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Impact of COVID-19 on  Sponsored Programs

COVID-19 is a significant challenge that will continue to impact research on campus in the weeks ahead. Florida Tech’s Office of Sponsored Programs is coordinating efforts to maintain essential research administration functions while minimizing human interactions that could contribute to the spread of the virus.

Overview

  • Florida Tech has reduced on-campus personnel to those identified as essential, as determined by their managers and university leadership
  • Florida Tech Office of Sponsored Programs is open but operating remotely. We continue to process all proposals, agreements and awards. 
  • Given the impl

COVID-19 is a significant challenge that will continue to impact research on campus in the weeks ahead. Florida Tech’s Office of Sponsored Programs is coordinating efforts to maintain essential research administration functions while minimizing human interactions that could contribute to the spread of the virus.

Overview

  • Florida Tech has reduced on-campus personnel to those identified as essential, as determined by their managers and university leadership
  • Florida Tech Office of Sponsored Programs is open but operating remotely. We continue to process all proposals, agreements and awards. 
  • Given the implementation of a statewide lockdown in Florida and the increased need for social distancing due to the Coronavirus pandemic, IRB urges principal investigators to voluntarily pause all research involving direct person-to-person contact temporarily. Research conducted remotely without direct person-to-person contact may continue as per the IRB approved protocol. IRB remains operational in an online mode. Please direct any questions, comments or concerns to IRB chair Dr. Jignya Patel at fit_irb@fit.edu or Institutional Officer Mischka Maxwell at mmaxwell@fit.edu.
  • For questions regarding animal research, contact Laura Danner, Animal Program Manager and Contract Specialist, ldanner@fit.edu .

 

Florida Tech’s Office of Sponsored Programs staff are here to continue to support you in your research through this difficult time.  We encourage you to look out for one another and those in your communities. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out.

If you have any questions below is a list of contact information for the Office of Sponsored Programs

  • Vicki Borton, Administrative Assistant III, vborton@fit.edu, 321-674-8960
  • Donn Miller-Kermani, Ph.D., Vice President for Sponsored Programs, dkermani@fit.edu, 321-674-7648

Proposals, agreements, export controls, IACUC, and awards

  • Laura Danner, Contract Specialist, IACUC, Animal Program Manager, ldanner@fit.edu, 321-674-7274
  • Rebecca Haworth, J.D., Sr. Contract Specialist, Export Controls, rhaworth@fit.edu, 321-674-7309
  • Melanie Murphy, Contract Specialist, RLI, murphym@fit.edu, 321-674-7239

Grants accounting

 

Ad Astra Research

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Recent university findings have found warmer waters in Antarctica may lead to the migration of the king crab, which could have major ecological impacts.

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Drone Research Taking to the Skies Through New Urban Air Mobility Grant

Drone Research Taking to the Skies Through New Urban Air Mobility Grant

Florida Tech is working with the FAA to provide research data to understand how urban air mobility vehicles will safely transport people.

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Research underway at Florida Tech is examining travel possibilities via a cycler spacecraft and an associated crew transfer system.

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Current Studies Examining 3D Printing for ACL Reconstruction

Current Studies Examining 3D Printing for ACL Reconstruction

ACL surgeries are done by using a ligament in the body or a cadaver, but new research is utilizing a potentially safer and cost-effective source.

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Faculty Highlight

Deborah Carstens, Ph.D.

Deborah Carstens, Ph.D.
Graduate Program Chair, Professor of Aviation Human Factors & Professor of Human-Centered Design

Geoffrey Swain, Ph.D.

Geoffrey Swain, Ph.D.
Professor of Oceanography and Ocean Engineering

Jignya Patel, Ph.D.

Jignya Patel, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Information Systems

Steven Lazarus, Ph.D.

Steven Lazarus, Ph.D.
Professor, Ocean Engineering and Marine Sciences

Jessica L. Wildman (Wildones), Ph.D.

Jessica L. Wildman (Wildones), Ph.D.
Associate Professor, School of Psychology

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The research also finds that water quality improved after land returned to natural state, indicating some damaging ecosystem impacts are reversible.

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