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Early this winter, more than 20 Florida State University graduate students from underrepresented populations were honored at the 37th McKnight Annual Fellows Meeting in Tampa for having received the McKnight Doctoral or Dissertation Fellowship. Seven scholars hail from departments in the FSU College of Arts and Sciences.

Behrouz Ghazi Esfahani is a doctoral student in the Institute of Molecular Biophysics, part of Florida State University’s College of Arts and Sciences. As a current research assistant, he is working on the project “Structure determination of the methionine tRNA synthetase (MetRS).” His past projects include “Optimizing the biological denitrification using nano-particles.”

Florida State University researchers have identified a link between two key parts of the brain that play significant roles in conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia and depression.

Donald Caspar, professor emeritus in Florida State University’s Institute of Molecular Biophysics and a celebrated scientist who spent much of his career studying viruses, died Nov. 27. He was 94.

A faculty member in the Florida State University Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science will investigate the production of greenhouse gases in marine environments near the coast of Namibia, Africa, this year thanks to an award from the National Science Foundation.

Oxytocin’s role in regulating and influencing social behavior is well known. Numerous ongoing clinical trials are focusing on the levels of the hormone in the brain, but now a Florida State University research team has found evidence that oxytocin receptors outside of the brain may play an important role in shaping social behavior.

Becky Bolinger is an alumna of the Florida State University Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science, part of the College of Arts and Sciences. Bolinger, who graduated with a master’s degree in meteorology in 2007, earned a bachelor’s in meteorology at the Metropolitan State University of Denver and completed her doctoral degree in atmospheric science at Colorado State University.

With a new year comes New Year’s resolutions. New Year’s resolutions provide a way to begin the year with a fresh start and individual goals to improve life in a variety of ways — from health and wellness to finances to education. One popular resolution is the goal of quitting smoking.

An FSU interdisciplinary research team, led by Dr. Zhe He, has received the Best Interdisciplinary Research Award from the 2021 Aging and Health Informatics Conference (AHIC) for its presentation “Machine Learning-Based Predictions of Older Adults’ Adherence to Technology-Based Cognitive Training.”

Florida State University welcomed 26 new inductees into its prestigious Garnet & Gold Scholar Society this fall during a virtual induction ceremony Thursday.

On the Periodic Table of Elements, there are elements that most people remember from school — oxygen, hydrogen, gold and silver. But there are also the ones that you might not immediately recognize, such as berkelium and einsteinium. These exotic elements are typically only used in specialized laboratories to understand how chemistry and physics change at the extremes of the table.

When Ariaunna Sahagun came to Florida State University in 2018 as a transfer student after earning her associate of arts from Miami Dade College, she knew she wanted to pursue a degree path that would help make a difference in her community. When Sahagun graduates on Friday, she does so with a double-major in psychology and social work, and hundreds of hours of community service under her belt.