May 28, 2020

Center for Humanities in the Public Sphere Writing Retreat

UF’s Center for Humanities in the Public Sphere offers summer writing support

For the last two years, UF’s Center for Humanities in the Public Sphere (CHPS) has kicked off the summer with a weeklong Writing Retreat for faculty and graduate students with humanities writing projects. While this year’s in-person retreat had to be cancelled, CHPS Director Barbara Mennel did not want humanities faculty to miss the opportunity to jump-start their summers with a week focused on writing. So she pulled together a virtual substitute.

A playful element emerged when Mennel planted the sign from last year’s event at Austin Cary in a participant’s yard one morning before the Zoom meeting. He, in turn, took it to another participant’s house the next day. At present, the sign is migrating across Gainesville, marking the spots where UF Humanities researchers are forging ahead with their work despite corona’s best efforts to stop them.

Read more about the program in this story. If you were not able to join this year’s online retreat, you can still join the CHPS’s Summer Writing Support Group by emailing

Wondering what to do with your stimulus check?

In the videos below, UF/IFAS Associate Dean for Extension Michael Gutter offers some advice, with two ways you can use your money wisely.

Supporting local businesses

Starting an emergency fund

UF Thompson Earth Systems Institute seeking scientists to serve as mentors

UF Thompson Earth Systems InstituteThe UF Thompson Earth Systems Institute is seeking scientists to serve as science mentors during the Scientist in Every Florida School virtual summer professional development workshop for Florida K-12 teachers.

The workshop, titled “Nature of Science,” will take place online from July 6-10. Using virtual platforms like Zoom, interested scientists, lab members, graduate students and postdocs will be asked to give teachers authentic experiences in the lab. The time commitment for each mentor is approximately 10-12 hours for the week.

Please fill out this form to confirm your interest by June 1, and find more information here.

Free access to the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and The Economist

New York TimesDid you know UF provides free online subscriptions for all faculty, staff and students to the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal as well as unlimited campus-wide access to

For more information and to find links to activate your subscriptions, visit the UF Business Library’s website.

UF Nursing alumna continues to make UF proud

Shaila BahlUF Nursing alumna Shaila Bahl from the BSN class of 2011 has been bravely serving in New York for three weeks combating COVID-19. As a COVID survivor herself, she knew she’d be able to bring a personal understanding to those affected by the disease.

We honor Bahl and all of our UF faculty, staff, alumni and students who continue to shed light and provide invaluable care during this pandemic.