University of Florida


Team Florida

David Nelson is a team player. “I’ve always enjoyed team sports,” Nelson says, “Growing up, I hated cross country, I hated swimming. I played basketball and volleyball and focused most on soccer.” He played soccer so well that he had his sights set on the U.S. Olympic team until...
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The Chicken Came First

When Roy Curtiss III won the Chicken of Tomorrow contest in 1950, he helped change the course of poultry history. “Tomorrow’s” chicken became today’s chicken, the source of 95 percent of chickens on American dinner plates.  Many poultry scientists would have retired on this...
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Lens of War

History professors J. Matthew Gallman of the University of Florida and Gary W. Gallagher of the University of Virginia have engaged in countless conversations with their colleagues over the years about the importance of photography to the study of the Civil War. “People who study...
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Discovering the Deep

University of Florida geologist Mike Perfit and four colleagues have sifted through thousands of photos from hundreds of dives over three decades to share with readers the hidden world at the bottom of the sea in “Discovering the Deep: A Photographic Atlas of the Seafloor and...
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Fab Lab: Infinite Creativity

Mat Chandler doesn’t have a magic wand or a vial of pixie dust, but at the intersection of art, science and technology that is the University of Florida Infinity Fab Lab, he conjures up magic all the same. Chandler is the guiding force behind the Fab Lab, likely the most...
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Incubating Innovation

When Merrie Shaw was working on her science fair project on nematodes in sixth grade, the topic resonated with her because the pests were a problem for her family’s Alachua farm. Spraying pesticides meant leaving the land fallow for six months to let the toxic pesticides wear off...
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Tapomoy Bhattacharjee monitors the printing of a jellyfish.

Soft Matter Solutions

A dozen or so polymer jellyfish float in an aquarium in Tommy Angelini’s engineering lab, not alive but freaks of nature nonetheless, about to rock the world. Just months ago, these jellyfish could not have existed; there was no way to make something so soft. That changed in...
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Innovation Turns 50

Like so much of science, the invention of Gatorade 50 years ago seems to have happened by magic, as if the whole story could be told in a 90-second television commercial narrated by Keith Jackson. But a closer look at the copious amounts of data Dr. Robert Cade and his colleagues...
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Sweat Equity

Champions at the University of Florida – whether in sports or science – are built on a lemon-lime foundation. From the Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Institute to the Center for Exercise Science and the College of Medicine, scientists have teamed up to study the human body’s...
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