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Dr. Thobias Sando, University of North Florida civil engineering professor, was recently awarded a fellowship by the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program, a scholar fellowship program for educational projects at African higher education institutions. [Read more…] about UNF Professor Awarded Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship
UNF Researchers Utilizing Instrument in Cancer-Fighting Studies
The University of North Florida Materials Science and Engineering Research Facility (MSERF) has partnered with TESCAN, a leading manufacturer of electron and light microscopes, in the installation of one of its new Q-Phase microscopes, a unique instrument for quantitative phase imaging based on holographic microscopy.
The Q-Phase microscope is a first-of-its-kind holographic microscope capable of imaging live cells for up to five days. Traditional light microscopy of cells requires staining and chemical treatments that capture the state of the cell in time but kills the cell in the process. This new technology allows cells to be imaged while living over the course of days.
“The partnership with TESCAN affords the University the ability to gather cutting-edge data from the latest high-tech equipment” said Dr. Paul Eason, UNF-MSERF director and associate professor of mechanical engineering in the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction.
The agreement between the University and TESCAN provides UNF the opportunity to obtain new and unique microscopes for the purpose of instrument validation and demonstration for potential users. The Q-Phase microscope, located in MSERF in the newly renovated Skinner-Jones Hall, is on the UNF campus for a 90-day demonstration period.
Researchers both at UNF and the Mayo Clinic are taking advantage of the trial installation and utilizing the state-of-the-art device in their respective studies of treating various types of cancer. Dr. Albina Mikhaylova, MSERF assistant director, is coordinating all research on the microscope and serving as the instrument’s chief operator.
Mayo Clinic researchers are already gathering useful data from the instrument. Dr. Maarten Rotman, a post-doctoral researcher in the Mayo Neurosurgery Lab of Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, has been examining brain cancer cells.
“We want to know why certain brain cancer cells spread out over the brain and resist chemotherapeutic treatment and what we can do to stop that,” he said. “Using the Q-Phase microscope, we’re analyzing with great clarity the effects of certain new treatments on the mobility and survival of brain cancer cells.”
UNF biology researchers have also been using the Q-Phase microscope. “We’re interested in examining the synergistic effect of saffron and conventional taxane therapy [a type of chemotherapy treatment used for various cancers] using breast and colon carcinoma cell lines,” said Dr. Fatima Khwaja Rehman, UNF biology lecturer.
There are plans to perform further work with UNF researchers and Mayo Clinic as well as researchers from the University of Florida and Florida International University. TESCAN may extend the 90-day installation period, given the high volume of demand for the instrument’s use on the UNF campus.
Founded in 1991 by a group of managers and engineers from Tesla with its electron microscopy history starting in the 1950’s, today TESCAN is a globally renowned supplier of focused ion beam workstations, scanning electron microscopes and optical microscopes. TESCAN’s innovative solutions and collaborative nature with its customers have won it a leading position in the world of Nano- and micro-technology. The company is proud to participate in premier research projects with prominent institutions across a range of scientific fields
The UNF-MSERF is a multi-user electron microscopy and materials characterization center funded by the state legislature through the Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Innovation initiative. MSERF was created in strategic partnership with TESCAN, Oxford Instruments and Shimadzu Scientific Instruments.
With the conclusion of the 2017-18 academic year, the University of North Florida Athletic Department is celebrating the extension of one of its most impressive streaks as UNF student-athletes recorded their seventh full academic year with a cumulative department GPA of 3.0 or higher.
“Our student-athletes continue to raise the banner of success higher and higher,” said UNF Athletic Director Lee Moon. “It’s exciting to see all of our teams excel in the classroom, representing the academic success of our University in such a consistent way.”
Following a 3.324 cumulative GPA in the fall, North Florida student-athletes amassed a 3.415 cumulative GPA during the spring semester, assisting the Department in finishing the academic year with a 3.370 GPA. The final spring GPA marked the 14th consecutive semester North Florida Athletics boasted a GPA of 3.0 or higher and also established a new Department record for highest cumulative GPA.
All 19 UNF varsity teams recorded a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for the fourth successive semester—two full academic years—highlighted by all 11 women’s programs finishing with a GPA of 3.30 or higher, a first in Athletic Department history. The women’s cross-country team led all programs with a 3.761 GPA, while men’s soccer topped the male programs with a 3.401 GPA. Additionally, 29 student-athletes notched perfect 4.0 GPAs for the spring semester.
The mission of UNF’s Intercollegiate Athletic Program is to provide a high-level, broad-based program of intercollegiate athletics for student-athletes who demonstrate academic and athletic excellence. The Athletic Program is committed to the principles of fairness, gender equity and community involvement as well as moral and fiscal responsibility. The Program reflects the athletic interests of Northeast Florida, bringing identity and recognition to the University.
OneJax, an institute at the University of North Florida, is now accepting applications from teens entering grades nine through 12 to participate in its Metrotown Institute, a four-day program that promotes respect and understanding across the differences of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, ethnicity, socio-economic status and ability. The program will take place Monday, June 18, through Thursday, June 21, at Riverside Presbyterian Church, 849 Park St.
“Metrotown is truly a transformative experience for students, one that opens their eyes and changes the way they see the world,” said Nancy Broner, OneJax executive director. “The teens are confronted with important social issues like prejudice and discrimination. While they’re learning about people who are different, they’re also learning a lot about themselves.”
For close to 30 years, Metrotown has brought together high school students to explore living successfully in an increasingly diverse and interdependent world. Participants will share ideas and feelings, discover their own unique talents, and experience a variety of perspectives on diversity issues, multicultural communications, religious traditions, gender roles and self-esteem, while earning 35 community service hours for their involvement. There will be small group discussions and workshops, creative and artistic activities, outdoor experiences and personal reflection.
Students must be referred to the program or endorsed by a sponsor, such as a parent, teacher, counselor, clergy or community leader. Anyone interested in referring a student should contact OneJax at (904) 620-1529. Students will be required to complete an application to be considered. Applications and additional information can be obtained via the website.
The program is designed for 50 students, who will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis. The registration fee is $150, which includes daily lunch and snacks as well as dinner on the final night. Sponsors are encouraged to help students raise money to cover the registration fee, although no one will be prevented from participating due to an inability to pay.
Metrotown is supported by the United Way of Northeast Florida and UNF. As an interfaith organization, the OneJax Institute at UNF is dedicated to achieving civility, understanding and respect for all through education, dialogue and community-building.
University of North Florida Hicks Honors College graduate Amanda Wind, who earned her bachelor’s degree in education last month, was selected as a recipient of the esteemed 2018-19 Fulbright Scholarship.
Wind’s award comes in the form of an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) grant to Thailand. The Fulbright ETA program places grantees in schools or universities around the world to supplement local English language instruction. The program aims to increase mutual understanding between the United States and the global community.
“Amanda is an amazing student who is passionate about helping others, especially those less fortunate, said Richard Tryon, UNF scholarship/fellowship advisor who assisted Wind with the application process. “She’s the kind of person who is unafraid to undertake the types of challenges that would give others reason to pause.”
A Southside resident, Wind has a concentration in exceptional student education and is committed to teaching as well as serving youth with disabilities. While she was at the University, she worked with The Arc Jacksonville On Campus Transition (OTC) Program and Best Buddies, serving as a mentor to UNF students with intellectual disabilities and developmental delays.
Through friendship and compassion, Wind helped these students navigate post-secondary life, foster independent living skills and meet social as well as academic obligations. She was awarded the Osprey Community Engagement Medallion April 19 by UNF’s Center for Community-Based Learning for her engagement with the OTC and Best Buddies programs as well as tutoring in the Duval Country Public Schools.
Additionally, Wind has also served Jacksonville’s refugee youth population through volunteering with Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida’s after-school programs. Her experiences in local service inspired her to embark on three international study abroad trips while at the University, focused on service learning and cross-cultural exchange.
Wind learned about meaningful volunteerism abroad in Peru, Cambodia, Vietnam and Belize as well as how to best use her skillset to help others in developing nations. Recently, she taught in Belize with a University-partnered school in Belmopan.
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program is a competitive, merit-based program that offers one-year opportunities abroad to graduating college seniors, graduate students and young professionals.
The University of North Florida’s Board of Trustees unanimously voted late this afternoon to award John A. Delaney, UNF’s longest-serving president, the status of President Emeritus during a regularly scheduled meeting today at the Student Union on campus.
The UNF Faculty Association voted last month to recommend conferral of emeritus status by the BOT to Delaney, who retires from the University presidency Thursday, May 31. Delaney received a standing ovation as the vote was unanimously passed by acclamation. The title “President Emeritus” is an honor that may be conferred to a University president upon retirement in recognition of a distinguished record at UNF.
“UNF faculty were honored to recommend President Emeritus status be awarded to John Delaney by the BOT,” said Dr. Radha Pyati, Faculty Association president. “He has left a tremendous legacy of expanding opportunities for students, increasing the University’s building footprint to support them and fostering faculty success.”
Delaney is only the second president in University history to receive President Emeritus status. Thomas G. Carpenter, UNF’s first president, earned this recognition in 1980, when he left the presidency. Delaney has had numerous accomplishments spanning his 15 years of service to UNF, which has impacted not only the Jacksonville community but Northeast Florida as a whole.
More than half of the University’s alumni received their diploma during Delaney’s tenure, and the campus has undergone a dramatic transformation. The job was a third career for Delaney, who served two terms as mayor of Jacksonville launching significant initiatives like the $2.25 billion infrastructure Better Jacksonville Plan and the Preservation Project land conservation program. Before serving as mayor, Delaney was chief assistant state attorney—the No. 2 prosecutor for Northeast Florida—and served as general counsel for the City of Jacksonville.
His career at UNF ended up being Delaney’s longest and one that provided him an extraordinary opportunity to impact how the University serves its students and the community. During the fall 2017 semester, UNF welcomed its most academically gifted freshman class to date with an average GPA of 4.27, and the University tops schools in the State University System when it comes to graduates being employed in Florida.
UNF now awards about 4,000 degrees annually and has increased opportunities for students, offering 55 bachelor’s degrees, 30 master’s degrees and five doctoral degrees. The University has also gained a national reputation for quality and value over the past several years, being named a Best College in the Southeast by The Princeton Review for nine consecutive years, a Best Regional College by U.S. News & World Report for the past seven years and landed on other prestigious lists by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education and more.
UNF now has the fifth highest graduation rate among public, urban regional universities in the nation, and private support to UNF has increased significantly under Delaney’s leadership, with more than $262 million being raised since 2003, including more than $130 million under the Power of Transformation campaign, while the University endowment has more than doubled from $43.8 million in 2003 to $110 million.
UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.
Outstanding African-American students in the Duval County Public Schools were honored for academic excellence and community impact at the 34th annual High Potential Youth Recognition Awards Program last night at the University of North Florida Fine Arts Center Lazzara Performance Hall.
The top eight high school seniors received one-time academic scholarships and include Sandrilla Awad Elkarim, Atlantic Coast High School; Eric Mitchell, Paxon School for Advanced Studies; Alonna Turner, Alexis Williams and Victoria Laws, Robert E. Lee High School; Nkosi Alexander-Williams, Sandalwood High School; Mahelet Dalke, Samuel W. Wolfson High School; and Sydney Lewis, Stanton College Preparatory.
Alexander-Williams and Awad Elkarim are also committed to attend UNF and are recipients of the Jacksonville Commitment Scholarship. Awad Elkarim has a 4.0 recalculated GPA and was also presented the Dr. Caroline Annette Cody Memorial Scholarship Award, while Alexander-Williams, who graduated with a 4.73 recalculated GPA, enters the UNF Hicks Honors College with an associate’s degree.
UNF presented scholarships along with the Dr. Caroline Annette Cody Memorial Foundation, Dr. James A. Joyner, III Memorial Foundation, The Gary Legacy Scholarship, Ralph and Jeannine Frasier Scholarship and the Jack and Jill of America. A new scholarship, the Conqueror’s Award, was awarded to honor exceptional students with learning disabilities who have conquered some of life’s greatest challenges.
More than 830 students with a GPA of 3.50 or above were invited to the program and were recognized with gift certificates and prizes. Melanie Lawson, WJXT Ch. 4 morning anchor, served as the master of ceremonies, while Charles Griggs, 100 Black Men of Jacksonville president, gave the keynote speech.
The program is a joint venture between UNF, DCPS and Gamma Beta Boule, the local member boule of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity. Business partnership donors are PGA TOUR, Inc., Florida Blue, The Gary Firm, The Renaissance Group and Southern King Holdings, LLC.
Since its inception 34 years ago, the annual High Potential Youth Recognition Awards Program has honored the top African-American students in Jacksonville. Through partnerships and joint ventures, it has provided more than $1 million in scholarship money to honor students for outstanding academic achievement and extracurricular community involvement.
Lyndsey Smith, a senior in the University of North Florida’s Jacksonville Teacher Residency (JTR) program in the College of Education and Human Services (COEHS), was recently honored as the 2018 AmeriCorps Member of the Year.
Volunteer Florida recognized Smith at an April 9 ceremony in Miami out of 1,500 Senior Corps and AmeriCorps members who are currently serving in 34 Florida counties. Smith, a Bartram Park resident who will graduate today with an education degree, is being honored for providing exceptional service to the community and exemplifying Volunteer Florida’s values of service, leadership, collaboration and excellence.
“We are extremely proud of Lyndsey’s selection, as she exemplifies a commitment to service while enacting the core principles of the program,” said Dr. Wanda Lastrapes, JTR AmeriCorps program director. “Her passion and commitment to urban teaching is evident through her knowledge and implementation of relevant and engaging standards-based lessons.”
Smith spearheaded the launch of a Girls on the Run (GOTR) program at Andrew Robinson Elementary School to build her students’ confidence, communication skills and connections with their peers and in the community. The program focuses on values that may not be taught in school: self-esteem, bystander intervention, diffusing anger and other important social skills as well as improving physical health by training to run a 5K race.
“I participated in a GOTR program when I was in third grade,” said Smith. “I took so much out of the program and realized the need for it at Andrew Robinson.”
As part of the JTR program, Smith completed several community service hours, including completing a beautification project on MLK Day, while teaching her students about the importance of service.
Smith currently serves as a UNF COEHS ambassador and has served in leadership positions on campus as communications chair of the UNF chapter of Student Florida Education Association, vice president of a politically affiliated club and resident assistant.
The JTR is a partnership between UNF’s COEHS and Duval County Public Schools, supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the National Science Foundation and the Jacksonville Public Education Fund. The program is currently preparing its fifth cohort of teachers for urban classrooms.
The mission of the JTR program is to recruit, prepare and retain a diverse population of highly effective teachers who serve in high-needs schools to ensure that Duval County students are college and career ready.