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January

Dr. Soto received the 2016 American Psychological Association (APA) Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology. He was also selected as a Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science.

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February

Incumbent South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard was reelected Tuesday night, defeating former Mayor Horace Feliu and first-time candidate Claudia Hauri with nearly 53 percent of the vote.

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Dr. Erica Musser's research on ADHD was featured in The Washington Post.

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As people across the United States express outrage over the interrogation methods used to question Steven Avery’s intellectually disabled nephew Brendan Dassey in the the Netflix documentary “Making a Murderer,” Malloy reminds readers not to forget the countless numbers of children who face interrogations every day.

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Interested faculty members teaching physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics courses can apply. February 15th is the target date to submit your application. Click above to read more.

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March

Dr. Lindsay Malloy was nominated by her students and has won the 2016 UGS Provost Award for Outstanding Mentorship.

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When geosciences professor Grenville Draper set out to find a way to better communicate with his colleagues in Latin America, he never imagined his efforts would result in the most downloaded paper on FIU Digital Commons.

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Mentors Mahadev Bhat and Krish Jayachandran win 2016 Presidential Excellence Award

Mentors Mahadev Bhat and Krish Jayachandran were presented the 2016 Presidential Excellence Award by President Mark Rosenberg for their research and work in the Agroecology Program. Congratulations to both!

Yesim Darici, director of the Center for Women's and Gender Studies was presented with this prestigious award on at the 2016 Service and Recognition Awards Ceremony.

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April

A team of researchers, including FIU legal psychologist Nadja Schreiber Compo, are the first to study blind interviewing through observation, a technique contrary to what is recommended by the National Institute of Justice.

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May

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. This genetic finding can help breeders create varieties of chickpea that will fare better against debilitating diseases, yield a higher number of seeds on the same amount land, and fetch a higher price per seed.

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Individual faculty members from across the university who have earned certain positions or accolades for their research and creative activities over the course of the past year, are honored and invited for a cocktail and a chat with the President and Provost and each of their respective Deans.

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July

Psychologist Elise Trucco, a researcher at FIU’s Center for Children and Families, has found that the use of this drug actually has long-term effects on the brain, contrary to the belief that marijuana is a “safe drug.”

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The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) has awarded FIU physics professor Caroline Simpson the 2016 Richard H. Emmons Award. The ASP is the largest general astronomy society in the world with members from over 70 nations.

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September

FIU biologist, mayor of South Miami, and faculty mentor Philip Stoddard has been recognized for his commitment to educating and engaging the community on sea level rise and related issues.

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Chemistry professor Sonia Underwood published two research papers which focus on how to design assessment protocols and questions that are aligned with three-dimensional learning.

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New research by Social Work professor Shanna Burke suggests that lack of sleep and untreated depression may increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

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October

Faculty Mentor Program participants were honored at the CASE Faculty Awards ceremony for excellence in teaching, research, service, and engagement. Congratulations!

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BSI Director, Dr. Yuk-Ching Tse-Dinh was invited to serve on the NIH panel for review of Small Business (SBIR /STTR) proposals in small molecule drug discovery and development, medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry, protein-based therapeutics, and protein chemistry. The focus is on the development of therapeutics.

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Small Business: Drug Discovery and Development BSI Director, Dr. Yuk-Ching Tse-Dinh was invited to serve on the NIH panel for review of Small Business (SBIR /STTR) proposals in small molecule drug discovery and development, medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry, protein-based therapeutics, and protein chemistry. The focus is on the development of therapeutics.

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The Women in STEM Initiative will provide education on the issues faced by women in STEM fields, resources for enhancing their involvement, and will propel the University to succeed in recruitment efforts and applications for available grants that will strengthen both our faculty and our student population.

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November

Faculty mentor, physics professor and CWGS director Yesim Darici will receive the Science & Technology Award at the 29th Annual In the Company of Women Awards ceremony and reception on March 8, 2017, at the Coral Gables Country Club. Congratulations!

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FIU has been awarded a $3.2 million National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Grant aimed at developing strategies to increase the number of women and minority professors in STEM fields.

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December

The 2016 National Academy of Inventors Fellows Selection Committee has named Provost and Executive Vice President Kenneth G. Furton an NAI Fellow.

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