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March

Dedicated to promoting events that increase awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the humanities, FIU’s Center for Humanities in an Urban Environment (CHUE) is distinguished by its interest in how the humanities survive and thrive in an urban environment. Its mission includes expanding the notion of humanities beyond traditional bounds, and it is committed to engaging faculty, students, staff, and community with the humanities.

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The Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (CoSEE Florida) will offer a 2-day Presentation â€

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The work of Everglades Foundation fellowship recipients Sylvia Lee (Biology), Greg Koch (Biology), Jay Munyon (Biology) and Pam Sullivan (Earth &Environment) is considered invaluable to the ongoing efforts to preserve and protect the Everglades. Paul Tudor Jones II, Chairman of the Foundation says: â€

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Unfortunately there are no shortages of patients.

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Scholarships of $26,000 ($6,500 per year) available for incoming or new freshmen of minority or multicultural backgrounds who are interested in pursuing bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies with a certificate in Agroecology. For more info see supporting documents

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SIX MS RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIPS IN AGROECOLOGY at Florida International University’s Earth and Environment Department, Miami, Florida: We have six Research Assistantships at the Masters’ level funded by the USDA National Needs Fellows (NNF) Program for two years.

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SEAS’ faculty member, Dr. Gary M. Rand was honored by an invitation to travel to Hanoi, Vietnam February 14-18, 2011 by the Hanoi University of Science. Dr. Rand was asked to visit along with Prof. Stephen Klaine of Clemson University to discuss the design, organization and logistics of a scientific training program for graduate students in Environmental Sciences. Dr.

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SEAS faculty member, Dr. James Fourqurean presented his research at the UNESCO Blue Carbon Scientific Working Group meeting in Paris, Feb. 15-17, 2011. Dr. Fourqurean was one of seven scientists presenting at the meeting and spoke on "Seagrass Meadows as Natural Carbon Sinks." The term "blue carbon" refers to carbon found sequestered within marine ecosystems.

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April

Professor Andy Strycharski recently received news that he is the recipient of the Gerald F. Rubio prize for the best article in the Sidney Journal, 2010.

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Hosted by SEAS and the English Department, Dr. Timothy Morton (UC-Davis) visited FIU on March 30-31, 2011 and left with a new view of how the environmental sciences and the humanities fit together. In between presenting lectures on â€

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Environmental Engineer and Director of the NASA WaterSCAPES Project, SEAS faculty member Dr. Fernando Miralles-Wilhelm serves as the Water and Sanitation advisor for the international climate change blog, â€

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FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg and Provost Douglas Wartzok led Town Hallmeetings on both campuses on April 15 to discuss the implementation of FIU's Worlds AheadStrategic Plan for 2010-2015.

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FIU was one of 20 universities selected as part of a national recruiting tour by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and enforcement (BOEMRE) to fill positions for environmental scientists. The Department of the Interior's BOEMRE is the federal agency responsible for overseeing the safe and environmentally responsible development of energy and mineral resources on the Outer Continental Shelf.

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May

The New York Public Library's 11th annual Young Lions Fiction Award ceremony, held last night, was led as is customary by one of the prize's founding benefactors, actor and author Ethan Hawke. "The idea was to say to young writers that this library, this city, this community--we care about ideas and we care about good writing," Hawke said in his introductory remarks, before he was joined by Billy Crudup and Martha Plimpton in readings from the five nominated books.

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June

FIU researchers documented the first Lion Fish invasion in South Florida. FIU news features Marine Sciences Professor, Craig Layman, where he has been exploring the invasion of these species. For more information please click here.

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School of Environment, Arts and Society (SEAS) director, Michael Heithaus and Marine Sciences Graduate Student, Adam Rosenblatt's LTER research was highlighted on NSF Discoveries page. For more information please click here.

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July

Associate professor of Anthropology, Laura Ogden’s book â€

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September

Yvette R. Piggush, an assistant professor in the Department of English at FIU, was recently named a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow.

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Marine Biology major Joseph Peters is shown at the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana being presented with an academic scholarship by Mr. Ivan Llorente along with the chairman of the Scholarship Program, Manny Gonzalez. The scholarship was given in memory of Kevin Llorente, a professional yacht captain who loved the ocean. Mr.

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FIU’s College of Arts and Sciences has created the School of the Environment and Society (SEAS), which features a multidisciplinary approach and collaboration among faculty across the university to address environmental challenges.

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I am pleased to announce that our very own colleague in the Department of Biological sciences, Professor Philip Stoddard has been selected to receive a Faculty Award for outstanding academic achievements. Philip Stoddard will be presented with the Excellence in Service Award at the annual Faculty Convocation and Awards Ceremony. Please join the FIU community in recognizing and celebrating her accomplishments.

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I am pleased to announce that our very own colleague in the Department of English, Creative Writing Professor, Lynne Barrett has been selected to receive a Faculty Award for outstanding academic achievements. Lynne Barrett will be presented with the Excellence in Mentorship Award at the annual Faculty Convocation and Awards Ceremony. Please join the FIU community in recognizing and celebrating her accomplishments.

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October

The Agroecology Program has been busy this semester not only locally, but nationally and internationally. As part of a memorandum of understanding for training and research collaboration between Florida International University and Universidad Nacional de Agricultura in Honduras (NAUH), Dr. Krish Jayachandran hosted a week long workshop for a group of 25 students from NAUH. The workshop serves to contribute to FIU’s Worlds Ahead global engagement initiative.

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Tigertail, an annual print poetry publication in its ninth year, has made the move from poetry to prose under its guest editor and FIU's own Lynne Barrett. In an interview with the Miami New Times, Barrett, a professor in the English Department explains, "For the first eight years, the collections centered on poetry, but when I was asked to be this year's guest editor, I suggested that we look for short prose poems, flash fiction, and flash nonfiction by writers with some connection to Florida.

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The Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research Program has established a new quarterly newsletter which reports the latest research, and educational activities from the program. For more information on the FCE LTER Program visit their website: http://fcelter.fiu.edu/.

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November

Recently published Topics in BioScience: Cell Biology and Eukaryotic Protists features break-through papers in Cellular Biology and Eukaryotic Protists. FIU's own Dr. Laurie Richardson is a contributor to the book with her paper "Remote Sensing of Algal Bloom Dynamics." A member of the Department of Biological Sciences, Dr. Richardson's current research program is focused on the microbiology, microbial ecology, and molecular microbial ecology of coral diseases on reefs of the Caribbean.

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FIU student, Alana Van Dervort, is featured in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's monthly edition of the Bulletin. This past summer, Van Dervot was selected and supported as an HHMI Exceptional Research Opportunities Program (EXROP) scholar at Harvard Medical School, in the lab of HHMI investigator George Daley at Childrens Hospital Boston. Van Dervort, currently a senior, is a Biological Sciences major, QBIC scholar, MARC U*STAR fellow, as well as HHMMI EXROP, SEAGEP, and FGLSAMP scholar.

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Visit the Market on Biscayne Bay Campus on Mondays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Market features fresh local produce, local honey, prepared foods, orchids, fresh bread and pastries, tropical fruit smoothies, handemade soaps and crafts. The Market is located in front of Academic I next to the FIU Shuttle Bus Stop. For more information please see the attached flyer.

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Last week, President Mark Rosenberg held a reception in his home honoring the Department of Biological Sciences' Peer Led Team Learning Program. Provost Wartzok and Dean Furton joined President Rosenberg in praising the program. Tom Pitzker and other members of the PLTL team graciously accectped the accolades. For more on this, see the full story on the Department of Biological Sciences website. Congratulations to the PLTL team on their well-deserved honors.

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The Biscayne Bay GIS Center, located in Hubert Library, is now open. The newly outfitted Teaching Lab (Rm 124) features high-end computers loaded with GIS software such as ARCGIS, ENVI and ERDAS Imagine. The Teaching Lab offers free and fee-based workshops, and can be reserved for GIS-related training or class instruction. The Lab is open during Library operating hours.

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Daniel A. Tapanes was named the top Honors student in the country at the annual meeting of the National Collegiate Honors Council. A student in the FIU Honors College, Tapanes is a junior majoring in Biological Sciences and minoring in Chemistry and the Humanities. For more information on Tapanes' outstanding accomplishments, please see the attached press release.

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December

The recent opening of the new EcoDiscovery Center at the Museum of Discovery and Science in Ft. Lauderdale included a unique Everglades exhibit featuring research from five FIU research groups.

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FIU has received an $822,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study the adverse effects of algae and microbes on coral reefs. â€

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Confluence is a seminar series run through the Quantifying Biology in the Classroom (QBIC) program. Aimed at undergraduates, the purpose of the series is to introduce students to the lives and work of researchers in the field of Biology. The series focuses not only the latest scientific questions being addressed in the field, but also on how and when these researchers decided to pursue the troubling questions that led to their careers.

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The goal of the Minority Biomedical Research Support - Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (MBRS RISE) Program is to stimulate interest among underrepresented students in continuing to a career in biomedical research and thereby increase the number of underrepresented scientists engaged in biomedical research.

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James Roach, a current FIU senior majoring in Biological Sciences, published his first article entitled â€

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The School of Environment, Arts and Society is sponsoring a number of lecture series during the Spring 2012 semester. The Environmental Film Series features four documentaries, each with a theme closely conncected to SEAS. The series will consist of film screenings followed by brief expert talks and Q&A sessions. The Department Lecture Series highlights a few of the many exciting lectures being hosted by SEAS departments next semester.

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The Environmental Film Series features four award-winning documentaries with themes closely connected to SEAS. In January, Ingredients takes a look at the unsustainability of the current food system, and the promising alternative of the growing local food movement. After the screening, a member of the Agroecology program will discuss the film and how this FIU program is doing its part. In February, The End of the Line exposes the impact of increasing human demands on the world's oceans.

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FIU English Professor and poet, Campbell McGrath, was announced yesterday as one of the recipients of the annual Unitied States Artists grants. He was one of the five literature fellows recognized. For more information, see the LA Times article on these prestigious grants. Congratulations Dr. McGrath!

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