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Rosemary Loria appointed chair of UF's plant pathology department

Published: May 31 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A Cornell University professor has been selected as chair of the University of Florida's plant pathology department, UF officials announced today.

UF: Florida's consumer confidence stays level for first time in months

Published: May 31 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumer confidence among Floridians remained at 68 in May, ending three consecutive months of decline, according to a new University of Florida survey.

UF develops method to make plastic from discarded plant material

Published: May 31 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Plastic may compete with paper in the grocery line, but it doesn’t have to compete with the world’s food supply, according to University of Florida researchers.

Fireworks celebration canceled due to funding

Published: May 31 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The annual Gainesville Independence Day eve celebration, “Fanfares & Fireworks,” has been cancelled because of budget cuts to the University of Florida’s public broadcasting stations, officials announced today.

Student Health Care Center receives three-year accreditation

Published: May 27 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida Student Health Care Center has received a three-year accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, one of only 400 student health centers that has received this designation from the agency.

Multimedia: UF breaks ground today for $45 million Clinical and Translational Research Building

Published: May 26 2011

The University of Florida today will launch construction on its new Clinical and Translational Research Building, a new home for research that will speed scientific discoveries to patients.

UF breaks ground today for $45 million Clinical and Translational Research Building

Published: May 26 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida today will launch construction on its new Clinical and Translational Research Building, a new home for research that will speed scientific discoveries to patients. Set for completion in January 2013, the $45 million, 120,000-square-foot complex will spark collaboration and spur medical advances by bringing together research teams from a range of scientific disciplines.

Museum to open popular Discovery Room May 28

Published: May 26 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will open its Discovery Room, a favorite area for visitors of all ages, at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 28.

Study shows stroke patients can improve walking ability

Published: May 26 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Stroke patients regain walking ability through at-home strength and balance exercise provided by a physical therapist just as well as when they participate in programs that practice the actual task of walking using a treadmill and partial body weight support, according to a study published in Thursday’s New England Journal of Medicine.

UF oral history program honors Memorial Day through voices of veterans

Published: May 25 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — This Memorial Day, the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida is honoring those who have served America in the armed forces by gathering, preserving, and promoting their stories via the program’s newly revamped Memorial Day website, which may be accessed at: www.history.ufl.edu/oral. All of the stories featured in this news release appear on the new site.

UF experts available for 2011 hurricane season

Published: May 25 2011

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UF expert: Summer vacation fun can be less expensive than you think

Published: May 24 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It’s painful to fill your gas tank, the cost of living seems to be inching ever higher, but your paycheck stays the same. And now the family wants a summer vacation.

UF wins top prize in 2011 Bateman competition

Published: May 24 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A team of University of Florida public relations students took first prize in the Public Relations Student Society of America’s 2011 Bateman Case Study Competition.

UF scientists devise new way to analyze epidemics

Published: May 24 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — An international team of researchers led by the University of Florida has created a new way to analyze the spread of dangerous viruses, according to a study published online today in Nature Communications.

Harn presents critical retrospective of Jerry Uelsmann's work

Published: May 23 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The first critical retrospective of American photographer Jerry Uelsmann's work will open at the Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida on June 14.

UF receives $1.8 million to upgrade helium-supplying facility on campus

Published: May 23 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The National Science Foundation has awarded a $1.8 million academic infrastructure grant to the to upgrade the helium liquefaction facility that supports a wide range of research programs across the campus.

Harn presents critical retrospective of Jerry Uelsmann’s work

Published: May 23 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The first critical retrospective of American photographer Jerry Uelsmann’s work will open at the Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida on June 14.

Sixth annual ButterflyFest scheduled for late October

Published: May 23 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Save the date to celebrate wings and backyard things at the Florida Museum of Natural History’s sixth annual ButterflyFest Oct. 22 and 23.

New UF Small Animal Hospital wins top award from City Beautification Board

Published: May 20 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine’s new Small Animal Hospital was recognized April 27 with one of the top awards given by the city of Gainesville as part of the its annual Beautification Awards program.

WLUF-TV to offer 24/7 NASA coverage of Endeavor

Published: May 20 2011

Dr. Mark Gold named UF's Distinguished Alumni Professor

Published: May 19 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida and the UF Alumni Association have selected College of Medicine professor Dr. Mark Gold as the 17th Distinguished Alumni Professor for 2011-2013.

UF astronomy professor wins prize for extrasolar planetary research

Published: May 19 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida associate professor of astronomy Eric B. Ford has won the 2011 Harold C. Urey Prize for outstanding achievement in planetary research by a young scientist.

Washington Post: Paul Duncan

Published: May 19 2011

Washington Post: Ilan Shrira

Published: May 19 2011

Tampa Tribune: Stephen Craig

Published: May 19 2011

Palm Beach Post: Norm Leppla

Published: May 19 2011

UF research aims to help preserve plants, animals caught between forest 'fragments'

Published: May 18 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Maintaining the world's threatened animal and plant species may rest with something as simple as knowing how far a bird can fly before it must answer nature's call.

Eleven Fla. high school graduates receive Lombardi, Stamps scholarships

Published: May 18 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida has named eight Florida high school seniors to the Lombardi Scholars Program and three to the Stamps Scholars Program.

Tips geared for older adults available in updated UF/IFAS disaster-planning guide

Published: May 17 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — If you’re an older person living on your own or if an older adult relies on you for help, the next few weeks are a perfect time to spend creating a disaster plan, a University of Florida researcher says.

Project focuses on elite scholarship programs for underrepresented students

Published: May 17 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A free one-day symposium will be held July 30 at the University of Florida to encourage Florida’s high-achieving underrepresented students to seek elite scholarship and fellowship programs.

Florida Museum teaches educators the importance of sawfish

Published: May 17 2011

GAINESVILE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers hosted educators from throughout the state for the annual “Sawfish In Peril Educator Workshop” on Monday.

Teresa Balser appointed dean of UF's College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

Published: May 16 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Wisconsin-Madison administrator has been selected as dean of the University of Florida's College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, UF officials announced today.

UF study: College-age Facebook users react negatively to site's ads

Published: May 16 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Customers often "like" businesses on Facebook, but when it comes to those companies' ads on the social networking site, "dislike" is closer to the mark, says a University of Florida study of college-age users.

'Friendly fire' may be at the root of Parkinson-like diseases

Published: May 16 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Scientists have suspected exposure to viruses and other environmental factors may trigger symptoms associated with Parkinson-like diseases, but why such exposure would actually destroy certain areas of the brain has been mysterious.

UF researchers link oceanic land crab extinction to colonization of Hawaii

Published: May 16 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers have described a new species of land crab that documents the first crab extinction during the human era.

UF study: College-age Facebook users react negatively to site’s ads

Published: May 16 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Customers often “like” businesses on Facebook, but when it comes to those companies’ ads on the social networking site, “dislike” is closer to the mark, says a University of Florida study of college-age users.

Florida's hurricane lessons could save homes, lives in tornado-prone areas

Published: May 12 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Scientists combing through the destruction left behind by the massive twister that swept through Tuscaloosa, Ala., last month say beefing up building codes and retrofitting existing homes with building techniques honed in hurricane-battered Florida could save property and lives in tornado-prone areas throughout the country.

UF to replace all residence hall furniture by 2016

Published: May 12 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida Department of Housing and Residence Education plans to replace all residence hall student room furniture by 2016.

Germ-killing sanitizers could have effect on alcohol tests

Published: May 12 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Slathering on alcohol-based hand sanitizer every few minutes may have one unintended consequence — a positive screen for alcohol use in certain types of tests, a University of Florida study confirmed.

Multimedia: Germ-killing sanitizers could have effect on alcohol tests

Published: May 12 2011

UF professor of building construction receives national teaching award

Published: May 11 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — James Sullivan, assistant professor of building construction at the University of Florida’s College of Design, Construction and Planning, recently received the Associated Schools of Construction 2011 National Teaching Excellence Award.

UF researchers develop method to remove phosphate from water, using biochar

Published: May 11 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Phosphate poses one of Florida’s ongoing water-quality challenges but a process developed by University of Florida researchers could provide an affordable solution, using partially burned organic matter called biochar to remove the mineral.

NPR: Pam Soltis

Published: May 11 2011

UF offers new major in sustainability studies

Published: May 10 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Starting this fall, the University of Florida will offer a major in sustainability studies, joining a small handful of top-tier research institutions to do so.

UF: Insecticide resistance developing in psyllid that carries citrus disease

Published: May 9 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In Florida’s war against citrus greening, producers face a new threat — the insects they’re fighting are becoming less sensitive to insecticides, according to a new University of Florida study.

Gov. Scott appoints three new members of UF Board of Trustees

Published: May 9 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Gov. Rick Scott has announced the appointments of William Michael Heekin, Alan M. Levine and Juliet M. Roulhac to the University of Florida Board of Trustees.

UF president to talk about state budget during Rotary meeting

Published: May 9 2011

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The University of Florida announces a public meeting

Published: May 9 2011

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Harn to celebrate importance of museums Thursday

Published: May 9 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Harn Museum of Art will offer special Museum Nights activities from 6 to 9 p.m. May 12 as part of the International Council of Museums International Museum Day and Association of Art Museum Directors Art Museum Day.

UF study finds cats No. 1 predator to urban mockingbird nests

Published: May 5 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new University of Florida study shows cats are the dominant predator to mockingbird eggs and nestlings in urban areas, prompting conservationists to urge pet owners to keep felines indoors at night.

Grinter Gallery extends dates for cartography exhibit

Published: May 5 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Grinter Gallery is pleased to announce the extension of “Cartography from the Age of Exploration” through Aug. 20.

UF: Florida biotech industry outpaces nation

Published: May 5 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — While the biotechnology industry has weakened across the U.S., Florida has seen a 21 percent jump in the number of biotech companies since 2008 and a surge in investment, according to the University of Florida.

University of Florida student from Oldsmar named Udall Scholar

Published: May 4 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida student was named a Udall Scholar for the 2011-2012 year by the Udall Foundation.

Fossil collector donates life's work to Florida Museum of Natural History

Published: May 4 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The vertebrate paleontology division at the Florida Museum of Natural History on the University of Florida campus recently received its largest private donation, an estimated 40,000 to 50,000 identifiable specimens.

UF researchers find quiet protein speaks loudly in fight against cancer

Published: May 3 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When a movie character says, “It’s too quiet,” that’s usually a sign something bad may happen.

Insurance benefits for exercise programs can cut health costs, UF Institute on Aging director says

Published: May 3 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Structured exercise and physical activity programs should be covered by insurance as a way to promote health and reduce health care costs, especially among high health-risk populations such as those who have diabetes.

Educators present 1,100 research projects as part of award-winning UF program

Published: May 3 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — More than 1,300 public school educators are presenting 1,100 problem-shooting research projects this month at University of Florida showcases around the state.

Superior Accomplishment Awards honor top UF staff, faculty

Published: May 3 2011

Florida Museum leads project to develop apps for Jacksonville Zoo

Published: May 2 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Want to learn more about penguins and alligators at the Jacksonville Zoo? Thanks to a partnership with the , there’s an app for that.

Florida Museum offers summer camps for children

Published: May 2 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Parents can register their children for a summer of exploration and discovery at the Florida Museum of Natural History’s camps.

A budget message from President Machen

Published: May 10 2011

As many of you know, the spring legislative session ended Saturday, with lawmakers passing a budget and a series of bills that will affect most of our valued faculty and staff members. We spent the past few days reviewing the documents. I am writing to share with you our conclusions.

BBC: Gustav Paulay

Published: May 19 2011

Gustav Paulay, marine malacology curator at the Florida Museum of Natural History, was quoted in a May 17 BBC story about his research that found a new species of land crab that had become extinct after humans came to the Hawaiian Islands. The story was the result of a News Bureau news release.

Beaker chemical accident injures student

Published: May 20 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — At approximately 11 a.m. Thursday, the University of Florida Police Department and Gainesville Fire Rescue responded to a report of an injured person and a beaker explosion that occurred at the Materials Engineering Building.

Muhammad Ali’s daughter speaks at fundraiser

Published: May 24 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — More comprehensive, patient-focused care would vastly improve the lives of Parkinson’s patients, according to Rasheda Ali, an author and advocate in the fight against Parkinson’s disease.

New York Times: David Leavitt

Published: May 19 2011

David Leavitt, co-director of the creative writing program, reviewed a new book, “News from the World” by Paula Fox, for the April 22 New York Times Sunday Book Review.

New York Times: Michael Seigel

Published: May 19 2011

Law professor Michael Seigel was quoted in a May 10 New York Times story about jury selection in the trial of Casey Anthony, charged with killing her 2-year-old child.

Orlando Sentinel: Marco Pahor

Published: May 11 2011

Dr. Marco Pahor, director of the Institute on Aging, was quoted in a May 3 Orlando Sentinel story about his recommendation that insurers pay for exercise classes. He wrote a column for the Journal of the American Medical Association. The story was the result of a Health Science Center news release.

Palm Beach Post: Stan Smith

Published: May 11 2011

Stan Smith, director of the Bureau of Economic and Business Research, was quoted in a May 5 Palm Beach Post story about new numbers showing Palm Beach County has the greatest number of residents 85 and older in Florida.

UF Performing Arts celebrates 20 years with 20 ‘anniversary artists’

Published: May 12 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Michael Blachly, director of University of Florida Performing Arts, Wednesday announced the 2011-2012 season, which kicks off a two-year celebration of UFPA’s 20th anniversary.

UF to host Mark Morris Dance Group’s Parkinson’s disease dance workshop

Published: May 25 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla — The University of Florida Center for Arts in Healthcare and School of Theatre and Dance will host a special Dance for PD training workshop, designed and developed by the Mark Morris Dance Group and Brooklyn Parkinson Group, for dance teachers and movement practitioners.

UFPD adds new explosive-detecting dog

Published: May 13 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Rocky has joined the University of Florida Police Department K-9 Team.

USA Today: Pathogens report

Published: May 11 2011

A report on certain foods and pathogens was cited in a May 4 USA Today story about the recommendation to heat cold cuts to 165 degrees to avoid listeria. The story was the result of a News Bureau news release.

Wall Street Journal: Jay Ritter

Published: May 19 2011

Finance professor Jay Ritter was quoted in a May 9 Wall Street Journal story about the likelihood that the sale of stock in American International Group will return much profit to the federal government, which bailed out the corporation.

Washington Post: J. Glenn Morris

Published: May 11 2011

Dr. J. Glenn Morris, director of the Emerging Pathogens Institute, was quoted in an April 27 Washington Post story about his research into the costs of the most frequent combinations of food pathogens. The story was the result of a News Bureau news release.

Associated Press: Barbara Purdy

Published: June 27 2011

Barbara Purdy, professor emerita of anthropology, was quoted in a June 22 Associated Press story about the discovery of what appears to be the first bone fragment with a carved image from the prehistoric era found in North America. Purdy was the lead author on the research.

Associated Press: Gifford Waters

Published: June 15 2011

Florida Museum of Natural History researcher Gifford Waters was quoted in a May 31 Miami Herald story about the discovery of the foundation of a 330-year-old stone church in St. Augustine. The story was the result of a News Bureau >news release.

Florida Times-Union: George Burgess

Published: June 1 2011

Shark expert George Burgess was quoted in a May 21 Florida Times-Union story about the possibilities of being bitten by a shark.

Florida Times-Union: Michael Seigel

Published: June 27 2011

Michael Seigel, director of the law school’s Criminal Justice Center, was quoted in a June 21 Florida Times-Union story about the difficulties faced by the judge in the Casey Anthony murder trial.

Los Angeles Times: Clive Wynne

Published: June 15 2011

Psychologist Clive Wynne was quoted in a May 29 Los Angeles Times column about annoyance and the human behavior.

Miami Herald: Chris McCarty

Published: June 15 2011

Chris McCarty, director of UF’s Survey Research Center, was quoted in a June 1 Miami Herald story about Florida’s stagnant economy and how it is affecting residents. The story was the result of a News Bureau news release.

Miami Herald: Walter Tabachnick

Published: June 1 2011

Walter Tabachnick, director of the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, was quoted in a May 17 Miami Herald story about Key West’s attempt to prevent another outbreak of dengue fever.

Mother Jones: Daniel Smith

Published: June 15 2011

Political science professor Daniel Smith was quoted in a May 31 Mother Jones Story about the unpopularity of governors in the United States.

Mother Jones: Daniel Smith

Published: June 27 2011

Political science professor Daniel Smith was quoted in a June 15 Mother Jones story about the re-election chances for Rep. Allen West, a Republican congressman from Florida known for his fiery right-wing rhetoric.

National Public Radio: Bret Pasch

Published: June 27 2011

Biology doctoral student Bret Pasch was quoted in a June 20 National Public Radio story about his research into how a species of mice attracts female mates through a different type of singing. The story was the result of a News Bureau news release.

NPR: Michael Seigel

Published: June 1 2011

Law professor Michael Seigel was quoted in a May 17 National Public Radio story about the media attention surrounding the Casey Anthony trial in Orlando.

Orlando Sentinel: John Scanzoni

Published: June 1 2011

Sociology professor John Scanzoni was quoted in a May 15 Orlando Sentinel story about the demise in the number of service clubs formerly popular among older generations.

Orlando Sentinel: Ken Nunn

Published: June 1 2011

Law professor Ken Nunn was quoted in a May 16 Orlando Sentinel story about the Florida Innocence Commission’s call for changes in police photo lineups.

Palm Beach Post: Stan Smith

Published: June 27 2011

Stan Smith, director of UF’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research, was quoted in a June 14 Palm Beach Post story about the population trends in Florida. The story was the result of a News Bureau news release.

Programs may prevent tooth decay in tots

Published: June 14 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A toddler’s tiny teeth are destined to fall out in later years as their permanent pearly whites grow in. But for some children, especially those from low-income families, cavities and poor oral health lead to complicated dental problems long before they even graduate from their cribs.

Reuters: Anthony Bavry

Published: June 27 2011

Dr. Anthony Bavry, an assistant professor of medicine, was quoted in a June 9 Reuters story about how the chronic use of painkillers might harm the health of patients with chronic heart disease.

Reuters: Jay Ritter

Published: June 15 2011

Finance professor Jay Ritter was quoted in a June 6 Reuters story about the excessive interest in Internet IPOs and how they are raising the specter of a bubble.

USA Today: Mark Ou

Published: June 15 2011

Biological scientist Mark Ou was quoted in a May 31 USA Today story about how UF researchers have found an inexpensive way to make plastic from discarded plant material. The story was the result of an IFAS news release.

USA Today: Stanley Smith

Published: June 1 2011

Stanley Smith, director of the Bureau of Economic and Business Research, was quoted in a May 18 USA Today story about the changing age demographics in some Florida counties.

Wall Street Journal: Jay Ritter

Published: June 27 2011

Finance professor Jay Ritter was quoted in a June 11 Wall Street Journal story about the best strategies on investing in initial public offerings.

WRUF-TV now showing 24/7 weather

Published: June 1 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida’s WRUF-TV – Cox Cable Channel 6 in Gainesville and over-the-air on digital channel 10.1 – launched North Central Florida’s first weather channel today.