Science & Technology

Profiles in leadership: CAPS directors uses military background to propel research growth at center

For most of his career, Roger McGinnis was a military man. As a captain in the U.S. Navy, he gave orders. No debate. Now, as director of Florida State’s Center for Advanced Power Systems, he’s captaining a different kind of ship. In his role, McGinnis oversees 35 faculty and staff, plus 55 graduate and undergraduate […]

FSU Research: Strong storms often generate earthquake-like seismic activity

A Florida State University researcher has uncovered a new geophysical phenomenon where a hurricane or other strong storm can spark seismic events in the nearby ocean as strong as a 3.5 magnitude earthquake. “We’re calling them ‘stormquakes,’” said lead author Wenyuan Fan, an assistant professor of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science. “This involves coupling of […]

Fishing for answers: Researchers develop tool to incorporate social, cultural concerns in resource management

For years, fisheries managers have struggled to find a delicate balance between competing financial and ecological needs. Now, a team of researchers led by a Florida State University faculty member is working toward integrating a third factor — the social and cultural needs of different groups of people. “Everyone wants their piece of the pie […]

The makeup of mariculture: FSU researchers examine global trends in seafood farming

When Florida families settle down to enjoy a seafood dinner they may not realize the main dish wasn’t freshly caught in the nearby Gulf of Mexico, but rather farmed off the coast of Panama. The process of farming seafood in the ocean, known as mariculture, is a growing trend yet little is known about the […]

FSU physics researchers break new ground, explore unknown energy regions

Florida State University physicists are using photon-proton collisions to capture particles in an unexplored energy region, yielding new insights into the matter that binds parts of the nucleus together. “We want to understand not just the nucleus, but everything that makes up the nucleus,” said FSU Professor of Physics Paul Eugenio. “We’re working to understand […]

FSU dedicates Chemical Sciences Laboratory auditorium in honor of Nobel Prize winner Kroto

Family, friends and former colleagues of the late Professor Sir Harold Kroto honored the Nobel Laureate’s memory by dedicating the auditorium of the FSU Chemical Sciences Laboratory in his honor Oct. 4. The auditorium dedication came at the end of the first day of a two-day symposium honoring Kroto’s work. “He was a gentleman, a […]

Electrical systems researcher joining Center for Advanced Power Systems

An international expert in the field of power systems and electronics will join Florida State University’s Center for Advanced Power Systems. Gian Carlo Montanari was a professor at University of Bologna for 35 years and has established himself in the field of solid insulating materials, power quality and power systems design and power electronics. “We […]

A molecular metamorphosis: Researcher develops method to change fundamental architecture of polymers

A Florida State University research team has developed methods to manipulate polymers in a way that changes their fundamental structure, paving the way for potential applications in cargo delivery and release, recyclable materials, shape-shifting soft robots, antimicrobials and more. “We are making a polymer completely change its architecture through a chemical response,” said FSU Assistant […]

FSU researchers: Multifactor models reveal worse picture of climate change impact on marine life

Rising ocean temperatures have long been linked to negative impacts for marine life, but a Florida State University team has found that the long-term outlook for many marine species is much more complex — and possibly bleaker — than scientists previously believed. FSU doctoral student Jennifer McHenry, Assistant Professor of Geography Sarah Lester and collaborators […]

FSU names community advisory board for Apalachicola Bay oyster project

Florida State University has assembled a 23-member community advisory board to help guide researchers as they embark on an ambitious 10-year initiative to restore Apalachicola Bay and revive the region’s imperiled oyster industry. “Appointing a board of community members is an important first step in the work FSU researchers will be doing to develop a […]

Research provides new insight into the critical roles of plankton in marine carbon storage

The sea is Earth’s most formidable carbon dioxide-storage machine, but mysteries still abound about the interlocking processes of that storage and the myriad organisms involved. Now, thanks to a series of papers published in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science, researchers at Florida State University are inching toward a clearer understanding of the ocean’s carbon […]

FSU researcher awarded early career fellowship

A Florida State University faculty member has been awarded a prestigious national fellowship, recognizing early career researchers who demonstrate exceptional leadership and promise for contributions to the fields of offshore energy system safety, community health or environmental stewardship. Mariana Fuentes, an assistant professor in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science, recently received the Gulf […]