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Florida's housing downturn stymies consumer confidence turnaround

Published: July 31 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The weak housing market is to blame for Florida's one-point drop in consumer confidence to 81 in July at a time when the national index is on the rise, a new University of Florida study finds.

Landscape artist Gary Borse's paintings on display at Fla. Museum through Nov. 25

Published: July 31 2007


UF receives approval for small animal hospital expansion

Published: July 31 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine officials are moving forward with plans to build a new Veterinary Education and Clinical Research Center, a $58 million facility that will include a major expansion of UF’s small animal hospital.

UF to lead research on life-threatening fungus

Published: July 31 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Hear the word fungus, and mushrooms and mold might leap to mind. But the University of Florida is about to house the nation’s first research repository for one species that has nothing to do with pizza toppings or marbling blue cheese: Aspergillus, which increasingly poses a major health threat to cancer patients and transplant recipients.

Physicists: Quantum dance draws unexpected guests

Published: July 30 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It was always thought to be restricted to everyday types, with no magnetic sorts allowed in the door.

Update: Weekly

Published: July 30 2007

Chronicle of Higher Education: Budget cuts

Published: July 27 2007

Media Advisory: The Florida Cat Conference and Dog Owners and Breeders Symposium

Published: July 27 2007

Discovery Channel’s Shark Week features UF shark expert

Published: July 27 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Discovery Channel will feature University of Florida shark expert George Burgess in two programs during its 20th anniversary Shark Week beginning Sunday through Aug. 4.

United Press International: Justin Sanchez

Published: July 25 2007

Time.com: Alexander Wagenaar

Published: July 25 2007

USA Today: George Burgess

Published: July 25 2007

The future of medicine: Insert chip, cure disease?

Published: July 24 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Imagine a chip, strategically placed in the brain, that could prevent epileptic seizures or allow someone who has lost a limb to control an artificial arm just by thinking about it.

Update: Weekly

Published: July 23 2007

Museum Nights features Oscar-nominated documentary

Published: July 21 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Harn Museum of Art will be open until 10 p.m. on Thursday for Museum Nights, featuring the Oscar-nominated documentary ”Buena Vista Social Club” at 7 p.m.

UF psychiatry chairman to serve in NIMH research post

Published: July 20 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The chairman of the University of Florida’s psychiatry department is taking a leave of absence to fill a key leadership position for the National Institute of Mental Health.

Molecular detectors may refine cancer treatment

Published: July 19 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers have successfully used molecular probes to detect subtle differences in leukemia cells from patient samples, an achievement that could lead to more effective ways to diagnose and treat cancer.

UF arts and technology showcased at national creativity festival

Published: July 19 2007

UF law professor wins Consumer Advocate of the Year Award

Published: July 19 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The National Association of Consumer Agency Administrators (NACAA) recently awarded University of Florida law Professor Christopher L. Peterson its Consumer Advocate of the Year Award for 2007 for his research on predatory lending and his advocacy for legislation adopted last year by Congress that caps the interest rate lenders may charge military personnel.

Whether plant or animal, UF's new genetic model can predict its future

Published: July 18 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Rongling Wu is out to prove Mark Twain clearly didn't know a darn thing about genetics.

Meredeth Rowe named Fellow of American Academy of Nursing

Published: July 18 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida College of Nursing Associate Professor Meredeth Rowe has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

UF Dental faculty elected to National Dental Honor Society

Published: July 18 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Three University of Florida College of Dentistry faculty members have been elected to membership to the national dental honor society, Omicron Kappa Upsilon.

Dubay appointed director of business services division

Published: July 17 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Lionel J. Dubay, director of the O’Connell Center for 22 years, has been appointed director of the business services division at the University of Florida.

UF station resumes Internet broadcasting for now

Published: July 17 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — WUFT-FM has resumed streaming its air signal over the Internet, but it is conditional because of proposed changes in how radio stations pay royalties.

Mr. Jack Daniel's Original Silver Cornet Band to play at Phillips Center

Published: July 16 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. –– For turn-of-the-century, small-town inhabitants, the town band was a familiar fixture. Harper's Weekly estimates there were 10,000 such bands in the United States in 1889. Made up of ordinary citizens such as the hardware clerk and the feed merchant, their enthusiasm often outweighed their musical abilities. That didn't keep them from playing everything from Sousa to opera to works from Tin Pan Alley at saloon openings, funerals, political rallies and parades.

UF's robotic sub wins international contest for third straight year

Published: July 16 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida engineering team on Sunday won an international robotic submarine competition for the third year in a row, beating 27 other teams from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Georgia Tech and Cornell and other universities.

Mr. Jack Daniel’s Original Silver Cornet Band to play at Phillips Center

Published: July 16 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. –– For turn-of-the-century, small-town inhabitants, the town band was a familiar fixture. Harper’s Weekly estimates there were 10,000 such bands in the United States in 1889. Made up of ordinary citizens such as the hardware clerk and the feed merchant, their enthusiasm often outweighed their musical abilities. That didn’t keep them from playing everything from Sousa to opera to works from Tin Pan Alley at saloon openings, funerals, political rallies and parades.

Update: Weekly

Published: July 16 2007

Suicide awareness training offered on July 31

Published: July 13 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Academic & Professional Assembly will host a Suicide Awareness and Intervention training from 3 to 4:30 p.m. July 31, in Room 282 of the Reitz Student Union.

High blood pressure medication strategy proves effective in Hispanic women

Published: July 12 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Hispanic women with hypertension and coronary artery disease respond better to drug regimens aimed at controlling high blood pressure than non-Hispanic white women, University of Florida researchers report.

UF School of Theatre and Dance presents new production from Shadow Dance Theatre

Published: July 11 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Shadow Dance Theatre, now in its sixth summer season of thought-provoking original work at the University of Florida, offers “Vintage,” a compelling new production, Aug. 2-5.

Manatee Boaters

Published: July 11 2007

Caring but careless boaters have apparently become the biggest threat to Florida’s manatees. University of Florida researchers tracked the speeds of boaters through manatee zones in one high-traffic Florida county. Results show more than half, fifty-five percent didn’t comply with signs ordering them to slow down. Yet when UF researcher John Jett sent them follow-up surveys, eighty-four percent claimed they did.

Museum Nights hosts Butterfly Rainforest and Cuban film

Published: July 10 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida Student Government will host Museum Nights featuring free admission to the award-winning Butterfly Rainforest and a provocative Cuban film from 5 to 10 p.m. on Thursday at the Florida Museum of Natural History and the Harn Museum of Art in the UF Cultural Plaza.

Swim diapers may not keep pool water clean, UF experts say

Published: July 10 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Swimming is good, clean summer fun for small children—but University of Florida experts caution that swim diapers won’t necessarily keep the water clean, and that could spell trouble if sick kids go in the pool.

New director for UF Dental Faculty Practice appointed

Published: July 10 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Dr. Roger D. Wray, a clinical associate professor of community dentistry and behavioral science, has been appointed program director of the University of Florida College of Dentistry Faculty Practice. Wray previously served as residency program director for the college’s clinical program in Apopka.

UF College of Dentistry names new associate dean of faculty affairs

Published: July 10 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — William P. McArthur, a professor of oral biology and director of the University of Florida’s Periodontal Disease Research Center, was appointed the College of Dentistry’s associate dean for faculty affairs, effective June 29. In this new position he advises faculty and college and campus administrators on matters affecting faculty and provides administrative support for the faculty’s role in shared governance.

UF oral surgeon recognized as Dental Educator of the Year

Published: July 10 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Dr. Matthew Dennis, a clinical associate professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery and diagnostic sciences, has been awarded the Florida Dental Association’s Dental Educator Award.

Health care leader named UF Executive in Residence

Published: July 10 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Lynne Thomas Gordon, a nationally recognized health-care executive, has been named an executive in residence for the department of health services research, management and policy at the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions.

UF's Ingram to participate in Florida Summit on Global Climate Change

Published: July 9 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Lonnie Ingram, director of the University of Florida's Florida Center for Renewable Chemicals and Fuels, will join celebrities including California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and environmental activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. at a Florida conference on global climate change on Thursday and Friday in Miami.

HHP dean receives ASHA's William A. Howe Award

Published: July 9 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Steve Dorman, dean of the College of Health and Human Performance will receive the 2007 William A. Howe Award at the American School Health Association national convention being held July 9-13, 2007, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

World's largest telescope to make first observations Friday

Published: July 9 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The world's largest telescope will take its first peek into the heavens this week, ushering the University of Florida into the top ranks of the "big observers," as one astronomy professor put it.

Upgrade of portal to improve browser compatibility

Published: July 9 2007

UF Bridges will update the myUFL portal from PeopleSoft version 8.45 to version 8.48 on Saturday, July 14.

MADtv star Frank Caliendo to headline 2007 Gator Growl

Published: July 9 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida Blue Key’s annual production, Gator Growl, has showcased some of the top comedic talent in the past; this year will be no exception.

Update: Weekly

Published: July 9 2007

Puzzle lovers sought to help process 220 fossil skeletons

Published: July 7 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Now that the second field season of excavating fossils at a site west of Gainesville has ended, Florida Museum of Natural History paleontologists are gearing up to begin work on the approximately 220 skeletons and literally thousands of specimens uncovered between mid-September 2006 and May.

Popular Beatles' tribute band to play the Phillips Center

Published: July 6 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In the world of popular music, no one rivals The Beatles. When the group first formed as a garage band in Liverpool, England, no one had an inkling that it would become one of the most popular acts of all time, leading the "British Invasion" of America in the mid-1960s. Its musical legacy is so great that The Beatles continues to earn fans the world over, even though they broke up nearly 40 years ago.

UF students admitted free to Butterfly Rainforest July 12

Published: July 6 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida students will be admitted free with their Gator 1 card to the Florida Museum of Natural History’s award-winning Butterfly Rainforest from 5 to 7:30 p.m. July 12.

UF scientists work to develop simple bladder cancer test

Published: July 5 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers have identified a set of proteins that appear to signal the presence of bladder cancer, a discovery they hope will lead to a simple, fast and noninvasive test that can detect the disease early.

Aggressive weed becoming a menace worse than kudzu, UF researcher says

Published: July 5 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — And you thought kudzu was bad.

Florida Museum reopens Discovery Room family activity area

Published: July 3 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum reopens one of its most popular family activity areas today, a new and expanded Discovery Room. Previously open only during the summer, the Discovery Room will provide ongoing, interactive family activities daily until 4:30 p.m. through December 2008.

UF survey: Most boaters speed through manatee conservation zones

Published: July 3 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Caring but careless boaters are the greatest threat to Florida’s manatees, according to a new University of Florida study that caught more than half of boat drivers speeding through conservation zones despite their professed support for the endangered animals.

Expected deficit prompts UF hiring freeze

Published: July 2 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida is instituting a campuswide hiring freeze effective today in response to a projected deficit that could range from $20 million to $30 million caused by a significant decline in revenue and rising expenses.

HIRING FREEZE Q&A

Published: July 2 2007

Ozark salamander collecting a factor in population drop, study finds

Published: July 2 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — An endangered “giant” Ozark salamander is suffering an alarming population collapse, and a new Florida Museum of Natural History-led study shows illegal collecting, mostly attributed to the pet trade, contributed to the decline of these imperiled amphibians that can grow to 29 inches in length.

Update: Weekly

Published: July 2 2007

Lecture to focus on global health

Published: July 9 2007

Hala Azzam, of the University of Maryland will present “Public Health in the 21st Century: Multidisciplinary Approaches in Global Health” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, in Room G316 of the HPNP Complex on the UF campus. The lecture, sponsored by the College of Public Health and Health Professions’ department of epidemiology and biostatistics, is free and open to the public.

USA Today: Mark Gold

Published: July 9 2007

Mark Gold, chief of addiction medicine at UF’s McKnight Brain Institute, was quoted in a July 9 USA Today story about whether food addiction is a cause of obesity.

Associated Press: Retail theft survey

Published: July 11 2007

An annual survey by UF and the National Retail Federation about retail theft was cited in a July 11 Associated Press story about Wal-Mart’s decision to lower the age at which it recommends stores prosecute first-time shoplifters to 16 from 18.

Chicago Tribune: Stephen Golant

Published: July 14 2007

U.F. geographer Stephen Golant was quoted in a July 14 Chicago Tribune story about the trend of Florida’s senior citizens moving back to their original states because of frail health, poor finances or death of a spouse.

Associated Press: Telescope ceremony

Published: July 16 2007

The “first light” opening ceremony of the Gran Telescopio Canarias in Spain’s Canary Islands was the subject of an Associated Press story July 16. UF is the only U.S. institution with a stake in the massive telescope. The story was the result of a news release.

Los Angeles Times: Subjugator win

Published: July 16 2007

A July 16 Los Angeles Times story announced the first-place win of UF’s Subjugator in the 10th annual Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Student Competition, sponsored by the Navy and the unmanned vehicle industry.

Bloomberg: David Denslow

Published: July 20 2007

David Denslow, a UF economist, was quoted in a July 20 Bloomberg News story about how the glut of condominiums in Miami could push Florida’s economy to the brink of a recession.

Associated Press: St. Augustine

Published: July 23 2007

A July 23 Associated Press story detailed plans for the University of Florida to manage 31 historic buildings in St. Augustine, Fla.

Sun-Sentinel: John Jett

Published: July 23 2007

Research on boater behavior and manatees done by UF doctoral candidate John Jett was the subject of an editorial in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel on July 23. The editorial was the result of a news release.

UF College of Dentistry’s formative dean passes away

Published: July 24 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Dr. Jose E. Medina, former dean of the University of Florida College of Dentistry and UF assistant vice president for facilities planning and operations, died Thursday (July 19). He was 81.

Miami Herald: Sumi Helal

Published: July 24 2007

Computer engineering Professor Sumi Helal was quoted in a July 24 Miami Herald story about the development of software and hardware that enables devices in a “smart house” to communicate with each other and send data to a third party. The story was the result of a news release.

New York Times: Jacobo Konigsberg

Published: July 24 2007

Jacobo Konigsberg, a UF professor of physics, was quoted in a July 24 New York Times story about the race among physicists to understand a legendary particle that is known colloquially as the Higgs boson and sometimes called the “God particle.” The release was related to a News Bureau tip sheet.

From UF and IBM, a blueprint for “smart” health care

Published: July 24 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Always on, connected, cheap and on sale everywhere.

UF staffer named state’s bluegrass mandolin champion

Published: July 25 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It came to him in a dream.

MSNBC: Richard Hollinger

Published: July 25 2007

Criminology Professor Richard Hollinger was quoted in a July 25 MSNBC.com story about Wal-Mart’s effort to reduce shoplifting.

Times-Picayune: Bruce Goldberger

Published: July 25 2007

Toxicologist Bruce Goldberger was quoted in a July 25 Times-Picayune story about the use of human tissue to analyze the bodies of people who died at a hospital after Hurricane Katrina pounded New Orleans.

UF’s Library West receives green building certification

Published: July 26 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The newly renovated Library West now ranks as one of the most environmentally friendly buildings on campus.

Of maggots and murder - UF researcher says sleuths need new way to estimate time of death

Published: July 26 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Blow fly maggots are one of the best tools forensic entomologists have for estimating when a person died—but a University of Florida researcher says current methods should be revised to account for a phenomenon that can skew results.

The Times, London: Height study

Published: July 26 2007

A study of the impact of height on income done by management Professor Timothy Judge was cited in a July 26 London Times. The story was related to a news release.