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February

Professor Simpson recently wrote an interesting article on the "Unconscious Bias" in evaluation and hiring practices. The article is published in the January 2012 edition in the STATUS section of the CSWA's, a committee of the American Astronomical Society. Click for more information, Professor Simpson's article begins on page 11.

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March

Two of our graduate students won prizes at this year's Scholarly Forum. Gopal Bhatta's won second prize for his research and Jared Durden's poster won first prize. The recognition was announced at the reception last Friday in the Frost Art Museum, the final event of the Graduate Student Appreciation Week.

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April

Sigma Pi Sigma

The Department is reviving its Sigma Pi Sigma Chapter after a few years in hiatus. Please join students and faculty for this important event and reception thereafter. The ceremony will begin at 5:00pm on Saturday April 28th 2012 in room 140 Graham Center. A reception will be held after the ceremony in CP 220.

FIU physics Ph.D. student Idaykis Rodriguez ’08 is packing her bags and passport and headed to Lindau, Germany, this summer now that she has been invited to attend the 62nd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. The Cuban-born Panther is the only FIU student granted the opportunity to meet with more than 25 Nobel Prize winners this July.

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Professor Raue was featured in a recent article in the Miami Herald and earlier in the FIU News on the prospects for hitting home runs at the new Marlins Park in Little Havana. Dr Raue thinks that the new park will be lop off anywhere from 4 to 8 feet off well-struck balls when the roof is closed.

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May

Congratulations professor Sargsian

Congratulations to professor Sargsian on his recent promotion to Full Professor.

Congratulations professor Chapagain

Congratulations to professor Chapagain who was recently promoted to Associate Professor with tenure.

August

The Department of Physics at Florida International University invites applications for a position of Instructor of Physics Education to begin fall of 2012.

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September

FIU launched the STEM Transformation Institute today, a multidisciplinary partnership that will pave the way for student success in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Our own Professor Laird Kramer is founding director of the STEM Transformation Institute.

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October

FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg was on Capitol Hill this week to detail how the university is changing the game with innovative approaches to STEM education at all levels.

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November

FIU post-doc Sam Hewamanage gets on the cover of Symmetry Magazine, a Joint Fermilab/SLAC magazine published monthly.

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December

Kailey MacNamara, a Physics and Biology major, recently won the ABRCMS award

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FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg made a presentation to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) at the National Academy of Sciences Friday, Nov. 30, in which he shared the innovative approaches underway at FIU that advance science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

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Idaykis Rodriguez, a physics Ph.D. candidate, who was one of 550 students worldwide to be invited to the 62nd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings in Germany this year.

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