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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 […]

Faith-based prison programs claim to reduce recidivism, but there’s little evidence, says FSU research

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 600,000 prisoners are released each year. Nearly 70 percent have alcohol and drug problems. Within three years, roughly two-thirds are rearrested; about 50 percent land back behind bars. Policymakers across the country are pushing for implementation of faith-based prisoner reentry programming to reduce recidivism levels, but so far […]

They too had a dream: Book spotlights forgotten civil rights leaders

Everybody has heard of Martin Luther King, Jr., but what about Edwin King? Or for that matter, how about Dave Dennis and Mildred Bell Johnson? A new book edited by Florida State University communication professor Davis Houck puts the spotlight on these and other little known players in the Civil Rights Movement. "In Rhetoric, Religion […]

FSU professor receives top honor from government of France

Alec Hargreaves, director of Florida State University’s Winthrop-King Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, has been awarded France’s top national honor. Hargreaves was named a Chevalier in the Legion d’Honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honor), an elite order created by the masterful French general and emperor Napoleon in 1802 to honor outstanding service […]

FSU study: Abortion notification, consent laws reduce risky teen sex

Laws that require minors to notify or get the consent of one or both parents before having an abortion reduce risky sexual behavior among teens, according to a Florida State University law professor. Jonathan Klick, the Jeffrey A. Stoops Professor of Law, and Thomas Stratmann, professor of economics at George Mason University, came to that […]