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UF Student Government elections

5 Oct

Second video for the Alligator, kind of hard to see because of the lighting, but I think both parties were happy with the results!

When a new semester looms, kids feel the stress

21 Aug

It is not uncommon for children starting a new semester to experience anxiety. Check out my article for the special health section of the Miami Herald, discussing ways to combat a child’s stress.

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P.S. I know my posts have been few and far between lately, stay tuned for posts reflecting my past four years in Miami and my new life in Gainesville. I will be posting progress on my experience in graduate school, what I will be focusing my research on and my new job doing web design. Enjoy my last Herald article above!

Network should hasten treatment for strokes

31 Jul

Capt. John Curry, with the Coral Gables Fire Department, stands by his mother Elaine Curry, as she recounts having a stroke during a press conference announcing the launch of the Fire Officers Association of Miami-Dade Emergency Medical Services Stroke Network at the Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine on the Modesto Maidique Campus, Thursday, July 26, 2012, in University Park. The network will allow better coordination between fire-rescue departments and hospitals when transporting and treating stroke victims. DANIEL BOCK / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

By Rebecca Burton

Read Miami Herald Article here

Someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds, which translates to more than 780,000 strokes in the United States annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Strokes are the third-leading cause of death in the United States, after heart disease and cancer. A stroke occurs when a clot blocks blood to the brain, causing brain cells to die, often resulting in impaired speech and movement, among other issues. Continue reading

Fairchild Garden moves 75-foot tree to accommodate new building

2 Jul

Sometimes, you have to take on the small stories: Enjoy! Sorry for the sluggish blogging, working on about five stories right now. Stay tuned to see them!

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Construction of the new Rose-McQuillan Cultural Building at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables is about to start, now that its biggest obstacle, a 75 foot haldina cordifolia tree, has been safely transplanted.

The new one-story building will include an art gallery and display archival and historical information about Fairchild Garden.

The tree was originally collected in 1937 in India by Walter Koelz, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The tree, which was planted by David Fairchild 75 years ago, is the only one of its kind in the United States. Fairchild was a famous plant explorer who searched for useful plants.

The transplanting process was rigorous and took a year to complete. It was completed on Monday.

After an expert tree-transplanting team pruned the giant roots over 12 months, two cranes were used to successfully relocate the tree to the Fairchild Arboretum. Because of the tree’s size, it could only be moved within the cranes’ reach.

“It was a once in a lifetime opportunity to witness the moving of this exceptional beauty which is among the biggest trees in Fairchild Garden,” said Nannette Zapata, the garden’s chief operating officer. “This iconic tree is a treasured heirloom that will grace our grounds for many future generations to enjoy and cherish.”

Picture courtesy of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Heat fans’ pride contagious

22 Jun

Heat fans’ pride contagious

Thursday started off just like any other double shift at Rocco’s.

I began my day with a coffee and egg and cheese empanada before the 12-hour workday, where I would either bank or bust. The morning showed little promise of more than a free lunch. With only three tables the entire day I went on my break, praying for a miracle.

It was Game 5 in the NBA Finals, and the Miami Heat were up by three games. If they won this one, the games were over and the Heat would take the championship title.


The NBA Finals gets restaurants in the area filled to capacity.

I really did want the Heat to win, since I am a four-year-resident of South Florida. But, if they won that meant no more games. No more big business, which equals Ramen noodles for severs in the restaurant business. A seven-game series is what I wanted. Continue reading