Expert Pitches

Expert ready to provide insight on global ocean health crisis

For the past two weeks, a cargo ship has been burning off the coast of Sri Lanka filled with several tons of plastic pellets loaded with toxic chemicals. According to Sri Lanka’s Marine Protection Authority, this is “one of the worst beach pollutions in our history.” Ian MacDonald, a professor in the Florida State University Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science, is […]

FSU experts available to discuss upcoming travel season

As local and state governments lift travel restrictions and pandemic-related mandates, the travel and tourism industry is experiencing the early signs of a rebound. The modest signals of the long-hoped recovery began to unfold over the Memorial Day Weekend when AAA estimated more than 37 million Americans hit the road, traveling at least 50 miles from home. That’s up […]

Experts available to comment on Colonial Pipeline cybersecurity breach and supply chains 

The recent cybersecurity breach of the Colonial Pipeline sent ripples from the Gulf Coast of Texas to New York and then throughout the American economy.  Panicked consumers sought to gas up their vehicles out of fears of an impending shortage and drained pumps throughout the Southeast. Cybersecurity experts and a host of government and law enforcement […]

FSU expert available to discuss intellectual property and COVID-19 vaccines

President Joe Biden has expressed his support for a World Trade Organization proposal to waive intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines. Florida State University law professor Frederick Abbott, the Edward Ball Eminent Scholar Professor of International Law, is available to comment on international intellectual property rights and global economic issues around the proposal. Abbott regularly […]

FSU expert available for comment on COVID-19 Hate Crimes Bill

President Joe Biden signed the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act on Thursday, a law that will expedite the Justice Department’s review of hate crimes related to COVID-19 and designate an official at the department to oversee the effort, as well as issue new guidance to state and local law enforcement for online reporting. The legislation is intended to target an increase […]

FSU experts available for context after Chauvin verdict

Florida State University has experts available to offer context on topics related to the Derek Chauvin trial and verdict. POLICING AND POLICE REFORM Emma E. Fridel, assistant professor, College of Criminology and Criminal Justice (201) 452-0384; Fridel researches violence and aggression with a focus on homicide, including school violence, homicide-suicide, serial and mass murder […]

Video: FSU experts provide insights for upcoming hurricane season

Florida State University faculty members shared their insights into the upcoming hurricane season with members of the news media in a virtual briefing. Assistant Professor of Geography Bradford Johnson, Associate Professor of Risk Management and Insurance Charles Nyce, FAMU-FSU Associate Professor of Civil Engineering Eren Ozguven, Associate Professor of Geography Chris Uejio and Assistant Professor […]

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, […]