Category: Faculty News

Rob Ferl receives NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal

department and assistant vice president for UF research, has received one of NASA’s most prestigious honors, the Exceptional Public Service Medal. The award recognizes non-government individuals whose work has made a steady, lasting impact on the agency, its projects and goals.


Gilbert Rivers Upchurch elected to the National Academy of Medicine

Gilbert Rivers Upchurch Jr., M.D., has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine.


New faculty invited to explore online resources and in-person events

Last year, UF’s New Faculty Orientation went virtual for the first time, and faculty new to the university this fall will continue to be able to access the resources available online. In partnership with the Office of the Provost and the Center for Teaching Excellence, UFHR developed a New Faculty Orientation Canvas site where new […]


UF faculty earn $861 million in research awards

UF faculty earned $861 million in research funding in fiscal year 2021 – the second-highest amount ever – despite the ongoing challenges presented by the pandemic. This total does not include an additional $77 million in non-research U.S. Department of Education funding that UF received through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. The […]


Pedro A. Sánchez named honoree of the 2021 Great Immigrants initiative

Pedro A. Sánchez, Ph.D., tropical soils research professor in the Soil and Water Sciences Department, has been named a 2021 Great Immigrants initiative honoree. Led by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the initiative honors the legacy of Andrew Carnegie, a Scottish immigrant, by recognizing a group of immigrants who have made notable contributions to […]


Erica Studer-Byrnes to lead the Heavener School of Business

Erica Studer-Byrnes, Ph.D., was recently named assistant dean and director of the UF Heavener School of Business. She previously served as the associate director of the Heavener School, Warrington’s undergraduate business school. Studer-Byrnes is the first woman to lead the Heavener School of Business and the second woman to join Warrington’s dean leadership team. “For […]


Hub Brown named seventh dean of the College of Journalism and Communications

Hubert “Hub” Brown joined the College of Journalism and Communications as its new dean on July 1. Brown previously served as associate dean for Research, Creativity, International Initiatives and Diversity, and an associate professor of Broadcast and Digital Journalism at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications. As associate dean, Brown managed the Newhouse School’s […]


CDC appoints Center for Arts in Medicine Director Jill Sonke as senior adviser to COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently appointed UF Center for Arts in Medicine Director Jill Sonke as senior adviser to the Vaccine Confidence and Demand Team on the COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force. Sonke will help develop guidance for promoting vaccine education and confidence through health system connections to public engagement organizations, such […]


Professor urges fellow engineers to take action on diversity, equity and inclusion

David O. Prevatt

UF Associate Professor of Civil & Coastal Engineering Dr. David O. Prevatt is inaugural chair of the Structural Engineering Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ board-level DEI Committee. In a recent column written for STRUCTURE magazine, Prevatt called on structural engineers and their firms to actionably incorporate diversity, equity and inclusion values into […]


Rob Ferl to co-chair National Academies space research group

Rob Ferl

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine have appointed UF Distinguished Professor Rob Ferl, Ph.D., to co-chair a group tasked with mapping space-related biological and physical research for the next 10 years. Ferl and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor Krystyn J. Van Vliet, Ph.D., will chair the Decadal Survey on Biological and Physical Sciences […]


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