College of Medicine appoints interim dean of diversity

–By Ileana Varela for FIU News Dr. Cheryl Holder has been named interim associate dean of Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity, and Community Initiatives for the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM). Holder is a highly respected clinician, educator and community leader who has dedicated her medical career to serving underserved and vulnerable populations. “I am truly […]

Global FinPrint, first-of-its-kind global survey led by FIU researchers, reveals sharks are functionally extinct from many reefs

–By JoAnn Adkins for FIU News A landmark study by Global FinPrint reveals sharks are absent on many of the world’s coral reefs, indicating they are functionally extinct — too rare to fulfill their normal role in the ecosystem.  Of the 371 reefs surveyed in 58 countries, sharks were not observed on nearly 20 percent, indicating a […]

TONKINSON FOUNDATION TO ENHANCE STUDENTS’ EXPERIENCE THROUGH NEW CARTA MEDALLION

–By Sarah Hernandez for CARTA News Imagine learning musical techniques first-hand from a Grammy Award winner, or getting acting tips from a renowned Hollywood actor as part of the curriculum. Wouldn’t it be great, if while earning a degree, students had the opportunity to learn directly from the leading actors, musicians, designers or architects in […]

College of Medicine appoints interim dean of diversity

–By Ileana Varela for FIU News Dr. Cheryl Holder has been named interim associate dean of Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity, and Community Initiatives for the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM). Holder is a highly respected clinician, educator and community leader who has dedicated her medical career to serving underserved and vulnerable populations. “I am truly […]

Global FinPrint, first-of-its-kind global survey led by FIU researchers, reveals sharks are functionally extinct from many reefs

–By JoAnn Adkins for FIU News A landmark study by Global FinPrint reveals sharks are absent on many of the world’s coral reefs, indicating they are functionally extinct — too rare to fulfill their normal role in the ecosystem.  Of the 371 reefs surveyed in 58 countries, sharks were not observed on nearly 20 percent, indicating a […]

TONKINSON FOUNDATION TO ENHANCE STUDENTS’ EXPERIENCE THROUGH NEW CARTA MEDALLION

–By Sarah Hernandez for CARTA News Imagine learning musical techniques first-hand from a Grammy Award winner, or getting acting tips from a renowned Hollywood actor as part of the curriculum. Wouldn’t it be great, if while earning a degree, students had the opportunity to learn directly from the leading actors, musicians, designers or architects in […]

Where we stand: FIU Equity Action Initiative sets the stage for systemic change

Vice President for Human Resources El pagnier Hudson discusses the university’s push for racial equality across the institution. –By Alexandra Pecharich for FIU Magazine When in late May the nation began reeling in response to the police killing of an unarmed Black man named George Floyd—one in a string of such disturbing episodes—FIU President Mark […]

Alumnus, FIU parent discusses family’s Panther legacy, why he gave to student emergency relief fund

Two-time alumnus Josue Raudales ’97, MS ’05 is a proud FIU Panther and an FIU parent, as well. Raudales was an international student from Honduras and a member of the Honors College during his time at the university. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the College of Engineering & Computing and […]

Jason Saltzman named vice chair of enterprise growth for the FIU Foundation Board of Directors

Jason Saltzman, entrepreneur, investor, author, and a member of the Florida International University Foundation Board of Directors, has been named vice chair of enterprise growth for the FIU Foundation Board of Directors. He will lead the new Corporate Enterprise Growth Initiative, created to adapt to the shifting philanthropic landscape and help ensure the Foundation’s continued […]

A community of supporters bolsters South Florida hospitality industry

–For FIU News For alumna Heather De La Torre and her husband Jesus, owners of Jr’s Gourmet Burgers in Miami Springs, business is a family affair. The “mom-and-pop” restaurant celebrates its 10-year anniversary this year, and the couple thinks of their small, close-knit staff as kin. But, like many restaurants nationwide, the COVID-19 pandemic dealt […]

FIUstrong: Providing emergency relief for students during the pandemic

The university is raising funds for students suffering financially during the health crisis. –For FIU Magazine When FIU student Gabriella Llaña lost her job during the pandemic, she feared she might lose her apartment, too. Living alone, she wasn’t sure how she would afford rent. With support from the FIUstrong disaster relief initiative, the university […]

Professors receive NSF grant to develop app to mitigate impact of COVID-19

–By Diana Hernandez-Alende for FIU News The health care system has been impacted significantly due to the rapidly growing number of COVID-19 cases. A shortage of basic medical supplies, personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical technology has been a major challenge for health care professionals around the world.  Researchers from the College of Engineering & Computing […]

Doctoral student is Miami-Dade’s new Principal of the Year

–By Chrystian Tejedor for FIU News Rafael Villalobos was determined to make a difference. He thought he could do that by pursuing a career in law enforcement, so he earned a degree in criminal justice. Then Villalobos noticed how warm and kind teachers and staff were to his younger brother, who was blind and on […]