Category: Spotlight

College of Medicine staff member goes from cardiac arrest patient to CPR advocate

In April 2020, Steve Ryan experienced sudden cardiac arrest that stopped his heart for 12 minutes.


“It turns out if you really care, it makes a difference.”

When she assumed the role of UF’s vice president for human resources five and a half years ago, Jodi Gentry’s vision was to help create a competitive advantage for the university through people — strong individual contributors, high-functioning collaborators and teams, and excellent leaders — where their best work would be encouraged, enabled, expected and recognized.


UF TREEO Center celebrates its instructors

The UF Center for Training, Research and Education for Environmental Occupations, or TREEO, recently held a day-long workshop and award luncheon for more than 20 trainers who have helped make the center a leader in environmental occupations training since 1977.


You’re invited to the Student Health Care Center’s beam signing ceremony

UF faculty, staff and students are invited to celebrate construction of the new Student Health Care Center by signing a structural beam.


How UF helps veterans succeed as they pursue an education

Veterans Day is a time for us to honor those who bravely served our country. Thanks to the GI Bill, thousands of military veterans have been able to pursue an education at the University of Florida.

In a recent episode of From Florida, Roselind Brown of the Collegiate Veterans Success Center, discussed UF’s history of working with veterans, and U.S. Coast Guard Officer and UF|IFAS Ph.D. student Savanna Turner talked about the opportunities and challenges veterans face on a college campus.


McKnight Brain Institute staff member’s warmth and compassion inspire others

Greta Walker has worked at UF for more than 20 years in her current role as a custodian for the McKnight Brain Institute (MBI).


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.


Nurturing Pride in community with LGBTQ+ affinity groups

As part of LGBTQ+ History Month, community organizations throughout Gainesville come together in October to celebrate Gainesville Pride.


An unexpected conversation builds trust, overcomes one man’s hesitance

Mark Hall was skeptical about the COVID-19 vaccine and unvaccinated. One night at Spurrier’s Gridiron Grille, Duane Mitchell, M.D., Ph.D., renowned cancer researcher and director of the UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute, sat down next to Mark by chance. The two got to talking about the vaccine and Mark asked Dr. Mitchell all of the questions he had about the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness. After three hours of respectful conversation, Mark decided he was ready to get vaccinated if Dr. Mitchell would be by his side when he did. 


Bridging the gap between UF and Spanish-speaking communities throughout Florida

Since 2010, the population of Hispanics in Florida experienced one of the biggest population increases at over 1.4 million. This dramatic growth created the need for programs that can adequately and inclusively serve this population.

In 2017, a group of UF/IFAS Extension agents seeking to address this issue created the Coalition of Florida Extension Educators for Latino Communities, or CAFE Latino; a grassroots organization with the goal to create science-based educational materials for the benefit of Spanish-speaking communities.


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