April 7, 2020

Game day! UF faces FSU, Yale on Jeopardy! tonight

JeopardyKayla Kalhor, a chemistry sophomore, will compete in the “Jeopardy! College Championship” at 7:30 p.m. Her competitors are all from Florida: one is a student at FSU and the other goes to Yale. In Gainesville, you can watch it on WGFL-TV.

Initial wave of generosity sets an optimistic stage for leave donation campaign

UF faculty and staff kicked off a weeklong leave-donation drive designed to support employees who may exhaust their personally accrued leave. Within the first two hours after the announcement of the new program, more than 12,000 hours of leave had already been donated; by mid-day Tuesday, that number had grown to more than 50,000 hours.

To learn more about how you can help, please visit the UF COVID-19 Leave Donation Plan section of the UFHR website.​


IFAS Streaming Science series offers learning opportunities for children

As schools transition to remote education, University of Florida is at the forefront helping students learn from home with Streaming Science.

Launched earlier this semester by Jamie Loizzo, assistant professor of agricultural communication, the program connects with schools pre-K to high school to bring science directly to people’s homes through a variety of educational tools and resources, including photo essays, podcasts and videos. The initiative’s newest component, Scientists Online, also offers the opportunity to interact directly with scientists and ask questions.

To learn about future learning opportunities offered through Streaming Science, check out the initiative’s Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/StreamingScience

From our Twitter feeds

Academic announcements

S-U option for graduate students 
UF announced Monday that graduate students may elect to remain in letter grading or shift to S-U grading for eligible letter-graded Spring 2020 graduate courses ending later than March 20, 2020. More details are available at  http://undergrad.aa.ufl.edu/for-students/covid-19-and-academic-policies/graduate-school-s-u-update/graduate-school-s-u-grading-policy-update/

Summer B classes will be held online
Summer B classes will be offered online. The decision follows previous announcements by the university that Summer A and C semesters would be online. http://statements.ufl.edu/statements/2020/april/april-6-summer-b-online–revised-dates-for-summer-a-b-and-c.html

UF forms interdisciplinary task force to study COVID-19 impacts on Italy

One Health Center of Excellence at the University of Florida is developing a task force of scientists to analyse data generated during the Italian COVID-19 epidemic. The center will engage multidisciplinary teams of scientists to primarily address issues related to COVID-19 in Lombardy.

The #yesITcan team will be managed through dedicated working groups coordinated by Dr. Ilaria Capua with Dr. Rania Gollakner, Dr. Sonja Rasmussen and Dr. Daniela Paolotti. Areas of Interest for the task force include climate change, pollution and case fatality rates, difference between genders, comorbidity risk factors, effects of pregnant women and children and more. https://onehealth.ifas.ufl.edu/activities/circular-health-program/

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