FSU College of Arts and Sciences

FSU presents symposium on crisis facing Amazonia

Florida State University’s Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics and College of Arts and Sciences will welcome experts from around the world for an interdisciplinary symposium on critical issues affecting the future of the Amazon Monday, Nov. 16, through Thursday, Nov. 19, via Zoom. The symposium, “Amazonia Now: Perspectives on a Region in Crisis,” will […]

FSU explores Congolese literature, music and art in the 21st century during first ‘Global Africas’ event

Florida State University will welcome some of the 21st century’s most prominent voices for a two-day virtual symposium exploring Africa’s past and present global interconnections, Thursday, Nov. 5, and Friday, Nov. 6. “Global Africas: Congolese Literature, Music, and Art in the 21st Century” examines the cultural, linguistic, political and historical realities of the Francophone regions […]

Parenting during COVID-19? FSU psychology researchers offer their advice

While there is currently no hard data accessible to fully understand the effects COVID-19 has on young children, researchers from the Florida State University Department of Psychology feel that children seem to be coping, on average, quite well during this time. “There are major stressors that children are experiencing, such as the inability to attend […]

FSU researcher available to comment on unintended environmental impacts of COVID-19

As people around the world isolate in their homes to prevent the spread of COVID-19, research indicates there may be some positive environmental outcomes. Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor Jeff Chanton from the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science (EOAS) said data show significant decreases in air pollution since January 2020. Chanton explained how the change in people’s patterns because of […]

Researchers find apelike brain in human ancestor

New research from a team of anthropologists has found that a species widely accepted to be an ancestor to humans had a brain with characteristics of apes. The research, led by a team of scientists from Max Planck Institute in Germany that included Florida State Professor of Anthropology Dean Falk, is published in Science Advances. […]

FSU Amazonia Week: A call for land and cultural survival

Florida State University’s College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics will welcome experts from around the world for an interdisciplinary summit on critical issues affecting the future of the Amazon Monday, March 2 through Wednesday, March 4. The summit will encourage attendees to examine the biological, environmental and humanitarian […]

FSU marine geologist named Sloan Research Fellow

For Florida State University Assistant Professor Jeremy Owens, the chemical fingerprints left behind by oxygen in the ancient ocean are the key to better understanding our current and future climate.   A fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation will give him the opportunity to further investigate the connections between chemical and climatic changes in […]

FSU researchers use mechanical engineering, scientific computing and forestry to better understand prescribed burns

In the effort to mitigate destructive wildfires, wildland managers often fight those uncontrolled fires with prescribed fire — carefully controlled burns to safely eliminate the vegetation that piles up on forest floors and adds to potential fuel. Prescribed fires are an important tool for managing fire-prone landscapes, but they come with a cost. Fire makes […]

FSU neuroscience program confers first undergraduate degree

Florida State University’s Neuroscience program is celebrating a major milestone with its first student set to earn a degree in the new undergraduate major. Austin John Burns, a 22-year-old senior from Weston, Florida, will cross the stage at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center on Friday, Dec. 13, during the first of two FSU fall […]

FSU computational biology researcher named AAAS Fellow

A Florida State University computational biology researcher has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a lifetime distinction that honors contributions to science and technology. The AAAS named Peter Beerli, a professor of scientific computing, as one of 443 new fellows of the association. The new fellows represent scientists […]

FSU observatory gives students a new perspective on astronomy

From a terrace along Doak Campbell Stadium, Florida State University students can now get an up-close view of planets, stars and other astronomical objects that are normally too faint to see with the human eye. These awesome views are possible thanks to the new modern astronomical observatory constructed by FSU’s physics department. The FSU Observatory […]

FSU expert available to discuss German reunification on 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall

When the Berlin Wall fell 30 years ago, it marked the opening of a border that had divided the German city for decades and a milestone on the way to the reunification of East Germany and West Germany the following year. “When the wall fell, Germans thought they were the happiest people in the world,” said […]