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February 2011

Florida State answers president's call to improve digital learning

The Florida State University College of Education has unveiled a graduate/undergraduate certificate program designed to train K-12 teachers in online instruction — the only program of its kind in the southeastern United States.

Burr and Camps appointed to FSU Board of Trustees

Two Florida State University alumni — a real estate developer and a surgeon — are the newest members of the university's Board of Trustees.

Interim dean chosen for FAMU-FSU College of Engineering

John R. Collier, a professor of chemical and biomedical engineering at the Florida A&M University-Florida State University College of Engineering, has been named interim dean of the college.

FSU climatologists: La Niña may bring warm late winter to Southeast

After interference from an unexpected climate event, La Niña is expected to re-establish her influence over weather patterns in the Southeast and bring warm and dry weather to the region for the rest of the winter, according to officials at the Florida Climate Center at The Florida State University.

Study finds massive gas flux from BP oil well blowout in Gulf

A new, University of Georgia-led study co-authored by Florida State University oceanographer Ian MacDonald is the first to examine comprehensively the magnitude of hydrocarbon gases released during the Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico oil discharge.

Instructional design researcher hides learning tools in video games

It's a frustrating problem for many of today's parents: Little Jacob or Isabella is utterly indifferent to schoolwork during the day but then happily spends all evening engrossed in the latest video game.

Students in FSU's Writing for Stage and Screen program sweep category at Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

All Florida State University Master of Fine Arts students who competed have received recognition in the Region IV Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

Bing Energy relocates to partner with Florida State on high-tech fuel cells

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has announced that Bing Energy Inc. of Chino, Calif., has selected Tallahassee as the new site of the company's world headquarters. The company, in collaboration with Professor Jim P. Zheng of The Florida State University, is planning to turn revolutionary nanotechnology pioneered at FSU into a better, faster, more economical and commercially viable fuel cell.

Computer scientist wins prestigious grant to speed information retrieval

Florida State University computer scientist Feifei Li, has won a prestigious grant from the National Science Foundation to find faster and more efficient ways to retrieve relevant information from large sets of data.

College of Business unveils state-of-the-art sales lab

The dust has settled, the drywall is up, and a plaque outside the door that reads "Stephen C. Leonard Sales Laboratory" is affixed to the wall. With those improvements, as well as the addition of cutting-edge video and computer technologies, the Florida State University College of Business' newest learning laboratory is now open for business.

Scientist taps sun's ancient power for cutting-edge research

Sometimes, you have to go back to go forward. Sounds strange, but it's what one National High Magnetic Field Laboratory physicist did when he harnessed the primal power of the sun to solve a perplexing, high-tech problem. And he had two unlikely candidates as his helpers: a rural elementary-school teacher and a college undergrad.