The FSU Department of Anthropology Relocates to Innovation Park of Tallahassee

The Florida State University Department of Anthropology will soon occupy 11,000 square feet of space located in the Johnson Building at 2035 E. Dirac Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32310. The Department of Anthropology’s official move in date is July 31, 2017.

“The Department of Anthropology is going to be a valuable new resident to the Park community,” remarked Ron Miller, Executive Director of the Leon County R&D Authority. “Innovation Park has many preeminent research and development organizations that focus on industries like magnetics, advanced power systems, and high-performance materials, just to name a few. Many of these organizations collaborate on different projects, and we look forward to our current residents and visitors being able to connect with our new resident.”

The Department of Anthropology will conduct its research and other important activities at the Park. This will include the work being done at Mission San Luis by Dr. Tanya Peres, as well as work being done by Dr. Jessi Halligan on the Aucilla Paleoindian sites. There will also be additional faculty joining the department which will conduct other research at the Innovation Park location. The department also plans to host office hours, and present research seminars at the Innovation Park location.

“We are very excited to be moving to Innovation Park, and be neighbors with the Southeast Archeological Center again,” stated Dr. Rochelle Marrinan, Chair of the Florida State University Department of Anthropology. “We have a great working relationship with SEAC, and we currently collaborate with them on various Park projects. It will be great to be in close proximity again.”

The National Park Service Southeast Archeological Center (SEAC) moved from Macon, Georgia to Tallahassee, Florida in 1972, due to its express interest to be near the Florida State University Department of Anthropology. SEAC originally occupied space next to the Department on the main FSU campus. From 1972 until October 1995, SEAC maintained close association with the Department by sharing space, personnel, expertise and equipment. But as time passed, SEAC required additional space and in 1995 moved to its current location in Innovation Park, where all of the organization’s offices are currently located. SEAC continues its historic support functions as well as providing technical assistance and engaging in partnership projects both within and outside of the National Park Service.

The FSU Department of Anthropology’s arrival marks a progressive time at Innovation Park. They are the second organization in the past year to move into the park. In early 2017, local startup, Sensatek Propulsion Technologies Inc. set up its offices in the Knight Administrative Building with hopes to expand into a larger space within the park in the near future.

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