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February 2002

CLA S notes
Vol. 16 The University of Florida College of Liberal Arts and Sciences No. 2

Around the College .................................. 2
The Dean's Musings ........................... 3
Faculty to W atch ........................................ 4
Asian Studies Granted
Room to Grow ............................................ 5
Teens, Anthropology
and Tobacco ................................................ 6
Bookbeat .................................... .............. 8
Language Labs:
Utterly Advanced................................... 9
G ra nts ........................................... ............. 10
CLAS Employee
Excellence Awards................................... 12

Around the College

African and Asian
Languages and Literatures
Avraham Balaban was honored for
his first novel, Shiva \ I...i.n., i, at
the Writer's House in Jerusalem on
December 26. The discussion attracted
hundreds of listeners. Dan Miron,
a professor of Hebrew literature at
Columbia University, talked about the
structure of the novel and its varied
narrative techniques. He referred to the
novel as "one of the best books to be
published in Hebrew last year." Other
speakers included faculty members
from the Hebrew University in Jerusa-
lem and Tel Aviv University. In Janu-
ary, listeners of an Israeli radio station
selected the book as one of three
most-recommended works. An English
version of the book, which depicts the
harsh life on the kibbutz in the 1940s
and 1950s, is in progress.

Germanic and Slavic Studies
Nora Alter presented the paper "Visual
Studies: Questions of ki.. J..i .-, "
for the Division of 20th-century Ger-
man at the Modern Language Associ-
ation's (MLA) annual conference in
New Orleans in December. She also
served as chair for the MLA Delegate

Romance Languages
and Literatures
Geraldine Nichols presented the paper
"Aixo era i no era: Myth and Memory
in Montserrat Roig" at the recent Mod-
ern Language Association conven-
tion in New Orleans. She also led the
Association of Departments of Foreign
Languages' mock interviews for job
seekers in the foreign languages and
chaired a panel titled "Teaching Gradu-
ate Students to Teach Literature."

Development Office Staff
The college's development office
has undergone several recent per-
sonnel changes. On October 18,
2001, Jennifer Denault, director
of development, delivered a baby
boy named Graham Gary. Jennifer
has since resigned from her posi-
tion with CLAS to pursue full-
time motherhood. Della Booher
replaces Jennifer as the new
director of development. She pre-
viously worked as a development
director for the South Florida
Council of the Boy Scouts of
America in Miami Lakes. Della is
no stranger to CLAS. She earned
her bachelor's degree from UF
in criminology and law in 1999.
Amanda Delp, associate director
Boohr of develop-
Booher ment, is
leaving UF
to relocate to Sarasota after her
husband's recent job promotion.
Amanda plans to continue work-
ing in development.

McEdward Memorial Symposium
The L.R. McEdward Memorial Symposium was held December 9-11 in honor
of Zoology Professor Larry McEdward, who died unexpectedly last August. In
recognition of his numerous accomplishments, the Department of Zoology and the
Florida Museum of Natural History invited colleagues, as well as past and present
students, to participate in a research symposium highlighting McEdward's contri-
butions to the fields of developmental biology, marine ecology and evolutionary
biology. Experts from across North America convened in Gainesville and presented
research on a wide range of subjects paying homage to McEdward's research
expertise, insightful guidance and enthusiastic pursuit of life and scholarship.

McQuown Scholarship Awards
CLAS is pleased to announce the O. Ruth McQuown
Scholarship Awards for the 2002-2003 academic
year. The scholarships honor outstanding female
students in the humanities, social sciences, individual
interdisciplinary studies and women's studies. Under-
graduate awards range from $500 to $3,000. Gradu-
ate awards for current students include one $8,000
award plus several supplemental awards, and gradu-
ate awards for incoming students include one schol-
arship of $10,000 as well as several supplementary
awards that range from $1,500 to $3,000. The appli-
cation deadline is February 8th for graduate awards
for incoming students and February 22nd for all oth-
ers. Visit web.clas.ufl.edu/scholarships.html for an
application form, or pick one up in 2014 Turlington
Hall. For more information, please contact Associate
Dean Carol Murphy at 392-6800.

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Mark Your Calendars
The Department of African and Asian Languages
and Literatures is sponsoring the conference "The
Literature of Minorities Within Hegemonic Cultures:
Identity, Assimilation, Displacement" on February
1-2. All sessions will be held in the Keene Faculty
Center. For more information, contact the AALL
department at 392-2422.

Friday, February 1, 3:30 pm-6:00 pm
Minority Discourse in Modern Jewish Literature
with Dan Miron
Vi ,i,,,, in Exile
with Halim Baraket

Saturday, February 2, 11:00 am-1:00 pm
Whose Hebrew is it, Anyway?
with Anton Shammas
Maghribi Literature in French:
The Beur Generation
with Alec Hargreaves

Saturday, February 2, 6:00 pm
Fiction Reading

Animal Attitudes
The Center for Women's Studies and Gender
Research presents "Animal Attitudes" by Sheila Barks-
dale. Through her watercolor and pastel paintings,
Barksdale explores the "otherness" of the personalities
of animals. Her artwork will be on display in Turlington
3324 until May 3. For more information visit web.wst.
ufl.edu/AnimalAttitudes.html or call 392-3365.


At a time when we must select carefully the courses we
will pursue, the college is focusing on the fundamental
programs that comprise the core of a research institution.
Developing the understanding of society-its peoples, lan-
guages, literatures, cultures and systems of beliefs-is one
of our most important missions and part of our irreducible
intellectual core.
The dreadful events of last September have sharpened the
demands and needs of our students for a truly international
education. Our students are no longer satisfied with learning
one or two languages.They seek a deeper and more com-
prehensive exposure to world literature, customs, religion,
history and ethics. A course of study that embraces different
languages and cultures is important to students seeking
international careers, whether in the world of commerce or
as teachers and scholars.
In these fundamental studies, the integration of research
and teaching with advanced technologies can rejuvenate
our programs.The advanced Language Learning Center (LLC)
is one step in the college's commitments to meet our stu-
dents'need for international studies using technology.The
LLC uses modern digital techniques to provide user-friendly,
intensive training in basic language skills that expand and
enhance the teacher-student interaction in disciplines where
that interaction is critical for learning.The center as it stands
today is only a first step as CLAS works to meet student
demand and include more Asian, Mid-Eastern and African
Equipped with basic language and literature training, stu-
dents will be ready to embark on programs in comparative
literatures and engage in research on distant cultures and
their societies.The fundamentals of language training, like
that provided by the LLC, present the platform on which our
students and research programs can aspire to more complex
studies of international dimension.

"... to transfuse from one language to
another the creations of a poet
... the plant must spring again from
its seed, or it will bear no flower."
P.B. Shelley
(A Defence of Poetry, 1821)

Neil Sullivan

Read CLASnotes online at web.clas.ufl.edu/CLASnotes/

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CLAS Professors are Provost Faculty Fellows


to Watch







Two CLAS professors
are gaining administra-
tive experience through
their participation in the
Provost Faculty Fellowship
Program. Math Professor
Jean A. Larson was chosen
as a program appointee for
last semester, and English
Professor Debra King is
currently serving.
King, who came to
UF in 1994, says that she
plans to bring the same
energy and dedication
to her work as a provost
fellow that she does to
her teaching and research
duties. "I am interested
in all facets of university
administration, particularly
undergraduate education
and academic affairs," she
says. "This program is
exciting because partici-
pants get to see how vari-
ous aspects of university
administration work, how
decisions are made and
how individual voices can
affect those decisions."
Larson, who has been
at UF since 1974, says that
her semester as a program
appointee was a broaden-
ing experience. "Now I
have a greater appreciation

for the workload and great-
er understanding of the
wide range of issues that
are routine in the provost's
The program was
established two years ago
to give faculty members
firsthand experience in
university administration.
After applying and being
accepted into the program,
participants work on spe-
cial projects with UF's
provost, vice provost and
associate provosts as well
as engage various budget,
faculty, hiring and student
issues. All program activity
is in addition to the faculty
member's regular teaching
Larson says that
dealing with various
UF issues in the
weekly provost
staff meetings
she attended
gave her a
small taste
of the heavy
workload that
UF administra-
tors carry. "The
issues discussed
in the provost staff
meetings ranged

from recruitment, campus
climate and accreditation to
mid-year budget cuts and
improving the graduation
experience for students and
their parents."
King says that she
expects to find the program
both fascinating and chal-
lenging. "I expect nothing
less from UE This is an
opportunity to learn a great
deal about myself, my
interest in administrative
work and the administra-
tive process. I expect to
listen a lot, grow a lot and
learn a lot. What could be
more positive than that?"
-Patrick Hughes

Debra King

Criminologist Earns Top Rank

Study published in
the January/Febru-
ary issue of the Journal
of Criminal Justice shows
that UF Criminology
Professor Alex R.
Piquero has the
most published
articles in his
field. The
study, "The
of Authors
in Leading
and Criminal
Justice Journals,"

by Jon Sorensen and
Rocky Pilgrim, examined
the top scholars who have
published in eight leading
criminology and criminal
justice journals between
1995 and 1999. During
that time, Piquero had 16
The study also looked
at the productivity of
institutions. UF ranked
16th in the number of
published articles written
by faculty. The University
of Cincinnati ranked first,
followed by the University
of Maryland. The authors

write, "Institutions housing
doctoral programs in crim-
inal justice dominated the
top rankings, suggesting
that criminal justice may
finally be maturing as a
discipline.... Top-produc-
ing authors can seriously
influence the productivity
of an institution."
Piquero, who earned
his PhD from the Univer-
sity of Maryland in 1996,
came to UF this year after
serving on the faculty at
Temple and Northeastern
-Allyson A. Beutke

CLASnotes February 2002

Alex Piquero

page 4

Asian Studies Granted

Room to Grow

A $2 million grant from
the Freeman Foundation
empowers Asian Studies

Even as the state
financial crisis has
everyone bracing
for the budgeting crunch,
some good news is surfac-
ing: UF's Asian Studies
Program is receiving
a Freeman Foundation
grant that will provide $2
million throughout a four-
year span.
"For the purposes
of the humanities and the
social sciences, this grant
is quite substantial," says
Michael Tsin, Asian Stud-
ies Program director. "I
was thrilled when I heard
we had received it. It was

the work of the Asian
Studies faculty that made
this possible. This award
couldn't have come at a
better time, particularly
because we are a relatively
young, small program."
CLAS Dean Neil
Sullivan says getting a $2
million dollar grant for the
humanities is the equiva-
lent of getting a $20 mil-
lion dollar grant for one
of the sciences. "Being
awarded a sizable grant
of this type reflects that
the Freeman Foundation
recognizes our college's
commitment to interna-

tionalization efforts," he
says. "This grant will help
us continue to enlarge this
important program."
Tsin, who came to
UF in January 2001, says
the grant's size will enable
the program to expand in
a variety of ways. "We
want to use the money
to further develop a
bachelor's degree in Asian
studies starting this fall,
and maybe introduce a
master's degree as well,"
he says. "We're also going
to use the grant to hire
new faculty, increase our
library resources, support
students involved in study-
abroad programs, encour-
age curricular develop-
ment among faculty,
extend outreach and bring
in speakers to enhance the
visibility of the program."
Associate Director of
UF Foundation Relations
Beverly Sensbach, who
assisted with the grant
proposal, credits Tsin's
hard work and reputation
for the proposal's success.
"The award represents
the Freeman Foundation's
confidence in Tsin's lead-
ership. Foundations in
general don't give large,
multi-year grants to the

Michael Tsin

humanities without having a prior relationship with the
school, and this is the first time we've applied to the
Freeman Foundation for a big award," she says. "Tsin
had to pull together a tremendous amount of financial
information and perform a comprehensive survey of the
program so we could create an accurate report for the
Tsin adds that UF's renewed commitment to Asian
studies also enhanced the proposal. "When you add up
the number of different classes offered in this area, the
number of faculty, the fact that we're hiring new faculty
and the broad scope of the university as a whole, all of
these factors really spoke to the Freeman Foundation's
interests in supporting institutions that offer an interest-
ing, comprehensive experience in Asian studies. When
researching the proposal we looked at other programs
the foundation had funded, and it turned out that UF's
needs and goals were a good match with the founda-
tion's funding priorities."
The majority of the classes in UF's Asian Studies
Program focus on the language, culture, religion and
history of East Asia, primarily China and Japan. Other
offerings include courses on South, Southeast and West
Asia. There are 23 faculty members currently associated
with the program, which in its current form is one year
The New York-based Freeman Foundation focuses
its donations on fostering understanding and enhancing
relationships between the US and the countries of East
Asia. Schools must be invited by the foundation to apply
for funds.
-Patrick Hughes

CLASnotes February 2002

"When researching the proposal

we looked at other programs the

[Freeman] foundation had fund-

ed, and it turned out that UF's

needs and goals were a good

match with the foundation's

funding priorities."

-Michael Tsin

page 5

Teens, Anthropology

and Tobao

UF group uncovers what teenagers

really have to say about smoking

W hen the state of Florida received an $11.3 billion settlement from the tobacco industry in 1997, part
of the money was .i i for research.:.:':: most of this state-funded research has focused on the
medical and physiological effects of tobacco use or how ... i affects teenage smokers, a study con-
ducted by members of UF's anthropology department looks at what teenagers have to say about smoking.
The study's surprising f.. : : show common : about teenage smoking are not always true.
"This wasn't a : says,.: :i. i :. Chair : :: Burns."It was an ethnographical and anthropo-
study.This approach is unique because it i i us to meet respondents where they are most com-
fortable.We went out on the street with the kids, and we interviewed them.The principal idea was to map
where young people are smoking and what they have to say about it.We looked .. = .. who smoke and
what teenagers know or think know about tobacco."

Burns, four graduate students and two undergradu-
ate students interviewed kids, ages 11-16, in Gainesville
last summer as part of a larger study started at the Uni-
versity of Miami. Miami's "-: Chair Bryan
Page, who earned his PhD from UF in 1976, focused on
smoking patterns among teenagers in the South Florida
area. Burns explains, "Down there, a lot of attention
was given to the differences between I ispanic and non-
Hispanic smoking patterns, while here we looked at the
social and geographical aspects of smoking and what it
means to smoke among young people."
The iU' group spent time at shopping centers,
movie theaters and parks around town, talking to around
40 young people, roughly half males and half females.
The students often worked in pairs, approaching teenag-
ers to tell them about the study and then asking permis-
sion from their parents to interview the teens in their
homes. Each student focused on a :, area then
wrote a separate report.
This research project was a first for Mattie Gal-
lagher, an undergraduate ...i 'i. major. "The
most interesting part about interviewing these kids is
that they would bring up much more information than
we ever dreamed. Sometimes, we would get to a point,
and the teenager would spill :1.. for the next 45
minutes. We had reached his comfort level, and he knew
we respected him and valued his opinions." Gallagher's
report focused on a case study of one teenage boy whose
parents smoke. "This teen is the only child of two inten-
sive smokers-four packs a day for each of them. IHe
told us about the yellow walls in his house and how kids
at school make fun of him because he always smells like
smoke," says ( .:: :. "We also learned how he suffers
from severe allergies, but his parents don't have insur-
ance nor money to buy medication for him. He blames
everything on the tobacco companies."

Blaming the tobacco industry has been a central
theme behind Florida's anti-smoking "Truth" campaign
commercials. Even i. .. i Gallagher and graduate stu-
dent Rob Freeman never brought up the commercials
during the interviews, the ads always weaved their way
into the conversation. Freeman says, "In every single
interview we did, the teens mentioned the commercials.
All but one of the teens we talked to thought they were
positive. ::. branded it as the tobacco companies being
targeted, not the kids, and they agreed with that."
Freeman's paper explores what teenagers know
about smoking and how they acquire this information.
"One of our interesting :...:. was that common
beliefs about teenage smoking don't always match real-
ity," says Freeman. "In fact, the idea of being labeled
as a 'smoker' didn't exist. In several cases, we would
ask if the teens had ever smoked, and 'I would say
no, but later on during the same interview, they would
open up and talk about a time when were at a party
and tried a cigarette." The group found that the young
people i, interviewed ... .: did not use the word
"smoker" unless they were referring to adults who
smoke. "We also saw that these teens have a unique idea
about addiction," Burns says. "They view addiction as
this outer-space force that captures your body, and then
you no longer have control. Since most of them didn't
experience this 'addiction' when they smoked their first
they say they are non-smokers and that they
will not become addicted."
Another topic explored was the political and eco-
nomic motivations of tobacco use among teenagers.
Graduate student Ryan Theis looked at non-conventional
smoking habits among a specific group of young people.
"I observed a downtown venue where a lot of politically
active kids hang out. I gathered a lot of observational
data, and it was very evident that these teens would

CLASnotes February 2002

page 6

not smoke the popular
corporate brands such as
Camel or Marlboro," he
says. "They smoked the
off-beat, unknown brands,
and they felt they were
making a statement."
In addition to observ-
ing teen smokers in
downtown Gainesville,
other members of the
group spent time staking
out local convenience
stores, hoping to see a
young person attempt to
buy cigarettes. "We sat
outside for several hours
at a time, and we never
saw a young person go
in the store and try to
buy cigarettes," graduate
student Lem Purcell says.
"The teens told us that if
they smoked, they got the
cigarettes from friends.
Sometimes older friends
would buy them. In a few
cases parents actually
bought cigarettes for their
While some research
has speculated that many
young people start smok-
ing because of peer pres-
sure and the glamorization
of smoking on television
and in advertisements,
the UF group received
answers that implied the
opposite might be true.
"Most of the youths we
interviewed think peer
pressure is just a crazy
idea because they don't
experience it. The times
they have smoked, they
said it was because the
cigarette was there and

CLASnotes February 2002

Armed with their information-gathering tools (left to right): Lem Purcell, Allan Burns, Ade Ofunniyin, Mattie Gallagher, Rob Freeman

available, not because they were
pressured into it," says Gallagher.
"One girl told us she found a cigar
on the street while her family was
on vacation. She put it away, and
when she returned home, she snuck
out of the house late one night and
smoked it by herself just to see what
it was like."
Freeman says several of the
participants mocked the series of
science class films dealing with peer
pressure. "The kids we talked to
told us this isn't what happens. If a
cigarette is available to them, they
would smoke it out of curiosity, not
because they felt pressured to fit in."
The group had hypothesized
they would find teen smokers in
areas where they would blend in
with an older crowd. "I had this idea
that young people would smoke
in public places away from their
parents, where they could be anony-
mous," Burns says. "However, we
found them going to each other's
houses when parents weren't around.
That way, if they smelled like smoke
when they came home, they would
say they were at a friend's house and
their parents smoke."
Through the interviews, the
group learned that younger kids
appeared to experiment with tobacco
all the way to high school, but then

things change. "At the high-school
level, it's no longer about curiosity.
They start identifying themselves as
smokers. And this has implications
for reducing the number of smokers
because if we have ads telling young
kids to stop smoking, but they don't
see themselves as smokers, than
that advertising goes right over their
heads," Burns says.
Freeman points out that even
though the younger teens might not
be smoking now, they say it is a def-
inite possibility as they grow older.
"The younger kids we interviewed
are very aware of smoking. I asked
a 12-year-old if he smoked, and he
looked at me as if I were crazy and
then said, 'Are you kidding? I'm
only 12.' Even though some middle
school kids said they had never
smoked, when asked about smoking
in high school, they replied that they
might because that would be another
stage in their life."
Conducting a large study like
this with data from many differ-
ent sources can be quite challeng-
ing. The group, however, found
a way to manage the massive
amounts of information by creat-
ing an "extranet," or an interactive
project Web site, for the research-
ers involved in the study. The site
includes literature reviews, methods,

analysis, interview questions and
transcripts. Purcell developed the
site for his portion of the project.
"We faced two main obstacles in
this study. First, this was a topic
that none of us had really covered
in-depth before, so we had a lot of
background information. Second, as
anthropologists, we use the summer
to travel, so we were all over the
place while this project was going
on, and the other researchers for
the overall study were in Miami,"
explains Purcell. "The 'extranet' was
a good way for all of us to coordi-
nate our knowledge bases and gain a
better idea of what we were doing."
Perhaps one of the most unique
aspects of this project was the
chance to "do d..ll..ii l in our
own backyard," as Burns phrases it.
"Many people probably think that
we have to travel to exotic places
around the world to do anthropo-
logical research. While that is some-
times the case, we used a different
research model here, and it worked
very well."
The students will present their
findings along with researchers
from the University of Miami at the
international meeting of the Society
for Applied Anthropology in Atlanta
during the first week of March.
-Allyson A. Beutke

page 7


Recent publications

from CLAS faculty

Literary Masterpieces,
Volume 8: The Stranger
Raymond Gay-Crosier (French)

This volume of
Literary Master-
pieces explores
Albert Camus'
best-known novel,
The Stranger. As
a seasoned jour-
nalist who had
proved his mettle,
first in the local
press of Algiers (1937- 1940), later in French
Resistance and post-war newspapers and
magazines (1941-1956),Camus initially stood
in the forefront of [contemporary] press wars.
Yet as his personal struggles grew stronger
and his indecision regarding the status of
Algiers became more painful to him, he found
himself in the position of an outcast who
had been flushed out as a stranger by his
chosen tribe,a group to which he had never
How could Albert Camus-author of
three popular novels, two major philosophical
and numerous political and critical essays-
and (from 1944 to 1950), a highly successful
playwright-fall into such political and liter-
ary disrepute among many of his peers but
still remain popular with a large number of
his French readers and continue to build a
steadily growing international reputation.
This series promotes a comprehensive
understanding of Albert Camus' The Stranger
by presenting information about the circum-
stances in which the work was created, the
relevancy of the themes, the history of the
novels reception,and an extensive assess-
ment and sampling of the critical approaches
it generated.This series gives educators and
students a personal source that features not
only literary aspects and biographical facts
but relevant cultural and historical contexts in
which the work must be placed.

Research Methods in Anthropology: Quali-
tative and Quantitative Approaches
H. Russell Bernard (Anthropology)

Alta ivra Press

Research Methods
in Anthropology
is the standard
textbook for
methods classes
in anthropology
programs. Over
the past years,
it has launched
tens of thousands
of students into the field with its combina-
tion of rigorous methodological advice, wry
humor, common sense advice,and numerous
examples from actual field projects. Now the
third edition of this classic textbook is ready,
written in Bernard's unmistakable conver-
sational style.RMA 3 contains all the useful
methodological advice of previous editions
and more: additional material on text analysis,
an expanded section on sampling field set-
tings,advice concerning the use of comput-
ers for fieldwork and analysis,a discussion
of the pros and cons of rapid assessments
techniques in anthropology, and dozens of
new examples.
"Methods belongs to us all"is the watch-
word of this book. Whether you come from a
scientific, interpretive, or applied anthropo-
logical tradition,you should learn field meth-
ods from the best guide around.

Colonialism Past and Present: Reading and
Writing about Colonial Latin America Today
Edited by Alvaro Felix Bolafos (Spanish)
and Gustavo Verdesio
State University of New York Press

(State University of New York Press)
This collection of
essays offers alter-
native readings of
historical and liter-
ary texts produced
during Latin Ameri-
ca's colonial period.
By considering the
political and ideo-
logical implications
of the texts' inter-


CLASnotes February 2002

pretation yesterday and today, it attempts to
decolonizee" the field of Latin American stud-
ies and promote an ethical, interdisciplinary
practice that does not falsify or appropriate
knowledge produced by both the colonial
subjects of the past and the oppressed sub-
jects of the present.
"A deep, thoughtful, diverse, rich con-
frontation with postcolonial theory and the
way it affects contemporary scholarly exege-
sis and appropriations of New World colonial
literatures. A major contribution to Latin
American studies and postcolonial theory."
Eduardo Mendieta, Co-editor of
Thinking from the Underside of
History: Enrique Dussel's Philosophy
of Liberation

The Making of the Slavs:
History andArcheology of the Lower Dan-
ube Region, c.500-700
Florin Curta (History)
Cambridge University Press

(Cambridge University Press)
This book offers a new approach to the prob-
lem of Slavic ethnicity in southeastern Europe
between c. 500
and c. 700, from
the perspective of
current anthropo-
logical theories.
The conceptual
emphasis here is
on the relation
between material
culture and eth-
nicity.The author
that the history
of the Sclavenes and the Antes begins only
at around 500 AD. He also points to the
significance of the archaeological evidence,
which suggests that specific artifacts may
have been used as identity markers.This evi-
dence also indicates the role of local leaders
in building group boundaries and in leading
successful raids across the Danube. Because
of these military and political developments,
Byzantine authors began employing names
such as Sclavines and Antes in order to make
sense of the process of group identification
that was taking place north of the Danube
frontier. Slavic ethnicity is therefore shown to
be a Byzantine invention.

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Language Labs:



It might have been cutting edge at the time, but by today's
standards UF's language-learning facilities were practically
medieval in 1970. In Dauer Hall students had almost no
control over the reel-to-reel tape recordings they would
"dial up." Comparing the old facility to the newly upgraded
Language Learning Center (LLC) in 1317 Turlington Hall is
like comparing an abacus to the fancy new iMac computer.
Judy Shoaf has been directing the LLC since 1993.
She says that the new digital classroom, made possible
by funds from CLAS and the Office of Academic Tech-
nology (formerly the Office of Instructional Resources),
offers students and teachers a lot of flexibility. "The
classroom is designed for listening and speaking practice
of all kinds. You can use it for focused phonetics drills,
'phone calls' between two students linked by headsets,
transcribing authentic language excerpts, speaking tests,
and so on," she says. "It also allows students to access
and manipulate digital recordings of audio or video,
including recording their own practice or subtitlingg' a
Shoaf details additional LLC features: "We have
TVs with VCRs and DVD players, including some
which will play foreign-standard media, and a LaserDisc
player. For audiotapes, we kept six of the old booths,
which allow students to record themselves and listen
to both the lesson voice and their own voices. We also
have several CD players," she says. "We have books
and videotapes for self-study of basic English, French,
German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. There are also
more advanced materials for French, German, Russian
and Chinese." The center's collection covers a total of
22 languages.
Shoaf says she was relieved when the new features
were installed. "Our old lab had been breaking down
slowly over the past two years," she says. "I am very
happy with the new system, which does more than I
thought it would. When a long-time user of the old lab
had to administer a diagnostic test for the third time dur-
ing the buggy first month of the new lab but still said,
'This is much better, much more functional,' I knew that
upgrading was the right decision."
Both student and faculty reaction to the new lab
has been positive. "Students are enchanted with the flat-
screen monitors, and they seem to enjoy working with

New technology
enhances language
learning experience

the system," Shoaf says. "In classes where the teacher
has prepared specific tasks, students work intensely all
period, focused on what they need to do. We've had
some instructors who use it just like the old lab, but
appreciate the new interface, while others have invented
very interesting exercises for their students."
Tori Binitie, who came to UF three years ago to
study biochemistry, recently used the LLC for the first
See Labs. aae 11

Phonetic Skills: Bernadette Cesar-Lee instructs her French
class to put on the headsets in preparation for a pronuncia-
tion exercise.
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through the Division of Sponsored Research

November2001 ......................... ......... .................. Tota $2,668,334

Investigator Dept. Agency

Corporate............. $99,441
S CHE Merck & Co Inc
Katritzky, A. CHE Multiple Companies
Vala, M. CHE McGraw-Hill Inc
1 ., PHY Research Corp
Scicchitano, M. POL FL' i Finance Corp

Award Title


Merck & Co custom synthesis agreement.
Miles compound contract.
Evaluation of an online chemistry homework system.
- ; .: of the spin triplet superconductor SR2RU04.
Statewide rental market study.

Federal .............. $2,462,841

Guzman, R.
C... :
Downs, M.
Bartlett, R.
-i ... H.
Christou, G.

Katritzky, A.

Martin, C.

Martin, C.
Richards, N.
Ohrn, N.

Scott, M.
Turull, A.
Avery, P.



CHE US Air Force



US Navy
US Air Force

Yelton, J.
Hill, S. PHY NSF
Mitselmakher, G.
Mitselmakher,G. PHY US DOE
Korytov, A.
Ramond, P. PHY US DOE
Sikivie, P.
Rowland, N. PSY DOH
Spector,A. PSY NIH
Tucker, C. PSY DOH
Nichols, G. RLL US Dept of Ed
Carter, R. STA ." for Health Care Admin

Baum, R.
Scicchitano, M.
Guillette, L.

GEOG Water Mgmt Dist
PHI Multiple Sources
POL City of Gainesville
ZOO Euro Commission

32,989 Galaxy mass and the fate of luminous blue compact galaxies.
21,979 don't women dye for credit? A study of the impact of social networks
on urban cloth dyers of Bamako, Mali.
283,500 Multi-scale simulation of materials i.. : : .: :i. integrated
computational hierarchies.
225,217 Quantum effects in :. :molecule..::,
57,935 Development of :. and large scale production technology for
.:' :energyand :. i.: : organic compounds.
196,552 -. of ... .: .. .: and kinetic study.
91,352 CAREER:Time dependent laser-matter interaction.
130,424 Nanotubule membranes-fundamentals and : : ... in
electrochemical ..- and stochastic :..


. .. ..: of nanotube-based i...

for stochastic chemical sensors.

96,010 Election nuclear dynamics of molecular energy transfer.
39,069 Donor and acceptor polymers for photovoltaics.
105,585 CAREEF i.:: .i aryloxide .....:
25,173 Research in finite group theory.
108,454 Task B: Research in theoretical and experimental elementary
S:: physics.
35,634 Task S: Computer acquisition for research in theoretical and experimental
high energy physics.
146,083 Quantum effects in single molecule magnets.
61,888 Task H: Experimental research in collider physics at CDF

165,671 Task G: Experimental research in collider physics at CMS.

97,250 Task A: Research in theoretical elementary particle physics.



S.. of a new type of smoking cessation ....
Psychophysical evaluation of taste.
North Florida Area Health Education Centers .
National resource centers and foreign language and area studies fellowships.
Maternal child health data warehouse: birth vital statistics benchmark out-

Assistance with district water supply assessment.
Business and professional ethics journal.
A survey of individuals who live and work in east Gainesville.
Possible endocrine ...:..- effects of cattle ranch effluent.

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December 2001 ..................................................... Total: $1,250,480

Investigator Dept. Agency

Corporate ............$92,516
Lieberman, L. ANT FL Clinical Practice Assn
Katritzky,A. CHE Flexsys America
Wagener, K. CHE Medtronic Inc
Branch, M. PSY Target Copy

Federal ..............$1,125,748
Sarajedini,A. AST NASA
Sarajedini,A. AST NASA
Mulkey, S. BOT EPA
Santiago, L.
Soltis, D. BOT NSF
Soltis, P.
Hudlicky,T. CHE NSF
Reynolds,J. CHE US NAVY
Blischak, D. CPD US DOE
Fradd, S. CPD US DOE
Henretta,J. GER NIH
Hagen,S. PHY NIH
Mitselmakher,G. PHY US DOE
Korytov, A.

Miscellaneous........ $32,216
Bowes,G. BOT Multiple Sponsors
Schanze, K. CHE Am Chemical Society
D'Amico, R. PHI UF Foundation
Scicchitano, M. POS Multiple Sponsors

Award Title



Center for research on women's health.
Structure activity relationships in various substances.
Metathesis and metathesis-associated technologies.
Unrestricted donation.

The formation of the Milky Way and its satellite galaxies.
A snapshot survey of probable nearby galaxies.
EPA fellowship agreement.

450,897 The floral genome project: origin and evolution of the Florida
genetic program.
187,816 Biocatalytic conversion of aromatic waste into useful compounds.
14,800 Miscellaneous donors.
54,178 The role of speech output technology for beginning communicators.
202,190 Florida's training for all language arts teachers.
27,764 Health and retirement study.
75,600 Novel inhibitors of fungal aspartic proteinases.
47,087 US CMS endcap muon research project-FY 2001.

15,400 Partial financial support of the 2002 Sanibel Symposium.


Unrestricted donation.
ACS editorialship.
Department of Philosophy general fellowship account.
An evaluation of individuals who have participated in the Welfare to Work
initiative training program.

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time to complete an assignment for her intermediate Spanish class. She says that her first
impression was that the new LLC was very well organized. "They seem to have more than
enough resources. It is well equipped. Whatever money they've spent to renovate it, they've
spent it well."
Binitie has worked with both old audiotapes and the new computer system and prefers
the digital classroom. "I like the computers better. It's like using a CD, where you can skip a
track if you want to, as opposed to a tape where you have to fast-forward to different parts. It's
a little quicker," she says. "Also, you can bookmark places in the exercises, similar to saving a
place on the Internet, so you can quickly return to a part you may have missed or that you need
to hear again."
In the future, Shoaf would like to see additional computers installed in the LLC. "We have
a collection of software appropriate for word processing, spell checking, dictionary work and
so on, in Chinese and a number of European languages. Right now our computer system is lim-
ited to the digital classroom, but we hope to become a place where students can type and print
papers in the various languages taught here, and also learn how to adapt their own computers
to their preferred language."
In the meantime, Binitie says she will definitely use the LLC again this semester. "It's
really convenient. It's really easy to go there and access the materials." The LLC is open from
8 am to 8 pm Monday through Thursday and from 8 am to 5 pm Friday.
-Patrick Hughes

CLASnotes February 2002

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1st Annual
Liberal Arts
& Sciences



CLAS has established a program to honor USPS
employees who perform outstanding and meri-
torious service.The first annual CLAS Employee
Excellence Awards will be presented in March
at the USPS and A&P service pin ceremony.Two
award winners will each receive $1,500 and a
CLAS faculty, staff and students can sub-
mit nominations. Self-nominations will also be
accepted. Nominees should have made a signifi-
cant achievement or positive contribution that
reflects the highest standards of quality, excel-
lence and innovation.The evaluation committee
will consider a list of criteria including strong
work ethic, service-oriented attitude, dedica-
tion to the job and unit and willingness to assist
beyond normal expectations.
Visit web.clas.ufl.edu/clasnews/ to down-
load an application form, or pick one up from
the dean's office in 2014 Turlington. Applications
must be submitted to Mary Anne Morgan, 2014
Turlington, by Wednesday, February 20.

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