Science & Technology

FSU researchers: Variations in seafloor create freak ocean waves

Florida State University researchers have found that abrupt variations in the seafloor can cause dangerous ocean waves known as rogue or freak waves — waves so catastrophic that they were once thought to be the figments of seafarers’ imaginations. “These are huge waves that can cause massive destruction to ships or infrastructure, but they are […]

FSU team breaks new ground in study of malignant pediatric brain tumor

Scientists are making important progress in the battle against a class of devilishly complex human pediatric brain cancers thanks to a new study from a team of Florida State University students and faculty. Among young children, there’s no brain tumor more common than medulloblastoma. But no specific and effective therapy yet exists for this dangerous […]

FSU CAPS researcher to receive prestigious engineering award

A Florida State University researcher is being recognized for his significant contributions to naval engineering through his groundbreaking work at FSU’s Center for Advanced Power Systems. Michael “Mischa” Steurer will receive the Solberg Award from the American Society of Naval Engineers for significant contributions to naval engineering. The award is named for Rear Adm. Thorwald […]

FSU to host Nobel winner for lecture on science education

Florida State University will host Nobel laureate Carl Wieman, a renowned physicist and educator, to discuss his research-based approach to science education and how new practices can provide more effective learning for college-level science students. Wieman’s lecture, “Taking a Scientific Approach to Science Education,” will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at the College of Medicine Durell Peaden […]

FSU researchers receive $3M to create national repository for data on learning disabilities

The federal government will award nearly $3 million over five years to researchers at Florida State University, so they can build a first-of-its-kind national data repository that aims to inspire innovative research that helps children with learning disabilities. The ambitious project, supported by FSU Libraries, is led by Sara Hart, associate professor of psychology and research […]

Researchers at FAMU-FSU Engineering use metric specific technology to keep seniors safer on the road

A FAMU-FSU College of Engineering research team is taking a hard look at car crashes involving drivers 65 and older to see if infrastructure changes could be made to keep that population safer. Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering Eren Ozguven and graduate student Mehmet Baran Ulak published a new study in the journal Accident Analysis […]

FSU GAP awards help faculty commercialize inventions

Three teams led by Florida State University faculty members have received funding from the university to propel their pioneering research from the lab to the marketplace. The researchers have been awarded a combined pot of $110,000 following their successful pitches at the university’s biannual GAP competition, an event organized by the Office of the Vice […]

FSU oceanography professor receives prestigious early career award

Florida State University Associate Professor of Oceanography Robert Spencer has received the Yentsch-Schindler Early Career Award from the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography for his significant contributions to our understanding of global biogeochemical processes. The annual award, initiated by ASLO in 2012, honors early career aquatic scientists who have made outstanding contributions […]

FSU researchers unravel mystery of how, when DNA replicates

A team of Florida State University researchers has unlocked a decades-old mystery about how a critical cellular process is regulated and what that could mean for the future study of genetics. In cells, DNA and its associated material replicate at regular intervals, a process essential to all living organisms. This contributes to everything from how […]

FSU research: What you learn from mom and dad plays role in friendship development

The way parents respond to their children’s wants and needs can play a critical role in the way they learn to form strong friendships, according to a new Florida State University study. Bethany Blair, an assistant professor of family and child sciences at FSU, found that parents who responded to their children in a warm […]

Research reveals ‘fundamental finding’ about Earth’s outer core

The Earth’s core is an exceptionally difficult place to study. Its depths descend a staggering 2,900 kilometers — about the distance from New York City to Denver — and its extreme, otherworldly conditions are extraordinarily challenging to simulate in the lab. For scientists like Florida State University Assistant Professor Mainak Mookherjee and his postdoctoral scholar […]

Engineering student gets unparalleled research opportunity at FSU Center for Advanced Power Systems

Undergraduate students across the country often get the chance to help a favorite professor with research. But few get the experience that Taylor Stamm had in working with Florida State University’s Center for Advanced Power Systems. Over five semesters as a research assistant at CAPS, he’s helped develop superconducting cables, performed high voltage testing, set […]