Expert Pitches

FSU faculty available to comment on aftermath of Hurricane Ian

Hurricane Ian left a path of destruction in its wake, and communities in Florida and elsewhere are working to rebuild in the aftermath. Florida State University faculty are available to speak to media covering post-storm recovery efforts. COMMUNITY RESILIENCE Brad Schmidt, professor, Department of Psychology schmidt@psy.fsu.edu Schmidt researches the nature, causes, treatment and prevention of […]

FSU expert: Third consecutive La Niña could bring more hurricanes

Meteorologists predict current La Niña conditions will persist this year through a third consecutive winter, a situation that usually brings a more active late hurricane season, followed by a dry and warm fall and winter across Florida. La Niña is the popular name for a phase of what meteorologists call the “El Niño-Southern Oscillation,” or […]

FSU geologist available to discuss earthquake that hit Mexico’s Pacific coast

Mexico is dealing with the fallout of a powerful 7.6 magnitude earthquake that occurred near the Pacific coast on the anniversary of two previous tremors. Earthquakes occurred on Sept. 19 in both 1985 and 2017 in Mexico, killing thousands of people. Florida State University Professor of Geology James Tull is available to speak with reporters […]

FSU expert available to discuss student debt forgiveness and college affordability

Lara Perez-Felkner, an associate professor in the College of Education at Florida State University, is available to discuss President Joe Biden’s announcement Wednesday that he will forgive $10,000 in federal student debt for many borrowers and will cancel up to $20,000 for recipients of Pell Grants.  Perez-Felkner studies how social contexts influence students’ college and […]

FSU expert: Parents, schools can help children with math learning, anxiety

Across the country, students are starting a new school year. For many students, their return to math class comes with anxiety and frustration. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Florida State University Associate Professor Robert C. Schoen studies how to improve mathematics teaching and learning at the elementary and secondary school levels. He […]

FSU experts available to discuss monkeypox

As the rate of monkeypox infections continues to grow, a pandemic-weary public again finds itself with questions swirling.  The federal government has declared monkeypox a public health emergency and has made vaccines in its strategic national stockpile available for national distribution. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has said the virus spreads mostly through close, […]

FSU public health expert available to comment on extreme heat

Extreme heat is the leading weather-related cause of death in the United States. It can kill through heat exhaustion or heat stroke, as well as by contributing to deaths from heart attacks, stroke, kidney failure and other diseases. Vulnerable populations, such as older adults, infants, outdoor workers and others, are at increased risk. Florida State […]

FSU expert: ‘Japan has not been immune to political violence’

The assassination Friday of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe happened in a country that boasts exceptionally low levels of violent crime.   But Abe’s murder by a gunman in Nara, a city near Osaka and Kyoto, prompted recollection of a time when political violence ran rampant in Japan.   “From a historical standpoint, Japan has not […]

FSU criminology expert available to discuss U.S. mass shootings

Florida State University criminology expert Emma Fridel is available to talk with media organizations in the wake of Monday’s mass shooting in Highland Park, Illinois – which continued a string of high-profile mass shootings in the U.S. Fridel, an assistant professor in FSU’s College of Criminology and Criminal Justice, primarily studies violence and aggression with […]

FSU expert available to discuss new evidence in the lynching of Emmett Till

Davis Houck, the Fannie Lou Hamer Professor of Rhetorical Studies in the Florida State University College of Communication and Information and one of the nation’s leading experts on the lynching of Emmett Till, is available to discuss the new evidence uncovered in the case. The new evidence is a warrant issued 67 years ago for […]

10 years later: FSU physicist explains impact of Higgs boson discovery

A decade ago, physicists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) announced a newly discovered subatomic particle: the Higgs boson. The particle was the last element of the theory of particle physics known as the Standard Model to still be missing experimental evidence. Its discovery filled in a missing keystone of the Standard Model […]

FSU expert on social movements lends insight on public protests over Roe v. Wade

Deana Rohlinger, a Florida State University professor of sociology and an expert on political participation and social movements, said she expects mass protests stemming from Friday’s news that the U.S. Supreme Court voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that gave women a right to choose an abortion before fetal viability.  The […]