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Faculty/Staff Campaign

Fund raising is big business these
days. CLAS brings in over $10 million
annually from private sources to support
critical College and departmental needs,
including scholarships, fellowships,
professorships, and the construction or
renovation of academic facilities.
The UF Capital Campaign has been
very successful; so successful, in fact,
that not long ago the campaign goal was
raised by 50% from $500 million to
$750 million, a formidable but attainable
target. The CLAS goal was simultane-
ously increased from $30 million to $45
million, and we expect to achieve that
figure.
The chief fundraisers in CLAS are
myself, Carter Boydstun (Director of De-
velopment) and Jennifer Denault (Asso-
ciate Director of Development). Carter
has been with CLAS now through two
successful capital campaigns since 1990,
and his leadership has been outstanding.
Jennifer joined the foundation in 1997
and has been an invaluable addition to
our team.
Raising money for Arts & Sciences is
not an easy job, whether at UF, Michi-
gan, or Stanford. We cannot promise
to save our donors' lives, provide legal
defense, or build their roads and bridges.
Carter and Jennifer have to convince
people they should give to CLAS be-
cause our faculty can "save" students'
minds. Based on their track record, they
must be quite convincing.
CLAS donors are located all over the
country. Many give without even being
asked; their love for UF and CLAS is so
high. But the large, critical gifts usually
result from careful cultivation over time.
It is important to explain the significance


April 1999





CLASnotes

Vol. 13 The University of Florida College of Liberal Arts and Sciences No. 4



Presidential Recognition

Astronomer Elizabeth Lada traveled to Washington in February to ac-
cept the Presidential Early CAREER award, worth $500,000


When Elizabeth
Lada won a
prestigious,
$390,000 Faculty Early
Career Development
(CAREER) Award from
the National Science
Foundation last May,
it didn't seem like her
academic life could get
much better. But just
months later, it did.
In October, Lada was
notified that because of
her "ground-breaking
exploration and docu-


Lada was congratulated by her whole depart-
ment at a reception held in her honor at the
Keene Faculty Center, February 16.


mentation of star forming
histories of stellar clusters, development of
undergraduate and graduate courses, and
outreach to high school girls," the National
Science Foundation had chosen her from
among hundreds of CAREER recipi-
ents to be awarded a Presidential Early
Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
(PECASE). This new award subsumes
her CAREER prize, giving Lada a total
of $500,000 in research support from the
White House over a five-year period.
PECASE, considered "the highest hon-
or bestowed by the United States Govern-
ment on scientists and engineers beginning
their independent careers," was approved
by President Clinton in 1996. "These
talented young men and women show
exceptional potential for leadership at the
frontiers of scientific knowledge," Clinton
said of PECASE recipients. "Their pas-
sion for discovery will spark our can-do
spirit of technological innovation and
drive this nation forward and build a better
America for the twenty-first century." In
all, 60 scholars from nine federal agencies


(20 from the NSF alone) were given 1998
Presidential awards.
In February of this year, Lada, her
husband Richard Elston (Astronomy) and
her parents were invited to Washington,
DC for a day of special events organized
for PECASE awardees. In the morning,
the 20 NSF recipients and their guests
met for breakfast at NSF headquarters in
Arlington, where Foundation Director
Rita Colwell spoke about her experiences
as a scientist and about the future of the
National Science Foundation. Colwell
describes PECASE awards as the "Golden
Globe Awards for the Albert Einsteins and
Marie Curies of tomorrow."
After awardees were introduced in
round-table fashion and given two min-
utes to talk about what they will be doing
with their awards, the NSF portion of the
day ended with a talk from Mark Gluck
(Molecular Neuroscience, Rutgers Univer-
sity), one of the first (1996) NSF PECASE
winners. "He spoke with us about what
the award has meant to him and how it
has changed his career," says Lada, "and I


See Musings, page 12


See Lada, page 12







Around the College



DEPARTMENTS
Romance Languages and Literatures CLAS E
Bernadette Cailler organized and chaired a multilingual recital
for the 1999 African Literature Association Conference in Fez, Dean Har
Morocco (March 10-14). The languages represented included in the ann
Guadeloupean Creole, French, Arabic, Hassania, Igbo, Engligbo,
English and Spanish. For the same conference, Cailler also emony he
organized and chaired a panel on "Poetics of Love The on Friday,
Caribbean/ The Maghrib". Her own paper was titled: "Blessures University
sacr6es: de C6saire A Djaout par la trace de Glissant." In May, are option
she will travel to Lafayette, Louisiana, where she will receive
a "Certificat d'Honneur" awarded by the International Council will flow.
for Francophone Studies on the occasion of its 1999 meeting, in
recognition of "her remarkable contributions to the development
of Francophone Studies."eric
Americ
English /
Mark A. Reid (English) presented "(T)race in the British Cin-
ema of Paul Robeson: Racial Identity and Class Politics" at the
Collegium for African American Research conference held at
The Wesfalische Wilhelms-Universitat in Munster, Germany in
March. Reid also participated in the Festival of PanAfrican Cin-
ema at Ouagadougou (FESPACO) in Burkina Faso, West Africa.

Greg Ulmer lectured, conducted a colloquium, and directed a
roundtable discussion on "emerAgency" at the Nova Scotia Col-
lege of Art and Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia, March 19-20.

Mathematics
James Keesling gave an invited talk on January 5 at the Indian
Science Congress in Madras entitled "A simulation model for
the transmission and control of Dengue." He also delivered the
Tenth Annual Ramanujan Endowment Lecture on January 8,
at Anna University in Madras, India. The title of his talk was
"Fractal geometry-the geometry of fractal sets." Math
Mathematics (
Gang Bao gave a colloquium in January at Cal Tech entitled Thompson ga
American Mat
"Recent developments in the mathematical modeling of difrac- Auiriu on
f opicAuditorium on
tive optics.
Sson, winner of
mathematics)



Teaching /Advising Winners 1999

Professor Department Award
Sheryl Kroen History Teaching
William Logan English Teaching
Frederick Corney History Teaching
Kenneth Wald Political Science Teaching
David Hedge Political Science Teaching
Marian Borg Sociology Teaching
Ronnie Khuri Mathematics Teaching
Nigel Richards Chemistry Teaching
Glenn Kepic Acad. Advising Advising


baccalaureate April 30

rison invites you to participate
ual CLAS Baccalaureate Cer-
noring our graduating seniors
April 30, at 5:00 PM in the
Auditorium. Cap and gown
al. A reception on the lawn




an Mathematical Society
meeting Held at UF


Graduate Research Professor John
ve the opening plenary address at the
hematical Society Meeting in Carleton
Friday, March 12. Professor Thomp-
the Fields Medal (the "Nobel Prize" of
is a world authority in Group Theory.




UNIVERSITY OF
FLORIDA
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: Jane Dominguez









Around the College


Dickison Receives Women's
Achievement Award

Sheila Dickison (Clas-
sics, Honors Program) was
presented with the Associa-
tion for Academic Women's
Achievement Award during
the March 17 Women's His-
tory Month Awards Selec-
tion. The award is designed
to recognize one woman at
UF who exemplifies beyond
all others a demonstrated
commitment to advancing
i the status of women.
In presenting Dickison
with the award, Connie
Shehan (Sociology, UCET)
explained, "Many of the
projects and opportunities
at UF designed to benefit women owe their success to Dr.
Dickison's quiet but effective support. She has been a prime
mover for many of the important advances for women in the
CLAS and in the University at large, including the expan-
sion of the Women's Studies program, the creation of the
McQuown fellowship program, and the increased hiring of
women faculty. She has mentored numerous women faculty
to help them develop the talents necessary for administrative
positions. She has made a tremendous difference for women
on this campus."





Dean's Office News



Jane Dominguez (formerly
Web Designer at Student
Financial Affairs) has become
the new Information Special-
ist in Turlington 2008. Jane
replaces Gracy Castine.
While she will primarily be
responsible for assisting in
the production of College
publications, Jane will also
be available to consult with


Ardelt Wins Prestigious
Two- Year Fellowship

Monika Ardelt (Sociology, Center for Gerontological
Studies) was recently awarded a prestigious 1999 Brook-
dale National Fellowship. The Brookdale Fellowships are
given to promising scholars in geriatrics and gerontology
at the beginning of their career (typically 5-7 years after
receiving the PhD or MD). The Fellowship provides salary
support that will allow Ardelt to spend 80% of her time
for the next two years on her Brookdale project, which
includes studying the similarities and differences between
aging and dying well.
Ardelt's research focuses on successful human develop-
ment across the life course with particular emphasis on the
relation between wisdom and aging well. She believes that
the psychosocial factors
that help people to age
well also facilitate dying
well. Identifying the fac-
tors that lead to both ag-
ing well and dying well
may help older persons,
their families, and care
givers to facilitate well-
being and psychological
growth until the very end
of life under conditions
that are more cost-effec-
tive and humane than
customary practice.










CLAS Department staff on graphics production and Web
and print publication design. Department staff are en-
couraged to contact Jane to troubleshoot or ask questions
(2-1516 or ).

Arlene Williams (formerly a Senior Word Processing Op-
erator in the Math Department) has taken Ksenia Bob-
ylak's place as the Executive Secretary for Dean Glover
and Jack Sabin. Ksenia is now the Coordinator of Student
Affairs at the Warrington College of Business Administra-
tion.








CLAS Campaign

Noted Chemist Frank Harris Endows QTP Professorship


Pioneering theoretical chemist Frank
E. Harris, who recently joined a QTP
research team, has given the College of
Liberal Arts and Sciences an endow-
ment worth $1 million for a professor-
ship in theoretical chemistry.
Harris, who also holds a part-time appointment as a physics
professor at the University of Utah, said UF's international repu-
tation in theoretical chemistry attracted him to the university and
prompted his pledge of $600,000 to fund an endowment. The
gift is eligible for a $400,000 state match.
"I came to UF because its theoretical chemistry group is
internationally acclaimed and it contains people I enjoy working
with," explains the Boston-born scholar. "The Quantum Theory
Project was generous enough to offer me first-class working ac-
commodations and status within the group long before I decided
to make the donation."
The Quantum Theory Project involves 11 UF faculty in
chemistry and physics and approximately 50 graduate students,
postdoctoral fellows, visiting scientists and support staff. The
group produces more than 50 scientific papers and attracts some
$1 million in research support a year. QTP-affiliated faculty
also organize several annual con-
ferences and are extremely active
in the international scientific com- "I came to UF b
munity. its theoretical ci
According to Distinguished Pro-
fessor and former chemistry chair group is intern a
Mike Zerner, the Harris professor- ally acclaimed a
ship will be named in honor of its rntnfain_ nonnlo


donor.
"Dr. Harris's generous endow-
ment guarantees the continuation
of the program in theoretical chem-
istry at the University of Florida,"
Zerner says. "Income from the fund
will support the research endeavors
of the Frank E. Harris Professor in
Theoretical Chemistry."
Harris received his bachelor's
degree from Harvard University
and his PhD in physical chemistry
from the University of California at
Berkeley. He has taught at Harvard,
the University of California, Berke-


(from left) In January, Mike Zerner (QTP), John Eyler (Chemistry
Chair), Frank Harris, and Dean Harrison met in the Dean's Office
for Harris to sign the gift paperwork.

Harris is known as one of the earliest developers of methods
for calculating the electronic structures of small molecules, and
his discoveries have application in areas including atmospheric
and space chemistry, combustion of exotic fuels and energy
storage in novel chemical compounds. Recently, he has focused


because
emistry
tion-
\nd it
I fnin/o


working with," explains
Harris. "The Quantum
Theory Project was gen-
erous enough to offer
me first-class working
accommodations and
status within the group
long before I decided to
make the donation."


ley and Stanford University. In 1968, he became a Professor of
Chemistry and Physics at the University of Utah, and he main-
tains a part-time appointment there. Harris became affiliated
with the UF Quantum Theory group in early 1998.


his research on the use of computers to solve
mathematical problems that arise in electronic
structure theory.
But Harris' achievements are not limited to
the laboratory. While serving as dean of the
College of Science at Utah, Harris guided that
university's mathematics department to national
prominence. Also, he developed and marketed
computer hardware that permitted the first gen-
eration of laser printers to interface with IBM
minicomputers.
As an active member of the Quantum Theory
Project at UF, Harris continues research in
theoretical chemistry and solid-state physics.
Additionally, he is helping the Project develop a
faculty hiring plan and chairing an effort, which
he initiated, to build a permanent fund for the
QTP-organized Sanibel Symposia.
"These annual meetings on theoretical
chemistry are now in their 39th year and enjoy
world-wide visibility," he explains.
Harris plans to complete the Harris Profes-
sorship gift by 2007, at which time, he says, it


will "add to the strength of this already outstanding group and
ensure that the program continues to prosper in the 21st cen-
tury."%









CLAS Computing

News from Jack Sabin

CLAS Director of Instructional Technology


he last several months
have been hectic in
the Instructional Technol-
ogy (IT) part of the Col-
lege. We have added many new
desktops to our inventory, replaced the
servers in the Networked Writing Envi-
ronment (NWE), and are constructing a
new graphics lab in 410 Rolfs Hall with
equipment grants from IBM and Sun
Microsystems under Shared University
Research (SUR) and Academic Equip-
ment (AEG) grants, respectively. This
new facility will be available to anyone
in the College who has need of it. When
it is finished, we'll let you know, and we
hope that you will find it useful.
Perhaps the biggest changes we have
experienced, however, have been in the
CLASnet personnel. Fred Buhl and Jason
Lampert have left, and the office has
been reorganized. Thus, when you call
you may notice a few new names and/or
voices responding to your requests. It
seems time to introduce our staff to you,
new and old:

Dallas Antley, Computer Operations
Manager. Dallas is the manager of the
CLAS computing effort, and the folks
at CLASnet and at NWE report to him.
In addition, he maintains the CLAS E-
Mail, Web, and Usenet servers, as well
as the CLAS router, switches, and other
networking hardware.

Ken Sallot, Systems Programmer. Ken
is our Netware File-n-Print sever guru.
He handles the "behind the scenes" work
that makes the PCs on your desks share
files, Web pages, applications and print-
ers.

Brian Roberts, Systems Programmer.
Brian runs the Language Learning Lab
in Little Hall, and provides networked
computer support to the language depart-
ments (AALL, Classics, GermSlav, and
RLL).

Geof Gowan, Computer Support Ana-


lyst. Geof provides networked com-
puter support to the English and History
departments.

Jim Atria, Computer Support Analyst.
Jim is our "roaming support guy." He
primarily helps out networked computer
installations in those departments with-
out dedicated computer gurus.

Michael Murphy, Senior Systems
Programmer. Michael maintains the
Networked Writing Environment Labo-
ratory and the servers associated with it,
and implements new NWE policy.

Dylan Northrup, Computer Support
Analyst. Dylan also works in the NWE,
and has responsibility for installing and
maintaining the new IBM/Sun IMAGE
lab.

Bradley Dilger, Information Technol-
ogy Specialist and English Depart-
ment graduate student. Bradley is the
liaison between the English Department
and the NWE.

Anthony Rue, Information Technolo-
gy Specialist and English Department
graduate student. Anthony works
for UCET, and is charged with helping
faculty with design and preparation of
web pages.

Jack Sabin, Director of Informa-
tion Technology. I am responsible for
College-wide computer policy and its
implementation, and I represent the Col-
lege on matters of IT to the University. I
also consult with Departments on their
IR planning and any possible opportuni-
ties that I see for them.

CLASnet and the CLASnet staff have, as
their primary responsibility, the smooth
running of the Instructional Resources
(IR) network and services throughout
the college. We are there to help you in
all aspects of networking and comput-
ing. When something does go wrong,
the first line of defense is your De-
partmental Computer Contact (can be


Jack Sabin
CLAS Director of
Instructional Technology

found at http://www.clas.ufl.edu/clasnet/
dept_contacts.html). If he or she cannot
fix the problem, your computer contact
will notify us. If your contact is away and
the problem cannot wait, CLASnet is the
fallback position. During normal busi-
ness hours, the best way to contact us is
by e-mail. In that case, be sure to address
your e-mails to .
Each of us has a backup person who can
help out in case we're busy, so you want
to make sure your e-mails go to all of us.
If your e-mail is down, you may try the
CLASnet phone (846-1990).
If the problem occurs after the normal
8-5 office hours and is serious (such as
a server down or a building offline), you
may page the technical staff at 412-0757.
Although they are not on-call, they will
respond as quickly as possible outside of
the hours midnight to 7 AM. Remember
that when you page, you must enter your
phone number after the three beeps, or the
page will not be completed.
My number is 392-2263, but you
might be disappointed if you ask me a
technical question!
Also, please remember to stop by
http://web.clas.ufl.edu/clasnet/, our web
page, on occasion. The 'Add New User'
and 'Add Machine' forms are available
on that site, as well as our documentation,
frequently asked questions, pictures of
everyone, and technical diagrams.%









Story of the Century

History professor's class examines press coverage of atom bomb
Because it inaugurated an era in which the very existence of the entire human race could be cut short in minutes, the
dropping of the atomic bomb has recently been judged by journalists as number one of the top 100 stories of the cen-
tury. Students in Fred Gregory's HIS 3483 ("The Atomic Age") recently examined how various newspapers at the time
covered this and six other stories of the nuclear age. Below are excerpts of papers by students who chose to find out
how the events of August 6 and 9 were treated by the press in 1945.


Teague Froscher
Although most of the articles throughout the [August 7,
1945] New York Times are related to the atomic bomb, only a
few articles are actually on the dropping of the atomic bomb on
Hiroshima. The articles that followed the bold headline were
less about the "rain of ruin" and more about the events that
led up to this historic event. For example, in the article titled
"Steel Tower 'Vaporized' in Trial of Mighty Bomb," Lewis
Wood described the July 16th trinity test of the first atomic
bomb.... In another article titled "Atom bombs made in three
hidden cities," Jay Walz reported how Oak Ridge, Los Ala-
mos, and Richland Village became the birthplace of the atomic
bomb....
On August 9, 1945, the front page headline reads "SOVIET
DECLARES WAR ON JAPAN, ATTACKS MANCHURIA,
TOKYO SAYS ATOM BOMB LOOSED ON NAGASAKI."
At this point, The New York Times coverage of the atomic
bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima is a distant memory.
Overshadowed by the Soviets announcing their entrance into
the war, and the announcement of a second atomic bomb
dropped on the Japanese city of Nagasaki, there are no articles
on the bombing of Hiroshima. It seems at this point, that the
news of the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima qui-
etly moves from the newspaper to the history books.

Megan Kilduff
The reports that the New York Times had published that
informed American readers of the dropping of the bomb began
on a positive note. The beginning reports emphasized the great


leaps that the Americans and their collaborators had accom-
plished by being the first to develop and use this new powerful
weapon. On the other hand, by the time the second bomb had
been dropped on Nagasaki, reports began to demonstrate the hor-
rendous outcome that a weapon of this magnitude would accom-
plish. The later reports show how Hiroshima was devastated and
how people were burned alive. Later reports also propose that
the United States may have violated international laws by drop-
ping the bomb in the first place. This change of opinion by those
who reported on the bomb shows how both the public and media
views shifted once the truth about the effects of an atomic bomb
were realized.

Carla M. Conaway
On an inside page [Wall Street Journal, August 7 1945] there
was a rather large article entitled "Development of the Atomic
Bomb Already Dropped on Japs Opens the Way to a New Source
of Power for Industry." It mentioned that the White House had
dropped strong hints previously that it might drop the bomb,
although I found no evidence of this in the days immediately pre-
ceding, or the day of, the actual event. It mentioned that the uses
of atomic energy other than those of a war-time weapon were
being investigated and that atomic energy might soon rival coal,
oil and water in the power industry, although as President Truman
said, "it is not now being produced on a basis to compete with
them commercially...."
[On August 8,] an article titled "Competition from Atomic
Power Too Remote to Worry About, Say Coal, Oil Industry
Spokesman," reassured Wall Street Journal Readers who were
concerned that atomic power would destroy those industries.
Also, many companies proudly owned up to contributing to the
production of the bomb. Another article expounded on the stock
statistics of a Colorado form which produced much of the US's
stores of Uranium.
Amusingly, there was also a small column "Editors of Sci-
ence Fiction Magazines Yawn at Atomic Bomb," which told that
science fiction authors wrote about the bomb a long time ago
and had since turned their interests to the aftermath... especially
mutants with extra appendages and the ability to communicate
telepathically. Although reporters had been censored throughout
the war, authors of science fiction kept writing unrestrainedly
and boasted proudly in regard to scientific technology that "we
were years ahead of everyone else."


John Kelly


see A-bomb, page 9









The Honor Roll


Honors Program allows students to pursue diversity of interests.

The Honors Program, Directed by Sheila Dickison (Classics) offers a select group of first and second-year
students a variety of academic and social opportunities, from small classes to special housing. Honors professors,
chosen for their expertise in and enthusiasm for their subjects, teach honors sections of regular courses as well as
special courses designed specifically for the Honors Program.
The Honors Program also offers advising for its students and provides a daily List Serv to keep students apprised
of academic opportunities on and off campus. UF honors students can be found in leadership positions all over cam-
pus and as winners of prestigious awards such as the Anderson Scholar award. Additionally, they are very success-
ful in their applications to the most competitive medical and law schools.


Jim Brady is a
renaissance
student whose
intellectual
pursuits span
the reaches of
CLAS. He's a lin-
guistics major, a physics
minor, and after diving into
an intensive immersion pro-
gram in French last summer,
he's enrolled in second year
French courses, to boot.
How did this Orlando
honor student cultivate so
many academic interests?
He's insatiably curious-a
natural for interdisciplinary
studies in the College of Lib-
eral Arts and Sciences. "I
knew all along that I wanted
to study physics in college,"
explains Brady of his choice
to pursue a science. But
during a high school summer
program at Harvard, he stud-
ied linguistics for the first
time and was "blown away."
Brady explains: "The course
was called Historical Lin-
guistics, and the teacher was
amazing. He'd say things
like 'conscious thought is
just us talking to ourselves,'
that I' d think about for hours
after class. Linguistics is


fascinating because it's an
approach to psychology and
getting a look at the mind
that's very scientific and
well-supported with evi-
dence."
Last summer Brady' s
curiosity led him to enroll in
the French immersion pro-
gram at Middlebury. With-
out the slightest background
in French, he found the first
month quite difficult, but
during the fifth week Brady
had a breakthrough. "While
walking home I saw a tree
and thought to myself 'that's
a nice tree' in French. It was
incredible-after five weeks
of struggling, all of a sudden
I could understand and could
talk to people. I began com-
ing up with the words imme-
diately instead of mentally
translating everything."
"It's hard trying to keep
up with all these diverse
subjects," Brady admits.
"When I learn a French rule,
for example, it doesn't help
me with a physics rule-they
don't complement each other
at all. But I' ve learned how
to study in a variety of ways
since each discipline is so
different, and I'm learning
how to organize my time and
plan ahead to set priorities."


He's obviously learned these
lessons well, as he's main-
tained a 3.95 despite taking
up to 17 hours a semester.
Brady feels his CLAS
education will also help him
in the business world. "I
figure my CLAS degree will
be great on my r6sum6. If I
apply for a science or tech-
nology job my languages
will help, but my physics
background will be an ad-
vantage, too."
Jim Brady's
future is wide
open-just the
way he likes it.
In the short term,
he says, "I'd like
to study other
languages and
take my junior
year abroad.
While abroad I
hope to have the
time to try more
new things like
art and writing."
And his long
term goals? "I'm
giving myself
10 years not to
worry about a
specific ca-
reer-to explore,
learn and enjoy
becoming the


person I want to be. Even-
tually, I'd really like to get
into education, and I'd like
to teach or establish a school
because I think many people
underestimate kids' ability to
learn."%








Grants


(through Division of Sponsored Research)

FEBRUARY 1999 TOTAL $1,621,541


Investigator

Corporate ........$
Schober, T.
Norr, L.
Sassaman Jr., K.

Katritzky, A.
Katritzky, A.
Katritzky, A.
Katritzky, A.
Tanner, D.

Tucker, C.


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225,530
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Dow Elanco & Co.
Flexsys America LP
Multiple Companies
Trega Biosciences Inc
Teracom Research


PSY Hitachi Foundation


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Title


$9,690 Bioarchaeological analysis of the Neolithic changes in health,
subsistence, and funerary ritual of the Alepotrypa cave site.
$19,190 Stallings Island revisited: modern investigation of
stratigraphy and chronology.
$2,000 Dow Elanco compounds agreement.
$40,000 Structure activity relationships in viscous substances.
$4,650 Software research support.
$130,000 Synthetic strategies for nitrogen heterocycles.
$10,000 Effect of transport current on the infrared properties of
superconductors.
$10,000 Establishment of the research-based model partnership
education program as a center; nation-wide dissemination
of the program.


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Brandt, S.
Negash, A.
Elston, R.

Bowes, G.


Bowes, G.

Schanze, K.
Butler, G.
Duran, R.

Tan, W.

Tan, W.
Wagener, K.

Micha, D.


Acosta, D.
Adams, E.
Stanton, C.

Hebard, A.
Hershfield, S.
McEdward, L.


1,128,588
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ANT NASA

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CHE US Navy


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US Department of Energy
NSF
NSF


US Air Force
US Air Force
NSF


$6,850 Doctoral dissertation improvement: toward the development
of a Neolithic sequence for northern Ethiopia.
$10,780 A morphological census of Z>1 clusters in the optical
rest-frame.
$65,000 Characterization of C3 Phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase
isoforms that operate in an inducible C4-type
photosynthetic system.
$5,060 The induction of C4-type photosynthesis in tissue-cultured
hydrilla.
$75,000 Temperature sensitive paints for cryogenic wind tunnels.
$12,200 Dispersion, agglomeration and consolidation.
$17,000 Synthesis and surface properties of novel functionalization
star copolymers.
$232,731 Self-assembling nanostructures from an expanded genetic
information system (AEGIS).
$60,000 Career: Nanometer scale imaging and sensing.
$115,000 Unsaturated carbosiland and carbosiloxane polymers
possessing the reactive SI-Clbond.
$3,200 United States-Latin America-Canada-Caribbean workshop
on molecular and material sciences: theoretic and
computational.
$72,000 US CMS trigger subsystem-FY.
$23,800 Neutron study of magnetically ordered solid 3He.
$83,000 The ultrafast dynamics of coherent and incoherent electrons
and phonons in condensed matter systems.
$72,250 Nanoscale devices and novel engineered materials.


$133,492
$141,225


Nanoscale devices and novel engineered materials.
Facultative feedings by planktotrophic larvae of echinoids.


Foundation .....$ 251,173
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State................$ 16,250
Pleasants, J. HIS Department of State, Division
of Historical Resources


$251,173 UF Foundation account for R. C. S. Holling.


$16,250 Seminole oral history project (Phase 2).


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New Director


Robin West (Psychology)
Director, Gerontological Studies

The goal of the Center for Gerontological Studies is to promote and encour-
age research and educational programs on aging. The program provides
networking opportunities for faculty and students, helping to encourage link-
ages across campus among individuals who conduct research, provide clinical
services, and teach courses related to gerontology and geriatrics. For more
about what we do, please consult www.geron.ufl.edu, still under construction.



West, pictured in the Gerontology
Library (3357 Turlington Hall).



Story of the Century, continued from page 6


[The London Times Atomic Bomb Coverage: August 6,
1945] The most interesting thing I noticed about the articles
was that even though the news of the two atomic bombs was
groundbreaking and unprecedented, they treated it just like any
other big story. I skimmed through some earlier editions of the
Times to get a feel for the layout of the paper, and noticed that
the larger stories got the biggest type (logically, as any newspa-
per would). However, the news of the atomic bomb was treated
like any other story, with no special sections, no charts, graphs,
or sketches, and nothing to distinguish it as a big story other
than the multiple columns that it received. The aim of the cov-
erage was "how does this concern the end of the war," not "how
is this a landmark event in the history of the world."
It was also noticeable that the British emphasized their con-
tributions to the atomic effort, but this is understandable, since
the Times is a British newspaper.... Stories that the Times wrote
regarding the bomb were more geared to the scientific point of
view, while stories and statements concerning the American use
of the bomb were very political and belligerent.

Diana Shipley
The Washington Post's first story of the dropping of the
atomic bomb was on Tuesday, August 7, 1945. The long head-
line read, "Single Atomic Bomb Rocks Japanese Army Base
with Mightier Force than 20,000 Tons of TNT To Open New
Era of Power for Benefit of Man." Ten articles on the front
page described the different aspects of the new bomb. The lon-
gest stories were about the testing of the bomb in New Mexico
and the blast from the first test. The Post gave a brief descrip-
tion of Major General Leslie R. Groves and his work directing
the bomb project. Three pictures appeared on the second page
of Sir James Chadwick, Dr. Richard C. Tolman, and General


Groves. The articles described the destruction in Hiroshima but
not with great detail. Mainly the coverage was on entering the
atomic age and the sheer power of the new bomb.
A picture of Dr. Lise Meitner was on the front page on
Wednesday, August 8, with an article about her. The headline
about the atomic bomb stated, "Single Atomic Bomb Dissolved
Jap City." The main article on the front page was about the
area of destruction of the bomb and the stories of the pilots who
dropped the bomb on Hiroshima. The editorial page had an
article about how the bomb might effect Japan's surrender.
"...Atomic Bomb Leaves Countless Dead," was the head-
line for August 9, with two articles on the front page about the
bomb. With information from Tokyo radio and reconnaissance
photographs, the articles told of the destruction of buildings and
the large loss of human life....
After the initial press coverage of the bomb, the Post printed
fewer articles the next week. On August 10, one section was
devoted to the war reviews and editorials with articles appear-
ing about the bomb, the scientists, and the bomb's impact on
future world politics....
The Post carried people's opinions about the bombs in let-
ters to the editor and it wrote several articles on people's views.
On the last page of the paper on August 10 was an article
entitled, "Atomic Bomb Use Favored by Virginia Women"....
The Post also wrote of some of the Washington area churches'
views on the bomb on August 13, in the article, "Use of Atomic
Bomb Criticized in Several Pulpits." By August 17, in the Let-
ters to the Editor section "Atomic Power," the four letters were
against the use of the bomb.%







Bookbeat


How the News Makes Us
Dumb: The Death of Wisdom
in an Information Society
C. John Sommerville (History)
InterVarsity Press

(from book jacket)
This eye-opening book is for
everyone dissatisfied with the
state of the news media, but
especially for those who think
the news actually does inform
them about the real world. Som-
merville argues that news began
to make us dumber when we
insisted on having it daily, that
lost in the tidal wave of informa-
tion is the ability to discern truly
significant news.

(excerpt)
Despite the creativity that
goes into news reporting, the
media put out a product that is
dead on arrival. Try this simple
test. Got to your public library
or attic or someplace that keeps
old newspapers, and find one
from several years back... Does
it strike you
Sas a mas-
e terpiece ?
Would a
tape of lo-
cal news,
say twenty
years old,
compare
with some
popular
song from
that time ?
Or will it seem quaint, naive,
embarrassing? The embarrass-
ment comes from being re-
minded that you were once agog
about something that turned out
to be so trivial.

An Invisible Minority: Brazil-


ians in New
York City
Maxine L.
Margolis
(Anthropol-
ogy)
Allyn and
Bacon


AN INVISIBLE
MINORITY

MAXINE L MAIGOLIS
mammuman


(from book I -L
preface)
Through-
out this book I will describe fea-
tures of Brazilian society that help
decipher the culture clashes and
stresses and strains that particu-
larly mark the Brazilian encounter
with immigrant status. Here I
have drawn on my own familiar-
ity with Brazilian culture and my
extensive experience doing field
work in Brazil and among Brazil-
ian immigrants in Paraguay.

(excerpt)
The police officers on duty at
the celebration of Brazil's World
Cup victory are not the only New
Yorkers unaware of this new
immigrant stream. Theirs is a
'secret, silent migration,' as one
Brazilian put it, since almost no
one outside their own community
knows about it. Brazilians are
truly an invisible minority because
of Americans' confusion about
who they are and what language
they speak. Moreover, Little Bra-
zil Street notwithstanding, Brazil-
ian invisibility also results from
the lack of a tangible community
in the city, a locale tinged with its
own distinct ethnicity like China-
town or Little Italy.

A Guide to Bonaventura's


Nightwatches
Linde Katritzky (German &
Slavic Languages and Litera-
tures)
Peter Lang

(from book jacket)
Literary criticism and a refer-
ence guide to Bonaventura's
extratextual sources are com-
bined in this interpretation as a
menippea-the satiric subgenre
dealing with the discrepancy
between ideals and realities
in the encyclopedic pursuit of
ultimate truth. By appropriating
the achievements of literature,
art, science, and philosophy,
the work points to an author of
unusual scholarship and vision.

(excerpt)
In the spirit of the menippea,
Burton treats folly and all mental
aberrations as diseases of the
mind, and
melancholy
as their first,
and still treat-
able stage. I TAF
He discov-
ers evidence L, l
everywhere
to prove
their epi-
demic spread
among all
ages and
creeds, be-
ginning with the classics and the
Bible. By piling precedent upon
precedent, he demonstrates
that humankind never learns
from the tragedies occasioned
by irrational and self-destructive
passions, and the sheer volume
of his evidence turns suffering
and pathos into the absurd.

The Limits of Empire: The
United States and Southeast
Asia Since World War II









Robert J. McMahon (History)
Columbia University Press

(from book jacket)
McMahon's analysis goes
further than any previous study of
U.S. policy in Southeast Asia by
following it through to the present,
investigating how the shattering
experience of Vietnam led to a
radical alteration in U.S. assess-
ments of the region's importance.
By conceptualizing U.S. strategies
as empire-building rather than just
containment, this book offers an
insightful
new way
to un-
derstand
America's
failures
in post-n an
World r nd t snan
War II
Southeast
Asia. ROBERT J. McMAHON

(excerpt)
Closely interrelated strategic
and economic considerations

embrace of Empire in Southeast
Asia. Between 1949 and 1950,
the Truman administration funda-
mentally redefined the significance
of Southeast Asia to broader
American foreign policy goals,
elevating the region to a position
of hitherto unheard-of primacy....
Top American strategists identified
Southeast Asia as an especially
vulnerable area, and hence an
area where a major commitment
of US resources and prestige was
warranted.

Language Disorders Across the
Lifespan: An Introduction
Betsy Partin Vinson (Communi-
cation Sciences & Disorders)
Singular Publishing Group


(from book jacket)
This powerful introductory
textbook provides students with
a solid, basic understanding of
language disorders in children
and adults. A wide variety of pe-
diatric and adult communication
differences, delay, and disorders
are pre-
sented
from a
causal
perspec-
tive, as
well as
various
assess-
ment and
treatment
tech-
niques.

(excerpt)
Early semantic rules appear
to be universal. Regardless of
the native language, children
learn that basic rules exist
governing meaning and relation-
ships between meaning units,
and other rules exist that dictate
the relationship of language
form to objects and events, and
with word and word combina-
tions.... Clinically, children who
have semantic deficits are slow
in acquiring their first words and
in subsequent vocabulary devel-
opment. These children have
difficulty in acquiring temporal
and spatial relationships.

Systematics of Western North
American Butterflies
Edited by Thomas C. Emmel
(Zoology)
Mariposa Press

(from book preface)
Systematics of Western


Bookbeat


North American Butterflies
brings together some 73 papers
authored by 22 lepidopter-
ist specialists who have spent
hundreds of man-years studying
the butterflies of western North
America. These chapters in
many cases represent the ac-
cumulated results of 20-30 years
or more of unpublished study of
specific single genera and spe-
cies complexes.

(excerpt)
The family Lycaenidae
reaches remarkable diversity
in the state of California, with
some 76 species now recorded
and a tremendous amount of
subspeciation in virtually all
groups. The rugged topography,
vast geographic distances, and
almost endless ecological diver-
sity of the state provide a fertile
background for the occurrence
of geographic divergence in
these small
butterflies ^sJm,.es r
that rarely
disperse
extensively
from their
home colo-
ny areas.








Lada, continued from page 1


Musings, continued from page 1
of each fundraising request and to
document for potential donors the effect
such a gift will have on our academic
enterprise. CLAS alumni and friends
are doing their part. It is now time to
ask faculty and staff to consider their
own participation.
Although the Foundation hasn't tar-
geted faculty and staff until now, some
of our largest gifts have come from
CLAS faculty members who have do-
nated to areas of personal significance,
usually their own academic departments
or programs. Of course, no one will
be pressured to give anything. The UF
faculty/staff campaign will be handled
much like a United Way campaign, in
which you alone decide what is best for
you. Some of us earn more, and more
should be expected from us. Others
make less, and correspondingly, less
should be expected. Payroll deduction
makes this sort of thing as painless as
possible.
It also comes as a surprise to many
people that today's tax laws permit
those with even fairly modest resources
to make significant gifts to charitable
organizations (such as UF) and still
provide for their heirs. Only the federal
government loses in these situations, so
let us know if you would like to have
one of the Foundation staff sit down
with you and discuss your options.
For those of us out there on the road
raising money, it makes our job easier
if we can tell potential donors that
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participated and done their part. We
are not asking for money to support the
academic goals of the CLAS Office.
We raise that money ourselves. Rather,
we encourage you to give to projects
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ment or program initiatives. Please join
us, and give at whatever level you can.
CLAS will become ever stronger with
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Will Harrison,
Dean



could relate to some of the things he was
saying already. He stressed how incred-
ible it is to be able to experiment a little
more. With PECASE, you don't have to
prove yourself or worry about where your
next round of funding is coming from. It
will be nice to be able to try
some riskier things."
All 60 PECASE win-
ners met together in the old
Executive Building of the
White House in the after-
noon for a special tour and
talk by Arthur Bienenstock,
the US Associate Director
for Science. "Dr. Bienen-
stock spoke about what
direction he felt the sciences
were going (and should go)
in the US and what kinds of
things were important for
young people to do to get us
there," Lada explains. "He Provost C
was especially concerned ary 16 rec
ment to hc
about the future of science Presidenti
education and of getting
young people interested in
studying the sciences."
Participants were then able to engage
in 20 minutes of open discussion. "We
could ask any kinds of questions we
wanted," says Lada. "It was a nice, infor-
mal part of the ceremony, and since it was
held in a very 'presidential' room-all
blue and gold with an American flag--
you really felt like
you were in the
White House, too, I,1 P1...r..1,
which added to the" ""
whole experience." ." .***- ;
The formal ,., r
segment of the I t.
ceremony was ;.
conducted by
Neil Lane, Sci- jt
ence Advisor to
the President and "
head of the Office
of Science and On February 10,
Technology at the White House press
White House. "He Lada with a certifi
gave a brief speech signed by Preside
and then he and Clinton.


the heads of all the agencies called our
names-kind of like a graduation-and
when we came up on stage, they read a
citation and gave us our awards."
A formal reception followed in the
White House "Indian Treaty Room."


apaldi congratulated Lada at the Febru-
eption held by the Astronomy Depart-
nor Lada for winning the prestigious
al CAREER Award.


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;ent
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wnt


The reception provided participants
time to finally meet and talk with each
other, something Lada and the others
appreciated. Donna Shalala was there
to congratulate the scientists officially
on behalf of the President's Cabinet.
Despite all this time in the limelight,
Lada says the impact of winning is hard
to grasp completely "It still
hasn' t hit me yet. I do know that
S Mark Gluck was right, though.
Being able to take five years to
explore things I love without
having the pressure of think-
ing, 'Oh my goodness next year
S I have to file this report and I
need to get this grant finished...'
will be amazing. But I still
don't think it's really sunk in."
That's easy to understand. With
her first baby due in June, and
numerous research and educa-
ed tion projects in full swing, the
e honored UF astronomer has had
an incredibly busy and produc-
tive year.%