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To help police and prosecutors better tackle the issue – and improve services to victims – FIU’s Department of Criminal Justice has partnered with the Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s Office and the Miami-Dade Police Department on a two-year project to study LGBTQ hate crimes in the county. Funded by a $500,000 grant from the United State Department of Justice, researchers will interview crime victims, police detectives and prosecutors, as well as review hundreds of case files.

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Cybersecurity experts from the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy joined the College of Engineering and Computing in supporting the 2017 Florida Cybersecurity Conference at FIU, hosted in collaboration with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Florida Small Business Development Center Network and the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.

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Ala’a Basatneh, a student in the Master of Arts in Global Affairs program, recently spoke at International House about moral courage and her dedication to raising awareness about the ongoing Syrian War crisis - whether through social media activism or through aid relief efforts. Read more here.

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Meet soccer player Pasquale Giovine and Asian Studies major Margarita Rentis - two outstanding Green School students who never quit on their dreams and proved that perseverance, hard work and heart pay off.

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Regularly quoted in national and international media on U.S.-Russia relations, David Kramer recently published his first book, Back to Containment: Dealing with Putin’s Regime, detailing the post-Soviet era dynamics that brought Vladimir Putin to power. He will discuss his book and Putin’s threat to the U.S. at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at Books & Books in Coral Gables.

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After working in international public administration and analyzing government for over 20 years, Allan Rosenbaum started to wonder what was next. He came to FIU to work with students in 1988 and has been changing lives ever since. Because of his dedication to students and higher education, Rosenbaum, a public administration professor and director of the Institute for Public Management and Community Service, was recently awarded The President’s Council Worlds Ahead Faculty Award.

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When Carlos Averhoff Jr. was only nine years old, he began playing music. His instrument of choice was the saxophone – just like his father. Saxophonist Carlos Averhoff Sr. was a renowned Cuban musician in the Latin jazz world. To honor his legacy, his son – today a Latin Grammy nominated tenor saxophonist, composer and educator – will direct this year’s Classically Cuban Concert on Sunday, Dec. 3, hosted by the Cuban Research Institute.

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Ever wonder what it would be like to get one of the most distinguished professionals in your field to give you advice on a project? For a group of students, this dream came true recently. World Bank Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean Carlos Végh visited FIU last month for a public talk and met with students studying economics, international relations, public administration and Latin American and Caribbean studies.

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The first floor of SIPA bustled with lively conversation during the opening of its newest exhibition, "Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan." Dozens of spectators were treated to the sounds of live traditional Afghan music while feasting their eyes on the vibrant pottery, jewelry and woodwork created by the Afghan artisans on display.

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Over the weekend, the Green School received an award for its Homecoming Decorations, placing first in its category. We will be sharing photos here so stay tuned!

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