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January

The team at the FIU GIS Center will be presenting georeferenced aerial photographs of Miami growing and adapting through the decades. A time animation demo will show the development of Miami through the years. Miami International Map Fair will take place Feb 5-7, 2016

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FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg has been named chair of a National Academies’ committee to develop benchmark and tracking tools for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

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The College of Arts & Sciences and College of Education are integrating to form the College of Arts, Sciences & Education at FIU.

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Alexandria Pipitone, an English/Marketing double major, spent the summer interning at Pearson, the world’s leading learning company.

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The Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program is looking for Undergraduate STEM students in either their Junior or Senior year who plan to pursue a PhD upon graduation.

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This is the third call for the submission of titles for talks at "Fishschrift — Applied Cognition and the Cognitive Interview: A conference in honor of Dr. Ron Fisher” to be held at the Kovens Conference Center on the BBC campus of Florida International University on May 19 - May 20, 2016.

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FIU biology student Luke Linhoff is on a mission to save the endangered Wyoming toad.

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Two separate papers published this month in Nature analyze plant form and function on a global scale. FIU’s Christopher Baraloto co-authored the studies and is one of only a small group of researchers who contributed to both.

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Mustafa Kamal Sikder, an FIU environmental studies student, is examining Floridians’ opinions on the various benefits they currently enjoy from the River of Grass, including water purification, storm protection, recreational opportunities and wildlife habitat.

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February

William Shakespeare’s First Folio is on display at FIU, the only site in Florida to host a first edition of his collected works. As part of the Folger Shakespeare Library’s national traveling exhibition "First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare", the rare book arrived Feb. 2 and will be on display through Feb. 27 at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum.

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FIU and Deering Estate, along with the Deering Estate Foundation, entered into a formal agreement this month to increase university involvement at the 444-acre preserve along the edge of Biscayne Bay. Deering offers FIU students and faculty access to diverse marine, freshwater and terrestrial habitats, archeological sites, geologic records, cultural collections, and active natural and cultural resource management.

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Gov. Rick Scott directed Florida Surgeon General Dr. John Armstrong to declare a health emergency regarding Zika in Miami-Dade, Lee, Hillsborough and Santa Rosa counties. In response, a panel of FIU experts in public health, medicine, science and hospitality gathered Wednesday to discuss the disease and its implications for South Florida.

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Though symptoms often decrease over time for children living with ADHD, those with overly critical parents don’t always experience the same relief, according to Florida International University Psychologist Erica D. Musser.

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Psychologist Lindsay C. Malloy has devoted her career to improving the treatment of children in the legal system, including the development of better interrogation methods and interviewing techniques.

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FIU’s Shakespeare influence began long before the exhibit First Folio! The Book that Gave us Shakespeare arrived on campus this month. In 1973, with the university’s first commencement ceremony on the horizon, founding President Charles Perry took to the podium in the Primera Casa building, donned with a hat from a recent Shakespeare production, believed to be The Taming of the Shrew.

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On Monday, Feb. 1, the World Health Organization declared the Zika virus a public health issue of international concern, a designation it has issued only three times previously. On Wednesday, Gov. Rick Scott directed Florida Surgeon General Dr. John Armstrong to declare a health emergency regarding Zika in Miami-Dade, Lee, Hillsborough and Santa Rosa counties.

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March

The North American Coastal Plain, stretching from the Florida Keys north to Massachusetts, was recently declared a global diversity hotspot — one of the richest and most threatened reservoirs of plant and animal life on Earth.​ Mike Maunder, associate dean of research engagement in the College of Arts, Sciences & Education, offers perspective on the designation. This is the first in a series on Global Biodiversity Hotspot no. 36.

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An aquatic ecologist, Todd Crowl is a co-founder of FIU’s Sea Level Solutions Center. He is also the director of the Southeast Environmental Research Center as well as founder and inaugural director of the Institute of Water & Environment. His research focuses on aquatic ecology, predator ­prey interactions, food web ecology and, most recently, urban stream ecology.

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When geosciences professor Grenville Draper set out to find a way to better communicate with his colleagues in Latin America, he never imagined his efforts would result in the most downloaded paper on FIU Digital Commons.

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Each time a commercial fisher casts a net, they run the risk of catching more than their intended targets. This is particularly true in small-scale and artisanal fisheries in Africa. FIU marine scientist Jeremy Kiszka has devoted his career to reversing this trend of incidental catches.

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The fifth annual Forensic Science Symposium kicked off Tuesday, March 15, by welcoming nearly 100 Miami-Dade County students as part of the first High School Student Forensic Academy at FIU.

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We know these things because we’ve learned them. But scientists are not sure how the brain enables us to learn. It’s a mystery that FIU psychologist Fabian Soto hopes to help uncover.

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Author Andrea Mays details Folger’s lifelong obsession with the First Folio in her book The Millionaire and the Bard.

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The FIU Professional Science Master in Environmental Policy and Management (PSM-EPM) is training the next generation of professionals to protect, preserve and manage natural resources. Launched in fall 2014, the program focuses on areas including conservation biology, water resource management and public land management.

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Teaching is more than just assembling a series of best practices that are expected to lead students to perfect standardized test scores. According to an article published by Assistant Professor James Burns, who joined FIU’s College of Arts, Sciences & Education faculty in January, teachers should be lifelong learners who inspire their students to take a critical view of the world around them.

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On Wednesday, March 2, President Mark B. Rosenberg sent this message to the FIU community:

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In the United States, medication is the first line of treatment for 90 percent of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). However, FIU researchers have determined behavioral therapy — when used first — is more effective in treating children with ADHD than medication. It is also more cost-effective.

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April

Two FIU alumni earned top honors from Miami-Dade County Public Schools recently.

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With summertime quickly approaching, many children are searching for a summer adventure and parents are looking for the perfect combination of fun and education for their kids. FIU offers numerous summer camps for youth K-12 that are sure to delight people with all kinds of interests and hobbies.

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Alejandro Hernandez is working on using sodium silicate–a colorless, odorless liquid in soaps and detergents–as a cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to restore contaminated groundwater.

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A chemical used to disperse oil following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill has been proven to severely harm and even kill jellyfish. A study by FIU’s Southeast Environmental Research Center found crude oil and weathered oil alone did not cause significant adverse effects in moon jellyfish, a species commonly found in the Gulf of Mexico where the spill occurred.

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The Faculty Senate Committee for Online Learning will be awarding Rudy the Distinguished Course Award at the FIU Online Conference on Friday, April 15, 2016. Rudy is a Digital Instructor in the Department of Earth and Environment. Way to go Rudy!!!

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Once a month, under the guidance of MAST@FIU teacher Bridgette Gunn ‘12 and volunteers from FIU’s School of Environment, Arts and Society (SEAS), students from MAST@FIU gather along the shores of northern Biscayne Bay to study its fish populations.

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On the lesson of mentorship, affiliate faculty member in FIU’s Department of Physics, Zahra Hazari, states “My philosophy is [creating] a constellation of mentors. You go to different mentors for different needs".

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A team of researchers, including FIU legal psychologist Nadja Schreiber Compo, are the first to study blind interviewing through observation, a technique contrary to what is recommended by the National Institute of Justice.

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FIU has launched the Institute of Water and Environment to address global water issues and broader challenges impacting the environment. It brings together some of the university’s top centers and programs to expand research and community engagement opportunities in the face of growing environmental threats.

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What worked for Remy Dou, a Curriculum and Instruction doctoral student in the College of Arts, Sciences & Education, was developing closer relationships with students.

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FIU marine scientist Heather Bracken-Grissom’s latest project is taking her to the depths of the ocean to further her research on bioluminescence in deep-sea shrimp.

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May

Rebecca Rauch-Thane, a dual enrollment student at FIU from Miami Beach Senior High School, is on a mission to improve the health of Biscayne Bay.

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Four departments in the College of Arts, Sciences & Education (CASE) made the Top 10 list, including the Department of Teaching and Learning, which earned the highest Go Global score.

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Conservation geneticist wants to arm Ethiopian and Indian farmers with revolutionary new varieties of chickpea. A team of researchers, including FIU biology professor Eric von Wettberg, has identified the gene responsible for giving white chickpea its light seed and flower color.

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Randy Juste was a math Learning Assistant at FIU who earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry this spring. As a student, between classes and studying, he worked 15 hours a week in the Math Mastery Lab.

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Two FIU biology students were recently recognized by the Botanical Society of America as the country’s top, emerging botanists. Imeña Valdes and Rebecca Valls were among 27 students from the United States to receive the Young Botanist Award.

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The annual Torch Awards celebrated its 15th anniversary March 19 with a gala honoring distinguished alumni in the FIU community.

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Climate change, urbanization and growing populations can affect the survival of bears, jaguars, hyenas, lions, tigers and other of the world’s largest carnivores.

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Jeremy Pettit, professor of psychology and psychiatry at FIU, shares some warning signs parents should look out for if they believe their child or adolescent may be at risk for suicide.

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The first captive-bred Florida Grasshopper Sparrow hatched this week under the care of researchers with FIU’s Tropical Conservation Institute.

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Last month, outstanding faculty members and administrators from various disciplines whose work in 2015 demonstrated significant impact in their respective fields were honored at a reception held at the Ronald W. Reagan Presidential House.

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FIU scientists from across the disciplines — medicine, engineering, arts and sciences — have dedicated their careers to studying mental processes in the healthy and the diseased human brain. They study brain activity, including language, cognition, emotion, action, sensory perception and mental health, while working to develop new technologies in cognitive neuroimaging.

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Park on Blue Garage’s rooftop, and experience poetry. A gigantic poem written in between the lines of parked cars is the latest addition to the 2016 Honors College’s Aesthetics and Values exhibit currently on display at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum.

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FIU’s Center for Children and Families (CCF) was honored with the Life Sciences & Healthcare Award at the 14th Annual Beacon Council Awards May 4, at the Hilton Miami Downtown. This award recognizes leadership and growth within local sciences and health care industry sectors.

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The cold spell hit in 2010, sending temperatures to record lows with temperatures remaining below 50 degrees for several consecutive days. Biological sciences researchers at FIU seized the rare opportunity to observe the impacts of such an extreme weather event on South Florida’s pollinators.

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Nalisa Saati ’10, an FIU Honors College alumna, is providing at-risk students in Miami-Dade County with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

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The FIU Creative Writing Program and The Betsy-South Beach honored author Tim O’Brien with the 2016 Lawrence A. Sanders Award in Fiction during an award ceremony April 29.

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We are pleased to report that this week we held the first in a regular series of Communication Protocol for Accountability and Strategic Support (ComPASS) meetings focused on using data to make informed decisions around outcomes rather than inputs that impact the critical performance indicator goals detailed in our FIUBeyondPossible2020 strategic plan.

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Following a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck coastal Ecuador and the twin earthquakes in southern Japan, FIU researchers are available to offer their insight to the media and the public. This list will be updated as new information becomes available.

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June

FIU’s efforts to improve graduation rates and prepare students for high-paying 21st century careers will translate into $25 million in performance funds for the 2016-2017 year.

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Researchers attempting the world’s largest-ever survey of shark populations have reached their first 100 reefs, collecting exciting footage along the way. Deploying baited remote underwater video (BRUV) equipment, researchers are catching the ocean’s top predators, including sharks and rays, on camera in their natural habitats.

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Evelyn Gaiser can hear music in the cold and warmth from one of Florida’s oldest and deepest lakes. More than an aquatic ecologist, Gaiser is also a classically trained vocalist. She knows as much about music as she does about the diatoms under her microscope. For her, the artist and the scientist live in sync.

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The palette surgeonfish, or blue tang, is the star of Disney-Pixar’s latest film Finding Dory. FIU reef fish ecologist Alastair Harborne explains why blue tangs do not make good pets while offering alternatives for your family aquarium.

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From June 6-10, FIU inaugurated its dynamic new hub in the nation’s capital with a series of receptions with alumni, friends and federal partners. SEAS Director, Dr. Evelyn Gaiser was part of a panel discussion of how the preservation of the Everglades is deeply entwined in the well-being of the South Florida population, the prominence of Miami as a model for other coastal communities facing sea level rise, how FIU’s ecological research is relevant on a global scale.

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Biology student Emily Warschefsky is studying the genetic diversity in wild varieties of mango and how the crop has evolved over time through domestication. Warschefsky’s research will ultimately help breeders maximize positive genetic traits and produce mangoes that can tolerate harsh conditions and resist disease

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FIU researchers, including Yannis Papastamatiou, Jeremy Kiszka and Mark Bond, focus on conservation and the role of sharks in our oceans. And College of Arts, Sciences & Education Dean Mike Heithaus is an internationally known shark expert, marine ecologist and one of the lead investigators for Global FinPrint, the largest-ever attempt to survey the world’s reef shark and ray populations.

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Dr. Regina Shearn works with FIU student interns in the Corrections Transition Program for the Everglades Correctional Institution in Miami.

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StartUP FIU, an initiative aimed at supporting innovation among students, faculty, alumni and community members, encompasses three new incubators and an accelerator program that is accepting applications for the first cohort starting in September.

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To help improve understanding of environmental contamination in water resources and design remediation strategies, FIU has launched the Center for Aquatic Chemistry and the Environment with a $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology program.

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With a local philanthropist’s $2 million donation, the Education Effect, a groundbreaking partnership between FIU and Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) aimed at student achievement, is expanding into the historic Little Haiti community.

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July

Matthew DeGennaro is determined to stop the world’s deadliest animal. The FIU biologist is the first scientist in the world to create a mutant mosquito — a feat he achieved in 2010 as a researcher at Rockefeller University in New York.

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The event—held in the Graham Center Pit on July 18, Mandela’s birthday—aimed to raise awareness about the former South African president’s impact on the world and about the diversity of African cultures.

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By 2050, there will be more plastic by weight than fish in the world’s oceans, according to researchers. Consequently, France has banned single-use plastic bags, halting the country’s consumption of 17 billion bags.

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Worlds Ahead means going beyond what is expected, taking the opportunity you are given and doing something great with it. Biomolecular Sciences and Psychology graduates will be recognized for their achievements at the SISH Summer Commencement on August 8, 2016. Congratulations!

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Some fans are quiet, but weak. Others are powerful, but noisy. According to Dyson, their Air Multiplier fans are quiet and powerful. Perhaps that is why one of the world’s most endangered birds prefers a Dyson.

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A massive bloom of blue-green algae has hit four counties in Florida covering beaches along the Atlantic coast, damaging aquatic environments, impacting businesses and potentially causing health problems for the people and animals that come into contact with it.

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Graduate student Rhett Williamson gave the TEDxFIU 2015 audience a behind-the-scenes look at forensic chemistry and his ink library database that will help investigators trace counterfeit currency.

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The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) has awarded FIU physics professor Caroline Simpson the 2016 Richard H. Emmons Award. The ASP is the largest general astronomy society in the world with members from over 70 nations.

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FIU students and faculty will gain direct access to a global network of leading educational scholars and potential collaborators through a new partnership with the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES). The main administrative office for CIES is moving to FIU as part of the university’s Office of Global Learning Initiatives, headed by Hilary Landorf.

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Titled Neural Networks, the exhibit showcases the collaboration of two FIU faculty — neuroscientist Angie Laird and multimedia artist Felice Grodin, in partnership with design research studio BYO-Lab. The project explores the pathways of the human brain via cognitive neuroimaging which looks at mapping the brain dynamically, while it is “working.”

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FIU research suggests as many as 100 million sharks are taken from the oceans every year, a pace sharks cannot keep up with. To advance conservation efforts, Chapman and a team of international researchers are conducting a global survey of shark and ray populations called Global FinPrint.

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Growing to nearly 15 feet in length, the American alligator can take up residence in Florida’s canals, lakes, rivers and swamps. It is one of the state’s most ecologically important and often misunderstood predators. And when they attack, they make news.

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As part of the DEEPEND Consortium, FIU marine scientists Heather Bracken-Grissom and Kevin Boswell are working alongside more than 60 researchers from 16 institutions to understand the Gulf of Mexico and the impacts of the oil spill on the Gulf.

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August

"The physics of a gender gap" feature spotlights Dr. Hazari (and Lock's) article on the underrepresentation of women in physics.

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President Mark B. Rosenberg sent the following message to the FIU community on Aug. 22, 2016:

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James Burns, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction, and M.O. Thirunarayanan, assistant profesor of learning technologies, share some tips for teachers as they prepare for the first week of classes.

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Getting ready for the first week of school can sometimes be a bit daunting so we’ve reached out to our expert faculty in the School of Education and Human Development for advice to help put parents and kids at ease!

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Another summer of major breakthroughs for our growing interdisciplinary nuclear program and our Ph.D. Radiochemistry Track with five major US Department of Energy (DOE) and US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) awards led by Chemistry & Biochemistry Department faculty teams!

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FIU biologist Maureen Donnelly contributed to two studies on the ability of frogs and amphibians to survive challenges brought on by a changing planet — challenges she said could lead to extinction.

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Florida’s lobster season kicks off Aug. 6 and, once again, commercial fisheries are trying to get their hands on these savory critters. FIU marine scientist Heather Bracken-Grissom offers insight on one of the state’s most iconic and economically lucrative marine animals.

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In July, when South Florida became the first place in the U.S. to report locally transmitted Zika cases, the eyes of the nation turned to our area and found several FIU experts with deep knowledge and a willingness to help the community navigate the Zika outbreak.

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Phillip M. Carter is a professor of linguistics in the FIU Department of English. Carter has conducted research on bilingualism and Hispanic-English dialects in the United States, particularly in Texas, North Carolina and Florida.

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The Seminole Tribe of Florida and FIU have big plans to transform tribal education all across the United States.

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Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and FIU have established a new partnership that will serve FIU students as well as citizens of Collier County and surrounding areas.

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September

A second Mastery Math Lab (GL 266) has opened its doors this fall to serve more than 2,000 students enrolled in university core curriculum math courses outside of the calculus track.

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SISH faculty Lindsay Malloy, Department of Psychology and Matthew DeGennaro, Biomolecular Sciences Institute, will be two of eight speakers at the next TEDxFIU in November.

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Sea level rise is as much a political issue as a scientific one. Philip Stoddard understands this well. He is both an FIU biologist and mayor of South Miami. For his work on issues related to sea level rise, he can also now add a member of Politico 50 to his list of titles.

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The largest long-term study of brain development and child health in the U.S. is underway and FIU researchers are at the forefront.

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Chemistry professor Sonia Underwood published two research papers which focus on how to design assessment protocols and questions that are aligned with three-dimensional learning.

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DeGennaro and his team are laying the groundwork to make the next generation of mosquito repellants. But while they work on developing new tools, Zika's arrival is a call for action. DeGennaro will also speak at Deering Estate, Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 at 7pm. More info coming.

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Dr. Gaiser, an aquatic ecologist, will present her work on translating high-frequency data collected from lakes into musical compositions in order to better understand and describe changes.

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FIU geologist and paleontologist Laurel S. Collins is one of the 35 researchers who authored the study. She examined marine fossils to determine the rate at which the isthmus arose from the ocean.

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October

Maureen Kenny, Sat Gavassa Becerra, Paul Feigenbaum, and Jose Almirall all honored at this years Faculty Convocation!

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Four FIU students will have the chance to participate in a groundbreaking research and education expedition into the Arctic’s Northwest Passage in the summer of 2017. Students selected for the mission, which will include three FIU undergraduate students and one graduate student, will serve as part of the crew and participate in the filming of a documentary. They will work alongside a team of ocean scientists, historians, and Arctic naturalists.

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When’s the last time you drew something? Drawing assistant professor Michael Namkung says drawing can help us understand the most difficult of subjects. Namkung has launched a website to show how important drawing is in the lives of everyday people. Geology professor Grenville Draper will show how he uses drawings routinely in his research and teaching.

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In an effort to understand the diets of plant-loving fish, FIU Ph.D. student Jessica Sanchez and marine sciences professor Joel Trexler delved into the world of herbivory in freshwater ecosystems. Their efforts resulted in a scientific paper that was published in a recent issue of Ecosphere. It was the 800th scientific paper published by research faculty in FIU’s SERC.

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MFA Alum, Mike Creeden, launched his debut novel to a full house at Books & Books in Coral Gables.

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The Women in STEM Initiative will provide education on the issues faced by women in STEM fields, resources for enhancing their involvement, and will propel the University to succeed in recruitment efforts and applications for available grants that will strengthen both our faculty and our students.

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November

Sustainability Major Annette Dominguez describes her internship with blueEnergy – an international organization dedicated to sustainable solutions to complex challenges in Bluefields, Nicaragua.

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TEDxFIU celebrated its fifth anniversary this year, christening the new Student Academic Success Center’s lecture hall as its inaugural event.

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President Mark B. Rosenberg sent the following message to the FIU community.

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Scientists say mangroves, like the one in Hell’s Bay in Everglades National Park, can help combat climate change by storing carbon. They put the value of that storage in the park alone at between $2 billion to $3.4 billion.

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FIU has been awarded a $3.2 million National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Grant aimed at developing strategies to increase the number of women and minority professors in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and the social and behavioral sciences at FIU

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Two cold spells, two years apart, in two subtropical regions of the world have given scientists clues to what happens when an extreme climate event strikes.

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Researchers from around the world often struggle with similar challenges, but by coming together to share their experiences, they are improving how they communicate and how they work.

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President Mark B. Rosenberg and Provost and Executive Vice President Kenneth G. Furton sent a memo to the university community highlighting new preeminent and emerging preeminent programs.

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As the election season enters its final days, FIU faculty, staff and students are doing their part to participate in one of the most contentious – and riveting – presidential elections in U.S. history.

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December

Astronomy Professor Caroline Simpson provides scientific insight into what may explain the Christmas Star phenomenon.

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Lizards are on the loose in South Florida and FIU biologist James Stroud needs local middle schoolers to help him keep track of the reptiles.

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FIU graduates overcome odds, uplift community

Balancing school and the business was a challenge, but Tiffany Gomez was determined to never give up her dream or her promise to her father to finish her degree. On Monday, Dec. 12, Gomez graduated with her bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Early childhood education professor Charles Bleiker says parents can create three fun and simple games to help preschoolers learn math using tennis balls or water bottles.

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The 2016 National Academy of Inventors Fellows Selection Committee has named Provost and Executive Vice President Kenneth G. Furton an NAI Fellow, a high professional distinction.

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Balancing school and her father's business was a challenge, but Tiffany was determined to never give up her dream, or her promise to her father, to finish her degree.

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English major Carina Zatarain is interning at N2 Publishing, where she writes articles for two private residential magazines.

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FIU biologist James Stroud is training middle school students to collect information on anole lizards, including species, size and where they are found.

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Four divers can join the limited ranks of people who slept underwater inside Aquarius Reef Base. Reef Environmental Education Foundation teamed up with FIU, which operates the undersea research lab, to offer the special expedition March 5 to 10, 2017.

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"Although the Everglades National Park is a protected national treasure, the National Park Service doesn't have much control over freshwater flowing into the park," said Mahadev Bhat, co-author of the study and professor in the Department of Earth and Environment.

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Psychology professor Asia Eaton is the recipient of the 2016 Michele Alexander Early Career Award. Congratulations!

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Physics professor and CWGS director Yesim Darici will receive the Science & Technology Award at the 29th Annual In the Company of Women Awards ceremony and reception on March 8, 2017, at the Coral Gables Country Club. Congratulations!

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Alligators are one of the Florida Everglades’ most famous predators. They sit at the top of the food chain and influence the world around them by how they hunt and what they eat. But FIU biologist Bradley Strickland believes they also impact the ecosystem from the bottom of the food chain up.

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Bottlenose dolphins in the Florida Coastal Everglades have higher concentrations of mercury than any other populations in the world.

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