Using projections from the University of Florida's Bureau of Economic and Business Research, a new analysis by Peggy Carr, a professor at the UF GeoPlan Center, found over the next five decades the Sunshine State will grow all over the map, blanketing as much as a third of the state's landscape in development. Growth will center near existing cities and roads.
The species of alligator roaming Florida's swamps and golf courses may be millions of years older than previously thought and not have changed much in 8 million years, according to a pair of studies by Evan Whiting, a former UF undergraduate and the lead author of two studies published during summer 2016 in the Journal of Herpetology and Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology that document the alligator’s evolution – or lack thereof.
Thanks to a National Institutes of Health grant of $1.7 million over four years, the University of Florida will research the mosquito-borne Zika virus in Haiti. UF Emerging Pathogens Institute, which has previously suggested that Zika has been present in Haiti since 2014, said in a statement that the U.S. National Institutes of Health grant will be allocated over four years. Director Dr. Glenn Morris said it will fund work identifying Zika cases in the Caribbean nation and "help us begin to understand the risk to Florida."
UF political scientist Daniel Smith looks at the rise in Democratic registration of Hispanics in a key battleground state, Florida.
A group of California entrepreneurs and the online news site Slate have announced plans to project likely results of races for president and U.S. Senate in seven states, including Florida, starting at 6 a.m. Eastern time on Nov. 8, Election Day. UF political scientist researcher Michael McDonald reacts and says this plan may discourage voter turnout.
Renting out a spare bedroom as a source for income is a new trend among older homeowners. This trend was discussed in UF gerontologist and geographer Stephen Golant’s recent book, “Aging in the Right Place.”
UF climate scientist Andrea Dutton observes that as the negative impact of sea-level rise increases, the threat to the nation’s security increases as well because the land on which naval bases are located is at risk of disappearing within this century.
Successful surgery to separate twins joined at the liver, diaphragm, sternum and heart performed at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital in April is described in this article featuring Mark Bleiweis, chief of pediatric and congenital cardiovascular surgery at UF Health.
As the number of people affected by dengue increases, with 390 million estimated to be infected each year, UF professor of biology Derek Cummings observes that the immunity individuals develop both protects them and puts them at risk, since the vaccine sometimes acts like a silent infection gearing them up for a more severe infection should they face the real form of the virus.
UF professor emeritus of Latin American Studies Terry L. McCoy explains why Brazilians’ respite from a perfect storm of recession, corruption and political dysfunction won’t last long.
Michael S. Jaffee, vice chair of UF’s department of neurology, writes about the consequences of sleep deprivation on human function in this commentary that originally appeared in The Conversation, posing the question: Could lack of sleep be a contributing factor for recent campaign mistakes and gaffes?
Ed Phlips, a professor of algal physiology and ecology at UF’s School of Forest Resources and Conservation, is cited as an algae expert and quoted in this story about toxic algae blooms in Florida’s Lake Okeechobee that are so large they can be seen from space.
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