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What does ‘almost nothing’ weigh? FSU physicist aims to find out

If subatomic particles had personalities, neutrinos would be the ultimate wallflowers. One of the most basic particles of matter in the universe, they’ve been around for 14 billion years and permeate every inch of space, but they’re so inconceivably tiny that they’ve been called "almost nothing" and pass straight through things—for example, the Earth—without a […]

FSU research center receives $2.3 million award to promote reading

A Florida State University research center that works to create programs to improve schoolchildren’s reading comprehension, vocabulary and fluency has received a major boost from the federal government. The Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR), a research group under FSU’s Learning Systems Institute, has been awarded a five-year, $2.3-million contract by the U.S. Department of […]

FSU researcher working to make medicine “smarter”

As much as patients would like for the word "doctor" to mean "all-knowing," unfortunately, this will never be the case. Human fallibility on the part of medical professionals sometimes leads to devastating misdiagnoses that can result in additional suffering, or even death, for their patients. But there is hope for better, more accurate medical diagnoses […]

FSU alumnus killed in Iraq is promoted posthumously, becomes highest-ranking casualty of war

A Florida State University alumnus killed last month by a roadside bomb in Baghdad was posthumously promoted to the rank of colonel, making Col. William W. Wood, 44, of Panama City, the highest-ranking American casualty of the Iraq conflict, according to the Pentagon. Wood died Oct. 27 as he was directing security operations in response […]

Two FSU chemists receive prestigious academic honor

Two professors in FSU’s department of chemistry and biochemistry—Michael S. Chapman and Joseph B. Schlenoff—have been elevated to the rank of Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In bestowing the honor, which was announced in the Oct. 28 issue of Science, the AAAS recognized Chapman "for fundamental studies of the […]

Magnet Lab hosts international photomicrography competition

It’s a small world, after all. A really, really small world. And much of what we know about it is learned through the ever-advancing technology of microscopes. That microscopic world was celebrated this month when Nikon announced the winners of its "Small World Competition," which recognizes excellence in photography though the microscope. The National High […]

Seven Days of Opening Nights 2006 offers kaleidoscope of artists, performers

From country to jazz, from Napoleon to Nelson, the eighth season of Seven Days of Opening Nights, Feb. 16-28, 2006, offers a spectacular array of world-renowned artists and performers. The annual festival is produced by Florida State University and sponsored by a host of educational and community partners. Live music performances include American icon Willie […]

Social Work dean, professor share award for child welfare article

Florida State University College of Social Work Dean C. Aaron McNeece and Professor Bruce A. Thyer have received one of North America’s premier literary awards in the field of child welfare for an article they wrote about the importance of practicing social work based on evidence of what works. McNeece and Thyer received a Herbert […]

FSU researcher’s “buckypaper” is stronger than steel at a fraction of the weight

Working with a material 10 times lighter than steel—but 250 times stronger—would be a dream come true for any engineer. If this material also had amazing properties that made it highly conductive of heat and electricity, it would start to sound like something out of a science fiction novel. Yet one Florida State University research […]

FSU to play lead role in protecting nation’s ports

With nearly 21,000 containers entering the nation’s 350 commercial ports each day, everyone recognizes the need for increased protection against terrorism, yet port security has lagged behind airport and border security. Florida State University is about to change that. The recipient of a $6.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, FSU’s Learning […]

Work on cancer-killing compound nets FSU professor major grant

Within a laboratory on the Florida State University campus, a chemist leads a team of researchers in a quest to develop synthetic versions of rare natural substances. If all goes well, the team’s efforts could pay off in the form of the next generation of cancer-fighting drugs. Such research often is a long, laborious process […]

FSU biologists describe key role of signal-transcribing gene in Alzheimer’s, other ills

Biologists at Florida State University have uncovered the pivotal role of a gene called "Cut" that acts as a sort of middleman in cell-to-cell communication. A DNA-binding protein, Cut interprets and transcribes the developmental signals sent through the "Notch" gene, which regulates a layer of epithelial cells as they replicate and divide. But when Cut […]