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Dr. Joseph Spaniola has spent 37 years composing and arranging music. For the last nine years he has drawn on these skills to teach students in the music department at the University of West Florida. His classes range from music theory to the history of rock ’n’ roll.

“Preparing the professional musicians of tomorrow,” is the way Spaniola describes his teaching life, and he thinks instilling a sense of inquisitiveness and  the determination to stay focused are his main duties as director of music theory and jazz studies.   

Beginning August 1, all tobacco and related products will be prohibited on the University of West Florida campus.

UWF will join about 1,100 campuses nationwide, including 26 across Florida,  in going tobacco and smoke-free. Patsy Barrington in the Exercise Science and Community Health Department says work on the policy began a couple of years ago.

“The reason it came about is because a campus-wide policy did not exist,” said Barrington. “There were policies in certain areas on campus. The Commons had a policy, but nothing that addressed campus-wide.”

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There are no common defining moments or traits that determine when gender identity becomes set for human beings, but there is evidence that the understanding of where individuals fit starts at birth.

How people develop their gender identity was the topic of biologist and gender studies scholar Dr. Anne Fausto-Sterling’s keynote presentation to cap the University of West Florida’s 15th Annual Women’s Studies Conference Monday evening.

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University of West Florida art professor Thomas Asmuth continues to forge a reputation as an innovative explorer of experimental media by blending art, science and technology.

Along with colleague Sara Gevurtz, a Virginia Commonwealth University instructor who has a biology and environmental science background, Asmuth is working on a Florida Research Fellowship-funded project that uses remotely operated submersibles to collect data and images of the turbidity of water.

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A sun-kissed slice of beach owned by the University of West Florida can provide a perfect laboratory for students.

Dr. Phillip Schmutz, an assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at UWF, and students in his geomorphology class took advantage of that setting on a recent Sunday. They took a field trip and used different measurement techniques to survey the University’s beach property.

“We were conducting both dune and beach survey measurements, looking at vegetation across the dune, as well as swash zone measurements,” Schmutz said.

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Two University of West Florida professors, Dr. Richard Hough and Dr. Kimberly McCorkle
wrote a textbook “American Homicide” to fill a gap in the publishing market.

“Existing books tend to focus on serial killers, mass murders, school shootings and cult killings,” Hough said. “People fear these things, but they actually make up a very small percentage of homicides.”

Think before you click on a link, regularly check your social media security settings and pay more attention to what information you could accidentally reveal in a “selfie” posted online.

Those were some of the tips given by a cybersecurity expert who spoke March 9 at the University of West Florida Conference Center.

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The highly invasive lionfish has been become a dominant predator since it was first documented in the Gulf off Pensacola in 2010.

Armed with venomous spines, a voracious appetite and no natural predator, it’s common to find 50 to 60 lionfish on just one reef, said Andy Ross with the Gulf Coast Lionfish Coalition.
But what native species are these aggressive invaders eating?

“That’s what you guys are here to help us figure out,” University of West Florida professor Jeff Eble recently told students in a marine biology class at Gulf Breeze High School.

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The search has begun to find a replacement for University of West Florida President Judy Bense. 

They are very early in the process. The committee, led  by Board of Trustees Vice Chairman Mort O’Sullivan approved the hiring of Greenfield Asher as the advisory search firm on February 2. One of the first things they've been asked to do is participate and lead open interactions with all the parties involved with the university to get input on what they want in a new president.

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Whether you’re looking for traditional art or something more innovative, the current exhibit at The Art Gallery, or “TAG,” as it is called, delivers.

The Art Gallery is inside building 82 on the University of West Florida campus. With about 40 pieces in various media, the show, called “TAGGED,” highlights the work of UWF students.

“Every exhibit is different,” said gallery curator and director Nicholas Croghan. “To see the artists’ craftsmanship, their hand in the process is really great.”

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An internationally recognized scholar on the Dead Sea Scrolls recently told crowds here about the religious significance of the ancient texts and detailed the lives of the scribes who wrote them.  

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The Nursing Program at the University of West Florida received a large gift this week. Dr. Ermalynn Kiehl, the Dean of the College of Health at UWF says the D.W. McMillan Foundation, a local non-profit, has donated $250,000 to the University's Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program. That's UWF’s undergraduate nursing program.

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Experience a bit of musical theater history when the University of West Florida puts on a production of a classic favorite. About a dozen UWF students comprise the cast of “Oklahoma!” and Assistant Professor Sara Schock directs them. Audiences can expect to feel as if they are taking a trip back in time.

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While ancient Rome’s upper class is well-chronicled in history books, little is known about the swath of less well-to-do citizens who accounted for the bulk of the empire’s population.

“People without history is often what we call them in anthropology,” said Dr. Kristina Killgrove, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of West Florida.

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For poet Jeff Newberry, a recent presentation for the University of West Florida’s Visiting Writers and Scholars Series was a homecoming, of sorts.
 

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