Expert Pitches

FSU expert available to comment on anniversary of first human in space, legacy of space race

It has been 60 years since the first human journeyed into space. Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to fly in space on April 12, 1961. He completed a full orbit of the Earth in the Vostok 1 spacecraft, reaching a height of 203 miles above the surface of the planet. The event […]

Experts available to comment on Biden’s firearms executive orders

With yet another deadly mass shooting providing the backdrop, the White House announced Thursday a host of executive actions aimed at curbing gun violence. President Joe Biden announced six separate actions to take illicit guns out of the hands of criminals and send resources toward community violence prevention. Administration officials said these measures comprise an “initial set” of actions the president […]

FSU experts ready to provide insight on Piney Point crisis

A wastewater reservoir at a long-abandoned phosphate plant near Tampa is threatening to unleash a 20-foot wave of water, leaving the region’s residents, businesses and the environment facing an uncertain immediate and long-term future.  Emergency crews in Manatee County are attempting to relieve pressure by draining the reservoir to avoid a complete breach and pumping […]

FSU experts available to share research insights for Autism Acceptance Month

The Autism Society of America celebrates April as Autism Acceptance Month as part of the organization’s efforts to build a better awareness of the signs, symptoms and realities of autism. Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. […]

Election expert available to discuss new Georgia voting law

A controversial measure in Georgia signed into law by Gov. Brian Kemp would put in place requirements that critics say curtail access to the ballot box. Florida State University Associate Professor of Law Michael Morley is available to provide commentary to reporters covering this story. Morley teaches and writes in the areas of election law, […]

Criminologist weighs in on tragedy in Boulder, Colorado

As the nation grapples with the second mass shooting in a month, criminologists are examining the patterns behind these horrific events. Florida State University Associate Professor of Criminology Jill Turanovic is available to speak to reporters about the deadly shooting in Boulder, Colorado, and the issue of mass shootings. Turanovic is an expert on victimization and violence. Her research […]

80 years after Virginia Woolf’s death, FSU English professor available to comment on Woolf’s work, influence

English writer Adeline Virginia Woolf is considered to be one of the most important modernist 20th-century authors and a pioneer in the use of stream of consciousness as a narrative device. She published more than 45 works, including various novels, essays and short stories. Troubled by mental illness throughout her life, Woolf was institutionalized several […]

FSU expert available to speak about Flint water crisis and fallout

It’s been seven years since the city of Flint, Michigan responded to a budget shortfall by switching its water source from Detroit, which draws from Lake Huron, to the Flint River. That move set off a years-long health crisis that has devastated lives and led to the indictment of the state’s former governor and eight other public officials. Florida State […]

FSU experts available to reflect on past year of COVID-19 pandemic

In the early days of March, COVID-19 cases were shutting down Europe and starting to spread throughout the United States. And on March 11, the World Health Organization officially classified the virus as a pandemic.  Thus far, COVID-19 has killed more than 2.5 million people worldwide and touched every aspect of society – education, employment, personal […]

FSU literacy expert available to discuss decision to not publish Dr. Seuss books

On the birthday of famed children’s author Dr. Seuss, the publishing company that preserves his legacy announced they will no longer publish six books that depict non-white characters in racist ways. Lakeisha Johnson, an assistant professor in the Florida State University School of Communication Science and Disorders and an affiliate faculty at the Florida Center […]

FSU experts available to comment on extreme weather, link to climate change

As many areas of the country grapple with extreme winter weather, scientists are  examining the root causes of these conditions.   Florida State University experts are available to provide context for these news stories.  Brad Johnson, Department of Geography, College of Social Sciences and Public Policy  Bdjohnson@fsu.edu  Johnson is an assistant professor of geography whose research focuses […]

FSU experts available for context on Black History Month

Black History Month is an observance to celebrate the accomplishments of Black Americans and a time to examine how race continues to influence the country today. The predecessor to the event began in the 1920s. In 1976, President Gerald Ford recognized Black History Month on the federal level. The United States now has a Black […]