UF Researcher: Elderly Vacationers More Than Tour Bus Passengers

Published: June 29 1998

GAINESVILLE — Older tourists are ditching the bus tour and ocean cruise stereotypes, opting instead for more active vacations that include sports, shopping and even archaeology, a new University of Florida study finds.

New UF Facility Enhances Treatment For Cats With Hyper-Thyroidism

Published: June 26 1998

GAINESVILLE—Little Red, a 13-year-old domestic shorthair, went from a plump couch potato to a thin and listless shadow of his former feline self in the span of a few short months.

UF Vets: Smoke From Wildfires Could Threaten Animals’ Health

Published: June 24 1998

GAINESVILLE — In this period of drought and ever-present wildfires, a breath of fresh air is not what it once was — for people or for pets.

UF Researcher: Crowded Flights A Boon To This Summer’s Travelers

Published: June 23 1998

GAINESVILLE — The cab was late, the kids are starving, two suitcases got left behind and now the ticket agent says your flight to see Grandma in Duluth has been overbooked.

Humble Wildflowers Could Be A Money-Saver For State

Published: June 19 1998

MONTICELLO—Planting wildflowers along Florida highways could save the state millions of dollars by cutting mowing costs and stabilizing roadside soils, says a University of Florida researcher.

Misconceptions, Lack Of Codes Make Lightning A Threat To Boaters

Published: June 17 1998

GAINESVILLE — When Fort Lauderdale marine surveyor David Pascoe discusses sailboats with prospective buyers, he can bet they’ll never ask about one major issue.

UF Pro Se Clinic Helps Clients Represent Themselves In Court

Published: June 12 1998

GAINESVILLE — For a judge, they’re a curse that just won’t go away.

Study: Phosphate Industry Good At Restoring Wetlands But Can Improve

Published: June 11 1998

GAINESVILLE — Florida’s phosphate industry is good at restoring wetlands destroyed by mining but should step up efforts to fit them into the surrounding landscape so they filter runoff from farms, serve as habitat and help prevent floods.

Shark Attacks Up Worldwide After A Brief Slump, Says UF Researcher

Published: June 10 1998

GAINESVILLE — An upswing in human shark attacks in 1997 probably signals a return to normal after a welcome slump from the previous year’s all-time high, a new University of Florida study finds.

Baker's Yeast Causes Chemical Reactions And Sweet Smelling Labs

Published: June 18 1998

GAINESVILLE — A University of Florida chemist has borrowed a page from the Betty Crocker cookbook and found a way to use baker’s yeast in making chemical products used in pharmaceuticals and food. Jon Stewart, an assistant professor of chemistry at UF, says yeast cells similar to those used to make bread and beer can make enzymes needed in experiments that are nonexplosive, nontoxic and biodegradable. The new yeast cells, called designer yeasts, even have a pleasant bonus: They leave labs smelling like fresh-baked bread.

UF Economists: Florida's Consumer Confidence Drops, But Remains High

Published: June 30 1998

GAINESVILLE — Although growing pessimism about the national economy caused Florida’s consumer confidence to drop from its record high in May, business conditions remain strong, University of Florida economists report.

UF Researcher's Innovative Fence Helps Control Sand Flies

Published: June 24 1998

BOYNTON BEACH—When the children at St. Mark Catholic School hit the playground, the biting sand flies in the mangrove marsh next door start smacking their little bloodsucking lips. Like all their biting kin — mosquitoes, deer flies, horseflies and black flies — sand flies use carbon dioxide to locate a host. So the huffing, puffing children on the playground present a smorgasbord, said University of Florida researcher Jonathan Day.

Waste Asphalt Doesn't Pollute Groundwater, UF Researchers Say

Published: June 4 1998

GAINESVILLE — Old asphalt scraped off roads does not bleed toxins into groundwater and is safe to use as construction fill, according to tests by University of Florida engineers. The tests were spurred in part by fears that piles of old asphalt at asphalt plants were allowing toxins into the environment, said Tim Townsend, an assistant professor of environmental engineering sciences.