Category: Faculty News

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 […]


David Rifkind named director of UF School of Architecture

David Rifkind

On July 1, David Rifkind, Ph.D., will join the UF School of Architecture as its new director. Trained as an architect and as an architectural historian, Rifkind studies urbanism and architecture in Ethiopia from the late nineteenth century to the present. His current book project, Modern Ethiopia: Architecture, Urbanism, and the Building of a Nation, […]


Dean Chimay Anumba inducted into the National Academy of Construction

Chimay Anumba

UF College of Design, Construction and Planning Dean and Professor Dr. Chimay Anumba, Ph.D., D.Sc., was recently inducted into the National Academy of Construction (NAC). The NAC honors and recognizes those individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the construction industry. Recognized as a leader in developing the next generation of construction professionals, Dean Anumba […]


How individuals respond to social robots’ vocal cues and gestures

In a day and age when robots and artificial intelligence are a reality, the question of how different humans interact with these machines is key to improving the experience and outcomes. UF College of Journalism and Communications Assistant Professor Kun Xu sought to determine how humans perceive robots and whether their social interaction with them is affected when specific aesthetic […]


Conversations with Mike Lauzardo address faculty questions, concerns

Over the last two weeks, faculty who will be teaching during the spring semester have been meeting in small groups for a series of conversations with UF Health Screen, Test & Protect Director Dr. Michael Lauzardo. These sessions will continue to be held through the rest of this week and again in early January. While the conversations […]


Faculty teaching in the spring invited to participate in “A Conversation with Mike Lauzardo”

As reported in The Campus Brief last Friday, UF Health plans to test all undergraduate students who are taking in-person classes by January 10, the day before classes begin. Students in sororities and fraternities, residence halls and in-person classes will continue to be tested every two weeks in order to be “cleared” for campus. As is […]


UF leaders shared vision, answered questions during Tuesday’s town hall

Several UF leaders and some of UF Health’s foremost experts on epidemiology and infectious diseases came together to answer questions about the university’s plans for moving forward together this fall in a town hall held on Tuesday. Faculty and staff were provided the opportunity to ask questions prior to and during the event hosted by […]


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