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

Welcome to Spectrum magazine, the official alumni publication of the Florida State University College of Arts and Sciences. In each edition, you’ll see articles highlighting the college’s heritage strengths in the humanities and sciences, and explore the personal perspectives of current students, esteemed alumni and distinguished faculty.

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Winter 2021 Edition

On the Cover

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every facet of life and forced adjustment in the ways we work and live. As a university known for its strong sense of community, this period of isolation has challenged us to maintain those bonds despite our distance. This edition’s cover reminds us of the traditions that bind us to FSU and to each other and the Tallahassee campus that feels like home.

Photo illustration by Tom Morgan. Original photo by FSU Photography Services.


The Life Aquatic

FSU alumnus brings decades of experience to new role at alma mater

Ion the Prize

Florida State University alumnus Kerry Gilmore finds his calling with chemistry

Jim Jones
Teacher. Scholar. FrienD.

Jim Jones taught three generations of FSU students to love American history and became a legend in the process


Hidden histories

Anthropology grad student applies STEM techniques to uncover forgotten societies

Scholarship and Service

Air Force ROTC cadet preps for an international career

Five-star recruits

Arts and Sciences students excel as Presidential Scholars and beyond

Code switched

FSU senior combines passions for biology, Spanish to study the science of language

Hindsight: 2020

Florida State University students, faculty and staff persevere during a challenging year


Voices for change

Florida State University reacts to tensions of race, diversity in America

Hot Water

FSU-led team earns NSF grant to study effects of heat waves on sea urchins

Practice makes perfect

There’s an old joke that goes something like this: A tourist asks a musician, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” The musician answers, “Practice, practice, practice!”

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