College of Arts and Sciences

Microplastics and human health: FSU researchers find exposure to microplastics may alter cellular function

Pollution from miniscule pieces of plastic, or microplastics, have been a growing concern for scientists, public health advocates and environmentalists as these nondegradable items have increasingly made their way into waterways and even the air we breathe.  Now, a team of Florida State University researchers is looking at what inhalation and ingestion of these tiny particles can […]

FSU expert available to comment on anniversary of first human in space, legacy of space race

It has been 60 years since the first human journeyed into space. Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to fly in space on April 12, 1961. He completed a full orbit of the Earth in the Vostok 1 spacecraft, reaching a height of 203 miles above the surface of the planet. The event […]

International study discovers ancient meteoritic impact over Antarctica 430,000 years ago

A Florida State University geochemist and postdoctoral scholar were part of an international research team that has found new evidence of a low-altitude meteoritic touchdown event reaching the Antarctic ice sheet 430,000 years ago. The geological record has long shown evidence of meteorite collisions with Earth, but scientists had previously only known of two airbursts […]

Roach-like bug lights way to understanding how muscles work

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but in science, it sometimes takes a thousand photos to tell the whole story. Florida State University researchers have assembled the first atomic-level resolution image of part of a molecule that produces force in muscle contraction, an accomplishment that is opening new avenues of research into […]

FSU Classics professor awarded Shelby White-Leon Levy grant to publish research

Florida State University Associate Professor of Classics Andrea De Giorgi has been awarded a $20,000 Shelby White-Leon Levy grant for his publication on the archaeology of Daphne by Archaeological Publications at Harvard University. “This is one of the most prestigious and competitive awards available to archaeologists of the eastern Mediterranean,” said Christopher Nappa, chair of […]

FSU researchers discover how ‘cryptic species’ respond differently to coral bleaching

Certain brightly colored coral species dotting the seafloor may appear indistinguishable to many divers and snorkelers, but Florida State University researchers have found that these genetically diverse marine invertebrates vary in their response to ocean warming, a finding that has implications for the long-term health of coral reefs. The researchers used molecular genetics to differentiate […]

‘Cryptic coral species’ respond differently to coral bleaching

Certain brightly colored coral species dotting the seafloor may appear indistinguishable to many divers and snorkelers, but Florida State University researchers have found that these genetically diverse marine invertebrates vary in their response to ocean warming, a finding that has implications for the long-term health of coral reefs. The researchers used molecular genetics to differentiate […]

A year of COVID-19: Researchers pivot to answer questions raised by the pandemic

When news started circulating early last year about a virus in China that was spreading like wildfire, Associate Professor of Biological Science Jonathan Dennis was in the middle of his normal spring semester activities.  He was teaching classes and working on several projects in his lab related to the role of chromatin in gene regulation.   But when the […]

FSU researchers collaborate on NSF-funded science education project

A research team led by faculty from the Florida State University College of Education is helping science educators teach their students to think like scientists. Findings from the first phase of their project “Learning through Collaborative Design — Professional Development” were published last month in the journal Scientia. “Science, like many disciplines, has specific ways of […]

FSU researchers use pressure-sensitive molecular materials to harness cooling technology

Air conditioners, refrigerators and other machines that heat and cool work with a simple premise. Pressure is applied to a gaseous refrigerant to turn it into a liquid state and then removed again so cold air is released. That cycle repeats. But it isn’t the most efficient or environmentally friendly process. And now, researchers from […]

FSU experts available to reflect on past year of COVID-19 pandemic

In the early days of March, COVID-19 cases were shutting down Europe and starting to spread throughout the United States. And on March 11, the World Health Organization officially classified the virus as a pandemic.  Thus far, COVID-19 has killed more than 2.5 million people worldwide and touched every aspect of society – education, employment, personal […]

Deep dive into bioarchaeological data reveals Mediterranean migration trends over 8,000 years

A team of international researchers led by a Florida State University assistant professor has analyzed reams of data from the Neolithic to Late Roman period looking at migration patterns across the Mediterranean and found that despite evidence of cultural connections, there’s little evidence of massive migration across the region. “Because of the prevailing scholarly attitude of the […]