The University of West Florida Archeology Institute has received a grant to explore the remains of a Spanish fleet in Pensacola Bay. The $290,000 grant is support from the Florida Division of Historical Resources. Dr. Gregory Cook is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at UWF who teaches shipwreck and nautical archeology. He says the Special Category Grant from the state will help expand the university's study of the ships under Pensacola Bay.
The attack on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo that left a dozen people dead in Paris has shocked people around the world. It is also putting a spotlight on the strained relations between French society and Muslim immigrants. WUWF's Bob Barrett spoke about the situation with Dr. Michelle Williams, a professor of political science at the University of West Florida and an expert on European politics.
A report released Monday from the Haas Center at the University of West Florida contradicts an earlier report on payday loans in Florida. The Research Institute on Social and Economic Policy at Florida International University in Miami released a report in late summer that said the Pensacola region was responsible for close to 40 percent of the state’s payday loan transactions in 2012, far more than any other metropolitan area in Florida.
The University of West Florida has announced a new Industry Research Matching Grants Program to encourage the growth of research at the university and at businesses in Northwest Florida. Dr. Brice Harris, the director of Strategic Initiatives for the Office of Economic Development and Engagement at the University of West Florida says there is $1.5 million available in the program.
AIM - "Attack Infant Mortality", is a collaboration between the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County, the University of West Florida and other are agencies dedicated to infant health. They say the health of newborns begins long before a woman decides to have a baby.
The University of West Florida is giving its best students a quicker pathway to a law degree. On Wednesday they announced a new partnership with the FSU College of Law.
UWF President Dr. Judy Bense made the announcement Wednesday afternoon that the University is partnering with Florida State University in a new "three plus three" law degree program. The program allows students to earn both a bachelor's degree and a law degree in six years between the two schools. Bense says the program will save students a year of college time and expense.
The University of West Florida highlighted its successes and challenges Wednesday morning at its annual State of the University Ceremony.
After the presentation of the colors UWF music student Easton Ellenberg performed Edward MacDowell's March Wind to a standing room crowd at the UWF Commons Auditorium. It was the opening act to UWF President Dr. Judy Bense's 2014 state of the University speech.