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    Bookbeat
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In this Issue:

CLAS Term Professors....................... 3

PeopleSoft is Coming....................4

African American
Studies Turns 35 ............................. 5

Excavating the
Florida W ilderness.......................... 6

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

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

Employee Excellence Awards........ 12


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


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The Dean's


Musings


Celebrating African American Studies

In 2004, we are celebrating the 35th anniversary of the
establishment of the African American studies program at
the University of Florida. This program, with its home in
the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, provides courses
of high student demand, reaching across colleges and into
our community by teaching and researching the social and
cultural experiences of all peoples of African origin living in
America and the circum-Caribbean.
Our program is small but large in heart and spirit,
and with the drive and vision of our leaders and dedicated
young faculty members, the UF program in African Ameri-
can studies can serve as a model for a modern program
in this field. In addition to teaching about the African-
American experience in North America, the program has a
strong international component through research activities
focusing on the African-American Diaspora, with concur-
rent programs in inrl,.. p..1..;_,, history, film studies, poetry,
political science and women's studies and gender research.
Understanding the continuity and the changes in
the Black experience is one of the richest elements of our
nation and one that students of all origins and nationali-
ties are eager to learn from to build a strong future. These
experiences are encapsulated by the upcoming 35th anni-
versary celebration events, including the Langston Hughes
National Poetry Project, the digNubia archeological exhibit
and the Ronald Foreman Lecture Series (see article on page
5). I encourage all who can to take time to enjoy these
celebrations for this special year, along with our friends and
neighbors in our local community.
Neil Sullivan
sullivan@phys. ufl. edu


On the Cover:
Anthropology PhD student Jane Anne Blakney-Bailey has rediscovered Paynes Town, an ancient
Seminole village on Paynes Prairie thought to have been destroyed by a sandmining operation in
the 1960s and 1970s.
CLASnotes February 2004














CLAS


Term


Professors


Each year, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences awards CLAS Term Pro-
fessorships to outstanding faculty who excel in both scholarship and teach-
ing. These professorships allow the college to recognize faculty who are
making a significant difference in the classroom, as well as through their
research. Funded entirely by private sources, the number of term professors
and the amount of the award varies from year to year. For 2003-2004, five
CLAS Term Professors have been selected, and they each will receive a one-
time $6,000 salary supplement and an additional $3,000 for their research.


Colin Chapman
Jean and Robin Gibson
Term Professor
Colin Chapman is a pro-
fessor in the Department
of Zoology. He received
his PhD from the Uni-
versity of Alberta in 1987
before coming to UF in
1993.
An associate scientist
for the Wildlife Conser-
vation Society, Chapman
runs a field station at
Uganda's Kibale National
Park and is an honorary
lecturer at nearby Maker-
ere University.
Internationally
known for his research in
the area of primate ecolo-
gy and biology, Chapman
uses experimental and
observational approaches
to determine how plant
communities influence
animals and how animals
influence their environ-
ment. He teaches courses
in ecology and vertebrate
zoology.


Robert McMahon
Waldo W Neikirk Term
Professor
Robert McMahon is a
professor in the Depart-
ment of History, special-
izing in US foreign rela-
tions. He came to UF in
1982 and served as chair
of the department from
1995 to 1999. He spent
the 1999-2000 academic
year as the Mary Ball
Washington Professor of
US History at University
College Dublin in Ireland
through UF's Fulbright
program.
Internationally
recognized as an expert
on US diplomacy since
World War II, McMahon
was recently appointed
by US Secretary of State
Colin Powell to serve as
a member of the State
Department's Committee
on Historical Diplomatic
Documentation. At UF,
he teaches courses on the
modern US, US foreign
relations, the Cold War
and the Vietnam War.


Charles Perrone
Waldo WNeikirk Term
Professor
Charles Perrone is a
professor of Portuguese
in the Department of
Romance Languages and
Literatures and is affili-
ated with the Center for
Latin American Studies.
He came to UF in 1985,
after receiving a PhD in
Luso-Brazilian literature
and Spanish American
narrative from the Uni-
versity of Texas at Austin.
Internationally rec-
ognized as an expert on
Brazilian music and poet-
ry, Perrone has published
three books, including
Seven Faces: Brazilian
Poetry Since Modern-
ism. He also received a
Fulbright professorship
to study in Brazil from
1991-1992. The under-
graduate advisor of the
Portuguese program, Per-
rone teaches language and
literature courses.


Kenneth Sassa-
man
Jean and Robin Gibson
Term Professor
Kenneth Sassaman is an
assistant professor in the
Department of Anthro-
pology. He came to UF
in 1998, after receiving a
PhD from the University
of Massachusetts-Amherst
in 1991.
His research interests
center on the prehis-
tory of hunter-gatherer
societies in the American
Southeast-particularly
aspects of social organiza-
tion, technology and gen-
der. He is well recognized
as an expert on Florida
and Southeastern archeol-
ogy.
In addition to
teaching inrl.l.p. .1..;_-
and archeology courses,
Sassaman offers stu-
dents a unique research
experience through his
St. Johns Archaeological
Field School on the St.
Johns River in Florida.


Gregory Stewart
Jean and Robin Gibson
Term Professor
Gregory Stewart is a pro-
fessor in the Deartment
of Physics, specializing
in condensed matter. He
received his PhD from
Stanford University in
1975 and has taught at
UF since 1985.
His research
attempts to advance the
understanding of the
unusual magnetic and
superconducting proper-
ties of highly correlated
f-electron metallic com-
pounds, and he has out-
side collaborations with

research groups in Ger-
many, as well as with Los
Alamos National Labo-
ratory and Oak Ridge
National Laboratory.
Stewart is a fellow of the
American Physical Society
and teaches courses on
modern physics.


CLASnotes February 2004


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PeopleSoft is Coming...

Are You Prepared?


Beginning July 1, 2004, UF will be using new PeopleSoft sys-
tems for financial, human resources and payroll functions. In
the months prior to this "go live" date, there will be scheduled
training and other opportunities to learn how to use these new
systems. Please review this checklist, and find out what you can
do to prepare.


Have you checked out
the new myUFL portal?
In March 2003, UF Bridges launched
a PeopleSoft enterprise portal called
myUFL that will serve as the entry point
to all of the new online systems. Recent
additions to the myUFL portal include a
new data warehouse and reporting tools
called Enterprise Reporting and a new
student basketball ticket system. With
more than 50 news "pagelets" to choose
from, myUFL brings you the latest cam-
pus, local, state and national news.

Do you know your
GatorLink username
and password?
The portal requires a GatorLink user-
name and password. If you need to set
up a GatorLink account visit GatorLink
Account Services at www.gatorlink.ufl.
edu. If you have forgotten your pass-
word, contact the UF Help Desk at
helpdesk@ufl.edu or 392-HELP

Do you check your
GatorLink e-mail regularly
or have it forwarded to
another e-mail account
that you do check regu-
larly?
As we transition from the legacy systems
to the new systems, the university may
need to send you critical, time-sensitive
information via e-mail, and some of the
new systems send important notifica-
tions via e-mail. All invitations to regis-
ter for training classes will be sent to the


UF business e-mail address. Please check
your directory profile using Gatordex
to make sure your UF business e-mail
address is your correct GatorLink e-mail
address. If you do not check this e-mail
account at least once a day, please for-
ward it to an account that is checked
daily. To forward your GatorLink e-mail
to another account, go to www.gator-
link.ufl.edu.

Is your directory
profile up to date?
UF Bridges will be converting large
amounts of data in the coming months.
To ensure a smooth transition, it is
important that the data moved to the
new systems are as accurate as possible.
Please review your directory profile in
Gatordex and verify that your personal
and contact information is correct.

Are you comfortable
using Microsoft Windows
and the Internet?
All the new systems will be Web-based
and will require a basic knowledge of
Internet Explorer or other browsers.
In addition, some of the functionality
of the new systems is similar to using
Microsoft Windows (folder structure,
navigation, using a mouse, etc.). If you
do not use Microsoft Windows or the
Internet or simply want to improve your
skills, please be sure to take advantage of
training opportunities offered later this
year at UF training facilities or on the
Web.


Do you have the right browser
and computer hardware?
Browser, software and hardware requirements for the
portal and all new systems are always up-to-date and
available via a link in the myUFL sign-on box. If you
can use the portal, you can use the new systems.
PeopleSoft recommends using Internet Explorer
5.5 or 6 with Windows 2000 or XP for the best user
experience. Currently, Netscape 7 users may experience
some compatibility issues with regard to the portal. A
future upgrade will resolve these issues and result in
Netscape 7 as the PeopleSoft recommended browser
for Mac OS X.
PeopleSoft recommends the following hardware
requirements for the optimal user experience (mini-
mum requirements in parentheses): 256 MB RAM (64
MB RAM minimum), 800 MHz Pentium or equiva-
lent processor (Pentium 166 MHz minimum), and a
VGA controller and display of 800 x 600 resolution
or higher and High Color (16 bit) mode. UF recom-
mends a screen resolution is 1024 x 768 or higher.
If you do not have a computer that meets these
end user workstation requirements, please contact your
college or departmental computer administrator as
soon as possible.

Have you subscribed to the
UF Bridges pagelet on myUFL?
Join the more than 900 people who currently get the
latest news about the UF Bridges project, including
training opportunities, transitional activities, meeting
announcements, new portal features and more. Simply
log on to the portal, click on the "Personalize Content"
link under the myUFL logo, check the box next to
"UF Bridges" and hit "Save." When you are done, why
not make myUFL your home page?

-Diane Craig, UF Bridges Communications Lead, ddcraig@
ufledu






Amufll%


CLASnotes February 2004


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African American


Studies Turns 35


When Ronald Foreman was hired in 1970 as
the founding director of the African Ameri-
can studies program, it was a time of great
struggle for blacks on campus. "There were
very few black students here at that time,"
says Foreman, a retired English professor
and one of the first three tenure-track black
professors at UF. "We were trying to get our
colleagues, whoever they might be-white,
black, blue, green-to understand that diver-
sity was what we wanted to have at the Uni-
versity of Florida."
This year, as African American studies celebrates
its 35th anniversary, the program is really taking off. It
recently hired Stephanie Evans, who is jointly appoint-
ed with the Center for Women's Studies and Gender
Research, in its second ever faculty line and is currently
recruiting for its third. Within the next two years,
Interim Director Marilyn Thomas-Houston says the
program expects to grow from its current two faculty
members to boasting six or seven.
"I have all praises for Dean Neil Sullivan," Thom-
as-Houston says. "He has really supported the program
so we can develop. Once we have a solid faculty group,
we can then offer a degree. Our goal is to offer both a
BA and a BS."
The program currently offers a certificate program
to students pursuing an interdisciplinary major and
teaches courses such as Hip-Hop Theory and Methods,
Poetry by Women of Color and Researching African-
American History. Often confused with similar sound-
ing CLAS departments, African Studies and African
and Asian Languages and Literatures, Thomas-Houston
says the purpose of the African American studies pro-
gram is sometimes misunderstood.
"People generally, when thinking about African
American studies, think of history, music or maybe reli-
gion," says Thomas-Houston. "But African American
studies is not just about the history of blacks. It is about
blacks as a social entity, a structure, and the processes
that have been put in place that have affected the lives
of blacks throughout their history."
The focus of UF's African American studies pro-
gram is on the historical and socio-cultural experiences
of people of African origin living in the US, including
Haitians, West Indians, and blacks from South and
Central America. "When students sign up for our
introductory classes, we have to let them know that this


is not just about studying the history or
accomplishments of blacks," Thomas-
Houston says. "Yes, you can take a
course that will tell you about blacks
and what they have achieved, but this is
about understanding how blacks have
experienced their existence in the New
World."
The program started offering its
first courses in 1969, just one year after
San Francisco State University estab-
lished the first African American studies
program in the nation. In honor of its
35th anniversary in 2004, the program
has organized a variety of events for the
community and the public to enjoy.
On January 18, the program kicked
off its year-long celebration with "Speak-
ing in the Name of Martin," a concert
honoring the legacy of Martin Luther
King, Jr., held in observance of the civil
rights legend's birthday. Featured art-
ists included Chuck D, co-creator of
pioneering political rap group Public
Enemy; the Boys Choir of Tallahas-
see; Platinum Souls, an Atlanta gospel
hip-hop group; and spoken word artists
Kayo and Iyeoka. Held at Gainesville's
Downtown Community Plaza, the
well-attended event was sponsored by


the General Motors Acceptance Cor-
poration. Other events planned for this
spring will be an art exhibit, poetry proj-
ect, and several conferences and lecture
series.
"Part of African American studies
is community service," says Thomas-
Houston. "We want to bridge the gap
between what happens in academia and
the lived experiences of people. So we
have events planned for the community
that, while they have an academic foun-
dation, are in a format and structure the
general public would be attracted to."
This kind of unity with the public
is, perhaps, what Foreman envisioned for
the program in the beginning. "My main
point the whole time I was here was that
no one should forget that the University
of Florida is a public institution," he
says. "That means that the institution is
part of the responsibility and ownership
of everybody in the state of Florida. It
was not Duke, Yale or Harvard. It was
public, and that is why it should widen
its gates and invite black people to come
and do anything that was possible should
they have the talent, the interest and the
curiosity."
-Buffy Lockette


Rap legend Chuck D, frontman of the political hip-hop group Public Enemy, visited with African
American studies faculty, staff and students in one of the many events he participated in for
the program during Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend. Pictured, from left to right, are: Stephanie
Evans, assistant professor; Dawn-Elissa Fischer, adjunct professor and anthropology PhD stu-
dent; Chuck D; Faye Harrison, University of Tennessee anthropology professor; Marilyn Thomas-
Houston, interim director; and Sharon Burney, program assistant.


CLASnotes February 2004


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Above:
Blakney-Bailey supervises
volunteers Philip Sheppard, a
scholar from Ireland (center),
and Ana Alba, an anthropol-
ogy senior, as they excavate
the more promising of the
test holes.

Opposite:
The remains of Paynes Town,
on the remote southern
tip of Paynes Prairie Pre-
serve State Park, is being
excavated to determine the
arrangement of the village.
Left to right: volunteers
Asami Kaye, anthropology
senior; Carol E. Colaninno,
anthropology senior; and
Cathy Jean-Bobbitt, recent
history and anthropology
graduate.


When Jane Anne Blakney-Bailey was in fourth grade and had
to come to school dressed as a historic character, she chose to
be a Spanish monk, traveling throughout the American fron-
tier and serving as a missionary to the American Indians. While
others chose to be Betsy Ross or Daniel Boone, the Arkansas
youngster was deeply interested in the culture and lifestyle of
Native Americans. Now 28, the anthropology PhD student is
continuing this fascination by excavating Paynes Town, a Semi-
nole site on the outer edge of Paynes Prairie long thought to
have been destroyed by a sandmining operation.


"Despite the historical significance
of Paynes Town, no in-depth archaeo-
logical research has been conducted at
the site," Blakney-Bailey says. "This is
probably due to the incredibly destruc-
tive sandminding operations of the
1960s and 1970s, which likely dissuad-
ed many archaeologists from pursuing
fieldwork there."
Situated on the southern tip of
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park in
Micanopy, the Paynes Town site was
home to a Seminole town from the
1790s until 1812, when American
soldiers burned it to the ground. UF
anthropologists and park rangers have
known the general location of Paynes
Town since the early 1960s, but
Blakney-Bailey has rediscovered the


remnants of the ancient village and is
conducting an intensive archeological
dig at the site in hopes of mapping out
its exact location and arrangement.
"Before that area of Paynes Prairie
was purchased by the state and placed
under the preserve's control, the Depart-
ment of Transportation dug out a quarry
which they used as fill dirt to create
pavement for roadways," says David
Jowers, park manager of Paynes Prairie
Preserve. "It was all done in innocence,
and I don't believe they realized what
they were destroying."
Blakney-Bailey first heard the story
of Paynes Town when she came to UF
in 2000 from New Mexico State Uni-
versity, and she knew something did
not sound right. "When I came out to


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Excavating the Florida Wilderness

Paynes Prairie Yields Clues to Seminole Life


look and see what was out here, I just knew that there
was no way it could have all been destroyed," she says.
"There's just too much acreage, so I didn't quite believe
it. I just had this gut feeling that it was still here, and I
set out to determine once and for all if the site existed."
Armed with a band of volunteers from the com-
munity and university, she conducted a shovel test
of the area, digging more than 350 holes, 10 meters
apart, covering the entire 14-acre wooded lot. The pre-
liminary results were very promising, indicating that a
substantial portion of the site appeared to still be intact
under the ground. With more than $30,000 in grants,
including a National Science Foundation Dissertation
Improvement Grant, Blakney-Bailey is now excavating
portions of the site and opening up the holes dug in
her shovel test survey. She has already found the loca-
tion of the site and discovered some interesting artifacts.
"The area we are in right now has produced the
most artifacts," she says. "We have found charred corn,
glass beads, a European gun flint, Seminole pottery,
European ceramics and animal bones. You find arti-
facts like this distributed everywhere, but what is neat
is when you can find them in a specific context, like
a trash pit or within the remains of a structure. Then
you can start putting the pieces of town life together."
Most interesting, so far, to Blakney-Bailey is the
large amount of burnt wood found in the sample dig
pits, which could be evidence of the town's burning.
Burnt layers have been found on top of Seminole arti-
facts, indicating that the burning event occurred close
to the tribe's occupation of the area.
"Though burning was bad for the town, it is
good for modern archeologists," says Jerald Milanich,
Blakney-Bailey's advisor and a curator of archaeology at
the Florida Museum of Natural History. "Charring of
wooden architectural elements of houses actually helps
to preserve evidence of those features. The burned
layer also appears to seal artifacts left by the village. In
other words, we may have very good preservation of
things which might otherwise simply have rotted away
over time without a trace.
The Paynes Town Seminole tribe was made up of
many of the descendants of Oconee Indians, one of 12
Lower Creek towns indigenous to the Chattahoochee
River Valley of southern Alabama and Georgia. The
Oconee band of Creeks relocated to Alachua County
in the mid-18th century and found their livelihood
gathering free-range cattle abandoned by Spanish set-


tiers 100 years earlier. The leader of the
group, Chief Cowkeeper, died in the
1780s and his eldest nephew, Payne,
succeeded him.
Chief Payne moved the town a few
miles away to what is now called Paynes
Prairie, which the town occupied until
1812 when it was burned to the ground
by American troops attempting to claim
East Florida as a US territory, led by
Daniel Newnan. Payne, then in his
80s, was shot during a seven-day battle
between the tribe and Newnan's men
and died a few months later. American
soldiers retreated from the battle but
returned in December 1812 to find the
town abandoned by the Seminoles who
had apparently been warned of their
approach. After camping at the site for
several days, the soldiers burned the
town and took many of the provisions
left behind by the tribe, including cattle.
Blakney-Bailey has found artifacts
at the Paynes Town site that can be
attributed to both the Seminoles and,
possibly, the American troops who
attacked and camped in the area. She is
hoping to find materials that will help
her in her personal, career-long study of
the cultural fusion of Seminoles. "My
interest is really in how much the integ-


. -- !48 .


rity of a culture changed after Europeans
arrived," she says. "We know there were
huge populations that were completely
scattered, and I want to know what hap-
pens when groups of people come back
together and re-emerge-what elements
of their culture are not lost."
Blakney-Bailey plans to wrap up
her research at Paynes Town by the
end of March and hopes, by then, to
be able to figure out the arrangement
of the town. She does not know how
many holes she will open and says she
mainly wants to get an idea of the dif-
ferent activity areas of the town still
remaining, without unsettling too much
of the preserve's earth. Park officials are
anxiously awaiting her results. "We are
very supportive of what she is doing,
says Jowers. "She is doing what our staff
doesn't have the time or expertise to do,
and we are very happy to have her here."
Blakney-Bailey will present a lecture
highlighting her work on February
28 at Paynes Prairie's 7th Annual Knap-
In Primitive Arts Festival. Visit www.
floridastateparks.org/paynesprairie or call
(352) 466-4100 for more information.
-Buffy Lockette


CLASnotes February 2004


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Mark Your Calendar
In honor of its 35th anniversary, the African Ameri-
can studies program will present the Langston
Hughes National Poetry Project on February 6 at 7 pm
at Oak Hall School.
Political rap artist Boots Riley of the Oakland,
California hip-hop group The Coup will participate
in a dramatization of 25 Langston Hughes poems,
along with Kirk Nugent, motivational speaker and
spoken word artist; Ntozake Shang6, professor of Afri-
can American studies and Women's Studies; Marilyn
Thomas-Houston, interim director of African Ameri-
can studies; Harry Shaw, an English professor special-
izing in African-American literature; and Maryemma
Graham, founder and director of the National Poetry
Project.
On February 21, the program is holding an
opening reception for DigNubia, a traveling science
museum exhibit that offers participants hands-on
archeological activities investigating the ancient culture
of Nubia. The event will be held at the Santa Fe Com-
munity College Art Gallery from 12 to 5 pm, and the
exhibit will run through March 31 at the gallery.

The 55th Annual Florida Writers' Festival will take
place February 20-21 with readings by Paul Mul-
doon, Grace Paley, Marie Ponsot, Norman Rush, and
Lisa Zeidner. The authors will read from their work
and hold informal talks in the research room of the
Smathers Library, also known as Library East. For a
complete schedule, visit www.english.ufl.edu/events/
events2003-04/crw/festival.html.

The Center for Latin American Studies is holding
its annual conference, "The Latin American Business
Environment: Corporate And Career Opportunities,"
on March 20 at the UF Hilton Hotel and Conven-
tion Center. The conference starts at 8 am, and the
keynote speaker will be John Barham, editor of Latin
Finance. For more information, visit www.latam.ufl.
edu/update3/hapconf.html.
All events are free and open to the public.


CRC Holds Workshops
for CLAS Students
The Career Resource Center invites CLAS students
to attend the 405 Workshop Series. These workshops
are designed to educate students majoring in liberal
arts and sciences about the value of their degree, the
marketability of their skills, career opportunities and
how they can conduct a successful job search. Most
of the workshops take place at the CRC at 4:05 pm
during the spring semester. Visit www.crc.ufl.edu for a
complete listing.

CLASnotes encourages letters to the editor. E-mail edi-
tor@clas.ufl.edu or send a letter to CLASnotes, PO Box
117300, Gainesville FL 32611. CLASnotes reserves the
right to edit submissions for punctuation and length.


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the College



Math Chair Meets President of India
During a recent trip to India, Mathematics Chair Krishnaswami Alladi met
the president of India, Abdul Kalam. Alladi was in the town of Kumbakonam
in southern India during December to give a talk at the International Confer-
ence on Number Theory and Secure Communications about the work of Indian
mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan. Recently, the Shanmuga Arts, Sci-
ence, Technology & Research Academy (SASTRA), a private university in India,
purchased Ramanujan's home in Kumbakonam and will maintain it as a museum
for posterity. In connection with this event, SASTRA organized the conference,
and Kalam inaugurated it and declared Ramanujan's home as a museum and
national treasure.
While in India, Alladi's article, "Ramanujan's Growing Influence," appeared
i n The Hindu, India's national newspaper. Alladi also
gave talks at the International Conference
in Number Theory in Ban-
galore and at the
Harish Chandra
Research Insti-
tute in Alla-
habad.









The Washington Center Honors Dickison
Sheila Dickison, in her role as associate provost and
director of the UF Honors program, was recently
named the 2003 Liaison of the Year by The Washing-
ton Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, a
nonprofit educational organization that matches col-
lege students with internships in the nation's capitol.
As UF's official liaison for the center, Dickison
helps the center prepare students for civic leadership
by placing them in internships with the US Senate
and House of Representatives, The Smithsonian, the
Environmental Protection Agency and other groups.
The Washington Center has placed more than 30,000 students from over 850
colleges and universities since it was founded in 1975, and UF is one of its most
active participants. A representative from the center, Sandy Butler-Whyte (right
in photo), visited campus last fall to present Dickison with a plaque.


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Advisors/Teachers of the Year
CLAS has 12 college-level teaching and advising award
winners for 2003-04. The awards recognize excellence,
innovation and effectiveness in either teaching or
advising. Nominations were collected from students,
faculty, department chairs and administrators.

Teaching Awards
Miklos Bona, mathematics
James Button, political science
Renee Johnson, political science
Gillian Lord, Romance languages and literatures
Anthony Oliver-Smith, nrl. .p. 1.,
Alex Piquero, criniin. .l..,
Greg Pryor, zoology
Francis Putz, botany
Jennifer Rea, classics
Gene Witmer, philosophy

Advising Awards
David Hedge, political science
John Perlette, English

Perlette, Putz and Witmer have been nominated for
the university-wide Teacher and Advisor of the Year
Awards, which will be announced in April.


Fields Joins
Dean's Office
Margaret Fields has joined the
CLAS dean's office staff as the col-
lege's business manager. She will be
responsible for overseeing business
affairs and assisting with the college's
implementation of PeopleSoft systems on July 1. Previ-
ously, Fields served as the Coordinator of Administra-
tive Services for the zoology department. She earned
her specialist in education degree in 2000 and her PhD
in higher education administration in 2002 from UE


DEPARTMENT NEWS
Chemistry
Three chemistry faculty members have received endowed professorships within
the department for their exceptional contributions to teaching, research and ser-
vice. Jim Winefordner has been named the V.T. and Louise Jackson Professor of
Chemistry, and Bill Dolbier and Chuck Martin each have been named a Colo-
nel Allen R. and Margaret G. Crow Professor of Chemistry.

English
Mark A. Reid has been elected to a five-year term on the Modern Language
Association of America's executive committee of the Division on Literature and
Other Arts.

Florida Museum of Natural History
Kathy Deagan, the Florida Museum of Natural History Distinguished Research
Curator of Ai'-cl .. .-,, received the 2004 J.C. Harrington Award in Histori-
cl i \,i1 ,1 I.. ., on January 9 at the Society for Histori- 1 il\r-i ,. .-.., annual
conference in St. Louis. She was recognized for her lifetime of contributions and
outstanding scholarship, student training and professional service in historical
archaeology. Deagan also is an adjunct professor of minrli-..p. 1..; ,, history and
Latin American studies.

Germanic and Slavic Studies
Michael S. Gorham's book, Speaking in Soviet Tongues: Language Culture and the
Politics of Voice in Revolutionary Russia, was named to Choice magazine's annual
Outstanding Academic Title list. Less than three percent of the titles submitted
to the magazine receive the distinction.

Physics
Pierre Ramond has been named the 2004 Oskar Klein lecturer by the Royal
Swedish Academy of Sciences. As part of the honor, Ramond will deliver a lec-
ture at Stockholm University in August.

Religion
Richard Hiers presented an invited public lecture, "Justice and Compassion in
Biblical Law," at Eckerd College in November. His article, "Reverence for Life
and Environmental Ethics in Biblical Law," was recently re-posted in the Har-
vard Forum on Religion and Ecology.


New Women's
Studies Art Exhibit
"Subjective Permanancy," a collection of Tessa
McSorley's prints, handmade books, and mixed
media pieces, features imagery and text from
antique journals and scrapbooks kept by women.
It will be on display at the Center for Women's
Studies and Gender Research, 3324 Turlington
Hall, through April 30. For more information
call 392-3365 or visit www.wst.ufl.edu.


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Bookbeat

Recent publications

from CLAS faculty


Richard Burt


Criminologi-
cal Theories:
Introduction,
Evaluation, and
Application,
Ronald L. Akers
(C rin,in.l, ,, ,._,
and Christine S.
Sellers, Roxbury
Publishing Com-
pany


CRIMINOLGICA


In the new fourth edition of Criminological
Theories: Introduction, Evaluation, andAppli-
cation, Ronald L. Akers and new co-author
Christine S. Sellers provide a concise but
thorough review and appraisal of the lead-
ing theories of crime and criminal justice.
Based on the widespread success of the first
three editions, this landmark book has been
updated and revised to keep current with
changes in development, testing, integration,
and application of important criminological
theories. The fourth edition continues its
focus on evaluating the principal crimino-
logical theories, chiefly on the basis of their
empirical validity as demonstrated through
relevant research.
-Book jacket


Shakespeare, the Movie II
Richard Burt (English)
Routledge
There are more references to Shakespeare
in popular culture than is often recognized.
From film interpretations of the works, to
television commercials boasting Romeo and
Juliet text messaging with cell phones, images
and sound bites exist but are rarely acknowl-
edged by critics and reviewers. English Pro-
fessor Richard Burt, along with Dartmouth
College colleague Lynda E. Boose, is taking
a new approach of looking at Shakespeare
images. "If you start to look for Shakespeare
in films, you'll discover that he shows up
very frequently, even more so since the early
1990s," he says. "Shakespeare is often there,
but it's often unclear why. He is present yet
nearly invisible."
Although there are critics who oppose cin-
ematic interpretations of Shakespeare, Burt
says academic criticism on the topic has been
widely accepted. Shakespeare, the Movie II has
been adopted as the text for several courses
at colleges across the nation, including Burt's
own Shakespeare in film course at UE


Conservation,
Ecology, and
Management of
African Fresh .,
Waters, Lauren African Fresh Waters
and Colin Chap- '
man (Zoology),
University Press 2
of Florida

This interdisci-
plinary study of
the disruptions threatening aquatic systems in
Africa provides a continent-wide perspective
on multidimensional environmental prob-
lems in the context of a rapidly expanding
human population. Contributors confront
both local and international water resource
issues in Africa, illustrate commonali-
ties among countries, and examine varied
approaches used to solve water resource
management problems. Linking social and
natural sciences in diverse environmental and
social settings at different scales of analysis
(historical, regional, and ecosystem), the con-
tributors identify regional issues and detect
generalities to provide a baseline for decision
making in the twenty-first century.
-Book jacket


While the
first edition of
the book, pub-
lished in 1997,
included essays
written since the
1970s, Shake-
speare, the Movie
II offers 16 new
essays looking
at cinematic Shakespeare references in the
1990s on an international level, incorporating
Europe and Asia. Burt says the phenomenon
of DVD has created new possibilities for film,
which is explored in the collection of essays.
Looking at Shakespeare's presence in DVD
features such as menu trailers, commentary
and deleted scenes changes the status of film
itself. "The contributors also talk about the
increasing globalization of Shakespeare," he
says. "The trend of Shakespeare references has
lasted much longer than I thought it would."
-Kimberly A. Lopez


Spirituality in
the Land of the
Noble: How
Iran Shaped the O E O
World's Reli-
gions, Richard
Foltz (Religion),
Oneworld Pub-
lishing

Spirituality in the
Land of the Noble:
How Iran Shaped the World' Religions offers a
history of world religions from the perspec-
tive of their interactions with Iranian civiliza-
tion over the course of four thousand years.
Iran is seen, along with the Near East and
South Asia, to be one of the world's major
"cradles of religions," having given rise to
Zoroastrianism, Manichaeism, and the Baha'i
faith, and played a pivotal role in transform-
ing and transmitting Judaism, Christianity,
Buddhism, and Islam. This is the first book
to discuss Iran's contribution to the history of
religions in such broad perspective.
Book jacket


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Archaeology is Anthro-
pology, Susan Gillespie
( \inrl .p. .1. .-, and
Deborah L. Nichols,
Archeological Papers of
the American Anthropo-
logical Association

In the Americas, the
discipline of archaeology
has, for the most part,
been subsumed with
the larger discipline of
in rl-r..p... .- ,. N ever-
theless, in recent years
there has been a grow-
ing movement among
archaeologists to establish
an autonomous academic
discipline separate from
departments of anthro-
pology. The authors of
this edited volume, who
represent academic and
non-academic archaeolo-
gists, together with non-
archaeological anthropol-
ogists, present the oppo-
site viewpoint, providing
intellectual and practical
reasons for retaining
archaeology within the
umbrella of in rli-..p..1..;.,.
They argue that archaeol-
ogy and in rlr..p..1.. ,' as
a whole benefit from their
continued collaboration.
-Author


Donald Davidson, Kirk
Ludwig (Philosophy),
Cambridge University
Press

Written by a distin-
guished roster of phi-
losophers, this volume
includes chapters on
truth and meaning; the
philosophy of action;
radical interpretation;
philosophical psychology;
knowledge of the exter-
nal world; other minds
and our own minds;
and the implications
of Davidson's work for
literary theory. Donald
Davidson has been one
of the most influential
figures in modern analytic
philosophy and has made
significant contribu-
tions to a wide range of
subjects. Embodied in a
series of landmark essays
stretching over nearly
40 years, his principal
work exhibits a unity
rare among philosophers
contributing on so many
diverse fronts.
-Publisher


The Shadow of God:
Stories from Early Juda-
ism, Leo D. Sandgren
(Religion), Hendrickson
Publishers

Using the medium of
historical fiction, The
Shadow of God covers six
centuries of Jewish his-
tory, from the Babylonian
exile to the destruction
of the Second Temple.
Fifteen stories, each
centered on a historical
event, explore typical Jew-
ish characters of the era.
Women and men, some
historical, some fictional,
grapple with changing
views of God, Torah, and
the attraction of Helle-
nism. The narrator, Leon-
tius, weaves the stories
into an organic saga that
answers the ancient call to
be a Jew and worship the
Most High God. Here,
students will unearth up-
to-date scholarship on
early Judaism, teachers of
Bible backgrounds will
discover a supplemental
text that engages while
it instructs, and lovers of
fiction will be delighted
by the good story of The
Shadow of God
-Publisher


After Spanish Rule: Post-
colonial Predicaments
ofthe Americas, Mark
Thurner ( rli-. p. .p ..,-
and History), Duke Uni-
versity Press

Insisting on the critical
value of Latin American
histories for recasting
theories of postcolonial-
ism, After Spanish Rule
is the first collection of
essays by Latin Ameri-
canist historians and
anthropologists to engage
postcolonial debates from
the perspective of diverse
Latin American contexts,
ranging from the narra-
tives of eighteenth-cen-
tury travelers and clerics
in the region to the status
of indigenous intellectuals
in present-day Colombia.
The editors argue that the
construction of an array
of singular histories at the
intersection of particular
colonialisms and nation-
alisms must become the
critical project of postco-
lonial history-writing.
-Book jacket


Coxeter Matroids, Neil
White (Mathematics),
Birkhauser

Matroids appear in
diverse areas of math-
ematics, from combina-
torics to algebraic topol-
ogy and geometry. This
largely self-contained
text provides an intui-
tive and interdisciplinary
treatment of Coxeter
matroids, a new and
beautiful generalization of
matroids, which is based
on a finite Coxeter group.
Key topics and features
of the book include
matroids examined in
terms of symmetric and
finite reflection groups,
finite reflection and Cox-
eter groups developed
from scratch, and ample
references to current
research. Accessible to
graduate students and
research mathematicians
alike, Coxeter Matroids
can be used as an intro-
ductory survey, a graduate
course text, or a reference
volume.
-Book jacket


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Thae Anmnual
Liberal Arts & Scenrces


ups,


EAMnS


'ee


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What: Two $1,500 awards
(pre-tax) and plaques of appre-
ciation presented to two out-
standing USPS and/or TEAMS
employees
When: At the annual CLAS service pin
award ceremony in April 2004
How: Award criteria and nomination
forms available from depart-
mental offices, dean's office,
or the CLAS Web site at http://
web.clas.ufl. edu/CLASan-
nounce


Nomination
Deadline:
Submit To:


February 27, 2004
Mary Anne Morgan
CLAS Dean's Office
2014 Turlington Hall
PO Box 117300
392-2261


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