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Sea otters’ homecoming to a California estuary shows payoff in conservation efforts

In Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment, Featured, ICYMI, In the Headlines, NewsBy Karen DooleyStory originally published on UF News

In a groundbreaking study published in Nature, scientists reveal that the return of sea otters to their former habitat in a Central California estuary has slowed erosion of the area’s creekbanks and marsh edges on average by 69%.

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UF opens Malachowsky Hall for Data Science & Information Technology

In AI University, Engineering Education, Featured, ICYMI, In the Headlines, NewsStory originally published on UF News

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 Friday held a celebratory ribbon cutting for the Malachowsky Hall for Data Science & Information Technology.

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

In Department of Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Honors & Awards, ICYMI, NewsBy Karen DooleyStory originally published on UF News

President Joe Biden honored University of Florida computer science professor Juan E. Gilbert, Ph.D., at the White House today 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. The National Medal of Technology and Innovation, or NMTI, …

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Florida Semiconductor Institute to help lead state in critical chips sector

In Department of Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, ICYMI, NewsBy Karen Dooley

The University of Florida’s Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering announced today the establishment of the Florida Semiconductor Institute, a campus- and state-wide coordinating hub to provide intellectual and technological leadership for semiconductors in the 21st Century.  

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UF researcher: Floridians must “rise to the occasion” to fortify against impact of storms

In Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering, ICYMI, In the Headlines, NewsBy Mary Ellen KlasStory originally published on Tampa Bay Times

David O. Prevatt, Ph.D., professor of Civil & Coastal Engineering, studied the damage caused by Hurricane Ian and said Floridians continue to be slow to make the changes needed to fortify themselves against the costly impacts of storms. “When we rise to the occasion, we learn from our failures,” he said. “I contend that our learning from failure in a context of wind hazards is too slow and the growth of housing — being built in very vulnerable areas — far exceeds our ability to do something about it.”

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New ‘invisible finger’ technology poses potential phone-hacking threats, researchers say

In Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, ICYMI, In the Headlines, News, Research & InnovationBy Karen DooleyStory originally published on UF News

When a team of researchers from the University of Florida unveiled new technology that allows someone to hack into a nearby touchscreen-enabled device using what they call an “invisible finger,” those in the field of cybersecurity took notice.