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We've Got Mail
It was recently estimated that over two
billion e-mail messages are sent daily in
the United States. Some days you may
feel that an undue number of those arrive
in your mailbox. But like it or not, the
electronic communication revolution is
upon us, and we best be prepared. CLAS
has made e-mail and Internet access for
faculty a high priority as indicated by the
hundreds of new computers purchased
and the buildings/offices wired.
Like any other form of communica-
tion, e-mail can be a mixed blessing. I
admit to being semi-compulsive about
its use. Regular (snail) mail gains my
attention once a day, usually after 5:00
pm. But e-mail subverts conventional
office screening processes, bypassing
secretaries and admins, announcing by
signature electronic beeps its successful
penetration of office security. I reach
Pavlovingly for the Read key.
An addiction to e-mail is easily
understood. In a world that increas-
ingly values-and sometimes depends
on-rapid responses, e-mail is the poster
child. I greatly value its almost instant
communication possibilities. The two
to three days (minimum) waiting for
normal mail, each way, seems intermi-
nable compared to e-mail. Messages can
be sent as easily to Munich as Miami.
Documents can be transferred, assuming
the two systems speak each other's lan-
guage. The preparation of manuscripts
with colleagues in distant locations has
become a piece of cake. I would feel
lost without e-mail.
But it is a medium fraught with im-
perfections. Not from a technological
standpoint, but from user habits. We
tend to use e-mail much like the tele-
phone-informal, spontaneous, loose.
The critical difference we tend to "for-
Vol.13 The University of Florida College of Liberal Arts and Sciences No.3
So This is Retirement?
After 25 years at Southern Illinois University, psychology professor
Tony Tinsley forgoes traditional retirement, starts new career at UF
A although Howard E. A.
"Tony" Tinsley is a first-
year assistant professor of
psychology at UF, he's hardly a neo-
phyte. After working as a professor
and administrator at Southern Illinois
University for over 25 years, Tinsley
decided it was time to retire. But for
him, retirement looks a little different
than for most.
Initially, Tinsley contemplated
leaving academia altogether to do
research in the private sector, but
he soon changed his mind. "I had a H
number of things left to accomplish,
and it became very clear that I still
liked teaching and had great enthusiasm for
it. Also, my research can be best done in the
context of a university with the institutional
supports it provides." So immediately after
deciding to retire from SIU, Tinsley put
himself back on the job market and soon
secured the assistant professorship here in
His friends rib him about being a worka-
holic-interesting considering the main
thrust of Tinsley's research deals with the
psychology of leisure. "People think that's
a real hoot," he says. 'They figure I'm the
last guy in the world who would know what
leisure is all about."
Despite the fact that psychologists and
scholars have emphasized leisure activity as
an important component of "life-career" de-
velopment, Tinsley says most people don't
think critically about their leisure options
or preferences. "We're all victims of the
protestant ethic," he explains. We've been
raised to think about work as the central
defining aspect of our lives, and we consider
idleness a sign of decadence." As a result,
claims Tinsley, we don't seek counseling
toward E. A. "Tony" Tinsley
or guidance when a shift in life direc-
tion, a disability or an altered financial
situation necessitates a modification of
leisure pursuits. Theory and literature
have long been available to folks seeking
a career change, but until Tinsley and his
SIU colleague Barbara Eldredge designed
a taxonomy of leisure activities in 1995,
no research-based information existed
for those contemplating recreational
Tinsley and Eldredge created the
taxonomy after surveying nearly 4,000
subjects about their primary leisure activi-
ties. From the results of their in-depth
study, they were able to group 82 leisure
activities into 12 clusters based on the
extent to which the activities met different
psychological needs, such as "competi-
tion," "companionship," "relaxation,"
and "cognitive stimulation."
By giving attention to both the struc-
ture of leisure activities and the way they
relate to one another, the taxonomy can
assist those in need of change. 'Take
jogging," says Tinsley. 'I have a number
of friends now who havejogged for years
See Tinsley page 12
This month's focus: New Faculty
See Musings, page 12
Around the College
Irma McClaurin gave an invited lecture entitled "Salvag-
ing Lives in the African Diaspora: Anthropology, Ethnog-
raphy and Women's Narratives" as part of the Conversa-
tion Series: History, Culture & Politics at the Institute of
African American Research, Columbia University.
On January 8, James Haskins gave a taped interview at
the American Dance Festival for a three-part series on
Black Dance in America, to be broadcast on PBS. Three
reduced versions of The Jazz Age in Paris, 1914-1940, the
1997 Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
exhibition for which he served as guest curator, will travel
to 20 states between now and 2001.
Ed Malecki gave several invited lectures in Germany
during January. He was the guest professor at the Uni-
versity of Hannover in its biannual International Seminar
on Economic Geography, where he gave five lectures. He
also gave invited lectures at the University of Bonn and
the University of Cologne.
Doug Smith traveled to Oslo, Norway in January as a
member of the International Data Center Technical Experts
Group on Seismic Event Location at the Workshop on
International Monitoring System Location Calibration. He
represented the US State Department by presenting fol-
low-up work providing technical advice to the Preparatory
Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban
Treaty Organization. Smith was also recently appointed
by the late Governor Chiles to the Board of Professional
Geologists, for a term ending October 31, 2002.
The Askew Institute, directed by David Colburn, received
the Distinguished Community Service Award from the
State Board of Regents at its January meeting. Colburn
addressed the new members of the Florida House of
Representatives at their orientation meeting in Tallahas-
see in November.
Robert McMahon has been awarded a Fulbright teaching
appointment in Ireland. He is to be the Mary Ball Wash-
ington Professor of American History at the University
College in Dublin for the 1999-2000 academic year.
Jonathan King visited the University of Lille in France
during November and gave a seminar talk entitled "De
Bruijn's harmonic brick condition is computable."
Alexander Dranishnikov visited the universities of Up-
psala and Linkoping in Sweden during the fall and lectured
on 'The Novikov conjecture."
Astronomy Hosts "Big Planet" Night for Kids
mers Richard Elston
and Elizabeth Lada re-
cently organized '"The
Really Huge, Giant,
tuan, Wow They're Big
Planets," an interactive
night of astronomy fun
and facts for area chil-
dren. Over 100 kids at-
tended the event, which
was held in the New
Physics Building. Lada and Elston welcomed the crowed and intro-
duced the program's subject matter, the "gas giants" (Jupiter, Saturn,
Neptune and Uranus).
Next, astronomy graduate students Lauren Jones and Doug Ratay
gave a Bill Nye-inspired talk about the gas giants, with the aid of an
impressive power point presentation (created by fellow graduate stu-
dent David Dahari), which incorporated sound effects, video clips and
In the second phase of the program, kids rotated among three rooms
of hands-on activities, also led by department graduate students:
-Beth Holmes passed out hula hoops (see photo, above) and balloons
to get kids thinking about
the moons and rings of
the giant planets.
-Joanna Levine used
liquid nitrogen (see pho-
to, right) and a water tank
to demonstrate properties
of gas and density.
-And to help the stu-
dents understand the
relative size of each
planet and the distances
between them, Carlos
Roman had kids holding scale models spread out all over the Physics
Building's large entry hall.
To cap off the program, participants got to visit the campus teaching
observatory, where Barbara Eckstein helped them observe Saturn, one
of the planets they'd just studied.
Besides providing a meaningful educational experience for the kids
and their parents, Lada says the program was invaluable for the 26
graduate students who participated in creating and leading the event.
"In addition to getting them involved in science education early in their
careers, it helps them learn the importance of preparing clear, understand-
able presentations, so they can effectively communicate their work to
the public in the future."
Lada and Elston, who organized a similar program on comets two
years ago, hope to continue the series with a program on meteors and/or
the moon next school year.
Note: The teaching observatory is open to the public every Friday night UF is
in session from 8:30 10:00. Since the event is sensitive to weather conditions,
please call (352) 392- 5294 after 7:30 PM for a recorded message.
Around the College
LIVING WELL OPEN HOUSE The 1999 Women in Science Lecture Series
APRIL 14 AT 3 PM March 26 Friday -3:15 PM -407 Bryant Space Science Building
PIL 4AT "STAR FORMATION STUDIES WITH THE OWENS VALLEY MILLIMETER-WAVE ARRAY" PRE-
SENTED BY DR. ANNEILA I. SARGENT, PROFESSOR OF ASTRONOMY AT THE CALIFORNIA
Want to get in shape? Living Well, the UF employee INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY AND DIRECTOR OF THE OWENS VALLEY RADIO OBSERVA-
an to get in shape Living e employee TORY. REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED AT 3 PM. COSPONSORED WITH THE DEPART-
wellness facility, is conveniently located in the base- MENT OF ASTRONOMY.
ment of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium and is open daily. March 26- Friday -7:00 PM 1001 Physics Building
March 26 Friday -7:00 PM -1001 Physics Building
Living Well offers state-of-the-art equipment and lower "From Dust to Us Origins of Stars and Planetary Systems" presented by
rates than local gyms (membership fees can be pay- Dr. Anneila i. Sargent, Professor of Astronomy at the California Institute of
l d t B o a, t filit is o o Technology and Director of the Owens Valley Radio Observatory. Followed
roll deducted, too). Best of all, the facility is only open by an Open House at the Department of Astronomy's Campus Observa-
to UF employees and their spouses, tory. Cosponsored with the Department of Astronomy.
March 31 Wednesday 4:05 PM 339 Little Hall
Call Beth Graeler or Timm Lovins at 392-8189 for Title TBA. Presented by Dr. Ingrid Daubechies, Professor of Mathematics
more information, or tour the facility during the open at Princeton University. Cosponsored with the Department of Mathematics.
house on April 14 at 3 PM. April 1 Thursday- 4:00 PM McCarty Hall, Building C, Room G186
"Surfing with wavelets" presented by Dr. Ingrid Daubechies, Professor of
Mathematics at Princeton University. Refreshments will be served in 339
Little Hall at 3:15 PM. Cosponsored with the Department of Mathematics.
April 6 Tuesday 12 noon Micanopy Room, 4th Floor, Reitz Union
Luncheon discussion with graduate students: "It's OK to say No" presented
by Dr. Kay Gross, Professor of Botany and Plant Pathology at the Kellogg
Biological Station, Michigan State University. Cosponsored with the De-
partment of Botany and the Department of Zoology.
April 7 -Wednesday 3:30 PM (coffee/tea at 3:15) 211 Bartram Hall
"Patterns and consequences of diversity in plant communities" presented
by Dr. Kay Gross, Professor of Botany and Plant Pathology at the Kellogg
Biological Station, Michigan State University. Reception will be held on
April 6th at the residence of Drs. Colette St. Mary & Craig Osenberg. Co-
sponsored with the Department of Botany and the Department of Zoology.
April 22 Thursday 4:00 PM 1002 Physics Building
Title TBA. Presented by Dr. Julia Galli, Lawrence Livermore Lab. Cospon-
sored with the Department of Physics.
ALL LECTURES ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
(left to right) James Keesling and Krishnaswami Alladi (Math- The Women in Science Series is sponsored by the Center for Women's
Studies and Gender Research; the Office of Research, Technology and
ematics), Ulam Colloquium Speaker James Keener, and Dean Graduate Education; and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. This in-
Harrison. Keener (of the University of Utah) delivered the first formation can also be found at www.astro.ufl.edu/-lada/wls.html For more
Mathematics Department Ulam Colloquium on "The math- information, call the Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research at
ematics of sudden cardiac death" on January 11. In his talk, 392-3365 or stop by 115 Anderson Hall.
Keener described in mathematical terms the behavior of life
threatening cardiac arrythmias and suggested a classification
of antiarrhythmic drugs that may give insight into the failure of
the CAST (Cardiac Arrythmia Suppression Test) study.
Dean's Office Staff
of 1997, was promoted to Progra mAssista ntatthe University Police
Department, whereshe'll be working on their newsletter and co-
ordinatingseveralprograms. Congratulations, Gracy,onyournew
opportunity-we'll miss you!
Lady Gators Excel in CLAS
to interview few of themanyoutstandingfemaleathletesin the Collegetofeature in the
next Alumni CLAS notes. What follows are excerpts from two of these stories.
f the name of a town says anything about the people who live
in it, it's easy to see why Niceville, FL native Candace
Cunningham would be recognized for her kindness as much
as for her athleticism. "She's the 'team mama'," says basketball
coach Carol Ross, 'They appreciate her nurturing and her caring
personality." Cunningham laughs at the description, but it's obvi-
ous the feeling is mutual. "Coach Ross is like my mom-I can
tell her anything. She's really supportive of me. My teammates
are like my sisters."
Cunningham's willingness to give extends beyond the court
and into the community where she volunteers what little time she
has. "I really enjoy community service. I went to the Special
Olympics and that was really fun. Last year I went to a school
for students with discipline problems and talked to them." She
currently volunteers for Step by Step, a program that provides
mentors for at-risk youths. Apparently, her altruism is rubbing
off. '"The Athletic Association requires two hours a semester, but
our team averages 20 hours."
Cunningham starred on her high school squad where she holds
the all-time school record for most rebounds and blocked shots.
Since coming to UF in 1997, she has concentrated on improving
her strength and conditioning. "When I gain a little more weight,
I'll have more playing time," she explains. "I'm really looking
forward to getting out on the court again,"
Cunningham credits her solid work ethic and determined
attitude to her experience on the UF team. "It's a great opportu-
When asked what brought her to the University of Florida,
Illinois native Katie Townsend laughs and replies, "the
weather." Then the good-natured track athlete admits her
real reason for coming to
Gainesville had more to
do with academics. "I
was recruited by sev-
eral schools, but Florida
was the one university
I'd have wanted to go
to even if I didn't run
track," she says. 'I knew
I'd receive a quality edu-
cation and have a lot of
A discuss and ham-
mer thrower, Townsend
feels fortunate to be a
Lady Gator athlete. "It
has given me a chance
to meet many people--
I have track and field
friends all over the coun-
try. Playing sports at this level has also shown me that hard work
and perseverance pay off," a lesson that has obviously spilled over
into her academic life at CLAS.
nity. I don't just learn about
basketball. I learn discipline,
time management, and how to
work under pressure. I get a
lot of life lessons from being
on the team." Described as
"an intelligent player" who
"brings depth to the forward
position," Cunningham suc-
cessfully balances her intel-
lectual and athletic activities.
"I've always been an athlete.
In high school I'd go to class,
practice, then play. I always had to balance it out, so I think
I'm pretty good at it."
That training, coupled with Cunningham's natural pragma-
tism, has evidently prepared her for the challenges of college
life. A sophomore majoring in criminology, Cunningham
admits she could have gone anywhere to play basketball. "I
chose UF because of the academics. That's the most important
thing to me," she says.
If Cunningham's present seems well-designed, her future
is abundantly so. "I'm going to graduate from law school, be
part of a law firm, do that for eight to ten years, get my own
firm, then run for judge. I've been wanting to do that since
the seventh grade. "%
Because she came to UF with a number of college credits
earned in high school and ended up redshirting her freshman
track season, Katie has two years of eligibility left despite her
academic classification as "senior." This puts her in the unique
position of being able to maintain her athletic scholarship
throughout a two-year masters program
Katie's current research on prairie grass, which she plans to
take to the Undergraduate Research Symposium, will eventu-
ally form the subject of her senior honors thesis. She hopes to
continue this and other work in the preservation and restoration
of native ecosystems on the graduate level.
Katie credits excellent teaching for her success in CLAS.
She mentions specifically Mike Binford (Geography), who
introduced her to the high tech skills used in Geographic
Information Systems and Remote Sensing. Impressed with
Townsend's ability, Binford has already signed on as her
Despite her commitment to athletics and academics, Katie
has found time to become active in other campus activities. She
is in the geography club and is vice-president of the Gamma
Theta Upsilon honor society. She also gives campus tours as
part of the Cicerones organization. "Leading tours actually
expands my knowledge of Florida geography, as I learn where
a lot of places in the state are from the people on the tours."
How does she manage it all? Like the other Lady Gators we
spoke with, Katie insists, "It's all about time management. I'm
busy, but I have a lot of fun."'
New assistant professor of creative writing Nancy Reisman received her MFA
from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1991. Her fiction has ap-
peared in Glimmer Train, American Fiction, Lilith, and Press, and recent work is
forthcoming in the Kenyon Review. She has received literary fellowships from
the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown
and the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Reisman's collection House Fires
(University of Iowa Press), won the 1999 Iowa Short Fiction Award and will be
on bookstore shelves this fall. An excerpt from the collection's title story, "House
from "House Fires," by Nancy Reisman:
When Randi died, my family
went haywire: one by one we
shorted out. My father, a dig-
nified cardiologist, took to drinking and
belligerence. My mother's mannered
calm gave way to hysteria. I became
pale and inept and forgot how to hold
My sister was killed at night by fire;
afterward, the indigo-black sky seemed
intolerable. Ordinary flames left us
stricken and obsessed. Her last minutes
seemed a vast unlit space I could neither
penetrate nor ignore. In my attempts to
comprehend them I went as far as lower-
ing my fingers over lit matches and hold-
ing my breath. I ended up writing Randi
secret notes which I left crumpled in the
kitchen trash. Wake up and jump out a
window. Do this scene over again, some
way I can see it: a rescue, a sprained
ankle, momentary coughing, an embrace
on the street in the light of fire engines.
Here, steady yourself. Let me wrap your
ankle. I will bring you blankets. Within
weeks I took to dressing in Randi's old
clothes, cast-off sweaters, worn jeans,
dresses from her past: some of them held
traces of her crushed-lilac scent. I'd
wear them until my mother made me
take them off, or until there was nothing
of Randi left in them.
The house Randi lived in was a two-
family in New Haven I saw only once,
after the fire; the surviving structure was
roofless, open along the western side,
char and ash and air where Randi's
room had been. Left over were objects
from storage: books she didn't use, an
olive raincoat, camping equipment, all
smoke damaged. The fire was caused by
faulty wiring and fanned by high winds,
the sort of thing you'd never anticipate.
Imagine, for example, your life is rising,
the proof is everywhere, at your Ivy
League law review, in your lovemaking,
in the mirror. Certainty crests, crests
again. You work impossibly hard and
sleep heavily, sleep through the first scent
of smoke. When do you realize you are
trapped in sheets of flame?
Her voice burned. Her intellect burned.
I don't know what to say about her soul.
Randi's body reminded me of certain sea
pebbles: white, smooth, perfectly separate.
That night she was sleeping, a woman
wrapped in quilts, a woman turned inward,
a self on a bed. No one reported hearing
her-no cries, no calls. Did she, at the
end, remain asleep? Did she wake to the
knowledge of fire and nothing else, not
That winter I became unsure of my
skin: it seemed too thin and insubstantial
to contain me. At night I felt a sudden
panic and imagined spilling out into the
dark air, slipping beneath the sound of
stray sirens, dissipating. Near my parents'
house a local diner burned and I stayed at
the window biting my nails and watching
the sky grow chalky. I couldn't ignore
the ways fire annihilates: the objects that
steady us-landmarks, banisters, familiar
walls-disappear or char down to rem-
nants. An address no longer counts; a
phone number drops away. Proof of the
past vanishes and the infrastructure of our
days collapses into chaos. It is pure loss,
and yet, coming upon someone else's fire,
we pull over to the side of the road, stand
in the street, stare from the top of the hill
at the gorgeous and terrible flames. In
some living room the family photos are
seared off the wall; outside the house we
stand back, stand back but can't leave.
On the worst nights I crept down-
stairs to my parents' dark family room
and turned on late movies: Stella Dallas,
Splendor in the Grass, Shampoo. I would
watch anything. At first I fell into film be-
cause of the story lines, but it also seemed
a world impervious to fire. Even celluloid,
which can so easily shrivel from heat-a
sudden melting on screen, bums bloom-
ing over a city street or hotel lobby or
a woman's bewildered face-seemed
salvageable. The image curls away into
brown arcs and blank space; the film
breaks; the projectionist snaps off the
machine. But wait, and the film begins
again, skipping a few lines of dialogue,
losing a gesture. The damaged reel will
be replaced by a new, flawless print.
Finally, somewhere, there was recourse.
Eventually I studied film; now on my
insomniac nights I read theory. I return
to Bazin, who wrote in the aftermath of
World War II and, nevertheless, insisted
on unity. He thought that film's promise
and purpose was to elucidate the real,
to reveal the patterns already before us,
and he believed that unity of space and
time were paramount. So he relied on
long shots: if a scene includes a man
and a woman in a room, the camera
should give us a clear view of both the
characters and the space, all within a
frame. No jump cuts, no breaks in time.
When the scene is whole, we witness the
simultaneous body language, the woman
stirring her coffee as the man stares into
his lap, the man leaning forward as the
woman says his name, the thickness of
the oak table dividing them, the strange
juxtaposition of their tensed bodies and
troubled faces against extravagant floral
wallpaper. How small they appear stum-
bling down a hill in the snow, how ter-
ribly close in the hospital elevator they
must take together. Each shot reveals
the shifts in power. I like this idea; I am
drawn to Bazin's faith. But is wholeness
itself illusory? So often I see things in
Picture, for example, my mother
the months after Randi died, a forty-
eight-year-old woman weeping into her
See House Fires, page 6
Amie Kreppel, an assistant professor of political science, received her PhD from UCLA
last year. She teaches in the field of comparative politics, including courses on the political
institutions of Western Europe and the politics and institutions of the European Union. Her
research focuses on political parties and parliaments in Western Europe and the USA. In
particular she has published on the influence of coalition size on legislative output and on the
role of executive use of decrees in Italy. Her more recent work has focused specifically on
the European Union and the European Parliament in particular. She continues her research
on the European Parliament through active participation in an ongoing project examining the
influence of the European Parliament on European Union legislation. Future projects include
examining the process of institutional development in the newly democratizing countries of
Ho use Fires (continued from page 5)
coffee, weeping into the houseplants, slamming doors when
contradicted, then weeping behind one or another slammed
door. Every evening after six she'd prepare an impressive
dinner none of us could eat. You could film her for minutes at
a distance, a woman alone in an immaculate kitchen, snapping
green beans and fishing Kleenex from her pocket, then calling,
"Dinner everyone," as if there were ten of us. Or you could
abandon Bazin's principle and film her face in close-up, film
the lined hands, the manicured nails, elaborate rings and traces
of arthritis, fingers breaking and breaking the beans, and then
cut to a shot of my father pretending to work but actually draw-
ing squares on a notepad.
Watch my father refill his Glenlivet, see in close-up the
heavy lines beneath the eyes, a single twitch at the corer of his
mouth, and hear my mother's voice: "Dinner everyone." Or
you could view the plush empty rooms of the house, one after
another, then cut to my father's face, his sip of scotch. Cut to
me, disheveled, on the floor of the living room, thumbing the
classified without looking at them, headphones over my ears.
Hear the sound of those snapping beans. Cut to my mother's
face, then to the wintry lawn, "Dinner everyone."
I hear my father's voice swim out of the dark. Beyond the
window, blue snow accumulates over the college lawns. It is
Vermont. It is December. His voice seems to emanate from
the band of falling snow rather than the phone line; we are
nearly mutes. He almost chokes on my name but then repeats
it, breathlessly, "Amy," over the miles of cable between Boston
and Bennington, across the five a.m. blue dark. He says that
Randi was in a fire. "What do you mean?" I say. "She was in
it. She didn't get out."
My mouth tastes of metal and the night flattens into slabs of
light and dark, the snow into two-dimensional flecks. I brush
my hair. I dial the bus line, write a schedule on a drugstore
receipt, dress myself in a sweater and leggings, find matching
shoes. In dawn light I board a bus which travels past fields of
snow and stripped silver trees, stopping in tiny towns along the
Connecticut River valley. Two seats away from me a woman
hums songs from West Side Story, and once the driver stops to
tell a man in the back to put out his cigarette. The air becomes
increasingly white as we drive and the daylight thickens. All
the way down the highway snow falls, small frenzied flakes that
seem never to end.
In New Haven we held hands. My parents seemed crushed
and ancient, and our gaits dropped off to a shuffle. On the
grounds of Yale the three of us walked in a row, hand in hand:
sometimes I was on the outside to the left and sometimes I was
in the middle. At a restaurant table my father touched my hand,
then clasped my mother's, then knotted his own together while
a waiter brought us coffee and plates of eggs we ignored. At the
funeral in Newton, my parents held hands at the graveside, and
when I stepped back, away from the rest of the mourners, they
appeared to be at the very edge of the grave, heads bowed; a
gust of wind could have knocked them in. They were gripping
each other's hands and didn't sway or lean or turn, became in
that moment a still shot of snowflecked hair, shoulders in over-
coats, almost trembling, a small bridge of hands. Aunt Marlene
shepherded me from the funeral parlor to the graveside to my
parents' house and into a chair; she held my hand and later other
relatives and friends would take one hand or the other and hold
it, sometimes purposefully, sometimes almost absently, as they
sat with plates in their laps and spooned up mild foods, offering
me pieces of bagel or sliced cucumbers. The Orthodox women
on my father's side of the family wore dark velvet hats with deli-
cate brims; their warm, soap-scented hands stroked my stubby,
nailbitten fingers. It was as if in all this hand holding we would
find the missing hands, or reconstruct them somehow.%
"House Fires" first appeared in the Summer 1995 issue
of Glimmer Train.
USPS Employees Recognized
University Support Personnel System (USPS) employees in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences were honored
on February 23 for their commitment and years of service to the university at a reception in the Keene Faculty Center
(attendees pictured below). President John Lombardi, Dean Harrison and Robert Willits (Acting Director of University
Personnel Services) each offered words of gratitude and encouragement. Recognized employees received a CLAS
mug and pin, and a certificate signed by the Dean. A reception followed the ceremony.
Thirty Five Years Service:
Wesley B. Greenman, En-
gineer, Astronomy; Rosa M.
Piedra, Office Manager, English
Thirty Years Service: Frank
L. Davis, Senior Tech. Lab
Specialist, Zoology; Stephen
M. Griffin, Instrument Maker,
Astronomy; Russell E. Pierce,
Senior Engineer, Chemistry
Twenty Five Years Service:
Roxanne Barnett, Systems
Programmer, Academic Advis-
ing; Cecilia P. Bibby, Program
Assistant, Psychology; Carolyn
Y James, Executive Secretary,
OASIS; Paula L. Rowe, Pro-
gram Assistant, Botany
Twenty Years Service: Gloria D. Bolinger, Program Assistant, Criminology; William E. Malphurs, Engineer, Physics; Steven D.
Miles, Senior Engineer, Chemistry; Kitty Powers, Office Manager, Philosophy; Brenda C. Wise, Office Manager, Communication Sci-
ences & Disorders
Fifteen Years Service: Gloria L. Armstrong, Accountant, Physics; Glennis Bryant, Program Assistant, Chemistry; Maribel Lisk, Se-
nior Secretary, Chemistry; Linda Pedersen, Senior Fiscal Assistant, Chemistry; Bernice L. Pruitt-Wilson, Program Assistant, OASIS;
Glenda G. Smith, Program Assistant, Astronomy; Arlene M. Williams, Senior Word Processing Operator, Mathematics
Ten Years Service: Lisa R. Clary, Coordinator,
Computer Applications, Statistics; Robert C. Fowler,
Engineer, Physics; Sandra M. Gagnon, Office Man-
ager, Mathematics; Beverly S. Lisk, Accountant, Chem-
istry; Stuart C. Lowe, Lab Manager, Botany; Linda S.
Opper, Secretary, History; Jan B. Reiskind, Scientific
Research Manager, Botany; Joseph A. Shalosky,
Engineer, Chemistry; Debbie L. Allen, Wallen, Program
Assistant, Political Science
President Lombardi congratu-
lated each employee at the
ceremony. Pictured clock-
wise from top left: Lombardi
with Wesley Greenman (35
years service), Rosa Piedra
(35 years service), and Caro-
lyn James (25 years service.
Five Years Service: Pearlie M. Barber, Senior Clerk,
Statistics; Barbara A. Blum, Coordinator Computer Ap-
plications, Statistics; Ramona Camacho, Senior Clerk,
Statistics; Gail W. Duncan, Senior Secretary, English;
Victoria Gority, Office Manager, Anthropology; Law-
rence C. Hartley, Senior Engineer Technician, Chemis-
try; Linda M. O'Donnell, Program Assistant, Academic
Advising; Laurie A. Walz, Graphic Designer, Zoology
G ra nts (Awarded through Division of Sponsored Research)
January 1999 Total $1,934,144
Investigator Dept. Agency Award
Enholm, J. CHE Bayer Corp 1,300
Katritzky, A. CHE Cor Therapeutics, Inc 828
Katritzky, A. CHE Dow Elanco & Comp 1,300
Katritzky, A. CHE Mult Comp 100
Katritzky, A. CHE Mult Comp 18,380
Schanze, K. CHE Ford Motor 81,760
Yost, R. CHE Finnigan Corp 12,500
Compound screening agreement with Bayer.
Cor Therapeutics: provision of compounds.
Dowelanco compounds agreement.
Miles compound contract.
Miles compound contract.
Implementation of strain sensitive paint.
Fundamental and instrumental studies of GC/MS/MS on the GCQ.
Bums, A. ANT NSF
Dermott, S. AST NASA
Dermott, S AST NASA
Judd, W. BOT NSF
Bartlett, R. CHE US Air Force
US Air Force
US Air Force
US Air Force
Screaton, E. GLY NSF
Mitselmakher, G. PHY
Hebard, A. PHY
Stewart, G. PHY
Graduate research fellowship program.
Dynamics of solar system dust.
Dynamics of solar system dust.
Generic flora of the southeastern United States (Phase III).
metastable molecules in the ground and in excited states: theory development,
implementation and application.
Self-assembling nanostructures from an expanded genetic information system (AEGIS).
Dispersion, agglomeration and consolidation.
Research experiences for undergraduates in chemistry at the University of Florida.
Fourier transform mass spectrometer system development and performance optimization.
Variable conductivity copolymers and blends as cladding materials.
Electronic property control through redox behavior of conjugated polymers.
Electronic property control through redox behavior of conjugated polymers.
Adsorption and catalytic oxidation of sulfide and thioate substrates
American Chemical Society editorialship.
Media effect in molecular structure and spectroscopy.
36,000 Dean A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship National Sea Grant College Federal Fellows
17,220 Permeabilities and strength of woodlark basin lithologies: implications for mechanisms of
Methods and instruments for high precision characterization of ligo optical components.
Investigation of metal C-60 interfaces and layered thin-film structures.
Cooperative phenomena in heavy fermion materials.
Developmental evaluation/intervention quality assurance and accountability program.
Informatics-database management for Florida birth defects registry.
Project CARE (cocaine abuse in rural environment).
Evaluating the importance of fruit to birds: a new approach.
Assessing the importance of fleshy fruit to biodiversity: a long-term study.
Bernard, H. ANT UF
Scicchitano, M. POL MHI
Binford, M. GEO
Pleasants, J. HIS
Scicchitano, M. POL
Scicchitano, M. POL
Scicchitano, M. POL
Pedersen, T. PSY
Carter, R. STA
785 Miscellaneous donors.
2,365 Manufactured housing seal of approval survey.
Norr, L. ANT
Thomas, C. CRI
Bowes, G. BOT
Mueller, P GLY
Aerial photograph library management and database services.
Seminole oral history project.
Grant support training public service program.
Grant support training public service program.
A study of head start programs in Volusia County.
North Florida area health education center program.
A longitudinal evaluation of Florida's programs and service for high risk pregnant women
and high risk preschool children.
RPICC data systems.
Paleodietary reconstruction of archaeological human populations.
Private corrections project.
1999 CLAS Dissertation Fellows
Every year, CLAS invites students pursuing PhDs to apply for dissertation fellowships for the spring and summer
terms. This year's winners, who will receive tuition waivers and $3,150 stipends for one term, were honored at a
reception at the Keene Faculty Center on February 27. Student awardees (pictured below) presented the audience
with short summaries of their research. In addition, CLAS Term Professors were recognized, and many of the donors
whose support made these endowed awards possible were introduced and honored.
1999 Fellowship Winners
top: Mrs. Maurice Coffyn Holmes
(MATH) met at the reception, bot-
sertation Fellow MichaelZarkin(PO LI
SCI) discussed his research.
Gary & Niety Gerson Presidential
Steven Todd Lytle, Botany
Vanessa Slinger, Geography
Carlos A. Jaramillo, Geology
Maria Moyna, Linguistics
Pamela Paine, Romance Lan-
guages & Literatures
Robin & Jean Gibson Fellows
Todd R. Vaccaro, Astronomy
Keng Wah Chan, English
Veronica Freeman, Germanic and
Martin Florig, Mathematics
Nikolaos Irges, Physics
Martha Cuba-Cronkleton, Romance
Languages & Literatures
Maurice Coffyn Holmes Endowed
Stacey Chastain, Mathematics
W. W. Massey, Sr. Presidential Fel-
Jason Parker, History
Kevin M. Taylor, Psychology
McGinty Family Fellows
John W. Arthur, Anthropology
Derek Taylor, English
Michael Kenney, Political Science
Charles Vincent & Heidi Cole
Marcia Good Maust, Anthropology
Kathryn Weedman, Anthropology
Stefan Lutz, Chemistry
Richard E. Joines, English
Hazen E. Nutter Fellows
Mark Wyatt, Astronomy
Karyn D. McKinney, Sociology
Vanda & Albert C. O'Neill, Jr. Fel-
Melanie L. McEwen, Psychology
Russell Corporation Fellows
Karen Torraca, Chemistry
Anders G. Lewis, History
E. Andrew Blair, Psychology
Sophia Balcomb, Zoology
Threadgill Family Fellows
Sarah Ahmed, Communication
Sciences and Disorders
Mary M. Wiles, English
John Peoples, Philosophy
Bruce Paul, Physics
Edward F. Greaves, Political
Herb & Catherine Yardley Fellow
Michael Zarkin, Political Science
Also recognized at the ceremony
was the J. Peter Sones Under-
graduate Scholar: Christopher
A Revolution in
David W. Ahern,
and Gertrude A.
ing theme of Women and Public Policy
is the impact of cultural change on
women's roles in American Society and
patterns of public policy as they affect
women and their families. Authors
M. Margaret Conway, David W Ahern
and Gertrude A. Steuernagel explore a
broad range of policy areas that affect
women, including typical issues such
as education, employment, and health,
as well as important but frequently
overlooked areas such as marriage and
family law, child care, and economic
equity. Recent events and changes in
areas such as welfare reform, adoptions
by gay parents, and the Defense of
Marriage Act are also discussed in this
thoroughly updated second edition.
Although public policies and
institutional practices have begun
to lessen institutional discrimina-
tion, it is still evident in admissions
policies, financial aid practices,
differential curricula, and personnel
attitides..... Certain attitudes of uni-
versity personnel have encouraged
discriminatory practices against
women by reinforcing societal
stereotypes that define "suitable"
programs and careers for women.
The interplay of systemic and insti-
tutional discrimination has had an enor-
mous impact on the attitudes of society
and women concerning the proper role
of women in society, their competence,
and the relevance of higher education to
Sidney Wade (English)
University of South
In this new collec-
tion of poetry, Sidney
Wade includes poems
written in many forms
that touch on a variety
of subjects, all informed
Government in the Sunshine
David R. Colburn (History) and
University Press of Florida
Boxed in by
by a singular voice
and intensely vibrant
language. The volume
is set primarily in Istanbul and illuminates
physical and mental borders -the edges,
everywhere, of water and land; of van-
ished empires left standing, in architectural
form, in the present; of two continents
Europe and Asia; of the broader Western
and Eastern cultures and the civilizations
that inhabit them.
from "The Word"
At first the waters met no shore,
the frothing border slopped and shone
between the curl, the lip, the wave,
and brightness falling everywhere,
as when the fundament that was
was roaring fall, was falling weight,
a burning wheel above the whole,
the fuming bowl of emptiness.
from "History Lessons"
In the broadest terms, a record of past events.
In material form. Neat and grave. Has patterns,
threads, and consequence. Fairly often dry
neglecting to address the slattern
particulars that plump the cushions-
a hand, a splendid thigh, perhaps; a passion
that may render choices few and injudicious;
a fine regard for the furniture of the senses.
tion and its
sistent with the state's political reali-
ties. Generally referred to as 'growth
management,'its components include
a system of state, regional, and lo-
cal planning within the context of a
slowly expanding tax structure. Growth
management does not place limits on
population growth. Rather, it attempts
to anticipate population growth, ensure
a more orderly urbanization process,
and provide adequate public facilities
and services. The concept of managed
growth originated in the early 1970s and
has evolved over time, but its essentials
have remained the same. State, region-
al, and local units of government are
required, through a variety of mecha-
nisms, to plan for growth, to adjust their
plans and actions to one another, and
to either raise or restrict development
as necessary to keep development and
public facilities in line.
S* I i C I Ano ,,lon
In this lively introduction to
Florida's political history, David
Colburn and Lance deHaven-
Smith explain the evolution of
Florida's government, and the
forces that affected that evolu-
tion, from 1845 to the pres-
ent-information essential to all
Floridians, including new voters, new
residents, and newly elected officials,
as well as seasoned political observers.
Deep Talk: Reading African-American
Debra Walker King (English)
University of Press Virginia
Audlrg Afrlndm.n.At. Utrltir n. Of names
Talk is the
of the process. In this original study,
the author seeks out the discourses
beneath the primary narratives of these
literary texts by interpreting the signifi-
cance of certain character names.
King explores what she calls the
"metatext" of names, an interpretive
realm where these chosen words offer
up symbolic, metaphoric, and other
meanings, often simultaneously. Liter-
ary names can thus revise and com-
ment upon the surface action of a novel
by giving voice to unspoken themes
and events, a process known as "deep
talk." Drawing on the work of Kristeva,
Bakhtin, and Henry Louis Gates, Jr,
the author explains the interpretive
guidelines necessary to read "deep talk"
in African-American texts. She then ap-
plies these guidelines to texts by Ralph
Ellison, Zora Neale-Hurston, Toni Mor-
rison, James Baldwin, and Alice Walker,
Perhaps most important, King
reveals how the process of naming
became a form of empowerment for Afri-
can Americans, a way of both reclaiming
black identity and resisting conventions
of white society. Black men and women
whose ancestors were stripped of their
identity through the Middle Passage and
during slavery embraced the incanta-
tory power of names and have long
used this power to defend themselves
from the effects of racism, sexism, and
Ellison uses the absence of a ma-
ternal name as a way of distancing his
protagonist from the
reader and characters in
the text, just as Robert
Louis Stevenson Banks
in Gaines's novel uses
the name "his daddy
had named him" to dis-
tance himself from white
insult and disrespect
(40). Maternal names
texts are a presence
that strengthens the
public, familial, and personal identi-
ties of the individual names-and this
is crucial-the character recognizes,
acknowledges, and accepts the oral
history contained within the name's deep
talk. Morrison, Walker, Naylor, and many
others celebrate the value of reclaiming
the past through recuperative acts that
link the defining elements of a name with
maternal ancestral memory Their use of
mnemonic names redefine and refashion
history in ways that forbid foreclosure
and distancing. Not only do their texts,
call forth racial relationships between
the reader and their characters, but the
play of names and naming speaks to a
remembrance of historical relationships
Space and Time in Russian: A De-
scription of the Locus Prepositions of
William J. Sullivan (Germanic and
LINCOM Studies in Slavic Linguistics
(from book jacket)
Space and Time in
Russian explains the SPACE AND
Russian prepositional N RUSSIAN
phrases that communi- e.-rI'
cate location in space or
time. It provides a full wIn-.miium
analysis of the meaning
of the preposition-case
pairings and an inte-
grated and generalized
description of the way
these expressions are
realized in Russian. The aM
study provides meat for
both the teacher of Rus-
sian who must explain
these expressions to native speakers of
English and for linguistic theory.
Contemporary Continental Philosophy
Robert D'Amico (Philosophy)
SThe study traces problems in
epistemology and ontology
through the key works of Hus-
serl, Heidegger, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty,
Mannheim, Lukacs, Gadamer, Haber-
mas, Foucault, and Derrida. It covers
such topics as whether philosophy is
an autonomous discipline and whether
its traditional disputes are resolvable.
Though D'Amico criticizes central philo-
sophical strategies within this tradition,
he strives to preserve its philosophical
insights and contributions.
What Foucault contrasts with the now
eroding self-evident conception is a
"historical" conception of disease, in
which the relationship between diseas-
es and bodies is a "historical, temporary
datum." To say it is "historical and
temporary" would mean that this rela-
tionship between a body and disease
changes in a very special manner. The
change in question cannot be natural-
istically temporal; it is not simply that
symptoms are gradually manifested as
the disease progresses in the body or
that diseases are biologically adaptive
and thus change over time. Foucault
- suggests that the kind
of change that occurs
with regard to disease is
the kind of change that
occurs with regard to cul-
tural artifacts or the con-
ception of legality, for in-
stance, over time. What
is transitory, then, is the
meaning of disease, not
the contingency of its
physical features. Being
diseased is not a matter
of nature, it is a matter of
(from book jacket)
tal Philosophy is a critical,
balanced, and comprehen-
sive study of the central
philosophical ideas within the
continental tradition through-
out the twentieth century.
Musings, continued from page 1
get" is that this message is written, and
therefore subject to further analysis by
those who are not privy to the context
or the nuances that the sender knows
to be there, but which are invisible to
others. Our words live on after us and
may tend to morph into a fully unin-
tended message. Unlike phone calls,
we lose control of e-mail once sent. It
may be forwarded, benignly intended
or otherwise, to readers who come late
to the conversation, with unpredictable
results. Also, mailing accidents do
happen. I have received (and no doubt
sent) messages with unintended recipi-
ents. For example, the Redirect mode in
Eudora can be an adventure, sometimes
humorous, sometimes embarrassing.
And recall that e-mail is basically public
information. Don't send anything you
wouldn't want to see in the Gainesville
E-mail is seldom mistaken for great
literature. People who would carefully
proof read and rewrite other forms of
communication can send e-mail featur-
ing tortured syntax and recreational
spelling. Quick communication drives
us to get it off. I often think that we
should attach a standard disclaimer on
our messages, "Sent without having
been read." Or equally apropos, "Re-
sponding without having really read
your message." My advice to all of us:
make e-mail messages short, because the
reader's attention span may be briefer
than anticipated. Ask for no more than
1-2 items of information. Beyond that
evidently exceeds e-mail recall for many
Don't get the wrong impression. I
love e-mail. If you want to reach me
quickly, e-mail is the ticket. For a non-
pressing issue (and someday I hope to
see one), letters do have a certain charm
and archival quality that remind us of
a less complex time. And I remain
optimistic, as we adapt more fully to
the realities of rapid communication,
that e-mail will become gradually more
graceful and user friendly, because it
truly has extraordinary possibilities.
Tinsley, continued from page 1
and years, and their knees can't handle
the pounding anymore." According to the
taxonomy, these same folks might consider
taking up hunting. "You wouldn't think of
that," he says of the odd pairing, "but the
psychological experience provides similar
benefits to participants."
The survey results offer many such
substitution possibilities. A person no
longer able to backpack, for example,
may address his/her same leisure motiva-
tions through gardening, as both activities
fall into the "novelty" cluster. A once
avid playgoer who
no longer has the
financial resources or
physical ability to go
to the theater might
find similar satisfac-
tion in picnicking,
as both are forms of
An art aficionado
would probably en-
joy working puzzles
or reading science
of six different areas," says Tinsley.
The "retired" professor's other research
activities include creating a follow-up data
set on University of Minnesota students
who graduated in the 1950s. He already
has extensive background data, includ-
ing high school records, UM transcripts,
personality, interest and achievement tests
and a 60-page questionnaire each subject
completed in 1970. After digitizing this
information, Tinsley hopes to secure grant
money to enable him to relocate original
participants and gather current data. "If
Tinsley and Eldredge's taxonomy features 12 "clusters" of
leisure activities including:
Cluster 3: Belongingness
Attending sports club meetings
stimulation"), and a frustrated guitar
player may consider trading in his/her pick
to bake or collect antiques ("creativity"),
Some of the taxonomy's groupings are
surprising; for instance, the "self-expres-
sion" cluster likens fishing to, among other
activities, needlepoint and short-wave
radio listening. And while watching
television provides satisfaction similar
to playing bingo (both classed as "relax-
ation"), the activity turns out not to be very
closely related to watching movies, which
provides "sensual enjoyment" on par with
dining out or seeing a musical.
Tinsley's research can do more than
just help counselors and individuals
seeking change. It can also be useful for
recreational resource management. If the
head of a park district with a limited bud-
get needs to supply activities for the entire
community, s/he could use the taxonomy
to prevent loading up on activities that
provide the same kind of outlet. "If you
can only afford six programs, and without
thinking about it you choose programs all
relating to one area, you're supplying a
much more limited range of activities at a
functional level to your community than
you could if you had a program across each
Cluster 9: Competition
we are successful we will be able to study
certain kinds of developmental issues such
as health trends or the progression of psy-
chopathologies across a large portion of
the lifespan, something scientists are not
normally able to do."
Academia will not have to say good-
bye to Tinsley-or for that matter his
wife Diane, a retired SIU psychologist
who continues to work as a UF research
affiliate-any time soon. The dedicated
professor says as long as he's having fun,
he'll keep working. And when he does
finally hang up his professorial hat? "One
of my leisure activities is to take classes,"
CLAS notes is published monthly by
the College of Liberal Arts and Sci-
ences to inform faculty and staff of
current research and events.
Dean: Will Harrison
Editor: Jane Gibson
Asst. Editor: Ronee Saroff
Graphics: Gracy Castine