Education & Society

Florida State to help military wage war on suicide

American soldiers are taking their own lives in the largest numbers since the military began keeping records, and the Department of Defense has enlisted the help of The Florida State University in waging the war against suicide. A $17 million federal grant has been awarded to FSU and the Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center to […]

Quadagno receives national honors for work in aging, health, social policy

Sociology Professor Jill Quadagno, one of Florida State University’s most eminent scholars, has been elected a member of the prestigious Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies. Quadagno, who holds the Mildred and Claude Pepper Eminent Scholar Chair in Social Gerontology, is one of 65 new members and five foreign associates of the organization. […]

Researchers team up with teachers on web-based system for math, science instruction

A doctor records his patients’ symptoms on a tiny laptop computer, receiving instant, expert feedback for his diagnosis. A police officer gets a suspect’s rap sheet in minutes, thanks to the cruiser-installed computer connecting her to critical public safety data. Even the cashier at the fast-food joint uses a high-tech system to process your order […]

Mazza named dean of College of Social Work

Florida State University Provost and Executive Vice President Lawrence G. Abele has announced the appointment of Nicholas Mazza as dean of the College of Social Work effective immediately. Mazza, the Patricia V. Vance Professor of Social Work, has served as interim dean since C. Aaron McNeece retired in 2008. Under his leadership, the College of […]

Florida State researchers work to boost low-performing high schools

High schools across the nation have long struggled to improve student achievement and reduce dropout rates. While reforms enacted over the past three decades have proven successful in some schools, transferring those reforms to others has been challenging, and many students continue to fall behind. Education policy experts at The Florida State University will collaborate […]

Florida State professor hits the road to update image of school libraries

T-shirts? Check. Logo? Check. Theme song? Check. Touring schedule? Check. Another rock band launching a summer tour? Not quite. Replace the image of a glitzy musician in a luxury bus with a librarian tooling along in a gray Honda Odyssey minivan, and you’ll be closer to reality. Nancy Everhart, an associate professor in The Florida […]

Florida State awarded $26 million to help children better understand what they read

More than a dozen Florida State University reading experts have been awarded a total of $26 million to help solve one of education’s most pressing, impenetrable problems: why some students may be able to decipher words on a page, yet still struggle to comprehend them. The money, awarded to the Florida Center for Reading Research […]

Florida State researchers awarded $3M to study autism curriculum

A 40-school study called Classroom SCERTSĀ® Intervention (CSI) is under way at The Florida State University to measure the effectiveness of a curriculum designed specifically for students with autism. The project is led by Amy Wetherby, professor in the College of Medicine and director of the college’s Autism Institute; Lindee Morgan, director of the institute’s […]

Psychologist Joiner is 2010 Lawton Distinguished Professor

A psychology professor who is perhaps the nation’s leading expert on the causes and prevention of suicide and who has been ranked as the second most productive academic clinical psychologist in the world is set to receive The Florida State University’s highest faculty honor. Thomas E. Joiner, 44, Florida State’s Bright-Burton Professor of Psychology and […]

Poor quality teachers may prevent children from reaching reading potential, study finds

When it comes to early reading, a bad teacher can prevent children from reaching their full potential. That’s the finding of a new Florida State University study published in the April 23 issue of the journal Science. The study, “Teacher Quality Moderates the Genetic Effects on Early Reading,” may put an end to a longstanding […]

Human sciences dean to lead the field’s national board

The nation’s Board on Human Sciences (BoHS) has elected a new chairwoman. She is Professor Billie J. Collier, dean of the Florida State University College of Human Sciences and a leader in the field whose administrative, research and academic credentials have distinguished her at the national and international levels. Collier will serve a one-year term […]

Professor awarded $1.5 million to help struggling readers

Barbara Foorman, the Francis Eppes Professor in the Florida State University College of Education and director of the university’s Florida Center for Reading Research, has been awarded a grant by the U.S. Department of Education to measure reading progress in struggling adolescents. The $1.5 million grant aims to address the low levels of reading proficiency […]