State University System
FAMU grapples with new financial reviews
Florida A&M University, under fire for a series of financial problems, faces similar criticism in the wake of recent reviews by three separate agencies. The reviews highlight a host of issues in the financial aid office, in addition to a small, federally subsidized agriculture program and the Division of Student Affairs.
FSU scientists explain their role in ‘God particle’ discovery
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
Some of the Florida State University scientists involved in Wednesday’s ground-breaking announcement of the discovery of the so-called ‘God particle’ said they are eager to see what is coming next.
Team that discovered “God Particle” includes dozens of University of Florida researchers
ABC Action News
University of Florida researchers were part of a worldwide team of scientists to discover the so-called God Particle in a major physics breakthrough.
State College System
Daytona State College to open Veterans Center
Daytona Beach News-Journal
That will change in the fall with the opening of a Veterans Center that is meant to be a one-stop help center for computer use, services and advice. Daytona State College, including its branch campuses, had more than 700 veterans enrolled in the spring, said LeeAnn Davis, director of academic advising.
Palm Tran bus apps go online to make mass transit easier
Palm Beach Post
For example, a rider leaving Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth heading to The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens can input both locations on the Google Transit website and the system will provide three routes with step-by-step instructions about route numbers and transfer and routing directions.
Pen Air FCU Donates Desks to Greater Pensacola Chamber
Pen Air Federal Credit Union donated several desks to the Greater Pensacola Chamber’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The desks will be used in their business incubator, located in the Pensacola State College building in Downtown Pensacola. The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) currently has eight client companies occupying the business incubator. Its purpose is to provide emerging companies with the entire infrastructure to run their business…
Independent Colleges and Universities
What’s Up at Ave Maria: Significant changes mark first year for AMU president
Naples Daily News
The feeling in town is that Ave Maria University (AMU) is in excellent hands with President Jim Towey, who says that his first year on the job has had its challenges and its rewards.
No aid for student pilots caught in row
There is no bond in place to guarantee financial aid for the students caught in a dispute between an Irish-based pilot training company and the Florida Institute of Technology. Some 80 students, 34 of them Irish, paid up to €86000 for training…
Limerick trainees face losses of €85000 apiece
The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) has sent personnel to the Florida Institute of Technology Aviation and the Waterford-based Pilot Training Centre, where it is understood the students paid the fees for courses to be delivered in the United States …
JU restructures, expands programs
The private university is opening it along with its new College of Interdisciplinary and Professional Studies this fall. They evolved from the addition of several new degree programs along with the restructuring of some existing ones.
Suspect pleads not guilty in slaying of UT student
A man accused of murder in the 2009 shooting death of University of Tampa student Ryan McCall pleaded not guilty this morning. David Earl Williams was charged May 30 with first-degree murder, armed robbery and attempted armed robbery in McCall’s slaying the night of Aug. 19, 2009, as McCall was walking home from a birthday party with a friend on the North Boulevard bridge.
Yip Yap: Noted and Quoted FLHE Voices from Around the State
Appreciating Islam’s Contribution to Civilization
Huffington Post (blog)
Nearly four in 10 Americans hold an unfavorable view of Islam and Muslims. That number has remained steady since 9/11. Several factors contribute to this negative perception, certainly none greater than Muslims, albeit a few, committing terrorism in the name of Islam…Parvez Ahmed, Ph.D. is a Fulbright Scholar and Associate Professor of Finance at the University of North Florida.
B-CU’s Handfield welcomes new chairman
Attorney Larry Handfield, outgoing chairman of the Bethune-Cookman University‘s Board of Trustees told more than 200 alumni at the school’s 44th Annual National Alumni Association Convention last month that “the best is yet to come.”
FAMU alumnus competing in national TV dance contest
WTXL ABC 27
A FAMU alumnus is competing in So You Think You Can Dance — and your vote could send him to victory. Brandon Mitchell, the alumnus, says dancing is reminiscent to taking the final plunge on a roller coaster. Once the music starts, the rush of adrenaline seizes his body and he leaves his heart on the dance floor…
Miracle Method Develops Permanent Solution for Leaking Shower Pans and Tile in College Facilities
“A year of use in a dorm is like ten years at home,” says Joe Chaparro, former Special Projects Coordinator for Housing, Florida Atlantic University…
New Hope For Corals?
“The real message here is that corals do have the resiliency to recover,” said Richard Aronson, a coral reef ecologist and paleobiologist at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne…
Coral Rebounded From Hostile Climate Millenniums Ago, Study Suggests
New York Times
“Even conservative models of climate change predict a return to extreme weather conditions,” said the lead author, Richard B. Aronson, a professor of biology at the Florida Institute of Technology.
Dead Reefs Can Come Back To Life, Study Says
Professor Richard Aronson at the Florida Institute of Technology and his colleagues discovered that by taking a core sample of the reef, just as a tree expert takes a sample of tree rings.
Lakeland Friends Remember Andy Griffith
Many who have fond memories of “The Andy Griffith Show” or “Matlock” were saddened when Griffith died Tuesday at age 86, but for one Lakeland couple, it meant the loss of a personal friend as well. Robert MacDonald, 82, retired as artist in residence at Florida Southern College, attended the University of North Carolina with the gentle, Southern actor. MacDonald and his wife, Ingrid, have tales to tell about their friendship with Griffith.
DCF examining group homes after sex trafficking
Robin Hassler Thompson, an expert in human trafficking at Florida State University’s Center for the Advancement of Human Rights, said it’s disturbing that such crimes could happen right under the noses of so many caregivers. ”These are children who are being raped,” she said. “So both the pimps and also the johns – the people who are buying sex with these children — are raping them. It’s that simple.”
Advocates call on Florida to implement federal healthcare law; others say ‘not …
And Florida State University Medical professor Marshall Kapp says Florida officials are right to be wary about the law, because there’s no guarantee the funding for those programs and others, will be around when its time for the provisions to go into effect. “I suspect we’ll see a lot of action in the next Congress attempting to starve the ACA by not appropriating money to implement it.”
Mandatory-sick-time initiative gains steam
Florida is “an anti-labor market,” and that culture will make it tough to pass a sick-time measure in Orlando, said Chris Muller, a former University of Central Florida restaurant professor and now dean of Boston University’s hospitality school.
University of Florida Names Nick Place as Dean for Extension
Former University of Florida faculty member Nick Place is returning to Gainesville to become the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences dean for extension and director of the Florida Cooperative Extension Service.
Former University of Florida faculty member returns
The University of Florida is welcoming back former faculty member Nick Place as the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences dean for extension and director of the Florida Cooperative Extension Service.
UM study warns of E. coli on the beach
A study by the University of Miami’s school of medicine has found that stool samples from seagulls may be spreading the stomach-churning E. coli bacteria. “We thought, well, Miami Beach has a ton of seagulls,” said UM’s Dr. Silvia Munoz-Price, ”and I remember going to the beach, and I wondered if these seagulls were contaminated.” Munoz-Price led the one-month study, collecting samples within three different locations on South Beach. The results? Staggering: 14 percent of the samples tested positive for E. coli.
Frank Harvey, 81, was charismatic, giving
He also served as president of the University of South Florida Foundation, helping raise and manage donations. In February 1987, a $300000 gift established the Frank and Pat Harvey Endowed Scholarship Program and the Frank Harvey Distinguished …
Bill approved by Congress will send millions from oil spill fine to Florida …
In this state, that would be the Florida Institute of Oceanography, a consortium of 11 universities that’s based at the University of South Florida’s St. Petersburg campus, overseen by William Hogarth. ”I think it’s sort of a miracle that this has happened,” he said.
Dead Reefs Can Come Back To Life, Study Says
Minnesota Public Radio
John Ogden, a leading voice for reef conservation and an emeritus professor at the University of South Florida, says he doesn’t take too much comfort from this new study. “What we’re facing in terms of climate change is unprecedented around the globe
Old drug offers hope for obsessive-compulsive kids
Cognitive behavioral therapy is considered the most effective treatment for OCD, but anti-depressants are more often prescribed, even to children, says Eric Storch, a St. Petersburg pediatric psychologist and professor at the University of South Florida.
Sun City Center seniors tackle survey to define their future community
The six to eight month study is being conducted by Erika Matulich, PhD, a marketing research professor at the University of Tampa and a business consultant with some 20 years of experience, including with other active retirement communities…
College Football: Warner’s Schaum Hires Hayde, Dooley
Warner University football coach Jeff Schaum continues to look locally as he builds the school’s first football program.
Releases and Web Stories
Palmter Trinity School Club in Miami Raises $15000 for Autism Research
SBWire (press release)
Press Release issued Jul 5, 2012: Dr. Michael Alessandri—Director of the University of Miami Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UM-NSU CARD)—visited Palmer Trinity School to collect a $15000 check for autism research from the PTS Autism Club.