It didn’t take Ron Anderson long after graduating from college to discover that the world of private industry might not be his oyster. Anderson returned to his alma mater, UF, in 1994, and worked his way through the ranks, eventually eventually serving as the UF Ombuds.
At UF, Allen has been able to help the university’s emergency management procedures evolve and improve through a continual process. In recent years, Emergency Management has helped launch the GATORSAFE app for smartphones, help guide the university in establishing a Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan and established the Take Action guidance – a brief list of the most important actions to take in a number of emergency scenarios.
The University of Florida’s Stephen C. O’Connell Center has launched a new website to support the opening of its newly renovated arena. The website features news about upcoming events, activities and information on the use of facilities within the new building.
Stacy Ellis, the Baby Gator Child Development and Research Centers’ new director, has observed first-hand the organization’s rapid expansion, first throughout her career as a Ph.D. student in the College of Education in the early 2000s, and later when she joined the centers as a teacher, then assistant director.
Christiano joined UF in 2010 as the Frank Karel Chair in Public Interest Communications, where she has developed the nation’s first public interest communication program, dedicated to using strategic communications to drive change. This spring, in partnership with UF Training and Organizational Development, Christiano and a team of communications professionals will launch a new Strategic Communications Academy designed for UF leaders and scholars.
As a Vietnam veteran and a prominent American historian, Colburn believes deeply in the importance of strengthening the nation’s democratic institutions — a mission he tackles each day as the director of the Bob Graham Center for Public Service. We sat down with Colburn to get his take on the upcoming presidential election, Florida’s influence as a battleground state and the role that young voters will play in the election outcome.
The Scott Nygren Scholars Studio, located in Rm. 212 of Library West, is an emerging community center for digital scholarship (DS) and digital humanities (DH) at the University of Florida. Open to faculty and graduate students, the Studio aims to support collaborative research and practice, offering the technology necessary for users to make new intellectual contributions in their fields.
Dr. Nicholas Muzyczka was inducted into the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame for his work, while Nancy Denslow, Ph.D., has received a key award from an international professional group for her scientific achievements.
If you were away from campus for any length of time this summer, you may have returned to a different landscape than the one you left. There are a lot of changes on campus and in our community, and as Chimay Anumba,
Chimay Anumba first visited the University of Florida in the fall of 2006 to undertake a nine-month sabbatical with the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management. Ten years later, his colleagues in the Rinker School recruited the internationally recognized scholar back to UF, this time to serve as dean of the College of Design, Planning and Construction. Having served for eight years as professor and chair of the department of architectural engineering at Penn State, he joined UF in August to assume his new role.
Having grown up an athlete who was on his way to a career in finance or another “left-brained” field, Brian Jose’s trajectory made a sudden shift when he heard Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik for the first time while on hold on the phone one day. In his early 20s at the time, Jose’s life took a distinct turn into the right-brained world of the arts that day, and he never looked back.
The UF Genetics Institute has had a busy summer, with many faculty accomplishments worth noting. These include advances in research on the sorghum genome, plant growth during space flight, and microRNA binding elements.
The UF Small Animal Veterinary Dermatology Service has an active research group working towards a greater understanding of the pathophysiology of canine atopic dermatitis and developing novel treatments for allergic skin diseases in dogs.
Over the last several years, Allen Masters, UF’s assistant director for Building Operations and Maintenance, led the Central Stores warehouse team to drastic energy and waste reductions, resulting most recently in a 2016 Prudential Productivity Award that comes with the added bonus of $4,000 cash.
UF President Kent Fuchs gave University of Florida staff members an update on some of his top agenda items and upcoming goals in what he described as a walk through his calendar, at a June 28 event hosted by UF’s Academic and Professional Assembly where he was the guest speaker.
On June 16, the Gator Business Administrator Services (GBAS) program hosted Elias Eldayrie, vice president and chief information officer, who shared his perspectives on the power of influence in leadership, including how leadership is about people.
Faculty from UF’s School of Teaching and Learning and the Psychology department are conducting a brief anonymous survey of instructor conceptions of the neuroscience of learning (IRB-2016-01136).
Under Jennifer Alonso's leadership, the UF Counseling and Wellness Center's group therapy program has blossomed to become one of the leading college programs in the country.
Following a national search, Jodi Gentry was recently selected as the vice president for Human Resources, effective June 1. She succeeds Paula Varnes Fussell, who retired from the University of Florida on May 31.
In March, Dr. David W. Parrott was announced as UF’s new vice president for Student Affairs, effective June 1. Parrott comes to UF from Texas A&M University, where served as executive associate vice president and chief of staff in the Division of Student Affairs since 2008.
Earlier this month, Distinguished Professor and Florida Museum of Natural History Curator Pam Soltis was elected into one of the most prestigious scientific organizations in the world — the National Academy of Sciences of the USA.