Philanthropist and global businesswoman Anita Zucker, chair and CEO of The InterTech Group, Inc., was recently recognized by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) with the James L. Fisher Award for Distinguished Service to Education. The award celebrates individuals, groups and organizations who have demonstrated a steadfast commitment to advancing education and who have made a significant impact on the field nationally or internationally, according to a news release from the UF College of Education, from 2013 to 2018 alone, Zucker donated more than $75 million to various philanthropic efforts with a particular focus on advancing education and health.
“Receiving the James L. Fisher Award for Distinguished Service to Education is so meaningful to me,” said Zucker, who was quoted in the news release. “I work very hard to make our higher education institutions the best that they can be. I truly believe in helping young people with the opportunity to change their worlds by gaining knowledge through education. I also hope to help provide access and opportunity to the underserved.”
Zucker is a UF College of Education alumna and a champion for the University. In 2011 Zucker provided $1 million to create an endowed professorship in Early Childhood Education at the UF College of Education and in 2014, donated $5 million to support the establishment of the Anita Zucker Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies, a center that promotes and supports interdisciplinary research, teaching, model demonstration and outreach activities that forward the field of early childhood studies and early learning. This gift is the largest to-date given by an individual to the College. Today, she serves on the UF Board of Trustees and is vice chair of the UF Foundation Executive Board.
The North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) has been recognized for excellence in Media.
NAVC received 20 Charlie Awards from the Florida Magazine Association for excellence in writing, design, online video, social media, websites and advertising for its industry-leading publications “Today's Veterinary Nurse,” “Today's Veterinary Business,” and “Today's Veterinary Practice,” and its online video channel Spark! The awards were presented at FMA’s annual awards gala, held July 12 in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Founded in 1982 and headquartered in Orlando, Fla. with offices in Gainesville, NAVC is a non-profit organization providing world-class professional development to the global veterinary healthcare community.
Carlos de la Torres, Ph.D., has been appointed director of the University of Florida Center for Latin American Studies. He replaces Philip J. Williams, Ph.D., who stepped down from his role after a 10-year directorship.
Torres, who previously served as professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Kentucky, has directed multiple programs in universities in the U.S. and Ecuador, including the International Studies program at the University of Kentucky, the Political Studies and Ph.D. program at FLACSO-Ecuador, and the Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies program at Northeastern University.
According to a news release from the UF Center for Latin American Studies, in 1983, Torres earned a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and a certificate in Latin American Studies. In 2006, Torres returned to the UF as Latin American Studies Association (LASA) lecturing fellow at the Center for Latin American Studies and took advantage of resources offered by the Latin American and Caribbean Collection at the Smathers Library.
Gainesville resident Robins McIntosh graduated during the May 11 commencement exercises at Emory & Henry College in Emory, Va.
Florida Museum of Natural History curator of molecular systematics and evolutionary genetics, distinguished professor Pamela Soltis has been named president of the American Society of Plant Taxonomists, a professional organization devoted to research and education in the field of plant taxonomy.
According to a news release, Soltis and husband Douglas Soltis joined the Florida Museum in 2000, and continued their research on the origin and evolution of flowering plants, plant genome evolution and conservation genetics. They received the ASA Award from the American Society of Plant Taxonomists in 2006 for outstanding accomplishments pertinent to the goals of the society.
In addition to her work with the Florida Museum, Pamela Soltis is director of the University of Florida Biodiversity Institute, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and was appointed to a National Academies committee in 2018 to investigate the value and future of biological collections. She has published more than 400 peer-reviewed journal articles.