UF political science professor Michael McDonald observes that Hillary Clinton’s campaign strategy, which is focused on different types of campaigning she needs to employ to win different parts of the country as opposed to following geographic contiguity, shows that the calendar has become a more critical indicator than the map, borne out in 2012 when more than one-quarter of Americans who voted did so in ways other than by visiting a polling place on election day.
UF political science professor Daniel Smith weighs in on the adverse effect to Donald Trump’s popularity in Florida after he made incendiary comments about illegal immigrants that offended many Latino leaders, including those in his own party.
A poll conducted by UF’s Tourism Crisis Management Initiative revealed that most would-be visitors to Florida seemed undeterred by Zika reports three days after the first 15 nontravel-related cases of the virus were reported in the Miami area, with only 10 percent saying they were changing their travel plans.
UF fisheries biologist George Burgess explains why sharks are moving farther north in greater abundance – warm temperatures coming earlier in the year to cooler waters off the coast – in this article about a “tidal wave” of shark sightings farther north than usual.
George Burgess, a fisheries biologist with the Florida Museum of Natural History, is quoted in this article about a recent study on the life span of Greenlanders’ local shark species, Somniosus microcephalus, which may be surpassed only by a 507-year-old clam.
Read Hayes, a UF research scientist and director of the Loss Prevention Research Council, shares the results of the center’s survey of 40 American retailers and the finding that self-service check-out shoppers sometimes employ a behavior known as “neutralizing your guilt,” telling themselves that taking an item without scanning it is acceptable because the store is overpriced.
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.
UF geologist Andrea Dutton’s research on coral reefs is featured in this story about the repercussions of sea-level rise.
Brooke Burkhalter, a researcher at the University of Florida’s Whitney Laboratory Sea Turtle Hospital in St. Augustine, is featured in this story about Cisco Kid, a juvenile green sea turtle that was released into the Atlantic Ocean after receiving laser surgeries to remove several large tumors.
UF physics professor Dave Reitze, executive director of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, or LIGO, explains the relevance of the detection of gravitational waves for a second time, bringing more physical proof of Einstein’s general theory of relativity.
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