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2015 FSGC Fellow Nichole Ternan – Using Plumeria Pollination to Engage Student Scientists

Using Plumeria Pollination to Engage Student Scientists
By Nichole Tiernan (Florida International University and Fairchild Botanical Gardens) – 2015 FSGC Fellow

Nichole Tiernan article

Outstanding ERAU Researcher of the Year Wins $1.3M NASA Award

In summer 2021, Embry-Riddle’s Dr. Aroh Barjatya and his students will launch two identical rockets from tiny Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, northeast of Papua New Guinea, thanks to a new $1.3 million NASA research award. 

“End-to-end testing was the overall goal to ensure that a CubeSat operates and functions properly in the space environment,” Campagnolo explained. With partial support from the Florida Space Grant Consortium, the Embry-Riddle Office of Undergraduate Research, and Faculty Innovative Research in Science and Technology, the student researchers also worked on software to more easily and accurately interpret data from the Helmholtz cages.

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FSGC Fellows part of a UCF Team Discovery that Could Allow Travel from Coast to Coast in Under 30 Minutes

2 FSGC fellows from the University of Central Florida, Jonathan Sosa  and Jessica Chambers, are part of a team under the leadership of Dr. Kareem Ahmed, have made a discovery that could allow travel from Coast to Coats in under 30 minutes. Dr. Kareem Ahmed, the students advisor remarked ” The FSGC DIF fellowships significantly augmented the research portfolios (the FSGC DIF is a critical element that supports our students’ research portfolio beyond what a grant could). They have been able to utilize it effectively for their research careers.”

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Analyzing the Risks of Space Radiation – FSGC Sponsored research at FIT

Analyzing the Risks of Space Radiation

As space tourism inches toward reality, and with a push for humans to reach Mars by 2030, health concerns for this growing number of would-be astronauts are increasingly relevant.

Florida Tech College of Engineering and Science professors Kenia Pedrosa Nunes and Kunal Mitra are investigating the effect of space radiation on the human cardiovascular system. The research is funded by one-year, $50,000 grant from the NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium.

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Florida Poly students identify new way to create oxygen in space

Florida Poly students identify new way to create oxygen in space

 Florida Politics

Florida Polytechnic University researchers are working on a breakthrough technology that could simplify the way oxygen is created for such travel. 

Student researchers and faculty are exploring ways to use algae to capture carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. The technology would simplify the current process and make it less costly.

The NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium-funded research uses diatoms — a form of algae invisible to the naked eye — to increase efficiency in solar cells to produce oxygen from carbon dioxide.

Currently astronauts use separate systems: One to capture the carbon and the other to produce oxygen.  


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