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January 2012

Two Florida State professors win National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships

Florida State University Professor of English Elizabeth Spiller is intrigued by life during the Renaissance. Her research has led her to better understand what people read, cooked — even how they set up house.

New dean appointed At FAMU-FSU College of Engineering

Florida A&M University and Florida State University have named Pennsylvania State University engineering Professor Yaw D. Yeboah as the new dean of the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering.

Allisson Yu selected as FSU fundraising campaign manager

Florida State University is gearing up for the largest fundraising campaign in its history — and now it has the person in place who will help coordinate the effort.

Social entrepreneurism is focus of 22nd Annual Jon C. Dalton Institute on College Student Values, scheduled for Feb. 2-4

Social entrepreneurism will be the hot topic when students, administrators and distinguished speakers from across the nation converge at Florida State University this week.

Research in motion: Alternative fuel vehicle joins the Florida State University fleet

At first blush, it looks like an ordinary, no-frills Honda Civic sedan with some colorful graphics on it.

Research in motion: Florida State to introduce new addition to vehicle fleet

Florida State University's Office of Research is hitting the road in its effort to explore safe, alternative fuel options with the introduction of its new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) car on Monday.

FSU Foundation appoints vice president for constituent programs

The Florida State University Foundation has announced the appointment of Glen Jack to the position of vice president for constituent programs.

FSU's online MBA, graduate education degree programs ranked among nation's best

U.S. News & World Report's 2012 edition of "Top Online Education Programs" rankings places the Florida State University College of Business' Online Master of Business Administration program at No. 20 nationally in terms of faculty credentials, training and online teaching experience.

$100,000 to 'FSU-Teach' will boost training of math, science teachers

The Florida State University FSU-Teach program has received a $100,000 share of a $500,000 donation from AT&T to the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI).

Security and humanitarian issues in the Americas to be focus of Jan. 23 lecture

U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Steven Ratti will discuss security and humanitarian issues within the Caribbean, Central and South America, as well as the situation in Haiti two years after its devastating earthquake, at Florida State University on Monday, Jan. 23.

From the Internet to your ears: Student entrepreneurs are hearing success with 'Wordio' smartphone app

If you haven't heard of Wordio yet, give it a few months.

Training more educators for special-needs children in high-risk families is goal of $1.2 million grant

For the increasing number of "high-risk" families in Florida facing the complex challenges of infants and toddlers with disabilities and developmental delays, additional help is on the way.

Take note: paying off for student entrepreneurs

Students at Florida State University are learning that taking precise notes during class pays off in more ways than just earning good grades. Three Florida State College of Business students have come up with a way to capitalize on their classmates' note-taking skills and compensate them for their hard work through an entrepreneurial venture called

Florida State film students successfully raise $20,000 for thesis projects

Graduate students from Florida State University's College of Motion Picture Arts can mark "raise $20,000 for thesis projects" off their to-do lists.

Daughter of Malcolm X calls for continued action during MLK celebration

During Florida State University's 24th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration on Jan. 12, guest speaker Attallah Shabazz cautioned the youth of today against being sloganeers, encouraging them instead to be problem solvers like those of the civil rights movement.

Groundbreaking ceremony marks start of construction for new College Town development

As more than a dozen people wielding ceremonial shovels tossed clods of orange construction clay, ground was broken today for College Town, a planned residential, dining, shopping and entertainment district to be located just south of the Florida State University campus.

Eleven in 2011: FSU looks back at its top stories

The year just past was certainly an eventful one for the students, faculty and staff at Florida State University. The launch of several student-veteran initiatives, a new provost, research developments, multimillion-dollar gifts and athletic excellence were among the highlights of 2011:

Graduate film students "kickstart" fundraising plan for thesis projects

"23 filmmakers, 18 films, 1 goal." That's the tagline for a unique film-financing endeavor undertaken by graduate students from Florida State University's College of Motion Picture Arts.

University's Board of Trustees to meet on Jan. 13

The Florida State University Board of Trustees will meet Friday by conference call. The meeting will be held in Room 201 of the Westcott Building on the FSU campus.

Provost Garnett Stokes is first speaker in FSU's Spring 2012 Faculty Luncheon Series

With the new year and the spring semester now in full swing, Florida State University's Faculty Luncheon Series is returning for another series of insightful lunch-and-learn events.

FSU awarded $38 million to help spur public education improvements

Flexing its considerable research muscle, the Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) at Florida State University has won a $38.6 million contract to help six Southeastern states and their schools put the test results, coursework information, graduation statistics and other education-related data they collect to more effective use in helping students find academic success.

FSU to launch 'The Great Give'; online campaign aims to raise $161,000 in 36 hours

Florida State University will launch its first exclusively virtual campaign starting at 9 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 23. The Great Give is a 36-hour online giving campaign that will involve the entire campus and community in supporting FSU.

Revisit mid-20th century at FSU's 'Classic Herman Miller' furniture exhibit

An award-winning exhibit of classic Herman Miller furniture on display at Florida State University through March 16 is revealing just how timeless good design can be.

Conference will address 'big questions' of free will

Leading neuroscientists, social psychologists and philosophers from universities across the nation as well as from England and Israel are set to attend the "Big Questions in Free Will Conference: Free Will and Science," from 3:45 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 13, to 12:20 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15, on the Florida State University campus.

Kiplinger's Personal Finance ranks Florida State among nation's best values in higher education

Florida State University once again has been named one of the best values in the nation by Kiplinger's Personal Finance in the publication's annual ranking of public colleges, moving up two spots to 18.

Jan. 12 job fair will connect FSU students, campus and local employers

Florida State University students are invited to participate in the 2012 Spring Part-Time Job Fair, which the FSU Career Center and the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce will co-host on Thursday, Jan. 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Oglesby Union Ballrooms on the FSU campus.