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Tickets on sale for Harlem Globetrotters at O'Connell Center

Published: January 31 2006

Celebrating their 80th anniversary, the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters are bringing their 2006 "Unstoppable" North American Tour to the University of Florida.

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Published: January 31 2006

UF experts available to comment on State of the Union address

Published: January 31 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Tonight’s State of the Union speech is President Bush’s chance to regain ground with Americans and to create a domestic policy legacy, two University of Florida political science professors said.

C-SPAN Book TV to feature University Press of Florida

Published: January 31 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University Press of Florida will be the first scholarly press in the nation to be featured on C-SPAN Book TV.

UF Study: Boost in jobs and stocks lifts Florida consumer confidence

Published: January 31 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s consumer confidence rose four points in January to 95, its highest level in six months, reflecting optimism about record-high employment, an upswing in the stock market and a pre-holiday dip in gas prices, University of Florida economists report.

NPR: Diana Boxer

Published: January 30 2006

Tampa Tribune: Jim Twitchell

Published: January 30 2006

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Published: January 30 2006

Update: Weekly

Published: January 30 2006

UF study shows that risk of victimization increases with early puberty

Published: January 30 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Adolescents who experience puberty earlier than their peers are more likely to be physically victimized through fights or offending behaviors such as bullying.

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Published: January 28 2006

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Published: January 27 2006

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Published: January 26 2006

Florida Museum hosts 27th Annual Collectors Day Feb. 11

Published: January 26 2006

The International Conference on Aging, Disability and Independence

Published: January 26 2006

What: The International Conference on Aging, Disability and Independence will bring together 600 experts on aging from 40 countries to discuss the use of technology to maintain independence and quality of life for seniors.

Smallest planet

Published: January 26 2006

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Published: January 25 2006

Study: Abortion-rights and anti-abortion groups share some values

Published: January 25 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — People with strong views on abortion and other controversial issues tend to exaggerate differences of opinion they have with their opponents, a new University of Florida study finds.

Hunt for planets outside solar system uncovers a small one

Published: January 25 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Perhaps edging closer to finding planets that harbor life, astronomers have discovered the smallest planet yet identified outside our solar system.

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Published: January 24 2006

Community Alcohol Coalition to meet Friday

Published: January 24 2006

Media Advisory

Media credentials to be required at Spike Lee speech

Published: January 24 2006

All news media representatives attending the University of Florida speech by filmmaker Spike Lee on Feb. 1 in the O’Connell Center will be required to show press credentials in order to gain access to the media/press area.

Black history month events offer cultural and historical education

Published: January 24 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In celebration of February’s Black History Month, the University of Florida will offer a month-long schedule of events and festivities to pay tribute to blacks’ struggles, successes and scholarship.

Diabetes complications rooted in faulty cell repair

Published: January 24 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers say primitive cells that act like molecular maintenance men — traveling throughout the body to repair damaged blood vessels — become too rigid to move in patients with diabetes, fueling the disease’s vascular complications. But they have found a way to restore the cells’ flexibility, at least in the laboratory, according to findings published in the January issue of the journal Diabetes.

Update: Weekly

Published: January 23 2006

Leading gay rights advocate to speak at UF

Published: January 23 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The former director of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organization, will speak Jan. 30 at the University of Florida.

Florida Museum home-school classes focus on fossils

Published: January 23 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will offer a four-week home-school class series titled “Fossils: Clues from the Past” from 10 a.m. to noon on Jan. 30, Feb. 6, Feb. 13 and Feb. 20 for children ages 7-11.

UF President Machen to speak at Writing on the Wall Project Closing Ceremony

Published: January 23 2006

GAINESVILLE,Fla. – University of Florida President Bernie Machen will speak at the Writing on the Wall Project Closing Ceremony and Teardown at 1 p.m. Friday at the Plaza of the Americas.

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Published: January 21 2006

Florida Museum holds 'Glow' opening activities Jan. 28

Published: January 20 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will explore the chemical process behind the phenomenon of natural light and its value for humans when it opens the traveling exhibition "Glow: Living Lights" Jan. 28.

Anniversary tour takes 'Tap Dogs' to the Phillips Center Feb. 1

Published: January 20 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Take a group of performers from Australia, the United States and Canada, add two-time Olivier Award-winning choreographer Dein Perry, eclectic designer/director Nigel Triffit and composer Andrew Wilkie, and you get "Tap Dogs" – part theater, part dance, part rock concert, part party, part construction site – a rough, tough and rocking reinvention of tap.

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Published: January 20 2006

Museum plans inaugural Florida Butterfly Festival Oct. 14-15

Published: January 20 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History is planning the inaugural Florida Butterfly Festival to be held Oct. 14-15.

UF researchers hopeful canker can be managed

Published: January 20 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The fight to eradicate citrus canker from Florida ended last week when federal officials announced they’d stop funding removal of exposed trees, but researchers with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are confident that in time the disease can be managed to ensure the future viability of the $9.1 billion Florida citrus industry.

X-ray robot

Published: January 20 2006

UF researchers say citrus greening can be managed with new biological and chemical controls

Published: January 19 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Canker topped the list of worries for the Florida citrus industry until citrus greening – described as the world’s most serious citrus disease – was found in groves last year.

For orthopedic injuries, a robot that follows patients as they move

Published: January 19 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The MRI and CT scan may one day have a robotic cousin capable of following and peering into patients as they move around.

BellSouth answers UF's call to support new teachers

Published: January 18 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida project launched to reverse the critical teacher shortage and attrition rates of three inner-city Florida high schools is showing signs of success and moving into a new phase that will involve additional schools.

When freezes threaten crops, UF's automated weather network helps growers avoid losses

Published: January 18 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When freezes threaten crops, growers rely on the Florida Automated Weather Network for accurate weather data to protect their crops. In addition to delivering weather data 24 hours daily, the University of Florida network helps farmers improve their irrigation efficiency and provides reliable climate predictions months in advance.

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Published: January 18 2006

Growth hormone, obesity can trigger sleep apnea in some kids

Published: January 18 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Growth hormone helps hundreds of children with a rare disorder that causes them to gorge on food, but for some, starting treatment can worsen a dangerous nighttime breathing problem, University of Florida researchers have found.

UF biomedical engineering department receives $10 million transformational gift

Published: January 17 2006

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A name often associated with a device that has revolutionized stroke-prevention therapy will soon also be associated with the University of Florida’s College of Engineering.

New York Times columnist David Brooks to speak at UF about education

Published: January 17 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — New York Times op-ed columnist and best-selling author David Brooks will help the University of Florida College of Education launch its yearlong Centennial Celebration, serving as featured speaker for a lecture and panel discussion at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 24 at UF’s Emerson Alumni Hall.

Update: Weekly

Published: January 17 2006

UF physicians offer free blood pressure screenings during Martin Luther King Day activities

Published: January 13 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When it comes to medical conditions, not all people are created equal. African-Americans, for example, are at extremely high risk for developing high blood pressure and its complications such as stroke, heart attack and kidney failure.

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Published: January 13 2006

Florida land boom: New UF survey shows Florida farmland values increased by 50 percent to 88 percent during past year

Published: January 13 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Demand for land by developers, investors and speculators pushed the value of agricultural land to record levels in all regions of the state during the past year, according to a new University of Florida survey.

Actors from play to share insight, expertise in three on-campus events

Published: January 13 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -– University of Florida Performing Arts has organized three residency activities in conjunction with L.A. Theatre Works’ production of “The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial” Jan. 17 and 18.

UF research shows that methyl bromide use on crops can be reduced by 50 percent under metalized bed covers

Published: January 12 2006

WIMAUMA, Fla. — With this month’s federal ban on most uses of methyl bromide, University of Florida scientists are searching for alternatives to the widely used soil fumigant that is essential for the production of fruits, vegetables and ornamentals in Florida and the nation.

Brazilian berry destroys cancer cells in lab, UF study shows

Published: January 12 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A Brazilian berry popular in health food contains antioxidants that destroyed cultured human cancer cells in a recent University of Florida study, one of the first to investigate the fruit’s purported benefits.

Cast of Scopes trial play to speak at UF law school

Published: January 12 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Long before Americans debated the teaching of “intelligent design,” the nation watched the battle between evolution and creationism play out in a small-town Tennessee courtroom.

Planet finders use much faster instrument to discover distant planet

Published: January 11 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Astronomers have discovered a planet orbiting a very young star nearly 100 light years away using a relatively small, publicly accessible telescope turbocharged with a new planet-finding instrument.

UF researcher: Florida voucher ruling not a threat to other states

Published: January 11 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — School tuition vouchers are likely to survive in other states, despite the Florida Supreme Court’s decision last week to strike down the program for students attending failing schools, said a University of Florida economist.

Three strikes law

Published: January 11 2006

UF study shows Florida's three-strikes law fails to curb crime

Published: January 10 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida's three-strikes law is a swing and a miss as a crime-fighting tool, finds a new University of Florida study about the legislation that imposes increasingly stiff mandatory jail terms for gun-wielding criminals.

Vulnerability affects all versions of Windows operating systems

Published: January 10 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida information technology experts want users of Windows operating systems to be aware of a serious vulnerability that was discovered in Windows Meta File (WMF) during the holidays. It affects all versions of Windows operating systems and is being exploited across the world affecting many Windows file types and applications.

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Published: January 10 2006

UF study shows Florida’s three-strikes law fails to curb crime

Published: January 10 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s three-strikes law is a swing and a miss as a crime-fighting tool, finds a new University of Florida study about the legislation that imposes increasingly stiff mandatory jail terms for gun-wielding criminals.

Events aim to increase awareness of sexual assaults

Published: January 10 2006

The Center for Sexual Assault/Abuse Recovery & Education at the University of Florida will sponsor two events for Sexual Assault Awareness Month in January.

UF experts available for comment on Alito nomination hearings

Published: January 9 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Constitutional law experts from the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law are available today for comment on Supreme Court nomination hearings for Judge Samuel Alito.

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Published: January 9 2006

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Published: January 9 2006

Opera diva Renée Fleming to perform at the Phillips Center Jan. 20

Published: January 9 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -– Renée Fleming, considered by many the “gold standard” of soprano, performs at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. A pre-performance discussion, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 6:45 p.m.

Filmmaker Spike Lee to speak at UF as part of Black History Month

Published: January 9 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Spike Lee, award-winning producer, director, writer and actor will speak at 8 p.m. Feb. 1 in the O’Connell Center at the University of Florida. His visit is free and open to the public. Lee’s appearance is co-sponsored by ACCENT Speakers Bureau and Black History Month 2006. Doors open at 7 p.m.

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Published: January 6 2006

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Vladimir Rakov

Published: January 6 2006

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Published: January 5 2006

Media Advisory

Published: January 5 2006

The University of North Florida and the University of Florida will make an announcement at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 10, in the Health Science Center Atrium at Shands Jacksonville about a major gift that will help address the critical nursing shortage in Florida.

Former U.S. Ambassador to United Nations to speak at UF about superpower myth

Published: January 5 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Nancy E. Soderberg, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18 in the Rion Ballroom of the Reitz Student Union, University of Florida.

Brief consultation may influence adolescent exercise, alcohol use and cigarette smoking habits

Published: January 4 2006

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A brief one-on-one consultation may increase exercise and decrease alcohol and cigarette use among adolescents for up to three months after the intervention with some positive effects still seen one year later, according to a new University of Florida study.

UPI: Steven Morse

Published: January 4 2006

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Published: January 3 2006

Black baby girls more likely to live when born very premature

Published: January 3 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Black baby girls born weighing 2.2 pounds or less are more than twice as likely to survive as white baby boys born at the same weight, when many preemies are still too tiny to make it on their own, University of Florida researchers have found.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel: Manuel Vasquez

Published: January 3 2006

Boston Globe: Brian Silliman

Published: January 2 2006

Associated Press: Craig Wood

Published: January 2 2006

Washington Post: Eugene J. Gerberg

Published: January 28 2006

Eugene J. Gerberg, an adjunct professor of medical entomology, was quoted in a Jan. 3 Washington Post (732,872) story about a bug-infested house in Maryland used for entomology research.

UPI: John Chambers

Published: January 29 2006

John Chambers, a psychology professor, was quoted in a Jan. 29 United Press International story about his study showing that abortion opponents and proponents actually may share some common values. The story was the result of a news release.

UF's Phillips Center gets first renovation thanks to $750K gift

Published: January 25 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida’s Phillips Center for the Performing Arts building will make its first encore in the form of an expansion of the existing building, thanks to a major gift from two Gainesville arts patrons.

The Etymology of "Schmooze"

Published: January 30 2006

“Casino Jack” Abramoff is sullying the good schmooze. Nobody denies that schmoozing is at the heart of lobbying. But the term has acquired a bad rap, and this latest ethics debacle is a nail in the coffin for what used to denote something positive.

Reuters: Wayne Goodman

Published: January 2 2006

Psychiatrist Wayne Goodman was quoted in a Jan. 2 Reuters news service story about how antidepressants reduce the incidence of suicidal behavior in adults.

New York Times: Roger Reep

Published: January 3 2006

Neurology professor Roger Reep was quoted in a Jan. 3 New York Times (circ. 1.1 million) story about what makes animals cute. See related news release.

Los Angeles Times: Paolo Spadoni

Published: January 1 2006

Cuban economy specialist Paolo Spadoni was quoted in a Jan. 1 Los Angeles Times (circ. 955,211) story about Cubans’ preference for the U.S. dollar over the Cuban peso.

Libraries offer orientation sessions

Published: January 6 2006

UF Libraries will offer orientation sessions Jan. 17, 18 and 19 in Room 107 of the Marston Science Library.

Information about SG elections available

Published: January 31 2006

A general information session about upcoming elections for the University of Florida’s Student Government starts at 6 p.m. today in the Reitz Student Union, Room 361.

EurekAlert: Cat AIDS

Published: January 5 2006

“UF scientist finds unexpected link between cat and human AIDS viruses” was the No. 1 most-visited news release of 2005 on EurekAlert, a service of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The release was produced by UF’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

Baltimore Sun: William McKeen

Published: January 29 2006

Journalism department chairman William McKeen was quoted in the Jan. 29 Baltimore Sun (circ. 470,014) for a story about rock ‘n’ roll history.