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Whatever you’ve got your sights set on, that’s merely the beginning. As a Gator you’ll learn to see beyond the horizon. We measure success not in individual achievement, but where you go from there. Because when reaching your goals is just the starting point, there’s no end to what Gators can accomplish.

Director: Wendy D. Graham

Director of the University of Florida Water Institute

Is there a better place to study water than Florida? One person qualified to answer that question is Wendy D. Graham. She is the Carl S. Swisher Eminent Scholar in Water Resources in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering and Director of the University of Florida Water Institute. Graham has served as Principle Investigator or co-PI on more than $11 million in grants and contracts and has supervised 30 doctoral and master’s thesis committees, earning numerous honors and awards in the process.

Faculty: Thomas Schmittgen

College of Pharmacy
Professor of Pharmaceutics

Thomas Schmittgen’s research focuses on the role of noncoding RNAs and cancer. He discovered a microRNA signature that is currently being commercially developed as a biomarker for the early detection of pancreatic cancer. A paper he co-authored in 2001 describing the relative method of gene quantification has been cited more than 36,000 times and is ranked by the international journal “Nature” as the 21st most-cited scientific article of all time.

Donor: Andrew and Pamela Banks

Andrew: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Class of 1976
Pamela: Former Premier of Bermuda

Andrew Banks, his wife Pamela and their family established the Andrew Banks Family Preeminence Endowment, committing $5 million to support faculty, research and teaching. They are also among the first to support the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program. When asked why he and Pamela thought it was important to give back, he said they were both taught, “First you learn, then you earn, then you return the favors and blessings that have been bestowed on you.” They have done just that.

For the Gator Good

The challenges facing our world are bigger than one person. One
organization. One university. The Gator Good is our
campaign to combine those efforts and solve those global problems.
Because together, our impact is greater.

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