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Understanding nature’s fury: UF researchers take their lab to the middle of the hurricanes

In Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment, In the Headlines, News, Research & InnovationBy Karen DooleyStory originally published on UF News

Forrest Masters, a civil engineer and interim dean of the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, and his team take field data gathered during storms and compare it to wind tunnel modeling performed at UF’s Powell Family Structures & Materials Laboratory. With support from the National Science Foundation, UF is developing new tools that test hazardous winds on a variety of artificial landscapes inside the lab’s wind tunnel to help better understand how storms impact cities and towns.

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CCS researcher developing AI model to predict harmful algal blooms in southwest Florida

In Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment, Featured, In the Headlines, NewsBy Andrew ShipleyStory originally published on FOX 4 Southwest Florida

Enrique Orozco Lopez, Ph.D., a postdoctoral associate at the Center for Coastal Solutions (CCS), spoke with FOX 4 Southwest Florida about the AI model he has been developing to better manage the water flow from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee River, with the goal of reducing the amount of released nutrients that produce harmful algal blooms.

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J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering announces new chair

In Featured, J Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering, NewsBy Shawn Jenkins

The Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering has selected Dr. Cherie Stabler as the new chair of the J. Crayton Family Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME). Stabler, Ph.D., is the Integra LifeSciences & UF Foundation Preeminence Term Professor in BME. She will succeed Dr. Christine Schmidt, who led the department since 2013.

AI helps create better, simpler hepatitis, COVID-19 tests

In AI University, Department of Chemical Engineering, NewsBy Eric HamiltonStory originally published on UF News

Going beyond pregnancy and COVID-19, the world could someday soon come to rely on at-home tests for many diseases thanks in part to AI-fueled improvements. UF scientists have used artificial intelligence tools to simplify a test that works for both hepatitis C and SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The simplified test happens in one small test tube in just a few minutes. With further refinement, it could arrive at doctor’s offices soon and, one day, become available as home tests that are as easy as a pregnancy test.