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FAMU Professor Receives Barnett Cohen Award
Florida A&M University Professor Henry N. Williams, Ph.D., has been honored with the prestigious Barnett Cohen Award.
Williams is a professor in the School of the Environment, an American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Congressional Science Fellow, and an internationally recognized distinguished lecturer.
The Cohen Award is sponsored by ASM and awarded to professional microbiologist in recognition of their contributions, devotion, and interest in promoting the science of microbiology.
FAMU Programs Win Leadership Awards
Several FAMU programs and divisions took home leadership awards at the annual HBCULead Conference sponsored by HBCUgrow.
FAMU won the Gold “People’s Choice” Award for its leadership as a military-friendly school, and the work of its recently established Veterans Affairs Division.
The University’s Office of Communications also won the Gold “Judges’ Choice” Award for its marketing efforts and the Division of Student Affairs won the Silver “Judges’ Choice” Award for its new immersive initiative that uses 360-degree photography and virtual reality technology in its student engagement and recruitment efforts. This new strategy to engage potential students through technology that can be used via mobile devices, home computers, and other devices allows students to participate in virtual tours and campus experiences.
HBCUgrow is a consortium focused on advancing HBCU enrollment and alumni giving.
FAMU DRS ROTC Educator Honored by Governor Rick Scott
Lt. Colonel Reginald D. Howard received the Governor’s Veterans Service Award. Howard has been teaching Army Junior Reserves Officer Training Corps for the past five years at the Florida A&M University Developmental Research School, after serving 24 years in the U.S. Army. LTC Howard served with distinction, earning numerous commendations including the Iraq Campaign Medal with two Campaign Stars, Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal (2nd Oak Leaf Cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (3rd Oak Leaf Cluster), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal and NATO Medal.
Florida Virtual School Recognizes FAMU Dean
Florida Virtual School recognized its former Board of Trustees Chair Dhyana Ziegler, Ph.D., interim dean of the FAMU School of Journalism & Graphic Communication during its annual In-Service Training Days in November. Ziegler was given the first-ever Leadership Legacy Award in appreciation of her unwavering dedication and support to students and parents across Florida.
Ziegler served a two-year term as FLVS Board Chair, which concluded in June 2017. She still remains on the Board as a member.
FAMU Students Shine in Climate Institute Competition
FAMU students won two out of five Florida Climate Institute awards last month. The Climate Institute called on students across Florida universities to create compelling videos on climate challenges that will promote understanding of impacts and inspire action.
Second place was awarded to FAMU Biological Systems Engineering students Lesley-Ann Jackson, Dejour Monroe and Briyana Stewart. The fifth place award was awarded to doctoral students from the FAMU School of Environment, Christy Crandall and Anjali Sharma.
Both of the winning teams were mentored by Aavudai Anandhi Swamy, assistant professor in the Biological Systems Engineering program. The projects were partially funded with support from the USDA-NIFA capacity building grant and National Science Foundation Research Traineeship grant.
FAMU Band Founder William Foster Has Portrait Installed at Smithsonian Gallery
The Dr. William P. and Mary Ann Foster Foundation (Foster Foundation) has announced that the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery added two photograph portraits of Dr. William P. Foster, the founder of the world-famous Marching “100, ” to its collection. These new acquisitions will join more than 22,000 other works in the Portrait Gallery’s collection, which represent the thousands of people who have made a significant impact on the history and culture of America.
“It is a pleasure and an honor to have the two portraits of my father added to the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery,” said son Anthony Foster. “These photographs will enable the Smithsonian to share Dr. Foster’s remarkable story with the public.”
For more information visit, www.drwpfosterfoundation.org.
FAMU Professor Attends UN Global Climate Change Conference
FAMU Professor John Warford was invited to attend the United Nations Global Climate Change Conference. Warford is a member of a delegation of HBCU professors and community leaders affiliated with the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, an internationally known non-governmental organization based in New Orleans, Louisiana. At the conference, Warford participated in information sessions, Q&A sessions, panel discussions and media interviews related to climate change’s negative impacts, community, and regional responses, conditions, and solutions. He also received official briefings on the status of talks from national and regional government representatives. In 2015, at the U.N.’s climate conference in Paris, France, Warford hosted two students, Simone English and Asia Cain, were they gave presentations and media interviews on climate change.