April 5: UF in the News 4/2/21-4/5/21

How One University Is Preparing for a Vaccine Blitz — The Chronicle of Higher Education, 4/2/21
Dr. Michael Lauzardo, deputy director of the University of Florida’s Emerging Pathogens Institute, shares details on the university’s mass-vaccination effort which started today. Working with county health officials, UF aims to vaccinate 20,000 students and community members a week for six weeks.

For shooting victims, time is precious. But some end up at a hospital that can’t save them. — The Charlotte Observer, 4/2/21
Dr. Marie Crandall, a professor at the College of Medicine, weighs on the paper’s findings on how shooting victims were often rushed to a hospital without a trauma center, and the correlation between the higher rate of death and a lack of timely trauma care. 

A 4th COVID-19 Surge May Be Starting. How Bad Could It Get? — NPR, 4/2/21
Dr. Natalie Dean, a biostatistician at the College of Public Health & Health Professions, weighs in on the growing threat of another significant surge in COVID-19 cases and the cautious optimism that it's not likely to be as devastating as previous waves.

UF researchers engineer new membrane for at-home, overnight dialysis — The Gainesville Sun, 4/2/21
UF researchers Saeed Moghaddam and Richard Rode are featured on their wearable, at-home, overnight dialysis device.

Tussock moth caterpillars: Don't touch these hairy, colorful creatures or their cocoons — The Daytona Beach News-Journal, 4/4/21
Emeritus Professor John L. Foltz at UF/IFAS’ entomology and nematology department weighs in on the presence of numerous hairy caterpillars whose cocoons are difficult to remove from outdoor furniture, stored boats, and the walls and soffits of houses. 

Black families still reeling from verdicts in police brutality cases warn justice is not promised in Chauvin trial — CNN, 4/4/21
Kenneth Nunn, a professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, discusses the difficulty of convicting a police officer for murder. 

Do-Nothing SPACs Sag, Offering Investors a $1.1 Billion Return — Bloomberg, 4/5/21
UF finance professor Jay Ritter weighs in on underwater SPACs and how the glut in SPAC issuance will likely result in half returning their money to shareholders.