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Research Examines Racial Bias in Police Actions

August 3, 2020

Upon receiving a McKnight Junior Faculty Development Fellowship in July, Assistant Professor of Public Administration James E. Wright II noted that the fellowship will make it possible for him to focus on research that not only has impacts within academia but changes the nature of policing in the United States.

Summer Graduates Awarded Honors Medallions

July 30, 2020

Florida State University awarded honors medallions to 27 high-achieving graduates during a virtual ceremony on Thursday, July 30. Of these, five students with at least one major in the college were honored.

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.

Garnet & Gold Scholar Society Inductees 2019-2020

July 30, 2020

William Lineberry, FSU Career Center, contributed to this report

Florida State University welcomed 17 new inductees into its prestigious Garnet & Gold Scholar Society this summer. Three of the inductees have at least one major in the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy.

These new inductions bring the number of COSSPP students in the society to 64 of the total 392 inductees for the 2019-2020 academic year.

NSF Grant Advances Geographer's Research on Plant Ecosystems

July 29, 2020


Associate Professor of Geography Stephanie Pau at a key research site for her new project, Hawaii's Laupahoehoe forest

COSSPP Faculty, Students, Alum Serve on FSU Anti-Racism Task Force

July 23, 2020


Task Force members Abhari, Davis, Feacher, Jackson, Janvier, Kunin, Osborne

Seven individuals with connections to the college are serving on the 30-member President's Task Force on Anti-Racism, Equality & Inclusion for the 2020-2021 academic year, FSU President John Thrasher announced July 23.

Faculty Awarded Fellowships to Support Research

July 21, 2020

Two assistant professors within the college have been awarded McKnight Junior Faculty Development Fellowships for the 2020-2021 academic year.


April Jackson, James Wright

Research: Securing the Future of Declining Coral Reefs

July 21, 2020

by Mark Blackwell Thomas, University Communications

In recent decades, the decline of living hard coral on reefs around the world has raised concerns among marine experts. For years, the presumption was that decline signaled that an entire reef’s future was threatened.

A study by Florida State University researchers shows that might not always be the case. While a complement of healthy coral is still preferred, dead or dying coral might not be fatal for an entire reef.

Study Looks at Impact of Hurricane on Puerto Rico's Population

July 16, 2020

by Mark Blackwell Thomas, University Communications


Assistant Professor of Sociology Matt Hauer

Life for the people of Puerto Rico hasn’t been the same since Hurricane Maria devastated the island in September 2017.

A recent study by a Florida State University researcher shows it won’t be the same for decades to come.

Planning Studio Wins Statewide Award for Ringling Project

July 9, 2020


Students in the urban and regional planning studio making preliminary presentations on their
award-winning project for the FSU Ringling campus

Faculty News and Research Briefs

July 1, 2020

A Round-Up of Recent COSSPP Faculty News and Research

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