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Seven Days of Opening Nights 2006 offers kaleidoscope of artists, performers

From country to jazz, from Napoleon to Nelson, the eighth season of Seven Days of Opening Nights, Feb. 16-28, 2006, offers a spectacular array of world-renowned artists and performers. The annual festival is produced by Florida State University and sponsored by a host of educational and community partners. Live music performances include American icon Willie […]

Social Work dean, professor share award for child welfare article

Florida State University College of Social Work Dean C. Aaron McNeece and Professor Bruce A. Thyer have received one of North America’s premier literary awards in the field of child welfare for an article they wrote about the importance of practicing social work based on evidence of what works. McNeece and Thyer received a Herbert […]

FSU researcher’s “buckypaper” is stronger than steel at a fraction of the weight

Working with a material 10 times lighter than steel—but 250 times stronger—would be a dream come true for any engineer. If this material also had amazing properties that made it highly conductive of heat and electricity, it would start to sound like something out of a science fiction novel. Yet one Florida State University research […]

FSU to play lead role in protecting nation’s ports

With nearly 21,000 containers entering the nation’s 350 commercial ports each day, everyone recognizes the need for increased protection against terrorism, yet port security has lagged behind airport and border security. Florida State University is about to change that. The recipient of a $6.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, FSU’s Learning […]

Work on cancer-killing compound nets FSU professor major grant

Within a laboratory on the Florida State University campus, a chemist leads a team of researchers in a quest to develop synthetic versions of rare natural substances. If all goes well, the team’s efforts could pay off in the form of the next generation of cancer-fighting drugs. Such research often is a long, laborious process […]

FSU biologists describe key role of signal-transcribing gene in Alzheimer’s, other ills

Biologists at Florida State University have uncovered the pivotal role of a gene called "Cut" that acts as a sort of middleman in cell-to-cell communication. A DNA-binding protein, Cut interprets and transcribes the developmental signals sent through the "Notch" gene, which regulates a layer of epithelial cells as they replicate and divide. But when Cut […]

The shape of things to come: Morphology database going global

A Florida State University researcher who specializes in the evolutionary history of wasps is now creating a buzz about a new way for scientists to store, share and study plant and animal images. Fredrik Ronquist, a professor in the School of Computational Sciences, is one of the founders of MorphBank, an international Web database that […]

Honors medical scholars program creates fast track to med school

The FSU College of Medicine has joined forces with the university’s Honors Program to establish a B.S./M.D. program that will be open to five students annually beginning in fall 2006. The program will allow eligible FSU honors students to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree of their choice while also participating in the Medical Scholars […]

FSU takes a major scientific step forward, lures Applied Superconductivity Center from Wisconsin

It’s a major coup for Florida State University—and one that holds significant potential for breakthroughs in a variety of scientific endeavors. "It" is Florida State’s new Applied Superconductivity Center (ASC), which soon will be setting up shop in Tallahassee’s Innovation Park, near the Florida A&M University-FSU College of Engineering and across the street from the […]

FSU professor helping find solutions to Florida’s insurance woes

It is the most expensive natural disaster ever to hit the United States. When all is said and done, experts estimate that Hurricane Katrina will cost insurers between $40 billion and $60 billion. The state of Florida is well aware of the monetary effects of hurricanes, and how crucial insurance is to ease the burden […]

Columbus also discovered race, contends FSU professor Gary Taylor

Columbus not only discovered America, he also discovered race in the modern sense of the word, contends Florida State University professor and cultural historian Gary Taylor. During his third voyage to the New World in 1498, Columbus realized that skin color wasn’t attributable solely to proximity to the equator or poles, as believed by ancient […]

FSU management professors write the book on ‘political skill’

A coworker soars to success within your company while you continue to toil away in obscurity. Wonder why? Your coworker’s superior “political” skill could be the difference, say two Florida State University researchers. Gerald R. Ferris and Pamela L. Perrewé, professors of management within FSU’s College of Business, have written the book, literally, on organizational […]