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March 21, 2017
James Comey is scheduled to testify before the House Intelligence Committee
Ambassador Nancy Soderberg, UNF distinguished visiting scholar and former deputy national security advisor, comments on James Comey's testimony before the House Intelligence Committee.
March 20, 2017
UNF scientist wonders: If these sea creatures can regrow missing body parts, why can’t we?
Dr. Vladimir Mashanov, UNF assistant professor of biology, is using brittle stars to study organ regeneration.
March 17, 2017
UNF researchers find use for invasive fish
Dr. Eric Johnson, UNF assistant professor of biology, discusses his research on the invasive lion fish with First Coast News.
March 16, 2017
The Goods: Carrots are packed with nutrients
Extremely versatile to eat and available nearly anywhere in the world, carrots have been around for centuries. Dr. Andrea Altice, an instructor in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program at UNF, discusses myths about carrots in The Florida Times-Union's "Goods" monthly column.
March 15, 2017
New 'Humanity' art exhbit
Dr. Jenny Hager, UNF associate professor of sculpture, discusses a new exhibit,"Humanity: The Value of Life," that she and Lance Vickery, UNF sculpture instructor, are a part of at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum on "River City Live."
March 15, 2017
UNF track star making strides in recovery after being hit by truck
Junior Manny Velasquez, a UNF track star, is back in school a month after getting hit and dragged by a truck. He speaks to Action News Jax about his recovery.
March 13, 2017
Jacksonville's water quality
Drs. Russell Triplet and Chiradip Chatterjee, UNF assistant professors of economics, and Parvez Ahmed, UNF professor of accounting and finance, discuss a recent study they conducted on "First Coast Connect" about how much local residents would be willing to pay for tap water quality improvement
March 13, 2017
Communicating with your children
Dr. Tracy Alloway, UNF associate professor of psychology, discusses tips to bring out the best in your child on "First Coast Living."
March 13, 2017
Dead sharks found in unusual places
A shark was recently found in a St. Augustine Walmart parking lot and another on a driveway in North Beach. Dr. Jim Gelsleichter, UNF Shark Biology Program director, tells WJXT Ch. 4 that there have been more than 15 different species of sharks spotted off the coast of Northeast Florida.
March 13, 2017
Former FBI agent details case
Former FBI agent Ellen Glasser, an instructor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at UNF, talks to First Coast News about a recent cold case that has been solved.
March 8, 2017
New UNF center hopes to generate more female engineers
Dr. Alexandra Schonning, UNF mechanical engineering professor, and engineering student Taylor Broussard discuss the new UNF Center for the Advancement of Women in Engineering on "The Chat."
March 8, 2017
New UNF Scott-Nelson poll
Dr. Michael Binder, UNF associate professor of political science and director of the Public Opinion Research Lab at UNF, discusses this new poll, giving Sen. Bill Nelson a six-point lead over Gov. Rick Scott on "First Coast Connect."
March 6, 2017
UNF basketball player, boy with cystic fibrosis form remarkable bond
North Florida men's basketball player Dallas Moore befriends sixth-grader JP Thornton, a 12-year-old Ospreys fan who has cystic fibrosis.
March 6, 2017
UNF poll finds 44 percent would re-elect Sen. Bill Nelson
A new poll of registered voters in Florida by the UNF Public Opinion Research Laboratory shows that, when asked about the 2018 election, 44 percent of Florida registered voters said they would vote to re-elect Sen. Bill Nelson, while 38 percent said they would vote for Gov. Rick Scott and 12 percent were undecided.
March 3, 2017
'Humanity: The Value of a Life' exhibit
Dr. Jenny Hager, UNF associate professor of sculpture, and Lance Vickery, UNF sculpture instructor, discuss a new exhibit they're a part of at the Karpeles Manuscript Museum.
March 3, 2017
UNF Center aims to create more women engineers
UNF wants to recruit and retain more women in its engineering program. The college’s School of Engineering announced the Center for the Advancement of Women in Engineering aimed at doing just that.
March 3, 2017
UNF wins at Lipscomb, Reached ASUN Tournament title
The third-seeded Ospreys handled No. 2 seed Lipscomb 91-85 in the ASUN semifinals. The win gave UNF (15-18)a three-game sweep of the Bisons (20-13) this season. Up next is a trip to Florida Gulf Coast for the ASUN Championship game.
March 2, 2017
More voters like Gov. Rick Scott than don't, UNF poll says
Gov. Rick Scott has more supporters than critics, although neither group has a majority opinion, a poll of registered voters say released from the UNF Public Opinion Research Lab.
March 2, 2017
'Exploring Northeast Florida's Special Places'
Maria Mark, Environmental Center program coordinator, and Sean Lahav, project leader and video producer, discuss a new video series, "Exploring Northeast Florida's Special Place," through the UNF Environmental Leadership Program on "First Coast Connect"
March 2, 2017
UNF announces endowment for new psychiatric nurse practitioner program
Jacksonville mental health providers want to make sure there are enough clinicians, so they're donating nearly $1 million to UNF to train psychiatric nurse practitioners.
March 1, 2017
The Unspoken Cost of Gun Violence
Dr. David Forde, UNF criminology and criminal justice chair/professor, spoke with First Coast News about the cost of gun violence to Jacksonville residents.
February 28, 2017
Action News Jax Investigates: How some people make a killing with scratch-off tickets
Dr. Scott Hochwald, chair and associate professor of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, spoke with Action News in a special investigative report on lottery statistics.
February 28, 2017
UNF's Moore scores 37 in tight victory
UNF rode Dallas Moore’s best scoring output ever at the UNF Arena in likely his last appearance in front of Ospreys faithful to lead North Florida to a 77-74 win in the opening round of the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament.
February 27, 2017
$900K donated to UNF for mental health grad program
Many people suffering from mental health disorders have a hard time finding the help they need because of a shortage in mental health professionals. The regional and national shortage prompted six Jacksonville health care systems to donate nearly $900,000 to fund a mental health graduate nursing program at the UNF Brooks College of Health School of Nursing.
February 24, 2017
UNF adds doctoral program for mental health nurse practitioners
Six area Northeast Florida health-care systems have donated nearly $900,000 to UNF's Brooks College of Health to start a doctoral program to train mental health nurse practitioners. The lead gift is by St. Vincent’s HealthCare, which has donated $300,000 to pay the salary of a professor in Mental Health Graduate Nursing for the next five years.
February 24, 2017
Planets found 40 light years away
Dr. Jack Hewitt, UNF assistant professor of physics, discusses seven new planets discovered by NASA on WJXT Ch. 4's "The Morning Show."
February 24, 2017
UNF defeats Jacksonville, sets up ASUN Tournament rematch
UNF beat JU 73-69 in the final regular-season game for both teams at the UNF Arena as Dallas Moore held to four points in the first half, wound up with 25. Combined with USC Upstate’s loss to NJIT, the victory gave UNF the No. 3 seed in the tourney.
February 23, 2017
NASA discovers Earth-sized planets
Dr. Jack Hewitt, UNF assistant professor of physics, discusses the largest batch of Earth-sized, habitable-zone planets discovered by NASA on "First Coast Connect."
February 23, 2017
UNF’s Dallas Moore: Undersized and overlooked, he’s the player who changed a program
Senior Dallas Moore has made great contributions to the UNF men's basketball program.
February 23, 2017
UNF Food Fighters win grant for social change
The UNF student club Food Fighters won a $10,000 grant for its role in helping promote social change on campus. The recognition was covered in the Daily Record.
February 22, 2017
Nelson Mandela’s grandson comes to UNF with message of student enpowerment
Ndaba Mandela, grandson of former South African President Nelson Mandela, was the guest speaker at UNF's 36th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon.
February 22, 2017
Nelson Mandela's grandson makes stop in Jacksonville
Ndaba Mandela, grandson of former South African President Nelson Mandela, was the guest speaker at UNF's 36th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Luncheon.
February 21, 2017
UNF 'Food Fighters' let nothing go to waste
The UNF Food Fighters student club is working to end hunger in Jacksonville.
February 21, 2017
Eliminating gluten from your diet
Dr. Lauri Wright, UNF assistant professor in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program, discusses gluten and how to eliminate it from your diet on "First Coast Living."
February 21, 2017
UNF Counseling Center helps provide mental health resources to students
College is a life-changing experience. There are exams, pressure to excel, relationship woes and more. Dr. Kathryn Esquer, a psychologist at the UNF Counseling Center, discusses services with Action News.
February 16, 2017
Eroding trust led to Flynn's resignation
Ambassador Nancy Soderberg, Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the UNF Department of Political Science and Public Administration, discusses National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's resignation with CNN.
February 16, 2017
UNF's THRIVE program helps students with autism
Going to college is a huge deal. Most students are nervous to start, but for children with autism, it can be an especially hard transition. What new students and parents may not know is that there's a free program at UNF, the THRIVE program, that can help.
February 14, 2017
Carjacking becoming a youth 'sport' as numbers climb
Dr. Michael Cherbonneau, UNF assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice, discusses increased instances of carjacking crimes with The Baltimore Sun.
February 13, 2017
Program allows students instant gratification with college acceptance scholarships
Carolyn Stone, who oversees UNF's SOAR program, told The Florida Times-Union that idea of Instant Decision is to help students who will be first-generation college students or who otherwise might not be able to visit colleges on their own and need extra support navigating college enrollment and financial aid.
February 8, 2017
UNF ranked one of the best nursing schools in Florida
UNF ranks 18 out of 131 for the best registered nursing program in Florida. The rankings are based on the current and the past pass rates of NCLEX-RN (a standardized exam for entry-level nurses). The University has a current pass rate of 94.04, which is higher than the national pass rate of 85.26.
February 7, 2017
New UNF JSO poll
Dr. Michael Binder, UNF associate professor of political science and director of the Public Opinion Research Lab, discusses his new poll on the performance of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office on "First Coast Connect."
February 7, 2017
Bold Bean owner/UNF alum takes 'big step' and establishes company headquarters
A week from now, Bold Bean Coffee Roasters intends to be grounded. UNF alumnus Zack Burnett, managing partner of Bold Bean Coffee Roasters, is taking a bold step with the 10-year-old wholesale and retail coffee company by moving into its first home office space.
February 6, 2017
CW-17 acquisition gives Channel 4 owners second station in Jacksonville
Dr. David Deeley, UNF assistant professor of communication, tells The Florida Times-Union he’s been observing the local broadcast developments closely and isn't surprised WJXT Ch. 4 isn't following the local paradigm of loading duopolies with local news programming.
February 6, 2017
Is JSO properly investigating police shootings?
Fewer than half of Jacksonville’s black residents polled said the Sheriff’s Office is adequately investigating police shootings, according to a citywide survey released by the Public Opinion Research Lab at UNF.
February 2, 2017
Neil Gorsuch nominated for Supreme Court
Adrienne Wilmoth, director of UNF's Pre-Law Program, discusses nominations for Supreme Court on WJXT Ch. 4.
February 2, 2017
Fast disaster response
Disasters are unpredictable and our response time needs improving. Dr. Nathan Kunz, UNF assistant professor of operations management, discusses a way to distribute relief faster to those who need it on "The Academic Minute."
February 2, 2017
UNF School of Nursing Ranked No. 18 Among Best Nursing Programs in Florida
UNF's School of Nursing in the Brooks College of Health ranked No. 18 among the Best Registered Nursing Programs in the state. Over 130 RN programs in the state were reviewed for this ranking.
February 1, 2017
OLLI: A community of lifelong learners
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNF is known as OLLI. It's a community of learners with the vision “Live well, learn forever" and was featured in Florida NewsLine.
February 1, 2017
Poll: More Duval adults, parents differ on school district performance
UNF's Public Opinion Research Lab conducted a survey, which polled 510 randomly selected adults that reflects the demographic and socioeconomic makeup of the county. Dr. Michael Binder, PORL director, discusses the results with The Florida Times-Union.
January 31, 2017
Local Muslims feel targeted
UNF student Danah Alkadi has family in one of the banned countries and shares how she feels about the President's Executive Order with WJXT Ch. 4.
January 31, 2017
Trump travel ban: Jacksonville leaders, residents respond
UNF students share with The Florida Times-Union their opinion on President Donald Trump's executive order.
January 30, 2017
UNF student concerned about immigration plans' impact on education
Natali Zaher, a UNF student from Syria, came to America with her father as a child. In 2014, she became a U.S. citizen, and she's now a junior at UNF. She shares with First Coast News has she's concerned about President Trump's executive order restricting immigration from seven Muslim countries.
January 30, 2017
Steel giraffe sculpture installed at Jacksonville Zoo
Dr. Jenny Hager, UNF associate professor of sculpture, and Lance Vickery, her husband and also a UNF sculpture instructor, were commissioned by the Jacksonville Zoo to build a metal giraffe sculpture, which is 20-feet tall, made of metal and weighs in at 1,500 pounds.
January 30, 2017
UNF students on autism spectrum have healthy space to develop
Senior Tyler Charles pretty much kept to himself when he started at UNF, even after he heard of a program named THRIVE — something to help students, like him, with autism spectrum disorders. But over time, he started hanging out there and began spending time with Tara Rowe, coordinator of UNF’s THRIVE program, which has grown from a half-dozen students a few years ago to nearly 130 today.
January 27, 2017
Work Together, Support Each Other and Make Awesome Stuff: 10 Questions with Sarah McDermott
Sarah McDermott, visiting assistant professor of printmaking, answers ten questions composed by the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville.
January 27, 2017
UNF THRIVE program helps students with autism
The THRIVE program at the University of North Florida is giving students with Autism Spectrum Disorders a chance to succeed beyond the classroom. UNF junior Robert Rittenhouse, a THRIVE student, speaks to WJXT Ch. 4 about how the program has helped him.
January 27, 2017
Starting the semester off strong
With a new semester comes new opportunities for students. That could be anything from raising your GPA, to meeting new people and getting out of your comfort zone. UNF Academic Center for Excellence Director Kellie Woodle shares advice for students to start the semester strong with the Spinnaker.
January 27, 2017
UNF pair make transition from Osprey Racing to Daytona
Alumni twins Nick and Sky Squillace are putting skills learned in UNF's Osprey Racing Club to work at the Daytona International Speedway.
January 25, 2017
UNF hires Border collie to solve Canada geese problem
Canada geese making a mess on campus and threatening students prompted the hiring of a new staff member, Bee the Border collie.
January 24, 2017
UNF awards outstanding students
Volunteers, UNF alumni and donors have made an impact on the community and were recently honored with a Presidential Medallion. The Florida Times-Union features the medallion recipients.
January 23, 2017
Polls not as accurate as they used to be
Dr. Michael Binder, UNF associate professor of political science, discusses the reliability of polls on ABC's WZVN in Ft. Myers.
January 23, 2017
Trump Presidency impact on Jacksonville
Dr. Matthew Corrigan, chair/professor of political science and public administration, speaks with the News4Jax Morning Show about President Trump.
January 19, 2017
The Goods: Myths and facts on grapes
Dr. Catherine Christie, associate dean and professor in the Brooks College of Health, discusses myths and facts about grapes in the monthly Florida Times-Union "Goods" column.
January 19, 2017
Donated wetlands shakes up marine biology research at UNF
In December, UNF received a donation of 1,050 acres of pristine wetlands for research. The land was appraised at nearly $9 million and is the largest property the University owns that can be used for coastal marine biology research.
January 18, 2017
UNF Biology and prenatal sharks: An inside look
UNF biology students are playing a key role in shark research.
January 17, 2017
Specially trained border collie enlisted for geese control at UNF
Bee,the border collie is UNF’s latest strategy to keep resident Canada geese away from people and traffic. The goal is to prevent harm to both people and waterfowl. The goose relocation program was featured in The Florida Times-Union.
January 17, 2017
Current opioid crisis
Dr. David Courtwright, UNF history professor, discusses the current opioid crisis and what there is to learn from an earlier epidemic on "The Academic Minute."
January 12, 2017
New South Florida programs help students with autism as they head to college, find careers
UNF’s THRIVE program helps students with autism spectrum disorder excel.
January 12, 2017
UNF sees big jump for online program in U.S. News rankings
UNF has the 48th best online bachelor’s degree program in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking, a jump of 89 spots over last year.
January 11, 2017
Harris ranks Top 10 nationally in the high jump
Junior Bobby Harris enters the indoor track and field season tied for sixth nationally in the high jump, according to the USTFCCA NCAA Division I rankings.
January 11, 2017
'Betsy Devos Is Coming For Your Public Schools'
Dr. Julie Ingersoll, associate professor and religious studies program coordinator, spoke with Newsweek about Trump’s choice of Betsy DeVos to head the Education Department.
January 10, 2017
From the Vine: New director has great stories to tell
Spotlight feature on communication alumna Wendy Brannen.
January 10, 2017
Protesters launch 'environmental war' to stop pipeline
UNF Geography and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Professor, Center for Sustainable Business Practices Director and Board Member of the Environmental Center, Dr. Christopher Baynard, talks with News4Jax about potential environmental consequences of the Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline that is currently undergoing construction in North Florida.
January 9, 2017
SLAA Congratulates Joseph
Zepherinus Joseph was nominated for induction into the UNF Athletic Hall of Fame, class of 2017.
January 8, 2017
Ospreys roll past Dolphins in River City Rumble hoops
Men’s basketball star Dallas Moore led North Florida to an 80-64 win over Jacksonville University.
January 6, 2017
UNF marine and coastal biology program gets feet in marsh with new research station
Dr. Jim Gelsleichter, Coastal and Marine Biology Flagship Program director, is optimistic about the new year, especially because the University recently received its own 1,050-acre playground.
January 5, 2017
Rutherford, Lawson sworn in; replace Crenshaw and Brown
Dr. Matthew Corrigan talked about the challenges facing Florida’s freshmen Congress members, Al Lawson and John Rutherford, with The Florida Times-Union.
January 4, 2017
UNF uses border collies to ward off Canada geese
Complaints about the Canada geese and the birds' noticeable amount of droppings everywhere prompted school officials to take action.
January 4, 2017
Retired NFL superstar dominating the tech space
Alum Drayton Florence is not only a retired NFL star, he is working with Tech for Vets and looking to help other Jacksonville technology startup companies.
January 3, 2017
Gov. Scott appoints Adam Hollingsworth to UNF Board of Trustees
Adam Hollingsworth, former chief of staff to Governor Scott and former Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton, was appointed to the University’s Board of Trustees.
January 3, 2017
Moore's 2,000th career point highlights Osprey 102-67 win over Palm Beach Atlantic
UNF senior Dallas Moore of the Osprey men's basketball team, finished with 23 points and became the first player in the University's history to score 2,000 career points in leading North Florida to a 102-67 victory over Palm Beach Atlantic in the final non-conference game of the season.