Spectrum Magazine
The Alumni Magazine of Florida State University's College of Arts and Sciences


FSU meteorology alumnus Jason King leads weather team supporting launch operations

They call it the lightning capital of the U.S. The corridor from Tampa to Titusville in Florida, known as “Lightning Alley,” experiences almost 60 lightning strikes each year for every square mile.

Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science | Spectrum Winter 2023
Two-time clinical psychology alumnus Keanan Joyner looks to the brain for answers in understanding, preventing substance addiction

Drug and alcohol misuse and addiction are not unique to any one person — many people know someone who has overdosed or they may have a person who has battled dependency in their friend group or family.

Psychology | Spectrum Winter 2023
Alumna Jessica Washington focuses on the human aspect of monetary transactions at the Federal Reserve

For Department of English alumna Jessica Washington, working in the payments industry is more than securely processing the transfer of money.

English | Spectrum Winter 2023
Religion, philosophy alumna Laura Guidry-Grimes brings context, ethics to medical settings

Laura Guidry-Grimes’ job might not be the easiest to understand, but the difference her work makes for patients and families going through some of the toughest times of their lives is crystal clear.

Religion, Philosophy | Spectrum Winter 2023
Two-time FSU alumna Sheree M. Mitchell uses languages, humanities background to curate authentic cultural experiences abroad

Brightly colored tourist shops and national monuments compete for visitors’ attention in travel destinations across the globe, but it’s often said that only the locals know the best spots. That is, unless you’re Sheree M. Mitchell. “You don’t really know a country until you truly understand its soul,” Mitchell said.

Modern Languages and Linguistics | Spectrum Summer 2022
Air Force Lt. Col. Joshua Tyler’s dedication spans military, civilian and alumni roles

Joshua Tyler has always had vision. As he watched hotshot fighter jet pilots screaming across the big screen in the 1980s, Tyler knew he had a future in the military. Those dreams continued as he worked his way through the Boy Scouts, reaching the rank of Eagle Scout in his late teens, a natural entry point to military service.

Air Force ROTC, Biological Science | Spectrum Summer 2022
FSU Basketball captain and meteorology grad student Harrison Prieto finds harmony in the clouds and on the court

The wild unpredictability of weather can be terrifying to some. For meteorology alumnus and graduate student Harrison Prieto, affectionally known to scholars and teammates alike as “The Weatherman,” the unknown is the most exciting part.

Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science | Spectrum Summer 2022
Anthropology alumnus Jorge Zamanillo leads launch of the Smithsonian’s newest museum

Sometimes, the small moments that alter the course of one’s life pass unnoticed and only in retrospect is all revealed. Florida State University alumnus Jorge Zamanillo, the newly appointed founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Latino, was 19 when he visited Washington, D.C., at the invitation of a friend going for a work trip.

Anthropology | Spectrum Summer 2022
Alumna Elise Chávez conducts high-energy experimental physics using the world’s most powerful collider

While we’re often encouraged to look at the big picture, Elise Chávez thinks small. Chávez, a Florida State Department of Physics alumna, is a particle physicist, working at the nano level to examine and experiment with subatomic particles — electrons, protons, neutrons — the smallest building blocks of the universe.

Physics | Spectrum Winter 2022
Alumnus and researcher John Wilcox works to improve lives of diabetes patients

Training for a marathon is already a brutal, months long endeavor, but for John Wilcox, logging 40 to 60 miles per week in his preparation for the 2021 Boston Marathon posed an additional challenge.

Biological Science | Spectrum Winter 2022
As the state’s top military leader, alumna Tracy Norris guides the Texas Guard to meet today’s missions

Being a leader is nothing new for Tracy Norris. In her long military career, the Army Major General has served in combat zones and worked her way through the ranks, earning increasing positions of responsibility.

Anthropology, Army ROTC | Spectrum Winter 2022
Alumna Angel Purganan highlights how humanistic skills support data analysis, tech success

Saying Angel Purganan has a broad range of interests is a bit of an understatement. When the Tampa, Fla., native graduated from Florida State University this spring, it was with dual degrees in philosophy and political science and minors in Middle Eastern studies and history.

Philosophy, History, Modern Languages and Linguistics | Spectrum Winter 2022