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Girls who begin dieting twice as likely to start smoking

Published: August 31 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Starting to diet seems to double the odds a teenage girl will begin smoking, a University of Florida study has found.

Registration starts next week for leisure courses

Published: August 31 2007

Registration for the University of Florida’s Leisure Course Program begins at 10 a.m. Sept. 5.

Harn Museum celebrates Zora Neale Hurston as part of The Big Read

Published: August 31 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Harn Museum of Art is taking part in The Big Read, a National Endowment for the Arts literary initiative, with two events celebrating Zora Neale Hurston.

Memorial service is somber reminder of bicycle/vehicle safety

Published: August 31 2007

All it takes is just a moment to answer a cell phone call, change the radio station, turn to face a passenger or let your mind wander.

Update: Weekly

Published: August 31 2007

UF to house pancreas research repository for the study of diabetes

Published: August 30 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida will house a newly organized international research center for the study of the human pancreas that will bank organs from thousands of patients with or at risk for type 1 diabetes in an effort to learn more about the disease.

Top scholar picked to lead UF's early-child education initiatives

Published: August 29 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A leading scholar in early childhood education and care has been named to a new endowed chair at UF's College of Education.

Florida Museum-led study counters ideas about Mayan elite craftworks

Published: August 29 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new Florida Museum of Natural History study shows ancient Maya political elites likely crafted their own bone and shell products for domestic use, which counters previously held beliefs that the group depended on domestic servants or lower classes for everyday household items such as sewing pins, spatulas and shell bowls.

Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal performance canceled

Published: August 29 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal performance scheduled at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Nov. 8 has been canceled.

Jatropha tree could be a biodiesel boon for Florida farmers, UF researcher says

Published: August 29 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Growing plants for fuel might be an engine-revving idea for some South Florida farmers who feel their crops have stalled, a University of Florida researcher says.

Research Report: Hurricane Wind Machine

Published: August 29 2007

The University of Florida’s new hurricane simulator will huff and puff and blow the house in, for research purposes only.

Housing market woes spread, dampening Florida's consumer confidence

Published: August 28 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The latest round of bad news in the housing market dealt a blow to consumer confidence in August, causing a three-point drop to 78, its lowest level in a year, a new University of Florida study finds.

WUFT-TV/DT's "GatorBeat" tackles Gator football

Published: August 27 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As the University of Florida Gators begin their pursuit of another Southeastern Conference and National Championship title, fans can tune in WUFT-TV/DT for a look at the 2007 football season.

Professor's book examines the rise of marketing God, megachurches

Published: August 27 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Time was when a religion was something people were born into, grew old with in comfort and died with in glory.

UF Tourism Crisis Recovery Institute names director of strategic operations

Published: August 27 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida Tourism Crisis Recovery Institute, a new on-campus institute housed in the College of Health and Human Performance, has hired a well-known figure in the tourism industry to serve as director of strategic operations.

UF launches new leadership programs; Applications accepted until Sept. 7

Published: August 27 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Because leadership development is essential to the effective management of a university, Human Resource Services at the University of Florida has launched two new leadership programs: The UF Academy and Next Level Leadership.

Update: Weekly

Published: August 27 2007

Florida Museum announces entertainment for ButterflyFest

Published: August 24 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History’s ButterflyFest Oct. 13-14 will feature several nationally well-known musicians as well as a variety of performances from area community groups.

UF achieves national excellence in pharmacy professional programs

Published: August 24 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida College of Pharmacy is one of eight schools to receive the first national recognition for exemplary partnerships that foster quality experiential education and patient care teaching environments for pharmacy students.

Faculty Survey results show progress, areas to improve

Published: August 24 2007

Parsons Dance takes flight with unique choreography

Published: August 24 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In its 20-year history, Parsons Dance has earned a reputation as one of the premiere dance troupes in the world. David Parsons started the company that bears his name in 1987, after spending nearly a decade as a principal dancer with the Paul Taylor Dance Company.

UF scientists reveal how dietary restriction cleans cells

Published: August 23 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Reduce, recycle and rebuild is as important to the most basic component of the human body, the cell, as it is to the environment. And a University of Florida study shows just how much the body benefits when it “goes green,” at least if you’re a rat: Cutting calories helps rodents live longer by boosting cells’ ability to recycle damaged parts so they can maintain efficient energy production.

UF receives record $583 million in research funding

Published: August 23 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida received a record $583 million in research funding in 2007, thanks in part to a 92 percent increase in state funding.

Premium tickets for Dave Matthews concert to be offered in online auction

Published: August 23 2007

Two opportunities to purchase premier seats to the Sept. 11 Dave Matthews Band concert at the O’Connell Center will become available Friday.

UF pharmacy educator receives national recognition in biotechnology

Published: August 23 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida pharmacy researcher and educator has received national recognition for her contributions to contemporary teaching and scholarship in biotechnology. Julie A. Johnson received the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy’s prestigious Paul R. Dawson Biotechnology Award at its recent annual meeting in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Arsenic imports for lumber plunge; UF Center sets sights on disposal

Published: August 22 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It’s a success story so far – but the end has yet to be written.

UF survey: Floridians not entirely sold on new property tax measure

Published: August 21 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The fate of a proposed property tax amendment that would affect the existing Save Our Homes amendment in a January statewide referendum is too close to call, a new University of Florida survey finds.

Property Tax Vote

Published: August 21 2007

UF study: 'Course shopping' costing students and colleges

Published: August 20 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It is a familiar source of frustration for anyone who has studied in a university or community college: you desperately need a specific course, but the class is full by the time you get to register.

Lecture at Harn Museum features renowned Cuban artist

Published: August 20 2007

UF offers new minor in American Indian and indigenous studies

Published: August 20 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As the University of Florida kicks off its fall semester this week, students will have the opportunity to pursue a new minor in American Indian and indigenous studies.

Update: Weekly

Published: August 20 2007

UF researcher to study depression in Latina women

Published: August 18 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida College of Nursing assistant professor Jeanne Marie Stacciarini has received a $202,113 supplementary grant from the National Institutes of Health to study depression in Latinas and promote diversity in health-related research.

Poster sale starts Aug. 27 in UF’s student union

Published: August 17 2007

The College Poster Sale Company brings its bi-annual poster sale to the Reitz Student Union Colonnade Aug. 27-31 and Sept. 4-7. Sale hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Art faculty exhibition opens Aug. 21 in University Galleries

Published: August 17 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In the first show of the 2007-08 academic year, the College of Fine Arts’ art faculty will set the standard for future exhibits at the University of Florida University Galleries.

UF reaps more royalties from licensing merchandise

Published: August 17 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Gator Nation is indeed everywhere, and fans are shelling out big money to show off their University of Florida allegiance.

Genetic phonetics could be the trick to sounding out DNA's meaning

Published: August 16 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Most modern attempts to decipher how portions of genetic code are translated into physical characteristics are akin to a first-grader trying to sound out a word letter by letter — or, in this case, base pair by base pair.

Genetic phonetics could be the trick to sounding out DNA’s meaning

Published: August 16 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Most modern attempts to decipher how portions of genetic code are translated into physical characteristics are akin to a first-grader trying to sound out a word letter by letter — or, in this case, base pair by base pair.

Gator Clubs to receive special seating at Growl

Published: August 16 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — For the first time in Gator Growl history, alumni will have the ability to enjoy the show with their respective Gator Clubs in unique seating blocks closer to the stage.

UF researcher a finalist in Southeast competition

Published: August 16 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Elena Kurenova, a research assistant professor in the department of surgery at the University of Florida College of Medicine, was selected as one of 10 finalists in Southeast BIO’s first annual BIO/Plan Competition.

New campus laundry facilities will save water

Published: August 16 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida students are returning to renovated campus laundry facilities and a chance to “Fill the Swamp” for scholarship monies.

Business Week: Jay Ritter

Published: August 16 2007

Florida could soon wake up to caviar dreams, UF researcher says

Published: August 15 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Mention sturgeon to a Floridian these days, and they might flinch. The armor-plated fish have made news this summer by body-checking boaters, but the animals might soon develop a new reputation — as cash cows.

UAA gives $6 million to academic programs

Published: August 15 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida Athletic Association is donating $6 million to the university to support several academic programs threatened by state budget cuts, UF President Bernie Machen announced today.

UF named one of nation's 25 hottest schools

Published: August 14 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida joins 24 other schools around the country as one of Kaplan/Newsweek's Hottest Schools in America.

Celtic Woman group to perform at O'Connell Center

Published: August 13 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. –– University of Florida Performing Arts is pleased to announce the addition of the Irish singing sensation Celtic Woman to its 2007-08 Season.

UF repeats success at world's most prestigious hacking competition

Published: August 13 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two professionals from the University of Florida Information Technology Security Team have won a computer hacking competition for the second consecutive year.

Florida Museum to host additional live butterfly releases on weekends

Published: August 13 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History’s Butterfly Rainforest will offer visitors the opportunity to view live butterfly releases Saturdays and Sundays at 2, 3 and 4 p.m. beginning Aug. 18.

UF IT team urges students to practice safe computing

Published: August 13 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida IT Security Team welcomes all new and returning students and offers some suggestions to help improve their computing experience.

Associated Press: Roy Graham

Published: August 11 2007

UF president to raise roof on new George Steinbrenner Band Building

Published: August 10 2007

Scientist visits UF to inspect instrument for world's largest telescope

Published: August 9 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A $3.2 million contract draws to a close this week as a noted Spanish astronomer visits the University of Florida.

Largest butterfly in Western Hemisphere needs help to avoid extinction, UF experts say

Published: August 9 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Homerus swallowtail is the Western Hemisphere’s largest butterfly, but University of Florida researchers say its numbers are so small that conservation and captive breeding efforts are needed to save the insect, found only in two parts of Jamaica.

Scientist visits UF to inspect instrument for world’s largest telescope

Published: August 9 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A $3.2 million contract draws to a close this week as a noted Spanish astronomer visits the University of Florida.

Property Values

Published: August 8 2007

Pepsi price increase could lead to healthier students

Published: August 8 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida students will return later this month to higher priced carbonated beverages in campus vending machines.

Summer commencement ceremonies scheduled for Saturday

Published: August 8 2007

UF survey: Few Floridians think their house values will dip in five years

Published: August 8 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Floridians are optimistic about housing prices despite the gloom pervading much of the real estate industry, a new University of Florida survey finds.

A parent's depression can weigh heavy on children

Published: August 7 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A parent's struggle with stress or depression can lower a child's quality of life — and it could hinder an overweight youngster's attempts to lose weight, too, University of Florida researchers say.

UF students to demonstrate robotic inventions on Thursday

Published: August 7 2007

United Press International: David Janicke

Published: August 7 2007

UF, French scientists seek test to detect gene doping in athletes

Published: August 6 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Gene doping has the potential to spawn athletes capable of out-running, out-jumping and out-cycling the strongest of champions. But research under way at the University of Florida could help level the playing field by detecting the first cases of gene doping in professional athletes before the practice enters the mainstream.

Reitz Student Union renovations to start soon

Published: August 6 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Renovations will soon begin on the first floor of the Reitz Student Union that will result in expanded open lounge space for students, additions to administrative space, new restrooms, and new finishes and furnishings throughout the first-floor lobby.

UF appoints new director of Center for Structural Biology

Published: August 6 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida College of Medicine has named Mavis Agbandje-McKenna, an associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, the new director of the Center for Structural Biology.

Update: Weekly

Published: August 6 2007

Printmaking thesis exhibition scheduled at Focus Gallery

Published: August 3 2007

An exhibit that examines the use of new technologies as a tool for the development of communities will be on display Aug. 13 through Sept. 7 at the University of Florida Focus Gallery.

New center explores influence of nature versus nurture on genes

Published: August 2 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The age-old debate of nature versus nurture has a new twist: Scientists say the two N’s may be so entwined that their influence on our genes combines to shape our health and development in ways we never imagined.

Media Advisory: Joint Civic Club/UF Luncheon

Published: August 1 2007

UF study: Anti-war groups target Democratic convention for protests

Published: August 1 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Democratic Party stands to lose the 2008 presidential election unless it takes a stronger stand against the Iraq war, a University of Florida researcher says.

Los Angeles Times: Bruce Goldberger

Published: August 3 2007

Toxicologist Bruce Goldberger was quoted in an Aug. 3 Los Angeles Times story about the use of science experts by defense attorneys for music producer Phil Spector, charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of an actress.

‘Blue Collar’ comic to perform at UF Sept. 21

Published: August 6 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Comedian Ron “Tater Salad” White will appear at 8 p.m. Sept. 21 at the O’Connell Center to share his unique take on life.

UPD event aims to prevent crime

Published: August 6 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida Police Department will host its inaugural National Night Out Against Crime celebration from 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday at Flavet Field on UF’s campus.

Harn Museum hosts printmaking Family Day

Published: August 6 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Harn Museum of Art will host Family Day from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 18. Visitors of all ages will explore diverse printing techniques during “Off the Press: Printmaking for Everyone.”

Harn Museum offers bookmaking workshop

Published: August 9 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — “Bookmaking: Handmade Journals & Sketchbooks” is the subject of a one-day workshop from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Harn Museum of Art.

Efficiency task force created

Published: August 9 2007

I am writing to announce the creation of a committee to help identify ways to trim costs and operate more efficiently in an extremely tight budget year and into the future amid predictions of a worsening economy.

‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ now scheduled for Feb. 12-13

Published: August 10 2007

GAINESVILLE, FL – “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” originally scheduled for Feb. 9-10 at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, will now be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 12-13.

St. Petersburg Times: Hyun Jung Yun

Published: August 10 2007

Hyun Jung Yun, the first person to graduate from UF with two doctoral degrees at the same time, was the subject of a feature story in the Aug. 10 St. Petersburg Times. The story was the result of a UF News Bureau referral.

Associated Press: Forrest Masters

Published: August 13 2007

Forrest Masters, an assistant professor of civil and coastal engineering, was the source of an Aug. 13 Associated Press story about a hurricane-wind simulator that is being used to find weaknesses in building structures. The story was the result of a news release.

Associated Press: Jerry Butler

Published: August 13 2007

Jerry Butler, a professor emeritus and entomologist, was quoted in an Aug. 13 Associated Press national wire story about the reported incidents of West Nile virus infections that usually start in August.

Associated Press: Norb Dunkel

Published: August 13 2007

Norb Dunkel, director of housing and residence education, was quoted in an Aug. 13 Associated Press story about the crunch of dormitory space for new college students in many parts of the country.

Conquest of land began in shark genome

Published: August 14 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When the first four-legged animals sprouted fingers and toes, they took an ancient genetic recipe and simply extended the cooking time, say University of Florida scientists writing in Wednesday’s issue of the journal PLoS ONE.

Miami Herald: UAA’s gift

Published: August 16 2007

The University Athletic Association’s donation of $6 million for scholarships to UF students who are the first in their families to attend college was the subject of an Aug. 16 story in The Miami Herald and the Associated Press national wire. The story was the result of a news release .

National Geographic: Martin Cohn

Published: August 16 2007

Developmental biologist Martin Cohn was quoted in an Aug. 16 story on National Geographic.com about a new study that found the genetic process for developing fingers and toes might have existed in sharks 500 million years ago. The research also was the subject of an Aug. 16 story on the United Press International wire. The stories were the result of a news release.

Portable air conditioners OK’d for use in Buckman, Thomas halls

Published: August 17 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida has approved the use of portable air conditioners in Buckman and Thomas halls for this year.

Sustainability speakers coming to UF

Published: August 22 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — International sustainability experts Hunter Lovins and Bob Willard will give keynote speeches at a University of Florida program set for Sept. 10.

UF shark expert George Burgess to speak at ‘Jaws’ science movie night

Published: August 24 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History presents a special showing of the 1975 thriller “Jaws” at 6 p.m. Aug. 30 as part of Museum Nights.

Posters sought for genetics confab at UF

Published: August 31 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The UF Genetics Institute invites all faculty, graduate students and research associates to submit abstracts of their latest genetics research for poster sessions at Florida Genetics 2007, a symposium scheduled for Nov. 7-8 at the UF Cancer & Genetics Research Complex.

Staying optimistic

Published: August 31 2007

The start of the school year is always as exciting as it is hectic. I hope all students, faculty and staff were able to take some time off during the summer, and that you are refreshed, reenergized and ready to make the most of the months ahead.