September 11, 2019

Serve as a First-Generation Life Coach for 2019-2020

The First-Generation Student Success office is recruiting UF faculty, staff, and graduate students to serve as a Life Coach for a 3rd or 4th year first-generation students. As a Life Coach, you would work with first-generation college students as they navigate the next steps after graduation. As our students are first in their families to attend college, they are also first to graduate; we are looking for dedicated coaches to provide students with guidance during this transition. Topics of discussion can include graduate school preparation, applying for employment, navigating life after college, and more.

Life Coaches are required to meet with their paired “Coachee” once a month during the semester. The program will run from October 2019 – April 2020.

Apply to be a life coach - Application deadline for life coaches is Monday September 23rd  

Important Dates:

  • Pairing Social on September 26th from 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • Mix n’ Mingle on November 7th from 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM           

For more information, please visit the program website. If you have any questions, please contact Richard Blake at   

Submitted by Richard Blake, First-Generation Student Success


National Postdoc Appreciation Week Sept. 16 - 20th - Print Your Appreciation Badge

The UF Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) and George A. Smathers Libraries have partnered to provide a week of appreciation and networking events for your postdocs.

Celebrate postdocs’ contributions to research and discovery by printing and pinning a postdoc appreciation badge in your lab or office.

Download the one of the badges:

Submitted by Lily Lewis, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs


Constitution Day 2019 Celebration 

September 17, 2019, UF Levin College of Law, Chesterfield A. Smith Ceremonial Classroom, Holland Hall 180, Noon-1:00 p.m.

Professors Darren Hutchinson, John Stinneford, and Merritt McAlister will present Constitution Day: Celebration and Reflection to consider the successes and challenges relating to Constitutional Law.

Submitted by Whitney Smith, Levin College of Law


International Center Offers Conference Travel Funding 

The UF International Center Office of Global Learning is now accepting applications for Conference Travel Funding from faculty and staff interested in attending the following conferences: 

  • AAC&U Global Citizenship for Campus, Community, and Careers: Crossing Borders and Boundaries - San Antonio, Texas | October 17-19th, 2019 
  • International Virtual Exchange Conference - Tacoma, Washington | October 25-26th, 2019 
  • Global Service Learning Summit - Clemson, South Carolina | November 3-5th, 2019

For a list of additional conferences, please click here. For more information regarding the application process, please click here.

Submitted by Tica Amila, International Center


NIH SBIR/STTR Grant Funding Workshop

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Cancer Genetics Research Center | 2033 Mowry Rd

Learn from NCI and NCATS experts how to identify and fund your promising projects towards successful commercialization. Speakers:

  • Kory Hallett – Program Director SBIR Development Center, NCI
  • Lili Portilla – Director of Strategic Alliances NCATS

Please RSVP (lunch provided)

Can’t attend face to face? You don’t have to miss it. Choose to Livestream the event when you register.

Submitted by Veronica Talavera, UF Innovate


Passport to Great Teaching Events

More information and registration for all of these workshops can be found in the Passport Portal. If you cannot login please register for the Passport Portal. For help navigating the portal, view the user guide

Classrooms, Community, and Critical Conversations Presenter: CC Suarez

Friday, September 27th from 10:00am – 11:30am via Zoom

This interactive workshop will provide best practices for building community and increasing trust within a classroom. The foundation of trust is imperative for critical dialogue which can enhance learning, identity development, and intercultural communication among students. As such, attendees will learn various classroom practices that can be easily adapted and applied to lessons and curriculum regardless of focus area. Presenter will also briefly introduce theory that supports this praxis.


Creating Course Materials with Creative Commons & the Public Domain – Presenters: Perry Collins & Lisa Campbell  

Wednesday, September 25th from 10:00am -11:00am in 201 Bryant Space Science Center

Whether you’re crafting a Canvas site or building an open textbook, you have lots of legal options for incorporating free, out-of-copyright and openly licensed texts, images, music, and video. This workshop will highlight how to find the best materials for your course and how to guide students as they undertake their own scholarship.


UDL: Designing Instruction for the Love of Learning – Presenters: Gerry Altamirano & Erica McCray

Wednesday, September 25th from 12:00pm – 2:00pm in 201 Bryant Space Science Center

Through Universal Design for Learning (UDL) instructors can impart their love for their subject-matter and ensure that all students have effective opportunities to learn the content.  Session participants will learn about the core tenets of UDL (multiple means of representation, action and expression, and engagement), engage in experiential and dialogic learning, and begin applying UDL to their own courses and activities. Presenters have expertise in education and supporting the learning of individuals with varying abilities. Bring your own brown bag lunch to enjoy during this workshop!


Improve your Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication Skills – Presenter: Susan Schuld

Thursday, September 26th from 12:00pm – 1:30pm in 201 Bryant Space Science Center

This session will provide practical how-to tips for communicating with your students when lecturing. What does your body language and vocal tone say to your students? Messages can easily be misinterpreted, how can you make sure to communicate what you really intend to? In this hands-on seminar, participants can practice new physical and vocal habits that will allow you to be an effective communicator. Exercises include exploring the ways we stand, sit, and use our hands and the role these play in effective communication. Attendees are encouraged to lecture for the group and receive suggestions and feedback on how to improve. 


Approaching Academic Honesty - Sep. 26 - Presenter: Jennifer Lejeune Ramos

Thursday, September 26th from 3:30pm – 5:00pm in 201 Bryant Space Science Center

How do cultural norms, religious beliefs, values, and educational experiences affect international students’ understanding of our highly individualistic notion of “academic honesty?” This workshop will help us reflect on our own expectations of what is and what is not “honest” in an academic setting as well as offer some insight into why students may struggle to interpret and meet our expectations. Participants will develop approaches to prevent acts of academic dishonesty among students and how to address it once it occurs.


Submitted by Zaina Sheets, Center for Teaching Excellence


Leveraging ORCID to Enhance Your Scholarly Profile

Health Science Center Library

Biomedical Information Teaching Space (BITS@HSCL), C1-121

Thursday, September 19, 3-4 pm

Are you a researcher interested in promoting your publications and tracking their impact over time? Have you signed up for an Open Researcher and Contributor ID ( ORCID, a nonprofit dedicated to helping researchers build their online academic presence, offers a simple way to connect your publications, presentations, grants, and other scholarly outputs with a variety of tools you’re likely already using. This workshop will introduce ways to get started with ORCID and will highlight funder and publisher ORCID policies, including a newly announced NIH policy.

Register here

Submitted by Perry Collins, George Smathers Libraries


Mathematics Festival at the Harn Museum of Art, Saturday, Sept, 14th 12-3pm

Does your child love math? What about puzzles? The Department of Mathematics at UF invites you and your child to a mathematics festival from noon to 3:00pm on Saturday, September 14, at the Harn Museum of Art. We will have 20+ activities sure to engage students of all ages, K-12. Admission is free, and the Harn’s galleries will be open until 5:00pm as well. Please note: this not a drop-off event; parents are expected to chaperone their children.

This event is produced in conjunction with the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival ( While it is not required, preregistration at the link below will help our planning. We hope to see you there!

More information is available online at

Submitted by Kevin Knudson, Department of Mathematics


Florida Museum of Natural History Events

Florida Museum hosts ‘Viva Museum’ Sept. 14

Celebrate Latin American culture from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 14 at the Florida Museum of Natural History. View Peruvian, Venezuelan, Mexican and Cuban artifacts from the museum’s ethnographic collection in celebration of the 250th anniversary of renowned scientist Alexander von Humboldt’s birth. This is a bilingual, family event. Este es un evento biligüe y familiar. For more information, visit or call 352-273-2061.


Florida Museum invites art enthusiasts to ‘SciArt Meetup: Skeletons’ Sept. 17

Calling all art enthusiasts! Visit the Florida Museum of Natural History after hours for SciArt Meetups to explore exhibits and create art inspired by Florida nature and culture! With partners Santa Fe College Art Gallery and Wayfaring Painter, join the museum on Sept. 17 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. for a brief art or science presentation on skeletons. The program fee is $7 per person and includes a working studio space and after-hours entry to select permanent exhibits. Artists must bring their own supplies. For more information or to register, visit or call 352-273-2062.


Florida Museum to host Educator Open House Sept. 18

Looking for classroom ideas and teaching materials? The Florida Museum of Natural History and Harn Museum of Art are partnering with other educational organizations to provide information about field trips, workshops, lesson plans and free resources on Sept. 18 from 2 to 5 p.m. This event is open to all educators, and attendees will visit the “Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World” exhibit, participate in Harn Museum exhibition tours, enjoy refreshments and receive a discount in the museum gift shops. Alachua County Public Schools teachers can register online to earn in-service points. For more information, visit or call 352-273-2036.


Submitted by Nikhil Srinivasan, Florida Museum of Natural History


Performing Arts Events and The Book of Mormon Presale for Faculty

Exclusive UF Presale Offer for THE BOOK OF MORMON

University of Florida Faculty and Staff can get tickets now with code “BEST” before tickets go on sale to the general public on September 15th!



Etienne Charles

Friday, September 20, 2019. 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Upstage at the Phillips Center

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Etienne Charles brings everything he has to the stage with thrilling compositions and palpable

charisma. Building on his Trinidadian heritage, Charles is rewriting jazz by blending myriad rhythms from the French, Spanish, English, and Dutch-speaking Caribbean, and defying easy musical categorization.


Sarah Chang, violin | Julio Elizalde, piano

Sunday, September 22, 7:30 pm

Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets and More Info.

When Sarah Chang performed with Prague Philharmonic in 2017, everyone knew they were in the presence of greatness. Recognized as one of the foremost violinists of our time, Chang made her New York Philharmonic debut at the age of 8 and has continued to impress audiences worldwide. Chang will be accompanied by longtime collaborator and touring partner Julio Elizalde. The gifted American pianist is one of the most sought-after and multifaceted artists of his generation.

Submitted by Samuel Mckee, University of Florida Performing Arts


UF’s Brechner Center Launches Open-Access Journal of Civic Information

The Brechner Center for Freedom of Information debuted the Journal of Civic Information, the first open-access, interdisciplinary journal that publishes peer-reviewed research related to the field of public information accessibility. The online quarterly journal will include articles from both scholars and practitioners and will address issues regarding access to public records and meetings, court transparency, access to public employees and elected officials, open data and technology, and other related matters, with an emphasis on issues relevant to the state-and-local levels of government. 

The journal’s inaugural editor is David Cuillier, associate professor at the University of Arizona School of Journalism and a former national president of the Society of Professional Journalists. 

For information on how to submit articles visit the journal website.

Submitted by Randy Bennett, College of Journalism and Communications


College of Law Events

September 12, 2019: UF Levin College of Law Tax Colloquium, 10:20 a.m.-11:50 a.m. Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom, Holland Hall 180. Gregg Polsky, Francis Shackelford Distinguished Professor in Taxation Law, University of Georgia School of Law, will present his paper, Taxing Buybacks (with Daniel Hemel).

September 12, 2019: Marshall M. Criser Distinguished Faculty Workshop, Noon-1:00 p.m. Faculty Lounge, Holland Hall. Gregg Polsky, Francis Shackelford Distinguished Professor in Taxation Law, University of Georgia School of Law, will present his paper, Taxing Residential Solar. (RSVP required).

Submitted by Whitney Smith, Levin College of Law


Faculty Awards

Andy Wolpert Appointed Director of the UF Quest Program

Dr. Andy Wolpert has accepted the position of Director of the UF Quest Program*, an appointment in the Provost’s Office of Undergraduate Affairs.  Dr. Wolpert, who is also an Associate Professor of Classics here at UF, brings with him a wealth of experience in general education, shared undergraduate academic experiences, teaching, and research.  He has served as Director of the IDS 1161 (“What Is the Good Life?”) course since 2012 and has been a catalyst in the last four years in UF Quest program development.

As IDS 1161 Director, he promoted the use of digital technologies and experiential learning activities, providing a concrete framework in these areas for the UF Quest Program.  In addition to continuing his leadership of IDS 1161 as it is absorbed over time by the UF Quest Program when launched in the Fall 2020, as UF Quest Program Director, Dr. Wolpert will be responsible for leading faculty collaboration in continued development of UF Quest courses; communicating and sustaining the grand vision for the Program; overseeing the day-to-day management of UF Quest courses and instruction; and seeking opportunities for garnering funding support for the Program. 

Please join the Office of the Provost in congratulating Dr. Wolpert’s as he takes on this new and important role for the University of Florida and in thanking him for his continuing contributions towards improving the undergraduate educational experience at the University of Florida.


Office of the Provost
University of Florida

235 Tigert Hall
P. O. Box 113175
Gainesville, FL 32611