The One Health Talks bring together members of the One Health community to discuss all dimensions of health. These talks foster communication within the UF community. Each session has a set of diverse seminars with a central theme.

October 16, 2018: Human Constructs


"Democracy, Freedom, and the birth of Medicine and Science"

-Konstantinos (Kostas) Kapparis, PhD

"The Androids of Hephaestus: Between Human and Machine in the Homeric Poems"

-Kenneth Silverman, M.A.

September 11, 2018: Communities, Conflicts, and Corrections

September 11, 2018: Communities, Conflicts, and Corrections

Loss of Community and the Search for Belonging: Violence as Pathology or Violence as Perverse Empowerment in Western Honduras

-Rebecca Williams, PhD

Dr. Rebecca William’s presentation on violence in Western Honduras was a fascinating look into the cultural and environmental elements that influence violent behavior. She is looking at violence as a method that young Honduran men, and some women, use to endow themselves with a perverse sense of empowerment. Her work is not only interesting but seems crucial for Honduras, a system with little or no opportunities for young people to build a future for themselves. I enjoyed this presentation not only because it was visually dramatic and appealing, but because I learned quite a bit about the situation in Honduras and violence in general. 

One Health: Corrections and Infectious Disease

-Ellen Murray, PhD, BSN, RN

Dr. Murray's talk centered around the high prevelance of Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases in our jails and prisons. Most of us probably think little about incarcerated people beyond what we hear in the news. Dr. Murray's talk was an eye-opener, directly tied to One Health. The impact of these diseases within the prison systems, and the ease with which they may be transmitted to communities outside the prison system is potentially devasting.

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February 8, 2018: Conversation on Conservation

Sustainable Tourism in the Tropics: Ecotourism, Livelihoods, and Land Use Dynamic

-Angélica M. Almeyeda Zambrano, PhD

Dr. Zambrano's talk centers on how tourism across the globe has brought on sustainability issues over the decades and how we can improve tourism by tackling these issues in a way that'll become engrained in society all around the world.

Research for Conservation Policy on the Galapagos

-Jorge Hernandez, DVM, MPVM, PhD

Hernandez's talk centers around a project introduced by veterinarian students back in 2014 in which conservation on the Galapagos Islands were looked at in regards to feral dogs and other animals, such as cattle. 

Session Recordings

Dr. Zambrano's talk starts at 00:34:00

Dr. Hernandez's talk starts at 01:02:22

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January 11, 2018: Close Encounters

January 11, 2018: Close Encounters

One Health Lessons in Sexually Transmitted Infections

-Anthony Thomas Maurelli, PhD

Dr. Maurelli's talk focused sexually transmitted diseases and infections and how a One Health approach and strategy benefits the tackling of eradicating the bacteria that cause these STIs. Dr. Maurelli centers his talk around two STIs in particular, Shigellosis and Chlamydia, and speaks on their differences, their pathogenesis, etc. 

One Health at UF Is On!

-Ilaria Capua, DVM, PhD

The One Health Center's Director, Dr. Capua, announces to the seminar's attendees that the One Health Center at UF has been approved by the university's Board of Trustees, and invites the professionals in attendance to collaborate together as the Center increases in size, recognition, and influence. 

Session Recordings

Dr. Maurelli's talk starts at 00:33:45

Dr. Capua's talk starts at 01:18:35

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November 9, 2017: Perception and Reality

Biofortification as a Response to Malnutrition

-Brandon McFadden, PhD

Dr. McFadden's talk tackled the phenomena of malnutrition and suggested that biofortification - the process by which the nutritional quality of food crops is improved through agronomic practices, conventional plant breeding, or modern biotechnology - is the way to treat malnutriton. He especially highlighted rice as a focal point, due to its economical and nutritional value.

Where Has Zika Gone?

-J. Glenn Morris, Jr., MD, MPH, TM

Dr. Morris's talk dealt with the Zika virus and where the world is with this virus that has gained so much traction in recent years. Dr. Morris highlights the differences in new Zika cases in 2017 to other years, and how the scientific community should not rest on researching this virus that could lead into a bigger epidemic, especially here in the state of Florida.

Session Recordings

Dr. McFadden's talk starts at 00:34:30

Dr. Morris's talk starts at 01:06:35

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October 9, 2017: There Is Nothing Permanent Except Change

October 9, 2017: There Is Nothing Permanent Except Change

Uncertainty in Agricultural Decision Making: Weather, Economics and People

-Gerrit Hoogenboom, MS, PhD

Dr. Hoogenboom in his talk speaks on the many discrepancies people find within agricultural decisions that can cause a nuisance between economics and how people go about their practices in this field. Dr. Hoogenboom highlights these points to bring up bigger issues within the scientific field.

The Counter-Intuitive Nature of Effective Science Communication

-Kevin Folta, MS, PhD

Dr. Folta's talk emphasizes on the struggle many scientists find themselves in: communicating ideas and thoughts amongst one another and to the masses. Dr. Folta tackles this by speaking on the importance of a scientist's role in being able to curtail bureacracy and focus on efficiently delivering one's thoughts to the masses that'll then turn into awareness and action, instead of indifference and skeptcism.

Session Recording

Dr. Hoogenboom's talk starts at 00:10:40

Dr. Folta's talk starts at 00:40:17

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September 18, 2017: Always Learning

Creating Intelligence via Big Learning: Deep Learning, Big Data, and Big Systems

-Andy Xiaolin Li, PhD

Dr. Li's talk deals with the advancements in artificial intelligence and where we should expect to see it go in the near future. Dr. Li also talks about the comparisons between human intelligence and artificial intelligence to highlight the usefulness of this new technology to be implemented and streamlined in our lives. Apart from this, Dr. Li goes into further detail about his own research in his lab with gene mutations, as well. 

Is Irma Only a Challenge or is it Also an Opportunity for Research?

-Ilaria Capua, DVM, PhD

Dr. Capua welcomes all to the first One Health Talk of the semester and opens up about the opportunities for open and transparent research using the recent hurricane as a model. 

Session Recording

Dr. Li's talk starts at 00:10:30

Dr. Capua's talk starts at 01:10:00

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May 15, 2017: Months Go By

May 15, 2017: Months Go By

Zooming in on Asymptomatic Campylobacter Infections

-Arie Hendrik Havelaar, PhD, MSc

Dr. Havelaar's talk deals with the rate of infections in a population, specifically Campyblobacter infections, and how to readily combat disease and infections from overtaking a population. With substantial attention to detail and calculations, Dr. Havelaar showcases an incredibly informative presentation on disease prevention.

One Health at UF: Where Are We Nine Months Later?

-Ilaria Capua, DVM, PhD

Dr. Capua reminisces on the work that has been done in the past year at the One Health Center of Excellence here at the University of Florida. Details for the future are also outlined in this talk, as a summer recess begins as the spring term comes to an end. 

Session Recordings

Dr. Havelaar's talk starts at 00:05:48

Dr. Capua's talk starts at 00:42:20

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April 13, 2017: Lost in Translation

The Surprising Connections Between Health Care and Linguistics

-Brent Henderson, PhD

Dr. Henderson's lecture educates over the link between language and health across the world. He brings to light the many obstacles facing disappearing languages acrosss the world and how health professionals learn how to effectively use language to promote well-being. 

Negotiating Mosquito Control: Engaging Communities in Larval Source Management in Northern Haiti

-Kevin Bardosh, PhD, MSc

Dr. Bardosh details the differing challenges health professionals face when going to a foreign country, including circumventing the governments to get them on board, getting locals involved, and more. He takes from his experience in Northern Haiti to better help those trying to do similar projects so that they know what they are probably going to face. 

Session Recordings

Dr. Henderson's talk starts at 00:04:35

Dr. Bardosh's talk starts 00:36:50

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March 13, 2017: Mind Over Matter

March 13, 2017: Mind Over Matter

Comprehensive Approaches to Health in the Hindu Traditions

-Jonathan Edelmann, PhD, MSt

Dr. Edelmann's lecture explains the inclusion of health in the Hindu tradition. This inclusion goes beyond the physical state of the body, but also includes the mind and social life. In order to obtain this, there is a need to integrate the wisdom of our human past with the power of modern science and technology.

One Health, One Science- Authentic and Mindful Scientific Integration Approaches

-Sabine Grunwald, PhD, MSc

Dr. Grunwald talks about the different levels of thinking and integration that exist in the collaborative approaches needed in One Health. 

Session Recordings

Dr. Edelmann's talk starts at 00:01:56

Dr. Grunwald's talk starts at 00:33:43

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February 9, 2017: Complex Links

Coral Health in a Sea of Change

-Julie Meyer, PhD

Dr. Meyer details the causes of coral reef death, including climate change and pathogens. However, it's not all doom and gloom, Dr. Meyer also talks about the efforts to reverse the loss of coral and mentions some things you can do to help.

Improving the Health of Livestock and Agriculture Management Practices to Improve Human Nutrition

-Saskia Hendrickx, DVM, MS

Dr. Hendrickx presents the good, the bad, and the ugly of animal source foods and their part in global food security. She highlights the work that UF IFAS is doing with the Feed the Future program.

Session Recordings

Dr. Meyer's talk starts at 00:01:24

Dr. Hendrickx's talk starts at 00:22:55

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January 9, 2017: Paradigm Shifts

January 9, 2017: Paradigm Shifts

Ant Diseases: Unexplored Possibilities

-Robert M. Pereira, PhD

Have you ever seen a sick ant? Dr. Pereira describes the vast world of ant diseases.

Climate Change and Crops

- Senthold Asseng, PhD, ScD

How will we feed the future? Dr. Asseng explains climate change's role in the problem.

A New Way to Enhance Sweet and Salty Tastes

-Linda Bartoshuk, PhD

What makes fruit sweet? Dr. Bartoshuk reveals it's more than just sugar.

Session Recordings

Dr. Pereira's talk starts at 00:00:20

Dr. Asseng's talk starts at 00:31:28

Dr. Bartoshuk's talk starts at 01:02:32

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December 5, 2016: Between Perception and Reality

Marine Mammal Health in a Changing Environment

-Michael T. Walsh, DVM

Dr. Walsh's lecture focuses on the effects of climate change on marine mammals.

Learning from Mark Watney: Context is Everything When It Comes to Crop Stress

-Diane Rowland, PhD

Dr. Rowland explains how stress has been traditionally researched in plants, identifies the challenges with this paradigm, and provides new and innovative ways to overcome them. 

The Strange Story about GM Food Perception

-Brandon R. McFadden, PhD

Delve into the perceptions of genetically modified foods with Dr. McFadden as he attempts to identify the motivations behind them.

Session Recordings

Dr. Walsh's talk starts at 00:03:43

Dr. Rowland's talk starts at 00:27:17

Dr. McFadden's talk starts at 00:57:43

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November 7, 2016: Climate Change

November 7, 2016: Climate Change

Climate Change: Effects of Average Temperatures Versus Daily Oscillations on Plant Pathogens

- Ariena van Bruggen

Dr. van Bruggen demonstrates the links between climate change and the prevalence of plant pathogens. She also highlights the same trends in dengue. 

Climate Change and Mosquitoes

-Phillip Koehler

-Mohamed Sallam

Drs. Koehler and Sallam model the impact of climate change on mosquito's home ranges to predict the future of mosquito-borne diseases.

The Impact of Climate Change on Infectious Disease

-Derek Cummings

Dr. Cummings's illustrates the effects of climate change on infectious disease. His lecture focuses on the effects of climate change on dengue and yellow fever. 

Session Recordings

Dr. van Bruggen's talk starts at 00:02:36

Drs. Koehler and Sallam's talk starts at 00:26:08

Dr. Cummings's talk starts at 00:58:44

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October 10, 2016: Inaugural Session

Zika: What We Know and What We Don't Know

-J. Glenn Morris, Jr., MD, MPH&TM

Dr. Morris's talk examines Zika, identifying what we know about it and what we don't, and hopes to answer some remaining questions using One Health.

Citrus Greening- the BIG problem in Florida- Where Do We Stand?

-Susan Halbert, PhD

Dr. Halbert explained the emergence, importance, and challenges of citrus greening in Florida and its connection to the psyllid Diaphorina citri. Citrus greening affects the leaves, fruit, seeds, and taste of citrus trees leading to a loss of the lime industry, reduced yield of other citrus farms, and has made residential growing near impossible.

The Face of Climate Variability Along Florida's Forgotten Coast

-Andy Kane, MS, PhD

Dr. Kane's research takes him to Apalachicola Bay, where he examines the effects of climate change on the resource dependent communities there, particularly with regards to their fisheries and oyster bars. 

Session Recording

Dr. Morris's talk starts at 00:08:25

Dr. Halbert's talk starts at 00:57:50

Dr. Kane's talk starts at 01:37:41

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