UF: Weak Florida Consumer Confidence Bad Omen For Holiday Sales

Published: September 30 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumer confidence among Floridians remained unchanged this month, but a sharp drop in perceptions about whether it is a good time to buy big-ticket items may foreshadow a lackluster holiday retail season for the second year in a row, University of Florida economists report.

Dirty wars cast shadow on virtues of Patriot Act

Published: September 29 2003

Can more than 69,000 people be killed and most of their deaths go unnoticed?

Scientists To Probe Sea Slugs For Clues To Memory, Learning

Published: September 25 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A team of University of Florida and Columbia University scientists will probe the genetic underpinnings of nerve cells, including those responsible for learning and memory, through research on a common sea slug with a very uncommon brain.

UF Researchers Find Amazon Once Home To Large, Complex Settlements

Published: September 18 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Amazon, that massive rain forest that evokes images of primordial jungle and nomadic tribes, once supported settlements of thousands of people who lived in villages connected by an ancient version of interstates and interspersed with fields, moats and bridges.

Ancient Protein, Reconstructed By "Paleobiochemists," Suggests Hot World

Published: September 17 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A billion years ago, the ancestors of today’s bacteria thrived in an environment similar to a Yellowstone hot spring, suggesting Earth may have been a much warmer place closer to the time when life originated.

Here Comes The Sun: Engineers Develop Solar Desalination System

Published: September 16 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A solution to the growing need for fresh water in many parts of the world may come from a natural source: the sun.

UF Scientists Discover Adult Human Blood Stem Cells Can Build Human Blood Vessels In Mice

Published: September 15 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – UF scientists have scored another first in a string of advances using stem cells, this time showing they can inject mice with adult stem cells from human blood and spur human blood vessels to grow in their eyes.

UF Discovery May Solve Mystery Of How Body Maintains Constant Temperature

Published: September 10 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Most modern homes have an automatic thermostat, and now a University of Florida researcher's new study shows the mysterious mechanism that maintains body temperature may work in similar fashion: with the help of a heat-regulating "switch."

UF Slated To Share In $45 Million Grant To Fight Bioterrorism, New Diseases

Published: September 4 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — UF, together with a consortium of five other Southeastern universities, will share a five-year, $45 million federal grant to combat bioterrorism threats such as smallpox and emerging diseases such as SARS, the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced today.

UF Research: CEO Charisma Affects Stock Prices

Published: September 3 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The head honcho’s clever workings influence all aspects of a company, and according to a recent University of Florida study, their powers of persuasion don’t end with the firm.

Research: Alligator Is Animal Kingdom’s Champion Chomper

Published: September 2 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The lion has its roar, the cheetah its speed.

Federal officials: UF engineers’ hurricane data vital to monitoring Isabel

Published: September 24 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Federal hurricane forecasters and emergency managers had an unprecedented up-close, real-time view of Hurricane Isabel’s windy fury as the storm moved ashore last week, thanks in part to four mobile weather towers operated by the University of Florida and Clemson University.

Recalling Progressivism: Let the California “Circus” Proceed

Published: September 15 2003

By: Daniel A. Smith Daniel A. Smith, associate professor of political science at the University of Florida, is the author, with Caroline J. Tobert, of the forthcoming Educated by Initiative: The Effects of Direct Democracy on Citizens and Political Organizations in the American States, to be published by University of Michigan Press next year.

UF Researcher Unravels Estrogen’s Antioxidant Mechanism

Published: September 24 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — New insight into how estrogen works may lead to better treatments for stroke patients, say researchers with the University of Florida’s Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight Brain Institute.