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Biology professor awarded NSF grant for pioneering work on coral reefs 

Coral reefs around the world are in crisis. In the Caribbean alone, coral reefs have experienced drastic losses in the past 30 years, with 80 percent of the live corals lost since 1977. Coral disease is a major cause of the pandemic major decline of the reefs. While scientists can identify 20-22 different coral diseases, they know the causes of only four of these diseases [...]


 
FIU's first study abroad program in West Africa a success
Twelve FIU undergraduate and graduate students led by Professor Jean Rahier, the director of the African & African Diaspora Studies Program (AADS), recently returned after a month of studying and touring in Senegal and The Gambia from FIU’s first study abroad program in that region. The five-week program provided the students with an introduction to West African cultures and traditions and the growing importance of cultural and heritage tourism [
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Founding Faculty Fellow Bruce Hauptli Passes Big Shoes to Fill to John Stuart
On August 17 Bruce Hauptli’s tenure as Founding Faculty Fellow in the Office of the Provost came to an end. “Bruce set a very high standard. He helped a great deal in enhancing the linkages between the faculty and my office”, said Provost Wartzok. “I am particularly grateful for his painstaking review of faculty credentials for our SACS reaffirmation of accreditation, which became a major undertaking during his time in the Office of the Provost”. Hauptli passed on big shoes to fill  [...]



  Incoming freshman agroecology student wins Future Farmers of America competition
Joey Tardanico, an incoming freshman, won first place in the zoology category in the science competition at the annual state-wide Future Farmers of America (FFA) conference in Orlando in June for a research project sponsored and funded by FIU’s agroecology program. Tardanico’s project was part of a unique high school summer internship program which brings together talented students and FIU professors to work on agriculture, food and natural resources-related projects Tardanico’s project was part of a unique high school summer internship program which brings together talented students and FIU professors to work on agriculture, food and natural resources-related projects. Tardanico’s project was part of a unique high school summer internship program which brings together talented students and FIU professors to work on agriculture, food and natural resources-related projects.
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 Google Research Award Goes to FIU Professor Vagelis Hristidis 
Vagelis Hristidis, assistant professor in FIU’s School of Computing and Information Sciences (SCIS), has won a Google Research Award in the amount of $70,000, the first award of its kind earned by SCIS faculty. Hristidis, who will share the award with his collaborator, Professor Panagiotis Ipeirotis at the Leonard N. Stern School of Businessat New York University, will focus his research on creating theory and technologies that facilitate the effortless exchange of information within an application domain [...]


 
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