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March 2001

Vol. 15 The University of Florida College of Liberal Arts and Sciences No. 3

Around the College ................................ 2
CLAS News and Events
The Dean's Musings............................... 3
The Academic Entrepreneur
Richard Yost .............................................. 4
New Associate Dean for Research
Ocean Drilling Program ........................ 4
New Geological Insights
Brian M cCrea ............................................. 5
New Director, Dial Center for
Written and Oral Communication
Remembering Integration ................... 6
Forgotten Heroes of the
Korean War
Investigating Bones .................................. 8
The Work of the CA. Pound
Human Identification Laboratory
G rants ................................... ............ 10
Awards for February 2001
Bookbeat ........................................... ....... 11
Publications from CLAS Faculty
Center for Humanities
Lecture Series................................. 12

Around the College


African and Asian Languages
and Literatures
Chauncey C. Chu presented a paper
titled "Cognitive-Functional Grammar
and Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Lan-
guage: The Application of Notions 'Pro-
totype', 'Iconicity', and 'Continuum'
in Languages Pedagogy" at the Sixth
International Conference on Teaching
Chinese as a Foreign Language, Decem-
ber 27-30 in Taipei, Taiwan. He also
lectured on "Pragmatic Relations and
the Form of Topic," at National Cheng-
chi University and Taiwan Normal Uni-
versity in Taipei on December 22 and
26, respectively.

Over the past year, Anita Spring has
given a number of presentations in Afri-
ca at meetings relating to the New Gen-
eration of African Entrepreneurs in the
global marketplace. She spoke in Ghana
in July 2000, Ethiopia in October 2000,
and South Africa in October 2000 and
February 2001. Also, at the American
Anthropological Association meeting in
San Francisco in November, Spring pre-
sented a paper titled "Women Traders
Versus the New Global Entrepreneurs."
Her new book, Women Farmers and
Commercial Ventures: Increasing Food
Security in Developing Countries, was
published in October 2000 (see Book-
beat, page 11).

Anthony F. Randazzo has been
appointed an Astor Visiting Lecturer at
the University of Oxford, England dur-
ing April 2001. Randazzo will deliver
a multi-disciplinary plenary lecture and
several class lectures in the department
of earth sciences at Oxford. He will
also collaborate on a research project
with Richard Corfield, a paleoclimatolo-
gist in that department. Randazzo's lec-
ture topics will deal with the geological
development of Florida's carbonate rock
platform and environmental issues asso-
ciated with water resources and sinkhole

Jay Gubrium gave the plenary address
at a conference that launched the new
Institute for the Study of the Elderly and
Aging at Linkoping University, Sweden
on February 1-2. The institute has been
established by the Swedish government
as one of two university-based centers
of excellence in the field of gerontol-
ogy The mission of these centers is to
train future generations of gerontolo-
gists and to participate in setting the
sponsored research agenda for the years
ahead. While in Sweden, Gubrium also
presented faculty seminars on narrative
theory and analysis at the invitation of
the department of sociology at Lund

New Staff in Dean's Office
Cindy LePrell is a new executive secretary in the dean's office, replacing Lou
Hernandez. She serves as the office receptionist and works with Associate Dean
Lisa McElwee-White.
Cindy has been at UF since 1995 and has worked in
several offices on campus including Academic Affairs,
IFAS, and the Quantum Theory Project.
Cindy is a native of North Carolina. A free-lance artist,
she studied privately for three years in Germany and also at
the University of Maryland. Her paintings will be shown at
the Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research later
this spring.

Randy Dishman is a new program assistant in the dean's
office. He replaces Salena Robinson, who is now a program assistant in the
..ii. ...... i department. Randy has been at UF for six
years and has previously worked in the math department
and the College of Dentistry.
He is responsible for coordinating faculty assignment
reports and facilitating teaching evaluations. He also serves
as the liaison between the physical plant office and CLAS
Randy, who is a native of Tennessee, currently attends
Santa Fe Community College. He plans to transfer to UF
and pursue a degree in business or education.

Journal Now Produced at UF
The most recent edition (vol
6) of Early Medieval China, a
multidisciplinary journal focused
on the third century BCE to the
eighth century CE, was produced
entirely at UE The journal is
under the new editorship of Cyn-
thia L. Chennault of the depart-
ment of African and Asian lan-
guages and literatures, who has
accepted a 4-year editorial term.
With the production and editorial
assistance of Elinore L. Fresh,
the journal is now refereed, typset, and printed at UE The
journal is a publication of the Early Medieval China Group,
which is an affiliate of the Association for Asian Studies.

Psychology Project Focuses on Children
Timothy R. Vollmer, an assistant professor of psychology, is
the principal investigator in a new collaborative project with
the Florida Department of Children
and Families (DCF), Family Safety
Program. Vollmer designed and is
directing the project in collabora-
tion with Michael Stoutimore of
the DCF, who received his PhD in
psychology from UF in 1988.
The aim of the project is to
teach foster parents positive parent-
ing skills based on the principles
of applied behavior analysis, which
involves applying the fundamentals
of human learning, such as positive
reinforcement, to socially relevant
behavior. In addition, the project will provide children who
have been abused or neglected with special services to pro-
mote learning in school and at home. The objective is to help
stabilize the lives of these children and to provide them with
healthy educational environments.
Vollmer says, "This is a major advance for both applied
behavior analysis and child welfare. Although applied behav-
ior analysts have been very successful in improving the lives
of children across a wide range of domains, very little work
has been done specifically related to children who are abused
or neglected. These children often tend to bounce around
from one placement to the next; they also tend to experi-
ence behavioral difficulties and failure in school. It is our
view that the children are not to blame for the hardships they
experience. It is we the adults who need to restore order and
comfort to their home and school environments to promote
success. The overarching goal is to take a scientific approach
to the problem while maintaining a primary focus on the
children's well being."
Vollmer and his colleagues will set up six project sites
around north Florida. They will be staffed by six UF psy-
chology graduate students and 22 applied behavior analysts,
who are being recruited from all around the country. The
project's budget is over one million dollars for the remainder
of the fiscal year and is projected to be over two million dol-
lars when annualized next year.

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page 2

Chemistry Professor Wins Award
Robert T. Kennedy, professor of chemistry, was awarded
the 2001 Benedetti-Pichler Award by the American Micro-
chemical Society. This award is the only comprehensive
American award in
michrochemistry and
is therefore a special
honor. It is based on
service to analytical
microchemistry in the
broadest sense, includ-
ing research achieve-
ments, administration,
teaching, and any other
activities that promote
the advancement of
research focuses on the
areas of capillary elec-
trophoresis (CE), capil-
lary liquid chromatography, immunoassay, microdialysis,
and microelectrode sensors. In addition to developments
and fundamental studies with these techniques, Kennedy
has also applied them to in vivo and single cell moni-
toring of neurotransmitters and hormones. His work in
these areas has been recognized worldwide. Kennedy has
published more than 80 papers and has garnered over 120
invitations to speak at universities, conferences, and com-
panies involved in analytical chemistry, endocrinology,
and neurobiology.

Women's Studies Art Show
From now until May 18, I,'1. ib, on the Body: C, ium.,
and Losing Power, featuring the sculpture of undergradu-
ate Jana Bailey, will be
on display at the Center
for Women's Studies and
Gender Research, 3324 Tur-
lington Hall. Bailey's multi- 4
media sculptures, created in
plaster, paint, gold and sil-
ver leaf, and found objects,
stem from a project she did
for Anne Goodwyn Jones's
English class last spring on
southern women writers.
Through these works and
her undergraduate thesis,
Bailey, a senior majoring in
women's studies, explores Bailey with her piece Unti-
how the social construct tied (when i look in the mirror
of ideal beauty distorts isee what i want to see).
women's body image and
prompts complicated, and often dangerous, beauty rituals.
Bailey says, "When talking about the social construction
of beauty and femininity, I am very interested in the capi-
talist influence-the commodification of 'woman."'"

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The Academic Entrepreneur
Anybody who has not sensed that there are significant changes occur-
ring in higher education in the United States has probably been on
assignment in Antarctica or exploring the Mariana trench. As online educa-
tion companies threaten to cut into the meat of what we do as academics,
many institutions are exploring activities beyond the traditional institutional
role of developing new knowledge and distributing it through the clas-
sical forms of publication and teaching. They are instead looking to use
new technologies and tools, such as the internet, to project knowledge and
learning to a broader range of customers. Above all, their aim is to translate
educational and research processes into new ventures that can revitalize
their revenue streams and, some would argue, inject a new intellectual
vitality into the institution.
Most of us are familiar with efforts to develop spin-off programs or
licensing for capitalizing on research products and new ideas-not only sci-
entific but also in the areas of social economics, the environment, and even
the arts and letters. These efforts are too often thought of only as sources of
new revenue rather than as a means of fostering new research opportunities
and ways to project academic concepts into the modern world.
The "academic entrepreneur" looks for ways to pursue programs or
interactions with society that are not always facile in a classic university
setting. Some have been very successful: the collaboration between the
Columbia Earth Institute and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory is
one-a multidisciplinary multi-institutional effort spanning basic biological
and earth sciences that focuses on sustainability and human survival, and a
significant revenue source for the partner institutions. Participating in this
challenging study of survivability must be intellectually exciting for those
fortunate to do so, and it represents an example of the opportunities that
we need to make available to our students and researchers. There are other
similar efforts at other institutions, and in recent years UF's CLAS faculty
members have participated in some of these inter-institutional programs.
My concern is not whether these are interesting and intellectually
stimulating projects (smart leaders will always find ways to get new ideas
off the launch pad); my concern is what impact these initiatives will have
on universities and to what extent we should embrace these changes and
make it attractive for our faculties to enter into these programs. The con-
ventional rules and constraints of an ordinary university make it quite
difficult and even discourage researchers and scholars to approach devel-
oping some of the more promising ventures. The assignments of time and
interface between a business enterprise and academics would need to be
reconsidered. Faculty members themselves would need to determine the
proper place of these programs in our assessments of quality and achieve-
ment. Although this might change the way universities do business, for the
scholar the emphasis will always be on discovery and learning. If these
entrepreneurs can lead scholars to new pathways of knowledge and under-
standing, then many of the best will choose to pursue such a route.
With the approaching change of governance, UF will have new
degrees of freedom to revise and energize many of its structures, as well
as to plan for innovative educational and research programs. It will be an
opportunity to be creative and find ways to encourage entrepreneurs in
those directions that we as academics want to follow. This planning needs
to be done carefully to ensure academic integrity and advance high qual-
ity programs. It is important that faculty members be directly involved and
speak to these issues as we acquire a new measure of independence.

"The mitred ones of Nice and Trent
Were not so tongue-tied,-no they went
Hot to their Councils, scarce content
With Orthodoxy"

Keats, On Some Skulls in Beasely Abbey, near Inverness

-Neil Sullivan

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page 3

Richard Yost

New Associate Dean

Richard Yost, chemistry professor and head
of the analytical chemistry division, is the
new CLAS associate dean for research. Neil
Sullivan held the position until assuming
his duties as interim dean.
Yost received his BS degree in chemis-
try from the University of Arizona in 1974,
and in 1975 he began graduate studies in
analytical chemistry under a NSF graduate
fellowship at Michigan State University,
focusing on electronics and computer-
ized instrumentation. After completing his
PhD in 1979, Yost assumed the position of
assistant professor of chemistry at UF. His
current research interests center on instru-
mental developments, fundamental stud-
ies, and analytical applications of tandem
mass spectrometry.
Sullivan says Yost's abilities will help
intensify the already strong research
programs in the college. "Richard Yost's
knowledge of modern research trends
across broad fields of study and his keen
sense of how to bring teams of research-
ers together will help CLAS move for-
ward aggressively with the growth of its
research activities, both large and small."

J am excited about my appointment as associ-
ate dean for research in the College of Liberal
Arts and Sciences. As my predecessors in this
office, Jim Dufty and Neil Sullivan, have clearly
shown, this is a stimulating position that offers
opportunities to make real contributions to the
research and educational roles of our college. Dur-
ing my 21 years on the UF faculty, I have main-
tained an active research program in analytical
chemistry, supervising the research of 64 graduate
students (57 PhD and 7 MS) with external fund-
ing of more than $4 million from a variety of
federal, state, and private sources. My research
continues to include substantial collaborations
with colleagues in CLAS, IFAS, engineering, and
the medical school. My current research group
includes 12 PhD students and one MS student,
which keeps me busy in the afternoons when I am
back in the chemistry department.
This is a time of great opportunity for
research and graduate education in CLAS. The UF
Graduate Growth Initiative provides opportunities
for increased graduate enrollment and research
throughout the college. I envision a number of
areas in which I can develop the role of CLAS
associate dean for research. My overall objec-
tive is to further my colleagues' abilities to set
and realize new goals in scholarship and research
sponsorship. Specific areas I would like to expand

Graduate Pro-
grams (RGP)
Opportunity Fund
promotion of
increased interdis-
ciplinary research
efforts (both with-
in CLAS depart-
ments and centers
and between CLAS and other colleges)
Review of utilization and effectiveness of indirect
cost returns at CLAS and departmental levels
* opportunities for recognizing the efforts of our
faculty, including external and internal awards
such as Term Professorships

I look forward to the opportunity to enhance
the promotion of and environment for research
and graduate education in CLAS, and to represent
our interests to the RGP other colleges around
UF, and funding agencies. These are exciting
times with a wealth of new opportunities. I find it
rewarding to be able to contribute in this way to
the college. I look forward to seeing old friends
among the CLAS faculty and making new ones.
Please drop by, whether to get a signature on a
proposal or to discuss opportunities for internal
and external support for your research. %
-Richard Yost

use of UF resources such as the Research and

Ocean Drilling Program Provides Geological Insights

On the rig floor, sections of drill pipe are threaded
together and lowered to the sea floor.The drilling
begins once the drill bit reaches the floor.The ship
can deploy up to 30,000 feet of drill string.

U recently hosted an important national
Conference in the oceanographic sci-
ences. The US Science Advisory Committee
(USSAC) for Joint Oceanographic Institutions
(JOI) met at UF January 24-26 to discuss
plans for a new endeavor, the Integrated
Ocean Drilling Program (IODP). UF was
recently admitted as one of the 14 members of
JOI, which operates the existing Ocean Drill-
ing Program (ODP) and is likely to operate
IODP UF Associate Professor of Geological
Sciences Jon Martin, who is nationally recog-
nized for his work in this field, organized the
The principal task for the 15 USSAC
members attending the meeting, who hail
from the top US schools in earth and ocean
sciences, was to prepare a proposal for
submission to the National Science Board
requesting approval for the National Science
Foundation (NSF) to fund IODP The National
Science Board is the governing body of NSF
The Ocean Drilling Program currently
costs $46 million annually, with 64 percent of
the funds coming from NSF Pending fund-
ing approval, the IODP will start in October

2003, with an estimated annual budget of
$140 million. The US and Japan have agreed
to co-fund IODP, but will invite several other
European and Asian countries to participate
through monetary contributions totaling up to
a third of the cost of the program.
Through IODP, researchers from member
nations will have access to two newly-con-
structed and state-of-the-art drill ships. This
new technology will provide researchers
around the world access to a vast repository
of geological and environmental informa-
tion recorded far below the ocean surface in
seafloor sediments and rocks. It will serve as
the only means to study many important sci-
entific phenomena such as the global history
of climate change, sea level variations through
time, the ecology of microbes living deep
within the ocean crust, flow of water through
the ocean crust, and the origin and controls of
major earthquakes and volcanoes. According
to Martin, "UF's involvement at the highest
levels in ODP and IODP represents an out-
standing compliment to the level of oceano-
graphic research currently going on in the
geological sciences. "% -Allyson A.Beutke

CLASnotes February 2001

page 4

Brian McCrea

New Dial Center Director

Founded in 1996 as the Center for Written and Oral Communication and

endowed by the Dial family in the Spring of 1998, the William and Grace Dial
Center for Written and Oral Communication offers me, my Associate Director
Kellie Roberts and our 11 faculty the excitement and opportunity of a work in progress.
The Dial family encouraged the Center to focus on two major initiatives and to
use the income from the Dial trust to begin four long-term improvements. The initia-
tives were:
1) offering public speaking skills to all majors at the university;
2) designing and implementing classes for liberal arts and sciences, business adminis-
tration and engineering students to sharpen their communication skills in their cho-
sen fields.
The long-term improvements were:
1) developing as many as seven Speaking/Writing in the Discipline courses;
2) teaching approximately 1,000 students a year in Center-staffed courses, including
both the new "Writing in... courses and existing courses in Public Speaking and
Speech Communication;
3) supporting curriculum development workshops and services to UF faculty;
4) helping to launch a Center internet site, designed for off-campus education and
accessible to faculty, alumni, and businesses throughout Florida.

In Fall 2000 we taught almost 950
students in 34 sections of 12 courses.
Twenty-five of the 34 sections were listed
in the course catalog under Communica-
tion or Speech Communication prefixes.
Nineteen sections (more than one-half
of the offerings) were in Introduction to
Public Speaking. Committed to fostering
excellence in public speaking, we also
provide coaches for UF's much-honored
debate team.
In Fall 2000 we offered sections of
Writing in Communication Sciences and
Disorders, Writing in Psychology, and
Writing in Biological and Behavioral Sci-
ences, as well as honors sections of Writ-
ing for Pre-Law students and Writing for
Pre-Med students. Our faculty also have
designed and offered courses in Writing
in Sociology, Writing in Anthropology,
Speaking and Writing for Engineers, and

In January, the Online Writing Laboratory (OWL)
shop brought 12 teachers from 10 high schools
to the Dial Center to discuss how the lab can be
needs of students and teachers.

Advanced Professional Writing. While
these courses are all offered under the
English course number ENC 3254, they
depend heavily upon collaboration with
their "host" departments because they
focus upon writing conventions specific
to disciplines. For example, students in
the Writing in Psychology course work
in a computerized classroom, access psy-
chology indexes and databases, share and
"peer review" drafts of literature reviews,
and write research reports that follow the
scientific IMRAD model (Introduction,
Method, Results and Discussion).
In consultation with a consortium
of secondary schools, we recently started
an On-line Writing Laboratory (OWL).
In January, twelve teachers from ten high
schools across Florida came to Rolfs
Hall for an OWL Design Workshop.
After opening remarks by Interim Dean
Neil Sullivan and Dean
Emeritus Will Harrison,
the workshop focused on
the needs of students and
teachers that the OWL
can best serve. We agreed
that the OWL should not
be a grammar checker or
a term paper service, but
instead it should encour-
age students to become
active editors of their
writing. We have limited
Design Work- submissions to 500 words,
across Florida
st serve the a size that encourages
students to ask questions

CLASnotes February 2001

about thesis statements, paragraph unity, and transitions
between paragraphs. Rather than focus our comments on
entire essays, we ask students to appreciate what Dean
Harrison referred to as "the hard-won page.
Presently, we plan to host three such workshops
yearly as the OWL's service group grows. Profes-
sor Creed Greer, a lecturer on the Dial Center faculty,
supervises the OWL and envisions this virtual laboratory
eventually being available to students and professionals
We also have plans for a video-enhanced speech lab
that will serve students who have difficulty speaking in
public, a diagnosable and treatable condition known as
"communication apprehension." Like the OWL, the video
laboratory will serve students university-wide as well as
the general public. Because it is not virtual, we need to
find space for the video lab and are hoping to reconfigure
two classrooms in Rolfs Hall to that end.
My major challenge as director is staffing our Writ-
ing in the Disciplines courses. Because we cannot offer
enough sections to meet enrollment demand, we need to
train others to teach these courses. This will not be easy.
Preparing for and teaching the Writing in the Disciplines
courses is labor intensive; instructors with backgrounds
in the humanities study professional writing in other dis-
ciplines, then offer courses to majors in those disciplines.
All these courses depend upon the confidence of the
"host" departments in the instructors.

-See McCrea, page 10

page 5

Remembering Integration:

Forgotten Heroes of the Korean War

When Jason Goley began investigating the history
of race relations and war in America, he soon real-
ized he was treading in unexplored territory. Goley,
an undergraduate history major, who is also in the
University Scholars Program, researched and wrote
about African American veterans of the Korean War.
His mentor, History Chair Fitz Brundage, describes
Goley as a student who kept researching until
he found what he was looking for. "Jason's thesis
is both an overview and an intimate account of
integration in the military. He has displayed laud-
able perseverance and creativity in tracking down
veterans and recording their experiences. Neither
of us had any idea ofjust how'forgotten'the black
veterans of the Korean War really are."
The Department of Defense in Washington,
DC recently contacted Goley about compiling his
research findings so the facts can be presented at a
ceremony honoring African American Korean War
Veterans at Arlington National Cemetery in July.
-Allyson A. Beutke

Jason Goley working in Library West.

page 6

had already decided to focus my study of history on race relations when I went to
see the movie Saving Private Ryan a couple of years ago. I left the theater, how-
ever, with another historical passion: war. I was not concerned with tactics, strategy
or foreign policy. Rather, my interest was in the personal experiences of the men who
fought, suffered, and died. Early last year, when I was searching for a topic for my
senior thesis, I wanted a theme that incorporated race relations and war. After watching
an episode of "M.A.S.H." that dealt with racism in the army, I knew that my subject
would be the racial integration of the military during the Korean War.

The Korean War (1950-1953)
marked the first time that black and
white Americans fought side by side in
an integrated army. A "racial revolution"
occurred in the military during the course
of this war, but few people know about
it. Not only was the military the first
major American government institution
to integrate, but it did so during some
of the bloodiest battles of the twentieth
century. The Korean War never captured
the imagination of Americans and has
since faded from our collective memory.
The tragedy of forgetting this war lies
not only with the graves of the more than
30,000 Americans who died, but with our
failure to properly acknowledge one of
America's major milestones in race rela-
Dr. Brundage and I agreed that I
should concentrate on the experiences of
African American soldiers, as they were
the focus of integrating the military. We
further decided that I should seek out
and interview as many such veterans as
possible. These oral history interviews
would be the essential foundation of my
research. I began my search for black
veterans of the Korean War in May 2000,
full of optimism. By early October, I had
interviewed no one and was on the verge
of despair.
I naively believed that there was a
one-stop clearinghouse of veterans' affairs
that would give me a list of people who
fit the profile I was looking for. Instead,
the first person I spoke with told me that
Korean War veterans are the least enthu-
siastic in veteran activities, especially
African American veterans. He suggested
that I call individual Veterans of Foreign
Wars (VFW) chapters. But when I called

the Florida VFW headquarters, I made
another discovery: there is no list of
phone numbers for the Florida chapters.
In the meantime, I called every
organization I could find that was even
remotely associated with veterans. Most
did not have Korean War members, and
the few that did were white and unwilling
to talk about integration. In short, all I
was hearing was "no."
The internet presented my first hope
for success. I discovered the Korean War
Veterans Association and sent out a mass
email to the heads of all the Florida chap-
ters. I received email responses within
hours, and even a couple of phone calls.
I was ecstatic. Unfortunately, however,
the responses were merely sentiments of
support for my project, and promises that
as soon as any African Americans joined
their chapters they would refer them to
me. I was coming to the conclusion that
black Korean War veterans were rare
Finally, in July of last year, I made
contact with two white veterans who gave
me the phone numbers of African Ameri-
can friends who they said had served in
the Korean War. On July 17, armed with
a tape recorder and instructions from
Dr. Julian Pleasants of the Oral History
Program, I went to the home of one of
the black veterans to conduct my first
interview. Everything was going fine until
I asked my first specific question about
the war. He told me he was not assigned
to Korea until the early 1960s, years after
the war had ended. I finished the inter-
view, improvising as best I could, and
went home to call my other prospect, but
the phone number did not work. I emailed
the man who gave me the number, and

CLASnotes February 2001

he replied that his friend had moved, and that he would
not give me the new number because he believed I had
given him a computer virus!
August and September went by without any prog-
ress at all. I began making phone calls less and less fre-
quently. I was growing extremely frustrated with hearing
"no" all the time. Searching for African American veter-
ans of the Korean War was beginning to appear as futile
as looking for the Loch Ness Monster.
I was within days of giving up on the interviews
when, in early October, I noticed an icon on my internet
browser called "Yellow Pages." I clicked that obscure
link, which had been staring me in the face all this time,
and typed "VFW" in the search slot. Eight pages of
phone numbers for VFWs all over the state appeared
on the screen. I could feel a breakthrough coming. I
began going down the list, making one fruitless call after
another. Finally, I happened upon a predominantly black
chapter in Jacksonville that was in the process of plan-
ning a ceremony honoring African American veterans of
the Korean War. I told the commander about my project,
and he sent me an invitation.
On October 22, 2000, I drove to Jacksonville to
attend the ceremony. The "African American Veterans
Special Events Committee" was specifically honoring
ten black Korean War veterans, and there were approxi-
mately thirty others in attendance. US Congresswoman
Corrine Brown was there, as she put it, "to set the record
straight on the sacrifices and service of African Ameri-
cans during the Korean War." I had hit the jackpot for
sure. I left Jacksonville with six commitments for inter-

Not only was the military the first

major American government

institution to integrate, but it did

so during some of the bloodiest

battles of the twentieth century.

After all the phone calls, emails, and headaches, I
finally had the honor of interviewing some of America's
unsung heroes. One of these men, 73-year-old Harold
Coleman from Jacksonville, is an African American vet-
eran who was held as a prisoner of war by the Chinese
for nearly three years. The story of his capture is fasci-
Coleman arrived in Korea in January of 1951 and

Fighting with the 2nd Inf. Div. North of the Chongchon River, Sfc. Major Cleveland, weapons
squad leader, points out Communist-led North Korean position to his machine crew. November
20,1950. Photo by James Cox (courtesy US Army).

was assigned to the all-black 503rd Field
Artillery Battalion. He was immediately
sent north to the front lines, and, as he
remembered, "it looked like the whole
Korean civilian population [was going]
the other way. "A few weeks later, his unit
was "firing dead to the north. Then we
got instructions to start firing to the east,
and then... to the west. We knew some-
thing was wrong. Pretty soon, we got
instructions to fire to the southwest, and
all the way around us.... In the mountains
behind, you could see the Chinese com-
ing down in droves. They looked like
ants just coming down the side of the
mountain. Then they started overtaking
our positions." He was captured less than
a month after arriving in Korea, and spent
the rest of the war in various POW camps
along the North Korean-Chinese border.
Harold Coleman's story is just one of
the many examples of the overlooked sac-
rifices African Americans made for their
country during the Korean War. Even the
fact that the first victory of the war was
captured by the 24th Infantry Regiment,
an all black unit, has gone unrecognized
and has been virtually forgotten. All
of the men I interviewed served their
country in spite of the unequal, and often
harsh, treatment they received at home in
the United States. The veterans I spoke

with all agreed-to varying degrees-
with the statement, "We felt freer in a
foreign land than in the land of our birth."
Yet they fought for their country anyway.
These men put their lives on the line for
America-not America as it was, but for
America as it should be, as they knew it
could be. These men are true American
heroes, and need to be recognized as
I went to great lengths to interview
only five African American veterans of
the Korean War. I began this project with
the false hope that locating them would
be easy; that I would be "up to my knees"
in veterans. I learned quickly that because
history has ignored them, Korean War
veterans have assimilated themselves into
society, careful not to appear too proud.
Despite all the hardships I encoun-
tered, I am very lucky to have spoken
with the keepers of the memory of the
integration of the military and of the
Korean War. I could see the emotion in
Harold Coleman's eyes as he recalled
his capture; I could hear it in his voice.
I knew at that moment no matter how
many years pass, the Korean War is still
very much in the memories of the men
who fought it. That the rest of us have
forgotten is a tragedy. l
-Jason Goley

Transcripts of the veterans' interviews are now part of the Oral History Program's collection. Goley's complete research paper is published in the March issue of
the online Journal of Undergraduate Research . He will graduate in May and plans to pursue graduate studies in history.

CLASnotes February 2001

page 7

Investigating Bones

The Work of the C.A. Pound Human

Identification Laboratory

Human skeletal remains arrive at the C.A. Pound Human Identification Lab-
oratory in cardboard boxes that have been shipped through the mail just
like any other package. Usually the box contains the actual bones of a vic-
tim; occasionally a cast of the original is sent instead. Inside the lab, there are long
steel tables on which the groups of bones are carefully laid out. Each assemblage
forms more or less a human skeleton, depending on the extent of the decomposi-
tion when the body was discovered.
Every case that comes through the lab is different and, for Director Anthony
Falsetti, this is in part what holds his interest. "We get to solve each case and
derive an answer, and the answer is testable. Our peer review is the court of law."
Falsetti, who is frequently called to give testimony in court about cases on which
he has worked, treats each set case with sensitivity and respect. The bones are
what are left of a human individual whose life ended in a mystery that has yet to
be solved.

Anthony Falsetti and Ann Ross examining x-rays.

UF's Pound Lab is
the only full-time forensic
..,,,ii. ,|i-, ,_. lab in the
continental United States.
Housed in a nondescript
one-story building in the
southwest corner of cam-

pus, its setting belies its
importance. The lab pro-
vides analysis of human
skeletal remains for all 24
medical examiner districts
in the state as well as to
the Florida Department of

Law Enforcement, the US
Army Central Identifica-
tion Laboratory, and the
FBI. Falsetti accepts an
average of 120 cases a
year; this year 180 indi-
viduals passed through the

Falsetti arranging a teaching skeleton in the C.A. Pound workroom.

laboratory's doors. The
majority of cases come
from Florida. Cases are
also regularly sent from
New York and Louisiana,
and the forensic anthro-
pologists who work at the
lab have traveled as far as
Russia, Bosnia, and Nica-
ragua to do their work.
The Pound Lab
was founded in 1991 by
the late Bill Maples, an
internationally recog-
nized pioneer in forensic
..,Ilii -,, l,, known for
his work on advancing the
analysis of human skeletal
remains. Maples, who
was an anthropologist and
a curator at the Florida
Museum of Natural His-
tory, accepted his first
forensic case in 1972.
Over the years his case
load grew steadily until
the formation of a sepa-
rate laboratory became
a necessity. A generous
donation from C. Addison
Pound, Jr. enabled UF to
build the lab, which is
now a sub-unit within the
..,iil !, .i ,_r department.
Maples continued to work
in the lab until he passed
away in 1997.
Falsetti, a professor
of ..,,li-.. i. and a spe-
cialist in human identifica-
tion, took over the direc-
torship of the Pound Lab

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in 1996. He is particularly
interested in the analysis
of trauma and has exten-
sive experience working
on mass fatalities cases.
He was part of the teams
that worked on identifying
bodies and causes of death
in the Oklahoma City
bombing and the explo-
sion of TWA flight 800.
When asked about what
draws him to this field he
says, "I have always been
interested in biological
theory and human growth
development. And forensic
,..l, l -. '|i. is applied
science in a real life set-
ting. We come down out
of the ivory tower every
day to work on cases that
are important and relevant
to individual families as
well as the public sphere."
The Pound Lab is
primarily a service labo-
ratory, and the graduate
students studying forensic
...i.li. ..p.. ... at UF have
a unique opportunity to
train in such a setting.
Michael Warren, a profes-
sor of ..iiili-. '. ,- who
was trained by Bill Maples
and now teaches in the
department and works at
the Pound Lab, says that
students graduate from the
program with more experi-
ence than a board certified
forensic anthropologist.

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"It is an apprentice-type
situation. Students have a
hands-on learning experi-
ence as they work on their
assigned case. They take
it from beginning to end,
and then they go over their
findings with a professor.
We get 120 cases a year
with which to teach our
students-not one or two
like other programs."
Heather Walsh-Haney
is a graduate student in
forensic .,iil.... .1.i ._ who
has worked extensively in
the lab. She was drawn to
the field when Bill Maples
lectured in her biological
..I l. '!. .. .._ class. "I was
fascinated by the idea of
taking ..li ..|!i. .1 and
applying it to the letter
of the law," Walsh Haney
explains. "Dr. Maples was
talking about being held
accountable for his con-
clusions in court."
Walsh-Haney's future
plans include teaching,
running her own lab,
and helping women gain
access to the field of
medical-legal investiga-
tion. "Dr. Maples was
unusual in that he specifi-
cally encouraged women
to join the field," she says.
"When you are out there
working on cases, the
ValuJet tragedy in th ever-
glades for example, almost
everyone around you is
male-the police, the FBI,
the medical examiners,
and the other forensic
specialists. Through teach-
ing, public speaking, and
getting good quality stu-
dents I hope to encourage
women to get involved in
this profession."
Working with human
remains on cases that
are more often than not
unsolved tragedies can
be emotionally draining.
There are times, Walsh-
Haney admits, that it is
a challenge to find a bal-
ance between letting your
emotions heighten your
sensibilities and intensity,
and setting them aside so
that they do not impede

CLASnotes February 2001

on your work. "Working
with the juvenile victims
of the ValuJet tragedy was
difficult for me, seeing the
remains of children can be
particularly distressing."
Michael Warren
agrees that working on
cases involving children
is the most difficult. "I
was a paramedic for 15
years before I went back
to graduate school to
study anthropology," he
says. "As a paramedic I
had to deal with family
members and the constant
immediacy of death. In
this field, we are one step
removed from that, and
the intellectual curiosity
of each case removes us
even further. But even so,
when examining the bones
of a child, that shield often
melts away."
Warren exhumed
and examined bodies in
Bosnia for Physicians for
Human Rights, a nonprofit
organization committed to
bringing the skills of med-
icine and science to the
protection of international
human rights. He provided
forensic evidence for the
UN War Crimes Tribunal
in The Hague that Bosnian
war crimes victims were
in fact just that, victims
and not soldiers. He hopes
to return to Bosnia this
summer for further work,
and he plans on bringing
some students with him as
well. "Traveling and being
involved with human
rights issues is wonderful
training for graduate stu-
dents. Plus, it is important
Ann Ross is a post
doc in the lab who has
already done extensive
work in Bosnia. Ross is
interested in geometric
morphometry and identify-
ing subtle shape differ-
ences in human biological
forms, specifically the
face. In Bosnia, she did
extensive cranial research
on exhumed bodies and
came up with a set of
criteria that enabled her to

identify whether or not a
skull was that of a Croa-
tian or Bosnian. Because
these groups, for the most
part, remained socially
isolated from one another
for centuries and did not
intermarry, the shape of
their skulls retained subtle
but distinct differences
that Ross was able to
identify through taking
a careful set of measure-
ments. "These findings are
important," explains Ross,

Koss mapping points ror a iu co

"because they enable those
investigating the war to
determine, for instance,
what group of people is in
a mass grave. That in turn,
tells us who the likely
perpetrators of the crime
Ross is currently
using 3D capabilities to
create a database of human
crania. She is developing
the utility of new biologi-
cal distance software so
that she can simply enter

three XYZ coordinates
and the program can then
reconstruct the skull.
By contrast, the current
method involves tak-
ing linear measurements
with calipers on over one
hundred landmarks on the
skull in order to have the
requisite information. "I
am interested in using this
new capability to study
the peopling of the New
World," explains Ross. "I
would like to understand

mputer moael.

the migration patterns
in Latin America before
European contact. This
involves both forensic and
prehistoric work."
"One of the defini-
tive areas of research in
the lab right now is the
3D capability work that
Ann is doing," says Fal-
setti. "For instance, can
we define what Hispanics
are? Socially we lump
them together, forensi-
cally that does not help us.

With the 3D capability we
will be able to figure out
more specifically where
someone is from and what
their ancestry is. Someone
who was classified simply
as Hispanic can now be
identified more precisely
as a Haitian of African
decent or an Argentinean
of Spanish decent."
The Pound Lab is an
unrivaled resource at UF
and is the centerpiece of a
strong forensic anthropol-

ogy program. "We truly
have a unique setting in
which to work as well as
educate students." Falsetti
says. In the final verdict,
Warren sums up the dedi-
cation and enthusiasm of
those involved in the lab.
"This is exactly what I
want to be doing," he
says, "and exactly where I
want to be doing it. "%
-Laura H. Griffis

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McCrea, continued from page 4

As a short-term response
to this staffing problem, the col-
lege has authorized the Center to
add two faculty positions. In the
longer term, the college and the
Center need to determine both
the nature and the extent of the
instructor-training that the Center
will do.
Once we address the issue
of instructor-training, we can

increase our Writing in the Dis-
ciplines offerings. At this point,
our resources only permit us to
have one new course, "Writing in
Physical Sciences," in develop-
ment. We hope to design more
courses that combine instruction
in writing and speech, team-
taught courses along the lines
of our Speaking and Writing for
Engineers. Such courses should

be particularly useful to students
interested in leadership roles in
politics, business and education.
Having pursued the initia-
tives envisioned in the Dial gift,
we now are ready to compete for
major program grants that will
publicize and promote our unique
approach to communication.
Although educational capital has
flowed into Writing/ Speaking

across the Discipline programs,
many of those programs have
struggled to find a permanent
place in university curricula. That
is because, as the Dial Center can
demonstrate, courses in Speaking
and Writing across the Disciplines
only work if first they are courses
in Speaking and Writing in the
Disciplines. l
-Brian McCrea

CLASnotes February 2001


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Bookbeat Recent Publications from CLAS Faculty

Where These Memories Grow: History,
Memory, and Southern Identity
Edited by W. Fitzhugh Brundage (History)
University of North Carolina Press

This collection presents fresh and innovative
perspectives on how southerners across two
centuries and from
Texas to North
Carolina have inter-
preted their past.
Thirteen contribu-
tors explore the
workings of histori-
cal memory among
groups as diverse
as white artisans in
century Georgia,
African American
authors in the late
nineteenth century, and Louisiana Cajuns in
the twentieth century. In the process, they
offer critical insights for understanding the
many communities that make up the American
As ongoing controversies over the Confed-
erate flag, the Alamo, and depictions of slavery
at historic sites demonstrate, southern history
retains the power to stir debate. By placing
these and other conflicts over the recalled
past into historical context, this collection will
deepen our understanding of the continuing
significance of history and memory for south-
ern regional identity.

Body Politics and the Fictional Double
Edited by Debra Walker King (English)
Indiana University Press

In recent years, questions concerning "the
body" and its place in postmodern discourses
have taken center
-* stage in academic
Disciplines. Body
Politics joins these
discussions by
focusing on the
L challenges women
face when their
externally defined
S. identities and
representations as
V. ,I:D,.. bodies-their body
W'IDK.tE E'.A fictions-speak
louder than what
they know to be their lived experience of true
Racialized, gendered, or homophobic body
fictions disfigure individuals by concealing
them beneath a veil of invisibility and political,

emotional, or spiritual suffocation. As objects
of interpretation, "female bodies" in search
of health care, legal assistance, professional
respect, identity confirmation, and financial
security must first confront their fictionalized
doubles in a collision that, in many cases, ends
in disappointment, distress, and even suicide.
The moments of collision this volume
examines include reflections on women's day-
to-day lives as well as the cultural productions
(literature, MTV, film, etc.) that give body fic-
tions their power and influence. By exploring
how these fictions are manipulated politically,
expressively, and communally, contributors
offer reinterpretations that challenge the fic-
tional double while theorizing the discursive
and performative forms it takes.

Women Farmers and Commercial Ventures:
Increasing Food Security in Developing
Edited by Anita Spring ..ilii. .i....I and
African Studies)
Lynne Rienner Publishers

(book summary)
Women around
the world are enter-
ing commercial
often succeed- lbrs,
ing-despite devel-
opment policies
designed to exclude
them. In this com-
parative volume,
case studies reveal
that farm women
in Africa, Asia, and Latin America are rapidly
becoming more than "subsistence producers."
The authors [in this collection] explore the
societal and domestic changes brought about as
women move from subsistence agriculture to
positions as wage laborers, contract growers,
farm owners, and agricultural marketers. They
demonstrate cogently that entry into commer-
cial agriculture may increase women's power
and status, as well as increasing the quality and
quantity of food and household income.

The Politics of Gay Rights
Edited by Craig A. Rimmerman, Kenneth D.
Wald (Jewish Studies & Political Science),
and Clyde Wilcox
University of Chicago Press

Few issues in American politics inspire such
passion as civil rights for gays and lesbians.
In these original essays, scholars and activists
writing from a number of different perspec-
tives provide a comprehensive overview of this
heated debate.

Contributors thoroughly investigate the poli-
tics of the gay and lesbian movement, begin-
ning with its political organizations and tactics.
The essays also address the strategies and
ideology of conservative opposition groups,
such as the Chris-
tian Right. They
focus on key issues
for public policy,
including gays and
lesbians openly
serving in the mili-
tary, anti-discrimi-
nation laws and
the ongoing AIDS
crisis. The book
ends with chapters
that discuss the
ways in which the
political struggle for gay rights has played out
in various arenas-in Congress, in the courts,
in state and local governments, and in electoral
Forcefully argued and accessible written,
this collection is an important contribution to
the current discussion about civil rights for
gays and lesbians

America's Great War: World War I and
the American Experience
Robert H. Zieger (History)
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

America's Great War provides vivid descrip-
tions of the famous battles, personalities, and
diplomatic maneuverings [of WWI], while
it destroys numerous popular myths about
America's role in the war. Unlike any histo-
rians before him, Zieger details how the war
forever altered
American politics, AM[IRII GLAAT WAN
culture, and society, ............... .....
and he chronicles ROBERT H. ZIEGER
America's rise to
prominence within
the postwar world.
Zieger describes
how the war was
directly responsible
for creating the
National Security
State, for generat-
ing powerful new
instruments of social control, for bringing
about innovative labor and social welfare pro-
grams, for expanding powers of the executive
office, and for redefining civil liberties and
race relations. Finally, Zieger persuasively
argues that World War I created the current
global balance of power and established the
continuing primacy of globalism in American
foreign policy.

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Center for Humanities Lecture Series

T he nascent Center for languages, philosophy, and religion.
SHumanities is holding an UF History Chair Fitz Brund-
extensive series of conferenc- age says this is the first time the
es and speakers throughout the humanities departments at UF have
spring semester. Internationally made a collaborative effort to educate
renowned researchers, writers, and inform. "We want everyone to be
and professors will speak on aware of the humanities-related activi-
topics related to English, history, ties that are happening on campus.

The events for March and April are:
Monday, March 12, 8 pm Thursday, March 22, 4 pm
John D'Arms, former dean of William Labov, professor of linguistics,
the graduate school at the Univer- University of Pennsylvania, "Linguistic Diver-
sity of Michigan and current presi- gence in America: The Growing Separation of
dent of the American Council of Dialects and its Consequences for American
Learned Societies, "The State of the Society," Friends of Music Room, University
Humanities," Keene Faculty Center Auditorium
Wednesday, March 21, 3 pm Friday, March 30-Saturday, March 31
Rita Gross, professor emerita of reli- 8 pm Keene Faculty Center
gion, University of Wisconsin, "Bud- Almost Always Deceived: Revolutionary
dhism and Social Justice: Gender and Praxis and Reinventions of Need, a confer-
Environmental Issues," Keene Faculty ence sponsored by the English department and
Center the Marxist Reading Group featuring:
Rosemary Hennessy, associate professor of
Wednesday, March 21, 4 pm English, University of Albany
Paul Julian Smith, professor and E Ui r Ab
i Peter McLaren, professor of urban schooling:
chair, department of Spanish and
curriculum, teaching, leadership and policy
Portugese, Cambride University studies, University of California, Los Angeles
"Almodovar's Blue Period: Resurrect-
ing the Art Movie," Dauer Hall 219,
McQuown Room

Through this lecture series we will
encourage fresh and valuable conver-
sations and bring these diverse issues
into public light."
All lectures are free and open to the

Monday, April 2, 7:20 pm
Douglas Olson, professor of classics, Uni-
versity of Minnesota, "Aristophanes and the
Politics of Athenian Old Comedy," Turlington
Thursday, April 5, 4 pm
Frederick Newmeyer, professor of linguis-
tics, University of Washington, "Formal Lin-
guistics and Functional Explanation: Bridging
the Gap," Anderson Hall 216
Thursday, April 5, 7:20 pm
Tim Moore, professor of classics, University
of Texas, "Did the Romans Laugh at Them-
selves? The Case of Plautus," Turlington L011
Monday, April 9, 7:20 pm
Kirk Freudenburg, professor of classics,
Ohio State University, "Tampering with an
Icon: The Politics of 'Refinement' in Horace,
Sermones Book 1," Turlington L011

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