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Making history: Students create world’s largest human FSU torch

UPDATE:  More than 300 FSU students successfully formed the world’s largest human “FSU Torch” on campus on April 6. It stretched across Landis Green from near Strozier Library to Landis Hall. A camera-equipped drone flying 400 feet overhead captured the unique moment. The historic photo will become part of a student-produced video spotlighting FSU’s innovators […]

Local businessman receives 2017 FSU Research Community Partner Award

The Florida State University Office of Research honored Tallahassee businessman Kim Williams Thursday night with the FSU Office of Research Community Partner of the Year Award for his work in promoting university research to the broader community. Williams received the award for his substantial work in helping advise FSU researchers looking to commercialize their technologies […]

FSU professor: Inadequate resources diminish benefits of marine protected areas

A Florida State University researcher and a global team of scientists have published a new study that demonstrates how a widespread lack of personnel and funds are preventing marine protected areas from reaching their full potential. FSU Assistant Professor of Geography Sarah Lester partnered with more than 20 institutions on a multiyear research project that […]

Fossil or inorganic structure? Scientists dig into early life forms

An international team of researchers discovered that inorganic chemicals can self-organize into complex structures that mimic primitive life on Earth. Florida State University Professor of Chemistry Oliver Steinbock and Professor Juan Manuel Garcia-Ruiz of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (Spanish National Research Council) in Granada, Spain, published an article in Wednesday’s edition of Science […]

FSU technology tracks the ocean current

A Florida State University researcher has developed a new technology that can track the oceans’ currents and surface circulation. Ocean currents play an important role in many everyday processes such as shipping, navigation, commercial fishing, recreational boating and safety. They also impact our climate, sediment transport, ocean ecosystems and animal migrations. But the movements of […]

The next frontier: FSU undergrads among first to use advanced gene editing technology

A new Florida State University biology course is providing a group of talented young students with a unique opportunity: hands-on, experimental lab work with the world’s most revolutionary gene editing technology.  The course was designed by Jonathan Dennis, FSU associate professor of biological science, who set out to assemble a curriculum that combined an engaging, […]

New hope for lipophilic nanoparticles in biology

Nanoparticles show enormous potential for therapeutics due to unique properties that emerge in nanostructured materials. Quantum dots, for instance, show robust size-dependent fluorescence that allows potential applications in medical imaging. Silicon is a particularly promising material for medical applications of quantum dots because bulk silicon is non-toxic and fluorescence of silicon nanoparticles can be tuned […]

FSU researchers take big step forward in nanotech-based drugs

Nanotechnology has become a growing part of medical research in recent years, with scientists feverishly working to see if tiny particles could revolutionize the world of drug delivery. But many questions remain about how to effectively transport those particles and associated drugs to cells.  In an article published today in Scientific Reports, FSU Associate Professor […]

FSU welcomes National Science Foundation director to campus

Florida State University welcomed National Science Foundation Director France Córdova to campus this week for a tour of research facilities and meetings with students, faculty and state political leaders. “We’re honored that Director Córdova made time to visit us here at Florida State and to see the great work being done on campus that her […]

Miniature organisms in the sand play big role in our oceans

The small organisms that slip unnoticed through sand play an important role in keeping our oceans healthy and productive, according to a Florida State University researcher.  In the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, Jeroen Ingels, a researcher at the FSU Coastal and Marine Laboratory, explains that small organisms called meiofauna that live in […]

FSU researcher to lead U.S.-Russia project on health, space travel

NASA-Funded Project to Examine Vision, Cardiovascular Problems A Florida State University researcher will lead a joint U.S.-Russia project that will examine the effect of space travel on astronauts’ vision, an ongoing problem that NASA has been eager to solve. “The issue of vision impairment is very important to NASA,” said Michael Delp, dean of the […]