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Ann Christiano: Championing the public interest through strategic communications

By on November 2, 2016

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.

Graham Center Director David Colburn offers election perspectives and insights

By on October 6, 2016

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.

Scott Nygren Scholars Studio opens at Library West

By on October 6, 2016

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.

Genetics Institute faculty honored

By on October 6, 2016

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.

Preeminence through people

By on September 6, 2016

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: Seeking even greater heights for DCP through collaboration and innovation

By on September 6, 2016

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.

Brian Jose: Aiming to take UF’s storied performing arts program to even greater heights

By on August 2, 2016

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.

For UF Genetics Institute, summer brings awards, research breakthroughs

By on August 2, 2016

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.

UF Small Animal Veterinary Dermatology Service is recruiting dogs with allergic skin disease for clinical trials

By on August 2, 2016

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.

Central Stores warehouse team’s energy savings recognized through Prudential Productivity Award

By on July 6, 2016

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.

President Fuchs addresses UF staff at APA event

By on July 6, 2016

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.

UF CIO Elias Eldayrie shared insights on leadership at June GBAS event

By on July 6, 2016

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.

College of Education survey seeks UF instructors’ participation

By on July 6, 2016

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).

Jennifer Alonso: Fostering connection and healing through group therapy

By on June 1, 2016

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.

Jodi Gentry named vice president for Human Resources

By on June 1, 2016

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.

David W. Parrott appointed vice president for Student Affairs

By on June 1, 2016

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.

Pam Soltis elected to National Academy of Sciences

By on June 1, 2016

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.

“Aloha” to a leader with a heart

By on May 4, 2016

On a sweltering late-April afternoon, a crowd of friends, family, colleagues and UF leaders packed the patio and spilled over onto the lawn at University House to celebrate the career of Paula Varnes Fussell, UF’s vice president for Human Resource

Spotlight on Leadership: Social Awareness and Relationship Management

By on May 4, 2016

This month’s Leadership Toolkit featured job aid looks at two aspects of the Emotional Intelligence competency: Social Awareness and Relationship Management. Emotional Intelligence is a component of the Build Trust quadrant of the UF Leadership Competency Model.

Two GBAS participants receive 2016 Credentialing Award

By on May 4, 2016

Katie Prevatt and Max Williams recently received the 2016 Gator Business Administrator Services (GBAS) Credentialing Award.

Graham Center initiative aims to improve Florida’s middle school civics education

By on May 4, 2016

Partnering with the Gainesville tutoring company, Study Edge, the Bob Graham Center, and the Lou Frey Institute at the University of Central Florida are working to create Civics Nation – a free, interactive, intensive, 24/7, online end-of-course exam preparation resource. Based on the latest research and best practices, Civics Nation will utilize social learning and technological breakthroughs to construct and stage a vibrant online learning system for middle school students and teachers. This intuitive, around-the-clock resource offers differentiated instruction through live and asynchronous tutoring, as well as a host of other tools that drive learning.

Diane Rowland: Championing sustainable farming for the Gator Good

By on April 6, 2016

You may have driven past UF’s farmland dozens of times in your commute across campus without giving it a second thought. But over the course of the past few years, a vision of how this space could be optimized for the benefit of faculty, staff and students—and indeed for the Gator Good—has been slowly germinating.

President Obama honors extraordinary early-career scientists

By on April 6, 2016

A faculty member from the University of Florida’s Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering is among 106 researchers President Obama recently named as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.

Spotlight on Leadership: Harnessing Electronics for Effective Communications

By on April 6, 2016

This podcast episode highlights some of the benefits and pitfalls of e-communication and provides guidance on how make the most of technologies that enable us to connect efficiently and at a distance without compromising effectiveness in our communications.

Graham Center celebrates 10 years of strengthening civic engagement at UF

By on March 2, 2016

The University of Florida’s Bob Graham Center for Public Service will officially kick off its 10 Year Anniversary Celebration on Tuesday, March 22, in Naples, Florida.