UF Survey: Recession Looms With Drop In Florida Consumer Confidence

Published: October 29 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s consumer confidence fell sharply in October, dampening hopes of an economic recovery and suggesting the state could sink into another recession, University of Florida economists report.

UF Tobacco Expert: Study Exposes Dangers Of Snuff For Smokers Wanting To Quit

Published: October 24 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla.–As tobacco companies campaign to promote smokeless tobacco as a safer alternative to cigarettes, many smokers who take up snuff in an effort to quit instead end up using both products, warns a University of Florida researcher. Furthermore, nonsmokers who use snuff are more likely than those who don’t to eventually begin smoking.

Men More Dependent On Exercise Than Women, UF Study Shows

Published: October 23 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Women may worry more about their weight, but it’s men who are more likely to become hooked on exercise, a University of Florida study shows.

New Screening Technique May Speed Hunt For Genes

Published: October 21 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The hunt to find a gene that causes a disease typically costs hundreds of thousands of dollars and requires years of research – and it still may fail to turn up the sought-after culprit, driving the research back to square one.

A Quick-Change Artist: Tiny Protein Folds Faster Than Any Other

Published: October 17 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The world speed record for protein folding apparently goes to an unusually tiny specimen that traces its origens to Gila monster spit.

UF Researchers: Food At Miami Circle Site Adds To Evidence Of Sacred Spot

Published: October 16 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The identification of Caribbean monk seal bones at the Miami Circle archaeological site by University of Florida scientists provides one more piece of evidence that the somewhat mysterious spot may have been used for sacred purposes nearly 1,600 years ago.

UF Veterinarian Develops Low-Cost Feed For Rescued Manatees

Published: October 15 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Fifty pounds of romaine lettuce makes enough Caesar salad for a hundred people, but it’s merely a one-day food supply for a manatee in captivity.

UF Researchers Probe Possible Link Between Strep, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Published: October 10 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new University of Florida study may settle once and for all the baffling question of whether common strep infections are linked to obsessive-compulsive disorder or tics in some children.

An "AAAAAAAAA" Battery? UF Researchers Make Progress On Tiny Cell

Published: October 9 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It would send and receive faxes and video and have the processing power of a personal computer. The cell phone of the future would be on the market today but for one hitch: the battery.

University quality not tied to public/private structure, governance

Published: October 3 2002

UF researchers link increasing prescription methadone use for chronic pain to rise in abuse-related deaths

Published: October 3 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Doctors’ efforts to stop widespread abuse of oxycodone by prescribing an alternate painkiller may have backfired, University of Florida medical experts warn.

Research: Deep Sea Basalt May Help Reveal Volcanoes’ Impact On Climate

Published: October 2 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — By examining volcanic rocks retrieved from deep in the ocean, scientists have found they can estimate the carbon dioxide stored beneath much of the earth’s surface – a development that could enhance understanding of how volcanoes affect climate.