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June 2011

FSU students need to understand growing importance of 'FAFSA' in determining, receiving financial aid

Florida State University students as well as those throughout the State University System who plan to receive many forms of federal or state financial aid in the 2011-2012 academic year must fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online form in order to comply with existing and new requirements.

FSU biologist discovers new plant genus, species in St. Johns River sample

Remarkable for their exquisite, glass-like cell walls in every imaginable 3-D shape and pattern — and important for their role as bio-indicators of water quality — diatoms are the predominant group of microscopic, single-celled algae at the base of the aquatic food chain.

Orion spacecraft, NASA astronauts make landing at Tallahassee's Challenger Learning Center

With NASA moving the spacecraft that could eventually shuttle astronauts into deep space from California to Florida for further testing, the feeling was: Why not show it off along the way?

2011 Florida Book Awards competition begins with call for entries

The Florida Book Awards has kicked off its sixth annual competition with a call for entries in eight categories.

Education professor receives grant to evaluate Florida's Bright Futures program

Since 1997, the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program has provided academic scholarships to thousands of the state's highest-achieving high school seniors. Now, a Florida State University professor has received a major grant that will enable him to evaluate the effectiveness of the program.

Arts and Sciences Dean Joseph Travis wins prestigious E.O. Wilson Naturalist Award

A former inner-city kid who grew up to be an acclaimed field biologist and college dean is being honored by the American Society of Naturalists (ASN).

FSU advising center wins top national award

A unique Florida State University advising program that uses innovative techniques to help undecided students choose a major has won a top national award.

'GAP' awards distributed to move cutting-edge research from lab to marketplace

Researchers at Florida State University seeking to shepherd their research out of the laboratory and into the crowded commercial marketplace have a friend in the FSU Research Foundation. Since 2005, the foundation has funded a highly energetic — and competitive — grant program that supports those researchers and their extraordinary efforts.

Chemistry doctoral student receives prestigious Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship

Corey Thompson, a doctoral student in the Florida State University Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is one of 20 doctoral students nationwide to receive a 2011 Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship. The highly competitive fellowship includes a $21,000 stipend.

FSU graduate students as successful as they are diverse

They come from a variety of disciplines and are at differing stages in their academic careers. But an impressive number of Florida State University graduate students do have at least one thing in common: They are recipients of some of the nation's most prestigious fellowships and awards.

Students discovering the beauty of doing research — long before graduate school

Two mosquitofish — one mottled black, the other moonlight silver — go at it in their tank like a couple of brawling cowboys. If this were a saloon, the feuding fish would have been thrown out long ago. But beneath the fluorescent glare in a small laboratory within Florida State University's Department of Biological Science, their aggressive posturing is of profound interest because of the potential research implications.

FSU scientist leads research on AIDS-related cancer

In the early days of the AIDS epidemic, a once-rare form of cancer known as Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) emerged as a frequent harbinger of HIV. Its stigma was best illustrated by Tom Hanks, who portrayed a gay man trying to conceal the cancerous skin lesions from his co-workers in the 1993 movie "Philadelphia."