Search Results for “biology” – University of West Florida Newsroom http://news.hljylh.com News articles from the University of West Florida Thu, 19 Dec 2019 17:01:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 http://news.hljylh.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/favicon.png Search Results for “biology” – University of West Florida Newsroom http://news.hljylh.com 32 32 Search Results for “biology” – University of West Florida Newsroom http://news.hljylh.com/uwf-professor-to-use-environmental-dna-to-assist-with-5-year-study-of-gulf-reef-fish/ http://news.hljylh.com/uwf-professor-to-use-environmental-dna-to-assist-with-5-year-study-of-gulf-reef-fish/#respond Thu, 21 Nov 2019 17:56:28 +0000 http://news.hljylh.com/?p=13166 Dr. Alexis Janosik, professor in the University of West Florida Department of Biology, will participate in a multiyear study of reef fish in the Gulf of Mexico led by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. Janosik will monitor and catalog reef fish over a five-year period using […]

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Dr. Alexis Janosik, professor in the University of West Florida Department of Biology, will participate in a multiyear study of reef fish in the Gulf of Mexico led by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.

Janosik will monitor and catalog reef fish over a five-year period using environmental DNA. Her work will be part of a much larger project funded by a $6 million RESTORE Act grant with more than 20 institutions, including multiple universities and state agencies, monitoring reef fish populations in Gulf waters from Texas to Key West.

日本一本道a不卡免费The project’s goal is to assess changes in the size and location of reef fish populations over time.

“It’s going to create a comprehensive database of Gulf reef fish,?Janosik said. “There has been quite a bit of work on reef fish, but nothing quite as cohesive as this project, with experts using a variety of tools and methods.?/p>

Most of the researchers on the project will use underwater cameras to locate, identify and track the fish. Janosik was invited to participate because of her background with eDNA, said Dr. Ted Switzer, an FWC research scientist who is leading the project.

Using eDNA to monitor fish involves taking water samples and examining them in a lab for a DNA trace from gametes, feces, scales—anything natural a fish might leave behind. In 2016, Janosik used eDNA sampling techniques to find evidence that the Alabama sturgeon, a species of fish once thought to be extinct, was still living in the Alabama River. Since 2017, she has worked under contract with NOAA to monitor reef fish in the Gulf.

日本一本道a不卡免费“The work is a much more significant and collaborative effort,?Janosik said of the new project.

Switzer said eDNA will help give researchers a complete picture of changes in reef fish populations by enabling traces of species that tend to stay hidden and might avoid areas being photographed and filmed.

?Janosik’s) research will give us an idea of what fish are on site,?Switzer said. “We will compare her data to our data.?/p>

Janosik is hiring a postdoctoral researcher to assist with the project.

For more information about the UWF Department of Biology, visit hljylh.com/biology.

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Search Results for “biology” – University of West Florida Newsroom http://news.hljylh.com/uwf-professor-graduate-student-gathering-research-in-antarctica/ http://news.hljylh.com/uwf-professor-graduate-student-gathering-research-in-antarctica/#respond Thu, 14 Nov 2019 14:50:08 +0000 http://news.hljylh.com/?p=13141 Typically traveling to Antarctica elicits thoughts of cold weather, penguins and icebergs—but for distinguished University of West Florida professor Dr. Wade Jeffrey it is a destination abundant with infinite research opportunities. Learning how phytoplankton gather energy and contribute to the ocean’s ecology is at the forefront of research for many biologists and oceanographers. Phytoplankton are […]

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日本一本道a不卡免费Typically traveling to Antarctica elicits thoughts of cold weather, penguins and icebergs—but for distinguished University of West Florida professor Dr. Wade Jeffrey it is a destination abundant with infinite research opportunities.

Learning how phytoplankton gather energy and contribute to the ocean’s ecology is at the forefront of research for many biologists and oceanographers. Phytoplankton are microscopic marine algae that are buoyant and float in the upper part of the ocean, where sunlight penetrates the water. This fall, Jeffrey is spending 45 days traveling along the Antarctic peninsula for his 13th research trip, which is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and is in collaboration with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. Jeffrey and a team of six researchers, including UWF graduate assistant Leila Harris, are studying phytoplankton, gathering data that determines the organism’s role in what’s known as the microbial loop, or the marine microorganism food web.

“Most people think in terms of gathering energy as plants that use photosynthesis and they think of animals that eat, but these particular groups of phytoplankton, known as mixotrophs, can actually do both,?said Jeffrey, who teaches biology and is the director of the Center for Environmental Diagnostics & Bioremediation and director of Reubin O’D. Askew Institute of Multidisciplinary Studies. “Presumably they make most of their living as plants using photosynthesis, but on occasion under certain conditions they can also eat bacteria.?/p>

日本一本道a不卡免费Known as mixotrophy, this is broadly defined as the combined use of photosynthetic and heterotrophic nutrition within a single organism, according to the National Academy of Sciences.

This trip will build upon Jeffrey’s previous research gathered last April, during the region’s fall and winter seasons. Returning during this time of year, which is the region’s spring and summer, allows the researchers to see how the phytoplankton gather energy during different seasons. Jeffrey says that while researchers have recognized the existence of these organisms in the oceans for some time, little is known about their role within the microbial loop.

日本一本道a不卡免费Jeffrey and Harris are measuring the growth rates of both the bacteria and phytoplankton from each area where they gather samples, while the other researchers measure grazing rates of  phytoplankton when they’re fed bacteria. They are looking into high-level microbiology, identifying these organisms using DNA-sequencing. They hope to uncover something unique and interesting about the role these organisms play in the role of the ecology of the ocean while advancing this field of research using new techniques and technologies.

Harris, who plans to graduate in Fall 2020 with a master’s degree in marine microbiology and microbial ecology, has always had an interest in marine microbiology and was intrigued by the idea of traveling to the Antarctic after discussing various research opportunities with Jeffrey.

“It never crossed my mind that I could travel to the Antarctic and look at interactions among organisms in an extreme environment where not a lot of people have had the opportunity to travel,?Harris said. “I’ve spent a lot of time working with samples from the previous trip, and now I’ll be on the other side—gathering samples, studying growth rates and analyzing what we collect.?/p>

For Jeffrey, who first visited the Antarctic in 1981 as a field technician, returning to the region maintains the allure.

“It’s always fascinatingly beautiful,?Jeffrey said. “You never know what you’re going to see—no two icebergs are the same, no two penguins act the same. The possibility of seeing whales is exciting, of course, but it’s pristine splendor is amazingly beautiful. There’s nowhere I’ve traveled as untouched by human activity as the Antarctic.?/p>

Jeffrey is an oceanographer focusing on bacterial function and diversity in the ocean. He studies the effects of ultraviolet radiation on marine microbes and has worked around the globe, from the Atacama Desert in Chile to the southern oceans in Antarctica. He has also been involved with projects examining the effects of oil on microbial communities in the Gulf of Mexico, spawned by the 2010 BP oil spill.

To learn more about the UWF Department of Biology, visit hljylh.com/biology.

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Search Results for “biology” – University of West Florida Newsroom http://news.hljylh.com/uwf-celebrates-opening-of-state-of-the-art-laboratory-sciences-annex/ http://news.hljylh.com/uwf-celebrates-opening-of-state-of-the-art-laboratory-sciences-annex/#respond Thu, 19 Sep 2019 20:23:37 +0000 http://news.hljylh.com/?p=13010 The University of West Florida Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering celebrated the grand opening of the Laboratory Sciences Annex, a state-of-the-art facility that provides additional space for wet teaching labs and offices for faculty and staff. “As UWF grows and improves, we are grateful to add facilities that match the caliber of our students […]

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The University of West Florida Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering celebrated the grand opening of the Laboratory Sciences Annex, a state-of-the-art facility that provides additional space for wet teaching labs and offices for faculty and staff.

“As UWF grows and improves, we are grateful to add facilities that match the caliber of our students and faculty,?said UWF President Martha D. Saunders. “The Laboratory Sciences Annex is no exception, with amenities that aid us in graduating the best of the best in STEM-related fields. I would like to thank the Florida State Legislature, especially our local delegation, for their hard work in securing the funding.?/p>

日本一本道a不卡免费Funded by the Florida State Legislature, the $26.26 million, 52,790 square-foot facility was designed by local architecture firm, Caldwell Associates, with Perkins+Will, a global firm with a specialty in higher education science and technology, and managed by Greenhut Construction Company, Inc. of Pensacola. The annex houses 12 new teaching facilities for the University’s growing biology and chemistry programs and was designed with unfinished “shell” space for potential expansion. These labs along with the new equipment will provide hands-on educational experiences for students.

日本一本道a不卡免费As of the Fall 2019 semester, approximately 24% of UWF students have declared a major in the Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering. Nearly 100% of first time in college students in a Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering major will find themselves in a lab in the new building.

“This new space is nothing short of impressive,?said Dr. Jaromy Kuhl, dean of the Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering. “Students are excited knowing they will benefit from learning with new equipment in an environment specifically designed for their studies.?/p>

The facility features new equipment and room for future enhancements for the biology and chemistry departments. One biology lab contains a Biosafety cabinet, an enclosed, ventilated laboratory workspace for students to work safely with materials contaminated or potentially contaminated with pathogens.

“This will allow us to expand the types of experiments we can have students perform,?said Dr. Peter Cavnar, assistant professor and chair of the Department of Biology. “Our goal is to give every biology undergraduate student research experience. The new annex allows us to expand and redevelop that experience for our students.?/p>

MeasureNet stations, located in the annex, will provide students with high-quality data collection technology for their general, analytical and instrumental chemistry lab courses. The stations are equipped with state-of-the-art probes, providing the opportunity to work with diverse samples and experimental techniques, not previously available.

Dr. Karen Molek, MARC principle investigator/scholars program director and chair of the Department of Chemistry, said the additional space will allow her department to serve more students and cutting-edge technology will better prepare them for labs and workforce needs.

“The space provided in the annex impacts every student at UWF who enrolls in a chemistry or biology lab and is critical to their success at UWF and beyond,?Molek said. “The additional space increases the availability of lab courses for students thereby helping students graduate in four years. It provides an opportunity for us to create space specifically focused on equipping students to succeed through workshops, coaching, tutoring and mentoring. The teaching space in the annex provides cutting edge technology and instrumentation for teaching and undergraduate research. It also frees up space in other buildings that will be used to engage more undergraduate research students.?/p>

For more information about the UWF Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering, visit hljylh.com/hmcse.

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Search Results for “biology” – University of West Florida Newsroom http://news.hljylh.com/research-opportunities-abound-during-summer/ http://news.hljylh.com/research-opportunities-abound-during-summer/#respond Tue, 10 Sep 2019 19:19:51 +0000 http://news.hljylh.com/?p=12959 Research at the University of West Florida doesn’t stop when summer begins. Like many others on campus, Dr. Jocelyn Evans and Dr. Derek Morgan know this. Evans and Morgan spent the summer with students studying beach access in communities throughout Florida. “The research team completed field work that included participatory sketch mapping, soil and water […]

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Research at the University of West Florida doesn’t stop when summer begins. Like many others on campus, Dr. Jocelyn Evans and Dr. Derek Morgan know this.

Evans and Morgan spent the summer with students studying beach access in communities throughout Florida.

“The research team completed field work that included participatory sketch mapping, soil and water sampling, legal research into municipal codes and state law, site-specific performative art, sound and photographic documentation, as well as experiential journaling,?said Evans, associate dean of the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities at UWF and professor of government. “The completely immersive quality of this research yielded so much benefit to the students and pushed forward the research project in a huge way. We now have what we need to write a book manuscript on beach territoriality which has been contracted with an academic press for publication.?/p>

日本一本道a不卡免费Evans and Morgan, assistant professors in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, were among many UWF researchers who spent the summer in the field, in the lab or in the library collecting, analyzing and writing.

“Light class loads make the season an attractive time for faculty and students to work on scholarly projects,?said Dr. Matthew Schwartz, assistant vice president of research administration at UWF. “Both students and faculty have more availability do the research. You can break off bigger chunks of time to get things done ?whether it’s field research or writing or something else. You’re not fitting it in between classes or only in the evenings.?/p>

While many conduct research on their own over the summer, a growing number of faculty members and students are electing to make their work part of research-focused University initiatives, such as the Summer Undergraduate Research Program, known as SURP.

Launched in 2015 by the Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering and the Office of Undergraduate Research, SURP provides students the opportunity to work directly with faculty members on research projects. The program requires that students spend 20-25 hours per week on their projects. Students receive a stipend for their work.

Dr. Lisa Waidner, assistant professor in the Department of Biology and the UWF Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation, was one of many UWF faculty members who participated in SURP this year. Over the summer, Waidner and a group of students monitored water taken from Pensacola-area bayous for Vibrio vulnificus, a type of flesh-eating bacteria.

“In cases where students are funded in this manner, they can be fully devoted to the field and lab work,?Waidner said. “We are still taking steps towards getting external funding to support this type of work so that our students can better focus on studies and research.?/p>

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日本一本道a不卡免费One hundred and twelve students worked on SURP projects in 2019. That was up from 94 in 2018 and more than double the 44 who went through the program in 2015, SURP’s inaugural year.

Initially, only students and faculty in the Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering could take part in SURP. In 2018, OUR expanded SURP so that any undergraduate student or faculty member ?regardless of college, department or discipline ?could participate.

日本一本道a不卡免费That expansion allowed Evans to conduct her beach access work as part of SURP.

“We traveled from Sarasota down to Key West and up to Juno Beach, covering the entire accessible southern coastline of Florida,?Evans said. “From dawn until dusk, students collected data and engaged in performative work ?averaging several beaches per day. This kind of trip would be impossible to take during the regular school year.?/p>

日本一本道a不卡免费“SURP’s expansion beyond the Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering helped drive the growth that the program saw this summer,?said Dr. Allison Schwartz, director of OUR.

OUR administers SURP with the Hal Marcus College of Science of Engineering.

Other SURP 2019 projects based in part or wholly outside the Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering included work by Usha Kundu, MD College of Health faculty and students on how dance might mitigate agitation brought on by dementia.

“With students, research experience shows what their discipline actually looks like,?Allison Schwartz said. “It goes beyond memorizing. It shows them what it’s like to be a professional in their field.?/p>

日本一本道a不卡免费Summer research activities that were not part of SURP included team projects conducted as part Hacking for Defense, a for-credit course that connects UWF students and faculty with agencies and companies in the defense and intelligence communities.

The University’s research administration office has resources to help faculty members and students find funding opportunities and programs for summer research, Matt Schwartz said. One such resource is GrantForward, a service that allows users to search for grant opportunities by discipline and required experience.

“Our office wants to help faculty get all the tools they need to maximize their research,?Matt Schwartz said.

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Search Results for “biology” – University of West Florida Newsroom http://news.hljylh.com/uwf-nih-funded-marc-scholars-program-earns-five-year-renewal-expansion/ http://news.hljylh.com/uwf-nih-funded-marc-scholars-program-earns-five-year-renewal-expansion/#respond Mon, 22 Jul 2019 13:30:07 +0000 http://news.hljylh.com/?p=12874 The University of West Florida has been renewed by the National Institutes of Health to support the Maximizing Access to Research Careers, or MARC Scholars Program. With an anticipated five-year budget of $1.44 million, the MARC Scholars Program was funded for eight scholars per year. The first five-year grant was awarded in 2014 and totaled […]

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日本一本道a不卡免费The University of West Florida has been renewed by the National Institutes of Health to support the Maximizing Access to Research Careers, or MARC Scholars Program. With an anticipated five-year budget of $1.44 million, the MARC Scholars Program was funded for eight scholars per year. The first five-year grant was awarded in 2014 and totaled $979,000, which supported six scholars per year.

“Another five years of funding is NIH’s stamp of approval on the success of our program and the increased funding means our students are succeeding at the highest level nationally,?said Dr. Karen Molek, MARC principle investigator/scholars program director and chair of the Department of Chemistry. “MARC’s success is absolutely a campus effort with both faculty and staff in all divisions of campus. We are thankful for the opportunity to expand the UWF MARC Scholars Program with renewed vigor.?/p>

The MARC Scholars program supports high-achieving junior and senior undergraduate students who are underrepresented and/or financially disadvantaged and pursuing a Ph.D. or MD/Ph.D. degree and research career in chemistry, biology, physics or mechanical engineering. The grant-funded training program is sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, one of the 27 separate institutes and centers that make up the National Institutes of Health.

“Prior to MARC, our scholars often worked more than 30 hours a week to financially support their undergraduate education,?Molek said. “The NIH funding allows MARC scholars to focus solely on their education and research. The opportunity to participate in undergraduate research under the mentorship of UWF faculty is invaluable for students, especially students who wouldn’t otherwise have that opportunity, and it makes them competitive for top-ranked graduate programs.?/p>

Out of 16 incoming juniors who applied, four were selected to join the program in June 2019, for a total of seven UWF MARC Scholars currently receiving NIH support. Chemistry students Zahra Alikhani, Elena Monat and Ian Parker, along with biology student Kristina Samborski comprise the Fall 2019 cohort.

MARC Scholars complete a sustained research project alongside a UWF faculty researcher that spans from the summer before their junior year until graduation. Each student is also expected to participate in off-campus research during the summer before their senior year, as well as additional academic requirements.

Through the MARC Scholars Program, Wendy Teuchtler, a senior biomedical sciences major, had the opportunity to conduct research this summer at a genetics lab in the University of Washington in Seattle, where she’s also attending Genome Science Program seminars and workshops. This is just one of many opportunities that Teuchtler said have made a huge impact not only on her undergraduate education, but also on her future goals.

日本一本道a不卡免费“MARC has connected me with mentors who have greatly helped me to find the types of science I am passionate about,” Teuchtler said. “This summer, MARC Scholars allowed me to pick a research lab from any institution to get hands-on, practical experience. I was able to choose exactly the work I was interested in, and now I have a better insight into what I would like to do as a graduate student.”

日本一本道a不卡免费Ten of the 12 UWF MARC Scholar graduates from the initial NIH grant are currently enrolled in a Ph.D. or MD/Ph.D. program, and one has been accepted to a NIH-funded Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program.

日本一本道a不卡免费After graduating from UWF in Summer 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences, Courtney Swain attended the PREP Scholars Program at the University of Alabama – Birmingham. She’s currently enrolled in the Medical Scientist Training Program at UAB, where she’s pursuing an MD/Ph.D. with the hopes of beginning a career as a physician scientist, researching cancer immunology. While at UWF, Swain, a Kugelman Honors Program graduate, conducted research in the Department of Biology with Dr. Peter Cavnar, co-Principal Investigator, on mechanisms involved in wound healing, inflammatory response and immune response.

Swain said the MARC Scholars Program offered her financial and mentor support that changed the course of her college education and future. In addition, she said the program helped her develop excellent public speaking skills that have helped her earn multiple poster presentation awards at national scientific conferences. However, she attributes the biggest impact from the MARC Scholars Program to faculty members who took the time to show her how much they truly cared about her success.
日本一本道a不卡免费“Not every student is the same,” Swain said. “Especially in the MARC Scholars Program, we all came from different walks of life. The leadership committee worked really well with each of us from the time they met us until our graduation and beyond to ensure we met the goals we set for ourselves. If there was ever a hiccup in our journey, they were right there to help support us; that compassion was really helpful to me.”

For more information about the UWF MARC Scholars Program, visit hljylh.com/hmcse.

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Search Results for “biology” – University of West Florida Newsroom http://news.hljylh.com/uwf-receives-3-million-grant-to-enhance-stem-courses/ http://news.hljylh.com/uwf-receives-3-million-grant-to-enhance-stem-courses/#respond Wed, 24 Oct 2018 15:06:03 +0000 http://news.hljylh.com/?p=12312 日本一本道a不卡免费The University of West Florida received a five-year, $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to enhance and expand its science, technology, engineering and math courses. The grant, which was awarded to the Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering, will provide funding for the University to purchase new technology and equipment, and […]

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日本一本道a不卡免费The University of West Florida received a five-year, $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to enhance and expand its science, technology, engineering and math courses.

The grant, which was awarded to the Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering, will provide funding for the University to purchase new technology and equipment, and hire additional staff who will help ensure student success in STEM courses.

“Under this grant, we have the ability to transform our STEM general education program using best pedagogical practices,?said Dr. Jaromy Kuhl, interim dean of the Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering. “We will redesign key STEM entry-level courses, build STEM success studios, and by doing so, improve STEM retention and produce more STEM graduates.?/p>

The grant also provides funds to renovate and build additional laboratory space, including about $250,000 to build new physics labs.

“We’re building in and building out our chemistry and biology labs to improve their technology so they have equipment to enhance the teaching of some of the concepts the students are learning,?said Dr. Matthew Schwartz, who coordinated the grant application while serving as associate dean of the Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering and now serves as the interim assistant vice president for research administration at the University.

Among the new staff that will be hired through the grant, will be an academic coach dedicated to helping students succeed in STEM courses by helping them learn effective study skills and time management. A data analyst will also be hired to assess the effectiveness of the enhancements made to STEM courses, Schwartz said.

“All of these pieces added together are part of a comprehensive plan to enhance the way that we teach the lower-division STEM courses to our students,?Schwartz said.

The planned enhancements to STEM courses outlined in the grant application, which will include the redesign of some curriculum, were done in consultation with faculty in the Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering, Schwartz said. Combined with other recent funding awards from the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health, UWF’s Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering has earned competitive awards totaling more than $5 million to address STEM education in the past five years.

“The administrators and faculty in that college, with the support of UWF, were really what helped push this forward,?Schwartz said.

For more information about the Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering, visit hljylh.com/hmcse.

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Search Results for “biology” – University of West Florida Newsroom http://news.hljylh.com/uwf-launches-second-installment-of-gulf-stories-free-online-course/ http://news.hljylh.com/uwf-launches-second-installment-of-gulf-stories-free-online-course/#respond Mon, 24 Sep 2018 18:30:07 +0000 http://news.hljylh.com/?p=12169 日本一本道a不卡免费Today, the University of West Florida launched the second installment of Gulf Stories, a free online course that explores a range of topics, from art and advanced manufacturing to citizen science and coastal ecology. Gulf Stories 2 features the work of five UWF faculty researchers and takes a close look at Gulf Coast communities and […]

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Today, the University of West Florida launched the second installment of Gulf Stories, a free online course that explores a range of topics, from art and advanced manufacturing to citizen science and coastal ecology.

Gulf Stories 2 features the work of five UWF faculty researchers and takes a close look at Gulf Coast communities and how we interact with and affect our natural environment.

“As a division, we’re focused on multidisciplinary research and innovation in education, so of course it’s incredibly exciting to launch the second Gulf Stories course,?said Dr. Pamela Northrup, vice president of research and strategic innovation at UWF. “It’s a platform that seems to really engage online learners and it allows us to continue to showcase the incredible impact our researchers are having on the Gulf and beyond.?/p>

Professors and their course modules include:

  • Bad Genes: Human Impact on Aquatic DNA taught by Dr. Alexis Janosik, assistant professor in the Department of Biology.
  • The Complex Ecology of Coastal Environments taught by Dr. Jane Caffrey, professor in the Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation.
  • Art, Science and Our Experience of the Physical World taught by Thomas Asmuth, associate professor in the Department of Art.
  • The Effects of UV Radiation and Man-Made Disasters in the Gulf taught by Dr. Wade Jeffrey, distinguished University professor and director of the Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation.
  • Citizen Science and the Purposeful Act of Learning taught by Dr. John Pecore, associate professor in the Department of Teacher Education and Educational Leadership.

The total time commitment for the course is roughly 10 hours. Students can work at their own pace; there is no start or end date. Gulf Stories 2 is currently non-credit but may be offered for academic credit in the future.

For more information on Gulf Stories 2 or to register for the course, visit hljylh.com/gulfstories2.

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Search Results for “biology” – University of West Florida Newsroom http://news.hljylh.com/uwf-professor-works-with-noaa-to-inventory-reef-fish-communities-in-the-gulf/ Thu, 31 May 2018 13:30:36 +0000 http://news.hljylh.com/?p=8483 日本一本道a不卡免费University of West Florida biology professor, Dr. Alexis Janosik is working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to take an inventory of reef fish communities in the Gulf of Mexico. Janosik received a $40,000 grant from NOAA and Red Snapper Congressional Supplemental Appropriations to evaluate fish species near reefs in the Gulf using the […]

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University of West Florida biology professor, Dr. Alexis Janosik is working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to take an inventory of reef fish communities in the Gulf of Mexico.

Janosik received a $40,000 grant from NOAA and Red Snapper Congressional Supplemental Appropriations to evaluate fish species near reefs in the Gulf using the science of environmental DNA, which finds traces of fish DNA from scales, slime, gametes and urine.

Janosik’s work is part of a multi-pronged study by NOAA, in collaboration with Dr. Matt Campbell, NOAA Research Fisheries Biologist, which will use a variety of methods to inventory reef fish communities. Those other techniques will include the use of underwater cameras, trawling, towed vehicles and gut content analysis. Janosik is working on her part of the project with Dr. Tina Whitaker, a post-doctoral research associate at UWF.

“With environmental DNA, we’re hoping that this will give us a better understanding of the reef fish community present at the time of sampling, especially cryptic species other methods may miss,?Janosik said.

Janosik said that as part of the environmental DNA study, almost 500 water samples were collected from about 90 different reef sites from Pensacola to the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary near Galveston, Texas.

“We have all the samples and we’ve just started extracting them. We are hoping to have data toward the end of the summer or early fall,?Janosik said.  

In her previous research, Janosik used environmental DNA to find evidence of lionfish in local estuaries and detect the presence of the Alabama sturgeon, a species that many thought to be extinct.

The use of environmental DNA in the NOAA project will be compared to other methods employed to catalogue reef fish in the Gulf. Janosik said in some cases, environmental DNA can better inventory fish species than other techniques because it is a less invasive process.

While environmental DNA can detect the presence of fish species, it cannot determine the population of fish.

“There are limitations with this tool, but hopefully in combination with all of the tools, we can glean a powerful picture of the ecosystem,?Janosik said.

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Search Results for “biology” – University of West Florida Newsroom http://news.hljylh.com/uwf-military-and-veterans-resource-center-celebrates-donors-and-deserving-students-during-annual-luncheon/ Fri, 18 May 2018 13:30:05 +0000 http://news.hljylh.com/?p=8440 The University of West Florida Military and Veterans Resource Center awarded scholarships to seven students at its annual Donor Appreciation Luncheon on May 16 at the Museum of Commerce. The luncheon recognizes military veterans and dependents or family members of active or retired service members by awarding the Navy Federal Credit Union Scholarship, Brig. Gen. […]

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The University of West Florida Military and Veterans Resource Center awarded scholarships to seven students at its annual Donor Appreciation Luncheon on May 16 at the Museum of Commerce.

The luncheon recognizes military veterans and dependents or family members of active or retired service members by awarding the Navy Federal Credit Union Scholarship, Brig. Gen. and Mrs. Michael Ferguson Scholarship and Buzz and Larue Ambersley Scholarship.

日本一本道a不卡免费Established in 2012, the Buzz and Larue Ambersley Scholarship provides assistance to a dependent child or spouse of a veteran, deceased or active duty non-commissioned officer who is a resident of Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa or Walton counties. The 2018 recipient is Kyle Eads, a sophomore computer science major who puts his leadership skills to work in the classroom, helping other students in subjects in which he excels.

In 2001, Brig. Gen. and Mrs. Michael Ferguson created an endowment to provide support for military veterans and their dependents who demonstrate leadership capability and commitment to service. The 2018 recipients include:

– Sade Lashai Bray, a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in entrepreneurship, is an aspiring entrepreneur who served in the U.S. Army.
– Edna Lugo, a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in business administration, is a Coast Guard spouse whose father retired from the Army after serving in Korea and Vietnam.

With each move her family has made with the Coast Guard, Lugo said she has made sacrifices in her professional career. While her husband utilized his GI Bill to earn his MBA, she had to take out student loans to work toward hers.

“I have made it a goal to advance myself professionally in some way each move,?Lugo said. “This scholarship helps eases the financial burden to pursue my degree.?/p>

日本一本道a不卡免费Navy Federal Credit Union presented scholarships to four students for this upcoming academic year, including:

– Hailee Holt, a senior marine biology major who serves on the executive board for the National Society of Leadership and Success, the nation’s largest leadership honor society.
– Aja James, a senior exercise science major who served in the Florida Air National Guard and is now working to become an occupational therapist.
– Ayanna Kennedy, a senior nursing major who serves on the UWF African American Student Association.
– Andrew Summerlin, a senior athletics training major and building manager with UWF Recreation who leads with integrity, service and excellence.

“I feel extremely fortunate to receive a scholarship from Navy Federal and am thankful for their sacrifices to provide opportunities for military dependents, like myself,?said Summerlin. “My goals in life are becoming more attainable everyday through the scholarships given by kind donors like Navy Federal. I consider my life truly blessed through their giving, and I hope Navy Federal continues to bless others in the future with their generosity.?/p>

For more information about the UWF Military and Veterans Resource Center, visit hljylh.com/mvrc.

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Search Results for “biology” – University of West Florida Newsroom http://news.hljylh.com/uwf-to-celebrate-research-vessels-visit-to-pensacola-with-reception/ Tue, 20 Mar 2018 18:00:15 +0000 http://news.hljylh.com/?p=8225 The R/V W.T. Hogarth, a state-of-the-art, 78-foot research vessel, has docked for the first time in the Port of Pensacola. UWF is hosting the vessel’s visit. UWF students and faculty have access to the R/V W.T. Hogarth, as both a floating classroom for marine research opportunities and a platform for grant-funded research. Students in the […]

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The R/V W.T. Hogarth, a state-of-the-art, 78-foot research vessel, has docked for the first time in the Port of Pensacola. UWF is hosting the vessel’s visit.

日本一本道a不卡免费UWF students and faculty have access to the R/V W.T. Hogarth, as both a floating classroom for marine research opportunities and a platform for grant-funded research. Students in the University’s Biology and Environmental Science programs are using the vessel this week to conduct marine research through the collection of water and sediment samples in support of projects examining artificial reefs and diversity of marine organisms, from bacteria to fish. K-12 students at area schools got the chance to tour the vessel Friday, in conjunction with the Gulf Coast Science Festival, a Pensacola MESS Hall event.

日本一本道a不卡免费Operated by the Florida Institute of Oceanography, the new ship, which replaced a 50-year-old research vessel, was christened in May 2017. It was named after the FIO’s former director, Bill Hogarth. The vessel has room for a crew of four and is equipped with berths for 10 scientists, and contains wet and dry labs on board.

日本一本道a不卡免费“Having access to a modern research vessel gives UWF students a leg up on students from other states who don’t get the sea-going experiences that the new R/V W.T. Hogarth will offer,” said Dr. Wade Jeffrey, professor of Biology and director of the Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation.

Half of the funding for its construction was provided by the Florida Legislature, and half by contributions from users of the vessel, including UWF, as well as several other state universities.

“UWF has traditionally been the second largest user of the FIO vessels, behind the University of South Florida, so we made a sizable contribution to its construction costs,” said Jeffrey. “This new ship now provides great opportunities for oceanographic research and education for UWF students.”

日本一本道a不卡免费Historically, the University has used FIO ships for educational purposes linked to course work. For example, marine zoology students set out to sea for hands on sampling each year. The ships have also been incorporated into oceanography and coral reef courses. With the arrival of the R/V W.T. Hogarth, UWF hopes to expand course offerings to other topics.

日本一本道a不卡免费FIO vessels are also used for research purposes. Following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, UWF faculty carried out approximately 20 oceanographic research expeditions on the ships.

For more information about the R/V W.T. Hogarth, visit http://www.fio.usf.edu/vessels/rv-w-t-hogarth.

PHOTO CREDIT: Florida Institute of Oceanography

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Search Results for “biology” – University of West Florida Newsroom http://news.hljylh.com/uwf-honors-local-trailblazers-at-annual-awards/ Fri, 02 Mar 2018 17:39:35 +0000 http://news.hljylh.com/?p=8173 In honor of Black History Month, the University of West Florida Office of Equity and Diversity and Epps Christian Center recently partnered to award 10 community members who inspire and empower the Pensacola area. The second annual Trailblazer Awards luncheon was hosted at Voices of Pensacola Multicultural Center in downtown Pensacola on Feb. 21, 2018. […]

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In honor of Black History Month, the University of West Florida Office of Equity and Diversity and Epps Christian Center recently partnered to award 10 community members who inspire and empower the Pensacola area. The second annual Trailblazer Awards luncheon was hosted at Voices of Pensacola Multicultural Center in downtown Pensacola on Feb. 21, 2018.

“The whole idea of the Trailblazer Awards is recognizing those community members who have made a lasting impact on the community,?said Dr. Kim LeDuff, UWF chief diversity officer and vice president for the Division of Academic Engagement. “All of the award winners have served segments of our community that often go unnoticed.?/p>

In the process of planning the previous year’s inaugural event, the committee realized there were many other community members who deserved recognition as well.

“We wanted to find those people who are on the ground and really making a difference and bring them together to recognize the work they do,” said the Rev. Sylvia Tisdale, founder of the Epps Christian Center, who worked with UWF on the event. “My heart was overwhelmed with joy as I watched the honorees step from behind the scenes and have their moment in the spotlight.?/p>

The following people were named recipients of the Trailblazer Awards:

Pastor David Alexander III, Helping Hand Award

日本一本道a不卡免费Dr. Calvin Avant, Faith and Service Award

Ellison Bennett, Helping Hand Award

Bryan Freeman, Community Service Award

Pastor Timothy Grier, Community Service Award

日本一本道a不卡免费Lumon May, Servant Leader Award

日本一本道a不卡免费Jacqueline Miles, Pensacola Voice Award

日本一本道a不卡免费Augusta Simon, UWF Alumni Trailblazer Award

Dr. Erica Taylor, Educational Leadership Award

日本一本道a不卡免费Sandy Sansing, local auto dealer and philanthropist, was honored with the signature Trailblazer Award. The award committee selected Sansing for his impact on the community through his Sansing Foundation, which benefits multiple non-profit organizations throughout the region.

Augusta Simon, a past guest professor in the communication department and UWF’s first African American instructor, received the UWF Alumni Trailblazer Award. While a student at UWF, Simon co-founded the UWF Black Student Union, now the African American Student Association, was the first black resident hall adviser and was on staff for The Voyager, UWF’s student newspaper.Taylor

日本一本道a不卡免费Dr. Erica Taylor, instructor in the Department of Biology, received the Educational Leadership Award for her commitment to student success. Taylor dedicates herself to preventing and removing barriers to students pursuing STEM degrees. She is the founding director and the Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering faculty liaison of the UWF STEM Living Learning Community, also known as LLC. She is also the director of the S-STEM Scholars program, funded by the National Science Foundation.

“It was a great honor to continue our partnership with Epps Christian Center to celebrate the Pensacola community’s trailblazers,?said Karen Rentz, executive director for the Office of Equity and Diversity. “Attendance this year was incredible—it doubled in size from last year. We look forward to an even bigger awards event next year.?/p>

For more information about the Office of Equity and Diversity, visit hljylh.com/respect.

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Search Results for “biology” – University of West Florida Newsroom http://news.hljylh.com/uwf-breaks-ground-on-state-of-the-art-teaching-laboratory-facility/ Fri, 05 Jan 2018 16:51:52 +0000 http://news.hljylh.com/?p=7971 The University of West Florida Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering broke ground today on a Laboratory Sciences Annex, which will be connected to the Life Sciences Laboratory on the Pensacola campus to provide additional space for classroom and wet research lab needs. “The University of West Florida is very grateful for the support […]

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The University of West Florida Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering broke ground today on a Laboratory Sciences Annex, which will be connected to the Life Sciences Laboratory on the Pensacola campus to provide additional space for classroom and wet research lab needs.

“The University of West Florida is very grateful for the support of Governor Scott, the Board of Governors, and the Legislature for this facility,?said UWF President Martha D. Saunders. “I am especially thankful to our local delegation for their hard work over the last four years to secure the funding. This annex would not have been possible without their diligence on our behalf.”

The $26.26 million, state-of-the-art facility, comprising 52,790 gross square feet, is being designed by local architecture firm, Caldwell Associates, and Perkins+Will, a global firm with a specialty in higher education science and technology. It will house 12 new teaching facilities for the University’s growing biology and chemistry programs, providing space for a steadily increasing number of students. More than 5,000 students were enrolled in biology and chemistry labs during the 2016-17 academic year, and over 2,400 students enrolled in the Fall 2017 semester. Based on this semester’s headcount, more than 1,000 students in biology, biomedical sciences, chemistry and marine biology will be able to utilize the new facility once it is completed in Summer 2019. In addition to space, the facility will provide necessary technology upgrades and continued enhancement of the high-quality, hands-on educational experiences provided to STEM students at UWF.

“We are very excited about the new biology and chemistry teaching laboratories and the impact they will have on the quality of the educational experience for STEM students at UWF,?said Dr. Michael Huggins, dean of the Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering. “The Annex will allow for better engagement of students in a variety of laboratory experiences that will enhance student recruitment, retention and graduation rates.?/p>

日本一本道a不卡免费The Annex will also provide opportunities to expand research efforts currently underway in the college through the conversion of existing teaching labs into renovated research facilities. Science and engineering faculty receive more than $1 million each year in grants and contracts, providing STEM students with substantial hands-on experiences outside the traditional classroom setting so that they can be competitive in the 21st century workforce following graduation.

“Breaking ground on the Lab Sciences Annex is a substantial step forward into UWF’s next 50 years,?said Dr. George Ellenberg, provost and senior vice president. “The STEM disciplines will continue to play a central role in UWF’s future, because they are crucial to Northwest Florida’s future. The Annex will help address critical classroom, research and office needs for students, faculty and staff in the Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering.?/p>

For more information about the Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering, visit hljylh.com/hmcse.

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Search Results for “biology” – University of West Florida Newsroom http://news.hljylh.com/uwf-biology-students-earn-top-honors-at-annual-biomedical-research-conference/ Tue, 19 Dec 2017 15:04:09 +0000 http://news.hljylh.com/?p=7949 日本一本道a不卡免费Two students from the University of West Florida Department of Biology won awards for research poster presentations for their respective categories at the 2017 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students. The annual national conference, which is coordinated by the UWF Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering student engagement team, gathers more than 4,000 […]

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Two students from the University of West Florida Department of Biology won awards for research poster presentations for their respective categories at the 2017 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students.

日本一本道a不卡免费The annual national conference, which is coordinated by the UWF Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering student engagement team, gathers more than 4,000 undergraduate, post-baccalaureate and graduate students, as well as biomedical sciences professionals from underrepresented populations. Out of 2,000 presentations this year, 303 awards were given.

“These awards reflect the hard work and dedication of these two students well beyond what earns them their degrees,” said Dr. Phil Darby, professor and chair of biology. “Their awards are also emblematic of the dedication of our faculty to provide extraordinary opportunities for our students. These experiences expose students to biology research, of course, but equally important is the professional development and confidence gained only through experience.”

Courtney Swain, a senior biomedical sciences major, won the top award in cell biology for her presentation highlighting her current findings on the role of atypical antipsychotics in a condition known as drug-induced neutropenia, which involves having a low concentration of the major white blood cell neutrophil in the bloodstream and can lead to a weakened immune system. Her research, conducted under the guidance of Dr. Peter Cavnar, assistant professor in the biology department, studies possible pathways that drugs are impacting neutrophils. Swain is part of the Maximizing Access to Research Careers, or MARC, Scholars Program funded by the University’s National Institutes of Health grant totaling more than $960,000.Courtney Swain ABRCMS poster Edited

“I am grateful and honored to have received this award,?Swain said. “Knowing that representatives of the conference truly enjoyed my project and my presentation skills has given me more confidence in pursuing my future academic and career goals in medicine.?/p>

日本一本道a不卡免费May Zaw, a junior biomedical sciences major, earned the presentation award in the microbiology category for her current research on the effects of probiotic supplements on the gut microbiota in the common fruit fly, under the guidance of Dr. Hui-Min Chung, associate professor and associate chair for the biology department.

“Being one of the few out of hundreds of presenters in my discipline to be selected for this award really bolstered this feeling of confidence and significance in the work I am doing at UWF,?Zaw said. “It’s also a reminder that no matter where you come from, hard work and dedication will always pay off.?/p>

Both Swain and Zaw are involved in the UWF Kugelman Honors Program, which challenges and supports the highest-achieving and most creative undergraduate students at UWF.

To learn more about the Kugelman Honors Program, visit hljylh.com/honors.

For more information about the UWF Department of Biology, visit hljylh.com/biology.

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Search Results for “biology” – University of West Florida Newsroom http://news.hljylh.com/national-grant-to-fund-research-experiences-for-transfer-students/ Tue, 28 Nov 2017 15:17:25 +0000 http://news.hljylh.com/?p=7896 日本一本道a不卡免费A $278,880 National Science Foundation grant awarded to three University of West Florida professors will provide research experiences to help acclimate transfer students and enhance undergraduate research in the Department of Biology. The grant was awarded to Dr. Peter Cavnar, assistant professor of biology, Dr. Hui-Min Chung, associate professor in the Department of Biology, and […]

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日本一本道a不卡免费A $278,880 National Science Foundation grant awarded to three University of West Florida professors will provide research experiences to help acclimate transfer students and enhance undergraduate research in the Department of Biology.

The grant was awarded to Dr. Peter Cavnar, assistant professor of biology, Dr. Hui-Min Chung, associate professor in the Department of Biology, and Dr. Claudia Stanny, director of the Center for University Teaching, Learning and Assessment.

“It’s a unique grant because it combines novel research questions within the context of the classroom and laboratory settings,?Cavnar said. “This grant helps students to gain research skills and contribute to the research part of the University’s mission. The grant’s design is especially helpful to transfer students. About 40 percent of the incoming students in the Department of Biology are transfer students.?/p>

The three-year grant will fund a four-week bridge program in Summer 2018 for transfer students to get acclimated to the University and develop research projects heading into the fall semester. The students?research will be focused on coquina clams, commonly found on Pensacola beaches.

“They’ll learn research skills developed around looking at the genetics and the cell biology of the coquinas,?Cavnar said. “Basically, no one knows anything about the genome of the coquina at all. The genome has never been sequenced. So, we’re probably going to be the first ones to sequence that genome and analyze the cellular processes of the coquina clams.?/p>

The grant will also fund the transformation of genetics and cell biology labs at UWF into Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences, known as CUREs.

“CUREs are different from traditional lab experiments,?Cavnar said. “CUREs are much less structured. We’re going to basically ask novel hypotheses that no one has been looking at and have the students do the experiments as best we can.?/p>

For more information about the UWF Department of Biology, visit hljylh.com/biology.

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Search Results for “biology” – University of West Florida Newsroom http://news.hljylh.com/7728-2/ Wed, 27 Sep 2017 14:34:28 +0000 http://news.hljylh.com/?p=7728 日本一本道a不卡免费The University of West Florida welcomed three National Merit Finalists this fall. Diana Hanks, Hannah Funk and Cara Womacks were among 1,500 students across the country to meet the requirements for finalist standing, out of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Competition. They were awarded full tuition, room and […]

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The University of West Florida welcomed three National Merit Finalists this fall.

日本一本道a不卡免费Diana Hanks, Hannah Funk and Cara Womacks were among 1,500 students across the country to meet the requirements for finalist standing, out of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Competition. They were awarded full tuition, room and board, a $600-per-semester book stipend and a research stipend to attend UWF,  a total value of more than $50,000.

“We are delighted that Diana, Hannah and Cara chose the University of West Florida,?said UWF President Martha Saunders. “They may be the first National Merit Finalists to attend UWF, but I don’t think they will be our last. UWF has nationally competitive academic programs that give our students the opportunity to challenge themselves while preparing for their careers or for graduate school. UWF also provides our undergraduate students with opportunities to participate in research from the moment they enroll. Our focus on high-impact learning for our students is one of the things that sets us apart.?/p>

日本一本道a不卡免费Funk, a graduate of Choctawhatchee High School in Fort Walton Beach, said she was looking for the right university that was close to home and offered a quality education to help her pursue her dream of becoming a nurse practitioner.

“This scholarship will open so many doors for me,?Funk said. “I plan to apply to the UWF School of Nursing, and this generous scholarship will allow me to save the money I earn for more schooling after I earn a bachelor’s degree, with the ultimate goal of working in either a NICU or emergency medicine. I just want to be in a position to be able to help people and make a difference in their lives.?/p>

Hanks, a mechanical engineering major who graduated from Pace High School in Pace, said she chose to attend UWF after enjoying her experience in the dual enrollment program for the last two years. She said she plans to become an aerospace engineer, ideally for Boeing.

“UWF will help me by giving me a solid start on my education,?Hanks said. “Because UWF is a smaller school, I’ll be able to interact more with my professors and have more opportunities for research and internships.?/p>

日本一本道a不卡免费A homeschool graduate from St. Louis, Womacks credits the National Merit Finalist Scholarship with making her college dreams come true.

“I wouldn’t be able to afford my education without this scholarship,?Womacks said. “It gave me the financial security to move to Florida from Missouri and allowed me to pursue my dream of studying marine biology.?/p>

日本一本道a不卡免费Additionally, the University recently hosted its President’s Scholarship Competition, which awards top Florida high school graduates who show potential to serve as future leaders with the institution’s most prestigious scholarships. The Pace Presidential Scholarship is offered in conjunction with Florida Bright Futures and covers on-campus room and board, tuition, a $600 book stipend and a research experience, totaling more than $50,000. The John C. Pace, Jr. Honors Scholar Award, offered to students admitted to the Kugelman Honors Program, is equivalent to the Pace Presidential Scholarship, with additional funds available for an educational experience, such as study abroad.

“Last year, we awarded over $2 million dollars in merit scholarships to a number of outstanding students,?said Dr. Joffery Gaymon, vice president for enrollment and student affairs. “They have achieved great academic success throughout high school and developed an impressive academic record. We are very pleased to have such an exceptional class of scholars join the UWF family.?/p>

The following students were named recipients of the John C. Pace, Jr. Honors Scholar Award and granted admission to the Kugelman Honors Program: Sophia Giddens, psychology major and graduate of Pensacola High School in Pensacola; Aleigh Rowe, marine biology major and graduate of Timber Creek High School in Orlando; and Cameron Wakeland, environmental management major and graduate of Crestview High School in Crestview.

Wakeland said she chose to attend UWF after visiting, based on the small class sizes and the vast number of research and internship opportunities available for undergraduates. Being selected for one of the Pace Honors Scholar Awards, she said, was an added bonus.

“I really wanted to go somewhere where I felt more like an individual and less like ‘just another number,’?Wakeland said. “Being awarded the honors scholarship was truly an answer to my prayers, too. I had been working toward the goal of a full ride since my sophomore year of high school, and it was the best feeling in the world to learn that I had actually achieved it.?/p>

For more information about the 2017 premier scholarship recipients, visit hljylh.com/topscholars.

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Search Results for “biology” – University of West Florida Newsroom http://news.hljylh.com/uwf-lead-faculty-honor-graduates-with-argo-launch-party/ Fri, 09 Jun 2017 18:30:58 +0000 http://news.hljylh.com/?p=7547 The University of West Florida 2016-17 LEAD: The Faculty Version team celebrated a yearlong collaboration by setting fireworks off of the John C. Pace Library roof as part of the inaugural Argo Launch Party. LEAD, which stands for leadership, enhancement, activities and development, is a yearlong UWF leadership development program sponsored by the provost/executive vice […]

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The University of West Florida 2016-17 LEAD: The Faculty Version team celebrated a yearlong collaboration by setting fireworks off of the John C. Pace Library roof as part of the inaugural Argo Launch Party.

LEAD, which stands for leadership, enhancement, activities and development, is a yearlong UWF leadership development program sponsored by the provost/executive vice president. The Faculty Version involves 10 full-time faculty members in a series of interactive workshops, round-table discussions and strategy-building sessions. Dr. Athena du Pré, Distinguished University Professor, led the program.

日本一本道a不卡免费The faculty team chose to organize a graduation party for their project. Graduates, families of graduates and faculty attended the party, which lasted two hours and featured a speech from UWF President Martha Saunders, catered food and the fireworks show.

“We decided we wanted to do something to give back to the students, the faculty and the community,?said Dr. Alexis Janosik, an assistant professor of biology. “We wanted to share this celebration with the students, hug them and say, ‘Great job,?because graduation is a big deal.?/p>

日本一本道a不卡免费The faculty team defined goals for their project that included refining leadership skills, building relationships across campus, developing strategies to flourish as leaders and team members and learning more about issues that affect UWF and higher education overall. Janosik said they accomplished the goals by collaborating with the administration, UWF Alumni Association, the University Student Ambassadors Programs and other organizations to hold the party.

“We had really great synergy,?Janosik said. “There were many different groups on campus with different perspectives, and we put them all together. Everybody worked really well together. One person could not pull this off.?/p>

For more information about LEAD: The Faculty Version, visit the webpage.

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Search Results for “biology” – University of West Florida Newsroom http://news.hljylh.com/university-of-west-florida-hosting-international-education-week-on-nov-14-18/ Mon, 14 Nov 2016 19:30:56 +0000 http://news.hljylh.com/?p=6877 The University of West Florida is hosting International Education Week this week to celebrate international education and worldwide exchange. “One of the great things about a university is the intermingling of students and faculty from different countries,?said Dr. Judith Bense, president of UWF. “It is a special and important element in educating students for […]

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The University of West Florida is hosting International Education Week this week to celebrate international education and worldwide exchange.

“One of the great things about a university is the intermingling of students and faculty from different countries,?said Dr. Judith Bense, president of UWF. “It is a special and important element in educating students for productive lives.?em> 

This year, along with record enrollment, the University saw an expansion in its global profile.

“We have more than 400 international students studying at UWF,?said Rachel Hendrix, assistant dean of high-impact practices in UWF University College. “We also sent the largest group of students abroad, with more than 200 students studying in more than 20 countries.?/p>

The week’s feature event, “Study & Travel in China: Scholarship Opportunities,?will explore the many scholarship opportunities available for UWF students to travel and study in China.

“This year marks the 10th anniversary of the ‘Study and Travel in China?seminar,?said Dr. Kuiyuan Li, director of the Confucius Institute at UWF. “We have had more than 30 UWF students participate in the program, while others have been awarded prestigious scholarships to attend Chinese universities.?/p>

日本一本道a不卡免费The event’s guest speakers include:

?Judith Bense, university president
?Consul Wang, consulate-general of the People’s Republic of China in Houston, Texas
?Ben Giaimo, Confucius disciple and Chinese culture and language enthusiast
?Joe Lepo日本一本道a不卡免费, professor, Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation and Department of Biology at UWF

International Education Week features a diverse array of events. The full schedule includes:

?Monday, Nov. 14: Student Appreciation Breakfast, hosted by the Japan Center at the Japan House, 8 to 11 a.m.
?Tuesday, Nov. 15: Global on the Green, hosted by the Intensive English Program at the Cannon Green, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
?Wednesday, Nov. 16: International Music Night, UWF Global Quarter at the Commons Auditorium, 7 to 9 p.m.
?Wednesday, Nov. 16: Study & Travel in China: Scholarship Opportunities, hosted by the UWF Confucius Institute at the Commons Auditorium, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
?Friday, Nov. 18: UWF Global Quarter Barbecue, hosted by UWF Global Quarter in front of the International Center, noon to 3 p.m.

All programs are free to attend and open to the public. For more information about International Programs at UWF, visit hljylh.com/internationaloffice.

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Search Results for “biology” – University of West Florida Newsroom http://news.hljylh.com/cedb-looks-beyond-microbial-biology-for-new-research-projects/ Wed, 10 Aug 2016 13:18:10 +0000 http://news.hljylh.com/?p=7784 日本一本道a不卡免费By Richard Conn, UWF Center for Research and Economic Opportunity Dr. Wade Jeffrey is a professor in the University of West Florida Department of Biology and has served as director of the University’s Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation (CEDB) since June 2015. He has been with the center since 1991. The CEDB is participating […]

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By Richard Conn, UWF Center for Research and Economic Opportunity

Dr. Wade Jeffrey is a professor in the University of West Florida Department of Biology and has served as director of the University’s Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation (CEDB) since June 2015. He has been with the center since 1991.

日本一本道a不卡免费The CEDB is participating in two research consortia financially supported by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative, which was funded following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010.

Much of his scientific career has been dedicated to studying the effects of ultraviolet radiation on marine microbes which has taken him from the Arctic to Antarctica and many places in between.

Q: You took over as director of the CEDB in 2015. What goals do you have for the department?

Jeffrey: As I like to tell people, we’ve been very good at what we do for 25 years, and if ain’t broke don’t fix it. But I have a couple of specific goals that I would like to see us work towards, and one is to grow.

日本一本道a不卡免费I would like to see us expand both in the number of personnel that we have, but also into the disciplines in which we work. Currently, pretty much everybody who works for the center is a biologist of one sort or another ?microbial biologists, even more specifically. I would like to see us expand to other disciplines so that it facilitates better interaction with other departments on campus. Chemistry and engineering, are two obvious ones. Earth and environmental sciences is another one. Potentially, it could be even economics and history. It depends on how broad we want to cast our net.

There are calls for (grant) proposals that come out now where they look for socioeconomic components. And the current members of CEDB don’t have that background. It would be nice to have in-house people that we could collaborate with to do that. And it’s not that that expertise doesn’t already exist on campus, but when you don’t cross paths with people sometimes it’s hard to know sometimes who has what capabilities when you’re trying to make the decision on ?can I or can I not try to apply for a particular grant proposal?

Q: Scientists in the CEDB have done a lot of international collaborations, including projects with researchers in France, China and Sweden. You’ve focused a lot of your research in Chile. Why is Chile such a robust area for research?

Jeffrey: Chile has a phenomenal diversity in environment. The people that I have met there are the experts in the field, very highly respected Chilean scientists, and they have invited me to work with them, to bring in some of my expertise to compliment theirs. I could never work there without their collaboration. But these particular places fascinate me to no end. They are in some respects, the most bizarre, weird, interesting things I’ve ever seen in my life. And as I tell people, I’ve traveled a lot. But the first time I went and saw these places I was dumbfounded, that they were just so unique.

日本一本道a不卡免费It is the epitome of extreme environments. There’s a whole sub-discipline of microbial ecology called “life in extreme environments,?and so the Chilean work in particular is pretty extreme. But I’ve done work in the polar oceans as well, which also are extreme environments. And so, unintentionally, I’ve become sort of an extreme microbiologist as well.

Q: What is some of the current research being done at the CEDB?

Jeffrey: (Dr.) Jane Caffrey’s lab is working on a couple of projects examining the health of sea grass communities both locally and along the northeast Gulf of Mexico. She also has a project examining the ecological role that artificial reefs play in the Gulf. There are a very large number of artificial reefs in our area, but while we know they attract fish, we know very little about how they drive growth and production in a larger context.

(Dr.) Joe Lepo continues to develop his collaborations with scientists in China and the Philippines. They are interested in both water quality issues but also developing ways to use microbiology to improve the growth and harvest of rice crops. He also continues to pursue projects examining the bacterial growth on complex hydrocarbons. (Dr.) Jeff Eble is our liaison with the Gulf Islands Research and Education Center with the National Park Service. He has numerous projects engaging the community with the park and the research and educational potentials it provides. In particular, he has looked at invasive frogs in the park. He also used the invasion of lion fish to train local school teachers and their students in how to conduct modern molecular biology research.

日本一本道a不卡免费(Dr.) Jim Spain joined us this year and brings his world expertise in the microbial degradation of chemical pollutants and environmental biotechnology.

In my lab we have continued looking at sunlight interactions with oil at many different levels, most of the time looking to see how it affects microbial growth. I have a project with some undergraduates where for almost exactly a year they’ve been looking to see whether there is a seasonal cycle to how the environment responds to oil. In a nutshell, you can ask the question, Do you get the same response if the oil spill happens in the summer as if it happened in the winter?

日本一本道a不卡免费We’re continuing to work with the Chileans, and hoping to expand it, again, trying to get to the ultraviolet radiation effects in greater detail than we have. Because of the environment and the altitude in Chile, it’s one of the highest UV environments I’ve ever seen. The organisms are getting blasted with UV but somehow they’re able to thrive and survive there. So a lot of it is, how have they been able to adapt to be able to grow under such extreme conditions? We have pending proposals to try to get back to the Antarctic. I actually started my career working in Antarctica, a long time ago. I’d like to go back. It’s kind of near and dear to my heart to do work down there.

I’ve got four new Ph.D. level scientists this year, so we’re really excited this year where that’s going to take us as we expand some projects and look at some new directions.

Excerpts from the Experts is a monthly feature that highlights research conducted by UWF faculty.

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Search Results for “biology” – University of West Florida Newsroom http://news.hljylh.com/uwf-alumnus-anthony-pelezo-gifts-100000-to-football-program/ Tue, 07 Jun 2016 14:20:31 +0000 http://news.hljylh.com/?p=6165 Alumnus and community advocate, Dr. Anthony Pelezo, will donate $100,000 to the football program at the University of West Florida. To recognize this generous gift, the UWF Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has dedicated a space in the Athletic Operations Building to be named in his honor. This gift is also representative of Dr. Pelezo’s membership […]

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Alumnus and community advocate, Dr. Anthony Pelezo, will donate $100,000 to the football program at the University of West Florida. To recognize this generous gift, the UWF Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has dedicated a space in the Athletic Operations Building to be named in his honor. This gift is also representative of Dr. Pelezo’s membership in the Football Founders group and the UWF Sword and Shield Council.

Dr. Pelezo, a Pensacola native and 1986 graduate of UWF, practiced emergency medicine for 12 years before transitioning to a career in health care finance. He credits the attention from his professors as a major reason why he chooses to give back to his alma mater.

日本一本道a不卡免费“I had a significant foundation that I needed to build, and I had some professors that really took an interest in my success,?he said. “One was Dr. Judy Bense, who was my History of Anthropology professor at the time. She was my toughest teacher, and probably my most valuable teacher in terms of teaching the type of dedication, focus and level of effort it was going to take to succeed.

“Another was Dr. Charles D’Asaro in Developmental Biology,?he continued. “He was just outstanding, and he represented the type of focus my professors gave me when I was at UWF. I really felt like they had a vested interest in seeing me succeed. In no small way, I feel like I have to pay that forward. It is in part a responsibility, and in part something I simply want to do.?/p>

日本一本道a不卡免费A fan of all college sports, Dr. Pelezo believes that the development and success of the football program will help to build the entire athletic department, which, in turn, benefits the community at large.

“There is a direct and indirect impact on the community,?he explained. “The football program will help businesses. It will attract more students. It will help with the growth of the university and its overall success.?/p>

Dr. Pelezo’s $100,000 gift will assist in startup costs for the team which is set to begin its inaugural season in September 2016.

“My heart is in building future leaders for this community and attracting people to this area,?he said. “The University is an important part of this community, and it will remain an important part of this community. I’m really thrilled to be a part of this.?/p>

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Search Results for “biology” – University of West Florida Newsroom http://news.hljylh.com/new-program-provides-funding-for-uwf-students-to-travel-for-research/ Mon, 23 May 2016 14:00:49 +0000 http://news.hljylh.com/?p=6116 日本一本道a不卡免费A new program in the University of West Florida Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering is providing funding for four students to perform research at other academic institutions around the country. The Research Experience Away Program – launched in Summer 2016 – provides students with up to $7,500 each to help offset travel expenses. “It’s a […]

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日本一本道a不卡免费A new program in the University of West Florida Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering is providing funding for four students to perform research at other academic institutions around the country. The Research Experience Away Program – launched in Summer 2016 – provides students with up to $7,500 each to help offset travel expenses.

“It’s a different indicator on a resume if you’ve had that kind of an experience,?said Dr. Michael Huggins, dean of the Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering. “We want our students to be competitive for the best jobs in the country. In order to do that, we need to provide them the best experiences in the country, and that means sometimes going away for research experiences.?/p>

To qualify for the program, students must have a 3.0 or higher GPA in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics degree program; have at least one semester of research experience at UWF; have documented acceptance into a research program or laboratory at another research university, research center or other similar institution; and continue as a UWF student for at least one additional semester after their research-away experience.

Some of the first students participating in the UWF Research Away Experience Program will conduct research at institutions including Johns Hopkins University and Brigham Young University.

日本一本道a不卡免费Biology student Rachel Richardson will spend her summer working on the coral reefs in Moorea, French Polynesia, with Dr. Robert Carpenter of California State University, Northridge at the Richard Gump South Pacific Research Station site established by the National Science Foundation in 2004 and operated by the University of California, Berkeley.

Chemistry student Savannah Bifulco will be working with Dr. Jeff Rothstein at Johns Hopkins University, whose research focuses on the role of nucleocytoplasmic transport in neurodegeneration. Bifulco will study the role that nucleocytoplasmic transport plays in frontotemporal dementia or Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

“The Research Experience Away that I am attending is special because it is tailored specifically for students who wish to obtain an M.D./Ph.D. degree like me,?Bifulco said. “Since this is a special program for aspiring M.D./Ph.D. students, it greatly increases my chances of being admitted into very competitive programs after my undergraduate degree.?/p>

Graduates of M.D./Ph.D. programs, a dual doctoral degree for physician–scientists, often go on to become faculty members at medical schools, universities and research institutes. M.D./Ph.D. programs are some of the most competitive programs in all of the STEM fields. Having participated in experiences at world-renown research institutions, UWF students, such as Bifulco, will greatly increase their competitiveness for these highly sought-after degree programs.

日本一本道a不卡免费In addition, nine students from the Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering are participating in competitive programs funded by the host institutions or from grants awarded to UWF.

日本一本道a不卡免费Students receiving support from these programs will conduct research at the University of Illinois, Air Force Research Laboratory at Eglin Air Force Base, the U.S. Department of Energy, Georgia Institute of Technology and several other institutions.

日本一本道a不卡免费A portion of the funding for the Research Experience Away Program comes from the $5 million gift long-time supporter Harold E. ‘Hal?Marcus gave earlier this year to the College of Science and Engineering, which was named in his honor.

For more information on the Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering, visit hljylh.com/cse.

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Search Results for “biology” – University of West Florida Newsroom http://news.hljylh.com/120000-awarded-to-uwf-students-in-summer-undergraduate-research-program/ Mon, 16 May 2016 14:00:16 +0000 http://news.hljylh.com/?p=6107 The University of West Florida Summer Undergraduate Research Program in the Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering has returned for a second year. The 10-12 week program in the Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering is funded almost entirely by external gifts and grants and allows students to work on research projects under […]

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The University of West Florida Summer Undergraduate Research Program in the Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering has returned for a second year.

日本一本道a不卡免费The 10-12 week program in the Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering is funded almost entirely by external gifts and grants and allows students to work on research projects under the supervision of faculty mentors. The program is designed to provide students with hands-on experiences that extend beyond the classroom.

Private donations and grants in the amount of $120,000 will support the 48 research students.

“It’s probably true for all the disciplines, but for the STEM disciplines in particular, you’re not competitive if you don’t have hands-on experiences in your field of study,?said Dr. Michael Huggins, dean of the Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering. “We’re really trying to build the programming to help make sure that students are getting more and more of those experiences.?/p>

To be considered for the program, students submit formal applications, including a research project proposal and statement of personal and professional objectives. The 48 students are paid $2,500 each to work 20 to 25 hours per week in a UWF research lab with a faculty mentor.

Research projects are clustered in the following areas: Biological and Biomedical, Coastal and Marine Studies, Curriculum Development and Evaluation, Data Science and Informatics, Energy, Intelligent Systems, and Material and Molecular Science.

日本一本道a不卡免费Projects include research focusing on the detection and origin of DDT in wetland sediments in Escambia Bay. Another project examines offshore aeolian sediment transport on nourished and non-nourished beaches.

Biology student Amy Brower will be working on a project using environmental DNA to investigate the presence of Mooneye fish in the Mobile River Basin. The Mooneye is a critical species that is endemic to North America and is declining in population throughout its range in Alabama, Brower said. Dr. Alexis Janosik, an assistant professor in the Department of Biology, will be Brower’s faculty mentor on the project.

“The Summer Undergraduate Research Program was of particular interest to me because of its emphasis on research in ways that are unattainable for students to receive in a classroom setting. Specifically, I am gaining hands-on experience and training in the field of Molecular Biology, and will gain valuable mentorship from working with Dr. Janosik,?Brower said. “Skills gained through this experience will help me to be successful in my chosen field for graduate school in molecular genetics of marine species.?/p>

日本一本道a不卡免费The program will end with a summer research celebration during which students will present the results of their projects.

“It’s part of their professional development to be able to present their science to a general audience,?Huggins said. “We’re looking forward to another successful program.?/p>

For more information on the Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering, visit hljylh.com/cse.

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Search Results for “biology” – University of West Florida Newsroom http://news.hljylh.com/uwf-honors-students-learn-the-art-and-science-of-brewing/ Mon, 18 Apr 2016 14:00:34 +0000 http://news.hljylh.com/?p=6022 The University of West Florida Kugelman Honors Program is raising a glass to the craft beer trend this spring as students learn to brew and market their own beer. Students enrolled in the Art and Science of Brewing, an honors seminar course, are learning to brew beer and developing marketing plans to sell the finished […]

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The University of West Florida Kugelman Honors Program is raising a glass to the craft beer trend this spring as students learn to brew and market their own beer.

Students enrolled in the Art and Science of Brewing, an honors seminar course, are learning to brew beer and developing marketing plans to sell the finished product. The class meets weekly and combines elements of biology, chemistry, history and business. It will culminate with a tasting event to select the winning beer on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at 5:30 p.m. in the UWF Alumni Conference Room in Building 12 on the Pensacola Campus.

日本一本道a不卡免费The class is led by instructors Dr. Jeffrey Eble and Joseph Moss. Eble, a research assistant professor with the UWF Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation, specializes in marine ecological genetics with a focus on identifying how populations interact and evolve. He is also Research Coordinator for the recently established Gulf Islands Research and Education Center. Moss, a research associate for the CEDB, is an accomplished molecular biologist specializing in waterborne pathogens and evaluating the diversity and function of microbial communities.

日本一本道a不卡免费The winning concoction will be marketed and sold as part of the microbrewery at Goatlips Chew and Brewhouse on Copter Road for a limited time. Students must be at least 21 years of age to participate in accordance with state law.

“The UWF honors program has a strong commitment to our mission of providing active learning experiences in an interdisciplinary context,?said Dr. Gregory Lanier, director of the Kugelman Honors Program. “Most of our courses are focused on answering a single question by exploring it from multiple disciplines. We may have a chemist sitting next to an English major, and they each bring a unique perspective to the honors seminars.?/p>

Another popular honors seminar course is the Politics of Food, led by Dr. Gregory Tomso. Students in the Politics of Food course began the UWF Community Garden, which is organic and open to the public, Lanier said.

日本一本道a不卡免费The Kugelman Honors Program in University College accepts applications annually from high-achieving and creative high school seniors. Designed for students in all majors, the program is structured so that students complete their honors requirements over the course of their time as an undergraduate. In addition to taking honors-exclusive courses and seminars, honors students also complete an undergraduate thesis and a minimum of 100 community service hours before graduating as Kugelman Honors Scholars.

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Search Results for “biology” – University of West Florida Newsroom http://news.hljylh.com/uwf-to-showcase-student-scholarly-work-at-15th-annual-womens-studies-conference/ Thu, 10 Mar 2016 15:00:24 +0000 http://news.hljylh.com/?p=5884 The University of West Florida will host its 15th annual Women’s Studies Conference on March 21, 2016, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the UWF Conference Center. The annual event provides a platform for graduate and undergraduate students to showcase their research, while offering an invaluable opportunity to engage in a rigorous, high-impact learning […]

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日本一本道a不卡免费The University of West Florida will host its 15th annual Women’s Studies Conference on March 21, 2016, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the UWF Conference Center.

日本一本道a不卡免费The annual event provides a platform for graduate and undergraduate students to showcase their research, while offering an invaluable opportunity to engage in a rigorous, high-impact learning experience. Presentations will include visual art, performance art, scholarly papers and poster presentations that address topics across women, gender and sexuality.

“This event continues to be vital to the professional and academic training of our students across all colleges,?says Dr. Katherine Romack, coordinator of the UWF Women’s and Gender Studies Program. “This year’s submissions are the strongest we’ve had in the past 15 years.?/p>

Dr. Anne Fausto-Sterling, a renowned developmental geneticist, will deliver the conference’s keynote address entitled “Acquiring Gender: From Baby in the Yellow Hat to Gender Identity and Expression.” Fausto-Sterling is the professor emerita of biology and gender studies in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and Biochemistry at Brown University. She is the founder and former director of the Science and Technology Studies Program at Brown and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Her work has been influential in shaping the understanding of sex, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity.

The conference will also recognize the recipient of the Mary F. Rogers Faculty Award for Women’s Studies. This year, Dr. Jamie Snyder, assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice at UWF, will be honored for her research on domestic violence. Her luncheon presentation will discuss sexual violence on college campuses.

“The conference is more than just an opportunity for students to present,?said Erica Miller, co-president of the UWF Women’s Studies Collective. “It creates a space for students, faculty and the community to connect and discuss important issues.?/p>

The conference is a collaboration between the campus and surrounding community, proudly sponsored and supported by the Northwest Florida Red Ribbon Charitable Foundation as well as the following UWF entities: Women’s and Gender Studies Program; Women’s Studies Collective; Faculty ADVANCE; Office of Equity and Diversity; John C. Pace Symposium Series; Department of English; Student Government Association; College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities; Division of Student Affairs and the Graduate School.

The conference is free and open to the public. Visit the registration website for more information.

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Search Results for “biology” – University of West Florida Newsroom http://news.hljylh.com/uwf-receives-restore-act-grant-for-artificial-reef-research/ Fri, 25 Sep 2015 14:00:29 +0000 http://news.hljylh.com/?p=5161 The University of West Florida Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation, in collaboration with the University of South Alabama and Dauphin Island Sea Lab, was recently awarded a $293,992 grant for artificial reef research. Funds were granted by the Florida Institute of Oceanography Center of Excellence through the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund, established by […]

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The University of West Florida Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation, in collaboration with the University of South Alabama and Dauphin Island Sea Lab, was recently awarded a $293,992 grant for artificial reef research.

日本一本道a不卡免费Funds were granted by the Florida Institute of Oceanography Center of Excellence through the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund, established by the 2012 RESTORE Act in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The center’s project is among only 10 selected out of 47 proposals. Research will focus on evaluating the role of artificial reefs as hotspots of biological productivity.

“When people go to artificial reefs, they see all of this incredible, diverse marine life on the reefs. The assumption is that there is more productivity,?said Dr. Jane Caffrey, CEDB and UWF biology professor. “But that has never been tested in this area. We need to actually collect the data. We can’t just go by appearances; we need hard numbers.?br />Caffrey will lead the research with Dr. Will Patterson of USA and Dauphin Island Sea Lab, as well as Robert Turpin of Escambia County Marine Resources Division. The team aims to provide a better understanding of Northwest Florida’s artificial reefs and shallow coastal environments by studying the fish population and communicating its findings to the local fishing and diving community.

Jane Caffrey“We’re hoping to get other faculty involved as well,?Caffrey continued. “We’re going to have this baseline data, so they might be able to write proposals that piggyback off of this research. The more faculty we get involved, the more opportunities there are for students.?/p>

CEDB director Dr. Wade Jeffrey will also be involved in Caffrey’s project. Jeffrey and Dr. Dick Snyder, the center’s former director, have been conducting research on the Gulf’s continental shelf since the 2010 spill. Snyder is currently employed by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, with which Caffrey is eager to collaborate. She hopes to share samples with his team and compare artificial reefs between the two states.

“By comparing the base of the food web with the reef fishes, this project is a great opportunity to start to better understand whether artificial reefs really increase production or simply act to attract the existing fish populations,?said Jeffrey.

日本一本道a不卡免费The project focuses on findings in the water column and sediments. Two of Caffrey’s master’s students will take the lead in these areas.

“There are tremendous opportunities for students to get involved,” she said. “Whether it is scientific diving or developing other aspects of the research, I hope students will put their own twist on it.”

日本一本道a不卡免费The artificial reef research project began in September 2015 and will continue through August 2017.

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