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University of Florida

Pets Gone Wild: Iguanas Spreading Rapidly Throughout South Florida

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

Source(s):
Bill Kern whk@ufl.edu, (954) 577-6329
Mike Maunder mmaunder@fairchildgarden.org, (305) 667-1651

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.—Brought into Florida as pets, iguanas are a good example of how exotic animals can become a nuisance in the state, says a University of Florida pest management specialist.

Pet iguanas that have escaped or been released are now well established throughout South Florida and can be found as far north as the Tampa Bay area, said Bill Kern, an assistant professor of entomology with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)

UF Scientists Selected For International Awards

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

Source(s):
P.K. Nair pknair@ufl.edu, (352) 392-846-0880
John Bellow bellow@coaps.fsu.edu, (850) 645-1253

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GAINESVILLE, FLA.—P.K. Nair, a distinguished professor of agroforestry at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, and his former graduate student, John Bellow, have been selected by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) to receive awards for their scientific contributions.

Nair will receive the Scientific Achievement Award and Bellow will receive the Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in August 2005 at the 12th IUFRO World Congress in Brisbane, Australia. The awards, which include a scroll and $1,500 honorarium, are presented every five years. (more …)

UF/IFAS Launches New Distance Education Program For Teachers And Extension Agents

Topic(s): Uncategorized

Source(s):
Brian Myers bemyers@ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-0502 ext. 236
Sharon Guest-Tagliavento sgt@ifas.ufl.edu, (386) 437-7464
Marie Fussell marie.fussell@polk-fl.net
Keitha Barnhorst keitha.barnhorst@polk-fl.net

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GAINESVILLE, Fla.—High school teachers and county extension agents can now earn their master of science degree via a new distance education program beginning this month at the University of Florida.

“We knew there was a need for this type of degree program,” said Brian Myers, an assistant professor of agricultural education at UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), and coordinator of the online program. “Teachers and extension agents need graduate degrees for career advancement, but many of them live too far from a university to attend regular classes. This distance learning program will allow them to keep their jobs and stay close to home.” (more …)

Florida Folic Acid Coalition At UF Launches January 24-30 Awareness Program

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Gail Rampersaud gcr@ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1978 ext. 423
Lynn Bailey LBBailey@ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1991 ext. 213
Ron Lutz rlutz@ufl.edu, (352) 392-1978 ext. 406
Anita Boles aboles@hmhb.org, (703) 836-6110

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GAINESVILLE, FLA.—The Florida Folic Acid Coalition, based at the University of Florida, is joining with other public and private groups to launch National Folic Acid Awareness Week, January 24-30, 2005, throughout the state and nation.

The goal of this weeklong event is to make people aware of the importance of folic acid in their diet and its many lifelong benefits, said Gail Rampersaud, a registered dietitian and assistant in nutrition research and education at UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, or UF/IFAS. (more …)

UF/IFAS Professor Mary Collins Is First Woman Elected President Of Soil Science Society Of America

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Mary Collins mec@ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1951 ext. 244
Ramesh Reddy krr@ufl.edu, (352) 392-1803 ext. 317

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GAINESVILLE, FLA.—Mary Collins, a professor of soil science at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), has been elected president of the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), becoming the first woman to lead the 5,700-member international organization.

Her election is a three-year commitment serving on the SSSA executive committee as president-elect, president and past-president. (more …)

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