Science & Technology

FSU researchers net record number of prestigious NSF awards

A record number of Florida State University faculty members have received the National Science Foundation’s prestigious CAREER award this year for researchers in the early stages of their careers. Five Florida State University assistant professors have received the award that carries funding for their lab as well as the opportunity to work closely with the […]

Worm-eating mice on small island hold clues to evolution

When animals are isolated on an island, all bets are off as to how they will evolve and whether an animal will branch out into a new species. Australia has several types of kangaroos and Madagascar has many different lemurs. But just how much space a given species needs in order to evolve is a […]

FSU students win National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships

Four Florida State University students and three recent graduates have received the prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. The fellowship program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s or doctoral degrees. “This is a simply wonderful achievement further illuminating the […]

FSU research: New model could help rebuild eroding lands in coastal Louisiana

As coastal lands in Louisiana erode, researchers, environmentalists and engineers are all searching for ways to preserve the marsh coastline. Now, a Florida State University researcher has developed a model to help stakeholders figure out what factors they need to consider to rebuild land in this fragile wetland. The model is outlined in the journal […]

Study shows sea turtle nesting beaches threatened by microplastic pollution

Plastic is famous for its unyielding durability, making it perfect for consumer products but a unique and persistent menace to the natural environment. For the loggerhead sea turtles that nest on the once-pristine beaches bounding the Gulf of Mexico, millimeters-thick pieces of broken down plastic — called microplastics — pose a particularly urgent threat. A […]

FAMU-FSU College of Engineering researchers net $1.2M grant for climate change study

A FAMU-FSU College of Engineering researcher is exploring how the changes people make to the land through farming and development affect the planet’s climate. Gang Chen, professor of civil and environmental engineering at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, received a $1.18 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to examine the larger question of […]

U.S. Military looks to FSU to develop revolutionary machine-learning tool to address upsurge in suicides

An alarming spike in suicides among U.S. military service members and veterans over the past 15 years is prompting the Department of Defense to turn to Florida State University’s renowned suicide research program to find solutions. A new federal grant will support innovative research led by Jessica Ribeiro and Joseph Franklin, both assistant professors in […]

FSU takes first place at MuniMod civic tech competition

A Florida State University student team placed first in the MuniMod, Florida’s largest civic tech competition to date, by developing Social Safe, an app to reduce intimate partner violence. The hackathon-style event was hosted by the Florida League of Cities in collaboration with Domi Station April 7-8 in Orlando. Students were tasked with applying their […]

FSU researchers: Urban growth leads to shorter, more intense wet seasons in Florida peninsula

New research from Florida State University scientists has found that urban areas throughout the Florida peninsula are experiencing shorter, increasingly intense wet seasons relative to underdeveloped or rural areas. The study, published in the Nature Partner Journal Climate and Atmospheric Science, provides new insight into the question of land development’s effect on seasonal climate processes. […]

Danfoss Turbocor president receives 2018 FSU Research Community Partner Award

The Florida State University Office of Research honored Danfoss Turbocor Compressors President Ricardo Schneider Tuesday with the FSU Office of Research Community Partner of the Year Award for his work in promoting university research locally and worldwide. Vice President for Research Gary K. Ostrander said the award recognizes Schneider’s continued efforts to partner with the […]

NASA taps FSU researcher to study space radiation, astronaut health

For astronauts soaring through the limitless expanse of deep space, cosmic rays pose a major problem. The powerful radiation that pulses just above Earth’s atmosphere can have devastating effects on human beings, imperiling any crewed mission beyond the safety of the planet’s magnetic field. Now, Florida State University researcher Michael Delp is part of a […]