UF events of possible media interest listed

Published: November 3 2014


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

Environmental reporter, author to speak at UF

The College of Journalism and Communications will launch a new program to bring some of the nation’s most accomplished science writers to UF. Jennie Erin Smith will give the first lecture titled “Reptiles, Smugglers and Skullduggery: Environmental Reporting in the Underworld” at 6 p.m. Nov. 5 in Pugh Hall. Smith is a reporter, writer and reviewer specializing in science and natural history. She also wrote the critically acclaimed book “Stolen World: A Tale of Reptiles, Smugglers and Skullduggery.” For more information, visit http://www.bobgrahamcenter.ufl.edu/event/stolen-world-tale-reptiles-smugglers-and-skullduggery-jennie-erin-smith.

Department of occupational therapy hosts CarFit

The department of occupational therapy will host CarFit, a free national program, at 9 a.m. Nov. 6 at the Senior Recreation Center, 5701 NW 34th St., Gainesville. The event will help mature drivers maximize comfort and safety in their cars. Trained occupational therapy students will lead drivers through a 12-point check list with their vehicles, recommend personal vehicle adjustments and offer community resources and activities. An occupational therapist will be on site to provide information about enhancing driving health. For details, visit http://news.ufl.edu/archive/2014/10/uf-to-offer-free-vehicle-checks-for-mature-drivers.html.
For more information, contact Jill Pease at 352-273-5816 or jpease@phhp.ufl.edu.

A conversation with Mary Ann Eaverly

Mary Ann Eaverly, associate professor in the Department of Classics, will speak about her book “Tan Men/Pale Women: Color and Gender in Archaic Greece and Egypt” at 4 p.m. Nov. 6 in Smathers Library East, Room 100. Eaverly’s book uncovers the history behind the use of color in ancient art to distinguish between genders without focusing on race. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, visit http://cms.uflib.ufl.edu/authorsuf/eaverly.

Speakers discuss election results

Two of Florida’s most prominent political commentators, Susan MacManus and Dan Smith, will discuss the results and implications of the 2014 elections at 6 p.m. Nov. 6 in Pugh Hall. MacManus is a distinguished University of South Florida professor in the Department of Government and International Affairs. Daniel Smith is a political science professor at UF.  The event and parking are free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.bobgrahamcenter.ufl.edu/event/2014-election-wrap-susan-macmanus-and-dan-smith.

Forum examines police relationships

A town hall forum will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 in the Reitz Student Union Grand Ballroom to provide an opportunity for dialogue about the recent media attention around misconduct of law enforcement and the communities they serve across the country. Panelists include Gainesville Police Chief Tony Jones, University of Florida Police Deputy Chief Darren Baxley, Santa Fe College Chief Ed Book and several UF administrators and student leaders. More details are available at https://www.facebook.com/pages/IBC-UF-Institute-of-Black-Culture/162248013838588?ref=hl.
For more information, contact Vee Smith, 352-294-3560, VeeS@multicultural.ufl.edu

Activist to discuss abortion policies in China, India

Britt Riner, interim executive director of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, will speak at 6 p.m. Nov. 6 in the UF Law Library, to discuss the international coalition against forced abortion in China and India. The free event will include a viewing of “It’s a Girl,” a film by WRWF addressing the subject. Riner will discuss women’s rights on a global scale and ways students can help alleviate and fight these issues followed by a Q and A session
For more information, contact Kelsey Jordan, 407-595-2069, kelseyevejordan@gmail.com

Heavener Hall to be dedicated Nov. 14

The Heavener School of Business will celebrate the official dedication of Heavener Hall, the school’s new state-of-the-art undergraduate building, during a ceremony at 3 p.m. Nov. 14 at the corner of West University Avenue and Southwest 13th Street. Heavener School’s programs and activities serve more than 5,000 students, more than 30 student organizations and numerous career and leadership programs. Among those scheduled to speak are UF President Bernie Machen, Warrington Dean John Kraft and James W. “Bill” Heavener (BSBA 1970), the building’s namesake.
For more information, contact Milenko Martinovich, 352-273-3239, milenko.martinovich@warrington.ufl.edu