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Day family donates $1 million to FSU Dedman School of Hospitality

Florida State University’s Dedman School of Hospitality announced Thursday a $1 million donation by the family of Cecil B. Day to establish and support a slate of academic initiatives at the school. Cecil B. Day Sr. was the founder of the Days Inn America hotel chain. He passed away in 1978 but through his widow, Deen Day Sanders, and his family, […]

Faculty and Staff Briefs: October 2020 

HONORS AND AWARDS Rick Burnette, Ph.D., Heather Epstein-Diaz, Galiya Tabulda, Ph.D., Caitlyn Jessee, Eugene Hernandez, Zack Stoffers, Patrick Martin, Mev Verzaal, Samantha Nix, Ph.D., Joling Emerick, Andrew Brady, Matthew Earhart and James M. Hunt, Ph.D. (Office of Institutional Research) were awarded first place for Best Website, second place for Best Fact Book and third place for Best Interactive Report at the regional Southern Association for Institutional Research conference. […]

FSU experts available to comment on United States leaving the Paris Agreement

Carbon emissions and climate change are key issues in this presidential election. Regardless of who voters choose as the country’s next president, the United States is scheduled to leave the Paris Agreement — an international accord with the goal of limiting global climate change — on Nov. 4, although Democratic candidate Joe Biden has said […]

FSU’s record first-year student retention rate places among Top 15 nationally

Innovative campus-wide efforts nearly eliminate retention disparities among undergraduates Florida State University is retaining first-year students at a record rate, according to the most recent data reported to the Florida Board of Governors. Ninety-five percent of FSU’s first-time-in-college students who enrolled in Summer/Fall 2019 stayed for their sophomore year — a record for the university. […]

Greenhouse effect of clouds instrumental in origin of tropical storms

Better storm track prediction over the past few decades has allowed for timely preparation and evacuations but understanding how these storms form and intensify remains a challenge for scientists. A Florida State University researcher was part of an international team studying the origin of tropical cyclones that found an infrared radiative feedback from clouds accelerates storm development. Deep clouds that […]

FSU researchers investigate material properties for longer-lasting, more efficient solar cells

The designers of solar cells know their creations must contend with a wide range of temperatures and all sorts of weather conditions — conditions that can impact their efficiency and useful lifetime. Florida State University Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Lea Nienhaus and former FSU postdoctoral researcher Sarah Wieghold are helping to understand the […]

Jim Moran Institute completes inaugural R.I.S.E program serving military veteran business owners during COVID-19 pandemic

The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship, in the Florida State University College of Business, graduated 37 military veterans and veteran family members who run small businesses from its inaugural Resilience. Innovate. Sustain. Evaluate. (R.I.S.E.) program Friday.  The online program is focused on sustainability and its first class centered on challenges small businesses have faced […]

Expert available to speak on Pope Francis’ endorsement of same-sex civil unions

Pope Francis made international headlines this week when he endorsed same-sex civil unions in an interview for the feature-length documentary “Francesco.” Aline Kalbian, chair of the FSU Department of Religion, can provide an in-depth perspective and context related to the implications of Pope Francis’ comments. Kalbian’s research focuses on how moral traditions develop and change […]

FSU Director of Fraternity/Sorority Life elected as president of national organization

Florida State University’s director of  Fraternity and Sorority Life has been elected to serve as president of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA). Chris Graham will begin a two-year term as president of the AFA in November. He is the first Black man and the youngest person elected to the position. “I’m incredibly honored to […]

Florida State University launches new nonpartisan Institute of Politics

Florida State University announced Thursday the launch of its new Institute of Politics (IOP@FSU), a nonpartisan, world-class home for civic engagement and research, which will showcase the role of politics in improving the lives of Americans. Housed within the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, the IOP@FSU will feature applied political research by a cadre of world-class scholars, curricular initiatives aimed at […]

FSU Dance Professor receives prestigious grant from Ford Foundation

The Urban Bush Women (UBW), founded by Florida State University’s School of Dance Professor Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, will receive a seven-figure award from the Ford Foundation as part of an initiative to recognize Black, Latinx, Asian and Indigenous arts organizations negatively impacted by COVID-19. “This major honor comes at an important time when the […]

FAMU-FSU College of Engineering student receives NIH Predoctoral Fellowship

A biomedical engineering student in the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering has received a new predoctoral fellowship from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct research at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory. Shannon Helsper was awarded the Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral National Research Service Award. She’ll receive $112,288 over the course of three years […]