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

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.”

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.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

FAMU awarded more than $1.3M in USDA grants

FAMU has been awarded three grants worth more than $1.3 million from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

FAMU was among a select group of land-grant institutions whose proposals were accepted under the grant program.

“For nearly 125 years, [FAMU] has played a vital role in ensuring access to higher education and opportunities for underserved communities,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “These competitively-awarded grants support high-quality research, teaching and extension activities, and support the continued leadership of 1890 institutions in the fields of agriculture, the environment and public health.”

Two of the grants, which together exceed $450,000, were awarded through the 1890 Institution Research, Extension and Teaching Capacity Building Grants Program. The grants will support the university's agricultural science programs while strengthening the linkage between other 1890 land-grant institutions, the USDA and private industry.

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.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Microsoft makes large donation to FAMU in recognition of technology efficiency efforts

Akhtar Badshah, senior director
of Microsoft Citizenship & Public Affairs
Microsoft Corporation, the world’s biggest software company, is donating $456,425 in software to FAMU.

Last month, Akhtar Badshah, senior director of Microsoft Citizenship & Public Affairs, informed the FAMU Division of Enterprise Information Technology of the decision.

“At Microsoft, we believe technology can do amazing things. That's why we partner with thousands of organizations like [FAMU] around the world to help each one achieve its mission. Through our Microsoft Citizenship efforts, we provide technology tools, training and resources that can help create opportunities and transform communities. Congratulations on being part of our global community,” said Badshah.

According to Interim Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer Michael James, the donation from Microsoft will be used to continue the university’s mission of offering innovative technology and resources to its students, administrators, faculty and staff.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

New book chronicles early years of FAMU’s School of Business and Industry

FAMU School of Business and Industry Associate Professor Annette Singleton Jackson and retired Provost and Professor Emeritus Leedell W. Neyland recently released the book, “The Florida A&M University School of Business and Industry: SBI, The Sybil Collins Mobley Years.”

According to the authors, the book is a labor of love and is more than 20 years in the making. Neyland, who originally selected Sybil C. Mobley as chair for FAMU’s then-Department of Business, began research for the book in the 1990s. Details featured in the book are inspired by Neyland’s interviews with former SBI Dean Sybil Mobley’s previous students, colleagues and corporate partners. In 2009, Jackson officially began penning the book.

According to Jackson, the book illustrates how Mobley’s vision for African-American students in business education was achieved.

“Dean Mobley’s vision was for her students to be ‘the force,’” Jackson said. “She wanted to have graduates in every position, at every company. If you needed something, you could find an SBIan for the job.”

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

FAMU mourns the loss of distinguished researcher Rose Glee

The FAMU community is mourning the loss of Rose Glee, Ph.D. Glee passed away on Friday, Jan.

A distinguished member of the research community, Glee served as the interim director of the FAMU Office of Technology Transfer, Licensing and Commercialization, which is housed in the Division of Research.

“We are absolutely devastated with sadness over the loss of our friend and colleague,” said Ken Redda, interim vice president of the FAMU Division of Research. “Rose was one of the most innovative and productive members within our division and she is already sorely missed.”

Glee’s funeral will be held on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 11 a.m. in Madison, Fla. at the Van H. Priest Auditorium on North Florida Community College’s campus. The interment will be held at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Madison. A viewing will precede the funeral service on Jan. 31 from 5-7 p.m. at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Perry, Fla. Floral arrangements may be made through Perry Plaza Florist or Zeigler's Florist and Gifts in Perry.

Sunday, December 01, 2013

FAMU receives APLU Innovation and Alumni Awards

FAMU has been recognized with the Innovation Award and the Exemplary Alumni Award during the inaugural 1890 Land-Grant Universities Teaching, Research and Innovation Awards (1890 Awards) from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU). A total of 15 institutions were honored during a ceremony at the 126th APLU Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.

Sponsored by the Kresge Foundation, the 1890 Awards recognize advances in teaching, research and innovation on 1890 university campuses and encourage advancement and development in these areas of national importance.

The Innovation Award is presented to the university that has the largest increase in successfully transferring intellectual property into new products, processes, applications, materials or services that have been successfully taken to market from 2011-2012 through 2012-2013. FAMU was recognized for a 67 percent increase in its Intellectual Property Transfer between 2012 and 2013.  

Thursday, October 24, 2013

FAMU appoints Weatherford interim associate vice-president for research

FAMU has appointed Charles A. Weatherford, Ph.D., as the interim associate vice president for research. Weatherford formerly served as chair of the Department of Physics in the College of Science and Technology. His new role began October 11, 2013.

Weatherford has been a faculty member in the FAMU Physics Department since 1978. He has served as chairman of the department for 18 of the last 23 years. Weatherford spent his summers working at IBM Almaden, NASA Ames, the Department of Energy Laboratories at Argonne and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories. During this time, he helped start both a master’s (1998) and a doctoral (2001) degree program in physics.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Grape Harvest Festival celebrates FAMU’s role as a viticulture research leader

Congressman Steve Southerland, R-Panama City, participates in the annual grape stomping contest
FAMU’s 13th Annual Grape Harvest Festival celebrated one of the university’s major research institutes with a day filled with amusement and interactive educational displays.

The event showcased the work of the Center for Viticulture and Small Fruit Research in the FAMU College of Agriculture and Food Sciences. FAMU officials hosted wine tastings with selections brewed from FAMU harvests, a 5K Vineyard Run/Walk that invited participants to get up-close-and-personal with the grape fields, and a petting zoo with FAMU farm animals.

One of the highlights of the festival was a grape stomping contest that introduced guests to a critical part of the wine-making process. Congressman Steve Southerland, R-Panama City, was among the local officials who kicked off his shoes smash the FAMU-grown grapes between his toes.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

FAMU receives $13.7M grant from Research Center in Minority Institutions

FAMU Pharmacy Professor Karam Soliman, principal investigator and a multi-million dollar grant-raiser
FAMU has been awarded $13.7 million in grants for five-years of support through the Research Center in Minority Institutions (RCMI) Program from the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD).

“The RCMI program at FAMU is designed to strengthen and expand biomedical research and research infrastructure in a major way,” said Ken Redda, professor of medicinal chemistry and interim vice president for research. “Kudos is to Dr. Karam Soliman, Dr. Carl Goodman and their terrific team in generating this significant research funding from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. It is a bright day at FAMU.”

The RCMI grant award for the period of 2013-2018 will support drug discovery and research aimed at better understanding the makeup and risks associated with various degenerative diseases and their treatment.  The grant also will support projects in drug discovery, molecular genetics and   biotechnology research. In the area of drug discovery, the grant will aid in developing new drugs that can be used for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s; stroke; cancer (breast, prostate and lung); and emerging infectious diseases to uncover targets for therapy and translational research.

Monday, August 19, 2013

CAFS receives NOAA grant for training program to benefit DRS science teachers

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded the FAMU College of
Agriculture and Food Sciences (CAFS) $72,724 to launch a Coastal Stewardship Program that will benefit teachers at the university’s K-12 school.

CAFS will use the two-year grant to train science teachers at the FAMU Developmental Research School on hydrological and weather cycles. Kimberly Davis, a FAMU environmental education associate, says the program will emphasize the importance of natural resources.

“The purpose of the program is to raise the public’s awareness and appreciation for the Gulf of Mexico and its resources,” said Davis. “The information that the teachers learned can be passed on to their students so they can understand the ecological and economic importance of the Gulf and how they upstream activities have an impact downstream.”

NOAA is an agency that specializes in scientific and environmental sustainability. The agency’s funding will help the hands-on program increase student understanding of the hydrological cycle through various field trips, projects and lectures.

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.”

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.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

FAMU receives $40K CGS/TIAA-CREF grant

The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) has awarded FAMU a $40,000 grant by to participate as a
research partner in the initiative “Enhancing Student Financial Education.” Fifteen grants were awarded as part of the CGS best practice program, co-sponsored by TIAA-CREF.

The FAMU SFE Program will train and mentor graduate students across a variety of disciplines to conduct research in the areas of financial literacy, debt management, paying for college, and financial decision-making within minority and low-income communities.

During the two-year program, a graduate student from each of the Business Administration, Counseling Education, and Community Psychology programs will work with faculty members to assist staff from the FAMU Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to deliver the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s (FDIC) financial education program in the SFE seminars and workshops.  These three graduate fellows will work with their faculty mentors to conduct the research and disseminate their findings via conference presentations, proceedings, and manuscripts that will be submitted for publication.

Monday, July 08, 2013

Redda, a $35.5M grant-raiser, honored by HBCU Awards

FAMU professor of medicinal chemistry and Acting Vice President for Research Kinfe Ken Redda has been named the Male Faculty Member of the Year by the 2013 HBCU Awards. During his 28-year tenure, Redda has secured three patents through intensive research on HIV and Anti-Cancer agents, and generated more than $35.5 million from research and training grant awards at the university.

"Dr. Redda's work with HIV/AIDS research and his development of patents has positioned him as a national expert in his industry, and affirms FAMU as a repository of national academic and research-based expertise,” said HBCU Digest Founder Jarrett Carter, Sr. “We are honored that Dr. Redda has made his life's work of scholarship and research at FAMU, one of the nation's great institutions of higher learning - historically black and otherwise. He is exactly what this award best represents."

Redda currently serves as an activity leader in the Drug Discovery Core Facility (DDCF), a component of the Research Center in Minority Institutions (RCMI) Program at FAMU.  Previously, he served as associate vice president for research (2004-2005). Redda was appointed to serve as the Director of the NIH-funded Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) Program in 1988 where he excelled in expanding and strengthening biomedical research on campus and generated millions of dollars for FAMU from NIH during his tenure as the MBRS Director for 17 years. 

Monday, April 29, 2013

Robinson: Florida reaping the medical and financial benefits of FAMU’s research mission

FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson at the ribbon-cutting of the Crestview Education Center in Crestview, Fla.
In Saturday’s Tampa Bay Times, FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson provided an overview of how the Sunshine State benefits from the millions of dollars of research that the university conducts on an annual basis. FAMU’s research programs are helping to protect American troops, expand the state’s economy, and aid the fight against chronic diseases.

From the op-ed “FAMU marches toward innovation, improvement”:

Somewhere along the way many have forgotten the meaning and value of Florida A&M University — but certainly not all. This disconnect appears to have occurred long before the recent hazing incidents and the operational issues that have propelled FAMU into the media spotlight.

We are proud that FAMU is noted for our spirited and engaged students and the rhythmic sounds of our music ensembles, but these are but a few attributes that characterize this institution.

While our band marched boldly in the public eye with dazzling performances for many years, in the past few years our faculty and students have secured 21 patents from pharmaceutical research that will fight HIV/AIDS, cancer, Parkinson's disease, opportunistic infections, depression, schizophrenia and skin disorders.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Onokpise named FAMU’s “Distinguished Researcher of the Year”

Interim Provost Rodner Wright, Professor Oghenekome U. Onokpise, and Interim President Larry Robinson
FAMU Professor Oghenekome U. Onokpise received the top honor during FAMU’s annual faculty research awards luncheon.

Interim President Larry Robinson and Interim Provost Rodner Wright presented Onokpsie with the Distinguished Researcher of the Year Award and $5,000. Onokpsie is a professor of agronomy, forestry, and natural resources who also serves as the associate dean of the College of Agriculture and Food Sciences. He is co-inventor along with James Muchovej for the U.S. Patent #8,278,248, Mycoherbicide for Controlling Cogongrass, issued fall 2012 semester.

Onokpsie’s other recent accomplishments include publishing a book entitled Rubber Seed: An African Scientist in the Amazon Basin and receiving the Stephen Spurr Award from the Florida Division of the Society of American Foresters.

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

U.S. Department of Defense recommends FAMU for $1.9 million grant

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has recommended FAMU for grant funding totaling more

The recommended grant awards will support the following research projects of faculty at the FAMU-Florida State University (FAMU-FSU) College of Engineering:
than $1.9 million to support research at the university for the next three years.  The U.S. DOD Research and Education Program for Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority-Serving Institutions (HBCU/MI) provides support through the DOD’s U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command Army Research Office.
  • High Temperature Supersonic Jet Noise-Fundamental Studies and Control using Advanced Actuation Methods (Farrukh Alvi);
  • A Novel Approach to Adaptive Flow Separation Control (Emmanuel Collins);
  • Towards Ultra-light Weight Hybrids, Foams and Green Bodies: Structure-Property Relationships in Novel Polymer Grafted Nanoparticles (Subramanian Ramakrishnan); and
  • Simulation of Fluid-Structure Interaction for High-Reynolds-Number Compressible Flow (Kunihiko Taira).                

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

FAMU pharmacy professor receives patent to kill “superbug”

Seth Y. Ablordeppey, a professor of medicinal chemistry in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (COPPS), has received a patent to kill a “superbug” that has made headlines.

The Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a staph infection that is commonly called a “superbug” because it is resistant to common antibiotics. Ablordeppey is developing drug compounds to combat it using plants he found in Ghana, West Africa.  His tests have revealed antibacterial activity in the plants that heals wounds.  He is looking at their extracts to see if one will kill MRSA.

If the process is successful, it could lead an inexpensive superbug treatment.

“We wanted some simple compounds that we can synthesize in a very short period of time and we are looking towards getting compounds which are not that expensive so that people can afford them,” Ablordeppey said.