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Is everybody happy? FSU professor writes the book on a most elusive emotion

Happiness: It’s what’s hot. Everywhere we look, happiness—or at least the promise of it—is a highly sought commodity. From advertising to contemporary economic theory, psychology and psychopharmacology and, of course, religion, the search for happiness is the great motivating force of our time. Why, then, aren’t we any happier? The all-out pursuit of happiness is […]

Practice makes deadly perfection, FSU suicide researcher says

Every year, close to 1 million people around the world kill themselves. Florida State University Bright-Burton Professor of Psychology Thomas Joiner has spent much of his career trying to find out why. After all, lots of people are hopeless and depressed, many severely. Why do some people choose to end their own lives and others […]

Seminole Tribe General Counsel Jim Shore accepts honorary degree from FSU

FSU has bestowed an honorary Doctor of Laws degree on Seminole Tribe of Florida member and General Counsel Jim Shore. Shore’s honorary Doctor of Laws degree recognizes his lifetime achievements as a member of the Seminole Tribe of Florida—a 3,000-member, federally-recognized Indian tribe headquartered in Hollywood, Fla., with reservations totaling 90,000 acres in several parts […]

FSU study finds body image stereotypes may begin in the high chair

Parents of toddlers may be serving up stereotypes about body image that could contribute to eating disorders or behavioral problems later in life, according to a pair of new Florida State University studies. Researchers found that parents of 3-year-olds worried that their sons but not their daughters were underweight—even though the weights and body mass […]

Another world-record achievement for National High Magnetic Field Laboratory

The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory is ending its year with another achievement of international importance as engineers and technicians this week completed testing of a world-record magnet. With the completion of a new, 35-tesla magnet, the highest-field "resistive" magnet in the world is located at the Tallahassee facility. The state-of-the-art magnet, which incorporates "Florida-Bitter" […]

FSU CONNECT campaign reaches new high of $617 million

Oceanography Professor Emeritus John Winchester Gives $1.14 million Florida State University President T.K. Wetherell announced that John "Jack" Winchester, professor emeritus of the department of oceanography, has donated $1.14 million to the FSU CONNECT capital campaign, providing the gift that pushed the total over the $600 million target. To date, the campaign, which ends Dec. […]

When the help is harmful: Author says system still mistreats rape victims

Despite an increase in rape crisis centers and improvements in the treatment of rape victims over the past 30 years, many are still pervasively mistreated by the police, doctors, lawyers, judges and administrators who process them, according to a Florida State University sociologist. In her new book, "Rape Work: Victims, Gender and Emotions in Organization […]

Magnet Lab researcher exploring science behind commercial applications of liquid helium

Picture a teaspoon of powdered sugar. As fine a substance as it is, there still are tremendous differences in the sizes of its individual particles. Some are so small, they move around randomly and are invisible to the naked eye. Now, let’s say you wanted to choose only particles of a certain size from those […]

State of Florida Climatologist James O’Brien wins Japan’s Uda Prize

The Japanese Oceanographic Society has selected State of Florida climatologist and Florida State University Professor of meteorology and oceanography James J. O’Brien as a recipient of its 2006 "Uda Prize." O’Brien—FSU’s Robert O. Lawton Professor of Meteorology and Oceanography and the director of FSU’s Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies—received the prestigious award in recognition of […]

Two FSU physicists receive prestigious academic honor

Two faculty members in Florida State University’s department of physics—Professor Jorge Piekarewicz and Associate Professor Laura Reina—have received one of the top honors in the field of physics: Both have been elected Fellows of the American Physical Society (APS). With more than 43,000 members, the APS (www.aps.org) is the nation’s largest and most prestigious professional […]

Grant increases minority scientists’ access to Magnet Lab’s facilities

The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and two historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have been awarded a $1.5-million, one-year collaborative grant from the National Nuclear Security Agency (NNSA) to increase the involvement of minority scientists and their students in cutting-edge research. The award will establish and enhance strong experimental and theoretical research opportunities at […]

Few clouds mar otherwise bright economic outlook for 2006

The economic forecast for 2006 is mostly sunny, but there are a few clouds on the horizon, according to a Florida State University professor. The economy is still strong after three years of expansion, but growth will begin to slow in 2006, said James Gwartney, the Gus A. Stavros Eminent Scholar Chair and director of […]