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The accidental engineer

Shekhar Bhansali’s life has taken him around the world. From his native India to Australia to Japan and finally the United States. Never one to follow the crowd, Bhansali instead chose a path that would test his ingenuity, show him new ways of approaching problems, and teach him lessons about working with people.

Faculty Profile: O. Dale Williams

O. Dale Williams, who recently joined FIU as chair of the Department of Biostatistics and interim chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health in the Robert Stempel College of Public Health, grew up as a self-described “hillbilly” in the Ozark Mountains in Southwestern Missouri. He never envisioned himself heading up two academic departments at a major state university in Florida. But that’s exactly what happened.

Mariel boatlift crucial to cementing national gay movement, says FIU historian

On April 20, 1980, Fidel Castro proclaimed that any Cuban who wished to immigrate to the United States could leave. During the ensuing months, more than 125,000 Cubans fled from the port of Mariel. Among them several thousand self-identified homosexuals the communist nation deemed anti-revolutionary “undesirables.”

Neighborhood HELP™ trains 21st century physicians at FIU

Neighborhood HELP™ trains 21st century physicians at FIU

DOE Fellows: Turning students into scientists

Cleaning up the nation’s hazardous nuclear energy sites is complex, technically challenging work that requires specialized skills. Yet leaders of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management, which leads those efforts, are growing concerned: Some 80 percent of the employees with those skills will approach retirement in the next 10 years.

Surviving a Child’s Death

There may be no greater strain on a family than the death of a child. Yet hospitals, doctors, and nurses are often ill equipped to help surviving family – mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and grandparents – cope with the overwhelming emotions and stress.

The Law of Life and Death

These strange questions open a new book by FIU College of Law professor Elizabeth Price Foley. The Law of Life and Death, published by Harvard University Press, uses stories of real people to examine the laws that govern such complex, provocative issues as abortion, in-vitro fertilization, life support, cryogenics and physician-assisted suicide.

NASA supports FIU student research to improve hurricane prediction

Joseph Zagrodnik always wanted to be a meteorologist. The only thing the Wisconsin native didn’t know was which specialty of the field he would study.

You think Japan and Haiti were bad? Just wait.

FIU professor Richard Olson says if governments around the world don’t get serious about reducing disaster vulnerabilities, hundreds of thousands of people will die, and millions more will suffer.

Poverty and AIDS

Public health experts have long known that black Americans infected with HIV die sooner on average than non-Hispanic white Americans. Many experts suspected this was because black HIV patients are more likely to be poor.

Reducing Arsenic in Rice

FIU biochemist Barry Rosen’s decades of research on how organisms handle arsenic at the molecular level is now pointing to strategies that may reduce the amount of arsenic that ends up in rice. His work also has implications for toxic waste cleanup and for optimizing drugs that use arsenic compounds to treat disease.

Solar Decathlon 2011

Two years ago, architecture professor Marilys Nepomechie and a group of FIU students conceived a home design perfect for South Florida – one that could get all its energy from the sun. This fall, they traveled to Washington, D.C., and built that house for a world-renowned competition: the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon.

FIU knowledge guiding massive Everglades restoration effort

After more than a century of developing, draining, and damming the Everglades, Floridians realized they not only were endangering the ecosystem’s unique plants and animals but also the water resources humans depend on. Now, after more than a decade of intense public, political, and scientific debate, Florida is attempting to reshape the ‘Glades once more, this time with the benevolent goal of “getting the water right.”

Residential burglaries decrease, Criminal Justice study finds

Despite poor economic conditions and high unemployment, residential burglary in the United States has decreased, according to Stewart J. D’Alessio, professor in FIU’s Department of Criminal Justice

Palm species named after Wertheim Conservatory curator

A species of palm, Orania zonae, was named for the Scott Zona, curator for the FIU Wertheim Conservatory and faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences. Zona was part of a research team that explored the Bird’s Head Peninsula of New Guinea and discovered 11 new species. They were described for the first time in: "A monograph of the genus Orania (Arecaceae: Oranieae)" earlier this year.

Turtle tracking 101: When all else fails, call your manicurist

A team of researchers led by Florida International University researcher Kate Mansfield and Florida Atlantic University researcher Jeanette Wyneken have developed a safe and reliable method for tracking young sea turtles, to the oceans’ greatest mysteries. How did they do it? With hard work, a little ingenuity and a good manicurist.

Of life and limb

When someone loses a limb to war, accident, or disease, she can get an artificial limb that restores some of her lost movement. But even the best prosthesis doesn’t restore the sense of touch. And touch is what lets you grip an egg tightly enough that it doesn’t fall but loosely enough that you don’t smash it.

Hand-held, 3-D Imaging Device Continues to Advance

A revolutionary radiation-free, three-dimensional diagnostic imaging device developed by an FIU professor is now a step closer to widespread use in hospitals and clinics around the world.