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: 2016-07-05
A multi-lead multi-electrode system and method of manufacturing the multi-lead multi-electrode system includes a multi-electrode lead that may be used to deploy multiple separable electrodes to different spaced apart contact sites, such as nerve or muscle tissues, for example, that are spatially distributed over a large area.
Florida International University | Date: 2016-08-01
The invention provides methods for identifying the presence of, or an increased risk of developing, organ damage in a subject having an autoimmune disease, for example, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) or Mixed Connective Tissue Disease (MCTD), or other disease in which the lungs and/or kidneys are involved. In one embodiment, a significantly increased combined IgM reactivity against the peptides having the sequences of SEQ ID NOs: 4, 9, 12, and 15 in a sample obtained from a patient compared to a healthy control indicates lung damage or an increased risk of developing lung damage in the subject. In another embodiment, a significantly increased combined IgM reactivity against the peptides having the sequences of SEQ ID NOs: 2, 8, 12, 14, 15, and 17, in a sample from a patient compared to a healthy control indicates kidney damage or an increased risk of developing kidney damage in the subject.
Florida International University | Date: 2016-09-06
Paper microfluidic devices for the detection of bodily fluids are provided. Such devices can be used, for example, for detection of bodily fluids from or at crime scenes, including blood, saliva, semen, urine, feces, vaginal fluids, and perspiration. Detection can be performed using colorimetric reagents that react when placed in contact with the fluid of interest. A single device can be used to test for multiple bodily fluids at the same time.
Florida International University | Date: 2016-08-25
The subject invention provides the materials and methods for fabricating and using an electrochemical immunosensing device to detect a target antigen. In a preferred embodiment, the subject invention utilizes Camelid-derived, single-domain antibodies as the sensing agents immobilized onto the surface of the immunosensing device, more specifically, the working electrode of the immunosensing device. Furthermore, embodiments of the subject invention provide means for increasing the devices detection sensitivity by utilizing a working electrode optionally configured with an array of interdigitated electrodes.
Florida International University | Date: 2016-10-21
Multipath load-balancing algorithms, which can be used for data center networks (DCNs), are provided. A multipath load-balancing algorithm can be, for example, a distributed multipath load-balancing algorithm or a centralized multipath load-balancing algorithm. Algorithms of the subject invention can be used for, e.g., hierarchical DCNs and/or fat-tree DCNs. Algorithms of the subject invention are effective and scalable and significantly outperform existing solutions.
Florida International University | Date: 2016-12-06
Techniques are disclosed for determining a specific velocity of a device attached to a wireless network. The specific velocity can be determined using a handover count of the base station boundary transitions over a time window and/or using a set of sojourn time samples that each denote the duration the device remains in the zone of a particular base station. Techniques operate effectively in cellular networks having high base station densities. The specific velocity estimates may be inputs to components on the device or network to adjust a local device function or performance behavior.
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.