Showing posts with label STEM. Show all posts
Showing posts with label STEM. Show all posts

Monday, February 27, 2017

FAMU seeking $6.9M to remodel Dyson building

Florida A&M University is seeking $6,951,500 to remodel the Dyson building, which was formerly the central facility for the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

“The remodel of the Dyson building will provide classrooms, teaching labs, faculty and support offices, and service areas to meet the Universities mission for teaching, research and community engagement,” Interim President Larry Robinson said in a request form. “The University graduation rate will improve with more teaching classrooms and labs. This project is aligned with Board of Governor's strategic priority to increase the number of degrees awarded in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.”

Monday, July 14, 2014

FAMU’s new environmental studies bachelor’s degrees seek to boost diversity in field

This fall, the FAMU School of the Environment will begin offering a new B.S. and B.A. degree in environmental studies. The degrees are designed for students seeking careers in environmental policy and management.

FAMU will join Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) and Florida International University (FIU) as the only universities in the Florida State University System offering degrees in environmental studies. FGCU and FIU have only graduated six African-Americans since 2011 in the field. FAMU’s program will be one way of increasing the number of African-American graduates in this field, which is an area of employment that the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts will grow by 19 percent by 2020.

Dean of the School of the Environment, Victor Ibeanusi, said students with social sciences, humanities and STEM backgrounds will find the new degree in environmental studies very appealing because the new program will offer both B.S./B.A. degree tracks.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Mangum announces plans for Environmental Justice and Sustainability Institute

While speaking before the Economic Club of Florida last week, FAMU President Elmira Mangum announced her plans to create a brand new research institute at the university.

“One of my major initiatives that should be started soon is the creation of an Environmental Justice and Sustainability Institute to help our faculty from a multidisciplinary perspective reach across the community as well as the world with concerns about food safety, protecting the environment, and recycling,” Mangum said.

Mangum wants the institute to take a leading role in researching issues related to the preservation of natural resources that are critical to Florida and the surrounding states.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Mangum working to expand FAMU’s role in STEM research

One day after Gov. Rick Scott signed a budget the pumped millions of additional dollars into FAMU’s STEM programs, President Elmira Mangum spoke about her vision to expand the university’s research activities in those critical areas.

Mangum told the Economic Club of Florida on June 3 that she wants to bring in more funds to support professors who are conducting cutting-edge research in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields.

“Our faculty members are engaged in research and my goal is to fund them in a way that they can continue to spend more time on research activity as well as attract new graduate students and increase our research efforts,” Mangum said. “Those are resources that also benefit our undergraduate program and attract students to our campus. My vision is to increase, significantly, that research funding by 2019. I am convinced that we have the talent and resources currently available to meet that objective.”

Mangum specifically called attention to the more than 30 patents secured by FAMU professors and said she wants to work with those faculty members to “monetize” that research.

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Scott signs biggest FAMU budget of his term, spares all the university’s line items

Senate Pres. Don Gaetz (left), Gov. Rick Scott (center), and House Speaker Will Weatherford (right)
On Monday, FAMU received its best budgetary news since Gov. Rick Scott took office. The governor signed the biggest FAMU budget of his term and spared all of the university’s line items.

FAMU received $84,817,515 in General Revenue and $14,834,223 from the Education Enhancement Trust Fund, the largest respective amounts in four years.

The budget also includes a critical $10,000,000 that will help FAMU complete the Phase II building for the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

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.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

FAMU DRS alumni bring $700K STEM Excellence Grant to FAMU

Back in 1986, as Florida A&M University Developmental Research School (FAMU DRS) students, Clayton Clark II, Jason Black, and Tiffany Wilson-Ardley took science classes during a FAMU summer excellence program for high school students. During the program, their facilitators challenged them to be creative, strive for excellence and to pay it forward. Twenty-six years later, the FAMU DRS alums have answered that call.

Now assistant and associate professors at FAMU, the trio was recently awarded more than $700,000 in grant dollars by the U.S. Department of Education to assist the university in attracting underrepresented high school students and encourage them to pursue and excel in careers in STEM disciplines. The group's mission is to develop and strengthen research, leadership, and critical thinking skills among youth.

The Program of Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (PE-STEM) grant is funded under the Department of Education’s Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP). The $700,000-plus grant will be funded over three years and will be used to establish a rigorous pre-college bridge program that focuses on research and critical thinking in the sciences.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

FAMU receives $85M in-kind software grant from Siemens PLM Software

(From left to right) FAMU-FSU College of Engineering Professors Okenwa Okoli, Tarik Dickens, Dean Yaw Yeboah, Interim President Larry Robinson, Siemens Director of Global Community Relations Hulas King and Vice President of University Advancement Thomas Haynes.

Yesterday, FAMU announced it received an in-kind software grant from Siemens Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Software, with a commercial value of more than $85 million.

The in-kind grant gives students access to the same technology that companies around the world depend on every day to develop innovative products in a wide variety of industries, including: automotive, aerospace, machinery, shipbuilding and high-tech electronics.

Graduates with this type of software training are highly-recruited candidates for advanced technology jobs.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

FAMU launches Stellar Student Program for underrepresented high schoolers

Donald Palm, III, co-coordinator of the Stellar Student Program
One hundred Leon County high school juniors and seniors have been selected to participate in the
FAMU Consortium of Outreach Programs’ (CORP) inaugural Stellar Student Program.

The program is designed to cultivate college preparedness and stimulate interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers in underrepresented youth who show academic promise.

The program’s launch will be officially celebrated on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 10:45 a.m. in the FAMU DRS cafeteria, located at 400 W. Orange Ave. Leon County Schools officials and members of the FAMU administration team will be in attendance.

The Stellar Student Program, which was instituted in December 2013, will offer scholars one-on-one academic coaching and exposure to STEM opportunities through FAMU and other post-secondary institutions. Monthly meetings and activities will be held throughout the school year to ensure the academic and overall success of the participants.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

FAMU, TCC receive $2.1M grant to prepare students for biomedical science careers

FAMU and Tallahassee Community College (TCC) have partnered for a $2,193,365 grant from the National Institutes of Health Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program in Biomedical Sciences.

The goal of the FAMU-TCC Bridges Program is to cultivate a program that increases the numbers of underrepresented minorities — African Americans, Latinos and Native Americans —attending TCC with the knowledge and skills necessary to attain an Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree, with the additional goal of these graduates obtaining an entry-level degree in the biomedical sciences at FAMU.

“I was very excited when I was informed that we earned the grant,” said Carl Goodman (pictured center), FAMU professor of pharmacology and co-principal investigator. “There was a lot of hard work that went into writing the grant. It is going to do wonders in terms of giving more opportunities for the underrepresented population to garner careers in the biomedical sciences. When you look at the numbers of African Americans entering these fields, it is just low. This program is unique and will give students an opportunity to be exposed to the biomedical field.”

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

FAMU confers four physics doctoral degrees during summer commencement

FAMU bestowed degrees upon 452 candidates for graduation this summer; including four doctoral candidates for the doctorate of philosophy in physics: Arnesto Bowman of Gulfport, Miss.; Daniel Gebremedhin of Mekelle, Ethiopia; Jorge Martinez of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.; and Johnny Williamson of Sacramento, Calif. According to the National Science Foundation, there were 15 Black and 37 Hispanic physics doctorate recipients in the U.S. in 2011.

“It is phenomenal that one institution is graduating four minority physics Ph.D. students at the same time,” said Maurice Edington, Dean, FAMU College of Science and Technology. “This is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our outstanding faculty in the FAMU physics program, and it highlights the important role that FAMU continues to play in helping to address statewide and national efforts to increase the numbers of highly-qualified STEM graduates.”

Martinez, a native of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., wasn’t a child who had to be pushed into the sciences.  Becoming a scientist is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Edington nets $1.6M STEM research grant from the National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation has awarded FAMU a four-year grant for  $1,630,597 for the College of Science and Technology (CST) project, “Implementation Project: Student-Centered Active Learning and Assessment Reform (SCALAR).” Principal investigator Maurice Edington and fellow faculty members Desmond Stephens, Lewis E. Johnson, Charles A. Weatherford and Virginia A. Gottschalk are leading the research initiative.

Once fully implemented, the project will revamp the instructional approaches in FAMU’s undergraduate science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs. It will ultimately help position FAMU as a national model in STEM education.

Friday, July 12, 2013

FAMU STEM students receive $10K Harris Corporation Endowed Scholarships

Two students at FAMU, Teayair Harrison and Jamie Johnson, have each been awarded Harris Corporation Endowed Scholarships for the upcoming 2013-2014 academic year. Both will receive $10,000 to continue their studies at the university.

For more than 20 years, the Harris Corporation has partnered with FAMU to support education programs that help produce a state workforce proficient in science,technology, engineering and math.
Harrison is a sophomore mechanical engineering student from Jacksonville, Fla. with a 3.5 grade point average. She was ecstatic when the university called with the news that she was selected.

“This scholarship will help me realize my ultimate goal to become aerospace engineer,” Harrison said. “After I graduate with my bachelor’s degree I plan to attend graduate school to study aerospace engineering.”

Johnson, a graduate student from Miami, Fla., is studying computer information systems with a 3.3 GPA. He credits receiving this award and his future success to demonstrating five qualities.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

FAMU women using Engineering Ph.D. programs to build path successful careers

Female students in the FAMU – Florida State University (FSU) College of Engineering are making moves in a field often dominated by their male counterparts. There are currently six women earning their Ph.D.’s through the College’s Title III Program.

All of the candidates anticipate completing the Ph.D. program within the next two years.

The women are Shannon Anderson, a biomedical engineering student; Tarra M. Beach, an environmental engineering student; Marcella Carnes, a civil engineer student; Renee Gordon, a mechanical engineering student; Michelle V. Adejumo, a civil engineering student; and Valesha A. Scott, a mechanical engineering student.
“It’s really great because in my field, I’m often the only girl,” said Gordon, a Miami native. “It is a good surprise to see people like me doing what I do. We have that common bond.”

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

FAMU hosts education and science forum to develop STEM talent

The focus on academic training in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) has become a priority in higher education as the workforce demands for college graduates in these fields continues to grow nationwide. FAMU will proactively address ways to increase innovation and national competitiveness through STEM programs by hosting the sixth biennial Education and Science Forum on March 26-28, 2012.

The university is expecting nearly 300 people from across the U.S. to attend this education and science conference.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Ammons warns that hiking STEM degree tuition could hurt minorities

FAMU President James H. Ammons joined two other State University System of Florida (SUS) campus leaders in discouraging an across-the-board tuition hike for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs. He, along with the presidents of Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and Florida International University (FIU), says that such a move would make it harder for low-income minorities to obtain STEM degrees.

"I think the one way that you don't get people into areas where you need them is to charge them more," Ammons told the House Education Committee. "I think what we need to be doing, on the other hand, is to find ways to encourage and support students, especially those from under-represented groups, to go into STEM."

Fewer than 20 percent of SUS students are pursuing majors in STEM fields.

Last week, the presidents of the University of Florida and Florida State University urged lawmakers to consider charging students more for STEM degrees, which are in high demand in today’s job market. STEM programs are typically more expensive than social science or liberals programs.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Harris Summer Science Camp prepares students for STEM careers

Area middle school students are curing the summer “brain drain” this year with a heavy dose of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fun at the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp hosted by Florida A&M University (FAMU). The hands-on program offers students an exciting way to beat the heat as they design space suits while experiencing life on a college campus.

Founded by veteran astronaut Dr. Bernard A. Harris, Jr., the program targets underserved youth. It is a two-week, all-expenses-paid residential camp that encourages math and science. The ExxonMobil Foundation provides funding and expertise of talented engineers to support the educational experience.

“Summer learning opportunities are crucial to continued academic success,” said Dr. Bernard A. Harris, Jr., veteran astronaut and camp founder. “In partnership with the ExxonMobil Foundation, we are able to offer students a tremendous opportunity to hone the math, science, communications and leadership skills needed to realize their full potential. Our goal is to inspire them to reach beyond the classroom and pursue careers in critical technology fields.”

Monday, June 13, 2011

Hughes-Harris leading $2.5M STEM Learning Communities initiative

FAMU Provost Cynthia Hughes-Harris is leading a campus initiative that aims to help more students prepare for graduate study in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). It is being funded with a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant of $2.5M.

The program uses STEM Learning Communities to aid student success. Larry Robinson, FAMU’s former provost and acting CEO, served as the original principal investigator when the project began in 2006. Dean of Arts & Sciences Ralph Turner and Professors Bernadette Kelley and Reginald Perry are co-principal investigators.

Kelley and Perry explained how the learning communities work in a paper abstract for a past educational conference.

“A learning community is a strategy for enrolling cohort groups of students in a common set of classes often organized around a theme, and often linked with residence life experiences,” Kelley and Perry wrote. “The learning community at FAMU is organized around a common course cluster of first-year students who have chosen to pursue a STEM degree.”

Learning communities have been shown to improve retention rates, increase student learning and achievement, increase faculty engagement, and lessen the feelings of isolation some students feel on large campuses. About 200 FAMU STEM students participate in the learning communities each year.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Restructuring plan emphasizes health science, STEM education

FAMU President James H. Ammons’ restructuring plan shifts more of the university’s limited financial resources into health science fields and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education. This strategic revamping will help FAMU get "more bang for its buck."

Health science and STEM-trained workers are in heavy demand for today’s economy. A recent article by Associated Press reporters Christopher S. Rugaber and Michael Liedtke (“Future Hiring Will Mainly Benefit the Highly Skilled”) stated that these fields will be the biggest sources of job growth in America.

“The [health care] sector is expected to be the leading job generator adding 4 million by 2018, according to Labor Department data,” wrote Rugaber and Liedtke. “An aging population requires more doctors and nurses, physical therapists, home health aides and pharmacists.

FAMU’s restructuring plan creates a new College of Health Professions to “contribute to the University’s mission and produce a significant percentage of the state and the nation’s African American health care professionals.” The college will house a “School of Allied Health Sciences; a School of Nursing; and a School of Public Health.”

“As a result of housing these health programs in a common unit, it is anticipated that the synergy between these disciplines will increase,” Ammons wrote in FAMU’s restructuring report. “Collaboration will be able to occur on multiple levels including shared teaching, which will contribute to the reduction of duplication in course offerings and increased collaboration in research, which will increase sponsored research and scholarship.”

FAMU’s College of Health Professions parallels the University of Florida’s College of Public Health and Health Professions and the University of Central Florida’s College of Health and Public Affairs.

Monday, December 14, 2009

CIS receives more than $2M in research grants

Minority Innovation Challenges Institute

FAMU recently released more details on a story Rattler Nation broke in November.

The Department of Computer Information Sciences (CIS) recently received a three-year $1 million grant from National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to establish the Minority Innovation Challenges Institute (MICI). The purpose of MICI is to get more minority students around the country to become interested in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields by using the NASA Centennial Challenges as a motivating factor.

According to Clement Allen, CIS associate professor and the principal investigator for the grant, the NASA Centennial Challenges are a set of fascinating, monetary contests used by NASA to spur innovations in space technologies. They offer contests where individuals and groups compete for money and fame. For example, there is a contest to design and build a better astronaut glove and a contest to build a robot that can excavate dirt on the moon.

FAMU is the first institution to establish a MICI with funding from NASA, and will work with other minority-serving institutions in the nation to mentor students.

Computation for STEM Education

The U.S. Department of Education, through the Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP) for Integrating Computation into STEM Education, awarded CIS a three-year $600,000 grant for the project, “Computation for STEM Education (C-STEM).”

The goals of this project are to increase the number of STEM students who graduate with discipline-specific computational skills, and to stimulate increased use of computation in the teaching of STEM disciplines at FAMU.

Tri-Regional Information Technology Program

FAMU also received an award from the National Science Foundation for $280,000 to continue to host the Tri-Regional Information Technology Program (Tri-IT).

Tri-IT is an alliance of three colleges – Florida State College at Jacksonville, FAMU and Seminole Community College. The goal is to engage female high school students interested in technology and encourage them to consider college degrees and careers in the field of information technology (IT). It is an “after-school” type program that teaches students about the latest and greatest technology.

“This program, along with the African American Women in Computer Science (AAWCS) scholarship program and the STARS Alliance, has established FAMU as a leader in addressing the shortage of minority women in IT,” said Jason Black, co-principal investigator.

Evolution to Studio-Based Active Learning

Another $300,000 award from the National Science Foundation will explore the use of studio-based and active learning techniques in formative CIS courses. The project is titled “Evolution to Studio-Based Active Learning.” The project goal is to transform incrementally the instructional paradigm used in formative programming courses. Traditional lecture-based instruction, where the teacher is primarily a transmitter of knowledge, will be augmented by active-learning activities, where the teacher coaches student problem solving and exploration.

Expected project outcomes include higher retention in the CIS major, increased mastery of foundational skills, improved technical communication skills and enhanced critical thinking.