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January

The Agroecology Program, in the Department of Earth and Environment, hosted 160 kindergarteners from Coral Park Elementary on Friday, Jan. 25.

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Maida Watson, professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages, has been named contributing member to the La Institución de Investigaciones y Estudios Abulenses Gran Duque de Alba in Avila, Spain.

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Meredith A. Newman has been named the senior associate dean for the College of Arts & Sciences. In this new role, Newman will oversee programs that support Arts & Sciences faculty. She replaces Nicol Rae, who was recently named as dean of the College of Letters and Science at Montana State University.

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I am pleased to announce that Professor Meredith Newman has accepted my invitation to become Senior Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. The Senior Associate Dean works on a variety of faculty issues, including the hiring process, promotions, and, generally, oversees programs that support faculty.

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It’s Saturday morning at Florida International University, and 14 children are talking about pirates.

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The Spring 2013 Land Art/Earth Art and Coastal Environment class is underway. Follow the blog to stay up-to-date on the students' work.

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Former Governor of Florida Jeb Bush will give a talk Thursday, Jan. 31, in the MARC Pavilion at Modesto A. Maidique Campus. It is scheduled for 1 p.m. and is free and open to the public. A ticket is required for admission. The event will also be streamed live.

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Today, two-time FIU alumnus Richard Blanco joined a very short list of great American poets, including Robert Frost and Maya Angelou, who have had the honor of being selected as inaugural poets. Blanco, who holds an undergraduate degree in engineering and a master’s degree in creative writing from FIU, recited One Today, an original poem he wrote for President Obama’s second inauguration.

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Fall 2012 College Algebra pass rates have increased to 52 percent. That’s an increase of about 20 percent since efforts to transform the way College Algebra is taught at FIU began in the Fall of 2010.

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The Department of Biological Sciences was part of the sixth biennial conference of the International Biogeography Society (IBS) brought more than 450 scientists from 46 different countries to FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus last week.

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The American Association of Suicidology (AAS) has awarded Jeremy Pettit, associate professor of psychology, the Edwin Shneidman Award for 2013.

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Chemistry professor Kevin O’Shea is working with international chemists and environmental engineers to develop a new clean technology that will destroy water toxins caused by harmful algal blooms.

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Dr. Pedro “Joe” Greer, chair of the Department of Humanities, Health and Society in the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, will deliver a lecture Wed., Jan. 23, focusing on the conjuncture of economics, ethics and healthcare. Greer is delivering his remarks as part of the Office of the Provost’s Life of the Mind Lecture Series.

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Vanessa Haley-Benjamin, former student in Layman Lab at FIU, has been named new Bahamas National Trust Director of Science and Policy. Way to go Vanessa! The official announcement from Eric Carey after the jump.

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FIU has been awarded a grant to continue stewardship of the Aquarius Reef Base, the world’s only operational underwater research center.

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In 2012, the United States saw its second most costly year to insurers, in large part due to natural disasters like Superstorm Sandy, which devastated parts of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

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The Office of Multicultural Programs and Services will honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. with a month-long celebration inspired by King’s life and work. The 22nd annual MLK Commemorative Celebration events will take place throughout January. More than 2,500 people are expected to participate.

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On Jan. 21, the entire world will be watching as President Barack Obama is sworn in on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. While the audience will be counted in hundreds of millions, only a handful of people will speak during this historic inauguration, the 57th in U.S. history. One of them will be FIU alumnus and poet Richard Blanco ’91, MFA ‘97.

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“That’s how I roll!” The blue-robed student was responding to my private and admittedly frivolous comment about his tie being “on fire” as we momentarily posed for his graduation photo at one of our seven graduation ceremonies just a few weeks ago at US Century Bank Arena.

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February

Sánchez’s presentation is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on April 1, 2013, at the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center on the Modesto A. Maidique Campus, 11200 SW 8th St., in West Miami-Dade. Admission to the event is free and tickets will be distributed the week of March 18. The event will also be transmitted via live webcast.

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Leon Botstein, president of Bard College, will give a talk, “The Exiled Intellectual and the American University,” Monday, Feb. 25, in Graham Center (GC) 243 at Modesto A. Maidique Campus.

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Bestselling novelist and acclaimed journalist Carl Hiaasen will offer insight into his view of America — the absurd, seedy and oddly beautiful — during a lecture Feb. 25 at FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Wolfe University Center Theatre and is free and open to the public.

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FIU English professor Campbell McGrath and Creative Writing alumnus Dennis Lehane MFA ’01 earned gold medal honors at the 2012 Florida Book Awards. McGrath’s book of poems, In the Kingdom of the Sea Monkeys, earned gold medal winner status in the poetry category. Often witty and sometimes serious, the book is a collection of poems about love, books, literature, and the occasional pomegranate purchase at Walmart.

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Canadians and New Yorkers are not the only ones that fly south for the winter. South Florida plays an important role in bird migration, and on Tuesday Feb. 19, University students, faculty and alumni will migrate to the Luna Star Café for urban ecologist John Withey’s Ph.D., lecture “Urban environments: a bird’s eye view.”

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Its seventh annual competitions now complete, Florida Book Awards announces winners for books published in 2012 in eight categories of competition. According to Co-Director Lisa Tendrich Frank, “In its seven years, the program has honored many of the Sunshine State’s best authors. It is already the nation’s most comprehensive statewide program, and the program promises to bring more distinction to our talent-rich state.”

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Friday, February 15, proved an active day for space exploration enthusiasts as both a meteor struck in Russia and an asteroid made a record-close pass to Earth. While NASA says the two astronomical events were not related, both generated worldwide media attention.

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The Department of Politics and International Relations will host foreign military officials from the U.S. Army War College, Thursday, Feb. 21. The 35 officials represent 33 countries in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America, including Colonel Ingrid M. Gjerde from Norway, the only female in the cohort. The foreign military officials, also referred to as international fellows, are completing an academic master’s degree program with the War College.

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The biennial Niagara in Miami Conference conference on child and adolescent mental health will take place March 6-8 in the Kovens Conference Center on FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus. This is the seventh installment of the conference and the second in Miami. William E. Pelham, Jr., a leading authority on child behavior disorders and founder of the Niagara Conference, relocated the event to Miami when he joined the faculty at FIU to establish the FIU Center for Children and Families in 2010.

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Luna Filipovic, senior lecturer in the School of Language and Communication Studies in the University of Anglia in U.K., will deliver this year’s Barbara Gordon Memorial Lecture at 6:30 p.m., Feb. 21 in the Graham Center Faculty Club. She will give a talk titled “Language In The Witness Stand: Forensic Linguistic Solutions For Cross-Linguistic Problems In Witness Interviews.” Filipovic will show how the effects of language differences affect the ways in which information is obtained, translated

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In 1861, the United States was teetering on the brink of an internal war that would pit brother against brother and call into question the very existence of the country. Adding to the unrest roiling the nation, New York’s most influential rabbi of the time, Rabbi Morris Raphall, was urging members of his synagogue – and anyone else who would listen, for that matter – to support the South and slavery.

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FIU has been awarded a nearly $750,000 grant to develop a research collaboration network in Colombia through a partnership with the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and the Universidad de la Amazonia. The funding is provided by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through Higher Education for Development, an organization that mobilizes the higher education community to address global development challenges.

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On Thursday, Feb. 14, members of the university community — on campus and beyond — will be rising, talking, engaging, protesting and dancing as they join 1 Billion Rising, a global movement to end violence against women and girls. FIU will be hosting a free street fair at Modesto A. Maidique Campus as part of the worldwide initiative.

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Judge Bertila Soto ’86 has been appointed Chief Circuit Judge of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida. She is the first woman, first Cuban-American and first FIU graduate to serve as chief judge of the circuit.

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Edwidge Danticat will give a talk, “Making Art In Cities of Exile,” Monday, Feb. 11, in Graham Center (GC) 243 at Modesto A. Maidique Campus. The event, scheduled for 6:45 p.m., is free and open to the public.

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Elaine Gordon Scholarship 2013 (Women's Studies) Fred Hoover Scholarship 2013 (Physics)

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The School of Environment, Arts and Society (SEAS) supports FIU’s efforts to address growing environmental challenges by uniting faculty to address the complex social and environmental challenges of the 21st century. SEAS fosters cutting-edge research and hands-on training to develop the innovative thinkers and professionals needed to respond to these challenges in addition to education and outreach initiatives to engage and inspire the community. As one of three interdisciplinary schools in the

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The following message was sent from President Mark B. Rosenberg to the university community on February 5, 2013: Dear members of the university community, I am pleased to share with you some encouraging news regarding next year’s budget.

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The article “Shhhh. Listen to the data” in the May 2012 issue of Physics Today (page 20) was very enjoyable. I was disappointed, however, that no mention was made of the original work of Fiorella Terenzi in sonification of data, which she refers to as “acoustic astronomy.” In 1987 Terenzi, now here at Florida International University, converted radio observations from radio galaxy UGC 6697 into sound for her PhD thesis at the Computer Audio Research Laboratory at the University of California, Sa

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For those of you with an off-campus or busy schedule, the Center for Excellence in Writing is pleased to announce that we offer personalized online tutoring sessions to help you improve your writing!

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March

FIU’s Cuban Research Institute will host Cuban blogger and independent journalist, Yoani Sánchez, for a lecture on the role of technologies and social media in driving Cuba’s democratization.

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Florida International University has a number of professors who study constitutional law, same-sex issues, and judicial and LGBT politics.

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The university community came together March 26 in front of the PC building to honor one of its founding fathers, Butler Waugh.

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I am pleased to announce this year’s winners of the University Graduate School (UGS) Provost Awards. These awards recognize the outstanding achievements of graduate students and faculty mentors. This year, the awards honor the work of the following individuals:

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FIU’s Cuban Research Institute (CRI) is hosting “The Cuban Diaspora in the World” on Thursday, March 28, 2013. The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in the MARC Pavilion on the Modesto A. Maidique Campus, 11200 SW 8th St., in West Miami-Dade.

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FIU will honor the career of author Richard Ford with the fourth Lawrence A. Sanders Award for Fiction. Ford, author of seven novels, including The Sportswriter, and four collections of short stories, including Rock Springs, received the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his 1995 novel Independence Day.

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Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Ford will receive the 4th annual Lawrence A. Sanders Award for Fiction from the Creative Writing Program in the Department of English Thursday, April 4.

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The School of Environment, Arts and Society (SEAS) will inaugurate the “Our Common Future” lecture series with a talk, “The Arctic in Global Perspectives: Why are changes in the Artic important for South Florida and the rest of the world?,” by Robert W. Corell Thursday, March 28.

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Patricia L. Price, professor of geography in the Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies at FIU, has been named an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow for academic year 2013-14. She is the first FIU faculty member to be selected for the ACE Fellows Program.

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The Global Water for Sustainability (GLOWS) Program recently hosted a workshop in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso regarding the effects of climate change and how communities can adapt.

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The Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment is hosting a talk with Rosemary Radford Ruether, one of the world’s leading feminist theologians, March 19.

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I invite you to participate in a celebration of the life and achievements of one of our founders and to learn more about the early days of the university.

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According to results announced March 14 at the Rencontres de Moriond conference in La Thuile, Italy, the particle discovered last summer by CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is closer to being identified as a Higgs boson – the particle linked to the mechanism that gives mass to elementary particles.

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A team of researchers led by FIU has been awarded a $5million grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct a five-year study of South Florida’s water supply.

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Cuban blogger and independent journalist Yoani Sanchez is scheduled to speak at FIU at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 1, 2013. All available tickets to this event have been distributed.

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FIU’s International Forensic Research Institute (IFRI) will host a symposium on “Research and Practice in the Forensic Sciences,” Wednesday, March 13, and Thursday, March 14, in Room 125 of the School of International and Public Affairs building.

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The LSSF STEM Research Symposium was held last Saturday March 16, from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM. The event was chaired by Dean Heather Belmont from MDC, and Dr. Charles Bigger served as FIU's representative in the Program Committee. FIU students outdid themselves, capturing the first and second places in the oral presentation category.

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The FIU family will come together to honor one of its founding fathers. The entire university community is invited to attend at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, in front of the PC building at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus.

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The role women play in the sustainability of water resources management is often overlooked — a reality that will be explored during an FIU panel discussion March 21.

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FIU’s Cuban Research Institute (CRI) will present the documentary In Dreams Awake, about the work of Cuban-American painter Humberto Calzada, written and directed by Anabel Leal and Reinaldo Cruz.

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Religious Studies professor Tudor Parfitt and a few of his students are on a mission.

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Professor Tudor Parfitt, the scholar known as the “British Indiana Jones,” was in Australia a decade ago lecturing on the Judaising Lemba tribe of southern Africa when a strange call came.

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Eduardo Gamarra, Ph.D. Political Science Professor Eduardo Gamarra has done research on the regional dynamics of Latin America, including Cuba’s role.

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FIU's Dr. Grenville Draper discusses the science of sinkholes with NBC News.

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The world’s shark population is experiencing significant decline with perhaps 100 million or more sharks being lost every year, according to a study published this week in Marine Policy.

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For weeks after Richard Blanco was selected as President Obama’s Inaugural Poet, fear and worry would creep in. Asked to write an original poem that he would share on live television before the entire world, he was given surprisingly little direction by the White House. The poem was his to write.

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Miami Heat players Mario Chalmers and Jarvis Varnado joined volunteers from the School of Environment, Arts and Society in planting trees and building picnic tables at FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus as part of the NBA Green Week.

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With sequestration of the entire federal budget hitting today, FIU and its advocates were advocating in full force to protect investments in research and financial aid.

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April

Stephany Alvarez-Ventura ’09, MS ’11 is finding answers to food security by studying honeybees. Colony collapse disorder, a serious issue in agriculture and food security, occurs when worker bees abruptly disappear from a beehive.

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The Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment was presented with an annual gift to support their advisory board dinner and lecture series.

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In a remote corner of Papua New Guinea, the scholar known internationally as the “British Indiana Jones” is tracking a global phenomenon of tribal people identifying themselves as a Lost Tribe of Israel.

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Dr. Melody Whiddon was just named winner of the Blackboard Catalyst Award for an Exemplary Course. She was recognized for her outstanding achievement in course design for the Social and Personality Development Psychology

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An international team of researchers, led by FIU Chemistry Professor Rudolf Jaffé and Thorsten Dittmar of the German Max Planck Society, has uncovered one of nature’s long-kept secrets — the true fate of charcoal in the world’s soils.

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An activist for equality, Marilyn Hoder-Salmon’s journey to foster understanding and advancement for women at FIU began in 1982.

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Miami. Atlanta. L.A. Sydney. Cairns. Port Moresby. Balimo. The journey took 30 hours in the air. Two exhausting days of travel. There were unexpected fees. Excruciating lines. A frantic sprint to a flight we almost missed. In the beginning, just getting to Papua New Guinea seemed to be the fulfillment of our purpose.

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Venezuelans will choose the successor to the late Hugo Chavez on Sunday, April 14.

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Original research conducted by an FIU undergraduate student could someday lead to safer treatments for melanoma, the deadliest and most aggressive form of skin cancer.

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With immigration now taking center stage in Washington, D.C., members of the university community continued to advance FIU’s STEM education agenda.

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Richard Ford shares a laugh with BBC Vice Provost Steve Moll at an April 4 event honoring him with the 4th annual Lawrence A. Sanders Award for Fiction.

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The South African Ambassador to the United States, the Honorable Ebrahim Rasool, will deliver a lecture April 16 at the Frost Art Museum Café at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus.

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Svetlana Tytuina, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Modern Languages, has been appointed to the Modern Language Association (MLA) Committee on the Status of Graduate Students in the Profession.

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From March 8 – 20 while visiting Papua New Guinea as part of an FIU research expedition

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Law enforcement officials from various parts of Africa visited FIU’s International Forensic Research Institute (IFRI) last month as part of the International Visitor Leadership Program.

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From relationships to religious ethics, fathers to feminists, FIU faculty members published books on a diverse array of topics in 2012-2013.

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Marci Calabretta and Jennifer McCauley are giving back to the South Florida community through writing, education and the arts.

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FIU News sat down with two university professors to learn more about the issues being debated.

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It takes 53 gallons of water to make a single latte, or a simple coffee and steamed milk. Four hundred gallons of water are needed to grow cotton for a t-shirt and a whopping 1,800 gallons to make one pair of blue jeans.

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Digno Caballero recently retired as Senior Vice President of Project Management for Bacardi U.S.A., Inc. where he oversaw Route to Market for the US market. Digno is responsible for logistics, distribution, and manufacturing planning for North America and the Caribbean.

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Cuban blogger and independent journalist Yoani Sánchez said despite restrictions on cyberspace in Cuba the Internet is changing the communist country, during a lecture at Florida International University in Miami, the heart of the Cuban exile community.

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May

When the country observes Memorial Day Monday, May 27, Manuel “Manny” Chavez ’76, lieutenant colonel U.S. Air Force (retired)

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FIU has several experts who are available to discuss various issues related to hurricanes and their consequences.

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Jessica Lee is examining the impacts of ongoing water restoration efforts in the Everglades.

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FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg sent the following message to the university community on Thursday, May 23, 2013.

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On Thursday, Stephen Leatherman, aka, "Dr. Beach," released his annual "Top 10 Beach List," giving Main Beach in East Hampton, N.Y., top honors, in large part because of how fast it rebounded from last fall’s devastation.

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The Outstanding Student Paper Awards (OSPAs) are awarded by the American Geophysical Union to promote, recognize and reward undergraduate, Master’s and PhD students for quality research in the geophysical sciences.

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From Thursday, May 23, 2013 to Saturday, May 25, 2013, the Cuban Research Institute will host the ninth biennial conference on Cuban and Cuban-American studies, featuring three days of presentations and discussions.

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Mike Heithaus, executive director of the School of Environment, Arts and Society and marine sciences professor, has launched the Heithaus Lab Blog.

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The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has awarded psychology professor Raul Gonzalez the Outstanding Early Career Investigator Award for 2013.

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This spring, 24 students received the first Professional Master of Arts in Global Governance (MAGG) degrees ever awarded at FIU. These graduates will now be joining other professionals in the fields of law, politics, security analysis, wildlife preservation and financial risk analysis.

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The School of Environment, Arts and Society (SEAS) and Zoo Miami will kick off its “Zoo FIU” lecture series Friday, May 17, with a talk by FIU zoologist and ecologist, Kristin Bishop.

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FIU’s Global Waters for Sustainability Program (GLOWS) and the Climate Change Research Program at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) hosted a water resources management workshop April 24-25 in Mexico City.

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FIU psychology students are providing one-on-one therapy to children who have or are at risk for developmental delays or disorders, including autism.

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FIU graduated their first Earth Science Education majors during the spring semester’s commencement ceremony for the School of Environment, Arts and Society in the College of Arts & Sciences.

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June

Former Pentagon official Frank O. Mora has joined FIU as the director for the Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC). With more than 30 years of experience, both as an academic and government official, Mora will lead the premier center that serves as a nexus between academia and public policy in the Western Hemisphere. In his vision for the center, Mora plans to utilize FIU resources to help solve economic, political, social and technological problems in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled June 26 that married same-sex couples were entitled to federal benefits, and declined to decide a case from California, effectively allowing same-sex marriages there. The decision voids a section of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which was adopted with bipartisan support in Congress in 1996 to deny all benefits and recognition to same-sex couples.

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FIU came out Worlds Ahead of the competition when the nonprofit Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) recently announced the winners of its annual Circle of Excellence Awards. Team members from FIU’s Academic Imaging Services, External Relations, and University Advancement divisions took home the prestigious awards for: “superior accomplishments that have lasting impact, demonstrate the highest level of professionalism, and deliver exceptional results.”

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FIU’s Global Water for Sustainability Program (GLOWS) recently hosted the “South Caucasus Conference on Sustainability and Watershed Management” in the Republic of Georgia. The two-day event brought together different stakeholders to discuss the sustainability of integrated watershed management, including institutional settings and policies, financial sustainability, youth and community engagement, best practices, challenges, and lessons learned..

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Hakan Yilmazkuday, assistant professor in the Department of Economics, has been appointed as executive secretary of the International Economics and Finance Society (IEFS). As executive secretary, Yilmazkuday is responsible for the society’s web communications, organizing officer elections, and planning and executing the IEFS Sessions at the 2014 Allied Social Science Association (ASSA) annual meeting in Philadelphia, Penn.

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This spring, a group of 17 FIU meteorology undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni competed in the

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When Rodney Earl Walton first laid his hands on a copy of his book Big Guns, Brave Men: Mobile Artillery Observers And The Battle for Okinawa, it was the ultimate ending to a journey that began in graduate school at FIU.

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Principal Wallace Aristide could barely contain himself as he faced the more than 265 graduating seniors of Miami Northwestern Senior High School last week, many of them clothed in the colors of the colleges and universities they plan to attend, including FIU.

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It didn’t take long for Jose Alvarez to get his wish. In fact, he probably could have used a little more time. In his very first week of taking classes at FIU in pursuit of an MLA in landscape architecture, he was stunned when asked, along with others in his program, to design a space for the university and present his plans to President Mark B. Rosenberg. At the time, he had no idea what to do or what would happen next.

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The week of June 3-7 FIU in D.C. was advocating for our students on three fronts: student loans, immigration reform and STEM education. The university’s Governmental Relations team also hosted the first event for its D.C. Summer Panthers Intern Program.

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FIU has nearly 200,000 alumni. We’re the 7th largest university in America. So it might stand to reason that we are in some way connected to some incredible people and places. While they’re not all direct connections, some may surprise you. So next time one of these people or entities come up in conversation by the water cooler, you will be armed with some conversation on the FIU connection.

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Across the street from the Kwik Serve advertising “subs, lotto, cigarettes 24/7” and half a block from the Full Gospel Worship Ministry on N.W. 15th Avenue stands a 40-foot wall. One side anchors a computer lab for the residents of the Liberty Square public housing project. The other side fronts the gritty realities of life in Liberty City. A faded mural of African-American heroes covered the wall until recently.

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July

FIU is offering a full academic schedule at the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU (JMOF-FIU) in Miami Beach for the Fall semester.

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When democratic change comes to Cuba, FIU wants to be ready to engage. What exactly should be FIU’s role was the topic of discussion at a forum today.

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Graduate students Giovanni Bruna ’12 and Claudia Balzan ’12 participated in the International Summer University for Intercultural Leadership at Bahcesehir University in Istanbul, Turkey, this month.

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The Stocker AstroScience Center achieved a construction milestone July 26, as the observatory dome was hoisted to its permanent home atop the building.

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The FIU Cuba Forum is an open discussion among FIU experts and the community regarding the appropriate role of FIU in the future of Cuba.

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A collaborative pilot program created by FIU and Miami-Dade County Public Schools produced encouraging results for a group of high school students struggling in math.

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The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU (JMOF-FIU) debuted a newly curated exhibit earlier this month featuring the posters from the renowned collection of Dr. Hans Sachs.

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Zoo Miami is teaming up with FIU marine scientist Mike Heithaus to give one last peek at the world through the eyes of a predator.

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Researchers found that preschoolers with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) make significant improvements during the school year regardless of which special education model teachers use.

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Longtime FIU supporters Jorge M. Pérez, CEO at the Related Group, and his wife, FIU alumna and nurse practitioner Darlene M. Boytell-Pérez, have donated a Cuban art collection to FIU’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and the Frost Art Museum.

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Since the FIU English Language Institute (ELI) was founded 35 years ago in 1978 by the College of Arts & Sciences, the institute has reached more than 25,000 international students and professionals from countries across Latin America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

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FIU and Zoo Miami signed a memorandum of understanding July 16 to explore and develop greater research and community outreach initiatives.

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FIU and Zoo Miami will officially come together to explore and develop greater research and community outreach initiatives.

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FIU has several experts who are available to discuss various issues related to Zimmerman case and upcoming verdict.

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Jennifer Schopf Rehage, assistant professor in the FIU Department of Earth and Environment, has co-authored an article on evolutionary traps, a relatively new phenomenon affecting species in rapidly changing environments.

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FIU has been named a partner university in the International Summer University for Intercultural Leadership. The summer university brings together top students and world-class faculty from universities across the globe to cultivate the values of peace, mutual respect and intercultural dialogue.

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FIU has been named a partner university in the International Summer University for Intercultural Leadership.

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Patrick Ford, sophomore physics major and astronomy minor at FIU, is seeking a one-way ticket to Mars as an applicant of the Mars One Project, which plans to establish a human settlement of 24 astronauts on the planet in 2023.

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The American Psychological Foundation (APF) has named Lindsay Malloy, assistant professor of psychology, the first recipient of the annual Division 37 Dianne J. Willis Early Career Award. This prestigious award was created to honor talented young psychologists who are making contributions toward informing, advocating for, and improving the mental health and well-being of children and families, particularly through policy.

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The Asian Studies Program will launch The South Florida Partnership in Japanese Studies (SFPJS) starting this fall semester. Funded for more than $550,000 by an Institutional Project Support Program Grant from the Japan Foundation and FIU, the partnership is set to run until 2017.

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Patrick Ford, sophomore physics major and astronomy minor at FIU, is seeking a one-way ticket to Mars as an applicant of the Mars One Project, which plans to establish a human settlement of 24 astronauts on the planet in 2023.

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FIU English alumna Lindsay Rosenthal ’07 has been granted the Ms. Foundation for Women’s 2013-2014 fellowship. As part of the foundation’s Advocacy and Policy department, Rosenthal will identify the best strategies for increasing access to health care services for girls currently in, or transitioning from, the juvenile justice and foster care systems. Her research and advocacy will support the repeal of formal restrictions on access to abortion care, including the Hyde Amendment which restricts

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In the summer of 1776, five men were charged with writing a statement to express the case for independence. The Committee of Five asked Thomas Jefferson of Virginia to undertake the awesome task of writing the first draft of what would later become the Declaration of Independence.

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August

The PechaKucha presentation was given July 30 by FIU Artist-in-Residence Xavier Cortada and Physics Professor Pete Markowitz at the Design District’s Rooftop Garden. View their presentation on Youtube…

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Dr. William Anderson is aboard the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program's Expedition 346, also known as "Asian Monsoon."

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Christian Lopes, Alex Perez and Jason Howard became the first students from FIU to visit the Aquarius Reef Base since the university took over management from UNCW earlier this year.

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Heather Bracken-Grissom, marine sciences professor in the FIU Department of Biological Sciences, has helped answer one of the most debated questions among evolutionary biologists: Did the hermit crab evolve into the king crab, or did the king crab evolve into the hermit crab?

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IUBMB Life, the flagship journal of the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology featured images and a research article written by FIU chemistry professor Fenfei Leng, post-doc Geraldine Fulcrand and graduate student Xiaoduo Zhi, on the DNA topological barrier models for its July 2013 cover.

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As part of FIU’s overall partnership with Miami Northwestern, "The Education Effect" FIU students designed and facilitated classroom activities for the Miami Northwestern students.

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This year, 27 students formed three research groups to construct and operate an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) as part of SeaPerch – an innovative underwater robotics program.

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Laurie Shrage is highlighted for the month of August by the APA’s Committee...

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On 2 August 2013 Stephen M. Haykin, USAID Mission Director, Shalva Amiredjibi, Deputy Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Protection and Maria Donoso, GLOWS Consortium Director FIU, visited INRMW Program sites of upper watershed pilot area of the Alazani river basin.

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John Dufresne’s latest novel, No Regrets, Coyote, has earned accolades from the New York Times Sunday Book Review.

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As a child, Tatiana Gaona-Narvaez’s home country of Colombia fell victim to the Nevado del Ruiz volcano, which erupted in 1985, killing more than 20,000 people.

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Elizabeth Anderson, director of international research programs for the School of Environment, Arts and Society (SEAS), recently participated in the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) Roundtable for Sustainability in Washington D.C.

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The Bridge to Success program at FIU is providing valuable resources for first-year STEM students as they embark on their college careers.

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Marine biology professor Mike Heithaus wrote the following piece for Inside Science Minds about how threats to sharks imperil entire ecosystems.

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Antonio G. Rodiles and Amelia María Rodríguez Cala will lead a discussion about changes to the Cuba’s constitution and penal code that they see asnecessary before a true transition is underway.

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Integrated Natural Resources Management in Watersheds of Georgia (INRMW- Georgia) presented a draft version of Watershed Management Plans on July 30.

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On the summer recommended reading lists of the L.A. Times, Time Out New York, and Flavorwire, It's Not Love, It's Just Paris has been praised in early reviews by the Miami Herald.

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Tatiana Gaona-Narvaez Ph.D., Geosciences School of Environment, Arts and Society College of Arts and Sciences

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FIU will award degrees this summer to approximately 3,500 graduates, many of whom have overcome significant odds on the road to graduation.

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September

Intersentia author Dr Harry M. Rhea was awarded the Roslyn Muraskin Emerging Scholar Award by the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences.

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The discussion will focus on the current state of the relationship between the two countries and the possibility of President Barack Obama and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, rebuilding diplomatic ties.

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The School of International and Public Affairs held the Ruth K. and Shepard Broad Distinguished Lecture "The Syrian Conflict in a Global Perspective". For those unable to attend, click here to view the video of the lecture.

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On Wednesday, Sept. 18, FIU will celebrate the re-opening of the Aquarius Reef Base, the world’s only undersea research laboratory and NBC’s Today Show will be there to report on this historic event. To watch the event, tune in to NBC (local channel 6) between 7 and 8 a.m.

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Please join us for a LIVE viewing of the NASA astronauts and support team from Aquarius!

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Starting Tuesday, five astronauts will spend five days living and working at the Aquarius Reef Base. While they're underwater, they'll be trying out an exercise device that could be used on the International Space Station and space-walking tools.

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October

FIU’s Model United Nations (Model UN) team placed first in the “Best Small Delegation” category at the 41st annual National Security Collegiate Conference at Georgetown University.

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On October 18, 2013, the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) celebrated a generous donation that would impact the lives of First Generation students at Florida International University.

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Before Edward Snowden, there was Thomas Drake. A former senior executive of the National Security Agency (NSA), Drake complained for years through official channels that the NSA program Trailblazer – developed to analyze data carried on communications networks – amounted to gross fraud costing taxpayers billions.

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In September, the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) welcomed two Fulbright foreign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTAs). Through a collaborative effort between the Center for Academic Success, the Department of Modern Languages.

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Human rights activist, intellectual, author and Zimbabwean poet Chenjerai Hove gave a lecture Oct. 28, “Exile And Patronage: Making Art In Cities of Refuge,” in which he spoke about the curses and blessings of exile.

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William Anderson, associate professor in the Department of Earth and Environment and the Marine Sciences Program, recently spent two months aboard the research vessel JOIDES Resolution in the Pacific Ocean.

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Juveniles may be particularly vulnerable to falsely admitting guilt, according to a study led by Florida International University psychologist Lindsay C. Malloy. The findings were published this week in the American Psychological Association’s journal Law and Human Behavior.

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Fox Report with Shepard Smith: FIU's hurricane expert Hugh E. Willoughby talks about the lack of hurricane activity in 2013.

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Herbert Wertheim recently donated $10 million to Florida International University's college of nursing and health sciences to honor his wife Nicole. Combined with his $20 million donation to the school of medicine, both are important contributions towards the growing of future health professionals.

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Marifeli Perez-Stable, a top Cuba analyst at Florida International University talks about how the South Florida community is increasingly overcoming the political distance and how it has changed over time.

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The Metropolitan Police have issued two new 'e-fit' images of a man wanted for questioning over the disappearance of three-year-old Madeleine McCann.

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When it comes to animal models of human speech, songbirds are the gold standard. Scientists look to birds, and not other mammals, for clues about human speech because most mammals produce simple, monosyllabic, innate vocalizations that are much less flexible than those of birds.

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FIU’s fourth Geopolitical Summit, America at the Crossroads: Power and Strategy in U.S. Foreign Relations, will feature an expert on international economics and global politics as well as a leading American expert on the Middle East.

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Eric von Wettberg, professor in the FIU Department of Biological Sciences, has received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study the effects of domestication on wild chickpea genes.

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The collegiate model UN season kicked off this weekend at Columbia University’s CMUNNY, a crisis conference that is in its 8th year. FIU's Model United Nations team was mentioned in this recap.

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Mark Hodgson, Florida International University’s MUN program director, coaches the award-winning team.

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Often gone unnoticed, this literal translation from Spanish to English is just one example of how immigration is shaping how English is spoken in Miami.

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FIU physicists celebrated the news today that the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Peter W. Higgs and François Englert for their work in developing what is now known as the Higgs field.

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Not only is the Florida Bonneted bat the largest and rarest bat in the state of Florida, with an estimate of less than 500 individuals remaining, it is believed to be one of the rarest mammals in the country.

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On October 5th, the INRMW participated on the "Science Picnic" here is the story.

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Maureen Donnelly, associate dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and professor of biological sciences, recently traveled to Bangalore, India where she gave a seminar at the Indian Institute of Science on frog conservation in the new world tropics.

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Homecoming is finally here! Don't miss out on any of the great and exciting events leading up to the kick-off of the homecoming game at 7:30pm on Saturday, October 12th!

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This year’s TEDxFIU speakers will take the audience to an underwater sea laboratory, a remote village of Papua New Guinea and a newly imagined America with world-class public transportation. With “Reimagine Possible” as this year’s theme, the event will feature 11 talks – including two musical performances – that will make you reexamine your thoughts, question your identity and motivate you to do more for others.

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November

Dr. Renee Silverman was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for her project “The Popular and the Traditional in Spanish Avant-Garde Poetry (1925-1936).”

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A group of four FIU students and one alumnus, who together form the non-governmental organization Hope2o International, traveled to Haiti last week to provide safe and clean drinking water to the people that need it most.

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FIU Creative Writing Professor John Dufresne read from his new crime novel, No Regrets, Coyote, at this past weekend’s Miami International Book Fair.

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Common South Florida pollutants from sewage, agricultural practices and other sources can lead to a rapid increase in coral disease and bleaching among nearby coral reefs, a new study finds.

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Architecture student Anyeli Silva didn’t know what to expect when a chicken coop she crafted out of pallet wood went on display at the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU (JMOF-FIU).

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On Monday, November 18, 2013, the School of International and Public Affairs at Florida International University officially launched its initiative for Spanish and Mediterranean Studies during a private meeting with Their Royal Highnesses, the Prince and Princess of Asturias, at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Miami.

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On November 8th, the School of International and Public Affairs welcomed the Honorable Mohamed Tawfik, Ambassador of Egypt to the United States, for a captivating lecture on Egypt’s political future.

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This October, the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) welcomed the latest addition to its grounds, COUNTERPOINT. The sculpture created by renowned artist, Roger Berry, was made possible through the Art in State Buildings (ASB) Program of Florida.

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This November, Florida International University welcomed Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of the Middle East Program at CSIS, Haim Malka, for a lecture event co-sponsored by the Middle East Studies Program and the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at FIU.

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The School of International and Public Affairs at FIU, is proud to announce its latest venture, Preparing Miami for Democratic Transition in Cuba, a project of the Václav Havel Initiative, made possible by the Knight Foundation in Miami.

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Dr. Susan Webster and the MARC U*STAR & MBRS RISE Coordinators had the pleasure of accompanying 16 FIU undergraduates including members of the MARC U*STAR, MBRS RISE, and QBIC Programs to the 2013 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Nashville, Tennessee.

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The World as Garden is an anthology of the writings of David Fairchild, one of the most important figures in American agriculture and science in the first half of the 20th century, and influential in the early history of Miami.

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With another round of sequestration looming, FIU advocates took to the Hill to inform Congress about the potential impact of further sequestration cuts to research and education.

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Miami Book Fair International is celebrating its 30th anniversary this week. FIU’s Creative Writing program will be well-represented, with faculty, students, and alumni among the more than 300 authors who’ll be presenting at the Festival of Authors.

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A new study in mice finds that taking an over-the-counter pain medication like ibuprofen may help curb the unwanted side effects of marijuana use.

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Chemists at Florida International University, report on a newly discovered reaction product that can be used forensically to detect cocaine use in a person months after taking the drug.

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In case you missed the university’s event of the year, TEDxFIU, watch the highlights:

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FIU biologist Kirsten Bohn has helped to secure endangered status for Florida’s rarest bat species.

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Four FIU students embarked on a seven-day mission to Aquarius this week, the first FIU research mission to the world’s only undersea laboratory since the university assumed operations earlier this year.

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Check out when and where your favorite FIU authors will be at the 30th Annual Miami Book Fair International.

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President Rosenberg was on hand November 7, 2013, in the Graham Center ballroom to personally congratulate this year’s awardees, as well as the many employees who celebrated 5 years on up to 40 years of service (for the first time in FIU history), as well as this year’s retirees. During the presentation of the seven FIU Recognition Awards, the School of Integrated Science and Humanity was proud to bring home two of the awards.

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The College of Arts & Sciences offered a sneak peek at the Stocker AstroScience Center this week, an on-campus observatory that has been nearly two decades in the making.

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On Friday, Nov. 15, Modesto A. Maidique Campus celebrated the grand opening of yet another outdoor recreation space for students, faculty and staff: the FIU Jogging Path, a lighted footpath that surrounds the FIU Nature Preserve. Please refer to the full FIU NEWS story.

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On Thursday, November 7, the Hubert Library (HL) of the Biscayne Bay Campus (BBC) of Florida International University (FIU) inaugurated an 8' X 20' mural entitled "Amazonia" painted by the artist Jaime Choclote, a native of the Amazonian city of Iquitos, Peru.

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Nicholas Ogle stands at the water’s edge on Florida International University’s Biscayne Bay campus and holds what looks like a giant, rotten green bean out to the crowd of teenagers in front of him. Please refer to the full article of the Miami Herald.

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After decades of research, scientists from around the world have quantified the number of individual trees and species scattered throughout the Amazon Basin.

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For the past two summers, FIU biology student Aneysis Gonzalez did what few students get a chance to do: train in the lab of a Nobel Prize recipient.

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On Thursday, November 7th TEDxFIU kicked off with the world’s first TEDx talk to feature a speaker who was 60ft underwater in the world’s only underwater sea lab.

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A group of students from the Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial High School (LEOMHS) visited FIU’s International Forensic Research Institute (IFRI) last month where they learned about current research and toured the institute’s facilities.

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On October 29, 2013, Florida International University hosted the 4th Geopolitical Summit America at the Crossroads: Power and Strategy in U.S. Foreign Relations. Sponsored by the School of International and Public Affairs, Ruth K. and Shepard Broad Distinguished Lecture Series, College of Arts and Science and the College of Business.

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According to the Bible, there were 12 Tribes of Israel: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Benjamin and Joseph. They divided into two kingdoms, with 10 tribes in the north and 2 in the south.

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The ancestors came by canoe from the Holy Land of Yabisaba. We know it as Jerusalem. There were two boats, long and sturdy, hand carved from ancient trees.

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December

In April of 2013, anthropology and physics major Camila Uzcategui spent a weekend with more than 100 people she had never met before at the GlobeMed Global Health Summit. She left feeling she was part of a movement and a global community.

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Laura Hernandez is Women’s Caucus chair of the FIU College Democrats. The 20-year-old junior is triple majoring in political science, international relations, and women and gender studies. She wrote this first-person piece for FIU News

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FIU students continue to prove that they not only have the knowledge and experience to impact the local community, but also the drive to succeed in the nation’s capital.

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TedXFIU features physicist Pete Markowitz and Artist-in-Residence Xavier Cortada as seen on FIU's home page. To see video

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This event brings together law enforcement agencies, industry and academia to share knowledge and to showcase cutting-edge research. The format will include workshops, oral presentations and poster sessions lead by current practitioners, academics and graduate students.

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There is no question that women and minorities have made progress in science and math in the last several decades, but their gains have been slow and halting. And in the fast-growing field of computer science, women’s representation has actually declined in the last 20 years, while minorities have made relatively small gains.

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This story is part of an on-going series spotlighting student-run clubs at FIU.

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In the next 50 years, approximately 50 percent of conventional plantations in Central and South America are predicted to become unsuitable for the production and export of bananas.

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Augusta Vono, Portuguese Program director and director of the Strategic Language Institute, has been awarded the Grand Officer honor of the Order of Rio Branco (Ordem de Rio Rio Branco).

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At 26, FIU alumnus Rigoberto Roche has reached a level of scientific success that many recent graduates can only imagine.

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The School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) in the College of Arts & Sciences is celebrating the launch of the Václav Havel Initiative for Human Rights and Diplomacy with a multimedia performance of Anticodes, Havel’s collection of experimental poetry, Tuesday, Dec. 10.

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The World Bank has selected Florida International University’s College of Business, School of International and Public Affairs and Latin American and Caribbean Center to host the first post-launch dialogue of its flagship report “Latin American Entrepreneurs: Many Firms but Little Innovation.”

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Researchers who were not part of the project said they were impressed. “It will be significant progress in the physics research of cold atoms if it can be verified,” Yifu Zhu, who teaches atomic, molecular physics and optics at Florida International University, told FoxNews.com.

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Merriam-Webster Inc., America's leading dictionary publisher, has announced its top ten Words of the Year for 2013. This year's list was compiled by analyzing the top lookups in the online dictionary at Merriam-Webster.com and focusing on the words that showed the greatest increase in lookups this year as compared to last year. Click in more information for the complete story.

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The Permanent Missions of the United States and Colombia to the Organization of American States (OAS), in collaboration with the General Secretariat of the OAS, Florida International University (FIU) and Miami-Dade County co- host, “Towards Sustainable & Resilient Communities in the Americas” a forum for mayors from Latin America, the Caribbean and the United States.

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The FIU Society of Physics Students chapter has been selected as an Outstanding SPS Chapter based on the national review of the 2012-2013 academic year report. This year the national office received a record number of chapter reports. Less than 10% of the SPS chapters are recognized as being outstanding. Some events that the organization was recognized for were celebration of Pi Day, Thanksgiving potluck dinners, attending PhysCon, and the Zone meeting.

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