As hurricane after hurricane churned across Florida
this year, the University of Florida sent teams of experts
throughout the state to help Floridians cope with this major
environmental and economic disaster.
UF engineers headed directly into the storms' paths to
gather data that will enable forecasters to more accurately
predict hurricane winds, and help engineers and builders
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construct houses to more effectively withstand those winds.
A task force from UF's Institute of Food and Agricultural
Sciences that included faculty and staff experts for every agricultural commodity
produced in Florida assessed damage to the state's $64 billion agriculture industry.
The College of Veterinary Medicine sent a team to South Florida to treat animals
injured during the storms.
This response to adversity illustrates the faith and hope people place in institutions
like UF to come up with answers to life's mysteries. Whether it's the unfathomably
complex systems that drive hurricanes or the ones that drive cancer cells, research
institutions like UF are uniquely equipped to address these "big picture" questions.
While hurricanes have garnered much of the publicity this year, UF scientists and
engineers are pursuing countless other scientific questions every day. Most of this
research is funded through public and private grants and contracts. During fiscal year
2003-04, UF received a record $470 million in research awards.
About half of that money goes to the six colleges of the Health Science Center,
where hundreds of researchers seek to understand, treat and prevent such debilitating
diseases as cancer and diabetes, spinal cord injury and cleft palate.
Funding from the State of Florida and local governments rose more than 30 percent
between 2002-03 and 2003-04 to $63 million, thanks in large part to a $10 million
grant for U F's Center of Excellence for Regenerative Health Biotechnology, one of three
university centers statewide funded under the Florida Technology Development Act.
Located at the university's research park near Gainesville, the center's research
and education wing is completed and construction is under way on its state-of-the-art
drug manufacturing plant. The plant is key, because it will provide regional companies,
universities and research institutes with commercial drug development services currently
absent from Florida and Southeast or available elsewhere at significant cost.
Drug makers can tap the plant's highly specialized equipment to manufacture
compounds in the comparatively large quantities needed for clinical trials. The result
will not only plug a crack in the region's drug development pipeline, it will also create
crucial infrastructure supporting both small biomedical spinoffs and larger established
companies, contributing to diversified and high-wage job opportunities.
Over the past decade, research awards to the University of Florida have risen
dramatically, propelling the university into the top tier of institutions nationally. This
growth is a tribute to the hard work of our faculty, university research staff and graduate
Florida is a state rich in opportunity and challenges. Its (usually) pleasant climate
and abundant recreation opportunities make the state a destination, temporary or
permanent, for millions of people. But those same plusses also come with risks. The same
factors that shape our semi-tropical climate also make us prone to hurricanes. Many of
our new residents are retirees, with unique needs and health challenges.
As the flagship institution in the state and one of the nation's most comprehensive
universities, the University of Florida is uniquely equipped to address these opportunities
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Other graduate students partner with faculty in the Graduate School
creation of new knowledge. These are the future scientists
and scholars of the United States, who will develop new technologies, solve critical
social, educational and economic problems, advance the health of our citizens, and
give meaning to our existence through word, thought, image, music and movement.
Graduate education continues to grow and redefine itself at major research
universities in the United States, including the University of Florida.
An examination of doctoral degree programs offered in 1955 provides an
interesting contrast to the breadth and complexity of higher education in the 21s" century.
While many degree programs offered 50 years ago still exist, few back then could have
imagined advanced studies in areas as diverse as digital arts and sciences, forensic
serology and DNA, or even computer sciences. Interdisciplinary studies were virtually
nonexistent a half century ago.
Fast forward to 2004 and we find more than 90 doctoral degree programs and
concentrations. Graduates from UF in the class of 1955 taught the current faculties
in U.S. universities and we, in turn, are teaching the future generation of scientists
and scholars, who will assume our places in the academy. Who are the faculties that
populate new disciplines and how did those disciplines come to be?
A partial answer lies in the work we do at the boundaries between existing
disciplines, the area known as interdisciplinary studies. From these junctions new fields of
inquiry are born, discoveries are made and new connections and insights are realized.
The migration of knowledge toward disciplinary boundaries, coupling heretofore
unrelated programs and creating synergy through the blending of different faculties,
represents significant opportunities for the future.
Abundant evidence confirms that the intellectual dimensions of many pressing social
issues do not fit within the current organization of departments and degree programs.
Universities must craft ways to foster the interdisciplinary programs needed to educate
the next generation of scientists and scholars so they are capable of addressing
social, scientific and health issues that are too complicated to be solved within today's
The United States continues to fall behind in the number of doctoral students
being educated in our institutions. Serious shortages exist in the physical sciences and
engineering. Since 1998, Ph.D. production in these disciplines has decreased by more
than 11 percent. As the nation's fourth most populous state, Florida has a responsibility
to educate its fair share of Ph.D. students in the physical sciences and engineering.
Factors contributing to this shortage are complicated and include declining numbers
of applications, particularly from international students, and high attrition rates in
critical disciplines. All U.S. institutions are grappling with declining applications from
international students, but, fortunately, UF is bucking the national trend in attrition rates.
National doctoral attrition rates are estimated to be 40-50 percent. At UF, doctoral
attrition is less than half that rate, thanks to an outstanding faculty that is committed to
successfully guiding students through the complexities of graduate education.
Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Jose Principe
and doctoral student Rati Agrawal illustrate the important
link between research and graduate education.
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