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Music therapy researcher named Lawton Distinguished Professor

Jayne M. Standley, whose pioneering work in the field of medical music therapy has led to new techniques for treating premature babies, is set to receive Florida State University’s highest faculty honor. Standley, a longtime researcher and professor in FSU’s College of Music, has been named the 2005-2006 Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of Music. […]

FSU opens human performance laboratory

Florida State University has just opened a new laboratory designed to study how well people perform their jobs while under stress. The new lab, funded by a congressional award in partnership with the Office of Naval Research, will examine such questions as: How can first responders be better trained to respond correctly during a terrorist […]

FSU hosts Eisenhower Fellow from South Africa

Eisenhower Fellowship winner Mmakgomo Rose Laka-Mathebula of South Africa has spent a week in Tallahassee, exchanging perspectives on higher education and campus governance with top administrators at Florida State University. Three weeks into her 2005 Fellowship-funded tour of higher and secondary education sites nationwide, the campus director, who acts as the chief academic officer and […]

National Magnet Laboratory completes new record magnet

Users of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory soon will have a new state-of-the-art magnet system for their research in physics and materials science. Engineers at the facility, led by project leader Mark Bird, recently tested a specially designed, 31-tesla-powered magnet that has a 50-millimeter experimental space. The magnet is the highest field DC magnet […]

Two professors in FSU College of Music win Guggenheim Fellowships

Two professors from Florida State University’s College of Music have won 2005-2006 Guggenheim Memorial Fellowships that will enable them to pursue research and complete special projects in their respective fields. FSU holds a prominent place in this year’s distinguished Guggenheim contingent. Out of 186 new U.S. and Canadian Fellows, FSU ethnomusicologist Dale A. Olsen and […]

Is a bigger ant a better ant? FSU biologist tests 150-year-old evolutionary question

The small tepee-like tents draped over 130 fire ant mounds surrounding a picturesque country pond may resemble more a re-creation of a community of pint-sized natives than scientific research. But science it is—in fact a manipulation of Mother Nature. Florida State University biologist Walter Tschinkel wants to know if there are benefits to nature’s practice […]

FSU professor Robert Olen Butler wins 2005 National Magazine Award

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Florida State University professor Robert Olen Butler has won the 2005 National Magazine Award in Fiction for his short story "The One in White," published by The Atlantic Monthly. This year’s top honor is the second National Magazine Award since 2001 and the third nomination for the coveted prize since 1996 […]

College of Medicine professor wins 2005 Distinguished Teaching Award; other faculty members recognized for teaching, research, advising

A professor of basic medical sciences has been chosen as the recipient of the 2005 University Distinguished Teaching Award. Charles Ouimet, who serves as co-chair of basic medical sciences and is also a professor of biological science, was recognized during the annual Faculty Awards Ceremony on April 11. “I think the key to good teaching […]

FSU scientists develop new tests to detect nut allergens in processed food

Scientists at Florida State University subjected walnuts, cashew nuts and almonds to radiation, roasting, pressure cooking, blanching, frying and microwave heating in an effort to make them safe for allergy sufferers. In the end, the nutritious little nuggets refused to surrender their allergens, but the research yielded sensitive techniques that detect minute traces of the […]

Exploding stars in the cellar, FSU Nuclear Physics charts new course

Florida State University’s nuclear physics laboratory, one of the premier nuclear research facilities on any college campus in the United States, is looking to its future among the stars—novas to be exact. RESOLUT, a project to recreate the nuclear reactions in exploding stars, is in its final stages of preparation at FSU’s Superconducting Linear Accelerator […]

Graduate School Dean Harrison becomes FSU’s newest vice president

Florida State University Provost and Executive Vice President Lawrence G. Abele has appointed FSU’s Dean of Graduate Studies Dianne F. Harrison as the Vice President for Academic Quality and External Programs. Harrison had been serving as dean of FSU’s Office of Graduate Studies since 2002, in addition to her duties since 2000 as associate vice […]

FSU oceanography professor wins Leopold Leadership Fellowship

Jeff Chanton, the John Widmer Winchester Professor of Oceanography at Florida State University, has won a 2005 Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellowship that will provide him with intensive communication and leadership training to help him communicate scientific information effectively to non-scientific audiences, especially policy makers, the media, business leaders and the public. Twenty fellows are selected […]