Celebrating a lifetime of giving: Jorge and Darlene Perez

In recognition of their support, Jorge and Darlene Pérez’s last name graces a beautiful art museum in downtown Miami. But did you know that their largesse extends, in a big way, to FIU? Recently, the couple donated $1 million 
to FIU’s Honors College. The largest gift in the college’s history, it created the Jorge and Darlene […]

Top FIU benefactor inducted into Inventors Hall of Fame

Decades ago, Dr. Herbert Wertheim turned his early ideas for inventions into prototypes using Maxwell House coffee cans as chemistry beakers. An optometrist and the founder and CEO of Brain Power Inc., he was the first
 to discover and produce ultraviolet light dye absorbers for eyeglass lenses, an innovation that has helped millions avoid cataracts […]

Wertheim family pledges additional $1 million to Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences

The Wertheim family, longtime benefactors of FIU, have pledged an additional $1 million for the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences. Dr. Herbert Wertheim made the surprise gift announcement during a ceremony to unveil a commissioned portrait of his wife, Nicole Wertheim, for whom the college is named. In 2013, the Wertheims donated $10 million […]

Dr. Herbert Wertheim to be inducted into Florida Inventors Hall of Fame

Dr. Herbert and Nicole Wertheim
By Clara-Meretan Kiah FIU benefactor Dr. Herbert Wertheim has been selected for the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame, which recognizes Florida inventors whose achieve­ments have advanced the quality of life for Floridians and Americans nationwide. An optometrist and the CEO of Brain Power Inc., Dr. Wertheim was the first to discover and produce ultraviolet light dye absorbers […]

CEO of Gates Foundation says FIU health grads inspire her

During the recent winter commencement ceremonies, graduates of the College of Medicine, College of Nursing and College of Public Health & Social Work were inspired by Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann, the CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Although some in the audience may have been expecting a typical commencement speech, Dr. Desmond-Hellmann flipped the […]