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March 2009

Florida State joins criminal justice community in unique partnership to cut domestic violence

The Institute for Family Violence Studies at Florida State University's College of Social Work and Florida's criminal justice community have joined forces to launch a first-of-its-kind initiative to prevent and reduce domestic violence in law enforcement families.

Florida State professor is National Art Museum Educator of the Year

The National Art Education Association (NAEA) has bestowed the distinguished title of National Art Museum Educator of the Year on Associate Professor Pat Villeneuve of The Florida State University. The prize will be formally presented in Minneapolis next month at the association's annual conference.

Florida State researcher among first to get federal stimulus funding

A Florida State University College of Medicine researcher is among the first scientists in the country to directly benefit from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 — the stimulus bill.

Florida State students launch Protect Our Professors campaign

Florida State University students have launched Protect Our Professors, a fundraising campaign conceived and organized by students at the university.

'New Frontiers in Hydrocarbons Award' goes to chemistry pioneer Marshall

One of Florida State University's most influential scientists has received the latest in an ever-growing list of prestigious awards.

Brokaw honors World War II veterans with endowed fund

The Institute on World War II and the Human Experience at The Florida State University is serious about the importance of its vast collection of World War II materials. Yet, there was no shortage of smiles at a March 12 ceremony when NBC News special correspondent and author Tom Brokaw honored World War II veterans Harold Baumgarten of Jacksonville Beach, Fla., and Samuel Gibbons of Tampa, Fla. At the event, Brokaw announced the creation of an endowed fund in their names through a personal gift of $100,000 to the institute.

Language and literacy researcher wins third early career award

A Florida State University educator is quickly making a name for herself in the area of child development research. Carol Connor, an associate professor in the College of Education and faculty member in the Florida Center for Reading Research, has received the 2009 Early Career Research Contributions to Child Development Award given by the Society for Research in Child Development.

Sampson named fellow of American Counseling Association

A Florida State University researcher whose research focuses on career development and computer applications in counseling has received a major honor from his peers.

Researcher wins $2.6 million grant for depression care study

With the nation's economic crisis contributing to greater workplace stress, providing effective mental health care for employees may be more important than ever.

Sea level rise due to global warming poses threat to New York City

Global warming is expected to cause the sea level along the northeastern U.S. coast to rise almost twice as fast as global sea levels during this century, putting New York City at greater risk for damage from hurricanes and winter storm surge, according to a new study led by a Florida State University researcher.

Physicists get first look at elusive single top quarks

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), including six from The Florida State University, have made the first observation of the production of single top quarks, one of the elementary particles of matter. Researchers believe that top quarks provide clues to solving longstanding mysteries of the universe.

Families are feeling stress of economic crisis, researcher finds

There is no question that the recent economic crisis has wreaked havoc on companies and on families across the country. Now, a recent study of 300 married, working couples conducted by Wayne Hochwarter, the Jim Moran Professor of Management at Florida State University's College of Business, is revealing just how deeply the crunch is being felt.

Maritime archaeologist at helm of modern journey to ancient Egyptian land

Ancient Egyptians may be best known for building pyramids, but internationally renowned maritime archaeologist Cheryl Ward wants the world to know that they were pretty good sailors, too.

Florida Book Awards go to poets Kirby and Giampietro of Florida State

The third annual Florida Book Awards were announced March 3 and among the winning authors selected from across the Sunshine State are a pair of poets from The Florida State University. Professor David Kirby has won the gold medal in Poetry for the second consecutive year, and graduate student Frank Giampietro has earned a bronze.

Researchers look to the past — and the future — in 'Evolution: The First Four Billion Years'

One is a biologist; the other is a historian and philosopher. Together, two Florida State University professors from very different backgrounds have assembled what many are already calling the definitive work on the subject of evolution.

Track-and-field facility is Florida State's first 'LEED Certified' Building

Thanks to its state-of-the-art McIntosh Track and Field Building, The Florida State University can add "silver" and "green" to its garnet and gold. The new facility has earned a LEED Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, which means it meets or exceeds the high standards of green-building design and performance.

Florida State researchers: Foreign investments may be destabilizing financial markets

Stabilizing or destabilizing? Good or bad? Many have debated the positives and negatives of sovereign wealth fund investments--pools of money that foreign governments, China in particular, have invested for profit in a number of U.S. investment banks. None, however, have shed light on the fundamental question: Do such investments help or hurt?

Report: Policymakers must make tough choices to shape Florida's future

On the eve of the 2009 session of the Florida Legislature, the LeRoy Collins Institute has released a new report outlining the state's increasingly untenable fiscal bind and encouraging policymakers to be forward-thinking and imaginative in dealing with budget shortfalls.