Science & Technology

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. […]

$1.4M NIH grant helps FSU researchers clean carcinogens from groundwater

A Florida State University researcher will lead a study into how bacteria can be used to remove carcinogens from groundwater thanks to a $1.4 million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Researchers from the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering will collaborate with Texas Tech University to investigate a bioremediation method that could remove […]

Microplastics and human health: FSU researchers find exposure to microplastics may alter cellular function

Pollution from miniscule pieces of plastic, or microplastics, have been a growing concern for scientists, public health advocates and environmentalists as these nondegradable items have increasingly made their way into waterways and even the air we breathe.  Now, a team of Florida State University researchers is looking at what inhalation and ingestion of these tiny particles can […]

FSU engineers improve performance of high-temperature superconductor wires

Florida State University researchers have discovered a novel way to improve the performance of electrical wires used as high-temperature superconductors (HTS), findings that have the potential to power a new generation of particle accelerators. Researchers used high-resolution scanning electron microscopy to understand how processing methods influence grains in bismuth-based superconducting wires (known as Bi-2212). Those […]

FSU engineering researchers visualize the motion of vortices in superfluid turbulence

Nobel laureate in physics Richard Feynman once described turbulence as “the most important unsolved problem of classical physics.” Understanding turbulence in classical fluids like water and air is difficult partly because of the challenge in identifying the vortices swirling within those fluids. Locating vortex tubes and tracking their motion could greatly simplify the modeling of […]