An Emerging Preeminent Program is a collaborative endeavor with high potential to be designated preeminent. With strategic support, an Emerging Preeminent Program could potentially build upon its distinctive merits, strengths, and successes to earn the Preeminent Program designation.
Brain, Behavior and the Environment Program
The Brain, Behavior and the Environment Program is a trans-disciplinary initiative at FIU that unites the dynamic and diverse neuroscience community at FIU toward three goals: to create and empower research programs focused on environmental causes of neurological disease, to devise strategies and develop treatments for neurological disorders using novel neuroscience and engineering tools as well as pharmacological approaches, and to establish a rich educational resource in South Florida to educate students, faculty, clinicians, the public, and health officials on the role that environmental factors play on neurological disease.
Health Inequities and Disparities Program
The Health Inequities and Disparities Program is a multidisciplinary group of faculty and students who are dedicated to advancing health inequity and disparity research by conducting community-based participatory research; determining the impact of HIV, substance abuse and ethnicity on health outcomes and barriers in access to healthcare; developing and testing culturally appropriate substance abuse and HIV prevention and treatment programs; partnering with community stakeholders in South Florida, the Caribbean, and beyond on real world approaches to reduce substance use/abuse and HIV; identifying and eliminating health inequities, health barriers, and health disparities associated with race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation; and developing the next generation of health inequities and disparities researchers through innovative technology and state-of-the-art methodologies.
Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center
The Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center promotes the study of Latin America and the Caribbean in Florida and throughout the United States. By forging linkages across the Americas through high- quality education, research is aimed at better understanding and addressing the most urgent problems confronting the region. The Center, funded by Title VI, is designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a National Resource Center on Latin America, recognizing it as one of the top Latin American and Caribbean Centers in the world. The Center draws upon the expertise of one of the largest concentrations of Latin American and Caribbean Studies scholars of any university in the country. This Emerging Preeminent Program will continue strengthening its partnerships with other units throughout the university, such as the Digital Library of the Caribbean, to expand and deepen FIU’s strengths in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Tropical Biodiversity, Sustainable Agriculture and Conservation Program
The Tropical Biodiversity, Sustainable Agriculture and Conservation Program’s core objectives are to provide a comprehensive assessment of tropical biodiversity and its associated societal values, and to conserve and manage critically threatened tropical species and ecosystems. This Emerging Preeminent Program studies new and under-utilized crops and sustainable growing systems to improve food security and local livelihoods in South Florida and other tropical regions; develops products including medicine, food, beverages, cosmetics, and ornamentals to generate employment and revenue and to improve human health; creates data-driven solutions to conserving tropical biodiversity and ecosystem services of global importance, including clean water and carbon storage; and trains and recruits biodiversity scientists.
Future Preeminent Programs
We expect that there will be additional collaborations that will yield additional Preeminent Programs being named in the future. In the coming year, there are a number of programs that will be invited to apply for designation in the next round of reviews.