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UF Survey: Stock Market Gains Help Boost Florida Consumer Confidence

Published: Dec 30th, 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumer confidence among Floridians rose two points this month, fueled primarily by gains in the stock market and an improving job market, University of Florida economists say.

Cultural Training Increases Competence Of Nonminority Psychologists

Published: Dec 29th, 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Traditional thinking holds that psychologists with ethnic or racial backgrounds like those of their minority patients may be better suited to counsel them.

Draft may be needed to rein in all-powerful military

Draft may be needed to rein in all-powerful military

Published: Dec 28th, 2003

When we lost the draft a generation ago, we lost a lot. We lost the ability to have a meaningful discussion about anything that involves the military. The Pentagon has begun significant call-ups for the next major rotation of troops in Iraq, but it has no realistic plan for covering our military and domestic security commitments without exhausting our reserve forces.

‘Willy’ Didn’t Yearn to Be Free

‘Willy’ Didn’t Yearn to Be Free

Published: Dec 27th, 2003

When Keiko the killer whale, star of the movie “Free Willy,” beached himself earlier this month in western Norway, the story of probably the most expensive animal in human history came to an end. By the time of Keiko’s death, seven years of effort and more than $20 million had been spent vainly – and unwisely – trying to return the whale to the wild.

UF Research: Cheap Electronic Displays Possible On Many Products

Published: Dec 23rd, 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It won’t be in time for this Christmas this year, but electronic displays may soon migrate from computer screens and television sets to such inexpensive consumer products as coffee machines, toys and even greeting cards.

UF Researchers Preparing To Send Life To Mars

Published: Dec 22nd, 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With a fleet of space probes on their way to the Red Planet, fans of Mars exploration are bound to be on the edges of their seats this holiday season.

UF Study: Strong Families Enjoy Most Support From Those Who Find It Difficult

Published: Dec 22nd, 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The most positive attitudes about the value of marriage and the importance of families are found among groups that experience the greatest difficulty forming and maintaining healthy family relationships, a new University of Florida study finds.

Science paper: overharvesting of Brazil nuts leading to fewer trees

Published: Dec 18th, 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Brazil nuts, those time-honored holiday stocking stuffers, will continue to help save the rainforest — as long at least a few of the brown morsels are left behind to grow into trees.

Cancer More Likely To Recur In Blacks Treated For Head And Neck Cancer

Published: Dec 18th, 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Black people treated for head and neck cancer have double the risk of cancer recurring elsewhere in the body and thus are far more likely to die within five years than white patients who received essentially the same treatment for the same type of malignancies, University of Florida researchers have found.

UF study: elderly admit hearing loss but not necessarily its effects

Published: Dec 17th, 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The elderly aren’t as stubborn as stereotyped in their unwillingness to admit hearing loss, although they may still deny the strain it creates for themselves and others, a new University of Florida study finds.