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May 1998




CLASnotes


A Good CLAS Year
The end of another academic year
is a time for taking stock relative to
CLAS progress. 1997-98 has been an
excellent year in many respects. It
was also an interesting year, including
a crisis or two that put us all on edge.
But overall, CLAS had many things
to feel good about. A few examples
might be in order.

Private Funding
Alumni and friends continue to
provide much needed support for
CLAS. We gained new endowments
for Term Professorships that
will benefit faculty by means of
supplements for salary and research.
We received added scholarship and
fellowship funding to encourage and
attract undergraduates and graduate
students. Most significantly this
year, our greatest bricks and mortar
needs, namely Anderson Hall and
Flint Hall (now Keene-Flint Hall),
were met thanks to the catalyst of a
large private gift. And opening this
fall, based entirely on private and
matching funds, is the Keene Faculty
Center, located in Dauer Hall. The
total private support for CLAS this
year will exceed $10,000,000. These
are precious gifts that truly keep on
giving.

Research Awards
One measure of our faculty quality is
clearly evidenced by the increasing
number and dollar value of research
grants won by faculty through intense
national competitions. In each of the
past four years our annual research
grant totals increased sharply, from
$16 million to $19 million to $26
million to near $30 million this year.
These awards make research possible
by paying for faculty time, equipment,
supplies, graduate students, etc. This
success is not limited to the natural
and mathematical sciences. Faculty
in the humanities and social sciences
have also won prestigious grants,
fellowships, and other awards. Since
-See Musings, page 12


Vol. 12 The University of Florida College of Liberal Arts and Sciences



CLAS Enrollment Pressure

Record Number Coming Through College


Although much of the talk
around the College recently
has been focused on the
computer policy and how it will
impact faculty and students in the
Fall (this issue devotes quite a bit
of space to that topic), another issue
looms large in our immediate future:
enrollment pressure. "We have
this huge mass beginning to move
through the institution that will have
an impact at all levels," says CLAS
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
Elizabeth Langland.
Of course, the University has
been growing steadily for some time,
but the increase this year is more
significant for several reasons: "In
past years," Langland says, "there
has been a cycling back and forth
between admitting a large class and
then a slightly smaller class-things
haven't really ever stabilized, but at
least it's kept the upper and lower
divisions about the same size."
Last year was a record year for new
freshman, and although this year will
be slightly smaller, it's still the second
largest class UF has ever admitted.
In fact, our numbers ( in terms of
actual bodies served) will show an
increase of nearly 1,000 because, as
Langland explains, we're retaining
more students due to tracking.
Since students are now required
to declare their majors and enter a
college from day one, official figures
indicated that CLAS has experienced
a decrease in total number of students.
But that's only because we used to be
the holding category for students in
all colleges. The number of real Arts
and Sciences majors is growing. And,
because we teach most UF General
Education courses, we will continue
to be responsible for significant
increases in student credit hours. "If


No. 5


we have 1,000 extra bodies taking an
average of 13 semester hours, you can
figure how many additional courses
we suddenly need," says Langland,
"especially in subjects like chemistry,
physics, English and math. CLAS
is the major player in enrollment
management."
So how, exactly, will larger numbers
affect the College? Langland says
that, predictably, the basic sciences,
mathematics, and English will tend


Elizabeth Langland
Associate Dean
and professor of English


to get the biggest crunch at the lower
division. To handle this crunch,
Langland studies the new enrollment
figures and approaches department
chairs about opening new sections;
chairs then request funds to hire
additional teaching assistants to cover
the added sections, and Langland
negotiates funding with the Provost.
"The Provost will approve a onetime
-See Pressures, page 12


This month's focus: Computer Policy and Enrollment Pressures







Around the College

DEPARTMENTS


CHEMISTRY
David A Micha (QTP) has been invited to return this
summer to the Institute for Theoretical Atomic and
Molecular Physics, an NSF Center at Harvard University,
to perform research with support from its Visiting Scientists
program.

CLASSICS
At the April Convention of the Classical Association of the
Middle West and South in Charlottesville, Virginia, Karelisa
Hartigan was awarded an Ovatio, the highest honor
conferred by that organization for distinguished scholarship,
teaching, and service to the classics profession.

Victoria Pagan was awarded a Ford Foundation Post
Doctoral Fellowship ($32,500) for 1998-99.

ENGLISH
Pamela Gilbert was awarded Honorable Mention for the
Kinneavy Award for best article published inJAC: A Journal
of Composition Theory this year. James Kinneavy presented
the award and spoke at length regarding the importance
of Gilbert's article "Meditations upon Hypertext: A
Rhetorethics for Cyborgs."

Norm Holland gave a paper, "The Story of a Psychoanalytic
Critic" at the conference, "The Psychoanalytic Interpretation
of Literature: Past, Present, and Future," at the University
of Groningen, The Netherlands.

Elizabeth Langland gave a talk entitled "Enclosure Acts
and the Victorian Country House" at the International
Conference on Narrative at Northwestern University. She
is also serving this year as first vice-president of the Society
for the Study of Narrative and will become president next
year.

Maureen Turim gave an invited lecture April 17 in Siegen,
Germany on "Artisanal Prefigurations of the Digital:
Animating Realities, Collage Effects and Theories of
Image Manipulation" at an International Conference on
"Bild, Bildmedien and Bildkunste," devoted to new digital
technologies. The lecture will appear along with other
essays by theorists, video artists, photographers and art
historians in a volume to be edited by Yvonne Spielmann

GEOLOGY
David Foster will be awarded the Stillwell medal from
the Geological Society of Australia. The medal is awarded
every two years for the best paper published in the
Australian Journal of Earth Sciences. The award ceremony
will take place at the meeting of the Geological Society of
Australia in July.

MATHEMATICS
Krishnaswami Alladi gave an invited talk in a special
session of the American Mathematical Society at its
meeting in Philadelphia in April. The title of his talk
was "On a Partition Theorem of Gollnitz and Quartic
Transformations."


NEH Summer Stipend Competition
Each year UF is permitted two applicants
to the National Endowment for the Humani-
ties Summer Stipend Competition. Both 1998
applicants, Brian McCrea (English) and Charles
Montgomery (History), chosen by faculty com-
mittee from the Humanities divisions of CLAS
and Fine Arts, will receive $4,000 NEH awards.
CLAS faculty have been successful each of the
past three years in this very competitive pro-
gram.


CLAS Students Win State Scholarships

CLAS graduate students Jennifer Carnahan
and Angela Michelle Walton were recently
awarded scholarships by the Florida
Language, Speech and Hearing Asso-
ciation-a professional organization that
represents individuals concerned with the
study of the processes of language, speech
and hearing and their disorders. Jennifer
and Michelle were selected from among
many outstanding students nominated by
their representative departments at different
universities across the state of Florida
on the basis of scholarship and potential
contribution to their field.



Botany Students Receive Funding
The Department of Botany recently received
$600.00 from the Seminole Tribe of Florida to
provide the salary of a botany undergraduate
supporting research in ethnobotany.

Two Botany graduate students were recently
awarded fellowships from the Garden Club
of America. Michael Thomas received a new
fellowship, the Anne S. Chatham Fellowship
in Medicinal Botany. This will allow him to
conduct field research in Brazil during April
through August of this year. Teresa Hogan
received the Catherine H. Beattie Fellowship
for research on rare and endangered plants. UF
Botany students have won five awards from the
Garden Club of America in the last seven years.








Around The College
11 MATHEMATICS AWARDS


Promoted Professors
Congratulations to the following CLAS
professors and technical staff, who were
recently recommended for promotion.

Distinguished Professor
Mary M. Conway Political Science
Malay Ghosh Statistics
Gareth L. Schmeling Classics
Michael C. Zerner Chemistry
Robert H. Zieger History

Professor
Alan T. Dorsey Physics
Robert T. Kennedy Chemistry
Lonn M. Lanza-Kaduce Criminology
Douglas J. Levey Zoology
Albert R. Matheny, III Political Science
Mark W. Meisel Physics
Charles A. Perrone RLL
Mark A. Reid English
Patricia L. Schmidt English
Malini J. Schueller English
Stephen J. Summers Mathematics
Leslie P Thiele Political Science

Associate Professor
Nora M. Alter GSS
Sue H. Boinski Anthropology
Colin A. Chapman Zoology
Lauren J. Chapman Zoology
Galia Hatav AALL
S. Yumiko Hulvey AALL
Elizabeth A. Lada Astronomy
William R. Leonard Anthropology
Craig W. Osenberg Zoology
Miriam B. Peskowitz Religion
Anna Peterson Religion
Brett D. Presnell Statistics
David H. Reitze Physics
Christine M. Sapienza CSD
Fred Sharifi Physics
Frederick A. Shenkman Criminology
Sidney E. Wade English

Associate Scientist
Francisco J. Reyes Astronomy
John D. Watts Chemistry
Yu-Lin Xu Astronomy


The Robert Long Essay Scholarship Committee
is pleased to announce the Spring 1998 award
winners. The first prize of $400 was awarded
to graduating senior Boris Gorelik, based on
his essay entitled "Utility Theory, an historical
overview." Since the quality of this year's
submissions was significantly higher than in
previous years, the Committee took the unusual
step of awarding two second prizes of $200
each to Aaron Bramson, based on his essay
"Game Theory and Utilitarianism" and Christie
Ketcham, based on her essay "The Mathematics
of Immunology: Marshul's Simple Mathematical
Model of Infectious Disease." Both are
graduating seniors.
Seven out of the eight submissions were from
undergraduates this year, which is testimony
to strong undergraduate interest in the history,
philosophy, and societal impact of mathematics.
The Robert Long Essay Scholarship is awarded
on the basis of an annual essay competition
encouraging students to investigate the sources,
motivations and development of mathematical
ideas. The essay on the history and/or
philosophy of mathematics may also center on
the discussion of mathematical ideas evolving
from (or contributing to) important advances in
engineering, statistics, logic and foundations, or
the physical and biological sciences. Evaluation
and selection is done by committee, which
consisted this year of Gerard Emch (Math),
Richard Crew (Math), David Drake (Math), John
Klauder (Physics), Fred Gregory (History), and
Robert D'Amico (Philosophy).
Any full time undergraduate or graduate
student at UF is eligible. Watch for the
announcement of next year's scholarship
competition on the Mathematics Department's
home page http://www.math. ufl.edu.


UCET
Conversations About Teaching

Enhancing Traditional Classroom
Learning with a Course Web Site
Presented by Dr. Michael Weigold,
College of Journalism.
Wednesday, May 27,
10:00 am to Noon in Weil 270.
To reserve a seat, call 846-1574 or e-mail
.






President Clinton's Visit to Africa:

THE UF CONNECTION by Michael Chege


P resident Bill Clinton,
accompanied by first lady
Hillary Rodham Clinton and an
entourage of 800 government officials
and press people, made a 12-day
visit to six African countries-Ghana,
Uganda, Rwanda, South Africa,
Botswana, and Senegal-in March of
1998. The visit made history. It was
the first substantial visit of that length
by an American president. The trip
was also designed to inaugurate a new
era of mutual partnership and respect
for those African states that are now
making steady progress in building
prosperity on the basis of market Michael
economics and political democracy. Program D
For the record, only four previous US Center for Afri
presidents have visited the African
continent: Theodore Roosevelt went
game-hunting in Kenya in 1912 (hoisting the stars and
stripes wherever he camped); Franklin D. Roosevelt stopped
in North Africa during World War II; Jimmy Carter visited
Nigeria in 1979; and George Bush stopped briefly in Somalia
to greet US troops in 1993. War and starvation in Somalia
then dominated media coverage.
Africa is a vast and varied continent, comprised of 56
very different countries, cultures, and equally varied capital
cities, and national economies. In popular image abroad,
however, it is the Somalia-type scenario that lasts, peppered
with wildlife scenery. The good and the bad are of course
part and parcel of this vast continent. While in Uganda,
President Clinton stated that the stereotypical images of
Africa had prevented many Americans from understanding
the extent of the diversity in Africa, and of its people, and
their potential as partners of the US in trade, diplomatic
exchanges, education, and environmental issues.
The University of Florida, with all due respect to
President Clinton, has never been part of that stereotyping
tradition. Even before the Center for African Studies was
inaugurated with US federal government support, in 1964,
there was already considerable research, travel, publication,
and diverse courses touching on the African continent.
University of Florida graduates could be found working in
universities and in governments in all of the six countries
that the President visited.
University of Florida alumni today serve in American
embassies abroad, like in Cameroon, Kenya, and Rwanda,
where their expertise and knowledge are greatly valued.
Here in Gainesville, UF faculty offer courses and conduct
research in many of the areas that Clinton highlighted
during the Africa visit: trade and development issues
(Center for African Studies, College of Law, and Department
of Political Science); natural resource conservation and
the environment (Department of Zoology, College of
Forest Resources and Conservation, Center for African


Studies); agriculture and rural livelihoods
(Agriculture and Food and Resource
Economics in IFAS), performing arts (Fine
Arts), agroforestry, and many others.
And so it should not surprise you to
hear that when she visited the Serengeti
National Park in Tanzania last year (in the
company of her daughter Chelsea), the first
lady's tour guide was Dr. Audax Mabulla
(PhD, UF, Archaeology) who has been
doing some excavation in the region as
part of his research. Mabulla is teaching at
the University of Dar es Salaam, where UF
Shas nine students this semester on a study
S- abroad exchange program.
ge In Botswana, President Clinton met with
actor a group of conservationists from all over
Studies the world. UF has long been active in that
country too. Dr. Michael Burridge of the
College of Veterinary Medicine has been
involved in a heartwater research project that has been
active in Zimbabwe since 1985 and last year expanded
to include Botswana as well as South Africa, Swaziland
and Zambia with additional activities involving Angola,
Malawi, Mozambique, and Tanzania.
In Uganda, Clinton met leaders from the Eastern
Africa region to discuss trade and the need for
democracy and human rights. With Professor Peter
Schmidt (Anthropology) as project leader, UF faculty
-such as Winston Nagan (Law), Jape Taylor (Medicine
emeritus), Goran Hyden (Political Science) and Ron
Cohen (Anthropology emeritus) have been actively
collaborating with Ugandan faculty, lawyers and human
rights groups to establish the foremost human rights
research and advocacy center: Human Rights and Peace
Center (HURIPEC) at Makerere University, Kampala. This
center received much praise from London's Economist
magazine of April 4, 1998, as a model watchdog of human
rights. UF Vice President Karen Holbrook visited Makerere
last December when the HURIPEC building was dedicated.
It was built with funds secured by the UF faculty working
with Makerere.
Hillary Clinton went to speak at a Makerere gathering of
HURIPEC and the university's Women Studies Department.
This was her second trip to Uganda. "You have made
many steps," she said "toward standing for the goal of the
rights of all persons to be fully human ... I want particularly
to commend the university for creating a department of
women's studies, and now for creating the Human Rights
and Peace Center ... the lessons taught and learned here will
stay with everyone forever."
UF faculty working on Africa-related subjects have in
fact been working on the topics the President mentioned for
a long time, and they are right now starting on new ones
in Ethiopia, Senegal, Uganda, and South Africa. They only
have the small problem of getting Washington to listen.


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Undergraduate Research Symposium


Participants in the 1998 Symposium:


On April 18, sixteen students (pictured above) and theirfaculty mentors
participated in the 8th Annual CLAS Undergraduate Research Symposium,
which provides interested scholars the opportunity to practice presenting
their work in a symposium-like .. ii'i,.. Renee Moilanen and Stephanie
Romanach won awards (based on written and oral excellence) for outstand-
ing student projects.


Student
Lillian Aponte
Leng Bang
Wendy Beauchamp
Dieldrich Bermudez
Aaron Bramson
Connie Davis
Spencer Hall
Josh Heller

Elise Manning
Renee Moilanen
Brian O'Shaughnessy
Joseph Oshier
Rebekah Richmond
Stephanie Romanach
Meredith Tsue
Rose Zayco


Mentor
Stephanie Smith (ENG)
Weihong Tan (CHE)
Louise Newman (ENG)
Lou Guillette (ZOO)
Kirk Ludwig (PHI)
Geralyn Schulz (CSD)
Robert Ray (ENG)
Ron Carpenter (ENG)
and Kellie Roberts (CWOC)
Jon Stewart (CHE)
Maureen Turim (ENG)
John Klauder (MAT & PHY)
Ben Dunn (CHE)
Neil Rowland (PSY)
Doug Levey (ZOO)
Lou Guillette (ZOO)
Barbara Zsembik (SOC)


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Stephanie Smith (far left) is congratulated by President Lombardi. Smith, Barbara Zsembik (Sociology) and Doug Levey
(Zoology) received Distinguished Mentor awards for having a student in the symposium each of the last three years. Lou
Guillette (center) stands with his two students who participated in the event: Meredith Tsue (left) and Dieldrich Bermudez
(right). Connie Davis (far right) presents her research on Parkinson 's Disease;


Ninth Annual Public Speaking Students Forum


The ninth annual Public Speaking Students Fo-
rum was held on March 16th. Seven student speakers
were nominated from the over 500 students enrolled
in SPC2600 (Intro to Public Speaking) in the past year.
Participants presented speeches on topics of their own
choosing. Subject areas included illiteracy, Olestra,
body consciousness, global warming, women in the
military, labeling and multiplex cinemas.
Cash awards were presented to the top three speak-
ers. Taking first place as the most communicative
speaker was Ben Burnsed, a postbac/ premed student
in microbiology. Julia Farkas, a sophomore majoring in
advertising, was ranked second and in third place was
Crystal Urquiza, a sophomore in criminal justice. Other
speakers receiving recognition were Neal Boling, Mari-


Ben Burnsed
(right), win-
ner of the 1998
Public Speak-
ing Students
Forum,
poses with
Christa Arnold
(left), his former
public speaking
instructor.


lyn Galan, Katie Garces, and Danial Lawman. The annual
event is co-sponsored by McGraw-Hill and the Center for
Written & Oral Communication.


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Faculty Computing Support



Teaching

& Technology


by
Kim Pace
CLAS Electronic Communications & Data


The World Wide Web is a very big place, and it's getting bigger by the minute. Our most sophisticated
search engines are struggling to keep up with the Web's explosive growth. Can the average person possibly
keep on top of all that is going on in the Web world? Well, of course not, but we here in CLAS can at least
try to keep CLAS members abreast of the latest events in our little comer of cyberspace. "Teaching and
Technology" is our latest addition to the Web. This new Web page is an attempt to consolidate some of the
many resources available at UF to help faculty learn about how they can use technology to enhance their
teaching. It is by no means a comprehensive site, and it will be constantly updated to try to keep up with
the continually changing Web. Please check the site from time to time, and if you know of something that
would benefit your colleagues, please let me know: . %



Teaching and Technology Web Site:
http://web.clas.ufl.edu/dean/technology/


The CLAS Computing Creating Web Pages:
Policy and the UF A primer for getting started
Computing Requirement ,on making Web pages.


Upcoming Workshops,
Classes, Seminars re: All about the Gartner Group
Information Technology and its alliance with UF



Links to UF's Faculty -***s. --.. .-- Recent articles regarding
Support Center and Information Technology and
CIRCA H F.--a;:' teaching issues.


Link to Faculty Campus "''*- Where to find videotapes on
Direct UF's program for "'~---- teaching using technology
Distance Learning






Sabin: CLAS Computing


It has been some time since Mike
Conlon moved up and "Conlon
on Computing" disappeared
from the CLAS notes pages. Since
then many things have happened,
and I'd like to take the opportunity
to bring you up to date on a few of
them in this and upcoming issues of
CLAS notes.
The most pressing Information
Technology (IT) problem in the
College is the approaching student
computer requirement. This
mandate from the President requires
that all incoming freshmen and
rising juniors must "have access
to" a computer, starting in the
approaching Summer B term. The
idea is that this will allow faculty
and students to communicate better:
assignments can be made, questions
can be answered, materials can be


made available to students and
projects can be handed in via e-mail
or over the Web. Although purchase
of a computer is not required,
most students will end up buying
machines for themselves.
The College requirement
for student computers can be
found through the CLAS home
page http: //www.clas. ufl.
edu/computing and under
the "Computing Requirements"
link at http: //web.clas.ufl.
edu/clasnet/computers.
Although the College requirement
for student computers will be
modified periodically in order to
keep up with changing technology,
the present recommendation is that
computers have at least the following
capabilities: 200 MMX MHz Pentium
processor, Windows 95 or better
(Windows 98 is not being shipped
at this writing), 32 Meg or more of
RAM, 10X or faster CD-ROM, SVGA
256 color monitor (800x600), speakers
(some courses may require an add-on
microphone as well), 1 gigabyte or


larger hard drive,
28.8K modem, a
printer, and, if the
computer is a laptop
and will be used on
campus, it needs a
10BaseT Ethernet
card to access the
University network.
For a desktop with
this or similar
configuration, the Jack Sabin, Direc
students should Resources &
professor
expect to pay professor
around $1300 in
today's market. A
laptop will run something more than
$2000. Since having such a machine
is now considered a legitimate cost of
education, Financial Aid will include
this cost in calculating their financial
aid packages for students.
- Last Fall, the
University put out
an RFP to vendors
who might be
interested in entering into a special
relationship with the University to


provide student
computers having a
prepared configuration
(as detailed above)
and service to the
students at a favorable
price. Faculty and staff
would also be eligible
to participate. Such
machines would be
called "Gator Ready"
and carry a UF logo.
Of the 15 responses to
the RFP, a committee
consisting of faculty,
administrators and
students chose three
vendors to work with:
Dell, Gateway, and
Digital Equipment
(DEC). By May 18, all
three companies will


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packages. DEC will
set up a human-
operated store
on the ground
floor of the Hub,
opposite Barnett
Bank (opening end
of summer term).
Additionally, DEC
plans to install a
small store-front in
of Information the Health Center.
hnology and What about
physics faculty? Once
our student
population is
properly equipped and able to
communicate via e-mail and over
the Web, how will faculty respond?
More importantly, can we respond?
Some faculty have antiquated, or in
a few cases no, computers. Thus it
may be problematic if students are
advised to buy machines in order to
interact with faculty who do not have
adequate equipment with which to
respond. The College must find a
way to solve this problem. Presently
we are working together
with department chairs to


"Once our
student
population
is properly
equipped
and able to
communicate
via e-mail
and over the
Web, how
will faculty
respond?"


have kiosks in the Campus Bookstore
at the Technology Hub where students
can electronically access information
about and/or direct order computer


implement a plan to buy
faculty computers, rotating
through the college on
approximately a four-year
cycle. As there are over
600 faculty members in the
College and appropriate
machines cost about $1300
apiece, it is clear that there
are financial details to be
worked out. We proceed
apace.
There are many other
issues to be addressed at
a later time, such as the
IBM Writing Lab, distance
learning, and Web page
construction.


Sabin's Home Page: http: //www.
qtp.ufl.edu/-sabin/
e-mail:







Bookbeat


Double Burden:
Black Women and Everyday Rac-
ism


Yanick St.
Jean and
Joe Feagin
(Sociology)
M.E. Sharpe


I






I


(review
taken from book
jacket)
Drawing on
more than 200
interviews,
this book
examines
the complex
family, social,
and work-
place lives of African American women in
several regions of the United States. This
is the first book to deal in-depth with the
lives and experiences of these women,
told in their own words, as they see and
experience them.
Revealed here are not only stories
of encounters with obstacles, racist
attitudes, and prejudicial actions and
opinions, but also methods that many
have adopted for overcoming barriers,
through the development of an array
of survival and countering strategies,
which the authors refer to collectively
as an oppositional culture, rooted in
the family structure and sustained and
transmitted via collective memory
through the centuries.
Some will find the book depressing,
others will find it uplifting, but all will
welcome the candor and passion with
which these women (and some men)
describe their lives.

(excerpt)
As we have underscored throughout this
book, in our racist system African American
women and men are frequently not recognized
for who they really are. Their talents, accom-
plishments, and burdens are often invisible
to many whites. It would be disconcerting
enough if the white failure to recognize the
full humanity and life experiences of black
women and of the black family-were con-
fined within the borders of the United States.
However, the U.S. mass media's globaliza-
tion of the deformed portrayals of African
Americans is a major source of concern for a
high school principal in a southern city: "It's
absolutely amazing about how Hollywood and


New York have actually killed the black family
and the black image to the whole world, since
Britain gets our TV and things like that and
Australia." Many videotapes of movies and
television programs portraying black Ameri-
cans in a negative light are shown around the
world every day of the week. In this way people
across the globe who have never met an African
American pick up the hoary racist stereotypes
crafted in America.




A Rush of Dreamers: Being the re-
markable story of Norton I, Emperor
of the United States and Protector
of Mexico
John Cech (English)
Marlowe

(review taken from book jacket)
In San Francisco, a city famous for its
eccentrics, the most celebrated of all was
Joshua Norton who, in 1859, declared
himself Emperor
of the United
A Rush of States. One of the
DREAMERS original '49ers,
SNorton I, Norton made and
Norton 1,
S lost a fortune (and
S a good portion of
his reason) during
those rough and
ready first years
of the "instant"
city that grew out
of the sand dunes
of Yerba Buena.
Until his death in
1880, the Emperor
presided over the
public life of San
Francisco. Dressed in his fabled uniform
with its plumed hat, Norton made his daily
rounds of the city; he attended its civic
functions, inspected its progress, issues
proclamations, including one that called for
the construction of a bridge between Oak-
land and San Francisco. Norton I became
one of San Francisco's most publicized
attractions; and he remains a presence that
still lingers in the Bay, where hotel suites
and inns, a sightseeing boat, and even
a brand of coffee and cigars have been
named in his honor.

(excerpt)
Like I said, I remember him when he was fresh
off the boat, when he set his first foot down on


Statistical
Tests for
Mixed Linear
Models
Andre I. Khuri
(Statistics),
Thomas Mat-
thew and Bimal
K. Sinha
John Wiley &
Sons, Inc.


(review taken from book jacket)
In recent years a breakthrough has oc-
curred in our ability to draw inferences
from exact and optimum tests of variance
component models, generating much
research activity that relies on linear
models with mixed and random effects.
This volume covers the most important
research of the past decade as well as the
latest developments in hypothesis testing.
It compiles all currently available results
in the area of exact and optimum tests for
variance component models and offers the
only comprehensive treatment for these
models at an advanced level.

(excerpt taken from Preface)
The book is intended to provide the state of the
art with regard to its subject area. Researchers
in analysis of variance, experimental design,
variance components analysis, linear models,
and other related areas can benefit from its
comprehensive coverage of the statistical litera-
ture. The book can therefore be very useful to
graduate students who plan to do their research
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these shores.....He wasn't the Emperor then to
be sure, just Joshua Norton, from Algoa Bay
at the tip of Africa, thirty-one years old, an
Englishman, a Jew, and a man itching to get
ahead, like all others, Hebrew, gentile, or ori-
ental, who had braved the sea or land to reach
this place. He had brought forty thousand
dollars with him to start himself off, I later
learned, all that was left to him by his father,
poor man, who had died in England trying to
find a rabbi to bring God's ancient word back
to Africa. Not long after that Norton lost his
mother as well, and his two brothers, Louis
and Philip, in the few years before he came.
There was nothing to keep him there. No
sweetheart, no friends. Only sad memories
which he'd rather
leave.


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Will Higher Learning be Lost in Cyberspace?


Constance Shehan, Professor of Sociology and Director, UCET


he University's new computing
policy challenges faculty to
develop learning tasks for
students that will involve a number
of powerful technological tools. Some
of us, however, will be limited in our
ability to introduce computers into our
classes because we are unfamiliar with
either the technological skills required
for-and/or the pedagogical implica-
tions associated with-computer use.
The Office of Instructional Resources
will continue to provide instruction in
the technical aspects of computer use.
And UCET is developing a series of
complementary workshops in which
the pedagogical aspects of computer-
based instruction are discussed.
Many of us, while welcoming the
teaching opportunities this policy
will provide, are asking whether the
substantial investment of time and
energy required to apply these tools
will "pay off' in terms of greater
learning outcomes. Accordingly, there
are a number of important questions
that must be addressed as we attempt to
put the computing policy into action. In
what ways can computer technology be
used in university teaching? Are these
uses pedagogically sound? How do
students' learning outcomes achieved
through the use of technological tools
compare to those achieved through
more conventional teaching and
learning methods? Are the high-tech
teaching tools equally effective for
students at all levels of intellectual
development? Does the widespread
use of the electronic media democratize
higher education-as some predict-or
disenfranchise certain segments of our
population? What elements of the
more traditional university situation
might be lost as teaching and learning
go "on-line?" Will higher learning be
lost in cyberspace?
There is a growing body of scholarly
literature which addresses these issues.
I suspect that a definitive answer to
the question of whether students learn
as well through on-line instruction is
not yet available. How-ever, there are


a number of studies
which show that
under some condi-
tions, students' lear-
ning outcomes-at
least in terms of exam
scores-improve
when high-tech tools
are used. For in-
stance, in one recent
field experiment
conducted by a
sociology professor at
Cal State-Northridge Connie
and reported in
a 1997 Chronicle
article', students who enrolled in
an on-line version of a course (i.e.,
completing assignments on a web
site, posting questions and comments
to an electronic discussion list, and
meeting with their professor in a chat
room) outscored their traditional
counterparts on the midterm and
final exam by 20 percent, on average.
This suggests that when instructors
use the Internet in creative ways, they
may, indeed, enhance leaning. But if
they simply produce what Alistair
Fraser, Professor of Meteorology at
Penn State calls "shovelware" (i.e.,
dumping all the textual material that
is distributed in class in paper form
onto the Internet with no attempt to use
the special capabilities of the medium)
they not only run the risk of alienating
students but also of failing to capitalize
on what Fraser regards as a powerful
teaching tool for addressing conceptual
problems.2
This is not, of course, the first
time in history that technological
change has threatened to revolutionize
higher education. As Neil Rudenstein
(President of Harvard University)
reminds us in a 1997 Chronicle article3,
the advent of the printing press and
"the specter of huge libraries filled with
countless books raised anxieties not
unlike those we today associate with
the Internet-concerns about how to
cope with overabundant information
of mixed quality and how to avoid


;hei


encouraging anti-social or
even unhealthy behavior."
In the 18th century, social
philoso-phers feared that
the world of learning would
drown in a sea of books
and that excessive reading
would lead to a society of
dysfunctional misfits.
Rudenstein has a much
more sanguine personal
view of the impact of the
internet. He argues that
han "[t]he Internet reinforces
the conception of students
as active agents in the
process of learning, not as passive
recipients of knowledge from teachers
and authoritative texts." He predicts
that "the sheer novelty of the Internet
will subside. The tools available for
readily identifying relevant, reliable
information are likely to improve. The
world of learning will not become lost
in cyberspace... any more than it has
drowned in books."
At UCET, we will continue to sponsor
formal presentations and open forums
about these emerging issues and to offer
demonstrations about the creative ways
in which high-tech teaching tools can
be effectively used in higher education.
We invite all educators in CLAS to
share their experiences and ideas about
the use of computer technology with
our peers through UCET-sponsored
programs. We also look to the CLAS
faculty to inform us about the types
of support and services UCET could
provide as we prepare to implement
UF's computing policy in our teaching.
During the summer semester, we will
feature a number of UF faculty who will
present their own ideas about teaching
with computer technology. In late May,
Dr. Mike Weigold (Journalism) will
kick off this series with a workshop on
using Web sites to enhance teaching.
Please contact the UCET office for more
information about upcoming pro-grams:
846-1574 or .


1 McCollum, Kelly (1997) "A Professor Divides His Class in Two to Test Value of On-Line Instruction," The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 21, A23.
2 Dr. Fraser gave the Keynote Address at the April 4 workshop on Teaching with Technology that was co-sponsored by UCET and OIR.
3 Rudenstein, Neil L. (1997), "The Internet and Education: A Close Fit," The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 21, A48.







Grant Awards through Division of Sponsored Research

March 1998 Total $ 2,467,330


Investigator Dept.


Corporate...$ 64,859
Jones, D. BOT
Wagener, K. CHE
Hudlicky, T. CHE
Thomas, C. CRI
Hollinger, R. SOC
Marks, R. STA

Federal...$ 2,152,221
Campins, H. AST
Campins, H. AST
Dermott, S. AST
Gottesman, S. AST
Bowes, G. BOT
Benner, S. CHE
Duran, R. CHE
McElwee-White, L.
Anderson, T. CHE
Reynolds, J. CHE
Winefordner, J. CHE
Rosser, S. CWS
Avery, P.
Yelton, J. PHY
Avery, P.
Yelton, J. PHY
Dufty, J. PHY
Konigsberg, J.
Mitselmakher, G. PHY
Mitselmakher, G.
Korytov, A. PHY
Obukhov, S. PHY
Ramond, P.
Sikivie, P. PHY
Sikivie, P.
Sullivan, N. PHY
Stanton, C. PHY
Sullivan, N. PHY
Tanner, D. PHY
Carter, R. STA
Rosalsky, A. STA
Shuster, J.
Kepner, J. STA
Chapman, C. ZOO
Guillette, L.
Denslow, N. ZOO


Foundation
Yost, R.
Williams, P


...$ 20,932
CHE
POL


Other...$ 12,550
Eyler, J.
Brown, W.

State...$ 8,739
Mossa, J.


Agency


TEPO
Dow Corning
Novartis
Mult Sources
Sensormatic
S.A. Spurs


FSGC
FSGC
NASA
NSF
NSF
NIH
NSF

DOE
US Navy
NSF
NSF

DOE

DOE
DOE

DOE

DOE
NSF

DOE

DOE
DOE
NSF
NSF
DOH
NSF

NIH
NSF

EPA


AWWA
UF Found


CHE Misc donors
CPD Misc donors


2,532
32,152
15,000
2,507
9,543
3,125


107,158
58,000
85,294
4,000
65,000
206,911
8,184

26,602
54,661
29,566
65,190


Award Title


Miscellaneous donors.
A technology for siliconizing polymer surfaces.
Synthesis of presumed metabolite.
Private corrections project.
Security research project.
Spurs recruiting model building.


Florida Space Grant Consortium.
FSCG training grant non-UF recipients.
Dynamics of solar system dust.
Nonlinear dynamics and chaos in astrophysics.
Characterization of C3 phospoenolpyruvate carboxylase isoforms.
Non-standard base pairs as biomedical research tools.
Engineered particulates.

Tungsten imido complexes as MOCVD precursors to Tungsten nitride.
Conductivity contrast with redox switchable conducting polymers.
Advanced measurements and characterization.
Workshop on P.O.W.R.E.


190,000 Task B: Research in theoretical & experimental elementary particle physics.

40,000 Task S: Research in theoretical & experimental elementary particle physics.
58,700 Charge dynamics in high energy density matter.

100,000 Task H: Experimental research in collider physics at CDF

190,000 Task G CMS: Research on elementary particle physics.
7,877 Dispersion, agglomeration and consolidation.

220,000 Task A: Research in theoretical & experimental elementary particle physics.


10,000
43,283
100,000
90,000
41,601
2,500


Task C: Research in theoretical & experimental elementary particle physics.
Quantum-confinement effects and optical behavior of clusters.
Dynamical properties of frustrated molecular solids.
Infrared studies of cuprates, superconductors and correlated metals.
Developmental evaluation/intervention quality assurance.
The rate of convergence in the Strong Law of Large Numbers.


232,146 Pediatric oncology group statistical office.
47,244 Constraints on primate group size.

64,289 Endocrine disrupting contaminants in Southern FL wetlands.


14,307 Development of methods for analysis of DBPS in biological samples.
6,625 Miscellaneous donors.


6,000 Miscellaneous donors.
6,550 Miscellaneous donors account.


GEO Water Mgmt 8,739 Spatial and relational database services for water use and supply.

-See Grants page 11








Baccalaureate 1998

T he 16th Annual Baccalau-
reate Ceremony attracted
over 300 CLAS graduates
and hundreds of their family,
friends and professors, filling
University Auditorium to the
brim. Counter clockwise, from
S-. l/ Frank Nordlie (left)
introduced (from Nordlie's
left) Clifford Johnson (ZOO),
Keith Legg (POLI SCI), and
Alex Smith (AST), three of the
seven faculty retirees honored
during the ceremony; of the six
valedictorians, Kristen Reyher
(ZOO) was chosen to give
the valedictory speech; (next
three pictures) CLAS gradu-
ates enjoy the Baccalaureate
reception with their guests;
graduates listen to Lombardi's
remarks about the adaptability
of a CLAS education; honored
CLAS professors stand to be
recognized.


Grants, continued from Page 1
University...$ 208,029
Zieger, R. HIS
Maslov, D.
Graybeal, J. PHY
Sullivan, N.
Adams, E. PHY
Sullivan, N.
Graybeal, J. PHY
Takano, Y.
Andraka, B. PHY


1,000 American labor history seminar.


51,878 Three-dimensional low-density metals in ultraquantum magnetic fields.

49,472 Field-induced relaxation of spin currents in dilute fermi liquids.


56,852 In-house research program director salary.


48,827 Development of relaxation calorimeters for simultaneous measurement.

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Musings, continued from page 1
nearly all of these successes result from
peer review of faculty proposals, we see
here a reflection of the growing reputation
of the CLAS faculty.

State Funding
Anyone who experienced the budgets of
the early '90s probably runs the danger
of being overly grateful for what we have
received the past few years, but I think
we should acknowledge that the state of
Florida, while never likely to be thought
of as generous, has allowed us to make
some signal advances recently. Depart-
mental hires, where we have chosen to
make the largest CLAS investment, have
had a large impact in most of our units. I
think we should also recall that the state
provides the funds that UF has used to
increase greatly the beauty of the campus
and our working environment. Visitors
often comment on this. And state funding
provides critical matching for certain
private gifts.

Students
Having just held another jam-packed
CLAS Baccalaureate and shaken hands
with thousands (OK, maybe it just
seemed like that many) of CLAS graduates
at Commencement, I am reminded
how fortunate we are to attract such
outstanding students and to have so many
more waiting to join us. That is a situation
my fellow deans at many large state
universities would love to experience.
If history is any example, these students
will go out, become successful, and
further enhance UF and CLAS by sending
(1) monetary contributions and (2)
their eventual daughters and sons back
here to be educated. Seeing parents at
graduation reminds us of both these
important "gifts." The loyalty of Gators
is truly most impressive.

So thanks to all who made this year a
success-faculty, staff, students, chairs,
directors, associate deans, provosts,
presidents, chancellors, regents,
legislators (perhaps I go too far). I even
have hopes for 1998-99 to be better than
the current year, and there are some early
budgetary reasons for optimism. In any
case, the end of the decade looks much
better than its beginning.




Will Harrison,
Dean



Pressures, continued from Page 1

increase," she says, meaning that once
those new funds are appropriated in
the lump-sum College budget, it's
the responsibility of the Dean and
the chairs from that year forward to
ensure the funds get to where they're
needed.
But increased enrollments lead
to other situations that are more
complicated to foresee accurately
and/or remedy quickly. "For
example, Zoology is currently facing
a situation whose consequences are
unpredictable," Langland says. "In
the past, pre-meds were assigned
microbiology majors. This year
approximately 800 freshmen pre-
med students will be registered as
zoology majors. The Department,
which currently has 250 majors, will
suddenly have 1050 majors. Now,
the vast majority will switch to other
majors by the end of their freshman
year. But if even 1/5 of those 800
new students stay, they will almost
double the department's junior and
senior majors! And the department
currently doesn't have the faculty
to teach major courses to this many
students."
Enrollment pressures translate into
pressure on every level of college
personnel: hiring, faculty lines, grad
student appointments-even the
tenure process. Langland offers an
example in one of our growing CLAS
Centers: "Crimino-logy, with its
huge enrollment pressure, needs all
of its faculty teaching full-time in the
Center. Many of the new hires, who
must earn tenure in a department,
would understandably like to have
a bigger teaching presence in their
home departments. Yet despite an
increased number of faculty, they're
all badly needed to teach criminology
courses...it's a tough position to be
in. Increased en-rollments impact
faculty and TAs at every level."
For her part, Langland will be glued
to the enrollment reports most of the
summer (at least until Joe Glover
takes over her position on July 1).
"Weekly reports from the registrar's
office show how many students tried
to get a course, how many didn't get
in, maximum enrollments, current
enrollments, how many seats are
left, how many seats are reserved
and how many were enrolled last
year," she explains. "We look at these
every week...box after box. I watch
to see how many seats we need, what
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things looked like last year, what
looks bad, what's going to get hit. We
try to anticipate everything."
All this effort pays off in terms
of students' accessibility to their
required courses. "Students certainly
aren't having any trouble getting their
courses, by and large," Langland says.
"For them, life is utterly different
than it was... remember the old long
lines? Now they're guaranteed their
tracked courses-it's amazing that
we can do this at a huge institution
like UF. It's an incredible deal for the
students."
Despite its "efficiency," tracking
has its share of problems, as Langland
readily admits: "I have to confess, I
worry that tracking is antithetical to
intellectual explora-tion. Tracking
provides the particular courses
students need to graduate in timely
fashion. It might be argued that
tracking doesn't necessarily give you
an education; it gives you a degree, if
I may put it that way."
Applications for admission to
UF continue to multiply every year,
and increased enrollment will be a
reality for CLAS and UF for years to
come, tracking or no tracking. The
larger applicant pool does have some
advantages in that Admissions has a
bigger portion of top-notch students
to choose from. Says Langland:
"Many of the brightest students in
Florida look at UF, discover that we
have an excellent honors program,
and recognize that it costs $100,000
to go to Duke for four years. Florida
looks pretty good."









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