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FSU chemistry professor wins top award in chromatography

John G. Dorsey, the Katherine Blood Hoffman Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Florida State University, has been selected to receive the 2006 Award in Chromatography from the American Chemical Society. The award will be presented in Atlanta in March, and a special symposium will be held in Dorsey’s honor at that time. The ACS’ […]

Professors’ odor-scrubbing “bio-filters” will reduce greenhouse gasses

Thanks to old tires, broken glass and yard debris, Leon County’s Solid Waste Facility (Landfill) soon will emit less odor, and waste disposal will be more environmentally friendly. Florida State University oceanography Professor Jeff Chanton and Florida A & M University/FSU College of Engineering Assistant Professor Tarek Abichou plan to recycle the waste materials into […]

FSU oceanography professor wins international honor

With research ranging from a new explanation for the parting of the Red Sea during the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt to a prediction that the Three Gorges Dam in China could increase air temperatures over Japan, Doron Nof, Fridtjof Nansen Professor of Oceanography at FSU, has won the prized European Geosciences Union (EGU) Fridtjof Nansen […]

World-record magnet to pull in scientific breakthroughs

The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory has marked a major scientific leap forward with the unveiling of a new, world-record magnet. This new, spectacularly precise magnet, displayed during a commissioning ceremony on July 28, is expected to yield important discoveries in the fields of chemical and biomedical research. The laboratory, established by the National Science […]

FSU scientist warns North Atlantic right whale facing extinction

The North Atlantic right whale’s future looks grim if the current mortality rates continue, according to Florida State University assistant professor of oceanography Douglas Nowacek and a group of fellow scientists from across the nation. They have co-authored a paper, “North Atlantic Right Whales in Crisis,” that appears in the July 22 edition of the […]

FSU food scientist is lead scholar in trade negotiations with China

After mad cow disease was twice detected in North American livestock in 2003, The People’s Republic of China banned imports of all U.S. meat by-products. The cost to U.S. industry: 25 percent of meat-bone-meal (MBM) exports and almost $30 million a year. A possible key to resumption of that once-burgeoning trade: FloridaState University researcher Yun-Hwa […]

FSU magnet lab pulling in U.S. students, teachers for summer research

Some of the world’s most advanced research is taking place at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, where scientists are pushing the boundaries of human knowledge in the fields of physics, biology, bioengineering, chemistry, geochemistry, biochemistry, materials science and engineering. This summer, those same scientists are taking on another task: mentoring some of the nation’s […]

FSU researchers find ‘magic’ at the subatomic level

Do you believe in magic? Nuclear physicists at Florida State University do—and their work is helping to provide a better understanding of how all matter in the universe was, and continues to be, created. Ingo Wiedenhoever, an assistant professor of physics at FSU, and graduate student Joel Fridmann have authored a paper describing an experiment […]

FSU technology bringing peace and quiet back to Wakulla Springs

As the home of one of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world, Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park south of Tallahassee is a natural paradise that plays host to an abundance of wildlife, including alligators, deer, turtles and birds. Now, with the help of scientists from Florida State University, the park is […]

FSU meteorologists’ work may lead to better tracking of hurricanes

Scientists are continually exploring different aspects of hurricanes to increase their understanding of how they behave. Recently, two NASA-funded scientists from Florida State University analyzed ozone levels surrounding hurricanes. Their work could lead to better methods of forecasting the paths of the deadly storms. In their study, FSU meteorologists Xiaolei Zou and Yonghui Wu found […]

FSU professor joins Nobel Laureate campaign on future of humanity

Florida State University’s Sir Harry Kroto, Francis Eppes Professor of Chemistry and Nobel Laureate, joined the Dalai Lama, former President Bill Clinton and a host of other Nobel Prize winners who met with actor Richard Gere for a recent conference aimed at righting the wrongs of modern humanity. King Abdullah of Jordan hosted the two-day […]

FSU researchers mold new material to protect troops

When it comes to protecting America’s combat troops in battle, research under way at the Florida A&M University-Florida State University College of Engineering could be a lifesaver. Under a partnership with Armor Holdings, Inc. of Jacksonville, FSU researchers are developing and testing first-of-its-kind body armor for soldiers’ arms and legs that could reduce fatalities and […]