May 27: UF in the News 5/24/21-5/27/21

One college's mission: Vaccinate 120,000 people — The Chronicle of Higher Education, 5/25/21

The Chronicle of Higher Education featured UF's vaccination initiative through the lens of Michael Lauzardo, the director of UF Health Screen, Test & Protect and the deputy director of the Emerging Pathogens Institute. 

Fact check: Federal law does not prevent states, businesses, employers from requiring COVID-19 vaccines — USA Today, 5/25/21

Social media users say a provision in federal law limits the ability of states, employers and businesses to require vaccines that were approved for emergency use. Lars Noah, a law professor at the University of Florida, said federal law treats emergency use vaccines more like investigational new drugs when it comes to insisting on consent, which can complicate public and private efforts to mandate usage. 

UF Health leads the way in joint replacement — First Coast News, 5/19/21

Dr. Julie Shaner from UF Health Jacksonville was featured on First Coast Living to explain what exactly joint replacement is with easy-to-understand models and goes through the entire process from when the time is right for surgery to recovery. 

Analysis: U.S. companies snub SPACs amid concerns they cannot deliver— Reuters, 5/25/21

Investors worry that special purpose acquisition companies, known as SPACs, have taken many companies, often loss-making or even without revenue, public at too-high valuations. The euphoria among retail investors that helped fuel theSPAC boom has subsided, as many of them nurse losses after share rallies reversed. UF professor Jay Ritter, who specializes in initial public offerings, or IPOs, shared data that 60% of the 146 SPAC mergers that have been announced since the start of the year are currently trading below the IPO price of their SPAC. 

New study to determine which source of nutrient pollution most feeds red tide in Tampa Bay — WUSF, 5/25/21

A new research project from UF aims to determine which source of nutrient pollution has the biggest impact on harmful algae blooms in the Tampa Bay area. Starting this summer, Amanda Muni-Morgan, an interdisciplinary ecology doctoral student in the UF/IFAS College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, said she will specifically study nitrogen from stormwater runoff and rainfall. 

Tulsa massacre: The search for victims, 100 years on — BBC, 5/26/21

A hundred years after white mobs rampaged through an affluent black neighbourhood, the search for bodies is a deeply personal mission for one scientist. Now UF forensic anthropologist Dr. Phoebe Stubblefield is at theforefront of the search for victims of the 1921 Tulsa race massacre.

Commenting on how climate affects coffee — AccuWeather, 5/26/21

AccuWeather spoke with UF doctoral student Emily Pappo about how certainweather trends and climate changes could affect future coffee bean production.

Memorial Day awaits: How to stay safe from COVID at the pool or beach— South Florida Sun Sentinel, 5/26/21

On the verge of Memorial Day weekend, people are asking whether they’re safe from COVID-19 as they cool off in the ocean or pool. Cindy Prins, associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Florida, says that what happens above the pool water, not below, is what could put you at risk for COVID.

Water dilutes the effect of the coronavirus, she said. “Even if someone sneezes into the water, it disperses and the amounts won’t be significant enough for you to get it from the water.”

Baby squid and tardigrades are heading to space — CNN, 5/26/21

Astronauts are about to experience a little bit of umami in space, just not thekind they can taste.

The UMAMI experiment stands for Understanding Microgravity on Animal Microbe Interactions and Jamie Foster, professor in the Department of Microbiology and Cell Science at UF, is its principal investigator. She's eager to see how healthy beneficial microbes communicate with animal tissues in space.