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The University of Floridaen
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

In this Issue:

As Seen on DVD ............................. 3

Poetry and Prose ............................ 4

Molding Medieval Studies............ 6

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

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

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

CLASSC Majors Fair ........................12

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The Dean's


A Written Perspective
From the steamy swamps of early Florida history, and the time
of Florida crackers driving cattle to railheads, our state boasts a
rich tradition of writers, historians and explorers who forged the
intellectual fiber of the state and the university. This tradition is
still strong today at the University of Florida with its short story
writers, fiction writers, novelists and poets following in the foot-
steps of the greats: Marjorie K. Rawlings, Stephen Crane, Zora
Neale Hurston, James Weldon Johnson, Ernest Hemingway,
Robert Frost, Harry Crews-all of whom sojourned in Florida,
many spending time teaching at the university.
Today, UF attracts some of the world's best writers to its
Annual Florida Writer's Festival. This year the legendary Grace
Paley, New York State writer; Paul Muldoon, poet and humani-
ties professor at Princeton; Marie Ponsot, Columbia University
writing professor and winner of the National Book Critics
Circle Award; Norman Rush, Peace Corps novelist; and Lisa
Zeidner, Rutgers University, were all in attendance.
One of the highlights of the year for me is meeting new
graduate students entering the MFA creative writing program.
These students' admiration for a particular UF writer is often
what causes them to apply to our program in order to work
with and learn from our accomplished faculty members. With
the recent addition of two exciting new writers, Jill Ciment and
Mary Robison, we are confident that the program will continue
to grow in stature.
Moving from modern to ancient writing: UF is planning a
Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies to connect the
earliest writers and philosophers and their teachings with our
students, who seem to have an unquenchable thirst for reading
and studying early writings and histories of medieval times. The
center also will have an international component-by joining a
league comprised of centers at other institutions, our faculty and
students will engage in an exchange of ideas and resources at dif-
ferent facilities in the US and abroad. It is vital that we establish
and maintain programs such as these so that our students will
develop an appreciation of different societies and an interna-
tional perspective that will allow them to succeed in the modern
Neil Sullivan
sullivan@phys. ufl.edu

Additional Photography:
Garry Nonog: p. 3
Courtesy Alan Bolten: p. 11 (Bolten)

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recycled paper

On the Cover:
UF's nascent Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies is on its way to obtaining official sta-
tus and developing a league with other universities to share resources and facilities. The center is
opening a reading room this month in Dauer Hall with rare book collections and materials. Read
the complete story on page 6. Image: Ambrogio Lorenzetti's Effects of Good Government on the
City Life (detail), 1338-40, Fresco, Palazzo Pubblico, Siena.

CLASnotes March 2004

page 2

History of Science Professor Fred Gregory has
given hundreds of lectures throughout his 31-
year career to students, colleagues and the pub-
lic, but he recently gave a series of lectures unlike
any other. Instead of gazing over an audience full
of people, Gregory was in a production studio
staring at a camera and waiting for the red light
to appear before he started talking about the his-
tory of science.
Gregory's experience was part of an 18-hour
course he recorded on The History of Science: 1700-
1900 for The Teaching Company, a mail order com-
pany established in 1990 that produces "The Great
Courses" on audio and video tapes, CDs and DVDs.
The company turns out courses on topics ranging
from the History ofAncient Egypt and Operas of Mozart
to Particle Physics for Non-Physicists.
"It was quite an experience," says Gregory. "The
process started in the fall of 2001, and my course just
came out this year." Before recording the lectures,
Gregory went through a long audition process, which
included a recruiter's visit to observe Gregory teaching
at UF, Gregory's visit to Washington, DC to give a
sample lecture for the company, and Gregory devising
an extensive outline for the course.
"Our process for deciding on professors is very
selective," says Lucinda Robb, vice president for special
projects at The Teaching Company. "We are looking
for gifted scholars, explainers, enthusiasts, commu-
nicators-and, yes, entertainers. Every year we travel
around the country-from Harvard to Stanford and
UCLA to UNC-to visit hundreds of top-rated pro-
fessors. Of the hundreds of professors we visit, only a
few dozen are invited to give an audition lecture. Each
audition is reviewed by hundreds of customers, and
we select only those rated most highly to make courses
for The Teaching Company." Robb says Gregory is the
first UF professor to make it through the lengthy pro-
cess and that he was chosen on the basis of his schol-
arship and excellent lecturing ability.
Gregory recorded more than 30 lectures during a
two-week period at the company's studio last fall. "It
was a fairly rigorous schedule. I did four different lec-
tures a day for five days, and the tough part was having
to finish each lecture in exactly 30 minutes. I couldn't
be under or go over because each lecture is only half
an hour," says Gregory. Often times when Gregory was

Fred Gregory's course about the history of science is sold
through The Teaching Company's Web site. DVDs, CDs,
audio and video tapes and a transcript book are available.
The DVD and video tape versions feature hundreds of images
including portraits of natural scientists, depictions of famous
experiments, and helpful charts and diagrams, plus on-screen
text highlighting important definitions, important dates and
famous figures in the history of science. Visit www.teachl 2.
com/ttc/assets/coursedescriptions/1210.asp for more informa-
tion about the materials.

As Seen on DVD

History of Science Lectures

Part of Great Courses Series

lecturing, there were very few people in
the studio except a few audience mem-
bers and the producers who were listen-
ing to his every word, making sure he
did not make any mistakes based on the
material he had prepared. "The produc-
er takes notes, and if I said the wrong
date, I had to record that part again."
Each lecture Gregory recorded is
packaged with the outline he prepared.
"These courses are geared toward a gen-
eral-interest audience. In my first outline
draft, they told me to add in more infor-
mation about astronomy and less about
physics and to include more about
Pasteur and less about Darwin because
it would appeal to a larger audience. It
was a challenging experience because I
felt as if I was taking responsibility for
the entire discipline by deciding what to
include and what to leave out."
In addition to receiving an initial
payment from the company for record-
ing the courses, Gregory will receive
royalties based on customer satisfaction,

not sales. Even though Gregory's course
just came out this year, the company
has already received some positive
feedback. "We recently got a very nice
e-mail from a longtime customer," says
Robb. "This medical doctor from Davis,
California, wrote 'Recently, I started
watching Dr. Frederick Gregory's course
on the history of science. I have found
him to be possibly the best of the best.
I hope that you have him do more
courses. He's outstanding.' It may be
the first positive comment we get on the
course, but I can assure you it will not
be the last. The producers who worked
on Gregory's course we're particularly
enthusiastic, and they are a very tough
audience. Keep in mind we are so used
to great lecturing that we've gotten
rather spoiled."
-Allyson A. Beutke

CLASnotes March 2004

page 3

Poetry and Prose

A look inside the creative writing program

' :.: Arthur McMaster retired in 2002 after 34 "- s of service to the US govern-
ment, in. : .. stints in Special r'.i:..':. .. .,..' the Central ::-, :" :e Agency, he
decided it was time for a career change. The : old.: '. I-'s creative writing"
and has spent the past two years pursuing his dream of .:. :j a "- .

"I wanted to get back to writ-
ing," he says. "i had been writing
poetry, stage plays, travel stories,
fiction, critical essays and reviews
for years, but I wanted to get the
credentials I needed to teach writ-
ing. I said, 'okay that's enough
government work'. I just wanted to
work on my poems and my plays
and do some .':. so this was a
great opportunity for me."
McMaster is one of 36
students in the Department of
English creative writing program,
which offers a Master : .. Arts
degree to a :. i of writers and
poets. Ranked 20th in the nation
by US News and World Report,
the program has earned the right to
be selective. Only 10 percent of its
get accepted, and admis-
sion is based almost solely upon a
"We look for potential that we
can work with," says program direc-
tor Padgett Powell. "We sometimes
deny people who are very accom-
S writers but are writing in
ways that we don't feel we can be
particularly helpful toward. It's a
gut this work something
that excites us toward making help-
ful comments on it? Does this get
our mojo going? There is no way of
S in the abstract or in advance
what that's going to be."
Once admitted, students likely

.: learn more about the art of
S. ':. and about their own indi-
vidual strengths and weaknesses as
writers than at any other .. '- in
their writing careers. Paired with
either a poetry or "':.
professor, .. to the genre
they were admitted into, students
in the creative writing program
spend two years working on their
craft while receiving constant feed-
back from their appointed faculty
"director," who serves as their edi-
tor. Many students apply to the
program just for the chance to
work with its renowned faculty. "I
think we all cane here because we
really admire the professors," says
Nora Spencer, a first-year student
in fiction writing. "That's what
draws people here."
But just as important as fac-
ulty input is the :. -: i students
receive from their peers in the four
semester-long writing workshops
they are required to complete.
Made up of 6-12 students, the
workshops .i the writers to
bounce their work :: of each other
and get tips on how to improve
the piece and, often, their writing
as a whole. The students become
so familiar with each other's work,
they can spot recurring themes and
"They get into workshop,"
Powell says. I what

happens, is the group sits there and
attempts to say, as politely as pos-
sible, 'this is good, but we want to
make some .. -' .. So every-
one .- : := gets an idea of the
kinds of mistakes to avoid-what
would make it better the next
time I come in here with a piece
of paper? How do I write in such
a way that i stop this noise? After
two years you have some ideas
about stopping that criticism."
But those in the program say
the environment is i "It's
not at competitive," McMaster
says. : : realize that they are
here because someone perceived
some talent in their work, so it is
now a matter of peer review---what
does somebody else have to say
that might improve the i" ..' of a
poem or a bit of fiction?"
During the process of ...
and commenting on each other's
work, students learn not only how
to strengthen their own .: ':.
but how to .. ..- comment
on the writing of others, which
opens the door to jobs in i .
publishing, .: ':. and teaching.
Alumni of the program are doing
everything from teaching at com-
munity :: to editing for The
New Yorker. : primary purpose
is to become the best writer you
can become," i says. "But in
doing that you become also the

L4ASnotes March 2004

page 4

best critic you can become. If you are a good critic you
can do some things-you can criticize books, which
means you can edit books. A really broad array of
occupations opens up."
The students also are given the opportunity to
hone their skills as teachers. Every student in the pro-
gram is given a fellowship and is required to teach three
classes a year. First-year students teach undergraduate
composition courses and second-year students teach
courses in the undergraduate creative writing program.
By the time they graduate, students have real teach-
ing experience under their belts and, since the MFA
is a terminal degree in the field, students can go on to
teach creative writing at some of the best universities in
the country.
"Teaching is an incredibly good job for a creative
writer to have," says Jill Ciment, a creative writing pro-
fessor of fiction. "Not only does it afford you the time
to do your own work, which is a blessing unto itself,
but it allows you to be in a room a couple of hours a
week with people who value literature-and that's very
unique and special."
Mary Robison, an incoming professor of fiction
writing who has taught at some of the nation's best
writing programs, including Harvard University and
the University of Houston, says "It is inspiring to be in
a room with students who are hungry, who are going
to be writers and are full of ideas. It keeps me alive."
In addition to completing four writing workshops,
taking elective literature courses, and their teaching
load, students are required to complete a creative writ-
ing thesis by the end of their second year. For fiction
students, this comes in the form of a 125-page novel
or collection of short stories. Poetry students have to
write 24 poems. Often, the work submitted was ham-
mered out and polished in workshop. The thesis has to
be defended in front of a panel of creative writing and
literature professors within the English department.
"It's impossible, really, to defend your writing
in this manner," says poetry professor Sidney Wade.
"Really, what we do, is come together and talk about
the thesis itself, what the students have learned about
their writing during their time here, their experience
in the program. We basically admire them, and the
students love it. Never again will they have a group of
professionals sitting with them for an hour so keenly
focused on the student's own work."
The writing program recently received funding
to establish its own literary magazine, tentatively titled
Subtropics, which will publish poetry and prose by
writers from all over the world. The new magazine will
not include any works written by UF professors or stu-
dents, but will be edited by Wade and fiction writing
professor David Leavitt. The first issue is expected to

be published in January 2005.
Upon leaving the program, some students are
fortunate enough to publish their thesis, and a few
even get book deals while they are in the program.
Professors do everything they can to help them find an
agent or a publisher. "If we have connections we try to
use them," Powell says. "This doesn't mean you can get
someone published, but you can get someone looked
at. You need every advantage you can have and a good
writing program attempts to supply those advantages."
But, whether they get published or not, many stu-
dents say the program has helped them become better
writers and taught them to believe in their talent. "An
MFA program in creative writing isn't going to make
you a great writer if you aren't one, and it isn't going to
make you stop being a writer if you are one," says Oin-
drila Mukherjee, a second-year fiction writing student.
"In the end, writers are their own best critics, and we've
learned to rely on each other for support and guidance
in the writing process."
-Buffy Lockette

"I think you absolutely can teach writing. A
person might have a lot of inspiration, but not
understand the techniques, tactics, and dis-
cipline required for writing poetry. We
learn by studying the masters and
collaborating with our peers."
-Arthur McMaster
Poetry Student

CLASnotes March 2004

Molding Medieval Studies

UF's nascent Center for Medieval and Early Modern

Studies aims to be an international research hub

While visiting her alma mater, the University of Toronto, last spring, assistant
professor of Italian Mary Watt remembered what it was like to be a gradu-
ate fellow in a center she calls the "hub of activity." That hub, the Center for
Reformation and Renaissance Studies, provides conference space, libraries and
teaching facilities for early modern studies. When invited by the university's
library to speak on maps of the Holy Land last year, Watt had a vision of
bringing such a hub to UF.

"I foresaw an interchange where professors and
students alike could create a free-flow of ideas and
share resources between universities," says Watt. "The
partnerships would create a league wherein professors
and students could spend time at the other participant
universities without the red tape and without subscrip-
tion fees to use the resources." Watt began making
phone calls to the University of Toronto and gained its
support. The calls led to a chain of referrals to other
established centers that would benefit from the league.
Now, UF's nascent Center for Medieval and Early
Modern Studies is on its way to becoming part of a

league with Columbia University, Arizona State Uni-
versity, Western Michigan University, the University
of Notre Dame, the University of Siena, Italy, and the
University of Toronto. These centers have agreed in
principle to the formation of the league, and Watt,
who will serve as co-director of UF's center, is work-
ing on the formal contracts to make it a reality. Each
participant university has been acknowledged for its
leading research and centers on medieval studies, which
focuses on the culture and literature from 400 to 1400
In addition to the exchange of professors and

CLASnotes March 2004

page 6

students, sharing facilities is another = -- .
of the league. From a castle in Italy at the dis-
posal of Arizona State to entering the Univer-
sity of Siena in Italy-a university founded
during medieval times-UF would enjoy the
S of traveling to such sites for the pur-
pose of research and :."'.. knowledge in
the forms of : ":" professors, lectures and
reference materials. The University of Siena
is considered a place of origin and homage
among medieval scholars.
UF's center would be the first of its
kind in the Southeast, and to contribute to
the league, : provide a : I':. room
containing a non-circulating reference set.
"My vision has always included a library that
is research oriented," 'Watt says. "Having a
specialized : will attract medieval-
ists. i i center will not only be for : .i and
conferences but also a place to find books not
found elsewhere. And the best part is they
are always there because its a non-lending
library." The reading room, currently located
in room 237 Dauer Hall, will have the sup-
port of a graduate : = =" The collection
is being built : .. ..! and Watt
hopes to receive endowments for the project.
While the center and the league await
official status, students at UF can already
pursue an undergraduate IDS major or
minor through the Medieval and Early Mod-
ern Studies (MEMS) program. The program
was established in the late 1990s and is coor-
dinated by Professor of German Studies Will
Hasty, who also serves as the nascent center's
co-director. Hasty believes that the creation
of the reading room and the center : con-
tribute to UF's primary objective of achieving
internationalization. "If the term 'interna-
tionalization' can be understood : i as a
cultural process in which political, economic,
artistic and social structures are evolving rap-
idly against the backdrop of breakthroughs
in science and .. .. 1. then the center
: be able to help UF achieve one of its
important strategic goals," he says. "In order
to truly understand our international pres-
ent, we need to understand our pre-national

past." Hasty adds that the center also ::
support the work of established centers, such
as the Center for "- Studies, and
: students to pursue their interests in the
i i Ages. Partners in Canada and Europe
: not only raise the international visibility
; but also ii students and faculty to
transform their :. interests into criti-
cally needed knowledge.
Since i :. universities often focus
on distinct periods and locations of medieval
history, Watt says bringing universi-
ties across the nation and internationally
allows each center's to provide
unique views. "The focus of Columbia
University on Japanese medieval will
provide a complement to UF's European
focus," says Watt. Long term, Watt says the
center ... .. have partners : .
in : 1 studies in Australia, South Amer-
ica, and Africa. "The European focus of UF
: i enhance the opportunities available to
students ,.. ." an '.: .: :. :.. -major
or minor in medieval and modern ,"
explains Watt. "With the interdisciplinary
concentration and the center, UF becomes a
prime place for working in European medi-
eval and modern ,1 with the
opportunity to branch out into Asian and
Si ii Eastern studies as i"
S. the students in MEMS, the center
will create more networking opportunities,
says Valerie Hampton, a graduate of the IDS
track in medieval and early modern studies.
"The program is fortunate to have profes-
sors who enhance and push students to seek
other resources and make connections," says
Hampton, a graduate student in classics.
"The league will give access to other sources
and provide more opportunities." Hampton
says she is grateful for a center close to home
because students often have to travel to other
institutions to attend conferences and meet
other scholars in the : : "UF will become
known as the place to go for the entire
Because medieval studies is not indepen-
dent of the arts and sciences, Watt says the

center .!: be beneficial to faculty and stu-
dents from many interdisciplinary areas. At
the center has gathered profes-
sors from the Departments of English, Ger-
man and Slavic Studies, History, Religion,
Romance Languages and Literatures, and the
( ii of Design, Construction and Plan-
ning and Fine Arts. "Already the center is
being seen as worthwhile by the humanities,"
she says. "Because it's a focus present in so
many fields, medieval studies needs a center
rather than a department. Literature, art and
architecture, for example, are often inter-
twined in the .. i Ages and the Renais-
Hasty believes the center .: not only
provide an important look at. and
early modern cultural history, but also clarify
the uses to which the i i i. have been
put in modern times. "MEMS scholars are
familiar with ways in which the past has
been used and misused in the formation of
national and ethnic communities since the
19th century," he says. :. medieval past,
and distortions of it, are continuously used to
legitimize national and international agendas
of .. kinds, but scholarly work. .
the center could provide a better view of
the medieval roots of modern societies. The
individual areas of expertise contribute in
I : ~. : to the broader understanding
of .. :. and early modern culture and,
consequently, an .... I of the world
we live in today."
To kick ..:: the center's involvement with
the league, an official opening of the. '.
room will be held during the "Carnevale,
Karnival!" : .... on March 15-16 in
room 219 Dauer Hall. The annual confer-
ence is themed "Processions, Parades, and
S "A full ... of conference
events and presenters may be found at www.
clas.ufl.cdu/users/watt/schcdulc04.html. For
more information about the IDS major and
minor in MEMS, visit web. .. ... .:: edu/
-KimberlyA. Lopez

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page 7

UF Student Named Churchill Scholar
Biochemistry senior Adam Bennett is one of 11 stu-
dents in the US to receive a Churchill Foundation
Scholarship to study at the University of Cambridge,
England for the 2004-2005 academic year.
The scholarship covers all university and col-
lege tuition and fees, and Bennett will receive a living
allowance of $10,000 if enrolled in a nine-month aca-
demic program and $12,000 if enrolled in a full-year
academic program.
Bennett, a member of the UF Honors Program,
has conducted undergraduate research through the
University Scholars Program with Jon Stewart in the
chemistry department. At the University of Cam-
bridge, he will conduct research in biomimetics or
chemical biology toward a master's degree in chemistry.
The Winston Churchill Foundation was estab-
lished in 1959, and Churchill scholarships offer Ameri-
can students in engineering, mathematics and the
sciences the opportunity to pursue graduate studies at

CLAS Staff and Faculty Receive UF
Superior Accomplishment Awards
Five CLAS employees recently received UF Superior
Accomplishment Awards. The program recognizes
staff and faculty members who contribute outstand-
ing and meritorious service to the university and
have improved the quality of life for students and
employees. The five divisional winners will compete
for university-level awards, which will be announced
in April.

Administrative/Supervisory category
Diane Davis, fiscal accountant, zoology
Yvonne Dixon, office manager, physics

Support Services category
Mike Gunter, maintenance manager, zoology

Scientific/Technical category
Robin Register, computer support analyst, zoology

Academic Personnel
Greg Neimeyer, professor, psychology

CLAS Assembly Meeting March 16
Anthony B. Brennan, chair of the UF Faculty Senate,
will discuss the Faculty Senate and shared governance
at the college's next assembly meeting on Tuesday,
March 16 at 3 pm in the Keene Faculty Center. Visit
www.clas.ufl.edu/CLASevents/minutes.html to review
the minutes of the last meeting.


the College

UF Receives Beckman Scholar Award
to Support Undergraduate Research
The University of Florida is one of 13 universities selected to receive a 2004
Beckman Scholar Award from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation,
based on its commitment to quality undergraduate research.
The $105,600 award will provide several scholarships for the next three years
to undergraduates in chemistry, biochemistry, the biological and medical sciences,
or an interdisciplinary combination of these sciences. Each Beckman Scholar
will receive $17,600 and is required to perform 10 hours of research each week
during the academic year and work full-time for 10 weeks during two summers.
In addition, supplies and travel funding is provided with $750 for summer and
$1500 per academic year.
Visit www.chem.ufl.edu/-duran/beckman for more information and an
application. The deadline to apply is March 26, and between one to four award-
ees will be announced in mid-April.
Other 2004 Beckman Scholars Program awardees include the University of
Chicago, University of Texas, University of Wisconsin, Rice University and Yale

USA Today Honors UF Students
With All-Academic Recognitions
USA Today has named two CLAS students to its All-USA
College Academic Teams. Anup Patel was among 20 ru-
dents selected nationwide to the First Team. He was cl.. n
among more than 600 nominees and will receive a trophy
and $2,500. Patel will graduate in May with a triple major
in biochemistry, economics and political science. He has a
4.0 GPA and is a 2003 Goldwater Scholar. Patel spent the
summer of 2003 volunteering with AIDS-infected children
in India and co-founded Cents of Relief, www.centsofrelief.
org, that has raised nearly $15,000 to help AIDS victims in
Joshua Pila, a political science senior, earned recognition on the Third Team.
Pila is the founder and chairman of Awareness By Leadership and Education, or
ABLE, a disability awareness group. He recently was recognized at UF as a student
winner of the President's Humanitarian Award, given to those who have made sig-
nificant humanitarian contributions on campus and in the community.
Steven Cohen, a business administration senior, also was named to the First
Team. All three UF winners were featured in the February 12 edition of the USA
Today newspaper.
Four times a year, USA Today honors outstanding students and educators with
the All-USA Academic and Teacher Teams. Forty runners-up are named to the sec-
ond and third teams, and they receive certificates of achievement.

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CLASnotes March 2004

Frank Davis Celebrates
35 Years in Zoology
The Department of Zoology honored Frank Davis on
February 10 for marking his 35th year as its building
manager. Davis has worked in the same room in Bar-
tram Hall since the department hired him in 1969 at
age 24 as an electronic technician, shortly after he was
released from the US Army. Stationed in South Korea,
Davis served as a radar mechanic.
At UF, -
Davis is respon-
sible for all of
zoology's facili-
handling bids
for renovations,
and ensuring ,
environmental .
health and safety
requirements are
followed. U
the fact he has
worked in the
same office for
35 years he says,
"It is never the
same, it's inter-
esting. The diversity of interests of the faculty and
graduate students continues to add challenge to my
work. The people are nice, and it's a good place to
be." One of Davis' co-workers is his wife, Diana, who
has served as the department's fiscal accountant for 23
years. Davis also is the mayor of Waldo and has been
an elected official for more than 20 years.

UF Stakeholders Weekend in April
The University of Florida Foundation is hosting the
first-ever UF Stakeholders Weekend April 16-17. The
theme for the series of events is "Your Investment at
Work," with a focus on the vital role that private giving
plays in the success of UE
A stakeholders meeting will be held on April
17 from 11 am to noon in the President's Room of
Emerson Alumni Hall. This information session, with
UF President Bernie Machen and UF Foundation
representatives, is open to students, faculty, staff and
donors interested in gaining a better understanding of
the university's private fund-raising efforts and the UF
Foundation's operation and endowment management.
Other events scheduled include the annual Cor-
porate Leaders Summit on April 16, the UF Founda-
tion board of directors meeting and the President's
Council Gala, both on April 17. Visit www.uff.ufl.edu/
stakeholders for more details.

CLASnotes March 2004

African and Asian
Languages and Literatures
S. Yumiko Hulvey presented the
public lecture, "Tokyo, Then and
Now: Early Writings of Enchi
Fumiko," at the Wolfsonian-FIU
Museum in South Miami Beach,
held in conjunction with the exhib-
it, "Tokyo: The Imperial Capital,"
on February 7.

Jennifer Rea presented "Hidden
Rome: Borders and Bounty in the
Subterreanean City" as part of the
Ole Miss Classics Spring Lecture
Series on February 16.

Jim Haskins' review of Always Wear
Joy: My Mother Bold and Beautiful
by Susan Fales-Hill appeared in the
Winter 2004 edition of Flavour:
Black Florida Life and Style.

Debra King has been elected to
serve a three-year term as Region
Five Delegate Assembly representa-
tive of the Modern Language Asso-
ciation of America.

Doctoral candidate Laurie Taylor's
article, "When Seems Fall Apart:

Video Game Space and the Player,"
was recently published in Game
Studies, an online international
journal of computer game research
at wwv ;in, riv.r,.,1i .- "* '' "'2/tay-
lor. Taylor is primarily researching
interface issues and survival horror

German and Slavic Studies
German Professor Will Hasty has
been elected to serve a five-year term
on the Modern Language Associa-
tion's executive committee for the
Division on German Literature to

Yoonseok Lee has received a two-
year Alfred P. Sloan Research Foun-
dation Fellowship. The fellowships
were established in 1955 and are
awarded to young scientists in the
fields of mathematics, chemistry,
physics, computer science, econom-
ics and neuroscience. The award
includes an unrestricted grant of
$40,000, which Lee will use to sup-
port his research on acoustic and
magnetic properties of liquid and
solid three helium. Lee came to UF
in 2001 from Stanford University.

In Memory: Richard Elston
Astronomy Professor Richard Elston passed away on
January 26 after a long and courageous battle with
cancer. Elston was one of the founders of the modern
astronomical research program at UF and also known
as one of the leading astronomical instrumentalists of
his generation.
Elston received his PhD in 1988 from the Univer-
sity of Arizona and came to UF in 1997. He received
a prestigious NSF Presidential Early Career Award for
Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) award in 2000 for
his research on understanding how galaxies and the
structures they trace in the universe came into being.
Elston is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Lada, also a UF astronomy profes-
sor, and his son, Joseph.
A memorial service will be held at the Baughman Center on March 19 at 3
pm, followed by a reception at the Keene Faculty Center.

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Making Ends Meet

African Women's Health Concerns Affect Economic Development

The women of Mali, West Africa have traditionally served as caretakers of
their families-families that are too often plagued by disease and illness. But
to what degree do these health concerns cause financial strains on these
women? Anthropology doctoral candidate Maxine Downs has received
a grant from the National Institutes of Health to further her dissertation
research on the decision-making processes of entrepreneurial women of
Mali, one of the poorest countries in the world.

Grants through the
Division of Sponsored Research

October 2003
November 2003
December 2003
January 2004
February 2004



After applying for
more than a year, Downs
says she received nothing
but rejection letters until
the National Institutes
of Health recognized the
potential of her research
and awarded her the Ruth
L. Kirschstein National
Research Service Award in
fall 2001. The three-year
grant gave Downs the
necessary funds to com-
plete field work in Mali.
Her research focuses
on microcredit programs
of West Africa, which
provide small loans and
savings opportunities to
those who traditionally
have been excluded from
commercial financial ser-
vices. Downs set out to
understand how health
and nutritional issues are
intertwined with econom-
ic development efforts, in
order to shed light on the
need for a more integra-
tive approach combining
microcredit programs
with health educational
training. Downs says that
poverty is a complex issue
and simply giving people
money, without additional
training, will not address
the need for better health
and nutritional support.
"Women are the primary
health care providers of

their households, and in a
country where families are
effected by disease and ill-
ness, health concerns may
compromise a women's
ability to work outside
the domestic sphere, as
well as influence her deci-
sion-making process." A
portion of Down's work
focuses on entrepreneurial
Malian woman and their
economic decision-mak-
ing practice.
During her field
work from January 2002
to December 2003,
Downs studied three
groups: women who par-
ticipated in microcredit
programs with health
training; women who
took part in microcredit
programs without health
training; and women who
did not participate in
either the microcredit or
health training programs.
"Decision-making models
are of extreme importance
to social scientists across
disciplines," Down says.
"Models provide a better
understanding of how
and why people make the
types of decisions they do.
Furthermore, advancing
our knowledge of such
decision-making processes
can better inform our
cultural understanding

of complex issues of the
intersection of poverty
and health, which in turn
can contribute to interna-
tional work efforts of pov-
erty alleviation in Africa,
as well as worldwide."
Downs recently
returned from the field
and is now in the process
of analyzing and writ-
ing her research findings.
"What stands out the
most to me is how the
women would talk about
the difficulty of paying
back the loans, citing
high interest rates as the
primary problem," says
Downs. "With high inter-
est rates, it was impossible
for the women to realize
a profit. As a result, most
of the older cloth dyers no
longer use microcredit as
a resource for credit. It is
primarily the younger, less
experienced women who
use it as a way to build
their inventory until their
client base grows. There-
fore, the present design
of the program is not
meeting the needs of these
women." Downs plans to
finish writing her disserta-
tion and graduate in the
spring of 2005.
-KimberlyA. Lopez

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

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Recent publications from CLAS faculty

Loggerhead Sea Turtles
Edited by Alan Bolten and Blair Witherington (Zoology)
Smithsonian Books

Scientists know more about loggerheads than any other sea turtle spe-
cies but, until now, no comprehensive book has been written about
them. This volume, edited by zoologists Alan Bolten and Blair With-
erington, brings together for the first time the world's top sea turtle
experts to combine their knowledge on the endangered species.
"The real value of this book is that it is the first synthesis of any
f sea turtle species," says Bolten,
a research assistant professor in
the Department of Zoology and
the Archie Carr Center for Sea
urtle Research. "This is the first
t il, one species has really been
looked at and evaluated and all
r information integrated into
one volume."
Divided into 18 chap-
ters, each written by different
researchers from around the
globe, Loggerhead Sea Turtles is
geared toward an educated gen-
eral audience, not just those in
the sea turtle research field. The
book covers loggerhead ecology,
Alan Bolten releases a satellite-transmit- genetics, population distribution
ter-equipped loggerhead turtle back into and trends, morphology, ecosys-
the wilds of the Azores. tem and demographic models,

reproductive biology, and conservation
activities. By studying the natural history
of loggerheads, the book identifies ways to
reverse their decline.
While working on the book, Bolten
and Witherington contacted researchers .
from around the world and assigned them
different topics according to their area of
expertise. They knew the book would be a
success when the authors got together for
a reading at the 20th Annual Symposium
on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation
held in Orlando in March 2000. "At the
symposium that year we, for the first time, had a mini-symposium
on the biology and conservation of loggerheads," says Witherington,
an associate research scientist at the Florida Marine Research Institute
and a 1992 recipient of a UF doctorate degree in zoology. "People
came from as far away as Australia, Japan and South Africa and were
very excited to present their work on loggerheads."
After a rigorous two-year peer editing process, Smithsonian
Books published Loggerhead Sea Turtles in October 2003. Bolten says
he believes the book will help Florida, which is home to the largest
number of nesting loggerheads in the world, better manage its sea
turtle population.
"Florida has been very good about supporting and protecting sea
turtles," he says. "Although the populations north of here-Georgia,
South Carolina and North Carolina-are declining, Florida is holding
steady, based on the best data we have from the past 15 years. Florida
is showing that sea turtle populations can be improved, though we are
still a long way from getting these animals removed from the endan-
gered species list."
-Buffy Lockette


Eatn Ameri

cies to grapple with the forces of the new li
global economy, and at the same time to
undertake domestic restructuring, have
been a frustrating tangle of opportunities
and setbacks. This collection addresses
those efforts, concentrating on the effects
of changes toward more open economies
in the context of improving living condi-
tions and democratic governance. The authors emphasize the need to
analyze jointly the economic, political, and social dimensions of the
region's uncertain transformation. They shed new light on evolving
issues of economic integration, financial instability, human capital
development, decentralization, and democratic processes.

Essays on the Twentieth-Century German
Drama and Theater: An American Recep-
tion, 1977-1999, Hal Rennert (German
and Slavic Studies), Peter Lang Publishing

This collection of articles by both German
literature specialists and German theater
experts grew out of the Comparative
Drama Conference held annually between
February and March from 1977 to 1999
at UE At the center of the contributors'
work is the productive tension between
the literary and the performance aspects of
German drama and theater. At the same time, the reception is truly
American, since the German playwrights, directors, theorists, and dra-
matists discussed have gone through creative filters in the researching,
performing, and teaching of German drama and theater on various
campuses across the United States during the last third of the twenti-
r eth century. In addition to editing the book, Rennert also wrote the
book's introduction.

CLASnotes March 2004

Latin American Democracies in the New
Global Economy, Ana Margheritis (Politi-
cal Science), North-South Center Press

The efforts of Latin America's democra-

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Majors Fair

March 24

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Student Council (CLASSC) is hosting its
first-ever CLAS Majors Fair on March 24 from 11 am to 4 pm on the Reitz Union
colonnade. M-Fair is 1 .:. .i:: designed for students whose major is undecided.
More than 30 academic departments and student organizations will have tables set
up with representatives on hand to answer questions and provide information.
CLASSC also is .: applications for the CLAS Hall of Fame awards,
which recognizes .: :.. .. graduating seniors. Applications are now avail-
able online at http://gr, ...:. ..1/classc and are due March 16 by 5 pm to the
CLASSC office in room 119 in the Academic Advising Center. Six awards .:: be
given, based upon the c : i criteria: scholarship, campus leadership, campus
involvement and service to the i and university. Two students each i be
selected from the social and behavioral sciences, the natural and mathematical sci-
ences, and the humanities.
On February 11, CLASSC held its yearly : elections. The == CLAS
students .i: serve in 2004-2005: president, Kristin Detwiler (chemistry senior);
vice president, Josh Gellers : '.. .1 science junior); treasurer, Rachel Visschers
(communication sciences and disorders junior); secretary, Diana Lima 1
junior); and executives-at-large, ': ( ': 'i j'' : science sophomore), Dalia
Marvin (psychology junior) and Luis Suarez-Isaza (social and behavioral sciences


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