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Jones And Nair Named UF/IFAS International Fellows

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By:
Larry Sch

Source(s):
Jim Jones JWJones@ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1864 ext.289
P.K. Nair pknair@ufl.edu, (353) 846-0880
Roger Natzke natzke@ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-7127

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GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Jim Jones and P.K. Nair, distinguished professors in the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, were named International Fellows in November, an award established this year by UF/IFAS International Programs to recognize outstanding international work.

Jones, a professor in the agricultural and biological engineering department, was nominated for developing crop modeling systems that explore the interactions between climate, crops, soil and management. The application of this knowledge is useful in improving crop management. (more …)

Experts Urge Floridians To Replace Trees After Hurricanes

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Source(s):
Mary Duryea mlduryea@ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1784
Ed Gilman egilman@ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1831 ext. 373

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GAINESVILLE, Fla.—After this year’s active hurricane season, many Floridians may be reluctant to replace trees lost in storms or trees that damaged homes, businesses and other properties. But experts at the University of Florida say urban forests should be restored for economic, environmental and aesthetic reasons.

“It’s important not to have a negative reaction or backlash against trees because they provide so many environmental benefits,” said Mary Duryea, an assistant dean for research with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, or UF/IFAS. “Trees provide shade, conserve energy and reduce the well known ‘heat island’ effect in cities caused by concrete and pavement.” (more …)

Tour Offers A Glimpse Of UF’s Mission To The Moon And Mars

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By:
Tim Lockette (352) 392-1773

Source(s):
Don Poucher (352) 392-0437

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla.—With NASA now drafting plans to send humans beyond Earth orbit, Americans are once again imagining what it might be like to travel to the Moon or Mars.

Now the University of Florida is offering reporters a peek at some of the technologies the space agency might use to send humans to their nearest planetary neighbor. (more …)

UF Researchers Build Mars Simulator To Put Interplanetary Greenhouses To The Test

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Source(s):
Ray Bucklin bucklin@ufl.edu, (352) 392-1864 ext. 169
Inka Hublitz inka@ufl.edu, (352) 392-1864 ext. 265
Jean-Pierre Emond jpemond@ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1864 ext. 229

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GAINESVILLE, Fla.––Ray Bucklin can remember when “Mars jars” were sprouting up in laboratories around the country.

In the years after the Viking probes landed on the surface of Mars, many scientists spent their spare time building bottle-like devices that replicated the thin air or the surface of the Red Planet — and using them to see whether plants could survive under Martian conditions. (more …)

Elaine Turner Receives National Teaching Award

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

Source(s):
Elaine Turner RETurner@ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1991 ext. 224
Jimmy Cheek JGCheek@ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1961

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GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Elaine Turner, an associate professor with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, received the National Award for Excellence in College and University Teaching in the Food and Agricultural Sciences during the annual meeting of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC) in San Diego, Calif., November 14-16.

Turner, who teaches courses in the food science and human nutrition department, serves as coordinator for the largest undergraduate program in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. She has won plaudits from both colleagues and students for her passion for teaching, and her dedication to students has made her a popular instructor and advisor. (more …)

Jimmy Cheek Named Senior VP For Agriculture And Natural Resources

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Source:
Jimmy Cheek jgcheek@ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1961

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GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Jimmy Cheek, dean of the University of Florida’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, has been named the university’s senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources, UF President Bernie Machen announced today. The appointment is effective Jan. 1.

“Dr. Cheek has a long and distinguished record at the University of Florida,” Machen said. “He enjoys the respect of his colleagues as well as Floridians who work in the areas of agriculture and natural resources. I am pleased he has accepted this challenging position and look forward to his leadership.” (more …)

UF Researchers: Lights From Oceanfront Development Harm Endangered Beach Mice

Topic(s): Uncategorized

Source(s):
Lyn Branch branchl@wec.ufl.edu, (352) 846-0564
Brittany Bird bird@dteenergy.com, (248) 219-4160
Debbie Miller dlmi@ufl.edu, (850) 983-5216
Lorna Patrick lorna_Patrick@fws.gov, (850) 769-0552 ext. 229

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GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Light from oceanfront hotels and houses is making life tougher for the endangered beach mouse, according to a University of Florida study.

“We already know that light pollution can have an adverse impact on sea turtles and coastal birds,” said Lyn Branch, a professor of conservation biology at UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. “Now we’re finding that it can also have an effect on coastal mammals.” (more …)

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