Technology & Discovery
HBOI Signs MOU with Mercyhurst University
Leaders from FAU Harbor Branch recently joined members of the Old Vero Ice Age Sites Committee Board of Directors and scientists from Merchyhurst University's Archaeological Institute to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together on an archaeological project in Vero Beach. The agreement paves the way for HBOI's Ancient DNA Lab to process the bones that are recovered by Mercyhurst scientists and students at the Old Vero Man site, which has been called one of the most important finds in the history of North American Archaeology. HBOI is home to one of the only ancient DNA labs of its kind on the country, and just happens to be within ten miles of the dig site. Archaeologists and students will be back on the site searching for more artifacts in January, 2015.
Pictured from left: Dr. James Adovasio, director of the Mercyhurst Archaeological Institute, Randy Old, chair of the Old Vero Ice Age Sites Committee, Dr. Greg O'Corry-Crowe, associate research professor and principal investigator for the Ancient DNA Lab, Dr. Megan Davis, interim executive director of FAU Harbor Branch and Dr. John Newcomer, FAU's interim vice president for research.
September 29, 2014
HBOI Scientist Works in Italy
Dr. Fraser Dalgleish from FAU Harbor Branch's Ocean Visibility and Optics Lab (OVOL) is in La Spezia, Italy for 10 weeks as a visiting researcher with the Environmental Knowledge and Operational Effectiveness group at the NATO Science and Technology Organization (Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation). OVOL scientists are collaborating with NATO oceanographers in developing hardware designs, calibration methodologies and computationally efficient inversion algorithms for autonomous LiDAR sensors, a potential game-changing technology for real-time assessment of critical water column optical properties during certain military operations. He returns to HBOI later this month.
September 12, 2014