Seniors Use Prayer To Cope With Stress; Prayer No. 1 Alternative Remedy

Published: December 28 2000

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — If you’re an older American and suffered from holiday stress this season, odds are good you used prayer to ward it off, new research shows.

Law Professor Says Lack Of Holiday Spirit May Indicate Societal Decline

Published: December 27 2000

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In modern society, incivility is everywhere – from our children’s classrooms to the recent presidential election to the mall parking lot full of end-of-the-year shoppers. In fact, this holiday season, many felt “Scrooges” and “Grinches” outnumbered the elves.

UF Survey: Florida Consumer Confidence Falls To Lowest Level This Year

Published: December 26 2000

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Consumer Confidence index plunged in December to its lowest point in two years, reflecting recession fears and unhappiness with the election outcome, University of Florida economists said today.

UF Nutritionist Says Holidays Need Not Be A Weighty Problem

Published: December 20 2000

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Take a touch of restraint, a pinch of planning, oh, and hold the denial please.

UF Study: Lax Safety Causes More Home-Building Deaths And Injuries

Published: December 18 2000

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The growing number of deaths and injuries that plague the housing construction industry each year could be prevented if management simply followed existing safety rules, a new University of Florida study finds.

New Poinsettia Varieties Have Names That Sound Just Delicious

Published: December 15 2000

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Some new treats are available for the holidays, but don’t look for them in the candy aisle or bakery — try the florist instead.

In A Hopeful Sign, Mercury Levels Decline In Everglades Wading Birds

Published: December 15 2000

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In a rare piece of good news about mercury contamination in the Everglades, a University of Florida researcher has found that levels of the pollutant in wading birds have dropped significantly since 1994.

University To Confer 300,000th Degree During Commencement Saturday

Published: December 14 2000

GAINESVILLE — As the fall semester draws to a close and University of Florida students prepare for commencement ceremonies on Saturday, the university prepares for a historic moment as well. UF will confer its 300,000th degree during this semester’s commencement ceremonies.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Awards $10.4 Million Grant To Create New Center For The Study Of Gene Therapy And Diabetes At UF

Published: December 13 2000

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Armed with a $10.4 million grant from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, University of Florida researchers announced today (12/13) they will launch a new center devoted to the study of gene therapy to fight diabetes and its complications.

Used Lumber Good For Environment, Economy, Say UF Researchers

Published: December 12 2000

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Long a staple of the architectural world, salvaged building materials now can have an economical — and environmentally friendly — alternative use as studs, trusses and other basic construction components, a new University of Florida study shows.

Women Are Right: Men Are Clueless Holiday Shoppers, Says Retail Expert

Published: December 10 2000

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When it comes to the holidays, says a University of Florida retail expert, men’s shopping and gift-buying habits can be summed up in one simple word: clueless.

UF Licenses New Mole Cricket Control To Biotech Firm

Published: December 8 2000

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A tiny parasite imported from South America by University of Florida researchers will soon be available commercially to end a 30-year battle with mole crickets, one of the most troublesome agricultural pests in the Southeast.

Flotte Named Director Of UF Genetics Institute

Published: December 7 2000

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Dr. Terence R. Flotte has been named director of the University of Florida Genetics Institute, a position he has held in an interim capacity for nearly two years, Provost David Colburn announced today. The appointment is effective immediately.

Farris and Julia Bryant Florida History Preservation Fund Endowment Will Preserve Florida History And Culture

Published: December 4 2000

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s 34th Governor, C. Farris Bryant, is contributing $300,000 to endow The Farris and Julia Bryant Florida History Preservation Fund at the George A. Smathers Libraries of the University of Florida. The gift is eligible for available matching state funds of 50 percent, bringing the total amount of the endowment to $450,000.

UF Gene Therapy Researchers Continue Fight Against Cystic Fibrosis

Published: December 1 2000

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Turning the promise of gene therapy into reality has been more difficult than scientists once hoped, but University of Florida researchers have identified a strategy for overcoming one barrier to successfully treating the lung disease cystic fibrosis.

UF Names Director For Government Relations

Published: December 1 2000

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida today announced the appointment of Marion Hoffmann as director for government relations. Hoffmann will be responsible for leading and coordinating the efforts of the university’s lobbying team and will report directly to President Charles Young and Provost David Colburn.

'Eyebotic' Shows Promise As A New Navigation Aid For The Blind

Published: December 7 2000

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Think of it as an electronic seeing-eye dog. A University of Florida engineering student has designed a helmet equipped with sensors that detect when the wearer is about to run into something. The helmet then beeps or vibrates, alerting the wearer to change course.

As Internet Speeds Ahead, Florida's Major Metropolitan Areas Fall Behind, UF Study Finds

Published: December 21 2000

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s major cities have slipped further behind in the race for high-speed Internet access, a trend that impacts residents’ and companies’ ability to take advantage of burgeoning Internet services such as video conferencing.

Mentally Disabled Shouldn't Receive Death Penalty, Says UF Professor

Published: December 5 2000

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Defendants with mental disabilities should not be sentenced to death, a practice 38 states still allow, according to a University of Florida professor of law and psychiatry.

Mother Receives "Gift Of Life" From Healthy Son In Region's First Live-Donor Liv

Published: December 20 2000

GAINESVILLE, Fla.–Holiday celebrations this year will be especially meaningful for Jacksonville resident Sandra Cornelius and her family because she has received the most precious gift of all — the gift of life, thanks to a life-saving liver transplant.

UF Scientist Finds Protein That Regulates Brain's Reaction To Injury

Published: December 7 2000

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida researcher is among a team of scientists who have discovered a protein’s role in controlling the brain’s inflammatory response to injury and disease.