July 26: UF in the News, 7/23/21 - 7/26/21

Opinion: What we owe the Black Tulsans of the past — The Washington Post, 7/25/21

After the centennial commemoration of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre in May, anthropologists, forensic scientists and other members of a research team are still tending to the unmarked graves of those killed. Forensic anthropologist Phoebe Stubblefield, whose parents were from Tulsa, has gained a lot of attention as a Black woman helping to lead the city’s investigation into the remains. 

Scripps and UF working on deal that could bring more high-end jobs to South Florida — The South Florida Sun Sentinel, 7/23/21

South Florida could see more jobs and biomedical opportunities as part of a potential partnership between Scripps Research and the University of Florida.

The two organizations announced they’re in preliminary discussions of a collaboration that could bolster Scripps’ 30-acre campus in Jupiter. If the deal goes through, UF would integrate the research wing of its academic health center with the biomedical research company.

Yahoo! News also picked up the article.

PG&E will bury 10,000 miles of cable to stop sparking California wildfires— Vice, 7/23/21

Pacific Gas & Electric Company, the monopoly utility company in California responsible for the deadliest fire in the state's history, plans to bury power lines in an attempt to avoid more disasters. “We're certainly talking about it a lot more than we were, say, 10 years ago,” said Ted Kury, director of energy studies for the Public Utility Research Center (PURC) at UF, of placing power lines underground to skirt the growing risk of extreme weather.

How Joe Biden's order on noncompetes could make it easier to quit your job — CBS News, 7/23/21

In a July 9 executive order, President Biden called for reform of noncompete agreements, which force employees to forfeit future work in their industry as a condition of keeping their current job. President Biden said these agreements may unfairly limit worker mobility. 

"When your mobility is hampered, your ability to negotiate for better conditions in your current employment is also hampered," said Rachel Arnow-Richman, a law professor at UF who has extensively studied noncompete agreements. 

Why social media can't always shelter us from offensive content — Lifewire, 7/23/21

Instagram introduced a sensitive content filter recently that allows users to decide what kinds of content they see in their feeds. All social media sites have some content policy in place, but experts say these policies ultimately won’t shelter everyone from everything—and shouldn’t. 

“Who determines what is offensive? Will users have to select from a list of topics they find offensive? Will Facebook and Instagram decide what is offensive? How will offensive even be defined?” Andrew Selepak, a social media professor at UF told, Lifewire. 

Column: How my internship with Sen. Rubio’s office took my education beyond the classroom — The Tampa Bay Times, 7/26/21

Samantha Zima, a UF pre-med senior majoring in Health Science, shared her positive experiences interning for Sen. Marco Rubio through UF's Bob Graham Center for Public Service. Zima reflected on the lessons in professionalism and politics she learned that she intends to take throughout her career in the medical field.