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Jacksonville University’s speech-pathology program and College of Health Sciences have partnered to conduct innovative research on the ability of pilots to perform and communicate in crisis conditions.

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Since taking the position in 2012, Jacksonville University President Tim Cost has been at the helm of some big changes at the 80-year-old institution.

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Researchers at Jacksonville University recently opened one of their newest classrooms with a little champagne and a river's worth of water.

For a city that boasts more than 836,000 residents, access to the Alantic Ocean and the St. Johns River, and an NFL Football team, what do people think of when they hear the name Jacksonville?

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For the first time since 2007, the U.S. economy is poised to start the new year on a strong footing amid a flurry of signs that point to a recovery.

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Researchers at Jacksonville University’s Marine Science Research Institute are stepping up their study of the diet and migration patterns of king mackerel thanks to a small grant from the Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament.

Brent Pease, Governor Rick Scott, and Charlie Crist are in the headlines today.

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City leaders hope a new partnership will help Northeast Florida play a bigger role in the global economy.
Jacksonville is joining the Global Cities Initiative’s new Exchange Network.

Jacksonville is one of eight communities in the initial exchange network and the only one that has a major port business.

The network will later expand to include more U.S. cities and others around the world.

Mayor Alvin Brown said there are valuable benefits to the partnership.

Marissa Alexander, Obamacare, and Tim Tebow are in the headlines today.

After weeks of partisan battle, a deal may be emerging at to end the government shutdown and prevent a first-ever default on the nation’s debt.

Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his Republican counterpart Mitch McConnell ended a day of constant talks yesterday with optimism that a pact they’ve been negotiating could end the standoff.

This is good news to the hundreds of thousands of furloughed workers across the country including many right here on the First Coast.

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Mayor Alvin Brown recently announced the successor to Dr. Donnie Horner who left as the city’s education commissioner after serving two years in that post.

Like Horner, Dr. Annmarie Kent-Willette is on loan from Jacksonville University where she’s a professor. 

Also like her predecessor, she will receive a dollar per year salary from the city for her role helping the mayor further his education agenda.

WJCT education reporter Cyd Hoskinson spoke with Kent-Willette about her background and what her focus will be for the next two years.

89.9 WJCT is participating in the American Graduate project supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  The goal of American Graduate is to reverse the national drop out crisis by identifying and then addressing the factors that cause students to leave school early.

"I'm Dr. Donnie Horner, and I’m the former City of Jacksonville Education Commissioner for Mayor Alvin Brown, delighted to be back home at JU after a two year hiatus with the mayor."

The latest annual report on the health of the St. Johns River shows improvements in some areas, but notes that much more work still needs to be done. 

The 2013 State of the River Report finds that nutrients in the waterway are being reduced overall.

However, aquatic life is still threatened and algae blooms keep popping up, areas of concern.

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Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown has named Jacksonville University professor Dr. Annemarie Kent-Willette as the city’s new education commissioner.

The announcement was made this morning at the university’s Terry Concert Hall. 

Kent-Willette replaces Dr. Donnie Horner, who served for as the city’s first education commissioner for two years. As was the case with Horner, Kent-Willette will not teach during her term as commissioner. She will be paid by the university and receive the required minimum salary of $1 per year from the city.

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Dozier dig reveals bone, coffin parts: The excavation of the site of the former Dozier School for Boys in Marianna has turned up a coffin handle and hardware and skull and teeth fragments. (CNN) 

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Sustainability is becoming an imperative for business, government, and college campuses.

That’s especially true at Jacksonville University, where everything from a sustainable dorm, to rooftop gardens, to even a degree in sustainability is now in the mix. 

According to JU Sustainability Coordinator Marcel Dulay, students are working with Jacksonville’s Clara White Mission to train homeless veterans in gardening as part of their rooftop garden initiative. The program was made possible through a grant from Siemens.

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65-year old Janet Chamberlin likes to use Facebook. She uses it to keep up with friends and relatives, check out the latests news, and read messages from local businesses she frequents.

Chamberlin is among the growing number of Baby Boomers who are signing on to social media. She lives in Jacksonville but used to live in Utah, and uses Facebook to keep in touch with her old friends.

"Most of the friends I have (on Facebook) are the ones I started with," she says. "They're people I worked with back in Utah, so we've stayed friends on Facebook so I keep up with them."

It's Hollywood's fourth attempt to capture the magic of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic as Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby opens this weekend to much fanfare (and mixed reviews).

But those who've loved and studied the novel for decades say the fact that Jay Gatsby is once again getting the Hollywood treatment is not surprising.

"Fitzgerald was saying something about class, about the romantic American idea we hold of the self-made man," says Dr. Julie Sloan Brannon, Professor of English at Jacksonville University.

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He's a widely quoted expert with decades of insight into America’s political scene. Now, Dr. Stephen Baker, professor of political science at JU, is preparing to step down from the post he’s held at the campus since 1985.

He'll continue part-time teaching, though, at the university's Public Policy Institute.

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