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World-renowned scientist joins FSU to increase recognition of academic excellence

Simon Ostrach, world-class scientist, member of the National Academy of Engineering and pioneer in the fields of buoyancy-driven flows and microgravity science, has joined the Florida A&M University-Florida State University College of Engineering. Newly hired as Distinguished Professor of Engineering and Senior Adviser for Academic Excellence, Ostrach plans to utilize his stellar reputation and extensive […]

New research from Magnet Lab, Scripps Florida gives scientists powerful tool for drug discovery

Researchers at Florida State University’s National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and Scripps Florida have developed and evaluated a robust new system for analyzing how drugs bind to proteins. This groundbreaking work could speed the delivery of potential new drugs and improve existing ones. The work, which appears this week in the journal Analytical Chemistry, is […]

Magnet Lab’s record of excellence helps sway National Science Board

The National Science Board has decided it will accept a renewal proposal from the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory rather than open a national competition for the honor of operating the nation’s magnet lab. This decision means the magnet lab will remain in Tallahassee for at least the next five years. "The decision to renew […]

FSU biologist says new dinosaur is oldest cousin of Tyrannosaurus Rex

Tyrannosaurus rex, meet your newest—oldest—cousin. Florida State University paleobiologist Gregory M. Erickson sliced up some ancient dinosaur bones uncovered in China to help an international team of scientists identify a new genus and species. Despite striking skeletal differences and only subtle similarities, the FSU researcher determined that the two remarkably intact specimens were cousins of […]

FSU physicist helps put Einstein’s most famous equation to the test

Possibly the best-known equation in all of science is Albert Einstein’s famous "E=mc2," which expresses that mass and energy are really different forms of the same thing. If the century-old equation were even slightly incorrect, the repercussions for modern physics would be enormous. There’s no need to worry, though. Florida State University physicist Edmund G. […]

National High Magnetic Field Laboratory featured as part of History Channel special

The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and its director, Greg Boebinger, are being featured as part of a History Channel special described by its producer as "a cross between a ‘NOVA’ special and a ‘Twilight Zone’ episode." "Alien Engineering" is a documentary produced by Workaholic Productions. Producers Luke Ellis and Matthew Hickey called on leading […]

Hi-Yo Silver! FSU physicist helps discover an atomic oddity

Working with an international team of scientists, a Florida State University physics professor has taken part in an experiment that resulted in the creation of a silver atom with exotic properties never before observed. The team’s observations represent another step forward in science’s long journey to understand the nuclear reactions that power stars and produce […]

Magnet Lab to analyze Stardust mission’s comet dust

The Stardust spacecraft that left Florida seven years ago had its homecoming Jan. 15 in Utah, bringing with it tiny particles of comet dust that are expected to unlock big secrets about the origin of our solar system. In a few months, scientists in the Geochemistry Program at Tallahassee’s National High Magnetic Field Laboratory will […]

Another world-record achievement for National High Magnetic Field Laboratory

The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory is ending its year with another achievement of international importance as engineers and technicians this week completed testing of a world-record magnet. With the completion of a new, 35-tesla magnet, the highest-field "resistive" magnet in the world is located at the Tallahassee facility. The state-of-the-art magnet, which incorporates "Florida-Bitter" […]

Magnet Lab researcher exploring science behind commercial applications of liquid helium

Picture a teaspoon of powdered sugar. As fine a substance as it is, there still are tremendous differences in the sizes of its individual particles. Some are so small, they move around randomly and are invisible to the naked eye. Now, let’s say you wanted to choose only particles of a certain size from those […]

State of Florida Climatologist James O’Brien wins Japan’s Uda Prize

The Japanese Oceanographic Society has selected State of Florida climatologist and Florida State University Professor of meteorology and oceanography James J. O’Brien as a recipient of its 2006 "Uda Prize." O’Brien—FSU’s Robert O. Lawton Professor of Meteorology and Oceanography and the director of FSU’s Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies—received the prestigious award in recognition of […]

Two FSU physicists receive prestigious academic honor

Two faculty members in Florida State University’s department of physics—Professor Jorge Piekarewicz and Associate Professor Laura Reina—have received one of the top honors in the field of physics: Both have been elected Fellows of the American Physical Society (APS). With more than 43,000 members, the APS (www.aps.org) is the nation’s largest and most prestigious professional […]