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Chen and Striley elected to Faculty Senate

Dr. Xinguang (Jim) Chen, professor in Epidemiology, and Dr. Catherine Striley, research associate professor in Epidemiology, were elected to represent the Department of Epidemiology on UF’s Faculty Senate. The Faculty Senate is the legislative body of UF and provides a forum for the mutual exchange of ideas between…

Vaddiparti receives grants in India and Florida

Dr. Krishna Vaddiparti, research assistant professor in Epidemiology, recently received two grants. The first, funded by the International Center of Responsible Gaming, will explore the association between problematic gambling, depression, and suicidal ideation and behavior in Sikkim, India. The second, funded as part of the statewide Consortium for Medical…

Shawnta Lloyd receives CPDD Travel Award

Epidemiology doctoral student Shawnta Lloyd received the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) Travel Award for Early Career Investigators. Ms. Lloyd will receive complimentary registration to the CPDD virtual meeting in June, where she will present her abstract, “Patterns of Cannabis Use and Driving Under the Influence…

UF Epidemiologists Using AI to Understand Coronavirus

University of Florida virus experts are gathering genomic sequences from coronaviruses around the world to drive artificial intelligence (AI) research that could predict future spread and outbreaks of this and other strains. Marco Salemi, a virologist and professor in the Department of Pathology at the UF College of Medicine, wants…

Shapiro, Wijayabahu, and team receive Exemplary Online Award

The Exemplary Online Awards (EOA) are intended to recognize exemplary and innovative practices in online teaching and course production. Jerne Shapiro, MPH, lecturer in Epidemiology, and Akemi Wijayabahu, doctoral student in Epidemiology, along with Dean’s Office staff Truly Hardemon, Eva Egensteiner, and Hillary Carter, were awarded a 2020…

Juggling classes, research, UF students join the fight against COVID-19

On a Saturday afternoon, three University of Florida students got a call from the Florida Department of Health. Could they come to Broward County to help with the COVID-19 response there — and could they start the next morning? “We all agreed right away,” said Veronica Richards. Richards arrived in…