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Sunlight or bacteria? Scientists investigate what breaks down permafrost carbon

A Florida State University researcher is delving into the complexities of exactly how permafrost thawing in the Earth’s most northern regions is cycling back into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide and further fueling climate change. Answer: It has a lot to do with tiny little bugs called microbes and little to do with sunlight. Assistant […]

Using fruit flies to study cancer: FSU scientists investigate childhood tumors

A team of Florida State University researchers has discovered that a common household pest can tell us a lot about an aggressive tumor that attacks young children.  Professor of Biological Science Wu-Min Deng and postdoctoral researcher Gengqiang Xie published a new paper in the journal Cancer Research that describes how a complex protein called Snr1, […]

How long did it take to hatch a dinosaur egg? FSU research says 3-6 months

A human typically gives birth after nine months. An ostrich hatchling emerges from its egg after 42 days. But how long did it take for a baby dinosaur to incubate? Groundbreaking research led by a Florida State University professor establishes a timeline of anywhere from three to six months depending on the dinosaur. In an […]

Researchers net $1.1M grant to introduce middle school students to coding

A multidisciplinary team of Florida State University researchers is trying to make coding cool for middle school students. Led by Professor of Computer Science Xin Yuan and aided by a $1.1 million National Science Foundation grant, the five-member team is working with Tallahassee-based middle school teachers to develop coding modules that teach math and computer […]

FSU computer science wins $4.6M grant to support cybersecurity scholars

A new multimillion grant to the Florida State University Department of Computer Science will help dozens of students finance their education and help prepare them for careers in cybersecurity. The National Science Foundation awarded the department a $4.6 million grant to help fund the education of students who are specifically pursuing cybersecurity studies. It is […]

Florida State helps lead effort to digitize 1 billion biological specimens

A multidisciplinary team of researchers from Florida State University and University of Florida has received a $15.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to digitize an estimated 1 billion biodiversity specimens scattered across the nation. The specimens include fossils, plants, insects, birds and more. They are preserved in collections at museums and universities nationwide. […]

FSU professor receives $300K to study autism in college students

A Florida State University researcher has received a National Science Foundation grant to study how autism-related characteristics in college students influence their performance in STEM courses.  Brad Cox, associate professor in the College of Education, will use the three-year, $300,000 award to conduct the largest ever study on autism-related characteristics among college students in the […]

MagLab to help change way girls are taught STEM

The Florida State University-headquartered National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (MagLab) is part of a new $1.2 million project to help support Twin Cities PBS SciGirls CONNECT, a program that encourages educators nationwide to adopt research strategies that engage girls in STEM. Awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the project will examine how gender-equitable and […]