Garth C. Reeves Eminent Scholar Chair in the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication (SJGC) and will assume the post in July 2014.

As the Garth C. Reeves Eminent Scholar Chair, Ziegler will assist with the development of a new master’s degree program, represent the SJGC within professional organizations, as well as continue to serve in her teaching and research capacities.

“We are honored to have Dr. Ziegler serve as the Garth C. Reeves Eminent Scholar Chair in the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication. Professor Ziegler is a trailblazer in journalism education and practices. She is a tremendous asset to our students, who benefit from her scholarly work and practical teachings in the area of ethics, digital media and strategic communications,” said Ann Wead Kimbrough, DBA, dean of School of Journalism & Graphic Communication.

Ziegler, a long-time journalism scholar, is a multimedia content producer and former on-air radio and TV host. She is the author of three books, several book chapters and other scholarly publications.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

SBI professor to speak on global entrepreneurism

Some say 17,405 kilometers.  Others say 10,815 miles.  Either way, it’s the distance FAMU School of LaTanya White traveled last fall to spread her message of entrepreneurial education and access. 
Business and Industry (SBI) Professor

Her trip to Bali, Indonesia, was a life-changing experience for White that took her advocacy to the global stage.  She’ll share highlights of her journey in a presentation titled, “THE POWER OF ‘CAN’: One Woman’s Challenge to the Global Entrepreneurial Community” scheduled for today at 9 a.m. at the President’s Coffee, a quarterly business meeting hosted by the Big Bend Minority Chamber of Commerce.  The event will take place at the Pittman Conference Center at the Riley House/Museum, 419 East Jefferson Street.

“Entrepreneurism is a hot topic again,” said White, who is also the successful owner of 71 Proof; a beverage catering company that services the southeast region of the United States.  “We need to make sure that minorities realize equal access to educational and business opportunities in this new entrepreneurial ecosystem that’s being constructed around the world.” 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

FAMU professor appointed to USDA advisory committee

Jennifer Taylor, associate professor and coordinator of Small Farm Programs at the FAMU College
of Agriculture and Food Sciences, has been appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to serve on the Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers (ACBFR).

The committee will provide guidance to the Secretary on expanding opportunities that will help beginning farmers and ranchers succeed in agriculture.

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden announced Taylor’s appointment during a recent event at the University of Delaware.

“The next generation of America's farmers and ranchers are more diverse than ever before, have new market opportunities and continue to bring innovative ideas to the agriculture industry," Harden said. "The Secretary and I look forward to working closely with this advisory committee to continue supporting the promise of agriculture's future."

Taylor also serves as a member of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). The NOSB advises the Secretary on which substances should be allowed or prohibited in organic farming and processing, based on criteria under the Organic Foods Production Act.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Jackson receives American Historical Association’s Equity Award

FAMU Professor David H. Jackson, Jr. was recently honored with the American Historical Association’s (AHA) 2013 Equity Award. The AHA, established in 1884, is the oldest and largest professional historical association in the nation.

Jackson received the award during the organization’s annual meeting held in January in Washington, D.C. The award is one of the association’s most distinguished scholarly and professional awards, and serves to honor individuals or institutions that have achieved excellence in recruiting and retaining underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in the historical profession.

In an announcement about the award, the organization recognized Jackson for his achievements in “inspiring African-American undergraduates to enter graduate programs in history and earn professional degrees,” and applauded him for being an “outstanding community leader and teacher.”

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Maupin presidency could help Scott reshape FAMU in the model of Florida Polytechnic

The selection of John E. Maupin, Jr. as a semifinalist for the FAMU presidency is good news for Florida’s anti-tenure governor. A Maupin administration could be just what Gov. Rick Scott needs to reshape FAMU in the model of one of his pet projects, Florida Polytechnic University.

Back in 1998, the Florida Board of Regents announced a Three Tier Plan that called for FAMU to be a bottom tier “comprehensive” university that would focus mainly on teaching undergraduate students. Then-FAMU President Frederick S. Humphries led the fight to create a special “Comprehensive/Doctoral” category that permitted the university to continue pursuing its Ph.D. and research expansion ambitions.

Today, FAMU faces a different threat to its future as a research institution. Humphries, like all university presidents who know how to run a serious research university, understood that FAMU needed tenure in order to compete for the best published professors and grant-writing scientists.

But in a few days, FAMU could have a new president who doesn’t support tenure protection for faculty members. An investigating committee of the American Association of University Professors accused Maupin of effectively eliminating tenure at Meharry Medical College during his presidency at that school. There were also allegations that he used intimidation tactics to pressure faculty members into publicly supporting that overhaul. Maupin currently leads the Morehouse School of Medicine, which does not offer tenure, at all.