College of Arts and Sciences

FSU experts available to discuss 50th anniversary of moon landing

On July 20, 1969, four days after lifting off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, the American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edward “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. landed Apollo 11’s lunar module, Eagle, on the Moon’s Sea of Tranquility, becoming the first humans to touch down on the lunar surface. Fifty years later, the Apollo 11 mission is […]

FSU researchers explore use of new materials to create more efficient solar cells

A team of Florida State University researchers is pioneering innovative ways for solar cells to absorb and use infrared light, a portion of the solar spectrum that is typically unavailable for solar cell technology. Their work is published in two new studies published in the journal Matter and the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. “We’re […]

Doctoral student awarded fellowship for nuclear research

A doctoral student in Florida State University’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has received a major fellowship from the U.S. Department of Energy to continue her research into newer, safer forms of nuclear energy. Bonnie Klamm will receive $155,000 over three years from the DOE’s Nuclear Energy University Program to support her research as she […]

MagLab scientists discover thermoelectric properties in promising class of materials

Exploring an area overlooked by other scientists, physicists at the Florida State University-headquartered National High Magnetic Field Laboratory have discovered that a class of materials called “1-2-20s” have very promising thermoelectric properties, opening the floodgates for further research into these fascinating materials. The study was published in Science Advances. Thermoelectric devices can produce electricity if […]

Researcher documents cascading effects of parasites on underwater ecosystems

Research by an evolutionary biologist from Florida State University has shown parasites have important and far-reaching effects on predatory fish and the ecosystems they inhabit. These findings, published this week in the journal Ecology, provide important evidence for the little-studied role of parasites in trophic cascades, which are powerful, indirect interactions that can affect entire […]

Researchers find seaweed helps trap carbon dioxide in sediment

Every beachgoer can spot seaweed in the ocean or piling up on the beach, but Florida State University researchers working with colleagues in the United Kingdom have found that these slimy macroalgae play an important role in permanently removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Their work is published in the journal Ecological Monographs by the […]

Statistics professor named institute fellow

A Florida State University professor has been named a fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. Professor of Statistics Victor Patrangenaru, who joined FSU in 2006, received the honor from the institute, which was founded in the 1930s and is dedicated to fostering the development and dissemination of theory and applications of statistics and probability. […]

Four FSU students receive prestigious NSF graduate fellowships

Four Florida State students have received a prestigious and highly competitive fellowship from the National Science Foundation to help fund their doctoral work. The fellowship program recognizes exceptional graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees. Fellows receive an annual stipend of $34,000 over three […]

In guppy courtship, the unusual male wins

When it comes to choosing a mate, female guppies often go for the mates with the flashiest, most interesting color patterns. But why is that? Turns out, it’s all about psychology. In a new study, Florida State University researchers found that these tiny, tropical fish often choose a mate that physically stands out from the […]

FSU expert shares perspective on Japanese emperor’s abdication

On April 30, the 85-year-old Japanese Emperor Akihito will abdicate his throne. It will be the first time in more than 200 years that a Japanese monarch has voluntarily ceded his position as the nominal head of state. While that might suggest that instances of abdication are rare in the annals of Japanese history, Florida […]

On the rise: Six years of scientific success

Three Energy and Materials Researchers Reflect on Their Remarkable Early-Career Accomplishments at FSU Florida State University researchers Biwu Ma, Kenneth Hanson and Hanwei Gao have a few things in common. Several things, actually. All three are international leaders in the fields of energy and materials research. They were all recruited by Florida State as part […]

FSU investment in high-performance microscope will take research to next level

Florida State University is the new owner of a sophisticated ion beam microscope that will allow materials science researchers to conduct a variety of experiments on the tiniest materials. The purchase of the focused ion beam microscope — also known as a FIB — is a strategic investment in the university’s materials and nanomanufacturing research […]