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FGCU professors algorithm aids in identifying snakes
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Imagine being bitten by a snake. In the moments of chaos that might ensue, the snake slithers back into the bushes and you are rushed to the hospital. Would you know what kind of snake bit you? Would you remember what the reptile looked like? These are questions healthcare workers must answer as they determine a course of treatment.

Snakes are diverse across the world. A lot of them look similar to each other, so it can be really hard to tell them apart, explained Andrew Durso, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at FGCU. Most snakes cant hurt you, but 20% of snakes worldwide are venomous.

As a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Geneva in Switzerland, Durso joined a team to develop Snake ID, an algorithm to automatically identify snakes in photos and thus provide helpful guidance for the 500,000-plus people bitten by snakes worldwide each year.

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Former Alico exec recalls site selection process
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This year Florida Gulf Coast University is celebrating its 25th anniversary, culminating Aug. 25, 2022 25 years since FGCU offered its first classes. However, the effort to open this institution started many years earlier. Between 1991 and 1992, one of the most critical decisions was where to build Floridas 10th state-controlled university.

Many locations were presented as options to the state. By mid-February 1992, the Board of Regents selected on an offer by Alico, Inc., an agribusiness company led by Ben Hill Griffin III, to build the school on roughly 760 acres in southern Lee County. But the choice of the site didnt come without its battles. In 1991, the Board of Regents listened to 20-some different landholders make their pitch in hopes of being chosen as the universitys new home. The list was eventually whittled down to a few options from which the Alico, Inc. site between Alico Road and Corkscrew Road was chosen.

It was friendly, Bernie Lester said about the meetings to select a site for FGCU. At the time, he was executive vice president of Alico, Inc. and remembers the process well.

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