August 30: UF In The News, 8/27/21 - 8/30/21

Chinese ‘crackdown’ on tech IPOs could lead to US share delistings, experts warn — The Guardian, 8/27/21
Some of China’s most valuable public companies could abandon their American stock listings within months, experts have warned, after reports emerged that Beijing is planning a wider crackdown on tech companies going public overseas.

University of Florida finance professor Jay Ritter said Beijing was probably trying to deal with the embarrassment of having so many prominent companies like Alibaba traded in the US rather than in Shanghai. The exit of Chinese titans from New York’s exchanges could impact trading and sentiment across global stock markets. 

Here's how UF's new public safety building is designed — The Gainesville Sun, 8/27/21
UFPD Chief Linda J. Stump-Kurnick speaks to The Sun about the university’s new public safety building under construction at the corner of Newell Drive and Museum Road. The three-story design is set to house the university’s police department, in addition to the Department of Emergency Management and the Emergency Operations Center. 

Rebuilding Haiti with bamboo and hemp — The Hill, 8/28/21
Benjamin Hebblethwaite, an associate professor in Haitian studies at UF, penned an op-ed calling on the Haitian government to reduce the number of tragic deaths and destruction that follows the country’s earthquakes by investing in bamboo and hemp to provide better, safer homes for Haitians. 

Hurricane Ida: 4 essential reads about New Orleans’ high hurricane risk and what climate change has to do with the storms — The Conversation, 8/30/21
To place Hurricane Ida into perspective, The Conversation shares a recent article by UF meteorologist Athena Masson as essential reading that can provide insight into why the New Orleans area is at high risk for intense hurricanes and what climate change has to do with these powerful storms.

Direct listings have paid off for investors so far — The Wall Street Journal, 8/30/21
Jay Ritter, UF finance professor, weighs in on a group of companies that have made their debuts on U.S. exchanges through direct listings and why they have outperformed the S&P 500 and a key broader index for initial public offerings.