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Higher tuition ensures a better higher education

Higher tuition ensures a better higher education

Published: Dec 16th, 2008

This op-ed appeared in The Miami Herald, Tallahassee Democrat and Gainesville Sun. By: Bernie Machen Bernie Machen is the president of the University of Florida. Last week’s headlines about the […]

Preserve healthy cabbage palms

Preserve healthy cabbage palms

Published: Nov 20th, 2008

If you look out your window right now, chances are you’ll spot a Sabal palmetto, the scientific name of the cabbage palm, the state tree of Florida and South Carolina. Now imagine the landscape without these icons of the tropics.

Why Americans don’t vote — and what can be done about it

Why Americans don’t vote — and what can be done about it

Published: Nov 1st, 2008

Americans go to the polls next week to select our next president. Interest is high in a contest featuring the first major party black presidential candidate, the worst financial crisis since the great depression, and the country bogged down in two far off wars.

Lowering the drinking age: Not the solution to binge drinking

Lowering the drinking age: Not the solution to binge drinking

Published: Aug 25th, 2008

As parents ferry boxes to residence halls and map-clutching students wander wide-eyed around the University of Florida, the start of fall semester always brings a contagious feeling of optimism and excitement.

Research focused on renewable energy

Research focused on renewable energy

Published: Jun 22nd, 2008

State policymakers at this week’s 2008 Climate Change summit in Miami will focus on renewable energy in Florida. The meeting is important and timely.

Resilient, robust research: Heart of dynamic economy beats strong at UF, other Florida universities

Resilient, robust research: Heart of dynamic economy beats strong at UF, other Florida universities

Published: May 19th, 2008

With the economy faltering, state and federal cutbacks threaten to slow scientific progress. As many commentators have noted in recent months, that is not a welcome trend for a nation facing the leveled plane of a globalized economy.