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    The Dean's musings
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    Introducing new faculty
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    Around the college
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The University of Florida
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


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In this Issue:

Walter Judd
Coordinator Biological Sciences......3

Introducing New Faculty ................. 4

Special Collections:
Around the World
and Across Time ............................. 6

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

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

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

Keene Faculty Center
Four Years and Going Strong........ 12

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
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CLASnotes is published monthly by the College
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staff and students of current research and
Dean: Neil Sullivan
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The Dean's


Learning from the World Around Us

The university professor has been viewed historically as a solitary
scholar, striving to reach a particular goal as an individual, with
perhaps a student or two as an apprentice to follow the master's
ways. Nothing could be more different in the large majority of
research and scholarly activities of today's frontier fields. The com-
plexity of today's research challenges and the concomitant range
of skills needed to compete in many areas of the sciences, social
sciences, and even the humanities, require that scholars work in
teams, often delegating large parts of projects to specialists and
trusting in their data and reliability. The integrity of the research
is linked intimately to that of all the co-workers.
Learning to work together in a team effort and learning how
and when to trust fellow workers is part of a university education
and the training of any modern-day scholar. For without the abil-
ity and the willingness to work with others, there is little chance
that one can succeed in any but the most solitary career. Teach-
ing our students how to work with each other and help them
develop communication skills across ages and across societies is a
challenge, but one we must engage in with the same diligence we
attach to teaching basic disciplines.
As part of UF's Sesquicentennial celebration in 2003, CLAS,
in collaboration with other colleges, will present a series of distin-
guished speakers on topics of importance to our research efforts.
These speakers will describe projects in which major achievements
often hinge on the ability to work with and learn from others.
The Florida Frontiers Lecture Series will be offered as a one-credit
class for UF students, and the public is also invited to attend the
lectures, which will take place on Wednesday evenings during the
spring and fall semesters. This series will serve as the major aca-
demic component of the university's 150th anniversary celebra-
Many of our most prominent research projects depend on
active collaborations across disciplines and across colleges: studies
of population growth and the environment, observational astron-
omy, and the study of political economies and globalization. The
ability to work effectively in teams, sharing ideas and talents for
the benefit of the group, is essential if we are to be more competi-
tive among leading academic institutions.

Neil Sullivan
sullivan@phys. ufl. edu

On the Cover:
History graduate student Amanda Harbert works on her thesis in the special collections research room.

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Walter Judd, Coordinator

Biological Sciences

Walter Judd is the new coordinator of the biological sciences
program, having replaced Jon Reiskind, who completed his
four-year term this year Judd is a professor of botany and has
been at UF since 1978. His research focuses on the systematics
and evolution of flowering plants. Last year, he was an Albert
and Vanda O'Neill Term Professor in the college, and in 1997,
he received a CLAS Teacher of the Year Award.

The biological sciences
program, located in
Bartram and Carr Halls,
offers an array of large-
enrollment introduc-
tory courses in biology,
working in conjunction
with the botany and
zoology departments.
These include courses
for science majors, such
as Integrated Principles
..F i..I..;, I and II, with
the accompanying labo-
ratories, and non-major
courses such as Cells,
Organisms and Genetics;
Evolution, Ecology and
Behavior; and Laboratory
in Biological Sciences.
Over the past four years,
the number of students
in the non-major courses
has averaged just over
1,900 per year, while
enrollment in the science-
major courses has been
about 4,850. Enrollment,
especially in our major

courses, has been steadily
increasing-a trend we
expect to continue. These
courses are typically
taught by faculty and
graduate students in zool-
ogy and botany and cover
all major biological sub-
disciplines. Occasionally,
sections with a more spe-
cialized focus are offered.
Biological sciences
began in 1976 with the
development of the inte-
grated series of courses in
biology, which replaced
a pair of courses offered
by the botany and zool-
ogy departments. The
continued development
and updating of these
courses has led to close
collaboration between
the two departments. For
example, the sections of
our major courses are all
team taught, often by fac-
ulty members from both
botany and zoology.

This is an especially
important time for bio-
logical sciences. The 21st
century is often referred
to as the "century of biol-
ogy and the brain," and,
as noted in the UF Stra-
tegic Plan, the biological
sciences form a large
component of most top
university's research agen-
das. Our biology courses
provide a solid founda-
tion for students focusing
on the biological sciences
within CLAS, as well as
the Colleges of Medicine,
Veterinary Medicine,
Engineering, and Agricul-
tural and Life Sciences.
In addition, the program
is participating in the
development of an excit-
ing new undergraduate
will provide, for the first
time at UF, a curriculum
focused on the breadth
of the biological sciences.

Appropriate tracks will be
offered for bio-medical
students, those special-
izing in secondary educa-
tion and those interested
in a broad foundation in
biology. This new major
will require close inte-
gration of the curricula
of biological sciences,
botany and zoology, and
coordinated advising of
students in the major.
One of the benefits of
the coordinator's job is
having the opportunity to
work closely with faculty
in zoology and botany,
as well as the staff of
biological sciences, and
to assist the diverse array
of students taking our
courses. It is a pleasure to
work in a unit so focused
on service to students. I
am looking forward to an
interesting and busy four
-Walter Judd
wjudd@botany ufl edu

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Andrea Pham is an assistant pro-
fessor of Vietnamese in the African
and Asian languages and literatures
department. She received her PhD in
linguistics from the University of Toron-
to in 2001 and held a postdoctoral
fellowship at York University in Ontario
before coming to UF Pham's research
focuses on phonology, Vietnamese
linguistics, second language acquisi-
tion, language change, and language
and gender. She writes poetry and is
also working on a book-length project
in Vietnamese about Vietnamese seg-
mental phonology. Pham is currently
teaching Vietnamese language

Akintunde Akinyemi is an assistant
professor of Yoruba language and
literature in the African and Asian
languages and literature department.
Before coming to UF, he taught in
the African languages and literatures
department at Obafemi Awolowo
University in Ile-Ife, Nigeria, where he
also earned his PhD in 1991. Between
1999 and 2001, Akinyemi held a post-
doctoral research fellowship from the
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
at the Institute of African Studies at
the University of Bayreuth in Germany.
His research interests cover premodern
Yoruba poetry and cultural history

Rahul Shrivastav is an assistant pro-
fessor in the communication sciences
and disorders department. He earned
his PhD from Indiana University,
Bloomington in December 2001. His
research focuses on the human voice
and its disorders, and he studies the
physiology, acoustics and perception
of voice. Shrivastav teaches Introduc-
tion to Speech Disorders, Neural Bases
of Communication and Acoustics.

Ronald K. Castellano is an assistant
professor of chemistry and received
his PhD from the Massachusetts Insti-
tute of Technology in 2000. Prior to
coming to UF, Castellano was a post-
doctoral fellow for two years at the
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in
Zurich, Switzerland. There, his research
explored details of enzyme-substrate
recognition using synthetic model
compounds. His current research inter-
ests include organic chemistry, func-
tional materials and nanotechnology.
Castellano is currently teaching the
Basic Principles for Organic Chemistry
course designed for first-year graduate

Richard Stepp, an assistant professor
in the Department of Anthropology
and the Center for Latin American
Studies, is also affiliated with the
Land Use and Environmental Change
Institute at UF He received his PhD
in anthropology from the University
of Georgia in 2002. Stepp's research
focuses on variation, change and
persistence of traditional ecologi-
cal knowledge and ethnobotany. He
works with the Tzeltal Maya in Chi-
apas, Mexico and the Q'eqchi' Maya
in Southern Belize and Guatemala.
Currently, Stepp teaches Regional
Analysis and Tropical Conservation and

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F r
Howard Louthan is an associate
professor in the history department.
He received his PhD from Princeton
University in 1994. Before coming to
UF, Louthan was a history professor at
Notre Dame University. He is interested
in the cultural and intellectual history
of central Europe in the early modern
period and is currently writing a book
on the Catholic Reformation in Bohe-
mia during the 17th and 18th cen-
turies. Louthan teaches Reformation
Europe and Renaissance Europe.

Bhramar Mukherjee came to UF in
January of this year as an assistant
professor in the statistics depart-
ment. She received her PhD from
Purdue University in 2001. Mukhejee's
research interests are experimental
design and statistical inference. She is
currently working on optimal designs
for estimating the path of a random
process and design and analysis of
case-control studies. She currently
teaches the graduate course Statistical
Methods for the Social Sciences.

Phillip Neuhoff, an assistant profes-
sor in the geological sciences depart-
ment, earned his PhD from Stanford
University in January 2000. Before
coming to UF, he was an instructor
for the NORFA Volcanic Rifted Mar-
gins Short Course in Greenland. His
research combines theoretical calcula-
tions, laboratory measurements and
experiments, and geological observa-
tions to develop predictive models
of geochemical processes that aid
endeavors such as oil and mineral
exploration and environmental reme-
diation. Neuhoff currently teaches
Exploring the Geological Sciences and
will also teach Physical Geochemistry
and Clay Mineralogy.

Larry Wilson is the first John Thomp-
son Research Assistant Professor in the
mathematics department. He earned
his PhD from the University of Chicago
this year. Wilson studies finite groups,
which have applications in fields from
crystallography to quantum physics.
His research focuses on finite groups
that have many complications, and
he is looking at ways to divide the
collection of these groups into similar
categories so useful generalizations
can be made. Wilson teaches Multi-
variable Calculus.

Clive Wynne is an associate profes-
sor of psychology. He received his PhD
in 1986 from the University of Edin-
burgh, Scotland. Before coming to UF
in January of this year, Wynne was a
research fellow and lecturer at several
universities in Germany, Australia and
the US, including Duke University and
the University of Western Australia. His
research focuses on timing in animals
and how certain abused drugs modify
the perception of time. He teaches
General Psychology

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Special Collections:

Around the

World and

Across Time

Would you like to go back in time and
see what Florida looked like in the days
of pirates? Or meet a great writer from
history and find out what inspired her?
Though the university does not own a
time machine, the Smathers Library does
have a place where you can explore dis-
tant times and places-the Department
of Special and Area Studies Collections.

Possibly one of UF's best kept secrets, special col-
lections is open for all to enjoy. You can flip through
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' original manuscript of The
Yearling or examine a Spanish map of Florida dating
back to 1562. The special collections are used most
often by CLAS professors and students. "The College
of Liberal Arts and Sciences is our core constituency,"
says Carl Van Ness, university archivist and associ-
ate chair of special collections. "We are really here, it
seems, to serve your college."
On any given week day, you will find students
and professors pouring over boxes of manuscripts and
volumes of aged texts from any of the department's ten
The Africana collection was developed to sup-
port the Center for African Studies. It contains more
than 130,000 books, as well as a large collection of
periodicals, audio and video recordings, newspapers,
microfilm, maps, manuscripts and documents. On a
recent trip to the library, Leonardo Villal6n, director of
the Center for African Studies, was pleased to discover
a collection of photos taken by former UF biologist
Lewis Berner while stationed in Africa during World
War II. Villal6n, who joined the faculty this summer,
looks forward to researching in special collections.
"Among the many things that were attractive about
UF to me when moving here was the superb library
collection and the great Africana librarians we have,"
Villal6n says. "The Africana collection just this semes-
ter has gotten a couple of very nice additions, so the
Africana library is certainly a draw."
The Asian collection was established in conjunc-

CLASnotes November 2002

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tion with the recent reopening
of the Center for Asian Studies
and is currently in the develop-
ment stage. New holdings are
being acquired and the focus is
on building a strong Chinese
and Japanese collection. "A
carefully planned and sustained
development and expansion of
the collection is critical if the
rapidly growing teaching and
research needs of both the faculty
and students in Asian Studies
are to be met," says Michael
Tsin, director of the Center for
Asian Studies. So far, the library
has obtained microforms, a
strong book collection ofpre-
modern literature, a complete
set of books on Buddhism and
the three major sets of Chinese
The Belknap Collection
for the Performing Arts includes
more than 60,000 playbills,
programs, posters, photographs,
costume and stage designs, the-
atrical scrapbooks, sheet music,
advertising circulars, clippings,
recordings and scripts.
History graduate student
Amanda Harbert is using the
Belknap collection's vast holdings
on 1930s dancer Ted Shawn to
write her master's thesis. "He's
the father of modern dance, and
he started the all-male dance
movement," Harbert says. "He
came up against a lot of preju-
dice and had to make dance very
masculine. I'm studying the
way he constructed masculinity
through dance." Harbert got the
idea for her thesis from the cura-
tor of the Belknap collection, Jim
Liversidge. "I knew there were
a lot of printed materials here
related to popular culture and
performing arts, so I had him
take me through the collection,
and that's when he told me about
Ted Shawn."
The holdings on Shawn
include performance programs,
photographs and every book he
wrote on dancing. "There's really
nothing like it anywhere, except

maybe the New York Public
Library," says Harbert. "We have
a really good collection here."
The Baldwin Library of His-
torical Children's Literature con-
tains about 90,000 volumes of
British and American children's
literature from the 1700s to the
present. "We have an accurate
representation of what children
have actually read over the years,"
says Van Ness. "People in the
English department use this col-
lection often."
The Baldwin collection
contains rows and rows of color-
ful children's books including
first editions of Hans Christian
Anderson novels, Golden Books
and over 300 editions of Robin-
son Crusoe published from 1719
through the 1980s.
The Isser and Rae Price
Library of Judaica was created
to support the teaching and
research missions of the Center
for Jewish Studies. The collection
contains more than 70,000 vol-
umes of Hebrew and Yiddish lin-
guistics and literature, social and
political history, Palestinography
and modern Israel, Zionism,
Hebrew Scriptures, Judaism and
rabbinics, and reference tools.
"The Price library is the
foundation of the Center for
Jewish Studies," says Kenneth
Wald, director of the center. "It
provides the raw material for the
work of our students and faculty.
I consider it a treasure. Last year,
a job candidate whom we were
interviewing told me he found
things in the Price collection
that he had seen before only in
the Zionist archives in Jerusalem
or major international libraries
around the world."
The Latin American col-
lection is among the largest and
most distinguished collections of
its kind in the US, consisting of
more than 325,000 books and
50,000 microforms. "This col-
lection is excellent in its quantity
and quality and recognition
nationwide," says Robert Shaddy,

chair of the Department of Spe-
cial and Area Studies Collections.
The P.K. Yonge Library of
Florida History is one of the
library's most popular collections.
"Sixty percent of the people who
walk through our door are here
to see this collection," says Van
Ness. Holdings include manu-
scripts, books, newspaper articles
and a comprehensive collection
of Florida maps dating back to
the 1500s. Kevin McCarthy, an
English professor, uses the col-
lection often for his research on
Florida history, on which he has
written 19 books. He is currently
co-authoring a book with Van
Ness on the history of UF, in
honor of the university's 150th
anniversary in 2003, using old
university records, archives of the
Independent Florida All.glro: and
yearbooks to gather information.
"It's the best collection in the
state," McCarthy says.
The University Archives
is the official custodian of UF's
historically significant public
records and includes files on uni-
versity individuals, organizations
and departments. It also contains
UF yearbooks, newspapers,
publications, photographs and
The Manuscripts collection
holds books and documents in
their original hand or typewrit-
ten state before publication. It
also consists of letters, diaries
and journals never meant for
publication. The collection
includes the bulk of Marjorie
Kinnan Rawlings' documents,
which she willed to the univer-
sity and which were passed on to
the library after her death. The
original manuscripts of Cross

Creek and The Yearling are in the
collection, full of edits scribbled
in the margins, including a last
minute change of the title from
The Fluttermill to The Yearling.
The Manuscripts collection also
possesses documents of Zora
Neale Hurston, including her
correspondence and an origi-
nal manuscript of Seraph of the
The Rare Book collection is
the largest in the state. It holds
an eclectic mix of books on
I, .1.. .,, art, religious literature,
Elizabethan drama, natural his-
tory and more. One of the jewels
of the collection is a first edition
of Moby Dick.
All of the collections are
available for public use and can
be found in the Special Collec-
tions Research Room, located
on the second floor of Smathers
Library East. The hours of
operation are Monday-Friday, 9
am-6 pm until December 20.
Each collection can be accessed
through the university online
catalog WebLuis. Visit http://
web.uflib.ufl.edu/spec for more
information or to access the cata-
log system.
As the new director of the
Department of Special and Area
Studies Collections, Robert
Shaddy is still exploring what the
unit has obtained throughout the
years. "Just from being here a few
weeks, I'm amazed at the breadth
and scope of the collection," he
says. "It is an awesome responsi-
bility to build these collections.
The things we do now will have
an impact on the culture of
-Buffy Lockette

The Howe Society
The Department of Special and Area Studies Collections receives
support from the Howe Society, a group of faculty, students and
community members. To raise public awareness of the department,
the society hosts lectures and receptions and collects funds to
acquire new holdings for the library. For more information on how
to get involved, call 392-9075, ext. 200.

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Mark Your Calendars

UF Hosts Philosophy Conference
The Florida Philosophical Association will hold its
annual conference at UF this year on November
21-23. Philosophy Chair Robert D'Amico is the
current vice president of the association and the
conference organizer. Visit http://web.phil.ufl.edu
for a conference schedule. All talks are free and
open to UF faculty and students.

Homecoming 2002
CLAS and the Warrington College of Business
are hosting a homecoming barbeque during the
annual homecoming parade on Friday, November
15. Join us on the north lawn of Flint Hall after
11 am for a free lunch from Sonny's Real Pit Bar-
beque. Displays and tables from various depart-
ments will be set up, including a petting pool
presented by the zoology department.
The UF Alumni Association will hold its
annual homecoming barbeque on Saturday,
November 16 at the Stephen C. O'Connell Cen-
ter. The football game kickoffis scheduled for
1 pm, and the barbeque will begin two hours
before kickoff at 11 am. CLAS departments will
have displays and exhibits set up, and all sched-
uled performances are free. Tickets for the lunch
are $7 and can be purchased from the Alumni
Association. For more information, contact Carol
Binello in the dean's office at cbinello@clas.ufl.edu
or 392-0780.

Senior Receives
Meteorology Scholarship
Kate Dollen, a senior majoring in quantitative sci-
ences and computer engineering, has received the John
R. Hope Scholarship from the American Meteorologi-
cal Society. Named after tropical expert John R. Hope,
a meteorologist for The Weather Channel, the award
was designed to encourage outstanding undergraduates
to pursue a career in the atmospheric sciences. Dollen
spent the past summer researching hurricane forma-
tions at the National Center for Atmospheric Research
in Boulder, Colorado. She is one of 11 students
nationwide to receive the $2500 scholarship.

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

President Bush Nominates McKnight for
National Council on the Humanities
In mid-October, President George W. Bush nominated History Professor Stephen
A. McKnight to serve as a member of the National Council on the Humani-
ties. The council is a 25-person advisory board to the National Endowment for the
Humanities, which is an independent grant-making
agency of the federal government dedicated to sup-
porting research, education, preservation and public .
programs in the humanities. Council members serve
six-year terms.
Along with McKnight, the president nominated
eight other individuals to serve on the council. The US
Senate must confirm all nominations. Once confirmed,
McKnight would be the first person from UF to serve
on the council. A professor of European history and
the history of science, McKnight has been at UF since .
1972. Last year, he was the first Waldo Neikirk Term "
Professor in the college.

Take Advantage of the Career Resource Center
If you are a student who needs help choosing a major or deciding what to do after
graduation, then visit the Career Resource Center (CRC). The center is now open
until 7 pm on Wednesdays, and counseling hours are listed below.
Monday and Thursday, 1:00-3:30 pm
Tuesday, 9:00-11:30 am and 1:00-3:30 pm
Wednesday, 3:00-5:30 pm

The following 50-minute workshops will also be offered at the CRC during
November. Visit www.crc.ufl.edu for more information.
November 5 Job Search Strategies. .................. ....... 1:55 pm
November 5 Preparing to Leave for an Internship .............. 4:05 pm
November 6 Internet Job Search. .......................... 12:50 pm
November 6 Deciding on a Job Offer ....................... 6:15 pm
November 7 Careers in Non-Profit Industry .................. 4:05 pm
November 7 Salary Negotiation ............................ 6:00 pm
November 20 Preparing to Leave for an Internship ............. .11:45 am

The CRC is working to bring alumni to campus to speak to students about the
various things they can do with their liberal arts and sciences degrees. Please
e-mail Rachel Spier at RachelSpier@crc.ufl.edu if you know an alumnus who
would be a good representative.

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Paul Magnarella recently published sev-
eral articles, including "Explaining
Rwanda's 1994 Genocide" in Human
Rights and Human 'i. J ., "The Right of
Self-Determination" in Anthropology News;
and "International Human Rights: Roots
of a Progression," which appeared in the
Journal of Third World Studies. Magnarella
also presented a paper titled "Particularis-
tic-Universalistic Forces of Civic Identity:
A Dynamic Dialectic" at the University of
Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Dial Center for Written
and Oral Communication
Diana Karol Nagy's article, "Medicare
Prescription Drugs and Campaign 2000:
An Internet Framing Analysis" was pub-
lished in the Fall 2002 issue of the Florida
Communication Journal. The article dis-
cusses a pilot study that examines the way
in which three major Internet news sourc-
es framed the issue of Medicare prescrip-
tion drugs during the early presidential
campaign leading up to the national party

In honor of Graduate Research Professor
John Thompson, an international confer-
ence was held in late September at Cam-
bridge University in England to celebrate
his 70th birthday. Thompson was Rouse
Ball Professor at Cambridge for 25 years
before joining the UF faculty in 1993.
The conference focused on his monu-
mental contributions to group theory and
allied areas and their influence on current
research. Helmut Voelldein gave a plenary
lecture and Krishnaswami Alladi spoke
on Thompson's leadership in the algebra
program at UF Chat Ho, Alexandre
Turull, Peter Sin and Pham Tiep were
also in attendance.

Alladi has been appointed as chair of the
program committee for the Southeastern
section of the American Mathematical
Society (AMS). He will serve a one-year
term starting in February 2003, and the
committee will be responsible for selecting
speakers at AMS meetings.

Political Science
Leslie Anderson recently presented
two papers in Europe. She talked about
"Research Methods in Contemporary
Latin American Politics" at the First Latin
American Congress of Political Science in
Salamanca, Spain and presented "Political
Parties In Nicaragua" at the French Politi-
cal Science Association in Lille, France.
Anderson and Lawrence C. Dodd also
published an article in the July 2002 issue
of the Journal of Democracy titled "Nicara-
gua Votes: The Elections of 2001."

Romance Languages
and Literatures
French Professor Sylvie Blum presented a
talk on "Linda Le's Ghost Stories" for the
New Women's Writing in French confer-
ence at the University of London's Insti-
tute of Romance Studies on September 28.

Anthropology Alumnus Awarded
MacArthur Foundation Fellowship
Lee Ann Newsom, a paleoethnobotanist, is one of 24 people nationwide
named this year to the MacArthur Foundation's fellowship program, which
recognizes and supports individuals who demonstrate exceptional creativity
and promise. Newsom will receive $500,000 over the next five years. She
received a bachelor's degree from UF in 1982, a master's four years later, fol-
lowed by a PhD in 1993, all in ,inrlr. p. 1..;',. Currently, she is an associate
professor of inrl.,i. .p. .1.., at Pennsylvania State University.
Newsom analyzes fossilized plant life in the Southeast and the Caribbe-
an, seeking new insights into ancient societies. "I am so thrilled and amazed.
I owe everything to UF because the university provided me with a unique
and excellent educational background," Newsom says. "In my experience,
the faculty at UF-particularly in the inrl-.i.p. ....;,, botany and geology
departments, not to mention the various curators at Florida Museum of
Natural History-were always unfailing in their support. They encouraged
and allowed me to pursue a wide-ranging multidisciplinary approach to my
education, and that made all the difference for me."
One of a handful of experts worldwide in the field of paleoethno-bot-
any, Newsom has gleaned valuable new insights into subsistence strategies
and the use of natural resources by prehistoric populations. She is widely
credited with identifying and analyzing ancient gourds-some dating back
as far as 12,500 years-and developing new interpretations of human cul-
tivation of the earliest domesticated plant in North America. Her investiga-
tions have resulted in new methods for identifying and cataloguing early
plant and wood species, as well as an important database for future research.

Read CLASnotes online at http://clasnews.clas.ufl.edu
CLASnotes November 2002

American Physical Society
Recognizes Physics Graduate
UF physics graduate Jason Alicea has received a 2002 LeRoy
Apker Award from the American Physical Society. Alicea, who
graduated in December 2001 with highest honors, received
the national award for his outstanding achievements in physics
as an undergraduate student at UE
While at UF, Alicea main-
tained a 4.0 grade point average
and participated in the Uni-
versity Scholars Program and
the Research Experiences for
Undergraduates Program. He also
received a National Science Foun-
dation Graduate Research Fellow-
ship to pursue his PhD in physics
at the University of California at
Santa Barbara, where he is cur-
rently studying.
The Apker Award is given
annually to two undergraduate physics students in the U.S.
Alicea was one of six finalists who went to Washington, D.C.
in September to present his research findings to the awards
committee. Each finalist received $2,000 and a plaque. Alicea
was one of two winners this year and will receive an additional
$3,000. The UF physics department will also receive $5,000
to support undergraduate research.

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Grant awards for September 2002 by department

Chili Peppers are a Hot Tc
Ever wonder where the chili pepper gets its
spice? Chilies provide the dominant spice in
virtually every cuisine within 20 degrees of
the equator, and one in five humans around
the world consume peppers every day. In the
US, salsa sales now top ketchup sales. "While
we all know that chilies are hot, we know
practically nothing about why chilies are
hot. From an evolutionary perspective, how
did wild chilies acquire their heat in the first
place?" ponders Zoology Professor Douglas
Levey, who is working on an NSF-funded
project to answer a question that has puzzled
evolutionary biologists for some time.
"What aroused my interest initially
was what I call the 'paradox of poisonous
fruits,"' says Levey. "Fruits are produced to
attract animals that consume the fruit and
disperse the seeds, but many plants produce
chemicals in ripe fruit that deter fruit-eating
animals. So, why do so many plants appar-
ently thwart their own best interests by pro-
ducing fruits that are toxic to potential seed
dispersers?" Levey says when one considers
that fruits are often consumed by "bad" fru-
givores-those that do not disperse seeds-it
becomes obvious that plants are caught in an
evolutionary dilemma: How to make their
fruits simultaneously attractive to frugivores
that disperse seeds, such as birds, and unat-
tractive to frugivores that do not disperse
seeds, like insects and microbes.

Many of the most intricate and fun-
damental interactions between plants and
animals are mediated by secondary metabo-
lites-chemicals with no known physiologi-
cal (primary) function in the plants that pro-
duce them. In chilies, for example, the fiery
taste is caused by capsaicin, a chemical found
only in chili fruits. "Though it has long been
recognized that many plants produce these
metabolites in ripe fruit, their importance
in mediating interactions between plants
and seed dispersers, seed predators and fruit
pathogens remains largely unexplored," says
This is not the first time Levey has pur-
sued this type of research. In a former NSF-
funded project, he focused on secondary
metabolites in Solanum fruits, a huge genus
that contains many species such as potato,
tobacco, eggplant and some peppers. "We
found that the secondary compounds we
isolated, g/ioivalklo.ds were tolerated by seed
dispersers and were very effective in deterring
fungal growth. This project ended several
years ago, and Josh Tewksbury, a graduate
student at the time, contacted me because he
wanted to apply the same techniques I had
used with Solanum to investigate wild chili
peppers." Now the pair is working together
on a $320,000 NSF grant, along with
$15,000 from National Geographic, on this
three-year project.

Levey went
to Bolivia last
spring, which
is where chil-
ies originated.
With Alex Jan, a
graduate student
in zoology, and
Tewksbury, he
discovered a
non-hot form Doug Levey
of an ancestral
chili species.
The experiments that will follow are a first
step toward unlocking the pharmaceutical
promise of naturally occurring secondary
metabolites. "One of the hypotheses proposes
that secondary metabolites deter growth of
microbes (which are detrimental to plant
fitness) but have little effect on vertebrates
(which are often seed dispersers beneficial
to plant fitness). Support of this hypothesis
could provide a path of discovery to new
antimicrobial drugs. Likewise, a better under-
standing of capsaicin's function will likely
lead to new techniques for pest management,
food storage and chili cultivation."

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

CLASnotes November 2002

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Bookbeat Recent publications from CLAS faculty

The Graying of the Raven

When Aida Adib Bamia became a professor at the
University of Constantine in eastern Algeria, she was
happy to have the chance to teach a class in her area of
interest, Algerian folk literature. But while planning the
course, she ran into a problem-none of the work had
ever been published.
"We had no text," says Bamia. "So we had no
material to use." Bamia came up with a plan that
would not only enable her to teach the course, but also
preserve the country's oral history-she required the
students, as part of their coursework, to travel around
Algeria collecting oral folk literature. This led Bamia to
a man who spent decades gathering this kind of litera-
ture, Mohammed Hadj-Sadok.
As the inspector of education during the latter half
of French colonial rule of Algeria, Hadj-Sadok took
an interest in the oral poetry of the time. He was par-
ticularly fond of poet Muhammad bin al-Tayyib Alili
and followed him around for years, scribbling down
his poems as they were recited. He gathered the only
known collection of Alili's poems and entrusted them
to Bamia to introduce to the world.
In her new book, The Graying of the Raven, Bamia
has published every Alili poem Hadj-Sadok gathered,
thereby ensuring that the deceased oral artist's work
will not disappear. "I like Alili because his poetry is
so vibrant and modern in its outlook," she says. "He
wrote it before the independence of Algeria in 1962,

as if he could predict the
end of the French colonial
Hadj-Sadok was
smitten by the peasant
poet, a farmer by trade,
who was inspired by his
rural surroundings to cre-
ate stark metaphors pre-
dicting the future of his
country. "Hadj-Sadok had
collected a great deal of Algerian folk poetry, but had
become too old and too sick to continue working on
it," Bamia says. "He offered me a collection of not only
Alili, but everything he had collected."
Bamia hopes to publish the rest of the collection,
including the works her Algerian students gathered, in
textbook form. She says researchers in many different
fields can use this literature as a key to understand-
ing the French colonial period in Algeria and how the
Algerian people were affected by colonialism. "The
French feared this literature because it could circulate
without censorship," she says. "They could control
what was written, but not what was said orally. The
danger that oral literature faces is unless it is written
down and published, it will become extinct."
-Buffy Lockette

Imaginary Communities: Utopia, the ,
Nation and the Spatial Histories of
Phillip E. Wegner, English
University of California Press

Drawing from literary history, social
theory, and political critique, Imaginary
Communities explores utopian literature
as a medium for understanding moder- I-M I
nity. Phillip Wegner considers the genre
from its earliest manifestation in Thomas
More's 16th-century work, Utopia, to
some of the most influential utopian works of the late 19th and 20th
centuries. Notable for its breadth of literary, cultural, and historical
engagement, this book invites us to rethink the history of modernity,
so that we might begin to imagine anew the space of our own present
and future.

Bayesian Methods: A Social and Behavior
Jeff Gill, Political Science
CRC Press

This book presents the basic principles of
Bayesian statistics in a treatment designed
specifically for graduate students and
professionals in the social sciences and
related fields. It first introduces Bayes-
ian statistics and inference with detailed
descriptions of setting up a probability
model, specifying prior distributions,

al Sciences Approach


calculating a posterior distribution, and
describing the results. Explicit guid-
ance on assessing model quality and model fit follows, using various
diagnostic techniques and empirical summaries. Finally, hierarchical
models are introduced within the Bayesian context, which leads natu-
rally to Markov chain Monte Carlo computing techniques and other
numerical methods.
-Book Jacket

CLASnotes November 2002

Aida Adib Bamia, author of
The Graying of the Raven
(The American University in
Cairo Press)

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Keene Faculty Center

Four Years and Going Strong

November marks four years since
the Keene Faculty Center opened its
doors to the college and the university.
Thanks to a generous gift from Ken
and Janet Keene, the old banquet room
of Dauer Hall was transformed into
a long-needed faculty center. When
the center opened in 1998, the Keene
Faculty Center (KFC) advisory board
agreed with Dean Will Harrison that
the college's hospitality should reason-
ably extend to faculty across the univer-
sity, and that while the center is indeed
a faculty center, staff and students are
welcome as guests of faculty members.
The center is open in the mornings
and early afternoons as a common room
for faculty to meet with colleagues for
conversation over coffee, conduct infor-
mal meetings, meet visitors and candi-
dates for positions or read newspapers.
In the late afternoons and evenings,
and on weekends, the center has been
reserved for a variety of activities includ-
ing dinners, receptions, lectures, confer-
ences, meetings and recitals.
The advisory board, composed of
seven CLAS faculty members, recently
proposed several changes that Dean Neil
Sullivan has approved. The KFC has
been consistently sought after for large

gatherings, and since other venues on
campus-such as the Friends of Music
Room-have started charging rental
fees, the KFC, which has not charged
fees, has become an even more popular
choice. As part of the changes that have
taken effect, university departments out-
side of CLAS, with the exception of the
president's and provost's offices, will be
charged reasonable fees to relieve pres-
sure on bookings and to help prevent
wear and tear. The fees collected will go
into a special KFC account. In addi-
tion, CLAS departments and faculty will
be given an advantageous lead-time in
booking the center.
Another change to the center can
be heard on Monday, Wednesday and
Friday mornings. For a trial period,
advanced musicians from the School of
Music are performing from 8 10 am
in the balcony of the KFC. "We hope
these performances will attract more fac-
ulty to the center and improve the level
of attendance in the mornings," says
Alistair Duckworth, chair of the advi-
sory board. "There will also be a lunch-
time recital series featuring distinguished
musicians, which initially will be held
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The KFC advisory board welcomes comments
from CLAS faculty and staff on these recent changes
and also seeks ideas for other uses. E-mail Evelyn
Butler in the dean's office at evelyn@clas.ufl.edu with
questions, comments or booking information.

Advisory board members:
Leslie Anderson, Political Science
Alistair Duckworth, English (Chair)
Gene Dunnam, Physics
Fred Gregory, History
Alice Harmon, Botany
Joanna Mossa, Geography
Connie Shehan, Associate Dean, ex officio