Professor gives back to support first-generation scholarships, Fostering Panther Pride

In 2020, Professor Chang won the FIU Faculty Award for Teaching.
As a Panther, professor of criminology and a life-long learner, Rosa Chang ’99, ’21 believes in the transformational power of education so much that she’s making it a part of her legacy. By giving a part of her estate—a significant gift for FIU—Chang ensures that first-generation scholarships and Fostering Panther Pride, a vital college access program for […]

College of Arts, Sciences & Education (CASE) holds inaugural chair and professorship installation

–By Jessica Borsi One of the most powerful applications of a university’s endowment funds is the establishment of endowed chairs and professorships, enabling eminent faculty to pursue research and pedagogical goals that make lasting impacts on their students, in their fields, and in the world at large. Endowed chairs and professorships attract and retain talented […]

Ignite co-founder Stephen Fain reflects on a decade of impact

In this issue of SOAR, we speak with Stephen Fain, Ed.D., the founding director of Ignite, founding member of the FIU faculty, and professor emeritus in the former College of Education (now the School of Education and Human Development). Since its creation in 2011, Ignite has become the most successful faculty and staff fundraising campaign […]

Forging the future: Developing personalized treatments for cancer patients

The leading-edge research of FIU faculty member Diana Azzam is advancing the field of personalized cancer treatment. But were it not for a project when she was an undergraduate chemistry student in her native Lebanon, she may not have pursued her current work.  “I got involved in an observational study of incidences of cancer in a mountain area versus the city,” she recounted. “We found there was a higher incidence of […]

Dean John Volakis and Dr. Jason Liu discuss impact of Knight Foundation’s recent investment in computing and information sciences education at FIU

Knight School students
Last week, the College of Engineering & Computing (CEC) announced its newly named Knight Foundation School of Computing and Information Sciences (KFSCIS), in recognition of a $10 million investment by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in the school and FIU’s tech ecosystem. The Knight Foundation’s gift, which is accompanied by an additional […]

Pete Markowitz appointed associate dean of Honors College

–For FIU News The Honors College has appointed Pete E.C. Markowitz assistant dean.  Markowitz joined FIU in 1995 as a professor in the Department of Physics. In 2001, he became a faculty fellow at the Honors College where he has taught Freshman Seminar and sophomore courses.  “I have had the privilege of working with Pete for almost 15 years,” says Honors College Dean Juan Carlos Espinosa. “He is […]

FIU Law dean creates scholarship for first-generation students

The scholarship will support students who are the among the first generation in their families to attend college in their endeavor to earn law degrees. Antony Page, dean of the FIU College of Law, recently made a $200,000 planned gift to the university to establish a scholarship for law students who are among the first generation […]

FIU scientist holds one of the top 100 longest-funded NIH research grants

Barry P. Rosen’s arsenic research funding exceeds $23M in nearly four decades –By Ileana Varela for FIU News FIU annually honors its top scholars—faculty members and administrators whose work demonstrates a significant impact in their respective fields. This year, the university has selected Distinguished University Professor Barry P. Rosen, as an FIU Top Scholar in the […]

Landmark study of adolescent brain development renewed for 7 years

–By JoAnn Adkins for FIU News The National Institutes of Health awarded a seven-year continuation of  the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study, providing FIU and 20 other study sites the funding to continue the largest long-term study of brain development and child health ever conducted in the United States. The renewal provides $290 million for an additional […]

FIU to recruit 8 additional professors to program committed to diversity, mentorship

–By Ashley Garcia for FIU News President Mark B. Rosenberg and Provost and Executive Vice President Kenneth G. Furton recently committed eight more faculty positions to the Diversity Mentor Professor Program. Offered by the Office to Advance Women, Equity & Diversity (AWED), the Diversity Mentor Professor Program is a special initiative to recruit excellent faculty to FIU who […]