January 4, 2023

Faculty Awards



Special Events

J Bryan Unruh Receives Environmental Stewardship Award 

J. Bryan Unruh, Ph.D., Professor and Associate Director, West Florida Research and Education Center, IFAS, has been named the recipient of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America’s 2023 President’s Award for Environmental Stewardship for his development and expansion of golf course best management practices. Read the full story

UF Research Townhall: New NIH Data Management and Sharing Plan

UF Research will hold several town hall meetings to provide awareness of resources and support to address the new NIH requirement on Data Management and Sharing. These will take place Tuesday January 10, 17, and 24 from 9:00 to 9:30am. Join via Zoom.  If you are unable to attend one of these sessions, you can view a recording.

The new policy will go into effect Jan 25, 2023. Contact UF Research Development ( , or ) for assistance creating a plan to comply with the new policy. Learn more about UF Research’s NIH Data Management Sharing (DMS) Plan & Repositories. The UF Libraries are also available to assist with data services including plans. Contact Plato Smith, Data Management Librarian ( ). For data/code sharing, data analysis, data reproducibility, contact Hao Ye ( ). 

NameCoach Available in Canvas

As we move into the Spring semester, instructors are reminded that they can enable NameCoach in their course shells, so students can record and share their name pronunciation and pronouns. Learn more about NameCoach or visit the UFIT NameCoach webpage.

Teaching for Inclusivity and Accessibility - Self-paced Series Jan. 9th - 20th

UFIT is offering its self-paced Teaching for Inclusivity and Accessibility series from Jan. 9 – Jan. 20. The two-week workshop provides instruction on designing online courses with accessibility in mind.  Different types of accessibility needs and suggestions for making an online course more accessible will be discussed.

Instructors with questions about this self-paced offering are welcome to contact CITT Assistant Director Rodney Gammons.

Encourage You Students to Attend the UF Career Showcase, Jan. 17th - 18th

The University of Florida’s signature career event, Career Showcase, is coming up at the beginning of spring semester — Tuesday, January 17, and Wednesday, January 18, 2023. Hosted by the Career Connections Center, Career Showcase provides opportunities for students to explore internships, part- and full-time jobs, and co-ops in fields such as healthcare, communications, research, accounting, engineering, sales, computer science, retail, and more.

View the Career Showcase faculty website for details and suggestions for faculty involvement.

Getting Your Startup From Idea To Funding - UF Innovate | Pathways Seminar, Jan. 18th

January 18th, 2023; 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm ET
Getting Your Startup From Idea To Funding
 This primer on startups is targeted to students and researchers new to the startup world. The presentation will cover company formation, capital considerations, pitch deck information, and venture capital concerns. Ajay Rayasam and Dr. Mitra Mitri from the venture capital firm OUP will provide both a physical science and life science perspective on the basics of creating an academic startup and how you can impress investors. Register here.

Florida Museum Releases Book Celebrating Collections

Celebrate the splendor of museums with the new book “All Things Beautiful: Wonders from the Collections of the Florida Museum of Natural History.” Lushly illustrated with more than 300 images and their stories, this volume recognizes the beauty of natural history collections and the work of curators dedicated to understanding and conserving our natural world. Some of the items showcased in the book include a two-headed loggerhead sea turtle, the skull of Albert the Alligator and a Spanish olive jar from the 16th century. The book is now available for purchase at the museum’s Collectors Shop. Learn more.

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