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FSU researchers develop battery component that uses compound from plants

A Florida State University research team has developed a way to use a material found in plants to help create safer batteries. Using the organic polymer lignin — a compound in the cell walls of plants that makes them rigid — the team was able to create battery electrolytes. Their research was published as the […]

FSU researcher investigates whether city investments in green space help human health

A new NASA grant is facilitating a four-year Florida State University project to investigate whether city investments in green space helps lower temperatures and thus reduce heat-related health problems. Associate Professor of Geography Chris Uejio received $400,000 from NASA to look at New York City’s investments in green space infrastructure and the effects of that investment. “Due to how we construct our cities, these areas […]

FSU College of Medicine researcher develops new possibilities to prevent sudden cardiac death

Nearly a half-million people a year die from sudden cardiac death (SCD) in the U.S. — the result of malfunctions in the heart’s electrical system. A leading cause of SCD in young athletes is arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy (ACM), a genetic disease in which healthy heart muscle is replaced over time by scar tissue (fibrosis) and fat. […]

FSU research study addresses effects of client violence on child protection workers

Florida State University College of Social Work researchers have found a link between work-related violence and poor health outcomes for child protection workers. The new study, recently published online by the Journal for the Society of Social Work and Research, focused on the events that occur after a child protection worker has experienced violence perpetrated […]

Pandemic moves ‘Ask a Scientist’ event to digital realm

When the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, Florida State University Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Ken Hanson strategized how to continue his popular “Ask a Scientist,” a monthly event where the community engages with scientists and can ask questions about anything from molecular chemistry to dinosaurs to child development. His lifelong love for gaming led him to develop “Ask […]

FSU professor receives USDA grants to help develop food safety tests

A Florida State University researcher has received two grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop tests that will uncover adulterated or contaminated foods. “These projects will protect against contamination of the food supply that may cause wide-scale public health harm,” said Qinchun Rao, an associate professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food and […]

International study shows asteroids as past, possible future water source

A Florida State University geochemist was part of an international team that published startling evidence that a type of meteorite — fragments of ancient asteroids that land on Earth — shows signs it contained liquid water no more than a million years ago. Scientists have long hypothesized meteorites delivered water from asteroids to Earth in the solar system’s infancy. […]

FSU College of Fine Arts faculty featured in virtual exhibition ‘What it Takes’

In a first-of-its-kind virtual faculty exhibition, Florida State University’s Museum of Fine Arts (MoFA) has brought together the six schools and departments in the College of Fine Arts for a celebration and exploration of the power of research in the arts. “What It Takes” features work from faculty across the college, showing the strengths, visions […]

The strategic position: How molecules sit on surfaces drives energy and electron transfer

Florida State University researchers seeking to make newer, more energy efficient materials have made a breakthrough in understanding how structure dictates electron transfer across surfaces.  It all has to do with how the molecules are positioned.  Ken Hanson, associate professor of chemistry, and his colleagues found that the way molecules assemble on an inorganic material plays a key role in how energy and electrical current move across […]

Faculty and Staff Briefs: January 2021

HONORS AND AWARDS Gregory J. Harris, Ph.D. (College of Human Sciences) and Earl Levison (Student Affairs) were recently selected as recipients of the 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Service Award presented by the FSU Division of Student Affairs and the Center for Leadership and Social Change. The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Service Award was established in 1986 to […]

FSU experts available for context on Black History Month

Black History Month is an observance to celebrate the accomplishments of Black Americans and a time to examine how race continues to influence the country today. The predecessor to the event began in the 1920s. In 1976, President Gerald Ford recognized Black History Month on the federal level. The United States now has a Black […]