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August 2017 Update

Spotlight: Join us on August 30th for our next TechTopics- Turning the Tide: Florida Oysters

We are happy to announce our next TechTopics event is taking place on Wednesday, August 30th in the CAPS Seminar Room (120) from 11:30am-1:00pm.

This TechTopics will be focused on the Florida oyster industry, which plays a huge role in our coastal economy, and has suffered in the past few years due to problems like the tri-state water dispute over regulated fresh water flow, the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and the impact of predatory species.  However, a cultivation method new to Florida is helping to change that.

During this event, you will learn about the oyster’s role in the ecosystem, and how companies like Panacea Oyster Co-Op are helping to restore and revitalize local waters by using different methods to farm oysters.

Speakers for the event:
Dr. Sandra Brooke, Research Faculty II at the FSU Coastal and Marine Lab
Bob Ballard, Executive Director of the Wakulla Environmental Institute

Rob Olin, CEO of the Panacea Oyster Co-Op Corp.

*Lunch is provided for attendees.


Click here to learn more and to sign up to attend.

New Start-Up? You Need this Program
Kim Williams- President of Marpan Supply and Recycling and LCRDA Board of Governor


Innovation Park’s Entrepreneurial Excellence Program starts its 14th class in October, and there are still a few spots left. Leon County R&D Authority Board of Governor and local entrepreneur, Kim Williams wrote a My View detailing the history of the EEP, and how important it was to bring this program to our community. Kim Williams, along with Program Director, Larry Lynch were integral in developing the Entrepreneurial Excellence Program for the Tallahassee and Leon County region. The Program has provided invaluable entrepreneurial training to over 140 companies (and counting!) in our area.

Click here to read the My View.

Click here to learn more about the Entrepreneurial Excellence Program, or to apply.
FAMU and FAMU-FSU College of Engineering Awarded $4.9M for Research Grant


Professors Subramanian Ramakrishnan_ Tarik Dickens and Mandip Singh Sachdeva stand in front of 3-D printer that will be used to manufacture materials and devices. (Photo- Trisha Radulovich- FAMU-FSU College of Engineering)

The National Science Foundation awarded Florida A&M University, as well as the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, a nearly $5M grant to assist in advanced research in applications for health, aerospace materials, and energy.

The grant will be used for research in the Center for Complex Materials Design for Multidimensional Additive Processing, or CoManD Center, and will be distributed over the next five years.

Click here to learn more about this exciting grant and how it will be used.

The MagLab Receives $5.8M to Fund New Tools for Biology Research in High Magnetic Fields

The MagLab will have a new center within the lab, which will develop world-unique instrumentation for innovative biomedical work in high magnetic fields to combat diseases like Alzheimer’s and tuberculosis. The National Institutes of Health is launching the Biomedical Technology Research Resource within the National MagLab in Innovation Park, as well as the MagLab facility at the University of Florida.

The center’s new instrumentation will be in the form of advanced probes, which will help scientists see the molecular structure and chemistry of proteins that cause diseases.

Click here to learn more about this exciting project and the research being conducted.

Naval Opportunity Awareness Workshop on September 21 and 22

On September 21st and 22nd, the Florida A&M University will be hosting its Naval Opportunity Awareness Workshop. The event will take place in the Grand Ballroom (1925 South Martin Luther King Blvd, Tallahassee, FL 32307) , with registration beginning at 7:00am and the event beginning promptly at 8:00am each day.

The Department of Navy’s (DoN’s) Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI) program is designed to increase awareness of the research opportunities available to institutions, students, and faculty at HBCUs.

As part of its mission, the program strengthens the capabilities of the institutions to conduct basic and applied research, and increases the quality and quantity of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs with a focus on minority researchers and graduates.

Click here to learn more about this event.

Welcome Rankin Confused & Crunchy Tacos!


There’s a new Monday Food Truck in Innovation Park: Rankin Confused & Crunchy Tacos starts this month.

This newly opened food truck will offer a unique variety of innovative tacos made according to Rankin family tradition: the meat and shell are prepared together to make what they call an “American Style Taco” or a “Rankin Taco,” traditionally offered with a salad toppings, ketchup, and Crystal Hot Sauce as condiments. Served with a side of Texas style beans and flat tater tots, the taco resembles an American hamburger in a crispy shell as opposed to a bun.

Roger Rankin creates his own salad toppings, salsas, slaws, and sides that change the original design just enough to open up different options for customers with different taste buds or preferences. Signature and build-your-own tacos, bowls, and salads are all available.

Stop by on Mondays, in front of the Shaw Building at 2031 East Paul Dirac Drive, between 11:00am and 2:00pm to welcome them to Innovation Park.

Click here to view their menu.

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