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FSU researchers participate in Indonesian partnership

Florida State University’s Learning Systems Institute and College of Education will receive a federal grant to help improve educational quality in the nation of Indonesia through attention to teacher training and improving the school learning environment. FSU received the roughly $700,000 grant as part of a greater multi-million dollar project to conduct research in conjunction […]

At FSU, a ‘revolutionary’ approach to science education

In a basement on the Florida State University campus, one of the world’s foremost scientists is working to ignite a revolution. But Sir Harold Kroto’s mission isn’t the overthrow of a government; instead, he is making use of modern technology to launch what he calls a "revolution" in the way schoolchildren all over the world […]

College of Information wins $1.4 million grant to study Internet use at public libraries

As a student at Florida State University, Jamie Linden read an article about an aviation catastrophe that turned into a tragedy for Marshall University of Huntington, W.Va. Linden, who was moved by the events of the 35-plus-year-old crash, researched the details and never forgot them. During his early career as a screenwriter in Los Angeles, […]

FSU professor receives grants to study teacher preparation, training

A professor in Florida State University’s College of Education who is working to develop more-effective models for teacher preparation and professional training has received two grants totaling more than $600,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF). With the NSF grants, "We hope to get a better understanding of what changes can be made to the […]

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 […]

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 […]

FSU study links anxiety sensitivity to future psychological disorders

People who get scared when they experience a pounding heart, sweaty palms or dizziness—even if the cause is something as mundane as stress, exercise or caffeine—are more likely to develop a clinical case of anxiety or panic disorder, according to a Florida State University researcher. While other researchers have proposed a connection between this so-called […]

FSU College of Education receives visual-impairment teaching grant

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services has awarded faculty within the Florida State University College of Education a four-year, $800,000 grant to support teacher education in the field of visual impairment. Amy McKenzie, an assistant professor in the college’s department of childhood education, reading and disability services, is the […]

FSU Family Institute wins federal grant to help students build better relationships

Armed with a new grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services worth $2.6 million over five years, the Florida State University Family Institute will help undergraduates strengthen and sustain safe, healthy romantic relationships and reject negative, unhealthy ones now and in the future through a unique skills-based relationship education program. "This grant […]

At FSU, high school students are discovering the physics of fun

Not all young people sleep late and lie around in their pajamas watching cartoons on Saturday mornings. At Florida State University, a number of them are finding that learning about physics—yes, physics—can be an even more enjoyable activity. This fall, several dozen local high school students are rolling out of bed on eight consecutive Saturday […]

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 […]

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 […]