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In this Issue:


From Harry to Terry...................... 3

Granting an
International Perspective................ 4

Award-Winning CLAS Students.......7

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

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

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

Join Us for
Spring Commencement ................. 12


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The Dean's


Musings


CLAS Honors Class of 2004
With the approach of the end of the academic year, the
college offers its warmest congratulations to our graduat-
ing students, and we offer our best wishes for success
in their chosen careers or future graduate studies. The
broad education across disciplines, and introduction to
understanding different societies and belief systems, will
provide our graduates with skills that will be critical to
their success in the world today.
A priority of the college has been to provide all
students with a serious international experience, which is
designed to provide our graduates with a better grasp of
the differing cultures that make up the world in which
we live and to be aware of the issues on globalization and
political economies that are shaping the future. Knowl-
edge alone is not sufficient. We must also provide our
students with the tools of analysis, communication and a
depth of understanding of people.
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences forms the
academic core of any institution, and if UF is to emerge
as a top public institution, we must build excellence in
the fundamental academic disciplines: basic sciences;
languages and literatures; and studies of social values. It
is from these basic disciplines that great discoveries and
applications have emerged. Today's liberal arts and sci-
ences' graduates will be tomorrow's discoverers, and we
are dedicated to giving them the best tools to emerge as
leaders in their fields.
-Neil Sullivan
sullivan@phys. uflfedu


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


Additional Photography:
Stacey Langwick: p. 4
Courtesy Ed Kellerman: p. 5
Matt Marsik: p. 6
Buffy Lockette: p. 7 (Duncan)
Vasudha Narayanan: p. 8
Jane Gibson: p. 10, 11


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recycled paper


On the Cover:
The bustle of the Pasir Seni market in Kuala Lumpur belies Malaysia's stagnant economy.
Read more about Ed Kellerman's research on page 4.


CLASnotes April/May 2004


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U


After more than 30 years of service
to the university, Associate Dean
Harry Shaw retired on March 31
leaving numerous posts open and a
familiarity behind.
Serving as the CLAS associ-
ate dean for minority affairs since
the position was established, Shaw
has led the university's efforts of
welcoming minority groups to
the college. "I will miss most the
friendly associations and produc-
tive interactions with students and
working with colleagues," Shaw
says. "The university would be a
dreary, meaningless place without
students to counsel, console, teach,
and learn from. I will miss conspir-
ing with colleagues on strategies to
help the university help students
or other colleagues, commiserating
with them over our failures and
celebrating our victories."
Shaw came to UF in 1973
from Illinois State University, where
he served as the director of research
services and grants. As the associate
dean of UF's University College-
the college under which freshmen
and sophomores once received gen-
eral education courses-he worked
in the areas of budget planning,
personnel supervision, academic
advising and counseling. During
this time, Shaw began his work
with minorities as a charter mem-


from

Harry

to

Terry

Associate Deanship for
Minority Affairs
Changes Hands
the first time since its creation in 1989,
SIS will see a new face behind the direct
Sin Walker Hall. The administrator who
sees CLAS minority recruitment, retentic
mentoring will change for the first time
e 1979, and the English department will
ofessor it has had since 1973.

ber of the Affirmative Action Advi-
sory Council and worked closely
with deans, department chairs and
supervisory personnel to improve
opportunities for minorities at UE
Shaw obtained his bachelor's
and master's degrees at Illinois
State University in 1959 and 1965,
respectively. He attended the Uni-
versity of Illinois where he received
his PhD after defending his disser-
tation, "Social Themes in the Poet-
ry of Gwendolyn Brooks." While at
UF, Shaw also served as an associate
professor of English specializing in
Afro-American literature and 20th-
century American literature. "I am
very proud to have been a faculty
member and administrator at the
University of Florida for 31 years.
I feel especially fortunate to have
been a member of the College of
Liberal Arts and Sciences and the
English department. I am grate-
ful for the support I have received
from those to whom I reported as
well as from those who reported to
me.
Terry Mills, assistant dean of
the Graduate School and a sociol-
ogy professor, will fill the position
left by Shaw. In his role with the
graduate school, Mills has been
responsible for leading the Office
of Graduate Minority Programs
and overseeing the administration


of the Ronald E. McNair Post-Bac-
calaureate Achievement Program.
As the CLAS associate dean for
minority affairs, Mills will continue
such work through mentoring,
encouragement, professional devel-
opment and assistance. "This posi-
tion has a tremendous emphasis
on student development, which I
am interested in and committed
to," says Mills. "Although I enjoy
working with all students, minor-
ity students have special needs that
must be addressed if they are to
achieve success at universities such
as UE" Mills says he feels it is the
right time for re-directing minor-
ity affairs because UF President
Bernie Machen has publicly voiced
his support and commitment to a
diverse university.
Mills says he is excited to ful-
fill a position that Shaw skillfully
crafted but hopes Shaw does not
stray too far away during the transi-
tion period in case he needs some
guidance and advice. "I am a little
nervous about following such an
icon. Dr. Shaw is a very charismatic
person who has made a positive
impact on thousands of individuals
at UF and in the community. He
leaves some very big shoes to fill,
but I have big feet."
-Kimberly A. Lopez


CLASnotes April/May 2004


Harry Shaw


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Granting an

International

Perspective


New UF International

Center program enhanc-
es course content
In the United States, a discussion on population control will almost always center on abortion rights. But in
the East African country of Tanzania, conversations on reproductive health are much more basic. "In Tan-
zania, when people are talking of population control issues, the central concerns are more often whether
water and latex gloves are available in the maternity wards at the local hospitals, or whether children are
likely to live to see their fifth birthday," says Stacey Langwick, assistant professor of women's studies and
anthropology. "We must find a way to talk to each other across these differences, and learn to hear con-
cerns beyond our own national preoccupations, in order to thoughtfully co-create a more just world."


In Langwick's Transnational
Feminisms course, WST 3930,
American and Tanzanian students
are being brought together in an
online forum to discuss issues such
as reproductive health, worker's
rights, AIDS, poverty and human
rights. The development of the
course is being funded by a grant
from the International Center as
a way of internationalizing the
university curriculum. "It is a won-
derful grant, because it is helping
us kick off what we hope will be
a long-lasting exchange between
American and African students,"
Langwick says. "We are establishing
ways to teach Transnational Femi-
nisms transnationally!"
Beginning in 2003, the Inter-
national Center started awarding
$3,000 grants to UF faculty who
are working to create a new course
with substantial international


content or revitalizing an existing
course by adding new international
components. Of the 15 faculty who
received grants for the 2003-2004
year, 10 were professors in CLAS.
The grant program supports the
university's Strategic Plan, which
lists internationalizing the cur-
riculum as a top priority. "We have
been very impressed by the impact
other schools have seen from giving
grants like this," says Dennis Jett,
dean of the International Center.
"The underlying premise is if you
want anything to happen at a uni-
versity, you have to get the faculty
behind it-this gives them some
support."
Langwick used part of her
funds to hire a consultant to set up
an online discussion board with
the University of Dar es Salaam,
located in the Tanzanian capital of
Dar es Salaam. She and colleague


Rose Shayo, a professor at the
Institute of Development Studies
at the University of Dar es Salaam,
are co-teaching Transnational
Feminisms at UF this semester.
Shayo will return to Tanzania in
May to bring the course back to
her university, using course materi-
als paid for with Langwick's grant.
In spring 2005, the two will begin
teaching the course simultaneously
at their respective institutions, fol-
lowing the same syllabus they have
developed together this semester,
and requiring students to discuss
their coursework with each other
through the online board.
For Langwick, who has been
conducting research in Tanzania
since 1997, the course is a way to
relate her passion for feminist study
in the region to her students at UE
"I recently went to Uganda and
Tanzania, having been asked by our
CLASnotes April/May 2004


page 4










Center for Women's Studies and
Gender Research to develop a sum-
mer study abroad program in East
Africa," she says. "That's hard to do
because we are asking desperately
underfunded universities to provide
a lot of stuff for free, such as space,
teachers and administrative time.
We are starting to develop this pro-
gram, but it is a lengthy process, so
we thought that in the meantime
we could bring part of Tanzania
here to UE This way, many more
students actually get the benefit of
finding out about Tanzania and
interacting with a different culture.
With a study abroad program, only
a few students get to participate."
Ed Kellerman, a lecturer for
the Dial Center for Written and
Oral Communication, used his
grant to further his research on the
Asian economic crisis of the late
1990s. Over the winter break, he
spent almost four weeks in Thai-
land and Singapore, interviewing
citizens from all walks of life-taxi-
cab drivers to CEOs-about the
region's economic conditions fol-
lowing the economic crisis which
began in 1997 when the Central
Bank of Thailand declared itself
insolvent, devaluing its currency,
which echoed throughout Malaysia,
Indonesia, Singapore and Australia.


Kellerman, who served in the Peace
Corps in Malaysia from 1977 to
1979 and met his wife there, was
teaching at a local university in the
capital, Kuala Lumpur, in 1997
when the crisis occurred.
"I lived through the Asian
economic crisis, and I am looking
into why people allowed shady
business practices to continue when
they knew it would eventually col-
lapse the house of cards the econo-
mies were built on," he says. "The
answer is authoritarianism, a belief
in the powerful elite without any
challenges." Kellerman says Asian
bankers provided unsecured loans
for risky ventures to powerful gov-
ernment and business leaders, while
internal security acts kept citizens
from criticizing the dealings. When
borrowers could not repay their
loans, treasuries were forced to bor-
row from foreign sources, such as
Credit Suisse and Bank America.
As the value of Asian currency
started to decline, treasuries were
forced to repay foreign creditors at
an increased rate to compensate for
their failing currency.
"It really hurt the region,"
Kellerman says. "Suddenly, hun-
dreds of billions of dollars of for-
eign capital started fleeing the area
because for 10 years these Asian


governments had been loaning
money without any collateral for
risky projects and were victims of
outright corruption."
Kellerman is incorporating
what he has learned into his Inter-
national Communications course,
SPC 4710, as well as graduate-level
business and professional com-
munication courses for the War-
rington College of Business. "I have
brought this information back to
the classroom, and my students are
very appreciative," he says. "I could
teach from the textbook or from
videos, but just today we had a
discussion about why some cultures
put up with this kind of corrup-
tion, and it was very easy for me to
share this information with them."
Michael Warren, an assistant
professor of anthropology, is using
his grant to develop a new course,
Human Rights Missions, which
will provide students with the skills
needed to safely and profession-
ally provide humanitarian service
in areas of political and military
conflict. Designed for biological
n, rli-. .p .1.. .;, graduate students,
the course will teach participants to
better identify victims of genocide
and war crimes, and document
related forensic evidence. "These
students will already possess the
continued on page 6


Above left:
A young mother and her cousin
grind root medicine for sick
children at a healer's home clinic
in Tanzania, where Stacey Lang-
wick conducts her research.

Right:
Ed Kellerman at Sungai Palas teE
estate in Cameron Highlands,
Malaysia. Much of the tea acre-
age is being replaced by hous-
ing, highway and farming.

CLASnotes April/May 2004


page b









continued from page 5
anthropological skills to accomplish these tasks," War-
ren says. "But the course is designed to provide them
with a historical background of human rights law, the
issues involved in the targeted conflict, the specific role
of the non-governmental organization for whom they
work, and practical and logistical matters related to
working in this environment."
Geography Professor Peter Waylen is interna-
tionalizing Principles of Geographic Hydrology, GEO
3280, by focusing on a Costa Rican drainage basin,
Tiribi, which flows from the mountains, through the
national parks and agricultural lands, into the urban-
ized capital city, San Josd. Geography and geology
undergraduates are learning to use computers to moni-
tor stream flows, taking into account such variables as
precipitation, vegetation and evaporation. "Students
learn to step through these principles and hopefully
learn something about Costa Rica and the tropical
environment," Waylen says. "It is a typical problem in
third world countries to not know how much water
you have got, and yet you have to provide water for
drinking, building dams, ecotourism-you have to
know these things, and yet these countries do not have
this kind of information."
Political Science Professor Kenneth Wald and
African American Studies Program Interim Director
Marilyn Thomas-Houston are both using their grants
to create ways for their students to process research
results. Wald, who is director of the Center for Jew-
ish Studies, enhanced his graduate seminar Survey
Research, POS 6757, by adding material to sensitize
students to the challenges they will face when polling
in third world countries. "Students, as part of their
graduate work, might look at how people in urban
slums get their political information, or the attitudes
toward wildlife in rural areas," Wald says. "So I have
added class readings that deal with the kinds of issues
students face when doing probability sampling out in
the field."
Thomas-Houston used her grant to purchase
an important piece of computer software, ATLAS.ti,
which will allow undergraduate students in her African
American Studies Senior Integrative Seminars, AFA
4936 and 4937, to organize their research. "We were
looking for ways for our students who do qualitative
research to organize their data," she says. "This pro-
gram is such that you put in your data, and it helps
you organize it and draw conclusions, according to
different kinds of models." Students in these classes
are required to produce a research paper on blacks in
America who have migrated to other countries, such
as black loyalists who moved to Nova Scotia and Cuba
after the American Revolutionary War. "It has been an
important step for African American studies," she says.
"Since our program has its focus on the US, it took a
lot of work to figure out a way we can add that inter-
national element to our program.


Other CLAS professors who received grants to
internationalize the curriculum in 2003-2004 were
Associate Professor of German Sharon DiFino and
Academic Spoken English Program faculty John Bro,
Helena Halmari and Gordon Tapper. The International
Center recently selected its internationalizing the cur-
riculum grant recipients for 2004-2005, and 11 were
awarded in CLAS: zoology faculty Colin Chapman,
Lauren Chapman and Tom Gillespie, who are work-
ing together on a joint project; Montserrat Alas-Brun,
Romance languages and literatures; Salem Aweiss, Afri-
can and Asian languages and literatures; Bob Hatch,
history; Anthony LaGreca, sociology; Gillian Lord,
Romance languages and literatures; Elizabeth Lowe,
Latin American studies; Fiona McLaughlin, linguistics
and African and Asian languages and literatures; and
Ido Oren, political science.
To apply for an internationalizing the curriculum
grant, applicants must submit a proposal describing the
course they wish to create or enhance and how funds
will be used to develop online course components,
videoconferencing, travel, graduate student assistance,
software or course material. For more information, visit
http://www.ufic.ufl.edu/ipd/ipdpages/International-
Curricula.html or contact Sandra Russo at 392-5834
or Dean Jett at 392-5323.
-Buffy Lockette


CLAbnotes April/IVay 2UU4


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Award-Winning CLAS Students


CLAS Students Receive Pr
Max Miller, a junior with a double major
in English and history, has received a 2004
Harry S. Truman Scholarship. He will receive
$2,000 for his senior year at UF and $24,000
for graduate school.
The US Congress established the Tru-
man Scholarship Foundation in 1975 to
award scholarships for college students to
attend graduate school in preparation for
careers in government and public service.
Truman Scholars are selected based on their
extensive records of public and community
service, outstanding leadership potential
and communication skills.
This year, 77 winners
from 67 colleges and
universities in the US
received the award.
Miller currently serves
as tour coordinator for
the Florida Cicerones
and is a member of
the Students In
Free Enterprise
presentation
team and an


estigious Scholarships
officer for Phi Alpha Theta history honor
society. He volunteers at the Phillips Center
for the Performing Arts and has performed in
numerous roles at the Acrosstown Repertory
Theater.
This is the third year in a row a UF
student has received the scholarship. Politi-
cal science senior Teresa Porter is a 2003
Truman Scholar, and Michael Gale, who
was awarded a BS in zoology in spring 2003,
received the honor in 2002.

Integrative biology junior David Duncan has
received a 2004 Barry M. Goldwater Scholar-
ship. The award honors outstanding students
in mathematics, the natural sciences or engi-
neering. Duncan has minors in physics and
English and plans to pursue molecular and
conservation genetics in graduate school. The
scholarship covers up to $7,500 annually for
tuition, fees, books, and room and board. Up
to 300 scholarships are awarded each year.
At UF, Duncan has participated in the
University Scholars Program and is a member
of the Matthews Society, Reitz Scholars Pro-
gram and Phi Beta Kappa. During the sum-


mer of 2003, he served as a research assistant
in Rocky Mountain National Park. Duncan
is the president of the Gator Outdoor Club
and has served as a student representative
on several university committees, including
the University Curriculum Committee, the
President's Task Force, the Alcohol and Drug
Education Committee and the University
Advising Council. He also has served as presi-
dent of the Student Honors Organization
and has been elected to the National Colle-
giate Honors Council Executive Board.
In 2003, chemistry senior Robert Abel
and Anup Patel, a senior
with a double major in
economics and inter-
disciplinary studies
with a biochemistry
and molecular biol-
ogy concentration, won
Goldwater Scholarships,
marking the first time
since 1999 stu-
dents from UF
had received the
honor.


National Science Foundation
Graduate Fellowships
Several current and former CLAS students have received a National Sci-
ence Foundation Graduate Fellowship. These fellowships provide three
years of support for advanced study to approximately 900 outstanding
graduate students in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering,
and behavioral and social sciences, and to research-based PhD degrees
in science education. The fellowship includes a $30,000 stipend and
an annual $10,500 award for tuition and fees. UF had 12 winners this
year.
The following fellowship-winning CLAS students are listed along
with their majors and the year they graduated from UF: Robert Abel,
chemistry, May 2004; Hope Klug, zoology, 2001(Klug is currently a
graduate student in zoology at UF); Desika Narayanan, astronomy
and physics, 2003; Dean Thorsen, zoology, 2003; Davide Zori,
nrlr.i p. ..,, 2002.
The following CLAS students received honorable mentions from
the NSF: Thomas Adam, zoology 2002; Gurudev Allin, anthropol-
ogy, 2002; Luis Bonachea, zoology May 2004; Cris Crookshanks,
inrl-.. .p. .1..;',, May 2004; Christopher McKenney, physics and electri-
cal and computer engineering, 2002; Allison Riggs, microbiology and
cell science, 2003.


CLASnotes April/May 2004


Graduate Student Teaching Awards
Each year, up to 20 UF teaching assistants are recognized with a Grad-
uate Student Teaching Award based on excellence in teaching. The TAs
are nominated by their department, and a faculty committee makes
the selections. This year's Graduate Teaching Award winners from the
college are: Rom Brafman, psychology; Sarah Bray, botany; Rebecca
Brown, English; Glenn Freeman, English; Charles Grapski, political
science; Daniel Janes, zoology; Erika Migues, mathematics; Megan
Norcia, English; Ericka Parra, Spanish. Among the award winners,
the most outstanding one receives the Calvin A. VanderWerf award,
established in memory of the former CLAS dean and chemistry profes-
sor. Sarah Wears from linguistics is this year's recipient.


Outstanding International
Student Awards
Several CLAS undergraduate and graduate students recently received
Outstanding International Student Awards. They were nominated by
their departments for exceptional academic achievement. The recipi-
ents are: Silvia Alvarez, botany (Costa Rica); Wakako Araki, history
(Japan); Aparna Baskaran, physics (India); Kuniko Chijiwa, sociol-
ogy (Japan); Sophie Croisy, English (France); Natalia Duque, politi-
cal science (Colombia); Lisa Ferdinand, psychology (Trinidad); Aneka
Meier, German (Germany); Nishant Shahani, English (India); Linlin
Wang, physics (China).
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Narayanan Receives American Council of Learned
Societies Fellowship for Research in Cambodia


Religion Professor
Vasudha Narayanan has
received an American
Council of Learned Soci-
eties (ACLS) fellowship
for 2004-2005. She will
receive funding to sup-
port her research proposal
titled "Churning the
Ocean of Story: Retelling
Narratives of Hinduism
in Cambodia and India."
Narayanan has visited
ancient sites in Cam-
bodia, such as the Pre
Rup Temple in Angkor
pictured above, and plans
to visit the region again
along with the Musee
Guimet in Paris, which is
known to have one of the
best collections of Cam-
bodian art in the world.
"Scholars narrate the
story of the Hindu tradi-
tion as a religion of India


without attending to its
1,500 years of dominant
presence in Cambodia,
Thailand and Indone-
sia," explains Narayanan.
"By highlighting aspects
of Khmer religion and
culture, I argue that por-
trayals of Hinduism will
have to be reassessed by
seeing it as a transnational
religion in the first mil-
lennium CE. I also con-
tend that the Cambodian
people exercised consider-
able agency in the ways in
which they transformed
practices from the Hindu
civilization. These materi-
als have been studied by
scholars of art and history
but not analyzed from
the viewpoint of religion,
especially by those famil-
iar with Hinduism."
The ACLS was


established in 1919 and
played a critical role in
the establishment of the
National Endowment for
the Humanities in 1964.
It has a membership of
67 national scholarly
organizations, including
the American Academy
of Arts and Sciences, the
American Historical Asso-
ciation and the American
Psycholological Associa-
tion. The fellowships are
awarded to scholars in
in rl-.i. p. .1. .;,, classics,
history, languages and lit-
eratures, musicology, phi-
losophy, political theory
and religion. This year,
77 scholars were chosen
from 1,200 applications,
and only 20 full profes-
sors such as Narayanan
are chosen each year.


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the college




CLAS Faculty Receive
Mentoring Awards
Two CLAS faculty members have each received a UF
Doctoral Mentoring Award. An, rlir..p .1. .;, Professor
H. Russell Bernard and Psychology Professor Brian
Iwata are two of five university-wide recipients. The
award recognizes innovation, effectiveness and excel-
lence in doctoral dissertation advising/mentoring. Each
winner receives $3,000, plus an additional $1,000 to
support graduate students.




2004 McQuown
Scholars Named
The O. Ruth McQuown Scholarships honor CLAS
female scholars in the humanities, social sciences,
women's studies, and interdisciplinary majors in
these areas. The award is named in honor of Ruth
McQuown, the college's first female associate dean.
Graduate and undergraduate women are selected based
on their academic achievement and promise, and this
year's winners are listed below.

Graduate Recipients of $4,000-$8,000
Alisa Coffin, geography
Kristen Delucia, nrl-i. .p. .1..
Cynthia Puranik, communication sciences and disorders
Anuradha Ramanujan, English

Undergraduate Recipients of $1,000
Jennifer Flinn, English
Cerian Gibbs, geography
Natalia Terreros, in rlr.p. 1... ,


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DEPARTMENT NEWS


African American Studies
The African American Studies
Program held its first-ever Ron-
aid E. Forman Lecture Series
on February 25, in honor of
its founding director, Ronald
E. Forman. Faye Harrison,
an anthropologist from the
University of Tennessee, was
the featured lecturer, and the
program honored key support-
ers of the program, including
Foreman, English Professor
James Haskins, retiring Eng-
lish professor Harry Shaw and
CLAS Dean Neil Sullivan.
Anrl,-. .p. 1.; graduate student
Deborah Johnson-Simon and
political science undergraduate
Sanaa Hamilton were awarded
travel grants at an awards recep-
tion following the lecture.

African and Asian
Languages and Literatures
S. Yumiko Hulvey presented
a talk, "Folk Tales as Conduits
of Culture in Texts by Tawada
Yoko," at a working papers
symposium on "Tawada Yoko:
Voices from Everywhere" at
the University of Kentucky on
March 13. Papers presented at
the symposium will result in
an edited volume focusing on
Tawada, who writes in both
German and Japanese.


English
James Haskins' 1993 book,
The March on Washington,
which was first published by
HarperCollins Publishers, was
recently issued into paperback
by Just Us Books. Haskins also
was recently selected to serve
as one of the five judges for
the young adult category of
the National Book Awards for
2004.

Mark A. Reid presented "A
Post Negritude Kind of Thing:
Black and Arab Women in
French Urban Cinematic
Space," at the 20th-21st Cen-
tury French and Francophone
Studies International Colloqui-
um held at Florida State Uni-
versity in early April. The theme
of the conference was "Diversity
and Difference in France and
the Francophone World." Also,
his article, "Spike Shelton Jack-
son Lee," appears in the African
American National F'. :..'.
published this year by Oxford
University Press.

Criminology and Law
Paul Magnarella served as
guest editor of a recent issue
of The Oriental Anthropologist,
(vol. 4, no. 1, 2004), which was
devoted to Asian and African
perspectives on human rights.


He also contributed an article,
"Universalism versus Excep-
tionalism: Human Rights and
the Asian Values Critique," to
the issue. The journal is pub-
lished at Allahabad University
in India.

Geological Sciences
Jim Channell is on sabbatical
in Switzerland through June
2004 at the Federal Institute
of Technology in downtown
Zurich. He is spending part of
his time in Italy doing field-
work in connection with a
newly funded National Science
Foundation project dealing
with tectonic rotations in the
Southern Alps and Apennines.
While in Zurich, Channell also
has been editing an American
Geophysical Union monograph
titled "Internal Timescales of
the Geomagnetic Field."

Germanic and
Slavic Studies
Keith Bullivant (German)
recently presented an invited
lecture on "The German Social
Novel of the 19th Century"
at the seventh-biennial Johan-
nesburg German Studies Con-
ference at the Rand Afrikaans
University in Johannesburg,
South Africa.


Gerontological Studies
Susan Bluck was awarded a
poetry award for her poem The
Journey of the Skin in the Ameri-
can Society of Aging's Photog-
raphy and Poetry Contest, held
in honor of the society's annual
conference in San Francisco
on April 14-17. The theme
of the conference was "Taking
the Journey Together." Bluck is
jointly appointed in the Center
for Gerontological Studies and
the Department of Psychology.

Romance Languages
and Literatures
Sylvie Blum-Reid (French)
gave a presentation entitled,
"Khmer Memories or Filming
from the Franco-Cambodian
Diaspora Perspective," at the
20th-21st Century French and
Francophone Studies Interna-
tional Colloquium on "Diver-
sity and Difference in France
and the Francophone World" at
Florida State University in early
April.


Gerontology Hosts Symposium
On April 5, the Center for Gerontological Studies held is annual spring symposium
at the University of Florida, bringing together esteemed researchers in aging, language
and cognition. Psychologist Deborah Burke (pictured right), the WM. Keck Distin-
guished Service Professor at Pomona College in Claremont, California spoke on her
specialty-tip of the tongue states in older adults. Other guest lecturers were Susan
Kemper, the Roy A. Roberts Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Gerontology
at the University of Kansas; Kathy Pichora-Fuller, a cognitive psychologist at the
University of Toronto at Mississauga; and Kenneth Heilman, the James E. Rooks, Jr.
Distinguished Professor in the UF Department d N1.... '.


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Grants


Hagen Receives NSF CAREER Award


The National Science Foundation has awarded Assistant Profes-
sor of Physics Stephen Hagen a prestigious CAREER grant through
its Faculty Early Career Development Program. Hagen will receive
$623,000 during the next five years to aid his work on the dynam-
ics of protein folding.


After receiving a BA in
physics from Wesleyan Univer-
sity in 1984 and a PhD in phys-
ics from Princeton University in
1989, Hagen went on to work
as a post-doctoral researcher
at the University of Maryland
from 1989-1992, where he con-
ducted experimental research on
superconductors. He then made
a bold career move in 1992,
changing his area of research
from condensed matter physics
to biological physics by becom-
ing a staff fellow at the National
Institutes of Health (NIH)
studying the dynamics of protein
folding. Hagen continued to
research at the NIH, in addition
to serving one year as a Congres-
sional Science Fellow on Capitol
Hill for the American Institute
of Physics, before coming to UF
in 1999 as the physics depart-
ment's first biological physicist.
"Steve Hagen is a creative
and productive experimental
physicist who has made sig-
nificant contributions to two
subfields in physics-supercon-
ductivity and molecular biophys-
ics," says department chair Alan
Dorsey. "He is the first of what I
hope will be several hires in the
area of biological physics, and
he will play an important role in
developing this interdisciplinary
research area in our department."
Hagen will use the
CAREER award to further his
study of protein molecules and
how they assemble themselves,
or "fold," to carry out their bio-


chemical function. "We know
that there are a large number of
proteins in biology-the human
genome contains something
like 30,000 different proteins,"
Hagen says. "So the number
of proteins we know about is
very large, but the number of
proteins whose actual folded
structure we know is relatively
very small. If we knew more
about how proteins fold, it
would improve our understand-
ing of their structure and bio-
logical function, which are both
extremely important in biology."
The misfolding of proteins
is believed to play a role in a
number of diseases, including
Alzheimer's, Creutzfeldt-Jakob,
Mad Cow, Parkinson's and cystic
fibrosis. Knowing more about
how proteins fold could lead to
cures for these diseases. "There
are actually diseases of protein
folding," Hagen says. "Instead of
going into the correctly folded
state, a protein can go into the
wrong state, which can lead to
disease. In Mad Cow disease and
its human variant, Creutzfeldt-
Jakob, for example, there is a
protein that goes bad. Instead
of folding correctly, it adopts
an incorrect structure and these
misfolded molecules accumulate
or aggregate, causing injury."
Hagen's work is interdisci-
plinary, and he collaborates with
researchers in the Department of
Chemistry, the College of Medi-
cine and the McKnight Brain
Institute. Arthur Edison. one of


Hagen's research colleagues and
an associate professor of bio-
chemistry and molecular biology,
says, "Steve is top notch. I think
he is one of the finest biophysi-
cal researchers at UE and we are
really lucky to have him. The
thing that makes him special is
that he is a true physicist, but he
also knows biology and chemis-
try quite well and that is unusu-
al. A lot of physicists try to work
on biological problems, but they
don't have a feel for biology so
it limits what they can do. Steve
very comfortably straddles biol-
ogy and chemistry, and he is one
of the real stars in the protein
folding field right now."
In addition to his research,
Hagen teaches two undergradu-
ate courses-General Physics
and Introduction to Biophysics.
He is also an organizer of the
Molecular Biophysics Journal
Club, a group of UF students
and faculty from physics, chem-
istry and medicine that meets to
discuss papers on experimental
and computational methods in
molecular biophysics. Hagen was
chosen for the CAREER award
based on his creative way of inte-
grating research and teaching.
The award is the third for the
physics department in the past
two years, with Yoonseok Lee
and Stephen Hill each receiving
one in 2003.
-Buffy Lockette


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Bookbeat Recent publications from CLAS faculty


White Men on Race: Power,
Privilege, and the Shaping of
Cultural Consciousness
Joe Feagin (Sociology) and Eileen
O'Brien, Beacon Press
With 15 books published in
the area of race since 1991, Soci-
ology Professor Joe Feagin has still
managed to find untouched ter-
ritory with his latest publication,
White Men on Race. The book
looks at how upper class white
men view race and their encoun-
ters with minority groups-a field


Feagin says has never been written
about. "Countless interviews and
surveys have been conducted, but
nothing specific as to how elite
white men view race," he says.
"This book now provides the
insight to what these men think
about race."
The book is based on the
interviews and surveys of about
100 upper-class white men.
Feagin, and co-author Eileen
O'Brien from the State University
of New York Brockport, utilized
college students to interview
upper-middle-class men in finan-
cial and corporate fields from vari-
ous regions of the country. More
than 200 men were questioned,
though only 100 were used for
the book. The findings reveal how
these men view a range of topics
including racial conflicts, black
families, affirmative action, immi-
gration, crime and expectations
for the country's future.
Feagin says one of the more
interesting findings of the research


was that most of these men have
relatively few personal interactions
with African Americans. The few
interactions that some of these
men do recall are from growing
up with maids or servants. In
addition, those who attended
public schools associate African
Americans with athletics and
remember "playing ball" with
a few black youngsters. "This
'white bubble' of segregation,
where whites seldom interact with
minorities on an equal footing,
causes elite white males to under-
estimate the effects of discrimina-
tion," explains Feagin. "And while
overt racism is rare, among the
group there is a pattern of ste-
reotyping and subtle bias that is
seen." This pattern is part of what
the authors term a "collective
white consciousness."
Feagin, who is regarded
by many as the most published
scholar in the field of race and
racism, says he will begin using
the book as the text for a course,


Black and White Americans, he
will teach at Texas A&M Univer-
sity in the fall. "Understanding
the consciousness of elite white
men is critical as this group has
the most power," Feagin says,
"This information is important
for the present and future to
maintain, or change, race rela-
tions."
-Kimberly A. Lopez


Shea Butter Republic, Brenda Chalfin
( ~nrl-'. .p.l,.., Routledge


Indigenous to the savanna zone of West
Africa, and central to the livelihoods of
rural women in the region, shea has, for
more than a century, circulated on the
world market as a low priced and little-
noticed industrial raw material. In Shea
Butter Republic, Chalfin presents an eth-
nographic study that traces the history
of shea from a pre- to a post-industrial
commodity with the aim of providing a
deeper understanding of emerging trends in tropical commodifica-
tion, cosmopolitan consumption, global economic restructuring, and
rural livelihoods. Chalfin challenges the assumption that globalization
makes state institutions and authority unnecessary and undercuts the
neo-liberal argument that streamlining state operations yields greater
efficiency and accountability. She also explores how state author-
ity, during both the colonial and post-colonial periods, is sustained
through various projects of market building.


Renouncing the World Yet Leading
the Church: The Monk Bishop in Late
Antiquity, Andrea Sterk (History),
Harvard University Press

Although an ascetic ideal of leadership had
both classical and biblical roots, it found
particularly fertile soil in the monastic
fervor of the fourth through sixth cen-
turies. Church officials were increasingly
recruited from monastic communities, and


the monk-bishop became the dominant
model of ecclesiastical leadership in the
Eastern Roman Empire and Byzantium. In an interesting paradox,
Sterk explains that "from the world-rejecting monasteries and desert
hermitages of the east came many of the most powerful leaders in the
church and civil society as a whole." She explores the social, political,
intellectual, and theological grounding for this development. Focusing
on four foundational figures-Basil of Caesarea, Gregory of Nyssa,
Gregory of Nazianzus, and John Chrysostom-she traces the emer-
gence of a new ideal of ecclesiastical leadership: the merging of ascetic
and episcopal authority embodied in the monk-bishop.
Harvard University Press


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CLAS Dean Neil -: invites all f : :i staff and students
to attend the C j of Liberal Arts and Sciences Spring 2004
Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies. Baccalaureate
Stake place at 3:30 pm on r : April 30 ini L- :
Memorial Auditorium. The : : ::: four and two
scholars and CLAS Student( ::. I i of Fame ::H be hon-
ored. OLu : ~i :. and : -i: f also ii be -:ized.


A re .. ..: on the lawn f. i

The CLAS graduation
ceremony starts at 9 am on Sat-
urday, May 1 in the Stephen C.
O'C :: Center. In addition
to recognizing ; :. graduates,
UF President Bernie Machen
: offer welcoming remarks and
confer degrees. The : 1:
present 1 'political science
graduate Gary Pruitt with a UF
Distinguished Alumni Award,
and Pruitt .:: be the ceremony
keynote speaker. Pruitt is chair-
man, president and CEO of
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President Machen .i host
the first-ever university-wide
convocation on Friday, : 'i 30
from 7 to pm. This special
celebration will unite the faculty,
degree candidates and
fiom .== : It will be held
outdoors on the Reitz Union
north lawn and .ii begin with
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and US Senator John McCain
will deliver the commencement
address and receive an honorary
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