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January

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

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

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A life-long learner and Miami-Dade College emeritus professor of physics, Dr. Carl Stocker’s transformational gift to FIU has opened up new pathways of exploration for generations of FIU students with the opening of the Stocker AstroScience Center.

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Lindsay Malloy was awarded the Early Career Award for the American Psychology-Law Society (Div 41 of APA) co-sponsored by the American Academy of Forensic Psychology. This means that she will give the Saleem Shah address at the conference in March. The award is named to honor the many contributions of a mental health and law researcher who was tragically killed by a drunk driver.

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Congratulations to the Fall 2013 SISH doctoral and graduate candidates.

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February

Dionne Stephen was selected for a Global Health Equity Scholars (GHES) Junior Faculty Fellowship. This is a mentored research fellowship sponsored by the Fogarty International Center (FIC) and the NIH.

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

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

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UTeach is a secondary STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) teacher preparation initiative that is helping to produce qualified math and science teachers across the country. With the grant, FIU will create FIUTeach.

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March

Congratulations to the seven SISH Top Scholars Honorees-2014 from the College of Arts and Sciences.

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As part of the 50th Year Anniversary Commemoration of Middle East Turkey University (METU), Dr. Maria Donoso was the keynote speaker at the conference on "Water Security in 21st Century Turkey."

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Licensed Clinical Social Worker Sharon Aaron, director of the Victim Empowerment Program (VEP), to collaborate with Dr. Saara Schwartz and Dr. Theresa Boyd of Student Health Services to call for training of FIU student health care professionals to screen students for intimate partner violence.

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Former FIU faculty, Dr. Jim Rotton, referenced in New York Times article on humor.

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Congratulations to Kelley Peters and Alan Meca who were chosen as winners of the University Graduate School (UGS) Provost Awards!

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

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

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

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April

Women's and Gender Studies undergraduate alumni Katt Fernandez just received an internship at her top choice organization - in no small part due to her background and work in the Women's Studies Program.

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Congratulations to the Astronomy Club which wins the Student Organizations Council "Best club" award.

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The Psychology Department faculty and students have recently been the recipients of many awards and much publicity for their research and accomplishments.

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Six chemistry and physics undergraduate students received scholarship awards this year, as well as one student from the Center for Women's and Gender Studies. They will be honored at the SISH Awards Ceremony this May.

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FIU pscyhology professor Eliza Nelson was featured in the Wall Street Journal for her research, which shows that children who show right handed preference at a young age develop better language skills.

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We are excited to announce that two of our doctoral students have been awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships.

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Congratulations to the SISH 2014 Scholarly Forum Winners.

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May

FIU has received a a $1.5 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to develop strategies that will improve successful completion of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degrees.

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FIU’s International Forensic Research Institute (IFRI) has launched the PSM in Forensic Science to provide better career opportunities for its graduates. In today’s job market, more employers are looking to hire prospects with advanced and specialized degrees.

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Nan Van Den Bergh, a professor at FIU's School of Social Work, created the Rainbow Survivor Network which aims to help lesbian, bisexual and transgender women get through cancer.

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

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FIU Alumni David Van Rooy is now the Senior Director of International Human Resources Strategy & Operations for WalMart. His latest book, titled “Trajectory: 7 Career Strategies To Take You From Where You Are To Where You Want To Be” is likely to be of particular interest to FIU students and recent graduates.

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June

The Center for Children and Families (CCF) at FIU is making mental health care resources more accessible for families worldwide through its Effective Child Therapy Online Education website (ECT Online).

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Bohn, who was drawn to bats because she was interested in studying communication in mammals, is now trying to coordinate additional research on the golf course bats.

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FIU psychologist Jacqueline R. Evans was featured on NBS News, and the study in the journal of Applied Cognitive Psychology.

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Kirsten Bohn has devoted her career to studying these elusive creatures through their unique method of communication — echolocation. Her work caught the attention of the editors at Science magazine, one of the world’s leading outlets for scientific news, commentary and cutting-edge research.

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

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Center for Children and Families noted in regard to FIU and Miami-Dade County school successes.

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Findings recently published in the journal of Applied Cognitive Psychology suggest Hispanics speaking English with very low proficiency are at a disadvantage in situations where their credibility is being assessed.

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Bennett Schwartz, FIU psychology professor, is expected to publish a book on the tip-of-the-tongue phenomena in June 2014.

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The study, led by psychologist Erica D. Musser is the first to show a link between parents with ADHD and their children with ADHD or autism spectrum disorder.

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FIU’s STEM Institute is working with local high schools to increase the quantity and quality of science and math teachers in the region.

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Florida International University’s Center for Children and Families has a Summer Treatment Program that works with parents and their children with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). The intensive eight-week, all-day program, combines medication and behavior modification, plus parent training.

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Children exposed to large amounts of media coverage following a terrorist attack can develop serious mental health difficulties, regardless of their physical proximity to the event, according to FIU psychologist Jonathan S. Comer.

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FIU and Women's Studies donor Liebe Gadinsky (Elaine Gordon Scholarship) was present to witness the dedication. The U.S. Postal Service officially launched the Harvey Milk Forever Stamp on May 22, 2014.

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July

Victoria S. Levin Grant Submission Site Now Open!The tributes vividly highlight hallmarks of Vicki's life work.

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Bohn explained bats’ meal of choice consists of insects, including those pesky mosquitoes we’ve been dealing with lately in South Florida.

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The highly attended bat watch was organized by Florida International University biologist, Kristen “Kisi” Bohn, who discovered the bats in late 2012 when she moved three blocks away from the course.

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Dr. Bone was recently presented the President's Award at the 2014 International Symposium on Carotenoids, for achievement in macular pigment research and dedicated service to the carotenoid field.

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Infants who exhibit a consistent right hand preference are more likely to develop advanced language skills by age two, according to a study by FIU psychologist Eliza L. Nelson.

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Bohn has toyed with the idea of holding a bat night, in which volunteers armed with iPhones or iPads could be posted around the golf course to help locate the bats at dusk to pinpoint their roosts.

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Nadja Schreiber Compo, associate professor in psychology, has had a spectacular summer so far.

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Dr. Angela Laird was recognized as a Highly Cited Researcher based on Web of Science citations by Thomson Reuters. She is the only person from FIU to be so recognized. Congratulations!

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

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Several of the basic psychological principles that make teens ineligible for the death penalty also increase their vulnerability in the interrogation room.

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August

The article mentioned Finley and his views on a California law on sexual assault allegations.

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Congratulations to the SISH Graduate Fellows. This is a great accomplishment for our students and reflects well for their faculty mentors, their programs, and the Department.

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Kirsten Bohn co-authored a paper on Animal vocal sequences that has been generating press.

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The Floridians are among 3,200 individuals on Thomson Reuters' 2014 list of The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds, which includes the top 1 percent of scientists named as references by others in scholarly papers in the years 2002 to 2012.

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

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

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

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

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Congratulations Jordan Guedes for graduating as a 2014 Worlds Ahead Scholar!

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FIU’s Dr. Fiorella Terenzi will speak at The New York Times International Luxury Conference, a two-day event bringing together over 500 business and creative leaders in Miami on December 1-3, 2014, in an address entitled “The Collaborative Mind: Bridging Astrophysics and Aesthetics”.

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The ACE 24" telescope is due to be delivered in early August.

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Working with FIU professors and graduate students this summer, a group of incoming freshmen at Miami Northwestern Senior High School (MNW) got their first taste of an innovative program to boost learning in math, science and civics.

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

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Daniella Roberts, BS Physics, Astronomy minor at FIU and recipient of the 2014 Southern Cross Astronomical Society Award is now assisting a special FIU study of the microvariability in Blazers, a supernova in galaxies that sparkle in the cosmos.

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September

Dr. Laird joins scientists at this White House event celebrating the progress being made by the federal government, universities and research institutes, foundations, the private sector, and others to advance the goals of The BRAIN Initiative.

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Physics professors Pete Markowitz and Caroline Simpson will be speaking and presenting at the Frost Museum event.

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FIU’s Center for Children and Families (CCF) is leading the way in research and evidence-based options to treat and manage childhood mental disorders.

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Associate professor Anthony DeCaprio was awarded an NIJ grant from the Office of Justice Programs at the Department of Justice.

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Professor Ellen Cohn from the department of criminal justice spoke on WPBT2 about domestic violence and incident with former NFL player Ray Rice and his then girlfriend.

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IFRI faculty (and FIU Provost) Ken Furton and Jose Almirall (IFRI Director) have both been appointed to new Scientific Advisory Committees by NIST.

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October

Bohn recently participated in a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) where she answered users’ questions and also shed light on some things we definitely didn’t know about Earth’s most misunderstood creature.

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The Miami Bat Squad was recently recognized for protecting the habitat of the Florida bonneted bat.

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If you are currently involved in research in a STEM field, you should consider applying for a Goldwater Scholarship! Deadline is December 1, 2014.

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FIU’s STEM Transformation Institute (STEM-TI) is looking for founding faculty fellows; the institute announced the search at its internal launch reception Oct. 22.

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STEM Transformation Institute held internal launch on October 20.

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Fenfei Leng, a professor in chemistry wrote about DNA supercoiling: A regulatory signal for the λ repressor.

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FIU’s Cognitive Neuroscience and Imaging Center (CNIC) hosted the Miami Brainhack Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) conference Oct. 18. Brainhack is a unique conference that convenes researchers from across the globe to work together on innovative projects related to neuroscience.

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A new telescope is arrived to the Stocker AstroScience Center on October 25th.

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Misak Sargsian, a lead coauthor and physics professor, said he's extending this work into his own theoretical calculations of neutron stars.

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The Miami Bat Squad was selected by the South Florida Association of Environmental Professionals to receive their 2014 LEAF Award (Leadership in Environmental Achievements and Foresight), for the category of technology and innovation for conservation.

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Jonathan Comer is leading the way in telemedicine for mental health disorders – the use of electronic media to provide health care services traditionally delivered in person.

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PATNC is celebrating 30 years of success this week at their National Conference in St. Louis and is honoring educators with 10 or more years of experience. Yina Herrera is representing the FIU team.

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Congratulations to Michaela Moura-Koçoğlu for receiving the Adjunct Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching at Faculty Convocation.

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The students gathered at the Stocker AstroScience Center to chat live with four astronauts representing NASA, the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency.

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FIU’s School of Integrated Science and Humanity along with the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies hosted the GeekiWood conference Oct. 27-28.

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Ermenegildo Zegna Couture announces exclusive 23 Windows Project for Harrods from October 2 to October 19, 2014, when the entire front window series of Harrods department store will be taken over by Ermenegildo Zegna Couture.

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Karen is a FIU Psychology graduate from 1993. She was recently sworn in as a White House Liaison.

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“It’s like the greatest story ever,” said Bohn, who has traveled the world studying bats and started researching the Gables colony after moving to the neighborhood in December 2012.

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Biomolecular science is a fast-growing field focusing on the study and understanding of cellular processes at the molecular level.

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November

FIU psychologist Miguel Villodas evaluated children identified as high-risk of maltreatment.

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Congratulations to the Algebra On-Line Math Pilot for winning the 2014 Presidential Excellence Award and to physics professor Angela Laird for being selected as a Top 5 finalist.

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The White House visited students in the new physics classroom at FIU in AHC5.

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Congratulations to Alina Nazareth and Dana Hirn Mueller, they were both awarded Dissertation Year Fellowships.

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Stephens, associate psychology professor spoke about women's desires.

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The BBC chapter received an Outstanding award, and the MMC chapter received a Commendable award.

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Ada Monserrat met with Stephen Hawking, the physicist who has largely defined the science of the origin and development of the universe.

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Aaron Mattfeld, a professor in psychology had his research mentioned in the NYT's Sunday Review cover story on ADHD.

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December

The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry is internationally recognized as the leading journal in child and adolescent psychology and psychiatry. Psychology professor Erica Musser's article was one of the top cited JCPP articles for 2014.

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CBS4 asked FIU psychology Professor Dr. Matthew Sutherland about technology addiction.

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Chemistry updated their REU website and the application suite are all up and running. They are already accepting applications for this summer with a March 1st deadline.

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Erika K. Coles, a psychologist in FIU’s Center for Children and Families, shares some tips that will help make the holiday season more enjoyable for all members of the family.

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FIU commits to increasing overall STEM graduation rates by 10 percent through providing faculty with the professional development in evidence-based teaching methods.

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

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Postdoctoral fellow at FIU’s STEM Transformation Institute, Idaykis Rodriguez has been tapped to introduce Biden at the The White House College Opportunity Day of Action.

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FIU’s Dr. Fiorella Terenzi spoke at The New York Times International Luxury Conference, a two-day event that brought together over 500 business and creative leaders in Miami, in an address entitled “The Collaborative Mind: Bridging Astrophysics and Aesthetics”.

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The Provost Excellence Awards recognized three of SISH's centers and institutes.

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