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*W fInotes
The University of Florida
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

* 9

September 2002
Vol. 16 No. 9

In this Issue:

James Mueller
New Associate Dean ......................

Leonardo Villal6n
New Center for
African Studies Director..................4

French Government
Says "Bonjour UF".......................... 5

Lombardi Scholars
Experience Mexico ......................... 6

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

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

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

Shenkman Will Deliver
Convocation Address.....................12

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
News and Publications
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PO Box 117300
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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 Allan Burns: cover, p. 6-7
Buffy Lockette: p. 8
Melissa Douso: p. 10
Courtesy Institute for Child Health Policy: p. 12
Printed on
recycled paper

The Dean's


Welcome Back to a Year of Prom-
ise and Challenge

The return of the campus to full life and the somewhat
chaotic beginning of a new academic year is always a spe-
cial occasion. New life and new aspirations surge through
the halls, and this year could be a historic year for UE with
the promise of restructuring the university to move us to a
higher level of excellence.
Many of the college's planned areas for growth reso-
nate with those spelled out in the President Young's UF
Strategic Plan. The plan also charges the college, as the
intellectual core of the university, to build on areas of excel-
lence in the most fundamental academic disciplines. As
stated by the president, "The academic quality of any uni-
versity is largely tied to the reputation of the academic dis-
ciplines found in this college. Without a first-rate College
of Liberal Arts and Sciences, UF will not achieve the goals
we pursue, nor will it fulfill its fundamental obligation to
the state."
The responsibility of CLAS is clear, and it is a chal-
lenge we can embrace eagerly. We must use scarce new
resources to build areas of national and international
prominence where UF can be unique and attract leading
scholars and students in selected areas of growth. The col-
lege has done well in a few specialized areas during a very
difficult two-year period. Now we will step to a higher
level, particularly in areas of collaboration with other uni-
versity units in the humanities, environmental and genetic
sciences, societal needs and transnational studies, and the
As we start this new year, we set our sights on these
initiatives that are designed to bring our college and the
university to national eminence in key fields of study.
These areas will set CLAS and UF apart from other public
institutions and move us clearly on a path toward a higher
level of excellence and international recognition.

Neil Sullivan
sullivan@phys. ufl. edu

On the Cover:
Lombardi Scholars scale the Mayan ruins of Coba in Mexico this summer.

CLASnotes September 2002

page 2

4 James Mueller

New Associate Dean

James Mueller is the new CLAS associate dean for administra-

tive affairs. He succeeds Chemistry Professor Lisa McElwee-

White, who has held the position since 1998. Mueller is an

associate professor of religion and also serves as a faculty mem-

ber in the Center for Jewish Studies. He earned his PhD in early

Christianity and Judaism from Duke University in 1986 and was

a visiting professor at the University of North Carolina at Cha-

pel Hill and Duke before coming to UF in 1988.

Several years ago
Chuck Frazier, the
CLAS "space czar" and
Lisa McElwee-White's
predecessor, came to meet
with the Department
of Religion to ask us to
consider moving from
our home in Dauer Hall
to a soon-to-be-renovated
Anderson Hall. Many of
us had doubts about the
proposal, but we agreed
to the move. That agree-
ment set into motion a
hectic few years of design
and renovation under

"While it is wonderful to point to

new buildings and rejuvenated

older ones as signs of progress, it

is important that we maintain, and

hopefully upgrade, other spaces. "

the watchful eye of Lisa
McElwee-White. As a
part of the departmental
committee charged with
seeing the project through
from blueprints to occu-

pancy, I found myself
intrigued by every aspect
of the project. I immense-
ly enjoyed imagining how
we might transform the
gutted building into our
departmental "home." As
the walls went up and the
space we had envisioned
became a reality, I think
the whole committee
felt a very real sense of
both pride and accom-
plishment as Anderson
Hall came back to life
in service to the college.
Even though there were
setbacks and difficulties
along the way, I found
the intellectual and strate-
gic challenges fascinating.
Admittedly, the
renovation of Anderson
Hall was just a small
piece in a much larger
enterprise, but I hope to
translate what I learned
from that project into the
numerous projects to be
undertaken by the col-
lege in the next few years.
CLAS is moving ahead
on several fronts in terms
of new construction and
renovation, and it will
be exciting to play a role

in bringing about the
successful completion of
those endeavors.
I will also have to be
educated by the depart-
ments, so I can assist
them in finding ways to
enhance their research,
teaching and service mis-
sions. While it is won-
derful to point to new
buildings and rejuvenated
older ones as signs of
progress, it is important
that we maintain, and
hopefully upgrade, other
spaces. I will be meeting
with chairs and direc-
tors during the next few
weeks to learn about their
needs, and I will work
diligently to discover how
the college office can be
of service.
Another major part
of my portfolio as associ-
ate dean involves class-
rooms and scheduling.
In my years at UF, I have
endured many schedul-
ing conflicts which tried
to negotiate between the
needs of the professor
and those of the students.
Given that the college
is only one scheduler

among many at UF, the
scheduling dilemma, and
its impact on CLAS, is a
challenge that I am look-
ing forward to tackling.
The final pieces of
my particular puzzle will
be to continue my work
as general editor of the
Dictionary of Early Juda-
ism, a one-volume guide
to the world of Greco-
Roman period Judaism. I
also serve as co-editor of
the Journal for the Study
of the Pseudepigrapha and
hope to complete a criti-
cal text, translation and
commentary on a medi-
eval apocalyptic "tour of
hell" attributed to the
prophet Ezra.
All of the above
should keep me overly
busy for the next several
years, but I am eager to
take on the challenges. I
look forward to working
with the faculty and staff
to pursue solutions to the
space and facility prob-
lems that face our college.
-James Mueller

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page 3

Leonardo Villal6n

New Center for African Studies Director
Leonardo Villal6n is the new director of the Center for African Studies, as well
as a faculty member in the Department of Political Science. Before coming to
UF, he was an associate professor of political science at the University of Kansas
and also directed the undergraduate major in international studies. While at
UK, he received the Provost's Award for Leadership in international education.
Villal6n earned his BA from Louisiana State University and his MA from the
School of Advanced International Studies at The Johns Hopkins University. He
also received his DEA (Dipl6me d'Etudes Approfondies) from L'lnstitut d'Etudes
Politiques de la Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques in Paris in 1985
before earning his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in 1992, where
he specialized in comparative politics and international relations. As a Fulbright
professor and visiting professor, Villal6n has taught at two universities in Sene-
gal and also has lectured at other institutions in a number of countries in West
Africa. His research focuses on the politics of the former French colonies of
West Africa, and especially the Sahelian countries of Senegal, Mali, Niger and
Burkina Faso. His work also has concentrated on the role of Islam in politics
and on the processes of democratization in Africa.
Villal6n is joined at UF by his wife Fiona McLaughlin, who is an associate
professor in the African and Asian languages and literatures department and
the Program in Linguistics.

Just days after I arrived
with great excitement
to become the new direc-
tor of UF's Center for
African Studies, reports
in the press of President
Charles Young's strategic
plans for the Univer-
sity confirmed that I had
come to the right place,
at the right time. As UF
moves to become a truly
international university,
and to position itself at
the very top of American
research universities, the
Center for African Studies
(CAS) is centrally poised
to seize the opportunity
and to confront the chal-
lenges of contributing to
these efforts.
The core mission of
CAS is to promote teach-
ing and research about a
continent whose history
is intricately linked with
that of the Americas, but
which is arguably the

page 4

least-known region of
the world in the United
States. As a designated
US Department of Edu-
cation Title VI National
Resource Center, CAS is
involved in myriad activi-
ties to promote scholar-
ship on the continent.
More than 75 affiliated
faculty members across
all scholarly disciplines
within the university are
regularly engaged in pri-
mary research on Africa.
In the process, they both
contribute to core dis-
ciplinary concerns and
engage with other col-
leagues in interdisciplin-
ary efforts to understand
the continent in all of its
diversity and complexity.
Through programs such
as FLAS fellowships for
foreign language and area
studies, and pre-disserta-
tion grants for travel to
Africa, CAS plays a key

role in recruiting nation-
ally to bring top graduate
students in all disciplines
to UE
The UF libraries
house one of the most
comprehensive Africana
research collections
in the world, and the
Ham Museum not only
includes a superb collec-
tion of African art, but
has a new director, Rebec-
ca Nagy, who is herself
a scholar of Africa. A
dynamic program in the
performing arts annually
brings top African art-
ists for residencies to UE
The national prominence
that these activities have
brought to the Center for
African Studies highlights
the opportunities which
President Young's plan
The challenge now
is to continue to build on
and expand our activities

to enhance the center's
relevance in an increas-
ingly complex and rapidly
changing world. Build-
ing on well-established
linkages and faculty and
student exchanges with
a number of universities
in Southern and Eastern
Africa, we have recently
launched an initiative to
strengthen our collabora-
tive ties with universities
in West Africa. In the
spring, the center plans
to sponsor several lectures
and activities intended
to increase understand-
ing of the dynamics
of Muslim societies in
Africa. Through the
Baraza weekly lecture
series, the annual Carter
international conference
and the medium of our
multidisciplinary elec-
tronic journal, The Afri-
can Studies Quarterly, the
center brings together UF

faculty and students and
highly respected scholars
from around the world to
address crucial issues of
contemporary relevance
for Africa, and hence for
an increasingly interde-
pendent world.
I am honored to join
a community of distin-
guished and committed
scholars of Africa at UE
As we work towards
increasing our knowledge
and disseminating our
understanding of the
issues facing the peoples
of Africa, the Center for
African Studies is pre-
pared to play a central
part in building a great
international research
-Leonardo Villalon
villalon@africa ufl edu

CLASnotes September 2002

French Government Says

"Bonjour UF"

The French government has chosen the University of Florida as Florida's site of a centre pluridisci-
plinaire. The designation will help create the France-Florida Research Institute (FFRI) at UF, which
will serve as an umbrella organization to centralize and promote the numerous existing partner-
ships between UF and French and Francophone research centers. The new institute will receive
funding from the French government for at least three years, and UF will provide additional
support. "This designation recognizes the international academic excellence at UF We are
proud to join this esteemed group and plan to build on our successes in French studies,"
says Professor of French Carol Murphy, who will serve as the institute's director.

After UF was invited to apply, Murphy worked with an advisory
board of UF faculty members to compile information about the uni-
versity's numerous French connections. "The FFRI will be the central
organization that integrates and publicizes existing relationships, as
well as creates new exchanges for faculty and students, including lec-
tures, film festivals, visiting professorships, scholarships, conferences,
exhibits and outreach," says Murphy. "An important focus in all these
activities will be interdisciplinary, especially between the humanities
and the sciences, as well as collaboration with other institutions to
maximize the institute's efforts throughout Florida, the Southeast and
with other centrespluridisciplinaires."
UF's designation as a centre.. .. : .- i1ll give it the
opportunity to apply for a $1 million grant from the French gov-
ernment within the next several years. Currently, centrespluridisci-
plinaires of French studies are located at 18 American universities.
(see box below). In addition to UF, the University of Texas at Austin
also received the honor this year. In the past several years, the French
Embassy has made an effort to extend its network toward the South-
ern region of the US. In 1999, a centrepluridisciplinaire was created at
Louisiana State University, and last year, Duke University established
UF's proposal was evaluated on several criteria: the existence of
bilateral programs with French institutions of higher education; active
encouragement of interdisciplinary programs that reach beyond lan-
guage and humanities departments to the hard sciences, technology
and professional schools; active promotion of outreach activities; and
UF's achievement in the field of French and Francophone studies dur-
ing the last five years. A committee of four representatives from the
French Embassy in the US reviewed the proposals, and one member
visited UF this year before the committee made a final decision this
The proposal points out that France is the top country of col-
laboration with UF and 18 official partnerships with French
institutions and research centers already exist. "One of the areas Ce
of collaboration we highlighted in the proposal is the French C
connection to our various science departments," says Murphy. Cor
Joint PhD programs have been proposed in chemistry and Dart
engineering, and since 1997, the chemistry department has led Duk
a successful US/France Research Experience for Undergradu- Joh
ates program. Under the direction of Randy Duran, an associate New
professor of chemistry, 88 students recruited from the US and Nort
Puerto Rico have worked with 40 French undergraduates for Prin

three-month research stays at UF
Duran will serve as the new institute's associate director and says
the FFRI will be a new resource for a broad range of collaborators.
"The depth and breadth of ties that various departments at UF alone
have with French and Francophone institutions and industries is very
impressive," Duran says. "We hope the multidisciplinary structure of
the institute will lead to growth of these interactions, cross-campus
fertilization and new opportunities for students."
In October, Murphy will travel to the cultural services of the
French Embassy in New York City to meet with the directors of other
centrespluridisciplinaires to discuss plans for UF's institute. "After the
New York meeting, we will convene the UF advisory board and take
the necessary steps to establish the FFRI," says Murphy. "However,
funding for speakers and symposia is already in place, and the pro-
gram for this year is beginning to take shape." Murphy expects the
FFRI to be officially established by January 2003.
-Allyson A. Beutke

ntres Pluridisciplinaires at American Universities
imbia University University of California at Los Angeles
nell University University of Chicago
mouth College University of Florida
e University University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Is Hopkins University University of Pennsylvania
siana State University University of Texas at Austin
SYork University University of Wisconsin at Madison
westernn University Stanford University
ceton University Yale University

CLASnotes September 2002

page 5

a ra s

Living & Learning Abroad

Lombardi Scholars Experience Mexico

When the university's first group of Lombardi Scholars found out they were to join
UF's most prestigious honors program, they were filled with excitement. But when
they realized this meant they would have to spend an entire summer in Merida,
Mexico, they were a little surprised. "When I found out I was going to Mexico for
the summer, I was filled with a lot of questions and doubts," says Trang Tran of
Tampa. "Even though Mexico isn't that far away, it is still a whole other country."
Tran is one of eight entering freshman in the inaugural group of Lombardi
Scholars. The scholars were selected last spring to participate in the newly created
scholarship program established in honor of John V. Lombardi, former UF president
and history professor. In addition to a sizable financial package, the scholars par-
ticipate in four, all-expense-paid summer research adventures throughout their UF
careers. They are required to spend their first summer after high school participating
in a research project outside the US.
"One of the reasons we chose to do this was because we wanted them to
undergo a college-like experience before coming to UF," says Jeanna Mastrodicasa,
associate director of the UF Honors Program. "They are very young, cognitively,
and the reason we liked Merida was because it is a really intense cultural experience.
By taking them out of their comfortable high school environment and placing them
into an unfamiliar one, they matured very quickly."
The scholars were selected in late March out of 147 applicants. Every high
school in Florida was asked to nominate one student who had high academic
achievement, strong extracurricular involvement and service to the community.
Supported by a fund at the UF Foundation, the program was based on high caliber
academic programs from peer institutions, such as the University of Georgia's Foun-
dation Fellows and the University of Tennessee's Whittle Scholars. The Lombardi
Scholars knew when they were chosen that there was a possibility they would be

"o W I ;: 7 ",.7-
From left to right: Alicia Peon, UF doctoral student in anthropology and Merida native; Mark
Brenner, director of the Land Use and Environmental Change Institute; Jennifer Bonds; Jeanna
Mastrodicasa, associate director of the UF Honors Program; Casey Furman; Michael Lane; Allan
Burns, chair of the Department of Anthropology; Trang Tran, Ryan Smith, David Kennedy and
Todre Allen.

going away for the summer, but they did not find out
until late April they were going to Merida. By the end
of June, they were on a plane to Mexico.
Many had mixed feelings about the trip. Though
they were excited about the opportunity to study
abroad, they had hoped to spend their last summer of
childhood at home with their parents. "When I first
found out I would be going to Mexico, I was very
excited," says Todre Allen of Immokalee. "At the same
time, I did not want to go on a trip to a foreign coun-
try without my close friends or family. It turns out that
I found an additional set of both in Merida."
The scholars were matched with a Meridan fam-
ily, with whom they lived and studied during their
stay. There was a language barrier to overcome since
the students spoke little Spanish and lived with fami-
lies who spoke an equally small amount of English.
The families were given a stipend to cover the cost of
feeding the scholars, so the students either had to eat
at home or spend their souvenir money on restaurant
food. Though they lived in nice homes with upper-
middle-class families, air-conditioning was rare, and
mosquitoes would find their way inside the open win-
dows at night.
Since most of the families had children of their
own, the scholars fit right in. They became members
of their host family and participated in household
activities, birthday parties and family outings. Many
of the families had beach homes and would take the
scholars away with them on weekends. "The family I
lived with was extremely nice and accommodating,"
says Casey Furman of Bradenton. "Right from the
beginning the father of the host family I lived with
said, 'you are my son here'."
Each day the students would get up early and
find their way to the University ofYucatan, where
they would meet for classes all morning. Most scholars
would pay four pesos-or 40 cents-for a bus ride
onto campus. It was a difficult endeavor since there
was no published bus route map or regular stops. The
scholars would have to get out in the crowded streets
and hail a bus, much like hailing a cab. Furman decid-
ed to avoid the hassle and walked three miles each way
to school every day. He saw it as a way of exploring
the vibrant city. "I enjoyed talking with many of the
people I met," he said. "Merida is a very friendly city."
Once all the students arrived to campus they
attended a Spanish class taught by University of
Yucatan professors and an inrl',..p..1. .;, class taught by
Allan Burns, professor and chair of UF's inrli. .p .1. .,'

CLASnotes September 2002

page 6

Jennifer Bonds and Trang
Tran learn to mold and
glaze Mexican pottery at
a shop in Ticul.

This summer they met
with potter Roger Suarez
who shared his expertise
of the ancient art form.
Mayan pottery is valu-
able and heavily sought
by art collectors. Bonds
and Tran brought home
several pieces.

department. The scholars earned five hours
of inrl-...p. .1. .,- credit and two hours of hon-
ors credit. "What we learned in the classroom
allowed us to enjoy and understand more
deeply what we saw on our excursions and in
everyday life in the city," says Furman. The
students took day trips to key points of inter-
est, led by Burns and Mark Brenner, director
of the Land Use and Environmental Change
Institute at UE They explored Mayan ruins
and historic sites, learned to make pottery,
swam in caves, learned about herbal medi-
cines and studied plants and wildlife.
The scholars had the chance to meet
current UF students who were participating
in the university's longstanding exchange pro-
gram with the University of Yucatan. In the
past 15 years, more than 600 students have
participated in the program, which is led by
Burns and Brenner. "We chose the Merida
program because so many students at UF
have enjoyed it," says Sheila Dickison, associ-
ate provost for undergraduate education. "We
thought it would be a nice place for the stu-
dents to bond with each other and get that
abroad experience."
Burns was enlisted to lead the scholars'
Merida experience. "To me, one of the most
important things about international study
is you learn to understand the area and the

people," says Burns. "Since none of the schol-
ars plan to major in inrl'i. .p..1. .., or history,
we thought the best research project they
could do was to understand their host fami-
lies." The students had to research their host
families by studying their homes, social inter-
actions and family history. They then had to
compile the information they gathered into
one PowerPoint presentation, while sharing a
laptop computer.
"I wanted them to gain cross-cultural
maturity, and I wanted them to get to know
each other," Burns says. "I was really pleased
to see how well they supported each other."
Though the students faced new challenges,
they adapted to their new environment and
learned to thrive in Merida. "The social,
academic and life survival
skills I acquired in Merida will
help to ease my transition to 2002
UF," says Jennifer Bonds of Todre
Tallahassee. "I believe I have Jennife
matured, become more inde- Casey
pendent, and gained a large David
amount of knowledge on cul- Micha
tural differences and how to Robert
work around them." Ryan S
Though the scholars Trang
arrived in Mexico as timid
teenagers, they left as mature Visit hi

and confident college-ready scholars. "This
trip did much more than simply increase
my knowledge of the Yucatan. It changed
my view of the world," says Ryan Smith of
Niceville. "No longer does my paradigm of
the world consist of 'the United States and
everywhere else.' Being in just one country
has convinced me that every country is
unique. This program has forever changed
the way I look at the world."
Dickison says this group of scholars will
get together again next summer and prob-
ably travel to somewhere in Europe, possibly
France. First-year Lombardi scholars will con-
tinue to visit Merida.
-Buffy Lockette

-03 Lombardi Scholars
Allen of Immokalee
?r Bonds of Tallahassee
Furman of Bradenton
Kennedy of Jacksonville
el Lane of Longwood
Mack of Williston
mith of Niceville
Tran of Tampa

ttp://www.honors.ufl. edu/lombardi for
information about the program.

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Mark Your Calendar

Religion Department
Sponsors 9/11 Lectures
Steven Vertovec of Oxford University will lecture
on "Religion and Transnationalism After 9/11" on
Monday, September 9 at 2:00 pm in the Friends
of Music Room, University Auditorium.
Mark Juergensmeyer of the University of
California, Santa Barbara will speak about "Glob-
al Religion and Global Violence After 9/11" on
Friday, October 18 at 10:00 am in the Friends of
Music Room, University Auditorium.

CLAS Assembly
The first College Assembly of the fall semester
will be held on Tuesday, September 10 at 4:00 pm
in the Keene Faculty Center. Dean Sullivan will
give his annual "State of the College" address and
introduce new faculty. A wine and cheese recep-
tion will follow.

Fulbright Application Deadline
Fulbright Awards are given to graduating seniors
who want to spend a year of study in another
country before beginning their graduate career
and to graduate students who want to pursue
master's or PhD research in one of more than
140 countries. Applications are due in the Hon-
ors Office, 140 Tigert Hall, on October 4th. For
more information, contact An rl-r..p. .. .,- Chair
Allan Burns at afburns@ anthro.ufl.edu or visit
the Honors Office.

Celebrating 25 Years of Women's
Studies and Gender Research
The Center for Women's Studies and Gender
Research will mark its 25th anniversary this
fall with a research symposium featuring the
knowledge and work of UF faculty, students and
community members. The event will be held
October 24-26, and anyone doing work related
to women or gender is encouraged to become
involved in the symposium by creating a panel or
workshop about research, organizing a meeting
of community groups, developing a performance
or presenting a paper. If you would like to get
involved, submit a proposal at http://www.wst.ufl.
edu/cultivatingknowledges/form.html or mail a
hard copy to the Center for Women's Studies and
Gender Research, PO Box 117352. The deadline
is September 15.
On September 12, the center will hold an
opening reception for "The Spirit of the South-
west," a multi-media art exhibit by Meika A.
Alberici. The reception will be in 3324 Turlington
Hall from 4:30-6:00 pm, and the work will be on
display until November 27.


the College

Remembering 9/11

"Although the events of September 11 were very tragic, some
positive things have come out of it. I think it has been very
instrumental in helping us as a nation to realize that some of
the petty things we quarrel about can tremendously affect us
internationally. Many people lost their lives, many lost family
members and many who didn't lose a loved one lost a sense of
security and the feeling that the US is safe from attack. I think
in losing something, regardless of how tragic it was, we have
gained a sense of self and a sense of support for each other."
-Victoria Harris, Criimin ,. 1.. ,,: Senior

"I think it unfortunately gave people a return to a more cynical
outlook in our nation's interactions with other countries in the
world. We are not as open to cooperative efforts to make world
peace because we are making war. It was a terrible thing that
happened-I don't think you could find anyone to disagree with
that-but everyone's outlook was changed by it. We did not
expect something like that to happen, we did not walk carefully
and we were not skeptical. Now we have to be."
-Samantha Murano, History Freshman

"I was affected personally on September 11 because I'm a New
Yorker. My next-door neighbor died, my brother's friend died
and many of my friends live and work in the city. One of the
things I struggled with for a number of months was feeling
downtrodden, but you can't change your life. You can't just stop
and let this get the best of you. You have to keep on living."
-John Reitzel, Sociology Graduate Student

Commemorative Events
The Office of Student Activities has named September 8-14 "A Week of Remem-
brance," and various departments will be announcing events early in the month. On
September 11, there will be a special carillon piece resounding from the Century
Tower. The original composition "Fanfares in Memory and Hope" was written by
university organist Willis Bodine. The carillon suite has six sections, whose titles and
actual performance times come from the six major 9/11 events:
8:46 am-Flight 11 10:05 am-South Tower
9:03 am-Flight 175 10:10 am-Flight 93
9:43 am-Flight 77 10:28 am-North Tower

Also on September 11, a ceremony will be held at 3 pm in the University Memorial
Auditorium with several speakers, including Emeritus Professor of History Michael
Gannon, Anrl-,i..p..1... Professor Tony Falsetti and in rlfr..p..l.. graduate student
Heather Walsh-Haney.

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African and Asian
Languages and Literatures
Chauncey Chu presented his work in
Shanghai, China this summer. At a teacher's
workshop held at the Shanghai Interna-
tional Studies University, he presented two
papers-"Functional Discourse Grammar
in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language"
and "From Grammar to Discourse-A
Graded Teaching Program for CFL Gram-
mar." At Fudan University, he submitted a
paper on "Utterance-Final Particles and
CFL" at the International Symposium on
Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language.
He also served as keynote lecturer for the
International Conference on Contrastive
and Translatin Studies Between Chinese and
English at the East China Normal Univer-

James Stansbury recently traveled to the
northern coast of Honduras where he
surveyed the Garifuna people of the HIV/
AIDS-plagued fishing village Lim6n. He
was quoted in the Pan American Health
Organization magazine, Perspective in
Health, in a feature outlining the AIDS pre-
vention efforts in the region.

Joanna Levine, a PhD student, was recently
awarded a 2002-03 Zonta International
Amelia Earhart Fellowship. This is the sec-
ond year in a row Levine has received the
scholarship, which is awarded to outstand-
ing women in aerospace-related science and
engineering graduate programs. The $6000
fellowship will allow Levine, who works
with Professor Elizabeth Lada, to study the
formation of low mass stars for her disserta-

Mark A. Reid was the keynote speaker at
the Newark Museum for its screening of
Mathieu Kassovitz'La Haine at the 28th
Annual Black Film Festival in July. Reid also
presented "PostNegritude Franco-Ameri-
can Visual Culture: Global Borrowings" at
the Third MESEA (Multi-Ethnic Studies:
Europe and America) Conference at the
University of Padua, Italy in June.

Germanic and Slavic Studies
Nora Alter gave two lectures in Switzerland
this summer. She delivered "Le film exp&i-
mental ou/et le film d'essai" at the Pro-
gramme d'6tudes postgrades Critical Cura-
torial Cybermedia (CCC) in Geneva. The
other, "Memory and History: Reels, Tapes
or Windows," was given for the Stuff It
Conference on the Video Essay in the Digi-
tal Age at the Migros Museum in Zurich.

In July, Will Hasty made a presentation at
the Twentieth International Congress of the
Arthurian Society in Bangor, Wales. The
title of his talk was "Enlightenment and its
Discontents in Mark Twain's A Connecticut
Yankee in King Arthur's Court.'"

Krishnaswami Alladi was mentioned in the
Times of India newspaper on August 12. In a
story titled, "India Still Has the Number on
Maths," Alladi was distinguished as one of
India's best and most respected mathemati-
cians. The story outlined India's substantial
contribution to the field of mathematics.
The Times of India is the world's largest
English broadsheet daily newspaper, with a
circulation of more than 2 million, followed
closely by USA Today.

Richard Woodard was cited in the Physi-
calReview Focus on August 16 in the article
"Photon Mass Gets a Boost." The maga-
zine, which is a publication of the Ameri-
can Physical Society, features the work of
researchers who publish papers in the Physi-
cal Review Letters journal. Woodard's paper,
"Photon Mass from Inflation," was pub-
lished in the journal's September 2 issue.

Brett Presnell, in collaboration with Peter
Hall and Don Poskitt of the Australian
National University, has received the Ameri-
can Statistical Association's 2002 Award
for Outstanding Statistical Application
for the paper "A Functional Data-Analytic
Approach to Signal Discrimination," pub-
lished in the journal Technometrics, February
2001. The award was presented on August
13 at the Joint Statistical Meetings in New

Women's Studies and
Gender Research
Angel Kwolek-Folland attended the
Summer Institute for Women in Higher
Education Administration sponsored by
Bryn Mawr College and Higher Education
Resource Services. The residential program
was held June 23-July 19 on the Bryn Mawr
College campus in Bryn Mawr, Pennsyl-
vania. The goal of the Summer Institute
was to improve the status of women at the
middle and executive levels of higher educa-
tion administration, where they have been
traditionally under-represented.

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through the

Division of



July 2002 -
Total: $8,762,383

5% >1%

Grant awards for July 2002 by Department

Building a Better Semiconductor

Imagine a computer many
times faster than the one you
use now that utilizes new ways
to manipulate electrons within
semiconductors. The future of
technologies like these is begin-
ning now with National Science
Foundation (NSF) grants like
those received by UF Physics
Professor David Reitze. "Semi-
conductors form the basis of
computers, so part of what we're
doing could lead to building bet-
ter semiconductor devices that
are faster and work at higher fre-
quencies." Reitze says. "However,
this isn't going to happen five
years from now, probably more
like 20 to 50 years from now."
Reitze, along with Junichiro
Kono from Rice University,
received an Instrumentation for
Materials Research Grant from

the NSF to install a laser system
at the National High Magnetic
Field Laboratory in Tallahassee.
Researchers will use the laser sys-
tem to investigate the dynamics
of excitons in semiconductors in
high magnetic fields.
"When light hits a semicon-
ductor, electrons can sometimes
leave the atom they sit around.
The vacancy left behind has the
characteristics of a positively
charged particle and is called a
hole," Reitze says. "The electron
and hole can form a bound pair
called an exciton, much in the
same manner an electron and a
proton are bound together. But
because it is in a crystal, the exci-
ton has radically different prop-
erties. The purpose of this study
is to discover if excitons behave
like atoms when exposed to high

magnetic fields." mom !
Reitze ulti-
mately would
like to see the
condensate, a state
in which all of the
excitons have been
cooled to a point
where they have
the same quan-
tum mechanical
state. "The state
has been seen
in atomic systems used in very
sophisticated laser cooling meth-
ods, but it's not yet been seen
in a solid state system, which is
where people initially thought it
would be seen," Reitze says.
This grant is a follow-up to
a proposal funded by the Nation-
al High Magnetic Lab through

ciUi iIl-IIULU lc 'LICIILC glcUtL 111
2001. Reitze, Kono and UF
Physics Professor Christopher
Stanton received that grant.
-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

Nation, Governance, and Modernity in China: Canton, 1900-1927 \

Although Asian Studies Director Michael
Tsin was born in Hong Kong, he knew
relatively little about Chinese history until
he started studying it seriously in graduate
school. "I studied mostly Western history
as an undergraduate in England," Tsin says.
"Being ethnically Chinese, other students
began to ask me if I knew anything about
Chinese history and China. I realized that I
didn't know as much about Chinese history
as I would like."
Tsin became
interested in the
political aspects
of modernity,
as seen through
China's tortu-
ous efforts to
define itself as a
"modern" nation
in the twen-
Michael Tsin tieth century.
The theme is
highlighted in his recent book Nation, Gov-
ernance, and Modernity in China: Canton,
1900-1927. "Many say that politics is central

Applying Sociolinguistics:
Domains and Face-to-Face Interaction
Diana Boxer, Linguistics
John Benjamins Publishing Company

to understanding China," Tsin says. "There
is a long history of politics intruding into the
everyday life of the Chinese people, and it
is hard to disentangle the social and cultural
fabrics of Chinese society from the politics."
The book focuses on the birth of the
Nationalist Revolution in the city of Can-
ton, China, in the early 20th century. Tsin
says the book has different layers to it, from
providing a narrative account of the Revolu-
tion based on new sources, to exploring the
distinctive features of modern governance
that extend beyond China. "The book deals
ultimately with the question of the modus
operandi of a 'modern' government and its
implications," Tsin says. "Not only in China,
but in any country."
According to Tsin's book, all forms of
modern government, whether democracy
or dictatorship, claim to have derived their
sovereignty from the people. This claim can
be a double-edged sword. "China is a good
example of how the rhetoric of the people
can be used for repression as well as emanci-
pation," he says.
Tsin's interests in comparative history
and the theoretical aspects of modernity led


This book is an up-to-date overview of Domains and faceto face
discourse studies in oral interaction. Its intcion
focus is on encounters in the various Din,,a o.
spheres of life: family, educational, social,
religious and work, with an additional
chapter on cross-cultural face-to-face
interaction in these domains. Each chap-
ter reviews current research in that spe-
cific domain, with particular attention to methodological issues. For
example, in-depth explanations are offered to the reader on how the
various approaches to studying face-to-face discourse lend themselves
to answering different research questions. Each chapter also culmi-
nates with an original analysis by the author of face-to-face interaction
in that particular domain. Topics include nagging in family interac-
tion, bragging and boasting in workplace interaction, sarcasm in
educational interaction, joking and teasing in social interaction, rite-
of-passage discourse in religious interaction and gatekeeping discourse
in cross-cultural interaction.
-Book Jacket

to his contribu-
tions to the
textbook Worlds
Together, Worlds
Apart: A History
of the Modem
World from the
Mongol Empire
to the Present.
The book grew
out of a yearlong

process of regu-
lar meetings between the seven authors, in
which they conceptualized the volume. The
writing took another four years. The book's
central theme is that the seemingly contradic-
tory forces of interconnection and divergence
in world history should be seen as two sides
of the same process. Unlike most other
jointly authored volumes, all seven involved
wrote for every chapter. The chapters were
then repeatedly revised after further group
discussions until everyone was satisfied. "It
was labor intensive and time consuming,"
Tsin says. "But it was a great experience.
-Melissa Douso

Animal Cognition:
The Mental Lives ofAnimals
Clive D.L. Wynne, Psychology
St. Martin's Press

Following a history of animal study in
the west, animal minds are probed in
terms of consciousness, recognition of
cause and effect, physical perception,

6* i* D LaWy

abstract cognition, memory, reasoning,
and communication and language. Each
chapter is followed by a brief list of sug-
gested readings and websites. A large
part of the book is devoted to explaining how scientists get animals to
perform and how scientists arrive at conclusions from both controlled
performances and from partially or uncontrolled field observation.
Covering a wide range of key topics, from reasoning and communica-
tion to sensation and complex problem solving, this engaging text
presents a comprehensive survey of contemporary research on animal
cognition. Written for anyone with an interest in animal cognition
but without a background in animal behavior, it is a clear, complete
introduction to the way animals think about-and act on-the world
around them.

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Shenkman Will Deliver

Convocation Address

Please join CLAS
for Convocation

in the University
Auditorium on
September 26 at
4 pm as we rec-
ognize outstand-
ing students and
faculty. A recep-
tion on the west
lawn will follow.

Elizabeth Shenkman, co-director of UF's Institute
for Child Health Policy, will deliver the address at
this year's convocation ceremony. She will speak about
the critical issues facing today's children and what UF
is doing to help alleviate these problems. Her speech
will outline the many hardships of the nation's chil-
dren, including racial disparity in the children's health
care system and the effect poverty has on readiness for
Shenkman joined the faculty of the Department
of Pediatrics in 1987, where she is currently an associ-
ate professor. She received all three of her degrees from
UF-a bachelor's in nursing in 1979, a master's in psy-
chiatric nursing in 1982 and a PhD in educational psy-
chology in 1987. She has served as director of Women's
Health and Children's Health at Shands Hospital at
UF and as head nurse of the surgical intensive care unit
at the VA Hospital of Gainesville. She is married to
sociology and cinhin..l. .1. professor Frederick Shenk-
man, and they have one daughter, Rachael, who is a
UF senior majoring in political science.
At the Institute for Child Health Policy, Shenk-
man participates in health services research. By look-
ing at the quality of health care children receive, the
institute is able to initiate change in state and national

health care policies. The institute recently published
an article on how children are enrolled in subsidized
insurance programs. Tommy Thompson, secretary of
Health and Human Services for the Bush administra-
tion, has stated that the institute's research can be used
as a model for the nation's subsidized insurance pro-
-Buffy Lockette



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