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Florida consumers' confidence jumps, UF survey finds

Published: July 31 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumer confidence among Floridians rose in July by three points from the revised June figure to 76, which is nine points higher than this time last year, according to a monthly University of Florida survey.

UF student breaks world record in joggling

Published: July 31 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida electrical engineering major Matthew Feldman, who is conducting research this summer at Rice University in Houston, broke a Guinness World Record for joggling – jogging and juggling – Friday at the Rice University running track.

Professor works with Wynton Marsalis on London project

Published: July 31 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida professor James Oliverio was on hand recently for the rehearsals and sold-out London premiere performances of trumpeter Wynton Marsalis’ “Swing Symphony,” featuring the combined forces of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and the London Symphony conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.

UF Presidential Search Committee, subcommittees to meet Wednesday

Published: July 30 2012

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UF students place second in international robotic submarine competition

Published: July 30 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida engineering students have garnered a second-place finish at the International RoboSub Competition in San Diego, where they tested their skills with a small robotic submarine autonomously maneuvering through a series of obstacles on a military base.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel: Mary Jane Angelo

Published: July 27 2012

Florida Times-Union: Jeff Goldhagen, Ryan Butterfield

Published: July 27 2012

Orlando Sentinel: Steve Kirn

Published: July 27 2012

Resurfacing to close parking lots near East, McCarty halls

Published: July 27 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The parking lot immediately adjacent to East Hall, which has orange and carpool decal parking, and the south section of the McCarty Hall parking lot, which has orange decal parking, will be closed for resurfacing Aug. 1-15.

Growl provides opportunities to sponsor tickets for wounded veterans

Published: July 26 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In an effort to raise awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project and to honor veterans who have served, Gator Growl will provide an opportunity to sponsor tickets for wounded veterans and their families.

UF’s Gator Marching Band makes history in London

Published: July 26 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida Gator Marching Band made history in one of London’s most iconic locations on Wednesday. Rehearsing for its performance for the women’s cycling competition, the UF Gator Band was the first non-British marching band to perform on The Mall — just outside of Buckingham Palace.

New UF/IFAS book offers insights on managing large residential lots

Published: July 24 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A big yard or vacation property can be a great asset to a family, offering plenty of room for sports, recreation and relaxation.

UF Tech Connect program awarded grant for starting technology companies

Published: July 23 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida is the only university in the state and among only 10 universities in the region to receive a federal five-year grant this month to promote the formation of technology startup companies based on university research discoveries.

UF student to attempt Guinness World Record in joggling

Published: July 23 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida electrical engineering major Matthew Feldman will attempt to break a Guinness World Record in joggling — running and juggling — at 7 p.m. Friday at the Rice University running track in Houston.

UF veterinary researchers discover new virus linked to death of Australian snakes

Published: July 19 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida researcher and colleagues in Australia and Germany have discovered what might be a deadly new snake virus.

Fla. lake contaminants affect alligator weight, biological responses in offspring

Published: July 19 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Five-month-old female alligators exposed during development to toxins found in a polluted Florida lake show changes in ovarian gene function and decreased body weight at hatching, but paradoxically showed accelerated growth rates in the months after hatching, according to a study at the University of Florida.

UF/IFAS creates math-based model to show how citrus greening spreads within tree

Published: July 18 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers have created a mathematical model that shows how citrus greening is transmitted within an infected tree – an important step toward helping scientists understand the devastating disease.

McKnight Foundation creates lectureship honoring former director of McKnight Brain Institute

Published: July 18 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The McKnight Brain Research Foundation has endowed the University of Florida with $300,000 to establish a permanent annual lectureship in memory of the late William G. “Bill” Luttge, the first director of UF’s Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight Brain Institute.

UF band heads for London to perform at summer Olympics

Published: July 18 2012

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Search Committee Appointed to Recruit New UF President

Published: July 17 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — C. David Brown II, chairman of the University of Florida Board of Trustees, today appointed a search committee to recruit the 12th president of the University of Florida.

Health Smart program receives grant to combat obesity statewide

Published: July 17 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida researcher has received $75,000 from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Foundation to expand a program geared toward improving the health of Florida’s African American population, who face increased risks for heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes.

University of Florida researchers improve on an old model for studying predator search patterns

Published: July 16 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The inspiration for the next Google or search-and-rescue drone may spring from a seemingly unlikely source: Watching how animals sniff out food, according to new University of Florida research.

Summer flu cases highlight importance of immunization

Published: July 16 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A cluster of unusual summer influenza cases in North Central Florida in recent weeks has highlighted the importance of vaccination and may provide evidence that a flu control program in Alachua County is working, University of Florida and Alachua County Health Department experts say.

UF Small Animal Hospital to offer free dental exams to service animals Aug. 23

Published: July 13 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida’s Small Animal Hospital will offer free dental screening examinations to service animals Aug. 23 as a part of the American Veterinary Dental College’s new national oral health care examination program.

Tickets for UFPA's 2012-13 Season on sale, July 13

Published: July 12 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Tickets for University of Florida Performing Arts' 2012-13 Season go on sale to the public at noon, July 13.

Florida Museum continues free Creative B movie series Friday with 'Mothra vs. Godzilla'

Published: July 12 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History continues its free July Creative B movie series from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday with the showing of "Mothra vs. Godzilla."

UF&Shands Florida Recovery Center opens new southwest Gainesville campus

Published: July 12 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Patients who seek recovery from addiction and eating disorders now have access to new, well-appointed facilities at the UF&Shands Florida Recovery Center, which today opened a scenic campus in southwest Gainesville.

Student Government Finance relaunches and updates Docutraq system

Published: July 12 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida Student Government Finance has released its long-awaited Docutraq online activity request system upgrade on Monday, allowing students to apply for Student Government funds for the 2012-13 fiscal year.

UF study sheds light on vulnerability of polar ice sheets to modestly warmer climate

Published: July 12 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new study by a University of Florida researcher finds that sea level peaked between 18 and 30 feet above current sea level during the last interglacial period approximately 125,000 years ago.

Smathers Libraries New Online Exhibition Explores Historic Preservation in Florida

Published: July 11 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The George A. Smathers Libraries have released a new exhibition available only online. Utilizing materials from the Libraries’ Architecture Archives, “The Preservation Conversation” explores the conversation that occurred during three Herschel Shepard historic preservation projects in Florida: adaptive use of Government House in St. Augustine, reconstruction of Mission San Luis de Apalachee in Tallahassee and the ongoing restoration of Gamble Mansion in Ellenton.

Shands Fitness and Wellness Center gives public the chance to ride like bike pros

Published: July 11 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Ride like a pro during the 99th Tour de France bike race. Shands Fitness and Wellness Center at Shands at the University of Florida invites guests to experience some of the world’s most famous bike trails virtually.

Shands Hospital for Children at UF selected for national breastfeeding program

Published: July 11 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Shands Hospital for Children at the University of Florida is one of 90 hospitals selected out of 235 applicants to participate in the national Best Fed Beginnings program that aims to improve breastfeeding support for new mothers.

Smathers Libraries hosts Authors@UF: Leela Corman

Published: July 11 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — An informal talk with author and graphic illustrator Leela Corman will take place at the Architecture and Fine Arts Library on July 18 at 6:15 p.m.

The University of Florida announces a public meeting

Published: July 10 2012

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Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Joseph W. Little

Published: July 10 2012

South Florida Sun-Sentinel: Chris McCarty

Published: July 10 2012

UF study shows long-term drug abuse starts with alcohol

Published: July 10 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Alcohol — not marijuana — is the gateway drug that leads adolescents down the path toward more serious substances, a new University of Florida study shows.

UF/IFAS appoints former UF faculty member Nick Place dean for extension

Published: July 5 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Former University of Florida faculty member Nick Place is returning to Gainesville to become the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences dean for extension and director of the Florida Cooperative Extension Service.

Florida small farms conference, co-sponsored by UF/IFAS, slated for July 27-29

Published: July 3 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference is a one-stop shop for anyone who has thought about starting a farm or supporting local foods.

UF faculty available for comment when 'God particle' news announced

Published: July 2 2012

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Renowned organists perform at University Auditorium July 17

Published: July 2 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida Performing Arts presents Janette Fishell, organist in concert and silent films, accompanied by Dwight Thomas at 7:30 p.m. July 17 at University Auditorium.

UF receives $455,000 grant to curate, digitize vertebrate fossils

Published: July 2 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida scientists will use a new National Science Foundation grant to prepare vertebrate paleontology specimens at the Florida Museum of Natural History, which houses the nation’s third-largest collection of cataloged vertebrate fossils.

Beatles 'Lost Concert' screening canceled, replaced with Rolling Stones film

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of University of Florida Performing Arts, the Specticast presentation, "The Beatles: The Lost Concert," scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Phillips Center for Performing Arts has been canceled.

UF researchers develop "nanorobot" that can be programmed to target different diseases

Published: July 16 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers have moved a step closer to treating diseases on a cellular level by creating a tiny particle that can be programmed to shut down the genetic production line that cranks out disease-related proteins.

Tickets on sale Friday for Rascal Flatts at O’Connell Sept. 29

Published: July 30 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The country music band Rascal Flatts will perform at 7 p.m. Sept. 29 in the O’Connell Center.

Tampa Tribune: Dan Smith

Published: July 27 2012

Political science professor Dan Smith was quoted in a July 12 Tampa Tribune story about a poll that showed Republican Connie Mack IV had a substantial lead over Democrat Sen. Bill Nelson in the race for U.S. Senate.

Tampa Bay Times: Darin Acosta

Published: July 27 2012

Physicists Darin Acosta and Andrey Korytov were quoted in a July 5 Tampa Bay Times story about how they helped find the elusive Higgs Boson particle. The UF scientists’ contact information was released in a news bureau tip sheet.

Tampa Bay Times: Andrey Korytov

Published: July 27 2012

Physicists Darin Acosta and Andrey Korytov were quoted in a July 5 Tampa Bay Times story about how they helped find the elusive Higgs Boson particle. The UF scientists’ contact information was released in a news bureau tip sheet.

RTS buses do not run on Independence Day

Published: July 3 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In observance of Independence Day, all RTS offices will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, and there will be no RTS bus service. There will also be no ADA paratransit service. Regular summer service will resume Thursday, July 5.

New York Times: Harry Klee

Published: July 10 2012

Tomato researcher Harry Klee was quoted in a June 28 New York Times story about researchers discovering why tomatoes are usually tasteless: a gene mutation.

NBC News: Ken Heilman

Published: July 27 2012

Ken Heilman, a neurology and health psychology professor, was quoted in a July 19 NBC News article about why scents bring back memories.

Miami Herald: Chris McCarty

Published: July 10 2012

UF Bureau of Economic and Business Research director Chris McCarty was quoted in a June 26 Miami Herald article about Florida losing confidence in economy in the month of June. The story was the result of a News Bureau news release.

Los Angeles Times: Frank Mazzotti

Published: July 27 2012

Frank Mazzotti , a wildlife ecology and conservation professor and alligator expert at the Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center, gave advice in a July 10 Los Angeles Times article on how to avoid or survive an alligator attack.

Larson's musical 'tick, tick….BOOM!' coming to UF

Published: July 23 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — From the creator of the hit musical “Rent,” Jonathan Larson’s equally masterful and semi-autobiographical musical “tick,tick…BOOM!” is coming to the University of Florida.

GQ Magazine: Bruce Goldberger

Published: July 27 2012

Bruce Goldberger, the director of toxicology at the College of Medicine, was quoted in a July 13 GQ Magazine story about the effects of so-called bath salts.

CNN: Jaret Daniels

Published: July 10 2012

Jaret Daniels, assistant professor of entomology, was quoted in a June 13 CNN story about the decline of Schaus swallowtail butterflies and what will be done to save the species.

Associated Press: Sydney Park Brown

Published: July 27 2012

Extension horticulturist Sydney Park Brown was quoted in a July 17 Associated Press story about the different varieties of vines and the uses for them.

Associated Press: Robert Dean

Published: July 27 2012

Engineering professor Robert Dean was quoted in a June 26 Associated Press story about the rising sea levels on the East Coast.

Associated Press: Judith Johnson

Published: July 27 2012

Judith Johnson, a professor of pathology and clinical microbiology, was quoted in a July 17 Associated Press story about the cholera epidemic in Haiti.

Associated Press: Dan Smith

Published: July 27 2012

Political science professor Dan Smith was quoted in a July 15 Associated Press story about the presidential race remaining close.

Associated Press: Bruce Goldberger

Published: July 10 2012

Toxicologist Bruce Goldberger was quoted in a June 28 Associated Press story about the substances found in the system of Rudy Eugene, the Florida man who chewed off the face of another man, and the difficulty in testing for many synthetic drugs.

Associated Press: Bruce Goldberger

Published: July 27 2012

Toxicologist Bruce Goldberger was quoted in a July 3 Associated Press story about the number of deaths from methadone and the need to educate doctors about the dangers of prescribing methadone.