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January

In a remote jungle of Papua New Guinea a tribe of former cannibals claims to be one of the Lost Tribes of Israel. FIU Professor Tudor Parfitt has been tracking such Israelite movements around the world for more than two decades.

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In their meeting on Feb. 10, the European Union foreign ministers are expected to approve the E.U. position for negotiations with Cuba about a new agreement between the two parties. Click on more information to read the complete article from the Miami Herald.

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Danielle Goveia has long been concerned with lead contamination in urban soils and how it could cause human toxicological problems through urban agriculture. Lead is a naturally occurring element that can be harmful to humans when consumed by inhaling or ingesting food grown in contaminated soils.

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Psychology professor Bennett Schwartz will be traveling this spring as a visiting scholar to various international schools. He will be giving talks and meeting with students at Boğaziçi University and the American University of Iraq, as well as visiting France in the fall for the 2nd International Conference on Metacognition.

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Raul Moas, executive director of Roots of Hope (Raices de Esperanza), will visit the Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Thursday, Jan. 23, to talk to students about empowering Cuban youth to become the authors of their own future.

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The FIU Agroecology students will host two workshops in the FIU Organic Garden for pre-k and kindergarten students from Coral Park Elementary.

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The NRSM major will include areas in conservation and environmental science, economics, policy and management.

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The FIU Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC) and the Universidad Católica del Uruguay are partnering to conduct a comprehensive research project on the legalization of marijuana and the transformation of drug policy in Uruguay.

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The Department of Earth and Environment in the College of Arts & Sciences is growing roots for geoscience education and careers in Miami.

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FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg is joining a group of top leaders from throughout the U.S. at the White House today for a daylong event focused on boosting the academic success of low-income students.

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The Victim Empowerment Program (VEP) launched an Instagram campaign as part of January’s National Stalking Awareness month.

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A 6.4-magnitude earthquake shook Puerto Rico Mon., Jan. 13. It caused some power outages and cracked floors, but no major damage or injuries were reported.

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Renee Silverman, professor of Spanish Peninsular Literature in the Department of Modern Languages, has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to further her research on Spanish avant-garde poetry.

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FIU Professor and American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow Patricia L. Price returned to the university along with 20 of her ACE Fellow colleagues on Jan. 7, spending several hours meeting with FIU leaders and touring the campus.

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The School of International and Public Affairs at FIU celebrated the launch of the Václav Havel Initiative for Human Rights and Diplomacy with a multimedia performance by the Czech theater troupe, Laterna Magika.

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This past December 6th, Florida International University and the School of International and Public Affairs SIPA had the pleasure of hosting a book presentation at the FIU Barnes & Noble store by US Congressman Luis Gutierrez

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On February 5, 2014, the Global Energy Security Forum of the School of International and Public Affairs will present the Global Energy Outlook to 2040.

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Course on “Contemporary Issues in Public Administration” given by the Institute for Public Management & Community Service.

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A South Florida student is taking a big step towards his mission to Mars as he tries to be one of a select few to live on the red planet.

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On Monday, December 2nd, the African and African Diaspora Studies program had the pleasure of hosting students’ presentations about Emerging Research in AADS.

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On Monday, December 16th, the Asian Studies program hosted Japan Immersion Day, Viva Japon! "¡Viva Japón! Taiko & Etc." is an educational and cultural outreach event organized by Florida International University’s Japanese Language Program in association with the Modern Languages Department, Asian Studies Program, and the Consulate-General of Japan in Miami.

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On December 11th, the Center for Democracy and Good Governance of the Institute of Public Management and Community Service (IPMCS) at Florida International University, the Congress of Paraguay and the National University of Asuncion with the support of COPLANEA hosted a seminar looking to analyze good practices in budget development in the pursuit of democratic strengthening.

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The FIU Department of Earth and Environment in the College of Arts & Sciences is launching the Professional Science Masters in Environmental Policy and Management degree program in fall 2014.

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What is blackness? What does it mean to be black? Is blackness a matter of biology or consciousness? Who and what determine who is black and who is not?

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Dear FIU family, Hope your holidays were full of joy and wishing you a prosperous New Year! I continue to be amazed by the energy, purpose and hope that can be found at our university. Anyone familiar with our institution knows that this energy is a hallmark of the FIU experience.

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February

The second floor Green Library display cases currently showcase 1,800 years of history on one of the Caribbean’s most misunderstood islands. “Haiti: An Island Luminous” also shows what one FIU student can create with the right motivation.

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A combined fishing tournament and rockin’ dock party that netted nearly $28,000 for scholarships is one of several creative endeavors that recently won recognition for the university.

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Scientists have long believed that lobster-like crustaceans first appeared on planet Earth about 360 million years ago. But FIU marine scientist Heather Bracken-Grissom contends the ancestor of our favorite mealtime decapod actually may have started roaming the planet at least 12 million years earlier.

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President Rosenberg invites you to attend a Town Hall Meeting, Friday, March 7, from 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., in the Graham Center Ballrooms. the meeting will help define FIU in 2020 and answer the question on how to redefine the role of the public research university under the unprecedented disruptions in higher education. Click on more information in order to submit your RSVP.

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On February 13th and 14th, FIU had the pleasure of hosting more than 260 participants from institutions across the nation, and Italy including undergraduates from the University of Puerto Rico – Arecibo as well as high school students from MAST Academy at Homestead and TERRA Environmental Research Institute.

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The art exhibit “Diatoms: Tiny Life Forms with Huge Benefits” produced by the Tropical Botanic Artists in collaboration with the FCE LTER program will be showcased at Deering Estate at Cutler from March 23-April 23.

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Florida International University has a couple of professors who can speak about the issues surrounding the political unrest in the Ukraine. Below you will find the experts willing to offer their insight to media and the public. This list is being updated continuously.

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Florida International University has a number of professors who study Venezuela and issues relating to the Latin American country. This is a list of experts willing to offer their insight to media and the public. This list is being updated continuously.

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FIU researchers Mike Heithaus and Jordan Thomson are offering an inside peek into the daily lives of sea and loggerhead turtles in Shark Bay, Australia. Click on more information to read the full story.

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The FIU Model United Nations team competed this past weekend at Harvard National Model UN Conference. Click in more information to read the complete story.

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Elizabeth Kolbert, staff writer of the New York Times and author of the book "Field Notes from a Catastrophe", recently came to FIU researcher Ken Feeley's field site in the Peruvian Andes to do research for her new book "The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History". She discussed it recently on the Daily Show with John Stewart. Click in more information for the complete story.

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The Coral Gables Garden Club got their feet wet when they volunteered for a mangrove restoration project Friday morning at Matheson Hammock Park in Coral Gables. Click in more information for the complete Miami Herald story.

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Earlier this month, Gabilondo presented the FIU Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment with an annual gift to establish the Bobbie Barton Law and Economy Lecture Series, which will bring local speakers to campus to talk about social justice issues. Click in more information to read the complete story.

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Apply now for the Elaine Gordon Scholarship! Application deadline: March 10, 2014, to Women's Studies. Click in more information to learn more.

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Florida International University’s Cuban Research Institute (CRI) will host award-winning Cuban writer Leonardo Padura for a lecture focused on the origins of his latest novel, “Herejes” (Heretics, 2013), a story about freedom and the tragic incident of the SS St. Louis, a ship with more than 900 Jewish refugees on board which arrived in Cuba in 1939, but was never allowed to disembark.

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FIU can lay claim to involvement with this first-ever collaboration between astrophysics and fashion generated by the show’s astronomical theme. This is a cool, high-tech, cutting-edge collaboration that appeals to our students and will broaden FIU's reach.Click in more information for the complete story.

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Writer, educator and former director of the Jewish Leadership Institute, Erica Brown shares Hebrew Bible views on women’s leadership at The Leadership Lectures on Feb. 18.

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FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg signed an agreement this week with former Peruvian President Alan Garcia to create research and student exchange programs with Universidad de San Martín de Porres in Peru.

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The Everglades gives us some of the nation’s cleanest drinking water. This article was written by a graduate student in Earth & Environment based upon a field trip he took in Dr. Price's class. Click on more information to read the complete article.

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This year, the School of International and Public Affairs at FIU has been awarded three distinctions for its cutting-edge and multi-dimensional building. The structure, built in 2011, is 56,000 square-feet in total and was designed by Arquitectonica, a Miami-based architecture and design firm responsible for creating contemporary and eclectic buildings like the American Airlines Arena and the Icon Brickell Condominium.

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FIU has received a $1.45 million grant from the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) to replicate its successful UTeach program in Miami.

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Nine FIU students have been awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for the spring 2014 semester. Junior Lamarr Nuñez is attending Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan, to fulfill his Japanese Studies Certificate and English major requirements.

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Nearly one year ago, FIU embarked on an international effort to support environmental conservation efforts in the Andean Amazon region of South America.

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March

As the appropriations process in Congress moved forward, FIU submitted its 2014 federal agenda to the South Florida delegation, and three of FIU’s Congressional champions made efforts to promote the university’s research strengths in public forums on the Hill.

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Industry titans, civic leaders, entrepreneurs and global thought leaders will converge in Miami May 1-7 to lay the groundwork for a technology corridor for Latin America at the inaugural eMerge Americas at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

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This summer FIU will host 25 young fellows from sub-Saharan nations in a public management institute as part of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). FIU is the only university in Florida selected this year for a $100,000 grant to host the fellows and is among 20 U.S. universities selected to participate.

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Dr. Lakshmi Reddi, Dean of the University Graduate School, announced that two graduate students from the Department of Biological Sciences will be honored this year with UGS Provost awards

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Critically acclaimed author Amy Tan will visit FIU Thursday, April 3 to receive the Creative Writing Program’s Lawrence Sanders Award for Fiction.

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FIU is hosting National Geographic Society photojournalist Annie Griffiths for a talk and book signing on March 20.

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While the House deliberates on the FIRST Act and the appropriations process began on the Hill, FIU Executive MPA students met with Congress members and FIU alumni in D.C.

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The 15th Annual Everglades Day Festival was held on Saturday, February 8, 2014 in the headquarters area of the A.R.M. Loxahatchee NWR at Boynton Beach, FL.

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Dr. David Bray was invited by the Ford Foundation and the Mesoamerican Alliance of People and Forests to give a presentation at the Mesoamerican PreCongress on Indigenous Peoples Protected Areas in San Jose, Costa Rica, March 17-18 on his research on community forestry and reductions in both deforestation and rural violence in Mexico.

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The von Wettberg lab recently published two papers, one part of a long running collaboration with a UN-funded breeding institute in India and the other a collaboration with the US Fish and Wildlife Service to protect endangered species.

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Five graduate students in the FIU Master of Public Administration (MPA) program are heading to Washington, D.C., to compete in the national championship of the Policy Solutions Challenge USA, March 22-23.

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For the average tourist, a trip to South Florida typically includes stops at its world-famous beaches, shopping malls and nightclubs. But for a group of students from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, their recent trip to South Florida was anything but typical.

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FIU English alum and Ms. Foundation Fellow Lindsay Rosenthal speaks out about child sexual abuse and girls in the juvenile justice system.

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Ana Podcameni enters the studio in yoga pants and a loose-fitting shirt; 30 eyes stare at her waiting to begin. She leads them to their mats, sits cross-legged, and places her hands at her heart center. The class begins with the sacred mantra, “Om.”

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Six members of the university community are spending their Spring Break in Guatemala as part of FIU alternative Breaks.

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FIU is ready to remake itself. That was the message from FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg in a recent town hall discussion focused on developing the next strategic plan.

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U.S. Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart joined hundreds of FIU students on Friday at a rally in support of human rights and democracy in Venezuela.

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The FIU Model United Nations (MUN) team earned first place at the West Point Security Conference in February.

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Some education experts have sounded the alarm in recent years, pointing to a shortage of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) educators throughout the country. FIU has answered the call and wants to be a part of the solution.

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The Women’s Center has announced Donna Brazile will be the keynote speaker at its 8th annual “Women Who Lead” conference.

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FIU students Randy Juste and Christian Gonzalez were two of only 30 university students from diverse fields of study selected nationwide to attend the 2014 Agricultural Outlook Forum in Arlington, Virginia.

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FIU chemistry doctoral student Kelley Peters is revolutionizing on-site explosives detection techniques with a new, simple, fast and inexpensive technology for first responders.

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On Monday, February 10, 2014, Ambassador Maen Rashid Areikat, Chief Representative of the Palestine Liberation Organization to the United States, visited FIU for a presentation about current Palestinian and Israeli relations

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On Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2013, the Global Energy Security Forum at FIU’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) hosted the Global Energy Outlook.

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The iREAL Commission, formed by President Mark B. Rosenberg in the Fall of 2013, has published a working draft white paper. The paper was not only informed by the 10 Commissioners, but their working groups of faculty, staff, students and community stakeholders. Click in more information to access a copy of the paper.

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On Feb. 13, Dr. Victor Uribe –Uran, History Dept. Chair, Dr. Ana Maria Bidegain, Religious Studies and defendant in a case currently before the Court, and Manuel Gomez, College of Law hosed Dr. Viviana Kristecevic , Defense lawyer for the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL).

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The Center for Labor Research and Studies (CLRS), together with Global Learning and the FIU Libraries, was pleased to cosponsor a showing of the film “Inequality for All” on Feb. 20, 2014. The film was followed by a live webcast with Dr. Robert Reich, author, former US Secretary of Labor and current professor.

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On Feb. 21, 2014, Dr. Michael Conniff, professor of history at San José State University and previous director of the Global Studies Initiative, presented his research on Panama, "What Happens when the United States Gives a Small Country What It Wants."

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On Feb. 24, 2014, The Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC) hosted a seminar about the Feb. 2 presidential election in Costa Rica and El Salvador.

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April

Philip and Patricia Frost Professor of Creative Writing. Guggenheim fellow. MacArthur “Genius.” FIU’s Campbell McGrath can now add Pulitzer Prize judge to his impressive resume.

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Noelle Theard MA ’10 is a photographer and an educator. Born in El Paso, Texas, to a French mother and a Haitian father, she has used her talents to develop opportunities that empower others.

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Noelle Theard MA ’10 is a photographer and an educator.She served as photo director for the recently published, acclaimed book One Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race and currently teaches as an adjunct professor in FIU’s African Diaspora Studies program.

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How FIU stepped forward to bring the world’s only underwater ocean laboratory back into operation and advance marine science research around the world.

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This year’s Department of History Graduate Student Association’s Fourteenth Annual History Conference took place on April 4, 2014, at Florida International University. The conference theme, “Conversations in History: Currents in the Atlantic World,” aimed to connect the scholarship of a wide variety of topics and disciplines and explored the multifaceted currents shaping our Atlantic World.

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Environmental Science graduate student Sandra Maina has spent the past two summers getting to know residents and hearing their stories of how the changing landscape has impacted their culture and daily lives.

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Rather than spending Spring Break on the beach, FIU student Barbara Ruiz decided to spend her time this semester pursuing her interest in politics and government. She landed a position as an intern for U.S. Congressman Steven Horsford and describes it as a highlight of her career at FIU.

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Former FIU professor and Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC) researcher Luis Guillermo Solís won Costa Rica’s presidential elections with a commanding 77.8 percent of the vote on April 6.

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Miami could know as early as 2020 how high sea levels will rise into the next century, according to a team of researchers including Florida International University scientist Rene Price.Click in more information to read the complete article of the National Science Foundation.

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Professor Rene M. Price has recently published an article on Nature Communication today. Price has been a great contributor to this article and we would like to congratulate her for this work. To read the complete article please click on more information.

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FIU researchers are expanding their efforts to breed climate resilient, higher yielding chickpeas.\ Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) Feed the Future program, FIU is part of the multinational program known as the “Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Climate Resilient Chickpea.”

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In preparation for FIU’s next strategic plan, Dean Furton, from the College of Arts and Sciences published the final white paper version. This paper was produced by the iREAL Commission, formed by President Mark B. Rosenberg in the Fall of 2013. The paper was not only informed by the 10 Commissioners, but their working groups of faculty, staff, students and community stakeholders. Please Click in more information to learn more.

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On April 2, 2014, FIU conducted a Strategic Planning and Finance Town Hall meeting. The meeting started with an introduction from President Mark Rosenberg and continued with words from other members including Dean Furton from the College of Arts & Sciences. Click in more information to download a PDF copy of the presentation.

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President Rosenberg has announce today the appointment of Dr. Ken Furton as Provost and Executive Vice President effective July 1, 2014. Please Click in more information for the complete announcement.

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Meredith Newman, senior associate dean in the College of Arts & Sciences and professor of Public Administration, was twice honored in the month of March for her contributions as a woman leader.

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May

The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) has recognized a study, co-authored by FIU psychology professor Anibal Gutierrez, as one of the top twenty most significant studies in autism research for 2013. It was published in the 2013 IACC Summary of Advances.

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The conservation ecologist and professor in the Department of Earth and Environment is part of a national restoration team working to resupply genetic diversity to the cigar orchid population in Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, a forested swamp spanning 20 miles along Florida’s west coast.

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FIU’s Southeast Environmental Research Center (SERC) has a new director Todd Crowl, who has plans to expand the center’s research, education and community engagement initiatives with sea level rise at the top of his priority list.

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In today’s job market, more employers are looking to hire prospects with advanced and specialized degrees.

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FIU undergraduate student Jose F. Orta has been granted a prestigious Frost Scholarship to study at the University of Oxford in England for one year.

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Four researchers, including two students from Florida International University, will descend on the Aquarius Reef Base June 1 to take part in Mission 31, led by ocean explorer and documentary filmmaker Fabien Cousteau.

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FIU, located in the heart of Miami’s Cuban-American community, has experts on Cuba and the U.S.-Cuba policy. Our scholars and researchers can discuss a wide range of other topics, including politics, human rights, sociology, media, the arts and recent events.

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I am pleased to inform you that after consultation with Incoming Provost Kenneth Furton I have appointed Dr. Michael Heithaus the Interim Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences effective July 1, 2014. Click in more information for the complete story.

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Biological sciences Ph.D. student Michelle Thompson has been granted a 2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. Student Award.

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FIU has partnered with the Technology Foundation of the Americas to host eMerge Americas Techweek, a conference that brings together civic leaders, industry titans, entrepreneurs and global thought leaders with the purpose of establishing a technology hub for the Americas.

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June

One in 40 adults in the United States have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). That means that among the 54,000 students at FIU, more than 1,300 have OCD.

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The FIU African and African Diaspora Studies Program and the Universidad Andina Simon Bolivar in Quito, Ecuador have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop collaborative programs in African diaspora studies and Latin American cultural studies.

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FIU, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart and members of the Florida congressional delegation will participate in a forum to discuss how federal, state and local policies, along with innovations in design, can yield safer, more disaster-resilient communities.

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Three FIU doctoral students were named National Science Foundation (NSF) fellows as part of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program in recognition of their outstanding work. It is the oldest graduate fellowship of its kind.

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The worst part about studying abroad is that it doesn’t last forever, and Shonda and Shalisha are quickly realizing that. In the midst of studying and projects, they still find the time to get the most out of Japan.

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FIU’s Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC) has awarded 18 graduate students the Tinker Field Research Grant.

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The beginning of the 2014 hurricane season.

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July

When traditional methods of treatment do not work for children suffering from anxiety disorders, researchers at FIU believe they have found another option.

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When a group of high school students participated in a geocaching exercise, using GPS devices and clues to locate hidden packages scattered around Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Adrian Elkind was well-prepared for the challenge.

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Have you ever been convicted of a crime? It’s a simple question often asked on job applications and one that is contributing to a higher crime rate, according to researchers at FIU.

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FIU digital media student Bruno Grundy got the filmmaker’s chance of lifetime when he dove 60 feet below to the FIU Aquarius Reef Base.

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Constantly in motion, our FIU is ever-changing. Accomplishments, milestones, and transitions mark the human drama that is our institution. We have been blessed with thousands of thoughtful and impactful students, faculty and staff who put heart and soul into their stay at FIU—often for decades – to build careers, opportunities and our institution. They may physically depart the institution, but their legacies often persist thanks to the infinite memories and hopes that bind us together.

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Stephen Julius Masele may only be 34-years-old, but he has already made a name for himself in his home country of Tanzania.

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Afua Prempeh, 28, is one of 25 participants in a group of young leaders visiting FIU as part of President Obama’s Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).

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NASA returned to the bottom of the sea this week for a nine-day mission at the FIU Aquarius Reef Base.

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The Student Government Association at FIU is made up of students whose aim is to advocate for students rights, encourage community involvement, and act as a liaison between the student body, university officials and the community at large.

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Most students spend their summers working odd jobs or catching up on much-needed rest, but a group of doctoral students in the FIU Marine Sciences Program recently took part in a research cruise along Florida’s west coast.

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On Tuesday, July 8, the YALI Washington Fellows ventured to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. The Fellows took a tour of the 83-acre tropical gardens dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants.

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After finishing up our life-changing experience at Ritsumeikan University (we both received an ‘A’ on the final exam!), we ventured off for a one-week vacation, because after all, if you study abroad in the one of the most amazing countries in the world, why not take the time to see as much of it as you can?!

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Infants who exhibit a consistent right hand preference are more likely to develop advanced language skills by age two, according to a study by FIU psychologist Eliza L. Nelson. The findings were recently published in the journal of Developmental Psychology.

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After completing law school in 2007, Danbala Garba – one of 25 participants in a group of young leaders visiting FIU as part of President Obama’s Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) – set off to fulfill his time in Nigeria’s National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), which all university and/or law graduates under 35 must complete before becoming employed.

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Lindiwe Dlamini, 32, is one of 25 participants in a group of young leaders visiting FIU as part of President Obama’s Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).

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The passion and commitment behind Nashua Wisdom’s drive to help others stems from a simple fact: she’s always been helped herself, and now she hopes to pay it forward.

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Amateur cooks with original recipes for gefilte fish, homemade pickles or rugelach have a chance to test their culinary prowess this fall in the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU’s “From My Family’s Kitchen” recipe contest.

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Fabien Cousteau is preparing to ascend from the bottom of the ocean after spending 31 days underwater in the Florida Keys.

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For the past month, Fabien Cousteau and a team of researchers conducted underwater tests and research inside FIU’s Aquarius Reef Base for Mission 31, the longest mission in the history of the world’s only undersea research lab.

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August

The cloud forests of the Andes Mountains are not migrating fast enough in the face of global warming, according to FIU researchers.

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The Department of Religious Studies welcomed 15 Saudi Arabian scholars to FIU last week to participate in “The First Symposium: Religions, Human Rights and Global Ethics” from Aug. 18-20.

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Maureen Donnelly, associate dean of graduate studies in the College of Arts & Sciences and professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, has been named president elect of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH).

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FIU associate professor of physics Angela Laird has been named one of the world’s most highly cited researchers by Thomson Reuters in its “The world’s most influential scientific minds of 2014” report.

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An unprecedented marine heat wave that swept the Southeast Indian Ocean in 2011 has given FIU scientists a glimpse into the future of climate change.

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FIU students have spent the summer doing some pretty cool things. You can read about their adventures in our Summer Sojourn series. In this edition, we hear from Global Governance student Natalia Liviero who took a two-week course on peace and religion in Berlin as part of the Aladdin Project.

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In its second year, a collaborative project by FIU and Miami-Dade County Public Schools produced encouraging results for students struggling in math in four of the district’s most challenged high schools.

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When Fiorella Terenzi transformed a Milan fashion show into an astronomical marvel, she did not anticipate the impact it would have on the fashion industry.

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The greatest concentration of biodiversity occurs in the tropics, especially in rainforests and coral reefs. Biodiversity is the diversity of life — from the largest predator to the smallest bacteria.

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Child anxiety expert, Jeremy Pettit, shares some tips for parents whose children may be exhibiting signs of back to school anxiety.

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With the start of the school year only a few days away, one of FIU’s child anxiety experts, Jeremy Pettit, shares red flags parents can spot as signs of school anxiety.

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The loss of sharks could contribute to the destruction of one of the planet’s most under-appreciated sources of carbon storage — seagrasses. While sharks are often sensationalized as voracious predators, it’s their actual prey that poses a risk to seagrasses, according to FIU researchers.

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Can you can identify these FIU landmarks? Find out if you are a true Panther!

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It’s simple! Take the quiz, and see which FIU alumnus/alumna you’re most like.

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Mike Heithaus, newly named interim dean of the FIU College of Arts & Sciences, has devoted his career to studying one of the world’s most intriguing predators — sharks. His ecological work focuses on the influence of predator-prey interactions on community dynamics in marine systems. On the eve of Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week, which begins Sunday, FIU’s premier shark enthusiast shares five things you may not know about the oceans’ most feared and largely misunderstood predators.

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For some among the 3,360 FIU graduates this summer, getting to graduation took longer and was more challenging than they had anticipated. In some cases, conquering the academics was the easy part: family responsibilities, health issues and financial pressures threatened to derail the best laid out plans.

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September

Congratulations to Physics professor Angie Laird who was invited to the Sept. 30, 2014, White House BRAIN Initiative. This event is to celebrate the progress being made by the federal government, universities and research institutes, foundations, the private sector, and others, to advance the goals of The BRAIN Initiative.

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Maricel Cigales has been named associate dean of undergraduate studies for the College of Arts & Sciences.

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Up to 20 percent of children in the U.S. experience a mental disorder in a given year. That’s one out of five children. Early diagnosis and intervention can make the difference between healthy development and a life plagued with lingering challenges.

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October

When Ada Monserrat walked into the office of Stephen Hawking, her excitement could only be matched by her inquisitiveness.

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In the week leading up to the mid-term elections, FIU’s strength in global health response, coastal ecosystems and local educational reform were promoted in Washington D.C., while alumni in the region supported the university’s first generation scholarship initiative.

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FIU biologist Kirsten Bohn has made a career out of studying the bat species through their unique method of communication: echolocation.

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Two years. Twenty speakers. Three musical performances. One talk from 60 feet below the surface of the ocean. TEDxFIU launched in 2012 with an impressive slate of faculty, student and alumni speakers. We caught up with some of them recently to find out what has changed since they spoke and how their efforts are going.

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FIU’s Model United Nations (Model UN) team won big at their first competition of the year.

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As we develop the next strategic plan for FIU, particularly during this era of performance funding, I would like to announce some changes to the personnel within Academic Affairs to better align with and support these efforts. Central to the strategic plan is Student Success. While Vice President Elizabeth Bejar has been tasked with leading our student success initiatives, critical to the success of our students is the development and To lead our faculty success init

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Beloved wine professor Patrick “Chip” Cassidy ’75 is the recipient of the 2014 President’s Council Worlds Ahead Award. Cassidy was recognized by his peers Oct. 2 at the annual Faculty Convocation and Awards Ceremony at Wertheim Performing Arts Center.

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FIU’s Global Waters for Sustainability Program (GLOWS) is bringing life to unhealthy and abandoned crop fields in Burkina Faso.

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FIU has received three prestigious Title VI grants to fund programs and student scholarships in areas of strategic importance for the United States: Latin America and Africa.

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FIU’s Phillip Carter was recently asked by “Inside Edition” to analyze the latest propaganda video released by the terror group known as ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

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Five FIU students, all aspiring writers, have been selected to take part in a six-week Everglades wilderness expedition this fall, leading to the publication of their stories, poems and essays about their experiences in the famed River of Grass.The young FIU writers will join five other Miami area university students on the Everglades Wilderness Writing Expedition, said Sabrina Diaz, the national park ranger leading the expedition.

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For millions of Americans, mental health treatment is largely out of reach — a fact one FIU psychologist is trying to change.

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Tickets for TEDxFIU 2014: Fearless Journey sold out within a few hours of going on sale Monday. This year’s event will feature talks by 10 speakers including a professional racecar driver, scholars, a novelist, entrepreneurs, a global philanthropist, a cancer survivor, as well as a live performance by a singer-songwriter.

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FIU’s School of Integrated Science and Humanity along with the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies hosted the GeekiWood conference Sept. 27. The conference offered tools to empower adolescents to have a greater appreciation for technology, science, engineering, math (STEM) and the arts. It’s a way to encourage teens, especially girls, to pursue STEM-related areas in their studies as well as future college and career planning.

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A group of FIU astronomy students recently chatted with NASA astronauts participating in the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) 19 Mission at FIU’s Aquarius Reef Base.

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FIU’s Department of History has refined the way it teaches teachers how to teach history. Now the department hopes to establish a permanent master’s degree program for today’s history teachers.

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The Washington Center (TWC), which provides Washington, D.C. internship opportunities for students, has named Florida the 2014 State Partnership of the Year. FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg accepted the award on Monday.

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November

The Office of the Provost recognized eight FIU centers and institutes with the Provost Excellence Awards during Panther Football home games. The awards were developed as a way to engage the FIU community and recognize faculty with research excellence.

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Jack Vaughn’s old friend Cal has gone missing. His vintage Cadillac has been pulled out of a South Florida canal. His house is suddenly up for sale. His gym has been appropriated by a gang of Russian thugs. Vaughn suspects foul play. The fictional ex-cop goes in search of his friend, hoping to find him alive.

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For his work with high school students in Liberty City, Moses Shumow, assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, has received FIU’s 2014 Excellence in Engagement award.

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During a routine stop at the grocery store, Miles Medina MS ’14 had a random thought. Why couldn’t the store grow the very produce it sells on its roof?

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The 2014 Employee Service and Recognition Awards Ceremony, an annual event which brings the university community together to celebrate the service, efforts and accomplishments of faculty and staff members, took place on Nov. 14 in the Graham Center Ballrooms.

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The White House visiting students in the new physics classroom at FIU in AHC5 with Laird Kramer, Director, STEM Transformation Institute; Carlos Becerra, Director, Federal Relations ; Andres Gil, Vice President, Research

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Sometimes, crisis can bring opportunity. In June, the Senate approved legislation sponsored by Sens. John McCain, Ariz., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., to increase funding for Veteran Affairs, build 26 facilities and make access to private health care easier.

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Jason Downing and Shan Wong spent two summer months in China studying orchid biology and conservation under Hong Liu, an ecologist in the Department of Earth and Environment who specializes in rare plant restoration, including endangered orchids, in China and the United States.

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FIU and the National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG) have joined forces to create the International Center for Tropical Botany (ICTB) at The Kampong in Coconut Grove, Florida.

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Fifty high school students from MAST @ FIU broke up into groups to collect water samples at 12 different monitoring stations along the west coast of the South Beach area on Oct. 9. Their study was part of FIU’s efforts to raise awareness and study sea level rise on King Tide Day, the day each year when tides often lead to massive flooding in Miami Beach and other parts of South Florida.

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December

U.S. Army veteran Rodney Demerritte, math teacher Esther Fineus Joseph and communications student Sally Sarmiento have overcome challenges such as homelessness, poverty and persecution by guerrillas and are now graduating with FIU degrees.

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D.C. weekly update: While FIU made historic commitments in Washington D.C. to expand college access, an FIU alumna introduced Vice President Biden at a White House college summit, and FIU hosted national transportation leaders in Miami.

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The Stocker AstroScience Center‘s main telescope will make its debut to the general public at the end-of-the-semester Winter Star Party this Friday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m.

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The New York Times International Luxury Conference will be held for the first time in the United States December 1-3. Join Deborah Needleman, editor in chief, T Magazine, and Vanessa Friedman, fashion director, The New York Times, to explore how the fields of art, fashion and technology can be utilized and maximized to enhance the unique value of luxury companies and products.

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FIU Provost and Executive Vice President Kenneth G. Furton will join President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and Vice President Joe Biden, along with hundreds of college presidents and other higher education leaders, to announce new actions to help more students prepare for and graduate from college.

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FIU graduate student Annik Adey-Babinski is living her dream of studying and writing poetry in a serious way. She is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the FIU Creative Writing Program. Her creative work is already being recognized with publication in Best New Poets 2014.

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As the dust settles from the midterm elections and Congress returned to Washington, immigration, higher education and Ebola were center stage while FIU faculty promoted the university’s strengths and global partnerships.

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