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With rising seas threatening coastal communities all across the world, FIU has launched the Sea Level Solutions Center to help people understand, adapt and persevere.

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Ten projects to improve the health of the Gulf and fortify its ecosystems has been funded by the U.S. Treasury Department from Deepwater Horizon oil spill penalties. FIU's Dr. Kevin Boswell will be carrying out a study on informing fishery-independent reef fish surveys through advanced survey techniques.

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Micheal Heithaus, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Brian Schriner, Dean of the College of Architecture and the Arts were part of an academic panel on WLRN's radio show Topical Currents. The panel discussed higher education and the acronym of “STEM”: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Educators want to broaden not only the STEM acronym, but the performance of students and researchers to include the Arts, particularly writing.

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Tropical forests in the Andes Mountains are changing in the face of climate change. A new study published in PNAS reveals the number of highland tree species is decreasing as a result of lowland tree species moving upslope along South America’s longest mountain chain in response to rising temperatures and changing rainfall patterns.

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To conserve the planet’s ecosystems and their diverse plant and animal species, human populations should consume less meat, according to FIU researchers, Brian Machovina and Kenneth J. Feeley.

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Alumnus Richard Blanco ’91, MFA ’97 will take to the steps of the United States embassy in Havana Aug. 14 as the American flag is raised in Cuba for the first time in more than 54 years.

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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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