"So you do
research on diseases
when did you
become a medi-
cal doctor?" is a
question I regularly
hear. I'm actually
a geographer. In
the past, medical
doctors were nearly.nr
the only ones doing Andrew Tatem
but recently things have been changing.
Today, disease-related research projects
need skills that are found across campus.
This was illustrated by a recent project
exploring malaria elimination on Zan-
zibar. We needed medical doctors and
biologists to obtain malaria and mos-
quito data, geographers and statisticians
to map disease risk, climatologists to
address seasonal risk, sociologists to help
quantify human travel, mathematicians
and computer scientists to model malaria
transmission, economists to estimate the
costs of eliminating malaria, and lawyers
to explore plan implementation.
Just a snapshot of the skills needed,
this shows why UF's Emerging Patho-
gens Institute (www.epi.ufl.edu) has
been established. By fusing disciplines,
EPI will develop outreach, education
and research capabilities designed to
preserve Florida's health and economy,
and to prevent or contain new and re-
Emerging Pathogens Institute,
Department of Geography
myUFL gets upgrade
Work has begun to upgrade the myUFL
financial systems. The project is sched-
uled for completion in March 2011.
The myUFL system provides
faculty, staff and students with
around-the-clock access to online
business applications, and has an
average of 14,000 daily visits.
UF to be tobacco-free
To promote the health and
well-being of faculty, staff, and stu-
dents, the University of Florida will be
going tobacco-free effective July 1. The use
of cigarettes or other tobacco products in
UF buildings, parking lots, or in vehicles
in these areas, will be prohibited.
A number of programs have been offered
to assist employees, students and their fami-
lies in kicking the habit prior to July 1. For
more information, call 352-392-5787.
Final spring edition today
This is InsideUF's final print edition of
the semester. The biweekly publication will
resume during fall semester. Visit www.
insideuf.ufl.edu for daily campus news.
UF UNIVERSITY of
The Foundation for The Gator Nation
The UF RAD course includes opportunities for women to practice resistance moves.
RAD teaches safety strategies
"No, don't touch me! Get back. Stay away!" one woman loudly screamed.
It's not typical classroom sounds, but this is no ordinary class. Approximately 20 women -
University of Florida employees and students watch as one woman fights her attackers.
Two specially trained male University Police Department officers and a
female class leader serve as "attackers" in this Rape Aggression Defense class.
RAD is a national organization that teaches defensive options to
women and children. RAD includes a workbook, lecture, discussions and
opportunity to practice resistance moves.
"I was surprised at how empowering the class is," UF employee and
class attendee Shannon Cheek said. "Women walk away with a lot of
According to Jeff Lamb, UPD officer and coordinator of the UF RAD
program, promoting safe thinking and behavior is essential.
"I want women to learn that they do not have to be polite or remain in a
situation where they are uncomfortable," Lamb said.
For several volunteers, the class is a labor of love. Officer Scott Summers regularly puts on a hot,
heavy safety suit on days off work from UPD, and encourages women to scream and hit him. Tina
Lamb and Joy Noll, certified RAD instructors, use vacation time from their jobs as UF financial aid
coordinators to instruct other women.
Tina Lamb assists her husband, Jeff, in the lecture and serves as an "attacker." Noll wears a
whistle and ensures that safety standards are constantly upheld.
UF RAD classes are free for students and employees. Employees may attend during work hours,
with supervisor approval. Basic Physical Defense, a prerequisite for advanced courses, will be offered
on April 21, 22 and 23, from 1 to 5 p.m. Employees may register at myUFL. For more information
on adult classes, visit http://www.police.ufl.edu/pdf files/RAD%20Brochure%202007.
For information on RADkids, a personal empowe
www.radkids.org or e-mail Officer James Thomas,
spring classes end.
W April 22-23
Reading days. No classes.
April 24, 26-30
UF Speech and Hearing Clinic Free Screenings, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 1405
NW 13th St., Suites B and C.
April 29-30, May 1-2
Summer B advanced registration, continued through June 24.
Summer A/C classes begin.
Summer B regular registration begins.
Weekend tours, 11 a.m., every Saturday, and docent-led tours, 2 p.m.,
every Saturday and Sunday, Harn Museum of Art.
This is a sampling of events from the electronic UF calendar.
For more event details, or to submit an event to the calendar, click
"UF Calendar" at www.insideuf.ufl.edu.
rment safety course, visit
By Susan Stewart
so ur es
Produced by the
University Relations Office
for faculty, staff and students
Editor Susan Stewart
April 20, 2010
Biomedical Sciences Building
to be dedicated
The new Biomedical Sciences Building dedication and
academic program will be held on May 11.
The building is a $75 million, 160,000 square-foot inter-
disciplinary facility that houses researchers affiliated with the
College of Medicine, College of Public Health and Health
Professions, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, as well
as the research and administrative operations of the College of
Engineering's J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Bio-
Guest speakers will make
presentations from 12:15
to 1:45 p.m. at the Health
Professions, Nursing and
Pharmacy Auditorium. The
dedication will be 2 to 3 p.m.
at the Biomedical Sciences --
Building, 1275 Center Drive.