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

Summer 2022

On the Cover

Since 2005, the Legacy Fountain has anchored the verdant expanse of Landis Green as a monument to Florida State University’s evolution from the Florida State College for Women, to which the College of Arts and Sciences traces its roots, into the coeducational, top-tier research university it is today. The fountain’s creator, painter Edward Jonas, received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from FSU in 1971. As seen from above on this issue’s cover, the FSU seal is rendered in Venetian glass tiles hand-set by students working with FSU’s Master Craftsman Studio. Photo by Amy Walden. Production assistance by McKenzie Harris. Photo editing by Tom Morgan. Special thanks to FSU Facilities’ Russ Cooper and Marc Helton, and Master Craftsman Studio’s Carlin “Cee” Hester.

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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | Summer 2022
Ph.D. candidate Brianna Coia uses chemistry to tackle environmental issues

When many people think of helping the environment, big-picture images of trash cleanup or climate change policy activism spring to mind. But for Florida State University Ph.D. candidate Brianna Coia, making a big difference is all in the details.

Chemistry and Biochemistry | Summer 2022
Luke Van Popering earns the first master’s degree from Florida State’s new interdisciplinary data science program

When asked how it feels to be the first graduate of the Interdisciplinary Data Science Master’s Degree Program in Florida State University’s history, Luke Van Popering shrugged and chuckled.

Data Science, Scientific Computing | Summer 2022
Abril Hunter uses her research background to translate environmental science into public policy

When Abril Hunter was named a Truman Scholar this spring, it was the latest in a lengthy list of accolades the rising senior has earned since first arriving at Florida State University in 2019. The scholarship recognizes those who carry the legacy of President Harry S. Truman’s dedication to public service and is the nation’s most prestigious fellowship for undergraduates interested in serving at local, state or federal levels.

Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science | Summer 2022
Appearance isn’t the only thing identical twins Ethan and Noah DuBroff have in common.

Because the DuBroff twins, Ethan and Noah, say that being twins doesn’t make them the same person, they find it humorous their argument is undermined by the fact that they happen to like all the same things.

History, Classics | Summer 2022
Chemist, entrepreneur and Florida State President Richard McCullough shares his thoughts on science and humanities collaboration and the value of the research enterprise

As Florida State University’s 16th president, Richard McCullough brings to the role more than three decades of experience in academic research and leadership that have helped him hit the ground running since his arrival last August.

Florida State News, College News, Chemistry and Biochemistry | Summer 2022
FSU neuroscientist Wen Li studies processes behind human emotion, cognition and psychopathology

"Isn’t it just so beautiful?” Florida State University associate professor of neuroscience Wen Li asks, gazing at the image on her computer screen, smiling from ear to ear. Li looks at MRI scans of a human brain the way many people look at a colorful sunset, and her passion for neuroscience and clinical psychology is undeniably infectious.

Neuroscience, Psychology | Summer 2022
Junior Arts and Sciences faculty earn prestigious NSF awards to advance leadership, teaching in their fields

Pursuing a career in academia or research can be an overwhelming prospect for recent doctoral graduates, and the prospect of a career combining both can be downright daunting. However, some of Florida State University’s junior faculty are getting national attention and support to launch groundbreaking research careers.

Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science, Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science | Summer 2022
Florida State University’s academic excellence translates to corporate success

A university education is commonly seen as a gateway for students to access careers in the corporate world. But the country’s top universities also serve as centers for early-stage research and development and hubs for innovation.

Scientific Computing, Computer Science, Biological Science, Chemistry and Biochemistry | Summer 2022