March 1, 2023

Faculty Awards



Special Events

Mei He Named Senior Member of National Academy of Inventors

Mei He, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutics in the College of Pharmacy, has been named a senior member of the National Academy of Inventors in recognition of her success in patents, licensing and commercialization, while educating and mentoring the next generation of inventors.Dr. He's research involving exosomes has led to seven issued patents as well as 10 licensed and 20 pending patents.

Elizabeth Lada Named Fellow of American Astronomical Society

Elizabeth Lada, Ph.D. Professor and Chair of the Department of Astronomy, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been named a fellow of the American Astronomical Society for her work work studying star and planet formation, including her pioneered use of infrared detectors that can study hidden populations of young stars.

Charles Peloquin Receives International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease Lifetime Achievement Award

Charles Peloquin, Pharm.D., Professor of Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research and the Jack C. Massey Professor in the College of Pharmacy, has received the North American Region of the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding contributions to the field of tuberculosis through mentoring and research.

Amy Williams Appointed to National Academy of Science’s Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science

Amy Williams, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has been appointed to the Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science. The committee supports scientific progress in astrobiology and planetary science by providing advice to the federal government on the implementation of decadal survey recommendations.

Willie Wright Receives American Association of Geographers Glenda Laws Award

Willie J. Wright, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has received the 2023 Glenda Laws Award from the American Association of Geographers, with endorsement from the Institute of Australian Geographers, the Canadian Association of Geographers, and the Institute of British Geographers, in recognition of outstanding contributions to geographic research on social issues

Funding Opportunity: Southeastern Conference Visiting Faculty Travel Grant Program

The Southeastern Conference (SEC) Visiting Faculty Travel Grant Program is intended to enhance faculty collaboration that stimulates scholarly initiatives between SEC universities.
This initiative gives faculty from one SEC university the opportunity to travel to another SEC campus to: exchange ideas; develop grant proposals; conduct research; consult with faculty and/or students; offer lectures or symposia; or engage in whatever academic activities are agreeable to the visitor and host unit.
Travel dates for these visits must be between August 1, 2023, and July 31, 2024.   The grants will cover transportation, lodging and per diem.  Non-travel-related expenses (e.g., books, supplies, computer software, etc.) will not be covered and it is not permissible to use funds for support staff (TA's, RA's) expenses.
The deadline to apply is May 26, 2023, and details are available at the Provost's office website.

Call for Faculty Enhancement Opportunity Award applications

The Office of the Provost has opened the call for Fall 2023 Faculty Enhancement Opportunity (FEO) Award applications for all faculty not covered by a collective bargaining agreement. 
Applications are due (single PDF file) in the Provost’s Office by March 31, 2023 for awards to be used between July 1 and December 31, 2023.  Details of the FEO program and the application form are available at:
Applications are first reviewed at the unit level, therefore faculty should check with their units regarding internal deadlines.  Applications endorsed at the unit level are then forwarded to the University-level Task Force for review and recipients are recommend to the Provost. 
Questions about the program or the application should be directed to Associate Provost Chris Hass

Now Available: Zoom Translated Captions, Live Transcriptions

The Zoom translated caption and its live transcription service have been enabled for UF. Both the translated captioning and transcription features can be utilized for administrative and research meetings as well as classroom activities in Zoom.  As a global research university, UF currently has faculty, staff, and students from more than 60 countries. These Zoom features can help many in our community to review content in their native language. As of February 2023, the languages currently supported are: Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Ukrainian. Learn more.

Call for Postdoc Judges for Graduate Student Research Day - April 4th

The Organization for Graduate Student Advancement and Professional Development (OGAP) will host Graduate Student Research Day (GSRD) in person at the Reitz Union Rion Ballroom on Tuesday, April 4, 2023 from 9:45 am to 3:00 pm — and they need your help judging poster presentations.

This yearly event provides graduate students with a great opportunity to share their research with peers and faculty while connecting with people from various departments and colleges across UF. This year’s theme is “Promoting Collaboration and Global Citizenship through Innovative, Evidence-Based Research and Advocacy” — and while participant research does not have to be related to this theme, it will be the focus of two keynote addresses during this daylong event.

Register to judge for GSRD.
Lunch will be provided for all judges during the event.

If you have any questions, please email OGAP Logistics Erika Davis at or OGAP President Riya Chakraborty at


There is Still Time to Register for the UF Interface Teaching Conference

Don’t forget to register for Interface Teaching Conference 2023!
Thursday, April 20, 8:00am - 4:30pm

Emerson Alumni Hall
The Interface Teaching Conference provides faculty, staff, TAs, GAs and post-docs with effective strategies for teaching and learning through interactive breakout sessions. This year’s theme is “The New Learner: The Future is Calling.” The students applying to and attending UF represent the most diverse student population our campus has ever seen. Being more aware of that diversity in all its forms – in ethnicity, culture, ability, technology usage, and generational experiences – will lead you to consider specific ways of reaching and teaching all of your students. Join us as we explore educational approaches that utilize new technologies, emphasize both independent and collaborative techniques, increase relevance, and promote inclusivity. CTE is excited to showcase workshops and active learning sessions to provide you with teaching tips and tricks to help foster student success in your classroom.
The Interface Teaching Conference provides faculty, staff, TAs, GAs, and post-docs with new strategies for teaching and learning through interactive breakout sessions. This one-day event will feature sessions designed to engage and work with "the new learner."
  • The conference will be held on Thursday, April 20, 2023
  • Sessions will be 50-minutes and include a strategy or idea participants can incorporate in their course(s)
  • The conference will be held in person at Emerson Alumni Hall
  • All sessions will be face-to-face, no virtual options
  • Sessions will be 50-minutes and include a strategy or idea participants can incorporate in their course(s)
  • The conference will be held in person at Emerson Alumni Hall
  • All sessions will be face-to-face, no virtual options
Learn more and register on our website.
A special thank you to our UF Sponsors: the Office of the Chief Diversity Officer,  the Conferences Department, and the AI2 Center.

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.
Artificial Intelligence and Assessments
Presented by Mike Barber
March 3, 10:30am – 12:00pm
Are you worried that your students might use artificial intelligence software to complete their assignments and exams? This session will explore assessment formats that rely less on responses that can be generated by AI tools and more on alternative and authentic ways students can demonstrate their content mastery. Incorporating alternative and authentic assessments may actually help you better assess students learning while also supporting skills that they will need to be successful in future careers. Suggestions and tools to support academic integrity will be discussed as well.
Introducing Students To Programming
Presented by Joel Davis
March 6, 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Bryant Space Science Center
Programming is easy. Everyone can learn this! This session will cover some of the lessons I've learned while creating and running a first time programmers course. We'll also do some programming (of course!), so bring a laptop if you want to code along.
Playposit Lunch and Learn
Presented by Brady Venerables
March 7, 12:00pm – 12:30pm
Join this session to learn about how you can increase accountability, reduce grading, and add engagement with video based learning in Canvas.
Insights from GatorEvals
Presented by John Jordi
March 8, 10:00am – 11:00am
Student evaluation data is a rich source of feedback from our students. This workshop will focus on aggregate level findings of the most common themes our students are talking about in our GatorEvals. We will discuss the findings and how we can identify areas of improvement and creating a plan to implement and re-evaluate adjustments to our courses.
Hands-on Teaching with UF’s Special Collections
Presented by Neil Weijer
March 9, 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Smathers Library, Room 100
UF's Special Collections contain thousands of books, archives, and artifacts from all over the world and all across time. They can add unique perspective to courses large and small, and in disciplines beyond the humanities. In this workshop, we will talk about how you can design visits and experiential learning activities into your semester courses. You'll learn how to: 1. Work with a curator to select materials that fit your course theme and goals. 2. Design learning goals that are appropriate for the students experience level. 3. Build skills and curiosity with larger collaborative projects This session is particularly recommended for graduate students looking to build their teaching portfolios, and faculty planning QUEST courses. Curators will also be on hand to answer questions about holdings in attendees areas of interest, and to start brainstorming ideas with participants. Note: This session will take place in Smathers Library Room 100.

The Alchemy of Us - Seminar with Science Journalist in Residence Ainissa Ramirez, March 8th

Sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the SJR program brings visiting science journalists to campus each spring and fall to speak in classes, meet with students and faculty and give a public lecture. 

Dr. Ainissa Ramirez, a masterful science communicator and author of The Alchemy of Us, spends next week at UF as UF’s spring Science Journalist in Residence (SJR). Dr. Ramirez will speak Wednesday March 8th at 4 p.m. in the Pugh Hall Ocora on her book The Alchemy of Us: How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another, followed by a book sale and signing. 

The Alchemy of Us examines eight inventions — clocks, steel rails, copper communication cables, photographic film, light bulbs, hard disks, scientific labware, and silicon chips — and reveals how they shaped the human experience. The book won the AAAS/Subaru Book Prize and was a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize. 

Dr. Ramirez has office hours still available next week on campus. If you’d like to meet with her, please email SJR chair Cynthia Barnett with the College of Journalism and Communications at

Resilience and Mindfulness at Work - Workshop March 28th

On Tuesday, March 28, UF faculty and staff are invited to take part in a full-day workshop that will take a holistic approach to the physical, cognitive and emotional aspects of resilience in the workplace while helping participants find greater alignment with their individual purpose and values.

Learn about the importance of personal resilience at work and discover resources to develop self-awareness and strengthen resilience through reflection and mindfulness practices. Participants are asked to commit to complete one hour of pre-work before attending the full-day session.

The session is limited to 30 participants, and lunch will be provided. Learn more and register today through myTraining.

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