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Doctoral Student Wants to make Nuclear Energy Renewable

Dec. 6

Radiochemistry Ph.D. student Ingrid Lehman-Andino and two of FIU’s nuclear chemistry professors are working on a solution. The researchers believe the U.S. could lessen the impact of climate change by producing nuclear power with smaller amounts of reused, short-lived radioactive waste that is less toxic than what is used now.

Arsenic research lab lands a top journal cover, again

Nov. 28

When research led by one of the doctoral students in his lab recently landed the cover of a top journal in chemistry and toxicology, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine Professor Barry Rosen likened it to a golfer getting a hole in one. “Most researchers go an entire career without a cover,” he said. Barry P. Rosen is a Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Dr. Abuzar Kabir to serve as Guest Editor

Nov. 1

Fabric Phase Sorptive Extraction (FPSE), developed by Drs. Kabir and Furton, has continued to enjoy worldwide popularity as a new generation, green analytical and bioanalytical sample preparation technique. Today, Separations, a renowned Switzerland based open access journal, has announced to publish a Special Issue of the journal on "ADVANCES IN FABRIC PHASE SORPTIVE EXTRACTION". Dr. Kabir will serve as the Guest Editor of the Special Issue.

Congratulations to Drs. Kevin O'Shea and Bruce McCord

Oct. 13

Chemistry professor Kevin O'Shea is the recipient of the 2017 Faculty Convocation Award for Excellence in Advising and Mentoring. Professor Bruce McCord received the Faculty Award for Research and Creative Activities. Congratulations to both!

Nobel Prize in Chemistry Awarded for 3D Views of Biological Molecules

Oct. 4

Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson were awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry on Wednesday for developing a new way to construct precise three-dimensional images of biological molecules, potentially leading to, a revolution in how scientists study the inner workings of cells.

FIU's IFRI Leads the Way in Fighting The Opioid Epidemic

Sept. 29

Florida International University Researchers hope to pinpoint where heroin comes from and help stop the opioid crisis. The chemical structure of the drug provides clues to the manufacturing process used to turn opium poppies to heroin, an opioid that killed nearly 13,000 users in the United States in 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The efforts of the FIU Center was featured in a Miami Herald Article and the most recent edition of FIU News.

Zaida Morales-Martinez, Recognized by the American Chemical Society

Sept. 18

Zaida Morales Martinez, Professor Emeritus at FIU Chemistry and Biochemistry, has been named the 2017 Recipient of the ACS Stanley C. Israel Award for Advancing Diversity in the Chemical Sciences. The award will be presented at the 2017 Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society which will be held in Charlotte North Carolina on November 7 - 11, 2017. This is indeed an honor. Congratulations Zaida!

Congratulations to Professor Yuk-Ching Tse-Dinh.

Sept. 15

The NIH has renewed her R01 grant entitled: "Control of DNA Topology". This project is focused on understanding the structure, mechanism, interactions and regulation of bacterial topoisomerase I, a validated target for discovery of novel antibacterial compounds. The proposed work is of timely relevance for the development of new antibacterial therapy to combat the global health problem of multi-drug resistant bacterial pathogens.

Jose Almirall takes Center Stage

Aug. 15

FIU Chemistry Professor and Director of the International Forensic Science Institute talks about fire investigations and standardization in forensic science. This interview is featured the ACS Publication "Central Science" and is in collaboration with Chemical and Engineering News.

Dr. Kevin O'Shea awarded grant from the National Science Foundation

July 26

The National Science Foundation hereby awards a grant to Florida International University for support of the project entitled," Collaborative Research: Adsorption and Photochemical Transformations of Arsenic and Selenium Species by Natural Organic Matter-Coated Magnetic Nano-sized Iron Oxide Particles," under the direction of Dr. O'Shea. The award is expected to total $258,377.

DNA becomes primary target in fight against glioblastoma

July 21

By exploiting a brain tumor’s own biology, researchers at FIU’s Biomolecular Sciences Institute (BSI) are hoping to destroy glioblastoma, a deadly brain cancer with no known cure.

Cotton Based Material Could Yield Much Faster Chemical Screening

June 30

Researchers from Florida International University recently detailed a potentially revolutionary new method to test for the presence of chemicals with the help of widely available cotton fabric.

Biochemistry graduate lands prestigious fellowship at NIH

May 16

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).

Provost Kenneth Furton uses his forensic expertise at New York City's Guggenheim Museum

May 16

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

Students Win Poster Awards at FAME

May 6

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.

Two Chemistry Students Recognized "Worlds Ahead"

April 28

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!

Biochemistry graduate student mentored by Chemistry/BSI faculty wins prestigious UGS Provost Award

April 27

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

2017 SISH M+M Scholarships awarded to undergraduates in Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy

April 19

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.

Nobel Laureate in Chemistry Lecturing at UM

April 4

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.

Call for Abstracts

April 3

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.

Apply Now - The Zaida C. Morales-Martinez and Howard E. Moore Chemistry Award

Feb. 20

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.

Dr. Francisco Fernandez-Lima receives an NSF CAREER Award

Jan. 31

We have just been notified that our own professor Francisco Fernandez-Lima has been awarded a NSF Career Award. The project is entitled: "CAREER: Development of Gas-phase, Post-ionization Structural Tools for the Study of DNA-protein Complexes," This is indeed an achievement. Congratulations to Professor Fernandez-Lima

Robert Bergman wins Wolf Prize in Chemistry

Jan. 10

Organometallic chemist honored for his efforts to activate carbon-hydrogen bonds. Robert Bergman has won the 2017 Wolf Prize in Chemistry. Bergman is the Gerald E.K. Branch Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley. The prize is given out by the Israel-based Wolf Foundation to honor achievements in medicine, mathematics, physics, chemistry, and the arts. Professor Bergman was also the Ph.D. mentor of our own Konstantinos Kavallieratos.

Deadlines Rapidly Approaching

Jan. 6

The nuclear scholarships and fellowship applications; the homeland security internship; postdoc opportunities, and several others become due within the next 2 to 4 weeks. Please click on the Opportunities tab on this web page to find out more.