A crowd gathered to watch a variety of musical performances at Bo Diddley Community Plaza’s grand reopening event, featuring The Savants of Soul and Little Jake & the Soul Searchers and headlined by Charles Bradley.
Three Florida teams entered the O'Connell Center this weekend, each tasked with facing a ranked opponent. In the end - and in front of a combined crowd of 23,709 fans over the course of the three days - the Gators were victorious. The No. 1 UF gymnastics team bested No. 5 Alabama on Friday behind three perfect scores, the first time the Gators accomplished the feat in program history. The men's basketball team defeated No. 9 West Virginia 88-71 on Saturday during the Big12/SEC Challenge, giving first-year head coach Mike White his first signature win leading the Gators. And to wrap up the weekend festivities, the Florida women's basketball team defeated No. 12 Kentucky 85-79 on Sunday, the Gators' third win of the season against ranked opposition.
UF held its 14th Biennial Muscular Research Conference from Wednesday until today. The Advances in Skeletal Muscle Biology in Health and Disease symposium is an international conference on studying and combating muscle wasting diseases. About 300 people were registered to attend the event, which featured 36 speakers. This year marked the grand opening of a new institute dedicated to myology, the study of muscles. The new institute plans to make UF the muscle hub of the research community, said Dr. Michael Good, the dean of the College of Medicine.