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The Center for Public Safety Innovation at St. Petersburg College has received a $190,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to train firefighters in suicide prevention. While September is National Suicide Prevention Month, preventing suicide among the nation's first-responders is a year-round focus for the center.

The grant will allow the center to offer free training to fire departments in the Midwest and Southeast. The sessions will cover suicide warning signs, steps to help a co-worker in distress, guidelines to establish prevention, and support programs and policies to follow in cases of suicide. For the past 10 years, the center has offered suicide prevention training for law enforcement employees and two years ago expanded to include firefighters.

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Summit at Eckerd College to focus on climate issues

Eckerd College on Monday will host a Climate Science and Solutions Summit that aims to bring together scientists, policy makers, business leaders and others to talk about "job creation opportunities in the new low-carbon economy." The event is a result of the meeting in August between Gov. Rick Scott and five scientists. Last month, more than 40 scientists sent an open letter to policy makers calling for a climate change solutions summit. The free summit will be held from 1:30 to 5 p.m. in Fox Hall on the Eckerd campus. The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and the Natural Resources Defense Council also are hosting the event. For details or to register, visit or email

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Lectures, art, film, discussion

Some highlights from the Eckerd College calendar:

- Immigration attorney Arturo R. Rios, a 2003 Eckerd grad, will deliver a lecture titled "U.S. Immigration Law: Myth vs. Facts" at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Miller Auditorium.

- "Hidden Treasures and Recent Acquisitions II," an exhibit featuring works from the Eckerd College Permanent Collection, will be on display through Oct. 17 in the Cobb Gallery.

- The International Cinema Series presentsAqui y Alla at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at Miller Auditorium. (Spanish with English subtitles, 110 minutes.)

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Faculty awards recognize excellence, leadership

Two Eckerd College faculty members recently were recognized for their leadership during the annual Faculty Awards Reception. Associate professor of philosophy Nathan Andersen was presented the John M. Bevan Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award. Professor of political science Anthony Brunello was presented the Wrenn Award for Leadership and Service to General Education. The awards were presented by dean of faculty Suzan Harrison.