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Marshall to deliver Lawton lecture

Noted Professor Alan G. Marshall, Florida State University’s 2006-2007 Lawton Professor, will speak on "Reading Chemical ‘Fine Print’: The Key to Unlocking Nature’s Isotopic Zoo" when he delivers the Tenth Annual Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor Lecture, a traditional Homecoming event, next week. The lecture will take place at 10 A.M., Thursday, Nov. 16, in […]

FSU study links anxiety sensitivity to future psychological disorders

People who get scared when they experience a pounding heart, sweaty palms or dizziness—even if the cause is something as mundane as stress, exercise or caffeine—are more likely to develop a clinical case of anxiety or panic disorder, according to a Florida State University researcher. While other researchers have proposed a connection between this so-called […]

FSU College of Education receives visual-impairment teaching grant

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services has awarded faculty within the Florida State University College of Education a four-year, $800,000 grant to support teacher education in the field of visual impairment. Amy McKenzie, an assistant professor in the college’s department of childhood education, reading and disability services, is the […]

Grace under pressure: FSU researchers analyze effects of stress on decision-making

A nursing student assigned to check a heart patient’s vital statistics enters the patient’s room. Suddenly, the patient stops breathing and exhibits an erratic heartbeat. What steps must the nursing student take to ensure that the patient doesn’t die before a better-trained medical professional can arrive? Fortunately, in this instance the emergency was merely a […]

Depression symptoms less likely in kids with accurate self-perceptions

Children who can accurately assess how their classmates feel about them—even if those feelings are negative—are less likely to show symptoms of depression, according to Florida State University researchers. Psychology Professor Janet Kistner found that children in third through fifth grades who had the wrong idea about their level of social acceptance were more likely […]

FSU Family Institute wins federal grant to help students build better relationships

Armed with a new grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services worth $2.6 million over five years, the Florida State University Family Institute will help undergraduates strengthen and sustain safe, healthy romantic relationships and reject negative, unhealthy ones now and in the future through a unique skills-based relationship education program. "This grant […]

Travis to collaborate with team on NSF-funded study of interaction between evolution, ecology

Just how do changes in the environment cause organisms to evolve—and how do those evolving organisms then change the ecosystem? To answer those big biology questions, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $5 million grant over five years to an interdisciplinary research team that includes Florida State University College of Arts and Sciences […]

At FSU, high school students are discovering the physics of fun

Not all young people sleep late and lie around in their pajamas watching cartoons on Saturday mornings. At Florida State University, a number of them are finding that learning about physics—yes, physics—can be an even more enjoyable activity. This fall, several dozen local high school students are rolling out of bed on eight consecutive Saturday […]

Marine life stirs ocean enough to affect climate, says FSU study

Oceanographers worldwide pay close attention to phytoplankton and with good reason. The microscopic plants that form the vast foundation of the marine food chain generate a staggering amount of power, and now a groundbreaking study led by Florida State University has calculated just how much—about five times the annual total power consumption of the human […]

Florida universities partner to expand space research, technology

Three Florida universities have signed an agreement to cooperate on space research and technology programs, including the creation of a joint institute to coordinate their activities. Florida State University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the Florida Institute of Technology will combine their capabilities to pursue emerging research, technology development, and educational opportunities associated with government and […]

FSU, NOAA scientists: ‘Trapped wave’ caused unexpected Dennis surge

When Hurricane Dennis passed North Florida on July 10, 2005, it caused a 10-foot storm surge in some areas along Apalachee Bay—about 3 to 4 feet more than forecast—that couldn’t be explained simply by the local winds that conventionally drive storm surge. Now, scientists at Florida State University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration […]

El Niño’s on the way: Winter climate forecast for Florida

It may be dry now, but don’t pack those umbrellas away just yet. It’s going to be a cool, wet winter here in Florida, according to state climatologist David Zierden. The return of El Niño—an oceanic phenomenon that occurs every two to seven years and causes worldwide changes in climate patterns—is to blame for both […]