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The American Philosophical Society has named Alyson Venti, a second year Ph.D. student of the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science, the recipient of a Lewis and Clark Scholarship in Exploration and Field Research in Astrobiology. Now known as a “Lewis and Clark Field Scholar,” Venti received the award primarily for her work on coral reefs, particularly on the emerging issue of ocean acidification.“The fund will help me focus on the growth rates of individual coral communities of different reefs. Right now I have three sites in Bermuda that I focus on,” said Venti. “A dye is used to measure their growth over time. This dye is absorbed by the coral and leaves a band similar to rings in a tree. Later, we can sample the coral and see how much it has grown, thus determining the growth rate of the different colonies.”
The Coalition of Jamaican Alumni Associations in Florida have now launched its own website www.jaasf.info which would now serve as the hub for information on the alumni groups in the region.This coalition of Florida based alumni groups has now joined the ranks of fraternities in the Diaspora who have created a network for information including the Union of Jamaican Alumni Associations (UJAA) in New York, and the Alliance of Jamaican Alumni Associations (AJAA) in Toronto.
Miami Dade College’s (MDC) reputation for exemplary service-learning and civic engagement, both as an institution and for its individual faculty and student projects, has been recognized on the national level once again. This time, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) recently named MDC to its2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which recognizes colleges and universities whose work in the community has helped achieve meaningful results. CNCS oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact, and the American Council on Education.
The Florida Caribbean Students Association (FCSA) is scheduled to host its 36th Conference at the University of South Florida on April 9th through April 11th 2010 under the theme, “Culture Shock: Spotlight on the Caribbean”.
The Students Loan Bureau (SLB), in an effort to collect some $1 billion owed by delinquent borrowers, has extended its initial three month amnesty, which came to an end yesterday May 31 to August 31. The additional three-month respite is being offered to SLB beneficiaries whose loans have matured, as well as those whose loans, though not matured, are in arrears. Under the amnesty, the SLB has waived all late fees, provided relief on a percentage of the insurance cost and the accrued interest on loans in arrears.
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