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Two UF students have received the prestigious Frost Scholarship, which funds an intensive Masters-level course for graduating seniors in the State University System of Florida to study at the University of Oxford. The scholarship covers 100 percent of tuition and academic fees and includes a grant for living costs. Out of ten students selected from the state of Florida, Daniel Aldridge and Nicholas Pasternack will represent UF, to study immunology and neuroscience, respectively.

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UF Astronomers Discover New Type of Solar System

UF Professor of Astronomy Jian Ge and postdoc Bo Ma discovered the first binary–binary solar system. The findings raise new questions about the formation of the cosmos.

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UF Alumnus and Esteemed Historian Alfred Cave Receives Distinguished Alumnus Award

Alfred Cave received UF's Distinguished Alumnus Award for accomplishments in ethnohistory of colonial America.

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UF Professor of History and African Studies Honored with Book Award from American Historical Association

Nancy Rose Hunt, UF professor of history and African studies, has received the Martin A. Klein Award honoring the best histories of Africa.

The book offers a medical history of the Belgian Congo and how its people created "healing cults" to recover from violence.

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UF Professor of African American Studies Honored with Longlisted Book by National Book Foundation

Ibram X. Kendi's new book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, has been longlisted for the National Book Award.

The book examines the writings of civil rights activists, politicians, and major social figures to trace the history of racist attitudes in the US.

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UF Professor of Geography Receives NSF Grant to Study Agricultural Shifts and Deforestation in Mexico

Robert Walker of the Center for Latin American Studies and international team receive award to study effects of neoliberal policy on Mexican farming practices and their impact on deforestation.

UF's Department of Geography and Center for Latin American Studies have received a $375,000 award from the National Science Foundation to study shifting agricultural practices in a globalized Mexico.

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UF Professor of Biology Co-Authors Study on Dengue Vaccination Plans

Derek Cummings of the Emerging Pathogens Institute examines the effectiveness of the new dengue vaccine.

Cummings joined a team studying the outcomes of the world's first dengue vaccine and found that the vaccine may increase illness if deployed in the wrong area. The research was published on Sept. 2, 2016 in the journal Science.

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UF Professor of Film Studies Receives Marie Skłodowaska-Curie FCFP Senior

Barbara Mennel Studies the Culture of Labor, Films, and Gender Roles

Mennel explores the feminization of labor as reflected in film in a new book project supported by the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies in Germany.

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UF Professor of Anthropology Honored by World Archaeological Congress/h4>

Peter Schmidt Works for the Decolonization of African Archaeology

In August, Schmidt was recognized by the World Archaeological Congress and selected to give the Peter Ucko Memorial Lecture.

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UF Paleogeology Discovery Published in Nature Communications

Andrea Dutton Uses Paleothermometer to Explain What Killed the Dinosaurs

University of Florida geochemist Andrea Dutton and colleagues at the University of Michigan have utilized a new technique of analysis to reconstruct Antarctic ocean temperatures that support the idea that the combined impacts of volcanic eruptions and an asteroid impact brought about one of Earth’s biggest mass extinctions 66 million years ago.

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UF Nanochemistry Team Published in Nature Materials

David Wei Leads Team that Grows Gold Nanoparticles with Light

A team led by Associate Professor of Chemistry David Wei has made a breakthrough in nanotechnology by discovering that gold may be used in crystals grown by light to create nanoparticles. This technology has major implications for industrial catalysis and cancer treatment and could improve the function of pharmaceuticals, medical equipment and solar panels.

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Professor of Chemistry Receives Nyholm Prize

George Christou Discovered Single-Molecule Magnets

UF chemistry professor George Christou has received acclaim for his discovery of single-molecule magnets and metal-oxo clusters—microscopic, long-lasting substances with applications to medical, computing, and industrial technologies. The United Kingdom’s Royal Society of Chemistry awarded Christou the 2016 Nyholm Prize for Inorganic Chemistry for his pioneering work.

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Professor of Chemistry Receives IUPAC Award

Brent Sumerlin Builds Smart Drugs

One step to improving drug delivery for patients is to build smart proteins that can be released into the body as slowly and specifically as needed. Prof. Brent Sumerlin is doing just that, and has received the prestigious Hanwha-Total IUPAC Young Scientist Award for his work.

Sumerlin focuses on improving protein compounds that are used for vaccines and drugs, so that they can respond to the body’s feedback or be delivered without injection. He is also building self-healing polymers, such as plastic or cement that can retain their integrity despite damage.

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Professor of History Luise White Awarded National Humanities Center Fellowship

New work focuses on intricacies of the Rhodesian War.

In her latest full-length book project, Luise White, professor of history at the University of Florida, explores the troubled lives of white soldiers fighting to preserve rule by the white minority in Rhodesia.

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A Chemical Bond

UF alum Joseph Hernandez shows $10 million worth of appreciation.

A son of Cuban immigrants with three University of Florida degrees has invested $10 million in his alma mater to enhance U’s chemistry department so future chemists and other alumni will be better positioned to explore solutions to society’s greatest challenges.

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Gravitational waves detected 100 years after Einstein’s prediction

LIGO opens new window on the universe with observation of gravitational waves from colliding black holes

For the first time, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves, arriving at the earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. This confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity and opens an unprecedented new window onto the cosmos.

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