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In The Prince of Los Cocuyos, presidential inaugural poet and two-time FIU alumnus Richard Blanco poignantly shares his story as a kid born in Spain to a family of Cuban exiles who then immigrated to New York and ended up in Miami

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South Florida’s predisposition to weather extremes renders the region’s infrastructure acutely vulnerable. But weather extremes are not exclusive to South Florida. The Urban Resilience to Extreme Weather-Related Events Sustainability Research Network (UREx SRN), a newly formed team of researchers, is addressing these challenges on an international scale.

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The White House’s Council on Environmental Quality named FIU as the host for its first Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) seminar on developing locally relevant exercises supporting community resilience to climate change. The seminar will focus on climate adaptation, preparedness and resilience.

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As a team of international astronauts splashes down for a 14-day training mission in FIU’s Aquarius Reef Base, they will be advancing coral reef research at the same time.

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FIU Biology Professor Kenneth J. Feeley is one of 173 researchers who contributed to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) on tropical tree species in the the world’s tropical forests.

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In a study commissioned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to address the growing number of butterflies going extinct, FIU-SERC researcher Dr. Gary Rand found two common chemicals used in spraying were toxic to butterflies at amounts typically used to control mosquitoes.

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FIU PhD Candidate Camila Caceres was featured on a segment on Un Nuevo Día on Telemundo regarding recent shark attacks and how to prevent them.

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Researchers are embarking on the largest-ever attempt to survey the world’s shark populations. More than 400 reef locations will be surveyed during the three-year project dubbed Global FinPrint. Mike Heithaus, FIU marine biologist and dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, is part of the international team of researchers.

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Florida’s rainy season is in full force and pet owners are being cautioned to keep an eye out for toxic toads that can potentially kill dogs and cats. “The wet season means increased activity of all amphibians,” said Maureen Donnelly, associate dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and professor of biological sciences.

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As part of a new op-ed series, FIU News shares the expertise and diverse perspectives of members of the university community. In this piece, Hugh E. Willoughby, Distinguished Research Professor of Earth Sciences in the Department of Earth and Environment, addresses hurricane observation techniques and how their evolution has helped make big storms less deadly.

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