2013
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Dr. White involded in Inspire ! Speaker Series Guest at Episcopla Day School in Ms. Natalie Inclan's 6th Grade Marine Science class

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JU’s Jeremy Stalker among panelists at MOSH Fossil ID Day Aug. 17

 

Have you ever found something on the beach or digging in your yard and don’t have a clue what it is? Bring your mystery object to the Museum of Science and History (MOSH), 1025 Museum Circle. A panel of scientists will be on site from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17,

JU's Jeremy Stalker (left) works with a summer camper in June 2013 during the Marine Science Research Institute summer camp

to provide you with information about your find.

Dr. Jeremy Stalker, assistant professor of marine science at JU, will be among the panelists.

Fossil I.D. Day is free with museum admission. Visitwww.themosh.orgfor more info.


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DISCOVERY CHANNEL'S FAKE SHARK DOCUMENTARY
Unlike more than 70 percent of Discovery Channel viewers who participated in a recent survey, Dr. Quinton White says he’s certain that the Megaladon giant prehistoric shark species doesn’t exist today.
Therein lies White’s beef with pseudo-documentaries such as Discovery Channel’s “Megaladon: The Monster Shark Lives” and “Mermaids,” White – Jacksonville University’s Marine Science Research Institute executive director — said in a Wednesday, Aug. 8 report on Jacksonville’s First Coast News (WTLV NBC-12 and WJXX ABC-25).
First Coast News reported that White says fake documentaries “get on his nerves” because people accept what they watch on television as fact — even though the information is not corroborated by science.
“I got all these calls about mermaids. They still don’t exist …” White said.
White says in the First Coast News report that the Discovery Channel and other networks are deliberately promoting the possibility that something that doesn’t exist could be real, after all.
“They promote fake science,” he said.
Discovery Channel used fake scientists and doctored footage in “Megaladon,” and afterwards said in a disclaimer that “certain events and characters in this film have been dramatized.”


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Times-Union Redfish Roundup, won’t matter how many pounds your catch weighs or how many inches it measures. To win this event, your fish has to be spotted.

The more spots on your redfish’s tail, the more you can win!

The tournament, set May 12 at Sisters Creek Park, is designed to appeal to anglers of all ages and skill levels. The event will pay out all of the $50-per-boat entry fees, plus merchandise will be awarded. The Times-Union, Jacksonville’s largest newspaper, also will donate $5,000 each to Safe Harbor Boys Home and to Big Brothers, Big Sisters.

Only legal fish measuring from 18 to 27 inches will qualify to be “spotted.” All fish will be released after having their spots counted, and one spot will be deducted from any fish brought in dead.

Most redfish carry one spot on each side of their tail, but some fish sport multiple spots. Recently, Jacksonville guide Dave Sipler caught a red at the Mayport jetties with 43 spots.

The T-U tournament is modeled after a similar event held several years ago in Titusville: The Hunt for Reds in October, where spots counted.

In its first year, the Hunt for Reds in October drew more than 800 participants. The winning red wore 21 spots and the winning angler claimed the top prize of a 17-foot boat.

Jacksonville’s event has drawn the attention of sponsors and volunteers. The City of Jacksonville has endorsed the event, and Dr. Dan McCarthy, Marine Scientists from Jacksonville University have volunteered their expertise on tournament day.

Read more: http://features.boats.com/boat-content/2001/05/spots-count-in-jacksonville-redfish-tournament/#ixzz2Psa9SF1C

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JU’s Quinton White to Florida Times-Union on port expansion: ‘I don’t see where all these jobs are’

Dr. Quinton White, executive director of Jacksonville University’s Marine Science Research Institute
Dr. Quinton White, executive director of Jacksonville University’s Marine Science Research Institute, says in a Jan. 4 Florida Times-Union article that he is unconvinced that expanding Jacksonville’s port will have a positive economic impact.
“I’m not an economist, but I don’t see where all these jobs are,” White told said in the Times-Union article. “I don’t see where all the benefit is. I hope we’ll have a better understanding (from a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study) of what the positive impact will be on Jacksonville because it’s going to have a negative impact on the river.”
The Corps of Engineers is using computer models to anticipate the consequences of deepening the river’s 40-foot channel to as deep as 50 feet, making way for increases in international shipping. Environmentalists say the dredging’s impact on nearby creeks and marshes need to determined before a decision is made on the project.
Later this month, the Corps is expected to reveal details of its study and issue a tentative ruling on the river’s optimal depth.

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2012

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. Dan McCarthy interviewed on Action News about the increased salinity in the St. Johns

JU Marine Science Research Institute’s Dr. Quinton White to speak April 20 at “To the Arctic 3D” IMAX premiere
Dr. Quinton White, executive director of Jacksonville University’s Marine Science Research Institute, will speak at 7:15 p.m. Friday, April 20, before the premiere of “To the Arctic 3D” at the World Golf Hall of Fame IMAX Theater in St. Johns County.
White will discuss local waterways and their importance to the environment.
"To The Arctic 3D,” a documentary narrated by Oscar winner Meryl Streep, takes the audience on a never-before-experienced journey into the lives of a mother polar bear and her twin seven-month-old cubs as they navigate the changing Arctic wilderness.
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Dr. Quinton White Jr., executive director of the Marine Science Research Institute at JU, recently was on FOX30/CBS47 Action News’ morning show. April 10 talked about the Marine Science Research Institute’s summer day camps for high school students, underwritten by EverBank. About 25 students attend each week, with some doing both weeks. The money from EverBank is essential to keeping the camps affordable for low- to moderate-income families.
Dr. White also spoke to the Jacksonville Historical Society, taking audience members on a 450-year environmental journey along the St. Johns.
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2011
  
  
 

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. Leadership Jacksonville Honors A. Quinton White, Jr., PH.D. at the 2011 Celebration of Leadership 16th Annual “Leadership Jacksonville is an amazing organization composed of a diverse group of people who have made a tremendous impact in Northeast Florida. It is hard for me to imagine Jacksonville without Leadership Jacksonville. I believe our region has gained much from the personal and professional relationships that we have developed through Leadership Jacksonville over the years. Our future is brighter because of the programs and opportunities it has provided to the community. Thank you Leadership Jacksonville.”
 
 
John N. Heine published his new book Scientific Diving Techniques; A Practical Guide for the Research Diver, Second Edition
 

Dr. Quinton White, the Executive Director of the Marine Science Institute at Jacksonville University and noted river expert, takes us on a 450 year environmental journey along the St. Johns, from Ribault’s arrival to the modern day port of Jacksonville. His presentation focuses on the many changes in appearance, path, and function along Jacksonville’s beloved waterway.
Quinton White was originally from Norfolk, Virginia. He received his B.S. degree from N.C. Wesleyan College and his M.S. degree from the University of Virginia. Dr. White joined the faculty at Jacksonville University in 1976, having completed his Ph.D. at the University of South Carolina at the Baruch Institute for Marine Biology and Coastal Research. In 1978, he established the major in marine science at Jacksonville University. He has served as Chair of the Department of Biology and Marine Science, Chair of the Division of Science and Mathematics and Dean of the College of Arts and Science. In July, 2008, he was named Executive Director of the Marine Science Research Institute and charged with development and construction of a 32,000 sq. ft. LEED certified facility.
The MSRI opened in July 2010. The MSRI is an interdisciplinary institute that focuses on the St. Johns River and other marine environments. Dr. White is chair of the JU Campus Sustainability Committee and is developing a campus wide sustainability policy and program.
Dr. Rose Borkowski, Assistant Professor of Biology/Marine Science at Jacksonville University,appeared on WJCT's First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross., discussing her work researching dolphins in local waterways and efforts to learn about recent die-offs among the dolphin population. Dr.. Borkowski's areas of expertise include Veterinary Medicine, Biology and Medicine of Birds, Marine and Terrestrial Mammals, Diseases of Zoo and Wildlife Species, Human Anatomy and Physiology.
Be sure to listen in to WJCT at 89.9 FM!
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Dr. Gerry Pinto was recently interviewed on the River Keeper Show on Jan 19th regarding the manatees and the St. Johns River.
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2010

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

​June 16 ​Spoke at The Jacksonville Offshore Sport Fishing Club on Fish Kills and Oil Spills.
​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.  
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2009

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.

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2008

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.

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2007

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.  

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 with Lucinda 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.