UF students win first prize in urban design


The project Xiaoyu (Nikki) Zheng and Kate Noel, senior landscape architects at the University of Florida, “Rethinking a Basic Human Act: Landscape as a Solution for Open Defecation” was recently named the winner the American Society of Landscape Architects’ Award of Excellence for the First Urban Design Project. Category. This new category recognized projects that activate networks of spaces intermediate between social equity, economic viability, infrastructure, environmental stewardship and the creation of beautiful places in the public and private realms.

Working in the undergraduate urban design studio of the College of Design, Construction and Planning, Zheng and Noel submitted a project showcasing sanitation facility designs and phasing in Raipur, India offering design solutions based on a theoretical framework highlighting the causes, conditions and effects of open defecation.

With over half a billion people practicing open defecation in India, a vicious cycle of disease and poverty has formed that has led to child mortality, malnutrition, social inequalities and violence against women and girls.

Noel and Zheng developed their project in the spring of 2020 in the Urban Design Studio Course taught by the Assistant Professor of the Landscape Architecture Department, Alpa Nawre. Zheng, Noel, and their cohort of peers studied complex topics such as inequitable management of resources, barriers to universal accessibility, surface water conflicts, and exclusive or gendered public spaces.


David Pascual, Ph.D., professor of infectious diseases at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida, has been appointed Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies at the College after serving in the interim position for more than two years. .

David Pascual, Ph.D., professor of infectious diseases at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida, has been appointed Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies at the College after serving in the interim position for more than two years. .

Pascual will continue to oversee all aspects of research and graduate training at the college, and will work closely with Dr Rowan Milner, Director of Clinical and Translational Research and Dr Jorge Hernandez, Director of Graduate Studies, as well. than with the administrative staff of the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, to carry out the college’s research mission, according to a press release from UF Health.

Pascual’s research focuses on mucosal immunology and vaccines. One of the main axes of his work is to develop a naso-oropharyngeal vaccine for cattle against brucellosis and to develop therapies to treat autoimmune diseases. He is a member of the American Academy of Microbiology.

After earning his undergraduate degree at UF, Pascual obtained his masters and doctorate. from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He was awarded two postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, including a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Hypertension Training Fellowship and an NIH Immunology Fellowship. He then served on the faculty at the University of Alabama Birmingham and Montana State University before joining UF faculty in 2012.


The Florida National Guard deployed approximately 150 members of 202 Red Horse Squadron to the United States Central Command area of ​​responsibility for six months, providing highly mobile, light and heavy construction and repair capabilities throughout the region when the requirements or threat levels exceed the normal of the civil engineering unit. capabilities. A military deployment ceremony was held on September 11 at Camp Blanding Joint Training Center in Starke.


The Capital City Bank has approved $ 17.5 million in Alachua County Business Paycheck Protection Program loans and has funded more than 211 loans.

Since the launch of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) on April 10, the bank has approved 2,206 loans through PPP funding of around $ 190 million, protecting just over 25,000 jobs, according to a press release from Capital. City Bank. The PPP was created under the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act to directly incent small businesses to keep their employees on the payroll with funds administered by the US Small Business Administration.


Twenty-nine students from Alachua County Public School have been named semifinalists in the prestigious 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program, recognized as a strong indicator of academic excellence.

This year, Eastside High School has the largest pool of semifinalists with 14. Buchholz High has 12 and Gainesville High has three.

The semi-finalists are: Hari Grand, Aditya Gupte, Betsy Harnsberger, Matthew Hershfield, Michael Hershfield, Aarti Kalamangalam, Sean Raymond LaMadrid, David Liu, Jillian Provost, Delia Savin, Sneha Sujil, Elizabeth Thomason, Anzhe Yuan and Bill Zhao from Eastside High School; Amy Cao, Nicholas Caruso, Ted Gingrich, Jeremy Griffin, Sean Han, Olivia Lee, Daniel Liu, Robert Privette, Samuel Shlafer, Amy Xing, Albert Zhang and Qingyu Zhang from Buchholz High School; and Griffin Golde, Zachary Mulligan and Patrick Schanuth of Gainesville High School.

To qualify, students must achieve one of the highest scores in the country on the Preliminary SAT / National Qualifying Test (PSAT / NMSQT). About 1.5 million students took the exam. This year, approximately 16,000 students were named semi-finalists. Students now have the option of achieving finalist status. In addition to achieving high SAT scores, they will be required to submit applications highlighting their other academic accomplishments, awards and honors achieved, leadership activities, teacher recommendations, and an essay.

Students will learn in early spring 2021 whether they have achieved finalist status. Finalists are eligible for thousands of dollars in scholarships offered by businesses, colleges, universities, and other organizations.


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