Pensacola, FL, United States
Pensacola, FL, United States

The University of West Florida, also known as West Florida and UWF, is a mid-sized public university located in Pensacola, Florida, United States. UWF is a member institution of the State University System of Florida. The University of West Florida is a comprehensive research university without faculties of law or medicine. It is a space-grant institution that was established in 1963. The University of West Florida sits on the third largest campus in the State University System, 1,600 acres , and its campus is a natural preserve that is bordered by two rivers and Escambia Bay. The university's mascot is an Argonaut and its logo is the Chambered Nautilus. Wikipedia.

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News Article | May 1, 2017

This past week, IDSI employees from our Pensacola office attended a showcase hosted by the College of Education and Professional Studies at the University of West Florida (UWF).

News Article | February 16, 2017

The Community for Accredited Online Schools, a leading resource provider for higher education information, has ranked the best schools with online programs in the state of Florida for 2017. A total of 45 schools received honors for their online education offerings, with University of Florida, University of Miami, Florida State University, University of South Florida-Main Campus, Jacksonville University, Tallahassee Community College and Florida Keys Community College earning top spots overall. More than a dozen unique data points were evaluated to determine each school’s score. “The schools on our Best Online Schools list for Florida all meet high standards of excellence for students who want to succeed outside of a brick-and-mortar classroom,” said Doug Jones, CEO and founder of Colleges and universities on the Best Online Schools list must meet specific base requirements to be included. Qualifications include being institutionally accredited and holding public or private not-for-profit status. Each college was also scored based on additional criteria that includes the student/teacher ratio, graduation rate, employment services and financial aid availability. For more details on where each school falls in the rankings and the data and methodology used to determine the lists, visit: Florida’s Best Online Schools for 2017 include the following: Adventist University of Health Sciences Ave Maria University Barry University Bethune-Cookman University Broward College City College-Fort Lauderdale Daytona State College Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide Everglades University Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Florida Atlantic University Florida Gulf Coast University Florida Institute of Technology Florida International University Florida Keys Community College Florida SouthWestern State College Florida State College at Jacksonville Florida State University Hobe Sound Bible College Hodges University Indian River State College Jacksonville University Johnson & Wales University-North Miami Keiser University-Ft. Lauderdale Lynn University Nova Southeastern University Palm Beach Atlantic University Saint Leo University South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary Southeastern University St. Petersburg College St. Thomas University State College of Florida-Manatee-Sarasota Stetson University Tallahassee Community College The Baptist College of Florida The University of West Florida Trinity College of Florida University of Central Florida University of Florida University of Miami University of North Florida University of South Florida-Main Campus Warner University Webber International University ### About Us: was founded in 2011 to provide students and parents with quality data and information about pursuing an affordable, quality education that has been certified by an accrediting agency. Our community resource materials and tools span topics such as college accreditation, financial aid, opportunities available to veterans, people with disabilities, as well as online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning programs that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational success.

News Article | February 15, 2017
Site: today announced the winners of their first annual scholarship program for American students enrolled in an accredited two-year college or four-year university program. Of the nearly 100 students who applied from 70 different schools nationwide, only three students were selected to receive the scholarship award. is the leading free resource for information on the Aid and Attendance pension benefit which helps senior veterans and their spouses pay for the costs of care. The organization launched its annual scholarship program in 2016 as part of an initiative to bring awareness to younger generations of the benefits currently offered to senior veterans and what kind of benefit they would implement. Winners were chosen based on their essay response to the prompt, “Give an example of one veteran's benefit and explain how it helps senior veterans. Then propose your own benefit to help senior veterans.” Three students were selected to receive the $2,000 Veteran Benefits Scholarship. The winners of the 2016 Veteran Benefits Scholarship were Parys Alexander, Mary Biller, and Mingjie Feng. Ms. Alexander moved to Florida when her father was stationed at the Eglin Air Force Base and currently attends the University of West Florida and is seeking a degree in Healthcare Administration. She proposed creating a Veterans Housing Act to utilize 50% of the currently available 42% of unused housing on military bases to provide affordable subsidized housing to military veterans and their families. Ms. Biller is currently pursuing her degree in management at Southwestern College in Chula Vista. She proposed privatizing the health care provided by the VA at its many facilities. Mr. Feng is a U.S. Army veteran who served from 2009 - 2013 as a 91H Tracked Vehicle Mechanic in 2/4th FA, 214th Fires Brigade, stationed in Fort Sill, OK. He is currently pursuing his Master's in Business at Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. He proposed a veterans benefit called the Veterans Student Loan and Pension Fund which is a mix of a retirement plan where veterans can put away money into a portfolio to be fun by a non-profit organization. The portfolio would then use that money to loan to student veterans at a rate much lower than private banks' market rate that also pays an annuity to senior veteran pensioners. To learn more about the scholarship recipients and read the winning submissions, please visit the blog. About is the leading free resource for information on the Aid and Attendance pension benefit which helps senior veterans and their spouses pay for the costs of care. has been around for over a decade and prides itself on its useful information on everything one would need to know about the Aid and Attendance benefit, including eligibility, how to apply, FAQ, and forums where users can read others’ questions and success stories or join the forums and ask their own questions. For more information, please visit or call (866) 584-7191.

Jonason P.K.,University of West Florida | Webster G.D.,University of Florida
Psychological Assessment | Year: 2010

There has been an exponential increase of interest in the dark side of human nature during the last decade. To better understand this dark side, the authors developed and validated a concise, 12-item measure of the Dark Triad: narcissism, psychopathy, Machiavellianism. In 4 studies involving 1,085 participants, they examined its structural reliability, convergent and discriminant validity (Studies 1, 2, and 4), and test-retest reliability (Study 3). Their measure retained the flexibility needed to measure these 3 independent-yet-related constructs while improving its efficiency by reducing its item count by 87% (from 91 to 12 items). The measure retained its core of disagreeableness, short-term mating, and aggressiveness. They call this measure the Dirty Dozen, but it cleanly measures the Dark Triad. © 2010 American Psychological Association.

WATERSOUND, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The St. Joe Company (NYSE:JOE) (“St. Joe”) and the Bay Economic Development Alliance (“Bay County EDA”) today announced that one of the world’s largest independent first-tier suppliers to the international aviation industry will expand its operations by locating a new manufacturing facility in Venture Crossings® Enterprise Centre in Bay County, Florida. GKN Aerospace intends to lease this new manufacturing facility, which will be developed and owned by a subsidiary of St. Joe and designed to meet GKN Aerospace’s specific requirements. With this new facility, GKN Aerospace plans to make a capital investment of approximately $50 million and create 170 new jobs for highly skilled employees. This project was made possible through the combined efforts of Enterprise Florida, the University of West Florida, Bay County EDA, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Bay County Board of County Commissioners, CareerSource Florida, CareerSource Gulf Coast and Gulf Coast State College. Jorge Gonzalez, The St. Joe Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are pleased that a company of the stature of GKN Aerospace will be bringing high-quality aerospace manufacturing jobs to Bay County. Manufacturing has a high economic multiplier effect, so we remain committed to working with the Bay County EDA and other partners to continue to attract quality job creators.” Mike Grunza, CEO of GKN Aerospace’s Aerostructures North America business, said, “This investment emphasizes our commitment to manufacturing in North America, as this new world-class facility will create jobs and strengthen our competitive position in the US aerospace market for the future. The excellent support we have received from Bay County EDA, Governor Rick Scott’s office, higher educational partners and The St. Joe Company made Florida an ideal location for GKN.” “This is incredible news for Bay County and the State of Florida,” said state Rep. Jay Trumbull. “When a global aerospace leader chooses your community to open a manufacturing facility, it puts you on the international map. This is just the beginning, and we will not stop until Bay County is the economic engine for Florida’s Panhandle.” Florida State Senator George Gainer said, “This project is an excellent example of how our focused economic development recruitment efforts are helping to create good jobs for the citizens of Bay County and the entire Northwest Florida region.” “We are committed to making the Bay County site successful. This is the company’s first location in the state and that is a complement to our community,” Bay County Commission Chairman Bill Dozier said. “GKN is an outstanding company with a proven history and they will be a great addition.” “We are ecstatic to welcome GKN Aerospace to Bay County, Florida! The creation of 170 new jobs along with a capital investment of more than $50 million will have a legacy impact in our local economy said Clint Mizell, 2016 Chairman of the Bay Economic Development Alliance. “Our community came together as a team to land this ‘game changing’ project. We cannot say enough thanks to the many individuals and organizations that helped and supported our efforts.” The Venture Crossings business park is a “Florida First Sites” Certified Site. Florida First Sites is a regional site certification program for project-ready sites in the State of Florida. Each certified site undergoes a rigorous screening process, ensuring that pre-work has been completed, taking the majority of the risk out of the site selection process. With commercial and industrial land for sale, lease or development, Venture Crossings® Enterprise Centre offers a strategic location for those seeking to launch, expand or consolidate a business. High-tech manufacturers, such as GKN Aerospace and Harris Corporation, have been drawn to Venture Crossings due in part to its potential for 24/7 operations and for transportation options via air, land or sea. Numerous real estate options exist, including pad-ready sites and build-to-suit construction — offering businesses flexibility and capacity to grow. Anchored by Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, major arterial highways and several nearby Florida Gulf Coast military installations, Venture Crossings can provide the connections and solutions for a broad range of expanding businesses. A premier location and a motivated workforce with numerous training and educational facilities nearby create a nurturing environment for businesses. This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding the construction of a new manufacturing facility and the proposed lease of that facility to GKN Aerospace, St. Joe’s commitment to working with partners to continue to attract quality job creators and the potential advantages offered to businesses in growth and other development stages by the location and other characteristics of Venture Crossings® Enterprise Centre. The statements made by St. Joe are based upon management’s current expectations and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include St. Joe’s ability to enter into a lease agreement with GKN on favorable terms and to design a facility to meet GKN’s specific needs, the success of St. Joe and its partners in continuing to attract quality job creators, the ability of Venture Crossings® Enterprise Centre to provide the anticipated connections and solutions for expanding businesses and other factors beyond St. Joe’s control and the risk factors and other cautionary statements contained in St. Joe’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including St. Joe’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 3, 2016, as updated by subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and other current report filings. St. Joe undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements or to make any other forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The St. Joe Company together with its consolidated subsidiaries is a real estate development, asset management and operating company with real estate assets and operations currently concentrated primarily between Tallahassee and Destin, Florida. More information about St. Joe can be found on its website at GKN Aerospace is the world’s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. As a global company serving the world’s leading aircraft manufacturers, GKN Aerospace develops, builds and supplies an extensive range of advanced aerospace systems, components and technologies – for use in aircraft ranging from helicopters and business jets to the most-used single-aisle aircraft and the largest passenger planes in the world. Light-weight composites, additive manufacturing, innovative engine systems and smart transparencies help to reduce emissions and weight on the aircraft and enhance passenger comfort. GKN Aerospace is market-leading in aerostructures, engine systems, transparencies and wiring systems and operates in 15 countries at 60 locations employing approximately 17,000 people. © 2017, The St. Joe Company. “St. Joe®”, “JOE®”, the “Taking Flight” Design®, “St. Joe (and Taking Flight Design)®” are registered service marks of The St. Joe Company.

Moss J.A.,University of West Florida
Radiologic Technology | Year: 2013

Many advances have been made in the prevention of HIV transmission and management of HIV/AIDS since the virus was discovered in the early 1980s. One of the most important discoveries has been antiretroviral treatment, which can halt the replication of HIV and ease symptoms, turning AIDS into a chronic condition instead of a rapidly terminal illness. Despite advances, HIV remains a major public health challenge. This article reviews the genus, life cycle, and transmission of HIV, as well as workplace issues surrounding the virus and the challenges of developing an HIV vaccine. © 2013 by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: ADVANCE-PAID | Award Amount: 598.35K | Year: 2011

The University of West Florida proposes an ADVANCE PAID project that focuses on diversifying the faculty. Recognizing that for the first time in the institutions history, the proportion of students of color has exceeded the proportion of faculty of color, the institution seeks to build a program for enhancing a supporting and inclusive culture for recruiting, retaining and advancing women faculty in the STEM disciplines. Central to this goal are several specific objectives that include: promoting a more diverse applicant pool, increasing the number of women hired and retained, providing professional development for women faculty and leadership opportunity, and educating current institution administrators on the value of diversity. These objectives are indicated within the proposal and the project to have special attention and relevancy to women of color. Also germane to the goal of this project is a conceptual framework that is rooted in positive psychological capital. As such, the project focuses on both the individual member of faculty and the entire institution the employs these faculty.

Intellectual Merit
This project blends two social science theories, positive psychological capital and social/ecological systems theory, that focus on enhancing understanding of gender equity at the individual and organizational levels. Specific activities are adapted from successful ADVANCE models and applied in a unique way to a comprehensive institution. As a result of this project, important information detailing paths to gender equity at non research intensive institutions will be gained and disseminated across the country.

Broader Impact
Because of the focus of this project on comprehensive, non research intensive institutions, the University of West Florida ADVANCE PAID project will have a dramatic impact on promoting gender equity at all institutions of similar type in the US. This is particularly significant given the disproportionately high number of women faculty who are employed at these institution types.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: ROBERT NOYCE SCHOLARSHIP PGM | Award Amount: 125.00K | Year: 2015

With funding from the National Science Foundations Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, the University of West Florida (UWF) Recruiting Impassioned STEM Educators (RISE) capacity building project will develop a multidimensional program for recruiting and retaining highly-qualified middle and secondary Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) teachers in the Northwest Florida region. RISE educational partners will include UWF, Northwest Florida State College, Pensacola State College, STEM Master Teachers, STEM learning centers, and three area school districts that have the combined challenge of serving both urban and rural low-economic high need schools. The RISE educational partners will work together to recruit highly qualified STEM majors to become secondary teachers. These teacher candidates will impact students in grades 6-12 by working in local school districts and science learning centers. A recruitment course, Exploring Inquiry Teaching, will serve as a model for other undergraduate colleges to recruit math and science students to become teachers.

Within the one-year grant project, RISE will achieve the following major outcomes: 1. Design a Professional Teaching Certification Program for STEM majors; 2. Increase recruitment to STEM teaching by developing a new course to attract STEM majors to the field of education; 3. Build a learning community for future STEM middle and secondary teachers; 4.Target recruitment of dual-enrolled high school students to a career in STEM teaching; 5. Formalize internship sites at STEM learning centers; 6. Create social media sites for STEM students, Master Mentors, and faculty; 7. Increase retention of STEM teachers by training STEM Master Mentors; and 8. Engage high-needs schools that serve both urban and rural low-economic students. In addition, RISE will formalize cooperative activities in the STEM disciplines, connect higher education institutions with local schools and teachers, and expand the STEM learning community in Northwest Florida. To broaden the distribution of results, RISE team members will disseminate reports and resources developed through the project with grant partners as well as at regional and national conferences and through publications in peer reviewed journals.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: S-STEM:SCHLR SCI TECH ENG&MATH | Award Amount: 649.89K | Year: 2016

This NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) project will expand a highly successful graduation and retention program for chemistry majors to all STEM majors at the University of West Florida and develop a smaller cohort of 28 academically talented, low income students. The project will focus on student engagement in the context of (a) academic and social integration, (b) knowledge and skill development, (c) support and motivation, and (d) monitoring and advising. A key feature of the project is the new STEM for Life seminar series designed to prepare students for academic success and future careers. A systematic examination of the factors influencing STEM student retention at this regional, comprehensive institution, with a high percentage of commuter students, will be conducted using data collected as part of the project evaluation. The location of the institution in a county of low average income where only 26% of the population holds a bachelors degree or higher provides an opportunity to decrease the local college attainment gap while at the same time addressing the national need to increase the number of American scientists.

Using the College Strengths Inventory, the project team will create individual support and intervention plans that will be implemented and revised as needed throughout each students college career. The STEM for Life seminar, which will serve as a platform for skill building and career readiness, will also be used to manage individual plan advisory discussions and goal setting. Outcomes evaluation will address the extent to which the project retention and graduation goals are met. Process evaluation will determine the extent to which the project is delivering high quality academic and social supports. Research will focus on understanding which set of S-STEM activities are most influential for student retention with an emphasis on the effectiveness of the seminar series. The research results will inform the institutions efforts to coordinate student development programs that use early identifiers and proactive interventions. The data will be disseminated at PKAL and Gordon conferences to bridge gaps in best practices designed for moderately selective, regional comprehensive state institutions with a high percentage of commuter and working STEM students.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: IUSE | Award Amount: 294.22K | Year: 2016

The University of West Florida Geoscience Scholars program will investigate the effect of a multidisciplinary research cohort on student success and pursuit of graduate studies and careers in STEM and the geosciences. Undergraduate research in the geosciences will be used as a mechanism for enhancing the perception of multidisciplinary collaborative research and as a focal point for the development of soft skills, such as verbal and written communication, critical to professional success. A research cohort model will be used. This model will be built around multidisciplinary research projects founded in the earth sciences and employing regular professional skills-development activities to encourage post-baccalaureate interest in the geosciences. Faculty mentors and research students from across the STEM disciplines will be engaged in the project, ensuring students will have opportunities to participate in undergraduate research in their chosen field of study, while also observing the application of their field of study to the geosciences.

This project will pilot and assess the impact of a multidisciplinary research cohort intended to increase the number of students prepared to enter the geoscience workforce or continue on to graduate programs in the geosciences. The project will contribute to the creation of knowledge related to the impact of multidisciplinary research cohorts on student success and engagement in STEM graduate studies and careers, both within the geosciences and in the broader STEM community. This project will research how multidisciplinary cohorts impact student success and retention, decisions to continue in a geoscience graduate program, and preparation for the workforce. A professional skills seminar course will be introduced to help students develop verbal and written communication skills.

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