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FSU computational mathematician recognized among the world’s most influential researchers

An applied and computational mathematician in the Department of Scientific Computing at Florida State University has been named one of the world’s most influential researchers by a prominent global citation database.  Web of Science, a platform that includes nearly 1.9 billion cited references from more than 171 million records, noted Max Gunzburger, Robert O. Lawton Distinguished […]

FSU researcher examines ways cocaine alters gene expression

New research from Florida State University identifies a novel gene that plays a functional role in cocaine addiction.   In a new paper in the journal Biological Psychiatry, Assistant Professor of Biological Science Jian Feng and his colleagues reveal that cocaine use in mice resulted in changes to what’s called long noncoding RNA (lncRNA), a major type of […]

FSU computational scientist demonstrates how supernovae detonate

The mystery of how supernovae fully form and function is one of many secrets of the universe that scientists have yet to unravel, but new work by a Florida State University research team has used theory and computations to show how one class of these luminous stellar explosions go from a slow burn to a brilliant detonation. Their […]

FSU experts available to comment on first female vice president of the United States

When she is sworn in next month, Kamala Harris will become the first woman to serve as vice president of the United States. Harris has a long political career, having served as district attorney of San Francisco, attorney general of California and a U.S. senator before this position. Florida State University faculty members are available […]

FSU chemistry professor uses old materials to make newer, better solar cells

A Florida State University research team is mixing the old with the new to create a more stable solar cell. Professor of Chemistry Biwu Ma and his team published a new study that shows if you add a layer of ancient organic pigment to a perovskite solar cell, it increases the stability and efficiency of the cell. The study is published in […]

New clues shed light on importance of Earth’s ice sheets

Researchers examining subglacial waters both from Antarctica and Greenland found that these waters have higher concentrations of important, life-sustaining elements than previously thought, answering a big unknown for scientists seeking to understand the Earth’s geochemical processes. “The data from an Antarctic lake is particularly exciting,” said Florida State University postdoctoral fellow Jon Hawkings. “Most people […]

Making the best decision: Math shows diverse thinkers equal better results

Whether it is ants forming a trail or individuals crossing the street, the exchange of information is key in making everyday decisions. But new Florida State University research shows that the group decision-making process may work best when members process information a bit differently. Bhargav Karamched, assistant professor of mathematics, and a team of researchers published a new study today, that tackles how groups make decisions and the dynamics that make for […]

FSU researcher leads international project on how tropical clouds change with climate

A Florida State University climate scientist is leading an international project aimed at generating a better understanding of the role tropical clouds play in a warming climate. Allison Wing, assistant professor of meteorology in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science, is the lead organizer of the 41-member project, which is simulating how clouds could […]

FSU experts available to comment on United States leaving the Paris Agreement

Carbon emissions and climate change are key issues in this presidential election. Regardless of who voters choose as the country’s next president, the United States is scheduled to leave the Paris Agreement — an international accord with the goal of limiting global climate change — on Nov. 4, although Democratic candidate Joe Biden has said […]

Greenhouse effect of clouds instrumental in origin of tropical storms

Better storm track prediction over the past few decades has allowed for timely preparation and evacuations but understanding how these storms form and intensify remains a challenge for scientists. A Florida State University researcher was part of an international team studying the origin of tropical cyclones that found an infrared radiative feedback from clouds accelerates storm development. Deep clouds that […]

FSU researchers investigate material properties for longer-lasting, more efficient solar cells

The designers of solar cells know their creations must contend with a wide range of temperatures and all sorts of weather conditions — conditions that can impact their efficiency and useful lifetime. Florida State University Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Lea Nienhaus and former FSU postdoctoral researcher Sarah Wieghold are helping to understand the […]

2020 FSU Dirac Lectures to include Nobel Prize-winning physicist

The Florida State University Department of Physics will host the 2020 Dirac Lectures virtually from Monday, Oct. 19, through Friday, Oct. 23, including a special public lecture by Rainer Weiss, a 2017 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on gravitational waves. The FSU Department of Physics organizes the Dirac Lectures to […]