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December 2011

College of Social Sciences and Public Policy names 18 Social Science Scholar award recipients

The College of Social Sciences and Public Policy at Florida State University has chosen 18 juniors to receive its inaugural Social Science Scholars awards.

"I Do … Or Do I?" Psychology researcher finds that second-guessing one's decisions leads to unhappiness

You're in search of a new coffee maker, and the simple quest becomes, well, an ordeal. After doing copious amounts of research and reading dozens of consumer reviews, you finally make a purchase, only to wonder: "Was this the right choice? Could I do better? What is the return policy?"

Interior design graduate program ranked in nation's top 10, professor among 25 'Most Admired Educators' in design

Florida State University's graduate program in interior design ranks No. 10 in the nation among both public and private institutions, and interior design Professor Lisa Waxman is among the 25 "Most Admired Educators" in the design field, according to the 2012 edition of "America's Best Architecture and Design Schools."

Students connect with local community by providing tech help

Project SPARTA. Sounds like an obscure movie reference, doesn't it? Short for "Supervised Practical Application of Research, Theory and Academics," it's actually a unique service learning program created by Florida State University's Melissa Raulston.

Garnet and Gold Scholar Society welcomes 17 new members

Seventeen remarkable undergraduates were inducted into Florida State' s Garnet and Gold Scholar Society at its fall 2011 induction ceremony on Dec. 8.

Art meets science: New facility a mecca for collaborative research

Imagine a place where studio painters, sculptors, ceramicists, graphic artists, scientists and engineers gather to collaborate on projects that might someday change the way everyday objects are created.

FSU Mobile now offers Blackboard course access

The Florida State University app for smartphones and tablets, FSU Mobile, now includes a Blackboard module that gives faculty and students mobile access to their courses and organizations.

Choreographer, baseball manager to speak at Fall Commencement ceremonies

Acclaimed modern dancer and choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and world-champion Major League Baseball manager Anthony "Tony" La Russa Jr. — both of whom are Florida State University alumni — will address the graduates during the university's 2011 Fall Commencement ceremonies.

Dec. 8 symposium to launch critical research initiative focused on ecological, economic issues of Inter-American Seas

Florida State University will host a symposium on Thursday, Dec. 8, that will launch an ambitious, interdisciplinary research initiative uniquely designed to address the ecological, economic and cultural challenges facing the Inter-American Seas and the deficit of research aimed at solving them.

Ribbon-cutting scheduled to launch unique Facility for Arts Research

Traditional artists, digital designers and scientific researchers will learn and think together in a former research laboratory that will now house one of Florida State University's most creative interdisciplinary endeavors.

Study to examine risks for rural patients after being discharged from hospital

Medical errors during hospital stays make headlines, but far more common are problems that occur after patients — especially older ones — go home. Little research has focused on the critical weeks after discharge, and none has focused on rural patients — until now.

Doctoral student, other researchers go underground in search of clues to ancient weather patterns

Darrel Tremaine has been known to go to extremes for his research, such as crawling on his hands and knees through a dark, muddy limestone cave in Northwest Florida to learn more about the weather thousands of years ago.

Driving off into the sunset: Survey shows many older Floridians have no backup plan after hanging up their keys

Florida is home to one of the highest percentages of residents ages 65 and older in the United States, but very few of them have thought ahead to a time when they will no longer be able to drive a vehicle safely or considered how they will get around without a car, according to a new survey developed by Florida State University and the Florida Department of Transportation.