University of Florida


Early Years

Sandra Dodgens was taking a break from being a foster parent after the heartbreak of losing a child with cerebral palsy. Then a social worker called her about a pair of twins in critical need. The previous foster parent had them for 30 hours and gave up. Dodgens decided to help....
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Going Viral

For the billions of viral particles that populate our bodies, the connections they make with host cells can be the difference between sickness and health. Mavis Agbandje-McKenna has spent much of her career seeking to understand those connections and manipulate them, either to...
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Power Surge

The University of Florida Training Reactor was commissioned in 1959 as part of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Atoms for Peace program, and today it is one of the five oldest university research reactors still licensed. As it approached the half-century mark, it was due for a...
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Ira Longini has long experience in modeling infectious diseases, from the annual versions of influenza to the exotic chikungunya, and cholera and dengue in between. “About seven or eight years ago I started working on Ebola — I didn’t publish anything — I just thought it...
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Mark Atkinson

Intersecting Paths

Amy and Mike Mangan knew immediately that something was wrong with their son Griffin when he came home to Ocala last September just a month after starting his sophomore year at Florida State University. “I was taken aback by how he looked. He had clearly lost a lot of weight — he...
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Scaled Down

In the world of weight loss and fitness, numbers rule: 279 pounds; 20,000 pushups; 75 miles; a 6:22 marathon; a 16:39:53 Ironman; a 750-pound truck tire; the No. 6 at the drive-thru; a 76-ounce steak. One number ought to be fair game for a chat with the author of Down Size: 12...
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Rating Risk

The mission of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is to “protect investors, maintain fair, orderly and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation.” That mission, says University of Florida finance Professor Mark Flannery, is at the heart of the American...
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Plant Whisperer

Kevin Folta is the Dr. Dolittle of the plant kingdom. Folta is interpreting a new language, spoken between the sun and the Earth’s plants — where blue means one thing, red another — so that one day farmers can use light to give plants instructions: grow faster, bigger, more...
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Ocean of Opportunity

Think of your memories: a first kiss, a broken bone, a heart-wrenching good-bye. They all changed your DNA. Neuroscientists have long sought clues to memory — what we remember, what we forget — and increasingly, they find genomics plays a key role, says University of Florida...
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