Science & Technology

FSU chemists using light-activated molecules to kill cancer cells

A key challenge facing doctors as they treat patients suffering from cancer or other diseases resulting from genetic mutations is that the drugs at their disposal often don’t discriminate between healthy cells and dangerous ones—think of the brute-force approach of chemotherapy, for instance. To address this challenge, Florida State University researchers are investigating techniques for […]

New world record for superconducting magnet set at FSU

A collaboration between the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Florida State University and industry partner SuperPower Inc. has led to a new world record for a magnetic field created by a superconducting magnet. The new record—26.8 tesla—was reached in late July at the magnet lab’s High Field Test Facility and brings engineers closer to […]

FSU’s Larbalestier receives cryogenics lifetime achievement award

A Florida State University researcher already recognized as one of the world’s foremost authorities in the field of materials science is adding another top honor to his collection. David Larbalestier, the director of FSU’s Applied Superconductivity Center, has been selected to receive the Cryogenic Materials Award for Lifetime Achievements 2007 from the International Cryogenic Materials […]

FSU receives $2.6 million NSF grant for climate study

Florida State University has been awarded a grant through the National Science Foundation with a total request of $2.6 million. The funds will be used to study the effects of the Southern Ocean—the ocean surrounding Antarctica—on the Earth’s climate. In announcing the award, U.S. Rep. Allen Boyd, D-North Florida, said, "The commitment of the federal […]

FSU College of Information receives cancer research grant

The Florida State University College of Information has received a Bankhead-Coley Cancer Research Program Grant from the Florida Department of Health to help health care providers support the breast cancer care needs of rural Floridians. Mia Liza A. Lustria is the principal investigator of the project, "Participatory Design & Evaluation of STEER: A Clinic-Based Tool […]

FSU engineering professor growing bone in a lab

As the nation ages, an estimated 44 million Americans, including at least half of those ages 50 and older, are at risk for osteoporosis, making their bones fragile and vulnerable to serious fractures. Now, a Florida State University engineering professor is looking to develop new technologies that could replace bone mass lost to the disease, […]

FSU’s new Ph.D. program in biostatistics fills a void in Florida

A new doctoral program being unveiled at Florida State University will prepare students for highly specialized careers in dozens of fields in academia, industry and government. The Ph.D. program in biostatistics was approved this spring by the State University System’s Board of Governors, making it the first program of its kind at a Florida university. […]

FSU draws international scientists to discuss global warming impact on Antarctic ice

As the national repository for geological material from the Southern Ocean, the Antarctic Marine Geology Research Facility at Florida State University houses the premier collection of Antarctic sediment cores—and a hot new acquisition will offer an international team of scientists meeting here May 1-4 its best look yet at the impact of global warming on […]

Trailblazing FSU chemist receives esteemed Chemical Pioneer Award

A Florida State University chemistry professor who has won worldwide acclaim for his contributions to the field of analytical chemistry now has another prestigious award to his credit. Alan G. Marshall, the Robert O. Lawton Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at FSU and director of the Ion Cyclotron Resonance Program at the National High Magnetic […]

FSU leading botanical research into 21st century

Here in the East Gulf Coastal Plain, one of North America’s premier and most imperiled regions for botanical biodiversity, Florida State University is leading an ambitious project that will create high-resolution digital images of 100,000 plant specimens, then make them available to scientists and students everywhere via the World Wide Web. The Deep South Plant […]

FSU’s magnet lab to build world’s strongest magnet for neutron experiments

The Hahn-Meitner Institute in Berlin has contracted with the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and Florida State University to build an $8.7-million hybrid magnet for "neutron scattering" experiments. When finished in 2011, the new, high-field magnet, which is based on the magnet lab’s Series-Connected Hybrid concept, will be housed at the Berlin Neutron Scattering Center. […]

Goldwater Scholarship rewards outstanding undergraduate researcher

A Florida State University student majoring in biochemistry, chemistry and biomedical mathematics is the recipient of a renowned Goldwater Scholarship, awarded each year to some of the nation’s most talented college undergraduates. Priya Pal, a junior from Tallahassee, learned last week that she has been selected for the highly competitive scholarship—the nation’s premier award for […]