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FSU philosopher wins grant to study how brain initiates action

Since the beginning of time, philosophers and scientists have tried to figure out exactly how the human brain propels people into mental or physical action—whether it’s scratching our heads, building a house, calculating the gratuity on a restaurant check or deciding today to put something off until tomorrow. Alfred Mele, the William H. and Lucyle […]

FSU grad pens screenplay for ‘We Are Marshall’

As a student at Florida State University, Jamie Linden read an article about an aviation catastrophe that turned into a tragedy for Marshall University of Huntington, W.Va. Linden, who was moved by the events of the 35-plus-year-old crash, researched the details and never forgot them. During his early career as a screenwriter in Los Angeles, […]

FSU history professor’s ‘Happiness’ makes New York Times ‘100 Notable Books’

Happiness: It’s what’s hot. At least, that’s what Florida State University historian Darrin M. McMahon is finding to be the case. McMahon, an associate professor of history at FSU, released his book "Happiness: A History" to stellar reviews and media fanfare earlier this year. Now, "Happiness" has earned its author even more attention as The […]

Two FSU artists win top national prize in visual arts

It is one of the premier national honors bestowed in the visual arts; now, two faculty artists from the Florida State University art department each have painted their way to a 2006 Joan Mitchell Award and the $25,000 grant that goes with it. FSU Professor Mark Messersmith and Associate Professor Lilian Garcia-Roig—both known for their […]

Winegardner’s second ‘Godfather’ book “a sequel you can’t refuse”

FSU Creative Writing Professor Mark Winegardner is drawing top reviews for "The Godfather’s Revenge," his second sequel to Mario Puzo’s "The Godfather" novels. The highly anticipated "The Godfather’s Revenge" hit shelves November 7. His earlier saga, "The Godfather Returns," became an instant best-seller after its release in fall 2004. "Winegardner got the "Godfather" assignment in […]

FSU professor receives top honor from government of France

Alec Hargreaves, director of Florida State University’s Winthrop-King Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, has been awarded France’s top national honor. Hargreaves was named a Chevalier in the Legion d’Honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honor), an elite order created by the masterful French general and emperor Napoleon in 1802 to honor outstanding service […]

FSU spearheads first-of-its-kind ‘Florida Book Awards’

The First Annual Florida Book Awards, the most comprehensive competition of its kind ever launched in the state and an all-around celebration of the year’s best books by Sunshine State authors, is under way. Spearheaded by the Florida State University Program in American and Florida Studies, the first-of-its-kind contest is co-sponsored by more than a […]

FSU film student wins first place in international aid film contest

The Center for International Disaster Information has awarded first place in its “Lights, Camera, Action” Public Service Announcement contest to Evan McNary, a graduate student in the Florida State University College of Motion Picture, Television and Recording Arts—better known as the Film School. In early June, the PSA will premiere on mtvU—MTV’s 24-hour college network, […]

FSU music grad student, expert on Andean music, wins Fulbright Hays Award for research in Peru

Holly Wissler, a doctoral ethnomusicology student in the Florida State University College of Music, has been awarded a Fulbright Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Award. The prestigious prize, valued at more than $24,000, will enable Wissler to conduct research for her dissertation—"Musical Tradition and Change in the Quechua Community of Q’eros, Peru"—on site in Peru […]

Vote TODAY, June 2, for FSU Music Theatre students to win Broadway appearance

Today, Friday June 2, you can vote for FSU students to win a Broadway appearance. Just log on to CBSNews.com. They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway – but this week, live, on national television, two 19-year-old Florida State University music theatre majors have found out first-hand. During a Big Apple showdown with […]

‘Green’ interior design by FSU undergrad wins international honor

Florida State University interior design student Bridget Dunn, 21, envisions a new clinic for Tallahassee’s underprivileged women set in a historic downtown office building that was once a church—and it’s all green. Dunn’s sustainable or "green" re-design won’t actually be taking material form, but her computer-aided rendering—blending environmentally friendly materials with historical integrity—has beat out […]

Hooked on vocabulary? FSU researcher will compare lessons to phonics

A new comprehensive early intervention program of vocabulary instruction developed at Florida State University may help young children who are at risk for delays in reading, language and academic development. Howard Goldstein, the Donald M. Baer Professor and chair of the communication disorders department, received a $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s […]