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University of Florida Alumni Association names new executive director

Published: April 28 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Danita Nias has been selected as executive director of the University of Florida Alumni Association which represents more than 350,000 alumni, university officials announced today.

Report identifies Top 10 Pathogen-Food Combinations that cause illness

Published: April 28 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Researchers at the University of Florida Emerging Pathogens Institute have identified the Top 10 riskiest combinations of foods and disease-causing microorganisms, providing an important tool for food safety officials charged with protecting consumers from these costly and potentially life-threatening bugs.

New pixel technology could pave way for next generation of consumer electronics

Published: April 28 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The technology that makes your smart phone’s display screen fast, bright and lightweight could be coming to your television or laptop, thanks to a new type of light emitting transistor created by University of Florida researchers.

UF researcher's work takes Florida a step closer to disease-resistant grapes

Published: April 26 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Dennis Gray may not be able to control Florida's humidity, but he wants to help popular grape varieties shrug off fungal diseases that thrive in muggy weather, and open up new markets for the state’s growers and winemakers.

Floridians' consumer confidence falls for third straight month

Published: April 26 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumer confidence among Floridians dropped for a third consecutive month — falling to 68 in April — as the economy struggles because of domestic budget woes, soaring gas prices and international unrest, according to a new University of Florida survey.

UF researcher’s work takes Florida a step closer to disease-resistant grapes

Published: April 26 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Dennis Gray may not be able to control Florida’s humidity, but he wants to help popular grape varieties shrug off fungal diseases that thrive in muggy weather, and open up new markets for the state’s growers and winemakers.

UF creates policy to ensure students seek help during emergencies

Published: April 25 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — To help ensure all students call for medical help for themselves or their friends during alcohol, drug or other health emergencies, the University of Florida has adopted a policy waiving student disciplinary action under certain conditions.

UFPD advisory committee to hold initial meeting Monday

Published: April 22 2011

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Changes to UF wireless network access begin May 1

Published: April 22 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Starting May 1, if your personal or University of Florida-issued laptop runs Microsoft Windows and you use it to connect to the UF wireless network, then your laptop must clear a security check every seven days to connect to the UF wireless network.

Sun-Sentinel: Amanda Rice

Published: April 21 2011

Gov. Scott reappoints Carlos Alfonso to UF Board of Trustees

Published: April 21 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday announced the reappointment of Carlos J. Alfonso to the University of Florida Board of Trustees.

Autographed DVDs to be given away to survey fans, followers

Published: April 21 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Free University of Florida basketball championship DVDs autographed by coach Billy Donovan are being given away to fans and followers of the UF SERU Facebook and Twitter pages until April 30.

Museum to unveil renovated 'Monarch Passage,' butterfly videos

Published: April 21 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will unveil the newly renovated "Monarch Passage" that connects the Central Gallery to the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity at 10 a.m. April 23.

Coffee Robot

Published: April 21 2011

For many people, it takes a hot cup of coffee to get going in the mornings. But now you may not have to get out of bed at all to get that coffee fix. A University of Florida engineering student’s invented Joe-On-The-Go, a robot that’s part alarm clock and part waiter.

Former student finishes degree after 33 years, returns for commencement

Published: April 21 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When Roger Blum left the University of Florida in 1978, just three elective credits away from graduating, he didn’t expect that 33 years later he’d be back in Gainesville to receive a bachelor’s degree during this spring’s commencement.

Digital Worlds Institute receives grant for project with classics department

Published: April 20 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida College of Fine Arts and Digital Worlds Institute has been awarded $50,000 by the National Endowment for the Humanities Office of Digital Humanities.

Fraternity raises $1,500 for local fire department

Published: April 20 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity held its first annual Pike’s Fireman Challenge Saturday to benefit the Gainesville Fire Rescue Department.

Bob Graham Center for Public Service to host student roundtable

Published: April 20 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Bob Graham Center for Public Service at the University of Florida will host a unique forum for 13 students at 3 p.m. today, April 20, to discuss some of the nation’s most pressing domestic and foreign issues.

UF policy to be announced at next coalition meeting

Published: April 20 2011

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Two UF juniors chosen among 275 Goldwater Scholars nationwide

Published: April 19 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two University of Florida students were named Goldwater Scholars for the 2011-2012 year by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. Two other students received honorable mention in the competition.

Plans announced for two new buildings at Innovation Square

Published: April 19 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Planning is under way for the two newest buildings at Innovation Square, the 24/7 live/work/play research environment being developed along Southwest Second Avenue between the University of Florida campus and downtown Gainesville, UF President Bernie Machen announced today.

Former Attorney General Reno helps UF open Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration

Published: April 18 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — “My sister Janet Reno has Parkinson’s. My younger brother has Parkinson’s. I have essential tremor. Sometimes we would all shake in unison.”

UFAlert emergency notification systems test

Published: April 18 2011

UF researches legal control for contagious, ornamental fish pest

Published: April 18 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The lack of legal ways to eliminate fish lice is frustrating for goldfish and koi enthusiasts, but a University of Florida study in the Journal of Aquatic Animal Health reports that a cure is in the works.

Museum marks Earth Day with plant sales this weekend

Published: April 18 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will host one of its largest plant sales April 22-24 to celebrate Earth Day.

Learn all about Fulbright programs on Thursday

Published: April 18 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida International Center will be hosting its second annual Fulbright Day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m April 21 in the Reitz Student Union, Rooms 361-363.

Former U.S. Attorney General Reno to open new Movement Disorders Center at UF

Published: April 15 2011

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Test of UF's emergency notification system planned for Monday

Published: April 15 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida will conduct a test of its emergency notification system between 11:30 a.m. and noon Monday.

Thirty-three faculty named UF Research Foundation Professors for 2011

Published: April 14 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida Research Foundation has named 33 faculty members as UFRF Professors for 2011-2014.

Final countdown to Midnight Fun Run 2011 begins

Published: April 14 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Fifth Annual Midnight Fun Run is an opportunity for University of Florida students and others to relieve stress during finals, accomplish their first 5K or train for a future race.

King's College president, publisher to debate benefits of religion

Published: April 13 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Dinesh D'Souza, president of The King's College in New York City, will debate atheist Michael Shermer at 7 p.m. April 19 in University Auditorium at the University of Florida. The pair will ask, "Is religion the problem?"

Jacqueline Burns named UF Citrus Research and Education Center director

Published: April 13 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Jack Payne, the University of Florida’s senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources, has announced Jacqueline Burns’ appointment as director of the Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred.

Harn offers family-friendly Earth Day celebration

Published: April 13 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Join the Harn Museum of Art for a family friendly Earth Day celebration from 1 to 4 p.m. April 16.

UF president creates committee to examine significant police issues

Published: April 13 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida President Bernie Machen announced today the membership and charge of a new committee to provide insight and perspective on serious matters involving the UF Police Department.

Library West, Marston Science Library add more hours for exams

Published: April 13 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Once again, the University of Florida’s Library West and Marston Science Library will be open extended hours prior to and during final exams.

UF partners plan minority cancer awareness activities

Published: April 13 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida Shands Cancer Center, the College of Pharmacy and the College of Medicine’s department of urology have partnered with the Gainesville community to kick off National Minority Cancer Awareness Week beginning Saturday, April 16, at the Martin Luther King Center, 1028 NE 14th St.

UF names Dunlevie professors for Honors Program for next year

Published: April 12 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Three distinguished University of Florida faculty members have been appointed as Elizabeth Wood Dunlevie Honors Term Professors for the 2011-12 academic year.

UF groups to raise money at Swamp for autism

Published: April 12 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla.– The University of Florida’s Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, known as CARD, and Student Government will hold their third annual Stomp the Swamp for Autism at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 16.

Home invasion, sexual battery reported near campus

Published: April 11 2011

UF gives incentives to students for completing SERU survey

Published: April 11 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. —Two bits of information, one computer and a half hour are all University of Florida undergraduates need to complete an online survey, the ante for entering the UF football lottery.

WUFT-FM 89.1 launches Spanish language programming service today

Published: April 11 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida public radio station WUFT-FM will begin broadcasting Spanish language programming on the WUFT-FM 89.1 HD-3 channel today, April 11.

UF team again wins national bass fishing contest

Published: April 11 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida team of Jake Gipson and Matthew Wercinski, both of Niceville, Fla., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 14 pounds, 4 ounces Saturday to win their second National Guard FLW College Fishing National Championship title in as many years, a rare feat in any collegiate sport.

UF researchers help pinpoint key events in ancient plant evolution

Published: April 10 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Researchers from the University of Florida and six other institutions have unlocked some of the key foundations for the evolution of seed and flowering plants.

UF adds security for Saturday's Orange & Blue football game

Published: April 8 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With the recent escalation in worldwide tensions, the University of Florida is heightening security in and around Ben Hill Griffin Stadium for Saturday's Orange & Blue football game.

UF contacting heart surgery patients whose data was disclosed to national database

Published: April 8 2011

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida is notifying 617 patients that their Social Security numbers were provided to a national database designed to provide benchmarking data to heart surgery centers.

Afro-Cuban rhythms come to the Phillips Center

Published: April 8 2011

New UF brochure explains owners' options for unwanted exotic pets

Published: April 7 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Pet owners sometimes release unwanted exotic animals into the wild, considering it an act of kindness.

UFPD gains national accreditation for sixth time

Published: April 7 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida Police Department has been awarded accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies for the sixth time.

UF researchers find social hookah smoking packs a carbon monoxide punch

Published: April 7 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new University of Florida study shows that patrons leaving hookah cafés had carbon monoxide levels more than three times higher than patrons exiting traditional bars.

Healthy Horses Conference

Published: April 6 2011

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Orlando Sentinel: Stan Smith

Published: April 6 2011

Pulitzer Prize winner to visit UF on Monday

Published: April 6 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Les Payne, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, editor and author, will speak at 6:30 April 11 in 170 Pugh Hall Auditorium on the University of Florida campus.

UF pharmacy technician training broadens career options

Published: April 6 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Pharmacy technician jobs, once sought after by younger workers, are attracting older workers as new licensing laws take effect. While economic uncertainty and unstable job markets linger, many workers, not ready to retire, now see these jobs as stable and fulfilling second careers.

UF linguistics professor's new book defends value of a good schmooze

Published: April 5 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — What's so bad about schmoozing?

Florida Channel offers firsthand look at Legislature

Published: April 4 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida public television station WUFT-TV/DT digital channel 5.2 will feature 12 hours of programming, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily from The Florida Channel beginning today, April 4.

Associated Press: Norman J.W. Goda

Published: April 21 2011

History professor Norman J.W. Goda was quoted in an April 12 Associated Press story about a secret FBI report that said the Soviet Union may have provided invalid evidence related to the alleged Nazi crimes of retired Ohio auto worker John Demjanjuk.

Daniel Tosh performs Wednesday at O’Connell Center

Published: April 4 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Popular comedian and television show host Daniel Tosh will be performing at the University of Florida on April 6 in the O’Connell Center, courtesy of ACCENT Speaker’s Bureau and Student Government Productions.

E.T. York, founder of IFAS, dies

Published: April 15 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — E.T. York of Gainesville passed away on Friday, April 15, 2011. He was chancellor emeritus of the State University System and former University of Florida vice president for agriculture and natural resources, executive vice president, and interim president. A native of Mentone, Ala., he was 88.

Festival features three new plays

Published: April 7 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida Players, the University of Florida student-run theater group, will produce its annual New Works Festival at 7:30 p.m. today and Friday, April 7-8.

Miami Herald: Chris McCarty

Published: April 21 2011

Chris McCarty, survey director of the Bureau of Economic and Business Research, was quoted in an April 11 Miami Herald story about motorists drawing back from purchasing gas again due to rising prices.

MSN.com: Andrew M. Kaunitz

Published: April 21 2011

Dr. Andrew M. Kaunitz, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, was quoted in an April 8 MSN.com story about new research findings regarding the effects of birth control.

New York Times: Jay Ritter

Published: April 6 2011

Finance professor Jay Ritter was quoted in a March 17 New York Times story about the effect of the disaster in Japan on initial public offerings.

New York Times: Tim Martin

Published: April 6 2011

Tim Martin, a professor of tree physiology, was quoted in a March 21 New York Times story about the U.S. Department of Agriculture funding three research projects on crops and climate change. Martin is the head of the forestry project.

Orlando Sentinel: David B. Brushwood

Published: April 21 2011

David B. Brushwood, a pharmacy professor, was quoted in an April 10 Orlando Sentinel story about more pain pills being dispensed from pharmacies than from doctors.

Orlando Sentinel: Kenneth Nunn

Published: April 6 2011

Law professor Kenneth Nunn was cited in a March 21 Orlando Sentinel story about Florida’s Innocence Commission making the decision to force police agencies to make photo lineups more error-proof.

Orlando Sentinel: Richard Hamann

Published: April 6 2011

Richard Hamann, a law professor specializing in water law, was quoted in a March 19 Orlando Sentinel story about the combination of water shortages and a poor economy.

Orlando Sentinel: Robert Pereira

Published: April 21 2011

Robert Pereira, associate research scientist at the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, was quoted in an April 13 Orlando Sentinel story about swarms of termites appearing due to the abrupt weather warming.

Palm Beach Post: Stan Smith

Published: April 6 2011

Professor Stan Smith, director of the Bureau of Economic and Business Research, was quoted in a March 17 Palm Beach Post story about the share of Latino residents in Florida increasing by 60 percent in the last decade.

President Machen urges support for Japan

Published: April 5 2011

As the death toll continues to rise from the horrific earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and new trouble arises daily with the damaged nuclear reactors, it’s easy as distant onlookers for us to feel overwhelmed and helpless.

Reitz Union to be open 24/7 during ‘De-stress Study Fest’

Published: April 14 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla.– The University of Florida Division of Student Affairs presents “De-stress Study Fest” at the Reitz Student Union April 18-28 during which time the Union will be open 24 hours a day.

St. Petersburg Times: George Hocmuth

Published: April 6 2011

Fertilizer expert George Hochmuth was quoted in a March 22 St. Petersburg Times story about the lawn-care company, Scotts Miracle-Gro Co., announcing it will stop producing fertilizer with phosphorus in it.

Tampa Tribune: Ruth Steiner

Published: April 6 2011

Ruth Steiner, an associate professor of urban planning, was quoted in a March 17 Tampa Tribune story about the growth of the city of Tampa in both new communities and population.

UFPD reports upswing in bicycle thefts

Published: April 12 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida Police Department alerts the community to an increase in bike thefts in recent weeks at UF.

Washington Post: Jennifer Miller

Published: April 6 2011

Jennifer Miller, an assistant professor of pediatrics, was a source in a March 21 Washington Post interactive graphic about how obesity harms a child’s body.