Here’s what caught my eye today…

Newsweek rates Florida’s colleges cheap, beautiful
Suncoast News
Florida colleges and universities dominate at least one of the categories in a new list of rankings: Cheapest.  Newsweek and The Daily Beast drew from an eclectic group of sources for their own version of always subjective college rankings, producing a top 25 in each of 25 categories, including Brainiacs and Most Beautiful…

State University System

FSU Wants to Collaborate with Proposed FAMU Dental School
“The Florida State University College of Medicine recently expressed support to Florida A&M University as it pursues the development of a College of Dental Medicine. As good neighbors, we believe there are several areas of service we might offer that 

Valet Parking at FSU? Showcasing University Transportation Services
Car sharing, ride sharing and valet parking are just three of the transportation services that Florida State University Transportation Services will highlight Thursday during the Ride Green, Travel Safe Showcase.

‘A lot of wounded hearts’ at Ann Hefferin funeral service
Orlando Sentinel
Several hundred people gathered for a song-filled funeral liturgy this morning for University of Central Florida student Ann Hefferin, who died last week after her roommates found her unresponsive in their on-campus 

UCF Students Pushing For ‘Medical Amnesty’
WKMG Orlando
As her family prepares to bury University of Central Florida freshman Ann Marie Hefferin, student leaders are pushing the university to make changes that might help save lives from medical emergencies related to drinking.

UF named one of most beautiful colleges in US
Gainesville Sun
If you think the list of the most beautiful colleges matters, there’s some bad news for UF in the rankings. In-state rival Florida State University placed fourth and two Southeastern Conference rival placed even higher, with the University of Alabama placing third and the University of Mississippi taking the top spot.

USF’s College of Marine Science awarded $11 million to study gulf oil spill
A research consortium led by the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science was awarded an $11 million grant to study the impacts of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The group is one of eight to receive research money 

UWF researchers part of $112.5M in grants to study oil spill
Pensacola News Journal
The University of South Florida and Florida State University lead the two groups in which UWF will work. “I think overall, it shows how good the UWF sciences are at partnering with larger state institutions,” UWF President Judy Bense said.

State College System

Suspended Edison State dean returns to work
The News-Press
The dean suspended for his role in a course swap scandal at Edison State College has returned to work.  Bill Roshon, who was dean of professional and technical studies, has been named interim dean of Edison’s Hendry/Glades center in LaBelle, District President Kenneth Walker announced today to staff.  Walker also appointed Mary Myers, dean of Edison Online, to Roshon’s former position.

My Brother’s Keeper focuses on keeping black males in school at Santa Fe College
Gainesville Sun
Santa Fe College is focusing on improving the retention and success rate of black men after the number of black men pursuing a degree dipped in the previous year.

Preliminary results from the survey show that many staff members like keeping “South Florida” in the name with either “South Florida State College” or just “South Florida College,” Stephens said. Also, a lot of employees like “Heartland” in the name 

Independent College and University System

Ave Maria University football to kick off debut season
Lehigh Acres News Star
Ave Maria University halfback Stefan Davis tries to elude the tackle of cornerback Blake Heiman during Friday’s practice at the school. 

Pistol found in Stetson University bathroom
Daytona Beach News-Journal
A Winter Haven man attending a dog obedience class at Stetson University was issued a trespass warning after two students found a firearm he had lost in a bathroom, DeLand police said. Craig Nudelman, 65 and his wife, Sheryl, 58, 

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

Boeing Commits To New Engine For 737
 which makes it more efficient, said Magdy Attia, an associate professor in aerospace engineering at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

Saunders says
FAU Owl Access
FAU president Mary Jane Saunders sat down with Owl Access publisher Marcus Nelson for an exclusive interview recently. Here is the first of two parts of selected excerpts as she answered questions about her views on athletics and the excitement about the new on-campus football stadium.

Festival celebrates tropical Jewish sound
 us and that last year’s performance was successful enough for her to invite us back,” said Aaron Kula, music director for the Klezmer Company Orchestra and director of music collections and performance at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. 

Florida man whose deportation case was thrown out earns conservative support
Florida Independent reports that Austin Parris, “a proud member of his local tea party group” and “a 23-year-old accounting student at Florida Atlantic University, publicly protested the Dream Act less than two years ago — and he now supports it.

Why Is It Hard To Predict A Hurricane’s Intensity?
Melissa Block speaks with Hugh Willoughby, meteorology and research professor at Florida International University, about why it is so hard to predict the intensity of hurricanes. He says it’s much easier to make a good prediction about where a storm 

New task force working to find $3 billion in additional spending cuts
Tallahassee Democrat (subscription)
Belinda Keiser of Fort Lauderdale, a college administrator appointed to the task force by Gov. Rick Scott, said the goal is attainable over several years. She and other members of the commission said the $3 billion goal would not be attained in the 2012 session, but that efficiencies could hold down the growth of costs over time and bring about permanent changes.

Gov’s new neighborhood more like average Floridian
Houston Chronicle
University of Central Florida historian Edmund Kallina said the public is aware that Scott is a self-made millionaire who built a chain of hundreds of hospitals. But the wealth of his Naples neighborhood may undermine his campaign for average Floridian 

Baseball loses allure for African-Americans
The Detroit News
That’s down from 10 percent in 2010 and the lowest number since 2007, according to Richard Lapchick‘s Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports at the University of Central Florida. In 1997, during the 50-year anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking 

USF launches new recruiting effort in United Kingdom
ABC Action News
“We’re hearing from students and from parents the value of bringing a more diverse student body into our classrooms,” said Provost Ralph Wilcox.  Wilcox will travel to London in October to recruit students from the UK.  Non-resident tuition is nearly three times what in-state students pay — around $15,000 compared to just over $5,000.  But what UK students bring in cultural diversity is priceless.

Citizens slam redistricting committee
David Kulcsar, political science major at the University of South Florida, said the state’s current maps make him angry and disgusted. “I’m trying to keep the counties from being split up too much,” he said. At Monday’s hearing, Patricia Hall, 

Chocolate milk delivers nutrition but stirs debate
Bill Campbell, a sports nutrition researcher at the University of South Florida, just completed a study on chocolate milk consumption among St. Petersburg College softball players. The 18-to 19-year-old women drank 16 ounces of fat-free chocolate milk 

Releases and Web Stories

$112.5 Million Awarded to Research Consortia Studying Effects of Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Gulf of Mexico
Research on the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico took a major step forward today with the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GRI) Research Board’s announcement that eight Research Consortia will be funded for the next three years.  A total of $112.5 million over three years will support this portion of the GRI research effort.

NSU’s Medical School to Expand its Affiliated Medical Residency Programs
Newswise (press release)
Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) medical school announced plans to expand its affiliated residency programs following recent Congressional legislation to increase the number of residency spots in Florida.

College names new director of grants planning
Seminole State College
Elizabeth Gombash has been named executive director of Strategic Grants Planning and Development at Seminole State College of Florida.

Dip in Florida consumer confidence points toward recession
University of Florida
Consumer confidence among Floridians decreased to a near-record low in August, according to a new University of Florida survey. This month’s mark of 62 is only three points higher than the record-low 59 set in June 2008. “Although none of the index 

Mosquito threat emerges as season peaks, UF researchers report
University of Florida
Mosquitoes aren’t just a nuisance, they’re also an economic and health concern, say University of Florida researchers. July, August, and September are peak months for mosquito activity in Florida, and the state spends about $151 million each year