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Research Looks at Gun Ownership and Fear

September 25, 2019

by Kara Irby, FSU Communications

Benjamin Dowd-Arrow (FSU Photo: Bruce Palmer)

Are gun owners more or less afraid than people who do not own guns? A new study from researchers at Florida State University and the University of Arizona hopes to add some empirical data to the conversation after finding that gun owners tend to report less fear than non-gun owners.

Sociology Professors Take Part in Large-Scale Study on Marriage and Aging

September 18, 2019

Professors of Sociology Miles Taylor and Koji Ueno will be part of a $2 million data collection project funded by the National Institute on Aging.

Led by Claire Kamp Dush at Ohio State University, the Work and Family Life Study (WAFLS) is an extension of data collections done in 1980 and 2000 to explore trends in marital and family functioning and their impact on health and well-being.

College Names 2019 Distinguished Alumni

September 16, 2019

Three prominent graduates of the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy are the 2019 recipients of the annual distinguished alumni awards.

William Desvousges, Ph.D., Joyce Godwin and Major General Patrick D. Sargent, FACHE, will be honored at a special dinner and ceremony October 25, during the university’s Homecoming weekend.

FSU Explores Collaboration with Botswanan Universities

September 16, 2019

by Amy Farnum-Patronis, University Communications

When Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi visited Florida State University last September, he expressed his hopes of reinvigorating relations between his alma mater and the African country.

Research: Pets Ease Depression, Loneliness after Spousal Loss

September 5, 2019

by Kara Irby, FSU Communications

The following article follows up on a study first reported in February 2018 here.

As Healthy Aging Month is underway this September, Florida State University researchers have found the companionship of a pet after the loss of a spouse can help reduce feelings of depression and loneliness in older adults.

FSU Planning Program Ranked in Top 25

September 4, 2019

The Florida State University Department of Urban and Regional Planning graduate program has been recognized as one of the Top 25 in the U.S., according to 2019 rankings by Planetizen, an independent platform that creates, curates and promotes stories and resources related to the field of planning.

This is the first time the program has placed in Planetizen's Top 25.

Sociology Prof and Team Receive Grant for Early Dementia Detection

September 3, 2019

Assistant Professor of Sociology Dawn Carr is part of a team of Florida State University researchers who will seek to identify new ways to detect and treat age-related cognitive decline and dementia under a $2.9 million grant from the National Institute on Aging.

Professor of Psychology Walter Boot and Assistant Professor of Computer Science Shayok Chakraborty will lead a multidisciplinary team of researchers investigating the challenges with early detection and treatment of cognitive decline.

Research: Post-Retirement Cognitive Function

August 20, 2019

by Kara Irby, University Communications

Retiring from your full-time job might not be the best thing for your brain as you age, according to a new study out of Florida State University.

Public Health Students' PSA Chosen for National Conference Screening

August 12, 2019

A public service announcement produced by students in the college's interdisciplinary Master of Public Health program has been selected for screening at the 2019 Global Public Health Film Festival during the American Public Health Association's 2019 Annual Meeting and Expo in Philadelphia in November 2019.

Study Shows Unions Are Valuable for Political Knowledge

August 2, 2019

Political Science Ph.D. student David Macdonald's study is featured in this article, reprinted with permission from The Electrical Worker/IBEW web site.

If knowledge is power, then political knowledge is the fuel of an informed democracy. And according to a recent study, unions are a valuable source.

“Democracy suffers if people are making political decisions grounded in ignorance,” wrote study author David Macdonald, a political scientist at Florida State University.