Florida Tech Research Year in Review, Part 3

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As we wrap up 2018, here are some research highlights and news coverage on Florida Tech from this year.

Students and faculty from Florida Tech, Beijing Institute of Technology and Ohio State University in Beijing.

-Florida Tech and Ohio State students participated in the the inaugural Sino-U.S. Space Policy Research Center summer study program in Beijing with a better understanding of how space policy touches a variety of academic disciplines.

Aldrin Space Institute Director Andy Aldrin led the trip that included clinical psychology doctoral candidate Emily Birch, aviation human factors and safety master’s student Alex Coultrup, global management and finance undergraduate Tereza Sedlakova and aviation sciences doctoral candidate Shayan Shirshekar.

The program, which ran July 30 to Aug. 3, was just the start of ongoing collaboration between Florida Tech and the host institution, Beijing Institute of Technology.

“This summer experience was an important first step in our space policy partnership,” said Florida Tech President Dwayne McCay. “We look forward to future collaborations.”

One of the proposed areas of future partnership would involve student workshops alternating between campuses. Next summer, students from BIT and other campuses in Beijing will send a group of 10-15 students to Florida Tech for a space policy workshop lasting up to 10 days.

-Scientists and researchers from around Florida discussed the latest efforts to fix the ailing Indian River Lagoon as Florida Tech’s Indian River Lagoon Research Institute convened for the fourth annual Technical Conference on Coastal Water Quality.

-Ocean Engineering and Marine Sciences head and professor Richard Aronson discussed Marine Protected Areas being threatened by global warming. The story originally ran in Reuters, and was picked up by the Florida Times-Union and Voice of America, as well as international  publications in Belgium, Canada, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Oman, New Zealand and Taiwan.

Aronson also spoke with Popular Science about Belize Barrier Reef system removed from the UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee’s list of endangered sites.

Toby Daly-Engel was a part of Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, featured on the show Great White Shark Babies led another team in the discovery of a new shark species, Genie’s dogfish, named after “The Shark Lady” Eugenie Clark, a pioneer in shark biology. The announcement was covered by Fox News, Gizmodo, Inquisitr, Science Daily, ScienMag, USA Today, as well as international publications in Austria, Australia, Istanbul, Italy, Russia, South Africa.

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