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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 […]

FSU enters historic research partnership with Mayo Clinic

Two leaders in medicine, Florida State University and Mayo Clinic, have signed an agreement to work as research partners in the quest to improve health care outcomes for Floridians and all Americans. FSU President T. K. Wetherell and George B. Bartley, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, sign partnership agreement. From left, FSU […]

Low grades, bad behavior? Siblings may be to blame, FSU study says

We all know the story of a man named Brady and the group that somehow formed a family. But if the iconic ’70s sitcom about a "blended" family reflected reality, the Brady Bunch likely would have been dealing with much more than silly sibling squabbles. Kathryn Harker Tillman Here’s the real story: On average, adolescents […]

Spring commencement ceremonies set for weekend; Over 5,400 to graduate

More than 5,400 Florida State University students will graduate this spring and at least 4,000 of them in total will participate in FSU’s two commencement ceremonies, which are scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Apri l 25, and 9 a.m. Saturday, April 26, at the Tallahassee-Leon Country Civic Center. FSU President T.K. Wetherell will […]

Geometry shapes sound of music, FSU professor says

Through the ages, the sound of music in myriad incarnations has captivated human beings and made them sing along, and as scholars have suspected for centuries, the mysterious force that shapes the melodies that catch the ear and lead the voice is none other than math. The space of three-note chord types is a cone. […]

FSU hosting ACC ‘Meeting of the Minds’ for undergrad researchers

More than 100 of the brightest undergraduate researchers from all of the Atlantic Coast Conference universities are gathering for the first time at Florida State University on Friday and Saturday at the third annual “ACC Meeting of the Minds.” Undergraduate research from a broad range of academic disciplines, from the hard sciences to the humanities […]