Florida International University is an American public research university in Greater Miami, Florida, in the United States, with its main campus in University Park in Miami-Dade County. Florida International University is classified as a research university with high research activity by the Carnegie Foundation and a first-tier research university by the Florida Legislature. Founded in 1965, FIU is the youngest university to be awarded a Phi Beta Kappa chapter by the Phi Beta Kappa Society, the country's oldest academic honor society.FIU belongs to the 12-campus State University System of Florida and is one of Florida's primary graduate research universities, awarding over 3,400 graduate and professional degrees annually. The university offers 191 programs of study with more than 280 majors in 23 colleges and schools. FIU offers many graduate programs, including architecture, business administration, engineering, law, and medicine, offering 81 master's degrees, 34 doctoral degrees, and 3 professional degrees.FIU is the largest university in South Florida, the 2nd-largest in Florida, and the 7th-largest in the United States. Total enrollment in 2012 was 50,394 students, including 14,177 graduate students, and 2,974 full-time faculty with over 180,000 alumni around the world. In 2012, FIU's research expenditure was $104.6 million, with an endowment of $140 million. The university has an annual budget of $1.07 billion.Since 2007, more valedictorians from South Florida choose to attend FIU than any other university in the country. As Miami's public research university, competition to enroll at FIU has heightened as more students apply each year. Wikipedia.
Florida International University | Date: 2016-10-20
The subject invention provides chemical compositions and synthesis strategies to create molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) via sol-gel processes. In a specific embodiment, the subject invention utilizes a(n) organic, inorganic, or metallic template analyte to create a hybrid organic-inorganic or inorganic three-dimensional network possessing cavities complementary to the shape, size, and functional orientation of the template molecule or ions. The subject invention further pertains to the use of the novel MIPs as selective solid phase extraction (SPE) sorbents for pre-concentration and clean-up of trace substances in biological and environmental samples. Synthesis of other molecularly imprinted polymers with environmental, pharmaceutical, chemical, clinical, toxicological, and national security implications can be conducted in accordance with the teachings of the subject invention.
Florida International University | Date: 2016-10-28
Methods, apparatuses, and systems for organizing data delivering unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are provided. Inter-cluster coordinators can organize data delivering unmanned aerial vehicle base stations (UAV-BSs). Various beamforming techniques (e.g., LZFBF and ZFBF) can be incorporated, and the inter-cluster coordinator can operate on a base station that serves as a controlling network node.
Florida International University | Date: 2016-10-05
The present invention provides labeled circular plasmid DNA molecules for studying DNA topology and topoisomerases. The molecules of the present invention also provide tools for high throughput drug screening for inhibitors of DNA gyrases and DNA topoisomerases for anticancer drug discovery and antibiotics discovery.
The United States Of America and Florida International University | Date: 2016-08-25
Disclosed are modulators of the human relaxin receptor 1, for example, of formula (I), wherein A, R^(1), and R^(2 )are as defined herein, that are useful in treating mammalian relaxin receptor 1 mediated facets of human health, e.g., cardiovascular disease. Also disclosed is a composition comprising a pharmaceutically suitable carrier and at least one compound of the disclosure, and a method for therapeutic intervention in a facet of mammalian health that is mediated by a human relaxin receptor 1.
Florida International University | Date: 2015-02-11
The current invention pertains to a system and methods of identifying a site in a tissue of a patient as neoplastic or normal. The system comprises a source of electromagnetic signals; an optical probe which delivers the electromagnetic signals to a working end of the probe; a spectrometer which acquires diffuse reflectance electromagnetic signals returned from the site probed by the optical probe. The spectrometer processes the diffuse reflectance signals to produce a diffuse reflectance spectra which is transmitted to a system controller programmed to analyze the diffuse reflectance spectra to calculate hemoglobin concentration, hemoglobin oxygenation, and/or diffuse reflectance intensity of signals having wavelength of about 700 nm. These parameters are used to identify the site as neoplastic or normal. The system of current invention can be used in identifying neoplastic sites in brain in an intraoperative manner, for example, during a pediatric brain surgery.
Florida International University | Date: 2016-12-02
Apparatuses and associated methods for manipulating an assembly of glass slides employed in cellular assay processes are provided. Each apparatus can accommodate at least one removable rack of slides to undergo electrophoresis in a comet assay. The slides can remain in the same apparatus while being subjected to a sequence of fluid staining and washing with temperature control, advantageously shortening the amount of time required for processing the slides by keeping them in the same work station for the entire duration of the assay.
Florida International University | Date: 2017-02-27
Techniques and systems are disclosed for addressing the challenges in interference and mobility management in broadband, UAV-assisted heterogeneous network (BAHN) scenarios. Implementations include BAHN control components, for example, at a controlling network node of a BAHN. Generally, a component implementing techniques for managing interference and handover in a BAHN gathers state data from network nodes or devices in the BAHN, determines a candidate BAHN model that optimizes interference and handover metrics, and determines and performs model adjustments to the network parameters, BS parameters, and UAV-assisted base station (UABS) device locations and velocities to conform to the optimized candidate BAHN model. Also described is a UABS apparatus having a UAV, communications interface for communicating with a HetNet in accordance with wireless air interface standards, and a computing device suitable for implementing BAHN control or reinforcement learning components.
Florida International University | Date: 2016-01-08
Techniques and systems are described that enable the intelligent recommendation and presentation of demand-responsive transit services. Implementations can analyze current user activities with respect to historically-based user transit behaviors in order to determine the users imminent transit demands. Prior-scheduled transit options meeting the imminent demand are searched, and filtering parameters including user preferences and demand-responsive transit provider constraints are retrieved. Embodiments further retrieve possible demand-responsive transit options for meeting the demand from a demand-responsive transit system scheduling/information service. Embodiments consolidate and analyze these diverse sources to identify a set of preferred transit alternatives for available transit options that meet the filtering parameters. Implementations are described that integrate with an existing transit application present on a user device (e.g., a mobile device). Certain embodiments may include capabilities for surfacing an enhanced transit options view that shows an identified imminent transit demand and a selection of preferred transit alternatives.
Florida International University | Date: 2016-01-27
Devices and methods for collecting trace amounts of samples are provided. A device can utilize a sterile syringe integrated with a venturi-type vacuum source for sample collection. The device can be used in a variety of applications for collecting specimens that are otherwise difficult to retrieve using conventional sample collecting techniques.
Florida International University | Date: 2016-08-19
The subject invention provides materials and methods of fabricating and using an electrochemical biosensor for continuous detection of biological analytes. In a specific embodiment, the biosensor detects a given analyte when the analyte binds with a molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) matrix immobilized atop a sensing substrate eliminating the need for a redox probing agent commonly found in electrochemical biosensors. Furthermore, the detection sensitivity of the biosensor is enhanced by modifying the electrode surface with a plurality of nanoscopic metallic structures. Advantageously, technologies provided herein can be used in a variety of low-power electronics for wearable applications.