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College News Briefs: March 10, 2017

- Students and staff of the FSU Emergency Management and Homeland Security (EMHS) program assisted the Leon County Sheriff's Office the first week of March 2017 in the search for a teen missing since 2014. The area just south of Highway 20 West near the teen's home, where he was last seen driving away on his bike at midnight, is heavily wooded, making ground searches difficult and time consuming. The EMHS team spent several hours taking close to 1,400 photos of the area from long-range, specialized drones equipped with high-definition cameras and then studying them for anything out of the ordinary. In the past three years, law enforcement has used more and more aerial searches, according to EMHS director David Merrick. The FSU team’s first deployment was in May 2016to help search for another missing person. The team also assisted in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. (Full story in the Tallahassee Democrat here.)

- Assistant Professor of Political Science Inken von Borzyscowski will serve as a panelist at a U.S. Institute of Peace event (USIP) in Washington, D.C., March 23, 2017, The panel will discuss past and upcoming elections that illustrate the risk of violence in such countries as the Philippines, Gambia, Haiti and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The aim of the discussion is to identify promising ways to realize peace at the polls. Panelists include ambassadors to the U.S., leading election scholars, and the contributing authors of Electing Peace, a new USIP book that examines the effectiveness of common practices to prevent election violence. (More about the panel here.)

- Joan Joseph, an undergraduate majoring in political science and statistics, has been invited to attend the 2017 Ralph Bunche Summer Institute, hosted by Duke University and sponsored by the American Political Science Association and the National Science Foundation. The institute is a highly competitive program that serves as a feeder for diverse students to enter graduate school. Department of Political Science Chair Charles Barrileaux called this "a great accomplishment for Joan," who is also a Social Science Scholar for 2017-2018. (More about the institute here.)