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Babies in utero begin to respond to the rhythm of a nursery rhyme, showing evidence of learning by 34 weeks of pregnancy, and are capable of remembering a set rhyme until just prior to birth. WATCH THE VIDEO.

Learning in the womb?

Published: July 21 2014

Babies in utero begin to respond to the rhythm of a nursery rhyme, showing evidence of learning by 34 weeks of pregnancy, and are capable of remembering a set rhyme until just prior to birth. WATCH THE VIDEO.

Finance Professor Mark Flannery has been named chief economist for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Meet the new chief

Published: July 22 2014

Finance Professor Mark Flannery has been named chief economist for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. LEARN MORE

Aspiring journalists learn newest skills for media jobs

Published: July 21 2014

Aspiring journalists from high schools around the world came to the University of Florida this summer for a week-long immersion in the information industries. WATCH THE VIDEO, READ THE STORY.

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Gatorade inventor Robert Cade named to Inventors Hall of Fame

Published: July 10 2014

The late Robert Cade, the UF professor who invented Gatorade, has been named to the inaugural class of the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame. READ THE STORY.

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Pianists come to UF to learn from the best

Published: June 26 2014

Pianists from around the world participate in an annual festival at the College of the Arts. WATCH THE VIDEO.

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UF strengthens ties between Brazil, Florida

Published: June 23 2014

As Brazil hosts the World Cup, Florida and its flagship university maintain long established and strong ties to South America’s largest country.

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Could music be medicine for emergency room patients?

Published: June 18 2014

Musicians are playing for patients in UF Health Shands Hospital emergency rooms to see if it has an impact on them and those who are helping them. WATCH THE VIDEO.

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UF helps disabled veterans to become entrepreneurs

Published: May 23 2014

A program at the Warrington College of Business Administration is helping disabled veterans to become entrepreneurs. WATCH THE VIDEO.

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All you wanted to know about bugs and more

Published: May 19 2014

Learn more about all the bugs you love and ones you hate during Bugweek@UF.

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Mentoring program makes big impact

Published: May 13 2014

Alachua County elementary pupils benefit from mentoring program with UF students. WATCH THE VIDEO.

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Sea lab floats hope for drug discoveries

Published: April 28 2014

Until now, no one has done genome-scale sequencing aboard a ship at sea in real time. WATCH THE VIDEO.

From Croatia to UF, graduate finds her path

From Croatia to UF, graduate finds her path

Published: April 28 2014

Graduate Marija Magoc’s passion for construction management began when she saw her native country of Croatia start to rebuild after a civil war. WATCH THE VIDEO.

Graduates ready to build history of UF

Published: April 25 2014

Five graduates tell us how UF changed their lives. WATCH THE VIDEO.

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Congratulations! Gymnastics team wins another NCAA title

Published: April 22 2014

UF ties with Oklahoma to win NCAA Championship trophy. READ STORY, WATCH THE VIDEO.

Students, faculty premiere opera written by alumna

Published: April 16 2014

During her years as a master’s of fine arts student at the University of Florida, Stella Sung never thought she would one day compose an opera.

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First biomedical engineering students completing degrees

Published: April 21 2014

First biomedical engineering students completing degrees

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UF/IFAS Extension marks century of service to Florida

Published: April 15 2014

Congress passed the Smith-Lever Act on May 8, 1914, creating the Cooperative Extension Service, which has conveyed agricultural-related scientific research from land-grant universities to the public.

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Sid Homan marks 42 years as teacher, scholar, father figure

Published: April 9 2014

After 42 years at the University of Florida, English professor Sid Homan has no plans to retire.

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You have 180 seconds – explain your thesis!

Published: April 9 2014

Three graduate students were winners in UF’s first Three-Minute Thesis Competition.

Dance Marathon marks 20 years of helping children

Published: April 7 2014

Dance Marathon marks 20 years of helping children

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Finding favorite flavors for the food you buy

Published: March 24 2014

Finding favorite flavors for the food you buy

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Warringtons think big with $75 million gift

Published: February 24 2014

Responding to the University of Florida’s aspiration to be one of the nation’s top 10 public universities and its business college’s goal to be regarded among the best of its kind, entrepreneur and UF alumnus Al Warrington IV and his wife, Judy, committed $75 million that represents the largest gift in UF history.

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Don’t blame the shark

Published: February 17 2014

Latest shark attack report shows slight increase in fatalities, but expert George Burgess says you need to look at that in context.

Welcome Class of 2018!

Published: February 14 2014

Thousands of new Gators are learning about a new place they will call home for the next four years.

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Students with disabilities contribute to UF’s diversity

Published: February 14 2014

UF provides a wealth of resources to students with disabilities to include a new residence hall now being built.

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Art sparks creative aspects for engineering students

Published: January 6 2014

Engineering is considered by some to be a rigid academic discipline, but problem-solving requires creativity.

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Online civics course requires more than simple assignments

Published: December 23 2013

Online civics course requires more than simple assignments

Mortarboards will fly this weekend in O’Connell

Published: May 19 2014

Mortarboards will fly this weekend in O’Connell

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Students learning firsthand how to become leaders

Published: December 13 2013

Bill McElroy, an adjunct engineering lecturer at the University of Florida, looks for people who can define leadership for his students and tell them why it’s important.

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Expert debunks myths of poisonous holiday plants

Published: December 12 2013

Expert debunks myths of poisonous holiday plants

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Picking the right tree and keeping it green

Published: December 10 2013

Picking the right tree and keeping it green

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Astronaut alumnus reflects on impact of his UF education

Published: December 6 2013

Astronaut alumnus reflects on impact of his UF education

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Course helps freshmen ponder life’s big questions

Published: November 26 2013

It may be the University of Florida’s only course title to end in a question mark.

UF’s plan for preeminence gets final go-ahead from state

Published: November 21 2013

MIAMI, Fla. – The Florida Board of Governors gave the University of Florida approval today to go on a hiring spree for faculty all-stars who can help the school achieve recognition as one of the nation’s top-ranked public research universities.

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102-year-old law graduate recalls time at UF fondly

Published: November 14 2013

When Maurice W. Goldstein attended the University of Florida College of Law in the 1930s, the school was in one building and tuition was $40 a year, books included. Now 102 years old, he still occasionally attends Jacksonville Bar Association events and can dictate a perfect power of attorney from memory.

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Psychology professor’s work breaks new ground for UF

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Kate Ratliff wanted to discover how men and women in relationships felt about each other’s successes: The news may be surprising to men.

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Gallop, parade, Growl celebrate Homecoming

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When Carolyn Stroupe was chosen as University of Florida Homecoming queen, it was a simple ceremony. She remembers being crowned by UF president J. Wayne Reitz.

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Museum exhibit tells story of Florida’s ’First Colony’

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St. Augustine visitors may now witness the rise of the nation’s first permanent European colony in the Florida Museum of Natural History’s new “First Colony: Our Spanish Origins” exhibit.

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Finding new cures from under the sea

Published: October 30 2013

Finding new cures from under the sea

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Excesses of Halloween candy can be avoided, expert says

Published: October 17 2013

Excesses of Halloween candy can be avoided, expert says

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World of butterflies opens to Web

Published: October 16 2013

The Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida celebrates its butterfly collection each year with a festival, but you don’t have to come to Gainesville to check out the world’s largest research center for the study of butterflies and moths.

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Peanut butter test can confirm Alzheimer’s

Published: October 8 2013

A dollop of peanut butter and a ruler can be used to confirm a diagnosis of early stage Alzheimer’s disease, University of Florida Health researchers have found.

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Professionals, students learn side by side in this newsroom

Published: September 20 2013

The Innovation News Center is one of the largest newsrooms based at a university, and one of the few that integrates public and commercial broadcast properties tightly in one news operation.

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Making it Reitz

Published: September 20 2013

The $75 million expansion and renovation project will include offices and support space for student clubs and organizations including Student Government...

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UF climbs in national rankings

Published: September 10 2013

The University of Florida has surged to No. 14 among the nation’s best public universities as ranked by U.S. News & World Report, a leap forward of three spots from last year’s standing.

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There’s no place like home to get a bachelor’s from UF

Published: September 3 2013

The size of the University of Florida’s freshman class has always been limited – until now.

New Gators ready to graduate

Published: April 15 2014

Spring 2014 Commencement

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Making room for new Gators

Published: August 19 2013

Making room for new Gators

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Written on iPhone, best-selling book chronicles alumna’s ALS challenge

Published: July 12 2013

Alumna Susan Spencer-Wendel covered the murderous grit and grime of Palm Beach County’s criminal courts for more than a decade, but her spirited account of her own face-off with death is what’s now making her known around the world.

Preview Welcomes New Students

Published: May 19 2014

Welcome to the Gator Nation. Start of the UF Tradition

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Riders on the storm

Published: June 13 2013

UF engineers are developing tiny autonomous drones and submarines that help predict the path of hurricanes.

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A big cat gets a leg up

Published: June 11 2013

A 9-month-old female Florida panther, an endangered subspecies, is recuperating from successful surgery at UF’s Small Animal Hospital to repair a fractured right femur.

Bug Week @ UF

Published: May 19 2014

Bug Week @ UF

HiPerGator Open for Business

Published: May 8 2013

UF administrators, Dell computer executives, community leaders, and researchers gathered at East Campus on Tuesday, May 7, to celebrate the unveiling of one of the most powerful university supercomputers in the nation. WATCH THE VIDEO

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Chomping data at trillions of “bites” per second

Published: May 7 2013

Using current technology, University of Florida immunologist David Ostrov needs months to conduct a test in search of the safest drugs.

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Bamboo idea could help developing countries

Published: May 7 2013

Fatmata Barrie, a graduate student in materials science and engineering, will use a Fulbright grant to see how bamboo might strengthen concrete structures against earthquakes.

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To the Class of 2013

Published: April 26 2013

The University of Florida congratulates the thousands of students graduating this semester.

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Carrying on traditions for decades of graduates

Published: April 26 2013

As a marshal for academic ceremonies since 1988 and chief marshal since 2006,

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Hall of Fame recipients leave big mark at UF

Published: April 26 2013

Gators chosen for the Hall of Fame leave a legacy of service, friendship and commitment.

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From Cuba to The Gator Nation

Published: April 26 2013

Felix Lorenzo came to Florida with his family through the Cuba Lottery program when he was 8.

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Thousands of Gators ready to graduate

Published: April 26 2013

Thousands of Gators ready to graduate

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Biotechnology incubator named world’s best

Published: April 17 2013

Biotechnology incubator named world’s best

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Classes for masses: Free courses draw stadium-sized enrollments

Published: March 22 2013

More than 45,000 students enrolled in the University of Florida’s fundamentals of human nutrition with Kristina von Castel-Roberts this semester. No, she doesn’t deliver lectures in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

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When innovation itself is the innovation

Published: February 21 2013

The message was clear to Natalia Tamayo, even through the blur of her tears. It was after midnight last February, the end of a long work shift at a bookstore. She got in her Toyota Highlander in a Miami parking lot, checked her iPhone, and learned that she had been invited to become a Gator.

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UF launches quest for top 10 status

Published: February 15 2013

Gov. Scott recently visited UF to state his support for our goal to become a top 10 university in the country.

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UF keeps tabs on shark attacks throughout world

Published: February 15 2013

Tracking shark attacks around the globe is a year-to-year job for George Burgess, director of the International Shark File at UF.

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University of Florida helps students get jobs

Published: February 13 2013

Many may be surprised to find out that the largest career fair in the Southeast is held on the University of Florida’s campus.

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UF readies Floridians for rising sea levels

Published: January 17 2013

Urban and regional planning professor Kathryn Frank hopes to develop a model for how owners of property along Florida’s coasts can anticipate and prepare for rising sea levels.

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Program boosts women’s leadership roles in startups

Published: December 19 2012

More women are expected to head technology startup companies because of a new program called Empowering Women in Technology Startups, or eWiTS.

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Student creates buggy for his parrot to drive

Published: December 17 2012

UF electrical and computer engineering master’s student Andrew Gray and his pet parrot, Pepper, have been getting plenty of attention worldwide with their beak-driven “Bird Buggy.”

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Gator graduate takes global education into local schools

Published: December 10 2012

During her time as an undergraduate, Krista Schumacher has raised international awareness among local middle school students.

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Expert advises best ways to shop for holiday gifts

Published: December 9 2012

Personal finance expert Michael Gutter offers tips so consumers won’t end up with a “holiday shopping hangover” in January.

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UF serving Orlando with Lake Nona facility

Published: December 7 2012

A new University of Florida research and education center brings to the Orlando area vital research on new therapies and cures, and much more.

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UF ranking for research spending jumps

Published: December 3 2012

A new report from the National Science Foundation shows the University of Florida jumped from 14th to 12th in a national ranking of research and development spending at the top 30 public universities in 2011.

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Trees grow throughout Southeast with help of UF

Published: November 21 2012

For almost 60 years, the University of Florida has helped state agencies and the forestry industry to manage resources and develop better varieties of trees.

Snake-bitten dog saved by new hyperbaric chamber

Published: November 19 2012

A dog bitten by a rattlesnake is saved by a new hyperbaric chamber at UF’s Small Animal Hospital.

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Brain pacemaker gives relief from dystonia

Published: November 16 2012

Thanks to the UF Center for Movement Disorders & Neurorestoration, Austin Streitmatter is living a more normal life.

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Gators to celebrate wedding with tailgater, football game

Published: November 8 2012

UF graduates Dena Baker and Andy Taylor will marry Saturday, have a tailgate reception and go to the Homecoming game.

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Student veteran catches Gator spirit

Published: November 7 2012

Gator Growl 2012 will honor veterans like A.J. Mobley, a UF student who served as a Marine in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Gator graduates help Teach For America

Published: November 1 2012

The University of Florida ranks second in the nation in providing graduates for the Teach For America program.

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Gators can’t help but see these campus trees

Published: October 19 2012

Gators can’t help but see these campus trees

The Gator Nation celebrates as UF’s Florida Tomorrow campaign concludes

Published: October 5 2012

Alumni, friends from all 50 states and more than 90 countries help spur innovation in everything from tomatoes and medicine to space exploration and robotics

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The unknown inspires graduate student’s work

Published: September 27 2012

Family trips to St. Augustine every summer while growing up and living in Savannah during his undergraduate years exposed Andre Frattino to the mysterious world of paranormal activity.

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Archives preserve drawings of UF’s architectural splendor

Published: August 29 2012

Architects and contractors maintain and preserve the look of the University of Florida’s architectural styles with the help of more 60,000 drawings for hundreds of buildings, including some of the campus’s first buildings.

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Seeing Berlin through lens before and after wall fell

Published: August 22 2012

Growing up in Berlin during the Cold War, professor John Freeman never thought the wall would fall. Now he runs an annual study-abroad trip to the once-divided city.

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UF helps to preserve Nantucket for 40 years

Published: August 21 2012

For 40 years, the Preservation Institute: Nantucket has expanded the horizons of nearly 600 students studying historic preservation.

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Welcome new and returning Gators to a new school year!

Published: August 20 2012

Thousands of students have arrived on campus and in Gainesville for the fall semester at the University of Florida. Classes begin Wednesday.

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UF program helps youth give back to community

Published: April 16 2012

The UF Young Entrepreneurs for Leadership & Sustainability: Gainesville Summer Service Project, also known as YELS: GSSP, is a five-week program that gives local high school students the opportunity to get involved in the Gainesville community.

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Cancer doesn’t stop student from graduating

Published: August 9 2012

Jared Sweat will receive his master’s degree in soil and water science during commencement this weekend, but his path to the degree was interrupted by a bout with stage IV Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

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Robots invade hospital but just for one fun day

Published: August 7 2012

Every day, Gators roam the halls of UF&Shands, the University of Florida Academic Health Center, in the form of fans, students, faculty and even mascot Albert the Alligator.

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Band brings goodwill to Olympic celebration

Published: August 2 2012

The University of Florida Gator Marching Band had already made history during its rehearsal in front of Buckingham Palace on The Mall before its big debut during the women’s cycling event Sunday. But the Pride of the Sunshine did more than just perform.

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UF Marching Band turns heads in London

Published: July 27 2012

The University of Florida Gator Marching Band made history in one of London’s most iconic locations on Wednesday. Rehearsing for their performance for the Women’s Cycling competition, the UF Gator Band was the first non-British marching band to perform on The Mall – just outside of Buckingham Palace.

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Snake-bitten dog goes home after intensive treatment at UF

Published: July 26 2012

Two dozen vials of antivenin – 12 times the normal dose – were needed, but in the end the life of a 3-year-old snake-bitten chocolate Labrador retriever mix was saved at the University of Florida Small Animal Hospital.

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Going for the gold: Band off to London for Olympics

Published: July 25 2012

The University of Florida Gator Band made its final arrangements on Sunday before taking off for London to perform at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

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President Machen welcomes newest members of SEC

Published: July 2 2012

President Machen welcomes newest members of SEC

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Cicerones welcome future Gators to UF

Published: June 27 2012

Established in 1968, the Florida Cicerones are the official student ambassadors for the University of Florida. For most students visiting UF, Florida Cicerones are the first faces that they see.

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UF’s longest-serving staffer marks 60 years of service

Published: June 12 2012

When Elizabeth Jones started to work at the University of Florida, gasoline was 25 cents a gallon, Harry S. Truman was in the White House and one of the most popular shows on TV was “I Love Lucy.”

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With hurricane season here, UF will keep you in the know

Published: June 1 2012

Hurricane season officially begins today, June 1, and the UF College of Journalism and Communications is ready to keep North Central Florida in the know through a variety of media platforms.

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UF uses taste tests, research to create sweeter tomatoes

Published: May 30 2012

Supermarket tomatoes that taste like heirloom tomatoes are closer to reaching grocery aisles as a result of a discovery from the University of Florida

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‘Freeway’ recovers with help of UF veterinarians

Published: May 23 2012

A greyhound that was lost and then hit on Interstate 75 near Wildwood, Fla., has been recovering with the help of veterinarians at the University of Florida and a group called Gold Coast Greyhound Adoptions.

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Professor’s research finds answers to practical problems

Published: May 17 2012

As the child of a U.S. diplomat, College of Veterinary Medicine professor Nancy Denslow spent her early years jumping from school to school — from Mexico City, where she was born, to Quito, Ecuador, and Istanbul, Turkey, before returning to the states with her family and spending her last two years of high school in Virginia

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Three decades of UF science event inspire creativity for young chemists, teachers

Published: May 15 2012

Derek Cohen and Rob Freedy gripped the plastic handles of their respective “grippers,” fiercely starring each other down. They would pull and pull until they couldn’t. It was a tug of war neither would win.

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Before you go

Published: May 2 2012

As you head into the world, we’re proud of who you’ve become at the University of Florida. Whether your journey sends you across town or around the globe, we’re glad to be a part of your foundation. Congratulations.

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Business graduate’s work benefits startup companies

Published: May 1 2012

After working in Tampa for an investment banking firm, Valerie Sheehan decided to get her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Florida. On her way to graduation this weekend, she beat some personal challenges and made a big impact on UF and the greater Gainesville area.

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College of Pharmacy teaches Gators near and far

Published: May 1 2012

Jacob Henson, an Army veteran who served in Iraq, will receive his pharmacy degree on May 7 after completing coursework using distance learning technology from the UF College of Pharmacy’s campus in St. Petersburg, Fla.

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From Gator Nation to Africa, she’s ready to help the world

Published: May 1 2012

Jordan Weinstein, who will receive a bachelor’s degree in environmental science on Sunday, discovered her interest in sustainability through working with the Office of Sustainability’s GameDay program.

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Despite challenges, adversity, doctoral graduate thrives at UF

Published: April 25 2012

Chet Udell, who will receive his doctorate in music composition with a focus in electrical engineering, has overcome many challenges on his path to graduation on Friday.

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Temple Grandin shares insights into cattle, animal behavior

Published: April 24 2012

Noted animal behaviorist Temple Grandin, subject of the Emmy-winning HBO movie that bears her name, recently visited the University of Florida’s Range Cattle Research and Education Center in Ona, helping ranchers better understand the livestock they work with every day.

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CRC, Target bring alumni to share leadership lessons

Published: April 24 2012

Heather White, director of the UF Career Resource Center, says a recent series of workshops co-hosted by Target helps the CRC to meet one of its goals: to develop well-rounded candidates for the work force.

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UF reaches into space with design of tiny satellite

Published: April 9 2012

Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll visited the University of Florida campus Friday for the unveiling of SwampSat, the first small satellite designed and built by UF’s Small Satellite Design and Development Lab in the College of Engineering.

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Beta Theta Pi goes green with use of solar panels

Published: April 4 2012

The Beta Theta Pi fraternity recently became only the second fraternity in the country and the first at UF to install solar panels on the roof of its house.

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MindTree selects Innovation Square for major expansion in US

Published: March 28 2012

MindTree, a global IT and product engineering company, is the first major employer to be lured to the University of Florida’s Innovation Square.

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Harn’s new wing includes art spanning thousands of years

Published: March 26 2012

The Harn Museum of Art opens the 26,000-square-foot Cofrin Asian art wing to the public on March 31, 2012.

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UF keeps time with help of Century Tower’s bells

Published: March 12 2012

Twice a day, the campus of the University of Florida is filled with a concert of 61 bells being played from what is arguably the most recognizable landmark of the university.

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UF vets save horse’s life, now set to become model

Published: March 5 2012

When a basketball-sized abscess was found in the abdomen of Laura Moon’s horse, the owner relied on UF’s Large Animal Hospital and veterinarians Dr. Chris Sanchez and Dr. Alison Morton to help save the horse named Mariah’s Boon.

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Elementary school gets face lift, thanks to UF students’ work

Published: March 1 2012

Founded in 2008 by University of Florida students, Project Makeover has one goal in mind: to change the lives of young minds through creating a more dynamic learning environment for elementary school students.

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Gators care for tigers at UF Small Animal Hospital

Published: February 16 2012

University of Florida veterinarians treat a variety of species, including endangered and exotic animals such as this 8-year-old tiger that was tested and treated at the University of Florida Small Animal Hospital recently after showing signs of gastrointestinal illness.

‘Lost boy’ finds UF and way to help his homeland

Published: February 13 2012

Since losing his parents at age 6 when Northern Sudanese Arabs militias waged war on Southern Sudan, Jacob Atem has had a perilous yet rewarding journey to the University of Florida.

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Run for your life and never stop with help of UF clinic

Published: February 9 2012

Located in the Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Institute on SW 34th Street, the Running Medicine Clinic assists patients through a variety of specialized equipment to identify correct running form, prepare for an upcoming race or even rehabilitate injured patients back to their previous capabilities

There’s no place like UF for bats to roost

Published: February 9 2012

Housing an estimated population of 300,000 bats, the UF Bat House and Bat Barn are essential to the Gainesville ecosystem. Located across from Lake Alice on Museum Road, the bats draw a crowd for their nightly emergence.

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Student programmers receive international recognition, world-class internships

Published: January 31 2012

The 25 competitors converged to stretch their dexterous fingers. They typed feverishly, their eyes locked on the monitors in front of them. Some worked alone, others huddled in groups of three.

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Event highlights students’ work in art and sciences

Published: January 24 2012

This past weekend, the HHMI-UF Science For Life Program and the College of Fine Arts presented the Creativity in the Arts and Science Event, otherwise known as CASE. CASE featured 150 science posters and more than 75 art exhibits, including dance and musical performances, as well as dozens of 2-D and 3-D works of art. Check out the Facebook page.

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Civil Debate Wall creates new kind of public forum

Published: January 19 2012

The five flat-screen panels that form The Civil Debate Wall flashed with orange and blue banners and the question “Is Occupy Wall Street the Civil Rights Movement of our time?”

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A new chapter for innovation

Published: January 12 2012

The Florida Innovation Hub at UF is officially open for business. Local, state and federal dignitaries were on hand for a dedication ceremony on Jan. 11. You can view a video of the grand opening below:

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Director sees Harn Museum as resource for everyone

Published: January 6 2012

Rebecca Nagy believes an art museum is more than a place to see beautiful paintings and sculptures; it’s also a great resource for research, teaching and learning.

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Professor uses theater skills to improve veterans’ lives

Published: January 6 2012

Charlie Mitchell is using improvisational theater to heal, one “Zip Zap Zop” at a time. Mitchell, a theater professor, leads weekly improv sessions at the HONOR Center in Gainesville, a Veterans Affairs facility that serves as a transitional residence for once-homeless veterans.

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A career dedicated to finding greener plastic

Published: January 6 2012

A white plastic string holds Stephen Miller’s doctorate diploma up on the wall of his office. His bookshelves are lined with water bottles, yogurt cups and Styrofoam cups. Some are biodegradable, most are not, but all are made of polymers, the focus of Miller’s research at the University of Florida.

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Gators mark milestone with fall graduation

Published: December 15 2013

The University of Florida’s Facebook page has videos and more than 100 photos from Friday’s and Saturday’s commencement ceremonies. Check them out and become a fan, too.

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World-class athlete finds success in lab, too

Published: October 31 2011

For Volker Mai, born and raised in the former East Germany, coming to America after the fall of the Berlin Wall wasn’t just about continuing his success as an international track star, but about completing his biomedical education.

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High school assignment begins path to pioneering research

Published: October 31 2011

The assignment was simple: a research project in high school chemistry. The problem? Mildred Maldonado-Molina wasn’t all that interested in the world of atoms, elements and reactions.

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Retail expert focuses on people throughout varied career

Published: October 31 2014

In 1995, Steven Kirn decided to write a personal mission statement, a sentence to define who he was and his purpose in life.

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Fostering a love for science education

Published: August 15 2011

From developing programming for preschoolers to transforming mobile devices into learning tools, Betty Dunckel has come a long way since earning her bachelor’s degree in biology and food science from Cornell University.

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Youthful fascination leads to early career success

Published: August 15 2011

Imagine a school kid who wrote letters to professors asking questions about their research and permission to use government supercomputers.

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From prosecutor to professor, finding a better balance

Published: August 15 2011

It wasn’t the vague threat of being murdered by the Mafia or the FBI security measures surrounding him that led Michael Seigel to retire from the Organized Crime Strike Force in Philadelphia. It was the hours.

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When the shark bites …

Published: April 25 2011

When you walk into George Burgess’ office, his interests are obvious. In one corner, there is a row of beer bottles and assorted liquors.

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Scholarship opens world, creates leader

Published: April 25 2011

When Sky Georges walks across the stage at the O’Connell Center April 30, he’ll be closing a chapter of a story that chronicles leadership, adaptation and overcoming hardships.

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It all adds up for math professor

Published: April 25 2011

The time had come to make a choice. Thomasenia Lott Adams – then an 18 year old from a South Carolina town known for its chicken farms, daughter of an illiterate father and a mother who graduated high school at the age of 35 – spent the first two weeks of college hiding in her dormitory room. She had no idea what to major in – or what classes to take.

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Cultural initiation adds to Harn exhibit

Published: January 26 2011

Most students only read about other cultures, but Jordan Fenton took his research a big step further – he became a member of the society he studies.

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Unlocking the mysteries of plant evolution

Published: January 26 2011

Pam Soltis grew up knowing she wanted to be a scientist. At first, she considered being a geologist and had a rock collection and geology set she kept in the basement. But when she was introduced to genetics in a high school biology class, she fell in love with it. By the time she hit graduate school, Soltis decided to focus her curiosity on evolutionary genetics in plants.

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Former Wall Street executive finds niche in Gainesville

Published: January 26 2011

Brian Gendreau spent years working on Wall Street, and his friends in New York think it’s simply a matter of time before he returns.

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Combining the disciplines of military affairs and law

Published: November 1 2010

After a five-year stint in the U.S. Air Force, Diane Mazur was left with that pesky question we all have to answer from time to time: “What now?”

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Shining a light on stages, museum exhibits

Published: October 12 2010

A Brooklyn native, Kaye received his informal education on Broadway, working for theater equipment companies by day and doing whatever design work he could find in the theaters at night. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Brooklyn College and Master of Fine Arts from the University of Hawaii at Manoa before going on to teach at Bucknell University, Northeastern University and the University of Nebraska.

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Making an impact on schools that need the most help

Published: October 12 2010

Professor in Residence Magdalena “Magdi” Castañeda is everywhere these days: working with elementary school teachers in her home base of Miami-Dade County, sharing ideas with colleagues around Florida and meeting with policymakers, superintendents and educators in other states.

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Gator spends year preparing for big celebration

Published: October 12 2012

This week, Jessica Clements will see the results of a year of organizing and preparation. As Homecoming general chair, she has overseen the work of 60 directors, 250 assistant directors and more than 1,000 staff members.

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Popular writer hopeful for future of Florida, youth

Published: August 20 2010

University of Florida alumnus Carl Hiaasen, a syndicated columnist and one of Florida’s best known literary voices, thinks today’s younger generation is every bit as literate as its parents and grandparents.

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Lifelong interest in butterflies becomes passion for career in world of science

Published: August 20 2010

Miller’s research focuses on the evolution, classification and life history of Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths). She is especially interested in the skipper and brush-footed butterflies as well as the butterfly moths.

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Research focuses on how elderly can remain mobile, healthy

Published: August 20 2010

Most mornings, Dr. Marco Pahor goes for a brisk run in Gainesville’s Ring Park. He throws in weight training sessions several times a week.

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Mathematical modeling speeds development of new medicines

Published: June 22 2010

The process of bringing one new drug to market can take a decade and hundreds of millions of dollars. Hartmut Derendorf, a distinguished professor in the UF College of Pharmacy, is finding ways to tighten expenses and shorten timelines while balancing patient variability, drug safety and effectiveness against all possible risks.

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Finishing the job on the field and in the classroom

Published: June 15 2010

Outfielder Matt den Dekker found that it’s sometimes what you chose to leave behind that makes the greatest impact in your future.

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Dogs, wolves and the meaning of ‘dogness’

Published: June 15 2010

Dog lovers know the feeling. Their pets seem human. The way they lick a tear-stained face or gaze adoringly, sometimes even more so than friends or, um, spouses.

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Helping students find their place in the world of science

Published: June 15 2010

When Angeleah Browdy works with students, she’s often reminded of a younger version of herself. She was always confident about her interest in science, but far less sure of where to go with it—and certainly not sure about how to make a career of it.

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Florida Opportunity Scholarship changes graduate’s life

Published: April 29 2010

Michou Phenelus never thought he’d make it to college. The application process was difficult for Phenelus, a native of Haiti, because when it came time to fill in his parental information on the application he couldn’t. His father died when he was 2 and his mother was in prison. He had no parents to claim him and no money. He only had the hope that somehow he’d make it to college.

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International project reflects educational philosophy

Published: April 29 2010

Building construction professor Robert Ries believes in sustainability and applied learning. He uses hands-on learning to teach future industry professionals how to design and construct buildings in environmentally friendly ways.

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Vietnamese refugee finds solace helping others

Published: April 29 2010

The fishing boat was small, just big enough for the fishermen and the 86 people packed into the hull, each person lying flat and still to avoid being seen. If the Vietnamese authorities caught them, they could be sent to prison—or possibly killed. Cuc Tran, then 3, huddled on top of her mother’s chest. It was 1988, 13 years after the fall of Saigon, and Tran’s mother had decided to flee with her tiny daughter.

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Faith, dedication result in success

Published: March 26 2010

Third-year University of Florida College of Law student and Florida Blue Key President Stephen Liverpool’s college career is inspirationa

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Arts can make difference in health care

Published: March 4 2010

Jill Sonke has connected two seemingly disparate passions in her career as an educator and artist. “Once, nearly 20 years ago while I was injured, I stumbled on a way to deal with the pain,” she said. “Unable to move, I spent much of each day with classical music playing, visualizing myself dancing, and it made me feel so much better. I experienced far less pain, and I felt the joy that I was used to experiencing when I danced.”

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Raising a voice against the “silent crisis” in education

Published: March 4 2010

Education professor Luis Ponjuan, born in Havana, Cuba, was 3 years old in 1970 when he and his family fled their communist homeland, boarding a U.S. government plane on a “freedom flight” to Miami and the United States where they hoped to start a better life.

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A life dedicated to human rights

Published: June 14 2010

Religion professor Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons was the first person in her family to attend college. She and her family ranked education above all.

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Malaria survivor strives to help others

Published: January 14 2010

Growing up in the African country of Eritrea, plagued by more than 30 years of war, made chaos a driving force in Dawit Woldu’s life. His only anchor: His commitment to an education and the better life it would bring.

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From Melrose orchards to Gators’ tables

Published: January 14 2010

Five years ago, Physical Plant Division grounds superintendent Marty Werts bought a citrus farm in nearby Melrose. Today, UF students and staff are enjoying the fruits of his labor.

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Scoring points and degrees

Published: November 30 2009

While kicker Jonathan Phillips and his fellow Gator football players have been achieving Southeastern Conference and national championships in recent years, Phillips also has been adding degrees and academic accolades to his resume.

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Marching toward greatness

Published: November 23 2009

John “Jay” Watkins Jr. might not have become director of The Gator Marching Band if he hadn’t been drum major of his high school band in Falls Church, Va., and met someone who would eventually connect him with the University of Florida.

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Cleaning and sharing wisdom

Published: November 23 2009

Melinda Augustus thought she was volunteering for a small student film project when she agreed to be featured in the documentary “The Philosopher Kings.” Instead, her role on camera proved personally transforming.

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Developing eco-friendly logging

Published: November 23 2009

Logging is an important industry and offers many Third World countries hope of economic development. But when large trees are felled recklessly, they can wreak ecological havoc.

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Staging the world’s biggest pep rally

Published: September 25 2009

On Oct. 16, University of Florida graduate student Matt Sloan will see the fruition of a year’s worth of hard work when 500 volunteers will stage Gator Growl, the world’s largest student-run pep rally.

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Hands made for suture and science

Published: September 24 2009

Dr. Emina Huang set off to college to perfect her skills as a concert pianist, but a first-semester genetics course—”taken early to get the science requirement out of the way”—revealed an intellectual strength. However, even as she switched to studying medicine, her role as a surgeon was not yet apparent.

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Standing up for the First Amendment

Published: September 9 2009

People who follow First Amendment issues and controversies already know Clay Calvert’s name. Now they’ll associate it with the University of Florida.

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His work keeps him focused

Published: August 6 2009

There are jobs where you get paid to do something you love, and there are jobs that are just work. Michael Kane wanted the kind he could love.

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Keeping an aquarium afloat.

Published: August 6 2009

Tonya Clauss was a computer science major for her first two years of college before she realized her love of animals would take her in a different direction. Today, with four degrees from the University of Florida, she’s the chief veterinarian at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta.

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Out of Africa.

Published: August 6 2009

Most seventh-graders don’t dream about joining the Peace Corps or living in Africa, but University of Florida graduate student Jessica “Jesi” Griffin wasn’t your typical seventh-grader.

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Sleuthing novel pathogens

Published: July 25 2009

Chasing cholera around the globe is not for the faint of heart. Neither is building a new statewide institute focused on novel pathogens. But when Glenn Morris muses about his role in directing and developing the University of Florida’s Emerging Pathogens Institute, you get the sense he’s up for a tough challenge.

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Keeping trade secrets

Published: June 25 2009

What do the Coca-Cola formula, Google’s search engine algorithm and Kentucky Fried Chicken’s Original Recipe have in common? All are highly guarded trade secrets – confidential, mission-critical business information that gives their owners a winning edge over the competition. But what protections can a trade secret owner expect when his secret isn’t secret anymore?

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Sounds good to him

Published: June 25 2009

In his 30-year career, architecture professor Gary W. Siebein has become a world-renowned expert in architectural acoustics. Perhaps more than anyone else’s, his research has established the profession’s state-of-the-art practices and designs.

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A star on the softball mound and in the classroom

Published: June 3 2009

Softball pitcher Stacey Nelson has been a big part of her team’s phenomenal success over the past two seasons: a 133-10 record and a runner-up finish in the NCAA Women’s College World Series Championship Series this year.

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UF experience reinforces goal of serving others

Published: April 28 2009

Michael Tudeen meant to say “no duele”—it doesn’t hurt—as he tried to ease a thermometer into the 5-year-old girl’s mouth. The girl and her mother had come to a schoolhouse serving as a doctor’s office in a mountainous corner of Honduras. As the girl wailed and squirmed, he searched for comforting Spanish words, he recalled. “No duermo,” he said.

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Serving Florida’s youth—25 years and counting

Published: April 28 2009

Let’s just come right out and say it: Seminole County extension agent Shelda Wilkens’ office is a little on the messy side. But it’s messy in a good way: the sort of disarray you get when you’re juggling umpteen different projects at any given time.

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Bringing hands-on experience to ancient culture

Published: April 28 2009

To understand history, Jason Steuber believes, you have to feel it—to touch it with your own two hands, if possible, to grasp the link between long ago and now.

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Puccini inspires careers devoted to singing, teaching

Published: March 17 2009

One night, a 16-year-old voice student from a rural North Carolina town slipped into the plush theater seats of the Charlotte Opera. In her hand, Elizabeth Graham held a program for the night’s performance of Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly.” With a hum and buzz, the orchestra sent warm-up notes from down in the pit up to the room’s high ceiling. Lights dimmed, and the curtains opened on Graham’s dream.

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Lessons to be learned from Florida’s housing past

Published: March 16 2009

History tends to repeat itself, and, for those paying attention, Florida’s current housing and mortgage crisis should be a case of déjà vu. Similar to Florida’s 1920s land boom—a speculation bubble that, when it burst, caused a long-lasting, depressed housing market in the Sunshine State—today’s housing and financial crisis has crippled the state’s economy, and local governments are feeling the pain.

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Migrant workers’ oral health stays on her mind

Published: March 16 2009

For Virginia Dodd, all roads lead to Wimauma. Nearly 15 years ago, when Dodd was a dental hygienist, she performed oral screenings on children and adults in the small Florida town.

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Big friend to a delicate insect

Published: February 6 2009

Since 2002, a tiny butterfly with a catchy name has kept Jaret Daniels very busy. The Miami Blue, a once-thriving species that lived as far north as Cape Canaveral, has dwindled to a population of less than 250 on just two islands in the Florida Keys.

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High school dropout rises to top of field

Published: February 6 2009

In 1962, she was 14 and caught in an ill-conceived marriage to a man who gave her a farm worker’s life, picking fruit, with no real home, often hungry.

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An enlightened world view at a young age

Published: February 6 2009

The clock crept past midnight in Geneva as University of Florida student Samuel Edouard made her way around the crowded hotel ballroom. Giant TVs tuned to CNN hung on every wall. Hundreds of dignitaries shuffled by the 21-year-old as she chatted with the United Nations ambassadors from China and South Africa.

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Breaking down barriers

Published: December 9 2008

While Bev Perdue was pursuing a doctoral degree in education administration at the University of Florida, she assumed her career would be in academics. Now, 32 years later, she is a veteran of public service who will become North Carolina’s first woman governor on Jan. 10.

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Lost boy of Sudan grows into Gator

Published: December 9 2008

Before he could walk, Peter Ter bounced on his father’s shoulders across their cattle farm in southern Sudan. Afraid of falling, Ter pressed his tiny fingers against his father’s forehead. When his hands covered his father’s eyes, his father would laugh and say, “please, son, I can’t see.”

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Doing her part to save a life

Published: December 9 2008

On Feb. 25, 2006, University of Florida student Nicole Martingano took a trip to Best Buy and did not go home until six months later. That was the night her car was hit by a drunken driver.

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On the road to Madagascar

Published: October 31 2008

When Court Whelan finally made it to the Pacific island village after two jostling hours in a tiny airplane, one of the first things he saw was a pack of crouching, creeping zombies. He flicked on his high-definition video camera and started filming as they surrounded a hapless family. When the family fled in terror, the creatures, shaking their massive heads and clacking their long fingernails, started toward Whelan and his group. Whelan was thrilled.

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Born to be who you are

Published: October 29 2008

We already know that genes determine the widths of our noses, the lengths of our feet or the sizes of our ears. But what if they also account for the heights of our happiness or the depths of our insecurities? Management professor Timothy Judge has studied personality in the workplace for about 20 years. He believes key aspects of our personalities are hardwired into our DNA and aren’t influenced by our environments as much as we might think.

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A hungry mind

Published: October 29 2008

Lisa House wants to know why you’re eating that sandwich. And why did you buy that sandwich in particular? Did an ad you saw on television give you the idea? Did a friend recommend it? Would you have bought it if it were packaged differently? Would you have paid more if the ingredients were organic?

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Sink or swim for Florida’s water law

Published: October 2 2008

As a child, Christine Klein was thrown into a swimming pool before she was tall enough to touch bottom. Her early sink-or-swim lessons set the stage for a lifelong interest in water.

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The lithium age

Published: October 2 2008

When Shirley Meng looks around her laboratory, she sees a future of independence from electrical wires and gas pumps.

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Cancer couldn’t keep her down

Published: October 2 2008

Jacki Donaldson instinctively knew she had cancer the second she felt the pea-sized lump in her left breast in 2004. Eight days later, when her doctor confirmed it, the diagnosis was “terrifying but not shocking,” she said.

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A noble calling

Published: August 24 2008

In the 50 years he’s been a physician, Joseph V. Simone has always focused on patients first, whether he’s conducting research in the laboratory or the clinic, leading medical programs or serving as a senior executive of medical institutions. So it’s really no surprise that experience has shaped his perspective on the practice of medicine today.

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Mentor for future scientists

Published: August 24 2008

In Karen Koch’s lab, everybody helps with what she calls the “scut work.” And everybody – even the undergrads – gets to do real science “We do not use our undergraduates for washing dishes,” she said. “Everybody gets a piece of the fun stuff.”

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No stranger in a foreign land

Published: August 24 2008

Julianne Crapps’ mom thought it was hysterical that the daughter who refused to go to overnight soccer camps hopped on a plane to Spain for a summer study abroad program. In fact, Julianne’s mom expected that when the time came, her daughter wouldn’t be able to board the plane.

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Using super-antigens to boost immune response to cancer

Published: June 24 2008

An internationally recognized immunologist, Howard Johnson was the first to show that molecules called interferons are important regulators of the immune system. His research provided the basis for the use of interferons in the treatment of multiple sclerosis. More recently, he has developed a vaccine against melanoma – the most deadly form of skin cancer – that provides almost complete protection in mice and could lead to a similar treatment for people.

UF researchers are working on greenhouses that could allow plants to be grown on the Martian surface.

Published: June 24 2008

Eleanor Green, chairwoman of the department of large animal clinical sciences at UF’s College of Veterinary Medicine, is board certified in large animal internal medicine and in equine practice. Her clinical interests have included general internal medicine, gastrointestinal disorders, neurologic disorders, and perinatology. Her research has been primarily in the areas of endotoxemia, laminitis and gastric ulcers.

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Gremillion is a nationally known expert in diagnosing and treating orofacial pain

Published: June 24 2008

Henry Gremillion, an associate professor of orthodontics in the College of Dentistry, is a nationally known expert in diagnosing and treating orofacial pain. Gremillion directed the college’s Parker E. Mahan Facial Pain Center — the Southeast’s leading center for treatment for facial pain and dysfunction and one of only a handful of such centers nationwide.

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The world’s next fuel source may be growing in a field near you

Published: June 24 2008

To most people, the price of gas can seem a lot like the weather-gripe about it all you want, but the spinning numbers at the pump are as much under your control as a storm front. About two decades ago, though, a microbiologist named Lonnie Ingram took a different perspective.

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Hayes is developing a blood test that will quickly assess the severity of head injuries

Published: June 24 2008

Parents who watch their children play sports know well the anxious feeling that comes when young athletes knock heads on the playing field.

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A passion for protons

Published: June 24 2008

It’s not that UF radiation oncologist Nancy Mendenhall, M.D., hasn’t always been enthusiastic about her work. She has specialized in lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, breast cancer and pediatric malignancies and has helped set national protocols for the treatment of childhood cancer while serving on national children’s oncology cooperative research groups.

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Telesco and his team of researchers scan the heavens for new planets

Published: June 24 2008

With light pollution from densely populated cities and its low elevation, Florida may not be the best place to view a nighttime sky full of brilliant, shimmering stars. But that hasn’t stopped astronomy Professor Charles Telesco and his team from becoming an internationally recognized tour de force.

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Patel co-founded and is chief executive officer of Cents of Relief

Published: June 24 2008

Economics, Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics Anup Patel, from Altamonte Springs, is one of two UF students among 20 selected nationwide to USA Today’s top-tier All-USA College Academic Team.

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Understanding why some people choose a life of crime

Published: June 24 2008

UF’s Department of Criminology, Law and Society recently ranked No. 11 among graduate programs, according to U.S. News and World Report, and criminology professor Alex Piquero is part of the department’s high-ranking success.

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An expert on many drug issues in the news, Distinguished Service Professor Paul Doering can’t afford to be camera shy

Published: June 24 2008

An expert on many drug issues in the news, Distinguished Service Professor Paul Doering can’t afford to be camera shy. Because when people need bottom-line drug information, Doering is a bedrock source of reliable information — a public resource.

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A stellar sleuth

Published: June 24 2008

The Hubble Space Telescope, one of the most important instruments mankind has created for observing the universe, is expected to continue functioning for only a few more years. Ata Sarajedini is one of a handful of scientists charged with making the most of its remaining life.

Öhrn’s work in physics and quantum chemistry has earned worldwide recognition and the ’03-’04 UF Teacher/Scholar Award.

Published: June 24 2008

Breakthroughs and accomplishments in scientific research are universal. They are respected across the world and transcend many different language and cultural barriers.

Genetics may decide whether certain heart medications are effective.

Published: June 24 2008

Genes dictate the color of our hair and eyes. They factor into whether we get cancer or heart disease. And, scientists increasingly recognize, they also ensure some patients will benefit from a prescription drug, while others develop adverse reactions or simply fail to respond at all.

It’s a symbol of whimsy and beauty to many, but for Thomas C. Emmel the butterfly is an intense passion in a lifelong journey of discovery

Published: June 24 2008

It’s a symbol of whimsy and beauty to many, but for Thomas Emmel the butterfly is an intense passion in a lifelong journey of discovery.

“Academic Heisman” Finalist

Published: June 24 2014

Chris Leak may be best known for his impressive football career, but his academic accomplishments are just as remarkable.

2007 Heisman winner

Published: June 24 2008

Florida Gators Quarterback Tim Tebow made history on Dec. 8, 2007, by becoming the first sophomore ever to win the Heisman Trophy, college football’s most coveted award.

When Kelly Drummond Cawthon’s feet touch the floor, grace and elegance come to life.

Published: June 24 2008

Raised in Tasmania, Australia, Cawthon joined the faculty of the University of Florida School of Theatre and Dance in 1999 as an assistant professor. She teaches modern dance technique, composition and repertory, collaborates with the Digital Worlds Institute, and is the artistic director of the department repertory company, the Florida MOD Project.

In search of a vitamin Fountain of Youth.

Published: June 24 2008

While explorers have searched for the legendary Fountain of Youth for thousands of years, University of Florida researcher on aging Jim Jessup thinks that a combination of exercise and vitamins may be a more practical way to slow the aging process.

Toward energy independence

Published: June 24 2008

When it comes to energy, Eric Wachsman is no fan of the status quo. “Our dependence on foreign oil means we’re financing countries that support the very terrorist organizations we’re fighting,” he says. “We have to be become more energy independent. We also need to address the imminent threat of global warming by improving the efficiency of our energy utilization now.”

Building new history in orthodontics.

Published: June 24 2008

Moving teeth into alignment to improve smiles is an ancient idea. Hippocrates, considered to be the father of medical science, wrote in 400 B.C. of metal bands wound around teeth in effort to straighten them, and mummified remains have been discovered with metal bands still attached to individual teeth, possibly torqued into place using catgut.

Lynn Bailey is an internationally recognized authority on the B vitamin folic acid and its metabolism and requirements in pregnancy

Published: June 24 2008

“Every cell that divides requires folic acid for DNA synthesis so the explosion of new fetal cell division during pregnancy demands that increased amounts of folic acid be available even before women know they are pregnant.”

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UF researchers are working on greenhouses that could allow plants to be grown on the Martian surface

Published: June 24 2008

It may take decades to put the first human footprint on the surface of Mars – but UF researcher Rob Ferl has a plan to send life from Earth to the Red Planet much sooner.

Nagan works to enhance understanding of governance and human rights around the world.

Published: June 24 2008

Founding director of the Institute for Human Rights and Peace Development, law professor Winston Nagan has served as board chairman of Amnesty International USA and works to enhance understanding of governance and human rights in Africa and other countries.

Rakov is studying how to more effectively protect airplanes from lightning.

Published: June 24 2008

For most, a crack of thunder is a signal to find a sturdy hiding place. For Martin Uman and Vladimir Rakov, it means the fun is about to begin.

Day is recognized as a national expert on controlling mosquitoes and other blood-feeding arthropod disease vectors.

Published: June 24 2008

The importance of Day’s research on mosquitoes and the diseases they carry is underscored by the media’s reliance on him as a credible source of accurate information. With more than 400 media interviews to his credit over the past five years, Day is recognized as a national expert on controlling mosquitoes and other blood-feeding arthropod disease vectors.

Su, one of the world’s leading experts on termites, developed systems to rescue New Orleans’ French Quarter and the Statute of Liberty from termite infestations.

Published: June 24 2008

Recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on termites – including the highly aggressive Formosan “super termite” now spreading throughout the Southeast – Nan-Yao Su helped develop the Sentricon Termite Colony Elimination System marketed worldwide by Dow AgroSciences.

Corralling an emerging pathogen

Published: June 24 2008

It isn’t West Nile Virus or bird flu… It’s the vicious bacteria that causes gum disease. “The National Institutes of Health include under the umbrella of emerging pathogens chronic diseases that are recently recognized as being infectious,” said Ann Progulske-Fox, professor of oral biology at the University of Florida College of Dentistry

They call him Doc Rock

Published: June 24 2008

Prof. William McKeen often reads as he walks to Hume Hall to teach his honors course, Rock ‘n’ Roll and American Society. As chair of one of the top-ranked journalism departments in the country, a professor who teaches two to three classes a semester, a prolific writer and editor, and the father of seven, he must maximize his time.

Where technology meets entertainment

Published: June 24 2008

The way Shaun Spalding sees it, talent is just one component of greatness. The real secret, he said, is to try new things regularly and keep working at them.

New perspectives on race, gender and human rights

Published: June 24 2008

Faye Harrison is celebrated in her field for changing the way anthropologists conduct their work in North America. Her 1991 book, “Decolonizing Anthropology,” has become required reading in anthropology courses all over the nation.

Get me rewrite

Published: June 24 2008

Mike Foley says he got into journalism by “luck and coincidence,” and nearly four decades later his luck seems to be holding. A master lecturer in the College of Journalism and Communications, Foley teaches Reporting, widely regarded as one of the toughest and most odious classes at UF.

What’s the good word?

Published: June 24 2008

When Diana Boxer heard Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff referred to as a schmoozer, she knew she had to set the record straight. After all, who better than a linguist to salvage the tarnished reputation of a great word?

What bones can teach us

Published: June 24 2008

Eight partial skeletons lie enigmatically on the tables. Skulls, ribs, jaws and pelvic bones are arranged neatly, each skeleton awaiting the researcher’s hypothesis of the possible mechanism of its fate. A faintly fetid smell permeates the otherwise sterile room; it is a jarring reminder that these skeletons are not plastic models, but remains of living beings.

Branching out in a storm

Published: June 24 2008

Ed Gilman has been obsessing about trees since he was 10 years old. City officials in his hometown of West Orange, N.J., came along and planted trees along his street – and he was hooked.

Helping people on a global scale

Published: June 24 2008

Public relations senior Susan Medina is a self-proclaimed “people person.” An obvious extrovert, Medina’s illustration of a “people person” extends beyond an outgoing personality and strong communication skills. Medina has an overwhelming interest in people’s lives, spanning from her mother, who overcame odds to be successful after emigrating from Peru, to the children Medina has helped in Nicaragua during summer service trips.

Water warrior

Published: June 24 2008

She grew up surrounded by water, but where there wasn’t always enough of it to quench a thirst. Little wonder, then, that Wendy Graham made water her life’s study. A groundwater hydrologist, Graham became the inaugural director of UF’s Water Institute in 2006.

Cleaning up for the future

Published: June 24 2008

Bill Todd has spent untold hours looking for a needle in a haystack. In this University of Florida student’s case, that needle is a shadow not much bigger than a grain of rice in a decades-old photograph, marking what used to be tin roof and a few fenced corrals.

Groundbreaking research on feline immunodeficiency diseases may lead to an AIDS vaccine for humans

Published: June 24 2008

The Egyptians worshipped them. T.S. Eliot immortalized them, and Andrew Lloyd Webber sent them to Broadway. Now UF researcher Janet K. Yamamoto is saving their lives with her groundbreaking research on feline immunodeficiency diseases – research that may also lead to an AIDS vaccine for humans.

Unusually positive relationship between the Hindu and Moslem believers

Published: June 24 2008

Vasudha Narayanan is a professor of religion at the University of Florida and a past president of the American Academy of Religion. She was educated at the Universities of Madras and Bombay in India, and at Harvard University. Her fields of interest are the Sri Vaishnava tradition; Hindu traditions in India, Cambodia, America; Hinduism and the environment; and gender issues.

Guillette advises national governments on the development of reproductive biology programs for endangered wildlife

Published: June 24 2008

Guillette has been researching environmental estrogens for years, believing they could be responsible for dropping population levels and reproductive abnormalities in wildlife in some Florida waters, especially alligators in Lake Apopka, near Orlando.

One of the coldest spots in the universe is in Gainesville, Florida

Published: June 24 2008

At one of the coldest places in the universe, Yoonseok Lee and a team of University of Florida physicists are studying what happens to matter under the most extreme conditions.

Exploring new ways of harnessing the earth’s ultimate life-sustaining force: the sun

Published: June 24 2008

In Yogi Goswami’s world, the future is very bright indeed. In fact, it’s downright solar. Goswami has devoted most of his professional career to exploring new ways of harnessing the earth’s ultimate life-sustaining force: the sun.

Swamp Thing

Published: June 24 2008

As a boy, Patrick Inglett was fascinated by anyplace where soil met water – streams, mud puddles, fishing ponds. He still is. But now, he’s fascinated by a much larger place where soil meets water: the Everglades.

Some military aircrafts will be the size of dragonflies

Published: June 24 2008

Ifju and his team are exploring ways to bring a new technology to U.S. troops in war zones. He’s working on tiny, battery-powered airplanes that could be deployed from a soldier’s backpack to scan the surrounding area and see what’s over the next hill.

More than four decades studying the origin of flowers

Published: June 24 2008

A graduate research professor in the department of natural sciences, David Dilcher has spent more than four decades studying the origin of flowers. In 1998, he and Sun Ge, a colleague at Jilin University in Changchun, China, presented evidence of a fossil they say is the world’s oldest flowering plant. It lived at least 125 million years ago.

Native daughter

Published: June 24 2008

While attending a student debate in June 2006, Lacey Logsdon listened as political science major Adam Recvlohe, a Yuchi and Mvskoke who heads the indigenous student group 500 Nations, discussed the need for a course of study at the University of Florida centered on the history and culture of American Indians.

Building a smaller footprint

Published: June 24 2008

If you see a woman riding a bike in Gainesville wearing business clothes and high heels, chances are that’s Dedee DeLongpré practicing what she preaches.

In pursuit of a better understanding of race relations

Published: June 24 2008

Katheryn Russell-Brown is a professor of law and director of the Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations at the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

Graham brings a soaring operatic voice and towering talent to UF’s School of Music

Published: June 24 2008

Elizabeth P. Graham is a UF music professor who teaches voice and leads the department’s voice area. She played both Clara and Bess in the Tony Award-winning revival of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, which was presented by the Houston Grand Opera Company and toured throughout the United States and Europe.

“… this world is bigger than Immokalee.”

Published: June 24 2008

When sociology senior Todre Allen first came to UF in 2002, he had barely traveled outside the state of Florida. Since then, he has studied abroad on four continents, experiencing diverse world cultures first-hand.

Cohen has conducted research through the University Scholars Program on analyzing benefits of extending Medicare coverage to oralanticancer drugs

Published: June 24 2008

Steven Cohen, from Pembroke Pines, is one of two UF students among 20 selected nationwide to USA Today’s top-tier All-USA College Academic Team.

Where science and history converge

Published: June 24 2008

When The Scientist magazine recently ranked the University of Florida among the best places for scientists to work in academia, it wasn’t a surprise to Betty Smocovitis, a professor in the departments of zoology and history in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “I didn’t need to read that survey to know that biologists at UF were some of the happiest in the country. I knew that from about my second semester here, way back in 1989!”

New Talents for a post-Cold War world

Published: June 24 2008

Statistically, she’s safer in Israel than she is driving down Interstate 75. At least that’s what Jessica Ducey tells her father when she talks about her upcoming summer-abroad journey to Israel and Palestine.

Creating an informed citizenry

Published: June 24 2008

Bob Graham isn’t happy with the current state of citizenship in America. As a former U.S. senator, a former Florida governor, and a one-time U.S. presidential candidate, the UF graduate has long been a major figure in public service. Not surprisingly, he said he believes fully engaged citizens are vital to the country’s survival.

Rainy day woman

Published: June 24 2008

For her research on the frequency and intensity of hurricanes, Corene Matyas couldn’t have picked a better state to call home. Since receiving her doctorate in climatology from The Pennsylvania State University in 2005, she has continued her study of tropical storms as a scholar at the University of Florida.

High-flying ambitions

Published: June 24 2008

By the time she graduated from high school, Maureen Hartney had already lived in four states and three foreign countries. When she graduates from the University of Florida on May 3, she will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, the same military branch that opened up the world to her as a child.

Books & Basketball

Published: June 24 2008

For the first 21 years of junior Lee Humphrey’s life, he never had a stamp in his passport. Although the Maryville, Tenn., native has traveled throughout the United States as a member of the Florida men’s basketball team, it was a delicate balance of athletics and academics that has propelled him to new heights.

Lena Ma is an expert on the biogeochemistry of trace metals who recently discovered a fern that absorbs arsenic from contaminated soil.

Published: June 24 2008

Lena Ma, a professor with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, is an expert on the biogeochemistry of trace metals who recently discovered a fern that absorbs arsenic from contaminated soil.

A bird’s-eye view

Published: June 24 2008

Mark Atkinson is a big-picture guy in a small-picture world. Over the last 17 years, Atkinson has forged a reputation as one of the world’s leading diabetes experts by conducting innovative basic research on the physiological changes that cause the debilitating disease.

Finding common ground

Published: June 24 2008

Patricia Telles-Irvin believes a shared experience can create a special bond – even if it’s among 6,600 students.

If an ounce is prevention is worth a pound of cure, how valuable is knowing what happens in the wake of sickness?

Published: June 24 2008

If an ounce is prevention is worth a pound of cure, how valuable is knowing what happens in the wake of sickness? That’s what Elena Andresen wants to find out.

Health food for the soul

Published: June 24 2008

Carolyn M. Tucker was raised in a small Virginian country town, in a family low in income but rich in love and support. Part of showing that love was preparing large home-cooked meals that may have nourished the soul but inadvertently fed the body too much saturated fat and cholesterol.

Black Women in the Ivory Tower

Published: June 24 2008

Black Women in the Ivory Tower As a first-generation student, Stephanie Evans didn’t attend college until she was 25 years old.

Supply, demand and a bit of humor

Published: June 24 2008

University of Florida economics professor David Denslow, whose popular introductory course informs and entertains thousands of students each year, runs into graduates wherever he goes; visiting the Legislature, standing in line at a restaurant in Atlanta — even ordering room service while attending an out-of-town conference.

She couldn’t have imagined it any better

Published: June 24 2008

As her four years at the University of Florida come to a close, senior gymnast Samantha Lutz feels her life is just falling into place. Not only does she already have a job lined up after graduation, but Lutz and her teammates are traveling to Salt Lake City at the end of April to compete for a national title at the NCAA Championships. Even with finals and graduation quickly approaching, Lutz is staying as focused as possible on gymnastics.

A pioneering MBA

Published: June 24 2008

What do you do once you’ve made the long climb to the top of the ladder of success? In Bill Hough’s case, the answer is simple: You turn around and offer a hand to those making their way up.

Itzhak Perlman gives advice to students - University of Florida

Published: January 31 2014

Violinist Itzhak Perlman gives advice to college students on how to listen and appreciate classical music. Perlman played at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Florida on January 30, 2014. He performed a recital accompanied by pianist Rohan de Silva.