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Around the College.................. .2
CLAS news and events

The Dean's Musings ................. .3
Challenges for higher education

New English Department Film Labs ... .4
Film studies program expands
Collaborating Across Disciplines .......6
A conversation with Emch and Liu

Distinguished Faculty Award ..........9
UCET Director Connie Shehan

New Chemistry Chair ............... 10
David Richardson

New Program in Linguistics Director. 11
Diana Boxer

New Faculty ......................... 12
In Memoriam............... ..... 13
Per-Olov Lowdin 1916-2000

Grants............................... 14
Awards for October 2000

Bookbeat ................ ... ....... 15
Publications from CLAS faculty

Signing On .......................... 16
Tuccelli receives humanitarian award

December 2000 / January 2001

Vol. 14/15 The University of Florida College of Liberal Arts and Sciences No. 12/1

Mathematics Professor Receives

National Medal of Science

ohn Thompson, CLAS mathematics
professor, has received one of the
country's top scientific awards, the
National Medal of Science. "It's wonder-
ful to receive this recognition. I am truly
honored," says Thompson.
According to the National Science
Foundation, which administers the
awards, Thompson is
"considered a world
leader in algebra and
a foremost group the-, '
orist." The National
Medal of Science is
given each year by
the White House and
is the highest honor
bestowed upon a
scientist by the US
government. This
year twelve medals

were awarded by
President Clinton,
and Thompson was
honored during a din-
ner on December 1
in Washington, DC.
"These exceptional

solve one of its most difficult problems.
The two worked on the so-called "odd
order" problem and wrote a 253-page
proof that comprised an entire issue of
the Pacific Journal of Mathematics. This
achievement won Thompson the Fields
Medal in 1970, the highest prize in math-

Graduate Research Professor John Thompson receiving the National Medal
of Science from Dr. Neil Lane, scientific advisor to President Clinton, on
December 1 in Washington, D.C.

scientists and engi-
neers have transformed our world and
enhanced our daily lives," said Clinton
in a White House news release. 'Their
imagination and ingenuity will continue
to inspire future generations of American
scientists to remain at the cutting edge
of scientific discovery and technological
Thompson's research focuses on
group theory, a branch of mathematics
that studies symmetries, such as those
that arise in geometry and in the solu-
tions to algebraic equations. Thompson
is noted in the field for collaborating
with fellow mathematician Walter Feit to

Nobel Prize.
In addition to the Fields Medal,
Thompson was awarded the Cole Prize
of the American Mathematical Society in
1966, elected to the National Academy
of Sciences in 1971, and elected Fellow
of The Royal Society in 1979. He was
awarded The Royal Society's Sylvester
Medal in 1987, and, in 1992, the Israeli
government awarded Thompson the Wolf
Prize for his lifelong contributions to
mathematics. In 1992 he was also award-
ed the Henri Poincare Golden Medal by
the Acad6mie des Sciences in Paris. This

-See Thompson, page 8

Around the College


African Studies
Michael Chege is featured in the Winter
2000 issue of The Washington Quarterly, a
leading foreign affairs journal. His article
"Clinton's Legacy to the World's Poorest
Nations" gives credit to the outgoing admin-
istration for identifying the emerging threats
to international security from the developing
world, but finds the Clinton administration
deficient in implementing effective reforms,
especially in counter-terrorism and multi-
lateral development programs headed by
the World Bank and the IME This special
issue of the journal carries a series of articles
assessing the Clinton legacy in international
affairs as Clinton's tenure in office comes to
a close.

Maxine L. Margolis was one of four North
American scholars invited to participate
in Brown University's conference, The
Discovery and Rediscovery of Brazil in
Celebration of Brazil's 500th Anniversary.
They were joined by scholars from Portugal
and Brazil. Margolis presented a paper titled
"Brazilians on the Transnational Stage,"
which dealt with her research on Brazilian

Communication Sciences and
Yaser Al Natour won the Miami Association
of Communication Specialists Scholarship,
which is awarded annually to an outstanding
graduate student in speech-language pathol-

ogy in the state of Florida. Al Natour is a
Jordanian Fulbright doctoral candidate whose
area of specialty is assessment, treatment, and
quantification of voice disorders in adults and
children. He is currently conducting research
on clinical instrumentation used in quantifica-
tion of voice disorders.

Romance Languages and Literatures
AndrAs Avellaneda gave an invited presenta-
tion at the Internationalles Kolloquium zu
Ehren von Adolfo Bioy Casares (International
Colloquium on the Work of Adolfo Bioy
Casares). The colloquium was held in
Germany on October 5 and was sponsored by
the Ibero-Amerikanisches Forschungsseminar
der Universittit Leipzig. His paper, "Bioy
mirando al sudeste" (Bioy Facing the
Southeast), was part of his recent research
on the contemporary Latin American literary
canon. The Leipzig colloquium was the first
international meeting devoted to the work of
the famous Argentine novelist Adolfo Bioy
Casares (1914-1999).

William Calin, after spending five months as
Visiting Fellow at the Northrop Frye Centre
of the University of Toronto, recently gave
three featured keynote addresses at confer-
ences: "Obscene Anglo-Norman in a Central
French Mouth" at the University of Western
Ontario conference on Writing the Woman in
Medieval Literature; "C.S. Lewis, Literary
Critic: A Reassessment," at the Studies in
Medievalism conference in Michigan; and
"The Great Books: A Canon for the Twenty-

first Century?" which was the Critical Forum
presentation at the South Atlantic Modern
Language Association in Birmingham,

The second edition of White Racism: The
Basics by Joe Feagin, HernAn Vera and
Pinar Batur (Vassar College) has been pub-
lished by Routledge (2001). On the cover,
Howard Winant writes, "Since its appear-
ance, White Racism has been an indispens-
able text for classroom use, and an essential
guidebook both for scholars and the general
reader... Feagin, Vera and Batur are among
the most important and insightful critics that
we have on issues of racism in the U.S." The
first edition of White Racism won the Oliver
Cromwell Cox Award from the Section on
Racial and Ethnic Minorities of the American
Sociological Association, and the Gustavus
Myers Award for the outstanding book on the
subject of human rights in North America.

Written and Oral Communication
Ed Kellerman has published a chapter
titled "How Cultural Factors Led to Risky
Antecedent Market Conditions in the 1997
Asian Economic Crisis" in the International
Finance Review, volume 1 (JAI, Elsevier
Press). The chapter analyzes the effects of
authoritarianism, collectivism, and power-dis-
tance on the business community's penchant
for risky business practices. It is included in
the section on cultural factors and post-crisis

Psychology Professor Develops Long-Term
Social Science Research Project
Dolores Albarracin recently started the second year of her work as
part of a Scientist Development Award from the National Institutes of
Mental Health. The award consists of approximately $600,000 over
five years and is given to promising scientists to perform research on
a given area of expertise. Albarracin's research focuses on identify-
ing the processes involved in achieving and maintaining change in
attitudes and behaviors and includes a large-scale, longitudinal meta-
analysis of the effects of communications to prevent HIV, as well as
experimental research on the effects of persuasion over time. Other
researchers in the project include Inge Brechan, Tarcan Kumkale, Amy
Mitchell and Penny McNatt, who are doctoral candidates in social psy-
chology, and Marshall Medler, who is a visiting assistant professor of
social psychology Several undergraduate students have been involved
as research assistants including Ashley Nixon, Hazel-Anne Johnson,
Lisa Indovino, Megan Avery, Dan Benkendorf, and Jimmy Harbin.

Front Row: Ashley Nixon, Paul Seignourel (postdoctoral associate), Dolores
Albarracin, Hazel-Anne Johnson, Lisa Indovino.Middlerow: Megan Avery,
Sena Han (postbac research assistant), Penny McNatt, Amy Mitchell, Dan
Benkendorf. Back row: Jimmy Harbin,Inge Brechan,Tarcan Kumkale.

Two CLAS Staff Members Receive
Davis Productivity Awards

Tim Young (academic advising) and Jim Yousse (psychology) were
recently honored with Davis Productivity Awards. The awards program
recognizes state employees who have shown exemplary performance
or whose creativity has led to new cost-saving approaches.
Tim Young received a certificate of commendation for improv-
ing the computer network used in the Academic Advising Center. He
implemented a
S computer sys-
tem that moni-
tors the stu-
dents who use
the center and
allows them to
register online.
Previously, a
staff member
would code in
by hand the stu-

Tim Young (left) and Jim Yousse (right).

dents who had
visited the cen-

ter for advise-
ment. The sign-in computer screen Young designed saves approxi-
mately 260 person-hours of work a year and is more accurate and
secure. Young built the system using old "decommissioned" comput-
ers, so new expenses were not required. He also devised the computer
registration network that allows incoming freshmen to register twice
as fast as the old telephone-based system. Young arranged the network
connections, set up more than 30 computers, and programmed them so
new students could log-on, register, and log-off easily and quickly. He
has worked in academic advising for two years and has been with UF
since 1992.
Jim Yousse has been at UF for 11 years and has worked as a
systems programmer in the psychology department for the last two
years. Yousse received a commemorative plaque for updating the
department's computer teaching labs. One of the labs had become
unusable because the computers were too outdated to run basic modern
software. Through his own initiative, Yousse located various computer
parts that were being discarded from other departments on campus.
For $175 per computer, he was able to upgrade 66 computers to newer
Pentium models. The upgraded computer lab is now used extensively
by the psychology department. Three of the computers have been
employed as multimedia computers for classrooms, and two have
been put in service to upgrade outmoded network servers. The servers
keep the department's web pages, electronic mail, and shared software
accessible to students, faculty and staff. Yousse was able to upgrade
each computer in about two hours and did so while maintaining his
regular duties. This often required extra hours, for which he did not
receive additional compensation. In addition to the computers he built,
Yousse also acquired sixty 17-inch computer monitors from depart-
ments that did not need them. Overall, Yousse's work saved the state
an estimated $33,000.1
-Allyson A. Beutke

Challenges for higher

education in the new century
s we move into the new century, it is useful to take
time to reflect on the challenges that colleges such
as ours,and higher education in general, face.Three
such challenges are prominent nationwide: defining
the place of higher education in the global environ-
ment, re-energizing the arts and humanities,and rec-
ognizing and properly using the enormous effects of
information technology (IT) on higher education.
Employers, whether they be in business or service,
seek and demand an increasing level of competence
and knowledge in the international sphere from the
students that they hire.We need to offer students
better opportunities to learn languages and become
familiar with different cultures so they can interact
with their partners from abroad and be competitive in
the global marketplace.We need to reach beyond the
traditional study abroad programs and build "cross-
border" partnerships in degree and training programs
that are linked to research and industries. UF and CLAS
must be leaders in the South for growth in internation-
The arts and humanities constitute the very core of
the university and speak to the soul of the human con-
dition.They provide an expression of our identity and
are critical in the transfer of our histories, cultures, and
literatures from one generation to the next.The study
of arts and humanities raises fundamental questions
about belief and moral values,and about the great
challenges of life that bring different peoples and soci-
eties together or force them apart.We cannot hope to
advance as a culture without a sound and re-energized
base in the arts and humanities. In Florida,a state with
a rich history that is often looked to as a bellwether
in the nation,we are especially bound to renew our
efforts to preserve and restore our rich historical past
and cultural heritage in literature and the arts.We must
be ready to stand and face our future as a place with
a unique and very dynamic intersection of old and
While many people have spoken at length about
information technology, little has been done to pre-
pare us for the enormous impact IT will have on all
aspects of education. IT should be used to add new
dimensions to education,and not just more students
via distance education-anybody can do that.We need
to be creative and explore ways to bring fieldwork into
the classroom and provide real-time meaningful inter-
actions with distant cultures.We can share high-cost
resources with remote partners in a cooperative mode
that will enhance and multiply the educational benefits
for all. Some institutions will truly take advantage of
these opportunities to build and enhance new aca-
demic programs. UF has the talent among its faculty
and staff to be a leader in the IT field.
Innovative steps in these three areas can put UF in a
position to compete with the best public institutions in
the coming century.
Neil Sullivan

Lights, Camera, Action

New film labs are giving students the chance to explore their creative side

Ten years ago Scott Nygren, an English professor, came to UF to teach film history, theory and produc-
tion classes in the English department's film and media studies program. In the last decade Nygren has
seen the program expand its resources for students. "We started with analog equipment. We had an Amiga
computer which required we purchase separate components to edit video," says Nygren. In the mid-nineties,
the Amiga was replaced by a single $20,000 Media 100 system. However, owing to the high price of the
software, hardware and computer combined, it only provided a single work station and therefore was inef-
ficient for students to use. Replacing this outdated system was a top priority for Nygren.

This summer, the film
and media studies program
was granted several of its
wishes-a new film stud-
ies professor, Roger Beebe,
joined the faculty, and ten
new computers equipped with
digital editing software and
twelve digital video cameras
were added. Now, more film
production classes can be
offered, and students have
more advanced equipment to
Film and media stud-
ies is an interdisciplinary
program at UF. The faculty
are Drimarilv based in the

English department, with
affiliated faculty in a num-
ber of other departments on
campus including anthropol-
ogy, romance languages and
literatures, African and Asian
languages and literatures, and
German and Slavic languages.
Undergraduate and gradu-
ate courses are offered in the
history, theory, and making
of film and video. The pro-
duction labs are a set of four
enclosed rooms on the fourth
floor of Turlington Hall,
and the goal is to have three
rooms which house the com-
outers and one storage room.

Undergraduates may
concentrate in film and media
studies either as a track
within the English department
or as an Interdisciplinary
Studies (IDS) major. IDS
majors often produce a video
or film project as their senior
thesis. Nygren says the new
equipment has made this
endeavor easier to manage.
"Several factors converged
that allowed us to purchase
this equipment. We've had a
lot of recent developments in
technology, especially with
digital video, so prices have
gone down. and we were able

Undergraduates Nathan Stange and Cindy Cabrera practice
video editing in the English department's film production lab.

to afford better equipment
support per student. There has
also been such strong student
demand to take production
classes that we knew it was
time to get everything togeth-
The benefit of editing
on the computer is similar to
using a computer rather than
a typewriter to type a paper.
If one makes a mistake, it is
not necessary to start all over
again. Students can highlight
video they do not want and
simply delete it, similar to
deleting a section in a word
processing document. They
can also copy a particular
section of video or audio and
paste it into a new location.
The computer is also able to
precisely place dissolves and
fades, transitions that would
take a lot longer to pinpoint
using the older linear editing
Every semester, Nygren
and Beebe each teach a pro-
duction class. This fall, Beebe
is teaching the undergraduate
class, and his students are
learning editing techniques
and discovering how to use
preexisting images to cre-
ate new ones. This semester
they are not allowed to use
the cameras to shoot video.
"We're looking at the origins
of cinema and focusing on
editing. I take everyone back
to zero, so we're all at the

same starting point." Beebe's
students have worked on
three editing projects, and the
class he teaches in the spring
will involve using the digital
video cameras. Beebe says
the spring class will be much
more "shooting-intensive,"
and students will have to
complete one project every
two weeks.
One of Beebe's cur-
rent students, undergraduate
Christopher Ayoub, started
the program almost five years
ago and says even though he
is graduating soon, he is glad
the new equipment has finally
arrived. 'When I took my first
production class there was

Nygren says UF's film

and media studies

program is one of

the few in the coun-

try where graduate

students both write a

dissertation and learn

video production.

minimal working equipment.
Now I can sit here and edit
everything on the computer."
Ayoub plans to attend gradu-
ate school in film production
and says one day he would
like to make what he calls
"fictional documentaries."
While some students in the
class, like Ayoub, intend to
pursue a career in film pro-
duction, others are taking the
class to gain a better under-
standing of the film and video
world. Cindy Cabrera is an
undergraduate English major,
and Beebe's class is one of
the first film classes she has
taken. "I have no prior editing

or production experi-
ence, but it has been
interesting and fun
to use the labs and
see what I can cre-
ate and manipulate
using video," says
Cabrera. "I can use my
home video camera to
make movies, and I
now know what I am
At the gradu-
ate level, Nygren is
teaching a course
on hypervideo and
theorizing video production in
which students are required to
produce a final video project.
They develop original ideas,
write their own project
descriptions, and then
use a digital video
camera to capture
original footage. Some
include narration
while others incor-
porate natural sound.
Once edited, their final
pieces are generally
about ten minutes in
length. The eleven
students in the class
presented their final
works at a screening
at the Ham Museum
of Art on December 7.
Beebe's students also
showed their edited pieces
on December 6 at the Reitz
Union Cinema.
Nygren says UF's film
and media studies program is
one of the few in the coun-
try where graduate students
both write a dissertation and
learn video production. Most
universities separate PhD pro-
grams from film production,
despite the increasing demand
for students with such com-
bined training. Nygren also
says that in the best interest
of the students, most of them
work individually on their
projects so they can learn all
aspects of filmmaking. "We

want people to learn as much
as they possibly can while
they are here. The industry is
changing rapidly, and people
do not always have special-
ized roles anymore. They
have to be prepared to cross
over from cinematography to
writing and producing."
Another benefit of having
the students work individu-
ally is the diverse projects
they produce. "When none of
the videos have anything in
common with each other is
when I'm the happiest." says
Nygren. One of his gradu-
ate students, Harun Karim
Thomas, spends about ten
hours a week in the lab and
has put together a final proj-
ect for the class. "I'm look-
ing at race on campus from
a theoretical perspective,"
says Thomas. "It's easy to get
frustrated when working on
these systems, but once things
work, it is very rewarding to
see the finished product."
John Leavey, the English
department chair, says hands-
on production is an integral
part of the film program at
UF '"The addition of this new
dimension to the thriving film
programs of our college can
only enhance the education
and prospects of our stu-
Nygren says graduates
of the program have several
career options. "Some choose

the academic route and take a
job in film studies at a college
or university. Others become
independent artists, go into
the film industry or invent
their own career with media,
working all over the country
and the world making films."
Nygren says he has a list a
mile long of students who
would like to take the film
courses, but the classes have
to remain small since they are
working with limited space
and equipment.
Beebe and Nygren have
already started adding new
items to their wish list. '"The
labs are a great start," says
Beebe. "However, we would
like to include more outside
applications, such as photo
editors and some after-effects
programs. It would also be
great if we could purchase
some light kits, microphones,
and tripods." In addition to
the digital video projects stu-
dents work on, Beebe is inter-
ested in reintroducing 16mm
film production into the
program's curriculum. Nygren
says, '"There is a lot of inter-
est among the students here at
UF to take these film classes,
and we want everyone, even
students who have never even
touched a camera, to have the
opportunity to learn about this
visual medium that all of us
use everyday."'
-Allyson A. Beutke

Roger Beebe (left) and Scott Nygren (right) are CLAS
English professors in film and media studies.


Across Disciplines

G6rard Emch, professor of mathematics, and Chuang Liu, associate professor of

philosophy, have collaborated over the past several years on a book project.The

result, The Logic of Thermostatistical Physics (Sprinter-Verlag, 2001), is their effort to

bridge their disciplines and tread unexplored ground in the fields of mathematics,

physics, and the philosophy of science. Below, Emch and Liu talk about their col-

laboration and reflect on what it was like to work together across the disciplines.

Emch: Philosophy and the
sciences are, unfortunately,
very far apart. Part of our
purpose in writing this book
was to bring them together.
We did not know of anyone
who had done something like
this before. Usually the disci-
plinary divide is quite severe.
There are individuals who
have training across the dis-
ciplines and try to bridge the
gap, but collaborative bridging
is quite rare.

Liu: I think that in recent
decades the trend of special-
ization is reversing, partly
because of foundational prop-
erties in the sciences them-
selves and partly because
philosophers have taken an
interest in trying to understand
the sciences.

Emch: Yes, there are things
that have happened in sci-
ence and philosophy that have
made the contact quite natural:
computer science, logic, and
the development of complexity
theory to name a few.

Liu: We hit on the idea of
using thermodynamics and sta-
tistical mechanics as an intel-
lectual laboratory. We decided
to take these two disciplines
and their histories and look for
certain definitions or analyses
of models and see if those fit.
We would give them a concep-
tual test. We thought we could
come up with a book that had
a new perspective, was very
interdisciplinary, and had con-
ceptual analysis as well as a
lot of math and science.

,rard Emch (left) and Chuang Liu

uposite page: Emch and Liu work out
eir collaborative differences on Emch's
backboard in Little Hall.

Emch: We met once a week
for an entire afternoon, most
of the time in my office
because I have a blackboard
there-philosophers don't
have blackboards! We would
argue on the blackboard for
several hours. Finally one of
us would say: well, I think this
is what it is, so let me write it
down. Then the next week we
would put it on the anvil and
bang it again.

Liu: We spent about a year
just debating what would go in
the book.

Emch: Once we had decided,
we divided it into chapters
and created a table of con-
tents. Then, for each chapter,
we would read on the topic,
both our own sources as well
as sources on which we had
agreed. We would discuss,
and then we would read more.
We would come with our own
ideas, we would check them
against one another, and we
would trade. Eventually, one
of us would sit down and write
an outline of the chapter.

Liu: If the philosophical con-
cerns were dominant I would
write the outline and if the
mathematical concerns were
dominant G6rard would write
the outline. Then we would fill

in the chapter by going back
and forth.

Emch: Actually, sometimes
it was the opposite. We
would decide that we had to
be sure that the other under-
stood something that was less
familiar to him. We would
exchange roles to make sure
that the point got across.

Liu: We would also make
sure that each of us read the
material in the other's disci-
pline. For instance, I would
make sure that G6rard read
the philosophical and histori-
cal material carefully and he
would make sure that I read
the mathematical and physical
material carefully. Then we
would converge to come up
with an outline and go from

Emch: Also, we decided that
there was no pride. If some-
thing had to be changed, so
be it. Some of our chapters
went through over two dozen
changes and one chapter got
split into three. This is a part
of exchanging. Interdisciplin-
arity was essential. I could
not have written this book
alone and nor could Chuang.
This is really our book. I feel
that I could sign at the bot-
tom of each page in the book;
not signing simply to say that
I have done it but signing
because I agree with what it
says and I know why.

Liu: We worked very closely.
Actually, there were places
where we labored for quite a
long time trying to get clear
what needed to be said, and
sometimes one of us had to
give up certain things. We

wrote five appendices to put in
those things that are obvious
to one field but not the other.
In that sense we checked each
other to find out what is com-
mon knowledge in the other

Emch: Contrary to what many
scientists believe, including
me for a long part of my life,
philosophers are extremely
careful, prudent, sharp peo-
ple who make distinctions
between what you and I think
of as synonyms. Several times
I was using a term for some-
thing that it did not cover in
philosophy. Chuang could not
understand what I was saying
until we sorted it out. If you
do not work with a profes-
sional in the other field this is
not going to come out.

Liu: The use of terminol-
ogy and the understanding of
common concepts across the
disciplines were part of the
difficulty. We were constantly
trying to find ways to best
express the ideas so that they
would be unambiguous to both
philosophers and mathemati-

Emch: Ours is not a mono-
graph in mathematics or phys-
ics or philosophy. Rather, it is
a window that we have tried
to open-both a window to
the outside world and also one
that lets some light come in so
that the same issues that con-
tinue to come up make more
We have said that inter-
disciplinarity is also interplay.
And we have played quite
pleasantly, I think.i

The Logic Of Thermostatistical Physics
Gerard G. Emch and Chuang Liu
Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg, 2001

From preface:
This book addresses several of the foundational
problems in thermophysics, i.e. thermodynamics
and statistical mechanics. It is an interdisciplinary
work in that it examines the philosophical under-
pinning of scientific models and theories; it also
refines the analysis of the problems at hand and
delineates the place occupied by various scientific
models in a generalized philosophical landscape.
Hence, our philosophical-or theoretical-inqui-
ry focuses sharply on the concept of model; and
our empirical-or laboratory-evidences are
sought in the model building activities of scien-
tists who have tried to confront the epistemologic
problems arising in the thermophysical sciences.
Primarily for researchers and students in phys-
ics, philosophy of science, and mathematics, our
book aims at informing the Readers-with all the
indispensable technical details made readily avail-
able-about the nature of the foundational prob-
lems, how these problems are approached with
the help of various mathematical models, and what
the philosophical implications of such models and
approaches involve.
We especially confront a pervasive trend of
today's philosophical discussions of contemporary
scientific theories: rather than telling what the
theories amount to, we demonstrate how they are
constructed and why they should be believed. We
let our Readers see in detail the rigor of the results
in thermophysics; how such rigor is achieved and
what it signifies. By so doing, we may enable the
philosophers of science to form independent judg-
ment on foundational problems in thermophysics.
We also alert and inform the scientists concern-
ing the philosophical issues and the nature of the
reasoning pertinent to the praxis of thermophysics;
some of the stones uncovered by our analysis are
also offered as building materials to wider synthe-
ses in natural science.

-Interviewed by Laura H. Griffis

Thompson, continued from page 1

John Thompson in his Little Hall office.

prestigious medal has only
been awarded on two other
Thompson's career
began at Yale University,
where he entered as a theol-
ogy major and intended to
become a Presbyterian minis-
ter. Thompson says a college
roommate helped spark his
interest in math. "One of my

The Algebra Group

undergraduate roommates was
a pre-med student and was
reading Gamow's book, One,
Two, Three... Infinity, and I
started reading it. Math started
to really interest me."
After receiving his PhD
in 1959 from the University of
Chicago, Thompson worked
as an assistant professor at
Harvard University and then

as a professor at the University
of Chicago. He was appointed
Rouse Ball Professor at the
University of Chicago in 1970,
where he spent the next 23
years before coming to UF.
One of Thompson's students
at the University of Chicago,
Chat Ho, joined the math fac-
ulty at UF in 1985. Ho and
mathematics chair Al Bednarek
were instrumental in recruiting
Thompson to UF The two first
convinced Thompson to visit
UF in 1986. Bednarek's suc-
cessor, David Drake, then per-
suaded Thompson to join the
math department permanently
in 1993.
In the last few years,
Thompson has been work-
ing on the famous inverse
Galois problem, which deals
with the question of deciding
which groups can be real-
ized as Galois groups. Group
theory was born with the work

of nineteenth-century French
mathematician Evariste Galois,
who died in a duel at the
age of 20. On the night
before his death, Galois
wrote a letter to a friend
describing his math-
ematical ideas. This
was the birth of group
theory in general and
Galois theory in par-
Thompson's work is
abstract, group theory has
applications in other fields
such as chemistry and physics.
It has also been used to create
error-correcting codes, which
help reduce interference and
improve clarity in satellite-
Earth communication systems.
"I wouldn't be surprised to see
group theory used in any num-
ber of places," says Thompson.
"It's a rich structure and gives
information about complex cir-

In addition to individual research, John Thompson leads UF's alge-
bra research group.The group is comprised often math professors
and several graduate students who work on Galois theory, group
theory, representation theory, algebraic geometry, finite geometry,
and lattices.
Chat Ho, one of Thompson's former students, has been at UF for
fifteen years. His research is primarily on group theory, and, more
recently, on certain combina-
tional questions. Ho served on the
search committee that recruited
two other math professors who
are also part of the algebra group,
Helmut Voelkein and Alexandre .
Turull.Voelkein is considered the
world leader on the inverse Galois
problem,and he has collaborated
with Thompson on this issue and
related questions.Turull is one
of the top researchers in group
theory and a world authority on
the study of the Schur indices.
Thompson's presence at UF,
along with Ho's efforts, led to the
appointment of two younger
algebraists, Peter Sin and Pham
Tiep. Sim researches finite groups, LefttoRightRichar

d Cr

Chevalley groups, and representation theory. Tiep is a prolific alge-
braist whose research ranges from combinatorics and lie theory to
linear codes.
In terms of service at UF,the most senior member of the alge-
bra group is Jorge Martinez. He has been at UF since 1969 and is
a world authority on ordered algebraic structures. Other faculty
members with strong ties to the group are Richard Crew (alge-
braic geometry) and Kevin Keating

Levin (algebraic geometry) will
join in the spring of 2001.
The group's research has
been funded by grants from the
National Science Foundation and
Sthe National Security Agency. In
2002-03,the mathematics depart-
ment will celebrate a special
year in algebra honoring John
Thompson's 70th birthday. Alladi
explains,"There will be several
eminent visitors throughout the
year including some Fields Medals
winners.The highlight of this
program will be a star-studded
international conference honoring
ew, Helmut Voelkein, Thompson."

elA xandre Turull, n

CLAS Director Receives

Distinguished Faculty Award

cumstances in certain cases."
Neil Sullivan,
CLAS interim dean, says
Thompson's contributions to
mathematics are significant,
and his dedication to research
on fundamentals is perhaps
even more impressive. "He
is recognized worldwide as a
leader in his field, and he con-
ducts research without regard
for applications or immediate
Krishnaswami Alladi,
UF math department chair,
refers to Thompson as the
"crown jewel of our depart-
ment." He also explains how
Thompson's work in group
theory has had a profound
impact on shaping modem
mathematics in general,
and algebra in particular.
'"Thompson's name is closely
associated with one of the
monumental achievements of
the twentieth century, namely
the classification of the finite
simple groups, which was
completed in the 1980s. His
record of sustained research
activity at the highest level for
four decades is a rarity even
among Fields medallists."%

-Allyson A. Beutke

C onnie Shehan, a
sociology professor
and director of the
University Center for Excellence
in Teaching (UCET), was
recently awarded the Florida
Blue Key (FBK) Distinguished
Faculty Award for her outstand-
ing service to UE The award
is given annually at the FBK
Homecoming Banquet to faculty
members who, among other
criteria, are excellent teachers
and have a genuine commitment
to students as well as scholarly
achievement through research
and publication. "I am very
pleased to win this award," says
Shehan. "It means so much
when students indicate their
appreciation for your hard work
and commitment over the years.
They truly are the reason we-
the faculty-are here!"
Shehan came to UF in
1981 after completing her PhD
in sociology at Penn State. She
says she was attracted to UF
because the sociology depart-
ment was (and still is) highly
regarded for its programs in
family sociology, adult develop-
ment, and aging-areas she had
studied in depth during graduate
While at Penn State, her
most interesting and challeng-
ing teaching position was at the
state penitentiary. "I taught 20
inmates who were incarcerated
for various violent crimes, and I
was forbidden to inquire about
what they had done" Shehan
says. "However, they were very
talented and highly motivated
Being the only female fac-
ulty member on the third floor
of Turlington Hall in the mid
1980s (which then housed the
departments of sociology, politi-
cal science, geography and the
gerontology center) presented
Shehan with both challenges
and opportunities. Her service

assignments were and still are
considerably higher than those
of her male colleagues. "I have
been asked to serve on numer-
ous search committees in other
departments because they need
a female representative. I also
became director of the women's
studies program in 1985 while I
was still an untenured assistant
professor." She served in that
position until 1989 and became
the founding director of UCET
in 1994.
Shehan teaches the popular
undergraduate class, Marriages
and Families, as well as
Sociology of Women, Work and
Family, Women's Health, and a
class about teaching sociology
in universities. Former student
Marisa Roberts says Shehan's
dedication to her students is
remarkable. "I consider her to
be one of the most phenomenal
teachers I have ever had. She
is always willing to listen and
Shehan has won numerous
teaching awards, including the
CLAS Award for Outstanding
Undergraduate Teaching (1991),
a UF Award for Outstanding
Undergraduate Teaching (1991),
a TIP Award (1993-94), and
the Ernest G. Osborne Award
for Excellence in Teaching pre-
sented by the National Council
on Family Relations (1994).
Last year, Shehan received an
award for Innovative Excellence
in Teaching, Learning and
Technology. Her service to
UF includes being president
pro tempore of the CLAS
faculty, serving two terms on
the Faculty Education Policy
Group, and being president of
the Association for Academic
Women at UF
Carol Murphy, CLAS
associate dean who nominated
Shehan for the FBK award, says
Shehan has an indefatigable
and engaging presence at UF

"Her record of accomplishments
is simply stellar. As founding
director of UCET, she has both
promoted excellence in teach-
ing and also empowered faculty
to continually re-evaluate and
update their own teaching prac-
tices." Neil Sullivan, interim
dean, says Shehan's work has
brought national and interna-
tional recognition to both her

and CLAS. "She is one of our
leading scholars in contempo-
rary sociology and is recognized
throughout the US for her con-
tributions to the important issues
involving children and families
in post-industrial societies."
Shehan says being a pro-
fessor is the perfect job for
someone like herself who enjoys
reading, writing, contemplating
new ideas, and sharing them
with others. Even though some
feel UF is the size of a small
city, Shehan explains how its
enormity has actually led her to
develop many new relationships.
"I'm especially proud of being
on the faculty at UE I find the
sheer size of the university to be
invigorating. I've been here long
enough to see this university
grow and change and become
one of the finest public universi-
ties in the nation."%

-Allyson A. Beutke

David E. Richardson,

New Chemistry Chair

eing the chair of the department of chemistry is exhilarating! I get to

work with a great group of faculty, staff, and students each day.With
more than 500 employees, we are one of the largest departments at
UF.We have 240 graduate students (most of whom are teaching or research
assistants), 46 staff, 51 faculty members, about 85 postdoctoral associates, and
numerous visitors, student assistants and part-time workers.

The Division of Sponsored Research
reports that we generated $11.8 million in
research funding in the 1999-2000 fiscal
year. Our total chemical research spend-
ing in 1998 placed us 12th in the nation,
slightly ahead of such notable institu-
tions as the University of Texas (Austin),
Harvard University and MIT. Our output
of PhD degrees places us firmly among
the top ten in the nation. For example, in
1996-1998 we were the fifth most produc-
tive department in the country, awarding
a total of 85 PhD degrees. In an academic
year, approximately 16,000 undergradu-
ates are taught in our classrooms.
Although our current department
profile is strong, we face two major chal-
lenges in the next few years. The first is
to hire many new faculty members who
will enable us to continue to meet our
instructional commitments as well as ini-

tiate new and exciting research programs.
As a result of the DROP program, we
know of the impending departures of nine
faculty members before the fall semester
of 2003. Combined with replacement
faculty already needed and other known
retirements, we must hire about 13 faculty
members to maintain our current instruc-
tional capacity. This hiring represents the
replacement of a quarter of our faculty in
a few short years! In addition, real growth
may be justified by the increasing number
of students who take chemistry as part of
their degree programs.
We will require approximately four
searches per year during the next few
years, and strong backing from the uni-
versity will be necessary to meet the start-
up costs of these hires. Considering that
our hiring rate averaged 1.5 faculty mem-
bers per year throughout the 1990s, this
increased rate represents an enormous
increase in departmental and administra-
tive effort. This year we are conducting
five searches in the general areas of
theoretical chemistry, organic chemistry,
biochemistry, and polymer chemistry.
Over half of our faculty members are on
one of the search committees.
Based on our experiences with the
excellent faculty members who joined
our department in the 1990s, we expect
that our new colleagues will lead to an
increase of at least 20 percent in our
research funding in a few short years.
Using the figures from 1998 cited ear-
lier, this increase would place UF fifth
in the nation in chemical research spend-
ing. We will add new breadth to our
research and graduate education profile,
entering into many new interdisciplinary
programs. Clearly, the next few years
represent an amazing opportunity for us
to take our program to the next level and

to reach the top ten in many important
The second challenge we face is
housing all of the new research programs
this hiring will produce. Indeed, without
new laboratory space we cannot hire the
next generation of scientists and teachers.
We can extrapolate our projected growth
in research productivity to show that in a
few years we will enroll about 290 gradu-
ate students, have over 100 postdoctoral
associates, and increase our support staff
to 50 or more. We simply cannot accom-
modate this growth in our current space.
On top of this, we desperately need to
expand our space for undergraduate labo-
ratories, especially for organic chemistry
instruction, where we are now almost at
the absolute physical limits consistent
with safety and instructional integrity.
The solution to our space problem is
simple in concept: we need a new build-
ing dedicated to housing innovative chem-
ical research, outstanding graduate educa-
tion, and a safe, modem undergraduate
laboratory program. A reasonable building
would add at least 40,000 assignable
square feet to our current space and could
accommodate a variety of research pro-
grams and initiatives. Although raising the
funds for new construction on this scale
is easier said than done, it must be our
number one priority so that the incredible
opportunity we have to leap to the top tier
of chemistry departments can be become
a reality.
Finally, I must add that I take great
pleasure in being the new "supervisor" of
our dean emeritus, Will Harrison. One is
seldom blessed with such golden oppor-
tunities, and I plan to make the best of it.
Any requests?%
-David E. Richardson

Diana Boxer,

New Program in

Linguistics Director

W whether language users are selling a product or a president, linguistics is at the heart of the com-

munication process.The relevance of linguistics spans our everyday lives: how to program your
VCR by voice, how best to learn a second language, how to defend a person accused of a crime,
or how to gain compliance when advising a student on a course of action.These are all examples of activi-
ties that are linked to the study of linguistics.

Linguistics is celebrating 30 years during the program a most unusual one
as an interdisciplinary program at UF. in the US. Because of this, students spe-
Plans are currently underway to trans- cializing in linguistics are able to benefit
form the Program in Linguistics into a from offerings in both areas within the
department. In the immediate to near same unit.
future, several existing lines and three The Program in Linguistics is
new hires, with possible concentrations robust, with 78 undergraduate majors
in such areas as computational linguis- and minors, some 40 MA and PhD stu-
tics and neurolinguistics, will be added dents, and many others seeking to obtain
to the current five full lines in the pro- our graduate certificate in the Teaching
gram. Some 12 additional linguists are of English as a Second Language
affiliated (TESL).
with the pro- As an interdisciplinary field, linguistics encompass-TESL is
gram, with important
homes in es a wide variety of sub-disciplines. The core areas for th t
homes in for the three
many CLAS cover sound systems of language (phonetics and programs
departments: run by the
African and phonology), words and structure of languages Program in
Asian lan- Linguistics
guages and (morphology and syntax), and meaning (seman- that serve
literatures, tics and pragmatics). UF's inter-
anthropol- national
ogy, classics, students:
communication sciences and disorders, 1) the English Language Institute
English, and romance languages and lit- (ELI), which teaches intensive English
eratures. as a Second Language to several
As an interdisciplinary field, lin- hundred international applicants each
guistics encompasses a wide variety of year; 2) the Academic Spoken English
sub-disciplines. The core areas cover Program (ASE), which works with
sound systems of language (phonetics international graduate students and
and phonology), words and structure of teaching assistants to help them with
languages (morphology and syntax), and spoken discourse in their teaching
meaning (semantics and pragmatics). of undergraduate courses; and 3) the
Other important areas of research and Scholarly Writing Program, which
teaching at UF's Program in Linguistics assists international graduate students
include historical linguistics; spoken and with written English for papers, the-
written language analysis (discourse and ses, and dissertations.
texts); language variation, contact and My own teaching and research
change, and gender and language (socio- concentrate on sociolinguistics,
linguistics); and second language acqui- discourse analysis and pragmatics,
sition and pedagogy. Thus, linguistics at and second language acquisition.
UF is both theoretical and applied, ren- My current book project, Applying

... *i. I'.,, /,i. % Domains and Face-
to-Face Interaction, focuses on the dis-
course of everyday life in the domains
of family life, social life, work life,
educational life and religious life. It also
includes a chapter on cross-cultural inter-
actions in these domains.
The opening of a new century
is indeed an exciting time for UF's
Program in Linguistics. We have long
been the only doctoral program in lin-
guistics in Florida and one of the few in
the South. We are now poised to become
a true leader, nationally and internation-
ally, in the fields of both theoretical and
applied approaches to the study of lan-
-Diana Boxer

New Faculty

Alejandra Bronfman, an
assistant professor of his-
tory, received her PhD from
Princeton University. She
and teaches
modem Latin
American and
history. In her
current project
on race, law
and social sci-
ence in early
century Cuba,
she looks at
the geneal-
ogy of social
categories and
the emergence Alejand
of political
identities in the context of lib-
eral state formation. In another
life, she worked as a profes-
sional ballet dancer in Seattle,
Washington. She is pleased
to be currently residing in the
opposite comer of the United

Konstantinos Kapparis is an
assistant professor of classics
who came to UF from Queen's
of Belfast.
He gradu-
ated from the
of Crete and
earned his
PhD from
before moving
to Northern
Ireland to
teach ancient
history and
classics. His
research inter-
ests include Margaret
the Attic ora-
tors, ancient Greek social and
cultural history, and ancient
medical literature. His publi-

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cations include a book titled
Apollodoros 'A.. ,,,,/ Neaira':
Edited with Introduction,
Translation and Commentary,
and his cur-
rent research
focuses on
in antiq-
uity. When
not reading
some obscure
old book, he
is definitely
watching Star
Trek Voyager.
A portrait
of Captain
adorns the
Bronfman wall of his
office, and
his students are often taught
ancient and modem Greek lit-
erature and history with a Delta
Quadrant touch.

Margaret (Peggi i Kohn, an
assistant professor of political
science, earned her degree from
Cornell University last August.
She teaches social and politi-
cal theory. This year she is
offering classes in democratic
theory, ancient
Greek political
and political
In her dis-
sertation she
the relation-
ship between
locality, and
power in early
tury socialist
ggy) Kohn movements.
In her cur-
rent research project, "The
Margins of Democracy: The
Political Geography of Alexis

de Tocqueville," she looks at
the limitations of liberal-demo-
cratic theory. This is Peggy's
first year teaching full time.
Her outside
include mov-
ies, antiques,
and Russian
cal novels.
She also likes
swimming in
the ocean.

of English,
grew up in
Palo Alto,


Foundation and the National
Endowment for the Arts.

Michael Warren, an assistant
professor of
received his
PhD from the
of Florida
in 1997. For
the past three
years, he has
served as a
associate and
a visiting
assistant pro-
fessor at UF
His areas of
Warren interest are

California forensic iden-
and graduated from Yale. tification, human variation, and
His first collection of stories, skeletal growth and develop-
Family Dancing, was a final- ment. In his current research
ist for both the National Book he explores the relationship
Critics Circle Award and the between various pathologies
PEN/Faulkner Prize. The Lost and environmental factors on
Language of Cranes was made the linear growth of the human
into a BBC film, and While fetus. Warren will serve as
England Sleeps was shortlisted deputy director of UF's C.A.
for the Los Angeles Times Pound Human Identification
Book Prize. Leavitt is also the Laboratory, where he will con-
author of Equal Aft;. ii'. A tinue his applied work in foren-
Place I've sic identifica-
Never Been, tion, trauma
Arkansas, The analysis, and
Page Turner field recov-
and MARTIN ery of skel-
BAUMAN; etal remains.
or, A Sure Warren has
Thing. (See worked
Book Beat, in Bosnia
page 15.) With documenting
Mark Mitchell skeletal evi-
he co-edited dence of war
The Penguin crimes and
Book of Gay hopes to offer
Short Stories opportunities
and Pages for students
Passed from David Leavitt to become
Hand to Hand involved in
and co-wrote Italian Pleasures. future human rights missions.
He is a recipient of fellow-
ships from the Guggenheim

Per-Olov Lowdin, 1916-2000

Per-Olov L6wdin, graduate
research professor emeritus of
chemistry and physics, died
October 6 in Uppsala, Sweden. L6wdin
was the founder of UF's Quantum
Theory Project, an interdisciplinary
group in chemistry and physics that
does theory and computation regard-
ing molecules and materials. He also
founded the Quantum Chemistry Group
at Uppsala University.
Born in 1916, L6wdin attended
Uppsala University, where he became
known as a gifted applied mathemati-
cian while still a very
young student. He did
graduate work in theoreti-
cal physics, and his PhD,
which he completed in
1948, was a seminal work
on crystal properties using
the difficult mathematics
of first-principles quan-
tum mechanics before the
advent of digital comput-
ers. He accomplished this
feat by devising clever
numerical methods and
employing a large group
of assistants who used
desk calculators.
L6wdin came to
UF in 1960. For almost
40 years he spent six months of the
year teaching and working at UF and
six months in Sweden. Through the
mid-1980s, he ran two major research
groups: UF's Quantum Theory Project
and the Quantum Chemistry Group at
Uppsala University. Throughout his
career, he contributed many important
theoretical developments in quantum
chemistry and condensed matter phys-
L6wdin was known for his vision-
ary work both as a scientist and as
a dynamic organizational leader in
the scientific community. During
1958-1987, L6wdin coordinated an
annual summer school in quantum
chemistry and solid-state physics,
often held in remote mountain loca-
tions in Scandinavia. These institutes
were known for their mix of intense

lecture schedules and challenging and
adventurous mountain hikes, often led
by L6wdin himself. For many years,
he and colleagues at UF organized
corresponding winter institutes in the
same subjects. These winter institutes
evolved into the annual international
Sanibel Symposia, named after the
island in the Gulf of Mexico where
the first seventeen meetings were held.
These schools, institutes, and sympo-
sia have touched thousands of scien-
tists from all over the world. In many
respects, they have been instrumental in

defining these scientific subjects and,
perhaps as important, they have enabled
and shaped international collaborations
and friendships.
Bob Bryan, former provost and
interim president who first met L6wdin
in 1961, reflects on the impact L6wdin
had on UF and the scientific com-
munity. "During all the time that I
knew him, I was always struck by his
exuberant optimism; he believed that
if one worked hard enough, one could
accomplish miracles. Per's international
reputation and his far-flung network of
friends and admirers helped raise the
image of UF's physics and chemistry
departments. His Sanibel Symposia
attracted truly eminent scientists,
including many Nobel Prize win-
ners, from every comer of the globe.
He helped to make this university a

respected member of the world-wide
scientific community. Also, he was a
truly kind, generous and decent man."
In 1964, L6wdin started the series
Advances in Quantum Chemistry, and,
in 1967, he founded the International
Journal of Quantum Chemistry, now
edited by UF's Yngve Ohm and
Jack Sabin. He was a member of the
Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish,
and Korean National Academies of
Science; a fellow of the American
Physical Society; and a member of
the American Philosophical Society,
the American Chemical
Society, the Explorers
Club, and Sigma Xi.
He was awarded the
Lavoisier Medal in Gold
by the French Academy
of Sciences in 1981, the
Chevalier Medal by the
Legion of Honor in 1982,
the Niels Bohr Medal
in 1987, and the Oscar
Carlson Medal in Gold
by the Swedish Chemical
Society in 1993.
Sam Trickey, the
current director of the
Quantum Theory Project,
started working with
L6wdin in 1969 when
Trickey joined the project. He knew
L6wdin as an indefatigable visionary
and a gregarious leader who drew inspi-
ration from engagement with others.
"He will be remembered as an incred-
ibly energetic, enthusiastic, and creative
individual who contributed greatly to
science and to the two universities with
which he was associated. Many scien-
tists around the globe, young and old,
will miss an inspiring teacher and col-
L6wdin is survived by his wife
Karin, son Per, daughter Anna, step-
son Per, stepdaughter Eva, and several
grandchildren. A memorial service
was held for him at The Cathedral in
Uppsala on October 26. A memorial
celebration of his life at UF will be
announced at a later date. Contributions
to a lecture fund in his memory, The

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Book Beat

Recent publications from CLAS faculty

Institutional Selves: Troubled Identities in a
Postmodern World
Jaber F.Gubrium (Sociology) and James A.
Holstein, Editors
Oxford University Press

Institutional Selves acknowledges the socially
practical self we live by.... From the victims
and villains of television shows, to battered
women in support groups, to the violent
selves of prison inmates, this book illustrates
how selves are organizationally informed and
structured in institutional practice.The insti-
tutional construction of selves is especially
pertinent,as social problems,their causes,
and their victims
are endlessly rein-
terpreted by the
various organiza-
tions devoted to
helping resolve
associated troubles.

Institutional iden-
tities are locally l
salient images,
models, or templates
for self-construction;
they serve as resources for structuring selves.
But as ubiquitous,prominent, and varied as
troubled identities have become, the process of
assembling them into institutional selves is any-
thing but a matter of simplypicking and choos-
ing. Making connections between the personal
self and a troubled identity involves a great deal
of interpretive activity, work that is conditioned
by the setting in which it is conducted.

Politics and Theater: The Crisis of Legitimacy
in Restoration France, 1815-1830
Sheryl Kroen (History)
University of California Press

Kroen offers convincing evidence that the
Restoration was a critical bridge between the
emerging practices of the Old Regime, the
Revolution,and the post-1830s politics of
protest. Looking beyond the official political
realm from which most people were exclud-
ed, Kroen vividly evokes the town squares,
marketplaces, cafes, churches,and theaters
where protesters penned and posted plac-
ards, uttered seditious cries, sang revolution-

ary songs, trafficked in the illegal accoutre-
ments of the revolutionary and imperial past,
attacked crosses and busts of kings,and orga-
nized charivaris against unpopular priests
and civil officials.

(excerpt) Theater
There may be noth-
ing particularly new
or radical about
treating the writing
of history as a sort
of"staging"or his-
tory itself as theater.
But for the French
Restoration the
theatrical metaphor
is not merely useful
or suggestive as an approach to history; it holds
the key to making sense of this fifteen-year
period and to explaining its central place in the
emergence of a modern democratic political
culture in France. The theater stands at the
heart of my interpretation of nineteenth-cen-
tury France, and at center stage is one particu-
lar play: Moliere's seventeenth-century comedy

MARTIN BAUMAN; or, A Sure Thing
David Leavitt (English)
Houghton Mifflin

(press release)
A story brimming with delicious rumors,
inflated and suffering egos, sex and the
frightening and
onslaught of AIDS,
and sneak peeks RI A
into the often A
A Su.. T.-e
volatile world of
publishing, MARTIN-
BAUMAN; or,A Sure
Thing is an irresist- AVI 0
ibly entertaining
yet epic novel. LEAVITT
Leavitt's perceptive
portrayal of the
life and times of a rising literary star makes
it a necessary read for anyone who has ever
picked up a book,accepted a job associated
with books, or wished to write one of his own.

(the author)
"One of myobjectives in writing MARTIN
BAUMAN was to dance and play and make mis-

Politics an


chief around the factitious border that divides
the fictional form from the autobiographical.
Obviously much autobiography is, to a great
degree, fiction,just as much fiction includes a
lot of autobiography, yet we persist in pretend-
ing that the border is a clear one. One of the
earliest decisions I made was to put Martin in
the same situations that David had previously
found himself in that is, have him write a
novel some of the characters in which are based
on real people, and some of the events in which
derive from real events, and then be confronted
with the consequences of his decision."

Handbook of Applied Multivariate Statistics
and Mathematical Modeling
Howard E.A.Tinsley (Psychology)
Volume Editor
Academic Press

(editor's summary)
Multivariate statistics and mathematical
models provide flexible and powerful tools
essential in most disciplines. Nevertheless,
many practicing researchers lack an adequate
knowledge of these techniques,or did once
know the techniques, but have not been
able to keep abreast of new developments.
The Handbook of
Applied Multivariate
Statistics and
Modeling explains
the appropriate
uses of multivari-
ate procedures and
mathematical am l
modeling tech- o l
niques,and pre-
scribes practices
that will enable
applied researchers
to use these proce-
dures effectively without needing to concern
themselves with the mathematical basis.The
handbook emphasizes using models and
statistics as tools.The objective of the book is
to inform readers about which tool to use to
accomplish which task. Each chapter begins
with a discussion of what kinds of ques-
tions a particular technique can and cannot
answer. As multivariate statistics and model-
ing techniques are useful across disciplines,
these examples include issues of concern in
biological and social sciences as well as the



Signing On

CSD professor Michael Tuccelli
Receives Humanitarian Award
Michael Tuccelli, a communication sciences and dis-
orders professor, was recently honored as one of
four recipients of the 11th annual UF President's
Humanitarian Award. The award recognizes people who make
a difference in the Gainesville community and personify the
objectives of People Awareness Week 2000. "When I first
learned of this award, I thought, 'Wow, they gave this award
to me.' I was very surprised and honored."
Tuccelli teaches sign language classes at UF and has been
profoundly deaf since birth. He came to UF ten years ago and
began teaching part-time. Last year he became a full-time
faculty member and teaches three different levels of American
Sign Language (ASL) courses.

Growing up in a mili-
tary family meant Tuccelli
moved around a lot. He has
lived in California, Missouri,
South America, Miami, and
Jacksonville. He did not learn
sign language until he was
20 and says he does not want
other deaf children to have
the same childhood experi-
ence. "I was the only deaf kid
in all the schools I attended,
and a lot of the kids made
fun of me. I had a very lonely
ASL was the first lan-
guage Tuccelli's children,
who range in age from 14
to 28, learned. Even though
none of his children are deaf,
they could sign before they
could speak. Tuccelli's wife,
Christine, is also deaf.
Tuccelli has many ambi-
tious plans in store for UF
and the sign language pro-
gram. "I want to see UF

become the center of higher
education for the deaf in the
Southeast. Every year we
should recruit deaf students
to come here and pursue a
variety of majors. Gainesville
is a great place for them to
Tuccelli says there are
probably only five complete-
ly deaf students at UF right
now, and there is no incen-
tive for more deaf students
to attend because they do not
feel accepted. A more encour-
aging fact, and one that could
help increase the deaf popula-
tion at UF, is the number of
students who want to learn
sign language and become
translators. "I have a list of
1,000 students who are trying
to take the ASL classes we
offer, and I get more emails
everyday inquiring about
learning one of American's
fastest growing languages."

More than 100 students
are enrolled in ASL courses
at UF, and Tuccelli says a
handful of them take his class
because they think it will be
an easy "A." This is not the
case, he explains. \ly class
is not a quick and easy credit.
Learning sign language is
not easy. I have such a short
amount of time to affect my
students' lives, and I'm going
to make the most of it." He
tells the story of a conversa-
tion he had one time with
a friend who is fluent in 23
languages, including sign
language. He asked her which
language was the most dif-
ficult to learn. She replied
that Chinese, Japanese, and
American Sign Language had
been the toughest to master.
Tuccelli explains
how ASL has
multiple gram- ,
matical possibili-
ties included in
the signs. "One CLASnot
sign can represent of Libera
a noun, verb, or and staff
adjective. Then, Inter
if I change my Editc
facial expression, Cont
it changes the Layo
meaning. It's a Cop

Tuccelli also serves as
the faculty advisor for the
Signing Gators Club, the
purpose of which is to edu-
cate the campus and the local
community about deaf culture
and ASL. He says he will
take things one step at a time,
but hopes that ten years from
now, UF will offer a degree
program in American Sign
Language. '"The kids I teach
now are making baby steps,
but they are important steps
to learning ASL and being
able to communicate well.
The most beautiful sight to
me is to see 45 students all
signing at once to each other.
Not speaking, just signing."
-Allyson A. Beutke


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im Dean:
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Neil Sullivan
Laura H.Griffis
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"I want to see UF become the center of higher

education for the deaf in the Southeast. Every

year we should recruit deaf students to come

here and pursue a variety of majors. Gainesville

is a great place for them to learn."