Science & Technology

FSU receives $2.5 million to develop forecasts for farmers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded Florida State University $2.5 million to provide climate forecasting for the agricultural community in Florida, Georgia and Alabama. Allen Boyd U.S. Rep. Allen Boyd (D-FL) helped acquire the two-year grant, which begins in July 2008. The grant continues work begun in 2003 and will help fund salaries for […]

FSU researcher’s ‘mutant’ proteins could lead to new treatment for heart disease

Heart damage due to blocked arteries remains the leading cause of disease and death in the Western world, but a Florida State University College of Medicine researcher is helping to open new pathways toward treating the problem. Michael Blaber Michael Blaber, a professor in the department of biomedical sciences, is researching mutant forms of a […]

FSU chemistry pioneer Marshall to receive prestigious Oesper Award

A Florida State University chemistry professor’s co-invention of a chemistry technique that can simultaneously separate and identify up to several thousand chemical components in complex mixtures has earned him another top scientific honor. Alan G. Marshall Alan G. Marshall, the Robert O. Lawton Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at FSU and director of the Ion […]

FSU chemist elected Fellow of Inter-American Photochemical Society

He specializes in a branch of science known as photochemistry, in which the interactions between atoms, small molecules and light are analyzed. Now Jack Saltiel, a veteran professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Florida State University, is being recognized for decades of pioneering research in his field. Jack Saltiel Saltiel, a member of the FSU […]

FSU biophysicist earns national early-career award for cell membrane research

“My group specializes in using physics to study biological systems,” said Linda S. Hirst, an assistant professor of physics and researcher with FSU’s Center for Materials Research and Technology (MARTECH) and its Institute of Molecular Biophysics. “We aim to both understand fundamental biological processes, such as how cell membranes function, and also to develop new, […]

FSU professor elected Fellow of Association for Women in Science

A Florida State University researcher who has blazed trails both in and out of the classroom is receiving an honor reserved for some of the top women in science. Penny J. Gilmer, a longtime chemistry and biochemistry professor and science education researcher at FSU, has been elected as one of eight new fellows of the […]

FSU research makes Valentine’s Day news

Attracting Cupid’s arrow is the year-round subject of Jon Maner, an FSU assistant professor of psychology, but his research on the who’s and why’s of love, romance and attraction has drawn special media attention on Valentine’s Day 2008. Media around the world, from CNN International to Yahoo!, from the International Herald Tribune to local newspapers, […]

FSU researcher to study effect of global warming on hurricane risk

Armed with a $140,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, a Florida State University professor is hoping to get to the bottom of a hotly debated topic: the role global warming is having on the frequency and intensity of hurricanes along our nation’s coastlines. James Elsner “We’re certainly seeing the planet warm up, and we’re […]

Researcher, Magnet Lab receive $2 million grant to target tuberculosis

About 5,000 people around the world die from tuberculosis every day, but no effective new drugs have been developed to combat it in 40 years. Researchers at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Florida State University hope to change that through research made possible by a $2 million grant from the National Institutes of […]

FSU researcher elected fellow of prestigious aeronautics institute

One of Florida State University’s most eminent scholars has been elected a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. M. Yousuff Hussaini M. Yousuff Hussaini, the Sir James Lighthill Professor, is one of 30 fellows and three honorary fellows elected for 2008. The AIAA bestows the distinction of "fellow" on members who have […]

FSU physicist named Fellow of prestigious American Physical Society

A researcher in Florida State University’s Department of Physics has received one of the top honors in his field. Professor Winston Roberts has been named a Fellow of the American Physical Society. “It is indeed an honor to be recognized by my peers in this manner,” Roberts said of the announcement. “The American Physical Society […]

Let there be light: New design continues Magnet Lab’s tradition of innovation

Engineers at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Florida State University have successfully tested a groundbreaking new magnet design that could literally shed new light on nanoscience and semiconductor research. When the magnet—called the Split Florida Helix—is operational in 2010, researchers will have the ability to direct and scatter laser light at a sample […]