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Florida State to offer new degree in computational science

Florida State to offer new degrees in computational science, environmental science

by Jill Elish

A changing world calls for new areas of study, and The Florida State University now has two new unique degree programs for undergraduates, including a degree in computational science that is the first of its kind in Florida and one of only two such programs in the nation.

The Department of Scientific Computing will offer the bachelor's degree in computational science. In addition, the departments of Oceanography, Geological Sciences and Meteorology, which will be merging into a new Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science, have joined forces to offer a bachelor's degree in environmental science. The College of Arts and Sciences, where the departments reside, will begin offering the new programs in fall 2010.

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Author of critically acclaimed biography of Paul Dirac to speak at Florida State on Oct. 1

Graham Farmelo, author of The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom, will offer a free lecture to the public at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009, at the Florida State University Alumni Center. Although Dirac died in 1984, the book sheds new light--both personally and professionally--on one of Florida State's most distinguished faculty members ever.

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Summer Productivity

There are those who think of summer as a time for vacation and leisure activity, but the summer term is when many faculty pull out the stops for research, collaboration, programming, lectures and more. Here is a highlight of what some of the Scientific Computing faculty accomplished this summer.

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Florida State research group wins $1 million grant to study nuclear fuels

By Jill Elish

A Florida State University researcher has received a $1 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Energy for a study that could lead to the design of better nuclear fuels and safer and more efficient reactors to generate nuclear power.

Anter El-Azab, an associate professor in the Department of Scientific Computing, and his Computational Materials Science Group at Florida State will conduct research as part of a new $10 million EFRC Center for Materials Science of Nuclear Fuels. The Department of Energy established the EFRC, or Energy Frontiers Research Centers, program in an effort to spur breakthroughs in fundamental energy science.

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Upcoming MATLAB Seminar

The Department of Scientific Computing will sponsor a MATLAB seminar on Thursday, May 28, 2009 from 9:00am to 11:30am at 499 Dirac Science Library.  Speeding Up MATLAB Applications is a free workshop open to all.

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