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Professor Rein explains the causes and the dangers posed by the toxins which cause the current red tide around Florida. These toxins are dangerous to animals and humans alike.

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Professor Kelly Rein (PI) and Professor Yuan Liu (Co-PI) have been awarded a $428K grant from the NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) Competitive Research Program. Their project is entitled: "An Intervention for Brevetoxin Induced Oxidative Stress" in collaboration with Mote Marine Lab in Sarasota.

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Professor Almirall of Chemistry and Biochemistry was recently appointed to the National Institute of Justice (NIJ)‘s newly created Forensic Laboratory Needs Technology Working Group (FLN-TWG).

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The university community gathered last month to celebrate faculty whose work has earned the university’s Preeminent and Emerging Preeminent Program status. Which included the Preeminent program, Global Forensic Justice Center and Emerging Preeminent program Translational Molecular Discoveries.

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The White House Office of Technology Policy and the National Science Foundation have honored Chemistry Professor Emeritus, Zaida Morales Martinez with a Presidential Award for her excellence in mentoring in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Zaida, thank you for continuing to bring honor and recognition to Florida International University with your exceptional work in the chemical sciences.

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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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