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How many genes does it take to learn? Lessons from sea slugs

Published: December 28 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Scientists analyzing the genomics of a marine snail have gotten an unprecedented look at brain mechanisms, discovering that the neural processes in even a simple sea creature are far from sluggish.

Rising gas prices and soft housing sales hurt consumer confidence

Published: December 26 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — After three solid months of gains, consumer confidence in Florida fell in December by four points to 89, reflecting pessimism about gas prices, the housing market and future economic conditions, University of Florida economists report.

Experts available to comment on Bulgaria, Romania joining European Union

Published: December 22 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two former Communist countries, Bulgaria and Romania, will ring in the new year as members of the European Union on Jan. 1 — signifying the stability of their democracies.

For residence hall maintenance at UF, a photo is all it takes

Published: December 21 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida officials have found they can get students to help maintain their residence halls by giving them a tool — but it’s not a paintbrush or hammer.

UF Freedom of Information Center honors AP writer

Published: December 21 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida’s Brechner Center for Freedom of Information Center recently honored an Associated Press series on the treatment and prosecution of Guantanamo Bay detainees. The Paisley Dodds expose revealed psychological pressures and harsh conditions for many of the more than 500 terrorist suspects.

Historic preservation enhances quality of life of Floridians, UF study finds

Published: December 20 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Historic preservation enhances the quality of life of Floridians through economic and cultural contributions to an improved sense of place, according to a new study from the University of Florida.

Venetian-based Interpreti Veneziani sets U.S. premiere at UF

Published: December 20 2006

GAINESVILLE, FL – Interpreti Veneziani makes its U.S. premiere at the University of Florida with a 4 p.m. Jan. 14 performance at the University Auditorium. A pre-performance discussion with Howard Rothman will be held at 3 p.m.

Bauer to chair clinical and health psychology department

Published: December 19 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Internationally known neuropsychologist Russell Bauer has been named chairman of the department of clinical and health psychology at the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions.

History-hunting geneticists can still follow familiar trail

Published: December 19 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As the world’s first explorers branched away from humanity’s birthplace in east Africa some 65,000 years ago, distinct mutations accumulated in the DNA of each population, essentially providing a genetic trail for modern researchers to follow.

Veterinary administrator named executive associate dean at college

Published: December 19 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — James P. Thompson, D.V.M., has been named executive associate dean of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.

Skyscraper Fears

Published: December 19 2006

U.S. News & World Report: Michael Perri

Published: December 19 2006

Mental exercise has long-term benefits for seniors

Published: December 19 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Just as physical exercise is good for the body, mental training can keep older minds functioning better, with results lasting for years.

Five years post-9/11, survey shows most consider skyscrapers safe

Published: December 18 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Five years after terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center, a majority of respondents in a University of Florida study say they felt safe living and working in skyscrapers despite believing they are terrorist targets.

Keb' Mo' to perform at UF in March

Published: December 15 2006

GAINESVILLE, FL – Keb' Mo' will perform at the Phillips Center at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 7. Tickets go on sale at noon on Jan. 3.

Naples charity donates millions to fund UF children's dental clinic

Published: December 14 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Thousands of disadvantaged children will soon benefit from a $5.5 million gift to the University of Florida College of Dentistry that will fund the construction and operation of a state-of-the-art pediatric dental facility in Collier County.

UF extends helping hand to needy families during holidays

Published: December 14 2006

The University of Florida and the Martin Luther King Commission of Florida Inc. are partnering on the “Helping Our Neighbors” holiday food project.

Naples charity donates millions to fund UF children’s dental clinic

Published: December 14 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Thousands of disadvantaged children will soon benefit from a $5.5 million gift to the University of Florida College of Dentistry that will fund the construction and operation of a state-of-the-art pediatric dental facility in Collier County.

New World School of Arts holiday concert to be broadcast on WUFT

Published: December 14 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The New World School of the Arts holiday concert will be broadcast at 1 p.m. Dec. 24 on WUFT, Channel 5.

For crickets, parasitic flies can stop the music

Published: December 13 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Love hurts — really bad, for some unlucky crickets, anyway.

UF College of Business introduces weekly podcast series

Published: December 12 2006

“Tuesdays with Tosi,” the first organized iTunes podcast series for the University of Florida Warrington College of Business, premiered Dec. 5.

Florida Museum exhibit features sandhill crane portraits

Published: December 12 2006

UF study reveals fear of discrimination keeps many people with epilepsy out of the workplace

Published: December 12 2006

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The unemployment rate among people with epilepsy is considerably higher than the national average — not necessarily because they have frequent seizures or can’t find jobs but because many continue to fear workplace discrimination, a new University of Florida study reveals.

Genetic modification turns plant virus into delivery vehicle for green-friendly insecticide, say UF researchers

Published: December 12 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A plant-destroying virus farmers call one of their worst enemies may soon be an ally in the fight against crop pests and mosquitoes, say University of Florida researchers.

Snowbirds and "sunbirds" cause big shifts in Florida’s older population

Published: December 11 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida's elderly population fluctuates by nearly 20 percent over the course of a year with the winter arrival of "snowbirds" embracing warmer weather and the summer departure of "sunbirds" escaping to cooler climes, a new University of Florida study finds.

Update: Weekly

Published: December 11 2006

UF researchers find new chink in a "superbug's" armor

Published: December 8 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Infections from drug-resistant forms of Staphylococcus bacteria are skyrocketing and have even recently made headlines by debilitating some of the NFL's toughest players. Tools to fight these bugs are few, but now University of Florida researchers have used cutting-edge genetic analysis to find a new weak spot in this "superbug's" armor.

Alachua Commission chairwoman to talk about state of county

Published: December 8 2006

Paula DeLaney, chairwoman of the Alachua County Board of Commissioners, will present the next program in the 2006-07 Community Campus Council Breakfast Series.

Cavanaugh moves into new senior vice president post

Published: December 8 2006

Kyle Cavanaugh, the University of Florida’s first vice president for human resources, has been promoted to senior vice president for administration, UF President Bernie Machen announced in a board of trustees meeting on Dec 1.

Rockin’ around the Wii: Video games fun but pose social, health risks

Published: December 7 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Move over Tickle Me Elmo. The recently released Nintendo Wii and Playstation 3 video game systems are rivaling the giggling red monster as the gifts children beg their parents for most this holiday season.

Nobel Prize winner to speak at commencement ceremony

Published: December 7 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Nobel Prize winner and University of Florida graduate Robert Grubbs will return to UF to speak at the graduate degree commencement ceremony Dec. 15.

German cockroaches winning the war against pest control baits

Published: December 6 2006

HUD to turn over migrant housing prototype to UF officials

Published: December 6 2006

The model home will be used to showcase the best ways to provide good quality, cost-effective housing for migrant farm workers that can withstand Florida’s unpredictable weather.

Heathy Gators puts UF community on path to good health

Published: December 5 2006

With help from Healthy Gators 2010 – a campuswide initiative aimed at producing a healthier University of Florida community – students, faculty and staff soon will be able to follow many paths to stress relief.

UF study: Outlook for Florida real estate market not entirely negative

Published: December 5 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — While the outlook for sales of homes and condos in Florida is bleak, the real estate prognosis for business properties is much better as it rides on a still-strong state economy, according to a University of Florida study released today.

Winter workshop addresses environmental statistics

Published: December 5 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — “Environmental and Environmental Health Statistics” is the theme of the University of Florida’s Department of Statistics ninth annual winter workshop Jan. 12 and 13 at the Reitz Student Union.

UF School of Theatre and Dance to present drama

Published: December 4 2006

The University of Florida School of Theatre and Dance will present a free staged reading of Stephen Adly Guirgis’ “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” at 8 p.m. on Dec. 4 and 5 at the Black Box Theatre in the Nadine McGuire Theatre and Dance Pavilion on the UF campus.

Allergy-free protein shows hope for a risk-free peanut

Published: December 4 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — For nearly 3 million Americans, the most dangerous aspect to air travel is the complimentary in-flight snack. Every year, about 150 people are killed by a common ingredient of a first-grader’s brown bag lunch.

Warrington College of Business taps Sevilla for assistant dean

Published: December 4 2006

Alexander Sevilla has been appointed assistant dean and director of MBA programs at the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business.

Update: Weekly

Published: December 4 2006

UF Football wins Southeastern Conference title, National Championship berth

Published: December 3 2006

The (12-1, 7-1 Southeastern Conference) and has been selected to meet Ohio State in the on Jan. 8, 2007.

Washington Post: Michael Marsiske

Published: December 20 2006

Michael Marsiske, a clinical and health psychologist, was quoted in a Dec. 20 story in the Washington Post about his study showing that mental exercise helps keep elderly brains sharp. The story was the result of a news release.

USA Today: Dennis Jett

Published: December 11 2006

International Center Dean Dennis Jett was quoted in a Dec. 11 USA Today column by DeWayne Wickham about President Bush’s foreign policy toward Iraq, North Korea and Cuba.

Toby Keith to perform Feb. 10 at the O’Connell Center

Published: December 11 2006

Country music star Toby Keith will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10 in the O’Connell Center as part of his “Hookin’ Up and Hangin’ Out Tour.”

Tickets now on sale for limited run of 'Aida'

Published: December 15 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The newly conceived North American touring production of “Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida” will make its Gainesville premiere in early January at the University of Florida’s Phillips Center. Based on the award-winning timeless love story from the classic Verdi opera, “Aida” is a new musical with Elton John’s modern pop score. Tickets are on sale now for the 7:30 p.m. shows on Jan. 5 and 6.

Theater company puts fresh spin on 'Romeo and Juliet'

Published: December 21 2006

GAINESVILLE, FL – The Aquila Theatre Company will present William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at the University of Florida’s Phillips Center. A pre-performance discussion with the company is scheduled for 6:45 p.m.

St. Petersburg Times: Brandon Moore

Published: December 19 2006

A survey by a doctoral student showing that most people think skyscrapers are safe post-9/11 was briefed Dec. 19 in the St. Petersburg Times. The brief was the result of a news release.

Russian ballet troupe to present "One Thousand and One Nights"

Published: December 19 2006

GAINESVILLE, FL – The State Ballet Theatre of Russia will present “One Thousand and One Nights” at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12 at the University of Florida’s Phillips Center. A pre-performance discussion with the company is scheduled for 6:45 p.m.

Research Report: Cool Shoulder Pads

Published: December 20 2006

A little science has given the Florida Gators an edge in cooling down on the field. University of Florida researchers have developed special shoulder pads that channel forced cool air between a player’s uniform and body. When players hit the bench, they plug a tube concealed in their pads into a benchside cooling compressor. UF researcher Nick Gravenstein says players seem to like the pads’ cooling effects.

People's Daily Online: Jane Brockmann

Published: December 21 2006

Animal behaviorist Jane Brockmann’s study about how male crickets’ mating songs can attract parasites that kill them was the subject of a story that ran Dec. 21 in People’s Daily Online (China). The story was the result of a news release.

Newsday: Boaz Dvir

Published: December 16 2006

An op-ed by Boaz Dvir, communications director for the College of Journalism and Communications, about the hectic pace of modern life ran Dec. 16 in Newsday (circ. 580,069).

New York Times: Peter L. Rudnytsky

Published: December 24 2006

English professor Peter L. Rudnytsky was quoted in a New York Times story Dec. 24 about new evidence showing that Sigmund Freud had an affair with his wife’s younger sister.

New York Times: Karen Bjorndal

Published: December 12 2006

Karen Bjorndal, director of the Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research, was quoted in a Dec. 12 New York Times (circ. 1.1 million) story about how vulnerable turtles are to human threats.

New York Times: Bernie Machen

Published: December 20 2006

President Bernie Machen was quoted in a Dec. 20 New York Times (circ. 1.1 million) story about UF balancing its aim to become a top 10 university with remaining accessible to students of all income levels. The story also appeared in the International Herald Tribune .

New York Times: Andrew Schmitz

Published: December 31 2006

A study of barley prices for the Canadian Wheat Board co-authored by Andrew Schmitz, professor in the food and resource economics department, was mentioned in a Dec. 31 New York Times story.

Drop/add extended; O'Connell Center to show BCS game

Published: December 8 2006

University of Florida students will have a longer drop/add period for the spring semester because of the Tostitos BCS National Championship on the first day of classes, Jan. 8.

Cool Shoulder Pads

Published: December 20 2006

A little science has given the Florida Gators an edge in cooling down on the field. University of Florida researchers have developed special shoulder pads that channel forced cool air between a player’s uniform and body. When players hit the bench, they plug a tube concealed in their pads into a benchside cooling compressor. UF researcher Nick Gravenstein says players seem to like the pads’ cooling effects.

Bulgarian State Opera brings "The Marriage of Figaro" to UF

Published: December 18 2006

GAINESVILLE, FL – The Bulgarian State Opera will present “The Marriage of Figaro” at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 11 at the University of Florida’s Phillips Center. A pre-performance discussion led by Tony Offerle, professor of opera, will take place at 6:45 p.m.

Bulgarian State Opera brings "The Marriage of Figaro" to UF

Published: December 18 2006

GAINESVILLE, FL – The Bulgarian State Opera will present “The Marriage of Figaro” at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 11 at the University of Florida’s Phillips Center. A pre-performance discussion led by Tony Offerle, professor of opera, will take place at 6:45 p.m.

Bloomberg News: Bernie Machen

Published: December 20 2006

President Bernie Machen was quoted in a Dec. 20 Bloomberg News story about his and FSU President T.K. Wetherell’s suggestion of having an alternative playoff system to the BCS.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Jay Ritter

Published: December 19 2006

Finance professor Jay Ritter was quoted in a Dec. 19 Atlanta Journal-Constitution (circ. 382,421) story about the fact that fewer Georgia companies are opting for initial public stock offerings.

Associated Press: Paul Doering

Published: December 15 2006

Pharmacy professor Paul Doering was quoted in a Dec. 15 Associated Press international wire story about the execution of Angel Nieves Diaz. The quote was the result of a UF News Bureau and Health Science Center referral.

Associated Press: Nik Gravenstein

Published: December 17 2006

Anesthesiology professor Nik Gravenstein was quoted in a Dec. 17 Associated Press international wire story about the lethal injection of Angel Nieves Diaz. The quote was the result of a UF News Desk referral.

Associated Press: Doug Archer

Published: December 7 2006

Doug Archer, associate dean for research at the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, was quoted in a Dec. 7, Associated Press national wire about the E. coli outbreak at some Taco Bell restaurants. See related news releases: “UF research yields new insight on spread of E. coli in spinach” and “With spinach, it may be what’s on the inside that counts.”

Associated Press: David Denslow

Published: December 15 2006

Economist David Denslow was quoted in a Dec. 15 Associated Press national wire story about an expected downturn in real estate next year.

ABC News: Paul Doering

Published: December 21 2006

Pharmacist Paul Doering was quoted in a Dec. 21 ABC News story about the teen drug culture.

'100 Years of Broadway' coming to UF

Published: December 14 2006

GAINESVILLE, FL – “100 Years of Broadway,” a revue of the biggest songs from the biggest Broadway musicals of the last century, is coming to the Phillips Center at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 15. Tickets go on sale at noon, Wednesday, Jan. 3.

'Music of Ray Charles' coming to UF's Phillips Center

Published: December 19 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Direct from London’s West End and a sold-out European tour, “I Can’t Stop Loving You – The Music of Ray Charles” will make its Gainesville premiere for one show only at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 28 at the University of Florida’s Phillips Center. Tickets are on sale now for the show directed and choreographed by Gary Lloyd, creator of the successful production in the United Kingdom.