Excerpts Courtesy of FSU News
The Florida State University Alumni Association will recognize 18 young alumni for their significant contributions to their professions, communities or alma mater during the ninth annual Young Alumni Awards Ceremony, presented virtually Friday, Oct. 9. FSU College of Fine Arts is honored to have Department of Art alum, Larry Weru, recognized at this event as a 2020 Notable Nole.
The Notable Noles program recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of FSU’s alumni age 35 or younger who have made exceptional achievements and significant contributions to their profession, community/society or the university through traditional channels or innovative approaches.
We are so proud of our Young Alumni Network, which serves as an avenue to connect, re-engage and leverage the talents of the young alumni base to further the mission of Florida State University.
– Julie Decker, president and CEO of the FSU Alumni Association
Larry Weru is recognized for outstanding achievements in his career since graduating from FSU in 2014 with degrees in Studio Art and Biological Science. Weru is an entrepreneur, visual storyteller, and data scientist whose contributions are featured by Fast Company, TEDx, and HackerNoon. In 2015, he gave a TEDx talk to discuss how color theory can help us make better election maps. Just two years later, he was selected as a “7 Under 30” Alumnus of FSU by the Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship. Then, in 2019, his “Muddy America” election map and color-balancing algorithm went viral, receiving over 250,000 visitors, and 12,000 upvotes on Reddit. Most recently, Larry Weru’s app for Cornell note-taking, “Columns,” was approved for the Mac App Store. It has since gone global, reaching users in the USA and Canada, Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa, the Middle East, and India, Latin America, and the Caribbean.