Happy Cyber Monday!
Hope the rivalry games went your way over the long holiday weekend. If not, there is always next year…
By the way, while you were enjoying the last of those turkey leftovers, the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season officially ended on Saturday (Phew!) as the quietest since 1982 and the sixth least active since 1950, according to the US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.
Snow in Florida ?!?
No, not really. But there will be plenty of the fluffy white stuff falling at www.FLHESpectator.com throughout the month of December. Enjoy!
State University System
Florida not producing enough science grads, study confirms
Florida’s public universities are producing a little more than half as many engineers, mathematicians, scientists and technicians than they need to in order to meet the demand of job growth in the next decade, according to a study presented to the Florida Board of Governors…
Why Is Type E Botulism Killing Great Lakes Waterfowl?
To understand die-off origin and distribution, ocean engineers from the Florida Atlantic University Institute for Ocean Systems Engineering in Dania Beach, Florida are using their expertise in experimental hydrodynamics. They have teamed with the U.S. Geological Survey to help develop a novel way of tracking waterfowl carcasses to determine the source of lethal outbreaks that infect fish eaten by waterbirds…
Sharks ready to head to South Florida
Up to 15,000 have been counted on a single day off Palm Beach County by scientists from Florida Atlantic University, and these just represent the ones visible …
Florida State Tops AP Football Poll as Alabama Drops to Fourth
Florida State Tops AP Football Poll as Alabama Drops to Fourth.
Engineers Awarded More Than $1 Million for Materials Research
Lab Manager Laboratory News
Florida State University researchers have been awarded more than $1.4 million from the National Science Foundation to develop a system that will produce …
Glut of law grads may go unemployed
A spokeswoman for Florida State University’s College of Law says it received roughly $3 million in “state allocation” in 2012-13. In the same year, the University …
Lobbyists, Lawmakers Say FSU Football Won’t Affect State Funding
But when a Florida State University lobbyist earlier this fall suggested to the school’s trustees that a successful football team could mean more money from state …
Doctors in the house? UCF has full class of future ones
Orlando Business Journal (blog)
The University of Central Florida College of Medicine will welcome its first full class of 120 incoming students this fall…
UCF promotes Black and Gold Friday
Orlando Sentinel (blog)
The University of Central Florida’s College of Business has teamed up with UCF Athletics and the alumni association to promote UCFBlackandGold.com.
158 ejected from UF-FSU game
Police arrested or ejected a season high of 162 people from Saturday’s University of Florida football game against Florida State University, according to the UF …
Local businesses suffering just like Gator fans
… Giant Subs at 1620 W. University Ave., the only two customers about an hour before kickoff were wearing the garnet and gold of Florida State University.
UF campaign building buzz about top 10 drive
UF‘s plan for national distinction was outlined by President Bernie Machen and approved by the Florida Board of Governors last week in Miami.
New UF course explores food shortage of the future
Gainesville Sun (blog)
A new class offered at the University of Florida for the first time this fall is already a hit with students. “Humanity’s 2050 Challenge: Our Uncertain Future” looks at …
UNF buys Jacksonville warehouse to make way for art students on campus
The University of North Florida is making way for more creativity on campus. UNF on Monday closed on the acquisition of a 70,000-square-foot warehouse at 11820 Central Parkway, just north of campus. UNF paid $2.68 million for the warehouse, which was owned by Fore River Company, a real estate investment company in Portland, Maine…
UNF wins engaged campus award
Sunshine State News
The University of North Florida won the 2013 Engaged Campus of the Year award from Florida Campus Compact…
Going Green: 2040 Talks At UNF Promote Solar Energy Investing
The North Florida chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council is hosting its 2040 Talks Thursday, Dec. 5, at the University of North Florida’s University Center.
Electronic license plate readers help solve crimes in Florida
Sunshine State News
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office recently got a tip a stolen vehicle had been seen near theUniversity of South Florida. Investigators sent deputies to the …
USF offers amnesty for drug, alcohol emergencies
TAMPA — Under a new school policy, the University of South Florida will forego disciplinary action and academic sanctions against students who summon help in the case of an alcohol or drug emergency. The policy is intended to ensure that students know they have amnesty in case they’re reluctant to report a serious or life-threatening situation because they may be drunk, high or holding drugs themselves. USF joins a number of institutions including the University of Tampa, Eckerd College, the University of Central Florida and the University of Florida in offering the protection…
USF research may lead to PTSD treatment
TAMPA — Research into the growth of neurons in the brains of mice at the University of South Florida has led to an unexpected finding: Psilocybin, the psychedelic ingredient of certain mushrooms, might one day help treat post-traumatic stress disorder…
State College System
Report from the Road: Community Colleges Leveraging Partnerships for Economic Growth
The White House (blog)
…There, Broward College is leading a consortium of a dozen colleges − from Newark, N.J., to Long Beach, Calif. − that was awarded $24.5 million to focus on another essential component to effective business operations in just about any industry: supply chain management…
Edison State College eliminates untaught courses
Banking, real estate, public relations and geography just weren’t popular subjects at Edison State College. Neither was ecologic sampling, American Indian …
Edison State College to add degree in communications
Edison State College will start developing a baccalaureate degree that aims to tackle a growing deficiency in students’ written and verbal skills.
FSCJ ready to offer logistics degree
Sunshine State News
Florida State College at Jacksonville has received the OK needed to begin offering a bachelor’s degree in logistics to students starting Fall 2014…
SCF awards $5.1M contract for new academic building
The State College of Florida is moving forward with the construction of a new academic building to replace the social science building, also known as Building 9, on the Bradenton campus. The board of trustees voted unanimously last week to adopt a $5.16 million contract with Gates Butz Institutional Construction of Bonita Springs, a full service construction management, general contracting and design build firm.
Independent Colleges and Universities
Embry-Riddle Joins Forces With Polk State
WINTER HAVEN | Students will be offered more options in seeking aeronautic degrees with an agreement between Polk State College and Embry-Riddle …
Flagler students bring joy to elderly
St. Augustine Record
This is where Flagler College’s Home Team stepped in — to give patients like …
Food Stands on FSC Campus Reopen After Improvements
LAKELAND | Florida Southern College students can resume chowing down on hamburgers, hot dogs and fish sandwiches at two food stands that were shut …
JU Public Policy Institute
Jacksonville Daily Record
Less than two years later, Jacksonville University’s Public Policy Institute is on a roll: 14 students are enrolled in fall classes and, this month, the institute hosted a …
Opposition could stall Nova hospital project
The waiting time could be long for a new teaching and research hospital in South Florida. A proposal by Hospital Corporation of America, or HCA, to build a $120 million hospital on the campus of Nova Southeastern University in Davie is being met with strong opposition and doubts by others in the health care industry. The operators of all non-HCA hospitals in Broward County have sent letters to the state’s Agency for Health Care Administration detailing why they think the market can’t support a new hospital. Similar opposition derailed a proposed Tenet hospital in Jupiter that would have been affiliated with biotech researcher Scripps Florida.
Medical students visit residents at Dania nursing facility
Laughter and music recently filled the hallways of Cross Pointe Care Center in Dania Beach as students from Nova Southeastern University‘s College of Osteopathic Medicine took a break from class to visit with residents…
UM students design award-winning homes to withstand a rising sea
To discover some solutions to the impending seawater rise in South Florida, aspiring architects at the University of Miami went into the field to study “living …
For-Profit and Career Colleges
Miami lawmaker’s in-law gets tuition freebie
Dade Medical College built its fast-growing empire with a healthy dose of political influence — the college founder has poured at least $170,000 into campaign contributions, and close to a dozen local politicians either took jobs at the college or benefited financially in some way. The for-profit college’s political links, it turns out, also extend to elected officials’ families. At least two family members of powerful politicians have attended Dade Medical. One of them, the sister-in-law of state Rep. Carlos Trujillo, is receiving free tuition, a source close to the family told the Miami Herald. That means she’s saving tens of thousands of dollars that students typically have to pay…
Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State
Our Opinion: What a season!
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
Back in August, Florida State football fans already were nervously anticipating today’s date. A long season stretched ahead, and the Seminoles had lost a record 11 players to the National Football League draft. FSU had an untested quarterback and a lot of questions. But, the fans thought, if we can make it past Pittsburgh in the opener, and if we can get past Clemson and Miami, and if we don’t have any missteps along the way — well, that Nov. 30 game against the University of Florida, a team that finished last season with an 11-2 record, could be a doozy…
Editorial: Wild UT parties make bad neighbors
Some University of Tampa students host off-campus parties that stir memories of Animal House…
Poverty a growing problem in Florida
Last week, the U.S. Census released new Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) numbers for 2012. Data show that Florida’s poverty problem is much worse than official poverty rates would have us believe. Using 3-year averages for the years 2010-2012, the data shows Florida has the third-highest poverty rate among the 50 states, with 19.5 percent of Floridians living in poverty. That’s roughly 3.7 million indivduals. The national average is 16 percent… Alí R. Bustamante is a visiting professor and research associate at Florida International University’s Center for Labor Research and Studies & Research Institute.
Hoblick: Florida agriculture is a blessing for all of us
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
According to the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, agriculture and related enterprises support nearly two million jobs in our state…
5 students save suicidal stranger
It was just an ordinary day when Shevaughn Vernon got into her pickup truck after finishing a class at Broward College‘s downtown campus…
Colleges taking initiative to end culture of hazing
Asbury Park Press
“I was asked maybe 20 or 30 times this summer if my fraternity hazed,” says Frederick Donnell, 20, who founded the Sigma Chi chapter at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla. “Younger kids expect it, some even want it and that needs to change.”
Pelini’s resignation withdrawn, FAU fires him
BOCA RATON — Florida Atlantic has withdrawn Carl Pelini’s resignation as football coach and has fired him instead, saying they had cause to do so because he failed to report certain conduct of a member of his staff. The letter, dated Tuesday and sent to Pelini’s home address by FAU Interim President Dennis Crudele, does not cite drug use as a reason for the firing…
HIV progression ‘delayed’ with micronutrients and multivitamins
Medical News Today
Investigators from Florida International University in Miami, led by Marianna K. Baum, note that micronutrient deficiencies are known to influence immune function, are common before the development of symptoms of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), and are linked to increased HIV progression…
Seven art museums getting together
The Miami arts community is coming together not just for art week, but for a project that will outlive Art Basel’s 2013 weekend. Funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the directors of seven South Florida art museums have created the Miami Art Museums Alliance, or MAMA. The seven museums and their directors include the Bass Museum of Art with Silvia Karman Cubiñá, the Frost Art Museum of Florida International University with Dr. Carol Damian, the Lowe Art Museum of the University of Miami with Brian Dursum, the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami with Alex Gartenfeld, the Pérez Art Museum Miami with Thomas Collins, the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens with Joel Hoffman, and the Wolfsonian of Florida International University with Cathy Leff.
FSC Advisory Trustees Are Appointed
The board of trustees of Florida Southern College in Lakeland has appointed three new advisory trustees, the school has announced. Donald Kerrick of Jupiter, and Tom Petcoff and David Lyons, both of Lakeland, will serve in an advisory capacity on the board until June, when they will be elected at the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church…
DJ Crespo Encourages “Dance Without Drugs”
New Times Broward-Palm Beach (blog)
The Miami-via-Chicago DJ not only studied nursing at Florida State University, he’s also passionate about dance music…
Gut feel may be best predictor of marital bliss
Associate Professor of Psychology James K. McNulty from Florida State University and his colleagues studied 135 heterosexual couples who had been married …
Police release Jameis Winston timeline, prompting more questions
In the timeline, which does not mention any of the parties by name, TPD said it responded to a sexual-battery complaint referred by Florida State University …
HCC student, 19, pushes nutrition in school board bid
TAMPA – In many ways, 19-year-old Asher Edelson is a typical college freshman who plays video games, lives with his parents and attends classes on Hillsborough Community College’s Ybor City campus…
IRSC student Shannon O’Connor wins Emmy award
FORT PIERCE — Motivated by compassion for others and a love of laughter, 17-year-old Indian River State College student Shannon O’Connor served as creative director for a video, “Happiness is Always an Option” that received a Mid-Atlantic States Emmy Award for human interest. O’Connor was also interviewed on the Katie Couric Show and on the Public Broadcasting System…
Swisher CEO joins JU Board of Trustees
Florida Times-Union (blog)
Peter Ghiloni, the president and CEO of Swisher International, Inc., is now on the governing board of Jacksonville University.
Persistent algae blooms in St. Johns River prompts health warning
Jacksonville University biology professor Quinton White visited the school’s dock along the St. Johns River last week expecting to find a minimal sign of…
Helen Watson: Trailblazer rose to dean of women at Rollins College
Helen Watson was born nearly a decade before U.S. women gained the right to vote. She came of age during the Great Depression.
Life in the springs is a delicate balance
Jerry Johnston, a turtle expert and biology professor at Santa Fe College, was at the springs that morning with a small group of volunteers for his annual “turtle …
Where was the first Thanksgiving?
Michael Gannon of the University of Florida wrote about this first expedition in his church history, “The Cross in the Sand.” Colonial records described a feast day …
Next stop in Florida’s medical marijuana debate: the courthouse
… a clear choice to voters,” said the brief, written in part by former House Speaker Jon Mills, who is also a former law school dean at the University of Florida.
UF fires offensive coordinator Brent Pease
GAINESVILLE — Brent Pease met with University of Florida head coach Will Muschamp on Sunday morning and was told he will not return…
Colombian President To Speak At University Of Miami Monday
CORAL GABLES (CBSMiami) — The President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos Calderón is set to visit the University of Miami Monday.
The Case Against Big Data In Sports
University of Miami professor Robert Plant is starting to wonder if big data is ruining sports…
Former USF prez Betty Castor talks education, Common Core and a …
Sunshine State News
Last week, the Former University of South Florida President accepted her most current role, as vice-chair of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board…
Re-election Puts Focus on Rick Scott Congratulatory Letters
Sunshine State News
The use of letters highlighting positive accomplishments isn’t unusual by government agencies and elected officials, it’s just that Scott hadn’t always employed such a bulk of correspondence, said Susan MacManus, a political-science professor at the University of South Florida in Tampa. ”It’s not much different than a county sending out to everybody’s mailbox a summary of the budget of the year and what’s been done,” MacManus said. “It’s just the timing of it certainly raises the questions about whether it’s about the election or about the individual’s accomplishments.”
Tampa area college grads describe dream opportunity at White House
“It’s just been an honor to be on the complex and collaborate with some incredible folks,” said Meredith Monti, 23, a University of South Florida grad who grew up …
Tires slashed on Woolard’s vehicle
University of South Florida athletic director Doug Woolard was given a courtesy car for the 98-mile drive back to Tampa after his vehicle was vandalized during …
Anthropologist challenges assumptions of aging in the US
Back in the early 1970s when University of South Florida St. Petersburg professor Jay Sokolovsky began his career as an anthropologist, nobody bothered with elderly Americans. Anthropology was mostly a study of “international populations and often small tribal populations in Africa, the Amazon or in Arctic areas where they still have hunters and foragers,” Sokolovsky explained…
People on the move: Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013
Pensacola News Journal
Judy Bense, president of the University of West Florida, was recently recognized by Florida State University as a “Grad Made Good,” the highest award given to alumni by the Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa and the FSU Alumni Association…