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September 2011

NSF Awards FSU physics department $5 million for nuclear research

For more than five decades, Florida State University has been home to one of the nation's most respected programs in experimental nuclear physics. Now, that program has received a major vote of confidence from the National Science Foundation in the form of a $5 million grant to fund ongoing research into some of the fundamental properties of matter.

New InNOLEvation Business Plan Challenge offers a total of $250,000 in prizes

Florida State University students with grand ambitions and great business plans stand to win a portion of $250,000 in cash and prizes in one of the world's largest and richest business plan competitions — the new InNOLEvation Challenge, a.k.a. The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition.

Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages: Welcome to FSU's Flying Circus of Physics!

So you think science is all about wearing white lab coats and toiling for long hours over smoky test tubes? Think again. Members of the Florida State University Department of Physics are ready to show the more playful side of scientific inquiry — and they're hoping that Tallahassee-area residents of all ages will come out to share in the fun.

Florida State awarded $2.8 million to improve math in early grades

Math skills are increasingly critical to Florida's economy, yet many of the state's students struggle with the subject. Their problems begin early: More than one-fifth of Florida third-graders struggle in math, according to this year's state assessment, and in upper grades, the statistics only grow grimmer.

Pepper Center director recognized for advocacy, research on aging

In the mid-1980s, Lawrence J. "Larry" Polivka began thinking of research pioneer Carter Osterbind as a mentor while working with him on former Gov. Bob Graham's Florida Committee on Aging.

FSU's Army ROTC recruiter named best in nation

The U.S. Army's Cadet Command has named retired Army Capt. Bob Lovins, Florida State University's Army ROTC recruiting operations officer, its 2010 Recruiting Operations Officer of the Year.

FSU rededicates newly renovated Johnston Building

Florida State University President Eric J. Barron rededicated the newly renovated William Johnston Building to the "20th century students who first brought these halls to life" and the "21st century students who will open its doors to the future" during a ceremony held on the evening on Sept. 20.

New retail center to dedicate labs, award $20,000 in scholarships

The Florida State University Department of Retail Merchandising and Product Development — part of the College of Human Sciences — will dedicate instructional space and host a scholarship dinner during back-to-back events on Wednesday, Sept. 21.

Rice University professor Elaine Howard Ecklund to speak during FSU Faculty Luncheon Series

Elaine Howard Ecklund, an assistant professor of sociology at Rice University, will be the guest speaker for the next presentation in Florida State University's Fall Faculty Luncheon Series.

Human Performance Lab will foster collaboration between academia, athletics and medicine

Florida State University has unveiled a new laboratory that is intended to improve sports performance and reduce sports-related injuries while preserving optimal health for life.

College of Music to celebrate renowned composer Carlisle Floyd

Opera legend Carlisle Floyd is returning to Florida State University for a gala concert to celebrate his work, life and generosity.

Put down that Xbox remote: Researcher suggests video games may not boost cognition

Wouldn't it be nice if all those hours kids spent glued to their PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 or Nintendo DS video games actually resulted in something tangible? Better grades, perhaps? Improved concentration? Superior driving skills?

Can't put it down? FSU up all night in 'Moby Dick' marathon

"Moby Dick" — intimidating? Naw.

Long a staple in undergraduate literature courses, Herman Melville's great American novel about the sailor Ishmael and his dark, soliloquy-fueled whaling voyage with Captain Ahab, might cause a little angst for non-English majors.

Florida State ranked among America's best colleges

Florida State University remains one of the top 50 public universities and continues to offer some of the best undergraduate business programs in the nation, according to rankings released today by U.S. News and World Report for its 2012 edition of "America's Best Colleges."

Getting down to business: FSU students invited to show off their entrepreneurial ideas during 'eWeek'

What's your idea for the "next big thing" in today's highly competitive marketplace?

La Niña watch means more dry weather possible for southeastern United States

The Southeast Climate Consortium and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) have issued a Niña watch, meaning it is more likely than not that La Niña will redevelop in the Pacific Ocean in the next one to three months.

FSU's human rights center and The Village Square to examine the legacy of 9/11

Florida State University's Center for the Advancement of Human Rights, in partnership with The Village Square, will present "Ten Years Time: 9/11, The Heart of America, The Shadow of the Middle East," a forum examining the effects of the Sept. 11, 2011, terrorist attacks on the United States.

Speakers announced for Fall 2011 Faculty Luncheon Series

The Florida State University Faculty Luncheon Series has a long tradition of enlightening attendees with the interesting and relevant insights of a diverse group of speakers. This fall's lineup will continue and expand that tradition.

Famed director Spike Lee to speak at FSU as part of Golden Tribe Lecture Series

The Florida State University Golden Tribe Lecture Series, a collaborative, student-focused effort, will host "An Evening with Spike Lee," a speaking engagement featuring the famed American film director, producer, writer and actor, on Sept. 8.