August 2: UF in the News, 7/30 - 8/1

Army Corps: Kissimmee restoration will help curb harmful flows, pollution to Caloosahatchee — The News-Press 7/29/21
Restoring natural flows in the Kissimmee River is one of the top restoration priorities in South Florida as it will help hold back flows to Okeechobee while also improving water quality. 

Gene McAvoy, a UF/IFAS extension agent, said the project will help cleanse pollution from the northern part of the historic Everglades before that water gets to Okeechobee and, eventually, the Caloosahatchee River. 

Volunteering can be good for you — The Boston Herald, 7/30/21 
Jennifer Jones, a UF professor of nonprofit management and leadership, highlights how volunteering helps others and supports communities, while also providing benefits to the volunteers themselves.  

Lee County emergency rooms see extended wait times due to increase in COVID-19 tests — ABC 7, 7/30/21
Emergency room wait times are increasing as more people are choosing to get tested for COVID-19 at Lee Health hospitals. Additionally, nearly 90 percent of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Lee Health hospitals did not get a COVID-19 shot, and every person in the intensive care unit is unvaccinated.

“As long as there are unvaccinated people out there, this virus is going to continue to circulate, reach high levels and more variants will emerge,” said Dr. Nicole Iovine, an epidemiologist with UF. “I am really really concerned that we have not seen the worst of this pandemic.”

Robinhood Tumbled in Its Market Debut. It Might Not Matter for the Stock. — Barron’s, 7/30/21
Robinhood Markets, the online brokerage that pioneered commission-free trading, stumbled in its public equities debut.

UF finance professor Jay Ritter, however, noted that a company’s first day has “almost no ability to predict the long-term stock price of a company.”

Several other news organizations featured similar articles, including Fortune.

This Florida COVID surge is different. So is the state’s response. — The Tampa Bay Times, 7/31/21
Dr. Glenn Morris, director of the Emerging Pathogens Institute at UF, recommends mask mandates in schools and communities as the current wave of the coronavirus crashes over the state. 

“It’s imperative that people wear masks,” he said. “We need to slow this virus down. It’s taking off like wildfire in our communities.”

The improbable American double gold medalist who ‘didn't know I had these swims in me’ — Yahoo! Sports 8/1/21 
Yahoo! Sports spotlights Gator Bobby Finke, an Olympic swimmer who won two gold medals in the 800-meter freestyle in Tokyo and the 1500 three days later. UF Men’s Swimming Head Coach Anthony Nesty also discusses Finke’s performance at pre-Games training camp.