January 16, 2019

Register now for the 2019 Provost's Symposium: Empowering Students to be Active Learners

How can active learning teaching strategies work in your classroom? Join us for the 2019 Provost’s Symposium Feb.7-8 at Emerson Alumni Hall for an insightful discussion on evidence-based research and effective learning strategies; creating inclusive and engaging classrooms; and developing faculty learning communities at UF.

Christine Ortiz, Morris Cohen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will serve as the Friday keynote speaker. Dr. Ortiz has led cross-institutional initiatives in global education, technology-enabled learning, new methods of learning assessment and fostering diversity and inclusion.

** Drawing for 6 iPad pros during the lunch hour on Friday**  

Register now.

Submitted by Shelby Taylor, The Bob Graham Center for Public Service


Fatherhood Today: Stories from the Child Rearing Front Lines

Join panelists Marko Suvajdzic — Digital Worlds, Will Vash — UF College of Education, and Matt Brink — SharpSpring as they share their experiences navigating fatherhood and the changing dynamics of gender roles in parenting, such as paternity leave and what it’s like being the minority in a mommy and me group.

We are looking forward to having a great conversation with audience input! Fathers, future fathers, and partners - everyone welcome! Please join us!

Thursday, January 24, 2019

5:30 - 7:00 PM

UF Innovate The Hub

747 SW 2nd Ave, Ste. 140

Free and open to all!

Includes post-panel networking and refreshments.

Register Now!

For more information contact Kathy Sohar at

Submitted by Veronica Talavera, Collaboratory for Women Innovators


An Evening with Pam & Doug Soltis: Building, Using and Teaching the Tree of Life

The UF Fulbright Lecture Committee and the International Center are pleased to invite UF faculty to join us in welcoming Pamela and Douglas Soltis, distinguished professors at the Florida Museum of Natural. Drs. Soltis are principal investigators in the UF Laboratory of Molecular Systematics & Evolutionary Genetics (Soltis Lab,) as well as contributing authors of the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group. They are major contributors to the development of the Tree of Life, an online phylogenetic taxonomy project including 2.3 million species. The Tree of Life can help researchers cure diseases, develop medicines, improve agricultural crops and predict how plants and animals are going to move in response to climate change.

Thursday, January 24, 2019 | 6 p.m.

Harn Museum of Art

3259 Hull Road

For more information visit the International Center Website.

Submitted by Mabel Cardec, International Center


Faculty ePortfolio Workshop

Electronic Portfolios allow students to reflect on their international experiences and courses while creating a digital archive of acquired skills and accomplishments. ePortfolios can be used to foster global learning, connections among experiences, and career development. Faculty and staff interested in learning more about ePortfolio practice and platforms are invited to attend our upcoming workshop, which will be held in the UF International Center's Large Conference Room: 

Thursday, January 17th, 1:00-2:30pm

​​Attendees will:

  • learn about ways to incorporate ePortfolios into study abroad programs and internationalized courses
  • overview examples, research findings, and ePortfolio best practices
  • participate in a hands-on tutorial on how to create an ePortfolio using Wix
  • receive additional resources

If you have any questions please contact Paloma Rodriguez .

By participating in this workshop you can earn miles toward the Passport to Great Teaching Program!

Submitted by Amila Tica, UF International Center


Connect with the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering through our Seminars and Symposia

Interested in cryptography? Mapping the human brain? Preventing hurricane damage? The Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering invites you to attend our seminars and symposia to learn more about our research and educational programs.

To receive event announcements, send an email to with “subscribe hwcoe-seminars-l” in the body. (No subject required). Respond to the confirmation email that follows, and you will begin to receive weekly updates. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Submitted by Forrest Masters, Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering


North Central Florida Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience – 9th Annual Chapter Conference

Register Now!

Submitted by Brittany Zabel, Department of Neuroscience


Serve on the Student Conduct Committee

Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution in the Dean of Students Office is currently recruiting new faculty, staff, and graduate students to serve on our Student Conduct Committee. Student Conduct Committee members play an integral role in educating students about their rights and responsibilities as members of the UF community, upholding community behavioral standards, and implementing the Student Conduct Code and Honor Code. If you are interested, please email Student Conduct Committee Training will be Friday, February 15, 2018 from 2-5pm in the in 202 Peabody Hall.

Submitted by Christine Natal, Dean of Students Office


Passport to Great Teaching Events

Start Talking – Jan. 29, Presenter: Elizabeth “Buffy” Bondy

“With whom, in what ways, and in what contexts we interact will determine what we stand to learn.” (Ball & Freedman, 2004)

This session is designed for instructors who wish to construct transformative learning spaces for students. These kinds of learning contexts may also be described as risk-taking spaces in which learners are challenged to identify, consider, and reconsider their taken-for-granted assumptions about themselves, other people, and how the human world works. In order to construct transformative spaces, instructors must help students to start talking, listening, wondering, and feeling in ways that may be unfamiliar to them. In this session we examine strategies for cultivating transformative teaching and learning.

Make it Global: Curriculum Internationalization – Jan. 30, Feb. 21 & Mar. 14, Presenter: Paloma Rodriguez

This workshop explores ways to develop course assignments that incorporate international perspectives and enhance the development of intercultural competence. Attendees will engage in a self-assessment exercise that will allow them to rate the degree to which they have internationalized their courses. They will also learn about virtual exchange as a way to connect their classrooms to other classrooms around the world. All attendees will receive information about the Curriculum Internationalization grants available through the UF International Center.

Discovering Alternative Breaks – Jan. 31 & Feb. 18, Presenter: Elaine Giles

Research shows that Alternative Break service immersion experiences have impacted students’ learning and development over the past three decades. These transformative service experiences have impacted more than 2100 UF alumni since UF’s inaugural trip in 1993.  With community based learning courses designated as a high impact educational practice, incorporating an alternative break service experience could increase and potentially transform students’ knowledge and understanding of course material.  Come discover how to create and implement an alternative break experience within your course.

For more information and to register for these events visit the FDTE Categories and Activities webpage.

Submitted by Zaina Sheets, Office of Faculty Development and Teaching Excellence


UF to Host International Mentoring Association Conference March 11-12

As the new academic home for the International Mentoring Association (IMA), UF will host the association’s annual conference, “Diversity in Mentoring Initiatives: Practice and Research,” March 11 to 12 in Gainesville. Registration for the conference is now open, and the early-bird rate ends on Feb. 11. Anyone who is working with a mentoring program on campus or in the Gainesville community is invited to join the IMA and attend the conference.

A preconference session on Mentoring in the Health Professions features Kelly Diggs-Andrews of the National Research Mentoring Network. Conference speakers include Audrey Murrell, PhD, of the University of Pittsburgh; Lisa Z. Fain, CEO of the Center for Mentoring Excellence, and Mirna Ramos-Diaz, MD, of the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences.

For more information on membership or the upcoming conference, contact or visit

Submitted by Meghan Meyer, Clinical and Translational Science Institute


Florida Museum Accepting Junior Volunteer Applications Jan. 14-Feb. 15

Calling preteens and teens ages 12-17! Work alongside staff members this summer and share programs and exhibits with Museum visitors. This is a great opportunity to learn about the Museum’s behind-the-scenes work and make new friends. Positions include Discovery Cart attendant, “Discovery Zone” assistant, camp teacher’s assistant, Lepidoptera collections assistant and more! Applications are available online at or at the museum front desk beginning Jan. 14 and must be postmarked or received by Feb. 15. Late applications are not accepted. New applicants are interviewed in early March and, if selected, attend a mandatory training in early June. For more information, visit or call 352-273-2055.

Submitted by Nikhil Srinivasan, Florida Museum of Natural History


Register Now for the First Year Faculty Teaching Academy (FYFTA)

Are you new to UF? New to Teaching? 

Register Now for the First Year Faculty Teaching Academy (FYFTA)

The Office of Faculty Development and Teaching Excellence is now accepting nominations for the spring 2019 cohort of First Year Faculty Teaching Academy (FYFTA) participants. This workshop series has been created for faculty who are new to teaching at the University of Florida.

Participants must be able to commit to attending their choice of 4 out of 5 synchronous seminar sessions. These sessions will be held online from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. on Tuesdays.

Upon completion of the program, participants receive a copy of What the Best College Teachers Do by Ken Bain, 500 miles towards the Great Teaching for New Faculty Certificate, and the FYFTA badge. 

Please visit the First Year Faculty Teaching Academy page for details on previous sessions and useful links to resources and information on teaching and Learning at the University of Florida.

The Office of Faculty Development and Teaching Excellence would like to extend this invitation to first year faculty. Space is limited so register early.  Seminars begin January 22, 2019 with a session on Quality Interaction with Students.

Please register or nominate faculty from your college by asking them to fill out the registration form.

Please email Alexandra Bitton-Bailey at with any questions or concerns or if you would like to recommend specific faculty to participate.

Submitted by Zaina Sheets, Office of Faculty Development and Teaching Excellence


Three Professional Development Opportunities for Instructors

UFIT’s Center for Instructional Technology and Training (CITT) is offering three certificate-earning series this term:

Principles of Effective Instruction (1/28/19 – 4/7/19)

The Principles of Effective Instruction series addresses components of instructional concepts including pedagogical theory, course design, student engagement, and the role of assessments in online learning. Participants choose their own educational experience by completing five focused professional development opportunities.

Teaching with Technology (1/28/19 – 2/24/19)

The Teaching with Technology series addresses fundamentals, methods, and implementation of technology to improve the overall learning experience. Participants explore ways to increase student engagement and improve instructor presence to create a technology-enhanced learning environment.

Teaching for Inclusivity and Accessibility (1/22/19 – 5/3/19)

The Teaching for Inclusivity and Accessibility series covers technical, social, and pedagogical aspects of education; and focuses on relevant and reflective activities so participants may implement changes in their teaching practice.  Participants learn strategies to reach diverse student populations, with attention paid to multiculturalism, gender identity, access and disability, and more.

Please do not hesitate to contact Interim Manager Shannon Dunn for more information on CITT services.

Submitted by Mark McCallister, UF Information Technology


Rita Kobb Nursing & Health Informatics National Symposium Feb. 14-15

The College of Nursing is hosting the Rita Kobb Nursing & Health Informatics National Symposium Feb. 14-15 at the J. Wayne Reitz Union Grand Ballroom. This biyearly lectureship series explores topics in nursing and health informatics. The theme of this year’s symposium is “Looking Back at the Past Decade of Nursing and Health Informatics: Advances and Opportunities” and will feature scholarly experts from across the country. All are welcome to attend and registration is free thanks to generous sponsors. Find more information and register.

Submitted by Anna Suggs Hoffman, College of Nursing


Save the date: 2019 PHHP Research Day, Thursday, April 4, 2019

Join us for our 32nd Annual College of Public Health and Health Professions (PHHP) Research Day on April 4, 2019 at the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts!

  • Support our PHHP student and postdoctoral researchers by visiting their posters.
  • Celebrate our PHHP Research Day award winners at the awards ceremony.
  • Keynote address at 5:30 PM by Vincent Mor, PhD, Brown University School of Public Health. Dr. Mor is:
    • Member of the National Academy of Medicine
    • Director of the Research Career Training Program Core at the Center on Health Services Training and Research (CoHSTAR)
    • Director of the Center for Long Term Care Innovation and Quality at Brown University
    • Florence Pirce Grant Professor of Medical Science in the Department of Health Services, Policy and Practice
    • Research Health Scientist at the Providence Veterans Administration Medical Cente

More information on the full agenda of events will be forthcoming!

Submitted by Nicole M. Marlow, College of Public Health and Health Professions


Faculty Awards

Daniela Oliveira Awarded Google Security and Privacy Research Award

ECE Florida is proud to acknowledge Daniela Oliveira’s receipt of a Google Security and Privacy Research Award. The award is a $100,000 unrestricted monetary gift which is in recognition of Dr. Oliveira’s making significant, recent contributions to protecting users across the Internet. Google specifically recognized Oliveira’s work in the areas of social engineering and phishing. The intent of the award is to further support her research in these areas.

Google recently released further details about the program and the awardees. The award program is relatively new, having begun as a pilot program in 2016. The recipients are selected via internal Google nominations and voting.

More information about the winners and the program are available on the Google Online Security Blog.


Juan E. Gilbert Named a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

Juan E. Gilbert, The Banks Family Preeminence Endowed Professor and chair of the UF Department of Computer & Information Science & Engineering, has been named a fellow of the Associate for Computing Machinery (ACM). Gilbert was recognized for his individual contributions to advancing the field of computing. He was 1 of 56 members named as ACM Fellows for 2018.

ACM is the world’s largest and most prestigious association of computing professionals. ACM Fellows comprise less than 1 percent of the association’s global membership. Selection as an ACM Fellow is based on professional experience and achievements, as well as contributions to the broader computing community.

Gilbert came to CISE in 2014, where he leads the Human Experience Research Lab. He is also a Fellow of the American Association of the Advancement of Science, and a Senior Member of the IEEE. Gilbert majored in systems analysis at Miami University in Ohio. He also obtained computer science degrees at the University of Cincinnati, earning his master’s degree in 1995 and his Ph.D. in 2000.

“Being an ACM Fellow is a significant honor for CISE and me, personally,” Gilbert said. “This is an acknowledgment of excellence in the field by our peers. I am extremely honored to be named an ACM Fellow and it reflects on our efforts to do research that impacts society.”

Gilbert is the inventor of Prime III, an open source, secure and accessible voting technology that has been used in New Hampshire since 2015 and recently in Ohio during the mid-term elections.

Visit ACM for more information on this designation.


Ahmed Helmy Named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Ahmed Helmy, Ph.D., a professor and graduate coordinator at the UF Department of Computer & Information Science & Engineering, has been named a 2019 fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Helmy was recognized for his contributions to routing protocol design and mobility modeling.

IEEE Fellow is a distinction reserved for select IEEE members whose extraordinary accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest are deemed fitting of this elevation. Each year, following a rigorous evaluation procedure, the IEEE Fellow Committee recommends a group of recipients to become Fellows. Less than 0.1 percent of voting members are selected annually.

“This is the highest honor by the biggest professional community in my field. This means that the work done by my group has had a great impact, and hopefully, will continue to have an impact in the future,” Helmy said. “I plan to increase my research activity to reach new heights and solve societal problems to improve people’s lives.”

Helmy has been instrumental in the design and implementation of the Internet standard for IP multicast routing, PIM-SM, and he was a key researcher on the widely used network simulator, NS-2.

Before joining UF in 2006, Helmy was a faculty member at the USC Viterbi Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering, where he founded and directed the Wireless & Sensor Networks Lab. He is currently the director of the mobile networking laboratory at CISE. In 2002, he received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award for his research on resource discovery and mobility modeling in large-scale wireless networks. He is a Distinguished Scientist of the Association for Computing Machinery.

Helmy’s research interests include design, analysis and measurement of wireless adhoc, sensor and mobile social networks, mobility modeling, multicast protocols, IP mobility and network simulation. He has published over 250 journal articles, conference papers and posters, and book chapters, and has over 14,500 citations for these publications.

Helmy joins six other IEEE Fellows in the department.

Visit IEEE for more information on this designation.


Ravi Srinivasan Elected to the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC)

College of Design, Construction and Planning associate professor Ravi Srinivasan was elected to the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) for a three-year term ending in 2022. The NFRC is an independent, non-profit organization that establishes objective window, door and skylight energy performance ratings that helps consumers compare products and make informed purchase decisions.


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