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Six FSU researchers named fellows of American Association for the Advancement of Science

Six Florida State University faculty members have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in recognition of their efforts to advance science or its applications. Election to fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers, and the six FSU faculty members are among 396 honorees this year. […]

New motion sensors a major step toward low-cost, high-performance wearable technology

Researchers from the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering have developed a class of breakthrough motion sensors that could herald a near future of ubiquitous, fully integrated and affordable wearable technology. In a paper published in the journal Materials and Design, engineers from FSU’s High-Performance Materials Institute, in collaboration with scientists from Institut National des Sciences Appliquées […]

Rival sperm and choosy eggs: FSU researcher finds that when sperm compete, eggs have a choice

The delicately mannered dance between discerning eggs and vying sperm is more complicated than scientists once believed, and it may hold secrets about the evolution of new species. In a paper published in the journal American Naturalist, Florida State University Chair and Professor of Biological Science Don Levitan investigates a root mystery in our scientific […]

FSU research documents link between nightmares and self-harm

New research from Florida State University finds a link between nightmares and self-injurious behavior, such as cutting or burning oneself. The findings are similar to previous research showing other sleep problems, such as nightmares, insomnia and trouble falling asleep, are linked to suicide and attempted suicide. “We’re seeing sleep disturbances linked to so many psychological […]

FSU engineering professors win $1.7M NIH grant to search for stroke treatments

Two Florida State University researchers have received a $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to find new treatments for stroke. In the United States, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and one of the primary causes of disability, with more than 795,000 individuals experiencing an attack each year. But the […]

Researcher reveals how beetles bounce back from forest fires

For decades, forestry services have used prescribed burns to promote ecological resilience in areas vulnerable to wildfires. Now, research from Florida State University has illuminated the piecemeal patterns of recolonization among a hardy species of beetle regularly affected by these managed burns. Using herbivorous tortoise beetle populations in Florida’s Apalachicola National Forest — where management […]

FSU researcher: Modern civilization doesn’t diminish violence

Modern civilization may not have dulled mankind’s bloodlust, but living in a large, organized society may increase the likelihood of surviving a war, a Florida State University anthropology professor said. FSU Distinguished Research Professor of Anthropology Dean Falk and Charles Hildebolt, a professor from the Washington University Medical School in St. Louis, argue in a […]

Researchers introduce new method for monitoring Indian Summer Monsoon

Researchers from Florida State University have created a tool for objectively defining the onset and demise of the Indian Summer Monsoon — a colossal weather system that affects billions of people annually. In a study published in the journal Climate Dynamics, a team of FSU scientists outline a methodology that uses rainfall rates to mark […]

FSU scientist nets $1M grant to advance particle accelerator research

When you think particle accelerator, you think big. CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, for example, spans two countries, features a tunnel more than 16 miles (27 km) long, employs thousands of scientists and requires a budget of $1 billion a year. Turns out, particle accelerators need not be so massive. In fact, proton-smashing technologies initially developed […]

Biology professor underscores the importance of critical thinking in the sciences

In scientific and educational settings, it is reasonable to say that the ability to comprehensively analyze problems, present positions with cognition of their context, formulate theses and hypotheses while accounting for the intricacy of the problems they address and draw logical solutions and conclusions from the analysis of problems are essential to success and academic […]

ACC Smithsonian festival to showcase FSU innovators

Florida State University students and researchers will be front and center for the first ACCelerate Festival, a three-day celebration in the nation’s capital of creative research at the nexus of science, engineering, arts and design. Organized by Virginia Tech and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, the festival runs Oct. 13-15 at the National […]

Playing with numbers: Math department hosts FSU Math Fun Day

See how math can help break codes, improve your tic-tac-toe game and more at the annual FSU Math Fun Day. The Department of Mathematics is hosting an annual day of math activities that includes exhibits and exercises for the general public, including students and teachers. Activities are available for all students in grades K-12. “With […]