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Daniel Aldridge and Nicholas Pasternack
Two UF students have received the prestigious Frost Scholarship, which funds an intensive Masters-level course for graduating seniors in the State University System of Florida to study at the University of Oxford. The scholarship covers 100 percent of tuition and academic fees and includes a grant for living costs. Out of ten students selected from the state of Florida, Daniel Aldridge and Nicholas Pasternack will represent UF, to study immunology and neuroscience, respectively.
The Aztec's cyclical model of time permeates their history, leadership, and texts.
The Yoruba people today number more than 30 million strong, with significant numbers in the United States, Nigeria, Europe, and Brazil.
The Civil War thrust Americans onto unfamiliar terrain, as two competing societies mobilized for four years of bloody conflict. More
A study of adventure and love in the European Middle Ages focused on the poetry of authors such as Marie de France, Chrétien de Troyes, Wolfram von Eschenbach, and Gottfried von Strassburg. More
Scandalous Economics builds upon the Occupy movement and other critical analysis of the Global Financial Crisis. More
Edmund Burke, long considered modern conservatism’s founding father, is also widely believed to be an opponent of empire. More
UF Astronomers Discover New Type of Solar System
UF Professor of Astronomy Jian Ge and postdoc Bo Ma discovered the first
binary–binary solar system. The findings raise new questions about the formation of the cosmos.
UF Alumnus and Esteemed Historian Alfred Cave Receives Distinguished Alumnus Award
Alfred Cave received UF's Distinguished Alumnus Award for accomplishments in ethnohistory of colonial America.
UF Professor of History and African Studies Honored with Book Award from American Historical Association
Nancy Rose Hunt, UF professor of history and African studies, has received the Martin A. Klein Award honoring the best histories of Africa.
The book offers a medical history of the Belgian Congo and how its people created "healing cults" to recover from violence.
UF Professor of African American Studies Honored with Longlisted Book by National Book Foundation
Ibram X. Kendi's new book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, has been longlisted for the National Book Award.
The book examines the writings of civil rights activists, politicians, and major social figures to trace the history of racist attitudes in the US.
UF Professor of Geography Receives NSF Grant to Study Agricultural Shifts and Deforestation in Mexico
Robert Walker of the Center for Latin American Studies and international team receive award to study effects of neoliberal policy on Mexican farming practices and their impact on deforestation.
UF's Department of Geography and Center for Latin American Studies have received a $375,000 award from the National Science Foundation to study shifting agricultural practices in a globalized Mexico.
UF Professor of Biology Co-Authors Study on Dengue Vaccination Plans
Derek Cummings of the Emerging Pathogens Institute examines the effectiveness of the new dengue vaccine.
Cummings joined a team studying the outcomes of the world's first dengue vaccine and found that the vaccine may increase illness if deployed in the wrong area. The research was published on Sept. 2, 2016 in the journal Science.
UF Professor of Film Studies Receives Marie Skłodowaska-Curie FCFP Senior
Barbara Mennel Studies the Culture of Labor, Films, and Gender Roles
Mennel explores the feminization of labor as reflected in film in a new book project supported by the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies in Germany.
UF Professor of Anthropology Honored by World Archaeological Congress/h4>
Peter Schmidt Works for the Decolonization of African Archaeology
In August, Schmidt was recognized by the World Archaeological Congress and selected to give the Peter Ucko Memorial Lecture.
UF Paleogeology Discovery Published in Nature Communications
Andrea Dutton Uses Paleothermometer to Explain What Killed the Dinosaurs
University of Florida geochemist Andrea Dutton and colleagues at the University of Michigan have utilized a new technique of analysis to reconstruct Antarctic ocean temperatures that support the idea that the combined impacts of volcanic eruptions and an asteroid impact brought about one of Earth’s biggest mass extinctions 66 million years ago.
UF Nanochemistry Team Published in Nature Materials
David Wei Leads Team that Grows Gold Nanoparticles with Light
A team led by Associate Professor of Chemistry David Wei has made a breakthrough in nanotechnology by discovering that gold may be used in crystals grown by light to create nanoparticles. This technology has major implications for industrial catalysis and cancer treatment and could improve the function of pharmaceuticals, medical equipment and solar panels.
Professor of Chemistry Receives Nyholm Prize
George Christou Discovered Single-Molecule Magnets
UF chemistry professor George Christou has received acclaim for his discovery of single-molecule magnets and metal-oxo clusters—microscopic, long-lasting substances with applications to medical, computing, and industrial technologies. The United Kingdom’s Royal Society of Chemistry awarded Christou the 2016 Nyholm Prize for Inorganic Chemistry for his pioneering work.
Professor of Chemistry Receives IUPAC Award
Brent Sumerlin Builds
One step to improving drug delivery for patients is to build
smart proteins that can be released into the body as slowly and specifically as needed. Prof. Brent Sumerlin is doing just that, and has received the prestigious Hanwha-Total IUPAC Young Scientist Award for his work.
Sumerlin focuses on improving protein compounds that are used for vaccines and drugs, so that they can respond to the body’s feedback or be delivered without injection. He is also building self-healing polymers, such as plastic or cement that can retain their integrity despite damage.
Professor of History Luise White Awarded National Humanities Center Fellowship
New work focuses on intricacies of the Rhodesian War.
In her latest full-length book project, Luise White, professor of history at the University of Florida, explores the troubled lives of white soldiers fighting to preserve rule by the white minority in Rhodesia.
A Chemical Bond
UF alum Joseph Hernandez shows $10 million worth of appreciation.
A son of Cuban immigrants with three University of Florida degrees has invested $10 million in his alma mater to enhance U’s chemistry department so future chemists and other alumni will be better positioned to explore solutions to society’s greatest challenges.
Gravitational waves detected 100 years after Einstein’s prediction
LIGO opens new window on the universe with observation of gravitational waves from colliding black holes
For the first time, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves, arriving at the earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. This confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity and opens an unprecedented new window onto the cosmos.
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences constitutes the intellectual core of the university. Its principal mission is to lead the academic quest to understand our place in the universe, and to help shape our society and environment.
CLAS in the News
- Andrea Dutton on what killed the dinosaurs
- Andrea Dutton on the climate's sea change
- Thomas Bianchi on how controlled flooding connects to climate change
- Michael McDonald's insights into voter turnout
- Daniel Smith's insights into partisan voting
- Sadie Ryan on Zika-bearing mosquitoes
- UF LIGO team on proving Einstein right