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New Worlds Reading Initiative reaches more than 100,000 Florida students in free book program

Created to help approximately half a million Florida K-5 students read on grade level, the New Worlds Reading Initiative is a new, free book delivery program advancing literacy and a love of reading across the state.

Florida’s consumer sentiment rises in March despite large national slump

Consumer sentiment among Floridians ticked up 1.7 points in March to 69.7 from a revised figure of 68 in February. Unlike the national consumer sentiment index, which reached a new decade low.

Florida celebrates Women’s History Month

The University of Florida is celebrating the extraordinary women who have been a part of the fabric of this institution during its journey to becoming one of the nation’s top public universities.

University of Florida Experts Weigh in on the War in Ukraine

As the campus community watches and reacts to unfolding scenes of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a panel of UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences professors came together to try to make sense of it all, sharing their diverse expertise to provide clarity on the conflict.

What your laptop stickers say about you

Students use laptops as social billboards. They can also help others reliably pick up on aspects of a person’s personality solely based on the stickers of their laptops.

February consumer sentiment slides to lowest reading in a decade

These views were particularly strong among people younger than 60, though these pessimistic views were shared by all Floridians with the exception of people 60 and older, who reported more favorable views to both components. 

Florida university presidents, High Tech Corridor CEO unveil commitment for the future

Leaders of the 23-county Florida High Tech Corridor today shared the stage at Synapse Summit 2022 where they celebrated a 25-year legacy of partnership and innovation and unveiled a commitment to “unleash the region’s expotential.”  

A Gator that’s Gold: Erin Jackson makes history at Winter Games in Beijing

Erin Jackson, who graduated from UF in 2015 with an honors degree in materials science and engineering, made Olympic history on Sunday at the Winter Games 2022 in Beijing.

Floridians have economic pessimism to start 2022, consumer sentiment drops in January

Consumer sentiment among Floridians dropped 2.3 points in January to 70.0 from December’s revised figure of 72.3 and is down 12.6 points from a year ago. Similarly, consumer sentiment at the national level decreased in January.

UF Alumna Erin Jackson on track to compete at 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing

It is game on for Erin Jackson, a Gator alumna and long track speed skater, thanks to a true display of Olympic spirit.

Alachua County courthouse renamed after trailblazing judge, University of Florida alumnus Stephan Mickle

More than 100 people gathered on Friday at the Alachua County Courthouse to celebrate the life and legacy of U.S. District Judge Stephan P. Mickle and to witness the renaming of the building in his honor. 

Why we love Wordle, according to science

Several psychological concepts help explain our infatuation with this simple but sharable word game.