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January

Dr. Almirall’s recent Top Scholars award

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February

FIU Professor of Biochemistry Fenfei Leng and co-workers recently discovered and confirmed the existence of DNA topological barriers that are able to block supercoil diffusion along the DNA double helix.

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An international team of scientists including Dr. Alexander Mebel of Florida International University discovered a novel chemical route to form polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in ultra-cold regions of interstellar space, with possible implications for the origin of life. The team announced their findings in the January 3 issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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March

Dr. Jose Almirall receives the UGS Provost Award for Outstanding Mentorship of Graduate Students.

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June

The FCE LTER Program began in 2000 as part of the LTER Network established in 1980 by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Based at FIU, the FCE LTER Program is operated by the Southeast Environmental Research Center and led by co-PIs E. Gaiser (Biology), M. Heithaus (Biology), R. Jaff (Chemistry), L. Ogden (Anthropology) and R. Price (Earth & Environment).

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July

Dr. Anthony DeCaprio of IFRI is featured in FIU News for his current research in detecting bath salts and other designer drugs

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Students in Dr. Lichter's CHM1045 course have been developing YouTube videos to teach solubility rules (i.e. which ions combine to form precipitates). Check out the following article in the Journal of Chemical Education highlighting this activity

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September

Drs. Kavallieratos and Miksovska were awarded a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for the establishment of a new Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site on "Sensing, Monitoring and Detection: From Molecules to Applications". The University has committed an additional $100,000 to the success of this new program, which involves 11 faculty and aims to increase participation of women and underrepresented minorities in interdisciplinary research in our department.

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Ph.D students from Poland will spend EU sponsored internships in our department. Ms. Justyna Nagaj and Ms. Kamila Stokowa-Soltys, the third year doctorate students of Bioinorganic and Biomedical Chemistry at University of Wroclaw, Poland, are visiting FIU on three-month internship program founded by European Union. The project goal is "Development of potential and educational offer of University of Wroclaw as a chance to increase the competitiveness of the University". The purpose of their i

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December

FIU Chemist David Becker helps celebrate 12/12/12 with research on the surprising significance of the number 12.

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