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FSU introduces new tool to help community reduce impaired driving

FSU’s Division of Student Affairs recently introduced Tallahassee to SIDNE (Simulated Impaired Driving Experience), the newest tool to help reduce impaired driving by students as well as drivers throughout the greater community. FSU recently became the first university in Florida to purchase the battery-powered remote-controlled vehicle that resembles a go-cart and simulates the experience of […]

FSU College of Education helping address teacher shortage

It’s not news that Florida has a shortage of available teachers. What is disturbing, however, is the size of the problem: Current estimates show that the state will have 30,000 fewer teachers than it needs for the next school year. A surge of students, a swell in teacher retirements, and a constitutional amendment to reduce […]

When the help is harmful: Author says system still mistreats rape victims

Despite an increase in rape crisis centers and improvements in the treatment of rape victims over the past 30 years, many are still pervasively mistreated by the police, doctors, lawyers, judges and administrators who process them, according to a Florida State University sociologist. In her new book, "Rape Work: Victims, Gender and Emotions in Organization […]

Online learning’s frontier: Researcher gives computers a ‘human’ face

The friendly facial expressions, the soothing hand gestures, the coolly intelligent voice: Put them all together, and she is both disarmingly lifelike and surprisingly persuasive. And while she can’t actually shake your hand in greeting, the unnamed, computer-generated character and her troupe of animated friends can be judiciously designed for online learning—at least if one […]

FSU research center receives $2.3 million award to promote reading

A Florida State University research center that works to create programs to improve schoolchildren’s reading comprehension, vocabulary and fluency has received a major boost from the federal government. The Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR), a research group under FSU’s Learning Systems Institute, has been awarded a five-year, $2.3-million contract by the U.S. Department of […]

Social Work dean, professor share award for child welfare article

Florida State University College of Social Work Dean C. Aaron McNeece and Professor Bruce A. Thyer have received one of North America’s premier literary awards in the field of child welfare for an article they wrote about the importance of practicing social work based on evidence of what works. McNeece and Thyer received a Herbert […]

Cyberstalkers beware: New toolkit nabs online predators

Researchers at Florida State University are developing a computer system designed to help law enforcement agents thwart cyberstalking. Computer science Professor Sudhir Aggarwal and members of the Florida Cybersecurity Institute have built a hardware and software prototype called the Predator and Prey Alert (PAPA) system. The forensic toolkit is designed to provide high-quality evidence for […]

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 […]

Free Internet available at nearly all U.S. libraries, FSU study finds

Researchers at Florida State University have found that nearly all libraries around the country have free public Internet access and an increasing number are offering wireless connections. According to the study, conducted by the Information Use Management and Policy Institute in the College of Information, 98.9 percent of libraries offer free public Internet access, up […]

FSU professor’s book on slave patrols is focus of documentary

A Florida State University history professor whose ground-breaking book on the “slave patrols” that terrorized slaves throughout the pre-Civil War South will be featured in an upcoming History Channel documentary. The program, “Slave Catchers, Slave Resisters,” takes a look at a little-known aspect of the United States’ ignominious history of slavery — the brutal system […]

Negative expectations color racial interactions, FSU study says

Despite a culture that increasingly values diversity, many people still find interacting with those from another racial group tense and awkward. Florida State University psychology Professor E. Ashby Plant has found that people’s concerns about racial bias predicted their level of anxiety about dealing with members of another race and whether they subsequently had positive […]

Driscoll named dean of FSU College of Education

Florida State University Provost and Executive Vice President Lawrence G. Abele has announced the appointment of longtime FSU professor Marcy P. Driscoll as dean of the College of Education. Driscoll, the college’s Leslie J. Briggs Professor of Educational Research and its associate dean for administration and research, succeeds Richard Kunkel, dean of the college since […]