March 11: UF in the News, March 8-11

Companies bottle and sell Florida’s drinking water. Should the state get paid? — Tampa Bay Times, 3/11/21 
UF law professor emeritus Joseph Little weighs in on the legal considerations over whether the state should be paid for water from Ginnie Springs that is being bottled and creating a profit for private companies.

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Sea turtles, too weak to swim, are coming ashore in Florida. Is this an unexplained ‘mortality event’?— Florida Today, 3/10/21 
The UF Whitney Lab for Marine Bioscience in St. Augustine is among the 17 rehabilitation centers in the state where sea turtles are kept in captivity.

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Are potatoes good for you? — Consumer Reports, 3/11/221
Potatoes should replace rice or bread in your meal, not other veggies, says Michelle Cardel, an assistant professor in the Department of Health Outcomes and Biomedical Informatics at the UF College of Medicine.

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COVID-19 survivor’s guilt a growing issue as the reality of loss settles in -- The Conversation, 03/11/21
David Chesire, associate professor at the UF College of Medicine, and Mark S. McIntosh, associate professor of emergency medicine at UF, wrote about the psychological toll of those who suffer from survivor’s guilt as a result of the losses of the pandemic.

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New "America Goes to the Polls" Report Examines the Policy Trends that Made a Difference in Historic 2020 Election Turnout -- Yahoo! Finance via PRNewswire, 3/11/21
UF professor of political science Michael McDonald weighs in on how the record use of mail-in ballots and early voting during the pandemic increased turnout during the 2020 U.S. election.

Researching how autonomous should work for the cognitively impaired — Forbes, 3/09/21
Sanaz Motamedi, a UF professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, discusses the process for designing user-centered autonomous vehicles. The process includes three iterative steps, she said: Understand, Prototype and Test.

UF research spending at record $942.2 million in 2020 despite pandemic -- Florida Trend via UF News, 03/10/21
University of Florida research spending rose 1.5% to a record $942.2 million in fiscal year 2020, according to a new report to the National Science Foundation.