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Oceanic whitetip sharks move with extreme efficiency, exploiting physics to maximize their energy surplus for both hunting and downtime. A team of scientists that included shark biologists, an aerospace engineer and statisticians spent several years developing precise calculations based on the oceanic whitetip’s average size, swimming location,...

Name: Alexand Gibson Major: Mechanical engineering Where did you intern? I interned with the System Integration Test & Evaluation (SIT&E) team at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems in Space Park, Redondo Beach, California. Space Park is a historic location for space technology where rocket engines, lasers and advanced satellites have been designed...

Everyone loves the holiday season. Spending time with family and friends, sounds of laughter throughout the house, mouthwatering smells radiating from the kitchen, feasting on holiday specialties … and feeling extra padding around the midsection? If you’re feeling the aftereffects of holiday overindulgence, fear not. FIU Health CEO Dr. Eneida...

Florida International University

 •  December 29, 2017

When extreme weather strikes, nature endures devastation but also reveals secrets to its resiliency. Researchers in FIU’s College of Arts, Sciences & Education are investigating the clues that plants, animals and ecosystems leave behind in moments...

Florida International University

 •  December 27, 2017

Are wetlands keeping pace with sea level rise? Some researchers believe they are not, creating concern for coastal areas that rely on wetlands for fresh drinking water and protection from storms and flooding. A team from FIU’s Sea Level Solutions Center is searching for key answers to how communities in the...

Florida International University

 •  December 18, 2017

Please, don’t stress out over the idea that you might gain a couple of pounds over the holidays. Many of us do. The National Institutes of Health estimates holiday eating results in an average gain of one to two pounds. Eneida O. Roldan, M.D. Even if you do overindulge, Dr. Eneida Roldan, CEO of FIU Health, says those few extra pounds should start...

Florida International University

 •  December 17, 2017

As South Florida raises groundwater levels to fight salt water intrusion, the threat of flooding from within will only increase, according to FIU research. Current groundwater levels in South Florida are a major contributor to inland flood damages, especially during the wet season or extreme rain events. Traditional flood models account for...

Florida International University

 •  December 17, 2017

John Cal is associate vice president for Facilities Management, so hurricane season poses special concerns for him. When storms threaten, Cal’s 380-strong team undertakes many of the same precautions as everyone else—installing shutters and pulling in outdoor dining furniture—but also sees to the herculean effort of monitoring 120+ buildings over...

Florida International University

 •  December 7, 2017

A new art exhibit is calling attention to the plight of some of the most vulnerable birds including the critically endangered Florida grasshopper sparrow. FIU’s Tropical Conservation Institute (TCI) has brought The Lost Bird Project to The Kampong, a botanical garden in Coconut Grove, Fla. The exhibit features 6-foot bronze sculptures of the...

Florida International University

 •  December 5, 2017

When it comes to Christmas trees, natural ones are the way to go, according to FIU botanist Oscar Valverde-Barrantes. Most artificial trees are made out of PVC, a petroleum-based plastic. It doesn’t break down naturally and can’t be recycled. Artificial trees also require a lot of energy to create and transport them often from foreign countries....