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Sunday, Dec. 1, was World Aids Day, but HIV/AIDS is a year-round concern for a University of West Florida instructor. The road Dr. Wesley Farr took on his way to working with HIV/AIDS patients had a few turns. “I got interested in infectious disease as a way to do tropical medicine in the early 80s. That’s when I was active-duty Navy overseas. And when I visited programs that had an interest in tropical medicine they told me that there are no research funds anymore for tropical medicine. All of the research funds were going to HIV. That was in 1986, when I was looking for fellowships.”

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Each November is designated Alzheimer’s Awareness month. But researchers at the University of West Florida are working year-round to help detect, treat and one day hopefully cure the disease.

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University of West Florida President Emeritus Judy Bense was among three new members of the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame, inducted Monday night in Orlando. In the second of two parts, WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody spoke with her about her tenure as UWF President.

In 2008, Judy Bense had a number of irons in the fire, including running the School of Anthropology and Archaeology. Then, President John Cavanaugh stepped down to take a position in Pennsylvania. Bense – who was in Mexico at the time -- was asked to take over on an interim basis.

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In our recent report on the 40th anniversary of Hurricane Frederic, much of the focus was the storm’s impact on the large dunes that existed on Pensacola Beach at the time.

Today, we’re taking a closer look at the formation and importance of coastal dunes, ongoing threats, and efforts to grow and stabilize them. 


The director of the University of West Florida’s Center for Cybersecurity has been named by Governor DeSantis to a state task force on cybersecurity.  “I’m truly honored to be nominated to serve on the cybersecurity task force for the state of Florida. It’s great for higher education as well as for our region and the University of West Florida” said Dr. Eman El-Sheikh, a professor of computer science at UWF and the cybersecurity center director.

University of West Florida President Martha Saunders delivered the annual State of the University address, detailing the University’s accomplishments during the just-past school year, and the goals for the current one.

The UWF Singers helped kick off the ceremony at the Center for Fine and Performing Arts, followed by a number of speakers recognizing faculty members and their accomplishments in the 2018-19 term.

Students at the University of West Florida have a new layer of security on campus this year, and it’s right at their fingertips.

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The sun was shining, the humidity was high and the cicadas were singing as car load after car load of new students unloaded their belongings and started moving into the University of West Florida’s dorms for the beginning of a new year. 

A popular administrator at the University of West Florida is adding a new title to her business card.  Dr. Kim LeDuff is now the Vice President of Academic Engagement and Student Affairs at the University of West Florida.

The Department of Academic Engagement at UWF was founded about two  years ago and Dr. LeDuff was its founding vice president.

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The 6th Annual Florida Women Veterans Conference will be held Monday and Tuesday, June 10 and 11, at the University of West Florida, which is one of the nation’s top Military Friendly Schools. This year’s theme is “Women Veterans…We Are One of Many.” 

Those attending will have a chance to network with fellow veterans and learn about job and education opportunities.

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About six months after the departure of Jack Brown, the Escambia County Board of Commissioners have hired a new administrator. Pending contract negotiations, Janice Gilley is expected to take over as the county’s top executive this summer.

It’ll be her second go-round with the county and, yet again, she’ll be coming in at a difficult time.

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After seeing their campus abruptly close last month, students from Virginia College are being offered a chance to see if they may have a future at the University of West Florida.

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As part of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, hundreds of local residents gathered in Historic Seville Square in downtown Pensacola over the weekend for the annual Covenant Care Walk for Alzheimer’s.

The event held in November for the past 12 years, supports the programs and services available to Alzheimer’s patients, their families, and caregivers in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.

Escambia County Supervisor of Elections Office is adding a 9th early voting location for the November 6 General Election at the University of West Florida.

Calling it unconstitutional, Tallahassee Federal Judge Mark Walker in July struck down the ban on campus early voting put in place by Secretary of State Ken Detzner. In his ruling, Walker said it appeared to have been aimed at stopping younger voters from casting ballots.


Alzheimer’s research is getting a boost from the American Association of Retired Persons, which recently announced a major financial commitment to help put development of new drugs on a fast track.

“Alzheimer’s is a 100% fatal disease,” said AARP Florida spokesperson Dave Bruns, referencing the fact that there is currently no cure or treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. “So, this is among the grimmest diagnoses that one can receive and it ranks among AARP members as one of their top fears.”