January 10, 2018

2018 UF Provost’s Symposium – Registration Deadline January 22

Please register to attend the 2018 UF Provost’s Symposium on February 1 and 2, 2018.

“The Role of the University and UF Faculty in Addressing the Rise of Extremism on Campus and in the Nation.”

Thursday, February 1st – MacKay Auditorium, 170 Pugh Hall from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Friday, February 2nd – Emerson Alumni Hall from 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

To view the full agenda and to register, go to

Submitted by the Office of the Provost


Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations (CSRRR) Annual Newsletter

The Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations (CSRRR), established in 1998, is a university wide academic research and resource center. Our work includes producing, supporting, and highlighting race-related scholarship within and beyond the UF community; gathering, analyzing, and sharing historical and contemporary knowledge about race and race relations, developing and supporting, through teaching, research, writing, and workshops, race-related curricula for collegiate and professional schools and fostering non-stigmatizing ways of discussing issues of race and ethnicity. Please check out our latest newsletter here.

Submitted by Katheryn Russell-Brown, Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations (CSRRR)


Inspiring Women Leaders Conference

UF Distance & Continuing Education (DCE), via it’s Conference Department, is hosting the Inspiring Women Leaders Conference, March 8-9, 2018, here in Gainesville.  The purpose of the conference is to promote the success of professionals by building collaborative relationships and a community of  leaders to exchange ideas, knowledge, and expertise.  Early registration runs through February 1st and is $375 per participant; Student Early Registration is $125 per participant.  To learn more or register for the conference, please visit

Submitted by Brian Marchman, Distance & Continuing Education


The Colored Museum

Jan. 26 – 28 & Feb. 2 – 4
Faculty/Staff Discounted Tickets: $15

Described by director Mikell Pinkney as a “classic of Black/African-American dramatic literature and recognized nationally and internationally,” The Colored Museum will be performed in the Constans Theatre January 26-28 and February 2-4, 2018. Written by George C. Wolfe, this satiric parody employs a series of 11 vignettes of black history and the impact of African culture within America.

Submitted by Brandon McKinley, College of the Arts


UFPA Event Highlights for Jan & Feb 2018

UF Performing Arts Annual Gala: A Night in the City
Saturday, January 27, 6:30pm
Curtis M. Phillips Center
Tickets and More Info:

Grab a slice of the Big Apple right here in Gainesville. See the Phillips Center transformed into iconic New York locales complete with authentic live performances, cocktails, dinner, and dancing. VIP Club Tickets include early access to an exclusive lounge and performance, upgraded beverage service, and much more. Sponsorship and advertising opportunities are available. Please contact Shannon Sumerlin at 352.273.2480 or

Pink Martini
Saturday, January 20, 7:30pm
Curtis M. Phillips Center
Tickets and More Info:

Sometimes you get the sense that Pink Martini is just showing off. The self-described “little orchestra” tackles musical genre (classical, Latin, jazz) and language (English, French, Farsi, Armenian, Portuguese, Arabic, Turkish, and even Xhosa) with sophistication and playfulness.

Founder and bandleader Thomas Lauderdale has been carrying out this vision since 1994. Since then, his ageless music has only gotten bolder and farther-reaching, while never shedding the sense of joy around which its sound revolves. Featuring a dozen musicians, Pink Martini performs its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, Greece, Turkey, the Middle East, Northern Africa, Australia, New Zealand, South America, and North America…it’s about time they made their way to Gainesville.

Michael McDonald
Tuesday, February 20, 7:30pm
Curtis M. Phillips Center
Tickets and More Info:

With a voice about as recognizable as they come, Michael McDonald has been a force in the world of popular music for over four decades.

Pairing his distinctive and soulful tone with massive songwriting and keyboard skills, he’s worked with some of the best from Steely Dan and Patti LaBelle to contemporary greats Grizzly Bear and Thundercat.

Whether it’s ‘70s-era Doobie Brothers classics such as “What A Fool Believes” and solo hits like “I Keep Forgettin’,” his genre-busting guest spots, or innovative concept shows, the five-time Grammy Award winning McDonald is both timeless and ever-evolving.

Submitted by Sam McKee, University of Florida Performing Arts


Discover Florida Museum Volunteer Opportunities Jan. 17

The Florida Museum of Natural History is holding an orientation for adults interested in learning more about volunteering. The presentation is on Jan. 17 from 3 to 5 p.m. and will help participants identify the best match for their interests and abilities. Volunteers serve as exhibit guides to school groups and other museum visitors or work in the collections and research departments. Pre-registration is required, and volunteers must be 18 years or older. For more information, visit  or call 352-273-2055.

Submitted by Claudia Perez Brito, Florida Museum of Natural History


Resources for Learning about and Using ResearchVault

UFIT recently hosted the first “ResearchVault” Day,  an event providing a high-level overview to using UF’s secured, isolated environment to store and work on restricted data.  While a second ResearchVault Day is being planned for the Spring 2018 semester, due to the interest in the topic we wanted to make the materials available to all research faculty and their staff.  The video stream of the four ResearchVault presentations is now on UF’s Mediasite. The event agenda and presentations are available on UFIT News.   Dr. Erik Deumens, director of UF Research Computing, recently published new commercial rates for HiPerGator and affiliated storage services.  Information about the commercial rates is posted here.

If you’d like to be notified when the next ResearchVault day is scheduled, please email UFIT Communications ( and you will be added to the invite list.

Submitted by Erik Deumens, UF Information Technology


Honors Program Teaching Opportunity

Have you ever wanted to teach a course around a single book? The UF Honors Program invites proposals for one-credit courses for the Fall 2018 semester which tackle one book in depth. Books may be from any genre — literary classics, contemporary works, nonfiction, graphic novels. Use your imagination and be daring!

Please submit one-page proposals describing your chosen book along with student assignments and expectations. These courses will meet one day per week for one period, so please keep that in mind as you decide on the output you expect from students. With input from students and faculty, the UF Honors Program will select up to forty courses for the Fall 18 semester.

The Honors Program cannot offer additional salary for faculty who wish to teach such a course, but we will offer $1000 in professional development funds (to be used for travel, etc.) to those faculty whose courses are selected.

Please submit proposals to the UF Honors Program Director, Dr. Mark Law, by e-mail at by Friday, January 26, 2018.

For more information, please contact:  Dr.  Mark E. Law, Director of the UF Honors Program,

Submitted by Mark Law, UF Honors Program


New Episode:  Beyond the Podium Podcast Series

Find out how can the Career Resource Center can help you as you plan your classes in this episode of the Beyond the Podium Podcast Series.

Episode 10: The Career Resource Center, a resource for you with Jaysen Williams, Sarah Gould, and Andie Cochran!

You can also find more information on the CRC’s faculty resources on the website.

Other episodes are available on SoundCloud, iTunes and Stitcher.

View future topics, session notes, and recordings from online sessions.

Have questions or suggestions? Send them to Alexandra Bitton-Bailey.

Submitted by Alexandra Bitton-Bailey, Office of Faculty Development and Teaching Excellence


Collaborating with Strangers Workshop

The Office of Faculty Development & Teaching Excellence and the UF Libraries invite you to kick off the spring semester with the Collaborating with Strangers workshop and reception. Collaborating with Strangers workshops (CoLAB) connect students, faculty, and researchers on campus during 3-minute speed-meetings.

You’ll walk away with more resources, solutions, and creative ideas than you ever imagined! Focused conversations will yield the following:

  • Potential collaborative relationships
  • Identification of new teaching practices
  • Problem solving of issues by discovering hidden resources
  • January 18th, 2018 from 4-6PM
  • The Keene Faculty Center
  • Information and Registration

Submitted by Alexandra Bitton-Bailey, Office of Faculty Development and Teaching Excellence


EPI Research Day

Another year has passed and EPI Research Day will be upon us once again! This year it will take place Thursday, February 15 in the Reitz Union Rion Ballroom. Lunch is included with registration.

Submitted by Evan Barton, EPI


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