Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (FAMU) has closed its main campus through Friday, September 15, 2017, in an effort to help secure the safety of students during Hurricane Irma. Events scheduled to take place on campus for the week of September 11-15, 2017 are canceled, according to the university website.

One of the largest events this fall is the Florida A&M University  EnegyWaterNexus International Summit in Orlando, FL., which was scheduled for September 20-22 before the storm.

The EnergyWaterFoodNexus is a science enterprise launched at Florida A&M University through a public-private partnership that seeks to provide sustainable solutions for energy, water, and food security.

The inaugural International Summit in 2015 connected participants with a network of public and private sector industry thought leaders, innovators, policymakers, corporations, next-generation scholars, researchers and other stakeholders working in the energy, water and food sectors.

Unconventional “Idea Hacks” held during the Summit allowed participants to work together to tackle complex issues surrounding energy, water, and food production.

Always a leading program at Florida A&M University, the Environmental Sciences Institute, which was established in 1995 became the School of the Environment in 2011.

The FAMU School of the Environment offers students, government agencies, private sector companies, communities and other organizations a range of services.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Environmental Cooperative Science Center at FAMU’s School of Environment has helped increase the number of scientists from under-represented groups in the environmental, coastal, and oceanic sciences.

Of the 180 plus post-secondary student participants, the Environmental Cooperative Science Center (ECSC) has graduated 19 Ph.D. recipients, 41 master’s degree holders, and 56 bachelor’s degree recipients.

Graduates of the ECSC and the FAMU School of the Environment have a 100% placement rate.

Eight are working as employees of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the scientific agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce that focuses on the conditions of the oceans and the atmosphere, while others are employed by the state or other government employees or as researchers in academic settings.

The Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions, part of the NOAA Office of Education, awarded $11.9 million in cooperative agreements to four institutions on August 29th, 2016. The funds will be used to educate and graduate students who pursue degree programs with applied research in NOAA mission-related scientific fields.

Awards were made to Florida A&M University; Howard University; and, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and the City University of New York.

These institutions partnered with 24 other schools to establish four Cooperative Science Centers. The Centers will train students in earth system sciences and remote sensing technology, coastal and marine ecosystems, living marine resources, and atmospheric sciences & meteorology – all core science fields for NOAA.

What cooperative agreement awards support:

increasing the number of college graduates with STEM degrees who are qualified to solve today’s environmental and technological challenges;
creating new opportunities for underrepresented populations to be introduced to career paths within NOAA; and,
working with NOAA to contribute science, resource management, social science solution to real world problems.
Since the first awards were made in 2001, NOAA EPP/MSI Cooperative Science Centers have awarded post-secondary degrees to over 1,600 students in NOAA-mission fields. The long term goal of EPP/MSI is to increase the number of students, particularly from underrepresented communities, who attend Minority Serving Institutions and graduate with degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

These graduates will be diverse, well-trained and ready for the future NOAA workforce candidate pool.

 

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