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RTS to reduce service during summer break

Published: August 1 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Regional Transit System will have reduced bus service during the collegiate break between the summer and fall semesters, Aug. 9-17.

Painkiller reduces hypersensitivity to pain in patients with fibromyalgia

Published: July 31 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia complain of chronic pain throughout their bodies, but often doctors have difficulty detecting what causes the pain, and therefore, how to treat it.

Panthers prey on ranchers' calves, but how much varies, UF/IFAS research shows

Published: July 31 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- A two-year panther study at two southwest Florida cattle ranches shows that the endangered cats attack and kill calves, but how often that happens can vary greatly by location and landscape.

UF study advances 'DNA revolution,' tells butterflies' evolutionary history

Published: July 30 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- By tracing nearly 3,000 genes to the earliest common ancestor of butterflies and moths, University of Florida scientists have created an extensive “Tree of Lepidoptera” in the first study to use large-scale, next-generation DNA sequencing.

Lead in teeth can tell a body’s tale, UF study finds

Published: July 30 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Your teeth can tell stories about you, and not just that you always forget to floss.

UF ranks No. 7 on Money magazine’s list of Best Colleges for Your Money

Published: July 29 2014

GAINESVILE, Fla. — Money magazine on Monday released its first-ever college rankings, and the University of Florida came in at No. 7 among public institutions — and No. 1 in Florida — on its list of Best Colleges for Your Money.

'Little janitor' merits attention in Florida springs' health debate, UF/IFAS research shows

Published: July 28 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A small, slow moving resident who enjoys a vegetative diet and keeps things tidy may be the overlooked player in public debates over Florida’s ailing freshwater springs, University of Florida researchers say.

Darren Hutchinson UF Law professor’s scholarship cited in federal same-sex marriage case, available to discuss

Published: July 28 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida Law professor’s scholarship has been cited in a decision earlier this month by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which upheld an earlier ruling that declared Oklahoma’s gay-marriage ban unconstitutional

Florida’s consumer confidence hits new post-recession high

Published: July 29 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumer confidence among Floridians rose two points in July to 84, hitting another post-recession high for a second consecutive month, according to a new University of Florida survey.

UF events of possible media interest listed

Published: July 28 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The following events are scheduled in the near future at the University of Florida: ‘Moving Water’ mural to be dedicated A ritualistic installation and dedication of a new public art piece will be held at 2 p.m. July 30, starting at Library West and ending at the Computer Science & Engineering Building. “Moving Water” by Miami artist Xavier Cortada is a 32-foot-long ceramic tile mural that depicts “scarred water,” water as it flows in spaces carved for it across Panama and Florida. Attendees will carry water from various sources in vessels in a procession accompanied by carillon music.

UF Law professor principal draftsman of new "green" corporations bill, available to discuss

Published: July 28 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Corporations in Florida now have the option to contribute in a significant way to greater social causes and look beyond the bottom line, in large part thanks to University of Florida Levin College of Law Professor Stuart Cohn.

UF news for week of July 28 listed

Published: July 25 2014

Monday, July 28 SNAILS — A small, slow moving resident who enjoys a vegetative diet and keeps things tidy may be the overlooked player in public debates over Florida’s ailing freshwater springs, University of Florida researchers say. Although the blame for algae-choked springs is often pinned on excess nitrate, the scientists say the absence of algae-eating native freshwater snails known as Elimia — which researcher Dina Liebowitz calls the “little janitor of the springs” – may be a key factor.

Researchers find new fertility drug to be more effective than one used for past 40 years

Published: July 25 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A fertility drug used for more than four decades could soon be replaced with another drug that is 30 percent more effective in helping women become pregnant, according to a study with University of Florida ties.

Simple test helps doctors catch more concussions on the field

Published: July 25 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — On the football field, sometimes the signs of a concussion are subtle. A player may have taken a tough hit but isn’t showing symptoms yet, and either doesn’t notice anything is wrong or won’t report it for fear of being taken out of the game.

Pharmacologist named executive associate dean at UF's veterinary medical college

Published: July 24 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Thomas W. Vickroy, a pharmacologist and longtime University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine faculty member, has been named executive associate dean of the college. Dean James W. Lloyd made the announcement following a comprehensive national search. The appointment is effective Aug. 1.

UF College of Medicine founding member dies

Published: July 24 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Dr. William F. Enneking, one of the founding leaders of the University of Florida College of Medicine and a renowned expert in the field of orthopedic medicine whose work led to a revolutionary treatment to save limbs during tumor surgery and redefined how physicians communicate about these tumors, passed away July 17. He was 88.

UF to celebrate the centennial of the opening of the Panama Canal

Published: July 24 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida will hold a special weekend of activities to mark the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Panama Canal from Aug. 15 – 17. More than a dozen exhibits related to the planning, construction, development and impact of the canal will open during the centennial weekend. The exhibits will feature rare and unique materials from the collections of the George A. Smathers Libraries, including photographs, maps, government documents and original artifacts.

UF launches newest preeminence initiative aimed at biodiversity

Published: July 23 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The variety and abundance of plants, animals and insects in a given area define its environmental health. Each plays a critical part, and imbalances can lead to catastrophe — not only for the species but also for humans.

Friends old and new meet on Sesame Street in Gainesville

Published: July 23 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — No matter where you’re from or where you’ve been, everyone is special — so join in! Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby and their friends welcome Chamki, Grover’s friend from India, to Sesame Street. Together, they explore the universal fun of friendship and celebrate cultural similarities, from singing and dancing to sharing cookies!

Florida Museum seeks community support for butterfly gardens at local schools

Published: July 23 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Many young children today are disconnected from the natural world, but a project to plant local butterfly gardens in area schools is closing the gap that exists between urban students and nature.

Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line to play O’Connell Center

Published: July 23 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Country singer Jason Aldean is coming to croon at the O’Connell Center. His Burn It Down Tour 2014 will stop at the University of Florida on Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Special guest Florida Georgia Line and featured artist Tyler Farr will also perform.

UF research shows rhymes can inspire reasoning during the third trimester in the womb

Published: July 22 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Mozart, Beethoven or even Shakespeare — pregnant mothers have been known to expose their babies to many forms of auditory stimulation. But according to researchers at the University of Florida, all a baby really needs is the music of mom’s voice.

UF finance professor named chief economist for Securities and Exchange Commission

Published: July 22 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Professor Mark Flannery, Bank of America Eminent Scholar at the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business Administration, has been named chief economist and director of the nation’s Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Economic and Risk Analysis, or DERA, the SEC announced Monday.

UF completes more work to improve visitor experience in St. Augustine

Published: July 21 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- The nation’s oldest city has a big birthday coming up, and the University of Florida is helping to prepare St. Augustine for the party.

UF Tech Connect Fuels Innovation Economy in First 12 Years

Published: July 21 2014

GAINESVILLE --- In its first dozen years of operation, the University of Florida’s Tech Connect program has helped launch 157 technology-based startup companies that in turn generated more than $1 billion in private funding, $530 million in public funding and 2,000 new jobs, according to a report released today.

University of Florida Homecoming & Gator Growl Announces 2014 Entertainment Lineup

Published: July 19 2014

Indie-pop band Foster the People, and three-time Grammy winning rapper Ludacris will co-headline Gator Growl 2014, the University of Florida Homecoming & Gator Growl organizers announced Friday.

UF news for week of July 21 listed

Published: July 18 2014

Here are the releases the University of Florida’s media relations office expects to send next week, subject to change:

UF professor's study named article of the year

Published: July 17 2014

A University of Florida professor’s article on quitting smoking has been named the best of the year by one of the nation’s leading behavioral psychology journals.

The Tampa Tribune: Daniel Smith

Published: July 17 2014

Political science professor Daniel Smith was quoted in a July 16 Tampa Tribune story about the Legislature’s refrain from appealing a ruling that found two new Florida congressional districts unconstitutional.

Miami Herald: Daniel Smith

Published: July 17 2014

Political science professor Daniel Smith was quoted in a July 13 Miami Herald story about the pressure on gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist to announce a running mate.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel: Steven Kirn

Published: July 17 2014

Steven Kirn, executive director of the David F. Miller Center for Retailing Education and Research, was quoted in a July 9 South Florida Sun-Sentinel story about the expansion of Hobby Lobby in South Florida despite the company’s U.S. Supreme Court case.

Tampa Bay Times: Steven Kirn

Published: July 17 2014

Steven Kirn, executive director of the David F. Miller retailing Education and Research Center, was quoted in a July 3 Tampa Bay Times story about Winn-Dixie’s attempt to win over the Tampa Bay market.

Associated Press: Mike Walsh

Published: July 17 2014

Mike Walsh, the co-director of aquatic animal health in the College of Veterinary Medicine, was quoted in a July 3 Associated Press story about higher survival rates for some mammals at Sea World than in the wild.

Tampa Bay Times: Daniel Smith

Published: July 17 2014

Daniel Smith, a political science professor, was quoted in a July 4 Tampa Bay Times story about how an increase in no-party voters could reshape Florida politics.

Miami Herald: Francis Putz

Published: July 17 2014

Biology professor Francis Putz was quoted in a July 8 Miami Herald story about a study showing the effects of vine growth in tropical forests.

Florida Times-Union: Robert Navarro

Published: July 17 2014

Robert Navarro, a clinical professor in pharmaceutical outcomes and policy, was quoted in a July 8 Florida Times-Union story about the increases in the price of generic drugs due to mergers reducing competition.

Washington Post: Kenneth Dodd

Published: July 17 2014

Kenneth Dodd, an associate professor in the department of wildlife ecology and conservation, was quoted in a June 29 Washington Post story about whether global warming is affecting the size of salamanders in the Appalachian Mountains.

Tampa Bay Times: Chris McCarty

Published: July 17 2014

Chris McCarty, director of the Survey Research Center in the Bureau of Economic and Business Research, was quoted in a June 24 Tampa Bay Times story about the unexpected jump in consumer confidence to a post-recession high in Florida. The story was the result of UF News Center news release.

Associated Press: Stefan Rayer

Published: July 17 2014

Demographer Stefan Rayer was quoted in a June 29 Associated Press story about Florida having the highest rate of residents older than 65 in the United States.

Miami Herald: Frank Mazzotti

Published: July 17 2014

Frank Mazzotti, a professor of wildlife ecology, was quoted in a June 27 Miami Herald story about the potential threat of tegu lizards on Florida’s environment. The story was the result of an IFAS news release.

USA Today: Steven Kirn

Published: July 17 2014

Steven Kirn, executive director of the David F. Miller Center for Retailing Education and Research, was quoted in a June 29 USA Today story about the controversy of American patriotic products made outside the United States.

Orlando Sentinel: Jack Payne

Published: July 17 2014

A column by Jack Payne, senior vice president of agriculture and natural resources, about a possible breeding solution to combat citrus greening was published in the Orlando Sentinel on June 22.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel: Michael Haller

Published: July 17 2014

Michael Haller, a pediatric endocrinologist, was quoted in a June 23 South Florida Sun-Sentinel story about the effect of combining two medications on patients with Type 1 diabetes. The story was the result of a UF Health news release.

UF professor's art exhibit explores concepts of control, surveillance

Published: July 17 2014

University Galleries is featuring a new exhibit open through July 25 in the University of Florida’s University Gallery as part of UF’s Creative B summer activities. CNTRL-SPACE, by UF alumnus and professor Patrick Pagano, is an interactive digital projection environment exhibit that explores the illusion of control in a technocratic society.

Medical entrepreneur pledges $1 million to new chemistry building

Published: July 17 2014

A preeminent university should have first-class chemistry facilities. That belief inspired Dr. Howard Sheridan and his wife, Brenda, both University of Florida alumni, to pledge $1 million toward a new chemistry and chemical biology building at UF.

Students with 'A' in science statewide receive free Florida Museum admission

Published: July 17 2014

The Florida Museum of Natural History is continuing its popular “A for Science” free admission program for K-12 students statewide.

Ron White to perform at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Thursday, Nov. 6

Published: July 17 2014

Comedian Ron White will perform at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 18 at noon.

Calorie restriction with resveratrol key to kick-starting cell health

Published: July 16 2014

When it comes to staying healthy, it’s a cell-eat-cell world.

Date of 'Chicago' performance changed, second show added

Published: July 15 2014

A performance of the Broadway musical "Chicago" originally scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 a the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts has been moved to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3.

179D tax allocations prove source of savings for University of Florida

Published: July 15 2014

The University of Florida has received $37,212 from Affiliated Engineering Inc. in return for the first of several 179D tax deduction allocations from its energy efficient buildings with the help of Efficiency Energy LLC, a consulting firm specializing the program.

UF events of possible media interest listed - July 14

Published: July 14 2014

The following events are scheduled in the near future at the University of Florida.

Many at-risk heart disease patients lack guidance on beneficial aspirin treatment

Published: July 14 2014

A daily low dose of aspirin can offer important protection against cardiovascular disease, but University of Florida researchers say that the people who could receive the most benefit from the medication may not be taking it.

UF news for week of July 14 listed

Published: July 11 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Here are the releases the University of Florida’s media relations office expects to send next week, subject to change:

Community recognizes legacy of Alachua General Hospital with historic marker

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The public, local officials and University of Florida Health administrators gathered July 11 for the unveiling of a Florida Historical Marker that honors the legacy of Alachua General Hospital, Alachua County’s first community hospital.

Nuclear program expands, welcomes new director, renovates reactor

Published: July 11 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- The University of Florida’s Nuclear Engineering Program has undergone substantial growth over the past few years, and is planning for more. This month, James Baciak became the new director of the program, and by the end of the year, the training reactor will be “essentially brand new” after extensive renovations.

Swamp Dance Fest participants to share, learn, perform throughout month

Published: July 11 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Dancers participating in Swamp Dance Fest at the University of Florida this month will be sharing their artistic journey with the public.

UF given award for excellence in procurement

Published: July 11 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- The University of Florida has been awarded the prestigious 19th annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award for 2014 from the National Procurement Institute, known as NPI.

UF professors to participate in SEC symposium on obesity prevention

Published: July 9 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Two University of Florida professors will participate in the 2014 SEC Symposium about obesity prevention Sep. 21-23 in Atlanta.

UF research finds association between certain pain relievers and heart attack

Published: July 9 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — For women taking certain kinds of pain relievers, a heart attack could be waiting in their medicine cabinets.

Controlling mosquitoes Climate, genetics can affect how long virus-carrying mosquitoes live

Published: July 9 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- It’s just math: The longer a mosquito lives, the better its odds of transmitting disease to humans or animals.

The new bacterial disease affecting some crape myrtle varieties in commercial nursery settings causes circular leaf lesions with a yellow halo, later leading to severe yellowing and defoliation. Researchers say the disease, so far, has been contained at the commercial nursery level and does not affect home gardeners. Beloved crape myrtle in nurseries now susceptible to bacterial leaf spot, researchers say

Published: July 8 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- It’s enough to send gardeners into conniptions.

UF events of possible media interest listed

Published: July 7 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- The following events are scheduled in the near future at the University of Florida:

IFAS assistant professor Andrea Lucky and her citizen science specimen collection project, known as the School of Ants. With a little help, citizen scientists can be good proxies, research shows

Published: July 7 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Anyone can collect ant data as accurately as experts, if they have a bit of guidance and the right tools: cookies, index cards and plastic zip-top bags.

Applications sought for Small Business Mentoring Initiative

Published: July 7 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida’s Small Business and Vendor Diversity Relations, a division of Business Affairs, is accepting applications from business owners and firms to participate in the 2014-15 Small Business Mentoring Initiative.

UF Board of Trustees, presidential search committee, subcommittee to meet July 7-8

Published: July 3 2014

The University of Florida Presidential Search Committee’s Subcommittee on Compensation will meet beginning at 3:00 p.m. EDT and continuing until completed.

UF news for week of July 7 listed

Published: July 3 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Here are the releases the University of Florida’s media relations office expects to send next week, subject to change:

Deforestation remedies can have unintended consequences, UF researchers say

Published: July 2 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- When it comes to fixing deforestation and forest degradation, good intentions can lead to bad outcomes.

RTS will not offer bus service on Independence Day

Published: July 1 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- All RTS bus and paratransit services will be suspended on Friday because of Independence Day. Normal summer service resumes Saturday, July 5.

Lt. Cpl. Joe Titus, from East Windsor, Conn., at Combat Outpost 7171, photographed in Helmand Province, Afghanistan on Oct. 30, 2010. Production aims to enlighten audience, students about war experience

Published: July 1 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- "Basetrack," a multimedia theatrical production based on interviews with Marines deployed in Afghanistan, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. July 14-15 at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

Brazil can still capitalize on good vibes from World Cup

Published: July 1 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Brazil can still make the positive glow from hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup last for years if it starts right away building programs that will unite citizens long after the event is over, a University of Florida study has found.

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