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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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October 2003
Volume 17

The University of Florida
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences




--Po -8

In this Issue:

My Greek Adventure:
The Lombardi Scholar
Experience ...................................... 3

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

CLAS Develops New
Paris Research Center..................... 6

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

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

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

Explore myUFL.............................. 12

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

CLASnotes is published by the College of Liberal
Arts and Sciences to inform faculty, staff and stu-
dents of current research and events.

Contributing Editor:
Design & Photography:

Neil Sullivan
Allyson A. Beutke
Buffy Lockette
Jane Dominguez
Brenda Lee
Kimberly A. Lopez
Garry Nonog

Additional Photography and Illustrations:
Courtesy David Kennedy: cover
Courtesy Trang Tran: p. 3
Garry Nonog: p. 4 (Cao, Cohn), p. 5 (Martcheva,
Oppenheimer, Park)
Courtesy Cornell University: p. 6-7
Buffy Lockette: p. 8
Jeff Stevens: p. 12

Printed on
recycled paper

The Dean's


Quality Comes First
In difficult times, when resources are scarce and pressures
mount to add more course offerings and build new pro-
grams, the first priority must be on building excellence. We
must be careful not to expand in all areas, but deliberately
focus on selected areas to build a mark of distinction that
sets UF apart as a recognized leader in chosen fields.
An investment in the fundamental academic core will
allow us to build the college and university to a level where
we can say Florida has a great institution that provides
the leadership, inspiration for new technologies, and the
methods for addressing the needs of the young and elderly
of our population. No state the size of Florida can look to
the future with confidence without having one (or two)
outstanding institutions that provide the stimulus for new
We have made some excellent moves toward this goal
with well-focused initiatives and some recent new bold
efforts, such as the Paris Research Center (see page 6),
which will provide a unique opportunity to develop and
foster international research and educational opportunities
at the highest level across a wide sector of UF interests, as
well as strengthen the college's already significant research
collaborations with scholars in France. We must stay
focused and build vertically on these and similar endeavors
if we are to approach the status of a top US learning center.
By all accounts, the quality of our entering students,
undergraduates and graduate, has risen dramatically in the
past two years. These students are exceptional and, in many
cases, could enter several of the top institutions in the
nation. They have high expectations of UF in terms of the
quality of offerings, in both the classroom and the research
laboratory, often in our most challenging disciplines.
They know their careers and opportunities depend on the
strength of their degrees and first research achievements.
We need to work harder than ever to provide the programs
of excellence they seek. Even as the college and university
continue to grow, we must be mindful of maintaining high
quality opportunities for the further advancement ofUF,
Florida and our global relations.

Neil Sullivan
sullivan@phys. ufl. edu

On the Cover:
The inaugural group of Lombardi Scholars traveled to Greece this summer, where they studied art
and archaeology with UF Art History Professor Barbara Barletta.

CLASnotes October 2003

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My REEK Adventure

The Lombardi Scholar Experience

From ancient Mayan ruins to the crumbling steps of the Par-
thenon, the UF Lombardi Scholars have become sawy world
travelers. Just back from a trip to Greece, the inaugural group
of Lombardis has gained a broader understanding of world
diversity since entering the program last year as recent high

school graduates.

"Traveling abroad has cer-
tainly widened my hori-
zons," says Trang Tran, an
integrated biology major.
"I feel more mature and
even more open to new
ideas and experiences. I've
seen how foreigners live
and how they think about
Americans and our way
of life. It's made me ques-
tion the way things work
in the world and what
I can do in my role as a
university student."
The Lombardi
Scholars Program, now in
its second year, was estab-
lished in 2002 in honor
of John V. Lombardi,
former UF president
and history professor.
Each year, eight entering
freshmen from across
Florida are chosen to be
part of the prestigious

scholarship program. In
addition to a generous
financial package, the stu-
dents participate in four,
all-expense-paid sum-
mer research adventures
tailored especially for
them. Last summer, the
first group of Lombardis
spent an entire summer
researching Mayan cul-
ture in Merida, Mexico.
This year, they spent two
and a half weeks studying
classical archaeology and
art in Greece.
"In the spirit of John
Lombardi, we're trying
to expose them to new
places, new ideas and
different ways of life,"
says Jeanna Mastrodicasa,
associate director of the
UF Honors Program. "I
think a lot of maturity
comes from international

travel and, especially in
these trying times, we
want to make sure they
have the opportunity to
see how the world really
operates and understand
that the world does not
revolve around the US."
The students were
headquartered in Athens,
but they also traveled to
Santorini, home of the
civilization believed to be
the source of the Atlantis
myth; the Peloponnesos,
where Olympia is located;
Nauplion, the first capital
of Greece; and Delphi, a
sacred site and home of
the Temple of Apollo.
Barbara Barletta, an
art history professor and
organizer of the trip, was
able to explain each site's
significance to the group
and fill them in on the

historical contexts. "I
really wanted them to be
inspired by Greece," she
says. "The Greeks today
live in the shadow of the
greatness they once had,
and I wanted them to
see this kind of country
and how it is coming to
terms with its past." Each
student was assigned a
topic to research and
was required to give a
presentation to the other
students at the sites they
visited. They had to keep
a travel journal during
their stay and, at the
end of the trip, wrote a
750-word essay explain-
ing their experiences and
what they learned.
While the inaugural
group of scholars was in
Greece, the new group of
Lombardis selected this
spring was in Mexico,
going through the same
study abroad program the
first group experienced
last summer. "We call it
Lombardi boot camp,"
says Jennifer Bonds, a
food science and human
nutrition major and one

of the first Lombardi
Scholars. "We think all
the first-year Lombardis
should go to Merida,
so they can learn about
who they are as a per-
son. It really does help
you live on your own
for the first time. I had
to live by myself with a
strange family in a strange
country, and my Spanish
wasn't even that good, so
it really helped me grow
a lot. In Greece, we were
more like tourists, we
weren't there long enough
to blend in with the local
Next summer, the
first and second group
of Lombardis will be
brought together for their
next trip, and though the
country has not yet been
selected, they are already
getting excited about
their next adventure. "I
would love to go to Africa
or even Japan," Tran says.
"We've visited Central
America and a small part
of Europe, let's go some-
where new!"

-Buffy Lockette

Lombardi Scholars
Todre Allen, Immokalee
Jennifer Bonds, Tallahassee
Casey Furman, Bradenton
David Kennedy, Jacksonville
Michael Lane, Longwood
Robert Mack, Williston
Ryan Smith, Niceville
Trang Tran, Tampa

Taylor Gilliland, Sarasota
Omar Ishaq, Panama City
Karly Jacobsen, St. Augustine
Raechel Steckley, Loxahatchee
Jeffrey Swindling, Jacksonville
Hunter Williams, Parkland
Joseph P. Wilson, Altamonte Springs
Jeffrey Wong, Ft. Lauderdale

Visit www.honors.ufl.edu/lombardi for more information about the program.

CLASnotes October 2UU3

page 3


New Faculty

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

Charles Cao is an
assistant professor
in the Department
of Chemistry. He
received his PhD in
physical chemistry
from Jilin University
in China. Before
coming to UF,
he was a research
associate in the
chemistry department at Northwestern Uni-
versity. His research addresses the problems
that are at the interface of nanochemistry and
bio-analytical chemistry. More specifically,
he studies nanocrystal synthesis, nanocrystal
assembly, and nanocrystals for use as biologi-
cal markers. This fall, he is teaching a gradu-
ate-level nanotechnology course.

Peter Collings, an
assistant professor
of 1nrlr p, ,1 ,
received a PhD
from Pennsylvania
State University, and
his dissertation was
on the perceptions
of aging, the life
course, and culture
change among Inuit
in the Canadian Arctic. His current research
examines hunting and food sharing among
Inuit, specifically the social network of food
sharing between younger and older Inuit.
This fall, Collings is teaching two graduate
seminars-Culture and Aging and Language
and Culture.

Un~Bi o Jill Ciment is a
professor of cre-
ative writing in
the Department of
English. She studied
film and painting at
the California Insti-
tute of the Arts and
received a master's
degree in creative
., writing from the
University of California at Irvine in 1981. She
has taught fiction at Vassar College, Columbia
University and The New School for Social
Research. Ciment has published many works
of fiction and her upcoming novel, The Tattoo
Artist, will be published next year. Ciment
received the New York State Fellowship for
the Arts in 1996 and 2002, and, in 1996,
she was awarded a fellowship from National
Endowment for the Arts. This fall, she is
teaching two courses on fiction writing.

Matthew Gallman
is a professor in the
Department of His-
tory. He received a
PhD from Brandeis
University in 1986
and was a professor
at Loyola College,
Gettysburg College
and Occidental Col-
1" lege before coming
to UE His area of expertise is 19th century
American history, particularly the Civil War,
and he is working on a book about 19th cen-
tury orator Anna Elizabeth Dickinson, which
is due for publication by Oxford University
Press in late 2004. This semester, Gallman
is teaching two seminar courses: Readings in
19th Century US History and The Civil War
on the Home Front.

Martin Cohn is an
associate professor
in the Department
of Zoology. He
received a PhD in
developmental biol-
ogy from University
College London
(UK) in 1997 and
held a David Phil-
lips Research Fel-
lowship at the University of Reading (UK)
before coming to UE His research centers on
the molecular genetics of embryonic develop-
ment and evolution. Cohn will be teaching
Developmental Biology.

Matthew Jacobs, an
assistant professor
in the Department
of History, received
a PhD from the
University of North
Carolina at Chapel
Hill in December
2002. He is cur-
rently revising his
dissertation, which
explores the ways US policy-makers, academ-
ics, business people and journalists tried to
understand and interpret the Middle East
during 1945-1967. He is also working on
an article that explores how these Americans
have understood Islam. At UF, Jacobs will
teach courses on US foreign relations, US
history and world history.

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page 4

Helen Lee is an
assistant professor
in the Department
of African and
Asian Languages
and Literatures. She
received a PhD in
modern Japanese
literature from
the University of
California, Irvine.
Her research focuses on a variety of popular
media-poetry, travelogues, manga comics
and photography-produced during Japan's
imperial expansion of 1868-1945, to investi-
gate race and race relations between Japanese
settlers of working class and colonial subjects.
She is teaching a special topics course, Repre-
sentations of Japan's Modern Empire, and a
third-year Japanese language class.

David Oppen-
heimer is an asso-
ciate professor in
the Department
of Botany, and he
completed his PhD
at the University of
Cities in 1987. He
is working on two
projects funded by
the National Science Foundation-the first
focuses on understanding how plant cells
control their shape, and the second explores
how the angiosperm flower evolved. He will
be teaching General Biology and Cell Biology
at UE

Maia Martcheva is
an assistant profes-
sor of mathemat-
ics. She received
a PhD in applied
mathematics from
Purdue Univer-
sity in 1998. Before
coming to UF, she
was a visiting pro-
fessor at Arizona
State University and the University of Trento
in Italy. She also has been a visiting scientist
at Purdue University and an instructor at
Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, NY.
Martcheva's research interests include math-
ematical biology, and she deals with problems
in mathematical demography and math-
ematical epidemiology. This semester, she is
teaching Introduction to Numerical Analysis
and Applied Mathematics and Algorithms.

Trevor Park is an
assistant professor
of statistics. He
comes to UF from
Cornell University,
Where he received a
44 PhD in operations
research in August
2003. His research
interests include
multivariate analysis
and covariance modeling techniques, par-
ticularly principal component analysis and
related methods. This semester, he is teaching
Mathematical Statistics I.

Jason Neelis, an
assistant profes-
sor of religion,
received a PhD
from the University
of Washington in
2001. His disserta-
tion focused on the
long-distance trade
and the transmis-
sion of Buddhism
throughout northern Pakistan. His current
research focuses on summaries of edifying
stories, called avadanas, in early Buddhist
manuscripts from ancient Gandhara, which
is today known as northwest Pakistan and
eastern Afghanistan.

Daniel Smith, an
associate professor
of political science,
received a PhD
from the Univer-
sity of Wisconsin at
Madison in 1994.
He has taught at
the University of
Denver for the past
-' eight years and also
taught at West Virginia University and Beloit
College. Smith serves on the board of direc-
tors of the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center
Foundation and is a senior research fellow
for the Initiative and Referendum Institute.
His research examines the politics and pro-
cesses of direct democracy and his upcoming
book, Educated by Initiative: The Democratic
Effects of Citizen Lawmaking in the American
States, will be published by the University of
Michigan Press in early 2004. This fall, he
is teaching a graduate seminar on American
political parties and an undergraduate course
on political parties and elections.

CLASnotes October 2003

page 5

CLAS Develops New 0

research center

The University of Florida will soon have a
strong research presence in Paris, France,
thanks to the creation of the new Paris
Research Center. Located at Columbia
University's Reid Hall building in Paris,
the Paris Research Center (PRC) offers UF
scholars an international home office for
communications and consultation, meet-
ing and classroom space, and limited
office space for program directors and

Gayle Zachmann, an associate
professor of French, conceived the idea
to develop the center and serves as its
director. She notes this is an unprec-
edented step in internationalizing the
curriculum. "UF is one of, if not the
only, university to have an overseas
research center of this scope at Reid
Hall," she says. "The PRC should prove
a significant asset to UF's efforts to
recruit faculty and graduate students of
the highest distinction."
UF recently established member-
ship with Reid Hall, which has a dis-
tinguished past of intellectual, artistic
and cultural activity dating back to the
19th century. In 1964, the building was
bequeathed to Columbia University,
which runs undergraduate and gradu-
ate programs at the site, and recently
inaugurated the international Institute
for Scholars. Other Reid Hall members
and international programs include,
Dartmouth College, Smith College and
Tulane University.
UF's PRC is designed to welcome
researchers from all disciplines. It is ideal
for scholars and students in the humani-
ties, fine arts and social sciences, as well
as those from areas as diverse as Europe-
an Union studies, business, architecture,
environmental and biomedical research.
"We are already working on interna-
tional initiatives with the departments of
English, history, and physics, the Center
for the World Arts in the College of
Fine Arts, the Warrington College of
Business, and numerous departments
in the College of Liberal Arts and Sci-

ences," Zachmann says.
The center was established thanks
to the enthusiastic support of the Office
of the Provost, the College of Liberal
Arts and Sciences, and the UF Interna-
tional Center. UF International Center
Dean Dennis Jett says this new initiative
will further internationalize UE "One
of the major challenges
of doing research or
teaching abroad
is the effort and
time that has
to be spent on "UF is one of, if nol
things we take
for granted on versity to have an o
such as center of this scope
having PRC should prove a
room to UF's efforts to re(
space and
access to graduate students c
e-mail, fax tinction."
machines and
The Paris
Research Center
will provide this kind
of support and make it
much easier for faculty wanting to do
research or plan study abroad activities
in Paris and the surrounding area.
The PRC offers meeting and class-
room space, as well as an administrative
home base for faculty members who
wish to use Paris and its surrounding
regions as their classroom. "One of the
PRC's goals is to facilitate faculty and

CLASnotes October 2003

page b

graduate research abroad, providing opportunities for
the development of workshops in Paris, and develop-
ing summer and semester study abroad programs in
France and the European Union," says Zachmann.
One of the first faculty members to take advan-
tage of the PRC is Physics Professor Jim Dufty, who is
working with Zachmann to organize an international
conference on granular fluids in November at the
PRC. Political Science Professor Richard Conley is
also utilizing the center this fall while he is on research
leave in Paris as a scholar-in-residence at the
Centre amnricain de Sciences-Po. In
addition to using the PRC's office
and research facilities, Conley
is developing a unique under-
graduate capstone course for
: the only, uni- spring 2004. "This capstone
Experience will offer students
erseas resthe exceptional opportunity
at Reid Hall. The to visit political institu-
tions and historical
i significant asset museums in Paris,
facuy attend lectures by
fruitt faulty and French and European
if the highest dis- scholars of political science
and history, and visit World
War II battlefields in Nor-
-Gayle Zachmann mandy," Conley says.
In addition to the course
Conley is developing, English
professors Maureen Turim, Scott
Nygren, Mark Reid and Richard
Burt plan to teach courses in the spring and
summer as well. Burt's course will involve filming the
French Renaissance on location and in the studio. "By
going to a variety of sites, students will consider how
shooting on location in Paris differs from shooting on
a studio sound stage as a means of achieving historical
authenticity," says Burt. "We'll take day trips to exam-
ine related paintings at the Louvre used as sources for
costumes, lighting and set design and also access films

not available on DVD or VHS or avail-
able only in censored form at the Paris
Also, next summer, Associate Pro-
fessor of History Sheryl Kroen will com-
bine her research and teaching interests
into a course about the rise of consumer
culture in France since the 18th century.
"What could be a better site for this
teaching experience than Paris-the cap-
ital of world fashion, the birthplace of
the department store, modern retailing
and advertising, and the source of some
of the most important critical writings
on consumer culture," asks Kroen.
Kroen's colleague in the history
department, Bob Hatch, will also spend
some time next summer at the PRC. He
will teach a new course called City of
Light: Paris in the 17th Century. Hav-
ing conducted research in Paris for near-
ly three decades, Hatch is familiar with
the archive treasures in Paris. "If Paris is
a metaphor of transformation and stabil-
ity, the course aims to expose the excite-
ment of libertinism, the tension that
came with the Counter Reformation,
and the sense of instability that rocked
the world in the wake of the Coperni-
can Revolution," Hatch says. "What
is important in a course of this kind is
that students have an opportunity to

work closely with their professor, to con-
duct original research, and to assess for
themselves how scholarly research at the
most fundamental level differs from the
chapter titles found in their textbooks.
To this academic benefit, having access
to world-class libraries is more than a
special tourist stop.
Other professors slated to teach
courses next spring and summer
include, Assistant Professor of French
Rori Bloom and Terry Schnadelbach, a
professor of landscape architecture in the
College of Design, Construction and
In addition to the capstone courses,
Zachmann is working to create a semes-
ter business program with the College
of Business and hopes to encourage
faculty to design discipline-specific study
abroad programs based at the PRC.
"The enthusiastic response from the
administration, faculty and students
has been simply extraordinary," says
Zachmann. "We are striving to create
overseas programs and activities of the
highest caliber."
-Allyson A. Beutke

CLASnotes October 2003

page 7

Mark Your Calendars

UF Seahorse Key Marine Lab
Celebrates 50 Years with Lecture Series
Warren Porter from the University of Wiscon-
sin-Madison will present the first lecture in the
series, "Modeling Animal Landscapes: Applica-
tions to Preservation and Conservation of Rare
and Endangered Species," on October 9 at 3:30
pm in room 282 of the Reitz Union. Visit www.
zoo.ufl.edu/shkml/ for more information about
the series, or contact Harvey Lillywhite at 392-

FFRI Events
The France-Florida Research Institute is
sponsoring a RISK Cinema Series this fall at the
Harn Museum of Art. The series is dedicated to
presenting experimental documentary and nar-
rative work on film, video and DVD. Screen-
ings will be held on select Tuesdays in October
and November at 7:30 pm in the Harn audito-
rium. Admission is $4 for the general public, $3
for students, and free for members of the Harn.
Visit www.harnmuseum.org for a complete
From October 13-15, the FFRI will host
visiting professor Hilene Cixous, a professor
from the University of Paris VIII and the direc-
tor of its Center for Research on Feminist Stud-
ies. For a complete listing of the events she will
participate in, visit www.clas.ufl.edu/

The Department of Sociology is hosting
"Environment and Society," a colloquium series
that cuts across disciplines to explore issues on
public health, environmental justice, and land
use/land cover change. Visit www.soc.ufl.edu/
colloquia03-04.html for a complete schedule.

The Hispanic Subject
This fall, the Center for the Humanities and
the Public Sphere, the Office of Research and
Graduate Programs and the Department of
Romance Languages and Literatures are pre-
senting the conference "Hispanism, Hispanic
Communities, and US Academia: Changing the
Hispanic Subject in the Era of Globalization."
Visit http://plaza.ufl.edu/vjordan/ Conferencia.
html for a complete listing of lectures.

Aroun leg

the College

CLAS Students Receive Fulbright Awards
A record number of nine current and former UF students have received Fulbright
grants this year, giving them the opportunity to spend the 2003-2004 academic year
abroad. Eight of the nine are current CLAS students or graduates of the college.
Named for Senator J. William Fulbright, the program was established in 1946
as a step towards building international cooperation through the exchange of people,
knowledge and skills. The prestigious award funds living and travel expenses for
approximately 1,000 American students each year for post-baccalaureate study in
more than 140 countries. A record 59 students from UF applied for Fulbright grants
this year. Below are the recipients from CLAS, listed with the year they graduated,
their major, and the country where they will study.
James Andrews, May 2003, French and zoology- France
Nour Kawa, December 2002, political science, economics and business administra-
tion- Spain
Grant King, May 2003, French and history-France
Justin Kitchens, May 2003, Russian and near Eastern languages- Jordan
Laia Mitchell, May 2003, irl'i..p..1.. and political science- Spain
Katherine Prevost, May 2003, economics and history- France
Timothy Sexton, May 2003, German and history-Germany
Amber Yoder Wutich, a doctoral student in anthropology-Bolivia.

Students Write
"Trailing Spouse"
The Chronicle of Higher Education has
selected zoology graduates Tamatha
Barbeau and Greg Pryor out of more
than 400 applicants to participate in
its job search diary program. Barbeau,
a PhD student, and Pryor, an adjunct
professor who recently received his
PhD, are a husband and wife duo hop-
ing to begin their careers as college pro-
fessors. Over the next year, the couple
will apply for jobs and write about their experiences for the academic magazine.
"We're both going to be looking for an academic faculty track position in the
same department, at the same colleges," Pryor says. "We realize there are a lot of
obstacles against us, but we also believe that our situation is increasingly common-
The couple will write four 1,000-word columns about their job search and will
be paid $500 per story. The first article was published on September 17 and focused
on the beginning of their search-what they are looking for in an institution, where
they plan to apply, and whether they will apply separately or together. The second
article, which will be published in November, will discuss the feedback they received
from the applications. The third article will focus on the interviews they received,
and the final column will sum up the entire experience. You can read their columns
online at www.chronicle.com/jobs/archive/firstpersonarch.htm.

CLASnotes October 2003

page 8

Research by Michael Heckenberger show-
ing the upper Amazon was the site of a
relatively advanced society between A.D.
800 and A.D. 1600 was featured in articles
in several national and international publica-
tions, including U.S. News & World Report,
The Washington Post, Nature, the London
Independent, the German magazine Spiegel,
and Swissinfo.com.

Sarah McAninch, a senior majoring in
in rl-. .p.... and minoring in Arabic, has
received a David L. Boren Undergradu-
ate Scholarship from the National Security
Education Program (NSEP) to study at the
Arabic Language Institute at the American
University in Egypt. She has been awarded
$20,000 to study in Cairo during the 2003-
2004 academic year.

Weihong Tan has received the 2004
PITTCON Achievement Award, given by
the Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical
Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, the
world's largest conference and exposition
on laboratory science and instrumentation.
Tan will be honored in Chicago next March
where he will receive $2,000 and a scroll. A
symposium also will be held in his honor.

Mary Ann Eaverly and Robert Wagman
attended the 16th International Congress of
C1 ..li d1 \ i,:1 ,. '1,- held at Harvard Uni-
versity in August. Eaverly presented "The
Iconography of Gender: Dark Men and
Light Women in Archaic Greek Painting,"
and Wagman presented "An Unusual Scene
of Dendrophoria from Epidauros."

Mark A. Reid's article "Paul Robeson:
Songs of Freedom" appears in African
Americans in Cinema: The First Half Century
by Phyllis R. Klotman (University of Illinois
Press, 2003).

Geological Sciences/LUECI
Mark Brenner and William Kenney
attended the Ninth International Paleolim-
nology Symposium in Espoo, Finland in
late August. Kenney presented a paper titled
"Sediment Records of the Recent Devel-
opment of Phytoplankton Dominance in
Shallow Florida Lakes." Brenner presented
"Groundwater Pumping Irradiates Florida
Landscapes and Confounds Pb-210 Dating
of Recent Lake Sediments."

Brenner, Jason Curtis and David Hodell
organized an international workshop in
Flores, Guatemala, August 10-16 to plan
the scientific drilling of Lake Peten-Itza,
Guatemala. The meeting was funded by
a grant to LUECI from the International
Continental Drilling Program. Thirty-four
scientists, engineers, government agency rep-
resentatives and students from eight coun-
tries-Guatemala, US, France, Switzerland,
Germany, England, Argentina and Italy-
came together to discuss the logistics and
scientific questions associated with retrieving
long sediment cores from the lake.

Doctoral students Ana Maria Andrei and
Emil Badici presented talks at conferences
this summer, based on research conducted
for their master's theses. At the 12th Inter-
national Congress of Logic, 1 rl-.....l.. -,,
and Philosophy of Science held in Oviedo,
Spain in August, Andrei presented "A New
Account of Unbound Anaphora." At the
same conference, Badici presented "Logical
Truth and Extralogical Facts." At the annual
conference of the Society of Exact Phi-
losophy held in Vancouver in June, Andrei
presented "A Pragmatic Account of Donkey
Sentences," and Badici presented "Logical
Truth: A Defense of the Standard Account."

David Copp gave a critical commentary
on the work of Michael Bratman titled
"Framework Reasons and the Stability of
Intention" at the Third Conference on
Moral Philosophy and Practical Reasoning
in Geneva, Switzerland this summer. At the
same conference, Marina Oshana presented
"The Value of Autonomy."

Kirk Ludwig's edited volume on the phi-
losophy of Donald Davidson was recently
published in the Contemporary Philosophy
in Focus series by Cambridge University
Press (2003). Ludwig also presented a paper,
"Hare's Argument for Utilitarianism," at the
Conference on Ethics in Bled, Slovenia in
June. At the same conference, Crystal Thor-
pe presented "A Worry for the Humean
Internalist," and Jon Tresan presented
"Metaethical Internalism Defended."

Greg Ray presented two papers at the
annual conference of the Society of Exact
Philosophy in Vancouver in June, "Chihara
on Possible Worlds" and "Nothing Like the
Sun." Recently, he also published "Tarski
and the Metalinguistic Liar" in the journal
Philosophical Studies.

David Tanner has been elected the vice
chair of the Division of Condensed Matter
Physics by the American Physical Society.
He will assume the office of vice chair at the
March 2004 meeting of the society in Mon-
treal. He will serve as chair elect in 2005
and chair in 2006.

Alan Agresti has been named the Statisti-
cian of the Year for 2003 by the Chicago
chapter of the American Statistical Associa-
tion. He was recognized at an awards lun-
cheon held in his honor in Chicago, during
which delivered the lecture "Binomial Con-
fidence Intervals."

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Atop the Andes Mountains, remnants of Inca legions are
found, but so are ancient beer mugs. These drinking vessels,
or keros, may reveal a ritual relationship between the Wari and
Tiwanaku empires, and Distinguished Professor of Anthropol-
ogy Michael Moseley wants to explore this connection.

Grants through the Division
of Sponsored Research

A $68,000 grant from
the National Institute of
the Humanities will allow
Moseley to further study
ceremonial beer libation
halls in terms of art and
science. A CLAS humani-
ties seed grant allowed
Moseley and his team to
target the excavation site
in summer 2002, and the
new grant will fund two
years of research sched-
uled to begin in June
A number of the
initial keros found on
the high mesa of Cerro
Baul bear a depiction of
Wiraccocha, the princi-
pal deity shared by both
empires, indicating a
strong system of shared
beliefs. The ceremonies,
in which the keros were
used, signified relation-
ships between supe-
rior and inferior figures

becoming equal on a
level of intoxication. The
"sacrament of drunken-
ness" commenced with
the empires burning
down the libation halls.
"Burning down a temple
is not uncommon, but
throwing a big party
before doing so is highly
unusual," Moseley says.
Moseley, who has
worked in the Andes
for more than 30 years,
says he is fortunate even
to have the beer halls to
study because it appears
everything was removed
from the areas and then
burned down. By study-
ing the keros and art,
Moseley and his team
hope to learn more about
communication among
ancient empires. "In our
own age of international-
ization and globalization,
the Andean past may tell

us a great deal about the
nature of confrontation
between nations and the
successes and failures
of strategies of imperial
interaction and control,"
Moseley says.
Anrl-.. .p. .1. chair
Allan Burns says Mose-
ley's unique character,
interesting studies, and
many accomplishments
made the proposal a
strong contender for the
grant. "Moseley has cre-
ativity and flair for link-
ing scientific archaeology
with humanistic issues in
the history of the world,"
Burns says.
Moseley will work
with UF alumnus Patrick
Williams of the Field
Museum, Chicago, on
the project.
-Kimberly A. Lopez

July 2003
Total: $6,725,650

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

CLASnotes October 2003

page 10


Recent publications

from CLAS faculty

Kevin McCarthy (left) and Carl Van Ness

Homicide: A Socio-
Leonard Beeghley
(Sociology) Row-
man & Littlefield
Sitorilea0\ at Publishers, Inc.

1einampl The American
i homicide rate
remains dramati-
Sv I, M r call higher than
,, that of other
Western nations.
News of a murder
has become a rou-
tine event. How do we explain such high levels of
lethal violence in the world's leading democracy?
In Homicide: A Sociological Explanation, Leonard
Beeghley examines the historical and cross-nation-
al dimensions of homicides and evaluates previous
attempts to explain it. He finds the sources of
America's murder rate in the greater availability
of guns, the expansion of illegal drug markets,
greater racial discrimination, increased exposure to
violence, and sharper economic inequalities. He
deftly blends the evidence related to each of these
factors into a well-reasoned sociological analysis of
the nature of American society.

Honoring the Past,
Shaping the Future
When UF turned 50, members of the football
team posed with their rubber nose guards
around their necks. Twenty-two years later, in
1925, Milton L. Yeats composed UF's Alma
Mater. As the university became 131 years old
in 1984, the 30,000-year-old rock was placed
in Turlington Plaza.
Now, as UF is celebrating its 150th birth-
day during 2003, two UF history experts have
decided it is a good time to compile some of
these special moments captured on film into
a pictorial history book. UF archivist and
librarian Carl Van Ness and English Professor
Kevin McCarthy have gathered more than 225
black-and-white and 30 color photographs for
Honoring the Past, Shaping the Future.
The co-authors worked together for more
than a year to produce the new book, which
begins with UF's origin in 1853 and includes
five sections, each portraying a different part
of UF's history. "There were only about 116
pages to fit about 150 years of history," Van
Ness says. "It was hard to decide what to leave
out of the book."
The first chapter, "The Pre-Buckman
Years," outlines the period prior to 1906 when
the university, then located in Lake City, was
known as the East Florida Seminary. In 1905,
the Buckman Act consolidated Florida's seven
state schools into three and moved UF to

East- West Encoun-
ters: Franco-Asian
Cinema and Litera-
ture, Sylvie Blum-
Reid (French)
Columbia Univer-
sity Press

East- West Encoun-
ters: Franco-Asian
Cinema and
Literature is the
first book of its
kind to examine
Franco-Asian film
and literary productions in the context of France's
postcolonial history. It covers French film-makers'
approaches to the Asian 'Other', as well as focus-
ing on the works of Vietnamese and Cambodian
directors living and working in France. The book
thus examines this important contemporary exam-
ple of cultural exchange and establishes a dialogue
between producers and consumers of exoticised
images. It features extensive studies of key texts
such as Emmanuelle, Indochine, The Scent of Green
Papaya and Cyclo.

"The Formative Years" covers 1906 to
1927 and segues into a section on the univer-
sity's progression during World War II, the
Great Depression and the GI Bill. A chapter
on Post-War Expansion, 1948-1975, reviews
UF's structural developments and includes a
chronicle of the history of women and African
Americans at the university. The final chapter,
"A First-Class University" details the past 27
years ofUF through 2003. In addition to the
photos, Van Ness and McCarthy included facts
gathered from books and interviews.
Van Ness has been a UF faculty member
since 1986 and has written several articles on
student life at the university. McCarthy has
published 29 books and has taught at UF for
more than 30 years.
Honoring the Past, Shaping the Future can
be purchased for $19.95 at the UF Bookstore
or online at www.ufl.edu/150.
-Brenda Lee

Speaking in Soviet
Tongues, Michael
Gorham (Russian)
Northern Illinois
University Press

From the classical
dialogues of Plato
to current politi-
cal correctness,
manipulating lan-
guage to advance
a particular set of
values has been
a time-honored
practice. Using a wide range of archival and other
original sources from disciplines central in the
formation and dissemination of language "stan-
dards"-linguistics, education, journalism, and
imaginative literature-Speaking in Soviet Tongues
shows how early Soviet language culture gave
rise to unparalleled verbal creativity and utopian
imagination while sowing the seeds for perhaps
the most notorious forms of Orwellian newspeakk"
known to the modern era.
-Book Jacket

CLASnotes October 2003


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In March 2003, the university
unveiled its new gateway to cam-
pus information, resources and
online systems-the myUFL
Web portal at http://my.ufl.edu.
With the ability to personalize
one's portal, a single sign-on and
24/7 availability, the portal has
garnered much enthusiasm from
UF faculty, staff and students.
Since the initial launch, myUFL
continues to be improved with
software upgrades and more
For news and announce-
ments, myUFL is fast becoming
the ideal place to visit, with more
than 50 news publications, or
"pagelets," representing nearly
every aspect of university life-
from academic departments to
Gator sports. Three new sources

of information are tailored
specifically to faculty, staff and
students and contain "must-see"
news like important events and
critical dates.
CLAS has its own pagelet
on the portal with college-wide
news and information. In order
to view the CLAS pagelet, you
will need to subscribe to it by
clicking on "Personalize Con-
tent" (located under the Top
Page tab) once you sign on to the
portal. Then check the box for
the pagelet(s) you wish to have
on your page, and hit the save
button at bottom of the screen.
The pagelet(s) you checked will
now appear on the page every
time you log on.
Resources currently avail-
able through myUFL include

the Admin Menu,
ISIS, library ser-
vices, GatorLink
services, and the new data
warehouse and reporting
tools for faculty and staff
called Enterprise Report-
ing. As new admin-
istrative systems are
developed for the
university, they will be
accessible only through the por-
Explore myUFL at http://
my.ufl.edu. All you need is
your GatorLink username and
password. If you have forgot-
ten your GatorLink username
or password, please contact the
UF Help Desk at 392-HELP.
Current browser requirements
are listed on the portal below the

area. PeopleSoft recom-
mends using Internet Explorer 6
for the best viewing experience.
If you have any questions
about the CLAS pagelet on the
portal, please contact Allyson
Beutke or Buffy Lockette in the
CLAS News and Publications
Office at 846-2032 or send an
e-mail to editor@clas.ufl.edu.

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