University of North Florida

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The holidays are coming early for some Jacksonville children with disabilities. On Friday evening, they’re getting special vehicles and toys modified just for them.

University of North Florida students adapted the toys as part of a class that meshes engineering and physical therapy.

On Thursday, students were putting the finishing touches on the cars they’re upgrading for eight lucky patients, like Brycen, who has Down syndrome. His vehicle is a mini BMW with lots of customization.

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New research from the University of North Florida finds a link between poor memory and pessimism.

At the same time, researchers were surprised to find young people were more pessimistic than older people.


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As the work week comes to an end, let WJCT's interns Kayla Davis, Blake Allen and Andre Roman be your guides for art, culture and fun on the First Coast.

 

Tuesday on First Coast Connect, we hosted a conversation about the Electoral College with Jacksonville University political science professor Stephen Baker and visiting professor of history at the University of North Florida Yanek Mieczkowski. We were also joined by Sen. Aaron Bean and pastor Lance Jones, who spoke about the new Outreach Center of the Journey Church in Yulee that helps feed those in need. Former pro golfer Jeff Klauk then joined host Melissa Ross to talk about Perfect Golf Events, and author Christopher Phillips spoke about his latest book, “The Philosophy of Childing: Unlocking Curiosity, Creativity and Reason through the Wisdom of Our Youngest.” 


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 Story updated 11/22 at 5:30 p.m. with additional interviews.

Thanks to a big federal grant, the University of North Florida plans to prepare more people to teach Duval County students from other countries.


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Over the last decade, a Jacksonville mom has raised more than $123,000 to help veterans finish college in Jacksonville.

The Josh Watkins Memorial Tennis Tournament is helping other soldiers accomplish something her son never got to do.


Most pollsters dropped the ball on Election Day predicting Hillary Clinton would be elected President. Thursday on First Coast Connect we were joined by Dr. Michael Binder, Public Opinion Research Lab director at the University of North Florida to talk what pollsters got wrong and why. We also spoke with John Fails and Nathan Crocker from Bunker Labs of Jacksonville, which helps local veterans who want to start their own business. Jax Sports Council director Alan Verlander joined us to talk about the annual Light Boat Parade which has been rescheduled  to the day before the Taxslayer Bowl.  


Our weekly Media Roundtable featured Florida Times-Union reporter Larry Hannan; WJCT reporter Ryan Benk; WJCT business analyst John Burr and A.G. Gancarski of Florida Politics. Host Melissa Ross also spoke with Dr. Trishna Patel, medical director for mammography at the Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center and Hill Breast Center from about some of the latest developments in mammography and Jessica Santiago joined us by phone to talk about the new urban arts project in Jacksonville, Art (Re)Public. 


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As the work week comes to an end, let WJCT's interns Kayla Davis, Blake Allen and Andre Roman be your guides for art, culture and fun on the First Coast.

Smells Like Grunge, Nirvana tribute band at 1904 Music Hall

In the wake of the Wells Fargo scandal, we heard from University of North Florida professor Paul Fadil. He and his colleague Bruce Fortado authored a study several years ago that predicted problems banks might face in the drive to find new customers and revenue . In our latest edition of First Coast Success, Karen Brune Mathis spoke with Daily’s founder Aubrey Edge. Host Melissa Ross talked to Rock Steady Boxing — Amelia Island co-founders Mary Anne Sharer and Guy Petty about their work with Parkinson’s patients and Cole Pepper told us about another Jaguars loss and a sad sports weekend. 


A recent study of the health of the St. Johns River was released. Host Melissa Ross spoke with the authors Dr. Gerard Pinto from Jacksonville University and University of North Florida’s Dr. Radha Pyati, along with Jimmy Orth, executive director of the St. John Riverkeeper. We also heard from Jason Mehta with the U.S. Attorney’s office about a recent settlement with Coastal Spine and Pain of Jacksonville over medically unnecessary drug screenings. 
Mayo Clinic cardiologist Dr. Thomas Flipse and heart transplant recipient Elmo Aquino talked about the First Coast Heart Walk, which will be held Saturday at Metropolitan Park. 


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The good news about the St. Johns River is that nitrogen levels are down and there is a drop in overall emissions of toxic chemicals in the region but algae blooms are still a major concern.

Those are some of the findings of the ninth annual St. Johns River Report.

The report is a collaboration between Jacksonville University, the University of North Florida, Florida Southern College and Valdosta State.        

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The University of North Florida gives students one of best educations for the money, according to one national magazine.

UNF is one of three Florida schools in the top 30 in the Southeastern U.S, said Washington Monthly Magazine


Our Friday Media Roundtable  featured discussion about the Harvard study that sharply criticizes Duval County for the number of convicts it sends to death row, they also looked at the latest University of North Florida poll. The SHARE and SEED Academy is performing “The Wiz” on Saturday and we heard about the “Sing Out Loud Festival” kicking off Friday night in St. Augustine.

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The University of North Florida’s new student recreation center, Field House, is being recognized for its environmentally sustainable construction.

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