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FSU names top literacy researcher as its newest Eppes Professor

An internationally recognized scholar in the areas of reading and language development will join Florida State University’s College of Education, its Learning Systems Institute (LSI) and its Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) in the fall as the university’s newest Francis Eppes Professor. Barbara Foorman comes from the University of Texas Health Science Center at […]

Here comes the sun: New solutions for world’s energy woes

The number is staggering: Approximately 2 billion of the world’s people—nearly one-third of the human population—have no access to electricity. Consequently, they do without many of the amenities that people in the developed world take for granted—everything from air conditioning and refrigeration to television, indoor lighting, and pumps that supply drinking water. And without electricity […]

Invisible scars: Verbal abuse triggers adult anxiety, depression

A new study by Florida State University researchers has found that people who were verbally abused as children grow up to be self-critical adults prone to depression and anxiety. People who were verbally abused had 1.6 times as many symptoms of depression and anxiety as those who had not been verbally abused and were twice […]

FSU scientist’s biomolecular research published in Science, Nature

For a scientist, having one’s research published in a peer-reviewed journal signifies a high level of professional expertise and accomplishment. If that journal happens to be Science or Nature—two of the world’s top scientific publications—so much the better. One Florida State University researcher has achieved a unique level of distinction: co-authoring papers for both journals—and […]

‘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 […]

From geek to chic: The changing face of computing

You don’t have to be a nerdy white guy to be a computer geek. In fact, you can be a woman, a minority, a person with a disability or someone who is downright cool. That’s the message of a group of Florida State University professors who are participating in a 10-member university consortium. The consortium, […]

FSU gets top rankings in nuclear physics, analytical chemistry

Florida State University continues to burnish its credentials as a top university for scientific research and graduate learning, a new listing of America’s top academic institutions shows. FSU’s graduate program in nuclear physics is 13th in the nation, and its graduate program in analytical chemistry 14th, in rankings compiled by U.S. News & World Report […]

FSU higher education program ranked 13th in nation

The Florida State University College of Education’s higher-education program is ranked 13th among all higher-education administration programs in the nation in U.S. News & World Report‘s 2007 listing of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.” “Recognition in such a widely known and used publication is a testament to the quality of the programs in Higher Education,” said […]

Tropical depression: Hurricane linked to long-term mental distress

Florida State University sociologists have found that some South Floridians who survived 1992’s Hurricane Andrew suffered mental health problems many years later, a finding that has led the researchers to predict even more dire consequences for those who lived through last year’s devastating Hurricane Katrina. The researchers, sociology doctoral student and lead author David Russell […]

FSU professor announces grants to hurricane-devasted libraries

It’s been said that nobody graduated from a library, but nobody graduated without one. That’s why Florida State University College of Information Professor Eliza T. Dresang is taking part in an effort to rebuild school libraries devastated by last summer’s hurricanes. As a member of the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries advisory committee, Dresang […]

Fire ants: Their true story told by the scientist who loves them

When it comes to fire ants, most people prefer to wipe the venomous little varmints off the face of the Earth—or at least out of their own back yards. The reviled South American native that invaded the U.S. Sun Belt via 1940s Mobile, Ala., is known in biology circles as Solenopsis invicta and everywhere else […]

FSU autism study may lead to early detection, intervention

There is a critical need to define the social communication characteristics of very young children with autism in order to develop early detection and intervention programs A $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders will help Florida State University Professor Amy Wetherby do just that. […]