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FSU study reports encouraging trend in infant mortality

Eighteen states are on track to eliminate racial disparities in infant mortality by the year 2050 if current trends hold — sooner if they accelerate — according to a newly published paper from researchers at Florida State University’s College of Medicine. The study projects more than 4,000 babies a year could be saved by eliminating […]

The secrets behind T-rex’s bone crushing bites: Researchers find T-rex could crush 8,000 pounds

The giant Tyrannosaurus rex pulverized bones by biting down with forces equaling the weight of three small cars while simultaneously generating world record tooth pressures, according to a new study by a Florida State University-Oklahoma State University research team. In a study published today in Scientific Reports, Florida State University Professor of Biological Science Gregory […]

New study examines labor market outcomes for students graduating from Hispanic-serving institutions

A new study led by Florida State University faculty member Toby Park finds Hispanic students who attend and graduate from Hispanic-serving colleges and universities have comparable earnings to those who graduate from similarly ranked non-Hispanic-serving institutions.   In recent years, a significant demographic shift has occurred in the U.S. higher education population. Latinos have replaced black […]

New plutonium discovery lights way for FSU chemistry professor’s work to clean up nuclear waste

Plutonium has long been part of many countries’ nuclear energy strategies, but scientists are still unlocking the mysteries behind this complicated element and seeing how they can use heavier, nuclear elements to clean up nuclear waste.  Now, new research by Florida State University Professor Thomas Albrecht-Schmitt shows that plutonium doesn’t exactly work the way scientists […]

FSU names new director of Florida Center for Advanced Aero-Propulsion

Florida State University Vice President for Research Gary K. Ostrander has named FAMU-FSU College of Engineering Professor Lou Cattafesta the new director of the Florida Center for Advanced Aero-Propulsion. “I cannot think of a better choice to lead FCAAP into the future,” Ostrander said. “Lou’s excellent scholarship and experience as a researcher, teacher and mentor […]

Rising carbon dioxide levels, ocean acidity may change crucial marine process

Climate change may be putting cyanobacteria that are crucial to the functioning of the ocean at risk as the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere increases and the acidity of ocean water changes. In a paper published Thursday in Science, a team of researchers from Florida State University, Xiamen University in China and Princeton […]

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 […]

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 […]

Universities rally for critical student success and research initiatives

Joined by police chiefs, mental health counselors, medical school deans, and student leaders, the Board of Governors and presidents from all 12 of Florida’s public universities came together on Wednesday to rally support for additional mental health counselors and law enforcement officers, raising the State University System’s research profile, and rewarding university performance. The rally […]

FSU kicks off Student Innovation Celebration

Florida State University is kicking off the first Student Innovation Celebration to highlight the research and creativity of FSU students. Over the next two weeks, the celebration will feature eight events that recognize the entrepreneurial and innovative spirit of the university. The celebration kicks off with the Undergraduate Research Symposium, which will feature students presenting […]

FSU hires new federal relations director

Florida State University Vice President for Research Gary K. Ostrander has named D.C.-veteran Jonathan Nurse as the new director of federal relations for the university. “We are thrilled to have Jonathan on our team here at Florida State University,” Ostrander said. “His experience in both the university world and private sector will make him a […]

FSU nursing researcher wins early science investigator award

A Florida State University researcher has been recognized for her early career contributions as a nurse scientist by the Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS). Lucinda Graven, assistant professor in the FSU College of Nursing, received the SNRS Early Science Investigator Award for her research examining factors associated with adverse outcomes in patients with heart failure, particularly […]