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International food security expert to speak at UF

Published: March 31 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Oxford University Professor Charles Godfray, one of the most influential scientists involved in research and outreach on global food security, is speaking at the University of Florida April 4 as part of the Florida Climate Institute’s Distinguished Scholar Seminar.

UF Law top tax experts available as tax day approaches

Published: March 31 2014

UF events of possible media interest listed

Published: March 31 2014

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Ehud Olmert

Published: March 28 2014

Former Israeli prime minister to speak here for Jewish Awareness Month

Published: March 28 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — ACCENT Speakers Bureau and Jewish Awareness Month at the University of Florida will bring Ehud Olmert, former Prime Minister of Israel, to speak April 9 at the Phillips Center for Performing Arts.

Unmanned aircraft program to be featured at big airshow in Lakeland

Published: March 28 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — While most people think of unmanned aircraft solely as military drones, a group University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers know from more than a decade of experience that the small aircraft are used to further science and engineering.

Researchers testing gene therapy to thwart effects of multiple sclerosis

Published: March 27 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In patients with multiple sclerosis, the body turns on itself, launching an immune system attack that destroys the coating around nerve fibers in the central nervous system, leaving them exposed like bare wires. Similar to exposed electrical lines, the unprotected fibers touch and short out, leading to the neurodegenerative effects that are a hallmark of multiple sclerosis.

Dr. Valery Scharf

Published: March 27 2014

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Published: March 27 2014

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UF researchers say gold-based drug shows promise for fighting bone cancer in people and pets

Published: March 25 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A gold-based drug currently used in human and veterinary medicine to manage certain immune diseases may prove useful in combating osteosarcoma, a devastating bone cancer that affects both dogs and people, University of Florida veterinary researchers report.

UF: Florida consumer confidence returns to post-recession high

Published: March 25 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumer confidence among Floridians rose three points this month to 81, tying a post-recession high last reached in May and June of last year, according to a new University of Florida survey.

UF/IFAS finds way to reduce E. coli in cows, improving food safety

Published: March 24 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new biological treatment could help dairy cattle stave off uterine diseases and eventually may help improve food safety for humans, a University of Florida study shows.

UF, UF Health team up for Employee Wellness Event

Published: March 24 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Do you know your numbers — blood pressure, glucose and BMI — and how they compare to recommended guidelines? Want to complete a quick and easy fitness test and consult with a personal trainer? Interested in learning more about ways to reduce your stress and enhance your emotional well-being?

Clinical and Translational Research Building achieves platinum LEED certification

Published: March 24 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida’s Clinical and Translational Research Building has become the third building on campus to achieve platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification, signifying it meets the highest standards for environmentally friendly design.

Three Minute Thesis Competition coming to UF

Published: March 24 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Want to hear an 80,000-word thesis explained in less than 180 seconds?

UF events of possible media interest listed (March 24)

Published: March 24 2014

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ABC News: David Weinstein

Published: March 21 2014

Orlando Sentinel: Julie Levy

Published: March 21 2014

Festival at Flavet Field celebrates events in Hindu mythology

Published: March 21 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The second annual UF Holi Festival of Colors is coming to Flavet Field from 11 a.m.to 2 p.m. March 22.

Historic Preservation Program events recognize local modern architecture

Published: March 20 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida Historic Preservation Program is collaborating with the nonprofit advocacy group Gainesville Modern and Alachua Habitat for Humanity to host the first Gainesville Modern Weekend.

New study finds Burmese pythons have homing sense, find way back even if moved

Published: March 18 2014

Sea snakes need fresh water for drinking, UF researcher finds

Published: March 18 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Although they spend their lives surrounded by water, sea snakes dehydrate for months at a time, waiting to quench their thirst with fresh water from rainfall, a University of Florida biologist has found.

Shrinking coastline topic of lecture about property rights

Published: March 18 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Sea levels are rising, slowly but steadily encroaching on Florida’s coastline, affecting businesses and private property owners alike. So what happens when shorelines gradually move farther inland? Does the state own what was once land but is now covered in water? Does the original landowner have a constitutional right to lay claim to their original property line?

Business students, alumni can learn about local job opportunities

Published: March 18 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Graduate Business Career Services office at the Hough Graduate School of Business will host its second annual “Stay in the Swamp” Career Fair from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 21 in Hough Hall.

Water management district, UF/IFAS, UF Water Institute team up to examine springs

Published: March 18 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. –The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is joining forces with two entities as part of a $3 million, three-year contract to provide scientific data to help protect and restore the state’s springs system. UF/IFAS’ partners in the effort are the St. Johns River Water Management District, which is funding the project, and UF’s Water Institute.

UF/IFAS part of $4.9 million national child obesity study

Published: March 17 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – University of Florida students will create obesity prevention programs for their peers and later, for high school students, as part of a $4.9 million federal research and extension grant awarded last week.

UF events of possible media interest listed (March 17)

Published: March 17 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The following events are scheduled in the near future at or near the University of Florida:

Longtime federal judge visits UF to talk about his career

Published: March 14 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The 33rd annual Dunwody Distinguished Lecture in Law will impart lessons and wisdom gathered over a long and distinguished legal career, as senior circuit judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit Emmett R. Cox presents, “Thirty Two Years on the Federal Bench: Some Things I Have Learned.”

Ben Vereen

Published: March 14 2014

Performer Ben Vereen to receive award from UF

Published: March 14 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Tony Award winner Ben Vereen will receive an achievement award from the University of Florida School of Theatre and Dance and conduct a master class for students when he visits UF next month.

Tip sheet: Expert in Florida politics recalls Gov. Askew’s legacy

Published: March 13 2014

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Vitamin supplements may prevent drug-induced hearing loss, UF researchers say

Published: March 13 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The drug gentamicin can provide effective treatment for people with bacterial infections that are resistant to other antibiotics, but this medication can cause a serious side effect, too: hearing loss.

Stressful experiences have big, immediate effects on children’s health

Published: March 12 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Science has shown that children who experience stressful events are more likely to face poor health outcomes as adults, but new research shows the effects may show up much sooner — in fact, almost immediately.

UF wins Gates Foundation grant to build Algebra Nation teacher-development network

Published: March 12 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida Lastinger Center for Learning has received a $250,000 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant to build a teacher-development network as part of its highly successful e-learning resource, Algebra Nation.

College of Medicine rises three spots in national rankings for second year

Published: March 11 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — For the second year in a row, the University of Florida College of Medicine has risen three spots in U.S. News & World Report’s latest rankings of the nation’s top research medical schools.

College of Education jumps nine spots in public grad school rankings

Published: March 11 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida College of Education improved nine spots to No. 21 among public education colleges in the latest U.S. News and World Report rankings of America’s Best Graduate Schools, which were announced today.

Filmmaker presents documentary about memory and aging

Published: March 11 2014

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UF panel to discuss alternative funding sources for startups

Published: March 11 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Alternative sources of funding for early-stage startup companies will be the topic of conversation for a panel discussion at the University of Florida’s eighth annual technology showcase, “A Celebration of Innovation,” March 13.

UF/IFAS scientists to conduct experiment on plants in space

Published: March 11 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two University of Florida scientists will go to Kennedy Space Center March 16 for the launch of the SpaceX-3 Dragon capsule to the International Space Station, to send up and then monitor an experiment designed to help them understand biological functions in space.

Sustainability Fair includes vendors, food and free bike helmets

Published: March 11 2014

UF events of possible media interest listed

Published: March 10 2014

Brain Awareness Week brings neuroscience to the masses

Published: March 7 2014

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North Central Business Report: Klodiana Lanaj

Published: March 6 2014

Tampa Bay Times: Kevin Sabet

Published: March 6 2014

Tampa Bay Times: James Dewey

Published: March 6 2014

For older drivers, study finds, one drink may be one too many

Published: March 6 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — You may have only had one glass of wine with dinner, but if you’re 55 or older, that single serving may hit you hard enough to make you a dangerous driver.

UF researchers find drug therapy that could eventually reverse memory decline in seniors

Published: March 5 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It may seem normal: As we age, we misplace car keys, or can’t remember a name we just learned or a meal we just ordered. But University of Florida researchers say memory trouble doesn’t have to be inevitable, and they’ve found a drug therapy that could potentially reverse this type of memory decline.

UF veterinary oncologist captures real-life journey as cancer survivor in new book

Published: March 5 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Sarah Boston, D.V.M., D.V.Sc., waited four weeks for pathology test results to confirm that she had thyroid cancer. As a veterinary surgical oncologist at the University of Florida, her animal patients typically have these results in four days.

UF to begin new St. Augustine work after gift of more than 97,000 artifacts

Published: March 4 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida begins its 20th season of archaeological fieldwork since 1976 this week in St. Augustine at the site of America’s first colony, founded by explorer Pedro Menendez in 1565.

Healthier processed food? Essence of strawberry could be the key

Published: March 3 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida scientists believe they have pinpointed the exact compounds in strawberries that give the fruit its delightfully unique flavor – findings that will allow UF breeders to create more flavorful varieties even faster.

UF events of possible media interest listed

Published: March 3 2014

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Kiplinger's: UF No. 3 best value large school nationally and in SE

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine has named the University of Florida No. 3 nationally among public institutions in its 2014 list of 10 Best Values in Large Colleges.

Tip sheet: Expert in Florida politics recalls Gov. Askew's legacy

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UF researchers find a lobster's sense of smell may hold the key to better electronic sensors

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Could lobsters help protect soldiers someday? A team of University of Florida researchers says they might.

Elaine Turner named dean of UF's College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida faculty member and administrator often lauded for her outstanding teaching skills has been named dean of the university's College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

Stressful experiences have big, immediate effects on children's health

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Science has shown that children who experience stressful events are more likely to face poor health outcomes as adults, but new research shows the effects may show up much sooner — in fact, almost immediately.

Smathers Libraries' Government Documents collection relocated

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The George A. Smathers Libraries Government Documents collection has been permanently relocated to the libraries' off-campus Auxiliary Library Facility.

UF Health Shands Children's Hospital hosts Kohl's bike rodeo and summer safety fair

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Washington Post: Frank J. Mazzotti

Published: March 21 2014

Frank J. Mazzotti, professor of wildlife ecology and conservation, was quoted in a March 16 Washington Post story about strategies to remove pythons from the Everglades.

Washington Post: Frank J. Mazzotti

Published: March 21 2014

Frank J. Mazzotti, professor of wildlife ecology and conservation, was quoted in a March 16 Washington Post story about strategies to remove pythons from the Everglades.

UF/IFAS researchers help to sequence genome for loblolly pine major source of lumber, paper

Published: March 20 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — To look at the humble loblolly pine – grown in neat rows on large farms throughout the southeastern U.S. and milled for things like building lumber and paper – you would never think that its genetic code is seven times larger than a human’s

The Tampa Tribune: Steven Johnson

Published: March 16 2014

Steven Johnson, associate professor of urban wildlife ecology, was quoted in a Feb. 23 article in The Tampa Tribune discussing the infiltration of tegus, an exotic lizard that can grow up to 4 feet long, in South Florida and near Tampa.

The New York Times: Edward Evans

Published: March 21 2014

Agricultural economist Edward Evans was quoted in a March 10 New York Times article about the market implications of Chiquita Brands’ purchase of an Irish banana distributor.

Reuters: Tracey Barnett

Published: March 6 2014

Tracey Barnett, assistant professor in social and behavioral sciences, was quoted in a Feb. 21 article in Reuters discussing the harmful effects of smoking hookah.

New York Times: Richard C. Hollinger

Published: March 21 2014

Criminology professor Richard C. Hollinger was quoted in a March 8 article in The New York Times discussing how loss-prevention investigators can manipulate interviews of employees.

National Public Radio: Daniel Smith

Published: March 21 2014

Political science professor Dan Smith was interviewed in a March 11 National Public Radio story discussing how money was being spent in a special congressional election.

Miami Herald: Al Warrington

Published: March 6 2014

Al Warrington, prominent UF alumnus, was quoted in a Feb. 21 article in the Miami Herald about his $75 million donation to the university, which, among other contributions, makes him UF’s largest donor. The article was due to a University Relations story pitch.

Globe and Mail: Jay Ritter

Published: March 21 2014

Finance professor Jay Ritter was quoted in a March 9 article in The Globe and Mail (Toronto) discussing the rise in IPO market shares.

FloridaTimes-Union: Meshon Rawls

Published: March 21 2014

Law professor Meshon Rawls was quoted in a March 9 Florida Times-Union story about the challenges faced by ex-felons in finding jobs.

Dawson named interim law dean at UF

Published: March 21 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida law professor George L. Dawson has agreed to serve as interim dean for the University of Florida Levin College of Law, beginning July 15.

Associated Press: Daniel Smith

Published: March 21 2014

Political science professor Daniel Smith was quoted in a March 4 Palm Beach Post story discussing the impact of mail-in ballots on a congressional race.