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Florida International University is a Top 50 public university that drives real talent and innovation in Miami and globally. High research (R1) activity and high social mobility come together at FIU to uplift and accelerate learner success in a global city by focusing in the areas of environment, health, innovation, and justice. Today, FIU has two campuses and multiple centers. FIU serves a diverse student body of more than 58,000 and 260,000 alumni. U.S. News and World Report places dozens of FIU programs among the best in the nation, including international business at No. 2. Washington Monthly Magazine ranks FIU among the top 20 public universities contributing to the public good.

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Single mothers are more likely than single fathers to have their debts discharged in court. Heide Benser/Getty Images

Your chances of getting rid of student loan debt depend on who you are

When researchers examined the outcomes for cases to discharge student loan debt, they found that judges are often biased against people based on their gender and other factors.
Researchers at Florida International University successfully trained One Betta, a Dutch Shepard, and three other dogs to detect COVID-19 on face masks. The dogs got it right 96% to 99% of the time. Joe Raedle/Staff/Getty Images North America

Dogs can be trained to sniff out COVID-19 – a team of forensic researchers explain the science

Dogs have such sensitive noses that they can be trained to detect the odors of crop pests, endangered species, illegal drugs – and diseases like COVID-19.
Exposure to videos of disasters can trigger post-traumatic stress symptoms in some children. Chokchai Poomichaiya / EyeEm via Getty Images

Disaster news on TV and social media can trigger post-traumatic stress in kids thousands of miles away – here’s why some are more vulnerable

Children don’t have to be in physical danger for disaster images to have a powerful psychological impact.
Dealing with customers every day can put significant stress on hospitality workers. AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

Bad managers, burnout and health fears: Why record numbers of hospitality workers are quitting the industry for good

New research shines light on what is driving hospitality workers – like waiters and hotel workers – to abandon the industry as part of the ‘great resignation.’
Giving a portion of one’s wealth annually is part of the spiritual practice in Islam. gahsoon/E+ via Getty Images

What is Zakat? A scholar of Islam explains

Zakat, or charity, is a fundamental practice within the Islamic faith.
On average, two students in every U.S. classroom have ADHD. damircudic/E+ via Getty Images

What causes ADHD and can it be cured?

Even when the condition lasts a lifetime, there are behavioral treatments and prescription drugs that make it easier for people with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder to thrive.
Pendant des jours, pompiers et forces d'intervention envoyées sur le site du Wordl Trade Center vont être confrontés aux fumées toxiques résultant de l'effondrement des Trous. Mike Goad / Library of Congress

Amiante, métaux lourds… Comment l’attentat du World Trade Center tue encore 20 ans après

Au-delà du drame immédiat, le 11 Septembre a aussi eu un impact biologique plus insidieux : le nuage de poussière soulevé par la chute du World Trade Center a contaminé 500 000 de personnes.
The Hazara have long been targeted in Afghanistan, and many fear violence will intensify with the Taliban in power. Dimitris Lampropoulos/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Who are the Hazara of Afghanistan? An expert on Islam explains

With the Taliban again in power in Afghanistan, minorities like the Hazara may have the most to lose.
Toxic dust hung in the air around ground zero for more than three months following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Anthony Correia/Getty Images

9/11 survivors’ exposure to toxic dust and the chronic health conditions that followed offer lessons that are still too often unheeded

Those directly exposed to toxic dust and trauma on and after 9/11 carry with them a generation of chronic health conditions, which are placing them at higher risk during the pandemic and as they age.
The Earth is round. Alistair Berg/DigitalVision via Getty Images

Why are planets round?

Gravity, mass and centrifugal force all contribute to the final shape of a planet.
Many U.S. states follow some form of “mature minor doctrine” allowing teens to make medical decisions without parental consent, including COVID-19 vaccination. Pete Bannan/MediaNews Group/Daily Times via Getty Images

Do US teens have the right to be vaccinated against their parents’ will? It depends on where they live

Some states have a legal framework allowing “mature minors” to make their own health care decisions – but they apply it in different ways, and some don’t have it at all.
A late 19th-early 20th century painting by Abbas Al-Musavi depicting the Battle of Karbala, which occurred in 680. Gift of K. Thomas Elghanayan in honor of Nourollah Elghanayan, Photo: Brooklyn Museum

What is the Islamic New Year? A scholar of religion explains

The Islamic New Year marks the first day of Muharram, a sacred month of prayer and annual reflection.

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