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Florida State names director of new Center for Teaching Excellence

Florida State University announced today the appointment of Leslie Richardson as founding director of the new Center for Teaching Excellence. The center will work collaboratively with a wide range of campus constituencies to improve student learning, enhance teaching strategies, boost support for innovative and effective teaching, and strengthen a culture in which effective teaching is […]

Profiles in Leadership: Marcus reflects on 30 years of research, students and service

When Nancy Marcus arrived at Florida State University in 1987, she didn’t have plans to stay very long. Thirty years later, the oceanographer-turned-administrator has left an indelible mark at FSU — as a pioneer in her field, as a role model for women in STEM and as the dean of the Graduate School for the past […]

FSU President Thrasher returns to middle school to recognize outstanding STEM-teaching program

Florida State University President John Thrasher donned a middle school teacher’s hat as he stepped to the front of a sixth-grade class to teach a science lesson on convection. Thrasher taught the class at Fairview Middle School in Tallahassee Thursday to recognize the continuing success of the FSU-Teach program, which encourages science and math students […]

FSU Symphony Orchestra closes season with world premiere

The final orchestral concert of the Florida State University College of Music’s 2016-2017 concert season will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 21, at Ruby Diamond Concert Hall. The concert promises to be a spectacular musical event highlighting the quality of the college’s orchestral and composition programs and celebrating the contributions of several of […]

Think brain games make you smarter? Think again, FSU researchers say

Be skeptical of ads declaring you can rev up your brain’s performance by challenging it with products from the growing brain-training industry. Science does not support many of the claims. That’s according to a new study published in the science journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience from a team of Florida State University researchers. Neil Charness, […]

DIGITECH 2017: A fascinating futurescape of robots, apps and engineering marvels

Florida State University’s DIGITECH conference transformed a 5,000-square-foot auditorium into a fascinating futurescape of technological innovation as students put their ingenious dreams on display Wednesday. The Augustus B. Turnbull III Florida State Conference Center buzzed with the energy of gleaming, humming and noisy inventions created by enthusiastic aspiring entrepreneurs. They were eager to show off […]

Florida State ranks among top universities with the most doctorate recipients in the humanities and arts

Florida State University is ranked among the top universities in the nation with the most recipients of doctoral degrees in the humanities and arts for the 2014-2015 academic year. FSU ranked No. 14 in a survey of 237 public and private institutions nationwide. Florida State granted 85 doctorates in the humanities and arts in the […]

FSU promotes diversity through largest cohort of McKnight fellows in recent history

Florida State University is helping cultivate some of FSU’s best and brightest minority doctoral students in partnership with the Florida Education Fund’s McKnight Doctoral Fellowship Program. In one of its biggest cohorts in recent years Florida State University currently has 10 doctoral fellows and four dissertation fellows within the 2016-2017 McKnight Fellows class. The goal […]

Under challenge: Girls’ confidence level, not math ability hinders path to science degrees

When it comes to mathematics, girls rate their abilities markedly lower than boys, even when there is no observable difference between the two, according to Florida State University researchers. “The argument continues to be made that gender differences in the ‘hard’ sciences is all about ability,” said Lara Perez-Felkner, assistant professor of higher education and […]

Florida State leaps ahead in new national rankings

Florida State University moved up seven spots on a new national list of best public universities and colleges. FSU climbed to No. 29 out of 499 public institutions in the Business First rankings of academic excellence, affordability, diversity and economic strength. This latest report reflects Florida State’s continuing upward momentum in national rankings: The university […]

Keeping the code: How cultural beliefs affect police, court decisions

LL Cool J’s 1991 rap lyrics in his song “Mama Said Knock You Out” are about defending yourself and making sure you are not messed with. Florida State University researchers have found that when individuals adopt this outlook — referred to as a “code of the street” — it can increase their probability of arrest […]

Making history: Students create world’s largest human FSU torch

UPDATE:  More than 300 FSU students successfully formed the world’s largest human “FSU Torch” on campus on April 6. It stretched across Landis Green from near Strozier Library to Landis Hall. A camera-equipped drone flying 400 feet overhead captured the unique moment. The historic photo will become part of a student-produced video spotlighting FSU’s innovators […]