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In this Issue:

Assembling the College
Forum encourages animated
discussions on pressing issues.............. 3

Classical Currency
Faculty and students engage in
issues both modern and ancient.......... 4

Speaking Out
Student council voices ideas ............... 6

The Art of the Comic Book ............. 7

Around the College ....................... 8

Grants.................................. ....10

Bookbeat ................................... 11

CLAS Commencement.................... 12


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The Dean's


Musings

Ethics and the Institution

Today, more than ever before, students-undergradu-
ate and graduate-and the public in all walks of life are
asking questions about how we should behave toward one
another. They are searching to understand the unfamiliar
systems of beliefs and cultures in all corners of the world,
realizing that we are bound together by the modern tech-
nology of the Internet, satellite communications, high-
speed travel and an increasingly global economy.
Perhaps more importantly, there is now a more intense
desire, particularly among the young, to re-examine how
we set ethical standards of behavior in a complex, global
and diverse society. Ethical problems occur in all aspects of
everyday life. Many of the issues are far from abstract and
often involve practical questions such as the availability of
sensitive databases related to human genetic materials.
The primary role of the academic institution is to
train students to think critically and to learn how to
construct sound ethical judgments. Our students need
to learn, as we all did, how to ask difficult but meaning-
ful questions and how to question our answers. If we are
unwilling to question our answers, we are at risk of holding
on to false beliefs.
Thinking critically and arriving at thoughtful ethical
judgments is part of what it means to be an educated per-
son, and providing training in ethics is an explicit part of
our college mission. Good ethical decisions can inspire col-
leagues in the workplace, strengthen a nation and provide a
framework for a true international spirit.

Neil Sullivan
sullivan@phys. ufl. edu


Neil Sullivan
Allyson A. Beutke
Patrick Hughes
Jane Dominguez
Jenny Oberhaus
Lynne Pulliam


Additional Photography:
John Mylroie: p. 8
Courtesy Woodrow Wilson
National Fellowship Foundation: p. 12
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recycled paper


On the Cover:
Rachel Brewer with a plaster bust of Hermes. The original complete statue was of Hermes holding
the baby Dionysus and was found at Olympia. It is attributed to the sculptor Praxiteles (4 BCE).


CLASnotes April 2002


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Assembling


the College


Forum
encourages
animated
discussions
on pressing
issues

























The last College AssemL

semester is Wednesday

3:30 pm in the Keene F


Hernan Vera


The College Assembly and its committees are the
agencies by which faculty may act collectively in
matters of concern to the whole college, according to
the college's constitution. I've had the privilege of serv-
ing as the assembly's president pro-tem for this year,
and I can report that the assembly has had an exciting
agenda.
Dean Neil Sullivan is committed to the assembly
becoming an important vehicle for faculty participation
in the affairs of the college. The opening fall meeting
was devoted to the introduction of new faculty mem-
bers and a presentation by the dean on the challenges
the college would face this year.
In its second fall meeting, the assembly heard two
lucid presentations on academic freedom, an issue that
has again become very important in the State Univer-
sity System after September 11. The discussion that
followed was as enlightening as the presentations. One
faculty member said academic free speech should not
protect hateful or insensitive words in the classroom.
Not all agreed. While we did not reach a closure of the
subject, the discussion of this matter at the assembly
allowed a better understanding of the complexities of
this crucial issue.
The February 25 meeting was devoted to the
discussion of salaries. Dean Sullivan introduced the
topic and expressed particular concern for the salary
levels of mid-career faculty. I focused the discussion
on salary compression and inversion, inequities that I
believe are the result of a cal-
lous administrative decision.
Sf t Responding to an objection
l for the spring from the floor, I noted that
April 10 at administrators do not suffer
from salary compression at
acuity Center UE The contrary opinion
was voiced that universities
like ours that are undergoing
rapid growth might need
compression. The lively discussion was informative and
candid, with the dean and associate deans participat-
ing actively. Among the issues we discussed were the
limitations of the PEP, STEP and similar programs
to correct the accumulated inequities in salaries. On


CLASnotes April 2002


motion from the floor, we voted to draft a letter asking
that a procedure to bring about faculty salary equity
be created. The assembly will send the letter to several
university and college-wide committees that are study-
ing the reorganization of the university.
When English Professor Chris Snodgrass suggest-
ed that the university needs a comprehensive approach
to secure adequate financing of a reward and advance
system, the steering committee decided to invite him
to make a presentation and lead a discussion at the
April 10 meeting. Snodgrass is the chief negotiator for
United Faculty of Florida (UFF), the union that will
be negotiating a collective bargaining agreement with
the administration later this year. A UFF task force has
been working hard at such a comprehensive approach
toward our salary policies.
The agenda for the assembly is prepared by its
steering committee, which is presided over by its the
elected president pro tem. However, any faculty mem-
ber in the college may forward items for the agenda.
You may even submit items after the agenda has been
set, and I encourage faculty to let us know about their
ideas.
The College Assembly is a unique opportunity to
participate in the governance of our college. This year
we dealt with important, urgent issues. For me it was
a great opportunity to learn from colleagues in other
departments. The diversity of opinions allowed me to
understand better where we are going in our college
and university.
-Hernan Vera, Professor of Sociology


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Classical



Currency


Faculty and students engage in

issues both modern and ancient


A poster for the movie Gladiator adorning the walls of the Department
of Classical Studies? Considering the film was criticized for its historical
inaccuracy, the scenario might seem a little counterintuitive.


But the poster is there, and
it : two '! about the
.. .. attitude: a .
ness to embrace the positive (in
Gladiator's case, the continuing
high :i of classical themes in
pop culture) and a sense of comfort
with the modern world.
"For me, the ..1 .. :.
between classics and the modern
world is very deep and multifac-
eted. It always surprises me when
we are : : in class discussing
.. and i of the sudden
I see a relationship to something
i read in the paper or saw on
the news," classical studies senior
Rachel Brewer says. i i... is one of
the major appeals of classics-you
are constantly being surprised and
S: i by what you learn."
Department Chair Mary Ann
Eaverly, who has been at UF since
1986, says that many areas of clas-
sical studies enthusiastically engage
modern issues on a regular basis.
"It is important for us to step back
and look at the roots of our own
civilization and our own culture,
and classics 1 you do this. It
gives you a perspective on your
own society to look at this ancient
society that is in many ways similar
to ours.
Classics Professor Lewis Suss-
man, who has taught at UF since
1976 and was department chair


from 1993 to 2000, agrees. :. .
think ... was invented yes-
terday, i...i ., the ideas we think
about and the problems that we
face-terrorism, technology, prob-
lems in government organization,
running a large, multi-national,
multi-ethnic, multicultural state.
But they were not," he says. "The
Roman Empire had every race rep-
resented, and all ..- kinds of
religion. You had the Greeks and
' : t at e top of civilization,
and people just coming out of bar-
barism in northern Europe. It took
a lot of energy and enterprise to get
this whole thing to work, and the
Romans did it quite i
Everyone talks about the decline of
the Roman Empire. i, it lasted
1,000 years, which is not bad!"
i now the department
is experiencing .....1 : but a
decline. The number of under-
graduate classical studies majors
has almost doubled during the past
five years. 'We have 71 majors and
72 minors at last count. It is an
.... ... number. I do not know
of any university in the country
that even comes close," Sussman
says. "Like a lot of programs, we
have a large number of under-
graduate students taking our class-
es- we are :: in the thousands
sometimes. -. example, we offer
a course twice a year to


300 students, we have an Egyptolo-
gy course in which as many as 300
students ... .i and courses in civi-
lization and Roman civilization of
almost equal size. Just a few classes
like that and you are : .. about
huge, huge numbers, but that does
not :: !: about the strength of
adepar .... i classics.
The number of majors shows the
real strength of the program."
Sussman credits the fresh
approach of classics professors and
teaching assistants for the depart-
ment's strength. "There are lots of
ways to teach classics, and some of
them are really bad," he says. "Clas-
sics programs across the country
have folded because of a lack of
. .. :. People in these pro-
grams do not present the material
in an interesting way, or they do
it in the same way that it has been
done for years and years. Not to
toot our own horn too much, but
our department does a good job of
.: '. great classes."
Eaverly says that classical stud-
ies students also have played a part
in the success of the department.
"We are lucky to have an extremely
active. 1.. of Eta ... Phi, the
classics honor society. Our chapter
won the Ccrtamcn, which is the
national classics brain bowl, two
years in a row. arc a great
group.


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Brewer, currently
president of Eta Sigma
Phi, says she has never
taken a classical studies
course at another college,
but even without a direct
comparison, she would
not change a thing about
UF's department. "The
faculty and courses are
so varied that I never feel
like I am getting shorted
in what classes I can take
or how much interaction
I have with the profes-
sors or other staff. Also,
the professors always
make time to sit down
with students and answer
questions or discuss
graduate options. They
put a lot of effort into
customer service.'"
Another strong
component of the clas-
sics department is the
Center for Greek Studies,
which was founded in
1980. "The center was
created to bring together
the faculty, students and
interests on campus that
are connected with things
Greek, both ancient and
modern," center founder
and co-director Karelisa
Hartigan says.
The center is one of


only three language-test-
ing centers in the US that
is certified by the Greek
Ministry of Education.
"That means that people
who want to work in
the Greek embassy in
this country, who want
to have a job translating
from Greek or who want
to go to Greece to get
involved in business can
come to our center to
take a test created by the
Greek government. They
receive a certificate that
says they are able to speak
Greek at one of four lev-
els," Hartigan says.
As the department's
undergraduate advisor,
Sussman gets to know
a lot of exceptional stu-
dents. "They are really
interesting people. Many
of them are double-
majors. You find students
that are also majoring
in math and biology,
and we have a couple of
engineers. There are a lot
of people in the sciences,
many physicists. Some
students just find it to be
a good liberal arts major,
and they like having
classics knowledge for a
background. That seems


Mary Ann Eaverly, Classical Studies Chair


to be the motivation for
a lot of them. They also
like the challenge."
Eaverly says there are
also other reasons bright
students are attracted to
classics. "It is a fun major.
Learning a language like
Latin or Greek, that is
not spoken, really sharp-
ens your analytical skills.


British code breakers in
World War II studied
Latin, and had worked
with patterns in lan-
guage.
Brewer, who hopes
eventually to earn a
master's degree in Latin
from UF and go on to
teach the language in
high school, says she orig-
inally came to UF with
intentions of becoming a
veterinarian. "My love for
classics goes back to my
first day of high school,
when I stepped into my
first Latin class. My high
school teacher was great,
and she motivated me to
study hard and compete


at classics competitions,"
she says. "When I came
to UF, even though I was
an animal sciences major,
I was determined to keep
up my interest in clas-
sics and take at least one
course from that depart-
ment every semester. I
loved the classes and the
department so much that
eventually I switched my
major to classical studies
and never looked back."
-Patrick Hughes


CLASnotes April 2002


"For me, the relationship between classics and the mod-

ern world is very deep and multifaceted. It always surpris-

es me when we are sitting in class discussing something,

and all of the sudden I see a relationship to something I

read in the paper or saw on the news. "

-Classical Studies Senior Rachel Brewer


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Speaking Out

Student council voices ideas


The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Student Council (CLASSC) is wrapping up
another very successful academic year. CLASSC serves as a non-partisan resource for
CLAS majors and as an advocate for student issues within the college. In addition,
CLASSC provides funding for programs and travel to conferences for about 30 stu-
dent groups, ranging from the Undergraduate Comics Club to the Political Science
Honor Society to Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society.


In the last year alone, CLASSC members have
served as student representatives on the CLAS Dean
Search Committee, Teacher and Advisor of the Year
Selection Committee, the Academic Petitions Com-
mittee and the CLAS Undergraduate Coordinators
Committee. This year, with the support of the CLAS
Dean's Office, the Office of the Provost and the Office
of the Registrar, CLASSC spearheaded the movement
to print a student's major on his or her diploma. The
change also led to the end of "preliminary grading"
requirements placed on UF faculty. CLASSC has also
had a voice in recent commencement reforms, leading
to this year's CLAS-specific graduation.
At the Spring 2002 Commencement on May 3,
six outstanding graduating CLAS majors selected by
CLASSC will be named to the CLAS Hall of Fame
and recognized in front of their peers during the cer-
emony.
As we look ahead, there are several important stu-
dent issues that CLASSC would like students, admin-
istration and faculty to address. Here are two areas we
would like to focus on in the future:

Future CLAS Commencement Ceremonies
With more time to prepare, we would like to see
increased student participation in the planning process.
In the selection of a distinguished keynote speaker, for
example, we believe that the major voice should be that
of the students. At several other institutions, there are
ways for graduating seniors to vote each year on who




As students, we would like to work with adminis-

trators to explore options of online voting or other

techniques that will give us the capability of having a

more "student-directed" graduation.


will be invited to speak. As students, we would like to
work with administrators to explore options of online
voting or other techniques that will give us the capabil-
ity of having a more "student-directed" graduation.
In addition, most students believe that we should
have been given more time to prepare for this year's
graduation changes. We would like to see that some
mechanism-e-mail updates, information Web sites or
some other avenue-is put in place so that future stu-
dents are alerted to potential changes much earlier than
this year's students were.

Liberal Arts and Sciences Career Fair
The Career Resource Center has worked hard to focus
on CLAS majors, especially those in the liberal arts,
who often unfortunately dismiss the relevance of UF's
career fairs. We still feel, however, that the best situa-
tion for CLAS majors is a college-specific fair featuring
recruiters, workshops, internships, graduate programs,
fellowships, scholarships and more. CLASSC and
Student Government have worked to develop some of
these programs, but our resources and our knowledge
in this area is limited. We would like to see advisors,
faculty and administrators provide more direction and
resources for these events. We encourage alumni-net-
work development to bring in the best recruiters and
keep the students informed about the opportunities
that exist for them after graduation. We would like
greater cooperation from faculty in allowing students
some leeway in missing portions of class to attend such
events, or providing incentives for going to the career
fair.

We encourage all students and faculty to explore the
issues that CLASSC works on each year. Please visit
our Web site at http://grove.ufl.edu/-classc if you have
questions or comments.

This article was written by the 2001-2002 CLASSC officers
Timothy Tinnesz, President; Richard Fagerer, Vice Presi-
dent; Jerrold Kielbasa, Treasurer; Ken Kerns, Secretary; Joel
Leppard, Executive-At-Large; Chaim Mandelbaum, Execu-
tive-At-Large; Erin O'Connell, Executive-At-Large; Glenn
Kepic, Faculty Advisor


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Co A
The Art of the ^ Book


WV ill Eisner, who is recognized as one of
I the great masters of comic-book art,
once told an interviewer, "Late at night, at
2:00 am, I really do believe I'm working in
an art form. Then I wake up the next day
and the world is consigning comics to the
scrap heap."
English Professor Donald Ault, who
recently conceived and helped organize the
first Will Eisner Symposium at UF, says this
anecdote illustrates the need for the confer-
ence. "There are few people who feel the
comic-book medium should be taken seri-
ously," he says. "But there are modes of narra-
tion, ways of organizing thinking and ways of
awakening dormant aspects of human imagi-
nation in comics that simply can't show up
in any other form." The conference was held
February 20 and 21 at the University Centre
Hotel.
Ault says there is not much precedence
for the conference. "For years, Eisner has
wanted to have a genuine academic confer-
ence on comics," he says. "Because artists like
Joe Sacco and Daniel Clowes are receiving
mainstream high-cultural status, he felt this


was the time to make an academic statement
saying we have to take this medium seri-
ously."
Eisner, Sacco and Clowes attended the
symposium along with artist Eddie Campbell
and Terry Zwigoff, who directed the Ghost
World film based upon Clowes' comic. "Eis-
ner has a career that spans late 20th-century
comics, and getting him involved brought
a certain amount of stature," conference
organizer and English PhD student John
Ronan says. "Sacco uses the graphic novel
as a form of reporting and uses comics to
remind us that journalism is a very subjective
form of writing. Eddie Campbell is attuned
to the history of comics, and his drawings
are always encased in an awareness of the
historical reality of his characters. Clowes
takes characters he develops in comic books,
then expands on them in longer forms. Hav-
ing both Clowes and Zwigoff there was key,
so the audience could see that comics aren't
ghetto-ized and have relationships to other
media."
Ronan feels the symposium was a suc-
cess. "To have 150 people show up for


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A panel from Joe Sacco's Safe Area Gorazde:
The War in Eastern Bosnia 1992-95.


Eisner's keynote address, to sell out the Reitz
Union screening room for a showing of Ghost
World and have everyone stick around for the
question-and-answer period, and to have 21
different academics from places like Brazil
and Yale was very pleasing. It made us aware
of the need for the conference, and we hope
we can do even better next year."
In the meantime, Ault hopes the sympo-
sium is one step toward having comics taken
more seriously. "I'm hoping that the power
of the comic-book form can be brought into
much more public attention," he says. "It's
not like people go around saying, 'Novels
are no good' because there are a lot of bad
paperbacks published. In other words, don't
condemn a medium because there are things
in it that don't meet a certain criteria."
The issue has a personal resonance
for Ault. "The reason I'm doing this, quite
frankly, is that I learned to read by reading
Carl Barks' Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge
comic books. I found them to be the thing
that probably motivated my career and imag-
ination more than any other single factor."
-Patrick Hughes


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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:

What a terrific looking newsletter, and it was
interesting to read too!

I am impressed with the focus on children and
families and how much diversity the March issue
shows. Now if only the rest of the university
could catch up!

Sheila Dickison
Associate Provost


CLASnotes encourages letters to the editor. E-mail
editor@clas.ufl.edu or send a letter to CLASnotes,
PO Box 117300, Gainesville FL 32611. CLASnotes
reserves the right to edit submissions for punctua-
tion and length.




CLAS Staff Receive Superior
Accomplishment Awards
Several CLAS staff members recently received UF
Superior Accomplishment Awards. This program
recognizes staff members who contribute out-
standing and meritorious service to the university
and have improved the quality of life for students
and employees. The divisional winners below will
compete for university-level awards, which will be
announced in May.
They are: Susan Ciccarone, Program Assis-
tant, Dial Center for Written and Oral Com-
munication; Jane Dominguez, Publications
Specialist, Dean's Office; Jon Fajans, Teaching
Laboratory Specialist, Zoology; KenethaJohn-
son, Office Manager, Zoology; MelvinaJohnson,
Custodial Worker, Turlington Hall; Karen Pal-
lone, Program Assistant, Zoology; Kanitra Perry,
Program Assistant, Sociology; Jim Yousse, Sys-
tems Programmer, Psychology.



Correction

The middle name of Richard Hare was spelled
incorrectly in the March issue of CLASnotes. The
correct spelling is Mervyn.


Around

the College



The Karst Frontier
The geological sciences department hosted the international meeting Karst
Frontiers: Florida and Related Environments from March 6-10. Karst is a term
used to describe a special type of geologic terrain that forms in soluble rocks,
resulting in landscapes that include caves and sinkholes. It is common across
North Central Florida and also occurs on a quarter of the earth's land surface,
providing potable water to a quarter of the world's population.
The meeting brought together 89 scientists from 20 states and six countries
to discuss current karst research. In addition to panel discussions, the group vis-
ited Ichetucknee Springs, the Santa Fe River Sinkhole and the Haile Quarries,
which are north of Newberry.


Meeting participants get a lecture about the characteristics of the rocks composing the
Floridan aquifer shown in the background.



UF Hosts National Debate Competition
UF hosted the 2002 Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha (DSR-TKA) National
Conference and Championship Tournament on the campus of Lake City Com-
munity College from March 15-18. This was the first time UF has hosted the
event. The UF Speech and Debate Team, coached by Kellie Roberts of the
Dial Center, won several awards, placing third overall and receiving the Chapter
Community Service Award. Political science senior Lauren Fackender earned
the national championship title in the informative speaking category, and
Brooke Errett and Wilbert Vancol, both political science majors, were run-
ners-up in parliamentary debate. DSR-TKA also presented UF Communication
Sciences and Disorders Professor Emeritus Donald E. Williams with the 2002
Distinguished Service Award for his years of support, guidance and promotion of
communication throughout the world. Founded in the early 1900s, DSR-TKA
is the oldest and most prestigious organization that rewards speech and debate
success at the college level.


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Mark Your Calendars
The rededication of Anderson Hall will
take place Friday, April 5 at 2 pm. UF
President Charles Young will preside at the
ceremony.





CLAS Junior Wins
Prestigious Scholarship
Zoology junior Michael Gale has received the
prestigious 2002 Truman Scholarship. Gale was
one of 64 scholars selected from 590 candidates
for his leadership potential, intellectual ability
and likelihood of making a difference. The schol-
arship provides $30,000 for graduate studies, and
scholars also receive priority admission, leader-
ship training and special internship opportunities
within the federal government.
The Truman Scholarship Foundation was
established by Congress in 1975 and awards
scholarships for college students to attend gradu-
ate school in preparation for careers in govern-
ment or other types of public service. More than
2,100 Truman Scholars have been selected since
the first awards were made in 1977.



Scott Receives Sloan
Foundation Fellowship
Michael Scott has received a two-year Alfred
P. Sloan Research Foundation Fellowship. The
fellowships were established in 1955 and are
awarded to young scientists in the fields of math-
ematics, chemistry,
physics, computer
science, economics
and neuroscience.
The award includes
an unrestricted
grant of $40,000,
which Scott will
use to support his
research on the
development of
biomimetic copper
oxidation catalysts.
Scott received his
PhD in inorganic chemistry from Harvard Uni-
versity in 1994 and held a postdoctoral fellow-
ship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
before coming to UF in 1997.


DEPARTMENT NEWS
Chemistry
Steven Benner's research was featured
on Swedish television on March 11. The
topic of the news piece was the use of
molecular evolutionary analysis to under-
stand genetic, genomic and proteomic
data. The magazine Science will publish an
article coauthored by Benner in its April
issue about the joining of the geological,
paleontological, and genetic records of life
on Earth as a strategy to understand the
biological function and biomedical signifi-
cance of genes and proteins sequence data.
Benner also gave a lecture at the American
Association for the Advancement of Sci-
ence's national meeting in February.

English
Judith Page has received a Skirball Visit-
ing Fellowship to spend five months (Jan-
uary-June 2003) at the Centre for Hebrew
and Jewish Studies at Oxford University.
The fellowship will allow Page to work
on her book, tentatively titled Imperfect
Sympathies: British Romanticism, Jews,
and Judaism. She will have access to the
center's library and Oxford's main library,
the Bodleian. Page will also participate in
discussions with other fellows and give a
public lecture on her research.
The center awards eight Skirball
Fellowships each year. Recipients pursue
research projects in all areas of Jewish his-
tory, literature, language and thought. Page
joined the English department in 2000
and teaches courses on British Romanti-
cism, Judaism and British women writers
of the 18th and 19th centuries.

On March 1, Mark A. Reid chaired a
panel discussion at the Azouz Begag From
A to Z International Conference, which
was sponsored by the Winthrop-King
Institute for Contemporary French and
Francophone Studies at Florida State Uni-
versity.

Mathematics
Krishnaswami Alladi recently gave a talk
titled "New Weighted Rogers-Ramanujan
Partitions and Their Analytic Representa-
tions" at the recent International Number
Theory Conference in Marseille, France.
The conference was in honor of noted


mathematician Jean-Louis Nicolas, who
recently turned 60. Under Alladi's editor-
ship, both the Ramanujan Journal and the
book series Developments in Mathematics
will publish special volumes of papers
dedicated to Nicolas.

Political Science
Richard S. Conley's article, "Presidential
Influence and Minority Party Liaison on
Veto Overrides: New Evidence from the
Ford Presidency," was published in the
January 2002 issue of American Politics
Research. Conley and fellow political sci-
ence professor Amie Kreppel co-authored
"Toward a New Typology of Vetoes and
Overrides," which appeared in Political
Research Quarterly' December 2001 issue.

Physics
Yoonseok Lee has received the Association
of Korean Physicists in America (AKPA)
President's Award. The award recognizes
and promotes excellence in research by
outstanding young ethnic Korean physi-
cists in North America who are working
at research institutions and industrial and
government laboratories. Lee, who joined
the physics faculty last year, received the
award at the AKPA annual meeting in
March.

Romance Languages
and Literatures
On March 1, Nora M. Alter presented the
keynote address, "What Marlene Sawed,"
at the Southeast Conference on Foreign
Languages and Literatures.

Sylvie Blum and Bernadette Cailler each
chaired a session at the Azouz Begag From
A to Z International Conference, which
took place on March 1-2. Cailler also pre-
sented a paper at the 35th Annual Texas
Tech University Comparative Literature
Symposium on "Transnational Cultures,
Diasporas, and Immigrant Identities in
France and the Francophone World."

On March 5-6, Raymond Gay-Crosier
gave a seminar titled "Printed vs. Elec-
tronic Sources" and a plenary lecture titled
"Albert Camus Today" at the University of
North Carolina, Greensboro.


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Grants

through the

Division of

Sponsored

Research



February 2002

Total: $3,359,676


CHE
46%


BOT /
>1% AST
4% ANT
3%


/ PSY
ZOO SOC 5%
12% >1%
Grant awards for February 2002 by department


Crossing Boundaries


The fact that the sciences rely
heavily on grants is a given. Asso-
ciate Professor of English Anne
G. Jones thinks the humanities
should look more often to grants
for funding, too, and she knows
the opportunities are there.
"Florida is one of the
few states that's considered
underserved by the National
Endowment for the Humanities
(NEH)," Jones says. "I would
like to see more people apply to
the NEH, not just for seminars
and institutes like the one I'm
directing, but also for fellow-


ships of various kinds, challenge
grants-there are a number of
funding opportunities at the
NEH that Florida really needs."
Jones, who has been at UF
since 1985, recently received
a NEH grant for $107,500 to
direct the seminar "Boundary
Lines: Women Rewriting the
American South" in Charlot-
tesville, Virginia from June
24-August 2. "It's designed for
teachers of literature, history,
social studies or other humanities
fields who want to learn more
about women's writing and the


Ict-U1 Nov-U0I ec-OU Jan-UZ Feb-UZ
Grant Award Totals: October 2001-February 2002


South's multiple ethnicities and
cultures," she says. "The idea is
to think about and talk about
works by a diverse group of
Southern women writers in order
to address the things that keep
us apart. Boundary lines can
also give us protection, so we'll
address that ambiguity."
Jones has worked to ensure
that both seminar curriculum
and participants will be as diverse
as possible. "There will be people
of different races participating
and attending from all over the
country-California, Texas,
Florida, Virginia,
SMiscellaneous Massachusetts,"
SFederal she says. "The
D Corporate
seminar will start
off with stories
by white writers
Total
trying to come to
terms with racism.
We'll move from
stories by white
women to stories
by black women,
examine rural
white cultures and
continue with sto-


ries of Southern Native-Ameri-
can and Hispanic women.
Jones encourages those
interested in writing a grant pro-
posal to get in touch with her.
"I would be happy to talk with
anyone who's interested in writ-
ing a proposal. I would love to
see somebody else take advantage
of these opportunities," she says.
Jones also hopes eventually
to hold a seminar at UE "Unless
I lose my mind running this
seminar, which is entirely pos-
sible," she says, laughing, "I'm
going to apply to teach one here
in 2004."
The historical impact and
current significance of Jones' first
book, Tomorrow Is Another Day:
The Woman Writer in the South,
1859-1936, was the subject of
a plenary session at the recent
biennial conference of the Soci-
ety for the Study of Southern
Literature. Jones is completing
the sequel, Faulkner' Daughters,
along with manuscripts called
Theory and the Good Old Boys
and Faulkner's Masculinities.
-Patrick Hughes


Read the full grants listing in this month's issue of CLAS-
notes online at http://clasnews.clas.ufl.edu/news.shtml.


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Bookbeat

Recent publications

from CLAS faculty



SSeed Dispersal and Frugivory: Ecology, Evolution and Conservation


Most people have probably dabbled in some occasional
frugivory, whether they are aware of it or not.
"Frugivory is simply the consumption of fruit,"
Zoology Professor Doug Levey says. "In evolution-
ary terms, it is extremely important, because it is one
of the primary mechanisms by which plants get their
seeds dispersed."
Levey says that in some tropical forests, as many
as 80% of plant species produce fruits that are eaten by
birds and mammals. "These animals ingest seeds and
later defecate them away from the parent plant, where
the seeds germinate and grow. Many studies have
shown that such dispersal is necessary because mortal-
ity of seeds and seedlings near parent trees is incredibly
high."
Levey's new book arose out of the Third Interna-
tional Symposium-Workshop on Frugivores and Seed
Dispersal, which was held August 2000 in Rio Quente,
Brazil and funded by the National Science Foundation
(NSF). "The NSF typically wants some type of publi-
cation from a large meeting of this type, so I promised
that I'd help put one together. All invited participants
were asked to contribute a chapter to the book, and
all agreed," Levey says, adding that because his co-edi-
tors speak Portuguese, he was primarily responsible for



Roman Religion in Valerius Maximus
In his book Roman Religion in Valerius Maximus, Assis-
tant Professor of Classics Hans-Friedrich Mueller
illustrates what anecdote collector Valerius Maximus
can tell the modern reader about the religion, rhetoric
and historiography of ancient Rome, attacking several
orthodoxies along the way. Mueller argues that Roman
religion could be deeply emotional, that it was possible
for Roman citizens to believe passionately in the divin-
ity of their emperor and that Rome's gods and religious
rituals had an important role in fostering conventional
morality. Mueller also uses Maximus' work to reveal
the prevalent attitudes and beliefs of the ruling class
that caused the persecution of early Christians.
Maximus compiled his Memorable Doings and
Sayings during the reign of Tiberius, from 14-37 AD.


reviewing and editing the manuscripts. He is quick to
point out, though, that his co-editors deserve equal
credit because they were the driving force behind orga-
nizing the conference.
Levey hopes the book
will give academics, man-
agers and conservation a
biologists an appreciation Seed
for the complex tapestry Diseal
woven by the interactions il
between plants and ani- i
mals. "In the past, workers s
in this field have tended W1 iLsk
to overlook obvious but I
important ecological and
evolutionary twists. In
doing so, I fear the field Seed Dispersal and Fru-
has gotten a bit stuck," givory: Ecology, Evolution
Levey says. "The goal of and Conservation, Edited
both the book and the by Douglas Levey, Wesley
R. Silva and Mauro Galetti
conference is to awaken (CABI Publishing).
people to new ways of
looking at frugivory and seed dispersal and to chart a
course for new research."
-Patrick Hughes


Originally intended to be instructional, the handbook's
collection of deeds and sayings (arranged according to
different virtues, vices, religious practices and customs)
is considered an important source for studying the
opinions of Romans in the early empire.
Mueller came to UF in the fall of 2001. He has
had numerous articles and reviews published and has
contributed to works such as the Dictionary of the
Ancient World and the Dictionary of Literary F '..
Roman Authors. Roman Religion in Valerius Maximus is
his first book.
Mueller received his MA from UF in 1989 and
his PhD from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1994.
-Patrick Hughes


CLASnotes April 2002


Doug Levey


Roman Religion in Valerius
Maximus, Hans-Friedrich
Mueller (Routledge).


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CLAS Commencement


CLAS Dean Neil Sullivan invites all fac-
ulty, staff and students to attend the
inaugural College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Spring Commencement ceremony on Friday,
May 3 at 6 pm in the Stephen C. O'Connell
Center. In addition to recognizing spring
graduates, the college will honor several
individuals with Distinguished Achievement
Awards.
The ceremony's keynote speaker will be
Robert Weisbuch, president of the Woodrow
Wilson National Fellowship Foundation in
Princeton, New Jersey. Weisbuch joined the
foundation in 1997 following 25 years at the
University of Michigan, where he served as
chair of the English department, associate
vice president for research, associate dean for
faculty programs and interim dean of the
Rackham School of Graduate Studies. He
also taught classes on creative writing, Ameri-
can literature, Neoclassicism and Romanti-
cism, and Victorian fiction.
Weisbuch earned his bachelor's degree
from Wesleyan University and received his
PhD in English from Yale University in 1972.


He has received numerous awards for both
teaching and scholarship at Michigan. Weis-
buch has authored several books about Emily
Dickinson as well as the stormy relations
between British and American authors in the
19th century.
Founded in 1945, the Woodrow Wilson
National Fellowship Foundation is an inde-
pendent, nonprofit organization dedicated to
encouraging excellence in education through
the identification of critical needs and the
development of effective national programs
to address them. Weisbuch says the founda-
tion is the place where educators should bring
their most adventuresome and thoughtful
ideas. "We've always extended opportunities
to terrific students so that they can reach their
potential. Now, with a changing American
population, we can work to ensure that no
group of people is left out and that we get
the best from all for the good of the whole
culture. And, more than ever, we will be a no-
compromises voice for excellence in educa-
tion.
-Allyson A. Beutke


Robert Weisbuch, keynote speaker for the
Spring 2002 graduation ceremony.


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