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Geography Researcher Receives National Geographic Grant

November 22, 2017

Assistant Professor of Geography Stephanie Pau was awarded a National Geographic grant for her research on tropical forest phenology and climate change by the organization's Committee for Research and Exploration.

Phenology, often referred to as “nature’s calendar," is the study of periodic plant and animal life cycle events, such as the timing of plant bud bursts or bird migrations, and how these are influenced by seasonal and interannual variations in climate, as well as habitat factors,e.g. elevation.

College Junior Wins Second Entrepreneurship Prize

November 20, 2017

Students from FSU’s Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship squared off against UF students in the first-ever Turkey Tank Competition in Gainesville, November 20, 2017. FSU’s team, led by a student of the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, came away with the win.

Planning Students Win Scholarships

November 20, 2017

The American Planning Association Florida has awarded its 2017 Minority Scholarships to Daphne Green and Wisnerson Benoit, students in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning.

Student Takes Unconventional Course to Rhodes Scholar Finalist

November 20, 2017

by Dave Heller, FSU Communications

Florida State University senior Gil Damon called it an honor to participate this weekend as a finalist in an interview for a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to the University of Oxford in England.

Damon, 21, prepared for this moment for months and while his name was not listed in the final group of 32 U.S. scholarship recipients, Damon had no regrets over his effort.

Professor Named Fellow for Work on Urban Economics

November 16, 2017

DeVoe Moore Eminent Scholar and Professor of Economics Keith Ihlanfeldt has been named a Halbert Smith Honorary Fellow of the Weimer School of the Homer Hoyt Institute.

Researcher finds media impacts public expression

November 9, 2017

By Kara Irby, FSU Communications

Assistant Professor of Political Science Benjamin Schneer

Most people probably think the media drives public conversation — that when people read things in newspapers or online, it helps set the agenda for what they are talking about with their peers. Now, a team of researchers including a Florida State University professor have the numbers to back the idea up.

Student Provides Social Science Voice in Science Competition

Update: Since this article was first published, the inaugural FSU iGEM team emerged from the Jamboree competition with a bronze medal.

The college is supporting an international affairs major who is lending a social science and public policy perspective to a team of students in an international synthetic biology competition.

Study Finds Florida Needs More Pet-Friendly Shelters

October 23, 2017

by Kara Irby, University Communications

Florida needs more pet-friendly shelters, especially for older adults who represent 50 to 75 percent of deaths following disasters like hurricanes, according to a recent study from Florida State University.

College Launches "Wicked Problems, Wicked Solutions" Blog

October 23, 2017

The College of Social Sciences and Public Policy today launched a new blog, “Wicked Problems, Wicked Solutions,” a forum for faculty and students of the college to talk about their research and teaching on the many challenges faced by contemporary society.

The blog is a space to investigate and dissect a range of “wicked problems” from the perspective of social science and public policy.

Research Team Receives Grant to Study Urban Infrastructure Systems

A multi-disciplinary team of researchers, including faculty and graduate students from the Florida State University College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, has been awarded a $2.5 million grant for the project “Urban Infrastructure Systems Framework to Advance Access and Wellbeing in Communities.”