Rule reversal eases uncertainty for international students in Florida
The Trump administration on Tuesday rescinded rules that could have put thousands of foreign students in Florida at risk of deportation if their fall semester classes were held entirely online during the coronavirus pandemic. The policy reversal was announced a little over a week after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said foreign students would not be allowed to remain in the country if their universities and colleges offered only online classes to them. More from the News Service of Florida, CBS Miami, and the AP.
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Cyber Florida's new leader stresses need to step up student enrollment
Mike McConnell, a retired U.S. Navy vice admiral and the former director of the U.S. National Security Agency, brings an extensive military and intelligence background to his new role as executive director of Tampa-based Cyber Florida. On the job since February, McConnell, 76, spoke about what he hopes to accomplish at Cyber Florida, a state-funded agency that works with each of Florida’s 12 public universities, as well private industry, the government and the military, to help grow the state’s cybersecurity industry. [Source: Florida Trend]
Florida unions representing 70K teachers want state to use ‘safety and science first’ when reopening schools
Ten Florida education union presidents representing 70,000-plus teachers statewide are advocating for reopening public schools this fall to be done in a way that is based on both science and safety. The organizations — including all six Central Florida teachers' unions — issued a declaration criticizing the state Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran's recent executive order stating all Florida school districts must reopen their brick-and-mortar school locations in the fall, and called it “tone-deaf.” More from WFTV and the Orlando Business Journal.
Florida’s first historically Black college to become a university
Edward Waters College, the first historically Black college in Florida, is on its way to becoming a university. President A. Zachary Faison Jr., who declined interview requests, recently announced at a news conference with Gov. Ron DeSantis that the college has received much more in state funding than expected. The 2020-2021 state legislative budget allocated an additional $3.5 million to Edward Waters for a $6.4 million total. “This is truly transformative,” Faison said at the time. More from the Florida Times-Union and the Palm Beach Post.
On July 1, Steven Currall marked his first anniversary as president of the University of South Florida. While he faced "expected" concerns like the consolidation of the accreditation of the three USF campuses under one umbrella, he also had to deal with crises like the coronavirus pandemic and racial equity concerns of faculty, staff, and students. [Source: WUSF]
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› Florida Tech women's business center offering free mentorship thanks to $450,000 COVID grant [Florida Today]
Thanks to a $450,000 grant, weVENTURE, the women’s business center at Florida Institute of Technology, is offering expanded mentorship to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Congress doled out $25 million to women’s business centers across the U.S. via the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
› Florida students work on patent for invention for the blind [WKMG]
Florida high school students Jonathon Walker and Alex Johnson have been developing a device that turns text into braille for some time and now they’re working with a law firm to get a patent for it. When the students first won the science fair in Pensacola several months back, the braille system was a mere prototype. It was too large in size for portable use and still had some cleaning up for it to be applicable in society. Those days are now over.
› Pandemic silver linings for The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU [FIU News]
The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU recently launched their latest exhibitions, Judith Leiber: Master Craftsman and Zachary Balber: Tamim, digitally and are offering virtual tours via Zoom. Led by curator Jackie Goldstein, the tours have been booked by organizations across the country (and one in Canada), opening up a whole new audience to this South Florida cultural institution.
› FAU receives grant to continue production of face shields [South Florida Sun-Sentinel]
Since the pandemic began back in March, Florida Atlantic University’s Jeff Huber has been hard at work, helping to meet the growing demand for personal protective equipment. Thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of Broward, Huber and his volunteers will be able to continue the production of face shields using 3D printers at the university’s Fabrication Laboratory in Fort Lauderdale.