Here’s what caught my eye today… 2/13/13

via The News Service of Florida

In the Senate: 

The Senate Education Budget Committee gets an update on the implementation of Common Core Standards, the new nationwide standard measurement system for schools, and on the Race to the Top grant program for schools. (Wednesday, 1 p.m., 412 Knott Building, The Capitol.)

In the House: 

The House Higher Education and Workforce Subcommittee takes up a measure (HB 209) renaming Lake-Sumter Community College to Lake-Sumter State College. The subcommittee also gets an update on the implementation of last year’s HB 7135, which required certain metrics, goals and plans for state universities and colleges. (Wednesday, 9 a.m., 102 House Office Building, The Capitol.)

The House K-12 Subcommittee considers a bill (HB 53) requiring school districts to come up with a schedule for district tests in subjects that the state does not have an assessment for, and to post that schedule on the district’s website. The panel is also scheduled to hold a workshop on high school graduation requirements. (Wednesday, 2 p.m., 17 House Office Building, The Capitol.)

State University System

The State University System Board of Governor’s Strategic Planning Committee meets 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Emerson Alumni Hall, University of Florida, 1938 University Ave., Gainesville. Among the issues to be discussed will be how to endure quality online programs. The agenda can be found here. Teleconference number is 1-888-670-3525, participant code 4122150353#.

Students receive hands-on lessons in sustainability
Florida Weekly
Tall thickets of bamboo rustle in a breeze along the fencline under a partly cloudy January sky. Floating bees and butterflies pollinate flowering perennials. Nearby, a group of students stake up a jujube tree, securing it in a mound of soil. This is the Florida Gulf Coast University Food Forest, a lush half-acre designed in the spirit of a rainforest ecosystem, with layer upon layer of plant and 

Women dance at New World Center and FIU campus against abuse
Miami Herald
…On Thursday, Sierra and hundreds of other women in Miami-Dade will take a symbolic stand at the New World Center and Florida International University campus to say enough is enough. They are doing so as part of a global campaign called One Billion Rising, which aims to get a billion people — the number of women the United Nations estimates will be raped or assaulted in their lifetime — to take action with flash mobs, protests and dances…

UCF, FIU Medical Schools Reach Full Accreditation
Sunshine State News
The University of Central Florida and Florida International University have received accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, the State University System of Florida announced Tuesday.

FSU film students: Nobody asked us about leaving West Palm Beach
Miami Herald
Students in Florida State University’s animation and digital arts program aren’t happy that a Board of Governors subcommittee made the recommendation to move them from West Palm Beach to Tallahassee…

UCF counselors warn students about online dating site
Victim services counselors at the University of Central Florida are warning students about a web site that’s aimed at helping them find anonymous “hook up” partners. UCF cautions someone may use the Tumblr web site “UCFHookup” to take advantage of young women…

UF researchers find way to test hearing-loss drugs in humans
Gainesville Sun
For troops in the line of fire, hearing loss is most likely a secondary issue, but in the past decade, those returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are showing signs of permanent hearing damage, and a recent University of Florida study might pave the way 

Governor joins Machen in bolster
The University of Florida will have to match $15 million in funding with private money should the Legislature approve Gov. Rick Scott’s proposed support of the university’s mission to be a top-10 public university…

Car-sharing comes to USF St. Petersburg
Pinellas County’s first car-sharing service launched Tuesday in St. Petersburg, where officials say a younger, denser downtown has created a new niche for on-demand cars…The car-sharing service is run by WeCar, a division of the rental agency Enterprise. It operates four other sites in Florida, including a three-car detail at USF‘s flagship campus in Tampa. St. Petersburg students began signing up for memberships with WeCar on Feb. 1, with registration opening to the public in coming weeks.

State College System

Florida College System Students Can Take Their Credits To A Private School
State Impact
Students who attend Florida’s public colleges can transfer to private institutions in Florida without losing credits. The agreement continues a partnership between the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF) and the Florida College System. The agreement — known a 2+2 in higher education circles — enables students to complete a two-year Associate in Arts degree and then transfer to the upper division of a bachelor’s degree program. The original deal was crafted in 1992 and has undergone a few updates since then.

Brevard School Board Votes to Close Three Schools; Eliminates Corridor Busing
Brevard Times
…The school board also voted unanimously to eliminate corridor busing with an estimated savings of approximately $1.2 million.  This includes busing to Choice schools, to Brevard Community College for dual enrollment students and to Choice academies…

Independent Colleges and Universities

NOVA institute to treat neuro immune conditions
Bradenton Herald
Nova Southeastern University‘s College of Osteopathic Medicine is opening an institute to treat patients with neuro immune conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome and Gulf War Illness. University officials said the institute will also be the first in the nation to study neuroinflammatory and neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease and multiple sclerosis using the newest genomic techniques.

University of Tampa to limit smoking on campus
Smoking will be limited to only designated areas on the University of Tampa’s campus starting in August, the school announced Tuesday. Smokers will be allowed to light up in four zones, the university said…



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Obama Puts Federal Weight Behind Calls for College Affordability
Chronicle of Higher Ed
In the first State of the Union address of his second term, President Obama asked Congress on Tuesday night to limit looming cuts in education and research, and called on lawmakers to link some federal student aid to college “affordability and value.”

On Notice, Again
Inside Higher Ed
President Obama on Tuesday night called for major changes to the criteria accreditors use to evaluate colleges, asking Congress to either require accreditors to take college prices and educational value into account or to create an alternative system based on “performance and results.” Either could mark a significant shift in how the federal government judges higher education quality and eligibility for financial aid programs.

Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the Web

Should FSU refund the $2 million West Palm paid for defunct animation campus?
Palm Beach Post
West Palm Beach contributed $2 million toward development of a digital arts curriculum to be offered at a signature campus downtown. The glittering partnership included Florida State University, which has a renowned film program, and Digital Domain, which portrayed itself as a cutting-edge digital animation studio with ties to Hollywood that could be parlayed into internships and jobs for students enrolled in the West Palm Campus…

Wee fee?
Suncoast News
For various reasons, mostly having to do with money, dual enrollment — in which high school students take college courses and earn credits that can speed their march toward a degree — is increasingly popular at Pasco-Hernando Community College. In fact, it is so popular that PHCC President Katherine Johnson has publicly expressed concerns about the cost dual-enrollment program is having on the college…

University of Miami Abandoning Florida’s High School Football Stars
Miami New Times
The University of Miami football program rose to prominence by recruiting gift ballers like NFL Hall of Famer Warren Sapp, two-time Super Bowl winner Ray Lewis, and the late great defensive back Sean Taylor, to name a few of the dozens of great Hurricanes who went on to have stellar professional careers. Those days seem over…Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke analyzes the Miami Hurricanes’ sudden aversion to Florida high school football players.

Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing
Huffington Post (blog)
As we all get pulled in so many directions in our daily lives, it’s easy to think that technology is the holy grail, an organizing tool to give our lives direction, to help us multitask, and to connect us to everyone, near and far. But is that really the case? Eileen Smith is director of the E2i Creative Studio at the University of Central Florida‘s Institute for Simulation & Training…

FAMU Honors Charles C Kidd Sr. [SLIDE SHOW]
The Florida A&M University community is mourning the passing of the co-founder of the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering. The university held a memorial for Charles C. Kidd, Ph.D. Tuesday morning…

UCF President John Hitt to business community: Thank you
Orlando Business Center
I spoke to Hitt after the press conference to ask a simple question: Is there anything he’d like to say to the business community, which helped contribute $7.6 million in scholarships to help attract the first class to the school? “Start with the biggest words in the English language: Thank you,” Hitt said.

David Campbell, political scientist and writer, speaks about the role of religion in American politics 6 p.m. Wednesday at the University of Florida’s Bob Graham Center for Public Service in Pugh Hall. The event is free and will be streamed live at His talk, “Why Religion Still Matters in American Politics,” examines such issues as the influence of the Christian right on public policy platforms, the role Mitt Romney’s Mormonism played in the outcome of the last election, and changing religious demographics in the U.S.

Releases and Web Stories

Florida International University Student Cooks up Recipe for Burger Success as Winner of Red Robin’s Savory Scholar Contest
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo., Feb. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Luciana Page is enjoying the sweet – and savory – taste of victory, as she was declared the winner of the Red Robin Savory Scholar Contest. Starting Jan. 10, Red Robin called on students at the Florida International University (FIU) Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, the beneficiary of all proceeds from the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE, to submit their own burger recipe for consideration for the award. Page, a Hollywood, Fla. resident, took home top honors for her Korean Kalbi BBQ Burger, earning her a $10,000 scholarship, the opportunity to serve her winning recipe at the Festival’s Amstel Light Burger Bash presented by Pat LaFrieda Meats hosted by Rachael Ray, and a three-month internship at Yummm U, Red Robin’s research & development and culinary facility.

Office of Sustainability launches spring campaign ‘Under One Umbrella’
University of Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida Office of Sustainability’s Under One Umbrella campaign starts Thursday with a “Farm to Table, Bike to Breakfast” event at Gator Corner. The spring campaign highlights sustainability-related activities on campus and in the community to encourage students, faculty and Gainesville residents to learn about various components of sustainability…

USF St. Petersburg introduces first car-sharing program in Pinellas County
USFSP News Center
The first car-sharing program in Pinellas County has been established at USF St. Petersburg, offering an affordable transportation alternative for students, faculty and the general public…