UF Inventors

Three UF Faculty Elected to Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine of Florida

Three University of Florida faculty will be inducted into the Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine of Florida in 2022. The academy, which recognizes the work of individuals of the State of Florida who have made major achievements in science, engineering, and medicine, will present awards to the following faculty during its annual meeting on November 5-6 in Orlando.

Zomedica Enters Into Strategic Investment and Potential Collaboration for VetGuardian Monitoring Product Line

Zomedica Corp., a veterinary health company offering diagnostic and therapeutic products for companion animals, announced that it has purchased a $1.0 million convertible note from UF startup Structured Monitoring Products, Inc. (SMP), makers of the VetGuardianTM wireless remote pet monitoring platform, and in connection therewith has acquired the option to act as a sales agent for SMP's platform. Under the terms of the agreement, Zomedica will also have the option to acquire the VetGuardian product line for use in Animal Health.

A First: Scientists Grow Plants in Soil From the Moon

Scientists have grown plants in soil from the moon, a first in human history and a milestone in lunar and space exploration. In a new paper published in the journal “Communications Biology,” University of Florida researchers showed that plants can successfully sprout and grow in lunar soil. Their study also investigated how plants respond biologically to the moon’s soil, also known as lunar regolith, which is radically different from soil found on Earth.

National Academy of Inventors Announces 2021 Fellows

The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) has elected 164 prolific academic innovators from across the world to NAI Fellow status. This includes Dr. Subrata Roy, a University of Florida professor in the department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. The 2021 new Fellows will be inducted at the Fellows Induction Ceremony at the 11th Annual Meeting of the National Academy of Inventors this upcoming June 14-15, in Phoenix, Arizona

Rob Ferl Receives NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal

Rob Ferl, distinguished professor in the UF/IFAS horticultural sciences department and assistant vice president for UF research, has received one of NASA’s most prestigious honors, the Exceptional Public Service Medal.

Pushy Plants? Student Discovery ‘Adds New Dimension to Plant Biology’

A new University of Florida study conducted by mathematics and botany senior Camille Sicangco, has been accepted for publication in Current Biology and shows the plant exerts force on its own, not just in response to external forces such as climate and soil. It is rare for an undergraduate student to publish research in such a prestigious journal — let alone to do so using new methods of discovery — but advisor Dr. Francis E. “Jack” Putz encouraged the naturally creative and inquisitive Sicangco to follow her curiosity.
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