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Clinicians May Now be Able to Tell COVID-19 From Seasonal Flu with Fast Turnaround Thanks to UF Research
Led by Dr. Z. Hugh Fan, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Dr. John Lednicky, research professor at the College of Public Health and Health Professions, an interdisciplinary team at the University of Florida has developed a game-changing diagnostic test for SARS-CoV-2 that is fast, reliable, low-cost and capable of differentiating between COVID-19 and influenza.
Researchers Seek to Build Confidence into AI for Healthcare Under NSF Grant
A team of researchers led by principal investigator My T. Thai, Ph.D., a professor in CISE, and co-principal investigators Ruogu Fang, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering, and Adolfo Ramirez-Zamora, M.D., an associate professor in the Department of Neurology, will explore ways to increase trustworthiness and interpretability of artificial machine learning in healthcare under a new $1.2 million grant from the NSF. The team will also investigate ways to use AI to diagnose neurodegenerative diseases earlier.
Dr. Walden “Wally” C. Rhines Tapped to Receive Global Semiconductor Alliance’s Highest Honor
Dr. Walden C. Rhines (UF Honorary Doctor of Technology) is the recipient of the 2021 Global Semiconductor Alliance’s highest honor, the Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award. This honor recognizes individuals for their exceptional contributions, exemplifying how their vision and global leadership have transformed and elevated the entire semiconductor industry.
Tidal Energy Proposal Wins UF, IBM Technology Contest
An all-female team of “hackers” was declared the winner of a national technology contest – Florida Hacks with IBM – that called on participants to discover potential solutions to combat the effects of climate change. The team was comprised of three current Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering students and a recent graduate.
Building Blocks: From Ancient Times to the Space Age, Concrete Has Staying Power
Christopher Ferraro, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Civil & Coastal Engineering, was featured in Explore magazine for his research on making the world’s favorite building material stronger, more durable and more sustainable.
Christina Gardner-McCune, AI4K12 Team Will Receive Outstanding Educator Award
Christina Gardner-McCune, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of Computer & Information Science & Engineering, is expected to receive the 2022 AAAI/EAAI Outstanding Educator award for her work with the Artificial Intelligence for K-12 Initiative (
Take Off in a Flying Car With UF Engineers and Alumni
Adam Goldstein (UF BSBA ’01) and Brett Adcock (UF BSBA ’08), have been working with Peter Ifju, Ph.D., a professor and associate chair of Faculty Affairs in MAE, to prototype eVTOLs (electric vertical take-off-and-landing vehicles) to bring to market.
Dean Abernathy and Three Other MSE Faculty Earn TMS Honors
Cammy Abernathy, Ph.D., dean, Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, together with three other faculty at the department of Materials Science & Engineering including Assel Aitkaliyeva, Ph.D., assistant professor; Tori Miller, Ph.D., assistant professor; and Michael Tonks, Ph.D., professor have received awards from the Mineral, Metals & Materials Society.
UF Center for Coastal Solutions Awarded Multi-Institution Grant to Study Harmful Algal Blooms
Center for Coastal Solutions (CCS) associate director David Kaplan, Ph.D., and a team of CCS-affiliated scientists and engineers from UF, the University of South Florida, North Carolina State University and the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation have received $2.3 million from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to study how water and nutrients flowing from Lake Okeechobee and the Caloosahatchee River watershed interact with tides, currents, and waves at the coast to affect coastal water quality.
Collaborative UF Research Team Receives NSF Grant to Reimagine ROV Performance for Emerging Workforce
The NSF has awarded $1.4 million to the University of Florida for a collaborative project to optimize operation of undersea robots (ROVs) for offshore industries and workers. Led by Eric Jing Du, Ph.D., a civil associate professor within ESSIE, the project leverages the combined research of an interdisciplinary team within the University of Florida.
Dean’s Excellence Fund
Gifts made to the Dean’s Excellence Fund help students through experiential learning opportunities that emphasize team-based learning, hands-on projects, student-organized competitions, internships, and externships to develop their leadership and innovation skills.