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Heart of the Matter (1/31/2023) by Jana Anderson - February is the month we bring awareness to both Black History and American Heart health. I’m a Black health and wellness educator, so as you might imagine, both topics are near and dear to my heart! Black history month honors Black Americans’ many achievements throughout U.S. history. It’s celebrated in many ways, but culturally traditional… more
The Art and Science of Becoming a Jazz-singing Entomologist (2/26/2021) by Meredith Oglesby - When his eyes are not focused on insects like mosquitos, Decyo “DJ” McDuffie can be found on stage looking past the blinding spotlight at his audience, singing jazz music. As a senior entomology and nematology student in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences,… more
Pamela Bradford Voices of UF/IFAS: Pamela Bradford (2/25/2021) by Ralph Mitchell - Name: Pamela Bradford Position: Extension Agent II – Hillsborough EFNEP Supervisor Current city: Tampa Hometown: Memphis, TN Years at UF/IFAS: 12.5 Describe your role at UF/IFAS: I manage the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) which is a USDA/NIFA funded program to provide basic nutrition education to limited-resource families in Hillsborough County. How did… more
Joseph Larkin in a lab Voices of UF/IFAS – Dr. Joseph Larkin (2/23/2021) by kpopa - Name: Joseph Larkin III, PhD Position: Associate Professor, Microbiology and Cell Science Current city: Gainesville Florida Hometown: Savannah GA Years at UF/IFAS: Well…I attended the University of Florida on a National merit scholarship from 1992-1996 where I earned a BS in Microbiology and Cell Science, obtained my Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of Florida… more
Celebrating Black Innovators in Extension (2/23/2021) by Tom Obreza - During Black History Month we celebrate the contributions of Black Americans who have made UF/IFAS Extension what it is today. Many of the things that make our educational programs recognizable come from innovations made by Black scientists, educators and farmers. Take our outreach methods, for example. The vans and trailers Extension agents pull up with… more
Norma Samuel in a field holding eggplants Voices of UF/IFAS – Dr. Norma Samuel (2/16/2021) by Barbara L. Edmonds - Name: Dr. Norma Samuel Position: Associate District Extension Director, Central District Extension Agent IV, Florida-Friendly Landscaping and Urban Horticulture UF-IFAS Extension, Sumter County Current city: Resides in Ocala, but office location is The Villages Hometown: Golden Grove, Antigua, West Indies Years at UF/IFAS: Just over 15 years Describe your role at UF/IFAS: I educate residents… more
Tennille Herron in a botanical garden Voice of UF/IFAS – Dr. Tennille Herron (2/11/2021) by April Martin - Name: Dr. Tennille Herron Position: IT Manager, Web Services Hometown: Jacksonville, FL …DUUUUUUUUUUVAL! Years at UF/IFAS: I have worked for UF/IFAS for 8 and UF for 16 years. Describe your role at UF/IFAS: I am responsible for overseeing and providing strategic direction for the UF/IFAS Digital Ecosystem which consists of approximately 500+ domains, websites, and… more
Project VI: Florida Extension in the Era of Segregation (2/13/2014) by Darryl Palmer - For its first fifty years, there were two extension services in Florida—one for whites and one for African-Americans. The South had been racially segregated since the 1870s, the end of the reconstruction period following the Civil War. At that time, many southern states including Florida passed so-called “Jim Crow” laws that created separate facilities and… more

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