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Sam Holley-Kline is a postdoctoral scholar in the Florida State University Department of History, part of the College of Arts and Sciences. His book manuscript, “In the Shadow of El Tajín: Life and Labor on a Mexican Archaeological Site,” explores indigenous histories silenced during archaeological excavation and reconstruction.

Six graduate students from Florida State University are among seven students in the state of Florida to earn prestigious Scholar Awards from the Philanthropic Educational Organization. The P.E.O. Scholar Awards are one-time, competitive, merit-based awards intended to recognize and encourage academic excellence and achievement by women in doctoral-level programs.

Florida State University will host two summer commencement ceremonies as the university confers nearly 3,000 degrees Friday, July 30, at the Donald L. Tucker Center. FSU President John Thrasher will preside over commencement for the final time of his presidency, and he also will deliver the commencement address to Summer 2021 graduates.

Roughly 1 out of 15,000 people born suffer from Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSHD), a rare disease that starts with the progressive weakening of facial muscles and then the shoulders and upper body. By the time patients reach their 50s, around one-fifth of them are wheelchair bound.

The World Health Organization confirms that the worldwide obesity rate has tripled since 1975, with 39 percent of adults considered overweight and 13 percent considered obese as of 2016.

A Florida State University biological science doctoral student has received an international fellowship to study coral reefs and parrotfish in France this fall. Marine ecologist Joshua Manning will use the Chateubriand Fellowship to collaborate with Simon Benhamou, CNRS Research Director at the Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive, CEFE, the largest French research center in Ecology and Evolutionary Ecology, in Montpellier, France.

Florida State University researchers are helping to write the “cookbook” describing the properties of vitrimers, a promising material that combines the benefits of different types of polymers.

Robert Szot is a sophomore majoring in meteorology in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science, and minoring in computer science, both part of the College of Arts and Sciences.

After a year’s delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tokyo Olympics will commence at the end of July to much fanfare, but with no actual fans in the stands. The games begin July 23 and run through Aug. 8. Florida State University researchers are available to assist reporters who are covering the Summer Olympics.

Sometimes the path to tackle one question in science leads to an answer on a totally different question. That is what happened when a team of Florida State University researchers began looking for ways to synthesize natural products that could potentially serve as a treatment for cancer and neurological diseases.

Eric Feely is a senior majoring in Middle Eastern Studies, through the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics, part of the College of Arts and Sciences. As a Boren Award Scholarship recipient, Feely hopes to master the art of the Arabic language during his time abroad in Amman, Jordan, beginning Fall 2021.