Science & Technology

Fire ants: Their true story told by the scientist who loves them

When it comes to fire ants, most people prefer to wipe the venomous little varmints off the face of the Earth—or at least out of their own back yards. The reviled South American native that invaded the U.S. Sun Belt via 1940s Mobile, Ala., is known in biology circles as Solenopsis invicta and everywhere else […]

FSU Chemistry Professor honored for cutting-edge research

Rafael P. Bruschweiler, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Florida State University and associate director for biophysics at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, has been awarded a share of the prestigious Laukien Prize in NMR Spectroscopy. The award, presented by the executive committee of the Experimental Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Conference, recognizes cutting-edge nuclear […]

FSU chemistry professor, Nobel Laureate Harold Kroto elected to prestigious National Academy of Sciences

For Harold Kroto, very few, if any, professional accomplishments can top being chosen to receive a Nobel Prize for Chemistry, as he was in 1996. However, his latest honor, announced Tuesday, might come close. Kroto, the Eppes Professor of Chemistry at Florida State University, has been elected as a foreign associate to the National Academy […]

U.S. Department of Energy recognizes FSU high-energy physicist

A faculty member in Florida State University’s department of physics has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as one of the nation’s top young high-energy physicists. Assistant Professor Yuri Gershtein has been selected to receive an Outstanding Junior Investigator Award in High Energy Physics for the 2006 fiscal year. The award, given […]

FSU Panama City students to assist with NASA mission

Six students in the science diving program at Florida State University Panama City have been selected to participate in a unique internship with Aquarius’ NEEMO (NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations) 9 program located in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary this month. The mission builds on the success of NEEMO 7 in October 2004 and […]

Jesus walked on ice, says study led by FSU scientist

The New Testament story describes Jesus walking on water in the Sea of Galilee, but according to a study led by Florida State University Professor of Oceanography Doron Nof, it’s more likely that he walked on an isolated patch of floating ice. The study points to a rare combination of optimal water and atmospheric conditions […]

FSU professor wins Florida Academy of Sciences 2006 Medalist Award

State of Florida climatologist and Florida State University Professor James J. O’Brien has won the 2006 Medalist Award from the Florida Academy of Sciences. Each year, the award is presented to a Florida resident who has contributed in an outstanding manner to the promotion of the scientific research, to the stimulation of interest in the […]

FSU and Magnet Lab researcher earns prestigious fellowship

Irinel Chiorescu, an assistant professor of physics at Florida State University and a researcher at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, has been awarded a prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The fellowship is designed to identify and reward young scientists who show the greatest promise for making outstanding contributions to […]

World-renowned scientist joins FSU to increase recognition of academic excellence

Simon Ostrach, world-class scientist, member of the National Academy of Engineering and pioneer in the fields of buoyancy-driven flows and microgravity science, has joined the Florida A&M University-Florida State University College of Engineering. Newly hired as Distinguished Professor of Engineering and Senior Adviser for Academic Excellence, Ostrach plans to utilize his stellar reputation and extensive […]

New research from Magnet Lab, Scripps Florida gives scientists powerful tool for drug discovery

Researchers at Florida State University’s National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and Scripps Florida have developed and evaluated a robust new system for analyzing how drugs bind to proteins. This groundbreaking work could speed the delivery of potential new drugs and improve existing ones. The work, which appears this week in the journal Analytical Chemistry, is […]

Magnet Lab’s record of excellence helps sway National Science Board

The National Science Board has decided it will accept a renewal proposal from the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory rather than open a national competition for the honor of operating the nation’s magnet lab. This decision means the magnet lab will remain in Tallahassee for at least the next five years. "The decision to renew […]

FSU biologist says new dinosaur is oldest cousin of Tyrannosaurus Rex

Tyrannosaurus rex, meet your newest—oldest—cousin. Florida State University paleobiologist Gregory M. Erickson sliced up some ancient dinosaur bones uncovered in China to help an international team of scientists identify a new genus and species. Despite striking skeletal differences and only subtle similarities, the FSU researcher determined that the two remarkably intact specimens were cousins of […]