Science & Technology

FSU geographer charting new territory with hurricane relief mapping

When a hurricane strikes, authorities are increasingly turning to satellite images and computer-based maps to tell them everything from where the most vulnerable people live to where the closest supply of food, water and ice is located. While these maps can be beneficial in planning response and recovery, their imprecise nature can result in people […]

FSU announces appointment of new state climatologist

David Zierden, climate scientist at Florida State University’s Center For Ocean Atmospheric Prediction Studies (COAPS), has been named state climatologist of Florida. Zierden, who has served as assistant state climatologist since 1999, succeeds Robert O. Lawton Professor of Meteorology and Oceanography James J. O’Brien. O’Brien is now the climatologist emeritus. The state climatologist is a […]

FSU, Scripps Florida agree to collaborate on biomedical research

Florida State University and the Scripps Research Institute are taking steps to streamline scientific collaborations between the two organizations as they work together on biomedical research that could lead to treatments for a variety of diseases. A joint cooperation agreement signed recently by officials from FSU and Scripps Florida will encourage and support research collaborations […]

FSU appoints renowned biologist as ’eminent scholar’ in fisheries ecology

Florida State University has named renowned fish biologist Robert Warner as its William R. and Lenore Mote Eminent Scholar in Fisheries Ecology and Enhancement for 2006-07. Warner, a marine biology professor at the University of California-Santa Barbara, becomes the sixth consecutive visiting professor to serve as FSU’s Mote Eminent Scholar. His one-year appointment will begin […]

FSU gets $6.2 million grant to build hurricane prediction model

Florida State University does not have a crystal ball, but it is developing a new tool that could possibly see the strength of future hurricane seasons. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded the FSU Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies (COAPS) a $6.2 million, five-year grant to support the development of a model […]

FSU Etruscan expert announces historic discovery at ancient site

Digging on a remote hilltop in Italy, a Florida State University classics professor and her students have unearthed artifacts that dramatically reshape our knowledge of the religious practices of an ancient people, the Etruscans. "We are excavating a monumental Etruscan building evidently dating to the final years of Etruscan civilization," said Nancy Thomson de Grummond, […]

Retired FSU professor captures a ‘living fossil’ Laotian rock rat on video

The first images of a live specimen of a small, furry animal once believed to have gone extinct more than 11 million years ago have been captured during a Southeast Asian expedition led by a retired Florida State University researcher. The remarkable video and photos shot by David Redfield, a professor emeritus of FSU’s science […]

Here comes the sun: New solutions for world’s energy woes

The number is staggering: Approximately 2 billion of the world’s people—nearly one-third of the human population—have no access to electricity. Consequently, they do without many of the amenities that people in the developed world take for granted—everything from air conditioning and refrigeration to television, indoor lighting, and pumps that supply drinking water. And without electricity […]

FSU scientist’s biomolecular research published in Science, Nature

For a scientist, having one’s research published in a peer-reviewed journal signifies a high level of professional expertise and accomplishment. If that journal happens to be Science or Nature—two of the world’s top scientific publications—so much the better. One Florida State University researcher has achieved a unique level of distinction: co-authoring papers for both journals—and […]

From geek to chic: The changing face of computing

You don’t have to be a nerdy white guy to be a computer geek. In fact, you can be a woman, a minority, a person with a disability or someone who is downright cool. That’s the message of a group of Florida State University professors who are participating in a 10-member university consortium. The consortium, […]

FSU gets top rankings in nuclear physics, analytical chemistry

Florida State University continues to burnish its credentials as a top university for scientific research and graduate learning, a new listing of America’s top academic institutions shows. FSU’s graduate program in nuclear physics is 13th in the nation, and its graduate program in analytical chemistry 14th, in rankings compiled by U.S. News & World Report […]

Tropical depression: Hurricane linked to long-term mental distress

Florida State University sociologists have found that some South Floridians who survived 1992’s Hurricane Andrew suffered mental health problems many years later, a finding that has led the researchers to predict even more dire consequences for those who lived through last year’s devastating Hurricane Katrina. The researchers, sociology doctoral student and lead author David Russell […]