Mike Heithaus, dean of FIU's College of Arts & Sciences, testified before the House Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research. The hearing, titled "Research Innovations from Our Nation's Agricultural Colleges and Universities", was held on Tuesday, September 29 in Washington, D.C. Dean Heithaus highlighted FIU's innovative work detecting and protecting crops in South Florida that have recently become susceptible to the deadly laurel wilt disease being spread by an invasive insect.The dean also discussed FIU’s outreach efforts as an Hispanic-serving institution to attract minority high school students to the agricultural sciences and how the university is working to bridge the gap between the amount of Hispanic farm workers and Hispanic agricultural scientists and engineers. Other topics to be discussed include veterans and small farmers outreach, economic growth and job creation, and research partnerships in which FIU is engaged.
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