January 18, 2023

Faculty Awards



Special Events

Erika Moore Receives 2022 EDGE in Tech Athena Award 

Erika Moore, Ph.D., Rhines Rising Star Larry Hench Assistant Professor of Materials Science & Engineering, College of Engineering has been selected as the 2022 Expanding Diversity and Gender Equity (EDGE) in Tech Athena Award winner in the Early Career Category. Athena Award recipients are nominated by peers and exemplify the goals of the EDGE in Tech Initiative.

Michael Dukes Recieves American Society of Civil Engineers’ Environmental and Water Resources Institute Award

Michael Dukes, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering and Director of the Center for Land Use Efficiency, IFAS, was selected by the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Environmental and Water Resources Institute to receive the 2023 Royce J. Tipton Award for work contributing to improving irrigation efficiency. 

José Valentino Ruiz Receives Inc. Magazine's Best in Business® Award

José Valentino Ruiz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Music Business & Entrepreneurship at the UF School of Music & Affiliate at the UF Center for Arts, Migration, and Entrepreneurship, College of the Arts, has served as Resident Media Composer for Hayden5 for 14+ years, a video production agency that won Inc. Magazine's Best in Business® Awards for extraordinary impact in their fields and on society.

Professors and Students Win Global Music® Awards

December 2022, the Global Music® Awards announced their distinguished honorees for the Winter Season. University of Florida School of Music professors and students won awards for the following albums:
  1. Contemporary Classical Album award for "Embarkation: The Resiliency of Humanity Amid Covid-19"
  2. Contemporary Classical Album award for "Serpent Mound"
  3. Funk Fusion Album award for "Rompiendo Fronteras"
  4. Mixed-Genre Album award for "Unveiled Wonder"
  5. Alternative Album award for "Moons for Eyes"
Scott Wilson, Associate Professor of Jazz Studies, won for album #3.
Scott Lee, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Composition, won for album #2.
James Paul Sain, D.M.A., Professor of Composition, won for album #2.
Willard R. Kesling, Ph.D., Professor of Choral Conducting, won for album #1. 
José Valentino Ruiz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Music Business & Entrepreneurship won for albums #1 through #5.

Faculty Senate Meeting Jan. 19th

Please join us at tomorrow’s January 19th Faculty Senate meeting in the Reitz Union Chamber at 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. View the agenda | View the live stream

University Committees and Councils Virtual Open House Jan 23rd

Join the university committee chairs to have your questions answered about shared governance opportunities and the nomination process.

Monday Jan 23rd, 3:00 – 4:00
Join via Zoom | Meeting ID: 956 1866 2323   | Passcode: 631676 | Dial: 301 715 8592

Call for Nominations for University Awards - Due March 1st 

One of the traditional components of our commencement ceremonies is honoring individuals who have been selected to receive a university designated award (these include the honorary degree, the distinguished alumnus award, the distinguished achievement award, and the distinguished service award).  The university’s Honorary Degrees and Distinguished Awards Committee is accepting nominations through the March 1st for consideration at the March 2023 meeting of the university’s Honorary Degrees and Distinguished Awards Committee. 

For further information, please see the Honorary Degrees and Distinguished Awards Protocols on the Faculty Senate Honorary Degrees and Distinguished Awards Committee website
The nomination package should be either emailed to or mailed to the committee, in care of Stephanie McBride, Office of the Provost, P.O. Box 113175.  If you have any questions about the process, please contact Stephanie via e-mail or by phone at 392-5277.

Tech Byte: Creating Interactive Course Content with Lumi - Feb. 7th

Add interactivity to your Canvas pages or create engaging activities that students can use to check their understanding of your lectures.  Join UFIT on February 7 from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm and learn about Lumi — a free tool for editing interactive content that can be used in Canvas courses or on websites. In this online workshop you’ll discover how Lumi helps instructors create an engaging, accessible, and gradable online activity in real time. Register.

Upcoming Workshops with the Center for Teaching Excellence

In order to RSVP for these events you will need to create a Passport Portal account. If you already have a Passport account, you can register in the Passport PortalView all upcoming events with the Center for Teaching Excellence.
Disability Resource Center 101: Beyond Access Workshop
Presented by Rita Inman & Sabrina Saucier
January 23, 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Bryant Space Science Center
We will talk about our office and the services we provide to students, faculty, and staff.
Make it Global: Curriculum Internationalization
Presented by Paloma Rodriguez
January 24, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
During this workshop, faculty will learn how to enhance their courses with international case studies, activities, and perspectives. This workshop will also expose instructors to best practices such as international virtual exchange and useful frameworks (i.e., the UN Sustainable Development Goals) that can be used to infuse international concepts and activities into any discipline. The session will provide an overview of relevant data on the attitudes and beliefs of UF students towards global issues and intercultural communication that instructors can use to fine tune their teaching, and participants will also receive a self-assessment tool to measure the internationalization of their current courses.
UDL: Designing Instruction for the Love of Learning
Presented by Erica McCray & Jenna Gonzalez
January 26, 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Bryant Space Science Center
Presenters will share the core tenets of Universal Design for Learning (multiple means of representation, action and expression, and engagement) and integration of culturally relevant practices to offer strategies to better meet the needs of students in our classes.

UF Mindfulness 360 Weekly Practice Sessions begin Jan. 23rd

Mindfulness is not one, but many. Learn about the many facets of mindfulness and practice with community. Free, online sessions are held each Monday from 5:30-6:30pm for the duration of the spring semester. Find details and register via Zoom. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the series.

UF Performing Arts Brings Strings of All Kinds to Gainesville

Interpreti Veneziani
Wednesday, January 25 | 7:30 pm
Phillips Center
Tickets and More Info
When Interpreti Veneziani takes center stage, prepare for remarkable interpretations of Vivaldi, Bach, and other Baroque composers. The ensemble has gained a reputation for its exuberance and Italian brio characterizing their performances. 
Buffalo Rose
Friday, January 27 | 7:00 pm & 9:00 pm
*UpStage at the Phillips Center
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Buffalo Rose is a wildly charismatic six-piece modern folk/Americana band that will change your entire perspective on acoustic music. Inspired by a world of idiosyncratic influences, this wildly diverse group crafts original songs that are emotive and meticulously arranged. 
Isaiah Sharkey
Saturday, January 28 | 7:00 pm & 9:00 pm
*UpStage at the Phillips Center
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Isaiah Sharkey and his band fuse their background in rock, gospel, jazz, R&B, blues, and funk to create an original sound with an unmistakable dose of soul. Sharkey toured as lead guitarist with D’Angelo and John Mayer. 
*UpStage is an intimate, cabaret-style setting on the Phillips Center Mainstage.  The 7:00 p.m. seatings include heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. 9:00 p.m. seatings include desserts and a cash bar.

The Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere Speaker Series – Public Humanities as Environmental Humanities, Jan 26th

This event is part of the 2022-23 speaker series: “Rethinking the Public Sphere Part IV: Public Humanities" 
January 26, 5:00pm | Smathers 100 | More info

In this free, public talk, Nicholas Allen (University of Georgia, Department of English and Willson Center for Humanities and Art) will consider how the public and the environmental humanities together can prepare the ground, water, and atmosphere for modes of thinking that give shape to the answers we need to questions of social and environmental justice and climate catastrophe.  

Check Out Live Spiders at the Florida Museum’s New Exhibit Opening Jan. 28th

Take an eight-legged walk on the wild side with the Florida Museum of Natural History’s new “Spiders Alive!” exhibit, opening Jan. 28. This exciting exhibit dives into the world of spiders, scorpions and their relatives with more than a dozen live species on display. Large touchable models reveal more about spider anatomy and their differences from insects while rare fossils display species from the past, including one that’s 100 million years old. Videos showcase a variety of unique animal behaviors, such as a diving bell spider living underwater and a southern black widow spinning silk. Admission is $8 for adults, $7.50 for Florida residents and $5.50 for ages 3-17. Museum members, children ages 0-2 and UF students with a valid Gator 1 Card receive free admission. Find more information and purchase tickets online.

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P. O. Box 113175
Gainesville, FL 32611
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