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January

Professor Assefa Melesse and his students and a postdoc are publishing a new book entitled "Nile River Basin: Hydrology, climate and water use." It is a 20-chapter book with authors from different countries. It is scheduled for release at the end of March 2011.

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February

MS RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIPS IN AGROECOLOGY at the Master's level have been funded by the USDA National Needs Fellows (NNF) Program for two years. Apply now! See advertisement here.

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March

New NASA-supported summer internships for FIU undergraduates interested in hurricane education and research are available. See full announcement here for details.

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Professor Draper's comments on Japan earthquake have been quoted by Reuters, the world's largest international multimedia news agency. See article at link below. http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/03/11/uk-japan-quake-odds-idUKTRE72A7T420110311

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USDA MULTICULTURAL SCHOLARS PROGRAM College Scholarship for Bachelors in Environmental Studies With Agroecology Certificate $26,500 college scholarships ($6,500 per year) to pursue a BA or BS in Environmental Studies with a focus on Agroecology. Eligibility: to qualify a student must be a minority of multi-cultural background, starting freshman or recent high school graduates, and have a cumulative GPA of 2.7 and a combined SAT score of 1800 (under the new system).

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July

Department postdoc Dr. Shimelis Setegn's two published papers were featured as one of the top accessed articles in 2010 in Hydrological Processes journal and selected as “Cutting Edge Research� in the Earth and Environmental eNewsletter of Wiley-Blackwell that focused on GIS & Remote Sensing. Details are in the links are below. Setegn works with Associate Professor Assefa Melesee.The papers are:1. Setegn, S.G., Srinivasan, R., Melesse, A., Dargahi1 ,B., 2009.

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As part of his role as Water and Sanitation Senior Specialist for Inter-American Development Bank, Professor Fernando Miralles-Wilhelm makes regular contributions to a Climate Change blog. Read the posts here.

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On June 30, 2011, Associate Professor Assefa M. Melesse was invited by the Minster of the Ministry of Environment of Dominican Republic to give a talk on Climate change and coastal resources impact. He presented a summary of of his Caribbean coastal scenarios (CCS) project, which has been in progress since 2006 in the islands of Jamaica, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

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August

Professor Stephen Leatherman has been interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Hurricane Irene impacts. See article here.

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NASA/FIU Hurricane and Remote Sensing Summer Education and Research Internship Program (HRSSERP) runs through August 19, 2011,See updated schedule here.

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September

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Story excerpted from the Everglades Foundation newsletter: Click here for full article.Graduate student David Gandy received the $10,000 Everglades Foundation master student scholarship. Gandy is currently working on a study that is funded bythe National Park Service.He is investigating the role of canals as potential dispersal vectors for non-native fishes into the Everglades National Park.

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October

Krish Jayachandran was awarded this year's FIU President's Access & Equity Award at the Employee Recognition Ceremony.

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Professor David Bray in the Department of Earth & Environment has received three invitations over the next month to talk about different aspects of his research on Mexican forest management as a global model in the context of Reduction of Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) programs. On October 18 in Oaxaca, Mexico he will address a session of Megaflorestais.

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December

The Department of Earth and Environment is please to announce the availability of a new tenured/tenure-track position in Environmental Policy. http://chronicle.com/jobs/0000702349-01Environmental Policy: The Department of Earth & Environment (http://casgroup.fiu.edu/earthenvironment) at Florida International University (FIU) invites applications for an open rank (Assistant, Associate, Full Professor), tenure-track/tenured position in the area of Environmental Policy, to begin Fall 2012.

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