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FIU is on its way to making a full recovery following Hurricane Irma, starting with reviving the beauty of campus landscaping and greenery. All ground debris had been removed from campus in time to reopen Monday. Sept. 18. The debris will be sent for mulching, per university policy. Cleanup crews have already removed all ground debris and have...

Among the devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma last week, many downed trees and uprooted plants were left in the storm’s wake. Those in a rush to get things back to normal have been quick to break out the chainsaws and remove the fallen debris in the days following the storm. But not all fallen trees and plants are lost causes, according to...

Richard Olson researches the political fallout from natural disasters and has been involved in more than 20 field responses and post-disaster investigations. He is director of FIU’s Extreme Events Institute and International Hurricane Research Center and a professor of politics and international relations. His research has been funded by the U.S....

After Hurricane Irma hit, there was a major concern about South Florida’s bridges, mainly the ones in the Florida Keys. Would the structures be safe to cross for drivers anxious to get back home? Would relief efforts be impaired due to damage caused by massive winds? Fortunately, all 42 bridges that connect the mainland to the Keys were inspected...

Two-time College of Business graduate Jose Tomas ’92, MS ’03 began his rise to human resource leadership working at Publix Super Markets in Miami. Over the next 20 years, he held top-level positions in the healthcare, food service and transportation and logistics industries. On July 1, 2017, Tomas became the senior vice president of global human...

The home of Landscape Architecture Chair, David Rifkind and Architecture faculty, Holly Zickler was recently featured in FIU Magazine.The article highlights Rifkind and Zickler’s 2,700-foot industrial styled home located across a public park in South Miami, FL. Both architects and advocates of sustainable design, they began their “Tin-Box” project...

For FIU Magazine Jacqueline Crucet MPA ’16 looks over the railing of a pontoon boat meandering past the mangrove-lined shores of Boca Chita Key. This is a place she knows well. After nine years working for the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), she’s been on this educational tour through Biscayne National Park a dozen times. The...

Behind impressively overgrown plumbago, lantana and firebush sits a house one with nature. On either side of the front walkup stand fruit-bearing Persian, Key lime and Meyer lemon trees while nearby pineapple plants congregate like old friends, their bounty nearly ripened. In the back of the home tower an avocado and a banana tree, and along the western...

Every time FIU botanist Jennifer Richards looks at a plant she sees something new that amazes her. Nearly 40 years into her career, the FIU biological sciences professor speaks with an awe for flowers, ferns and grasses similar to a botanist launching her career. Richards was named this year’s Distinguished Fellow by the Botanical Society of...

The Florida ASLA State Conference + Expo is an annual meeting that provides fellowship opportunities, inspirational tours, high-quality education sessions, and leading edge keynote speakers to its members – both students and industry professionals. The FIU ASLA Chapter participates in the annual statewide conference. This year, chapter members...