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The University of Florida

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In this Issue:

CLAS Honors Top
Teachers and Advisors.................. 3

M medieval Style .............................. 4

Springtim e in Paris......................... 5

The Scrapbook in
Your M ind ....................................... 6

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

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

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

Speak Out! UF survey
seeks staff opinions..................... 12

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

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

Contributing Editor:
Web Master:
Copy Editor:

Neil Sullivan
Allyson A. Beutke
Buffy Lockette
Jane Dominguez
Jeff Stevens
Michal Meyer
Warren Kagarise

Jane Dominguez: cover and page 7 photo illus-
tration with images courtesy Life Story Lab
archives, p. 3, p. 8 (Osheroff), p. 9, p. 11
Courtesy Lori Shah: p.5
Courtesy DiCamillo: p. 8 (DiCamillo)
Candace Hollinger: p. 10
Courtesy Lindy Brounley: p.12

The Dean's


Working Together With Our Staff
Great institutions are characterized by their ability to develop
cutting-edge programs that lead to new knowledge and
applications, which can transform our ideas and our society.
Such programs can only grow and succeed in an environ-
ment where we can work effectively together and move for-
ward energetically and without hesitation. The encouraging
success of our programs in recent years has been largely due
to the remarkable ability of our dedicated faculty and staff
from a wide variety of departments and centers, both inside
and outside the college, and we are indebted to them for
their immeasurable commitment to CLAS and UE
We are often more fortunate than we realize-by hav-
ing staff members who are dedicated to the institution and
to high quality workmanship, and who take pride in their
part of the successes of our academic accomplishments. As
struggling scientists, devoted scholars or frustrated admin-
istrators, we have projects that need to be completed on
time and of the highest quality. It is often the willingness of
our staff to go the extra mile and add the finishing touches
that make the difference between success and just another
Our staff members will soon have an opportunity to
voice their opinions about campus life in a survey that
President Bernie Machen is implementing. I encourage all
staff to complete this confidential survey and provide your
candid feedback. It will be mailed to you in late March,
and you will have until April 15 to anonymously submit it.
Machen has stated that the faculty survey conducted last
year was very helpful in assessing the campus climate. With
your participation, we can make similar progress in iden-
tifying both strengths we need to sustain our college and
areas which need improvement.
Neil Sullivan
sullivan@phys. ufledu

On the Cover:
The Life Story Lab, directed by Assistant Professor of Gerontology and Psychology Susan Bluck,
is conducting research on people's life memories, in order to determine the role autobiographi-
cal memory plays in self identity and continuity, relationships and social well-being, and directing
future plans and goals. See page 6.
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CLAS Honors Top

Teachers and Advisors

The college has presented 11 teaching and advising awards for 2004-2005, which recognize
excellence, innovation and effectiveness in either teaching or advising. Nominations were col-
lected from students, faculty, department chairs and administrators. Three of the professors have
been chosen to compete for the UF-wide awards, which will be announced in April. CLAS Asso-
ciate Dean for Faculty Affairs Allan Burns was involved in the selection process and says CLAS
faculty often exhibit the seamless mix between scholarship, research and teaching. "Each of
our college winners has shown that good teaching goes beyond the classroom. All of the CLAS
teachers and advisors of the year illustrate that education in the college is an art and a science."

Sharon Austin, an associate
professor of political science,
received an advising award and
will be considered for the UF
Advisor of the Year Award. She
has taught at UF since 2000
and currently serves as a faculty
advisor for the political science
department, advising more than
100 undergraduates each year. She
also is the advisor for the Black
Political Science Association and
the McNair Scholars and Gator-
launch programs. "Professors
must understand that we are role
models whether we want to be or
not," writes Austin in her applica-
tion. "This does not mean that we
have to be perfect, but we are in
the position to shape the careers
and lives of our students and
should take these responsibilities
very seriously." Last year, Austin
arranged a trip for 11 students
to visit the Congressional Black
Caucus Legislative Conference in
Washington, DC, where they met
with members of Congress, served
on panels and participated in a
job and internship fair.

Sara Mock, a pre-law advisor
from the Academic Advising Cen-
ter, is the college's other advisor of
the year. She joined the AAC in
2003 after three years as assistant
director for experiential education
at UF's Career Resource Center.
Botany Professor Walter
Judd and Assistant Professor of
History Jessica Harland-Jacobs
are nominees for the university-
wide Teacher of the Year Awards.
Judd has served as the coordinator
of the biological sciences program
since 2002 and has taught at UF
since 1978. He was a 2001 CLAS
Term Professor and received a
1997 CLAS Teacher of the Year
Award. Judd has taught a variety
of undergraduate and graduate
courses, including Practical Plant
Taxonomy; Tropical Botany;
Cells, Organisms, & Genetics;
Evolution, Ecology, & Behavior;
and Principles of Biological Sys-
tematics. "Teaching is the core
function of our university," writes
Judd. "It goes without saying that
patience and setting aside ade-
quate time are essential to good

Harland-Jacobs has taught at
UF since 2000 and serves as the
undergraduate coordinator for the
history department. Her courses
have ranged from Modern Britain
and The History of the British
Empire to British Imperialism &
Culture and Atlantic Exchanges.
She recently received the Depart-
ment of History's Walensky
Teaching Award for her effec-
tive teaching and mentoring of
graduate students. "I love to hear
students tell me that my classes
are unlike other history classes
they have taken," writes Harland-
Jacobs. "I do think that learning
about history and learning to
think historically requires more
than listening to lectures, taking
exams and writing papers.
Other CLAS Teachers of
the Year include: Marsha Bry-
ant, English; Susan deFrance,
anthropology; Michael Hecken-
berger, anthropology; Masangu
Matondo, African and Asian
languages and literatures; Theral
Moore, mathematics; Jane
Southworth, geography; and
Martin Vala, chemistry.
-Allyson A. Beutke

Sharon Austin


Walter Judd

Jessica Harland-Jacobs

CLASnotes March 2005


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Church bells serving as alarm clocks; drums beating to signify the movement of
troops; songs sung not for entertainment but to announce a battle victory. These
examples of media used during the Middle Ages are the theme of UF's fifth annul
Carnevale conference, "Oyez, Oyez, Oyez-Missives and Messages: Media in the

Middle Ages," which takes place March 14-

Conference organizer Mary Watt, co-
director of UF's Center for Medieval and
Early Modern Studies and assistant profes-
sor of Italian, says the advent of cell phones
that take photos and check E-mail messages
might cause some to think media hundreds
of years ago was quite different than today,
but that is not necessarily the case. "A close
examination of media in the Middle Ages
and the Early Modern period suggests strong-
ly that modern media are by no means novel
but are no more than electronic upgrades to
highly effective analogue methods."
Watt explains how the Distant Early
Warning System, a series of connecting
radio towers constructed across the northern
hemisphere to detect missiles during the
Cold War, takes its cue from the series of
watchtowers built along the Andalucian front
by the Moors of Southern Spain in the early
Middle Ages.
For the first time, the City of Gaines-
ville's Department of Cultural Affairs is one

of the conference's sponsors, and many of
the events will be held at the Thomas Center
in downtown Gainesville, including an art
exhibit that runs March 14-April 17.
Medieval scholars and enthusiasts also
can enjoy a film and media conference
preceding the Carnevale symposium. Eng-
lish Professor Richard Burt has organized
"Getting Medieval on Film and in Media,"
which will run March 11-12 on campus.
One of the highlights will be the presence of
renowned filmmaker Ron Maxwell, who has
written and directed such films as C -.- ,'..
and Gods and Generals. He will discuss his
current production Joan ofArc: The Virgin
Warrior, as the conference's opening lecture.
"Many times when historical films are
made, they are adaptations of literature," says
Burt. "But we don't examine how faithful the
film is to the novel or how accurate the film
is historically. We look at what a film does
with the Middle Ages in the present."
Burt's current undergraduate course


Detail of the Bayeaux Tapestry, a piece of
medieval embroidery measuring approxi-
mately 231 feet long by 20 inches high. For
over 900 years it has preserved the story of
William of Normandy's claim to the English
throne and his subsequent invasion and
conquest of England in 1066.

The Schlock of Medievalism: Imagining the
Middle Ages at the Movies examines refer-
ences to the Middle Ages in such films as
Pulp Fiction, The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars,
National Treasure and Bill and Ted's Excellent
Adventure. "Rather than cordon off highly
serious films about the Middle Ages from
popular films that reference the medieval,
the course addresses this question by examin-
ing the links between these serious films and
more lowbrow, "schmedieval" films and film
genres such as the epic and the B-picture."
The France-Florida Research Institute is
a sponsor of both conferences. All events are
free and open to the public.
-Allyson A. Beutke

Getting Medieval on Film and Media Conference

March 11, 215 Dauer Hall
5:30 pm, Joan of Arc: The Vir-
gin Warrior-Filmmaker Ron
Maxwell discusses his current
film in production
9 pm, Screening of Robert Bres-
son's Proces de Jeanne d'Arc
(Trial of Joan of Arc)

March 12, 219 Dauer Hall
9 am, panel discussions on the
Bayeux Tapestry, Middle Ages in
German cinema and Medieval
visual culture

2 pm, "Killing the Messenger:
The Semiotics of Perspective
and Aporia in Luc Besson's
The Messenger" by Nickolas
Haydock, professor of English,
University of Puerto Rico
3:45 pm, "Virtually Anglo-
Saxon: The Digital and Typo-
graphic Reality of Early Medieval
England" by Martin Foys, pro-
fessor of English, Hood College
9 pm, Screening of Anazapta

Visit www.clas.ufl.edu/-rburt/
medievalfilm.html for details.

Oyez, Oyez, Oyez Missives and Messages:
Media in the Middle Ages Colloquium and Exhibit

March 14, Thomas Center, 302 NE
6th Avenue, Gainesville
4 pm, Art exhibit opening and key-
note address by Amilcare lannucci,
professor of comparative literature
and director of the University of
Toronto's Humanities Center

March 15, Thomas Center
2:30 pm, "Chartres Cathedral:
Architecture as Media" by David
Stanley, UF art history professor

3:30 pm, "Renaissance Painting

and Sculpture: Art as Media" by
Robert Westin, UF art history pro-

March 16, 237 Dauer Hall
1:55-4 pm, panel discussions on
The Vision of Medium and Genre
and Media
4:05 pm, lecture by Ulrich Gaier,
Professor Emeritus, University of
Konstanz, Germany

Visit www.clas.ufl.edu/users/watt/
carnevale05.html for details.

CLASnotes March 2005

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Springtime in Paris

Honors program hosts new study abroad experience

There is a piece of UF's vast campus not defined by the landmark Century Tower, but rather by the
Eiffel Tower. UF's Paris Research Center (PRC), established in 2003, hosts Honors in Paris, a new
study abroad initiative offered through the UF Honors Program.

The program kicked off this semester, send-
ing its first 18 students to the city of light.
Instead of crossing the Plaza of the Americas
to get to class, these students stroll through
Paris' Montparnasse Quarter to historic Reid
Hall, the site of the PRC.
"I decided to study in Paris because I
have always wanted to study abroad, and
wanted to study in a country where I could
speak the language at least enough to get by,"
linguistics freshman Lori Shah says. "I chose
to participate during my second semester
at UF so I could see what it is like to study
abroad before I got too involved with my
major to be able to use a whole semester for
other courses."
Though Honors in Paris is offered
through the UF Honors Program, it is not
limited to honors students, and its dozen
and a half participants are not exclusively
French majors. "There is a mix of students,"
says Kristin Joos, an advisor for the Hon-
ors Program who helps select participants.
"About half of the students are French majors
or minors, but there are students from a
wide range of majors, including art history,
advertising, mechanical engineering, political
science and psychology." Joos provides indi-
vidualized advising for the participants, and
this year numerous students are conducting
research projects for honors theses.
Honors in Paris was created at the
request of Associate Provost and Honors
Program Director Sheila Dickison who
wanted to provide opportunities of distinc-
tion for honors students. Conceived by Gayle
Zachmann, PRC director, the program is
unique since it allows at least three to four
UF professors to teach full-time in Paris dur-
ing the spring semester. "Honors in Paris was
designed as a four month research seminar,
uniting internationally renowned UF scholars
from different fields and providing unprece-
dented research opportunities for faculty and
students alike," says Zachmann. "The courses

are tailored around a theme that changes each
year. Faculty members address the theme
through their own disciplinary perspective,
taking advantage of the particularly rich
resources at their disposal in Europe."
This spring's theme is "Engagements
with Modern France: Literature, Politics and
the Visual Arts, 1850-2005." Four three-
credit courses are being offered, including Art
History Professor Melissa Hyde's Impressions
of the Modern: Painting Paris in the 19th
Century, Center for European Studies Direc-
tor Amie Kreppel's France and the European
Union: A History of Ups and Downs, His-
tory Professor Sheryl Kroen's A Cultural His-
tory of 20th Century France and Zachmann's
Engagements: Literature, Criticism and Cul-
tural Politics in Modern French Letters.
In addition to classes, partici-
pants are attending guest lectures
and enjoying cultural events. The
program also pairs UF students
with French counterparts from
the Sorbonne to help them better
learn Paris' native language and
culture, and students are sent to
the city's myriad museums and on
excursions throughout France. To
cap off the semester, students will
travel to Normandy, Provence and
"Paris is the perfect place to
study the major developments in
literature, social science, art, and
life in general," says Matt Pagett,
a senior majoring in French with
a minor in business. "Being in the
places where so many things have
happened is amazing."
Zachmann already has
decided on the Spring 2006 semes-
ter theme, "Imaging the World: "What
Cultural Production of 20th Cen- where t
tury Paris," and courses related to we are
historical photography, visual arts to obse

and cultural anthropology are planned. To
apply, students must have at least a 3.0 grade
point average, but they do not have to speak
French. "We accept applications on a rolling
basis through early fall," says Joos. However,
it is a very competitive program, so students
should apply as soon as possible."
Visit www.honors.ufl.edu/ufinparis or
E-mail paris-research@clas.ufl.edu for more
English and French senior Amy Harris
says she definitely recommends the program
to other students, but has some advice. "Be
prepared to work! Honors in Paris lives up to
its promise when it says that it offers a rigor-
ous academic program."
-Warren Kagarise and Allyson A. Beutke

I enjoy most about being in France is living in a place
he actual objects, paintings, buildings and parks that
earning about in our classes are readily at hand for us
rve," says freshmen Lori Shah, who traveled to the Loire
southwest of Paris, to view the Chateau D'Amboise.

CLASnotes March 2005

page 5

the scrapbook

in your mind
autobiographical memory
preserves scattered pictures of life events

Whether or not you have ever seen the 1973 Robert Redford and Barbra Streisand
tearjerker, The Way We Were, you can probably sing its theme song-"Memories
light the corners of my mind / Misty, water-colored memories of the way we were."
Lifespan developmental psychologist and autobiographical memory expert Susan
Bluck says the song offers a pretty good description of how our memory works.

"Barbra Streisand is clearly not a cognitive psycholo-
gist, but she actually got a lot of it right," says Bluck,
an assistant professor jointly appointed in the Center
for Gerontological Studies and the Department of
Psychology. "Scientists used to think of memory as a
video recorder and everything was in there absolutely
perfectly, but the idea of a water-color, impressionistic
view is more true to life."
Researchers have been studying memory for
more than 100 years, but although science has dis-
covered a lot about other types of memory functions,
autobiographical memory still presents many myster-
ies. In her Life Story Lab, Bluck and undergraduate
and graduate student researchers are investigating
autobiographical memory across the lifespan and
hoping to discover how and why people are able to
remember so many of the events of their own lives.
"The miraculous, delightful thing about mem-
ory is that we don't leave things behind like many
other animals do-it's an incredible gift we have as
humans," Bluck says. "My research focus has been to
ask the question, why do we have such a huge num-
ber of personal memories? Why did we develop in
this way that we have this amazing capacity for long-
term memory and reflection? We remember things
that happened 20, 50, 80 years ago. What is it for?"
The lab currently has several ongoing projects
and international collaborations, including the Emo-
tion in Memory Project, Life Events Project and the
Thinking About Life Experiences Project. In a series
of studies on the wisdom of experience, Bluck is col-
laborating with Judith Gliick in Austria to examine
how people remember wisdom experiences from their
own lives. Participants of different ages are asked to
think of a time they did or said something wise and
then comment on whether they learned from the
event. Bluck says the evidence suggests that people

generally don't begin to
use memory as a directive,
learning from an event
and applying that wisdom
to new situations, until
around age 30. "We have
found that, in adoles-
cence, people aren't learn-
ing as much from their
memories or generalizing
them so they can be used /
across a variety of situa-
tions," she says.
Another interesting
study in the Life Story
Lab is one that recent psy-
chology graduate Nicole
Alea designed for her dis-
sertation research, Using Autobiographical Memory
for Intimacy. The project sampled 129 participants
in long-term relationships and had them share two
memories about their relationship with their part-
ner-one about a romantic date and the other about
a vacation. The participants were measured on how
close they felt to their spouse before and after sharing
two positive memories about them.
"We wanted to see whether autobiographical
memory could enhance intimacy in a relationship,"
says Alea, who, after earning her PhD in August,
is now an assistant professor at the University of
North Carolina, Wilmington. "What we found is
yes, remembering events about a loved one helps to
enhance intimacy. It is similar to Thanksgiving din-
ner-after you sit around and share memories with
your loved ones, you feel closer to them." Alea was
awarded a National Research Service Award in sup-
port of the project.

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Current psychology gradu-
ate student Jacqueline Baron
has received a Best Master's
Proposal Award from the Ameri-
can Psychological Association's
Division on Adult Development
and Aging for her Storytelling
Project, in which she examines
autobiographical memory stories
to determine who makes better
storytellers, younger or older
adults. In mid-February, Baron
completed a data collection in
which 16 older and younger
adults read and evaluated over
100 autobiographical stories and
rated them for overall quality
and then on specific dimen-
sions, such as emotion and

"It addresses a paradox in
the literature and stereotypes in
society," Baron says. "Cognitive
aging literature often compares
older and younger adults, and
usually finds that younger adults
are better at telling a story that
is detailed and stays on topic,
but people prefer older adults'
stories more overall. So my
hunch is that those characteris-
tics make up a good story, but
they are not everything."
Bluck says two factors that
have been shown to make an
event memorable over a lifetime
are the emotional state at the
time it occurred and its novelty.
Also, retelling an event to other
people preserves it in our minds.

When asked to look back on
their lives, older adults recall
greatest number of memories
from age 10 to 30. Strong
emotional memories evoked by
a particular smell or song are
often from events that occurred
in this time period.
Bluck, who came to UF
in 2000 upon completion of
a post-doctoral fellowship at
the Max Planck Institute for
Human Development in Berlin,
received her PhD in psychology
and social behavior from the
University of California, Irvine
in 1997. She said she was drawn
to work in autobiographical
memory because it is "so com-
pletely common in everyday life,

and also offers such great theo-
retical challenges to understand-
ing memory function."
"We know that memory
does all kinds of things for us as
humans, regardless of our age,"
she says. "It helps us maintain
a sense of who we are, create
intimacy with friends, provide
empathy with strangers, and set
goals for the future. I sometimes
have a philosophical inkling
that if we could fully embrace
memory as a resource, it may
have the potential to take us to
a new level of humanity."
For more on this research
visit, www.psych.ufl.edu/
-Buffy Lockette

CLASnotes March 2005

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CLAS Hall of Fame
Applications Due March 9
CLAS Hall of Fame applications are now available for
seniors who are graduating this spring with a bachelor's
degree from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Two students will be selected from each area: social and
behavioral sciences; natural and mathematical sciences;
and the humanities. Graduating seniors must have a
minimum 2.75 GPA, and submit a resume, transcript
and essay.
The CLAS Student Council sponsors the Hall of
Fame, and the selection process is based on scholarship,
campus leadership, involvement and service to the col-
lege and university. Recipients must be certified to grad-
uate this spring and receive a diploma at the April 30,
2005 CLAS undergraduate commencement ceremony.
Visit http://grove.ufl.edu/classc for an application.
The completed application packet must be turned in to
room 119 of the Academic Advising Center by 12 noon
on March 9.

Asian Studies Sponsors
Lecture and Film Series
The Asian Studies program is hosting a lecture and film
series this spring, highlighting the current research of
experts in the field. All events are free and open to the
March 11-"Gods and Ancestors in Early
China," by Michael Puett, 6 pm, Harn Museum of
Art Auditorium
March 17-"The Emergence of the Detail in Late
Colonial Korea," by Janet Poole, 1 pm, University Audi-
torium's Friends of Music Room
March 23-"Manga's Emergence as a Popular
Medium in Japan," by Shimizu Isao, 6:30 pm, Harn
Museum of Art Auditorium
March 25-"Beyond Inequality: Gender Empower-
ment, Poverty Alleviation and the Redefinition of Man-
hood," by Fauzia Ahmed, 2:30 pm, Dauer Hall, Room
219-Ruth McQuown Room
April 16-"Coffins, Jars, and Tombs: Prehistoric
Burial in East and Southeast Asia," by John Krigbaum,
Lindsay Lloyd-Smith, Kwang-Tzuu Chen and Sawang
Lertrit, 9 am to 1 pm, University Auditorium's Friends
of Music Room
The film series takes place at the Hippodrome
State Theatre. On March 14, Traveling Film South Asia,
a series of documentary shorts, will be screened, and
Woman, Sesame Oil Maker and New Year Sacrifice will be
shown on March 21. Each screening starts at 7 pm.

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the College

English Alumna's Popular Book Made into Movie
Kate DiCamillo's (BA, English, 1987) first children's book,
Because ofWinn-Dixie, was made into a movie that pre-
miered in theaters nationwide on February 18. The 2001
book was a New York Times bestseller and received the 2001
Newberry Medal, an annual award given by the Association
for Library Service to Children to the author who made the
most distinguished contribution to American literature for
children for that year.

DiCamillo also has written The Kate LiCan
Tiger Rising, a National Book Award
finalist, and The Tale ofDesperaux, which won the 2004


Newberry Medal.
Because ofWinn-Dixie tells the story of a lonely
young girl growing up in a small Florida town who adopts
an orphan dog she names Winn-Dixie, after the super-
market where she found him. Actors Jeff Daniels, Cicely
Tyson, Dave Matthews, Eva Marie Saint and Annasophia
Robb star in the film.

Nobel Prize Winner Douglas D. Osher-
off, who served as one of 13 members
on the Columbia Accident Investigation
Board, spoke on "Understanding the
Columbia Shuttle Accident" at a physics
department colloquium on February 22.
Osheroff, a physics professor at Stanford
University, discussed the physical and
organizational causes of the February 1,
2003 space shuttle accident in which
seven astronauts died.
Investigators collected 40,000
pieces of debris, and in August 2003, the
board concluded that the trouble began

when insulating foam from Columbia's
external fuel tank flew off during the
launch, striking and cracking its orbiter's
wing. When the shuttle re-entered the
atmosphere, fiery hot gases moved into
the wing and the space craft burst into
flames. Osheroff says NASA engineers
were initially concerned about the risks
the foam posed to the shuttle, but NASA
management dismissed them.
Osheroff shared the 1996 Nobel
Prize in Physics with two colleagues from
Cornell University for their discovery of
superfluidity in helium-3.

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page 8

African American Studies
Stephanie Evans, who has a joint appoint-
ment with women's studies, published a
historical article in the current issue of Phi
Beta Kappa's quarterly newsletter, The Key
Reporter. Her essay, "First Black Woman in
PBK," will be included in the book she is
writing, titled This Right to Grow: African
American Women' Educational Attainment
and Intellectual Legacy, 1850-1955.
Through historical research, Evans
discovered that the first African-American
woman to be inducted into Phi Beta Kappa
was actually Mary Annette Anderson in
1899 at Middlebury College and not Jessie
Redmon Fauset (1905, Cornell University)
as originally thought. "Although the society
does not track members by race," writes
Evans. "...this finding is important in re-
conceptualizing the organization's history."

Dial Center for Written
and Oral Communications
Kellie Roberts was recently awarded a Dis-
tinguished Service Award by the national
forensics honorary, Delta Sigma Rho-Tau
Kappa Alpha, at the organization's national
conference at Colorado College in Colorado
Springs. She was presented with a Waterford
Crystal bowl in honor of her outstanding
service to forensics and the community.
Roberts is the director of UF's Speech and
Debate Team.

At the Annual Meeting of the Florida Soci-
ety of Geographers in February, two stu-
dents each received a $200 best presentation
award. Political science senior Josh Gellers
won the undergraduate prize for his paper
"Here Comes the Rain Again: Flooding and
Disaster Mitigation in Peru-A Case Study
from the '97-98 El Nino." Gellers is a geog-
raphy minor and wrote the paper for an
independent study class with Peter Waylen
last semester.

Amy Daniels won the graduate award for
her presentation "Conservation or Conver-
sion? An Analysis of the Effect of Palo Verde
National Park on Wetland Trajectories in
the Tempisque Watershed, Costa Rica."
Mike Binford and Jane Southworth were
co-supervisors of Daniels' doctoral work.
She earned her PhD in interdisciplinary
ecology in 2004.

Germanic and Slavic Studies
Michael Gorman (Russian) has received
the 2004 Best Book in Literature and Cul-
ture Award from the American Association
of Teachers of Slavic and East European
Languages for his book Speaking in Soviet
Tongues: Language Culture and the Politics of
Voice in Revolutionary Russia. In an award
letter, the association's president wrote
"Gorham's innovative book highlights the
anomaly of Soviet fiction: the fact that the
language and the literary works written in
this language were created simultaneously...
This outstanding book brings the study of

linguistic practices back into the realm of
literary and cultural studies and provides
new venues for future scholarship."

Eduardo Calleja, an undergraduate student,
won first place in the oral presentation com-
petition in physics at the Florida-Georgia
Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Partici-
pation (FLGSAMP) Expo 2005. Calleja
gave a presentation titled "High Resolu-
tion Sound Velocity Measurements Using
a Path Length Modulation Technique." He
participated in the 2002 and 2003 Summer
Research Experiences for Undergraduates
program and has worked with Yoonseok
Lee's research group.
FLGSAMP's focus is to help more than
1,000 underrepresented students majoring
in science, engineering, and mathemat-
ics gain bachelor's degrees. The alliance
includes 11 schools from Florida and one
from Georgia.

Romance Languages and Literatures
Locus Magazine has named Libby Ginway's
book, Brazilian Science Fiction: Cultural
Myths and Nationhood in the Land of the
Future, to its 2004 Recommended Reading
List for Non-Fiction. The magazine covers
the science fiction and fantasy field, and
the list is a consensus of editors and review-
ers. Visit www.locusmag.com/2005/Issues/
02RecommendedReading.html to view the

CLAS Faculty Selected for UF's Academy of Distinguished Teaching Schol-
STwo CLAS faculty members lence in Teaching's (UCET) Science Partners in Inquiry- lectual history, with a particu-
are in the inaugural group of advisory board. During their based Collaborative Educa- lar interest in experimental
the University of Florida's new tenure, they will assist UCET tion (SPICE) program, which critical practice. He is the
Academy of Distinguished in developing campus-wide places UF graduate students former director of UF's film
Teaching Scholars. Zoology strategies to enhance UF's in Gainesville middle schools and media studies program.
Professor Doug Levey and academic environment. In with large populations of Other faculty chosen
Doug Levey English Professor Robert addition, members will elect disadvantaged youth to fos- include: Laurence Alexander,
Ray are among six professors future scholars and will retain ter their interest in science College of Journalism and
Swho were chosen by a faculty the title of Distinguished and engineering. Levey was Communications; Robert
committee based on their Teaching Scholar after com- recently named a 2005 CLAS Cox, College of Design, Con-
innovation and commitment pleting their terms. Term Professor. struction and Planning; and
to teaching throughout their Levey has taught at Ray, who has taught Gail Kauwell and Michael
careers. Academy scholars UF since 1988 and teaches at UF since 1978, teaches Olexa, College of Agricultural
will serve three years on the Avian Biology and a graduate courses in film studies, con- and Life Sciences.
Robert Ray University Center for Excel- seminar associated with the temporary criticism and intel-

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page 9


To Catch a Thief
Do you ever get tired of outgoing sales associates cheerfully
greeting you when you enter a store and then following you
around, interfering with your browsing, constantly asking if they
can assist you? Well, they are not always out to make a sale or
earn a commission, but rather to keep you from shoplifting.

"They try to overwhelm you with good
customer service," says Ciriniin. .1.._ ,
Professor Richard Hollinger. "The main
purpose, of course, is to see if you can be
helped. But the more subtle, underlying
reason is to let you know if you are a
shoplifter you have been seen, we know
you are in the store, so please leave if
you're interested in stealing from us."
Hollinger directs the Security
Research Project in the Department
of Criniin..1.l._.,, Law and Society, and
is a leading expert in loss prevention.
The project is best known for its annual
National Retail Security Survey, which
for the past 14 years has polled the vice
presidents of security and loss preven-
tion at all the major retail department
stores, discount chains, specialty stores,
pharmacies and major grocery stores
in the US. The survey receives regular
funding each year from Sensormatic/
ADT, a major manufacturer of electronic
security tags and home security, as well
as from the National Retail Federation
and ASIS International, a professional
association of security officers. Individual
retailers also support the program from
time to time.
In an industry that loses more than
$30 billion a year to theft, the yearly
assessment has become a way to identify
the best practices for preventing loss.
"Retailers nationwide lose about $15
billion a year due to employee theft,
$10 billion to shoplifting and the rest to
vendor fraud and administrative error,"
Hollinger says. "None of the property

crimes people worry about,
such as convenience store
theft, bank robberies and
household burglary, even
come close to these num-
bers. And compounding
the problem is that we all
pay for this loss in terms o
higher prices."
In October 2002, Consumer
Reports published a story, "The Crime
Tax," highlighting the results from the
National Retail Security Survey and
proposing that the cost of merchandise
would go down if the problem could be
controlled. Hollinger says one of the best
ways to combat theft is to hire honest
employees, keep them as long as pos-
sible, and pay them equitably.
"You have to have a very dedicated
and alert sales staff, which helps both
prevent shoplifting and employee theft,"
he says. "A dedicated employee doesn't
have a grudge against the employer so
they are less likely to steal. They also are
most willing to challenge and counteract
Hollinger, who earned his PhD in
sociology from the University of Min-
nesota in 1979, first became interested
in loss prevention in high school, while
working at a grocery store with a ram-
pant level of employee theft and shop-
lifting. "At this particular grocery store,
it was fairly normal to 'graze,' or eat your
way around the store. Everyone did it,
and when I asked if it was wrong I was
told no, that it was a fringe benefit. I

later found out the manager was stealing whole cartons
of merchandise and reselling it and the head casher was
embezzling. So it was a den of thieves."
According to the 2003 survey, the furniture mar-
ket has the highest rate of employee theft, followed by
liquor/wine/beer and cards/gifts/novelties. The markets
with the lowest employee theft were camera/photogra-
phy and auto parts/tires. In contrast, the markets with
the highest percentage of loss due to shoplifting were
specialty apparel and men/women/children's apparel.
Furniture had the lowest percentage of shoplifting loss,
followed by camera/photography and liquor/wine/beer.
Graduate student Lynn Langton and Hollinger are
presently conducting the 2004 survey.
The Security Research Project also recently com-
pleted a shopping center security project and a study

of pharmacists who use and steal drugs. In February,
a paper Hollinger wrote about a project in which he
observed shoplifters in an Atlanta area drug store was
published in Justice Quarterly, entitled "Who Actually
Steals." Graduate student Rich Asbell is working on a
project, Shopping While Black, which examines racial
profiling and harassment in retail stores.
Hollinger says thieves generally have just one
thing in common. "Most think they are going to get
caught the first time they steal, then they think they
may be caught the second time. By the third time they
think they are never going to be caught."
-Buffy Lockette

Grants through the Division of Sponsored Research, December 2004 Total: $2,975,773
Read the full grants listing at http://clasnews.clas.ufl.edu/news.shtml in this month's issue of CLASnotes online.
Errata: In the February issue of CLASnotes, the physics department was inadvertently left out of the grants pie chart.
Physics (PHY) received 23% of the $7,676,100 in grants from October-November 2004 for the college. Psychology (PSY) received 7%.

CLASnotes March 2005

page 10

Bookbeat Recent publications from CLAS faculty

Bigfoot Exposed: An Anthropologist Examines America's Enduring Legend
David J. Daegling (Anthropology), AltaMira Press

In Bigfoot Exposed, the hairy creature's exis-
tence, or lack of it, is used to explore how
scientists think and how science works in
society. Does science, in fact, operate in the
same way when dealing with topics that are
unusual or perhaps considered off limits?
Associate Professor ofArrl. r. .pp .1. .;,
David Daegling and Bigfoot go way back. As
a child growing
up in northern
California, he
heard his share of
Bigfoot stories,
and as a graduate
student, he played
his part in passing
them on.
whose main
research interests
David Daegling are in the biome-
chanics of jaws
and skulls, with a more general interest in
how bones adapt and evolve, has taught at
UF since 2000.
"This is a legend that I'm very familiar
with and I thought it would be a good topic
for exploring the boundaries between sci-
ence and pseudoscience." In North American
Western culture, Bigfoot represents the wil-

derness and our ambiguous relationship with
it, explains Daegling. And it is not accidental
that Bigfoot gained in popularity as environ-
mental concerns increased.
"We have come to the point where
something has to be materially real to be
meaningful, and so the people who are
drawn to the mythological impact of Big-
foot feel that it's very important that Big-
foot becomes something more than a leg-
end in order to be legitimized as an object
of interest."
While Daegling addresses the complaint
that science has not been fair to Bigfoot, he
also looks at the other side of the debate,
which regards such work as a waste of scien-
tists' time. "My response is, 'Who is paying
for scientific research in this country?' It's the
taxpayers. If the public deems it interesting,
science performs a service by investigating
the topic, even if it ends up telling the public
something they don't want to hear."
The trouble with trying to decide
whether the search for Bigfoot is inherently
a pseudoscientific endeavor is deciding what
pseudoscience is. "Some people would say
that we only have good science and bad
science, but not pseudoscience. Though I
conclude that in all likelihood the animal
doesn't exist, I also end up concluding that

the search for
Bigfoot could be
done scientifi-
cally, but would
be done with
such a skepti-
cal eye that the
people doing it xj,
would not find
it rewarding.
The reason we don't study Bigfoot is because
there isn't anything to study. We don't have
an actual animal to look at. Scientists operate
in a context where you have to be productive
and you have to produce results, and there is
nothing to produce there."
The validity of eyewitness testimony is a
theme that runs through the book. "It's now
known that eyewitness testimony is unreli-
able, yet in social sciences these are the means
by which we evaluate hypotheses." Daegling
has his own eyewitness issues to deal with-
e-mails criticizing him for writing on some-
thing he knows nothing about. "Knowing in
this case seems to mean seeing," he says. "IfI
had seen Bigfoot I would have written a very
different book."
-Michal Meyer

Wild Things: Children's Culture and
Ecocriticism, edited by Sidney I. Dobrin
(English) and Kenneth B. Kidd (English),
Wayne State University Press
Today's young children are occupied
with numerous activities taking place in
settings that are isolated from nature or
merely simulations of the earth's natural


environment. As a result, unless they
receive appropriate nature education,
many children may never develop a famil- i.i '
iarity with and positive attitudes toward I ""'" ""'
the natural world that are so crucial to its preservation. Wild Things:
Children' Culture and Ecocriticism examines the ways in which litera-
ture, media, and other cultural forms for young people address nature,
place and ecology.

Vocal Rehabilitation for Medical Speech-
Language Pathology, edited by Christine
M. Sapienza (Communication Sciences and
Disorders) and Janina K. Casper, Pro-Ed
Vocal Rehabilitation for Medical
Speech-Language P rl-..1..,' is an out-
standing addition to the For Clinicians, By
Clinicians series. It combines the insights
of some of the field's most distinguished
scholars with a wealth of practical, expert
clinical experience. This new book organiz-
es state-of-the-art information and presents
it with the mature perspective of world-class clinician-scientists. In the
rapidly evolving world of voice care, this book should prove to be a
valuable resource for voice-care professionals.
This exciting new book combines into one convenient volume
the scientific insights and clinical perspectives of many of the finest
experts in the field of voice. This book belongs in the library of every
voice professional. -Publisher

CLASnotes March 2005

page 11

Speak Out! q
UF survey seeks staff opinions
From March 25 until April 15, university
TEAMS and USPS employees will have a
chance to voice their opinions about the
UF work environment by completing the
Staff Opinion Survey. President Bernie
Machen commissioned the survey to learn
how staff rate the university work environ-
ment, and he hopes the confidential survey
will assist the university in identifying two
or three priority areas that will become the
focus of campus-wide discussion and action tion and
tion and r
for improvement. ing relation
ing relatio
International Survey Research (ISR), and effici
the private firm used to conduct the Fac- More
ulty Opinion Survey last year, developed time TEA
the staff survey based on input from the
receive thc
Administrative and Professional Assembly either dir
(APA) Staff Survey Task Force and insights via campus
via campu
gained from staff focus groups. ISR has cus-
to employ
tomized survey questions to reflect specific Apri 15
Apcampus issues involving benefits, recogni-
campus issues involving benefits, recogni-

eward, career development, work- vey and drop it in campus mail for delivery
nships, communication, resources to a PO Box at UF Document Services.
ncy and quality of life. The completed surveys will be forwarded
than 8,200 full-time and part- to ISR for tabulation and reporting. Indi-
MS and USPS employees will vidual responses to the survey will remain
e paper survey on March 25, completely confidential, but reports of
*ctly delivered in a sealed envelope overall results will be made available for
s mail or through bulk delivery public review in early June.
ment units. Staff will have until Visit www.president.ufl.edu/staffsurvey
o anonymously complete the sur- for more information.

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