Science & Technology

FSU to study ‘hidden-hero’ microbes in soil, water to help clean toxic sites

Buried under 243 acres in an East Tennessee valley adjacent to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Y-12 National Security Complex, toxic waste from weapons manufacturing at the facility between 1951 and 1983 leaches into groundwater that extends in radioactive plumes for miles from the contaminated site. But soon, Florida State University Associate Professor Joel Kostka […]

FSU top reputation leads to selection to host National Nuclear Physics Summer School

Florida State University’s department of physics can boast of a new achievement that will serve to showcase it as one of the top programs in the nation for the study of nuclear physics. The department has been selected as the host site for the National Nuclear Physics Summer School in 2007. The summer school, which […]

FSU joins alliance studying northern Gulf Coast

Florida State University has joined a new cooperative institute that will work with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to study the physics and ecosystem dynamics of the northern Gulf of Mexico. The new Northern Gulf of Mexico Institute will study coastal hazards, climate change, water quality, ecosystem management, coastal wetlands and pollution. Besides […]

FSU chemist Brschweiler awarded prestigious honor

A Florida State University professor of chemistry and biochemistry, Rafael P. Brüschweiler, has been elevated to the rank of Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In bestowing the honor, which was announced in the Nov. 24 issue of the journal Science, the AAAS recognized Brüschweiler "for fundamental contributions to methodology […]

FSU professor chosen for Eli Lilly award in analytical chemistry

A faculty member in Florida State University’s department of chemistry and biochemistry is the recipient of an unsolicited grant given each year to a rising star in the field of analytical chemistry. Assistant Professor André M. Striegel has been selected to receive the 2006 Eli Lilly Analytical Award for Untenured Faculty. The award comes with […]

FSU wins Center of Excellence in Advanced Materials

The Florida Board of Governors has approved Florida State University’s proposal to receive $4 million in support of a Center of Excellence in Advanced Materials (CEAM). The new FSU center will develop technologies to make new materials that are stronger, lighter, multifunctional and affordable, said Vice President for Research Kirby Kemper. CEAM also will provide […]

With BYU partner, FSU’s Magnet Lab researchers decipher flu virus

As the Northern Hemisphere braces for another flu season, researchers at Florida State University’s National High Magnetic Field Laboratory are making strides toward better understanding the mechanics of the virus that causes it—a virus that kills between one-quarter and one-half million people each year. Tim Cross, director of the lab’s Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) program, […]

Travis to collaborate with team on NSF-funded study of interaction between evolution, ecology

Just how do changes in the environment cause organisms to evolve—and how do those evolving organisms then change the ecosystem? To answer those big biology questions, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $5 million grant over five years to an interdisciplinary research team that includes Florida State University College of Arts and Sciences […]

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 […]

Marine life stirs ocean enough to affect climate, says FSU study

Oceanographers worldwide pay close attention to phytoplankton and with good reason. The microscopic plants that form the vast foundation of the marine food chain generate a staggering amount of power, and now a groundbreaking study led by Florida State University has calculated just how much—about five times the annual total power consumption of the human […]

Florida universities partner to expand space research, technology

Three Florida universities have signed an agreement to cooperate on space research and technology programs, including the creation of a joint institute to coordinate their activities. Florida State University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the Florida Institute of Technology will combine their capabilities to pursue emerging research, technology development, and educational opportunities associated with government and […]

FSU, NOAA scientists: ‘Trapped wave’ caused unexpected Dennis surge

When Hurricane Dennis passed North Florida on July 10, 2005, it caused a 10-foot storm surge in some areas along Apalachee Bay—about 3 to 4 feet more than forecast—that couldn’t be explained simply by the local winds that conventionally drive storm surge. Now, scientists at Florida State University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration […]