In Florida, It Pays To Be Bilingual, University Of Florida Study Finds

Published: January 31 2000

GAINESVILLE — Florida Hispanics who are fluent in Spanish and English earn significantly higher incomes and are less likely to live in poverty than those who speak only English, according to a new study.

UF, UN And Smithsonian Team Up To Launch New Biodiversity Web Site

Published: January 28 2000

LAKE ALFRED — A homeowner curious about a strange weed in his garden, the fifth-grader writing a report on the Monarch butterfly and the horticulturist stumped by an unfamiliar plant disease all have a new source of information on the World Wide Web.

New Florida Bank Of Injured Brain Tissues Will Aid Nationwide Studies Of Head Injuries

Published: January 27 2000

GAINESVILLE, Fla.—University of Florida Brain Institute researchers today announced plans to open a first-of-its-kind bank of human brain tissue to support studies of traumatic brain injury, which affects someone in the United States every 15 seconds.

New Mathematical Model Explains Changing Patterns In Epidemics

Published: January 27 2000

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A simple, new mathematical model enables scientists to predict epidemics of infectious diseases such as measles.

UF Economists: Florida Consumers Buoyant, Unfazed By New Millennium

Published: January 25 2000

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumer confidence in Florida rose three points in January, reflecting unbridled optimism in the nation’s economy and waning concerns over the vanquished Y2K bug, University of Florida economists report.

UF Research Suggests Widely Used Models May Under Predict Pollution

Published: January 24 2000

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — New research by a University of Florida professor suggests the complex computer models underlying regulations on pollution from cars and other sources in many of the nation’s largest cities may significantly underestimate pollution levels.

UF Researchers Developing New Soilless Growing Methods

Published: January 20 2000

LIVE OAK—Faced with a 2005 ban on a widely used chemical that controls soil pests, University of Florida researchers are working with growers to develop new high-tech growing methods that eliminate the need for soil.

Last Unidentified Sport Fish In North America Gets A Scientific Name

Published: January 19 2000

GAINESVILLE — This is no tall fish story. Scientists have identified a new species of bass, making the finned fighter likely the last game fish in North America to get a scientific name, says a University of Florida researcher.

UF Study Measures Protein Levels In Breast Milk: Findings May Indicate Infection Protection For Babies Who Nurse

Published: January 13 2000

GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Mothers have long suspected what medical science in recent years has largely confirmed: Breast-feeding offers infection protection for newborns. But exactly which ingredient in human milk provides the benefit is not entirely understood.

UF Study: Truckers At Risk For AIDS From On-The-Road Sex

Published: January 12 2000

GAINESVILLE — AIDS has joined traffic accidents as an occupational hazard for the nation’s long-haul truckers, a new University of Florida study finds.

Earthquake Anniversary A Reminder That Florida Not Quake-proof

Published: January 11 2000

UF Researchers Attempt To Conserve Endangered Plant

Published: January 6 2000

GAINESVILLE, Fla.—A rare species of St. John’s Wort found only in four counties of Central Florida is disappearing, and University of Florida researchers are studying the plant’s genetics and local environmental conditions in hopes of conserving it and other endangered plants.

Building Construction Academy To Address Nationwide Labor Shortage

Published: January 5 2000

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — To address the nation’s critical need for skilled workers, University of Florida researchers have developed plans for a construction academy that will reduce traditional training time by at least 50 percent.

Crossing-guard Training Improves Children's Safety, UF Study Shows

Published: January 4 2000

GAINESVILLE — Formal crossing-guard training makes walking to and from school safer for children by instilling competence and dedication in guards and their trainers, according to a new University of Florida study.

New Crimson Tomato Has Health Benefits

Published: January 13 2000

BRADENTON—The redder the better, when it comes to tomatoes, says a University of Florida researcher. Horticulturist Jay Scott is breeding new varieties of tomatoes that contain a crimson gene, which gives tomatoes a deeper red color. More importantly, however, the gene also increases tomatoes’ levels of lycopene, a substance recently shown to have health benefits.