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UF/IFAS to celebrate 100 years of Extension with displays, critters and lunch at Plaza of the Americas

Topic(s): Announcements, Extension, IFAS

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Alligators, an insect-petting zoo and lunch prepared by a former White House chef are among the highlights of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ 100th Anniversary of Florida Extension celebration at the Plaza of the Americas April 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Congress passed the Smith-Lever Act on May 8, 1914, creating the Cooperative Extension Service, which, for a century, has conveyed agricultural-related scientific research from land-grant universities to the public.

Florida has a UF/IFAS Extension office in each of its 67 counties. Residents benefit from educational programs that include everything from agricultural best practices to marriage-preparation courses, to money-management help and water-conservation and environmentally conscious gardening programs.

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UF/IFAS names Irani family, youth and community sciences chairwoman

Topic(s): Announcements, Departments, Families and Consumers, IFAS

Tracy Irani

UF/IFAS Professor Tracy Irani has been named as the new chairwoman of the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A 15-year UF/IFAS faculty member and administrator has been named chairwoman of the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

Tracy Irani’s appointment is effective April 11, said Jack Payne, senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources at UF. Irani has been running the department on an interim basis since Oct. 1.

Before this appointment, Irani worked simultaneously as a professor in the UF/IFAS Department of Agricultural Education and Communication and director of the UF/IFAS Center for Public Issues Education (PIE). She will leave her PIE center appointment to work full-time as the leader of family, youth and community sciences, Payne said.

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The new Austin Cary Learning Center to be dedicated Saturday

Topic(s): Agriculture, Announcements, Forestry, IFAS
Artist's Concept of the new Austin Cary Research Center at Austin Cary Forest

Artist’s Concept of the new Austin Cary Research Center at Austin Cary Forest

GAINESVILLE ­– Three years ago, a fire destroyed the Austin Cary Learning Center, a university and community resource used by students, alumni, professionals and the community. On Saturday, its newly built replacement will be dedicated by the University of Florida’s School of Forest Resources and Conservation. (more …)

Joe Joyce to head the UF/IFAS Center for Leadership

Topic(s): Announcements, IFAS

Joe Joyce

Joe Joyce, associate vice president for agriculture and natural resources at UF/IFAS will coordinate leadership development efforts at UF/IFAS.

GAINESVILLE – The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences announced today that Joseph Joyce, Associate Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources, will leave that position to lead the development of an IFAS Center aimed at leadership development.

In his new role, Joyce will manage the overall coordination and delivery of leadership programs within UF/IFAS and develop appropriate linkages with other leadership programs. His new job begins July 1.

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Elaine Turner named dean of UF’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

Topic(s): Agriculture, Announcements, CALS, Honors and Appointments, IFAS

 

Elaine Turner has been named dean of the UF College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

Elaine Turner has been named dean of the UF College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida faculty member and administrator often lauded for her outstanding teaching skills has been named dean of the university’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

Elaine Turner, senior associate dean for UF’s third -largest college, often known as CALS, has been interim dean of the school since early January, but becomes its dean effective April 11, said Jack Payne, UF senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources.

“Dr. Turner is a person who gets things done,” said Payne. “She is organized, she’s tireless, she never drops the ball and she’s got a career-long commitment to the highest-quality teaching.”

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UF’s Unmanned Aviation Systems featured at the 2014 SUN ’n FUN International Fly-In & Expo

Topic(s): Agriculture, Announcements, Crops, Environment, IFAS, New Technology, Research
The University of Florida's Unmanned Aircraft Systems Research Program team launches its aircraft. It is used for recording imagery of natural resources-based subjects, including bird rookeries, alligator nests, manatee gatherings, crops, infrastructure and habitats.

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LAKELAND, Fla. – While most people think of unmanned aircraft solely as military drones, a group University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers know from more than a decade of experience that the small aircraft are used to further science and engineering.

Thanks to an invitation from the Federal Aviation Administration, the University of Florida’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Research Program will be at this week’s 40th annual SUN ’n FUN Fly-In in Lakeland, the nation’s second-largest airshow, to discuss the UF program, its history, and its interdisciplinary design and research, (more …)

International food security expert to speak at UF

Topic(s): Agriculture, Announcements, Crops, Economics, IFAS
Oxford University Professor Charles Godfray is speaking at the University of Florida on Friday, April 4, as part of the Florida Climate Institute’s Distinguished Scholar Seminar.

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GAINESVILLE – Oxford University Professor Charles Godfray, one of the most influential scientists involved in research and outreach on global food security, is speaking at the University of Florida on Friday, April 4, as part of the Florida Climate Institute’s Distinguished Scholar Seminar.

Godfray is Professorial Fellow in Zoology at Oxford University’s Jesus College, with interests in environmental sciences, and has published articles on ecology, evolution and epidemiology. He is interested in how the global food system will change and adapt to the challenges facing humanity in the 21st century. He is focused on the concept of “sustainable intensification” and the relationship between food production, ecosystem services and biodiversity. (more …)

UF/IFAS to conduct national search for next research dean

Topic(s): Announcements, Research

Note: This story updated 4/17/14 with names of three additional search committee members.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences will conduct a national search to find its next research dean, Jack Payne, UF senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources, announced Thursday.

Former UF/IFAS Research Dean John Hayes accepted a position earlier this month as dean of the College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University. He starts that job in June.

“It’s always a disappointment when a valued team member leaves, but these things happen when you have the high-caliber people we’ve got,” Payne said. “I’m confident that Dr. Place and our search committee will find the very best candidates out there.”

Nick Place, UF/IFAS dean for Extension, will chair the search committee, which is expected to begin meeting soon in hopes of securing candidates and an eventual dean by fall 2014.

Until then, Associate Deans Doug Archer and Mary Duryea will share duties as co-research deans.

The UF/IFAS dean for research provides support and strategic planning for 1,000 faculty across two schools, 15 academic departments, 12 research and education centers around the state and 67 counties.

The UF/IFAS research dean also serves as director of the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, the research arm of UF’s land-grant enterprise.

Besides Place, the search committee members include: Jim Lloyd, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine; Reggie Brown, executive director of the Florida Tomato Exchange; John Hoblick, president, Florida Farm Bureau; Gil McRae, director of the Florida Wildlife Commission Research Institute; Stephanie Gray, director of sponsored research, Office of the Vice President for Research; Mary Duryea, associate dean of UF/IFAS Research; Laurie Trenholm, Extension specialist, UF/IFAS Environmental Horticulture Department; Adegbola Adesogan, professor, Department of Animal Sciences;  Rosemary Loria, chair, Department of Plant Pathology; Nick Comerford, director, North Florida Research and Education Center; Al Wysocki, associate dean, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences; Lisa Conti, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services; Dana Lecuyer of UF/IFAS human resources, and Nia Haynes, a UF/IFAS graduate student.

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Contact: Nick Place, 352-392-1761, nplace@ufl.edu

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