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July 29, 2015
CampusClarity "Think About It" Requirement for All New Students
Starting July 1, the University of Florida requires completion of the Campus Clarity “Think About It” online training course for all new students. The course addresses the interconnection between drug and alcohol abuse, hookup culture, and sexual violence, and encourages students to reflect critically on the personal beliefs, social norms, and cultural pressures that enable high-risk behaviors.
This mandatory program will replace the “eCheckup” requirement that was previously required of all new undergraduate students. The new, “Think About It” course is mandatory for all new undergraduate, graduate and professional UF students, both online and traditional. The mandate is in accordance with the Campus SaVE Act which will go into effect this year.
This training course will further UF’s culture of care and help students make healthy decisions.
More information about the “Think About It” requirement and course is available at:
For questions, please email email@example.com.
An administrative memo announcing this requirement was distributed on June 26 and is available here:
Submitted by Kim Pace, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
Swamp Dance Fest Ends with Culminating Performances July 30-August 2
Each year the University of Florida School of Theatre + Dance hosts a four-week summer dance intensive called SWAMP DANCE FEST! This year's festival concludes with four culminating performances showcasing works created during the intensive and performances by students and guest artists. Join us in G-6 Studio of the Nadine M. McGuire Theatre and Dance Pavilion Thursday, July 30-Saturday, August 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, August 2 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $13 for faculty and staff and can be purchased through the University Box Office, by calling 352-392-1653 or at www.ticketmaster.com. Learn more at http://arts.ufl.edu/in-the-loop/events/.
Submitted by the Leah Craig, College of the Arts
GRAMMY Foundation® Grant Program: 2016 Letter of Inquiry Online
The GRAMMY Foundation ® Grant Program is seeking applications to help facilitate the support of music preservation and research projects.
With funding generously provided by The Recording Academy®, the Grant Program awards grants each year to organizations and individuals to support efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of music and the recorded sound heritage of the Americas for future generations, and research projects related to the impact of music on the human condition.
Grant funds have been utilized to preserve private collections as well as materials at the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian and numerous colleges and universities. Research projects have studied the links between music and early childhood education, treatments for illnesses and injuries common to musicians, and the impact of music therapy on populations from infants to the elderly. More than $6 million in grants has been awarded to more than 300 recipients.
HOW TO APPLY:
A letter of inquiry is required before submission of a full application. To read the guidelines and to submit a letter of inquiry for the 2016 GRAMMY Foundation grant cycle, please visit www.grammyfoundation.org/grants. The deadline each year for submitting letters of inquiry is Oct. 1.
The GRAMMY Foundation Grant Program funds the following areas:
1. Scientific Research Projects: $20,000 Maximum Award
2. Archiving And Preservation Projects:
· A. Preservation Implementation: $20,000 Maximum Award
· B. Assistance, Assessment And/ Or Consultation: $5,000 Maximum Award
For more information about the GRAMMY Foundation, please visit www.grammyfoundation.org.
Submitted by Office of the Provost
2016 Jefferson Science Fellows
The Jefferson Science Fellows program was established by the US Secretary of State to engage the American academic science, technology, engineering, and medical communities in the design and implementation of US foreign policy.
Jefferson Science Fellows spend one year at the US Department of State or the US Agency for International Development (USAID) for an on-site assignment in Washington, DC that may also involve extended stays at US Foreign embassies and/or other missions. The fellowship is open to tenured, or similarly ranked, academic scientists, engineers, and physicians from US institutions of higher learning.
The application deadline is November 2, 2015, and awardees will be notified in December. Up to fifteen Fellows are expected to be selected for the 2016 program year. The selected 2016 Jefferson Science Fellows will report to the State Department in mid-August 2016.
Application and instructions can be found on the Jefferson Science Fellows website: www.nas.edu/jsf
Submitted by the Office of the Provost
Free Fitness and Rec for Faculty and Staff: August 18-23
UF RecSports is offering a free trial membership to all UF faculty and staff, August 18-23. This access includes Southwest Recreation Center and Student Recreation & Fitness Center. To activate your free trial, visit the Membership Desk at SWRC, 8 am - 7 pm, Mon.-Thurs. Info: 352-846-1081
Submitted by Andy Howard, Department of Recreational Sports
Preview of Arts and Entertainment in the Gator Nation, Hosted by APA and AAW
Join the UF Academic & Professional Assembly (APA) and the Association of Academic Women (AAW) for the Arts & Entertainment in the Gator Nation Preview at the Harn Museum of Art on August 17 at 3:30 p.m. Hear season highlights from each of the following departments: Florida Museum of Natural History, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Stephen C. O’Connell Center, UF College of the Arts, UF Performing Arts and more. UF staff and faculty are welcome to attend.
A few lucky attendees will receive free tickets to campus events and activities.
Register TODAY - https://apassembly.ufl.edu/2015/07/apa-hosts-preview-of-arts-and-entertainment-in-the-gator-nation-2015-2016/
Submitted by Megan Kimmel, APA publicity chair
NSB Welcomes Nominations for 2016 Honorary Awards
Each year, the National Science Board (NSB) pays tribute to remarkable contributions and public service in science and engineering through its Vannevar Bush and Public Service awards. NSB is currently accepting nominations for its 2016 honorary awards through Thursday, October 1, 2015.
Named after the gifted visionary and dynamic public servant who was behind the creation of the National Science Foundation (NSF), NSB's Vannevar Bush Award honors life-long leaders who have made exceptional contributions toward the welfare of humankind and the nation through public service activities in science, technology, and public policy. Past recipients include former Lockheed Martin CEO Norman Augustine, former science advisor and NSF director Neal Lane, and Maxine Singer, former Carnegie Institution president. Nomination instructions are available on the Vannevar Bush Award website and all recipients are listed on the NSB site. Additional information can be found at: http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/awards/bush.jsp
NSB's Public Service Award honors individuals and groups for substantial contributions to increasing public understanding of science and engineering in the United States. These contributions may be in a wide variety of areas, including mass media, social media, education, training programs and entertainment. Moira Gunn, Host of Tech Nation, Craig Barrett, of Intel Corporation, and the PBS series "NOVA," are past awardees. A complete list of recipients, as well as nomination instructions, can be found on the award website at http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/awards/public.jsp.
Karla Shelnutt Received the NACTA (North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture) Jack Everly Journal Award
Dr. Shelnutt received the NACTA Jack Everly Journal Award during the June 2015 NACTA Conference held at the University of Georgia in Athens. As a recipient of this award, Dr. Shelnutt was recognized at the international level for her commitment and excellence in college teaching and in the scholarship of teaching and learning. Dr. Shelnutt joins a select group of college faculty and NACTA members who have received Journal awards.
Submitted by the Office of the Provost
James Cusick Awarded 2015 Primary Source Award for Access for “Pioneer Days in Florida” Digital Project
James Cusick, Curator, P. K. Yonge Library of Florida History, has been awarded the 2015 Primary Source Award for Access from the Center for Research Libraries. Dr. Cusick’s award is for his work on Pioneer Days in Florida, funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). Over 45,000 pages of the rarest and most fragile materials in the University of Florida’s George A. Smathers Libraries were digitized with the project, including all 19th-century materials from the Florida Manuscripts Collection.
In its earliest years, the swamps and wetlands of Florida were as much a frontier as the Western mountains, deserts, and plains; travelers and frontiersmen often faced extremely harsh conditions in their search for prosperity in a new land. A wide range of first-hand accounts of these experiences is now openly accessible online in the University of Florida Digital Collections due to the efforts of Dr. Cusick.
The content ranges from late colonial days (1784) through the Wars of Indian Removal, Civil War, Reconstruction, and into the 20th Century (1912). Items include 14 collections of family papers, 134 volumes of diaries and memoirs representing 40 different writers, and 240 folders of additional letters, reports, and sketches. Selections highlight some underrepresented topics, such as women pioneers, slavery and race relations, and the Second Seminole War. The digitized materials document “the experiences and conflicts of native peoples, settlers, soldiers, and travelers during [Florida’s] turbulent 1800s,” beginning when “settlers in Florida faced a harsh and alien environment, a patchwork of forts, ranches, and wilderness.” They also paint a picture of Florida’s first land boom in the 1880s, and the development of the tourist industry.
Dr. Cusick and his team worked to make the primary source database as user-friendly as possible. He engaged undergraduate history majors and graduate students on student projects to supplement existing transcriptions of handwritten items, increasing text-searching capability. He also worked closely with IT and digital experts to implement “page turner” functionality for the diaries in the project. Since its launch, usage statistics and feedback from scholars and students have exceeded expectations. In its first two years the collection had just over 83,000 views.
One award reviewer noted: “The content, volume, and accessibility of the project are the clear strengths. The content intersects with multiple important historical periods and events that have broad application in university and high school settings.” Dr. Cusick is creating lesson plans to demonstrate the relevance of the digitized materials to topics including environmental history and the history of development and transportation in the region.
Submitted by Barbara Hood, George A. Smathers Libraries
Betsy Simpson Awarded Distinguished Career Award by NEFLIN
Betsy Simpson, recently retired head of the cataloging and metadata department of the George A. Smathers Libraries, has been awarded the Northeast Florida Library Information Network (NEFLIN) Distinguished Career Award. This distinguished award is made by a jury and based on accomplishments, service, and contributions made by the nominee that have enhanced the library field and the community served.
The award will be presented to Betsy at the NEFLIN Annual Meeting on September 18, 2015, at the Embassy Suites Jacksonville.
Submitted by Barbara Hood, George A. Smathers Libraries
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