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FSU scientists ‘do the twist’ to make better chemical reactions

A team of Florida State University scientists is working to make chemical reactions faster and more selective by reinventing fundamental organic chemistry concepts. Professor of Chemistry Igor Alabugin and doctoral student Trevor Harris developed a new way to control one of the most commonly used reactions used in chemistry today — the alkyne-azide “click” reaction. […]

FSU researcher looking for clues about schizophrenia with NIH grant

A Florida State University researcher has received a five-year, $1.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study potential molecular therapies for schizophrenia. The human brain’s 10 billion nerve cells communicate by transmitting signals through tiny connections known as synapses. Disruptions in those transmissions are an underlying cause of schizophrenia and other neuropsychiatric […]

MagLab receives $5.8M to develop biomedical technology

The Florida State University-headquartered National High Magnetic Field Laboratory will be home to a new National Institutes of Health Biomedical Technology Resource Center that will develop unique instrumentation for innovative biomedical work in high magnetic fields to combat diseases like Alzheimer’s and tuberculosis. To create the center, the National MagLab will receive a $5.8 million […]

Policy Pub looks at state laws on controversial issues

Policy Pub, the popular public forum series at Backwoods Bistro hosted by the Florida State University College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, kicks off the fall season discussing the topic of controversial state laws. Frances Berry, the Frank Sherwood Professor of Public Administration and Askew Eminent Scholar Chair in the college’s Askew School of […]

Breaking the rules: Heavy chemical elements alter theory of quantum mechanics

A series of complicated experiments involving one of the least understood elements of the Periodic Table has turned some long-held tenets of the scientific world upside down. Florida State University researchers found that the theory of quantum mechanics does not adequately explain how the heaviest and rarest elements found at the end of the table […]

$1M grant to help researchers deliver big savings on big motors

Invented almost 200 years ago, electric motors are a mainstay of our modern world, powering everything from personal gadgets to massive machinery. Now, a team from the Center for Advanced Power Systems and the FSU-headquartered National High Magnetic Field Laboratory is hoping to take a big bite out of that power bill. With a $1 […]

A stinging report: FSU research shows climate change a major threat to bumble bees

New research from a team of Florida State University scientists and their collaborators is helping to explain the link between a changing global climate and a dramatic decline in bumble bee populations worldwide. In a study published Friday, Sept. 29, in the journal Ecology Letters, researchers examining three subalpine bumble bee species in Colorado’s Rocky […]

FSU’s Department of Interior Architecture & Design presents exhibit of Soviet cultural goods

Nearing the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, the Florida State University Department of Interior Architecture + Design will present “Kul’ttovary: Bringing Culture into the Soviet Home,” a collection of Soviet ‘kul’ttovary’ or cultural goods dating back to 1917. The exhibition explores the period immediately following the Bolshevik government’s recognition of the importance of sports, […]

Faculty and Staff Briefs: September 2017

HONORS AND AWARDS Woody G. Kim (Hospitality Management) received the John Wiley & Sons Lifetime Research Achievement award at the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education’s annual summer conference held in Baltimore, Md., in July. Lydia Hanks, Ph.D. (Hospitality) will return to Penn State, her alma mater, on Oct. 11 to receive the […]

FSU professor wins Southern Chemist Award from American Chemical Society

A Florida State University professor has received the American Chemical Society’s Southern Chemist Award in recognition of his contributions in nuclear chemistry. Thomas Albrecht-Schmitt, the Gregory R. Choppin Professor of Chemistry, received a medal and plaque at the organization’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C.  The award honors those who are U.S. citizens and worked in […]

Retired dean Nancy Marcus receives stellar send off

It was a standing-room-only crowd at the Honors, Scholars and Fellows House Wednesday, Sept. 6, as students, faculty and staff gathered to celebrate the retirement of Nancy Marcus. Marcus is stepping down after 30 years at Florida State University, including the past 12 as dean of the Graduate School. She previously served as chair of […]

Educational programs at FSU aim to increase minority women in higher education

Florida State University hosted two intense, one-week programs designed to help women of color, particularly black women, thrive in academia earlier this month.  Nearly 100 women, including undergraduates, postgraduates and faculty members, participated in the Sisters of the Academy (SOTA) Research BootCamp and the Priming the Pipeline mentoring program held July 30 – Aug. 5, […]