National Science Foundation

FSU political science researcher to examine law in time of COVID-19 crisis

A Florida State University researcher and her colleagues have earned a grant from the National Science Foundation to study the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on public support for the rule of law.   FSU Associate Professor of Political Science Amanda Driscoll, the project’s co-investigator, said the team will examine the challenge that the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus presents to long-standing norms that support democratic order.  […]

FSU researchers receive NSF grant to explore citizen support for judicial institutions

The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant of more than $300,000 to Florida State University and Penn State University to learn more about citizens’ attitudes toward politicians who seek to change or disable the court system. According to researchers, politicians in a number of countries frequently make attempts to politicize or undermine the judicial […]

Early career faculty members recognized with prestigious NSF awards

Five Florida State University assistant professors have received highly competitive CAREER awards from the National Science Foundation for their significant early career accomplishments in research and education. The CAREER award, one of the most prestigious granted to junior faculty by the NSF, supports scholars in the early stages of their careers as they develop their […]

No lie! FSU researcher developing world’s first online polygraph

Can you spot a liar? It’s tricky enough in face-to-face conversations that offer facial expressions, gestures and tone of voice because those physical cues add context. Spotting a liar gets even tougher in blind computer conversations. Florida State University researcher Shuyuan Ho wants to shed those blinders by creating a revolutionary online polygraph. “The future […]

Climbing high: FSU robotics researchers look to cockroaches to understand what it means to run up walls

The way animals walk, jump, run and climb is an endless source of fascination for researchers. That includes robotics researchers who are taking inspiration from biology to build some of the fastest, most efficient robots — ones that could climb a 100-foot building in under a minute. Researchers from the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering Jonathan […]

FSU researchers push creative, scientific accomplishments in 2018

Florida State University researchers pushed their work to new heights in 2018. Our faculty members were engaged in research and creative activity at the highest levels and produced extraordinary work that made international headlines. Here are some highlights of the past year. FSU Faculty Awarded $226 Million in Research Dollars Florida State University researchers brought […]

FSU researcher: Family of rodents may explain how some groups of animals become so diverse

How did a single species of rodent invade South America and then quickly branch off into 350 new species? The answer is simple — the rodents were able to move quickly across the continent unencumbered by geographic boundaries that can’t be easily crossed such as an ocean. FSU Professor of Biological Science Scott Steppan and […]

MagLab nets $4.2M NSF grant to launch next-generation superconducting magnets

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $4.2 million to the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory to launch a research and development effort for the next generation of high-field superconducting magnets. Headquartered at Florida State University in Tallahassee, the National MagLab is already home to a dozen world-record magnets. Every year, more than 1,800 scientists […]

FSU professor harnesses single electrons to accelerate chemical reactions

A Florida State University chemistry professor has described an unusual phenomenon in which the energy of an electron is spontaneously increased in the course of a chemical reaction. The process is reported in the journal Angewandte Chemie. FSU Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Igor Alabugin and his team call this chemical phenomenon “electron upconversion.” In […]

FSU faculty awarded $226M in research dollars

Florida State University researchers brought in more than $226 million in the 2018 fiscal year from federal, state and private sources to support investigations into areas such as nuclear science, climate change, the effect of deep space travel on human health and much more. This is a $16 million increase over the prior fiscal year […]

FSU students win National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships

Four Florida State University students and three recent graduates have received the prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. The fellowship program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s or doctoral degrees. “This is a simply wonderful achievement further illuminating the […]

National MagLab to receive $184M NSF renewal grant

Lab To Remain Headquartered at Florida State University The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory will receive $184 million over the next five years from the National Science Foundation, keeping the world’s most powerful magnet lab headquartered at Florida State University. The National Science Board authorized NSF to make the five-year award for the continuing operation […]