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January

The concept behind Math Circles is stimulating and nurturing a passion for math in young students through discussion and creative problem solving.

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

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The Center for Children and Families adds new Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI) Program to Clinical Services.

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

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

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FIU's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry exposes undergraduate students to interdisciplinary research in the fields of sensing, monitoring and detection through its Research Experience for Undergraduates program.

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FIU Math student will be the leading speaker presenting his summer REU research in San Diego, California…

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In the past year, we made great strides in the state’s high priority STEM disciplines...

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February

News from the Obama administration may ultimately impact FIU Cognitive Neuroscience researchers and faculty (NYT, 2/17/13).

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FIU Physics professor James Webb brings attention to professor Terenzi's work in "acoustic astronomy."

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Caroline Simpson, FIU associate professor in Physics, has been busy lately thanks to a succession of meteoric and astronomical events.

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Friday, February 15, proved an active day for space exploration enthusiasts as both a meteor struck in Russia and an asteroid made a record-close pass to Earth.

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The biennial Niagara in Miami Conference conference on child and adolescent mental health will take place March 6-8 in the Kovens Conference Center on FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus.

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Miami Beach police detective Traci Sierra has seen a lot to anger and confound her in the 13 years she has worked in the violent crimes and domestic violence unit. Women who stay with husbands or boyfriends through years of beatings and abuse...

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

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Soroush Dabbah, visiting scholar at the University of Toronto, will explore the philosophical and jurisprudential perspectives of unveiling. In particular, he will examine the views of the Islamic jurists who believe that unveiling is permissible, unlike jurists with a traditional view.

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Two $2500 scholarships, both with application deadlines of March 1, 2013, are available for FIU undergraduate students to apply now.

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“Miss Danticat is the ideal intellectual to share her views with students, faculty and the community on how the bitter-sweet experiences of exile shapes a writer’s oeuvre,” said Professor Asher Z. Milbauer, director of the Exile Studies Program.

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March

Florida International University has a number of professors who study constitutional law, same-sex issues, and judicial and LGBT politics, including Dean Suzanna M. Rose and Asia A. Eaton.

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The Online Faculty Café is now open. In this virtual space you can find out exactly how to start teaching online, interact with other online professors, and get online help.

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The lecture, titled “Voices of Feminist Liberation: The History and Future of Women and Religion,” will address the past, present, and future of scholarship and activism in the realms of women, gender and religion.

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The particle discovered last summer by CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is closer to being identified as a Higgs boson, and several FIU professors are involved in the project.

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As part of Women's History Month and the UN's International Year of Water Cooperation, there will be an event Thursday, March 21, 3-5pm at the FIU Law School, to explore the role women play in sustaining this vital resource.

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This annual event features the latest in research findings and new technologies for forensic science. FIU faculty and students as well as forensic science professionals will cover topics such as animal cruelty, crime scenes, gunshot residue testing, designer drugs and DNA backlog.

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April

Dr. Yesim Darici, associate professor of physics and director of the Women's Studies Center at Florida International University, along with FIU’s advisory board member for the School of Integrated Science and Humanity, Mrs. Mine Ucer, were at Yildirim Beyazit University recently for several meetings and talks.

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Physics student Kailey MacNamara is FIU's 200,000 graduate.

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

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FIU physics professor Pete Markowitz, and Artist-in Residence for CARTA, Javier Cortada, collaborated on an interactive and inaugural Art @ CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid) project, opening last week.

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Psychology student participates in Nicaragua service project.

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FIU advances STEM education agenda in DC update.

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Marilyn Hoder-Salmon, founding director of the Women's Studies Center, winner of the Breaking the Glass Ceiling Award.

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Psychology research "bar" featured in FIU's hidden gems.

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

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The Women' Studies Center, SISH and the Global Water for Sustainability (GLOWS) Program recently partnered to host a conference at FIU on March 21, 2013, in honor of the United Nations World Water Day. Dean Suzanna Rose presented on the panel along with other distinguished faculty and guests.

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Digno Caballero was honored at the 2013 FIU Torch awards. He was formerly Senior Vice President of Project Management for Bacardi U.S.A.

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May

This year, the recipient of the 2012-13 Elaine Gordon Scholarship in Women's Studies is Jordan Guedes. Jordan is a double major in Psychology and Women’s Studies, with a minor in Art History, as well as a member of FIU’s Honors College.

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Four faculty members on the NSF-ADVANCE STRIDE Committee attended a STEP workshop to learn about bringing change to the university.

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Congratulations to all of the SISH Worlds Ahead graduates!

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

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

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

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June

Women's Studies takes pride as FIU alumna Lindsay Rosenthal joins the Ms. Foundation. She was recently selected to be their 2013-14 Fellow from a pool of more than 160 applicants.

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Each year, only 2-3 grant awards are given by the American Psychological Association in the ProDIGs category. Congratulations to Drs. Eaton and Stephens!

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FIU Physics grad student, Idaykis Rodriguez, talks about being a woman in science and careers in the STEM field.

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Themed “Beyond the World You Know, TEDxFIU will feature eight talks from FIU students, professors and alumni before an audience of 650 people. TEDxFIU will be separated into two sessions with a short intermission.

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July

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

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Students from Booker T. Washington, Homestead, Miami Jackson and Miami Southridge High Schools had a 79% pass rate on their algebra assessment exams after spending time at FIU's Mastery Math Lab...

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FIU Physics Professor, Peter Markowitz and Xavier Cortada, FIU Artist-in-Residence, present on the Art@CMS project (from the Large Hadron Collider) in the Design District next week -- Tuesday, July 30th-- from 6p to 9p -- on the rooftop garden!

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

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This 3-day NSF sponsored workshop at FIU focused on ways to make computer science more interesting to girls and high school students…

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Dr. Erika Coles, clinical director of the FIU's Center for Children and Families, discusses the program with TCT...

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FIU professor and SISH faculty member, Dr. Kirsten Bohn, featured in Science Daily for her research on bats...

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Dr. Pelham responds in a New York Times article on a new test involving brain waves to help diagnose ADHD in children.

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The Fred Hoover Memorial Endowment Fund was created to honor Mr. Hoover's memory by providing financial support to undergraduate students majoring in Physics at Florida International University. The 2012-13 scholarship recipient is Omar Jesus Leon. Congratulations Omar!

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August

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

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

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NBC news features psychology professor Jeremy Pettit in "back to school" news story...

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

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

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Dionne Stephens was quoted in this story about women receiving beauty enhancement injections.

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September

Professor Judith H. Stiehm came away with the top honor Sept. 26 at the annual Faculty Convocation and Awards Ceremony when she received the 2013 President’s Council Worlds Ahead Faculty Award.

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Florida International University has been named #15 in the top 50 of the Colleges Advancing Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

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Sky Choi, at age 16, just became FIU's youngest graduate and was featured in Saturday's Miami Herald. Sky loves math, physics, astronomy and teaching. He hopes to pursue a master's in mathematics education.

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October

According to a study by FIU psychologist Lindsay Malloy, juveniles may be particularly vulnerable to falsely admitting guilt.

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According to Steve Charman and other researchers from FIU, psychological pitfalls and flaws await age-progression processes, such as those being used now in the Madeline McCann case.

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Prof. Bohn, SISH faculty and FIU biologist, along with Texas A&M colleagues, found that bats vary the syntax in their songs in response to different social situations, as published online in Wired Zoologic.

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Along with their students, FIU professors Pete E.C. Markowitz, Jorge L. Rodriguez and Stephan Linn helped design, build and operate the LHC accelerator with the CMS experiment.

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Congratulations to Physicist Pete Markowitz
 who has been selected to speak at TEDxFIU. With more than 100 applicants vying to speak at this year’s event, the competition to secure a spot was fierce. The selected students, faculty and alumni will challenge and inspire you.

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November

FIU physicist, Pete Markowitz made the case this week to our Florida delegation and many key members of Congress for investments in basic scientific research.

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Raul Gonzalez, a psychologist at FIU, comments on a new study in mice which finds that taking an over-the-counter pain medication like ibuprofen may help curb the unwanted side effects of marijuana use.

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Kevin Schneider and Anthony DeCaprio, chemists at FIU, report on a newly discovered reaction product that can be used forensically to detect cocaine use in a person months after taking the drug.

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Trisha Ashley, FIU physics grad student in astronomy, collaborates as 2nd author on a Scientific American article.

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Dr. Kirsten Bohn, a bat specialist, was asked to confer on this species of bat, officially listed as endangered by the United States Department of Interior this week.

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President Rosenberg was on hand November 7, 2013, in the Graham Center ballroom to personally congratulate this year’s awardees, including several faculty from SISH!

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

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

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December

Chemistry & Biochemistry professor Dr. Yuan Liu was awarded a $1.6 million NIH grant to study Trinucleotide Repeat Instability via DNA Damage and Repair. Dr. Liu credits the many Faculty Mentor Program trainings and workshops for contributing to her success with this grant. Congratulations Dr. Liu!

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

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

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A recent publication in the journal Chemical Research in Toxicology by IFRI's Dr. Anthony DeCaprio and his former FIU student Dr. Kevin Schneider, promises to improve the detection window for cocaine in the body. The publication was selected as the cover article for the November issue of the journal and is featured in the Weekly News Press release of the American Chemical Society.

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The Word of the Year, with the greatest increase in lookups, may surprise many people: science. "It is a word that is connected to broad cultural dichotomies: observation and intuition, evidence and tradition," says Peter Sokolowski, Editor-at-Large at Merriam-Webster. "A wide variety of discussions centered on science this year, from climate change to educational policy.

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Physics professor Yifu Zhu quoted by Fox News on a story about the recent measurements of very cold matter, Bose-Einstein Condensates and off-resonance imaging.

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The FIU chapter has been selected as an Outstanding SPS Chapter based on the national review of the 2012-2013 academic year report. Less than 10% of the SPS chapters are recognized as being outstanding.

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