Dr. Michael Harvey

Broward College Professor Identifies New Toad and Gives It Its Namesake

It isn’t the first time that Dr. Michael Harvey has had his name associated with a newly discovered species. He received the honor a few times before, as he’s been doing research work for almost 20 years in South America and Asia.

“Having a specie name after you is usually done to recognize and honor your work in the field,” explains Dr. Harvey, a professor of Biology at the Broward College A. Hugh Adams Central Campus in Davie. “For this latest species, the puppet toad S. harveyi, the authors of the publication where the toad is described, decided to give it my name because I was one of the authors on the paper where we first introduced the species.”

Dr. Harvey was essential to the research taking place as he received the grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation to fund the expedition. Over four years, Harvey and a team of ten American and Indonesian scientists and students, including a Broward College student, spent two months at a time exploring the mountaintops and volcanos in the Sumatran jungle searching for new species.

Nature Lover from a Young Age

Dr. Michael HarveyAs a Texas native who grew up in the country and spent most of his childhood hunting, it’s only logical that Dr. Harvey would be interested in nature and animals. “I was the type of boy who would go around catching reptiles and amphibians,” he admits. “I could have ten different species of snake in my house at any given time!”

As he got older, he knew that pursuing a career in science was the right path for him. He received a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences with a specialization in Systematics from the University of Texas in Arlington (UTA). Afterward, he received his Doctorate in Quantitative Biology from UTA, as well.

The Life of a Researcher

The selling point for Dr. Harvey to become a researcher, besides his love for nature and scientific curiosity, was the opportunity to travel the world. “Being able to travel and explore this beautiful planet while doing something that I’m so passionate about is a blessing,” he says.

During the first decade or so of his professional journey, he was focused on exploring South America, mostly Bolivia. It wasn’t until a few years ago that he decided to focus his research in Indonesia. “I always had a curiosity to go Indonesia because it has a reputation of being poorly explored, and I know that there is so much to discover, and I guess I just wanted to be a part of that,” he says. The island of Sumatra, where their expedition took place, is estimated to be home to over a hundred new species of reptiles and amphibians.

Elevating Broward College Students

As a professor, the experience Dr. Harvey gains while out in the field is priceless. He can elevate the classroom experience thanks to everything he learns while he’s doing research work. Most of the time he uses his work as, data example in his lectures.

“I know how important it is for students to start gaining experience in their field of interest as early as possible. I have been able to include students in research papers, scientific meetings, and even have taken them on these trips” he says. “And by doing so, we are placing our students ahead of other undergrads because it’s very rare to see students having their name on a scientific publication.”

Having such milestones in their resume is often key to being granted tenure, receive funding, or grants for research and other benefits.

Broward College offers programs such as Biology and Environmental Science. Explore the career opportunities in STEM here.

Staying in the Game – Polishing Up Your Programming Skills at the BC Hackathon

In a competitive industry such as the tech world, it’s important to keep up with the latest trends of the trade. A crucial part of your success in the industry, which is expected to grow 12 percent in the next 10 years according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, requires you to work constantly on improving your skills. In other words, you must become a lifelong learner.

On Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, programmers and tech enthusiasts in South Florida will come across the perfect opportunity to work on their programming, problem-solving, and time management skills during the 2019 BC Hackathon.

The 24-hour coding event, now in its fifth year, is hosted by Broward College’s Computer Science department with the goal to bring together aspiring programmers, industry experts, mentors, and potential employers.

What is it about?

Hackathons are designed as an environment that encourages idea sharing, teamwork, and tight deadlines. You must work with a team of up to five peers to create a usable software in 24 hours or under. The team has the opportunity to work and learn from professionals in the industry and College faculty, working as mentors, in a real-life setting.

Participants are allowed to brainstorm before the event starts but all coding must be done during the 24-hour window. To create or join a team, you can do it online through CrowdForge. If you have a project idea, you can create a team page in the platform explaining your project and listing the skills you need in your team.

The Competition and its Rewards

Participants are encouraged to develop software in any of these categories: mixed reality, social good, education, or diversity and inclusion. You can use any language, framework, or library to help your project.

Judges Denise Mendez (Magic Leap), Tony Casciotta (Broward College), Steve Orsino (Ultimate Software), and Kristian Bouw (Notion Theory) will be looking at the innovation, complexity, implementation, and presentation as the criteria of the competition. Trophies in Code for a Cause, Most Innovative Idea, Best Presentation, Crowd Favorite, Best XR Project, and Best Overall are awarded in a ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 26 after the teams present their completed projects. All team members must participate during the presentation.

Participants must be currently enrolled high school or college students. All majors welcome. Admission and participation is free but you must RSVP through Eventbrite.

Learn more about mentor and volunteer opportunities during the Hackathon here.

Interested in a career in Computer and Information Technology? Learn about the programs available at Broward College here.

AHCD career pathway students

A Pathway That Builds on Soft Skills – Arts, Humanities, Communication, & Design

The current workforce is centered around soft skills. A recent study published by LinkedIn Learning showed that soft skills top the wishlist of employers, who require candidates that excel at critical thinking, teamwork, time management, and problem-solving.

Broward College is aware of the demand and has been responsive by incorporating this training into the academic curriculum of most programs as well as providing extracurricular training through workshops and other activities.

There is one Career Pathway designed specifically to teach students these valuable set of skills. The Arts, Humanities, Communication & Design (AHCD) pathway offers areas of study, which include  New Media Communication, Architecture, Music Technology, Film Production, and Philosophy.

“This pathway focuses a lot on humanity, culture, and creativity and as such, its core is soft skills. Students that pursue a career in AHCD rely heavily on critical thinking, problem-solving, and excellent verbal and non-verbal communication,” says Jamonica Rolle, dean of Communications.

Shaping the Future Generation

AHCD career pathway studentsWhen you pursue a degree in any of the areas of AHCD, you are required to work on your communication skills, which students tend to underestimate.

“Regardless of the profession you plan to go into; you must be a good communicator. In the world we live in, it’s all about selling yourself and good communication skills play a huge role in this,” explains Jamonica. Knowing how to present yourself and exposing your abilities is particularly important when you are interviewing for a job. Employers are looking for that candidate that will stand out from the rest, and it’s all about personality.

“I think this pathway is particularly important because it develops students into critical thinkers and they get to develop and polish their communication skills and their out-of-the-box thinking capabilities, which will be crucial in the next 10 to 15 years,” she says.

What You Can Become

AHCD is a broad pathway, and it embodies a diverse group of majors. Broward College offers a curated set of the most popular professions in South Florida, and any of the fifteen areas of study can be the first step towards a successful and rewarding career. These programs are divided into five areas: Dance, Theatre, Music, Graphic Design, and Visual Arts

Graduates of the pathway have many options, including the possibility of doing freelance work or building their own business. Among the career opportunities are photographer, graphic designer, creative director, writer, artist, music producer, journalist, and architect.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, entry-level wages for many of these jobs start at $40,000 and can go over $100,000 as you work your way up the ladder.

Let your creativity run wild, explore the roots of your culture, or become an influential communicator. Learn more about career opportunities in Arts, Humanities, Communication, and Design. Broward College awaits you!

Live and Learn: Scholarship Recipient on Mission to Transform Underserved Communities

Lucas Araujo Ferreira
Lucas Araujo Ferreira

After he had spent much of the morning unloading donated food and clothing to the orphanage in San Paulo, Lucas Araujo Ferreira was invited to a large gathering room to have lunch with the children, all of whom had already survived extreme violence, trauma and finally abandonment in their young lives.

As lunch was served, the children were ecstatic. Ferreira, himself just a high school teenager, was heartbroken. The measly handful of crackers and watered-down juice on the lunch menu had taken him back to a painful time growing up, when his mother struggled on her own to provide for him and his sister in northeast Brazil.

“I could understand,” said Ferreira, who considered himself on equal footing with the orphans until he took steps to immigrate to Florida where he could continue to pursue his career goals at Broward College. “It made me realize that people, even though they had very little, could still be happy.”

These days Ferreira has reason for joy. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation awarded him a prestigious Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship that will provide him with up to $40,000 annually for a maximum of three years to complete his bachelor’s degree. And that, likely, will be at an elite university of his choosing, once he graduates from Broward College in May with an Associate of Science degree.

Hardships Begins at Birth

Ivy covered walls and campus bell towers will be a far cry from his family roots just an hour’s drive outside San Paulo, where his grandmother earned a paltry wage picking cotton and cutting sugarcane from fields that stretch for hundreds of miles. Ferreira’s own hardship tale began early in life. Living in a rural tenement building his mother and older sister shared with his grandparents and aunt, Ferreira learned not to shy away from hard work and challenges. At 13, he was admitted into a public high school in Brazil that would allow him to study computers applications and, at the same time, get a job to help his family financially. Not long after, his mother remarried and moved to Florida. Ferreira joined her a few years later after he finished school in Brazil and was able to obtain his green card. “I never thought I would leave Brazil,” he said. “But, wow, America was just like in the movies.”

Mission Work in Sri Lanka
Although he could barely keep a conversation in English, Ferreira immersed himself in both a new language and campus life at Broward College. He became president of the Honors Student Committee where he learned of more scholarship and transfer opportunities. He also got involved in student government, founded the international student club and joined a handful of organizations that provided him an avenue to assist disadvantaged children. Those volunteer efforts continued in Sri Lanka, where Ferreira, while on a study abroad assignment, volunteered at the Orphanage of Mother Theresa of Calcutta.

Upon his return to Broward College, he traveled to conferences with President Haile and gave presentations throughout Florida on behalf of the international student perspective. Ferreira hopes his experiences will encourage others to chase their own goals. He already knows his. Ferreira wants to apply computer science to transform communities and improve lives. “My American dream is not much different than my grandmother’s Brazilian dream,” he said. “It’s just that my dream is within reach.”

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Samuel Jordan

William E. Greene 2019 Scholar Heads to Life-changing Adventure in Seville

An aspiring journalist, Samuel Jordan is aware of how important it is to connect with people at all levels, not only professionally but personally as well. He understands how crucial it is, in a world as globalized as this, to learn from all cultures.

“I’ve always been obsessed with history and foreign cultures. It was a dream of mine to have the opportunity to study abroad and immerse myself in a culture quite different from my own, so when I shared this dream with my academic advisor, she connected me with the study abroad resources at Broward College,” explains Samuel.

As the 2019 spring recipient of the William E. Greene (WEG) scholarship,  Samuel is now living his dream.

Heading to Seville, Spain

Samuel Jordan“When you think about history and rich, diverse culture, Spain is one of those countries that come to mind easily. There’s so much to see there that six months are not enough,” says Samuel. “Another great aspect is that being a member of the European Union is easy and cheap to travel to other EU countries. To me, this is the greatest advantage of my time there.”

Samuel will be taking nine credits of Intermediate Spanish, International Business, and International Relations at the International College of Seville. Samuel plans to enhance his study abroad experience by traveling throughout Spain and other European countries.

What is the WEG scholarship?

WEG is one of three scholarships offered by Broward College to cover program costs at one of four international centers (Spain, Perú, Costa Rica and Ecuador.) The scholarship is awarded to a student each fall and spring semester.

The scholarship is available to degree-seeking students at the College. Applicants must be 18 years old or older, have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and have completed at 12 credits at Broward College. In addition to covering tuition costs, it also covers housing and traveling.

“Studying abroad can be expensive, so it’s incredible that there are programs like the WEG that are offered to help students see the world beyond their own country and learn,” says Samuel.

Students who want to apply for WEG must submit an application form, two recommendation letters from Broward College professors, an unofficial college transcript, and two 500-700 essays. The committee is now accepting applications for fall 2019, with the deadline set for Thursday, April 18, 2019, by 4:00 p.m.

Are you interested in studying abroad? Learn more about the programs and destinations offered here.

Learn more about Samuel’s story, watch this video.

President Gregory Adam Haile, Esq.

Be an active student – Voice your opinion during Real Talk with President Haile

Pizza is served, and students are quickly helping themselves to a slice or two and then hurrying to find a seat in the crowded room as the clock nears 12:30 p.m. Over 100 students are in the activity center of Building 68 at the Judson A. Samuels South Campus. All seats are taken, and there is only some standing room left.

Throughout the room, there is chatter and students are preparing their questions for the highest decision-maker of Broward College.

President Gregory Adam Haile, Esq.Since assuming the presidency of Broward College, Gregory Adam Haile, Esq. has made it his priority to listen to the people he serves. Under the motto of Together We Serve, President Haile has hosted discussion sessions with students and faculty to understand more the concerns, opinions, and suggestions of the Broward College family.

As part of this, Real Talk with President Haile came to life. Students have the opportunity to ask their questions in an open forum on the main campuses during the fall and spring semesters.

Real Talk with President Haile got underway on Feb. 6, 2019 and by all accounts it was well-received. Topics ranged from Financial Aid, Veterans Affairs, to English placement tests. Each session will last for one hour and held at the Student Life department of the campus. There is only one criterion - you must be a currently enrolled student to participate.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for us as students to express our thoughts to the President and get immediate answers,” explains Ray Alce, an Information Technology major at the end of the session.

Dayana Gonzalez, an English student, agreed. “This is my first time assisting an event of this type, and I’m happy I did because I was able to listen to President Haile’s vision and ideas for the College,” she said. 

Future sessions will be held on Feb. 28 at North Campus, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., and on March 19 at the A. Hugh Adams Central Campus, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

For more information, contact your Student Life department.

What questions will you ask President Haile when you see him on your campus?

David Lawrence

Broward College Welcomes David Lawrence Jr., Childhood Education Advocate to Campus for Book Signing

Many South Floridians have heard of David Lawrence Jr., the former publisher of the Miami Herald and tireless advocate for early childhood education. But who knew, as a child, his family sold chickens, and he drove a tractor? Lawrence's experience inspired his life to a “newly energized purposefulness: that every child have a real chance to succeed.”

Lawrence will present these life lessons and reflections on his legendary career to the Broward College community, Thursday, February 14, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at Central Campus 1008/105. The campus-wide event will feature remarks by Broward College President Gregory Adam Haile, and Lawrence will sign copies of his recently published memoir, “A Dedicated Life: Journalism, Justice and a Chance for Every Child.”

For more information on this event visit: https://browardcollegeblog.com/event/4706/

After tenures at the Charlotte Observer and Detroit Free Press, Lawrence served as publisher of the Miami Herald from 1989-1999. As founder and the driving force behind the Children’s Movement of Florida and the Children’s Trust, Lawrence raised millions of dollars as well as awareness and political support for early education, health and services locally and across the state. Lawrence also played a key role in a statewide constitutional amendment calling for pre-K for all 4-year-olds.

This event is free and open to the public. To RSVP visit: https://bit.ly/2DOeRst

David Lawrence book signing at Broward College Central Campus

Black History Month

Black History Month: Broward College Celebrates the Contributions of African-Americans

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Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park

Swimming, fishing, boating and relaxing in Broward County was not always a day at the beach. Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park, today a popular destination for all to escape the distractions of city life, was once Broward County’s designated “colored beach.”
That dubious distinction was put out to sea, thanks to Dr. Mizell and Johnson, who organized “wade-in” demonstrations leading to the desegregation of local beaches in the 1950s and 1960s. The combined efforts of the Broward County civil rights leaders were also instrumental in improving road access to the site -- just south of Fort Lauderdale, nestled in between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway in Dania Beach -- and its eventual state park designation.

Dr. Mizell was the second black physician in Fort Lauderdale. He also helped establish Provident Hospital for black residents as well as South Florida’s first NAACP chapter, of which Johnson, a prominent businesswoman, served as president.

Broward College recognizes the courageous efforts of Dr. Mizell and Eula Johnson and enthusiastically heralds the contributions and achievements of other African-Americans as well throughout February, Black History Month. Among the programs and celebrations scheduled at Broward College during Black History Month is an art exhibit, which runs through February in Bailey Hall. The exhibit features an opening reception, Friday, Feb. 8, 6-9 p.m.  To see photos from last year’s exhibition click here

The opening of Black History Month on North Campus features an interactive drum circle, “The Story of the Drums throughout Black History,” Thursday, Feb. 7, 12:30-1:30 p.m., in Building 46.

For more Black History Month events on the Broward College campuses, go https://browardcollegeblog.com/calendar/.


Ayslinn Cline

Reaching the stars: Broward College student selected as NASA Scholar

The sky is no longer the limit for Ayslinn Blue Cline. The 21-year-old Broward College student was selected as one of 280 participants in the nation to attend the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars onsite experience.

Ayslinn ClineCline has been dreaming about space since a very early age and always thought it was out of her reach. After a year at Broward College, she realized her dreams of space and stars are possible.

“During the 2017 summer semester I took an Intro to Astronomy class with Professor Susan Barnett that inspired me,” said Cline. “I’ve always been infatuated with space but I assumed I was not smart enough to pursue a career in it.”

Hoping to become an Aerospace doctor, who specializes in maintaining and improving the health of people that spend long periods of time in outer space, Cline plans to major in Astrobiology first.

“Before discovering my passion for astronomy, I planned on going into pre-med. Even though astronomy has captured my heart, medicine is still an interest of mine so Aerospace Medicine is a perfect mix of the two,” she explains.

NASA Community College Aerospace Scholar

The NCAS internships are offered in the spring and fall semesters and provide a learning opportunity for students pursuing a degree in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Students must first complete a five-week online course to be eligible for a four-day onsite experience at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. The experience provides the opportunity for students to network and learn from NASA engineers and others.

Cline admits the online course was hard work. The course focused on Mars exploration and she was required to submit a final project explaining innovative approaches on how to get humans on to Mars.

As she prepares for her trip, Cline hopes this experience is a chance to learn about NASA’s current projects and prepare her for a future internship at the site.

Living in space

The determination and ambition of Cline to make a mark in the world are visible in her dream to help humanity live on other planets.

“More than anything, I want to see humanity not only live in space but thrive there and I want to work towards achieving this goal. I believe our future is bright and I want to be a part of making that happen,” she says.

Women in STEM

Cline is an admirer of women in space. She looks up to Sally Ride, the first American female in space, who was an engineer, astrophysicist, and ultimately an astronaut. She also has a strong respect for the  “computers”, a team of women at Langley who analyzed all space research data collected by astronauts and made successful spaceflight possible for America. Their story was told through the Oscar-winning movie “Hidden Figures”.

“These women not only changed the future of spaceflight and exploration but opened up many opportunities for other women to work in STEM,” she explains.

Don’t let fear stop you

Cline strongly encourages everyone to pursue their dreams regardless of their fears. Even for herself, finding the determination to pursue a career in a STEM field was hard.

“Some people are worried they can’t do it when they find out how much math is involved but don’t let that scare you away. I am not and never have been great at math and that deterred me for a long time, but the universe is infinitely large and so are our capabilities,” she says.

She also urges fellow students to get hands-on experience in the field they wish to pursue. She recommends volunteering at museums, observatories, and other places that will allow them to get involved in the subject.

To learn more about STEM majors offered at Broward College, visit http://www.broward.edu/academics/programs/Pages/science-technology-math-engineering-STEM.aspx

See the stars at Broward College’s Buehler Planetarium.