Monday, July 02, 2018
University of West Florida College of Health Announces New Dean

The University of West Florida (UWF) Usha Kundu, MD College of Health is welcoming Dr. Denise M. Seabert as the new dean of the college. Seabert has dedicated her career to the professional preparation of health educators. For more than 20 years, she has provided leadership in obesity prevention, HIV education and academic standards for health and wellness. ..

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Friday, June 22, 2018
New Drug Tested at USF Health Metabolic Clinic is Life-Changing for Patient with PKU

Jennifer Mazorra was diagnosed as a newborn with the rare genetic disease phenylketonuria, or PKU, which prohibits the body from breaking down the amino acid phenylalanine found in all natural proteins.  In 2014, Mazorra became one of the first participants in a University of South Florida (USF) study testing a new injectable drug for adults with PKU.  Now in her fourth year of treatment, Mazorra’s phenylalanine levels are normal and she can eat meat, fish, eggs and dairy for the first time in her life. ..

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Thursday, June 21, 2018
FSU Professor’s Work to be Conducted at International Space Station

A Florida State University (FSU) professor’s latest experiments will take place far above the Earth when astronauts at the International Space Station begin working with FSU on what’s called a chemical garden.  Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Oliver Steinbock will send materials for experiments to the International Space Station in June aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from SpaceX.  The goal of the project is to grow a chemical garden — inorganic structures that can spring up from metal salts and a silicate solution. ..

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Study Aims to Help Children with Speech Disorders Communicate Using Mobile Apps

Researchers at the University of Central Florida (UCF) and the University of Mexico have been awarded a $2.7 million grant by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study how technology can potentially boost language therapy for children with severe speech disorders, including those with cerebral palsy (CP).  The researchers will investigate the level of instruction needed for children with speech disorders to be able to effectively learn how to use already-existing apps that assist users in speaking. ..

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018
FAU Report Provides 24-Hour View of Cyberattacks in Florida

Researchers from Florida Atlantic University’s (FAU) College of Engineering and Computer Science have generated a first-of-its-kind, large-scale analysis of the magnitude of compromised Internet of Things (IoT) devices worldwide and recently launched FloridaSOAR (security operation and response). ..

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Defying Gravity: UF/IFAS Researcher to Experiment with Algae in Space

A University of Florida (UF) scientist will use the International Space Station to see if algae can help recycle carbon dioxide and eventually be used to help make plastics, resins and even food.  Initially, researchers want to improve algae’s ability to use light to capture carbon, and in turn, help support animal and plant life in space, said Mark Settles, a UF professor of horticultural sciences. ..

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Higgs Boson, Top Quarks Linked for First Time in New Collider Research

An observation made by an experiment at the Large Hadron Collider involving Florida Institute of Technology physicists has for the first time connected the two heaviest elementary particles of the Standard Model.  Using the Compact Muon Solenoid detector, which acts as a giant, high-speed camera taking 3-D ‘photographs’ of particle collisions, scientists announced findings that reveal how strongly the Higgs boson interacts with the heaviest known elementary particle, the top quark. ..

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018
UF/IFAS Hopes to Grow Vanilla, Meet Consumer Demand

For dessert, how about a scoop of ice cream flavored with vanilla from Florida’s farmers?  Faculty members at the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Science Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead, Florida, are trying to connect the genetic and physiological dots to help South Florida farmers eventually grow vanilla. ..

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Monday, June 11, 2018
Volcanic Activity, Declining Ocean Oxygen Triggered Mass Extinction of Ancient Marine Organisms

Global climate change, fueled by skyrocketing levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, is siphoning oxygen from today’s oceans at an alarming pace — so fast that scientists aren’t entirely sure how the planet will respond.  In a study published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers from Florida State University looked to the past to explore the disastrous effects a deoxygenated ocean could have on marine life. ..

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Tuesday, June 05, 2018
USF Researcher Finds Molecular Inspiration in Famous Abstract Art

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