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

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.”

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.
24.

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.