Here’s what caught my eye today…

State University System

FGCU looks to babies for clues in language, speech development
Human speech and language have long fascinated researchers. Now Florida Gulf Coast University is turning to the tiniest subjects for clues to language and speech development…

Gov. Rick Scott to sign state budget
Scott also must decide whether to approve millions of dollars for Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland, which under a separate bill awaiting his signature would become a 12th state university, independent from the University of South Florida.

Gallery | Trans activist Chaz Bono speaks at FIU; tells students about Cher’s reaction to his transition (blog)
A day after appearing as grand marshal at Miami Beach Gay Pride, Bono visited FIU‘s Biscayne Bay Campus for An Evening With Chaz Bono, presented by the campus’ Office of Campus Life…

Even with intellectual disabilities, these students at UNF still taking classes, living on campus
Florida Times-Union
..It’s called the Arc Jacksonville Academy On Campus Transition Program. It’s been up and running since 2007, a collaboration between UNF and the Arc Jacksonville, a nonprofit that works with people with developmental disabilities…

Tampa man with cache of weapons arrested at University of South Florida
ABC Action News
A Tampa man is facing a dozen weapons and drug charges, following his arrest on the University of South Florida campus, USF police said. Erik Saltzgaver, 25, was stopped for speeding on Alumni Drive around 4:00 Sunday afternoon, said USF Police 

UWF Issues Statement On Nooses Found On Campus
The University of West Florida has issued the following statement concerning two nooses found on their campus in the past week. Since Wednesday, April 11, two nooses were found on the University campus. These incidents were reported to University 

State College System

Tea Party Rally in Panama City
Tea Party supporters rallied Monday in front of Gulf Coast State College. They said they hoped to encourage people to vote because they want to see change in Washington, DC. A couple dozen people showed up to the rally…

IRSC students honored as All-Florida Academic Team
One-hundred-and-twelve students statewide were chosen out of 1 million in Florida’s college system, and 10 were chosen from IRSC.

Dead Body Found In Bathroom at Miami Dade College’s Kendall Campus
Miami New Times (blog)
Miami Dade College employee made a grisly discovery this morning, stumbling upon a dead body in a bathroom at the university’s Kendall campus. The employee found the unidentified man’s corpse between 6 and 7 a.m. A message was quickly sent out to university faculty, staff, and students, but police say they believe the person died of natural causes…

Independent College and University System

Financing Energy Efficiency
Energy Collective
A third example of a successful energy saving contract was agreed with Florida Institute of Technology (FIT). The university was keen to build a green campus making its utilities efficient and cost effective. However, when the design of the project was complete, it was just around the time of the global financial crisis; thus a creative financial solution was necessary. SFS underwrote the project and spread the payment transaction process over a 20-year period…

Jackson Health System shows a surplus, as UM “streamlines” operations
Jackson Health System turned a surplus in March even as the University of Miami reported that Jackson’s long-standing financial problems have made it “necessary to streamline.”

Jury Selection Begins in Nova Professor’s Murder Trial
NBC 6 Miami
Jury selection began Monday in the trial of a man charged with murdering a Nova Southeastern University professor two years ago. Randy Tundidor Sr., 45, is facing first-degree murder, robbery, kidnapping and arson in the April 6, 2010 killing of Dr. Joseph Morrissey at the Morrissey family’s home in Plantation…

For-Profit and Career Colleges

Orlando Philharmonic, Full Sail University team for high-tech gala
Orlando Sentinel
The Orlando Philharmonic is mixing its music with the creative technology of Full Sail University at a gala this Saturday, April 21. At the gala, Dirk Meyer will conduct a performance of the full Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, accompanied by animation, photography, lighting effects and a virtual opera set created by students and faculty of Full Sail.

Autopsy not released in burning bodies case
WKMG Orlando
Orange County Sheriff’s deputies returned to the scene where the the bodies of two young men were discovered burning along a popular bike trail near Full Sail University over the weekend…

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

Congressional campaign finance reports
NBC2 News
“People can’t even guess the billions of dollars that will be spent by these Super PACs,” said Laura Weir, Political Science Professor at Edison State College

Four finalists named for CU-Boulder dean of students
CU Boulder News & Events
An open forum with Mena for students will be held in the Wardenburg Health Center Solarium from 1:30–2:15 pm [Terry C.] Mena is associate dean of students at Florida Atlantic University and an adjunct instructor with the department of Freshman Academic Services…

DeGrove, father of Florida growth management, dead at 87
Palm Beach Post
John DeGrove, considered the father of growth management laws in Florida, has died at age 87. DeGrove for many years directed the Joint Center for Environmental and Urban Problems at Florida Atlantic University and Florida International University. He also an eminent scholar chair named for him in growth management and development at FAU

Deputies report finding drugs, cash in student’s condo
Naples Daily News
Unable to reach [Richard HenryGrimes, deputies contacted his father, who told them he owns the condo and Grimes is living there while he attends Florida Gulf Coast University. Detectives obtained a search warrant. Inside the condo they found about 95 grams of …

Jose Godinez-Samperio, Undocumented Immigrant, Passes Bar Exam In Florida But 
Huffington Post
Jose Godinez-Samperio, 25, graduated at the top of his class at Florida State University’s College of Law. But the aspiring lawyer may not get to practice what he worked so hard to achieve. Godinez-Sampeiro is an undocumented immigrant and based on his legal status the Florida Board of Bar Examiners denied him entry into the state Bar…

Using Art To Enhance Health Care In Rural Communities
Dr. Victoria Frehe-Torres is a psychologist with Collier Health Services and Florida State University College of Medicine, two of the local agencies involved in the project. She says she sees the important role of the arts in her own practice.

Free speech and the workplace: a delicate balance
Orlando Sentinel
Bruce Rogow, a constitutional law professor at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, said that although the First Amendment protects speech, “public employee speech is not unlimited if that speech can have an adverse impact on one’s ability to perform 

Does Working Before B-School Cost Grads $112000?
The notion that requiring the vast majority of applicants to have three to five years of work experience does a big financial disservice to MBAs appears in Ronald Yeaple’sMBA Myths Unlocked, but it got its first airing in a little-known paper he wrote with Mark Johnston and Keith Whittingham of Rollins College, published in 2010 in the Journal of Education for Business. The upshot of their argument is that by delaying graduate business education, students forgo several years of higher post-MBA salaries, while driving up the opportunity cost of attending the program…

Jury decides in favor of woman in OPD excessive force case
WFTV Orlando
Heather Hull sued the city of Orlando over a confrontation during a 2003 tailgating party at the University of Central Florida football game at the Citrus Bowl…

Former Sloan coworkers reveal past stories, warns about future searches
SHSU Houstonian Online
Two former coworkers from the University of Central Florida say search committees did not do a thorough job of looking into the past of Roberta Sloan, Ph.D., former dean of the College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication, whom worked at the UCF from 2004 to 2006.

Wireless auction should bring better service, create jobs
Orlando Sentinel
The networks are getting very crowded and very noisy,” said Eileen M. Smith, director of the E2I Creative Studio at the University of Central Florida

Weird super-Earths found orbiting nearby star
By considering near-, far- and mid-range, we can get a complete picture of planet formation,” University of Florida astronomer Aaron Boley told Discovery News…

‘Creatures of Light’ Glow in New Exhibit
Voice of America
University of Florida firefly expert Marc Branham, a consultant for the exhibition, has been fascinated since childhood by the light of the firefly…

New treatments revolutionize care for aging eyes
“It’s a staggering number,” says Dr. Shahlesh Gupta, a retina specialist in Fort Lauderdale who is on the medical faculty at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Jacksonville…

Former University of Florida star Dwayne Schintzius, who also played in NBA 
Washington Post
Former University of Florida basketball star Dwayne Schintzius, who also played in the NBA, has died after a two-year battle against cancer. He was 43…

Hip and knee pain: Steps toward better mobility
“The first symptom is pain and rigidity in the joints,” says Dr. Michaela Schneiderbauer, a surgeon specialist in hip and knee transplants and assistant professor of orthopedics at University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine.

Five steps to keeping your mind healthy
“Everybody ages, but it’s about healthy aging,” says Dr. Claes Wahlestedt, professor of psychiatry and associate dean for therapeutic innovation at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine…

‘Tough’ prosecutor in Trayvon case spotlight
Daniel Pontzer, a criminology professor at the University of North Florida, tells HLN that Corey “lives up to every prosecutor’s mantra to be ‘tough on crime.'”…

Releases and Web Stories

Flagler College to hold spring commencement April 21
ReadMedia (press release)
AUGUSTINE, FL (04/16/2012)(readMedia)– Flagler College will hold its spring commencement ceremony Saturday, April 21, for graduating seniors. Approximately 390 students will receive diplomas at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre.

SIFE Team Using Twitter to Compete in TIAA-CREF Financial Empowerment Contest
MarketWatch (press release)
LAKELAND, Fla., Apr 16, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Southeastern University’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team is engaging the Twitterverse in its latest project designed to improve the quality of life of people through business practices.

The Problem is Energy, Here are Solutions
MarketWatch (press release)
Microbial Fuel Cells for Marine SensorsMud Power Inc. (University of South Florida) is developing microbial fuel cells to continuously power ongoing marine sensor platforms for applications such as port security, environmental monitoring,