"It is wonderful to see nuclear physics and analytical chemistry receiving the recognition they deserve as top-rank programs."
FSU gets top rankings in nuclear physics, analytical chemistry
by Barry Ray
Florida State University continues to burnish its credentials as a top university for scientific research and graduate learning, a new listing of America's top academic institutions shows.
David Van Winkle
FSU's graduate program in nuclear physics is 13th in the nation, and its graduate program in analytical chemistry 14th, in rankings compiled by U.S. News & World Report in its 2007 listing of "America's Best Graduate Schools."
Each year, U.S. News ranks graduate-school programs in a variety of fields. For the sciences, deans, program directors and senior faculty throughout the United States were asked to judge the quality of programs in their field.
"It is tremendous news that U.S. News & World Report has ranked FSU's graduate program in analytical chemistry as one of the best in the nation," said Naresh Dalal, chairman of the university's department of chemistry and biochemistry. "Analytical chemistry is the analysis of samples to gain an understanding of their chemical composition and structure. Such research has great relevance for many, if not most, other areas of scientific inquiry. I am proud of how far we have come in such an important field."
David Van Winkle, chairman of FSU's department of physics, also expressed satisfaction at having his department's graduate nuclear physics program recognized as one of the best in the United States.
"FSU's nuclear physics program was established in 1958 by then-Gov. LeRoy Collins to help make Florida a full partner in a future of world-class science and high technology," Van Winkle said. "With the latest U.S. News rankings, we feel a sense of satisfaction in having reached a level of excellence that Gov. Collins would approve of."
Van Winkle also pointed to several recent accomplishments by alumni of FSU's nuclear physics program as further indications of the program's quality:
"It is wonderful to see nuclear physics and analytical chemistry receiving the recognition they deserve as top-rank programs," said Joseph Travis, dean of the university's College of Arts and Sciences. "Many of our scientific programs have grown stronger and larger in recent years, and more of them will be attracting this kind of attention in the future. In all of our programs—science, humanities and the arts—we have set high standards for ourselves as a graduate research institution so that we can continue to attract some of the nation's best students and new faculty members."
In addition to the latest rankings, several other FSU programs also were listed in "America's Best Graduate Schools" for 2007. They are the College of Information, ranked 10th in the nation; the College of Education's higher-education program, at 13th; the department of chemistry and biochemistry, at 45th; and the College of Law, at 53rd. (See www.fsu.edu/news/2006/04/04/top.ten/ to read more.)