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This Fall, students will have the opportunity to enroll in the course, Poetry as News, with Richard Blanco '97, FIU Creative Writing MFA alumnus. Blanco is best known for serving as the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Poet. In this course, students will survey a range of contemporary poets concerned with socio-political matters and will discuss how their poems serve as real "news". Poems will be created to in order to make poetry out of news and news out of poetry...

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Looking for a bit of light reading this summer? Need some advice on homeschooling your child? Or maybe you’re ready to delve into the intricacies of extragalactic astrophysics? Whatever your fancy, Barnes & Noble @ FIU has the perfect book – written by a member of the university’s diverse faculty – for you.

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On April 29, the world’s frogs are celebrated on Save The Frogs Day. But throughout the year, FIU researchers go into the far corners of the planet to study and protect frogs in their natural environments and commercially managed areas. With more than 30 percent of species at risk of extinction, they are trying to predict how frogs will respond to disturbances and find new ways to help them survive.

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After nearly 40 years of being closed off to the public, visitors to Everglades National Park can now explore Joe Bay. Scientists in FIU’s Southeast Environmental Research Center (SERC) are studying the effects of the decades-long closure and recreational fishing on Joe Bay’s fish and recreational fisheries.

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People began to negatively impact the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay earlier than previously thought, a new study finds. In a study published in Scientific Reports, FIU Ph.D. student Heather Black found pollution in the Chesapeake Bay appeared as early as 1800, but it generally confirms industrialization and deforestation around the bay led to water quality issues before the American Civil War began in 1861.

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In celebration of Earth Day, the FIU community came together for several different events to help make the university a little greener and more beautiful. On Apr. 21, dozens of students, staff, faculty and community members volunteered at the FIU Nature Preserve, helping expand the preserve’s pollinator gardens, then releasing native pollinators – including lady bugs, caterpillars and butterflies – into the newly planted gardens.

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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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