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April

riginal research conducted by an FIU undergraduate student could someday lead to safer treatments for melanoma, the deadliest and most aggressive form of skin cancer.

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June

Editor's Note: Lilyvania Mikulski, the Assistant Director of the Office of Media Relations at Florida International University, interviewed Idaykis Rodriguez, a Ph.D. candidate in Physics at the university about what it means to be a woman in science. Their correspondence is as follows

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Florida Board of Governors’ meeting

At the Florida Board of Governors’ meeting on President Rosenberg committed to increasing the number of STEM graduates from our current rate of 16% to 20%, increasing by 2% per year.

U.S. News & World Report created U.S. News STEM Solutions 2013 — The National Conference to bring all leaders in STEM together annually to address the STEM issue and provide for a more successful future.

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Under the auspices of the Board on Science Education (in collaboration with the National Academy of Engineering, the Teacher Advisory Council, the Board on Life Sciences, and the Board on Higher Education and Workforce), the Committee on Barriers and Opportunities in Completing Two- and Four-Year STEM Degrees.

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July

A collaborative pilot program created by FIU and Miami-Dade County Public Schools produced encouraging results for a group of high school students struggling in math.

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FIU’s School of Computing and Information Sciences was chosen to be the first university in Florida to host the 2013 Tapestry Workshop.

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August

The Bridge to Success program at FIU is providing valuable resources for first-year STEM students as they embark on their college careers. Funded by the Office of Naval Research, the program is designed for incoming engineering, computer science and physics students to collectively participate in the investigation, building and demonstration of a science and engineering project.

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