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QUICKVIEW SUMMER 2013
Rankings & Recognitions College of Business ranked one of the Top 10 “America’s Best Colleges” 2013 in U.S. News & World Report. College of Business ranked #3 “greatest opportunity for minority students” in The Princeton Review. Center for Leadership in the College of Business ranked one of the top leadership development organizations in the country by Leadership Excellence magazine. College of Law ranked #3 most diverse law school in the U.S. by National Jurist Magazine. All 33 students in the inaugural class of the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine matched to one of their chosen residencies, besting the national rate of 93 percent. Mark Allen Weiss, professor and associate director of the School of Computing & Information Sciences, named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Brian Schriner, dean of the College of Architecture + The Arts, named president of the Florida Higher Education Arts Network of deans of architecture/ design, visual arts, performing arts and the humanities.
New institute focuses on science, technology, engineering and math
FIU has launched the new STEM Transformation Institute, a multidisciplinary partnership that will pave the way for student success in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The Institute brings together faculty from across disciplines to build a nationally recognized STEM education research group that will develop effective instructional techniques for the classroom. Leaders from all sectors, including business, government and education, have called for increased investments in the next generation of innovators and problem solvers to meet the needs of our increasingly technological and challenging world.
Wherever you want to go, FIU Online can take you there.
FIU’s new fully online degree programs offer the same quality education found at our on-campus university, only now it’s accessible anywhere. With a variety of degrees at both undergraduate and graduate levels, FIU Online’s programs are designed to get students on the fast track to success, with completion of some degrees in as little as one year. It’s the convenient, flexible, and affordable approach to building a better future. At FIU Online, students have support every step of the way. Earning a degree is a shared experience, with our renowned faculty providing feedback, and the full resources of a respected, prestigious state university. Visit FIUOnline.com for more information.
New technique to bring life-saving drugs to the brain
In a study published in the April 16 issue of Nature Communications, researchers from the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine describe a revolutionary technique they have developed to deliver the anti-HIV drug AZTTP into the brain. Professors Madhavan Nair and Sakhrat Khizroev used magneto-electric nanoparticles to cross the blood-brain barrier and send significantly increased levels of AZTTP— up to 97 percent more —to HIV-infected cells. For years, the blood-brain barrier has stumped scientists and doctors. A natural filter, the blood-brain barrier keeps most medicines from reaching the brain. This delivery method could help other patients who suffer from diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, epilepsy, muscular dystrophy, meningitis and chronic pain.
Family donates toward Alumni Center FIU’s Alumni Center is one step closer to becoming the new home for our university’s alumni, friends and visitors thanks to a $2 million planned gift from Richard W. Strait ’76 and Marcia L. Martinez-Strait MS ’77. This transformational gift is one of the university’s largest alumni contributions to date, and will support the design, construction and operation of the future Alumni Center. Richard is a lifetime member of the Alumni Association, a member of the College of Business Alumni Chapter, and in 2010 joined the President’s Council. His wife, Marcia, is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College.
FIU grad recites his poetry to the nation
Photo by: Justin Sullivan - Collection: Getty Images News
Two-time FIU alumnus Richard Blanco joined a very short list of great American poets, including Robert Frost and Maya Angelou, who have had the honor of serving as a Presidential Inaugural Poet. Blanco, who earned an undergraduate degree in 1991 from the College of Engineering & Computing and a master’s degree in creative writing in 1997 from the College of Arts & Sciences, recited “One Today,” an original poem he wrote for President Obama’s second swearing-in ceremony in January.
FIU Colleges & Schools College of Architecture + The Arts Dean Brian Schriner, MA College of Arts & Sciences Dean Kenneth G. Furton, Ph.D. College of Business Dean David Klock, Ph.D. College of Education Dean Delia Garcia, Ed.D. Honors College Dean Lesley Northup, Ph.D. College of Law Dean Alex Acosta, JD Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine Dean John Rock, M.D. College of Engineering & Computing Dean Amir Mirmiran, Ph.D. College of Nursing & Health Sciences Dean Ora Strickland, Ph.D. Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management Dean Mike Hampton, Ed.D. School of Journalism & Mass Communication Dean Raul Reis, Ph.D. Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work Dean Michele Cicazzo, Ph.D.
Female 56% Hispanic 63%
Black 14% White 13% Other minority groups 7% Asian 4%
First commencement ceremony (191 graduat
Florida International University signed into law
June 22, 1965:
Record set for the largest opening day enrollment (5,667) in the country
College of Law approved by the state legislature
Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine founded
2006 FIU Football plays its first game, winning 27 to 3 in front of a sell-out crowd
tes) First freshman class admitted, making FIU a four-year university
1981 North Miami Campus, known today as the Biscayne Bay Campus, opens
Athletics moves to Division I The Sunblazer mascot is retired in favor of the Golden Panther, which eventually becomes the Panther
Dr. Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center opens First doctoral degrees offered
Mark B. Rosenberg, a faculty member and former provost, becomes universityâ€™s fifth president, succeeding Modesto A. Maidique
College of Architecture opens
FIU expands its footprint with a Downtown Brickell location and Miami Beach Urban Studios on South Beach
The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum reopens in a new, state-of-the-art building
The Jewish Museum of Florida on Miami Beach becomes part of FIU, joining the Wolfsonian and the Frost museums Football team wins the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Checkout Football 10 year history video go.fiu.edu/football10
50,000 100,000 125,000 180 96 12 18
Spring 2013 enrollment Students will graduate from FIU in the next decade Alumni who live and work in South Florida
Bachelorâ€™s, masterâ€™s and doctoral programs
Percent of faculty hold doctoral degrees or highest degree attainable in their field
Colleges and schools including Medicine, Law and Architecture Division 1A sports teams, including football
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