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FSU fundraising sets record

Florida State University today announced a record fundraising year. The university raised nearly $113 million during fiscal year 2006. The previous single-year record was $95 million in fiscal 2002. The FSU Foundation alone raised $93.8 million; the previous record was $75 million in fiscal 2002. The Seminole Boosters and the Research Foundation combined raised the […]

FSU biologists uncover mechanisms that shape cells for better or worse

In a landmark study, biologists at Florida State University have uncovered a specific genetic and molecular mechanism that causes cell polarity—the asymmetric shape or composition critical to a cell’s proper functioning. Their findings in fruit fly eggs may help to clarify how muscular dystrophy and some cancers develop in humans. That’s because many of the […]

Williams fights for social justice, is first at FSU to win prestigious scholarship

Tony Williams never planned on getting a degree in economics. The 24-year-old Florida State University student had spent much of his time on campus organizing students to lobby against brutal sweatshops. Along the way he earned a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, double-majoring in political science and interdisciplinary social sciences. But when he realized he […]

FSU work is key to new microscope that may help unlock cells’ secrets

A microscopy technique pioneered with the help of Florida State University’s National High Magnetic Field Laboratory has led to the development of a new light microscope capable of looking at proteins on a molecular level. The new light microscope is so powerful it allows scientists to peer deep inside cells to see the fundamental organization […]

FSU geographer charting new territory with hurricane relief mapping

When a hurricane strikes, authorities are increasingly turning to satellite images and computer-based maps to tell them everything from where the most vulnerable people live to where the closest supply of food, water and ice is located. While these maps can be beneficial in planning response and recovery, their imprecise nature can result in people […]

FSU announces appointment of new state climatologist

David Zierden, climate scientist at Florida State University’s Center For Ocean Atmospheric Prediction Studies (COAPS), has been named state climatologist of Florida. Zierden, who has served as assistant state climatologist since 1999, succeeds Robert O. Lawton Professor of Meteorology and Oceanography James J. O’Brien. O’Brien is now the climatologist emeritus. The state climatologist is a […]

Former Miami Herald publisher to deliver commencement address

Former Miami Herald publisher David Lawrence Jr. will be the speaker at Florida State University’s summer graduation ceremony. FSU President T.K. Wetherell will preside over the ceremony, which will be held at 9 a.m. Aug. 5 at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. About 1,200 of the 2,400 graduates will participate in the ceremony, representing 14 […]

FSU professor documents how rising gas prices affect wallets, psyches

The price of gas has doubled over the past three years, hovering around $3 a gallon nationally. Wayne Hochwarter, an associate professor of management in the College of Business at Florida State University, recently conducted research to determine how increased gas prices have affected personal finance, as well as behavior at work. More than 300 […]

FSU, Scripps Florida agree to collaborate on biomedical research

Florida State University and the Scripps Research Institute are taking steps to streamline scientific collaborations between the two organizations as they work together on biomedical research that could lead to treatments for a variety of diseases. A joint cooperation agreement signed recently by officials from FSU and Scripps Florida will encourage and support research collaborations […]

FSU study draws attention to U.S. public health spending

Public health systems in the United States are understaffed and insufficiently funded to meet threats from bioterrorism, pandemic disease and natural disasters, according to a current study conducted by researchers at the Florida State University College of Medicine. Lead researcher Dr. Les Beitsch, director of the college’s Center on Medicine and Public Health, analyzed 2005 […]

FSU appoints renowned biologist as ’eminent scholar’ in fisheries ecology

Florida State University has named renowned fish biologist Robert Warner as its William R. and Lenore Mote Eminent Scholar in Fisheries Ecology and Enhancement for 2006-07. Warner, a marine biology professor at the University of California-Santa Barbara, becomes the sixth consecutive visiting professor to serve as FSU’s Mote Eminent Scholar. His one-year appointment will begin […]

Study: Elders with dementia can tap into memory stores to give advice

Dementia may rob an older person of memory and focus, but the ability to offer timeless advice about life’s big questions seems to be preserved, according to Florida State University researchers. Katinka Dijkstra, an assistant professor of psychology, and and Michelle Bourgeois, professor of communication disorders, both of FSU, and colleagues from Long Island University […]