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Rival sperm and choosy eggs: FSU researcher finds that when sperm compete, eggs have a choice

The delicately mannered dance between discerning eggs and vying sperm is more complicated than scientists once believed, and it may hold secrets about the evolution of new species. In a paper published in the journal American Naturalist, Florida State University Chair and Professor of Biological Science Don Levitan investigates a root mystery in our scientific […]

New assistant vice president to join FSU Office of Research

Vice President for Research Gary K. Ostrander has announced the appointment of Kerry Peluso as the new assistant vice president for research administration and finance to oversee the financial operations of the university’s research enterprise. “We are very excited to have an administrator of Kerry’s caliber joining our team at FSU,” Ostrander said. “Her extensive […]

ACC Smithsonian festival to showcase FSU innovators

Florida State University students and researchers will be front and center for the first ACCelerate Festival, a three-day celebration in the nation’s capital of creative research at the nexus of science, engineering, arts and design. Organized by Virginia Tech and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, the festival runs Oct. 13-15 at the National […]

Smallest marine species may better weather climate change effects

Rising levels of carbon dioxide may have little effect on the smallest organisms that live in ocean sediment, according to a new study by a Florida State University researcher. FSU Coastal and Marine Laboratory scientist Jeroen Ingels and a team of researchers found that communities of microscopic organisms called meiofauna don’t change much when faced […]

FSU researchers receive $1.43M grant to study medical applications of synthetic chemistry

Florida State University scientists have been awarded a $1.43 million grant to support their work using synthetic chemistry to push the boundaries of biomedical research. The funds, awarded by the National Institutes of Health, will aid researchers as they explore the potential of fully synthetic natural products to tweak critical interactions between protein molecules — […]

FSU welcomes local congressman to campus

Florida State University welcomed U.S. Rep. Neal Dunn to the Florida State University campus Friday to tour university research facilities and learn more about the university’s roughly $200 million per year research enterprise. “We appreciate that Congressman Dunn made time to visit us at Florida State and see the great research taking place on our […]

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 […]

Florida State wins record NIH funding

Florida State University researchers have brought in record funding of $35.8 million from the National Institutes of Health, more than double the amount the university received five years ago. It is also one of the highest amounts won by any Florida research institution or university during the 2017 federal fiscal year. “This is a great […]

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 […]

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 […]

$3M grant supports FSU College of Medicine effort to help children with toxic stress

The Florida State University College of Medicine has been awarded a $3 million grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) with a goal of illuminating the path to effective behavioral and physical health treatment for the children of rural and migrant farmworkers. The five-year grant also recognizes the medical school’s […]