DeSantis needs to strike a balance in Florida campus vaccination policies | Opinion

This post first appeared on the Tallahassee Democrat. On April 1, the president of Nova Southeastern University announced that all students would need proof of vaccination before returning to campus in the fall. Within 24 hours, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order banning government entities from issuing so-called “vaccine passports” and prohibiting Florida businesses from…

Research Spotlight: Interview with Dr. Katrinell Davis about Tainted Tap

Dr. Deana Rohlinger, the Associate Dean of faculty development and Community Engagement, interviews Dr. Katrinell Davis about her new book, Tainted Tap, which critically examines the ongoing Flint water crisis. Rohlinger talks to Davis about growing up poor in Flint, doing community based research, and why the water crisis in Flint could happen in other…

Meet a Social Scientist: Dr. Wong from Geography

What is your name?Dr. Sandy Wong What kind of work do you do for the College?I am an assistant professor in the geography department at Florida State University. I teach, do research and engage in service in the department, profession and community. Why did you decide to become an academic? I became an academic because I…

Honors Thesis Spotlight: Partner or Pariah? How Federal Immigration Gridlock Influences State Immigration Policy

Since its inception, the United States Constitution’s textual command for Congress to “establish a uniform Rule of Naturalization” has served as a formal, yet at times ambiguous, standard for immigration policy. Although the federal government is explicitly tasked with addressing who can become U.S. citizens, the proper scope of state involvement in immigration policy has remained…

Meet a Social Scientist: Dr. Homan from Sociology.

What is your name?Dr. Patricia Homan. What kind of work do you do in the college?I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Florida State University. I am also an Associate at FSU’s Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy and a Research Affiliate of the Center for Demography and Population Health. I teach, do…

Honors Thesis Spotlight: Women’s STEM Success in Biomedical Science Graduate Programs: An Exploratory Study

While the proportion of women graduates with advanced degrees in STEM has increased in recent years, disparities across disciplines are profound. In particular, female representation in Biological and Biomedical Sciences programs are much higher than in the other STEM disciplines. The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics reported that in 2018 women received 54…

Honors Thesis Spotlight: Analyzing Labor Market Outcomes in the Integration of Florida’s Refugee Benefit-Eligible Individuals

“Immigrants’ ability to communicate with members of the indigenous population is probably the most important single alterable factor contributing to their social and economic integration.” In the case of the United States, the rapidly shifting composition of the immigrant population from countries that are sociolinguistically distant from the U.S. combined with the post-industrial economy’s increasing demand for skilled employees…