Sharks Provide Key Insight For New, Non-Toxic Anti-Algae Coating

Published: February 24 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida engineers have developed an environmentally friendly coating for hulls of ocean-going ships based on an unlikely source of inspiration: the shark.

Six Chosen as Inaugural Members in UF Academy of Teaching Scholars

Published: February 24 2005

The University of Florida has announced the six inaugural members to its new Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars. The members will serve three years as the advisory board for the University Center for Excellence in Teaching.

Culture Clash: Kids With Chronic Illness Face Difficult Transition To Adult Care

Published: February 23 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — For young patients who grow to adulthood with a chronic illness, leaving behind the pediatrician who may have saved their lives can be a tough transition.

Confidence Leads Couple to Give More Than $800K to UF Shands Cancer Center

Published: February 23 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — After life-threatening maladies beset their family three times in eight years, a Palm City couple donated more than $800,000 to the University of Florida Shands Cancer Center.

UF Study: Strong Job Growth Helps Boost Florida Consumer Confidence

Published: February 22 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s consumer confidence rose three points in February, reflecting the Sunshine State’s strong job growth during the past year and the resiliency of Florida consumers against high energy prices that have plagued consumers in other parts of the country, University of Florida economists report.

Harnessing Chaos To Build Faster, More Versatile Computers

Published: February 10 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Chaos has its own internal order – and now a University of Florida researcher is harnessing those hidden patterns to create a first-of-its-kind, highly adaptable computer that could be as much as a hundred times faster than conventional computers.

Student Health Center Recommends Vaccines For Freshmen In Dorms

Published: February 17 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida freshmen living in residence halls should obtain a vaccination for bacterial meningitis as soon as a new vaccine becomes available this spring.

Size And Strength Of Social Networks Influence Heart Disease Risk

Published: February 16 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Weight, cholesterol and blood pressure aside, women might be wise to factor in yet another barometer of heart health: the size and strength of their social circle.

Forecasting Nature: Computer Model Helps Farmers Lower Risk Of Crop Loss

Published: February 15 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Scientists from the University of Florida and other Southeastern universities are helping farmers to get a jump on Mother Nature.

UF Study: Florida Hurricanes, Storms Put Damper On Shark Attacks

Published: February 14 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s active hurricane season last year spawned the perfect storms to reduce the Sunshine State’s number of shark attacks, which dipped to their lowest level in more than a decade and pulled down the national average as well, a new University of Florida study finds.

UF Study: Dearth Of Affordable Assisted Living Units Often Found

Published: February 10 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Elderly people of modest means have few choices when it comes to finding an affordable assisted living facility in many communities, according to a new University of Florida study that shows a huge disparity in the availability of this popular long-term care alternative.

UF Professor Reports Steps To Help Schools Make The Grade

Published: February 7 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Using steps she says are applicable to any school, a University of Florida education professor has worked with teachers to help an urban elementary school deemed failing under state standards raise its test scores and make the A list.

UF Trustee Albert Thweatt Resigns From Board

Published: February 9 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida Trustee Albert W. Thweatt Sr. has resigned his position due to business commitments, board Chairman Manny Fernandez announced today.

UF Archaeological Study Finds Children Had Fun And Learned

Published: February 7 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Digging into the past is more than child’s play, says a University of Florida researcher whose study shows that archaeological finds of children’s artifacts reveal missing clues about the world they lived in.

Daniels, Powell reappointed to UF board of trustees

Published: February 4 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida trustees Roland Daniels and Earl Powell have been reappointed to the board, Gov. Jeb Bush announced today.

UF Researchers Map Bacterial Proteins That Cause Tooth Loss

Published: February 3 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The human mouth teems with millions of enamel-eroding, gum-inflaming microbes.

Beer-Drinking Rats Count Calories Better Than Many People, UF Researchers Say

Published: February 1 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Football fans faced with a frosty pitcher of beer and a heaping platter of wings on Super Bowl Sunday often respond as if it were fourth-and-goal — they go for it.

"Green" Neighborhoods Don't Always Attract Eco-Friendly Residents, UF Study Says

GAINESVILLE, Fla.— They're often billed as "green" neighborhoods, but New Urbanist developments don't necessarily attract earth-friendly residents, a University of Florida study shows.

UF Study: Just Saying 'No' Is No Way To Stand Up To Peer Pressure

Published: February 22 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- A clear cut "no" is seldom as effective as clever beating around the bush in helping teens to resist peer pressure that gets them into trouble, a new University of Florida study has found.

Saving Valentine's Day: UF Researcher Combats Disease That Threatens World Cocoa Bean Crop

Published: February 10 2005

HOMESTEAD, Fla. --- University of Florida researchers are on a disease-fighting mission to ensure that the world's favorite confection -- chocolate -- will continue to be a Valentine's Day mainstay.

Mother's Wisdom Counters Unrealistic Media Portrayals Of Breast Size

Published: February 17 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Mother's advice might be the antidote to intense media pressure for women to alter their breasts to meet images of perfection from Britney Spears to Victoria's Secret, a new University of Florida study finds.

Gene Therapy For Parkinson's Disease Moves Forward In Animals

Published: February 8 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- An international team of scientists has used gene therapy in two separate studies to renew brain cells and restore normal movements in monkeys and rats with a drug-induced form of Parkinson's disease.