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January

FIU President Mark Rosenberg joined Miami-Dade County Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, Principal William Aristide, school board members, teachers and students for the grand re-opening of the planetarium – the only one of its kind in Miami-Dade.

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Students and faculty observe a comet, an asteroid approaching Earth, and a quasar outburst all in one night from the observing deck of the Stocker AstroScience Center!

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With the help of FIU Physics faculty, math instructor Ada Monserrat obtained clearance to stay on the CERN property and view the CMS Detector at the world's largest particle accelerator in existence.

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The FIU High Energy Physics (HEP) group hosted the CMS collaboration meeting in Miami, December 15-19, 2014.

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Dr. Eaton spoke on the legalization of same-sex marriage in Florida. See story for complete interview.

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February

Stimulant medications are the most commonly prescribed treatment for children with ADHD with many children taking them daily. However, these medications can stop working as well over time, called “tolerance".

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Drs. Yuk-Ching Tse-Dinh, Yuan Liu, and Irina Agoulnik received a $50,000 grant to fund the first year of a 2-year project to investigate prostate cancer treatment.

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Michele Bechor was given an F31 award from NIMH and 7 of 8 intern applicants matched in the Clinical Science Doctoral program, and 7 of 8 psychology doctoral students received prestigious internships.

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In an effort to improve student success at FIU, the university this year has hired 8 full-time math instructors for lower division math courses.

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The scholarship will be awarded to the most qualified student who is a physics major with a minor in astronomy, and has a GPA in physics above 3.0.

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There are now new tracks available for the Bachelor of Science in Mathematics.

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The CMS detector at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland is not only a remarkable scientific instrument; it is also a work of art.

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The STEM Transformation Founding Faculty Fellows were formally introduced at the institute’s inaugural symposium. Dubbed STEMposium, this yearly event provides a forum to discuss STEM education reform, research and best practices.

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March

Dr. Laird H. Kramer was presented with the Outstanding Faculty Award for his extraordinary vision for, and dedication to, the future of the FIU student body and education as a whole.

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The Advisory Board of the School of Integrated Science and Humanity is growing steadily. The board serves as ambassadors and advocates for SISH, reaching out to key constituents, including alumni, prospective donors, and the community at large.

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Dr. Terenzi performed during the Miami Centennial celebration on Monday, March 23 at 8pm.

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Scientists from FIU’s Cognitive Neuroscience and Imaging Center (CNIC) celebrated Brain Awareness Week at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science‘s annual Brain Day event March 21.

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Congratulations to Dr. Anthony J. McGoron who was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).

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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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FIU psychologist Eliza L. Nelson has observed several of the lanky-armed monkeys using individual fingers to grab food.

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Congratulations Leslie Frazier for winning the Provost Award for Outstanding Graduate Program Director.

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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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Two undergraduate students in Dr. Leng’s research group, have recently invented an innovative method to screen anticancer drugs.

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The four-story building features classrooms and research labs, along with its signature silver dome housing the main telescope. To operate that telescope, as well as partner telescopes in New Mexico, Chile and the Canary Islands, the Stocker AstroScience Center features a control room that is inspired as much by Hollywood as NASA.

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April

The 2015 Top Scholars Awards Ceremony honoring FIU faculty took place April 27 at the Ronald W. Reagan Presidential House. Eight SISH faculty from Chemistry, Mathematics & Statistics, Physics, and Psychology, were recognized for their distinctive achievements by President Rosenberg.

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Congratulations to psychology professor Joe Raiker, who co-authored a paper that was mentioned in USA Today and a number of other media outlets.

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Professor Anibal Gutiérrez, director of the Investigation of Autism lab at FIU, spoke about the different interventions for families who have children with autism.

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

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Congratulations to this year's School of Integrated Science and Humanity (SISH) undergraduate student scholarship awardees from Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, and Women's and Gender Studies.

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Dr. Konstantinos Kavallieratos at the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department in collaboration with Dr. Nikolaos Tsoukias, at FIU Biomedical Engineering Department and chemistry graduate student Lissette Lozano-Lewis have invented a family of new Organometallic Nitric Oxide Fluorescent Sensors. (US PATENT: 8,906,694 B2).

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The American Society for Mass Spectrometry has named Dr. Francisco Fernandez-Lima, as an “Emerging Investigator”.

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Zahra Hazari was quoted in a Science News article about women in STEM.

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

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Several SISH graduate students were recently recognized for having the 2015 Best Thesis and Best Dissertation. Numerous SISH students were also recognized at the FIU Biomedical and Comparative Immunology Symposium, for their poster and oral presentations.

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May

Worlds Ahead means going beyond what is expected, taking the opportunity you are given and doing something great with it. Read more about our SISH graduates!

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This year, the 5th Annual FIU Women Faculty Leadership Institute brought together 65 faculty from 10 colleges and schools to identify their goals and concerns.

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The top two prizes of the 2015 physics graduate research competition, have been awarded to Jessica Bartley (first prize) and Namuna Pandey (second prize).

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Wenzhi Li and Chunlei Wang have received an NSF award for Nanostructured Electrochemical Materials.

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Chenzhong Li, professor of Biomedical Engineering, and faculty member in the Cognitive Neuroscience & Imaging Center at FIU, has worked in collaboration with John Cirrito, associate professor of Neurology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, which has led to significant advances in the understanding of Alzheimer’s disease.

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With summer vacation around the corner, psychologist Paulo Graziano offers some tips for parents and their children on how to stay healthy over the summer.

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Congratulations to the SISH Master's and Ph.D candidates who graduated during Spring Commencement, and to all of our Bachelor's students as well.

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Professor Milly Delgado was mentioned in an article published in the magazine Chemistry and Engineering News on April 27th, 2015. Dr. Barton, immediate past-president of the American Chemical Society, highlighted the volunteer work of three people.

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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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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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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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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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President Mark B. Rosenberg mentions FIU's STEM accomplishments in an email regarding FIU's 50th anniversary.

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FIU’s Center for Children and Families is offering a program that helps teenagers learn about how medication can help them. The program also motivates them to stick with their treatment while helping parents and teens work together in making a plan for the medication.

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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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The Miami Herald story features Kirsten Bohn's research on the Florida bonneted bat, a creature so elusive that biologists know of only one roost in the wild.

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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 Science and 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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FIU Professor Asia Eaton was featured in a television interview with Helen Ferre on the topic of transgender identity and Caitlyn Jenner.

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Milagros Delgado was selected as the 2015 Zaida C. Morales-Martinez Awardee for Mentoring in the American Chemical Society Scholars Program.

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The Stocker AstroScience Center was featured on FIU's 50th anniversary website as part of the “50@50″ series.

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July

At some point, many bright students seem to drift from math. A new study by Professor Zahra Hazari suggests there are ways to keep them on track.

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Kindergarten is a big leap from preschool. The expectations for a child entering kindergarten are not what you or your parents may remember.

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Dr. Eaton clarifies the differences between exchange relationships and communal relationships in the online dating context.

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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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Miami Herald features FIUTeach story on innovative FIU program that recruits students to become STEM teachers by combining science and education classes, and helping to give students entry into promising careers.

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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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Dr. Azaret from CNN Espanol speaks with Dr. Valentina Bruk-Lee, psychology professor, on healthy workplace cultures.

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FIU has a new partnership with Girls Who Code – a national non-profit organization that seeks to inspire, educate and equip girls with computing skills for the 21st century.

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IFRI will be participating in the National Science Foundation (NSF) established Innovation Corps Teams Program (I-Corps).

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August

According to Angela Laird, in 50 years, with a prick of your finger and a hand-held imaging device, clinicians may be able to immediately assess your health status in terms of physical, emotional, genetic and neurobiological profiles, and then prescribe an optimized treatment strategy based on your unique brain signatures.

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Dr. Lee spoke about issues related to workplace lactation.

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Dr. Jami Furr's selective mutism program was featured in an article in the New York Times. The program and experiences are discussed by parents and other institutions hosting similar programs.

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This summer was filled with major breakthroughs for the growing Interdisciplinary Nuclear Research Program. These awards were granted to expand the program's work in nuclear research.

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Dr. Raiker has received two awards in the past 6 months. He was invited to the NIMH-funded CHIPS program and won the NARSAD 2015 Young Investigator Award.

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Dr. Sutherland has received a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Loan Repayment Program (LRP) Award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

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As kids transition into middle school, they are dealing with physical, emotional and cognitive changes driven by hormonal changes.

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September

FIU's Mastery Math program was mentioned on Phys.org for its new teaching methods, which resulted in double-digit pass rate increases across introductory math courses.

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Miami Herald and CBS4 News highlight the largest single NIH award of $12.7 million ever received by FIU faculty.

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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. The award, for the first five-year cycle of the research study, is the single largest NIH award ever received by FIU faculty.

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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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The AAAS has travel grants for women STEM faculty at MSIs who currently do not have international collaborations to attend Gender Summit 7 in Berlin in November. The deadline to apply is, September 25th.

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The Office of the Provost created this award as a way to engage the FIU community and recognize faculty with research excellence.

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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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FIU was recently named among the top universities in the country in terms of engagement and contributions to its community.

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Research by STEM-TI and College of Education faculty, Zahra Hazari and physics professor Geoff Potvin on gender bias in student evaluations of science teachers was published in Physical Review journal.

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Aparajita "Tuma" Biswas Kuriyan was recognized as a World's Ahead graduate at Spring Commencement. 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. Jon Comer won this year’s APA Early Career Award! Erika Coles, and Miguel and Feion Villodas, received substantial grants from the Children’s Trust. See more.

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This program supports early engagement of students in research, which has been shown to contribute to student academic success. All applications due on September 15.

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Katie C. Hart, doctora en psicología e investigadora de la Universidad Internacional de la Florida, nos compartió otras propuestas para estimular la lectura.

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Dr. DeGennaro, Biomolecular Science Institute faculty had a review article titled “The mysterious multi-modal repellency of DEET“ featured on the cover of Fly Journal.

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October

The Biomolecular Sciences Institute (BSI) invites applications to fill a full-time permanent faculty position starting in August 2016.

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The U.S. Army Field Manual is the law of the land for intelligence-gathering interrogations and it points to direct questioning as the most effective form. However, 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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Just 2 centimeters long and 2 millimeters in diameter, a sorbent tube invented by an FIU researcher could bring analytical chemistry to the masses. The simple yet highly sensitive device is designed to sample volatile chemicals in the air, your home, food and even your body.

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Children with disruptive behavior disorders may respond best to therapy when their parents participate, too, a research review suggests.

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More than 200 astronomy enthusiasts - including FIU students, faculty and astroscience center donor Carl Stocker - filled the observatory to watch President Obama’s remarks from the White House.

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Hundreds turn out for Astronomy Night

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FIU, in collaboration with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), hosted the association’s 2015 Youth Leadership Development Forum in October. Nearly 500 high school students representing nine Miami-Dade County Public Schools were in attendance.

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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 week, he was a contestant on the Jeopardy show and won two rounds. Congratulations to Josh!

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President Obama is hosting the "White House Astronomy Night" and has asked universities, planetariums and science centers to host events that same night, October 19. Here at FIU, there will be SAC telescopes out to show visitors the vistas of the night sky (weather permitting). There will also be music and refreshments, tours of the observatory, and a talk by Dr. Webb.

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Dr. Yesim Darici featured on the National Women’s Studies Association regarding Pre-Conference Events.

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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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The event’s theme, “Bright minds lighting the way,” highlighted the university’s effort to let faculty know they are appreciated for continuing to inspire students and encourage innovation each year.

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November

The first cohort of the Professional Science Master in Forensic Science has 100% graduation rate and is expected to graduate in the fall commencement ceremony.

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Adrienne Yuen helps students develop plans to reach their academic and career goals.

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Researchers at Florida International University are using drones in tandem with disease-sniffing dogs in order to help Florida farmers preserve the state’s imperiled avocado harvest.

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Angela Laird of Florida International University is the featured physicist for this month by APS Physics.

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Learning Assistants are talented undergraduates that assist the implementation of evidence- based active learning in STEM courses in order to improve student learning.

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December

Researchers at FIU’s International Forensic Research Institute (IFRI) have been awarded $1.5 million from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) to further research in drug exposure detection, forensic chemistry, synthetic cannabinoids and DNA analysis.

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FIU and Geeki Girls Gatherings collaborated for a second year to present the GeekiWood conference Dec. 5. The conference is a unique event where producers, educators, technicians and scientists come together to blend the magic of film and television with real science to empower middle school girls, giving them a greater appreciation for science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

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As part of an op-ed series, FIU News shares the expertise and diverse perspectives of members of the university community. In this piece, Psychology Professor Bennett L. Schwartz probes into why we love the Star Wars series.

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An op-ed titled "Why Are So Many Black Women Dying of Aids?" by philosophy professor Laurie Shrage was posted to the Opinion Pages of the New York Times.

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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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FIU astronomers now have access to a remotely operable telescope at one of the best observing sites for optical astronomy in the world: the Jacobus Kapteyn telescope (JKT) in the Canary Islands.

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There is an underwear drive to benefit the psych unit of the Nicklaus Children's Hospital.

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Dr. Jami Furr explains the idea of anxiety about dental visits.

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