March 20, 2019

Faculty Senate Meeting Thursday, March 21st

Please join us at the Faculty Senate meeting on Thursday, March 21st at 3pm at the Reitz Union Chamber. View the meeting agenda. If you’re not able to attend in person, tune in to our live Senate meeting webcast.

At this meeting, the Intercollegiate Athletics Committee Report will be presented by Mike Sagas, Professor and Chair of the Tourism, Recreation & Sport Management Dept. A benefits, retirement, and OPS (Other Personnel Services) update will be provided by VP of Human Resources Jodi Gentry and the annual UFPD Response to Resistance report will be presented by UF Police Department Chief Linda Stump-Kurnick.

Future Senate meeting dates are found here:

Submitted by Katie Vogel Anderson, Faculty Senate


From Segregation to Black Lives Matter. A Symposium and Celebration of the Opening of the Joel Buchanan Archive of African American Oral History at the University of Florida

Free registration

Sponsored by the University of Florida Office of the Provost, African American Studies, George A. Smathers Libraries, the College of Medicine, College of Public Health and Health Professions, College of Journalism and Communications, College of Education, College of Liberal Arts and Science, Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations,  Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere (Rothman Endowment), Bob Graham Center for Public Service, Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research, The Richard J. Milbauer Program in Southern History, Department of History, The Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida, UF Student Government, Oak Hall School Civil Rights Symposium; Lincoln High School Alumni Association, UF Book Store

Event Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019 to Saturday, March 23rd. Locations: George A. Smathers Libraries, The Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida, A. Quinn Jones Center, 1108 NW 7th Ave.

Live Stream for the Symposium.

What is the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program?

The award-winning Samuel Proctor Oral History Program is the oral history program of the University of Florida. Since our founding in 1967, we have conducted over 8,000 interviews. More than 150,000 pages of transcribed material from these interviews may be found in the SPOHP archives and Digital Collections at the University of Florida.

Contact: Tamarra Jenkins, (352-392-7168),

Submitted by Paul Ortiz, Samuel Proctor Oral History Program


Chant Down Babylon: Rastafari - Its Roots, Its Legacy with W. Gabriel Selassie I

This event is part of the Beyond Borders, Across Boundaries: Black and LatinX Knowledge Formations speaker series presented by Mellon Intersections Group on Global Blackness and Latinx Identity

April 1, 2019 at 4:30pm in Smathers Library 100

In the 1970s’ Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, and numerous other Jamaican musicians exported Afro-Jamaican culture to the world and became international stars. The popularity of reggae music brought the once-shunned Rastafari out of the slums of Trenchtown, Jamaica to international cultural, political, and social respectability. The now popularized reggae message of peace, redemption, and love obscures the religious ethos of the Black Liberation theology of which Rastafari was founded.  My work has been to separate the popular misunderstandings surrounding Rastafari by an examination of the history and salvific message of Rastafari as theology, a way of life, and as a spiritual message born out of the Jamaican Maroon communities and given a religious ethos by Proto Rastafarian prophets: Shepherd Robert Athlyi Rogers, Leonard Howell and Fitz Ballantine Pettersburg.

W. Gabriel Selassie I holds a joint appointment as the Ralph Bunche associate professor of History, Religion and African American studies at Los Angeles City College.   Dr. Selassie is also a Scholar-In-Residence at Prairie View A & M University of Texas.  Dr. Selassie’s published works include the examination of the religious ethos Marcus Garvey’s Universal Negro Improvement Association & African Communities League (U.N.I.A – ACL) and exegetical and historical examinations of Shepherd Robert Athlyi Rogers’ The Holy Piby, Leonard Howell’s The Promised Key and Fitz Ballantine Pettersburg’s The Royal Parchment Scroll of Black Supremacy.  Dr. Selassie graduated with a Bachelors of Architecture and civil engineering from Prairie View A & M University of Texas (HBCU).  He obtained his M.A. in African American studies at the University of California at Los Angeles where he did extensive coursework in African American nationalism and the Garvey movement under Robert Hill.  His theological work in ritual and liturgical studies was undertaken at the University of Notre Dame where he earned a master’s degree in theology.  Dr. Selassie earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the Claremont Graduate University.

This event is organized by the Mellon Intersections Group on Global Blackness and Latinx Identity with support from the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, George A. Smathers Libraries, Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research, Center for Latin American Studies, and Club Creole.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact: or Prof. Ben Hebblethwaite (

Learn more at the Intersections website.

Submitted by Danielle Barrientos, Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere


Performing Arts Events

Apollo’s Fire
Tuesday, March 26, 7:30 pm
Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Named for the classical god of music and the sun, Apollo’s Fire is a collection of creative artists who share founder/conductor Jeannette Sorrell’s passion for drama.

Sorrell, an award-winning harpsichordist, founded the ensemble in 1992 with a dedication to the baroque ideal that the performer’s role is to evoke a particular emotional state in the listener. Hailed as “one of the pre-eminent period-instrument ensembles” (The Independent), Apollo’s Fire have stuck with this dedication while touring the world, and have been met with standing ovations along the way. This group views their concerts as an emotional journey. If, at the end of the evening, the audience is moved to tears, joy, or laughter, then they have done a good night’s work.

Yefim Bronfman
Thursday, March 28, 7:30 pm
Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Widely considered one of today’s most acclaimed and admired pianists, Yefim Bronfman stands among a handful of artists regularly sought by festivals, orchestras, conductors, and recital series.

He will be the first classical artist to perform a recital using UF Performing Arts’ new Steinway D.

His 30-year career has included numerous solo recitals in the leading halls of North America, Europe, and the Far East, including acclaimed debuts at Carnegie Hall in 1989 and Avery Fisher Hall in 1993. In 1991 he was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize, one of the highest honors given to American instrumentalists. In 2010 he was honored as the recipient of the Jean Gimbel Lane prize in piano performance from Northwestern University. Mr. Bronfman has been nominated for six Grammy Awards, winning in 1997 with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic for their recording of the three Bartók Piano Concerti.

Lucky Plush Productions: Rooming House
Tuesday, April 2, 7:30 pm
Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

A powerful synthesis of elegant modern dance and complex storytelling, Rooming House is expansive, compelling, and also legitimately funny.

The performance begins with an intimate conversation among friends grappling with some life-changing decisions, and then the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice gets thrown into the mix. With all dancers donning headset microphones, they travel down a physical and psychologically complex rabbit hole, using movement and conversation to examine human behavior. Playful and personal, this performance investigates how we tell and retell stories while searching for some semblance of truth.

Submitted Samuel McKee, Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts


Authors@UF: Barbara Mennel - Women at Work in Twenty-First-Century European Cinema

Wednesday, March 20 at 3:30 p.m.

Smathers Library, Room 100

From hairdressers and caregivers to reproductive workers and power-suited executives, images of women’s labor have powered a fascinating new movement within twenty-first century European cinema. Social realist dramas capture precarious working conditions. Comedies exaggerate the habits of the global managerial class. Stories from countries battered by the global financial crisis emphasize the patriarchal family, debt, and unemployment. Barbara Mennel delves into the ways these films about female labor capture the tension between feminist advances and their appropriation by capitalism in a time of ongoing transformation. Looking at independent and genre films from a cross-section of European nations, Mennel sees a focus on economics and work adapted to the continent’s varied kinds of capitalism and influenced by concepts in second-wave feminism.

Sponsored by the George A. Smathers Libraries. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments served.

Submitted by Barbara Hood, George A. Smathers Libraries


UF Shands Earth Day Celebration

April 18, 2019, 8-4 pm in the UF Shands North Tower Atrium.

Booths will celebrate Sustainability at the UF Shands Medical Campus. Come learn about how to be sustainable at home and at work! Register your bike! Visit booths sponsored by Wilmot Gardens, GatorCare Wellness and our Sustainability Vendor partners.

Submitted by Lauren Berkow, College of Medicine


Passport to Great Teaching Events

Honorlock Workshop: New Tool for Academic Integrity – Mar. 28

Honorlock is excited to share their patented technology and awesome proctoring software that raised higher education institutions confidence in the ability to ensure academic integrity with online assessments. 

Come learn how:

  • Honorlock is protecting the value of your exam content with their "Search and Destroy" proprietary method for removing exam copies off the web.
  • See first-hand from this Florida-based company their revolutionary patented "Multi-Device Detection" technology and discover how "Live Pop-In" provides real-time intervention and prevention during an assessment. 

We hope you can swing by and see a “live” demonstration of this “easy to use” proctoring tool and learn how you can integrate Honorlock into your class(s) to help prevent academic dishonesty. They have Swag to give away too!

Successfully Teaching Large Enrollment Residential Courses – Apr. 2, Presenter: Joslyn Ahlgren

Teaching large classes has major pros and cons.  Is it possible to make a dent in that cons list and leverage the joy and effectiveness of the pros?  Absolutely! This workshop is intended to introduce you to (or remind you of) methods of instruction that can help you successfully manage larger residential classes.

Team Teaching from Classroom to Gallery – Apr. 4, Presenters: Marsha Bryant, Mary Ann Eaverly, Nina Stoyan-Rosenzweig, Carol McCusker and Eric Segal

Have you ever thought about team-teaching a course at UF? Collaboration can energize our teaching just as it does our research. Through team-teaching, faculty are creating innovative undergraduate courses that would be impossible for a single faculty member to teach independently. Some of these courses collaborate across academic disciplines, while others collaborate with UF Libraries or the Harn Museum of Art. Some do both.

This workshop features two team-taught courses that collaborated with the Harn: Women Writers & Classical Myths, and What Makes a Monster. Learn more about team teaching in collaborative spaces and start planning your adventure.

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

Submitted by Zaina Sheets, Office of Teaching Excellence


UF Center for Addiction Research & Education Seventh Annual Symposium

The UF Center for Addiction Research & Education Seventh Annual Symposium will be held on April 15th, 2019, beginning at 9:00am at the DeWeese Auditorium in the UF McKnight Brain Institute


Our internationally-renowned keynote speakers this year are Dr. Brigitte Kieffer of McGill University, and Dr. R. Kathryn McHugh of Harvard Medical School. The title of Dr. Kieffer’s talk is “Opioid Receptors and Brain Function” and Dr. McHugh’s is “Stress and Anxiety in Opioid Use Disorder”. 


New this year are Timely Topics Roundtables with box lunches (free to those who register – link below). These conversational gatherings will be led by faculty from FSU, UCF, UF, and USF.  Please use the registration form linked below to designate which topic you are most interested in during the luncheon.  These roundtables will be also be in the UF McKnight Brain Institute.


Following the luncheon roundtables, from 2:30pm to 4:30pm in the UF HPNP Atrium, we will have a Poster Competition (prizes to be announced!), in which addiction faculty members and trainees will present posters describing their research.  Presenting Authors should submit their poster information (title, authors’ names, author affiliations, brief abstract) along with their registration at the registration link below.  The deadline for poster submissions is March 31, 2019.

Posters which have been presented at other university-level events or local, regional, national, and international conferences, are welcome!

Everyone who plans to attend this year’s Symposium must register in order to receive a box lunch and to indicate topic preferences regarding the roundtables.

REGISTRATION & POSTER FORM (Registration is free, provides a box lunch, and helps us plan the Symposium)

Submitted by Sara Jo Nixon, Department of Psychiatry


Florida Museum of Natural History Events

Enjoy an evening of live storytelling at the Florida Museum March 21

In partnership with Guts & Glory GNV, the Florida Museum of Natural History will offer “Fieldwork Fails: A Live Storytelling Event” March 21 from 6 to 9 p.m., featuring original, true, first-person storytelling. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Attendees must be 18 years or older. The program fee is $15 or $10 for students. For more information or to register, visit or call 352-273-2062.

UF Performing Arts to host National Geographic presentation on big cats

The Florida Museum of Natural History and the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts present “National Geographic Live: On the Trail of Big Cats” on Saturday, March 23, at the Phillips Center beginning at 7:30 p.m. “National Geographic Live” is a night of exploration through film, photography and discussion with acclaimed National Geographic photographers. Go around the world in search of big cats with award-winning photographer Steve Winter. A determined explorer, Winter will lead guests from Asian jungles where resilient tiger populations persist, to the Himalayas, home of the rare snow leopard. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children and University of Florida students. For more information or to buy tickets, visit or call 352-392-2787.

Florida Museum invites artists, designers to ‘SciArt Meetup: Birds’ March 24

Artists and designers are invited to visit the Florida Museum of Natural History before 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 March 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a brief art or science presentation on birds. The program fee is $7 per person and includes a working studio space and before-hours entry to all permanent exhibits. Artists must bring their own supplies. For more information or to register, visit or call 352-273-2062.

Florida Museum to present ‘Da Vinci After Dark’ March 28

The Florida Museum of Natural History is hosting an evening event just for adults on March 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. in honor of the 500th anniversary year of Leonardo Da Vinci’s death. Participants can take part in trivia and try to improve on Da Vinci’s designs including war machines, bridges and flying machines. The program fee is $35 for non-members or $30 for museum members and includes pizza, beverages and admission to the “Permian Monsters” exhibit. Pre-registration is required and closes March 24. Participants must be 18 years or older. For more information or to register, visit or call 352-273-2061.

Submitted by Nikhil Srinivasan, Florida Museum of Natural History


Just a Few Seats Remain for UF’s 3rd Annual Assessment Conference

The University of Florida’s 3rd Annual Assessment Conference, Assessment in Higher Education: Enhancing Institutional Excellence will take place on April 5, 2019 from 8:00am-4:30pm at the Emerson Alumni Hall. Registration is free and includes breakfast and lunch. Just a few seats remain, so register soon! Once we reach 200 registrants we will begin a waiting list. Registration is available at the conference website.

Please send all inquiries to Tim Brophy,

Submitted by Tim Brophy, Office of the Provost


Free Public Panel - Beyond Dead Fish: How Red Tide Affects All Floridians

Friday, April 26, 2019 from 3 to 4 p.m.
Arrive at 2:30 p.m. for refreshments!
University of Florida MacKay Auditorium
Pugh Hall, 296 Buckman Dr. 
Gainesville, FL 32611

Last year’s lingering red tide caused widespread fish kills, economic impacts and environmental damage. While coastal communities understand the impacts of red tide well, its impacts are felt across the state.

The Thompson Earth Systems Institute at the University of Florida is hosting a free public panel to address the economic, public health and environmental impacts of harmful algal blooms.

The event will also be streamed online. For more information, visit:
Beyond Dead Fish—How Red Tide Affects All Floridians

Do you enjoy local beer? Join us the night before at First Magnitude Brewing Co. for our Science on Tap: Sea Turtles and Red Tide event, co-hosted with the Florida Museum! More info: Science on Tap: Sea Turtles and Red Tide

Submitted by Rebecca Burton, Thompson Earth Systems Institute


Faculty Awards

Hui Hu Receives 2019 Sandra A. Daugherty Award for Excellence in Cardiovascular Disease and Hypertension Epidemiology

Hui Hu, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the department of epidemiology at the College of Public Health and Health Professions and College of Medicine, is the recipient of the 2019 Sandra A. Daugherty Award for Excellence in Cardiovascular Disease or Hypertension Epidemiology. He was recognized during the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention/Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health 2019 Scientific Sessions held last week in Houston.

The Sandra A. Daugherty Award is designed to recognize the role of junior faculty and to stimulate excellence in research by junior investigators. Applicants submit a manuscript or extended abstract and the winner is selected based on the scientific merit, quality and originality of the work.

Hu’s manuscript detailed his environment-wide association study of the geographic disparities in hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. The study examined a wide range of environmental data linked to more than 2 million pregnant women between 2005 and 2014. The study evaluated more than 5,000 factors associated with women’s natural, built and social environments, and identified more than 1,200 factors significantly associated with hypertensive disorders in pregnancy.

“Environmental exposures appear to play a critical role, both in identifications of pregnant women at increased risk of HDP and in determinations of potential target for public health interventions,” Hu said. 


Michele Tennant Named a Fellow of the Medical Library Association

Michele Tennant, AHIP, FMLA, librarian at the Health Science Center Libraries, has been named a prestigious Fellow of the Medical Library Association (MLA). Fellows are selected based on their notable leadership, outstanding achievement, significant scholarship, and professional reputation. Dr. Tennant has provided leadership within MLA since 1999, when she acted as the Convener for the Molecular Biology and Genomics SIG.

Dr. Tennant’s achievement in creating the role of bioinformationist in health sciences libraries is one of her lasting legacies. She helped define what a bioinformationist meant for libraries, and has worked to educate the nation’s health sciences librarians about bioinformatics and genetics through continuing education courses she developed and taught, special sessions at MLA and other national conferences, and scholarship and research that she disseminated.

Dr. Tennant is one of four health sciences librarians to have won both the Estelle Brodman Academic Medical Librarian of the Year Award and the Lucretia W. McClure Excellence in Education Award. She also received the David A. Kronick Traveling Fellowship and the Donald A.B. Lindberg Research Fellowship from MLA. She has been a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals since 2005. The Special Libraries Association’s Biomedical and Life Sciences Division also awarded her their Distinguished Member Award.


Interior Design’s Meneely Wins CIDA Award

The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) named Jason Meneely, an associate professor in the department of interior design at the UF College of Design, Construction and Planning, a 2018 CIDA Award for Excellence Merit Winner for “Finding Virtue in the Virtual: A Values Driven Approach for VR in Design Education.”

The CIDA Award for Excellence Competition recognizes outstanding practices in interior design education. The competition is open to faculty members and collaborating teams at CIDA-accredited interior design programs.

CIDA’s Award for Excellence celebrates educators and collaborating partners who advance interior design education through their teaching methodology and student learning outcomes.


UF Physics Professor Clifford Will Awarded Prestigious Albert Einstein Medal

Clifford Will, distinguished professor of physics at the University of Florida College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will receive the 2019 Albert Einstein Medal from the Albert Einstein Society in Bern, Switzerland this summer.

Will is being recognized for his contributions to physics and to Theory of General Relativity, including the post-Newtonian expansions of the Einstein field equations and their confrontation with experiments. A formal award ceremony will take place in Bern on June 6.

“Professor Will is joining an extraordinary group of awardees, and his prize is well deserved,” said UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean David Richardson. “He has made many important contributions to the Theory of General Relativity and is the acknowledged world expert on interpreting experimental tests of the theory. We are honored to have him in our college, sharing his knowledge, creativity, and spirit with the next generation.”

Will is the author of “Was Einstein Right?” in which he focuses on verifying Einstein’s theories through experiments. Will’s research on the observable and testable consequences of relativity, which includes gravitational radiation, theoretical analyses of experimental tests of relativity, and relativistic effects of massive black holes, has won him worldwide renown.

Read the full story here.


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