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6 Alums Honored as 30 Under 30

Six alumni of the college have been recognized for their outstanding accomplishments by the FSU Alumni Association in this year's Thirty Under 30 awards .

Pradiip Alvarez (MS International Affairs 2014) World Humanitarian Summit Project Assistant, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Panama City, Panama

Nydia Counts (BS Political Science 2008) Senior Managing Director, Teacher Leadership Development, Teach for America, Houston, Texas

Student Planning Lab Wins Awards for Pasco Project

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning's Florida Planning and Development Lab (FPDL), under the direction of Planner-in-Residence Lindsay Stevens, has won the American Planning Association Florida’s Student Project Award for 2015. The award recognizes the team's outstanding work on "Vision 19: A Catalyst for Change in The Harbors," a project that focused on economic development for Pasco County, Florida.

Planning Grad's Social Enterprise Supported in China

A social enterprise co-founded by Qinghong Wei, a 2014 doctoral graduate of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning (DURP), recently won a nationwide social innovation competition in China.

The organization, pARTicipate, won a $750,000 yuan, or $120,000, in equity investment from CSRDC, an institution that is a major driving force of social and educational innovation in China.

College Alum Named to Grads Made Good

Rodney Hero ('75, Political Science) has been chosen as one of the three FSU alumni to be honored as the university's "Grads Made Good" for 2015.

A magna cum laude graduate of what was then called the Department of Government (now Political Science), Rodney went on to earn his Ph.D. at Purdue University and forged a remarkable career as a scholar, teacher, and public servant. He has held professorships at Arizona State, Colorado, and Notre Dame and now holds the Haas Chair in Diversity and Democracy in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley.

Report: Social Sciences Produce Leaders

A survey released June 1 by the British Council has confirmed something we’ve known here at the college for years. Those in key leadership positions around the world, the people who make the big policy decisions and effect social change, more often have backgrounds in the social sciences and humanities.

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.