Expert Pitches

Expert available to speak on Pope Francis’ endorsement of same-sex civil unions

Pope Francis made international headlines this week when he endorsed same-sex civil unions in an interview for the feature-length documentary “Francesco.” Aline Kalbian, chair of the FSU Department of Religion, can provide an in-depth perspective and context related to the implications of Pope Francis’ comments. Kalbian’s research focuses on how moral traditions develop and change […]

Experts ready to provide insight on 2020 elections

With the 2020 election cycle in full swing, American voters find themselves with no shortage of issues to consider when deciding which candidate has earned the right to help tackle them.  Racial unrest, historic wildfires and a pandemic that’s infected millions and led to 200,000 American deaths are among the factors shaping an electorate that’s polarized like never before.  Researchers at Florida […]

FSU expert available to speak on protests and protest movements

 The first pandemic in a century, racial equality, voting rights and police misconduct have sparked spontaneous and planned protests across the nation. With political and social polarization reaching levels not seen in generations, millions of Americans are taking to the streets to have their voices heard.  For journalists looking for in-depth perspective and insights on the […]

FSU experts available for coverage of 19th Amendment anniversary

After decades of activism and political struggle, the 19th Amendment was adopted 100 years ago this month. The new amendment supplanted state-by-state suffrage laws and gave women across America the right to vote. Florida State University experts are available to speak about the history of women’s suffrage as well as contemporary issues related to women, […]

FSU expert available for context on NASA Perseverance mission

This summer, NASA’s Perseverance rover mission will begin its exploration of Mars, gathering valuable data that will help scientists understand our neighboring planet. Once on Mars, the rover will search for signs of ancient microscopic life and collect data about the planet’s geology and climate. Perseverance will be the first rover to collect and store […]

FSU experts available to comment on geochemical effects of Saharan dust cloud

More dust from the Sahara Desert is forecast to come to the United States this week. The massive dust plume known as the Saharan Air Layer has a myriad of effects on air quality, fertilizing ecosystems and more. Florida State University has experts available to comment on some of the surprising features related to the […]

FSU expert available to comment on Tulsa race massacre

Many Americans may never have heard of “Black Wall Street” or the Tulsa race massacre until this month. In 1921, a mob attacked an African American neighborhood in the Oklahoma city. By the time the violence ended, hundreds of buildings had been destroyed and dozens of people were dead. The exact number of deaths is unknown, but historians believe […]

Expert available to speak about legal response to fraudulent COVID-19 cures and treatments

As the number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. continues to increase, one Florida State University researcher said the number of people looking to profit from the misfortune by offering false, unproven cures is also on the rise.  There is no known cure for COVID-19 but Chad Marzen, associate professor of law in the FSU College […]

FSU hurricane experts available to provide analysis throughout the season

From prediction to insurance consideration to ecological aftermath, Florida State University experts are among the world leaders in the study of hurricanes and their impact on people, property and the environment. These experts are available to answer media questions and provide perspective for news stories throughout the 2020 hurricane season, which runs from June 1 […]

FSU Experts ready to comment on the ramifications of reopening amid the COVID-19 pandemic

As social distancing and lockdown policies enter their second month, some states and cities are considering reopening and attempting to return to life as normal. Recommendations from the medical community call for a continuation of distancing policies and come with warnings that reopening too soon could wipe out whatever progress has been made in limiting the spread […]

FSU professor offers suggestions for families spending more time together during COVID-19

Sometimes, too much time with the same people can make you long for a little social isolation. Families around the world are spending much more time together during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lots of time together in close quarters can leave people without a release valve for energy and stress. Other people’s habits that were easy […]

FSU Expert: Why empathy is the wrong way to deal with office politics during COVID-19

The novel coronavirus pandemic has assaulted the way people live and work and the impact will be felt for years, according to Wayne Hochwarter, the Jim Moran Professor of Management at Florida State University’s College of Business. One particular area of impact, Hochwarter said, involves the way people deal with others at work — both civilly and in ways that bring out the “dark side” in others. Office […]