University of Florida

The University of Florida is a top-10 public, land-grant research university and the state’s oldest and most comprehensive higher education institution. With 16 colleges and more than 170 research centers and institutes on its Gainesville campus, UF is among the nation’s six most academically diverse universities.

A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, UF is consistently ranked among the nation’s best institutions: No. 8 in U.S. News & World Report’s “Top Public Schools” (2019); No. 1 in the Times Higher Education rankings for graduate employability (2016); No. 2 in Kiplinger’s “Best Values in Public Colleges” (2018); and No. 10 on the Forbes list of best value public universities (2019).

UF is a leader in research and discoveries which improve the lives of individuals throughout the state, nation and world. Its 6,000 faculty members conducted a record $865 million in research in 2018, with major funding from the public and private sectors. These research collaborations occur in diverse fields that include human, animal and agricultural life sciences, engineering and the physical and social sciences.

The university is also recognized as an international leader in technology commercialization, dating back to its development of the sports drink Gatorade in the 1960s. UF Innovate is regularly ranked among the top 10 institutions in the nation for technology licensing, patents and start-ups, as ranked by the Association of University Technology Managers, and its two business incubators have been named best in the world on several occasions.

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Pangolins have been found with covonaviruses that are genetically similar to the one afflicting humans today. Jekesai Njikizana/AFP/Getty Images

How deforestation helps deadly viruses jump from animals to humans

Yellow fever, malaria and Ebola all spilled over from animals to humans at the edges of tropical forests. The new coronavirus is the latest zoonosis.
San Francisco mayor London Breed declaring a shelter-in-place order early in the coronavirus pandemic, March 17, 2020. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

America’s Black female mayors face dual crises of COVID-19 and protests – but these women are used to uphill battles

Four decades after Ellen Craig-Jones of Urbancrest, Ohio, became the US's first Black woman mayor, seven of the nation's largest cities are lead by Black women. And what a time to be in charge.
A protester raises a fist in New York’s Washington Square Park during a June 2, 2020 demonstration. Ira L. Black/Corbis via Getty Images

Where are the African American leaders?

Sweeping changes were possible in the past because black leaders were willing to risk their lives and call out problems before they became crises.
What if you could test yourself for coronavirus with a test in the comfort of your home? John Paraskevas/Newsday RM vis Getty Images

Rapid home-based coronavirus tests are coming together in research labs — we’re working on analyzing spit using advanced CRISPR gene editing techniques

Testing for coronavirus has been a fiasco in the US. But now companies are developing super fast tests, including ones that might eventually be as simple as at home pregnancy tests.
South America’s bi-oceanic highway, which will stretch from the Pacific to the Atlantic – cutting right through Paraguay – is scheduled for completion in 2022. Joel Correia

Mennonites helped turn Paraguay into a mega beef producer – indigenous people may pay the price

Mennonites settled in Paraguay's arid Chaco forest a century ago, fleeing religious persecution. Their agricultural success is now driving deforestation, social change and rapid development.
Black female consumers outpace other consumer groups in a number of spending categories, notably personal care and hair products, but feel unappreciated by top brands. Peathegee Inc/Getty Images

Black women prefer hair products marketed with them in mind

With the fairly recent launch of an ethnic corporate product line, Pantene's Gold Series Collection, are black women feeling the love?
Orlando police officer Dennis Turner leads a 6-year-old girl away in handcuffs after her arrest for kicking and punching staff at her school. Orlando Police Department/Orlando Sentinel via AP

Video of 6-year-old girl’s arrest shows the perils of putting police in primary schools

Newly-released body camera footage shows an Orlando police officer taking a 6-year-old girl away in handcuffs. A school safety expert explains the potential pitfalls of police in primary schools.
Collecting firewood on the Waiapi indigenous reserve in Amapa state, Brazil, Oct. 13, 2017. A new bill could open Brazil’s Native lands to development. APU GOMES/AFP via Getty Images

Indigenous people may be the Amazon’s last hope

Native Brazilians are among the Amazon's most effective defenders against logging and mining, because they're fighting not just for the environment but for their people's very survival.

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