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Heat tweet: Users flock to Twitter when temperatures rise

For more than a decade, people have used social media to express themselves and inform and engage users across the globe. Now, a new study by Florida State University researchers examines the impact rising temperatures have on Twitter activity, and how government officials use the social media tool to warn the general public of heatwave […]

FSU Planning Department appoints new planner-in-residence

The Florida State University Department of Urban and Regional Planning has named Dennis J. Smith as its planner-in-residence, effective July 24. Smith, who recently served as growth management coordinator for the Florida Department of Transportation, will oversee the award-winning Florida Planning and Development Lab, the department’s applied master’s level studio. Smith is a 1994 graduate […]

Socially minded FSU student selected 2017 Humanity in Action fellow

Florida State University rising senior Roberto Flores has received a 2017 fellowship by Humanity in Action an international organization that educates and inspires young leaders who are passionate about changing the world.  Flores, 21, is one of 30 undergraduate students and recent graduates from the United States and Europe who were selected as winners of […]

FSU Social Science Scholar chosen for prestigious summer institute

Joan Joseph, a junior political science student at Florida State University has been named a 2017 Ralph Bunche Summer Institute scholar by the American Political Science Association.   The institute is an annual, intensive, five-week program held at Duke University. Now in its 31st year, the program is designed to expose undergraduate students to the […]

Chapin named dean of FSU College of Social Sciences and Public Policy

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Sally McRorie today announced the selection of Professor Tim Chapin as the dean of the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy at Florida State University, effective May 8. Chapin, a long-time faculty member turned administrator in the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, was selected […]

FSU to host Ukrainian Fulbright Scholar for lecture

At a time when key U.S. allies in Eastern Europe are calling for a stronger pushback against Russia, including the Ukrainian Foreign Minister in a recent appearance before the Senate, Florida State University will host a scholarly lecture to provide a fresh look at the situation in Ukraine. Maryna Shkuropat, professor at the Horlivka State […]

FSU hosts lecture on presidential rating game

It’s a perennial pastime to compare U.S. presidents, but according to an upcoming guest lecturer at Florida State University, our current ranking systems are flawed and even our most admired leaders are due for some new critical consideration. Alvin Felzenberg will deliver the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy’s Anderson-Ashby lecture “Rethinking the Presidential […]

FSU presents symposium on hip hop and education

The Florida State University Department of Sociology will host its second Symposium on Hip Hop and Education, bringing together educators who use innovative and culturally relevant instructional methods to enhance student engagement. The symposium will feature a panel discussion focused on an approach to education that seeks to empower students by relating course content to […]

Policy Pub looks at sea level rise and how to deal with it

The effects of climate change will likely impact Florida more than any other state, and faculty researchers at the Florida State University College of Social Sciences and Public Policy continue to work to address the challenges of a changing climate. The college’s informal, interactive Policy Pub series will discuss one climate change effect — sea […]

FSU welcomes key Middle East diplomat for lecture

NOTE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Thursday’s lecture is cancelled. The Florida State University College of Social Sciences and Public Policy will host a lecture by Ambassador Dennis Ross, special assistant to President Barack Obama and special adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Ross’ lecture will draw on his years of experience to illuminate U.S. […]

Expert Pitch: The future is now for robot cars

The prospect of self-driving vehicles has tantalized tech aficionados and car lovers for years, especially when there are industry rumblings that automation is on the cusp of a breakthrough. Now, with recent important innovations from companies like Google, Tesla and Ford, driverless car expert Tim Chapin, interim dean of the College of Social Science and […]

FSU’s ‘Policy Pub’ series returns for spring semester

Policy Pub, the informative social series of topical talks and discussions presented by the Florida State University College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, returns for three new sessions this semester. Through the series, the FSU social sciences faculty share information and ideas about public policy with community members in an informal, non-academic setting. The […]