UF finance professor Brian Gendreau makes a guest appearance on Top of Mind with Julie Rose, commenting on a debt restructuring plan for Puerto Rico and the creation of a new oversight board to manage the U.S. territory’s finances.
After successfully breeding Pacific blue tangs in captivity for the first time, a breakthrough that could mean home aquariums or marine exhibits may not have to rely on the capture of blue tangs in the wild, director of UF’s Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory Craig Watson says the next step will be helping commercial producers replicate the researchers’ success with key marine ornamental species.
UF historian Ibram Kendi observes that while most blacks and whites seem to agree that there is a major racial problem in the U.S. and want the next president to be proactive in solving it, opinions vary across racial groups as to what the solutions should be – and even what the problems are.
Andrew Selepak, director of UF’s social media master’s program, comments that Twitter and social media may have prevented the coup in Turkey from being successful, since the military failed to take into account the fact that president Tayyip Erdogan didn’t have to be present to speak to the people, the military and the police.
UF horticulturalist Kevin Folta explains the need to filter the sun’s ultraviolet output while using this ultraviolet spectrum to generate solar power to avoid damaging greenhouse plants grown in space.
UF geochemist Andrea Dutton comments on a University of Japan study that theorizes about why a massive asteroid smashing into Earth 66 million years ago caused the demise of many creatures, including dinosaurs, but left others comparatively unscathed.
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.
Michael Okun, professor and chair of UF’s department of neurology, observes that Parkinson’s patients are at higher risk when hospitalized because the disease can decrease the infection threshold and inhibit a patient’s ability to clear the infection.
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