Chicago murder another sign of failed public policy

Published: August 28 2003

Wednesday’s murder of six people at Chicago’s Windy City Core Supply is the latest in a depressingly familiar string of reminders of this country’s greatest pathology — homicide. About 16,000 people will be murdered this year. Our homicide rate in 2001, the latest year for which nationwide figures are available, was 5.6 per 100,000, compared to only 1.6 in England and Wales. Other Western European nations exhibit similarly low levels of lethal violence.

UF Researchers Find Spousal Attention May Be Too Much Of A Good Thing For Those With Chronic Pain

Published: August 28 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – "Honey, let me help you with that" is music to the ears of most spouses, especially when it comes to unpleasant tasks, such as washing dishes or taking out the trash.

Honor and Two Reconstructions: Iraq and the American South

Published: August 27 2003

American indifference to Iraqi society and values is proving calamitous. That’s because American authorities remain dismissive of Middle Eastern culture, in which the powerful and ancient code of honor determines behavior and ideals. That code fuels the enmity of our opponents throughout the Arab world. Yet Washington policymakers seem oblivious to Arab motivationn and how best to deal with resistance to American peacekeeping.

UF Professor Says Classics Had Influence On Martin Luther King

Published: August 26 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Thursday marks the 40th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s "I Have a Dream" speech, and a University of Florida professor who has studied his discourses says the civil rights leader drew his inspiration not only from the Bible but also from classic works about civil disobedience, such as the Greek tragedy "Antigone."

UF Study: Kindergarten Readiness May Sometimes Hinge On Birth Weight

Published: August 21 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A rough start in kindergarten most likely can be traced to low birth weight that gives the child a difficult beginning in life, a new UF study finds.

UF Receives Record $458.1 Million In Research Grants In 2002-03

Published: August 20 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida received a record $458.1 million in research funding during fiscal year 2002-03, due in large part to a $26 million increase in funding to its Health Science Center.

UF Researchers Control Mosquitoes With Tiny Crustaceans

Published: August 13 2003

VERO BEACH, Fla. — At a time when the number of West Nile virus cases is setting new records, University of Florida researchers are developing an environmentally friendly way of controlling mosquitoes without pesticides.

Research Offers Promising Solution To Worsening Mercury Pollution

Published: August 20 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Efforts to reduce mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants and other industrial sources may benefit from a new approach to removing the deadly metal — pioneered as part of research for the space program.

Legal Hallucinogen A Dangerous "Roll Of The Dice," Warns UF Expert

Published: August 12 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A Mexican plant hawked on the Internet as a legal alternative to marijuana and Ecstasy is actually an extremely potent hallucinogen that could be a nightmare for unwary users, warns a University of Florida expert.

UF Researchers: Fire May Help Combat Fatal Dogwood Epidemic

Published: August 4 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — There may be hope for that embattled Southern icon, the dogwood tree, say University of Florida researchers.

UF Scientist Proposes Phased Deregulation Of Biotech Crops

Published: August 1 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Opposition to biotech crops and foods is based on politics and ideology rather than science, says a University of Florida researcher who believes the regulatory requirements for plant biotechnology should be lifted.

UF Survey: Gloomy Job Picture Still Hurts Florida Consumer Confidence

Published: August 26 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumer confidence among Floridians fell in August for the second month in a row amid growing concerns over a gloomy job market, University of Florida economists report.

Research: Coral Reefs’ Decline Actually Began Centuries Ago

Published: August 14 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Global warming and pollution are among the modern-day threats commonly blamed for decline of coral reefs, but new research shows the downfall of those resplendent and diverse signatures of tropical oceans actually may have begun centuries ago.

UF Doctors Diagnose Extreme Internet Use

Published: August 5 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida psychiatrists have published guidelines to help doctors determine when Web use is too extreme to be healthy, an important step in determining whether Internet addiction should be classified as a new psychiatric disorder.