April 19, 2023

Faculty Awards


Special Events

Congratulations to the UF Graduate School's Faculty Doctoral Mentoring Awardees

The UF Graduate School's annual Faculty Doctoral Mentoring Award encourages and rewards excellence, innovation and effectiveness in mentoring doctoral and Master of Fine Arts students through their final dissertation or fine arts thesis project. Nominations for the award come from current graduate students, graduate alumni, faculty members, graduate coordinators, department chairs, school directors, college deans and higher-level administrators. Learn more
Kyle Allen, Ph.D.
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Silvio dos Santos, Ph.D.
School of Music
Antonio Faciola, Ph.D.
Department of Animal Sciences
Robert McKenna, Ph.D.
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Kevin Otto, Ph.D.
Department of Biomedical Engineering

Sandy Chang Awarded American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship

Sandy Chang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Modern Asian History, Department of History, Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been awarded an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship to support her book in progress “Across the South Seas: Gender, Intimacy, and Chinese Migration to British Malaya, 1877-1940.”  

Masoud Gheisari Named Associated Schools of Construction Outstanding Educator of the Year

Masoud Gheisari, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management, College of Design, Construction and Planning was named the 2023 Associated Schools of Construction Region 2 Outstanding Educator of the Year.

Michael Gorham Awarded Archie K. Davis Fellowship

Michael Gorham, Ph.D., Professor of Russian in the Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has received the the Archie K. Davis Fellowship at the National Humanities Center and a Summer Stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities for his book in progress, “Networking Putinism: The Rhetoric of Power in the Age of New Media Technology.” 

Steven Smith Named Fellow of the American Heart Association

Steven Smith, Pharm.D., M.P.H., Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy and Associate Director Of Center for Integrative Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease in the College of Pharmacy, has been elected as a Fellow of the American Heart Association in recognition of Smith’s outstanding and sustained contributions in hypertension and cardiovascular diseases as well as his volunteer leadership and service.

Faculty Senate Meeting Tomorrow, April 20th

Please join us at tomorrow’s April 20th Faculty Senate meeting in the Reitz Union Chamber at 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Apply to Participate in a Leadership Development Program that Best Meets Your Needs

Applications for UF’s 2023-2024 Leadership Development programs — including Advanced Leadership for Academics and Professionals (ALAP), the UF Academy and the Managers Cohort — are being accepted through May 5. These highly regarded programs will run from the fall of 2023 through May 2024.

Regardless of where you are in your leadership journey, each program represents an invaluable opportunity for professional development, including exposure to UF’s highest levels of administration. Given the array of challenges within a university environment, leadership development is increasingly essential as we provide our current and future leaders with the tools needed to support the institution.

For more information, visit or contact UF Training and Organizational Development at


UF Synergies: The Politics of Pandemics in a Global Frame - April 19th

The Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere invites you to two presentations by the Tedder Doctoral Fellows.              
Suvendu Ghatak (Ph.D Student, English) – “Malarial Modernity: Colonialism and the Politics of Health in Modern South Asia”. In this presentation, Suvendu Ghatak will read across medical, administrative, and literary archives in English, Bengali, and Hindi, between 1780 and 1950, to describe how in colonial South Asia malaria became marked as the pathology of primitivity and degeneracy. 
Katherine McNamara (Ph.D. Student, Environmental and Global Health) — “People, Plants, and Pandemics”. Using two disease events as focal points — the emergence of malaria in the 17th century and the COVID-19 pandemic, Katherine McNamara’s research in Ecuador leverages archival and anthropological methods to explore how relationships between people and medicinal plants evolve as health ecologies shift. 

Learn more on the synergies website or contact Barbara Mennel  , Director, Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere ( if you have questions.

UF Health Campus Earth Day Celebration - April 21st

Annual UF Health Campus Earth Day.
Friday, April 21st, 9am - 4pm in the UF Health Shands Hospital Atrium. Visit to find out ways you can help the environment. 

Coalition of Disabled Gators Hosts A Presentation and Discussion on Disability Awareness - April 28th

The Coalition of Disabled Gators and Allies at UF invites you to A presentation and discussion on Disability Awareness with Dr. Patricia Heberer Rice and Katharine White, United States Holocaust Museum.
Friday, April 28, 2023
12pm – 1pm ET, via Zoom
Please register at this link to receive a calendar invitation. We will enable Zoom captions for this event. For other accommodations requests or questions before the event, please email or call Katie Stofer at (352) 273-3690 or via Microsoft Teams. Find more information on UF CDGA.

Faculty and Staff Career Symposium - April 28th

The Career Connections Center is excited to announce the full program for our annual Faculty and Staff Career Symposium on April 28, 2023, from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. – just two weeks away! Register today so you can learn from our incredible presenters.This year attendees will explore the theme “Experience Reimagined: Bridging Curriculum to Career for a Future-Ready Workforce,” considering the many and varied connections between curriculum, career, and experiences inside and outside of the classroom that support student success. The symposium is free and includes a continental breakfast. View the full symposium schedule and register. If you have any questions, please reach out to Alison Noonan ( 

UF Hosts AI and Ethics Panel - May 2nd

The University of Florida is hosting an AI and Ethics panel on Tuesday, May 2 from 2-3 p.m. EDT. Featuring UF faculty from a range of disciplines, the panel will provide a unique opportunity for the higher education community to engage in a thought-provoking conversation about the intersection of AI and ethical considerations. Register here

Several topics will be explored relating to the ethical implications of artificial intelligence including:
  • Algorithmic bias
  • Chat GPT
  • Social impact of AI on different communities

UF Compliance and Ethics Learn Over Lunch Session - Youth Compliance - May 23rd

Is your UF unit planning one or more events, including camps, primarily for youth (under 18 years of age)? If so, you will not want to miss the May 23rd UFCE Learn over Lunch!  Sophia Andrews, Assistant Director, Youth Compliance, will join the Learn over Lunch bunch, to discuss a wide range of topics, including: the University’s new Youth Compliance policy; how to register events with the Youth Compliance office; and the types of parental/guardian consents the University requires at youth-focused events. Sophia will also discuss the various legal requirements UF staff should be aware of, such as when event staffers need to be background checked and/or receive youth protection training, and the obligation of “any person” to report suspected abuse, abandonment, or neglect of a child.
The University of Florida is committed to providing an enriching experience for youth engaged in both in-person and virtual activities associated with the University. Fulfilling UF’s commitment requires that planners of such events understand their responsibilities. Attending this Learn over Lunch is a great way to get a head start on that understanding.
May 23, noon – 12:50, via Zoom | Registration Link
This session will be recorded and can be accessed on Past Sessions within a week (or so) after the session concludes.
If you have any general questions about the Learn over Lunch, please contact Loren Israel at

College of Law Events

Stare Decisis
Justice Charles T. Canady, Florida Supreme Court
Thursday, April 20, 1:30pm 360 Brock Hall
Please contact for more information
Part of the Overton Lecture in Florida Constitutional Law series
Cooperative Federalism and the Digital Tax Impasse
Orly Mazur, Associate Professor of Law, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
Friday, April 21, 11:30am, via Zoom
Please contact for more information
Part of the UF Law Graduate Tax Colloquia

Experience Hands-on Learning in Costa Rica With Your Family This Summer

The Florida Museum of Natural History invites you and your family to a once-in-a-lifetime experience at Selva Verde Rainforest Reserve in Costa Rica July 1-7. Explore fascinating wildlife and forest ecosystems, and be immersed in the adventure of a living classroom as part of a hands-on adventure with museum scientists. This is for families with children ages 5-17. Minors should be accompanied by at least one parent or guardian. Participants will be divided into appropriate age groups for activities and workshops including birding, tree planting, hikes and more. To enroll or for more information on the museum’s upcoming trips, visit

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