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Grad Student Excellence Recognized

April 5, 2018

Congratulations to the following graduate students within the college who have received external funding and fellowship awards for this academic year. They will be recognized for their achievements at the annual Celebration of Graduate Student Excellence, April 10, hosted by the FSU Graduate School, Program for Instructional Excellence (PIE), Office of Graduate Fellowships and Awards, Congress of Graduate Students and Office of Research.

Fair Division of Housework = Better Sex?

March 12, 2018

By Kara Irby, University Communications

Husbands, are you helping your spouse with chores around the house? If your wife doesn’t think so that may result in a less satisfying sex life, according to new research by Florida State University.

Student Creates Recycling Program for Off-Campus Housing


Undergraduate Victoria Kinley is the perfect example of a social science student who sees a problem or challenge in the world and sets out to find a solution.

When she moved off campus this year, Kinley noticed that her apartment complex had no recycling.

Geography Professor Leads Study of Aquaculture Sustainability

March 5, 2018

By Zachary Boehm, University Communications

Earth’s vast oceans brim with potential for commercial activities ranging from tourism to shipping to alternative energy, but planning for the sustainable coexistence of different and competing industries has proved a complicated task.

Now, researchers led by Florida State University Assistant Professor of Geography Sarah Lester have introduced an advanced, holistic analytical model that could herald a new paradigm of environmentally sustainable ocean industry management.

Senior Helps Launch Mental Health Awareness Program

February 23, 2018

Throughout his time at FSU, senior political science major Alex Ball has witnessed the effects of mental health issues among his family, friends, fraternity brothers, and even himself. He also has seen how the stigma that surrounds these issues dulls and prevents necessary conversations. And it has angered him.

Researchers Pursue Truth about Cats and Dogs…and Older Adults

February 22, 2018

By Bill Edmonds, Institute for Successful Longevity

Many believe that owning pets can be beneficial for older adults. But is it true that a dog or a cat can make life better for older family members, or is this simply a comfortable myth?

COSSPP Students Advance toward Fulbright Scholarships

Florida State University processed 69 Fulbright applications and sent them to be reviewed by the national committee. Of the 19 FSU students that have been chosen as semi-finalists, six are either current students or graduates of the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy. Their applications are now being sent to the countries where they hope to either conduct research or teach English next year:

Sociologists Help Students Understand Informed, Respectful Opposition

A faculty member and a grad student from the college brought a contemporary issue into a local school to help students understand the complexities of social change and find ways to formulate and respectfully express opinions.

Professor of Sociology Deana Rohlinger and sociology Ph.D. candidate Cynthia Williams conducted an exercise focused on the Take a Knee movement, engaging students in seventh grade civics classes at Tallahassee’s Swift Creek Middle School, February 6.

Pepper Institute and Center to Host Radio Segments on Aging

February 2, 2018

by LaToya Dupree-Cotton, Pepper Institute/COSSPP

The Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy and the Claude Pepper Center, along with support from the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at FSU, will sponsor weekly “Aging Today” segments on 88.9, WFSU-FM, beginning February 6, 2018.

Collins Institute Reports on Local Debt Obligation

February 1, 2018

The LeRoy Collins Institute (LCI) today released a new report in its Tough Choices series, "Benchmarking Debt Obligations in Florida Cities and Counties," which evaluates the long-term debt obligations of all 67 Florida counties and the largest 162 municipalities. The benchmark data provided in the report can help residents and government officials identify how their city or county’s debt compared to that of other local Florida governments.

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