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November 2001

C LA Sno es
Vol. 15 The University of Florida College of Liberal Arts and Sciences No. 11

Around the College ................................ 2
The Dean's Musings............................... 3
New Faculty ............................................. 4
This Path
Leads to Solutions...................................... 6
What is SACS? ............................................. 9
Grants ................................................. ..... 1 0
Bookbeat ........................................... ....... 1 1
Gerontological Studies
Director Honored .................................. 12

Around the College


African and Asian Lan-
guages and Literatures
Chauncey C. Chu spoke at a
roundtable discussion called
"Pedagogical Grammar for
Teaching Chinese as a Foreign
Language" in Beijing, China
in August. He also presented
a talk titled "Cognitive-Func-
tional-Discourse Grammar and
TCFL" to an audience of about
30 grammarians and language
teaching experts from China.

In late August, Yumiko Hulvey
presented a paper titled "Nar-
rating the Sublime in Courtly
Chaos" at the Across Time and
Genre: Reading and Writing
Japanese Women's Texts Con-
ference hosted by the University
of Alberta in Edmonton, Cana-
da. She also spoke at a seminar
called "Japan Unlimited" at
the Koger Gallery and Gardens
in Jacksonville on September
25. Hulvey's talk was part of a
five-week lecture series for busi-
ness professionals, educators,
students and others interested in
furthering their understanding of
Japan and its culture.

In August, Irma McClaurin
was a guest commentator on
Public Interest, a radio show on
WAMU, which is the National
Public Radio affiliate station
in Washington, DC. She spoke
about SPUNK, a collection of
Zora Neale Hurston's short
stories that have been adapted
for the stage and were recently
performed at the John F. Ken-
nedy Center for the Performing
Arts in DC.
During her sabbatical
last year, McClaurin was an
American Association for the
Advancement of Science Diplo-
macy Fellow at the US Agency
for International Development
(USAID), an independent
agency that provides economic,

development and humanitarian
assistance around the world. She
attended a conference in Kenya
about demobilization, demili-
tarization, and reintegration,
as well as another conference
dealing with gender and HIV/
AIDS. During her fellowship,
McClaurin was a coordinator in
the Office of Policy Coordina-
tion and Program Development
for the USAID Disability Policy,
and she conducted background
work for the revision of the
1982 USAID "Women in Devel-
opment" policy paper.

Hans-Friedrich Mueller pre-
sented a talk titled "Roma Noc-
turna or Ancient Roman Night-
life" on October 13 in
Ft. Lauderdale at the joint meet-
ing of the Florida Foreign Lan-
guage Association and the Clas-
sical Association of Florida. His
lecture explored legal, religious
and political aspects of what
ancient Romans did at night.

Communication Sciences
and Disorders
Howard Rothman chaired
two sessions about the singing
voice and presented a keynote
address and several papers at the
17th International Congress on
Acoustics held in Rome, Italy,
at the beginning of September.
Rothman's keynote address was
titled "Investigating the Sing-
ing Voice: The Fat Lady Hasn't
Sung Yet."
Rothman is also the fac-
ulty advisor for UF's National
Student Speech Language
Hearing Association chapter.
The American Speech Language
Hearing Association (ASHA)
has awarded the UF group its
Chapter of the Year Award for
demonstrating outstanding lead-
ership in the areas of service,
fundraising and educational
opportunities. These activities

included providing free hear-
ing screenings during Hearing
Awareness Month in February,
developing a hearing aid recy-
cling program and raising funds
for the March of Dimes and the
Children's Miracle Network.
UF's chapter will be honored
and recognized at the annual
ASHA Convention in New
Orleans on November 17th.

Howard E. A. Tinsley was
awarded fellow status by the
Division of Psychology and the
Arts at the recent meeting of the
American Psychological Asso-
ciation in San Francisco. Tinsley
was honored for the "outstand-
ing and unusual" contribution
represented by his research on
the psychosocial benefits intrin-
sic to alternative forms of cre-
ative expression. He is only the
38th psychologist to be honored
for research on artistic expres-
sion by the 90,000-member

Romance Languages and
Chair Geraldine Nichols will
serve as president of the Asso-
ciation of Departments of For-
eign Languages (ADFL) during
2002-2003. The ADFL, one of
two policy-making bodies of the
Modern Language Association,
brings together approximately
1,000 college and university
foreign-language departments
located throughout the US
and Canada. The organization
articulates field-wide consensus
of standards of good practice
covering topics such as class
size and workload, evaluation
of teaching and scholarship, the
employment of adjunct faculty
members and procedures for
departmental review. Nichols
has served on the nine-person
executive committee of the
ADFL for last two years.

Jane Brockmann recently
gave a talk at the International
Ethological Conference, where
she also served as secretary-gen-
eral. At the end of October, she
delivered a plenary address to
the XIX Brazilian Congress of
Ethology in Juiz de Fora, Brazil.

David Evans presented a poster
titled "Endothelin and Nitric
Oxide Inhibit NaC1 Transport
Across the Fish Gill" at the
34th International Congress
of Physiological Sciences in
Christchurch, New Zealand in

Graduate student Jay
O'Sullivan gave a talk titled
"Stable Isotopes of Carbon
Before the Global Carbon Shift:
What Can They Tell Us About
Herbivore Diet?" at the 61st
meeting of the Society of Verte-
brate Paleontology in Bozeman,
Montana in October.

Markus Tellkamp, a graduate
student, presented a poster titled
"The Importance of the Premon-
tane Landscape Matrix Along
the Agricultural Frontier: Impli-
cations for the Conservation of
Birds in Natural Preserves" at
the recent Conservation of Bio-
diversity in the Andes and Ama-
zon Conference in Cusco, Peru.

Marta Wayne is the official
evolution education representa-
tive for the Society for Molecu-
lar Biology and Evolution. She
recently presented a paper at
the European Society for Evo-
lutionary Biology in Aarhus,
Denmark during a symposium
titled "Merging Quantitative and
Population Genetics."

On the Cover: Spanish major Jennifer Orlando looks forward to teaching in Florida's schools, page 6.

CLASnotes November 2001

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Dean's Office Staff
Patrick Hughes is the new contributing
editor for CLAS Publications. He writes
for CLASnotes and Alumni CLASnotes and
serves as the features editor for the Journal
of Undergraduate Research, which is part
of the University Scholars Program.
Patrick, a Gainesville native, has a
bachelor's degree in journalism and a minor
in English from UF and has been writing
and editing for various local and national
publications for more than 10 years.

UF Leads International Grid Project
Physics Professor Paul Avery and UF will lead a consortium of 15 uni-
versities and four national laboratories in a $13.65 million bid to build
the International Virtual Data Grid Laboratory, or iVDGL. The Physics
Division of the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded the grant
at the end of September, and the iVDGL will form the world's first true
"global grid," providing an integrated computational resource for major
scientific experiments in physics, astronomy, biology, and engineering.
The announcement comes a year after the NSF provided $11.9 million
for the Grid Physics Network, or GriPhyN, which launched the basic
computing research that will underpin the construction and operation of
the far-reaching grid. UF also leads that effort, along with the University
of Chicago. The Particle Physics Data Grid, or PPDG, a Department
of Energy-funded grid, will also provide needed resources. Avery says,
"This grant gives us the wherewithal to build a truly global facility. To
operate the iVDGL, we will use the software developed by GriPhyN,
PPDG and other projects and take advantage of new supercomputing
resources and ultra high-speed networks linking the US and Europe." An
early version of the grid is expected to be online next year. Visit www.
ivdgl.org for more information.

CLAS Student Receives Gerontology Scholarship
On October 4, UF's Institute on Aging held a breakfast meeting and
announced the recipients of the Student Scholarship Awards in Aging. The
awards, which are sponsored by the Institute on
Aging, the Center for Gerontological Studies and a
donation by Leighton E. Cluff, recognize outstand-
ing scholarship on topics related to late life, aging k
and older citizens. Three UF students received the
scholarships this year, and one of them is a CLAS
student. Psychology undergraduate Arielle Boro-
vsky was honored for her paper titled "Interactions -
of Lag, Syntax and Aging with Repetition Blind-
ness." Her advisor is Lise Abrams, a psychology
professor and director of UF's Cognition and Aging '""...
Laboratory. E

Teaching for Tomorrow

The passing on of knowledge at all levels to
I the next generation is the raison d'etre of
the professor and is what motivates all of us in
institutions of higher learning. In the liberal arts
and sciences, our role as teachers is even more
special and rewarding because we focus on the
most basic elements of teaching critical thinking,
reasoning and the understanding of different cul-
tures and societies. As teachers we have that rare
opportunity to make a long-lasting impression on
our young charges at their most formative stages,
not just in their chosen disciplines, but also in
ways that shape them as future citizens and lead-
ers of society.
Today our teaching is integrated with
research and international linkages at all levels.
Modern technology has helped bring about this
worldwide connectivity, but a better understand-
ing of world relations and human conditions and
an understanding of the closed environment in
which we must all live are perhaps even more
In this new international educational setting
we have an important challenge in the training
of future teachers: K-12, high schools and ter-
tiary education. Florida, like many of the regions
around the nation and world that are facing rapid
growth, has a critical shortage of teachers, espe-
cially in the areas of English, foreign languages,
mathematics, the sciences and writing. A very
creative program has recently been designed by
CLAS Associate Dean Carol Murphy and College
of Education Dean Ben Nelms to address this
need. Pathways to Teaching (see article on page
6) provides unique opportunities for new BA or
BS graduates to help out in the fields of critical
shortage by entering the teaching profession at
an accelerated rate.We need to expand these
types of efforts by forming supportive partner-
ships with industry and the state to ensure the
long-term growth of Florida's economy.
-The international emphasis on the courses
that we teach today, and our approach to instruc-
tion and research, are vital components of our
efforts to reach out and develop a better under-
standing of the different traditions and sets of
values that will lead to a deeper respect for varied
societies around the globe.

Neil Sullivan

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New Faculty

Murat Aydede is an assistant profes-
sor of philosophy who earned his PhD
from the University of Maryland at
College Park in 1993. He then spent
15 months as a visiting fellow at Stan-
ford University's Center for the Study
of Language and Information. Aydede
was a faculty member in the philoso-
phy department at the University of
Chicago before coming to UF this
year. His work focuses on the philoso-
phy of psychology/cognitive science,
the computational theories of mind and
philosophical foundations of artificial
intelligence. Aydede also has an inter-
est in theories of meaning and mental

Rori Bloom is an assistant profes-
sor of French in the romance lan-
guages and literatures department.
She received her PhD from New York
University this year. Bloom's work
focuses on the emergence of the fig-
ures of the author and the bourgeois
reading public in 18th-century France
and England as well as on French
journalism of the same period. Bloom
has spent many years living and work-
ing in France, most recently at the
Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris with a
Chateaubriand Fellowship.

Dan Kaufman, an assistant professor
of philosophy, earned his PhD from the
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
in 2000. Kaufman's area of special-
ization is 17th-century philosophy,
especially the work of philosophers
Descartes, Locke and Leibniz. He is
currently researching theories of numer-
ical identity and persistence in the cor-
puscularians, who were a group of 17th
and 18th-century philosophers and natu-
ral scientists that believed all natural
material phenomena could be explained
in terms of the shape, size and motion
of the extremely tiny parts (called "cor-
puscles") of material objects.

Yoonseok Lee, an assistant professor
of physics, comes to UF from Stan-
ford University, where he worked as
a postdoctoral fellow after receiving
his PhD from Northwestern Univer-
sity in 1997. His research interests
include the low-temperature properties
of condensed matter systems such as
quantum fluids and solids, and low-
dimensional conductors.

Christina McCrae is an assistant pro-
fessor of psychology She completed
her PhD at Washington University
in St. Louis in 1999 and is a clinical
psychologist who specializes in aging.
Her current research is on sleep and
aging, and focuses on the behavioral
treatment of insomnia in older adults.
McCrae is planning a pilot project
that involves providing an eight-week
behavioral treatment to the caregivers
of dementia patients.

CLASnotes November 2001

page 4

Edward Braun, an assistant professor
of zoology, received his PhD in biol-
ogy from the University of New Mex-
ico in 1996. He then held postdoctoral
positions at the National Center for
Genome Resources in New Mexico
and Ohio State University He special-
izes in fungal genetics, and his current
research involves using bioinformatics
to examine the loss of genes during
the evolution of eukaryotes. Braun's
wife, Rebecca Kimball, also joined
the zoology department this year as an
assistant scientist.

Hans-Friedrich Mueller, an assis-
tant professor of classics, earned his
master's degree in classics from UF in
1991. He then went to the University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for his
PhD in classical philology. Mueller held
a postdoctoral fellowship at the Bavar-
ian Academy of Sciences in Munich,
Germany where he contributed articles
(in Latin) to the Thesaurus Linguae
Latinae. Before coming to UF, Mueller
was an assistant professor at Florida
State University. His research interests
are Greek and Latin literature and
Roman history and religion.

Jay Gopalakrishnan is an assistant
professor of mathematics. He complet-
ed his PhD at Texas A&M University
in May 1999. His areas of specializa-
tion are numerical analysis and math-
ematical modeling. Gopalakrishnan's
research focuses on using fast algo-
rithms for solving partial differential
equations arising from various applica-
tions using multi-grid techniques. He
also has an interest in the mathemati-
cal modeling of radio frequency abla-
tion, which is a clinical process used to
treat cardiac arrhythmias.

Vicki Sarajedini, an assistant professor
of astronomy, earned her PhD from the
University of Arizona in 1997. She held
postdoctoral positions at the University
of California and Wesleyan University
before joining the faculty at UE Sara-
jedini's current research projects deal
with identifying the population of dis-
tant, low-luminosity active galaxies to
understand how they are evolving. She
is involved in a study that uses one of
the largest ground-based telescopes in
the world, which is located in Hawaii,
to obtain spectra for distant galaxies
and identify nuclear activity.

Helena Halmari is an assistant profes-
sor of linguistics. She earned her PhD
from the University of Southern Cali-
fornia in 1994. Her dissertation was on
bilingual codeswitching, which is the
mixing of two languages by bilingual
speakers within the same conversa-
tion, among Finnish-Americans. Her
research focuses on pragmatics and
discourse analysis. Halmari recently
co-authored an article on the discourse
structure of newspaper reports about
the execution of convicted killer Karla
Faye Tucker in Texas in 1998. She is
also the new director of the Academic
Spoken English Program at UE

Patricia Woods is an assistant profes-
sor of political science, and she also
has an appointment in the Center for
Jewish Studies. She earned her PhD
from the University of Washington this
year. Her current research focuses on
the links between social movements
and the judicial community in Israel
and the role of those linkages in a viru-
lent conflict between the High Court of
Justice and religious officials. She sits
on the Executive Board of the Associa-
tion for Israel Studies, an international
scholarly society devoted to the aca-
demic and professional study of Israel.

CLASnotes November 2001

page 5

This Path Leads

to Solutions

UF's College of Education Joins
Forces with the College of Lib-
eral Arts and Sciences to Solve

Tomorrow's Teacher Shortage

There is a serious
problem in Florida.
It needs to be
fixed-fast-before it gets
any worse. The crisis? A
shortage of teachers.
Nationwide, one-fifth
of all new teachers leave
the profession within three
years, according to the US
Department of Education's
National Center for Edu-
cation Statistics. In addi-
tion to this, increasing stu-

CLAS Dean Neil Sullivan (left) and CLAS Associate Dean Carol Murphy (right).

dent enrollment, job turn-
over and a retiring teacher
work force all contribute
to the problem. The center
projects that 2.4 million
teachers will be needed
in the coming decade. In
Florida this problem is
especially critical in the
areas of math, science and
foreign languages.
At UF the College of
Liberal Arts and Sciences
(CLAS) and the Col-
lege of Education (COE)
are working together to
address the impending
teacher shortage. One of
the cooperative solutions
is a program called Path-
ways to Teaching, which
started last year. Students
majoring in mathematics,
science or certain foreign
languages who successful-
ly complete the Pathways
program can teach grades
K-12 without pursuing a
master's degree in educa-
"We desperately need
bright, caring, profession-
ally prepared teachers in
our secondary schools.
Pathways to Teaching can
help us achieve this goal,"
UF School of Teaching
and Learning Interim
Director Dorene Ross
says. "COE is committed
to helping the state create
a pool of qualified teacher
candidates. We are excited
about Pathways because
it may expand the pool
of candidates in areas of
CLAS Associate
Dean Carol Murphy, who
along with COE Dean
Ben Nelms developed the
program, calls the Path-
ways to Teaching program

page 6

"innovative" and says that
it is designed to recruit
teachers rapidly, yet
"We hope to encour-
age more of our students
in CLAS to consider the
rewards of teaching in the
public school system by
facilitating the combin-
ing of teacher education
courses (the Pathways
minor) with a traditional
major in disciplines which
are critically understaffed
in the schools. After four
years at UF graduates will
be prepared to face the
challenges that await them
in the classroom," she
Murphy also says that
she is excited at the oppor-
tunity to collaborate with
COE. "I am very gratified
by the willingness of the
faculty and administra-
tion from both our col-
leges to work together to
solve the national crisis in
teacher education. We are
developing quality content
courses which model the
best teaching practices so
as to attract our top stu-
dents to the exciting field
of teaching," she says.
CLAS students who
want to enter the field of
teaching without pursuing
the master's degree usu-
ally required for teaching
certification might want to
investigate the program.
Ross says that although
the state of Florida will
grant temporary teaching
certificates to students
graduating with a bach-
elor's degree that covers
an area in which teachers
are needed, completion of
the Pathways program will

CLASnotes November 2001

better prepare students for
a teaching career.
"Although the state
will issue temporary cer-
tificates to CLAS gradu-
ates in these areas and
put them into classrooms,
studies of the experi-
ences of teachers who
enter classrooms with no
professional preparation
document that many of
these teachers leave the
classroom after (or dur-
ing) their first year. More
significantly, the students
in their classrooms tend to
have lower achievement,"
she says. "Pathways to
Teaching provides CLAS
students with 24 credit
hours of professional
preparation in education
including a practicum.
This preparation will
enable CLAS gradu-
ates to enter classrooms
with stronger preparation
for teaching. They will
approach teaching with
more confidence and skill,
will enjoy teaching more
and will have a more
positive impact on student
In the Pathways to
Teaching program students
combine a traditional
CLAS major in mathemat-
ics, science or a foreign
language (French, Ger-
man, Latin or Spanish)
with an expanded minor
from COE. Students fol-
low the regular sequence
of courses in their major,
but take an additional 24
credit hours of required
education classes. Some
of these classes are gradu-
ate-level but can be taken
through the program by

CLASnotes November 2001

undergraduate students.
Students can begin tak-
ing the teacher-education
courses through COE as
early as their freshman
year or as late as their
junior year.
Graduates of the
program who earn a 2.5 or
higher GPA in their area of
specialization are eligible
for a three-year temporary
teaching certificate in
Florida. Ross adds that it
is possible for Pathways
to Teaching students to
eventually become fully
certified without taking
additional college courses.
"Provided they pass the
College Level Academic
Skills Test and the appro-
priate teacher certification
exam, they will be eligible
for full professional certi-
fication after two years of
successful teaching," she
Nelms thinks that
the Pathways program
can benefit even those
students who are not plan-
ning to pursue a career
in teaching. "Students
who complete this minor,
even if they do not choose
to teach in public high
schools, will find the
courses profitable. If they
pursue a doctorate and
enter college or university
teaching, or if they go into
a profession that requires
them to communicate with
clients and colleagues, the
principles they learn in the
Pathways minor will bol-
ster their skills and give
them confidence," he says.
"My sons-a biochem-
ist, a biophysicist and an
electronic engineer-have

gone into private indus-
try and tell me that they
spend much of their time
teaching others about their
research and inventions.
A minor concentrating on
learning to teach would be
valuable background for
such professions."
Pathways to Teaching
student Jennifer Orlando,
a Spanish major, says that
she heard about the pro-
gram through a brochure.
"What really attracted me
to the program is that I did
not have to get a master's
degree," she says. At one
point Orlando had decided
to minor in secondary-
school education, but after
learning about Pathways
she decided that the pro-
gram better suited her
"It is great that you
can be in this program and
you are pretty much guar-
anteed a job teaching. You
also get a lot of hands-on

experience. And out of the
24 credits, five classes are
actually master's classes,"
she says. "Also, I really
like little kids. With the
Pathways program I am
K-12 certified, which
means I can teach elemen-
tary school, middle school
or high school."
To give Pathways
participants classroom
experience, a practicum is
provided at the PK Yonge
Developmental School in
Gainesville. The school,
which was established in
1934, is a full partner in
the Pathways to Teaching
program. As a develop-
mental research school,
PK Yonge conducts stud-
ies to determine innova-
tive ways to manage
schools, develop the learn-
ing process and teach.
Orlando says that
her experience in the
program has been invalu-
able-especially her learn-
-See Teaching, page 8

page 7

Teaching, continued from page 7

ing experiences at PK Yonge. "I do not think you
can learn to teach somebody just from a book," she
says. "When it is happening in front of me I feel that
it is not only better for my resume but that I will be
a better teacher, more comfortable in front of the
Even during the early stages of her in-class
experience, Orlando says that watching teachers
interact with students gives her good ideas that she
plans to eventually use in her own classroom. "PK
Yonge is a great school. It has students from all dif-
ferent grades, and so far I have been able to observe
two styles of teaching, which is great," Orlando
says. "It is also really convenient for me. The school
is just a short distance from Norman Hall."
PK Yonge Director Fran Vandiver agrees that
the teacher shortage needs to be addressed, and
thinks that Pathways to Teaching and PK Yonge can
be a significant part of the solution. "The current
teacher shortage in Florida has been building for
quite a while. Those of us who have spent years 'in
the field' have seen the increasing rise in unfilled
positions-especially in secondary fields of math
and science, and foreign languages," she says. "We
are excited about the possibilities that exist within
the Pathways to Teaching program for PK Yonge
faculty and CLAS students. It is very important that
a teacher is well grounded in the knowledge base of
the curriculum that he or she will teach. You cannot
teach what you do not know-so the importance of
a solid academic background cannot be overlooked."
Vandiver says that the PK Yonge experience
will give prospective teachers a kind of balance.
"Teaching is both an art and a science. The aca-
demic background is the 'science' and the practical
application skills are the 'art,'" she says. "In all my
years of experience as a middle school principal, a
high school principal and now at PK Yonge, I have
found that beginning teachers who struggle gener-
ally struggle with the 'art' of teaching."
In addition to the Pathways to Teaching pro-
gram, other collaborative efforts between CLAS and
COE are being developed. "The Pathways to Teach-
ing program has led to other pathways of collabora-
tion between our two colleges," Murphy says. "Dur-
ing the past two years, CLAS and COE faculty have
participated in national and local conferences such
as the National Conference on Teacher Education
in Washington, DC and the first State University
System Conference on Teacher Education in Florida.
They have worked together on course and program
development in chemistry, English, geography, geo-
logical sciences, history, math and physics, as well
as on grant opportunities dealing with teaching and
One example of the collaborative course devel-
opment bearing fruit is the creation of a class that
will be offered to education students through CLAS.
UF Physics Professor Gene Dunnam says that the
new course, called Our Physical World: Physical
Science for Elementary Teachers, will be offered

for the first time in the spring of 2002. "The class
will be a very general treatment emphasizing basic
physical science in everyday life, with hands-on
activities in every class session," he says.
Dunnam says that three or four years ago fac-
ulty in the UF physics department started planning
new courses designed especially for prospective
science teachers. "We decided that we needed to
direct more of our efforts toward training K-12

science teachers; we
created a new BA in
physics degree track
that makes obtaining a
teaching certificate with
a major in physics pos-
sible in approximately
four years," Dunnam
says. "A little more than
a year ago, COE and
CLAS requested science
courses for elementary
teachers. After consid-
erable discussion we
decided that the broader
coverage of a physical
science course was more

SWe desperately need bright, caring,

professionally prepared teachers in our

secondary schools. Pathways to Teach-

ing can help us achieve this goal.

appropriate for elementary teachers than a 'straight'
physics course and we concentrated on developing
Dunnam is also excited about CLAS and COE
joining forces. "In view of the shortage of science
and math teachers in the public schools, the collab-
orative teacher-training effort between CLAS and
COE should be a major step forward," he says, add-
ing that the development of the Our Physical World
class would not have been possible without the sup-
port and helpful suggestions of both CLAS and COE
administrators and faculty.
Students interested in learning more about a
potential teaching career are encouraged to attend
the Great Gator Teach-In, which will be held from
4 to 6 pm on November 19 in the Reitz Union Ball-
"Our goal (for the event) is to increase CLAS
student awareness of the Pathways program and of
our ProTeach master's program in secondary edu-
cation. We plan to bring teachers and middle and
high school students to help CLAS students catch
their enthusiasm for teaching," Ross says. "For
young adults who love their field of study and who
appreciate the vitality, enthusiasm and capacity of
adolescents there really is no better profession. So
our goal for now is to seek out college students who
might have interest in teaching, share information
with them about the various routes to the classroom
and help them enroll in the program that is right for
them. We think Pathways is an innovative model
that provides a 'fast track' to teaching for interested
students. We hope students will come to the Great
Gator Teach-In to investigate the rewards of teach-
ing-and there will be refreshments!"

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SACS Accreditation Process

In CLAS, all departments, relevant

centers, institutes and academic pro-

grams are being asked to prepare

two items for the self-study:

1. A current status data form that

requests quantitative informa-

tion reflecting both the current

status of internationalization in

the academic unit and five-year


2. A self-study questionnaire

regarding international activi-

ties in the department, center,

institute or program. Access

web.clas. ufl.edu/dean/forms/

sacsmemo.htm for the data

sheet and questionnaire.

Both items must be submitted to

Associate Dean Carol Murphy by

February 1, 2002. She will review

the reports, prepare a college-wide

statement and submit it to the pro-

vost's office by June 1, 2002.

What is SACS?
Every 10 years the University of Florida undergoes a comprehensive self-study pro-
cess leading to reaffirmation of accreditation by the Southern Association of Col-
leges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges. The SACS process historically
involves a campus-wide self-study focusing on some 400 criteria covering all aspects
of the university including the physical facilities, educational programs and services
provided to students. This process provides us with an in-depth look at how UF busi-
ness is conducted.
The traditional SACS process does not lend itself to assisting an institution with
defining its vision for the future. For this reason, UF proposed to conduct an additional
self-study with a strategic focus on creating a global UE Through this process we can
create a road map for the future that will enable us to best prepare our students to func-
tion in the global arena.
As with previous accreditation processes, we will have to document that we are
in compliance with the SACS Criteria of Accreditation. In addition, we will be able
to create a comprehensive plan of action and means of assessment toward a goal of
internationalizing teaching, research and service/outreach endeavors. Every campus
unit will complete a self-study that examines opportunities for faculty and students to
engage in international arenas of learning.
In April of 2003 the SACS review teams will visit UE While one team completes
a compliance audit of the SACS criteria, a second team, comprised of members with
expertise in the area of internationalization, will review UF's plan for globalization and
provide suggestions for improvement and/or revisions.
Through the accreditation process a university can learn much about how it is
developing. The challenge for UF is to determine what the future will require of our
students and to use the self-study to create a plan to prepare students to meet that
future. Through the Global UF Initiative the University of Florida seeks to build upon
its mission as a land-grant institution to further the international educational experi-
ences of our students and the reputation of the university around the world.

The above information was provided byJill Varnes, the director of new programs and accreditation
at UF and a professor in the health science education department.

History Chair Fitz Brundage was a member of the team that recently visited
the University of Georgia (UGA) for its SACS accreditation review. He says
the process served two important purposes. "First, the SACS review has obvi-
ously functioned as a pretext for faculty and staff at UGA to look closely at
one area of campus life-the undergraduate experience-in great detail and
to decide what they were doing well and which areas needed improvement.
It also encouraged them to set benchmarks for future progress. Second, the
SACS review gave the university an opportunity to present itself to the larger
academic community and to draw attention to those facets of its mission that
the university itself had selected as important. As someone whose first teach-
ing job was at UGA eleven years ago, I was struck by how much improve-
ment the university had made in the past decade. The SACS review did not
bring about that improvement, but it provided an opportunity to summarize
those improvements for an influential organization. The word-of-mouth com-
pliments that UGA received from the college deans, provosts, and presidents
who were on the team, over the long term, will be enormously valuable."

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Gra nt s through the Division of Sponsored Research

September2001.................................................... Total: $4,133,796

Investigator Dept. Agency
Hudlicky,T. CHE Procter and Gamble Company

Katritzky, A.
Katritzky, A.
Wagener, K.
Scicchitano, M.
Scicchitano, M.

CHE Multiple Companies
CHE Multiple Companies
CHE Ford Motor Company
CHE Lord Corporation
POL FL Housing Finance Corp
POL BCN Associates Inc

Federal ..............$2,976,855
Burns,A. ANT NSF
Falsetti, A. ANT US DOE
Collins, M
Heckenberger, M. ANT NSF
Bowes,G. BOT NSF
Harmon,A. BOT NSF
Soltis, D. BOT NSF
Bowers, C. CHE NSF
Duran, R. CHE US DOE
Duran,R. CHE NSF
Scott, M.
Eyler,J. CHE NSF
Hanrahan, R. CHE US DOE
Martin, C. CHE NSF
Martin, C. CHE US DOE

Douglas, J.
Hodell, D.
Brenner, M.
Perfit, M.
White, L.
Adams, E.
Maslov, D.
Meisel, M.
Reitze, D.
Albarracin, D.
Karney, B.
Bjorndal, K.
Bjorndal, K.
Brockmann, H.
Levey, D.
Levey, D.

Falsetti, A.
Falsetti, A.
Falsetti, A.
Dermott, S.
Brenner, M.
Hollinger, R.


Award Title

104,828 Organic synthetic methods and services in the area of matrixmetalloprotease inhibi-
tors and prostalandin anabolics.
3,750 Software research support.
2,116 Miles compound contract.
118,937 Implementation of SSPII.
6,000 Miscellaneous donors, unrestricted donation.
31,429 Statewide rental market study.
3,273 Report on the location and scope of services for Alachua and Bradford
counties,youth services.

2,000 Graduate research fellowship program.
19,333 Task#1: Forensic applications of ground penetrating radar.

182,592 Late prehistoric social complexity in Southern Amazonia.
3,000 Graduate research fellowship program.
803,650 Arabidopsis 2010: Developing paradigms for functional genomics of protein kinase.
114,041 A comprehensive phylogenetic tree of living and fossil angiosperms.

149,422 Probing the quantum hall state by electrically detected ESR.
304,708 Synthesis, surface assembly and x-ray investigation of amphiphilic star copolymers.
6,100 Research experiences for undergraduates in chemistry at UF/France.

3,000 Graduate research fellowship program.
127,978 The influence of radiation on pit solution chemistry.
22,923 Goal IV: Detoxification.
134,394 Nanomaterials in secondary battery research and development.

42,898 Educational Innovation: Aesthetics in the digital arts and sciences curricula.
106,625 Climate change in the lowland neotropics: A site survey for GLAD800 drill.

GEOL NSF 6,552 Magmatic events on the east pacific rise: Ground-truthing t-phase data from the NOAA.
HIS Natl Fdtn On Arts and Humanities 35,000 Imagining Independence: Writing Rhodesia, 1965-94.
PHY NSF 9,350 Meutron study of solid 3He.
PHY NSF 61,817 Anomalous metallic state in two dimensions.
PHY NSF 133,000 Acquisition of variable temperature and magnetic field magnetomoeter.

PHY NSF 325,609 Development of an ultrabroad bandwidth source.
PSY NIH 123,124 Change maintenance and decay in HIV prevention.
PSY NIH 181,496 Cognitive structure and change in marital satisfaction.
SOC US Dept of Veterans Affairs 10,000 Provide assistance with qualitative data collection and analysis.
STA NIH 23,251 Project CARE (Cocaine Abuse in the Rural Environment).
ZOO FL Fish and Wildlife Consrv Comm 7,700 Identify boundary between units of nesting loggerheads on the east
coast of Florida.
ZOO US DOC 11,304 Evaluation of recovery of seagrass ecosystems post-grazing.



ANT County of Onondaga, NY
ANT Multiple Sources
ANT Multiple Sources
AST Miscellaneous Donors
AST GranTecan
GEOL Southwest FL Water Mgmt Dist

9,000 Graduate research fellowship program.
13,988 Landscape effects on sensitive, threatened and endangered species at the
Savannah River site.
3,000 Fleshy fruit and hard past production capability models.

10,636 Onondaga county forensics casework.
1,309 Fees for services including forensic workshops and case analysis.
1,472 Fees for services including forensic workshops and case analysis.
2,566 Unrestricted donation.
781,925 Contract for the final design and fabrication of CanariCam.
67,200 Lake Hancock: A multi-proxy reconstruction of past trophic state conditions.

SOC Multiple Sources 2,500 Security research project.
ZOO Assn For Tropical Lepidoptera 19,000 Miscellaneous donors, unrestricted donation.

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Recent publications from CLAS faculty

Liberation Sociology
Joe R.Feagin (Sociology) and
Hernin Vera, (Sociology)

Joe R. Feagin and Hernan Vera argue that
citizen action can be assisted by what they
call"liberation sociology"-a tool that can
dramatically increase democratic participa-
tion in the production and implementation
of knowledge and the creation of better
human societies. Liberation sociology takes
the perspective of those seeking liberation
from oppressive conditions-the majority of
the world's people. Its aim is to assist those
struggling to eliminate all forms of human
oppression. Liberation Sociology offers both a
theoretical analysis and case studies of libera-
tion social science as reflected in actual prac-
tice and explains that the same sociological
methods used to defend oppression can be
used instead to liberate human beings.

"In this unique book,Joe R. Feagin and
Hernan Vera show that sociology can make
a vital contribution to human freedom and
well-being. Drawing on many practical contri-
butions of sociological researchers and activ-
ists, they offer an inspiring vision of the field
and its possibilities.This crucial text will be
adopted in courses everywhere."
-Howard Winant, Professor of Sociology,
Temple University

Modern Greece
Thomas W. Gallant (History)

Modern Greece is a concise history of the
rich and varied experience of Greece and
the Greeks over the past two centuries, from
the era of independence until the present
day. It dwells on forces that have shaped the
country and its people, examining both the
immediacy of great events and those gener-
ally slower currents in society such as urban-
ization, economic development, moderniza-
tion,and cultural change. As befits its almost
unique geographical situation astride the
crossroads of Asia, Africa and Europe, Greece
has always been a complex amalgam of peo-
ples and influences. But of course the"Greek
World" has for long meant far more than just
the southern tip of the Balkan peninsula.The
experience of the Diaspora has been a crucial
element in the development of Greece and
Greek society. So, too, have relations with
Europe and the United States. Drawing on
the latest scholarship, particularly in history
and anthropology, but also in archaeology,
sociology and political science, Gallant gives
a portrait of the Greek past that is wise, well-
rounded and provocative.

The Trinity Guide to the Bible
Richard H. Hiers (Religion)

(Trinity Press International)
The Trinity Guide to the Bible is a concise,
authoritative and accessible guide for readers
from any religious tradition or from none at
all; for readers familiar with the Bible or read-
ing it for the first time; for readers who want
to read just one book or the whole Bible; and
for readers studying independently or in a
group or class. For each book from Genesis
to Revelation (along with the Old Testa-
ment Apocrypha), The Trinity Guide provides
a summary of basic features,a highlight of
significant passages, historical setting, related
events of biblical history, literary features and
central religious themes.

"Hiers not only presents concisely a wealth of
information about the Bible as a whole and
the highlights of each of its books, but identi-
fies historical criticism's major conclusions as
-Leander E. Keck,Yale Divinity School

"An extremely useful, accurate, concise and
well-informed guide to the Bible.The author
has treated historical matters, theology, schol-
arly and literary concerns about the Bible in
one volume."
-James F.Strange, University of South Florida


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Center for Gerontological Studies Director Honored

A a recent fall breakfast, UF's Institute on Aging and the Center for Gerontological Studies honored Robin West. West is stepping down on
tDecember 31 as director of the center and associate director for education of the Institute on Aging. She has served in these positions for the
last four years and will return to full-time teaching and research. Institute on Aging Director Jeff Dywer spoke about West's numerous contributions
and shared comments from colleagues. The following in an excerpt from his tribute.

It is particularly appropriate as we
celebrate 50 years of aging research
and education at the University
of Florida, that we acknowledge
and honor an individual who has
been at the hub of this activity for
more than a decade. Her leader-
ship, mentoring, research, teaching
and administrative experience
have kept aging at UF on the map.
Robin has prepared us well and we
are less anxious about the future
because we know that she will
continue to be a part of the Center
for Gerontological Studies and the
Institute on Aging as she recommits
her time to her own research and
For those who know Robin
it will not surprise you that many
comments reflected her commit-

ment to training and mentoring.
"It seems fitting and appropriate,"
remarks one colleague, "that the
area that comes to mind imme-
diately when considering Robin
West's dedicated service to aging
research and education is that
of mentoring students. My early
collaborative experience with her
revealed one of Robin's greatest
strengths: She is a generous, enthu-
siastic, indefatigable and selfless
supporter of students'research
efforts because those efforts con-
tribute something to the field and
to her students'professional devel-
opment, NOT to her own career
Robin's leadership was also
characterized in a number of
responses from colleagues. One

noted, "In my opinion, Robin has
been a major force behind UF
becoming an international leader
in gerontological education. She
certainly has taken to heart her
research on self-efficacy; her belief
in both herself and the future of
gerontology has resulted in a very
strong program."
It is with great pleasure and
appreciation, as a spokesman for
those in this room, at this university,
and national and international col-
leagues whom you have touched,
that I present you with this vase
which is inscribed to say "In Grati-
tude for Service With The Center
For Gerontological Studies and The
Institute On Aging."Thank you for
your mentoring, energy, leadership
and scholarly contributions.

Patricia Kricos, a communication sciences and disorders professor, will serve as the interim director
of the Center for Gerontological Studies.

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