Dr. Lisa Waidner, professor of biology at UWF, along with Captain DJ Johnson of Marine Services, Nine Henriksson, staff member of the Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation and graduate students Trupti Potdukhe and Carrie Daniel, venture out to multiple sites in Escambia County rivers, bays and bayous to measure the amount of Vibrio, the virus responsible for the flesh-eating necrotizing fasciitis, in the water on March 2, 2020. The scale of the survey is the area's largest, with 44 total sites.

UWF, Escambia County partner to test local waters for Vibrio bacteria

University of West Florida researchers are working with the Escambia County Natural Resources Management Department to test local waters for the presence and abundance of various Vibrio species, including those associated with the “flesh-eating” disease necrotizing fasciitis. Dr. Lisa Waidner, assistant professor, Dr. Jane Caffrey, professor, and Dr. Wade Jeffrey, professor, are heading up a […]

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UWF alumnus named NSF Graduate Research Fellow

University of West Florida alumnus Joseph “Joey” Yount was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. The fellowship will allow Yount to pursue a Ph.D. in materials engineering at Purdue University. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program is the oldest graduate fellowship of its kind. NSF Fellows are anticipated to become leaders in their […]

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UWF places second at prestigious Southeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition

The University of West Florida Cyber Club placed second overall and won the Best in Team Defense and Best in Service Up Time categories at the prestigious 2020 Southeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, hosted virtually by Kennesaw State University. Kennesaw State edged UWF for the championship. Second place marks the best showing for UWF in […]

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UWF researcher earns grant to study retina regeneration in fish

Dr. Scott Taylor, assistant professor in the University of West Florida Department of Biology, has secured a $400,000 grant from the National Eye Institute to study how zebrafish regenerate photoreceptor cells in their eyes after they’ve been damaged. The research will focus on using Clustered Regularly Interspaced Palindromic Repeats, or CRISPR, genome-editing techniques to explore […]

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UWF announces $200k gift for first named lab in Laboratory Sciences Annex

The University of West Florida announced today a $200,000 gift from Roger and Dot Hemminghaus to name the Roy and Henrietta (Etts) Hemminghaus Chemistry Lab in the new Laboratory Sciences Annex. The gift will support scholarships for students in the Department of Chemistry. Roger said a campus visit with his daughter and son-in-law, Sherri and […]

Dr. Eman El-Sheikh and Dr. Tirthankar Ghosh recognized at the CyberCorps Scholarship for Service Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C.

UWF awarded prestigious grant to prepare the next generation of cybersecurity professionals

The University of West Florida has been awarded a five-year grant totalling approximately $2.4 million to prepare cybersecurity students for federal, state, local and tribal government organizations amid a cyber workforce shortage. The National Science Foundation CyberCorps® Scholarship For Service grant will provide scholarships for 23 undergraduate and graduate cybersecurity, computer science and information technology […]

Dr. Rodney Guttmann, professor of biology in the UWF Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering.

UWF students, researchers learn how to bring ideas to marketplace at I-Corps course

University of West Florida professor Rodney Guttmann has been conducting research in an effort to identify biomarkers in cerebrospinal fluid that could detect the presence of Alzheimer’s disease. After participating in a five-week summer course at the University of Alabama at Birmingham that connects potential customers to faculty, students and other entrepreneurs who have a […]

Dr. Jane Caffrey Estuary Research

UWF, UF researchers to study issues facing Northwest Florida estuaries

Researchers at the University of West Florida and the University of Florida will collaborate on a project that supplies new estuary programs throughout Northwest Florida with data. Dr. Jane Caffrey, professor in the UWF Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation, and Dr. Matthew Deitch, assistant professor at the UF-IFAS West Florida Research and Education Center […]

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University of West Florida and Jikei College Group address global cybersecurity workforce shortage with new partnership

The University of West Florida and the Jikei College Group in Japan announced a partnership that aims to enhance global cybersecurity workforce development, signing a memorandum of understanding on Monday, Dec. 2, at the UWF Center for Cybersecurity in downtown Pensacola. UWF and Jikei College Group established an educational partnership in 1989, providing American and […]

UWF faculty member Dr. Wesley Farr

UWF professor fights AIDS as physician and teacher

Fear of contracting AIDS consumed Americans in the 1980s as the epidemic spread across the United States and caused thousands of deaths. Some of that fear originated from ignorance as misconceptions arose that an infected person could put others in danger of contracting the disease through a simple handshake or cough or sneeze in their […]

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UWF students work on product to assist military dogs, their handlers

A trio of students at the University of West Florida are developing a new camera-based system to help canine handlers in the military monitor and coordinate with their dogs. The idea sprang from the students’ experience in Hacking for Defense, a UWF summer course in which students work in teams directly with agencies and companies […]

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UWF team earns first place in regional computer programming contest

On Saturday, Nov. 9, the Department of Computer Science at the University of West Florida hosted the annual Southeast Association for Computing Machine Regional Programming contest as one of four regional sites. The contest was held simultaneously at the College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina; Kennesaw State University, Marietta, Georgia; and Florida International University, Miami, […]