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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Poet, alumnus and professor Richard Blanco receives Carnegie Great Immigrant honor

–By Angela Nicoletti for FIU News Inaugural poet and FIU alumnus Richard Blanco has spent decades wrestling with the question of what it means to be American – from the experience of being an immigrant and the child of immigrants to the search for a sense of cultural identity, community and belonging. On the Fourth […]

FIU Expert: What Hurricane Michael taught us about preparing for this year’s hurricane season

As part of an op-ed series, FIU News shares the expertise and diverse perspectives of members of the university community. In this piece, meteorologist Erik Salna offers important insight about what last year’s hurricane season can teach us for this year’s. Salna is the associate director for Education and Outreach with the FIU International Hurricane Research Center […]

Research rules out mental flexibility, attention as advantages for some bilingual children

–By Ayleen Barbel Fattal for FIU News Bilingual children are on equal footing with monolingual children when it comes to regulating their behavior, planning and problem-solving, according to a new FIU study. For more than 20 years, research has suggested children who are bilingual have an advantage when it comes to executive functions, which are […]

Scientists unearth clues to seismic event on day the dinosaurs died

–By Ayleen Barbel Fattal for FIU News A discovery confirms the meteor strike that likely wiped out dinosaurs produced tsunami-like waves reaching what is now North Dakota, according to FIU Professor Florentin Maurrasse who helped identify fossils and interpret data for the recently released findings. That means the waves traveled more than 2,800 miles from where the […]

Pediatricians should encourage parents to use their home language with their children, says researcher

As part of an op-ed series, FIU News shares the expertise and diverse perspectives of members of the university community. In this piece, associate professor of applied linguistics Melissa Baralt discusses the importance of bilingualism and its role in early child development and lifelong child health. Her colleagues, Ashley Darcy Mahoney, a neonatal nurse practitioner at Baptist Children’s […]