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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Tidak apa-apa, saya pemakan fitoplankton: Hiu paus di Indonesia. Marcel Ekkel/Flickr

Pekan Hiu: Hal-hal yang sering diabaikan tentang hiu

Pemberitaan sering melebih-lebihkan risiko serangan hiu bagi manusia. Padahal, lebih dari 500 spesies hiu tidak pernah menyerang manusia, bahkan ada banyak yang bisa dipelajari tentang mereka.
New data show more girls and minority students are taking advanced computer science courses in high school. Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock.com

Boost in high school students taking advanced computer science could change the face of tech

New data show more girls and minority high school students taking Advanced Placement courses in computer science. A computer science professor weighs in on what that means for the future of the field.
The Muslim pilgrimage known as the hajj is both a religious mandate and a symbolic act of unity with Muslims worldwide. Reuters/Ahmad Masood

The Muslim Hajj: A spiritual pilgrimage with political overtones

Millions of Muslims will convene in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on Aug. 9. The annual five-day pilgrimage, known as the hajj, is required of all Muslims who can physically and financially make the journey.
It’s OK, I’m a filter feeder: Whale shark off Indonesia. Marcel Ekkel/Flickr

Shark Week looms, but don’t panic

Media coverage of sharks often exaggerates risks to people, but more than 500 shark species have never been known to attack humans, and there's lots to learn about them.
Pulses of light followed by extended dark periods might help make indoor agricultural production more sustainable. DutchScenery/Shutterstock.com

Micro-naps for plants: Flicking the lights on and off can save energy without hurting indoor agriculture harvests

Indoor plant factories have high energy costs since LEDs replace the sunlight outdoor plants get for free. Scientists found a way to dial back how much light is needed by breaking it into tiny bursts.
A male Olive-backed Euphonia (Euphonia gouldi), photographed in Costa Rica. Andy Morffew

Curious Kids: Why do birds sing?

Birds spend a lot of time and energy singing, but they don't do it the same way in every season of the year. And some can't sing at all. What's the purpose of birdsong?
U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens winds up to throw out the first pitch before the start of the Chicago Cubs game on Sept. 14, 2005. AP Photo/Jeff Roberson

Justice Stevens, Babe Ruth and the best law clerk assignment ever

Former US Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens passed away on July 16. One of his former law clerks recalls her most memorable assignment.
A new study on consciousness could help answer the question"will they ever wake up?“ create jobs 51/shutterstock.com

Will they ever wake up? New study on consciousness after brain injury shows ‘maybe’

Consciousness has long been debated, particularly in the decades since devices have been used to keep people alive after brain injury. A new study suggests that some people can "wake up" after injury.
La mayoría de los sistemas alimentarios en África son informales y no regulados. Alex Berger / Shutterstock

Cómo garantizar la seguridad alimentaria en los mercados tradicionales de África

Los estudios sobre la alimentación en Etiopía revelan que impulsar la demanda de alimentos en condiciones por parte de los consumidores es fundamental para detener los millones de muertes y enfermedades causadas por patógenos transmitidos por la comida en todo el continente.
Muslim women at a prayer service at a mosque in Redmond, Washington, to mark the end of Ramadan and the start of Eid-al-Fitr in 2016. AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

What is Eid and how do Muslims celebrate it? 6 questions answered

Muslims throughout the world will celebrate the holiday of Eid al-Fitr, a celebration at the end of Ramadan. Here's an introduction to this important feast and its partner, Eid al-Adha.
A new study suggests that CBD could help curve cravings in people who have an opioid use disorder. Evgenly Goncharov photo/Shutterstock.com

CBD: The next weapon in the war against opioid addiction?

A study suggests that CBD could help treat people with opioid addiction. But before you go buy a bottle for any use, it's important to know that it has been FDA-approved to treat only one disease.
On the hook: California utility PG&E declared bankruptcy due to liabilities linked to power lines and wildfires. AP Photo/Ben Margot

Many electric utilities are struggling – will more go bankrupt?

The electric utility is seeing rapid changes and threats that affect consumers, from more wind and solar to wildfires. How they react depends in large part on regulators.
Of more than 500 species of sharks in the world’s oceans, scientists have only sequenced a handful of genomes – most recently, white sharks. Terry Goss/Wikimedia

Sequencing the white shark genome is cool, but for bigger insights we need libraries of genetic data

Why do scientists spend so much time and money mapping the DNA of species like white sharks? Single studies may offer insights, but the real payoff comes in comparing many species to each other.

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