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FIU RESEARCH The 2009-2010 fiscal year represented a milestone in the long-term upward trajectory of research growth at FIU. During that 12-month period, FIU faculty obtained $100.5 million in total research awards. Not only does this represent a 13% increase from the previous fiscal year, it is also the first time FIU exceeded $100 million in research awards during a single fiscal year. Moreover, this increase in research awards comes on the heels of a 22% increase in research funding during the 2008-2009 fiscal year. This tremendous achievement reflects the truly “worlds ahead” commitment, effort and creativity of FIU’s faculty, students and staff. This accomplishDr. Andres Gil ment is made all the more remarkable by the challenging economic Vice President for Research and funding climate that we have all experienced during this period. The expansion of FIU’s research portfolio has significant benefits for the national visibility of the University, as well as well-being and economic vitality of our local communities. During the past two years, FIU faculty have been awarded several Major Research Instrumentation awards, which will enhance FIU’s existing research infrastructure and stimulate future research and creative activities. Faculty in the College of Engineering and Computing, as well as in the College of Arts and Sciences obtained several prestigious NSF CAREER awards. In addition, faculty from across the University successfully competed for large grants awards to support undergraduate and graduate student research and education from the NIH (e.g., RISE), the NSF (e.g., PIRE, CHEPREO), the United States Department of Education (e.g., Title V), and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (the Physics Education Program). Several new research awards have focused on the health and well-being of South Florida communities (e.g., substance abuse and HIV/AIDS prevention, child and adolescent mental health, family health, diabetes, etc.), as well as the environmental sustainability of South Florida and the world (e.g., Everglades restoration research, marine fisheries, water resources in Florida and the world, natural disaster preparedness in the U.S. and the Americas). Thus, the research programs of FIU faculty not only produce new knowledge, but they also have immediate and measureable social and economic impact to Florida, the nation and the world beyond. The impact of the FIU research enterprise is global in scope. FIU is entering a new phase of growth with regard to its portfolio of research and creative activities. The establishment of the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine is clearly a visible indicator of this new phase in the history of FIU, but there are many other signs of the direction we are moving together. Our research faculty increasingly engage in cross-disciplinary investigations within and outside FIU, and collaborate with other major universities and research organizations throughout the world. FIU’s colleges are developing programs and structures that emphasize multidisciplinary efforts in basic, applied, and translational research. The economic challenges that face the nation, our state, and local communities have not abated, and the next several years will continue to be challenging for obtaining research funds. Nevertheless, I am extremely optimistic that FIU’s national visibility for both research and creative activities will continue to expand. The achievements of our faculty, in terms of their research awards, as well as the significance and impact of the basic and applied research they conduct will make increasingly important social and economic contributions to our state, the nation, and many global communities.

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Scientific infrastructure is a key component of FIU’s WorldsAhead drive to expand research and creative activities. State-of-art research facilities are necessary for the success of our researchers, as well as to attract world class scientists to FIU. Our efforts to increase and improve scientific infrastructure this year have included the completion and planning of new facilities, and the renovation of existing facilities. These efforts have had immediate and significant impact on the local and state economies by employing workers in the construction of these facilities. Recent new facilities include the Academic Health Center building housing the College of Nursing and Health Sciences (AHC 3) that was officially opened in February 2010. The building, consisting of 114,929 gsf, contains modern training and research facilities for Nursing, Physical Therapy, and Occupational Therapy. It also contains state-ofthe art laboratories that will be used by faculty across the academic health disciplines. The first occupants of these laboratories include faculty from the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine’s World Class Scholar Program funded by the State of Florida, as well as new research faculty from the Robert Stempel College of Public Health and So- College of Nursing & Health Sciences Building cial Work, the Department of Chemistry, and current faculty from the Department of Biological Sciences. We also expect new faculty from Biomedical Engineering to move into this new laboratory space. This new Biomedical Engineering group has been recruited as part of FIU’s Cluster Hiring Initiative, as well as the Board of Governor’s (BOG) Scholar Boost Program. We also expect construction to begin next spring for the Science Classroom Complex and the Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work buildings. Both of these buildings will be integrated in the Academic Health Center and, combined, will add 218,190 gsf. During this past year, the Division of Research, working closely with Facilities Management and individual colleges, undertook major renovations of laboratory facilities throughout the University. A total of $4.7 million were expended during the year in these renovations. On the Modesto Maidique Campus (MMC), forty laboratory renovations were begun to accommodate new research faculty and update outdated facilities for current FIU faculty members. A major effort was the renovation of two floors at AHC I (formerly HLS I), which permitted the opening of the Center for Children and Families (CCF), which is part of the Cluster Hiring Initiative that recruited Dr. William PelMarine Biology Laboratories ham to the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry. The renovations also allowed the co-location of the newly created Institute for Child Health and Development (I-CHAD), led by Drs. James Jaccard and Wendy Silverman. A major effort to modernize the Marine Sciences Building at the Biscayne Bay Campus (BBC) has resulted in considerable increases in the research capacity of the Marine Sciences Program. As a result of these renovations, three faculty members from the School of the Environments, Arts and Society (SEAS) were able to relocate from the MMC to BBC. Furthermore, research space was created for an additional thirty graduate students and postdocs. Laboratory space has also been created for a new faculty member for SEAS, which will be partially funded by the BOG’s Scholars Boost Program.

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Worlds Ahead

in Discovery and Advances in Science The greatest measure of FIU’s research efforts is not in the dollar value of the research awards received by our faculty and students. Our Worlds Ahead vision is for research that expands the frontiers of science, and trains the next generation of scholars, scientists, and leaders in their respective fields. As an engaged University we focus on research that not only expands the frontiers of science, but also addresses the intractable challenges of society and the human condition. Our faculty and students are engaging in the pursuit of discoveries and advances in science that will reduce morbidity and mortality from cancer, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, diabetes and other diseases, and change the approaches to the delivery of health care by medical, public health, nursing and other health care professionals. From hurricane mitigation, to climate change, to nano-technologies, to forensic sciences, to the development of biomedical devices, our researchers are engaged in producing discoveries that will improve the human condition.

Annual Report 2009-2010

Annual Report 2009-2010

Annual Report 2009-2010

Annual Report 2009-2010

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Division of Research 2009-2010 Annual Report

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