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Wearing a green silk scarf gifted to her by a student, Vassiliki Betty Smocovitis pulls a book from the shelf in her office, located in Carr Hall, Friday, March 31, 2023.

UF history professor appointed to prestigious national science board

As one of the organization’s newest board members, Smocovitis will serve four years, traveling four times a year to various U.S. cities for meetings. Her work starts in April, when the board will meet in Washington, D.C. Earlier this year, colleagues nominated Smocovitis, a longtime AAAS member and officer, to run for the board. Although she’s been an officer with the organization for more than 25 years, she was surprised to be nominated, she said, because she is, first and foremost, a historian.

Clay Calvert, former director of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project at UF, gives a speech about the legality of academic freedom at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Tuesday, March 28, 2023.

UF staff unions host discussion of academic freedom

At the UF Ethics in the Public Sphere’s “Pizza and Public Ethics” event Tuesday, Paul Ortiz, UF history professor, spoke to over 40 listeners gathered in Smathers Library on the role of unionizing in protecting academic freedom. He was joined by Clay Calvert, former UF professor and director of the UF Law’s First Amendment Center. 

A new sign outside the entrance of Marston Science Library advertising its 24-hour schedule is seen Sunday, March 26, 2023.

A late night at Marston Science Library

Marston Library began to offer 24/7 services March 19 through a pilot study funded by Provost Joe Glover. The study, which will fund the expanded hours for the remainder of the Spring and Fall 2023 semesters, will collect data on overnight hour usage to advise future funding decisions. 

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