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President’s office announces $10.2 million for fourth round of strategic funding awardees

President Ben Sasse announced four new initiatives receiving strategic funding at the University of Florida. The funding, which has been awarded to winning proposals in four rounds since the beginning of October, aims to enhance the student experience and advance interdisciplinary scholarship. Here's what that means for the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering: 
  • UF Research, Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, College of Pharmacy, and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: UF Space Mission Institute, $2.5 million over two years. 
  • College of Health and Human Performance, Warrington College of Business, College of Journalism and Communications, College of Medicine, and Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering (in partnership with the University Athletic Association): UF & Sport Collaborative, $2.5 million over one year. 

UF opens Malachowsky Hall for Data Science & Information Technology

Chris Malachowsky and his family along with BOT Chairman Mori Hosseini and President Ben Sasse officially open Malachowsky Hall
UF alumnus and NVIDIA co-founder Chris Malachowsky, the building’s namesake, played a key role collaborating with architects to design its facade. The building is supported by $110 million from the state, as well as additional private and college funds. Designed to set the standard for future STEM buildings across national and international campuses and transform the artificial intelligence (AI) and data science workforce, the University of Florida held a celebratory ribbon cutting for the Malachowsky Hall for Data Science & Information Technology. The $150 million, 263,440-square-foot, seven-story structure across from the Reitz Union is a multidisciplinary space for medicine, pharmacy, and engineering. It will serve as a hub for advancing computing, communication, and cyber technologies and further support UF’s work to integrate AI across the curriculum.

Juan Gilbert honored with National Medal of Technology and Innovation for transformative voting system

Juan Gilbert, Ph.D., and President Joe Biden 
President Joe Biden honored University of Florida computer science professor Juan E. Gilbert, Ph.D., at the White House with the National Medal of Technology and Innovation for pioneering a universal voting system that makes voting more reliable and accessible for everyone and for increasing diversity in the computer science workforce.

Saluting the trailblazers: Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine of Florida names honorees from UF

Left to right Ruogu Fang, Ph.D., Cammy R. Abernathy Ph.D., and Parisa Rashidi, Ph.D
Fifteen prominent scholars from throughout the state of Florida have been selected for membership to the academy, a group that brings together the nation’s most distinguished scholars who live and work in Florida. Ruogu Fang, Ph.D., Cammy R. Abernathy Ph.D., and Parisa Rashidi, Ph.D were among those recognized. 

UF engineering researchers lead collaboration to improve student experience through AI

Researchers at the University of Florida’s Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering have received a strategic funding award for a project called Leveraging the Power of Large Language Models. The initiative, which received funding of $474,000 over two years from the UF President's Office, will help develop a large language model-based software tool to leverage the computing-intensive capabilities of HiPerGator, collecting beneficial data for instructors and administrators about student performance. 


Breaking down the threat of ransomware attacks

Kevin Butler, Director of Florida Institute for Cybersecurity Research and a University Term Professor, breaks down the potential threats from ransomware attacks and how researchers from the Florida Institute for Cybersecurity Research developed some of the first solutions for protecting against this threat and continue to work on solutions as the attacks become more advanced. 


Air Force awards $5M to FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, UF collaboration on new Research Center of Excellence

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The FAMU-FSU College of Engineering and the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering at the University of Florida will collaborate on a new Air Force Office of Scientific Research Center of Excellence focused on high-speed flight and morphing aerospace vehicles, which can change shape while in flight.


Study reveals bias in AI tools when diagnosing women’s health issue

Machine learning algorithms designed to diagnose a common infection that affects women showed a diagnostic bias among ethnic groups, University of Florida researchers found.

While artificial intelligence tools offer great potential for improving health care delivery, practitioners and scientists warn of their risk for perpetuating racial inequities. Published Friday in the Nature journal Digital Medicine, this is the first paper to evaluate fairness among these tools in connection to a women’s health issue by the study’s author, Ruogu Fang, an associate professor in the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering.


UF-led group develops new tools to track illicit nuclear materials

The Consortium for Nuclear Forensics, a University of Florida-led team of 32 scientists and engineers at 16 universities, has been awarded a five-year, $26.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Agency, or NNSA, to develop new nuclear forensic technologies and to train the next generation of nuclear sleuths to use them.


From classrooms to careers: UF and Duke Energy join forces to bring back AI design competition for area high school students

The University of Florida’s Engaging Quality Instruction through Professional Development (EQuIPD) grant has teamed up with Duke Energy – North Central Florida to bring back an exciting opportunity for high school students in local school districts. The Powering the Community: Artificial Intelligence Design Contest has returned for its third installment! Nancy Ruzycki, Ph.D., instructional associate professor in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering and principal investigator on EQuIPD, and Krista Dulany Chisholm, Ph.D., EQuIPD program research assistant scientist, created and launched the program in Spring 2022 as a student introduction to design thinking practices that support artificial intelligence (AI) design.

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