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Research: Pets Ease Depression, Loneliness after Spousal Loss

September 5, 2019

by Kara Irby, FSU Communications

The following article follows up on a study first reported in February 2018 here.

As Healthy Aging Month is underway this September, Florida State University researchers have found the companionship of a pet after the loss of a spouse can help reduce feelings of depression and loneliness in older adults.

FSU Planning Program Ranked in Top 25

September 4, 2019

The Florida State University Department of Urban and Regional Planning graduate program has been recognized as one of the Top 25 in the U.S., according to 2019 rankings by Planetizen, an independent platform that creates, curates and promotes stories and resources related to the field of planning.

This is the first time the program has placed in Planetizen's Top 25.

Sociology Prof and Team Receive Grant for Early Dementia Detection

September 3, 2019

Assistant Professor of Sociology Dawn Carr is part of a team of Florida State University researchers who will seek to identify new ways to detect and treat age-related cognitive decline and dementia under a $2.9 million grant from the National Institute on Aging.

Professor of Psychology Walter Boot and Assistant Professor of Computer Science Shayok Chakraborty will lead a multidisciplinary team of researchers investigating the challenges with early detection and treatment of cognitive decline.

Research: Post-Retirement Cognitive Function

August 20, 2019

by Kara Irby, University Communications

Retiring from your full-time job might not be the best thing for your brain as you age, according to a new study out of Florida State University.

Public Health Students' PSA Chosen for National Conference Screening

August 12, 2019

A public service announcement produced by students in the college's interdisciplinary Master of Public Health program has been selected for screening at the 2019 Global Public Health Film Festival during the American Public Health Association's 2019 Annual Meeting and Expo in Philadelphia in November 2019.

Study Shows Unions Are Valuable for Political Knowledge

August 2, 2019

Political Science Ph.D. student David Macdonald's study is featured in this article, reprinted with permission from The Electrical Worker/IBEW web site.

If knowledge is power, then political knowledge is the fuel of an informed democracy. And according to a recent study, unions are a valuable source.

“Democracy suffers if people are making political decisions grounded in ignorance,” wrote study author David Macdonald, a political scientist at Florida State University.

Research Will Examine Citizen Support for Judicial Institutions

July 31, 2019

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a grant of nearly $400,000 to Florida State University and Penn State University for research being conducted by political scientists on citizens' attitudes toward politicians who seek to change or disable the court system.

Politicians in a number of countries frequently make attempts to politicize or undermine the judicial branch of government, such as "packing" court membership or reducing judicial ability to decide certain cases.

COSSPP Students Among New Garnet and Gold Inductees

July 31, 2019

by Kelsey Klopfenstein, University Communications, and COSSPP communications staff

Five students with majors in the college are among the 16 Florida State University students inducted into the prestigious Garnet & Gold Scholar Society this summer.

Established in 2010, the Garnet & Gold Scholar Society facilitates student involvement and recognizes undergraduate students who excel within and beyond the classroom in at least three of five areas: international experience, internship, leadership, research and service.

Recent Grad Wins Prestigious Study-Abroad Fellowship

July 31, 2019

by Amy Farnum-Patronis, FSU Communications, and COSSPP communications staff

A recent Florida State University graduate and member of the 2018 Social Science Scholars cohort has received a highly competitive fellowship from the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

College News Briefs for July 2019

July 29, 2019


The university's communications team spotlighted international affairs/psychology dual major Lauren Moran, a presidential scholar who has participated in UROP and Global Scholars and recipient of support from the FSU Moellership program, which afforded her a summer internship in Honduras. Read the full article here.