Associate Professor, Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering
Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering
Patrick Traynor’s research focuses on the security of mobile systems, with a concentration on telecommunications infrastructure and mobile devices. His research has uncovered critical vulnerabilities in cellular networks, made the first characterization of mobile malware in provider networks and offered a robust approach to detecting and combatting Caller-ID scams. He is also interested in internet security and the systems challenges of applied cryptography. He received a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation in 2010 and was named a Sloan Fellow in 2014.
Assistant Professor, Emerging Pathogens Institute
College of Medicine
Amy Vittor studies the interface between vector-borne disease and land use. Her journey started with a research project on avian malaria and ecology in Costa Rica as an undergraduate. Wanting to delve deeper into the links between human disease and ecology, she pursued a doctorate in public health and conducted her thesis work in the Peruvian Amazon studying malaria and deforestation. She then became an infectious disease physician out of a desire to care for the patients she encountered as a researcher. While in medical training, she treated patients with HIV and tuberculosis in Botswana, Kenya, Ethiopia and Panama. At present, she works on South American eastern equine encephalitis and land use in the Darien region of Panama, and attends on the infectious diseases service at UF Health Shands Hospital. In addition, she collaborates with public health officials in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam on dengue and climate change, and has studied dengue in Kenya with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Nairobi as a Fogarty International Clinical Fellow.
Professor, School of Art + Art History
College of the Arts
Coco Fusco is an interdisciplinary artist and writer. She is a recipient of the 2016 Greenfield Prize in Visual Art, a 2014 Cintas Fellowship, a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2013 Absolut Art Writing Award, a 2013 Fulbright Fellowship, a 2012 US Artists Fellowship and a 2003 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts. Fusco’s performances and videos have been presented in the 56th Venice Biennale, two Whitney Biennials (2008 and 1993), Frieze London Special Projects, BAM’s Next Wave Festival, the Sydney Biennale, The Johannesburg Biennial, The Kwangju Biennale, The Shanghai Biennale, InSite O5, Mercosul, Transmediale, The London International Theatre Festival, VideoBrasil and Performa05. Her works have also been shown at the Tate Liverpool, The Museum of Modern Art, The Walker Art Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona. She is represented by Alexander Gray Associates in New York.
Distinguished Service Professor
Florida Museum of Natural History
Pam Soltis’s research is motivated by her passion for biodiversity, especially plants. She uses genomic methods and computational modeling to understand patterns and processes of plant evolution and identify conservation priorities. Much of her current work focuses on plant diversity and conservation in Florida, but her research has taken her throughout the U.S. and Canada to Costa Rica, New Caledonia, Spain, China and Brazil, and she presents her research at both national and international conferences. She is the author of over 400 publications, including seven books. Her work is funded by the National Science Foundation. She has received several awards for her contributions to the study of plant diversity, and in May 2016, she was named to the National Academy of Sciences.