Winter 2005 News Briefs

President Machen Kicks Off Faculty Initiative An initiative to recruit and retain faculty was announced this past fall by University of Florida President James Bernard Machen. The UF Faculty Challenge aims to make UF one of the nation’s premier research universities by raising $150 million to increase

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What We Do For a Living

When you meet new people in a social situation, one of the factors that shapes your first impression is occupation. When you tell someone you are a lawyer, I’ll bet a myriad of responses occur. Unfortunately, some people gravitate toward the negative images of the legal profession and too often

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Comfterble with Language?

By Gertrude Block Lecturer Emeritus President Eisenhower was known for his failure to finish sentences. President Bush is known for his mispronunciations, but even people who don’t usually notice such things groan when he says “nucular.” In his second State of the Union speech, he

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Public Interest Environmental Conference

A small-town teacher who secured a $5 million community development fund as well as relocation funds for the entire neighborhood from Shell Chemicals was the keynote speaker at the student-run Public Interest Environmental Conference. Margie Eugene Richard, winner of the 2004 Goldman Prize for Environmental

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SOCIAL SECURITY: Where’s the Fire?

The debate over the current state of Social Security continues to take center stage nationally as President Bush presses the case for his private accounts and “progressive indexing” proposals. So far, the president has made little headway in selling his plan to the American public or to

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