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In 1887 Marcus Weinkle’s loving parents buried him alive. That act likely saved the 13-year-old’s life and certainly set in motion an odyssey that took him from his native Russia to, eventually, Central Florida.

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The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and Florida International University’s School of Environment, Arts and Society partnered to host the 2012 International Coastal Cleanup in the Upper Keys.The cleanup was held on Saturday, September 15, 2012 from 8:30 am to noon. Over 100 volunteers assisted in cleaning up the Upper Florida Keys. A variety of interesting items including buoys, lobster pots, flip flops, boat bumpers, and hair curlers were found on shore.

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Physics professor and Women’s Studies Center Director Yesim Darici visited Yale University to evaluate the diversity initiatives of its physics department. A member of the American Physical Society Committee on Minorities, Darici has written a guest editorial about FIU’s best practices regarding underrepresented minorities for the society’s newsletter.

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Justin Campbell was interested in tropical sea grass. And Sat Gavassa was interested in electric fish. It was only natural that the two doctoral students would want to sit next to each other during an “Introduction to Biology Research” class at Florida International University.

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Gulf Stream Magazine is proud to launch its new website for Gulf Stream Online # 8. Enjoy reading outstanding new fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction that is sure to dazzle, charm, and startle.

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