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Raymond E. Bye, Jr.

Vice President for Research
Florida State University

I am pleased to provide what for many of you may be your first edition of Research in Review, which highlights Florida State University's excellence in research and creative activities. Many of the articles focus on the work of some of our world-class facultyŚmen and women widely considered to be at the pinnacle of their fields. These are people who are making important contributions to science and technology, as well as to the arts and humanities.

Since 1969, Research in Review has published stories about research at FSU. Now, our new partnership with Florida Trend is part of our expanded effort to let those outside our university community learn more about the important work our faculty is doing. In the fall, FSU launched a national advertising campaign in both print and broadcast media. These ads also highlight faculty accomplishments.

Now, let me tell you briefly about some of the features you will find in this issue.

When Robert Schrieffer was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1972, he earned the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a scientist. Yet, he was not content to rest on his laurels. He has continued to dedicate his professional career to science, which included winning the National Medal of Science and being selected for membership into the prestigious National Academy of Science.

We are fortunate that Bob decided to join the faculty of FSU in 1992 as chief scientist at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee. For this issue, Research in Review editor Frank Stephenson talked with him about how he developed the classic theory of superconductivity that has had such a major influence on science.

FBI investigators believe that terrorists behind the September 11 attacks hid messages about their plans on Web sites. James Call's article on Professor Yvo Desmedt, director of FSU's Security and Assurance in Information Technology Laboratory, explains the possibilities of hiding information in computer codes. I think you will find the many uses of digital steganography interesting, especially in light of recent events.

And finally, FSU has been at the forefront in forging partnerships with public schools in an effort to improve academic performance of disadvantaged students throughout the state of Florida. Writer David Cox gives us a glimpse of the many facets of this relationship that are helping to improve the odds of success for these students.

These are among the features you'll find in this issue of Research in Review. We hope that you enjoy the articles and other information in our publication. We welcome any comments or suggestions that you may have.