Arts and Sciences

Learning the difference between a superconductor and a supernova: FSU physics faculty welcome community to classroom

Florida State University physics professors are welcoming the community into the classroom this fall to learn about magnets, waves and exploding stars through the annual Saturday Morning Physics program. “Saturday Morning Physics gives students and community members the chance to interact with scientists who research cutting-edge disciplines of physics,” said Associate Professor of Physics Kevin […]

A key to climate stabilization could be buried deep in the mud, FSU researchers suggest

Earth’s peatland soils store a lot of carbon — about as much as currently flows freely through the atmosphere as carbon dioxide. As global temperatures rise, scientists worry that the planet’s grip on these carbon reservoirs could weaken, unleashing a “carbon bomb” that could further destabilize Earth’s climate systems. But a new study led by […]

FSU researchers: Most fires in Florida go undetected

A new study from Florida State University researchers indicates that common satellite imaging technologies have vastly underestimated the number of fires in Florida. Their report, published in collaboration with researchers from the Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy, challenges well-established beliefs about the nature and frequency of fire in the Sunshine State. While there […]

FSU research highlights the love-hate relationship between testosterone and marriage

Conflict in marriage can trigger testosterone surges in men, but not women, and these divergent hormonal reactions may highlight why marital arguments can escalate and cause chronic relationship problems. That’s according to first-of-its-kind research from Florida State University’s Anastasia Makhanova, a doctoral student in FSU’s Department of Psychology. The study, published in the journal Hormones […]

Keeping the beat: Turtle shells served as symbolic musical instruments for indigenous cultures

Turtles served as more than tasty treats for many Native American tribes throughout North America. In fact, turtle shells were used as rattles and other musical instruments, said FSU Associate Professor of Anthropology Tanya Peres. “Music is an important part of many cultures in ways we may not realize,” Peres said. “Musical instruments have a […]

FSU philosophy professor receives interdisciplinary fellowship

Florida State University Philosophy Professor John Schwenkler has received a prestigious fellowship to support cross-disciplinary study in psychology beginning Fall 2018. The Academic Cross-Training Fellowship, awarded by the John Templeton Foundation, is designed for recently tenured philosophers and theologians to expand their knowledge base in areas such as biology or physics. The award provides up […]

Recreational fisheries pose threat to skittish sea turtles

Every summer, thousands of amateur scallopers flock to the warm coastal waters of Florida’s Crystal River region, anchor their boats and reap the delicious bounty of the state’s largest recreational bay scallop fishery. For these seasonal anglers, the toothsome morsels are well worth the two- or three-meter dive. But new research from scientists at Florida […]

FSU faculty awarded $226M in research dollars

Florida State University researchers brought in more than $226 million in the 2018 fiscal year from federal, state and private sources to support investigations into areas such as nuclear science, climate change, the effect of deep space travel on human health and much more. This is a $16 million increase over the prior fiscal year […]

FSU to hold commencement ceremonies Aug. 3, 4

Florida State University will host two summer commencement ceremonies featuring FSU trustee Jorge Gonzalez, president and CEO of The St. Joe Company. Gonzalez, who has led the real estate operating and development company since 2015, will deliver the keynote address at the Friday evening and Saturday morning ceremonies at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center. Gonzalez, a two-time […]

Slimy chemical clues: Changing algae could alter ecosystems

Colorful, hardened algae that dot the ocean floor from Alaska to Mexico often set the tone for which plant and invertebrate species inhabit a given ecological community. But as rising temperatures change the chemistry of ocean waters, a Florida State University researcher said these almost rock-like organisms called coralline algae are changing too. That could […]

FSU’s Center for Anchored Phylogenomics changes the way we study evolution

Florida State University’s Center for Anchored Phylogenomics is using a cutting-edge research technique to answer a question that scientists have labored over lucklessly for generations: How do we produce enough genetic data to construct an accurate evolutionary tree quickly and cost effectively? Thanks to the development of a specialized gene sampling technique by center co-directors […]