Florida State forecast: La Niña’s abrupt return could mean winter drought in Florida

The Southeast Climate Consortium is predicting a warm and dry winter and spring until May 2009 for Florida with the return of La Niña in the Pacific Ocean. It is unusual for La Nina to raise its signal so late in the winter, according to David Zierden, climate scientist at Florida State University’s Center For […]

Professor’s history of modern meteorology receives major honor

A Florida State University researcher whose 2008 book detailed the modern history of meteorology is garnering international acclaim for her work from those who know the topic best. Kristine C. Harper, an assistant professor of history at Florida State, has received Atmospheric Science Librarians International’s 2008 ASLI’s Choice Award in the history category for her […]

Education professor dispels myths about gifted children

Though not often recognized as “special needs” students, gifted children require just as much attention and educational resources to thrive in school as do other students whose physical, behavioral, emotional or learning needs require special accommodations. So says a Florida State University professor who has studied gifted students for years. Steven I. Pfeiffer is a […]

Researcher wins $1.2 million grant to study genetic ‘master switch’

A unique discovery in a Florida State University College of Medicine laboratory is the basis for research with the potential to one day help scientists learn how to stop cancer and other diseases in the tissue where they are forming. Jamila Horabin, associate professor of biomedical sciences at the College of Medicine, has received a […]

What’s for lunch on Inauguration Day? Ask Florida State expert

After being sworn in as the 44th president, Barack Obama will head inside to the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall to join family members, guests and Congressional leaders for the inauguration luncheon, in keeping with a tradition introduced by Harry S. Truman and embraced by every subsequent president except Jimmy Carter. This year’s menu features seafood […]

Florida State celebrating life of Martin Luther King Jr.

The Florida State University is holding a weeklong celebration to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The 21st annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration events include a commemorative march, poetry readings, a brain bowl and a community service project. The celebration of "The Legacy, The Dream, The Vision; We Can Do More!" began […]

Facebook generation learning social, technical skills online, Florida State researcher says

Worried about the amount of time today’s kids spend texting, chatting, blogging, gaming and Facebook-ing? Don’t. Rather than fear the time young people devote to technological pursuits, there are many reasons for adults to embrace and even facilitate youth engagement with digital media, according to Florida State University’s Lisa Tripp, who was a member of […]

Florida State researcher Erickson ties rare bird behavior to dinosaur ancestors

Sure, they’re polygamous, but male emus and several other ground-dwelling birds also are devoted dads, serving as the sole incubators and caregivers to oversized broods from multiple mothers. It is rare behavior, but research described in the Dec. 19 Science found that it runs in this avian family, all the way back to its dinosaur […]

Four Florida State professors join prestigious ranks of AAAS fellows

The Florida State University has long been recognized internationally for the high quality of scientific research conducted on its campus in numerous disciplines. That preeminence has been affirmed as four Florida State professors were recently elevated to the rank of fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as a fellow […]

Engineering professors honored by top professional institutes

One is a former astronaut who champions the teaching of science to young people. The other is a pioneering researcher looking for ways to improve the safety and reliability of the nation’s power systems. Both are members of the faculty at the Florida A&M University-Florida State University College of Engineering — and now both have […]

Florida State University trains principals to support math, science learning

With help from Florida State University, some 700 public school principals from throughout Florida are learning more about the state’s new math and science education standards — and discovering new techniques regarding the teaching of “STEM” (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects that they can implement in their schools. Laura Hassler Lang “I can clearly […]

Florida State announces $6.5 million in energy research grants

The Institute for Energy Systems, Economics and Sustainability, a research and policy group established earlier this year at The Florida State University to address sustainability and alternative power issues, has announced $6.5 million in grant awards for research in the areas of fuel cycles, governance and energy delivery systems. IESES Director David Cartes The 29 […]