April 26: UF in the News 4/22/21-4/26/21

COVID helped Florida pet shelters hit a record — but cats are a challenge— Miami Herald, 4/24/21 
Dr. Julie Levy, Fran Marino Professor of Shelter Medicine Education, explains how the pandemic provided an opportunity for shelters to focus more on services, such as veterinary care, pet food banks and emergency boarding that could help families keep their pets or find them new homes without coming to a shelter.

Pandemic Lessons: Can you safely travel to places like Florida? — The Buffalo News, 4/24/21
Buffalo News reporter Tim O'Shei shares tips on how to safely travel across the country, tapping UF Epidemiologist Dr. Cindy Prins for her thoughts on how he handled his recent visit to the Sunshine State.

Malaria vaccine has striking early success after decades of disappointment — Science, 4/23/21
Rhoel Dinglasan, professor of infectious diseases, weighs in on recent findings concerning a vaccine against malaria, which kills some 400,000 people every year, most of them children. 

Here’s what the release of the 2020 Census results will mean for Florida redistricting, federal funding — WUFT, 4/23/21
Political Science Professor Michael P. McDonald discusses Florida’s redistricting process and what it could mean for different parts of the state. 

Florida bill addresses sea level rise — but not the emissions causing it — WUFT, 4/23/21
Thomas Ruppert, coastal planning specialist with UF/IFAS’ Florida Sea Grant, weighs in on the unanimously approved bill that would provide up to $100 million a year to combat sea level rise and flooding in the Sunshine State.

How the culture of Black pain can both hurt and help Black Americans — NPR, 4/23/21 
Mary Louse Kelly talks with “African Americans and the Culture of Pain” author and UF English Professor Debra Walker King, Ph.D., about how Black pain can be a double-edged sword, used to both benefit and hurt Black Americans.

What's in the anti-riot law and how will it play out? Brevard could be first to know — Florida Today, 4/22/21
Frank LoMonte, director of UF’s Brechner Center for Freedom of Information, weighs in on Florida’s new "anti-riot" law.

Absentee ballot rejections declined after Georgia installed drop boxes — The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 4/22/21
Political Science Professor Michael P. McDonald discusses what contributed to a ballot rejections drop in Georgia as a record number of voters cast absentee ballots.