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Top weather forecasters are predicting a “near-normal 2019 storm season,” but if current El Niño conditions – a band of warm water from the equatorial Pacific – weaken, it could set the stage for a more active season, said meteorologist Daniel Halperin of Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus.
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Although June 15 is often referred to by the National Weather Service as the start of the Arizona monsoon season, the meteorology department at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott campus is predicting a delayed start to the annual summer rainy season.
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The inaugural Embry-Riddle Leadership Institute’s Practicing Leaders cohort demonstrated leadership through philanthropy as the seven-month program concluded May 7 with a gift to the Project Haiti clean water outreach effort. Since the devastating 2010 Haitian earthquake, Embry-Riddle students and faculty from engineering, human factors and business disciplines have traveled to Haiti at the end of the spring semester to help bring clean water to local Haitian communities in desperate need by building and installing solar-powered water purification systems while helping residents start micro-businesses selling clean water to others.
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Embry-Riddle Senior Vice President for Administration and Planning Rodney Cruise hosted officers of CenterState Bank and StarterStudio at the John Mica Engineering and Aerospace Innovation Complex (MicaPlex) at Embry-Riddle’s Research Park this past Thursday for a check presentation to support small local business entrepreneurs in central Florida and startup businesses at the MicaPlex. CenterState Bank’s President Mike L. Sleaford, Vice President Mellissa Slover-Athey and Senior Vice President Phil Zeman presented a $50,000 check to Donna Mackenzie, Executive Director of StarterStudio, an Orlando-based nonprofit that is creating a robust entrepreneurial community for tech-enabled startups and other innovators that are fueling to Florida’s growing technology economy. Sleaford said CenterState Bank has a history of serving small businesses by keeping decision-making local and addressing their immediate needs.
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In true Worldwide fashion, graduation ceremonies are held around the globe in order to accommodate as many students as possible. Students are welcome to participate in any of the following ceremonies. Attendance to any Embry-Riddle graduation event is free. Some ceremonies may require tickets due to the ceremony location. For Graduating Students: Visit the Campus Solutions Student Center to apply for graduation, view your graduation status, or pay your graduation application fee. Visit the Alumni Website for information on alumni benefits, giving, events and more.
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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $670,000 grant to Embry-Riddle’s Dr. Alan Liu to install a special radar instrument at the Andes LIDAR Observatory in Cerro Pachón, Chile. The funding is a highly competitive Major Research Instrumentation award. The new instrument, designed to detect meteors in the region, will replace an aging radar now in place, said Liu, professor of Engineering Physics, who played a founding role in establishing the Andes LIDAR Observatory. An upper atmosphere observatory, the mountaintop facility houses several optical remote-sensing instruments. These include one that uses laser pulses, or LIDAR (light detection and ranging), to measure wind and temperature beyond 80 kilometers in altitude as well as special cameras that pick up energetic molecules called “airglow.” Leveraging such instruments to better understand atmospheric perturbations – such as those caused by thunderstorms and mountains – is critical to improving global circulation models, space weather prediction and global satellite navigation systems, Liu noted.
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The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), the world’s largest anti-fraud organization, has named Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University accounting professor, Dr. Cindy Greenman, Educator of the Year. The prestigious ACFE Outstanding Achievement Awards recognize the contributions of professionals worldwide. There are more than 85,000 ACFE members representing a wide range of industries and a variety of job functions.
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At the Pensions & Investments’ Eddy Awards ceremony at the East Coast Defined Contribution Conference, Embry-Riddle’s joint awards submission with TIAA, the university’s benefits management partner, won first place in the “Special Projects” category for special investment education and communication programs for plans with 1,000 to 5,000 employees.
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The Office of Undergraduate Research with the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence and The Task Force on Innovation sponsored the Second Annual Student Innovation Awards, recognizing a team and individuals who proposed the best ideas to enhance student or academic life or the campus in general at the Daytona Beach Campus. The awards highlight the creative, innovative, problem-solving skills and digital communications skills of the students.
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That’s what Joe DePete, head of the largest non-governmental aviation safety organization in the world, told a standing-room only crowd of aspiring commercial transport pilots last week at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus.
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In 2009, Flight Department Chair for Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus, Dr. Frank Ayers, had a brief but fateful phone call with his wife Debbie. The university’s western campus had a significant opening available—and with it would come the responsibility of reestablishing fiscal accountability.
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Embry-Riddle Department of Applied Aviation Sciences faculty members Dr. Dorothea Ivanova and Dr. Michael Kaplan have been awarded National Science Foundation (NSF) funding of up to $102,000 over the next three years to study wildfires and other climate events in collaboration with researchers at North Carolina A&T University.
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For the first time in over five years, the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) Drill Team traveled to the Tulane University ROTC Mardi Gras National Drill Competition, held March 1 in New Orleans, and brought home first- and third-place honors. Of 23 total schools participating in the completion, the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University team, consisting of 18 Naval and Marine midshipmen, beat out squads from notable military academies such as West Point, Citadel, and Texas A&M, as well as from local rivals Florida State and the University of Florida. The drill team won first place in the Platoon Basic Drill competition and third place in the Squad Basic Drill competition.
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Nine employees from the Embry-Riddle Prescott Campus and Embry-Riddle Worldwide were selected for the first inaugural Prescott Campus cohort of the Embry-Riddle Leadership Institute’s Individual Contributors Program. This three-day leadership intensive was held at the Hazy Library and Learning Center, Feb. 26-28. Chancellor Dr. Frank Ayers and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Dr. Rhonda Capron kicked off the program.
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Trevor Goodwin, who designs and develops computer applications within the Unity engine, an all-in-one digital experience creation suite, recently joined Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus as manager of the new Virtual Reality Lab. He’s enthusiastic about leveraging virtual reality systems to advance aviation safety. “Any sort of high-risk training can be done inside a virtual environment at low cost, compared to being out in the field,” said Goodwin, who earned his bachelor’s degree in Digital Media at the University of Central Florida (UCF). “Every type of training can be dangerous sometimes. In a lab with a virtual headset, you’re in a controlled environment with people supporting you, so you can focus on learning, with fewer distractions.”
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