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Classes resumed at all higher education institutions in Florida

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Classes resumed at all higher education institutions in Florida

| 10/13/2022

Classes resume at all higher education institutions in Florida

All of Florida’s 40 public higher education institutions have resumed classes following closures from Hurricane Ian. This achievement, reached just two weeks after the storm’s landfall, was made possible by collaborative efforts of state colleges, universities, state agencies and local communities to provide timely assistance to the hardest hit counties. [Source: Florida Department of Education]

Sasse poised to take head job at UF

Sasse, who assumed office in 2015, has a history in higher education, serving as president of Midland University in Nebraska from 2010 to 2014. He has a Ph.D. in history from Yale University and taught at the University of Texas at Austin. The University of Florida’s Presidential Search Committee unanimously referred the senator as the “sole finalist” for president to the Board of Trustees, the university said in a statement Thursday. [Source: The Center Square]

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Central Florida researchers working on new tactics to treat and diagnose breast cancer

Many therapies have been developed over the years to treat cancer by targeting oncogenes, genes that have mutated. Eric Guisbert, an associate professor of biomedical and chemical engineering and sciences at Florida Tech, says cancer researchers are “starting to appreciate there are a lot of other genes that are important for cancer that might not have specific mutations, but we can still inhibit them to get a therapeutic benefit.” [Source: Florida Trend]

In South Florida, microschools are reshaping K-12 education

Nestled in a warm and colorful classroom space in a sprawling Salvation Army building in Fort Lauderdale is Permission To Succeed Education Center, one of more than two dozen private microschools and similarly small, multi-age, co-learning communities in South Florida. Felicia Rattray decided to launch Permission To Succeed in the summer of 2020 after schools shut down due to the pandemic and the shift to remote schooling gave her an up-close look at her nephew’s classroom. [Source: Forbes]

Biology professor who made midlife career change gives $1 million estate gift to USF St. Petersburg campus

“It is such a privilege to work here, and for more than 20 years I have been able to teach courses in a way that I believe are great learning experiences for students while following my research instincts,” Deby Cassill said. “I thought this would be a great way to give back to this institution by providing scholarships for students, including older students who are returning after a career change like me, to find their passion in biology.” [Source: USF]

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