April 29: UF in the News 4/26/21-4/29/21

University of Florida Political Science Professor says Biden's speech spoke to Floridians — Fox 4, 4/29/21
Political Science Professor Sharon Wright-Austin weighs in on President Joe Biden's speech to Congress and how his comments about education, police reform, and even the idea of community college are all topics many Floridians pay close attention to.

Doggies helping doggies: canine blood donations are saving lives — WPLG Local 10, 4/28/21
The College of Veterinary Medicine’s Canine Blood Donor Program is featured by WPLG in both Spanish and English articles. 

Could it happen here? India's COVID situation worsening — WebMD, 4/28/21
Dr. Kartik Cherabuddi, associate professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Medicine, was asked if a COVID-19 outbreak, like the one unfolding in India, could happen in the United States. 

'Tens of thousands’ of nonnative tropical clawed frogs pulled from Hillsborough waterways — Fox 13 Tampa Bay, 4/27/21
Jeff Hill, associate professor of non-native species and aquaculture at UF/IFAS, speaks on the clawed frog a potentially invasive species native to West Africa that has the potential to spread through Central and South Florida. 

What everyone is getting wrong about California losing a congressional seat — SFGATE,  4/27/21
The fact that Californians lost a U.S. House of Representatives seat made headlines this week. But Political Science Professor Michael McDonald highlights a big-picture point many of those stories missed. 

New malaria vaccine trial reports 77 percent efficacy rate — The Smithsonian Magazine, 4/27/21
There’s a lot of excitement surrounding the promising results of a new vaccine against malaria. Dr. Rhoel Dinglasan, professor of infectious diseases and Director of the CDC Southeastern Regional Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases, weighs in. 

Demand for D&O insurance explodes with SPAC-related activity and future litigation concerns — Reuters, 4/27/21
Professor and initial public offering (IPO) expert Jay Ritter at the Warrington College of Business speaks on the demand for directors’ and officers’ liability insurance that has exploded along with the proliferation in SPAC-related activity in the United States, raising concerns of an elevated, unsized level of litigation risk down the road.

Giant lizards, hissing ducks, and pythons: Florida has an invasive species problem — National Geographic, 4/27/21
Should Floridians welcome their new bizarre menagerie or fight back? UF/IFAS Professor Frank Mazzotti, shares his thoughts on the issue.

Why are Washington, DC & Puerto Rico not states? There's a lot to unpack — Elite Daily, 4/27/21
History Professor Lauren Pearlman and Political Science Professor Carlos A. Suárez Carrasquillo speak on why the idea of granting Washington, D.C., as well as territories like Puerto Rico, statehood is such a contentious partisan issue and what would happen if either (or both) became states.

Studies offer insight into COVID-19's impact on the brain — Bay News 9, 4/27/21
Dr. Chris Robinson, an assistant professor of neurology and neurosurgery in the College of Medicine, weighs in on a recent Oxford University study involving COVID-19 patients that found one in three were dealing with lingering neurological and psychiatric effects six months after infection.

Marjorie Taylor Greene says Republicans 'stupid' to not invite Trump to GOP retreat — Newsweek 4/26/21
Why are voters dropping their GOP affiliations? Political Science Professor Michael McDonald provides some insight. 

Dangers in the water: Jacksonville to re-evaluate retention pond safety after 5-year-old dies —  WJAX CBS Action News — 4/26/21
An autistic child drowned in a retention pond in Jacksonville after he unlocked the front door of his home and wandered off. Dr. David Childers Jr., a neurodevelopmental pediatrician at UF Health Jacksonville, shares some of the characteristics of children with autism and steps parents can take to help keep them safe.

Florida will gain 1 seat in Congress, not 2, after Trump’s census moves, COVID-19 pandemic — The Orlando Sentinel, 4/26/21
Political Science Professor Michael McDonald discusses factors that could have contributed to Florida’s lower-than-expected congressional seat apportionment.