April 26, 2017

UF-City of Gainesville Award Recipients Announced

he Office of the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer is pleased to announce the recipients of $312,760 in funding for seven UF-City of Gainesville research projects.

As part of UF’s Strategic Development Plan, the COO Office in February called for proposals that utilize the UF campus and greater Gainesville community as a living laboratory to address real-world problems in the local community.

There were 62 excellent proposals from about 40 different departments and centers covering an array of topics, including health and wellness, smart cities, economic development, equity and more. There were many great ideas submitted that would bring UF and Gainesville together to solve problems of all kinds.

The selection process was challenging, but the Office of the Senior Vice President and COO is delighted to announce the following seven award recipients – two more than the five originally anticipated for funding, thanks to Shands CEO Ed Jimenez and Gainesville Regional Utilities general manager Ed Bielarski contributing to the award pool.

Please join us in congratulating your colleagues in winning these awards.

Dr. Michael Morris, PI: The Gainesville Entrepreneurship and Adversity Program
Co-PI Dr. Jamie Kraft
Dr. Lily Elefteriadou, PI: Public Acceptance of Autonomous Vehicle (AV) Technology
Co-PI Dr. Nithin Agarwal
Dr. Lisa Chacko, PI: Community Resource Paramedic:  An Innovative Approach to Meeting the Needs of Gainesville’s Most Vulnerable Populations
Co-PIs Dr. Laura Guyer and Mr. David Sutton
Dr. Jose Fortes, PI: Data-centric Modeling and Support of the Lifecycle of the Gainesville Businesses
Co-PIs Dr. Christopher McCarty, Dr. Renato Figueiredo, Dr. Erik Bredfeldt, and Ms. Lila Stewart
Dr. Kathryn Frank, PI: Neighborhoods as Community Assets—Preparing for the Future While Protecting Neighborhoods
Co-PIs Dr. Kristin Larsen, Dr. Laura Dedenbach, and Ms. Tyeshia Redden
Dr. Herman Knopf, PI: Building a Partnership Between Early Head Start and the Anita Zucker Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies to Benefit Young Children and Families in East Gainesville
Co-PI Dr. Maureen Conroy

Dr. Ravi Srinivasan, PI: Urban Energy Model for Smart City Informatics

The University of Florida’s Strategic Development Plan seeks to shape the university and surrounding community’s future over the next 40 to 50 years and establish the framework for the “New American City.” Find out more about the plan at

Submitted by Matt Walker, Human Resource Services


Florida Museum Events

Florida Museum to Offer Home-School Program May 1

The Florida Museum of Natural History invites home-schooled students to participate in guided programs offered to traditional school groups on May 1 from 10 a.m. to noon. Students may explore the “Butterfly Rainforest,” investigate specimens up-close, participate in hands-on activities and tour exhibits with museum docents. For information on pricing, visit or call 352-273-2030.

Bring your Girl Scout to the Florida Museum May 5

The Florida Museum of Natural History is offering “Girl Scouts Explore: Collections” May 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. Brownies and Junior Girl Scouts will earn a special patch created for this event allowing Scouts to explore museum collections and find out how they help us learn about the world around us. For more information and pricing, visit or call 352-273-2062.

Submitted by Claudia Perez Brito, Florida Museum of Natural History


Faculty Awards

Dr. Henry Frierson Receives the AERA Presidential Citation at the 2017 Convention

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) Presidential Citation recipients are selected by the President of AERA for distinguished service and/or significant contributions to education research.  Dr. Henry Frierson was awarded the Presidential Citation for his exemplary scholarly contributions to inquiry in program evaluation and educational psychology.  This honor reflects Dr. Frierson’s accomplishments and the recognition of the his peers. The AERA-wide awards are the highest honors that the Association bestows each year.  The Presidential Citation will be conferred at the AERA Awards Luncheon at the annual meeting on Saturday, April 29th in San Antonio, TX.

Submitted by the Office of the Provost

Dr. Carolynn Patten Selected for HERS Institute

Carolynn Patten, Ph.D., P.T., FAPTA, a professor in the department of physical therapy at the College of Public Health and Health Professions, has been selected to attend the Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Institute, which provides a curriculum of leadership development to advance women to senior leadership positions in higher education throughout the ranks of faculty and staff. Dr. Patten will spend two weeks in residence at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania this summer.

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


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