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October 2011

New digital repository to make scholarly research available to public

To support the idea that publicly funded research should be broadly and widely disseminated and easily accessible to the general public, Florida State University has developed the "DigiNole Commons Virtual Repository for Electronic Scholarship," an online venue for the university's faculty to store and showcase its research.

Choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar captivates crowd at Lawton Lecture

Calling herself an example of the "success of American public systems" and declaring the arts "a powerful conduit for change," acclaimed choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar — the Florida State University 2011-2012 Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor — delivered the 15th Annual Lawton Lecture on Oct. 27 in Montgomery Hall's Nancy Smith Fichter Dance Theatre.

Former NSF director Neal Lane to speak at FSU Faculty Luncheon Series

Neal Lane, a senior fellow in science and technology policy at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy and a faculty member in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, both at Rice University, will speak at the third of four events comprising this fall's Faculty Luncheon Series on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Researchers developing revolutionary nanomaterial with promise for major technological breakthroughs

At Florida State University's High-Performance Materials Institute (HPMI), a revolutionary new material known as buckypaper is being developed in ways that could vastly improve fuel efficiency in automobiles, protect airplanes from lightning strikes, and even lead to the manufacture of "smart" windows and fabrics with computing components and digital sensors embedded in them.

Barron announces initiatives to create most veteran-friendly campus in nation

Florida State University President Eric J. Barron and the Florida State chapter of the Collegiate Veterans Association (CVA) today announced several new initiatives that will help the university in its efforts to become the most veteran-friendly public university in the nation.

School of Dance's Jawole Willa Jo Zollar to deliver Lawton Lecture on Oct. 27

Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Florida State University's 2011-2012 Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor, will discuss "A Life in Art and Public Practice" when she delivers the 15th Annual Lawton Lecture on Oct. 27.

FSU Army ROTC cadets place first in regional competition

Two Florida State University Army ROTC teams — competing separately — placed first in their respective tiers and placed first and second overall in the 2011 Ranger Challenge, a nationwide competition for Army ROTC cadets who want to prove their mettle as part of a hardworking team.

FSU College of Education to host first-ever 'College of Education Week'

The first-ever Florida State University College of Education Week — to be held Oct. 24-29 in conjunction with FSU Parents' Weekend (Oct. 28-30) — will encompass six days of symposia, social gatherings, panel discussions, presentations and events celebrating College of Education students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends.

Symposium to help FSU researchers in life sciences capitalize on entrepreneurial opportunities

Florida State University faculty members, doctoral students and other researchers in the life sciences who are interested in learning how to translate their discoveries in the laboratory into tangible, life-changing products in the marketplace should clear their calendars and head to "The Business of Life Sciences," a free, one-day symposium on Nov. 8.

Cells are crawling all over our bodies, but how? Biologists devise new way to watch how cells move

For better and for worse, human health depends on a cell's motility — the ability to crawl from place to place. In every human body, millions of cells are crawling around doing mostly good deeds — though if any of those crawlers are cancerous, watch out.

FSU's 'Global Peace Exchange' hosts Hunger Week events

The Florida State University student organization Global Peace Exchange will host FSU Hunger Week, a series of on-campus events Oct. 17-22 aimed at continuing the spirit and purpose of World Food Day (Oct. 16) by raising awareness of hunger and hunger-related issues on an international and community level.

Love wild Florida? Oceanography researchers create an informational website all about the local environment

About a year ago, Jeff Chanton, an oceanography professor in Florida State University's Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science (EOAS), was struck with an "aha!" moment: Why not create a website highlighting a topic important to a new generation of students who care deeply about environmental issues?

Phi Beta Kappa to host distinguished chemistry scholar for two public lectures

Distinguished chemistry researcher John Straub will conduct two guest lectures at Florida State University through the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program.

Religion department to host 'Zombie Apocalypse in American Popular Culture'

Zombies seem to be everywhere in American popular culture, from films and video games to books, television, Facebook — even Center for Disease Control announcements.

Four Torch Awards given during fall faculty meeting

The Florida State University Faculty Senate honored four individuals for their many years of dedicated service to the university during the 2011 Fall Meeting of the General Faculty on Oct. 5.

FSU president to deliver 'State of the University' address at fall faculty meeting

Florida State University President Eric J. Barron will deliver his second State of the University Address at the Fall Meeting of the General Faculty. The meeting, which is open to the public, will take place Wednesday, Oct. 5.

FSU students gain experience as Gubernatorial Fellows

Seven Florida State University students have been selected by Gov. Rick Scott to be part of the 13-member 2011-2012 class of Florida Gubernatorial Fellows.

Author Elie Wiesel to speak at FSU on Oct. 4 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 Elie Wiesel," a speaking engagement featuring the Nobel Peace Prize winner, Boston University professor and Holocaust survivor on Tuesday, Oct. 4.