May 22, 2018

Do You have New Postdocs? New Postdoc Orientation is Offered Quarterly!

If you are mentoring a new postdoc, or postdocs that would like to learn more about the resources available to them at UF, encourage them to sign up for New Postdoc Orientation. New Postdoc Orientation (NPO) is offered quarterly throughout the calendar year. All NPO sessions are streamed live via zoom.

Registration is now open for the following NPO sessions:

Submitted by Lily Lewis, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs


Are you new to UF? New to Teaching? 

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

The Office of Teaching Excellence is now accepting participant nominations for the Summer 2019 cohort of FYFTA. This workshop series is created for faculty who are in their first few years of teaching at the University of Florida.

Participants must be able to commit to attending two half-day synchronous seminar sessions. These sessions will be held face-to-face on:

  • June 25th & 26th from 1:00pm – 5:00pm
  • July 31st & August 1st from 9:00am – 1:00pm

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 more details. Space is limited so register early.  If you are interested in attending, please 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 Teaching Excellence


Florida Museum of Natural History Events

New crocodile exhibit now open at Florida Museum

Florida Museum of Natural History visitors may now test their strength against a crocodile’s bite, learn how they hunt using soundwaves and see live reptiles in the new “CROCS: Ancient Predators in a Modern World” exhibit. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for Florida residents and $5.50 for ages 3-17. Museum members and UF students with a valid Gator 1 card receive free admission. For more information, visit or call 352-846-2000.

Florida Museum offers free admission to veterans May 27

The Florida Museum of Natural History is offering free admission to the “Butterfly Rainforest” and “Crocs” exhibits for veterans on Memorial Day. Valid forms of identification include a military ID, DD Form 214, VA card or driver’s license. Not valid with other offers or discounts. For more information, visit or call 352-846-2000.

Submitted by Nikhil Srinivasan, Florida Museum of Natural History


i-Rec 2019 Conference Coming to UF June 5-7

The main goal of the i-Rec conference series is to contribute to disaster reconstruction and recovery knowledge and its applications in disaster impacted populations through interdisciplinary research and information sharing with various stakeholders. This conference will be held at the University of Florida June 5-7. Registration is still open.

Submitted by Joey Mazzaferro, College of Design, Construction and Planning


Beyond the p < .05: Confidence Intervals in Evaluation and Reporting of Research Findings

Friday May 31st, 3:45-5pm JG32 BMS Building

Increasing dissatisfaction with statistical significance testing has left many researchers seeking alternative ways to evaluate and report their results. This workshop will cover the logic of confidence intervals, their relationship to significance testing, and how confidence intervals can be calculated with the SPSS and Stata statistical packages.

Presented by David Schwieder PhD, Coordinator of Humanities and Social Science Data Services, The George A. Smathers Libraries. This workshop if part of the Academic Research and Consulting Services (ARCS) group at the George A. Smathers Libraries

Submitted by Joe Wu, Health Science Center Library


Phase 3 of the Alligator Digitization Project Now Complete

The Florida Alligator was the University of Florida’s student-run newspaper until 1973 when it became The Independent Florida Alligator. For decades, the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida have preserved print and microfilm copies of the newspaper and as of September 2017 have been digitizing its archives in order to preserve the material and make it accessible to the public.

Phase 3, the latest phase of this digitization project, includes content for January 1973 to December 1986. During this time, the Alligator heavily covered musical acts and comedy shows that occurred on campus, such as performances by Bo Diddley and Billy Crystal. It also included news of happenings in the broader Gainesville community related to places like Santa Fe College and the Hippodrome Theatre. Several advertisements for local businesses like Leonardo’s Pizza by the Slice, Copper Monkey, and Farah’s are also featured frequently.

All digitized content is freely accessible online via the project collection page

For more information, contact: Melissa Jerome, or (352) 273-2637.

Submitted by Barbara Hood, George A. Smathers Libraries


Faculty Awards

UF Research Foundation Names 2019 Professors

The University of Florida Research Foundation has named 32 faculty members as UFRF Professors for 2019-2022.

The recognition goes to faculty who have a distinguished current record of research and a strong research agenda that is likely to lead to continuing distinction in their fields.

Read the UF News story.

College of the Arts

Maya Stanfield-Mazzi, Associate Professor of Art History

College of Dentistry

Marcelle Nascimento, Associate Professor of Restorative Dental Sciences

College of Education

Ester de Jong. Professor of Teaching and Learning

College of Health and Human Performance

Leonardo Ferreira. Associate Professor of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology

Levin College of Law

Berta Hernandez, Professor of Law

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Hai-Ping Cheng. Professor of Physics

Natalie Ebner. Associate Professor of Psychology

Michael Hofmann. Professor of English

Fiona McLaughlin. Professor of Linguistics & African Languages

Mario Poceski. Professor of Religion

W. David Wei. Associate Professor of Chemistry

College of Medicine

Shannon Boye. Associate Professor of Ophthalmology

Kelly Foote, Professor of Neurological Surgery

Benoit Giasson, Professor of Neuroscience

Joanna Long, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Duane Mitchell, Professor of Neurosurgery

College of Medicine - Jacksonville

Mark Hudak, Professor of Pediatrics

College of Nursing

Jeanne-Marie Stacciarini, Associate Professor of Health Care Environments and Systems

College of Pharmacy

Rhonda Cooper-Dehoff, Associate Professor of Pharmacotherapy

College of Public Health and Health Professions

Ronald Cohen, Professor of Clinical and Health Psychology

College of Veterinary Medicine

Rowan J. Milner, Professor of Oncology

Florida Museum of Natural History

Akito Kawahara, Associate Professor and Curator of Lepidoptera

Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering

José A.B. Fortes, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Aysegul Gunduz, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Tanmay Lele, Professor of Chemical Engineering

Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Jeffrey Bloomquist, Professor of Entomology and Nematology

Stephen Flor, Associate Professor of Agronomy

Jiri Hulcr, Associate Professor of Forest Entomology

Matthew Smith, Associate Professor of Plant Pathology

Lukasz Stelinski, Associate Professor of Entomology and Nematology

Samantha Wisely, Associate Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Warrington College of Business

Jay Ritter, Eminent Scholar in Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate


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