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Vaccines and masks provide the best protection against COVID-19

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With the start of the fall semester, we want to ensure that faculty and staff have the tools needed to maintain a safe classroom environment. UF Health Screen, Test & Protect Director Michael Lauzardo, M.D., M.Sc., reiterated during last week’s faculty town hall that masks and vaccines provide the best protection against COVID-19, including the delta variant. The Aug. 18 Campus Brief also stressed that all people inside of UF facilities are expected to wear masks in community spaces in buildings, including common areas in our office suites, when we are not in our individual offices or workspaces, even if you are vaccinated.

Answers to your most pressing COVID-related questions

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Last Thursday, more than 500 faculty and staff joined UF Health Screen, Test & Protect Director Michael Lauzardo, M.D., M.Sc., for a town hall designed to answer questions about COVID-19 vaccinations, the delta variant and more. If you were unable to attend, you can find answers to many of the questions posed during the town […]

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 […]

Entomology Professor Jamie Ellis urges practice of “exceptionalism”

Jamie Ellis, Ph.D., Gahan Endowed Professor of Entomology in the Entomology and Nematology Department at UF/IFAS and an internationally recognized expert on honey bee biology and management, was asked by President Fuchs to deliver UF’s Summer 2021 commencement speech. In his speech, Ellis encouraged students to practice exceptionalism in their lives. “Exceptional individuals do not […]

Tropical storm Elsa recovery loans available for homes and businesses

Alachua County has received a disaster declaration from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) due to damage caused by Tropical Storm Elsa. Individuals whose home or business was damaged by the storm are eligible to apply for SBA disaster loan assistance. The deadline to file the application for physical damage loans is Sept. 20, 2021, […]

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 […]

UF team identifies novel targets for COVID-19 antivirals

A multidisciplinary team of UF researchers has identified dozens of novel therapeutic targets for the development of antiviral therapies against COVID-19. The team recently posted a paper to bioRxiv reporting the identification of 53 novel genes and pathways that could become druggable targets for antiviral therapies for COVID-19 plus a broad array of coronavirus types. […]

Dr. Michael Lauzardo to answer your COVID-related questions this Thursday

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UF faculty and staff are invited to join UF Health Screen, Test & Protect Director Michael Lauzardo, M.D., M.Sc., for a town hall held via Zoom on Thursday, Aug. 12, from 3 to 4 p.m. Dr. Lauzardo will address questions about the COVID-19 Delta variant, vaccinations, protective measures you can take and how you can […]

With COVID cases continuing to rise, questions about taking leave resurface

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Over the past week, the number of COVID-19 cases throughout Florida has continued to rise rapidly. While there is hopeful news that nearly 250,000 more Floridians received vaccinations last week, UF has seen an uptick in cases among both employees and students as well. Questions about taking leave associated with COVID-19 have resurfaced in recent […]

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