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Ford Foundation gives $400,000 grant to UF Center for Latin American Studies

Published: April 30 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida Center for Latin American Studies has received a $400,000 grant from the Ford Foundation to develop an interdisciplinary program on immigration, religion, and social change.

UF researchers unearth only stone mission church in St. Augustine

Published: June 2 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida archaeologists uncovered the remains of a more than 300-year-old building Friday in St. Augustine that may predate the famous Castillo de San Marcos fort.

UF study recasts political 'God gap' theory with details of a religious left

Published: October 27 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Christians who value communal forms of worship over doctrine have emerged as a politically liberal alternative to the religious right, a new University of Florida study finds.

UF study: Religious devotion linked to educational outcomes

Published: July 2 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Adolescents who consider themselves “very religious” are generally more likely to finish college than their less devout counterparts, according to a University of Florida study.

Holocaust studies at the University of Florida gets funding to recruit top scholar

Published: May 8 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Florida is seeking to elevate the prominence of its Holocaust research program, and a couple from south Florida feel that attracting a national authority on the subject is one way to do that.

UF researcher: Soccer emerges as significant political force in Israel

Published: October 17 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Arab-Israeli conflict softens considerably between the goals of a soccer field, according to a new book by a University of Florida researcher, which finds that Arab fans in the Jewish state often cheer players in Hebrew and vote for Zionist candidates for political office.

Professor's book examines the rise of marketing God, megachurches

Published: August 27 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Time was when a religion was something people were born into, grew old with in comfort and died with in glory.

Faith-based programs for kids can work without legal controversies

Published: June 5 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Faith-based correctional programs for troubled kids can survive and even thrive without legal challenges if they follow Florida’s lead in keeping participation voluntary and welcoming different religions, a new University of Florida study finds.

Church events a growing boon to local economies, study finds

Published: April 12 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Communities that host church retreats and conventions can count their blessings and the dollars the faithful pump into local economies, a new University of Florida study finds.

As Hasidic population grows, Jewish politics may shift right

Published: November 27 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In an era when the Jewish population in America is stable or declining, ultra-Orthodox Hasidic Jewish numbers are growing rapidly — a trend that may make the Jewish community not only more religiously observant but also more politically conservative.

Support for Israel not universal among American Jews, study shows

Published: May 18 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Despite the view that Zionists dominate U.S. policy toward Israel, American Jews vary markedly in their support for the Middle Eastern nation depending on age, religious practices and ethnic pride, a new University of Florida study finds.

Religious orientation influences elderly's fear of death, study shows

Published: April 18 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As they approach death, the churchgoing elderly are likely to find little solace in religion if they had little personal commitment to God during the rest of their lives, a new University of Florida study finds.

UF professor leads creation of international religion/nature society

Published: December 7 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida professor has led the creation of the first International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, which will hold its inaugural conference next spring at UF.

UF researcher: Gays transform Halloween with spin-off parades

Published: October 26 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Dress-up and the ability to disguise one’s gender give Halloween special meaning for many gays and lesbians, who have played a leading role in transforming the popular children’s holiday into one for adults, says a University of Florida researcher.

UF study: Nazis punished more leniently for crimes against handicapped

Published: September 13 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Nazi murderers of the mentally handicapped were treated much more leniently in postwar German courts than their counterparts who killed Jews during the Holocaust, a University of Florida study finds.

Origin Of American Black Church Explored Through Woman's Biography

Published: June 16 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As blacks and others celebrate Juneteenth this weekend, the role of the church in the emancipation of the slaves will not be forgotten.

Origin Of American Black Church Explored Through Woman’s Biography

Published: June 14 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As blacks and others celebrate Juneteenth this weekend, the role of the church in the emancipation of the slaves will not be forgotten.

UF Establishes Nation's First Center For The Study Of Hindu Traditions

Published: April 20 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — To encourage the research, teaching and public understanding of Hindu culture, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Florida has established the nation's first Center for the Study of Hindu Traditions. The only other center of its kind in the world is Oxford University’s Centre for Hindu Studies, with which UF will have collaborations.

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 Study: Religion Doesn't Directly Influence Sense Of Well-Being Or Fear Of Death In Seniors

Published: November 20 2001

GAINESVILLE, Fla.— Simply attending religious services or turning to religion in times of need will not increase a person's feeling of well-being or make them fear death less, at least among people in later life.