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University of Florida

Gainesville Coalition Teams Up For Smart Home Buying

Topic(s): Uncategorized

Source(s):
Arlene Z. Stewart astewart@energy.ufl.edu, 352-392-7124

GAINESVILLE—Trying to work your way through buying or constructing a new home?

The St. Johns River Water Management District, the Gainesville Builders Association, the Florida Efficient Windows Initiative and the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have teamed up to offer a seminar on October 10 designed to help consumers make smart, energy-efficient decisions when buying or building new homes in Gainesville. (more …)

Radioactive Mussels Discovered In Round Lake Near Tampa

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Mark Brenner brenner@nervm.nerdc.ufl.edu, (352) 392-9617 ext. 232
Doug Leeper doug.leeper@swfwmd.state.fl.us, (352) 796-7211

TAMPA — Freshwater mussels in at least one west central Florida lake — and perhaps several others — may contain elevated amounts of radioactive radium, apparently the result of maintaining the lake’s levels with water from the Floridan Aquifer, according to a University of Florida lake specialist and a state water official.

Although humans rarely eat mussels, the radium levels are considered high enough to pose a health risk and prompt a warning against eating the mollusks. In addition, the radium could make its way up the food chain, starting with animals that do dine on the mollusks, said Mark Brenner, an assistant professor of fisheries and aquatic sciences with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)

Cal Tech’s Elliott Meyerowitz To Speak At UF On Sept. 27

Topic(s): Uncategorized

Source(s):
Donald McCarty (352) 392-1928 ext. 322

GAINESVILLE—Elliott Meyerowitz, professor and chairman of the biology department at California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, will be speak on “Plants, Animals and the Evolution of Development” on Sept. 27 at 4:00 pm in Ballroom A of the University of Florida’s new Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center. The lecture is free and open to the public.

His presentation is the first in the F.A. Wood Distinguished Lecture series, established in honor of the late dean for research at the UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Wood served as dean for research from 1978 to 1985. The series is sponsored by the office of the UF vice president for agriculture and natural resources and the Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Program. (more …)

UF/IFAS Faculty Honored At Florida Association Of Extension Professionals Conference

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Chuck Woods (352) 392-1773 x 281

Source(s):
Christine Waddill (352) 392-1761
Everett Emino (352) 392-1784

STUART—Three interdisciplinary teams in the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) were honored for outstanding contributions in research and extension at the Florida Association of Extension Professionals conference in Stuart, Sept. 14.

The awards were presented to faculty and staff by Christine Waddill, UF/IFAS dean for extension, and Everett Emino, UF/IFAS assistant dean for research. (more …)

UF/IFAS Receives $5 Million NSF Grant For Research

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Chuck Woods (352) 392-1773 x 281

Source(s):
Donald McCarty (352) 392-1928 x322
Terry Flotte (352) 846-2739

GAINESVILLE—To learn how genes control development of corn and other cereal grains — the source of about 90 percent of the world’s food supply — University of Florida researchers have initiated a five-year study with the aid of a $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

Corn, also known as maize, was selected as the target crop because of its worldwide economic importance and the fact that it’s an “ideal model” for gene research, said Donald McCarty, professor with the UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)

Who Eats Beef? Consumption Depends On Age, Education UF Study Shows

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Kristin Harmel

Source(s):
Sara Medina
Ronald Ward ward@fred.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1845 ext. 402

GAINESVILLE—Researchers at the University of Florida have uncovered several links between beef consumption and factors such as education level, age and family size.

In a nutshell, the older and more educated you are, the less likely it is you’ll be ordering the porterhouse or a Big Mac. Likewise for working women and people who come from small families. (more …)

New UF Course Aimed At Reducing Florida’s Divorce Rate

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Millie Ferrer ferrer@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-7087
Donna Peacock pcock@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 754-4433

GAINESVILLE – With the Sunshine State having one of the highest divorce rates in the nation, University of Florida researchers have developed a class they say will give the newly betrothed the foundation they need to stay hitched.

“Before You Tie the Knot” differs from some religion-based pre-marriage classes because it focuses on skills they will need in marriage after the honeymoon, said Mille Ferrer, a human development specialist with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences who helped develop the two-day course. (more …)

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