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June 26, 2017
Sculpture students show new work at UNF Sculpture Park
The Lazzara Family Foundation, MountainStar Capital and the UNF Student Affairs Community Council provide funding to create the Sculptures by the Sea Project, a program to support arts education through a public art installation at the UNF Sculpture Park in Jacksonville Beach, where five new sculptures were recently installed.
June 26, 2017
UNF students headed to the Czech Republic for four weeks of opera performance
Since last fall, a group of 14 UNF School of Music students have been preparing for their summer vacation. Next week, they will depart for four weeks in Central Europe to perform Gioachino Rossini’s comic opera “The Barber of Seville” and Giacomo Puccini's “La Bohème.”
June 23, 2017
Osprey student-athletes continue making history in the classroom
Streaks are big news in athletics and the North Florida Athletic Department has extended one of its most important streaks with UNF student-athletes recording their 12th consecutive semester with a cumulative department GPA of 3.0 or higher, highlighted by a record-setting semester performance of 3.345 during the spring.
June 22, 2017
The Goods: Bison packs more nutrition than beef
With summer in full swing, so are your cookouts. Bison is rich in flavor, low in fat and high in protein. Jill Snyder, instructor in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program at UNF, shares myths and facts about bison meat in The Florida Times-Union's monthly "Goods" column.
June 21, 2017
UNF’s Howell, Ruppert win national surfing titles
A couple of UNF Surf Team members swept the top two individual honors at the National Scholastic Surfing Association championships. Senior Corey Howell repeated as men’s college champion, while senior Emily Ruppert earned her second women’s college title, adding to her previous national triumph in 2014.
June 21, 2017
Adaptive Toy Project transforms ride-on cars for special needs kids
Kids love driving battery-powered toy cars and playing with interactive stuffed toys that have buttons and switches, but some children have disabilities that make it difficult to engage in such play. The UNF Adaptive Toy Project is working to change that.
June 20, 2017
Explore Little Talbot Island State Park
UNF senior Sean Lahav, a project leader in the Environmental Leadership Program, features a video on Little Talbot Island State Park, presented by WJCT and in collaboration between UNF's Environmental Center and Public Trust Law on 19 short videos showcasing the city, state and national parks of the First Coast.
June 19, 2017
The helping kind
Edtech digest features Dr. Matthew Ohlson, UNF assistant professor of educational leadership, for his work with CAMP Osprey, a leadership-mentoring program where collegiate student leaders serve as mentors to at-risk K-12 students.
June 19, 2017
UNF students help preserve Jacksonville's history of Timucuan Indians
Artifacts dating back a 1,000 years are being dug up along the Northeast Florida coast. The finds are part of a six-week summer class of UNF students and their professor Dr. Keith Ashley, UNF coordinator of archaeological research.
June 16, 2017
Endless Summer of Swoop: UNF surfers take on national finals in California
UNF's top contenders for a national championship don’t have a coach. They don’t have set practice times. Yet week in and week out, the UNF surf team heads to work on its own field - the sand and the waves of the Atlantic.
June 15, 2017
Lack of amenities and attractions top UNF survey results on why people avoid downtown
Conclusions of a poll by the UNF Public Opinion Research Lab of people in Duval and contiguous counties for “J” and The Florida Times-Union offer strong support for recent progress on downtown but, more important, powerful demand for the right mixture and concentration of venues, events and activities to pull people into the heart and achieve real, permanent civic synergy.
June 15, 2017
Police Athletic League teams with UNF to create OspreyPAL, offer path to success for teens
Teenagers at the Police Athletic League of Jacksonville’s JaxPAL Teen Leadership Program will be better prepared for life after high school following a partnership with UNF and its new OspreyPAL program.
June 14, 2017
Jumbo Shrimp promotion
Dr. Kristi Sweeney, Sport Management assistant professor, speaks with Action News about a controversial Jumbo Shrimp Father’s Day promotion.
June 14, 2017
Should Megyn Kelly's interview with Alex Jones be aired?
NBC's Megyn Kelly is facing heat over Alex Jones' interview. Dr. David Deeley, UNF assistant professor of communication, tells First Coast News that in order for the truth to prevail, you can't limit who can and can't be interviewed.
June 13, 2017
Explore Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park
UNF senior Sean Lahav, a project leader in the Environmental Leadership Program, features a video on Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, presented by WJCT and in collaboration between UNF's Environmental Center and Public Trust Law on 19 short videos showcasing the city, state and national parks of the First Coast.
June 13, 2017
Comey trial reaction
Ellen Glasser, UNF criminology instructor and former FBI special agent, discusses former FBI Director James Comey's trial before the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee, on "The Chat."
June 13, 2017
One year later, UNF students try to make sense of Pulse Nightclub shooting
A year after a gunman opened fire at Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub, LGBT students at UNF joined campus staff and counselors to reflect upon the tragedy.
June 12, 2017
UNF students dig through history
An archaeological dig on Big Talbot Island could help UNF researchers and students understand native tribes that lived in the area over 1,000 years ago.
June 9, 2017
Guide to fidget spinners: What parents need to know
Dr. Tracy Alloway discusses how fidget spinners could calm anxiety or reduce stress but have little benefit for ADHD symptoms.
June 9, 2017
Former FBI agent weighs in on Comey testimony
Ellen Glasser, retired FBI special agent and UNF Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice instructor, speaks with First Coast News about working with former FBI Director James Comey.
June 9, 2017
Jacksonville's attraction for millenial workers prompts contradictory rankings from media
Janice Donaldson, director of the Small Business Center at UNF, tells The Florida Times-Union she's seen no comparison between Jacksonville's millennial workers and other cities among small business development centers, which are largely driven by young entrepreneurs.
June 9, 2017
Legislature drops ball on prison reform
A Florida Times-Union editorial discusses a multi-media journalism project that looks inside Florida’s prison system and explores the need for reform, created by Department of Communication students in instructor Dr. Paula Horvath’s class.
June 8, 2017
Providence graduate Meyer chases track history for UNF
Junior Eden Meyer will race in the women’s 10,000 meters NCAA track and field championships Thursday, June 8.
June 7, 2017
Professor Spotlight: Katie Monnin on teaching graphic novels, exploring Garfield
Before the doctorate and the nine graphic novels, Dr. Katie Monnin, UNF associate professor of literacy, wasn’t an avid reader of graphic novels. In fact, her appreciation for them came from a friend she knew in graduate school. The Spinnaker highlights Monnin and her new partnership with Garfield cartoonist Jim Davis.
June 6, 2017
Explore Julington-Durbin Creek Preserve
UNF senior Sean Lahav, a project leader in the Environmental Leadership Program, features a video on Julington-Durbin Creek Preserve, presented by WJCT and in collaboration between UNF's Environmental Center and Public Trust Law on 19 short videos showcasing the city, state and national parks of the First Coast.
June 1, 2017
How do sharks pull out their teeth if they don't have hands?
Dr. Jim Gelsleichter, director of the UNF Coastal and Marine Biology Flagship Program, answers questions about shark's teeth in a First Coast News blog.
June 1, 2017
Verify: Do fidget spinners alleviate ADD and ADHD symptoms?
Dr. Tracy Alloway, UNF Psychology Graduate Program director, helps verify the truth behind myths about fidgit spinners.
May 25, 2017
Simple summer swaps
Jenna Braddock, UNF nutrition instructor, discusses swapping out lower-calorie options for healthier meals on "First Coast Living."
May 25, 2017
Manchester terrorist bombing
Dr. Parvez Ahmed, UNF finance professor and a vocal member of Jacksonville's muslim community, discusses the latest terror attack in Manchester and the keys to fighting terrorism on "First Coast Connect."
May 25, 2017
One of Us: Shyam Paryani
UNF alumnus Dr. Shyam Paryani teaches graduate courses at UNF and is actively involved in the local medical community, serving as director of First Radiation and Oncology Group.
May 25, 2017
UNF art student paints eighth Murray Hill mural
Jacksonville native and UNF fine arts major Meredith Sullivan’s jellyfish painting was chosen as the community’s eighth mural. She has been approached to paint three other murals around town.
May 22, 2017
UNF Awarded $1.4M National Science Foundation grant
UNF has been awarded a $1.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Fellowship, which will support the Jacksonville Teacher Residency, a program in the University's College of Education and Human Services on First Coast Connect.
May 22, 2017
Green mussels are lurking in our waters and they're unwelcome
Dr. Matthew Gilg, UNF biology professor, discusses his research on the invasive green mussel species to conclude the five-part First Coast News "Sea Science" series.
May 19, 2017
Trump continues to show he’s unfit for the presidency
Dr. Matthew Corrigan, chair of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, shares his opinion on the Trump presidency with The Florida Times-Union.
May 19, 2017
UNF researchers work to protect shark populations
Dr. Jim Gelsleichter, director of the Coastal and Marine Biology Flagship Program at UNF, discusses his research in managing and protecting shark populations with First Coast News.
May 18, 2017
Oyster shells aren't trash, they're saving our shorlines
Dr. Kelly Smith, UNF Estuarine ecologist, tells First Coast News that oysters have been a part of our coastline since humans first arrived. She's among a group of researchers who would like to expand the idea of oyster restoration groups to keep the shells out of landfills.
May 17, 2017
The Goods: Morning cup of coffee isn’t all bad for you
Coffee is a beloved beverage that is consumed daily by 54 percent of American adults. Jenna Braddock, instructor in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program, busts myths about coffee in The Florida Times-Union's "Goods" column.
May 17, 2017
Exploring Kingsley Plantation
UNF senior Sean Lahav, a project leader in the Environmental Leadership Program, features a video on Kingsley Plantation, presented by WJCT and in collaboration between UNF's Environmental Center and Public Trust Law on 19 short videos showcasing the city, state and national parks of the First Coast.
May 17, 2017
What does a dolphin hear in the St. Johns River?
In the recent years, the health of the dolphin population in Northeast Florida has been decreasing, and so researchers at UNF are working to see the how the animals are affected by being inundated by noise for 24 hours a day.
May 16, 2017
UNF professor tries to shed light on Southeastern Indian tribe
Dr. Denise Bossy, UNF associate professor of history, was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship to support significant research in the humanities and to further her research of the Yamasee Indians.
May 16, 2017
How-to-THRIVE at college while having Autism Spectrum Disorder
Several universities and colleges across the country offer programs to ASD students; however, the THRIVE program at UNF is the only one in the country that is free of cost for students and focuses specifically on not only independent living and social skills, like most programs, but also career skill development.
May 16, 2017
UNF researcher hopes to find key to coral revitalization
Over the past several decades coral reef populations have depleted by half, possibly more. Dr. Cliff Ross, UNF Department of Biology chair, discusses his research in coral revitalization with First Coast News.
May 11, 2017
Lyme Disease Awareness Month
Dr. Kerry Clark, UNF public health professor, discusses tick safety and his tick-borne illness research on "River City Live."
May 11, 2017
Autistic spectrum disorder students THRIVE in UNF program
Neil Haley interviews Tara Rowe, UNF THRIVE coordinator, and UNF THRIVE student Ben Rittenhouse on The Total Tutor, which air on over 120 radio stations across the country.
May 10, 2017
NFL buys 3 percent equity stake in Jacksonville-based Fanatics
Dr. Kristi Sweeney, UNF assistant professor of sport management, tells The Florida Times-Union the fact that Fanatics is now in part owned by the most lucrative sports league in the U.S. is impressive.
May 10, 2017
Clinton's presidential election defeat
Dr. Michael Binder, UNF associate professor of political science, discusses Hilliary Clinton's election defeat on "The Chat."
May 10, 2017
UNF Osprey Racing teams flies to Michigan to compete in international student racing series
The UNF Osprey Racing team works SwoopD6 hard through a skidpad to test its steady-state cornering ability during a recent practice on campus prior to heading for the Formula SAE competition in Michigan.
May 8, 2017
New work by UNF students to be installed at Sculpture Park this summer
Sparks flew as Gabriella O’Toole, recent UNF grad, etched out more of the inside details of her eight-foot tall metal coral. It’s one of five student-made sculptures selected to be installed at the UNF Sculpture Park in Jacksonville Beach in late June.
May 4, 2017
UNF fine arts student selected to paint Murray Hill Mural Project
UNF senior Meredith Sullivan, a fine arts major, was selected to paint a mural for the Murray Hill Mural Project. Her design is a tranquil brightly colored jellyfish.
May 3, 2017
UNF receives platinum-level Skin Smart Campus designation
UNF was awarded the platinum-level Skin Smart Campus designation by the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention and will implement a campus-wide skin cancer prevention initiative this month as part of National Skin Cancer Awareness month.
May 2, 2017
Exploring Northeast Florida's Fort Caroline National Memorial
WJCT presents a collaboration between UNF's Environmental Center and Public Trust Law on 19 short videos showcasing the city, state and national parks of the First Coast, produced by UNF senior Sean Lahav, a project leader in the Environmental Leadership Program.
May 2, 2017
No peace, quiet for river dolphins
There's a natural background hum of noise in the St. Johns River. Then there are dolphins, with their whistles and the buzzing of their sonar-like echolocations. But then add in the noises of a river busy with work and play. A team of UNF researchers in the Coastal and Marine Biology Flagship Program are studying the man-made noise affect on the 300-bottlenose dolphins who call the river home.
May 1, 2017
‘Today was amazing’ says Duval teacher surprised with $15,000 award
It was an exciting week for four Duval County teachers who were awarded $15,000 prizes for their excellence in the classroom. The Gladys Prior Awards, administered by UNF's College of Education and Human Services, have been given to Jacksonville teachers since 1998.
April 28, 2017
Four teachers each win $15,000 teaching prize
Four Duval County teachers were surprised on Wednesday and Thursday to learn they’re each receiving $15,000 from Gilchrist Berg to honor his former teacher named Gladys Prior. The University of North Florida College of Education and Human Services manages the gift program.
April 28, 2017
UNF professor receives prestigious fellowship
Dr. Denise Bossy, UNF associate professor of history, is awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship, to support her research on the Yamasee Native American community.
April 27, 2017
The Goods: Garbanzos have a bonanza of benefits
Having trouble finding a way to incorporate healthy plant-based proteins into your diet? Look no further than the chickpea. Evan Koch, graduate student and dietetic intern in the UNF Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program, discusses myths and facts about this versatile legume rich in fiber, protein and several vitamins and minerals.
April 26, 2017
UNF history professor receives prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship
Dr. Denise Bossy, a UNF associate professor of history, was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship to support significant research in the humanities and to further her research of the Yamasee Indians, a community that is hardly understood by scholars today.
April 25, 2017
Conducting UNF choral groups feeds Cara Tasher's spirit
Dr. Cara Tasher, who is director of choral activities and an associate professor of voice at UNF, conducts the Chamber Singers, a 30-member ensemble that is the School of Music's flagship choral group.
April 24, 2017
Students creating new sculptures for UNF Sculpture Park
Art students at UNF are working on a new round of sculptures that will be installed this summer at the UNF Sculpture Park in Jacksonville Beach.
April 24, 2017
Love chocolate? Potato chips? Your genes might be to blame
Dr. Lauri Wright, director of the doctorate in clinical nutrition program at UNF, tells U.S. News & World Report that research is beginning to look at the role of genes in food intake and nutrient use.
April 21, 2017
Students with developmental disabilities receive UNF diplomas
The Arc Jacksonville On Campus Transition program at UNF held its 10th graduation. The program provides an opportunity for adults with developmental disabilities to have a college experience.
April 20, 2017
Hans Hofmann: Works on Paper review
The Wall Street Journal reviews the most comprehensive retrospective exhibition of works on paper by abstract expressionist Hans Hofmann, which is on exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, a cultural institute of UNF.
April 20, 2017
UNF School of Music professor celebrates Carnegie Hall anniversary
Dr. Simon Shiao, associate professor in the UNF School of Music, talks to WJXT Ch. 4's "The Morning Show" about his 20th anniversary since his Carnegie Hall debut with a live performance from the UNF String Quartet.
April 19, 2017
March Madness returning to Jacksonville
UNF, in partnership with the City of Jacksonville and the JAXSPORTS Council, will host the first and second rounds of the 2019 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship as well as the 2019 and 2021 NCAA Division I Track and Field Outdoor Championship East Preliminary as awarded by the NCAA.
April 18, 2017
UNF captures second A-Sun women’s golf title in a row
The UNF women’s golf team combined for a solid back-nine performance to capture its second Atlantic Sun Conference title in a row.
April 18, 2017
World War II veterans bring history lessons to life at UNF
WWII veterans shared stories of escape when they were prisoners of war during a panel discussion at UNF. Several students were present and discuss this once-in-lifetime opportunity with The Florida Times-Union.
April 17, 2017
Comic books versus graphic novels
Dr. Katie Monnin, UNF associate professor of literacy, is working on her new book, "Teaching Garfield in 21st Century Language Arts," and discusses the difference between graphic novels and comic books on "The Chat."
April 17, 2017
UNF professor looks to past to study nation's deadly opioid epidemic
Dr. David Courtwright, a presidential professor of history at UNF, wrote the book, "Dark Paradise: A History of Opiate Addiction in America," chronicling the narcotic epidemic in the 1880s through the early part of the 20th century. His research is featured in The Florida Times-Union.
April 13, 2017
Why a Maple Street Biscuit Company dish is named after a UNF professor
Maple Street Biscuit Company is a popular destination for many Jacksonville residents, known not only for its comfort food, but its quirky vibe. And now a dish on the menu named after Dr. Reinhold Lamb, a UNF finance professor.
April 11, 2017
UNF appoints three new college deans
UNF announces the appointment of three new deans who will be joining the University faculty this summer, including Drs. Curt Lox, Brooks College of Health; George Rainbolt, College of Arts and Sciences; and Jeff Chamberlain, Hicks Honors College.
April 11, 2017
New UNF Communication Management Master's Degree
Drs. John Parmelee, UNF Department of Communication chair, and Brian Thornton, director of the communication master’s program, discusses the University's new master’s degree program in communication management on "First Coast Connect."
April 11, 2017
America needs a real policy regarding Syria
Dr. Parvez Ahmed, UNF finance professor, shares his opinion on policies regarding Syria with The Florida Times-Union.
April 11, 2017
Doctors once treated alcoholism with heroin. Now, they want to treat heroin addiction with marijuana
Dr. David Courtwright, UNF history professor who has researched the opioid crisis throughout antiquity, tells The Washington Post that medicine is surprisingly prone to fads.
April 10, 2017
US launches air strikes on Syria
Dr. David Schwam-Baird, UNF associate professor of political science, discusses the air strikes on Syria by the United States on WJXT Ch. 4.
April 7, 2017
Company offers free body cameras for all police officers
An Arizona company that equips law enforcement officers with nonlethal weapons is offering to provide a free body camera for every police officer in America. University of North Florida Police Chief Frank Mackesy speaks with News4Jax about the University Police Department’s use of body cameras.
April 6, 2017
Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan dishes on election, past presidents
Last year, Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan traveled throughout the U.S. covering politics during the presidential campaign. The Daily Record covers her recent lecture to a packed auditorium at UNF during the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville Global Issues Evening, co-hosted with the University.
April 5, 2017
UNF professor and students look for genes tied to organ regeneration
Dr. Vladimir Mashanov, UNF assistant professor of biology, and UNF undergraduate biology student Chelsea Hastings discuss using brittle stars to study organ regeneration with First Coast News.
April 5, 2017
UNF joins competitive Carnegie Project on the Educational Doctorate Consortium
The Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate has accepted UNF among its 22 new graduate schools of education as members into the consortium. UNF joins more than 100 other schools of education across the country in the important work of redesigning professional practice preparation in education for the improvement of Pk-20 education and the organizations that support it.
April 4, 2017
Tracking great white sharks
Dr. James Gelsleichter, UNF associate professor of biology and Shark Biology Program director, speaks with Action News about the great white shark recently spotted in Fernandina Beach.
April 4, 2017
Exploring Northeast Florida's Camp Milton Historic Preserve
WJCT presents a collaboration between UNF's Environmental Center and Public Trust Law on 19 short videos showcasing the city, state and national parks of the First Coast, produced by UNF senior Sean Lahav, a project leader in the environmental leadership program.
April 4, 2017
UNF Singers to Perform at Cathedral Basilica
The Cathedral Basilica will host the UNF Concert Chorale at 8 p.m. Friday, April 7. Under the direction of Dr. Cara Tasher, UNF associate professor of music, the choral group will present, “A Night of Remembrance,” which will feature two work, The Requiems of composers Gabriel Faure and Herbert Howells.
April 3, 2017
The Sultan and the Saint' screening
Dr. Parvez Ahmed, UNF finance professor, discusses the upcoming screening of "The Sultan and the Saint" on the UNF campus with WJCT's "First Coast Connect."
March 31, 2017
Faith at Angola Prison
Dr. Michael Hallett, UNF professor of criminology and criminal justice, and his new book, "The Angola Prison Seminary," are featured in Commonweal Magazine.
March 30, 2017
Delaney has been a transformative leader at UNF
The Florida Times-Union discusses John Delaney's accomplishments as president of UNF, which has built an identity as a state university with small class sizes and a focus on several relevant specialties, such as logistics, community nursing as well as coastal and marine biology.
March 29, 2017
Florida universities campaign for more mental health services
Dr. Andrew King, UNF Counseling Center director, talks to First Coast News about the "Safer, Stronger, Smarter" initiative, where all 12 Florida universities are campaigning for more mental health services.
March 29, 2017
Are artifical sweetners unhealthy?
Dr. Lauri Wright, a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietitics and a UNF assistant professor of nutrition, tells Fox News there are six sugar substitutes that the Food and Drug Administration has approved as safe.
March 27, 2017
The Dance Card: Predicting NCAA tournament teams
UNF Associate Provost Jay Coleman’s analytical formula, known as the Dance Card, has once again accurately predicted all 36 teams receiving at-large bids to the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.
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.