September 19, 2018

Governor’s House Library in St. Augustine Offers Free Lecture & Open House

The Governor’s House Library in the Governor’s House Cultural Center and Museum in St. Augustine (48 King St.) is offering a special event on Saturday, September 22 from 2:30-5:00 p.m. Dr. Christine Miller will give a lecture on colonial medicine in St. Augustine at 4:00 p.m. Prior to the lecture, the staff will conduct behind-the-scenes tours of the library. Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.

Governor’s House is one of the state-owned buildings managed by the University of Florida to ensure long-term preservation and interpretation of state-owned historic properties in St. Augustine while facilitating an educational program at the University of Florida... responsive to the state's needs for professionals in historic preservation, archaeology, cultural resource management, cultural tourism, and museum administration and will help meet needs of St. Augustine and the state through educational internships and practicums. The library is managed by the George A. Smathers Libraries.

Submitted by Barbara Hood, George A. Smathers Libraries


Florida Museum of Natural History Events

Entries accepted for ButterflyFest Facebook photo challenge until Sept. 24

The Florida Museum of Natural History is hosting the sixth-annual ButterflyFest Facebook Photo Challenge! Submit your best picture incorporating ecosystem services by Sept. 24 for your chance to win prizes. This free challenge is open to all ages. The museum will post the top 10 images from entries received on its Facebook page Oct. 1, and the public will select the overall winner online via the most ‘likes.’ The winning photograph will be recognized during ButterflyFest on Oct. 13. For more information, including entry guidelines, visit

Florida Museum to open new ‘Permian Monsters’ exhibit Sept. 29

The Florida Museum of Natural History will open its newest featured exhibit, “Permian Monsters: Life before the Dinosaurs” Sept. 29 with free activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. As an early celebration of National Fossil Day, visitors may speak with members of Florida fossil clubs  about what fossils can be found around the state, and meet paleontologists and geologists who work to uncover the secrets of these ancient remains. Visitors can learn about the world’s greatest extinction event with life-size models, real fossils, interactive dig pits and computer games. While the exhibit has an entrance fee, museum members and UF students with a valid Gator 1 card receive free admission. For more information, visit or call 352-846-2000.

Submitted by Nikhil Srinivasan, Florida Museum of Natural History


Broader Impacts Funding Opportunity for Your Postdocs and Students

The Thompson Institute for Earth Systems is soliciting proposals for projects that communicate or disseminate research discoveries about the Earth and its natural systems to our primary target audiences, including: Florida K-12 schools, lifelong learners in Florida, and UF non-science majors. This RFP is intended for UF graduate students and postdocs, although undergraduates are encouraged to apply (and will be judged separately). The intent of this program is to encourage the development of small projects that might be “add-ons” to existing, larger research projects, or to act as seed-money that will lead to additional funding. The budget request will not exceed $2,500 and up to four projects will be funded. Deadline of October 15, 2018. 

For more information please visit our website:

Submitted by Jennifer Bauer, Florida Museum of Natural History


Harn Member pARTy September 20 (Join for free!)

Join the Harn Museum of Art for the fall Member pARTy on September 20 from 6:30 – 9 pm. Become a Harn Member for free online ( or join at the door the night of the event. Be among the first to see the exhibition The World to Come and join us in celebrating our newest exhibitions. Enjoy light bites and refreshments, and celebrate your museum! More information available here: /

Submitted by Tami Wroath, Harn Museum of Art


UFIT: Low-Cost Basic Storage Available

UFIT now offers a basic storage tier. This is the lowest-cost durable SMB storage option available. Basic storage will be encrypted at rest by default and have a daily snapshot, which is retained for seven days for data recovery purposes. (The snapshots are intended for retrieving your data within a week’s time, provided the data center and the storage devices are intact and not impacted by any true physical damage or disaster.)  A chart of the included features, along with how to request a basic storage package for a project or a department, is listed here:  The basic storage tier is the simplest of offerings for the archiving and storing of large volumes of digital content/data/files. The features of the basic storage tier include:

  • Min/Max Requested Size without approvals – 250GB/10TB
  • RAID Protection
  • Single Site High Availability
  • Access Protocol – File (SMB Only)
  • Encrypted - While at Rest
  • Average IOPS per TB – 5
  • Cost per TB, per month - $3

Visit website to see all backup and offsite storage options offered by UFIT.

Submitted by Erik Deumens, UF Information Technology


UFII and Statistics Dept. Invites You to Dr. Ming Yuan's Talk on Thursday, September 27, 2018

On the Sample Complexity for Approximating High Dimensional Functions of Few Variables

Dr. Ming Yuan
Professor, Statistics Department
Columbia University


 We investigate the optimal sample complexity of recovering a general high dimensional sparse function, and means for tradeoff between sample and computational complexities. Exploiting the connection between approximation of a smooth function and exact recovery of a grid function, we identify the optimal sample complexity for recovering a high dimensional sparse function based on point queries. Our result provides a precise characterization of potential loss of information when restricting to point queries as opposed to the more general linear queries, as well as effects of measurement error in recovery.

For more information, visit

Thursday, September 27, 2018
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Rm 100 Griffin Floyd Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611

Dr. Yuan’s visit is co- sponsored by UF Informatics Institute and Department of Statistics

Talk is free and open to the public.

Refreshment is provided in Rm 103 Griffin-Floyd. Please RSVP so we can make sure to have enough for everyone to enjoy. Thank you!

Submitted by Flora Marynak, Informatics Institute


Faculty Awards

Manoucheka Celeste Selected as 2018 Recipient of the Diamond Anniversary Book Award

The National Communication Association (NCA) is pleased to announce the selection of Manoucheka Celeste, Assistant Professor in the Department of African American Studies at the University of Florida, as the 2018 recipient of the Diamond Anniversary Book Award.

The award is given annually to honor the most outstanding scholarly book(s) published during the previous two years. Dr. Celeste was recognized for her book, Race, Gender, and Citizenship in the African Diaspora: Traveling Blackness (Routledge, 2017).

Dr. Celeste’s award will be presented on November 10 at the NCA 104th Annual Convention in Salt Lake City.

Submitted by Jenna Sauber, National Communication Association


Sherrilene Classen Receives National Award for Contributions to Driver Rehabilitation Research

Sherrilene Classen, Ph.D., M.P.H., OTR/L, FAOTA, FGSA, a professor and chair of the department of occupational therapy at the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions, received the Scholar Award from the Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists at the association’s annual conference held in August in Richmond, Virginia.

The award recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement in driver evaluation, education, research and/or engineering. Classen is an internationally-funded prevention-oriented rehabilitation scientist who studies fitness-to-drive issues in at-risk drivers using clinical assessments, driving simulators, on-road assessments, in-vehicle technologies and automated vehicles.

“Dr. Classen is a dynamic and visionary leader and scholar,” wrote nominator Sandra Winter, Ph.D., OTR/L, a research assistant scientist in the UF department of occupational therapy. “She leverages her occupational therapy clinical background, and her knowledge of rehabilitation science and public health, toward the study of fitness-to-drive issues in at-risk drivers across the lifespan.”

Submitted by Jill Pease, College of Public Health and Health Professions


UF Interior Design Team Wins Merit Status from EDRA

The University of Florida’s Department of Interior Design led a multidisciplinary team that received a national Certificate of Research Excellence (CORE) from the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) for an investigation of mixed-use learning environments.

The study, “Mixed-use Learning Zones for Millennials: A Typology for Bridging Learning from the Academe to the Profession,” was awarded Merit Status – the highest level given to the CORE projects.

The Interior Design team that completed this research includes Meg Portillo, Sheila Bosch, Jason Meneely, Candy Carmel-Gilfilen, Nam-Kyu Park, Maria Sanchez, Elizabeth Calienes from the Department of Interior Design as well as additional UF faculty and graduate students:  Abhinav Alakshendra (Urban and Regional Planning), Robert Norberg (The Agency) and Jessica VanderBiezen (College of Education).

Read the full story.

Submitted by Joseph Mazzaferro, College of Design, Construction and Planning


Vincent Lecours and Hannah Vander Zanden Recieve Early-Career Research Fellowship from Gulf Research Program of The National Academy of Sciences

Vincent Lecours and Hannah Vander Zanden are recent recipients of the Early-Career Research Fellowship awarded by the Gulf Research Program of The National Academy of Sciences.  These competitive awards support the development of scientific leaders at the pre-tenure phase of their careers who share interest in improving offshore energy system safety and the well-being of coastal communities and ecosystems.  Dr. Lecours is an assistant professor of Marine Remote Sensing & Geospatial Analysis in the School of Forest Resources & Conservation, and studies ways to improve marine habitat mapping methods for ecological and management questions.  Dr. Vander Zanden is an assistant professor in the Department of Biology and the Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research.  The goal of Dr. Vander Zanden’s research is to address critical knowledge gaps about sea turtle abundance and distribution in the Gulf of Mexico by using biomarkers to track migratory movements.

Submitted by Hannah Vander Zanden, Department of Biology


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