Education & Society

As new head of National Council of Teachers of English, FSU’s Yancey to focus on writing in a digital age

As the new president of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), Kathleen Blake Yancey is leading a charge to update and expand the means by which student writing is taught and assessed in a digital age that has redefined "literacy." Kathleen Blake Yancey Director of Florida State University’s graduate program in rhetoric and […]

Making TraCS: FSU professor helping keep Florida’s roads safe

In dozens of communities throughout Florida, law enforcement officers are finding their jobs have become both safer and more efficient, thanks to a computer software system that a Florida State University researcher is working to distribute and implement statewide. Lisa K. Spainhour, an associate professor of civil engineering in the Florida A&M University-Florida State University […]

FSU professor wins prestigious award for civil rights book

Florida State University Professor Charles Connerly has been recognized by his peers for a book he wrote about city planning and civil rights in Birmingham, Ala. Connerly, the William G. and Budd Bell Professor and chairman of the urban and regional planning department, has received the Paul Davidoff Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools […]

FSU is home to new Florida Catastrophic Storm Risk Management Center

It appears likely that Florida will emerge unscathed from this year’s hurricane season, but researchers at Florida State University already are looking ahead. Their goal: to engage in research and promote collaboration with other universities, as well as state and federal agencies, that will address catastrophic storm risk that affects the state’s homeowners and businesses. […]

FSU launches initiative to increase number of math, science teachers

Supported by some $5.15 million in grant money and state matching funds, Florida State University has announced a new initiative designed to give a major boost to math and science education in Florida’s schools. At a news conference on Nov. 14, FSU President T.K. Wetherell described new plans at FSU to recruit more math and […]

FSU joins forces to launch new Web-based tool to help parents spot autism

A baby fascinated with spinning a cup, a toddler flapping his hands, or a preschooler walking on her toes: Parents and even doctors sometimes miss these red flags for autism, but a new online video "glossary" created by a team including FSU Professor Amy Wetherby makes them startlingly clear. Wetherby, the L.L. Schendel Professor of […]

FSU receives federal grants to train speech pathologists

Florida State University’s Department of Communication Disorders has received grants totaling $1.6 million from the U.S. Department of Education that will support graduate students preparing to be speech pathologists in underserved areas. “These grants are highly competitive, and we were able to build on the department’s previous successes in order to get them,” said Professor […]

$1.4 million grant to fund FSU autism research

Estimates indicate that 1 out of 150 children will be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but most will not be diagnosed until they are almost ready to start kindergarten. Amy Wetherby Amy Wetherby, the L.L. Schendel Professor of Communication Disorders at Florida State University, has received a four-year grant expected to total nearly […]

FSU documentary shines light on torture through voices of survivors

Thanks to a coalition of torture survivors who finally dare to speak out, a remarkable film collaboration by Florida State University’s renowned Center for the Advancement of Human Rights and award-winning College of Motion Picture, Television and Recording Arts means to shatter the silence that shields the practice of torture and its terrible toll. A […]

Can’t take my eyes off you: FSU study shows the power of attraction

Whether we are seeking a mate or sizing up a potential rival, good-looking people capture our attention nearly instantaneously and render us temporarily helpless to turn our eyes away from them, according to a new Florida State University study. "It’s like magnetism at the level of visual attention," said Jon Maner, an assistant professor of […]

FSU project to prepare future Southeast Florida library leaders

Florida State University’s College of Information has been awarded a grant to help build the next generation of library leaders. The Institute of Museum and Library Services has awarded $559,872 to Professor John Bertot and Assistant Professor Michelle Kazmer for the project "Southeast Florida Library Leaders: Building the Next Generation of Service to Underserved Populations." […]

FSU researcher studies Harry Potter’s magical hold on young readers

The recent release of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" marked the magic moment for millions of Harry Potter fans worldwide. The seventh and final book in the wildly popular series signaled the end of a literary global phenomenon. At Florida State University, a graduate student is researching how the Harry Potter series has enchanted […]