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The Florida Everglades is one of the most unique natural resources in the world, with an abundance of wildlife found nowhere else. SEAS researchers and their efforts in the Everglades were featured in a short documentary on the Fusion Network.

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A new book by Director of the FIU CHUE and FIU English professor Michael Patrick Gillespie explores the ways James Joyce wrote about his homeland with conflicting bitterness and affection--a common ambivalence in expatriate authors, whose time in exile tends to shape their creative approach to the world.

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South Florida’s butterflies have become the unintended victim of insecticide control, according to FIU researchers. A five-year study by scientists in the FIU Ecotoxicology and Risk Assessment Lab has found that exposure to naled, permethrin and dichlorvos — insecticides sprayed loyally for mosquito control — are acutely toxic with some species being more sensitive than others.

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FIU honored Michael Ondaatje, author of The English Patient (1992), at this year’s Lawrence A. Sanders Award in Fiction. Hosted by the Creative Writing Program and Department of English, the Lawrence A. Sanders Award in Fiction is awarded annually to a writer of fiction, identified by the Creative Writing Program, whose work combines literary excellence with popular appeal.

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Mike Heithaus has been appointed the dean of FIU’s College of Arts & Sciences. Heithaus, who has served as interim dean since July 2014, replaces Kenneth G. Furton, who was named provost and executive vice president of FIU last year. As the seventh dean of Arts & Sciences, Heithaus will focus on initiatives to improve student success, engage faculty and expand research opportunities. Heithaus is the founding executive director of the School of Environment, Arts and Society (SEAS).

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In just a few weeks, redbay ambrosia beetles will be on the move in Florida, a major concern for the state’s multimillion dollar avocado industry. FIU researchers believe a combination of drones and dogs could be game-changers in the fight to stop a deadly fungus spread by these invasive pests.

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Kekla Magoon, award-winning author of children’s and young adult books, recently visited campus.She met with students in Rhona Trauvitch’s “Major American Authors” class to discuss her book How It Went Down (2014).

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A team of researchers, including FIU biologist John Kominoski, has found organic carbon from forests, including leaves and twigs, is cut in half when low-to-moderate nutrient pollution, such as an excess nitrogen and phosphorus, is added to stream ecosystems.

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FIU has been selected as the only site in Florida to host a first complete edition of William Shakespeare's plays. The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum will display First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare.

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South Florida ranks as the world’s most vulnerable urban region in terms of assets exposed to the effects of sea level rise. FIU’s research is dedicated to developing and implementing solutions for the major environmental and economic challenges created by the rising seas.

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