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FSU historian explores life of an early American original, John Ledyard

He was America’s first explorer; an associate of such historical figures as Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine, John Paul Jones and the Marquis de Lafayette; and the writer of the first U.S. book ever protected by copyright. But for more than 150 years, the exploits of John Ledyard have been lost to history. Now, […]

Preserving Library of Congress treasures is goal of FSU researcher

With more than 134 million items in its collection, the Library of Congress has no shortage of reading materials. This summer, a Florida State University chemist will use his knowledge of cellulose, a key component of paper, to help the world’s largest library find ways to preserve its vast treasure trove of books, manuscripts, maps, […]

Recent study calls FSU College of Music ‘most influential’

Good news about the distinguished Florida State University College of Music hit a particularly high note this spring. When it comes to research published in the Journal of Research in Music Education (JRME)—the premier publication for scholarly inquiry in the music education profession—a recent study calls FSU the single most influential institution since 1990. That […]

FSU is first “StormReady” university in Florida

Hurricane season may be just around the corner, but things are looking sunny at Florida State University with regard to severe-weather planning. FSU this week received a "StormReady" certification from the National Weather Service, signifying that the university is well prepared to safeguard its people and property from severe weather. FSU is the first university […]

No satisfaction zaps motivation, FSU psychologist says

You can’t always get what you want, as the song goes, but if a Florida State University researcher’s new theory on motivation holds true, you may not want it anymore anyway. Francis Eppes Professor Roy Baumeister, a renowned social psychologist, has conducted several experiments to learn how satisfaction influences motivation. Baumeister will present his theory […]

Computer-based programs help college couples build better relationships

Like the proverbial apple a day, a pair of computer-based programs developed by Florida State University researchers may help young adults keep relationship trouble away. College students in committed romantic relationships reported significantly reduced relationship dysfunction as well as depression and anxiety symptoms after participating in either of the two computer-based interventions, says a study […]

FSU breaks ground on groundbreaking building

With the ceremonial scooping of several shovelfuls of dirt, Florida State University has broken ground on a new facility that could vault FSU to the top of the list of American universities specializing in the research of new materials. FSU administrators, joined by Tallahassee-area economic development officials, celebrated the groundbreaking of the new Materials Research […]

FSU engineering professor growing bone in a lab

As the nation ages, an estimated 44 million Americans, including at least half of those ages 50 and older, are at risk for osteoporosis, making their bones fragile and vulnerable to serious fractures. Now, a Florida State University engineering professor is looking to develop new technologies that could replace bone mass lost to the disease, […]

FSU researchers reap $1 million grant to make medical implants safer

A pair of Florida State University researchers have received a major grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study ways of preventing the body from developing scar tissue around biomedical devices such as coronary artery stents—a problem that affects thousands of patients each year. Joseph Schlenoff, the Mandelkern Professor of Polymer Science, interim […]

Gift allows FSU to open new rural medical training center

The Florida State University College of Medicine is ready to expand its rural medical education program to Immokalee, Fla., now that a transfer of property for a new training center has been completed. NCH Healthcare System recently transferred the deed on the Isabel Collier Read Building and accompanying 9.4 acres of land to FSU. Isabel […]

Higher gas prices leave many workers running on empty

Few have been unaffected by the rapidly increasing price of gas, which has inched its way up toward $4 a gallon in some parts of the United States. And consumers aren’t feeling those effects just in their wallets, a Florida State University professor has found. Research conducted by Wayne Hochwarter, a professor of management in […]

Kirby wins ‘Distinguished Teacher Award’

David Kirby, an FSU English professor since 1969, has received the 2006-2007 University Distinguished Teacher Award. Kirby specializes in nineteenth-century U.S. literature and creative writing (poetry). A gifted and globally acclaimed author, he is also an exceptional teacher. "David is the model for all of us," said Joseph Travis, dean of the College of Arts […]