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January

Posted by Amy Ellis × 01/30/2015 at 12:18 pm planetarium From left to right: Former NASA astronaut Winston Scott, Booker T. Washington Principal William Aristide and Miami-Dade County Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho celebrate the re-opening of the high school’s planetarium. Visitors to Booker T. Washington Senior High School probably did not realize they would be going on a journey 250 miles above the Earth.

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Less than two years after its grand opening, MAST@FIU, the only four-year high school on a university campus in Miami-Dade County, has been rated one of the top high schools in the nation for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education.

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Researchers are teaming up to examine bilingualism as a potential strategy to improve memory, reasoning, problem-solving and other executive functions in preterm infants.

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When New Jersey-native Harry Rhea wanted to dedicate his career to international justice, he traveled more than 3,000 miles to the National University of Ireland in Galway, Ireland.

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Take a look at an aerial image from South Beach to the Everglades and consider the terrain. Notice the shades of gray, orange and blue of the roads, roofs and lakes. Attempting to find patches of undeveloped land in this city can be a daunting task. In fact, less than 3 percent of Miami’s native pine rockland habitat still remains. But within this chaotic tapestry of concrete and palms that we call home, the FIU Nature Preserve stands out like an emerald in the sand.

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Shared familial transmission of autism spectrum and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorders Erica D. Musser, Elizabeth Hawkey, Svetlana S. Kachan-Liu, Paul Lees, Jean-Baptiste Roullet, Katrina Goddard, Robert D. Steiner and Joel T. Nigg

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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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February

FIU has been selected as the only site in Florida to host a first complete edition of William Shakespeare’s plays. The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at FIU will display First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, a national traveling exhibition of the Shakespeare First Folio, one of the world’s most treasured books. It will go on display next year, marking the 400th anniversary of the bard’s death.

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FIU’s Center for Children and Families (CCF) is offering a unique program to help middle school students who struggle with organization, time management and planning.

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Eric Narvaez, an Army veteran and wounded warrior, said he fought for his country – only to come home to a different kind of war in the United States. “I love this country,’’ he told President Barack Obama on Wednesday. “But I’m facing another war - trying to keep my mother here.’’

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Grazing fish can help save coral reefs, but not all grazers are created equal, according to an FIU study published this month in Marine Ecology Progress Series.

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Jewish-Romanian author and Holocaust survivor Norman Manea will give a talk at FIU titled “Patronage and the Exile Writer.”

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For the second year in a row, FIU’s Model United Nations (Model UN) team captured the “Outstanding Large Delegation” award at the Harvard National Model United Nations 2015.

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In a move that could bolster internships, jobs and scholarships for students – and promote FIU’s research and legislative priorities on a national scale – the university has signed a collaborative agreement with the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC.)

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As President Obama prepared to release his FY16 Presidential budget request to Congress, FIU researchers were on global and environmental stages in an action-packed week that included the White House’s Caribbean Energy Security Summit and Energy and Climate Change Symposium.

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March

Just midway through her freshman year of high school, Miami Beach Senior High School student Rebecca Rauch-Thane has been awarded a full scholarship to FIU.

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In honor of Miami Beach’s centennial anniversary, 60 FIU physics students participated in a high-energy performance starring FIU astrophysicist Fiorella Terenzi earlier this week.

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In honor of Miami Beach’s centennial anniversary, FIU’s College of Architecture + The Arts (CARTA) artist-in-residence Xavier Cortada unveiled a 5’ x 3’ digital painting, “Just below the surface: 1915 (The Founding of Miami Beach),” archival ink on aluminum, at the Miami Beach City Hall earlier this week.

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When linguistics professor Melissa Baralt is not teaching in the classroom or conducting research in the community, she volunteers at Inn Transition North, a facility that provides housing and resources to women and children who are survivors of domestic violence.

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As a historian, Professor Rebecca Friedman teaches courses on the wars and revolutions of Europe in 20th century. As the daughter and granddaughter of immigrants, she has personal insight on how some of these monumental events in modern history impacted families who found themselves fleeing violence and poverty.

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In just a few weeks, redbay ambrosia beetles will be on the move in Florida, a major concern for the state’s multimillion dollar avocado industry. FIU researchers believe a combination of drones and dogs could be game-changers in the fight to stop a deadly fungus spread by these invasive pests.

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In just a few weeks, redbay ambrosia beetles will be on the move in Florida, a major concern for the state’s multimillion dollar avocado industry. FIU researchers believe a combination of drones and dogs could be game-changers in the fight to stop a deadly fungus spread by these invasive pests.

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A group of international scientists convened this month for a two-day workshop at FIU to discuss the construction of a controversial shipping canal in Nicaragua.

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Spider monkeys aren’t the hook-handed primates scientists always believed they were. FIU psychologist Eliza L. Nelson has observed several of the lanky-armed monkeys using individual fingers to grab food.

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Researchers have found a strong link between maternal intrusiveness and child anxiety in young children from low-income families.

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FIU student Christian Otero hopes to be a surgeon one day, but he had to dissect college algebra first. Otero once entertained the idea of a culinary career, but switched gears. At FIU, the first time he took an algebra test – more than four years since he last took a math class – he scored 36 percent.

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America’s fresh waters are being challenged as increases in nutrient pollution are causing a significant loss of terrestrial-derived carbon from these ecosystems. Nutrient pollution is widespread in the U.S. and globally, due primarily to agricultural fertilization and urban stormwater runoff.

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Chromosomal proteins hold the key to our DNA and they are changing, according to Jose Eirin-Lopez, marine sciences professor in the FIU Department of Biological Sciences.

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Two recent panel discussions on campus addressed the use of police force against men of color. The SGA-BBC lecture series brought journalist Soledad O’Brien‘s “Black in America” tour to BBC to examine relations between police and the African-American community. The African and African Diaspora Studies Program separately presented a roundtable on “Police Stereotyping and Fatal Brutality Against Unarmed Black People in the U.S.,” which brought together students with local community leaders and pol

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Under the streets of Miami Beach, seeping up through the limestone, water creeps into storm drains and pours into the streets. It happens once a year when the sun and moon align in such a way that gravity pulls at Earth’s water. The phenomenon is known as King Tide. It is the highest of high tides, and every year, it puts Miami Beach at risk of major flooding.

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Kekla Magoon, award-winning author of children’s and young adult books, recently visited campus. She met with students in Rhona Trauvitch’s “Major American Authors” class to discuss her book How It Went Down (2014). The novel tells the story of Tariq Johnson, a black teenager shot by a white man, and how his loved ones struggle to make sense of the tragedy. In the aftermath of his death, everyone has something to say, but no two accounts of the events line up.

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Ever since Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon almost 46 years ago, our knowledge of the universe has changed dramatically. More than 1,000 planets have been discovered orbiting distant stars. Black holes are now known to be present at the center of most galaxies, including the Milky Way. Most of the universe’s matter is dark and invisible.

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April

FIU’s Center for Children and Families is hosting two on-campus information sessions next week for people interested in enrolling a child in the 2015 Summer Treatment Program. Led by CCF Director William E. Pelham Jr., the sessions are open to all FIU faculty, staff and students.

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William Shakespeare’s First Folio is slated to arrive at FIU’s Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum in February 2016.

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"Powerful Partnership for Everglades" is an annual newsletter which highlights the partnership between Florida International University (FIU) and the Everglades Foundation. This partnership aims to encourage students to enter conservation careers and researchers to develop innovative approaches to the interpretation and public dissemination of research.

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For the second year in a row, FIU will be the only university in Florida to host a select group of emerging leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa. The group will come to FIU this summer as part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.

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The African and African Diaspora Studies Program and the Department of Modern Languages are hiring half-time instructors of Swahili and Wolof Languages

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President Obama decided to celebrate Earth Day, April 22, right in FIU’s backyard. With Florida’s Everglades National Park as a back drop, he took to the podium to remind the crowd of the importance of preservation and the threat of climate change.

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Congrats to Joe Raiker who coauthored a paper that was mentioned in USA Today and a number of other media outlets.

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Xavier Cortada visited the White House to deliver a presentation to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy on his use of art to engage science, scientists and the broader community.

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FIU has named its School of International and Public Affairs in honor of Ambassador Steven J. Green.

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Looking for an engaging and educational way for your child to spend the summer? Look no further. FIU will host a variety of summer camps this year, with themes ranging from engineering and science to art and sports.

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Leslie Frazier was selected for the UGS Provost Award for Outstanding Graduate Program Director. Sarah Helseth won the UGS Provost Award for Graduate Student Outstanding Paper.

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The year is 2015. We have wireless headphones, self driving cars and jetpacks. But women are still scarce at the top of government and businesses in the United States. Although 2015 is a record year for women serving in the House and Senate, totaling 104, women make up just 19 percent of Congress and roughly 5 percent serve as CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.

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Erin Weston, Digital Instructor for the Religious Studies Department, has won a Distinguished Course Award in Student Engagement for her course REL 3308!!

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The right femur on the Greater Cuban ground sloth Megalocnus rodens on exhibition at the American Museum does not belong to Megalocnus!

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) recognized physicist Jin He and environmental engineer Omar Abdul-Aziz as recipients of the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award.

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Using lasers to heal scars caused by third-degree burns or past surgeries. Redesigning microscopes in order to place them inside people for imaging and treatment purposes. Using spectrometers to determine the pH level of the milk that will be sold in supermarkets.

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On Thursday, Apr. 2, the annual Outstanding Student Life Awards recognized three student organizations and 21 student leaders who serve as a source of pride and inspiration to others by giving unselfishly of themselves to enhance life on campus and to make FIU a better place for the university community.

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Mike Heithaus has been appointed the dean of FIU’s College of Arts & Sciences.

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With over 800 people in attendance this year, the 14th Annual Torch Awards Gala broke a university record.

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South Florida’s butterflies have become the unintended victim of insecticide control, according to FIU researchers.

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In January, the Chilean Regional Seminar was put together by The Chilean Association of Municipalities along with Florida International University and the Institute of Public Management and Community Services with The Center for Democracy and Good Governance.

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May

Students from Key Point Academy in Brickell visited FIU’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus May 27 to experience art and science like never before.

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NATIONAL WINNER 2015: WAIMANALO BAY BEACH PARK, WAIMANALO, HAWAII On Thursday, Waimanalo Bay Beach Park was named the top beach on an annual top 10 list of U.S. beaches compiled by a coastal science professor known as Dr. Beach.

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Join us to celebrate her wit, friendship, and legacy

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If you need help planning the perfect beach vacation this summer, Dr. Beach has the spot for you. Stephen Leathermen, aka Dr. Beach, has rounded up his favorite U.S. beaches for 2015—with some tried and true sandy locales and a few soon-to-be favorite family finds.

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When Jean Muteba Rahier teaches his African Civilizations course, he already knows the common stereotypes he will have to break down throughout the semester. Africa is more than a continent of desert, safaris and poverty. It is a continent of historic civilizations and modern metropolitan cities. And in the 21st century, it is a continent poised for phenomenal economic and academic growth.

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Dozens of FIU researchers were on hand at eMerge Americas May 1-5, 2015 to showcase the latest technology developed at the university, including some that promise to change the way health care is delivered.

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Despite all of the economic success that high levels of societal bilingualism have made possible in Miami, very little is done in terms of public policy and education to promote and protect it – and what needs protecting is our Spanish. Miami is demographically unique in that it has the distinction of being both the most Latino large city in the U.S., as well as the most foreign-born. On account of these statistics, we can add a third distinction to the list: Miami is now also the most bilingual

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More than one-third of children and adolescents in the U.S. is overweight or obese. In Miami, more than 40 percent of young children are overweight or obese with most parents not being aware of their child’s current health status.

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A rare discovery by an FIU geologist could radically change diamond prospecting worldwide. Researcher Stephen Haggerty recently embarked on a field trip to search for a long-elusive kimberlite pipe in the dense bush of northwestern Liberia. Kimberlite pipes are concealed geological structures that serve as the primary source of the world’s commercial diamond production. They form as a result of violent eruptions of certain types of volcanoes.

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Max Sherno describes the U.S. Coast Guard scholarship program – known as CSPI – as the best kept secret in the military. “Everybody knows about ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) but no one has heard of CSPI,’’ said Sherno, a junior studying criminal justice at FIU. “It’s a fantastic opportunity that can help students pay for college and find jobs. I just wish more people knew about it.’’

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FIU’s International Forensic Research Institute (IFRI) is hosting its annual forensic science symposium Tuesday, May 5, and Wednesday, May 6, in Room 125 of the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs building at Modesto A. Maidique Campus.

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Dozens of FIU researchers will be on hand at eMerge Americas to showcase the latest technology developed at the university, including some that promise to change the way health care is delivered. eMerge Americas is taking place on Miami Beach May 1-5, 2015.

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Forty first graders from Redondo Elementary stand in the Kovens Conference Center, turning from side to side with their arms forming circles in front of them.

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June

Growing up in Jamaica, Garfield Jugar was never a “math person.” Actually, he hated math. Tired of his mother always taking his radio away as punishment for his bad math grades, Jugar buckled down and tried to teach himself.

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Florida International University’s (FIU) International Hurricane Research Center (IHRC) in partnership with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Hurricane Center (NHC) has launched a new Spanish language website.

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Pixar’s new film Inside Out is putting the spotlight on children’s emotions. But navigating those emotions and helping children understand them is a real-life challenge. FIU psychologist Zoe Klemfuss says understanding the cause of an emotion is often more important than talking about the emotion itself.

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In the US, the 2015 hurricane season begins against a backdrop of other recent extreme weather news. Texas floods and Midwest tornadoes remind us of what water and wind can do. We can take comfort from considerable improvement in hurricane forecast accuracy in recent years. But when a hurricane is gathering strength offshore, people in its possible line of fire still need to decide whether or not to evacuate to safer ground.

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A white girl in blackface. That’s how the media has treated Rachel Dolezal, as a laughable fraud, impostor or fake. Not too far back, many saw transwomen as men in dresses, but fortunately transgender individuals are now treated with more respect. What’s the difference with Rachel Dolezal?

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FIU Skillport is your 24x7 gateway to learning resources for skills improvement, professional development, performance support, and more. Use SkillPort’s easy-to-navigate interface to find answers to questions, develop professional skills, and take targeted learning. Simply log in to start exploring the learning resources available to you.

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When Taylor Williams first set foot on the campus of Florida International University, she found it more than a little overwhelming. A freshman at Miami Northwestern Senior High School (MNW) in Liberty City, she had never been to a university before. “I thought I was going to get lost,’’ said Taylor, 17.

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A group of international scientists have released their findings about a proposed trans-isthmus shipping canal in Nicaragua, raising concerns about environmental impact and lack of information. The scientists’ report is available for download in English and Spanish.

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You’re either a math person or you’re not – at least that’s what we’ve always heard. Now, National Science Foundation-funded research conducted by Florida International University Professor Zahra Hazari shows that’s not really the case.

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Six FIU students, all aspiring writers, were selected last fall to take part in a six-week Everglades wilderness expedition in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. They went on three, daylong trips exploring the prairies, marshes and sloughs of the vast South Florida wetlands area that is both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an International Biosphere Reserve. They also took a four-day canoe camping trek along the park’s remote Wilderness Waterway.

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Minority mothers and their newborns are at increased risk for problems caused by postpartum depression according to FIU researchers. A higher incidence of preterm births is partly to blame. While previous research has examined the relationship between preterm birth and symptoms of postpartum depression, a new FIU study is the first to explore this relationship in low-income Hispanic and black mothers and the effect it has on their infants.

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Dr. Tatiana Trejos was recognized with the "National Award of Technology Clodomiro Picado Twight" from the Costa Rican National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MICIT).

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Professor Asia Eaton was featured Sunday in a television interview with Helen Ferre on South Florida public TV WPBT2 on the topics of transgender identity and Caitlyn Jenner. The interview aired on June 5th at 7:30pm and Sunday, June 7th at 12:00pm on Channel 2.

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Milly Delgado was selected as the 2015 Zaida C. Morales-Martinez Awardee for Mentoring in the American Chemical Society Scholars Program. This recognizes her dedication to her students and, specifically to the students in the ACS Scholars Program over many years.

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Garfield Jarrett MSW ’14 has found therapy in farming through the FIU Veteran and Small Farmers Outreach Program.

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The FIU Model United Nations (UN) team has taken the fourth spot in BestDelegate.com‘s annual rankings. The team moved up one spot from last year’s fifth place ranking, and continues to be the highest ranked team in Florida and the highest ranked team from a public university.

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Dr Draper’s Spanish/English Dictionary of Geologic Terms Download yours today!

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FIU is one of four U.S. universities participating in the EXPO Milano 2015, a showcase where countries present their best products, technologies and ideas for guaranteeing a healthy, safe and sufficient food supply while respecting the environment.

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July

As part of FIU’s commitment to improving STEM education, the Department of Physics is training South Florida teachers to implement active learning techniques in their classrooms.

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As a team of international astronauts splashes down for a 14-day training mission in FIU’s Aquarius Reef Base, they will be advancing coral reef research at the same time.

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The behavior of the Florida House of Representatives during the regular session is a stunning example of the failure of term limits. In 2000, when term limits took effect, they removed almost half the members of the House and more than 25 percent of the Senate in just one election year. Instead of promoting electoral competition, incumbents have procured a new advantage and effectively own their seats until their eight years are up or they decide to vacate early.

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All eyes will be on Pluto Tuesday at FIU’s Stocker AstroScience Center. Researchers will open the doors to the campus observatory for a celebration of NASA’s nearly 10-year mission to explore Pluto. Scientists and astronomy enthusiasts will convene starting at 7 a.m., July 14 at Stocker.

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FIU freshmen Odaimy Ayala and Bryant Estadella noticed subtle splashes of color on posters on display at a recent Howard Hughes Medical Institute conference in Washington D.C.

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Juvenile use of marijuana is increasing substantially as more medical marijuana laws pass nationwide.

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The Food and Drug Administration is strengthening its warnings about painkillers like ibuprofen, saying they do raise the risk of heart attack or stroke. People should think carefully about taking these drugs, both over-the-counter versions and prescription pills, the FDA says. It's asking manufacturers to change the labels.

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Researchers are embarking on the largest-ever attempt to survey the world’s shark populations. Predators are disappearing from the oceans in alarming numbers with nearly a quarter of shark, ray and skate species threatened with extinction. The lack of comprehensive and up-to-date data on species abundance and distribution is hindering efforts to protect and replenish these ecologically important marine animals.

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Florida’s rainy season is in full force and pet owners are being cautioned to keep an eye out for toxic toads that can potentially kill dogs and cats. “The wet season means increased activity of all amphibians,” said Maureen Donnelly, associate dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and professor of biological sciences. “Cane toads are exotic pests that thrive in disturbed environments including river floodplains, tree fall gaps, urban environments and other environments disturbed by humans.”

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The city of Miami recently welcomed more then 550 authorities and public servants from Latin America and the Caribbean for the 21st annual Inter-American Conference of Mayors and Local Authorities.

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August

To conserve the planet’s ecosystems and their diverse plant and animal species, human populations should consume less meat, according to FIU researchers.

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President Mark B. Rosenberg welcomes the university community.

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“Meeting Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of FL-27th District was a wonderful experience” said TruLe’sia Newberry, an FIU international relations and political science major.

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FIU provides a list of experts who can comment on back-to-school topics relating to school readiness, anxiety and emotions, vaccinations, childhood obesity and other relevant topics.

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FIU has received a grant from the European Commission to establish a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence.

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While some parents are eagerly preparing for the first day of kindergarten, others are bracing themselves for a major change in their pre-teens’ lives — middle school.

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With drought conditions putting a strain on resources throughout South Florida, FIU is investigating long-term solutions to water crises as part of a newly launched consortium.

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September

The National Institutes of Health has awarded FIU $12.7 million as part of a multi-year national landmark study on substance use and adolescent brain development.

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According to FIU marine scientists Mike Heithaus and James Fourqurean, coastal habitats full of vegetation, including seagrass beds, salt marshes and mangroves, are some of the best absorbers of atmospheric carbon dioxide.

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has partnered with FIU to provide local community leaders with the knowledge and tools to assess and improve their capabilities to prevent, mitigate, respond to and recover from climate impacts, including sea level rise, drought and wildfires, heatwaves, floods, powerful storms and other hazards.

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Mike Heithaus, Dean of FIU’s College of Arts & Sciences, will be in Washington, D.C., Sept. 29 to testify before the House Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research. Watch Dean Heithaus testify before the House Agriculture Committee.

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FIU has implemented new teaching methods resulting in double-digit pass rate increases across introductory math courses.

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FIU Master of Fine Arts alumna Ashley Jones MFA ‘15 has been recognized as one of the country’s outstanding, emerging women writers.

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As Hispanic Heritage Month kicked off in Washington, D.C., FIU’s strengths in STEM education and educating minorities was on display at the Department of Education and on Capitol Hill.

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A new study shows that under current timber harvesting intensities, Amazon forests logged with reduced impact logging techniques can recover their initial carbon stock in seven to 21 years.

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The White House has recognized FIU’s Mastery Math Lab and the STEM Transformation Institute as Bright Spots in Hispanic Education, placing them among the top programs in the nation helping to close the achievement gap.

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Bonefish catches are on the decline, and researchers in the FIU Southeast Environmental Research Center are trying to get to the bottom of this concerning trend.

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The GEOTRACES team is currently in the midst of a 65-day journey aboard the U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker Healy through the western Arctic Ocean. Follow them on their trip to the top of the world as they collect samples from the ocean surface to the sea floor, the atmosphere, ice, snow and sediments.

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With rising seas threatening coastal communities all across the world, FIU has launched the Sea Level Solutions Center to help people understand, adapt and persevere. FIU ecologist Tiffany Troxler will serve as director.

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October

Mike Maunder, co-director of the FIU Tropical Conservation Institute, associate dean of research engagement in the College of Arts & Sciences and interim director of The Kampong, was part of the team of more than a dozen international researchers who wrote the review paper on the importance and benefits of species.

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A laboratory study led by FIU psychologist Jacqueline R. Evans shows that an emotional approach to questioning is more effective in collecting information from both guilty and innocent participants.

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FIU biology professor Philip Stoddard has been appointed by the White House to the Governance Coordinating Committee of the National Ocean Council.

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The annual Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) leadership event allows high school students considering careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to experience STEM through hands-on activities.

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Just 2 centimeters long and 2 millimeters in diameter, a sorbent tube invented by an FIU researcher could bring analytical chemistry to the masses.

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The White House has recognized FIU’s Mastery Math model as one of its 150 Commitment to Action for increasing educational outcomes and opportunities for Hispanic students.

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Josh Silverman is a second year MS chemistry student and a Nuclear Regulatory Commission Nuclear Research Fellow. Last night, he was a contestant on the Jeopardy show and won his first round. Watch for him again tonight as a “returning champion!”

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Josh Silverman is a second year MS chemistry student and a Nuclear Regulatory Commission Nuclear Research Fellow. He will be a contestant on the Jeopardy show, which will air this Thursday, October 15.

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Biologist DeEtta Mills along with Provost and chemist Kenneth G. Furton lead a unique detection program that deploys specially trained canines to detect laurel wilt before symptoms are visible.

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Marine scientist Kevin Boswell was recently awarded a grant by the Florida Institute of Oceanography’s Florida RESTORE Act Centers of Excellence Program to study deep reef fish communities impacted by the oil spill. He was one of 10 researchers from across the state selected to help improve the health of the Gulf of Mexico and fortify its ecosystems through his research.

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FIU’s College of Arts and Sciences Dean Michael Heithaus testified before the House Committee on Agriculture in a hearing titled “Research Innovations from Our Nation’s Agricultural Colleges and Universities” Sept. 29.

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Mike Heithaus, dean of FIU's College of Arts & Sciences, testified before the House Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research. The hearing, titled "Research Innovations from Our Nation's Agricultural Colleges and Universities", was held on Tuesday, September 29 in Washington, D.C.

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Critically eroded beaches, by definition, have receded or eroded enough to threaten recreational interests, development or wildlife. FIU coastal scientist Stephen Leatherman, widely known as “Dr. Beach”, says that as resources dwindle, he sees an era of beach sand wars on the horizon.

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November

FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg and student Salome Garcia joined United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy on Nov. 19 in Washington D.C. to call for action on climate change.

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In nature, species interact with each other on a daily basis. It is known that certain species, like plants and the mycorrhizal fungi that live in their roots, benefit from each other through the sharing of nutrients. But human activities are interfering with and, in some cases, disrupting these interactions, according to FIU researchers.

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Adrienne Yuen, an academic advisor in the CAS Department of Psychology, helps students develop plans to reach their academic and career goals.

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Undergraduate students from across the university, as well as students who travelled to FIU from all over the U.S. and the Caribbean, had the opportunity to present their research, hear feedback from peers and faculty, and meet with graduate admissions officers at this year’s McNair Scholars Research Conference.

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On a rainy Saturday morning in October, a dedicated group of 15 undergraduate students embarked on a field trip to Key Largo, where they were transformed into dolphin researchers for a day as part of their marine biology class.

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Nearly 50 participants — including FIU students, alumni and staff, and representatives from the public, private and nonprofit sectors — listened to presentations from Everglades science, restoration, policy and litigation experts.

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December

FIU has joined forces with StartUp Cuba to offer a summer program designed to foster and support entrepreneurship in Cuba.

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Twelve FIU students have earned the opportunity to participate in hands-on research, competitive summer internships and personal mentorship that will train them to be the next generation of scientists and engineers in charge of environmental restoration in the United States.

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FIU biology student James Stroud has observed a non-native species of lizard in Bermuda, a potential problem for the island’s critically endangered Bermuda skink.

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FIU researchers are on a mission to control and eliminate Chagas disease, which is spread by Rhodnius prolixus and other kissing bug species.

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An agreement between the Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy (SARA), a consortium of 12 universities including FIU, and the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC) has reactivated the Jacobus Kapteyn telescope (JKT) in the Canary Islands.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers predicts sea levels in South Florida will rise from three to seven inches by the year 2030 and from nine to 24 inches by the year 2060. Such changes would mean daunting challenges for South Florida communities to stay habitable.

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