Science & Technology

New climate model helps researchers better predict water needs

New research from the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering combines climate and land use projections to predict water availability, information that is crucial for the preparations of resource managers and land-use planners. “This research presented a new method that can be used to generate future climate data for the existing hydrological models,” said Gang Chen, a […]

Scientists find evidence of exotic state of matter in candidate material for quantum computers

Using a novel technique, scientists working at the Florida State University-headquartered National High Magnetic Field Laboratory have found evidence for a quantum spin liquid, a state of matter that is promising as a building block for the quantum computers of tomorrow. Researchers discovered the exciting behavior while studying the so-called electron spins in the compound […]

FSU physicist named American Physical Society Fellow

A Florida State University faculty member has been named a 2020 Fellow of the American Physical Society. Ingo Wiedenhöver, a professor at FSU’s Department of Physics in the College of Arts and Sciences, was selected for the distinction in recognition of his contributions to the field of physics. Each year, the APS selects less than […]

FSU researchers help develop sustainable polymers

Researchers at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering have made new discoveries on the effects of temperature on sustainable polymers. Their findings may help the industry to produce plastics that are better for the environment. “Plastics made from petroleum, a non-renewable resource, remain too long in our land and water when discarded,” said Rufina Alamo, a […]

National Science Foundation awards FSU chemical engineer more than $1 million for bacteria research

A FAMU-FSU College of Engineering researcher has received more than $1 million to investigate bacteria-related dynamics in one of two new projects supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The NSF has awarded two research grants totaling more than $1 million to support investigations that have the potential to impact societal health by supporting new […]

FSU superconductivity expert elected Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering

David Larbalestier, the chief materials scientist at the Florida State University-headquartered National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and a Krafft Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. Larbalestier was cited for his “seminal work in high current, high field […]

Personal interactions are important drivers of STEM identity in girls

As head of the educational outreach arm of the Florida State University-headquartered National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Roxanne Hughes has overseen dozens of science camps over the years, including numerous sessions of the successful SciGirls Summer Camp she co-organizes with WFSU. In a new paper published in the Journal of Research in Science Teaching, Hughes […]

FSU-led team earns National Science Foundation grant to study effects of heat waves on sea urchins

A team of researchers, led by a Florida State University biologist, has received a $1.1 million National Science Foundation grant to better understand how rapid and extreme warming events impact the reproduction of sea urchins. Daniel Okamoto, an assistant professor in FSU’s Department of Biological Science and principal investigator for the grant, and his team […]

Florida State-led team offers new rules for algae species classification

A team of evolutionary biologists and ecologists, led by a Florida State University researcher, has a new idea for how scientists should classify algae species. FSU Assistant Professor of Biological Science Sophie McCoy and her team are proposing formal definitions for algae species and subcategories for the research community to consider: They are recommending algae […]

Florida State University appoints new Coastal and Marine Laboratory director

Florida State University has appointed Joel Trexler as the next director of the FSU Coastal and Marine Laboratory, a research laboratory and base camp for field studies located in St. Teresa, Florida. Trexler’s responsibilities as director will include oversight of research at the laboratory, faculty development and the growth of the facility. He comes to […]

FSU-led research team discovers unique supernova explosion

One-hundred million light years away from Earth, an unusual supernova is exploding. That exploding star — which is known as “supernova LSQ14fmg” — was the faraway object discovered by a 37-member international research team led by Florida State University Assistant Professor of Physics Eric Hsiao. Their research, which was published in The Astrophysical Journal, helped […]

FSU researchers track nutrient transport in the Gulf of Mexico

Researchers from Florida State University are shedding light on nutrient levels in the Gulf of Mexico with new findings published this month in the Journal of Geophysical Research – Oceans. The Gulf of Mexico receives considerable levels of nutrients from the rivers that empty into it, especially the Mississippi River, which causes the Gulf’s northern […]