April 8, 2015
Spring 2015 Faculty Evaluation - Help Us Get Your Courses Evaluated!
The Spring 2015 faculty evaluation period is fast approaching with opening date for most classes scheduled for Saturday, April 11. The evaluations team is asking for your assistance in ensuring that your sections have been correctly set up to be evaluated.
We highly recommend that you log into the evaluations system (evaluations.ufl.edu) BEFORE the upcoming evaluation period begins. This will allow you to see if your sections have been properly set up to be evaluated. If you notice any discrepancies (sections missing, wrong sections, etc.) notify your department evaluations administrator before the evaluation period begins. When the evaluation period is over it may be too late to make any corrections!
Monitor Real Time Response Rates
Once the evaluation period is open you can login to monitor real time response rates. Go to the "View Evaluations & Results" link and enter your search criteria. Then click on the "Get Evaluations" button to see a list of your sections that are being evaluated and their corresponding response rates.
Monitoring the response rates during the evaluation period is beneficial to you since you will be able to see immediately any sections that are not getting high response rates. This will give you time to communicate (email, in class, etc.) with your students in the low response rate sections. Explain to them why the evaluations are important to you and the university, and remind them to submit an evaluation. The screen shot below shows the location of the "Response %" column. (Click on image for a larger view.)
For help on using the evaluations system see the Quick Reference Guide for Faculty (PDF).
As a reminder, students who are auditing courses or have dropped/withdrawn from any course cannot evaluate the course. Also, classes with an enrollment of 10 students or less or if you have met with the class less than 10 times are not required to be evaluated. To review UF's policies regarding the online evaluations visit Technology Support Services web page located here: http://tss.it.ufl.edu/evals/policies
If you have any questions about the evaluations process or comments (positive or negative) we would love to hear from you, contact us at email@example.com.
Submitted by Wanda Garfield, UFIT
Resources for Student Veterans
The Collegiate Veterans Success Center (CVSC) is a host site for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' VetSuccess on Campus (VSOC) Program. The VSOC Program serves as the on-campus face for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The University of Florida's VSOC counselor, Charlotte Kemper, is an experienced Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for the Department of Veterans Affairs. For more information, view our website at https://www.dso.ufl.edu/veteran
Submitted by Anthony DeSantis, Dean of Students Office
Free Screenings for Students at the Disability Resource Center
- If you are concerned about a student who you may feel may have a learning and/or attentional problems, please refer the student to the Disability Resource Center for a FREE screening. Upon completion of the screening, the student will be provided information about the process for securing a formal evaluation, if appropriate.
- Screening appointments can be scheduled by contacting the Disability Resource Center at 352-392-8565.
Submitted by Jim Gorske, Disability Resource Center
School of Music Presents Protest Requiem April 18
The UF Choral Union, representing the UF School of Music’s Concert Choir and The Gainesville Civic Chorus Master Chorale, will present Protest Requiem on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at the Phillips Center. Protest Requiem features Verdi’s world-renowned choral masterwork, Requiem, performed in remembrance of the Holocaust and to honor the members of the chorus and orchestra in the Theresienstadt ghetto. Conducted by Dr. Will Kesling, the performance features the UF Symphony Orchestra and soloists Stella Zambalis (soprano), Regina Torres (mezzo-soprano), Mark Thomsen (tenor) and Stephen Saxon (bass). Prior to the performance April 13-17 there will be several guest speakers and free special events. For a complete outline of activities, visit arts.ufl.edu/protestrequiem. Tickets are available through the Phillips Center Box Office at 352-392-2787 or performingarts.ufl.edu.
Submitted by Leah Craig, College of the Arts
Obesity Disparities Research and Intervention Seminar Series featuring Ayodola Anise
The Multidisciplinary Academic-Community Obesity Disparities Research (MACOD-R) Partnership
an initiative of the
UF Health Disparities Research and Intervention Program
Obesity Disparities Research and Intervention Seminar Series
Ayodola Anise, MHS
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Title: PCORI's Role in Addressing Disparities through Patient-Centered Comparative Effectiveness Research
Thursday, April 23, 2015
2:00 P.M. ‒ 3:00 P.M.
HPNP Complex Auditorium
University of Florida‒Gainesville
Register online or by phone (1-866-290-5770) no later than April 15, 2015
Multidisciplinary Academic-Community Obesity Disparities Research (MACOD-R) Partnership: DOWNLOAD BROCHURE
Obesity Disparities Research and Intervention Seminar Series – April 2015: DOWNLOAD ANNOUNCEMENT
Submitted by Tya Arthur, Department of Psychology
Gender & Health Colloquium
April 13th, 2015 - 1:00 p.m.
McKnight Brain Institute Auditorium, LG-101A
The Health Science Center Library is hosting a colloquium on the impact of sex and gender on healthcare research, treatment, and services, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Myrna Weissman. Dr. Weissman is the Diane Goldman Kember Family Professor of Epidemiology in Psychiatry at the College of Physicians and Surgeons and Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, and the Chief of Epidemiology at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Also featuring UF faculty Dr. Roger Fillingim of the College of Dentistry and Dr. Marian Limacher of the College of Medicine, this event will be an opportunity for researchers across UF to come together in an examination of the biological, psychological, and social differences in sex and gender that influence health.
For more information, please contact Michele Tennant at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our website: http://library.health.ufl.edu/2015/03/27/gender-health-colloquium/
Submitted by Hannah Norton, Health Science Center Libraries
Sophia Azarian Keynote Speaker
Thursday, 16 April 2015, 4:00pm-5:00pm, Keene Faculty Center
Sophia Azarian (UF Class of 2006) PharmD, Pharmacy Manager, Publix Pharmacy 537
Keynote Speaker for the Annual Department of Classics and Center for Greek Studies Awards Program
Free and Open to the Public; Reception to Follow
Dr. Azarian will speak on the value of her undergraduate study of the Ancient and Modern Mediterranean World in her daily life as a professional pharmacist.
Submitted by Victoria Pagán, Department of Classics
Unlocking New Power Jeremy Heimans
17 April 2015, 6:00pm, Advocacy Center at the UF Levin College of Law
Based in New York City, Jeremy Heimans is co-founder and CEO of Purpose, a social business that builds movements and ventures that he says, “uses the power of participation to bring change in the world.” He and colleague Henry Timms, executive director of 92nd Street Y, a cultural and community center in New York, and founder of #GivingTuesday, are set to publish an essay in November 2014 examining new forms of power and their meaning. As Heimans puts it, “Old power downloads and commands; new power uploads and shares.”
The World Economic Forum at Davos named Heimans a Young Global Leader and in 2011 he was awarded the Ford Foundation's 75th Anniversary Visionary Award. In 2012, Fast Company named him one of the Most Creative People in Business, and in 2014, CNN picked his concept of "new power" as one of 10 ideas to change the world. His TED talk, "What New Power Looks Like," is available here:
This event is part of the 2014-2015 Speaker Series: “Social Change and the Ivory Tower”. The Series is co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere (Rothman Endowment) the Center for Adaptive Innovation, Resilience, Ethics, and Science (CAIRES), and the Bob Graham Center for Public Service.
• This event is free and open to the public; a flyer for the event is available here:
• For more information, contact Mauro J. Caraccioli, 305-215-6663, email@example.com.
Submitted by Mauro Caraccioli, Center for Adaptive Innovation, Resilience, Ethics, and Science
Frederic W. Ness Book Award
Each year, the Frederic W. Ness Book Award Committee of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) recognizes a book that contributes to the understanding and improvement of liberal education at the college level.
AAC&U's Board of Directors established the Ness Book Award in 1979 to honor Frederic W. Ness, who had served with distinction for many years as president of AAC&U. The award, $2,000, has become a mark of honor for both authors and publishers and will be presented at the association's annual meeting in January 2016.
To qualify for the award, a book must have been published between January 1 and December 31, 2014. Additional criteria for eligibility can be found online at https://www.aacu.org/frederic-w-ness-book-award-0.
We invite you to nominate any book that meets the stated criteria by sending a letter to the Frederic W. Ness Book Award Committee, 1818 R Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009. Or, please e-mail your nomination to Halim Rizk at firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominations must be received no later than May 1, 2015.
Submitted by the Office of the Provost
Dr. William W. Hager Elected SIAM Fellow
Dr. William W. Hager, Professor in the Department of Mathematics and co-director of the Center for Applied Optimization, was named as one of 31 Fellows to the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) for 2015. Dr. Hager of the University of Florida is being honored for contributions to optimal control, optimization theory, and numerical optimization algorithms. His research work focuses on numerical analysis, optimization, optimal control, and lightning.
Each year, SIAM designates as Fellows of the society those how have made outstanding contributions to the fields of applied mathematics and computational science. The Fellows Selection Committee selects Fellows based on nominations by SIAM members. A complete listing to the 2015 Fellows can be found online at http://connect.siam.org/2015-class-of-siam-fellows-are-a-distinguished-group/
Submitted by the Office of the Provost
Dr. Karl Havens on the Editorial Board of Nature Publishing Group's journal Scientific Reports
Dr. Karl E. Havens, Director of UF's Florida Sea Grant has been named to the Editorial Board of Scientific Reports. Scientific Reports is an online, open access journal from the publishers of Nature, which publishes scientifically valid primary research from all areas of the natural and clinical sciences. The Editorial Board of active researchers manage the peer review of manuscript, ensuring that the process is efficient, constructive, and fair.
Submitted by the Office of the Provost
Dr. Jose Principe, Distinguished Professor Named 2014-2015 Teacher/Scholar of the Year
Distinguished Professor Jose C. Principe in the UF College of Engineering has been awarded the University of Florida’s Teacher-Scholar of the Year award for 2014-2015.
Principe joined the UF faculty in 1987 after an 8-year appointment as professor at the University of Aveiro (Portugal). He holds degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Porto (Portugal) and the University of Florida, and several Honoris Causa degrees from Italian, Finnish, Brazilian and Colombian universities.
His interests lie in nonlinear non-Gaussian optimal signal processing and modeling and in biomedical engineering. Principe created in 1991 the Computational NeuroEngineering Laboratory to synergistically focus the research in biological information processing models.
He holds 20 patents and has submitted seven more. Principe was supervisory committee chair of 81 Ph.D. and 65 Master students, and is author of more than 700 refereed publications.
Originating in 1960, the award is UF’s most prestigious and oldest, and, it is accompanied by an honorarium of $6,000. Each year, the Award Committee selects a faculty member who demonstrates distinguished achievement in both teaching and scholarly activity demonstrated through scholarly research, creative writing, original works of art, and visibility within and beyond the university.
Other award winners include: Ann Christiano, professor in the College of Journalism and Communications, (Teacher of the Year); Hans van Oostrom, associate chair in the College of Engineering, (Faculty Adviser/Mentor of the Year); and Mutlu G. Ҫitim-Kepic, senior associate in the College of the Arts, (Professional Adviser of the Year). This group, along with the college level award winners for teaching and advising, were recognized at a reception hosted by President Fuchs.
For more information on the university-wide awards and past winners, please visit http://www.aa.ufl.edu/awards.
Submitted by the Office of the Provost