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January

Are you a FT student pursuing an FIU degree in a STEM field? Then this scholarship is for you - and the deadline is coming fast - Feb. 9, 2018. Apply Now! Preference given to first generation students of Caribbean descent.

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A unique opportunity for outstanding M.S. and Ph.D. graduate students who pursue nuclear-related projects to obtain research assistantship support from the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The deadline is fast approaching.

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Sensors and Sensing: From Molecules to Applications. During the 10 week program,from 5/21/2018 to 7/28/2018, the participants will closely work with faculty and graduate students on cutting edge research projects that bridge traditional chemistry disciplines. The REU program provides a $ 5,200 summer stipend. Sophomore, junior, and rising senior students are encouraged to apply!

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Professor Yuan Liu, a faculty member of the Biomolecular Sciences Institute (BSI), was recently granted a U.S. Patent (Patent No. US 9809843 B1) for her invention of a high throughput measurement of DNA base lesion repair capacity in human cell and tissue.

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Dr. Bruce McCord discusses a new tool for forensics detectives

Chemistry professor and IFRI faculty member Dr. Bruce McCord was recently interviewed by News Medical Life Sciences for his upcoming talk on forensic epigenetics.

February

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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April

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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June

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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August

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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September

As of fall semester 2018, eight students from around the world have set their sights on FIU’s Biochemistry Ph.D. Program, bringing the total to 23 biochemistry graduate students.

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