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Michael Abazinge, Ph.D. School of the Environment

Karam F.A. Soliman, Ph.D. College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences As the associate dean for Research and Innovation and distinguished professor of basic pharmaceutical sciences at the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Soliman and his team have been awarded nearly $3.5 million in research dollars over the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 academic years. The National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Minority Health Disparities is among the agencies that have entrusted Soliman (right) and his colleagues, including David Bauer, Ph.D. (left), with grants to help promote excellence in cancer research, training and community service. The research dollars also contribute to drug discovery and research aimed at better understanding the makeup and risks associated with various degenerative diseases and their treatment. Soliman’s work has garnered him numerous recognitions, including being named a “3M Distinguished Professor.” In 2000, Soliman received the honor of being named “FAMUan of the Century.”

As director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Environmental Cooperative Science Center, in the School of the Environment, Abazinge (back right) is helping to develop the next generation of environmental scientists. Thanks to the more than $3 million in grants he and his research team have received from NOAA since 2015, Abazinge is helping to provide solutions for the conservation and sustainable management of coastal and marine resources. Abazinge’s expertise and experience range from the interrelationships between soils, plants and animals to the metabolism of nutrients, particularly metals. His research focus has been in the bioconversion of cellulosic materials and evaluating the biochemical pathways to enhance their degradation.

Larry Robinson, Ph.D. School of the Environment Serving as the University’s interim president is beyond a full-time job, but for Robinson (center), it’s important to continue to contribute to FAMU’s research enterprise as well as work closely with student researchers. During the 2016-2017 academic year, Robinson and his research team received a more than $2.9 million installment of a five-year grant from NOAA’s Educational Partnership Program to establish the Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems. The new award will allow the FAMU-led partnership to make profound national impacts on coastal and marine ecosystems’ education, science and policy. Robinson’s research interests include environmental chemistry, environmental radiochemistry and environmental policy and management.

Maurice Edington, Ph.D. Strategic Planning, Analysis and Institutional Effectiveness

Edington (left) is responsible for ensuring University progress on key performance indicators with respect to academic, fiscal and operational goals. And a crucial component of fulfilling those goals is excellence in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) areas of the University. Edington is personally contributing to the University’s success in these fields with the help of his research team as a principal investigator on several National Science Foundation grants, which totaled more than $1.8 million during the 2016-2017 academic year. The grant dollars helped to support the “Student-Centered Active Learning and Assessment Reform” program. It has allowed FAMU to implement innovative curricular initiatives that are positioning the University as a national leader in STEM education. With expertise in chemistry, Edington not only has made strides in developing efficient dioxygen carriers for blood substitutes but also has used his scientific approach to help FAMU successfully navigate through quality enhancement and accreditation processes as the University’s accreditation liaison.4

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