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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 […]

Magnet Lab wins $11.7-million grant to build next-generation magnet

The National Science Foundation has awarded the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory an $11.7-million grant for construction of an innovative magnet that will have the potential to revolutionize a technique used to learn more about little-understood molecules. The magnet—which will generate extremely high magnetic fields using just one-third the power of traditional “all-resistive” magnets—will enable […]

Library funding for disaster, government services long overdue

Public libraries need more funding as they are increasingly becoming de facto e-government sites for everything from disaster relief to medical drug plans, according to a new Florida State University study. Government agencies are now referring people to public libraries for access and assistance with online services, a trend that is perceived by many librarians […]

FSU spearheads first-of-its-kind ‘Florida Book Awards’

The First Annual Florida Book Awards, the most comprehensive competition of its kind ever launched in the state and an all-around celebration of the year’s best books by Sunshine State authors, is under way. Spearheaded by the Florida State University Program in American and Florida Studies, the first-of-its-kind contest is co-sponsored by more than a […]

FSU College of Business programs rise in national rankings

Moving up three spots, the undergraduate program in Florida State University’s College of Business secured the ranking of the 25th best business program in the nation among public institutions in the annual rankings of U.S. News & World Report. The 2007 ranking also placed FSU’s risk management/insurance program seventh best and its real estate program […]

FSU Higher Education program rated exemplary by peers

The Program in Higher Education within Florida State University’s College of Education has been rated exemplary in a polling of faculty in the field at more than 100 universities. The study was conducted by Marybelle Keim, a researcher at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. The project is a replication of one she conducted in the early 1980s. […]