Latest University of Florida News

Judge: UF can't stop faculty in cases conflicting with state

Jan. 21, 2022 15:04 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — In a decision that made a withering comparison to Communist China, a federal judge on Friday blocked the University of Florida from enforcing a policy that restricted faculty members from providing expert testimony in cases that conflict with positions taken by the state of...

Judge will decide soon on whether free speech violated at UF

Jan. 14, 2022 16:52 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge sharply criticized an attorney for the University of Florida on Friday during a hearing on whether six faculty members' free speech rights were infringed upon after the lawyer accused some of the professors of having no standing to make their cases because...

University of Florida president says he will resign in 2023

Jan. 05, 2022 15:44 PM EST

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — University of Florida President Kent Fuchs announced Wednesday that 2022 will be his final year in office and that he plans to return to the classroom. Fuchs, 67, said in a video address that he informed Board of Trustees Chairman Mori Hosseini of his...

12-year-old girl graduates from South Florida college

Dec. 25, 2021 03:18 AM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — During her first in-person biology lab on campus, the professor asked the class to find an object and swab it for bacteria. Most students wiped their desks and phones. Sawsan Ahmed reached into her backpack and pulled out her white teddy bear, Ben. Her...

Study: COVID surge expected in Florida, peaking in February

Dec. 22, 2021 12:51 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — With Floridians lining up by the tens of thousands for COVID tests across the state this week, University of Florida researchers predict that cases in the Sunshine State, driven by the new omicron variant, could peak in February with more than 30,000 reported cases a day. ...

Florida brother to accept degree for sister who died

Dec. 16, 2021 12:19 PM EST

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A University of Florida student who became paralyzed below the waist and lost vision in one eye from a rare and incurable blood disease died just weeks before graduation. But she still managed to finish her degree, so her brother plans to walk in her place during a...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Dec. 15, 2021 13:46 PM EST

Palm Beach Post. December 13, 2021. Editorial: If conditions warrant, DeSantis should restore local COVID protections In an ideal world, our concern over the latest form of COVID could be much ado about nothing. The omicron variant, which has run rampant in South...

Florida professors cite fear of state politicians on campus

Dec. 07, 2021 21:01 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — University of Florida professors say fear of upsetting state politicians pervades the campus to the point that race-related references have been edited out of course materials and faculty members have been restricted from participating in outside activities that challenge the...

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...