FAMU Students Engage in International Agriculture Research in the Dominican Republic
Five Florida A&M University (FAMU) students have traveled to the Dominican Republic this summer to gain hands-on experience in international agricultural careers as part of their Service Learning in International Agriculture course, offered through the University’s global agriculture minor program.
“We are excited to partner with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to increase the participation of our agriculture graduates from historically Black colleges and universities (HBCU) into Foreign Service career tracks,” said Harriett Paul, director of FAMU’s Center for International Agricultural Trade Development Research and Training.
Paul leads the 1890 USDA Center of Excellence in International Engagement and Development (Center), Global Agriculture Program (GAP), through which highly motivated students are exposed to opportunities to prepare for Foreign Service careers with the USDA through the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service – International Services (APHIS-IS) and the Foreign Agriculture Services (FAS).
The Center recently engaged four FAMU College of Agriculture and Food Science (CAFS) students in the inaugural 1890 Universities Foundation Washington, D.C. Study Tour for Agricultural Diplomats. The student representatives are Rachel Fernandez, a junior animal science student, Johnesha Jackson, a junior animal science student; Greg McNealy, an agribusiness graduate student; and Halimah Wynn, a junior agronomy student.
These four students, along with Jorge Del’Angel, a junior biological engineering systems students, are participating in a two-week international service learning experience to the Dominican Republic through June 10, where they are working with APHIS-IS, FAS and local public and private sector organizations on improving the quality and safety of horticultural products exported to Europe and the US.
FAMU Nursing Dean to be Honored in England
The Association of Black Nursing Faculty, Inc. (ABNF), has selected FAMU School of Nursing Dean Henry Talley, Ph.D., to receive the ABNF Award for Excellence in Community Service and Community Engagement. The award will be presented at an awards luncheon on June 8 during the 31st ABNF Annual Meeting and Scientific Conference in London, England. The association highlighted Talley’s “exceptional contributions that you make on a daily basis to improve the lives of underserved populations in Florida.”
A retired lieutenant colonel in the United States Army Reserve Nurse Corps, Talley previously served as the founding director of the Michigan State University Nurse Anesthesia Program, and chief anesthetist and operations director of anesthesiology service at the VA Medical Center in Memphis, Tennessee.
FAMU Professor Publishes “Sustainaspeak” Book
Beth Lewis, an associate professor of architecture at FAMU, has published the new book “Sustainaspeak: A Guide to Sustainable Design Terms.”
The book was written to educate those wanting to learn more about sustainability and the terminology of environmentally-friendly and resource efficient design. “Sustainaspeak: A Guide for Sustainable Design Terms” provides a current guide to sustainable design strategies, terms and practices needed for the next generation of community and university leaders, designers, planners, architects, and students. The book addresses strategies needed to design a carbon-neutral world for future generations.
“Sustainaspeak” contains more than 200 terms with additional sources and related terms. It is illustrated with sustainable award-winning buildings.