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EMHS Supports Hurricane Hermine Response

Students, faculty, and staff of the Emergency Management and Homeland Security (EMHS) program at Florida State University provided valuable assistance in several capacities to support response and recovery efforts when Hurricane Hermine struck North Florida, September 1, 2016.

Public Administration Alum Steps into Major Role at FSU

Kathy Mears, an alum from the college who served as chief of staff to two consecutive Florida House speakers, has been named the new top in-house lobbyist for Florida State University. She will take the new role of chief legislative affairs officer on September 19.

It’s a homecoming for Mears, who got both her undergraduate degree and master’s in public administration from FSU.

FAA Awards Drone Training Program

The Emergency Management and Homeland Security (EMHS) program at FSU was recently awarded a Section 333 exemption by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

FSU is now one of only two universities in the US to have been granted an FAA 333 exemption for training Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) pilots.

This exemption allows the EMHS program greater flexibility in their efforts to teach students hands-on flying and engage in UAS research nationwide.

Emergency Management Students Conduct Training in Chile

The Florida State University Emergency Management and Homeland Security (EMHS) program offers exemplary students the chance to work in an international environment in the field of emergency management. In Summer 2016, four EMHS students participated in a unique opportunity to make a positive impact on vulnerable populations in the Atacama Desert in Chile.

DURP Faculty Member's Paper Wins Award

Jeff Brown, professor and chair of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, has been selected to receive the Charley V. Wootan Award for Best Paper in Transportation Policy by the Transportation Research Board (TRB), the most respected transportation research body in the word. Brown will share the award with co-authors Eric Morris (Clemson) and Brian Taylor (UCLA). The paper was published in Transportation Research Record earlier this year. The authors will be recognized at the Chairman's Luncheon at the TRB Annual Meeting in January 2017.

Political Science Professor Speaks at UN

Assistant Professor of Political Science Inken von Borzyskowski will speak at the United Nations, August 31, 2016, in a special brownbag seminar sponsored by the UN Policy and Mediation Division of the Department of Political Affairs.

New Pub Series Brings Policy Expertise to Fun Public Gatherings

The college is launching a new series that puts the "public" in Public Policy and the "social" in Social Sciences!

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Alums Named Notable Noles for 2016

The Florida State University Alumni Association has named its 2016 Notable Noles (formerly the Thirty Under 30), recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of FSU's young alumni.

Graduates of the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy make up 40% of the honorees this year - 6 out of 15.

Each recipient of the honor has shown exceptional achievement and significant contributions to his or her profession, community/society, or the university and demonstrate outstanding professional and personal development either through traditional channels or innovative approaches.

Planning Student Honored by Professional Organization

Kayla Costello (MS in Planning 2016) has been selected as the American Planning Association Florida's Student of the Year. She will be presented her award during the upcoming APA Florida Conference in Tampa in September.

Students selected for this honor must demonstrate "outstanding achievement during the nominee’s academic career in planning,” “support of planning,” and “effectiveness, results, and potential” for a successful career as a planning professional.