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A Monthly Publication of The University of Florida College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
The Effect of Private Money on Academic Programs
Gifts Benefit the Department of English
An important event occurred re-
cently in Gainesville, one that will
lead to far-reaching consequences
for the University of Florida and
CLAS. It was the kickoff of a $500
million capital campaign that will
reach completion just into the new
Converging on Gainesville were
hundreds of UF's major benefac-
tors to share in the excitement of a
gala fundraising evening. It didn't
hurt that the Gators were to play
Tennessee that same weekend, but
it was surely not just football that
attracted these close friends of UF
back to campus. Most of them care
deeply about our academic pro-
grams and back up these feelings
with generous gifts for their favorite
university. Our friends give for the
very best of reasons they love
the University of Florida.
Faculty often have mixed reac-
tions to large fund-raising cam-
paigns. They realize the overall
importance for the university,
but deans sometimes do an inad-
equate job of showing them the
specific outcomes. The first UF
capital campaign, which ended
in 1991, raised $392 million for
a vast variety of needs. Much of
this, of course, was in endowments
that now provide annual return
in perpetuity. CLAS enhanced
its scholarship and fellowship ca-
pability enormously during that
campaign, which now has a direct
benefit for over 100 top students
each year. And Griffin-Floyd Hall,
which houses the departments
of statistics and philosophy, was
renovated from a derelict shell into
a beautiful, functional building.
These are only two examples of that
What will we gain from the current
campaign? This is somewhat up
The glitz and spectacle of UF's 500
million dollar Capital Campaign
may have peaked with the black-
tie "kickoff" gala on September 19, but
the campaign's results will continue,
very tangibly, to impact CLAS depart-
ments many years into the future.
Ira Clark, chair of the English depart-
ment, explains: "private giving has
strengthened our department in sev-
eral ways. Perhaps most importantly,
endowed fellowships have allowed
us to attract high-caliber graduate
students from around the country."
Teaching assistants, whom the depart-
ment relies upon to teach a majority of
the university mandated composition
courses, receive annual stipends of
$7,500 $8,550 not enough to com-
pete with schools like Cornell, Iowa,
Arizona/Tucson and Houston, whose
$17-18,000 stipends lured several top-
notch English TAs away from UF and
kept others from attending here in the
first place. Private money, however,
can help level the playing field. Clark
can offer promising applicants "add
This month's focus: The
--See Musings, page 12
Ralph Savarese, PhD
student in American
literature and cul-
tural studies, received
a Kirkland Disserta-
tion Fellowship that
has allowed him to
spend more time re-
searching and writing
on" money from private funds, like the
Rebecca Porter and the Kirkland fel-
lowships, to persuade them to study at
UF. (Additional add on money comes
from funds like the Grinter and the
Presidential fellowship funds, created
with indirect research proceeds.) Small
teaching awards supported by private
funds and given out each year provide
further recognition and incentive.
The department can reward existing
graduate students with dissertation
fellowships or longer duration awards
like the 3-year Kirklands. Interest from
the Kirkland fund, which was set up
with money bequeathed by the widow
of the late professor Edwin C. Kirkland
and now totals over 1.6 million dollars,
provides nearly $80,000 a year to the
department's best students in Victorian
studies and folklore/cultural studies.
The new Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Trust (set up on the recent death of the
late writer's husband) will eventually
yield similar results for creative writing
and American literature students.
CLAS Capital Campaign
--See Private Funds, page 12
Around the College
AFRICAN AND ASIAN L & L
Haig Der-Houssikian presented a paper entitled
"Morphological Reflexes of Discourse Requisites
in Swahili" at the 2nd World Congress of African
Linguistics, held at the University of Leipzig,
Mark Reid presented "PostNegritude Visual
Culture"at the After Consensus: Critical C I,. //I,-. ,
and Social C (i.,,...v in America conference held at
Goteborg University in Sweden in August. Cam-
bridge University Press has recently published Spike
Lee's 'Do the Right Thing,' which Reid edited.
Amitava Kumar was an invited artist at the Desh-
Pardesh Cultural Festival in Toronto, where he read
his poetry and was interviewed in a public forum
following the screening of his collaborative video.
Brandon Kershner has been asked to serve as
guest editor for an issue of the annual hard-bound
journal European Joyce Studies. He will also be co-
organizing the 1998 International Joyce Symposium
to be held in Rome.
Barbara E. McDade was appointed to the
Review Committee (for West, Central and Southern
Africa) of the Council for International Exchange
of Scholars (CIES), which reviews applications and
makes recommendations for the 1998-99 Fulbright
Senior Scholars Fellowships and Awards.
Sasha Dranishnikov was recently invited to
give an hour address at the International Congress
of Mathematicians to be held in Berlin in August
Neil Sullivan gave an invited lecture series to
students and researchers at the XIVth International
NMR Summer School held at the University of
Waterloo in Canada.
ROMANCE L & L
In August, Bernadette Cailler, professor of
French, presented a paper titled "Revoir la N6gritude
et 1' aprss-N6gritude 1l' aide d' Emmanuel L6vinas at
the XVth Congress of the International Comparative
Literature Association (Leiden, the Netherlands).
William Calin spent the spring and summer as a
visiting research fellow at the Institute for Advanced
Studies, Edinburgh, researching and writing Minority
Literatures and Modernism: Scots, Breton, and
Jay Gubrium presented the Distinguished
Scholar Lecture \\lling Against Story" for the
Aging and Life courses at the Annual Conference of
the American Sociological Association in Toronto,
CLAS Fall Convocation
Dean Harrsion and
Kelly Hamel at the
A record number of
(277 this year, up
from 223 last year)
were named and,
for the first time,
medallions to mark
Anderson Scholars of Distinction (3.8 GPA or above after two years of
undergraduate study at UF) stand to be recognized during the CLAS Fall
Convocation. CLAS scholarship recipients and National Merit, National
Achievement, and National Hispanic Scholars were also honored during
the annual ceremony.
status by Dean
Anderson Scholar Andre
Higgins at the Fall
Around the College
47 Women Honored as Alumnae of Achievement
(from left) Eleanor Smeal, first two-term president of the Joan Ruffier, CLAS alumna (BA English, '61),first female
National Organization for Women, CLAS alumna (MA president of the Board of Regents and president-elect of the
Poli Sci, '63) and UF Alumna of Achievement; Vasudha Florida Foundation Board, was one of47 awarded an Alumna
Narayanan (Religion); and Sue Rosser (Director of of Achievement Medallion by President Lombardi during
Women's Studies) at the opening reception of the Center for September's ceremony. The Convocation, which marked 50
Women's Studies and Gender Research. years of co-education and 20 years of women's studies at UF,
coincided with the capital campaign kickoff
Murray Laurie, long-time graduate school editor who retired in August, was
recently presented with a plaque by Dean Frazier and the rest of the University
Committee for the Preservation of Historic Buildings and Sites. The award was
made in recognition of her significant contributions to historic preservation at UF.
Ms. Laurie was involved in writing the original plan which led to UF's northeast
quadrant being designated an Historic District on the National Register of Historic
Places. She also worked hard to see that numerous individual buildings (many
which house CLAS departments) were included on the National Register.
SI UNIVERSITY OF
GERMAN AND SLAVIC L & L
Hal H. Rennert was awarded a publication grant from the Bavarian Academy
of Fine Arts for The Selected Letters of Wilhelm Hausenstein (1882-1957).
He spent his sabbatical leave researching this project at the German Literary
Archive in Marbach, Germany.
In April, 1998, the University of Wales will present Raymond Andrew with
the honorary degree of DSc in recognition of his "distinction as a physicist" and
his "contributions to the study of nuclear magnetic resonance."
CLAS notes is published monthly by the
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to
inform faculty and staff ofcurrent research
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Every year, some of our incoming CLAS assistant professors are making the exciting and
challenging transformation from PhD students to faculty members, while new CLAS gradu-
ate students are becoming first-time teaching assistants. CLAS notes will be publishing
in monthly installments, the progress of a few of these "academics in transition."
Pam Ohman (see this month's "new faculty"
section), is an assistant professor of statistics.
Cn: What has been the biggest adjustment in
becoming a university faculty member?
PO: The biggest adjustment is having to juggle
both research and teaching. During the last
two or three years of my PhD work, I was on
a grant and could focus solely on my research.
Trying to switch gears between research
mode and teaching mode can be difficult. In
particular, it's a struggle to keep my teaching
responsibilities, which have more immediate
results, from crowding into the time I have set
aside for research. That being said, teaching
is a nice break from the intensity of research.
On the research side, as a new professor, I'm
sort of starting the dissertation process all
over again. That is, I need to identify research
topics and start at the beginning-asking
questions, finding the right statistical tools-it
can be a daunting task. This is done, of course,
under the ever present worry: tenure.
Cn: Do you feel more pressure as a new professor
than you did as a PhD student?
PO: Yes. I am certainly enjoying my new
position more than being a student. However,
the pressure of the tenure decision waiting a
few years down the road hit me the moment
I came to Florida.
Cn: What has been the most exciting part of your
PO: I'm treated as a colleague, not as a
student. I have the freedom to pursue
whatever research interests me (as opposed to
being limited in my choices by the interests of
a supervising professor) and the opportunity
to work with some excellent statisticians.
The faculty in my department have been
very supportive and welcoming, both on an
academic and a personal level.
Cn: You went to Cornell. Have you noticed a
difference between the attitudes and/or caliber of
UP students and students at Cornell?
PO: I think students at Cornell are more grade
conscious, and by that I don't mean that they
necessarily care more about understanding
the material. Here, I've had students ask
many good questions and demonstrate a real
interest in the subject. Drawing on all of my
teaching experiences, I'd have to say that some
of the more inquisitive and enjoyable students
to teach aren't necessarily the "brightest" in
terms of their test scores.
Si Carla Edwards is a new PhD teaching assistant
S in the sociology department.
Cn: You've made an especially unusual transition:
After completing your MS. Ed in tl-CIl, I'Il'ixc- l.. rvices
at the University of Pennsylvania, you became an
assistant dean there. Have you found it difficult to
step back into the role of grad student-especially on
top of your duties as an instructor?
CE: My biggest problem (laugh) is figuring out
how to dress! I want to be comfortable as a student, but "presentable"
enough to teach. Actually, though, taking and teaching classes at the same
time is working out well. I'm learning many things in my classes that I
can turn around and teach to my students. Also, while working as a dean
I developed excellent time-management and administrative skills, which
I believe are crucial to the success of any student-instructor.
Cn: So being a dean has changed the way you teach?
CE: Definitely. Because I counseled many students on time management
and organization, these skills naturally found their way into my own work.
Preparing my lectures far ahead of time has allowed me the freedom to
spend time doing research and my own work. I review all my lectures the
night before I give them, and I usually modify them based on the previous
class or spice them up with current events.
Cn: What are the biggest challenges of your new position as a grad student/TA?
CE: I suppose one would be the overwhelming size of this campus. I have
75 students in a class! It's challenging to manage discussions in such a large
class. Also, the authority I have in the classroom as an instructor disappears
once I return to the hallways as a graduate student. It's a constant balancing-
act to negotiate the politics of a department and relationships with peers
while maintaining authority in the classroom.
Dana Martin, a first year TA in French, just
started her PhD study in romance literature and
Cn: What do youfind most difficult about being a student
and a teacher?
DM: This is my first time teaching (2 sections of
French 1130) and I must say the hardest thing about
it all is managing to prepare my lesson plans and
complete all my course readings, presentations,
and papers, too.
Cn: You're 23. Do you find it an advantage or a liability to be so close to the
average age of your students?
DM: I think being close in age to the students can be a good thing-I think
they feel I can empathize with them since I was in their position not too
long ago. What's most important is to establish that level of respect. My
students don't call me by my first name, and they know what I expect from
them as I made it clear the very first day of class.
Cn: Do you think the faculty in your college take you seriously as an
DM: Yes. They treat us all as professionals
$30 Million Earmarked for CLAS
Although the official kickoff for
the "It's Performance That
Counts" capital campaign
was held just weeks ago, the 5-year
campaign actually began "quiet phase"
fundraising efforts back in 1996.
Highly successful, the quiet phase
has pulled in over half the campaign's
original goal of $500 million in private
So what do these figures mean
for CLAS? Carter Boydstun, CLAS
director of development: "Of the $500
million total, $30 million has been
earmarked for CLAS." So far, Boydstun
reports, CLAS fundraising efforts have
succeeded in attaining nearly $18
million of the $30 million goal. Ten new
term professorships, endowed awards
that provide recipients with a one-year
$5,000 salary supplement and a $1,000
research stipend, have already been
secured, and CLAS hopes to receive
ten more. A recent anonymous gift of
$1.7 million will create a departmental
professorship in chemistry, and the
old language lab in Dauer soon will
become a beautifully renovated faculty
According to the campaign's case
statement, creating endowments
is a strategic way "to enhance the
performance of our faculty, to support
students and to fund the restoration of
two campus landmarks [Flint Hall for
classrooms and the political science
department and the former Women's
Gym for the Center for Women's
Studies and Gender Research]. Private
endowments give the college long-term
competitive advantages because they
are dependable sources of revenue year
after year. When invested wisely, they
are an effective hedge against rising
costs." Such endowments are often
created from single large gifts, like
term professorship donations, but they
can also be created from amalgamating
numerous smaller gifts, as is the case
with the English Department's Alumni
Professorship referred to in the front
page article of this issue.
Although alumni contribute nearly
60% of the gifts, it's not always easy to
The CLAS Major Gifts Committee--made up of alumni, faculty, ad-
ministrators and friends of the college--discusses the progress of
convince CLAS graduates to give back to
the college. Joan Ruffier, president-elect
of the UF Foundation and CLAS alumna
(English '61) explains: "alumni who go
on for advanced degrees in areas outside
CLAS, for example, tend to first identify
with--and therefore contribute to--their
college of graduate study." Ruffler, who
is also the first female president of the
Board of Regents and a recently honored
"Alumna of Achievement," compares
CLAS's predicament with that of the UF
library system. "Few people identify
with the library enough to support it
financially although everyone needs it
and uses it. CLAS is in a similar boat.
People may consider Arts and Sciences
the backbone or 'centerpiece' of the
university, but because it's such a broad,
diverse college, fewer donors than we'd
like approach us about making major
gifts." Department-specific giving (of
both annual and major gifts) tempers
this problem, as alumni/donors are
able to identify better with individual
departments and to feel good about
direct results their money can have
there. Ruffler, for example, contributes
annually to CLAS and specifies that
her money should go to the English
"It's crucial for potential donors to
understand the direct impact their gifts
have on college performance," says
Boydstun. Take, for example, the
Arthur Marshall, Jr. Eminent Scholar
Chair that was started in 1986 with a
$600,000 donation (from two private
foundations seeking to honor Marshall,
a distinguished Florida naturalist)
and a $400,000 state match. This gift
enabled the zoology department to
entice internationally known ecologist
Buzz Holling to join their faculty. In
the last seven years, Holling has won
(with Lance Gunderson) 4.8 million
dollars in research and program
grants; he has facilitated the training of
over 160 scientists and political/public
leaders at Everglades workshops, and
he has taught ecosystems research
to over 140 graduate students. He
is presently working to establish
the implementation of sustainable
development policies internationally.
Impressive results like these help
convince new donors to "invest"
in UF. New investments, in turn,
finance more programs like Holling's,
perpetuating the kind of measurable
success the "It's Performance That
Counts" campaign strives for.
Karen Pyke, an assistant professor of sociology, is currently engaged in a research project
r that examines several aspects of the adaptation process among children of Korean and
Vietnamese immigrants, including their management of conflicting gender expectations and
their responses to gendered racism. After earning her PhD in sociology at the University
of California at Irvine, she was an NIA postdoctoral fellow at the University of Southern
California and a lecturer and undergraduate faculty advisor at UC-Irvine. Her research
interests include gender, families, Asian immigration, and the interplay of race, class and
gender. This year, she will teach sociology of gender, and marriage and families. In her
spare time, she enjoys traveling, photography, snorkeling and searching (with her spouse
and seven-year-old daughter) for the best bowl of pho (Vietnamese soup) in Gainesville.
An assistant professor of mathematics,Philip Boyland earned his PhD from the University
of Iowa in 1983. In addition to his research in topology and dynamical systems, he has a
particular interest in the application of modern mathematics to problems in engineering. Most
recently, while a research associate in theoretical and applied mechanics at the University
of Illinois, he used topological methods to understand the mixing of fluids. Philip will be
teaching undergraduate and graduate mathematics courses. He is overwhelmed in his spare
time with home improvements.
Frederick Corney, an assistant professor of history, earned his PhD this spring from
Columbia University, where he focused on the history of the Soviet Union. His research
centers around Soviet history and cultural history (especially regarding historical/ cultural
memory). He is presently writing a book on the cultural construction of the 1917 October
Revolution as a founding myth. He teaches courses in Soviet/Russian history, Russia from
1796 1914, and Europe from 1789 to the present. In the spring he will teach a course on
the interrelation between history and memory, and a course on Soviet history. His outside
I interests include soccer and baseball.
An assistant professor jointly appointed in women's studies and English, Tace Hedrick came
to UF from Penn State at Harrisburg, where she was an assistant professor of humanities and
comparative literature. She received her PhD in comparative literature from the University
of Iowa in 20th Century Latin American and French literature. Her research interests include
Chicana/ o bilingual poetry, Latin American literature, Chicana/ o and Latina/ o literature,
women's literature, and feminist criticism. She is presently working on a feminist examination
of the work of C6sar Vallejo, an early Peruvian avant-garde poet. She teaches courses in
Chicana/ o and Latina/ o literature and women's studies. Her outside interests include working
out, watching movies, dancing, swimming at the beach and going out with friends.
Benjamin Karney, an assistant professor of psychology, finished his PhD this spring
in social psychology at UCLA. His studies include investigating the development of
unwanted beliefs and examining how marriages change, and his research activities include
longitudinal and observational studies of newlyweds. Benjamin's teaching focuses on the
psychology of personal relationships. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, eating and
An assistant professor of political science and African studies, Dennis Galvan came to UF
from UC Berkeley, where he served as a visiting instructor after earning his PhD there in 1996.
His interests include African politics, ethnic and religious politics, culture and institutional
change, and challenges to modernization in the developing world. Dennis has conducted
research on the blending of modern markets and political structures with "traditional" culture
and informal institutions of Senegal. His current research interests include informal systems
of capital accumulation; resource management and popular self government in West Africa;
and Africa-Latin America and Africa-East Asia comparisons, especially with regard to local
variations in processes of modernization. His outside interests include kayaking, biking,
out-of-the-way travel, and humidity (and how to make it his friend)..,
James P. Stansbury, an assistant professor of anthropology, most recently worked as a
visiting assistant professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he taught courses
in cultural anthropology and the ethnology of Latin America. He studied anthropology at
the University of New Mexico and earned his PhD from the University of Kentucky in 1996.
Additionally, he received training in epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene
and Public Health. Past research includes a study of refugees in Honduras and work in
Ecuador on child nutrition and health. Currently, he is developing a project to examine and
help prevent seizure disorders in Honduras. Jim will be teaching courses in Latin American
issues and medical and cultural anthropology. Swimming, jogging and cleaning the garage
occupy his free time.
An assistant professor of statistics, Pamela A. Ohman recently completed her PhD at Cornell
University. She is interested in higher order asymptotics and inference, including saddlepoint
approximations when the underlying assumption of normality is inappropriate. She also
has a growing interest in problems relating to correlated data. This year, Pam is teaching
courses in probability, regression analysis and time series. Her outside interests include
hiking, quilting and playing the cello.
Joaquim Camps, an assistant professor of romance languages, received his PhD in Spanish
applied linguistics from Georgetown University, where he was a lecturer and taught all
levels of Spanish, as well as Catalan. Coordinator of the first-year Spanish program here
at UF, he is teaching foreign language teaching methodology this fall and current issues in
second language acquisition in the spring of 1998. Joaquim's interest in cognitive aspects
of second language acquisition led him to research the role of attention to different aspects
*i. of linguistic input in the process of acquiring a second language. He enjoys participating
in sports (especially track and field) and listening to music.
An assistant professor of philosophy, D. Gene Witmer recently completed his PhD in
philosophy at Rutgers University. His present work focuses on materialism: developing its
exact formulation, exploring its relation to reductionism, and providing positive justification
for it. Other interests include laws of nature, consciousness, metaphysics, and the nature
of meaning. Projected papers include one defending ethical realism and one elaborating
a primitivist view of the laws of nature. Gene will be teaching courses in metaphysics,
epistemology, language, and mind. When not philosophizing, he reads horror fiction to
Conlon on Computing
SCLAS Bids Farewell to Conlon
On October 1, Mike Conlon (who joined the statistics department in 1982
and the Dean's office in 1993) will become the assistant vice-president for
-- .. health affairs academic information systems and support at Shands. His
Sjob responsibilities will include coordinating computing and networking in
S--- the six colleges of the Health Center and supervising the Learning Resource
SCenter, HEALTHNET, the Health Science Center teaching labs, and the Office
'-9Tl, ;of Information Technology and Services. His new position will give him the
_-c ay opportunity to refurbish and expand the HSC video conferencing network
,f&/ L 4' across north central Florida and to participate in the development of electronic
T. \-- r infrastructure for the Brain Institute.
M IM E is an Internet-
standard method for passing data on
the Internet. MIME is used to send
non-text material (pictures, audio,
word processed documents) through
e-mail. If you use an e-mail program
that "does MIME" you can send almost
anything to anyone else who also uses
an e-mail program that "does MIME."
No longer are you limited to typing
text into an e-mail program. You can
send voice recordings, web pages,
photographs, manuscripts, foreign lan-
guage material and much more, using
MIME"attach-ments." An attachment
is just a collection of material that will
be placed into your e-mail message
using a particular format. The MIME
format is implemented in many e-mail
programs from many different vendors
on many different kinds of computers.
It is the Internet standard.
Internet standards are important.
The Internet standard for MIME can
be found in a document entitled "RFC
1341 MIME (Multipurpose Internet
Mail Extensions)." An RFC is a request
for comments, meaning a document
prepared by an Internet working group
and then adopted by Internet standards
setting bodies. The RFCs can be found
online at http ://ds. internic.
net/rfc. All RFCs are public and
in the public domain. Any software
author can implement formats and
procedures they prescribe. Programs
that implement RFCs correctly can then
interoperate with other programs that
do the same. The Internet is built on
such standards. There are RFCs cover-
ing e-mail, networking, routing (the
switching the Internet must do to get
messages from here to there), HTML
and just about everything else. People
developing Internet programs use the
RFCs as requirements--Internet software
must implement the RFCs correctly or
else the new software won't operate with
existing software. So e-mail programs
that implement RFC 1341 (MIME) can
attach non-text material that can then be
read by any other e-mail program that
implements RFC 1341.
RFCs are enforced only by market
pressure. There are no Internet police
making sure that programs conform to
standards. There are no regulatory agen-
cies certifying compliance. Programs that
do not comply cannot talk to each other,
and that appears to be all the pressure
Unfortunately, there are instances
where companies decide that proprietary
solutions are preferable to standards-
based solutions. If you use a proprietary
piece of software, it may be able to do
things that are not in any standard. But it
will only be able to do these things with
other programs from the same vendor.
Proprietary solutions are often touted as
containing features that other software
does not have. Standards often lag be-
hind the introduction of new features.
So, for example, there was a time before
the MIME standard (RFC 1341 is dated
June 1992) and a time before programs
widely and correctly implemented the
standard. Before the MIME standard,
many vendors developed their own
methods for attaching non-text material
to e-mail. Uuencode and Mac's binhex
are examples. These methods worked
well if the recipient had the same soft-
ware you did. But without standards
there could be no guarantees that the
material you attached could be read at
the other end.
Some programs continue to give
you choices regarding the method of
attaching non-text material. Choose
MIME. It is the most likely method to
be correctly decoded at your message's
The MIME standard describes how
the non-text data will be stored in an
e-mail message. It does not say what
will happen when the message arrives.
MIME "headers" surround non-text ma-
terial and indicate the type of material
contained. Many programs have lists of
MIME types built-in to their program-
ming and respond appropriately to
known MIME types. So when receiving
a JPG image (common on the web) an e-
mail program may automatically start a
graphics program capable of displaying
the image. Or your program may ask
you what to do with a particular MIME
attachment. Saving the attachment as
a file should permit you to start an ap-
propriate program when you desire.
Eudora, PC-PINE, Netscape Naviga-
tor and Netscape Communicator both
read and write MIME quite well. Be
sure to use MIME when sending non-
text attachments. And be sure to use
standards-based software--you'll know
your software will work with other pro-
The Department of Zoology has a strong
faculty in the fields of c cl '1 ,.', phi ,i\ '1 'r._, systematics,
morphology and behavior, bound together by our common
interest in evolutionary patterns and processes. Our work
is integrative across multiple levels of organization from
molecular to individual, communities and landscapes.
We work across time frames, spatial scales and habitats,
and we approach our subject comparatively by studying
diverse species. Recent new faculty have encouraged
collaborative projects and multidisciplinary initiatives.
Faculty and graduate student research efforts in the
department have never been stronger.
But in spite of our strengths, /i 's v1, .,\ faces many
challenges. Like other departments, we face increasing
enrollments and class sizes, while also being forced to
cope with inadequate revenues and infrastructure. Like
many disciplines, /oolo. 'Y has been profoundly altered
by new tk li '1l "'\,, including molecular approaches to
biological problems and the expanded use of computers.
But in addition, we face another problem: the natural
environment in which we work and collect our data is
being degraded by increasing human population, chemical
and biological contamination, over-utilization of natural
resources and habitat loss.
The department is planning new initiatives
to meet these multiple challenges. New faculty will
add expertise in molecular and quantitative evolution.
An ambitious new program will bring the advances
of molecular biology and computer tc. hn,'l'_.' to our
teaching program. We will help our students develop
the life-long learning skills they need to be successful
professionals in the life sciences. And, as zoologists, we
cannot just watch while the animals we study disappear.
A new interdisciplinary effort will broaden and strengthen
the training our graduate students receive in conservation
biology. These new initiatives will also strengthen our
integrative, comparative and multidisciplinary approach
to /i' s1' v I look forward to working with the department
in developing these new initiatives and in continuing to
encourage our strong research program.
Leslie Paul Thiele
Like other departments in CLAS, the Department
of Political Science is first and foremost a community of
scholars and teachers. For that reason I've always held that I
wouldn't want to have a chair, or be a chair, that coveted the
job too much. But, like many of our faculty, I have embraced
administrative service in an effort to take the department
further along a road to excellence that it has been traveling
for some years now. It's an exciting challenge.
We have a faculty whose productivity is remarkable
and whose national and international reputation is steadily
growing. The quality and visibility of our graduate program
has dramatically improved, as has its size. Now I would
like to focus more of our c nl I .' on bettering our placement
of students. That's a tough job in a tight market. But we
can learn from peer departments who are very proactive in
this regard. In terms of the undergraduate program, we are
a key department in the college. Each year we offer more
than 5000 seats in undergraduate classes and see about 180
B.A. degrees in political science completed. We must con-
tinue to serve, and more efficiently serve, a very large and
growing undergraduate student body. The point, however,
is to improve the quality of our program in tandem with any
growth in numbers. Our focus should not be on growth per
se, but the quality of growth and the growth of quality.
Our faculty have established many common interests
across fields and approaches and have cultivated a very pro-
ductive collegiality. This is one of the department's strengths.
We will continue to build upon it. I see myself as stimulating
and facilitating faculty efforts and initiatives to contribute to
the reputation and life of the department and to the fulfillment
of its obligations to students and to the university community
as a whole. I want to ensure that those who contribute in the
areas of research, teaching and service are acknowledged and
fairly rewarded for their efforts.
There are countless opportunities and more than a
few obstacles ahead of us as a department. But the knowl-
edge, insight, savvy and goodwill that the department's
faculty have in abundance are the resources needed to get
the job done. I believe the Department of Political Science
has what it takes to meet all of its challenges and effectively
translate these challenges into achievements.z
Grant Awards through Division of Sponsored Research
August 1997 Total $1,692,693
Dow Elanco compounds agreement.
Miles compound contract.
Software research support.
Synthesis of presumed metabolite.
Private corrections project.
Private corrections project.
Private corrections project.
Business and professional ethics journal.
Clinical trial research deisgn.
Dept of Def
Duration of cometary activity on the asteroid Phaethon.
Resonance ionization imaging detector.
Protein sequence analysis and structure prediction.
Intrahemispheric correlations: Relative geomagnetic paleointensites.
Problems in the theory of partitions and Q-series.
Changed particle dynamics in nonequilibrium states.
Novel magnetic excitations in low dimensional magnetic systems.
Time-resolved far-infrared experiments at the NSLS.
Do equivalence classes mediate extension of function?
Empirical assessment of a three-dimensional wisdom scale.
Developmental information management system for children.
Developmental evaluation/intervention quality assurance.
Pediatric oncology group statistical office.
Breeding and reintroduction of the endangered Schaus swallowtail butter-
8,000 Zora Neale Hurston Fellowship.
2,500 Establish account to pay personnel.
U of Chicago
U of Michigan
Synthesis of halogenated anesthetic probes.
MRCAT beamiline augumentation at advanced photon source.
Asset and health dynamics among the oldest old.
Ultra high B / T user facility.
Plan to incorporate RAD hardflow to plastic scintillator into SSC technology.
the Politics of
Press) by Anna
(from book jacket)
Martyrdom and the Politics of Religion
explores the ways that Salvadoran
Catholics sought to make sense of
political violence in their country in
the 1970s and 1980s by constructing
a theological ethics that could both
explain repression in religious terms
and propose specific responses
to violence. Drawing on extensive
fieldwork, the book highlights the ways
that progressive Catholicism offered
a justification and tools for political
resistance in the face of extraordinary
destruction. By highlighting the
importance of theological belief, of
narrative, and of religious rationality
in political mobilization, it touches
questions of general interest to
readers concerned with the social role
of religion and ethics.
(excerpt) The actual ideas of laypeople
have received little attention in work
on religion in Latin America.....for all
the talk about the theology 'born of
the people,' we have yet to see much
theology or ethics in the specific
terms, or even the basic framework,
used by ordinary believers. I hope this
book can make a start towards filling
this gap by detailing a sophisticated,
complex, and compelling popular
Everyday Sexism in the Third
Millennium (Routledge Press) co-
edited by Barbara Zsembik (Sociology)
and Joe Feagin (Sociology)
(from book jacket)
... Everyday Sexism in the Third
Millennium features new and original
research by women and men from
different backgrounds on the varieties
of sexism still faced everyday by
women in the United States. Topics
include domestic abuse, child sexual
abuse, varying views of sexual
harassment, interlocking racial, gender,
and class oppressions, and the Internet
as a politicized space. With its broad
range of approaches, its focus on
discourse and experience in gendered
spaces, and its debunking of societal
fictions about gender oppression,
Sexism in the
sexism is still so
pervasive in daily
life and why real
solutions to this
problem must be
(excerpt) Sexism is a far
more complicated process than
men oppressing women at every
turn. It is part of a larger system of
social organization, which includes,
among other things, the actions and
consciousness of women themselves,
who can in their turn reinforce or
resist sexism. In addition, gender is
only one of several overlapping social
hierarchies that organize human
relationships within a society like the
(from book jacket)
Women & Political
Women and Political Participation
explores women's involvement in
modern-day politics in the United
States. Particular attention is given
to the effects of cultural change on
gender roles and women's political
attitudes and behavior. The book
examines topics such as the political
socialization of women, differences
between men and women involving
public opinion, women's patterns of
political participation, and women
as members of the political elite. A
historical overview of women's political
participation is also provided, following
trends in women's voting behavior and
political attitudes and discussing their
impact on politics and public policy.
(excerpt) Gender has always been
a politically relevant subject, even
though political scientists have
sometimes ignored it; and American
women have always been politically
involved, even when political scientists
ignored them. although political
science as a discipline no longer
overlooks women, relatively little
has been published about them.
From 1906 to 1991, the American
Political Science Review, for example,
published only twenty-four articles
pertaining to women.
Dean's Office News
Sally Brooks, CLAS notes
graphics person for many
S years, retired on August
29. Her can-do attitude
and in-depth knowledge of
computer applications made
f-.i her invaluable to many CLAS
S staff/faculty members. She
will be dearly missed.
Gracy Castine (English, 94) now
performs Sally's duties. Welcome to
The Dean's Office also welcomes
Salena Robinson, previously a
Senior Secretary in the Chemistry
Department, as the new Program
Assistant for Dean Frazier.
Private Funds continued from page 1
to the donors, of course, but our
goals include additional needed
scholarships and fellowships.
We never have enough fellowship
money to support graduate stu-
dents. Also, we hope to fund an
additional 20 term professorships
to recognize and reward our best
faculty. Of critical importance
for the future growth of UF is the
renovation of Flint Hall (1910) and
Anderson Hall (1912), two of UF's
original "collegiate gothic" build-
ings. Beneath the considerable
wear of time lie two architectural
jewels that must be returned to
their original beauty and function.
With central AC, of course.
Another high priority goal
is the renovation of the former
Women's Gym to house our Center
for Women's Studies and Gender
Research. Not only would this
create a marvelous facility for a
growing program, but it would
resuscitate another historic build-
ing (1919) and bring it back into
broad academic use. The funding
of this building is a tremendous
opportunity for some far-sighted
friend of the university.
Already funded in this cam-
paign is an exciting new project
to renovate the former language
laboratory in Dauer Hall. This
facility will become the Keene
Faculty Center, funded by Mr. and
Mrs. Kenneth Keene. I invite you
to stop by the College Office lobby
to view an architect's rendering of
the project. A restored balcony will
overlook this large and dramatic
room, which was modeled after
some of the old English dining
halls. Upon restoration, it will
become arguably one of the most
beautiful and functional public
locations on campus, serving as a
site for faculty and faculty-student
interactions, receptions, lectures,
lunches, banquets, etc. All made
possible by private funding.
Gifts and donations can never
replace state funding. What they
can do very effectively is to provide
a critical margin of academic ex-
cellence and serve to trigger state
matching funds that will help take
CLAS and UF to the levels of qual-
ity we all desire. We will keep you
posted and updated on the cam-
paign progress as new significant
gifts are received.
Mary Ann Leiby and Lori Amy,
recent PhD graduates, each benefited
from a Kirkland award. Both women
were able to use an allotted portion of
their prize money to travel to England
for research purposes. "This oppor-
tunity enhanced their enthusiasm for
Victorian literature and fueled their
continued scholarship," notes Eliza-
beth Langland, Victorian literature
professor and CLAS associate dean.
"The archival research Lori and Mary
Ann were able to conduct in England
significantly changed the scope and
depth of their dissertations. Both wom-
en landed college-level jobs soon after
the completion of their degrees." One
of the first Kirkland recipients, Aeron
Haynie, who graduated in 1994, is now
acting chair of the English department
at Western Montana College.
Ralph Savarese, currently working
on his PhD in American literature and
cultural studies, considers himself very
fortunate to have won both a CLAS
fellowship and a Kirkland dissertation
fellowship: "Many of my friends in the
department simply were not eligible
for a Kirkland because of the scope
of the award (Victorian and folklore/
cultural studies). It's a shame that
Kirkland-type fellowships don't exist
for students working in every facet of
tive research or to write about what he
Private funds also benefit faculty, as
Clark is quick to point out. "Endowed
chairs help UF attract top scholars like
Norman Holland, who holds the Eng-
lish department's Marston-Milbauer
Eminent Scholar Chair. Additionally,
recent endowments have allowed us,
finally, to begin recognizing senior
faculty members who've made their
careers here." The Alumni Profes-
sorship, for example, is a three-year
$2,000 a year award (presently held
by William Logan) endowed by a
of alumni donations. "It gives pro-
fessors hope," Clark maintains, "in
a climate in which many veteran
teachers have become inadequately
Private money also helps fill holes
created by state budget cuts. "These
funds allow us to continue to give our
PhD recipients $500 so they may travel
to the annual MLA Conference and be
interviewed by prospective employ-
ers. Because of the highly competitive
job market, it's very important for us
to follow through and help place our
students, but the state budget simply
will no longer pay for student trav-
English stud- "It gives professors hope,"
ies." Thebreak C a c
from teaching Clark maintains, "in a climate
allowed Sava- in which many veteran
rese to work in
resetoworkin teachers have become
the archives of
the National inadequately compensated."
American History (in the early adver-
tising collection) where he researched
the transition from early nineteenth
century folk remedies to widely dis-
tributed, mid-to-late nineteenth cen-
tury patent medicines. In the process,
he was able to propose a solution to
a long-standing mystery concerning
Melville's use of ginger in Moby Dick
and "Bartleby, the Scrivener." Sava-
rese believes that he may have found
actual advertisements that Melville
plays with in these works-no small
feat for a graduate student cover-
ing well-trodden canonical ground.
Without the support of fellowships,
he says, he definitely would not have
had adequate time to do such exhaus-
private funds also
cover (among oth-
er expenses) guest
and fiction read-
ings, the depart-
and receptions for
General CLAS dissertation fellow-
ships, scholarships and professorships
(privately funded) benefit the English
department as well. "Patricia Crad-
dock, who teaches 18th century lit-
erature, was just awarded one of three
1997-98 CLAS term professorships,
and several of our undergraduates
and graduate students have received
CLAS scholarships and awards," notes
Continued private giving means
more than glitz and glamour such
money can profoundly affect the
quality, morale and potential of CLAS
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