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UF historic preservation program receives grant for mortar research

Published: June 7 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The historic preservation program at the University of Florida College of Design, Construction and Planning has received a $12,500 grant from the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training to support research on replacement mortars for historic buildings.

UF students earn higher historic status for Florida state park

Published: October 13 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Thanks to its connection to a famous Confederate secretary of state – and a lot of work by University of Florida historic preservation students – the Gamble Plantation State Historic Park in Ellenton has been elevated to a higher historic status.

UF, UT researchers join forces to bring tree-ring dating technology to heart of Southeast

Published: June 2 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In the history of the world, 20 or 30 years is but an eye blink. But for those in the historical accuracy business, that kind of difference is vast and can mean an inaccurate textbook or museum display.

UF design students propose redesign options for busy Orlando section

Published: May 19 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A sports museum, park and retail shops near Orlando’s new sports complex are among the ideas proposed by University of Florida students to help bridge a city divided by an interstate highway.

Rural tourism can create jobs and draw vacationers to Florida towns

Published: March 18 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Sunshine State has an untapped industry close to home, says a University of Florida researcher studying how rural areas can attract Floridians hungry for relaxation away from the hustle and bustle of the big cities.

UF researcher: Florida agriculture took economic hit in 2008, but remains strong

Published: March 2 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida agriculture survived the first part of the economic downturn fairly well but decreased demand for exports has been a concern, a University of Florida expert says in an annual report.

UF/IFAS research harnesses sun's power to kill weeds

Published: November 12 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Sunshine helps flowers grow, and it can help rid soil of harmful organisms that hurt Florida's $9 million cut flower industry, a University of Florida expert says.

New hospital's therapeutic design supports healing, green practices

Published: October 20 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Heading to the hospital? These days, the newest member of your medical team just might be the building itself — and it's likely to play a bigger role in your healing than you might think.

New disease may cost Florida's avocado industry millions, UF experts warn

Published: January 26 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida's avocado industry, the nation's second-largest, could lose millions of dollars if a new disease reaches the state’s southern tip, according to University of Florida experts.

Historic preservation enhances quality of life of Floridians, UF study finds

Published: December 20 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Historic preservation enhances the quality of life of Floridians through economic and cultural contributions to an improved sense of place, according to a new study from the University of Florida.

Five years post-9/11, survey shows most consider skyscrapers safe

Published: December 18 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Five years after terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center, a majority of respondents in a University of Florida study say they felt safe living and working in skyscrapers despite believing they are terrorist targets.

Staffers benefit from single-room design for baby care, study finds

Published: November 29 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Neonatal intensive care units designed with single-family rooms not only increase patient privacy but also boost staff satisfaction and reduce stress, according to a University of Florida study.

UF study: Store's interior design may be best front against shoplifting

Published: October 19 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Getting the goods on a thief may not be necessary if a store's interior is designed to deter shoplifting in the first place, a new University of Florida study finds.

New University of Florida program helps developers build environmentally friendly communities

Published: October 4 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As the boom in residential construction alters the landscape and boosts demand for energy and water, a new University of Florida program is helping developers build communities that protect the environment while maintaining the economic benefits of growth.

Office of Sustainability to preserve UF campus for future generations

Published: September 21 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — To meet the needs of today’s University of Florida community without compromising its future generations of students, faculty and staff, UF has announced it will open an Office of Sustainability.

UF researchers take pulse of Hurricane Dennis

Published: July 11 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers working on at least two separate projects helped gauge Hurricane Dennis’ fury Saturday and Sunday.

Research: Florida getting better at protecting homes from hurricanes

Published: June 28 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — New Florida homes withstood last year’s four hurricanes better than their older counterparts — thanks in large measure to continued improvements in the state’s hurricane building code, say University of Florida engineers.

UF professors collaborate with tribe to design eagle aviary

Published: March 3 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — For centuries, the Zuni Pueblo Indian tribe of New Mexico has been caring for eagles and collecting their feathers for use in tribal ceremonies. An aviary designed by a University of Florida professor ensures that tradition will continue for generations to come.

UF-developed transportation tools serve as model for nation

Published: February 18 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Although there has been extensive discussion in recent years about New Urbanism and other alternative transportation concepts, models used to develop the nation’s transportation system have traditionally focused solely on the automobile, considering bikers and walkers as impediments.

UF expert: United States can't stop terrorism aimed at agriculture

Published: February 20 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Even with the country on its highest level of terrorism alert since shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, a University of Florida expert says the United States can't protect its farms, crops and cattle from biological weapons.