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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:

Ethics Religion and
the Environment ............................ 3

Florida Blue Key Honors
Distinguished Faculty................... 4

Introducing New Faculty ............... 5

A New Way to Chat ....................... 6

International Spotlight ..................

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

Bookbeat ...................................... 10

Celebrating 150 Years..................12

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
News and Publications
2008 Turlington Hall
PO Box 117300
Gainesville FL 32611-7300

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: Amy Floyd
Copy Editor: Lynne Pulliam
Additional Photography:
Courtesy France-Florida Research Institute:
p. 7 (Weiss)
Leilanie Brown: p. 8 (Dorsey)
Buffy Lockette: p. 10 (Haskins)
Courtesy University Archives,
Jackson McDonald Collection: p. 12

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recycled paper

page 2

The Dean's


The Environment and Our Future

As we look forward to the holiday season and time
with friends and family, it is a good moment to take stock
of where we are today, where we will be tomorrow, and
where we need to be 10 years from now and even 100
years (only academics seem to dare to look beyond four
The simple resources and advantages that we enjoy
today are limited while populations continue to grow in
number and expand their land use. The growing demands
on our limited resources are increasing faster every decade.
It is urgent that we examine our uses of land and
how population changes are affecting long-term processes
in both local and global environments. The availability of
potable water, temperature and large-scale global climate
changes, and the effect of industrial and human by-
products are issues we must explore. Advanced scientific
methods that use Global Positioning System techniques to
monitor large land and water areas help scientists discover
alterations over long periods of time. These techniques
coupled with accurate analysis of chemical, biological and
physical compositions of accumulations in deep sediments
in the ocean floor, or in ancient glacial ice deposits, can
provide the reliable data needed to show trends and help
us understand the physical processes affecting the environ-
Advanced institutes around the world such as UF's
Land Use and Environmental Change Institute (LUECI)
are leading the way. Many of the lessons we can learn from
basic scientific studies of Florida's fragile ecosystems will be
relevant to many other areas around the world.
Along with raw scientific data, there is also an urgent
need to understand the socioeconomic and societal fac-
tors that will accompany these changes in our fragile
ecosystems. How can we better preserve current resources
and develop new food sources, as well as use new scien-
tific developments to meet material needs as our standard
staples and energy resources become scarce? We cannot
wait until crises force us to look at these issues. We owe it
to future generations to start asking the difficult questions
today to better prepare for our future.

Neil Sullivan
sullivan@phys. ufl. edu

On the Cover:
Allison M. Gidel (standing) is pursuing her Master of Education in foreign language teaching, spe-
cializing in Spanish, and Nicole M. Benevento is working on her MA in Spanish, specializing in His-
panic linguistics. Both are learning how to use technology in the language classroom. See page 6.
CLASnotes December 2002 /January 2003

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Ethics, Religion and

the Environment

Bron Taylor has worn many hats so far in his life: professor,

program director, board member, lifeguard, editor and environ-

mentalist to name a few. These experiences have shaped his

career as a pioneer in the field of religion, ethics and nature,

and he brings his expertise to UF as the first Samuel S. Hill

Chair of Christian Ethics in the religion department.

Perry Foote, Jr., a Gainesville physi-
cian, made the new chair position pos-
sible through a pledge during the "It's
Performance That Counts!" campaign.
Foote wanted to honor UF Emeritus
Professor of Religion Samuel S. Hill.
Hill taught at UF from 1972- 1994 and
served as department chair from 1972-
1977. "It is gratifying to have your
name associated with anything positive,
and I'm thrilled that Dr. Taylor has been
brought in because he is well-suited
for this position," says Hill. "I'm glad
there is specific attention given to ethics
because it's a topic our students need to
learn about more than ever these days."
Taylor's interest in environment
ethics began during his childhood. "My
earliest memories include being unable
to bicycle home from a swimming
pool because of air pollution-induced
'lung burn,' and the outrage I felt at
the bulldozing for new homes of my
woodland playground near Los Ange-
les," Taylor says. Taylor's family moved
to the coast on this 13th birthday, where
he discovered his love for the ocean. In
1977 he received his bachelor's degree,
double majoring in religious studies and
psychology, from California State Uni-
versity, Chico, later earning a master's
degree in -1,. .1. ., from Fuller Theo-
logical Seminary in 1980, and his PhD
in social ethics from the University of
Southern California in 1988.
During his college years, Taylor
worked as a lifeguard along the South-
ern California coast, where he saw the
California Brown Pelican disappear due
to DDT poisoning and reappear, years
later, after the pesticide was banned.

CLASnotes December 2002 / January 2003

"About the time I was finishing my dis-
sertation, exploring the impacts of affir-
mative action policies on ordinary peo-
ple, and using my own empirical data
as grist for ethical reflection about these
policies, I noticed that environmentalists
had begun to deploy sabotage in their
efforts to arrest environmental decline,"
says Taylor. "I soon surmised that, like
the liberation movements I had studied,
the emerging, 'radical environmental'
groups were animated by religious per-
ceptions and ideals. Intrigued, I left for
the woods to learn more."
This turned into a long-term
research trajectory exploring the many
dimensions of and forms of contem-
porary grassroots environmentalism,
especially the most radical ones. One
book he edited about such movements,
Ecological Resistance Movements: The
Global Emergence of Radical and Popular
Environmentalism, has been adopted by
more three dozen universities for class-
room use.
During the past 30 years there has
been a tremendous debate over whether
religion promotes or hinders environ-
mentally responsible behavior. Provid-
ing part of the answer to this question,
Taylor has focused attention on various
forms of "green religion," publishing
numerous papers about such groups and
presenting lectures about the relation-
ships between cultures, religions and
ecosystems around the world. He also
brings strong program-building experi-
ence, having founded the environmental
studies program at the University of
Wisconsin, Oshkosh, and serving as its
director for nearly ten years before mov-

ing to Florida.
At UF, Taylor will continue crafting the Encyclope-
dia of Religion and Nature, the first encyclopedia focus-
ing on the relationships among religions, cultures and
ecosystems. "I've been working on this for several years
now. It's been a tremendous learning experience to read
what 700 scholars from diverse disciplines have to say
about these relationships. The two-volume work will
contain more than 1,000 entries.
Another project Taylor will play a key role in
is UF's new PhD program in religion. In the fall of
2003, the religion department will inaugurate doctoral
programs in three areas of specialization: religion and
nature, religion in the Americas and religions of Asia.
Religion Chair Sheldon Isenberg says Taylor's appoint-
ment comes at an opportune time. "Bron Taylor is
the anchor for our PhD track in religion and nature,
which is the first such program in the world. He has
helped define this field of research, and prospective
students are already knocking on the door."
Taylor will teach courses in religious, social and
environmental ethics and is also writing two books.
"It's wonderful to be at a first-rate research school
because I will be able to more rapidly complete my
research, and next year, when the first cohort of new
graduate students arrives, I'll begin to develop a variety
of collaborative research projects. This will provide
another exciting opportunity to help shape the field."

-Allyson A. Beutke

page 3

Florida Blue Key Honors

Distinguished Faculty
During the November homecoming festivities, two CLAS professors
were honored for their outstanding service and dedication to UF Politi-
cal Science Professor David Hedge and Zoology Professor Doug Levey
were two of four faculty chosen from across campus to receive a 2002
Distinguished Faculty Award from the Florida Blue Key.
"All the nominees were outstanding, but we felt that the winners
went above and beyond the
call of duty," says Rahim
Remtulla, chair of the six-
member awards committee
comprised of students and
faculty. "Dr. Levey and Dr.
Hedge have had a tremendous
affect on the undergraduate
and graduate students they
Hedge and Levey were
honored at the university's
73rd annual homecoming
banquet and rode in the
homecoming parade.
David Hedge serves as Hedge
the undergraduate coordina-
tor in the political science
department. He received a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Mil-
waukee in1979 and came to
UF in 1990. He specializes in
American politics and teaches
courses, including Legisla-
tive Process, State and Local
Government, and Public
Administration Theory. His
current research projects
include a study of the con-
gressional and presidential
control of federal regulations,
the impact of social capital
on welfare reform, and black
state legislators. Hedge was
the 1998-1999 CLAS Teacher
of the Year and received the
Distinguished Alumni Award
from the University of Mis-
souri-St. Louis in 2000.
Doug Levey received a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-
Madison in 1986 before coming to UF in 1987. He specializes in the
ecology of bird seed dispersal and teaches Introductory Biology, Avian
Biology and various graduate seminar courses, including Darwinian
Medicine, Frugivory and Seed Dispersal, and Conservation of Migratory
Birds. Levey researches the behavior ecology of fruit-eating birds. He was
the 2000-2001 UF Teacher/Scholar of the Year and a recipient of the
2000 UF Research Foundation Professorship and the 1998 CLAS Award
for Mentoring Undergraduates in Research.
--Buffy Lockette

page 4


New Faculty

Amian Biswas is an assistant professor of
physics. He earned his PhD from the Indian
Institute of Science, Bangalore in 1999.
His research interests include transport and
surface properties of magnetic and supercon-
ducting oxides. Biswas is currently teaching
Physics 1.

Fiona McLaughlin, an associate profes-
sor in the African and Asian languages and
literatures department, received her PhD in
linguistics from the University of Texas at
Austin in 1992. She is also affiliated with the
linguistics program, and her research focuses
on the interaction or reduplication with con-
sonant mutation in Atlantic (Niger-Congo)
languages. Currently, McLaughlin is teaching
Introduction to the Languages of Africa, and
in the spring, she will teach Issues in Phonol-

CLASnotes December 2002 /January 2003

Mike Daniels, an associate professor of
statistics, received his Doctor of Science
degree in 1995 from Harvard University in
biostatistics. His research focuses on Bayesian
ir, rl'.. ...1.. ',, biostatistics, models for lon-
gitudinal data and missing data. Currently,
Daniels is teaching a class on statistical infer-
ence for undergraduates, and in the spring,
he will teach a graduate course on biostatisti-
cal methods.

Joe Meert, an assistant professor of geol-
ogy, earned his PhD from the University of
Michigan in 1993. His research has focused
on the Precambrian-early Paleozoic interval
of geologic time (from roughly four billion
to about 400 million years ago). His work
examines how the Earth's magnetic field has
evolved over time and how super continents
might have assembled. Meert is teaching the
Introduction to Geology course and First-
Year Florida. In the future, he will teach
exploration geophysics and some special top-
ics related to geodynamics.

CLASnotes December 2002 / January 2003

Todd Hasak-Lowy is an assistant professor
in the African and Asian languages and lit-
eratures department. He earned his PhD in
comparative literature from the University of
California, Berkeley this past spring. Hasak-
Lowy is working on a book about the meet-
ing of realism, modernism, and nationalism
in Hebrew fiction. He is teaching Beginning
Modern Hebrew I, and during the spring, he
will teach Beginning Modern Hebrew II and
a course on short stories in Hebrew literature.

Kenneth Rice, an associate professor of psy-
chology, received his master's degree and PhD
in counseling psychology from the University
of Notre Dame in 1988 and 1990, respec-
tively. He also earned his BS in psychology
from UF in 1986. Rice conducts research
on perfectionism, late adolescent and young
adult development and adjustment, and psy-
chological assessment. He teaches Abnormal
Psychology, Research Methods in Personality
and Psychological Assessment II.

Tom Lyons is an assistant professor of chem-
istry. He earned his PhD from the University
of California, Los Angeles in 1998. His
research focuses on the genetics and bio-
chemistry of zinc metabolism. Lyons is cur-
rently teaching Biochemistry of the Cell and
will teach Introduction to Biochemistry and
Molecular Biology during the spring.

Andrea Sterk, an assistant professor of his-
tory, earned her PhD in the history of Chris-
tianity from Princeton Theological Seminary
in 1994. Before coming to UF, she taught
at the University of Notre Dame. Sterk
specializes in European history and is work-
ing on two books, Renouncing the World Yet
Leading the Church: The Monk-Bishop in the
Eastern Roman Empire and Readings in World
Christianity: Origins to 1453. She is teaching
Western Civilization and Pagans, Christians,
Barbarians: The World of Late Antiquity.

page 5

A New Way to Chat

Cutting-Edge Pedagogy Boosts Language Learning

While in graduate school at Pennsylvania State University, Spanish

and Linguistics Assistant Professor Gillian Lord and classmate Lara

Lomicka found themselves bored, at times, in class. "Every Thurs-

day we would go to the language labs for our language classes,

and there were some pretty dull activities," Lord says.

Upon earning their PhDs
in 2001 and becoming assistant
professors-Lord at UF and
Lomicka at the University of
South Carolina (USC)-they
vowed to make language courses
more interesting for students.
This fall, they have teamed up
to bring technology to their
classrooms. Through the new
course Technology in Foreign
Language Education (TIFLE),
UF and USC foreign language
graduate students are learning
how to incorporate technology
into their future high school and

college classrooms. The course is
the first of its kind to be taught
in the Romance languages and
literatures department.
"I know technology courses
have been taught in other areas
for a while, but in the languages
we are way behind the times,"
says Lord. "It sort of passed us
by. If you go to a conference on
Spanish linguistics, most people
just read from a paper and don't
even have transparencies. If you
go to conferences in other fields,
such as engineering, they have
multi-media presentations."

TIFLE students are learning
to develop Web-based activi-
ties and e-mail assignments to
be used in the classroom. They
are also getting acquainted with
technological tools, such as
digital cameras, scanners and
PowerPoint. The TIFLE courses
at UF and USC are taught at the
same time each week and meet
in a chat room during class to
discuss course work. Students are
given reading assignments and
virtual guests join them in the
chat room to answer questions
and discuss topics.
"For a shyer student, who is
more timid in the classroom and
is afraid to raise their hand, this
is a good way for them to par-
ticipate in class," says Sarah Krae-
mer, a master's student studying
Spanish linguistics.
Lord believes including e-
mail and Web-based assignments
in a foreign language curriculum
keeps students interested in a
subject that can be boring and
overwhelming to those just tak-
ing it for credit. "Imagine if every
week you were getting an e-mail
from your pen pal in Mexico,"
she says. "You could ask ques-
tions about their culture, what
they did the night before, any-
thing. There is research that says
their language skills improve, but
that is not my main concern. I
want the students to bite down
hard and keep going."
Some UF students studying
German already enjoy the ben-
efits technology can bring when
learning a foreign language.
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German course, offered by the Department of
Germanic and Slavic Studies, students can satisfy
their language requirements while taking German
courses that integrate online resources into the
classroom environment. The entire text for the
course is online and students complete their home-
work assignments via e-mail, research topics using
the Internet, and discuss culture using electronic
bulletin boards.
"I think the terrific difference between the tra-
ditional book-based course and the online course is
that we can increase the cultural component," says
Franz Futterknecht, a German professor who cre-
ated the course along with German Professor Will
Hasty and German Lecturer Christina Overstreet.
"Our original insight was that our language courses
focused too much on linguistic competence and
underestimated the cultural competence you need
to use the language properly."
Through the Internet, students can look up
words in online dictionaries, practice pronuncia-
tion by reading German children's books online,
and look up pictures ofschnitzel and other Ger-
man foods in online encyclopedias. They can shop
in German stores, find out what show is playing
at the national theater, take a virtual visit to con-
centration camps, and explore German school
"We have taken a tour of Germany through
the Web sites Dr. Futterknecht has shown us," says
Justin Bleakley, a sophomore majoring in English.
"When you have a textbook, it gets outdated really
fast. We can go online and learn about modern
Germany. I took Latin in high school, and I have
picked up German much faster learning it this
Will Hasty, who taught the Discover Ger-
man course in Fall 2001 and Spring 2002 during
its first run, says he has seen a difference between
the performance of students taking the regular
German course and Discover German. "I noticed,
just from my observations, that linguistically they
are doing just as well. They are on the same level.
Culturally, the Discover German students are way
Lord hopes that other language professors on
campus will start incorporating technology into
their classrooms, but she says the real change will
come when the current generation of students
starts teaching. "Even though I cannot make huge
sweeping changes, if my students go out there and
do it and then show their friends, I think eventu-
ally we will get there."
-Buffy Lockette

Former Zambian President Speaks Out About AIDS
The founding president of Zambia, Kenneth Kaunda, visited campus in
mid-November at the invitation of the Center for African Studies. Faculty
and students from all over campus packed the Reitz Union Auditorium to
hear Kaunda speak about
the children of AIDS-
plagued southern Africa. 'As
adults, we can many times
choose to avoid and protect
ourselves from HIV/AIDS,"
he said. "Children do not
have that choice. They are
born infected by their par-
ents so they are the innocent
victims. Unlike the virus
that is not seen, these children are visible and human. They are not just
numbers and there is no excuse for not doing something to help them. If
we work together, we will conquer HIV/AIDS."
Kaunda was the first president of Zambia, serving from its indepen-
dence in 1964 to 1991, at which time he relinquished power after a mul-
tiparty democratic election. He played an important role in the struggle
for African independence, particularly in South Africa, Zimbabwe,
Namibia, Mozambique and Angola. He continues his fight to improve
Africa through many initiatives, including the Kenneth Kaunda Children
of Africa Foundation which works to help the children of southern Africa
survive the AIDS epidemic. This year, Kaunda is serving as the Balfour
African President-in-Residence at Boston University, which allows him to
travel the US meeting with American business leaders, government offi-
cials, students and teachers.

Noted French Actress Visits Campus
French actress Jutta Johanna Weiss of the Theater Company of Brittany in
Lorient visited campus in November to lead a six-hour workshop, training
students to perform a dramatic reading of Summer Rain by Marguerite
Duras. French language students, along with theater students, had the
opportunity to perform a public reading with Weiss in her performance of
An Actor, An Author.
Also on campus for the first time in November were representatives
from the French Consulate of Miami-Christophe Bouchard, Consul
General, and Victoire Bidegain-Di Rosa, Cultur-
al Attach&. Bouchard and Bidegain-Di Rosa met
with faculty and students to discuss the activities
of the French Consulate, of which there are nine
in the US responsible for projecting the interests
of French nationals.
Both visits were hosted by the new France-
Florida Research Institute at UF, which serves
as an umbrella organization to centralize and
promote the numerous existing partnerships
between UF and French and Francophone
research centers and academic institutions.

CLASnotes December 2002 / January 2003

page 7


the College

Dorsey Named New
Chair of Physics
Alan Dorsey is the new chair of the Depart-
ment of Physics. His term began on November
30 when he took the reins from interim chair
Jack Sabin, who has held the position since mid-
August. Dorsey earned his PhD in physics from
the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
in 1987 and was a postdoctoral fellow at Cornell
University and served on the faculty at the Uni-
versity of Virginia before coming to UF in 1997.
Dorsey was recently elected a Fellow of the American Physical
(APS). The APS Fellowship Program was created to recognize mem
who have made advances in knowledge through original research ai
nificant contributions to the application of physics to science and t,
ogy. According to the APS citation, Dorsey was elected a fellow "fo:
contributions to the theory of magnetic flux dynamics and non-eqt
pattern formation in superconductors."

Historians in the Headlines
US Secretary of State Colin Powell has asked Professor Robert
McMahon to serve a three-year term as a member of the advi-
sory committee on Historical Diplomatic Documentation.
As a member, McMahon will serve with eight other his-
torians, political scientists, archivists, international lawyers and
social scientists distinguished in the field of US foreign rela-
tions. The committee provides advice to the Department of
State regarding the preparation of the "Foreign Relations of the
United States" historical documentary series, the official docu-
mentary record of major US foreign policy decisions and sig-
nificant diplomatic activity. The members meet in Washington,
DC at least four times a year to monitor the editorial process of
the series and give advice on all aspects of the preparation and
declassification of the series.
Associate Professor Robert A. Hatch has received the
Joseph H. Hazen Prize from the History of Science Society
(HSS) for his outstanding contributions to the teaching of the
history of science. As the world's largest professional organiza-
tion dedicated to understanding science, technology and medi-
cine, the HSS sponsors initiatives to carry advanced knowledge
about the history of science to the world.
Hatch, as a history of science professor, helped establish
UF's history of science graduate program in 1989 and helped
launch the "History of Science in Secondary School Curricu-
lum," a two-year program that brings high school history and
science teachers together to develop lesson plans and bring the
history of science into their regular classroom activities.

Mills Named
Assistant Dean
Assistant Sociology Professor Terry
Mills has been appointed assistant
dean of the Graduate School. His
focus will be serving the Office of
Graduate Minority Programs.
"As the new assistant dean for
Graduate Minority Programs, I am
very excited about this opportunity
to build upon the existing founda-
tion of support for students who are
underrepresented in graduate education at UF," Mills says. "My
primary goal is to help the university achieve its diversity mis-
sion. Through cooperative efforts with graduate coordinators
in every academic unit, the Office of Graduate Minority Pro-
grams will contribute to creating an intellectual environment
that reflects diversity by attracting and retaining a student pop-
ulation of many different experiences, opinions, backgrounds
and cultures."
Mills will divide his time between the Graduate School
and the Department of Sociology, where he will continue to
research and teach. He has taught at UF since 1997.

Homecoming 2002: While waiting for the homecoming parade to begin, Alex Tipton
checks out the baby alligators at the zoology petting pool. CLAS and the Warrington
College of Business hosted a barbeque before the parade on the north lawn of Flint

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African and Asian
Lanauaaes and Literatures
Professor of Chinese Chauncey C.
Chu has received the 2002 Ronald
A. Walton Award from the Chinese
Language Teachers Association for
his outstanding contributions to
Chinese language teaching. The
award ceremony took place at the
group's annual meeting in Salt Lake
City in late November.

The Florida Education Fund named
Allan Burns the "William R. Jones
Most Valuable Mentor" in the state
at the 18th annual McKnight Doc-
toral Fellow's meeting in late Octo-
ber. The award is based on nomi-
nations from students. Burns was
recognized for promoting diversity
in the anthropology department at
the faculty and student level and for
his assistance as graduate supervisory
committee chair for African-Ameri-
can graduate students.

PhD candidate Kathryn E. Grant
has received the 2002 Margaret
Clark Award for graduate writing in
anthropology and gerontology. Her
paper, 'Age, Gender and Ethnicity
in Physician-Patient Encounters:
Cultural Semantics and the Hierar-
chical Relations of Biomedicine," was
judged to be the outstanding gradu-
ate paper this year by the Association
for Anthropology and Gerontology
(AAGE). This annual competition
supports the continued pursuit
of the insights and practice ideals
demonstrated by Margaret Clark,
a pioneer in the multidisciplinary
study of sociocultural gerontol-
ogy and medical anthropology. An
extended summary of Grant's paper
will be published in the next AAGE

Doug and Pam Soltis traveled to
Sweden in early December to accept
the 2002 RolfM.T Dahlgren Prize
in Botany from the Royal Physio-
graphic Society of Sweden for their
pioneering research on the phylog-
eny, evolution and classification of
flowering plants. The society, which
is funded by the king of Sweden,
encourages and supports research in

the natural sciences, medicine and
technology. The couple received the
$11,150 award at the society's 230th
anniversary celebration and gave
lectures at the Botanical Institutes of
Lund and Copenhagen.

David Young was the keynote
speaker at The Olympic Games
Yesterday and Today, a conference
held at Hellenic College in October.
Young's talk was tied "How Olym-
pia 776 became Athens 2004: Ori-
gin and Authenticity of the Modern

Germanic and
Slavic Studies
Professor of German Otto Johnston
was named Teacher of the Year by
the Association of Foreign Language
Instructors in Community Colleges.
Johnston was recognized for his
work on the articulation agreement
between Florida universities and
community colleges, which provides
a smooth transition for students
studying foreign languages.

Assistant Professor of German
Eric Kligerman presented a paper,
"Crossing Lines: Respecular-
izing the Holocaust in the works
of Felix Nussbaum and Daniel
Liebeskind,"at the annual German
Studies Association meeting in San
Diego. Associate Professor of Ger-
man Nora M. Alter also presented a
paper at the meeting tied "Berlin as
Project: The DAAD's Artist in Resi-
dence Program."

Geoffrey Giles recently served as
a commentator on a panel about
"Nazi Crimes and Private Assets
in World War II" at the German
Studies Association's annual meeting
in San Diego. He also presented a
paper at the German Historical Insti-
tute's international symposium Sexu-
ality and Modern German History.
Several of his works were recently
published, including "The Denial of
Homosexuality: Same-Sex Incidents
in Himmler's SS and Police" in the
October issue of the Journal of the
History of Sexualiy. In early Novem-
ber, Giles presented a workshop on

"Interpreting the Holocaust Sites:
New Pedagogical Challenges and
Opportunities" at the biennial con-
ference of the Holocaust Educational
Foundation in Minneapolis.

The work of professor Theral
Moore and his son Steve Moore was
featured in an article, "Step-by-Step
Prompts to Put the Blind on Track,"
in the October 17 issue of the New
York Times. The article described
an interactive personal navigation
system developed at UF, which
began as a master's thesis for Steve
Moore when he was a student in the
computer science and engineering
department. Theral Moore, who is
blind, helped test the system.

Evan Pugh Mathematics Professor
George Andrews of The Pennsylva-
nia State University will receive an
Honorary Doctorate from the Uni-
versity of Florida during the com-
mencement ceremony on December
21. Andrews was chosen for this
honor owing to his eminence, as
well as his close ties with the UF
mathematics department. He is con-
sidered the world's greatest authority
on the theory of partitions and the
work of the Indian mathematical
genius Srinivasa Ramanujan. Profes-
sor Andrews has conducted research
collaborations with UF professors
Krishnaswami Alladi, Alexander
Berkovich and Frank Garvan.
Garvan is a former PhD student of

Political Science
Margaret "Peggy" Conway received
the Manning J. Dauer Award from
the Southern Political Science Asso-
ciation (SPSA) at its annual meeting
in Savannah, Georgia on November
7. The award is given biennially to
a political scientist who has shown
exceptional service to the profession.
It commemorates Manning J. Dauer,
founding chair of UF's political sci-
ence department and former presi-
dent of SPSA. Conway, who special-
izes in American politics and political
behavior, is a Distinguished Professor
Emeritus. She came to UF in 1989
and retired in December 2000.

CLAS Employee
Excellence Award
Nominations Due
February 3
CLAS will once again
sponsor a program
honoring college staff
performing outstanding
and meritorious service.
This year's program, the
Employee Excellence
Award, will encom-
pass all USPS and
TEAMS employees.
This includes those
formerly classified as
A&P employees, who
were not eligible last
year. Two award winners
will receive $1,500 and
a plaque at the Service
Pin Ceremony in March
CLAS faculty, staff
and students can submit
nominations. Self-
nominations will also
be accepted. Nominees
should have made a
significant achievement
or positive contribution
that reflects the high-
est standards of quality,
excellence and innova-
tion. The evaluation
committee will consider
a list of criteria includ-
ing strong work ethic,
service-oriented attitude,
dedication to the job
and willingness to assist
beyond normal expecta-
Visit http://web.
nounce to download
an application form, or
pick one up from the
dean's office in 2014
Turlington Hall. Appli-
cations must be submit-
ted to Mary Anne Mor-
gan, 2014 Turlington
Hall, PO Box 117300,
no later than Monday,
February 3, 2003.

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Bookbeat Recent publications from CLAS faculty

One Nation Under a Groove: Rap Music and Its Roots

While teaching at an elementary school in Harlem in
the 1960s, English Professor James Haskins had a hard
time finding books about African-American role mod-
els to read to his students. He complained each night
by writing in his diary about the lack of reading mate-
rial written on African Americans.
"There was nothing in the public libraries or in
our school library that had anything to do with African
Americans," Haskins says. "So when my diary fell into
the hands of a publisher, and when the book got fan-
tastic reviews in the New York Times, some publishers
who heard what I had to say called me up and asked if
I would be interested in writing books about African
Americans." Since then, Haskins has authored more
than 100 books on African Americans, as well as other
subjects. He has authored books with famous black
legends such as Rosa Parks, Muhammad Ali and Stevie
Wonder, but he has also written about those who are,
what he calls, undeservedlyy obscure," such as jazz leg-
end Lionel Hampton.
In one of his more recent books, One Nation
Under a Groove: Rap Music and Its Roots, Haskins
traces the history of rap music from its roots in West
Africa hundreds of years ago to its booming popular-
ity today in the US. Published by Hyperion Books in
the children's series "Jump at the Sun," the book's fun
and easy-to-read format is geared towards a teenage
audience. Haskins uses library research, television and
magazine interviews and his own experiences of meet-
ing rap stars like Sean "Puff Daddy/P Diddy" Combs
to bring rap's history to life. He explores the early days
of hip-hop when the Sugarhill Gang became the first
to rap their way into the mainstream with "Rapper's

Delight" through the genre's transition into one of the
most popular forms of music today.
Covering topics such as women in rap, white
rappers and the glamorous life today's rap stars enjoy,
Haskins takes a sociologist's approach by exploring the
genre as a cultural phenomenon. "I don't really make
a distinction between classical music and rap," he says.
"They are just different
ways of expression. I don't
make a distinction between
Louis Armstrong and ms hastiis
Count Basie and Mozart
and Beethoven because they
are all just as accomplished
in their area of expression as
the other."
Haskins admits he lis-
tens to classical music more
often than rap and explains
that his interest in the art
form lies in its influence
on American culture. He says he is often asked why he
writes so many books about black musicians. "It is not
part of my cultural experience to write about opera in
Europe," he says. "Jazz, blues and gospel are part of my
African-American heritage. It comes out of our experi-
ences and so does reggae and rap."
Haskins teaches courses on children's and adoles-
cent literature, biography writing, racism, classism and
sexism. He came to UF in 1977.
-Buffy Lockette

Picking Wedlock: Women and the
Courtship Novel in Spain
Shifra Armon, Romance Languages and
Literatures (Spanish)
Rowman & Littlefield

In eras when women's roles were heavily
circumscribed, fictions about courtship
and wedlock granted women writers an
unassailable framework through which
they contested orthodox beliefs about
their place in society. In Picking 'i .
Shifra Armon illuminates the remarkable
convergence of three women novelists of Spain's Golden Age: Maria
de Zayas, Mariana de Carvahal and Leonor de Meneses. Armon con-
siders these extraordinary writers together for the first time, apprais-
ing them in relationship to the historical and literary nexus that gave
impetus to the publication of their work. Concerned more with theo-

rizing patterns of commonality among texts written by women than
with recuperating the individual texts, Picking i; .... is fascinating
literary history on the cutting edge of contemporary feminist literary
-Book Jacket

A Walk Through Combinatorics: An
Introduction to Enumeration and Graph
Mikl6s B6na, Mathematics
World Scientific

This is a textbook for an introductory
combinatorics course that can take up
one or two semesters. It goes without say-
ing that the text covers the classic areas,
such as combinatorial choice problems
and graph theory. What is unusual, for

CLASnotes December 2002 /January 2003

James Haskins, author
of One Nation Under a
Groove: Rap Music and Its
Roots, Hyperion.

page 10

an undergraduate textbook, is that the author has included a number
of more elaborate concepts, such as Ramsey theory, the probabilistic
method and-probably the first of its kind-pattern avoidance. As
the goal of the book is to encourage students to learn more combi-
natorics, every effort has been made to provide them with a not only
useful, but also enjoyable and engaging reading.
-Book Jacket

Art ofArms: Studies ofAggression
and Dominance in Medieval
German Court Poetry
Will Hasty, Germanic and Slavic Studies
Universititsverlag C. Winter

These studies of narrative and lyric court | LM
poetry composed in the German High
Middle Ages-including the love lyrics,
courtly romances, and heroic epics such
as the Nibelungenlied-examine ways in
which courtliness is involved in military
and religious forms of aggression and dominance, situating the poetry
in a time when, as the historian Benjamin Arnold has put it, "the
German aristocratic mentality took for granted violence on a consid-
erable scale." In these studies, "courtliness" shows itself to be a manner
of managing and employing aggression in the interests of dominance,
rather than as a mode of interaction that is opposed to or beyond
aggression-as which it has been understood in much of the scholar-
ship dealing with German court poetry.
-Book Jacket

The University of Chicago Spanish
Dictionary: Spanish-English,
Edited by David Pharies, Romance
Languages and Literatures (Spanish and
University of Chicago Press

of Chicago

unvrmd emcg

The University of Chicago Spanish Diction-
ary has been compiled for the general use
of the American English-speaking learner FIFTH TI'
of Spanish and the Spanish-speaking
learner of American English. With this purpose in mind, the edi-
tors of the fifth edition-the newest since 1987-have introduced
a number of significant improvements. One of the most important
changes is the addition of many new words to bring the dictionary up
to date with the latest technical advancements and cultural changes.
New words include anorexia, clone, HIV, CD, microwave, chat room,
on-line, bungee jumping, sexual harassment and ditsy. This dictionary is
ideal for home, school and office use, and more than 10 million cop-
ies have already been sold.
-Book Preface
CLASnotes December 2002 / January 2003

Effects of Climate Change and Variabil-
ity on Agricultural Production Systems
Edited by Jane Southworth, Geography
and LUECI, with J.C. Randolph, Rebecca
A. Pfeifer and Otto C. Doering, III
Kluwer Academic Publishers

Effects of Climate Change
and Variability
Agricultural Production Systems

Edited by
Otto C. Doering, III
J.C. Randolph
Jane Southworth
Rebecca A. Pfeifer

Evidence shows that global climate change
is occurring. Research and debate continue
on the role of increasing atmospheric
concentrations of greenhouse gases in
influencing climate change. Many sectors
are or will be influenced by changing cli-
mate and climate variability, including increasing global temperatures,
changing precipitation patterns, and increased frequency of unusual
weather events. Agriculture and the world's supply of food and fiber
are particularly vulnerable to such climate change. This book pro-
vides an integrated assessment of global climate change's impact on
agriculture at the farm level, in the context of farm level adaptation
decisions. Discussed are guidelines and useful analytical options for
input suppliers, agricultural researchers, and agricultural producers to
enable risk averting strategies and adaptations as global climate change
plays out.
-Book Jacket

The Politics of Cultural Differences:
Social Change and Voter Mobilization
Strategies in the Post-New Deal Period
Kenneth Wald, Political Science and Jew-
ish Studies, with David C. Leege, Brian S.
Krueger and Paul D. Mueller
Princeton University Press


How did Republicans manage to hold
the White House through much of the
past half century even as the Democratic
Party held the hearts of most American
voters? This groundbreaking study argues
that they did so by doing what Democrats have also excelled at-trig-
gering psychological mechanisms that deepen cultural divisions in
the other party's coalition, thereby leading many of its voters either
to choose the opposing ticket or to stay home. This is the first book
to develop and carefully test a general theory of cultural politics in
the US, one that offers a compelling new perspective on America's
changing political order and political conflict in the post-New Deal
period, 1960-1996. A theory of campaign strategies is formulated
that emphasizes cultural conflict regarding patriotism, race, gender,
and religion.

-Book Jacket

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Celebrating 150 Years
In 2003, the University of Florida will
celebrate its sesquicentennial. The uni-
versity traces its roots to 1853, when
a bill was enacted providing financial
support for the East Florida Seminary in
Ocala. The seminary moved to Gaines-
-UNIVEPSITY OF FL ville in 1866, winning recognition as
one of the state's best liberal arts schools.
In 1903, the college became the Univer-
sity of Florida.
The celebration officially kicks off
on January 10, with a special convoca-
tion involving state leaders, dignitaries
and key figures from UF's past. As part
of the year-long celebration, the College
of Liberal Arts and Sciences, in collabo-
ration with other colleges, is presenting
the Florida Frontiers Lecture Series,
which will bring prominent speakers
and performers to campus during the
spring and fall 2003 semesters to talk
about the frontiers of their specific areas.
The series is free and open to the public
and is also being offered as a one-credit
,.: class to UF students. Lectures will take
place on Wednesday evenings. Visit
Entrance to the University.of Floridaca www.clas. ufl.edu/150 for more infor-
pur"n 1T'1at the corner of 13th Street
nd University Avenue in Gainesville. mationabouttheseriesandUF's
centennial celebration.


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