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FSU researcher targeting mysteries of deep Earth

Water covers about 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, but scientists also want to know how much lies inside the planet. A mineral called brucite may hold part of that answer, according to a Florida State University researcher. In a paper published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, FSU Assistant […]

Two FSU MagLab researchers earn prestigious honor

Two physics researchers from the Florida State University-based National High Magnetic Field Laboratory — Luis Balicas and Kun Yang — have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as a fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. Balicas and Yang are among the 391 AAAS members […]

FSU researchers talk turkey: Native Americans raised classic holiday bird long before first Thanksgiving

Hundreds of years before the first Thanksgiving, Native Americans were raising and feasting on America’s classic holiday meal. Florida State University Associate Professor of Anthropology Tanya Peres and graduate student Kelly Ledford write in a paper published today in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports  that Native Americans as early as 1200 – 1400 A.D. […]

National MagLab racks up new world record with hybrid magnet

After a decade of planning, designing and building, the Florida State University-based National High Magnetic Field Laboratory now has the strongest magnet in the world for nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, a powerful technique used to study molecular structures in proteins and materials. The 33-ton engineering marvel, called the series connected hybrid (SCH) magnet, successfully […]

FSU Honors student boasts impressive research achievements

Florida State University senior Alexandra Barth is motivated by an enduring desire to understand how things work. As a chemistry major with an already imposing research résumé, the FSU Honors student has oriented her work around the study of solid-state materials — a branch of chemistry and material science focused on studying the shapes, patterns […]

FSU professor receives grant to train next generation of STEM instructors

A Florida State University researcher has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to pilot an innovative and potentially transformative approach to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) graduate education. Fengfeng Ke, associate professor of Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies in the College of Education, was awarded $499,994 through an Innovations in Graduate Education grant […]

Researchers net $1.1M grant to introduce middle school students to coding

A multidisciplinary team of Florida State University researchers is trying to make coding cool for middle school students. Led by Professor of Computer Science Xin Yuan and aided by a $1.1 million National Science Foundation grant, the five-member team is working with Tallahassee-based middle school teachers to develop coding modules that teach math and computer […]

A forecasting force: FSU meteorology grads lead weathercasting field

We’re in the home stretch of an above-average hurricane season that has kept weather forecasters busy. Through the end of October, 14 named storms had formed in the Atlantic, six of them spun into hurricanes. The storms sent meteorologists scrambling to prepare for possible U.S. impacts and many of those sprinting into action are graduates […]

FSU computer science wins $4.6M grant to support cybersecurity scholars

A new multimillion grant to the Florida State University Department of Computer Science will help dozens of students finance their education and help prepare them for careers in cybersecurity. The National Science Foundation awarded the department a $4.6 million grant to help fund the education of students who are specifically pursuing cybersecurity studies. It is […]

FSU breaks ground on new Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science building

Florida State University officials and the university’s Board of Trustees broke ground on a new building Thursday that will house the university’s nationally recognized Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science department. At completion, the facility will include offices, classrooms, teaching labs, research labs and academic support spaces for the department that comprises the fields of environmental […]

Engineering professor named eminent scholar chair

Florida A&M University – Florida State University College of Engineering Professor Farrukh Alvi has been named the new Don Fuqua Eminent Scholar Chair in Engineering and Science. Alvi is a professor of mechanical engineering and the director of the Florida Center for Advanced Aero-Propulsion. “Farrukh Alvi embodies the highest values in an engineering college,” said […]

Florida State helps lead effort to digitize 1 billion biological specimens

A multidisciplinary team of researchers from Florida State University and University of Florida has received a $15.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to digitize an estimated 1 billion biodiversity specimens scattered across the nation. The specimens include fossils, plants, insects, birds and more. They are preserved in collections at museums and universities nationwide. […]