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August 26, 2015
46th Annual Topics in Internal Medicine Conference
September 24-27, 2015 | Sandpearl Resort, Clearwater Beach, FL
For more information, please visit our website: Topics.cme.ufl.edu
“Topics in Internal Medicine” is one of the most consistently successful CME programs in the history of the UF College of Medicine. Each year, we present a lecture series focused on the most current, evidence-based diagnostic and therapeutic strategies in Internal Medicine. Our target audience is the generalist clinician. A particular emphasis is placed upon efficient, practical updates within each of the Internal Medicine subspecialties. Each attendee can rapidly determine how current his or her knowledge is in each topic area, listen and review the lecturer’s presentation for visual reinforcement of material, and then interact with faculty in multiple question and answer settings to discuss pertinent cases or other clinical areas of interest. It is hoped that by participating in this program, attendees will have ample opportunity to self-assess the adequacy of their knowledge base and then translate newly acquired or updated knowledge into better care for their patients.
“Topics” is in its 46th year, marking it as one of the most successful and enduring CME programs in the history of the College of Medicine. Approximately 70% of our attendees are recurring attendees – many of whom have been returning to our meeting for decades. Many of our topics are derived from requests made by our attendees. Speakers are selected from among the most highly evaluated faculty within the UF College of Medicine.
The rapid pace at which new therapies and procedures are being developed is extremely challenging to clinicians trying to “keep up” with evidence-based guidelines and new literature. This course’s faculty members are adept at clearly communicating the clinical utility of medical advances to our audience – partly because of their recognized teaching abilities but also because many are participating in teams actually responsible for producing some of these advances in diagnosis and treatment. Our faculty also present expert and timely reviews of more established therapies and procedures. – Eric I. Rosenberg, MD, MSPH, FACP
Submitted by Rayven Gentry, UF Continuing Medical Education
Scholarly Communications Workshops - Fall 2015 from the George A. Smathers Libraries
The following scholarly communications workshops will be offered in Library West Room 212 and online via Adobe Connect. Registration at least 24 hours in advance is REQUIRED for online workshops. Registration is requested, but not required, for in person workshops. Register at http://apps.uflib.ufl.edu/Registration/public_workshops_scheduled.aspx.
For more information, contact Christine Fruin at firstname.lastname@example.org or (352) 273-2710
Copyright for Online Teaching
Whether you are preparing an online course for UF students or getting ready to launch a course through Coursera, this workshop will assist faculty, instructional designers and others in navigating the copyright issues that arise when delivering course content online. The workshop will cover the law of fair use and the various alternatives available to delivering copyrighted content through the eLearning and Coursera platforms. Special focus will be on incorporating images, audio, and video in online courses.
Library West 212: September 9th - 12:45-1:45
Online (Adobe Connect): September 10th – 12:45-1:45
Copyright Essentials for the Graduate Researcher
Working on your thesis or dissertation and including copyrighted works of others in your paper? Confused about the publication and deposit options available to you for your dissertation and wondering what impact these options will have on later publication of your work? This workshop will answer these common copyright questions that graduate students encounter as they write and prepare to publish their own thesis or dissertation. This workshop is a must for all graduate students working on a thesis or dissertation.
Library West 212: September 23rd – 12:45-1:45
Online (Adobe Connect): September 24th – 12:45-1:45
Sharing Scholarship and Reaching Research through Open and Public Access
Traditionally, scholarly research has been available only through expensive journal subscriptions. For more than a decade, open access proponents have encouraged and enabled free and unrestricted access to high quality, peer-reviewed scholarly works immediately upon publication. More recently, government and private funders have mandated open access to funded research through publicly accessible repositories. In this workshop, participants will learn more about open access principles and methods and about federal and private funder mandates requiring public access to scholarly research. Persons who currently receive or are considering applying for government or private grants to fund their research are strongly encouraged to attend this workshop to learn about the forthcoming requirements of public access.
Library West 212: October 7th – 12:45-1:45
Online (Adobe Connect): October 8th – 12:45-1:45
Opening up Copyright with Creative Commons (NEW for 2015)
If you want to give people the right to share, use, and even build upon a work you’ve created, you should consider publishing it under a Creative Commons (CC) license. CC gives you flexibility and protects the people who use your work, so they don’t have to worry about copyright infringement, as long as they abide by the conditions you have specified. If you’re looking for content that you can freely and legally use, there is a giant pool of CC-licensed creativity available to you. There are hundreds of millions of works — from songs and videos to scientific and academic material — available to the public for free and legal use under the terms of our copyright licenses, with more being contributed every day. This workshop will inform attendees about the various CC licenses available and how to select a license for their own work and how to locate CC licensed works for reuse.
Library West 212: November 18th - 12:45-1:45
Adobe Connect: November 19th – 12:45-1:45
Submitted by Barbara Hood, George A. Smathers Libraries
Important Procedural Update from the Disability Resource Center
Accommodated Test Request (ATR) Completion:
Effective August 2015, the Accommodated Test Request (ATR) will be completed as an online form.
- Students will initiate an ATR for each exam to be scheduled at the DRC. Each ATR will be routed to you for review through your UFL email address. Faculty or instructors will need to either accept or decline the request as submitted. This review must be completed at least four (4) business days before the scheduled exam date.
- If the ATR is approved, it will be routed to the DRC for scheduling.
- Faculty or instructors will receive a reminder regarding your review of an ATR two (2) business days before it is due.
- Faculty or instructors will also receive a reminder three (3) business days before a scheduled exam date if you still need to provide an exam to the DRC.
- Instructions for completing the ATR are embedded in the ATR. A summary is located here, as well.
If you have questions about any of this update, please contact the DRC at 352-392-8565 or via email at email@example.com. We appreciate your support as we work to improve the efficiency of our processes.
Submitted by Jim Gorske, Disability Resource Center
Baby Gator Drop-In Care and Spirit Nights
Baby Gator Drop-In Care:
Do you have school age children who need care when Alachua County public schools are closed? If so, then Baby Gator is the place for you! Baby Gator is offering Drop in Care for children ages Kindergarten through 6th grade on most of the dates that the Alachua County schools are closed. Please see the Baby Gator website for more details http://babygator.ufl.edu/services/special-events/. Registration forms for the first drop-in care on Friday, October 30th will be posted soon.
Baby Gator Spirit Nights:
Are you interested in a night of no cooking? Do you want to help Baby Gator meet their fundraising goal? If so, please consider participating in Baby Gator Spirit Nights! Baby Gator will be teaming up with local restaurants every 2nd Tuesday starting in October. Restaurants will donate 15 - 25% of food and beverage sales for everyone who presents a Baby Gator Flyer when ordering in the restaurant or getting take - out. All funds raised go to support Baby Gator activities. The first Spirit Night will be Tuesday, October 13th at Sonny's BBQ on Archer Road from 5pm - 9pm. Please see the Baby Gator website for the fliers to present http://babygator.ufl.edu/services/special-events/.
Submitted by Nika Lorenz Douglas, Baby Gator Child Development and Research Center
National Science Board (NSB) Nominations Open for Eminent Science Awards
The honorary awards given annually by the National Science Board (NSB) are among the most prestigious honors that recognize outstanding achievement in science and engineering.
NSB's Vannevar Bush Award, named for the presidential science advisor instrumental to the creation of the National Science Foundation, honors leaders who have made lifelong public service contributions to science, technology, and public policy.
NSB's Public Service Award honors individuals and/or groups for major contributions to increasing public understanding of science and engineering -- in education, the media, or other areas.
Know someone deserving of recognition? To learn more about the awards, and how to nominate an individual or group, please visit NSB Honorary Awards.
NSB is accepting nominations for the 2016 awards through October 1.
To catch a preview of last year's awards, check out a video featuring the 2015 awards recipients.
Submitted by the Office of the Provost
Workshop on Academic Engagement with Cuba
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
3:00 - 5:00 PM at the UF International Center
The Center for Latin American Studies, the UF Cuba Program, the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, and the UF International Center invite you to attend a workshop on Academic Engagement with Cuba. The workshop is free and open to the public but registration is required. To reserve your seat, please visit:
Workshop on Academic Engagement with Cuba
Dr. Fred Royce, Academic Manager, UF-University of Havana Cooperative Agreement
Dr. Lillian Guerra, Waldo W. Neikirk Professor of Cuban and Caribbean History
Bill Messina, Agricultural Economist, UF Department of Food and Resource Economics
Dr. Tom Frazer, Director, UF School of Natural Resources and Environment
Dr. Philip Williams, Director, Center for Latin American Studies
For more information please contact Nikki Kernaghan.
Submitted by Mabel Cardec, UF International Center
UFIC Study Abroad Fair
Wednesday, September 16th, 10am- 3pm at the Plaza of the Americas
The UF International Center (UFIC) invites faculty to learn about current Study Abroad programs.
UFIC encourages and supports UF faculty to lead a study abroad program for UF students. Faculty have various options to set up the logistics of a program, such as housing, classroom facilities, local transportation, cultural activities, etc. Some faculty choose to make all the arrangements themselves while others use travel agencies or other service providers. UFIC also works with study abroad affiliates to create partnership programs.
For more information on how to develop a faculty-led program visit us here.
For additional information about the Study Abroad Fair, you can visit here. Or contact Alexis Weisman at firstname.lastname@example.org
Submitted by Mabel Cardec, International Center
Part-Time Job Fair, Registration for UF Departments
The Part-Time Job Fair is a great opportunity to recruit students for your part-time opportunities in your department. Hosted by the Career Resource Center, it will be held on Wednesday, September 2 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Reitz Union Circle Drive Breezeway. The registration fee for UF Departments is $25 per booth. Two representatives are included per booth space. The registration deadline has been extended through Friday, August 28th. Please contact Jasmin Robinson at JasminR@crc.ufl.edu, if you are interested in securing a booth.
Submitted by Dana McPherson, Career Resource Center
Student Health and Wellness Resources
Following is current information about three of the major health and wellness facilities on campus catering to students. For more information, please visit the following websites:
The tuition-included health fee helps pay for many student-focused health and wellness services; however, not everything is covered by this fee. Students may call or go online to learn more about each facility and what services they may be financially responsible for.
Counseling and Wellness Center (CWC) – (352) 392-1575, http://www.counseling.ufl.edu/cwc: As the primary provider of counseling, mental health and psychiatric services for students, the CWC offers individual therapy, groups, couples counseling, consultation, crisis services, outreach, biofeedback and more to help students be maximally effective in their academic pursuits. Emergency walk-in and crisis stabilization services are provided at the Crisis and Emergency Resource Center (CERC) in Peabody Hall.
GatorWell Health Promotion Services – (352) 273-4450, http://gatorwell.ufsa.ufl.edu/: GatorWell supports student success by providing relevant and credible health information and programming on alcohol and other drugs; nutrition and eating disorders outreach; interpersonal violence prevention; sexual health; stress, time and sleep management; and tobacco cessation. Additional free services include HIV testing, wellness coaching for academic success, educational outreach and presentations, and health message campaigns.
Student Health Care Center (SHCC) – (352) 392-1161, http://shcc.ufl.edu: Providing healthcare services to more than 26,000 students each year, the accredited SHCC outpatient clinic provides general medical care and pharmacy/laboratory/radiology services, plus a variety of specialty services including: flu and allergy shots; mole screenings; nutrition services; physical therapy; sports medicine services; sexual health services; travel counseling/vaccinations; and women’s health services. Health insurance is accepted.
Submitted by Catherine Seemann, Communications Coordinator, Student Health Care Center ( email@example.com)
When it comes to developing innovative gene therapies for retinal diseases, few researchers are doing more than Shannon Boye, Ph.D., and her laboratory staff of 10 at the University of Florida. In addition to advancing a gene therapy for Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA) caused by GUCY2D mutations toward a human study, Dr. Boye and her team are enhancing gene-delivery systems by making them safer to administer and able to carry larger payloads than current systems.
In recognition of her pivotal role in moving the gene-therapy field forward, Dr. Boye received the Foundation’s Board of Director’s Award, which was presented at VISIONS 2015, FFB’s annual conference, for achievements in retinal research.
“Not only is Dr. Boye a top-notch retinal investigator; she is thoughtful, articulate and, as VISIONS attendees are learning in her Gene Therapy 101 session, she knows how to communicate the complicated science in terms that everyone can understand,” says Stephen Rose, Ph.D., the Foundation’s chief research officer.
Dr. Boye’s emerging LCA gene therapy is particularly compelling because GUCY2D mutations severely affect the cones of young children. Cones are the retinal cells responsible for reading, recognizing faces, perceiving colors and seeing in lighted conditions.
She has achieved success with the gene therapy in mouse models of LCA, and is now determining the optimal viral gene-delivery system for a planned human study. She’s partnering with the pharmaceutical company Genzyme to launch the clinical trial.
Dr. Boye is also working on a technique for injecting gene therapies into the middle of the eye, which is filled with pliable vitreous gel. The approach is less likely to cause damage than subretinal injections, which are commonly used but more invasive, and put the retina, already fragile from disease, at risk of further damage.
To address the challenge of getting large genes like USH2A and CEP290 into cells of the retina, Dr. Boye is developing what’s known as a dual-vector delivery system, which essentially doubles the capacity of current systems.
Dr. Boye is one of the youngest investigators ever to receive the Board of Director’s Award, which is given annually at the conference. “Young researchers are beginning their careers with more powerful technologies and more scientific knowledge than established scientists like we had when starting out,” says Dr. Rose. “They have an opportunity to advance the science much faster and further. They are the lifeblood of the future of research, and moving treatments into human studies.”
The Foundation established the Alan Laties Career Development Program to foster the advancement of young, retinal-research talent. It’s given out more than 100 awards. - Ben Shaberman - June 26, 2015
Submitted by Shannon Boye, College of Medicine
SEC Faculty Travel Grants for AY 2015-2016
The University of Florida has selected seven faculty to receive the SEC Faculty Travel Grants for AY2015-2016:
Sherry Ahrentzen, DCP/Shimberg Center for Housing Studies – Texas A&M
Michelle U. Campos, CLAS/Dept. of History – Vanderbilt University
Lisa Iglesias, ARTS/School of Art & Art History – University of Alabama
Akito Y. Kawahara, FLMNH/Curator –Auburn University
Anthony Offerle, ARTS/School of Music – Auburn University
Trysh Travis, CLAS/Women’s Studies & Gender Research – Vanderbilt University
Yu Wang, IFAS/FSHN, Citrus Research Center – University of Georgia
More information available online at http://www.aa.ufl.edu/awards-and-enhancements Southeastern Conference (SEC) Visiting Faculty Travel Grant Program.
Submitted by Angel Kwolek-Folland, Office of the Provost
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