Education & Society

New dean named at FSU’s top-10-ranked College of Human Sciences

Florida State University’s nationally top-10-ranked College of Human Sciences has just begun its second century, and soon it will welcome a new leader as well. FSU Provost and Executive Vice President Lawrence G. Abele has announced the appointment of Billie J. Collier of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville as the college’s dean. Collier will succeed Penny […]

FSU researcher’s work on unmanned ground vehicles could save soldiers’ lives

Over the past three years, thousands of American soldiers in Iraq have been horribly injured or killed by improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The explosives, placed near or buried under roadways and often detonated by remote control, frequently target U.S. military vehicles and convoys—often with deadly success. At Florida State University, one researcher is working on […]

FSU study finds high levels of satisfaction with Florida’s state parks

Researchers at Florida State University have submitted findings of a recent yearlong survey of Florida state park visitors to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The study, conducted as part of a contract between the Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Recreation and Parks and FSU’s Program in Recreation and Leisure Services Administration, assessed visitor […]

FSU higher education program ranked 13th in nation

The Florida State University College of Education’s higher-education program is ranked 13th among all higher-education administration programs in the nation in U.S. News & World Report‘s 2007 listing of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.” “Recognition in such a widely known and used publication is a testament to the quality of the programs in Higher Education,” said […]

FSU professor announces grants to hurricane-devasted libraries

It’s been said that nobody graduated from a library, but nobody graduated without one. That’s why Florida State University College of Information Professor Eliza T. Dresang is taking part in an effort to rebuild school libraries devastated by last summer’s hurricanes. As a member of the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries advisory committee, Dresang […]

FSU autism study may lead to early detection, intervention

There is a critical need to define the social communication characteristics of very young children with autism in order to develop early detection and intervention programs A $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders will help Florida State University Professor Amy Wetherby do just that. […]

FSU gets grant to address shortage of social workers for elderly

The number of new social workers who want to work with senior citizens is decreasing despite an aging population that needs their services. The Florida State University College of Social Work is doing its part to recruit and train social workers to work with older adults, thanks to a three-year grant from the New York […]

Literacy is key to addressing Africa’s woes, says FSU professor

Life isn’t easy in sub-Saharan Africa. An AIDS epidemic, crushing poverty, civil wars, a dearth of economic development and widespread illiteracy are just a few of the hurdles that confront many of the region’s 650 million people each day. By focusing on connections among those obstacles and their solutions, a Florida State University professor hopes […]

FSU College of Information boasts Top 10 graduate program

Law School, Chemistry also among nation’s best, says U.S. News & World Report The Florida State University College of Information offers one of the top 10 graduate programs in the nation, according to the 2007 edition of the U.S. News & World Report’s guidebook, "America’s Best Graduate Schools." In addition, both FSU’s chemistry department and […]

Sociologists find low self-esteem at age 11 predicts drug dependency at 20

Every parent worries that his or her child may turn to drugs, or worse, become dependent on them, and a new Florida State University study indicates that parents of boys who have very low self-esteem and have friends who approve of drug and alcohol use may have good cause to worry. FSU sociology professors John […]

FSU introduces new tool to help community reduce impaired driving

FSU’s Division of Student Affairs recently introduced Tallahassee to SIDNE (Simulated Impaired Driving Experience), the newest tool to help reduce impaired driving by students as well as drivers throughout the greater community. FSU recently became the first university in Florida to purchase the battery-powered remote-controlled vehicle that resembles a go-cart and simulates the experience of […]

FSU College of Education helping address teacher shortage

It’s not news that Florida has a shortage of available teachers. What is disturbing, however, is the size of the problem: Current estimates show that the state will have 30,000 fewer teachers than it needs for the next school year. A surge of students, a swell in teacher retirements, and a constitutional amendment to reduce […]