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Florida’s population grows again after first decline since mid-1940s

Published: Sep 2nd, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — After declining for the first time since the end of World War II, Florida’s population grew once again last year, a hopeful yet tentative sign that the worst of the recession may have passed, according to the latest preliminary population estimates from the University of Florida.

Consumer confidence remains stagnant without future economic signals

Published: Aug 31st, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With no clear signs the nation is either on the road to economic recovery or showing signs of entering another recession, Florida’s consumer confidence remained stagnant, inching up only one point to 67 in August, according to a new University of Florida survey.

Sponsored research funding at UF hits record $678 million

Published: Aug 26th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Research awards to University of Florida faculty increased $104 million last year to a record $678 million, thanks primarily to a 45 percent increase in federal funding. […]

New UF program helps smaller farms maintain high food-safety standards

Published: Aug 18th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With food safety a major health concern, larger farms routinely use customized safety plans to ensure everything’s done by the book—now, University of Florida experts are helping smaller farms follow suit.

Florida’s economy could benefit from biomass for electricity, UF researcher says

Florida’s economy could benefit from biomass for electricity, UF researcher says

Published: Aug 11th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumers know that buying locally produced food stimulates the local economy, and a University of Florida researcher says the same idea applies when power plants use locally produced wood as fuel.

Participants sign up for real-life Florida ‘FarmVille’

Published: Aug 5th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — FarmVille, Facebook’s most popular game, allows millions to till digital soil and trade products in a virtual market. Now, University of Florida faculty are bringing social networking to real-life agriculture, and they want players.

UF study: BP oil spill adds to uncertainty about Florida’s real estate market

Published: Jul 28th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The BP oil spill threatens to swamp a shaky Florida real estate industry that had been bottoming out because of repeated economic blows, the latest University of Florida survey finds.

Research on insect hibernation may lead to new control measures, UF scientists say

Research on insect hibernation may lead to new control measures, UF scientists say

Published: Jul 27th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — To beat summer heat, winter cold and other harsh environmental conditions, many insects temporarily drop into a state similar to hibernation to conserve energy and reduce stress, and University of Florida researchers say this phenomenon could lead to new pest control methods.

Consumer confidence falls and views of personal finances reach new low

Published: Jul 27th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Fears about the economic effects of the BP oil spill caused a slight decline in Florida’s consumer confidence in July, while expectations about personal finances reached a record low, according to a new University of Florida survey.

Mother-to-child HIV transmission rate falling, but more can be done

Mother-to-child HIV transmission rate falling, but more can be done

Published: Jul 22nd, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Transmission of HIV to children before or at birth has dropped dramatically around the country in the last decade since the advent of powerful new therapies. That certainly is true for Florida, where each year, fewer than 10 babies are born with the disease despite the fact that more than 600 HIV-positive women each year, on average, give birth.