Lindsay Mehrkam, a UF doctoral student in psychology, delivers Larry the tortoise’s preferred enrichment: a neck rub.

The Human Touch: New research suggests animals prefer human connections

Published: November 19 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- What do animals really want? A new study from the University of Florida suggests it might be human contact, at least in the case of some Galapagos tortoises.

What is the Institutional Repository at UF? New video answers that question in an entertaining way

Published: November 19 2014

Explaining what an institutional repository is and how it benefits faculty and students has long been a difficult task, not only at the University of Florida, but also at universities across the country.

UF Foundation launches ambitious plan to strengthen Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars program

Published: November 20 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- The University of Florida Foundation has launched an initiative to raise $100 million for the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars program, which has given more than 3,200 Florida students from low-income families the chance to go to college.

University of Florida among those receiving $7 million to empower women farmers

Published: November 20 2014

The University of Florida is part of a consortium led by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) that has been awarded $7 million from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to increase global food security and support effective rural development. The focus of the project is to empower women to increase agricultural productivity, thereby contributing to higher household incomes and improved nutrition.

UF News for week of Nov. 24 listed

Published: November 24 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Here are the releases the University of Florida’s media relations office expects to send this week, subject to change:

How to succeed in the restaurant business

Published: November 24 2014

Local restaurateur Shawn Shepherd will offer UF students practical advice on owning a restaurant or simply working in the culinary field on Monday, Nov. 24, from 6:15pm to 8:15pm at Stuzin Hall, Room 200. The event will be hosted by the Entrepreneurship Club at UF.

Florida's November consumer confidence reaches post-recession high

Published: November 25 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Consumer sentiment among Floridians hit a post-recession high of 86 in November, an increase of two points over October, according to a monthly University of Florida survey.

Pratap Pullammanappallil, a UF associate professor of agricultural and biological engineering, poses with an anaerobic digester used in a process he developed at NASA’s request to turn human waste into rocket fuel. Photo by Amy Stuart, UF/IFAS Communications.

Process converts human waste into rocket fuel

Published: November 25 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Buck Rogers surely couldn’t have seen this one coming, but at NASA’s request, University of Florida researchers have figured out how to turn human waste -- yes, that kind -- into rocket fuel.

Six UF faculty members named AAAS Fellows

Published: November 25 2014

Six University of Florida professors have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an honor given to AAAS members by their peers for their efforts to advance science or its applications. The six join 37 UF professors listed by the AAAS as fellows, a distinction also earned by President-elect Kent Fuchs in 2010.

Biggest Lebanese party of the year

Published: November 26 2014

Authentic Lebanese food, music and dancing will be plentiful at the 12th Annual Lebanese Soiree on Friday, Dec. 5, from 7 to 11 p.m. at Touchdown Terrace in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.