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College Is Election Central for 2016 Campaign Season

At the best of times, understanding all the implications and intentions around an election can be daunting. By most estimations, this has been an unusual, unprecedented, and unpredictable presidential campaign. Luckily, here at the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, we have the resources to pick through the confusion and make some sense of it all.

Geography Professor Receives CDC Grant

Thanks to a $1 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control, Assistant Professor of Geography Chris Uejio will help county health departments better prepare for and combat public health problems created by changing environmental factors.

Hear the FSU News radio story about the research:

Elections Expert, Distinguished Alum to Speak at FSU

Florida State University alumnus Susan MacManus, a political science professor at the University of South Florida (USF) and a frequent national media commentator on elections and campaigns, shares her considerable expertise with the university community and general public in an upcoming talk on campus. “2016: An Election Like No Other,” will focus on how reaching voters has changed significantly in today’s high-tech world where personalities often "trump" policies.

Pulitzer-Winning Journalist to Speak at FSU

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and University of Georgia Visiting Professor Cynthia Tucker will deliver a lecture and take part in a panel discussion as part of the annual Joe Cresse Ethics in Government Lecture Series sponsored by the Reubin O’D. Askew School of Public Administration and Policy at Florida State University.

Applications Open for Social Science Scholars Program

Students majoring in social sciences are invited to apply for the Social Science Scholars program.


As a Social Science Scholar, you will:

* Join a select group of outstanding students

* Enroll in a unique leadership seminar next spring

* Participate in a variety of academic and extracurricular activities

* Design and carry out your own research or service project in the U.S. or abroad

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.