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Florida consumer confidence hits lowest level in more than five years

Published: December 21 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The housing crisis, a declining stock market and higher gas prices are all to blame for a two-point drop in Florida’s consumer confidence to 74, its lowest level in more than five years, a new University of Florida study finds.

Mobile showcase to spotlight UF research for Capital One Bowl

Published: December 21 2007

To curious aliens, Earth would stand out as living planet

Published: December 20 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With powerful instruments scouring the heavens, astronomers have found more than 240 planets in the past two decades, none likely to support Earth-like life.

Tampa Tribune: David Denslow

Published: December 20 2007

96-million-year-old fossil pollen sheds light on early pollinators

Published: December 20 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The collapse of honeybee colonies across North America is focusing attention on the honeybees’ vital role in the survival of agricultural crops, and a new study by University of Florida and Indiana University Southeast researchers shows insect pollinators have likely played a key role in the evolution and success of flowering plants for nearly 100 million years.

UF researcher: Unions must recruit blacks in order to regain influence

Published: December 19 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — America’s faltering labor movement will not survive unless unions do more to embrace blacks and other minority workers, says a University of Florida researcher and author of a new book.

UF graduate student evaluates flawed 'Son of Sam' laws

Published: December 18 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Research by a University of Florida graduate student finds most state statutes designed to prevent criminals from profiting from telling the story of their crimes are ineffective and unconstitutional.

UF engineer's circuit to help enable miniature medical implants

Published: December 18 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida engineering researcher is helping to pave the way for tiny implanted medical devices that could one day administer medicine to ill patients, help disabled people use artificial limbs or perform other therapeutic tasks within the body.

Wright named dean of UF's College of Journalism and Communications

Published: December 18 2007


UF studies show home buyers like 'green' features but may not understand green living

Published: December 17 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Home buyers appreciate the benefits of “green” communities, but residents don’t necessarily lead more eco-friendly lives than their neighbors in traditional homes, according to two University of Florida studies conducted in the fast-growing state.

Ancient global warming changed earth from 'icehouse to greenhouse'

Published: December 17 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Earth literally turned over a new leaf 15 million years ago when an earlier version of global warming changed large parts of the planet from lush forests to open grasslands, a new study by scientists at the University of Florida and other institutions shows.

Florida to Georgia: God helps those who help themselves

Published: December 16 2007

This week the governors of Alabama, Florida, and Georgia will discuss the allocation of the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers (ACF) among the three states.

UF engineer wins presidential award for young researchers

Published: December 13 2007

Media Advisory: Consumer Confidence Report to be issued earlier

Published: December 13 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Because Christmas falls on the fourth Tuesday of this month, the Florida Consumer Attitude Survey will be issued Dec. 21.

Cordless Charger

Published: December 12 2007

Get ready to cut those cords, the ones connecting your laptop or cellphone to an outlet for charging. University of Florida engineers have developed a wireless charging station that can charge all your devices at once with no cords.

Too much fructose could leave dieters sugar shocked

Published: December 12 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Here’s one tip for how to eat at the holidays: Don’t take your cues from Santa. The sugary cookies and fat-laden fruitcakes the mythical North Pole resident eats are a no-no. But you don’t have to go no-carb to stay fit at the holidays, either, University of Florida researchers say.

UF engineers: Wireless charger provides efficient cord-free charging

Published: December 12 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Good news about that annoying jumble of electronic device charger power cords — it may soon be history.

Florida Museum hosts 29th annual Collectors Day on Jan. 5

Published: December 11 2007

Brain stem cells sensitive to space radiation

Published: December 11 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Measures to protect astronauts from health risks caused by space radiation will be important during extended missions to the moon or Mars, say researchers in a paper currently online in Experimental Neurology.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel: Almut Winterstein

Published: December 11 2007

Playing Santa for oneself can lead to a debt-filled New Year, UF expert warns

Published: December 10 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With more than half of us expecting to play Santa for ourselves this holiday season, a University of Florida family finance expert warns that being self-indulgent — even at bargain prices — can lead to a bad case of buyer’s remorse.

Street renamed and monument unveiled in honor of Lt. Dahlem

Published: December 10 2007

Former World War II prisoner of war to speak at fall commencement

Published: December 10 2007

Update: Weekly

Published: December 10 2007

Federal grant to expand Florida Museum’s program for Head Start

Published: December 7 2007

UF trustee Manny Fernandez resigns from board

Published: December 7 2007

UF graduate student evaluates flawed 'Son of Sam' laws

Published: December 6 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Research by a University of Florida graduate student finds most state statutes designed to prevent criminals from profiting from telling the story of their crimes are ineffective and unconstitutional.

UF survey: Florida's real estate report mixed instead of entirely bad

Published: December 6 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — All is not gloom and doom with Florida real estate, according to the latest University of Florida study, which finds a positive outlook for commercial properties despite the bad news in the housing market.

UF survey: Florida's real estate report mixed instead of entirely bad

Published: December 6 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — All is not gloom and doom with Florida real estate, according to the latest University of Florida study, which finds a positive outlook for commercial properties despite the bad news in the housing market.

Breast MRI spots other cancers, may alter treatment plan

Published: December 5 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In about 20 percent of women with breast cancer who plan to undergo a lumpectomy, breast magnetic resonance imaging reveals important diagnostic information that alters their treatment plan, University of Florida surgeons reported today (Dec. 5).

Space station experiment to test bacteria hitchhiking to the Red Planet

Published: December 5 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — If a trip to Mars seems like it would be a tough journey, imagine what it would be like on the outside of the spaceship.

Herald-Tribune: Daniel Smith

Published: December 5 2007

Giant Can Menorah Lighting to kick off Chanukah

Published: December 4 2007

UF is home to new pancreas research depository

Published: December 4 2007

Sustainability includes holiday cards and football

Published: December 4 2007

Fossils excavated from Bahamian blue hole may give clues of early life

Published: December 3 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Long before tourists arrived in the Bahamas, ancient visitors took up residence in this archipelago off Florida’s coast and left remains offering stark evidence that the arrival of humans can permanently change — and eliminate — life on what had been isolated islands, says a University of Florida researcher.

UF study examines heart risks of stimulants in children with ADHD

Published: December 3 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Stimulant medications used to treat children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder may be responsible for an increased number of visits to the emergency room or doctor’s office because of cardiac symptoms, but deaths or serious heart complications are rare, a new University of Florida study reveals.

UF memorial service for Dr. J. Robert Cade scheduled for Wednesday

Published: December 3 2007

Update: Weekly

Published: December 3 2007

Associated Press: Leslie Hendeles

Published: December 3 2007

Pharmacy professor Leslie Hendeles was quoted in a Dec. 3 Associated Press story about the effectiveness of the decongestant phenylephrine. Research into the drug by Hendeles and others at UF was cited in a Dec. 4 Wall Street Journal story. A link is unavailable because the Journal is available by subscription only. Here is a related news release.

The ten tenors’ “Here’s to the Heroes Tour” comes to Gainesville

Published: December 3 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Australia’s most famous musical export, The Ten Tenors, has made a triumphant return to North America with their “Here’s to the Heroes” world tour. Gainesville is one of 65 tour stops throughout Canada and the U .S. The group will make an appearance at Gainesville’s Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Thursday, Dec. 20.

InsideUF: December 4, 2007

Published: December 4 2007

Here’s the print version of InsideUF for December 4, 2007.

New York Times: Maxine Margolis

Published: December 4 2007

Maxine L. Margolis, a professor of anthropology, was quoted in a Dec. 4 New York Times story about the growing number of Brazilians who are returning home after living in the U.S. illegally. The quote was the result of a news release.

UF’s Bob Graham Center for Public Service receives $1.5 million from Graham family fund

Published: December 5 2007

Gainesville, Fla. — A major gift to the Bob Graham Center for Public Service at the University of Florida will give the university greater opportunities to produce future public policymakers in Florida and on the national scene.

Associated Press: Lincoln Brower

Published: December 6 2007

Monarch butterfly expert Lincoln Brower was quoted in a Dec. 6 Associated Press story about the growing number of tourists visiting Mexico to see the yearly migration of millions of monarch butterflies.

Offices will be closed on Dec. 24

Published: December 6 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The university will close Monday, Dec. 24. This decision was based on the proximity of the date to the normal university holiday which runs from Dec. 25 through Jan. 1. The extra day of closing will allow a significant cost savings by reducing energy consumption over the 11-day holiday closing period.

Miami Herald: Marjorie Hoy

Published: December 8 2007

Entomologist Marjorie Hoy was quoted in a Dec. 8 Miami Herald story about about her search for a natural enemy for the plant-damaging red palm mite. Two other UF entomologists, Adrian Hunsberger and Jorge Pena, also were sources in the story.

New York Times: Martin Uman

Published: December 9 2007

Martin Uman, co-director of UF’s Lightning Research Laboratory, was quoted in a Dec. 9 New York Times Magazine story about the possibility of harnessing energy from lightning.

Orlando Sentinel: Ron Cave

Published: December 9 2007

Ron Cave, a scientist at UF’s Biological Control Research and Containment Laboratory in Fort Pierce, was quoted in a Dec. 9 Orlando Sentinel story about the introduction of an exotic wasp to save the sago palm, which is being devastated by scale. The quote was the result of a news release.

MSNBC: Wayne Nicholson

Published: December 11 2007

Astrobiologist Wayne Nicholson was quoted in a Dec. 11 MSNBC story about his research experiment that will test the effect of space on bacterial spores on a Mars-bound vessel. The story was the result of a news release.

Reuters: Matthew Warren

Published: December 11 2007

College of Medicine student Matthew Warren was quoted in a Dec. 11 Reuters news service story about his research into the health effects of using club drugs such as Ecstasy. Also involved in the research were Firas Kobeissy, a postdoctoral associate in the department of psychiatry; Dr. Mark Gold, chief of the division of addiction medicine at UF’s McKnight Brain Institute; and Kevin Wang, director of the UF Center for Neuroproteomics and Biomarkers Research. The story was the result of a news release.

Fla. Museum hosts “Butterflies and Moths in Contemporary Zuni Art” exhibit

Published: December 11 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Visitors to the Florida Museum of Natural History can discover how butterflies have influenced Zuni Indian art in a new exhibit,“Butterflies and Moths in Contemporary Zuni Art .” The exhibit is on display through 2008.

Chicago Tribune: Chris McCarty

Published: December 17 2007

Chris McCarty, survey director for the University of Florida’s Survey Research Center, was quoted in a Dec. 17 Chicago Tribune story about how Florida’s economic slump could greatly influence the nation’s economic future and the presidential race.

National Geographic: David Steadman

Published: December 17 2007

Ornithologist David Steadman was quoted in a Dec. 17 National Geographic story about the discovery of an underwater cave in the Bahamas filled with fossils, including those of tortoises and crocodiles from a time before humans. The story was the result of a news release.

U.S. News: Neil E. Rowland

Published: December 19 2007

Neil E. Rowland, a professor of psychology, was quoted in a Dec. 19 U.S. News & World Report story about the reasons why the elderly lose their internal signals for when to drink.

Inside Higher Ed: Norb Dunkel

Published: December 20 2007

Norb Dunkel, director of housing, was quoted in a Dec. 20 Inside Higher Ed story about how universities are providing housing for transgender students.

Miami Herald: Eric Wachsman

Published: December 30 2007

Eric Wachsman, interim director of the Florida Institute for Sustainable Energy, was quoted in a Dec. 30 Miami Herald story about the growing use of biomass as an energy source in Florida.

Orlando Sentinel: Paul Robell

Published: December 30 2007

Paul Robell, vice president for development, was quoted in a Dec. 31 Orlando Sentinel story about the possibility of a columbarium being built on UF’s campus.