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October 2009

Florida State, Duke partner to study impact of Gulf's 'dead zone' on shrimp fishery

A team of researchers from The Florida State University, Duke University and the National Marine Fisheries Service will study the environmental and economic impacts of the vast "dead zone" in the northern Gulf of Mexico on shrimping in the region, home to one of the nation's most highly valued single-species fisheries.

Florida State honors first families with tribute garden

The Florida State University honored its first families past and present at a special dedication ceremony Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009.

Magnet promises to revolutionize high-field research

The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory has been awarded nearly $3 million to build a novel kind of superconducting magnet that will break records for magnetic field strength, make possible new types of science and save vast amounts of energy and money.

'Grads Made Good,' parade Grand Marshals among honorees at Homecoming Awards Breakfast

What do a former member of the Federal Reserve System's Board of Governors; a beloved university professor, administrator and mentor; and the creator of the legendary Osceola and Renegade football tradition have in common? All are among an esteemed group of individuals who will be honored this weekend at the Florida State University Alumni Association's Homecoming Awards Breakfast.

No elder left behind: Researchers say designers can help close tech gap

While more older adults than ever are using cell phones and computers, a technology gap still exists that threatens to turn senior citizens into second-class citizens, according to Florida State University researchers.

With NSF grant, researchers put their 'spin' on electron research

With a $450,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), a pair of Florida State University scientists are performing basic research involving electricity that could provide an important building block in the emerging technical field known as spintronics.

Florida State Homecoming 2009: Ignited by Tradition

Homecoming at The Florida State University has always been an exciting time for alumni to return to campus and join current students in celebration of an extraordinary university and its unconquered spirit, and soon they'll do it again during Homecoming 2009. This year's theme is "Ignited by Tradition."

Lyle Lovett & His Large Band to star at Seven Days concert Oct. 28

No one writes songs like Lyle Lovett. Finely wrought and full of wit, wisdom and Texas-sized storytelling, the singer/songwriter's catalog is rife with characters and concepts that loom large on the American landscape.

Film School students dominate national documentary competition

Students in the Florida State University College of Motion Picture, Television and Recording Arts have given another bravura performance, claiming a majority of the awards handed out in a new film documentary competition devoted to highlighting the works of philanthropic and charitable organizations.

NIH grants to fund research on early detection of autism

A Florida State University College of Medicine researcher has been awarded two separate grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) totaling $2.4 million to continue her work in detecting autism in children as young as 18 months.

Magnet lab to investigate promising superconductor

The Applied Superconductivity Center at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory has received $1.2 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to understand and enhance a new form of superconducting material that could be used to build more-powerful magnets utilized in a wide range of scientific research.

College of Medicine researcher among world's top structural biologists

A Florida State University College of Medicine biomedical sciences professor has been recognized as having one of the most influential structural biology laboratories in the world.

FAMU-FSU College of Engineering honored for diversity

The Florida A&M University-Florida State University College of Engineering has been selected to receive one of the three national 2009 Claire Felbinger Awards for Diversity.

Inside the first bird, surprising signs of a dinosaur

The raptor-like Archaeopteryx has long been viewed as the archetypal first bird, but new research reveals that it was actually a lot less "bird-like" than scientists had believed.

Magnetics researcher wins major grant to target TB

A Florida State University researcher has received a major research grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to screen small molecules that could be potential drug targets in the fight against tuberculosis, a common and deadly infectious disease that kills nearly 2 million people worldwide each year.

Researcher solves mystery about proteins that package the genome

A Florida State University College of Medicine researcher has solved a century-old mystery about proteins that play a vital role in the transfer of the human genetic code from one cell to another. The discovery could lead to finding new ways to help the body fight a variety of diseases, including cancer.

Grant will fund study on sea-level rise links to coastal climate change

The anticipated sea-level rise associated with climate change, including increased storminess, over the next 100 years and the impact on the nation's low-lying coastal infrastructure is the focus of a new, interdisciplinary study led by geologists at The Florida State University <>.

Ringling/Baryshnikov festival a showcase for Florida State students

Florida State University students will be in the spotlight in Sarasota as The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, operated by The Florida State University in Sarasota, Florida, and New York's Baryshnikov Arts Center launch the inaugural Ringling International Arts Festival, October 7-11, 2009.