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Brent Sumerlin says UF chemists like George Butler and Ken Wagener established a foundation for the study of polymer chemistry, a science that plays a huge role in biomedicine and energy.

Polymer People

UF builds on a strong foundation in polymer chemistry   In retrospect, chemist Brent Sumerlin says, landing at the University of Florida in the Butler Lab seems like destiny. The lab is named for UF Professor George Butler, one of the pioneers in polymer chemistry from his...
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The CRISPR Revolution

A new technology is changing the face – and pace – of cell science A year or so ago, University of Florida toxicologist Chris Vulpe started getting calls, first from one colleague, then another, and another. They had an idea and wanted to use CRISPR in their labs, but had...
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Star Trek: Antarctica

The icy continent is a perfect place to imitate space   As Rob Ferl and Anna-Lisa Paul navigated their way from the plane to their quarters at the Alfred Wegener Institute’s Neumayer Station research base in Antarctica last January, they couldn’t help but imagine they were...
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Research Assistance

The woman in the UF Health Jacksonville emergency room presented a puzzle for attending physician Faheem Guirgis. In her early pregnancy, she had a sore throat and a fever. Those symptoms were not alarming compared with those of other patients being seen on that busy day, but...
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UF wind engineer and hurricane researcher Forrest Masters was interviewed on The Weather Channel after setting up research equipment in Irma’s path in South Florida.

Tracking Irma

As the University of Florida shuttered offices in advance of Hurricane Irma, wind engineer and hurricane researcher Forrest Masters and his team readied a convoy of equipment, fueled up and headed into the storm. “We wanted to get into position, so that the eyewall would pass...
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Marty Hylton peers out of a window in Nantucket’s oldest house, the Jethro Coffin house, built in 1686.

Students of History

It’s summer in Nantucket, and the hints of orange and blue mixed in among the tourists’ seersucker and straw hats are a sure sign that Gators are abroad on this history-soaked New England island. The University of Florida students are here for an annual pilgrimage — Preservation...
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Rekindling Korean Connections

In November 2007, two months before his first day on the job as Asian art curator at UF’s Harn Museum of Art, Jason Steuber went shopping in New York City with the museum’s development director. Steuber wanted to show her a handful of galleries he believed to be good sources for...
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Professor Stephen Golant combines geography and gerontology to examine the decisions people make about where to age.

Navigating Old Age

The flower children drawn to San Francisco in 1967 by the strains of Scott McKenzie’s song took to the streets of Haight-Ashbury with youthful abandon in a counter culture celebration, the Summer of Love. A half century later, the turn on, tune in, drop out generation finds...
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The Power of Object

Florida Museum Director Doug Jones draws endless inspiration from objects in the collection. As a paleontologist, he is particularly drawn to fossils like the Heliaster sea star. Unlike an ordinary starfish with five arms, the Heliaster had 30 in a sunburst arrangement that gives...
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