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Having served as interim dean for almost one
year, I have been privileged to have the col-
lege's best bird's-eye view of faculty and stu-
dent achievement (no quips about bird-brained
administrators, please!).
Distinguished Professor Neil Opdyke was accorded
one of geology's most prestigious international awards,
the Petrus Peregrinus Medal of the European Geosci-
ences Union. Co-director of the Creative Writing Pro- L
gram David Leavitt published a novel entitled "The the e a
Indian Clerk" that explores the legendary encounter
between Cambridge don G.H. Hardy and an untutored
Indian genius, Srinivasa Ramanujan, whose discoveries ture, our cultures, and our societies. lion endowment for the humanities
still dazzle mathematicians.Thanks in large part to the On September 28, UF President and social sciences in CLAS.
leadership of Amie Kreppel, Director of the Center for Bernie Machen launched the Flor- In partnership with our alumni
European Studies, UF has become the first American ida Tomorrow capital campaign to and friends across the Gator Nation,
university to establish a Jean Monnet Center of Excel- raise $1.5 billion to help support the we can help create a secure financial
lence funded by the European Union. research of the faculty, the scholar- foundation for future generations
State and private support makes it possible for these ship of the students, and the campus of students and faculty and the re-
faculty members and the students they guide to discover infrastructure that underlies both markable work they will do.
new physical and biological principles and to reach deep (see page 16). He also announced a -Joe Glover, Interim Dean
insights into the fundamental impulses of human na- special initiative to raise a $30 mil-

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armed & endangered

Camping out on the African plains and traversing rickety narrow

underwaterbridges by pick-uptruckmightseem likean adventure

straight out of a safari novel, but it was a way of life for a group of

University of Florida researchers who opened a new training site

on the continent this summer.

For 11 weeks, a team of UF students
and faculty worked side-by-side with
eight African students conducting re-
search in southern Africa. They camped
in tents for the duration of their stay-
with giraffes, hyenas and elephants as
their neighbors. The purpose of their
journey to this remote savannah was to
study the complex interactions between
humans and the environment by work-
ing closely and respectfully with locals.
Graduate students from UF's De-
partment of Geography and School of
Natural Resources and Environment
situated their research where Zambia,
Namibia, Zimbabwe, Angola and Bo-
tswana come together, in the heart of
the newly designated Kavango-Zam-
bezi Transfrontier Conservation Area
(KAZA). The five countries encom-
passing the politically and ecologically
sensitive region are experiencing in-
creasing levels of distress from a rapidly
exploding elephant population, which is
simultaneously an important economic
About 150,000 elephants live in
the region, 40 percent of the continent's
population, and are doubling in num-

ber every 13 years. Although elephants
are the main draw in a booming tour-
ism industry, they are life threatening to
area 1'i 1.1 and, as early research re-
sults indicate, are in such high numbers
they are wiping out important species
of plants. The UF team is focusing its
efforts specifically on the effects of the
elephant population in the Caprivi re-
gion of Namibia and the Chobe area of
"When we see beautiful African
animals in the savannah sharing their
habitat with some of the poorest peo-
ple on earth, we sometimes fail to see
the opportunities and conflicts created
by such close contact," said Associate
Professor of Geography and African
Studies Brian Child, the faculty mem-
ber leading the UF field research team.
"Hopefully, the research and collabora-
tion will lead to a unique and enriched
form of adaptive management of this
and possibly other areas within southern
Child grew up in this area of
Africa as the son of a biologist and is
shocked by the loss of trees and other
vegetation due to foraging elephants.

The paradox UF is researching is how
locals can combine such a valuable but
dangerous animal to their livelihood as
subsistence farmers and boost the econ-
omy of the region-in the face of global
climate change that is expected to make
agriculture less reliable.
"If a nearby villager has a field of
maize and an elephant decides to walk
through, in a matter of minutes the
crops are destroyed," said Geography
Professor Jane Southworth. "Elephants
don't respect park boundaries because
they just don't know the difference."
UF is studying how well these
communities govern wildlife and the
revenues arising from it, how profiting
from wildlife impacts attitudes toward
it, and if ill. .- i11 ill.. to profit from
wildlife is an effective strategy for both
protecting endangered species and re-
ducing rural poverty.
The project will focus on two dis-
tinct areas. Working within the local
culture, one area of study will involve
surveying local communities to bet-
ter understand their management of
natural resources. These ll ,.. are ex-
perimenting with a form of governance
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elephants continued from pag 4
Americans would recognize as "town hall de-
mocracy," and the researchers are developing
methods to measure governance and how it
impacts livelihoods and environmental con-
\hII..I.-,. the people are poor and el-
ephants regularly raid their fields, we were
surprised to discover how much they value
wildlife," Child said. "This contrasts with
much recent literature, and vindicates emerg-
ing southern African policies to use and de-
mocratize wildlife."
The second area of field research
combines satellite remote sensing imagery
techniques with extensive measurements of
vegetation to study changes in the local eco-
system. This program focuses specifically on
the effects of fire, elephants, growing human
populations and the building of new roads-
the main drivers of change within the region.
The researchers believe understanding the
linkages between these triggers of change
and the livelihoods of locals is increasingly
relevant, given the predicted effects of cli-
mate change on this ecologically vulnerable
A priority of the overall research en-
deavor is collaborating with African students
and professionals, whose insight is proving to
be essential to the project's success. South-
worth said the inaugural group of UF stu-
dents who participated in the field school this
summer could not have undertaken their re-
search without their African counterparts, so
a true collaboration developed. By combining
the methodologies and technology skills of
UF students with the cultural and practical
knowledge of their southern African col-
leagues, researchers hope local ,ll i,.11 will
be empowered to improve their economic
condition while sustaining important ecosys-
"We are carving for ourselves a long-
term role where we provide the research and
analysis that supports important experimen-
tation in environmental policy," said Child.
"We are working respectfully with local
people and organizations to define and an-
swer important questions scientifically, and to
return results immediately. Our efforts were
vindicated at the closing meeting with the
over-researched Chobe community, when an
elder stood up and said that if this was how
research was done, he welcomed more of it."
-Heather Read

Fall 2007Altit77niCLASriote.s,(.-ollele4:)f Liberal Aits &Sciences, Univeisity of Flohda

is dark matter: that elusive, hard-to-detect material

that, according to some scientists, makes up the bulk

of the universe. If current theories are to be believed,

science has, until very recently, completely lost track

of about 85 percent of everything that exists.

is the work of UF astronomer Anthony Gonzalez, who

is part of a team that last year offered the first con-

crete proof that dark matter is more than just theory.

The research of UF physicist Tarek Saab might just

close the case, offering incontrovertible proof that

most of the universe is unseen.

So why didn't you hear about this find-potentially the weightiest result ever
to come out of astrophysics? It made a blip in The New York Times and the Wash
ington Post, and Discover named it one of the top three science stories of 2006.
Maybe the news was buried under stories of war, elections, and the birth of celeb-
rity babies.
In case you missed it (and we're obviously assuming you did) Gonzalez and
colleagues published a paper in The AstrophysicalJournal Letters that has the as-
tronomy community in a buzz. Using data from their observations of the collision
of two galaxies known as the "bullet cluster," the team-led by Doug Clowe at
the University of Arizona at Tucson-provided the most .. I... I I Ih.. evidence for
the existence of dark matter, actually observing dark matter and "normal" matter
separating during the celestial event.
So what is dark matter? It's not a simple thing to explain.
Since the days of Copernicus, man has explored the universe with a telescope
in one hand and a calculator in the other. Okay, so Copernicus didn't have a calcu-
lator .. i., but he did observe the heavens and generate mathematical formulas
to describe the motions he saw there. Those formulas would help him predict
where he could find a certain star in the future. When those predictions didn't
match what he saw in his telescope, Copernicus would change his formulas-and
the theories that went with them.
This went on happily-though hardly uneventfully-until about 40 years
ago, when scientists started taking a hard look at the way distant galaxies move.
They began to notice that galaxies didn't move in the ways they were expected to:
they moved like they were ten times heavier.
Something was drastically wrong. Either the scientists' math was way off
base, or the research community had simply missed about 85 percent of the stuff
in the universe.
"The basic idea now is normal, everyday matter-like the paper on your
desk-is only a small fraction of the matter in the universe," said Gonzalez. "So
this combined with all the electrons, protons and neutrons makes up about 15
percent of what's out there and the ultimate question is what is the rest?"
Categorized as "dark matter"because it is invisible to even the most advanced
equipment in modern technology, scientists can barely agree that it exists, much
less reach a decision about what it is exactly. This is where the work of aforemen-
tioned physics professor Tarek Saab comes in.
Saab travels beneath the surface of the earth half-mile down, deeper than
the bats-to find a substance from outer space. As a member of the Cryogenic
Dark Matter Search, he is collaborating with 50 other scientists from ten uni-
versities across the U.S. in an effort to detect dark matter interacting with other
particles. The researchers work in an old Minnesota mine, which filters out the
distracting cosmic rays and radioactive particles dancing around on the earth's
"It's just a very fancy sieve," Saab said. "The energy we need to observe is so
small we have to use devices that are cooled down to absolute zero and eliminate
all background noise to make it more readily measurable."
The goal of Saab's work is to prove the existence of dark matter on earth
by measuring the energy produced from its interaction with atoms. Using the
trusty billiard ball analogy, Saab described how atoms and particles bounce off




one another much like balls in a game of pool.
As dark matter bumps into atoms, Saab hopes
to measure the thermal energy coming off of
the invisible substance and therefore prove its
The field of dark matter science is not
one without controversy. As recently as the
November 21 issue of the Monthly Notices of
the RoyalAstronomical Society, astronomers like
University of Waterloo researchers John Mof-
fat and Joel Brownstein attempt to debunk the
existence of dark matter by holding to a long-

standing theory that there is no invisible matter
in our universe, only a miscalculation in the way
we understand gravity.
You are probably asking yourself why sci-
entists are spending so much time and grant
money studying a particle for which they can't
even reach a consensus on whether or not it ex-
ists. The answer is simple-if dark matter does
exist, a big piece of the puzzle in understanding
our universe will fall into place. The impact of
such a discovery could lead to unprecedented
advancements in medicine and science.

When asked why they are dedicat-
ing their careers to such a frustrating, elusive
topic-and whether it will make any real dif-
ference in the lives of people if they ever are
successful-Gonzalez and Saab like to quote
a pioneer in the study of electricity, Michael
Faraday, who, when questioned by the Brit-
ish prime minister in the 1800s about the
value of his work, had the following response:
"Sir, Ido not know, but some day you will tax it."

-Buffy Lockette


teaching the unthinkable

Teaching about the Holocaust can be challenging for many educa-
tors.The controversial, emotional topic leaves teachers-required
by Florida law to explain the tragedy to their students-with a
daunting, sometimes uncomfortable task.

While the state mandates the Holocaust be
taught in grades K-12, the legislation does
not explain how to teach six-year-olds about
the murder of not only six million Jews, but
countless homosexuals, Jehovah's Witnesses,

"gypsies," political activists, and patients with
mental handicaps. To help teachers gain the
confidence and knowledge they need to teach
the Holocaust in their classrooms, the Univer-
sity of Florida hosts the Summer Holocaust

Institute for Florida Teachers (SHIFT) each
year on the university campus.
Established in 2002, the weeklong teach-
er-training program just completed its sixth
year in June. For $150, teachers receive a fill

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week of instruction, books and ma-
terials, breakfast daily, a trip to the
Florida Holocaust Museum in St.
Petersburg, and a culminating ban-
quet at week's end. In retrospect,
many participants describe the semi-
nar as the most emotionally difficult
but valuable week of their educational
"When we do not teach the les-
sons of history, we fail to warn our
students of the dangers of prejudice
wherever it happens," said Kay Gon-
soulin, a 2007 SHIFT participant
and English and reading teacher at
DeSoto High School in Archer, Fla.
The program is unique in that
it is designed and directed by univer-
sity faculty whose published research
has a direct impact on their teaching
of the Holocaust, as opposed to the
museum volunteers and continu-
ing education staff who lead similar
programs across the state. Most par-
ticipants are UF graduates return-
ing to their alma mater nostalgic for
seminar-style teaching. "Teachers
like to come back and get in touch
with what's going on in the world
of scholarship," said Geoffrey Giles,
an associate professor of history and
SHIFT's co-director and founder.
SHIFT is divided into three
main areas of focus. One-third of
the program is dedicated to provid-
ing solid historical information led
by Giles, who has served as the Se-
nior Scholar in Residence at the U.S.
Holocaust Museum in Washington,
D.C. Another part of the program
is devoted to curriculum and how to
transfer this knowledge into instruc-
tional units in grades K-12. College
of Education Professor and SHIFT
Co-Director Linda Lamme coordi-
nates this effort.
"While high school students
can handle all kinds of literature

about the Holocaust, there are also
well-written, award-winning chil-
dren's books on the topic, including
picture books such as 'The Cats in
Krasinski Square,' describing heroic
children who thwarted Nazi soldiers,
that could be shared with children as
young as kindergarteners," Lamme
said. "Many of the books are authen-
tic, written by survivors who lived
through the Holocaust as a child or
The third and most emotional
part of the week is interaction be-
tween participants and those who ex-
perienced the Iti '..P.i3 I i-. i .i Po-
litical Science Professor Ken Wald, a
SHIFT program coordinator and the
son of Holocaust survivors, organizes
this effort. Many teachers report that
hearing accounts of how people sur-
vived the war and rebuilt their lives
was the most powerful memory they
received from the entire workshop.
"I had a very rewarding week," said
Gonsoulin. "Emotional, yes, but of-
ten we need to confront some of the
hard issues in life so that we learn to
be better, more aware individuals."
SHIFT attracts not only so-
cial studies and English teachers,
but also educators from a variety of
fields including French, music and
science. Stephen Davis, a New Port
Richey middle school teacher and
2003 participant, used the knowledge
he gained about the engineers who
designed genocidal gas chambers to
teach his students about science eth-
"We are impressed with how
creatively they are bringing this into
the classroom," said Wald. "My faith
in public education is always reju-
venated and restored by this experi-
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Rex Clark (B.A., Political Science,
1958) has been a government offi
cial in California for 46 years. He has
been on the planning commission of
three cities and spent 20 years on the
city council of Watsonville in Santa
Cruz County.

Carolyn Richards Johnson (B.A.,
I. ._1 ... 1959) received an M .S.
and Ph.D. in psychology from the
University of Miami and was em
played as a clinical psychologist until
her retirement in January 2007.

Brain's Flight
Today, cross country flying is no longer con-
sidered a new approach to travel, unless the
pilot-a survivor of brain cancer-deter-
mines to make the trip in his rebuilt 1942
World War II Piper L-4 Cub. Brian Kissinger,
who graduated from UF in 1990 with a B.A.
in political science, took off on June 1 to fly
across the U.S. to raise money and aware-
ness for brain cancer and tumor research.
The name for his mission is"Brain's Flight."
Kissinger is a three-year brain tumor
(oligodendroglioma, stage II) survivor and
avid pilot. He is so thankful for his own recov-
ery that he has made it his life's mission to
raise money for research."It is expected that
over 190,000 brain tumors will be diagnosed
in the United States each year," Kissinger
said. "Few of these patients will be as fortu-
nate as I have been fighting my brain tumor.
I am flying and fighting for them."
There are two reasons for Brain's Flight:
to raise awareness about the disease, and
to generate $100,000 in donations for
the National Brain Tumor Foundation for
research. He will continue to barnstorm
against brain tumors and cancer throughout
Considering that Kissinger has survived
a brain tumor he smiles when remember-
ing the nickname he picked up when living
overseas more than a decade ago."Everyone
seemed to misspell Brian as B-r-a-i-n," he
said."I saw no point in taking offense over
it, but something to laugh about. I did not
expect, however, that it would be a message
about what was ahead!"
To date, Kissinger has raised more than
$42,500 towards his goal. For more informa-
tion, please visit www.brainsflight.com.

Jane Palmer Potter (B.S., I .
1954) has spent much of her time
traveling the world. She is a retired
secondary school librarian.

Charles E. 'Abe' Abramson (B.A.,
History, 1963) has been active in
commercial-industrial real estate and
development in Montana since 1975,
after returning from service as an
Air Force officer in East Asia. From
1996-2001, he was appointed by the
president of the U.S. to serve on the
National Commission on Libraries
and Information Science.

Emilio F. Moran (M.A. and Ph.D.,
Anthropology, 1969 and 1975) has
been named a distinguished professor
at Indiana University. He has spent
30 years examining how people and
the environment interact, pioneering
the field of environmental anthropol

Eugene Nelson (B.A., Mathematics,
1961) established an I.T. department
within the contact lens company,
Vistakon, Inc., and has spent 17 years
helping the company become an in
international business.

Judy Stiles Saucerman (B.A., Eng
lish, 1963) received her master of
social work from Florida State Uni
versity and is now a licensed clinical
social worker in Atlanta.

Barry P. Setzer (B.S., Chemistry,
1969) is chief of pediatric dentistry
at Wolfson Children's Hospital in
Jacksonville, Fla., where he has been
a member of the Cleft Palate Team
for the past 30 years.

RobertM. Waters 1 I I .
1963) received a master's degree from
the University of Texas at Austin and


a Ph.D. from Purdue University. He
worked as an engineering psycholo
gist at the U.S. Department of En
ergy until he retired in 2003.

Jim Anderson (M.A.,i,,i I.i...
1979) has taught courses in almost
every area of PC computer technol
ogy at Sandhills Community College
in North Carolina. He is currently a
principal partner in LearnWithVid
eos.com, an online company special
izing in the sale of professional video
training seminars.

Richard Ball (M.A. and Ph.D., Soci
ology, 1975 and 1980) recently retired
after serving 27 years on the faculty of
Ferris State University in Michigan.

Terry Delahunty (B.A., History,
1977) has been named chair of the
City of Orlando Transportation Ad
visory Committee. He earned a J.D.
from UF in 1982 and practices in
the areas of real estate development,
commercial real estate transactions
and mortgage financing at the firm
Foley & Lardner LLP.

Chris K. Finton (B.S., I, I _.
1974) is vice president of the Health
First Heart Institute in Melbourne,
Fla. He is also a clinical professor
in the Department of Health Care
Management, Research, and Policy
and the Department of C ,r.1 I .
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Roger Gallagher (B.S., Chemistry,
1974) retired from the U.S. Navy in
1993. He is now living in Panama
City, Fla., and working at Bay Medi
cal Center, where he provides anes

Evan B. Glick (B.S., Chemistry,
1974) has been appointed associate
judge of the 315th District Court of
Harris County in Houston, which
hears child abuse and juvenile delin
quency cases.

Suzanne Wakelam Green (B.A.,
History, 1972) is currently the direct
tor of adult education at Norwalk
L.A. Mirada Unified School District
in Los Angeles.

JackH. King (B.A., Sociology, 1975)
recently retired from the U.S. Depart
ment of Defense, where he worked
with military contracts.

Richard Levine (B.S., Zoology,
1975) has a private practice in gen
eral and preventative internal medi
cine in Boca Raton, Fla., where he
has worked for 21 years.

Orhan H. Suleiman (B.S., Zool
ogy, 1970) received an M.S. from the
UF College of Medicine in radiation
biophysics in 1972 and a Ph.D. from
John Hopkins School of Hygiene
and Public Health in 1989. He has
worked with the federal government
for 32 years, primarily with the Food
and Drug Administration as a medi
cal physicist. He is currently a senior
science policy advisor in the Office of
Oncology Drug Products.

Richard Lane Taylor (B.A. and
M.A., History, 1972 and 1975) and
his family have started a charitable
foundation, Journey Into Hope, with
the goal of improving the living con
editions of the desperately poor in the
Dominican Republic. Visit www.
joumeyintohope.com for more in

Michael J. Barton (B.S. and M.S.,
Statistics, 1981 and 1983) owns the
timeshare rental and resale website
www.myresortnetwork.com and en
joys traveling with his five children.

Gary D. Bofshever (B. S., Microbiol
ogy, 1986) is a chiropractic physician
in Coral Springs, Fla.

David Cano (B.S., Biochemistry,
1984) received an M.D. from Case
Western Reserve University and is
currently the director of Cano &
Manning Eye Center and a staff
surgeon at Palm Beach Eye Clinic in
West Palm Beach, Fla. He has been
elected president of the Florida Soci
ety of Ophthalmology for 2008.

Denice Cantillon (B.A., Political
Science, 1988) received a Congres
sional Recognition Award for Com-
munity Service and is an assistant
principal of a middle school in Los

Margot Callaghan Carrington
(B.A. and M.A., Political Science,
1985 and 1987) is in the U.S. Foreign
Service and will be the Consul Gen
eral in Fukuoka, Japan from 2007 to
2010. She has been with the U.S. De
apartment of State for 14 years.


Mark P. Cressman (B.A., Political
Science, 1988) opened a law practice
specializing in civil litigation, person
al injury and wrongful death claims
in Winter Garden, Fla.

Debra Zimbler DeLorenzo (B.A.,
Political Science, 1982) is the direc
tor of victim witness management for
the Office of the State Attorney, 6th
Judicial Circuit, in Clearwater, Fla.

Eric Dubbin (B.S., r I, I ..
1984) has worked with the U.S. Food
and Drug Administration in new
animal drug evaluation and was re
cently asked by the Center of Vet
erinary Medicine to be an executive
coach and organizational develop
ment consultant.

Pedro I. Fernandes (B.S., Statistics,
1986) received an M.S. from the
University of South Florida in 2002
and currently works for Tropicana
Manufacturing Company, Inc. in
Bradenton, Fla.

David S. Ged (B.S., Chemistry,
1987) received his J.D. from New
England School of Law in 1992. He
is the managing director of Heights
Title Services, LLC in Naples and
Cape Coral, Fla., and is the sole prac
titioner of the law firm David S. Ged,

Tracy Gore (B.A., English, 1984)
is the education coordinator of the
Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rol
lins College in Winter Park, Fla.

Kim Hanes (B.S., Geology, 1983) is
currently working for the South Flor
ida Water Management District. She
has developed Palm Beach County's
Wellfield Protection Ordinance and
worked on numerous Superfund Re
mediation projects.

Jeffrey F.Jacobs (M.A., Political Sci
ence, 1989) is a colonel of the U.S.
Army and is currently serving at US
CENTCOM in Tampa, Fla.

Leonard Jacobs (B.A., Religion,
1980) holds an M.B.A.from the Uni
versity of Phoenix. He is president of
Netsecuris Inc., an information se
curity consulting and value-added
reseller company in Minneapolis.

Tammy Jasionowski (B.A., Zool
ogy, 1989) is a physician and attorney,
practicing law in Albuquerque, N.M.,
with a concentration in medical neg
ligence cases.

Jeffrey Kremer (B.A., Sociology,
1985) is a principal of The Sunday Pa
per a startup and free weekly news
paper in Atlanta.

Rear Adm. Richard B. Landolt
(B.A., Political Science, 1981) re
cently completed an assignment as
executive aide to the Commander of
Naval Forces Europe and Joint Forces
Command in Naples, Italy, a NATO
command. In July he reported to the
Pentagon, where he serves as deputy
director for expeditionary warfare on
the U.S. Navy staff.

Jodi R. Mattes Marvet (B.A., Eng
lish, 1984) practices insurance cov
erage law at Kerns, Pitrof, Frost &
Pearlman in Illinois. She is also ex
ecutive vice president of Shir Hadash
Reconstructionist Synagogue.

Ted Moore (B.A., English, 1986)
works for CSX Transportation in
Jacksonville, Fla., as the business
manager for all machinery, power
generation, and wind-energy ship

Leza Mueller (B.A., Political Sci
ence, 1987; M.A., Public Admin
istration, 1990) spent eight years in
government work and is now raising
her three girls in Gainesville, Fla.
She and her husband were awarded
Parents of the Year at the Alachua
County Club for 2006. She is the
treasurer at Howard Bishop Middle
School and volunteers at Lawton
Chiles Elementary School.

Michael McDonald (B.A., Ameri
can Studies, 1983) is an associate
professor of anthropology at Florida
Gulf Coast University and was hon
ored with the 2006-07 Senior Fac
ulty Teaching Excellence Award.

Harsha V. Ramayya (B.A., Speech
Communications, 1986) is a vice
president for JP Morgan Chase,
Home Equity Division, in Jackson
ville, Fla.

CindyTaylor (M.A., English, 1982)
is a teacher at McHenry West High
School in McHenry, Ill., and is
the only National Board Certified
Teacher in her district.

ErikViker (B.S., '. I. I _.. 1987)
received an M.FA. in theater tech
nology from the University of Texas
in 2003. He is an assistant professor
of theater at Susquehanna University
in Pennsylvania, where he teaches
courses in theater production, stage
production, and dramatic literature.

Mike Wittenstein (B.A., Russian
and Portuguese, 1980) founded Stor
miners, a consultancy to help brands
improve their customer experiences.
He resides in Atlanta.

Diana Catherine Bauerle (B.A.,
Spanish, 1996) has been practicing
immigration and nationality law for
six years. She works at Sidley Austin
LLP, a global law firm headquartered
in Chicago, where she helps employ
ers obtain proper immigration docu
mentation for their employees.

Luis Betancourt (B.A., Political
Science, 1998) is director of student
employment at Miami Dade College
and is pursuing an M.B.A.

Ryan Branksi (M.A., Speech-Lan
guage '.II I _.. 1998) received a
Ph.D. from the University of Pitts
burgh and works at the Memorial
-I ,,, I.....ii.r,, Cancer Center in
New York City. He was recently
honored by the American Speech
Language and Hearing Association
for his early career contributions in

Elizabeth G. Byrd (B.A., Sociol
ogy, 1992) received a master's of so
cial work degree from Florida State
University in 2000 and works as a
licensed clinical social worker in pri
vate practice in Gainesville, Fla.

Brett Carmel (B.A., Political Sci
ence, 1995) received a joint M.B.A.
in international business and M.A. in
international affairs and economics
from George Washington University
in 1998. He is a managing director
and founding partner of Seale & As
sociates, an investment banking firm
in Washington, D.C.

Edward Duckworth (B.A., History
of Science, and B.S., Neurobiological
Sciences, 1995) has been appointed
as an assistant professor ofneurologi
cal surgery at Loyola University in

Dan L. Edmunds (B.A., Religion,
1997) completed a doctorate ofedu
cation in pastoral community coun
selling in May 2006. He is a commis
sioner for the Citizen's Commission
on Human Rights International.

Joanne Fine (B.A., English, 1990)
is an assistant U.S. attorney in the
southern district of Florida.

Caleb Finegan (Ph.D., History,
1999) has been an associate profes
sor of history at Indiana University of
Pennsylvania for six years, where he
established a Latin American stud
ies minor and serves as its director.
In 2007, he received the university's
Distinguished Faculty Award for

continued on page 14

Gator Becomes

Chief Engineer

Physics alumnus Michael Ryschkewitsch
(B.S., 1973) was named chief engineer of
NASA in July, making him responsible for
the overall review and technical readiness
of all the agency's programs.
Until taking his new position, Ryschke-
witsch served as the deputy center director
for NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in
Greenbelt, Md. He also previously served
as director of applied engineering and
technology at Goddard, having joined the
center in 1982 as a cryogenics engineer to
work on the Cosmic Background Explorer
Ryschkewitsch's projects at NASA have
ranged from the first servicing mission of
the Hubble Space Telescope in 1993 to the
Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere mis-
sion launched in April 2007. He has been
awarded the NASA Exceptional Service
Medal, the NASA Medal for Outstanding
Leadership, the Robert Baumann Award
for contributions to mission success, and
the NASA Engineering and Safety Center
Leadership Award.
As chief engineer, he will ensure the
agency's development efforts and missions
operations are being planned and con-
ducted on a sound engineering basis with
proper controls and management of tech-
nical risks.

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Daniel S. Fridman (B.A., Political Sci
ence, 1996) received a J.D. from Har
vard University and serves as Senior
Counsel to the Deputy Attorney Gen
eral and Special Counsel for Health
Care Fraud at the U.S. Department of
Justice in Washington, D.C.

Mark Fritz (B.A., History, 1992) owns
an insurance agency in Dallas, special
izing in mortgage protection and re
tirement protection insurance.

IanJ. Goldstein (B.A., Anthropology,
1993) is a partner and shareholder in
the law firm Goldstein & Jette PA. in
West Palm Beach, Fla. He represents
individuals for criminal matters in state
and federal courts.

Davon Brent Harrison (B.A., Crimi
nal Justice, 1997) received an M.S. in
criminal justice from the University of
Central Florida and is a criminal street
gang and violent crime investigator in
Orlando, Fla., assigned to the FBI's
Metro-Orlando Safe Streets Task

G. Robert Hawthorne (B.A., English,
1992) is president of Hawthorne Ex
ecutive Search, www.hawthornesearch.
com, an executive search firm based in
North Carolina.

StuartJ. Henderson (B.A., East Asian
Languages and Literatures, 1993) is a
Japanese translator who has assisted

Japanese tourists in Orlando, Fla., and
Los Angeles. He is pursuing a master's
degree at Harvard University.

Catherine Manzano Giron Jones
(B.S., Botany, 1993) has worked for
the U.S. Department of Agriculture
at the Whitmore Foundation Farm in
Leesburg, Fla., and is now working for
Florida Blood Services in St. Peters
burg, Fla.

Audra E. Latham (B.S., '. I. I _.
1998) received a master's degree from
the University of North Florida in
mental health counseling and is a li
censed mental health counselor.

Steven H. Lee (B. S., Microbiology and
Zoology, 1996) is an assistant profes
sor of ,.1 I _. at Loyola University
Medical Center.

Louis B. Lerman (B.A., American
Studies, 1997) received a bachelor's in
computer information sciences in 2001
and an M.B.A. in 2006 from UF. He is
serving a one-year appointment to the
World Bank in Washington, D.C.

Chris Loschiavo (B.A., Political Sci
ence, 1995) served as the director of
studentjudicial affairs at the University
of Oregon for seven years and recently
returned to UF as assistant dean of stu
dents and director of student judicial

TracyMatus (M.S., Speech-Language
'III I .. 1995) works with children
as a speech-language pathologist in
New York City.

KellyJ. McKibben (B.S., .. I. I..
1990) received a J.D. from the Cum-
berland School of Law in Birming
ham, Ala., in 1994 and has practiced
law with the Florida Department of
Children and Families. She is a County
Court Judge in Brevard County, 18th
Judicial Circuit, and also works in the
criminal division at the Moore Justice
Center in Viera, Fla.

StevenMelilli (B.S.,Microbiology and
Cell Science, 1992) is a chiropractic
physician in private practice in Clear
water, Fla.

Winifred Acosta NeSmith (B.A.,
Criminology, 1992) is an assistant U.S.
attorney for the Northern District of
Florida in Tallahassee. She also serves
on the executive board of the National
Black Prosecutors Association as vice
president of planning.

Peg O'Connor (B.A., Criminology,
1993; M.A., Sociology, 1998) spent
three years as a law clerk to the Hon
orable Stephen P. Mickle, U.S. District
Judge for the Northern District of
Florida, and has accepted an associ
ate position with Turner & Jones in
Gainesville, Fla., where she will prac
tice civil and criminal law.

Michael X. Rohan, Jr. (B.S., Inter
disciplinary Studies, 1994) graduated
from Nova Southeastern University's
College of Osteopathic Medicine in
2001. He completed a residency in
orthopedic surgery at the University of
Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
in 2006 and completed a spine surgery
fellowship at the Texas Back Institute
in July 2007. He is moving to Panama
City, Fla., to begin practicing orthope
dic spine surgery.

Scott Stolze (B.A., English, 1994)
recently resigned from his job with a
technology company, sold his house,
and moved to New Orleans where he
is volunteering in Hurricane Katrina
relief efforts.

Melissa Wheaton-McDuffle (B.A.,
"11i i,.. 1997) received a J.D. from
UF in 2002 and an M.S. in manage
ment from Troy University in 2006.
She is a labor relations manager for
CSX Transportation.

Tami Lyn Rennie Wilson (B.A.,
Criminal Justice, 1994) joined the U.S.
Army in 1995 and was trained to be
com e ,,.ll, ., ,. ,,, ,I .i ,1 1 ISpan-
ish linguist. She recently received cer
tification in elementary education with
an endorsement in ESL from Indiana

Alu n


school I

Brian Dassler, a UF English alumnus,
will soon embark on a new teaching
adventure as the founding principal
of a high school in New Orleans. "I
believe schools are places where
dreams come true," Dassler said. "I
have a deep commitment to social
justice, democracy and pluralism,
and teaching is my way of honor-
ing those commitments because I
believe well educated people make
our nation and the world better
places for everyone."

Earlier this year, Dassler accepted one of 15 Fisher
Fellowships from the Knowledge Is Power Pro-
gram (KIPP). The Fisher Fellowship provides one
year of education and training in anticipation of
becoming the founding principal of a KIPP school
in a low income community at the conclusion of
the fellowship.
The year includes a summer program in
management and educational leadership at Stan-
ford University and then extensive residencies at
KIPP and partner schools across the country. Das-
sler just concluded one month at the KIPP high
school in Gaston, N.C. His next residency will
be at Houston's YES College Prep, where he will
focus on the operational aspects of school leader-
Dassler applied for the fellowship in Octo-
ber 2006 after hearing KIPP co-founder Mike
Feinberg speak at a conference sponsored by the
Florida Department of Education. A year earlier,
in November 2005, Dassler and the other KIPP
co-founder Dave Levin were speaking on the same
panel sponsored by Leadership Florida.
"I was impressed first by Dave and then by
Mike and compelled by their vision and resolved
to join them and the team of energetic, committed

educators they were assembling from around
the country," Dassler said. "This team, now
numbering over 4,000 in 57 schools in 17
states, is confronting our generation's number
one civil rights issueequity and excellence
in education for every student."
Dassler has decided New Orleans will
be the site of KIPP's new high school."When
Adam Meinig, the principal of KIPP: Be-
lieve College Prep (a middle school) in New
Orleans-whose motto is 'Build a School,
Rebuild a City'-introduced me to his fifth
graders saying, 'Mr. Dassler might be the
principal of your high school,' the students
cheered. How could I say no to that!?" Das-
sler said. He moves to New Orleans in Janu-
ary, while the new high school is projected to

open in the fall of 2010 and graduate its first
class in 2014.
Until recently, Dassler-who earned
a B.A. in English in 2001 and a master's in
English education in 2002 from UF-taught
9th-llth grade English at Stranahan High
School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and 12th
graders in the school's nationally recognized
Urban Teacher Academy Program. The
popular young teacher was named Broward
County's 2007 Teacher of the Year. While at
UF, Dassler was selected as the 2001 Florida
College Student of the Year by Florida Leader
To keep up with Dassler as he embarks
on his new journey, check out his blog at
-Heather Read



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frequency of hurricanes,
their intensity, and their associated rainfall, Assistant Professor of Geography Corene Matyas
couldn't have picked a better state in which to reside. Since receiving her Ph.D. in climatol-
ogy from The Pennsylvania State University in 2005, she has continued her study of tropical
storms as a scholar at the University of Florida.
"At the age of four, I realized that one cannot hide from severe weather events,"Matyas
said."Consequently, I vowed to learn everything I could about hurricanes, tornadoes, floods
and other natural disasters because I wanted to be prepared when severe weather struck."
While her research interests include all types of severe weather and natural hazards,
Matyas'current work focuses on hurricanes. Specifically, she is investigating the use of geo-
graphical methods such as GIS to study tropical cyclone rainfall patterns. Her long-term goal
is to develop a model to forecast these rainfall patterns as storms make landfall.
"After tropical cyclones move inland and wind speeds have decreased, media attention
diminishes,' she said. "Many people don't realize they are still in danger, and that now the
danger comes from flash flooding that can occur hundreds of miles inland and several days
after landfall."
During the summer of 2006, Matyas was invited by the National Oceanic and Atmo-
spheric Administration's Hurricane Research Division to give a seminar on her work at the
National Hurricane Center in Miami. She gained the organization's attention after present-
ing a paper titled "Relating Tropical Cyclone Rainfall Patterns to Storm Size"at the American
Meteorological Society's Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology in April of that
This fall, Matyas and colleagues received a grant from the National Science Foundation
to travel to Mexico and examine the physical and socio-economic effects caused by Hur-
ricane Dean. Dean is the third most intense hurricane to make landfall in the Atlantic basin.
The team surveyed vegetation damage to determine the strength of the winds as the storm
traveled inland.
In addition to her active research career, Matyas teaches Weather and Forecasting, Cli-
matology, Extreme Weather, and Chasing Storms.
-Buffy Lockette

(one of two in the state) thanks to
the dedication and hard work of
undergraduates Adam Recvlohe
and Lacey Logsdon.
The American Indian and Indigenous
Studies minor offers students the opportunity
to learn more about the history and culture of
Native Americans. But by creating the minor,
Recvlohea political science major-also
hopes American Indian students will be en-
couraged to embrace their heritage.
As a child, Recvlohe said his father,a Creek,
pushed him away from his Native American
heritage, advising him to identify more with his
mother's English-Canadian ancestry. But Recv-
lohe followed a different route. "I don't feel like
that is how you should live, by neglecting who
you are as a person, neglecting where you came
from,"he said.
Recvlohe recently spent nine weeks in
Oklahoma with Creek Native Americans to
study the traditions and language in an effort to
reconnect with his background. "Part of being
American Indian is being around your commu-
nity," he said. In addition to his work establish-
ing the minor, Recvlohe is the head of an indig-
enous student group, 500 Nations, which aims
to raise indigenous consciousness at UF.
Lacey Logsdon, a political science and his-
tory major, co-led the effort to create the new

minor. After hearing Recvlohe speak on the
topic during a public debate in June 2006, the
Student Government Senator of Creek heritage
decided it was time to take action.
"In late April of 2007, the American
Indian and Indigenous Studies minor got fi-
nal approval from the University Curriculum
Committee and officially became a part of our
university's academic programs," Logsdon said.
"It was a long road but with a rewarding result."
The American Indian and Indigenous
Studies minor became available for students
to pursue at the end of summer 2007. Housed
in the Department of An.1.,. .1.. .., the mi-
nor is a compilation of courses already offered
at the university and is expected to serve as a
focal point for indigenous students, providing
them with a sense of identity and community
on campus, while also educating
the general student body about
American Indian history and b z
The 15-credit minor re- n
quires students to take AMH g
3660 and AMH 3661-Native i
American History to 1815 and M
Native American History Since
1806-as well as nine hours of i
electives, which include courses Y i
such as Aztec Civilization, Peo- l
ples of the Arctic, and American ch

Indian Art. For a full course list and description
of the minor, visit www.registrar.ufl.edu/cata-
The new minor joins several other under-
graduate courses of study in the College of Lib-
eral Arts and Sciences dedicated to exploring
the perspectives of groups often marginalized
in American society, including African Ameri-
can Studies, Asian Studies,Jewish Studies, and
Women's Studies and Gender Research.
"I hope the program will foster a new re-
spect for Native American culture in UF stu-
dents," Logsdon said. Her partner on the proj-
ect, Recvlohe, agrees. "This is a great starting
point for the university, particularly students, to
appreciate a greater diversity of all racial groups
on campus.
-Jared Griffin & Buffy Lockette

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