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May 23, 2018


CITT Flipped Classroom Training - June 21

The Center for Instructional Technology & Training (CITT) is offering flipped classroom training on Thursday, June 21. This in-person training provides a solid foundation of active learning techniques, including an introduction to problem-based and team-based learning strategies. Participants will work in groups to complete activities that model flipped classroom best practices that instructors from a variety of disciplines can implement.

The flipped classroom training will be held in the Testing and Active Learning Center (CSE E231) in the Computer Science and Engineering building. Visit the flipped classroom training page for more details and to register for this opportunity.

Submitted by Mark McCallister, UF Information Technology

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Florida Museum to Host ‘Bats & Brew’ - May 24

The Florida Museum invites guests for an evening of bat-inspired drinks and snacks to  learn more about the only true flying mammal as part of the museum’s new exhibit. The program fee is $35 for non-members or $30 for members. Participants must be 21 years or older. Pre-registration is required and closes May 21. For more information or to register, visit http://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/event/bats-brew or call 352-273-2064.

Submitted by Nikhil Srinivasan, Florida Museum of Natural History

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Faculty Awards

Laurie Nancy Francesca Taylor to be Awarded Caribbean Information Professional of the Year.

This award recognizes an individual member of the Association of Caribbean University, Research and Institutional Libraries (ACURIL), who has made an outstanding national or regional contribution in an area of the information field, as demonstrated by excellence in performance, leadership, research, publication or a combination of these elements, and the distinguished ability to share that knowledge.

Dr. Taylor leads development for socio-technical (e.g., people, policies, technologies, communities) aspects of scholarly cyberinfrastructure to support a culture of transformative collaboration for digital and public scholarship. She is the Digital Scholarship Librarian at the George A. Smathers Libraries at UF and can be contacted at laurien@ufl.edu.

She is also the Digital Scholarship Director for the international collaborative Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC; www.dloc.com). Her work builds and leverages socio-infrastructure that values and supports diversity and inclusivity to create and sustain successful collaborative scholarly projects and initiatives, further integrate libraries with research and teaching on campus, expand scholarly communications in service of public scholarship, and enhance broader impacts from scholarly work.

She is the creator of the Caribbean Scholarship in the Digital Age, Webinar Series 2018. The Caribbean Scholarship in the Digital Age is a webinar series showcasing digital and/as public research and teaching in Caribbean Studies. The series provides a collaborative space for professionals to share on projects and experiences to foster communication and support our shared constellations of communities of practice.

Her blog can be found at laurientaylor.org/. Information regarding her life work can be viewed at laurientaylor.org/curriculum-vitae-cv

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Amy Blue Receives Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Southern Group on Educational Affairs Career Educator Award.

Amy Blue, Ph.D., the associate dean for educational affairs at the College of Public Health and Health Professions, UF Health’s associate vice president for interprofessional education and a clinical professor in the department of environmental and global health, received the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Southern Group on Educational Affairs Career Educator Award.

The annual award recognizes one individual from the southern region who displays evidence of a compelling record of educational scholarship for at least the past five years, ongoing educational leadership and significant involvement in enhancing educational programs at an academic institution, collaboration with others to enhance teaching effectiveness and the quality of educational programs, and strong professionalism values.

Blue has co-authored 100 peer-reviewed publications regarding medical and interprofessional education. Her educational research interests have included measures of professionalism in medical students funded by the National Board of Medical Examiners, and assessment and evaluation practices funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She has served in national leadership roles, including chair of The Generalists in Medical Education, chair of the Southern Group on Educational Affairs of the Association of American Medical Colleges, and was a founding member of the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative.  She served as a member of the Interprofessional Education Collaborative Expert Panel that wrote the Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Report in 2011.

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