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Vol. 15 The University of Florida College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Nos. 6/7







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Around the College .................................. 2
The Dean's Musings ............................ 3
Spring 2001
Baccalaureate. .............................................. 4
E. Raymond Andrew
M em o rial ...................................................... 5
Astronomy Shines .............................. 6
2001-2002
UFRF Professors................... .............. 8
G rants ........................... ........ .................. 10
Bookbeat ................................................ 11
AAC Advisor Named
UF Advisor of the Year........................... 12
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Around the College



DEPARTMENT NEWS


Botany
Jack Putz was recently invited to
speak at the University of Iowa as
part of a distinguished lectureship
series on "Economic Development
and Environmental Protection: A
Challenge for the 21st Century."
The Iowa City Foreign Relations
Council sponsored the series of
presentations, and Putz's talk
was titled "Conservation with
Chainsaws: Market Forces and
Improved Management in Working
Tropical Forests." Putz is a senior
research associate with the Center
for International Forestry Research
(CIFOR) in Indonesia, and his
work focuses on the ecological
basis of sustainable management
of both old and new world tropical
forests.

History
Jon Sensbach was appointed a
National Humanities Center Fel-
low for the 2001-02 year by the
National Humanities Center, which
is a private, independent institute
for advanced study in the humani-
ties. Sensbach is one of 42 fellows
named for the upcoming year. The
fellows will work individually on
research projects and exchange
ideas in seminars, lectures, and
conferences at the center, which is


located in Research Triangle Park,
NC. Sensbach's project is titled
"Rebecca's Revival: The Origins
of Afro-Christianity in the Atlantic
World."

Mathematics
A fundamental research paper by
David Drake, coauthored with
G.H.J van Rees and W.D. Wallis
and titled "Maximal sets of mutu-
ally orthogonal Latin squares,"
was selected by the journal Dis-
crete Mathematics to be in the
Editors' Choice Edition. Elsevier
Science, which publishes the jour-
nal, has posted the paper online
at ations/store/5/0/5/6/1/0/>.


James Shepperd presented a
paper titled "Judging Relative
Risk: Optimism in Personal Esti-
mates or Pessimism in Target Esti-
mates?" at a conference on social
psychology and public health in
Chambery, France in May.

Religion
At the spring initiation of the UF
chapter of the honor society Phi
Kappa Phi, Richard Hiers was
presented with a Certificate of
Appreciation for Contribution to


Higher Education. Hiers is a past
president of the UF chapter, which
was founded in 1911. Each year
the society elects to membership
students who are graduating in the
top 10 percent of their respective
colleges or programs throughout
the university; it also provides
several scholarships to outstanding
students.
In May, Hiers also had an
article published in the online jour-
nal Forum on Religion and Ecol-
ogy. The article, titled "Reverence
for Life and Environmental Ethics
in Biblical Law and Covenant,"
can be found at harvard.edu/religion/research/
Christianity/hiers_l.htm>.


Felix Berardo was invited to
Haifa, Israel in June to participate
in an international conference
on "The Family, the Internet,
and Privacy" at the University
of Haifa. The special invitation
recognized Berardo's contribution
to the sociology of privacy and
the family. Conference workshops
will be devoted to analyzing and
interpreting data recently collected
in Israel, replicating a similar
large-scale study conducted in the
US. The study explores patterns of


computer use and general attitudes
towards the internet, with a special
emphasis on issues of privacy
and release of information on the
internet. Berardo will address the
question "Has the Family Lost
the Battle Over Privacy?" using
the area of medical privacy to
illustrate the onslaught of infringe-
ments now taking place in the
health care industry.

Jay Gubrium presented a three-
day seminar titled "Narrative
Approaches to Social Research for
the Qualitative Social Research
Unit" at Tampere University, Fin-
land in May. The seminar was part
of a series of presentations he has
been giving in the Nordic coun-
tries on the intersection of narra-
tive practice, institutional cultures,
and social interaction.

Women's Studies and Gen-
der Research
Antoinette Emch-Deriaz orga-
nized a panel titled "Rousseau's
Geneva for the American Soci-

ety" for the Eighteenth Century
Studies' annual meeting in New
Orleans on April 18-20. She also
presented her paper, "The Reality/
Ideality of Geneva."


Introducing New CLASnet PC Techs


Clockwise from lower left: Bob Childs, Leon Buckles,
Maureen Busby, and Christina Neipert provide PC computer
and networking support to departments.


page 2


The John G. Thompson Research
Assistant Professorship
During a reception held at the Keene Faculty Center on April 4 in honor
of National Medal of Science winner John Thompson, Interim Dean
Neil Sullivan announced the creation of the John G. Thompson Research
Assistant Professorship in Mathematics. This will be a three-year posi-
tion offered every year and open to young PhDs in all areas of math-
ematics.
Mathematics Chair Krishnaswami Alladi says, "A number of top
mathematics departments throughout the country have prestigious named
assistant professorships. By having Professor Thompson's name attached
to such a position, we will gain national attention and attract the best
young minds in mathematics. I am glad that this idea received strong
support from the dean, the provost, and the vice president for research."
In 2002 Thompson will celebrate his 70th birthday, and a Special
Year in Algebra is being planned for the occasion. The first appointment
of this newly formed assistant professorship will be during the 2002-03
year.




Correction: The Maurice Coffyn Holmes Memorial Scholarship can
be awarded to either graduate or undergraduate students. In the May
issue, we mistakenly referred to the scholarship as the Coffyn-Holmes
Dissertation Fellowship.

CLASnotes June/July 2001







Associate Dean Becomes Associate Provost
CLAS Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs Joe Glover will be
leaving the dean's office at the end of June. Glover is the uni-
versity's new Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and will
be working in Tigert. After serving as math department chair for
five years, Glover came to the dean's office in July 1998. Former
CLAS Dean Will Harrison created Glover's position to deal with
faculty matters such as tenure, promotion, salary, and teaching
awards. Harrison says the job calls for someone who has the
respect and trust of the faculty, and Glover has been superb in
the position. "Joe will be missed in CLAS, but he is ready for the
next level. He is one of the most efficient people I know, rapidly
cutting through the academic dreck to solve seemingly intractable problems."
As associate provost for academic affairs, Glover's job duties will include serv-
ing as UF's articulation officer in charge of community college relations, managing
university-wide grievances for faculty and professional school students, and overseeing
UF's tuition exchange program. Interim Dean Neil Sullivan says Glover's new position
will allow him to continue serving CLAS and the university. "Through his attention to
detail and to the needs of students, as well as his insistence on high standards, Joe has
served our college with distinction."


List of Promoted Professors, Effective Fall 2001


Distinguished Professor
Steven Albert Benner, Chemistry
Louis Joseph Guillette, Jr, Zoology

Professor
Aida A. Bamia, African and Asian Lan-
guages and Literatures
Thomas W. Gallant, History
Angel Kwolek-Folland, Women's Studies
Scott A. McCullough, Mathematics
Julian M. Pleasants, History
Luise Susan White, History

Associate Professor
Monika Ardelt, Sociology
Shifra Armon, Romance Languages and
Literatures
Tim D. Cleaveland, History
Kimberly Lynn Emery, English
Alice Freifeld, History
Andrey Korytov, Physics


Sheryl T. Kroen, History
Kenneth J. Logan, Communication Sci-
ences and Disorders
Ellen Eckels Martin, Geological Sciences
Dmitrii Maslov, Physics
Joseph F Spillane, Criminology and Law
Weihong Tan, Chemistry
Pham Huu Tiep, Mathematics
Phillip E. Wegner, English
Caroline R. Wiltshire, I ti..

Research Professor
Margaret M. Bradley, Psychology

Scientist
Khalil A. Abboud, Chemistry

Associate Scientist
Ion Ghiviriga, Chemistry
Jacobo Konigsberg, Physics


CLAS Retirees
The following CLAS professors retired during the 2000-2001 academic year:
Corbin S. Carnell, English Marilyn Holly, Philosophy
Peggy Conway, Political Science Dorothy Nevill, Psychology
Brain M. DuToit, Ail,,. '/. .i. ,. Carolyn Smith, English
Dana Griffin, Botany

Dial Center's Public Speaking Competition
The eleventh annual Public Speaking Students Forum was held on April 11th. This
competitive public speaking event is co-sponsored by UF's Dial Center for Written and
Oral Communication and McGraw-Hill Publishers. Five student speakers were selected
to compete from over 1,000 UF students who were enrolled in the Dial Center's intro-
ductory course in public speaking over the past year. These five students, who were
nominated by their instructors, presented speeches on topics of their own choice. The
topics included questioning eyewitness testimony, the worthiness of the SAT, and pro-
miscuity among America's youth.
This year's judging panel included: David Hedge, Political Science; Marilyn Rob-
erts, College of Journalism and Communications; David Foster, UF Speech and Debate
Team president; and Dan Moors of McGraw-Hill Publishing. Slade Dukes, a graduate
assistant at the center, was the master of ceremonies. He presented cash awards to the
top three speakers. Taking first place as the most communicative speaker was Court-
ney Dealy, a junior majoring in psychology and Spanish. Reid Mullen, a political sci-
ence major, was second and Starr Chiodo, a junior in telecommunication production
came in third.


University Summer
The time when universities essentially
closed down over the summer has long
passed.Today's research university,and
UF is no exception, is a bustling enterprise
offering a full range of programs from basic
courses of instruction to advanced research.
In CLAS, summertime finds colleagues in
the field from the Yucatan peninsula to the
Tibetan highlands,while others on campus
take the opportunity to complete that
anthology or repeat that stubborn experi-
ment that needs the extra time not avail-
able in the academic year. It is true some
take leave and flee to cooler climes, but
they are fewer than in the past.
The summer also offers a valuable time
for reflection on the future, as well as a
chance to prepare for the coming academic
year.This opportunity is all the more impor-
tant this year as we gear up for the new
governance structure and the changes that
are anticipated.There is a special need to
create new structures to ensure the welfare
of our staff, students and faculty, who will
be under our charge in a more direct man-
ner in the new system.
While the budget prospects are challeng-
ing (to say the least), in order to build new
structures with new staff, CLAS must con-
tinue to focus on its goals and long term
plans. College faculty have developed new
initiatives in international areas ranging
from the partnership in the new telescope
being constructed on the Canary Islands
to the advanced studies of land use and
climate change in southeast Florida and
Guatemala, to new ventures in bioinformat-
ics.These initiatives, if successful, can propel
the arts and sciences at UF into the top tier
of public universities.
Providing the highest quality in our core
programs is critical if we are to meet our
responsibility to the state to provide future
leadership for Florida. Emerging industries
and growing socio-economic needs are
crying out for improved standards in educa-
tion and for individuals with advanced skills
at all levels.While one or two of our state
leaders have said that they do not want to
see a Berkeley or M.I.T. of the South in our
state, most of us certainly agree that Florida
cannot attain the economic level that is
within our grasp without such institutions.

Neil Sullivan




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Spring 2001


Baccalaureate


CLA graduates, family, friends, and faculty filled the
C University Auditorium for the 19th Annual CLAS
Baccalaureate Ceremony on Friday, May 4 to celebrate Spring
Commencement.
During the program, Interim Dean Neil Sullivan introduced
top CLAS scholars and faculty, the Gainesville Civic Chorus
performed, Michelle D. Hardwood gave the valedictory speech,
Patricia Craddock (president pro-tempore to the faculty) hon-
ored retiring faculty, and President Charles Young spoke about
the importance of a liberal arts and sciences education.








V Outstanding Graduates
Each semester, the UF Alumni Association recognizes an elite
group of outstanding graduating students for their perfor-
mance on and off campus. Of the 11 graduates honored at the
May 5 commencement ceremonies, six were CLAS students.
Four-Year Scholars Outstanding
Kristan M. Raymond, Zoology Female Leader
Hamp Sessions, Chemistry Jennifer Schwanke,
Jessica M.Valenzuela, Cell Biology
Psychology
Outstanding
Two-Year Scholar Male Leader
Liisa Ann Collins, English Brian Dassler, English






CLAS Valedictorians 2001
The following CLAS graduates
were honored at Baccalaureate on
May 4 for maintaining a 4.0 GPA
throughout their undergraduate
careers at UF.
David S. Almeling, Political
Science
Nathalia A. Christie, Psychology
Melinda M. Cothern, Criminology
and Law
MarkW. Delaquil, History
Janice D. Gorin, History
Michelle D. Harwood, Psychology
Jessica M. Jones, Anthropology
Daniel E. Manzano, English
Lindsay C. Maxon, Communication
Sciences and Disorders
Jason S. Nochimson, Political
Science
Elizabethan O'Shields, Psych-ology
Kristan M. Raymond,Zoology
Katharine E. Ruffett, Communica-
tion Sciences and Disorders
Hamp Sessions, Chemistry
Jessica M.Valenzuela, Psychology


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CLASnotes June/July 2001










E. Raymond Andrew

June 27,1921-May 27,2001


World-renowned physicist E. Raymond Andrew passed

away on May 27 at his home in Gainesville. Andrew
was a graduate research professor emeritus in the
Department of Physics. He was a member of the Royal Society
and taught at UF from 1983-1998. Andrew was renowned inter-
nationally for his work on magnetic resonance and in particular
for his pioneering contributions to nuclear magnetic resonance
(NMR) spectroscopy and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI),
which has made such an enormous contribution to medicine.


"Although Andrew was truly one
of the greats in his field of science, he
always had time to talk to and encour-
age young scholars and students," says
Interim Dean Neil Sullivan. "He was
a statesman and a gentleman in all his
interactions with fellow scientists, staff
and students. He will be dearly missed by
all who had the fortune to know him."
Andrew was a graduate of the Cav-
endish Laboratories, Cambridge, and he
received a bachelor's degree in 1942,
master's in 1946, doctorate in 1948
and doctor of science in 1964. His first
work on NMR came shortly after it was
discovered at Harvard, where he was a
Commonwealth Fellow from 1948-49.
He returned to Scotland as lecturer at St.
Andrews where he carried out seminal
NMR studies of solids. Many of his
experiments are classics in today's text-
books.
Andrew moved to the University
of Wales (Bangor) in 1954 and was pro-
fessor and head of the Department of
Physics until 1964. During this period
he made one of his most significant dis-
coveries, the narrowing of NMR lines by
magic angle spinning, which has been
the foundation of modern high resolution
NMR studies for chemical structures.
In 1964 he was appointed Lancashire-
Spencer Professor and head of physics
at Nottingham where he became dean in
1975. There, Andrew continued his work
on using rapid rotation of samples for
high resolution studies and made another
major contribution to the field of magnet-
ic resonance with his pioneering studies
on MRI.
He left Britain for the US in 1983
to join the NMR physics group at UF as


graduate research professor with joint
appointments in the Departments of Phys-
ics, Radiology, and Nuclear Engineering.
Every time Andrew made a move he
added another quantum to the advances
in NMR. Indeed, he played a major
role in establishing the vision for the
National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
in Florida in 1990.-Andrew continued a
very active program at UF with particular
interest in the use of a recently acquired 3
T whole body-imaging capability jointly
operated by UF and the Veterans' Admin-
istration Medical Center in Gainesville.
Andrew's work was characterized
by his exceptional ability to see things
clearly and a careful insight into the fun-
damentals of his area of physics. All in
the field are deeply indebted to him, not
only for his accomplishments but also for
the style that was his hallmark: he was a
firm but kind gentleman of high standards
that could only come from an aristocrat
of the academy.
Andrew is survived by his wife
Eunice, twin daughters, Patricia Andrew
and Charmian Hopkins, and his grand-
children Heather and Holly Hopkins.
A memorial service will be held at
UF later this summer. Please contact the
Department of Physics for more informa-
tion.
Donations are being collected to
establish the E. Raymond Andrew Memo-
rial Fund. You are invited to send contri-
butions to:
The Physics Department, Fund #2233
c/o University of Florida Foundation, Inc.
PO Box 14425
2012 West University Avenue
Gainesville, Florida 32604


Spinning Spins
A Tribute to Raymond Andrew

Today we salute
A great man of repute
We bring greetings from near and afar,
With boundless delight
We applaud his insight
Into the workings of NMR.

With magical skill
He could select at will
The weak from the strong interaction,
Revealing to all
Those shifts large and small
That yield such key information.

Few experiments can surpass
The versatility of MAS
In probing the secrets of nature
We ponder anew
The progress that's due
To Raymond's great genius and stature.

Vincent McBrierty, 1997


CLASnotes June/July 2001


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Astronomy Shines


Faculty Win Four CAREER Awards in as Many Years


In April, when Ata Sarajedini received a Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) award
from the National Science Foundation, he became the fourth faculty member in the astronomy department
in four consecutive years to win the prestigious award. Winning a single CAREER award is a boon for a
department, and "four in a row is truly amazing," says Stan Dermott, chair of the department.
CAREER awards are given by the NSF to junior faculty in order to support overall career development.
The awards are intended to support research as well as education and outreach. The NSF describes the pro-
gram as enabling "the early development of academic careers dedicated to stimulating the discovery process
in which the excitement of research is enhanced by inspired teaching and enthusiastic learning." The award is
usually in the range of $500,000 and is given out over a five-year period.


"I was ecstatic when I found
out that I had won," recalls Sara-
jedini. "As a science educator you
need external funding to keep your
research going. Now I know that I
have that for the next five years."
Sarajedini's proposal, "Stellar
Populations in the Local Volume,"
involves measuring and analyzing
the colors of stars in our galaxy,
the Milky Way, and its galactic
neighbors, collectively known as
the Local Group. The colors of
stars are indicators of their tem-
peratures-hot stars are blue and
cool stars are red. The temperature
is in turn a measure of the star's
evolutionary state and its chemical
composition. Therefore, the colors


of stars can be used to study the
formation, evolution, and chemical
enrichment properties of both stars
and the galaxies in which they
reside.
By studying the ages and
chemical compositions of Local
Group galaxies with a range of
masses-from dwarfs to giants-
Sarajedini's research will help
shed light on the validity of the
accretion hypothesis. This hypoth-
esis is the most popular theory
for the formation of galaxies such
as the Milky Way and involves
a gradual build up achieved by
tearing, shredding and assimilat-
ing much smaller dwarf galaxies.
This accretion picture of galaxy


formation has recently received
dramatic support because of the
discovery of a dwarf galaxy that
is apparently in the process of
being cannibalized by the Milky
Way.
Like all CAREER grant pro-
grams, the involvement of under-
graduate and graduate students
is an important component of
Sarajedini's research. His projects
involve students at the highest lev-
els of research. They will have the
chance to work with observations
from the Hubble Space Telescope
in addition to taking their own
data at observatories in southern
Arizona and the Andes mountains
in Chile. "I really enjoy mentoring


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students, and one-on-one interac-
tion is very important." says Sara-
jedini. "Seeing them learn new
concepts, understand research, and
ask questions is incredibly reward-
ing."
Sarajedini's CAREER grant
comes on the heels of the one
awarded to Fred Hamann just a
year ago in the spring of 2000.
Hamann had only been at UF for
a month when, encouraged by
Dermott, he applied. "I had been
developing this project for the
last six or seven years," Hamann
explains. "The challenge in apply-
ing for the CAREER award was
to develop a five-year plan and
not think only about the next
step."
Hamann's CAREER research
focuses on a particular exotic
aspect of galaxy formation, qua-
sars (or quasi-stellar objects).
Quasars live in the centers of
massive galaxies. They are called
"quasi-stellar" because they
appear to us as unresolved points
of light, like stars. But quasars
are a trillion times brighter. They
typically outshine the entire gal-
axy around them. That extreme
brightness allows us to observe
quasars out to the limits of the
observable universe. From those
great distances, the light takes bil-
lions of years to reach us, so we
can essentially look back in time.
Hamann takes advantage of
this ability to look back in time to
study the early evolution of both
the quasars and their host galax-
ies. The leading theory about qua-
sars is that they are powered by
black holes, which are a million to
a billion times more massive than
the sun. Matter from the surround-


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ing galaxy is drawn in, forming
an accretion disk around the black
hole. This material heats up and
glows brightly as it spirals furi-
ously into the gravitational abyss.
The resulting light source is the
quasar. Hamann analyzes spectra
of distant quasars to infer basic
properties of their gaseous envi-
ronments, such as their dynamics,
temperatures, elemental com-
positions and total masses. The
goal of his work is to understand
quasars better in the larger context
of the formation and evolution of
galaxies.
Hamann draws on his
research to contribute to various
outreach projects in the commu-
nity. In February, for instance, he
gave a talk about quasars to the
Alachua County Astronomy Club.
"I consider it a part of my job
to try to communicate in public
venues and make connections
between UF and the community,"
remarks Hamann. "This was an
audience extremely interested in
astronomy and there were ques-
tions throughout."
While Hamann was putting
the final touches on his proposal
for the NSF, Richard Elston was
finishing his first year of research
supported by a CAREER award.
In 1999 Elston not only won the
CAREER award, in the fall he
was notified that he had been
selected for the distinguished
Presidential Early Career Award
for Scientists and Engineers
(PECASE) award as well. Each
year, a select group of CAREER
winners are recognized by the
president with PECASE awards.
This award supercedes the


CAREER award and is "the high-
est honor bestowed by the United
States Government on scientists
and engineers beginning their
independent careers."
The goal of Elston's
CAREER/PECASE study is to
understand how galaxies and the
structures they trace in the uni-
verse came into being. Owing to
their distances, galaxies become
very faint and, because of the
expansion of the universe, all of
the visible light that astronomers
typically study from galaxies is
"redshifted" into the near-infrared.
Elston has constructed the world's
first near-infrared multi-object
spectrometer called "FLAMIN-
GOS." While infrared spectrom-
eters exist on nearly every large
telescope in the world, they can
only observe one object at a time.
FLAMINGOS allows 50 to 100
objects to be recorded simultane-
ously, so an entire class of objects
can be studied in detail for the
first time. FLAMINGOS imaging
will allow Elston to find galaxies
during the crucial epoch when
galaxies and clusters are forming.
The year before Elston won
his CAREER/PECASE award,
his colleague and wife, Eliza-
beth Lada, was recognized with


the same distinction. Lada was
the first of the consecutive four
astronomers in the department to
win a CAREER award. Less than
a year later, she too went to the
White House to receive the presti-
gious PECASE award.
Lada is using the funding to
study the formation and evolution
of young stars and their potential
planetary systems. Results from
Lada's earlier work have shown
that most stars in our galaxy form
in dense clusters of stars rather
than in relative isolation. The
extent to which such a dense envi-
ronment alters the formation and
evolution of the stars and their
subsequent planetary systems is
unknown and is the focus of her
current research.
"These awards have been
extremely helpful in my career
and have allowed me to pursue
long-term and sometimes risky
projects without worrying about
where the funding will come
from," explains Lada. "I am
focusing on larger projects and
am able to research an area more
thoroughly, therefore having a
greater impact on solving a prob-
lem."
Along with directly involv-
ing both graduate and under-


graduate students in their research
programs, Elston's and Lada's
NSF CAREER/PECASE grants
both have strong educational
components. For instance, jointly
they have organized a series of
"Children's Astronomy Nights"
that are designed to increase sci-
ence awareness and enjoyment
among children in grades K-12.
This program has been expanded
to bring UF graduate students into
classrooms in Alachua County,
thus providing a unique teaching
experience for graduate students
as well as exciting science lec-
tures for the students.
Lada, Elston, Hamann and
Sarajedini are all poised to con-
tinue to make remarkable contri-
butions to the study of astronomy,
both through their own research
as well as through mentoring stu-
dents and community outreach.
The prestige and potential that
come with winning a CAREER
award have been multiplied by
four in their department. "These
awards will allow our department
to grow in strength and stature
and to achieve an outstanding aca-
demic environment," says Saraje-
dini. For this department, not even
the sky is the limit.
-Laura H. Griffis


On the Cover: Award-Winning Astronomy Faculty (clockwise from top) Fred Hamann, Ata Sarajedini, Richard Elston, Elizabeth Lada
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2001-2002 UFRF Professors


The University of Florida Research Foundation (UFRF) recently recognized its
annual class of UF Research Foundation Professors.The three-year professor-
ships were created by UFRF to recognize faculty who have established a distin-
guished record of research and scholarship that is expected to lead to continuing
distinction in their field. Six CLAS professors received the awards this year, which
include a $5,000 annual salary supplement and a one-time $3,000 research grant.
Since it was founded in 1986 to enhance research at UF, UFRF has become the
primary vehicle for handling research and intellectual property interactions with
private companies and foundations.Today, it manages more than 800 grants and
some 60 licensed technologies.


Alexander Dranishnikov
Alexander Dranishnikov, professor of math-
ematics, works in the field of topology, which is
an offshoot of geometry. The great mathemati-
cian David Hilbert defined a topologist as a
person who does not see the difference between
a doughnut and a beer mug, since each has one
hole in it. These holes are "visual" topological
invariants. Many geometric objects have less
visual topological invariants. One of them is
dimension. The dimension of a line or a plane is
easy to see, but seeing the dimension of general
topological spaces is not easy.
Dranishnikov's most prominent research
achievement to date is solving the Alexan-
droff problem, first stated in the 1920s, which
concerns the equivalence between geometric
and algebraic approaches to the definition of
dimension. Several prominent mathematicians
were unable to solve the problem, and by the
1970s it had gained the reputation of being
unbreakable. Using a unique application of a
mathematical tool called the K-theory, Dra-
nishnikov solved the Alexandroff problem in
1988. The K-theory, which has been around


for more than 30 years, is an evolutionary step
in the development of the idea of homology
(the classification of configurations into dis-
tinct types that imposes an algebraic structure
on families of geometric figures). For his solu-
tion of the problem, Dranishnikov received an
award from the Russian Academy of Science
as well as the Bing Award, presented to Dra-
nishnikov in 1990 at Southwest Texas State
University.
His current research is connected with
one of the central problems in topology, the
Novikov Higher Signatures Conjecture. He has
discovered that the Novikov Conjecture, from
a completely different part of topology, resem-
bles the Alexandroff Problem when considered
from a macroscopic point of view.

David Evans
David Evans, professor of zoology, is a com-
parative physiologist who studies how the gills
of fishes play a vital role in such important
processes as gas exchange, salt and water
regulation, excretion of nitrogen waste, and
regulation of blood acidity (pH). Each summer


since 1978, Evans' research has taken him to
the Mt. Desert Island Biological Laboratory in
Maine to work on such exotic species as dog-
fish sharks, lampreys, hagfish, and eels. His
work has been funded continuously since 1970
by the National Science Foundation.
Evans has given numerous invited talks
in the US, Canada, and Europe and has pub-
lished over 200 refereed papers, abstracts, and
articles. In addition to the NSF, his research
has been funded by the National Institutes of
Health and the American Heart Association.
His edited book, The Physiology of Fishes, is
now in its second edition and was considered a
best seller by CRC Press when the first edition
passed the 2,500 sales mark. The book is used
throughout the world in university courses on
fish biology and by numerous research scien-
tists.
Evans is currently serving on the Integra-
tive Animal Biology Panel of the NSF and
also sits on the editorial boards of the Journal
of Comparative Physiology, the American
Journal of Physiology, and Physiological and
Biochemical Zoology.

Anna Peterson
Anna Peterson is an associate professor of
religion and an affiliate of both the Center
for Latin American Studies and the College
of Natural Resources and the Environment.
Her research examines the mutual shaping of
religion and politics. She has worked exten-
sively in Latin America, exploring the ways
that religious communities interpret and live
out ideas. In her recent research, Peterson
participated in a comparative study of Latino
and Latin American churches, and collaborated


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with Manuel Vasquez (religion) and Philip
Williams (political science), as well as Latin
American scholars. This research has resulted
in a co-edited volume, Christianity, Globaliza-
tion, and Social (. i,,a,, in the Americas, to be
published by Rutgers University Press in July.
In addition to working on religion and
society in Latin America, Peterson has written
extensively on social and environmental ethics.
In her most recent book, Being Human: Eth-
ics, Environment, and Our Place in the World,
she draws on ethnographies, the natural sci-
ences, and other sources to build an argument
about the ways that ideas about non-human
and human nature are intertwined in various
religious and philosophical worldviews [see
Bookbeat, p. 11]. Peterson's different research
interests are united by an overarching concern
with the ways religious communities articulate
ethical ideas and the ways those ideas in turn
have consequences in concrete social and his-
torical conditions.

Alan Spector
Alan Spector, professor of psychology and
assistant director of the UF Center for Smell
and Taste, studies the sense of taste. As he
likes to point out, "although frequently taken
for granted, the sense of taste is very important
in guiding feeding and drinking. The taste
buds stand guard over the rest of the alimenta-
ry tract and anything that is ingested must first
pass their scrutiny." Spector pursues his study
of taste in part by manipulating the gustatory
system of laboratory rats and mice in order
to understand better the neurobiology of taste
function. He uses a specially designed rodent
taste-testing apparatus, which he refers to as
his "behavioral microscope," in many of these
experiments.
Spector is currently funded by the Nation-
al Institute on Deafness and Other Communi-
cation Disorders (NIDCD) to study the func-
tional consequences of oral nerve injury and


regeneration on taste perception. With the aid
of his students and colleagues, he has discov-
ered several severe and unequivocal impair-
ments in performance on various taste-related
behavioral tasks as a result of nerve damage.
He has also recently received a grant from the
NIDCD to study gustatory function in selected
inbred strains of mice suspected of having spe-
cific abnormalities in taste perception. Once
the exact nature of the taste-related behavioral
phenotypes are identified, the strains can be
used in a comparative manner by biomedical
investigators in the search for the underlying
anatomy and physiology associated with the
perceptual abnormality.

Kenneth Wald
Religion and politics may be two subjects best
avoided in conversations with strangers, but
their volatile mix provides Kenneth Wald, pro-
fessor of political science and director of the
Center for Jewish Studies, with an expansive
research agenda.
One of the first scholars to call attention
to the importance of religion in contemporary
political behavior, Wald has examined the role
of churches as institutions that form political
ideas, the significance of religious differ-
ences in voting, and the behavior of religious
activists in public office. Together with UF
colleagues, he has pioneered the study of
value-based urban conflicts over school-based
health centers and gay rights ordinances. Most
recently, he has investigated how the politi-
cal outlooks of religious groups differ across
national borders.
He helped found the Religion and Poli-
tics Section of the American Political Science
Association. His widely cited text, Religion
and Politics in the United States, is now
undergoing revision for a fourth edition and
has been published in Chinese and Indian edi-
tions. He also served on the editorial board of
the Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion, and


he has twice assisted the American National
Election Study, the largest NSF grantee in
political science, in developing better ways
of measuring religious attitudes and behavior.
Wald has received Fulbright fellowships on
two occasions and serves on the screening
committee for the Fulbright program in Israel.

James Winefordner
James Winefordner is a graduate research
professor in chemistry. He has been at UF
since 1959 and has published more than 800
scientific articles, reviews, and books. To
date, 144 PhD students and 41 MS students
have received their degrees under his direc-
tion. Over the past 40 years, he has obtained
an average of $500,000 per year to carry out
research in the ultratrace analysis of atoms and
molecules (the analysis of very low concen-
trations of atoms or molecules in samples) in
industrial, biological and environmental mate-
rials. He has also worked extensively in funda-
mental, instrumental and application research
involving atomic absorption, emission, fluores-
cence and ionization spectrometry, as well as
molecular fluorescence, phosphorescence and
Raman spectrometry.
His current research involves working
with a group of 20 PhD and post-doctoral stu-
dents on laser breakdown spectrometry (a sci-
ence dealing with the interaction of light and
matter) for the rapid measurement of atoms
and characterization of materials. Winefordner
and his students are also working on a unique
method of imaging moving objects, includ-
ing possible biological imaging (the area of
science where the human body is imaged in
surface area and depth, such as MRIs, X-rays
and CAT-scans) based on laser ionization or
fluorescence of mercury or cesium atoms in a
special cell.
-Compiled by Bill Hardwig


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Investigator


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129,000 Training: national resource center and foreign language and area
studies fellowships.
195,000 Construction of a fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass
spectrometer to obtain infrared spectra.
117,299 The glow discharge as an atomization and ionization source.
187,816 Biocatlaytic conversion of aromatic waste into useful compounds.
266,716 In vivo chemical monitoring using capillary separations.
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39,239 Smart membranes for detection and separations.
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ductors.
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phonons in condensed matter systems.
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FC/LAS foreign language project.
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Bookbeat


Recent publications
from CLAS faculty


The First R: How Children Learn
Race and Racism
Debra Van Ausdale and
Joe R.Feagin (Sociology)
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

(jacket)
Writers since Piaget have questioned when
and how children assimilate racist attitudes-
or simply become aware of racial differences.
This remarkable book offers stirring evidence
that the answers may be more surprising
than we ever imagined....The careful eth-
nographic analysis, conducted over many
months, led the authors to question many of
our long-held assumptions about the nature
of race and racial learning in American soci-
ety.The stories of the children are compelling,
often endearing,and unforgettable.They will
change the way parents, teachers, and other
educators understand the world as seen by
children.

"A sensitive and politically sophisticated
work of on-site observation and engag-
ing scholarship which ought to shake our
nation from its equanimity.The lessons we
were given long ago by Dr. Kenneth Clark
and, nearly one hundred years ago byW. E. B.
DuBois, have yet to be internalized. Perhaps,
as the authors of this valuable and stirring
work suggest, it is our children who will prove
to be our wisest teachers."-Jonathan Kozol,
author of Savage Inequalities: Children in
America's Schools


The Sexual Woman in Latin American Litera-
ture: Dangerous Desires
Diane E. Marting (Romance
Languages and Literatures)
University Press of Florida

(jacket)
Latin American fiction achieved a turning
point in its representation of sexual women
sometime in the 1960s. Diane E. Marting
offers a richly detailed analysis of this devel-
opment.
Her central idea is that in Latin America
narrative women's desires were portrayed as
dangerous throughout the twentieth century,
despite the heroic character of the "newly
sexed woman" of the sixties. She argues that
women's sexuality in fiction was transformed
because it symbolized the many other chang-
es occurring in women's lives regarding their
families, workplaces, societies, and nations.
Female sexual desire offered an ever pres-
ent threat to male privilege.... Marting's book
surveys the topic of women's sexuality in the
work of both men and women writers and
engages two current controversies: feminist
and moral issues related to the female body,
and the nature of literary history.


DANGEROUS DE51iRES


CLASnotes June/July 2001


Being Human: Ethics, Environment,
and Our Place in the World
Anna L. Peterson (Religion)
University of California Press

(jacket)
Being Human examines the complex connec-
tions among conceptions of human nature,
attitudes toward nonhuman nature,and
ethics.Anna Peterson proposes an "ethical
anthropology" that examines how ideas of
nature and humanity are bound together
in ways that shape the very foundations of
cultures. She discusses mainstream West-
ern understandings of what it means to be
human,as well as alternatives to these per-
spectives, and suggests that the construction
of a compelling, coherent environmental eth-
ics will require revising our dominant ideas
not only about nature but also about what it
means to be human.

"Anna Peterson's Being Human is a stellar
work of integration. Peterson argues that the
ideology of human exceptionalism and dis-
connection from the rest of nature is a major
source of social and ecological harm.She
draws together cultural constructionist, Asian,
Native American, feminist, and evolutionary
thought to present a view of the human as
both an integral part of nature and a creator
of culture."--Rosemary Radford Ruether,
author of Gaia and God:An Ecofeminist Theol-
ogy of Healing



























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AAC Advisor Named

UF Advisor of the Year
LaCusia Washington, an advisor in the Academic Advising Center (AAC), has won the university-
wide Advisor of the Year award. Washington was recognized at a reception at President Young's
home in April. She received the CLAS Advising Award this year and was in competition with advisors
from other university departments for the top honor. "I was very surprised that I won at both levels,"
says Washington. "It truly is an honor to be recognized for doing something I really enjoy-advising


and working with students."
Washington has worked
at the AAC for five years.
She earned her bachelor's and
master's degrees from Louisi-
ana State University. She chose
to pursue a career in counselor
education at the college level
because she remembers what
it was like to be a somewhat
confused college freshman. "I
think back to when I was just
starting out in college and how
I had so many questions about
what classes to take. I wish I'd
had someone to point me in the
right direction and offer some
advice and guidance."
Washington is also one
of the Achievement In Main-
streaming (AIM) advisors who
works with first-year minor-


ity undergraduates. The AIM
program's mission is to assist
at-risk students with their tran-
sition into a higher education
institution. Washington helped
design the AIM advising pro-
cess when the program was
transferred to CLAS in 1997.
Her other job responsibilities
include serving as the budget
coordinator for Preview orienta-
tion and as editor of both the
CLAS Act newsletter for stu-
dents and the Advising Update
for departmental advisors.
Despite having a full
load of advising responsibili-
ties, Washington has also been
active in the Association of
Black Faculty and Staff on
campus. She recently completed


a term as secretary of the group.
AAC Director Albert
Matheny says Washington
excels in every aspect of advis-
ing and in service to the uni-
versity. "LaCusia's advising is
a remarkable combination of
intelligence, preparation, and
grace. She is always calm and
collected no matter the task or
the level of stress involved. She
has high expectations for her
students, and she is willing to
work with them to achieve their
goals. They really appreciate
that in her. She is one of the
first to volunteer for a new job,
and when she gets it, I know it
will be done well."
-Allyson A. Beutke


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