Dr. Rose Borkowski received the Jacksonville University Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Professional Activities, and was recognized for Exemplary Service by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association. Dr. Borkowski provides veterinary support for ill and injured bottlenose dolphins and collaborates with numerous scientists to investigate marine mammal strandings. She and colleagues recently gave presentations at the International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine conference.
Dr. Quint White serves on the Mayport Middle School Coastal Sciences Design Team that is working to develop the magnet curriculum. He is also teaching a series of marine science content workshops for teachers from Mayport Elementary School and Mayport Middle School.
Dr. Gerry Pinto was recently interviewed on the River Keeper Show on Jan 19th regarding the manatees and the St. Johns River.
Dr. Lee Ann Clements was a Facilitator for the 2010 Keck/PKAL National Colloquium on Transformative Change in STEM Education: Leadership for Advancing Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Learning, Washington DC, October 2010
Dr. Lee Ann Clements was appointed to Board of Trustees, Museum of Science & History (MOSH) , Jacksonville, FL , October 2010
The State of the River Report 2010 came out, which is a collaboration between JU (Daniel McCarthy, Heather McCarthy, Lucinda Sonennberg, Gerry Pinto, Quinton White) and faculty from the University of North Florida and Valdosta State researchers
Dr. Quint White was appointed to the Oil Spill Academic Task Force and played a major roll in educating the public concerning the BP oil spill, and fish kills in the St. Johns River by giving his opinions and expert advice to all the major local news shows including live interviews on TV-4 Morning Show and TV-12 Evening Show about the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. He has also been quoted in the Florida Times-Union several times. Here are some of examples: June 17 Appeared on the First Coast Connect on WJCT about alternative energy
Spoke at the Jacksonville Offshore Sport Fishing Club on Fish Kills and Oil Spills.
June 16 Spoke to the Northeast Florida Regional Leadership Academy on Fish Kills and Oils Spills
Spoke to the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce Trustees on the Oil Spill and Fish Kill
June 10 Briefed the Jacksonville Waterways Commission on the oil spill and fish kill
June 3 Briefed the Mayor’s Senior Staff on the Oil Spill.
June 2 Attended the Oil Spill Academic Task Force meeting in St. Petersburg
June 1 Appeared on WJCT’s First Coast Connect on the oil spill
May 20 Briefed the Mayor’s Environmental Advisory Council on the oil spill in the Gulf.
Congratulations to Heather McCarthy on her recent publication of “Sandhills, Swamps & Sea Islands”; Environmental Guidebook Northeast Florida by Heather P. McCarthy and Lynn M. Lisenby
Dr. Nisse Goldberg, Assistant Professor of Biology, received the Jacksonville University Award of Excellence in Community Service
Dr. Dan McCarthy was promoted from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor
Dr. Quint White spoke on “Challenges Facing the St. Johns River” on January 12, 2010 for the Commodore League and two days later for the Northeast Florida Association of Environmental Professionals. He is also chairing the Natural Resources Committee for the Regional Community Institute’s First Coast Visioning process that is a follow up to last spring’s Reality Check. The committee met for the first time on Jan. 12.
Dr. Nisse Goldberg, Assistant Professor of Biology, published the research article: "A comparison of arborescent vegetation pre- (1983) and post- (2008) outbreak of the invasive species the Asian ambrosia beetle Xyleborus glabratus in a Florida maritime hammock", by Nisse Goldberg and John Heine, in Plant Ecology & Diversity, iFirst, 2009, 1–7.
Dr. Karen Jackson was promoted from Associate Professor to Professor and is the recipient of the 2009 Jacksonville University award of Excellence in University Service
Dr. Curtis Small was promoted from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor
Dr. Rose Borkowski, Assistant Professor of Biology, served as assistant commission veterinarian for the Virginia Racing Commission during the 2008 Colonial Downs Summer Thoroughbred Meet in New Kent, Va. This assignment entailed daily veterinary examination and treatment of several hundred racehorses, as well as participation in a nationwide database serving to investigate thoroughbred racing injuries.
Dr. Rose Borkowski published the research article: “Adaptations of subpalpebral lavage systems used for llamas (Lama glama) and a harbor seal (Phoca vitulina)” in the September 2007 issue of the Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine.
In June 2007 Dr. Ted Allen, professor of biology, was honored by the Tree Hill Nature Center with their Environmental Educators (T.R.E.E.) award at the 16th Annual Mayor’s Environmental Awards luncheon.
Dr. Lee Ann J. Clements, chair of the Division of Science and Mathematics, presented a paper “Student Presentations Using Primary Literature in the Sciences” at the International Conference on College Teaching and Learning at the Marriott Sawgrass on April 4, 2007.
Dr. Daniel McCarthy, assistant professor of biology, has been actively conducting research this past year, and has procured four research grants with funds included to hire students so they can experience research first hand. The Florida Sea Grant, and separate grants through Martin and Brevard County total $45,000 involve studying ecology of near shore reefs from Melbourne to Boynton Beach and developing more effective methods to replace damaged reefs.
With a grant funded by the City of Jacksonville ($220,000.00) in June 2007, Dr. McCarthy began collaboration withLucinda Sonennberg, Gerry Pinto, Quinton White and faculty from the University of North Florida to develop a public report on the health of the lower basin St. Johns River. The two-year grant includes a high amount of JU student funding to assist with the project.
Dr. Daniel McCarthy, Assistant Professor of Biology, published an article, “Molecular relationships and species divergence among Phragmatopoma spp. (Polycheatea: Sabellaridae) in the Americas” by Drake, Carrie A., Daniel A. McCarthy, Carol D. von Dohlen, 2007 in Marine Biology, 150: 345-358. He has another article in review.
In May Dr. Indrani Sindhuvalli, lab manager and biology instructor, completed the Wetlands Module of the Florida Master Naturalist Program offered by the University of Florida in conjunction with the Clay County extension office.
Dr. Quinton White was one of three JU faculty selected as a Seminar Leader for the inaugural First Coast Scholars Program, which provides intensive, content-rich seminars for Duval County public school teachers through the Schultz Center for Teaching and Leadership. Dr. White held a seminar on the St. Johns River - Evolution through Time. Each seminar was attended by 10-12 teachers who also wrote curriculum units for classroom use on a related topic. The seminars were held at JU from March 27 to May 17, 2007. The First Coast Scholar program is partnered with Princeton University and all three faculty members had visited Princeton University to observe their seminars prior to beginning the Jacksonville project.