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Magnet Lab research suggests novel superconductor is in a powerful class all its own

Superconductivity has perplexed, astounded and inspired scientists ever since it was discovered in 1911. Now, in the latest of a century of surprises, researchers at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Florida State University have discovered unusual properties in a novel superconducting material that point to an entirely new kind of superconductor. Frank Hunte, […]

FSU student of religion and law wins renowned Newcombe Fellowship

A Florida State University doctoral candidate in Religion has received the renowned Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship. Elizabeth Barre, finishing her final year of dissertation writing in law and religion, has been selected a Newcombe Fellow—an honor that recognizes graduate students who have an interest in the study of ethical or religious values. “I’m […]

Gunzburger to receive coveted Reid math prize

Florida State University Professor Max Gunzburger will receive a prestigious mathematics prize in recognition of his work in computational mathematics and developing mathematical models of science and engineering problems. Gunzburger, a Francis Eppes Professor and director of the School of Computational Science, will receive the W.T. and Idalia Reid Prize in Mathematics July 8 at […]

FSU College of Medicine recognized for producing family physicians

The Florida State University College of Medicine has been recognized as one of the top medical schools in the country for producing family physicians. The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) presented its Top 10 Award to FSU last week during the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine annual conference in Baltimore. “Family physicians play […]

Magnet Lab researchers make observing cell functions easier

Now that the genomes (DNA) of humans and many other organisms have been sequenced, biologists are turning their attention to discovering how the many thousands of structural and control genes—the “worker bees” of living cells that can turn genes on and off—function. Michael Davidson and Kristin Hazelwood To do that, they need to develop new […]

FSU researcher: As gas prices climb, employee productivity plummets

Rising gas prices are affecting more than the family budget. More pain at the pump results in more employee stress on the job, says Wayne Hochwarter, the Jim Moran Professor of Management at Florida State University’s College of Business. “People concerned with the effects of gas prices were significantly less attentive on the job, less […]

Full spectrum of chemistry to be served by state-of-the-art FSU building

It took four years of planning and another two-and-a-half years of construction, but the wait was well worth it: Florida State University is celebrating the grand opening of a new, state-of-the-art Chemical Sciences Laboratory that will offer expanded educational and research opportunities for decades of faculty members and students. From left, FSU President T.K. Wetherell, […]

FSU geochemist challenges key theory regarding earth’s formation

Working with colleagues from NASA, a Florida State University researcher has published a paper that calls into question three decades of conventional wisdom regarding some of the physical processes that helped shape the Earth as we know it today. Munir Humayun with Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (ICP-MS) in the new Plasma Analytical Facility in […]

‘New’ ancient Antarctic sediment reveals climate change history

Recent additions to the premier collection of Southern Ocean sediment cores at Florida State University’s Antarctic Marine Geology Research Facility are giving international scientists a close-up look at fluctuations that occurred in Antarctica’s ice sheet and marine and terrestrial life as the climate cooled considerably between 20 and 14 million years ago. FSU geological sciences […]

Sunflower debate ends in Mexico, researchers say

Ancient farmers were growing sunflowers in Mexico more than 4,000 years before the Spaniards arrived, according to a team of researchers that includes Florida State University anthropologist Mary D. Pohl. In an article published in the journal PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences), Pohl and lead author David Lentz of the University of […]

Renowned literary scholar named FSU’s 2008 Lawton Distinguished Professor

Florida State University Professor of English Stanley E. Gontarski, an internationally acclaimed scholar and critic, influential editor, innovative dramatist and inspiring teacher and colleague, has been named the 2008-2009 Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor. It is the highest honor bestowed by the FSU faculty on one of its own. Stanley E. Gontarski “We have an […]

Discovery to hasten new malaria treatments, vaccines for children

Despite the grim statistics out of Africa there’s cause for celebration about the fight against malaria. Florida State University biologists have discovered an autoimmune-like response in blood drawn from malaria-infected African children that helps to explain why existing DNA-based anti-malaria vaccines have repeatedly failed to protect them. The groundbreaking study is expected to speed and […]