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Prof. Bray has been invited to be keynote speaker at the conference "Taking Stock of Smallholder and Community Forestry", to be held in Montpellier France March 24-26, based on his research on Mexican community forestry. The conference is being organized by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR, a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR,

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5 Earth and Environment students have been invited to join Phi Beta Kappa. Congratulations to the following students for their outstanding academic achievement: Andrea Benitez - Environmental Studies BA Candace Campos - Geoscience BS Luz Espona - Earth Sciences BA Jessica Heinrich - Environmental Studies BA Kristy Rodriguez - Environmental Studies BA

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After almost 2 years of preparation, a meeting organized by Professor Gary Rand and others, “The First International Conference on Environmental Pollution, Restoration and Management� took place last week in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam (March 1-5). The meeting was a major milestone and extremely successful with an attendance of 350 people from 54 different countries. It included a day and a half of workshops and short courses followed by 3 days of platform presentations and posters.

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Geosciences PhD candidate Indra Sen receives WHOI Postdoctoral Scholarship

Indra Sen has been selected to receive a WHOI Postdoctoral Scholarship from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, which is the world's largest private, nonprofit ocean research, engineering and education organization. According to their webpage {a:} fewer than 10% of the 100-170 applicants for the WHOI Postdoc award are successful each year.

Genevieve Diamond wins poster competition

Genevieve Diamond is a master's student working with Assefa M. Melesse on hydrology and groundwater recharge in the Bahamas. She recently attended the AWRA Specialty conference on GIS in Water Resources along with 6 others students from Melesse's lab. She is the winner of the Poster competition. She will receive a certificate from AWRA, an award check of $100, and her bio will be featured in an upcoming issue of IMPACT as well as being posted on the AWRA website.

FIU's Organic Garden, which is run by students, faculty and staff, reached another milestone last Friday. Mr. Vladamir Diaz, a USDA local official recognized it as a "People's Garden." The "People's Garden" is a special recognition accorded to community gardens around the country, an initiative started by US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack last year, to promote sustainable, healthy and local community food production in the country.

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USAID has informed Associate Professor Dr Michael McClain that the GLOWS progam will be awarded a new $32 million grant to develop an initiative in West Africa (WA). This WA Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WA-WASH) Program will be conducted simultaneously in four countries (Ghana, Mali, Niger, and Burkina Faso). As with iWASH, FIU will be the lead institution and the entire four-year program will be coordinated from Miami and a regional office located in Ouagadougou.

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E&E faculty member Assefa Melesse elected to serve as Editor-in-chief for Sensors journal

E&E faculty member Assefa M. Melesse was elected to serve as Editor-in-chief for the Remote Sensors section of {a:, Sensors} journal, one of the highly reputed journals in the remote sensing field.

The latest issue of the prestigious journal "Botanical Review" is devoted to "Orchid Conservation". This special issue of this journal has been edited by FIU Earth and Environment-Fairchild faculty Dr. Hong Liu. It contains the proceedings of an international symposium on orchid conservation fully funded by several Governmental Agencies of China that took place in May 2009.

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USAID has informed FIU by that GLOWS–FIU will be awarded another grant to develop a project in Georgia (Asia). The project will be aimed to carry out activities linked to integrated natural resources management, and is a four year, $6.5 million project.

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Graduate student David Lagomasino’s efforts during his summer at NASA have led to the addition of the Everglades and Sian Ka’an to an intensive effort for the collection of detailed biophysical data at very high spatial and temporal resolution as part of NASA's Earth Observing (EO) missions. See Mission web pages at and

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E&E Faculty Hong Liu featured in Science article

The latest {a:, issue} of the prestigious journal "Science" contains an {a:, article} on moving species to save them from cimate change that features FIU Earth and Environment{a:, -Fairchild} faculty Dr. Hong Liu.


Dr. Grenville Draper is representing FIU at a three day workshop on Geophysical Hazards and Plate Boundary Processes in Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean. This international workshop on the on the future of seismological investigaions in the inter-American region (Central America, Mexico, Caribbean) is organized by the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS).

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Professor David Barton Bray (on sabbatical leave 2010-2011) has been invited by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) of Bogor, Indonesia, to moderate a panel on Forest Day, a side event to the COP 16 global climate negotiations in Cancun, Mexico. Forest Day is one of the world's leading global platforms for anyone with an interest in forests and climate change to come together with others and exchange their views.

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Professor David Bray has been quoted by the New York Times in an article concerning agroforestry amongst the Zapotec Indians in Oaxaca, Mexico. Click here to read the article.

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The Department of Earth and Environment announces the availability of an open appointment level Physical Climatology position. Link to announcement here.

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E&E Students and Faculty gave the following presentations at the Fall 2010 American Geophysical Union Meeting in San Francisco between December 12 and 17th: A23A-0219. Testing the Parameterizations of Cloud Base Mass-Flux for Shallow Cumulus Clouds using Cloud Radar Observations. A. Chandra; P. Kollias; B. A. Albrecht; P. Zhu; S. A. Klein; Y. Zhang A41B-0069. Hydrometeor Trajectories and Distributions in a Simulation of TC Rapid Intensification (RI). Z. Zhu; P. Zhu B31B-0305.

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