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UF helps launch new Food Safety Institute of the Americas

Published: October 28 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — To guard against unsafe food reaching consumers in today’s international marketplace, the Food Safety Institute of the Americas is being established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in cooperation with the University of Florida and other participants in 31 nations of the hemisphere.

UF Professor: Terrorist Attacks Akin To Launching Of Soviet Satellite

Published: October 28 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Americans’ reactions to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks has been reminiscent of the alarm and panic the nation felt after the launch of the Soviets’ Sputnik more than 45 years ago, but a University of Florida researcher says there’s one key difference: Sputnik prompted far more national soul-searching.

Hurricanes and Halloween: Florida bats on mosquito-feeding frenzy

Published: October 27 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — This Halloween, there are lots of treats out there for hungry bats.

UF Survey: Florida Consumer Confidence Stagnant In Cooling Economy

Published: October 26 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s consumer confidence remained unchanged in October, a sign that the economic recovery from the 2001 recession is more sluggish than expected, which could influence voters, University of Florida economists report.

UF Researchers Show Mice Live Longer When They Slim Down After Gene Therapy

Published: October 25 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Doctors have said it for years: Maintaining a healthy weight can help you live longer.

UF Study: Only Holders Of Brainy Jobs Get Paid For Emotional Toil

Published: October 4 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Emotionally draining jobs bring few monetary rewards if the employment does not require great intellectual demands, a new University of Florida study finds.

Secondhand Exposure To Drugs May Be An Occupational Hazard For Anesthesiologists

Published: October 23 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — On-the-job exposure to low doses of powerful medications commonly administered to patients intravenously in the operating room may be a factor leading some anesthesiologists to abuse drugs, a theory University of Florida researchers will present Saturday at the 34th annual Society for Neuroscience meeting in San Diego.

UF receives record $469.8 million in research grants in 2003-04

Published: October 21 2004

GAINESVILLE — The University of Florida received a record $469.8 million in research funding during fiscal year 2003-04, due in part to a $19.2 million increase in state funding.

UF Scientist: "Brain" In A Dish Acts As Autopilot, Living Computer

Published: October 21 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida scientist has grown a living "brain" that can fly a simulated plane, giving scientists a novel way to observe how brain cells function as a network.

"Strain Sensitive" Paint Highlights Flaws On Parts For Cars, Planes

Published: October 18 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new technique with the potential to significantly improve the design and manufacturing process for automobile parts may benefit consumers fed up with frequent recalls and repairs.

UF Researcher Unearths Reports Of Serial Murder By Children

Published: October 14 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — They leave multiple clues at the scene of the crime. They are impulsive and less adept at hiding their weapons. And they confide in friends who just can’t keep a secret.

UF Study: Brown-Nosing Works Better Than Boasting In Job Interviews

Published: October 13 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Sucking up or apple polishing are more likely to work in a job interview than boasting of one’s accomplishments, a new University of Florida study finds.

UF Scientists Have Bionanotechnology Recipe To Find Elusive Bacteria

Published: October 11 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A team of University of Florida researchers has created tiny hybrid particles that can speedily root out even one isolated E. coli bacterium lurking in ground beef or provide a crucial early warning alarm for bacteria used as agents of bioterrorism and for early disease diagnosis.

UF Researchers Shine Light On New Explosives Detection Method

Published: October 7 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A team of University of Florida researchers has invented a way to rapidly detect traces of TNT or other hidden explosives simply by shining a light on any potentially contaminated object, from a speck of dust in the air to the surface of a suitcase.

Wachovia grant boosts UF-led school network

Published: October 7 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Fourteen high-poverty elementary schools in Jacksonville, Miami-Dade County and Gainesville are forming a network and partnering with the University of Florida in a no-holds-barred effort to turn around their low student achievement and high teacher turnover.

Women Misinterpret Health Benefits, Hazards Of Hormone Therapy

Published: October 5 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Menopausal women continue to overestimate the real risks and benefits of hormone replacement therapy — and so do their doctors, University of Florida researchers report in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Head Lice Study Supports Direct Contact Between Modern And Archaic Humans

Published: October 4 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — New genetic research of human lice supports the evolutionary theory of direct contact between modern and archaic humans, according to a study co-authored by a University of Florida researcher. The study sheds light on a hotly debated topic in evolutionary biology: the origin of modern Homo sapiens.

UF Researchers Reveal Secret Lives Of Genes During Spinal Injury

Published: October 5 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The body attempts to heal a damaged spinal cord in much the same way it repairs skin after simple cuts and scrapes, an insight that may lead to new treatments for the thousands of people paralyzed each year because of spinal cord injuries, say scientists at the University of Florida Health Science Center.

Amendment 2: Assault on right to vote

Published: October 7 2004

This article was published in the Miami Herald on Oct. 7. By: Daniel A. Smith Daniel A. Smith teaches political science at the University of Florida. Residents of Florida, beware. Your rights are under attack.

GOP's edge in Florida withers

Published: October 20 2004

This article appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Oct. 20. By: Joshua Comenetz Joshua Comenetz is a University of Florida geography professor. The most notable aspect of the presidential contest is not Florida’s likely repeat performance as tiebreaker, but rather that Florida continues to shift enough toward the Democrats to be seriously in play.

UF expert: redesigned DNA points to future for "personalized" medicine

Published: October 21 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Fifty years after James Watson and Francis Crick discovered DNA’s structure, scientists are learning to redesign it, creating new ways to diagnose diseases and unlocking the chemical ancestors of life, a University of Florida chemist writes in a paper to appear in this week’s issue of the journal Science.