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State of Florida Climatologist James O’Brien wins Japan’s Uda Prize

The Japanese Oceanographic Society has selected State of Florida climatologist and Florida State University Professor of meteorology and oceanography James J. O’Brien as a recipient of its 2006 "Uda Prize." O’Brien—FSU’s Robert O. Lawton Professor of Meteorology and Oceanography and the director of FSU’s Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies—received the prestigious award in recognition of […]

Two FSU physicists receive prestigious academic honor

Two faculty members in Florida State University’s department of physics—Professor Jorge Piekarewicz and Associate Professor Laura Reina—have received one of the top honors in the field of physics: Both have been elected Fellows of the American Physical Society (APS). With more than 43,000 members, the APS (www.aps.org) is the nation’s largest and most prestigious professional […]

Grant increases minority scientists’ access to Magnet Lab’s facilities

The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and two historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have been awarded a $1.5-million, one-year collaborative grant from the National Nuclear Security Agency (NNSA) to increase the involvement of minority scientists and their students in cutting-edge research. The award will establish and enhance strong experimental and theoretical research opportunities at […]

Few clouds mar otherwise bright economic outlook for 2006

The economic forecast for 2006 is mostly sunny, but there are a few clouds on the horizon, according to a Florida State University professor. The economy is still strong after three years of expansion, but growth will begin to slow in 2006, said James Gwartney, the Gus A. Stavros Eminent Scholar Chair and director of […]

Magnet lab collaboration yields ‘R&D 100’ honor

When it comes to learning more about the fundamental nature of matter, a little goes a long way toward advancing science and discovery: The smaller the measurement, the better the results. That’s the thinking behind an innovation that has landed a National High Magnetic Field Laboratory scientist a share of a prestigious international award. Often […]

Legendary ballerina, FSU dance professor Suzanne Farrell receives 2005 Kennedy Center honors

FSU’s Francis Eppes Professor of Dance Suzanne Farrell has long been regarded as one of the most extraordinary and influential ballerinas of the late-20th century, and on Dec. 3 and 4 in Washington, D.C., her contributions to the performing arts and American culture were rewarded with 2005 Kennedy Center Honors. The world-renowned prima ballerinashared the […]

FSU student-athlete Garrett Johnson wins Rhodes Scholarship

Florida State University student-athlete Garrett Johnson already had accrued an impressive list of accomplishments during his college career. Now he can add an academic award that represents the pinnacle of scholarly achievement: He has been named a Rhodes Scholar. Johnson, 21, a Tampa native and a graduate student studying public administration at FSU, was selected […]

Online learning’s frontier: Researcher gives computers a ‘human’ face

The friendly facial expressions, the soothing hand gestures, the coolly intelligent voice: Put them all together, and she is both disarmingly lifelike and surprisingly persuasive. And while she can’t actually shake your hand in greeting, the unnamed, computer-generated character and her troupe of animated friends can be judiciously designed for online learning—at least if one […]

FSU professor documents Christianity’s history of healing

The concept of healing, both physical and spiritual, has been a central theme of Christianity going all the way back to the time of Jesus Christ. In her new book, "Healing in the History of Christianity," Florida State University religion Professor Amanda Porterfield examines the ways in which this theme of healing has evolved over […]

FSU Film School wins top student awards for Latino, women filmmakers

The Directors Guild of America has announced its 2005 Student Filmmakers Awards for African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos and women—and Florida State University’s College of Motion Picture, Television and Recording Arts will take home half of them. Chosen from among emerging filmmakers at select universities nationwide, two recent FSU graduates and one current undergraduate of […]

FSU researcher’s device provides a major boost to adult stem cell research

A single cell with the potential to repair damaged heart muscle tissue…regenerate injured bone…create new cartilage or skin…even reverse nerve damage. Human stem cells offer tremendous hope for the development of revolutionary medical treatments for these and a variety of other human health problems. Up until now, however, stem cell research has been slowed by […]

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 […]