March 22: UF in the News 3/18/21-3/22/21

Miles of Florida roads face ‘major problem’ from sea rise. Is the state moving fast enough? — The Miami Herald and The South Florida Sun Sentinel, 3/19/21

Florida has begun assessing the threat that sea rise poses to a sprawling transportation network essential to the state’s economy.  The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has set out trying to figure out just how vulnerable chunks of its strategic intermodal system really are and what should be operated on first. To do so, FDOT helped fund a sea level prediction tool built by researchers at the University of Florida. 

Taking COVID-19 vaccine does not affect whether life insurance pays death benefits — The Associated Press, 3/20/21

Getting the COVID-19 vaccine would help to limit any life insurance premium increases related to the virus, said W. Bruce Vogel, an associate professor in the Division of Health Outcomes and Implementation Science at the University of Florida.

“Only if the vaccine itself increased mortality would you expect it to increase life insurance premiums, and there is no evidence of that so far,” Vogel said

Spring breakers flock to South Florida while some residents worry about another Covid-19 surge  — CNN 3/21/21

Visitors from across the US have been flocking to some of the state's most popular beaches in the daytime and mingle in bars and restaurants at night. On Saturday, Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber declared a state of emergency and set a curfew, saying crowds in the city have been "more than we can handle." Cindy Prins, an epidemiologist at the University of Florida said these crowds create "an unfortunately ideal situation for transmission of Covid."

Op-ed: 3 ways employers can overcome vaccine skepticism — The Chicago Tribune, 3/19/21

Rita Men, an associate professor of public relations at UF, wrote for the Conversation an op-ed that outlines corporate communications practices employers can use to encourage employees to get vaccinated. The practices include having transparent communications to build trust, engaging in dialogue about a vaccination program, and showing genuine empathy when employees express concern.