Randy Spetman named FSU Athletics Director

Florida State University President, Dr. T.K. Wetherell, introduced Randy Spetman on Monday as the university’s new Director of Athletics, ending a national search that began in December. Spetman, a former Air Force colonel, takes over at FSU after serving as Athletics Director at Utah State since July 1, 2004 and at the United States Air […]

FSU professor examines jihad in new book, ‘Arguing the Just War in Islam’

“The ruling to kill the Americans and their allies—civilians and military—is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in any country in which it is possible to do it ….” With that command, a group of Islamic militants led by Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri declared a jihad, or holy war, […]

FSU researcher to study effect of global warming on hurricane risk

Armed with a $140,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, a Florida State University professor is hoping to get to the bottom of a hotly debated topic: the role global warming is having on the frequency and intensity of hurricanes along our nation’s coastlines. James Elsner “We’re certainly seeing the planet warm up, and we’re […]

Retired generals to lead FSU forum on U.S. torture policy

A panel of retired military leaders are gathering at Florida State University on Jan. 23 to discuss U.S. interrogation policies and the importance of the commander-in-chief setting the highest standards for the treatment of prisoners. Lt. Gen. Harry E. Soyster, Maj. Gen. Fred E. Haynes and Brig. Gen. David R. Irvine will discuss the importance […]

Bank of America establishes Center for Banking and Financial Studies at FSU’s College of Business

Florida State University’s College of Business has announced a $2-million grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to establish the Gene Taylor/Bank of America Center for Banking and Financial Studies. Housed in the college’s Department of Finance, the center will be used to encourage excellence in education, and fund research and service activities related […]

Researcher, Magnet Lab receive $2 million grant to target tuberculosis

About 5,000 people around the world die from tuberculosis every day, but no effective new drugs have been developed to combat it in 40 years. Researchers at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Florida State University hope to change that through research made possible by a $2 million grant from the National Institutes of […]

FSU scholar’s work on the ‘other Shakespeare’ called monumental

World-renowned Shakespeare scholar Gary Taylor, a professor at Florida State University, has co-edited the first complete collection of plays, poems and manuscripts by Thomas Middleton, a provocative, once-popular 17th-century playwright whose work was later banned or burned and overshadowed for centuries by the more famous English bard. Gary Taylor Now, Taylor is calling Middleton "our […]

FSU to mark Heritage Day with festival, statue unveiling, Legacy Walk

Florida State University will celebrate the 157th anniversary of its founding and its eighth annual Heritage Day on Saturday, Jan. 19. Heritage Day campus events that are free and open to the public include the Legacy Walk Outdoor Festival  (10 a.m. to noon, Woodward Plaza and Oglesby Union). The ribbon cutting and dedication of phase […]

FSU’s Pepper Center to host world leaders at international conference

World leaders from Africa and the Middle East will gather at Florida State University for a first-of-its-kind intercultural dialogue designed to support a United Nations initiative, the Alliance of Civilizations. The FSU Claude Pepper Center for Intercultural Dialogue will hold “Bridging Civilizations” on Feb. 11 at the FSU Alumni Center. The conference is intended to […]

FSU’s Vann lands NEA grant for book on adventures at sea

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded a 2008 Literature Fellowship in creative writing, valued at $25,000, to author David Vann, an assistant professor in Florida State University’s Creative Writing Program and a skilled sailor who has logged more than 40,000 offshore miles and barely lived to tell about it. Out of the […]

FSU researcher elected fellow of prestigious aeronautics institute

One of Florida State University’s most eminent scholars has been elected a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. M. Yousuff Hussaini M. Yousuff Hussaini, the Sir James Lighthill Professor, is one of 30 fellows and three honorary fellows elected for 2008. The AIAA bestows the distinction of "fellow" on members who have […]

Tallahassee dad, children have new home, thanks to FSU alumnus Warrick Dunn

Atlanta Falcons running back Warrick Dunn has presented a new home to a single father and his four children in Tallahassee in a first for "Homes for the Holidays," a program of the Warrick Dunn Foundation that historically has assisted single mothers in Tampa, Baton Rouge, La., and Atlanta in achieving the American dream of […]