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Table of Contents
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    Around the college
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    New CLAS chairs
        Page 4
        Page 5
        Page 6
        Page 7
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    Book beat
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    Grants awarded through Division of Sponsored Research
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Hail and Farewell
People have asked me why I am
stepping down if, as I contend, I still
enjoy being dean. Actually, leaving
while the job is still fun isn't a bad
idea, but the simple answer is that it's
time. Mr. Jefferson, whom I came to
know rather well during a former life
in Charlottesville said it best, "That I
should lay down my charge at a proper
season is as much a duty as to have
borne it faithfully." Some considerable
distance removed along the cultural
continuum, Michelle Shocked suggests,
"The secret to it all is knowing when to
There is never a perfect time to leave.
Some projects are always works-in-
progress, and one may believe that
yet another year would bring it all to
closure. But it wouldn't, of course,
because a dynamic college like CLAS
always has new initiatives aborning.
It's time.
The CLAS leadership transition
should be relatively seamless. Neil
Sullivan has a considerable depth of
administrative experience from his
terms as department chair and associate
dean. He understands this college and
its programs, and he will have his own
ideas about new directions. He also
inherits a strong CLAS leadership team
of department chairs, program directors,
and associate deans. CLAS will be fine.
I am pleased to report that the fiscal
outlook of the college is quite good.
Our state budget, while never generous,
is more than adequate for 2000-2001.
In addition, CLAS private fundraising is
at an all time high, and we have already
well exceeded our capital campaign
goal. Research funding, mostly from
federal sources, is very healthy, and the
returned indirect costs allow CLAS to
provide benefits for the entire college.
See Musings, page 12

August 2000

Vol. 14 The University of Florida College of Liberal Arts and Sciences No. 8

Reflections of a Long-Time Dean

Will Harrison Returns to Classroom

ean Will Harrison came to UF
from the University of Virginia to
become dean of CLAS in 1988. As he
steps down this month, he offers some
personal views on his time in office.

Cn: What caused you to leave UVa to
come here?
WWH: Actually, that turned out to be
an easy decision. I had been looking at a
number of deanships, but when I visited
UF, everything just clicked. I loved the
place from my first day here. What I saw
was the opportunity to build something in a
rapidly growing state.

Cn: Did you plan to stay this long as
WWH: Not a chance. I naively expected
to have everything done in 5 years. Now
it's true that the budget difficulties of the
early 1990s threw off all timetables, but nificant imp
in retrospect 10 years would have been a programs, tl
more reasonable target. Universities can be historic buil
richly counteractive to change. research anc

Cn: What are the greatest accomplish- Cn: Were t
ments of CLAS during your term? do that didn
WWH: That's a question I'd best defer WWH: Oh
to others. I am happy about the sig- That Never

"My philosophy is to surround myself with the
best possible people, then delegate heavily in
responsibility and the attendant authority. I have
been very fortunate that outstanding faculty have
been willing to join the CLAS team, and they
have made enormous contributions to the suc-

cess of this college."


ill Harrison

Will Harrison

movement in many academic
he success in recovering UF's
dings, and the sharp increase in
i private funding.

here things you had hoped to
t't get done?
, yes. I call them, "Great Ideas
Made It." Included here are
such unrealized projects
as language dorms, a
CLAS core curriculum,
and an electronic CLAS
Journal. Either they
were bad ideas or I
didn't market them well,
or both.

Cn: How would you
describe your manage-
ment style?
WWH: My philosophy
is to surround myself

See Harrison, page 5

Around the College


Anita Spring, presented a paper on "African
Women Entrepreneurs" and chaired a session at the
3rd Global African Women Entrepreneurs Investment
Forum in May 2000. In June-July 2000, she and col-
leagues Barbara McDade (Geography) and David
Jamison (College of Business) traveled to Ghana to
meet with various business leaders and entrepreneurs
who participate in the global market.

The Classics Department held its annual summer
institute for Latin teachers in early July. This is a
two week intensive session that has been in existence
for fifteen years, and prepares high school teachers
especially to teach Advanced Placement courses.

Jane Douglas presented her paper (co-authored
with Andrew Hargadon, College of Business) "The
Pleasure Principle Immersion, Engagement, Fow"
at the International Hypertext 2000 conference in
San Antonio, TX, where the paper was nominated
for both the ACM's Engelbart and Nelson Best
Paper awards. She has also been selected by the
Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) to co-
chair next year's International Hypertext Conference
in Denmark.

Mark A. Reid gave an invited lecture, "Doing
Whoopi: Unsafely Being Black, Female and Overly
Talented," at the Makin' Whoopi conference held
at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, May 19-20.
Reid's "A Few Black Keys and Maori Tattoos Re-
Reading Jane Campion's The Piano in Post Negritude
Time" appears in Quarterly Review of Film and
Video 172 (2000).

In Phillip Teitelbaum's laboratory, Osnat Teitelbaum
is currently conducting a workshop in Eshkol-
Wachman Movement Notation (EWMN) for
Professor Jennifer Hill Karrer who is visiting from
the University of Kansas. Karrer is applying EWMN
to the study of visual reaching in infants with vari-
ous brain damage syndromes, including Fragile X
Syndrome and Down Syndrome, among others.

Hernan Vera conducted a workshop on Qualitative
Methods in the Social Sciences at the Department
of Sociology of Universidad de Chile in Santiago,
Chile in May. Thirty recent grantees of the Ford
Foundation attended the seminar.

On May 8-11, Jay Gubrium conducted a four-day
research seminar on forms of qualitative analysis at
Tampere University in Finland.

Sullivan Named Interim Dean of CLAS
Physics professor and
Associate Dean for Research
Neil Sullivan will become
Interim Dean of the College
of Liberal Arts and Sciences
on August 11, 2000. In addi-
tion to his experience promot-
ing and expanding CLAS
research as an associate
dean this past year, Sullivan .
was chair of the Physics
Department from 1989-1999,
a decade in which the depart-
ment expanded its graduate
and undergraduate programs,
secured impressive new hires,
and constructed the state-of-the-art New Physics Building
on Museum Road. "Sullivan has been thoroughly tested and
proven as an outstanding academic administrator," noted Dean
Harrison. "CLAS will be in very good hands."
"CLAS has made great progress in the last seven years
and the time is ripe to build our strengths into national centers
of excellence in research and in the training of students in new
fields where UF can stand out among the leaders of public insti-
tutions. To succeed, it is critical that we make the right choices
at the right times," says Sullivan.
Sullivan will remain interim for a period of up to one year,
while the search for a permanent CLAS dean is underway. The
search process will begin this fall.

After 11 Years, Randles Steps Down as Statistics Chair

(From left) Carol Rozear, vet-
eran Administrative Assistant
for Statistics (she's been with
the department for nearly
30 years) presents a fare-
well gift to outgoing chair
Ron Randles and his wife

NEH/DRP Summer Stipends
The Division of Research Programs (DRP), National
Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), is accepting nomi-
nations for its 2001 Summer Stipend awards. The purpose
of the program is to allow scholars to devote two consecu-
tive months of full-time study and research to a particular
project by providing them with stipends of $4,000 for the
two-month period.
Eligible research subjects include, but are not limited
to: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; lit-
erature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology;
comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism, and
theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences which
have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods;
and the study and application of the humanities to the
human environment with particular attention to reflect-
ing our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the
relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of
national life. Applicants must be either a US citizen, or
a foreign national who has been residing in the United
States or its jurisdictions for at least three years immedi-
ately preceding the application deadline.
Each university may nominate only two members
of its faculty. Of the two, at least one should be a junior
nominee. Nonfaculty staff members may apply directly to
NEH without nomination and are not counted against the
ceiling of two nominees per institution. Interested faculty
should contact Program Information, ORTGE, for details
and application forms. Applicants wishing to have their
projects nominated by UF should submit completed appli-
cations to the Campus Research Awards Committee, 223
Grinter Hall by 4:30 pm, September 7, 2000. Final nomi-
nated applications are due at NEH on October 1, 2000.


Around the College

Roxanne Barnett Honored for
Superior Accomplishment
CLAS Academic Advising Systems Programmer
Roxanne Barnett was chosen as the university-wide win-
ner of the superior accomplishment award in the USPS
scientific/technical category. The annual awards program,
which includes five other categories, was designed to
Roxanne Barnett
recognize staff members who contribute outstanding and
meritorious service, efficiency and/or economy, or who
enhance the quality of life for students and employees.
Barnett and eleven others were honored at a ceremony on May 31,
2000, in the Reitz Union Ballroom, where advising director Albert Matheny
presented her with the $1,000 award. "I can't emphasize enough how
important Roxanne's skills are in such a large college, where the numbers
make programming skills essential," Matheny said. "She brings a wonder-
ful 'can-do' attitude to work every day and is never intimidated by any job.
It is clear that she loves her job. We all are fortunate to have her here!"
Barnett has been working in computers and programming since she
first started at UF nearly 27 years ago. In addition to maintaining the SAS
System (Student Advising Support) for CLAS AAC, she did data report-
ing and analysis. For last summer's Preview, which was to be the first
ever Preview that allowed new students to register on-line via the ISIS site,
Roxanne and a co worker single handedly set up and networked the 55 new
computers which arrived just days before the first session was to begin.
Roxanne-who received a $500 superior accomplishment award five
years ago-is modest about the recognition. "I feel very honored," she
says, "but I feel like I was just doing my job."
Barnett is currently working in the Provost's Office doing SAS trou-
bleshooting campus-wide and collaborating with the Registrar's Office to
get SAS completely accessible on the Web. Though we've lost Barnett as
an employee, CLAS can still claim her as a student: she is pursuing a BA
in classics with a minor in anthropology.

Office Staff

Jane Gibson, CLAS
Coordinator of Information and
Publication Services, will be
leaving Gainesville and UF in
August. "I greatly regret losing
Jane, who has done so much
to add a professional touch to
CLAS publications. She cer-
tainly leaves the office much stronger than she
found it," says Dean Harrison.
"I feel lucky to have had the chance to
get to know so many CLAS faculty and staff
over the last three years," Gibson says. "I'd
like especially to thank Dean Harrison for
providing the leeway and guidance to expand
our publications staff. Our information spe-
cialist, Jane Dominguez, whose technical
abilities have spruced up our Web and print

publications (not to mention the publications
of several of our departments); and our edi-
tor, John Elderkin (see below) rounded out
our team this year, making my job a pleasure.
I'm confident that my replacement, Laura
Griffis, who brings a great deal of experience
and skill to the position, will add a new level
of creativity and polish to CLAS publica-

Carol Binello, the dean's
administrative assistant, will
be on leave for the 2000-2001
academic year. She will be liv-
ing with her family in Chapel
Hill, North Carolina, where
her partner, Mark Brown (who
will be on sabbatical from UF)

has accepted a visiting faculty member posi-
tion at the UNC Department of Environmental
Science and Engineering. Carol will continue
to correspond with her replacement and the
dean from afar, so her email address will
remain active. She will return to her UF posi-
tion on June 11, 2001.

John Elderkin, who has
been writing for CLAS pub-
lications and the University
Scholars Program since last
summer, will be leaving his
post this month. Fortunately
for CLAS, he won't be going
far. John has been accepted into UF's MFA-
Creative Writing program, so he'll still walk
Turlington's halls every day.

New CLAS Chairs

Mary Ann Eaverly
Classics (the study of the
language and culture
of the Ancient Greeks and
Romans) is sometimes regarded
as the study of "dead white
European males," by barely
breathing scholars of the same
ilk, but as an African-American
woman (following in the foot-
steps of great-grandfather who
was also a classics professor),
I can attest to the fact that clas-
sics is a vital and inclusive dis-
cipline. Who can challenge the
relevance of classics in a year
in which the US is conducting a
census (a procedure established
by the Romans), Gladiator is
one of the top summer movies,
Hercules and Xena rule on the
tube, and political commenta-
tors debate the gravitas (Latin

for seriousness and moral
weight) of our presidential can-
Classics has in fact always
been on the cutting edge.
During World War II classicists
served as code-breakers. Today
scholars of Greek and Latin
have developed innovative soft-
ware that facilitates both lan-
guage instruction and transla-
tion. It is now possible to take
any Latin word and get a list of
its uses in the corpus of Latin
literature by simply pushing a
button, or to call up images of
Greek and Roman art and archi-
tecture from a database called
Our 12 full-time faculty,
lecturers, and adjuncts are
committed to enriching stu-

dents through engendering
an appreciation of Greek and
Latin literature and civilization.
We cover areas as diverse as
ancient athletics and Homeric
dialects. The Center for Greek
Studies offers instruction
in Modem Greek language
and culture, emphasizing the
important role that Greeks have
played in the development of
The Department's strong
commitment to teaching is evi-
denced by our numerous teach-
ing awards. Students also take
advantage of many opportuni-
ties to study abroad-several
have even taken part in the new
excavations at Pompeii. On
the graduate level we play a
major role in promoting Latin

New Classics chair
Mary Ann Eaverly
pedagogy in the State. Our
MA students continue to meet
the growing demand for high
school Latin teachers in Florida
and also go on to prestigious
PhD programs. We are now
implementing a PhD program
which will aid the instruction
of the humanities on the junior-
college and university level.

Seventy Years of Florida Psychology

Martin Heesacker
Traditionally defined as the
scientific study of human
behavior and mental processes,
psychology is the study of
behavior at multiple levels,
from its biological bases to
social structures. Since its 1930
beginning in Peabody Hall, the
UF Psychology Department has
advanced the study of behavior
in the best of scientific tradi-
tions by expanding the concep-
tual basis of psychology and
by demonstrating a continued
commitment to excellence in
research, teaching, and service.
For example, scholarly
publications by faculty exceed-
ed 100 last year, extramural
grant support exceeded $1 mil-
lion for the sixth consecutive
year, and annual student credit
hours reached nearly 6,000.
Two of Psychology's graduate
training programs are among
the top rated nationally. In the
last five years, the Department

has grown from 656 to 943
undergraduate majors and has
graduated 70 PhDs, with 113
students currently enrolled in
our six doctoral training pro-
grams. Department faculty
have garnered 21 TIP and 6
PEP Awards, 2 UF Research
Foundation Professorships, and
numerous national and interna-
tional awards and honors.
The Department faces
two significant challenges, the
first of which is faculty. As
the number of undergraduate
majors has doubled, the number
of faculty remains unchanged,
and may decline with upcoming
retirements. This discrepancy
has created bottlenecks in our
undergraduate curriculum at a
time when there is increased
demand for faculty research.
Despite this dramatic increase
in workloads, scholarly produc-
tivity remains high, but signs of
increased pressure are evident.

The second challenge is
space. Originally housing
28 faculty, rather than the 41
faculty and 15 staff members
we now have, the Psychology
building is inadequate to
maintain our current level of
teaching and research, let alone
expand it. This lack of space
limits the amount and quality of
our research, and our ability to
attract top-notch scientists and
students. For us, space truly is
the final frontier.
As the 7th chairperson of
the Department, I will join with
my colleagues to: (a) first and
foremost recruit and retain top
quality faculty; (b) enhance
individual faculty development
and performance; (c) increase
responsiveness to students and
other important constituent
groups; (d) enhance faculty
involvement in Departmental
governance and planning;
(e) enhance interdisciplinary

New Psychology chair
Martin Heesacker
research collaborations; and
(f) relieve the critical space
shortage by optimizing our use
of current space, reallocating
available campus space, and
building new space.
The Psychology
Department faces a future with
significant challenges, but chal-
lenges borne mostly of success.
These challenges will inevitably
create opportunities to extend
and enhance our 70-year tradi-
tion of excellence.

Harrison, continued from page 1

Will Harrison is a truly remarkable individual who has quietly champi-
oned the most important issues of scholarship at UF on a daily basis.
The impact has been significant for students and faculty alike, result-
ing from his high academic standards, ambitious goals, and unfailing
optimism. Leadership such as his is rare at any institution, and UF has
been exceptionally fortunate to have had it at a critical juncture in its
evolution to a leading University
Jim Dufty, Physics, Former CLAS Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Will Harrison had no choice but to sit back and
take the good-natured ribbing at his own roast
held by Dean's office staff in the Keene Faculty
Center on July 25, 2000.
with the best possible people, then delegate
heavily in responsibility and the attendant
authority. I have been very fortunate that
outstanding faculty have been willing to
join the CLAS team, and they have made
enormous contributions to the success of
this college. And we have all tried to be
as user-friendly as possible. Faculty and
students deserve no less.

Cn: Did you try to follow some standard
management theory ?
WWH: I'm afraid I'm not a big fan of
textbook management, at least not for aca-
demic leadership. My experience is that
faculty respond better to low-key informal-
ity. I have my own management "text"- a
very short one-that I call "Harrison's
Rules of Commonsense Administration."

This is still a work in progress, but it cur-
rently contains about 40 rules that I try to
follow, not always successfully.

Cn: What happens next in your life?
WWH: Back to become an honest faculty
member once more, which is truly a good
life. Things are going very well in my
research laboratory, and as part of UF's
Analytical Chemistry program, ranked No.
6 in the country, I am fortunate to work
with outstanding faculty, students, and

Cn: Will you be on leave this year?
WWH: Yes, I will try to get caught up a
bit and maybe reduce the entropy level of
my life a notch or two. However, my pro-
jected "to do" list suggests this will never

Cn: What will you CLAS has b
miss most about the the benefit
the benefit o
dean's job?
WWH: Well, the past twelve
deanship of CLAS the centrality
is a terrific job, so I sive universe
will miss many, many UF' increase
things. Too many to
start listing them all,
but things like recruit-
ing faculty, building
new programs, fund raising, etc. A lot

It's been a privilege to work for somebody who's a top notch rE
scholar, a committed teacher, a serious intellectual, a gifted aa
trator, and a gentleman in the best sense of that term. Given a
marvelous qualities, I forgive him for being tall.
Ken Wald, Director, Jewisl

II those

h Studies

At Harrison's farewell luncheon/roast, Dean's
office staffers Kim Pace and Carol Binello
submit "authentic" photos as evidence of the
Dean's illustrious past.

can be summed up by saying, I will miss
the ability to "make things happen." And
overriding all this, it is the people I will
remember. So many good memories in
this job. No question, it's the people I will
miss the most.%

een fortunate indeed to have enjoyed
f Dean Harrison's leadership for the
years. His emphasis on quality and
y of the liberal arts to a comprehen-
ity have been important factors in
;ed stature as a major university.
Sheila Dickison, Associate Provost

Joe Glover,
CLAS Associate
Dean, unveils
some unusual
going away
presents. Glover
acted as MC
for the farewell
event. AAC
Director Albert
Matheny also
gave a presenta-
tion at the event.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Psychology professor Franz Epting is recognized for
contributions to theory and counseling

n recognition of his
lasting achievements
in the field of psychol-
ogy, professor Franz Epting
will receive a Lifetime
Achievement award from the
North American Conference on
Personal Construct Psychology
(NACPCP) in August. He will
be recognized for his work in
Personal Construct Theory,
in developing counseling and
training, and for his devotion
to his students throughout his
distinguished three-decade
career at UF. "Dr. Epting's
contributions to the field are
well-known," says Epting's
former student, psychology

"So many of Dr.

Epting's students, like

myself, came across

him as fledgling under-

graduates and recog-

nized in him an uncom-

mon blend of human

compassion and scien-

tific dedication."

-Psychology professor
and Director of Training
for UF's Counseling
Psychology Program,
Gregory Neimeyer

professor Gregory Neimeyer,
who is Director of Training for
UF's Counseling Psychology
Program. "And over the
years he has also attracted and
trained scores of psychologists
who continue to build on his
work and inspiration."
Epting joined the UF faculty in
1967 after receiving his doctor-
ate from Ohio State University,
where he worked with Dr.
George Kelly, the originator of
Personality Construct Theory.
"I found Dr. Kelly's work
exciting because it offered
people so many alternatives
for their lives," Epting says.
"Personal Construct Theory
is basically a
psychology of
a person's point
of view and then
helping people
decide what
choices to make in
light of their pres-
ent position. As
people construct
the meaning of
their lives, they
often aren't aware
that there are any
number of ways
they can orient
themselves to the
world. Reality is
not so hard as we
think; it's quite
soft once we find
ways of freeing it
up a little bit. So
people can re-con-

strue reality. They
don't have to paint '-f
themselves into a
corner, and that dis-
covery is often very
Using Kelly's
ideas as a starting
point, Epting has
been instrumental
in developing and
elaborating the
original theory, and
he has published
widely on issues
of personal identity, sexual
orientation, and death and loss.
"I've gone in many different
directions, but I always ground
my content and counseling
theory in Personal Construct
Theory," he says.
Epting, who was Director of
Training for UF's Counseling
Psychology Program in
the 1980s and chair of the
National Board of Directors of
Counseling Psychologists in
1986, has long been dedicated
to the development of counsel-
ing psychology. "I'm inter-
ested that the theory get carried
over into practice into train-
ing and research in counseling
psychology," says Epting.
Neimeyer, who will present the
NACPCP award in New York,
believes Epting's commitment
to the welfare of others will be
another of his teacher's last-
ing achievements. "So many
of Dr. Epting's students, like
myself, came across him as
fledgling undergraduates and

Franz Epting (Psychology)

recognized in him an uncom-
mon blend of human compas-
sion and scientific dedication,"
he says. "He encourages stu-
dents to ask the big questions,
to delve into the deep recesses
of human experience. And as
they do this in their own ways,
they carry on Dr. Epting's
Epting believes his success as
a teacher hinges on respecting
student ideas. "I try to make
this personal. I prefer to look
at the wisdom students bring
rather than concentrate on their
deficiencies," he says. "It's
important to encourage them so
that they go with their creative
"When Dr. Epting receives his
award, the room will be full
of people reveling in the rec-
ognition he will receive," says
Neimeyer, "and proud to have
been a part of his continuing
contribution to the field of psy-
-John Elderkin

Construction on Campus

Keene-Flint Hall
The renovations and addition to Keene-Flint Hall are well underway.
After gutting the inside last winter, much of the current work on the
site is exterior. The front entrance, bricked over several decades ago,
is being restored, and the large addition, which includes lab space
and an auditorium,
is quickly taking
Sashape off the south-
west corner of the
original structure
(left May 2000 and
right July 2000). If
all goes according
to schedule, History
and Chemistry will
occupy Keene-Flint
in March of 2001.

Anderson Hall
Just a few months ago, Anderson stood stripped, barely more than a brick
shell (far right). With new windows installed (see below) it's now getting easier
to envision the historic building's potential beauty. Anderson is scheduled to
be completed by
December 2000.
The Departments of
Religion and Political
Science will occupy
the newly revamped
a space.


Other projects in the CLAS neighborhood:
The upstairs foyer of the Keene Faculty Center is nearing completion and
will connect the Keene Center to the McQuown room and other 2nd floor
Dauer Hall facilities (below center).

Griffin-Floyd got a mild face lift recently.
Pictured below left, Mike Joirdano-with
the help of a cherry picker-cleans and
repaints Griffin-Floyd woodwork.

The Leigh Hall lawn is also undergoing
improvements. The once bare walkways
have been lined with brick benches and
picnic tables (right and below right).



Poetry: William Logan

English professor's literary criticism nominated

for national writing award

E english Professor William Logan's most recent book of literary criticism,
Reputations of the Tongue: On Poems and Poetry, was one of five nominees
for the highly regarded National Book Critics Circle award in the category of
criticism. Logan, a regular critic of poetry for the New York Times Book Review, is the
author of five volumes of poems: Sad-faced Men (1982), Dii. ii 1' (1985), Sullen Weedy
Lakes (1988), Vain Empires (1998), and Night Battle (1999). He has received the Peter
I. B. Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets and the Citation
for Excellence in Reviewing from the National Book Critics Circle.

(excerpted from preface to Reputations of the Tongue)

"Mother on the St. Johns"
from Logan's 1999 poetry collection Night Battle

The palms looked wary in broad afternoon,
thin women in fancy ribbed hats.
Beyond them the hooded sweep of the St. Johns

gathered home the overweight mariners,
yachting caps askew as the afternoon broke up
and boats shuddered to the bank.

Indoors, beside your chaise longue, the cigarettes
were burning mad, their heads alight.
You lit them one after another,

as if you could torture them all.
The condo's wide-screen TV blocked your view.
All life was now a miniseries,

and the Florida sky, that great brocaded curtain,
was about to be drawn over the closing night,
where a thorny, ungrateful gator

wallowed on the shared ledge of bank,
home, or willing to call it home,
the incoherent kingdom. And then a heron took off,

beating its wings like a broken angel,
its neck crooked backward in a childlike Z.
Its arc hesitated above the palms.

Darker, but not so injured now.

I began to write criticism because
I needed the money, but I kept writing
because I needed the discipline. Many
editors gave me a free choice of current
books and-except when I was writing
for newspapers-enough space in which
to compose "Lalla Rookh." Still, there
are poets I admire whom I've never writ-
ten about and poets I should have written
much more about. I have written criti-
cism only by flashes of lightning, and
later I hope to remedy a few of my omis-
Poets die by their hands but live by
their words. What was an oral art is now
almost always an artifact for the eye.
People talk about poetry more than they
talk poetry, and to a large extent reputa-
tions are still made and lost in table talk.
If criticism is just a higher form of gos-
sip, a critic must remember that only the
conversation of decades and centuries,
and not these will-o'-the-wisp sentences,
will secure such reputations of the
When I think poetry, or the review-

ing of poetry, might no longer be a high
calling, I try to remember A. N. Wilson's
report of his dinner conversation with
the Queen Mother, the widowed consort
of George VI. Speaking of a stranger's
visit to the Royal Family, she said,
'Then we had this rather lugubrious man
in a suit, and he ead a
poem... I think it
was called 'The
Desert.' And first
the girls got the
giggles, and
then I did and
then even the
King." The
poem was
The Waste
Land. "Such,
a gloomy
man, looked
as though
he worked in a
bank, and we didn't understand a
word." These reviews are for those gig-
gling young princesses.

(excerpted from Reputations of the Tongue on on Seamus Heaney's "Seeing Things")
Each recent book by Heaney has made the previous book seem better: this means it
is hard to take proper measure of the new work until it is the work of the past, not that
Heaney has gradually been getting worse. Most of Heaney's books have been books of
transition, if not transformation: by the time the reader adapts to the angle of vision, the
chameleon has moved on
...I'm not sure anyone has been moved by a late Heaney poem-he seems incapable
now of writing anything instinctive or marked or passionate. There comes a moment
when a man doesn't want to write poetry as much as he wants to write poems (perhaps
he can do nothing else but write them), and it isn't necessarily a change to be discour-
aged. Poets this good are natural forces, like avalanches. They cannot be argued with-
one can only get out of their way.

Book Beat

Recent publications from CLAS faculty

On the Move: How and Why Animals Travel in
Sue Boinski (Anthropology) and Paul A. Garber
University of Chicago

(from cover)
-- Getting from here to there may be simple for
one individual. But as any parent, scout leader,
or CEO knows, herding a whole troop in one
direction is a lot more complicated. Who leads
the group? Who decides where the group will
travel, and using what information? How do they
accomplish these tasks?
On the Move addresses these questions,
examining the social, cognitive, and ecological
processes that underlie patterns and strategies
of group travel. Chapters discuss how factors
such as group size, resource distribution and availability, the costs of travel,
predation, social cohesion, and cognitive skills affect how individuals as well as
social groups exploit their environment. Most chapters focus on field studies of
a wide range of human and nonhuman primate groups, from squirrel monkeys
to Turkana pastoralists, but chapters covering group travel in hyenas, birds, dol-
phins, and bees provide a broad taxonomic perspective and offer new insights
into comparative questions, such as whether primates are unique in their ability to
coordinate group-level activities.

Passport Photos
Amitava Kumar (English)
University of California Press

(from cover)
Passport Photos, a self-conscious act of artistic
and intellectual forgery, is a report on the immi-
grant condition. Organized as a passport, this
multi-genre book combines theory, poetry, cultural
criticism, and photography, as it explores the com-
plexities of the immigration experience, intervening
in the impersonal language of the state. Passport
Photos joins books by writers such as Edward
Said and Trinh T Minh-ha in the search for a new
poetics and politics of diaspora. Seeking to link
cultural, political, and aesthetic critiques, it weaves
together issues as diverse as Indian fiction written

in English, signs put up by the Border Patrol at the Tijuana border, ethnic restau-
rants in New York City, and the history of Indian indentureship in Trinidad.

If the immigration officer asks me a question-his voice, if he's speaking English,
deliberately slow, and louder than usual-I do not, of course, expect him to be
terribly concerned about the nature of language and its entanglement with the
very roots of my being. And yet it is in language that all immigrants are defined
and in which we all struggle for an identity. That is how I understand the postcolo-
nial writer's declaration about the use of a language like English that came to us
from the colonizer.
Those of us who do use English do so in spite of our ambiguity towards it, or
perhaps because of that, perhaps because we can find in that linguistic struggle a
reflection of other struggles taking place in the real world, struggles between the
cultures within ourselves and the influences at work upon our societies. To con-
quer English may be to complete the process of making ourselves free.

aj=_ a-

Passport Pho(t s

Speaking With Vampires: Rumor and
History in East and Central Africa
Luise White (History)
University of California Press

(Amazon review)
During the colonial period, Africans told
each other terrifying rumors that Africans
who worked for white colonists captured
unwary residents and took their blood. In
colonial Tanganyika, for example, Africans
were said to be captured by these agents
of colonialism and hung upside down, their
throats cut so their blood drained into huge
buckets. In
the police
were said
to abduct
Africans and
keep them in
pits, where
their blood
was sucked.
Luise White
and inter-
prets vam-
pire stories
from East
and Central
Africa as
a way of understanding the world as the
storytellers did. Using gossip and rumor
as historical sources in their own right, she
assesses the place of such evidence, oral
and written, in historical reconstruction.
White conducted more than 130 inter-
views for this book and did research in
Kenya, Uganda, and Zambia. In addition
to presenting powerful, vivid stories that
Africans told to describe colonial power, the
book presents an original epistemological
inquiry into the nature of historical truth and
memory, and into their relationship to the
writing of history.

(from cover)
"It took courage, determination, and a clear
mind to make us see unexpected aspects
of colonial history, not beneath, but through,
stories of bloodsuckers and cannibals.
Luise White's book convincingly demon-
strates that these tales of the fantastic can
be sources of history-writing, giving us
access to realities that are ignored by those
who uncritically accept the injunctions of sci-
entific realism." (Johannes Fabian, author
of Remembering the Present)


Investigator Dept Agency

(through the Division of Sponsored Research)

Award Title

May 2000 Total: $2,408,027

FL Clinical Practice Assn
Multiple Companies
Upjohn Company
Hewlett-Packard Company
Pharmacia Inc
Alcoa Technical Center


Center for Research on Women's Health.
Miles compound contract.
Upjohn service contract.
Ultrathin film composite membranes for HP inkjet pens.
Production of (r)-6-allyl-epsilon-caprolactone.
Laser induced plasma spectroscopy for process monitoring in the aluminum industry.

CSD Santillana USA Publishing 10,000 Creating science simulations.


Spring, A.
Hamann, E
Bartlett, R.
Bartlett, R.
Cheng, H.
Harrison, W
Martin, C.
Martin, C.
Reynolds, J.
Tanner, D.
Talham, D.
Wagener, K.
Winefordner, J.
Mingo, G.
Mingo, G.
Perfit, M.
Screaton, E.
Smith, D.
Tiep, P
Buchler, J.
Cheng, H.
Dufty, J.
Harris, F
Ihas, G.
Ingersent, J.
Dorsey, A.
Ingersent, J.
Dorsey, A.
Maslov, D.
Tanner, D.
Trickey, S.
Yelton, J.
Mitselmakher, C
Shuster, J.
Kepner, J.
Bjorndal, K.
Bolten, A.
Bolten, A.
Bjorndal, K.
Bolten, A.
Bjorndal, K.
Guillette, L.
Osenberg, C.
St. Mary, C.

UN Food & Agr Org
US Air Force


US Army






Proposal for a three-month participatory rural appraisal in St. Lucia.
Probing the high-redshift universe with quasar elemental abundance.
Identification and synthesis of high nitrogen propellants.
Multi-scale simulation of materials behavior through integrated computational hierarchies.

The glow discharge as an atomization and ionization source.
Ultratrace chemical analysis with nanotubule membranes fundamental studies.
Smart membranes for detection and separations.
Electrochromic adaptive infrared camouflage.

The features of self assembling organic bilayers important to the formation of inorganic materials.
Solvent resistant elastomers & higher TG materials from the same carbosilane backbone.
Atomic emission absorption and fluorescence in the laser induced plasma.
Upward Bound-University of Florida.
Upward Bound-University of Florida.
Temporal and spatial variations in mid-ocean ridge magnetism & crussal accretions.
Participation on scientific cruise of the Joides resolution.
Amplitude-frequency relationships among seismic signals recorded at UF seismograph network.
Representations of finite groups and integral lattices.
Nonlinear stellar pulsations.
Multi-scale simulation of materials behavior through integrated computational hierarchies.
Multi-scale simulation of materials behavior through integrated computational hierarchies.
Multi-scale simulation of materials behavior through integrated computational hierarchies.
Aeolian tones in superfluid helium.
An REU site in physics at UF

22,000 An REU site in physics at UE



CAREER: mesoscopic interacting systems.
Electrochromic adaptive infrared camouflage.
Multi-scale simulation of materials behavior through integrated computational hierarchies-subaccount.
CMS MUON detector testing.

38,162 Pediatric Oncology Group statistical office.




700 US DOC

24,500 Estimates of sea turtle carrying capacity in seagrass ecosystems.

17,621 Telemetry of pelagic loggerhead sea turtles in the eastern North Atlantic.

24,610 Predicting pelagic loggerhead distribution patterns to develop fishing regulations.

89,852 Reproductive and developmental effects of mercury and AROCLOR 1268 in a freshwater turtle.

6000 Pilot studies to assess the use of artificial reefs in marine ornamental fisheries

Spillane, J. CRI
Clark, I. ENG
Mcclellan, G. GEO
Holling, C. ZOO

. 61,232
Spencer Foundation
UF Foundation
UF Foundation
Macarthur Foundation

Telesco, C. AST Grantecan Canary Isl Tel
Baum, R. PHIL Multiple Sources
Mueller, P GEO Miscellaneous Donors
Pleasants, J. HIS Multiple Sponsors
Pharies, D. RLL Univ of Chicago Press
Emmel, T. ZOO Assn for Trop Lepidoptera



Historical perspectives on the education of adult prisoners.
Dissertation fellowships.
Establish account to pay personnel.
UF foundation account for C. Holling.

Contract for the preliminary design of CANARI-CAM.
Business & professional ethics journal.
Unrestricted donation.
Oral History program.
Preparation of the fifth edition of the University of Chicago Spanish Dictionary.
Unrestricted donation.

Lieberman, L.
Katritzky, A.
Katritzky, A.
Martin, C.
Stewart, J.
Winefordner, J.
Smith, B.
Fradd, S.
Brown, W.


Investigator Dept Agency

(through the Division of Sponsored Research)

Award Title

June 2000 Total: $1,268,223

Corporate ..........127,926
Lieberman, L. ANT FL Clinical Practice Assn
Boncella, J. CHE BPAmerica Inc
Harrison, W CHE Leco Corporation
Katritzky, A. CHE Dow Chemical Company
Katritzky, A. CHE Multiple Companies
McElwee-White, L. CHE Am Chemical Society
Schanze, K. CHE Am Chemical Society
Schanze, K. CHE Am Chemical Society
Yost, R. CHE Finnigan Corp
Jaeger, J. GEO Jupiter Inlet District
Acosta, D. PHY Fermilab
Mitselmakher, G.

Federal................ 1,030,476
Bernard, H. ANT NSF
Gravlee, C.
Stansbury, J. ANT NSF
Oliver Smith, A.
Williams, P ANT NSF
Moseley, M.
Elston, R. AST NSF
Gustafson, B. AST NASA
Lada, E. AST NSF
Telesco, C. AST NASA
Benner, S. CHE NIH
Duran, R. CHE US DOE
Richards, N. CHE NIH
Richards, N. CHE NIH
Schanze, K. CHE NSF
Leavey J. ENG US DOE
Davis, A.
Alladi, K. MAT NSF
Adams, E. PHY NSF
Branch, M. PSY NIH
Tucker, C. PSY DOH
Vanhaaren, E PSY NIH
Hobert, J. STA NSF
Booth, J.
Bjorndal, K. ZOO US DOC
Bolten, A.
Evans, D. ZOO NSF
Levey D. ZOO NSF
Osenberg, C. ZOO NSF
Vonesh, J.

Foundation ..........111,131
Burns, A. ANT UF Foundation
Falsetti, A. ANT Miscellaneous Donors
Mukherjee, J. AST LDR Fund
Dermott, S.
Benner, S. CHE Scripps Research Institute
Wagener, K. CHE Miscellaneous Donors
Button, J. POL Sage Foundation, Russell
Rienzo, B.

Miscellaneous..... 75,604
Stratford, B. ANT Emory University
Burns, A.


Center for Research on Women's Health.
Catalysts for the cross-metathesis of functionalized terminal olefins.
Micro second pulsed glow discharge study phase IV.
Dowelanco compounds agreement.
Miles compound contract.
American Chemical Society division of organic chemistry fund.
ACS editorialship.
ACS editorialship.
Fundamental and instrumental studies of GC/MS/MS on the GCQ.
Sedimentation study of the Loxahatchee River Estuary, Florida.
US CMS trigger subsystem.

12,000 Skin color, culture, and blood pressure in southeast Puerto Rico.

57,563 The anthropology of health during reconstruction in post-hurricane Honduras.

80,630 Imperial interaction in the Andes: wars at Tiwanaku and Cerro Baul.

70,221 Flamingos: a near-IR multi-object spectrometer.
29,336 Optical properties of irregular dust particles: experiment and theory.
22,000 Looking for variations in the initial mass function: comprehensive near-infrared spectroscopic survey.
82,784 Investigation of the formation and evolution of stars in young embedded clusters.
22,000 The origin of the infrared excess in pre-main sequence stars.
165,000 Non-standard base pairs as biomedical research tools.
62,183 Instrumentation for MRCAT undulator beamline at the advanced photon source.
4,138 Arparagine biosynthesis in normal and tumor cells.
1,862 Arparagine biosynthesis in normal and tumor cells.
66,579 Photophysics of mono-disperse metal-organic oligomers.
25,500 Jacob Javits fellowship award.

19,239 Some problems in the theory of partitions and q-series.
9,350 Neutron study of solid 3He: dissertation enhancement.
96,778 Behavioral determinants of cocaine tolerance.
17,250 North Florida area health education center program (AHEC).
5,700 Impulsivity: precursor to and sequel of toxicant exposure.
99,284 Combining EM and Monte Carlo to maximize intractable likelihood functions.

30,750 Distribution of sea turtle tags and cooperative marine turtle tagging
program data management.
11,400 Prostalandin nitric oxide as the endothelium-derived relaxing factor in fishes.
33,929 International workshop on frugivory and seed dispersal.
5,000 Assessing stage-specific predation in a complex life history.

8,000 Zora Neale Hurston fellowship.
4,000 Miscellaneous donors.
5,000 Astronaut Michael Collins space exploration leadership scholarship.


Darwin chemistry.
Miscellaneous donors.
Blacks and employment: the impact of affirmative action.

75,604 Patient adherence support systems.

Musings, continued from page 1

Overall, no significant fiscal problems
threaten the upcoming year. Things can
happen, of course, sometimes unexpect-
edly, but the outlook right now is quite
While I will miss many things about
the dean's office, I am looking forward
to a less fractured life upon returning
full time to the faculty. Maintaining an
active research laboratory during my
tenure as dean has been very satisfy-
ing, but it has also inevitably created a
high energy demand in meshing the two
jobs. I have not had a sabbatical since
1987-88, so the opportunity to do some
catch up this year is most welcome. A
guilt-inducing stack of manuscripts sits
on the corner of my desk, evidence of
things undone. Large blocks of time
are required-segments unbroken by
telephone calls, appointments, and need-
ful interruptions. Of course, I may find
terrifying the extended quietude. We'll
I have missed the classroom. In the
past 12 years, I have talked before many
groups of faculty, chairs, staff, and
alumni, but seldom before students, and
none in undergraduate classrooms. At
one time, I used to fancy myself a pretty
fair teacher. Whether that is still so is
not a sure thing, but the prospect is one
that I find exciting. Like most faculty,
I love the stage and the opportunity to
influence students.
Finally, I will miss this monthly
opportunity to write out loud about
whatever topic interests me, within
reason. Assembling words into semi-
coherent sentences, telling a story,
trying to persuade-seeing nearly 150
Musings gradually take shape on my
friendly Mac. Clearly, one doesn't have
to be a good writer to enjoy writing.
My years as dean of CLAS have been
the most interesting of my life (and
the years before hadn't been too bad).
Thanks to all of you for the privilege of
serving in this capacity. So many peo-
ple, far too many to start naming at this
point, provided strong support and assis-
tance, and many became good friends in
the process. I have more than enjoyed
the job-I wouldn't have missed this for
anything. See you around campus.

Will Harrison,

Historian Wins Big

Jason Parker dominates on "Jeopardy"

Sfter a week of appearances on the nationally televised quiz show "Jeopardy" in
June, history PhD student Jason Parker has become a celebrity. Parker, whose five
A pounds on the show included four victories and $60,600 in cash and prizes, says
that wherever he goes, people recognize and congratulate him. "I've been recognized at
Publix and Eckerd's. I've even had
strangers come speak to me at airports
in Atlanta and Canada," he says. "I
had no idea so many people watched
the show."
Parker, whose concentration is in
US diplomatic history, applied to be on
the show when he heard that auditions
were being held in Miami in May of
last year. "I've always been good at
trivia, and I thought it might be worth
driving down and giving it a shot," he
says. "Jeopardy" is a general knowl-
edge quiz show in which contestants
edge quz sw in which contest s Jason Parker (right) with "Jeopardy" host Alex Trebek.
compete to ring in first with correct
questions to match the "answers" given
in six random categories.
Parker was one of a group of applicants asked to play a mock round in Miami, but he did
not hear from "Jeopardy" again until February of this year, when
he was invited to go to Los Angeles and join the contestant pool.
Bmanage to et because "Jeopardy" cannot predict the number of winners and
losers each week, there were no guarantees that he would make
in a zone. And it it onto the show. \ ly wife Pascale and I decided we'd take our
daughter Oc6ane to Los Angeles and make it a vacation. If I did
was easy to relax get on the air, we'd consider that a bonus."
around the other It turned out to be quite a profitable bonus. He dominated
the competition for four rounds and nearly won his fifth game.
contestants; the His run included a one-round total of $28,000, the fourth highest
single-day total in "Jeopardy" history.
atmosphere in the Parker's wide range of knowledge was a key element of his
studio was like a success. During his record round, he was able to put away the
competition by betting $5000 on a "Daily Double" in the catego-
big party." ry "American Film Institute." When the answer was revealed-
"Alphabetically, this Woody Allen film comes last"--Parker cor-
-Jason Parker rectly responded in question form, "What is Zelig?"
"I was able to stay focused and think about the cameras,"
Parker says. "I managed to get in a zone. And it was easy to
relax around the other contestants; the atmosphere in the studio

was like a big party."
Parker's success on "Jeopardy" may be
enough to qualify him for a return appear-
ance on the season-ending "Tournament of
Champions." All five-round winners auto-
matically qualify, and depending upon space
available, four-time winners are invited in
order of their earnings. Because his prize
money exceeds that of most five-round win-
ners, Parker hopes he'll get another shot. "I'm
watching the show more than ever. I would
love to make the Tournament of Champions
and compete against the very best. That
would be so much fun."a


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