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Honoring the past. shaping the future
The University of Florida's 150th anniversary this year offers an opportunity to reflect on the important role UF
research has played in the emergence of the State of Florida as a technological and economic leader in the 21st century.
Since its inception, the University of Florida has attracted scholars whose curiosity about the world around them has
resulted in new inventions and procedures that have benefited the citizens of Florida and beyond in countless ways.
For example, frozen concentrate orange juice was invented at UF's Citrus Research and Education Center in 1948, rev-
olutionizing the citrus industry and making Florida the orange juice capital of the world.
University of Florida aerospace engineers were chosen by NASA last year to lead the development of the next genera-
tion of space shuttle, helping to ensure Florida's position as America's spaceport well into the 21st century.
The UF Health Science Center and Shands Hospital have been the site of many major medical advances in Florida,
including the first heart, kidney, liver and lung transplants.
University of Florida faculty have long been active participants in the academic research revolution that has occurred in
this country since World War II.With the support of the federal government, industry and private foundations, the nation's
colleges and universities perform nearly $30 billion in research and development annually.This includes nearly half of all
basic research activity in the United States.
Doing its part, UF research awards have risen steadily over the decades to this year's record $437.2 million.The
National Science Foundation annually ranks universities based on their research funding, and in FY2000 UF's total research
expenditures ranked 26th among all universities and 15th among public universities.The university's excellent relationship
with industry is reflected in the fact that UF ranked 10th among its peers in that category.
The credit for UF's research success belongs to faculty who aggressively pursue external funding
to support research inquiry.This funding facilitates the generation of new r..:..',.i.:i.e .'...
simultaneously contributing hundreds of millions of dollars to the state's .:.:.r..:r
The success of the sports drink Gatorade is well known, but it i Jiu'r on :.i
many University of Florida inventions that have been transferred r.:. r- e
marketplace.According to the Association of University Technol.:i.
Managers, UF's licensing activity, as measured by royalty income
ranked 8th among all universities in 2000. .
The university's graduate programs have produced generation: '
of professionals in a wide variety of disciplines, many of whom .
have risen to positions of prominence in our state, the nation
and the world. In addition to the intellectual capital they have
brought to Florida, these highly educated alumni have directly
contributed to the state's economy through their earning
Having grown into an internationally recognized center of
learning and research, this institution remains the University
of Florida, committed to improving the lives of all Floridians
directly, through its research, teaching and service, and indi-
rectly through its positive effects on the state's economy.
Winfred M. Phillips
Vice President for Research
Dean of the Graduate School
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The more than $400 million in
research funding the University of C )
Florida received during fiscal year AI IM
2001-02 will contribute to Florida's
economy many times over the multi-year
course of the research projects it funds -
supporting jobs, educating undergraduate and grad-
uate students, building and maintaining the university's sci-
entific infrastructure, and contributing to knowledge
about things as diverse as diabetes and peanuts.
Research and graduate education has been an integral
part of the University of Florida's mission for much of its
150 years. Beginning with the passage in the 1860s of fed-
eral land-grant legislation that promoted agricultural
research, through the establishment of UF's Health
Science Center in the 1950s to the boom in biotechnolo-
gy and nanoengineering today.
As it enters its 150th year, the University of Florida has
become one of the nation's leading research institutions,
with total research expenditures comparable to such
respected institutions as the University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill, the University of Texas and Yale University.
A report by UF's Office of Institutional Research con-
servatively estimates the impact of out-of-state research
funding on Florida's economy at more than $550 million
UF is also a player in the state's economic development
efforts, using its wealth of new ideas to fuel the creation
and growth of more than 65 companies over the last
decade, more than 80 percent of which were established
in the state.
The six colleges that comprise UF's Health Science
S UN iCenter accounted for 52 percent of
NOIiY the university's $437.2 million total
Nin 2001-2002, receiving a record
4N $225.3 million in contracts and grants,
Y up 14 percent from the previous year.The
National Institutes of Health continues to be
UF's largest source of research funding at $103.9
UF faculty in a wide variety of disciplines also had great
success in their pursuit of funding from the National
Science Foundation.The record $39.2 million in NSF
awards represented a 39 percent increase over 1999-
In the wake of September 11th, funding from the
Department of Defense was up more than 67 percent
over 2001 to $24.6 million.
Bolstered by a $15 million grant to develop the next
generation of space shuttle, the College of Engineering
accounted for more than 15 percent of the university's
total with a record $67.7 million in 2001-02, a 36 percent
increase over the previous year.
UF's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS)
also had another record year, earning $69.5 million in
funding in 2001-2002.
While federal funds account for slightly more than 60
percent of UF's total research funding, the university con-
tinues to diversify its sources of support. In particular,
funding from private foundations rose 17 percent
between 2001 and 2002 to $48.3 million, thanks in part
to several large grants, including $10 million from the
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to test Florida
newborns for diabetes.
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Grant and Contract Dollars Requested
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Continuations or Supplementals
Grant and Contract Dollars Awarded
Gifts for Research
Total Sponsored Research Funding
Grant and Contract Direct Expenditures
Recovered Indirect Cost Expenditures
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An 18.1 percent increase in federal
awards to a record $268.1 million and
a 17 percent increase in funding from
foundations were responsible for
much of UF's overall gain of 15.2 per-
cent. Much of the federal increase can
be attributed to an 11.2 percent
increase in awards from the National
Institutes of Health, from $93.5 mil-
lion to $103.9 million.Awards from
the National Science Foundation rose
39 percent to a record $39.2 million
while post-September 11th funding
from the Department of Defense
in: eased h/ per':ent to S24.6 11 million.
Bolstered by a $15 million grant
from NASA awards to the C(ollege of
Engineering increased $17.4 million
(34.6'..) to a re 6ord $6i7.7 million.
Awards to the Health Science Center
in creased S27.5 million (14':'..) to a
record S225.3 million while the
College of Liberal Arts and Sc lenctes
was up S4.5 million ( 13.4'..) to a
record $38.1 million. The Institute of
Food and Agricultural Sciences was up
$2.6 million (4%) to $69.5 million.
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The University of Florida
Research Foundation Professors
featured below are among more
than 100 faculty members who
have been recognized by the
foundation for their research
efforts.To read biographical sketches
about each of these outstanding researchers, go to
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GRADUATE EDUCATION AND
RESEARCH GO HAND-IN-HAND,
PARTICULARLY AT THE DOCTORAL
LEVEL. THE GREAT DISCOVERIES
OF THE 21ST CENTURY WILL
UNDOUBTEDLY COME FROM THE
CREATIVE EFFORTS OF UNIVERSITY
FACULTY WORKING CLOSELY WITH
BRIGHT AND MOTIVATED
( ) Dr. Cecil Mercer
College of Education
Department of Special Education
"If I had to label my mentoring
process, I would refer to it as guiding
the student along a learning path of
'informed discovery,'" says special edu-
cation Professor Cecil Mercer.
Since becoming a full professor in
1980, Mercer has helped lead more than
95 Ph.D. students down that path as chair
or member of their doctoral committee.
"Every member of my family has
remarked about how lucky I am to have
a met a faculty member of Cecil
Mercer's stature who is willing to work
with me on my own interests," wrote
one doctoral student. "In my opinion, his
example should be a model for many
professionals entering higher education
on how to help graduate students reach
Mercer has received the College of
Education's Teacher of the Year Award
three times and student evaluations
consistently rank him among the best in
Dr. Jose C. Principe
College of Engineering
Department of Electrical and
Jose Principe believes that engineer-
ing blends science, art and innovation to
explain the external world and invent
new technological realities.
"As a scholar, I immensely enjoy
working with graduate students to com-
municate these three facets of engineer-
ing," says Principe, who has chaired the
committees of 22 doctoral students and
26 master's students since coming to
UF in 1985.
"I was strongly drawn toward work-
ing with Dr. Principe because he offered
an immense flow of ideas and com-
ments," wrote one student. "He was just
the right mentor; someone who had
more enthusiasm about science and
learning than anyone I met, even more
than I had."
"My vision of graduate instruction
leads to a creation of a constructive
atmosphere to imprint in the student's
intellect the methodology of science, to
build the gift of autonomous thinking
and eloquence," Principe says. "The core
of my mentoring style is to develop a
one-to-one, intense communication
with a student by sharing my enthusi-
asm, vision and knowledge in the hope
that (s)he will slowly absorb and inte-
grate them in his/her cognitive space."
( ) Dr. Marianne Schmink
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department of Anthropology
UF anthropology department Chair
Allan Burns says Marianne Schmink's
internationally recognized work on
political ecology and applied conserva-
tion in Latin America is at the heart of
"Dr. Schmink's research agenda
translates directly into her mentor
and advising skills," Burns writes.
"Students who work with her are
nominated for and receive extramural
funding, they are put in contact with
the top ecological anthropologists in
the country, and they pursue careers
that reflect well on the professional
skills and knowledge they acquire
under her guidance."
Schmink describes mentoring grad-
uate students as "the most rewarding
aspect of my work at UF."
"The key to successful mentoring is
helping students to develop their own
interests and skills," she says. "Rather
them directing them to specific
research topics and styles, I draw on
my own excitement and commitment
to research and provide thoughtful
feedback to the interests the students
articulate as they develop their
research focus and areas of expertise."
Two doctoral students who jointly
nominated Schmink say "her commit-
ment to her field of study might be
surpassed only by her commitment to
Z ) Dr.William W.Thatcher
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
Department of Animal Sciences
William Thatcher's former graduate
students line up for the opportunity
to praise him.
"I consider myself very fortunate to
have the opportunity to work not
only with a distinguished scientist, but
also with someone who I consider the
best teacher I have ever had," wrote
one student who earned both his
master's and doctoral degrees under
"I feel that I have one of the
longest mentoring histories with Dr.
Thatcher," added a colleague from the
UF College of Veterinary Medicine.
"Years after completing my master's
and residency program, he is still
assisting me to do quality work in
Thatcher attributes his success
during more than 30 years of mentor-
ing graduate students partly to his
belief that "trainees should be equal
partners in research."
"A major goal and sense of satisfac-
tion for the mentor is to assist in cre-
ating scientific colleagues who are
more effective than their mentor," he
adds. "This is the way that science will
meet the needs of mankind for the
21st century, as it has for centuries in
O D Dr. James D.Winefordner
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department of Chemistry
During his more than 40 years in
the UF chemistry department,
Graduate Research Professor Jim
Winefordner has directed the
research of 144 doctoral students,
dozens more than anyone else in the
history of analytical chemistry.
And in each of those students he
has sought to instill several guiding
principles: Research should be fun,
ethics is essential, cooperation leads
to the best science and research
requires hard work and persistence.
He also reminds them to be patient
and considerate of others; to keep
their lives balanced; and to always
seek to improve.
For his part, Winefordner tries to
give his students freedom and latitude
in their research, and he stresses the
importance of oral and written com-
Lastly, he wants students to know
they can talk to him about any matter.
"I've kept an open and friendly
office for students to talk about any
problems they may have,"
One student who is now a
research director at Eli Lilly wrote:
"The University of Florida has a treas-
ure in the contributions and person of
Professor Winefordner. The tenure
and extent of his mentoring ... has
impacted doctoral candidates from all
over the world."
(OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND GRADUATE PROGRAMS
Winfred M. Philips, D.Sc.
Vice President for Research & Dean of the Graduate School
223 Grinter Hall
Gainesville, Florida 32611
Division of Sponsored Research
Thomas Walsh, Ph.D.
Director of Sponsored Research
The Graduate School
Kenneth J. Gerhardt, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Academic
Programs and Student Affairs
Theses and Dissertations
Graduate Minority Programs
UF Research Foundation, Inc.
Office of Technology Licensing
Director of Technology Licensing
Joseph M. Kays
Director of Research Communications
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