Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Awards $140 Million to Support Research

The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) has selected 12 research consortia - including 4 Florida universities - to conduct scientific studies of the impacts of oil, dispersed oil, and dispersant on the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem and public health.  ..

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014
VGTI Florida to Collaborate with TapImmune to Advance Targeted Breast and Ovarian Cancer Vaccines into Phase II Clinical Trials

These highly promising therapeutic cancer vaccine candidates were developed by VGTI Florida’s Director of Cancer Vaccines and Immune Therapies Program, Keith Knutson, Ph.D. The goal is to prevent breast and ovarian cancer recurrence for patients who achieve remissions following standard-of-care treatment.  ..

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014
As elephants go, so go the trees: Research shows hunting can have catastrophic effects on tropical forests

Overhunting has been disastrous for elephants, but their forest habitats have also been caught in the crossfire. A first-of-its-kind study led by researchers at the University of Florida shows that the dramatic loss of elephants, which disperse seeds after eating vegetation, is leading to the local extinction of a dominant tree species, with likely cascading effects for other forest life. ..

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014
UM Rosenstiel School Scientists Receive Over $29 Million to Study Effects of Crude Oil Spills

Researchers at the UM Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science were awarded over $29 million in research grants from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) to lead the Consortium for Advanced Research on the Transport of Hydrocarbons in the Environment (CARTHE) and to study the toxic effects of crude oil on fish that reside in the Gulf of Mexico. UM Rosenstiel School was the only research institution to receive two of the 12 highly competitive research grants awarded by GoMRI. ..

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014
NSU Oceanographic Researchers Receive Approximately $8.5 Million For Oil Spill Research

Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Oceanographic Center is home to some of the world’s top marine biology and ocean ecosystem researchers and experts. Now those research efforts are being given a boost, thanks to a financial award from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI.) NSU is one of 12 organizations selected to receive part of $140 million for continued research in the area of oil spills and how we respond to them. ..

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Monday, November 17, 2014
Coalition Of Researchers Conclude Five-Year Red Tide Study

Researchers may have a better understanding of red tide blooms. These harmful algal blooms are becoming more persistent. That’s why the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission—along with a group of research partners—recently published a five year red tide study. ..

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Monday, November 17, 2014
Moffitt Cancer Center Announces Development of Experimental Treatment for Myelodysplastic Syndromes, Autoimmune Diseases

In a major step to treat patients living with Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS), a group of diseases that affect the bone marrow and blood, Moffitt Cancer Center announced the development of an innovative investigational biologic agent that could improve patient response and outcomes for MDS and other diseases. ..

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Monday, November 17, 2014
FIU Alumnus finds solutions for food insecurity through aquaponics

During a routine stop at the grocery store, Miles Medina MS ’14 had a random thought. Why couldn’t the store grow the very produce it sells on its roof? That random thought led Medina to explore the world of aquaponics, a journey that has earned him first place for his master’s thesis in “Outstanding Thesis in Food and Agricultural Science Competition” hosted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture-National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA), American Association of Hispanics for Higher Education (AAHHE), and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. ..

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Monday, November 17, 2014
From Meteorites to Comets and a New Crew Capsule, Space Exploration Abuzz

“It’s an exciting time to be involved in space exploration,” said Mehmet Yesiltas, a University of Central Florida physics doctoral student who recently co-authored one of 13 papers dedicated to findings made from the Sutter’s Mill meteorite. ..

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Saturday, November 15, 2014
Atlas Humanoid Robot Shows 'Karate Kid' Moves

Being able to control one's balance like this isn't just good for doing crane kicks. Staying upright on shifting grounds or regaining control after slipping is essential for basic movement around the world. We do it automatically, but building a robot capable of it (Atlas was created by Google-owned Boston Dynamics) and making control software precise enough (the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition programmed this bot, named "Ian") is no mean feat.  ..

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