March 27, 2020
Faculty spotlight: Monika Oli from the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
For senior lecturer Monika Oli and her colleagues in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences microbiology and cell science department, it took some quick thinking, some creativity, and a trip to Best Buy to stock up on webcams and microphones. Here’s how she kept more than 1,000 students learning. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1084229221962622.
Share your story of academic innovation, research impact, student resiliency or staff dedication with us by sending an email to email@example.com.
UF in the News
Doctors from the University of Florida say the tests are part of research looking at the transmission rates of the coronavirus. The tests will be available not just for people with COVID-19 symptoms, but also for people who have no symptoms. Dr. Michael Lauzardo, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Florida says, “The most important question we’re trying to determine is how many people have the virus but are showing no symptoms at all.”
Researchers making an impact
As a University of Florida mechanical engineering student decades ago, Samsun Lampotang, Ph.D., helped respiratory therapist colleagues build a minimal-transport ventilator that became a commercial success. So, when the coronavirus pandemic hit and he heard the desperate international plea for thousands more ventilators, the longtime UF professor of anesthesiology set out to build a prototype using plentiful, cheap components that could be copied from an online diagram and a software repository.
Dance Marathon will go on…virtually
Demonstrating resilience, creativity, and an unwavering commitment to supporting UF Health Shands Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network, Dance Marathon will be held online this year starting at 12 p.m. on March 28 and culminate 26.2 hours later on Sunday, March 29 at 12:12 p.m. Dance Marathon at UF is the most successful student-run philanthropy in the southeastern United States, raising more than $3 million last year. Learn how you can support this effort at https://floridadm.org/ and follow along at https://www.facebook.com/floridaDM/.
Aid-a-Gator available for students and employees
The Gator community sticks together in all sorts of weather, and that’s never more evident than in times of transition and hardship. Aid-a-Gator has processed more than 1,000 requests for a total of $955,695 from students to help cover a variety of needs, including rent due to lost wages, unanticipated travel, additional technology requirements, replacements of medications, emergency childcare due to extended school closures, and other needs. To file an application or to donate for students, visit https://www.sfa.ufl.edu/aidagator/ and for employees, visit https://benefits.hr.ufl.edu/gatorperks/aid-a-gator/.
Graduation tweet triggers outpouring of responses
When news broke on social media that commencement would be rescheduled, students and families from throughout the Gator Nation made us proud with their perspectives and resilience. Check out the below tweet from PhD candidate Daniel Pimentel as well as the outpouring of responses.
First-gen Latinx PhD candidate here.
Was chatting with Mom about possible cancellation of commencement ceremony.
Me (in Spanish): I'm bummed cuz I wanted to share that moment with you.
Mom: Mijo, I was with you every step of the way. One day doesn't define the journey
— Daniel Pimentel, PhD 🇨🇴🇩🇴 (@xrprof) March 16, 2020
See the UF PhD candidate’s full thread
Dispatch from IFAS
To help prevent the spread of germs to family members, it could be helpful to sanitize your house nightly, including wiping down high-traffic common surfaces. Tips are available at