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University of Florida

Scallop Season Begins July 1. Do You Know Where Your Snorkel Is?

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By:
Mickie Anderson (352) 392-0400

Source(s):
Chuck Adams cmadams@ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-1826
Don Sweat dsweat@seas.marine.usf.edu, (727) 553-3399

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Get your snorkel and swim fins ready: it’s time to go hunt scallops.

Scallop season opens July 1 and is a big draw for Floridians until it ends Sept. 10, said Citrus County-based Sea Grant agent Don Sweat.

Early reports suggest a good season, said Sweat, whose region includes some of the state’s busiest scalloping waters. (more …)

UF’s Rick Rudd Receives National Teaching Award

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By:
Tom Nordlie (352) 392-0400

Source(s):
Rick Rudd rrudd@ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-0502 ext. 230

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Rick Rudd, an associate professor with the University of Florida’s agricultural education and communication department, has been honored with a national award for teaching excellence.

He was one of numerous faculty members and students with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences who received awards and presented research at the 52nd Annual Conference of the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA). The event was held June 7-9 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (more …)

UF Ag Communications Director Ashley Wood Honored for Leadership

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By:
Tom Nordlie (352) 392-0400

Source:
Ashley Wood amwood@ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-7227 ext. 293

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Ashley Wood, director of the University of Florida’s agricultural communications unit, has been honored by his peers for outstanding leadership.

Wood received the Award of Excellence in Leadership and Management from the Association for Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Life and Human Sciences, or ACE. The award was presented at the organization’s annual conference June 2-6 in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. (more …)

E.T. York Receives Special Service Award from UF Veterinary College

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Tom Nordlie (352) 392-0400

Source:
E.T. York york@ifas.ufl.edu, (352) 392-6545

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For interviews with James Thompson, contact Sarah Carey at (352) 392-4700, ext. 5206, careys@mail.vetmed.ufl.edu

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In the 1960s and ‘70s, E.T. York led the effort to establish the state’s first veterinary college. The result was the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine, which recently expressed its appreciation by presenting York with one of its highest honors, the Special Service Award. (more …)

“Judas Snakes” Help Researchers Removes Pythons from the Everglades

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Mickie Anderson (352) 392-0400

Source(s):
Frank Mazzotti fjma@ufl.edu, (954) 577-6338
Skip Snow Skip_snow@nps.gov, (305) 242-7827

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Removing gigantic pythons from a place they’re not wanted is no easy feat, but University of Florida researchers have found a high-tech way to make it easier – they’re sending radio-tracked pythons out into Everglades National Park to do the work for them.

Frank Mazzotti, an associate professor with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, leads a team using ‘Judas snakes’ to lure – and catch – other Burmese pythons from the park, where they’re not welcome. (more …)

UF Scientists To Participate in Massive Everglades Restoration Conference June 5-9

Topic(s): Uncategorized

By:
Tom Nordlie (352) 392-0400

Source(s):
G. Ronnie Best Ronnie_Best@usgs.gov, (954) 577-6354
Frank Mazzotti fjma@ufl.edu, (954) 577-6338
Dennis Duke (904) 232-2584
Terrence “Rock” Salt rock_salt@ios.doi.gov, (305) 348-1665

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — University of Florida experts will join hundreds of colleagues from academia, government and private enterprise in Lake Buena Vista next week for one of the largest-ever conferences devoted to restoration of the Florida Everglades.

The 2006 conference on Greater Everglades Ecosystem Restoration, or GEER, takes place June 5-9 at the Buena Vista Palace. About 500 participants will present research, attend workshops and take part in panel discussions on topics ranging from water quality, land use and wildlife populations to soil science, computer modeling and control of invasive plants. (more …)

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