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January

The Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry has just been officially approved. The program is specifically targeted at future biochemists; one that fully integrates its two core disciplines, chemistry and biology. It will officially open in the Fall of 2016

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The Office of Nuclear Energy Issues Requests for Scholarship and Fellowship Applications

The Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) today announced two new Requests for Applications (RFAs) for the Integrated University Program (IUP) seeking applicants for undergraduate scholarships and graduate-level fellowships in nuclear energy-related fields. These are separate from the NRC Scholarships and Fellowships recently announced

New Internships for students are available and have been listed in the "Opportunities Tab". Deadlines are fast approaching!!! Please click on the Opportunities Tab

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February

Chemistry professors Jose Almirall, Anthony DeCaprio and Bruce McCord shared these grants. The fellowships were awarded to chemistry professor Yi Xiao‘s research group to study rapid on-site screening of synthetic cannabinoids in seized substances and biological samples, and to McCord’s research group studying DNA methylation — the modification of a strand of DNA after it is replicated — for identification of body fluids.

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Final deadline for the Nuclear Research Fellowships (March 15, 2016) and Nuclear Research Scholarships (March 1st, 2016). **** Final Deadlines*****

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March

On May 10, 2016, the Chemistry & Biochemistry department will celebrate our graduates. We cordially invite our graduates and their families to join us at the Chemistry Reception Area in CP 320 from 5:30-7:30pm.

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April

Congratulations to Saskya Etienne, Ikeoluwapo (Ike) Ibrahim and Dennise Montero, this year's School of Integrated Science and Humanity (SISH) undergraduate student scholarship awardees in Chemistry!

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May

Worlds Ahead means going beyond what is expected, taking the opportunity you are given and doing something great with it. Read more about our SISH graduates!

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July

President Rosenberg will recognize BSI Worlds Ahead graduate

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August

Chemistry professor Christopher Dares' research showcased in recent journal of Science. Opportunities available: see post for info on Post Doc Openings in FIU's radiochemistry program.

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This past spring the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry elected Dr. Yong Cai to serve as chair of the Department for the upcoming four years beginning in the fall term 2016. Dr. David Chatfield served as chair from 2008-2016 and is eager to return to the lab. Thank you for a job well done Professor Chatfield!

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Another summer of major breakthroughs for our growing interdisciplinary nuclear program and our Ph.D. Radiochemistry Track with five major US Department of Energy (DOE) and US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) awards led by Chemistry & Biochemistry Department faculty teams!

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September

Faculty Convocation and Awards Ceremony took place on Thursday, September 29th in the Graham Center Ballrooms. During this ceremony, the achievements of both Professors Almirall and Jaffe were recognized with Faculty Awards for Excellence in Research & Creative Activities.

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Old friends, new friends, family, students, faculty and staff came to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Leonard Keller at the Leonard S. Keller Celebration of Life Event last week. Please enjoy the beautiful photos, courtesy of Jackelyn Marcos Photography For more information on the Leonard S. Keller Memorial Scholarship, please go to the following web address: https://ignite.fiu.edu/keller-memorial-scholarship-cc/

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Chemistry professor Sonia Underwood published two research papers which focus on how to design assessment protocols and questions that are aligned with three-dimensional learning.

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The Faculty Senate Honorary Degree and Awards Committee has recognized both Professors Almirall and Jaffe with a Faculty Award for Excellence in Research & Creative Activities. The formal conferral of this award will occur during the Faculty Convocation Award Ceremony and Banquet on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 5:30pm. Congratulations Professors Almirall and Jaffe!!!

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Nobel Laureate Richard Schrock will be speaking at the Chemistry Department of the University of Miami. Friday, October 7, 2016 at the Wilder Auditorium, Knight Physics Building Room 112. 3:30pm-4:30pm

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October

Professor Fenfei Leng led a group which has recently synthesized a type of novel fluorescently labeled circular DNA molecules to study DNA topology and topoisomerases by fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET). The research article was published at Scientific Reports on October 31, 2016. The first author, Maxwell Gu, is a high school senior at American Heritage High School

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Recognized for Outstanding Contribution in Teaching was Sandra Stoyanovic; for Outstanding Contribution in Research were: Rudolf Jaffe, Yuan Liu, Alexander Mebel, and Yi Xiao; for Outstanding Contribution in Service were Milagros Delgado, Konstantinos Kavallieratos, and Kathleen Rein

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November

The Department of Homeland Security, and others have available opportunities for undergraduates available for the Summer. Additionally FIU Nuclear Fellowship Program has various opportunities for graduate students both incoming to FIU and current FIU students. Do not miss these opportunities!

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December

Congratulations to the MMC student ACS chapter, and to its advisors, Uma Swamy and Jonng-ho Moon for earning an Outstanding award for its activities conducted during the 2015-2016 academic year! In addition the MMC student ACS chapter was also conferred with the green chemistry award. The award winning chapters will be honored at the 253rd ACS National Meeting in San Francisco, CA on Sunday, April 2nd, 2017.

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Drs. Evgen Govor and Raphael Raptis in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, FIU, along with collaborators in Athens (Greece) and Oxford (U.K.) have discovered the first example of a multinuclear complex undergoing a high-spin (H) to low-spin (L) conversion upon an one-electron reduction.

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Jill Beaver, receiving a Ph.D. in Biochemistry under Professor Yuan Liu's guidance will also be recognized as a World's Ahead student at the Commencement Ceremonies to be held at 10 am on 12/12/2016. Congratulations!

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