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FSU to play lead role in protecting nation’s ports

With nearly 21,000 containers entering the nation’s 350 commercial ports each day, everyone recognizes the need for increased protection against terrorism, yet port security has lagged behind airport and border security. Florida State University is about to change that. The recipient of a $6.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, FSU’s Learning […]

Work on cancer-killing compound nets FSU professor major grant

Within a laboratory on the Florida State University campus, a chemist leads a team of researchers in a quest to develop synthetic versions of rare natural substances. If all goes well, the team’s efforts could pay off in the form of the next generation of cancer-fighting drugs. Such research often is a long, laborious process […]

FSU biologists describe key role of signal-transcribing gene in Alzheimer’s, other ills

Biologists at Florida State University have uncovered the pivotal role of a gene called "Cut" that acts as a sort of middleman in cell-to-cell communication. A DNA-binding protein, Cut interprets and transcribes the developmental signals sent through the "Notch" gene, which regulates a layer of epithelial cells as they replicate and divide. But when Cut […]

The shape of things to come: Morphology database going global

A Florida State University researcher who specializes in the evolutionary history of wasps is now creating a buzz about a new way for scientists to store, share and study plant and animal images. Fredrik Ronquist, a professor in the School of Computational Sciences, is one of the founders of MorphBank, an international Web database that […]

Honors medical scholars program creates fast track to med school

The FSU College of Medicine has joined forces with the university’s Honors Program to establish a B.S./M.D. program that will be open to five students annually beginning in fall 2006. The program will allow eligible FSU honors students to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree of their choice while also participating in the Medical Scholars […]

FSU takes a major scientific step forward, lures Applied Superconductivity Center from Wisconsin

It’s a major coup for Florida State University—and one that holds significant potential for breakthroughs in a variety of scientific endeavors. "It" is Florida State’s new Applied Superconductivity Center (ASC), which soon will be setting up shop in Tallahassee’s Innovation Park, near the Florida A&M University-FSU College of Engineering and across the street from the […]

FSU professor helping find solutions to Florida’s insurance woes

It is the most expensive natural disaster ever to hit the United States. When all is said and done, experts estimate that Hurricane Katrina will cost insurers between $40 billion and $60 billion. The state of Florida is well aware of the monetary effects of hurricanes, and how crucial insurance is to ease the burden […]

Columbus also discovered race, contends FSU professor Gary Taylor

Columbus not only discovered America, he also discovered race in the modern sense of the word, contends Florida State University professor and cultural historian Gary Taylor. During his third voyage to the New World in 1498, Columbus realized that skin color wasn’t attributable solely to proximity to the equator or poles, as believed by ancient […]

FSU management professors write the book on ‘political skill’

A coworker soars to success within your company while you continue to toil away in obscurity. Wonder why? Your coworker’s superior “political” skill could be the difference, say two Florida State University researchers. Gerald R. Ferris and Pamela L. Perrewé, professors of management within FSU’s College of Business, have written the book, literally, on organizational […]

FSU again ranked as one of top 10 law schools for Hispanics

For the second consecutive year, Hispanic Business magazine has ranked the College of Law among the Top 10 law schools in the nation for Hispanics. For the academic year 2004-2005, Hispanics made up 9 percent of the school’s 748-member student body and received 11 percent of the 205 law degrees awarded to the class of […]

FSU professor condenses classic giant “Clarissa’ for modern readers

The voluminous tale of virtuous Clarissa and her aristocratic rogue of a suitor, Lovelace, encompassed 1,550 pages and captivated England’s 18th century readers. But “Clarissa,” the longest novel ever written in the English language—and among the first told entirely through letters exchanged by its characters—fell victim to its girth and became a neglected classic. A […]

Unusual meteorite unlocks treasure trove of solar system secrets

An unusual meteorite that fell on a frozen lake in Canada five years ago has led a Florida State University geochemist to a breakthrough in understanding the origin of the chemical elements that make up our solar system. Professor Munir Humayun of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and the geological sciences department at FSU […]