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January

The Quantifying Biology in the Classroom program is proud to announce the launch of their new website. QBIC is a program for students interested in a more in-depth approach to the biological sciences. QBIC strives to generate scholars whose critical thinking skills and interdisciplinary background enable them to excel in any biology profession or graduate program. Visit qbic.fiu.edu for more information.

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Join the DuMond Conservancy at Monkey Jungle for the Amazonian Festival on Saturday, Feb. 4 from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. The festival will be led by youth volunteers who will engage and educate the public about the Amazonian Rainforest and its ecosystem. The festival will consist of a number exciting event. First, the festival will feature two guest speakers: Dr. Angela Maldondo, Project Director for Foundation Entropika, and Mireya Mayor, National Geographic Primatologist/Conservationist.

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Dr. Phillip Marcus, professor in the FIU Department of English, has been invited to speak at New York University in April as part of their Glucksman Ireland House series. Dr. Marcus will be speaking on the manuscripts of W.B. Yeats and "Rehumanizing Literary Studies." Follow the link for a preview of his talk.

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With the support of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and the Center for Applied Tropical Ecology and Conservation of the Universidad de Puerto Rico (sponsored by the National Science Foundation) , FIU-Fairchild graduate alumna Karen Laubengayer (currently working for Monsanto Company) conducted field work in Puerto Rico between 1/29/2012 and 1/30/2012.

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In January 2012, Vanessa Sanchez and Klara Scharnagl, FIU-Fairchild students of Dr. Eric von Wettberg and Dr. Krish Jayachandran, visited the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in India.

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Dr. Krish Jayachandran, Co-Director of the Agroecology Program at Florida International University, spoke with local news channel, KYTX, in response to the U.S. halt on all orange juice imports from Brazil after a pesticide, considered illegal in the U.S., was detected in a recent shipment.

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January 2012 marks the centennial anniversary of Henry Flagler's Over-Sea Railroad. After seven years of construction, during which five hurricanes threatened the project, Henry Flagler pulled into Key West in his private railcar for the first time on January 22, 1912. In his book Last Train to Paradise: Henry Flagler and the Spectacular Rise and Fall of the Railroad that Crossed an Ocean, FIU Creative Writing Director Les Standiford chronicles this ambitious endeavor.

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On January 28 a workshop on Cycad Biology was offered to high school teachers from the Miami-metro area.

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Eileen McHale, Earth & Environment alumna, has found great success with their company's landmark product, Yonanas. Yonanas is a frozen yogurt maker that turns fresh fruit into a delicious 100-calorie treat. It's great for anyone that's looking for a healthy and delicious alternative to ice cream. The power couple is not just another over-night sensation The success of Yonanas has been about seven years in the making.

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The Bahamas National Trust has a particular interest in the Fairchild Challenge program as both South Florida and the Bahamas face similar environmental issues

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The School of Environment, Arts and Society (SEAS) in the College of Arts & Sciences is inaugurating its first Environmental Film Series from January to April during of the spring 2012 semester.

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Between January 20 and 23 a team of botanists from Montgomery Botanical Center (Patrick Griffith), Universidad de Puerto Rico (Eugenio Santiago), the Departamento de Recursos Naturales y Ambientales of Puerto Rico (Jose Sustache), and FIU-Fairchild (Javier Francisco-Ortega) travelled to the Island of Mona to collect seeds of the palm Pseudophoenix sargentii.

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The Fisheries Acoustics Workshop (BSC 6926) is being offered this semester for interested graduate students. It is held on Wednesday mornings from 10:00 - 10:50 a.m. on the Biscayne Bay Campus. The workshop covers the introduction and history of acoustics, environmental constraints of sound propagation, principles of scattering, estimation of distribution and biomass of organisms, tagging and tracking of fish and invertebrates, and echolocation.

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Parks for the People is a design competition that will reimagine America's most spectacular public places, its national parks, by using design as a catalyst to creatively rethink their connections to people and their role as revered natural, social, and cultural destinations. Nine winning design studios have been selected from an extraordinary field of submissions from schools across the United States.

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Congratulations to Senior FIU Biological Sciences major Ms. Lourdes Ramírez in the laboratory of Prof. Kalai Mathee in the FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. Ms. Ramírez has been recognized with one of only two awards for Oral Presentation at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) that took place in November 2011 in St. Louis, MO. The 2011 ABRCMS was attended by more than 3,300 people. Please see the attached PDF for further information.

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A team of biologists from the Botanic Garden of Cayes, the National Botanic Garden of the Dominican Republic, the Montgomery Botanical Center, USDA, and FIU-Fairchild have received a $15,000 grant to perform Conservation Biology studies of the Critically Endangered palm Pseudophoenix lediniana.

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February

Tri-Beta, FIU's Biology Honor Society, will be hosting its annual Undergraduate Biological Sciences Research Life Symposium.

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Fernando Bretos, a research associate at The Ocean Foundation (TOF), will present “Cuba: The Accidental Eden” as part of the “Eat, Think, and Be Merry” series sponsored by the School of Environment, Arts and Society.

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In Spring 2012, Dr. Brett Jestrow (curator of the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Herbarium), lends a hand to Dr. Hong Liu (FIU-Fairchild Researcher and Assistant Professor at the Department of Earth and Environment of FIU) with her upper level undergraduate course, Restoration Ecology.

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On Saturday Feb. 18, 2012, the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden hosted its first-ever symposium on tropical biology. The one-day event, which was co-organized by Dr. Kenneth Feeley (FIU/FTBG) and Dr. Albert Uy (UM), featured a series of talks by tropical biologists working at FIU and UM as well as a keynote address by Dr.

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On Saturday February 18th, 2012, the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden hosted its first-ever symposium on tropical biology.

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The Elton Prize is awarded by the British Ecological Society each year for the best paper in the Journal of Animal Ecology written by a young author at the start of their research career. The winner of the Elton Prize 2011 is Philip Matich, a Marine Sciences doctoral candidate in Dr. Michael Heithaus's lab. The winning paper entitled, "Contrasting patterns of individual specialization and trophic coupling in two marine apex predators" is co-authored with Dr. Heithaus and Dr. Craig Layman.

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On Thursday February 16th, 2012, Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega (FIU/Fairchild) delivered a talk at the The Kampong of the National Tropical Botanical Garden.

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Lauren Yeager, a graduate student in Dr. Craig Layman's lab, was recently selected as the recipient of the UGS Provost Award for Outstanding Paper or Manuscript. The award will be presented at a reception held during Graduate Student Appreciation Week.

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Its sixth annual competition now complete, Florida Book Awards announced the winners for books published in 2011 in seven categories of competition. "The Florida Book Awards exists to identify and profile the Sunshine State's best books and their authors," notes FBA Director Wayne A. Wiegand. "These FBA winners clearly demonstrate the quality and depth of Florida's increasingly rich literary culture."

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Les Cayes Botanic Garden has plans to establish the Fairchild Challenge as an environmental educational program. William Cinea founder and first Director of Les Cayes Botanic Garden (Haiti) visited Fairchild between January 6 and 7.

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Adam Rosenblatt, a PhD candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences was awarded the Ecological Society of America's annual Graduate Student Policy Award.

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Starting on Friday February 3rd, we are pleased to announce that Dr. Scott Zona [Curator of Wertheim Conservatory of Florida International University (FIU)] will join our Herbarium Curator (Dr. Brett Jestrow) during our monthly plant identification workshops.

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March

Ken Feeley (Department of Earth and Environment) is awarded a research grant by the National Geographic Society ($21,500) to help fund a new project investigating "Horizontal refugia and the effects of climate change on plant species distributions in the Peruvian Andes"

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PIAG Museum and FIU's Office of University Sustainability invites you to participate in the upcoming exhibition celebrating FIU Earth Week 2012.

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Sian Evans, FIU professor and managing director of the DuMond Conservancy, will present “Anthropoid Adventures” Tuesday, March 27 at the Luna Star Café in North Miami.

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Adam Rosenblatt, a Ph.D. candidate in the FIU Department of Biological Sciences, has been awarded the 2012 Graduate Student Policy Award (GSPA). He is headed to Washington, D.C., for the Congressional Visits Day March 28-29.

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On March 22nd the Latin American and Caribbean Center of FIU (LACC) organized its 5th Annual Affiliated Faculty Colloquium. This year's colloquium was entitled: "Environment, Society and Public Policy in the Caribbean Region".

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Heithaus Lab Research Experience for Secondary Student (RESSt) intern, Jamie Odzer, received a Superior rating in Environmental Management at the 2012 South Florida Regional Science and Engineering Fair (SFRSEF) for her poster entitled: The impact of varying productivity levels on abundance and feeding patterns of Callinectes sapidus: What does blude crab behavior tell us about Everglades restoration?

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Starting in March, 2012, Santiago Arango Garces joined the CTPC as an intern to work with Dr. Brett Jestrow in several projects pertinent to organizing our unique collection of herbarium specimens from the Caribbean Islands but with a major focus on the Bahamas Archipelago.

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Acclaimed Latin American author Isabel Allende will visit FIU on Monday, Mar. 5 to receive the Lawrence A. Sanders Award for Fiction from the English Department's Creative Writing Program.

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April

FIU graduate students hosted a NASA-sponsored International Space Apps Challenge at the Engineering Center April 21-22.

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Three undergraduate students from Florida International University [Shannan McCaskill (FIU-Biology), Erin Praver (FIU-Env), and Christine Beck (FIU-Env)] will be working with Jason Downing during this summer.

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FIU creative writing professor John Dufresne has been named a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow. Dufresne is one of 181 scholars, artists and scientists in the U.S. and Canada selected for the prestigious award.

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The Department of Earth and Environment hosted its first Graduate Research Symposium on April 11 at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus.

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More than two years after FIU officials initiated support from the county for a major environmental restoration project at Biscayne Bay Campus, bulldozers began clearing away invasive species to make way for mangroves.

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Housed in the School of Environment, Arts and Society, the Global Water for Sustainability (GLOWS) program is now one of the university’s largest federally funded programs and the go-to for integrated water resources management.

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The School of Environment, Arts and Society (SEAS) teamed up April 11 with the Miami HEAT, Shake-A-Leg, City of Miami and volunteers from Duffy’s Sports Bar & Grill and Canon Office Solutions for HEAT Beach Sweep, an annual beach clean-up project and pro-conservation campaign.

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Science and art blend in a unique bio-art exhibit to be held in the Glenn Hubert Library on the Biscayne Bay Campus.

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Dr. John Dufresne has been honored as a Guggenheim Fellow and Dr. Carmela McIntire has published her second book this academic year.

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The Atala butterfly, once thought extinct in Florida, has found a new home in the gardens of FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus.

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You may have heard stories about emergency rescues of plants or animals from habitats facing imminent destruction. This is one of those stories, except that the scope of the rescue is unprecedented and the transplantation itself was

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Students from the FIU Agroecology Program visited Washington, D.C., to take part in the Multicultural Scholars (MSP) and National Needs Fellows (NNF) Programs Project Directors Annual Meeting in March.

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The English Department will be holding a few exciting events featuring the work of its faculty and students, as well as eco-critic Dr. Michael Branch.

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A number of student achievements have brought attention and recognition to the Department of Biological Sciences and FIU.

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The International Space Apps Challenge is a world-wide event sponsored by NASA and SecondMuse and is taking place on April 21st and 22nd. This hack-a-thon or code-a-thon style event encourages science and technology lovers to build, create, and invent new solutions to challenges of global importance.

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The annual meeting of the Plant Biology of South Florida took place at the Montgomery Botanical Center on April 14. CTPC members delivered oral presentations (FIU-Fairchild Faculty Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega, FIU-Fairchild Graduate Student Klara Scharnagl) and posters (FIU-Fairchild Faculty Dr. Eric von Wettberg and FIU-Fairchild Graduate alumnus Nora Oleas).

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For some, spring break means lazy days at the beach. But for 13 FIU students, Spring Break 2012 meant trading in their flip flops for hiking boots and a trip out west.

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For some, spring break means lazy days at the beach. But for 13 FIU students, Spring Break 2012 meant trading in their flip flops for hiking boots and a trip out west.

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May

FIU has several experts who are available to discuss various issues related hurricanes and their consequences.

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Experts say that children need to be kept active — mentally and physically — during the summer break to avoid learning losses. Learning about the environment, architecture, improving athletic skills and prepping for college are just some of the many options available to children and teens interested in attending summer camp at one of FIU’s campuses.

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The art exhibit “Macroalgae: Hidden Colors of the Sea” is currently featured at FIU’s Glenn Hubert Library at the Biscayne Bay Campus.

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Seagrasses could be the oceans’ best-kept secret, and a multibillion-dollar marketplace, for mitigating global climate change, according to a study published this week.

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A sinkhole, about 100-feet-wide and 50-feet-deep, opened up in the backyard of a home in a Windermere, Fla. on May 3. Almost one week later, another sinkhole that was 80-feet-long and 40-feet-wide opened in the backyard of a home in Jonesville, Fla.

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Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden has a commitment for the use of its living collections for science and conservation.

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Invited by the Center for Applied Tropical Ecology and Conservation of the Universidad de Puerto Rico (sponsored by the National Science Foundation) Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega, Professor of the Department of Biological Sciences, travelled to Puerto Rico between May 7 and 10.

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Nicolas Espinosa, Fairchid Challenge Alumnus and undergraduate student of Florida International University has returned to work with the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden as a research intern this summer.

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Registration is now open for FIU's 2012 EcoAcademy Summer Camp. Hosted by the School of Environment, Arts and Society the camp features marine science activities, swimming, kayaking, and arts and crafts.

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FIU is one of the first universities in the nation to receive the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s newly implemented Hispanic-Serving Agricultural Colleges and Universities (HSACU) designation.

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FIU Assistant Professor Leonard Scinto recently met Vice President Joe Biden during an event highlighting Everglades restoration.

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June

Don't forget to register for EcoAcademy! Hosted by the School of Environment, Arts and Society, EcoAcademy 2012 features two additional weeks of activities and fun.

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Get a sneak peek of WPBT2's latest episode of Changing Seas: Coastal Carnivores, which features FIU researchers and their discoveries about top predator behavior in the coastal Everglades.

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An urban ecologist, Withey’s research focuses on the responses of birds and other terrestrial vertebrates to anthropogenic changes, including population dynamics, predator-prey interactions and habitat selection of birds in an urban environment.

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News from the Sloughs features news from the researchers, students, and educators of the Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research project (FCE LTER).

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Originally from land-locked Cincinnati, Ohio, Elizabeth Lacey credits a family trip when she was 8-years-old to the beaches in California with sparking her interest in the oceanic world.

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A team of researchers led by Florida International University researcher Kate Mansfield and Florida Atlantic University researcher Jeanette Wyneken have developed a safe and reliable method for tracking young sea turtles, an initiative once thought improbable.

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Graduate students in the Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research (FCE LTER) Program have launched a blog to share their stories, photos, and research in the Everglades.

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The DuMond Conservancy for Primates and Tropical Forests in South Dade is not your typical classroom. It’s a setting unlike any other for FIU researchers and students to conduct hands-on research about owl monkeys, the world’s only nocturnal primate.

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Hosted by Dr. Faguo Wang, our FIU-Fairchild Researchers Dr. Hong Liu and Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega delivered two research talks at the South China Botanic Garden (the Chinese Academy of Sciences).

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Our FIU-Fairchild graduate student Emily Warschefsky has been awarded with a $1,500 grant from the Florida Native Plant Society to perform research on a project entitled "Determining parentage and ploidy of hybrid Tillandsia: Achieving a better understanding of Florida’s native plant diversity".

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Registration is now open for FIU's 2012 EcoAcademy Summer Camp. Hosted by the School of Environment, Arts and Society the camp features marine science activities, swimming, kayaking, and arts and crafts.

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Hong Liu, assistant professor of ecology, and undergraduate students Haydee Borrero and Paul Nunez recently spent three weeks exploring Guangxi, a traditional province in southern China known for its mountainous terrain, abundant rivers and subtropical climate.

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Professor David Barton Bray in the Department of Earth & Environment is an invited speaker at the prestigious 5th Annual Aspen Environmental Forum in Aspen, Colorado June 22-25, 2012.

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FIU has been named one of the world’s best new universities, according to Times Higher Education (THE) magazine. One of only nine U.S. universities to make the list, FIU came in at No. 84.

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Three students from the Department of Earth and Environment's Agroecology Program placed first for their joint poster presentation at the National USDA HSI Project Directors Conference.

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FIU doctoral candidate Derek Burkholder, ’04 , was recently named one of Albion College's "Top 10 in 10" Young Alumni Award honorees for 2011.

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July

Alejandro Barbieri has been awarded the prestigious J. William Fulbright Fellowship for 2012-13 to visit the Universidad Mayor de San Simon in Bolivia.

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The next J.K. Rowling, Stephen King or Alice Walker can get a boost toward publishing a manuscript by attending the FIU Writers Conference Oct. 25-27 at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables.

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Three atmospheric sciences majors from the Department of Earth and Environment are literally chasing their dreams this summer.

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The School of Environment, Arts and Society has partnered with Deering Estate at Cutler to bring a free public film and lecture series, "Speaking Sustainably" to the Miami community.

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Like the School of Environment, Arts and Society (SEAS) on Facebook to stay up to date on SEAS news, events, and student opportunities.

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At Florida International University’s EcoAcademy, children and teenagers ages 6 through 16 spend the summers learning about the joys of the ocean blue — and the squishy, squiggly residents that live there.

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When someone refers to the Orania zonae, they’ll be giving a nod to FIU tropical botanist Scott Zona.

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It’s 9 a.m. on a July morning. The temperature has already surpassed 85 degrees. Most people are huddling in their cool, air-conditioned havens, but not Ryan Vogel.

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As one of the six members of the Council of the American Society of Plant Taxonomists (ASPT) our Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega (FIU-Fairchild Faculty) will join the annual council meeting on July 7th, at Columbus, Ohio.

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Fairchild researcher Dr. Brett Jestrow (Director of the Herbarium), Fairchild Education Coordinator (Ms. Mary Keppler), FIU-Fairchild faculty (Dr.Eric Von Wettberg and Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega), FIU-Fairchild graduate students (Beyte Barrios and Catherine Bravo), and FIU-Fairchild alumnus (Dr. Nora Oleas) will be delivering presentations at the coming Botany 2012 meeting at Columbus, Ohio (July 7- 11).

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The Amazon is at a crossroads and decisions made today could have significant impacts on the region’s long-term viability, according to FIU biologist Kenneth Feeley.

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FIU biology professor Maureen A. Donnelly was featured on This is What a Scientist Looks Like, a Tumblr site dedicated to changing the perception of who and what a scientist is and isn’t.

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Dr. Stephen Leathermen of the Department of Earth and Environment appeared on NBC Nightly News to discuss the receding beaches nationwide due to sea level rise.

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August

For centuries, an elusive larval creature with armor-like horns has kept its true identity a secret. That mystery has been solved, thanks to a team of researchers led by FIU Assistant Professor Heather Bracken-Grissom.

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Assefa Melesse, Associate Professor in the Department of Earth and Environment, has published his second book "Evaporation and Evapotranspiration: Measurements and Estimations".

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Joe Clifford, MFA alumnus (class of ’08), has some new and upcoming publications.

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Between August 20 and 24 the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) of the University of the West Indies (UWI) organized a conference to celebrate the 50 anniversary of Jamaica's Independence.

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FIU Creative Writing Program faculty member, Debra Dean’s new novel transforms a Russian religious figure into a flesh-and-blood woman who led an extraordinary life.

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Like many urban Miamians, Larry Perez,grew up not giving the Everglades much of a second thought. Today,the park ranger finds sanctuary in the middle of South Florida’s tropical wilderness.

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More than two thirds of the planet’s surface is water but only 2.5 percent is fresh water. Of that fresh water, less than 1 percent (.007) is accessible for human use.

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The School of Environment, Arts and Society will kick off the 2012-2013 academic year with a special lecture by Joe Zammit-Lucia

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Recent FIU graduate and NASA WaterSCAPES Fellow, Rigoberto Roche is featured in FIU News for his work this summer at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

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Maureen Donnelly, FIU Department of Biology professor and associate dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, is one of more than 200 scientists who contributed to Averting Biodiversity Collapse in Tropical Forest Protected Areas, a study published in Nature earlier this month.

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September

FIU grad Dennis Lehane MFA ’01 has a new novel titled Live by Night coming out on Oct. 2 – and NPR has an exclusive first read (and listen).

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Recently, nine Panthers received full scholarships to travel to Washington, D.C., to participate in the Oct. 20-22 26th annual national conference of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), an organization that represents more than 450 institutions committed to Hispanic higher education success in the United States and abroad.

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FIU Environmental Studies student Nall Moonilall would like to see food and plants grown in a more environmentally sustainable way, and he’s doing something about it.

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FIU biologist Martin Tracey, a DNA expert, weighs in on the evidence in the Trayvon Martin case.

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The Agroecology Program has published the first edition of its bi-annual newsletter, Cultivator.

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The Bahamas National Trust, the College of the Bahamas, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, and Florida International University are putting together a symposium entitled: "Celebrating 30 Years of the Flora of the Bahamas: Conservation and Science Challenges" that is taking place October 30th and 31st, 2012.

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Congratulations to the nine FIU students who have received full scholarships to attend the 2012 National Conference of HACU October 20-22 in D.C.

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Congratulations to David Trujillo (Agroecology; HACU intern, USDA Forrest Service) one of two FIU students chosen for the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) Global Leaders Internship Program.

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The graduate students in the FCE-LTER program have launched a blog to share their accounts of the mosquitos, heat, and other joys of Everglades research.

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Alejandro Barbieri, associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, has been awarded a 2012-2013 Fulbright Scholar Program fellowship.

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Sponsored by past President of the Bahamas National Trust (Mr. Pericles Maillis), FIU-Fairchild faculty Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega delivered a talk entitled "David Fairchild’s Plant Hunting Expeditions to the Bahamas Islands" at The Retreat Gardens, Bahamas National Trust on September 12.

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Between September 5th and 8th 2012 the Madeiran Botanical Group (University of Madeira at Funchal) organized the FloraMac2012 International Symposium.

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On Saturday September 8th, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden hosted a reception for graduate students from Florida International University and University of Miami who are performing their research in close association with Fairchild.

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Debra Dean, professor in the Creative Writing program, is celebrating the release of her latest novel, "The Mirrored World".

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October

The Bahamas National Trust and The College of The Bahamas in collaboration with Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Florida International University, and the New York Botanical Garden organized an international symposium entitled: "Celebrating 30 Years of the Flora of the Bahamas: Conservation and Science Challenges."

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Whether focused on Sweetwater or abroad, FIU was proving itself a solutions center in Washington, D.C., this week. University advocates were in our nation’s capital advancing a catalytic vision for University City, our global reach, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) opportunities for our diverse student body.

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This week FIU News caught up with faculty experts Richard S. Olson and Hugh Willoughby for their take on Superstorm Sandy.

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Two FIU Marine Science doctoral students from Dr. Deron Burkepile's lab, Laura Bhatti and Mark Ladd, have been named to Florida Sea Grants first group of Florida Sea Grant Student Scholars.

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Check out the latest newsletter from the FIU GIS center.

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More than 25 agroscience juniors from the Universidad Nacional de Agricultura (UNA) in Honduras were hosted by the FIU Agroecology Program and the College of Arts & Sciences for the week-long, ecological agriculture workshop.

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FIU is part of a consortium of universities launching a study on water sustainability in the Sunbelt, with hopes of making policy recommendations on water resource management.

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FIU received a five-year renewal for its Minority Biomedical Research Support-Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (MBRS-RISE) Program.

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Giant eyeballs aren’t a regular topic of conversation for FIU professor Heather Bracken-Grissom. But then again, such things don’t normally wash ashore in South Florida.

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The symposium was held on October 8th and 9th, 2012 and included all levels of student presentations, ranging from a high school student to undergraduates to seasoned Ph.D. candidates.

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Earth and Environment graduate, Stephany Alvarez-Ventura won the Outstanding Thesis in Food and Agricultural Sciences Competition 2013-- a national competition held by the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE), in partnership with the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

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The FIU student newspaper, The Beacon, featured the research of three graduate students, Adam Rosenblatt, Philip Matich, and Robin Sarabia, in the Heithaus Lab at BBC.

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Congratulations to Dr. Phil Stoddard on being recognized for his contributions to improving the social fabric of his community and the community at large. Follow the link to see the message sent by our civic leaders.

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Turn-It-In the leader in originality checking and online grading, today announced that it reached a milestone of 20 million graded papers in its award-winning GradeMark tool on Oct. 4, 2012. To celebrate the milestone, Turnitin has awarded a prize to professor Tania Lopez and made a donation.

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FIU's Heather Bracken-Grissom weighs in on the mystery giant eyeball that washed up on a Fla. beach, and to which creature it could belong

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Climate scientists in the United States, including FIU's Dr. James Fourqurean, are calling for greater protection of coastal ecosystems following a study that shows them to be major absorbers of CO2.

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This summer, Aneysis Gonzalez was one of only two Florida students selected to participate in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s (HHMI) Exceptional Research Opportunities Programs (EXROP).

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FIU-Fairchild Faculty Dr. Eric von Wettberg and Vanessa Sanchez (FIU -FTBG graduate student) were in Hyderabad, India at the VI International Congress on Legume Genetics and Genomics (October 2 -7).

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The School of Environment, Arts and Society (SEAS) is commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month with a screening of Cuban America Tuesday, Oct. 2., at the WUC Mary Ann Wolfe Theater on the Biscayne Bay Campus (BBC).

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During a ceremony Sept. 28, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) entered into an agreement with FIU to enhance the university’s environmental research and science curricula and offer opportunities for students interested in environmental careers.

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November

As part of FIU's Project Gateways, the Center for Excellence in Writing offers a Writing Fellows Program which pairs FIU students with interdisciplinary writing fellows to coach them through the writing process.

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Montgomery Botanical Center has a strong commitment for graduate education and palm conservation and research. With a $1,000 grant this institution is helping the field work of our FIU/FTBG graduate student Rosa Rodriguez.

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A group of students in Miami have set out to help save the gorillas of central Africa – and with your help, they’ll do it.

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FIU/FTBG faculty Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega has received an honorary appointment as a "Honorary Member" from the Montgomery Botanical Center.

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FIU's Dr. Stephen Leatherman sat down with CBS4 to discuss beach erosion in Ft. Lauderdale, and the role global warming is playing in higher than normal tides.

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FIU alum and wildlife biologist Joe Wasilewski has hauled many scaly creatures out of South Florida lakes, canals and marshes over the years. He recently snared an unsettling surprise in Redland Fruit and Spice Park however when he was called in to capture a snappish four-foot Nile crocodile.

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Butler Waugh, former English professor and founding dean of FIU's College of Arts & Sciences, passed away Nov. 7.

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If you plan on stopping by the Miami Book Fair this week, don't miss FIU's award winning writers discussing their work.

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Students, alumni and faculty spoke about Everglades hydrology, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and the geology of Spanish, Mexican and Romanian mountains.

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FIU News recently caught up with agroecology students Nall Moonilall and Carin Luna at the organic garden on the Modesto A. Maidique Campus for a demonstration of how to propagate plants.

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FIU Marine scientist Kevin Boswell is leading an effort to better understand the Arctic coastal ecosystems and their contribution to Arctic productivity.

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FIU undergraduate Mari Soula a volunteer in the Rehage lab at the Florida Coastal Everglades (FCE) LTER site discusses her experience as one of only two FCE undergraduates to attend the 2012 All Scientists Meeting (ASM) in Estes Park, Colorado.

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Coastal Carnivores features interviews with a team of FIU scientists, including Mike Heithaus, executive director of SEAS.

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Checkout the Fall edition of the FCE-LTER Newsletter "News from the Sloughs" for the latest FIU news from the Florida Everglades.

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Taught by renowned authors – novelist and short story writer Debra Dean, novelist and short story writer Ann Hood, novelist Scott Spencer, editor and short story writer Lynne Barrett and culinary writer-turned-novelist Steven Raichlen, among others – the conference represents an ideal opportunity for everyday folks with writing aspirations to get up close and personal with masters of the craft.

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Stephany Alvarez-Ventura ’11 has earned a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-funded grant after winning first place in the Outstanding Thesis in Food and Agricultural Sciences Competition 2013.

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December

Help FIU alum and award-winning mystery writer Dennis Lehane find his lost dog and you'll be immortalized in fiction.

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FIU creative writing Professor and 2012 Guggenheim Fellow John Dufresne talks about why he writes fiction and describes how novels and stories should be "a plunge into reality."

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Earth and Environment students & faculty presented their research results at the world's largest meeting of earth and space scientists.

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Justin Campbell was interested in tropical sea grass. And Sat Gavassa was interested in electric fish. It was only natural that the two doctoral students would want to sit next to each other during an “Introduction to Biology Research” class at Florida International University.

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The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and Florida International University’s School of Environment, Arts and Society partnered to host the 2012 International Coastal Cleanup in the Upper Keys.

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Gulf Stream Magazine is proud to launch its new website for Gulf Stream Online # 8. Enjoy reading outstanding new fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction that is sure to dazzle, charm, and startle.

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Fish play a far more important role as contributors of nutrients to marine ecosystems than previously thought, according to researchers at the University of Georgia and Florida International University.

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Botanists from the Cayes Botanic Garden, Haiti (Wiliam Cinea and Nothude Tilus), Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (Dr. Brett Jestrow), and the National Botanic Garden of the Dominican Republic (Alberto Veloz) performed field work activities pertinent to the conservation of the Critically Endangered palm Pseudophoenix lediniana.

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More than 4,000 students will receive their bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees next week during three days of graduation ceremonies at FIU.

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Les Standiford, director of the FIU Creative Writing program,weighs in on the current political climate with a look back to the past.

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has granted FIU a $5.88 million grant renewal for the Florida Coastal Everglades (FCE) Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program.

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The Department of Earth & Environment invites applications for an open rank tenure-track position for an outstanding scientist whose research is in the general area of Sustainable Agriculture.

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