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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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Bob Dekle -- the man who prosecuted serial killer Ted Bundy’s final murder charge -- spoke of the experience at the University of West Florida Wednesday night.

Ted Bundy escaped custody in late 1977 while awaiting trial in the death of a young Colorado woman. He made his way to Florida where in January, 1978, he murdered two women at Florida State University’s Chi Omega sorority house.  A few days later he kidnapped and murdered 12-year-old Kimberly Leach in Lake City -- his youngest and final victim.

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  Audiences can hear the University of West Florida’s Symphonic Band at the Music Department’s first spring concert. The free event is at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb, 23, at the Little Theatre in downtown Pensacola’s historic district. 

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Police and public interactions have been under scrutiny as more departments across the country require video surveillance of officers, first with vehicle mounted dash-cams and more recently body worn cameras, or BWCs.

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Dozens of adults marched like soldiers, waddled like penguins and pretended to climb invisible ladders inside the Bayview Center during a recent Saturday morning.

Why such playfulness? They were preschool caregivers, and they were wiggling for University of West Florida professors Debra Vinci and Christopher Wirth. The official name of the program is “Let’s Wiggle With 5 2 1 0: Promoting Physical Activity and Healthy Eating in Childcare Settings.”

Pensacola residents appreciate their law enforcement and parks, but are less pleased with transportation and infrastructure, according to a new citywide survey.

The University of West Florida’s Haas Business Center was commissioned by the city to conduct the telephone survey during the last quarter of 2015. A similar review was done the previous year, which project leader Amy Newburn says had more components.

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