Education & Society

Life is a highway: Study confirms cars have personality

No one needs to tell Disney, which brought the likes of Herbie the Love Bug and Lightning McQueen to the big screen, that cars have personality. Now a study co-authored by a Florida State University researcher has confirmed through a complex statistical analysis that many people see human facial features in the front end of […]

Florida State study links ‘warrior gene’ to gang membership, weapon use

Boys who carry a particular variation of the gene Monoamine oxidase A (MAOA), sometimes called the “warrior gene,” are more likely not only to join gangs but also to be among the most violent members and to use weapons, according to a new study from The Florida State University that is the first to confirm […]

Florida State aiding public libraries in hurricane preparedness and response

With the arrival of hurricane season on June 1, Florida’s public libraries have a vital role to play in helping their communities prepare for and recover from hurricanes and other severe storms. The Florida State University’s Information Use Management & Policy Institute at the College of Information has unveiled a new Web site that will […]

Association for Information Systems names Joey George president-elect

A Florida State University business professor who studies the collection, processing, storage and dissemination of information needed to carry out the functions of management has received two of the biggest honors in his field. Joey George, who holds the title of Thomas L. Williams Eminent Scholar in Management Information Systems at Florida State, was recently […]

Florida State researcher wins $2.8 million to study school readiness of Spanish-speaking children

A Florida State University researcher has won a $2.8 million federal grant to study ways to increase the school readiness skills and subsequent academic achievement of Spanish-speaking children in the United States. Christopher Lonigan, a psychology professor and associate director of the Florida Center for Reading Research, and a team of researchers will evaluate the […]

Language and literacy researcher wins third early career award

A Florida State University educator is quickly making a name for herself in the area of child development research. Carol Connor, an associate professor in the College of Education and faculty member in the Florida Center for Reading Research, has received the 2009 Early Career Research Contributions to Child Development Award given by the Society […]

The Obama effect: Researchers cite president’s role in reducing racism

President Obama spurred a dramatic change in the way whites think about African-Americans before he had even set foot in the Oval Office, according to a new study. Florida State University Psychology Professor E. Ashby Plant and University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor Patricia Devine have documented a decrease in racial prejudice during the Fall 2008 period […]

Another major award for Florida State book on educational technology

A book co-edited by Florida State University College of Education Professor Robert Reiser and Florida State alumnus John Dempsey recently received the 2008 James W. Brown Publications Award from the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT). "Trends and Issues in Instructional Design and Technology" was recognized by AECT as an outstanding publication in the […]

College of Education’s Mode L. Stone Building recognized for architectural excellence

The Mode L. Stone Building, home to The Florida State University’s College of Education, and Elliot Marshall Innes, P.A., a Tallahassee-based architectural firm, have received a 2008 Chapter Design Merit Award from the Tallahassee Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for a 26,000-square-foot addition that was completed in September 2008. The biennial award […]

Florida State symposium to explore role of tribunals in combating war crimes

The Florida State University Center for the Advancement of Human Rights is sponsoring a symposium that will bring together leaders in the international justice movement to assess the role criminal tribunals have in combating torture, genocide and war crimes. "International Criminal Tribunals: Problems and Prospects" is set for Friday, Jan. 30, and Saturday, Jan. 31, […]

Education professor dispels myths about gifted children

Though not often recognized as “special needs” students, gifted children require just as much attention and educational resources to thrive in school as do other students whose physical, behavioral, emotional or learning needs require special accommodations. So says a Florida State University professor who has studied gifted students for years. Steven I. Pfeiffer is a […]

Facebook generation learning social, technical skills online, Florida State researcher says

Worried about the amount of time today’s kids spend texting, chatting, blogging, gaming and Facebook-ing? Don’t. Rather than fear the time young people devote to technological pursuits, there are many reasons for adults to embrace and even facilitate youth engagement with digital media, according to Florida State University’s Lisa Tripp, who was a member of […]