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University of Florida

Hurricane Preparation Vital For People With Disabilities, Says UF Expert

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Julie Walters (352) 392-1773 x 277

Source(s):
Carolyn Wilken CSWilken@mail.ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-2201

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Weathering a hurricane is never easy, but evacuations, power outages and other storm-related hardships present special challenges for older people or those with disabilities — which makes planning ahead especially important for these individuals, says a University of Florida expert.

Anyone with a temporary or permanent condition that impairs mobility, strength, judgment or other critical functions should make hurricane plans that accommodate their needs, said Carolyn Wilken, an associate professor with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)

First Of Its Kind: UF Launches Center For Food Distribution And Retailing

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Jeffrey Brecht jkb@ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1928 ext. 213
Jean-Pierre Emond jpemond@ufl.edu (352) 392-1864 ext. 229
Scott Charlton scott.charlton@publix.com (863) 284-5562
Jeff Wells Jeff@agware.com (813) 752-7952 ext. 223

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Described by researchers as the first of its kind in the world, the new Center for Food Distribution and Retailing at the University of Florida will help the nation’s $950 billion retail food industry provide consumers with high quality products at affordable prices.

The center will conduct research and education on the entire food distribution chain from farm to fork, with an emphasis on perishable food products such as fresh produce, meat, fish and baked goods, said Jeffrey Brecht, director of the center at UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)

UF/IFAS Faculty Appointed To New Florida Oceans And Coastal Council

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
James Cato jcato@ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-5870 ext. 227
Karl Havens khavens@ifas.ufl.edu (352) 392-9617 ext. 232

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — James Cato and Karl Havens, professors at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, have been appointed to the new Florida Oceans and Coastal Council, established by the 2005 Florida Legislature to help protect and conserve the state’s ocean and coastal resources while recognizing their economic benefits.

Cato is director of UF’s School of Natural Resources and Environment and the Florida Sea Grant College program. Havens is chair of UF’s Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. (more …)

Nat Frazer to Become Dean Of Natural Resources College At Utah State University

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Nat Frazer frazern@wec.ufl.edu, (352) 846-0552
Jimmy Cheek jgcheek@ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1971

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Nat Frazer, professor and chairman of the wildlife ecology and conservation department at the University of Florida, will become dean of the College of Natural Resources at Utah State University in Logan, beginning January 1, 2006.

In announcing his decision to accept the new position at Utah State, Frazer said his six years of service at UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have been among the most enjoyable, beneficial and productive of his career. He also said that he looks forward to the challenge of serving as dean of the college at Utah State. (more …)

March Of Dimes Florida Chapter Awards Grant to UF For The Florida Folic Acid Coalition

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Gail Rampersaud gcr@ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1978 ext. 423
Gail Kauwell gpk@ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1991 ext. 227
Ron Lutz rlutz@ufl.edu, (352) 392-1978 ext. 406

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — To help educate health care professionals about the importance of folic acid in women’s diets, the March of Dimes Florida Chapter has awarded a $49,400 grant to the University of Florida.

The funds are being used by the Florida Folic Acid Coalition, based in UF’s food science and human nutrition department, to encourage women to take 400 micrograms of the vitamin every day to help reduce their risk of having a baby with serious birth defects of the brain and spine, also known as neural tube defects. (more …)

Private Marinas Disappearing But Public Efforts Could Ease Problem, Says UF Researcher

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Tom Nordlie (352) 392-1773 x 278

Source(s):
Robert Swett rswett@ufl.edu, (352) 392-6233
James Frye jfrye@nmma.org, (202) 737-9776

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Along the nation’s coastlines, marinas are being replaced by high-priced residential and commercial developments, a trend that leaves increasing numbers of boat owners high and dry, unable to access marine waters.

But a University of Florida researcher says communities can help keep boaters — and local economies — afloat by planning for and operating public ramps, docks and waterways more efficiently. (more …)

Jimmy Cheek Recognized By Two National Agricultural Education Organizations

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Jimmy Cheek jgcheek@ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1971

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Jimmy Cheek, University of Florida senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources, has been recognized by two national organizations for his professional accomplishments as a professor and administrator.

He received the Distinguished Educator Award June 17 from North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) during the organization’s annual meeting in Wooster, Ohio, and he was named a Fellow of the American Association for Agricultural Education (AAAE) May 27 at its national meeting in San Antonio. (more …)

Ron Labisky Named A Fellow In The Wildlife Society

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Ron Labisky labiskyr@wec.ufl.edu, (352) 377-4342
Nat Frazer frazern@wec.ufl.edu, (352) 846-0552

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Ron Labisky, an emeritus professor in the University of Florida’s wildlife ecology and conservation department, has been named a Fellow in The Wildlife Society for his outstanding service to the profession. He will be honored September 27 at the society’s annual conference in Madison, Wis.

He joined the faculty of UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences in 1976, serving as acting director of the School of Forest Resources and Conservation until 1978, coordinator of the school’s wildlife program from 1979 to 1983, and acting chair of the wildlife ecology and conservation department from 1984 to 1987. He retired from UF in June 2003. (more …)

Four-Year Winning Streak: Students In UF/IFAS Food And Resource Economics Department Win National AAEA “Quiz Bowl” Competition

Topic(s): Uncategorized

Source:
James Sterns JASterns@ufl.edu, (352) 392-1826 ext. 222

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — For the fourth consecutive year, a University of Florida team of students has won the annual North American Academic Quiz Bowl competition at the national meeting of the American Agricultural Economics Association.

The undergraduate team from the food and resource economics department in UF’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences has won the national competition five times during the past six years. At the July 24-27 AAEA meeting in Providence, R.I., the UF team also won the Outstanding Chapter Award, presented by the national organization in recognition of the best student chapter in the nation. (more …)

Displaced Gopher Tortoises Might Survive On Islands, Say UF Researchers

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Tom Nordlie (352) 392-1773 x 278

Source(s):
Dana Ehret killerd@ufl.edu, (352) 871-7944
Mike Moulton moultonm@wec.ufl.edu, (352) 846-0571
Craig Guyer cguyer@acesag.auburn.edu

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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — The gopher tortoise, a burrowing reptile unique to the U.S. Southeast, is gradually disappearing because the dry, sandy upland where it commonly dwells is ideal for development. But University of Florida researchers say the tortoise’s ability to survive in coastal areas may be one key to future preservation efforts.

A UF study of gopher tortoises on small islands near St. Augustine could reveal whether displaced colonies can be successfully relocated to similar sites in Florida and other states, said Dana Ehret, a doctoral student with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)

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