A Top-Ranked University, United for a Greater Purpose University of Florida is a vibrant research institution of higher education that makes its hometown on 2,000 acres in the Greater Gainesville area. The proportion of students who stay in the area after graduation, the school’s graduate students, and its faculty and staff all add to Greater Gainesville’s pool of highly educated residents. As a major research institution, the university also attracts companies that require educated workers. With more than 52,000 students enrolled in 16 colleges, UF is proud of its intensive comprehensiveness, boasting a legacy of academic, athletics, medical and agricultural excellence. UF is the only university in the state of Florida to be a member of the AAU (Association of American Universities), an association of 62 leading research universities in the US and Canada, and is fully committed to its founding mission as a land-, sea- and space-grant research institution that makes a difference in society and the lives of people. More than 96 percent of incoming freshmen students score above the national average on standardized exams. For 2016, the freshman class had an average 4.35 GPA and an average SAT score of 1919. As its national stature rises, so does the value of a UF degree, which is already recognized as one of the nation’s best value by US News and World Report, The Princeton Review, Forbes, Money, Kiplinger’s and Value Colleges. Preparing a Qualified Workforce The thousands of UF students graduating each year provide a diverse and qualified labor pool for growing businesses. The University of Florida’s Career Resource Center works to connect employers around the country with UF students, making sure those students transition seamlessly into the workforce. That’s why UF was twice named the nation’s top career center by the Princeton Review and ranked No. 9 on the Wall Street Journal’s “Top 25 Rated Schools by Recruiters” in 2015. Our comprehensive career center works with all of UF’s 16 colleges, more than 52,000 students, and our ever-growing alumni population to be able to facilitate employment connections. More than 8,000 students and 350 companies attend the annual career showcase, and placement and recruiting efforts continue year-round. Employers can get free, customized help developing a campus recruiting strategy in person, by phone or online. The Career Resource Center’s upcoming expansion and renovation, scheduled for completion in May 2018, will add even more facilities to serve students and industry partners, including a library, conference and seminar rooms, interview rooms and an employer lounge. Statewide Economic Impact The University of Florida is a major economic presence of its own statewide, with diverse activities that go beyond its education, research and service missions to encompass tourism, economic development and job creation. The more than 3.85 million visitors to campus attending student orientations, football games and graduations, among other events, spent more than $253 million in 2014-15. And UF researchers hired under the State Preeminence Initiative secured grants worth $55.3 million, an amount more than three times their salaries and benefits. This represents a large return on investment to the state. Overall, UF’s economic impact on the state in fiscal year 2014-15 was a whopping $12.56 billion in industry output or sales revenues, $7.83 billion in contribution to state gross domestic product and 135,576 full-time and part-time jobs. This puts UF’s impact on par with the state’s trucking industry or its grocery food store sector that includes Publix and Winn- Dixie or the total of all home construction activities in Florida. During 2014-15, UF and its component units received total revenues of $5.01 billion from all sources, of which 66.7 percent were from sources outside of the state. Some units, such as those in the health sciences fields, are largely funded from non-state sources, including grants, contracts, private giving, insurance coverage and revenue-generating activities. UF boasts an active program for licensing patented technologies developed through university research to private companies. In 2015, UF had active license agreements with 101 companies in Florida, which netted $26 million in royalties and fees. The largest industry sectors for technology licensing were biological product manufacturing, pharmaceutical preparation manufacturing, and pesticide and other agrichemical manufacturing. Total annual sales revenues for all companies were estimated at $909 million, with an overall economic impact on Florida more than double this amount. UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is a federal-state-county partnership dedicated to developing knowledge in agriculture, human and natural resources, life sciences and enhancing and sustaining the quality of human life by making that information accessible. While extending into every community of the state, UF/IFAS has developed an international reputation for its accomplishments in teaching, research and extension. Because of this mission, and the diversity of Florida’s climate and agricultural commodities, IFAS has facilities located throughout Florida. IFAS provides research and development for Florida’s agriculture, natural resources and related food industries, which made value-added contributions of $123.2 billion to the gross domestic product of the state economy in 2013. Community Contributions The University of Florida’s culture of caring extends beyond campus to our community of Greater Gainesville and beyond. Through its annual employee giving campaign, called the University of Florida Campaign for Charities (UFCC), employees have given near $1 million annually to charities serving the region for over a decade. Programs such as the UF Community Veterinary Outreach Program help shelter animals get the treatments they need to become adoptable, rescue groups get care they could not otherwise afford and veterinary students get hands-on experience. Additionally, the university is currently gathering input from the community to plan the long-term future growth of the university and the Greater Gainesville area. A Powerhouse in Innovation As the inventor of Gatorade, Sentricon and other household names, the University of Florida is a powerhouse in innovation. UF has launched 193 startups in the past 15 years, with 17 startups based on UF research discoveries in fiscal year 2016 alone. According to the most recent statistics from the Association of University Technology Managers, UF ranked eighth in the nation for startups in the 2013-14 fiscal year and seventh for licenses and options, and eighth among leaders in life-science technology transfer, ranking among the University of California and Texas systems. In life sciences, UF ranked 10th in licenses and options executed, just ahead of the California Institute of Technology. The UF Innovation Hub fosters an innovation ecosystem that nurtures technology startups with the resources and expertise they need to thrive, creating jobs and economic prosperity. As an all-inclusive startup incubator, the Innovation Hub provides inexpensive, state-of-the-art laboratory and office space as well as collision space, mentoring and resident partners to help bring discoveries out of the lab and into our lives. Innovation Hub startups have created more than 800 jobs and raised over $67 million in public and private funds. The hub is part of Innovation Square, a 40-acre live-work-play community between the UF campus and downtown Gainesville that enhances collaboration between the private sector and the university. Construction is under way to double its size, with the 2017 debut of Phase II, supported by an $8 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration and $9 million from UF. The expansion adds 48,000 square feet for technology startups and a Collaboratory for Women Innovators, aimed at capitalizing on the established ecosystem to inspire, educate and empower more women to attain leadership roles in all phases of the innovation life cycle. Research Profiles Patrick Traynor Associate Professor, Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering HERBERT WERTHEIM COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING Patrick Traynor’s research focuses on the security of mobile systems, with a concentration on telecommunications infrastructure and mobile devices. His research has uncovered critical vulnerabilities in cellular networks, made the first characterization of mobile malware in provider networks and offered a robust approach to detecting and combatting Caller-ID scams. He is also interested in internet security and the systems challenges of applied cryptography. He received a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation in 2010 and was named a Sloan Fellow in 2014. Amy Vittor Assistant Professor, Emerging Pathogens Institute COLLEGE OF MEDICINE Amy Vittor studies the interface between vector-borne disease and land use. Her journey started with a research project on avian malaria and ecology in Costa Rica as an undergraduate. Wanting to delve deeper into the links between human disease and ecology, she pursued a doctorate in public health and conducted her thesis work in the Peruvian Amazon studying malaria and deforestation. She then became an infectious disease physician out of a desire to care for the patients she encountered as a researcher. While in medical training, she treated patients with HIV and tuberculosis in Botswana, Kenya, Ethiopia and Panama. At present, she works on South American eastern equine encephalitis and land use in the Darien region of Panama, and attends on the infectious diseases service at UF Health Shands Hospital. In addition, she collaborates with public health officials in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam on dengue and climate change, and has studied dengue in Kenya with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Nairobi as a Fogarty International Clinical Fellow. Coco Fusco Professor, School of Art + Art History COLLEGE OF THE ARTS Coco Fusco is an interdisciplinary artist and writer. She is a recipient of the 2016 Greenfield Prize in Visual Art, a 2014 Cintas Fellowship, a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2013 Absolut Art Writing Award, a 2013 Fulbright Fellowship, a 2012 US Artists Fellowship and a 2003 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts. Fusco’s performances and videos have been presented in the 56th Venice Biennale, two Whitney Biennials (2008 and 1993), Frieze London Special Projects, BAM’s Next Wave Festival, the Sydney Biennale, The Johannesburg Biennial, The Kwangju Biennale, The Shanghai Biennale, InSite O5, Mercosul, Transmediale, The London International Theatre Festival, VideoBrasil and Performa05. Her works have also been shown at the Tate Liverpool, The Museum of Modern Art, The Walker Art Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona. She is represented by Alexander Gray Associates in New York. Pam Soltis Distinguished Service Professor FLORIDA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY Pam Soltis’s research is motivated by her passion for biodiversity, especially plants. She uses genomic methods and computational modeling to understand patterns and processes of plant evolution and identify conservation priorities. Much of her current work focuses on plant diversity and conservation in Florida, but her research has taken her throughout the U.S. and Canada to Costa Rica, New Caledonia, Spain, China and Brazil, and she presents her research at both national and international conferences. She is the author of over 400 publications, including seven books. Her work is funded by the National Science Foundation. She has received several awards for her contributions to the study of plant diversity, and in May 2016, she was named to the National Academy of Sciences. Why work at UF? As the University of Florida continues its quest to become one of the nation’s top public research universities, we need qualified, career-minded individuals to make that goal a reality. Our competitive salaries, comprehensive benefits and work-life balance have earned UF a place on Forbes’ 2016 ranking of America’s Best Employers as No. 13 among public universities, while University of Florida Health is ranked No. 16 among healthcare providers. Just as UF aims to become one of the preeminent universities in the country, we recognize each individual’s career achievements benefit our collective efforts. The University of Florida has an abundance of tools and talent to empower employees in all areas and at every level. We offer training programs and resources designed to bring out your best, with courses ranging from business communications and management to personal development and retirement. When our employees succeed, the University of Florida rises. UF Presents… Why go to big cities to experience arts and culture? The University of Florida’s Cultural Plaza offers art, history and performing arts all in one location. This year, take part in the 100th anniversary of the Florida Museum of Natural History, view engaging exhibits at the Harn Museum of Art and see world-renowned performances hosted by the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. The Florida Museum will celebrate its 100-year anniversary as a state museum with a gala on Earth Day, Saturday, Apr. 22, 2017, from 6:30 to 11 p.m. The event will include dinner, live entertainment and dancing. In the last 100 years, the museum’s collections have grown to more than 40 million specimens and artifacts. Visit to see special temporary exhibits alongside permanent exhibits like the “Butterfly Rainforest,” a living exhibit that features hundreds of free-flying butterflies and birds from around the world. Next door, the Harn Museum exhibits total more than 10,000 objects including African, Asian, modern and contemporary art and photography. The museum creates engaging visual arts relating to world cultures, human history and current events. Current exhibits include “Mirror, Mirror…Portraits of Frida Kahlo” and “Intra-Action: Women Artists from the Harn Collection.” The mission of UF Performing Arts, including the Phillips Center, the Baughman Center and University Auditorium, is to ignite cultural and artistic connections for the students, residents and visitors of North Central Florida. At the Phillips Center, catch performances ranging from Broadway shows to ballet to folk music. Life in Gainesville “Our move to Gainesville in the summer of 2015 was driven not just by our career goals to really impact science and promote a more expansive learning environment, but also to shift our family’s immediate focus from our hectic life with long commutes in the DC metro area to now a beautiful, natural and collegial college town and community. We’ve loved the transition professionally but, best of all, our family is now nestled into our next chapter with new friends, closer to family and a whole new town to discover. We’re simply ecstatic that our kids are thriving in their new school, neighborhood and overall community. We love the ability to drive a couple hours to the beach or stay in town to enjoy the weekend markets, natural wonders, team sporting events, art festivals, great and rapidly expanding restaurants or our own garden and backyard. Oh, and we have to mention our much better commutes and improved cost of living. We were drawn to Gainesville to take our next steps professionally, but more importantly, for the quality of life Gainesville offers; our whole family is better off for it!” – MS. EVANGELINE TSIBRIS CUMMINGS, ASSISTANT PROVOST AND DIRECTOR OF UF ONLINE, AND DR. DEREK CUMMINGS, PROFESSOR OF BIOLOGY “Our family is excited to have joined the University of Florida and become a part of the Gainesville community. We love college towns, and we especially love SEC towns. It’s fun to discover new and unique things about Gainesville each day, and feel the energy that is created by the town and university feeding off one another.” – SCOTT STRICKLIN, UF ATHLETIC DIRECTOR “Gainesville truly is a special place. It’s not often that you find this perfect combination of access to natural resources and the innovation and scholarship that takes place at an institution like the University of Florida. It creates such a dynamic environment, where you feel empowered to not only connect with the outdoors, but to truly chase your dreams. It really is having access to all Florida has to offer.” – NICOLE STEDMAN, PROFESSOR OF AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION AND COMMUNICATION AND CHAIR OF THE UF FACULTY SENATE
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