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FSU dean recognized as emerging leader in health and medicine
The dean of Florida State University’s College of Nursing has been named a 2021 Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine Scholar by the National Academy of Medicine.
Jing Wang, dean of the FSU College of Nursing, was one of 10 individuals selected by the NAM for the Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine Program, which provides a platform for a new generation of leaders to collaborate with the NAM and its members across fields of expertise to advance science, combat persistent challenges in health and medicine and spark transformative change to improve health for all.
The 2021 Scholars class will engage in a variety of activities throughout the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine over a three-year term, which began July 1.
As the state of Florida is projected to face a nursing shortage of 55,000 by 2030, Wang, the only nurse selected into the 2021 cohort, said her appointment to the ELHM will help the FSU College of Nursing lead the charge in tackling this crucial problem.
Wang, who assumed her role as dean in August, previously served as vice dean for research at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Nursing. She’s recognized as a national expert on digital health, which uses computing platforms, connected devices, software and sensors for health care and related uses.
Wang earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, Multidisciplinary Master in Public Health and Graduate Certificate on Clinical and Translational Science from the University of Pittsburgh. She received her undergraduate degree at Jiangxi Medical College in Nanchang, Jiangxi, P.R. China.
MagLab awarded $15.8M grant to design 40-tesla magnet
A new $15.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation will produce a detailed design for the world’s most powerful superconducting magnet at the Florida State University-headquartered National High Magnetic Field Laboratory.
The future 40-tesla magnet will advance the study of quantum matter with its low-noise environment that surpasses present-day resistive and hybrid magnets.
“This project is a fantastic example of how science works on the edge of our understanding: engineers will design a new instrument that has never been built before that holds the promise to become a state-of the-art tool for physicists to answer outstanding research questions about the mysteries of quantum materials,” said MagLab Director Greg Boebinger.
To put this magnet design in perspective, a typical refrigerator magnet has a field of about .01T and low-temperature superconductors have a maximum field of 25T.
The grant funds design work through 2026.
FSU Dedman College creates beverage certification program
The Florida State University Dedman College of Hospitality has launched a new beverage certificate program in partnership with Republic National Distributing Company, one of the nation’s leading wholesale beverage alcohol distributors.
RNDC pledged $500,000 to establish the RNDC Certificate in Beverage Management program for individuals pursuing careers involving beverage management, with a primary emphasis on sales and service in the hospitality and tourism industries.
The Dedman College of Hospitality is ranked No. 14 in the world and No. 7 in the U.S. by the Academic Ranking of World Universities for 2021.
Don Farr is dean of the college.
FAMU professor receives $400K NSF grant; earns innovator fellowship
A Florida A&M University professor was recently selected as a 2021 Innovator in the National Center for Atmospheric Research Innovator Program.
Michée A. Lachaud, assistant professor for the agribusiness program in the College of Agriculture and Food Sciences, also received a two-year $400,000 research grant to develop economic and climate models that capture short-term and long-term climate-change related impacts on U.S. agricultural production.
He will investigate the efficacy of adaptation strategies in minimizing those effects by combining computer-simulated data with real-world evidence of farmers’ adaptation behaviors using field data.
His NCAR research project, titled “Climate Change, Adaptation, and Welfare Implications: A Study of US Agriculture,” is funded by the National Science Foundation.
FAMU, FSU to participate in Gulf Research Scholars Program
Florida A&M University, Florida State University, and six other universities in the Gulf states, will establish the inaugural cohort of the National Academies’ Gulf Research Scholars Program.
The National Academies’ Gulf Research Program recently announced the launch of the Gulf Scholars Program, a five-year, $12.7 million pilot program that prepares undergraduate students to address the most pressing environmental, health, energy, and infrastructure challenges in the Gulf of Mexico region.
FAMU will partner with FSU in the cohort. FAMU’s team, led by GSP Director Byron Greene, also includes Lisa McClelland, assigned to GSP’s student success initiatives and Terrial Brown, GSP’s corporate and community liaison.
Each university will receive money to create academic, co-curricular, and extracurricular experiences related to the GRP’s core focus areas—community health and resilience, environmental protection and stewardship, and offshore energy safety.
Tallahassee Community College AVP wants to note Black student success
An article written by Gerald Jones, associate vice president for student affairs at TCC entitled “Partnering with High Achieving Black Students to Close Equity Gaps” was featured in Diverse Issues in Higher Education.
“I wrote this article to express the need for institutions to highlight more academic successes of Black students. Too many times, discussions regarding these students are viewed through the lens of failure,” Jones said in a release. “It’s important to collaborate with Black students who are doing well regardless of any barriers to advance our mission of closing equity gaps.”
The article promotes a reframing of the narrative, teaching and learning in equity-minded practices, and the importance of experiential learning.
Read the full article here: https://www.diverseeducation.com/opinion/article/15115156/partnering-with-high-achieving-black-students-to-close-equity-gaps
TCC hosting 10th annual Tallahassee Science Festival at Kleman Plaza
Tallahassee Community College and the City of Tallahassee present the 10th annual Tallahassee Science Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 16, at Kleman Plaza. The event is free and open to the public.
It will feature science, technology, engineering and mathematics demonstrations, presentations and hands-on activities.
In a partnership with The Challenger Learning Center, the festival will host former NASA Astronaut Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenberger who served as a mission specialist on STS-131, logging more than 362 hours in space.
Metcalf-Lindenberger will join in virtually for two presentations and Q&A sessions at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. in the Challenger Learning Center Planetarium, seating is limited to 50 persons/session.
STEM-related departments from TCC, FSU, FAMU, UF, and Keiser University will be on-site. The Neighborhood Medical Center will administer COVID-19 vaccines, including boosters, to those eligible to receive them.
TCC’s associate vice president of academic affairs. Anthony Jones, is festival director.
TCC Wakulla Center hosting social media & cyberbullying workshop
Tallahassee Community College’s Wakulla Center is hosting a free social media and cyberbullying safety awareness workshop at 10 a.m. , Saturday, Oct. 16, at the College’s Wakulla Center, 2932 Crawfordville Highway, Crawfordville.
Parents and children will have the opportunity to learn about the importance of social media safety and the growing threat of cyberbullying.
The event is free and open to the public.
To register, visit tcc2work.com/Cyberbullying
Tallahassee’s Benjamin Lawson honored by Purdue University
Benjamin Lawson, Tallahassee resident and formerly an adjunct professor in Florida State University’s Department of English, has recently been presented the “Distinguished Alumnus” award by Purdue University’s College of Liberal Arts.
Purdue cited Lawson’s career at Albany State University, his many publications, and his continued involvement with international education.
Lawson has taught in Finland, England, and the Netherlands, where he was the Walt Whitman Chair of American Literature.
He also chaired the national Fulbright Association board which selects distinguished American professors for Europe and Canada.
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