Government Relations

The Legisgator

A newsletter for the Gator Caucus

Publication Date: March 7, 2011

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:

Representative from District 66

Lonnie Ingram

Ben Albritton (R)

Gator connection: Albritton took graduate courses at the University of Florida. And during his tenure as the chairman of the Florida Citrus Commission, he worked closely with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Services. He helped create the Citrus Research & Development Foundation to help fight citrus diseases, such as greening.

Background: Albritton was born in Lakeland and is a sixth-generation Floridian. For four generations, his family has worked in the citrus industry. He is an active managing partner for Albritton Companies, a group of family-owned companies involved in citrus grove ownership, citrus grove care and management, horticultural consulting, risk management and insurance. Albritton was elected to the House in 2010. He is on the Health & Human Services Committee, in addition to the Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations, Energy & Utilities, Insurance & Banking, and Transportation & Highway Safety subcommittees. He also is on the Select Committee on Government Reorganization.

Albritton served for three terms as the chairman of the Florida Citrus Commission before he ran for public office. He remains an active member in his local church, the First Christian Church of Wauchula.

This week’s featured faculty:

Shahla Masood

Lonnie Ingram

Shahla Masood

Dr. Shahla Masood is a Persian-born physician who currently holds the positions of professor and chairwoman of the department of pathology at UF College of Medicine-Jacksonville and chief of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Shands Jacksonville. She also is the medical director of Shands Jacksonville Breast Health Center. Masood is an internationally recognized expert in breast cancer diagnosis and prognosis and is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Breast Journal.

She is heavily involved in the study of minimally invasive procedures, such as fine-needle aspiration biopsy, in providing diagnostic and prognostic information in high-risk and breast cancer patients. She is a frequent speaker at national and international symposiums.

News Bites

Floridians remain confident about economy for second consecutive month

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumer confidence among Floridians remained at 77 out of 100 in February further demonstrating the public’s positive view of the economy, according to a new University of Florida survey.
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UF study traces global red imported fire ant invasions to southern U.S.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Red imported fire ant invasions around the globe in recent years can now be traced to the southern U.S., where the nuisance insect gained a foothold in the 1930s, new University of Florida research has found.
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Updated UF scientific report explains relationship between turf grass, water quality

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Lawn fertilizer misuse is one of many factors degrading water quality in Florida and summertime fertilizer bans may not be a quick-fix solution, according to an updated report released this week by University of Florida scientists.
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UF study: Florida nurses below U.S. average for higher degrees; patient care may suffer

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Nurses in Florida are falling behind national trends in terms of education — a direction that may affect patient safety and quality of care as well as the ability to educate the next generation of nursing professionals.
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Psychological effects of BP oil spill go beyond residents of impacted shorelines

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The psychological effects of the BP oil spill, the largest recorded environmental disaster in human history, extend far beyond people living around the areas of the Gulf of Mexico that were directly impacted by the spill, a new study finds.
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Disease-carrying Asian citrus psyllids find refuge in abandoned groves, UF study shows

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — For years, citrus growers have feared that abandoned groves provided refuge for the Asian citrus psyllid, an invasive insect that transmits citrus greening — now, University of Florida researchers say they were right.
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Frank Stronach Plant Science Center Conference Facility announced for UF’s Citra operation

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – University of Florida officials announced today that construction of a much-needed conference center will begin soon at its Plant Science Research and Education Unit, known as PSREU, in Citra, Fla. thanks to a gift of $1.5 million from Frank Stronach, founder and Chairman of Magna International Inc.
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UF leads world in reconfigurable supercomputing

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers say their supercomputer, named Novo-G, is the world’s fastest reconfigurable supercomputer and is able to perform some important science applications faster than the Chinese supercomputer touted as the world’s most powerful.
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UF researchers find surgical breast biopsies overused in Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Thousands of women receive unnecessary surgical breast biopsies in Florida each year, University of Florida researchers state in an article published online this week by the American Journal of Surgery.
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Shark attacks increase worldwide; Florida continues four-year decline

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The number of reported shark attacks last year increased worldwide but declined in Florida, according to the University of Florida’s International Shark Attack File annual report released today.
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