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FAMU-FSU College of Engineering team working on driverless transportation

Researchers for the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering have acquired a $100,000 multi-disciplinary study funded by the Federal Transit Administration to determine if it is safe for humans to share the road with buses that operate electrically and independently without a driver.

The 21-month Transit IDEA project is part of the Transit Cooperative Research Program, designed to foster innovative concepts. 

Sungmoon Jung, professor of civil and environmental engineering, is the principal investigator for the study which uses computer-based simulations to investigate crash risks. Jung is working with Mohammed Reza Seyedi, a post-doctoral researcher, to help the industry make the autonomous bus safer. 

Jung and Seyedi are researching autonomous shuttle buses (ASBs) and vulnerable road users (VRUs) – such as pedestrians and bicyclists – and placing them in a series of simulations that identify high-risk scenarios.

FAMU earns distinction with School of Allied Health Sciences accreditation

Florida A&M University’s School of Allied Health Sciences has announced its Master of Health Administration program housed in the division of Health Care Management has received initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education.

By doing so, FAMU is the only Historically Black College or University with a CAHME-accredited Master of Health Administration program.

The program is directed by Jullet Davis Weaver, professor and division director of health care management.

The accreditation process is based on four, broad criteria addressing all aspects of program delivery, including program mission and support, graduates, curriculum and faculty teaching, scholarship and service

CAHME works with more than 100 leading academic programs and numerous healthcare practitioners to ensure graduates entering the healthcare field have undergone an educational process with rigorous, measurable standards for effectiveness.

FAMU junior awarded John Deere Thurgood Marshall Scholarship

Florida A&M University’s College of Agriculture and Food Sciences student DeAundre Newsome was recently awarded the John Deere Thurgood Marshall Scholarship.

The junior agribusiness student was named one of the top students in his program with near perfect grade point average. He has made the President’s List every year, and was awarded the USDA 1890 Scholarship this year due to his academic performance.

Newsome has participated in several competitive paid internships including John Deere, Mercy Corps and the Central Intelligence Agency.

The Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship honors ‘7 Under 30’

The Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship at Florida State University last week honored seven recent graduates who are making their mark as entrepreneurs. 

The annual “7 Under 30” virtual event acknowledges seven successful FSU alumni entrepreneurs who started businesses before the age of 30. This was the ninth year for the event held during Tallahassee Startup Week. 

This year’s honorees were: Dominick Ard’is, founder and CEO, ACT House, Tallahassee; Summer Griffith, founder and owner, Drip Drop Fitness, Tallahassee; Gerard LaMothe Jr., president, Superior Painting of Tallahassee, Inc.;  Tarek Waked, co-founder and general partner, Type One Ventures, Los Angeles;  Michael Benarde, co-founder and president, NightCap, Tallahassee; Hannah King, founder and CEO, Woven Futures, Tallahassee and Nelisa Lee, co-owner, Evergreen Home Buyers, Jacksonville.

FSU’s College of Social Work honors 2020 Distinguished Alumni

The Florida State University College of Social Work celebrated its 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award and Student Scholarship recipients during a virtual event earlier this month.

Each year, the event celebrates the contributions of students, alumni and donors to the College of Social Work, social work education and the profession.

The event honored 90 scholarship recipients. The scholarship awards totaled more than $97,000 in support of FSU College of Social Work (students with focuses including international programs, child welfare, social policy and veterans.

The five graduates recognized were:

Richard M. King (MSW, 1969), Distinguished Emeritus Alumni Award:

King is a nationally known search executive and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Kittleman.

Justin McClain (MSW, 2012), Distinguished Young Alumni Award:

McClain is a licensed clinical social worker and qualified supervisor in St. Petersburg.

Diana DiNitto (MSW, 1974), Distinguished Social Work Educator Alumni Award: DiNitto is a distinguished teaching professor and the Cullen Trust Centennial Professor in Alcohol Studies and Education at the University of Texas at Austin, Steve Hicks School of Social Work.

Mary Freeman (MSW, 1985), Distinguished Social Work Practice Alumni Award: Freeman is a licensed clinical social worker and practices in Central Florida.

Robert Kevin Grigsby (MSW, 1981), Distinguished Social Policy and Administration Alumni Award: Grigsby has served for more than a as the senior administrator for the Association of America Medical Colleges.

TCC’s marketing team sweeps honors at Association of Florida College conference

Tallahassee Community College received the highly regarded Exemplary Practice Award and 18 other Awards of Excellence last week during the Association of Florida Colleges’ 71st annual virtual meeting and conference. 

For the first time in the history of the AFC, the same school has been honored in two consecutive years with the prestigious Communications and Marketing Commission’s Exemplary Practice Award.

This year’s Exemplary Practice honor, which is awarded annually to the institution having the best overall communications and marketing initiative, was in recognition of the College’s Virtual Commencement Celebration.

TCC’s Communications & Marketing Team received the Exemplary Practice recognition in 2019 for the department’s comprehensive TCC2WORK integrated marketing campaign.

This year’s AFC recognition is in addition to the College’s 2020 awards by the American Advertising Federation for having the “Best In-House” marketing and communications team in the region, and the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations recognition for having the best Twitter account among any two-year college in the country.

Contact senior writer Byron Dobson at [email protected] or on Twitter @byrondobson.

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