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

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.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

FAMU professors help conduct lead research for Leon and Wakulla schools

In the wake of the Flint, Michigan water crisis, Donald Axelrad, a professor in the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) Institute of Public Health was among six  professors in Tallahassee conducting water sampling at 24 Leon County and Wakulla County schools.

The group determined more than a dozen of the schools had lead levels that exceeded federal standards in their water pipes. The Environmental Protection Agency lists lead levels in water of 15 parts per billion (ppb) as the safety cutoff. Lead levels ranging from 1 ppb to 25 ppb were found in the schools’ water fountains and sinks.

The findings were made public at an October Leon County School Board meeting. Axelrad said although lead levels were elevated, they are nowhere near the lead content in Flint’s water.

Monday, November 14, 2016

FAMU receives $400,000 from Northrop Grumman, NSBE for STEM Students

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) recently signed an agreement to disburse nearly $400,000 in funding from Northrop Grumman to 24 deserving students over the next three years. Northrop Grumman Corporation, a global defense and security company with more than 60,000 employees, provided the funding based on their commitment to offering opportunities to students attending historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

NSBE has more than 30,000 members around the world and is one of the largest student-governed organizations based in the United States dedicated to the academic and professional success of African-American engineering students and professionals.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Environmental science professor receives award for scientific innovations

The Tallahassee Scientific Society has named Henry Neal Williams, a professor at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University’s (FAMU) School of the Environment as the recipient of its highest honor, the Gold Medal Award.

The Gold Medal Award, established in 2004, is annually granted to a scientist or scholar of outstanding merit from the Tallahassee community. The Society selects its Gold Medal Award recipient based on scientific or mathematic achievements, outstanding contributions to science education and public service.

Williams has made history by becoming the very first researcher from Florida A&M University to receive the accolade.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

FAMU leads $15.4M consortium on Coastal and Marine Ecosystems

Earlier this week, Florida A&M University (FAMU) announced the receipt of a $15.4 million award over five years from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Educational Partnership Program (EPP) to establish the Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems (CCME).  The new award will allow the FAMU-led partnership to make profound national impacts on coastal and marine ecosystems education, science, and policy. The full suite of academic partners include: 
  • Bethune-Cookman University
  • California State University – Monterey Bay
  • Jackson State University
  • Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi
  • University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley
The award was made after a national competition with rigorous criteria established by the NOAA EPP.

Friday, September 02, 2016

FAMU students attend prestigious UCLA summer research programs

Students from the College of Science and Technology are back in Tallahassee after spending two months representing Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

From June 19-Aug. 13, 2016, Amber Courtland, Edesthele Decius, and Curtis Crowther attended the UCLA Medical Imaging Informatics (MII) summer research program, while Deja Goodsen, Ugoma C. Onubogu, Rebecca Oyetoro, and Robert Seniors attended the Bruins-in-Genomics summer research program.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

FAMU Pharmacy program receives top recognition for Innovative Medical Research

Faculty in the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (COPPS) are making a national impact in medical research. The prestigious Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research has listed the college as the No. 12 pharmacy program in the nation for generating the most research funding, and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) lists the college as the largest recipient of National Institutes of Health (NIH) research grants among all Florida pharmacy programs, as well as among those at the University of Georgia, Auburn and Samford.

These accomplishments have helped to contribute to the University’s recent elevation by the Carnegie Classification of Institutes of Higher Education System to an R-2 or “high research activity” institution. This new classification ranks FAMU on the same research level, with only half the faculty, as institutions such as Auburn University and Old Dominion University.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Green-Powell appointed interim vice-president for FAMU’s Brooksville research campus

Former interim dean of the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) College of Education Patricia Green-Powell has been tapped to lead the Brooksville Agricultural Environmental Research Station (BAERS) located in Brooksville, Fla.

Equipped with years of higher education leadership and administrative experience, Green-Powell will serve as the interim vice president of the research and training campus, which reflects the largest transfer of land to a land-grant, HBCU in U.S. Department of Agriculture history.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Physics professor making strides in mentoring and research

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) physics professor, Bidhan C. Saha, Ph.D., continues to raise the bar as both a researcher and educator.

In addition to being nominated to serve as vice chair of the South Eastern Section of the American Physical Society, Saha was recently awarded FAMU’s first Faculty Excellence Award in Graduate Mentoring for his work with Ph.D. student Edwin E. Quashie.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

FAMU climbs to R2, second highest research category in Carnegie Classifications

Decades of hard work to expand doctoral programs at Florida A&M University are continuing to pay off for the school. FAMU has now reached “R2: Doctoral Universities – Higher research activity” in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. That is the second highest research category.

FAMU was previously categorized at what is currently “R3: Doctoral Universities – Limited research activity.” The highest research category is “R1: Doctoral Universities – Highest research activity.”

Monday, November 02, 2015

FAMU study looks to empower citizens in addressing food deserts

By Ivette Lopez, Ph.D. in Partnership with Sustainable Tallahassee

If you happen to stop by the corner of Macomb and Georgia streets on a Saturday, you will see a bustling gathering of community entrepreneurs trading everything from fresh greens to organic homemade soaps and candles. Farmers’ markets, like the one in Tallahassee’s historic Frenchtown, connect people with fresh, locally grown food and each other.

In “food deserts,” like parts of Tallahassee, where places to purchase nutritious produce are scant and nearby food stores instead emphasize packaged or fast foods, a farmers’ market would seem to present the perfect solution to improve nutrition for local residents while also supporting small to medium-sized local farmers.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

USDA completes transfer of 3,800 acres in Brooksville to FAMU

By Kim Kaplan
USDA Public Affairs Specialist

On Oct. 20, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) marked the transfer of more than 3,800 acres of land and facilities of the former Subtropical Agricultural and Research Station to Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU).

The ceremony celebrated one of the largest single land transfers ever to one of the 19 historically black land-grant universities established under the Second Morrill Act of 1890.

Monday, October 05, 2015

CAFS research team publishes patent on protecting grapes from pathogen attacks

FAMU Professor of Plant Biotechnology Mehboob B. Sheikh
By Cynthia M. Lamb Portalatin
College of Agriculture and Food Sciences

FAMU inventors Mehboob B. Sheikh, Devaiah Kambiranda, and Hemanth KN Vasanthaiah recently published their patent on genes from muscadines and Florida hybrid grapes. This invention relates to protection against, and resistance to, pathogen attacks in grapes. Their patent number, 9,051,381, was issued June 9, 2015.

Sheikh is a professor of plant biotechnology at the FAMU College of Agriculture and Food Sciences’ (CAFS) Center for Viticulture and Small Fruit Research. Kambiranda and Vasanthaiah are research associates.

The field-grown muscadine and Florida hybrid bunch grape cultivars maintained at the Center’s vineyard were used for field and bioassay studies.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

FAMU ranked top HBCU in Research and Development expenditures by NSF

A recently released report by the National Science Foundation (NSF) revealed that Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) topped all historically Black college or university (HBCU) in total amount of research and development (R&D) expenditures in 2013, the most recent year for which the data is available.

FAMU accounted for $51.1 million in R&D expenditures, while the top 20 HBCUs combine had $455.1 million.

“I am exceptionally proud of Florida A&M University and our top ranking,” said Vice President for Research Timothy Moore. “However, there is a lot more work ahead. FAMU is committed to securing our place as a leading research enterprise among all universities and colleges.”

Friday, August 14, 2015

FSU-FAMU partnership nets $2.1M to study plant genome

A long-standing partnership between Florida State University (FSU) and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) researchers has led to a $2.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Plant Genome Research Program that will allow them to better understand one of the country’s most important crops — corn.

FSU Associate Professor of Biological Science Hank Bass and FAMU Professor of Agronomy Oghenekome Onokpise, who have collaborated since the late 1990s, are working together along with a team of other investigators to map key functional regions of the genome of maize, more commonly referred to as corn.

“We essentially are setting out to develop a genomic chromatic structure of five tissues as a community service for the plant genetic research community,” said Bass, who is the lead investigator on the project.

Monday, July 20, 2015

2014: Robinson, Vilsack sign historic deal to transfer 3,800 acres of federal land to FAMU

Back in 2014, FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack signed a historic agreement to transfer 3,800 acres of federal land to FAMU.

Robinson and Vilsack made the deal official with a Memorandum of Understanding on March 1, 2014. FAMU is set to receive the property from the U.S. Department of Agriculture by September 30, 2015.

The land is located in Brooksville, Fla. and was formerly used as a research station that focused on beef cattle. That research station closed in 2012.

According to a FAMU press release from last week, “this transfer will be one of the single largest to a historically Black college or university in history.”

Monday, June 08, 2015

FAMU and Siaya County sign MOU to promote collaboration and research exchange

FAMU Provost Marcella David and Siaya County, Kenya Governor Cornell Rasanga Amoth recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU). The MOU will open the door to enhancing educational and research opportunities between FAMU and Siaya County as well as provide a roadmap for further expansion by FAMU in Kenya and East Africa. 

The MOU will enhance access to quality education for the people of Siaya County. It will also provide for joint educational and research activities, exchange of students and scholars, and increased funding opportunities for the College of Agriculture and Food Sciences (CAFS) from agencies such as USAID, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and other global organizations.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

FAMU Biomedical Science Bridges Program producing award-winning results

As the spring semester nears to a close at FAMU, the Bridges to the Baccalaureate in the Biomedical Sciences Program is preparing to open its doors to 20 students from Tallahassee Community College (TCC) who are poised to become the next generation of leaders in biomedical sciences.

In its second year, the Bridges program is housed in the FAMU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (COPPS). It is a 10-week summer research experience partnership between FAMU and TCC that provides students with the academic skills, research training, and support network necessary for successful careers in fields related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), namely the biomedical sciences.

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.