SF College student crowned Miss Florida U.S. International

Published: Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 8:04 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 8:04 p.m.

Alayna Jones, a Santa Fe College student, is the newly crowned Miss Florida U.S. International 2013. She will compete in the Miss U.S. International 2013 Pageant for a chance to win cash prizes valued in excess of $50,000, a fashion wardrobe, jewelry, and other prizes. The pageant will be held in June in Orlando.

Jones, who is also the Volunteer of the Year at Terwilliger Elementary School, is the daughter of Kevin and Angela Jones of Gainesville.

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Five University of Florida professors have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers in recognition of distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

They are:

* Jennifer Sinclair Curtis, distinguished professor of chemical engineering and associate dean for research in the College of Engineering, was recognized for seminal contributions to the understanding of particle flow and the dynamics of gas-solid flows.

* James W. Jones, distinguished professor of agricultural and biological engineering in the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and an affiliate faculty member of the Water Institute, was recognized for leadership in modeling dynamic crop, soil, climate and management interactions, and developing decision support systems for climate risk management in agriculture and water resources.

* Karen E. Koch, professor of horticultural sciences in the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and the UF Genetics Institute, was recognized for pioneering research in sugar metabolism that led to a highly influential “feast and famine” framework for understanding sugar signaling in plants.

* Ranga Narayanan, professor of chemical engineering and director of the Center for Surface Science and Engineering, was recognized for distinguished contributions in interfacial fluid mechanics and for leadership in international research, education and outreach in multiphase fluid mechanics.

* Ira M. Longini Jr., professor of biostatistics at the College of Public Health and Health Professions and co-director of the Center for Statistics and Quantitative Infectious Diseases at the UF Emerging Pathogens Institute, was recognized for seminal contributions to statistics and modeling of infectious diseases, including influenza, HIV, cholera and dengue, and the resulting significant improvements in global health.

They will be recognized and presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue rosette pin representing science and engineering during the 2013 AAAS Annual Meeting to be held in Feb. 16 in Boston.

This year, 702 members have been named Fellows by AAAS, the world’s largest nonprofit general scientific society, and publisher of the journal Science, as well as Science Translational Medicine, and Science Signaling. Founded in 1848, AAAS includes 261 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals.

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