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January

The Agroecology Program, in the Department of Earth and Environment, hosted 160 kindergartners from Coral Park Elementary on Friday, Jan. 25.

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Meredith A. Newman has been named the senior associate dean for the College of Arts & Sciences.

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Students in Pip Brant’s Land Art/Earth Art (ART 3843-B51) are making their mark at the Biscayne Bay Campus.

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On Saturday January 26 we had our second Cycad Biology Workshop for teachers. This workshop was supported by the National Science Foundation (award number 1050340) and the logistics were jointly organized by the Montgomery Botanical Center (MBC) and the Department of Education of FTBG.

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Yesterday, Richard Blanco, MFA in Creative Writing and proud alumnus of the FIU English department, delivered the inaugural poem for President Obama. "One Today" is a remarkable achievement, grounded by details of Blanco's life as a Cuban exile struggling for voice, purpose and education in Miami, and taking flight in its broad passages envisioning national unity through common breath and daily handiwork.

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Vanessa Haley-Benjamin, former student in Layman Lab at FIU,has been named new Bahamas National Trust Director of Science and Policy.

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The National Science Foundation's Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program at LUMCON is recruiting highly motivated undergraduates interested in gaining research experience this summer.

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The Spring 2013 Land Art/Earth Art and Coastal Environment class is underway. Follow the blog to stay up-to-date on the students' work.

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Richard Blanco will likely be Florida International University's most talked-about graduate today.

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Dr. Pedro “Joe” Greer, chair of the Department of Humanities, Health and Society in the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, will deliver a lecture Wed., Jan. 23, focusing on the conjuncture of economics, ethics and healthcare.

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The sixth biennial conference of the International Biogeography Society (IBS) brought more than 450 scientists from 46 different countries to FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus last week.

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Florida International University has been awarded a grant to continue stewardship of the Aquarius Reef Base, the world’s only operational underwater research center.

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"Confluence: Where Life and Science Meet" is a series produced by FIU's QBIC program which features scientists discussing how their personal experience informed and influenced their careers. Recently, SEAS Executive Director, Mike Heithaus sat down with QBIC students to share his journey through life and science.

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Between January 9th - 12th the International Biogeography Society had its Sixth Biennial Conference in Miami. The event took place in the Kovens Conference Center of The Biscayne Bay Campus of Florida International University.

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On Jan. 21, the entire world will be watching as President Barack Obama is sworn in on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. While the audience will be counted in hundreds of millions, only a handful of people will speak during this historic inauguration, the 57th in U.S. history. One of them will be FIU alumnus and poet Richard Blanco ’91, MFA ‘97.

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February

FIU English professor Campbell McGrath and Creative Writing alumnus Dennis Lehane MFA ’01 earned gold medal honors at the 2012 Florida Book Awards.

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Bestselling novelist and acclaimed journalist Carl Hiaasen will offer insight into his view of America — the absurd, seedy and oddly beautiful — during a lecture Feb. 25 at FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus.

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Leon Botstein, president of Bard College, will give a talk, “The Exiled Intellectual and the American University,” Monday, Feb. 25, in Graham Center (GC) 243 at Modesto A. Maidique Campus.

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South Florida plays an important role in bird migration, and on Tuesday Feb. 19, University students, faculty and alumni will migrate to the Luna Star Café for urban ecologist John Withey’s Ph.D., lecture “Urban environments: a bird’s eye view.”

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FIU faculty Campbell McGrath received gold in the poetry category, and FIU alum Dennis Lehane received gold in the general fiction category.

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The Linguistics Program in the Department of English will host the annual “Barbara Gordon Memorial Lecture” and “Festival – Linguistics Matters” Feb. 21—22.

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FIU is one of four universities in the United States recently tapped to support environmental conservation efforts in the Andean Amazon of South America.

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Earle is battling to save the underwater lab, the Aquarius, and sound the alarm on overfishing.

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Edwidge Danticat is a fiction writer, memoirist, essayist, anthologist, editor, filmmaker, educator and human rights activist.

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The School of Environment, Arts and Society (SEAS) supports FIU’s efforts to address growing environmental challenges by uniting faculty to address the complex social and environmental challenges of the 21st century.

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FIU students Haydee Borrero and Paul Nunez recently published an article in the latest issue of the Tropical Garden (of Fairchild Tropical Garden). In the article, the two students recollect their internship experience in China last summer with Dr. Hong Liu.

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March

The School of Environment, Arts and Society (SEAS) will inaugurate the “Our Common Future” lecture series with a talk, “The Arctic in Global Perspectives: Why are changes in the Artic important for South Florida and the rest of the world?,” by Robert W. Corell Thursday, March 28.

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Over Spring Break, this year's Geology Field Excursion students learned about Florida's coastal processes, mineral resources, freshwater springs, and geologic history.

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The Global Water for Sustainability (GLOWS) Program recently hosted a workshop in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso regarding the effects of climate change and how communities can adapt.

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The Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment is hosting a talk with Rosemary Radford Ruether, one of the world’s leading feminist theologians, March 19.

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FIU will honor the career of author Richard Ford with the fourth Lawrence A. Sanders Award for Fiction.

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A few weeks ago, FIU had the pleasure of hosting 200 participants from institutions across the nation, as well as high school students from MAST Academy at Homestead, to the 2013 Annual Biomedical and Comparative Immunology Symposium.

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The Online Faculty Café is now open. In this virtual space you can find out exactly how to start teaching online, interact with other online professors, and get online help.

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FIU was well represented last week at the 2013 Life Sciences South Florida STEM Research Symposium.

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FIU's Dr. Meri-Jane Rochelson, esteemed associate chair of English and professor of Victorian literature at BBC, was given the 2013 President's Award by the Nineteenth Century Studies Conference at their annual meeting in Fresno California.

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Join the staff of the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserve as they share the fascinating world of seaweed through a variety of events for Baynanza 2013.

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A team of researchers led by FIU has been awarded a $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct a five-year study of South Florida’s water supply.

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The FIU family will come together to honor one of its founding fathers. The entire university community is invited to attend at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, in front of the PC building at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus.

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In the category of illustration, the foldout spread “Thirsty Planet”—which accompanied a story on FIU’s largest research project, Global Water for Sustainability—won a Grand Award for New York freelance artist Chris McAllister’s stylized renderings of people across the globe engaged in water use.

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The role women play in the sustainability of water resources management is often overlooked — a reality that will be explored during an FIU panel discussion March 21.

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FIU's Dr. Grenville Draper discusses the science of sinkholes with NBC News.

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Miami Heat players Mario Chalmers and Jarvis Varnado joined volunteers from the School of Environment, Arts and Society in planting trees and building picnic tables at FIU's Biscayne Bay Campus as part of the NBA Green Week.

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The world’s shark population is experiencing significant decline with perhaps 100 million or more sharks being lost every year, according to a study published this week in Marine Policy.

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With sequestration of the entire federal budget hitting today, FIU and its advocates were advocating in full force to protect investments in research and financial aid.

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Inaugural poet and alumnus Richard Blanco returned to FIU to reminisce with former professors.

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For weeks after Richard Blanco was selected as President Obama’s Inaugural Poet, fear and worry would creep in. Asked to write an original poem that he would share on live television before the entire world, he was given surprisingly little direction by the White House. The poem was his to write.

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April

Stephany Alvarez-Ventura '09, MS '11 finds answers to food security by studying honeybees and the effectiveness of different methods for controlling Varroa destructor, the parasite that plays a role in their disappearance.

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On Friday, Xavier Cortada discussed the importance of ecoart in raising environmental awareness in South Florida in the 6th installment of the Ocean Life series.

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FIU PhD student Ross Boucek discusses his recent subsidy paper on Oikos's blog.

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This spring, a group of 17 FIU meteorology undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni competed in the intercollegiate weather forecasting competition run by the University of Oklahoma through WxChallenge.com.

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Researchers, like FIU's Heather Bracken-Grissom are still working to determine the long-term effects of the Deepwater Horizon spill on the seafood industry.

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Original research conducted by an FIU undergraduate student could someday lead to safer treatments for melanoma, the deadliest and most aggressive form of skin cancer.

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A team of researchers, led by Florida International University Chemistry Professor Rudolf Jaffe and Thorsten Dittmar of the German Max Planck Society, has uncovered one of nature's long-kept secrets -- the true fate of charcoal in the world's soils.

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Richard Ford received the 4th annual Lawrence A. Sanders Award for Fiction from the Creative Writing Program in the Department of English in recognition of work that combines literary excellence with popular appeal.

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Additional tickets will be available for SEAS Commencement Spring 2013.

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Academic Advisor Craig McGill was selected to be a part of the 2013-2015 Emerging Leaders program within NACADA--the national advising organization.

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Marci Calabretta and Jennifer McCauley are giving back to the South Florida community through writing, education and the arts.

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On February 25, SEAS and SGA hosted bestselling novelist and journalist Carl Hiaasen for a hilarious discussion of his work and the unique environment, and residents, of South Florida.

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It takes 53 gallons of water to make a single latte, or a simple coffee and steamed milk. Four hundred gallons of water are needed to grow cotton for a t-shirt and a whopping 1,800 gallons to make one pair of blue jeans.

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Biological Sciences graduate student Bryan Dewsbury, and MFA Program Director Les Standiford, received recognition last Friday from the University Graduate School for their outstanding contributions.

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May

Yosmel Sanchez-Hernandez was awarded the American Geophysical Union's Outstanding Student Paper Award.

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On 14-16 May 2013, the USAID funded program Integrated Natural Resources Management in Watersheds (INRMW)- Georgia organized a three-day training on Drinking Water Quality in the town of Bakuriani.

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The MARC U*STAR, MBRS RISE & McNair Programs will be hosting a Summer 2013 Workshop series open to FIU students.

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The Paramount Pictures film Pain & Gain is based on the writing of Pete Collins, part of his MFA thesis of creative nonfiction crime stories about South Florida con men.

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Main Beach is on the list of Top 10 Beaches produced annually by coastal expert Stephen P. Leatherman, also known as "Dr. Beach, " director of Florida International University's Laboratory for Coastal Research.

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Jessica Lee is examining the impacts of ongoing water restoration efforts in the Everglades.

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MFA alumnus Pete Collins writes for the New Times about his journey from his days as a struggling journalist, grad. student, and adjunct teacher while writing "jailhouse yarns" to the red carpet for the Paramount movie based on his nonfiction, Pain & Gain.

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Dennis Lehane received the Best Novel Edgar® Award from for Live By Night at the 67th annual 2013 Edgar Awards banquet in New York City on May 2nd.

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In this podcast, researcher Dr. Kate Mansfield discusses the trial and error process that led to her team's discovery of a way to track the previously elusive first stages of a sea turtle's life.

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Mike Heithaus, executive director of the School of Environment, Arts and Society and marine sciences professor, has launched the Heithaus Lab Blog which highlights work from long-term studies in Shark Bay, Australia and the Florida Everglades, as well as newer studies across the globe.

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The School of Environment, Arts and Society (SEAS) and Zoo Miami will kick off its “Zoo FIU” lecture series Friday, May 17, with a talk by FIU zoologist and ecologist, Kristin Bishop.

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FIU’s Global Waters for Sustainability Program (GLOWS) and the Climate Change Research Program at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) hosted a water resources management workshop April 24-25 in Mexico City.

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June

The Ms. Foundation for Women has selected FIU English alum Lindsay Rosenthal for its 2013-2014 fellowship.

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FIU’s Global Water for Sustainability Program (GLOWS) recently hosted the “South Caucasus Conference on Sustainability and Watershed Management” in the Republic of Georgia.

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FIU's Global Water for Sustainability (GLOWS) program hosted a training in Georgia on sustainable and strategic planning for building resilience to natural and technological disasters.

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FIU's Jennifer Rehage's work was featured recently in a co-authored article in the Trends in Ecology and Evolution journal, and NPR's Radiolab.

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FIU English major, Meghan McLaren, won the Irish Women’s Open Amateur championship by a single stroke in her first competition of the summer. In addition, she helped England win the tournament’s Nations Cup.

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Many of FIU's famous connections can be traced back to the FIU English Department in SEAS.

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“Tree of Life” is a vibrant metaphor for the promise of a community and the resilience of its residents. Created by the people of Liberty Square in collaboration with FIU and community organizations, the piece is a work in progress, much like the children who created it.

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In the journal Trends in Ecology and Evolution, Bruce Robertson of Bard College, Jennifer Rehage of Florida International University, and Andrew Sih of University of California, Davis, take a look at a lot of documented examples of evolutionary traps and try to come up with a theory for them.

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Between May 10 and June 5 FIU-FTBG Graduate Student and Coordinator of Conservation of The National Botanic Garden of the Dominican Republic Mrs. Rosa Rodríguez, performed field work in the Dominican Republic to collect samples for conservation genetic studies of Pseudophoenix species found in this country.

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A prey’s fear of a shark is critical to protecting ocean biodiversity, according to researchers at Florida International University. Without this fear, a cascading effect within the ecosystem could destabilize the world’s oceans.

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July

A group of scientists from FIU are trying to find out how Everglades restoration will affect fish populations with the help of local fishermen.

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FIU and Zoo Miami will officially come together to explore and develop greater research and community outreach initiatives.

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The USAID program INRMW-Georgia on 3-4 July, 2013 presented draft Watershed Management Plans to Akhmeta and Telavi local authorities. The presentations were organized by the GLOWS’ Consortium members Representative Office of Florida International University (ROFIU-GE) and CARE International.

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Human-induced rapid environmental changes, such as climate change and the introduction of exotic species, have caused a broad, global decline in species.

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FIU English alumna Lindsay Rosenthal ’07 has been granted the Ms. Foundation for Women’s 2013-2014 fellowship.

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Some say careers in agriculture are a thing of the past, but don’t tell that to Krish Jayachandran, a professor and co-director of Florida International University’s (FIU) Agroecology Program.

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August

Heather Bracken-Grissom, marine sciences professor in the FIU Department of Biological Sciences, has helped answer one of the most debated questions among evolutionary biologists: Did the hermit crab evolve into the king crab, or did the king crab evolve into the hermit crab?

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A new study led by the Wildlife Conservation Society says that the American alligator and a dozen other crocodile species enjoy an occasional taste of fruit along with their normal meat-heavy diets of mammals, birds, and fish.

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Christian Lopes, Alex Perez and Jason Howard became the first students from FIU to visit the Aquarius Reef Base since the university took over management from UNCW earlier this year.

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Dr. William Anderson is aboard the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program's Expedition 346, also known as "Asian Monsoon."

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Supported by a grant from the Mohamed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, Mrs. Tracy Commock (Director of the Natural History Museum of Jamaica - Institute of Jamaica) is conducting research on the systematics of the Jamaican endemic genus Dendrocousinia (Euphorbiaceae) between August 25 and September 15

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Mrs. Tracy Commock (Director of the Natural History Museum of Jamaica, Institute of Jamaica) is being supported with a grant from the Mohamed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund to undertake studies pertinent to the systematics and conservation biology of the Jamaican endemic genus Dendrocousinia (Euphorbiaceae).

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As part of FIU’s overall partnership with Miami Northwestern, "The Education Effect" FIU students designed and facilitated classroom activities for the Miami Northwestern students.

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Following in the highly successful Maritime and Science Technology (MAST) Academy magnet model, today 100 more high schools students in Miami-Dade County have access to the rigorous curriculum at MAST@FIU.

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On 2 August 2013 Stephen M. Haykin, USAID Mission Director, Shalva Amiredjibi, Deputy Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Protection and Maria Donoso, GLOWS Consortium Director FIU, visited INRMW Program sites of upper watershed pilot area of the Alazani river basin.

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Dr. Ligia Collado-Vides, faculty member of the Department of Biological Sciences of FIU organized a workshop on Florida Algal Diversity between August 10-13, 2013.

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This summer at FIU, Ramkissoon had a chance to be part of research to help develop a treatment for the condition using tissue engineering, research that could help benefit millions of people who have osteoarthritis.

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Integrated Natural Resources Management in Watersheds of Georgia (INRMW- Georgia) presented a draft version of Watershed Management Plans on July 30.

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On the summer recommended reading lists of the L.A. Times, Time Out New York, and Flavorwire, It's Not Love, It's Just Paris has been praised in early reviews by the Miami Herald.

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FIU's John Dufresne's new "No Regrets, Coyote" received a glowing review from the New York Times Sunday Book Review this past weekend.

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Throughout most of the world sharks are in trouble. Big trouble. Dr. Michael Heithaus discusses the impact of the loss of these predators on their ecosystems.

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Tatiana Gaona-Narvez, a graduating Ph.D. student in Geosciences studying under professor Florentin Maurrasse, has been chosen as the Summer 2013 Worlds Ahead Graduate.

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FIU SEAS intern Abel Ramos Taype was recognized as a "Worlds Ahead" graduate this summer.

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September

Florida International University recently celebrated the re-opening of the Aquarius Reef Base, the world's only undersea research laboratory.

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Florida International University recently celebrated the re-opening of the Aquarius Reef Base, the world's only undersea research laboratory.

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For those looking to write the next New York Times bestseller, the historical narrative of our time or even an Oscar-nominated screenplay, the Writers Conference is the place to be.

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Tropical tree communities are moving up mountainsides to cooler habitats as temperatures rise, a new study in Global Change Biology has found.

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The USAID INRMW-Georgia program organized three events on the Coastal Clean-up Day in the city of Batumi which was held on September 19, 2013. Coastal Clean-up Day is earmarked by numerous countries since 1989 year.

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Over 200 volunteers took part in the annual cleanup on FIU's Biscayne Bay Campus this past weekend and collected almost 600 pounds of trash.

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FIU faculty speculates on the future of banana cultivation.

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Researchers in the FIU School of Environment, Arts and Society recently visited students at Treasure Village Montessori.

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The USAID program INRMW – Georgia conducted Drinking Water Transportation and Distribution training on 16-18 September 2013 in Radisson Blue Hotel, Batumi.

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FIU's recently acquired Aquarius Reef Base was recently featured on the TODAY Show.

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The impact of global warming on the Arctic poles is well documented and easy to see. But scientists are just now beginning to understand the impact of rising temperatures on tropical forests around the equator.

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FIU breathes new life into the Aquarius Reef Base, the world's only functioning underwater research habitat, which was almost mothballed after federal budget cuts.

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Featured in National Geographic, Dr. Ken Feeley discusses how tropical plants are migrating due to climate change.

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FIU Geography Professor Jeff Onsted has studied the affect of these development policies on land use and land values.

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FIU professor Dr. Suzanne Koptur discusses the gravity-defying millipedes that now call the Keys home.

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Danielle Coogan and Rachel Matthews from Coral Reef High School (Miami-Dade) are learning DNA skills in the FIU-FTBG Plant Molecular Systematics Laboratory located in the Science Village.

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FIU researchers have found that the American alligator, and a dozen species in the crocodilia order, enjoy a taste of fruit along with their usual meat-heavy diets of birds, fish and mammals.

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Prof. Eugenio Santiago-Valentín (Director of the Herbarium of the Jardín Botánico de Puerto Rico and Faculty of the Departamento de Biología de Universidad de Puerto Rico, Campus of Río Piedras, San Juan) is visiting (Sept, 1st - 14th) the Fairchild herbarium and library to perform research on taxonomy and nomenclature of several species from Puerto Rico.

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FIU Professor Denise Duhamel has guest edited The Best American Poetry 2013, just published by Scribner. The Best American Poetry series has been hailed as “an essential purchase” (The Washington Post) and "a 'best' anthology that really lives up to its title" (Chicago Tribune).

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At Florida International University, 300 students, staff and faculty toughed out a rainstorm Saturday to blaze trails, clean beaches and help with maintenance of local gardens.

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WFDD contributor Justin Catanoso recently spent more than two weeks with tropical biologists, including FIU's Ken Feeley, hiking through the jungles and rain forests of southern Peru, recording his experience.

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For decades, Florida's most well-known dialect was the one made famous by author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. Called "Florida Cracker" by white natives, it's now spoken mostly in the Panhandle and a few other shrinking spots throughout the rest of the state.

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After months of work to bring Aquarius Reef Base back to life, the world’s only undersea research lab is back in operation.

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Please join us for a LIVE viewing of the NASA astronauts and support team from Aquarius!

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Sylvia Lee never intended on finding, let alone naming, three new species of algae in the Florida Everglades.

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Fairchild researcher and FIU faculty member Eric von Wettberg and his colleagues Doug Cook and Varma Penmetsa at the University of California at Davis were recently awarded an NSF grant for a project entitled: "Deducing the Genomic Footprint and Functional Impact of Chickpea Domestication on Nitrogen Fixation."

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October

Human rights activist, intellectual, author and Zimbabwean poet Chenjerai Hove gave a lecture Oct. 28, “Exile And Patronage: Making Art In Cities of Refuge,” in which he spoke about the curses and blessings of exile.

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Co-director of FIU’s Agroecology Department, Dr. Mahadev Bhat, talks about the benefits of the university’s organic garden.

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William Anderson, associate professor in the Department of Earth and Environment and the Marine Sciences Program, recently spent two months aboard the research vessel JOIDES Resolution in the Pacific Ocean.

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Eric von Wettberg, professor in the FIU Department of Biological Sciences, has received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study the effects of domestication on wild chickpea genes.

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Phillip M. Carter, a sociolinguist in the FIU Department of English, has conducted research on Hispanic-English dialects in the United States, particularly in Texas and North Carolina.

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On October 5, 2013 the INRMW program’s EcoClubs participated in the “Science Picnic” which was initiated to promote popularization of natural sciences.

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Maureen Donnelly, associate dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and professor of biological sciences, recently traveled to Bangalore, India where she gave a seminar at the Indian Institute of Science on frog conservation in the new world tropics.

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MIT senior Grace Young’s love of marine robotics will lead her to spend up to a month underwater this semester, collecting data and teaching classes over Skype to help save the oceans.

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November

Anjanette Delgado MFA ’12 was taking the final course needed to graduate from the MFA Creative Writing program at FIU and was assigned to write a poem by none other than famed poet and FIU professor Campbell McGrath.

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Common South Florida pollutants from sewage, agricultural practices and other sources can lead to a rapid increase in coral disease and bleaching among nearby coral reefs, a new study finds.

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Dr. Susan Webster and the MARC U*STAR & MBRS RISE Coordinators had the pleasure of accompanying 16 FIU undergraduates including members of the MARC U*STAR, MBRS RISE, and QBIC Programs to the 2013 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Nashville, Tennessee.

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The World as Garden is an anthology of the writings of David Fairchild, one of the most important figures in American agriculture and science in the first half of the 20th century, and influential in the early history of Miami.

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Video book trailer for FIU Creative Writing Professor John Dufresne's new crime novel, "No Regrets, Coyote."

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Miami Book Fair International is celebrating its 30th anniversary this week. FIU’s Creative Writing program will be well-represented, with faculty, students, and alumni among the more than 300 authors who’ll be presenting at the Festival of Authors.

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Four FIU students embarked on a seven-day mission to Aquarius this week, the first FIU research mission to the world’s only undersea laboratory since the university assumed operations earlier this year.

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Check out when and where your favorite FIU authors will be at the 30th Annual Miami Book Fair International.

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Peruvian artist and Indigenous activist Jaime Luis Choclote Martinez recently unveiled a new mural in the Glenn Hubert Library at the Biscayne Bay Campus (BBC).

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On Friday, Nov. 15, Modesto A. Maidique Campus celebrated the grand opening of yet another outdoor recreation space for students, faculty and staff: the FIU Jogging Path, a lighted footpath that surrounds the FIU Nature Preserve.

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On Thursday, November 7, the Hubert Library (HL) of the Biscayne Bay Campus (BBC) of Florida International University (FIU) inaugurated an 8' X 20' mural entitled "Amazonia" painted by the artist Jaime Choclote, a native of the Amazonian city of Iquitos, Peru.

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Nicholas Ogle stands at the water’s edge on Florida International University’s Biscayne Bay campus and holds what looks like a giant, rotten green bean out to the crowd of teenagers in front of him.

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Check out the latest FCE LTER newsletter.

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FIU SEAS joined FIU SGA-BBC for Service Palooza 2013.

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For the past two summers, FIU biology student Aneysis Gonzalez did what few students get a chance to do: train in the lab of a Nobel Prize recipient.

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After decades of research, scientists from around the world have quantified the number of individual trees and species scattered throughout the Amazon Basin.

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Students, alumni and faculty present their research on petroleum source rocks, Caribbean fault zones, volcanoes, water systems, metallic ores, impacts on health of coastal ecosystems and communities, and education.

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December

Scientists estimate that one-third of the planet’s existing coral reefs could be lost in the next 30 years, largely due to rising ocean temperatures.

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MAST@FIU students gathered at the greenhouse at Biscayne Bay Campus (BBC) Dec. 6 to plant a variety of seedlings native to Florida, including firebush, scorpion tail and corky stem passion flower.

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FIU biological sciences professors Heather Bracken-Grissom, Timothy Collins and Mauricio Rodriguez-Lanetty have been invited to join the Global Invertebrate Genomics Alliance (GIGA), an international consortium that promotes genomics research of invertebrate animal species.

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Alum Tom Jelke, who earned a bachelor's degree in English from FIU in 1990, discusses why he has chosen to give back to his university, and the unexpected rewards he received.

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In the next 50 years, approximately 50 percent of conventional plantations in Central and South America are predicted to become unsuitable for the production and export of bananas.

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At 26, FIU alumnus Rigoberto Roche has reached a level of scientific success that many recent graduates can only imagine.

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Biologist and crop pioneer Eric Bishop-von Wettberg discusses his work attempting to combat food insecurity by making crops more resilient to climate change in the developing world.

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Dr. Michael Heithaus and Dr. Deron Burkpile discuss the importance of the Aquarius Reef Lab at TEDxFIU.

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