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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 […]

FSU Higher Education program rated exemplary by peers

The Program in Higher Education within Florida State University’s College of Education has been rated exemplary in a polling of faculty in the field at more than 100 universities. The study was conducted by Marybelle Keim, a researcher at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. The project is a replication of one she conducted in the early 1980s. […]

Making the grade: Immigrant children keep academic pace with peers

Far from being a burden on the educational system, research from Florida State University shows immigrant children perform as well as or better than their same-race, American-born counterparts. FSU Sociology Professor Kathryn Harker Tillman found that first- and second- generation children are no more likely than their third-generation peers to have to repeat a grade […]

Report: Economic freedom key to lifting poor nations out of poverty

Economic freedom has a greater impact than foreign aid in helping people in poor nations escape poverty, according to Florida State University Economics Professor James Gwartney, the co-author of the just-released 10th edition of the Economic Freedom of the World: 2006 Annual Report. This year’s report features new research by economist William Easterly of New […]

Teen career plans out of sync with reality, FSU study says

So your high school senior says she wants to be a doctor. Great news, right? It is if she’s got the talent and the grades to back up her ambition. Unfortunately, the goals of too many teens now outpace what they are likely to achieve, a problem that can lead to wasted time and resources, […]

FSU study: Hurricane preparedness good for employee morale

Hurricanes have ravaged the U.S. Gulf Coast for the past three years—a trend predicted to continue over the next decade. In response, a number of companies in the region have developed plans to deal with hurricanes before, during and after their onset. Now, a Florida State University researcher has studied how the development of such […]