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FSU professor wins Southern Chemist Award from American Chemical Society

A Florida State University professor has received the American Chemical Society’s Southern Chemist Award in recognition of his contributions in nuclear chemistry. Thomas Albrecht-Schmitt, the Gregory R. Choppin Professor of Chemistry, received a medal and plaque at the organization’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C.  The award honors those who are U.S. citizens and worked in […]

Researcher sheds new light on how brain operates like GPS

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Every time you walk out of a building, you immediately see where you’re at and then step toward a destination. Whether you turn left, right or go straight ahead, you don’t even think about it. Simple, right? Not exactly. The brain performs a complex calculation that works a lot like the Global […]

New boarding procedures, smaller cabin size may limit infection on planes

During major epidemics, cramped airplane cabins are fertile ground for the spread of infection, but new research suggests changing routine boarding protocols could be a key to reducing rampant transmission of disease. In response to the 2014 Ebola outbreak that grounded hundreds of international flights, Florida State University Associate Professor of Computer Science Ashok Srinivasan […]

National MagLab achieves new world record with strongest resistive magnet

New 41.4-Tesla Instrument Paves Way for Breakthroughs in Physics and Materials Research While the rest of the country watched the solar eclipse Monday, engineers at the Florida State University-headquartered National MagLab pulled off an eclipse of a different sort. Not to be outdone by celestial events, they set a new world record that blotted out […]

Fruit fly mutation foretells 40 million years of evolution

Small, seemingly insignificant mutations in fruit flies may actually hold clues as to how a species will evolve tens of millions of years in the future. That’s the focus of a new study by a Florida State University researcher who raised 200 generations of fruit flies to examine how they changed both in the short […]

FSU Research: Ancient ocean deoxygenation provides an urgent warning

A 94-million-year-old climate change event that severely imperiled marine organisms may provide some unnerving insights into long-term trends in our modern oceans, according to a Florida State University researcher. In a study published today in the journal Science Advances, Assistant Professor of Geology Jeremy Owens traces a 50,000-year period of ocean deoxygenation preceding an ancient […]

FSU researchers listen to birdsong, unlock mysteries of brain

The term “birdbrain” has been part of our lexicon for about a century to describe someone’s intellect, or lack of it, presumably because birds have really small brains. But, in fact, the way songbirds learn to sing is similar to how humans learn speech. A unique interdisciplinary team of Florida State University researchers is leading […]

FSU researcher makes deep-sea coral reef discovery in depths of North Pacific

Scientists have long believed that the waters of the Central and Northeast Pacific Ocean were inhospitable to deep-sea scleractinian coral, but a Florida State University professor’s discovery of an odd chain of reefs suggests there are mysteries about the development and durability of coral colonies yet to be uncovered. Associate Professor of Earth, Ocean and […]

Researchers investigate ways to split water, create hydrogen fuel

A Florida State University researcher played a major role in a new discovery in how to produce pure hydrogen, a green energy fuel, by splitting water. FAMU-FSU College of Engineering Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering Jose Mendoza-Cortes, partnering with a Penn State University research team, has investigated new ways to create clean energy, particularly hydrogen […]

Power of light: Research team finds light is key to promising material

A Florida State University research team has discovered that light can significantly alter the structure of a promising material that scientists believe could make more efficient light-emitting diodes, lasers and other photon-based technologies. In the journal Angewandte Chemie International Edition, FAMU-FSU College of Engineering Associate Professor Biwu Ma explains how light can change a material […]

FSU graduate students to attend international Nobel laureate meeting

Two Florida State University graduate students are among 400 student-scientists worldwide invited to attend the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, an annual meeting that includes 30 Nobel laureates. This year, chemistry graduate student Gabriel Dos Passos and FAMU-FSU College of Engineering graduate student Margaret Scheiner will represent FSU at the meeting and hear from some […]