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October 2001







CLA S notes
Vol. 15 The University of Florida College of Liberal Arts and Sciences No. 10












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Around the College .................................. 2
The Dean's Musings ........................... 3
New Faculty ................................................. 4
CLAS Term Professors .............................. 5
Responding,
Recovering,
Remembering .............. ............. 6
CLAS Term Lecturer:
Jerry Fodor............................ ............... 8
Grants ........................... ............ ............... 9
Bookbeat ........................................ .. 10
David Evans,
New Zoology Chair................................ 11
Convocation .............................................. 12









Around the College



DEPARTMENT NEWS


Botany
David Jones has received an
"Award for Outstanding Service"
from the International Society of
Chemical Ecology (ISCE) for his
long-term contributions to chem-
ical ecology, and particularly for
his services as coeditor of the
Journal of Chemical Ecology.
This is the first time the award
has been given in the 17-year
history of the ISCE, and Jones
accepted it at the group's annual
meeting in July.

The International Association
for Plant Taxonomy (IAPT)
recently awarded Walter Judd
the Adolf Engler Medal for his
textbook, Plant Systematics-A
Fl i. ,. Approach. The
award is given to the authors)
of the best book or scientific
publication in the area of plant
systematics for that particular
year. Judd and the co-authors of
the book, Christopher Campbell
(University of Maine), Elizabeth
Kellogg (University of Missouri
at St. Louis), and Peter Stevens
(University of Missouri at St.
Louis), received the silver medal
at the IAPT's "Botany 2001"
meetings in Albuquerque, New
Mexico.

Classics
Several current and former mem-
bers of the classics department
recently presented papers at the
"Colours in Antiquity: Towards
an Archaeology of Seeing" con-
ference at Edinburgh University
in Scotland from September 10-
13. Chair Mary Ann Eaverly
spoke on "Colors of Power:
Brown Men and Brown Women
in the Art of Akhenaten," and
new faculty member Jennifer
Rea gave a presentation on
"Potestas and the Golden City
of Rome." Brendan Burke
received his BA in classics in
1990 from UF and gave a talk
on "Early Purple Dye Production
on Crete." He is now an assistant


professor at the American School
of Classical Studies in Athens,
Greece. Edmund Cueva gradu-
ated with his master's degree in
Latin in 1989 and is the chair of
the classics department at Xavier
University in Cincinnati. His
paper was titled "Synesthesia in
Sophocles."

Karelisa Hartigan, a classics
professor and director of the
Center for Greek Studies, pre-
sented a paper at a conference
at the University of Reading in
the United Kingdom in early
September. Her topic was
"Drama and Healing: Ancient
and Modern. The Role of
Theater and Drama in the Cult
of Asklepios and the Modern
Hospital."

Mathematics
Krishnaswami Alladi gave
a lecture entitled "New
Weighted Rogers-Ramanujan
Partition Theorems and their
Implications" at the first joint
conference of the American and
French Mathematical Societies
in Lyon, France in July. Also in
July, he gave colloquium talks
on the same topic at the National
University of Singapore, The
Tata Institute of Fundamental
Research, and the Raman
Research Institute in Bangalore,
India.

Jonathan King gave a lec-
ture entitled "Geometry and
Joining Closure" at the Colloque
Theorie Ergodique et Systemes
Dynamiques in Villetaneuse,
France at the beginning of
September.

Stephen Summers gave talks
at the University of Rome dur-
ing the "Seminar on Operator
Algebras" in May. In Bangkok,
Thailand, in June, he lec-
tured on "Algebraic Quantum
Theory" at Mahidol University
and Chulalongkorn University.


He also advised a budding
masters mathematics program
at Thammasat University in
Thailand. In July, Summers
spoke at a conference in
Hamburg, Germany on "The
Second Law of Thermodynamics
and Vacuum States on Anti-de
Sitter Space-Time," and gave a
talk at the Institute of Theoretical
Physics in Goettingen, Germany.

Starting this year, the
Department of Mathematics
will hold five special year-long
programs related to specific
topics in math. During 2001-
2002, the focus will be on topol-
ogy and dynamical systems.
Topology, one of three core
areas of mathematics, is a sub-
ject that deals with the study of
geometric shapes and structures.
Dynamical systems provides the
mathematical foundations for
what is popularly called "Chaos
Theory." Throughout the year,
there will be four workshops
related to these two fields.
The first of these will be on
"Low-dimensional Dynamical
Systems" and will take place
November 8-13. Another
workshop on "Applications of
Dynamical Systems" will last
from November 28 to December
5. Both workshops will be held
in Little Hall, and for more
information, visit ufl.edu/~topdyn/>.

Philosophy
John Biro recently completed
a three-year term as president
of the Hume Society, an inter-
national organization whose
purpose is to stimulate scholar-
ship on the philosophy and writ-
ings of David Hume. This past
summer, Biro gave the opening
lecture, "Cognitive Science and
David Hume's Science of Man,"
at the Seventh International
Colloquium on Cognitive
Science, held in San Sebastian,
Spain. From there, he traveled


to Finland to deliver a paper at
a conference on Hobbes at the
University of Turku. Biro is co-
editor of Spinoza: Metaphysical
Themes, soon to be published by
Oxford University Press, and co-
author of the article "A Unified
Theory of Discourse Reporting,"
appearing soon in the journal
Mind and Language.

Psychology
Richard A. Griggs was recently
named to the advisory panel
for the American Psychological
Association's (APA) Board of
Educational Affairs Task Force
on Undergraduate Psychology
Major Competencies. The
group's goal is to develop
national stan-
dards and
learning out- Handbook
comes for the for Teaching
undergraduate Introductoy Psychology
psychol- W'"~** .....
ogy major. V" "
Griggs's
edited book,
Handbook
for Teaching Introductory
Psychology, Volume III, was
recently published by Lawrence
Erlbaum Associates, Publishers.
All royalties from this book will
go directly to the APA's Society
for the Teaching of Psychology
to promote its activities for
improving the teaching of psy-
chology.

Zoology
Harvey B. Lillywhite organized
and chaired a symposium on
Ecophysiology and Biodiversity,
held at the 2nd International
Conference on Comparative
Physiology and Biochemistry
in Botswana from August 18 to
24. He also gave a paper at the
meeting, titled "Water and Skin:
Evolution of Cutaneous Water
Barriers and its Implications for
Biodiversity."


On the Cover: Hundreds of students stood in line for hours in the rain to donate blood at two bloodmobiles nearTurlington Plaza on
September 11. Civitan Regional Blood Center in Gainesville says more than 1,000 donors gave blood on this particular after-
noon, and the majority of them were students.


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New Academic Advising Staff


The Academic Advising Center has four new advi-
sors this year who will work with CLAS students and
other UF undergraduates and programs. Left to Right:
Chandra Hardy (Master of Education, University
of Massachusetts) works with AIM students, and she
serves as a CLAS liaison for students who are pursu-
ing an Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) major. Lindy
Brown (Master of Education, University of Florida)
works with the Office of Student Life and advises
student-athletes. She is also the departmental liaison
for criminology. Melissa Matevia (Master of Arts,
Eastern Michigan University) does general and email
advising, and she serves as the departmental liaison
for computer science, astronomy, and geology. Brian
Cullaty (Master of Education, College of William
and Mary) is responsible for general advising duties,
advising students in the AIM program, and working
with transfer students.





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Dark Times
W whether young or old, student or professor,
rich or poor, some vital part of our fabric
of humanity was torn on September 11 with
the terrorist attacks on workers in New York and
Washington. Many of our colleagues in the college
have been touched directly through loss of family
members or close friends, and all of us have been
affected indirectly in manifold ways. We all share
the grief and the pain, and above all, an uncertain
future that we must face with a renewed dedication
to preserving our sense of values, our unique set of
civil liberties, and our commitment to international
justice for all.
As academics, devoted to promoting the under-
standing of humanity in all of its facets, we are left
with many questions and few answers. Despite the
pain of the tragedies, we need more than ever to
reenergize our efforts on augmenting our studies of
humankind's many different cultures and philoso-
phies in an ever-shrinking globe. Expanding the
understanding of our diverse heritages, traditions,
and values is essential to building cooperative world
relations that form the very core of our human con-
dition. These efforts are at the intersection of the
academy and public life, as we question how beliefs
and morals affect everyone, and as our questioning
requires us to review the past to better understand
the present, and prepare for the future.
With effort and some sacrifice we will together,
whether citizens or visitors, academic or non-aca-
demic, regardless of origin or creed, emerge from
this trial stronger than before with a reaffirmed pur-
pose and awareness. The times ahead will require
strength and courage, and the responses of our stu-
dents and leaders make it clear that there is no lack
of determination and resolve, either here or abroad
in the free world.

Neil Sullivan


Scholarship Winners


The Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research
honored scholarship winners at its opening recep-
tion on August 30th. Back row, left to 1,. ili Emilia
Gioreva, Cheryl Falk, Natalie Maxwell, Sophia
Good. Front row, left to 1i. l' Victoria Gomez de la
Torre, Heather Walsh-Haney, Alayne Unterberger,
Leslie Houts, Kristen Conway. The O. Ruth
McQuown Scholarship and the Judith Brown Women's
Liberation Leadership Scholarship awards range from
$100 to $3,000 and may also cover tuition expenses.


CLASnotes October 2001


page 3










New Faculty


Charles Gattone is an assistant
professor of sociology, and his
area of specialization is socio-
logical theory. He completed his
PhD work at The New School
for Social Research in New York
City in May 2000. After that, he
was a visiting assistant profes-
sor at Oberlin College in Ohio.
Gattone's research has focused on
examining the roles of intellectu-
als in public affairs and studying
the changing ideas of 20th-cen-
tury social theorists on this ques-
tion. Ci,.......l he is studying the
work of Max Weber, a sociologist
who wrote in the early portion
of the last century, and he is in
the process of developing a cri-
tique of Weber's views on social
inquiry and politics.


Bonnie Johnson, an assistant
professor of communication sci-
ences and disorders, received her
PhD in speech-language patholo-
gy from the University of Kansas
in 1999. She also completed a
two-year postdoctoral fellow-
ship at the University of Illinois.
Johnson's research examines
grammatical and lexical develop-
ment in children with and without
specific language impairment.
She also studies the relationship
between stuttering and language
complexity in early childhood.
One of her current projects com-
pares the effects of two interven-
tion approaches on vocabulary
development in preschool
children. Johnson's study is
funded by an American Speech-
Language-Hearing Foundation
New Investigator Award.


Gillian Lord is an assistant pro-
fessor in the romance languages
and literatures (RLL) depart-
ment. She completed her PhD
in Spanish applied linguistics at
Penn State University this past
summer (June 2001), and her
areas of specialization are second
language acquisition (SLA) and
acquisition of second language
phonetics and phonology. Lord is
teaching in the RLL department
and the Program in Linguistics,
as well as directing the program
for second-year Spanish students.
Her current research focuses on
acquisition of Spanish sound pat-
terns by native English speakers,
the effects of studying abroad on
SLA, and the use of technology
in foreign language education.


Bryon Moraski, an assistant pro-
fessor of political science, comes
to UF from the University of
Iowa, where he finished his PhD
in the spring of this year. Moraski
specializes in comparative poli-
tics with a geographic focus on
politics in the former Soviet
Union and a thematic focus on
electoral laws and political par-
ties. He is currently working on a
book-length project that examines
the design of parliamentary elec-
toral systems at the sub-national
level in the Russian Federation.
He is also involved in research
that compares Russia's regions
in terms of their progress toward
democracy.


Yuli Rudyak is an assistant professor of mathematics, and his research
interests include geometry and algebraic topology. Rudyak earned his
PhD from Moscow State University in 1975 and then was a profes-
sor at the Moscow Civil Engineering University until 1991. He then
moved to Germany and worked
at several institutions including
the University of Heidelberg,
the University of Siegen, and
the Max-Plank Institute of
Mathematics before coming to
UE His current research focuses
on the application of algebraic
topology to analysis, and geome-
try and dynamical systems theory.


Brian Stults is an assistant professor of sociology, and he did his PhD
work at the University at Albany, SUNY. His areas of specialization are
criminology and urban sociology. Much of his current research focuses
on racial discrimination in the criminal justice system, with a particular
emphasis on arrest. Stults is the
co-principle investigator on a proj-
ect funded by the Ford Foundation
in which he is using 2000 census
data to analyze residential patterns
and racial segregation. He is also
involved in collecting and analyz-
ing historical data from 1900-1920
on residential segregation and
occupational mobility in New
York City and Chicago.


CLASnotes October 2001


page 4










CLAS Term Professors


Since 1995, CLAS
Term Professorships
have been awarded
to outstanding fac-
ulty who excel in
both scholarship
and teaching. These
professorships,
funded entirely by
private sources,
allow the college to
recognize faculty
who are making a
significant difference
in the classroom as
well as through their
research. Each term
professor will receive
a one-year supple-
ment of $6,000 in
salary and $2,500
in research sup-
port. Former CLAS
Associate Dean Rick
Yost collected the
nominations and
says,"The portfolios
for the winners, and
indeed for all the
nominees, describe
a level of creativ-
ity and dedication
to teaching and
research to which all
faculty should aspire.
Collectively, they are
the role models that
are so important to
UF and CLAS. Their
contributions are
very much appreci-
ated, and we all look
forward to their con-
tinued success."


Aida Bamia, African and Asian Languages and Literatures
Albert and Vanda O'Neill Term Professor
Aida Bamia teaches classes in Arabic languages, literature, and culture. Her current research
is on the oral poetry of the Maghribi women who live in North Africa. She is also involved
in a long-term project involving an anthology of Maghribi literature. Bamia is the associate
editor of the Encyclopedia of African Literature, and she has also written the article on the
state of Arabic literature for the Year Book of the Encyclopedia Britannica. The manuscript
for her book, The Graying of the Raven, won the first ever Middle East Award presented by
the American University in Cairo Press last year, and the book will be published in October.

Susan Boinski, Anthropology
Jean and Robin Gibson Term Professor
Sue Boinski's area of specialization is the ecological and evolutionary basis of the social
behavior, cognition, and communication of non-human primates. She teaches classes in
primate behavior, primate cognition, and behavioral decisions in human and non-human pri-
mates. Boinski has studied primates in Costa Rica, Peru, Argentina, and Brazil, and she is in
the midst of a long-term study on the behavioral ecology of the eight species of Neotropical
monkeys at Raleighvallen, a research site in the interior of Suriname in South America.

Yunmei Chen, Mathematics
Jean and Robin Gibson Term Professor
Yunmei Chen specializes in partial differential equations (PDE), and she teaches undergradu-
ate and graduate classes in this area. Her current research focuses on developing PDE mod-
els and analyzing their solutions for image de-noising, segmentation and registration. She is
working on several projects with UF's Brain Institute, the cardiology department at Shands
Hospital, and the Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) department
at UE Chen's paper titled "Feature Based Image Registration for Functional MR Images
Using Shape Information," was selected as one of the best papers in the session on "Medical
Imaging and Image Analysis/Indexing/Retrieval" at The 5th World Multiconference on
Systemics, Cybernetic and Informatics this year.

Jim Dufty, Physics
Albert and Vanda O'Neill Term Professor
Jim Dufty teaches first-year graduate courses in classical mechanics and statistical mechan-
ics. His area of specialization is non-equilibrium statistics mechanics, which involves a theo-
retical study of dynamical processes in many-body systems and an inquiry into the underly-
ing mechanisms. He is currently studying the properties of electrons and ions in high energy
density matter, such as those that occur in laser fusion experiments. Dufty is also examining
the basis for fluid-like flow of granular matter (sand, rice, beans). The research has a strong
international flavor with active and funded collaborations in Korea, India, France, Spain, and
The Netherlands.

Walter Judd, Botany
Albert and Vanda O'Neill Term Professor
Walter Judd's research focuses on the systematics and evolution of flowering plants. He
has conducted fieldwork in the Southeastern US, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica,
Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Currently, Judd is involved in a taxonomic revision
of Miconia sect. Chaenopleura in the West Indies and an investigation of the phylogeny
of the Ericaceae sensu lato. He is also one of the organizers of the "Generic Flora of the
Southeastern US" project, which involves the treatment of several families of petaloid mono-
cots. Judd teaches classes in plant taxonomy, tropical botany, and biological systematics. In
1997, CLAS honored Judd with the Teacher of the Year Award.

Kirk Schanze, Chemistry
Jean and Robin Gibson Term Professor
Kirk Schanze specializes in organic and organometallic materials chemistry. His research
group has focused on two areas. The first is a basic science program that is directed at
understanding physical and chemical processes that occur when "molecular wires" interact
with light (molecular wires are organic molecules that exhibit some of the same properties
as semiconductors). The second area is more applied in nature and seeks to develop and
improve chemical coatings that can be used in engineering prototype testing to determine
temperature, air-pressure, and mechanical strain fields on objects that have complex geom-
etries. Schanze has published in over 100 referred journals, and he has obtained one US pat-
ent and has two patent applications pending.


CLASnotes October 2001


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Responding, Recovering, Remembering

In much the same way Americans of a certain age remember exactly where they were and what they were doing when they heard that
Pearl Harbor had been bombed or that President Kennedy had been shot, we will remember for the rest of our lives the moment on
Tuesday morning, September 11,2001 when we heard that the World Trade Center and then the Pentagon had been attacked. Some
professors and students had just begun second-period classes,while others were driving to campus. Some members of our community
were close to the danger in New York and Washington, defending a dissertation or attending a conference,while others were stranded far
from home when the country's airports shut down. Whatever disparate activities faculty, staff, and students were pursuing that morning,
in the days following the attacks we all have responded in our own ways to this tragedy. Many CLAS faculty members, including anthro-
pologists, psychologists, political scientists, historians,and religion professors have been asked by the media to provide insight and help
make some sense of the attacks. In classes, professors have postponed scheduled lectures and shared ideas with their students about the
events we have all witnessed on television. Students have turned out in droves to donate blood,and staff has tried to maintain normalcy
in the office, even though it has been difficult to turn attention away from the efforts of rescue workers. The following two pages show
how members of our college are responding to, recovering from, and remembering these events that have changed America.


Anthony Oliver-Smith is an anthropologist whose research over the last 30 years has
focused on how communities rebuild and respond to different types of disasters.
Much of his work has focused on a number of specific events, most notably,the 1970
earthquake in Peru that killed 65,000 people. CLASnotes editor Allyson A. Beutke
recently spoke with Oliver-Smith about the recovery and healing process, and the fol-
lowing is taken from their conversation.
How will New York City and they can find a meaningful role through
Washington, DC, as well as communi- which they can work through their loss.
ties across America respond and recov- Doing something, being active, rather than
er from a disaster of this magnitude? being acted upon, becomes a way of cop-
It is not a simple process, and it will vary ing with the disaster. Right after the disas-
by the kind and degree of exposure for ter has occurred, you often get a terrific
everyone. A lot of the recovery process amount of social solidarity. This is even
will involve individual grieving and greater with this kind of event rather than
mourning, but in large events like this a natural disaster because we feel outraged
attack, individual recovery and commu- that someone, not something, has caused
nity recovery may be closely linked. In this. We might actually see a rebound, an
some ways, people can help themselves amplified recovery, in which buildings are
recover by connecting with the larger rebuilt bigger and better than before. In
social process of reconstruction, where six months, you'll still see people work-


National Day of Mournir
U


Michael Gannon (above right), Professor Emeritus of History, spoke at a special
service on Friday, September 14 held in the University Auditorium. During his
remarks, Gannon said,"We are in the presence, my friends, of deep mysteries....
But I do see us emerging from this trial a stronger people than we were before.
That is what happened after Pearl Harbor, as the historical record attests....
Though we be tested by fire, we must not be consumed by fire."


ing hard to rebuild, but there may be more of a quiet determination.
There probably won't be the same level of emotional intensity that
we are seeing and feeling now.

The majority of Americans were not in New York, DC, or
Pennsylvania when the tragedies occurred, and many of us do
not know people who were lost, so how does a disaster like this
affect all of us?
There is a great deal of empathy on everyone's part. One thing that
has been very crucial throughout this ordeal has been the way televi-
sion coverage has made it so immediate. The television has put this
horror in our living rooms in much the same way that media cover-
age of the Vietnam War generated a lot of resistance and protest. We
were all witnesses in some sense because of what we were watch-
ing on television. A disaster like this also tends to override certain
aspects of our identity such as race, ethnicity, class, political identity,
or regional identity. People cease to be New Yorkers or Floridians, or
Californians, or Nebraskans. We all identify with being an American
instead. These people were murdered because they were Americans,
not because they were New Yorkers or Washingtonians. Everyone,
by virtue of nationality, feels the sense of injury and loss. And since
this tragedy has altered certain basic understandings about life in the
US, everyone must adjust and come to terms with the changes in the
immediate future.

What is the next step for a community like Gainesville?
We have already seen the recovery process in action through the
vigils and ceremonies around town. Also, meeting and talking about
what has happened, as well as discussing our fears, is something
we are doing and will continue to do. In doing these things, we are
attempting to develop a way to understand our losses. Events like
this often rob people of a sense of meaning. To admit that these
thousands of deaths were meaningless would be unendurable, so one
of the major tasks that people confront is to infuse the suffering and
loss with a meaning. The calls for retaliation may be an attempt to
create a sense of meaning by avenging the injury. This kind of reac-
tion challenges us to find a more productive narrative into which we
can insert these events to give them a logic. Sometimes you have
to do it in terms of future purpose. All of the suffering and loss will
retrospectively be given some meaning through the efforts and the
emotions expressed through the recovery and reconstruction process.
Rebuilding becomes a mission on behalf of the living and the dead.
Memory is also very important. Already, there are discussions about
what kind of memorial should be placed at the site of the World
Trade Center. Such an event cannot be erased, so memorials and
anniversaries are going to be important and crucial parts of the recov-
ery process. Memorializing these events and losses infuses them with
continued significance over time. The wound that has been inflicted
on the nation and the nation's spirit will heal, but it will take time for
us to create new ways of understanding what has happened and what
it all means. I think we are going to be grappling with these chal-
lenges for quite a while.


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CLAS Forensic Scientists Help in NYC
Several forensic scientists who work in UF's C.A. Pound Lab were dispatched
to New York shortly after the attacks on the World Trade Center Towers to
help identify the remains of victims. Lab director Tony Falsetti (top right),
Michael Warren (center right), a researcher in the lab, and forensic anthropol-
ogy graduate student Heather Walsh-Haney (bottom right) were summoned by
federal authorities as part of the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team
(DMORT). DMORT currently has 1,200 trained volunteers from around the
country who have participated in the Oklahoma City bombing investigation and
the crash of TWA Flight 800.
Tony Falsetti has been communicating by cell phone with his wife Susan
in Gainesville, and she says the trio was expected to return to Florida by the
end of September for a well-deserved rest. However, after a rotation of other
forensic anthropologists, they could be called back to help. The following are
email updates she has provided about their work in New York.

Thursday, September 13, 2001
Tony spent from 11 pm Tuesday night to 1 am Wednesday morning mak-
ing arrangements and trying to get a van rental for a DRIVE to NY. He and
Mike left at 5 am Wednesday, picked up Heather in Jacksonville and got into
Stewart Airbase in White Plains, NY around 11:30 pm last night!

They slept in a hangar with 700 others on cots with the lights on. It sounds
like they only got about four hours of sleep.

In their first briefing, they learned there will be three makeshift morgues.
Tony said that there were many, many more people up there than for the
Oklahoma City bombing.

Wednesday, September 19, 2001
Tony, Mike and Heather have been working 12-15 hour days. Additionally, it takes them about
40 minutes to get to their sites. Tony and Mike are working at Ground Zero (at the World Trade
Center) examining human remains brought to them by the recovery teams of the New York
City Police Department and the Fire Department. Heather is out at one of the sites where the
rubble has been moved, sifting through it,and looking for additional human remains.

Tony tells me that the New Yorkers have been very warm and encouraging. When they leave
Ground Zero people often cheer them from outside the cordoned-off area.



Letters of Sympathy and Support


Dear Friends,
The staff and students of the University of
Botswana wish to express deepest sympathy
with yourselves, and the citizens and people
of the United States of America during this
period of national crisis and bereavement. We
are mindful of the loss of lives and suffering
resulting from these senseless attacks and
assure you that we stand with you during this
moment of national grief.
We stand with the rest of the Free World in
condemning these cowardly acts and hope that
the perpetrators are swiftly brought to justice.
We continue to pray and hope that the res-
cue efforts will result in the saving of more
lives and wish the workers God's speed as
they engage in this difficult assignment.
Sincerely yours,
All of us at the
University of Botswana


Dear All,
My colleagues and I are deeply grieved by
the barbarous terror attacks against the US
people. We extend to you our deep sympathy
and hope none of you have fallen a victim of
these terrible events.

Sincerely Yours,
Vadim G. Manzhelii
National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine


Perspectives from Students
Rani Hasan, a senior biochemistry and
molecular biology major, was driving
around the commuter parking lot on
Tuesday morning, September 11, look-
ing for the often hard to find parking
space. He was listening to a local radio
show, and it was suddenly interrupted
with the breaking news that something
had crashed into the World Trade
Center. Rani continued to listen to the
radio, and once he heard that a second
plane had crashed into the WTC, he
realized something was very wrong.
"The whole event sickened me. It was
so surreal listening to what was happen-
ing, and I still can't fathom it," he says.
Something that compounded
Rani's feelings of grief was fear. Rani
is a Muslim and vice president of the
Islam on Campus (IOC) organiza-
tion. After the attacks, he says he felt
threatened by comments some people
were making about all Muslims. "One
thing that made it even worse for me
is the fear for who I am. As American
Muslims, we have been just as shocked
and hurt. We are bereaved by the loss of
our countrymen whether they are of our
faith or not."
Rani has not experienced any
personal attacks but says several of his
female friends at UF who are Muslims
have been spit on and called names.
"We advised our members to law low
in the first few days following the trag-
edy, and we've also encouraged them
to give blood and join the relief efforts.
We want to be part of the community
effort to understand and talk about what
is going on, and we urge people to con-
tact us with questions they have about
the Islamic faith." Rani says his faith
teaches love and respect for all people,
and that is the most important thing at
a time like this. "We do not condone
violence against civilians. We do not
agree with murdering people. In Arabic,
the word 'Islam' means 'seek peace,
and that is what we want for everyone,
peace.

"My older brother is a Captain in the US
Marines, and when I first heard that he was
being shipped out the day after the attacks,
I was in a state of disbelief. My heart was
already hurting for the victims and their
loved ones, but this was a different kind of
pain because now it directly affected my
family. My brother didn't know where or
how long he was going to be gone. I talked
to him the night before he left, and he
made me feel better about the situation by
reminding me that this is his job and what
he has been training for all of his life. I'm no
longer as scared for him but very proud of
him. I write to him every day,and I'm pray-
ing that he and the others who are serving
our country come home safely."
-Monica Stephens, senior Spanish student


CLASnotes October 2001


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CLAS Term Lecturer:


Philosopher Jerry Fodor


"Hume Variations"with Jerry Fodor will
take place from October 29-November 1.
All talks will be held in the Keene Faculty
Center. For more information, contact the
philosophy department at 392-2084.

Hume's Naturalism
4:00 pm, Monday, October 29

Impressions
6:00 pm, Wednesday, October 31

Basic Concepts
4:00 pm,Thursday, November 1
Reception to follow

The Department of Philosophy is also
sponsoring a mini-conference on
"Metaphysical Issues in Physics"from
October 12-13. All talks will be held in 303
Griffin-Floyd Hall. For more information,
contact Philosophy Professor Chuang Liu
at cliu@phil.ufl.edu.

A Topos Perspective On Quantum Theory
with Jeremy Butterfield (Oxford)
10:00 am, Friday, October 12

Godel on Time, Dust, and Symmetry
with Gordon Belot (NYU)
1:00 pm, Friday, October 12

The End of Time?
with Jeremy Butterfield (Oxford)
4:00 pm, Friday, October 12

How Many Spatial Dimensions Are There?
A Philosophical Primer
with Craig Callender (UCSD)
10:00 am, Saturday, October 13


erry Fodor is arguably the most influential and controversial philosopher of mind of his gen-
eration. His most important contribution is a sustained attempt to reconcile common-sense
realism about the mind with scientific naturalism.
At the end of October, Fodor will visit UF and lecture on"Hume Variations"as part of a con-
ference sponsored by the Department of Philosophy. Fodor received his PhD from Princeton
University in 1960. He taught at MIT from 1960 to 1986 as a professor of philosophy and psychol-
ogy. In 1986, he became Distinguished Professor at the CUNY Graduate Center. Since 1988, he
has been State of New Jersey Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University. Fodor is the author
of numerous influential journal articles, nine books, and three collections of essays.
CLASnotes editor Allyson A. Beutke recently corresponded with Fodor about his upcoming lec-
tures and his work. The following is an excerpt from the interview.


Please explain who David Hume is and why
you will be talking about him and his work
during your lectures at UF.
Hume is one of the founding figures in the
tradition of British Empiricist philosophy. He
is a bona fide Great Philosopher (with caps).
His skepticism about causation, the self, and
the reality of external objects are standard fare
for introductory philosophy courses. I am,
however, interested mostly in Hume's theory
of mind, and more particularly in his theory
of cognition. His ideas seem to be importantly
similar to the views that "cognitive scientists"
currently hold, enough so that discussion of
each considerably illuminates the other.

You write, "Nothing is known about how
the structure of our minds depends on the
structure of our brains. Nobody even knows
which brain structures it is that our cogni-
tive capacities depend on." Do you think
it is possible for us to figure out a more
precise relationship between the brain and
the mind?
There is no obvious reason why a theory of
the mind has to be a theory of the
mind/brain relation; quite gener-
ally, it is an open question whether
neurology offers an appropriate
vocabulary for the construction of
psychological theories. My guess
(for what it is worth) is that it does
not. This is just as well, perhaps,
since there have been some inter-
esting insights during the last fifty
years or so, into the psychology
of cognition, while it is neurology
that has, thus far, proved entirely
opaque.
Maybe, in the long run, some-
body will figure out the mind/brain
relation; or maybe not. That
depends, I suppose, on whether we
are smart enough. Speculation, one
way or the other, strikes me as sort
of idle.


Isn't it worth the effort to figure out the
mind/brain relation, especially given your
assertion that "maybe the availability of
the new technology is running the science
rather than the other way round"?
It is worth the effort if somebody has an idea
about how to proceed. So far, nobody has.
(Merely deploying expensive hardware does
not count as having an idea.) If God offered
to tell us the answer to the deepest question
about the mind/brain relation that we can think
up, we wouldn't know what question to ask.

Your "Language of Thought" hypothesis
claims that the human cognitive mind is a
species of computers, yet you are known
to be very critical about current artificial
intelligence research. Why is that?
I assume not only that thinking is a kind of
computation, but that the way to investigate
thinking is to try to simulate the products of
thought. The first certainly doesn't entail the
second. Artificial intelligence research doesn't
strike me as prima facie plausible, and as
a research program, it has been a disaster.
Physics does not proceed by attempting to
construct a machine simulation of the uni-
verse. Why should psychology proceed by
attempting to construct a machine simulation
of the mind?

You have been known to be a radical nativ-
ist about concepts, believing that almost
all of them are innate. Should we expect
to hear in these lectures more arguments
to that effect, or have you been changing
your views in the way Hume's empiricism
demands?
I think Hume's empiricism has two more or
less independent parts: his anti-nativism and
his view about the relation between the con-
tent of experience and the content of thought.
All the evidence is that he was plain wrong
about the first. Anyhow, I propose to take that
for granted and concentrate on the second.


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G ra nt s through the Division of Sponsored Research


Investigator Dept. Agency
August 2001
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Katritzky,A. CHE Multiple Companies
Katritzky,A. CHE Neurogesx Inc
Katritzky,A. CHE Nutrasweet Company
Schanze, K. CHE Am Chemical Society
Wagener, K. CHE Exxon-Mobil Corporation
Yost,R. CHE Finnigan Corp
Golant, S. GEOG FL Housing Finance Corp
Chen,Y. MAT MRI Devices Corp
McCullough, S.

Federal ............... $5,983,796
Burns, A. ANT DOH
Weedman,K. ANT NSF
Brandt, S.
Elston, R. AST NSF
Elston, R. AST NASA
Elston, R. AST NASA
McFarland, K.
Gottesman, S. AST NASA
Gottesman, S. AST NASA
Gustafson, B. AST NASA
Hamann,F. AST NSF
Pina, R. AST NASA
Sarajedini, A. AST NASA
Sarajedini,A. AST NASA
Sarajedini,V. AST NASA
Telesco,C. AST NSF
Judd,W. BOT NSF
Porter-Utley, K.
Kitajima, K. BOT DEP
Chege, M. CAS US DOE
Christou,G. CHE NSF
Duran,R. CHE NSF
Enholm,J. CHE NSF
Reynolds,J. CHE US Air Force
Talham,D. CHE NIH
Wagener,K. CHE NSF
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Moncrieff, D. CSD US Dept Of Veterans Affairs
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Foster, D.
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Cheng,H. PHY US DOE
Hill, S. PHY NSF
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Rinzler,A. PHY US Navy
Yelton,J. PHY US DOE
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Scicchitano, M. POL DEP
Van Hartesveldt,C. PSY NSF
Carter, R. STA DOH
Carter, R. STA Agcy For Health Care Admin
Ghosh, M. STA NIH
Ghosh,M. STA US DOC


CLASnotes October 2001


Award Title
Total: $6,392,420

4,296 Organic synthesis and mechanism.
9,000 Miles compound contract.
27,517 Synthetic investigation of the preparation of polyfunctional compounds.
84,000 Joint research agreement with the Nutrasweet group.
3,040 ACS editorialship.
62,878 Model polar/olefin copolymers via admet polymerization.
20,400 Fundamental and instrumental studies of gc/ms/ms on the gcq.
1,050 Statewide rental market study.
36,857 Research agreement between MRI Devices Corp and UF.




33,650 Gainesville tobacco survey.
125,297 Toward an understanding of stone tool variability.

154,080 Exploring the evolution of galaxies and large scale structure at z>1.
12,000 A near infrared study of z=3-3.5 galaxies in four quasar fields.
12,000 The two point correlation function of galaxies in the redshift range.

12,000 Determination of bar pattern speeds.
12,000 A dynamical study of NGC 1784.
65,398 Optical properties of irregular dust particles: experiment and theory.
155,510 Probing the high-redshift universe with quasar elemental abundance.
12,000 A high-resolution mid-infrared survey of the nuclei of luminous infrared galaxies.
17,146 A snapshot survey of probable nearby galaxies.
4,670 Taking the measure of planets in the globular cluster 47 Tucanae.
14,219 Illuminating the galactic dark matter.
91,646 A mid-IR study of protoplanetary and debris disks around intermediate mass stars.
10,000 Phylogenetic relationships within passiflora I.

5,500 Task 006: an evaluation of invading populations of ardisia crenata.
210,892 Administrative: national resource center, foreign language and area studies.
182,328 Transition metal clusters as single-molecule magnets.
20,769 Engineered particulates.
143,842 New methods in free radical chemistry.
39,310 Controlled redox and electrical properties in polymeterocycles.
150,439 Role of biopolymers and lipids in kidney stone formation.
262,337 Well-controlled polymer structures via metathesis polycondensation.
27,470 Advanced measurements and characterization.
16,780 Event-related potentials measure cognitive processing in speech understanding.

44,527 Ocean drilling program.
220,305 Origin and evolution of the great falls tectonic zone.

22,200 Paleomagnetic data bases: update 2001-2004.
65,000 Search for fundamental scalar particles at hadron colliders.
2,668,462 ITR:the GRIPHYN project:towards petascale virtual-data grids.

48,000 Interfacial phenomena in metal-c60 interaction.
137,914 Acquisition of a micro-calorimeter configured with a 10T split-coil magnet.
305,333 Electron magnetic resonance investigations of conductors and superconductors.
59,133 Artificial muscles.
8,228 CMS MUON detector testing.

17,000 Risk, trust and uncertainty: public opinion and its role in managing hazardous sites.
110,544 Intergovernmental personnel act.
49,771 Informatics-database management for Florida birth defects registry.
1,757 Birth vital statistics: survival low birth weight and morbidity outcomes research.
220,500 Bayesian neural networks for prostrate cancer study.
58,050 Bayesian and likelihood: methods for small area income and poverty estimation.
-See Grants,page 11

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Bookbeat


Recent publications
from CLAS faculty
Interplanetary Dust
Edited by Bo A.S. Gustafson (Astronomy)
Stan Dermott (Astronomy), Eberhard GrOn,
and Hugo Fechtig
Springer

(preface)
Published at the beginning of the new mil-
lennium, this book provides up-to-date cover-
age of all major aspects of dust in the Solar
System.

(jacket)
Dust in interplanetary space has many
faces: dust originating from comets and aster-
oids,and interstellar dust sweeping through
our solar system. These three components
have a genetic relationship: interstellar dust
is the solid phase of interstellar matter from
which stars and planets form. Cometary
dust is the most pristine material from the
early solar nebula,and dust from asteroids
is material modified during the formation of
the solar system. Dusty planetary rings are
analogues of the interplanetary dust cloud in
their own right.
Among the topics covered in the book are
optical and thermal properties of interplan-
etary dust, cometary dust, meteors, the near-
Earth dust environment, laboratory analysis
of collected dust grains, empirical modeling
of the zodiacal dust cloud, instrumentation
for detection and analysis of dust,and the
physical processes affecting dust in space.


Beyond Kinship: Social and Material
Reproduction in House Societies
Edited by Susan D.Gillespie (Anthropology)
and Rosemary A.Joyce
Penn

(jacket)
Beyond Kinship brings together ethnohisto-
rians,archaeologists,and cultural anthropolo-
gists for the first time in a common discus-
sion of the social model of house societies
proposed by Claude Levi-Strauss. While kin-
ship theory has been central to the study of
social organization, an alternative approach
has emerged-that of seeing the"house"as
both a physical and symbolic structure and a
principle of social organization. As the essays
in this volume make clear,the focus on mate-
rial culture and on place contributes to the
ongoing convergence of anthropology and
history and helps erase the artificial distinc-
tions between pre-history and history.
Contributions to the volume offer signifi-
cant new interpretations of primary data as
well as reconsidering classic ethnographic
material. Beyond Kinship crosses the boundar-
ies within anthropology-not only between
cultural anthropology and archaeology but
between American and British schools of
anthropology.

(preface)
"This book presents ample evidence that
when cultural anthropologists, ethnohisto-
rians,and archaeologists...work together on
common areas of continuing interest...the
collaboration can be highly fruitful in pro-
viding new insights into such longstanding
issues,as well as into particular regional prob-
lems that are clarified through comparative
perspectives."
Clark E. Cunningham, Professor
Emeritus, Department of Anthropology,
University of Illinois, Urbana


The Shaping of Southern Culture: Honor,
Grace, and War, 1760s-1880s
Bertram Wyatt-Brown (History)
Chapel Hill

(jacket)
Extending his investigation into the ethi-
cal life of the white American South beyond
what he wrote in Southern Honor (1982),
Bertram Wyatt-Brown explores three major
themes in southern history: the political
aspects of the South's code of honor, the
increasing prominence of Protestant faith in
white southerners'lives, and the devastating
impact of war,defeat,and an angry loss of
confidence during the post-Civil War era.
This eloquent and richly textured study
first demonstrates the psychological com-
plexity of race relations,drawing new and
provocative comparisons between American
slave oppression and the Nazi concentration
camp experience. The author then reveals
how the rhetoric and rituals of honor affected
the Revolutionary generation and-through
a study of Andrew Jackson,dueling,and other
demonstrations of manhood-how early
American politicians won or lost popularity.
In perhaps the most subtle and intriguing
section of the book, he discloses the intercon-
nections of honor and religious belief and
practice. Finally, exploring the effects of war
and defeat on former Confederates,Wyatt-
Brown suggests that the rise of violent racism
following the Civil War had significant links to
the shame of military defeat and the spurious
invocation of religious convictions.
"Building on ideas developed in his highly
acclaimed book Southern Honor,Wyatt-
Brown's essays are thought-provoking and
clearly argued and display strong thematic
unity. They should be of unusual interest to
all students of southern history."
-Peter Kolchin, University of Delaware


THE
SHAPING OF
SOUTHERN
CULTURE
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David Evans,


New Zoology Chair

This is a very exciting time to be a zoologist and an especially

interesting time to become the Chair of the Department of
Zoology at UE The decoding of the human genome, the promise
and controversy surrounding stem cell research (and other techniques
that we only dreamed of ten years ago), and the concerns about habitat
and species conservation as well as environmental contamination put the
discipline of zoology at the center of 21st-century-science. By the way,
it is pronounced zo-ology (the study of animals), not zoo-ology (which
would be the study of zoos, if the word existed).
UF's Department of Zoology has a well-deserved, international
reputation in animal biology that started with the renowned Florida
naturalist, Archie Carr. Our department's faculty members have broad
research interests, extending from population ecology to the evolution
of the structure of DNA. Our four newest faculty members illustrate
this diversity. Bob Holt joins us as the Marshall Chair of Ecology with
interests in theoretical and community ecology, using long-term studies
in a variety of landscapes. Ed Braun's research focuses on establishing
patterns of genetic change over large time scales at the levels of both the
whole genome and individual genes, and he uses this evolutionary infor-
mation to make functional predictions. Rebecca Kimball is interested
in the evolution of avian mating systems and sexual characteristics, and
she is currently using molecular phylogenetics to gain additional insight
into these processes. Steve Phelps will join us next fall. He is broadly
interested in the mechanisms of natural animal behavior and how they
evolve-topics that he has tackled using computational modeling,
molecular biology, and neuroscience.
Like all CLAS departments, zoology faces, with some trepidation,
the retirement of significant and numerous faculty members because of
the Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP). The retirement of
five of our senior colleagues from their extensive teaching responsibili-
ties in June 2002 will produce a nearly crippling strain on our curricu-
lum, unless we are able to hire their replacements in the next two years.


On the other hand,
these changes give
us the opportunity
to reaffirm and rede-
fine our research and
teaching program,
strengthening cur-
rent research areas
and/or expanding
into new areas that
are emerging in this
new century.
Our depart-
ment is physically
and mentally at the
center of UF's life sciences. Bartram and Carr halls are situated between
Newins-Ziegler Hall (wildlife ecology and conservation), the Florida
Museum of Natural History, and the Health Science Center. Our exper-
tise also bridges the research interests of these divisions. Moreover, our
undergraduate teaching curriculum (via the biological sciences program,
in conjunction with botany) instructs more than 6,000 students each year
who need the ideas and tools of biology for their majors in microbiol-
ogy, pharmacy, food science, psychology, chemistry, physical therapy,
animal science, wildlife ecology, and 74 other majors.
In short, it is inspiring to be a zoologist, as well as a member and
now chair of a department with such diverse interests. Our faculty
study life's processes, which are at the core of modern science, and we
are charged with providing crucial instruction for many of the degrees
offered at UE I look forward to a very interesting four years!
-David Evans


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McGorray, S.
Chapman, C.
Rode, K.
Emmel,T.
Willmott, K.
Osenberg,C.
Vonesh,J.
Osenberg,C.
Vonesh,J.
Osenberg,C.
Wilson,J.


STA NIH
ZOO NSF

ZOO NSF

ZOO EPA

ZOO EPA

ZOO EPA


41,993 Renin angiostensin for coronary microvascular dysfunction in women.
12,000 Nutritional mechanisms of population regulation in frugivorous primates.

80,185 Phylogenetic analysis of a model insect group for ecological study.

10,048 Effects of predators of different life-history stages on hyperolius treefrogs.

1,515 Effects of predators of different life-history stages on hyperolius treefrogs.

10,048 Population dynamics of a coral reef fish: an empirical and modeling approach.


Miscellaneous ......... $159,586
Burns,A. ANT Wenner-Gren Fdtn Anthro Res
Falsetti, A. ANT Multiple Sources
Heckenberger, M. ANT Wt Hillman Fdtn
Elston, R. AST Assn Of Univ For Res In Astron
Telesco,C. AST Assn Of Univ For Res In Astron
Kisko,T.
Bowes,G. BOT Miscellaneous Donors
Scicchitano, M. POL IFAS
Marsiglio,W. SOC Annie Casey Fdtn


6,250
3,949
15,200
79,504
15,791

6,821
3,667
28,404


R. Solangaarachchi, postgraduate Institute of Archaeology.
Fees for services including forensic workshops and case analysis.
Southern Amazon ethnoarchaeology project.
Use of FLAMINGOS at the Gemini South observatory.
Design, fabrication, and commissioning of mid-infrared imager.

Unrestricted donation.
A survey of IFAS extension personnel and executive directors.
Men's involvement with nonbiological children: the stepfather project.


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Convocation


On September 20, CLAS recognized this year's student schol-
ars at the Fall 2001 Convocation Ceremony. Left:Anderson
Scholar Elizabeth Van Wagner, Engineering. Below, left to right:
Jen Sherman, Zoology; Imran Mohiuddin, Agriculture and
Life Sciences; Jaymita Nathoo, Agriculture, Food Sciences, and
Nutrition; and Anderson Scholar Chirag Patel, Biochemistry.


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