New dean reflects on
No engineer is
The most suc-
selves in the lives
of the people
finding ways to
make life better
for everyone. They Cammy Abernathy
spend their careers in the service of
others, solving practical problems and
meeting tangible needs. Their passion
for people motivates them to do the
unexpected, attempt the risky and at-
tain the impossible.
The best engineers the ones truly
destined to make a difference reflex-
ively reach beyond cultural, temporal
and disciplinary boundaries. They
understand that isolationism is a death
sentence to creativity, but embracing
differences cultivates innovation.
lege of Engineering, this is the kind of
culture we encourage, and our students
are heavily recruited as a result. It also
allows us to create new interdisciplin-
ary programs attacking problems from
a variety of perspectives. Because of our
people and our broad array of research
initiatives, our college has the opportu-
nity to be a leader in this new approach
to addressing issues in energy, health
care, sustainable infrastructure and the
environment, information technology,
nanotechnology, and a myriad of other
questions facing society.
It's an exciting time to be a new
dean of engineering especially Gator
Dean, College ofEngineering
Do undocumented immigrants have
certain protections under the U.S. Constitu-
tion? Where, and under what historical con-
text, do our country's constitutional ideals
and practical immigration policies intersect?
Explore these and other fascinating ques-
tions regarding U.S. immigration policy
during the University of Florida Constitu-
tion Day Program, scheduled for 10:30
a.m. to noon, Sept. 17, in Room 282 of
the Reitz Student Union. The
program will include expert
by a panel discussion i *
and audience Q&A.
Hosted by the Levin K
College of Law, UF's
Program is free and
open to the public.
The event also will
be available for viewing
online as a webcast at
www.law.ufl.edu. For more information,
call Lindy Brounley at 352-273-0655 or
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The Foundation for The Gator Nation
A Shrimp School participant gives some shrimp a snill test.
Something's fishy about
this international class
With 90 percent of shrimp being imported to the U.S., American consumers can thank the
University of Florida for keeping their favorite seafood safe, fresh and tasty.
UF's Shrimp School is an annual training program to educate shrimp processors and regula-
tors from all over the world. The three-day training program, organized by Steven Otwell of the
Aquatic Foods Products Lab at UF, has been held each summer since 1995.
"The class is already full for next year," said Laura Garrido, Shrimp School coordinator. "I don't
have to advertise anymore.
The popularity of Shrimp School has spread mostly by word-of-mouth, and students are en-
rolled on a first-come basis. While the ideal class size is 25 students, recent years' classes have been
capped at 50 students.
Attendees often include shrimp suppliers and buyers, plant managers, representatives from
private food labs, vice presidents of quality control and assurance, and chefs. Some of this year's
attendees included representatives from supermarkets, research labs and seafood processors and
distributors. Attendees receive a certificate for completing the course.
"I found Shrimp School to be a very educational experience in many aspects," said Casey
Marion, a seafood specialist at the Jacksonville-based Beaver Street Fisheries, which imports frozen
seafood from more than 50 countries.
The course is taught by UF faculty and U.S. Food and Drug Administration representatives.
"We bring the world experts (to teach the class)," Garrido said.
Shrimp School is taught in a classroom, as well as a lab, to give the students hands-on experi-
ence. In the lab, students perform a sensory evaluation to determine how shrimp should look, feel,
taste and smell.
"Each day we had the opportunity to work with FDA sensory experts who took us on a cali-
bration process of smelling different odor standards that represent the freshest of quality to the
absolute worst smelling odors you can think of," Marion said.
By Sara Gaylord
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Lecture by Photographer David Taylor, Harn Museum of Art, 7 p.m.
Constitution Day activities, Levin College of Law, 10:30 a.m. to noon
Fall withdrawal, all courses, with 25-percent refund
Fall degree applications deadline
Florida Museum of Natural History presents Starry Night,
5 to 10 p.m.
Sesame Street Live: Elmo's Green Thumb, O'Connell Center,
Sept. 22-23, times vary
A Streetcar Named Desire, College of Fine Arts School of Theater
and Dance, Sept. 18-27, times vary
Butterflies and Moths in Contemporary Zuni Art, Florida Museum
of Natural History, every day through Jan. 3, 2010
This is a sampling of events from the electronic UF calendar
For more event details, or to submit an event to the calendar,
Sclick"UF Calendar" at www.insideuf.ufl.edu.
Produced by the
University Relations Office
for faculty, staff and students
Editor Susan Stewart
September 15, 2009
ESPN highlights SEC research
The University of Florida has joined with the 11 other Southeastern
Conference institutions in launching the SEC Academic Network,
a Web site designed to showcase the schools' academic and research
endeavors, economic development and more.
The site, www.secacademicnetwork.com, was developed with tech-
nology and coordination from ESPN Digital Media and Origin Digital.
Current UF videos include a hurricane simulator, air-cooled shoul-
der pads, a robotic car and Gatorade. New videos will be added weekly.
Contact Dan Williams, firstname.lastname@example.org, with submission ideas.
Site shares community service ideas
The University of Florida "Colleges with a Conscience" Web site
has become more efficient because of improved search features that
were added over the summer.
The Web site, http://www.urel.ufl.edu/communityRelations/
commOutreach.html, originally was created six months ago. It is a
one-stop location to learn more about community service initiatives
sponsored by UF faculty, students and staff.