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Student Spotlight: Lauren Thornberg

Lauren Thornberg is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the Department of Anthropology with a minor from the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics, both part of the College of Arts and Sciences. As part of her studies, Thornberg has been awarded a Boren Scholarship to study Cantonese in Hong Kong next year.

Two FSU graduate students win state’s only P.E.O. scholarships

Only two graduate students in the entire state of Florida were awarded prestigious Scholar Awards from the Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.), and they’re both enrolled in programs at Florida State University. Jessi Thomsen, a doctoral candidate in the English Department with a specialization in Rhetoric and Composition, and Brittany Mathes, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Psychology with a specialization in Clinical Psychology, will each receive a stipend from the International Chapter of the P.E.O. Sisterhood to support their study and research.

FSU researchers develop innovative technique for 3D printing using magnets

Researchers from the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering and FSU Department of Scientific Computing have developed a new technique for 3D printing that could produce much stronger materials that could be used in a variety of applications. In a paper published in the journal Additive Manufacturing, researchers showed the possibility of using magnetic fields near a 3D printer to change the alignment of fibers inside an object as it was being printed. This tweak in the mechanical properties of the material could greatly improve its overall quality and strength.

FSU student awarded prestigious fellowship from U.S. Department of Energy

A Florida State University graduate student has earned an esteemed fellowship from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Judith Roth, a doctoral student in the Department of Chemistry, was one of 62 graduate students from across the nation selected for the DOE’s Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program.

FSU researcher detects unknown submarine landslides

A Florida State University researcher has used new detection methods to identify 85 previously unknown submarine landslides that occurred in the Gulf of Mexico between 2008 and 2015, leading to questions about the stability of oil rigs and other structures, such as pipelines built in the region. Assistant Professor Wenyuan Fan in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science has published a new paper in the journal Geophysical Research Letters that identifies these landslides and the risks they pose to coastal communities.

Spending extra time in the kitchen? Try a chemistry lesson

Embracing some quarantine baking challenges? Or just trying to up your game when it comes to evening mealtime? Why not try some chemistry experiments at the same time? In a new piece for the journal Matter, Florida State University Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Lea Nienhaus and graduate student Zachary VanOrman write that even with labs and schools closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, there are still plenty of opportunities to introduce the magic of science to the next generation.

‘Hurricanes from scratch’: FSU researchers find even small disturbances can trigger catastrophic storms

You’ve probably seen the satellite images that show a hurricane developing: thick white clouds clumping together, arms spinning around a central eye as it heads for the coast. After decades of research, meteorologists still have questions about how hurricanes develop. Now, Florida State University researchers have found that even the smallest changes in atmospheric conditions could trigger a hurricane, information that will help scientists understand the processes that lead to these devastating storms.

Office of Research will allocate more than $400K toward COVID-19 projects

Florida State University’s Office of Research will allocate over $400,000 to fund 26 interdisciplinary projects that address questions related to COVID-19. The research tackles a variety of questions around the health, social and economic impacts brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Projects include exploring possible therapies, the development of tools for tracking infections and an examination of how the pandemic has affected mental health.

FSU modern languages students earn prestigious Boren scholarships

Three students from the College of Arts and Sciences will study abroad in 2021 to examine important national security issues. Florida State University’s Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics is sending three undergraduate students to study in countries with languages critical to U.S. national security thanks to the David L. Boren Scholarship. The students awarded Boren Scholarships are Russian majors Tetiana Panina and Grace Michaels and anthropology major Lauren Thornberg, who is minoring in Chinese.

FSU awards record number of honors medallions to Arts and Sciences spring graduates

Florida State University awarded honors medallions to 383 high-achieving graduates — the university’s largest class to date — during a virtual ceremony Thursday, April 30. One hundred and fifty of the 383 are from the College of Arts and Sciences. The FSU Honors Program supports the efforts and talents of the university’s most intellectually curious students who have the potential, dedication and drive for creating change.

FSU Research: For better emergency management planning, consider stress and frustration

When a hurricane is dangerous enough to prompt evacuations, thousands of people find themselves fleeing at once. Emergency planning officials want to know the best ways to safely and quickly evacuate their residents. That’s often meant focusing on a single objective, like moving people out of danger in the fastest way possible. But researchers at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering and Florida State University’s Department of Psychology have developed models that account for multiple considerations in a crisis, including the physical and mental demands on evacuees, especially vulnerable populations.

Study finds that uploading photos to social media leaves self-image starving

Editing and uploading those flattering selfies in the hopes of appearing your best actually leaves you feeling worse and increases the risk of an eating disorder, Florida State University researchers have found. Clinical psychology doctoral candidate Madeline Wick and Professor of Psychology Pamela Keel studied 80 college students’ responses to uploading photos of themselves to Instagram, the dominant photo sharing platform.