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In October, DCP recognized three staff members for their
continuous years of service to the University. (From left to
right): Barbara Cleveland, 30 years, Linda Stanley, 20
years, and Patty Barritt, 20 years. Thank you for all you have
done for UF and DCP throughout the years!
All DCP faculty and staff
are invited to
join us for the
DCP Spring 2010
at 5 p.m. on
Saturday, May 1.
At the ceremony candidates
for bachelor's degrees will
be recognized and college
awards, such as Teacher/
Advisor of the Year, will be
Candidates for master's
and doctoral degrees will
at the university
at 9 a.m. on
Saturday, May 1.
Minchin researches counterfeit materials concern
Edward Minchin, associate professor of building construction,
recently returned from two trips during which he met with
government and industry officials regarding the problem of
counterfeit materials and products in the construction industry.
The two trips took him to Houston, New York City, Philadelphia
and Washington, D.C. While in D.C, Minchin spoke with the
International Anti-Counterfeiting Association, U.S. Immigration
and Customs Enforcement, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the
U.S. Department of Transportation, the French Embassy, the
National Electrical Manufacturers Association, the Heritage
Foundation, former Senator Bob Graham (Chair of the
President's Commission on Weapons of Mass Destruction), the
Chief Counsel of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, the State
Department and the National Association of Manufacturers.
In the other cities, Minchin interviewed officials from Shell Oil,
Tenaris, Bechtel, Jacobs, Fluor, Shaw energy, Aker Solutions,
H&M International Transportation, Inc. (a large U.S. Customs
Warehouse), Nooter Construction and Sunoco. All interviews
were conducted in September and October in the offices of those
interviewed, and lasted about 90 minutes each. The research is
sponsored by the Construction Industry Institute.
program in landscape
architecture was ranked
11th annual America's
Best Architecture &
Design Schools 2010
The survey ranks
and graduate design
programs from the
practitioners in the field.
architecture program was
also named one of
Cramer Report, receiving
the merit "with high
The Cramer Report is an
effort to look beyond one-
year rankings to a more
stratification of excellence.
considers the programs on
this list among the best in
Campus construction sites: invaluable teaching tools
for graduate Building Structures course
Architecture professors Michael Kuenstle and N. Nawari,
working in collaboration with Miles Albertson, associate
director of the University of Florida facilities, planning and
construction department, are able to extend the architectural
structures curriculum into the built environment using UF
buildings currently under construction on campus.
The knowledge of building structures in the architectural
curriculum is based on part theory and part application. Teaching
graduate students the principles of structural mechanics,
analysis and strength of materials using physics, numerical
equations and advanced computer modeling can be a difficult
task, and with the UF campus situated in a mostly rural
environment, Kuenstle and Nawari have found they are fortunate
to have a steady stream of building projects constructed on the
campus over the past few years to use as teaching laboratories.
Often it is when students are given the opportunity to make on-
site observations of the creative applications of this complex
science that the course starts to come together as a critical
knowledge base for students.
This term the professors used the 40-foot-tall, steel-framed
entry vestibule of the new Veterinary Education and Clinical
Research Center building as their case study project to focus
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student research on structural steel framing and connection
details. The building is designed by Zeidler Partnership, Inc.
Graduate student receives scholarship
from American Public Transportation
Student Jessica Alvarez recently received the Jack R. Gilstrap
Scholarship from the American Public Transportation
Foundation. Alvarez was the applicant with the highest overall
score as determined by the APTF board of directors.
The selection criteria include a continued demonstrated interest
in the public transportation industry as a career, academic
achievement and need for financial assistance. Alvarez was
sponsored by Gainesville's Regional Transit System and Jesus
Gomez, transit director. She is working toward a master's degree
in science/transportation civil engineering.
Shimberg Center for Housing Studies
receives $155,000 gift
The Shimberg Center for Housing Studies is pleased to
announce that Bank of America has awarded the center a
$155,000 gift through the UF Foundation. The center will use
the funding to create a neighborhood-level housing data system
for the state of Florida.
Since 2000, the Shimberg Center has produced the Florida
Housing Data Clearinghouse, which provides housing supply and
demand data at the city and county level. However,
governments and non-profits working in smaller areas lack
access to housing data at the neighborhood level information
that is critical to making community development strategies
work. For example, home foreclosures tend to be clustered in
particular neighborhoods, leading to concentrations of
abandonment, blight and declining neighborhood property values.
The new system will include parcel- and neighborhood-level data
regarding housing properties, home sales and values,
foreclosures, rental housing developments, population and
demographics, crime and schools. The Shimberg Center will
develop this system in conjunction with Managing Neighborhood
Change, a national pilot project to link data providers, non-
profits and local governments to promote the development and
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preservation of affordable housing in vibrant, diverse
neighborhoods. With growing interest on the part of the U.S.
Department of Housing and Urban Development and private
foundations in "place-based," neighborhood-level interventions,
the new data system will help position Florida as a leader in
The Shimberg Center greatly appreciates the hard work of
Lynne Capece, DCP director of development and alumni
relations, and Veronica Meinhard, director of regional
development at the UF Foundation.
Rachel Stoudt receives award for thesis project
Boston Society of Architects Committee for Women in Design has
selected Rachel Stoudt's thesis project (March 2009) for an
Honorable Mention Award and for exhibition during Build Boston
2009. She has been invited to participate in the conference and
accept the award in November.
Her thesis chair was Donna Cohen and co-chair was Nancy
Sanders. The project "Home of Renewal: Placemaking and
Permanence," is a proposal for an Orphanage in Sichuan Province
URP Research Seminar Series: Florida's maritime
Nov. 24: "Florida's Recreational and Commercial Maritime
Infrastructure: A Decision Support Tool for Assessing Network
Significance," will be presented by members of the UF Law
Conservation Clinic, including Kevin Sharbaugh and Thomas T.
Ankerson, IFAS Assistant in Environmental Law. The
presentation, which will take place at 1:50 p.m., will focus on
Florida's maritime infrastructure and the taxonomy created by
the group, designed as a support tool for planners, policymakers
and maritime stakeholders. Location: ARCH 411
Sarasota Modern Architecture Exhibit
The exhibit "Sarasota Modern: The Sarasota School of
Architecture, 1941-1966," is open in the Smathers
Library second floor exhibition gallery through Dec. 24, featuring
items from the Architecture Archives in the Department of
Special and Area Studies Collections. The gallery is open Monday-
Friday, 9:00 a.m. 4:15 p.m.
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