Showing posts with label research. Show all posts
Showing posts with label research. Show all posts

Thursday, January 29, 2015

FAMU awarded $6M in grants from U.S. National Nuclear Security Agency

FAMU President Elmira Mangum has announced that the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Agency (NNSA) has awarded the University two grants totaling $6 million over three years.

The grants will support the Consortium on Materials and Energy Studies (CMES) and Consortium for Research on the Science and Engineering of Signatures (ROSES). The principal investigators for the grants are FAMU Associate Vice President for Research Charles A. Weatherford and Assistant Dean of the College of Science and Technology Lewis E. Johnson, respectively.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Mangum appoints new vice-president for research

FAMU President Elmira Mangum announced yesterday the second of several major appointments over the last two weeks as she continues to build her senior leadership team. Seasoned executive and researcher Timothy E. Moore has been named the University’s new vice president for research.

Moore will oversee all University research activities and will be responsible for the advancement of FAMU’s academic mission through sponsored programs, contracts, and grants. In addition, he will lead the University’s efforts in technology transfer, protection of intellectual property, and licensing.

Moore brings to the role more than two decades of experience in federal, private, and academic research and development experience, including currently serving as associate vice president for institutional advancement and research program development at Auburn University.

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.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

FAMU awarded $864,041 grant for prevention of substance abuse, HIV, and Hepatitis C

FAMU has been awarded a $864,041 grant that will focus on substance-abuse education. Yolanda Bogan will direct the three-year grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

According to Bogan, one of the objectives of the grant is to create a campus culture that encourages students to learn and practice alternative ways of dealing with stress as a method of drug abuse prevention. She explained that drug abuse often opens the door for life-altering and life-threating diseases. She wants students to understand that developing such habits are counter-productive to their educational and professional goals.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Mangum highlights FAMU’s STREAM research during State of the University address

During a crowd-stirring “State of the University” address delivered during last week’s Presidential Convocation, FAMU President Elmira Mangum also proclaimed that the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine have all recognized FAMU as the No. 1 institution of origin in America for African Americans who go on to earn doctorates in the natural sciences and engineering.

Mangum assured the crowd that her presidency would serve to continue FAMU’s profound impact in these areas.

“I have set a course that is designed to make our University ‘A Brand that Matters in the 21st Century,’ with an increased focus on science, technology, research, engineering, agriculture and mathematics. I call it STREAM,” she said.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Mangum announces leadership for new FAMU Sustainability Institute

FAMU President Elmira Mangum has appointed Abena Sackey Ojetayo to serve as the executive director of the university’s new Sustainability Institute (FAMU-SI).

“We are fortunate to attract such a world-class professional to FAMU to lead the institute,” Mangum said. “I’m encouraged by what lies ahead because of Ms. Ojetayo."

Ojetayo, who also hold the title of “chief sustainability officer” is a LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) accredited professional, and was named among the “10 New Faces of Civil Engineering for 2013” by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), which highlighted her as one of the industry’s next leaders.

“I am honored to join FAMU during such a transformative phase, which allows us the opportunity to align cross-disciplinary research, teaching and campus operations to create a model 21st century institution,” Ojetayo said. “As a historic land-grant institution with solid agricultural expertise and a public service mission, FAMU is positioned to be at the forefront of investigating, teaching and applying solutions to the global insecurities we are seeing in the energy, water, and food economies. I am looking forward to working with faculty, staff, and students in this great initiative for our campus and community.”

Monday, August 04, 2014

FAMU launches Sustainability Institute to build on university’s STREAM strengths

Last week, FAMU President Elmira Mangum announced the launch of a new Sustainability Institute (FAMU-SI).

According to Mangum, the goal of advancing the research, teaching, and application of innovative solutions to global socio-economic, ecological and energy sustainability issues is one of the cornerstones of her administration. The FAMU-SI will play a pivotal role towards helping the university to achieve this mission.

“FAMU has received national recognition for its strong commitment to sustainability. As such, the goal of this institute is to enhance our efforts, as well as expose the extensive knowledge and expertise that our faculty and staff possess in this area,” Mangum said. “Our goal is to provide real solutions to some of the world’s greatest and immediate environmental sustainability needs.”

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.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

FAMU student scientist first to clone muscadine grape gene

FAMU College of Agriculture and Food Sciences student Jasmine A. Hall is the first young scientist
to clone the Flavanone 3' Hydroxylase (F3’H) gene from muscadine grapes

Hall’s groundbreaking accomplishment is a part of ongoing research at FAMU’s Center of Viticulture and Small Fruit Research that has uncovered the multiple health benefits of the super food.

“Muscadine grapes, or ‘bullets,’ are a common fruit that many people in the South grew up eating,” said Hall, a fourth-year food science student. “This research enables us to capitalize on the nutritional benefits of the muscadine grape, which has one of the highest antioxidant levels amongst fruits.”

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

FAMU awarded $100,000 grant from National Science Foundation

Professors Mogus Mochena, Subramanian Ramakrishnan, and Nelly Mateeva
FAMU has been awarded a $100,000 grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Materials Research to fund a project entitled “EAGER: Magnetic Interrogation of Mesoscale Materials.”

EAGER is a materials research program that brings together the disciplines of physics, chemistry, biology and engineering. The grant dollars will fund a pilot program housed at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, the world's highest-powered magnet laboratory, which is located in Tallahassee.

“This will be the beginning of a great research collaboration between FAMU and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, and will have a huge impact on the research capacity of FAMU,” said physics professor Mogus Mochena, the project’s principal investigator.

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.

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.

Monday, June 09, 2014

Redda named permanent vice president for research

FAMU President Elmira Mangum has appointed K. Ken Redda vice president for research. His appointment was effective June 1.

Redda, a professor of medicinal chemistry in the FAMU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, served as interim vice president for research since 2010. He previously served as the associate vice president for Research from 2004 to 2005 and currently serves as an activity leader for the Drug Discovery Core Facility, a component of the FAMU Research Center in Minority Institutions Program. His research focuses on the design and synthesis of nitrogen heterocycles as anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer agents.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

FAMU graduate student makes award-winning discovery in Apalachicola Forest

FAMU graduate student Latasha Tanner, who is pursuing her master’s degree in entomology at the College of Agriculture and Food Sciences, recently received top accolades from the National Society for Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS).

Tanner ranked No. 3 in the nation in the MANRRS graduate poster competition for her research on the impact of invasive beetles in the Apalachicola National Forest. Her research uncovered millions of dollars worth of possible damage to Florida’s forestry and agricultural industries.

She discovered that the Redbay ambrosia beetle coupled with the laurel wilt fungus had become a serious threat to Florida’s forestry industry and is a potential $13 million a year problem for Florida’s avocado crop, which could have commercial and residential impacts.

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, May 01, 2014

FAMU pharmacy professor secures $14M grant from the National Institutes of Health

FAMU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Associate Dean for Research Karam F.A. Soliman has secured a five-year grant totaling more than $14 million to support the Florida A&M University Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI).

The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Service’s National Institutes of Health. The FAMU RCMI was originally established in 1985, and serves as a hub for drug research and discovery with a mission of inventing and improving methods to close the gap in health disparities among minorities, and more specifically the African-American community.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

FAMU acquires ownership of Centennial Building in Innovation Park

Centennial Building, home of the FAMU Center for Plasma Science and Technology
FAMU has reached another milestone in its continued successes in research and development.

Last week, Interim President Larry Robinson and FAMU administrators met with Leon County Commissioner Kristin Dozier, chair of the Leon County Research and Development Authority (LCRDA) and LCRDA members to sign an agreement that names FAMU as the new owner of the Centennial Building, a research facility, and 26.8 gross acres of developed and undeveloped land at Innovation Park. Seventeen acres of the land are ready for development.

“This agreement represents a significant moment in FAMU's rich history. Acquiring ownership of the Centennial Building and the 26.8 acres of land transferred from Leon County and the LCRDA will allow us to expand our research, business development and community outreach activities,” Robinson said. “It also better enables faculty to compete successfully for research awards and allows us to attract top students and faculty from around the nation. Providing state-of-the art facilities to conduct world-class research and engage in entrepreneurial activities will lead to positive economic impacts in Leon County and the State of Florida.”