Research Spotlight: Opportunities and Challenges of Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Urban Applications

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly known as ‘drones’, are emerging technology with extensive applications in various domains and industries. The unique ability of UAS to collect imagery at user-defined spectral, spatial, and temporal resolutions offers new possibilities for urban applications that require rapid mapping, assessment, or management. Recognizing a new frontier of urban applications emerging…

Where Are They Now? Meet COSSPP Alum Sarah Preddy

What have you been up to since you graduated? (Applying to/attending graduate school, working a job, etc.) Since graduation, I have been in a master’s program at FSU for exercise physiology. I am hoping to continue on to medical school! How did your degree in social science help inform your path? My degree in social…

Research Spotlight: Mariculture in Australia

As the global population grows and people (on average) become wealthier, there is a greater demand for animal-based foods. However, expanding food production from terrestrial agriculture and wild fisheries to meet this rising demand faces resource limitations, such as limited freshwater supplies, and negative environmental impacts including biodiversity loss, deforestation, and increased greenhouse gas emissions….

Research Spotlight: Public Purchasing in the European Union

Currently, public purchasing by European entities accounts for approximately 14% of GDP. Within the European Union (EU) and larger European Economic Area (EEA), numerous performance measures are used to assess public procurement processes across countries. The goal of these performance measures, in part, is to understand how efficient and effective certain processes—and thus certain countries—are…

Graduate Student Spotlight: Kyle Rose from the Department of Sociology

What department are you a graduate student in?  My name is Kyle Rose. I am a graduate student in the Sociology department here at Florida State University. Why did you decide to go to graduate school? I decided to go to graduate school when I was completing my undergraduate and read my professor’s book on…

Research Spotlight: Explaining interstate military friendly policy diffusion across U.S. universities: uncovering vertical-diagonal diffusion

The faces walking from class to class on college campuses continue to become more diverse, including in age. What have been deemed “nontraditional students,” or students who were unable or chose not to proceed directly to college following high school, are steadily increasing their numbers on college campuses. There is not a more concentrated group…

Research Award Spotlight: Geography Grad Student Among FSU Award Recipients

Six graduate students from Florida State University are among seven students in the state of Florida to earn prestigious Scholar Awards from the Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.). This year’s cohort, the largest in the university’s history, includes one student from the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy. The P.E.O. Scholar Awards are one-time, competitive,…