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February

Be ready for some amazing show that will feature Dr. Fiorella, an FIU physics professor! During the Miami Centennial celebration on Monday, March 23 at 8pm. She will perform live before 8,000 people right on the sand in South Beach (8th street). The “Let’s Get Astrophysical” show will feature the first and only Top 15 Stellar-Themed Pop Song Countdown, including songs from Muse/One Republic/Oasis and others, combined with live DJs/musicians/dancers, and acrobats, plus a laser light show.

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The CMS detector at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland is not only a remarkable scientific instrument; it is also a work of art. It stands 50 feet tall, weighs 14,000 tons, and its thousands of wires and components work in concert to enable it to detect the smallest particles of matter in the tiniest fractions of a second. It is one of the two particle detectors that enabled the discovery of the Higgs boson in 2012.

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Alex Sarracino, an FIU undergraduate student who has been working with Dr. Hebin Li, has received a prestigious offer to work in the city of lights for a summer research program

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March

Physics professor and faculty member in the STEM Transformation Institute, Geoff Potvin, and former FIU Physics graduate student (Ph.D. 2011) Vashti Sawtelle's, spoke about their work on women, diversity and physics. Their presentation was very well received and later published and discussed in the American Physical Society News.

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Currently a professor for Florida International University’s Department of Physics, Dr. Kramer is also the Director of the STEM Transformation Institute at FIU. He has been a transformative figure in influencing how STEM programs are taught university-wide.

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Dr. Van Hamme, Dr. Simpson, Dr. Webb, Dr. Terenzi and senior student Daniella Roberts tell us why they study physics, in this featured article

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The deadline, 03/15/2015, for Souther Cross Astronomical Society Scholarship application is fast approaching.

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April

The top two prizes of the 2015 physics graduate research competition, which was concluded this afternoon, have been awarded to Jessica Bartley (first prize) and Namuna Pandey (second prize). Both are female graduate students that are doing outstanding research at FIU physics department. Congratulations!

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Dr. Sargsian, a theoretical nuclear physicist at FIU, has been elected to the Jefferson Lab Users Group Board of Directors.

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Dr. Jim Webb has just received the FIU Campus Student Organization Best Advisor award for 2014-2015 for his work with the Astronomy Club. Congratulations Jim!

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Dr. He just won the prestigious FIU top scholar award for 2014-2015. Congratulations Jin!

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Dr. Jin He has just won the NSF CAREER award to Investigate 3D Extracellular Potential Distribution at Single Cell Level.

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Dr. Terenzi is featured in a Miami Beach Centennial celebration performance, where she blends art and physics and creates some amazing experience. Check it out!

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Newly minted Dr. Tiwari has won this year's best doctorate dissertation award in physics.

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May

In almost record time, 2014 Ph.D graduate Dr. Suman Neupane has been offered an tenure track assistant professor position by the Middle Tennessee State University.

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Dr. Jin He officially received the top scholar award at the SISH ceremony.

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July

Miami Herald features FIUTeach story on innovative FIU program that recruits students to become STEM teachers by combining science and education classes, and helping to give students entry into promising careers.

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The Physics Department has been awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation Award to provide scholarships for FIU physics majors. Scholarships of up to $10,000 per year for up to 4 years will be awarded to eligible majors who continue to qualify based on their academic performance and financial need each year.

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September

The AAAS has travel grants for women STEM faculty at MSIs who currently do not have international collaborations to attend Gender Summit 7 in Berlin in November. The deadline to apply is, September 25th.

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October

In addition, the learning assistant program, which has proven vital for Mastery Math, was pioneered by the faculty in the STEM Transformation Institute. It was first implemented in Physics as a teacher preparation program during a time when enrollment numbers were steadily dropping for majors. Today, the peer-mentoring program is being implemented at a much greater scale. Along with physics and math, FIU has deployed learning assistants in chemistry, earth sciences and biological sciences.

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The Biomolecular Sciences Institute (BSI) at Florida International University invites applications to fill a full-time tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Physics starting in August 2016.

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President Obama is hosting the "White House Astronomy Night" and has asked universities, planetariums and science centers to host events that same night, October 19. Here at FIU, there will be SAC telescopes out to show visitors the vistas of the night sky (weather permitting). There will also be music and refreshments, tours of the observatory, and a talk by Dr. Webb.

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FIU, in collaboration with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), hosted the association’s 2015 Youth Leadership Development Forum in October. Nearly 500 high school students representing nine Miami-Dade County Public Schools were in attendance.

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WASHINGTON, 04/27/15 – The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to announce the formation of the Florida International University OSA Student Chapter. This newest addition joins more than 325 OSA Student Chapter organizations in more than 55 countries around the world. OSA is the leading professional society for scientists,

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Dr. Webb just returned from an important trip to La Palma, in the Canary Islands, where the newest SARA (Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy) telescope was dedicated. This completely refurbished Jacobus Kaptyne 1-meter telescope is now at the "en roque de los muchachos" observatory, on top of La Palma, the second best observing sight in the world at 7,861 feet above sea level.

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November

Dr. Angela Laird is an Associate Professor of Physics at Florida International University and the director of FIU’s Neuroinformatics and Brain Connectivity Laboratory. She is the featured APS woman physicist of the month!!!!

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December

Physics students have earned the opportunity to participate in hands-on research, competitive summer internships and personal mentorship that will train them to be the next generation of scientists and engineers in charge of environmental restoration in the United States.

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Although the recent FIU astrophysical event have concluded, you can still relive it -- the videos are online!

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FIU astronomers now have access to a remotely operable telescope at one of the best observing sites for optical astronomy in the world: the Jacobus Kapteyn telescope (JKT) in the Canary Islands.

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