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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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FIU Magazine features FIU Provost and Executive Vice President Kenneth G. Furton and Abuzar Kabir of the College of Arts, Sciences and Education who collaborated on research which has led to patents with the potential to revolutionize the multi-billion dollar sample preparation and analytical testing industry.

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A new method developed at FIU makes toxicological, biological and environmental sampling and testing cheaper, faster, and more sensitive. The new technology, which has been independently validated, promises to disrupt a multi-billion-dollar industry.

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Two FIU Chemistry Students, Marcela Jaramillo and Gabriela Goldberg were awarded the Prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Ms Jaramillo was featured in the current FIU News.

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The International Carotenoid Society (ICS) will this year celebrate a half century since the inception of its International Symposium on Carotenoids event, to be held 9 – 14 July in Lucerne, Switzerland. Our own Provessor Landrum is the President of the International Carotenoid Society.

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The National Science Foundation has awarded a total of $650,000 in the form of three grants in the field of Chemistry Education. Sonia Underwood and Justin Carmel are joint faculty members with the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department and FIU's Stem TI Institute. Congratulations!!!

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Dr. Fenfei Leng is awarded an R-21 grant by the National Institutes of Health

The NIH/NIAID has awarded our own professor Fenfei Leng with an R21 grant for a project entitled "Targeting transcription-coupled DNA supercoiling for discovering antibiotics against bacterial DNA gyrase". The R21 grant mechanism is intended to encourage exploratory/developmental research. Congratulations Dr. Leng.