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The following highlights upcoming events and outstanding accomplishments of faculty, staff and program development in the Florida A&M University College of Engineering Sciences, Technology and Agriculture. 

Academic Programs

CESTA establishes 1st Academy in Agri-science and Engineering Technology

The Division of Agricultural Programs in the College of Engineering Sciences implemented and established its first Academic of Agri-science and Engineering Technology at the Florida A&M University Development Research School. (DRS)  The new Academy will be the only one of its kind at a local high school and neighboring counties of north Florida to offer pre-college training in agri-science. This program is designed to recruit new students to the high school and also serves as a feeder for students to enroll in the FAMU-CESTA baccalaureate programs such as landscape design and management, food science, animal science.  The focus of the project is to increase and strengthen the agri-science awareness and knowledge of approximately 20 students from grades 9-12.  The Academy is a major step in building a diverse STEM pipeline to FAMU-CESTA in order to help increase the number of minorities graduating from college with degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Student Accomplishments

International Agricultural Scholar at FAMU to Study in Vienna, Austria

The Florida A&M University (FAMU) Office of International Agriculture Programs (OIAP) awarded a $4,000 scholarship to Joshua Green to participate in a European-USA Student Exchange program entitled, “A Study in Vienna.” Green is a FAMU junior, majoring in International Agriculture and Business in the FAMU College of Engineering Sciences, Technology and Agriculture (CESTA). As part of this program, Green will study at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna, Austria, for one semester beginning February 5- June 1, 2009. He will also participate in cultural and language programs and a supervised internship under the leadership of Rainer Haas, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Institute of Marketing and Innovation at the University of BOKU.

The Study in Vienna program builds on the European partnership and institutional relationship developed by the OIAP under a grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education Fund for the improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) entitled, “Comparing European Union (EU) and United States (US) Biotechnology, Food Safety, International Trade & Regulatory Policies.”  The international exchange, teaching and research program, under the FIPSE grant (2004-2008), was supported by three EU universities (University of Udine, University of Hohenheim, University of BOKU) and achieved the following impacts: a) It supported the development of a new joint international course, the Global Seminar AGG 4420 001 3813; b) Seven CESTA students completed semester study programs in Europe; c) Three CESTA faculty exchanges for teaching and research were carried out to EU partner universities; d) Five EU students studied at FAMU for a semester; and e) Four EU faculty conducted teaching and research activities at FAMU.

Faculty Achievement

FAMU Professor Co-authors new book published

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Charles Magee, Ph.D., FAMU Professor, Biological and Agricultural Systems Engineering (BASE) program, is a co-author of a new book published by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) and entitled “Models for Success: Successful Academic Models for Increasing the Pipeline of Blacks and Hispanics Students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Areas.”  The book highlights successful STEM programs at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUS). The BASE program in the Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Engineering Sciences, Technology and Agriculture (CESTA) has been identified by the TMCF as a successful STEM program.

Magee is the author of Chapter 5 in the book, entitled, “Biological and Agricultural Systems Engineering (BASE): A Success in STEM at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU).” The chapter includes statistical data that supports the need for developing a pipeline to help increase minority representation in STEM areas, as well as an in-depth perspective of the history and implementation of the biological and agricultural systems engineering program at Florida A&M University. “This recognition is very significant for our BASE program, as it will help us attract more students, especially among minorities, to train for STEM professions that offer tremendous opportunities for young people to excel in life,” said Makola Abdullah, Ph.D., Dean and Director of Land-Grant Programs, FAMU College of Engineering Sciences Technology and Agriculture. “Being identified in this book as a “model of success” in STEM is a testament to the excellence of the BASE program and the commitment of Dr. Magee, the faculty and our staff.”

Growth and Expansion

New Animal Healthcare Complex expands learning opportunities for FAMU students

Florida A&M University will officially open its new state-of-the-arts Animal Healthcare Complex in May, 2009.  The new facility is designed to include diagnostic, research and teaching components to provide students with multi-faceted learning experiences that are necessary to succeed in the fields of animal science, veterinary medicine, veterinary technology and related career paths.  Florida A&M University is the only institution in the nation that has a facility of this type that offers the capability to place emphasis on regulatory education and training for veterinary technology students.  A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Animal Healthcare Complex is scheduled on Thursday, May 5, 2009 at 1:00 a.m. in at the FAMU Research Center and Farm, located in Quincy, Florida.

The complex is funded by the USDA Cooperative State Research Education and Extension Service (CREES).  The USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service provided financial support for the implementation of the new veterinary technology academic program option, which begins in the fall semester (2009).

Extension

National Meat Goat Conference Scheduled for 2010

FAMU Cooperative Extension Program will host a National Meat Goat Conference on September 12-15, 2010 in Tallahassee, Florida.  The goal of the conference is to increase number of educators, extension agents, and groups representatives (i.e. community-based organizations,  private entities and non-governmental organizations,)  trained with current, accurate and relevant information on goat production and management to share with clientele, students and other agricultural professionals.  Estimated attendance for the conference is 600 registrants.

 Research

Raspberry and Bio-Security Research Projects awarded $800K by USDA CREES

Three important scientific studies ongoing in the Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Engineering Sciences, Technology and Agriculture (CESTA) were awarded grant funding totaling close to $800,000 from the USDA Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension service.  A proposal for a unique scientific project entitled, “The Development of a Raspberry Genetic Improvement Program,” was funded for $300,000 at the FAMU Center for Viticulture Sciences and Small Fruit Research through the USDA 1890 Capacity Building Grants Program.  The research project originated based on needs expressed by local farmers in Florida as is designed to develop new raspberry cultivars that adapt to growing in the southern region of the country.  The success of the project will impact the expansion of opportunities for small and middle-sized farmers who grow raspberries as an alternative crop to increase their ability to compete with farmers in other regions of the country.

Two important research initiatives related to bio-security in the FAMU Center for Biological Control have been funded over the next three years for approximately $500,000.  The first project entitled,  “Developing a Prototype Digital Commodity-Based Identification Resource for Pests:  A Model Using Cultivated Palms,” will address agricultural, bio-security needs to strengthen protection of the nation’s agriculture and food supply by providing scientifically based information to support identification/diagnosis of existing and potentially harmful invasive pests. The project was funded to: a) support the development of a prototype digital commodity-based identification resource for pests, a model using cultivated palms;  b) provide graduate training and experiential learning for undergraduates; and c) update curriculum in systematic entomology to include components of recent digital resources as well as modules for distance learning.

The second project funded entitled, “Development of a Regulatory Plant Science Curriculum at Florida A&M University,” received $199,754 from CSREES. Objectives of the project are: 1) To support the development of a regulatory plant science curriculum and a pilot capacity-building phase in cooperation with the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Center for Plant Health Science and Technology and North Carolina State University; and 2) To provide training for faculty and internships for students in the area of regulatory science. Currently, few institutions offer training in regulatory plant science and none of these institutions are focused on training minority students. This curriculum will lead to FAMU producing trained graduates who have a broad knowledge and proficiency in regulatory plant science to assist with the growing need to safeguard the nation against threats to bio-security.

For more information, contact:

  • Marian B. Gibbons, Director, Office of CESTA Communications; College of Engineering Sciences, Technology and Agriculture, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL 32307; Telephone:  850-561-2094; Fax:  850-561-2794; Email:  marian.gibbons@famu.edu or mabellgibbs@aol.com; or
  • Dr. Makola Abdullah, Dean and Director, Land-Grant Programs; Telephone:  850-561-2644 or Email:  makola.abdullah@famu.edu.

 

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony held for new FAMU Animal Healthcare Complex

 

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The doors of opportunity will soon open wider for students seeking a career in animal science, pre-veterinary medicine and veterinary technology at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU).  With the completion of a new animal health care facility, Florida A&M University is poised to make a significant impact on increasing the number of minorities prepared to be successful in the three academic program options and to continue in the field of veterinary medicine.

On May 5, 2009, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, the FAMU College of Engineering Sciences, Technology and Agriculture (CESTA) sponsored a formal ribbon-cutting and building dedication ceremony for the recently constructed Animal Healthcare Complex, located at the FAMU Research and Development Center in Quincy, Florida. The Complex is a teaching and research facility that features a fully functional animal medicine clinic with a wet laboratory for student instruction, a computer laboratory and classroom, and a surgery suite with video conference capability that provides access for students to view and participate in surgical procedures while simultaneously broadcasting the procedure to other institutions around the world.

Thomas Peterson, D.V.M., Extension veterinarian beams with pride while reporting about the successful outcome of a strategic plan undertaking to develop a stronger program for students through cutting edge resources.  “The Animal Healthcare Complex will be equipped with the most advanced veterinary diagnostic equipment such as our digital x-ray suite which will allow us to radiograph animals and instantly ascertain if there is a medical problem that needs immediate attention.  The students will be trained in proper radiographic technique and be able to view images from any of the five work stations within the complex.   It is this state-of-the art equipment that will allow us to provide the best training for our students while delivering the highest level of medical treatment for the animals.  As the need for a better understanding of how animal health issues affect the general population, this facility will be instrumental in developing new and innovative ways to help keep our food supply safe for many years to come.”

Peterson stated that the facility enhances the university’s ability to implement the land-grant concept of teaching, research and extension.  Students will be able to receive pertinent hands-on training as well as participate in the Cooperative Extension Program’s herd health program to support local small farmers and food processors.

Dr. Verian Thomas, Director, Division of Agricultural Sciences, is excited about the completion of this state-of-the-art facility, which will be available not only to the animal science majors in the college, but also to other students in related majors at the university.  She commented that, “The new major in veterinary technology, which will be implemented in the 2009 fall semester, is expected to increase enrollment and offer new opportunities for minorities in the college.”

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Cooperative Extension Research funded the construction project for approximately $1.2 million. A Tallahassee architectural firm, Johnson and Peterson, conceptualized the design for the building.  The complex mirrors the most advanced technology for large animal clinics, and houses small ruminants, cattle, swine, and equine species for use in teaching.  With the opening of the facility, FAMU is one of only 11 major universities in the nation that will offer a four-year degree in veterinary technology and it is the only institution in the country with a program that places emphasis on regulatory education and training.

For more information, please contact Dr. Thomas Peterson, FAMU Cooperative Extension Program, Telephone 850.599.3546; or Email:  Thomas.Peterson@famu.edu.

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 FAMU hosts 1890 Student Firefighter Training Program

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 The College of Engineering Sciences, Technology and Agriculture (CESTA) at Florida A&M University(FAMU) is serving as the host site for a two-week basic firefighting training session for students from nine 1890 land-grant universities. The session began on Tuesday, May 19, 2009, and ends on Friday, May 29. Sponsored by the National Forests in Florida (Southern Region), this training program is funded through a grant from the National Fire Diversity Committee (NFDC).

The purpose of the 1890 Student Fire Fighting Program is to increase minority student awareness of fire management and to provide opportunities for interested students to get first-hand experience in wildland/prescribed fire management. The program encourages students to consider a career in fire management or a related natural resource management discipline. This is the fourth year of implementation for this program.

Upon completion of the training, students are assigned to various ranger districts throughout the Southern Region. Over the past 4 years, the 1890 Student Firefighting Training Program has trained fifteen students for summer employment at various fire units throughout the Forest Service. The program directly enhances the workforce by preparing trained personnel to successfully counter the costly damages associated with forest fires throughout the country.

“I enjoy working with these students and providing them with the unique opportunity to be exposed to fire management,” said Ted Willis, Forest Service Liaison at FAMU, who recruited students and coordinates the training program. “I want to thank the Forest Supervisor and Fire Management Officer of the National Forests in Florida, as well as the Jackson Hotshots, for their support.”

This year students from the following 1890 institutions are participating in the training: Alabama A&M University; Alcorn University; Fort Valley State University, Langston University; Prairie View A&M University; Southern A&M University; and Tuskegee University. The 1890 universities are land-grant institutions designated to receive benefits of the Morrill Act of 1890 to promote liberal and practical education. Florida A&M University is the 1890 institution for Florida. For more information, please contact Dr. Ted. Willis at (850) 412-7383 or email: twillis@fs.fed.us.

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Student Accomplishments

FAMU-CESTA Grad to Intern with the Army Corps of Engineers

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Daniel Francois, a graduate in the Spring Class of 2009 from the Florida A&M University College of Engineering Sciences, Technology and Agriculture, received his baccalaureate degree in electronic engineering technology on May 3. With much excitement, Francois announced at the Spring Graduates Reception that he will soon begin a two-year internship with the Army Corps of Engineers in Wiesbaden, Germany. He stated that he was in the right place at the right time when he attended the Black Engineers of the Year Award Conference in February (Baltimore, MD) when the Army Corps of Engineers was seeking prospective graduates for internships after graduation. He was selected for this special opportunity at that time.

The internship will provide participants with extensive hands-on experience in architecture and construction, mechanical and electrical engineering. Upon successfully completing the internship, he will be offered a civilian position with the Army Corp of Engineers in either the European Division or the United States.

Reflection on his experience at FAMU in CESTA, Francois remembered that his classmate recruited him to enroll in the college. During his collegiate career, he appreciated the training he received at FAMU. "I was very impressed by the faculty, especially Professor Leon Prosper who, in Francois' opinion, thoroughly prepared his students for the professional world through his course requirements that included weekly presentations. Already planning for his future, Francois endeavors to continue his education to earn his doctorate degree. He feels that the engineering field offers immeasurable opportunities to young people who seek to build a rewarding. In the next ten years, Francois would like to have earned his master's degree and working toward earning his doctorate degree. A young man of big dreams, Francois anticipates thoroughly experiencing the engineering profession and maybe later teaching and/or coaching. Congratulations to Daniel on his accomplishments.

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FAMU Students place 1st and 2nd in Poster Competitions at ARD

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FAMU students were recognize at the 2009 Agricultural Research Directors’ Symposium  (April 2009) for outstanding poster presentations.

Thaddeus Payton, (standing) a graduate student in CESTA, won first place in the Emerging Technologies categories.  His poster was entitled:  “Functional Analyses of Key Flavonoid Genes in North American Native Muscadiia Variety ‘Noble.”    Payton is working to earn his master’s degree in agricultural sciences (plant science).  He is from Washington, D.C.

Lissa Reid, a CESTA graduate student majoring in animal science, also won first place recognition in the Renewable Resources and Environmental Stewardship category with a poster entitled the Evaluation of Extracts of Native and Non-Native Plant Species for the Control of Cogongrass (Imperata Cylindrica L).

Gideon A. Nnaji won 2nd place recognition for his poster “Effects of Hydrological Processes on the Suwannee River Coastal Ecoystem, which was also in the Renewable Resources and Environmental Stewardship category.  Nnaji is pursuing a masters degree in environmental engineering from the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, and is conducting his research in collaboration with  Margaret Gitau, Ph.D. in the FAMU Center for Water and Air Quality.

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CESTA Student Recognized for Outstanding Achievement at Honors Convocation

Janelle Lee Chee, a CESTA biological agricultural systems engineering major, was recognized as an Outstanding Scholar at the FAMU Honors Convocation during the spring semester (2009). Janelle has a 3.70 grade point average and is passionate about agriculture, music and traveling. As a freshman, she was selected to spend a semester at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences in Vienna, Austria. Janelle dreams of becoming the owner of a food processing company after graduation.

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The First CESTA-BASE Graduates to earn Ph.D. degrees

Two biological agricultural systems engineering (BASE) graduates were recently recognized as the first two BASE students to earn this degree since the inception of the BASE program.

Roslyn Crowder, Ph.D., graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, majoring in microbiology. August, 2008. She is a member of the FAMU Class of 2002.   Dr. Crowder is officially a PENN-PORT Postdoctoral Fellow.  She will be teaching at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania.  Her research project is in the field of cancer immunology, and she studies resistance to TRAIL-mediated apoptosis in normal cells. Many cancer cells have been found to be sensitive to TRAIL-mediated apoptosis.  Surprisingly, both cancer and normal cells express cell surface TRAIL receptors.  Dr. Crowder is studying the mechanisms that render normal cells resistant to TRAIL-induced apoptosis but not cancer cells.

Tremaine B. Powell, Ph.D. graduated from FAMU with a B.S. in BASE in 2001.  He continued his education to earn the M.S. in agricultural and bio-systems engineering (ABE) from Pennsylvania State University in 2003. He is a graduate from the University of Arizona in ABE and is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. His  personal goal is to become a leading researcher in nanotechnology, by using it to improve current technologies, as well as to develop safe processing and control of the nanomaterials.  Current research includes the radiolabeling of nanostructures for in vivo bio-distribution studies.

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FAMU Engineering Technology Scholars to receive the Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship (May, 2009)

Three engineering technology majors in the College of Engineering Sciences, Technology and Agriculture (CESTA) at Florida A&M University (FAMU) will be awarded the Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship in the fall of 2009. John Cannon (electrical engineering technology), Jamesa Marshall (civil engineering technology) and Philson Joseph (construction engineering technology) have been selected to receive $7,500 per student to support research initiatives relative to transportation education and research.

All of the students responded with enthusiasm and exhilaration upon learning about being selected to receive the fellowship. Cannon remarked, “I am ecstatic about being a recipient. I give all praises to God.” Jamesa Marshall responded, “I am really excited to be a scholarship recipient because I really needed the financial assistance. Philson Joseph echoed their remarks saying, “It’s good! I am glad to receive this fellowship and look forward to doing more transportation research.”

Makola Abdullah, Dean and Director of Land-Grants, stated, “I am proud to be among the first to congratulate our students for their outstanding accomplishments. John, Jamesa and Philson are all role models for other students to work hard to receive such prestigious fellowships.”

The Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship program is designed to assist both undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a college degree in transportation or related disciplines. The fellowships are awarded annually by the United States Department of Transportation through the Federal Highway Administration’s Office of Professional and Corporate Development. Visit online at: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/opd/2008_grad_app.htm.

For information about engineering technology programs at Florida A&M University, please contact Dr. Yves Anglade, Director, Division of Engineering Technology, FAMU College of Engineering Sciences, Technology and Agriculture; Telephone: (850) 599-3506 or Email: yves.anglade@famu.edu. Visit the college online at: www.famu.edu/cesta.

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Cooperative Extension Programs

FAMU Statewide Small Farm Programs continues to expand Growers  Market ventures

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The Statewide Small Farm Program at Florida A&M University is pleased to announce the opening the Tuesday Farmers’ Market in Wakulla County. The grand opening of this new growers' market is scheduled throughout the month of May. The market is open Tuesday of each week from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. and located at the Purple Martin Nurseries at 1554 Crawfordville Highway. Local farmers will provide fresh, organic produce and byproducts for sale. Consumers can also enjoy cooking demonstrations featuring some of the top chefs from local restaurants and agencies.

This effort is a recent collaboration between the FAMU Statewide Small Farm Program, local/small farmers and the Purple Martin Nurseries.

Expansion of growers’ and urban markets is continuing rapidly in the Big Bend area due to technical assistance provided to the FAMU Statewide Small Farm Program, which is an outreach component of the FAMU Cooperative Extension Program in the College of Engineering Sciences, Technology and Agriculture (CESTA). Through the program seven such ventures have been launched in the past four years. These markets give mutual opportunities for local small farmers, urban gardeners and the community to enjoy the benefit of healthy sustainable produce.

Growers and market vendors interested in participating in the Tuesday Farmers Market or other sustainable development efforts should contact Dr. Jennifer Taylor, Coordinator, FAMU Statewide Small Farm Program - Office 850-412-5260 or Email: Jennifer.Taylor@famu.edu.

 

FAMU Extension initiates Ag-Adventure Days

The Florida A&M University Cooperative Extension Program has begun co-sponsoring an activity entitled,  4-H Agriculture Adventures Day with the University of Florida Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences.  The first Ag-Adventure Day was held  on March 19, 2009,  from 9:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Cornerstone Learning Community, a private school, located at 2524 Hartsfield Road in Tallahassee, Florida.

A team of extension specialists at FAMU and the Leon County Extension Office set up a variety of adventure stations featuring fruits, vegetables, goats, honey bees, horticulture and peanuts for  the elementary and middle school students (grades 3-5) to learn about the exciting world of science and agriculture.   A rotational schedule of activities will allow student groups to spend time at each station to receive information and enjoy hands-on interactions through the activities staged for each learning center.

A special highlight of the day will be the goat session where students will be able to learn about different breeds of goats and their usefulness in providing milk, meat and fiber.  Presentations will be made on goat care and handling, health care and treatment for parasites.  A feeding/petting station will also be set up for students to interact with the goats.  A food center was featured to introduce participants to a variety of products made from goat meat and dairy products including vanilla ice cream and goat cheese.

The purpose of the activity is to increase awareness and appreciation of agricultural sciences among school age students that can be further developed into an interest in pursuing an education in agriculture and related disciplines.  For more information, please contact Dr. Uford Madden, Assistant Professor and Extension Food Safety Specialist at FAMU; Office:  850-412-5253; Email: uford.madden@famu.edu.

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Faculty Accomplishments

FAMU Professor Selected as 2009 Fulbright Scholar

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Ralph Wills Flowers, Ph.D., professor and research scientist in the Florida A&M University College of Engineering Sciences, Technology and Agriculture, has been selected as a Fulbright scholar grantee to Ecuador by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB).  As a Fulbright grantee, Flowers will join the ranks of approximately 300,000 distinguished participants in this program, which is made possible through annual funding from the U.S. Congress, partnering countries and the private sector.

“This is a great honor,” remarked Flowers, whose faculty research is international in scope.   His employment with the FAMU College of Engineering Sciences, Technology and Agriculture began in 1975 as a member of the faculty in the entomology program.  “I came on board on the Ephemeroptera research team working with the late Dr. William L. Peters, former program leader of FAMU’s entomology program.”

Currently, Flowers is an accomplished research scientist in the FAMU Center for Biological Control.  Since 1999, Flowers has worked in western Ecuador through a partnership between FAMU and Virginia Tech in the IPM-CRSP and SANREM-CRSP programs.  “Dr. Flowers has made a valuable contribution to international agricultural research, and I was pleased to support his Fulbright application,” states Harriett Paul, Director, Office of International Agriculture Programs (FAMU-CESTA).

As a Fulbright scholar, Flowers will be working in western Ecuador on the faculty at the Universidad Técnica Estatal de Quevedo, a small agricultural university. He will teach two classes on the advanced undergraduate level: Water Quality Bio-monitoring and Insect Biosystematics.

 

Throughout his 33-year tenure at FAMU, Flowers has made numerous accomplishments and is widely recognized for outstanding service in his area of expertise. This is the second time that Flowers has been selected as a Fulbright  scholar.  The first honor was received in 2002-2003, when Flowers spent time teaching and conducting research in Costa Rica.

               Makola Abdullah, Ph.D., Dean and Director, Land-Grant Programs, stated, “Being selected twice for the very prestigious Fulbright scholarship firmly attests to Dr. Flowers’ record of excellence in international studies and research.  The College is proud of the accomplishments he has made in higher education through his work in South America.”

For more information, contact Dr. Ralph Flowers, FAMU Center for Biological Control; Telephone: 850-561-2215; Email:  rflowers7@earthlink.net.

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FAMU Scientist Participates in WHOPES Study

Dr. Jane Barber, research leader for the Adulticide Application and Evaluation Section, of the John Mulrennan Public Health Entomology Research and Education Center in Panama City was invited to serve as a temporary advisor to the United Nations World Health Organization. Dr. Barber has been working with the World Health Organization Pesticide Evaluation Scheme for the past year now to develop guidelines for "Efficacy Testing of Insecticides for Indoor and Outdoor Ground Applied Space Spray Applications."

The purpose of the draft document is to provide specific and standardized procedures and criteria for efficacy testing and the evaluation of the named products. Its aim is to harmonize the testing procedures used by laboratories and institutions throughout the world to generate data for registration and labelling of such products by national authorities. This collaboration with the world's leading authority on health and wellbeing is an honour for the University. The guidelines are in the editorial stage and will be available in the near future from http://www.who.int/whopes/guidelines/en/.

The ultimate goal is to make FAMU an official collaborating Center of the WHO, a mark of distinction received by currently only five centres in the world. Where work is required, funds are provided so it will be financially beneficial to the university while students and interns will be able to collaborate on WHO requested research.

The J. Mulrennan Public Health Entomology Research and Education Center is housed in the College of Engineering Sciences Technology and Agriculture (CESTA) at Florida A&M University.

For more information, contact:

  • Marian B. Gibbons, Director, Office of CESTA Communications; College of Engineering Sciences, Technology and Agriculture, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL 32307; Telephone:  850-561-2094; Fax:  850-561-2794; Email:  marian.gibbons@famu.edu or mabellgibbs@aol.com; or
  • Dr. Makola Abdullah, Dean and Director, Land-Grant Programs; Telephone:  850-561-2644 or Email:  makola.abdullah@famu.edu