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

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.

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.