Science & Technology

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 […]

WeatherSTEM launches first international station at FSU-Panama

Florida State University-Panama is now home to the first international installation of WeatherSTEM, a weather tracker that sends out hyperlocal alerts and tracks data at a specific location.   The WeatherSTEM station was installed earlier this month at the Panama campus with the help of WeatherSTEM CEO Ed Mansouri and FSU Vice President for Research Gary K. Ostrander. FSU-Panama is an international branch campus […]

FSU students to present Collegiate Blockchain Conference

Florida State University students have organized the first Collegiate Blockchain Conference at the university to explore cryptocurrency and the associated technology known as Blockchain. “Seemingly every notable corporation is exploring Blockchain in some capacity; however, there is a drastic shortage of talent,” said Derek Strauss, founder of FSU’s Cryptocurrency Club and co-founder of the conference. […]

Engineering researchers receive $500,000 NSF grant to study hurricane evacuation

Hurricane tracks can be erratic. Sometimes storms change directions, they wobble, or move in an unpredictable path that can pose unique challenges for evacuees. Now, two FAMU-FSU College of Engineering faculty members have received a $500,000 National Science Foundation grant to develop several models that address how the uncertainty of a hurricane track can affect […]

Scorpion census: FSU researchers update global record of medically significant scorpions

Scorpions can be found at every corner of the globe and on six of the seven continents, from the southern tip of South America to the arid expanse of the Sahara Desert. That makes any rigorous accounting of the world’s venomous scorpions — and their various effects on human beings — an extremely tall task. […]

FSU researcher: Family of rodents may explain how some groups of animals become so diverse

How did a single species of rodent invade South America and then quickly branch off into 350 new species? The answer is simple — the rodents were able to move quickly across the continent unencumbered by geographic boundaries that can’t be easily crossed such as an ocean. FSU Professor of Biological Science Scott Steppan and […]