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

Monday, November 13, 2017

FAMU receives more than $1M in grant funding for Research, Entrepreneurship and Commercialization Hub

As the nation prepares to celebrate small businesses in November, Florida A&M University (FAMU) is building a one-of-a-kind innovation ecosystem that is designed to inspire and extend a culture of entrepreneurship across the region, state and ultimately the nation.

FAMU recently received more than $1 million in federal funding to strengthen entrepreneurship and technology commercialization on campus and in the community and will use the funds to form the Research, Entrepreneurship and Commercialization Hub also known as REACH.

The goal of the REACH program is to advance community development and create networks of facilities and support services that provide a sustainable commercialization pathway for entrepreneurs and innovators.

A strategic focus of the program will be stimulating entrepreneurship in underserved rural and urban communities in the region, including development and engagement programs within Tallahassee’s Southside, building upon the success of the recently launched I/O Avenue Code Academy in partnership with the Office of the Mayor and Domi Station.

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Cannabis research laws will help FAMU on its path to R1

Back in 2015, Florida A&M University reached “R2: Doctoral Universities – Higher research activity” in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Two cannabis research laws that originated in the Florida Senate during the 2017 session will help FAMU on its path to “R1: Doctoral Universities – Highest research activity.”

The explanation for “Level of Research Activity” on the Carnegie webpage states: “Doctoral universities were assigned to one of three categories based on a measure of research activity. The research activity scale includes the following correlates of research activity: research & development (R&D) expenditures in science and engineering; R&D expenditures in non-S&E fields; S&E research staff (postdoctoral appointees and other non-faculty research staff with doctorates); doctoral conferrals in humanities fields, in social science fields, in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields, and in other fields (e.g., business, education, public policy, social work).”

An amendment to SB 8-A “Medical Use of Marijuana,” now Chapter No. 2017-232, by state Sen. Darryl Rouson is expected to bring millions of new research dollars to FAMU. The law 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.”

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Hemp has potential to replace oranges as Florida’s most profitable crop

Industrial hemp at University of Kentucky’s C. Oran Little Research Farm
Many state government officials and leaders in the food industry plan to pay close attention to the research Florida A&M University will conduct on industrial hemp. The Florida citrus industry is in crisis and there’s hope that hemp could help state agriculture rebound.

A new law on “Industrial Hemp Pilot Projects” authorizes Florida A&M University and the University of Florida “to cultivate, process, test, research, create, and market safe and effective commercial applications for industrial hemp in the agricultural sector in this state.”

The increased interest in industrial hemp comes at a time when “citrus greening” and Hurricane Irma have severely harmed the Florida agricultural industry.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

More than 12,226 medical marijuana cards issued in Fla. with $10 from each going to FAMU

Back on June 23, Gov. Rick Scott signed SB 8-A “Medical Use of Marijuana” into law. The law 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.”

An August 23 report by the Miami Herald stated that “as of Aug. 6, the state had awarded 12,226 [cards].” That number is just the beginning. The Herald report also said that “since June 7, the number of patients certified over the entire first three years of Florida’s fledgling cannabis program has nearly doubled from 16,760 to more than 31,000.”

$10 from each medical marijuana card fee goes to Florida A&M University.

Monday, September 25, 2017

FAMU could find its signature royalty-producing commercial product through industrial hemp

Back in 2014, the U.S. Farm Bill permitted states to launch pilot projects that could include growing industrial hemp and selling hemp-based products.

A 2017 report by the Congressional Research Service explained that hemp comes “from the same species of plant, Cannabis sativa, as marijuana.” It added that “the global market for hemp consists of more than 25,000 products in nine submarkets: agriculture, textiles, recycling, automotive, furniture, food and beverages, paper, construction materials, and personal care.”

A new law on “Industrial Hemp Pilot Projects” authorizes Florida A&M University and the University of Florida “to cultivate, process, test, research, create, and market safe and effective commercial applications for industrial hemp in the agricultural sector in this state.”

This gives FAMU a head start to possibly find its signature royalty-producing commercial product through the industrial hemp market.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Reestablished Research Foundation will help FAMU engage cannabis market opportunities

Florida A&M University has reestablished its Research Foundation to help it prepare for opportunities in the cannabis market. 

“The Research Foundation is needed to assist the University in mitigating potential risk associated with emerging opportunities involving cannabis,” said an action item that Interim Provost Rodner Wright presented to the Academic and Student Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees (BOT) on September 5. “The foundation will allow FAMU to engage members of this market sector while managing risks to the University.”

Members of the full BOT approved the proposal during a meeting on September 15.

Monday, August 14, 2017

FAMU honors top researchers during appreciation luncheon and award ceremony

Five Florida A&M University (FAMU) faculty members were honored by their peers Friday, Aug. 11 during the University’s seventh Principal Investigator Appreciation & Researcher of the Year Awards Luncheon.

The luncheon recognizes outstanding faculty for achievements in research and scholarly activities, who have distinguished themselves among their peers both within and outside the campus community.

Honorees were selected after a rigorous nomination and peer review process overseen by a University-wide committee made up of diverse faculty. Each honoree received a plaque presented by Interim President Larry Robinson, Ph.D., Interim Provost Rodner Wright, AIA, and Vice President for Research Timothy Moore, Ph.D.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

NSF awards $2.5M for FAMU, Purdue partnership on food, energy, and water

FAMU Farm at Research and Extension Center in Quincy, Fla.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $2.5M to Purdue University for a partnership research and training program with Florida A&M University.

According to the project abstract: “This National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) award to Purdue University and Florida A&M University will form an interdisciplinary traineeship program that will train graduate students in the skills needed to produce sustainable supplies of food, energy and water (FEW) for a more heavily populated earth. The project anticipates training 48 PhD students, including 24 funded trainees, from agronomy, agricultural and biological engineering, electrical and computer engineering, chemical engineering, materials science and engineering, chemistry, and agricultural economics.”

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

NSF awards FAMU $4.9M grant for research in novel materials, devices and additive manufacturing

Professors at Florida A&M University (FAMU) and the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering have garnered a prestigious Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) grant from the National Science Foundation. Funds will support the Center for Complex Materials Design for Multidimensional Additive Processing (also known as the CoManD Center).

The $4.9 million grant will be distributed over a five-year period and will assist researchers at the University in promoting advancements in manufacturing at the micrometer scale. These developments will be important to a number of applications such as in vitro 3D tumor models for biological applications, electromagnetic radiation shielding materials for aerospace applications (i.e. for use at NASA), and nanostructured photovoltaic devices for energy applications.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Pharmacy professor receives FAMU Researcher of the Year Award

Eunsook Lee, Ph.D., a professor in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, received the Florida A&M University Researcher of the Year Award in April.

Lee, who joined the college in July 2016 as a professor of pharmacology and toxicology, specializes in neuropharmacology and neurotoxicology. Her research focuses on understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in the regulation of astrocytic glutamate transporters (GLAST and GLT-1) associated with neurodegeneration and neuroprotection.

In addition, Lee’s lab is also investigating neuroprotective agents via enhancing astrocytic glutamate transporters, using epigenetic modulators such as valproic acid, estrogens and selective estrogen receptor modulators such as tamoxifen and raloxifen.

These research activities are supported by research grants awarded by the National Institutes of Health. 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Crestview pharmacy graduating class posts strong publishing record

FAMU Professors Lillian Smith and Juan Mosley, II, both faculty at the Durrell Peaden Education Center of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, recently announced that 17 of 21 students (81%), in the center’s Class of 2016 either published manuscripts or had manuscripts accepted for publication prior to graduation.

Crestview students published in the following journals: Florida Pharmacy Today; US Pharmacist; P&T; Journal of Generic Medicines; Journal of Hematology Oncology Pharmacy; and Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

The Class of 2016 at Crestview had a total of 10 published articles. To date Smith and Mosley, along with their Crestview students from various classes, have produced a combined total of 18 publications in five years.

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.

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

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

FAMU designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education

The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security have designated Florida A&M University (FAMU) as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education through 2022.

The designation was awarded in March after the University met rigorous requirements and successfully demonstrated its ability to serve the country’s need to defend cyberspace by preparing a skilled workforce via its academic offerings.

“Your ability to meet the increasing demands of the program criteria will serve the nation well in contributing to the protection of the National Information Infrastructure,” wrote Karen Leuschner, the national CAE program manager at NSA, in a letter acknowledging the University’s capacity to address the critical shortage of professionals with cyberdefense and other industry-related skills.

Monday, March 06, 2017

Ablordeppey continues $1.4M in NIH-funded research on antipsychotic drugs

Seth Y. Ablordeppey, a professor of Medicinal Chemistry and the Director of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Division of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), continuing a $1,411,289 research project funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

NIH awarded Ablordeppey four years of funding for a project entitled “A New Approach for the Development of Novel Antipsychotic Drugs.” The organization released $337,755 to him in the fiscal year ending (FYE) 2016 and $300,180 for FYE 2017.

The project focuses on developing better drugs to treat schizophrenia.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

FAMU receives $958,673 HBCU-RISE award

L-R: Professors Carl Moore, Hui Wang, and Tarek Dickens
FAMU-FSU College of Engineering professors, Tarik Dickens and Hui Wang, with the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, and Carl Moore, with the Department of Mechanical Engineering, have been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Historically Black Colleges and Universities Research Infrastructure for Science and Engineering (HBCU-RISE) award to develop research in advanced manufacturing utilizing biomimetic robotics.

HBCU-RISE activity within the major Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) program supports the development of research capabilities at HBCUs that offer doctoral degrees in science and engineering. This competitive national grant, worth over $958,673 is the first one awarded to FAMU, and one of only two ever awarded in the entire state of Florida.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Robinson has brought $40M+ in research grants to FAMU since being hired by Humphries

Larry Robinson is a powerhouse when it comes to securing federal research dollars by the millions. He has brought more than $40M in research grants to Florida A&M University since he joined the faculty 20 years ago.

Back in 1997, then-FAMU President Frederick S. Humphries lured Robinson away from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he was a research scientist and group leader. Humphries appointed him serve as director of the Environmental Sciences Institute and asked to lead the process of starting B.S. and Ph.D. programs in that field.

Robinson and his team had the B.S. program up-and-running in 1998. They got the Ph.D. program off the ground in 1999.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Lockheed Martin to provide FAMU with up to $5M in funding to support NASA explorations

On November 16, 2016, Florida A&M University signed a historic partnership to provide support through its STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) programs to Lockheed Martin and NASA for upcoming space exploration activities.

During the five-year collaboration, Lockheed Martin will provide up to $5 million in funding to FAMU through a series of task orders commissioning work related to Mars space exploration. The contract signing ceremony was held at the historic Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building at the NASA John F. Kennedy Space Center, the assembly and test area for the Orion spacecraft.