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College Alum Named to Grads Made Good

Rodney Hero ('75, Political Science) has been chosen as one of the three FSU alumni to be honored as the university's "Grads Made Good" for 2015.

A magna cum laude graduate of what was then called the Department of Government (now Political Science), Rodney went on to earn his Ph.D. at Purdue University and forged a remarkable career as a scholar, teacher, and public servant. He has held professorships at Arizona State, Colorado, and Notre Dame and now holds the Haas Chair in Diversity and Democracy in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley.

Report: Social Sciences Produce Leaders

A survey released June 1 by the British Council has confirmed something we’ve known here at the college for years. Those in key leadership positions around the world, the people who make the big policy decisions and effect social change, more often have backgrounds in the social sciences and humanities.

Geography Professor Studies Hurricane-Climate Change Link

by Kathleen Haughney, FSU News

Climate change may be the driving force behind fewer, yet more powerful hurricanes and tropical storms, says a Florida State geography professor.

In a paper published today by Nature Climate Change, Professor Jim Elsner and his former graduate student Namyoung Kang found that rising ocean temperatures are having an effect on how many tropical storms and hurricanes develop each year.

“We’re seeing fewer hurricanes, but the ones we do see are more intense,” Elsner said. “When one comes, all hell can break loose.”

Researchers Use Unmanned Aircraft Systems to Prep for Hurricanes

Florida State University’s Center for Disaster Risk Policy made history in May by flying unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) — commonly known as drones — in an emergency response exercise to prepare for the Atlantic hurricane season.

The exercise was the first in the nation to integrate UAS. Prior to this, industry officials, emergency managers and researchers had only discussed the possibility of incorporating drones into a major disaster-response exercise.

Students Win Scholarships for International Study

Three Florida State University students are set to spend a year abroad in world regions critical to U.S. interests thanks to prestigious David L. Boren Scholarships, and they are all connected with the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy.

Senior Cecilio Moreno and Jesse Marks and junior Mia Concilus are three of 171 undergraduates nationally to earn Boren Scholarships.

EPA Grant Will Fund Study of Extreme Heat Hazards

An assistant professor in the Department of Geography at Florida State University will be the principal investigator on a $500,000 three-year research grant awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The grant will fund a study of health outcomes for people vulnerable to extreme building temperatures.

Business Incubator Helps Spur Student Entrepreneurs

Florida State University students with a passion for social change are benefiting from partnerships beyond the campus to inspire their ideas for start-ups that address pressing social issues.

COSSPP Students Inducted into Garnet & Gold Society

The college has always been well represented by our outstanding students in the Garnet and Gold Scholastic Honor Society, and this year is no exception.

Twenty-two COSSPP students were among the 144 inducted into the society, April 27, 2015:

Florida Blue CEO Honored by MPH Program

Florida State University’s Master of Public Health (MPH) Program is honoring Pat Geraghty, chairman and CEO of Florida Blue, the state’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield plan and a leader in Florida’s health care industry.

College Scores Big in University Leadership Awards

Congratulations to students from our college who won Leadership Awards at the annual ceremony on April 14, 2015:

- Bob E. Leach Award (exemplary leadership and service to the university): Daniel Hubbard (Sociology/Psychology)

- Academic Leadership Award (academic performance, university service, and contributions in and out of classroom): Alexandra Olsen (Sociology/French; International Affairs minor)

- Inter-Residence Hall Government President of the Year: Sydney Ollar (IA/English)

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