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Conservation geneticist wants to arm Ethiopian and Indian farmers with revolutionary new varieties of chickpea. A team of researchers, including FIU biology professor Eric von Wettberg, has identified the gene responsible for giving white chickpea its light seed and flower color.

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Park on Blue Garage’s rooftop, and experience poetry. A gigantic poem written in between the lines of parked cars is the latest addition to the 2016 Honors College’s Aesthetics and Values exhibit currently on display at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum.

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In just five years, global learning has become an integral part of FIU, helping students gain a greater understanding of global issues and the collaborative spirit and perspective necessary to tackle complex problems. SEAS English and Earth and Environment departments made the list!

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The first captive-bred Florida Grasshopper Sparrow hatched this week under the care of researchers with FIU’s Tropical Conservation Institute. One of the world’s most endangered birds, the Florida Grasshopper Sparrow resides exclusively in Central Florida.

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Climate change, urbanization and growing populations can affect the survival of bears, jaguars, hyenas, lions, tigers and other of the world’s largest carnivores. This insight and more was presented by Joshua Ginsberg at this year’s Our Common Future lecture at FIU.

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Two FIU biology students were recently recognized by the Botanical Society of America as the country’s top, emerging botanists. Imeña Valdes and Rebecca Valls were among 27 students from the United States to receive the Young Botanist Award.

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Rebecca Rauch-Thane, a dual enrollment student at FIU from Miami Beach Senior High School, is on a mission to improve the health of Biscayne Bay. Northern Biscayne Bay has been affected by sewage release, bulkhead construction, dredging and the creation of artificial islands throughout the past century.

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As we fast approach the close of another academic year, we are proud of our partnership between the Science Staff of the Everglades Foundation and the faculty and students of FIU. Together we continue to invest in the future of graduate students who are committed to Everglades restoration through science and research. Please enjoy this briefing on our FIU ForEverglades Student Scholars and Fellows and learn how together we can continue to educate the next generation of stewards.

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April is National Poetry month, and FIU News spoke to alumni who have broken into the ranks of published poets like Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello ’14, Ashley Jones ’15, Cathleen Chambless ’15, Rita Martinez ’03 and Alexandra Regalado ’99.

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Laurel Nakanishi, FIU MFA, is the creator of the Sun Room, a program going into Liberty City schools to teach creative writing to third- and fourth-graders. This room is where poetry becomes therapy.

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