Emerging Preeminent Programs

An “emerging preeminent program” is a collaborative endeavor with high potential to be designated preeminent.

Gordon Institute Director Brian Fonseca was one of the featured speakers during the program.

Gordon Institute hosts cybersecurity training program in Argentina

Cyber threats have no borders. One hacker in one place can damage an entire company – along with its employees […]

Local conditions shape plant communities

Local conditions shape plant communities

The local environment plays a key role in determining what kinds of plants grow there, according to a new study that could […]

Botanist backs conservation of threatened flowers

Botanist backs conservation of threatened flowers

Nichole Tiernan is sounding the alarm for conservation of some of the world’s princess flowers, which are more in trouble […]

FIU is becoming the hub of cybersecurity research and education

FIU is becoming the hub of cybersecurity research and education

The growing dependence on technology, combined with the growth of progressively sophisticated hackers and a severe shortage of cybersecurity professionals, […]

Former president of Costa Rica becomes visiting scholar, discusses future of the Americas

Former president of Costa Rica becomes visiting scholar, discusses future of the Americas

Getting to learn from a professor who is also the former president of a country can sound like a far-fetched […]

Hong Liu (left) and her students Haydee Borerro (center) and Jason Downing (right) conduct research in the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park in 2014.

Ecologist suggests wild approach to selling threatened plants

Selling plants could save them from extinction. The key is growing them in their natural habitats, not on private properties […]

FIU to host annual conference focused on cybersecurity workforce outreach

FIU to host annual conference focused on cybersecurity workforce outreach

Our homes and smart devices, banking information and medical records, and the nation’s power grids and election systems all face […]

From Tango to politics: My summer exploring Argentina

From Tango to politics: My summer exploring Argentina

This article is part of our Summer Sojourns 2018 series highlighting the summer adventures of FIU students. Earlier this summer, […]

Grad student researches role of women in guerilla groups

Grad student researches role of women in guerilla groups

Doctoral student earns NSF Fellowship for her research project Battles, revolts and guerillas are often associated with men. Men fighting, […]

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J. Aaron Hogan

Let slow-growth forests recover before logging once more

Loggers need to control their appetite for slow-growing trees to spare the Amazon rainforest from deforestation. A new study by […]

FIU celebrates Preeminent Programs 

FIU celebrates Preeminent Programs 

It takes a lot of work by a lot of people to keep FIU a top-tier research institution. On a […]

U.S. Department of Commerce selects FIU as partner in cybersecurity education outreach

U.S. Department of Commerce selects FIU as partner in cybersecurity education outreach

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) granted FIU, and its partner New America, a […]

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Educating a generation of cyber warriors

Educating a generation of cyber warriors

Leaping wizards: Graduate student Rene Balbuena, left, and senior Andrew Sanzetenea are studying computer science in pursuit of jobs that will put them […]

NIH releases first dataset from unprecedented study of adolescent brain development

NIH releases first dataset from unprecedented study of adolescent brain development

More than 7,500 children recruited for study to date; data available for first 4,500 The National Institutes of Health (NIH) […]

Experts talk cyberattacks on business, lead live ‘hack’

Experts talk cyberattacks on business, lead live ‘hack’

With cyberattacks increasingly targeting consumers shopping online, private businesses and public organizations, the cyber world – and its vulnerabilities – are […]

Researchers investigate effects of e-cigarettes on adolescent brains

Researchers investigate effects of e-cigarettes on adolescent brains

Use of e-cigarettes is on the rise, leaving scientists wondering what effects they could have on the developing brains of […]

Natural Christmas trees make Santa’s nice list

Natural Christmas trees make Santa’s nice list

When it comes to Christmas trees, natural ones are the way to go, according to FIU botanist Oscar Valverde-Barrantes. Most artificial […]

FIU botanist Oscar Valverde-Barrantes assists with recovery efforts at The Kampong in Coconut Grove, Fla.

Recovery, research continues at botanical garden thrashed by Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma showed FIU botanist Oscar Valverde-Barrantes something he does not often get to see. All across The Kampong, trees […]

FIU's Cyber-Physical Systems Security Lab.

CyberCorps pays for students’ education, gives them job opportunities

Leonardo Babun can’t wait to face challenging cybersecurity projects once he graduates. And thanks to a new scholarship-for-service program that […]

FIU’s Stempel College to build health disparities research center with $13.1 million grant

FIU’s Stempel College to build health disparities research center with $13.1 million grant

FIU is building Florida’s first Health Disparities Research Center at a Minority Institution (RCMI) with a $13.1 million grant from […]

Cybersecurity reaches a critical point, FIU and OAS create specialized program

Cybersecurity reaches a critical point, FIU and OAS create specialized program

The magnitude of cybersecurity threats has never been higher and shows no sign of slowing down. The global cost of […]

Department of Defense eyes students for jobs

Department of Defense eyes students for jobs

The Department of Defense (DoD) is looking for a few good men and women — especially minorities — to fill […]

Costa Rican president leads candid conversation, receives university’s Presidential Gold Medallion

Costa Rican president leads candid conversation, receives university’s Presidential Gold Medallion

Spending time at FIU was a homecoming of sorts for Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera. A former researcher […]

Downed trees not necessarily a lost cause

Downed trees not necessarily a lost cause

Among the devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma last week, many downed trees and uprooted plants were left in the storm’s […]

Deficiencies in early brain activity linked to delinquent behavior in teens

Deficiencies in early brain activity linked to delinquent behavior in teens

Lower levels of brain activity during childhood may lead to decreased self-control and, eventually, delinquent behavior in adolescence, according to […]

Jennifer Richards

Humanities major turned botanist rises to top of her field

Every time FIU botanist Jennifer Richards looks at a plant she sees something new that amazes her. Nearly 40 years […]

FIU to offer first Internet of Things degree in U.S.

FIU to offer first Internet of Things degree in U.S.

Smart watches, smart phones, many home security systems and autonomous vehicles: The Internet allows them to communicate with each other […]

Green pigeon pea. Photo by croptrust.org.

FIU geneticist wants to arm farmers with improved pigeon pea plants

Researchers have identified key genes associated with flowering time in the pigeon pea, a finding that could lead to more […]

Study on Central American gangs finds rehabilitation possible

Study on Central American gangs finds rehabilitation possible

“Life in the gang is a miserable life. One starves, cries alone and still can’t leave. Anywhere one goes, one […]

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Brazil nut

Ancients transformed landscape of the Amazon, researchers find

Ancient people likely had an architectural role in the Amazon’s plant life, a theory that contradicts the long-held belief the […]

Rep. Eliot Engel discusses Trump, U.S. policy toward Latin American

Rep. Eliot Engel discusses Trump, U.S. policy toward Latin American

As a ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel has seen relations between the U.S. […]

Green School professors release books on Castro and Cuba

Green School professors release books on Castro and Cuba

By Melissa Burgess As the world continues to react to the passing of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, two professors from the […]

County officials appoint Guilarte to HIV/AIDS task force

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 […]

FIU Drs. Raul Gonzalez and Angie Laird reflect on their day on Capitol Hill advocating for the ABCD study.

Researchers petition Congress for support of landmark brain study

This week, researchers from universities across the country gathered at FIU in D.C. to discuss an unprecedented study on adolescent brain […]

Protected areas can’t keep rising temperatures out

Protected areas can’t keep rising temperatures out

Protected areas can stop people from cutting and burning trees in the Amazon, but they can’t keep rising temperatures out. […]

Researchers embark on national landmark study of adolescent brain development

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 […]

Majority of Cuban-Americans in Miami oppose U.S. embargo

Majority of Cuban-Americans in Miami oppose U.S. embargo

2016 FIU Cuba Poll also reveals support for increased investment in and travel to the island while Trump is in […]

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Cybersecurity certificate program launches this fall

Cybersecurity certificate program launches this fall

With sophisticated hackers targeting everyone from Sony and Target to the Pentagon and State Department, the demand for skilled workers […]

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Kabuli chickpeas earn farmers more money for their desired appearance and thin seed coats that are easier to cook. 
Photo by northerngate.ca.

Scientific discovery could revolutionize one of world’s most important crops

Conservation geneticist wants to arm Ethiopian and Indian farmers with revolutionary new varieties of chickpea. A team of researchers, including […]

Wertheim Conservatory at FIU's Modesto A. Maidique Campus

Young plant scientists are top emerging botanists

Two FIU biology students were recently recognized by the Botanical Society of America as the country’s top, emerging botanists. Imeña […]

Brain research: A collaborative effort at FIU

Brain research: A collaborative effort at FIU

FIU faculty are collaborating across the disciplines on projects related to neuroscience and, specifically, the brain. In addition to the […]

Miami cold spell has chilling effect on tropical bees

Miami cold spell has chilling effect on tropical bees

A rare cold spell in Miami, that saw temperatures dip as low as 35 degrees, had damaging effects on tropical […]

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Rare species are more important than originally believed, according to new research

Rare species are more important than originally believed, according to new research

The world’s rarest species — both plants and animals — contribute disproportionally to the ecosystems where they reside, according to […]

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The North American Coastal Plain is a global biodiversity hotspot stretching from the Florida Keys north to Massachusetts.

Photo courtesy of Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund.

Saving hotspots of environmental diversity from destruction

The North American Coastal Plain, stretching from the Florida Keys north to Massachusetts, was recently declared a global diversity hotspot […]

FIU launches Latino public opinion polling initiative

FIU launches Latino public opinion polling initiative

Results: Trump lacks Hispanic support necessary to win the White House With the number of Hispanic voters in the U.S. […]

Christopher Baraloto, director of the International Center for Tropical Botany, a collaboration between FIU and the National Tropical Botanical Garden.

Getting to the root of plant form and function

The remarkable diversity of plant shapes and sizes found around the world can explain how some of the most complex […]

Protecting the nation’s power grid from cyber attacks

Protecting the nation’s power grid from cyber attacks

  Researchers from FIU’s College of Engineering and Computing have teamed up with four other universities and a utility company […]

Canines detect deadly disease in historic avocado trees

Canines detect deadly disease in historic avocado trees

Nestled within the lush tropical foliage of The Kampong resides 20 avocado trees. They were planted nearly 100 years ago […]

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FIU to examine substance use in youths  as part of national landmark study on brain development

FIU to examine substance use in youths as part of national landmark study on brain development

The National Institutes of Health has awarded FIU $12.7 million as part of a multi-year national landmark study on substance […]

Christopher Baraloto, director of the International Center for Tropical Botany, a collaboration between FIU and the National Tropical Botanical Garden, examines a flower at The Kampong in Coconut Grove, Fla.

Responsible forest management key to storing carbon

The logging of tropical forests is widespread, but it is not necessarily environmentally catastrophic, according to a team of international […]