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The University of Florida
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


In this Issue:

Lou Guillette
Associate Dean
for Research .................................... 3

Working Together
Scholars in Africa.... ............. ..........

the Holocaust ............................... 5

How I Spent My
Summer Vacation......................... 6

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

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

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

Creating the Image...................... 12

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
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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
Dean: Neil Sullivan
Editor: Allyson A. Beutke
Contr. Editor: Buffy Lockette
Design & Photography: Jane Dominguez
Intern: Melissa Douso
Copy Editor: Lynne Pulliam
Additional Photography:
Courtesy Gonzalez: p. 7
Courtesy Psychology: p. 9
Douso: p. 10

The Dean's


The College and the Community
One of the most rewarding aspects of academic life is sharing the
excitement and exhilaration of discovery at the frontiers of our
research with the community around us on whom we depend for
support and encouragement. The thrill of seeing a high school
student or a long-time alumnus light up with understanding and
wonderment as we tell them about what we are doing and what
it can mean to humanity is one of those special moments we all
cherish. Sometimes even the smaller everyday phenomenon can
be the subject of inspiration and an example of why what we are
doing as researchers is important for the future. From the myster-
ies of the origin of the universe to the legends of lost civilizations
and inspiration of ancient literatures, our supporters love to hear
that UF scholars are world leaders in their endeavors.
In the college, many of our faculty, staff and students con-
tribute to various outreach programs designed for the community,
benefiting students, teachers and the general public. Several of our
departments sponsor summer institutes and workshops for K-12
teachers so they can learn more about their field and apply it in
the classroom. The Center for African Studies holds a two-week
summer institute for teachers from surrounding counties that
teaches them about Africa-its history, culture and geography.
Most Friday evenings, members of the astronomy department
share their knowledge about the universe with the public at the
Teaching Observatory on campus. Many of our faculty and
graduate students frequently lecture at local schools and to com-
munity organizations about their research. CLAS also collaborates
with other units on campus to provide outreach. Through the
Teachers as Scholars Program, sponsored by the Center for Pre-
collegiate Education and Training, elementary, middle and high
school teachers immerse themselves in scholarly topics and work
directly with a faculty member. The teachers attend seminars led
by our faculty in zoology, history, religion and languages among
others. These are just a few of the many examples of how our col-
lege is contributing to the growth of our community.
The outreach efforts in CLAS are key to establishing and
maintaining long-lasting relationships with individuals and groups
at the local, state, national and international levels. We should be
proud of these diverse and enriching programs and agendas that
we have in place, and we are working to establish new outreach
activities to enable our faculty and students to become involved
with more communities.
Neil Sullivan
sullivan@phys. ufl. edu

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CLASnotes August 2002

Lou Guillette

Associate Dean

for Research

Distinguished Professor of Zoology Lou Guillette is the new
CLAS associate dean for research. Guillette has been at UF
since 1985 and is internationally recognized for his work in the
field of reproductive biology and developmental endocrinology.
His recent work examines the effect of pollutant pharmaceu-
ticals on wildlife, and he has advised such countries as New
Zealand, Australia, Mexico and Botswana on the development
of reproductive biology programs on endangered wildlife.
Guillette received his bachelor's degree in biology from
New Mexico Highlands University in 1976. He earned his
master's degree and PhD from the University of Colorado at
Boulder in 1979 and 1981, respectively. Before coming to UF,
Guillette taught at the University of Northern Colorado and
Wichita State University in Kansas. In 1998, UF recognized
Guillette with the Teacher/Scholar of the Year Award, the
highest honor given to a faculty member.

It is with great pleasure that
I begin this challenge as the
associate dean for research in
CLAS. A challenge in that I am
asked to help lead the research
activities of a college that already
has an international reputation in
many areas of research within the
liberal arts and sciences. Second,
a challenge in that no other unit
at this university matches the
diversity in research currently
undertaken in our college.
I have been a faculty mem-
ber in the Department of Zool-
ogy for 17 years. My research

efforts are in the areas of repro-
ductive developmental biology
and ecotoxicology. I have worked
extensively with wildlife of many
forms, and over the last 15 years
have worked with our mascot,
the American alligator. Much
of my recent work has focused
on the role of environmental
contaminants as disrupters of
the embryonic development of
the reproductive and endocrine
systems. Although my actual
research efforts have been largely
focused on wildlife species,
I have also served on several

Although my actual research efforts have been

largely focused on wildlife species, I have also

served on several human health policy committees

for the US and various foreign governments. These

activities have helped me see "science" and its use

from a very different perspective.

-Lou Guillette

human health policy committees
for the US and various foreign
governments. These activities
have helped me see "science" and
its use from a very different per-
spective. Further, having a wife,
Elizabeth Guillette, who is a cul-
tural and medical anthropologist
in the Department of Anthropol-
ogy, has helped me view my own
work and that of others from a
cross-disciplinary perspective. It
is this appreciation of research as
a multifaceted enterprise that I
hope to bring to this position.

I have two initial goals to begin
my term:
To help CLAS faculty
develop externally funded
training programs for
undergraduate and gradu-
ate research.
Develop innovative
approaches of funding
cross-disciplinary research
within the college and
across the university.

While serving as a Distin-
guished Alumni Professor during
1999-2001, I had the oppor-
tunity to interact with many
alumni across the state, and their
interest in our university and in
this college was extraordinary. I
also hope to help our college, the
Alumni Association and the UF
Foundation get out the message
that faculty and students in this
college are performing exciting
research that is changing the
way we view our world, whether
through literature, politics, the
birth of stars or powerful mag-
netic fields.
If you have ideas for inven-
tive approaches to training
students in research or want to
talk about your current or future
research goals, please contact me.
I am excited to take on this new
challenge and hope I can work
with you to further your research
efforts and accomplishments.
-Lou Guillette

CLASnotes August 2002

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Left to Right: Leo Villalon, Irene Odotei, Todd Leedy,
Issiaka-Prosper Laleye, Kofi Anyidoho and Boubakar Barry.

Working Together

Scholars in Africa

n an effort to build ties with
the University of Florida, four
West African professors visited
campus in late July to map out a
long-term partnership with their
colleagues in the US. "This is
the beginning of exploring this
opportunity," says Leo Villalon,
incoming director of the Center
for African Studies. "We hope to
have broad-based exchanges of
students and faculty in teaching
UF's Center for African
Studies has its strongest ties with
Southern and Eastern Africa and
is now hoping to develop link-
ages with West African universi-
ties. There are study abroad pro-
grams in Capetown, Morocco,
Uganda and Tanzania, as well
as an impending partnership
with the University of Botswana.
The Center for African Studies

hopes to expand its cooperative
programs to French-speaking
West Africa in particular. "We
want to further develop our ties
with Francophone Africa because
most of our institutional rela-
tionships have been with Eng-
lish-speaking universities," says
Todd Leedy, associate director of
the Center for African Studies.
Irene Odotei, director of the
Institute for African Studies at
the University of Ghana, wants
US researchers to experience
her country first-hand. "Much
of what has been written about
West Africa is by outsiders," she
says. "You are studying Africa in
America. Sometimes you need
to come to Africa to study." The
University of Ghana established
its Institute of African Studies in
1961 to encourage their students
to research African history and

culture. Due to a lack of fund-
ing, the institute is struggling to
keep its doors open. Despite the
problems it faces, the institute
has just completed construction
on a new conference center that
Odotei says will be used to host
small international conferences.
She also hopes the institute will
have an international faculty by
A partnership between UF
and West African could benefit
both sides: UF faculty and stu-
dents would get the chance to
study in Africa, while partner
universities in West Africa would
heighten their international role,
creating opportunities for faculty
research and training. "This was
a preliminary meeting," says
Leedy. "We will be working on
forming a collaborative project
in the future. We have to discuss

further what they perceive to be
the needs of their universities.
Kofi Anyidoho, chair of
the English department at the
University of Ghana, traveled to
UF with Odotei. They had the
chance to meet with colleagues
from two other West African
universities: Boubakar Barry, for-
mer chair of the history depart-
ment at the University Cheikh
Anta Diop in Senegal, and
Issiaka-Prosper Laleye, professor
of sociology at Gaston Berger
University in Senegal. Each visi-
tor presented a speech, sharing
their experiences at their univer-
sities and expressing the need for
a partnership with US universi-
ties. "Everyone laughs at our
sad story," says Odotei. "But we
hope if we latch our dreams onto
other's dreams, we'll succeed."
-Buffy Lockette

CLASnotes August 2002

page 4

Remembering the


Teaching about the Holocaust can be
a challenging task for many educators.
Not only is it controversial, but also an
emotional topic to present to K-12th
grade students. During the last week of
June, elementary, middle and high school
teachers came to UF to get some tips on
teaching the Holocaust to their students.
Ten teachers from Alachua County and
the surrounding area participated in the
first ever Summer Holocaust Institute for
Florida Teachers (SHIFT). The event was a
joint effort organized by the Center for
Jewish Studies, the Department of History
and the School of Teaching and Learning
in the College of Education.

"We're starting small, but
we're already confident that we'll
run this annually," says Geoffrey
Giles, a history professor who
co-directed the institute with
Diane Silva from the College of
Education. Giles is a Holocaust
and modern German history
specialist. He has led study tours
of Holocaust sites in Europe for
faculty and served as the senior
scholar in residence at the US
Holocaust Museum in Washing-
ton, DC.
The institute is the only one
of its kind in North Central Flor-
ida. There are training institutes
in Miami, Tallahassee, St. Peters-
burg and Maitland. In 1994 the
Florida Legislature mandated the
Holocaust be taught in grades
K-12. By attending the institute,
each teacher has the opportunity
to gain in-depth information
about the Holocaust. "Every-
thing I know about the Holo-

caust I learned from reading or
by watching Schindler' List,"
says Jeanne Fuchs, a fourth and
fifth grade teacher at Waldo
Community School. Fuchs says
she has never taken a course on
the Holocaust, so the workshop
rounded out her knowledge of
the event. "I'm getting educated.
It's given me more details that I
didn't know."
Victoria Goodowns, a
teacher at Santa Fe High School,
says she has never taught the
Holocaust before, so the work-
shop has helped her get off to a
good start. "It's been wonderful.
Now I know all the background,
personal experiences, how to deal
with emotions and strategies to
The teachers participated
in five lesson-packed days. They
studied the history of the Jews in
Germany and the rise of the Nazi
party and took a field trip to the

Florida Holocaust Museum in St.
Petersburg. They also listened to
survivor testimony, participated
in panel discussions and learned
how to deal with controversial
Virginia Schulman, chair of
the Holocaust Committee at the
B'nai Israel Temple in Gaines-
ville, was one of many panelists
who gave the teachers pointers
on how to present the material to
children. As a volunteer for the
Alachua County school system,
Schulman frequently visits local
schools to talk to children about
the Holocaust. "One thing I've
learned is that no matter if you're
teaching first graders or seniors,
you can't minimalize it," Schul-
man says. "You can't caramel or
candy coat it. You have to tell it
like it is."
Six students from Santa Fe
High School performed their
award-winning pantomime

"Heil." The skit, written and
choreographed by the young
men who performed it, shows
how friendships were betrayed
during the Holocaust. "We
make a lot of people tear up
when we perform this," says
Timmy Thrift. "We understand
because we teared up the first
few times we did this. It's a very
overwhelming topic for us-and
none of us are Jewish."
Kenneth Wald, director of
the Center for Jewish Studies,
hopes other youth in the com-
munity will also understand
the tragedy of the Holocaust.
"I think the Holocaust is both
a strong historical event as well
as an example of genocide. It's
something our citizens need help
understanding. Our goal is to
help our teachers educate the
-Buffy Lockette

CLASnotes August 2002

page 5

How I Spent My

Summer Vacation

Teenage Scientists Spend

Summer Researching at UF

While many high school seniors across Florida spend their last summer vacation playing
video games, lounging by the pool and watching television, Ricardo Gonzalez has spent
his in a lab analyzing algae growth on alligators. Gonzalez, 17, from Naples was one of
93 high school students who participated in the 44th annual Student Science Training
Program held at UF this summer. Sponsored by the Center for Precollegiate Education
and Training, the seven-week research program brings to campus advanced high school
seniors, and a few qualified juniors, who are considering careers in science, medicine,
math, computers and engineering. The students are paired with a faculty mentor in
their area of interest and get the opportunity to work in a lab on a research project.

Gonzalez, a senior at Naples High School, worked
with Botany Professor Steve Davis to find ways
of removing algae from captive alligators. "Algae tends
to grow on the illi: r. -, scales," says Gonzalez. "It
often covers the entire animal, so it interferes with the
illl; r.. -, ability to regulate its body temperature and
imparts an unsightly appearance to the reptile. Also,
zoological parks have a problem with algae growing
over and covering illi; r.. *- wounds, which prevents
them from being treated. So we hope to help the ani-
Gonzalez went with Davis and his research team
to the Alligator Farm in St. Augustine to collect algae
samples. Handlers taped the reptiles mouths shut and
held them while the research crew scraped algae and
plucked scales off caimans, a close relative to the alliga-
tor. The research team hopes to help all members of
the crocodilian family, which includes all alligator-like
animals. Alligator parks are desperate for an answer to
the algae overgrowth problem, which is common with
captive crocodilians, but rare in the wild. Gonzalez ran
an experiment to see if controlled desiccation-dry-
ing out-the algae would work. "Ricardo did suggest
a part of an experiment that I did not think of, which
was using ultra violet radiation to see if it would kill
the organisms," says Davis. "He has very good ideas,
and I use them. I think he would make an awfully
good graduate student. He is bright, resourceful and
enthusiastic, and I'm happy to have him."
In addition to 28 hours a week of lab work, par-
ticipants attend lectures and workshops and give oral

presentations. Students get the full college experience by living in residence halls
with roommates and washing their own laundry, buying their own groceries, cook-
ing their own meals and getting themselves across campus to all their meetings and
appointments each day. Though their parents are allowed to visit on the weekends,
students are not allowed to go home with the exception of the July Fourth holiday.
"It's a good program," says Leslie Naoom, 17, of Daytona Beach. "It's a good
way to spend my summer. Instead of sitting around, I'm learning something."
Naoom is a senior at Spruce Creek High School in Port Orange and, although 10
of her classmates participated in the program, she was not allowed to room with any
of them. "They didn't want me to come here and interact with just 10 people," she
says. "They want us to get to know 40 people."
Naoom, like Gonzalez, also conducted research in the botany department.
With the help of Bernard Hauser, an assistant botany professor, she studied the
genetic makeup of arabidopsis plants-a green, waspy weed with small white flowers.

Since the Student Science Training Program began in 1959, CLAS
faculty have opened up their labs and shared their research expe-
rience with many aspiring teen scientists. More than 60 CLAS
faculty in 13 departments have participated in the program since
1984. The faculty member who has participated most often is Neil
Rowland, professor and associate chair of the psychology depart-
ment, who has mentored students in the program 13 of the past
19 years. The Department of Physics has had the greatest number
of faculty participate in the program, 12 since 1984. Physics was
followed closely by the Department of Chemistry, which has had
11 participants. If you would like to find out how you can host a
high school lab student next summer, visit http://www.cpet.ufl.edu/
sstp or contact Mary Jo Koroly at 392-2310.

CLASnotes August 2002

page 6

Ricardo Gonzalez removes scales from a caiman while a gator handler at St. Augustine's Alligator Farm keeps the reptile from wiggling.

"We work on plant reproduc-
tion," says Hauser. "Crop yields
can be many times below their
optimum-part of the loss of
production is due to stress. So
we study salt stress in plants."
Naoom verified data and looked
at the expression of genes in the
plant. "I think this gives her a
challenge," Hauser says. "A lot
of these students are at the top
of their class, so they like to be
If Erica Bolin ofAlachua
was looking for a challenge she
certainly got it with her research
project. At 17, Bolin has studied
quantum physics in Assistant
Professor Stephen Hill's lab this
summer. She analyzed energy
levels of molecules in crystals. "If
we were able to control the elec-
tron spin of a molecule, then it
could be used to create quantum
computers," says Bolin, a senior
at The Rock School. Quantum

computers, if created, would be
smaller and faster than any com-
puter that exists today and would
be able to crack any code and
search enormous databases in a
matter of seconds. "A lot of this
stuff is graduate level," says Sara
Maccagnano, an undergraduate
physics student who works on
the same project with Bolin. "I
haven't even taken a class in this
yet. So the fact that she can do
this and explain it shows that she
is very advanced."
Most of the students who
participate in the program are
in the top one to five percent of
their high school class. To apply,
they must submit letters of rec-
ommendation from two teach-
ers, three essays and a transcript
proving that they earn As and Bs
in all their classes. Students can
opt to receive three hours of dual
enrollment credit by taking a
2000 level seminar course.

By the end of the program,
students must submit a 10 to
20-page research paper and pres-
ent an eight-minute lecture on
their project to their peers. When
students complete the program, a
letter is sent to their high school
principal with information about
the program to be included in
their official transcript sent to
universities and colleges. The
program also supplies students
with letters of recommendation.
"Successful participation in this
science program puts them a cut
above other college applicants,"
says Deborah Paulin, assistant
director of the Center for Precol-
legiate Education and Training.
Paulin says about 40 percent of
students who participate in the
program return to UF for their
undergraduate education.
Doug Thornhill, 23, par-
ticipated in the program in
1996. He is now finishing his

bachelor's degree in astronomy at
UE "Even though I didn't get to
participate in an astronomy lab,
I stayed with the program, and it
totally changed my life," Thorn-
hill says. He has served as a pro-
gram counselor for the past three
summers and is currently the
academic coordinator. Thornhill
says participating in the program
gave him a jump-start at UE "It
was my first taste of independent
living, so it helped me adjust in
my transition to college quite
easily. When I started at UF,
everyone else had to figure out
where they were going, and I was
already familiar with the cam-
pus. But more importantly, the
program really showed me what
university research is like and
how things work in college."
-Buffy Lockette

CLASnotes August 2002

page 7

Teach for America
Two CLAS students have been selected as UF-based
campaign coordinators for Teach For America. The
organization is the national corps of recent college
graduates who commit to two years of teaching in
public schools in low-income communities. Portia
Lange, a senior sociology major, and Lauren Hen-
ley, a psychology junior, will join Genette Britt, an
education major, as UF's coordinators. They replace
Brian Dassler, a May 2000 English graduate, who has
accepted a teaching position in Fort Lauderdale. The
trio will organize, publicize and conduct Teach For
America recruitment activities at UF, including infor-
mation sessions, class presentations and outreach to
student organizations.

CLAS News and Publications Staff
Buffy Lockette is the new contributing editor for
the CLAS News and Publications Office. In addition
to writing articles for
CLASnotes and Alumni
CLASnotes, she is also
the features editor for
the University Scholars
Program's online Journal
of Undergraduate Research.
Buffy, who is origi-
nally from Alabama, has
been a reporter for several
newspapers in her home

Melissa Douso has served as the office's summer
intern. A senior journal
ism student at UF, Melissa
has been responsible for
writing the "Bookbeat"
and "Grants" feature arti-
cles in CLASnotes and has
also written stories for the
Journal of Undergraduate
Research. Melissa gradu-
ates in August and plans
to work in the magazine

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.


the College

US Supreme Court Cites Akers
When the US Supreme Court decided recently that
juries, not judges, should make death penalty deci-
sions for murder convictions, Justice Stephen Breyer
cited research conducted by Associate Dean for Faculty
Affairs Ron Akers, a c iniin....l_, and sociology profes-
sor. Akers, along with former sociology department
chair Michael Radelet, conducted a 1996 study to
investigate whether the death penalty serves as a deter-
rent to crime. They surveyed the current and past i
presidents of the American Society of Criminology id .J'
the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and found that more than 80 percent
of these leading criminologists agreed that existing research fails to show a deter-
rent effect of capital punishment.
"Even though the study wasn't even about the question of whether a jury
or a judge should assign capital punishment, Justice Breyer cited it because he
thinks that if the death penalty is not a deterrent for murder, then retribution for
taking a life, not deterrence for future homicides, is the justification that must be
used in applying the death penalty." says Akers. Justice Breyer, however, was not
able to vote in the case due to a conflict of interests. He cited Akers and Radelet
in his opinion concurring with the majority opinion of the Court.

In addition to having his research cited, Akers has received a scholastic award.
The Southern Sociological Society recently selected Akers as the recipient of
the group's most prestigious award, the Roll of Honor. Akers was chosen for his
career contributions to scholarship, the development of educational programs
and leadership in the profession. He has served as president of both the Southern
Sociological Society and the American Society of Ci inin. .1. .,. Akers has pub-
lished more than 80 refereed articles and authored or edited seven books. The
society will honor Akers at its annual meeting in New Orleans next year.

Chemistry Professor Receives
Research Enhancement Award
Assistant Chemistry Professor Valeria Kleiman has received a Junior Faculty
Enhancement Award from Oak Ridge Associated Universities for the 2002-03
academic year. The $5,000 grant program provides "seed money" to enhance
research during the early stages of faculty careers. Each recipient's institution
matches the award with an additional $5,000. Faculty members may use their
grants for the continuation of current research, purchase of equipment, research
in new areas and travel to professional meetings and conferences.
Kleiman's research focuses on understanding energy flow and dynamics in
macromolecular systems. She has been at UF since January 2001.

CLASnotes August 2002

page 8

Steven Brandt was quoted in the June 6,
2002 issue of Nature. The article discussed
how the World Bank is adopting a policy
that aims to safeguard archaeological and
anthropological sites that could be affected
by the Bank's development projects. Brandt
is an archeological anthropologist who sits
on the bank's eight-person scientific advisory

Two UF botanists were quoted in the July
issue of National Geographic. Walter Judd,
a botany professor, and David Dilcher, a
botany department affiliate who works at
the Florida Museum of Natural History, lent
their floral expertise in the article "The Big
Bloom: How Flowering Plants Changed the
World." The 20-page article explores the
evolution of flowering plants and the impact
they have made on human life.

Alan Katritzky received a 2002 Arthur C.
Cope Senior Scholar Award for his long-
time contributions to the field of chemistry.
Katritzky, who has been at UF since 1980,
is an organic chemist and serves as the
department's Kenan Chair. In August, he
will attend the American Chemical Society's
224th national meeting in Boston to accept
the award.

David C. Young was the only American
among 17 invited speakers at an interna-
tional conference on Demetrios Vikelas, the
first president of the International Olympic
Committee. The conference, sponsored by
the Greek Ministry of Culture, was held
in Veria, Greece. Young also traveled to
Bucharest, at the invitation of the Roma-
nian Olympic Committee, to continue his
research on E. Zappas, who played a major
role in the modern revival of the Olympic

.1U1 113 11-
Mark A. Reid was a member of a disserta-
tion defense committee at the University of
Paris X, Nanterre in June. The title of the
500-page work is "Conditions de produc-
tion et evolution thematique et esthetique
du cinema noir american contemporaine:

Stephen M. Golant served as a research
expert at hearings conducted by the US
Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs
Committee on June 27. The committee
convened to hear the findings from the
final report of the Commission on Afford-
able Housing and Health Facility Needs for
Seniors in the 21st Century. The commis-
sion is a bipartisan 14-member panel created
by Congress to study the housing and health
care needs for the next generation of elderly
Americans and to offer specific policy and
legislative recommendations. Golant was the
principal consultant hired by the commis-
sion to conduct most of its research.

Roger M. Thompson presented a 12-
hour workshop titled "Using Web-Based
Resources in English Language Teaching" at
the Teachers of English to Students of Other
Languages (TESOL) Academy from June
21-23 in Orlando. The TESOL Academy is
a special summer program sponsored every
year by International TESOL, the profes-
sional organization. The teachers in the
workshop represented several states in the
US and provinces in Canada.

James Brooks recently gave talks at the
Mathematical Institute at Oxford University
and at Pisa and Perugia, Italy during his sab-
batical. The topics were: "Extension of the
Takesaki-Pfitzner Criteria in von Neumann
Algebras;" "Convergence of Time Changes
in Diffusions;" and "Infinite Dimensional
Stochastic Processes."

Keith Berg recently attended the American
Psychological Association's Advanced Train-
ing Institute in Functional Magnetic Reso-
nance Imaging in Charlestown, Massachu-
setts. The association chose 40 applicants to
participate in the week-long course, which
provided training in experimental design
and data analysis as well as physics, biology
and biophysics.

Susan Bluck is this year's recipient of the
Spring Early Career Achievement Award
in Research on Adult Development and
Aging. The award, which is sponsored by
the American Psychological Association's
Division on Adult Development and Aging,
honors a psychologist whose work has made
significant early career contributions to
understanding critical issues in adult devel-
opment and aging. Bluck is affiliated with
the Center for Gerontological Studies and
the Institute on Aging.

John Borrero, a doctoral student in behav-
ior analysis, recently received the Sidney
Bijou Fellowship Award from the Associa-
tion for Behavior
Analysis at the
groups interna-
tional conference
in May. The fel-
lowship is award-
ed to a doctoral
student conduct-
ing research in
child develop-
ment from a
behavior analytic
orientation. Borrero is conducting a series of
studies on the effects of parental attention as
reinforcement for common childhood dis-
ruptive behavior and for appropriate alterna-
tive behavior.

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through the
Division of



May 2002

Total: $4,180,171

June 2002

Total: $2,999,385

6% 4%


2% PHI 2% EN %
<1% <1%
<1% 2%

Grant awards for May and June 2002 by department

Educating Couples on Relationships and Marriage

There is no answer to
why many couples
enter marriage happy, yet
end up getting a divorce.
President Bush has called
attention to the rising
divorce rates and has
allotted $300 million
for programs to educate
couples on relationships
and marriage. Social
Psychologist Benjamin
Karney hopes studying
newlyweds and their
interactions will lead to
understanding how to
make marriages work.
Karney, who has
been at UF since 1997,
has extended his five-year
research project, "The
Florida Project of Newly-
wed Marriage and Adult
Development," to help


find answers to this grow-
ing problem. He recently
received an additional
$60,000 grant to study
"Compassionate Love
and Social Support in
Early Marriage" from the
Fetzer Institute. "A lot of
the work on communica-
tion in marriage focuses
on how couples deal with
problems and solve dis-
putes," he says. "The new
grant allows us to look at
other data collected and
ask couples how they sup-
port each other."
The Florida Project
is an ongoing study of
newlywed couples to
understand what changes
occur in the first few
years of marriage. Cur-
rently there are two

sample groups in the
study, one consisting of
82 couples who started
the study four years ago
and the second sample
of 169 couples who
started last summer. The
couples are videotaped
interacting with each
other, and researchers
study their basic char-
acteristics and how they
experience and react to
stress. The couples also
fill out extensive work-
sheets about their mar-
riage every six months.
"We try to see what
aspects of their lives as
newlyweds help us pre-
dict the course of their
lives together," Karney
Karney hopes the

research will be used to
help with marital pro-
grams. Previous research
on marriage has uncov-
ered that happy couples
focus on specific prob-
lems, while couples that
are not happy will turn
a specific problem into
everything wrong with
their relationship. "One
of the things our work
is going to do is help
to identify vulnerable
couples and target them
for interventions," he
says. "Ultimately, I hope
to be able to contribute
to the ongoing debate
about how to lower our
country's high divorce
-Melissa Douso

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

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Bookbeat Recent publications from CLAS faculty

L'inno epidaurico a Pan: II culto di Pan a Epidauro
For centuries, thousands of people from all over the Ancient Mediter-
ranean traveled to the healing sanctuary of Epidaurus in southern
Greece to be cured from ailments and other problems. Today, people
still come to this holy place to visit its ruins and explore its mysteries.
Associate Classics Professor Robert Wagman made his first journey to
Epidaurus more than 15 years ago as a graduate student studying the
religious hymns inscribed at the sanctuary. Now, he has written two
books about his findings.
L'inno epidaurico a Pan: II culto di Pan a Epidauro (The Epidauri-
an Hymn to Pan and the Cult of Pan at Epidaurus) is Wagman's latest
book to evolve from his research at Epidaurus. "This book is an off-
shoot of my other work, Inni di Epidauro
(Epidaurian Hymns), which is about the
reconstruction of an inscription contain-
ing hymns to a variety of Epidaurian
gods," he says. The book, written in
Italian, is a volume in the scholarly series
"Biblioteca di Studi Antichi" published
by the University Press of the University
of Pisa, Italy.
While working on the inscription of the
Epidaurian Hymns, Wagman, like other
scholars before him, observed that a
Wagman poem to the half-man, half-goat god Pan
seemed out of place at a sanctuary like
Epidaurus. The other gods praised in the hymns, such as Asclepius
and Apollo, were known gods of healing. Pan, worshipped through-
out the ancient times as the god of music, countryside and nature,

The Physiological Ecology of Vertebrates: A
Brian McNab, Zoology
Cornell University Press

1 View from Energetics

Physiological ecology has grown in
importance as an area of biology in the
past 30 years and integrates the diverse
approaches used in the comparative biol-
ogy of organisms.
In a comprehensive and authorita-
tive synthesis of physiological ecology
supported by more than 3,100 referenc-
es, Zoology Professor Brian McNab dem-
onstrates the intellectual cohesion of the
field. To ground his discussion in clearly understood contexts, McNab
emphasizes the common thread of energy expenditure throughout the
text and limits the discussion to vertebrates, which have familiar habi-
tats and comparatively well-known evolutionary histories.
A thorough scientific resource and reference tool, "Physiological
Ecology of Vertebrates" is the first book to cover this complex subject.
It will be the standard reference and basis for much future research in
this fast-growing field of study.
-From Book Jacket

had no apparent connection with medi-
cine. When he started probing further
into the problem, Wagman discovered that
Robert Wagman
this seemingly incongruous association of L'inno epidaurico
Pan with healing extended well beyond a Pan
Epidaurus to most healing sanctuaries in ilcultodian aEpidauro
the Greek world. "From an archaeologi-
cal point of view, Pan was present at such Mi s.
sanctuaries long before the arrival of major
healing gods like Asclepius," Wagman says.
In his new book, Wagman recon- Giardini Pisa
structs the missing connection between
the Goat God and the sphere of healing.
His is the first complete study on Pan at the medical sanctuaries of
ancient Greece. Wagman's investigations of the archaeological, epi-
graphical, and literary materials on the subject expose Pan as more
than a god of nature. The Goat God proved to be associated with a
wide range of pathological conditions, from heatstroke to epilepsy to
sleep disorders as well as panic, the mental condition that is named
for him.
Wagman recently moved his work to another ancient healing
center, the sanctuary of Aesculapius on the Tiber Island in Rome.
One of his principal tasks has been the identification of the lost tem-
ple of Pan on the island. "He is under a Roman name (Faunus), but
he is here," Wagman says. "I've lived with him for more than 10 years,
and he is a good god to have on your side."
-Melissa Douso

Business Geography and New Real Estate Market Analysis
Grant Thrall, Geography
Oxford University Press (t c

Business geography aims to improve
business decisions through the develop-
ment and application of geographic
reasoning, geographic analysis and It
geographic technology. In this book, I i
Geography Professor Grant Thrall uses R lai
the powerful tools of business geography M T
to analyze real estate markets in a com-
prehensive and detailed manner. Thrall
argues that real estate market analysis has,
in recent years, focused too much on issues of finance, rather than on
location, and shows how geographic analysis of location can improve
the profit margins of a business firm. This book demonstrates that
business geography is a rigorous and relevant academic subject that
can be put to work to improve real-world business. "This is a book
that every person in business needs to read and that those regulating
business need to understand," says Kingsley E. Haynes, Dean of the
School of Public Policy at George Mason University. "This is an out-
standing contribution to business and geography."
-From Book Jacket

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Creating the Image

CLAS faculty and graduate students have
a new college resource at their disposal.
The IMAGE Lab, located in 410 Rolfs
Hall, offers computer hardware and soft-
ware for designing web pages, scanning
images, creating and editing digital video
and more.
Planning for the IMAGE Lab began
in the late 1990s, when CLAS received
gifts from IBM, Sun and other companies
in support of humanities computing in
the college. Technical glitches and class-
room space problems, however, delayed
the opening of the lab, and much of the
equipment allocated for it remained in
storage. When Assistant English Profes-
sor Terry Harpold came to UF in 2000,
he began working with English Profes-
sor Greg Ulmer and CLAS Director of
Information Technology Jack Sabin to
resurrect the lab. "We understood that
the IMAGE Lab could be an invaluable
resource," Harpold says. "But a lot of time
and effort were needed in order to clear
a room, figure out what still worked and
what needed to be replaced. With gener-
ous support from Dean Sullivan, we were
able to buy new hardware and upgrade
old hardware and software. CLASnet staff
and graduate student volunteers did the

tough work to make it happen."
English graduate student Brendan
Riley currently teaches a five-week infor-
mal class to graduate students and faculty
interested in learning more about what
the lab has to offer. "We have 14 worksta-
tions, including Suns, PCs and Macintosh
computers, with a variety of programs,
such as Adobe Photoshop and Premiere
and the Macromedia Web Design Suite,
notes Riley. He has created a Web site
at http://web.image.ufl.edu about the
IMAGE lab.
Any CLAS instructor is welcome to
use the lab. During the summer, it is open
from 1:30 pm until 10 pm on weekdays,
and from noon until 10 pm on Sunday.
Fall semester hours should be about the
same and will be posted on the IMAGE
Lab Web site.
"We hope this is just a modest begin-
ning," says Harpold. "Creative uses of
digital media in teaching and research are
no longer limited to computer science or
the fine arts. The lab will be a real success
if instructors from all disciplines in the
college can use it to enhance their work."
-Allyson A. Beutke

English graduate students Laurie Taylor and Sean Fenty
are taking Brendan Riley's introduction class to learn more
about the programs available in the IMAGE Lab. Both will
take English Professor Terry Harpold's Multimedia Design
class in the fall.



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