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FSU expert available to discuss new COVID-19 variants

New variants of the COVID-19 virus have appeared around the world, including a more contagious variant of the COVID-19 virus that was first identified in the United Kingdom. Other variants have been identified in South Africa, Nigeria and Japan. Viruses constantly change through mutation. Some variants come and go. Others stick around. Florida State University […]

Expert ready to provide insights on presidential inauguration

In the midst of a pandemic and in the wake of an unprecedented attack on the U.S. Capitol, the 2021 presidential inauguration ceremony will differ sharply from those of years past.   President-elect Joseph R. Biden is set to take office on Jan. 20 amid a scaled-down event for which plans remain fluid, said inauguration expert Elizabeth Goldsmith, professor emerita […]

FSU experts available to comment on first female vice president of the United States

When she is sworn in next month, Kamala Harris will become the first woman to serve as vice president of the United States. Harris has a long political career, having served as district attorney of San Francisco, attorney general of California and a U.S. senator before this position. Florida State University faculty members are available […]

Experts ready to offer insights on Black Friday during COVID-19

This year, Black Friday figures to be like none that have come before it. A national pandemic, widespread economic distress and a tumultuous election season have combined to leave American retailers and consumers facing a series of unknowns never encountered before. As national unemployment numbers have risen and social distancing practices define life from public […]

FSU expert available to discuss COVID-19 vaccine development

There may be good news on the horizon regarding a COVID-19 vaccine. Pfizer and partner BioNTech reported that their trial vaccine appears to have a 90 percent efficacy rate, meaning that test subjects who received a vaccine experienced 90 percent fewer cases of symptomatic COVID-19 than those who received a placebo. Other trial vaccines are […]

FSU experts available to comment on United States leaving the Paris Agreement

Carbon emissions and climate change are key issues in this presidential election. Regardless of who voters choose as the country’s next president, the United States is scheduled to leave the Paris Agreement — an international accord with the goal of limiting global climate change — on Nov. 4, although Democratic candidate Joe Biden has said […]

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 […]