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Geography Professor Studies Hurricane-Climate Change Link

by Kathleen Haughney, FSU News

Climate change may be the driving force behind fewer, yet more powerful hurricanes and tropical storms, says a Florida State geography professor.

In a paper published today by Nature Climate Change, Professor Jim Elsner and his former graduate student Namyoung Kang found that rising ocean temperatures are having an effect on how many tropical storms and hurricanes develop each year.

“We’re seeing fewer hurricanes, but the ones we do see are more intense,” Elsner said. “When one comes, all hell can break loose.”

Researchers Use Unmanned Aircraft Systems to Prep for Hurricanes

Florida State University’s Center for Disaster Risk Policy made history in May by flying unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) — commonly known as drones — in an emergency response exercise to prepare for the Atlantic hurricane season.

The exercise was the first in the nation to integrate UAS. Prior to this, industry officials, emergency managers and researchers had only discussed the possibility of incorporating drones into a major disaster-response exercise.

Students Win Scholarships for International Study

Three Florida State University students are set to spend a year abroad in world regions critical to U.S. interests thanks to prestigious David L. Boren Scholarships, and they are all connected with the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy.

Senior Cecilio Moreno and Jesse Marks and junior Mia Concilus are three of 171 undergraduates nationally to earn Boren Scholarships.

EPA Grant Will Fund Study of Extreme Heat Hazards

An assistant professor in the Department of Geography at Florida State University will be the principal investigator on a $500,000 three-year research grant awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The grant will fund a study of health outcomes for people vulnerable to extreme building temperatures.

Business Incubator Helps Spur Student Entrepreneurs

Florida State University students with a passion for social change are benefiting from partnerships beyond the campus to inspire their ideas for start-ups that address pressing social issues.

COSSPP Students Inducted into Garnet & Gold Society

The college has always been well represented by our outstanding students in the Garnet and Gold Scholastic Honor Society, and this year is no exception.

Twenty-two COSSPP students were among the 144 inducted into the society, April 27, 2015:

Florida Blue CEO Honored by MPH Program

Florida State University’s Master of Public Health (MPH) Program is honoring Pat Geraghty, chairman and CEO of Florida Blue, the state’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield plan and a leader in Florida’s health care industry.

College Scores Big in University Leadership Awards

Congratulations to students from our college who won Leadership Awards at the annual ceremony on April 14, 2015:

- Bob E. Leach Award (exemplary leadership and service to the university): Daniel Hubbard (Sociology/Psychology)

- Academic Leadership Award (academic performance, university service, and contributions in and out of classroom): Alexandra Olsen (Sociology/French; International Affairs minor)

- Inter-Residence Hall Government President of the Year: Sydney Ollar (IA/English)

Acclaimed Scholar Named Distinguished Professor in Economics

Shawn Kantor, a prize-winning author and former head of the Department of Economics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has joined the faculty of Florida State University as the L. Charles Hilton Jr. Distinguished Professor of Economic Prosperity and Individual Opportunity.

Sociology Student Named 2015 Truman Scholar

A Florida State University psychology and sociology major studying the causes of suicide, particularly in the military community, has been named a 2015 Truman Scholar, a prestigious national award given to college juniors who seek to improve their communities through public service.

Daniel Hubbard, 27, a junior from Tallahassee who spent five years as an Army medic before enrolling at Florida State, is among this year's class of 58 Truman Scholars and the only one from Florida. He was selected from a pool of 688 candidates nominated by 297 colleges and universities.