Latest University of Florida News

Invasive tegu lizards survive cold and eat tortoise babies

Dec. 05, 2021 03:14 AM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Argentine black and white tegu is multiplying and mobilizing in the backwoods and backyards of the Sunshine State — a creature more ominous than pythons because of its cold hardiness and indiscriminate palate. Wildlife officials have...

Complaint: UF wants to ax 'critical race' from study title

Dec. 02, 2021 19:02 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — University of Florida administrators told faculty members they couldn’t used the words “critical” and “race” together in describing a new concentration of study, out of fear that it would antagonize state lawmakers who are contemplating a bill to ban critical...

Former Florida surgeon general heading to Brown University

Nov. 24, 2021 11:59 AM EST

TALLAHASEE, Fla. (AP) — Dr. Scott Rivkees, who led Florida's initial response to the coronavirus pandemic as head of the state health department, has accepted a job at Brown University. The Brown University School of Public Health announced this week Rivkees is...

House panel probing free speech at University of Florida

Nov. 18, 2021 17:56 PM EST

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A U.S. House subcommittee opened an investigation Thursday into whether the University of Florida interfered with academic freedom and free speech when it stopped three professors from testifying as experts in a lawsuit challenging Florida's election law, before...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Nov. 17, 2021 13:22 PM EST

Palm Beach Post. November 10, 2021. Editorial: Give popular vote priority in presidential elections It’s a truism most Americans take for granted: Elected officeholders win by getting a majority of the vote. The concept is usually the rule, with...

FSU determines 3 professors guilty of sexual misconduct

Nov. 16, 2021 12:04 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State University quietly fired one professor, suspended another who resigned a few months later and allowed a third to remain on the job after it determined they committed sexual misconduct in separate incidents with students, according to disciplinary...

Editorial Roundup: Wisconsin

Nov. 10, 2021 15:37 PM EST

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. November 7, 2021. Editorial: Unneeded secrecy undermines trust We’re not going to say much about the ongoing trial of Kyle Rittenhouse. There’s enough of a circus surrounding it, and it’s up to jurors to decide...

University changes course; professors may testify in lawsuit

Nov. 05, 2021 18:51 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Reversing its previous position, the University of Florida said Friday that it will allow three professors to testify as experts in a lawsuit challenging a new state election law that critics say restricts voting rights. Last month, the university...

University of Florida reverses decision blocking professors from testifying in lawsuit opposing new state election law

Nov. 05, 2021 13:08 PM EDT
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — University of Florida reverses decision blocking professors from testifying in lawsuit opposing new state election law.

U of Florida's academic freedom reviewed over testimony ban

Nov. 02, 2021 14:57 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The University of Florida has been asked by its accrediting body to explain how denying a request by three professors to serve as paid experts in a voting rights lawsuit conforms to standards for academic freedom and avoids undue political influence. ...