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FSU gets grant to address shortage of social workers for elderly

The number of new social workers who want to work with senior citizens is decreasing despite an aging population that needs their services. The Florida State University College of Social Work is doing its part to recruit and train social workers to work with older adults, thanks to a three-year grant from the New York […]

Literacy is key to addressing Africa’s woes, says FSU professor

Life isn’t easy in sub-Saharan Africa. An AIDS epidemic, crushing poverty, civil wars, a dearth of economic development and widespread illiteracy are just a few of the hurdles that confront many of the region’s 650 million people each day. By focusing on connections among those obstacles and their solutions, a Florida State University professor hopes […]

FSU College of Information boasts Top 10 graduate program

Law School, Chemistry also among nation’s best, says U.S. News & World Report The Florida State University College of Information offers one of the top 10 graduate programs in the nation, according to the 2007 edition of the U.S. News & World Report’s guidebook, "America’s Best Graduate Schools." In addition, both FSU’s chemistry department and […]

Sociologists find low self-esteem at age 11 predicts drug dependency at 20

Every parent worries that his or her child may turn to drugs, or worse, become dependent on them, and a new Florida State University study indicates that parents of boys who have very low self-esteem and have friends who approve of drug and alcohol use may have good cause to worry. FSU sociology professors John […]

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 […]