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Memories of Milestones
Marc Dunn* (BSJ'69) and I interpreted
integration at our university differently
(My Old School, winter 2010).
I was Marc's fraternity brother at Pi
Lambda Phi and became president. I
recall back then that Fernando Storch
(BSBA'59, MBA'67) from Tampa, a
brother who is now deceased, called to
ask a favor. One of the best high school
running backs in the state that year was
Willie Jackson from Tampa. We were
asked to allow Mr. Jackson to spend a few
nights in our fraternity house so as to get
a feeling what real student life was like.
I took the message to my officers and
then to the membership for a vote. I was
so proud to have [their] unanimous sup-
port. Mr. Jackson (BSJ'75) was our guest
for two nights and afterward signed with
the Gator football team. A few days later
Leonard George (BSBR'74, JD '80) signed.
UF was the right place for change -
as difficult and dangerous as those times
were. Perhaps our relaxed and comfortable
atmosphere made the right impression.
Until I read my old friend's article
about his view during those times, I never
thought it was such a big deal. Now, 40
years later, perhaps it was.
-Allen Soden (BSADV'69)
Who Was Miss UF?
It is not my intention to embarrass
Norma Ullian Greenstein (BA'52), but
there is possibly a loss of memory concern-
ing who the first Miss University of Florida
was in 1950 (My Old School, fall 2009).
Norma did not give a name, but the descrip-
tion of the "real" Miss UF was very much
in error. In the 1950 Seminole yearbook,
you will see that the first Miss UF was Pat
Hart ('49-'51). There are many pictures of
this beautiful brunette, who looked noth-
ing like Betty Grable (see pages 140,141,294
and 83). In fact, I don't believe Grable was
in town, as the Seminole [surely would have
taken] a picture of her.
OnaDemorestDulaney (BAE '52)
The cover of the winter 2010 issue of
Florida is another Gator masterpiece! Full
marks yet again. By the way, I nailed the
2 | Florida
righteous slang on the gnarly quiz. Thus, I
must contact the postgraduate committee
at once and have them redress the record,
thereby boosting my gnarly GPA to a boda-
cious new height.
-Jim Kelly* (BSADV'77)
It's Elementary: Dogs Love to Race
I am a fifth grader from Akron, Ohio,
rebutting Robin Day's letter, "Gone with the
Dogs, Indeed," (Swamp Talk, winter 2010).
Robin wrote without a single refer-
ence or scrap of proof of her concerns. She
openly attacked the Iditarod Trail Sled
Dog Race and sled dog racing in general.
Obviously, she's never personally wit-
nessed a dog race. I have. It is insane to
think that the dogs don't enjoy this sport.
As for the remark that deaths of the dogs
are common, Peter Constable, an assis-
tant professor at the University of Illinois,
says: "... It is important to relate [these
rare instances] to that in human athletes
performing similar exercise activities..."
[He says in cross country skiing, there is]
"an estimate of 5.6 deaths per race. The
fact that the actual number of sudden and
unexpected deaths in the Iditarod is below
this number suggests that dogs are better
trained for mushing than humans are for
cross country skiing."
Is cross country skiing now inhumane?
I am ... disappointed with this biased,
untrue, uninformed editorial! Dog sled-
ding is not only a sport, but a culture, and
we have no right to destroy that culture.
... If Robin Day has any intentions to save
these animals, she should let them keep on
doing what God created them to do.
I have a modest proposal to help control
the non-native snake (and iguana) popu-
lation in Florida. All animals sold should
be identified with a microchip recording
point of sale information.
If captured in the wild, the chip would
reveal this. The buyer could be fined say,
$10,000 and the seller $1,000. The seller
would be permitted three strikes.
Summer 2010: Volume 11, Number 2
Liesl O'Dell* (BS'92)
Jillian Kremer (3JM)
Marissa Gainsburg (3JM)
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On the Cover: Former Gator offensive lineman Zach
Zedalis (BSR '01) models a set of air-cooled Tempera-
ture Management System football pads, which were
designed byUF's Dr. NikGravenstein (MD'80) to
prevent heat illness and even heat stroke. TMS pads
are just one of numerous technologies developed by
UF faculty, staff and students in recent years. Learn
about other recent UF creations and how UF's Office of
Technology Licensing nurtures their development on
page 14. Photo by Randy Batista (BFA'75).
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14 Innovation U.
UF's efforts to transform ideas into moneymaking products
18 Going to Market
Have a marketable idea? See how UF delivers new technologies
to store shelves.
What's UF's sequel to Gatorade? It could be among these
innovations by UF faculty, staff and students.
8 Chat Room
Moving Message: Dr. Barry Byrne shares how actors Harrison Ford
and Brendan Fraser brought 15 years of his muscle disease research
to the big screen.
10 Simply Said
Learn the latest about UF people and developments.
A New Chapter: Amelia Solomon Frahm turned her own cancer
battle into a message of love for kids.
12 Stadium Road
Twice the Talent: Sisters Marika and Isabelle Lendl are making
names for themselves on UF's golf team.
13 Playing Field
Flex your brain cells with these mind games that improve your
memory, according to a UF study.
26 I'm a Gator
Come on Down! Alumnus Rich Fields grabbed his slice of Americana
by landing his dream job on "The Price is Right."
28 My Old School
Join other alumni on this walk down memory lane.
30 Back in Time
Boys vs. Girls: A legislative power play prevented coeducation
at UF for more than 40 years.
On June 4, Cole Sullivan (left, BA '10), Miguel Palaviccini (No.
5, BSAE '06, 8ENG) and the rest of UF's Ultimate Frisbee club
defeated Carleton College, 15-12, to win the USA Ultimate
College Championships in Madison, Wis. It is the team's sec-
ond national title the first was in 2006 and the fifth for
UF teams this year. See pages 4-7.
The men's indoor track and field team kicked off a string of national titles this
spring by winning the first NCAA Indoor Championship in program history on
March 13. Christian Taylor (2CLAS), above, earned the men's triple jump title.
Jeffery Demps (2CLAS), who won the indoor 60-meter title, also won the
outdoor 100-meter title in June. While the outdoor men's team came in sec-
ond the outdoor women's team third UF ended with six individual titles.
* -n_ -
A week later, the women's swimming and diving team brought home its first
NCAA National Championship since 1982. During the meet, the Gators broke
five school records and won two national titles, one in the 200-meter free-
style relay and the other in the 100-meter backstroke. Twelve team members
earned All-American status. The Gators edged out Stanford by 2.5 points for
the second-closest victory in the history of the championship.
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Matthew Wercinski (front, 4FIN) of Gainesville and Jake Gipson (5ENG) of
Niceville hooked the National Guard FLW Outdoors national collegiate title
in April. The members of Gator Bassmasters, UF's student bass fishing club,
reeled in a $100,000 winning purse: $25,000 split between them, $50,000
for UF and a new orange-and-blue Ranger fishing boat for the club. UF's
portion will fund Florida Opportunity scholarships.
UF's Club Alligator Swim Team won two national titles April 18. It was
awarded at the American Swimming Association's Collegiate Club Swimming
National Championships in Atlanta. The men's club team won one of the
championships for its division, while the second was earned for the best
combined men's and women's scores. According to the ASA, UF is the first
university to hold both the NCAA and ASA swimming titles in the same year.
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Actors Harrison Ford and Brendan Fraser bring a UF doctor's 15 years of
muscle disease research to the big screen.
Dr. Barry Byrne, a pediatric
cardiologist and director of
UF's Powell Gene Therapy
Center, attended the premiere
this winter of "Extraordinary
Measures," starring Harrison
Ford and Brendan Fraser.
Byrne's brush with movie fame
came as a result of his 15 years
of scientific study and clinical
trials to develop treatments for
Pompe disease, a rare and
complex disorder that typically
takes a child's life before age 2.
The film depicts the true story
of John Crowley, played by
Fraser, battling to find a cure to
save his two youngest children.
Explain your relationship with
the main character in the film,
I met John Crowley almost 10
years ago and began collabo-
rating with him and scientist
Bill Canfield. From 2001 to
2005 we all worked as a group
to develop clinical trials to
study a drug treatment that
ultimately led to the approval
of Myozyme in 2006.
After more than 15 years of
researching inherited muscle
diseases, what does the
future hold in terms of finding
When we first began, there
was not even one option. We
now have two protein drugs,
an oral therapeutic and one
gene therapy trial that we're
doing here to provide more
options to our patients.
Do you think gene therapy
provides the most potential?
The evidence is encouraging.
While I am reluctant to use the
term curative, we have shown
Dr. Barry Byrne on the "Extraordinary Measures" movie set, where he was a
technical adviser to director Tom Vaughan.
permanent correction of the
genetic abnormality in animals.
Is it difficult to work with
families struggling to keep
their children alive?
That is the nature of pediatric
medicine. Children and their
families are our patients. But
extraordinary things are being
done to help them. And the nice
thing about children is they can
Is that the reward?
Yes, but also the reward in
academic medicine comes
from the students we work
with. When we can motivate
young people to become the
best physician-scientists they
can be, that is very rewarding.
How close did the movie come
to your reality?
It isn't a documentary, so it
has to be entertaining and tell
a story in an hour and a half.
I think they did an excellent
job of balancing factual events
with drama and also reveal-
ing the heartbreak of caring
for children with a debilitat-
Harrison Ford played a char-
acter based on a collection of
researchers associated with
the disease, including you. Do
you think he did a good job?
He did a great job. He had a
good feel for what is involved
in academic settings and in the
world of biotechnology. His
character eventually connects
the dots between scientific
ideas and how they ultimately
As a technical adviser on the
set, how did you like the world
It is a very interesting indus-
try. I learned from (director)
Tom Vaughan that there are
hundreds of stories they'd love
to tell, but they don't have the
options. Thankfully, Harrison
Ford was interested in telling
If filmmakers made a movie
based solely on your career,
how would it end?
A great ending for me will be
when kids with all types of
muscular dystrophy, espe-
cially Pompe, benefit from our
work. Any benefit will help me
know that we are moving in
the right direction.
Who would play you in the
My kids say Matthew
I ALUMr i AsSg gION
in the footsteps of the African-Americans who paved our way.
W. GEORGE ALLEN (JD '62), EVELYN* (BSN '67) AND
Stephan Mickle* (BA'65, MEd'66, JD '70), Bernard Allen
Mackey (BFA'68, PhD'77) and Gwyndolyn Francis (BSBA
'73) are a few of those Gators whose courage and perseverance
resulted in aUF degree during a time when the color of your
skin was a barrier to a college education.
Their legacies live on in you. How willyou honor them?
Join other African-American alumni who reconnect with
UF through its Association of Black Alumni. Through the ABA,
you can be a guiding light for students who like you value
a UF education.
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Since 1981, the ABA has provided events and programs for
black alumni to be involved in the life of the university. It also
serves as a network, support group and recruitment base for
black students, faculty, staff and alumni.
Share your Gator experience with other ABA members at
a host of special events throughout the year. Join us for Black
Alumni Weekend in September and our newly formed ABA
speaker series in October and November.
Find membership information and event details, including
registration information for our annual BlackAlumni Weekend,
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(Above from left) W. Gerorge Allen, Evelyn Mickle, Stephan Mickle, Bernard Allen Mackey and Gwyndolyn Francis
For more information, visit www.ufalumni.ufl.edu or contact Jasmin Robinson* (BSJ '01, MS '05) at 888-352-5866 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
*UF Alumni Association member
" We can't solve the problems of the
world, but we got to do our own
little part while we were there."
Jason Rosenberg* (BS'90, MS'93, MD'95), a Gainesville
plastic surgeon, after spending a week in Haiti helping victims
of the January earthquake.
"Many of you are passionate about
your Florida Gators, but how pas-
sionate are we about the principles
that underlie our country?"
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to students during a
visit to the Fredric G. Levin College of Law in February.
"I'm all for anything that scares
tourists away from South Florida."
Novelist and columnist Carl Hiaasen (BSJ'74) joking about
pythons in the Everglades during a talk at UF's Bob Graham
Center for Public Service in March. UF researchers are tagging
and tracking the invasive reptiles to learn more about them.
" It is quite possible that a habitable
Earth-like planet may be hidden
A group of researchers, led by UF astronomy professor Jia n Ge,
concluded after seeing results of a computer model they
created to test young solar systems around binary stars. While
they haven't found such a planet around Alpha Centauri B
yet, conditions there appear favorable.
"The taste of food, the smell of a
flower these are things that
enrich our lives in ways we don't
fully understand yet."
David Clark, a UF professor of environmental horticulture,
after identifying the gene that controls a flower's fragrance.
His and his colleagues' study of more than 8,000 genes also
determined the gene that gives rose oil its distinctive scent
makes tomatoes taste good.
Bioinformatics (bi-o-in-for-mat-ics) n.
The merging of math, computer science and information theory to interpret data. At UF,
researchers in biology, medicine, agriculture and other related fields use bioinformatics to
draw conclusions from raw data produced in experiments. A microbiologist may use bio-
informatics software, for instance, to compare all the DNA of several different bacteria to
discover what causes some of them to be infectious.
Pump It Up The 87th annual
Gator Growl pep rally is planned
for Oct. 15 in Ben Hill Griffin
Stadium. Visit www.GatorGrowl.
org for details and to order tickets.
UF Alumni Association members
receive priority seating and will
be mailed an order form in July.
Non-members can download the
alumni ticket order form at www.
24 The number of Twitter
accounts maintained by UF's
administration, making it first in
the nation among colleges and
universities. UF ranks third for the
average number of tweets per day -
45.8 according to the site
Laser etching could replace sticky
labels found on fruits and vegetables
at the grocery store. The tech-
nology, developed by former UF
researcher Greg Drouillard, is being
tested by UF's Citrus Research and
Education Center for the Food and
$1.4 million Amount UF
expects to save within 10 years by
retrofitting its T-12 fluorescent light
fixtures to more energy efficient
$800,000 Amount provided
by a federal grant that will help the
College of Education address a crit-
ical shortage of special-education
teachers by recruiting and training
faculty to help teach them.
1UF Alumni Association member
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Amelia Solomon Frahm says she hopes her book will help kids of cancer patients better understand the typical difficulties that come with fighting the disease.
A New Chapter
Amelia Solomon Frahm turned her cancer battle into a message of love for kids.
Frahm (BSJ '81) found
herself fighting breast
cancer at age 34, she also
found herself struggling to help her chil-
dren 4-year-old Tabitha and 2-year-old
Jordan understand what was happening
to her. She was tired. She was cantankerous.
She searched, but in 1994 no books
existed to help kids grasp cancer and its
effects on families. So Frahm wrote one.
Sixteen years later, Frahm's book -
"Tickles Tabitha's Cancer-tankerous
Mommy," named after her children's
favorite tickling game is used to help
children understand the effects of cancer.
Her disease was hard on her kids,
Frahm recalls. Although she didn't need
chemotherapy or radiation, she suffered
from depression, and the tamoxifen she
took led to menopause-like symptoms
such as hot flashes and mood swings.
"(Tabitha) saw the tears, and I
remember her handing me the bath cloth
and telling me to wipe my tears away,"
Frahm says. "[Jordan] was so young, and
I remember putting a shield up, like (I
didn't) want him to be too attached in case
The 32-page book, which depicts
a moody mom and the strain cancer
places on the family, "doesn't make any
promises," Frahm says. "It doesn't say,
'Mommy's going to live or die.' It says,
'Mommy's going to love you forever.'"
Frahm sent the manuscript to
publishers, who wrote encouraging letters
but said it was not marketable. She shelved
the effort for five years until her best
friend, Laura Karlman another young
mother with two small children was
diagnosed with leukemia.
Frahm and Karlman thought the book
could help other families. When Karlman
died in 2000 at 39, Frahm published
the book herself by starting Nutcracker
Publishing Co. "Tickles Tabitha's Cancer-
tankerous Mommy" was released in 2001.
The book received acclaim after
then-talk show host Rosie O'Donnell
recommended it on her show. It also was a
finalist for the Benjamin Franklin Award
for excellence in independent publishing.
Today "Tickles Tabitha" is the
centerpiece of "Crack Open a Book," an
education program Frahm created in 2008
to educate children about cancer. The
six-segment curriculum includes a variety
of games and activities, including a visit
from Frahm and a life-sized, yarn-haired,
button-eyed Tickles Tabitha herself.
Her efforts aren't restricted to
schoolchildren. Now 50 and a member
of the National Cancer Survivors Day
Speakers Bureau, Frahm appears on
radio and TV shows across the country to
discuss the toll cancer can take on families.
Frahm is working on another children's
book. She and her husband, Randy, live in
Apex, N.C. Jordan recently graduated from
high school; Tabitha is in college.
Terry Godbey (BSJ'83)
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Sisters Marika (left, sophomore) and Isabelle Lendl (freshman) helped lead the Gator women's golf team to its first tournament win in 2010. Isabelle was named
to the AII-SEC second team and the SEC's All-Freshman Team.
Twice the Talent
Though they easily could have followed their father's path to tennis stardom, sisters Marika and
Isabelle Lendl are making names for themselves on UF's golf team.
t wasn't that they didn't try tennis.
One of them was a top 10 junior
player at 11. The other says she was
"OK" at the sport.
If your name is Lendl, you gotta swing a
But maybe that's why sophomore
Marika and freshman Isabelle Lendl, both
in social and behavioral sciences, are play-
ing golf for UF now.
Because of their name.
As golfers, they are simply members of
the Gator team. They are students milling
with a generation that isn't impressed with
that last name.
As tennis players, it was a whole
"When I was 7 years old, I was already
hearing it," says Marika, who was the
highly ranked player. "People would be
asking me,'Are you going to be as good as
Isabelle and Marika are two of five
daughters of Ivan Lendl, a tennis icon who
won eight Grand Slams and was No. 1 in
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the world for 270 weeks during the 1980s.
Lendl turned to golf after his playing days
and got his daughters heavily involved in
the sport. Daniella, 16, has committed to
play for the University of Alabama.
The family even moved to Bradenton
when Marika was 14 so the girls could
attend David Leadbetter's golf school.
"It was a really big change," Marika says.
"But it helped my game a lot."
Marika started at Central Florida but
transferred after one semester.
"It wasn't the college experience I was
looking for," she says. "I came here and
fell in love with the campus. Anything
you need is here. I never felt like so many
people were available to help you before.
Florida has everything."
Isabelle, who at 12 qualified for the U.S.
Women's Amateur, followed this year. But
followed is not really accurate.
"It was my decision. I wanted to find
the place that was best for me," the fresh-
man says. "I was lucky this is where Marika
decided to go to school."
The sisters are enjoying relative anonym-
ity on UF's golf team. Like Joakim Noah
('04-'07) and Al Horford ('04-'07) who
came before them, their names bring more
attention from those who saw their fathers
play than from fellow students.
"I want people to like me for me, not
because of who my dad is," Marika says.
"Honestly, none of our friends know about
him. I don't say anything except when I'm
asked. And then, it's usually by a professor."
Isabelle agrees. "The only people who
really know are the tennis players," she says.
These young golfers want to make a
name for themselves at UF, to continue to
improve and contribute to the Gator golf
team. And they are. In late February, they
led their team to win the Central District
Invitational a whopping 29 strokes ahead
of second-place Texas Christian University.
Dad, to them, is just dad.
"I don't even know how good he was,"
Marika says. "I'm still discovering it. He
never talks about it unless we bring it up."
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Test Your Knowledge
Wondering why your baby Gator should join the Student Alumni
Association? Take this quiz and never wonder again. With SAA,
there's something for everyone.
1. On a typical Saturday night, your son or daughter is ...
(a) Filling out college applications.
(b) Out with friends.
(c) Watching the Gators play.
2. When it comes to your son or daughter, your biggest pet
(a) He or she is on their way to making a bigger
salary than you.
(b) He or she is always talking on the phone.
(c) Having to wash his or her jersey over and over.
3. For his or her birthday, you would buy ...
(a) A BlackBerry.
(b) Nothing and instead throw him or her a party.
(c) Gator memorabilia.
IF YOU ANSWERED MOSTLY As, your student is a go-getter who wants to
make the most of every opportunity. SAA connects students with
prestigious alumni and offers networking opportunities through its
AlumNights and Distinguished Gator Series programs, moving them
along their professional career tracks. Your student can even keep
track of their busy schedule with the UFAA annual wall calendar.
IF YOU ANSWERED MOSTLY Bs, your student is a social butterfly who is
ready for some fun. He or she can find it at the SAA's numerous social
gatherings throughout the year, including the Freshman Welcome
Reception and Stress Relievers. He or she can also get to know
members of The Gator Nation on a more personal level through the
Dinner with 12 Strangers program.
IF YOU ANSWERED MOSTLY Cs, your student is a team player who should
join SAA for the BEAT T-shirts distributed before every home SEC
football game. For more Gator gear, he or she can purchase items
at the UF Bookstore at a reduced rate. After working up an appetite
by cheering on the Gators, he or she can flash their SAA cards at a
number of local restaurants for discounted meals.
Recent grads are eligible for reduced UF Alumni Association membership rates. UFAA members are automatically part of their local Gator Clubs".
Be a Navi-Gator
What kind of maze do you navigate to get to Ben
Hill Griffin Stadium on football gamedays? Grab
your pencil and see if you can find your way.
Want to simplify your gameday? UF Alumni
Association members can come to its tailgate
at Emerson Alumni Hall three hours before any
home game. Visit www.ufalumni.ufl.edu/events/
GatorNationTailgates. Can't make it to Gainesville?
Watch the game on TV with your local Gator Club.
As a doctor, Rich Melker* ('63-'65) knows
how to fight viruses and bacteria in patients.
As an entrepreneur, he's about to take the
Melker is chief technology officer and
co-founder of Xhale Inc., a Gainesville-
based startup that began marketing a new
hand hygiene system to hospitals this spring. The system seeks
to reduce the hospital-borne infections estimated to lead to 1.2
million sicknesses, 100,000 deaths and at least $30 billion in
medical costs each year. With half of hospital infections tied to
health care workers' failures to keep their hands clean and free
of pathogens, Xhale's HyGreen system (far right, top) automat-
ically reminds workers to cleanse before visiting patients while
also tracking compliance.
"The beauty of the system is that it allows you to intervene very
quickly, before people can spread infections," Melker says.
Melker, a pediatrician and emergency medicine physician who
now pursues research full time at UF, has 45 U.S. patents, making
him an unusually prolific inventor and entrepreneur. But stories
like his are more and more frequent in the fabric of UF life.
14 | Florida
Three decades after landmark federal legislation opened the
doors to universities commercializing their innovations, companies
formed by faculty entrepreneurs are dotted throughout Gainesville
and Alachua County. They range from tiny startups with as few as
one employee UF spawns about 10 such startups each year to
local giants Exactech and RTI Biologics, biomedical companies with
hundreds of employees and annual sales in the hundreds of mil-
lions. Three venture capital firms now call the county home, and an
international law firm specializing in start-up companies opened a
branch in Gainesville last year.
What boosters call the "innovation economy" has long been
visible in Alachua, home to UF's Biotechnology Development
Incubator and Progress Park, an adjacent private-public industrial
park. Its presence is increasingly obvious in Gainesville, where
Xhale, for one, just moved into its 20,000-square-foot head-
quarters. Local economic developers have embraced the trend,
announcing in January a five-year economic plan centered on
homegrown technology called "Innovation Gainesville."
SENTRICON Professor Nan-Yao Su's device has
killed termites in the Statue of Liberty and beyond.
UF Alumni Association member
Dr. Robert Cade
also invented a high-
protein milk drink
(Gator Go!), popsicle
(Ten Plus Bar) and a
formed by faculty
HYGREEN Invented by three UF
doctors, this badge/monitor system
helps hospitals ensure their staff has
from tiny startups
to local giants.
To date, UF has
million in licensing
income for Thomas
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To be sure, the sputtering economy has slowed activity by
reducing the flow of investment dollars to startups and making it
harder for them to grow.
Still, "all the stars are aligning," says Jane Muir, associate direc-
tor of the UF Office of Technology Licensing.
Office of Technology Licensing
for ,' i in
Of these inventions
licenses or to
UF and Cal-Tech at second
David Day became director
of UF's Office of Technology
Licensing in 2001. He oversees the
commercialization efforts of all
UF technologies. He also serves
as director of the Sid Martin
Incubator in Alachua.
Beyond Gatorade and Trusopt
UF's most successful inventions are Gatorade, now licensed
by Pepsi, and Trusopt, an eye drug marketed by Merck that has
helped millions of glaucoma sufferers cope with the disease. But
the spotlight on these and a handful of others, such as the termite
control system Sentricon, overshadows a growing pool of other
innovations and the small companies behind them.
David Day, director of UF's Office of Technology Licensing,
believes it's impossible to predict which UF technologies or spi-
noffs will succeed commercially. There are too many factors at
play the originality of the innovation, the competition, the
company's management, its financial backing, marketing efforts
and the economy.
So Day's strategy is to patent and license as many innovations as
possible and create and nurture startups at every ." ..! I 1 uni;
Nine years after Day came to UF from the University of
Alabama-Birmingham in 2001, his strategy has made its mark.
In 2000-2001, UF applied for 64 patents. Last year, it sought
151, down slightly from 167 the year before and 156 two years ago.
In 1999-2000, UF granted 28 licenses to startups or larger compa-
nies. Last year, it granted 72 licenses on 120 innovations, about the
same as the previous two years. All told, UF has launched about
100 startups in the past decade.
The activity has contributed to the regional economy, draw-
ing investors and adding to employment rolls. Companies in the
Biotechnology Development Incubator alone have brought in
at least $300 million in private investment and $100 million in
grants, officials there say. One study found that UF spinoffs have
created more than 1,000 jobs, mostly in Alachua's Progress Park.
UF research has also spurred a blizzard of commercially available
innovations in health care, engineering, software, agriculture, vet-
erinary medicine and other fields. Among the hundreds now ready
for commercial partners: a system to detect the onset of epileptic
seizures, a device that measures the corrosion in buried pipes and
a better technique to deliver genes used in gene therapy.
Perhaps most significant, an increasing number of UF innova-
tions have moved beyond the pen-and-paper stage and are on the
market or within shouting distance.
Xhale's HyGreen debuted April 1. Another biomedical spinoff,
AxoGen, is selling its nerve grafts for repairing damage to periph-
eral nerves. The company recently sent its first shipment of grafts
to Afghanistan for use in injured soldiers.
Music lovers worldwide can groove to tunes provided by
Grooveshark, a UF startup with a unique music-sharing model
and one of several companies founded by UF undergraduates.
Major railroads, including CSX, rely on scheduling software
developed by UF's Innovative Scheduling. And cordless wire-
less charging stations for PDAs, cell phones and other handheld
devices are expected soon from UF's WiPower.
In 2008, UF spinoffs, for the first time, cracked the $100 million
mark in venture capital funding. Although the flow has dwindled
since, and some startups have floundered, more and more UF
innovations are on the market.
"I would say we have had more products go to market than
ever," Muir says. "The reason for that has less to do with the
economy than with the life cycles of these companies, which
usually require five to 10 years to get a product to market. We
have put so many companies into play, they are now coming to
the maturation point."
The next level
Whether any of the products will become the next Gatorade
remains to be seen. But in what can onlybe a promising sign, several
UF startups are winning national attention. In a speech last year
on technology development, President Barack Obama discussed
UF startup Sinmat, which makes technology used to manufacture
computer chips. The BBC aired a feature on Sharklet, which began
marketing antimicrobial coatings this spring. And Popular Science
magazine awarded Xhale's HyGreen a "Best of What's New" award.
Day and Muir hope a major new initiative will help transform
the buzz into bonanza.
Last fall UF received an $8.2 million federal grant to build a
technology incubator at the former Alachua General Hospital
site. Set to be completed in late 2011, the Florida Innovation
GROVESHARK More than 4 million listeners
already access this on-demand music application
through smart phones, Internet-connected TVs or
INNOVATIVE SCHEDULING This software helps
large commercial transportation companies
coordinate complicated shipments and staff.
Hub will provide office space, laboratories and services to small
companies. Its location between UF and downtown Gainesville
is expected to make participating in startup companies more
appealing and accessible.
"The closer you are to science, the faster it happens," Day says.
"It's the five-minute-walk thing."
The Office of Technology Licensing will relocate from cam-
pus to the Florida
Innovation Hub. The
"I would say we have building willalsohave
space for venture cap-
had more products go ital offices, lawfirms
and other businesses
S that work closely
to market than ever." with startups. The
ane Muir floor plan, designed to
includes an "Innovation Garden" to provide outdoor space for
lunches and discussions.
From supporting startups to the Florida Innovation Hub,
UF's efforts to promote synergy between invention and the mar-
ketplace are considerable. That may seem a departure from its
traditional mission. But as repeated state budget cuts in recent
years have made abundantly clear, UF needs alternative sources
of revenue, and technology commercialization offers one such
source, UF officials say. The university last year earned more
than $53 million from licensing fees, and it also typically takes
a small ownership stake in startups. Such ownership has paid
off in a big way at least once. When RTI Biologics went public in
2000, UF sold its stake of stock for $60 million. Half went to the
Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute, with the remainder
helping to pay for the Cancer & Genetics Research Complex.
Financial benefits aside, the university also sees technology
transfer as very much in line with its public mission. RTI Biologics
makes implants that give elderly people or those who have suffered
injuries the ability to continue to move normally. Xhale's HyGreen
could make hospitals safer. Axogen's nerve grafts can eliminate the
need for patients to use healthy nerves removed from one part of
their bodies to replace unhealthy ones elsewhere.
In other words, while basic science and research are impor-
tant, technology commercialization helps ensure the results
"We know that if we don't do our jobs," Day says, "some of
these discoveries are never going to get out there, and they are
never going to change the world."
Find technologies available for licensing online at wwwresearch.
ufl.edu/otl or contact Jane Muir at 352-392-8929. To support any
of these research projects, talk to Carter Boydstun (BA '78) at
cboydstunaluff.ufl.edu or 352-392-5472.
*UF Alumni Association member
UF's Office of Technology Licensing filed for about 150 new
patents last year. For licensing technologies the Milken
Institute ranked the OTL No. 5 in the U.S. and Canada and
No. 1 among individual public universities. How do they do
it? Take HyGreen for e..ample. This 'Intelligent hand hygiene
system' is e.,pected to help medical professionals prevent
the spread of germs. Follow the path HyGreen took to market.
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Melker brainstormed with colleague
Dr. Donn Dennis. Both are founding
researchers for the Xhale company**
in Gainesville. The health care
technology incubator has licensed
several UF technologies through the
OTL. Melker and Dennis tookthe
idea to Xhale CEO Richard Allen*
(BA'76, BSAC '80), who applied for
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with those who can develop the products for the marketplace.
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*UF Alumni Association member
HOW HYGREEN WORKS
O PILOT TESTS
Handwash Station: Detects hand wash product on a staff
member's hands and turns his or her badge light green.
HyGreen Badge: Indicates (green or red light) the health
care worker's hand hygiene status and vibrates periodically to
remind him or her to wash again.
HyGreen Bed Monitor: Detects and displays (green or red)
the status of any staff badge near the patient bed.
I PRODUCT DELIVERY
Marketing resulted in media attention. For example, Pop
Science magazine called HyGreen the "Best of What's N
for 2009. Xhale sales staff received orders for HyGreen
April, hospitals started installing HyGreen devices.
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Innovati,-:' in.: app;lin,* :fr a patent qualil;/in. to:r IIL electrical device
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ulacturing company HyGreen pro.:jduct irinall,; rolled :,lt the production
line Sin-ultaneously, Xhale'3 nmarketi.n depar tment intro.:.uced HyGreen
to the health care industry through various media outlets.
Grass for Your Gas Tank
LONNIE INGRAM Verenium Corp.
while many worry about the availability and
cost of the Earth's petroleum resources, a UF
microbiologist has developed an alternative to
.- ,,.I nd corn-based ethanol. He has perfected a differ-
.. t and cheaper way to produce fuel from lawn
and yard clippings.
Lonnie Ingram found 20 years ago that the
combination of a specific microbe with a form of
E. coli bacteria dramatically sped the process
of turning average yard trash into cellulosic
ethanol. Other scientists have discovered
similar technologies, but those onlyworked
in laboratories. After years of fine-tuning
his process with fellow UF scientists to
make it economical, Ingram's technology
is being put to work in several ethanol fac-
tories in the U.S. and abroad.
Verenium Corp., Ingram's company that
4 licenses the technology, first sold the pro-
cess to a company in Osaka, Japan. It built
a 1.3 million-liter-per-year plant and proved
the process to be economically sound. Then,
Verenium licensed the technology to plants
min Perry and Jennings, La. It even built a small
plant on UF's campus.
As opposed to the traditional and expensive
ethanol production method, in which corn is fer-
-". mented, Ingram's process could result in ethanol that
costs about a nickel a gallon.
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*UF Alumni Association member
Can You Hear
Me Now? A
Audience Software ALICE HOLMES RAHUL SHRIVASTAV
before Audigence Software, hearing aids and cochlear
implant hearing devices were fitted and fine-tuned for
patients through lengthy examinations, during which
patients would listen to tones soft and loud. Since no two peo-
ple are the same, and no two hearing devices are the same, these
exams were critical to ensure that devices perform( I !l. i 1.11 -
There was just one problem.
"Your ear does not process tones like it does the s iii .I I.
nuances of speech," says Rahul Shrivastav, co-inven..I ..
Audigence software. "At the end of the day, speech i-
most important. After all, we don't go around listen-
ing to tones very much."
Shrivastav and UF audiology professor Alice
Holmes aimed to improve this process by team-
ing up with one of Holmes' patients, Lee Krause
of Melbourne. Krause was profoundly hearing
impaired until he received a cochlear implant.
Holmes programmed his speech processor,
which allows him to receive auditory infor-
mation from the surgically implanted device.
A computer engineer by profession, Krause was
eager to get involved and made critical contributions
to the technology's development.
"He drove from his home in Melbourne three hours away
- each morning. He'd spend the whole day testing with us, then
drive back that night," Shrivastav says. "And the next day, he'd
make the trip all over again. Lee was amazing. He was and still is
- passionate about Audigence."
The trio's hard work resulted in a package of testing materials
that improves the performance of hearing devices and the process
of fitting patients with them.
Today, their product is available through one hearing aid com-
pany. Several others are interested in licensing it. Krause is CEO
of Audigence and, along with Shrivastav and Holmes, is work-
ing on a new generation of the technology, which will be
available via cell phones. Both Shrivastav and Holmes con-
tinue to teach and conduct other research at UF. Holmes also
serves as the director for distance learning in the Department of
Swiss Army Detector
contamination. It can be found anywhere lakes, riv-
ers, soil, fish, air. Take plastic water bottles, for instance.
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While it can be cleaned up, restoring the environment is often a
long, laborious and costly process. Part of the issue is determining
the type of contaminants and whether their concentrations in the
environment are harmful to human health or to the environment.
Taking soil, water and air samples is typically a first step, but lab
work can take days, and environments change over time.
So when toxicology scientist Nancy Denslow (PhD '75)
developed a sensitive technique to measure environmental con-
taminants that behave as estrogens, she called upon her chemical
engineering colleague, Fan Ren, to see if the test could be con-
figured to work on his newly developed detector. The detector
alerts testers in minutes if contaminants are present in soil,
water, gasses or other matter. Together they adapted the detec-
tor to quantify the biological response in a drop of blood from fish
exposed to estrogen or estrogen-like compounds.
"The new detector will allow
risk managers to obtain
about contaminant levels
gen mimics in lakes and
streams," says Denslow.
"This will be an invalu-
able tool to help monitor
our nation's surface and
The detector is small, portable
I 1. ... n transmit results wirelessly. In
.,,,, .i. .ii Io reducing the costs of lab testing,
S. I ,. .1 I. I n-ed by homeowners, industry pro-
[l ,I.... 1 I. and researchers.
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^ W, i 1 i'ling his sensor for many other
Ip ..i ii ses, too. For example, it can be
I u I., I ,, .i,. ,-,:t glucose levels in a person's
I,.. ,I i ... i.. ~I i- eliminating the need for dia-
S1.~ I i i,. i: heir fingers. It could be used to
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n wound care, bandages have long been a Catch-22. That's
because dressings typically have two uses: keep lesions clean
and absorb any fluids that drain.
But when bandages become moist, the result can be a warm
breeding ground perfectly suited for infection-causing bacteria.
Considering the important role of bandages in wound care,
it's no wonder this dilemma impacts millions of patients and the
health care industry's bottom line.
Enter UF materials science and engineering professor Chris
Batich. When asked to look into the issue with two UF doctors,
Batich quickly determined that the problem would be resolved
if bandages could be biocidal made with a dressing that kills
bacteria on contact.
"In preliminary testing, it worked well," says Batich.
Soon after the discovery, they applied for a patent and worked
with a retired executive to start the biocidal gauze company
Quick-Med Technologies Inc. and a lab in Gainesville.
Since the technology was brand new, it took eight years to
receive the patent and FDA clearance, but Batich says all the head-
aches, roadblocks and long days working to make the technology's
manufacturing affordable were worth it.
"The combination of scientific, engineering and medical
expertise at UF can be very powerful when coordinated with
business expertise," says Batich, who also serves as UF's associ-
ate director of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute.
"The result in this case is something that I believe will have a
great benefit on patient care,"
The gauze, called NIMBUS, or Novel Intrinsic Micro-bonded
Utility Substrate, has no other de-novo (new technology) FDA-
SDR. NIK GRAVENSTEIN
o doctors Nik Gravenstein, Samsun Lampotang, Michael
Gilmore and Dasia Esener, football isn't just a game. It's a
It's not the bumps and bruises that worry them. Rather, it's the
heat of summer and fall months that can cause physical stress,
heat stroke and even death. Gravenstein found that while tra-
ditional uniforms were designed to protect players from mild
impacts, they actually prevent players from releasing enough body
heat needed to keep their core temperatures at safe levels.
"A football player's uniform insulates him the same as a heavy
three-piece wool business suit," says Gravenstein, who is a profes-
sor of anesthesiology and neurosurgery.
This concern gave Gravenstein (MD '80) the idea for a system
that would later be called TMS, or Temperature Management
System. It uses a network of channels built into football pads to
deliver dry, cool air to the body's core areas, allowing sweat to
evaporate and cool the body's vital organs.
Gravenstein perfected the system with co-inventors: anesthe-
sia department colleague Lampotang (ME '84, PhD '92), then-UF
football player and orthopedics resident Gilmore (BS'94, MD '99)
and then-premed student Esener (MESS'02).
Since the channels are integrated into the pads, hooking up to
the system is easy. When a player comes to the sidelines, he con-
nects a tube coming from the back of the collar to a tube coming
from a cooled air compressor.
Today, the pads are commercially available through TMS
Sports, which is licensed through UE Some high schools, UF, a few
other universities and several National Football League teams use
TMS. A new contract with Riddell should make the pads available
to more NFL teams.
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' ', fl '
Sharklet looks and feels
like an ultrathin, transparent sheet of
plastic. Its surface replicates tiny shark scales like
the magnified pattern behind this sample.
Ultimate In Non-Stick
light bulb went off for Tony Brennan in 2002 when the UF
material science engineer watched a submarine leave a
naval port. He thought it looked almost like a whale swim-
ming out to sea.
On base to research ways to prevent ship hulls from becoming
encrusted with algae and barnacles, Brennan wondered if perhaps
there was an ocean creature that eludes the tenacious, clinging
crustaceans and organisms.
Brennan found his answer in sharks. After reproducing and
shrinking a silicone pattern of shark scales in 2003, tests showed
that many types of algae and barnacles could not stick to the
surface. With his breakthrough, Brennan's company Sharklet
S Technologies was born.
S In the eight years of research since, Brennan's concept of "engi-
neered surfaces" shows promise to help not just the U.S. Navy,
but the restaurant and health care industries, too. That's because
in laboratory tests, many forms of bacteria could not grow on the
As medical facilities struggle with the spread of antibiotic-
resistant bacteria, Brennan's technology could be used to make
surgical tools and other medical equipment bacteria resistant.
Take catheters, for example. Whether used by diabetics with insu-
lin pumps or patients with urinary blockages, Sharklet's potential
to prevent infections of which 80 percent is spread by human
contact is vast.
Sharklet researchers are also investigating ways the material
can be used to prevent bacteria growth, which causes food poi-
soning, in restaurant food preparation areas.
To support these or other emerging technologies, contact the
Office of Technology Licensing at 352-392-8929. Learn which
technologies are available for licensing at http.//apps.research.
As a UF student, Rich Fields, CBS' "The Price is Right" announcer, was UF's first Rock 104 music director. He also hosted weekday shows on the radio station.
Come on Down!
Alumnus Rich Fields grabbed his slice of Americana by landing his dream job
on "The Price is Right."
'83) was growing up, he
dreamed of one day work-
ing for a game show. In
1972, when Fields was 11, a revamped ver-
sion of "The Price is Right" debuted on
CBS with TV legend Bob Barker as the
host, and Fields' vision became more spe-
cific. One day, he told himself, he'd be on
26 | Florida
It took 32 years, but in March 2004, his
Now, Fields is in his sixth year as the
announcer of "The Price is Right," the lon-
gest-running five-days-a-week game show
in the world.
"It's a dream come true," Fields says. "It's
a huge piece of Americana."
Fields, who moved to Clearwater from
the Cleveland area at age 16, initially
planned to attend the U.S. Naval Academy.
"But I knew I wanted to be on 'The Price is
Right,'" Fields says. "And I thought broad-
casting would be the straightest path there."
So he chose UF, where he majored in
broadcast journalism and minored in
speech and phonetics, because, he says, "I
knew that one day diction would be key."
Those who were in Gainesville in the
early 1980s may remember Fields. He was
the first music director at his college's radio
station, Rock 104, and he also did the sta-
tion's afternoon drive-time show from 2 to
6 p.m. each weekday.
From Gainesville, Fields' career included
stops in Denver and Tampa, but he never
took his eye off the prize.
Hoping to attract the attention of the
game show industry in a different way, he
went back to school to obtain a degree in
meteorology. He took ajob in Palm Springs,
Calif., where he was working as a meteorol-
ogist in October 2003 when news came over
the wire that Rod Roddy, the announcer for
"The Price is Right," had passed away.
"I called mywife," Fields recalls, "and
she said, 'What are you going to do?' I said,
'Tomorrow morning, I'm calling "The Price
The next day, Fields gave producer Roger
Dobkowitz a quick rundown of his qualifica-
tions. "They had a million guys who wanted
the job, but they said, 'We'd like to hear
what you sound like,'" Fields says.
A week later, he was asked to record a
demo using a script and an old tape of the
program. After that, he was asked to do a
week's worth of shows. Then, a second week
of on-air auditions later, he left, dejected,
feeling like he hadn't impressed producers.
Fields was at his CBS affiliate in Palm
Springs, minutes before going on-air for the
6 p.m. newscast, when his wife called.
"She told me Roger Dobkowitz has just
called, and he wanted me to call him back
right away," Fields recalls. "I had four min-
utes to go before I needed to be on-air, but
Dobkowitz told Fields he had two ques-
tions; the first was whether he'd like to be
the announcer on "The Price is Right." "I'd
never passed out before," Fields says, "but
all of a sudden, all my peripheral vision
was gone, my knees buckled, and I almost
hit the ground. When I could see again, I
said yes. His second question was, 'Can you
And so Fields did, starting his career at
"The Price is Right" in March 2004. He
was an instrumental part of the transition
between host Bob Barker, who retired in
June 2007 at the age of 83, and host Drew
Carey, who began four months later.
Now, Fields, who lives in Beverly Hills
with his wife, Christine, and their 3-year-
old pug, Cosmo, is an easily recognizable
face to anyone who has watched the show
in the last five years; his "Come on down!" is
a familiar refrain to millions. And last year,
he won the award for best announcer at the
2009 Game ShowAwards, beating out "Deal
or No Deal" host Joe Cipriano, "Jeopardy"
host Johnny Gilbert and others. "That was
very cool for me," Fields says. "I still con-
sider myself the new guy on the block, so I
was totally surprised. I am very honored."
As "The Price is Right" enters its 38th
season, Fields who warms the studio
audience up with a stand-up routine each
day before cameras roll is just happy
to be a part of something that is such an
American tradition. "It's hard to find a per-
son in America who hasn't watched the
show," he says. "I treat it with a lot of dig-
nity, and I'm proud to be a part of it."
Kristen Harmel (BSJ '05)
On former host Bob Barker:
"My wife and I are friends with Bob,
very good friends. We were privy to
his plans to leave the show, and we
were happy for him that he made
the decision. He'd been the host of
the show for 35 years. I hope I can
pee on my own at age 83, let alone
host a game show."
On current host Drew Carey:
"Drew shoots from the hip. That's
part of the charm of the Drew
Carey era. Bob was predictable,
and Drew is so very unpredict-
able. It's the same show with the
same games, but if you ever think
you know what's going to happen,
To fellow UF alumni:
"Live in the now. That's all we've
got. Ask yourself what you can do
in this moment to make the people
around you feel better about them-
selves; there's always a connection
to the greater energy."
To UF students:
"I know college is the first time
to get away from Mom and Dad,
but try to think four years ahead,
buckle down and focus. If you can
find your career path now, it will
give you some focus and make
your time in college that much
S Fields (left), host Drew Carey and the show's models can be seen on CBS weekdays.
Those Were The Days...
Illustrations by Ethan Long
On a very hot day in the spring of 1941,
six of us young Gators decided we would
venture to Ocala. There was no room
to spare when the six of us got into that
Willys. For the younger generations, the
Willys was one of the automobiles of that
era. Air conditioning was not yet a stan-
dard feature in automobiles. Rolling down
all of the windows did provide some relief
from the heat as we motored down U.S.
441. We referred to the cooling system as a
4/50: four windows down at 50 mph.
At that time, citrus groves were common
in the McIntosh area. One grove south
of town had a citrus shop with a sign out
front offering all the juice one could drink
for 10 cents. We decided this was an excel-
lent opportunity to quench our thirst. The
lady attendant poured for each of us a glass
of juice, then another. But these Gators
were still thirsty and the supply of juice on
hand had been exhausted.
The attendant retrieved a supply of
oranges and began squeezing them with a
hand press. Seeing that her arm was grow-
ing a bit weary, a couple of the fellows took
over the squeezing operation. Eventually,
each one of us had our fill of juice. We
climbed back into the Willys and resumed
our journey to Ocala, much to the delight
of the attendant.
The next time I ventured south on U.S.
441 and passed the citrus shop, the sign
out front offering all the orange juice one
could drink for 10 cents was still there but
with an added notation, "within reason."
All six of those young Gators left the
university to serve our country during
World War II. All returned safely from the
war and resumed their studies in the late
40s. Among those six, I am now the only
Joseph B. Cocke* (BSA'49)
I was excited. Mommy [Laura Natirboff
(BA '92)] was having a baby. We were liv-
ing in UF's married student housing while
Daddy [Mark Natirboff (BS '85, JD '97)]
went to school. It was 1996, I was 2 and
wanted a brother or sister so badly. God
answered my prayer.
Mommy grew bigger and bigger. In the
summer, she found out our baby would be
a girl. Daddy decided they would name her
Victoria Ann. Football season started. The
Gators were doing well very well. People
began to wonder if they were going to play
for the national championship.
In December, it was set. The Gators
would play the Seminoles in the Sugar Bowl
on Jan. 2,1997, the day before Victoria's due
date. My parents wanted Victoria to be born
on any day: Christmas or New Year's. Any
day, that is, except Jan. 2. Oh, not then! Not
during the national championship when the
Gators were playing.
UF Alumni Association member
The morning of Jan. 2 came around and,
sure enough, Mommy's water broke. After
the game started, labor really got tough. The
football players thought they were working
hard, but Mommy was working harder.
In the fourth quarter, the Gators were
chomping the Seminoles and Mommy was
pushing hard. Then, after 12 hours of labor,
Victoria was born at 12:25 a.m. right on the
UF campus in Maguire Village.
The Gators won. The campus went crazy.
What a victory: 52-20. What a Victoria Ann:
9 pounds, 9 ounces, 22 inches. Mommy
was crying. Daddy was cheering. The whole
campus was celebrating!
Today, Victoria is 13. I thank God for my
wonderful sister and praise our Lord and
Savior Jesus Christ that he has given her 13
wonderful years of life. And incidentally, as
if in honor of this special 13th birthday, the
Sugar Bowl was on Friday and the Gators
Elisabeth Natirboff age 16
I am a veteran of World War II and the
Korean War. I was drafted into the Army
when I was 18 years old, discharged in 1947
and enrolled at UF in 1948. Those were
the years of the G.I. Bill, and UF never saw
a group of guys like that before or since.
Most of them... felt like college was a well-
earned vacation. Some partied all the time
and never went to class. These were the
ones who would be weeded out before their
junior years. I decided to go into build-
ing construction instead of architecture
because I did not like drafting. It turned out
to be a good decision because my company
is now 50 years old. Between my daughter,
CeCe, and I, we have built more than 1,000
buildings. In 1997, I was inducted into the
UF Construction Hall of Fame.
James Kalemeris* (BBC '51)
I was in agriculture school in 1939 and
became a member of the block and bri-
die club. This club actively sponsored
an annual rodeo on Florida Field, draw-
ing thousands. In the 1940s the rodeo
was always a crowd pleaser. In the 1941
rodeo, I rode a bull the length of Florida
Field, simply because I was afraid the bull
would turn on me and hurt me. But the
big excitement came when a bull about
1,800 pounds jumped up into the sta-
dium seats and chased the rodeo fans. An
exciting event, you bet!
That same year the athletic depart-
ment stopped future rodeos on Florida
Field because they were afraid the foot-
ball players could catch "lockjaw" from
the bulls' leftover "droppings."
John Folks* (BSA'43, MSA'50)
When I attended UF just after World War
II, the university was expanding but there
was no transportation on campus. Harold
Metzger ('50) and I noticed an abandoned
delivery motor scooter near Sledd Hall. It
had been there several weeks, and we could
not resist getting it to run that's how
engineers are. This was a three-wheeled
scooter with the baggage compartment
between the two front wheels. This is not
an easy vehicle to operate, especially with
no weight in the front, as it will easily tip
over when turning. Since I was only 5 feet,
8 inches tall and Harold was almost 6 feet,
4 inches, I became the baggage. We rode
this thing everywhere even to downtown
Gainesville, where we were viewed with
suspicion by the local police who were not
always on great terms with the student
body in those days.
Everyone wanted to ride "our" scooter,
but we knew it was difficult to operate so
we kept putting them off. Finally, when
we could no longer postpone the inevita-
ble and with several friends watching
- we let Bobby give it a try. He started
downhill toward the radio station (on
campus then), quickly losing his bal-
ance and bouncing from one foot to the
other and heading straight toward a lone
parked car next to a chain link fence. We
were aghast as he approached the car, but
at the last moment he turned and hit the
fence head on! We all ran down to pick up
the scooter engine still running and
Bobby, screaming, "This thing will kill
you!" Fortunately, Bobby was not hurt,
the car was spared and the fence suffered
only minor damage. No one ever again
asked to ride the scooter.
Special note: We did find the owner of
this scooter he could not fix it and con-
sented to our use. It was returned to him
when we left school.
John Pearce* (BEE'50)
Florida@uff.ufl.edu or at Florida magazine,
P.O. Box 14425, Gainesville, FL 32604-2425.
*UF Alumni Association member
A legislative power
coeducation at UF for
more than 40 years.
Changing its name and becoming all-male were part of the Florida Agricultural College's plan to become Florida's
It was a ploy, a scheme one college's attempt to outwit, out-
play, outlast. And it caused UF to be an all-male institution
for more than 40 years.
From 1906 until 1947, females who wanted to attend col-
lege in Florida had to go to the Florida State College for Women in
Tallahassee. UF was a boys-only club no girls allowed.
Why the division? It wasn't some leftover Victorian ideal of pro-
priety coeducational schools were common throughout the
United States. Indeed, the Negro Normal and Industrial School in
Tallahassee (today's Florida A&M University) accepted students
of either sex.
Instead, the separation of the sexes reflected a drive by the Flor-
ida Agricultural College in Lake City to be the last school standing
in 1905 when the Buckman Act consolidated Florida's numerous
colleges down to three major institutions.
"There is some evidence that administrative officials and fac-
ulty of the (Florida Agricultural College) at Lake City played a part
in 1905 in developing a receptive attitude among the Legislators
to accept the idea of consolidation and in determining certain fea-
tures of the Buckman Act," UF historian Samuel Proctor* (BA'41,
MA'42, PhD'58) wrote in his 1958 dissertation, "The University
of Florida: Its Early Years, 1853-1906."
There was nothing systematic about Florida's educational sys-
tem in the early 1900s. It was a hodgepodge of privately run
schools receiving state funding and duplicating efforts. And they
weren't working together a fierce (and familiar-sounding)
rivalry existed, for instance, between a Tallahassee college and
one in North Florida (although in this case, the institutions were
the West Florida Seminary in Tallahassee and the Florida Agricul-
tural College in Lake City).
When the Buckman Act proposed consolidation in 1905, admin-
istrators at the Florida Agricultural College saw a chance to place
their school at the forefront. Therefore they did three things:
- Put key administrators including president Andrew Sledd
(who would become UF's first president) and English professor
James Farr (UF's first vice president) into the background of the
- Changed the college's name to the "University of Florida" to
make it already look the part of the state's flagship institution.
- Changed the college from coeducational to all-male.
Farr said the Lake City college had strong reasons for support-
ing single-sex education: "If there were but two state institutions
for Whites, one of them a university for men ... and the other a col-
lege for women, the former would win out in size and recognition
in competition with the latter," Farr wrote in his memoirs.
The scheme nearly worked. The Legislature adopted many of
the college administrators' proposals, including the single-sex
concept and the designation of North Florida as the location for
the all-male institution. It appeared that the Florida Agricultural
College had succeeded.
Then Gainesville stepped in. Offering a variety of benefits -
including free water, a supportive community and a history of
hands-off politicians Gainesville was able to wrest the new Uni-
versity of Florida from Lake City's grasp, Kevin McCarthy and
Carl Van Ness* (MA'85) wrote in "Honoring the Past, Shaping the
Future." The university used the old Florida Agricultural College
campus for one year until the new Gainesville campus was ready
to receive students in 1906.
And for the next four decades, all of them were male.
*UF Alumni Association member
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the state, the nation and the world. Here are just a few ways your giving helps UF
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