Expert Pitches

FSU expert investigating impact of prescribed burns

Prescribed burns are an important tool for limiting the harmful effects of wildfires, but they require planning and proper conditions. The U.S. Forest Service recently announced a pause in the use of prescribed fire on National Forest System lands while the agency conducts a review of protocols and practices. The announcement comes as firefighters continue […]

FSU faculty expert discusses Florida’s fragile homeowners-insurance market

A recent news report said about 70,000 Florida policyholders will lose their homeowners insurance just as the Atlantic hurricane season begins. And one financial-news organization asked whether the state’s homeowners insurance market teetered on the brink of collapse. Such headlines come as Florida lawmakers prepare for a special session next week to consider legislation related […]

FSU pediatrician cautions against homemade baby formula

Florida State University pediatrician Mary Norton said she has seen parents pour their last amount of formula into a bottle and tell her, “I have nothing else for my baby.”  Indeed, families in Tallahassee and throughout Florida are feeling the effects of a national shortage of baby formula that continues to alarm health care workers, […]

Video: FSU faculty share expertise for 2022 hurricane season

Florida State University faculty members shared their insights into the 2022 hurricane season, which officially runs from June through November, with members of the news media in a virtual briefing. Associate Professor of Risk Management and Insurance Charles Nyce, FAMU-FSU Associate Professor of Civil Engineering Eren Ozguven, Assistant Professor of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science […]

FSU expert sees Bitcoin as continued alternative investment but no future rival to Visa, Mastercard

Over a decade or so, Bitcoin has grown from a shadowy novelty that sparked questions about the future of money into a blockbuster digital investment that inspires daily financial news headlines. Virtually every day features a new crypto prediction. Late Thursday, the market value of Bitcoin stood at around $36,000 after rising and plunging following […]

FSU faculty available to comment for 2022 hurricane season

Florida State University faculty are leaders in the study of hurricanes and the effects of these destructive storms. Their scholarship has led to research on infrastructure challenges, evacuation routes, sustainable tools and mental health challenges for those affected by hurricanes. Other researchers are considering the effects on coastal wildlife and building better tools to improve […]

Run for the roses: FSU professor reflects on history of the Kentucky Derby

All eyes are on Churchill Downs this week as the horse racing industry prepares for the 148th Kentucky Derby. Associate Professor of History Katherine Mooney is available to provide expert commentary to reporters covering the event. Mooney is the author of “Race Horse Men,” which examines the generations of Black men who built the racing […]

FSU expert available to comment on antisemitic violence

Reported antisemitic incidents in the United States reached their highest level ever in 2021, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) reported. ADL noted 2,717 incidents last year, a 34% increase from 2020. It is the highest number since the organization began tracking incidents in 1979. Florida State University Assistant Professor Brendan Lantz, an expert on hate crime, […]

FSU expert available to comment on environmental messaging ahead of Earth Day

On April 22, people around the globe observe Earth Day, an opportunity to practice gratitude for the life-giving bounty of the planet and to recognize efforts to protect the environment. Since its origins in 1970, the day has marked an occasion for people and groups to urge individual and collective action to end pollution, reduce […]

FSU expert available for context on early climate change research

Earth Day marks a time to consider the environmental challenges facing humanity, including our changing climate. Through the efforts of scientists around the planet, the understanding of those changes is constantly being refined. A wealth of our knowledge about how the climate works is due to the interest of the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), […]

FSU finance expert: Fed had to respond to high inflation

Soaring inflation and its threat to the U.S. economy gave the Federal Reserve no choice but to raise interest rates this week and to signal further increases in the coming months, said William Christiansen, longtime chair of the finance department in Florida State University’s College of Business. “There’s pretty much unanimous agreement that they have […]

Two years of COVID-19: Experts available to comment on drug development, hospitality

The first COVID cases in the United States were confirmed in early 2020. Since then, the pandemic has raised questions about health care, education, civil rights and responsibilities and more. Florida State University experts are available to talk about the effort to develop vaccines and treatments for COVID-19 and the effects of the pandemic on […]