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Steering Council set to guide University of Florida campaign

Published: April 28 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida’s Campaign Steering Council has been named to prepare for a major fundraising campaign that will help the university become one of the nation’s premier institutions of higher learning, President Bernie Machen announced.

UFVMC trains disaster first responders for large animals

Published: April 28 2006

UF’s Veterinary Medical Center will hold a three-day training course for large animal first responders and rescue teams.

Christian Science Monitor: Ellen Eckels Martin

Published: April 27 2006

USA Today: Manuel Vasquez

Published: April 27 2006

Florida Museum scientist elected to National Academy of Sciences

Published: April 27 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida Museum of Natural History Curator Emeritus Elizabeth S. Wing was among 72 new members elected Tuesday to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

UF experts available to comment on illegal immigration issues

Published: April 27 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As immigrants’ rights groups are organizing a work stoppage, economic boycott and marches for May 1, the following experts are available at the University of Florida to provide insight and comment on related topics:

National grant supports architecture student scholarships

Published: April 26 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The American Institute of Architects has awarded the AIA Gainesville chapter a matching grant of $2,500 to support emerging leaders in the profession through a joint AIA scholarship opportunity. The grant will support AIA Gainesville’s “North Florida Chapter – AIA Endowed Scholarship” established to provide scholarships to University of Florida architecture graduate students who demonstrate superior academic achievement.

Professor's new book looks at where guys go — just to be guys

Published: April 26 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — From strip clubs and golf courses to barber shops and garages, a University of Florida English professor has pulled back the curtain on the last oases of unfettered masculinity and written a new book aimed at explaining just what makes those places so attractive to the burlier sex.

UF study: Asian swamp eel little threat to state's $60 million aquaculture industry

Published: April 26 2006

RUSKIN, Fla. — The Asian swamp eel has been described as a voracious predator of fish that could threaten Florida's $60 million aquarium fish industry, but the exotic eel is not a major problem after all, according to a new University of Florida study.

Higher gas prices cause dip in Florida consumer confidence

Published: April 25 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Rising gas prices were the likely cause of a two-point dip in consumer confidence in April to 89, following a four-point hike in March, University of Florida economists report.

Washington Post: Diane Mazur

Published: April 25 2006

Gator family part of 8,043 receiving degrees in spring commencement

Published: April 25 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — After juggling hectic schedules and living in University of Florida housing during most of their graduate education, the Scharfman family is ready for a change.

Three win Teacher/Adviser of the Year Awards at UF for 2005-2006

Published: April 24 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Three University of Florida faculty and staff members won the 2005-2006 Teacher/Adviser of the Year awards Wednesday night.

Organization gives $1 million for pediatric cancer research at UF

Published: April 24 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. –– Twelve-year-old Bonnie Freeman’s dying request 25 years ago to spare children the pain and agony of cancer now has more possibilities of being answered thanks to the efforts of an organization created to fulfill her wish.

Food service advisory panel to meet Thursday

Published: April 24 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida Food Service Advisory Committee will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 27, on the east side of Broward Dining Center (the Fresh Food Company) – under the tent.

Update: Weekly

Published: April 24 2006

UF honors local educators, grad students for 'engaged' scholarship that benefits schools, community

Published: April 21 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida College of Education on Thursday (April 20) honored educators and students from UF and Alachua County public schools whose scholarly outreach activities contribute to improved schools and student learning or address important social and community issues.

Law pioneers to be honored by Levin College of Law

Published: April 21 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Clara Gehan, the first woman to graduate from the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law and go on to practice law and pave the way for other women in the field, also will be the first of her gender inducted into the school’s Heritage of Leadership Recognition Society, which honors the school’s most distinguished alumni.

President Machen honors 30 students for community service

Published: April 21 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In recognition of their outstanding service to the community, 30 University of Florida students were recognized by President Bernie Machen with the President’s Service Awards at the University of Florida’s Excellence in Service reception hosted by Machen Thursday night.

UF students present designs for new child development and research center

Published: April 21 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Interior design students at the University of Florida’s College of Design, Construction and Planning will present their completed designs for Baby Gator Child Development and Research Center to the center’s board from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday in Norman Hall main corridor and Room 158 on the UF campus. The meeting is open to the public and comments from parents, faculty and staff are encouraged.

East Coast butterflies topic of Florida Museum lecture April 23

Published: April 21 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Author Rick Cech will share facts and photos from his book “Butterflies of the East Coast: An Observer’s Guide” from 2 to 3 p.m. April 23 as part of the Florida Museum’s Science Sunday lecture series.

Florida Museum to celebrate Earth Day with special activities

Published: April 20 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will celebrate Earth Day from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, with several special activities, including donating $1 from every Butterfly Rainforest adult admission to the Lubee Bat Conservancy.

Protected agriculture project boosts crop yields by 10 times over field-grown production

Published: April 20 2006

CITRA, Fla. — With a few taps on a computer keyboard, University of Florida researchers can control just about every aspect of growing vegetables and other high-value crops in greenhouses that protect plants from pests and diseases – boosting yields by 10 times over field-grown production.

Geologists: Opening of passage may be tied to Antarctic cooling

Published: April 20 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Ancient fish teeth are yielding clues about when Antarctica became the icy continent it is today, highlighting how ocean currents affect climate change.

Bullying keeps overweight kids off the field

Published: April 19 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Playground taunts may seem like harmless child’s play, but bullying may keep overweight children on the sidelines, making it more difficult for them to shed pounds, University of Florida researchers say.

Religious orientation influences elderly's fear of death, study shows

Published: April 18 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As they approach death, the churchgoing elderly are likely to find little solace in religion if they had little personal commitment to God during the rest of their lives, a new University of Florida study finds.

Environmental policy expert to speak on 'racial ecology' of Hurricane Katrina

Published: April 18 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Hurricane Katrina killed hundreds of people and demolished much of New Orleans, but environmental policy expert Sheila Foster says the disaster is just one symptom of a much larger problem.

Harn Museum hosts Alachua County student art exhibition

Published: April 18 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. –– Alachua County students will begin dreaming of careers as world-renowned artists when the Harn Museum of Art hosts the Alachua County Student Art Exhibition from April 20 to May 14.

Associated Press: Jay Ritter

Published: April 17 2006

University Press of Florida books win Florida Historical Society award

Published: April 17 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two University Press of Florida books are winners of the Florida Historical Society’s 2006 Rembert Patrick Best Academic Book Award. Phyllis E. Kolianos and Brent R. Weisman are co-editors of “The Lost Florida Manuscript of Frank Hamilton Cushing,” and “The Florida Journals of Frank Hamilton Cushing.”

UF bat house will receive nursery module for baby bat safety

Published: April 17 2006

Volunteers from state and federal agencies and others will join UF employees to install a new module of roosting fins inside the UF Bat House to protect bat pups from falls and predators. The addition is identical to a successful one completed last April. Covering one fourth of the area beneath the bat house, the module will create an environment similar to nursery colonies found in the wild.

Tanzer elected president of national association

Published: April 17 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida architecture professor Kim Tanzer recently was elected president of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. In her role as president, Tanzer will represent the academic architecture community and run the day-to-day operations of the ACSA. She will begin her three-year term by serving as president-elect starting July 1 and will become president July 1, 2007.

Update: Weekly

Published: April 17 2006

United Press International: Engineering Students

Published: April 14 2006

Palm Beach Post: Kurt Gurley

Published: April 14 2006

National conference on child health psychology to be held at UF

Published: April 14 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Emerging areas in child health psychology, family systems, health promotion, treatment outcome and HIV/AIDS will be among the topics addressed at the 10th National Conference on Child Health Psychology, to be held April 19-22.

Florida Museum fossil dig successful, more volunteers needed through May 13

Published: April 14 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida Museum of Natural History paleontologists and volunteers have recovered 60 partial to nearly complete animal skeletons from an ancient clay-filled sinkhole located in western Alachua County since work at the site began in May 2005, but more volunteers are still needed for the project, scheduled to continue through May 13.

Lombardi Scholarship Program selects 2006 class

Published: April 14 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Six incoming freshmen at the University of Florida have been offered scholarships through the Lombardi Scholars Program. This program is in its fifth year, and the six additional students will maintain the program at 32 participants.

Local musical groups unite to present Dvo?ák's Requiem, Saturday, April 22, at the Phillips Center

Published: April 13 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In an event of mammoth proportions, the University of Florida Symphony Orchestra, Concert Choir and the Gainesville Civic Chorus Master Chorale will present Antonin Dvo?ák's "Requiem" at 7:30 p.m. April 22 at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. A pre-performance discussion will be held in the Phillips Center Black Box Theatre at 6:45 p.m.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel: Timothy Judge

Published: April 13 2006

New student-designed system tracks firefighters, special forces

Published: April 13 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The old technique of using push pins and maps to track troop movements just got a radical new upgrade for soldiers or firefighters in rugged terrains.

Miami Herald: Top 10 Ranking

Published: April 12 2006

Expanded list of UF experts available to discuss 2006 hurricane season

Published: April 12 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With forecasters calling for yet another active hurricane season this year, the following University of Florida sources are available to speak to speak to the news media about a variety of storm- and hurricane-related topics.

Manatee experts to discuss book at local bookstore

Published: April 11 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Manatee experts and authors Roger Reep and Robert Bonde will discuss their new book, “The Florida Manatee: Biology and Conservation,” the most complete single volume on manatee biology and conservation, at 8 p.m. April 19 at Goerings Bookstore, 3433 W. University Ave.

Machen appoints curator and archivist as official UF historian

Published: April 11 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida archivist Carl Van Ness has been named the university’s official historian, UF President Bernie Machen announced today. Van Ness succeeds Samuel Proctor, who was the first person named to the position when it was created in the 1950s and held it until he died in 2005.

Schools superintendent to speak at breakfast meeting

Published: April 11 2006

Community Campus Council Breakfast Series

UF extension agent says new pickup trucks in Cedar Key reflect economic impact of clam industry

Published: April 10 2006

CEDAR KEY, Fla. — After weathering two of the worst hurricane seasons on record, Cedar Key is still one of the nation’s top clam producers. Starting from ground zero in 1993, the small village on Florida’s Gulf Coast – also known as “Clamalot” for its ideal growing conditions – rapidly became the No.1 producer of cultured hard clams in the nation.

Thirty-three faculty named UF Research Professors for 2006

Published: April 10 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida Research Foundation has named 33 faculty members who have a distinguished current record of research and a strong research agenda that is likely to lead to continuing distinction in their fields as UFRF Professors for 2006-2009.

Update: Weekly

Published: April 10 2006

Photos: UF celebrates national championship in men’s basketball

Published: April 8 2006

Harn Museum celebrates Earth Day with performances, activities

Published: April 7 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Harn Museum of Art’s inaugural Earth Day event, “Celebrating Art in Nature,” will entertain and educate University of Florida Cultural Plaza visitors from noon to 4 p.m. on April 22.

Lecture explores fossil teeth research on ancient ecology

Published: April 6 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida/Florida Museum of Natural History doctoral student Larisa Grawe DeSantis will describe research to reconstruct ancient environments from tapir teeth from 2-3 p.m. April 9 as part of the Florida Museum’s Science Sunday lecture series.

Snapshot

Published: April 6 2006

Men's Basketball Trophy on display at UF Bookstore Friday

Published: April 6 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Siemens Trophy Waterford Crystal Basketball awarded to the University of Florida national championship men's basketball team will be on display at the UF Bookstore from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 7.

UF cardiologist elected to prestigious medical groups

Published: April 6 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Dr. Jamie B. Conti, a cardiac electrophysiologist and an associate professor of medicine, has been elected to the Association of University Cardiologists, an organization of 125 of the nation’s top cardiologists.

UF study: Even good employees act up if supervisors mistreat them

Published: April 6 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Even model employees can become negative and unproductive if their bosses are rude or mean-spirited, according to a new University of Florida study.

Gators at the White House

Published: April 6 2006

Snapshot

Published: April 5 2006

UF zoologist receives $1 million from Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Published: April 5 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Louis Guillette, a University of Florida distinguished professor of zoology, has been selected as one of 20 Howard Hughes Medical Institute, or HHMI, professors and will receive $1 million over the next four years to support undergraduate science education efforts at UF.

Researchers use new technique to treat high blood pressure, kidney damage

Published: April 5 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Nearly one-third of American adults have high blood pressure, a major cause of heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure. But a new technique tested at the University of Florida could prove to be a long-term way to treat the disorder in humans, researchers say.

Photos: Gator Hoops takes victory lap after NCAA win

Published: April 5 2006

Competition emphasizes interdisciplinary teamwork

Published: April 5 2006

2006 Witters Competition – Student design teams at the University of Florida College of Design, Construction and Planning will compete for a $3,500 prize as each team races to create designs and solutions for East Gainesville’s historic Cotton Club and surrounding historic structures located in the Springhill neighborhood.

Snapshot

Published: April 4 2006

Gatorade creator Robert Cade special guest for Gator Day

Published: April 4 2006

Gator Day is the University of Florida’s annual showcase during the legislative session, and activities are scheduled throughout the day on the Capitol Building’s second, third and 22nd floors.

Snapshot

Published: April 3 2006

Harn Museum to feature MUSE fashion show, music performance April 6 at Museum Nights

Published: April 3 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Tasana Camara, a kora and balaphon musician, will perform at 8 p.m. April 6 during Museum Nights following the Museum Student University Educators (MUSE) presentation and fashion show, “Adornment and Identity” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free food will be provided by Aramark.

UF faculty receive Internationalizing the Curriculum awards

Published: April 3 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As part of the continuing effort to meet the University of Florida’s strategic goal of internationalizing the campus and curriculum, the UF International Center (UFIC), along with the Transnational and Global Studies Center (TGSC) and Research and Graduate Programs (RGP), granted 21 awards of up to $3,000 to UF faculty for proposals that add international components to an existing course or create new courses with substantial international content.

Update: Weekly

Published: April 3 2006

New UF tool measures heart implant patients' anxiety

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Implantable heart devices are the treatment of choice for patients with potentially life-threatening irregular heartbeats. But the thought of receiving a high-energy shock to restore normal cardiac rhythm can strike fear in their hearts nonetheless.

Washington Post: Sarah Hamersma

Published: April 23 2006

An editorial in the April 23 Washington Post (circ. 707,690) about protectionism cited a study by economics professor Sarah Hamersma on the tax break employers receive for hiring people on welfare or food stamps.

Washington Post: Barry Schlenker

Published: April 26 2006

A study co-authored by psychology professor Barry Schlenker showing that people think white lies are OK when helping a friend or relative try to impress someone was the subject of an April 26 column by Richard Morin in the Washington Post (circ. 707,690).

Wall Street Journal: UF's Podcasts

Published: April 24 2006

UF’s podcasts were mentioned in an April 24 story in the Wall Street Journal (circ. 2.1 million) about a New Delhi firm using podcasts as recruiting tools. The Journal is a paid subscription so no link is available.

Wall Street Journal: Michael Marsiske

Published: April 28 2006

Michael Marsiske, a professor in the department of clinical and health psychology, was quoted in an April 28 Wall Street Journal (circ. 2.1 million) science column by Sharon Begley about dementia. The journal is a paid subscription so no link is available.

Wall Street Journal: Jay Ritter

Published: April 8 2006

Finance professor Jay Ritter was quoted in an April 8 Wall Street Journal (circ. 2.1 million) story about new ways to invest in initial public stock offerings. The journal is a paid subscription so no link is available.

UF Digital Collections Web site debuts

Published: April 21 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida Libraries has launched a new Web site featuring UF’s Digital Collections.

Tampa Tribune: Richard Beilock

Published: April 9 2006

Richard Beilock, a professor of food and resource economics, was quoted in an April 9 Tampa Tribune (circ. 313,693) story about the trucking industry. The quote was the result of a UF News Bureau referral.

Survivors' Art Exhibit opens May 1

Published: April 20 2006

The Survivors’ Art Exhibit opens May 1 in “the gallery” of the Reitz Student Union.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Michael Moseley

Published: April 25 2006

Michael Moseley, a University of Florida anthropologist, was quoted in an April 25 St. Louis Post-Dispatch (circ. 468,211) story about the discovery of the Temple of the Fox in Peru.

Photos: Gator fans pack O'Connell Center for hoops championship game

Published: April 4 2006

Nearly 6,000 members of The Gator Nation turned out Monday night at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center to cheer on the University of Florida men’s basketball team to its first NCAA national championship.

Palm Beach Post: Joe Little

Published: April 13 2006

Law professor Joe Little was quoted in an April 13 Palm Beach Post (circ. 222,833) story about the Holy Land theme park in Orlando.

New York Times: Stephen Yanoviak

Published: April 4 2006

Entomologist Stephen Yanoviak’s research into gliding ants was featured in a story in the April 4 New York Times (circ. 1.1 million).

New York Times: Carl J. Pepine

Published: April 18 2006

Dr. Carl J. Pepine, chief of cardiovascular medicine, was quoted in an April 18 New York Times (circ. 1.1 million) story about the growing incidence of heart disease among women. See related news release

New Scientist: Steve Eikenberry

Published: April 27 2006

Astronomer Steve Eikenberry was quoted in an April 27 story in New Scientist magazine about “starquakes.”

NBC Dateline: Christine Sapienza

Published: April 16 2006

Christine Sapienza, professor and chair of the Department of Communcation Sciences and Disorders, appeared on NBC’s “Dateline” April 16 as part of a segment on Michael J. Fox and Parkinson’s disease.

Miami Herald: Chris McCarty

Published: April 27 2006

Survey director Chris McCarty was quoted in an April 27 Miami Herald (circ. 444,119) story about UF’s monthly consumer confidence report. The story was the result of a news release.

London Free Press: Louis Guillette

Published: April 29 2006

Zoologist Louis Guillette was quoted in an April 29 story in the London Free Press (U.K.) about his research showing that pesticides can affect the size of male alligators’ sexual organs.

Hass appointed assistant general counsel

Published: April 11 2006

Amy M. Hass has been appointed assistant general counsel in the University of Florida’s Office of the Vice President and General Counsel.

Hartford Courant: Jim Twitchell

Published: April 27 2006

English professor and pop culture expert Jim Twitchell was quoted in an April 27 Hartford Courant (circ. ) story about the branding of scents.

Gator fans invited to O'Connell Center for men's hoops championship game

Published: April 1 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida is inviting all Gator fans to the Stephen C. O’Connell Center to watch the men’s basketball team play in the NCAA championship game on Monday evening.

Florida Museum, Alachua Astronomy Club present "Starry Night" April 13

Published: April 7 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History and the Alachua Astronomy Club will offer “Starry Night: A Guided Tour of the Universe” from 5 to 10 p.m. April 13, featuring presentations, planetarium shows and star viewing. “Starry Night” will be held at the Florida Museum as part of its Museum Nights program.

Champion Gators return

Published: April 4 2006

Thousands of fans greeted the National Champion Florida Gators on their return to Gainesville Tuesday afternoon. The Gators won the title by beating UCLA in the national championship game in Indianapolis. Here are head Coach Billy Donovan’s comments to the media at the rally.

Bloomberg News Service: Jay Ritter

Published: April 10 2006

Finance professor Jay Ritter was quoted in an April 10 Bloomberg News Service story about Goldman Sachs and Google’s initial public stock offering.

Associated Press: Michael Seigel

Published: April 30 2006

Law professor Michael Seigel was quoted in an April 30 Associated Press national wire story about the Rush Limbaugh case. OpenDocument The quote was the result of a referral by the UF News Bureau and the Law School Communications Office.

Associated Press: Dave Denslow

Published: April 18 2006

Economics professor Dave Denslow was quoted in an April 18 Associated Press national wire story about the future of the housing market. The quote was the result of a UF News Bureau referral.