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Taking evolution's temperature: Researchers pinpoint the energy it takes to make a species

Published: May 31 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla.- Comfortable living is not why so many different life forms seem to converge at the warmer areas of the planet.

Former PRSA president named visiting professor at UF

Published: May 31 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. –– Del Galloway, former president and chief executive officer of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), will translate his 23 years of corporate and agency experience into classroom lessons this fall as the Freedom Forum Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications.

Hurricanes' latent hazards tracked by poison centers

Published: May 30 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - With the start of this year's hurricane season Thursday (June 1), Florida's residents are preparing for the all-too-familiar havoc the storms can wreak. But hurricanes cause more than flooding, high winds and power outages - they also spawn public health hazards that often aren't evident until days after winds die and storm waters recede.

Low home sales and high fuel prices hit consumer confidence

Published: May 30 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumer confidence among Floridians in May did not budge from its April level of 86, the likely result of a downturn in the housing market and continued high fuel prices, University of Florida economists report.

Hurricane hazards

Published: May 30 2006

Update: Weekly

Published: May 29 2006

Blues legend Buddy Guy opens UFPA's summer season June 15

Published: May 25 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Blues legend, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and five-time Grammy winner Buddy Guy will kick off the University of Florida Performing Arts' summer season with a concert at 7:30 p.m. June 15 at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

Florida Museum honors Leslie Klein as Volunteer of the Year award

Published: May 25 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History recently named docent Leslie Klein the winner of its 2006 James Pope Cheney Volunteer of the Year Award.

Harn Museum features contemporary greats in newest exhibition

Published: May 25 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The work of world-renowned contemporary artists can be seen in “American Matrix: Contemporary Directions for the Harn Museum Collection, Part II,” which opened this week in the Mary Ann Harn Cofrin Pavilion at the Harn Museum of Art.

Program for Hispanic, Latino freshmen seeks volunteers

Published: May 25 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Cooperative Academic Achievement Program is now accepting applications for peer volunteers.

N.C. arts school provost named dean of UF's College of Fine Arts

Published: May 24 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The provost of the North Carolina School of the Arts has been named dean of the University of Florida's College of Fine Arts, Provost Janie Fouke announced today.

For the future hydrogen economy, a tiny, self-powered sensor

Published: May 24 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Hydrogen has been called “the fuel of the future.” But the gas is invisible, odorless and explosive at high concentrations, posing a safety problem for hydrogen-powered cars, filling stations and other aspects of the so-called hydrogen economy.

UPI: Gary Butcher

Published: May 24 2006

UF chosen for EPA's best workplace for commuters list

Published: May 23 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has named the University of Florida as one of the best workplaces for commuters among colleges and universities.

UF's long-distance engineering program expands

Published: May 23 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida College of Engineering has the EDGE, and it's getting sharper.

BellSouth Foundation awards $600,000 grant to University of Florida College of Education

Published: May 23 2006

ATLANTA — The BellSouth Foundation today announced that the University of Florida College of Education will receive a $600,000 grant to develop a comprehensive strategy for measuring and assessing the outcomes of the BellSouth 20/20 Vision for Education initiative.

UF addiction medicine chief honored for lifetime achievements

Published: May 23 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Dr. Mark Gold, a distinguished professor and chief of addiction medicine at the McKnight Brain Institute of the University of Florida, received the Nelson J. Bradley lifetime achievement award from the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers on Monday in Palm Beach.

UF chosen for EPA’s best workplace for commuters list

Published: May 23 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has named the University of Florida as one of the best workplaces for commuters among colleges and universities.

Blind chickens

Published: May 23 2006

UF scientists restore sight to chickens with blinding disease

Published: May 22 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida scientists have delivered a gene through an eggshell to give sight to a type of chicken normally born blind.

How ancient whales lost their legs, got sleek and conquered the oceans

Published: May 22 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When ancient whales finally parted company with the last remnants of their legs about 35 million years ago, a relatively sudden genetic event may have crowned an eons-long shrinking process.

Certain blood pressure-lowering drugs reduce diabetes risk in Hispanic patients

Published: May 22 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The combination of drugs traditionally used to control blood pressure might not be ideal for Hispanic patients, University of Florida researchers warn.

Update: Weekly

Published: May 22 2006

New WUFT/TV show highlights arts, culture in North Florida

Published: May 19 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — “Gallery,” a new monthly program designed to promote and reflect the rich art and cultural resources of the North Florida community, can be seen twice this weekend on WUFT/TV.

Florida Butterfly Festival photo contest entries due Sept. 15

Published: May 19 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The 2006 Florida Butterfly Festival photography contest rules are now available online. The entry fee is $10 per photo, with cash prizes awarded to the top five winners.

UF junior chosen as one of 20 Beinecke Scholarship winners nationwide

Published: May 19 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Beinecke Foundation has selected Jenna Battillo, a junior majoring in anthropology and classical studies and minoring in geological sciences at the University of Florida, as one of 20 national winners of the prestigious Beinecke Scholarship.

Little Shop of Horrors performance at Phillips Center canceled

Published: May 18 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — “Little Shop of Horrors” has canceled its national tour, including its scheduled date at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, Sept. 13.

Support for Israel not universal among American Jews, study shows

Published: May 18 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Despite the view that Zionists dominate U.S. policy toward Israel, American Jews vary markedly in their support for the Middle Eastern nation depending on age, religious practices and ethnic pride, a new University of Florida study finds.

McClatchy Professor in Freedom of Information named at UF's College of Journalism and Communications

Published: May 17 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The executive director of the University of Florida's Brechner Center for Freedom of Information has been named the McClatchy Professor in Freedom of Information.

UF study: "Don't call us, we’ll call you" class tool may aid math students

Published: May 17 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It's a feeling nearly everyone remembers experiencing at least once: sitting in class unprepared, silently praying the teacher won't call your name.

Award-winning nature writer to discuss his new book at UF

Published: May 17 2006

Bill Belleville, award-winning nature writer and winner of an Emmy for producing “Wekiva: Legacy or Loss?,” will discuss his new book “Losing It All to Sprawl: How Progress Ate My Cracker Landscape” at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the Special Collections Research Room at Smathers Library.

Don't ask, might not think to tell: Communication key to preventing risky drug interactions

Published: May 16 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Older women who regularly mix prescription, over-the-counter and herbal medications are risking their health, University of Florida nursing researchers warn. Many also don't think to tell their health-care providers about the nonprescription medicines they are taking — and too often practitioners fail to ask.

UF-Sponsored workshop focuses on bioreactor landfills in Florida

Published: May 16 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Center for Solid and Hazardous Waste Management at the University of Florida will offer a bioreactor landfill workshop May 25-26 in Orlando.

UF experts available to comment on fatal attacks by alligators

Published: May 16 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida alligator expert says dry weather is partly to blame for the recent spate of the reptiles’ fatal attacks on humans.

Alligator safety

Published: May 16 2006

UF's Rinker School receives $100,000 gift

Published: May 15 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The UF South Florida BCN Alumni Club presented a $100,000 check to the M.E. Rinker Sr. School of Building Construction at the school's 70th Anniversary Banquet and Fundraiser May 9. The gift will help fund the school's 70th Anniversary Endowed Faculty Support Fund to provide for new faculty members.

New UF Web site gives consumers, industry professionals one-stop source for extension information

Published: May 15 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Everyone from homeowners trying to save on utility bills to citrus growers seeking the latest pest information can get answers from University of Florida experts at Solutions for Your Life, a new Web site debuting May 16.

UF study explores why boys are falling behind girls in school

Published: May 15 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Thirty years ago, boys, not girls, were the high performers in schools. Today, test scores, grades and dropout rates show boys are achieving at levels far below girls, and an international study that includes the University of Florida is yielding insights that may explain why.

Update: Weekly

Published: May 15 2006

'Quilting Natural Florida' exhibit to open at Florida Museum June 10

Published: May 12 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History and the Quilters of Alachua County Day Guild will co-host "Quilting Natural Florida" June 10 to Sept. 4 at the Florida Museum. The exhibition features contemporary quilts with an emphasis on the plants, animals and environments of natural Florida.

Miami Herald: Frank Mazzotti

Published: May 12 2006

Mother's Day roses could soon smell sweeter, thanks to UF research

Published: May 11 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers may have good news for disappointed consumers who want to know why their Mother's Day roses just don't smell as good as they used to.

University of Florida earns national recognition in distance education

Published: May 11 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The American Distance Education Consortium has named the University of Florida Global Forensic Science program the winner of its 2006 national Award of Excellence in Distance Education.

Digital art exhibit opens next week at Reitz Student Union Gallery

Published: May 11 2006

Cross Creek artist Dan Dobson will reveal the many faces of digital art in his solo show “Digital Explorations,” which opens May 15 at the Reitz Student Union gallery. The show continues until June 2. Visitors can meet Dobson at a reception from 6 to 10 p.m. May 26.

UF study: Female and minority experts most effective in HIV prevention

Published: May 11 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Contrary to popular belief, experts are more effective than peers in successful HIV prevention campaigns, a University of Florida study found. However, the most effective resources are experts whose gender and ethnicity match the patients seeking guidance.

World's tiniest test tubes get teensiest corks

Published: May 10 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Now all they need is a really, really small corkscrew.

Civic Lights designers in town to tour prospective project sites

Published: May 10 2006

Tour of sites under consideration for the Civic Lights Urban Lighting Design Exhibition and media availability with the designers involved in the project.

Students hope for first-place win at international race competition

Published: May 9 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida students involved in Gator Motorsports will pack up their Formula-style racer Thursday and head for the Society of Automotive Engineers international competition at the Ford Proving Grounds in Romeo, Mich.

Cutting calories slightly can reduce aging damage

Published: May 8 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla., — A lifelong habit of trimming just a few calories from the daily diet can do more than slim the waistline — a new study shows it may help lessen the effects of aging.

Documentary Institute receives second Barnouw Award

Published: May 8 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The teachers and filmmakers who make up the College of Journalism’s Documentary Institute — Sandra Dickson, Churchill Roberts, Cindy Hill and Cara Pilson — recently received their second Erik Barnouw Award.

UF names new assistant provost and admissions director

Published: May 8 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Zina L. Evans, the associate director of admissions at the University of Maryland, has been named the University of Florida’s new assistant provost and director of admissions, Provost Janie Fouke announced today. Her appointment is effective Aug. 1.

Elders' ability to walk predicts future health outcomes

Published: May 5 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla.- As people age into their 70s, their ability to walk a quarter mile becomes an important predictor of overall health and even how long they might live, according to study findings published in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association.

P.K. Nair to receive prestigious Humboldt Research Award

Published: May 5 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — P.K. Nair, a distinguished professor of agroforestry at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, has been selected to receive the Humboldt Research Award – also known as the Humboldt Prize – which is Germany’s highest research award for senior scientists in the United States.

George Hochmuth appointed UF/IFAS associate dean for research

Published: May 3 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — George Hochmuth, director of the University of Florida’s North Florida Research and Education Center in Quincy, has been named associate dean for research with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

University of Florida Performing Arts announces upcoming season

Published: May 3 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Tickets go on sale June 2 for the University of Florida Performing Arts 2006-2007 season.

Head of nuclear weapons lab to speak at Engineering graduation

Published: May 2 2006

Hunter will speak at the University of Florida College of Engineering graduation ceremony. A total of about 500 graduates are expected to attend the ceremony. The college expects to award 739 engineering degrees this spring, including 479 bachelor’s, 196 master’s and 64 doctoral degrees.

Prenatal cocaine exposure not linked to bad behavior in kids

Published: May 1 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Toddlers exposed to cocaine before birth exhibit no more behavioral problems than other children their age, despite early predictions that “crack babies” would grow up to be delinquents, University of Florida researchers say.

Harn Museum receives City Beautification Board’s highest honor

Published: May 1 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Harn Museum of Art accepted the Gainesville City Beautification Board’s 2006 Outstanding Achievement Award at an awards ceremony April 26 at the Thomas Center in downtown Gainesville.

Students leaving UF residence halls urged to recycle

Published: May 1 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida Department of Housing & Residence Education Recycling Committee is sponsoring the 2006 Spring Check-Out Recycling Project. The theme this year is “Recycle ‘it’.”

Update: Weekly

Published: May 1 2006

Associated Press: Stan Smith

Published: May 1 2006

US News & World: UF Study

Published: May 1 2006

Washington Post: Steve B. Morse

Published: May 20 2006

Steve B. Morse, an assistant professor of pediatrics, was quoted in a May 20 Washington Post (circ. 732,872) story about premature babies having problems later in life.

Wall Street Journal: Daniel Smith

Published: May 6 2006

Political scientist Daniel Smith was quoted in a May 1 Wall Street Journal (circ.2.1 million) story about Democratic efforts to place minimum wage iniatives on mid-term ballots. The Journal is a paid subscription so no link is available.

USA Today: Jim Twitchell

Published: May 12 2006

Pop culture expert Jim Twitchell was quoted in a May 12 USA Today (circ. 2.1 million) story about Oprah Winfrey.

Reuters: Daniel Smith

Published: July 28 2006

Political scientist Daniel Smith was quoted in a May 24 Reuters news service story about Arizona Democrats placing minimum wage increases on the state ballot.

Reuters,Scripps Howard: Eric Storch

Published: May 4 2006

A study by Eric Storch, an assistant professor of psychiatry and pediatrics, showing that bullying can prompt overweight children to stay away from the playground was the subject of a May 4 Reuters news service story and was cited in a May 3 Scripps Howard News Service story. The story and citation were the result of a news release.

Research Report: Senior religion

Published: May 15 2006

The older you get, the more you fear death. That’s become a fact of life for many Americans. Now a University of Florida study shows that a sudden increase in faith when you get older won’t make you feel any less afraid. For more, here’s Research Report.

Philadelphia Inquirer: Kent Vliet

Published: May 21 2006

Alligator expert Kent Vliet was quoted in a May 21 Philadelphia Inquirer (circ. 376,493) story about recent alligator attacks in Florida.

Orlando Sentinel plus: James Twitchell

Published: May 15 2006

Pop culture expert James Twitchell’s newest book, “Where Men Hide,” was the subject of a story in the May 15 Orlando Sentinel.

New York Times: Doug Levey

Published: May 23 2006

Zoologist Doug Levey’s study on how wildlife corridors help plant life survive was cited in a May 23 New York Times (circ. 1.1 million) story about wildlife corridors. The citation was the result of a news release.

New York Times plus: Frank Mazzotti

Published: May 16 2006

Wildlife ecologist Frank Mazzotti was quoted in a May 16 New York Times (circ. 1.1 million) story about a recent spate of alligator attacks in Florida.

New Scientist: Sue Semple-Rowland

Published: May 23 2006

Sue Semple-Rowland, an associate professor of neuroscience, was quoted in a May 23 story in New Scientist magazine about her research in which a gene was delivered through an eggshell to give sight to a type of chicken normally born blind.

New 'Hurricane House' opens to public May 26 at UF's Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Built to withstand winds of more than 140 mph, the new “hurricane house” at the University of Florida’s Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center will be dedicated May 25 and open to the public May 26, just days before the official start of the 2006 hurricane season.

Miami Herald plus: Kent Vliet

Published: May 16 2006

Biologist Kent Vliet was quoted in stories May 16 in the Miami Herald (circ. 444,119) and the Associated Press international wire about a spate of alligator attacks in Florida. The Herald story also moved on the Knight Ridder Tribune news wire and ran in numerous papers nationwide. The quotes were the result of a UF News Bureau referral. See related tip sheet.

Los Angeles Times: Michael Moseley

Published: May 15 2006

Archaeologist Michael Moseley was quoted in a May 15 Los Angeles Times (circ. 955,211) story that subsequently moved on the Knight Ridder Tribune wire about the discovery of the world’s oldest celestial observatory in the Peruvian Andes.

London Guardian: Charles Martin

Published: May 12 2006

Chemist Charles Martin’s research into developing tiny “corks” for nanotubes was the subject of a May 12 story in the London Guardian (U.K.). The story was the result of a news release.

Libraries offer orientation next week

Published: May 11 2006

UF Libraries will hold an orientation for students, staff and faculty May 16-18 in Marston Science Library, Room L107.

Don't restrict biosolids without understanding their phosphorus content, says UF expert

Published: May 9 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In an effort to protect Florida’s water quality, state regulations governing the application of biosolids to fields, forests and other areas may be changed – but the move could unnecessarily restrict beneficial uses of the material, cautions a University of Florida expert.

Christian Science Monitor: Chris McCarty

Published: May 8 2006

Chris McCarty, survey director of the Bureau of Economic and Business Research, was quoted in a May 8 Christian Science Monitor (circ. 71,527) story about rising interest rates. The quote was the result of a news release.

Boston Herald: Cynda Crawford

Published: May 10 2006

Veterinary medicine researcher Cynda Crawford was quoted in a May 10 Boston Herald (circ. 247,885) story about dog flu. Related audio release.

Boston Globe: Stefan Rayer

Published: May 30 2006

Demographer Stefan Rayer was quoted in a May 30 Boston Globe story about rapid population growth in Flagler County. The quote was the result of a news release.

Boston Globe: James Twitchell

Published: May 14 2006

Pop culture expert James Twitchell was quoted in a May 14 Boston Globe (circ. 450,538) story about the new rich.

Boaters beware - loose crab traps can cause havoc and headaches, UF expert says

Published: May 25 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With thousands of boats expected on Florida’s waterways this Memorial Day weekend, University of Florida extension agents say sailors should be wary of lost or abandoned crab traps that can wreak havoc on propellers and engines.

Associated Press: Paul Doering

Published: May 5 2006

Pharmacy professor Paul Doering was quoted in a May 5 Associated Press national wire story about states banning the hallucinogenic herb Salvia divinorum.

Associated Press: Alan Long

Published: May 10 2006

Alan Long, an associate professor of forestry, was quoted in a May 10 Associated Press national wire story about the danger of wildfire in Florida.

AARP magazine: Mark Gold

Published: May 8 2006

Mark S. Gold, chief of the McKnight Brain Institute, was quoted in a story in the May/June issue of AARP magazine (circ. 22.7 million) about how to stay thin.