FIU honored by Cleo institute

The-CLEO-institute-inductionFive FIU faculty members were honored and inducted into the Cleo Institute’s Leadership Circle on Thursday, November 12. The event showcased FIU’s multi-disciplinary work, as reflected in the group of inductees. Featured in photo, from left to right: Nancy Scanlon (Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management), Henry Briceño (Southeast Environmental Research Center), Juliet Pinto and Kate MacMillin (School of Journalism and Mass Communication), and previously-inducted faculty emeritus Jack Parker (College of Arts and Sciences). FIU’s Pete Harlem was also inducted.

Concerned residents, experts discuss climate change and sea level rise in South Florida

From left, Caroline Lewis, Mitchell Chester, Tiffany Troxler, Abel Fernandez and Dr. Juliet Pinto participate in a panel discussion about climate change and its effects on the environment Nov. 11 at Miami Beach Botanical Garden. Christian Portilla - A group of concerned residents and environmental experts recently gathered at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden for a screening of South Florida’s Rising Seas Impact. The documentary produced by professors and journalism students at Florida International University highlights the dangers of climate change and how it affects South Florida.

Caroline Lewis, Mitchell Chester, Tiffany Troxler, Abel Fernandez and Juliet Pinto (featured in photo, left-to-right) participated in a panel discussion about climate change and its effects on the inhabitants of South Florida.

Envisioning our Future on the Water: Talks with the Next Generation

florida-future-on-waterOn Tuesday, November 10th, the Miami Center for Architecture and Design featured an exhibition which focused on planning and preparing South Florida for a watery future. Envisioning our Future on the Water: Talks with the Next Generation Series featured round table discussions with architecture students and faculty from the University of Florida’s Graduate School of Architecture, Florida International University’s College of Architecture and The Arts, and the University of Miami’s School of Architecture.

Florida 3.0: Reinventing our Future presents new urban possibilities in response to climate change, framed through the perspective of five priorities: Infrastructure, Mobility, Hydro-Ecosystems, The Resilient City, and The New Economy. Florida 3.0 presents an integrated approach to these priorities, and challenges inaction by visualizing the ways in which we could thrive in a watery future. The exhibition brought together research conducted through the University of Florida’s Consortium for Hydro-generated Urbanism (CHU), which focuses on the history and future of Florida’s water-based settlements and hydro-environments, within the broader context of new paradigms for the evolution of cities on water from around the world.

Nancy M. Clark, the Exhibition Curator, also served as the Moderator. Exhibition Participants included Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Nancy M. Clark, Alexandre Delijaicov, Martha Kohen, and graduate students from the University of Florida’s Graduate School of Architecture. Click here to learn more about the Florida 3.0 exhibition.


CLIMA-FrontpostcardMayor Carlos Hernandez and the City Council are proud to present CLIMA – a solo art exhibit by Xavier Cortada addressing sea level rise and global climate change, which will run from November 30, 2015 through January 29, 2016 at the Milander Center for Arts and Entertainment in Hialeah, FL.

The CLIMA exhibit is presented by the City of Hialeah in partnership with Florida International University Sea Level Solutions Center (SLSC), Florida International University College of Arts & Sciences School of Environment, Society and the Arts (SEAS), the Florida International University College of Architecture + The Arts (CARTA), and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy –with special acknowledgement of the support from the Rauschenberg Residency/Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.

Researchers confront weather extremes through infrastructure resiliency

Miami-skyline_2South Florida’s predisposition to weather extremes renders the region’s infrastructure acutely vulnerable.

But weather extremes are not exclusive to South Florida. The Urban Resilience to Extreme Weather-Related Events Sustainability Research Network (UREx SRN), a newly formed team of researchers, is addressing these challenges on an international scale. FIU biologists Evelyn Gaiser, John Kominoski and Tiffany Troxler are part of the 50-member team of researchers. More information >>

Student-produced documentary on sea level rise to premiere on WPBT2

student-produced-documentarySouth Florida’s Rising Seas: Impact, a documentary filmed and produced by FIU students, will premiere on June 24, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. on WPBT2.

The documentary is a compilation of stories that were produced by 33 video production students at Florida International University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication and initially released as a 10-part web series on WPBT2’s YouTube site.  Parts of these web-series about South Florida’s future environmental challenges related to sea level rise will appear in a half-hour documentary produced and edited by Abel Fernandez, a senior in FIU’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

The documentary’s first-person narratives take viewers through the Everglades, Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale beach and finally, the Keys, where community leaders describe themselves as “the canary in the coal mine” of sea level rise. Viewers will also hear concerns of engineers, civic leaders, real estate and sustainability professionals and environmental advocates.More information >>

FIU sea level rise experts visit White House

SLSC-experts-visit-whitehouseThe Cherry Blossoms were in full bloom this week in Washington, D.C. as FIU’s researchers briefed the White House and Congress on the emerging threat of Sea Level Rise and administration alumni welcomed Miami-Dade Commission Chairman Jean Monestime to the city.

In advance of President Barack Obama’s visit to the Everglades this week, FIU’s leading environmental researchers met with White House officials to advocate for greater interagency coordination with South Florida research and adaptation partners on the emerging threat of rising tides.

Todd Crowl, FIU’s Southeast Environmental Research Center (SERC) director, and Evelyn Gaiser, School of Environment, Arts and Society (SEAS) interim executive director, were joined by Henry Artigues of the Division of Research as they met with Presidential advisers, including from the Council on Environmental Quality and Office of Science Technology Policy. More information >>

MAST@FIU students team up to raise awareness about sea level rise

mast-students-eyes-on-riseFifty high school students from MAST @ FIU broke up into groups to collect water samples at 12 different monitoring stations along the west coast of the South Beach area on Oct. 9. Their study was part of FIU’s efforts to raise awareness and study sea level rise on King Tide Day, the day each year when tides often lead to massive flooding in Miami Beach and other parts of South Florida.

While the streets remained mostly dry thanks to the success of Miami Beach’s newly-installed pump system, MAST @ FIU students were able to collect water samples from the water being pumped back into the bay for experimentation. More information >>

Todd Crowl to lead FIU’s Southeast Environmental Research Center, focus on sea level rise

CrowlFIU’s Southeast Environmental Research Center (SERC) has a new director Todd Crowl, who has plans to expand the center’s research, education and community engagement initiatives with sea level rise at the top of his priority list.

For more than two decades, SERC has focused on South Florida’s most threatened environments including the Everglades National Park, Biscayne National Park, Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida Keys and other important areas. With more than a dozen researchers at FIU studying the science, politics, economics and tourism implications of sea level rise, an enhanced focus at SERC could have long-term implications for all of Florida.  More information >>

Long-term predictions for Miami sea level rise could come soon

Miami_skylineMiami could know as early as 2020 how high sea levels will rise into the next century, according to a team of international researchers including FIU Earth and Environment Professor Rene Price.

Sea level rise is one of the most certain consequences of climate change. But the speed and long-term height of the rise is one of the great scientific unknowns. Some scientists believe sea level rise is accelerating, some suggest the rate is holding steady, while others are saying it’s actually decelerating. More information >>