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University of Florida

UF Course Teaches Prisoners How To Handle Money When They Get Out

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Ed Hunter (352) 392-1773 x 278

Source(s):
Joan Elmore jpe@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (850) 482-9620

MARIANNA — When some of the men at the Federal Correctional Institution in Marianna first went behind bars, there were no debit cards or ATM cards, and banking choices were limited.

So when the time comes for them and others to return to society and take charge of their own lives again, one of the biggest challenges they will face is managing their own finances for the first time in years. (more …)

Family Support, School Climate Can Help Abused Girls Avoid Bulimia

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Ed Hunter (352) 392-1773 x 278

Source(s):
Daniel F. Perkins dperkins@ufl.edu, (352) 392-2201

GAINESVILLE—The support of family members and a positive school climate help physically abused adolescent girls avoid the binge-purge cycle of bulimia, a new University of Florida survey shows.

The survey of about 18,000 females ages 12 to 18 — mostly from Western and Midwestern states — who identified themselves as being physically abused was conducted over a five-year period in conjunction with researchers at the Search Institute in Minneapolis. Daniel Perkins, a UF youth development specialist, said the survey data indicates that with the proper support, physically abused girls are no more likely to engage in purging than other females in the same age group. (more …)

Poucher Named UF/IFAS Assistant Vice President

Topic(s): Uncategorized

Source(s):
Michael V. Martin mvm@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1971
Donald W. Poucher info@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-0437

GAINESVILLE—Donald W. Poucher has been named assistant vice president for external relations and communications for the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS). In announcing Poucher’s appointment, UF Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources Michael V. Martin indicated an ongoing need to accelerate UF/IFAS external and internal relations activities and strategic communications planning.

As assistant vice president, Poucher will be responsible for UF/IFAS public relations, news and internal and external relations activities; federal relations and communications; decision maker education programs; constituent relations and communications; communications strategic planning; internal communications strategy and coordination; crisis communications; and institutional marketing programs, including positioning and identity programs. (more …)

Invasive Plant Lays Claim To Wild Areas of South Florida

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Cindy Spence

Source(s):
Ken Langeland 352-392-9614
Dan Thayer 561-686-8809

LOXAHATCHEE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE—An exotic vine that already covers 40,000 acres of South Florida wilderness is on the brink of an expansion that could make it the worst weed threat yet to Florida’s native plants, University of Florida researchers say.

Old World climbing fern, or Lygodium microphyllum, could quickly become the dominant plant in Florida wildlands because of its fast rate of growth and lack of natural enemies, said Ken Langeland, a researcher at UF’s Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants, a part of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)

UF Project Shows Sturgeon Can Be Successfully Raised In Fish Farms

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Ed Hunter (352) 392-1773 x 278

Source:
Andrew Lazur aml@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (850) 674-3184

BLOUNTSTOWN – Researchers at the University of Florida’s Sam Mitchell Aquaculture Farm harvested about 1,800 farm-raised Gulf of Mexico sturgeon this week, completing a 17-month project that shows the threatened fish can be successfully raised in a controlled environment.

In addition to demonstrating that the fish would thrive when raised in tanks, the project also compared the use of fresh well water and recirculated pond water system and found that each system had its advantages. (more …)

UF/IFAS Executive Associate Vice President Joe Joyce Outlines “Florida FIRST” Plan for 21st Century

Topic(s): Uncategorized

Source(s):
Joe Joyce (352) 392-1971
Don Poucher (352) 392-0437

TALLAHASSEE—A University of Florida official proposed today (Nov. 3) what he says is a UF plan to define Florida’s evolution into the 21st Century. Speaking before the Florida Senate Committee on Agriculture and Consumer Services, Joe Joyce, UF executive associate vice president for agriculture and natural resources, outlined a long range plan for the UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) called Florida FIRST — Focusing IFAS Resources on Solutions for Tomorrow.

“Florida FIRST is a public-private partnership that draws on the core strengths and values to enhance the IFAS land-grant mission of shaping Florida’s future and serving its people,” said Joyce. (more …)

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