November 25, 2015
Inauguration of President W. Kent Fuchs
Help celebrate the inauguration of W. Kent Fuchs, UF's 12th president, during UF Inauguration Week, Nov. 28 - Dec. 4.
The week's highlights include a student-centered event, campus showcases and open houses, and the investiture ceremony and reception, just to name a few.
Download the GatorWay app for all of the details or visit inauguration.ufl.edu/. Be sure to use #UFprez throughout the week when sharing any inauguration-related content on social media.
Submitted by the UF Inauguration Committee
Call for Applications - SIT Faculty Seminars Abroad 2016
Part of UFIC’s International Faculty Development Grants
The University of Florida International Center (UFIC) is pleased to announce a special funding opportunity for up to three faculty members to participate in the Faculty Seminars Abroad organized by the School for International Training (SIT). Successful applicants will be awarded a UFIC grant to cover the full program fees for one of the 2016 SIT Faculty Seminars Abroad (SIT-FSA 2016). Grantees will be responsible for their own airfare and other related costs.
SIT-FSA 2016 are short academic programs that allow faculty to explore a topic in depth in a particular geographical or cultural context through lectures, site visits, and connections to local academics, researchers, and other local experts. Three 2016 Faculty seminars abroad are available:
- Australian Perspectives on Ecology and Conservation
- Tunisia in Transition: Social and Political Transformation
- La Salud in Argentina and Chile: Comparative Approaches to Public Health
For UFIC application procedures, deadline and other information: SIT Faculty Seminars Abroad 2016
Applications should be submitted electronically to OGRE at: OGRE@ufic.ufl.edu, with subject line: “SIT-FSA 2016 application,” by no later than 12:00 PM on Friday, 4 December 2015. Selected participants will be informed by Friday, 18 December 2015.
Please check SIT Faculty Seminars Abroad link (http://studyabroad.sit.edu/pn/campus-advisors-and-faculty/sit-faculty-seminars-abroad/) to learn more about these programs and associated costs. Note that the final application deadline to SIT-FSA 2016 is March 1st, 2016.
Please direct any questions to Nargiza Ludgate: firstname.lastname@example.org
Submitted by Mabel Cardec, UF International Center
Exploring Mars with Curiosity
The Department of Chemistry announces a series of 3 lectures given Dr. Roger Wiens (Los Alamos National Laboratory and The University of New Mexico, USA) focusing on the latest ground-based observations of Mars. The first evidence for an ancient freshwater lake, rock beds containing organic materials and the presence of small amounts of methane may be tantalizing evidence of life on or under the surface of the Red Planet.
Dr. Wiens has been the leader of the ChemCam laser instrument on the Curiosity rover which landed in August, 2012. He has directed the US and French team operating ChemCam and interpreting the data returned from Mars. Dr. Wiens has been involved in other NASA robotic missions as well, and is now leading the development of a new SuperCam instrument, selected by NASA in 2014, and scheduled to launch in 2020.
The 3 Lectures are:
Laser-induced Breakdown Spectroscopy and Raman Spectroscopy for Planetary Exploration
Exploring Mars with Curiosity
Zapping Rocks on Mars with the ChemCam Laser-induced Breakdown Spectroscopy Instrument
Submitted by Nicolo Omenetto, Department of Chemistry
UF's Annual Holiday Concert, Sounds of the Season, Coming December 6
The University of Florida College of the Arts and the School of Music is pleased to present its annual holiday concert, Sounds of the Season: An American Holiday, conducted by Dr. Will Kesling. Sounds of the Season will feature more than 250 performers, including students from UF’s Concert Choir, UF Women’s Chorale and UF Symphony Orchestra, as well as area community members from the Gainesville Master Chorale. Come and enjoy an array of holiday favorites such as The Little Drummer Boy and White Christmas as well as two wonderful stories of American Christmases past. The centerpiece of the concert created by Phillip Grow, Red Telephone, is a short musical play that tells the story of the origin of the NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) Tracks Santa program, which since the 1950s has been following Santa’s progress from the North Pole for children everywhere. Another highlight of this year’s concert will be the narration of Longfellow’s Christmas by UF President W. Kent Fuchs.
Submitted by Leah Spellman, College of the Arts
21st Annual Multidisciplinary Symposium on Breast Disease
Thursday, February 11 - Sunday, February 14, 2016
Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, FL
Details on “The 21st Annual Multidisciplinary Symposium on Breast Disease,” Feb. 11-14, 2016 is available at http://msbd.cme.ufl.edu. CME-accredited by the University of Florida College of Medicine, this program is designed to offer pre-symposium workshops, plenary sessions, case presentations and panel discussions with active participation of the audience. The speakers are recognized authorities in their specialties, with experience in presenting the most controversial aspects surrounding the spectrum of benign, premalignant and malignant breast lesions.
There is also an opportunity for presenting scientific papers at the symposium and all accepted abstracts will be considered for “The Breast Journal Award.” The recipients of this award will be asked to give an Oral Presentation on Saturday, February 13th during the lunch break. Cash prizes will be awarded. Award recipients will also receive a one-year complimentary subscription to The Breast Journal.
This year, we are fortunate to have Dr. Melvin Silverstein as our keynote speaker. Dr. Silverstein is the Medical Director of Hoag Breast Center and the Gross Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery. He also serves as Clinical Professor of Surgery at The Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. Dr. Silverstein gave the 50th IS Ravidin Lecture at the 2015 Annual Meeting of American College of Surgeons.
The symposium takes place in one of the most prestigious places in the world during the Valentine’s Day weekend in beautiful Amelia Island, Florida. Please consider this letter as a personal invitation and feel free to share this information with your colleagues. If you need further information please contact (904) 244-6069 or email@example.com.
Submitted by Karen Earick, College of Medicine
L'Oréal USA for Women in Science Fellowship: Application Opens November 30, 2015
The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science program recognizes and rewards the contributions women make in STEM fields and identifies exceptional women researchers committed to serving as role models for younger generations. More than 2,250 women scientists in over 110 countries have been recognized since the program began in 1998.
In the US, the For Women In Science fellowship program awards five post‐doctoral women scientists annually with grants of $60,000 each. Applicants are selected from a variety of fields, including the life and physical/material sciences, technology (including computer science), engineering, and mathematics.
Applications will open on November 30, 2015 and are due by February 5, 2016.
The application and more information about the L’Oréal USA For Women in Science program can be found at www.lorealusa.com/forwomeninscience.
Should you have any questions or require additional information, please e‐mail Rachel Pacifico at RPacifico@us.loreal.com.
Submitted by the UF Graduate School
Writing for the Public: How to Do It and Why It's Important
with Sean Trainor, Santa Fe College
Friday, 11 December from 2:00 – 5:00 pm
The Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere is excited to invite faculty, staff, and graduate students in the humanities to participate in our final workshop of 2015 – Writing for the Public: How to Do It and Why It’s Important. This workshop, organized by Dr. Sean Trainor, will be held on 11 December, 2015 from 2:00 – 5:00 pm in Pugh Hall 120. It is designed to teach participants how to effectively engage the public through their writing. For more information, please visit: http://writingforthepublic.org/
The first hour of the workshop will focus on general tips and strategies for effective public writing. The second hour will involve three different break-out sessions designed to serve individual and professional needs which will explore public writing as a supplement or alternative to traditional academic careers, effective strategies for establishing professional expertise to a wider audience, and best practices for mid-career or senior scholars who wish to intervene and contribute to public discourse. The final hour will involve participants either choosing to join a moderated discussion with a panel of six professionals, or the opportunity to workshop a piece of writing.
To register, please email the Humanities Center (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please note any dietary restrictions since refreshments will be served and there will be a reception after the workshop. Due to space restrictions, please register as soon as possible to guarantee yourself a spot in the workshop.
Submitted by Tim Blanton, Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere
Multi University Perception Survey on Autonomous Vehicles
You are invited to participate in a multi-university research survey on emerging automotive and transportation technologies for improving travel safety, comfort, and mobility. These include autonomous vehicles (AVs), also called driverless cars or self-driving cars that can drive by themselves with little to no need of a human driver. To plan our transportation systems for embracing these technologies, it is important to assess the ways in which they might influence individual travel and overall traffic conditions.
It will take 15 minutes or less to complete the survey. Your participation is completely voluntary. However, your inputs are very important for the success of this study. Note that your responses will be confidential. In fact, we do not collect any information that could possibly identify you. This survey has been reviewed by Institutional Review Board (IRB).
Please click on the link below to take the survey.
Your participation in this survey in greatly appreciated. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at email@example.com or 352-294-7807
Submitted by Siva Srinivasan, UF Transportation Institute
Deadline Approaching - Postdoc Mentoring Awards Applications
Be sure to submit your application by November 30, 2015 for this year's Postdoctoral Mentoring Award for outstanding mentors of UF postdocs.
The mentoring awards were established to encourage and reward excellence, innovation, and effectiveness in mentoring UF postdocs.
Information about past award recipients and the application for the 2016 award are available on the Postdoc Mentoring Awards Website.
If you have any questions about the application process or about the award, please contact Cheryl Gater.
Submitted by Cheryl Gater, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
Final Week to Complete Faculty & Staff Climate Survey
The Faculty & Staff Climate Survey, found online at https://rankinsurveys2.com/ufl, will be available for completion through Nov. 27. Based on the results of this survey, action items will be identified to influence UF’s workplace practices, interactions and/or general environment.
Designed to help determine how well the university fosters an overall sense of belonging for its faculty and staff, the survey also aims to leverage the uniqueness of the people who work here. For more information, please see the Faculty and Staff Climate Survey section of the Office of the President’s website.
Submitted by Angie Brown, Human Resource Services
Three UF faculty members named AAAS Fellows
Three University of Florida professors have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an honor given to AAAS members by their peers for their efforts to advance science or its applications. The three join 43 UF professors listed by the AAAS as fellows, a distinction also earned by UF President Kent Fuchs in 2010.
The fellows named this year are:
Jon Dobson, a joint professor in the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, for outstanding contributions to the development of magnetic micro- and nanoparticle-based technologies in cell engineering, regenerative medicine and gene transfection.
Yuguang “Michael” Fang, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, for distinguished research and teaching contributions to the field of electrical and computer engineering, particularly for wireless network design and cybersecurity.
Frank F. White, a professor of plant pathology in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, for distinguished contributions to the field of plant-pathogen interactions, with emphasis on determining the genetic bases of bacterial pathogenesis and plant disease resistance.
This year’s 347 fellows will be honored in February at the 2016 AAAS annual meeting in Washington, D.C. The AAAS, the world’s largest general scientific society, has named fellows since 1874.
For more information, visit aaas.org.
Submitted by Donna Winchester, University Relations