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Middle School Summer Camp “Girls With Nerve” Empowers the Pursuit of Neuroscience

UF Researchers Daniel Ferris, Ph.D., and Rachael Seidler, Ph.D., teamed up to bring more than 20 middle school students to campus this summer for a free, week-long summer camp aimed at empowering girls to explore neuroscience.

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Performance Magazine: Summer 2022

The summer issue of Performance focuses on artificial intelligence (AI), a new strategic priority for the University of Florida. The university is integrating AI into every aspect of education and is dramatically expanding AI-related research.

Read about exciting AI applications in the college that include utilizing AI to help diagnose and treat diseases, enhancing performance in sports with machine learning, creating new opportunities in tourism through robotics, and evaluating the ethical and equitable use of this new technology.

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Heatstroke's long-term damage to the body

This summer, huge swaths of the U.S. have already faced record-breaking heat waves. Heat kills more people than any other extreme weather event, and deadly heat waves are getting longer and hotter as the climate warms.

Staying cool – and informed – is essential. So we spoke with Thomas Clanton, Ph.D., a professor of applied physiology and kinesiology and an expert in the effects of heat on the body, about how to recognize heat illness and the long-term consequences of this kind of stress.

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UF study shows DBS may improve gait and balance in some essential tremor patients

For some patients with essential tremor, deep brain stimulation has been shown to improve tremor in the upper limbs, but its impact on other effects, such as gait and balance issues, is unclear.

The new 34-participant study was led by Evangelos Christou, Ph.D., professor in applied physiology & kinesiology, and a team of UF neuroscientists.

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This summer, five faculty members earned promotions or tenure. Congratulations to Garrett Beatty, Ph.D., Chris Brown, Ph.D., Blain Harrison, Ph.D., Andrei Kirilenko, Ph.D., and Cyntrice Thomas, Ph.D., JD.

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HHP research team earns first grants aimed at increasing diversity in space health research

The Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) at Baylor College of Medicine awarded a $300,000 grant to a team of researchers led by Rachael Seidler, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology, that is helping the push for inclusion.

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Save the Dates: Fall Events

Mark your calendars this fall for our Fall Retreat, Scholarship Convocation, Homecoming Tailgate and Appreciation Open House.

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Nichole Scaglione Wins UF Excellence Award for Assistant Professors

Congratulations to Nichole Scaglione, Ph.D., assistant professor in health education & behavior, for being recognized with the 2022 Excellence Award for Assistant Professors — one of the university’s top awards for a junior faculty member.

Scaglione has more than 10 years of experience leading federally-funded (DoD, CDC, NIH) projects aimed at reducing substance abuse and sexual violence in adolescents and young adults.

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Training Firefighters to be Peer Fitness Counselors

Firefighters put their lives on the line every time they respond to a call. But in order to do so, they must be physically able to handle the stressors of the job.

Anna Gardner, Ph.D., instructional assistant professor in applied physiology and kinesiology, is working to keep these public servants in optimal shape not only for the good of the community but also for their personal health.

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Celebrating the Gator100

Congratulations to our college alumni celebrated in this year’s Gator100!

Thank you to these business owners and leaders for creating jobs, adding value to our community and making an impact around the world.

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Congratulations, Gator Grads!

Over Commencement weekend this spring, the college celebrated candidates earning 16 doctoral, 142 master's and 441 bachelor's degrees.

Congratuations to the Class of 2022!

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The Miami Grand Prix, Florida’s Newest Visitor Attraction

It’s F1 Miami Race Week - Michael Reid, PhD, dean and professor, predicts why it’s full speed ahead for this inaugural race series and Florida’s newest visitor attraction.

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2022 Spring Awards: Celebrating the College Community

On April 15, the University of Florida College of Health & Human Performance recognized 14 alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends making an impact within The Gator Nation and beyond.

These honorees are a source of inspiration and pride.

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A Driving Force: Exploring Auto Racing Physiology

Researchers David Ferguson, Ph.D., and Michael Reid, Ph.D., are collaborating with the FastMD Racing Team to open the conversation of auto racing physiology. Together, they are exploring the physical challenges faced by drivers.

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Congratulations, Diba Mani, UF Teacher of the Year

The College of Health & Human Performance is proud to announce that Diba Mani, Ph.D., instructional assistant professor in applied physiology and kinesiology, is this year's University of Florida Teacher of the Year.

Dr. Mani is the fifth college faculty member recognized for this university-wide honor in the past 15 years.

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Game On: Winter Olympics Provide a Blueprint for Future Sporting Events

Waning COVID-19 infections and a strict bubble proved to be a success for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

Kyriaki Kaplanidou, Ph.D., professor in sport management, shares how the winter games can provide a blueprint for the FIFA World Cup and future large-scale sporting events.

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HHP & UF Celebrate National Biomechanics Day

Happy National Biomechanics Day from the Florida Gym! Today, UF faculty and students spent the day with students from Bishop Middle School highlighting principles of biomechanics and movement science within daily life and sports.

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Game, Set, Match: WTA and UF's Winning Partnership

Under the Miami sun, Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) player, Astra Sharma celebrated earning a master’s degree — the first for the partnership between the WTA and University of Florida.

Sharma, the current no. 96 WTA ranked singles player, earned a Master of Science in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology with a concentration in human performance this fall.

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From all of us in the College of Health & Human Performance – thank you to our graduate students. You are a critical part of our college and we are grateful for everything you do.

Learn about activities happening throughout the week.

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Tom Farrey Addresses Youth Sports

On March 24, HHP hosted the 35th annual D.K. Stanley Lecture featuring Tom Farrey (BSJ '86), an investigative journalist, author and executive director and founder of the Aspen Institute’s Sports & Society Program.

His lecture addressed the concerns of lifting the restrictions for the NCAA’s model that used to prohibit the profiting of an athlete’s name, image and likeness (NIL). Lifting restrictions from this program is expected to lead to an increase of the monetization of children.

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College Welcomes Inaugural Chair in Sport Management

This summer, George Cunningham, Ph.D., will join the College of Health & Human Performance as the inaugural chair for the Department of Sport Management. Dr. Cunningham joins UF from the College of Education & Human Development at Texas A&M University where he is professor and senior associate dean of the Graduate and Professional School.

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2022 UF Doctoral Dissertation Advisor/Mentoring of the Year Award

The College of Health & Human Performance is proud to share the news that Chris Hass, Ph.D., professor in applied physiology and kinesiology and associate provost for academic and faculty affairs, has been selected for a University of Florida Doctoral Dissertation Advisor/Mentoring of the Year Award.

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Welcome #UF26!

Congratulations to our newest Gators! The College of Health & Human Performance (HHP) gives you an education unlike anywhere else. Here, you have the opportunity to study, explore and make a profound difference in people’s lives. We empower students with the tools, knowledge and confidence to fulfill their dreams and become remarkable assets to their communities.

At HHP, you will gain more than just an education – we are confident you will also find a home.

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We Heard You Holler! Thank you, Gators!

The fourth “Stand-Up and Holler: Gator Nation Giving Day” was held on Thursday, February 17. On this day, Gators from around the world donated to various causes across UF and in support of the College of Health & Human Performance.

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Happy Gator Day!

HHP is proud to join The Gator Nation for in “championing the Gator Good!”

At HHP, we’re advancing the way we live, work and play by promoting healthy living, training the next generation, enhancing physical performance and enriching lives.

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Join HHP for the Internship and Job Fair Feb. 16

On Feb. 16, students and employers will take to the courts to discover and discuss internship and career opportunities. HHP’s Internship and Job Fair will be held in the Florida Gym from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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#TakeAKnee: Measuring Fan Perceptions in a Super Bowl Host City

​​Just one kneel at a preseason NFL game in 2016 shook the core of the sports world. Colin Kaepernick’s protest against racial equality opened the conversation once again to activism on and off the field. It also forced sports leagues like the NFL to reconcile with their own credibility in the eyes of fans as they navigated how to handle their athlete’s advocacy.

With a few years of retrospection on the movement, Yonghwan Chang, Ph.D., assistant professor in sport management, and Akira Asada, MSSPM '14, Ph.D. '17, assistant professor in sport management at Texas Tech University, constructed a crisis communication analysis of the NFL.

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2022 Undergraduate Faculty Mentor of the Year: Doug DeMichele

The College of Health & Human Performance is proud to announce the 2022 Undergraduate Faculty Mentor of the Year: Doug DeMichele, Ed.D., instructional professor, internship coordinator and associate chair in the Department of Sport Management.

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U.S. News & World Report names UF No. 1 in the country for online bachelor’s degrees

UF Online, the University of Florida’s online bachelor’s degree program, is No. 1 in the nation, according to the latest rankings released today by U.S. News & World Report, recognizing UF’s excellence in delivering world-class educational opportunities across platforms. HHP offers three bachelor's degrees within UF Online.

Learn more about the rankings, including retaining our No. 2 ranking for the third year in a row for Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans.

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UFHHP Spaces: Laboratory of Basic and Clinical Muscle Biology

Take a virtual tour of the Molecular Cardiology & Myology Laboratory run by Ashley Smuder, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology

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HHP celebrated six doctorate, 105 master’s and 95 bachelor’s degree recipients during commencement ceremonies at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center on Friday, December 17. 

View photos, videos and a special tribute to Mariel White, who earned a bachelor's degree in sport management.

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Apps show promise to help heavy drinkers age 21-25 cut back

A new study from Robert Leeman, Ph.D., associate professor and the Mary F. Lane professor in health education and behavior, shows heavy drinkers age 21-25 had 4.5 fewer drinks per week when tracking their intake with smartphone apps — even though they weren't trying to cut back.

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Meet Pascale Belony, health educator and nurse representing Haiti in Miss Universe 2021

Where global interests and a passion for service collide, leadership is found. On Sunday, the world will hear from Miss Universe contestant Pascale Belony — an inspiring health education and nursing alumna — as she takes the stage to represent Haiti and Gator Nation on her quest for better health education for all.

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Performance Newsletter - Fall Edition

College of Health & Human Performance Faculty, Staff, Alumni and Students... Moving the World Forward.

Read the latest edition of the Performance Newsletter and view updates from across the HHP community.

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Jalie Tucker Awarded NIH Grant Focused on Reducing Risky Drinking in Disadvantaged Communities

Jalie A. Tucker, Ph.D., M.P.H., professor in the Department of Health Education and Behavior and the director of the Center for Behavioral Economic Health Research, recently received National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding to further her research on risky drinking among emerging adults.

The $2.1 million five-year grant will evaluate a brief behavioral economic intervention to reduce risky drinking among emerging adults recruited from disadvantaged communities.

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Robert Leeman Named Fellow of American Psychological Association

Congratulations to Robert Leeman, Ph.D., associate professor and the Mary F. Lane endowed professor in health education and behavior, for being named a fellow in the American Psychological Association.

Fellow status is an honor bestowed upon APA members who have shown evidence of unusual and outstanding contributions or performance in the field of psychology. Dr. Leeman is recognized for his contributions to psychopharmacology and substance misuse.

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Award Nominations Are Now Open

Award nominations are now open for the Alumni Hall of Fame, Outstanding Young Alumni and B.K. Stevens Award.

Consider nominating a member of the college community today.

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Recognizing Postdoctoral Associates For Outstanding Contributions

Earlier this month, the college recognized eight postdoctoral associates for their important contributions to research with professional development funds. Selections were made based on the quality of the submitted publication including two- and five-year impact factors, journal citation indicator and article influence.

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College Impact Report | 2021

The University of Florida is on the rise, now a top five public university, and our college continues to lead in this effort. This reflects the commitment of our faculty and staff to educational excellence, research innovation and student success.

The 2021 college impact report highlighting our accomplishments over the past year.

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Now Hiring: Six Faculty Across All Departments

We’re in search of six new faculty to join our ranks across all four of our departments. Join us and help advance how we live, work and play.

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New Health Education and Behavior Research Focuses on Improving Participation in Research Trials

Danielle Jake-Schoffman, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Health Education and Behavior, recently published “Methods-Motivational Interviewing Approach for Enhanced Retention and Attendance” in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, looking at how an in-depth orientation for prospective participants can benefit clinical trials of behavioral interventions.

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US News & World Report Ranks University of Florida Fifth Among Top Public Universities

After five consecutive years of ascension, the University of Florida’s performance has positioned UF among the nation’s top five ranked public universities, according to the 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings released today, marking an extraordinary milestone in the university’s history.

The announcement cements UF’s meteoric rise in rankings over the past five years and publicly recognizes the university’s excellence and value.

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HIV drug shows potential to combat genetic form of dystonia in preclinical study

A new study found that an FDA-approved medication to treat HIV restored multiple brain abnormalities in a mouse model of a genetic form of dystonia.

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HHP News Archive

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