The Legisgator

A newsletter for the Gator Caucus

Publication Date: January 26, 2010

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.

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This week's spotlight:

Senator from District 7

Paula Dockery (R)

Gator connection: Received her bachelor of arts degree in political science and master of arts degree in mass communications from the University of Florida. She has served as chair of the Florida Legislature’s Gator Caucus and as a member of the Gator Booster Board. She also is an avid, season ticket-holding fan of Florida football who has endowed a UF athletic scholarship.

Background: Dockery, a state senator from Lakeland, is running for governor. She was elected to the Florida Senate in 2002 and to the Florida House in 1996. In 2005, she was named Public Official of the Year by Governing Magazine for her leadership on water policy. She is chair of the Senate’s Criminal Justice committee and serves on committees that oversee state policies on water, land use and transportation (including funding). She also has served on the Florida Commission on Open Government and the Florida Council of Education Management. She believes the state’s economic development efforts should be more closely tied to the ”brain trust” in Florida’s state universities, not sent out of state. “The University of Florida will always hold a special place in my heart from my days there as a student,” she said. “And as the state’s only Top-50 ranked university, UF will continue to play a vital role in helping our economy grow in new and diverse ways. And the Gator Nation is up to the challenge.”

News Bites

UF to dedicate 80,000-square-foot Emerging Pathogens Institute facility

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Federal, state and University of Florida officials and scientists will gather Jan. 26 to dedicate the Sunshine State’s first research facility focused on new infectious diseases threatening plants, animals, people and food safety.
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Engineers: New sensor could help treat, combat diabetes, other diseases

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A tiny new sensor could provide fresh, inexpensive diagnosis and treatment methods for people suffering from a variety of diseases.
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UF gets almost $15 million in federal funds to build research complex to help older adults

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida’s Institute on Aging has received close to $15 million from the National Institutes of Health to construct an almost 40,000-square-foot complex for clinical and translational research. The building will bring together scientists from a range of scientific disciplines and enhance how aging research is carried out on the campus.
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Old-time vegetables offer new opportunities to Florida farmers, UF experts say

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Vegetables of yesteryear may offer Florida farmers a brighter tomorrow, say University of Florida experts who’ll be teaching a workshop on commercial production of trendy “heirloom” varieties this weekend.
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NASA awards University of Florida $870,000 grant to study land use cover change

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers have received an $870,000 grant to study how to better adapt to climate change.
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