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FSU is home to new Florida Catastrophic Storm Risk Management Center

It appears likely that Florida will emerge unscathed from this year’s hurricane season, but researchers at Florida State University already are looking ahead. Their goal: to engage in research and promote collaboration with other universities, as well as state and federal agencies, that will address catastrophic storm risk that affects the state’s homeowners and businesses. […]

FSU launches initiative to increase number of math, science teachers

Supported by some $5.15 million in grant money and state matching funds, Florida State University has announced a new initiative designed to give a major boost to math and science education in Florida’s schools. At a news conference on Nov. 14, FSU President T.K. Wetherell described new plans at FSU to recruit more math and […]

FSU joins forces to launch new Web-based tool to help parents spot autism

A baby fascinated with spinning a cup, a toddler flapping his hands, or a preschooler walking on her toes: Parents and even doctors sometimes miss these red flags for autism, but a new online video "glossary" created by a team including FSU Professor Amy Wetherby makes them startlingly clear. Wetherby, the L.L. Schendel Professor of […]

FSU receives federal grants to train speech pathologists

Florida State University’s Department of Communication Disorders has received grants totaling $1.6 million from the U.S. Department of Education that will support graduate students preparing to be speech pathologists in underserved areas. “These grants are highly competitive, and we were able to build on the department’s previous successes in order to get them,” said Professor […]

$1.4 million grant to fund FSU autism research

Estimates indicate that 1 out of 150 children will be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but most will not be diagnosed until they are almost ready to start kindergarten. Amy Wetherby Amy Wetherby, the L.L. Schendel Professor of Communication Disorders at Florida State University, has received a four-year grant expected to total nearly […]

FSU documentary shines light on torture through voices of survivors

Thanks to a coalition of torture survivors who finally dare to speak out, a remarkable film collaboration by Florida State University’s renowned Center for the Advancement of Human Rights and award-winning College of Motion Picture, Television and Recording Arts means to shatter the silence that shields the practice of torture and its terrible toll. A […]

Can’t take my eyes off you: FSU study shows the power of attraction

Whether we are seeking a mate or sizing up a potential rival, good-looking people capture our attention nearly instantaneously and render us temporarily helpless to turn our eyes away from them, according to a new Florida State University study. "It’s like magnetism at the level of visual attention," said Jon Maner, an assistant professor of […]

FSU project to prepare future Southeast Florida library leaders

Florida State University’s College of Information has been awarded a grant to help build the next generation of library leaders. The Institute of Museum and Library Services has awarded $559,872 to Professor John Bertot and Assistant Professor Michelle Kazmer for the project "Southeast Florida Library Leaders: Building the Next Generation of Service to Underserved Populations." […]

FSU researcher studies Harry Potter’s magical hold on young readers

The recent release of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" marked the magic moment for millions of Harry Potter fans worldwide. The seventh and final book in the wildly popular series signaled the end of a literary global phenomenon. At Florida State University, a graduate student is researching how the Harry Potter series has enchanted […]

$800,000 grant will help train FSU students for early intervention in diverse communities

An interdisciplinary team of researchers at Florida State University has been awarded a four-year, $800,000 grant by the U.S. Department of Education to train doctoral students in providing services to infants and toddlers who have, or are at risk for, disabilities. Emphasis will be placed on children and families from diverse cultural, linguistic and socioeconomic […]

No satisfaction zaps motivation, FSU psychologist says

You can’t always get what you want, as the song goes, but if a Florida State University researcher’s new theory on motivation holds true, you may not want it anymore anyway. Francis Eppes Professor Roy Baumeister, a renowned social psychologist, has conducted several experiments to learn how satisfaction influences motivation. Baumeister will present his theory […]

Computer-based programs help college couples build better relationships

Like the proverbial apple a day, a pair of computer-based programs developed by Florida State University researchers may help young adults keep relationship trouble away. College students in committed romantic relationships reported significantly reduced relationship dysfunction as well as depression and anxiety symptoms after participating in either of the two computer-based interventions, says a study […]