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Marshall Cohn Named 2017 Distinguished Alum

The College of Social Sciences and Public Policy has named Marshall Cohn its Distinguished Alumnus for 2017.

Cohn (B.S. '81) has been engaging with FSU for years in many capacities, so a little more than five years ago when then Dean David Rasmussen told him about a new program for undergraduates he was establishing at the college, Marshall was one of the first to "hop aboard."

ISS Student Selected 2017 Humanity in Action Fellow

Roberto Flores, a rising senior majoring in music performance and interdisciplinary social science, has received a 2017 fellow by Humanity in Action, an international organization that educates and inspires young leaders who are passionate about changing the world.

Flores, 21, is one of 30 undergraduate students and recent graduates from the U.S. and Europe selected as winners of the John Lewis Fellowship, the American program of the Humanity in Action Fellowship.

Planning Department Appoints New Planner-in-Residence

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning (DURP) within the college announced, June 8, Dennis J. Smith, Growth Management Coordinator for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), has been named the planner-in-residence at DURP effective July 24, 2017. Smith will guide the award-winning Florida Planning and Development Lab (FPDL), the department’s applied master’s-level studio.

Researchers Find Tornado Strength Has Greater Impact Than Population on Casualty Totals

May 24, 2017

New research out of the Department of Geography shows that the strength of a tornado has a significantly larger effect than population on the number of casualties.

“It’s somewhat surprising because we’re led to believe it’s just a problem with exposure — the more people in the way, the more casualties,” said James Elsner, chair of the department and the Earl and Sofia Shaw Professor.

Social Science Scholar Chosen for Prestigious Summer Institute

Joan Joseph, a junior political science student at Florida State University, has been named a 2017 Ralph Bunche Summer Institute scholar by the American Political Science Association.

PoliSci Faculty Member to Present at Library of Congress

Assistant Professor of Political Science Ben Schneer is having a big summer. On June 15-16 he will be presenting at the highly competitive Congress and History Conference hosted by the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. He will be part of a panel on Petitions and Legislative Committee Formation: Theory and Evidence from Revolutionary Virginia and the Early U.S. House.

Pepper Institute Faculty Elected to National Fellowship

Researchers at Florida State University’s Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy are being recognized nationally for their important work on aging issues that take on greater and greater significance as the world’s population grows older and people live longer.

College Alum, a 2012 Social Science Scholar, Wins Prestigious Fellowship

May 11, 2017

Caitlin Strawder, a 2013 graduate of the college with majors in political science and interdisciplinary social science, has won a prestigious Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship supported by the U.S. Department of State. The program provides funding, mentoring and professional development for a job in the U.S. Foreign Service — an accomplishment that Strawder had once considered a “far-fetched” dream.

COSSPP Students Earn Prestigious Boren Scholarships to Study Abroad

Three of the four Florida State University students who earned prestigious David L. Boren Scholarships this year to study abroad in areas of the world critical to U.S. national security are from from the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy.

Seniors Kelly Baker, Christine Fleitas, and Ljubica “Kiki” Nikolic were among 194 undergraduates nationally to earn scholarships from the federal program, which provides scholars up to $20,000 for 12 months of study.

Lectures Bring the World to Your Doorstep

The college’s Get More Than a Degree initiative was established to give undergraduates opportunities for expansive and transformative educational experiences outside the traditional classroom. One of the key components of the initiative is bringing scholars and experts to campus for talks on a wide range of issues. But it’s more than undergrads who gain from these programs.