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Criminologist weighs in on tragedy in Boulder, Colorado

As the nation grapples with the second mass shooting in a month, criminologists are examining the patterns behind these horrific events. Florida State University Associate Professor of Criminology Jill Turanovic is available to speak to reporters about the deadly shooting in Boulder, Colorado, and the issue of mass shootings. Turanovic is an expert on victimization and violence. Her research […]

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 […]

FSU researchers enhance quantum machine learning algorithms

A Florida State University professor’s research could help quantum computing fulfill its promise as a powerful computational tool. William Oates, the Cummins Inc. Professor in Mechanical Engineering and chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, and postdoctoral researcher Guanglei Xu found a way to automatically infer parameters used in […]

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 […]

FSU Office of Research Development to fund research of microaggressions and bystander intervention

A Florida State University program to promote interdisciplinary research will fund a trio of College of Education researchers investigating subtle racial insults and bystander intervention. The researchers will investigate brief, commonplace behavior that communicates negative racial slights — called racial microaggressions — and how bystanders can step in to disarm the situation. Assistant Professor Laura […]

FSU literacy expert available to discuss decision to not publish Dr. Seuss books

On the birthday of famed children’s author Dr. Seuss, the publishing company that preserves his legacy announced they will no longer publish six books that depict non-white characters in racist ways. Lakeisha Johnson, an assistant professor in the Florida State University School of Communication Science and Disorders and an affiliate faculty at the Florida Center […]

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 […]

FSU College of Arts and Sciences announces new interdisciplinary data science program

Florida State University’s College of Arts and Sciences has announced the launch of a new interdisciplinary graduate program that will welcome its first students in Fall 2021.  The FSU Interdisciplinary Data Science Master’s Degree Program, or IDS, leverages FSU’s strengths in computer science, mathematics, scientific computing and statistics to prepare students for contemporary careers in […]