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Around the college
New directors and chairs
Grants awarded through Division of Sponsored Research
Hard upon us now is the ancient curse-
to live in interesting times. Personally,
I wouldn't mind an occasional bout of
boredom around the office, but this doesn't
seem to be the year. Though we are cur-
rently beset with academic distractions, it
is well remembered that the University of
Florida is a very strong organization that
has experienced unexpected change in the
past and become stronger in the process.
We should expect no less from ourselves
As we begin this last academic year of
the century and the millennium (depending
on how one counts), the College does have
many strengths to draw upon. I hope that,
as we accommodate the leadership transi-
tion, 1999-2000 will be remembered as a
A terrific class of new faculty, about
35 strong, with impeccable credentials.
We welcome them to an already impressive
faculty that will benefit from the ideas and
expertise of the newcomers. Few things
are more important for CLAS than the
continued enhancement of the faculty.
A record number of new, outstanding
students. Over the past decade, we have
come to expect ever more and better under-
graduate students, and even though in prin-
ciple their enrollment has been "capped,"
this year sees a rise in freshman, a fact al-
ready apparent to faculty who teach lower
division courses. But the bigger news this
Fall is the significant increase in graduate
students and the associated expansion of
our doctoral programs. We are moving
toward a better balance between the under-
graduate and graduate programs.
The University Scholars Program
(USP). This issue of CLAS notes features
the USP, a university-wide Provost's initia-
tive that has drawn about twice as many
students and mentors as had originally
been expected. A new on-line Journal of
Undergraduate Research will document
See Musings, page 12
Vol. 13 The University of Florida College of Liberal Arts and Sciences No. 9
University Scholars Program
Provost's new initiative introduces undergraduates to the
challenges of academic research.
ourtney Johns, a senior
Mathematics major, spent
much of her summer testing
and retesting a cutting edge algorith-
mic convergence theorem. During
his break, senior English major Doug "-
Knox pored over a rare three-volume |
first edition of Jane Austen's Emma.
Though their work might seem worlds
apart, not to mention extraordinary for
undergraduates on vacation, both proj-
ects are part of the same UF program.
Johns and Knox are two of 60 Uni\
CLAS students participating in UF's
first class of University Scholars. The
University Scholars Program (USP), a
Provost's initiative which includes nearly
250 undergraduates across UF, began last
spring as a way to provide students with
hands-on opportunities to pursue original
research and scholarly activities.
After being accepted into the program
by their respective colleges, each Scholar,
working closely with a faculty mentor,
is required to identify a topic, conduct
research during the summer, and then
continue investigation throughout the up-
coming academic year. "This is a terrific
opportunity," says Debbie Ader, a senior
Criminology major who is working with
mentor Jennifer Woolard (Criminology)
on a survey study of state prosecutor and
public defender attitudes toward juvenile
defendants. "I've learned so much, and
with this project I have a chance to influ-
ence real policy issues."
Woolard seconds her Scholar's enthu-
siasm. "Because Debbie's topic has real
world significance, it gives us the opportu-
nity to consider how science 'works' in the
real world-collaborating with community
members to conduct a project and consid-
ering the policy implications of our find-
ings while remaining true to the scientific
Students recognized as University
'ersity Scholar Debbie Ader (right) discusses her
arch with mentor Jen Woolard (left, Criminology).
Scholars receive a $2500 research sti-
pend and an additional $500 to attend the
scholarly conference of their choice during
the year. In addition, Scholars will have
the opportunity to publish their findings
in UF's new on-line Journal of Under-
graduate Research. Each issue of the JUR,
scheduled to be on-line October 1, will
feature student articles, research summa-
ries and updates on projects in-progress,
as well as human-interest profiles of USP
"The variety of topics involved is
remarkable. From English to Medicine to
Engineering, we have something to interest
everyone," says Henri Van Rinsvelt (Phys-
ics), editor of the journal. "We think the
JUR will promote the concept of serious
undergraduate research to other universi-
ties, and graduate schools and high schools
for that matter."
Knox says his paper for the JUR will
concern the critical issues he encountered
this summer while working with Alistair
Duckworth (English) on the production of
an authoritative text of Jane Austen's novel
Emma. "We used the original 1816 text
in our special collections library," Knox
explains. "It was my responsibility to note
any discrepancies between the first edition
and two modern versions and to identify
See Scholars, page 12
This month's focus: Back to School Issue
Around the College
Brian du Toit delivered a paper entitled "Ethnicity, Sub-
stance Abuse and AIDS in South Africa" at the 38th Inter-
national Congress on Alcohol, Drugs, and other Dependen-
cies held July 29 in Vienna, Austria. He also presented a
workshop paper on "Drug Abuse and HIV/AIDS in Cultural
Settings" at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South
Africa in March.
Andrew Gordon spoke June 24 on "Close Encounters:
Unidentified Hying Object Relations" to the Department of
Psychology, University of Bialystok, Poland.
In May, Cesar Caviedes was an invited panelist at the Har-
vard University seminar "Agricultural Research in Africa:
Technological Opportunities and Institutional Challenges"
organized by Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director of Harvard's
Center for International Development. The only geographer
on the panel, Caviedes shared the stage with top authorities
in international development from organizations such as the
World Bank and the Rockefeller Foundation. His talk, en-
titled "Agricultural Potential of the Humid Tropics: Realities
and Mirages" set the tone for discussion on the environmen-
tal constraints that impede the development of the agricul-
tural sector in Africa.
Germanic and Slavic Studies
Keith Bullivant and Siegfried Mews (UNC-Chapel Hill)
have received a grant of $100,000 in support of a summer
seminar in 2000, to be held in Berlin, on the topic of "Berlin
In June, Richard Hollinger closed the general session of
the National Retail Federation's Loss Prevention Confer-
ence in Philadelphia with a talk entitled "Suspect, Witness
or Victim: Promoting Cooperation and Truthfulness." In
April Hollinger gave a speech simultaneously translated into
Portuguese entitled, "Results of the 1998 National Retail
Security Survey" at the Retail Loss Prevention Program
"PROVAR" sponsored by the business school of the Univer-
sity of Sao Paulo, Brazil. He also gave an invited lecture to
Sao Paulo MBA students on the subject of crime in the retail
Jane Brockmann gave the plenary address to the Interna-
tional Ethological [animal behavior] Conference in Banga-
lore, India on August 9. Her talk was entitled "Evolution of
Alternative Strategies and Tactics."
Statistic Students Win National
A team of graduate students from UF's Department of
Statistics became the 1999 College Bowl Champions at the
International Joint Statistics Meetings held in Baltimore,
August 8-12. The competition was sponsored by the Ameri-
can Statistical Association and Mu Sigma Rho, the national
statistics honor society. Pictured above, left to right, are
team members Angel Novikov, Brian Caffo, Ziyad Mah-
foud, Philip McGoff and Galin Jones. The faculty advisor
for Mu Sigma Rho is CLAS statistics professor Dennis
New Initiative Funded in Humanities
Political Scientist Philip Williams is the Principle Investigator
on a new Rockefeller grant which provides up to $250,000 over a
four-year period toward the costs of a program of Resident Fellow-
ships in the Humanities at the Center for Latin American Studies.
The program is entitled "Religion in the Americas: Constructing
Self, Community, and Nation in the Age of Globalization." Anna
Peterson and Manuel Vasquez (Religion) are co-PIs.
Physics Professor Has "Nobel" Lineage
Raymond Andrew was joint winner of the Centennial contest
of the American Physical Society held this year for the most distin-
guished PhD lineage, with four Nobel Laureates in his "family tree."
His PhD supervisor in Cambridge, England, was David Shoenberg,
who was a student of Pyotr Kapitza, in turn a student of Ernest B.
Rutherford, who was a student of Joseph J. Thomson, discoverer
of the electron. Kapitza, Rutherford and Thomson were all Nobel
Laureates. Andrew's postdoctoral mentor at Harvard was Edward
Purcell, another Nobel Laureate. The winner in a parallel contest for
the longest lineage traced his academic ancestry in 22 steps back to a
medieval scientist in Padua in 1453.
Around the College
The Ninth Annual Fall Academic Convocation
of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will be
held Thursday, September 23 at 4:00 PM. Over
700 outstanding students and faculty members will
be recognized. Earl Lewis, Dean of the Graduate
School and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs-
Graduate Studies at the University of Michigan will
deliver the featured address entitled, "A Conversation
With My Friend About the Mind of a Scholar."
Born and raised in the Virginia tidewater area,
Dr. Lewis earned his bachelors in history and
psychology from Concordia College in Minnesota,
and his PhD in American history with a minor in African history from the
University of Minnesota. He is the author of In Their Own Interests: Race,
Class and Power in Twentieth-Century Norfolk and the co-editor of both
African Americans in the Industrial Age: A Documentary History and the
eleven-volume Young Oxford History ofAfrican Americans.
Fall Convocation is
an annual CLAS tradi-
tion designed to bring
faculty and students Mark Your Calendars
together to celebrate First CLAS College Assembly
the opening of the new Keene Faculty Center
academic year. The Tuesday, September 7, 1999, 4:00 pm
ceremony will be held in
the University Audito- New CLAS Faculty Orientation
rium and followed by Dean's Conference Room
a reception on the west Thursday, September 16, 1999, 2:00 pm
lawn. All CLAS faculty
and students and their New Faculty Reception
guests are invited to at- Dean Harrison's home
tend. Sunday, October 3, 1999,4:00 pm
Anthropology Graduate Student Wins
Florida Academy of Sciences Award
Anthropology graduate stu-
dent Sybil DioNe was presented
the Florida Academy of Sciences
1999 Outstanding Anthropology
Paper Award on April 30, 1999.
Her winning paper is entitled
"No Nubian Knots or Nappy
Locks: Discussing the Politics of
Hair Among African-American
Women." The award included the
FAS's Anthropology plaque and
a book gift from the University
Press of Florida. DioNe is pictured above (center) with her graduate advisors
Allan Burns, Department of Anthropology Chair, and Irma McClaurin, also
of the Anthropology Department.
Fall 1999 Opening Receptions
The Center for Women Studies and Gender
Research 1999-2000 Opening Reception will be
held Wednesday, September 8 from 3:00 to 5:00
p.m. in the Keene Faculty Center. Featured speak-
ers include Vasudha Narayanan, Interim Director
of the Center, Dean Harrison and Associate Dean
Carol Murphy. There will be an informal reception
with refreshments to follow. For more information
contact 392-3365 or come by 3357 Turlington Hall.
The Center for African Studies 1999 Fall
Reception will be held on Friday, September 10 at
3:00 p.m. in the Friends of Music Room (University
Auditorium). Dean Harrison will give the open-
ing remarks and Center for African Studies Director
Michael Chege will be the featured speaker. New
faculty and student foreign language fellowship win-
ners will be introduced as will the African Studies
artist in residence. All are invited to attend. Please
call (352) 392-7499 by September 8th to RSVP
Summer Bridge Writ-
ing Program Hosts First
As part of the Achievement in Main-
streaming Program (AIM), 375 new UF
students enrolled in a Summer B "Bridge"
curriculum. At an awards ceremony held on
August 4 for Bridge Program writing students,
new UF freshmen Candace Wilson and Jason
Milner (center, above) were two of 36 students
honored for excellence in autobiographical
writing, research or overall performance. Pic-
tured with the awardees are Bridge instructor
Marcus Casal (English PhD student, 1 ii, 1,i
and Bridge Director Diane Stevenson (left).
See article on page four for more on AIM.
1999-2000 UFRF Professors Named
The University of Florida Research Foundation (UFRF) recently recognized its third annual class of 30 UF Research
Foundation Professors. The three-year awards, designed to recognize excellence in research, include a $5,000 annual
salary supplement and a $3,000 research grant. Six of this year's awards went to CLAS faculty (see below).
UFRF professors are chosen based on recommendations from department chairs, a personal statement and an evalua-
tion of their recent research productivity, measured by such criteria as publications in books and scholarly journals, external
funding and development of intellectual property. The professorships are funded from the university's share of royalty and
licensing income on UF-generated products like Gatorade and Trusopt (a glaucoma treatment). UFRF currently manages
more than 800 grants and 60 licensed technologies and plans to fund a total of up to 90 active professorships at any given
Karen A. Bjorndal is a professor of zoology and Director of the
Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research (ACCSTR). She is
an expert in sea turtle biology and in the nutritional ecology of
herbivores. She has edited six books and
published over 80 peer-reviewed papers.
The ACCSTR has a strong multidisci-
plinary research program on the biol-
ogy and conservation of sea turtles that
addresses questions from the molecular
level to the ecosystem level. This wide
range of research depends on multidis-
ciplinary collaborations with faculty
throughout UF and a strong international
network of biologists.
Jim Channell (Geological Sciences) studies the record of the
ancient geomagnetic field in rocks and sediments. He has used
paleomagneticc" methods to reconstruct
the past position of continents and conti-
nental fragments in the Alpine mountain
belts, from southern Italy to eastern
Turkey. He has been prominent in the
correlation of fossil events to the polarity
record of the geomagnetic field, work
that has helped to refine geologic time
scales. After cruises to the high latitude
North Atlantic (1995) and the sub-
Antarctic South Atlantic (1997/1998),
Channell is now using new methods based on geomagnetic
paleointensity to correlate (date) "recent" sediments (less than
Jaber E Gubrium (Sociology) is one of the world's leading
qualitative methodologists. He works at the border of narra-
tive analysis and ethnography, and has
developed a constructionist perspective
on institutional culture. He is currently
doing research on institutional identity,
especially as that applies in aging, family
life, health care environments, and in
self-help groups. Gubrium is the author
of over 20 books, including his most
recent, The Self We Live By: Narrative
Identity in a Postmodern World (2000).
He is nearing completion of a companion
volume Institutional Selves: Troubled Identities in a Postmodern
World, also by Oxford.
John H. Moore (Anthropology) is an
expert on the kinship and demography of
hunting and gathering societies, espe-
cially those which have existed in North
America. He has published nearly a
hundred books, monographs and articles
and has been elected Fellow of both the
American Association for the Advance-
ment of Science and the Center for
Advanced Study in the Behavioral Soci-
eties. He has conducted fieldwork with
more than twenty tribal nations, especially the Cheyennes and
Mvskoke Creeks. A past Chair of the Anthropology Department,
Moore is currently Chair of the North American Committee of
the Human Genome Diversity Project.
Mark A. Reid is a professor of English and Film Studies. His
current research includes working with recent French fiction
films that depict two generations of African diasporic communi-
ties in France. He is particularly interested in the way fiction
films use music, dress and cinemato-
graphic techniques to portray the social
integration of two formerly colonized
I I African groups-Arabs from North Africa
and Blacks from West Africa. Reid is
also interested how these same films
-. present the integration of the Franco-
phone Afro-Caribbeans who settled in
metropolitan France after World War II.
John R. Reynolds, a professor of chemistry with expertise in
polymer chemistry, is an international leader in the field of elec-
trically conducting and electroactive conjugated polymers. His
research is focused on the development
of new polymers by manipulating their
fundamental organic structure in order to
control their ultimate properties. His re-
search methodology spans across molecu-
lar and polymer design, synthesis, and
structure, along with the use of numerous
characterization methods to investigate
optical, electrical and electrochemical
properties. Reynolds has published over
100 scientific papers and recently served as co-editor of the
"Handbook of Conducting Polymers" (1998).
AIM-ing for Student Success
By Dana Peterson, Director, AIM Program i '. j
In the spring of 1997, UF designated
CLAS as the new academic and
administrative home for its retention
initiative for academically at-risk first-year
students. Over the course of the last two
years, the Achievement In Mainstream-
ing (AIM) Program has come to represent
one of the college's primary missions-to
provide undergraduate students with ex-
ceptional educational opportunities along
with first-rate academic advising and other
support-service and enrichment enhance-
The cornerstone of any academic program
is its students. The AIM Program assists
in the university's effort to increase student
diversity by working closely with the Of-
As part or the summer orientation tor incoming AIM st
OASIS and AIM co-host an annual June barbeci
fice of Admissions to admit a select group
of incoming freshmen each summer B
term. The participation of underrepresent-
ed minorities in AIM has increased from
78.3% in 1997 to the current year's 93.1%.
In addition, the program itself has grown
from its initial group of 313 students to
375 participants this academic year.
AIM's year-long learning plan presents
students with the opportunity to address
specific areas of academic need while at
the same time remaining on track in their
intended majors. Typically, AIM students
begin their undergraduate careers by
enrolling in Summer Bridge writing and
mathematics courses, directed by Diane
Stevenson and coordinated by Tina Carter,
respectively. These courses, which earn
students both communication and com-
putation Gordon Rule credits, help AIM
participants refresh existing academic
skills, as well as develop new skills critical
to college success. The intensive instruc-
tion of the summer math courses, which
meet for more than 12 hours per week,
along with the communication and critical
thinking practice provided by Summer
Bridge writing classes encourages the AIM
student's successful transition from high
school graduate to college student.
AIM's commitment to providing its stu-
dents with a comprehensive opportunity
to succeed continues throughout the year.
For instance, before advanced registration
begins each semester, every AIM student
must take advantage of CLAS's excellent
academic advising team (LaCusia Wash-
ington, Kathy Rex and Reggie Tolbert)
whose knowledgeable guidance
ensures that students are registered
for appropriate courses beyond
those required by the program. In
the fall term, therefore, most AIM
students take two tracking courses
in their major along with Gordon
Rule courses in Mathematics and
English, including an AIM-spon-
sored one-credit writing labora-
tory (ENC 1101L) that enhances
the hands-on writing instruction of
the three hour ENC1101 course.
By the spring term, AIM students
udents,are mostly committed to the
tracking plan laid out by the col-
lege of their intended major, though many
students remain enrolled in two English
courses-ENC1102 and ENC 1102L. By
the end of their first year, AIM students
who successfully complete the program's
required curriculum have met the Gordon
Rule computation requirement, as well as
75% of the 24,000 words of Gordon Rule
The AIM Program offers students more
than its year-long curriculum and careful
academic advisement. AIM also helps
students establish contacts in the colleges
where they eventually plan to earn their
degrees. In addition, AIM coordinates
the students' involvement with university
offices such as Student Financial Affairs
and the Division of Housing to minimize
administrative snags so that AIM students
can focus on their course work. In fact,
one of the program's largest non-curricular
Services Dana Peterson, AIM Director
OASIS, directed by Associate Dean Harry
Shaw, and its Student Enrichment Services
Program (SESP, directed by Betty Stew-
art-Dowdell) provide AIM students with
various enrichment and support-service
activities throughout their first year. Not
only does OASIS offer one-on-one tutoring
to supplement the outstanding tutoring
program offered at the Broward Teaching
Center, but its SESP also conducts valuable
summer workshops and assemblies dur-
ing the academic year that focus on such
student-success issues as time and stress
management, motivation, and study skills.
Furthermore, OASIS, through the SESP,
organizes a group of peer counselors-of-
ten former AIM students themselves-who
offer current AIM participants the kind of
face-to-face interaction only students can
give to one another.
Of course, ultimately, the success of a
student-centered academic program such
as AIM can only be judged by the perfor-
mance of its students. At the beginning
of the 1999 spring term, the Office of the
University Registrar reported that 94.4% of
the 1998 AIM class and 80.8% of our 1997
group were currently enrolled for classes
at UF, indicating that AIM students are
remaining at UF at roughly the same rate
as non-AIM students. Moreover, the 1999
class is off to a great start. Their aver-
age Summer B GPA was 3.03, and most
impressively, 17 students earned a 4.0 GPA
in 6 or more credit hours.%L
New Directors and Chairs
Ken Wald, Director
"'" ,. quarter of a century ago, a small group of faculty visionaries worked with sympathetic
administrators to create UF's Center for Jewish Studies. What began as a modest
undergraduate concentration is now a strong and vibrant program housed in the College
of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
The Center is best known for its interdisciplinary major and minor, a distinguished visiting
lecture series, and the invaluable Price Library of Judaica. The undergraduate program exposes
students to the full range of the Jewish experience by drawing on faculty from Asian and African
Languages and Literatures, Religion, History, Political Science, English and other disciplines.
While some students pursue the Jewish Studies curriculum as an avocation or to better understand
their own religious traditions, others seek us out to prepare for careers in the rabbinate, Jewish
communal service, or academic work in Jewish Studies.
As director, my efforts will be concentrated on two major priorities: (1) enriching academic
opportunities in Jewish Studies at UF and, (2) enhancing the outreach of the Center. To enrich
the academic program, we have developed a new internship in Jewish communal service and a capstone seminar for undergraduates
and graduates. We plan to involve faculty from other departments in the curriculum and redouble efforts to promote study in Israel as
an integral part of the undergraduate experience. The Center plans to work closely with departments in developing graduate options
to complement the undergraduate program. The goal of the outreach effort is to bring the services of the Center to the entire univer-
sity. In addition to our usual staple of visiting lecturers, we have plans for joint programs with the Center for Latin American Studies
and the Ham Museum, and have begun conversations about the Diaspora Studies program in Anthropology and a genocide studies
initiative with the Center for African Studies. By encouraging our faculty to utilize their expertise as visiting lecturers, consultants and
scholars in residence throughout Florida, our goal is to make the Center for Jewish Studies a statewide as well as a campus resource.
John Leavey, Chair
Last month the Department of English was featured in CLAS notes, and Ira Clark as outgoing chair identified an interesting
problem for a department as large and diverse as English. When confronted with a seemingly simple set of questions: What is
English? What does it do? The response is often a stammer, silence, a partial sketch-all responses you don't expect from
those involved with the intricacies of language and communication.
Ira's multifaceted response characterized the many topics, media, and methods that occupy the teaching and research interests of the
diverse faculty making up our Department, from writing and literature to computers, creative writing, and film, from children's litera-
ture to cultural studies and theory, from nationalist literatures (British and American) to world literatures in English. But I was struck
that he ended on the topic of stammering, and I would like to talk about the future of such a response for our profession, especially as
a self-justification for what "we" do.
Shouldn't a discipline, and even more so a "profession," particularly one that is involved in perhaps all its endeavors with persuasion,
argument, interpretation, shouldn't that discipline have better answers for its university colleagues? What is going on when the dis-
cipline supposedly assigned the university responsibility of writing and textual production, of argumentation and rhetoric has trouble
formulating an answer? It starts to answer...halts...begins again.... Shouldn't that discipline know what it is doing and how to express
The answer, of course, for me, is no. Stammering is a certain rhythm of response, both halting and repetitious; it is the rhetoric of the
interrupted sentence, the quos ego of Virgil. Our stammering results from a disciplinary boundary constantly breaking out of bounds
and its responsibilities. It isn't so much that literature and writing have given way to film or the digital, it isn't so much that the frag-
mentation of argument makes the use of a five-paragraph essay questionable, but the very diversity of this one discipline within a vast
array of disciplines reminds all of us that the organization of the university is constantly undergoing structural and strategic change.
The humanities, of which English is just one small part, constantly reconsider the grounds and the reasons of their work: what do we
know, how do we know it, and why continue to know it in the ways we have traditionally known it. English's stammers are just one of
the many ways to indicate the continual rethinking of our spasmodic attention to what we do.
In the August CLASnotes, we introduced Fitzhugh Brundage, the new history chair, as Fritz instead of Fitz. We apologize for the mistake. Cn.
Josh Russell, an
sor of English,
earned his MFA
in 1993 from
is the author of
the novel Yellow
Norton & Co.,
1999). His short
fiction has appeared in The Antioch Re-
view, Epoch, the Southwest Review and
New Stories from The South: The Year s
Best, 1998. He is presently teaching
graduate and undergraduate fiction writ-
ing workshops. His outside interests
include cooking and hiking.
zoology, came to
UF from Princ-
where he was
a research as-
his PhD from
University in 1993, is interested in the
theoretical, mathematical, and statisti-
cal underpinnings of a wide variety of
ecological questions, ranging from epi-
demics to climate change. His current
research focuses on spatial patterns in
ecological communities. He will teach
courses in ecology, ecological modeling,
and biostatistics. He enjoys frisbee and
American and English folk music and
sor of history
comes to UF
where he taught
his PhD from
in 1998. His
ests include ethnic identity and material
culture in medieval Eastern Europe,
gift-giving networks, and monasticism.
Current projects include a book on the
early Slavs (AD 500-700), a book on
medieval Bulgaria, and a bibliography
of medieval East Central Europe. His
outside interests include classical music,
swimming, poetry, windsurfing, biking
and playing chess with his daughter.
to UF from the
tutes of Health,
ton, DC. Steve
earned his PhD
Princeton University in 1989 and per-
formed postdoctoral research in the field
of superconductivity at the University of
Maryland from 1989 until 1992. As an
NIH staff fellow, Hagen studied biologi-
cal physics, using techniques of laser
spectroscopy to examine the physics of
protein molecules. His interests include
hiking and movies, as well as science
and public policy: Steve spent 1997 on
the legislative staff of the US Senate, as
a Congressional Science Fellow of the
American Institute of Physics.
Ido Oren, an
sor of political
his PhD from
sity of Chicago
and comes to
UF from the
ests include international relations theory,
international security, US foreign policy,
and US intellectual history. His current
project explores how America's chang-
ing international rivalries affected the
ways in which American social scientists
perceived America's rivals, as well as
their images of America itself. He will be
teaching courses in international relations.
In his free time, he enjoys working out
and playing his pinball machine.
her PhD from
of Social Ecol-
ogy in 1998.
focuses on juvenile justice issues, the
corrections system, and the fear of
crime. Lane is currently measuring the
impact of a South Oxnard, California
juvenile justice program on its partici-
pants (youth on probation). In addition,
she recently designed and conducted a
randomized survey in Orange County,
California with which she measured
residents' fear of crime and gangs. In
her free time, she enjoys watching mov-
ies, yoga and walking on the beach.
CLAS Names Ten Term Professors
Sne of the CLAS "It's the Performance That Counts" campaign goals is to raise money for 20 new term professorships.
These professorships, funded entirely by private sources, allow the College to recognize faculty who excel in both
scholarship and teaching. Each term professor will receive a one-year supplement of $5,000 in salary and $1,000 in re-
search support. This year the College was able to award ten professors, up from six last year and three in 1997.
Andres Avellaneda (Romance Languages and
Herb and Catherine Yardley Term Profes-
Professor Avellaneda teaches Spanish Ameri-
can literature and maintains an active research
agenda centering on the relation between
state, literature and culture in contemporary
South American nations. He is currently work-
ing on the role of Eva Per6n in recent Argen-
Townes R. Leigh
other projects, the
Benner group has
completed the first
versions of the
which combines genomic data, principles
of chemical reactivity, and paleontological
information to provide a coherent model of
the origin and development of biological
function on planet Earth. This catalog will
underlie most of the future work within
the group, and serve as a research tool for
Elizabeth Lada (Astronomy)
Dr. David Williams Term Professor
Professor Lada studies young stellar clusters to
investigate the origin and development of stars
like our Sun. She recently discovered, as part of
a team of international astronomers, a small cloud
in the earliest phases of collapsing to form a new
star. Last year, Lada received the Presidential
Early CAREER award, a five-year, $500,000
honor given by the White House.
Leann Brown (Political Science)
Robin and Jean Gibson Term Professor
Brown teaches courses in international politi-
cal economy, international politics, interna-
tional environmental relations and European
Union politics. Her research focuses on
regional economic and political cooperation
and decision-making processes of the Euro-
David Hackett (Religion)
Delton L. Scudder Commemorative Term
Hackett's current research includes issues of
gender in American culture and American
spirituality. He has been awarded the Brewer
Prize by the American Society of Church
History and a National Endowment for the
Humanities Fellowship. His book Fraternal
Orders and the Re-Imagining of American Re-
ligious History is forthcoming from Princeton
Linda Lombardino (Communications Sci-
ences and Disorders)
Ruth McQuown Commemorative Term
As Coordinator of the reading disabilities
program at the University of Florida Speech
and Hearing Clinic, Lombardino specializes
in treating developmental dyslexia and other
childhood language disorders. Her research
and teaching interests focus on the neurobiolo-
gy, assessment, and treatment of developmental
Michael Miyamoto (Zoology)
Robin and Jean Gibson Term Professor
Miyamoto's research combines both empiri-
cal and theoretical approaches to study the
patterns and processes of evolution in DNA
and protein sequences. One of his primary
aims is to estimate the evolutionary history
of life, from populations to higher groups
(e.g., of mammals and other vertebrates). He
continues to serve as a liaison for CLAS to
the new UF Genetics Institute.
Barbara Zsembik (Sociology)
T. Lynn Smith Commemorative
Sociologist Barbara Zsembik stud-
ies the demography of health and
aging with particular attention to
minority populations. Her work also
encompasses Latino sociology, family
and household demography, and the
sociology of sex and gender.
Padgett Powell (English)
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Commemora-
tive Term Professor
Powell is the author of three novels: Edisto
(1984), A Woman Named Drown (1987) and
Edisto Revisited (1996); and two story collec-
tions: Typical (1991) and Aliens of A i,. -
(1998). He has received a hiiting Writer's
Award, the Prix de Rome in Literature, and a
nomination for the National Book Award. His
fiction and non-fiction have appeared in the
New Yorker, Esquire, Harper's, and The New
York Times Magazine.
Michael Perfit (Geology)
Edward R. Flint Commemorative Term Pro-
Perfit's research includes studies of the volca-
nic, tectonic and geochemical evolution of the
seafloor and island arcs. Recent investigations
have concentrated on recent submarine volca-
nic activity and mineralization along actively
spreading ridges and seamounts in the eastern
Pacific. He teaches Honors Physical Geology,
Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, and Igne-
G r n ts (through the Division of Sponsored Research)
Investigator Dept. Agency
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Katritzky, A. CHEM Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Katritzky, A. CHEM Dow Chemical Company
Katritzky, A. CHEM Multiple Companies
Katritzky, A. CHEM Multiple Companies
Katritzky, A. CHEM Nutrasweet Company
Katritzky, A. CHEM Procter and Gamble Company
Scicchitano, M. POL Fl. Farm Bureau Federation
Vining, G. STAT Am Soc For Quality Control
Margolis, M. ANTH NSF
Sassaman, K. ANTH US DOI
Elston, R. AST NASA
Gottesman, S. AST NASA
Hunter, J. AST NASA
Lada, E. AST NASA
Lada, E. AST NSF
Mukherjee, J. AST NASA
Pina, R. AST NASA
Pina, R. AST NASA
Telesco, C. AST NASA
Bowes, G. BOT US DOA
Benner, S. CHEM NIH
Micha, D. CHEM NSF
Reynolds, J. CHEM US Army
Schanze, K. CHEM NSF
Smith, B. CHEM NSF
Wagener, K. CHEM NSF
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Yost, R. CHEM EPA
Yost, R. CHEM NASA
Zerer, M. CHEM NSF
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Hodell, D. GEOL NSF
Opdyke, N. GEOL NSF
Perfit, M. GEOL NSF
Acosta, D. PHY US DOE
Adams, E. PHY NSF
Dorsey A. PHY US DOE
Reitze, D. PHY NSF
Takano, Y. PHY NSF
Tanner, D. PHY NSF
Faircloth, C. PSY NIH
Hackenberg, T. PSY NIH
Tinsley, H. PSY US DOA
Carter, R. STAT US DOE
Hutson, A. STAT NIH
Emmel, T. ZOO Natl. Fish and Wildlife Fdtn.
Evans, D. ZOO EPA
Heckenberger, M. ANTH Hillman Foundation
White, N. MATH UF Foundation
Chapman, L. ZOO Beinecke Memorial Scholarship
Epting, F PSY Dept. Of Children and Families
Epting, E PSY Dept. Of Children and Families
Iwata, B. PSY Dept. Of Children and Families
Dermott, S. AST Miscellaneous Donors
Schanze, K. CHEM American Chemical Society
Weltner, W. CHEM American Chemical Society
Hollinger, R. PSY Multiple Sources
Shuster, J. STAT Miscellaneous Donors
July 1999 Total: $2,622,250
120,000 Compounds of potential therapeutic value.
2,200 Dow-Elanco compounds agreement.
6,000 Miles compound contract.
15,300 Miles compound contract.
70,000 Joint research agreement with the Nutrasweet group.
34,000 Procter and Gamble.
6,050 A survey of the attitudes of Florida residents about agriculture issues in the state.
82,170 Editorial office for the Journal of Quality Technology.
11,205 Brazilian immigration to Japan in the shadow of the Asian economic crisis.
22,843 St. Johns River archaeological study project.
12,000 FGSP-a near infrared study of z=3-3.5 galaxies in four fields.
12,000 FGSP-determination of bar pattern speeds.
12,000 A computational study of instabilities and their role in star formation.
12,000 A determination of binary frequencies in young embedded clusters.
66,463 Investigation of the formation and evolution of stars in young embedded clusters.
8,417 Integrating the intemet into the curriculum.
12,000 FGSP- a high resolution mid-infrared survey of luminous infrared galaxies.
12,000 Infrared study of young stellar objects with methanol maser emission: a search for circumstellar disks.
22,000 The origin of the infrared excess in pre-main-sequence stars.
180,000 Genotype adaptation and phenotypic acclimation to elevated CO and temperature.
169,350 Evolutionary tools for interpreting genomic data.
262,200 First principles quantum molecular dynamics: density matrix theory and computational aspects.
39,808 Active camouflage polymer coatings.
22,000 Photoconversion and photosynthesis. A US-Japan workshop.
23,703 Computer-based spectrometers for an accelerated introductory chemistry laboratory.
5,100 X-ray and electron diffraction experiments on ADMET poly-ethylene.
102,000 Well-controlled polymer structures via metathesis polycon-densation chemistry.
14,879 Development of methods for the analysis of DBPS in biological samples.
12,000 Polymer elucidation and characterization by mass spectrometry.
236,400 Theoretical treatment of environmental effects on spectral and chemical reactivity.
25,375 Javits fellowship award.
5,075 REU: climate variability and ecological change in Mesoamerica during the late Holocene.
48,000 Collaborative research: geomagnetic field for the last 5 MA.
24,835 Upgrade for x-ray fluorescence spectrometer in the Department of Geological Sciences.
9,852 US CMS trigger subsystem.
12,685 Experimental investigation of states at half-filled landau levels in high magnetic fields and low temperature.
126,875 GAAN at the University of Florida.
139,836 Methods and instrumentation for high precision characterization of LIGO optical components.
66,976 Development of relaxation calorimeters for simultaneous measurement of heat capacity and nuclear spin lattice relaxation time.
56,700 US-Hungary research on the optical properties of fullerenes.
17,688 Social construction of the closet.
20,630 Human choice in situations of uncertainty and risk.
41,000 Older users' perceptions of Lincoln Park in Chicago.
19,300 Developmental evaluation/intervention quality assurance and accountability program (data advise and tech assist).
51,026 Dose response to exercise and cardiovascular health.
25,000 Corridor establishment for an endangered south Florida butterfly.
9,408 Extra-renal ion regulation of euryhaline and stenohaline freshwater elasmobranchs.
7,500 Southern Amazon ethnoarchaelogy project: studies in upper Xingu and Pared areas.
9,000 Say It program.
7,500 Ugandan student support.
5,000 Contract for psychological assessment at the North Florida Evaluation and Treatment Center.
11,658 Psychological assessment and counseling services.
161,008 Florida Center on Self-Injury.
18,000 University of Florida-Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm fellowship in astrophysics and space technology.
1,235 American Chemical Society editorialship.
60,000 Atoms and molecules in condensed hydrogen.
13,000 Security research project.
22,000 Miscellaneous donors.
The Boers in East Africa: Ethnicity and
Brian M. du Toit (Anthropology)
Bergin & Garvey
(from promotional material)
Brian du Toit's maturity as a fieldworker and
his sensitivity to Afrikaner cultural nuances
combine to provide an engrossing histori-
cal anthropology of a little known aspect
of the Afrikaners which provides important
insights into not only Afrikanerdom and
ies, but settler
East Africa as
or that they
would not or
could not live under a British administration
made up their minds about emigrating....
...Afrikaner historiography documents
repeated occasions on which Afrikaners
migrated from pressure situations. It would
seem that although they fought numerous
battles, they would rather trek than fight
and certainly rather migrate than negotiate.
Thus, there are accounts of treks into the
interior and then treks beyond the interior,
and after the Anglo-Boer War large num-
bers of Afrikaners, designated as "Boers,"
refused to accept the inevitable. In what
I have called the "Afrikaner diaspora," a
large group (in three migrations) went to Ar-
gentina; another in a number of migrations
settled in East Africa; and a third, smaller
group took up residence on the American
frontier. All of these groups left at approxi-
mately the same time and under more or
less the same circumstances. We can thus
assume a fair degree of uniformity in the
cultural "stuff" they took with them.
The Self We Live By: Narrative Identity
in a Postmodern World
James A. Holstein and Jaber F. Gubrium
Oxford University Press
(from book jacket)
...Today, according to some postmodern
critics, the self has been cast adrift on a
sea of disparate images. It's just one swirl-
ing representation among others, bandied
about the frenzy of a media-driven society.
At the turn of the 21st century, the self has
lost its traditional groundings and fizzled
empirically. The self's very existence is
seriously being questioned.
The Self We Live By resurrects the big
story by taking issue with this account.
Holstein and Gubrium have crafted a com-
prehensive discussion that traces a differ-
ent course of development, from the early
pragmatists to contemporary constructionist
considerations, rescuing the self from the
scrap-heap of postmodern imagery.
The story of
the social self
begins with a
in the way the
self had been
viewed as an
emanated, the self transcended society,
standing prior to, apart from, and philo-
sophically above the everyday hubbub of
life. This was the lofty-even haughty--
transcendental self born of the European
Enlightenment. Two centuries later on the
American scene, however, ordinary social
relations could not be dismissed; social de-
mocracy was the very essence of American
character, retaining an indomitable egalitar-
ian hope for the future, ostensibly unshack-
led from philosophical stricture. American
social thought offered up a new vision of
the self as a social object that was part and
parcel of ordinary living, which, to put it in
the vernacular, would readily "go with the
flow" of American progress and ingenuity.
Middle East and North Africa: Gover-
nance, Democratization, Human Rights
edited by Paul J. Magnarella (Anthropol-
(from book jacket)
This collection contains articles by highly
regarded international scholars assessing
tion and hu-
man rights in
North Africa. u i
In the spirit of
the 50th anni-
versary year lwrh
of the United
authors examine the interrelationships
among Islam, politics, and human rights
and evaluate each country's contemporary
record. The book contains in-depth articles
on Islam and politics, Syria, Iraq, Jordon,
Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, the Gulf
States, Turkey, Egypt, and the Maghreb
(Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, and
Mauritania). The authors discuss recent
political developments in each of these
countries and point out their accomplish-
ments and shortcomings in the area of
December 10, 1997 marked the beginning
of the 50th anniversary year of the 1948
Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Thus, this is an appropriate time to access
the progress that states in the Middle
East and North Africa have made towards
respecting the human rights of people
under their jurisdictions. The chapter
authors in this volume, each a recognized
expert in his/her field, assess the records
that countries in these contiguous regions
have compiled in the area of human rights,
governance and democratization.
Musings, continued from page 1
the success of the program.
The renovation of two major CLAS
buildings. Soon to appear in the historic
North campus district will be more class-
rooms, more offices, and renewed archi-
tectural integrity in the form of the fully
renovated Anderson Hall and Keene-lint
Hall. Actually, 1999-2000 for both build-
ings will be the year of ugly construction
fences, trucks, and debris, but just wait till
late Fall, 2000.
CLAS Success in the Capital Cam-
paign. Even with the 50% increase in
our campaign goal, we should still be
able to reach the new $45 million target,
given the skill and energy of our Develop-
ment team. And as one indication of how
important I view private fund raising for
the future of CLAS, we are hiring a third
Development officer, who will help us
reach even more of our over 57,000 glob-
ally dispersed alumni.
A large faculty hiring initiative.
Because of retirements, departures, special
opportunities, and expanding programs, it
is essential that CLAS recruit 45-50 new
faculty for 2000-2001. Included in this
initiative will be the identification of sev-
eral program heads who will play impor-
tant roles in the broad education offered
More and more computers. We will
continue our concerted efforts to keep up
with the technology needs of our faculty
and the curriculum. My wish to the Gods
of Computing is that they might finally
produce a computer without a built-in
three-year obsolescence clock.
New UF leadership. While change
can be unsettling, it is also quite natural.
The entire academic community (and
beyond) will be eager to see what new
pathways are charted for this flagship
university. And no matter what may be
politic to say elsewhere, UF is the flag-
So despite a somewhat nervous start to
this new academic year, there are many
reasons to anticipate a quite successful
completion of this millennium and a run-
ning start on the next one. Y2K permit-
ting, of course.
Scholars, continued from page 1
passages that might cause difficulties
for the undergraduate reader."
Duckworth finds the process ben-
eficial for both professor and Scholar.
"The Program came at a most oppor-
tune time. I receive help with proof-
reading and research; Doug receives
hands-on experience. He photocopied
the original edition, put it into a format
for press submission, and collated it
with the modern Penguin and Oxford
ditis. is performance has been University Scholar Doug Knox (right) is work-
editions. His performance has been
ing with Alistair Duckworth (left, English) on an
impressive." authoritative text of Jane Austen's novel Emma.
Johns says that her collaboration
with Bruce Edwards (Math), though in
its first stages, has hit several high points already. "This summer was fun. Every week
we discovered something new and exciting, or realized that our previous ideas were
And mentor Woolard agrees that USP offers
"In a school this large its singular academic opportunities. "Reading and
easy to lose sight of the hearing about other people's work really can't
power of the individual compare to designing and implementing your own
project from start to finish."
connections we make with While participation in USP provides obvious
students on their intellectual advantages for students interested in graduate
studies, the challenges of the program are de-
growth. This program is signed to foster a broad range of practical skills.
one of many ways that we Successful participation demands the kind of
advanced communication and analytical abilities
can continue the educa-. .
that will facilitate student advancement in the job
tional process outside the market and beyond.
traditional classroom envi- To this end, Scholars can enroll in Advanced
Professional Communication (ENC 4260) at the
ronment." Dial Center for Written and Oral Communication
-Jen Woolard, with Center Director Jane Douglas, who designed
USP mentor the course specifically to aid in the articulation of
complex information. Dean Harrison considers
this experience essential. "Scholars must be able
to explain to others what they do. The value of good communication skills, both written
and verbal, can hardly be overestimated."
To commemorate the Scholars' year of in-depth research, the Provost's office plans
to host the first annual USP Symposium in the new UF Conference Center April 1, 2000.
During the event, selected students will
formally present their findings to the other
scholars and mentors, as well as parents
and faculty reviewers.
"Even if these students don't become
academic researchers, the confidence they
develop through this program should serve
them well.," says Woolard about the many
benefits of USP "In a school this large it's
easy to lose sight of the power of the indi-
vidual connections we make with students
on their intellectual growth. This program
is one of many ways that we can continue
the educational process outside the tradi-
tional classroom environment."%
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