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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 researchers discover an ugly truth about attractiveness

In today’s appearance-driven world, body image can be a powerful influence on our choices and behaviors, especially related to dieting. That image is sometimes shaped or distorted by many factors, including mass media images, parents, relationships, even our moods. New research from Florida State University finds another factor — attractiveness of a romantic partner — […]

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 […]

What a hoot! FSU’s long relationship with a wise old symbol

Florida State University has internationally recognized academic and sports symbols — the Seminoles logo, the three torches representing strength, skill, character — iconic images that make you think, “FSU.” But as newcomers to campus explore the university’s 1,400 acres this summer, they may discover another cherished symbol that’s been around for more than a century. […]

Social connections impact voter turnout, decisions, says FSU researcher

When it comes to voter turnout and election outcomes, it’s not just what you know, but perhaps who you know that makes the difference, according to a new study led by a Florida State University researcher. People more closely connected to electoral candidates in their social network vote at higher rates, according to Matthew Pietryka, an assistant professor of […]

FSU College of Education alumni among highest impact teachers in Florida

Seventy-one graduates of Florida State University’s College of Education have been recognized by the Florida Department of Education as some of the highest impact teachers in the state. A recent analysis of their former students’ performance on statewide standardized tests found the effect these teachers had on student growth is among the most positive in […]

FSU Fulbright scholars to share their expertise worldwide

Five Florida State University faculty members are fanning out across the globe to teach and conduct research in Russia, Finland, Ireland, Hong Kong and the Czech Republic through grants from the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. Valliere Richard Auzenne, associate professor in the College of Motion Picture Arts, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award […]

Real life role models: FSU hosts free summer camp for youth

For the sixth consecutive year, Florida State University’s College of Social Work brought dozens of middle school students to campus for a free, week-long summer camp from June 5 to June 9. The brainchild of Dean Emeritus Nick Mazza, the CSW Arts and Athletics camp introduces youth from various backgrounds to the university environment and […]

FSU researchers find plus-size fashion models help improve women’s psychological health

A new study by Florida State University researchers reveals women are more likely to pay attention to and remember average and plus-size models in the media compared to thin models. Women also experience enhanced psychological health after viewing plus-size models, according to the study published this week in the journal Communication Monographs. Russell Clayton, assistant […]

Excitement builds as $100 million Moran gift comes to life at FSU

A year and a half after Jan Moran and The Jim Moran Foundation gifted a record $100 million to Florida State University, the support already is transforming the university and creating opportunities for students and business owners for generations to come. The gift’s positive impact is gaining momentum across campus and beyond. The 22-year-old Jim […]

Florida State University professor receives $4M to further STEM learning research

A Florida State University professor has received three grants within the past year to further her research aimed at making STEM learning more accessible, engaging and effective for students, especially underrepresented minorities. The National Science Foundation and the Institute of Education Sciences awarded a total of $4 million to Valerie Shute, the Mack and Effie […]