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Researchers Pursue Truth about Cats and Dogs…and Older Adults

February 22, 2018

By Bill Edmonds, Institute for Successful Longevity

Many believe that owning pets can be beneficial for older adults. But is it true that a dog or a cat can make life better for older family members, or is this simply a comfortable myth?

COSSPP Students Advance toward Fulbright Scholarships

Florida State University processed 69 Fulbright applications and sent them to be reviewed by the national committee. Of the 19 FSU students that have been chosen as semi-finalists, six are either current students or graduates of the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy. Their applications are now being sent to the countries where they hope to either conduct research or teach English next year:

Sociologists Help Students Understand Informed, Respectful Opposition

A faculty member and a grad student from the college brought a contemporary issue into a local school to help students understand the complexities of social change and find ways to formulate and respectfully express opinions.

Professor of Sociology Deana Rohlinger and sociology Ph.D. candidate Cynthia Williams conducted an exercise focused on the Take a Knee movement, engaging students in seventh grade civics classes at Tallahassee’s Swift Creek Middle School, February 6.

Pepper Institute and Center to Host Radio Segments on Aging

February 2, 2018

by LaToya Dupree-Cotton, Pepper Institute/COSSPP

The Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy and the Claude Pepper Center, along with support from the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at FSU, will sponsor weekly “Aging Today” segments on 88.9, WFSU-FM, beginning February 6, 2018.

Collins Institute Reports on Local Debt Obligation

February 1, 2018

The LeRoy Collins Institute (LCI) today released a new report in its Tough Choices series, "Benchmarking Debt Obligations in Florida Cities and Counties," which evaluates the long-term debt obligations of all 67 Florida counties and the largest 162 municipalities. The benchmark data provided in the report can help residents and government officials identify how their city or county’s debt compared to that of other local Florida governments.

College Faculty Nominated for Teaching Awards

February 1, 2018

Congratulations to the members of our faculty and staff who have been nominated for university teaching and advising awards for the 2017-2018 academic year:

Geography Prof Takes on Seagrass Restoration Research Under New Grant

January 25, 2018

A faculty member in the Department of Geography has been awarded a grant as part of national funding for a series of projects on new technologies for monitoring and evaluating environmental restoration projects.

Assistant Professor Sarah Lester received $365,699 for a research prject titled “Developing an Integrated Monitoring and Assessment Framework for Evaluating Ecosystem Service Outcomes from Seagrass Restoration in the Gulf of Mexico.”

Student Entrepreneur Selected for Fellowship

January 25, 2018

by Housam Antoury, University Communications

An international affairs major has been selected to participate in the 2018 Future Founders cohort, a nonprofit fellowship that empowers the development of top student entrepreneurs across the country.

Student Channels Passion for Social Justice into Leadership

January 25, 2018

by Brooks Lockett, University Communications

Senior Saleshia Ellis, a social sciences and urban and regional planning major, has always excelled as a leader. While attending Florida State University, she has used its invaluable opportunities to further develop her talents as a changemaker, maximize her potential and foster her desire to pursue a career positively affecting the lives of others.

Climate Change Linked to More Flowery Tropical Forests

January 19, 2018

by Zachary Boehm, University Communications

New research from a Department of Geography scientist has revealed a surprising relationship between surging atmospheric carbon dioxide and flower blooms in a remote tropical forest.

FSU researchers studying the rich tropical forests of Panama’s Barro Colorado Island found that climbing rates of carbon dioxide have set the stage for a multidecade increase in overall flower production. The findings were outlined in a paper published in the journal Global Change Biology.