Florida State University professor awarded NEH research grant
Michael D. Carrasco, an art history professor at Florida State University, has been awarded a $249,850 Collaborative Research Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
This funding will allow Carrasco, associate professor of Visual Cultures of the Americas and Cultural Heritage Studies, and colleague Joshua D. Englehardt to expand the documentation of Formative Period sculpture and inscriptions and establish a digital repository for this material.
It also will allow them to complete the book “The Origins of Writing in Early Mesoamerica.”
Carrasco and Englehardt, who earned his doctorate from FSU in 2011 and now serves on the faculty of El Colegio de Michoacán, have directed the Mesoamerican Corpus of Formative Period Art and Writing project since 2012.
Working with an international, multidisciplinary team of scholars, Carrasco and Englehardt will explore the critical time of innovation ca. 1500–300 BCE, when Mesoamerican peoples developed several writing systems from a sophisticated iconography.
Carrasco was recently promoted to associate dean of the College of Fine Arts.
FAMU professor makes history at American Academy of Microbiology
Henry Neal Williams, a professor in Florida A&M University’s School of the Environment, has been elected to a three-year term to the Board of Governors of the American Academy of Microbiology.
Each year, the academy’s nominating subcommittee identifies Fellows who would be a valuable addition to its governing body based on their exemplary accomplishments and service.
Williams is the first person from a historically black college or university elected to the academy’s board of governors.
Williams’ primary research focuses on a group of predatory bacteria, Bdellovibrio and like organisms (BALOs).
The AAM is the honorific leadership group within the American Society of Microbiology, the largest single life science society, composed of more than 32,000 scientists and health professionals.
Williams also was named a 2019 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a lifetime distinction that honors contributions to science and technology.
FAMU-FSU College of Engineering professor wins industry honors
Fang Peng, professor of electrical engineering for the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, recently received the IEEE Industry Applications Society Outstanding Achievement Award.
The IEEE IAS Outstanding Achievement Award honors an individual who has made an outstanding contribution in the application of electricity.
Peng received a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Wuhan University in China and his master’s of science and his doctorate degrees in electrical engineering from Nagaoka University of Technology in Japan.
Peng also serves the Center for Advanced Power Systems as a distinguished professor of engineering.
FAMU graduate assistant’s research makes agricultural discovery
Worrel Diedrick, graduate research assistant for Florida A&M University’s (College of Agriculture and Food Science, has discovered two new egg parasitoids (Paratelenomus saccharalis and Ooencyrtus nezarae).
Diedrick’s discovery will avoid the need for pesticides in soybean production in the United States, which have an estimated annual revenue of $39 billion and are the second most planted field crop in the U.S.
Diedrick’s findings have been filed with the State of Florida and may provide breakthroughs for biological control of the kudzu bag — a destructive pest species introduced to the United States from Asia in 2009.
The species poses a threat to soybeans and other legume crops in Florida and 11 other southern states.
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