2 UF faculty selected to attend program that teaches how to tackle tough social issue conversations

A research organization chose two UF faculty members to work through social issues that don’t have explicit solutions.

Michael Spranger and Muthusami Kumaran, both from the UF Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, will join a program through the Kettering Foundation, which promotes conversations about issues such as poverty, obesity, public safety and environmental concerns, known as “wicked issues.”

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#WomanCrushWednesday: Mindy Kaling

Somehow, Mindy Kaling and her on-screen personas of Kelly Kapoor from The Office and Mindy Lahiri from The Mindy Project have the guts to say everything we wish we could. Super relatable, witty and an all-around hilarious writer, everything she says manages to be quote-worthy gold. Here are just a couple of the innumerable instances when the fabulous Ms. Kaling won our hearts.

She understands the struggle of dealing with kids.

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#WomanCrushWednesday: Jessica Williams

As the youngest correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Jessica Williams is witty, intelligent, gorgeous and relatable — an all-around flawless human being. Her bits on the show always kill, and we aspire to have half of her sense of humor and confidence. How do we love Jessica Williams? Let us count the ways…

That time she schooled us on the atrocities of institutionalized racism.

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Popular Health Foods: Buy or Skip?

It feels like there’s a new diet fad to try out or a new health food to taste test every week. Here’s a breakdown of the most recent crazes and whether or not they’re worth your time and money.

1. Kale
Kale has exploded on the health food market in recent months with endless recipes and possibilities from kale chips to juice and everything in between. Touted as a “super food,” kale purportedly has high calcium, Vitamin K, Vitamin C and beta carotene content.

Verdict: Buy. Kale, as a leafy green veggie, definitely has tons of nutritional benefits and is easily incorporated into your diet in smoothies, salads and snacks. That being said, don’t go overboard with it like Jake Gyllenhaal. An all-kale diet sounds both unhealthy and miserable.

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Magazine Spread in Adobe Illustrator

My assignment for my Visual Design class was to make another magazine spread, and I’m pretty proud of the results. As I’m getting more comfortable with Illustrator, I’m really enjoying experimenting with unique layout and color. Take a look!

Magazine Spread

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What Not to Wear on Halloween Night

Halloween comes with the immense freedom to personify whatever alter ego you’ve been reigning in the whole year. However, this opportunity to dress up comes with certain responsibilities. We’ve all heard about celebrities’ embarrassing costume scandals in the past, and chances are we’ll hear about more this year. Who could forget Heidi Klum’s rendition of a Hindu deity in 2008, or, most recently, Julianne Hough’s blackface last year? This Halloween, learn from the mistakes of said celebrities by steering clear of these costumes and makeup to avoid offending others.

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Using Adobe Illustrator for the First Time

For my Visual Journalism class (JOU3109C) at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, our first project for the course was a to create scalable images in Adobe Illustrator — a software that I wasn’t familiar with until now. We had to select a broad topic to which we could devote an entire semester’s portfolio to and here is the result for the first project: a magazine spread devoted to modern day feminism and women’s health.

Out of the three items in the project, I liked the way my magazine spread turned out the most, because at that point I was most familiar with how to work inDesign after much trial and error.

I really enjoyed the process of learning and getting familiar with the intuitive interface of Adobe Illustrator and can’t wait to make more projects with it.

Click the link to check it out: MagazineSpread

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