Science & Technology

Researchers investigate new way to calibrate cosmic mile markers

New work from the Carnegie Supernova Project, which includes Florida State University researchers, provides the best-yet calibrations for using type Ia supernovae to measure cosmic distances. This has implications for our understanding of how fast the universe is expanding and the role dark energy may play in driving this process. The team’s findings are published […]

FSU creator of life-saving breast cancer drug elected to National Academy of Inventors

A Florida State University professor who created a synthetic version of a life-saving breast cancer drug making it widely available to patients has been elected as a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Robert Holton, the Matthew Suffness Professor at Florida State University, first synthesized the drug Taxol 25 years ago. At the time, […]

Toy boats, Arctic ice and a science outreach success

In 2015, Florida State University Professor of Oceanography William Landing and a team of environmental scientists boarded a research vessel and sailed north into the frigid, ice-sheathed waters of the Arctic ocean. As members of the international GEOTRACES program, Landing and his colleagues were investigating the cycling of trace elements and their isotopes, an important […]

FSU names new associate vice president for research

Florida State University Vice President for Research Gary K. Ostrander has named an accomplished scholar of Latin and Greek poetry and ancient emotion as the new associate vice president for Research. FSU Professor of Classics Laurel Fulkerson will replace Associate Vice President for Research Ross Ellington, who is retiring after 38 of years at the […]

Two FSU researchers named fellows of American Association for the Advancement of Science

Two distinguished Florida State University researchers have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in recognition of their work to advance science and its application. Professor of Chemistry Thomas Albrecht-Schmitt and Professor of Biological Science Kimberly Hughes are being elevated to the rank of fellow this year for their accomplishments […]

A sweet tooth: Cells using sugar for metabolic process may fight inflammation

New research by a team from the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering has discovered that a type of adult stem cell found in a variety of tissues can be manipulated to enhance tissue regeneration and potentially treat inflammatory diseases. Teng Ma, chair of the FAMU-FSU Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, and graduate student Xuegang Yuan […]

A storm plan: New research creates model to help plan for special needs, pet-friendly shelters

Senior citizens often don’t evacuate during major storms because of pets or special needs. Now, a FAMU-FSU College of Engineering researcher has developed a new model for local governments or relief organizations to quickly determine which regular shelters could be repurposed into special needs or pet-friendly shelters. Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering Eren Ozguven and […]

Physics professor awarded Beams Medal for outstanding research

A professor from the Florida State University Physics department, part of the College of Arts and Sciences, has been awarded the 2018 Jesse W. Beams Research Award for outstanding research by the Southeastern section of the American Physics Society. Jorge Piekarewicz was recognized for significant research and achievements in both nuclear structure and many-body nuclear […]

New grants help FSU researcher usher in new era of computer science research

The relentless march of technological advancement requires corresponding breakthroughs in the systems, structures and frameworks upon which those advancements are achieved. With two new grants totaling $1.2 million, computer science researchers at Florida State University will work to build that crucial infrastructure, creating sophisticated programs that will help facilitate the next generation of computer science […]

Engineering professor partners with childhood friend to invest in elementary education for Tunisia

Whether engineering a fix for septic problems in coastal areas or building libraries and playgrounds for children, Tarek Abichou has always been passionate about helping his home country of Tunisia. Abichou, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, spent his summer on a community service project with TUNISIA-AID, organizing […]

FSU research investigates ‘smart’ highway signs to prevent wrong-way driving crashes

Innovative traffic safety research from Florida State University, incorporating a fascinating mix of engineering and psychology, is being deployed on highways to save lives by targeting a deadly problem: wrong-way driving crashes. The statistics are alarming. Nationwide, wrong-way crashes kill about 350 people a year and injure thousands more, according to the National Highway Traffic […]

Why is Wakulla Springs’ water turning brown? FSU researchers may have the answer

North Florida’s Wakulla Springs is experiencing an unwelcome change: Its famously crystal waters are turning brown. After extensive study, researchers at Florida State University think they might know why. In a paper published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, a team of scientists from FSU’s Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science (EOAS) explains […]