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FSU history professor’s ‘Happiness’ makes New York Times ‘100 Notable Books’

Happiness: It’s what’s hot. At least, that’s what Florida State University historian Darrin M. McMahon is finding to be the case. McMahon, an associate professor of history at FSU, released his book "Happiness: A History" to stellar reviews and media fanfare earlier this year. Now, "Happiness" has earned its author even more attention as The […]

Who’s afraid of the big bad boss? Plenty of us, new FSU study show

The abusive boss has been well documented in movies ("Nine to Five"), television (Fox’s "My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss") and even the Internet (http://HateBoss.com). Now, a Florida State University professor and two of his doctoral students have conducted a study that shines some light on the magnitude of the problem and documents its effects on […]

Two FSU artists win top national prize in visual arts

It is one of the premier national honors bestowed in the visual arts; now, two faculty artists from the Florida State University art department each have painted their way to a 2006 Joan Mitchell Award and the $25,000 grant that goes with it. FSU Professor Mark Messersmith and Associate Professor Lilian Garcia-Roig—both known for their […]

FSU joins alliance studying northern Gulf Coast

Florida State University has joined a new cooperative institute that will work with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to study the physics and ecosystem dynamics of the northern Gulf of Mexico. The new Northern Gulf of Mexico Institute will study coastal hazards, climate change, water quality, ecosystem management, coastal wetlands and pollution. Besides […]

FSU chemist Brschweiler awarded prestigious honor

A Florida State University professor of chemistry and biochemistry, Rafael P. Brüschweiler, has been elevated to the rank of Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In bestowing the honor, which was announced in the Nov. 24 issue of the journal Science, the AAAS recognized Brüschweiler "for fundamental contributions to methodology […]

FSU study: Parents may have longer to influence kids’ self-control

Parents, take note: longstanding theory contends that low self-control is more strongly correlated with crime than any other known factor, and also claims that self-control patterns stabilize and become fixed in children by age 10, persisting thereafter. Now, a Florida State University study offers strong empirical evidence that supports—and challenges—the "stability thesis," an idea that […]

FSU professor chosen for Eli Lilly award in analytical chemistry

A faculty member in Florida State University’s department of chemistry and biochemistry is the recipient of an unsolicited grant given each year to a rising star in the field of analytical chemistry. Assistant Professor André M. Striegel has been selected to receive the 2006 Eli Lilly Analytical Award for Untenured Faculty. The award comes with […]

New York City to use FSU professor’s scale to identify gifted students

A diagnostic test developed by a Florida State University education professor has been selected by the New York City Department of Education for use in determining whether students in that city’s schools are gifted. "It was extremely gratifying and humbling that New York City schools—the largest school district in the United States, with 1.2 million […]

Two sides of the same coin: Money spurs changes for better and worse

Money changes everything, and that includes changing people’s motivations for the better and their behavior toward others for the worse, according to a new study published in the international journal Science. Florida State University psychology graduate student Nicole Mead was among a group of researchers who found that the concept of money brings about a […]

FSU wins Center of Excellence in Advanced Materials

The Florida Board of Governors has approved Florida State University’s proposal to receive $4 million in support of a Center of Excellence in Advanced Materials (CEAM). The new FSU center will develop technologies to make new materials that are stronger, lighter, multifunctional and affordable, said Vice President for Research Kirby Kemper. CEAM also will provide […]

Winegardner’s second ‘Godfather’ book “a sequel you can’t refuse”

FSU Creative Writing Professor Mark Winegardner is drawing top reviews for "The Godfather’s Revenge," his second sequel to Mario Puzo’s "The Godfather" novels. The highly anticipated "The Godfather’s Revenge" hit shelves November 7. His earlier saga, "The Godfather Returns," became an instant best-seller after its release in fall 2004. "Winegardner got the "Godfather" assignment in […]

Federal grant at FSU to help science teachers foster ‘inquiry learning’

Three Florida State University programs have joined forces to research how to better prepare teachers to combat science illiteracy in the United States—and they are receiving a helping hand from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Through a $2.4-million award, FSU’s College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education and National High Magnetic Field Laboratory will […]