Mellon Foundation grants address inequities of vulnerable, marginalized communities

Vulnerable communities are often disproportionately impacted by disasters such as hurricanes, floods and, more recently, the COVID-19 pandemic. Often, these same communities’ voices have been silenced or marginalized when history is preserved.   Now, thanks to major grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Florida International University is addressing these inequities through two innovative programs that draw upon the talent and expertise of multiple academic areas […]

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 […]

Knight Foundation investment sparks anticipation among FIU students, alumni

Knight School students
When the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation invested $10 million in the newly renamed Knight Foundation School of Computing and Information Sciences, students and alumni across the country – like Cesar Villa Garcia ’18, Jose Maldonado ’17, and Ph.D. candidate Mireya Jurado – were ecstatic. The value of their degrees had just received an important boost. The College of Engineering & Computing, which houses the Knight School, is […]

FIU biomedical engineering professor working on innovations in medical imaging named National Academy of Inventors Senior Member

–By Elizabeth Calzadilla for FIU News FIU Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering Anuradha Godavarty, whose research and innovations have significantly advanced optical imaging technologies, has been named to the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) Senior Members. NAI Senior Members are faculty, scientists and administrators who have successfully patented, licensed and commercialized technologies that have positively impacted […]

FIU’s Ratcliffe Art + Design Incubator awarded $2.5 million to develop entrepreneurial leaders in the creative sector

–By Millie Acebal for FIU News FIU’s Ratcliffe Art + Design Incubator (RA+DI) has received a gift of $2.5 million from the Philip E. & Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation to develop diverse, entrepreneurial leaders in the creative sector and boost South Florida’s economy. This gift marks the third awarded to FIU’s RA+DI by the Philip E. & […]

Researchers inform decisions, promote community health during pandemic

FIU researchers from across disciplines have concerted efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. From creating programs that track the virus’s spread to examining the efficacy of emerging telemedicine technology among underserved communities, and more, their work seeks to advance understanding of the novel virus that has infected more than 52.9 million people worldwide. Their projects are […]

FIU think tank provides research, resources during pandemic

Dr. Maria Ilcheva, Assistant Director of Planning and Operations
–By Maria Rojas FIU’s Jorge M. Pérez Metropolitan Center is leveraging its expertise as South Florida’s leading, urban think tank to help local governments and organizations understand the scope of the pandemic’s effect on at-risk communities. The center’s work is advancing the conversation about who is lacking resources, what can be done about it and […]

Expanding research capability: University merges with Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies

In 2007, a cross-country move occurred that would eventually impact Florida International University. At the time, however, neither the university nor the institute that expanded from California to Florida knew that their biomedical research endeavors would lead to a merger. Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies, located approximately 125 miles north of the MMC campus, originally was attracted to […]

FIU Business ranked No. 1 in the world for real estate research

–By Cynthia Corzo for FIU News FIU Business has been ranked No. 1 globally for real estate research productivity by the Journal of Real Estate Literature. It is the first time that FIU Business has been ranked first in the world, tying with the well-known National University of Singapore, and the fifth consecutive year it has […]

Miami-Dade County’s hospitality industry recovering but facing more than $3 billion in losses this year

FIU/GMCVB study says consumer confidence and government policy and support are critical to the industry’s future –By Ivonne Amor for FIU News Miami-Dade County hotel and restaurants – the two largest hospitality industries in South Florida – have taken a $3.36 billion dollar hit from COVID-19, according to a new study. The study released today […]