Science & Technology

Researchers reveal complex ecosystem changes cause more greenhouse gases to be emitted from peatlands

Peatlands, which make up 3 percent of Earth’s total land area, are known by a number of names — moors, mires, bogs, swamps and portions of permafrost tundra. They also store a significant amount of the Earth’s carbon. A research team from Florida State University and Georgia Institute of Technology are paying close attention to these complicated systems […]

FSU physics professor wins early career award from Department of Energy

A Florida State University researcher has received an award from the Department of Energy to conduct cutting-edge research on quantum materials and optical physics. Assistant Professor of Physics Guangxin Ni was selected to receive the award as part of the DOE’s Early Career Research Program. Under the program, university-based researchers will receive $150,000 annually over […]

Researchers reveal key information about how genes turn on and off

Human bodies have roughly 30,000 genes dictating not only how we look, but also critical biological processes. Now, a Florida State University and Australia National University research team has discovered a key aspect of gene regulation and ultimately how that process is implicated in cancer. Jonathan Dennis, an associate professor of biological science at FSU, and David Tremethick, […]

Researchers find Greenland glacial meltwaters rich in mercury

New research shows that concentrations of the toxic element mercury in rivers and fjords connected to the Greenland Ice Sheet are comparable to rivers in industrial China, an unexpected finding that is raising questions about the effects of glacial melting in an area that is a major exporter of seafood. “There are surprisingly high levels […]

Engineering researcher gets NSF award for 3D imaging technology to advance quantum fluid research

Superfluids are one of the 20th century’s most fascinating and important discoveries. Their study is the basis of Nobel Prize-winning work, and they hold promise for better electricity transmission and may even help answer the secrets of the universe with their mysterious “quantum fluid” properties. Wei Guo, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at the […]

FSU researchers uncover new role for strange organisms in ocean food web

Florida State University researchers have more insight into a strange sea creature found in oceans around the world and what their presence means for the health of a marine ecosystem. Scientists have thought that salps — small marine organisms that look like clear, gelatinous blobs — competed for resources with krill, shrimp-like creatures that are […]

FSU launches bridge program to increase underrepresented students in chemistry

The Florida State University Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry is launching a new initiative designed to help underrepresented students achieve a master’s degree and then move on to a doctoral program. The Bridge program, funded by the American Chemical Society, is being launched this summer. It will provide two to three students per year with a […]

FSU statistician named 2021 Institute of Mathematical Statistics Fellow

A Florida State University faculty member has earned one of the most prestigious awards in the field of statistics. Yiyuan She, a professor and assistant undergraduate adviser in the Department of Statistics, was named a 2021 Fellow by the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS) along with 40 other researchers from around the world. The IMS is an international professional and […]

Staring into space: Physicists predict neutron stars may be bigger than previously imagined

When a massive star dies, first there is a supernova explosion. Then, what’s left over becomes either a black hole or a neutron star. That neutron star is the densest celestial body that astronomers can observe, with a mass about 1.4 times the size of the sun. However, there is still little known about these impressive objects. Now, a Florida State […]

Florida State University receives award for top cybersecurity efforts

Florida State University’s Emergency Management division and Information Technology Services have been recognized for their work on security projects and initiatives that demonstrate outstanding business value and thought leadership. FSU is one of two universities nationwide to receive the CSO50 award, a recognition by cybersecurity publishing company CSO. For the past several years, FSU has been focused on establishing […]

FSU researcher receives early career award from NASA

A Florida State University atmospheric scientist has received funding from NASA to conduct critical research on tropical cyclone development aimed at improving accuracy of storm forecasts.   Allison Wing, assistant professor of meteorology in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science, has been selected for a NASA New Investigator (Early Career) Award in Earth Science, which supports […]

FSU researchers develop tool to track marine litter polluting the ocean

In an effort to fight the millions of tons of marine litter floating in the ocean, Florida State University researchers have developed a new virtual tool to track this debris. Their work, which was published in Frontiers in Marine Science, will help provide answers to help monitor and deal with the problem of marine litter. […]