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June 27, 2022

UNF digs deeper to reveal possible center of native village

Source: The News & Observer
Key artifacts have been discovered by archaeology students that offer important clues to a Native American village dating back four centuries.

June 24, 2022

Education in Florida: Increased industry involvement with UNF sign of region’s growth

Source: Jacksonville Business Journal
Corporate involvement with UNF is steadily increasing as the school’s endowment grew 31.8% over the past five years.

June 23, 2022

Dangerous heat wave sets in across the U.S.

Source: NBC Nightly News
UNF professor Adam Rosenblatt discusses his heat mapping campaign to identify heat spots to set a baseline to help shape future public strategies.

June 21, 2022

UNF hosts exhibition to talk about Alzheimer’s and dementia

Source: First Coast News
Exhibit to help raise awareness for the 6.5 million people in the U.S. living with Alzheimer’s disease.

June 20, 2022

60 volunteers to participate in citywide heat-mapping study

Source: News4Jax
UNF has partnered with the city of Jacksonville and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration to perform its first heat-mapping study.

June 17, 2022

UNF digs deeper on Jacksonville’s Big Talbot Island to reveal possible centerpiece of Mocama village

Source: Florida Times-Union
The dig is part of the UNF Archaeology Lab’s ongoing Mocama Archaeological Project.

June 16, 2022

The political problem of gerrymandering

Source: The Hub
UNF political science professor Nick Seabrook on the political problem of gerrymandering and what can be done to fix it.

June 15, 2022

After COVID-19 delay, UNF Surf Team swoops into NSSA surfing finals

Source: Florida Times-Union
UNF is attempting to become the first East Coast team to win the national championships.

June 14, 2022

Lost Indigenous town of Saraby unveiled by UNF archaeology students

Source: Action News Jax
UNF archaeology unveils new finds at lost Indigenous town of Saraby at Big Talbot Island State Park.

June 13, 2022

Vystar’s online issues remain

Source: Florida Times-Union
UNF public relations professor Bobbi Doggett shares insight into the crisis management of Vystar’s recent online banking issues.

June 10, 2022

UNF’s Northeast Florida Center for Community Initiatives seeks public input on local rental housing market

Source: First Coast News
This community based research project aims to collect and analyze data on the state of the rental housing market and the conditions for renters in Jacksonville.

June 9, 2022

’Cultura y Fe’: How religious and secular Spanish-speakers are sharing space on my campus

Source: Interfaith America
UNF student Amaris Deleon shares insight about her interfaith event that allows Spanish-speakers to engage in conversations about culture and faith.

June 9, 2022

LGBTQ+ community reacts to Acosta Bridge Pride lights

Source: First Coast News
UNF LGBTQ Center’s Manny Velasquez-Parades shares insight on the importance of having the rainbow colors illuminate the Acosta Bridge for Pride Month.

June 8, 2022

A $2 million partnership: What UNF, CSI Companies partnership means for the Ospreys

Source: Florida Times-Union
CSI and UNF signed a seven-year, $2.1 million deal, the largest corporate partnership in the school’s history, to benefit all 19 programs at UNF.

June 6, 2022

Sheriff candidates dart to adjust campaign strategies for special election

Source: ActionNewsJax
UNF political scientist Dr. Michael Binder shares insight into how a special election will affect the campaigns of sheriff candidates to replace Mike Williams.

June 3, 2022

Nutrition check: Celebrating fruits and vegetables

Source: Florida Newsline
UNF’s nutrition and dietetics professor Dr. Kristen Hicks-Roof shares the health benefits of adding more fruits and vegetables to your plate.

June 3, 2022

Local swimmer going for gold in the World Para Championships in Portugal

Source: News4Jax
UNF student Morgan Ray holds 6 American records for swimming, has dreams of reaching Paralympics.

June 2, 2022

Private investors targeting minority communities could be fueling the rising cost of rent

Source: First Coast News
UNF professor David Jaffee is running a data study on the cost of real estate and shares that out-of-state investors and private investment firms are increasingly buying properties and hiking rends – particularly in minority communities.

June 1, 2022

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics names 2022-2023 Board of Directors

Source: News Wise
Dr. Lauri Wright, chair of UNF’s department of nutrition and dietetics, will serve as president-elect of the Academy, the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals.


May 26, 2022

How to talk to your children about gun violence after mass shootings

Source: News4Jax
UNF psychologist Dr. Tracy Alloway shares ways to talk to children after tragic incidents.

May 25, 2022

Anyone ever botch your name and not even care?

Source: First Coast News
Dr. Dilek Kayaalp is an associate professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning & Curriculum and shares carefully at research on the impact of mispronouncing someone's name.

May 24, 2022

Intentionally building future leaders through higher education programs

Source: FranklinCovey
Dr. Matthew Ohlson of UNF’s Taylor Leadership Institute shares key performance indicators that are driving impact on campus.

May 23, 2022

UNF students offer ideas to help drive change in North Africa

Source: Florida Times-Union
UNF political science students shared policy recommendations through which the U.S. can drive change in the region, addressing economic drivers, investment and targeting the youth.

May 23, 2022

Has COVID killed the necktie and professional attire in general?

Source: Florida Times-Union
UNF health administration professor Dr. Shyam Paryani shares how COVID-19 not only changed how healthcare is delivered but also how people dress.

May 20, 2022

UNF abuzz for World Bee Day: University celebrates Bee Campus USA affiliation

Source: News4Jax
The University of North Florida has achieved affiliation with Bee Campus USA and is hosting an event Friday for World Bee Day to celebrate.

May 17, 2022

UNF Board of Trustees select USF’s Dean Moez Limayem as president-elect

Source: Florida Times-Union
The University’s seventh president has been selected with the announcement, pending approval from the Board of Governors.

May 16, 2022

UNF, City of Jacksonville are studying rising heat. You can get involved.

Source: First Coast News
UNF biology professor Adam Rosenblatt is working with the City of Jacksonville to study urban heat and work with city leaders to take action.

May 12, 2022

American College of Lifestyle Medicine announces recipients of national scholarship

Source: PRWeb
UNF’s Dr. Chaka Brittain received the Health Equity Achieved Through Lifestyle (HEAL) scholarship that supports leaders working to reduce health disparities.

May 11, 2022

UNF researcher discusses economic impacts of abortion access

Source: First Coast News
UNF professor of economics Madeline Zavodny discusses research on the economic impact of abortion access on women’s lives.

May 9, 2022

UNF School of Computing unveils new RF-SMART Intelligent Systems Lab Renovations

Source: Northeast Florida News
UNF’s School of Computing celebrated the opening of its new computer lab as part of the institution’s partnership with local software company RF-SMART.

May 6, 2022

Escape into nature in the heart of Jacksonville

Source: First Coast Living
Amy Costa shows the nature trails at UNF that include a zip line and Osprey Challenge Course.

May 5, 2022

All those fitness trackers have reduced mobility, not improved it

Source: Flagler Live
UNF assistant professor of kinesiology Lindsay Toth discusses the study she is a part of to learn whether and how physical activity changed since fitness trackers became popular.

May 3, 2022

UNF reveals four finalists for school’s president position

Florida Times-Union
The University of North Florida has revealed its four finalists in the search for the school’s seventh president.

May 2, 2022

UNF launches new empowerment program for women business students

Source: Florida Times-Union
Four local companies asked for help getting more women in business leadership positions and UNF developed the program.


April 29, 2022

Nutrition check: The SMART way to manage your high blood pressure

Source: Florida Newsline
UNF nutrition professor Dr. Kristen Hicks-Roof shares insights on how to manage your blood pressure as May is Hypertension Awareness Month.

April 28, 2022

UNF program pairs tomorrow’s environmental leaders with today’s challenges

Source: Jacksonville Today
UNF’s Institute of Environmental Research and Education helps ELP students participate in leadership, environmental and sustainability-focused training.

April 28, 2022

Guest column: Time to do away with single-use lunch trays in Duval schools

Source: Florida Times-Union
UNF professor of public health Dr. Erin Largo-Wight discusses how single-use plastic trays and plates are used for school lunches and the impact on the environment.

April 27, 2022

UNF, City of Jacksonville looking for volunteers to participate in heat-mapping campaign

Source: Action News Jax
The community-led campaign is designed to identify urban hotspots, raise awareness about heat risk and engage the community in pursuing solutions.

April 26, 2022

Jacksonville named top 5 hottest job market in America in analysis from Wall Street Journal, Moody’s Analytics

Source: Jacksonville Business Journal
UNF economics professor Albert Loh shares that the growth comes from the area’s strength as a logistics hub and high-paying jobs in health care, technology and financial services.

April 25, 2022

Guest column: Stay healthy this summer, learn signs of heat-related illness

Source: Florida Times-Union
UNF public health graduate student Julissa Villegas Nunez shares tips and information on how to beat the Florida heat this summer.

April 25, 2022

What I learned from my immigrant grandmother and the power of research

Source: Florida Times-Union
Monique Villamore shares the importance of her involvement in the Preventing Alzheimer’s with Cognitive Training (PACT) study at UNF.

April 21, 2022

UNF launches program for executive training skills

Source: Jacksonville Business Journal
UNF’s Coggin Graduate and Executive Programs launched a new program to help senior executives build a versatile toolkit of technical and interpersonal skills.

April 20, 2022

IPEC announces winners of the 2022 Interprofessional Education Collaboration Award

Source: Yahoo! Finance
UNF was the overall winner for OspreyPerch: Prevention, Early Intervention and Resiliency through Counseling & Holistic Health: An Integrative Behavioral Health Clinical Training Program.

April 18, 2022

UNF cleaning up for Earth Week

Source: News4JAX
UNF is kicking off Earth Week by planting trees and cleaning up the campus area.

April 14, 2022

Sports broadcaster, UNF alum Sara Walsh to share IVF journey at Baptist Health event

Source: First Coast News
Baptist Health is holding a discussion with nationally known sports journalist and UNF alumna Sara Walsh at the main speaker, along with doctors.

April 13, 2022

Extreme heat is more deadly than hurricanes and flooding. Who’s at risk in Jacksonville?

Source: WJCT News
UNF is partnering with the City of Jacksonville on a heat mapping study to hopefully reveal which parts of town are most threatened by extreme heat.

April 12, 2022

North Florida’s Jazz Bond makes school history as WNBA draft pick

Source: Florida Times-Union
Bond was selected in the third round by the Dallas Wings on Monday, the 31st overall pick.

April 8, 2022

Women in Business Initiative at UNF

Source: WJCT News
Dr. Leslie Gordon, Women in Business director, speaks on the initiative designed to encourage women and provide students with career advancement opportunities.

April 7, 2022

How to find cheap car insurance in Florida

Source: WalletHub
UNF assistant professor Courtney Azzari shares insight on why car insurance companies have celebrity endorsers.

April 6, 2022

Best way to lower anxiety is to do things ‘well’

Source: Florida Times-Union
UNF public health graduate student Tanya Bedenbaugh shares ways on how to help lower anxiety.

April 6, 2022

University of North Florida launches Women in Business Initiative

Source: Jacksonville Daily Record
The program connects female students and midcareer mentors from founding supporters.

April 5, 2022

UNF Surf Club & Team wins East Coast Championship, with eyes on national prize

Source: First Coast News
The team is currently raising funds to send them to the 2022 NSSA National Championships in California.

April 4, 2022

UNF ranks in U.S. News & World 2023 Best Graduate Schools

Source: NE Florida News
The University of North Florida has been ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s 2023 Best Graduate Schools list for many of its graduate school programs.

April 1, 2022

Nutrition check: Celebrating International Carrot Day

Source: Florida Newsline
UNF assistant professor Kristen Hicks-Roof discusses ways to add carrots into your dietary pattern.


March 31, 2022

4 Jacksonville teachers surprised with $15 K Gladys Prior Career Teaching Excellence awards

Source: News4Jax
Four Jacksonville teachers were recognized for their teaching excellence and were surprised with $15,000 each.

March 30, 2022

Jacksonville teacher surprised with $15K check, teaching excellence award

Source: Action News Jax
UNF’s College of Education and Human Services surprised four local Jacksonville teachers with the 2022 Gladys Prior Award for Career Teaching Excellence and a $15,000 check.

March 28, 2022

Stories of Service: UNF honors women veterans

Source: First Coast News
UNF’s Military and Veterans Resource Center created personalized signs around campus recognizing their student veterans.

March 24, 2022

2022’s most overweight and obese cities in the U.S.

Source: WalletHub
UNF assistant professor Casey Colin shares insight on ways to address the obesity problem, from personal to policy level.

March 21, 2022

Biden pledges $800 million to Ukraine after Zelensky’s plea for more U.S. aid

Source: News4Jax
Nancy Soderberg, UNF’s Director of the Public Service Leadership Program and former US ambassador to the U.N., discusses President Zelensky’s plea.

March 15, 2022

CSX donates $700,000 to the University of North Florida

Source: Jacksonville Daily Record
The gift will endow a scholarship in the Coggin College of Business Diversity in Business program.

March 14, 2022

UNF Spinnaker stands with Ukraine – hear their message of solidarity

Source: First Coast News
The message weaves together over 50 messages in half a dozen languages from college media organizations around the world.

March 11, 2022

CSX to remember late executive with major gift, endowed scholarship at UNF

Source: Jacksonville Business Journal
UNF announces generous support from CSX for the Coggin College Diversity in Business Program and T&L scholarship.

March 10, 2022

Nature sounds influence people’s physiology

Source: In a Bottle Magazine
A UNF study has revealed that the sound of water reduces stress more than Mozart’s music.

March 10, 2022

Preventing Alzheimer’s in the Black Community with Cognitive Training

Source: The Florida Star
The UNF PACT study is looking for participants from the Black community to assist with Alzheimer’s prevention research.

March 8, 2022

UNF student named one of the 10 collegiate ‘New Faces of Civil Engineering’

Source: NE Florida News
UNF civil engineering student Tiffany Ritch has been chosen by the American Society of Civil Engineers to represent the 2022 collegiate New Faces of Civil Engineering.

March 3, 2022

Eating healthy without counting the calories

Source: First Coast Living
Wellness dietitian Chelsea Chandler explains what disordered eating is and how we can reduce the risk during National Nutrition Month.

March 2, 2022

Invasion of Ukraine: Separating fact from fiction on social media

Source: Action News Jax
UNF students discuss how social media platforms can sometimes be the only source of news for the younger generation.

March 1, 2022

UNF political science professor explains the significance of Nick Howland’s runoff election win

Source: First Coast News
Political science professor Mike Binder says off-cycle elections tend to favor Republicans who traditionally show up more to vote.


February 25, 2022

Hoping for safety a world away – UNF professor expresses concern for her home country

Source: First Coast News
Dr. Nataliya Roman was born and raised in Ukraine and her thoughts are with friends and family who are in harm’s way.

February 24, 2022

UNF Center exploits startup boom with its second year of underrepresented entrepreneurs

Source: First Coast Inno
This is the second consecutive year for the Swisher Start-Up Cohort for Underrepresented Entrepreneurs.

February 23, 2022

You should know: Melinda B. Powers, business consultant

Source: Jacksonville Daily Record
Melinda B. Powers is a business consultant at UNF’s Small Business Development Center and helps business owners pinpoint problems and find solutions.

February 22, 2022

University of North Florida professor receives epilepsy research grant

Source: Jacksonville Daily Record
UNF electrical engineering professor Mona Nasseri will work to create forecasting algorithms that can help manage doses of anti-seizure medication.

February 17, 2022

UNF poll finds voters hopeful for Jaguar’s future

Source: News4Jax
A poll released from UNF’s Public Opinion Research Lab revealed that those polled see some bright spots for the Jaguar’s future with a new coach and young quarterback.

February 16, 2022

UNF student launches organization to support Black women on campus

Source: Action News Jax
UNF student Jacquelin Small created a new organization to center around Black women on campus that has now evolved into a growing community.

February 14, 2022

UNF researcher discusses ‘tackling Alzheimer's disease in the Black community’

Source: The Florida Times-Union
UNF researcher Micah McKinney hopes to reduce health disparities in the African American community.

February 11, 2022

Gas & used vehicle prices jumped more than 40% in one year

Source: Action News Jax
UNF economics professor Madeline Zavodny explains how price pressures along the supply chain are affecting prices.

February 9, 2022

Data Trends: Onboarding employees key step in hiring process

Source: Jacksonville Daily Record
Taylor Kennedy with UNF’s Small Business Development Center shares how onboarding employees creates a road map of expectations.

February 8, 2022

Ask the experts: how much car insurance do I need?

Source: WalletHub
Ronald Heymann, alumnus and visiting instructor at Coggin College of Business, shared insight on why states have different car insurance and coverage requirements.

February 4, 2022

The benefits of dark chocolate

Source: First Coast Living
UNF professor Dr. Casey Colin the benefits of dark chocolate and the portions we should be consuming.

February 3, 2022

Donald Trump’s finances make him ‘almost insurmountable opponent’ to GOP rivals in 2024

Source: Newsweek
UNF political science professor Sean Freeder shares insight regarding Trump’s popularity and fundraising capabilities that make him an insurmountable opponent in the 2024 primary.

February 3, 2022

Immigration critics wrong: Fewer visas did not help U.S. workers

Source: Forbes
UNF economics professor Madeline Zavodny shared how the entry of fewer foreign workers on temporary visas during the COVID-19 pandemic did not improve outcomes for U.S. workers.

February 2, 2022

UNF interim president celebrates elevation to high research activity designation

Source: Jacksonville Business Journal
Interim president Pam Chally shares ways the University has grown over the past 50 years and the importance of the recent Carnegie R2 research designation.

February 2, 2022

Nutrition check: Children’s Dental Health Month

Source: Florida Newsline
UNF dietetics professor Kristen Hicks-Roof shares healthy eating habits and routine dental care tips for optimal oral health for children.

February 1, 2022 recognizes top leadership programs as this year’s winners of The LEAD Awards

Source: Digital Journal
UNF received 3rd place for ‘CAMP Osprey – The Collegiate Achievement Mentoring’ in the educational category of custom content leadership programming.


January 31, 2022

UNF partners with Mayo Clinic on research related to birth trauma in rural Florida hospitals

Source: NE Florida News
New research from UNF and Mayo Clinic finds that policy strategies focused on improving healthcare quality in rural areas need to be strengthened.

January 26, 2022

UNF offering Strategic People Management program

Source: Jacksonville Daily Record
Coggin College of Business offers classes designed to augment human resource development for middle- and large-size businesses.

January 21, 2022

DHS makes more international students eligible for STEM OPT

Source: Forbes
Madeline Zavodny, economics professor, provided insight on Optional Practical Training relating to job opportunities for American workers in STEM fields.

January 20, 2022

Could bacteria help reduce shoreline erosion? UNF researchers aim to find out

Source: Adapt Florida
Researchers at UNF are studying how a naturally occurring bacteria could be used to reduce shoreline erosion.

January 19, 2022

Timucuan Voices: UNF archaeology dig makes a discovery to give voice to indigenous people of Northeast Florida

Source: Amelia Insider
Dr. Keith Ashley, archaeology lab director and professor, and student team make discoveries potentially believed to be the location of the village of Sarabay.

January 18, 2022

UNF kicks off the school’s 50th-anniversary celebration, activities throughout the year

Source: Florida Times-Union
UNF interim president Pamela Chally speaks on UNF's semi-centennial celebration and how the University has significantly grown over the years.

January 14, 2022

UNF celebrates 50 years

Source: WJCT News
Interim president Pamela Chally speaks on UNF’s 50th year anniversary and the University’s significant growth.

January 14, 2022

Consumer prices rise as production can’t keep with demand

Source: First Coast News
Dr. Albert Loh, professor of economics, speaks on the demand coupled with supply chain issues and staff shortages have caused prices to go up.

January 13, 2022

Jacksonville Public Education Fund partners with UNF to hire and retain Black and Hispanic male teachers

Source: First Coast News
UNF published an economic impact study that found that for every scholarship it offered to a student of a diverse background the return on investment was $1 million.

January 6, 2022

Nutrition check: Popping popcorn for your health!

Source: Florida Newsline
UNF assistant professor Kristen Hicks-Roof shares information on the different types of popcorn and ways to look out for healthier options.

January 5, 2022

Advice on getting active and staying healthy through the new year

Source: First Coast News
UNF assistant professor Dr. Lindsay Toth shares the benefits of movement and simple ways to get started in being active.

January 4, 2022

This is what too much salt does to your body

Source: Market Watch
UNF professor Lauri Wright shares insight on ways on types of food to look for and where to find high- and low-sodium foods.