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UF researcher: after-school activities help kids stay in school

Published: August 31 2001

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Children who participate in adult-supervised extracurricular activities after school are more likely to graduate from high school than latchkey kids who spend their afternoons without adult supervision, a new University of Florida study shows.

UF survey shows litter declining along Florida roadsides

Published: August 30 2001

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With a rapidly growing population and visits from 41 million tourists annually, Florida might be expected to have a growing litter problem.

Binge drinking down at UF, campus survey finds

Published: August 30 2001

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Binge drinking among University of Florida students, and especially among men, has declined during the last two years, according to a new campus study.

Climate plays bigger role than CO2 in make-up of plant communities

Published: August 29 2001

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Local climate may be more important than carbon dioxide levels in determining what types of plants thrive and what types don’t do so well, a team of scientists reports in this week’s edition of the journal Science.

Bigger than weather, El Niño a force of history, new book says

Published: August 28 2001

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Humans may not be able to change the weather, but the weather has had a powerful effect on the course of major events in human history, according to a University of Florida geographer’s new book on the global weather anomaly known as El Niño.

UF survey: dip in consumer confidence portends tepid holiday sales

Published: August 28 2001

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumer confidence in Florida dipped slightly in August, reflecting a growing pessimism among consumers that could foreshadow a weak holiday shopping season, University of Florida economists said today.

Gaps in security may threaten U.S. food supply

Published: August 23 2001

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A group of state lawmakers is scheduled next week to tour Miami International Airport and see first-hand a potential gateway for what a University of Florida researcher says could threaten the nation’s food supply: agricultural bioterrorism.

Health-related grants drive record research funding at UF

Published: August 22 2001

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida’s aggressive pursuit of health-related grants helped generate a record $379.5 million in research funding during fiscal year 2000-2001, up 11.8 percent from the previous year, figures released today show.

UF researchers: few adults are reaching recommended intensity during physical activity

Published: August 21 2001

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Many physically unfit adults think they exercise more vigorously than they do, a misperception that may hamper their efforts to prevent heart disease, University of Florida researchers report.

UF researchers highlight role of second opinion for patients with prostate, bladder cancers

Published: August 16 2001

GAINESVILLE, Fla.—A new University of Florida study shows that seeking a second opinion after a diagnosis of prostate or bladder cancer can sometimes spell the difference between radical surgery or more conservative treatment — even watchful waiting. In rare instances, pathologists also disagree on whether cancer is even present, according to research published recently in the Journal of Urology.

Duke/UF researchers compare antirejection medicines in lung transplant patients

Published: August 9 2001

GAINESVILLE, Fla.—One of the latest drugs designed to keep the body’s immune system from attacking a life-saving organ transplant works no better than a 40-year-old mainstay in warding off short-lived bouts of rejection in lung transplant recipients, report researchers from Duke University and the University of Florida Shands Transplant Center.

UF-designed device cuts water runoff from vegetable farms

Published: August 7 2001

MYAKKA CITY, Fla. — When tree deaths began to exceed normal rates in Manatee County’s Flatford Swamp in 1998, environmentalists and Florida water managers suspected water runoff from nearby farms.

UF researcher: beach mice face high probability of extinction

Published: August 6 2001

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The twin menaces of hurricanes and beachfront development appear poised to wipe out Florida’s most diminutive coastal native, the beach mouse, according to new research led by a University of Florida scientist.

UF, FAMU work to make goat part of mainstream american diet

Published: August 2 2001

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Getting your goat will be as easy as picking up a loaf of bread on the way home, if Florida researchers have anything to do with it.

UF survey: florida consumer confidence steady but outlook uncertain

Published: August 1 2001

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumer confidence in Florida dipped slightly in August, reflecting a growing pessimism among consumers that could foreshadow a weak holiday shopping season, University of Florida economists said today.

‘Road-kill hot line’ helps UF solve puzzle of horse disease

Published: August 29 2001

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida veterinary researchers have found two critical missing pieces in a mysterious food chain puzzle that results in devastating neurological disease for tens of thousands of horses each year.

UF center’s 2nd annual rankings show public universities on the rise

Published: August 20 2001

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Although the nation’s best private universities still dominate, public universities increasingly beat their private counterparts at attracting federal research dollars over the past decade.