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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.”

Economics Grad Student, Alum to Meet with Nobelists

July 7, 2017

A graduate student and an alumnus from the college's Department of Economics have been selected to participate in the 6th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences in Lindau, Germany, this summer. It’s a prestigious honor afforded only to the top young researchers chosen from thousands of applicants worldwide.

College Alum Receives Prestigious USAID Fellowship

July 6, 2017

A recent graduate of the college has earned a distinguished graduate studies fellowship from the U.S. Agency for International Development and Howard University.

Marshall Cohn Named 2017 Distinguished Alum

The College of Social Sciences and Public Policy has named Marshall Cohn its Distinguished Alumnus for 2017.

Cohn (B.S. '81) has been engaging with FSU for years in many capacities, so a little more than five years ago when then Dean David Rasmussen told him about a new program for undergraduates he was establishing at the college, Marshall was one of the first to "hop aboard."

ISS Student Selected 2017 Humanity in Action Fellow

Roberto Flores, a rising senior majoring in music performance and interdisciplinary social science, has received a 2017 fellow by Humanity in Action, an international organization that educates and inspires young leaders who are passionate about changing the world.

Flores, 21, is one of 30 undergraduate students and recent graduates from the U.S. and Europe selected as winners of the John Lewis Fellowship, the American program of the Humanity in Action Fellowship.

Planning Department Appoints New Planner-in-Residence

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning (DURP) within the college announced, June 8, Dennis J. Smith, Growth Management Coordinator for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), has been named the planner-in-residence at DURP effective July 24, 2017. Smith will guide the award-winning Florida Planning and Development Lab (FPDL), the department’s applied master’s-level studio.

Researchers Find Tornado Strength Has Greater Impact Than Population on Casualty Totals

May 24, 2017

New research out of the Department of Geography shows that the strength of a tornado has a significantly larger effect than population on the number of casualties.

“It’s somewhat surprising because we’re led to believe it’s just a problem with exposure — the more people in the way, the more casualties,” said James Elsner, chair of the department and the Earl and Sofia Shaw Professor.

Social Science Scholar Chosen for Prestigious Summer Institute

Joan Joseph, a junior political science student at Florida State University, has been named a 2017 Ralph Bunche Summer Institute scholar by the American Political Science Association.