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COSSPP Student Gets Internship under AT&T Gift

A student from the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy is one of three Florida State University students who will intern with Florida TaxWatch thanks to a $25,000 gift to the organization from AT&T.

Diana Mercas, a double major in international affairs and economics, will begin her internship in January 2016. Along with Debbie Alfred (finance and management information systems) and Frank Perez-Siam (accounting), Mercas will tackle such research topics as taxation, budgets, education and corrections.

Planning Lab Envisions a Future with Automated Vehicles

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning (DURP) Florida Planning and Development Lab (FPDL) provides technical assistance and capacity to communities and institutions, acting as a consulting and research team on a wide range of issues related to innovative planning for sustainable growth and long-term viability. In taking on these studio projects, graduate students in the FPDL gain applied, place-based professional training in planning and urban design that proves valuable in their future job searches and career choices.

Disaster Simulations Prepare Students for Emergency Management Careers

Florida State University students taking a course on designing disaster simulations are preparing well for future careers thanks to a valuable combination of the most up-to-date classroom knowledge, hands-on experience, and professional connections.

10 COSSPP Students Named to Honor Society

The Garnet and Gold Scholar Society named 37 students in its Fall 2015 inductees, December 2. Ten students from the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy were among those inducted:

18 Named to 2016 Social Science Scholars Cohort

After a rigorous interview and selection process, 18 outstanding juniors have been named to the 2016 cohort of the college's Social Science Scholars program.

CRC Grant Covers Study of Deforestation

The Florida State University Council on Research and Creativity has awarded Department of Geography Assistant Professor Stephanie Pau $13,000 to do fieldwork and satellite imagery analysis of deforestation in Sumatra, Indonesia, during summer 2016.

The project seeks to: 1) use super high-resolution satellite data (0.5m) and ground measurements to quantify forest cover associated coffee cultivation in Sumatra and 2) link satellite measures of forest cover to field surveys of biodiversity and carbon storage.

Public Health Grad Earns Certification

Madgene Moise, who earned her master’s in public health (MPH) in 2012, was notified by the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NPPHE), November 20, 2015, that she has merited a Certified in Public Health (CPH) credential. She is the first graduate of the program to pass this national exam and earn a certificate.

Geography Professor Part of Research Team on Waste and Sanitation in Uganda

The Swedish Research Council announced November 3, 2015, it will fund a multi-disciplinary team from Sweden, Uganda, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the U.S. to develop crucial knowledge about urban infrastructure challenges in Africa and the developing world. Mary Lawhon, an assistant professor in the Department of Geography, is part of the research team that will focus on waste and sanitation in Uganda.

Call for Research Proposals on Entrepreneurship, Regulation, Economic Growth

The DeVoe L. Moore Center is sponsoring its third annual undergraduate research competition and asking for proposals to research issues relating to entrepreneurship, regulation and economic growth. Projects can be national or local in scope, focusing on domestic and/or international issues. Projects should have an original research component. Proposals from any discipline will be considered and can include quantitative or qualitative research, although projects must be grounded in conventional social science research methods. Research projects must be completed by 31 May 2016.

Collins Institute Leads Efforts to Engage Citizens in Constitutional Revision

The LeRoy Collins Institute (LCI) is joining with 18 partners statewide to educate and engage Floridians in the 2017-2018 Constitution Revision Commission. The commission is a group of 37 people who are appointed to review and recommend changes to the Florida Constitution for voter consideration. This important event happens once every 20 years.

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