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    2002 UFRF professors
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    Grants
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In this Issue:

New Associate Dean
Yum iko Hulvey ............................... 3

Farew ell to Fitz............................... 3

Assisting Students,
Improving Skills &
Maximizing Potential...................4

Spring Graduation 2002 ................ 5

2002 UFRF Professors..................... 6

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

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

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

UF Teacher of the Year
Peter W aylen ................................ 12


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SFLORIDA
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CLASnotes is published monthly by the College
of Liberal Arts and Sciences to inform faculty,
staff and students of current research and
events.
Dean: Neil Sullivan
Editor: Allyson A. Beutke
Design & Photography: Jane Dominguez
Intern: Melissa A. Douso
Copy Editor: Lynne Pulliam
Additional Photography:
Debbie Norton: cover, p. 2
University Photography: p. 5
Courtesy Dial Center: p. 8
Jane Gibson: p. 11 (Sapienza)
Printed on
recycled paper


The Dean's


Musings

A Liberal Arts and
Sciences Education
Following the erosion and ultimate demise of the former
Soviet Union, a new focus is emerging on the liberal arts and
sciences degree in many of Europe's oldest institutions. There
is a growing awareness that the traditional US liberal arts and
sciences degree, which trains students across a broad range
of fundamental disciplines, is especially relevant in the new
global economy. Our new transnational economy, in addition
to its technologies, needs innovative people trained to think
critically, communicate well and succeed in a wide range of
environments.
The single-discipline institutes, particularly in the physi-
cal sciences and engineering fields, that characterized Eastern
Europe and the Soviet sphere of influence in producing nar-
rowly trained specialists, are giving way to a new interest in the
humanities and social sciences and the benefits of a broader
education. The University of Warsaw, Charles University in
Prague, St. Petersburg State University, and Jagiellian Univer-
sity in Krakow have all started liberal arts and sciences colleges.
In our endeavors to define what it takes to make a great
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Flori-
da, we should be mindful that many of the leading institutions
around the world are moving to rebuild and include across-dis-
cipline programs. These new programs are formally rooted in
the fundamental disciplines but are allowing and engaging in
refreshingly new dialogues about global societal issues that are
critical to our future.
We have made significant strides, especially in the sciences
in Florida, and will continue this to an even higher level, but
excellence in the sciences alone will not make a great institu-
tion. If we truly aspire to greatness, we need to take a leader-
ship role in the humanities as well. We need to bring the Uni-
versity of Florida into the international discussion about values
and the interplay between the new sciences and our humanity.


Neil Sullivan
sullivan@phys. ufl. edu





On the Cover:
Birds in Flight (detail on cover) and Portrait of a Leaf
(left) by Debbie Norton are part of "What I See: The
Beauty that Surrounds Me," an exhibit in the Center
for Women's Studies and Gender Research, 3324 Tur-
lington Hall. Norton's artwork will be on display until
August 9. For more information visit http://web.wst.
ufl.edu/NortonArt.htm or call 392-3365.


CLASnotes June/July 2002


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New Associate Dean


Yumiko Hulvey


Yumiko Hulvey, an associate professor of Japa
nese languages and literatures in the African
and Asian languages and literatures depart-
ment, is the new associate dean for academic
affairs. French Professor Carol Murphy, who
has held the position since 1999, will return
to full-time teaching and research in the
Romance languages and literatures depart-
ment on July 1.
Hulvey received her bachelor's degree in
art history and studio art from the University
of North Florida in 1974. She graduated with
a master's degree in East Asian studies from
Florida State University in 1979, then directly
entered the doctoral program at the Univer-
sity of California, Berkeley, to study classical
Japanese in the Oriental languages depart-
ment, graduating in 1989. Hulvey specialized


in prose and poetry of the 10th through 14th
centuries and wrote her dissertation on a
poetic memoir, Ben no Naishi Nikki, written by
a woman of the mid-thirteenth century who
served at the court of the 89th sovereign of
Japan. Hulvey started as an assistant professor
at Miami University of Ohio in 1988 before
coming to UF in 1990.
Associate Dean for Student Affairs Albert
Matheny chaired the search committee for the
position and says Hulvey brings great energy
and intelligence to the dean's office. "Carol
Murphy raised the profile and expectations
for the job, and Hulvey has many wonderful
talents to pick up where Murphy left off. The
search committee and the pool of applicants
were the best I've encountered in 23 years at
UF."


My esteemed colleagues,
Carol Murphy and Patri-
cia Miller, have set a great course
I seek to follow. I am excited
at the prospect of meeting col-
leagues from various areas of the
college and working with every-
one to achieve goals beneficial to
individuals, departments and the
college. During my 12 years in
the department of African and
Asian languages and literatures,
I have worked within an inter-
national setting of languages and
cultures. Now I would like to
apply this international perspec-
tive to a college-wide level.
Although my work has been
primarily with undergraduate
education, serving on the under-
graduate coordinator's committee


and college curriculum com-
mittee, and working with study
abroad programs, scholarships,
the Asian Studies Program and
the Center for Women's Stud-
ies and Gender Research, I am
delighted that my new position
will also give me a chance to
learn about graduate programs.
Educators are now taking
active roles to raise funds from
the private sector to realize proj-
ects important to the college.
I will be assiduous in learning
strategies to meet projected needs
for future growth. Exciting new
curricular developments are on
the agenda, and I look forward
to being a part of these. The
humanities and the sciences are
partners in the goals of the col-


lege, and I want to participate
in an open dialogue for cross-
disciplinary interaction. I want
to learn about everyone in the
college and invite you to tell me
about your particular areas of
interest and expertise.
I also hope to bring a couple
of research projects to fruition
as I take on my new post. Sacred
Rites in Moonlight: Ben no Nai-
shi Nikki is a book that evolved
from my dissertation, and it
reclaims a long-neglected work
from obscurity and emphasizes
the innovative techniques the
author employed to achieve her
literary goals. The book is forth-
coming from the Cornell East
Asia Series Press this fall. Another
book, The Old Woman Who Eats


Flowers and Other Stories by Enchi
Fumiko (1905-86), with nine
translations of narratives inspired
by the classical literary canon, is
under consideration at Random
House. I will spend the summer
in Tokyo reading norito and yogo-
to (sacred Shint6 liturgies) to find
lexical evidence of their influence
on the laudatory tone of Ben no
Naishi's poetry.
Again, I am excited about
this new associate dean position,
and I am counting on everyone's
advice and guidance as I assume
my duties (Dzo yoroshiku onegai
itashimasu). I am honored to
serve the college and all its mem-
bers.
-Yumiko Hulvey


hi Farewell to Fitz


History Professor and Chair Fitz
Brundage is leaving UF at the end
of June. He has taken a position
at the University of North Caro-
lina, Chapel Hill, as the William B.
Umstead Chair of American History.
Brundage will teach courses on US
history and Southern history. He
has been at UF since 1997 and has
served as department chair for three
years. Brundage says, "I've certainly


enjoyed working with my colleagues
and staff in the college as well as
the students. Some of them are the
best students I have ever taught. I've
learned an immense amount about
how universities operate and have a
real appreciation for the hard work,
vision and dedication of the leaders
of UF"
Dean Neil Sullivan says Brund-
age's departure is a great loss to UF


"Fitz is one of our eminent scholars
of American history, and in particular
Southern history. He also has been
of great help to me in working with
the Humanities Task Force to devel-
op the vision for the Center for the
Humanities and the Public Sphere at
UF We wish him well."
History Professor Eldon Turner
will be the interim history chair.
-Allyson A. Beutke


CLASnotes June/July 2002


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Assisting Students,


Improving Skills &


Maximizing Potential

CLAS is Right on Target


The University of Florida's
AIM Program helps stu-
dents address academic and
college-adjustment needs from
their time of admission to the
university through their first
year of study. UF's Office of
Admissions carefully designates
approximately 250-300 students
for participation in the AIM Pro-
gram. Many of these students are
first-generation college attendees
and come from economically dis-
advantaged backgrounds. AIM
students first enroll in the Sum-
mer B term, and depending on
various academic factors, as well
as required consultation sessions
with academic advisors, they
are placed in a specific program
of study specially designed to


enhance their existing academic
skills.
Though AIM is a univer-
sity-wide program in that its
students often end up pursu-
ing their studies in one of UF's
other college degree programs,
CLAS is particularly important
to the success that AIM students
have enjoyed since the program's
inception in 1997. Indeed, the
college's exceptional team of
academic advisors in the Aca-
demic Advising Center (ACC),
who work closely with AIM
students throughout their first
year, provide hands-on academic
counseling and guidance on a
regular basis, as AIM students are
required to meet with an advisor
throughout their participation in


the program. Besides the college's
generous help in advising, its
Office for Academic Support and
Institutional Services (OASIS)
also provides valuable assistance
for AIM through a peer mentor-
ing and enrichment program, the
Student Enrichment and Sup-
port Program (SESP).
Perhaps CLAS's most crucial
contributions, however, come
from two of its academic units,
the Department of Mathematics
and the Dial Center for Written
and Oral Communication, both
of which have developed and
continue to coordinate AIM's
summer courses. These math and
writing/communication courses
provide AIM students with an
excellent and rigorous intro-


duction to typical UF courses,
while at the same time allowing
students to explore and discover
their academic strengths.
Clearly, the AIM Program
could not exist without the
gracious cooperation of CLAS
and its involved units. We like
to tell our students that AIM
offers its participants a compre-
hensive opportunity to succeed
at the University of Florida-a
comprehensive opportunity that
wouldn't be so comprehensive
without the support of the Col-
lege of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
-Dana Peterson,
Director, AIM Program


Ten AIM students each recently received a free Dell laptop
computer For the past two years, the Dell Corporation
has donated computers to UF for use during Preview
orientation with the provision that after Preview, some of
the computers would be awarded to students who have
done well academically under challenging circumstances.
The AIM students who received the computers are in their
second or third year at UF and have maintained at least a
3.0 GPA. They also had to write an essay discussing what
obstacles they have overcome and what they have learned
from the AIM program. One of the recipients, Miguel Tor-
res, will be a microbiology senior in the fall. He says he
uses his new computer every day and anxiously awaited a
letter in the mail informing him about the award. "It was
such a great feeling that I cannot even begin to explain
it in a few sentences. Although I had a very old desktop
computer before, this laptop has certainly changed my
life. It has made it easier for me to study at different loca-
tions on campus, and I even use it on my trips home to
Miami. It has helped me excel in my academic endeavors,
and I'm very grateful to the AIM advisors."

Left to Right: Sebastian Osorno, Miguel Torres,
Deforrest Houston, Patricia Guerrero, Jeffrey Chery,
Dennis Rose, Candace Wilson, Flamur Statovci,
Aubrey Flynn, Patricia Richards.
CLASnotes June/July 2002


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Spring Graduation


2002


The CLAS Student Council inducted six graduating seniors into the CLASSC Hall of Fame for
their scholastic achievement and service to CLAS and UF (From left to right): Rani Hasan,
Michael Jansen, Richard Fagerer, Ondina Brusso, Dean Neil Sullivan, Jennifer McHone, John
Dominy and CLASSC president Tim Tinnesz.


(From left to right): CLAS administrators Ron Akers, Lisa McElwee-White, Albert Matheny, Sam
Proctor, Neil Sullivan, Carol Murphy and Jack Sabin.


UF Board of Trustees members Roland Daniels and Albert W.
Thweatt, Sr. Daniels is the owner of the Saturn Corporation
of Gainesville, and Thweatt is the CEO of Alrod Enterprises, a
security service firm in Petersburg, Virginia.


4 ni


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Jade Pasayan, a computer and information sciences and engi-
neering major and member of the Florida Cicerones/Student
Alumni Association presents Dean Neil Sullivan with the senior
class gift, a check for $30,776.74 to be used for student
facilities and programming on campus.


Associate Dean Ron Akers presents Jean and Robin Gibson with CLAS Distinguished Achieve-
ment Awards for their long-standing commitment to the college and the university. The Gib-
sons are CLAS alumni with Robin earning a degree in political science in 1959 and Jean a math
degree in 1961.


CLASnotes June/July 2002


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2002 UFRF Professors

The University of Florida Research Foundation (UFRF) recently recognized its annual class of UF Research Foundation Professors. The three-year professorships were
created by the UFRF to recognize faculty who have established a distinguished record of research and scholarship that is expected to lead to continuing distinction
in their field. Six CLAS professors received the awards this year, which include a $5,000 annual salary supplement and a one-time $3,000 research grant.


Nora Alter, an associate professor of
German, came to UF in 1994. Her
research focuses on 20th-century film
and theory, comparative literature
(French, German and American) and
visual and cultural studies. Alter teach-
es classes in film and media studies,
critical theory and women's studies.
After publishing her first book,
Vietnam Protest Theatre in 1996, Alter
started working on her second book,
Projecting History: Nonfiction German
Film 1967-2000. She completed the
manuscript last year, and the book will
be published in August. This work examines postwar German film
production in the period leading up to reunification. Alter's primary
focus is on the non-fiction films as they mediate politics and history.
The book discusses the impact of current political events such as the
Vietnam War, terrorism and reunification on German and European
filmmakers and the implications of the mass media spectacles for
documentary filmmakers. She has also finished a co-edited book,
Sound Matters: Acoustics in German Culture, which is a collection of
15 original essays that explore the many ways in which 19th- and
20th-century texts, artists, and performers in music, theater, poetry
and film have utilized sonic materials to enforce or complicate domi-
nant notions of German cultural and national identity.
Alter is currently working on a collaborative book-length project
with art historian Alexander Alberro on German art during the era of
the Berlin Wall. Her interest in non-fiction cinema and her essays on
art film and video, have also led to another project titled The Cat Who
le By Himself a monograph on the French essay filmmaker Chris
Marker. She has received research awards from the National Endow-
ment for the Humanities and the Howard Foundation.

Paul Avery, a professor of physics, has
taught at UF since 1985 and special-
izes in high-energy physics and the
study of elementary particles and the
forces that govern them. He teaches
the undergraduate Light, Color and
Holography class that deals with
many aspects of light, human vision,
atmospheric phenomena and optical
instruments.
Avery's most recent research
involves grid computing, in which
computing and storage resources from
around the world are linked together
by high-speed networks to form a sin-
gle, common computational resource that can be accessed from any-


where. He is the director of two international grid projects funded by
the National Science Foundation (NSF). The first is called GriPhyN,
which will research basic grid technologies focusing on the needs of
data intensive sciences. The second is the International Virtual Data
Grid Laboratory (iVDGL), which is a world-wide grid laboratory that
will provide large-scale resources for several experiments with massive
computational and data needs. 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 engi-
neering. The ultimate value of grid computing lies in the pooling and
sharing of resources by distributed communities.
During the past year, Avery has authored or co-authored more
than 25 papers related to his research. In 2000-2001, he was the John
C. Slater Commemorative CLAS Term Professor.

Michael Binford, a professor of geog-
raphy, came to UF in 1997. He is a
physical geographer and landscape
ecologist specializing in the study of
environmental systems, or human-
environment interactions. His research
has taken him to South and Central
America and Thailand to study the
effects of climate variation and differ-
ent government policies on land-cover
and land-use change. This summer,
he is staying in North Florida to study
how land ownership, land manage-
ment and climate change influence
Carbon exchange and storage in
industrial and non-industrial forests. Binford's research could result in
discovering the amount of carbon removed from the atmosphere by
forests in the southeastern US coastal plain.
Binford also is collaborating with an economist, an anthropolo-
gist and a plant biologist to study the relationship between economic,
social and environmental patterns in Thailand. For the past five years,
he has conducted field research with several graduate students and
colleagues from other universities. Now, the group is analyzing envi-
ronmental and economic data. One result of this work has been the
finding that poor farmers of Northeast Thailand, who are accustomed
to extreme environmental variability in the forms of severe floods
and droughts, are more likely to repay loans made during times of
economic hardship (such as the Asian economic crisis of 1997-1999)
than wealthy farmers in the central region who have less experience
with extreme variation.
Binford established and supervises the computer laboratory in
the geography department for specialized computing with Geographic
Information Systems, remote sensing and automated cartography. He
also is a principal investigator with the Land Use and Environmental
Change Institute (LUECI). In 1999, Binford received a Robin and


CLASnotes June/July 2002


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Jean Gibson CLAS Term Professorship. He has also published several
papers and book chapters about his research.

Elizabeth Lada, an associate profes-
sor of astronomy, has been at UF for
six years. She studies how stars are
formed and teaches the Introduction
to Astronomy courses for majors and
non-majors, as well as a new graduate
seminar course about star formation.
Lada received an NSF CAREER
grant and a Presidential Early Career
Award for Scientists and Engineers
(PECASE) from the White House in
February 1999. She is using this fund-
ing to study the formation and evolu-
tion of young stars and their potential
planetary systems. Results from Lada's earlier work have shown that
most stars in our galaxy form in dense clusters of stars rather than in
relative isolation. The extent to which such a dense environment will
alter the formation and evolution of the stars and their subsequent
planetary systems is unknown and is the focus of Lada's current
research. Specifically, she is studying whether circumstellar disks in
dense clusters have large enough masses and live long enough to form
planets. Lada and her students pioneered the first extensive and sys-
tematic survey of young stellar clusters at a wavelength of 3.5 microns
in the near infrared, which allows a complete and unambiguous cen-
sus of the presence of circumstellar disks. As a result, they have shown
that nearly 100 percent of young stars form with circumstellar disks
that could potentially form planets. Further, they found that proto-
planetary disks typically live for about six million years or less.
In 1999-2000, Lada was the David Williams CLAS Term Pro-
fessor. The American Astronomical Society and the American Associa-
tion of University Women have awarded Lada the Annie Jump Can-
non Award for her distinguished contributions to astronomy.

Robert McMahon came to UF in
1982 and has been a professor of his-
tory since 1994. He served as depart-
ment chair from 1995-1999. His
area of specialization is the history of
US foreign relations, and he regularly
teaches courses on the modern US,
US foreign relations, the Cold War
and the Vietnam War.
McMahon spent the 1999-2000
academic year as the Mary Ball Wash-
ington Professor of US History at
University College Dublin through a
Fulbright program award. He served
as the president of the Society for


Historians of American Foreign Relations in 2001.
One of his most recent books, The Limits ofEmpire: The United
States and Southeast Asia Since World War II, analyzes US policy in
Southeast Asia and investigates how the experience of the Vietnam
War led to a radical alteration in US assessments of the region's
importance. He is also the author of Colonialism and Cold War: The
United States and the Struggle for Indonesian Independence, 1945-49;
Cold War on the Periphery: The United States, India, and Pakistan;
and Major Problems in the History of the Vietnam War. McMahon is
currently writing a compact history of the Cold War that will be pub-
lished by Oxford University Press.

Craig Osenberg is an associate pro-
fessor of zoology who has been at UF
for seven years. His area of specializa-
tion is aquatic ecology, and he teaches
several undergraduate and graduate
courses, including Introductory Biol-
ogy, General Ecology, Quantitative
Methods and Ecological Inference,
and Integrative Principles, a new
graduate-level class he helped develop.
Osenberg's research on popula-
tion and community ecology strives
to develop predictive frameworks for
understanding how species interac-
tions, organismal traits and environ-
mental factors influence the abundance and dynamics of ecological
systems. He uses a combination of field observation, laboratory and
field experimentation, mathematical modeling and quantitative syn-
thesis. His work on the application of meta-analysis in ecology aims
to transform the way ecologists design their studies and apply inferen-
tial statistics. The NSF's National Center for Ecological Analysis and
Synthesis has been supportive of his work, and his federally-funded
project in the Florida Keys focuses on the development of population
dynamic models to assess and inform fisheries management. One of
his main research areas focuses on density-dependence, population
dynamics and the effects of spatial and ontogenetic structure. Density-
dependence is the critical feature of ecological processes that regulates
system dynamics, and it remains a contentious issue in ecology. His
meta-analyses on density-dependence in reef fish aims to unify appar-
ently inconsistent results that have led to considerable controversy in
the field.
Last year, Osenberg gave the 1st Annual W.T. Edmondson
Memorial Lecture at the University of Washington, and his papers
were cited in more than 110 publications. He is the editor of Oecolo-
gia, one of the top-ranked international ecological journals, and serves
as chair of the Aquatic Section of the Ecological Society of America,
the leading ecological society in the world.
-Allyson A. Beutke


CLASnotes June/July 2002


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Dial Center's Public
Speaking Competition
The 12th Annual Public Speaking Students Forum
was held on April 11th with an audience of 400 UF
students and guests. This competitive public speaking
event is co-sponsored by the William and Grace Dial
Center for Written and Oral Communication and
McGraw-Hill Publishers. Five student speakers were
selected from more than 1,000 students who were
enrolled in the introductory course in public speaking
within the past year. These five students, who were
nominated
by their
instructors,
presented
speeches on
a variety of
topics includ-
ing home-
land security,
Left to right Shanell Young, Alison Trachet, ra r
Kelll Herring, Anne Pzzato and Ashley Harber traffic con
gestion, the
best age for
beginner drivers, skin cancer and Hitler's treatment of
homosexuals.
This year's judging panel included: Marilyn
Roberts, College of Journalism and Communications;
Peggy Schrieber, Levin College of Law; Brooke Errett,
UF Speech & Debate Team President; and Dan Moors
of McGraw-Hill Publishing. Gerald Kish served as
director and master of ceremonies. The winners are
listed below:
1st place-Kelli Herring, Psychology
2nd place-Ashley Harber, Public Relations
3rd place-Anne Pizzato, Telecommunication
Other speakers receiving recognition were Shanell
Young and Alison Trachet.





Retiring Professors
The following CLAS professors retired during the
2001-2002 academic year: Harry Paul, History;
Jonathan Shuster, Statistics; Julian Smith, English;
William Stern, Botany.






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Around

the College



CLAS Faculty Receive Mentoring Awards
Two CLAS faculty members have each received the inaugural UF Doctoral Dis-
sertation/Mentoring Award. Marianne Schmink (Latin American Studies and
An rl-. ,.p. ...' .;i and James Winefordner (Chemistry) are two of five university-wide
recipients. The award recognizes innovation and effectiveness, and a committee of
faculty and students chose the recipients from more than 200 eligible faculty. Nomi-
nees were required to serve as a committee chair or co-chair for at least one doctoral
or MFA student who graduated in the last year and for at least three who graduated
in the past five years. Each of the faculty winners received $2,000, plus an additional
$1,000 to support graduate students.

Anderson and Flint Halls Receive
Historic Preservation Awards
The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation has presented Outstanding Restoration
Achievement Awards to UF for the restoration of Anderson and Flint Halls. Each
year, the organization recognizes significant contributions of individuals, societies,
businesses and government entities that have demonstrated outstanding achieve-
ment. Associate Dean for Administrative Affairs Lisa McElwee-White accepted
plaques on behalf of the university at the 2002 Annual Statewide Preservation Con-
ference in St. Petersburg in May.

Faculty Receive Fulbright Awards
Anrl-. i..p. .1. .,' Professor Anthony Oliver-Smith has received a Fulbright Senior Spe-
cialists Award to conduct research in Peru. Oliver-Smith is among the first grantees
under the new Fulbright Senior Specialists short-term grant program, which offers
two-to-six-week grants to leading US academics to support curricular and faculty
development and institutional planning at academic institutions in 140 countries.
During May and June, Oliver-Smith spent two weeks at the Pontificia Universidad
Cat6lica del Peril in San Miguel, consulting in the design of a program to evaluate
the impact of development programs, urban expansion and natural disasters.
Richard Scher, a political science professor, has received a Fulbright Distin-
guished Chairs Program Award for the 2002-2003 academic year. The award is
among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholars Program. Scher
will be the John Marshall Chair of American Politics in Hungary and teach courses
on US government, politics and political institutions at the Central European Uni-
versity in Budapest and the University of Debrecen.

Yousse Receives Employee Recognition Award
Jim Yousse, a systems programmer in the psychology department, has received a
Hilb, Rogal and Hamilton (HRH) Employee Recognition Award through the UF
Superior Accomplishment Awards Program. At an awards breakfast in May, UF
President Charles Young presented Yousse with a plaque and a $500 check. He was
nominated for the award due to his efforts of single-handedly upgrading and main-
taining the department's complex network of computer servers and systems, saving
the department thousands of dollars by economizing on computer upgrades.

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DEPARTMENT NEWS
Astronomy
The Association of Universities for Research
in Astronomy (AURA) has invited UF's
astronomy department to join its organiza-
tion. The department joins 29 US institu-
tions and six international affiliates who are
members of AURA. The association was
founded in 1957, with the encouragement
of the National Science Foundation, by a
group of US universities with a common
interest to create astronomical observing
facilities that would be available for use by
all qualified researchers from US institutions
and universities on the basis of scientific
merit.

Communication
Sciences and Disorders
More than 40 faculty and students from the
UF's joint audiology program attended the
14th Annual American Academy of Audiol-
ogy Convention and Exposition in Phila-
delphia during April. UF had the largest
student representation of any university, and
M. Samantha Lewis, a PhD student, was
one of five students who received a Student
Research Forum Award for her research.
UF students and faculty made presentations
during 49 instructional courses, featured
sessions, research podiums and round table
discussions.

Criminology
The American Society of Criminology has
recognized Alex Piquero with the Ruth
Shonle Cavan Award. The honor is given
to a scholar who has received a graduate
degree in the past five years, and it recog-
nizes outstanding scholarly contributions to
the discipline of c riniin..1. ._,. Piquero will
be honored at the group's annual meeting
this fall.

English
James Haskins participated in an authors
panel at the Biography and Creativity Con-
ference for elementary school teachers and
librarians at the John E Kennedy National
Historic Site this past spring in Boston.
Haskins was also the keynote speaker at
the Alabama Writers' Symposium, held at
Alabama Southern Community College in
May.


Mathematics
Douglas Cenzer has been appointed to
the editorial board of the journal Archive
for Mathematical Logic. The journal pub-
lishes research papers in mathematical logic,
including contributions from related areas
such as theoretical computer science and
philosophy.

Political Science
Michael Chege gave an lecture on "Democ-
racy and Governance under the New Afri-
can Partnership for Development" at the
Royal Institute of International Affairs (Cha-
tham House) in London on April 30. Dur-
ing his visit, he also gave three interviews to
the African Service of the British Broadcast-
ing Corporation (BBC). On May 9, Chege
appeared before the Financial Institutions
and Service Committee of the US House of
Representatives to testify at the "Recovering
the Dictators' Plunder" hearing. This session
dealt with reform in international banking
regulations that would help stop corruption
and theft of public funds by corrupt politi-
cians and businessmen. The May 15th issue
of the Financial Times noted his testimony.

Psychology
Graduate student Dana Byrd will attend a
week-long course on the biology of devel-
opmental disabilities in children at the Cold
Spring Harbor
Laboratory in New
York at the end of
June. She is one
of 20 advanced
graduate students
and post doctoral
students who has
been selected to
participate, and she
received a $1,400
scholarship, which covers the cost of the
course.

Bonnie Moradi is the first recipient of the
Mary Roth Walsh Teaching of the Psychol-
ogy of Women Award, from the Society for
the Psychology of Women, a division of the
American Psychological Association. The
award is designed to encourage innovative
junior faculty who teach the psychology of
women or gender courses. Moradi joined
the UF faculty last year.


Romance Languages and Literatures
Chair Geraldine Nichols presented the
lecture "Escritura... y reproducci6n? auroas
espafiolas a finales del siglo XX" to students
and professors of Spanish literature at the
University of Padua (Italy) on May 8.

Women's Studies
Center Director Angel Kwolek-Folland has
received the Harold E Williamson Prize in

Business History from the Business History
Conference. The award is given every few
years to a mid-career scholar who has made
significant contributions to the field of busi-
ness history.

Zoology
Colette St. Mary and Craig Osenberg were
speakers at the recent international confer-
ence Restoring and Sustaining Diversity
of Tropical Pacific Coral Reef Fish Com-
munities in Moorea, French Polynesia.
The conference brought together scientists,
managers and government officials from
French Polynesia, Europe, North America,
Australia and New Zealand to evaluate sci-
entific knowledge and information needs
with the hope of developing a model system
in French Polynesia that would focus on
conservation and management throughout
the Indo-Pacific.

During April, Karen Bjorndal, Bob Holt,
Craig Osenberg and Colette St. Mary par-
ticipated in the Working Groups program
at the NSF-sponsored National Center for
Ecological Analysis and Synthesis in Califor-
nia. These groups addressed a variety of sub-
jects, including the use of paleoecological,
archeological and historical records to trace
changes in coastal marine ecosystems.

Harvey Lillywhite will serve on the edi-
torial board of Comparative P ..' .. ei
Biochemistry through 2005. He was also
recently elected to the executive committee
of the World Congress of Herpetology.

Adam Reitzel, a graduate student, received
a best poster presentation award for "Mater-
nal Investment and Morphological Plastic-
ity: Insights from Subtropical Echinoids" at
the recent Society of Integrative and Com-
parative Biology meeting.


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Grants

through the

Division of

Sponsored

Research



March 2002

Total: $3,103,803



April 2002

Total: $3,277,135


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Astronomy Professor Wins CAREER Award


Jonathan Williams, an assis-
tant professor of astronomy,
has received a Faculty Early
Career Development Program
(CAREER) Award from the
National Science Foundation.
The $500,000 award is given
over a five-year period to sup-
port overall career development,
research, education and outreach.
With the CAREER award, Wil-
$4,000,000 1


$3,500,000


$3,000,000

$2,500,000


$2,000,000


$1,500,000


$1,000,000

$500,000


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Dec-01 Jan-02
Grant Award Totals: December 2001-April 2002


liams plans to study the forma-
tion and early evolution of young
stars like the Sun. Such stars
have lifetimes of many billions of
years, but his research focuses on
their first 100,000 years, during
which time they attain their ulti-
mate mass and planets begin to
form around them. Using radio
and infrared telescopes, he will
image small stellar groups and


Feb-02 Mar-02


determine a number of proper-
ties such as the rate at which they
are gaining mass and their effect
on their surroundings.
Williams, who has been
at UF since January 2000, has
taken a position as an astronomy
professor at the University of
Hawaii starting in August. CLAS
Dean Neil Sullivan says, "Jona-
than represents the best of a new
*rMiscellaneous generation
SFederal of scientists
nCorporate combining
Total
$3,277,135 a passion
for research
and educa-
tion that
inspires
students
and col-
leagues
alike."


Apr-02


Jonathan Williams


row a member of UF's astron-
omy department has received a
CAREER Award. Astronomy
professors Ata Sarajedini, Fred
Hamann, Richard Elston and
Elizabeth Lada are previous
recipients.
-Allyson A. Beutke


This
is the fifth
year in a



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month's issue of CLASnotes online at
http://clasnews.clas.ufl.edu/news.shtml.


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Bookbeat
Recent publications

from CLAS faculty


Christine M. Sapienza,
Communication Sciences
and Disorders


Spinoza: Metaphysical Themes,
Olli Koistinen and John Biro,
Oxford University Press


Managing Vocal Health
It's not every day the CEO of the Grammy
Foundation praises your book, or even volumes
of books you have helped produce.
"It's nice to know that you can have an
impact, and it's gratifying when you see positive
reviews particularly from the target audience
that you originally intended it for," Speech
Pathology Professor Christine Sapienza says.
"The topic of managing vocal health is some-
thing that is commonsensical information to
people like myself in academia, but it's not
commonsensical to the performers, so I am
really flattered by their reaction because I feel
the book is useful for them."
Sapienza's contributions to the new five-
volume set, Excellence in Singing, developed
after she was approached at a national speech
and hearing convention a few years ago by
publisher Robert Caldwell. "The publisher was
interested in our research findings and started
talking to us about a project on vocal hygiene
and excellence in singing and how to manage
the different conditions or problems that singers
encounter," she says.
The series is described as a tutorial for
vocal coaches and vocal teachers, and Sapienza's
research focuses on vocal hygiene and pre-
serving the voice through varied techniques
described in the book. "It wasn't written for a
doctor or for another speech pathologist. The
audience is the teacher of singing," she says.
"What we often find is the voice coaches don't
know the information, so the actual singer gets
Spinoza: Metaphysical Themes
Representing the best of new generation
Spinoza scholars Spinoza: Metaphysical Themes is
an impressive effort of previously unpublished
essays edited by UF Philosophy Professor John
Biro and Olli Koistinen, an Academy Research
Fellow at the University ofTurku in Finland.
Spinoza's philosophy has been an under-
served reputation for being obscure and incom-
prehensible. But now, in this indispensable
collection, Spinoza is portrayed in the manner
he deserves-as a brilliant metaphysician who
paved the way for an exciting new science. The
volume focuses on several important areas,
including monism, the concept of conatus, the
nature of and the relation between mind and
body, and Spinoza's relationship to Descartes
and Leibniz.
The new physics posed difficult questions
about the existence and power of God; how-
ever, it was a commonplace of 17th-century
metaphysicists to claim that all force was God's.


into trouble.
Their coach,
who is really like
their mentor,
doesn't recognize
the singer is hav-
ing problems,
and those who
do recognize the
problem don't
pr em don' Managing Vocal Health (Excel-
know what to do lence in Singing Series, Vol-
or where to send ume 5) Caldwell Publishing
their students."
Sapienza hopes performers also pick up
the books and use them to build awareness of
how to take care of their voices. "They can also
keep checks and balances on their vocal coach,"
she says. "Part of what is in that book is what
type of coach you should have and what type
of strategies you should and should not use in
your training."
Sapienza says the chance to collaborate
with colleagues has been a great opportunity
to produce a comprehensive set of books. "I
think the book shows a good representation of
the UF team in voice and also the power of the
UF collaboration with other individuals. It's a
really nice representation of a cross-disciplinary,
multi-disciplinary and collegiality work."
-Melissa A. Douso


In his philosophy, Spinoza solves this problem,
identifying God with nature. But what happens
to individuals after that identification? And
what is an individual for Spinoza? How does it
act and how are its actions explained? This vol-
ume clearly addresses these and other fascinat-
ing questions. It explores Spinoza's account of
the relationship between mind and body, along
with his views on the ontology of values. Spi-
noza saw the threat of deterministic physics to
mind-body interaction. How is it possible that
minds act on bodies and vice versa? Further-
more, the volume examines the problem of the
nature of values, asking if there is room for an
independent realm of values in the new philoso-
phy. Finally, the collection investigates problems
in the interpretation of Spinoza that stem from
Spinoza's debatable place in 17th-century phi-
losophy.
-From Book Jacket


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UF Teacher of the Year

Peter Waylen


Geography Professor Peter Waylen has
won the university-wide UF Teacher
of the Year Award. He was recognized in
April at a reception at UF President Charles
Young's home and was honored at the col-
lege's spring commencement ceremony. Way-
len was one of nine faculty members who
received a CLAS Teacher of the Year Award
and was in competition with faculty mem-
bers from other colleges for the top honor.
Waylen has been teaching at UF for 17
years and was promoted to full professor in
1997. A native of southern England, Waylen
earned his BS from the London School of
Economics in 1975 and his MA and PhD
from McMaster University in 1976 and
1982, respectively. Before coming to UF, he
was on the faculty at the University of Sas-
katchewan in Canada. "Even though I joke
with my students that I chose geography
because it was the only thing I was ever any
good at in school, I enjoy this field because
it combines many elements of the physical
world such as climates, floods, droughts, tem-
peratures and how these factors vary across
the surface of the Earth over time."
Waylen's research focuses on hydrology,
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primary research area is the effects of El Ninio
on hydroelectric power production, and he
is an affiliated faculty member with UF's
Center for Latin American Studies. Waylen
teaches several undergraduate and graduate
classes including Introduction to Physical
Geography, Hydrology, and Hydrologic
Modeling. "The intro class is talking to 200
students and introducing them to basic ideas.
In the upper division and graduate classes,
I introduce them to my research and start
forming connections with some students
who will hopefully pursue graduate studies in
geography."
Waylen has traveled to South America to
conduct his research and often takes gradu-
ate students with him for the experience. "A
turning point for me as a graduate student
came when the professor I was working with
took me along on a research trip. I was able
to apply what I'd learned in the classroom in
an actual research setting."
For Waylen, the best part about teach-
ing is seeing the connections students make.
"When you see in their eyes and hear in the
way they talk that they understand what
I'm talking about, it's a great feeling. They
too have become bitten by the same interest


and see it is pertinent and exciting. I've also
realized that just doing research is a hol-
low achievement. If you teach and students
become interested in the material, you can
train them and get more done as a researcher
with a group of students. Teaching what you
love helps your own research and gets others
on track for a career in geography."
-Allyson A. Beutke


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