May 24, 2017

Blue Star Museums May 29 – Sept. 4

The Florida Museum of Natural History is offering free admission to all fee-based exhibits for active duty U.S. military personnel and their families, beginning Monday, May 29, on Memorial Day through Monday, Sept. 4, on Labor Day, as part of the Blue Star Museums program. Free admission is available to any active duty Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard personnel, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members. For more information, including a list of participating museums and acceptable IDs, visit .

Submitted by Claudia Perez Brito, Florida Museum of Natural History


Gatorland Band Camps

Once again, the University of Florida Bands, along with the School of Music and College of the Arts is presenting the Gatorland Band Camps for Middle and High School Band Students.

We will offer an All-State Discount to children of UF Faculty and Staff

There are two types of camps for students:

Instrumental Camps - Students spend three days of instructional time with UF Faculty and Staff on their specific instrument:

Concert Band Camp - "The Total Musicianship Experience!"

Students will spend time in rehearsal and perform in full band settings, chamber music, instrumental choirs, singing and ear training, and music improvisation along with electives for Student Leadership and Drum Majors.

Evening activities include recitals, movies and other fully-supervised activities.

Registration at

Submitted by Jay Watkins, Gator Bands


SECU/ALDP Fellows for 2017-2018

The Provost's Office is pleased to announce the selection of the Southeastern Conference Academic Consortium (SECU) Academic Leadership Development Program (ALDP) Fellows for 2017-2018:

Dr. Tom Kelleher, Chair and Professor, Department of Advertising, College of Journalism and Communications

Dr. Kevin R. Orr, Director and Professor,  UF School of Music, College of the Arts 

Dr. Mary A. Watt, Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The ALDP mission is to identify, develop, prepare, and advance faculty as academic leaders in and for the SEC universities. By providing the knowledge and skills necessary for academic leadership, the Program will assist in identifying and cultivating the next generation of leaders within the SEC institutions.

The UF 2017-2018 ALDP Fellows will participate in a workshop with other SECU/ALDP Fellows at Louisiana State University, October 23-25, 2017 and Auburn University on February 21-23, 2018.  In addition, UF’s Fellows will participate in local leadership initiatives that will familiarize them with UF’s organizational structure and relationship to other state and regional institutions.

The Fellows’ participation in this prestigious program will further enhance and support UF's educational and research missions, and be an important career development opportunity for these talented faculty.

Submitted by Angel Kwolek-Folland, Office of the Provost


Faculty Awards

Hartjes Named a 2017 Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

Clinical Associate Professor Tonja Hartjes, DNP, ARNP, has been named a 2017 Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. The purpose of the AANP Fellows is to impact national and global health by engaging recognized nurse practitioners to lead new initiatives and support the AANP mission. The College of Nursing now boasts four FAANPs.

Hartjes is the Track Coordinator for the college’s Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Track. She is an active member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) and has served in several volunteer positions within the organization. Hartjes is a Content Expert for Acute Care Nurse Practitioner’s certification exam for the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She has served as editor for two publications, sits on four editorial boards, is an author and a peer reviewer for several nursing & critical care journals, and many critical care textbooks. Hartjes has 30 years of ICU experience, which has focused on surgical critical care and palliative care. She has worked in many different capacities such as staff nurse, Nurse Manager, Clinical Nurse Educator, Clinical Nurse Specialist and ARNP. She has worked as Clinical Faculty with the University of Florida since 2005.

The FAANP program provides a forum to extend and enhance Fellows’ efforts to mentor and to facilitate leadership development of nurse practitioners. AANP Fellows are leaders whose scholarly and forward-thinking contributions have led to meaningful improvements to health care.

Kelly Accepted as Full Member of American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation

Assistant Professor Debra Lynch Kelly, PhD, RN, was recently accepted as a full member of the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation.  Founded in 1993, the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation is an international professional membership association of more than 2,200 physicians, investigators and other health care professionals from more than 45 countries. Kelly is the only nurse who holds full status in this prestigious professional organization of over 2,200 members.

Kelly’s primary focus of research is in the area of biobehavioral responses to distressing symptoms of chronic illness with a population focus in oncology. Her currently funded research involves biological mechanisms such as the gut microbiota, metabolites, and mitochondrial dysfunction of cancer-related symptoms (CRS).

Submitted by Tracy Wright, College of Nursing

Dennis Kramer Selected as a Fellow to the Federal Office of Evaluation Sciences (OES) for 2017-2018

Dennis Kramer, co-director of the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Florida College of Education, has been selected as a fellow to the federal Office of Evaluation Sciences (OES) for 2017-18. He will join an interdisciplinary team of fellows and applied researchers from universities,  government agencies and research organizations to improve the way the government serves the public.

Kramer will spend the upcoming academic year through the summer of 2018 in Washington, D.C., conducting research. While projects are not solidified yet, Kramer expects his work to focus on federal student aid and strengthening links between federal programs in education, housing and health.

“As an OES fellow, I will have the opportunity to directly translate research in policy on a national level,” said Kramer, who also is an assistant professor of education policy at the college. While he serves as a fellow, Kramer will teach a graduate-level course in the fall and commute frequently between Gainesville and Washington.

“Working with OES will allow me to collaborate with some of the most talented scholars from a variety of disciplines. The work of OES fellows is truly making a difference in the delivery of essential services with federal programs,” Kramer said.

Part of the U.S. General Services Administration, OES says it recruits top talent and academic expertise from diverse fields to evaluate programs and develop evidence to make improvements in policies and programs. In 2015 and 2016, OES coordinated closely with the White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team.

Kramer joined UF’s education faculty in 2014 from the University of Virginia. He earned a Ph.D. in higher education from the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia. He previously worked as the senior research and policy analyst for the Georgia Department of Education.

At UF, Kramer has taught Introduction to Education Policy; Higher Education Policy; Financing of higher Education; and Institutional Budgeting and Financial Management. His research focuses on the economics of education, the role of financial aid policies in shaping student behavior and the labor market, and the use of behavioral “nudges” to increase student achievement and assistant in educational transitions.

Submitted by Larry Lansford, College of Education


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