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Faculty and Staff Briefs January 2023

Florida State University’s faculty and staff are central to its mission and the key to its countless accomplishments. Throughout the year, honors and recognitions are awarded to individual faculty and staff members across campus. Faculty and Staff Briefs are produced monthly to recognize accomplishments and provide a space where honors, awards, bylines, presentations, grants, service […]

FSU researchers named Fellows of American Association for the Advancement of Science

A chemical engineer developing more environmentally friendly materials and a geologist exploring the chemistry of Earth’s carbon reservoirs are the latest Florida State University faculty members to be named Fellows by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, or AAAS. Rufina Alamo, the Simon Ostrach Professor of Engineering and a distinguished research professor of […]

Chatterboxes: FSU researcher develops new model that shows how bacteria communicate

When bacteria interact, they give off cellular signals that can trigger a response in their neighbors, causing them to behave in different ways or produce different substances. For example, they can communicate to coordinate movement away from danger or to emit light to ward off predators. In new research published by Biophysical Reports, researchers from […]

Mirror Image: FSU study lays out chirality flipping theory

Chemists can make a career out of controlling whether certain molecules are generated as a lefty or a righty. Molecules don’t literally have hands, but scientists often refer to them in this way when looking at molecules that are mirror images of each other and therefore are not superimposable. And whether a molecule is a […]

FSU neuroscientist receives $2M NIH grant to study how humans process smells

A Florida State University researcher is investigating exactly how a human’s sense of smell works with the help of a $2 million National Institutes of Health grant. Humans can detect an estimated 10,000 to 100 billion different odors. An active sense of smell sparks appetite, inspires nostalgic memories and helps individuals interact with the environment. […]

FSU climate scientists receive Department of Energy funding to study greenhouse gas emissions from peatlands

Peatlands store a significant amount of the Earth’s carbon and have functioned as an important moderator of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere for thousands of years. But as peatlands are lost to overextraction and affected by a warmer climate, the impact on these natural carbon scrubbers remains unclear. A team of researchers from Florida State […]

Alma Littles appointed interim dean of FSU College of Medicine

Florida State University Provost Jim Clark has named Dr. Alma Littles interim dean of the College of Medicine. The appointment will begin Feb. 1. Littles, who has served as senior associate dean for medical education and academic affairs at the medical school for nearly 20 years, succeeds Dr. John P. Fogarty. Fogarty is retiring after […]

FSU researcher wins early career award from Swiss Chemical Society

A Florida State University researcher will receive the Grammaticakis-Neumann Prize from the Swiss Chemical Society. Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Lea Nienhaus will receive the award for her work on light-matter interactions in hybrid semiconductors. The prize is awarded to a promising young scientist for outstanding work in the field of experimental or theoretical […]

FSU supports faculty moving research to the marketplace

Research to improve 3D printing algorithms, develop better materials for measuring radiation and test the effectiveness of steroid treatments all received funding from a Florida State University program that supports faculty interested in transforming their academic work into commercial ventures. FSU’s Office of the Vice President for Research awarded faculty members more than $132,000 through […]

Research teams tackle challenges facing rural areas in FSU funding competition

Six teams of Florida State University researchers and community partners faced off in the most recent Collaborative Collision for the chance to win up to $100,000 from the FSU Office of Research for projects exploring solutions to complex challenges facing rural communities. “One in five people in the United States lives in rural places, and […]

Research reveals new insights into how Earth’s orbit influences seasonal cycles

Researchers have long been aware of the varying distance between Earth and the sun because of Earth’s elliptical orbit, but new research published in Nature coauthored by a Florida State University atmospheric scientist is shedding light for the first time on how this phenomenon impacts annual temperature cycles in the tropics. Alyssa Atwood, an assistant […]

Faculty and Staff Briefs: December 2022

Florida State University’s faculty and staff are central to its mission and the key to its countless accomplishments. Throughout the year, honors and recognitions are awarded to individual faculty and staff members across campus. Faculty and Staff Briefs are produced monthly to recognize accomplishments and provide a space where honors, awards, bylines, presentations, grants, service […]