Around the Region for Oct. 2, 2010


Published: Friday, October 1, 2010 at 11:35 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, October 1, 2010 at 11:35 p.m.

COMMUNITY

17 area homes open for Parade of Homes tours

The Builders Association of North Central Florida Parade of Homes continues today and Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m.

Seventeen homes from Newberry to northwest Gainesville are open for free tours. For more information and a map of the tour, visit the Parade website at www.bancf.com.

— Staff report

UF gets $600,000 grant for three inventions

A state board has awarded $2 million in grants to state universities, including $600,000 to the University of Florida.

The Florida Board of Governors announced the awards Friday. The money comes from a state appropriation for turning inventions into commercial products.

UF received $175,000 for a project involving ingestible wireless sensors attached to pills, $175,000 for a nanotechnology project, $170,000 for a fuel-cell project and $80,000 for a gas sensor intended to improve energy efficiency and reduce pollution.

The Florida Technology, Research and Scholarship Board selected the projects and 17 others at a recent meeting, choosing them out of 45 submissions.

— Nathan Crabbe

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