August 5: UF in the News, 8/2/21 - 8/5/21

How to safely travel with your dog in a car in 2021 — NBC News, 8/2/21
There are a few basic safety precautions to consider whenever you road trip with your furry friend, including restraints, up-to-date health checks and vaccinations, and pet-friendly travel kits.

Wendy Mandese, a professor at UF’s College of Veterinary Medicine, said crates and carriers are the safest travel option for dogs because they don’t realize the dangers of interfering with a driver, so many may try to climb on the driver or get in their lap.

University of Florida scientists want to make Florida papayas sweeter — WPLG, 8/2/21
UF/IFAS scientists are conducting new research that can provide South Florida commercial papaya growers with additional options and a competitive edge in the dessert fruit market.

“This research is timely as growers are looking for higher-value crops that resonate with consumers,” said Alan Chambers, a tropical plant geneticist with UF/IFAS. “Additionally, consumers are looking for novel fruit and fruit with superior quality.”

Transcript for Dr. Anthony Fauci warns things will get worse amid delta variant surge — ABC News, 8/2/21
Dr. Kartik Cherabuddi, with UF Health, speaks on the importance of masks in the face of rising cases of COVID-19. 

'If you don't think masks work, you are ignorant' | Area doctors attend virtual town hall addressing COVID-19 impact on kids — First Coast News, 8/2/21
Mask mandates and keeping kids away from those who are not vaccinated were some of the topics of a virtual town hall between doctors and parents Monday night.

Dr. Jeffrey Goldhagen, chief of the Division of Community and Societal Pediatrics at UF Health College of Medicine-Jacksonville, said the virus could impact children along their entire lifespan, while suggesting children shouldn't be around those who aren't vaccinated.

The Florida Times-Union published a similar article on the town hall, which included Dr. Mobeen Rathore, of UF Health’s Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology, who stressed the importance of protecting children. 

8 signs of dehydration — EcoWatch, 8/2/21
Darlena Cunha, a lecturer at UF, published an article detailing the many ways to tell if you need more fluids in your life.

Delta causes more severe disease among children and could have longer-term impacts — CNBC, 8/2/21
Dr. Jeffrey Goldhagen, with UF Health, joins Shepard Smith to discuss the Covid delta variant and its potential long-term impact on children.

A UF professor is creating robotic dogs trained to assist first responders— WUFT, 8/3/21
A group of doctoral students led by Eric Jing Du, a professor at UF, have trained and developed robotic dogs with the intent of helping first responders virtually see through walls in situations that they would otherwise be blindsided by. 

“Human beings cannot go into these dangerous rooms with fire and hazardous substances, but they can send this robotic dog there,” Du said.

Should vaccinated Floridians be masking up again, and when? Health experts explain. — The Tampa Bay Times, 8/3/21
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asked everyone last week to mask up again. But with more than a year of the pandemic behind us, have we learned anything new about mask-wearing?

Cindy Prins, an epidemiologist at UF, said we’ve learned that masks are not just for people with symptoms and recommended all people mask up indoors, even if they’re vaccinated. 

Dr. Glenn Morris, director of UF’s Emerging Pathogens Institute, added it makes sense for people who have been vaccinated to put on masks again to protect the people around them such as children under 12, who cannot be vaccinated, and immunocompromised people.

How 'scallop-sitters' help to improve gulf's scallop population — WSTP, 8/3/21
A UF/IFAS’ project is helping restore the once-depleting scallop population off the coast of Hernando County.

Volunteers catch and cage wild scallops and put them near seagrass beds around Hernando County's coastal water and away from predators, which helps scallops to stay in close vicinity of one another and increase the chance of any released eggs being fertilized.

UF researchers study if flies carry red tide toxins — WTSP, 8/4/21
Last week, residents of Pinellas County started complaining on social media about an excessive number of flies in the area, piquing the interest of Edwin Burgess, an entomologist with UF/IFAS.

Now, Burgess and his team are expected to study insects to find out if they might be more than just a pesky nuisance.

Paris Hilton, admittedly no cook, gets her own cooking show — NY Times, 8/4/21
“Cooking With Paris,” on Netflix, is the latest in a food TV genre starring celebrities who lack professional kitchen experience, and even revel in it.

Kelsi Matwick, a lecturer at UF’s College of Journalism and Communications, said seeing people without culinary experience make mistakes creates intimacy with the viewer, especially for the average home cook.

White House voices frustrations over pandemic media coverage — The Hill, 8/4/21
Biden administration officials have started lashing out at media coverage of new guidance on masks and COVID-19 breakthrough cases among vaccinated Americans, going as far as calling an article by the Washington Post “completely irresponsible.” 

But experts say the challenge for some news outlets is accurately conveying the nuance of pandemic science to a frustrated public. 

Kim Walsh-Childers, a journalism professor at UF, said some reporters do not always properly describe the “iterative nature of science,” adding that the public does not generally understand the concept of mutation.