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FSU film students stand out in high-profile national competition

In one of the most watched and prestigious short film competitions in the country, Florida State University film students have beat out hundreds of other filmmakers to garner three of the 10 national finalist spots for the 2007 Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmaker’s Award. For the winning film and student, the coveted prize is worth $10,000 and […]

With grant, FSU seeks to become even more expert at expertise

What makes someone an expert in a particular field? Is it years of experience or just plain know-how? At Florida State University’s Learning Systems Institute, a new grant will help researchers continue to seek answers to those questions. The institute’s Center for Expert Performance Research has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the Office of […]

FSU researcher unlocking secrets of superconductivity

Recent experiments led by a Florida State University researcher provide a major step toward solving a two-decades-old materials-science mystery—and are shedding light on the mysteries of superconductivity. Christopher Wiebe, an assistant professor of physics at FSU, and colleagues from the United States and Canada report that their research has made important progress toward the ultimate […]

Jamie Purcell selected to head FSU Office of National Fellowships

Florida State University’s Office of National Fellowships, which played a critical role in preparing FSU student-athlete Garrett Johnson prior to his recent selection for a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, has a new leader. FSU alumna Jamie Purcell, who has served as the office’s interim director since August 2006, will fill the position on a permanent basis, […]

FSU will host biologists from around the world to create ‘new science’

Genotypes and phenotypes aren’t exactly household words outside the realm of the life and biological sciences—yet—but Florida State University biologists mean to integrate those emerging fields into a brand-new science by hiring a "cluster" of world-class scientists who will lead research to connect underlying genetics of organisms to overall appearance and behavior. On Feb. 2 […]

FSU researchers participate in Indonesian partnership

Florida State University’s Learning Systems Institute and College of Education will receive a federal grant to help improve educational quality in the nation of Indonesia through attention to teacher training and improving the school learning environment. FSU received the roughly $700,000 grant as part of a greater multi-million dollar project to conduct research in conjunction […]

FSU to mark Heritage Day with tribute to President Emeritus ‘Bernie’ Sliger

Marking the 156th anniversary of its founding, Florida State University will celebrate its seventh annual Heritage Day on Feb. 3 by honoring FSU President Emeritus Bernard F. Sliger, whose tenure from 1977 to 1991 encompassed a period of prolific growth and achievement. Saturday’s tribute to modern-day FSU’s 10th and longest-serving president will begin at 11 […]

FSU anthropologist’s brain analysis confirms ancient ‘Hobbit’ a separate species

After the skeletal remains of an 18,000-year-old, hobbit-sized human were discovered on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2003, some scientists thought that the specimen must have been a pygmy or a microcephalic—a human with an abnormally small skull. Not so, said Dean Falk, a world-renowned paleoneurologist and chair of Florida State University’s anthropology department, […]

FSU to study ‘hidden-hero’ microbes in soil, water to help clean toxic sites

Buried under 243 acres in an East Tennessee valley adjacent to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Y-12 National Security Complex, toxic waste from weapons manufacturing at the facility between 1951 and 1983 leaches into groundwater that extends in radioactive plumes for miles from the contaminated site. But soon, Florida State University Associate Professor Joel Kostka […]

At FSU, a ‘revolutionary’ approach to science education

In a basement on the Florida State University campus, one of the world’s foremost scientists is working to ignite a revolution. But Sir Harold Kroto’s mission isn’t the overthrow of a government; instead, he is making use of modern technology to launch what he calls a "revolution" in the way schoolchildren all over the world […]

FSU philosopher wins grant to study how brain initiates action

Since the beginning of time, philosophers and scientists have tried to figure out exactly how the human brain propels people into mental or physical action—whether it’s scratching our heads, building a house, calculating the gratuity on a restaurant check or deciding today to put something off until tomorrow. Alfred Mele, the William H. and Lucyle […]

The state of organized labor: ‘Joe Lunchbucket’ becomes ‘Chris Briefcase’

Labor unions are down, but they’re not necessarily out. That’s the verdict of Jack Fiorito, a professor of management in the Florida State University College of Business. Fiorito has analyzed various changes in the marketplace, the workplace and the political realm that have challenged organized labor in a new paper, "The State of the Unions […]