African Americans have significantly higher rates of hypertension than other racial groups and suffer from more serious negative outcomes associated with the disease. We investigate the sociocultural and biological factors that influence hypertension in African Americans, a group that is underrepresented in research, in Tallahassee, FL. Novel integration of both genetic and social network data allowed us to build and evaluate statistical models that described significant amounts of variation in systolic and diastolic blood pressure. We found that having many family members in one’s social network is associated with higher blood pressure in African Americans. This is important because other studies have shown that African Americans tend to have more family members in their networks than European Americans, which may help explain racial disparities in hypertension. Previous studies have reported that family and family support are often associated with positive health outcomes and can act as a buffer against stress and other factors that contribute to hypertension. Our study suggests that the relationship between family in social networks and health outcomes may be more complicated than previously thought. Interacting with family members or helping to provide for their emotional and financial needs may contribute to stress that significantly negatively impacts health.


Read the Full Article Here

An article Dr. Stepp co-authored with a team out of Duke Univ. (“Are the Ghosts of Nature’s Past Haunting Ecology Today?”) was published in Current Biology on Monday and has been getting a lot of media coverage. See links below to view some of the published features:


Research Feature

Randee Fladeboe is featured in Scientific American for her PhD research on macaws. 

2016-2017 Fellowship Brown-Bag Series

Rothman Faculty Summer Fellow

Tuesday, 18 April – 12:00 – 1:00

Walker Hall 200

Jerusalem 1905: Urban History in the Digital Age

Michelle Campos (Department of History)

This brownbag will discuss Dr. Campos’ “Jerusalem 1905” project, which is a digital history project that stems from, draws on, and accompanies her current book project, “Unmixing the Holy City.” While the book tells the story of the transformation of Jerusalem over a fifty year period from a mixed imperial city to a sectarian colonial and later national capital, the digital history project provides a microhistorical view of the city in one year. In contrast to the academic monograph, the digital history project seeks to draw from and engage the broader public, and to join in the contemporary debate among NGOs, city residents, and various political entities of “whose city is it?”

The centerpiece of the digital project is the 1905 Ottoman census, which captured Jerusalemites across religious, confessional, ethnic, and occupational lines, and as a result reveals a great deal about the social landscape of the city. GIS thematic maps drawn from the census can reveal patterns of segregation, kinship networks, and movement in the city, among other things. However, census data alone does not tell us anything about the causes for residential patterns, the longevity of people’s residence, the nature of urban life, or the connections and social networks that people had in the city and beyond. For this, layered sources are an important part of the digital urban story.

This event is part of the 2016-17 Fellowship Brown-Bag Series, which features informal talks by the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere’s Rothman Faculty Summer Fellows, Tedder Doctoral Fellows, and Rothman Doctoral Fellows. Fellows will speak for 20-30 minutes in length about their funded work, leaving ample time for questions and discussion.




Paper Presentations – All are welcome!

ANG 6421 Landscape – Place – Dwelling
Prof. Susan Gillespie

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
1208H Turlington Hall
10:00 am-12:30pm

10:00-10:15    Terry Barbour: “Anchoring in the Gulf: Trans-Species Building and Dwelling in the Lower Suwannee River Valley, Florida”
10:15-10:20    Q&A

10:20-10:35    Anthony Boucher: “Referencing the Archaic in a Woodland Period Landscape on Florida’s Northern Gulf Coast”
10:35-10:40     Q&A

10:40-10:55    Nicolas Delsol: “Making a Place for Slaughter in Antigua, Guatemala: New Practices and Collectives in the Outskirts of a Spanish Colonial City”
10:55-11:00    Q&A

11:00-11:10    break

11:10-11:25    Mary (Liz) Ibarrola: “Freedom in Florida: 19th Century Maroons and the Making of a Frontier”
11:25-11:30     Q&A

11:30-11:45    Matthew Rooney: “Making a Home among the Homeless of Tampa”
11:45-11:50    Q&A

11:50-12:05    Tim Murray: “‘That Inuksuk on the Hill’: Wayfinding, Embodiment, and the Inuit Taskscape”
12:05-12:10    Q&A

12:10-12:30    Discussion

March for Science – Gainesville

On Saturday, April 22 (Earth Day), citizens around the country will be marching to express a collective respect for science-broadly defined. Along with 362 other communities around the country, Gainesville will also be hosting a march to express our love of science, our gratitude for how it has improved our lives, and our commitment to fact-based government policy.

The march will gather at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at 10 am, leaving for Bo Diddley Plaza at 11.

Following the march, we will have a rally with speakers from UF and the community, as well as outreach activities, and food trucks.

Please join us on April 22!

For updates:

Submitted by Lori Altmann, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences