September 24, 2022

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Attorney Scot Strems is the 'poster child' of the insurance crisis

A year out of law school, Scot Strems left his job as a public defender in 2008 to hang out his shingle. His days had been spent in county court on traffic and misdemeanor cases. Strems figured once on his own, he would start in criminal defense work and eventually move into civil litigation. Read more »
Published on 9/8/2022

Tennis sees resurgence during the pandemic

It's 90-plus degrees on a weekday morning in mid-July, but the 64-acre campus of the U.S. Tennis Association in Lake Nona is hopping. On 12 collegiate courts at the northeast corner of campus, summer camp participants are practicing serves and returns. Across the grounds in the tournament area, the nation's top players in the boys' 12-and-under division are battling it out in the national clay court championships. And inside the welcome center, younger summer camp players are milling about the pro shop and ducking into the Netpost Grill with their parents for a bite to eat. Read more »
Published on 9/7/2022

Miami-based Mind&Melody uses music to lift seniors' spirits

Cristina Rodriguez moved with her family from Caracas, Venezuela, to Miami at age 7 and has been playing the cello since she was 10. In her freshman year of high school, she noticed that many kids in her advanced classes also played an instrument and wondered if there was something to that. She began reading about music and the brain, and one book, Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks, helped chart her life course. Read more »
Published on 9/6/2022

Florida Icon: Rhonda Shear

You can find love after 40. You can start a new career after 40. It's never too late to start over. Read more »
Published on 9/6/2022

OnChain Studios has signed a multi-year partnership with Mattel for its Cryptoys NFT platform

OnChain Studios has signed a multi-year partnership with Mattel for its Cryptoys NFT platform and raised $23 million in funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Dapper Labs and Mattel. Read more »
Published on 8/31/2022

UF Veterinary Hospital opens at World Equestrian Center in Ocala

The University of Florida Veterinary Hospital at World Equestrian Center in Ocala recently opened. Services at the 40,000-sq.-ft. facility include diagnostic imaging, rehabilitation and sports medicine with a combination of advanced diagnostic imaging technology. Local pet owners can also use the facility. Read more »
Published on 8/31/2022

Dr. Maria Hatara explores the connection between the gut and children's mental health

Researchers are investigating the connection between gut health and mental health. Dr. Maria Hatara, a gastroenterologist with Tampa General Hospital's Gastro Group of the Palm Beaches, answered questions about the connection and children. Read more »
Published on 8/31/2022

Two Northwest Florida hospitals add pediatric care to their facilities

Ascension Sacred Heart Bay at Panama City Beach has added a pediatric emergency services clinic. The facility is the Studer Family Children's Hospital's fourth pediatric emergency room department in Northwest Florida. Read more »
Published on 8/31/2022

UF/FSU study helps teens stick with taking their heart medications after a heart transplant

Getting adolescent heart transplant patients to take the medications they need is a constant challenge — whether it's the added responsibility of multiple medications or just teenage resistance. Read more »
Published on 8/31/2022

Golisano Children's Health Center opens a virtual reality chemotherapy room

Over the years, numerous studies have shown that distractions and relaxation techniques can significantly alleviate some of the negative effects of chemotherapy, such as nausea, pain and anxiety. Read more »
Published on 8/31/2022

Palm Beach homeowners wanting renovations and new construction face challenges with Architectural Commission

Like a lot of people in the pandemic, Sylvester and Jennifer Stallone came to Florida and bought a home. The house they purchased via a trust has five bedrooms, six full baths, 10,539 square feet under air, an elevator and key-shaped pool. It sits on a one-acre lot fronting the Intracoastal near the northern tip of the island of Palm Beach. Read more »
Published on 8/31/2022

Florida's new Secretary of the Department of Management Services to oversee state's IT infrastructure

Former U.S. Department of Homeland Security official Pedro Allende has been appointed Florida's new Secretary of the Department of Management Services, which is tasked with overseeing cyber-security for state government and administering tens of millions of dollars in new funding for government cyber-resiliency programs. Read more »
Published on 8/31/2022

Johns Hopkins All Children's president puts hospital's mission in focus

K. Alicia Schulhof, president of Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital St. Petersburg since July 2021, likes to start staff meetings with a “mission moment” — a story that demonstrates “the impact our team members have each and every day on the patients we care for.” Read more »
Published on 8/30/2022

West Palm Beach-based SYN Ventures raises $465 million to invest in cyber-security companies

Jay Leek and Patrick Heim bring impressive resumes to their West Palm Beach-based SYN Ventures, which has raised $465 million in two funds to invest in cyber-security companies. Read more »
Published on 8/30/2022

A New Mission Boosts the Economy

At least 130 Florida companies and an array of university researchers across the state have a role in Artemis. Read more »
Published on 8/25/2022

Space Research

From producing food to controlling dust, long-term missions to the moon and Mars present extraordinary challenges. Florida innovators are working to overcome future obstacles. Read more »
Published on 8/25/2022

The Private Sector

The next giant leap to the moon and beyond will require an array of sophisticated hardware. Read more »
Published on 8/25/2022

Engineer designs first smart cushion with sensors for better wheelchair user experience

Tim Balz initially wasn't a good student in high school. He was told he wouldn't go to college. But he had one teacher who believed in him. That teacher introduced Balz to engineering through robotics, and Balz captained the team in his Plainville, Ind., high school. “Engineers have so much power to change so many lives. I knew then it was the best career I could think of to change the world,” he says. Read more »
Published on 8/25/2022

FAMU-FSU College of Engineering researchers developing tool to predict hurricane debris road blocks

A team of researchers from the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering is looking to remote-sensing technology to find better ways of predicting where road clogging debris will be most severe following hurricanes. Read more »
Published on 8/25/2022

Tampa entrepreneur creates “sleep pod” to combat employee burnout

By his early 40s, Scott Chester was well into a successful career in IT, having worked for organizations including the U.S. Air Force, Raymond James, Publix and L3 Communications. But Chester found that no matter where he worked, there was always an abundance of energy-sapping stress to deal with, sometimes so much stress that all he really wanted to do was take a nap and recharge. Read more »
Published on 8/23/2022

UF researchers develop tool to predict complications during surgery

Every year, approximately 15 million Americans undergo some sort of surgery, and nearly one-third develop a complication. Each adverse event can add up to $11,000 in health care costs and exact a physical and emotional toll on the patient. But a promising AI tool being developed by researchers at the University of Florida could help doctors better forecast how patients will do before they even go under the knife. Read more »
Published on 8/23/2022

Doctor provides mobile medical care to uninsured children

Laura Chilcutt has always felt a calling to work with vulnerable populations. As a lawyer, she spent years championing the rights of immigrants and human trafficking and domestic violence victims for the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center (now Americans for Immigrant Justice) and later at her own practice. Read more »
Published on 8/23/2022

NASA selects two UCF scientists to lead robotic exploration mission to the moon

INNOVATION Probing a Lunar Mystery NASA has selected two planetary scientists at the University of Central Florida — Kerri Donaldson Hanna and Adrienne Dove — to lead a 2026 robotic... Read more »
Published on 8/12/2022

Florida Icon: Alicia Cervera

I have done 48 major projects in Brickell. My daughter Veronica says: ‘Mother, when I see the skyline of Miami, I see your name.' Sometimes when I drive on the causeway and I look over at the city, I feel so much joy to see that we've been able to contribute to Miami becoming a global city. Read more »
Published on 8/11/2022

Cyber advancements in Florida

Florida's organized efforts to combat cyber-crime are still less than a decade old. In 2014, the state launched the Florida Center for Cybersecurity to coordinate education and research efforts, recognizing not only the rising tide of online crimes, but a vast shortage of trained professionals to combat cyber-attacks, ransomware, identity theft and manipulation of government systems that control everything from cities' water supply to public coffers. Since then, Florida has built its cyber capabilities, but as in most anti-crime efforts, it doesn't take much for the bad characters to gain an advantage. Here's a snapshot of where cyber-crime fighting in Florida stands. Read more »
Published on 8/10/2022

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Tracking the Tropics: Tropical Depression Nine forms in the Caribbean; Florida in the cone
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Tropical Depression Nine has developed in the central Caribbean. The depression is expected to reach tropical storm strength and even hurricane strength by early next week. The NHC has placed Florida in the system's cone of uncertainty.

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