The Florida Bar honored 394 attorneys for 50 years of dedication to the practice of law as part of its 2020 Virtual Annual Convention.
The Gainesville attorneys honored in the Eighth Circuit are Charles M. Gadd Jr., Harvey L. Goldstein, Stephan P. Mickle, Alan R. Parlapiano, and Larry G. Turner.
To be recognized, attorneys must be members in good standing of The Florida Bar, active or inactive, and attain their 50th anniversary of admittance to the practice of law in 2020.
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UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital earns national rankings in three medical specialties as part of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospital rankings for 2020-21. UF Health’s pediatric cardiology, pulmonology and endocrinology programs have been ranked among the nation’s elite by U.S. News & World Report for at least a decade.
The cardiology and heart surgery program now stands at No. 12 in the country. Diabetes and endocrinology earned a No. 22 ranking, and pulmonology was ranked No. 27.
All three UF Health programs are the highest-ranked among Florida pediatric hospitals. The pediatric cardiology and heart surgery program is the highest-rated in Florida for the fifth consecutive year. For pediatric pulmonary and endocrinology, it is the third consecutive year as the state’s top-ranked programs.
Cardiology and heart surgery remained UF Health’s highest-ranked pediatric program. It has been ranked for 10 consecutive years, including the most recent five years as a top 25 program nationally. UF Health’s pediatric cardiology program has some of the best outcomes in the nation for children who have heart surgery. The UF Health Congenital Heart Center has a 99.1% survival rate, according to a report from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. During a four-year period through July 2018, it had a 100% survival rate for eight of 10 benchmark heart procedures.
The U.S. News Best Children’s Hospital rankings are compiled from clinical data and an annual reputational survey of pediatric specialists across the country.
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Gainesville native Joshua Islam, 19, who died in a training accident at Camp Pendleton, California, was preparing to become a member of the elite Marine Corps Reconnaissance Force when he lost his life. The Joshua 1:9 Foundation was established in Joshua’s honor.
Joshua readied for boot camp as a high school senior, was an honor student, accomplished athlete and runner-up for company Iron Man at boot camp and a top marksman at the USMC School of Infantry. His father is James Islam, one of four brothers operating the local family-owned food distribution company, Florida Food Service, Inc.
The foundation encourages the community to support “Love Lives On” Album, Remembering Fallen Soldiers, available anywhere music is sold. The album was created by the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), which is the leading national nonprofit organization providing compassionate care and survivor support services for the families of America’s fallen military heroes.
“Love Lives On” features songs about fallen heroes written with their families, and performed by various artists, including Lonestar, Vince Gill and Andy Griggs. Joshua Islam, was honored on the album with a song called “Joshua 1:9”, written with Phil O’Donnell and Buddy Owens and performed by artist Dave Fenley.
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John Stranick, a local baker who has been donating fresh bread loaves to the food bank in Fort White, has donated 140 loaves in the past few months to help families have access to fresh food. Stranick has created a GoFundMe account to cover his costs for ingredients, packaging and labeling and utilities to continue his mission to provide bread and continue baking through the summer for the food bank.
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a Gainesville high school student competed in a continental science fair.
Angela Gao, a freshman at Buchholz High School, competed in the INSPO Research and Innovation Competition (IRIC), a virtual science fair for high-school students in North America with more than $2 million in awards. It was held June/July.
Gao presented her research project “Novel Magnetic Carbon Materials for Contaminant Removal by Adsorption and Photocatalytic Degradation” which determined that the ball-milled biochar is a promising and efficient agent for contaminant removal.
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Palatka resident Mallory Newsome earned a Master of Business Administration this spring at Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia.