Education & Society

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 […]

Reading researcher honored with early career award

Stephanie Al Otaiba, an associate professor in the Florida State University School of Teacher Education and researcher with the university’s Florida Center for Reading Research, is the 2010 recipient of the Distinguished Early Career Research Award from the Council for Exceptional Children Division for Research. The annual award, which is co-sponsored by the Hammill Institute […]

Instructional Systems program, professor recognized

Professor Robert Reiser and the Instructional Systems program at The Florida State University were recently ranked among those authors and organizations that, over the past 20 years, have had the most articles published in Educational Technology Research and Development, a leading research journal in the field of instructional design and technology. Instructional Systems, a graduate […]

Florida State professor wins $5M grant to train next generation of education researchers

A researcher at The Florida State University has been awarded a $5 million, five-year federal grant to train doctoral students to conduct advanced research on the best ways of teaching reading, math and science to the nation’s schoolchildren. Psychology Professor Christopher J. Lonigan received the grant renewal from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of […]

Researcher exploring ways to bring digital content to school libraries

Studies have shown that digital resources — video clips, audio, simulations and images — improve student learning in science and math, and the emergence of online digital libraries has made more free resources available than ever before. Yet few make it to student classrooms or computers. A new research study at The Florida State University […]

Life is a highway: Study confirms cars have personality

No one needs to tell Disney, which brought the likes of Herbie the Love Bug and Lightning McQueen to the big screen, that cars have personality. Now a study co-authored by a Florida State University researcher has confirmed through a complex statistical analysis that many people see human facial features in the front end of […]

Florida State study links ‘warrior gene’ to gang membership, weapon use

Boys who carry a particular variation of the gene Monoamine oxidase A (MAOA), sometimes called the “warrior gene,” are more likely not only to join gangs but also to be among the most violent members and to use weapons, according to a new study from The Florida State University that is the first to confirm […]

Florida State aiding public libraries in hurricane preparedness and response

With the arrival of hurricane season on June 1, Florida’s public libraries have a vital role to play in helping their communities prepare for and recover from hurricanes and other severe storms. The Florida State University’s Information Use Management & Policy Institute at the College of Information has unveiled a new Web site that will […]

Association for Information Systems names Joey George president-elect

A Florida State University business professor who studies the collection, processing, storage and dissemination of information needed to carry out the functions of management has received two of the biggest honors in his field. Joey George, who holds the title of Thomas L. Williams Eminent Scholar in Management Information Systems at Florida State, was recently […]