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November 2009

Presidential Search Advisory Committee to review applications

The Florida State Presidential Search Advisory Committee will meet Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2 to 4 p.m., at the Alumni Center Ballroom to review candidate applications and identify and invite candidates to the university for on-campus interviews.

Florida State presidential candidate files available for review

The initial list of candidates for president of The Florida State University is now available for review by members of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee and interested members of the public.

In quest for Rhodes, student-athlete Erin Simmons advanced to final round

Florida State University graduate student and track-and-field athlete Erin Elizabeth Simmons, 21, of Argyle, Texas, is an aspiring marine biologist and committed volunteer with a unique record of high, fast achievement.

Presidential Search Advisory Committee updates schedule

The Florida State University presidential search schedule has now been finalized.

Grants helping scientist tell complex tale of proteins and metabolites

A Florida State University biophysical chemist has received two large grants totaling more than $1.66 million to pursue research into the behavior of proteins, particularly their dynamics, and their interactions with one another and with other complex molecules found in living organisms.

Instructional Systems program, professor recognized

Professor Robert Reiser and the Instructional Systems program at The Florida State University have been ranked among the most productive in their field in terms of scholarly output by Educational Technology Research and Development, a leading research journal in the field of instructional design and technology.

Grant aims to advance academic women in chemistry, engineering

Five Florida universities, including The Florida State University, are partners on a professional-development project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) that seeks to increase the representation and promote the advancement of women educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics — the so-called "STEM" disciplines.

Florida State University Faculty Senate presents Torch Awards

The Florida State University Faculty Senate has honored three individuals for their contributions to the university's academic excellence with awards named for the three torches in the university's seal: Vires, Artes and Mores.

Wetherell's final State of the University available on webcast

Florida State University President T.K. Wetherell delivered his final "State of the University" remarks at the Fall Meeting of the General Faculty Nov. 12.

Telecasts of oil drilling forum available

The Florida State University recently hosted the Florida Forum on Energy Exploration (Oct. 28) and the Florida Symposium on Offshore Energy — Part I: Oil and Gas (Nov. 2) to advance a public dialogue on the many issues that must be addressed in any offshore drilling proposal that the state of Florida considers over the next year.

Florida State presents rare Westcott Medal to key legislative staffer David Coburn

The Florida State University has presented one of its most distinguished and rare awards — the James D. Westcott Medal — to alumnus David Coburn, who has had a distinguished three-decade career in public service.

Wealth inheritance at root of economic inequality, researchers say

When it comes to the ability to pass down wealth from one generation to the next, people in today's knowledge-based economy are much like hunter-gatherers: They rely on wits and skill to make a living but have relatively few material assets to bequeath to children, according to an international team of researchers that includes a Florida State University anthropologist.