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Vol. 12 The University of Florida College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
The CLAS Home Page
A Place to Start
1998-99 at UF might be thought
of as the Year of the Computer. New
students are required to have access to
a computer, and CLAS has an intensive
campaign underway to bring faculty and
staff up to date with the latest computer
A further goal of CLAS is to provide
an infrastructure that permits students,
faculty and staff to make optimum
use of the computer power they have
available. If you are still finding your
way around cyberspace, you might want
to start with the CLAS home page [http:
//web.clas.ufl.edu], where a great deal
of information and useful directions can
be accessed. In case you have not yet
examined it carefully, perhaps a brief
review of the options might be in order.
The CLAS home page opens up
with a live netcam picture of Turlington
Plaza, which is particularly popular with
alumni, who sign on to connect with
their alma mater, check out the weather
in Gainesville and view general activity
around the Turlington Rock. Our hope is
that they then take advantage of the many
direct hot links that can be opened, each
of which in turn leads to further links,
much like an electronic Russian doll.
The CLAS home page offers ten primary
links and another dozen secondary links
of potential interest. For example, one
can access the Dean's Office, which
includes individual information pages
about each of the deans and directors
and a zoomable campus map to locate
buildings and programs. Departments
allows direct connection to each of
the many departments and academic
programs. Publications offers the most
recent CLAS notes and Alumni CLAS
notes, plus archived past issues of
-See Musings, page 12
n August, CLAS notes sent a notice to
CLAS departments requesting feedback
from faculty who have recently worked
with new technologies in teaching and
publishing. Your replies reflected the variety
of venues in which computers and the
Internet are being used in academia. A few
of these responses follow.
"The benefits are clear. The Net can
provide students with access to a range
of material that is otherwise unavailable
or available only at prohibitive cost in
terms of time and resources. Simply
teaching students how to use the Web is,
in my judgment, a suitable goal for these
transitional times. On the other hand, I'm
less impressed by the use of the Net simply
as a kind of archive. Yes we can use it to post
material that would otherwise be handed
out, but so liai To me, the real challenge
and opportunity is to incorporate it in our
teaching as an enhancement."-Ken Wald
As part of a mini sabbatical project
(spring 1997) Wald revised and adapted
one of his upper-division courses (POS
4192) to incorporate the World Wide Web
as an instructional device. Wald's report
on the project, which he intends to publish
eventually, details the sometimes frustrating
process of finding the right infrastructure
support, evaluates the impact his newly
designed course had on his students (the
student survey data he includes is quite
interesting), and discusses the potential
multimedia has for innovating teaching.
Guerry McClellan (Geology) also recently
revamped one of his courses to include Web
support. Last spring, he taught GLGY 1001
in one of UF's 17 multimedia-equipped
classrooms. "I was lucky enough to use
L011 for my lectures so it was completely
equipped. I did use the Internet for a few
demonstrations, but mostly added
URLs to my lecture outline for additional
visual and technical information." Without
This month's focus: Tech
the benefit of a semester off to plan and
prepare, McClellan's experience was
slightly less positive than Wald's. One of
McClellan' s main problems was the inability
to access the CLAS server from a home
computer (meaning all the work he did at
home to design his page and add periodic
updates, announcements or additions to his
syllabus had to be brought in to campus and
uploaded). Says McClellan, "I got it to work.
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Faculty work on computers in the -FS's
"Faculty Work Room" (2215 Turlington).
Mostly on my own, by reading, and getting
off-campus help. I got a lot of personal
satisfaction out of it, but have increasing
doubts about the future of computer-based
McClellan had more luck in engaging
students in a class that featured concrete
computer applications: "Last summer, I
taught a small class in using spreadsheets to
solve environmental problems. The students
were very pleased to acquire applications
for the abstract computer techniques they
had learned in other courses. It was a great
experience for me, too. Many students have
not made the connection between learning
computer skills and actually using them.
That is an area where students need help."
Frederick Gregory (History) is presently
teaching a course with the help of the Web:
"I must say that as I was preparing for my
first class and reviewed the Web readings
students had been assigned, I had the feeling
-See Technology, p11
inology and the Academy
Utilizing New Technologies
Support Information and Faculty
Around the College
Mark A. Reid's "African-American Cultural Studies: Post-
Negritude, nationalism, and neo-conservatism" appears in
Trajectories: Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, edited by Kuan-Hsing
Chen (Routledge Press, 1998). Reid's review of Gwendolyn
Audrey Foster's Women Filmakers of the African and Asian Di-
aspora: Decolonizing the Gaze, Locating Subjectivity is published
in Film Quarterly 50:4 (1998).
Tony Randazzo was the co-leader on an international field
excursion sponsored by UNESCO. Some 15 international
scholars were introduced to classic geologic localities in Mexico
and northern Florida, completing their visit with a tour of the
Department of Geology and the Florida Museum of Natural
Paul A. Mueller participated in COPENA 98 in July at Montana
State University. COPENA 98 featured both technical presen-
tations as well as a field trip to the oldest rocks in the US along
with other unique geologic features in southwestern Montana.
Representatives from the Russian and Swedish Academies of
Sciences along with geologists from Great Britain, Estonia,
Canada, Finland, and Brazil attended the conference.
Diana Boxer and Florencia Cortes-Conde participated in a
panel on pragmatics and second language acquisition at the
meetings of the International Pragmatics Association in Reims,
France in July. They presented findings of a year-long study
entitled "Identity and Ideology: Culture and Pragmatics in
Caroline Wiltshire presented a paper, "Beyond Codas: Word
and Phrase Final Alignment," at a conference in Tubingen,
Germany, in June, and papers on "Consonantal Place an
Voice Features: Interactions in Telugu Sandhi" and "Tamil
Coronal Consonants: An Articulatory Study" at the South
Asian Language Analysis Roundtable at York University, York,
England, in July.
John Biro has been elected President of the Hume Society
for a three-year term. The Hume Society is an international
association of scholars interested in the thought of the great
eighteenth-century Scottish philosopher and historian, Da-
vid Hume. Last year he served as President of the Florida
Philosophical Association. His most recent presentations have
been at the 24th Hume Conference in Monterey, California, at
Catholic University and at the University of Maryland.
Kirk Ludwig presented the paper "Is there a Problem About
Vagueness?", co-authored with colleague Greg Ray, at the
International Conference on "Vagueness" in Bled [Slovenia],
sponsored by the Inter-University Center of Dubrovnik.
At the same conference, Ray presented "Williamson's Master
Argument on Vagueness."
New Faculty Reception
Dean Harrison's home
Sun, Sept 13 4:00 6:00 PM
First CLAS College Assembly .
Reitz Union Auditorium
Wed, Sept 16 4:00 PM
New CLAS Faculty Orientation
2014 Turlington Hall
Dean's Conference Room
S Thurs, Sept 17 2:00 PM
S New CLAS Chairs Orientation 0
Dean's Conference Room
Thurs, Sept 17 3:00 PM
The Center for African Studies 1998 Fall Reception will
be held on Friday, September 11 at 3:00 PM in the Friends
of Music Room (University Auditorium). All are invited
to attend. Presentation of new faculty and fellowship and
scholarship winners will be followed by a reception, which
will include an African musical performance by Moustapha
Banyoura and Abou Sylla.
The Center for Women Studies and Gender Research
1998-99 Opening Reception will be held Thursday,
September 10 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM in the Friends of Music
Room in the University Auditorium. A preview of 1998-1999
at CWSGR will include the following presentations:
Gender and Development-Dr. Dorota Z. Haman
Questions of a Feminist Sociologist-Dr. Kendal Broad
Center for Research on Women's Health-Dr. Brough Peck
Black Women and Film-Dr. Patricia Hilliard Nunn
Women in Science Lecture Series-Dr. Elizabeth Lada
Fulbright Applicants Needed
Applications for Fulbright awards are presently very low.
Graduating Seniors as well as graduate students at the MA
and PhD level can apply for a year of study and research in
over 140 different countries through the Fulbright Scholar-
ship program. The program brochure listing the countries
and areas of interest as well as applications are available in
the honors office, 140 Tigert Hall. The project statement for
the application is only two pages long and Florida students
have had great success in winning Fulbrights. The applica-
tion deadline is September 21. Fulbright information is also
available at http://web.honors.ufl.edu/awards/
Lombardi to be Featur
at Fall Convoca
The Eighth Annual Fall
of the College of Liberal
Arts and Sciences will be
held Thursday, September
24 at 4:00 PM. Over 800
outstanding students and
faculty members will be
recognized. President of
the University of Florida,
John V. Lombardi will
give the featured address
entitled, "Who Needs the
Dr. Lombardi is a specialist i
history. He received his PhD from
and became president of the Univ
March of 1990. In addition to hist
courses and written on internatio
puter literacy and software evalua
Fall Convocation is designed to
celebration of the new academic y
tunity for faculty and students to c
a summer of dispersal. The cereal
in the University Auditorium, and
west lawn will follow. All CLAS fa
and their guests are invited to atte
CLAS Professors Pa
The Fifteenth International
Literature and Psychology too
1998 in St. Petersburg, Russia.
scored by IPSA and the East Eu
for Psychoanalysis. Peter Ru
Norman Holland (ENG), and
(ENG) served on the organizing
five papers were presented b)
UF: Andrew Gordon on "Spie
Another Sincere Fiction of the
written with Hernan Vera, Soci
Turim (ENG) on "A Psychoar
to the Unspoken in The Unbea
Being"; Scott Nygren (ENG) o
Meta-psychology of Postnat
Anne Wyatt-Brown (LIN) on
and Religion in Eastern Euro]
Fiction"; and Bertram Wyatt-
"Modern Southern Writers, I
European and Russian Infl
psychoanalysis was banned ir
70 years, this conference, one
kind since the breakup of the S
a historic occasion.
Around The College
ed Speaker Three New Deans for CLAS
Mathematics chair Joseph Glover
enrollment management, and
teaching and advising awards.
The Associate Dean for Faculty
Affairs also handles sabbaticals,
student complaints and faculty
grievances. ( ;
n Latin American Albert Matheny (Political
SColumbia in 1968 Science) succeeds Larry
ersity of Florida in Severy as Associate Dean
tory, he has taught -. for Student Affairs. He will
nal business, com- oversee academic advising and
tion. advisor training, scheduling,
be both an annual student records, and graduate
ear, and an oppor- requirements and certifications.
:ome together after The Associate Dean for
money will be held Student Affairs also assists in
a reception on the admissions and enrollment
culty and students E As' management.
Lisa McElwee-White (Chemistry) '
irticipate in is the new Associate Dean for
in Russia Administrative Affairs, replacing
Chuck Frazier. Among other
Conference on duties, she is responsible for
k place July 2-6, space and facilities, salary
It was co-spon- equity, affirmative action and the
ropean Institute administration of student/ teacher
dnytsky (ENG), evaluations. She will also handle
Andrew Gordon ADA concerns, scheduling and
g committee and i ,
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ology); Maureen For more information about the Dean's Office staff, see
ialytic Listening [http://web.clas.ufl.edu/dean]
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Nick Kontaridis' Love For His Native Greece Inspires Achievement in Classroom
Nick Kontaridis discusses 19th century Greek
you're in your
weeks into the
new term when you notice that last
semester's teaching evaluations are
back. You retrieve the tell-tale manila
envelope from your box and find a
place to sit while you sift through the
gamut of predictable judgments. To
your surprise, every single evaluation
boasts straight fives! To top it off, the
comments are lengthy and grateful,
full of enthusiasm for the subject
you teach and the way you teach it.
You've brought out the best in each
and every one of them, it seems. Silly
fantasy? Not for Greek instructor Nick
Kontaridis, who frequently gets perfect
evaluations from his apprentices.
While Greek Studies Co-Director
Karelisa Hartigan is impressed with
Kontaridis' popularity in the classroom,
she is not surprised: "He spends a lot of
time one-on-one with his students, not
only in classes but if they want to speak
Greek, he'll be right here to speak with
them all the time. He's very generous
with his time-he sees all the students
individually, and they appreciate that."
For his part, Kontaridis claims good
training is responsible for his success.
"At Florida State, I was privileged to
have some distinguished professors in
education. Byron Massialas and George
Flouris were my mentors, and their
idea was that the teacher should teach
democratically, not as a dictator. A good
instructor must respect the students'
opinions, ask them what they like and
Kontaridis feels that if the
classroom is a happy place
then students will feel free
and relaxed and will not
be afraid to participate and
learn. "We try to develop
their self-esteem," he says.
"We feel that students who
believe in themselves will
learn more and be more
Perhaps his enthusiasm
for teaching stems from
the fact that he is living out
his dream. "It was always
poets. my dream to teach," he
says, "since I was a kid in
primary school." Born in Lemnos,
Greece, the fifth and youngest child of
Greek parents, Kontaridis completed
the Lyceum of Lemnos, received an
accounting degree in Athens and a BS
from Pantios University in Athens,
and studied law at the University
of Salonica before immigrating to
Canada in 1965.
In 1968 he moved to America,
first Utah and then Florida, and he
eventually received his MS and Ed
Specialist Degrees in multilingual and
multicultural education from Florida
State. Although Kontaridis has been
teaching Greek language and culture
at parochial Greek schools for over 30
years in and around Orlando (where
he and his family live), because he
worked in management at Disney for
over twenty years, it was only upon
retiring that Kontaridis could devote
his energy full-time to teaching.
Kontaridis' two oldest children,
Maria and Chris, both took classes
in Greek Studies at UF, and Maria
majored in Classics and Chemistry.
"They are terrific," explains Hartigan,
"and were very active in the Greek
Studies Program. When we began
looking for a new instructor, they
told us about their dad's ability and
enthusiasm in the classroom, and he
ended up being the ideal candidate."
Kontaridis began his adjunct
appointment with the UF Classics
Department in 1995, and since then
has taught Modern Greek 1 and 2,
Intermediate Modern Greek 1 and 2,
Greek Literature of the 19th and 20th
Centuries and Greek Literature in the
Byzantine Era. This Fall he is teaching
Greek Civilization from the Ancient
Years to the Present Time.
To accommodate his dream job,
Kontaridis lives in Gainesville with
Chris (who graduated with a BS in
accounting and is now in law school)
and returns to Orlando on weekends,
days off and summers to spend time
with his wife Katie and their youngest
child Sophia, who started high school
in August. Kontaridis' third child,
Joanna, is a senior marketing major
at USF, and Maria is now at Yale
pursuing a PhD in biological and
In the classroom, it is clear to
Kontaridis' students how much
he loves his subject. "We read
masterpieces of Greek scholars," he
says of course content, "such as Nobel
prize winners George Seferis (1973)
and Odysseus Elytis (1979)-really
"He makes them work hard," says
Hartigan. "I sat in on some of his
classes; he gave written assignments
almost every day-they were always
handing in work."
"Students must always practice
reading, writing and speaking
together," emphasizes Kontaridis,
"but these three things are not always
enough. They also have to learn the
culture. We spend very much time
talking about the Greek culture so they
can better understand the people."
If one can gauge an instructor's
teaching style by the look of his/ her
office then Kontaridis must be as open,
accepting and encouraging as Hartigan
claims. His Dauer Hall office is filled
with chairs to make his many visitors
comfortable, his walls are covered
with pictures of famous Greek writers,
philosophers and beautiful Grecian
vistas, and his door is always open. "I
really try to understand and help the
students," he says, "and I always tell
them on the first day, 'It's your class...
you paid for the course, and you make
the efforts and spend the time on the
assignments. We'll work together,
but at the end of the semester what
I want from you is for you to have
really learned something, to have won
something...your education.'" If his
students' feedback is any indication,
Kontaridis is batting 1000.
Chair of Mathematics
T he Mathematics
Department has an
who are making sig-
nificant contributions to
research while maintain-
ing a sincere commitment
to teaching. Our research
Covers algebra, algebraic
geometry, real and com-
plex analysis, functional
number theory, probability, and topology, among oth-
ers. Recently, the department has gained strength in
applied mathematics, with research involving par-
tial differential equations and numerical analysis in
many crossdisciplinary projects. Recognition for our
research has come in the form of grants, invited talks
at important conferences, and coveted awards. Our
outstanding algebra group is led by Graduate Re-
search Professor John Thompson, winner of the Fields
Medal, the most prestigious prize in mathematics.
Also of note, this year Professor Alexander Dranish-
nikov of our topology group was invited to give an
address at the International Congress of Mathemati-
cians, the preeminent mathematics conference (held
once every four years), which is where the Fields
Medals are presented.
As chair of mathematics, my goal is to build on ex-
isting strengths and gain increased recognition of our
work. As a new initiative, our department will con-
duct several mini-conferences in the next few years.
These will provide increased visibility of our research
and help in our hiring efforts. We will also have two
Distinguished Visitor Programs each year, one in pure
and one in applied mathematics. Each distinguished
visitor will give one special colloquium of wide ap-
peal even to members from other departments. The
role of mathematicians is increasingly being seen as
essential in many projects, and as a result, our faculty
and graduate students will continue to become more
involved in cross-disciplinary research.
Mathematics courses are taken by almost every UF
student, and our teaching has been consistently rated
as very good. Our department will take advantage
of new technologies to pursue innovative techniques
in teaching while retaining time-tested methods of
The future will undoubtedly present new
opportunities, problems, and challenges. Our strength
lies in the fact that we are well balanced in our
research, teaching and service. Thus, I am hopeful
that we have a bright future.A
Allan F. Burns
Chair of Anthropology
L little did I know when I
became chair that
be such a moving experience.
Anthropology is scheduled
to move to ex-geology space,
and in this way bring some
of our satellite faculty back to
the department. Moving the
department reminds me of chaos
theory and the effect of the
butterfly that changes weather
here by flapping its wings in
transition depends on a whole series of events throughout the
university, some of which seem like the motion of a distant
The Anthropology Department is a moving experience
for many of our faculty as well. This year we welcome Dr.
Ken Sassaman to UF, an archaeologist who specializes on
the transition between hunting and gathering societies to
settled agricultural communities. Three of our faculty moved
on to other universities this summer, so for the next few
years we will be looking to fill several positions. One future
position will be for a biological anthropologist interested in
complementing our strengths in forensic, nutritional, and
behavioral studies. Forensic anthropology will move forward
as we strengthen links to pathology, toxicology, criminal
justice and the wider world of forensic sciences. We will
also be looking for an archaeologist with interests in historic
archaeology, especially in contacts between different cultures,
such as through colonialism or the African Diaspora.
The Anthropology Department also moves in time with
the rhythm of the university. Our graduate program has
increased dramatically, so that now we have 180 graduate
students in our MA and PhD programs. Affiliates from the
Florida Museum of Natural History, the Center for Latin
American Studies, the Center for African Studies, and other
departments have shifted to meet the formidable task of
providing excellent classes, insights and support for our
graduate cohort. We are expanding our idea of graduate
training to include things like NSF training programs in
quantitative methods, field schools in the US and other
countries, and professional internship programs.
Undergraduate degrees in anthropology bridge the
arts and the sciences; our majors move into many diverse
fields: medicine, law, engineering, information technology,
museum studies, documentary film and video are just a few.
Our department has to expand to take advantage of new,
worldwide employment opportunities for our majors. What
advantages anthropology majors would have if they all went
on an overseas program!
I look forward to working with an active faculty and
interesting students whose careers will be innovative as well
as practical in understanding human diversity. When I move
on after my term is over, I expect the department will be
moving even faster than it is now.l%
SAssistant professor Kendal L. Broad holds a joint appointment with Sociology and the Center
for Women's Studies and Gender Research. She recently received her PhD in sociology from
i Washington State University, where she specialized in gender and deviance (her dissertation
was a qualitative study of the emerging transgender movement). Her research interests
Include gender, social movements, deviance, social problems and the intersections of gender,
race, class and sexuality. Her outside interests include feminist and queer activism, rugby,
relearning Chinese and surfing, although "not necessarily at the same time."
Assistant professor of English Kenneth Kidd came to UF from Eastern Michigan University,
where he was an assistant professor for several years. Kenneth received his PhD from the
University of Texas at Austin, where he studied nineteenth-century American literature,
children's literature, and lesbian/ gay studies. He is also interested in contemporary popular
culture and film. Currently he is writing a book called Boyology for Beginners. He looks
forward to working with UF's terrific Baldwin Collection of children's books and with the
newly-formed Center for the Study of Children's Literature and Media. In his spare time, f '-
he enjoys traveling, dining out, antiquing and watching cable. 1
Assistant professor of history Jon Sensbach comes to UF from the University of Southern
Mississippi, where he worked as an assistant professor after receiving his PhD from Duke
University in 1991. His research interests include investigating the connections between race,
ethnicity and religion in Colonial and Revolutionary America, and African-American religious
expression in slave culture. Sensbach recently published a book on race, slavery and the rise
of the black church, and is now working on a new religious history of the colonial South. This
Fall, he is teaching courses in the American Revolution and slavery in the age of revolution.
He enjoys tennis, gardening and listening to music.
Howard E.A. Tinsley, an assistant professor of psychology, completed his PhD at the
University of Minnesota and worked at Southern Illinois University before coming to UF
His interests include vocational behavior and the psychology of leisure. He just completed
an eight-year tenure as editor of The Journal of Vocational Behavior and is presently editing
the Handbook of Applied Multivariate Statistics and Mathematical Modeling. Tinsley has
taught courses in social psychology, introductory psychology and research and counseling
psychology. His outside interests include photography, running and watching movies.
Luise White, an associate professor of history, received her PhD in African history from
Cambridge University and was most recently employed as fellow at the Woodrow Wilson
Center. Her research interests include cultural history, medical history and women's history.
She has written a book on the history of prostitution in Nairobi, Kenya, and is currently
conducting research on Zimbabwe and finishing up a book on rumor and history in East and
Central Africa. She teaches courses in Africa since 1800, historical methods, and oral history.
Her hobbies include music and gardening.
Research Foundation Professors Named
T he University of Florida Research Foundation (UFRF)
recently recognized its second annual class of 30 UF
Research Foundation Professors. The three-year awards,
designed to recognize excellence in research, include a $5,000
annual salary supplement and a $3,000 research grant. Seven
of the awards are earmarked for CLAS faculty each year.
UFRF professors are chosen based on recommendations from
department chairs, a personal statement and an evaluation of
their recent research productivity, measured by such things as
publications in books and scholarly journals, external funding
and development of intellectual property. The professorships
are funded from the university's share of royalty and licensing
income on UF-generated products like Gatorade and Trusopt
(a glaucoma treatment). UFRF currently manages more than
800 grants and 60 licensed technologies and plans to fund a
total of up to 90 active professorships at any given time. This
year's CLAS winners are the following:
Ron Akers is a leading criminological
theorist. He has conducted extensive
A : 7 .research on theories of crime and
j delinquency and issues in crime, deviance,
law, and justice such as alcohol and drug
behavior among adolescents and the
elderly, prison organization and juvenile
/ justice and delinquency. He has published
seven books including his most recent:
Social Learning and Social Structure: A
General Theory of Crime and Deviance
Ronald L. Akers (1998). He is also author of over 70 book
Sociology chapters and articles in major sociology and
Rodney Bartlett, a graduate research
professor of chemistry and physics, is
an expert in the theory and applications
of quantum mechanics to molecules.
His main research interest is in highly
correlated methods for electronic
structure theory, including the Coupled
Cluster Methods and Many Body
Perturbation Theory. Dr. Bartlett has
published over 300 scientific papers and
has been a plenary lecturer at over 100
major conferences. Rodney J. Bartlett
William C. Calin
William Calin's research focuses on
medieval French and English literature,
French poetry from the Renaissance to
the present, the literature of Scotland, and
French minority literatures. His work
has produced nine books, 85 articles, and
180 conference papers and lectures. He's
nearing completion of Minority Literatures
and Modernism: Scots, Breton, and Occitan,
1920-1990, and is also currently working
on a volume of essays on The Humanist
Critics, from Spitzer and Auerbach to
Matthiessen and Frye. Next in line: The
French Tradition and the Literature of Medieval
And Renaissance Scotland.
Stan Dermott's field of research is the study
of the dust that originates from collisions
between asteroids (minor planets that orbit
between Mars and Jupiter). In 1994, his
group showed that dust from the asteroid
belt forms a circumsolar ring in which the
Earth is embedded. This discovery, which
made the cover of the scientific journal
Nature, has since been confirmed by NASA
spacecraft. His group is now applying
similar techniques to interpret the structures
of disks of dust recently discovered around
some nearby stars. They aim to show that
brightness asymmetries in these disks
indicate the presence of unseen planets.
David Hodell's research deals with the
application of stable isotopes (oxygen,
carbon, nitrogen, strontium) to study a
broad spectrum of problems in the fields
of paleo-climatology, -oceanography,
and -limnology. His work utilizes deep-
sea and lake sediment cores collected
globally to unravel the climatic history
Sof the Earth over time scales of decades
'. '.. to millions of years. His current research
i" ". is focused on the influence of climate
David A. Hodell change on the cultural evolution of the
Geology Maya civilization in Mesoamerica, and
the role of the Southern Ocean in glacial-
to-interglacial climate change during the
last million years. He has published over
100 papers and abstracts dealing with the
history of Earth's climate system.
Vasudha Narayanan is on research
leave on a National Endowment for the
Humanities fellowship for 1998-99. Her
Introduction to the Hindu Traditions, in
which she pays special attention to the
religious life of women, is to be published
soon by Prentice Hall. She is currently
working on several other projects: Hindu-
Muslim relations in ritual spaces and
a translation of a ninth century Tamil
poem. Her book The Hindu Traditions
in America: Temple Space, Domestic Space,
and Cyber Space will be published by Vasudha Narayanai
Columbia University Press. Religion
mechanisms underlying food and
fluid intake. One line of research
concerns preference for and intake of
salt, and its implications for the later
development of high blood pressure.
A second line of research concerns
the signals that turn off feeding-
so-called satiety signals- and ways
in which these might be used as
Neil E. Rowland targets for appetite suppressant or
Psychology anti-obesity medications.
Stanley F. Dermott
Computers and the Academy
An Interview with English Professor Stephanie Smith
Cn: You spent the summer at
UCLA, at an NEH seminar on
computers and the academy.
What were some of the main
topics of discussion?
SS: The seminar was titled
"Literature in Transition:
The Impact of Information
Technologies" and was directed
by N. Katherine Hayles, who
is one of the most intelligent
experts in the field today. She'd
arranged the seminar so that Stepl
we conducted an inquiry and
produced our own projects. The
topics ranged from "Historical Perspectives
on Electronic Textuality" to "The Theory
and Practice of Hypertext Pedagogy" from
copyright issues to interactive fiction.
Cn: UCLA has gotten much press
recently-some good, some bad-for
mandating all professors put up aWeb page
for each course they teach. What type of
support system do they have, and from your
experience there, is it effective?
SS: UCLA uses WEBCT, a commercial
program system that many colleges and
universities have purchased [see: http://
www.webct.com/webct/]. To compare
UF and UCLA, from the perspective of
the humanities, is disheartening. First,
UCLA is not attempting to make distance
learning central. Second, UCLA's hardware
was astonishing. At UF, it is sometimes
difficult to do a good multimedia course
in humanities. I've had an exhausting
time simply getting hard/software. At
present, my printer doesn't "speak" to my
computer which has no CD-ROM or Zip
drive, and I've been requesting these items
for 3 years, in which time the technology
itself has changed. I've had to wheel a
heavy cart with a computer and CD-ROM
drive across the campus in order to teach
from it, because the room I was assigned
to had no facilities. At UCLA, I could
have used either a well-equipped room or
run a workshop on-line in the library. UF
is simply too under-equipped and under-
staffed in comparison to UCLA.
Cn: What does it mean to "own the rights"
to a Web-based course?
SS: Copyright law was and is designed to
protect the interests of the "owners," and
the owner, in most cases, is technically the
institution; however, Amer-ican copyright
laws are structured, in part, to
protect the author-as-owner
because historically American
authors in the 19th century
were being impoverished by
Britain. Herman Melville,
for example, was being
reprinted in England without
his permission and without
recompense. So American
copyright laws were molded
to protect individuals as
well as corporate entities.
lie Smith Electronic publishing poses
lish another problem, because
materials can be down-loaded
for nothing. Moreover, Universities wish to
"own" course materials produced under their
auspices; as a corporate entity, UF wants to
maximize its profit. But U.S. copyright law
interferes, precisely because it is set up to
help the creator avoid exploitation and the
alienation of his/her work.
This becomes a sticky situation when
course materials are involved because most
institutions do not understand the dynamics
of good syllabus design and tend to view
syllabi as static objects that can be owned.
But a good syllabus should be flexible, and
capable of reflecting the needs of individual
Cn: What about publication on-line? I know
there are juried on-line journals and print
journals that later put an electronic version
of their printed publication on-line,
but are academics publishing directly on
the Web? Do academics get credit for Web
SS: Yes to most 'f til above.
a Web subscription.
Credit for Web publications varies
from department to department. More
conservative departments are usually slow
to understand that publishing is in a crisis
of change. While I'm sympathetic to the
desire for good scholarship, not everything
that resembles a treatise written in 1955 is
de facto good.
Cn: Do you think technology can
significantly enhance the participation of
SS: Gender concerns me greatly. Technology
does not, in my experience, enhance the
participation of women-or indeed of any
student-unless the instructor encourages
the student. All the blather about instant
alleviation of gendered tension is just that,
blather...you've seen the latest study that
suggests depression and loneliness results
from being on-line? Indeed, in some cases
the computer classroom discourages both
interaction and education. Instructors can
use the computer to intimidate, setting
themselves up as "famous" or as the
"wizard" (actual term), making their students
feel small-especially the women.
In my experience, young women today
aren't technophobic, but they are put off by
those who patronize them or dismiss their
concerns. I've been told that electronic
communication is "liberating" for the "self."
I'd like to know which "self' and from what
I've been liberated. Certainly not from
sexismorracism. I've also heard that gender
issues have been made obsolete by the
computer. Anyone who has been "flamed"
or stalked on the Web knows this isn't true.
I am a proponent of the compute but too
Graphic from Smith's syllabus for "Politics of Access". Excerpt from syl-
labus text: "Having 'access' is often cited as a central necessity and of
primary concern to the production of a variety of cultural and/or political
fields, especially with regard to the politics of constituting a democratic
Web page. I give you a chapter; the rest, you
will have to purchase through the publisher
(I'm a novelist as well as a scholar). Then
there are publishers that handle some Web-
based designs, like Eastgate Publishers.
Most of the sciences have turned away
from paper and use on-line forms, although
publishing directly on the Web is problematic
with regard to profit. Mostjournals give the
table of contents on the Web, but you have
to pay for individual essays. Or you pay for
often utopic bombast or boosterism about
networking or the hypertextual "freedom"
to be "me" obscure important issues about
power-who has access, when, how, and
under what constraints.%
Smith, an associate professor of English, is on
sabbatical this semester, and will i,. ,I. -, i'i. on
her second scholarly book, Household Words:
Composing Common Sense for a Democratic
Culture, as well as on her fourth novel.
In order to reward the "superior performance and excellence" of UF's "most outstanding and dedicated faculty members," President Lombardi recently
created the rank of Distinguished Professor. In April, 16 UF professors (five from CLAS) were promoted to the new rank. Below, CLAS Distinguished
Professors comment on their new honor.
"My promotion to Distinguished
Professor comes as a result
of years of productivity made
possible by the unstinting support
and encouragement of my
colleagues in the Department
of Classics, which is composed
of some of the most congenial
faculty and staff in the University
of Florida. I hope that they are
as proud of me as I have always
been of them."
For almost 30 years, Distinguished Professor Gareth Schmeling
(Classics) has worked on the ancient novel, and in conjunction
with European colleagues he claims he's "made a good start at
understanding its 2000-year history." Schmeling says he's fortunate
that the American Academy in Rome has provided him with a "most
agreeable" home, that the NEH has given him financial sponsorship
in tough times, and that publishers have backed expensive projects.
"I am a lucky person," he says.
"I feel that I have been
privileged to conduct my life
in the academic community.
S-The recognition awarded
me by my colleagues in
Sthe Department of History
Sand by scholars at other
S universities is the most
important and satisfying
aspect of this honor"
Distinguished Professor Robert Zieger teaches all levels
of American History and courses in labor history and labor in
Florida. When asked to name the one project he feels the biggest
sense of accomplishment from, he responds, \ ly book American
Workers, American Unions has been widely used in college and
worker education courses, and I'm proud of its role in informing
young people and working people about the history of labor
A principle focus of Distinguished Professor Margaret Conway's
research is on explaining patterns of political participation and
examining the public policy consequences of political activity or
inactivity. One emphasis within that focus is on changing patterns
of political participation among women and how those changes
have affected public policy in the United States. Her recent books
include Women and Political Participation and Women and Public
Policy: A Revolution in Progress.
"As I think of this promotion,
there is a feeling ofjoy as
well as humility. Hopefully
in the years ahead we will
see many distinguished
CLAS colleagues joining the
five of us who attained this
rank in the first year of its
Distinguished Professor Malay Ghosh does statistical
theory and mathematical statistics. He's presently engaged
in conducting longitudinal analysis of data-especially the
analysis of social and medical data in areas like pediatrics and
ophthalmology. Several years ago, he "stuck his neck out" and
proposed a method to predict/make projections of future census
figures. When the 1990 census figures came out (around 1995)
it turned out that his estimations were much more accurate than
the bureau statisticians' estimates.
"I was very pleased to hear of
being appointed to one of our first
Se especially when I learned of the
company I was keeping. It is
g certainly terrific to be recognized
and rewarded for doing well the
things-teaching and research-
that I love doing."
As a theoretical chemist, Distinguished Professor Michael Zerner
tries to "predict chemistry without touching a test tube." One
of the subjects he is presently absorbed in concerns attempting
to understand and explain the initial photo-chemical event that
triggers photosynthesis, the process upon which life as we know it
depends. One of the tools he uses for this is the computer program
"ZINDO". The "Z" in ZINDO, used to predict properties of
molecules, stands for Zerner. Over 3,000 labs around the world
now use the techniques he has helped to develop.
"I am deeply appreciative
of the support received
from my colleagues in the
department and in CLAS. I
look forward to seeing this
honor conferred on many
others who are certainly
deserving of the rank."
G ra nts (through Division of Sponsored Research)
July 1998 Total $1,674,657
Enholm, J. CHE
Katritzky, A. CHE
Katritzky, A. CHE
Katritzky, A. CHE
Wagener, K. CHE
Yost, R. CHE
Brown, Jr., W.
Brown, Jr., W.
Fennell, III, R.
Compound screening agreement.
Compounds of potential therapeutic value.
Miles compound contract.
Miles compound contract.
Metal containing polymers via metathesis chemistry.
Laser microprobe ion trap mass spectrometry.
Definition of a dust aggregation and concentration system.
Computational study of interfacial instabilities and their role in star formation.
Determination of binary frequencies in young embedded dusters.
Nature of genesis of starbursts and infrared emission in galactic nuclei.
Infrared study of young stellar objects with methanol maser emission.
Instrumentation for the MRCAT undulator beamline at the advanced photon source.
Polymer elucidation and characterization by mass spectrometry.
Analysis of human and host animal emanations for the presence of attractants.
5,000 Instruction and assessment of English language learners.
Counting the uncountable: Investigations into social networks.
Inverse diffraction problems in optics.
Thurston-Nielson theory and fluid mixing.
16,943 Innovative sparse matrix algorithms.
19,640 Scientific computing research environments for the mathematical sciences.
9,852 US CMS trigger subsystem.
Distributed computing and databases for high energy physics.
Nano-machining via coulomb explosion.
National Young Investigator Award.
35,062 Theoretical astrophysics and gravitational physics.
Endcap Muon system development for the CMS project in FY 98.
Magnetic materials and devices.
Exploration of disordered quadrupolar molecular systems.
Thermo-optical response of high-temperature superconducting films.
10,045 Contract for psychological assessment at the NFETC.
Am Lung Assoc
Texas A &r M
Contract for psychological assessment at the NFETC.
Do equivalence passes mediate extensions of functions.
Dual anorectic treatment in rats: efficacy and safety.
Extra-renal ion regulation of euryhaline and stenohaline freshwater elasmobranchs.
Fire, insect outbreaks and climate change in Boreal forest.
Developing countries training fellowship for Kamal Feriali.
Expression and characterization of TB GFAT, a novel chemotherapeutic target.
Post cruise scientific research: Leg 178 Antarctic Peninsula.
10,000 Recovery of plant and animal communities in the Kibale corridor.
PSY Misc Donors
ZOO Misc Donors
UF-Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm Fellowship in Astrophysics.
Business and professional ethics journal.
The Casera project.
Miscellaneous donors account.
9,400 Miscellaneous donors.
4,000 Miscellaneous donors.
-See Grants, page 11
U.S. Orientalisms: Race, Nation, and Gender in Literature, 1790-1890
Malini Johar Schueller (English)
The University of Michigan Press
(review taken from book jacket)
U.S. Orientalisms: Race, Nation, and Gender in Literature, 1790-1890 is the first extensive and
politicized study of nineteenth-century American discourses that helped build an idea of nation-
hood with control over three "orients": the "Barbary" Orient, the Orient of Egypt, and the Orient
of India. Malini Johar Schueller persuasively argues that current notions about the East can be
better understood as letter-day manifestations of the earlier U.S. visions of the Orient refracted
variously through millennial fervor, racial-cultural difference, and ideas of westerly empire.
As with Emerson, however, critical questions about Whitman and the Orient have been concerned with
the resemblances between Whitman's philosophical i.e., nonideological ideas and those of Asian, specifi-
cally Hindu, thought. The controversy over the intellectual origins of Whitman's poems began with Henry David Thoreau's visit to
the poet in Brooklyn in 1856, a year after the publication of the first edition of Leaves of Grass. Thoreau had called Whitman's poems
"wonderfully like the Orientals" (by which Thoreau meant Hindu poems in translation) but when he asked Whitman if he had read any
Indian literature of Hindu scriptures, Whitman replied, "no: tell me about them." Emerson, too, had described Leaves of Grass as "a
remarkable mixture" of the Bhagavad-Gita and the New York Herald. Yet, in 1857, despite his proclaimed ignorance about Hindu
scriptures, Whitman defended Emerson's poem "Brahma" by attempting to explain the status of Brahma as a deity. Later, in "A Back-
ward Glance o'er Travel'd Roads," Whitman admitted reading the Hindu poems before writing the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass.
Technology, continued from page 1
that my course was more exciting than it used to be. The use of
technology imparts a certain sense of relevance that is likely not
deserved, but is nevertheless there.
If it helps to motivate interest, then The logo for PSYART:
I'll take it." Hyperlink Journal for the
Psychological Study of the
Internet Publishing Arts which Norm Holland
From Norm Holland (English): edits (http://www.clas.ufl.
'T ve been published on-line several edu/ipsa/journal).
times now, and I myself edit an
Internet journal, PSYART: A Hyperlink Journalfor the Psychology of
the Arts. (Incidentally, Buzz Holling in Zoology runs a superb journal
on-line, Conservation Ecology, and Buzz helped me get started.)
"The journal that published me, Buzz's journal, and my own are
all refereed and are just as respectable as any printjournal. Clearly e-
publication is the wave of the future, given the cost of print publication
and library purchasing and storage. You have the advantage of
a very fast editorial process. You can include illustrations, even
audio recordings and film clips. You have at least the potential of
immense circulation. The printed scholarly publication belongs to
Although Raymond Gay-Crosier (Romance L and L) is skeptical
about the future of Web publication, he did have this to say about
using the Web as a research springboard: "Having just completed
an extensive thematic bibliography that I placed in late July on the
Web as part of a series of informational resources, I can tell you that
such a research instrument, if geared to the users, generates almost
Grants, continued from page 10
Brown, Jr., W.
instant and world wide reactions. E-mail messages alone indicated
that within hours after being posted, colleagues and students as
far as Australia and South Africa were gratefully
acknowledging the availability of such a structured
up-to-date bibliography. Moreover, it will remain
under perpetual revision and the dates at the beginning
always indicate when the last update occurred."
Two interesting perspectives about how Internet
publishing affects and is affected by print journals
can be found at the Campaign for the Freedom of
Distribution of Scientific Work site (http://rerunmatura.zool.su.se)
and in an on-line issue of American Scientist which features an article
on Internet publishing by UF entomologist Tom Walker (Ihp i l l
"Being on-line is expected. If a student looking for a certain
program/department can not find it on-line, the student may interpret
the program as not being up-to-date or not having enough resources.
Also, having information on the Web reaches MANY more people."
- John Laibson (Academic Advising).
Support Services at UF
By far the greatest concern among professors responding to the
CLAS notes inquiry was the availability of support. There is an
array of tech support available, but as the acronyms can be confusing
(CIRCA, OIR, FSC, CLASnet and MSP), here is a brief definition
of each of these groups and the services they offer:
See Technology, p 12
CSD Misc Donors 6,250 Miscellaneous donors account.
HIS FL Ins of Gov 90,000 The Reubin O'D. Askew Institute on Politics and Society.
ANT Lakehead U
HIS C of Charleston
STA Florida A & M
Paleodietary reconstruction of Las Palmas culture: A stable isotope approach.
Impact of the Haitian revolution in the Atlantic world.
Informatics-database management for Florida birth defects registry.
Musings, continued from page 1
Advising directs interested parties
to all the important features of the
Academic Advising Center of CLAS.
A Campaign link summarizes the
status of the $500 million capital
campaign and illustrates the goals that
this college hopes to meet. A direct
link to the UF Home Page provides
an almost unlimited number of further
links around the campus and beyond.
And a Computing link contains help
to walk you through the preparation
of your ownWeb page. Other primary
connections are to Faculty Pages,
Course Catalog, and What's New.
CLAS is using the Web site more
and more to post information for
department chairs and faculty. Under
the Dean's Office there is a Memos/
Letters link for posting documents,
which cuts down on copying and
also speeds their accessibility to the
relevant parties. And you can never
lose or misplace the master copy.
In addition to the primary sites
described above, don't overlook
those supplemental sites displayed
on the CLAS home page. When you
need help in finding sources on the
World Wide Web, several good search
engines are available, including
Yahoo and AltaVista. Another great
site, and one that is among the most
popular in higher education, is the
American Universities home page,
which is managed and maintained
by Mike Conlon, a CLAS faculty
member in Statistics. Want to locate
someone in another university? Click
here and follow the directions.
Space permits here only a partial
listing of the many useful sites that
one may find starting with the CLAS
home page. We are continually
updating and attempting to improve
our offerings. Should you have some
suggestions in this regard, we would
be pleased to receive them. Don't
hesitate to let us know. Our e-mail
boxes are always open.
Tech nology, continued from page 11
CLASnet Maintains CLAS server,
provides e-mail, Web space, network file
and print sharing and other networking
services to over 1,000 users in 30 CLAS
departments. CLASnet also maintains
the network wiring in 11
CLAS buildings. CLASnet
does not provide help in
designing Web pages.
*Note: Some departments
in CLAS have their own C L
servers with networking
staff and resources and
therefore don't use ,.
CLASnet. See CLASnet
Web page for details:
http://web.clas.ufl.edu/clasnet/. Both the
CLASnet page and the CLAS "Creating
Web Pages" Web site (http://web.clas.ufl.
detailed information on creating Web pages
and finding assistance.
CIRCA Center for Instructional Research
Computing Activities (http://web.circa.ufl.
edu/), which maintains campus computer labs
and offers e-mail and Internet connections
and support (mainly for students) has now
merged with OIR, the Office of Instructional
OIR (see CIRCA, above) provides
resources and equipment to assist faculty
in their teaching activities, including
multimedia support and photography and
graphics. OIR's for-fee services include
flatbed and 35mm slide scanning, video and
audio capture and CD creation. Judy Shoaf
of OIR has written a handout on creating
Web pages with Netscape on the CLAS
server. You can find it at http://
FSC Faculty Support Center
(http://www.fsc.ufl.edu/) in 2215 Turlington
Hall, a division of OIR/CIRCA designed
to assist faculty in the use of computers
and in the development of computer-
enhanced instructional materials. Their
Web page offers links to many helpful
sites in instructional design and setting up
courses using multimedia. FSC provides
faculty forums on teaching and technology
and hands-on seminars for faculty and staff
in using computers and designing Web
FSC includes a"Faculty Workroom" where
instructors can work independently or with
student consultants on course Web pages or
other multimedia concerns (M-F, 8:30-5:00
on walk-in basis or by appointment). OIR's
"Instructional Design Center" (IDC), also
in 2215 Turlington, employs instructional
designers to assist faculty who are developing
distance education courses.
** If you' ve never created aWeb page before,
the first step is attending one of the FSC
training courses. This will
give you the skills necessary
to construct a basic page
with links. Then, contact
your department's computer
inet contact (see list at http://
dept_contacts.html) to help
iaf you post your page on the
server. Thereafter, you may
update or enhance your page
in the FSC Workroom.
MSP Multimedia Support Program ,
also a division of the Office of Instructional
Resources (see http://www.msp.ufl.edu/).
Equips and supports UF's 17 multimedia
classrooms and 9 multimedia carts (portable
equipment for normal classrooms). MSP
trains and consults with faculty on the use
of multimedia equipment for classroom
instruction. Their phone number, for training
appointments or classroom tech emergencies,
UCET University Center for Excellence
in Teaching, Rolfs Hall 109. UCET will be
hiring a support person who, as the faculty
liaison to CLASnet, will assist faculty in
applying computer technology to their
courses. One of the pedagogical questions
UCET seeks to explore is whether or not
(and to what extent) student learning is
enhanced by instructors' use of technology
in the classroom. As part of this ongoing
exploration, UCET is organizing a series
of sessions this Fall in which faculty share
experiences integrating new technologies in
their teaching. Michael Martinez (Political
Science) will conduct the first session (time
and date TBA). UCET is looking for faculty
interested in leading future sessions. Call
Nadine at UCET (6-1574). An upcoming
issue of the Innovator, UCET's newsletter,
will be devoted to IT issues.
Thank you to everyone who sent in their
responses andpersonal experiences. They've
been compiled and forwarded to Jack Sabin
and UCET to help shape future inquiry
into teaching and technology at CLAS and