News Releases August 2014

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Scott Center Convenes Weekly Discussion Groups


Starting Sept. 11, Free, Hour-Long Sessions to Focus on Adult Social Skills  MELBOURNE, FLA. — Community members age 18-28 with Autism Spectrum Disorders, learning differences or other social or communication challenges are invited to attend Get in the Game, the weekly group sessions sponsored by Florida Institute of Technology’s Scott Center for Autism Treatment.

Florida Tech Presents Cuisines of the World


Florida Tech Chef de Cuisine Jon Skoviera holds a Scotch egg, one of the items on the Central African menu to be presented Oct. 22 as part of the university's International Dining Series.Public Invited to International Dining Series, Which Starts Thursday  MELBOURNE, FLA. — Let your plate be your passport and your appetite your tour guide as Florida Institute of Technology begins a culinary trip around the world Thursday with the start of Campus Dining Service’s innovative International Dining Series.

Raw Food Educator to Screen Documentary at Florida Tech


Jenna Norwood Was Transformed by Her Shift to Healthier Living  MELBOURNE, FLA. — Florida Institute of Technology is bringing raw food educator Jenna Norwood and her documentary, “Supercharge Me! 30 Days Raw,” to Gleason Performing Arts Center on Sept.

Women's Business Center Offers Classes for Business Professionals


Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Social Media Strategies Among Topics MELBOURNE, FLA. – The Women’s Business Center at Florida Tech is offering a series of beginner-to-intermediate business courses starting next month covering timely topics geared toward local business professionals, business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.

College of Science's McMichael Awarded $172K NASA Grant


Crystal McMichael, left, conducting fieldwork with an associate.Research Associate to Use Funds for Maize Agriculture Study  MELBOURNE, FLA. — Florida Institute of Technology Research Associate Crystal McMichael was awarded a $172,000 grant by NASA for her research, “Mounds, Microclimates, and Maize: Understanding the influence of inland lakes on maize agriculture in pre-Contact indigenous societies using remotely sensed data.

New Foosaner Exhibition Explores Form and Material


Kathleen Elliot's Imagining Reality Opens Aug. 23 with Artists From the Coasts MELBOURNE, FLA. — Imagining Reality, the newest exhibition at the Foosaner Art Museum, features the contemporary works of California-based Kathleen Elliot and Massachusetts-based Huguette Despault May.

Staffing Evolves to Help Florida Tech Museums Manage Growing Collections


Madeline Sweeney, left, and Sarah Smith.MELBOURNE, FLA. — Sarah Smith, the collections manager of Florida Institute of Technology’s Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts, has been named director of collections for university museums. In this newly created position, Smith is responsible for the overall management, care and stewardship of the art collections of both the textile center and the university’s Foosaner Art Museum.

Tamburr to Launch New Album with Concert at Gleason


Christian Tamburr will perform at Florida Tech on Aug. 26.Florida Tech’s Artist in Residence, Members of His Quintet to Play at 7 p.m. Aug. 26 MELBOURNE, FLA. — Christian Tamburr and members of the Christian Tamburr Quintet will perform songs from their latest album, “Voyage,” in a concert starting at 7 p.

College of Science Faculty Take the (Very) Long View


The Hubble Space Telescope.Three Florida Tech Professors Win Time on the Hubble Telescope MELBOURNE, FLA. — Three members of the Department of Physics and Space Sciences in Florida Institute of Technology’s College of Science have been awarded time on one of America’s most powerful – and famous – research tools: the Hubble Space Telescope.

Florida Tech Recognized as Best in the Southeast by Princeton Review


College Among Select Group Recognized by Education Services Company MELBOURNE, FLA. — Florida Institute of Technology is again among the best schools in the Southeast United States, according to the Princeton Review’s 2015 college rankings.

Scott Center Hosts Free Tennis Workshop Aug. 23


Melissa Parker works with her son at last year's Aces for Autism event. Melissa is a past chair of the Scott Center's Evening of Hope fundraiser. Her husband, Ted, recently joined the center's Advisory Board.Aces for Autism Event Targets Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder MELBOURNE, FLA. — Children ages 5 to 10 who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder are invited to a free tennis clinic Aug.

Robert Fidler Named Fulbright Scholar


Robert FidlerDoctoral Student in Marine Biology Headed to the Philippines  MELBOURNE, FLA. — A Florida Institute of Technology graduate student in marine biology has been named a Fulbright Scholar for 2014-15 and will spend nine months in the Philippines researching the efficacy of marine protected areas.

Womens Business Center Announces Graduates of IGNITE 360 Second-Stage Mentoring Program


MELBOURNE, FLA. — The Women’s Business Center at Florida Institute of Technology announced the latest graduating class of second-stage business owners from IGNITE 360, a six-month program that assists growth-oriented companies through tailored mentoring sessions led by senior-level, executive coaches.

Jay Barbree Talks Space at Special Event Aug. 22


NBC space correspondent Jay Barbree working a shuttle launch at Kennedy Space Center.Longtime NBC Correspondent Has New Book on Neil Armstrong  MELBOURNE, FLA. — Jay Barbree, who for more than 50 years has documented the space program from Brevard County as NBC’s space correspondent, will speak about the topic he knows best – and one of the giants in the field, Neil Armstrong – during a dinner and lecture starting at 6 p.

Ocean 180 Video Challenge: Turning Discoveries into Stories


Annual Contest Invites Ocean Scientists to Share Research in Video Form  MELBOURNE, FLA. — Lights, camera, research! For the second year, the Florida Center for Ocean Science Education Excellence, known as COSEE Florida, is sponsoring a contest that encourages scientists to create 180-second video summaries of their published ocean-related research.

Glicksman Appointed Dean of Florida Tech College of Engineering


Martin GlicksmanMELBOURNE, FLA. — Noted materials scientist and metallurgist Martin E. Glicksman was appointed Dean of the College of Engineering at Florida Institute of Technology. He held the position on an interim basis since January. Dean Glicksman also serves as the Allen S.