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Table of Contents
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    The Dean's musings
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        Page 3
    Introducing new faculty
        Page 4
        Page 5
        Page 6
        Page 7
    Around the college
        Page 8
        Page 9
        Page 10
    Bookbeat
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In this Issue:

New Romance Languages
and Literatures Chair
David Pharies.................................. 3

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

International Society
Calls UF Hom e ................................ 5

Examining the World
Through CLAS Centers..................... 6

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

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

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

UF History Gurus
Kick Off Fall Florida
Frontiers Lecture Series..................12



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FLORIDA
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lege of Liberal Arts and Sciences to inform fac-
ulty, staff and students of current research and
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Editor:
Contributing Editor:
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Neil Sullivan
Allyson A. Beutke
Buffy Lockette
Jane Dominguez
Brenda Lee


Additional Photography:
Courtesy Jay Malone: p. 5 (Malone)
Jane Gibson: p. 6 (Brown), p. 7 (Kreppel)
Courtesy Physics Department: p. 8 (Hughes)
Buffy Lockette: p. 10 (Harris)
Sally Brooks: p. 11 (Wade)


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The Dean's


Musings


Making World Connections
Regardless of origin, political or apolitical leanings, most of us would agree
we are facing a time in history when it has become imperative that we
develop better understandings of the differing cultures and societies that
make up the world in which we live. Institutions such as the University of
Florida must play a pivotal leadership role in developing the connections
and the programs that can give our students and future leaders the oppor-
tunity to develop that understanding.
A top priority of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is to provide
all students with a serious international experience. This familiarity is not
to be limited to the study of languages and literatures, as important as they
are, but is to encompass more in-depth studies of different cultures, systems
of beliefs, issues on globalization, political economies and the environ-
ment. Many of these topics will form the core of the curriculum for the BA
degree in international studies-a long sought after addition to our offer-
ings that has high student demand.
This past year, the college, with its partners across campus, submitted
four proposals for prestigious Title VI National Resource Centers funded by
the Department of Education in Washington, DC: African Studies, Latin
American Studies, European Studies and Global and Transnational Studies.
A fifth proposal for Asian Studies, led by Florida International University
and UF jointly, was also submitted. All but the latter were successful. Euro-
pean Studies, led by Amie Kreppel in political science, and Global and
Transnational Studies, led by Dennis Jett, dean of the UF International
Center, were first-time proposals. These successes will provide important
new opportunities for UF students. New language and literature studies
will be available on Africa and central Europe-Akan, Vietnamese, Wolof,
Xhosa, Yoruba, Czech, Hungarian, Polish and Yiddish-but we will also
build important international study programs in political economy, fragile
ecosystems, socioeconomics, ecological economics and critical world issues
such as water use, energy resources and population growth.
In addition, the university has joined with other leading institutions,
including Columbia University and the University of Wisconsin, to become
part of a Paris Research Center. This program, led by Gayle Zachmann of
the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, will provide impor-
tant research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students over
a wide array of disciplines and allow us to offer capstone courses and new
study abroad programs as part of our international studies curriculum.
The formation of these centers is a critical path for UF and its Stra-
tegic Plan, moving the institution to the level needed to provide the state
with the leadership and resources to ensure a successful future. CLAS is
well on its way to accomplishing its goal of becoming an international lead-
er in our areas of expertise and providing curricula that reach across global
boundaries and foster international collaborations.
-Neil Sullivan
sullivan@phys. ufl. edu


On the Cover:
The US Department of Education recently awarded more than $4 million to four international and
area studies centers on campus, including two new centers: The Center for European Studies and
the Transnational and Global Studies Center See page 6 for full story.
CLASnotes August / September 2003











New Romance Languages

and Literatures Chair


David Pharies


The Department of Romance Languages and
Literatures (RLL) is destined to play a pivotal
role in the university's efforts to realize one
of the seven interdisciplinary research and
instructional goals that were identified in the
University of Florida Strategic Plan-interna-
tionalizing the campus and curriculum. We
are the university's most direct portal to a
number of the world's most important lan-
guages, literatures and cultures, through our
foreign study opportunities, course offerings
and degree programs in French, Haitian Cre-
ole, Italian, Portuguese, Catalan and Spanish.


We are reaching out to the
university community in a num-
ber of ways. First, we have estab-
lished a number of study abroad
programs that enable students
from a wide range of academic
backgrounds to gain international
experiences in Spain, France, Italy
and Mexico. Second, through our
Foreign Languages Across the Cur-
riculum (FLAC) program, we have
offered over the last seven years 48
one-credit enhancement courses in
Spanish, Portuguese and French to
accompany courses taught in such
diverse areas as Latin American
studies, religion, art, music, com-
munications, history, business,
economics, international relations,
political science and law. Finally,
the newly created France-Florida
Research Institute (FFRI) has
begun an ambitious program of
research-related events that have
enriched and will continue to
enrich the intellectual life of the
university. These include Fernando
Romero's Ten Films Against Rac-


ism, as part of the Levin College
of Law symposium on Children,
Culture, and Violence, as well
as lectures by distinguished cul-
tural theorist Julia Kristeva, African
author Boris Boubacar Diop, and
other visiting scholars in such var-
ied fields as philosophy, art history,
literature, history, music and chem-
istry. RLL continues to be eager to
seek out partners, both inside and
outside the college, whose plans
for internationalizing their own
programs might profit from our
participation.
In order to meet the goals we
have set for ourselves, RLL will
need to grow. Demand is strong for
our courses at all levels, including
lower division offerings in French,
Haitian Creole, Italian, Portuguese,
Catalan and Spanish, plus major
and minor offerings in French,
Portuguese and Spanish, and MA
and PhD programs in Spanish
and French. One of our immedi-
ate aims is to add sufficient faculty
to support a major in Italian, but


the chronic shortage of faculty in
French, and especially Spanish,
continues to be a hindrance to
our efforts to grow our programs
at both the upper division and
graduate levels. Accordingly, one
of my most important goals as
chair of RLL will be to find ways
to add to our faculty, both through
enlisting support from CLAS and
other allied units on campus such
as the Center for Latin American
Studies, the Center for Women's
Studies and Gender Research, and
the Center for the Humanities and
the Public Sphere. We also plan to
actively pursue endowment funds
for professorships in areas of special
interest. At the same time, it will
be necessary to step up efforts to
retain the fine scholars who now
form our faculty, including experts
in such diverse fields as literature,
film, linguistics, music and popular
culture.
-David Pharies


CLASnotes August / September 2003


page 3













Introducing


New Faculty


CLAS welcomes more than 60 new faculty members this year. Over
the next few months, CLASnotes will be introducing these new faces.


Lori J. Altmann is
an assistant profes-
sor in the Depart-
ment of Commu-
nication Sciences
and Disorders. She
received a PhD in
linguistics from
the University of
Southern California
in 1998. Since then,
she spent two years as a visiting assistant pro-
fessor of applied linguistics at Georgia State
University and three years at the University
of Kansas on a National Institute of Aging
postdoctoral fellowship.
Her research focuses on how language
proficiency and working memory ability
interact to affect speech production in adults.
At UE she will teach an undergraduate pho-
netics course, a master's level class in adult
neurogenic language disorders, and eventu-
ally, a general education course in language,
mind and brain.

Rebecca Kimball
is an assistant pro-
fessor of zoology.
She received a PhD
from the University
of New Mexico in
1995, and her dis-
sertation was on
avian behavioral
ecology. She com-
pleted postdoctoral
work at the University of New Mexico and
the University of Ohio, and her projects have
included examining relationships in differ-
ent pheasant species, studying evolutionary
relationships among plants, and researching
the evolution of hawk populations in the
Galapagos Islands.
At UF, she is continuing these three
projects and initiating new ones on the evo-
lution and proximate control of male-specific
plumage in birds. This fall, Kimball is teach-
ing a seminar course on animal behavior.


Jack E. Davis is an
associate professor
H s in the Depart-
ment of History.
He received a PhD

University in 1994
and taught for six
years at the Univer-
sity of Alabama at
Birmingham before
becoming a Fulbright scholar at the Univer-
sity of Jordan in Amman in 2002-2003.
His research focuses on the gender of
environmentalist and his most recent book,
Making Waves: Female Activists in Twentieth-
Century Florida, was published in March
2003 by the University Press of Florida. He
is currently working on a biography of Ever-
glades activist Marjory Stoneman Douglas.
At UE Davis will teach Southern history,
environmental history and Florida history
courses.



Guido Mueller, an
assistant professor
of physics, received
his PhD in physics
from the University
of Hanover, Germa-
ny in 1997. He is
a past fellow of the
Japanese Society for
the Promotion of
Science at the Uni-
versity for Electro-Communications in Tokyo
and has spent the last five years at UF as a
postdoctoral student and research assistant.
His current research revolves around
ground-based and space-based interferometric
gravitational wave detectors. He is a member
of the physics department's Laser Interferom-
eter Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO)
group and has worked on NASA's Laser
Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) mis-
sion.


i Stephanie Evans,
an assistant pro-
fessor, is jointly
appointed between
African American
studies and women's
studies. She received
a PhD in African
American studies
in May 2003 from
the University of
Massachusetts, Amherst, and her dissertation
focused on African American women and
their intellectual and educational history.
She was the assistant director of the
Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown
University in 2002-2003 and was a research
fellow at the Haas Center for Public Service
at Stanford University during the summer
of 1999. This fall, she is teaching Research
Methods in African American History, and,
in the spring, she will teach Interdisciplinary
Perspectives on Women.



Liqing Yan is an
assistant professor
of mathematics.
He received a PhD
from Purdue Uni-
versity in August
2000 and, before
coming to UF, was a
postdoctoral fellow
for two years at the
University of British
Columbia, Vancouver and an assistant profes-

sor for one year at the University of Southern
California.
His research involves stochastic processes
and mathematical finance. During the fall
semester, he is teaching an advanced calculus
course.


CLASnotes August / September 2003


page 4






















- 1
Histo
of
Scien
Socie


International Society Calls UF Home

S History alumnus Jay Malone is coming back home to the University of Florida, and
he is bringing the premiere society in his field along with him-the History of Science
SSociety.
N "We're pulling up the tent stakes and moving cross country," says Malone, who
r y has served as executive director of the society since 1998. This summer, the society's
executive office has slowly transferred its operations from the University of Washing-
ton in Seattle to its new home in Gainesville. "Our contract expired at the University
S of Washington, so we put out a call for hosting our office, and UF's bid was consid-
Sy ered to be the best," says Malone. "They made us an offer we couldn't refuse."


The move brings Malone back to
the place where he earned all three of his
degrees in history-a BA, MA and PhD
in 1982, 1991 and 1996. "Jay was one
of the first students to receive a PhD
from the history of science program,"
says Bob Hatch, an associate professor
of history and one of Malone's former
teachers. "He went off to Seattle and
made good, and we are happy to have
him and the society on campus."
The History of Science Society, or
HSS, is the world's largest and oldest
society dedicated to understanding the
historical context of science. Its mission
is to foster interest in the history of sci-
ence, a growing field in academia that
has been around for more than 50 years.
"Imagine the world without science,"
says Hatch. "No Tang, no Teflon, no
technology. Science helps define who we
are, what we have been, and what we
want to be. So what we do as historians
of science is explore the effects science
has had on our society, culture and civi-
lization."
The society, recognized throughout
the world, is expected to heighten the
prestige of the department, as well as the
university. "The History of Science Soci-
ety is over 75 years old, outstripping its
British counterpart by almost a quarter
of a century," says Frederick Gregory, a
history of science professor and former


president of the society. "So it means a
great deal to host the society's operation,
which is very international in scope."
Now taking up residence in Tur-
lington Hall, the HSS executive office
handles all the administrative duties of
the 3,000-member society. It organizes
its annual conference, which draws 700-
800 participants from all over the world;
produces a quarterly newsletter, the His-
tory of Science Society Newsletter, and acts
as a liaison between the society and the
public. The executive office is also the
administrative arm of the Philosophy of
Science Association.
To help run the office, Malone
has hired three UF graduate students-
Michal Meyer and Adrian Morse, who
are pursuing PhDs in the history of
science, and
Bill Butchard,
a philosophy
PhD student. An
office manger
will be recruited
through the UF
personnel office
to round out the
group.
After he
gets the society
settled, Malone
will start teach-
ing classes in


Jay Malone


the history department as an adjunct professor. He is
scheduled to teach History of American Science during
the spring 2004 term. Malone's former professors look
forward to having the alumnus join the team.
"Naturally, the department of history is delighted
the society has relocated to UF and that we will have
Jay Malone as a colleague," says Brian Ward, depart-
ment chair. "For many years, history of science has
been one of the most dynamic sections within the
department. The society's arrival will only enhance the
department's national and international reputation as a
center of excellence in this field."
The society will host an open house sometime in
the early fall to give the campus a chance to meet the
group and learn more about the society. The date and
time are still to be announced. For more information
on HSS, go to www.hssonline.org.
-Buffy Lockette


CLASnotes August / September 2003


page b













Examining the World

Through CLAS Centers


UF receives federal funding to boost

international programs on campus


When Leonardo Villal6n arrived at UF last August to serve as
the new director of the Center for African Studies, he knew
he had a daunting task in front of him. He had less than three
months to prepare an in-depth, million-dollar grant proposal
for the US Department of Education's National Resource Cen-
ters funding program. "I wouldn't have come to UF if I hadn't
thought African studies was well placed to receive the funding
again," says Villal6n. "UF has a longstanding program in Afri-
can studies, and our goal now is to take it to new heights."

Villal6n's intensive effort paid off in June when the DOE announced the Cen-
ter for African Studies (CAS) had received another three-year grant, with $459,000
for the first year. In all, CAS will receive $1.4 million to support African language
instruction, faculty hiring, research and outreach programs to secondary-school
teachers, the center's annual Carter Lecture Series and graduate student fellowships.
"This is more money than we have ever received, and it shows the strength of our
faculty and language programs," says Villal6n. "It also shows the institutional sup-


"I believe the reason
UF received funding
for this center is the
strength of its faculty
and the projects they
proposed."
-Leann Brown


port CAS has received
over the years from
CLAS and UE"
Villal6n was not
the only center director
pleased with the DOE's
announcement. The
Center for Latin Ameri-
can Studies, directed
by Charles Wood, also
received another three-
year commitment,


totaling $1.4 million. Nearly half of the center's 120 affiliate faculty members are
from CLAS. Perhaps the largest coup for UF are two newly-funded centers: The
Center for European Studies, led by Assistant Political Science Professor Amie Krep-
pel, which will receive $700,000 during the next three years; and the Transnational
and Global Studies Center led by Dennis Jett, dean of UF's International Center
(UFIC). This new center, which will be housed in the UFIC, has approximately
$690,000 available through 2005. Jett says the new programs are part of UF's con-
tinuing effort to internationalize. "All four of these centers will give our internation-
al efforts a big boost," Jett says. "The fact that UF has five centers funded through
the DOE, including the Center for International Business Education and Research,
is an indicator of the strength and depth of our international programs."


Every three years, the DOE solicits proposals for
its National Resource Centers (NRC) program, which
provides grants to institutions of higher education to
establish, strengthen and operate comprehensive and
undergraduate language and area/international stud-
ies centers. This year, 121 centers from 63 universities
across the US received a three-year NRC grant. The
Center for Latin American Studies has received fund-
ing since the 1960s and is one of 11 centers focusing
on Latin America to receive funding for the 2003-
2005 cycle. The Center for African Studies is one of
nine and has been funded for more than two decades.
"It is a very competitive process," says Villal6n.
"Just because a center has received funding before
does not mean the grant reviewers, and ultimately
the DOE, will think it is worthy to receive it again.
There are top-notch programs that sometimes lose
out on funding during one cycle because they have
not followed through on certain goals and initiatives."
A three-person panel of faculty experts reviews the
grant proposals and rates the centers on everything
from how many languages are taught in a certain area
to library resources. Some of the comments on the
CAS proposal noted UF's outstanding strength in lan-
guage instruction, stating that the center's support for
language is one of the best in the country. They also
praised the diverse and effective outreach activities.
The new Transnational and Global Studies Center
(TGSC) is one of 11 of its kind that received funding
this cycle. It is actually part of the Florida Network for
Global Studies, which includes the Center for Trans-
national and Comparative Studies at Florida Interna-
tional University in Miami as well as the University of
South Florida in Tampa and the University of Central




"These centers will
give our international
efforts a big boost."
-Dennis Jett


CLASnotes August / September 2003


page 6














"It was extremely
gratifying that all
of the hard work in
developing European
Studies...has paid off
in the end."
--Amie Kreppel


Florida in Orlando. Political Science Professor Leann
Brown was the lead UF grant writer for this proposal and
says the funding will be used to support new course offer
ings and research on problems dealing with humanitarian
assistance, human rights, global governance, technology
communications, terrorism, identity and diasporas that
affect people around the world. "I believe the reason
UF received funding for this center is the strength of its
faculty and the projects they proposed," Brown explains.
"We had faculty input from across campus, including
CLAS, agricultural and life sciences, journalism and com-
munications, law, business, and the libraries. To have this
proposal accepted on our first try shows how brilliant our
faculty are in their respective areas."
Some of the TGSC initiatives in CLAS include the
creation of several new courses such as Globalization and
Regional Diversity (geography), Ethnic Cleansing, Forced
Migration and Displaced Persons (history) and Colloquial
Arabic (African and Asian languages and literatures). Con-
ferences and seminars are also planned, including summer
workshops on global issues for K-12 teachers and research
working groups on such topics as transnational informal
economies and security, mass communication and democ-
ratization, and globalization and human rights.
The TGSC also plans to work with the new Center
for European Studies (CES) on language training and
other projects. Amie Kreppel and her colleagues in the
college have been working to build European studies at
UF for three years. These efforts have included a work-
shop on researching and teaching on the European Union
and the development of the European Union Studies Pro-
gram. Even though the ultimate goal has been to establish
the Center for European Studies, Kreppel was somewhat
surprised the center received funding on the first try.
"This does not often happen, but it was extremely grati-
fying that all of the hard work in developing European
Studies leading up to the application has paid off. Obtain-
ing this funding has been a joint effort across CLAS, and
this collaboration made the grant's success possible."
UF's CES is one of 11 centers in the country that
received funding this cycle, and Kreppel says she expects
to work closely with the directors and faculty affiliated
with the other NRCs on campus, including sharing
resources. "TGSC and the CES are already working


together and planning joint events together. We will be assisted in these efforts
by the fact that we will be sharing both an outreach coordinator and a budgets
manager," says Kreppel. "In addition, we will be working with the Center for
International Business Education and Research (CIBER) to provide business
training seminars on conducting business in the new Europe and join in the
efforts ofTGSC and others in providing outreach to the community through
local and regional teacher training workshops. We will also be working with the
library to enhance the European collection, especially through the addition of
more European language resources."
Kreppel says there are a number of tasks to accomplish during the first year of
funding, including the creation of an actual physical center, so interested faculty,
staff, students and community members have a place to go when they have
questions about Europe. Another top priority is to build the European language
resources on campus. "The CES, together with the Center for Modern Greek
Studies and the Department of Classics, have hired a new lecturer in modern
Greek," says Kreppel. "We hope to add a lecturer in Polish and Hungarian in
the fall and work to integrate these lesser and least commonly taught languages
into the curriculum."
In both the African studies and Latin American studies grants, an impor-
tant component of the funding from the DOE is the Foreign Language and
Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship Program, which provides fellowships to assist
graduate students in
foreign languages.
These awards are "It's an intensive
given on an annual process, but when
basis, and the the funding comes
Center for African through, it's a mark
Studies received the of approval and excel-
funding again this lence on our interna-
year. "We received tional programs."
the full amount we -Leonardo Villal6n
requested: eight aca-
demic year and four
summer fellowships, at a total award level of $224,000 per year for three years,"
says Villal6n. "These fellowships, which pay for tuition and provide a stipend,
support graduate students combining foreign language and area studies along
with their major."
This is the first time in UF's history that four centers have received NRC
funding during the same three-year cycle, and UF was the only institution to
receive funding for two newly created centers. Of the 63 universities to receive
funding, 19 have four or more NRCs on campus, with the University of Wis-
consin-Madison having the most with eight centers. Other universities with
four centers include Duke, Harvard, Michigan State, the University of North
Carolina and the University of Texas. NRC/FLAS Program Officer Ed McDer-
mott says UF should be pleased with its efforts this year. "Panel reviewers found
that the four proposals demonstrated excellent existing programs of study, and
the proposed activities made the University of Florida an excellent program to
recommend for funding."
As for the next funding cycle, starting in 2006, Villal6n says he plans to
get a head start on writing that proposal. "This time, I have a couple of years
to write it instead of a couple of months," he says. "It's an intensive process, but
when the funding comes through, it's a mark of approval and excellence on our
international programs.
-Allyson A. Beutke


CLASnotes August / September 2003


page 7










Physics Graduate is
Finalist for National Award
UF physics graduate Taylor Hughes is a finalist for the
2003 LeRoy Apker Award from the American Physical
Society. Hughes, who graduated with highest honors in
May, was nominated for
the national award for
his outstanding achieve-
ments in physics as an
undergraduate student
at UE Hughes main-
tained a 4.0 grade point
average and received a
National Science Foun-
dation fellowship for his
graduate studies at the
University of California,
Taylor Hughes Santa Barbara.
The Apker Award is given annually to two
undergraduate physics students in the US. As a final-
ist, Hughes will receive $2,000 and a plaque. He will
present his research findings in Washington, DC in
September, and the winners will be announced at the
end of September. The UF physics department will
also receive $1,000 to support undergraduate research.
Last year, UF physics graduate Jason Alicea received
the award.







Fulbright Application
Deadline October 6
The Fulbright Award competition is now open for the
2004-2005 academic year. These awards are given to
graduating seniors who want to spend a year of study
in another country before beginning their graduate
careers and to graduate students at all levels and in all
disciplines. Research can be done in more than 140
countries. Applications are due in the Honors Office,
140 Tigert Hall, on October 6. For more informa-
tion, contact campus Fulbright advisor Allan Burns at
afburns@anthro.ufl.edu or visit the Honors Office.







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Around

the College





Library West Slated for Renovation
A two-year renovation and construction project on Library West is slated to
begin this fall, turning the 35-year-old building into a state-of-the-art facility. The
goal of the project is to increase and enhance the library to better serve the needs
of the university's humanities and social science disciplines.
In November, the university will break ground on a new addition to Library
West, which will serve as a "stack" to house print, microform and media collec-
tions. The new facility should reopen in January 2006 and will feature compact
shelving, a cafe and an increased number of comfortable study areas. In January,
renovation will begin on the existing Library West facility and the design plan
calls for better workspace for library staff and the installation of laptop computer
outlets and broadband network workstations.
The first area to be affected by the renovations will be the government docu-
ments department of the library, which will move to the Marston Science Library
in October. In January, the entire Library West staff will be relocated to Smathers
Library (East) or the Marston Science Library. The Library West collections will
be moved to an off-site facility and will not be browsable during the two-year
period, though a library staff member will be able to retrieve requested materials
within a 24-hour notice. The parking lot behind Library West will close perma-
nently in November.
The Smathers Library Bookstore is holding a fall sale to clean out unneeded
materials from all libraries. Located on the first floor of Smathers Library (East),
the store sells books, magazines, records, cassette tapes, compact discs, videos and
posters. The store's hours of operation are Monday-Thursday, 10 am to 2 pm.
Visit www.uflib.ufl.edu for more information.




Career Resource Center
Presents Fall Career Showcase
CLAS students who plan to complete an internship or co-op, or will be entering
the workforce soon, should attend the Career Showcase on September 17 and 18
from 9 am to 3 pm in the O'Connell Center. More than 200 employers will be
recruiting UF students to their companies. A cultural diversity reception will be
held from 3:30 to 5 pm.
Career Resource Center (CRC) staff members are also offering a Showcase
Essentials workshop series to help students create a winning, professional port-
folio. Topics will include all the basics needed for success at Career Showcase-
resumes, preparation, fashion, interviewing and more. Visit the CRC Web site at
www.crc.ufl.edu/showcase for a complete schedule and more information.


CLASnotes August / September 2003


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DEPARTMENT NEWS
Chemistry Criminoloav


In June, Alan Katritzky lec-
tured at the Universities of
Palermo, Messina and Catania,
in Sicily. He also gave talks in
Germany at the Max Planck
Institute in Munich and the
Universities of Erlangen and
Wurzburg. Katritzky was
recently elected as an overseas
member of the Russian Acad-
emy of Sciences.
In September, he will
receive his 11th honorary doc-
torate from the University of
Timisoara, in Romania, and
also lecture at the Hungar-
ian Academy of Sciences in
Budapest and at conferences in
Romania, Hungary and Ger-
many.


The FBI and Bureau of Justice
Statistics have appointed Alex
Piquero to serve on a com-
mittee that will re-vamp the
crime index used by the federal
government. He will attend
an organizational meeting in
Washington, DC in September.

English
The Wolfsonian Museum at
Miami Beach invited Mark A.
Reid to moderate at the sympo-
sium Race and Representation
on the Silver Screen, which was
held on June 17 in conjunction
with the Smithsonian traveling
exhibition Close Up in Black:
African American Film Posters.


History
Bob Hatch has been appointed
to the task force of the Text
Creation Partnership (TCP),
which selects primary texts to
be digitized in a fully searchable
format. The TCP extends the
mission of Early English Books
Online, which contains virtually
every book published in Eng-
land before 1700. Hatch was
appointed for his expertise in
archive research and electronic
media for the scientific revolu-
tion.


Art Exhibit in Women's Studies
The Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research's fall art exhibit is a series
of paintings by Suza Talbot, a postbaccalaureate student in ceramics and sculpture
at UE "Brazil Ironing" is Talbot's tribute to the unique nurturing relationship she
developed as a young girl with the woman hired to do the family's ironing. These
paintings will be on display at the center from August 20 to December 19. A recep-
tion for the artist will be held on September 18 from 4 to 5:30 pm in 3324 Turling-
ton Hall. Visit www.wst.ufl.edu for more information.


CLAS Assembly
The first College Assembly of the fall semester will be
held on Tuesday, September 16 at 4 pm in the Keene
Faculty Center. Dean Neil Sullivan will give his annual
"State of the College" address and introduce new faculty.
A wine and cheese reception will follow. For more infor-
mation, please contact Carol Binello at 392-0780.
The following faculty members were elected to serve
on various committees at last semester's final College
Assembly meeting.
President pro tempore: Term 2003-2004
Carol Murphy, Romance Languages and Literatures

Curriculum Committee: Term 2003-2005
Susan Gillespie, Anrl-... .1..
Bob Hatch, History
Charles Perrone, Romance Languages and Literatures
Kathryn Williams, Chemistry

Nominating Committee: Term 2003-2005
Kim Emery, English
Christina McCrae, Psychology
Chris Snodgrass, English
Alexandre Turull, Mathematics


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


CLASnotes August / September 2003


Physics
Charles University in Prague
has awarded Guenakh Mit-
selmakher a commemorative
medal acknowledging his
achievements as one of the
world's leading experimental
particle physicists. The citation
mentioned his outstanding con
tributions to particle colliders
research and his collaborations
with the university's major
research centers. The ceremony
took place at the Physics in
Large Hadron Collider (LHC)
conference held at the universi-
ty in July. Founded in the 14th
century by Charles the Fourth,
emperor of the Holy Roman
Empire, Charles University is
one of the oldest universities in
Europe.


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Quantum Theory

Expert Continues

Research at UF

At an age when most professors are drawing their careers
to a close, Chemistry Professor Frank Harris, 74, is still receiv-
ing grants from the National Science Foundation. He recently
received a $120,000 regular research grant from the organiza-
tion, which he will use to study processes in atomic physics.


Frank Harris
Frank Harris


Grants
Through the Division of
Sponsored Research

May-June 2003
Total: $17,546,090

Other Grant News:
Congratulations to the Quantum Theory Proj-
ect for receiving a $2.5 million award from
the National Science Foundation-in addition
to the $2.2 million grant it was awarded in
1999-to conduct information technology
research. Frank Harris is a senior researcher
on the grant and other participants include
Rodney Bartlett (chemistry and physics),
principal investigator; co-principal investiga-
tors Hai-Ping Cheng (chemistry and physics)
and Sam Trickey (chemistry and physics); and
senior researchers Erik Deumens (chemistry
and physics) and Jim Dufty (physics).

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


"The grant itself, as these things go,
is very small," Harris says. "It is designed
to basically keep me functioning for the
next three years. It has some support for
me, some support for travel and some
support for an assistant. But it's not a
big, empire-building type grant."
Harris' "empire" had long been
built before he came to UF as an
adjunct professor in 1998. Born in the
Boston suburb of Quincy, Massachu-
setts, he decided to become a chem-
ist because it was "fun and easy." He
earned a BA from Harvard University
in 1950 and a PhD from the University
of California, Berkeley in 1953. He
taught at Harvard, UC-Berkeley and
Stanford University before settling in at
the University of Utah in 1968, where
he has been a professor of chemistry and
physics for the past 35 years and served
a term as dean of the College of Science.
Harris has research collabora-
tions with the University of Namur
in Belgium and Queen's University in
Ontario and taught quantum chemistry
to European graduate students for 11
summers at the University of Uppsala in
Sweden. In 1998, Harris partially retired
from the University of Utah, but he still
teaches one course there each fall.
"My typical pattern is to go to
Utah for almost two weeks, then come
back here for four or five days to keep
things current, and then go back there
for another two or three weeks," he says.
"In the spring, I'm here at UF, and I go
back there for a few days every three or
four weeks to keep in touch."
At UF, Harris is a member of the
Quantum Theory Project (QTP) and
helps organize the group's Sanibel Sym-


posia, the world's largest annual meeting
of theoretical chemists. He is on the edi-
torial board of the International Journal
of Quantum Chemistry and is a senior
investigator on an NSF group grant on
Knowledge and Distributed Intelligence
(KDI), of which Chemistry Professor
Rodney Bartlett is the principal investi-
gator.
Shortly after Harris came to UF, he
signed a gift agreement worth $1 mil-
lion to endow a professorship in QTP.
He pledged $600,000, and the state is
matching $400,000. The professorship,
which will be completely funded in
2007, will be named in Harris' honor.
"I came to UF because its theoreti-
cal chemistry group is internationally
acclaimed, and it contains people I
enjoy working with," he told CLASnotes
in April 1999. "The QTP was generous
enough to offer me first-class working
accommodations and status within the
group long before I decided to make the
donation."
Harris' new grant will allow him
to research collisions of extremely small
atoms-about the size of hydrogen and
helium-to find better methods of cal-
culation for scientists. "Frank is a world
expert on this kind of thing," says his
NSF program officer, Barry Schneider.
"His applied mathematical skills are
second to none, and it clearly showed to
reviewers in his proposal. I think with a
person like Frank, it's not an age issue.
You may slow down, but your brain
keeps working and you get new ideas."
-Buffy Lockette


CLASnotes August / September 2003


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Bookbeat

Recent publications

from CLAS faculty


Sidney Wade


Marriages and
Families, second
edition
Constance L.
Shehan (Sociol-
ogy)
Allyn and Bacon


Family values
have taken
center stage in
national debates,
and political
pundits predict
the demise of the American family. Popular
culture is filled with stories about the chal-
lenges of courtship and marriage; the intense
longing many people have to be parents and
the lengths to which they will go to bring
children into their lives; and the devastation
brought by divorce. In the textbook, Shehan
attempts to broaden the understanding of the
wide diversity of ways in which people orga-
nize daily family lives. She interweaves into
the text the principle that there are many dif-
ferent forms of intimate relationships beyond
the traditional, heterosexual or two-parent
family.
-Preface


Celestial Bodies
Sidney Wade (English)
Louisiana State University Press

In her bedroom, Sidney Wade writes in the
presence of her books and the silence of her
house. Like the rotation of the stars, the
poems, "Thirteen Moons" and "Little Body
Songs," among the many others, revolve in
her mind. It has taken six years for them to
spin into her fourth book of poems, Celestial
Bodies.
At first she wanted to entitle the book
Degenerate News, after a line in the last poem,
but Wade decided on one that encompasses
repeated themes. "I was struck by the abun-
dance of astronomical and corporeal entities
and wandered on over to the phrase which
eventually stuck," Wade says. "Celestial bod-
ies-I love the sound of it."
Wade gathers ideas from conversations,
daily encounters or memories of her travels,
all of which she channels into her poems. In
composing the poems, she navigates her sub-
conscious and indulges herself in wordplay.
The creation of poetry, Wade explains, is a
mysterious art, a process unable to be fully
explained.


The Novel in the
Ancient World
Gareth Schmel-
ing (Classics)
Brill Academic
Publishers, Inc.

From classics
and history to
Jewish rabbinic
narratives and
the canonical
and noncanoni-
cal gospels of
earliest Christianity, the relevance of study-
ing the novel of the later classical periods of
Greece and Rome is widely endorsed. Some
scholars say those ancient novels are "alterna-
tive histories," for they tell history implicitly
rather than with the intentional biases of
the historian. The Novel in the Ancient World
surveys the new approaches and insights to
the ancient novel and wrestles with the issues
such as the development, transformation
and christianization of the novel, e.g. Spirit-
inspired versus inspired by the Muses.
-Book Jacket


As an Eng- S I L
lish professor, I
Wade has taught
at UF since 1993
and has authored
Empty Sleeves
(1990), Green
(1998), and
From Istanbul
(1998). During
the past 10 years,
she has discov-
ered her creative
juices particularly flow in the spring, when
she does not teach classes and her children
are in school. If she's lucky, a "good group of
the poems arrive in an ecstatic bunch." Wade
stops writing for about seven months a year
because teaching and family responsibilities
swallow up her writing time.
Wade is a mother of two children,
and she feels somewhat maternal about her
poems. "It is a deeply unfair question to ask
which poem is my favorite," she says. "It's like
asking which of your children you like best.
While none of them is perfect, they each have
their individual strength and charm."
-Brenda Lee



World Views,
Religion, and the
Environment: A
GlobalA,. .-.'..
Richard Foltz
(Religion)
Thomson/ Wad-
World Views. Rdgon, and the Enilronment worth
A GOBAL ANTH In an age when
life support
RIard C.Mt, systems are in
jeopardy, the
relationship of
humanity to nature needs to be re-addressed
in spiritual as well as material terms. Within
the world of faith institutions, there has been
increasing attention in recent years to envi-
ronmental stewardship issues. Contemporary
debates have begun from the assertion that
Western values and Christianity, in particular,
are to blame for the present global crisis. Is
this accusation valid? Are other traditions
more "eco-friendly"? Composed of 65 essays,
World Views, Religion, and the Environment is
a compilation of what various cultural tradi-
tions of the world say about human responsi-
bility toward the natural environment.
-Preface


CLASnotes August / September 2003


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UF History Gurus Kick Off

Fall Florida Frontiers

Lecture Series


Now celebrating its 150th birthday, UF has commissioned
two historians to tell of its past. Archivist Carl Van Ness
and English Professor Kevin McCarthy, who co-authored
the new book Honoring the Past, Shaping the Future, will
kick off the fall 2003 Florida Frontiers Lecture Series. Van
Ness and McCarthy will present a brief history of UF on
Wednesday, September 3, at 7:30 pm in the Florida Muse-
um of Natural History, Powell Hall.
The co-authors worked together for more than a year
to produce the book, which begins with UF's origin in
1853 and includes five sections, each portraying a differ-
ent part of UF's history. "There were only 116 pages to fit
150 years of history," Van Ness says. "It was hard to decide
what to leave out of the book." However, many of the 225
photos that are included in the book-and will also be
seen during the lecture-accent student life, Van Ness says.
The book highlights photos taken by alumni during their
time at UE
For the first half of the lecture, Van Ness will talk
about student life during UF's early years while McCarthy
will speak in the second half about UF's history from the
1950s to present times, focusing especially on how UF
became a coeducational institution.


The College of Liberal Arts and Sci-
ences organized the Florida Frontiers Lec-
ture Series last year as a way to commemorate
UF's birthday celebration. The series is a class for
UF students, and the lectures are free and open to
the public. Lectures take place every Wednesday eve-
ning at 7:30 pm at one of three venues located in UF's
Cultural Plaza, including the Ham Museum of Art, the
Black Box Theatre at the Phillips Center for the Perform-
ing Arts, and the Florida Museum of Natural History.
Future lecturers include Vice Admiral Michael
Cowan, surgeon general of the US Navy, on September
17; Sharon Dunwoody, professor of journalism at the
University of Wisconsin-Madison, on October 1; and
Stephen Stills of the music group Crosby, Stills and Nash,
on October 22.
The colleges of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Edu-
cation, Fine Arts, Journalism and Communications,
Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Medicine are sponsoring
the series. Visit www.clas.ufl.edu/150 or call 846-2032 for
more information.
-Brenda Lee


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