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The U.S. Department of Education has awarded FIU a more than $1.1 million grant, which will have a total impact of more than $2 million with matching funds, to establish a Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER). The grant is one of just 15 CIBER grants awarded to leading universities across the country this year and the only award granted in Florida.

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Faculty and student researchers at Florida Polytechnic (Poly) University are developing a breakthrough method that would result in more accurate maternal and fetal electrocardiogram signals, so that babies can be properly treated for cardiac defects diagnosed before birth.

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A University of West Florida (UWF) research team recently conducted a study regarding Parkinson’s disease in the Usha Kundu, M.D., College of Health Department of Exercise Science and Community Health. The UWF team’s research demonstrates in animal models how regular endurance exercise regenerates dopaminergic neurons destroyed by Parkinson’s disease, thus reversing motor impairment.

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Dr. Stuart Chalk, a University of North Florida chemistry professor, has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to test and improve upon his data science framework, SciData, which will help make the integration of scientific data more efficient for researchers. The $600,000 NSF grant will focus on linking chemical data to health, pharmacology and toxicology data from a variety of sources and organizing it in a way that both people, as well as computers, can understand and search the data.

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Pheronym, a bio-ag-tech pest control company based in Alachua, Florida, and Davis, California, has been awarded a $500,000 USDA multi-institutional research grant to further develop its breakthrough pesticide-free pest control technology.

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The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Department of Otolaryngology received a $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to fund research related to biological treatments and clinical diagnosis of patients with hearing loss.

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Two University of Central Florida (UCF) alumni are in the process of developing a self-heating blanket that will protect infants from hypothermia in low- and middle-income regions, increasing their chances of survival. The duo has received a grant of more than $75,000 to continue their development of a non-electric blanket, which is made entirely of ecofriendly and nontoxic materials and heats independent of any outside source.

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Researchers in the University of South Florida (USF) College of Marine Science have a long history studying red tide and predict this is going to be a particularly bad year. The harmful algal blooms are slowly moving up Florida’s west coast, causing widespread fish kills, marine mammal mortalities and respiratory issues.

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Game theory can be utilized to identify potential flaws in current cancer treatment approaches and suggest new strategies to improve outcomes in patients with metastatic cancer. A new study authored by researchers from Moffitt Cancer Center and Maastricht University challenges the decades old standard of treatment for metastatic cancers in which drugs are typically administered continuously at the maximum-tolerated dose until the tumor progresses.

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A UCF physicist has discovered a new material that has the potential to become a building block in the new era of quantum materials, those that are composed of microscopically condensed matter and expected to change our development of technology.

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A virus responsible for an illness outbreak in Venezuela is spreading to other parts of the Americas, says a University of Florida (UF) scientist who is closely monitoring the Mayaro virus. Even though the virus hasn’t infected anyone in Florida or the U.S., Barry Alto, an associate professor of entomology at the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, is studying whether mosquitoes common in Florida can transmit the Mayaro virus to humans.

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The Florida International University Center for Children and Families has been approved for funding of nearly $3 million by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute as part of a landmark study on child anxiety. This multiyear national study is the largest multisite clinical trial to examine face-to-face and internet-based therapy for children with anxiety.

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Jean Carlos Perez, an assistant professor of physics and space sciences at Florida Institute of Technology (Florida Tech), has been awarded a five-year, nearly $750,000 grant from the National Science Foundation’s prestigious CAREER program. One of the agency’s most competitive awards, the grant will fund Perez’s work on the theoretical understanding of solar wind turbulence near the Sun – a topic that will be in the spotlight soon with the Parker Solar Probe mission to be launched from Kennedy Space Center in August.

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A team of Florida State University (FSU) researchers is using artificial intelligence to identify which among hundreds of thousands of hypothetical crystal structures can result in the prediction of new chemical compounds. It’s a move that could radically change how chemists identify, test and study potential new compounds for any variety of materials, medicines or other products.

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The popular German TV show, Nano, on 3 SAT, which some liken to America’s “60 Minutes”, recently presented as its lead segment an interview with Leslie Norins, MD, PhD, CEO of Alzheimer’s Germ Quest, Inc., and his wife Rainey, Vice President, discussing the possibility that germs might play a role in the causation of Alzheimer’s disease.  The Naples-based public benefit corporation seeks to accelerate and deepen scientific investigations into the possible role of infectious agents as the root cause of Alzheimer’s disease.

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The Mayo Clinic J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Simulation Center at Mayo Clinic's Florida campus has earned accreditation in teaching and education by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare in Washington, D.C. The center is one of only 100 in the world to be recognized as having the highest quality standards in health care simulation.

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A Florida Atlantic University (FAU) study has found that “skinny fat” –  the combination of low muscle mass and strength in the context of high fat mass – may be an important predictor of cognitive performance in older adults. While sarcopenia, the loss of muscle tissue that is part of the natural aging process, as well as obesity both negatively impact overall health and cognitive function, their coexistence poses an even higher threat, surpassing their individual effects.

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Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems, an initiative managed by University of Florida (UF) and International Livestock Research Institute, hosted a results-sharing workshop in March in Kathmandu, Nepal.  The two projects presented, which are nearing completion, focused on disease control and development of a ration balancing tool for livestock.

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In the minutes following last week's Florida Board of Governors' vote establishing the University of South Florida (USF) as the state's third preeminent university, USF System President Judy Genshaft was savoring the accomplishment, but already looking ahead.

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Researchers at Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) have developed the fastest method to date for creating a key molecule used by neuroscientists at Columbia University in mapping brain activity. They also discovered ways to create two new versions of that molecule – a neurotransmitter called glutamate – that will allow researchers to better understand depression, dementia and bipolar disorder.

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An observation made by an experiment at the Large Hadron Collider involving Florida Institute of Technology physicists has for the first time connected the two heaviest elementary particles of the Standard Model.  Using the Compact Muon Solenoid detector, which acts as a giant, high-speed camera taking 3-D ‘photographs’ of particle collisions, scientists announced findings that reveal how strongly the Higgs boson interacts with the heaviest known elementary particle, the top quark.

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For dessert, how about a scoop of ice cream flavored with vanilla from Florida’s farmers?  Faculty members at the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Science Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead, Florida, are trying to connect the genetic and physiological dots to help South Florida farmers eventually grow vanilla.

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Global climate change, fueled by skyrocketing levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, is siphoning oxygen from today’s oceans at an alarming pace — so fast that scientists aren’t entirely sure how the planet will respond.  In a study published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers from Florida State University looked to the past to explore the disastrous effects a deoxygenated ocean could have on marine life.

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The Food and Drug Administration announced the expanded approval of Imfinzi® (durvalumab), an immunotherapy treatment that is now available as a standard-of-care option for patients with stage III non-small cell lung cancer.

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As one of the worst flu seasons in years continues to take its toll, new technology developed by a University of Florida research team comes at an especially timely moment: It’s the first air sampler that can consistently capture the influenza virus, making it up to 100 times more effective than existing samplers.

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A professor at the University of South Florida has created a shoe that could revolutionize recovery for stroke survivors.

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FIU biologist Alessandro Catenazzi went in search of vanishing frogs in the Amazon. What he found was an entirely new species.

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A first-of-its-kind study using a 10-week in-home intervention to support couples affected by dementia is showing that “practice does make perfect,” both for the caregiver and the care receiver or person with dementia

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Censys Technologies Corporation, a high-tech startup firm in Embry-Riddle’s John Mica Engineering and Aerospace Innovation Complex (MicaPlex), has added seven jobs over the past year, and it also recently achieved an important milestone in the development of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) technology.

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An engineer in the College of Engineering & Computing has pioneered an easy-to-use imaging system for the diagnosis of cervical cancer, which is potentially life changing for many women with little or no access to specialized health care.

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Scientists at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy have identified a new method to harvest a key ingredient responsible for making the product more environmentally friendly.

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The U.S. Army and the U.S. Office of Naval Research have turned to the University of Central Florida to help push the limits of additive manufacturing, commonly known as 3-D printing with metallic alloys.

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USF marine science professor Gary Mitchum is part of a team using statistical analysis of satellite data to enhance previous studies based on tide gauge data

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A University of Central Florida spinoff company has been awarded a highly competitive national grant, which it will use to develop a prototype device that could help manufacturers of electronic devices significantly reduce their costs. This could lead to less expensive and smaller size devices for consumers.

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UF Health is the first in the nation to pilot the mobile application, which was created at the Innovation Hub at the University of Florida using UF resources.

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A new study provides important insight into the evolution of sleep and how we might build a brain that does not need to sleep

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‘Bias Field’ Could Lead to Process Improvements, Stronger Alloys

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The Andean Amazon is being rapidly altered by a wave of hydropower development and the consequences have been underestimated, according to newly released research.

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UM researchers uncover eddies that may hold key to transport of larvae, pollutants across the Straits of Florida

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FAU researchers have been studying and documenting sea turtles in Palm Beach County since 2002, and found that 97 to 100 percent of the hatchlings have been female. Unlike humans, sea turtles don’t have sex chromosomes. Their sex is determined by the nest’s environment: warmer temperatures produce females and cooler temperatures produce males.

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Studies led by USF’s Dr. Stephen Liggett shed light on genetic variability of adrenergic receptors and how they might best be used to treat disease

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A new international analysis of marine fossils shows that warming of the polar oceans during the Eocene, a greenhouse period that provides a glimpse of Earth’s potential future climate, was greater than previously thought.

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A team of scientists that included shark biologists, an aerospace engineer and statisticians spent several years developing precise calculations based on the oceanic whitetip’s average size, swimming location, water temperatures, location of prey in the water and daily activities.

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Scientists say that climate change is having an effect on the levels of the world’s oceans. But it’s also apparently affecting the oxygen levels throughout the oceans, as well as our coastal waters including the Gulf of Mexico.

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UCF research may lead towards an exciting future where the blind see again, neurostimulator implants help relieve chronic pain and war veterans feel the sensation of touch in their prosthetic limb.

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Scientists found fish with significantly smaller eyes and tails on coral reefs where sharks have been depleted

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For Munevver Mine Subasi, associate professor in Florida Tech’s department of mathematical sciences, involvement in a current research project on breast cancer has both a personal and a professional connection.

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Florida Department of Health announced the 2017-2018 grant awards for 31 projects, totaling $5 million, to support research leading to the prevention of or cure for Alzheimer’s Disease.

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The FDA has agreed to allow Mayo Clinic to use an automated bioreactor-based stem cell production platform on its campus in Jacksonville, Florida. This enables the Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine to produce cells from the bone marrow of a stem cell donor in quantities large enough to make several doses that can be used as treatments in clinical trials.

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A UF engineer and a UF geologist demonstrate how ‘hot spots’ along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts are further magnifying floods, exacerbating global sea level rise caused by climate change.

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Water samples gathered and tested in the year-long study by researchers at FAU’s Harbor Branch provide multiple lines of evidence that human wastewater nitrogen from septic systems was a major contributor to the high nitrogen concentrations in the estuary and downstream coastal reefs

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As many weather scientists will say, climate change is an issue that is complex and requires much research to better understand. "We do have an understanding on climate change on the general scale, but there is also localized warming or even localized cooling in some regions,” says Jennifer Collins, a USF professor who recently co-authored "Florida Weather and Climate: More Than Just Sunshine''.

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Genetic Evidence Helping Match Confiscated Rhinoceros Horns To Crime Scenes – Already Used in Scores Of Successful Prosecutions

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A team from FIU’s Sea Level Solutions Center is searching for key answers to how communities in the coastal Carolinas, Florida, Louisiana, Texas and the Caribbean will fare as oceans rise more quickly.

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Two studies conducted by researchers at the University of South Florida are featured separately this month on the covers of high-impact scientific journals Nature and Science.

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The University of Florida is launching one of the country’s only clinical programs for people with smell disorders, a problem that sounds insignificant until you’ve lived with it.

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The experiment utilized the microgravity environment of the space station to study how protein fibrils form and grow, a fundamental biological process.

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After decades of hard work and determination, IPG Photonics, the world’s leading producer of high-power fiber lasers with annual revenue surpassing $1 billion, acquired OptiGrate, the company Glebov and his team founded.

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A new device created at the University of South Florida – and including a cross-disciplinary team of experts from USF engineering, physical therapy and neurology – is showing early promise for helping correct the signature limp experienced by many stroke survivors.

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A new Florida Museum of Natural History study offers the first comprehensive overview of the surprisingly complex question of when butterflies and moths are active.

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A researcher from Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine has received a five-year, $4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to help solve the “one-size-fits-all” approach to prescribing opioids for chronic pain.

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A new project at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach, Fla., campus, funded by a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce through its Economic Development Administration (EDA), is expected to create 387 new jobs and spur $1.6 million in private investment.

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A specially designed air filter that zaps particles and pollutants indoors, making it easier for asthma sufferers and others to breathe clean air makes TIME magazine's list of top inventions for 2017.

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Mauricio Arias, assistant professor in civil and environmental engineering, is part of a large collaborative research group that is working in the Lower Mekong River area on a plan that includes innovative ways to manage watersheds and dams to promote hydropower sustainability in the Mekong River Basin.

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A new report from the National Science Foundation shows the University of Florida’s record $791 million in research expenditures in 2016 pushed it from 16th to 14th among public universities in a national ranking of R&D spending.

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Florida’s economy depends on healthy fish, but little is known about how Everglades restoration efforts affect some of the state’s most lucrative sport fish.

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Florida Tech biology professor awarded NSF grant to study reefs protecting island nations

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Concerns about biodiversity tend to focus on the loss of species, but a new study suggests that the loss of variation within species can also have important and unexpected consequences on the environment.

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A new diagnostic test that can detect a Zika viral infection within 30 minutes could be headed to hospitals in the next year thanks to a partnership between the University of Central Florida and Orlando-based biotechnology startup Nano Discovery Inc.

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A team led by University of Central Florida engineers is using rocket science in the form of a rotating engine sparked by multiple detonation points to make coal-fueled power plants more efficient and safer for the environment.

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Radiochemistry Ph.D. student Ingrid Lehman-Andino and two of FIU’s nuclear chemistry professors are working on a solution. The researchers believe the U.S. could lessen the impact of climate change by producing nuclear power with smaller amounts of reused, short-lived radioactive waste that is less toxic than what is used now.

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An interdisciplinary team of scientists from Florida Atlantic University and the University of Utah School of Medicine are developing a first-of-its-kind bio-engineered robotic hand that will grow and adapt to its environment.

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10-year study led by USF’s Jerri Edwards concludes computerized brain training program reduces risk of dementia 29 percent

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Two UF researchers who have found evidence that the same brain pathologies in dolphins are present in the brains of humans who have died with Alzheimer’s disease discuss what their studies suggest for a possible cure.

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Company in partnership with Moffitt Cancer Center, USF to develop viruses into disease-fighters

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University doctoral student Heidi Hammerstein and undergraduate Commercial Space Operations student Gavin James were among a team of nine Project PoSSUM graduates selected to participate in a series of four NASA-funded microgravity flights on a Boeing 727 reduced gravity aircraft on November 13-17 from Sanford, Fla.

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Restoring the Florida Everglades will improve the availability of clean freshwater and the quality of habitat for wildlife while offsetting impacts of sea level rise, according to FIU researchers.

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Model Locomotives Allow Researchers to Seek Breakthroughs in Machine Learning and Human-Machine Interaction

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A new study by UF researchers, published in the Journal of Zoology, sheds light on the survival of the snakes of Seahorse Key after the collapse of their symbiotic relationship with the island's birds.

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America’s bridges are aging and in dire need of repair or replacement. Most U.S. bridges were built for a 50-year design life, and the average age of bridges nationwide is about 45 years.

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New Federal Law Protecting Fish Spawning Grounds Could Benefit Seafood, Sport Fishing 

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UCF will help advance several intelligent transportation system technologies across Central Florida aimed at enhancing pedestrian safety and easing congestion, thanks to a nearly $12 million federal grant.

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Florida Institute of Technology-led research into 3-D printed tissue may eventually yield an ideal way to treat ACL injuries, which affect 150,000 Americans each year, according to The American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine.

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University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (UM) Professor Daniel Benetti has been awarded $967,000 by Florida Sea Grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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The National Institutes of Health awarded FIU researchers nearly $2 million to study how targeting bacterial DNA can be used to kill antibiotic-resistant superbugs.

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The Southeast BIO Investor & Partnering Forum is the southeast's premier life sciences and medical technology conference, connecting emerging companies with potential investors and corporate partners looking to do business in the southeast. In partnership with the University of Florida’s Commercialization Program, attendees will experience a Biotech/Pharma event focusing on Regenerative Medicine.

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Researchers at the USF just published a scientific review of two studies that conclude children whose mothers consume high-dose omega-3 fatty acids daily during the third trimester are less likely to develop such breathing problems.

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University of South Florida engineering professor wins $1.14M grant through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to solve water and sanitation crisis worldwide.

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A grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse will help support an extensive new study on marijuana's health effects in those who suffer from HIV infection.

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The puzzle game, developed by two economics professors at the UM School of Business Administration, is intended to help researchers better understand which interactive problems players are able to solve and, consequently, to discover what makes one interactive problem more complex than another.

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The CEO of one of the world’s leading smart lock companies developed his hatred for keys while in high school.

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UCF engineers are leading a project that could ultimately make gas turbines, such as those used to generate power and run jet engines, safer and more efficient.

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UCF engineers are leading a project that could ultimately make gas turbines, such as those used to generate power and run jet engines, safer and more efficient.

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Research by Laura Blair’s team may lead to targeted treatments for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative diseases

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Researchers from the University of Florida have found that a delta of a distributary on the Mississippi River created by coastal engineering efforts may have the potential to build long-term sinks of greenhouse gases.

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Research led by Florida Atlantic University, in collaboration with the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration and Emory University, is the first to capture the economic burden of FTD in the United States and the results are staggering.

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Research led by Florida Atlantic University, in collaboration with the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration and Emory University, is the first to capture the economic burden of FTD in the United States and the results are staggering.

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It’s possible to produce hydrogen to power fuel cells by extracting the gas from seawater, but the electricity required to do it makes the process costly. UCF researcher Yang Yang has come up with a new hybrid nanomaterial that harnesses solar energy and uses it to generate hydrogen from seawater more cheaply and efficiently than current materials.

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ALS, a condition that effects nerves and muscles, and FTD, a disorder that causes changes in behavior and personality, language, motor skills and function, are associated with one another due to a common genetic mutation in multiple genes .However, researchers did not know exactly why that happened until a new research breakthrough at USF.

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USF College of Marine Science researchers will continue studies on how the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill has impacted the environment and how future environmental disasters might be better mitigated

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In a collaborative effort, researchers at the FIU International Forensic Research Institute (IFRI) and the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science have zeroed in on a unique component of heroin that could help determine the locations of origin for individual batches.

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UCF Assistant Professor John Starbuck thought studying anthropology might lead him to a career in a museum, but it’s done more than he could’ve imagined. His work is changing the lives of people with cleft lip with or without cleft palate, and his current research holds promise for helping some people with Down syndrome.

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UCF faculty brought in $136 million in research funding in 2017, a year that was also marked by national recognition for the number of patents issued to UCF, tech transfer excellence and overall innovation.

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UCF faculty brought in $136 million in research funding in 2017, a year that was also marked by national recognition for the number of patents issued to UCF, tech transfer excellence and overall innovation.

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UCF faculty brought in $136 million in research funding in 2017, a year that was also marked by national recognition for the number of patents issued to UCF, tech transfer excellence and overall innovation.

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UCF faculty brought in $136 million in research funding in 2017, a year that was also marked by national recognition for the number of patents issued to UCF, tech transfer excellence and overall innovation.

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A credit-card sized device that provides an early warning system for people who have been diagnosed with heart failure is being developed at the University of Central Florida, which could mean better, less expensive options for patients with heart disease.

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Multiple sclerosis can be inhibited or reversed using a novel gene therapy technique that stops the disease’s immune response in mouse models, University of Florida Health researchers have found.

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The Subseasonal Experiment (SubX) is a two-year project, led by Ben Kirtman, professor of atmospheric science, that combines multiple global models from NOAA, NASA, Environment Canada, the Navy, and National Center for Atmospheric Research to produce once-a-week real-time experimental forecasts as well as a set of forecasts for past dates, called reforecasts, now available to both CPC and the research community.

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The aggressiveness of a tumor is determined partly by the properties of the actual cancer cells, but also to a surprisingly large degree by the surrounding environment in which the tumor grows, including blood vessels, fat cells, fibroblasts and immune cells.

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University of Central Florida Assistant Professor Yang Yang’s research group has developed two promising energy storage technologies in its work with sustainable energy systems.

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When Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University professor Sirish Namilae travels for pleasure or for work, his eyes are focused on how people are boarding the plane and moving through security and other areas of the airport.

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Root growth is guided by chemical snapshots taken by young roots, allowing them to detect obstructions and coordinate the paths they take, new research led by Florida Institute of Technology finds.

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Researchers at the University of South Florida in Tampa are calling for more patients to be prescribed metformin, which controls blood sugar.

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Thanks to an international effort to improve the vaccine, the medical community is one step closer to preventing more HPV-associated diseases. The researchers, including those from Moffitt Cancer Center, published the final results of a study showing the newest vaccine is highly effective at preventing HPV infection and disease.

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Satellite tag shows tiger shark “Andy” has traveled more than 33,000 miles in three years

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To advance research by faculty members and graduate students institution-wide, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has installed a Cray® CS™ cluster supercomputer – dubbed Vega – into the Lehman Engineering and Technology Center on the Daytona Beach, Fla., campus.

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You probably know the Nietzsche quote: “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” One University of South Florida researcher is studying that adage – in nature.

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You probably know the Nietzsche quote: “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” One University of South Florida researcher is studying that adage – in nature.

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You probably know the Nietzsche quote: “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” One University of South Florida researcher is studying that adage – in nature.

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The University of Central Florida’s new virtual- and augmented-reality lab that will open Tuesday is designed to give hands-on experience for students to better prepare them for high-tech jobs in the field.

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Researchers at the Applied Research Center (ARC) are developing four robots for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management (DOE-EM) to help with remediation of radioactively contaminated sites across the nation, where aging nuclear storage infrastructure risks further damaging surrounding ecosystems.

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Elevated levels of natriuretic peptides in adipose tissue protect against effects of high-fat diet

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Kairos, a Miami-based company with technology developed at the University of Central Florida, received follow-on round funding for achieving significant development milestones since receiving initial financing from the Florida Institute.

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The Subseasonal Experiment (SubX) is a two year project, led by University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science atmospheric scientist Ben Kirtman, that combines multiple global models from NOAA, NASA, Environment Canada, the Navy, and National Center for Atmospheric Research to produce once-a-week real-time experimental forecasts as well as a set of forecasts for past dates, called reforecasts, now available to both CPC and the research community.

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John Paul is a distinguished professor with the College of Marine Science and chief executive officer of PureMolecular. He’s also the inventor of Red Tide Chek, which measures a specific molecular genetic assay for the red tide organism.

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Given that healthy coral reefs are a must to maintain healthy oceans, it’s vital that we do whatever we can to ensure they not only survive, but thrive. To that end, researchers at Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography have been working with other experts to help protect South Florida’s coral reefs.

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University of Florida faculty earned nearly $686 million in research awards in fiscal year 2017, including major grants to study Zika, citrus greening and special education training.

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University of Florida faculty earned nearly $686 million in research awards in fiscal year 2017, including major grants to study Zika, citrus greening and special education training.

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A team of researchers at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP) at Lake Nona, Fla. and Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota have been awarded a three-year National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant which aims to identify molecules that could become new medicines to inhibit myocardial fibrosis. 

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Two grants totaling more than $3.1 million are helping researchers at FIU’s Biomolecular Sciences Institute wage war against Zika and malaria.

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In a collaborative project, researchers at the Moffitt Cancer Center and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute investigated the emerging field of radiomics has the potential to improve precision medicine by non-invasively assessing the molecular and clinical characteristics of lung tumors.

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University of Florida scientists discover cause of Atlantic coastline’s sea level rise hot spots

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USF College of Engineering researchers create home monitoring system technology to help detect movement and activity in a home environment – empowering older adults to become the drivers of their own health.

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Research Shows Shortfin Mako Shark Fishing Mortality Rate Is Much Higher Than Previously Thought

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USF College of Engineering researchers create home monitoring system technology to help detect movement and activity in a home environment – empowering older adults to become the drivers of their own health.

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USF College of Engineering researchers create home monitoring system technology to help detect movement and activity in a home environment – empowering older adults to become the drivers of their own health.

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Occurrences of three common diseases affecting Caribbean corals spike during El Niño years, an alarming association given how climate change may boost the intensity of El Niños.

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A research team at the University of Central Florida has demonstrated the fastest light pulse ever developed, a 53-attosecond X-ray flash. The group led by Professor Zenghu Chang beat its own record set in 2012: a 67-attosecond extreme ultraviolet light pulse that was the fastest at the time.

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A new study found that Caribbean staghorn corals are benefiting from “coral gardening,” the process of restoring coral populations by planting laboratory-raised coral fragments on reefs.

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A University of Central Florida study has found that a gene variant, thought to be carried by nearly 25 percent of the population, increases the odds of developing depression.

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A newly discovered imaging biomarker could be used to track changes in the brain associated with the progression of Parkinson’s disease, findings that represent a significant advancement that could aid in development of new drugs to slow progression of the neurodegenerative disease.

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Amyloid build-up in the brain is a crucial component of Alzheimer’s disease. A brain amyloid PET scan can detect the sticky plaque, signaling its severity. But most patients can’t afford it as the scan costs as much as $11,000 out of pocket.

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With tarpon fishing season at its peak, FIU scientists are tracking the saltwater fish throughout the Florida Everglades. They want to know how water conditions affect some of the state’s most lucrative recreational fisheries.

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has formed a research partnership with Defenshield, a leading developer of technologies focused on active-shooter prevention, entry control and access points, improved hostage negotiations, personnel protection, diplomatic and VIP security, over-watch positions and the immediate establishment of security checkpoints.

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University of South Florida biologists have found that a crucial window in the development of tadpoles may influence a frog’s later ability to fight infectious diseases as an adult.

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Moffitt Cancer Center researchers launched a first of its kind study comparing the long-term benefits of radiation therapy in women with breast cancer either before surgery (neoadjuvant) or after surgery (adjuvant).

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UM Rosenstiel School researchers study particles released into the atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels to better predict future climate changes

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The University of Central Florida recently was selected to receive two awards totaling $3.1 million from the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative that is focused on making solar energy systems more efficient and affordable.

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FIU will monitor the impacts of a large-scale construction project designed to save Florida Bay, according to a contract approved this week by the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD).

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University of Central Florida researchers have developed a new and better way of detecting interactions between light and matter at the atomic level, a discovery that could lead to advances in the emerging field of two-dimensional materials and new ways of controlling light.

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Engineering students contracted to create satellite payloads for U.S. Special Operations Command

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Engineering students contracted to create satellite payloads for U.S. Special Operations Command

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University of Central Florida researchers have developed a new and better way of detecting interactions between light and matter at the atomic level, a discovery that could lead to advances in the emerging field of two-dimensional materials and new ways of controlling light.

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Researchers have identified key genes associated with flowering time in the pigeon pea, a finding that could lead to more productive plants for this important source of protein.

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Engineering students contracted to create satellite payloads for U.S. Special Operations Command

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University of Central Florida researchers have developed a new and better way of detecting interactions between light and matter at the atomic level, a discovery that could lead to advances in the emerging field of two-dimensional materials and new ways of controlling light.

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Researchers at the University of Central Florida have developed a new color changing surface tunable through electrical voltage – a breakthrough that could lead to three times the resolution for televisions, smartphones and other devices.

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The Florida Institute announced that it has finalized a funding agreement with Amend Surgical, an Alachua-based medical device company with newly licensed technology developed at the University of Florida.

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University students and faculty are currently conducting research projects and building autonomous vehicles to improve technology and revolutionize the transportation industry.

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University students and faculty are currently conducting research projects and building autonomous vehicles to improve technology and revolutionize the transportation industry.

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New research from SBP at Lake Nona uncovers the modus operandi of a mysterious molecule called SPRIGHTLY that has been previously implicated in colorectal cancer, breast cancer, and melanoma. The findings, published in the journal Science Advances, bolster the case for exploring SPRIGHTLY as a potential therapeutic target, or a biological marker that identifies cancer or predicts disease prognosis.

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University students and faculty are currently conducting research projects and building autonomous vehicles to improve technology and revolutionize the transportation industry.

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Team Helping Gather Data to Better Understand Health of Fiji’s Deep & Shallow Reefs

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University of South Florida researchers play key role in pinpointing optimal temperature for mosquito-borne disease transmission.

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Calling medical research “opening a door no one has ever walked through before,” College of Medicine graduate student Jamillah Hammond hopes to mend broken hearts – literally – with stem cells. Hammond, who is doing a master’s in biotechnology, was one of 17 master’s and Ph.D. students who presented their thesis research at the College of Medicine Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences 12th Annual Graduate Research Symposium May 8.

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For the millions of people every year who have or need medical devices implanted, a new advancement in 3D printing technology developed at the University of Florida promises significantly quicker implantation of devices that are stronger, less expensive, more flexible and more comfortable than anything currently available.

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Angelo Gaitas, a research assistant professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, along with Gwangseong Kim, a research scientist, are commercializing a device that reduces the screening process to just a few hours at the same cost as current devices.

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University of South Florida study shows research investment critical to prevent destabilizing economic impact

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As Miami-Dade County has been ground zero for the Zika virus outbreak in the U.S., testing the vaccine in an endemic region is critical to help determine the vaccine’s safety, effective dosage and whether it can effectively prevent disease caused by Zika infection.

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There is new proof your genes may hold the key to whether or not you have a higher risk of developing cancer. Moffitt Cancer Center researchers took part in a major international study published in Nature Genetics that identified 12 new genetic variants associated with an increased risk of developing epithelial ovarian cancer, the most common and dangerous type of the disease.

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The Florida Inventors Hall of Fame announced today that the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition co-founder and CEO Ken Ford is among the eight inventors who will be inducted into the 2017 Florida Inventors Hall of Fame in September.

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There is new proof your genes may hold the key to whether or not you have a higher risk of developing cancer. Moffitt Cancer Center researchers took part in a major international study published in Nature Genetics that identified 12 new genetic variants associated with an increased risk of developing epithelial ovarian cancer, the most common and dangerous type of the disease.

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There is new proof your genes may hold the key to whether or not you have a higher risk of developing cancer. Moffitt Cancer Center researchers took part in a major international study published in Nature Genetics that identified 12 new genetic variants associated with an increased risk of developing epithelial ovarian cancer, the most common and dangerous type of the disease.

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Neonatal experts in the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine are partnering with facial expression recognition experts in the USF College of Engineering to build data that combines known information collected through facial expression recognition capabilities and the known information from nurses who have years of training and on-the-job experience using the neonatal infant pain scale (NIPS).

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The majority of dengue virus infections appear to happen very close to home and are transmitted from the same family of mosquitoes, suggests new research led by the University of Florida and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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Upper extremity amputees are one step closer to successfully picking up a cookie or an egg, thanks to a new advanced prosthetic system that is designed to restore sensation.

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University of Central Florida engineer who is recognized worldwide as a leader in power electronics and whose work led to the creation of the first compact single-solar photovoltaic panel has been named as a 2017 inductee to the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame.

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University of Central Florida engineer who is recognized worldwide as a leader in power electronics and whose work led to the creation of the first compact single-solar photovoltaic panel has been named as a 2017 inductee to the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame.

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Wireless nanoscale smart sensors that continuously monitor and strengthen composite materials, fundamental insights that could save U.S. aircraft carriers millions of dollars in fuel costs, a drone-detection network and a strategy to more accurately predict space weather may all be coming soon from Embry-Riddle, thanks to new university seed grants.

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AVRA Medical Robotics Inc., has partnered with the College of Engineering & Computer Science to develop algorithms and sensors to navigate and control a robot capable of assisting physicians with performing minimally invasive surgical procedures in an ambulatory setting or operating room.

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Spotlight on innovation highlights biases against women in science; finding teachers to nurture students who are future scientists/engineers; good reasons for technology transfer; understanding the next industrial revolution

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In a retrospective analysis by Hauser et al. in the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease, researchers looked at the results from a large study and found that participants who received an MAO-B inhibitor for a longer period of time experienced slower clinical decline.

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A study published online (ahead of print) in the International Journal of Neuroscience indicates that “more is better,” when it comes to brain training for Parkinson’s patients. 

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UM Rosenstiel scientist and colleague’s findings are critical for safe operations at sea

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University of Florida News followed the UF Space Plants Lab team during their most recent mission to test plants' ability to grow in a spaceflight environment.

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Computer-aided design software can be used in the creation a number of things, like cars and bridges. The CAD model is important when the bridge is built -- and even when it needs repair.

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As we head into allergy season, you may feel less likely to grab a hanky and sneeze. That’s because new University of Florida research shows a probiotic combination might help reduce hay fever symptoms, if it’s taken during allergy season.

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Regularly consuming artificial sweeteners increases the chance that you will gain weight and develop type 2 diabetes, but it’s not clear yet whether saccharin, aspartame, and other non-caloric sweeteners directly alter metabolism. If they do, figuring out the molecular basis for their effects could lead to new ways to treat obesity and prevent metabolic problems.

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Demian Chapman walked through the streets of Hong Kong overwhelmed by the smell of shark meat for sale. Shop after shop was overflowing with fins from species unknown. The marine biologist knew many were sustainably fished. He suspected others were from endangered species on the brink of extinction. It made him angry. It made him sick.

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Researchers are taking a step back to answer the question whether long-term studies are helping save plants, animals and the places they call home. The global answer is yes. FIU researchers are gathering data in the Florida Everglades that provide critical information needed for restoration and conservation. They’ve been doing this for more than a decade.

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A Mayo Clinic research team has found a new gene mutation that may be a risk factor for late-onset Alzheimer’s disease in African-Americans. This is the first time this gene has been implicated in the development of this disease in this population.

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Consider it one physician’s giant leap for mankind. The latest rocket launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, included a payload of several samples of donated adult stem cells from a research laboratory at Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus.

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Scientists at FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM) are studying new therapies that can short circuit HIV infection and mitigate the damaging effects that opiate addiction has on the central nervous system.

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A University of Central Florida professor is working with NASA to figure out a way to extract metals from the Martian soil – metals that could be fed into a 3-D printer to produce the components of a human habitat, ship parts, tools and electronics.

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UM Rosenstiel School researcher deployed 55 aircraft ocean instruments in the region

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A University of Central Florida professor has invented a way to use light to continuously monitor a surgical patient’s blood, for the first time providing a real-time status during life-and-death operations.

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Nowhere is this more evident than with the spread of lionfish, an invasive, non-native species that is threatening the marine ecosystems across the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean and Atlantic Ocean. And one researcher at Nova Southeastern University continues working to learn as much about lionfish as he can.

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A neuroscientist at the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute and the USF College of Pharmacy has developed an immunotherapeutic treatment now undergoing testing for the prevention, treatment and cure of Alzheimer’s disease as well as other neurological disorders. This innovative technology has been exclusively licensed from USF to Alzamend Neuro™, Inc.

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The University of South Florida continues to make Zika a research focus. That’s evident through various research projects currently in the works. To bolster those efforts, the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) recently awarded USF three grants totaling $2.45 million to conduct Zika-related research to help stop the spread of the mosquito-borne virus within Florida and beyond.

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FireSpring Fund, a nonprofit accelerator of early-stage technology companies in Central Florida, has been selected by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to receive $1 million to invest in promising new technology companies to help jump-start a thriving Volusia County-based innovation corridor.

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The Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI) will receive nearly $300 million in public-private investment from leading manufacturers, universities, non-profit organizations and the federal government to develop scalable manufacturing processes for engineered tissues and organs.

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A recent university study that tracked participants’ sleep patterns and daytime physical movements found employees who recorded an average of more than 10,900 steps each day were less likely to perpetuate abuse at home than those recording fewer than 7,000.

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A $275,000 grant from Florida’s Protect Wild Dolphins Specialty License Plate Fund was awarded to Florida Institute of Technology marine biologist Spencer Fire and partners at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute to study dolphin health in light of harmful algal blooms in the Indian River Lagoon.

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Crowd-sourced science project connected worldwide citizen-scientists to researchers charting evolution of bird beaks

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A UCF researcher has combined cutting-edge nanoscience with a magnetic phenomenon discovered more than 170 years ago to create a method for speedy medical tests.

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An international agricultural company has licensed a formula for fighting crop disease that a UCF scientist spent more than five years perfecting.

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UCF scientists received almost $1.3 million in state funds Wednesday to research the Zika virus with the goal of understanding its effects on human health and developing a vaccine for the mosquito-borne illness.

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A new genomics study of shark DNA, including from great white and great hammerhead sharks, reveals unique modifications in their immunity genes that may underlie the rapid wound healing and possibly higher resistance to cancers in these ocean predators.

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The founding director of the USF Health Heart Institute has a passion for innovation, translational medicine and entrepreneurship.

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What’s wrong with the supermarket tomato? Consumers say they lack flavor, so a University of Florida researcher led a global team on a mission to identify the important factors that have been lost and put them back into modern tomatoes.

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The study, published Monday in the Cancer journal, suggests that prior studies underestimated cervical cancer rates because they included women who have had hysterectomies (which usually involves the removal of both uterus and cervix) and were no longer at risk for cervical cancer.

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Scientists have discovered what they believe to be a new species of hammerhead shark, prompting concerns about the species’ vulnerability and whether conservation practices in place today are widespread enough to protect them.

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The University of South Florida College of Engineering and the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine have established the Department of Medical Engineering, a unique transdisciplinary concept that will combine the related aspects of engineering and medicine while providing access to real-world health care environments for education and research.

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According to a 2015 report by the NIH’s National Institute on Aging, in the last five years of life, total health care spending for people with dementia was more than a quarter of a million dollars per person, 57 percent more than the costs associated with death from other diseases, including cancer and heart disease.

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Florida-based Flight Level Engineering has become the first company to join the Customized Business Acceleration Program at the John Mica Engineering and Aerospace Innovation Complex (MicaPlex) at Embry-Riddle Research Park in Daytona Beach.

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The adoption of highly efficient, low-emission alternative biofuels just got a boost thanks to $7 million worth of Department of Energy grants announced earlier this month.

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New climate model projections of the world’s coral reefs reveal which reefs will be hit first by annual coral bleaching, an event that poses the gravest threat to one of the Earth’s most important ecosystems.

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An international group of researchers associated with the World Health Organization has published its final report on the Ebola vaccine trial in Guinea, finding that the vaccine is a safe and effective way to prevent Ebola infection. Researchers at the University of Florida have played an integral role in the vaccine trial’s execution, finding that it is 100 percent effective at preventing Ebola when given 10 or more days prior to exposure to the deadly virus.

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Florida Tech Researcher offers theory that the colliding massive black holes that produced gravitational waves detected by LIGO could have started life as magnetic stars.

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A research team led by University of South Florida College of Marine Science professor Dr. Steven Murawski has been awarded a $1 million grant to explore how oil spills, such as the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) in 2010, impact the economic, ecological and social system aspects of fishing communities.

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GLP-1 agonists (GLP-1RAs) may impact the brain in entirely different ways than was previously thought to promote weight loss. Scientists initially believed that these incretin-based type 2 diabetes drugs only bind to receptors in the hypothalamus but they may in fact affect many more brain circuits.

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FAU has entered into a licensing agreement with Neuro Pharmalogics, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing innovative therapies for patients with rare neurological diseases.

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FAU Harbor Branch scientists are researching ways to create a biosynthetic version of a compound found in a sea sponge that is very active against cancer cells.

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Working memory, the ability to process information, may play an important role in coping with negative life events, according to a new study by Dr. Tracy Alloway, associate professor of psychology at the University of North Florida.

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A team of UCF scientists has developed a new process for creating flexible supercapacitors that can store more energy and be recharged more than 30,000 times without degrading.

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Researchers found that increased activity by worms and other organisms act on coral skeletons

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Thanks to NAVAIR and the U.S. Navy, the next generation of specialists in science, math and technology are being trained right here at Nova Southeastern University (NSU.)

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NSU Researchers Receive More Than $1.8 Million in Grants from U.S. Army to Examine Causes of Gulf War Illness
 

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The University of South Florida has set a new record, with 133 license and option agreements executed in FY 2016. The number is a 12% increase over FY2015, when USF had 119 license and option agreements. These agreements represent companies that have contracted with USF to further develop research into commercial products.

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Young adults have been indulging in energy drinks since the beverages hit the market. Now, Worldwide assistant professor Don Delorey is trying to find out just how popular they are among naval aviation candidates.

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Two cold spells, two years apart, in two subtropical regions of the world have given scientists clues to what happens when an extreme climate event strikes.

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Study advances understanding of massive ocean carbon reservoir and its impact to marine food web

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In a study published today in Science Signaling, Moffitt Cancer Center researchers used proteomics to identify potential drug targets that could boost ALK inhibitors and improve patient outcomes.

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A team of UCF researchers has produced the most efficient quantum cascade laser ever designed – and done it in a way that makes the lasers easier to manufacture.

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Florida Institute of Technology’s Foosaner Art Museum and School of Human-Centered Design, Innovation and Art announce the STEAM Seminar Series, a free monthly presentation featuring renowned speakers discussing the intersection of science, technology, engineering, math and art.

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The Institute announced results of a new study conducted by The Washington Economics Group, Inc., that measured economic impacts of the Institute between 2011 and 2016, and concluded that the organization's impact throughout the state of Florida increased significantly during the past fiscal year (2015-16), resulting in a total economic impact of $630 million over the six-year period.

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The recipient of a $2.8 million grant for a five-year research program, USF’s College of Nursing is the only research program receiving funding from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for a non-pharmacological approach to treat breast cancer patients, according to Cecile Lengacher, professor and director of the pre-doctoral fellowship program at the College of Nursing.

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Four FIU students will have the chance to participate in a groundbreaking research and education expedition into the Arctic’s Northwest Passage in the summer of 2017.

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A newly established UCF agricultural center with the goal of combating crop disease and feeding the world’s growing population debuted last week with an inaugural symposium.

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The Institute announced that it has finalized a funding agreement with Social Evidence, LLC, a Gainesville-based company with technology developed at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC). Social Evidence is a cloud-based application developed to provide attorneys with an efficient method of gathering and evaluating social media as part of a litigation matter.

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Anti–PD-1 therapy or BRAF/MEK inhibitors with stereotactic radiation therapy improves disease control and survival of patients with melanoma brain metastases

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This year's Conference will bring together hundreds of life science professionals and showcase recent scientific advancements, business achievements and public policy issues. Attendees will hear about the industry’s significant growth across the state and will have the opportunity to broaden business relationships throughout the state and region.

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Tucked away in a Florida Institute of Technology lab, a would-be Martian garden grows. A little more than a year after the Buzz Aldrin Space Institute opened at Florida Tech with the overarching mission to get humans to Mars, this horticultural research will attempt to address one of the most critical issues facing the first Martian settlers: how to grow food on a cold and toxic world.

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In an effort to understand the diets of plant-loving fish, FIU Ph.D. student Jessica Sanchez and marine sciences professor Joel Trexler delved into the world of herbivory in freshwater ecosystems. They wanted to develop a research framework for other scientists to follow in studies on the evolution of these diets. Their efforts resulted in a scientific paper that was published in a recent issue of Ecosphere.

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A group led by a University of Florida Health researcher has learned more about how the hormone irisin helps convert calorie-storing white fat cells into brown fat cells that burn energy. Irisin, which surges when the heart and other muscles are exerted, also inhibits the formation of fatty tissue, according to the researchers.

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded the UCF Marriage and Family Research Institute a five-year, $9.6 million grant to research the effects of relationship education on low-income families.

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In an effort to understand the diets of plant-loving fish, FIU Ph.D. student Jessica Sanchez and marine sciences professor Joel Trexler delved into the world of herbivory in freshwater ecosystems. They wanted to develop a research framework for other scientists to follow in studies on the evolution of these diets. Their efforts resulted in a scientific paper that was published in a recent issue of Ecosphere.

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The University of South Florida System set a new record for research during the 2015-16 academic year with $458,506,047 in grants and contracts.

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A UCF College of Medicine and Engineering and Computer Science researcher just received a grant worth almost $1 million from the National Institutes of Health to decipher how mechanical forces in your cells can cause heart disease.

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This week, researchers from universities across the country gathered at FIU in D.C. to discuss an unprecedented study on adolescent brain cognitive development dubbed ABCD. FIU, along with 19 other institutions, was designated by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as one of the research sites to conduct the study.

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With a focus on how to use science to tackle the largest ecological challenges in the region, the Indian River Lagoon Research Institute at Florida Institute of Technology will convene its second annual Technical Conference on Coastal Water Quality Sept. 30-Oct. 1 in the Denius Student Center’s Hartley Room on campus.

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Nova Southeastern University (NSU) officially opened its Center for Collaborative Research (CCR), one of the largest and most advanced research facilities in Florida.

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Helicopter Observation Platform to assist with surveys for marine archaeological sites

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The industry software, with a commercial value of $68 million, will be incorporated into student coursework and research related to computer-aided-design, engineering simulation, industrial design, digital manufacturing and manufacturing management.

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Two scientists at the University of Central Florida have discovered how to get a solid material to act like a liquid without actually turning it into liquid, potentially opening a new world of possibilities for the electronic, optics and computing industries.

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Two scientists at the University of Central Florida have discovered how to get a solid material to act like a liquid without actually turning it into liquid, potentially opening a new world of possibilities for the electronic, optics and computing industries.

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A University of Central Florida-led team will receive $1.1 million to develop new manufacturing processes using a specialized tool that will bring the U.S. a step closer to achieving its goal of affordable photovoltaic (solar) energy.

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Research team studied damselfish behavior and physiology under ocean acidification conditions predicted for year 2300

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The novel findings could pave the way for translational drug development toward the first medication to prevent the progression of ARHL.

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A new study by researchers at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, funded by the National Science Foundation, has identified for the first time a process by which the solar wind is heated along extended regions of the Earth’s magnetic shield as it penetrates through this barrier.

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A University of Central Florida researcher’s nanoscale cocktail that is showing signs of slowing a deadly citrus disease that has put one of the state’s largest and most iconic industries at risk, has been named a finalist for two major research and development awards.

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New research suggests that lack of sleep and untreated depression may increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, even for those who do not have a genetic predisposition for the disease.

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Researchers at the University of South Florida have been awarded a five-year, $3.48 million grant from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) to investigate the observation that older adults who experience delirium while hospitalized can have higher risk afterwards of developing dementia.

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Dr. Karen Holbrook, interim president of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University describes the Embry-Riddle system's reach and research.

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A team of UCF scientists representing the areas of biology, geography, engineering, sociology and education recently landed a $1.6 million National Science Foundation grant to figure out what makes natural systems and human interaction projects a success.

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Researchers used state-of-the-art computer model developed by UM Associate Professor Claire Paris

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A UCF College of Medicine cancer researcher has discovered a way to kill spreading breast cancer cells and her new technology has generated a licensing agreement that will accelerate the therapy’s path to clinical trials.

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In his laboratory at the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, Jerome Breslin, PhD, and colleagues study microvascular hyperpermeability, that is, the “excessively leaky” small blood vessels that are a hallmark of systemic inflammation.

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Diabetes has become one of the top causes of vision loss around the world, according to an article published on August 23, 2016 in Diabetes Care journal by a global consortium led by researchers at Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) College of Optometry in Fort Lauderdale/Davie, Florida, and the Vision and Eye Care Unit at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, United Kingdom.

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UM research team says restricting shark consumption protects human health and shark populations

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USF Researchers are working on ways to use naturally-occurring fungi for an environment-friendly recycling process to extract cobalt and lithium from waste batteries.

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The test of strength came as two robots battled it out in a game of tug-of-war. Using a carabiner and rope, two teams used remote controls to drive their robots in the opposite direction, until one robot was pulled over a line marked on the floor. This friendly competition was one of many exercises that future engineers participated in during Embry-Riddle’s Robotics and Autonomous Systems Summer Academy last month.

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The study, led by the University of Florida, finds that when mussels pile up in mounds around the grass stems, they provide protection by improving water storage around the grass roots and reducing soil salinity.

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The Institute announced today that it has finalized a funding agreement with Ovation Diagnostics, a Boca Raton-based company with technology developed at University of South Florida.

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Green hazy water, white coatings on coral and sponges causing die-off on reef usually full of color and active marine life.

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A new, non-invasive way to track the progression of Parkinson’s disease could help evaluate experimental treatments to slow or stop the disease’s progression. UF researchers used functional magnetic resonance imaging to reveal areas where Parkinson’s disease and related conditions cause progressive decline in brain activity.

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When communicating on Mars, a light-weight and energy-efficient communications system will be essential for astronauts to conduct surface operations and make scientific discoveries.

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Research shows stressed-out birds more attractive to mosquitoes, raising fears birds exposed to stressors such as road noise, pesticides and light pollution, will be bitten more often and spread more West Nile virus.

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With a growing aging population in South Florida, a University of Miami geographer who specializes in public health teamed up with geriatricians and other geographers to conduct the first age-adjusted analysis of socially and medically vulnerable older adults in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties.

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The Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research (the Institute) announced today that it has finalized a funding agreement with Auxadyne, a Keystone Heights-based company with technology developed at Florida State University.

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The Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research (the Institute) announced today that it has finalized a funding agreement with Auxadyne, a Keystone Heights-based company with technology developed at Florida State University.

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Study provides new insight into the behavior of an ocean top predator

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Scientists who have developed red tide prediction models based on previous research, have published two new studies detailing their optimistic outlook.

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Researchers at the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP) have identified a new potential target for drugs to prevent type 2 diabetes. A paper published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation shows that blocking a cellular glucose sensor in muscle improves insulin responsiveness.

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Diabetes afflicts nearly 30 million people in the U.S., but 86 million more are pre-diabetic. UF professor of public health Arch Mainous discusses effective ways to screen individuals who sometimes are left out of the screening process: those who are not overweight or obese.

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Seven Central Florida companies and organizations specializing in advanced technology, business start-up, legal services, IT, professional sports, venture capital, accounting and more have partnered with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Research Park in a joint effort to foster and facilitate innovative business creation and incubation within Florida’s booming research corridor.

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Goal is to Provide Research Data to Help Guide Clean-Up Response to Oil Spills

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The beauty of Halley’s Comet streaking through the night sky in 1986 is responsible for launching Yan Fernandez’s career, which next month puts him smack in the middle of a historic NASA mission to explore a nearby asteroid.

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The beauty of Halley’s Comet streaking through the night sky in 1986 is responsible for launching Yan Fernandez’s career, which next month puts him smack in the middle of a historic NASA mission to explore a nearby asteroid.

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The researchers screened 400 compounds for the Malaria Box project, one of the first open-source drug discovery efforts to combat infectious diseases

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Research focused on Alzheimer’s disease, agricultural pests and economic development was among the thousands of projects funded with a record $724 million in research awards to the University of Florida last fiscal year.

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Florida Institute of Technology and the Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC) have entered into a three-year research and development agreement that will tap the university’s renowned computer science and engineering expertise to help strengthen the center’s data processing and analytics capabilities.

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By investigating “fossilized” sand cylinders made by lightning strikes, sometimes thousands of years old, a University of South Florida professor provides a unique history of lightning and the energy contained in a single strike.

Amphibians that can tolerate higher temperatures are likely to fare better against disease, habitat loss and climate change, according to researchers.

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Study has important implications to understanding future climate changes and sea-level rise

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Researchers at the University of Central Florida received an all-time-high $145.75 million in funded research in FY16, a period that featured a national top 20 ranking for UCF patents and a new record for federal funding.

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Tightly spaced planets inside an alien solar system known as Kepler-80 boast a rare orbital configuration. The study was led by Mariah MacDonald as an undergraduate with Darin Ragozzine, an assistant professor of physics and space sciences, both at Florida Institute of Technology.

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Tightly spaced planets inside an alien solar system known as Kepler-80 boast a rare orbital configuration. The study was led by Mariah MacDonald as an undergraduate with Darin Ragozzine, an assistant professor of physics and space sciences, both at Florida Institute of Technology.

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The Institute announced a funding agreement with Mend VIP, an Orlando-based company with technology developed at the University of Central Florida. Mend VIP provides proprietary triage, no-wait, and telemedicine technology that virtualizes a large percentage of care where an in-person exam is not needed, resulting in an improved patient and physician experience.

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Tightly spaced planets inside an alien solar system known as Kepler-80 boast a rare orbital configuration. The study was led by Mariah MacDonald as an undergraduate with Darin Ragozzine, an assistant professor of physics and space sciences, both at Florida Institute of Technology.

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According to NSU associate professor J. Matthew Hoch, Ph.D., barnacles have long-fascinated scientists and studying them has helped the development of scientific theories from evolution and natural selection to systematics and taxonomy.

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University of South Florida study indicates these syndromes, when combined with poor pregnancy outcomes, can confer additional cardiovascular disease risk sooner

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Older adults who completed 11 or more sessions of training had a 48 percent reduced risk of dementia over the 10-year study period, a University of South Florida researcher finds

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Researchers with the University of Florida Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory in Ruskin have for the first time successfully raised in captivity the Pacific blue tang, the colorful fish that now stars in a Disney movie. The breakthrough means aquarium hobbyists and marine life exhibits may soon have a source for blue tangs that doesn’t rely on wild captured fish.

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The FIU biologist is the first scientist in the world to create a mutant mosquito — a feat he achieved in 2010 as a researcher at Rockefeller University in New York. While it sounds like a Marvel movie in the making, DeGennaro has no intention of unleashing a new type of mosquito on the world. His mutants serve a greater scientific purpose — they help him better understand what attracts mosquitoes to humans.

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An international team of scientists has solved a case of mistaken identity and discovered a new species of venomous snake.

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University of South Florida researchers investigating the aftermath of a September 2014 sewer line break in St. Petersburg have found dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the untreated wastewater that gushed into neighborhoods and into Boca Ciega Bay at a rate of 250 to 500 gallons per minute.

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) late last month decommissioned a 38-year-old communications satellite--among the oldest, continuously operating satellites in the skies--that for 21 years had helped to link NSF's Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station with the outside world.

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Brecht, now a plant physiologist at the University of Florida, studies the best ways to get produce from farm to fork in good condition.

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Dr. Dawn Kernagis, a Research Scientist at the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) and host of STEM-Talk, has been chosen as one of six crew members to join NASA’s undersea analog mission, NEEMO (NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations).

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FAU’s I-SENSE and Dioxide Materials™ have formed a unique partnership to develop and evaluate a novel low-cost, low-power, wireless CO2 sensing system for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning applications.

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By 2050, there will be more plastic by weight than fish in the world’s oceans, according to researchers. Consequently, France has banned single-use plastic bags, halting the country’s consumption of 17 billion bags. This insight on ocean health and more was shared at the “Coral Reefs, Ocean Biodiversity and Climate Change” conference earlier this month.

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Vigilant Biosciences, Inc., a leading innovator and developer of solutions that aid in the early detection and intervention of cancer, announced a presentation of data related to proof-of-concept studies by Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center (“Sylvester”) at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, titled CD44 and Associated Markers in Oral Rinses and Tissues from Oral Cancer Patients.

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The University of South Florida ranks ninth in the nation among public universities for U.S. patents granted in 2015, according to a new report released Tuesday by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO).

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Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies’ Dr. Lawrence Toll and Dr. Akihiko Ozawa have been awarded a $2.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). This grant will fund research to study “NPQ/Spexin the Endogenous Ligand for the Galanin Receptor 3”.

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A researcher in the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University and a collaborator have just published an article in the journal Public Health Nursing that sheds light on the cognitive factors that inhibit effective driving as well as recognizing older adults who may be at risk for unsafe driving.

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UM Rosenstiel School research team’s analysis will help improve weather and climate forecasts

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The USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute unveiled its mobile Memory Research Suite – a groundbreaking traveling “clinic” designed to bring the latest clinical drug trials to senior communities across Florida.

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Transgenex Nanobiotech Inc. (TGN), a nanotech-pharma research and development company, is commercializing technology developed at the University of South Florida.

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The Deering Estate is becoming a living research lab for FIU conservation scientists.

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A team of University of Florida researchers has figured out how gold can be used in crystals grown by light to create nanoparticles, a discovery that has major implications for industry and cancer treatment and could improve the function of pharmaceuticals, medical equipment and solar panels.

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The University of Florida’s Office of Technology Licensing signed a record 122 licenses and options and launched 17 startup companies in fiscal year 2015-16, topping last year’s total of 85 licenses by 43 percent.

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Substantial changes are in the works for shark conservation after decades of neglect.

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As Louisiana’s wetlands continue to disappear at an alarming rate, a new study has pinpointed the man-made structures that disrupt the natural water flow and threaten these important ecosystems. T

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Aviana Molecular Technologies, (Aviana) a development-stage diagnostic startup company working on an innovative, highly sensitive, and user-friendly platform technology, received an STTR grant from NASA in conjunction with UCF to develop sensors to be used on vehicles in extra-terrestrial missions and repurpose them as biosensors.

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As part of the DEEPEND Consortium, FIU marine scientists Heather Bracken-Grissom and Kevin Boswell are working alongside more than 60 researchers from 16 institutions to understand the Gulf of Mexico and the impacts of the oil spill on the Gulf.

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Researchers at the University of South Florida are garnering international attention for an online learning tool that some people think may change the way English courses are taught.

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In a first-of-its-kind study, UM researchers created a mathematical model in an attempt to determine how much of a role sexual transmission plays in the spread and control of Zika.

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While Shark Week often delves into the sensational aspects of sharks, FIU’s biologists are quick to remind people that sharks aren’t exactly the voracious predators we often fear. In fact, shark attacks on humans are rare.

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When the green sea turtle named Cisco Kid washed up on Hammock Beach in Palm Coast, it seemed his luck had run out. One thing was in Cisco’s favor, though: He had come ashore just a few miles from the University of Florida’s Whitney Laboratory Sea Turtle Hospital in St. Augustine, where researchers are working to understand and treat the fibropapilloma virus spreading through sea turtle populations, causing tumors that can hamper their ability to breed, feed, even see.

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Private companies licensing technology from the University of Florida infused nearly $2.3 billion into the state of Florida economy last year and accounted for the employment of more than 10,600 people, according to a newly released study of UF’s statewide economic impact.

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This year’s Discovery Channel Shark Week kicks off with science from University of Miami’s (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science shark researcher Neil Hammerschlag and collaborators in the Bahamas. The show, called “Tiger Beach,” will follow Hammerschlag and colleagues as they study tiger sharks to better understand the life of these massive predators. The show airs at 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 26.

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Scientists have known for a while that coral reefs around the world are dying, and in a worst-case scenario they were counting on large, healthy-looking corals to repopulate.

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Four months after stunning the world with the announcement that they had detected gravitational waves from a collision of two black holes and confirmed a major prediction of Albert Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity, scientists say they’ve done it again.

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CF College of Medicine researcher has identified for the first time a tiny liver protein that when disrupted can lead to the nation’s top killer – cardiovascular disease – as well as fatty liver disease, a precursor to cancer.

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Stroke’s long-term effects on blood-spinal cord barrier can lead to ‘an increasingly toxic environment’ in spinal cord and ‘significant input on disease pathology’

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Stroke’s long-term effects on blood-spinal cord barrier can lead to ‘an increasingly toxic environment’ in spinal cord and ‘significant input on disease pathology’

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Stroke’s long-term effects on blood-spinal cord barrier can lead to ‘an increasingly toxic environment’ in spinal cord and ‘significant input on disease pathology’

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StartUP FIU, an initiative aimed at supporting innovation among students, faculty, alumni and community members, encompasses three new incubators and an accelerator program that is accepting applications for the first cohort starting in September.

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Florida International University will open the doors this week to FIU in Washington, D.C., (FIU in DC). The FIU initiative is a research-driven solutions center aimed at expanding national partnerships and creating greater opportunities in the nation’s capital for students, faculty and the South Florida community.

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Dr. John Hatle, a professor in the Department of Biology at the University of North Florida, was awarded a grant for more than $430,000 by the National Institutes of Health to continue his research studying how a reduced diet can slow aging and extend lifespan in simple animals.

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A finding by a University of Central Florida researcher that unlocks a means of controlling materials at the nanoscale and opens the door to a new generation of manufacturing is featured online today in the journal Nature.

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A finding by a University of Central Florida researcher that unlocks a means of controlling materials at the nanoscale and opens the door to a new generation of manufacturing is featured online today in the journal Nature.

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A finding by a University of Central Florida researcher that unlocks a means of controlling materials at the nanoscale and opens the door to a new generation of manufacturing is featured online today in the journal Nature.

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Dr. Robert Hauser, who oversees the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center at the University of South Florida, is among three dozen researchers nationally investigating a medication that works like a breath strip and has been shown to quickly control off-episode symptoms.

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The camera’s ultimate use will be as part of a spectrograph used to capture footage that will allow for the study of the dynamics and energetics of the upward electrical discharges from thunderstorms known as transient luminous events, or TLEs.

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UF research professor Peter Frederick explains why rehydrating the Florida Everglades, the largest ecological restoration project in the world, is worth its multi-billion dollar cost.

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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded a $1.3 million grant to a team led by UCF researcher Debashis Chanda to fund the development of a next-generation infrared detector that could be used in fields as varied as night vision, meteorology and space exploration.

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Researchers at Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography discovered that storms don’t only have a dramatic impact on land, they have an equally dramatic effect on ocean currents, which helps the spread of marine invasive species throughout a region.

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Vessel will support marine science research for more than two dozen institutions and agencies across the state.

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When an explosion at the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig sent millions of gallons of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, it ignited one of the largest environmental disasters in modern history. Six years later, scientists are still working to fully determine, understand and mitigate the damage that was done.

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The research team examined how human activities drive distributions of West Nile virus, Lyme disease, and a fungus causing worldwide declines of amphibian populations.

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Each year, about 15,000 people die because of cancers caused by radiation in CT perfusion scans. An assistant professor of computer science at FIU’s College of Engineering and Computing is researching how to reduce radiation from these scans by using math and computer technology.

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Labeling and tracking multiple locations of the human genome in a live cell allows scientists to study structural changes in chromosomes and investigate cancer development.

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New findings may provide opportunity for developing new drugs to fight dangerous bacteria currently highly resistant to treatment.

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High-tech tools help a UF researcher discover what makes a destination memorable

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Interactions between primates and bats have been poorly documented, and detailed reports have been rare, until now. An FAU study is the first to report implications for animal-human disease transmission.

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Conventional wisdom says removing beach debris helps sea turtles nest; now, as sea-turtle nesting season gets underway, a new University of Florida study proves it.

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A scientist at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science is leading an upcoming international research campaign to study a significant contributor to regional climate warming - smoke.

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Using DNA analysis, University of Florida researchers have confirmed the capture of multiple Nile crocodiles in the wild.

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Tomás R. Guilarte, dean of the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work, has made a discovery that could potentially help put off or prevent the onset of debilitating diseases such as Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s.

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A team of researchers, including FIU biology professor Eric von Wettberg, has identified the gene responsible for giving white chickpea its light seed and flower color. This genetic finding can help breeders create varieties of chickpea that will fare better against debilitating diseases, yield a higher number of seeds on the same amount land, and fetch a higher price per seed.

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A national effort joined by the University of Central Florida to modernize and sustain the nation’s power grid will expand thanks to a new $1 million cooperative award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot initiative.

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NASA has awarded two UCF professors $900,000 to study cognitive issues such as memory and attention in astronauts on lengthy space assignments.

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Professors have evaluated the totality of evidence and conclude that regular physical activity has the closest resemblance to a “magic bullet” to fight the epidemic of obesity and cardiovascular disease.

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This novel approach to keeping the ocean from swamping neighborhoods is exactly the kind of thing Troxler is working on in the new FIU Sea Level Solutions Center. The goal of the center, above all else, will be collaborations and tangible solutions to combat the effects of global climate change.

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A University of South Florida professor is joining a growing number of researchers studying chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a recently discovered brain disease in athletes who have suffered repeated brain trauma from on-field collisions.

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Matthew Rudolph, 31, always knew he wanted a career that involved animals, but he never envisioned using tiny honeybees to help save the world’s largest land mammal.

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Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Guy Harvey Research Institute (GHRI) and The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation (GHOF) recently hosted a cage dive and tagging expedition in Isla Mujeres, Mexico in advance of the Second Annual Great Shark Race.

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Working memory, our ability to recall and process information, is used throughout our lifespan. By improving it, we may be able to realize gains in key areas, from school to work to retirement.

CEO Matthew H.J. Kim called the CE Marking a major milestone for the Fort Lauderdale-based life sciences company

When older relatives complain about their pains, show a little empathy, because new research suggests that as we age, we may all become more sensitive to pain. A small, preliminary University of Florida Health study has suggested for the first time that inflammation may occur more quickly and at a higher magnitude — and stays around longer — when older adults experience pain versus when younger adults experience pain.

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The cold spell hit in 2010, sending temperatures to record lows with temperatures remaining below 50 degrees for several consecutive days. Biological sciences researchers at FIU seized the rare opportunity to observe the impacts of such an extreme weather event on South Florida’s pollinators.

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A University of South Florida modular dwelling technology won the People's Choice Award Saturday night in Gainesville. AbleNook was developed by USF School of Architecture and Community Design graduates Sean Verdecia and Jason Ross.

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At the University of South Florida’s Hyperbaric Biomedical Research Laboratory, ongoing work to combat oxygen toxicity seizures in Navy divers has expanded to include research that may lead to non-toxic cancer therapies combining dietary supplements and hyperbaric oxygen.

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In a new study, University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science researchers found that the limestone that forms the foundation of coral reefs along the Florida Reef Tract is dissolving during the fall and winter months on many reefs in the Florida Keys.

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Gainesville and Boca Raton, FL – April 29, 2016 - The Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research (the Institute) announced today that four of its funded companies have been selected to present at the Florida Venture Forum’s 9th Annual Early Stage Capital Conference being held at the Hilton Carillon in St. Petersburg on Tuesday May 17, 2016.

Just as the sun sets, hundreds of groupers gather at their favorite hangouts along the shelf breaks in the southeast U.S., Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Basin to spawn – and they’re pretty vocal about it.

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An underwater graveyard of prehistoric mega-reptiles has long been a trove of scientific discovery. Now that these flooded caves in the Bahamas have gained national protection, they could be a key to restoring the islands’ biodiversity.

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The Zika virus was present in Haiti several months before the first Zika cases were identified in Brazil, according to new research by infectious-disease specialists at the University of Florida.

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Professors in the School of Engineering and the Department of Clinical and Applied Movement Sciences at UNF were awarded a grant for more than $85,000 by the National Institutes of Health to continue the development of a team-based course to develop adaptive battery-powered toy cars for children with developmental disabilities.

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There are currently no medications available to specifically treat Lewy Body dementia (LBD). FAU’s College of Medicine is spearheading the South Florida site for the first U.S. clinical trial for LBD.

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University of Florida Health researchers have developed a unique mouse model that will allow researchers around the world to better study the genetic origins and potential treatments for a neurodegenerative brain disease that causes amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, often referred to as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, and frontotemporal dementia.

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A leading scientist has received $540,250 from the NIH to continue his groundbreaking research to develop new therapeutic agents for collagen-based diseases including multiple sclerosis, cancer and sepsis.

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Through ongoing studies, scientific researchers from the University of South Florida continue to learn more about how both oil and dispersants have impacted marine life. Six years later, many lessons have been learned about response and recovery, especially about the impacts on marine life. However, scientists continue to seek more answers.

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As UF researchers working in Brazil are learning and documenting, an unintended and ironic consequence of building roads for agricultural expansion is that roads can create the ideal habitat for insects that can be major agricultural pests.

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University of Florida Health researchers have slowed a notoriously aggressive type of brain tumor in mouse models by using a low-carbohydrate diet.

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Inspired by pregnancy tests, scientists have developed a method to store microfluidic devices for months without refrigeration, giving developing countries an inexpensive and reliable way to treat patients.

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A $1.3 million grant from the National Institute of Justice is funding a new two-year project that may revolutionize the way police monitor and analyze crime-scene surveillance video footage with technology developed at the University of Central Florida.

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A portable biosensor that could show how disease is progressing in patients with Alzheimer’s could greatly improve people’s quality of life in the future, according to a new review published in Biosensors and Bioelectronics.

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The University of Florida community got its first glimpse earlier this month of a new 1,600-square-foot research space where faculty and students will study how to use technology to create effective and engaging online learning experiences.

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A 10-panel solar farm, which will generate enough power to meet the needs of an average single-family home, now floats on a University of Central Florida retention pond, thanks to the ingenuity and determination of five graduating mechanical engineering students.

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The University of South Florida and Tampa Fire Rescue have launched a randomized controlled trial to assess the effectiveness of a worksite exercise regimen targeted to reduce the risk of low back injury and disability in firefighters. If this pivotal trial proves successful, the exercise training program could be implemented across the country to improve the health, safety and preparedness of the nation’s firefighters.

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The program, dubbed the FIU Health Disparities Initiative, will have immediate and direct impact at FIU by building health disparities research capacity, with mid- and long-term impact on vulnerable groups through associated community-based research programs, interventions and solutions that will be developed.

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A professor has identified 55 drug targets for the Zika virus from the human genome, leading to the identification of 79 FDA-approved drugs currently being used to treat other conditions such as cancer.

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With great anticipation, a crowd of more than 350 local officials, partners and vendors, attended a ribbon cutting celebration last week to showcase the $5 million renovation and expansion completed at the UCF Business Incubator – Central Florida Research Park.

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A new study from researchers at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science found that multiple stressors might be too much for corals.

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A new University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science-led study found that Miami Beach flood events have significantly increased over the last decade due to an acceleration of sea-level rise in South Florida.

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USF-led study of Culex erraticus probes ecology of Eastern equine encephalitis virus, one of the most deadly mosquito-borne viruses, which can affect horses and, in rare cases, humans.

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Yes! Followed by a high five. That was University of Central Florida Physics Professor Joshua Colwell’s reaction as he watched the successful launch into suborbital space of his experiment aboard Blue Origin’s (https://www.blueorigin.com/) New Shepard space vehicle.

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University of South Florida neonatologist Akhil Maheshwari, MD, and his team advance research to understand, detect and identify novel treatments for necrotizing enterocolitis, or NEC, a life-threatening inflammatory bowel disease that may afflict premature newborns.

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A University of Central Florida scientist is playing a critical role in shaping a $317 million U.S. Department of Defense program that could expand the function of clothing to include monitoring our health, sensing the environment, and harvesting energy.

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UCF scientists have been awarded a $477,000 grant to develop a method of combating a bacterium that attacks tomatoes and other crops.

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Vigilant Biosciences, Inc. (“Vigilant”), a leading innovator and developer of solutions that aid in the early detection and intervention of cancer, today announced that Cancer Prevention Research, a peer-reviewed medical journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, published an article on clinical research establishing proof-of-concept for the technology licensed and now under commercial development as part of the Company’s OncAlert™ Oral Cancer product line. 

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FIU has launched the Institute of Water and Environment to address global water issues and broader challenges impacting the environment. It brings together some of the university’s top centers and programs to expand research and community engagement opportunities in the face of growing environmental threats.

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After years of study, University of South Florida College of Marine Science researchers and colleagues have identified reasons why some years are worse than others for the harmful alga bloom (HAB) Karenia brevis, called “red tide,” when it occurs off the west coast of Florida.

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FIU marine scientist Heather Bracken-Grissom latest project is taking her to the depths of the ocean to further her research on bioluminescence in deep-sea shrimps.

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One of UCF’s most prolific inventors has solved a stubborn problem: How to keep the electronic displays in your car working, whether you’re driving in the frigid depths of winter or under the broiling desert sun.

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An international research team calls for a targeted research strategy to better understand the impact multiple stressors will have on coral reef in the future due to global climate change.

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Two USF researchers gather data useful for testing models of how the solar system formed and also how comets become active so far from the Sun.

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Using 3-D printed fish, University of Florida scientist James Liao and collaborators at Harvard showed that head motion can make a fish’s movement and respiration more efficient. The Nature Communications study sheds light on how other undulating animals — as well as machines — might use movement design to save energy.

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Fruit flies can tell us a lot about sleep deprivation and metabolic disorders. A study is the first to show that a conserved gene – translin – works as a modulator of sleep in response to metabolic changes.

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UCF biologist Anna Savage is obsessed with frogs and figuring out why they are dying at an unprecedented rate around the world.

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Imagine trying to fix a faulty valve in the body of a 9-month-old. To help physicians better prepare for that kind of delicate surgery, University of Central Florida biomedical sciences professor Dinender Singla has created a way to produce customized 3-D printed hearts that can be used for practicing surgery techniques.

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The “love” hormone, oxytocin, is an indispensable part of childbirth and mother-child bonding. A new study at FAU is looking at how a mother’s levels of oxytocin might be different in women with depression.

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Where the body stores fat can have serious systemic effects on health, according to Dr. Amy Alman, assistant professor in the USF College of Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

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Shirley Pincus woke up in her hospital bed and waited for the pain. Years of failed surgeries had eroded her optimism. The pain always came back. A nerve block hadn’t helped. Amputating the tips of two toes didn’t, either. A nerve-repair technology invented by University of Florida scientists had given her a glimmer of hope, but after more than seven hours of surgery at a Chicago hospital, Pincus steeled herself for the possibility of another disappointment.

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A $15 million Florida appropriation for the International Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing Research will enable the partnership to increase its momentum in capturing a part of the next-generation sensor industry for Florida, leaders said Thursday.

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A biomedical scientist has received a $1.2 million grant from the James and Esther King Biomedical Research Program, Florida Department of Health, to develop a new and innovative approach to treat stroke.

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Five experiments testing everything from how fire reacts in space to the effectiveness of a lizard-inspired adhesive are headed to the International Space Station on Tuesday, March 22.

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UM Rosenstiel School researchers evaluated movements of highly mobile sharks in relation to protected areas

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Boosting the hormone aldosterone and developing brain/ear-training sounds are two keys to five-year research project.

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University of Florida Health researchers have identified a new strain of bacteria in the mouth that may keep bad bacteria in check -- and could lead to a way to prevent cavities using probiotics.

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Some might say it takes a rare breed to survive the Alaska wilderness. The discovery of a possible new species of hybrid butterfly from the state’s interior is proving that theory correct.

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A research team led by NSU's Raymond L. Ownby, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., recently received a prestigious R01 grant totaling $2,756,300 over five years from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to combat this major challenge to develop a user-friendly computer application (app) to help educate people on a variety of chronic health concerns at a level appropriate for them.

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It’s not unheard of to find manta ray and sea turtles among the netted fish headed for market. Dolphins too. In fact, the bycatch issue is the most serious problem facing marine mammals today, according to FIU marine scientist Jeremy Kiszka.

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The University of Central Florida Research Foundation has established an institute to assist in securing large collaborative research projects and enhance the university’s interdisciplinary work and growing partnerships. The UCF Applied Research Institute will help the university coordinate multidisciplinary responses to major projects and strengthen research across campus.

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A team led by a University of Florida Health researcher has found that a laser system already used to kill brain tumors has another benefit: It opens a temporary “window” in the blood-brain barrier that enables crucial chemotherapy drugs to pass into the brain for up to six weeks.

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Seventy-eight million years older than the previous oldest specimen on record, the dime-size chameleon along with 11 more ancient fossil lizards were pulled, encased in amber, from a mine decades ago, but it wasn’t until recently that scientists had the opportunity to analyze them.

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While we know that many sea creatures can actually “light up” to hide their shadows, we have no idea how they’re able to so closely match the light around them with their own bioluminescence. That’s where Tamara Frank, Ph.D., a researcher at Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography comes in.

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Birds and alligators may not seem to be the likeliest of friends, but their interactions help both species to survive in Florida wetlands, according to research by scientists with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

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A new study led by scientists at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science found that shallow-reef corals are more closely related to their shallow-water counterparts over a thousand miles away than they are to deep-water corals on the same reef.

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But scientists are not sure how the brain enables us to learn. It’s a mystery that FIU psychologist Fabian Soto hopes to help uncover.

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New dementia drug discovery efforts get underway this month at the University of South Florida, Tampa, Fla., thanks to £875,000 funding (approximately $1.2 million) from the Dementia Consortium. The U.S. team of academics will work with drug development experts at UK-based MRC Technology, to target the immune system in a bid to halt nerve cell damage.

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Researchers from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and the University of New England used the same ultrasound imaging technology used by medical professionals on pregnant women to study the reproductive biology of female tiger sharks.

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Luis Otero, an associate professor at Florida Tech’s Systems Engineering Department is exploring how a combination of cameras and remote laser sensors attached to unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) could be used to inspect railways and bridges.

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Five research teams led by University of South Florida faculty members have each been awarded $50,000 grants as part of the 2016 Florida Center for Cybersecurity (FC2) Seed Grant Program. A total of $500,000 in research grants were awarded Wednesday to ten teams representing eight institutions from Florida’s State University System.

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One of the biggest quests in astrophysics is to find Earth-like planets around other stars – places where life may exist. Regular telescopes are not good at directly imaging such small objects because a host star’s light generally drowns out the relatively dimmer light of a potential planet. But a new development in space imaging may solve that vexing problem.

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Scientists with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences will work with a $158,000 grant from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumers Services to develop a viable hops crop. Hops, which have a long history of use in Chinese herbal medicine, are currently used to make beer.

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Researchers studied the effect that the addition of almonds can have on a person’s diet quality, based on data collected from 28 parent-child pairs living in North Central Florida.

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In the United States, medication is the first line of treatment for 90 percent of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). However, FIU researchers have determined behavioral therapy — when used first — is more effective in treating children with ADHD than medication. It is also more cost-effective.

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As men age, their sexual function, vitality and strength can decline, but researchers had not yet established whether testosterone treatment is actually beneficial. Now, a team that included UF Health researchers has established testosterone’s benefits in a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Robotic boats that can move, think and make decisions on their own to help humans may be closer than you think. The College of Engineering and Computer Science has received an NSF grant for the project.

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Versa Drives, an India-based manufacturer of electric motors, drives and appliances, has licensed an innovative fan blade design developed at the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) a research institute of UCF.

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The recent discovery that gravitational waves exist, proving Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity, has excited physicists across the globe. FAU scientists are no exception – and for good reason.

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Though yoga is believed to have started more than 2,000 years ago, FIU-BRIDGE researchers and FIU students are finding that this ancient practice may have much to offer teens dealing with the many pressures that young people face in our modern world.

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Poor visual working memory can play an important role in the struggles experienced by autistic children, according to a new study conducted by Dr. Tracy Alloway, associate professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of North Florida.

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A new engineering laboratory that enhances the University of Central Florida’s leading role in modernizing and sustaining the nation’s power grid is opening this week, in concert with the national DistribuTECH conference in Orlando of 12,000 grid engineers and energy leaders.

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UM Rosenstiel School researchers find fish larvae swim faster, straighter in groups

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New research from a University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science-led science team provides new insight into one of the world’s most diverse and extensive ecosystems of living microbes.

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Researchers at the USF College of Public Health have begun exploratory research examining HIV/AIDS in indigenous populations in Ecuador, Panama and Belize.

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Students and technology entrepreneurs have a chance to launch their innovative energy product ideas as part of the MegaWatt Ventures’ cleantech business competition, sponsored by the United States Department of Energy (US DOE) and UCF. Applications are now being accepted through February 19th, 2016 for this annual event.

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For the first time since 1905, the Momotombo volcano in Nicaragua erupted in December 2015. The eruption began on Dec. 1. A team of USF researchers made it to the volcano on Dec. 6, and on Dec. 7, it exploded in front of them. These researchers are currently monitoring the recently active volcano using radar equipment and lava flow models.

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Most people think about an infectious disease like the flu only when it knocks them flat. Or they worry about a deadly virus like Ebola after it shows up in the headlines. But scientists at the University of Florida’s Emerging Pathogens Institute are always anticipating the next possible epidemic, tracking viruses and bacteria that can trigger a fast-moving chain of infection. Then the team at EPI tries to stop them.

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Researchers will work to define the mechanisms governing how cells decide whether to become a mature cell or whether to die. Their work will shed light on how to make transplantable tissues to cure diseases.

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NSU Receives More than Half a Million Dollars to Study Marine Ecosystem

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A University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science-led study shows that the North Atlantic absorbed 100 percent more man-made carbon dioxide over the last decade, compared to the previous decade. The findings show the impact that the burning of fossil fuels have had on the world’s oceans in just 10 years.

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A collaboration between the University of Central Florida and Florida Hospital has awarded its first $20,000 seed grant to a team that will study the fundamentals of cough in patients with head and neck cancer.

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Children from war-torn areas of the globe are affected by trauma even before they are born, according to a new University of Florida study.

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Erupting for the first time since 1905, fiery volcano in Nicaragua provides USF faculty and students with unique research and collaboration experience studying lava flow and its risks to critical infrastructure.

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University of Florida researchers discovered that diverse communities of rafting animals can inhabit even the smoothest pieces of plastic debris if barnacles step in first to create complex habitat, similar to trees in a rainforest or corals in a reef.

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Researchers at University of Florida Health have discovered the mechanics of how dopamine transports into and out of brain cells, a finding that could someday lead to more effective treatment of drug addictions and neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease.

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Among the highlights are presentations on the most recent Gulf research and “The Story Collider” presentation at Tampa’s Stageworks Theatre, featuring USF faculty members.

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UCF researcher Swadeshmukul Santra has been awarded a $1.9 million grant to develop a method for protecting the troubled citrus industry from the disease HLB, also known as citrus greening, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson announced Tuesday.

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The 2016 FICS Conference on Cybersecurity will be held at the University of Florida on February 9-10, 2016. This two-day event will include speakers and participants from industry, government, and academia to share their vision, ideas, and discuss issues and innovative solutions related to cybersecurity (from network, software, to hardware).

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Researchers tracked movements of sharks and longline fishing vessels in North Atlantic finding significant overlap driving shark declines

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Florida Institute of Technology Professor Michael Freund, head of the university’s Department of Chemistry, has been awarded a two-year, $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to continue his work developing membranes for solar fuel generation.

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The DNA Ring Swing Trainer - a first of its kind training system allowing golfers to “feel” the successive mechanics of their personalized ideal swing - will make its industry debut at the 2016 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, FL, where it will be unveiled and demoed to the golf industry.

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A new study published in the online journal, Public Library of Science One (PLOS One) found that Vitamin B12 levels in the brain are significantly decreased in the elderly and are much lower in individuals with autism or schizophrenia, as compared to their peers at similar ages.

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Moffitt Cancer Center President & CEO Alan F. List, M.D. and Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced today a new research collaboration aimed at fighting growing concerns with Florida’s food deserts and how limited access to a diet rich in fresh fruits vegetables and whole grains can impact on a person’s risk of developing cancer, the leading cause of death in the state.

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A bioengineer at FAU will develop a novel biodegradable polymer stent that will be designed to prevent complications while at the same time serving as a drug delivery system for esophageal cancer therapy.

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Research Shows Non-Native Damselfish in Part of Gulf

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The Alliance for Integrated Spatial Technologies (AIST) at the University of South Florida (USF) announced Thursday that it is expanding its role as a leading global education and 3D heritage research facility to become the Center for Virtualization and Applied SpatialTechnologies (CVAST) at USF. This change is made possible thanks to a $4.6 million grant from the Hitz Foundation and support from the College of Arts and Sciences at USF.

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FIU bioloogy student Sean Charles’ study specifically looks at how vegetation shifts and sea level rise, combined with ongoing restoration efforts, will impact ecosystem functions, soil elevation and the Everglades’ ability to store carbon.

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Results can help provide warning of red tide conditions in Florida’s coastal regions

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Her studies how glucose communicates with the metabolic machinery of pancreatic beta cells to release appropriate amounts of insulin and how this process is altered in Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of diabetes.

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In cell and mouse model experiments, University of Florida Health researchers have discovered that chronic stress stimulates production of betatrophin, a protein that then goes on to inhibit an enzyme involved in fat metabolism.

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Associate Professor Nasri Nesnas has been awarded a three-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue his work developing molecular tools that could help neuroscientists understand fundamental ways in which the brain works.

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The collaboration unites Philips’ strength in patient monitoring and handheld diagnostics technologies, as well as, clinical decision support applications for use in acute care settings, and Banyan Biomarkers’ knowledge of biomolecules that are indicative of neurological injuries.

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In watching his father struggle with kidney stones, William Pearce was inspired to work closely with urologists, which sparked his idea for a new device that greatly reduces the need for recurrent catheterization. Now, about four years later, he is the inventor of a urethral catheter and has a patent securing his idea.

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Researchers at Nova Southeastern University (NSU’s) Genome Bioinformatics Center announced the release of a reference genome sequence of the African cheetah, (Acinonyx jubatus,) a critically endangered species that informed, even empowered, the field of conservation genetics.

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A new study shows that black and white women ages 75 to 84 years who had an annual mammogram had lower 10-year breast cancer mortality than corresponding women who had biennial or no/irregular mammograms.

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Researchers from FIU’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine are part of an international team that has identified how arsenic builds up in the seeds of plants similar to rice. The discovery holds the promise of the future development of healthier rice grains.

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New research from Florida Institute of Technology scientists Chris Cacciapaglia and Rob van Woesik shows that corals may survive better in warm oceans where the water is clouded by floating particles.

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Researchers investigating the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on sea turtles found that over 320,000 juvenile sea turtles from populations throughout the Atlantic Ocean were likely present in the northern Gulf of Mexico during the 87-day oil spill.

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In Earth's beginning, meteorites striking the planet to provide light may have carried an extraterrestrial mineral that, as it corroded in water, could have provided the essential chemical spark for the birth of biological life.

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The Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center in FAU’s Lynn College of Nursing has received a three-year, $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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In the weeks and months after a patient gets a heart stent, blood clots can pose a major threat to recovery. Now, University of Florida Health researchers have found that a quick genetic test can tell doctors early on whether a crucial anti-clotting drug will work, they reported recently at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions in Orlando.

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DeNovX has licensed the USF technology to bring natural, pure crystalline EGCg to high value markets

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One out of every 10 people worldwide suffer from foodborne diseases annually, and children and the poor suffer most, according to the findings of a World Health Organization task force headed by a University of Florida senior researcher.

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Cleaning up the water left over from mining operations can literally take generations – 25 to 50 years on average – leaving billions of gallons of the precious resource locked up and useless. Now, a UF researcher has figured out how to trim that time dramatically – to just two to three hours, a potential boon to mining companies, the environment and global regions where water is scarce.

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he Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) Research Board awarded over $6 million to UM Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science researchers to study the effects of oil on the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem and public health.

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FAU researchers are the first to show that cells in close proximity to each other can sense when a cell is dying due to environmental stressors like UV light and smoke, and eat the cell before it becomes toxic.

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University of Florida Health researchers have made a new discovery about Huntington’s disease, showing that the gene that causes the fatal disorder makes an unexpected “cocktail” of mutant proteins that accumulate in the brain.

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A new study of light by UCF optics and photonics researchers has detected a type of force that can push particles sideways, opening up new prospects for applications in biology, colloidal physics, chemistry and other fields.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Jaundice, chronic bronchitis, and other lung and liver problems are a daily struggle for the 1 in 2,500 Americans with alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, a genetic condition that can cause serious lung disease in adults or liver disease at any age.

About 19 million people in the U.S. who do not have these symptoms carry the defective gene that causes this disorder and could pass the gene on to their children.

For the first time, scientists have taken findings from research on marine mammals and applied it to explore potential risks facing humans with regard to mercury exposure.

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Study has implications for understanding origins of coral reef biodiversity

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FAU and SK Telecom, the largest telecommunications company in South Korea, have entered into a research and education agreement to collaborate on the development of secure communications using quantum physics.

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The award, which identifies and celebrates the top technology products of the year, highlighted the work of UCF associate professor Thomas, NanoScience Technology Center, CREOL and the College of Engineering and Computer Science, for his development of energy transmitting and storing copper wire.

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Well-Suited to Address Hospitality, Workforce and Electronic Payment Industries, The Technology Provides Faster and More Precise Photo/Video Facial Recognition

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UF researchers have developed a low-cost treatment system to remove pharmaceuticals in source-separated urine using water materials. The final result is a local fertilizer for use in developed and developing countries and resulting in substantial water savings.

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F graduate student David Nash and his team are developing a smartphone-based handheld drug test system for law enforcement applications. The team has been selected to further advance their innovation at the national level through the National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps program.

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This conference, Dec. 9-10 at the Florida Hospital Nicholson Center represents a huge transformational movement in the global technology world.

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After a decade of battling the highly destructive citrus greening bacterium, researchers with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have developed genetically modified citrus trees that show enhanced resistance to greening, and have the potential to resist canker and black spot, as well.

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“The new Harris Student Design Center represents Florida Tech’s long-term investment in improving our students’ experiences in their capstone projects, team interactions and overall exposure to the innovation, design and execution of their ideas,” said Martin Glicksman, dean of the College of Engineering.

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The new lab, in the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction, is dedicated to the study, analysis, research and development of 3-D printing technologies.

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Researchers from FAU’s Harbor Branch and collaborators have uncovered a new mechanism that fish use to hide in the vast oceans. Results of this new study are published in 'Science.'

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A UCF College of Medicine researcher has designed a new mosquito surveillance tool that attracts the insects, diagnoses those carrying disease, and turns them a different color as a warning system to residents in at-risk areas throughout the world.

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FAU neuroscientist John W. Newcomer, M.D., co-authored a new study that showed patients with severe mental illness, who are two to three times more likely to have type 2 diabetes, rarely get tested.

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Tomás R. Guilarte, FIU’s incoming dean of the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work, has gained worldwide recognition over the past 20 years for his research into the devastating effects of environmental lead exposure, especially for children. Now his efforts have received a $2.9 million boost from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

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David Day wants to add Florida to venture capitalists’ GPS. Even better, he would like them to know a lot more about the University of Florida and Gainesville. Day heads UF’s Office of Technology Licensing, which guides the patent process for inventions by UF researchers.

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The Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research finalized a funding agreement with Kairos a Miami-based company with technology licensed from the University of Central Florida. Kairos is a human analytics company that uses three-dimensional data to measure people's feelings and interactions.

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A team of researchers from the College of Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach Campus have begun a 14-month research project for the Florida Department of Transportation to determine the viability of using autonomous vehicles for the inspection of roadways and airport properties, line painting and roadside trimming and mowing.

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University of Florida researchers have found an algorithm to help them detect laurel wilt, the deadly pathogen that threatens Florida’s $100 million-a-year avocado industry.

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What started out as an idea at USF’s Student Innovation Incubator has now ballooned into a business. Aquamelon is watermelon juice, bottled and now sold in several stores in the Tampa Bay Area. 

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Just as Ebola was finally fading from the headlines, it came back in the news with shocking reports: a Scottish nurse rehospitalized nine months after beating Ebola is now suffering from meningitis caused by the virus.

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For Mike and Alice Jackson, cancer is personal; so much so that they are joining with Nova Southeastern University (NSU) researchers in the fight against one of the nation’s deadliest diseases. The Jacksons announced a $1 million personal pledge to support NSU’s cancer research.

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In his latest effort to bring bionic arms to children who need them, Limbitless Solutions founder Albert Manero announced Thursday that his nonprofit organization will create and deliver arms for 12 children around the country in time for the holiday season.

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Probiotic exposure during the first 27 days of an infant’s life may be associated with reduced risk of islet autoimmunity among children at increased genetic risk for type 1 diabetes, although further studies are needed before any recommendations for probiotics can be made, according to a USF-led study.

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In the weeks and months after a patient gets a heart stent, blood clots can pose a major threat to recovery. Now, University of Florida Health researchers have found that a quick genetic test can tell doctors early on whether a crucial anti-clotting drug will work.

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In his latest effort to bring bionic arms to children who need them, Limbitless Solutions founder Albert Manero announced Thursday that his nonprofit organization will create and deliver arms for 12 children around the country in time for the holiday season.

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FAU and University MRI have entered into a joint research agreement to propel the University’s focus in the neurosciences and provide researchers with access to the newest imaging technologies available today.

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A new analysis using changes in cloud cover over the tropical Indo-Pacific Ocean showed that a weakening of a major atmospheric circulation system over the last century is due, in part, to increased greenhouse gas emissions.

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The Technology Commercialization Accelerator Program (TCAP) is an intensive seven-week course that invites select faculty inventors to form a team of postdoctoral researchers, graduate students and a business mentor to investigate whether their technology is marketable.

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Given the advances of the last two decades, HIV is no longer a death sentence for most patients. However, for drug users and hepatitis C- (HCV) infected patients—especially cocaine users—HIV is still life threatening.

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USF biologist's findings may lead to rethinking ideas about some of the evolutionary adaptations acquired by swimming animals and how engineers approach future vehicle design

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Nursing professor, part of interdisciplinary research team creating crowdsourced social media portal for Type 1 diabetes study.

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High levels of fine particulate air pollutants are associated with several select congenital heart defects and the highest level of benzene links to increased prevalence of orofacial clefts, a new USF College of Public Health study found.

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An FAU neuroscientist has developed a new test that can assess clinical signs and symptoms of Lewy Body dementia, a common form of dementia that’s difficult to diagnose, with 96.8 percent accuracy.

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FAU and Max Planck have signed an innovative agreement to facilitate a research and education program that will recruit promising scientists to FAU’s John D. MacArthur Campus in Jupiter.

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New research led by Florida Institute of Technology shows that the impacts of indigenous people prior to European contact impacted riverside forests, but that such impacts were largely limited to an area within a day’s walk from a river.

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University of South Florida engineering researchers find nano-scale magnets could compute complex functions significantly faster than conventional computers

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FAU and Max Planck have signed an innovative agreement to facilitate a research and education program that will recruit promising scientists to FAU’s John D. MacArthur Campus in Jupiter.

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Led by neurologist Dr. Juan-Sanchez-Ramos, the mouse-model study will refine a noninvasive nose-to-brain delivery system using manganese nanoparticles

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Researchers at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science developed a new method to estimate fish movements using ocean heat content images, a dataset commonly used in hurricane intensity forecasting.

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Just 2 centimeters long and 2 millimeters in diameter, a sorbent tube invented by an FIU researcher could bring analytical chemistry to the masses. The simple yet highly sensitive device is designed to sample volatile chemicals in the air, your home, food and even your body.

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UF researchers say the discovery, detailed in a study appearing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows many human activities pose a threat to the future of island biodiversity, with modern human-driven climate change not necessarily the most alarming.

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The shift in climate is shifting turtles as well, because as the temperature of their nests change so do their reproduction patterns. Warmer conditions produce females and cooler conditions produce males.

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University of South Florida scientists have developed a natural, non-toxic and renewable system to purify water using cactus mucilage. This novel and patented technology was exclusively licensed from USF to Clean Water by Nature, LLC, to develop and commercialize products and processes to purify water.

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The researchers found that oxybenzone, a common UV-filtering compound, is in high concentrations in the waters around the more popular coral reefs in Hawaii, and the Caribbean. The chemical not only kills the coral, it causes DNA damage in adults and deforms the DNA in coral in the larval stage, making it unlikely they can develop properly.

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UM Rosenstiel School researchers suggest atmosphere drives decades-long climate variations.

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Muscles waste away when they’re not used, right? Turns out, it’s not that simple. Elisabeth Barton, a physiology professor in the University of Florida College of Health and Human Performance, studies how muscles react to low resistance. Her latest discovery comes from an unlikely source: mice in space.

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Epidemics of dengue are linked to high temperatures brought by the El Niño weather phenomenon, a University of Florida scientist working with an international team of researchers has found.

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Computers have scanned aerial photographs and conducted the first automated mass-crowd count in the world, thanks to the work of researchers at the University of Central Florida.

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NOAA has awarded $300,000 to FIU’s Extreme Events Institute and its International Hurricane Research Center to develop and implement the program, which is designed to help government agencies make informed decisions when hurricanes approach, including large-scale evacuations.

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University of Florida researchers say new research can help grain handlers and grain inspectors find key locations for pathogens and pests along rail routes in the United States and Australia.

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For the first time researchers directly measured the speed of a wave located 80 meters below the ocean’s surface from a single satellite image. The new technique developed by researchers from the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science is a major advancement in the study of these skyscraper-high internal waves that rarely break the ocean surface.

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Automotive pioneer Henry Ford, Nobel Laureate Robert Grubbs, and founder of the National Academy of Inventors Paul Sanberg were among the seven inventors inducted into the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame on Oct. 2, 2015, at the InterContinental Hotel in Tampa.

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Most robotic parts used today are rigid, have a limited range of motion and don’t look lifelike. Inspired by nature and biology, a robotic finger designed at FAU looks, feels and works like the real thing.

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Two UCF professors are involved in two spacecraft missions NASA is considering that could take flight as early as 2020. Five proposed space missions would study Venus, near-Earth objects and a variety of asteroids and comets. Each mission team will receive $3 million and have a year to get their proposals ready for a final round of review.

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A new study found that a nutrient-rich, balanced diet is beneficial to corals during stressful thermal events. The research led by scientists at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and the Centre Scientifique de Monaco concluded that the particular nutrient balance in seawater is what matters most.

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Dr. Daniel Yeh and the creators of the NEWgenerator, which turns waste into Nutrient fertilizers, renewable Energy and clean Water, will see their device head to India later this month.

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While scientists and thousands of marine science students and the general public follow the online daily satellite tracks and progress of The Guy Harvey Great Shark Race, the competitors – a group of young mako sharks – navigate sometimes treacherous waters providing important data useful in fisheries management and conservation.

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What do you get when you combine marine scientists, researchers and a world-class yachting membership club? A unique partnership that allows for further research and exploration of our oceans.

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Extreme events like hurricanes can disrupt infrastructure systems like power and water. Researchers will develop a decision framework to rapidly restore these functions and services for disaster management.

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Backed by a diverse research team, Jun Tan, MD, PhD, often takes the road less traveled when it comes to searching for new treatments for disorders affecting both the end and beginning of the lifespan: Alzheimer’s disease and autism.

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The National Institutes of Health has awarded FIU $12.7 million as part of a multi-year national landmark study on substance use and adolescent brain development. The award, for the first five-year cycle of the research study, is the single largest NIH award ever received by FIU faculty.

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A University of Florida researcher exploring different techniques for 3-D printing has invented a method for manufacturing materials as soft as a cloud in a way never before possible.

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With federal grants from NOAA, USF scientists will work on new forecasting and identification technologies to fight the issue.

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The funding totals reflect a rise in federal funding over the previous year, from $72.2 million to $74.2 million, and a continued national affirmation of UCF’s strengths in research and innovation. Researchers also received $47.5 million from industry sources and $11.7 from the state and local governments.

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The National Science Foundation today announced grants to Florida International University and University of Florida totaling nearly $8 million that will position the state to become a national hub for research into making homes and businesses safer in hurricanes and tornadoes.

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The USF Health Morsani College of Medicine has received a $4-million National Institutes of Health grant that will employ new imaging technologies and test biomarkers in the blood to determine whether abnormalities in the smallest blood vessels of the placenta and negative environmental influences, particularly smoking, cause fetal growth restriction (FGR).

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David Metcalf, a senior researcher at the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Simulation and Training, has helped create technology that will be used in a new online-learning platform coming to mobile devices.

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Administered by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) the program funded seven projects in 2015 designed to carry out research to support the long?term sustainability of ecologically and commercially important ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico.

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The USF-led study may lead to drug therapies to replenish cells destroyed or damaged by diabetes

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What if what you see is not what you get? How can followers of social media be sure that footage presented as real and unedited has not been manipulated or outright fabricated? Bogdan Carbunar, a professor in the School of Computing & Information Sciences, used those questions to launch his research into new technology to make fraudulent video easier to detect.

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Vaccines exist to protect against many maladies — flu, chickenpox and polio, among others. University of Florida Health researchers hope to soon add Type 1 diabetes to that list.

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The logging of tropical forests is widespread, but it is not necessarily environmentally catastrophic, according to a team of international researchers. A new study shows that under current timber harvesting intensities, Amazon forests logged with reduced impact logging techniques can recover their initial carbon stock in seven to 21 years.

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A $5.87 million contract has been awarded by the Air Force to optics researcher Martin Richardson and his University of Central Florida team to develop new concepts for high-power fiber lasers. The contract is the one of the largest made by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research to a single university for development of fiber lasers.

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The research, conducted on a mouse model and in human cells, found that a stress-coping hormone released by the brain boosts the production of protein fragments.

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The University of Florida received $706.8 million in research awards last year, surpassing the previous record set in fiscal year 2014 by $5.1 million. Among the highlights of the 2015 fiscal year, which ended June 30, was a record $102 million in funding from industry, a 41 percent increase over 2014.

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Melbourne-based Harris Corp. signed a letter of intent to be the first formal industry member of the Osceola high-tech center being developed by ICAMR, or International Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing Research.

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Researchers in the departments of Chemistry and Physics at the University of North Florida were recently awarded a three-year research grant totaling $250,000 by the National Science Foundation to develop new nanomanufacturing techniques for the electronics and communications industries.

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Bonefish catches are on the decline, and researchers in the FIU Southeast Environmental Research Center are trying to get to the bottom of this concerning trend.

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Stroke injures the brain, but a new University of South Florida study indicates an abdominal organ that plays a vital role in immune function, the spleen, may be a target for treating stroke-induced chronic inflammation leading to further brain cell death.

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"There are so many things I'd prefer to spend money on than taxpayer-funded witch hunts. Like the search to alleviate human suffering rooted in starvation and malnutrition, for example."

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Gainesville-based company with technology licensed from the University of Florida

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The University of Central Florida is one of only two universities in the nation to land a federal grant that could revolutionize the technology used to run power plants.

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USF System celebrates record achievements in new grants, student success and philanthropy

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The University of Central Florida ranks alongside Harvard, MIT, Stanford and Duke among the most innovative universities in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges 2016 guide.

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Dr. Bill Dally, an associate professor in the School of Engineering at the University of North Florida, was awarded a grant for more than $500,000 by the National Science Foundation to develop an amphibious remotely operated vehicle (ROV) for coastal research and education.

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University of South Florida College of Public Health researchers were recently awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to identify optimal drug candidates that could ultimately lead to a fast-acting treatment for rare but deadly infections caused by microscopic free-living amoeba (FLA) commonly found in warm freshwater lakes and rivers and in soil.

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Nine teams were chosen by the University of Central Florida (UCF) I-Corps selection panel, as part of its activities that support the Florida Innovation Network, to move research discoveries out of university labs and into the marketplace.

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Healthcare services for older adults in the Tampa Bay area received a big boost in funding during August 2015: $2.24 million in federal grant dollars. USF is one of only two awardees in Florida and 44 groups across the nation to receive a portion of the $35 million disbursed by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through its Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program.

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UM Rosenstiel School Professors of Marine Ecosystems and Society Letson and Broad will help design innovative technological solutions, such as green infrastructure, sustainable urban drainage networks, and floodplains that can enhance the sustainability of water systems across urban water systems and measure the impacts of these solutions.

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Gita Sukthankar, who specializes in robotics and giving computer-based agents human-like levels of decision making, joins a group of 30 of the brightest scientists and engineers in the nation on the advisory panel.

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Steven Lewis, Ph.D., visiting professor in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine and Charles H. Hennekens, M.D., Dr.P.H., the first Richard Doll Professor and senior academic advisor to the dean in FAU’s College of Medicine, have published a commentary online ahead of print in the American Journal of Medicine that stresses how lack of physical activity in Americans poses important clinical, public health and fiscal challenges for the nation.

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With rising seas threatening coastal communities all across the world, FIU has launched the Sea Level Solutions Center to help people understand, adapt and persevere. FIU ecologist Tiffany Troxler will serve as director.

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During his time at the University of South Florida, Ismet Handžic earned both a master’s degree and a doctorate in mechanical engineering. But instead of leaving the university and taking his ideas to the corporate world, he joined Moterum, one of the almost fifty startup companies based in the USF Office of Technology Transfer.

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According to the Angelou Economics Report, the NEC’s impact to Florida since 2003 includes: $187.6 million in total economic output, $58.4 million generated in labor income, 1,000 jobs created or sustained, $77.3 million in revenues for Florida retailers and $8.6 million in state and local tax revenues.

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National Science Foundation Grant to Allow Study of Coral Reef Hybridization

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As state mottoes go, the Sunshine State isn’t bad, but Florida may want to see if California is willing to loan out “Eureka!” Judging by the steady rise in university patents over the past 45 years, Florida may be better known as the place where the climate is just right for American inventors.

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A professor of psychology at FAU provides important information that should help clinicians as they assess bilingual children and advise their parents.

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Tropical forests in the Andes Mountains are changing in the face of climate change. A new study published in PNAS reveals the number of highland tree species is decreasing as a result of lowland tree species moving upslope along South America’s longest mountain chain in response to rising temperatures and changing rainfall patterns.

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Pressure washing that old wooden deck in your back yard might make it look better, but you may be creating a carcinogenic hazard that puts you, your children and your pets at risk in the process.

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Quick Dementia Rating System Can be Used by a Layperson and Takes 3-5 Minutes to Complete; Study Published in ‘Alzheimer’s & Dementia’

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Two-week research expedition collects sea floor sediments and water samples at the site of Mexico’s 1980 IXTOC blowout, one of the largest oil spills in history, to project the impact of the Deepwater Horizon spill.

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Oceanographer and professor and associate director of the Applied Research Center at FIU, David Kadko, is the chief scientist of a multimillion-dollar U.S. Arctic GEOTRACES initiative. He is leading a team of 51 scientists, students and technicians conducting experiments that will help provide the most comprehensive understanding of the Arctic’s chemical composition ever.

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Studying related skills or concepts in parallel is a surprisingly effective way to train your brain

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Florida Institute of Technology assistant professor Spencer Fire and researchers from lead agency Georgia Aquarium and other conservation partners recently completed a study to better understand the health of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins in the Indian River Lagoon.

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PCORnet will focus on questions and outcomes that matters most to patients and their caregivers to help shape the future of hereditary cancer research

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As citrus greening continues to impact Florida’s groves, growers have found that they need a way to quickly and accurately count the amount of fruit dropped early to help identify problem areas, which will save time and money.

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New research from the University of Central Florida has shed light on the workings of a particular protein found in the human body that could have future implications for the treatment of cancer and neurodegenerative conditions.

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A new analysis published in the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series now suggests that unfortunately, the existing typically localized and intermittent derby efforts are barely making a dent in reducing overall lionfish numbers and containing their spread.

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Scientists from NOAA and the Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies have documented a dramatic shift from vibrant coral communities to carpets of algae in remote Pacific Ocean waters where an underwater volcano spews carbon dioxide.

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A researcher now at the University of Central Florida has developed a new method for identifying materials’ unique chemical “fingerprints” and mapping their chemical properties at a much higher spatial resolution than ever before.

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Adding to the list of deep-sea creatures, a Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography researcher recently found a never-before seen species from the deep waters of the northern Gulf of Mexico.

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Imagine jet fuel made from a crop that’s renewable, brings in income and can feed cattle. Researchers at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have found a way to turn mustard seed into a winning solution for farmers and the United States Navy.

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Gainesville and Boca Raton, FL –August 4, 2015 - The Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research (the Institute) announced today that it has finalized a funding agreement with peerfit, a Tampa-based company that is developing a personalized wellness platform. Based on technology developed at the University of Florida, the platform provides consumers with an easy, flexible way to build their own premium fitness experience.

Dentists and other health care providers who treat patients with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) require special training to understand the skills and techniques needed to care for this growing population.

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Researchers study currents that fuel hurricanes and transport pollutants to coastal beaches

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The University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science researchers’ findings are important to better understanding the underlying mechanisms of age-related memory loss in humans.

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Whether you grasp it right away or not, your grip strength may indicate whether or not you have undetected diabetes and high blood pressure, University of Florida researchers say. The findings appear online ahead of print in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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The brain’s effect on other parts of the body has been well established. Now, a group that includes two University of Florida Health researchers has found that it’s a two-way street: Body fat can send a signal that affects the way the brain deals with stress and metabolism.

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The study, led by Drs. Ross Alloway, a research associate, and Tracy Alloway, an associate professor, is the first to show that proprioceptively dynamic activities, like climbing a tree, done over a short period of time have dramatic working memory benefits.

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Sanjay Shukla looked out over row upon row of tomato and pepper plants and had an idea: What would happen if he made the compacted soil rows taller and more narrow? Would the plants need less water, fertilizer and fumigation? Would the plants grow as tall? Would the plants produce as many vegetables?

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When asked about five USF technologies to watch, the school’s associate vice president of technology transfer and business partnerships, Valerie McDevitt, listed inventions to change invasive abdominal surgery, biofuel creation and eye care.

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When asked about five USF technologies to watch, the school’s associate vice president of technology transfer and business partnerships, Valerie McDevitt, listed inventions to change invasive abdominal surgery, biofuel creation and eye care.

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When asked about five USF technologies to watch, the school’s associate vice president of technology transfer and business partnerships, Valerie McDevitt, listed inventions to change invasive abdominal surgery, biofuel creation and eye care.

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The $500,000 award will be used to conduct research on over twenty brain injury biomarkers to help understand the effects of concussion in contact sports.

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A new collaborative study led by scientists at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science & Abess Center for Ecosystem Science & Policy examined predator-prey interactions between tiger sharks and sea turtles off the Northwestern Atlantic Ocean.

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No one likes to lose a friend, especially adolescents. But why do friendships end? Researchers in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science at Florida Atlantic University sought to answer this question with a study examining whether adolescent friendships end because of undesirable characteristics of friends, because of differences between friends, or both.

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The coral reefs that have protected Pacific Islanders from storm waves for thousands of years could grow rapidly enough to keep up with escalating sea levels if ocean temperatures do not rise too quickly, according to a new study from Florida Institute of Technology.

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As a team of international astronauts splashes down for a 14-day training mission in FIU’s Aquarius Reef Base, they will be advancing coral reef research at the same time.

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Senior research officers from 10 top research universities, including the University of South Florida, met on July 15, 2015, for an on-the-record discussion with numerous representatives of national and regional media outlets.

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A scientific research team spent seven years tracking the movements of skyscraper-high waves in the South China Sea. University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science scientists were part of the collaborative international field study trying to understand how these waves, which rarely break the ocean surface, develop, move and dissipate underwater.

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From molecular discoveries to health policy applications, Drs. Maureen Groer and William Sappenfield have built impressive careers working to improve perinatal care.

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After decades of relying on scientific opinion, an international team of researchers has come close to determining the number of tree species in the tropics.

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Last June, the University of Central Florida, Osceola County and the Florida High Tech Corridor Council committed funding and resources to develop the $61 million state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing research center.

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With the rapid emergence of multi-drug resistant strains of malaria, the need to find new drugs capable of delaying or preventing drug resistance has become even more urgent. Now, an international team of researchers – including two from the University of South Florida – has discovered a promising new antimalarial drug that inhibits the production of a protein involved in the replication and transmission of the malaria parasite.

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Charles River Analytics is designing big data machine learning tools that could support an extended-range weather prediction service under the Climatological Observations for Maritime Prediction and Analysis Support Service effort, known as COMPASS, and partnering with University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science Benjamin Kirtman on the effort.

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An interdisciplinary team led by Dr. Cecile Lengacher will study whether mindfulness-based stress reduction reduces chemotherapy-induced cognitive impairment

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FAU biologist Rindy Anderson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, has been studying whispered songs in songbirds for several years. Her work on low amplitude animal communication is highlighted in the current special issue of the journal Animal Behaviour, which she guest edited with her collaborator Dustin Reichard, Ph.D. Anderson authored three of the pieces in this special issue.

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When past temperatures were similar to or slightly higher than the present global average, sea levels rose at least 20 feet, suggesting a similar outcome could be in store if current climate trends continue.

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New research on tropical coral reef ecosystems showed that releasing larvae more often is beneficial for a species’ network. The study on reproductive strategies is critical to assess the conservation of coral reef ecosystems worldwide.

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Department of Defense Award Will Help Examine Causes and Develop Better Treatments for Patients

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The next big thing in wearable technology may show up right inside your mouth. Researchers at the University of Florida have developed a smart mouth guard equipped with sensors that allow it to detect if you’re grinding your teeth, tell your dentist and even help you stop doing it.

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The miniaturized platform, known as a microarray, uses patients’ cancer cells to test various doses and combinations of chemotherapy drugs. The device’s breakthrough capability — its ability to work with a smaller number of cancer stem cells — is especially crucial because such cells are particularly rare.

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FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine was recently awarded a $2.1 million, two-year contract by Otsuka America Pharmaceutical Inc. to conduct a study to examine the effectiveness of an injectable long-acting antipsychotic medication for schizophrenia and its impact on 30-day hospital readmission rates.

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As part of a new op-ed series, FIU News shares the expertise and diverse perspectives of members of the university community. In this piece, Hugh E. Willoughby, Distinguished Research Professor of Earth Sciences in the Department of Earth and Environment, addresses hurricane observation techniques and how their evolution has helped make big storms less deadly.

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The University of Central Florida researcher who holds the world record for the shortest laser pulse ever produced has been awarded part of a Department of Defense grant with an international team to continue study on ultrafast lasers.

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Researchers at the University of North Florida and Massachusetts Institute of Technology were recently awarded a three-year collaborative research grant to advance research in the fields of nanotechnology and nanoscience. With this funding, UNF and MIT will work together to better understand and improve a type of ultra-sensitive, ultra-fast light detector.

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“We serve as a talent magnet, actively drawing some of the best and brightest innovators in science and technology from around the world to Florida… We try to provide our colleagues a habitat for innovation. And this is at the heart of IHMC’s value system and at the heart of our success.”

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A new study led by Florida Institute of Technology Professor Ningyu Liu has improved our understanding of a curious luminous phenomenon that happens 25 to 50 miles above thunderstorms.

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Are higher costs in health care for diabetes patients always associated with higher quality goods and services? Not necessarily, writes Troy Quast, PhD, in the June issue of The American Journal of Managed Care.

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In his laboratory at the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute, Chad Dickey, PhD, associate professor of molecular medicine and psychiatry and a research scientist at James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, leads a team studying chaperone proteins. The aim is to find ways to target these industrious assistants to treat neurodegenerative diseases known as tauopathies.

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The forensic research of an FIU team headed by Provost and Executive Vice President, Kenneth G. Furton, has been published in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, the oldest scientific journal in the English-speaking world.

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Protecting the world’s coral reefs has been at the forefront of research for researchers and students at Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography. Recognized as a world leader, NSU has been researching coral reefs to not only understand these unique animals, but to also help provide information for better protection and conservation of our reefs.

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Muscadine grape seed oil supplies a form of vitamin E, giving scientists another clue to reducing obesity, a new University of Florida study shows.

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Bridges the Gap for Scalable Ventures to Gain Access to
Capital, Resources and Networking

(Orlando, Fla) – Promising new high-growth ventures now have an opportunity to connect with investors in the state’s capitol region.  News of the launch of the Tallahassee chapter of the Florida Angel Nexus (NEXUS) attracted nearly 60 potential investors and professionals, seeking to bridge the gap of financing early stage startups.

Imagine a soldier who can change the color and pattern of his camouflage uniform from woodland green to desert tan at will. Or an office worker who could do the same with his necktie. Is someone at the wedding reception wearing the same dress as you? No problem – switch yours to a different color in the blink of an eye. A breakthrough in a University of Central Florida lab has brought those scenarios closer to reality.

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Gainesville, Tampa and Boca Raton, FL – June 26, 2015 - The Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research (the Institute) announced today that it has entered a strategic alliance agreement with IP Technology Exchange, Inc. (IP TechEx) a worldwide leader in open innovation and technology services.

For the first time, researchers from the University of North Florida and the University of Sheffield, U.K., have discovered that working memory helps children tell better lies.

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USF is one of only 18 universities nationally to receive the APLU designation this year.

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Red blood cells are a prime target for infection by the malaria parasite, but the absence of a nucleus containing DNA in red blood cells hinders genetic research to understand how these cells act as host cells.

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UCF researcher is part of an international team of scientists that has shown laser beams can be used to control the trail of electrical discharges to avoid or bypass obstacles.

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Through research funded by the Department of Energy, the UCF-developed microinverter technology has the potential to significantly increase the worldwide accessibility of solar energy by increasing the efficiency, reliability and scalability of the solar photovoltaics (PV) systems that generate electricity from solar energy.

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They’re pesky and annoying when they get into your fruit, but Drosophila melanogaster,more affectionately known as the “fruit fly,” are helping researchers at Florida Atlantic University to discover novel genes that are responsible for neuroprotection.

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The University of South Florida ranks 10th nationally and 13th among universities worldwide for U.S. patents granted in 2014, according to a new report released by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO).

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BioFlorida is currently accepting applications from Seed and Early-Stage Life Science companies interested in presenting during BioPitch at the Annual Conference taking place October 11-13, 2015 at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate.

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USF study confirms ‘dilution effect hypothesis’ that suggests biodiversity loss in nature poses a public health threat by causing and exacerbating disease outbreaks.

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Aging can cause many changes to the body, including obesity and a loss of lean mass. Now, a group of University of Florida Health researchers has discovered that an existing drug reduces body fat and appetite in older rats, which has intriguing implications for aging humans.

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Time may heal all wounds, but in the case of stroke survivors, the key to better recovery is to spend more time in an intensive physical therapy program, according to a University of Florida Health study.

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A team of researchers from the Hyperbaric Biomedical Research Laboratory at the University of South Florida (USF) has doubled survival time in an aggressive metastatic cancer model using a novel combination of non-toxic dietary and hyperbaric oxygen therapies.

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The TWA Flight Center at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport looks like something straight out of Mad Men, an architectural marvel that evokes the wings of a bird and the dawn of the Jet Age.

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Taming an invasive plant that's 8 feet tall and poisonous is no small feat, especially if you're a tiny moth. The bella moth does just that, says Andrei Sourakov, a University of Florida lepidopterist who studies how the moths are evolving to feed on the seeds of exotic rattlebox plants.

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University of Florida Health researchers have discovered that a rabbit virus can deliver a one-two punch, killing some kinds of cancer cells while eliminating a common and dangerous complication of bone marrow transplants.

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Scientists offer more accurate health risk prediction model to better inform beach closure decisions

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A new study, reported in the June 9, 2015 issue of the journal Scientific Reports, has yielded the first ever continuous, two or more-year satellite tagging tracks for the animals.

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A team of astrophysics researchers from Florida Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of North Carolina has found that observations of the most distant objects in the universe are bringing us closer to illuminating one of nature’s greatest puzzles.

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Annika “Anni” Emmert arrived from California this week expecting to pick up her 3-D printed arm made by University of Central Florida students. She had no idea the students had engineered an extra-special delivery.

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A new research study showed why threatened Caribbean star corals sometimes swap partners to help them recover from bleaching events. The findings are important to understand the fate of coral reefs as ocean waters warm due to climate change.

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Scientists from Florida Atlantic University, the Department of Parks and Wildlife and James Cook University in Australia, have partnered on a project to track for the first time the whereabouts of neonate flatback sea turtles to identify important developmental habitat for these animals and determine what factors might influence their habitat preferences.

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Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) and Florida International University (FIU) today announced a new partnership to build a commercial-scale distributed solar power facility that will both generate electricity for FPL’s 4.8 million customers and serve as an innovative research operation.

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The immersive TeachLivE simulator uses lifelike – and sometimes sassy – teenage avatars who interact with real student-teachers before they step into a real classroom.

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An inside look at the Epic Struggle to build a robot that looks like us

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The DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals, to be held June 5-6 in Pomona, CA will test 25 teams from around the world in a challenge course designed to emulate a disaster area where humans could not safely go. IHMC's team will be using the 6-foot-tall Atlas robot, built by Boston Dynamics but with the all-important controlling software designed by IHMC researchers.

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University of Florida researchers have identified a biomarker that shows the progression of Parkinson’s disease in the brain, opening the door to better diagnosis and treatment of the degenerative disease.

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Although normal inflammation plays an important role in helping to fight off infections, there is mounting evidence that chronic inflammation is linked to increased risk of tumor development.

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Fitted with a sophisticated SPOT satellite tag and tracked in near real-time on an online, interactive website hosted by Nova Southeastern University’s Guy Harvey Research Institute (GHRI), a shortfin mako shark is skirting by NYC as she heads north on an amazing year’s journey that has, so far, covered more than 10,000 miles.

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If a picture is worth a thousand words, UF Health Type 1 diabetes researchers and their colleagues have tapped into an encyclopedia, revealing new insights into how young people cope with the disease. The sophisticated scientific instrument? A camera.

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Florida Institute of Technology has joined the Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS), a consortium funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) which brings together the research and educational resources of universities in Florida and the Caribbean to increase scientific understanding of Earth’s oceans and atmosphere.

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A group of U.S. military veteran and civilian volunteers with upper limb amputations will soon have the chance to test neural implants designed to offer more intuitive control of their prosthetics, thanks to a research collaboration between the University of Florida and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

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University of South Florida becomes the second in Florida to be named an I-Corps site by the National Science Foundation

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A Florida International University professor and his team this month published news of a scientific breakthrough that could lead to the noninvasive treatment of Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative diseases.

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FIU researchers have teamed up with conservationist and TV personality Jeff Corwin to share their mission of protecting the Florida Everglades on the latest installment of “Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin.”

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Although the old wives’ tale about carrots being good for your eyesight has been debunked, University of Florida researchers have found a link between healthy eating and another of your five senses: hearing.

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In a new study published in the current issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology,researchers in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science at Florida Atlantic University and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in Germany measured the effects of situations on human behavior in real-time and outside of a laboratory setting in one of the largest studies to employ experience sampling methods.

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Promoting “Engines of Innovation” through the National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Ecosystem, the UCF Innovation (I-Corps) Site is working to extend America’s reputation for ingenuity as a “nation of innovators.”

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Dr. David Birk’s ongoing work provides the biological foundation needed for understanding connective tissue diseases and potential therapeutic interventions.

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Signs of a growing biotech industry could be seen in all directions during the 12th annual BioFlorida Celebration of Biotechnology on the grounds of RTI Surgical at Progress Park.

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Ten-member research consortium provides increased understanding of the oceans and atmosphere

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When older adults have access to a geriatrician in the hospital, they are much less likely to die and more frequently leave the hospital healthier, according to a study UF Health researchers presented today (May 15) at the annual meeting of the American Geriatrics Society.

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A nanoparticle additive for jet and rocket fuels that was developed at UCF has been licensed to a company established by a former university researcher.

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Program to Use Twitter, Facebook and Google to Identify and Notify Individuals in Tightly Connected Social Groups Who Have Been Exposed to Ebola Patients

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Scientists at FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI) are in the Gulf of Mexico exploring and mapping previously unchartered deepwater coral reefs and essential fish habitats on the southwest Florida Shelf. 

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UCF is the only university-led team in the nation to receive part of a $4 million investment by the Energy Department to develop and demonstrate energy efficient methods of keeping homes cool in the summer and warm in winter.

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At the peak of the Ebola epidemic last fall came a frightening new possibility: a mutation that could allow the disease to spread through the air. Now University of Florida researchers have dispelled this concern using data from current and past Ebola outbreaks.

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A rare discovery by an FIU geologist could radically change diamond prospecting worldwide.

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According to statistics recently released by the Association of University Technology Managers as part of its annual licensing survey, the 16 startups launched that year put UF sixth in the nation, ranked among such institutions as the University of California and Texas systems.

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Researchers from FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Publish Findings of Six-year Study in Marine Mammal Science

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Start-up Pat Miner, consisting of FIU Ph.D. students Arturo Castellanos and Longhui Zhang, was one of only five innovative emerging companies from the Florida university system selected to participate in a pitch competition at eMerge Americas, a five-day technology conference currently being held on Miami Beach.

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James Liao and Otar Akanyeti from UF's Whitney Laboratory use lasers to track the flow of water over a model of a fish. Learning about a fish's "sixth sense" could help scientists understand human systems such as those in the inner ear.

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Deep in the soil, underneath more than 400 plant and tree species, lurks a lethal fungus threatening Florida’s $15 billion a year ornamental horticulture industry. But University of Florida plant pathologist G. Shad Ali has found an economical and eco-friendly way to combat the plant destroyer known as phytophthora before it attacks the leaves and roots of everything from tomato plants to oak trees.

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Institute working with U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to support national initiative

In the effort to remove excess carbon dioxide from our atmosphere, mankind has an unlikely ally: fjords. The dramatic, glacier-carved inlets found from Alaska to Antarctica capture and store carbon better than other open-water marine systems, removing it from the atmosphere, says a University of Florida study published today in the journal Nature Geoscience.

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UM Rosenstiel School researchers found coral species can buffer the effects of climate change by increasing feeding during stressful environmental conditions.

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A research group from the University of South Florida has discovered how to couple magnetism and electricity in materials using temperature. Their findings will be published in the high profile journal, Physical Review Letters.

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For decades, frustrated parents and teachers have barked at fidgety children with ADHD to “Sit still and concentrate!” But new research conducted at UCF shows that if you want ADHD kids to learn, you have to let them squirm.

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The likelihood of being bitten by mosquitoes could come down to our genes, according to a study carried out on twins and co-authored by a University of Florida scientist.

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For some, hands-on learning means a field trip. For others, it means working with decomposing corpses under the hot Florida sun. USF may soon have a new facility dedicated to studying the decomposition of human bodies in Florida’s natural environment.

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The University of Central Florida and a group of students who make free 3D-printed limbs for children announced Monday a new partnership that will expand the scope of their work and change the world.

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While many scientific discoveries happen after years of research, some breakthroughs can happen when least expected. USF graduate student Michele Parry noticed a trend that even her professors missed. Cancer mutations happen more frequently in larger genes than smaller genes. This finding merited a published paper with her name listed first — a rare feat for a master’s student.

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A new study by USF Health researchers is investigating a possible respite of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) through the practice of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, as well as traditional exercise.

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Fastest-developing technologies include optical and wireless communications, 3-D printing, and MRI technology

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Documentary film ‘Islands of Creation’ captures UM researcher’s fascinating speciation studies.

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Florida Atlantic University and Nansen Neuroscience Network (NNN) in Norway, a premier network of organizations dedicated to research into neuroscience in Europe, have signed a memorandum of understanding for cooperative research and education in the areas of neuroscience and brain health.

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The one-of-a-kind flying laboratory supports critical climate and human health research.

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As the current outbreak wanes, scientists have to make the most of every opportunity to determine if an Ebola vaccine is safe and effective. University of Florida researchers Juliet Pulliam and Carl Pearson are helping U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention do just that, by modeling which types of trials will provide the best information.

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Robert Grubbs, University of Florida; Robert Holton, Florida State University; Jerry Pratt, Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition; Nan-Yao Su, University of Florida; Janet Yamamoto, University of Florida; Paul Sanberg,  University of South Florida among distinguished inductees.


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“All species of sea turtles are endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act; knowing their distribution is an essential part of protecting them. With a better understanding of swimming behavior in these yearlings we can make better predictions about where they go and what risks they might encounter,” said Dr. Nathan Putman, lead author of this new study and sea turtle biologist with NOAA’s Southeast Fisheries Science Center in Miami.


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USF scientists have identified a group of compounds with the potential for beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system and small vessel disease while researching grape seed extracts discovered. This novel and patented technology was exclusively licensed from USF to Phoinix Holdings, LLC.


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A team of researchers at Florida Institute of Technology is investigating how critical engine parts fail at high temperatures, and what kinds of coatings make those parts safer and more efficient.


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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded the University of Florida a $4.6 million grant aimed at testing a potential new weapon in the fight against citrus greening: Zinkicide, a bactericide invented by a nanoparticle researcher at the University of Central Florida.

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According to a University of Florida study, higher levels of vitamin D may decrease pain and improve function in obese individuals with osteoarthritis.

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University of South Florida scientists have identified a group of compounds with the potential for beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system and small vessel disease while researching grape seed extracts discovered at USF.

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UM Rosenstiel School scientist develops a new biophysical model for paleo-climate study

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Nicholas Kasdaglis, a Ph.D. student and research assistant in the Human-Centered Design Institute at Florida Institute of Technology, has been awarded use of cutting-edge design software that may allow him to better understand and eventually help minimize the leading cause of commercial aviation fatalities.

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A device resembling a plastic honeycomb yet infinitely smaller than a bee’s stinger can steer light beams around tighter curves than ever before possible, while keeping the integrity and intensity of the beam intact.

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When it comes to determining which patients will have long-lasting pain after orthopedic shoulder surgery, cognitive coping style and genetic predisposition to pain sensitivity may actually be bigger factors than the size or intensity of the operation, a new University of Florida Health study finds.

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In a new study by Masanobu Komatsu, Ph.D., associate professor in the Cardiovascular Pathobiology Program and Tumor Microenvironment and Metastasis Programs, a cellular protein called R-Ras was found to suppress the effects of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), a signaling molecule that helps create new blood vessels and is overexpressed in many tumors. The findings create a new route to treat cancer as well as certain causes of blindness and ischemic diseases.

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Engineering associate professor Shaojie Zhang and graduate student Ardalan Naseri created a software program that mines the human genome for certain chromosomal-specific repeated sequences.

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The genes that increase the risk of Type 1 diabetes have lost their hiding place. A research group that includes a University of Florida genetics expert has located and narrowed down the number of genes that play a role in the disease.

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Mechanical engineering associate professor Yunjun Xu and a group of his students have been creating the robot since 2013 when Xu and University of Florida agricultural engineer and associate professor Reza Ehsani landed a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant worth more than $1.2 million.

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Science is full of precision and vigilance. But sometimes, there are subtleties that present themselves that get ignored, pushed aside for the drive to stay on task or to stick with the parameters of a hypothesis.

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A team of researchers, including FIU biologist John Kominoski, has found organic carbon from forests, including leaves and twigs, is cut in half when low-to-moderate nutrient pollution, such as an excess nitrogen and phosphorus, is added to stream ecosystems.

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Researchers at Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Oceanographic Center have discovered that storms don’t only have a dramatic impact on land; they have an equally dramatic effect on ocean currents, which helps the spread of marine invasive species throughout a region. More specifically, NSU researchers looked at the distribution of lionfish in the Florida Straits.

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University of Miami-led team resurrects a 1960s study to re-discover and name a new species

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Samuel Young, Jr., PhD at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI) has been awarded a $2.4 million, five-year grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) to investigate how synaptic vesicle activity modulates the transfer of auditory information and ultimately how this impacts our ability to discern sounds.

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When people are asked what scientists do, too often the answer is “Oh, they wear a white coat and have a lot of academic degrees and work in the back of a laboratory studying the chemistry of butterfly wings.”

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University of Florida Health researchers have found that putting people on a feast-or-famine diet may mimic some of the benefits of fasting, and that adding antioxidant supplements may counteract those benefits.

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A rare parasite that can cause sickness in humans and animals is present in more species of snails in Florida than previously thought, potentially putting people and pets who eat snails at risk. University of Florida scientists made the discovery after an orangutan treated at UF died from eating snails carrying the parasite Angiostrongylus cantonensis, known as the rat lungworm.

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USF scientist and a cholesterol expert say advocates of statins have inflated claims about the drug by “statistical deception”

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Tropical turtle fossils discovered in Wyoming by University of Florida scientists reveal that when the earth got warmer, prehistoric turtles headed north. But if today’s turtles try the same technique to cope with warming habitats, they might run into trouble.

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Research identifies traits of predators that predicts their ability to reduce parasite transmission - managing predator diversity may be an underutilized tool to reduce human and wildlife diseases and pests in general

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Grazing fish can help save coral reefs, but not all grazers are created equal, according to an FIU study published this month in Marine Ecology Progress Series.

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A collaborative research team has found that an antibody-like molecule provides long-term protection against HIV/AIDS infection, according to a University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researcher who played a contributory role in the study.

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Over the last four decades, the iconic elkhorn and staghorn corals that dominated Caribbean reefs for millions of years have all but disappeared. According to a new study from Florida Institute of Technology, ocean warming has played a significant role in this dramatic decline.

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The Community Foundation of Broward and AutoNation, the country’s largest auto retailer, have teamed up to provide $100,000 to help researchers at Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Rumbaugh-Goodwin Institute for Cancer Research (RGI) get a promising new drug into the hands of cancer sufferers.

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A new study shows that moths can outsmart sonar with a flick of their long tails, confusing the sonar cries bats use to detect prey and other objects. The collaborative work between University of Florida and Boise State University researchers is a first step in determining why bats are lured into striking a false target. The findings could have implications on sonar development for the military, said Akito Kawahara, assistant curator of Lepidoptera at the Florida Museum of Natural History on the UF campus, who was UF’s research leader on the project.

The Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research announced that it has finalized a funding agreement with EyeLife, a Boca Raton-based company that is developing portable wireless ultrasound equipment based on technology licensed from Florida Atlantic University.

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Surgeons rely on 200-year-old technology when removing cancer--sight and touch--to determine how much to remove and what to leave alone. Laser technology pioneered at Florida Atlantic University has the promise to help a surgeon better determine if an area is cancer or healthy tissue.

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A Celebration of Innovation is a unique opportunity to see startup companies commercializing the latest life science, medical device, and cutting-edge technologies generated as a result of the more than $700 million in research conducted annually at UF.

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Potential treatment would benefit patients suffering from the most common neurodegenerative condition among older Americans.

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Nova Southeastern University (NSU) researchers recently discovered that, contrary to prior belief, tissues of different mammalian organs have very different abilities to repair damage to their DNA.

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Researchers at the University of Florida Institute of Agricultural Sciences have been awarded more than $13.4 million for four studies to help fight citrus greening, the devastating disease that threatens Florida’s $10 billion citrus industry.

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The study, led by marine scientists Juliet Wong, Jorge L. Perez-Moreno and Heather Bracken-Grissom in the FIU Department of Biological Sciences, is the most comprehensive study of evolutionary relationships between deep-sea shrimps to date.

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The five-year Agulhas System Climate Array project will monitor changes in the region’s ocean circulation in a warming climate.

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Scientists at the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science have developed a handheld sensor capable of debunking fraudulent seafood species claims, helping to ensure that consumers are getting what they pay for.

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Millions of people take angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) to help treat heart failure. But it turns out not all ARBs are created equally, according to one Nova Southeastern University (NSU) researcher’s findings.

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A University of South Florida Health College of Public Health professor and his team of researchers have zeroed in on compounds that could one day lead to fast-acting treatments for the fatal infection caused by the brain-eating amoeba known as Naegleria fowleri.

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Researchers at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science developed and tested a new sensor to detect ambient levels of mercury in the atmosphere. Funded through a National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation grant, the new highly sensitive, laser-based instrument provides scientists with a method to more accurately measure global human exposure to mercury.

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Adults with a history of ADHD who use drugs started using substances one to two years earlier than those with no ADHD history, according to a new University of Florida study. The findings highlight the need for earlier substance-use-prevention interventions in adolescents with ADHD, researchers say.

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Team awarded patent for novel antibiotic compounds targeting MRSA and other drug resistant infections.

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“Sea Change 2015-2025 - Decadal Survey of Ocean Sciences” identifies eight strategic priorities for the next 10 years that will continue to advance scientific understanding of the ocean as well as assess the infrastructure needed to support this research.

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While a commercially available cure for crop-killing citrus greening remains elusive, University of Florida researchers have developed a tool to help growers combat the insidious disease: an efficient, inexpensive and easy-to-use sensor that can quickly detect whether a tree has been infected.

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Researchers are teaming up to examine bilingualism as a potential strategy to improve memory, reasoning, problem-solving and other executive functions in preterm infants.

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In order to better understand the combined effects of mosquito pesticides and rising sea-surface temperatures, Dr. Cliff Ross, an associate professor of biology at the University of North Florida, along with scientists from Mote Marine Laboratory, exposed larvae from the coral, Porites astreoides, to selected concentrations of pesticides and temperatures.

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Professor Stavros Georgakopoulos shows how researchers are bringing age-old origami techniques to 21st century space.

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While considered a delicacy in some parts of the world, snails have found a more intriguing use to scientists and the medical profession offering a plethora of research possibilities.

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A pair of USF professors from seemingly disparate disciplines are helping to further develop and refine a new medical alert system with state-of-the-art potential.

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For every degree Celsius that the temperature increases, the world stands to lose 6 percent of its wheat crop, according to a new global study led by a University of Florida scientist. That’s one fourth of the annual global wheat trade, which reached 147 million tons in 2013.

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The UCF I-Corps program will welcome the co-founder and leader of the Lean Startup movement on Thursday, January 29th for two events in Orlando. Jerry Engel, Ph.D. will make special appearances at UCF’s campus and at an industry mixer/reception in downtown Orlando, in partnership with Canvs, Starter Studio and Orlando Tech Association, as part of the official launch and debut of the UCF I-Corps program.

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Florida Institute of Technology today announced that a $1 million gift from Harris Corporation is creating a new Student Design Center at the university. The 11,500-square-foot, single story structure will serve College of Engineering and College of Science seniors completing capstone design projects.

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University of Florida Health researchers have found a possible predictor for little understood -- but often disabling or even fatal -- stroke complications.

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The American Institute of Architects, along with the AIA Foundation and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, today named 11 architecture schools and schools of public health as the charter members of the AIA Design & Health Research Consortium, which will help fund basic research on how design affects public health.

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A consortia of photonics industry members is joining with five key research universities to compete for the federal government’s Integrated-Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation (IP-IMI) and $110 million in federal funds to be matched by state and private funding for a total project value of more than $230 million.

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A pilot study of 24 patients at the University of South Florida (USF; Tampa, USA) and the Vanderbilt Breast Center (Nashville, TN, USA) showed 100% surgical success using a new electromagnetic surgical guidance system that provides accurate tissue targeting during breast cancer conservation surgery.

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This new endeavor is a multi-year laboratory research project that will study the effects of oil and dispersed oil on coral and will be conducted at NSU’s Oceanographic Center – one of the few institutions in the world with an active coral nursery. This research is designed to provide new information on the sensitivity of shallow-water corals to oil and dispersed oil, linking field studies with controlled laboratory experiments that examine a range of possible hydrocarbon exposures.

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Twenty-two – That’s the number of countries represented by the hundreds of calls and emails a team of engineering students at the University of Central Florida has received since they designed and delivered a bionic arm to a 6-year-old boy this past July.

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Ramaswamy Narayanan, Ph.D., professor in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science at Florida Atlantic University, is working to blend the power of computers with biology to use the human genome to remove much of the guesswork involved in discovering cures for diseases.

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John Escobar, a parent who was teaching robotics and technology in an after school club at David Lawrence Jr K-8 Center, found a creative way to bring together students of all ages and propel their interest in engineering.

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Tom O’Neal, Ph.D., associate vice president of research & commercialization at the University of Central Florida (UCF), was one of eight Central Florida leaders recognized for the forward-thinking vision and transformative impact they have on the area, nation and world. i4 Business magazine’s first annual “Entrepreneurs of the Year Awards” were celebrated by nearly 200 of Central Florida business' “Who’s Who” on December 4th at the Citrus Club.

“I was honored to be named alongside a group of such respected and revered entrepreneurs,” says O’Neal. “I can remember when Orlando was considered just a ‘vacation destination’. Today, we are considered serious players in economic development, business growth and research. I consider it a privilege to be part of the core group of Central Florida entrepreneurs making such an important impact.”

Award recipients were chosen for their commitment and contributions in their respective industries. Dr. O’Neal was among an esteemed list of honorees including:

  • Economic Development: Tom O’Neal, Ph.D. - UCF Office of Research & Commercialization
  •  Business Growth: Mark Montgomery - Axium Healthcare Pharmacy 
  • Urban Planning & Development: Craig Ustler - Ustler Group of Companies 
  • Healthcare: Shari Sandifer - Avant Healthcare Professionals 
  • Environmentalism: Ken LaRoe - First GREEN Bank 
  • Technology: Waymon Armstrong - Engineering & Computer Simulations, Inc. 
  • Social Entrepreneurialism: Shawn Seipler - Clean the World Phil Rawlins of Orlando City Soccer Club accepted the 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year award.

M.J. Soileau of UCF’s Office of Research & Commercialization, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer were all on hand to present the awards and congratulate winners.

“In our ongoing effort ‘to celebrate and inspire the best in the community,’ i4 Business magazine was proud to focus attention on the transformative impact these and the hundreds of other entrepreneurs are having on the area, the nation and the world,” says Eric Wright, Editor and Managing Director. “They are the engines of economic growth and job creation.”