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Construction begins at 800 Second at Innovation Square with groundbreaking ceremony

By on November 1, 2017

University of Florida leaders, alongside developers, investors and community members, gathered Oct. 13 for the groundbreaking ceremony at the future site of 800 Second at Innovation Square. The building, at the corner of SW 2nd Ave. and SW 8th St., across the street from UF’s Innovation Hub technology incubator, is slated to offer 55,000 square feet of state-of-the-art office, collaboration, and retail space, and will serve as a place for technology and innovation ventures to grow and flourish.

Zika Health Advisory

By on June 7, 2017

The Florida Department of Health recently issued a reminder about the ongoing presence of Zika virus, which is known to cause severe birth defects. Recent tropical rains mean the entire University of Florida community must remain vigilant in preventing the Zika virus.

UF announces $250,000 in awards for UF-City of Gainesville research

By on March 1, 2017

UF’s Office of the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer recently announced it is seeking proposals from faculty for research projects that utilize the campus and greater Gainesville community as a living laboratory to address real-world problems in our local community.

UF receives national recognition as bike-friendly and tree-friendly campus

By on March 1, 2017

The University of Florida recently received two recognitions for its efforts toward sustainability and environmentally friendly practices.

President Fuchs issues statement on immigration executive order

By on February 1, 2017

In light of the administration’s executive order suspending the entry of individuals from certain countries into the United States for 90 days, Dr. Fuchs affirmed the University of Florida's support for our international students, faculty and staff.

New exhibit ‘Frogs!’ leaps into Florida Museum Jan. 28

By on January 11, 2017

Experience some of the most visually stunning, vocally pleasing and remarkably adaptable life forms on earth. Search for hidden frogs, activate calls and perform a virtual dissection in this hands-on, minds-on adventure allowing visitors to discover the important role frogs play—including serving as indicators for the health of our environment.

Join 352Creates March 24-25 to create a healthy community

By on January 11, 2017

Now in its second year, 352Creates aims to demonstrate that creativity can be fun for everyone. “Pop-up” style art activities will help promote health and community engagement in unexpected ways and locations.

UF Coral Gables consolidates services in Miami-Dade County

By on December 7, 2016

The University of Florida’s impact has been felt throughout the state, and especially in Miami-Dade County through current students, parents, alumni, research and program partnerships, and shared aspirations. To consolidate some of the current activities there, a new office will open in Coral Gables in early spring 2017.

UF reveals Strategic Development Plan

By on December 7, 2016

After hundreds of interviews with local residents, the University of Florida took the next step toward forging a shared vision with the Gainesville community when it revealed the findings of its strategic development process. An eastward focus, a strengthened connection to downtown and housing shifts were among the recommendations.

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.

UF launches landmark initiative for carbon neutrality

By on October 6, 2016

The program is designed to allow faculty and staff employees of the University of Florida to voluntarily offset the carbon impact of their commutes to and from campus.

Resources for Raising a Healthy Eater

By on October 6, 2016

A recent UF IFAS study shows that nudges may help children pick a healthier school lunch. As a parent or caregiver, you can provide helpful nudges at home to establish healthy eating patterns and encourage increased fruit and vegetable consumption.

Explore the stars and space at ‘Starry Night’ Nov. 4

By on October 6, 2016

Join the Museum for this FREE, fun-filled night of astronomical proportions!

Your Voice. Your UF. Your Ideas.

By on October 6, 2016

Join the conversation in-person or online to share your ideas.

2016 UF Campaign for Charities: Gators Give! Oct. 3–21

By on October 6, 2016

The University of Florida Campaign for Charities (UFCC) is the annual employee giving campaign.

GatorWell Health Promotion Services launches Sexual Consent Health Communication campaign

By on October 6, 2016

Faculty and staff are encouraged to share images and information with students.

Inaugural Women’s Business and Leadership Conference a great opportunity for local businesswomen

By on October 6, 2016

To sign up for the Small Business and Vendor Diversity Relations’ newsletter, click UFSBVDR-L@lists.ufl.edu and type “subscribe” in the subject line. Women entrepreneurs in Gainesville and North Florida will have an opportunity to gain valuable lessons from several successful businesswomen and

What moves you? Visit the Sustainable Transportation Fair on Oct. 26

By on October 5, 2016

This year’s event will feature an electric vehicle exhibit, tabling expo, interactive activities and more.

UF Planning, Design & Construction hosts “cornhole” tournament and lunch for the UF Campaign for Charities Oct. 13

By on October 3, 2016

For the fifth consecutive year, UF Planning, Design & Construction (PD&C) will host a “cornhole” tournament to raise money for the UF Campaign for Charities (UFCC). The event will be held the afternoon of Thursday, Oct. 13, as part of Homecoming Week.

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,

Strategic Development Plan symposium offers expert perspectives, next meeting Sept. 28

By on September 6, 2016

National and international experts discussed the University of Florida’s Strategic Development Plan at an August 31 symposium, noting successes and challenges they faced in their own institutions’ and companies’ development projects. UF is entering the third and final planning phase in developing the plan, which will provide a roadmap for UF and the surrounding community's success in coming decades.

Want fresh, healthy, local, food? Consider the Gator Community Supported Agriculture program

By on September 6, 2016

Join one of three local farms, and get a share coming fresh from their fields to campus each week!

UF football game day road closure on portions of University Avenue

By on September 6, 2016

The Gainesville Police Department recently announced that portions of West University Avenue will be closed on UF Football game days.

Stop zika before it starts

By on September 6, 2016

The University of Florida continues to monitor the spread of the Zika virus, working closely with local and state Department of Health officials.

Are you familiar with UF’s policy on political activity?

By on September 6, 2016

During this intense political season, you are encouraged to review the policy and share with others, as appropriate.

August symposium to offer case studies and continue conversation about UF’s Strategic Development Plan

By on August 2, 2016

On Aug. 31, the University of Florida will host a symposium to explore how cities and universities across the country have worked together to implement plans similar to UF’s Strategic Development Plan. “One Gainesville: Re-centering, Uniting and Sustaining the University and the City” will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Presidents Ballroom at Emerson Alumni Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Upcoming Graham Center events will explore sea level rise, struggle for marriage equality

By on August 2, 2016

UF faculty explore the sea level rise past, present and future and Washington Post journalist Debbie Cenziper shares her book on the legalization of same-sex marriage at the Graham Center this month.

Strategic Development Plan public forum slated for July 27

By on July 6, 2016

The University of Florida will host a public forum to solicit opinions and ideas from the UF and Gainesville community regarding UF’s Strategic Development Plan on Wednesday, July 27, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the GRU administration building's multipurpose room at 301 SE 4th Ave.

UF Pulse commemoration ceremony emphasized solidarity and unity

By on July 6, 2016

To honor the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, UF hosted a commemoration and unity ceremony on the evening of June 28. Hundreds of people gathered at the Century Tower, which was illuminated in rainbow colors as a beacon of solidarity.

Alachua County Public Schools offers free meals to county kids

By on July 6, 2016

During the summer months, any child 18 years old and younger can receive a free breakfast and lunch at one of 61 locations through the Free Summer Meals program. A new “Mobile Meal” pilot program also visits three neighborhoods, including Hidden Oaks, Tower Oaks and Linton Oaks Apartments.