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FSU welcomes Class of 2011 at Convocation

Florida State University has honored its incoming first-year students and helped them mark their official entrance into its community of scholars during New Student Convocation, held Sunday, August 19, 2007, at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. Families also attended the one-hour event, which provided the Class of 2011 with a memorable introduction to FSU history […]

Star light, star bright: FSU facility duplicating conditions of supernovas

How is matter created? What happens when stars die? Is the universe shrinking, or is it expanding? For decades, scientists have been looking for answers to such "big picture" questions. For the past few months, members of the department of physics at Florida State University have begun using a groundbreaking new research facility to conduct […]

FSU chemistry professor named fellow of Biophysical Society

A Florida State University professor whose research on protein membranes could one day lead to more effective drugs for treating diseases such as influenza type A and tuberculosis has been named a fellow of the prestigious Biophysical Society. Timothy A. Cross, the Earl Frieden Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at FSU and director of the […]

FSU study finds deep ocean turbulence has big impact on climate

More than a mile beneath the Atlantic’s surface, roughly halfway between New York and Portugal, seawater rushes through the narrow gullies of an underwater mountain range much like winds gusting between a city’s tall buildings. That rush generates one of the most turbulent areas ever observed in the deep ocean. In fact, the turbulence packs […]

FSU engineering professor receives rare honor in cryogenics

A Florida State University engineering professor recognized as a top expert in the field of low-temperature physics has received an exceedingly rare honor–a fellowship in the Cryogenics Society of America. Steven Van Sciver, the John Gorrie Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Florida A&M University-Florida State University College of Engineering and a founding member of […]

FSU physicist takes a trip to nuclear ‘island of inversion’

Far from the everyday world occupied by such common elements such as gold and lead lies a little-understood realm inhabited by radioactive, or unstable, elements. Recently, a nuclear physicist from Florida State University collaborated with other scientists from the United States, Japan and England in an experiment that illustrated how the "normal" rules of physics […]

FSU political science department among nation’s best for doctorates

Florida State University’s political science department has been graduating top-notch doctoral students for years, and now a study by researchers at Princeton and Harvard has confirmed it. FSU’s department has been ranked 22nd among all U.S. universities and 8th among public universities based on the success of its Ph.D. graduates in the academic job market. […]

FSU chemists using light-activated molecules to kill cancer cells

A key challenge facing doctors as they treat patients suffering from cancer or other diseases resulting from genetic mutations is that the drugs at their disposal often don’t discriminate between healthy cells and dangerous ones—think of the brute-force approach of chemotherapy, for instance. To address this challenge, Florida State University researchers are investigating techniques for […]

New world record for superconducting magnet set at FSU

A collaboration between the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Florida State University and industry partner SuperPower Inc. has led to a new world record for a magnetic field created by a superconducting magnet. The new record—26.8 tesla—was reached in late July at the magnet lab’s High Field Test Facility and brings engineers closer to […]

Fat is the new normal, FSU researcher says

American women have gotten fatter as it has become more socially acceptable to carry a few extra pounds, according to a new study. Florida State University Assistant Professor of Economics Frank Heiland and Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Economist Mary Burke are the co-authors of a paper published in the academic journal “Economic Inquiry” that […]

FSU researchers developing diagnostic ‘lab on a chip’

If you have ever marveled over the orderly process by which cars, buses and other modes of transportation are directed toward their destinations in a big city, you’ll really appreciate the work of one Florida State University chemist. Thomas Fischer, an associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at FSU, is designing a "smart" traffic system […]

Summer commencement to feature Leon County commissioner

Leon County Commissioner John E. Dailey, a Florida State University alumnus, will be the speaker at FSU’s summer graduation ceremony, scheduled for 9 a.m., August 4, at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. FSU president T.K. Wetherell will preside. Out of 2,551 summer 2007 graduates, approximately 1,400 will participate in the commencement ceremony. Graduates will represent […]