"This is just another indication of the momentum for academic excellence that is building on our campus," said Kirby W. Kemper, FSU's vice president for Research.
Young FSU teacher-scholars win record number of NSF Career Awards
by Barry Ray
In a banner year for Florida State University, three young members of the FSU faculty have been selected to receive prestigious Career Awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to help them build upon accomplishments in their respective areas of research. The three NSF awards are the most ever received at one time by FSU.
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Selected for the awards are:
According to its Web site, the NSF offers the awards "in support of the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who most effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their organization."
"This is just another indication of the momentum for academic excellence that is building on our campus," said Kirby W. Kemper, FSU's vice president for Research. "Until this year, FSU had received a total of six NSF Career Awards. To have our faculty now receive three at one time is a significant accomplishment."
Of those previous award recipients Kemper spoke of, one -- Susan Latturner, an assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at FSU - received her Career Award from the NSF just five months ago. Latturner will receive $529,674 over five years to pursue her area of research, which involves synthesizing new magnetic materials and potential hydrogen storage alloys in mixed molten metal solvents.
This award year's recipients are a diverse group:
"These three young researchers are at the cutting edge of human knowledge in their respective fields," Kemper said. "With the support of the National Science Foundation, Florida State University and others, they now have an opportunity to push scientific boundaries in ways that could yield breathtaking results for our society."
The FSU Career Grants are among 250 awarded so far this year. Last year the NSF awarded 413 Career Grants.