The Legisgator

A newsletter for the Gator Caucus

Publication Date: March 24, 2009

Hello, and welcome to The LegisGator, the University of Florida's newsletter designed for members of the Gator Caucus. The LegisGator is a quick read featuring UF news bites you may have missed but would like to share with your fellow lawmakers or others.

This week's spotlight:

State Representative for District 80

Debbie Mayfield (R)

Gator connection: Her late husband, Stan Mayfield, whose seat she succeeded, received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from UF.

Background: Mayfield’s district takes in a large section of St. Lucie County, as well as the coastal sections of Brevard and Indian River counties. She was elected to the House in 2008. Mayfield serves on the agriculture and natural resources policy committee; governmental affairs policy committee; natural resources appropriations committee and state universities and private colleges policy committees. She also has served on the Indian River County Economic Development Council and the city of Vero Beach finance committee. She was born in Pensacola and is a graduate of Pensacola High School. She is a mortgage broker. Her husband, Stan, served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2000 to 2008 and on the Indian River County School Board from 1992 to 1996.

News Bites

Engineer: Computer learning, electrical stimulation offer hope for paralyzed

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Trainers have used it for decades to help athletes build muscle. Late-night TV commercials hawk it as an effortless flab buster.
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More Floridians ready to grow their own groceries, IFAS experts say

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With the nation’s economy withering, University of Florida experts say many state residents are looking to put food on the table — by growing it.
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Many turning to home gardening — minus the dirt

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Today’s economically spurred resurgence of the home vegetable grower can’t entirely be dubbed a “return to the earth.” Many burgeoning farmers aren’t breaking soil, they’re using hydroponics.
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The sweet spot? UF doctors test targets for Parkinson surgery

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Doctors may be able to tailor a specialized form of brain surgery to more closely match the needs of Parkinson patients, according to results from the first large-scale effort to compare the two current target areas of deep brain stimulation surgery, or DBS.
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UF study: Preserved shark fossil adds evidence to great white’s origins

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Global airlines be forewarned: June 2010 could be a busy month for invasive plants, insects and animals seeking free rides to distant lands..
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UF scientists: New genetic analysis method may unlock secrets of nematode populations

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Nematodes may be the most abundant creatures on Earth, but analyzing communities of the wormlike animals is difficult because they’re microscopic and many species look alike.
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In today’s economy, dressing room lighting can spell retail life or death

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Dressing room lights may determine how bright the outlook for clothing sales is with the nation’s retailers, a new University of Florida study suggests.
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