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UF: Florida's consumer confidence unchanged for December

Published: December 27 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida's consumer confidence remained unchanged in December, according to a monthly University of Florida survey. December's figure was 74, the same as the revised November reading. Overall confidence reached a post-recession peak in September and October at 80, but is down six points for the second month.

UF study: 'Tools for getting along' curriculum helps schoolchildren solve social conflicts

Published: December 20 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two University of Florida special education researchers have found a method to help at-risk students with significant behavioral problems learn to calm aggressive tendencies and actively solve their social conflicts.

Discovery of Africa moth species important for agriculture, controlling invasive plants

Published: December 20 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In the rain forests of the Congo, where mammals and birds are hunted to near-extinction, an impenetrable sound of buzzing insects blankets the atmosphere.

Researchers pinpoint culprits in grapefruit/drug interactions, UF/IFAS citrus breeder says

Published: December 19 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The quest to develop a grapefruit hybrid that will not interact with medication has taken a step forward, as researchers pinpoint compounds most responsible for the problem, a University of Florida citrus breeder says.

UF/IFAS announces $1.5 million Tropicana gift for citrus faculty post focused on innovation

Published: December 19 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. –– Tropicana Products Inc., a division of PepsiCo Inc., has pledged $1.5 million to endow a professorship specializing in innovative citrus research to strengthen the Florida citrus industry, the nation’s largest, University of Florida and Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences officials and company representatives announced today.

UF, Louisville team up for pre-Sugar Bowl community service project

Published: December 19 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Before the Florida Gators and the Louisville Cardinals face off on the field, fans of both teams are invited to connect to the New Orleans community and give back to the host city.

Orlando Sentinel: President Bernie Machen

Published: December 19 2012

RTS revises services during holiday period

Published: December 18 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Regional Transit System has revised service on some routes between now and Jan. 2.

UF/IFAS study: Though manatee population has grown, low diversity still a risk

Published: December 18 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new research study gauging the outlook for the Florida manatee shows that it’s a case of great news and not-so-great news.

December consumer confidence report to be sent Dec. 27

Published: December 18 2012

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Merle Haggard to perform Feb. 9 at the Phillips Center

Published: December 17 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Country music legend Merle Haggard will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Phillips Center for Performing Arts at the University of Florida.

UF/IFAS researchers say Florida panther effort likely saved big cats from extinction

Published: December 17 2012

ESVILLE, Fla. — When wildlife managers imported eight female Texas pumas in hopes they would mate with native Florida panthers, they knew they were taking a bit of a risk.

Garages near Norman Hall, O’Connell Center to be pressure-washed next week

Published: December 14 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida students and employees are advised that Garage 8 near Norman Hall and Garage 7 near the O’Connell Center are scheduled to be pressure-washed next week.

New facility in NW Gainesville offers one place for specialty medicine

Published: December 14 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Dermatology, cardiology, women’s health, psychiatry, pain medicine and many other medical specialty practices, as well as imaging and laboratory services, are now all in one place at the new UF&Shands at Springhill center in northwest Gainesville. Community and business leaders joined UF&Shands administrators at an official opening ceremony Thursday.

Plants in space: Gravity not needed to orient root growth, UF researchers find

Published: December 12 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Plant growth is not as dependent on gravity as previously thought, according to new research from the University of Florida.

Museum holiday camps Dec. 20-21 offer fun science education

Published: December 12 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Just because school is out doesn’t mean students can’t dive into science and investigate natural history at one of two school holiday camps at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

Fazil Say cancels Jan. 6 performance at University Auditorium

Published: December 12 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Due to circumstances beyond the control of the University of Florida Performing Arts, Fazil Say has cancelled his piano recital scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013 at University Auditorium. The concert will not be rescheduled for the 2012-13 season.

UF researchers: Understanding pancreas size may help unlock cause of Type 1 diabetes

Published: December 11 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — People at risk for Type 1 diabetes may have fewer insulin-producing “beta” cells than people not at risk, a finding that could help researchers shed light on what causes the disease, a new University of Florida study shows.

Construction, parade to affect some RTS bus routes

Published: December 11 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Fifth Avenue Holiday Parade and construction will affect some RTS bus service, stating this weekend.

Los Angeles Times: Augusto Oyuela-Caycedo

Published: December 11 2012

McElwain named UF/IFAS assistant vice president for development

Published: December 10 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Longtime University of Florida development executive Ann McElwain has been named assistant vice president for development for UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

UF&Shands plans freestanding emergency department in NW Gainesville

Published: December 7 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Administrators at UF&Shands, the University of Florida Academic Health Center, have announced plans to build a full-service, 911-receiving freestanding emergency department in northwest Gainesville that will provide convenient 24-hour emergency services for local residents with acute illnesses or injuries.

UF Oyster Recovery Team updates Apalachicola producers, leaders on recovery project

Published: December 7 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Apalachicola-area oystermen and community leaders received a progress report Thursday from University of Florida scientists working to remediate the area’s oyster population collapse.

New UF home page form gets information to requesters faster

Published: December 6 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Each year the University of Florida’s hosts nearly 5 million unique visitors. Frequently those visitors utilize the home page link for all sorts of questions, ranging from admission application deadlines and ordering transcripts to reporting a broken Web link.

UF graduate leaves legacy of learning about the world with local students

Published: December 6 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Growing up as a “military brat” across the U.S., Krista Schumacher was sensitive to varying cultures. After coming to the University of Florida as undergraduate, her sense of the larger world was enhanced further through different experiences.

UF researcher provides policy brief to U.N. Climate Change Conference delegates

Published: December 6 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As delegates from around the world gather this week at the Doha Climate Change Conference, they will hear a request for assistance from smaller nations threatened by some of the more disastrous side effects of global warming. University of Florida anthropologist Anthony Oliver-Smith says they should listen.

New test adds to scientists' understanding of Earth’s history, resources

Published: December 5 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new study co-authored by a University of Florida researcher provides the first direct chronological test of sequence stratigraphy, a powerful tool for exploring Earth's natural resources.

University presidents ask for state investment, pledge no tuition increases

Published: December 5 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In partnership with student government leaders, Florida’s university presidents asked lawmakers Wednesday to invest an additional $118 million into the State University System for the 2013-14 school year. With that kind of investment, they said they would be able to continue providing quality education without raising tuition by “even one penny.”

UF researcher exploring plant preservation method that could help endangered species

Published: December 4 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida scientist is researching a method to freeze and preserve orchid seeds, and besides aiding producers, it might also give endangered plants a better chance at survival.

University of Florida moves up in national rankings for research spending

Published: December 3 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new report from the National Science Foundation shows the University of Florida jumped from 14th to 12th in a national ranking of research and development spending at the top 30 public universities in 2011.

Reitz Student Union offers students place for studying, relaxing

Published: December 3 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida students who go to the Reitz Student Union between now and Dec. 13 will have a little less to worry about.

UFPA offers $10 student tickets for January, February performances

Published: December 3 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Student tickets for University of Florida Performing Arts’ January and February performances go on sale at noon today. Tickets are only $10 for each of the 22 performances and can be purchased with a Gator1 Card by calling 352-392-2787 or visiting the Phillips Center or University Box Office, located in the Reitz Student Union.

Digital opera to be performed at the REVE

Published: December 3 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A show of spirituality and collaboration will span three screens and 50 feet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Digital World Institute’s Research, Education and Visualization Environment, known as the REVE, Room 205, Norman Hall Gym.

New Jamaica butterfly species emphasizes need for biodiversity research

Published: December 3 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida scientists have co-authored a study describing a new Lepidoptera species found in Jamaica’s last remaining wilderness.

UFAlert emergency notification test set for Wednesday

Published: December 3 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida will conduct a test of its UFAlert emergency notification system between 11:30 and 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, which is between fourth and fifth class periods. Included in Wednesday’s test message and linked on the UFAlert website (ufalert.ufl.edu) will be a survey to help identify future enhancements and system progress. The survey can be accessed online at goo.gl/BESyn.

Wall Street Journal: Jay Ritter

Published: December 11 2012

Finance professor Jay Ritter was quoted in a Nov. 4 Wall Street Journal article about three banks that were underwriters for the Facebook stock, which sold a large amount of Facebook shares during the stock’s first month on the market.

Wall Street Journal: Jay Ritter

Published: December 11 2012

Finance professor Jay Ritter was quoted in a Nov. 9 Wall Street Journal story about emerging-market stocks.

Wall Street Journal: Alan Cooke

Published: December 11 2012

Marketing professor Alan Cooke was quoted in a Nov. 8 Wall Street Journal story about numbers used in real estate listings and superstitions associated with those numbers.

USA Today: Michael Okun

Published: December 19 2012

Michael Okun, co-director of UF’s Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration, was quoted in a Nov. 28 USA Today article about the toll depression takes on Parkinson’s patients.

USA Today: Jay Ritter

Published: December 11 2012

Finance professor Jay Ritter was quoted in a Nov. 13 USA Today story about the Facebook employees’ opportunity to sell their stocks and the potential effects of their 777 million stocks hitting the market.

USA Today: Jay Ritter

Published: December 11 2012

Finance professor Jay Ritter was quoted in a Nov. 14 USA Today story about Facebook’s rising stock value after 777 million stocks become eligible to be sold by employees.

USA Today: Daniel Smith

Published: December 11 2012

Political scientist Daniel Smith was quoted in a Nov. 6 USA Today story about the election’s swing states.

UFPA presents seven January performances

Published: December 21 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida Performing Arts will host seven performances in January, featuring a diverse lineup of artists.

Reuters: Dr. William Mendenhall

Published: December 19 2012

Dr. William Mendenhall, a radiation oncologist, was quoted in a Nov. 30 Reuters story about the possible link between the sexually transmitted disease human papillomavirus and throat cancer.

Phillips Center offers music, wine for New Year's Eve event

Published: December 11 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A musical tribute to famous composer Domenico Scarlatti will be held at 2 and 5 p.m. Dec. 31 at Squitieri Studio Theatre inside the Phillips Center for Performing Arts, featuring fine wines, elegant ambiance and beautiful piano playing by world-renowned pianist Pnina Becher.

Palm Beach Post: Daniel Smith

Published: December 11 2012

Political science professor Daniel Smith was quoted in a Nov. 12 Palm Beach Post story about why Floridians rejected eight of 11 proposed constitutional amendments.

Orlando Sentinel: Ken Wald

Published: December 19 2012

Political scientist Ken Wald was quoted in a Nov. 13 Orlando Sentinel article about the religiously unaffiliated and their political affiliations.

Orlando Sentinel: Dr. Ron Shorr

Published: December 19 2012

Dr. Ron Shorr, an epidemiology professor, was quoted in a Nov. 28 Orlando Sentinel article about his research into the effectiveness of alarms on hospital beds. The story was the result of a Health Science Center news release.

New York Times: George Kamenov

Published: December 19 2012

Geochemist George Kamenov was quoted in a Nov. 12 New York Times article about how isotope analysis can be used to solve criminal cases like the murder of a young woman in 1971.

New York Times: Dr. Roland Staud

Published: December 19 2012

Dr. Roland Staud, a professor of medicine and rheumatologist, was quoted in a Nov. 15 New York Times story about a girl who feels no pain. Staud has been following the girl for many years and her lack of pain may give insight how to turn off pain receptors in chronic pain patients.

New York Times: Diane H. Mazur

Published: December 19 2012

Diane H. Mazur, a law professor, was quoted in a Nov. 14 New York Times article about adultery and its repercussions in the legal system.

Miami Herald: Bill Kern

Published: December 19 2012

Bill Kern, professor of entomology, was quoted in a Nov. 26 Miami Herald article about a man who died after eating different insects, which included discoid roaches.

LifeSouth donates defibrillators to UF

Published: December 20 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida campus got a bit safer with a gift from LifeSouth Community Blood Centers this week.

Florida Times-Union: Dr. Glen Finney

Published: July 19 2012

Dr. Glen Finney, division chief of behavioral neurology in the College of Medicine, was quoted in a Dec. 1 Florida Times-Union article about the significance of the amount of pictures we take and our memory of those events.

Chicago Tribune: Clay Calvert

Published: December 11 2012

Journalism professor Clay Calvert was quoted in a Nov. 12 Chicago Tribune story about Tribune reporters who were recorded without their consent. It is a felony to record a conversation in Illinois without all parties consenting prior to the recording.

CBS Miami: Dawn Calibeo

Published: December 19 2012

Entomology doctoral candidate Dawn Calibeo was quoted in a Nov. 15 CBS Miami story about how to control crazy ants. The story was the result of an IFAS news release.

Associated Press: Frank Mazzotti

Published: December 19 2012

Wildlife ecology professor Frank Mazzotti was quoted in a Dec. 1 Associated Press article about a Nile crocodile on the loose near Miami.

'Titanoboa: Monster Snake' exhibit opens Jan. 26

Published: December 20 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The world’s largest snake will soon slither into town as the Florida Museum of Natural History opens its newest temporary exhibit “Titanoboa: Monster Snake.”