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Favorable economic conditions fuel near-record consumer sentiment in April

Consumer sentiment in Florida reached its highest level in 17 years, increasing 1.4 points in April to 102 from a revised figure of 100.6 in March.

Here’s why you should look beyond breed labels when adopting a dog

The breed descriptions at shelters and on pet rescue sites aren't very accurate. Here's what to look for instead — plus a dog-ID quiz.

Jack Davis named Carnegie Fellow

Jack E. Davis, a Pulitzer Prize-winning professor of environmental history and sustainability studies at the University of Florida, is one of 32 Carnegie Fellows. 

Instagram ads disguised as friends’ post still more credible than traditional ads, study finds

Instagram users prefer sponsored ads that mimic posts from their friends over traditional advertising, although this type of advertising may seem sneaky or deceptive, new research shows.

Consumer sentiment holds steady in March

Consumer sentiment among Floridians increased slightly two-tenths of a point in March to 100.8 from February’s revised figure of 100.6. Similarly, consumer sentiment at the national level increased in March.

Out of Australia: UF researchers help map the movement of the world’s perching birds

UF professors of biology Edward Braun and Rebecca Kimball were part of a large team led by researchers at Louisiana State University that proved all perching birds originated in Australia.

A healing garden in bloom again

Wilmot Botanical Gardens is an oasis on campus, situated in the bustling health science center area. It’s also the place for horticultural therapy.

UF establishes new institute to study resilience of the built environment: The Florida Institute for Built Environment Resilience (FIBER)

Research that helps communities respond to complex environmental challenges by improving the way they plan, design and build the physical environment is the focus of a new institute at the University of Florida College of Design, Construction and Planning (DCP).

Consumer sentiment rebounds to near-record levels in February

Consumer sentiment among Floridians increased 2.8 points in February to 100.9 from a revised figure of 98.1 in January. Similarly, the University of Michigan’s nationwide index of consumer sentiment increased in February.

Preserving Zora Neale Hurston's legacy

When Zora Neale Hurston died in 1960, the trailblazing author’s papers were almost lost forever.

Mix in attitudes causes slight dip in January’s consumer sentiment

Consumer sentiment among Floridians fell three-tenths of a point to 97.8 in January from a revised figure of 98.1 in December and is down 3.5 points from a year ago.