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January

Jack Black was standing in the dark-green, jungle-like backyard of South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard. The actor gazed at the blue-black pond with its prowling bass and sunfish, then up at the roof. Gleaming white solar panels, the slender, geeky Stoddard explained, power his whole house, including air conditioning and even an electric car. He pays Florida Power & Light less than $10 per month.

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Lindsay C. Malloy is a developmental psychologist and assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and Center for Children and Families at FIU. As people across the United States express outrage over the interrogation methods, Malloy reminds readers not to forget the countless numbers of children who face interrogations every day.

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Lindsay C. Malloy is a psychology professor at Florida International University. In an CNN article Lindsey writes, "While pregnant with my second child, I had a false positive Zika test." My experience isn't rare, she writes, and we need more funding for better testing and support.

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March

Congratulations to Dr. Reeb-Sutherland on receiving the Provost’s Outstanding Graduate Mentorship Award!

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FIU News article depicted the work of Dr. Yesim Darici, director of the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, professor of Physics, and winner of the In the Company of Women Science & Technology Award.

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April

FIU assistant professor of psychology Asia Eaton addressed the corps’ leaders and other officers on the dangers regarding the sharing of non-consensual pornography. “While the Marines are a tightknit community, they were hungry for knowledge and solutions from outside organizations and experts,” Eaton said. “They realized they have victims who are seriously suffering, and this has affected their national reputation.”

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Psychologist Bethany Reeb-Sutherland never lets anything get in the way of helping those who depend on her. Not even cancer. As she was navigating cancer treatments, the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences notified her that she would receive the 2017 Early Career Impact Award for her major contributions to advancing the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior.

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May

At the 2017 Florida Annual Meeting and Exposition, three Emerging Young Investigators of the American Chemical Society were highlighted: Dr. Yan-Yan Hu from FSU, Dr. Francisco Fernandez-Lima from FIU, and Dr. Eugene DePrince from FSU. These young investigators are being recognized for their early independent work, which is quickly gaining recognition in their respective fields. Join me in congratulating Dr. Francisco Fernandez-Lima for this well-deserved professional achievement!

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Sakhrat Khizroev, an electrical engineer, physicist and professor at the College of Engineering & Computing and the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, in collaboration with other co-inventors, has developed a new physical model to describe how nanotechnology can be used to treat cancer.

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June

Timothy F. Page, associate professor in the Department of Health Policy & Management, and faculty mentor program member, found that despite declines in revenue few businesses changed their prices, inventories or staff levels. This was consistent with the belief that the downturn would be temporary and business would return once the outbreak was over.

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In the grand scheme of Dade County, South Miami doesn't matter. The oversize village of 12,000 souls wedged between Kendall and Coral Gables is known as a quiet place to live if it's known at all. That's why Philip Stoddard's tale is all the more remarkable.

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Philip Stoddard, mayor of South Miami, professor and faculty mentor program member, sees zero benefits to the president’s decision to leave the Paris Climate Agreement.

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July

FIU’s Institute of Water and Environment was one of the summit’s supporting partners. Institute researchers gave presentations and led workshops, including marine ecologist James Fourqurean, aquatic ecologist Evelyn Gaiser, geologist Rene Price, ecologist Joel Trexler and wetland ecologist Tiffany Troxler.

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FIU researchers were awarded $7,642,368 in May 2017. Here is a listing of awards received by Faculty in the Faculty Mentor Program.

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August

When students see their science classmates as very interested in the class, they are more likely to develop an interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers, according to the national study led by FIU professors Zahra Hazari and Geoff Potvin and published recently in Science Advances.

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Mayor Philip Stoddard, an FIU biology professor and Faculty Mentor who was inspired by several California cities that passed similar ordinances, is pushing for new residential construction in South Miami to be equipped with solar panels.

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September

The organic garden and shed adjacent to the preserve suffered no damage from Hurricane Irma. Agroecology Professor and Faculty Mentor Program participant, Krishnaswamy Jayachandran, whose class maintains the garden, said the tarps they used to protect the garden were still in tact when he surveyed the area Thursday, Sept. 14. He’s looking forward to getting his students back outside for their regularly scheduled activities as soon as possible.

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Properly handled, information provided by parents and teachers should help doctors determine with greater clarity whether a child has attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). That’s the premise of a study published March 5 in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

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