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Dr. Chantalle Verna's article "Haiti, the Rockefeller Foundation, and UNESCO's Pilot Project in Fundamental Education, 1948-1953." has appeared in the April 2016 issue of Diplomatic History.

We are pleased to learn that Dr. April Merleaux's recent book, Sugar and Civilization, has just received the Myrna Bernath Book Award from the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR). This award recognizes the best book published in 2015 in the fields of U.S. foreign relations, transnational history, and related areas. This is a major accomplishment that confirms April's stature in the field at an early stage in her career.

Our congratulations to history major Talia Amador, BA class of 2015, who will be entering Columbia University to pursue an MA in Museum Anthropology. She had many good options and we wish her nothing but success as she continues her journey.

On April 29, FIU's chapter of the history honors society Phi Alpha Theta inducted 7 new members. Our best wishes to Maria Rodriguez, Rodrigo Ferrando, Anthony Decollibus, Adrian Diaz, Erin McNulty, Luis Diko, and Mixa Hernandez. For photos of the event, click on the link above.

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Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Royles, who has been awarded a grant from the Chris Webber Memorial Fellowship Fund to pursue his research on African-American oral history. Using this funding, Dr. Royles will interview people who have focused their advocacy on the intersection of AIDS and affordable housing in black communities.

Christopher Davis has been selected as a 2016-2017 Library Resident Research Fellow at the American Philosophical Society (APS) through the generous support of the Eugene Garfield Fellowship. Davis will spend a month at the APS Library in Philadelphia, PA to conduct research for his dissertation on the American eugenics movement.

Congratulations to history major Rosabel Gomez, who will be interning with the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in the Division of Culture and the Arts. Rosabel will be working in the Graphic Arts Collection. As part of her duties, she will be accessioning, cataloguing, and scanning prints, arranging and describing incoming collections, conducting basic research on artists and subjects, and numbering and storing the prints.

Congratulations to history majors Elysée Yhuel and Maria Rodriguez, who were recently inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society for their outstanding academic performance. We are proud of their hard work.

Congratulations to Dr. Jenna Gibbs, Dr. April Merleaux, Dr. Bianca Premo, who have both been named as FIU Top Scholars. They will receive their awards formally at a ceremony on April 25.

As Associate Editor of JWAH (Journal of West African History), Dr. Hilary Jones is one of the organizers of the upcoming launch conference to celebrate the publication of the first three issues of the journal. The conference will interrogate the state of the field and examine critical issues facing the region of West Africa today. The conference will take place at Michigan State University (East Lansing, Michigan) from April 8-April 9. The event is free and open to the public.

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