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College News Briefs: March 10, 2017

- Students and staff of the FSU Emergency Management and Homeland Security (EMHS) program assisted the Leon County Sheriff's Office the first week of March 2017 in the search for a teen missing since 2014. The area just south of Highway 20 West near the teen's home, where he was last seen driving away on his bike at midnight, is heavily wooded, making ground searches difficult and time consuming.

Sociology Professor's Research Looks at Women Veterans' Wage Advantages

Military service is a bridge to better pay for some women

by Kara Irby, FSU News

Minority women who traditionally earn less than their white and Asian counterparts can earn just as much money, if not more, after serving in the military, according to a new Florida State University study.

Student's Social Enterprise Wins InNOLEvation Challenge

International affairs major Hannah King traveled to Guatemala the last week in February 2017 to continue work on the project that earned her enterprise one of two first place awards in the Florida State University entrepreneurship competition, InNOLEvation.

DURP Planning Studio Wins National Award

The American Planning Association (APA) has awarded its top student honor to the Florida Planning and Development Lab (FPDL), a graduate-level applied studio within the Florida State University Department of Urban and Regional Planning (DURP). The student group was awarded the AICP (American Institute of Certified Planners) Student Project Award for Contribution of Planning to Contemporary Issues for its key participation in a study of the future of autonomous vehicles (AV), aka self-driving vehicles or robot cars, funded by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).

Research Links Climate Change and Water-Borne Illnesses

by Kara Irby

Research from a professor in the college has drawn a link between the impact of climate change and untreated drinking water on the rate of gastrointestinal illness in children.

Career Center Partners with Alum to Offer Externship to ISS Student

by Kelli Gemmer

For the third consecutive year, the Florida State University Career Center has partnered with distinguished alumna Woodie Woodward, former associate administrator of airports for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), to provide an externship experience to one current FSU student.

Nicolas Rice, a fourth year undergraduate student from Washington D.C., was selected by Woodward as her newest extern through the Aviation Management Externship Program.

PoliSci Student Selected for Harvard Presentation

Political science undergraduate McCayla Sica was accepted to present her research at the 2017 National Collegiate Research Conference at Harvard in January. This is a very prestigious honor, as the application process is extremely competitive.

Policy Pub Returns Spring Semester with New Topics

The inaugural series of Policy Pub gatherings in fall 2016 brought packed houses to Backwoods Bistro for insightful presentations, engaging dialogue, and a relaxed, informal atmosphere to hear about and discuss public policy issues that affect everyone day to day. The first three sessions in fall focused on the 2016 election, but the next three will cover a wide range of fascinating topics.

Economics Department Ranked High Among Applied Programs

The Department of Economics within the college is fast rising in the rankings of the best graduate schools in the country.

In an October 2016 survey of 157 top economics schools, TFE Times (formerly The Financial Engineer) ranked FSU's program #29 overall in the nation, up from #33 last year. The numbers are even more impressive when broken down further.