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College Alums Partner with FSU on Solar Power

August 23, 2017

by Susan Hansen, FSU Communications

Florida State University is moving forward on the path of solar sustainability — thanks to three alumni and FSU Sustainable Campus.

The alumni, Justin Vandenbroeck, Chris Diaz and Scott Minos, provided and installed 12 solar panels to their alma mater, all pro bono. Diaz ('88) and Minos ('84) are alums of the college.

Deana Rohlinger Named Associate Dean

August 23, 2017

The College of Social Sciences and Public Policy has named Professor of Sociology Deana Rohlinger to a newly created position, Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Community Engagement.

College Welcomes New Faculty

The college is pleased to welcome new faculty for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Policy Pub Returns with Hot Topics, Sparkling Conversation

Policy Pub, the college's popular public forum series at Backwoods Bistro, returns for a second season this fall with topics that address key issues affecting everyone’s lives. Three new monthly sessions of the Pub will feature brief, plain-language talks by our faculty, followed by questions and discussion from the public.

The fall 2017 series kicks off Tuesday, September 12, at Backwoods Bistro with a presentation by Assistant Professor of Geography Christopher Uejio: “Win/Win Opportunities for Improving Health in the Face of Climate Change.”

Planning Grad Student Wins APA Scholarship

August 9, 2017

Hadley Peterson, a student in the master's degree program of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, has been awarded a scholarship from the American Planning Association (APA).

Garnet & Gold Society Inducts New Members

August 2, 2017

Florida State University welcomed 34 new inductees into its prestigious Garnet & Gold Scholar Society this summer. Nine students with majors in the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy made up more than 26% of this summer's inductees.

Pepper Faculty Receive Grant Award to Study Pets’ Benefits to Aging

July 28, 2017

At the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics World Congress in San Francisco, July 24, 2017, Assistant Professor of Sociology Dawn Carr, an associate of the Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy, and Professor of Psychology Natalie Sachs-Ericsson, an affiliate of the institute, received a $50,000 grant for research on the impact of Human-Animal Interaction (HAI) on healthy aging in older adults (50+) and/or their caregivers.

MAAPP Students Organize Event About Retaining Grads Locally

July 21, 2017

By: Mariel Carbone | WCTV Eyewitness News

Each year, thousands of college grads across the Capital City are faced with a decision: to stay, or to go. Many choose to go.

“After school I'd probably head out to other cities,” said Carolina Paz, a junior at Florida State University.

The phenomenon is known as “brain drain,” with educated grads picking up and moving on to bigger cities. It’s a choice that local stakeholders and leaders are trying to change.

Geography Research: Twitter Heats Up When Temperatures Rise

July 19, 2017

by Kara Irby

For more than a decade, people have used social media to express themselves and inform and engage users across the globe. Now, a new study by Florida State University researchers examines the impact rising temperatures have on Twitter activity and how government officials use the social media tool to warn the general public of heatwave conditions.


July 13, 2017

The college's Florida Certified Public Manager (CPM) program will honor 351 new graduates this summer, bringing the total number of CPM graduates in Florida to approximately 5,906 — more than any other state.

In honor of these CPM graduates, Gov. Rick Scott has designated the week of July 24-30, 2017, as “Certified Public Manager Recognition Week.”