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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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Worlds Ahead biochemistry Ph.D. graduate Jill Beaver has been awarded an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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Provost Kenneth Furton uses his forensic expertise in scent detection for contemporary art exhibit at New York City’s Guggenheim Museum.

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FIU students Alexander Bolufer and Anthony Castellanos from Dr Francisco Fernandez-Lima research group obtained the Second place for Poster presentations during the FAME 2017 meeting, held in Tarpon Springs, FL.

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Two chemistry students, Michael Perez and Robert Wood are being recognized as Worlds Ahead Students. Both students are dual majors: Michael in Biology and Chemistry; Robert in Psychology and Chemistry. Congratulations!

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Congratulations to Haixiang Yu, student in the Biochemistry Ph.D. Program, for winning the UGS Provost Award for Graduate Student Outstanding Paper or Manuscript in STEM. Haixiang's faculty mentor is BSI researcher Dr. Yi Xiao. Chemistry and Biochemistry students were well represented among the awardees at the Graduate Student Appreciation Week 2017

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Abigail Sundberg and Natalie Smith will receive the Zaida Morales-Martinez & Howard E. Moore Scholarship Award on Thursday, May 4, from 4-6pm at the MARC Pavilion.

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Richard Schrock, 2005 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, will be lecturing at the University of Miami. The lecture is entitled "Ever More Surprises and Useful Organic Reactions Involving Olefin Metathesis by Molybdenum and Tungsten Catalysts" Please click on this news item for details. All are invited.

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The 6th annual IFRI Symposium will take place on May 9 and May 10th. This year's symposium coincides with the 20th anniversary of the formation of the Institute, and we look forward to continuing the excellent tradition of engaging keynote speakers, workshops, and presentations covering a wide range of topics in forensic science. Deadline for Submission of Abstract is April 14, 2017.

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It's that time for chemistry students to submit their applications for the Zaida C. Morales-Martinez and Howard E. Moore Chemistry Award. The deadline for submission is March 6, 2017. Please click above for more details.

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