FSU College of Medicine recognized for undergraduate pipeline program
A Florida State University College of Medicine program is the recipient of the 2021 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.
The program — Undergraduate Science Students Together Reaching Instructional Diversity and Excellence (USSTRIDE) — is an extension of the College of Medicine’s pipeline outreach program (SSTRIDE), which identifies middle school and high school students with an aptitude for science and math and the potential to become a successful medical student and provides support services to steer them on their chosen path.
The program launched in 1993 to support Florida State’s Program In Medical Sciences, the forerunner to the College of Medicine.
The Inspiring Programs in STEM Award honors colleges and universities that encourage and assist students from underrepresented groups to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Nearly 10% of FSU College of Medicine alumni participated in USSTRIDE, which has helped the university develop one of the nation’s most diverse medical schools.
Dr. John P. Fogarty is dean of the FSU College of Medicine.
FSU researcher leads DOE project on advance quantum information
A Florida State University researcher is leading a $4.4 million Department of Energy project to help create software that can take advantage of supercomputer capabilities and advance quantum information science.
The project is led by FSU Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Eugene DePrince and includes collaborators from Virginia Tech, University of Washington, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Quantum science has become a major priority for the U.S. Department of Energy.
Quantum mechanics is a fundamental physics theory that allows for the calculation of properties and behaviors of microscopic systems such as molecules, atoms and sub-atomic particles. Computers, lasers and scanning technologies are all based off quantum mechanical systems.
DePrince’s initial work will focus on developing capabilities to simulate the dynamics of quantum-mechanical systems that could be used to create spin-based technologies.
Though he will be working on microscopic systems, DePrince noted that similar simulations could be applied to everyday objects — a baseball for example — although the math is a little different.
FSU criminology professors earn NSF grant to explore hate crimes
A Florida State University research institute has received funding from the National Science Foundation to explore how hate crimes are reported and underreported.
The Hate Crime Research and Policy Institute at FSU’s College of Criminology and Criminal Justice will receive $236,985 from the NSF over the course of two years to fund research by Assistant Professors of Criminology Sylwia Piatkowska and Brendan Lantz.
“It has long been known that hate crimes are underreported,” Piatkowska said. “With this National Science Foundation grant, we plan to explore the sources, causes and extent of the underreporting, and hopefully provide ways to address those problems in the future.”
While the Hate Crime Statistics Act of 1990 requires the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to publicly report hate crime statistics, hate crimes are often under-identified, Piatkowska said. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, there were 8,552 victims of hate crimes in the United States in 2019.
Findings from the project will aid scholars, policymakers and the public on issues related to hate crimes, including variation in hate crime and reporting, data-collection strategies, better identification of strategies to tend to victims and assessing programs related to hate crime victimization and reporting.
Florida A&M chosen by Bristol Myers Squibb for diversity initiative
Florida A&M University is one of five Historically Black Colleges and Universities collaborating with Bristol Myers Squibb to launch Tomorrow’s Innovators, a five-year, multimillion-dollar alliance designed to reach diverse talent sooner in their undergraduate career and provide the support and education needed to reach their career goals within the biopharma industry.
Along with FAMU, other collaborating HBCUs include Howard University, Morgan State University, North Carolina A&T State University and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
A number of graduates from the FAMU College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, Institute of Public Health, are employed by Bristol Myers Squibb.
Johnnie Early II is dean of the FAMU College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, Institute of Public Health.
TCC to swear in Wesley Hardin as new chief of police
Tallahassee Community College is swearing in its new Chief of Police on Monday, the first day of classes.
Wesley Hardin has more than 26 years of experience in law enforcement, supervision, and Field Training Officer training experience across diverse assignments in local, county, and K-12 Based agencies.
Chief Hardin succeeds Greg Gibson, who left TCC in November 2020 to become Chief of Investigations at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
Gibson was sworn in as TCC’s chief in March 2017, succeeding Christopher Summers.
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