culture, and disease
Why do we *V ,
get sick? Why do
we get diseases
like cancer and
ones scientists call
Is it something in
something we do or
in our genes? Why Connie Mulligan
do some people,
more than others, seem more prone to
These questions are at the heart
of new research in the Department
of An rl.. p..l.. ., and the Genetics
Institute. Our work is combining
genetic and sociocultural data to
investigate risk factors for hypertension.
Lance Gravlee, a medical anthropologist,
and I are studying hypertension because
it is a condition subject to family history
(genes) and also the environment
(what you eat, how much money you
make, etc.) Furthermore, it is subject
to biological and psychological factors
such as stress, which may result from
racial discrimination and help explain
why African Americans have a high
prevalence of hypertension.
For more information on this
research, visit www.clas.ufl.edu/users/
research/ and www.plosone.org/article/
info%3Adoi% 2F10.1371% 2Fjournal.
pone.0006821. For information on a
community collaboration project in
Connie ,Iull.,;/, u
Associate Director, UF Genetics Institute
Innovation Square plans
University of Florida and Shands
HealthCare officials recently unveiled
conceptual drawings of the Innovation
Square research park planned for South-
west Second Avenue. Formerly the site of
Shands at AGH, the park will help link the
UF campus to downtown Gainesville.
The drawings are considered a starting
point for discussion on how the area will
develop in the next 10 to 20 years. For
more of this story, visit http://news.ufl.
The University of Florida
Office of Sustainability will host
the second annual Sustainable
Solutions Awards as part of the
"40 Days of Change for the Earth"
for Earth Day 2010. Nominations
will be accepted through March 26,
and the awards will be announced on
April 21 at UF'S Earth Day Celebration.
For more information, visit http://www.
The Foundation for The Gator Nation
Students assist rural
Floridians and gain insight
to unique culture
The eyes of several University of Florida students were opened by more than just sunshine during
the recent spring break. The group was exposed to a unique culture while using arts to deliver health
messages in an area known as Florida's F_. .rrn, Coast."
A group of students from the College of Fine Arts, along with a few faculty members, traveled
across Florida's Panhandle to the Apalachicola Bay of Franklin County. Jill Sonke, director of the UF
Center for the Arts in Healthcare, led the UF team in a project titled AIM for the Panhandle. The
project focused on assisting the rural community by collecting local oystermen's histories, providing
free health screenings and creating a collaborative outdoor mural for a region suffering from a strug-
gling oyster industry.
The area's major industry, oyster harvesting, has been devastated by freezing weather and upriver
flooding. In February, Franklin County commissioners declared a local state of emergency. Less than
two weeks later, the USDA declared the county an agricultural disaster area.
The conditions have resulted in job loss for many seafood workers, particularly oystermen and
women. Sonke said many of the local families have lost their homes or are without electricity or run-
ning water because of the lost income.
UF has partnered with the local BayAid program to provide for the emergency needs of the suffer-
ing families that number between 1,000 and 1,300 in the Apalachicola area. Sonke said coordinating
with the local program helped the small-town community of less than 2,500 people be more open to
the help of outsiders.
The UF team immersed themselves in the rare culture before and during the project. They read
several pieces of local literature prior to the trip, and stayed with local families during the project.
While reaching out to this community through the various art and health projects, the UF team
broadened their perspective of Floridian life.
"The experience has opened their eyes to a different style of culture," City Administrator Betty
Webb said. "It is such a different location and people."
By Kristie Andres
I~ 0 0Caena
Harn Museum of Art presents "Deimantas Narkevicius, short
films," 7:30 pm. Student admission $3; members free.
Call 352-392-9826 for more information.
SFree screenings, UF Speech and Hearing
Clinic,1405 N.W. 13th St., Suites B, C, 11:30
a.m. 1 p.m. No appointment necessary. Call
352-273-0542 for more information.
SummerA/C advance registration begins.
UFPA presents "One Night of Queen" per-
formed by Gary Mullen and The Works, 7:30
p.m. Phillips Center. Admission fee. Call 352-392-
2787 for more information.
Free screenings, UF Speech and Hearing Clinic, 1405 N.W. 13th
St., Suites B, C, 11:30 a.m. 1 p.m. No appointment necessary. Call
352-273-0542 for more information.
This is a sampling of events from the electronic UF calendar.
j For more event details, or to submit an event to the calendar,
click"UF Calendar" at www.insideuf.ufl.edu.
Produced by the
University Relations Office
for faculty, staff and students
Editor Susan Stewart
March 23, 2010
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The 2010 Census is coming
Information from the 2010 U.S. Census will help allocate
important funding that impacts Gainesville and the University of
Off-campus households should complete a single form and
mail it by April 1. Campus residents will receive instructions from
their facilities' staff. Students are not included on their parents'
forms unless the student's full-time residence as of April 1 is with
his or her parents.
For more information, visit www.2010.census.gov.