There’s nothing quite like a friendly, furry face to take the stress out of finals’ week. The University of North Florida hosted the first on-campus PAWS Your Stress events in the Student Union Game Room April 21 and April 22. Close to 800 students — and a few staff members — stopped in to spend time with 16 cuddly pups from Canine Companions for Independence, a nonprofit that assists the disabled community by providing highly trained assistance dogs. Like many of the other students who participated, sophomore Ania Cajuste left the Game Room feeling relaxed and stress-free after sitting and petting Banjo, a docile golden retriever. “It was good to get away from studying for awhile and not have to think about finals for a minute,” she said. “Any time I get a chance to pet a dog, I’m happy.”
These brief respites from the academic deadlines and hours of studying can have positive mental and physical outcomes for students who are nearing their stress thresholds, said Deborah Baker, assistant director of UNF's Counseling Center. She said holding or petting an animal can lower one's blood pressure and slow one's heart rate — both good signs that stress levels are trending down.
"There's nothing quite like dogs, especially trained ones, as sources of unconditional love and kindness," Baker said. "This program gives students a 10-minute vacation from all the hassles and concerns and lets them spend some time with an animal that's going to be there for them."
CCI breeds Labrador retriever and golden retrievers to assist adults or children with disabilities. Any newborn puppy in the CCI program receives 13 to 18 months of obedience and socialization training provided by volunteers, followed by an additional six to nine months of professional instruction at one of five Canine Companions regional training centers. Lee Hoyt, a CCI volunteer who helped organize the event, said the group brings their dogs to about 30 different events a year, but this was the first time the local chapter had catered to a college crowd. “It’s all about bringing a few smiles to peoples’ faces, whether that’s on a college campus or at the Special Olympics or any of the other places we go,” Hoyt said. “There’s nothing better than seeing the looks on their faces when they get some time with one of our dogs.”Patrice Kapcio, executive secretary for the Graduate School and a volunteer member of CCI herself, coordinated the campus canine takeover. Kapcio has trained a number of CCI dogs, going so far as to bring them in to the office regularly.“I have toys and crate in my office to keep them comfortable,” she said. “To be good assistance dogs, they need to have a lot of training and learn from an early age that they’re not the center of attention. That’s why bringing them out in public is a necessary step. The staff has been really understanding and accepting about that.”Based on the ear-to-ear smiles plastered on the faces of the students and staff members who left the Game Room, the event was wildly successful. It might have even inspired some higher test scores.“Let’s get back to studying,” junior Roni Roberson told a pair of friends as they left the fur-filled Student Union Game Room. “We can’t let the puppies down!”
The University of North
Florida will have a key presence in the innovative renovation of a historic
downtown Jacksonville landmark.
The former Barnett Bank
building on West Adams Street
has remained derelict for more than 20 years, but a motivated group of
investors and developers view the property as a potential entrepreneurial hub
for the city. A proposed adaptive reuse for the 18-floor structure will include
classroom, office, residential and retail
space. Construction will be completed in summer 2015, and UNF instructors from
of Computing, Engineering and Construction, the Division of Continuing Education and the Small Business
Development Center will offer
a variety of non-degree courses from the facility’s flexible classroom spaces.
arrangement is more of a partnership than a business deal, said Robert Wood,
dean of the Division of Continuing Education. He emphasized that UNF won’t be
renting any space in the building. Instead, use of the flexible classroom
spaces on the ninth floor will be offered free-of-charge on a periodic basis to
Wood estimated that close to 1,000 people could receive training through UNF’s
urban core location in its first year alone.
be able to capture a different market by being downtown,” Wood said. “More
companies are locating downtown, more young professionals are moving downtown
and we want them to have better access to the kinds of programs UNF can offer.”
The UNF instructors will also work with the
dynamic entrepreneurs who will take up residence in the innovation center. The KYN business accelerator program
and CoWork Jax
will be housed in the building on different floors. Additionally, One Spark
will be moving its headquarters to the Barnett.
One Spark crowdfunding festival, which was spearheaded by a group of UNF
graduates, served as a reintroduction of sorts for the Barnett. The interior of
the building, which had been stripped years before, saw its first signs of life
in decades with creator displays and diagrams of the finished innovation center
plastered on poster boards. Around 260,000 people attended the five-day event,
and many of them passed through the Barnett’s formerly distinguished doors.
The renovation process is being led by SouthEast Holdings,
which purchased the building and the nearby Laura
Street Trio last year with a $3 million loan from Stache Investments Corp., an investment group led by
Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan. The 18-floor structure will cost approximately $30 million to restore,
according to a Florida Times-Union report.
is yet another move by the University to strengthen its downtown Jacksonville
presence. A 2009 partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville,
a cultural resource of the University, helped UNF establish its first outpost
in the urban core since the closing of the UNF Downtown Center in 1987. While MOCA
allowed for the expansion of UNF’s cultural footprint in the city’s epicenter,
the Barnett location will install a strong academic and training presence for
the University, Wood said.
time is right for UNF to be involved downtown again.”
The following faculty members are the
recipients of the 2013-2014 Faculty Awards. Nominations came from students,
faculty colleagues, staff, administrators and alumni. All recipients receive a
cash award and will be honored with a commemorative plaque at the 2014 Fall
Convocation. The awards are funded through unrestricted gifts from the UNF
Foundation, Inc. and Academic Affairs.
Winner — Kristine W. Webb (College of
Education and Human Services — Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education)
Runner-Up — Jeffrey E. Michelman (Coggin
College of Business — Accounting and Finance)
Faculty Scholarship Awards
Matthew R. Gilg (College of Arts and
Sciences — Biology)
Michael W. Lufaso (College of Arts and
Sciences — Chemistry)
Theo C. Prousis (College of Arts and
Faculty Service Awards
Daniel C. Moon (College of Arts and
Sciences — Biology)
Jennifer K. Wesely (College of Arts and
Sciences — Criminology and Criminal Justice)
Faculty Community Engaged Scholarship Award
Rebecca A. Marcon (College of Arts and
Sciences — Psychology)
Graduate Teaching Awards
Tammie M. Johnson (Brooks College of Health
— Public Health)
John P. McDonough (Brooks College of
Health — School of Nursing)
Undergraduate Teaching Awards
Lian An (Coggin College of Business —
Economics and Geography)
Elissa M. Barr (Brooks College of Health —
Ching-Hua Chuan (College of Computing,
Engineering and Construction — School of Computing)
Paul D. Eason (College of Computing,
Engineering and Construction — School of Engineering — Mechanical Engineering)
Caroline A. Guardino (College of
Education and Human Services — Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education)
Alan Harris (College of Computing,
Engineering and Construction — School of Engineering — Electrical Engineering)
Amy L. Lane (College of Arts and Sciences
Christopher T. Leone (College of Arts and
Sciences — Psychology)
Ping Sa (College of Arts and Sciences —
Mathematics and Statistics)
Madalina F. Tanase (College of Education
and Human Services — Foundations and Secondary Education)
Public Health: Drs. Julie Merten, Sue Higgins, Michele Moore
and Elissa Barr presented a poster “Sun safety, knowledge, attitudes and
behaviors among beach-going adolescents” at the 14th annual American Academy of
Health Behavior in Charleston, S.C. in March.
Drs. Cindy Battie and Tes Tuason,
along with Dr. Irma Ancheta from
Nursing, published “The prevalence of
cardiovascular risk factors and diabetes increases with a body mass index of ≥
23 KG/M2 in Filipino American women” in Ethnicity and Disease.
Arts and Sciences
Art and Design: Nofa Dixon’s exhibition, “Reinventing NOFA, A One Person Exhibition,” has
been displayed at the Kent Campus of Florida State College at Jacksonville
Dr. Debra Murphy read her paper,
“Raphael’s Galatea: Fugitiva Imago in Conception and Meaning,” at the annual
meetings of the Renaissance Society of America in New York City in March.
Biology: Drs. Matt Gilg and Cliff Ross co-hosted the 43rd annual Benthic
Ecology National Meeting at UNF.
Dr. Jim Gelsleichter and his students gave the following presentations at the 43rd
annual Benthic Ecology Meeting at UNF: (i) with A. Leary and D. Grubbs,
“Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Biomarkers in Deep Sea Sharks in the Years
Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill”; (ii) with M. Gonzalez De Acevedo,
B. Anderson, B. Frazier and C. Belcher, “ Reproduction of the Bonnethead Shark
(Sphyrna tiburo) from the Southeastern U.S. Atlantic Coast”; (iii) with M.
Collazos and A. Leary, the poster “Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon
Biomarkers in the Golden Tilefish After the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.”
Gelsleichter, with C. J. Walker and his colleagues D. H. Adams and C. A.
Manire, published “Evaluation of the Use of Metallothionein as a Biomarker for
Detecting Physiological Responses to Mercury Exposure in the Bonnethead, Sphyrna Tiburo” in the journal Fish Physiology and Biochemistry.
Dr. Quincy Gibson and her students gave the following presentations at the
Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Marine Mammal Symposium in Wilmington, NC: (i) with
J. Ermak, “When are two heads better than one? Using eco-demographic variables
predict alliance formation in bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)”; (ii) with K. Karle, “Seasonal changes in
group composition and behavior of female bottlenose dolphins”; (iii) with S.
Nekolny and E. Johnson, “Mark-recapture abundance estimates of bottlenose
dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)
in the St. Johns River, FL”; (iv) with S. Revels, “Prevalence and type of skin
lesions in bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops
truncatus) in the St. Johns River, Florida,” which was awarded the Best
Undergraduate Oral Presentation at the meeting.
Dr. Matt Gilg, with his students Ryan Howard, Ryan
Turner, Mike Middlebrook, Mazen Abdulnour, Elvis Lukaj and Y. Peter Sheng gave
a presentation, “Estimating the dispersal capacity of the introduced green
mussel, Perna viridis, from
field collections and oceanographic modeling,” at the 43rd annual Benthic
Ecology Meeting at UNF.
Dr. Courtney Hackney and his students, Asher Williams and Nathan T. Lauer,published
the paper, “Soil phosphorous dynamics and saltwater intrusion in a Florida
estuary,” in the journal Wetlands.
Eric Johnson (i) presented “Assessing
the potential of spatial management strategies for protecting migratory mature
female blue crabs Callinectes sapidus”
at the 106th annual meeting of the National Shellfisheries Association in
Jacksonville; (ii) presented “A novel application of bio-geochemical
fingerprinting to evaluate the nursery potential of Chesapeake Bay subestuaries
for blue crabs” at the 43rd Benthic Ecology Meeting at UNF; (iii) with graduate
student Mary Kate Swenarton presented “Preliminary investigations
of life history of Pterois volitans
in the coastal waters of Northeast Florida,” also at the 43rd Benthic Ecology
Meeting; (iv) with students Corey Corrick and MaryKate Swenarton, presented the
poster, “Derbies as an effective means for sample collection and
analysis of invasive lionfish in Northeast Florida” at the 43rd Benthic Ecology
Meeting; (v) with colleagues at the Smithsonian Institution received a grant,
“Nursery habitat contributions to the Chesapeake blue crab spawning stock” from
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,
Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Program for $328,904, with a subcontract to UNF for $40,000.
Dr. Mike Lentz
and his students Travis Putzke, Rick Hessler, Chad Harris, Lewjain Sakr and
Tyler Gorman presented a poster, “Genetic and Physiological Characterization of
Yeast Isolated from Fruit, and Analysis of Fermentation Potential” at the
Southeast Regional Yeast Meeting at Vanderbilt University in
Dr. Judy Ochrietor gave the following poster presentations with her students
at the American Society for Cell Biology meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana: (i)
with J. M. Brown, “Characterization of the interaction between Basigin and
L1cam”; (ii) with J. D. Fong, “Photoreceptor-specific Basigin protein may
stimulate expression of interleukin 6 via the ubiquitously-expressed Basigin
protein”; (iii) with K Russell, “Photoreceptor-specific Basigin protein
stimulates expression of interleukin 6 via the MAP kinase pathway”; and (iv)
with H. Zahir, and J. Gelsleichter, “Characterization of Basigin and
Monocarboxylate transporter gene expression in the mouse tongue.”
Dr. Cliff Ross
gave the following poster presentations with his students at the 43rd annual
Benthic Ecology Meeting at UNF: (i) with Amanda Andersen, Kevin Olsen, Chelsea
Metzgar, and Richard Pierce, “Non-target effects of mosquito control pesticides
on the sub-lethal stress and survival of coral larvae”; (ii) with Nichole
Bishop, “The Host-Pathogen Interaction of Wasting Disease among Seagrasses
under Abiotic Stressors.” Ross
also published the paper, “Nitric oxide and heat shock protein 90 co-regulate
temperature-induced bleaching in the soft coral Eunicea fusca,” in the journal Coral Reefs.
Dr. Christa Arnold published
three articles in Medical Encounter: (i) “Are Physicians and Patients Really
Trained Listeners? Demonstrating and Discussing Listening Skills Training for
Medical Encounters”; (ii) “Examining
Patient Communication Behaviors in the Medical Interview: Towards Creating
Enhanced Patient Medical Communication Skills Training”; and (iii) “Revisiting
Patient Communication Training: Introducing the AGENDA Model and Curriculum.”
Criminology and Criminal Justice: Dr. Jennifer Wesely received the 2014 Susan B. Anthony
Award for advocacy, leadership and service to improve the status of women at
UNF. She also published “Women’s Homelessness and the
Role of Violence: Not Just a Personal Problem” in the edited book “Understanding Diversity: Celebrating Difference,
Clark Lunberry published
a review of Herbert
Blau’s “Reality Principles: From the
Absurd to the Virtual in The
Drama Review.” He also delivered a paper, “Reinventing Language, Vowel by Colorful Vowel,”
at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs in February.
History: Dr. Alan Bliss (i) delivered a lecture on U.S. Civil Rights history at
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District Headquarters on the
occasion of Black History Month; and ectured on Jacksonville’s historic
connections with the Civil Rights Movement at the Durkeeville Historical
Dr. James Broomall gave an invited presentation at the Southern
Roundtable’s Annual Conference in Athens, Ga.
Dr. David Courtwright gave a talk on informal economies and illicit
trade at the Stanford Association for International Development’s annual
Dr. Chau Kelly was part of a roundtable “Graduate Student
Writing Workshop” at the American Society of Environmental History Annual meeting
in San Francisco.
The Lynne Arriale Quintet,
featuring pianist Lynne Arriale, performed the program, “You Know How I Feel,”
a tribute to Nina Simone, Abbey Lincoln and Joni Mitchell, at the following
venues in Europe: (i) Kulturforum Villach, Villach, Austria, (ii) Theater
Steubchen, Kassel Germany, (iii) Vienna, Austria and (iv) CRC Concert
Hall, Istanbul, Turkey.
Dr. Gordon R. Brock conducted the UNF Wind Symphony at the 2014 Southern
Division College Band Directors National Association and National Band
Dr. Cara Tasher served
as chorus master and coordinated the final concert of the Regional Conference
of the American Choral Directors Association, with internationally renowned
Simon Halsey conducting the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and a vocal
ensemble comprised of the University of North Florida Chorale, Georgia State
University Singers and Tennessee Tech Chorale. This was the first performance
by the JSO of William Walton's Belshazzar’s
Philosophy and Religion: Dr. Bert Koegler published: “The Crisis of a Hermeneutic Ethic” in Philosophy Today.
Dr. Jonathan Matheson published “A Puzzle about Disagreement and Rationality” in The Social Epistemology Review and Reply
Collective (March). He also presented “Moral Caution and
Disagreement: An Epistemic Principle for Applied Ethics” at the Association for Practical and Professional
Ethics in March.
Physics: Dr. Daniel Santavicca
gave an invited talk, “Kinetic Inductance in Superconducting Nanowires,” at the
Florida Chapter of the American Vacuum Society and Florida Society for
Microscopy Annual Symposium at the University of Central Florida in March.
Science and Public Administration: Dr.
George Candler was an invited speaker on “Possiveis contribuições da
reflexão epistemologica para o avanço do conhecimento na administração pública”
at the IV Colóquio Internacional de Epistemologia e Sociologia da Ciência da
Administração in Florianopolis, Brazil.
Pamela Zeiser presented “The UN
Security Council Meets Global Pandemic: The Position of Pakistan” at the annual
conference of the International Studies Association in March.
Sociology and Anthropology: Dr. Jennifer Spaulding-Givens gave a presentation, “Using Reflective Activities to
Enhance and Assess Student Outcomes in Community-Based Learning,” and displayed
a poster, “In the Trenches: Utilizing Community-Based Learning to Teach Social
Work Practice with Organizations and Communities,” at the Gulf-South Summit in
Auburn, Ala. in March.
College of Computing, Engineering and Construction
Computing: Dr. Robert Roggio’s
paper titled “Taxonomy of Common Software Testing Terminology: Framework for
Key Software Engineering Testing Concepts” has been accepted for publication in
the Journal of Information Systems Applied Research.
Dr. Ching-Hua Chuan gave an invited talk
on “Intelligent Systems for Music Recommendations” for the Joe Berg Seminar in
April at the Museum of Science and History in Jacksonville. Additionally, Chuan
presented her project on “Giving Voice to Sign Language: 3D Gesture Recognition
and Speech Synthesis” at Scholars Transforming Academic Research Symposium in
Raghu Talluri and Dr. Swapnoneel
Roy’s paper titled "Cryptanalysis and Security Enhancement of Two
Advanced Authentication Protocols," has been accepted at ICACNI 2014. Roy
was also invited to deliver a talk on "Energy efficiency and data
security" at the conference
Ventzeslav Valev’s paper titled “From binary features to non-reducible
descriptors in supervised pattern recognition problems” has been published in
the Journal of Pattern Recognition Letters. Valev also co-authored two papers — “Binary feature selection
using non-reducible descriptors” and “Pre-ictal phase detection with SVMs” — that
were accepted at the fifth international Workshop on Machine Learning, Pattern
Recognition and Applications in Bologna, Italy, in July.
Engineering: Dr. Bill
Dally was an invited keynote speaker at the eighth international
Multipurpose Reef and Surf Science Symposium held in Rincon, Puerto Rico.
College of Education and
Counseling and Sport Management: Dr. Terence Cavanaugh presented three papers with other faculty at the Society
for Information Technology and Teacher Education conference: “The New
University Press — the Library: Lessons Learned” with Dr. Luke Cornelius, Nick Michaud, and J. Bowen; “Student
Trends with Digital Textbook Options in Preservice Education” with Dr. Nick Eastham; and “A Case
Study of Digital Dissertation Self-Publishing” with Dr. Elinor Scheirer. Furthermore, in April, Drs. Cavanaugh and Jason Lee
presented “Premium blend: The benefits of hybrid/blended instruction” for an
online colloquium hosted by Troy University.
Dr. Jerry Johnson recently had
a book and an article published. The book was titled, “Dynamics of social
class, race, and place in rural education” by Information Age Publishing and
co-authored with C. Howley and A. Howley. The article was published in the
International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation and co-authored
with M. Hess and S. Reynolds, titled, “A developmental model for educational
planning: Democratic rationalities and dispositions.” In April, Johnson presented
a paper, along with J. Roush and J. Hitchcock, at the American Educational
Research Association in Philadelphia, Pa., titled “Educational assets,
resources, and barriers in a semi-isolated community of Appalachia:
Implications of social capital.”
Foundations and Secondary Education:
discussed the development and growth of their collaborative partnership at the
2014 Gulf-South Summit on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement through Higher
Education at Auburn University in March. Their presentation, titled “Developing
Mutual Capacity: Creating and Growing a School-Based/University Partnership,”
highlighted key attributes that influence sustainability and address challenges
in school-based teacher education contexts. Presenters included Drs. Brian Zoellner, Richard
Chant and Wanda Lastrapes.
Exceptional, Deaf And Interpreter Education: Drs. Janice Seabrooks-Blackmore, Karen Patterson
and Kristine Webb published an
article in the Spring 2014 issue of the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation
titled, “Career Development: Planning, Integration, and Collaboration.”
Professional Development School Partnership
between UNF and Duval County Public Schools was well represented at the
2014 Professional Development School National Conference in Las Vegas, Nev. in
March. Tpresented Drs. Debbie Reed
and Susan Syverud, as well as Christie Stevenson and Maria
Ramdas participated in a conversation titled “Let’s Talk: The University of
North Florida’s Commitment to Reflective Practices.” Dr. Debbie Reed gave a presentation titled “Teacher Preparation in a
PDS Context: Service Learning Pedagogy Aimed at Enhanced Civic Outcomes for Future
Special Educators.” Reed co-presented with Ashleigh
Stowers on “Perspectives on Nexus 7 Tablets and Communication of Students
with Disabilities: The Convergence of Community Collaboration in a PDS
Context.” Brett Veneziale and Dr. Susan Syverud shared “To UPDS
Classrooms and Beyond: A Commitment to Making a Difference.” “The Evolving Role
of a Resident Clinical Faculty Member: Impacting Teacher Training and
Retention, Cultivating Meaningful Corporate Partnerships, and Increasing
Student Achievement” was presented by Stevenson, Dana Klabacka and Syverud.
Education, Literacy and TESOL: Dr. Kim Cheek
presented a paper at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching
annual international conference in March in Pittsburgh, Pa. The session
was titled, “Relative Magnitude Estimations for the Durations of Geoscience
Processes by 11 to 13-yr.-old Indonesian Learners.”
Congratulations to the
following employees who will celebrate a milestone anniversary at UNF in May:
Julia Behler, Senior Library Services
Purvis, Academic Support Specialist, Academic Affairs
Rowe, Parking Attendant, Parking
Chris Wrenn, Senior Associate General Counsel, General Counsel
Royal, Assistant Director,
Small Business Development Center
Services Specialist, Library
Mark Crisp, Maintenance Mechanic, Physical Facilities
Dam, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities
Pham, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities
Ertel, Events Planning Associate, Student Government
Nguyen, Custodial Worker, Physical Facilities
The following employees were either hired by
UNF or were promoted from OPS positions recently:
William Stevens, Groundskeeper,
Dianne Maros, Administrative
Assistant, Brooks College of Health
Joshua Merchant, Vice President,
Development and Alumni Affairs
Amanda Melady, Police
Communications Operator, University Police Department
Takeisha Green, Financial Aid
Specialist, Financial Aid Office
Erica Brooks, Applications
Systems Analyst, Florida Institute of Education
Ashley Parnell, Accountant,
Diane Pealor, Office Manager,
John Lind, Project Manager,
Margarita Erland, Custodial Worker,
Robert Ross, Custodial Worker,
Zirsangzela Hlawnchhing, Custodial Worker,
LaShawna Harris, Academic Support Coordinator,
Brooks College of Health
The following employees were promoted recently:
Kennedy, Associate Director of Events Planning, Admissions
Loveland, Assistant Coach, Baseball
Chambers, Network Analyst, Networking Services
Onstead, Admissions Processing Coordinator, Enrollment Services
Muir, Pest Control Tech, Grounds
Heartfelt well wishes in their new endeavors
for the following employees, who left UNF recently:
Young, Maintenance Mechanic, Museum of Contemporary Art
Rodriguez, Office Manager, Electrical Engineering
Niemczyk, Administrative Assistant, Brooks College of Health
Myth: Kale is
only grown in spring and summer.
Fact: Kale can be grown in winter and
actually has more flavor after being exposed to a frost. It’s often used as an
ornamental plant during the winter months here and in other southern states,
along with other ornamental cabbage plants. Even when used in the yard for
decoration, kale can be eaten after washing in salads, soups or other recipes. Some
even use it to make smoothies for breakfast. Raw kale is also sometimes used in
flower arrangements as it has a dark green color and stiff texture that holds
Myth: Kale has
no special nutritional value.
Fact: Kale is a great example of a
nutrient-dense food. It’s very low in calories with approximately 18 calories
per one-half cup. It’s high in fiber, has minimal fat and sugar, some protein,
low sodium and is loaded with beta carotene (which boasts anti-cancer benefits),
lutein, zeathanthin (associated with preserving eye health), vitamin K, vitamin
C and calcium. Some have called kale the “queen of greens.”
Myth: Kale is
Fact: Kale has a strong flavor that is
diminished by adding acidic ingredients, such as oils, lemon juice or vinegar
in salad dressings. It’s delicious raw in salads and can even be baked with a
little oil and made into chips. The traditional Irish dish, colcannon can be
made with mashed potatoes, cabbage or kale.
should be stored at room temperature.
Fact: Kale can be kept in the
refrigerator for a week or more in a plastic bag. The freshest kale is firm with deeply colored leaves and
hardy stems. Smaller leaves are tender and can be milder in flavor. Kale ranges
from dark green to purple to deep red in color.
needs to be boiled for long time periods to tenderize it.
Fact: Rinse kale and chop it into bite-sized
pieces. It should be cooked quickly (steamed) with small amounts of water or
added to soups, stews or stir fries. It’s great in casseroles that traditionally
include spinach, such as Italian favorites lasagna and cannelloni. Other fast
and easy ways to prepare kale include:
• Using it as a salad green alone or with
other greens. Add dried cranberries, crumbled feta or blue cheese, nuts and an
• Tossing whole grain or regular pasta
with chopped kale, walnuts or pine nuts, shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano or Grana Padano cheese and a
little good-quality olive oil.
Making kale chips by slicing kale into bite-size pieces, drizzling with olive
oil and a pinch of salt and baking for 10-to-15 minutes at 350 degrees.
Adding to a soup recipe like this one:
Soup with Kale
cups finely chopped kale
T. olive oil
garlic clove, minced
medium onion, chopped
bag shredded carrots
cups low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
2 (15 ounce) cans cannellini or other beans, undrained
large tomatoes chopped or 1 container Pomi chopped tomatoes
Black pepper to taste
teaspoon Italian herb seasoning or fresh basil, oregano and thyme
cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano or Grana Padano cheese
olive oil in a soup pot. Add onion and garlic and sauté briefly until soft and
then add kale and carrots and sauté together until tender. Add broth, beans and
all of the tomato, herbs and pepper. Simmer 15 to 20 minutes. Top with a pinch
or two of grated cheese.
Fiber 7 g
Sodium 250 mg
Carbohydrates 30 g
Protein 11 g
Fat 3 g
The original recipe was published by Jean
Carper in 2004. I modified it by reducing the garlic, adding carrots and more
tomatoes and cheese.
The Goods is a monthly column about food myths and facts by faculty
members in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics Flagsip Program and runs
monthly in The Florida Times-Union’s “Taste” section. Have a question about
Catherine Christie at
Inspire to move: Hitting it on two wheels
Cities across the U.S.
are adding new bicycle lanes. Along with saving the planet, riding a bike is an
effective workout to roll you into shape. Have to take a trip to the store for
one or two items? Why not save the gas and ride a bike instead of driving? You
won’t get stuck in traffic and are guaranteed a front row parking space. Also,
riding a bike is great for your health, in addition to being just plain fun.
A few of the major
• It’s quite easy.
You don’t need any special skills to operate a bike, and most mid- to large
cities have bike lanes to take you to your destination.
• Biking improves
muscle tone and strength. Cycling strengthens leg muscles and improves muscle
tone in your legs, thighs, rear end and hips.
• Steady biking can
burn approximately 300 calories per hour. If you cycle for a steady 30 minutes
every day, you would burn 11 pounds of fat in a year.
cardiovascular benefits reduce the risk of heart disease.
• It’s not weight-bearing,
so it’s easier on your joints than running, or even walking.
Nourishing you: Eat to stress less
Food can be soothing, but fighting emotional or stress
eating can be difficult. The good news is that you can relieve stress by eating
certain foods and avoiding others. Stress can create cravings for sweet foods
and carbs that may give a temporary sense of calm, but these foods are only
temporary fixes. You may crave sugary snacks during moments of stress, but the
more you eat them, the worse your mood will get.
Here are a few calming foods that can actually help
regulate your system
• Cottage cheese and fruit — Cottage cheese is high in
protein content but won’t cause a spike in blood sugar. Pair it with fruit that
is high in vitamin C, such as oranges or blueberries. Vitamin C is an
antioxidant that fights free radicals that get released when you are stressed.
• Asparagus — This vegetable is high in folic acid, which
can help to stabilize your mood.
• Tuna — This is a great option for lunch that is high in
stress-fighting vitamins B6 and B12.
• Whole grain carbohydrates — Oatmeal and other
whole-grain carbs can stimulate the release of serotonin, your feel-good brain
• Dark chocolate — This treat can help reduce levels of
cortisol and other stress hormones. Nibble only a little, as too much
calorie-dense chocolate can pack on the pounds.
• Chamomile tea — Try at bedtime to create a wonderfully
warm and calming feeling.
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