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University of Florida

Douglas Archer Named Associate Dean for Research at UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

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By:
Tom Nordlie (352) 392-0400

Source(s):
Mark McLellan mrm1@ufl.edu, (352) 392-1784
Douglas Archer dlarcher@ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1991 ext. 210

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Douglas Archer, a University of Florida professor of food science and human nutrition and former deputy director of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, has been named associate dean for research at UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

In announcing the Feb. 1 appointment, Mark McLellan, dean for research, said Archer is an internationally recognized food safety expert with experience in research, public policy and administration. (more …)

Academic Mace Created for UF’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Tom Nordlie (352) 392-0400

Source(s):
Kirby Barrick kbarrick@ufl.edu, (352) 392-1961
Wayne Smith whsmith@ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 846-0867
Jimmy Cheek jgcheek@ufl.edu, (352) 392-1971

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences has a new symbol to honor its history and mark its 100th year educating students in Gainesville.

The college’s first academic mace – an elaborate wooden staff more than four feet tall and weighing 20 pounds – will be used in commencements and other formal ceremonies, said Kirby Barrick, dean of the college, which is part of UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)

Paul Willis Named Executive Assistant to UF Senior VP for Agriculture and Natural Resources

Topic(s): Uncategorized

Source(s):
Jimmy Cheek jgcheek@ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1971
Jack Battenfield battenf@ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-0400

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Paul Willis, former director of student and alumni services in the University of Florida’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, has been named executive assistant to Jimmy Cheek, senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources at the university.

Willis will assume the position held by Donna Stall, who is retiring after 38 years of service to UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, or UF/IFAS. Willis is currently director of academic support services in the food and resource economics department. His new appointment becomes effective in April. (more …)

Agriculture Awareness Initiative Targets Florida Residents

Topic(s): Uncategorized

Source(s):
Joan Dusky jadu@ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1761
Scott Emerson semerson@ufl.edu, (352) 392-1588
Alan Hodges awhodges@ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1845 ext. 312
David Mulkey wdmulkey@ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1845 ext. 406

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — If you’ve eaten a tomato this winter, chances are it was grown in Florida. And those plants decorating your home and office probably started life at one of Florida’s nurseries. For those who work in the agriculture “field,” these facts are recognized. But when you ask Florida citizens about the value of the state’s agriculture industry, most don’t have a carrot of an idea that Florida ranks second nationally in the production of fresh vegetables and horticultural products.

Starting this spring, the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is launching a multifaceted Agriculture Awareness Initiative aimed at educating Florida’s 16 million residents about the importance of the state’s agriculture and natural resource industries. (more …)

New book on Women Engineers Spotlights Four at UF

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Tom Nordlie (352) 392-0400

Source(s):
Janie Fouke jfouke@aa.ufl.edu, (352) 392-2404
Dorota Haman dzhaman@ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1864 ext. 285
Carol Lehtola CJLehtola@ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1864 ext. 223

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Despite progress in other fields, women represent less than 10 percent of the engineering workforce, and a new book aimed at increasing their numbers pays homage to four University of Florida faculty members.

“Changing Our World: True Stories of Women Engineers” includes profiles of UF Provost Janie Fouke and Wendy Graham, Dorota Haman and Carol Lehtola in UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)

A Tiny Bug with a Big Appetite: UF Researchers Say Insect Attacks More than 300 Species of Plants

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Chuck Woods (352) 392-0400

Source(s):
Forrest Howard fwhoward@ufl.edu, (954) 577-6332
Hong Liu hongliuf@ufl.edu, (954) 577-6332

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Welcome to the bug-of-the-month club. Thanks to Florida’s balmy climate and popularity as a tourist destination, at least one new and unwanted insect pest hitchhikes its way into the state every month, according to University of Florida researchers.

One of the most menacing newcomers is the lobate lac scale (Paratachardina lobata), an insect native to India and Sri Lanka that attacks more than 300 types of woody plants, says Forrest Howard, an associate professor of entomology with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)

UF Experts to Showcase Insects at Olustee Re-enactment

Topic(s): Uncategorized

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

Source(s):
Tom Nordlie tnordlie@ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-0400
Tom Fasulo fasulo@ufl.edu, (352) 392-1901


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LAKE CITY, Fla. — When Civil War buffs commemorate the struggle between North and South at the Battle of Olustee re-enactment this weekend, a University of Florida expert will be on hand to demonstrate how Rebs and Yanks faced a common foe – insects.

Participants and spectators gathering Feb. 17-19 at the Olustee Battlefield Historic Site near Lake City can get an up-close look at weevils and lice and learn how pests affected soldiers, courtesy of Thomas Fasulo, an extension entomologist with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)

Frozen Peaches

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Marisol Amador

Source(s):
Wayne Sherman 352-392-1928
Jose Chaparro 352-392-1928

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David Sammons Named Director of International Programs at UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Tom Nordlie (352) 392-0400

Source(s):
Jimmy Cheek jgcheek@ufl.edu, (352) 392-1971
David Sammons dsammons@usaid.gov, (202) 712-1729

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — David Sammons, associate dean and director of international programs in agriculture at Purdue University, has been named director of international programs at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. The appointment becomes effective July 25.

In announcing the appointment, Jimmy Cheek, UF senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources, said international programs are increasingly important in the global economy, and Sammons’ experience, coupled with his vision for the future, will help the university develop a world-class program. (more …)

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