Annual alumni reception breaks attendance record, raises awareness for Next Horizon campaign

A record number of alumni and friends of FIU came out to the Alumni Association Annual Cocktail Reception this year to celebrate their alma mater, learn about the university’s future and explore its innovative research programs. Six-hundred guests flocked to the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, a new site for the event, on May 16. […]

Discovered: Possible new species of hammerhead shark

DNA finding could have major implications for conservation Scientists have discovered what they believe to be a new species of hammerhead shark, prompting concerns about the species’ vulnerability and whether conservation practices in place today are widespread enough to protect them. The bonnethead, a small species of hammerhead shark found in the United States, Bahamas, […]

FIU awarded $3.4 million in fight against Zika

FIU researchers have been awarded $3.4 million for research to combat the Zika virus. The projects seek to undermine the transmission and impact of the disease using a variety of methods. The Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine received nearly $2 million from the Florida Department of Health to study how the Zika virus breaches the blood […]

County officials appoint Guilarte to HIV/AIDS task force

On this World AIDS day, Miami-Dade County leads the nation in new HIV infections. Only 65 percent of those infected receive regular medical care, and one HIV-positive person can potentially infect more than 1,000 people in three years if undiagnosed or untreated. To combat this alarming trend, Miami-Dade County officials created the Getting to Zero […]

President, provost announce preeminent programs

One of the goals of the FIUBeyondPossible2020 Strategic Plan is the identification and support of the university’s preeminent programs. We are excited to announce the inaugural group of FIU programs that have been designated as “preeminent” and “emerging preeminent.” A preeminent program at FIU is defined as a collaborative endeavor that demonstrates extraordinary success in […]

Everglades mangroves worth billions in fight against climate change

When it comes to storing carbon, scientists have put a price tag on the value of mangroves in Everglades National Park and it’s in the billions. Based on a scientific cost estimate, the stored carbon is worth between $2 billion and $3.4 billion, the researchers found. It is a relatively small price when considering the […]

Research milestone is just another day for FIU scientists

In an effort to understand the diets of plant-loving fish, FIU Ph.D. student Jessica Sanchez and marine sciences professor Joel Trexler delved into the world of herbivory in freshwater ecosystems. They wanted to develop a research framework for other scientists to follow in studies on the evolution of these diets. Their efforts resulted in a […]

Researchers embark on national landmark study of adolescent brain development

The largest long-term study of brain development and child health in the U.S. is underway and FIU researchers are at the forefront. FIU is one of the 19 research sites for the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) landmark study dubbed the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development, or ABCD. The study will follow the biological and behavioral development of more […]

Researchers shed light on Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

It has been six years since the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill dumped millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Plants and animals were harmed and the places they call home destroyed. The money brought in by fisheries and tourism was cut. A way of life was tarnished. With the highly anticipated Deepwater […]

When a child stops speaking, researcher helps find their voice

Eleven-year-old Aylani Suazo has not spoken to anyone in school since age 7. Her mother, Aysel, knew there was a problem halfway through the school year when Aylani was in first grade. What seemed like just shyness was affecting her daughter’s progress in school. Aylani went completely silent. It was only about a year ago […]