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    Around the college
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November 2003
Vol. 17

The University of Florida
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences



In this Issue:

Becoming a World Citizen ............ 3

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

African Drummer
Brings Teaching
& Talents to UF ................................. 6

Saving An
Endangered Language ..................

In Memory:
Paul Kotey ................................... 7

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

G rants........................... ........... 10

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

CLAS Homecoming BBQ ................ 12

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
News and Publications
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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:
Yolanda Hernandez-Albujar: cover, p. 3
Garry Nonog: p. 4 (Caputo); p. 5 (Matondo);
p. 6 (DaCosta)
Courtesy Department of African and Asian Lan-
guages and Literatures: p. 7 (Kotey)
Leslie Anderson: p. 8 (Dodd)
James C. Netherton, Whitney Lab: p. 10

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The Dean's


A New Helmsman
After a heated presidential search under Florida's blistering
Sunshine law, the Board of Trustees, with wide university
support, has selected James Bernard "Bernie" Machen as
our new president. He brings a wealth of experience and
understanding from a presidency at the University of Utah
and a provost appointment at the University of Michigan.
The commitment to appoint an academic leader who can
move the institution to the next level of excellence was
clearly set by the board's focus and energy on recruiting an
outstanding group of candidates, all of whom had great
interest in our university.
One outcome, unexpected perhaps by some in the
community, was the articulation by all the candidates of
UF's strengths, and a clear expression of their eagerness and
confidence in being able to move the university forward
extensively in the future. The selection process, as difficult
as it was to execute, set a new standard for the university
and the state.
We are all indebted to President Charles Young, who
has led us to this point in our history, allowing us to truly
believe we are at the threshold of a bold new step. His
efforts to bring the university together to consider a stra-
tegic plan for selected growth, and his insistence on true
faculty involvement in shared governance, are two very
important accomplishments, without which the future
would be uncertain. Young has shone the beam forward,
and now it will be up to our new helmsman to steer us
along his selected course.

Neil Sullivan
sullivan@phys. ufl. edu

On the Cover:
With the help of psychology graduate student Marco Gemignani and other volunteers from the
International Orthodox Christian Charities, Serbian refugees return to Bosnia.

CLASnotes November 2003

page 2

Becoming A

World Citizen

It has been more than 30 years since Coca-
Cola inspired the world with one of the most
memorable television jingles in history, "I'd
Like to Teach the World to Sing." Today,
the company continues to keep the spirit of
world harmony alive through the sponsor-
ship of UF's Coca-Cola World Citizenship
Program. Coordinated by the UF Interna-
tional Center, the program enables gradu-
ate students to work on environmental and
humanitarian assistance projects in develop-
ing countries.
"It's a unique internship opportunity for graduate
students," says Dennis Jett, dean of the UF Interna-
tional Center. "It puts them to work in non-govern-
ment organizations in countries where they gain practi-
cal experience. It is more than just something they can
put on their resumes, as many of them come back with
a totally changed outlook on their future careers."
Since 2000, the program has sent 49 graduate
students to countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin
America. This year, six students from the College of
Liberal Arts and Sciences participated in the program.
Teamed with one of ten partner organizations-
CARE, UNICEF, Red Cross, The Forest Management
Trust, International Orthodox Christian Charities, The
World Conservation Union, World Vision, UNAIDS,
Mercy Corps and AirServ-students are assigned jobs
tailored to their specific areas of expertise and interest.
They spend Summer C, May to August, working on
projects ranging from habitat conservation to educa-
tional programming, health, nutrition, agriculture and
economic stability.
Marco Gemignani, a PhD candidate in counsel-
ing psychology, spent the summer of 2003 working
at a counsel-
ing center
in Belgrade,
Serbia, where
he helped Kos-
ovar refugees
overcome the
cal concerns
acquired dur-
ing the war in
their region
in the 1990s.
"It was a very
for many of
them," Gemi-

Marco Gemignan toretront) and his par it
International Ortho x Christian Ch i
Serbian homes that we dtroy

gnani says. "They lived with the huge
noise, the smell, the fear-and you still see
it in the population. A lot of people, for
example, have trouble sleeping, particularly
during thunderstorms, because the sound
of thunder is very similar to the sound of a
Gemignani met with clients, partici-
pated in reconstruction and development
projects, and interviewed several interna-
tional humanitarian organizations working
in the area to familiarize himself with their
missions and to extend the visibility of the
organization he worked for, International
Orthodox Christian Charities. "One of
my main interests was to see what way a
war-that seems so far in the past-has
deep, psychological consequences for the
Anr.l-.p. .1..;, PhD candidate Omaira
Bolafios went to El Salvador, where she
helped Mercy Corps examine how a new
housing project to be built in the region
will affect local communities. She also
developed and implemented gender train-
ing workshops. "From this internship, I
gained valuable experience and a better
understanding of the different factors
embedded in development agendas,"
Bolafios says. "I was required to put into
practice and integrate my own skills and
knowledge, and the experience made me
more culturally aware and increased my
commitment to my present and future role
as a development practitioner."
Each fall, applications are solicited on
campus for master's and doctoral students
wishing to participate in the following
summer's World Citizenship Program. A
preliminary selection is made by a team

of UF administrators, and then applicants
who pass the initial round are interviewed
by representatives from the program's part-
ner organizations. The number of students
chosen each year varies, though usually
10-20 are selected.
Once accepted into the program,
students are provided with round-trip
airfare to the country of their internship,
a stipend to help cover living expenses,
all necessary immunizations, and medical
emergency insurance. The program has
not started accepting applications for next
summer, but plans to open up the pool
within the next month and make decisions
by early spring. For more information on
applying to the program, visit www.ufic.
"This kind of first-hand experience
in the developing world is something I
haven't seen in other programs," says Jett.
"When you go to school and major in
something, it's often an exercise in academ-
ics, hypothesizing about what you want to
do in the future. This experience is invalu-
able-this kind of practical real-world
experience can fundamentally affect how
you see your career plans."
Gemignani agrees, saying the program
changed his view of his professional life. "I
cannot imagine being in an office, doing
very theoretical stuff, and forgetting what
happens out there," he says. "It gave me a
reality check, and most academic activities
change their meaning after such an experi-
-Buffy Lockette

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page 3

Introducing New Faculty

Charles Baer is an
assistant professor of
zoology. He received
a PhD in biological
sciences in 1998 from
Florida State Univer-
sity and was awarded
a postdoctoral fellow-
ship from the Nation-
al Institutes of Health
for 2001-2003. His
research interests include empirical popula-
tion and evolutionary genetics, comparative
evolutionary biology of mutation, evolution
of quantitative genetic architecture, and
phylogeography of freshwater fishes. His cur-
rent research constitutes the first systematic
investigation of mutational properties over
a known phylogeny, using Rhabditid nema-
todes as a model system and mutation accu-
mulation as the underlying ilr, r.....l..l..

Richard Burt, a
professor of English,
comes to UF from the
University of Mas-
sachusetts, Amherst,
where he taught
English for 17 years.
He received his PhD
r from the University of
California, Berkeley
in 1984, and his dis-
sertation was on Shakespeare's comic form,
gender and scapegoating. He has authored
numerous articles on Shakespeare, Renais-
sance drama, film, literary theory, the erotic
of pedagogy and censorship, and he has
published two books--Unspeakable ShaXXX-
speares: Queer Theory and American Kiddie
Culture and Licensed by Authority: Ben Jonson
and the Discourses of Censorship. Burt edited
a forthcoming multi-media reference book,
Shakespeare Alive, and is currently writing
three books. This fall, he is teaching two
courses-Psycho-Cinem-Analysis and Renais-
sance Remakes: Post-National Film and the
Infidelities of History.

I o Eve Brank recently
, .became an assistant
Se professor of criminol-
ogy, after serving as a
lecturer in the Depart-
ment of Statistics for
the past two years.
She received a JD in
2000 and a PhD in
M social psychology in
2001, both from the
University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Her dis-
sertation was titled "Paying For the Crimes of
Their Children: The Legal and Psychological
Perspectives on Support of Parental Responsi-
bility Law." Her research focuses on children
and families, and she is working on two
research projects-one that evaluates a family
group conference program, and the other, a
US Department of Education funded project
to develop a national middle school youth
violence survey. Brank is teaching Research
Methods for C, in,-in. .. _,- and Psychology
and Law and is a member of the Florida Bar.

Nina Caputo is an
assistant professor
in the Department
of Religion and the
Center for Jewish
Studies. She earned
e her PhD in Medieval
Jewish history from
the University of
California, Berkley in
1999. Before coming
to UF, she was a Mellon postdoctoral fellow
at the University of Pennsylvania, a visiting
assistant professor at the University of Michi-
gan and an assistant professor at Florida
International University. Her research focuses
on Iberian Jewry in the High Middle Ages,
and on Nachmanides' conception of history
and community. This fall, Caputo is teach-
ing Jewish History 711-1492 and Apocalypse
and Millennium.

David Copp is a
professor in the
Department of Phi-
losophy. He earned
a PhD from Cornell
S University in 1976
and taught at Simon
Fraser University, the
University of Illinois
at Chicago, the Uni-
versity of California,
Davis and Bowling Green State University
before coming to UE His research focuses on
issues in moral and political philosophy, and
he is working on a book, Moral Necessities in
a Contingent World. In 1995, he published
., '".-, .- j.? and Society. This fall,
he is teaching a graduate seminar, Metaethics.
He will be teaching undergraduate courses in
moral and political theory in future semes-

Stephen Eiken-
berry is a professor
of astronomy. He
received a PhD from
Harvard University
in 1997, and his pri-
mary areas of research
focus on infrared
instrumentation and
observational studies
of black holes. He is co-heading two instru-
ment projects-the FLAMINGOS-2 infra-
red imager and spectrograph for the Gemini
8-meter telescopes in Chile and Hawaii, and
the FISICA integral field unit spectrograph.
He is also leading the CIRCE camera project
for El Gran Telescopio Canarias being built
on the Canary Islands. This fall, he is teach-
ing Discovering the Universe.

CLASnotes November 2003

page 4

James Goodwin is
an assistant profes-
sor of Russian in
the Department of
Germanic and Slavic
Studies. He received
his PhD in August
2001 from the Uni-
versity of Southern
California, and his
dissertation was titled
"The Debate Over Bakunin and Dostoevsky
in Early Soviet Russia." His research explores
the notions of state and revolution in Fyodor
Dostoevsky's work and its impact on Rus-
sian political culture, particularly during the
Soviet period. His research seeks to explain
the cultural response to Dostoevsky in light
of changing attitudes toward Russia's experi
ence with revolution. This fall, he is teaching
a course on Dostoevsky's Crime and Punish-
ment, as well as a class on the Russian press.

Mitchell Hart is an
associate professor of
history. He received
his PhD from the
University of Califor-
nia, Los Angeles in
1994 and has been a
professor at Florida
International Univer-
sity since 1995, where
he served as director
of the Jewish studies program from 1997 to
2000. He has also been a visiting professor
at the University of Michigan and a Skirball
fellow at the Oxford Centre for Jewish and
Hebrew Studies in Oxford, England. In
2000, Hart published Social Science and the
Politics of Modern Jewish Identity, the winner
of the Salo Baron Book Prize for best first
book in Jewish studies. He is presently work-
ing on a book that studies the fate of Jewish
knowledge during the Third Reich, explor-
ing the confiscation and utilization of Jew-
ish libraries by Nazi scholars. This fall, he is
teaching a course on American Jewish history.

LaMonda Horton-Stallings is an assistant
professor in the Department of English.
She received a PhD in English from Michi-
gan State University in May 2002, and her
research connects black folklore, African-
American literature and culture with gender
and sexuality studies. She is currently com-
pleting a book-length project that examines
the use of trickster figures in African-Ameri-
can literature. This semester, she is teaching
a class on neo-slave narratives, as well as a
course thematically concerned with gender
and sexuality in black folklore.

Abdoulaye Kane,
an assistant professor
in the Department
ofA ,rl- .' p. .1. .-, ,'
received a PhD from
the University of
Amsterdam in January
2001, completing his
field work in Senegal
and among the Sen-
A. egalese migrants in
Europe and in the US. His current research
focuses on the transnational networks of Sen-
egalese migrants living in different countries
and continents around the world. This fall,
he is teaching a Wolof language course.

SAna Margheritis is
an assistant professor
of political science.
She received a PhD
in political science
from the University of
Toronto in 1997 and
was the Andrew W
S Mellon Postdoctoral
Fellow at Tulane Uni-
versity in 2002-2003
and the Neil Allen Visiting Chair of Latin
American Studies in the Fletcher School of
Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in
2000-2002. She is also a former professor
and researcher at the Universidad Torcuato
Di Tella and the National Council for Sci-
entific and Technical Research in Buenos
Aires, Argentina. Her research interests center
around the international political economy
and foreign policy. This fall, Margheritis is
teaching an honors course on international

CLASnotes November 2003

Masangu Maton-
do is an assistant
professor in the
Department of
African and Asian
Languages and
Literature. He
received a PhD in
linguistics from
the University of
California, Los
Angeles in June 2003. He is currently writing
a book, Phonology andMorphology of Kisu-
kuma, based on his dissertation research on
the Bantu language spoken in Tanzania. He
is also collecting data for a book called Redu-
plication in Tanzanian Bantu Languages. This
fall, Matondo is teaching Elementary Swahili
I, and in the spring, he will teach Elementary
Swahili II and Language and Society. Next
year, he will add Introduction to African Lan-
guages and Culture, as well as Introduction
to African Linguistics.

Susan O'Brien is an
assistant professor in
the Department of
History. She is cur-
rently working on a
book manuscript that
builds on and revises
her doctoral dis-
sertation, which she
completed in 2000 at
the University of Wis-
consin, Madison. Based on more than two
years of archival and ethnographic research in
northern Nigeria, her research examines the
historical relationship between Islam, gender
and healing in the history of the Hausa-
Fulani people. Specifically, her research focus-
es on a set of heterodox beliefs and practices,
centered on spirit possession, that continue to
shape Islamic identity and healing strategies
in this area despite sporadic state suppression
during the last two centuries. This fall, she is
teaching History of West Africa and a junior
seminar on religion in Africa.

continued on page 6
page 5

New Faculty continued from

Daniel O'Neill, an
assistant professor
of political science,
received a PhD in
1999 from the Uni-
versity of California,
Los Angeles. He
is finishing a book
manuscript tentatively
titled, A Revolution in
Morals and Manners:
The .. ii. .-o.... jr Debate, which focus-
es on the adversarial interpretations of the
French Revolution put forth by the two most
important figures in the emergence of mod-
ern conservatism and feminism, Edmund
Burke and Mary Wollstonecraft. O'Neill is
teaching two undergraduate courses, Great
Political Thinkers: Machiavelli to Marx and
Problems of Democracy. During the spring,
he will teach an honors course on political
ideologies, as well as a graduate course on lib-
eralism. In the future, he plans to teach Great
Political Thinkers: Ancient and Medieval and
Introduction to Political Theory.

Amy Abugo Ongiri is an assistant professor
of English. She received a PhD from Cornell
University in 2000 and, before coming to
UF, was an assistant professor at the Uni-
versity of California, Riverside and a fellow
at Duke University's John Hope Franklin
Center for International and Interdisciplin-
ary Study. Her research interests include
African-American literature and culture, film

African Drummer
Brings Teaching &
Talents to UF

studies, and gender and sexuality studies, and
her current book project, Spectacular Black-
ness: The Cultural Politics of the Black Power
Movement and the Search for a Black Aesthetic,
explores the cultural politics of the Black
Power movement. This semester, she is teach-
ing the graduate seminar, Black Body Politics.

Marina Oshana is
San associate professor
in the Department
of Philosophy. She
received a PhD in
1993 from the Uni-
versity of California,
Davis. Her research
explores the value
of autonomy, the
interface between
autonomy and free agency, and the phenom-
enon of moral accountability. She is currently
working on a book dealing with personal
autonomy. This semester, Oshana is teaching
Philosophy of Law.

Chuan-kang Shih
is an assistant profes-
sor of .nrb. l .. ,
and Asian studies.
He received a PhD
in inr, l..p..1..,- from
Stanford University in
1993 and is working
on an anthropological
study of the impact

African artist Mohamed DaCosta recently
joined the faculty as a lecturer in the Center
for African Studies and the Department of
Theatre and Dance. As one of a select num-
ber of cultural authorities on the traditional
performing arts of Africa, DaCosta will share
his expertise on African music and dance by
teaching courses on world dance, intercul-
tural performance and African drumming.
But this is not his first experience teach-
ing at the university. DaCosta served as an
artist-in-residence at UF in the fall of 1997.
"When it came time for him to leave, no one
could stand the thought of him going away,"
says Joan Frosch, assistant chair and an asso-
ciate professor of the Department of Theatre
and Dance. "Faculty and students alike had
an enormous affection and respect for him,
both as an artist and a person, so it is truly
thrilling to have him join the faculty."

of different family systems on demographic
configurations among four Chinese ethnic
groups. Funded by a National Science Foun-
dation CAREER Award, the project allows
him to combine both of his disciplines. His
upcoming book, Quest for Harmony: The
Moso Systems of Sexual Union and Household
Organization, has been accepted by Stanford
University Press and is due for publication
this year. He will be teaching Anthropologi-
cal Demography and Peoples and Cultures of
China in the spring.

David Smith, a pro-
fessor in the Depart-
ment of Psychology,
received a PhD in
psychology from
the University of
Michigan in 1986.
He comes to UF
from Duke Univer-
sity, where he was
an associate research professor in surgery.
His research involves the study of biophysi-
cal influences on the function of cochlear
implants, often referred to as the "bionic ear.
He also examines the effects of the descend-
ing auditory neural system on peripheral
function and perception. At UF, he will help
build a new olfactory animal psychophysics
laboratory as part of the UF Center for Smell
and Taste.

Originally from Boke, Guinea, DaCosta
speaks English, French, Arabic, Susa, Fulani,
Wolof and Mandinko. He is a world author-
ity on West African culture and has served
as a choreographer and performer in the
African Ballet of Gambia. In 1996, he per-
formed across Europe as a featured drummer
with Culture Movement, commissioned by
the US Department of Defense. DaCosta
has also been featured in the internationally
renowned Chuck Davis African American
Dance Ensemble.
At UF, DaCosta will be performing in
the Agbedidi Africa Dance Ensemble as a
featured performer. The group will perform
on campus December 4-7 at the Constans
Theatre. Admission is $12 for the general
public and $8 for faculty, staff and students.
To order tickets, contact the University Box
Office at 392-1653.
-Buffy Lockette

CLASnotes November 2003

page 6

Saving An

Endangered Language

It is a language dating back to the 1600s, rarely heard of and not even listed
in the dictionary, but anthropology doctoral student Santiago Ruiz has always
been interested in preserving the language he grew up speaking: Garifuna.
From developing a Garifuna language course at UF to speaking with the
US Congressional Black Caucus and the World Bank's Environmentally and
Socially Sustainable Development Unit, Ruiz is making strides in preserving the
language and sharing it with those who may not have otherwise heard of it.
A mix of Afro-Caribbean and Ameri- impact on students and the education com-
can Indian languages, especially Carib and munity. Course materials created by Ruiz are
Arawak, the Garifuna language is spoken being used in Belize and Honduras, and a
mainly in Honduras, Belize, Guatemala and DVD version of the course is being placed on
Nicaragua, as well as in New York, New the Web as a distance-learning course.
Orleans, Chicago, and California-with the "The Garifuna class certainly enhances
US having the second-largest concentration the mission of the college and university to
of the language. "While the language has a strengthen teaching and learning about the
unified grammar structure, there is a differ- different languages, literatures and cultures of
ent vocabulary for men and women, based the world," Burns says. "The best universi-
on the influences of the two languages," says ties in the country are known for their great
Ruiz. "We estimate there are 300,000 people language programs, and this course helps put
living in Garifuna communities worldwide, UF up with the best."
but only half speak the language. Despite the Students in the class do more than learn,
concentrations, there is no formal teaching of they help develop the course. "Each semester,
the language anywhere in the world." students must give something for the next
After completing his master's degree at class," Ruiz says. Students use their own tal-
UF on the strength of Garifuna in Belize, ents and interests to further develop the text
Honduras and other Central American coun- and course materials. One student created
tries, Ruiz spoke with nrli.. p..1..;., chair a DVD in Belize about the reactions to the
Allan Burns and Center for Latin American course syllabus. Several students have applied
Studies director Charles Wood about begin- for Fulbright scholarships on topics such as
ning such a course. The course was widely ethno-medicine in Garifuna communities,
accepted, and Ruiz took time off to conduct and one will complete a master's degree in
research in Belize and Honduras and com- comparative studies of amphibians in Gari-
pile course materials. This fall is the second funa communities. Others have dedicated
semester the course is being offered. their thesis research to related fields, such as
Burns says Ruizs efforts are making an migrants in Belize. This semester, students

In Memory
Paul E A. Kotey, an associate professor consin, Madison in 1969. Kotey serve
in the African and Asian languages and as an assistant professor at Howard L
literatures department, died on Octo- versity and Michigan State Universit
ber 6. He was 65 years old. before coming to UF in 1972.
Kotey was born in He played a major role in the
Ghana, Africa and came to development of African studies at UI
the US for graduate work and the curriculum for African langu
after receiving a bachelor's es nationwide. He was chairman oft
degree from the Univer- African Language Teachers Associatik
sity of Ghana in 1965. and past chairman of PK Yonge Lab(
He received a master's tory School Association. He also serv
degree from Harvard in as associate dean of graduate studies
1967 and a PhD from UF from 1981 to 1983.
the University of Wis- While at UF, Kotey taught the

will record three- to four-minute conversa-
tions for the spring class to use in compre-
hension exercises.
While UF is playing a large role, Ruiz
says it is necessary to build partnerships
across the globe to ensure success in the pro-
gram. Already, he is working with the Inter-
American Foundation in Washington, DC
to develop a bilingual education bachelor's
degree program in Honduras and coordinat-
ing with Howard University for research vis-
its to Honduras next summer.
"We're trying to make history," Ruiz
says. "This language is in danger of disap-
pearing, so unless we do something to pre-
vent it, there may no longer be a Garifuna
language. We're pioneering a program, and
it's spreading."
-Kimberly A. Lopez

'ed Akan language, African Humanities,
_ni- African Folktales, Black African Cin-
y ema and Introduction to Linguistics.
Kotey spoke Akan, also known as Twi,
a language of Ghana. He wrote several
S books, including a Twi/English diction-
lag- ary, a Twi language textbook, and a
he book on African linguistic trends.
)n Survivors include his wife, Phyl-
ora- lis Kotey, sons James Kotey and Frank
ed Kotey, daughter Francesca Kotey, all
it of Gainesville; and brothers Solomon
Kotey, Joseph Kotey and John Kotey, all
of Ghana

CLAbnotes November 2UU3

page 7

Fellowship Allows

Continued Research
Lawrence Dodd turned a cartwheel after com-
pleting his doctoral work in political science at the
age of 24. Now, the political science professor has
a new reason to jump for joy. The Woodrow Wil-
son International Center for Scholars has awarded
him a $76,350 fellowship to conduct research in
Washington, DC during this academic year.
"I'm 32 years older now and a lot less lim-
ber," says Dodd, the Manning Dauer Eminent
Scholar Chair in Political Science. "I would have
turned a cartwheel if I could because I felt vali-
dation that the project which has been the core
focus of my career, and one that has been contro-
versial within my field, would be honored in this
The fellowship will allow Dodd to investigate
how sudden changes to the US Congress occur
after gridlocks
seem to prevent
action. From
his observation,
Dodd argues
Congress is
more dynamic
and resilient
than scholars
realize and
more prone to
partisan change
and reform than
they believe. As
Dodd conducts
interviews and
further research,
the theory will
be tested and compiled into a book,
Re-Envisioning Congress. Theoretical Perspectives on
Congressional Change.
As a professor at UF since 1995, Dodd
has taught undergraduate and graduate courses,
including the Scope of Epistemologies of Political
Science. He is married to fellow UF Political Sci-
ence Professor Leslie E. Anderson.
"One of the most remarkable things in my
life has been the good fortune of finding early on
a career studying and sharing with others what I
love the most."

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the College

CSD Graduate Student

Receives National Scholarship
Communication sciences and disorders doctoral student Cynthia Puranik has
been named a Bamford-Lahey Children's Foundation Scholar for 2003-2004,
receiving a $3,000 scholarship to help with her stud-
ies. The award is given to students who intend to
specialize in children's language disorders and hold
clinical certification in speech-language p .rl .. l.. -.
Puranik earned her undergraduate degree in econom-
ics and statistics at the University of Bombay, India,
and her master's in speech-language p trl- ..l. -,from
UE Her areas of interest include disorders of oral
and written language impairments in preschool chil-
dren. In the area of written language, she is pursuing
research under the supervision of Linda Lombardino.
The foundation was established for the purpose Fr
of conducting and supporting programs that will I
enhance the linguistic, cognitive, social and emo-
tional development of children. Its current focus is on developmental language
disorders of children. Visit www.bamford-lahey.org for more information.

CLAS Welcomes New Advisors
The Academic Advising Center has four new advisors this year to guide CLAS
students and work with other UF groups.
Jamie Jenkins advises CLAS undergraduates and also works half-time in
the Office of Student Life, advising walk-on student athletes. She earned her BS

in sports management
from UF, as well as her
master of education
and education spe-
cialist degrees, and is
working on her PhD
in mental health coun-
Robert Kwong
has been the chief
pre-health professions
advisor since Janu-
ary. He holds a BS in

Left to right: Christine Richmond, Jamie Jenkins,
Sara Mock, Robert Kwong

chemistry from Loyola
University in Chicago and a master's degree in biomedical sciences from Barry
University in Miami.
Sara Mock is a pre-law advisor and spent three years as assistant director for
experiential education at UF's Career Resource Center. She earned her MA from
Bowling Green State University in May 2000.
Christine Richmond advises general and pre-health students. She earned
two degrees from UF, a BS in psychology in 1997 and a master of education
degree in May 2003.

CLASnotes November 2003

page 8

African American Studies
Marilyn Thomas-Houston has received
the Most Valuable Mentor Award from the
Florida Education Fund for her influential
support of Edward Shaw, a UF anthro-
pology doctoral student and McKnight
Doctoral Fellow. Established in 1984, the
Florida Education Fund's McKnight Doc-
toral Fellowship Program has increased the
number of African Americans who have
received PhDs in under-represented, crucial
disciplines and fields of study where African
Americans have not historically enrolled and
completed degree programs. More than 350
fellowships have been awarded to African
Americans pursuing a PhD at various uni-
versities in Florida.

Hans-Friedrich Mueller presented the
paper "La reglamentaci6n nocturna en la
antigua Roma" at the recent International
Nova Tellus colloquium held in Mexico

Peter Waylen was one of the keynote speak-
ers at the international workshop Hydrolog-
ical Extremes and Climate in Tropical Areas
and Their Controls, held at the University
of Brescia, Italy in October. He presented
the results of his research on the use of cli-
mate forecasts to optimize the generation of
hydropower in Colombia, in collaboration
with his colleagues from the National Uni-
versity of Colombia, Medellin.

Aided by a $626 million grant from the
National Science Foundation, geologists
from all over the nation, including UF, have
joined forces to launch a scientific drillship
in the world's oceans. Through the Integrat-
ed Ocean Drilling Program, the 18-member
Joint Oceanographic Institutions (JOI)-of
which UF is a member-will investigate a
wide range of earth system processes. Neil
Opdyke serves on the JOI Board of Gover-
nors, Paul Mueller is an alternate member,
and James Channell and David Hodell
will be among the first to conduct research
on one of the program's research vessels next

Jewish Studies
Warren Bargad, the late Melton Professor
of Jewish Studies and Professor of English,
was posthumously named a finalist for the
2003 Independent Publisher Book Awards.
In a competition with more than 1,500
titles entered by 952 publishers, Bargad's
final work, No Sign of Ceasefire: An Anthol-
ogy of Contemporary Israeli Poetry, was hon-
ored in the poetry division. The citation
praised the book for its translation of works
by Israeli poets who "ponder lust, spiritual-
ity, family, the Arab-Israeli conflict, nature,
sexuality, science and history, and provide a
thought-provoking exploration of contem-
porary Israeli society." The book, co-edited
by Stanley E Chyet, was published by the
Skirball Cultural Center of Los Angeles.
Bargad died in Gainesville on June 25, after
suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

Gary Miller will present the paper "The
Morphosyntactic Legacy of Scandinavian-
English Contact" in Poland in November as
part of the Medieval English Studies Sym-
posium. He also will speak on "Prepositions
and Particles in Theory, Typology, and the
History of English" at the Adam Mickiewicz
University School of English.

Nicolae Dinculeanu, who retired in June,
received an honorary doctorate from the
University of Bucharest, Romania on June
30. In July, he was elected as a member of
the Romanian Academy and attended the
Congress of Romanian Mathematicians,
where he presented "Stochastic Integration
in Banach Spaces."

Political Science
Leslie Anderson presented the paper "Trust
and Rivalry in a New Democracy: Bridging
and Bonding Social Capital in Nicaragua
and Argentina," at the triannual confer-
ence of the International Political Science
Association, which recently met in Durban,
South Africa. Anderson also acted as one of
three official representatives of the American
Political Science Association to the govern-
ing Council of the International Political
Science Association.

A group of faculty and students at Lund
University in Sweden have established the
Hyden Award for the best undergraduate
paper in development studies in honor of
their mentor and colleague, Goran Hyden.
Lund is Hyden's alma mater, and he taught
there on sabbatical during the fall of 1997.
The university's political science department
first gave the award last year, which is open
for senior dissertation students in anthropol-
ogy, economic history, economics, political
science and sociology. The 2003 Hyden
Award was presented to Kajsa Helmbring
for her paper "The Hidden Africa-Dummy:
Is There a Social Capital Deficit in the

Romance Languages and Literatures
Raymond Gay-Crosier delivered a keynote
address titled "La fiction absurde exige une
esth6tique de la r6volte" at the October 6-
10 conference on Albert Camus organized
by the AGORA Theater in Sao Paulo,
Brazil. Prior to his arrival, the Folha de Sao
Paulo, the city's major newspaper, published
an extensive interview with him on the
contemporary views on Camus' work and
political stances.

William Calin recently published six arti-
cles: "C.S.Lewis, Literary Critic," in Myth-
lore; "What 'Tales of a Wayside Inn' Tells Us
About Longfellow and About Chaucer," in
Studies in Medievalism; "Robert Lafont dra-
maturge," in Auteurs en scene; "Rend Nelli,
Poet of Occitan Modernism," in Sempre los
camps auran segadas resurgantas; "Drama-
tized Eclogues in Occitan," in Theatrum
Mundi; and "Or/ordure: From Gold to
Garbage, or Deconstructing the Anglo-Nor-
man Romance 'Topas et Pleindamour,"' in
Proceedings of the Pseudo Society.

Alex Jahn and Doug Levey organized and
convened an international symposium and
workshop on austral bird migration, Octo-
ber 8-11 near Puerto Montt, Chile. Almost
30 scientists from throughout the Americas
presented papers. National Science Founda-
tion funding for the event was spearheaded
by Jahn, a first-semester graduate student.

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

CLASnotes November 2003

page 9

Scientists Probe

Sea Slugs for Memory Clues

Armed with a nearly $11 million grant, a team of University of
Florida and Columbia University scientists will probe the genetic
underpinnings of nerve cells, including those responsible for
learning and memory, through research on a common sea slug
with a very uncommon brain.
With a federal grant from the National Institutes of Health's
National Human Genome Research Institute, the team will study
the sea slug's unusual brain to try to unmask the role that genes
play in its higher functions. The research at the newly created
Center of Excellence in Genomic Sciences at UF and Columbia
may help improve understanding of how the brain and its nerve
cells function, identify the genetic basis of brain disorders such
as dementia, and pave the way for new techniques or drugs to
improve healthy people's ability to learn and remember.
"There is no way to discover real
treatments using drugs, or under-
stand diseases or understand
our learning capability
unless you understand how
all the components of the
system work, includ-
ing the genomics,"
says Leonid Moroz,
an assistant profes-
sor of neuroscience
and zoology at UF's
Whitney Laboratory

through the Division of Sponsored Research

August 2003

Total: $7,542,038

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

for marine biomedical research and biotechnology and one of the
team's leaders.
In addition to Moroz, chemistry professors and nanotech-
nology experts Weihong Tan and Steven Benner will participate
in the study, along with Eric Kandel, winner of the 2000 Nobel
Prize for physiology or medicine and a professor at Columbia
University; and Jingyue Jue, an associate professor of chemical
engineering at the Columbia Genome Center.
The purple-brown sea slug reaches six to seven pounds and
is native to the West Coast, where it eats seaweed. While unre-

markable in

appearance, the slug has the biggest
brain cells in the animal king-
dom-with the largest, measuring
one millimeter, which is far larger
than microscopic human brain
cells, making the slug cells simpler
to examine and manipulate in the

The sea slug shares as many
as half of its estimated 15,000
to 20,000 genes with people,
including genes implicated
in Alzheimer's and mental
retardation, so understand-
ing how these genes work
in the slug's neural cells will
lead directly to greater insight
into how they work in people's
brain cells.
The slug brain's unique phys-
ical characteristics have made it the
focus of research on higher brain func-
tions for more than 50 years. The research
already has resulted in significant breakthroughs-for
example, spurring the development of drugs, now in clinical tri-
als, expected to reverse memory loss in some elderly people. But
most research has focused on the slug's neural cell properties
rather than the genes that make the cells do what they do. "The
real-time physiology has not really been linked to the molecular
or genomic mechanism of how cells interrelate," says Moroz.
The research team plans to count and identify the genes
active in single neural cells and learn how they work together.
They also plan to develop new nanotechnologies for studying
genes in single nerve cells. They also will use knowledge, among
other things, to probe which genes are active during learning,
and which are actively involved in memory-both of which the
slug, through a range of observed behaviors such as its defensive
reflexes and feeding habits, has shown itself to be capable.
-Aaron Hoover
UF News & Public Affairs

CLASnotes November 2003

page 10

Boe Islam and Ecology: A Bestowed Trust
BooKb6eat Edited by Richard C. Foltz (Religion),
S. I .Frederick M. Denny, and Azizan Baharuddin

Harvard University Press
UF has become one of the world's main
learning centers on religion and the environ-
ment, and UF Religion Professor Richard
Foltz is making new strides in the field with
the book Islam and Ecology: A Bestowed Trust.
The book further identifies UF, and specifi-
cally the religion department, as one of the
core centers for the academic discourse on
religion and the environment.
"This is the first book of its kind and
represents the rather elementary state of the
discussion on Islam and the environment so
far," Foltz says.
The book discusses the Islamic tradition
for environmental ethics and how Islam's

message of social justice does not match many
of the current environmentally destructive
development models. Foltz also explores the
current global environmental crisis, which
falls hardest upon the world's poor, a dispro-
portionate number of whom are Muslims.
Though the discourse is young, Foltz
says he hopes the book demonstrates that
it is at least possible to generate an Islamic


from CLAS faculty

Theory and the
Explanation of
Edited by
Ronald Akers
(C ri n,, ,1, l. i-
and Gary Jen-
sen, Transaction

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Social learn-
ing theory has
recently been
called perhaps the dominant theory,
and delinquency in the US. Yet the
is often misrepresented. Some equal
differential association theory. Oth
it as little more than a micro-level
to cultural deviance theories. There
earlier attempts to clarify the theory
features in comparison to other the
and others have applied it to broad
These efforts are extended in this v
Social Learning Theory and the Exp.
Crime, which focuses on developing
ing, and testing the theory on a vai
criminal and delinquent behaviors.

The Decline
and Fall of the
Roman Empire
Written by
Edward Gib-
bon, Edited by
Mueller (Clas-
sics), Random

E I This classic
book, written by
Edward Gibbon
y of crime in 1776 to 1787, chronicles the rise and fall
theory of the Roman Empire and is widely con-
ite it with sidered one of the greatest works of history
ers depict ever written. Originally published in seven
appendage volumes, this new edition, abridged and
have been edited by Hans-Friedrich Mueller, retains the
y's unique full scope of the original, but in a compass
eories, equivalent to a long novel. Casual readers
er issues. now have access to the full sweep of Gibbon's
olume, narrative, while instructors and students have
lanation of a volume that can be read in a single term.
g, apply- This unique edition emphasizes elements
riety of ignored in all other abridgments-in particu-
lar the role of religion in the empire and the
-Book Jacket rise of Islam. It includes a critical forward by
-Book Jacket

CLASnotes November 2003

The Assassina-
tion of Herbert
Luise White
(History), Indi-
ana University


On March 18,
1975, Herbert
Chitepo, an
African national-
ist in exile and
chairman of the
war council that struggled to liberate Zimba-
bwe from white-ruled Rhodesia, was killed by
a car bomb. In this book, Luise White does
not set out to resolve questions about who
was accountable for this horrible murder.
Instead, in a style that is as much murder
mystery as it is history writing, she explores
why Chitepo's assassination continues to
incite conflict and controversy in Zimbabwe's
national politics. White casts doubt on offi-
cial accounts of the murder and addresses
how and for whom history is written and
how myths and ideas about civic culture were
founded in war-torn Zimbabwe. Readers will
discover how one man's murder continues to
unsettle Zimbabwe.
page 11


response to the
present crisis.
"Given that one
out of five people
in the world is
Muslim, I would
say that avoiding
global ecological
collapse requires
that an Islamic response be included."
The book is part of the World Religions
and Ecology Series published by Harvard
University Press. The series grew out of con-
ferences held in Cambridge and New York
from 1996 to 1998 and continues through
the Forum on Religion and Ecology based at
Harvard, of which Foltz is the Islam consul-
Based on his research, Foltz teaches a
course on Islam and nature-using his book
as the main text-and believes he is the only
one in the nation teaching such a course.
-Kimberly A. Lopez



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