University of Florida


Postdoctoral Associate Cedric Uytingco and fellow researchers in the UF Center for Smell and Taste are working to change the lack of available treatments for anosmia, or impairment of the sense of smell.

Making Sense of Smell

Think of the smell of a rain shower. Of freshly baked apple pie. Of a baby. We may not stop to ponder our sense of smell and how it connects us to experiences and memories. Unless, that is, we have lost it. Or never had it at all. At the University of Florida Center for Smell and...
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The Election Geek

When you walk into your voting booth, chances are you think you are choosing the politicians who will represent you. Actually, says University of Florida political scientist Michael McDonald, the politicians already have chosen you. The shapes of voting districts — from school...
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The Democracy Machine

A week before the 2012 presidential election, Juan Gilbert walked into Clemson Elementary School in South Carolina looking for the ideal test subjects for a technology he had been developing for almost a decade. Gilbert, a computer scientist, wanted to see if the voting...
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Climate Conversation

Climate change conversations seem to come with invisible boundaries: humanists talking with humanists, scientists talking with scientists. In some conversations, climate change can be just as taboo as religion, sex and politics. But how do you tackle a problem you can’t talk...
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Low Carb Community

In fall 2008, a homeowner in Pasco County was jailed for breaking the rules in his deed-restricted subdivision. His lawn was brown. A few months later, spring 2009, Tampa Bay Water drained its 15-billion-gallon reservoir and crossed its fingers for an early rainy season. This...
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Clyde Fraisse is eager to talk to farmers about climate change. Farmers? Not so much. “They are very focused on this season,” says Fraisse, an associate professor of agricultural and biological engineering at the University of Florida and director of the Southeast Climate...
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Sea Change

Sea level has risen about 8 inches in the last century, and heat records have been broken, only to be broken again, and again. In human time, this is new, but the Earth has been here before, bathed in a warming atmosphere, and has left clues for scientists like University of...
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Energy Star

Wendell Porter’s daughter, Erica, now 27, remembers a childhood where some infractions carried more weight than others. “I left a light on once,” Erica says. A high crime in the Porter household, with a long lecture attached, Dad armed with data. Today, when she opens her utility...
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Laser Legacy

Since 1859, the Island Hotel has weathered the storms of coastal Cedar Key. Generations have sipped a beer on a hot summer day and dined on speckled trout fresh off the boat. Its weathered facade seems steadfast, a survivor of the Gulf of Mexico’s whims. The thriving inn and...
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