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You expect to see medical students doing rounds at a hospital, but at an art museum? That’s exactly what a group of Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM) students were doing on a Friday afternoon at The Frost. They’re called medical art rounds. And this was the first one held by the College through its Panther Learning Communities and Medical Humanities Club. Art rounds, for short, are designed to teach medical students that there’s an art to the way of looking at things and people.

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Brave. That is the word used to describe women like Carlotta Walls LaNier and Maya Angelou whose courage and resilience paved the way for desegregation, the civil rights movement and helped change the lives of thousands of black Americans who suffered through extreme racism.

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The researchers surveyed 63 sites in Shark Bay four times between 2012 and 2014 to assess seagrass recovery and changes. Before the heat wave, many sites were dominated by the temperate seagrass, known as “wireweed,” whose dense and tall thickets provide ample food and shelter for numerous species. The heat wave drastically thinned many wireweed beds, and in many places their underground stems blackened and died, leaving bare sand.

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English Professor Campbell McGrath has been named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. The author of more than a dozen books, McGrath recently took on an entire century of history with his latest work XX: Poems for the Twentieth Century. The book features a poem for each year covering a wide range of experiences in a century that gave us Hollywood, the atomic bomb, Elvis and Dolly the cloned sheep.

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On Thursday, April 6, more than 40 finalists competed for 15 awards, varying from service and spirit to leadership and diversity at the Outstanding Student Life Awards. The award ceremony recognizes students who have excelled academically and in the areas of service, citizenship, innovation and promotion of the Panther spirit.

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Tagouri shared with university community members gathered April 4 at Modesto A. Maidique Campus that she grew up with resentment toward the hijab. She even dyed her hair blond, and wore colored contacts in an effort to look like everyone else in her neighborhood, and especially to look like the people she saw on television.

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Moonlight chronicles the life of Chiron, an African-American, gay man from Liberty City and is based on the unpublished semi-autobiographical play by Tarell Alvin McCraney. This year, Moonlight became the first film with an all-black cast, the first LGBT-centered film, and the second lowest-grossing film (behind The Hurt Locker) to win the Oscar for Best Picture. Mahershala Ali took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Juan, a black Cuban drug dealer in the film.

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This spring break, undergraduates in FIU’s field excursion course got their hands dirty developing their geology skills in the Florida Keys. The budding scientists went snorkeling in Florida Bay; visited a building materials quarry; sampled groundwater wells for saltwater intrusion in Big Pine Key; viewed limestone in Indian Key; and mapped a fossil reef in Windley Key.

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According to a recently released study, temperature is not the only factor in how quickly insects and micro-organisms convert their food into energy and, as a byproduct, release carbon dioxide into the air. This finding contradicts a long-held belief that this process would accelerate with rising temperatures. Understanding how plant matter breaks down in different environments can help scientists predict how ecosystems will respond to climate change.

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For Andrea Nodal, a freshman majoring in marine sciences, meeting a NASA climate scientist was the perfect opportunity to learn how scientists and future researchers like herself can better share information about their discoveries with policymakers and the public.Gavin Schmidt, chief of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, spoke recently at FIU. He studies past, present and future climate change and is an expert on communicating climate science to general audiences.

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