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Title: Academics: a monthly newsletter for the faculty of the University of Florida
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Publication Date: 2005
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UF Faculty Senate Newsletter

April, 2005 Issue # 5

Outgoing Chair's Report
P. Ramnond

stretching the limits of knowledge and the minds of
your students, and stay connected.

Pierre Ramond

Parting Thoughts

It has been a busy year. Much has been achieved;
much more remains to be done. Through the hard
work of many of our colleagues, the Faculty Senate
has redefined the Tenure Process, the Grievance
Procedures, and the Policy Councils are learning their
trade. Faculty Compensation is recognized as a
priority by the Board of Trustees and the
Administration. The Faculty Senate is on a steep
learning curve that is going to test Shared Faculty

A case in point is the formulation of the New Strategic
Plan. Deans submitted their unit's aspiration after
consulting with their faculty, as they should have, but
there was no equivalent group of the most visionary
faculty across the campus to identify new intellectual
directions, and suggest interdisciplinary
opportunities unique to our University.

As the Faculty Trustee, I addressed the crucial
importance of graduate education and students, as all
Faculty understand the need for first rate graduate
students. While Science Faculty need well-equipped
laboratories to succeed, Libraries are the lifeblood of
the Humanities. The Faculty Senate has identified the
neglect of our libraries as an obstacle to reaching the
next level.

The University of Florida will not achieve Top Ten
status without stellar programs both in the
Humanities and in the Sciences.

Rome was not built in a day; and our efforts this year
have added a step in the ladder that leads us to

It has been a rewarding experience to serve the
Faculty. The University of Florida requires your
involvement to attain its desired status. So keep

Inside you will find....

Chair-Elect Appointment Page 2
March Faculty Senate Meeting Page 2
April Faculty Senate Meeting Items Page 2
Doctoral Dissertation/Mentoring Page 3
Advisor Awards
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April Calendar of Events Page 7

Incoming Chair's Report
K. Tanzer

How can the Faculty Senate help the University of
Florida improve? This is the question we discussed at
a recent Senate Steering Committee meeting, as we
began to prepare for next year's efforts.

My predecessors-Pierre Ramond, Tony Brennan,
Jean Larson, Richard Briggs, Joe Layon and Jim
Pettigrew-have progressively improved the Faculty
Senate's effectiveness over the past five and a half
years of elected leadership. Our Senate now satisfies
virtually all the traits of effective Senates as outlined
by the American Association of University Professors
(look under Governance, Resources at
www.aaup.org). We have reinstated elected faculty
representation on existing University committees and
created new, comprehensive Policy Councils charged
with addressing all aspects of the University's
academic mission. A much larger group of faculty
members from across the University now participate
in shared governance, though still far too few.

Over the next year I will work with the Senate to
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continue to build a culture of commitment to shared
governance across the University. This is necessary
foundation, but it is not sufficient to improve the
University of Florida.

To improve our University, the Faculty Senate must
become increasingly proactive rather than reactive.
We have begun by working with the administration to
commission excellent reports and recommendations
on Tenure and Promotion, Faculty Compensation,
University Libraries and Sustainability, to name a few.
But as we become more logistically capable, our
Senate perspective must broaden. We must look
ahead, to foresee and cultivate new academic
opportunities, and around us, to incorporate our UF
colleagues' best practices. We must light more fires
and put out fewer fires.

We have over 4,000 smart, hardworking,
internationally networked faculty members at the
University Florida. To improve, we need the synergy
that university-wide faculty collaboration will


Faculty Senate Cl i r-Elect

CongIrat elation l
Danaya Wright, P rorf'or, Law
Professor Wright was elected as the 2005-2006
Faculty Senate Chair-Elect,
receiving 40 of the 78 votes cast.


M- rth Fa cult Senate
NM et ing Resoluit ion
* Honorary Degree Committee
Barry Ache, Chair
Honorary Degrees, Distinguished Alumnus Awards &
Memorials Committee
(1) Edward Villella, Founding Artistic & CFO of the
Miami City Ballet
(2) Dr. Nicholas Bodor, Chief Scientific Officer,
IVAX Corporation

April Faculty Senate
Alet ing Items
Action Items
* Proposed Constitutional Language
Article II Section 5 APA Assembly
Chris Snodgrass, Chair
Constitution Committee
* UF Calendars
2005 Commencement Ceremonies
Sheila Dickison, Chair
Curriculum Committee
" Name Change
Graduate Engineering Research Center
Sheila Dickison, Chair
Curriculum Committee
" New Degree Proposals
Ken Gerhardt
Graduate School
(1) Masters of Science with a Major in Animal
Molecular & Cellular Biology
(2) Doctor of Philosophy with a Major in Animal
Molecular & Cellular Biology
(3) Masters in International Taxation

Information Items
" University Library Policy
Scott Nygren, Chair
Policy Council on Academic Infrastructure & Support

Rules Report
Chris Snodgrass, Chair
Constitution Committee

Faculty Senate 235C Tigert Hall P.O. Box # 113175 Gainesville, FL 32611 t
Phone 352/ 392-9019 http://www.senate.ufl.edu Facsimile 352/392-8735

Doctoral Dissertation Advisor/Ml en touring Award Winners
Awards are given each year to advisors selected on a competitive basis. The winners receive a $3,000
award and an additional $1,000 to support their graduate studies.
2004-2005 Winners:
SDr. H. Jane Brockmann
Professor, Zoology
Professor Brockmann is an animal behaviorist interested in the evolution of alternative strategies and tactics and the
economics and mechanisms of decision making in animals. Currently involved in studying the evolution of mating and
nesting behaviors of horseshoe crabs. Brockmann is also interested in sexual selection, mate choice, and paternal care,
the evolution of sex ratios, the evolution of life-history patterns (e.g. emergence and diapause) and the evolution of
social behavior (e.g. nesting behavior of solitary and social wasps).

Ul Dr. Paul Holloway
Professor, Materials Science & Engineering
Professor Holloway is Director of MICROFABRITECH, an interdisciplinary materials research program at the
University of Florida. Holloway is internationally recognized for his work in quantitative surface analysis; grain
boundary and thin film diffusion, oxidation, and adhesion in microelectronic devices; thin film processing for
microelectromechanical (MEMS) systems; contacts to semiconductors; surface passivation of compound
semiconductors; basic science of wide-gap materials for light emitting diodes and lasers; and advanced phosphors for
display technologies.

Dr. James Jones
Distinguished Professor, Agricultural and Biological Engineering
http://www.agen.ufl.edu/newsite/mainpages/Faculty pages/PDF%20Profiles%20rev/Jones Jim.pdf
Dr. Jones specializes in mathematical modeling of plant growth and environmental interactions (with soil and
atmosphere), in analysis of agricultural systems for research and decision support applications, and in computer
control of plant growth systems, including greenhouses and research growth systems.

Dr. Greg Neimeyer
Professor, Psychology
I: http://www.psych.ufl.edu/-neimeyer/gnhome.html
Dr. Neimeyer is the graduate school coordinator for UF's psychology program. He is in charge of overseeing the
university's doctoral programs in cognitive psychology, sensory processes, clinical and developmental psychology,
behavior analysis, psychobiology and social psychology. Dr. Neimeyer's current research interests include social
influence in a clinical context, relationship development and disorder, and multi-cultural counseling.

Dr. Ramesh Reddy
Professor, Soil & Water Science
http: / /wetlands. ifas. ufl. edu/reddy. htm
For the past 15 years, Dr. Reddy has led a team of UF researchers, working in cooperation with the state agencies
(Water Management Districts) and federal agencies (USDA), who have been investigating water quality related issues
in three major freshwater ecosystems of south Florida. Key research issues addressed include:(i) nutrient loading
impact on wetlands and streams in the Lake Okeechobee Basin;(ii) internal nutrient cycling and loading in Lake
Apopka and Lake Okeechobee; (iii) historical nutrient loading impacts in the Everglades; and (iv) long-term nutrient
retention capacity of constructed and natural wetlands.

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College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Faculty Awards and Honors


Associate professor of history Sheryl Kroen has received a Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship for Recently
Tenured Scholars by the American Council of Learned Societies, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation and the Andrew
W. Mellon Foundation. The $75,000 award will allow Kroen to work on her proposed research project, "Capitalism
and Democracy: The Lessons of the Marshall Plan," during the 2006-2007 academic year in residence at the National
Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, NC. She also received a $30,000 fellowship from the German Marshall Fund to
work on the same project in Paris next year.

Assistant professor of religion Leah Hochman was invited to join the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies at Oxford
University for the spring semester in 2005. Every year, the Skirball Fellows Program invites seven scholars from around the
world to stay at the Yarnton Manor estate, where the Centre is located, to pursue research projects in all areas of Jewish history,
literature, languages and thought.

SThe National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded assistant professor of women's studies Trysh Travis a 12-
month fellowship. Travis will use the $40,000 award to complete her book, The Persistence of Sentiment:
Contemporary American Literature and the Culture of 12-Step Recovery.

English professors Debora Greger and William Logan have been honored by Centenary College in
Shreveport, Louisiana with the Corrington Award for Literary Excellence. As the 15th and 16th recipients of 1
the award, named in memory of Centenary alumnus John William Corrington, the two received bronze
medals. The award also carries a special feature-a book by each winner is incorporated into all sections of the fall
first-year experience courses at Centenary.

Religion professor Vasudha Narayanan received an American Council of Learned Societies fellowship for 2004-
2005. The funding supports her research on "Churning the Ocean of Story: Retelling Narratives of Hinduism in
Cambodia and India."

The American Council of Learned Societies awarded associate professor of philosophy John Palmer a Frederick
Burkhardt Residential Fellowship for Recently Tenured Scholars. The fellowship carries a $65,000 stipend, which
Palmer is using during the 2004-2005 academic year to develop a new narrative for the history of early Greek

H Associate professor of linguistics Diana Boxer was a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow during July and August 2004 at
the Bellagio Study Center in Bellagio, Italy.

Professor of English Ron Carpenter received the 2004 Douglas Ehninger Distinguished Rhetorical Scholar Award, which
recognizes Carpenter's multiple publications and presentations around a rhetorical topic or theme that have demonstrated
intellectual creativity, perseverance and impact on academic communities.

English professor James Haskins received the 2004 John and Patricia Beatty Award from the California Library
Association for his book Cecil Poole: A Life in the Law.

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Assistant religion professor Mario Poceski received a Center for East Asian Studies Fellowship in Chinese Studies at
Stanford University for the 2004-2005 academic year. He is working on a book that explores the attitudes toward
morality and monasticism within the Chan school of late medieval Chinese Buddhism.

Associate professor of Russian studies Michael Gorman received the 2004 Best Book in Literature and Culture
Award from the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages for his book Speaking in
Soviet Tongues: Language Culture and the Politics of Voice in Revolutionary Russia.


Faye Harrison, a professor of African-American studies and anthropology, has received the 2004 Society for the
Anthropology of North America (SANA) Prize for Distinguished Achievement in the Critical Study of North America.
The award is given annually in honor of a senior-level anthropologist who has made broad-based contributions to the

f The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) acknowledged professor emeritus of sociology Felix Berardo's
many years of leadership in the field of family studies by creating the Felix M. Berardo Award for Mentoring in his
honor. The award will recognize faculty members in family studies for extraordinary efforts to provide students and
colleagues with the guidance and social support essential to their career development and advancement.

US Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson has appointed sociology professor Terry Mills to the
National Advisory Council on Aging. His appointment continues until 2008. As one of 18 members on the council,
Mills will advise the secretary and the directors of the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute on Aging l
on matters relating to the conduct and support of biomedical, social, and behavioral research, training, health
information dissemination, and other programs with respect to the aging process.

Professor emeritus of political science Peggy Conway received the 2004 Frank J. Goodnow Distinguished Service
Award from the American Political Science Association in honor of her outstanding service to the community.

David Grove, a courtesy professor in the Department of Anthropology, was recently named a fellow of the
American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Assistant professor of psychology Lise Abrams was selected as one of the three recipients of the 2004 Women in
Cognitive Science Mentorship Award from Women in Cognitive Science, an affiliate of the Psychonomic Society.

The Southern Gerontological Society has created the Gordon Streib Academic Gerontologist Award in honor of sociology
professor Gordon Streib's scientific career and contributions to the field. The award recognizes outstanding
career contributions to the advancement of gerontology through excellence in research that has contributed to the
quality of life of older people, teaching of students and professionals and service to professional organizations.

Communication sciences and disorders professor Patricia Kricos, who is also director of the Center for
Gerontological Studies, was elected to serve a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the American Board of

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Laudamus (cont.)


Assistant astronomy professor Vicki Sarajedini and assistant physics professor Stephen Hagen each received a
2004 National Science Foundation CAREER award. Only the top 10 percent of young tenure-track faculty in the US
are given CAREER grants to support their research.

SThe Department of Energy Division of High Energy Physics selected assistant physics professor Konstantin Matchev
to receive a 2004 Outstanding Junior Investigator (OJI) award.

Assistant chemistry professor Adam Veige has received a $50,000 New Faculty Award from the Camille and Henry
Dreyfus Foundation. He is one of nine professors nationwide to receive the honor. Veige was chosen based on his
proposed research program, which aims to exploit structural, electronic and reactivity tenets to design reactive early
transition metal complexes for the purpose of small molecule activation and catalysis

SPhysics professor Pierre Ramond was named the 2004 Oskar Klein lecturer by the Royal Swedish Academy of
Sciences. As part of the honor, Ramond delivered a lecture at Stockholm University.

Chemistry professor James D. Winefordner was recently named a fellow of the Society of Applied Spectroscopy, and is one of
the first to receive this honor. He has also received the Strock Award from the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and
Spectroscopy Societies, given by the New England Section of the Society of Applied Spectroscopy in recognition of a
selected publication of substantive research. Winefordner also received the Maurice Hasler Award at the Pittsburgh
Conference, an annual conference on analytical chemistry and spectroscopy.

Professor emeritus of physics Dwight Adams has received the 2005 Keithley Award from the American Physical
Society. Adams was recognized for his development of the capacitive pressure transducer, and for its application to the
S helium melting pressure thermometry and other scientific uses. He will receive $5,000 and a certificate citing his

Chemistry professor Alan Katritzky was honored at the International Chemistry-Biology Interface Conference in
Delhi, India when one of the symposiums, "Synthetic Strategies in Heterocyclic Chemistry," was presented as a tribute.
He also received the lifetime achievement award from the Indian Chemical Society and a plaque commemorating his
election as the Foreign Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy by K.R. Narayanan, the former President of

Three UF scientists have been named fellows of the American Physical Society. Physics professors Paul Avery

innovative contributions in applying physics to science and technology. No more than one-half of one percent of
the society's total membership is selected for fellowship status each year.

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