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Jacksonville University’s College of Health Sciences has partnered with Brooks Rehabilitation, which provides specialized care to rehab patients.

The college has been renamed the Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences in honor of the center’s donation of $4 million over several years.

We discuss the week's biggest news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Tonyaa Weathersbee, Florida Times-Union columnist;  Tim Gibbons, Jacksonville Business Journal editor; A.G. Gancarski, Folio Weekly and Florida Politics columnist; and David Chapman, Daily Record reporter.

Topics include local items in the state's budget vetoed by Gov. Rick Scott, the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act, the Confederate Flag and more.

JU Students Voyage Atlantic Ocean Through Tracking Buoy

Jun 26, 2015
Jennifer Dougherty

A class of Jacksonville University students is traveling the Atlantic Ocean by tracking a floating buoy.

The oceanography students are using the simple device to learn where water ends up when it leaves the St. Johns River.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott has vetoed $2 million that would have been used at Jacksonville University this year.

Scott signed the state budget into law Tuesday.

The money would have supported a university jobs program focusing on the science, technology, engineering and math fields.  

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Norman Studios' monthly silent film screening, “Silent Sunday,” celebrates Northeast Florida’s early film industry.

The events include live musical accompaniment by Jacksonville University music professor Tony Steve and his group, the Silver Synchro Sounds.

​We stopped by Steve's classroom for a lesson in the sound of silent movies.

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Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown’s port task force voted this week in support of deepening the Jacksonville Harbor and increasing offsets for environmental harm that may result. What they did not decide was how to pay for the projects.

The task force voted seven-to-one that dredging the port — from 40 feet to 47 feet to accommodate Asian “megaships” — makes good sense for the city.

They estimate $380 million must come from state and local governments but stopped short of outlining a funding plan.

Jacksonville University is making new efforts to help Jacksonville's Arlington neighborhood, including a community development program and a Charter Day of Service. We speak with Jacksonville University President Tim Cost and Brigadier General (Retired) Michael Fleming, JU's Chief Government, Military & Community Relations Officer.

We discuss the week's biggest news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Cliff Davis, Florida Times-Union reporter; Fred Matthews, Examiner blogger; and A.G. Gancarski, Folio Weekly and Florida Politics columnist.

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Hundreds of Nigeria’s best and brightest young people attend universities around the world as part of that country’s Petroleum Technology Development Fund. On Thursday, Jacksonville University became the first U.S. partner in Nigeria’s efforts to educate its young people to become oil and gas workers.

Nigeria’s Ambassador Consul General Geoffrey Teneilabe was on hand for the ceremony. He says the Overseas Scholars program is important to the future of his country.

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New legislation currently before Congress that would set regulations on an array of environmental hazards is being closely watched here in Jacksonville, a city consistently rated poor in air quality. The upcoming annual Northeast Florida Environmental Summit will discuss how these environmental hazards impact our community, children, and food production. We speak with Eric Hull, summit chairperson and professor at Florida Coastal School of Law, Patricia Pappan, president of the Environmental Law Society, and Dr. Quint White, marine biologist at Jacksonville University.

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Jacksonville University has a high-profile speaker slated to speak at this spring’s commencement. Republican 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney will give the address.

Former Massachusetts governor and presidential hopeful Mitt Romney will not only speak but he’ll also receive an honorary degree from Jacksonville University at the April ceremony, according to a JU news release.

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It’s the time of year when many of us bemoan the commercialization of Christmas. We mourn the loss of the “reason for the season.”

But actually, the symbols of Christmas and the entire ‘holiday season’ are in many ways a product of commercialization, says Nathan Rousseau, sociology professor at Jacksonville University and author of Society Explained.

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Twenty-six Duval County high school students were at Jacksonville University Thursday afternoon to cap of their final day in a special course aimed at tackling issues of perceptions, community and the justice system.

The course, entitled Media and Crime, was developed three years ago by JU Sociology Professor Shelley Grant.

In the wake of high-profile cases of slain youths Michael Brown and Tamir Rice, it takes on a new kind of relevance.

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Despite a recent case of flesh-eating bacteria in the St. Johns River, the seventh annual State of the River report shows reason for optimism.

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A new major federal science grant will give more Jacksonville University students a leg up in the fields of science, technology, math and engineering.

The National Science Foundation has just named Jacksonville University the newest recipient of a $625,000 grant--the largest grant JU has received from the federal science agency to date.

JU Biology Professor Lee Ann Clements, who chairs the university's the science and mathematics division, said the university received the news about a week ago.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars report to training camp this week as the world's largest scoreboards are set to be unveiled at EverBank Field. Cole Pepper has the latest in his First Coast Connect weekly sports wrap.

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Jacksonville is struggling with a two-month citywide crime wave that’s been averaging one shooting a day and a murder every other day.

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President Barack Obama caused a stir recently when he said the U.S. should join the rest of the industrialized world and offer paid maternity leave to all new mothers.

The Duval County School Board is poised to approve the Eugene J. Butler Young Men’s and Young Women’s Leadership and Technology Academy next week. 

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Cole Pepper joined Melissa Ross with news on the upcoming NFL Draft, Jameis Winston, college sports, and a "mötley" new executive joining the Sharks "crüe" in his regular weekly sports wrap.

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On a recent afternoon with only a week before graduation at Jacksonville University, Professor Jim Benedict’s class was hard at work.

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U.S. Senator Bill Nelson was in town Thursday joined by fellow U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and U.S. Rep. Corinne Brown to talk climate change and present a few alarming local statistics.

“With a two or three-foot sea-level rise, most of Florida—75 percent of its population—will be underwater. That’s how serious this is,” Nelson said.

Nelson said he’d been at a Senate Commerce Committee meeting in Miami Beach earlier this week discussing the data.

Looking Lab Installs Art In Vacant Downtown Storefronts

Mar 26, 2014
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Downtown Jacksonville is getting a little more visually exciting thanks to The Looking Lab: Art in Empty Storefronts, a project that transforms empty storefront windows into mini pop-up art exhibits.

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It's March, and sports fans know what follows can only be madness. Cole Pepper took a look ahead at the tourney and gave an update on the Jaguars recent off-season moves in his weekly sports wrap.

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Mayor Alvin Brown has named a group of high-profile business leaders—and one strong environmental voice—to the new task force looking at a proposed deep dredge of the St. Johns River channel.

The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Medicaid expansion are in the headlines today.

Jacksonville's new professional soccer team is getting ready to unveil it's name and logo. Melissa Ross asked Cole Pepper about it in our weekly First Coast sports wrap.

She is an adult survivor of human trafficking, and she is telling her story to empower women across the globe.

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The NFL could be about to draft it's first openly gay player and the Olympics are in full swing. Karen Feagins spoke with Cole Pepper about these and other sports stories in our weekly sports wrap.

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Students in Jacksonville University's music program aren't just learning how to perfect their playing, they are also learning how to navigate the music industry.