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May 21, 2018
UNF: ‘Pioneer’ female engineering students design water system for Guatemalan village
The Florida Times-Union speaks to UNF’s first all-female senior civil engineering team who designed a new water distribution system for a Guatemalan village as their capstone project.
May 19, 2018
Royal wedding breaks tradition on more than one front
As the world tuned in to watch Prince Harry and Meghan Markle unite, UNF experts shared insight into this unconventional royal wedding. Professor of History Emerita Dr. Elizabeth Furdell, who taught British and European history at UNF for 27 years before retiring in 2010, as well as Dr. Al Dorsey, visiting assistant professor and expert in African-American history, spoke with News4Jax.
May 18, 2018
Inclusion and equality: Mainstreaming special ed in the classroom
Dr. Deborah Reed, UNF Exceptional Deaf and Interpreter Education instructor, speaks to EduTalk radio about inclusion in special education and teacher preparation in a clinical setting.
May 18, 2018
Who is UNF's new president?
Dr. David Szymanski will soon be the University's sixth president as John Delaney retires from the UNF Presidency May 31. The Spinnaker shares more personal insight into our new leader.
May 18, 2018
OneJax seeking teens for ‘transformative’ Metrotown Institute
OneJax, an institute of UNF, is now accepting applications from teens entering grades nine through 12 to participate in its Metrotown Institute, a four-day program that promotes cultural respect and understanding.
May 18, 2018
New research by UNF economist shows immigrants may boost employment of natives
Dr. Madeline Zavodny, UNF economics professor and former economist in the research department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, talks to Forbes about a study she conducted for the National Foundation for American Policy about how having more immigrants reduces the unemployment rate, raising the labor force participation rate of U.S. natives within the same sex and education group.
May 17, 2018
Local teachers receive Gladys Prior Awards
Next week, four local teachers will receive big money from local philanthropist Gilchrist Berg and UNF's College of Education and Human Services, which has administered the annual awards for several years. Dr. Diane Yendol-Hoppey, UNF COEHS dean, and Joan Bacon, Gladys Prior Award recipient and LaVilla School of the Arts teacher, joins "First Coast Connect" to talk about the awards.
May 17, 2018
For UNF's Dan Schafer, local history is life's work
Dan Schafer, a retired UNF history professor, signed on in 1972 as the University’s first history professor, and it didn’t take him long to start digging into the past of his new home. On the surface, that didn’t seem to be the most glamorous or fruitful pursuit. But as he’s found, the past in Northeast Florida is much more than just local.
May 16, 2018
Patience research
UNF psychology professor Dr. Dominik Guess visits "First Coast Connect" to talk about his international research into patience in everyday life.
May 15, 2018
Trump’s Jerusalem Embassy ceremony was one big dog whistle
Dr. Julie Ingersoll, UNF professor of religious studies, writes an opinion piece for the Huffington Post about President Trump’s opening of the embassy in Jerusalem.
May 15, 2018
UNF civil engineering professor building ocean-current tracking technology
Dr. William Dally, UNF associate professor of civil engineering, has been dreaming for years about building his Surf Rover, a one-of-a-kind device that uses tracking technology to gather ocean current data. He and his grad students talk to "River City Live" about how this unusual vehicle will be used in coastal research.
May 15, 2018
Genealogy website used to find serial killer
Dr. Matthew Gilg, UNF biology professor and genetics expert, speaks to First Coast News about use of DNA information collected by genealogy websites.
May 11, 2018
Teachers honored for career excellence
Dr. Diane Yendol-Hoppey, UNF College of Education and Human Services dean, visits "The Morning Show" to discuss the four Jacksonville teachers who were recently surprised in their classrooms with the $15,000 Gladys Prior Awards for Career Teaching Excellence, managed by UNF COEHS.
May 10, 2018
Dr. Tracy Alloway
Dr. Alloway, UNF psychology associate professor, visits "First Coast Living" to talk about new research on how second-hand stress can affect the brain, and tips to alleviate it.
May 9, 2018
John Delaney reflects on his 15-year presidency at UNF
UNF President John Delaney discusses his legacy over the last 15 years as the University's fifth president on WJCT's "First Coast Connect."
May 9, 2018
Archbishop Tutu donates significant manuscripts to UNF
Oupa Seane, UNF associate director for the Commission on Diversity and Inclusion and former chief of staff to Desmond Tutu, discusses his generous writing collection gift to the University in honor of President John Delaney's retirement from the presidency May 31.
May 8, 2018
UNF's first all-female engineering team solves water crisis in Guatemalan town
As part of their senior capstone project, UNF's first all female team of civil engineering seniors, created a water distribution system to help roughly 1,000 residents of a Guatemalan town.
May 4, 2018
UNF Osprey Racing club set to appear in Auto Italia magazine
UNF’s Osprey Racing club will be featured in Auto-Italia, an England-based publication that's the only Italian car magazine in the world. In an upcoming fall issue, Auto-Italia will feature UNF donor and supporter of Osprey Racing and the School of Engineering John Campion’s Lancia Martini collection.
May 3, 2018
President John Delaney retiring from UNF
UNF President John Delaney, the University's fifth president, will be retiring from the presidency May 31 and talks to WJXT Ch. 4's "The Morning Show" about his campus legacy and accomplishments.
May 3, 2018
Archbishop Desmond Tutu gives writing collection to UNF
Nobel laureate and renowned anti-apartheid leader Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu donated a collection of his most significant writings — manuscripts, letters and notes — to UNF, where he authored many while a scholar in residence there.
May 1, 2018
Nutrition check - Improving poor eating habits
Dr. Kristen Hicks-Roof, nutrition and dietetics assistant professor, shares insight about simple tips to improve poor eating habits.
April 30, 2018
Practicing patience
Dr. Dominik Guess, UNF psychology professor, discusses his cross-cultural European study on patience on WJXT Ch. 4's "The Morning Show."
April 30, 2018
All-female group of student engineers give Guatemalan village running water
Action News speaks with five senior female civil engineering students at UNF who engineered a water filtration and distribution system as their senior capstone project.
April 27, 2018
Never too late to learn: Jacksonville couple in 80s get UNF honorary degrees after decade of classes
Marty and Mimi Kaufman received honorary UNF bachelor’s degrees in the humanities during spring commencement. Although they never went to college, the couple has participated in UNF’s Division of Continuing Education courses together since 2007.
April 26, 2018
Nutrition for expecting moms
Dr. Zhiping Yu, nutrition and dietetics assistant professor, visits First Coast Living to talk about proper nutrition during pregnancy.
April 26, 2018
A sweet potato isn’t a potato, and other myths
Corinne Labyak, registered dietitian nutritionist and associate professor in UNF's Department of Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program, speaks to the Florida Times-Union about sweet potatoes.
April 26, 2018
Facing your fears with Dr. Tracy Alloway
Dr. Tracy Alloway, UNF psychology associate professor, visits River City Live to share her expert insight on overcoming phobias.
April 26, 2018
Why am I waiting for this Corpse Flower to open? Why are you? The answer is science
Dr. Tracy Alloway, UNF psychology associate professor, speaks to First Coast News about the science behind various internet fascinations.
April 26, 2018
UNF graduates honored for exceptional service to community
UNF senior Sara-Marie Saliba and Ayshka Elise Rodriguez-Velez, a UNF graduate student, might not have been classmates but the students share a bond of compassion, caring and commitment to give back to the community.
April 24, 2018
Can Gov. Scott deliver on his campaign promise to enforce term limits?
Dr. Michael Binder, UNF assistant professor of political science, tells First Coast News that the constitution would have to be amended in order to enforce term limits, and that's not easy.
April 24, 2018
UNF team hopes Surf Rover will help researchers protect beaches
A UNF civil engineering professor and his students are trying to learn what’s going on underwater during a storm to protect local beaches. The Surf Rover is part dune buggy, part amphibious crawler. Action News Jax features the project.
April 23, 2018
Potential impacts on taxpayers of Lot J revitalization
Dr. Kristi Sweeney, sport management associate professor, speaks to Action News about potential impacts of the EverBank Field redevelopment plans.
April 23, 2018
In long-empty church, activist sees potential for museum of Jacksonville’s civil rights past
Dr. Chris Janson, UNF education professor and director of the University's Center for Urban Education and Policy, is working with local activist on turning Snyder Memorial into a museum for civil rights history.
April 23, 2018
An opioid crisis foretold
Dr. David Courtwright, UNF history professor, discusses the distressing truth of America's opioid crisis with The New York Times.
April 23, 2018
UNF professor studies something in short supply: patience
Patience in everyday life is a strong predictor of health and well-being. Dr. Dominik Guess, a UNF psychology professor, talks to The Florida Times-Union about his European study regarding patience in everyday life. It reveals there are cultural differences as to when people get impatient and the reactions they show.
April 20, 2018
First Lady Barbara Bush's legacy
Dr. Matthew Corrigan, UNF political science professor, discusses Barbara Bush's legacy as the matriarch of the Bush family on First Coast News.
April 20, 2018
UNF ROTC students gain skills to carry into combat
First Coast News stopped by to witness a UNF Army ROTC combat care training exercise with a Black Hawk helicopter.
April 19, 2018
Doubt surrounds the only experiment that claims to see dark-matter particles
For 20 years, a physics team in Italy conducting an experiment known as DAMA has claimed to have observed dark-matter particles. Dr. Chris Kelso, physics assistant professor, and his collaborators argue that recent upgrades to the DAMA experiment opens up a new energy range so that the simplest model for dark matter can no longer explain the DAMA signal. Read more in The Atlantic magazine.
April 19, 2018
Forbes Names University of North Florida 2018 ‘Best Value College’
UNF has been named a Forbes 2018 “Best Value College” and is among an exclusive class of only 300 schools nationwide ranked to help students as well as families evaluate the likely return on their investment. The University is the only Northeast Florida higher education institution to land on the list.
April 19, 2018
Cultures short in everyday patience
Dr. Dominik Guess, a UNF psychology professor, talks to "First Coast Living" about his new European study he and his students conducted about patience in everyday life.
April 18, 2018
'Dolphin Tale' trainer speaks at UNF
Abigale Stone, real-life caregiver for Winter the dolphin from the movie "Dolphin Tale," spoke to UNF coastal biology students about her career and rehabilitating the dolphin at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
April 17, 2018
UNF students develop structures to ease beach erosion
Four civil engineering seniors from UNF tell First Coast News how they're working to combat a real-life problem with their Senior Capstone Project, beach erosion.
April 17, 2018
UNF president honored at OneJax Humanitarian Awards Dinner
UNF President John Delaney was recognized at the annual OneJax Humanitarian Awards Dinner at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. Delaney and other local leaders were honored at the event, which raised a record $485,000 for OneJax.
April 17, 2018
Potential scholarship to remember UNF alumna
Sarah Patterson was a bright young woman with a passion for equal rights and social justice. Last summer, at the age of 31, she lost her life in a tragic accident. Now, a close friend is attempting to start a new scholarship in her memory. 
April 17, 2018
UNF psychology study reveals certain cultures short in everyday patience
Patience in everyday life is a strong predictor of health and well-being. Dr. Dominik Guess, a UNF psychology professor, conducted a European study regarding patience in everyday life. It reveals there are cultural differences as to when people get impatient and the reactions they show.
April 16, 2018
Could jetty in St. Augustine save beach, make great surfing waves too?
Four UNF civil engineering students think they’ve found a way to ease beach erosion at a troubled spot in St. Augustine Beach — while also providing some fine waves for surfing and some pretty good fishing and diving too.
April 13, 2018
What is your thinking approach?
Dr. Tracy Alloway, UNF associate professor of psychology, discusses creativity/divergent thinking and its importance in the classroom as well as in the workplace on "First Coast Living."
April 13, 2018
UNF engineering students design model to stop beach erosion
Four senior civil engineering students, under the guidance of engineering faculty, Drs. Christopher Brown, Raphael Crowley and Bill Dally, have developed a real-world solution to stop beach erosion as part of their senior Capstone Project.
April 12, 2018
Exploring myths about cabbage
Cabbage is a staple food in many cultures. Jill Snyder, instructor in UNF's Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program, takes a look at some of the myths surrounding the leafy vegetable in The Florida Times-Union's monthly "Goods" column.
April 11, 2018
Jacksonville women attend 'Unhappy Hour' on Equal Pay Day
Dr. Jenny Stuber, associate professor sociology, speaks with Action News about reasons the gender pay gap exists.
April 9, 2018
Giant 'surf rover' taking shape at UNF engineering lab
Dr. Bill Dally, UNF associate professor of civil and coastal engineering, and several of his students have been designing a vehicle, called the Surf Rover, that is designed to measure the underwater topography in surf zones that typically have soft sand, steep slopes, high waves and strong currents. When completed, there will be nothing like it anywhere in the world.
April 6, 2018
Black history matters: mural project brings awareness to Jacksonville’s historic Eastside
UNF's Center for Urban Education and Policy is launching a large-scale public art mural project to supplement Civil Rights Movement curriculum and teach Jacksonville’s high school students about local historical events like Ax Handle Saturday and the 1960s Sit-Ins.
April 6, 2018
New Eastside mural will teach story of Civil Rights Movement
UNF's Center for Urban Education and Policy is launching a large-scale public art mural project to supplement Civil Rights Movement curriculum and teach Jacksonville’s high school students about local historical events like Ax Handle Saturday and the 1960s Sit-Ins.
April 6, 2018
UNF Student Union named for John Delaney
The UNF Board of Trustees voted late to name the campus Student Union building the John A. Delaney Student Union in honor of President John Delaney’s service and commitment to the University over the last 15 years. The building naming will take effect Friday, June 1.
April 5, 2018
Northeast Florida events honor Martin Luther King Jr.
Dr. Parvez Ahmed, UNF associate professor of finance and former Jacksonville Human Rights Commission member, tells WJXT Ch. 4 if Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were alive today, he would be fighting against several issues, including fighting inequality and poverty.
April 4, 2018
UNF alumna captures faces to remember
Photographer Agnes Lopez, who graduated from UNF with a degree in marketing, has several "Faces to Remember" portraits on display as part of the "ReSet the Table" exhibition at Yellow House.
April 4, 2018
How advertising shaped the first opioid epidemic
Dr. David Courtwright, UNF history professor, discusses the use of advertising in the first opioid epidemic during the late 19th century with Smithsonian.com.
April 4, 2018
UNF education majors glad teachers are demanding more money
UNF education students studying to become teachers are pursuing the profession because they are passionate about children. They tell WJXT Ch. 4 they also hope they can make a living wage in their chosen career.
April 2, 2018
John Delaney leaves his mark on UNF
As UNF moves into a new presidency, John Delaney will not be forgotten, dedicating himself to the development and wellbeing of the University, and even more, the Jacksonville community. The Spinnaker shares more about his 15-year presidency.
March 30, 2018
Facebook never forgets
First Coast News spoke with Dr. Swapnoneel Roy, assistant professor of Computing, about the latest Facebook privacy scandal.
March 30, 2018
Scientists worry Right Whales inching closer to extinction
Dr. Quincy Gibson, UNF assistant professor of biology, tells First Coast news it's alarming that no Right Whale calves have recently been born.
March 29, 2018
Literacy campaign revamps
The Florida Institute of Education at UNF provides services for the literacy program at the Jefferson Country R.J. Bailar Public Library.
March 29, 2018
Reducing food waste
Jenna Braddock, instructor in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program, discusses tips on conquering food waste on "First Coast Living.
March 29, 2018
BOG approves David Szymanski as new UNF president
The Florida Board of Governors gave final approval for Dr. David Szymanski to become the sixth president of UNF.
March 21, 2018
UNF engineering professor designs 3,000-pound surf rover machine
Dr. William Dally, UNF civil engineering associate professor, and students speak with First Coast News about a surf rover machine they're building that will change the future of coastal engineering by impacting data collection on sand and at sea.
March 16, 2018
Breweries experiment with local wild beer yeast
Dr. Michael Lentz, UNF associate professor of biology, discusses his recent study on isolating wild yeast strains and how craft breweries are using new strains and species of yeast.
March 16, 2018
UNF engineering professor: It's too early to determine cause of bridge collapse
Dr. Adel ElSafty, UNF civil engineering professor, discusses the collapse of the pedestrian bridge in Miami with WJXT Ch. 4.
March 14, 2018
How is climate change impacting trees?
Dr. Mike Aspinwall, UNF assistant professor of biology, participated in a study where he examined how large trees in Australia are affected by climate change. He discusses how this could lead to warmer temperatures on "First Coast Connect."
March 14, 2018
UNF holds women veterans panel for Recognition Week
The UNF Military Veterans Resource Center hosted a women veterans panel discussion where female veterans from multiple wars discussed their service experience.
March 13, 2018
Students, teachers organize walkout over memorial, gun reform
Dr. Angela Mann, UNF assistant professor of psychology, tells First Coast News that being active is a way to help students heal and create new relationships while developing a sense of security.
March 12, 2018
Jacksonville-based Metro Diner is hungry for growth
Dr. Paul Fadil, chair of the Department of Management in the Coggin College of Business at UNF, tells The Florida Times-Union that Metro Diner seems to have found a formula that works well in many areas.
March 12, 2018
Flash fiction: UNF author, artist team up on book of short stories
Dr. Dennis Bell, UNF math professor, has written a book of short stories, "A Box of Dreams," which was illustrated by Louise Freshman Brown, UNF art professor.
March 9, 2018
History of UNF presidents
Dr. David Szymanski is officially UNF’s president elect, setting him up to take the mantle as the sixth president of the University. The Spinnaker shares a brief history of UNF's presidents.
March 8, 2018
UNF Opera Ensemble celebrates 10 years
The UNF Opera Ensemble is celebrating its 10-year anniversary by performing a full production of the timeless classic, "La Bohème." Dr. Krzysztof Biernacki, UNF associate professor of voice, and some of his students talk to River City Live about the upcoming performance.
March 7, 2018
What lurks underneath Everbank Field parking Lot J
Dr. Christopher Brown, UNF associate professor of civil engineering, talks to First Coast News about contamination under Lot J at Everbank Field.
March 7, 2018
Astronaut encourages women to pursue STEM at UNF conference
NASA astronaut Nicole Stott, the first astronaut to paint in space, shares her exciting experiences in space and encourages women to explore careers in science, technology, engineering, math and art during the Women Leaders in STEM Conference.
March 6, 2018
UNF Opera Ensemble celebrates 10 years
We may not have a phantom, but UNF does have an Opera Ensemble, which is celebrating its 10-year anniversary by performing a full production of the timeless classic, "La Bohème."
March 6, 2018
UNF, FSCJ working together to help students earn degrees
The Jacksonville Daily Record discusses the Connect Program, a collaboration between UNF and Florida State College at Jacksonville that is designed to boost economic development, expand enrollment and help more students earn degrees.
March 5, 2018
Research raises questions about trees’ reaction to climate change
Dr. Michael Aspinwall, UNF assistant professor of biology, was among a group of scientists that researched how trees handle extreme heat. The study found that heatwaves cause trees to temporarily slow down or stop absorbing carbon dioxide, which could mean more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and warmer temperatures for us in the future.
March 5, 2018
The 'Artistic Astronaut' to share experiences at UNF
Astronaut Nicole Stott will be sharing her experiences in space during the Women Leaders in STEM Conference on campus. She speaks to The Florida Times-Union about the importance of women studying science, technology, engineering, math and art.
March 2, 2018
Boosting brain power
Dr. Tracy Alloway, UNF associate professor of psychology, talks to "First Coast Living" about music and the brain from childhood to adulthood and why it's so powerful for memory.
March 1, 2018
UNF percussion students to set world record
Dr. Andrea Venet, UNF assistant professor of percussion, and her students are trying to set the Guinness World Record for the world's largest marching machine, a unique percussion instrument that sounds like marching feet. They perform live on WJXT Ch. 4.
March 1, 2018
How Parkland tragedy is making CEOs pay attention
Dr. Paul Fadil, chair of the Department of Management at UNF, discusses Dick's Sporting Goods move to no longer sell assault-style firearms with First Coast News.
February 28, 2018
How accurate are DNA tests?
Dr. Matthew Gilg, UNF biology professor, discusses popular DNA tests used to track ancestry and their effectiveness with First Coast News.
February 28, 2018
Florida Prepaid Plan benefits
Marla Lewis, UNF associate director of Financial Aid, discusses the benefits of having the Florida Prepaid Plan, including locking in tuition costs at today's prices, with WJXT Ch. 4.
February 28, 2018
Senior hunger in Northeast Florida
Dr. Lauri Wright, director of UNF's Center for Nutrition and Food Security, talks to The Florida Times-Union about hunger among the senior population on the First Coast.
February 26, 2018
Future UNF President Szymanski on his plans, goals
Dr. David Szymanski, UNF's next president, tells the Spinnaker he believes creating personal relationships is one of his strongest assets.
February 26, 2018
Remembering Billy Graham
Dr. Michael Hallett, UNF criminology professor, discusses his extensive research on the impact of faith among prisoners at Angola prison, where the Rev. Billy Graham was instrumental in ministry, with WJXT Ch. 4.
February 23, 2018
Four Ways to Further Your Education in Retirement
A contributor to U.S. News & World Report writes about visiting UNF to audit Dr. David Courtwright’s 1960s and Vietnam course as well as other continuing education options for retirees.
February 22, 2018
Next UNF president must embrace Delaney's visionary spirit
The Florida Times-Union highlights UNF President John Delaney's legacy at the University over the last 15 years.
February 22, 2018
A new leader for UNF
Dr. David Szymanski, UNF's next president, tells the Daily Record he sees endless opportunities for what the University can become.
February 22, 2018
Florida lawmakers face political pressure after Parkland shooting
Dr. Michael Binder, UNF associate professor of political science, talks to ABC News about the pressures facing Florida lawmakers in the wake of the shooting at Parkland.
February 21, 2018
UNF percussion professor/students setting Guinness World Record
Dr. Andrea Venet, UNF assistant professor of percussion, talks to First Coast News about how she and her students are trying to set the Guinness World Record for the world's largest marching machine, a unique percussion instrument that sounds like marching feet.
February 21, 2018
University of Cincinnati dean and professor chosen as next UNF president
UNF's board of trustees chose University of Cincinnati professor and business dean David Szymanski as the University's sixth president, succeeding John Delaney.
February 20, 2018
Andrea Venet, her UNF students build world's largest marching machine
Dr. Andrea Venet, UNF assistant professor of percussion, and her students talk to The Florida Times-Union about how they're in the process of setting the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest marching machine, a percussion instrument that sounds like marching feet. Venet composed a piece for the instrument titled, “M5,” which is short for “Mad Max Mass Marching Machine” and will be performed in concert by her students next month.
February 19, 2018
New study shows independent operators provide majority of U.S. ATMs, serve under-banked
Markets Insider highlights a study by geo-economists in UNF's Coggin College of Business that offers unique insights into one of the world's largest and most dynamic ATM markets.
February 19, 2018
JEA debate
Dr. Michael Binder, UNF associate professor of political science, talks to The Florida Times-Union about the stakes surrounding a potential sale of JEA.
February 19, 2018
Why students live-streamed high school mass shooting
Dr. Tracy Alloway, UNF associate professor of psychology, talks to MarketWatch about the changing role of social media in mass shootings.
February 16, 2018
Mental health at forefront following Parkland shooting
Dr. Tracy Alloway, UNF associate professor of psychology, speaks with First Coast News about mental health following the tragedy at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
February 14, 2018
Trump's road to testifying in the Mueller probe
Dr. Matthew Corrigan, chair of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at UNF, discusses the Robert Mueller probe with CNN legal analyst Michael Zeldin on Political Insanity.
February 14, 2018
Five things to know about the new UNF poll
A new survey from the Public Opinion Research Lab at UNF took the temperature of 619 likely voters on a number of topics, including the governor's race, felon voting rights, offshore drilling, guns on campus and DACA
February 12, 2018
Gubernatorial candidates suffer from low name recognition, new survey says
Whether Republican or Democrat, Florida’s gubernatorial candidates have an existential problem. Florida voters really don’t know who they are. A new poll by UNF's Public Opinion Research Lab lays out the name identification problem for the field in sharp relief for Florida Politics.
February 9, 2018
All signs point to sale of JEA
Dr. Paul Fadil, UNF Department of Management chair, tells Action News that selling off JEA would have detrimental consequences to the employees who work there and to all of Northeast Florida.
February 8, 2018
New UNF poll looks at upcoming senate race, Trump's job performance
Dr. Michael Binder, director of the Public Opinion Research Lab at UNF, visits “First Coast Connect” to talk about the latest polling numbers regarding a potential race between Sen. Bill Nelson and Gov. Rick Scott as well as Trump's presidency.
February 7, 2018
Jacksonville-area restaurants taking precautions during flu season
Dr. Lauri Wright, UNF assistant professor of nutrition, tells Action News that restaurant diners should look for sneeze guards over salad bars and buffets when dining out.
February 7, 2018
UNF poll: Bill Nelson bests Rick Scott and Floridians approve of Robert Mueller, not Trump
The Public Opinion Research Lab at UNF has a new poll that reveals Sen. Bill Nelson in the lead for the upcoming Senate election, with Gov. Rick Scott trailing close behind. The survey also shows that President Trump’s job approval rating has risen some since last fall.
February 5, 2018
'Renaissance man'
Artist Jim Draper, UNF painting and drawing instructor, is the recipient of the Ann McDonald Baker Art Ventures Award, a grant of $10,000 from the Community Foundation for Northeast Florida.
February 5, 2018
Trump's first State of the Union address
Dr. Michael Binder, UNF associate professor of political science, discusses President Donald Trump's State of the Union address on Action News Jax Sunday.
February 2, 2018
Creating stimulating learning environments for infants
Dr. Tracy Alloway, UNF associate professor of psychology, discusses language development and social learning in infants on "First Coast Living."
February 1, 2018
Downtown millennials
Dr. Matthew Corrigan, UNF chair of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, as well as Ryan McDonagh and Todd Higginbotham, UNF graduate students in the Master of Public Administration Program, discuss a class project that focuses on getting more millennials to move downtown on "First Coast Connect."
February 1, 2018
Small talent pool was likely Jacksonville's downfall in Amazon HQ2 proposal
Dr. Mary Borg, UNF political economy professor, tells Action News that a small talent pool likely hurt Jacksonville’s chances at a spot on Amazon’s short list for its second headquarters.
January 31, 2018
Cutting calories without cutting flavor
Dr. Judy Rodriguez, chair of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at UNF, discusses replacing starchier foods with healthier options on "First Coast Living."
January 31, 2018
Jacksonville-based Stein Mart reviewing options after stock plunge
Dr. Andres Gallo, UNF economics professor, tells Action News that retailers can find ways to reduce costs but have to draw customers to brick and mortar stores.
January 31, 2018
Former Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown to run for Congress
Dr. Matthew Corrigan, chair of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, tells The Florida Times-Union that Brown will need a strong showing in Jacksonville in his run for Congress.
January 31, 2018
Mental health in college students
Dr. Andrew King, director of the UNF Counseling Center, discusses depression and anxiety in college students on 99.5 FM's "Hot Topics."
January 30, 2018
UNF improving marine life on the First Coast
UNF students and faculty have the opportunity to conduct marine research aboard the W.T. Hogarth, a 78-foot state-of-the-art research vessel that will serve as a floating lab for UNF students and others around the state.
January 30, 2018
Vacationing man critically injured when sand dune tunnel collapses
Dr. Nick Hudyma, UNF professor of civil engineering, tells WJXT Ch. 4 that changes to sediment, such as sand, can alter its structure, thereby possibly causing it to collapse.
January 26, 2018
UNF conducts marine research aboard new floating lab
UNF students and faculty in the Coastal Marine and Biology Flagship Program will be participating in research aboard the W.T. Hogarth, a new 78-foot vessel that will serve as a floating lab for college students across the state.
January 26, 2018
Alligator-and-python battle plays out on a golf course
Dr. Adam Rosenblatt, UNF assistant professor of biology, talks to Earth Touch News Network about alligators being opportunistic predators.
January 26, 2018
Memory skills for children
Dr. Tracy Alloway, Psychology Graduate Program director, shares tips from her new book to help kids improve memory skills on "River City Live."
January 26, 2018
JSO officers to get more diversity training
Cheryl Gonzalez, chief diversity officer at UNF, talks to WJXT Ch. 4 about diversity and the need for a more holistic approach to policing.
January 26, 2018
UNF to research marine life from new state-of-the-art vessel
Dr. Jim Gelsleichter, director of the UNF Coastal Marine and Biology Flagship Program, speaks with Action News about the W.T. Hogarth, a new research vessel that will help faculty and students conduct marine research for generations to come.
January 25, 2018
Adaptive Toy Project uses robotics to help children with disabilities
Robotics Trends speaks with Dr. Juan Aceros, electrical engineering assistant professor, about the Adaptive Toy Project, which retrofits ride-on vehicles and stuffed toys to help local children with disabilities be more engaged with their surroundings.
January 23, 2018
UNF conducts marine research aboard W.T. Hogarth vessel
Dr. Jim Gelsleichter, director of the UNF Coastal Marine and Biology Flagship Program, talks to "First Coast Connect" about a new research vessel that will help faculty and students at UNF and other Florida universities conduct marine research.
January 23, 2018
Justice Breyer talks history, law at UNF
For an hour on the stage at the UNF Arena, Associate Justice Stephen Breyer recounted the histories of Supreme Court cases, shared why he thinks judges should consider international precedents and jabbed at the Jaguars’ defeat.
January 22, 2018
UNF students take part in dig at 1,000-year-old Native American site
Dr. Keith Ashley, UNF archaeologist, talks to Action News about a Native American site in the Fort Caroline area that dates back 1,000 years.
January 19, 2018
UNF Police Department receives grant for additional body cameras
The UNF Police Department recently received a federal grant through the Department of Justice to supply them with new body-worn cameras.
January 18, 2018
How the Bible helps Pence navigate his role as Trump's vice president
Dr. Julie Ingersoll, UNF religious studies professor, tells USA Today that Vice President Pence's willingness to partner with President Trump helped convince religious conservatives to support the ticket.
January 18, 2018
Exploring the myths and truths of canola oil
Dr. Zhiping Yu, UNF assistant professor in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program, shares myths and facts about canola oil in "The Goods," a monthly column that runs in the The Florida Times-Union.
January 17, 2018
Jacksonville Jaguars season ticket ‘deposits’ skyrocket in wake of playoff run
Dr. Kristi Sweeney, UNF associate professor of sport management, talks to The Florida Times-Union about the increase in demand for Jaguars season tickets.
January 17, 2018
UNF police get funding for body-worn cameras
The UNF Police Department recently received a federal grant through the Department of Justice to supply them with new body-worn cameras.
January 16, 2018
Republicans in immigrant-rich Fla. scramble in wake of Trump’s remarks
The Washington Post cites an October poll of registered voters by the UNF Public Opinion and Research Lab that found 37 percent approved and 59 percent disapproved of President Donald Trump.
January 11, 2018
Federal junk food tax feasible, study says
Dr. Lauri Wright, director of the clinical nutrition program at UNF, tells MedPage Today that a tax alone can't fix obesity, diabetes and other obesity-related diseases.
January 10, 2018
Shutter to Think: MOCA's Unverified photo exhibit plays with reality
Kelly Malcolm, UNF assistant professor of photography, is the curator of MOCA Jacksonville's new Unverified exhibit on display Thursday, Jan. 11, through Sunday, March 25, in the UNF Gallery at the museum. She discusses the new exhibit with EU Jacksonville.
January 10, 2018
'Secrets of Spanish Florida'
"Secrets of Spanish Florida" documentary recently aired on PBS and includes interviews with Dr. Denise Bossy, UNF associate professor; Professor Emeritus Dr. Dan Schafer; and Dr. J. Michael Francis, former professor. Watch soon, the link will expire on Wednesday, Jan. 24.
January 9, 2018
Keeping New Year's resolutions
Dr. Tracy Alloway, UNF associate professor of psychology, shares tips that will help individuals achieve their New Year's resolutions on "River City Live."
January 9, 2018
More sharks in Jacksonville beaches area could mean they're breeding
Dr. Jim Gelsleichter, UNF associate professor of biology, tells Action News Jax he's been measuring hormone levels of sharks in his research in order to try and assess their reproductive biology.
January 9, 2018
UNF earns Top 40 ranking in U.S. News & World Report’s ‘Best Online Bachelor’s Programs'
UNF is among hundreds of higher education institutions included in U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 Best Online Programs rankings released today. UNF is ranked among the Top 40 colleges and universities in the country for “Best Online Bachelor’s Programs,” which includes data from nearly 1,500 distance-education degree programs nationwide.
January 8, 2018
Jacksonville Jaguars hosting first home playoff game in a generation has big economic implications
Dr. Kristi Sweeney, UNF associate professor of sport management, tells The Florida Times-Union it will be difficult for the Jaguars not to capitalize financially on hosting a playoff game.
January 5, 2018
Northeast Florida hospitals seek prescription to blunt potential nursing shortage
Dr. Li Loriz, director of the UNF School of Nursing, tells The Florida Times-Union she believes Northeast Florida will likely see a nursing shortage maximize in five years.
January 5, 2018
Inside the story of America's 19th-century opiate addiction
Dr. David Courtwright, UNF history professor, tells Smithsonian.com that by 1895, morphine and opium powders, like OxyContin and other prescription opioids today, had led to an addiction epidemic that affected roughly 1 in 200 Americans.
January 4, 2018
It’s a jazz thing: Jacksonville jazz lovers keep the music going
John Lumpkin, UNF Alumni Association Board member, speaks with First Coast Magazine about the internationally-acclaimed jazz program at UNF and the local jazz scene in Jacksonville.
January 4, 2018
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer upcoming UNF speaker
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will discuss the international role of the high court January 22 on campus. UNF President John Delaney discusses the upcoming lecture and reflects on his successes the last 15 years at the University on WJCT's "First Coast Connect."
January 2, 2018
America's opioid epidemic began more than a century ago with the Civil War
Dr. David Courtwright, UNF history professor, discusses the opioid crisis in America with The Guardian.
January 2, 2018
John Delaney on his career and legacy at UNF
UNF President John Delaney discusses his accomplishments at the University over the last 15 years and his legacy on WJXT Ch. 4's "This Week in Jacksonville."