Spotlight on Research
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - What advice to oil spill researchers have for young scientists? We asked scientists from C-IMAGE studying field like chemical oceanography, ecosystem modeling, and population genomics and compiled their responses.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Congratulations to Brad Rosenheim and Ernst Peebles. We have received formal notification of the award of tenure. Please join us in congratulating them on this momentous occasion. Congratulations and well deserved!
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Dr. Chuanmin Hu and his PhD student Shaojie Sun discuss their C-IMAGE research. They are optical oceanographers and are using satellite images to track oil from the Deepwater Horizon and IXTOC-I blowouts.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - University of South Florida physical oceanographer Don Chambers, Professor in the College of Marine Science, has been elected as Fellow to the American Geophysical Union (AGU). The award recognizes Chambers’ contributions to satellite geodesy that have brought new understanding of ocean and ice dynamics.
AGU is an international non-profit scientific association with more than 60,000 members dedicated to promotion and discovery in Earth and space science for the benefit of humanity. The Fellows program recognizes AGU members who have made exceptional contributions to their fields as evaluated by their peers and vetted by section and focus group committees. To qualify for consideration, nominees must be responsible for a major breakthrough, discovery, or paradigm shift in one of the Earth and space sciences. The rare honor will be recognized during the Honors Ceremony at the organization’s Fall Meeting.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Ernst Peebles discusses his C-IMAGE research, ranging from otolith chemistry to tracking fish in the Gulf of Mexico.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - At the Annual Luncheon of the USF Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors, Dr. John Paul, Distinguished University Professor, received one of the five 2015 Excellence in Innovation Awards for the "spin off" company called PureMolecular, LLC, which he formed in 2014 with his recent PhD graduate Robert Ulrich, CTO. This company grew out of their December 2013 patent.
They have created a device called GrouperChek (trademark pending), which is ... "A handheld sensor assay for the identification of grouper as a safeguard against seafood mislabeling fraud" - also the title of their recent 2015 publication in Food Control (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foodcont.2015.01.022).
Earlier this week on Monday August 31st, USF convened the 7th annual luncheon for the USF Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). The event celebrating NAI’s 6th anniversary (2009-2015) was held at the Galleria, USF Research Park in Tampa, Florida. According to Dr. Clifford R. Merz, President of the USF Chapter of the NAI and College of Marine Science (CMS) faculty member and alumni, the USF Academy of Inventors began in 2009 with 131 inventor members. From the USF Academy of Inventors, the National Academy of Inventors was born and now comprises 177 Member Institutions from around the country and world with more than 3,000 individual inventor members. In 2010, USF formed NAI’s founding local chapter. Today, USF’s NAI Chapter has over 360 regular and honorary members, and is the largest chapter in the NAI. Membership is open to any USF faculty, staff, student or alumni listed on an issued patent from the US Patent and Trademark office. Collectively, USF Chapter Inventor Members are listed on nearly 1,900 U.S. Patents, of which, CMS has nine members with over 85 issued U.S. patents. For additional information on the NAI or to join visit http://innovation.usf.edu/nai/ or contact Dr. Merz at email@example.com.
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ST. PETERSBURG - Mya’s marine genomics laboratory, currently consisting of 8 graduate students, 2 postdocs, and 2 undergraduate interns, had an extremely successful year. Her lab continues to lead the way in the field of environmental viral discovery, publishing findings of new viruses in a wide range of organisms, including shrimp, dragonflies, cockroaches, and bats! Especially exciting was the first discovery of viruses in copepods, which are the most abundant animals in the oceans. This study, which has important implications for oceanic food webs and biogeochemistry, was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In 2013, Mya was recognized as one of Popular Science Magazine’s “Brilliant Ten” Young Researchers, received Honorable Mention for the USF Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award, and was a highlighted FabFems Role Model. Students from the Breitbart lab performed research and gave presentations all over the world, including Brazil, Bolivia, Scotland, and China. Finally, Mya co-founded the “Tampa Bay’s Tiniest Biology” club with Shannon McQuaig from St. Petersburg College to bring together the microbiology researchers in Tampa Bay. This monthly seminar series has been a huge success, with an average of 75 participants at each meeting.
Get to know Dr. Mya Breitbart.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - It’s that time of year again to show support of a local STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) program and the organization who for 7 years has had a tremendous focus on STEM education for girls K-12. There are many men and woman in the community who provide time in mentoring and program curriculum creation/facilitation to help Girls Inc. of Pinellas be able to offer a top notch STEM program. Girls Inc. of Pinellas recognizes a woman in a STEM career who provides mentorship and supports local/National community programs focused on inspiring girls in STEM.
Girls Inc. of Pinellas will hold it’s 2015 STEM Woman of the Year Luncheon on May 13th11:30-1:00 at the Birchwood Hotel 340 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
The 2015 STEM Woman of the Year award recipient is an Associate Professor at the University of South Florida in the College of Marine Science.
Mya Breitbart is a National Academy of Sciences’ Kavli Frontiers Fellow and an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow and was recognized as one of Popular Science Magazine’s “Brilliant Ten” young scientists in 2013. Mya’s research uses genomic sequencing to explore the identify, diversity and distribution of viruses in a wide range of environments, ranging from seawater to sewage. In addition, her laboratory has created new methods for discovering novel viral pathogens causing disease in plants and animals. Mya is a lifelong Girl Scout and has positively impacted girls in the Tampa Bay region through creating and equipping a fully-functional marine science laboratory at the local Girl Scout camp Wai Lani. Mya has hosted marine science and technology workshops for over 200 girls on top of running numerous camps. Mya is also involved as a faculty mentor for the USF Oceanography Camp for Girls, a volunteer moderator for the National Ocean Science Spoonbill Bowl, a FabFems role model, a Florida Girls Collaborative Project leadership team member and an advisory board member for the Florida Aquarium’s Center for Conservation.
Congratulations to Mya Breitbart on her recognition as Girls Inc. of Pinellas STEM Woman of the Year!
Although Girls Inc. is a 50+ year organization it’s efforts in our local community are very much a best kept secret. In an effort to bring them the resources and financially support girls to attend this gemstone program Girls Inc. of Pinellas relies heavily on contributions. The goal this year is to raise $35K through luncheon table sponsorships and personal contributions from table guests.
Here is a link to the 2014 STEM Woman of the Year event. http://www.girlsinc-pinellas.org/STEM-2014
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Dr. Teresa Greely, C-IMAGE's education officer, shares information about C-IMAGE's education and outreach initiatives. Dr. Greely provides expertise in the areas of biological oceanography, ecological physiology, marine fishes, and ocean science education. She has broad research interests which encompass teaching and training about the ocean sciences in three areas: graduate and undergraduate education, teacher education, and ocean literacy amongst youth.
She currently coordinates four education programs: The Oceanography Camp for Girls (OCG), the In-service Teacher Oceanography Workshops (In-TOW), the National Ocean Science Bowl's regional Spoonbill Bowl competition, and the OCEANS Teaching Fellowships.
ST. PETERSBURG - Provost Ralph Wilcox and Dean Jackie Dixon celebrate the achievements of Bob Byrne, Chuanmin Hu, and Cam Ainsworth at the Outstanding Faculty Awards ceremony on March 5, 2014.