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Julian Mendel, Kenneth G. Furton, and DeEtta Mills have ferreted out a possible solution to a serious issue in one corner of the horticultural industry, and then ascertained the extent to which this solution is effective. The results of this study are presented in their article "An Evaluation of Scent-discriminating Canines for Rapid Response to Agricultural Diseases" published in the latest issue of HortTechnology.

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Michelle Melo found out about the ACS Project SEED program from a high school guidance counselor. She didn’t need Hollywood to help her realize that Forensic Science was the career for her. She was placed in FIU’s International Forensic Research Institute in the lab of José R. Almirall. Melo credits a part of her success to her days in Project SEED. “I don’t know if I would have been so focused and determined and known exactly what I wanted to do had it not been for that experience,” she says.

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Dr. Casado Zapico, Member of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the International Forensic Research Institute was interviewed on Telemundo's morning show celebrating National DNA day. (Dia nacional del adn)

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Please join us in congratulating our graduate student, Haixiang Yu who just received the GRADUATE SCHOLAR AWARD presented by the FIU Division of Student Affairs. This award recognizes a graduate student who has demonstrated outstanding leadership through academic achievement and/or academic research. Haixiang is a graduate student pursuing a Ph.D. degree under the supervision of Professor Yi Xiao.

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Sonia Underwood and Justin Carmel, FIU Chemistry & Biochemistry and STEM TI faculty members’ article entitled “Adapting Assessment Tasks To Support Three-Dimensional Learning” is picked as editor’s choice by the ACS and highlighted in the February Edition of Science Magazine.

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During the Cold War, the U.S. Department of Energy produced tons of nuclear material for the development of the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile. Today, the United States is awash in radioactive material from weapons production and nuclear power plants. Matthew Fortunato, a recent chemistry graduate is part of a research team led by Professor Kavallieratos trying to find the right mix of ingredients that could rid nuclear waste of actinides–the most dangerous long lived radioactive elements.

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An international team of scientists led by Florida International University's Alexander M. Mebel, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Chemistry Professor Ralf I. Kaiser, and Tom J. Millar of Queen’s University Belfast (Northern Ireland) discovered a novel chemical route to form silicon dioxide (SiO2) - the key molecular building block of terrestrial sand in interstellar space. The team announced their findings in the February 2018 issue of Nature Communications.

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The reservation deadline is February 15, 2018. Please join us for our annual Visitation Day to learn more about our Graduate Programs in traditional areas of Chemistry and Biochemistry as well as specializations in Environmental, Forensic and Radiochemistry. Take a tour of our facilities. Reservations are necessary please Contact us at mautie@fiu.edu.

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FIU students and their professor have patented a series of new tests that can quickly, accurately and cost-effectively confirm the presence of cocaine. The tests can be carried out by police on the side of the road – one testing saliva, the other unknown powders. In each case, the substance to be tested is added to a liquid solution developed by FIU chemist Yi Xiao and her students in the College of Arts, Sciences & Education. See FIU News and Miami Herald stories.

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As sea levels continue to rise, more areas of the coastal Everglades will be susceptible to salt water intrusion, according to a new FIU study. Sea levels rose 2.2 centimeters annually from 2011 to 2015, according to scientists in FIU’s Southeast Environmental Research Center and FIU’s Sea Level Solutions Center.

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