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After working in the Provost's Office for five years,
I have been fortunate to return to the College of
Liberal Arts and Sciences. It feels like I have come
home. I may be a little older and grayer (working .
in central administration often has that effect!)
but hopefully a little wiser about the college's
place in the universe and role in the university.
CLAS is the heart and soul of UF. Most UF under- o
graduates experience higher education in their first two
years through the lens of this college, and many decide to
stay on for their entire undergraduate education. Each of
them contributes to the vibrant intellectual and social life of -
CLAS. Thanks largely to the quantitative, communication the e a
and critical thinking skills they develop through coursework the
and contact with faculty and graduate students, they become
equipped to pursue a challenging major. Four years later they our students the individual attention, Jim and Alexis Pugh Hall to house the
emerge among the nation's best, prepared to meet the chal- the latest technology and the most new Bob Graham Center for Public
lenges of their generation, exciting thinking to help them become Service and the Samuel Proctor Oral
We are tasked with maintaining and improving CLAS tomorrow's leaders. History Program, and enjoying our
educational and cultural opportunities, while grappling with CLAS will continue to excel with first opportunity to view the heavens
the size and complexity of a university with 50,000 students your support. We look forward to the through the world's largest optical tele
and limited public funds. We also have the responsibility maturation of several exciting initia- scope we have constructed with Spain
of refreshing the faculty and its research enterprise so we tives: selecting a director for the Center and Mexico. Could I ask for a better
shine the brightest light on the problems of society and the for the Humanities and the Public homecoming?
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So you're an expert on crime-at least the crime you see on TV. You never

miss an episode of CSI, in its many incarnations. You've been following Law

and Order since the beginning of time. You treat the season opener of The

Closer the way most people treat March Madness. But how much do you

really know about crime?

While "realistic" crime dramas are
all the rage on television-a national
obsession that doesn't seem likely to
subside any time soon-did you know
that some of the nation's top experts on
crime are right here at the University
of Florida? The Department of Crimi-
nology, Law and Society is one of the
top programs in the country, currently
ranked 11th by US. News and World
The lines of research going on in
CLAS are as varied as crime itself, but
take a quick look at a few of them and
a common theme emerges. Much of
what the general public believes about
crime, including who commits it and
why, is just plain wrong.
Take theft, for instance. A crow-
bar-wielding culprit in a face mask of-
ten comes to mind when one thinks of
this crime, but Criminology Professor
Richard Hollinger will be the first to
tell you the sandwich shop employee
who slips a couple of packs of lunch-
meat into his backpack on the way
home is to blame for far more dollars
"Retailers nationwide lose more
than $17 billion a year due to employee
theft, $10 billion to shoplifting and the
rest to vendor fraud and administra-
tive error," Hollinger said. "None of the
property crimes people worry about-

such as convenience store theft, bank
robberies and household burglary-
even come close to these numbers. And
compounding the problem is that we
all pay for this loss in terms of higher
For the past 16 years, Hollinger
has polled major retail chains across
the nation as part of the National
Retail Security Survey and the yearly
assessment has become the industry's
way of identifying the best practices for
preventing loss in stores nationwide.
The data shows that store employees
and organized shoplifting rings-not
rebellious adolescents-are most to
blame for retail property loss.
But what about other crimes at-
tributed to teenagers and juvenile
crime in general? The prevailing school
of thought in society these days is "If
you are old enough to do the crime,
you are old enough to do the time,"but
research by UF criminologists Lonn
Lanza-Kaduce, Chuck Frazier and Jodi
Lane has proven that trying and pun-
ishing children as adults is counterpro-
"Our research over several years
has shown clearly that these polices
have failed," said Frazier. "In fact, they
have had an effect opposite of what
was intended. Juveniles prosecuted and
punished as adults do worse than com-

parable youth adjudicated and sanc-
tioned in the juvenile justice system.
They re-offend at higher rates, more
quickly, more often and generally by
committing more serious offenses."
Frazier is collaborating with the
Florida Department of Justice on a
project funded by the U.S. Department
of Justice to test alternative treatment
programs for juvenile offenders with
histories of abuse and neglect, a large
segment of this population.
Bias against teens isn't the only
unpleasant stereotype associated with
crime in the public eye. Hollywood
has featured plot lines pitting whites
against blacks in crime dramas since
cameras first began rolling. But in real
life, interracial crime is actually pretty
rare, according to Associate Professor
of Criminology and Sociology Karen
Parker. In fact, 90 percent of all ho-
micides in the U.S. involve victims
and offenders of the same race. In her
new book to be published in 2008 by
NYU Press-Unequal Crime Decline:
Theorizing Race, Urban Inequality and
Criminal Violence-Parker takes a look
at the role racial inequality plays in ef-
fecting homicide rates in American
"What you see in many black
neighborhoods is widespread poverty,
high rates of unemployment, limited
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resources, limited access to education and family
disruption," she said. "As a rule, white neighbor-
hoods don't face those same kinds of conditions.
Although fluctuations in white-white violence
also correlate to shifts in the labor market, urban
blacks are dealing with realities of starker dis-
advantage, which may go a long way toward
explaining the higher rate of black-black

You might think fear of ex-
ecution would prevent just this sort
of violence, but Criminology and
Sociology Professor Ron Akers-a
socially conservative ordained Bap-
tist deacon-no longer supports the
death penalty because his research
has shown it does not serve as a de-
terrent to crime.

people respected their elders and venerated tradi-
tion-was dramatically more violent than modern
So why is all of this important? Well, in a
country where anyone can be called to serve on
a jury, public perceptions of crime become a life
or death matter on a daily basis. Just ask Crimi-
nology Ph.D. student Dave Khey. He is writing a
dissertation on how fictional crime shows influ-
ence jurors, and said if you expect the same level
of forensic razzle dazzle shown on CSI, Crossing
Jordan and Bones the next time you are selected to
serve on a jury, you will likely be disappointed.
"There are two major camps when it comes
to the CSI effect," said Khey. "One says these
shows miseducate jurors and lead them to expect
a full forensic work-up for every case, while the
other camp believes these programs cause pro-
spective jurors to overestimate the value of scien-
tific evidence and fail to distinguish between junk
science and good science."
Khey is in the process of interviewing for-
mer jurors and hopes to prove once and
for all whether crime dramas have a
real impact on the mindset of
jurors and, in turn, the
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"I am opposed
to the death penalty, but
not on philosophical and moral
grounds-actually, there are philosophical and
moral reasons to support it as well," said Akers. "I
object because of the problems it has always en-
countered both in terms of fairness and justice and
in terms of having any practical effect on homi-
cide in society. I see no way these problems can
be resolved in a democratic context in which due
process and constitutional rights are given proper
Does all this talk about crime have you
dreaming about the "good old days" when times
were much simpler and safer? Then wake up! Jeff
Adler, a professor of criminology and history, said
when it comes to crime, there's no time like the
"Looking at the long historical record pro-
vides a very different frame of reference," Adler
said. "American society was far more violent 30
years ago than today. Florida was, depending on
the specific year, 10-15 times more violent during
the 19th century. Medieval England-which was
socially homogenous and intensely religious, and

"So far in my re-
search, it seems that no matter their
exposure all of my respondents are expecting a
lot more from investigators, specifically forensic
evidence, than what they were given at the trial
they served on," Khey said. "Some individuals are
reporting they specifically voted to acquit due to
the lack of forensic evidence-and I must stress
that these are largely run-of-the-mill trials that do
not traditionally offer this type of evidence!"
Not all cases lend themselves to forensic
evidence, and even when they do few are lucky
enough to have forensic specialists like UF An-
thropology Professor Anthony Falsetti-star of
the forthcoming Court TV show Positive ID: The
Case Files ofDr Anthony Falsetti premiering in the
fall-examining the evidence.
Bottom line: Don't believe everything you
see on TV.
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surviving the sea

research initiatives give turtles a fighting chance

There is something about the sea turtle that cap-
tures the awe and imagination of humans. The
Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research at the
University of Florida is striving to secure the survival
of these magnificent creatures through innovative
research and education.

The CLAS center, which is housed in the Department of Zoology, was established
in 1986 in memory of world-renowned UF sea turtle expert Archie Carr and
brings together sea turtle biologists from across campus to conduct research, train
students and further conservation efforts.The center is led by zoologists Karen

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In addition to public outreach and education, the center's research
initiatives are among the most diverse in the world. "We have a very
broad program," said Bjorndal, director of the center and chair of the
Department of Zoology. "We are fortunate to have the greatest diversity
and concentration of researchers studying sea turtle biology of any place in the
Center researchers study the genetic structure of sea turtle popula-
tions, population dynamics, and the nutritional ecology of the species.
Bjorndal and Bolten are currently working on the "lost year"phenomenon, hoping to find answers
to one of the great mysteries involving sea turtles-where they spend their first years of life.The team
is also looking at the role sea turtles play in ecosystems and the effect on the oceans if their numbers con-
tinue to decline.
But the center is not focused merely on furthering its own research agenda. It offers a number of
resources to the entire sea turtle conservation community to combat the problem on a global scale.
"We provide all of these resources as a service to the sea turtle research and conservation community
because of our strong commitment to sea turtle conservation and the importance of international outreach,"
said Bjorndal. Resources include:

A listserv discussion network aimed at improving
communication among individuals around the world
who are interested in sea turtle biology and conser-
vation. The group currently has more than 1,200
subscribers in 60 countries.

Sea Turtle Online Bibliography
An online bibliography with more than 16,000 refer-
ences on all aspects of sea turtle biology, conservation
and management.

Turtle Tagging
and Tracking
The center has developed the Cooperative Marine
Turtle Tagging Program to centralize the process of
distributing sea turtle tags, managing tagging data and
exchanging tag information. The program is run in co-
operation with the National Marine Fisheries Service
Southeast Fisheries Science Center.

Marine Turtle DNA
Sequence Patterns
To facilitate marine turtle population genetic studies,
the center has established a website to coordinate the
naming and cataloging of DNA sequence patterns.

Hematocrit and Plasma
Biochemical Data
To monitor the physiological status of wild popula-
tions of sea turtles and ensure recovery of these
threatened and endangered species, baseline hemato-
crit and blood biochemical reference intervals need to
be established. The center collaborates on this project
with the UF College of Veterinary Medicine, the St.
Lucie Power Plant, the Marinelife Center of Juno
Beach and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Data is
presented on the web and updated regularly.

For more information on the Archie Carr Center for
Sea Turtle Research, visit http://accstr.ufl.edu/.
-Buffy Lockette

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her heart

It is somehow fitting that Patricia O'Connor has become an accomplished
professor of Romance languages. After all, she taught herself Spanish in
middle school by listening to a Cuban radio station so she could commu-
nicate with cute Cuban boys at summer camp. But O'Connor would never
let a guy take credit for her work, unlike Maria Martinez Sierra-the Spanish
woman O'Connor discovered was responsible for writing most of the plays
that made her husband, Gregorio, famous.

After earning a B.A. in 1953 and an M.A. in 1954
from UF in Romance languages and literatures,
O'Connor decided to pursue a Ph.D. in the same
subject and focus her dissertation on Spanish wom-
en dramatists. But when she informed her faculty
advisor of her intentions, he told her there were no
women dramatists in Spain and encouraged her to
focus on the works of Gregorio Martinez Sierra, an
important playwright whose scripts featured strong
female leads. It was rumored in theater circles that
Gregorio's wife, Maria-a well-known feminist
elected to Parliament-had perhaps offered advice
on the development of the female characters. Later,
a discovery by O'Connor would turn this theory
on its head.

"I began reading the plays, and the more I
read, the more I thought they were not written by
a guy," she said. "The critics of those days, all men,
didn't share my position and cited some convincing
circumstances: Gregorio had left Maria for a beau-
tiful actress in his theater company who had made
her reputation starring in those strong-women
roles. No way, they said, would a feminist write for
a cad like Gregorio, and she certainly wouldn't want
to make his lover a star. But truth can be stranger
than fiction, and I'm stubborn."
O'Connor completed her dissertation in 1962
on the portrayal of women in Gregorio's plays, but
maintained a strong suspicion that Maria had been
involved in the writing of them. O'Connor met a

niece of Maria's who suspected her aunt
had written some of the female dialogue,
but could never get a definitive answer
from her aunt on the matter. Following
Maria's death, a steamer trunk contain-
ing her belongs was shipped to the fam-
ily in Madrid and O'Connor was invited
to examine the unexplored contents.
"At the bottom of that trunk there
were 144 letters from Gregorio that doc-
umented absolutely Maria's authorship,"
said O'Connor. "She had not been just
an adviser, she was the author of most of
the plays!"
With a discovery like this early
in her career, it is not surprising that
O'Connor has become a very success-
ful academic. As the Charles Phelps
Taft Professor of Romance Languages
and Literatures of the University of
Cincinnati, she specializes in contem-
porary Spanish theater and has authored
16 books-with another currently in
press-and more than 100 research ar-
O'Connor is founding editor of
Estreno, a journal that explores contem-
porary issues in theatre, and has been in-
ducted into the Royal Spanish Academy
of Language, the institution responsible
for deciding the official orthodoxy of the
Spanish language. The girl who origi-
nally learned Spanish so she could flirt
with Cuban boys also learned French,
Italian, Latin and Portuguese-and can
even speak a little Russian. On February
3, she was one of seven CLAS graduates
honored with an Outstanding Alumni
Award (see page 15) and served as key-
note speaker during a special luncheon
held on campus.
"The major seeds of my career were
sown right here," she told the audience.
"I learned a lot about the man's world.
When I arrived the student body was
overwhelmingly male, and I had no fe-
male professors. As a graduate student
in the M.A. and Ph.D. programs, I was
one of only two women. But I wanted
to think outside the box and not believe
everything I was told-and my attitude
was accepted, even encouraged. The
university influenced my life in so many
positive ways and helped make my pro-
fessional work fun."
-Buffy Lockette


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If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Fred Ward could fill a library. The renowned photographer's
images have graced the covers of Time, Newsweek, Life, and National Geographic. He has photographed
everyone from Fidel Castro to Elizabeth Taylor. But the man who has chronicled the 20th century in photos
started out as a teenage shutterbug mesmerized by the natural beauty of Florida.

"I began taking photos in ...1 1..
soon after I arrived in Florida,"
said Ward, who moved to Miami
from Huntsville, Alabama at age
13. "My dad and I set up a dark-
room in the kitchen so we could
process and print the photos we
took. I thought it was absolute
magic watching an image form on
Ward's debate teacher at
Coral Gables High School, K.
Werner Dickson, then sealed
his fate. "Mr. Dickson did some-
thing unprecedented," said Ward.
"He had a big 4x5 camera he had
bought in Europe. He told me I
needed something better than my
point-and-shoot, so he gave me
his camera for as long as I needed.
I started taking photos for the
school yearbook and newspaper.
In the process, I became a photog-
Dickson eventually gave

Ward the fancy Speed Graphic
camera, which he put to good use.
Ward worked his way through
college at UF by snapping photos
for the yearbook, the Orange Peel,
and The Independent Florida Alli
gator. After earning a B.A. in po-
litical science in 1957 and an M.A.
in journalism in 1959, Ward first
tried his hand at TV production
and then teaching at a commu-
nity college-but neither fit. So in
1962 he became a freelance pho-
tographer for New York's Black
Star agency and never looked
Among the many historical
photos Ward has contributed to
society, he captured some of the
more famous ones early in his ca-
reer while covering the Kennedy
administration. He is responsible
for the classic image of a pensive
President Kennedy in his rock-
ing chair taken in the Oval Office

two weeks before his death. And
he took the famous L 1.. .. ....
cover shot ofJackie Kennedy and
children watchingJFK's casket be-
ing moved from the White House
following his assassination. Ward
would also become one of the
last to photograph Martin Luther
King,Jr. alive, and once ... i -
featured his portrait of King on
the cover of the issue commemo-
rating his death.
Ward then embarked on a 30-
year career traveling the world as a
freelance writer-photographer for
National Geographic. He published
a landmark story on the diamond
industry in 1979,which was greeted
so enthusiastically by readers that he
turned it into a series on gemstones.
Actress Elizabeth Taylor agreed to
model her jewelry collection when-
ever Ward asked, and he found the
star to be one of his most delight-
ful subjects. "She was a pleasure to

work with-and the only person in
my experience who never blinked
when the flash went off!"
Intrigued byjewels, Ward be-
gan transforming the gem stories
he had written for National Geo
graphic into the Fred Ward Gem
Book Series. Having published
seven gem books, he is now work-
ing on an eighth, which features
gems that exhibit optical phenom-
ena, such as cat's eyes and stars.
Ward was honored by UF
with a Distinguished Alumnus
Award in 1985 and was named to
the Hall of Fame of The Indepen-
dent Florida Alligator in 2000. He
is married to college sweetheart
Charlotte Anne Mayes (B.S.,
English, 1958). They have raised
four artistic children: music com-
poser Christopher, actress Lolly,
web and graphic artist David, and
fashion designer Kim. They also
have three grandchildren.
-Buffy Lockette



Bridging Business
It's common knowledge that a liberal arts
degree can open the door to a number of fields.
But how does a person with a degree in zoology
make the jump from science to heading up the
Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce?
"My liberal arts degree at UF has given me
the necessary tools to recruit and communicate
with a diverse membership, work with our
elected officials, forge partnerships and problem
solve in our community"' said MarkTrowbridge,
who earned his B.S. in zoology in 1990."1 under-
stand the value of my UF degree every single
day as I work side-by-side with our business
leaders to encourage commerce, build commu-
nity and enhance our quality of life."
Trowbridge took over as president and
CEO of the chamber in August. He had previ-
ously served as deputy executive director for
business development for the Miami Parking
Authority, where he was responsible for plan-
ning and managing capital construction projects
and directing the agency's public relations and
marketing strategies. He also holds a master's in
education from UF and has been active in the
South Florida community since moving to Coral
Gables to become director of student activities
at the University of Miami in 1992.

Dawn FitzGerald (B.S. &
M.S., Psychology, 1987 & 1990)
has been appointed CEO of
QSource, a non-profit health-
care ..... .. l i. lI ,i and the
Medicare Quality Improvement
Organization ofTennessee.

William S. Williams (B.A.,
Political Science, 1984) was
recently appointed to the
Board of Overseers of Stetson
University's College of Law. He
was also recognized as a Top
Lawyer in the 2007 edition of
The South Florida Legal Guide
and is a partner at Lytal, Reiter,
Clark, Fountain & Williams in
West Palm Beach.

Marc Betinsky (B.S., Mathe-
matics, 1995) resides in St. Paul,
Minnesota and is working in his
fourth appointment as a clerk
for a federal judge.

Paul S. Comeau (B.A., Crimi-
nology, 1997) is operations
manager for Martin Outdoor
Media and is pursuing an MBA
at Nova Southeastern Univer-

Juan Carlos Diaz (B.A., Politi-
cal Science, 1991) was recently
named vice president and rela-
tionship manager of commercial
lending for Intercredit Bank. In
September 2006, the Cystic Fi-
brosis Foundation honored him

as an outstanding professional
for the South Florida market for
his community involvement.

JeffreyT. Donner (B.A.,
Political Science, 1996) recently
established Donner Law Firm
in Miami, concentrating in the
areas of appellate, government,
administrative and commercial

Edd Harrison,Jr. (B.A., His-
tory, 1995) is troop commander
of the Second Stryker Regi-
ment of the U.S. Army based in
Vilseck, Germany.

StuartJ. Henderson (B.A.,
Japanese, 1993) is working as a
Japanese translator for several
businesses and is enrolled at
Harvard University, where he
is pursuing a master's degree in
liberal arts.

DeborahJ. Hooker (M.A.,
Latin American Studies, 1999)
is a Cultural Affairs Officer at
the U.S. Embassy in Maputo,

Steve Howell (B.A., Anthro-
pology, 1993) has been an
Army officer since 1994 and
is an Afghanistan veteran. He
received his master's degree in
national security and strategic
studies from the U.S. Naval War
College in 2006 and now serves
with the XVIII Airborne Corps
at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

He plans to spend a year in Iraq
in the fall.

GabrielA. Kotch (B.A., Politi-
cal Science, 1999) is associate
corporate counsel for a national
real estate development com-
pany in Orlando.

Debbie Matisoff(B.A., Political
Science, 1994) received her
MPA from American Univer-
sity in 1996 and served in the
Peace Corps in Lithuania from

Nikitah O. Imani (M.A.,
Political Science, 1991; Ph.D.,
Sociology, 1995) serves as an
associate professor of sociology
at James Madison University.
A poet, filmmaker, rapper and
musician, he also runs his own
entertainment company, Rea-
palife Multimedia Edutainment.

James Rose (B.S., Microbiology,
1994) is a liver disease specialist
at the University of Arkansas
for Medical Sciences, where he
serves as a transplant hepatolo-

Sean Simon (B.S., Psychol-
ogy, 1994) opened a plastic
surgery practice in July, having
completed medical school at the
University of Miami in 1999.

Eva Nowakowski Sims (B.S.,
Psychology, 1997) recently
received a Ph.D. in social work

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from Barry University and
is currently interviewing for
faculty positions throughout the

Jill Bodgan (B.S., Chemistry,
2006) is a laboratory technician
in the bioassay department of
GEL Laboratories, LLC.

JenniferJoy Campbell (B.A.,
English, 2006) is pursuing an
M.S. in English education at
Nova Southeastern University
and teaches English and reading
at Columbia High School in
Lake City, Florida

Michael Deffenbaugh (B.S.,
Geo, .1ipl., -1" I4 is a profes-
sional land surveyor and project
manager for Stroud Engineer-
ing in Wilmington, North

David Feinman (B.A., Political
Science, 2005) is a legislative
correspondent for U.S. Rep.
Robert Wexler, D-Boca Raton.

Matthew Fieldman (B.S.,
Psycholo,. ?1"n'n was recently
the distinguished 2006-2007
Roslyn Z. Wolf-Cleveland JD C
International Fellowship, which
he will use to serve as a manage-
ment consultant to the Jewish
community in St. Petersburg,

Aline Gubrium (Ph.D., An-
1,......1.... 2005) has spent the
past year as an assistant profes-
sor of comparative women's
studies at Spellman College,

helping establish a health con-
centration. She is now an assis-
tant professor in the School of
Public Health at the University
of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Matthew R. Kelly (B.S.,
Computer Science, 2006) is
a software developer at Blade
Software in Gainesville.

Rian M. Kinney (B.A., English,
2004) is a law degree candidate
at Nova Southeastern Univer-

Alexis Lambert (B.A., Spanish,
2000) served as the deputy
finance director of the successful
Bill McCollum for Attorney
General campaign in 2006 and
is an assistant attorney general
in Tallahassee.

KellyA. Mongiovi (B.A.,
Communication Sciences and
Disorders, 2000) was awarded a
Master of Education in student
personnel and higher education
from UF in May 2006. She is
a counseling specialist at Santa
Fe Community College in

Thomas A Occhipinti (B.A.,
Sociolo,., _-."1 I i is currently a
Chef de Cuisine in the Islamo-
rada islands in the Florida Keys.

Barbra Perlick(B.A., Sociol-
o_,, ',i 1 ) is pursuing a master's
degree in guidance counseling at
Argosy University in Tampa.

Christine Portela (B.A., Span-
ish, 2004) is a digital media

producer at WTVJ-NBC6, the
NBC affiliate in Miami.

Kristen Potter (B.A., Political
Science, 2005) interned for U.S
Rep. Tom Feeney before earning,
an M.S. in business manage-
ment from UF in 2006. She
was recently named an account
leader at Strategic Communica-
tions, a corporate communica-
tions firm in Jacksonville.

Eva Luz Rosales (B.A., French
and Political Science, 2001) was
recently named an administrator
for the European Union's Cabi-
net of Humanitarian Assistance.

MichaelA. Simon (B.S., Psy-
chology, 1994) is a urologist in
Weston, Florida.

AllyTaboada (B.A., Political
Science, 2006) is a first-year law
student at UF's Levin College
of Law.

JayneTruckenbrod (B.A.,
Spanish, 2002) graduates from
medical school in May at the
University of North Texas and
will begin her residency in

David Winchester (B.S. &
B.A., Microbiology and Sociol-
o,,.2, '"""i earned an M.D. at
the University of South Florida
in 2005 and recently completed
his residency at the University
of Virginia. He is currently
applying for fellowships in

Sunny Forecast
CLAS alums from the 1990s may notice a familiar
face the next time they click over to The Weather
Channel to get the latest forecast. Meteorologist
Stephanie Abrams, star of the series Abrams &
Bettes: Beyond the Forecast, graduated from UF
with a B.S. in geography in 1999. Ironically, co-
host Mike Bettes is an alumnus of new rival Ohio
State University.
"Mike and I made a bet,' Abrams said. "If
your team lost the national championship foot-
ball game, then you had to wear the winning
team's hat or shirt and do one of their chants live
on the show. It was fun watching a Buckeye wear
a Gator hat while chomping and singing It's Great
to be a Florida Gator on national television. Our
web producer also put it on our website, www.
weather.com/ab, and it was one of our most
popular clips!"
Abrams landed her job at The Weather
Channel in 2003, having earned a meteorology
degree from Florida State University one year
earlier. She became unforgettable to millions of
viewers during the record-breaking 2005 hurri-
cane season, when she crossed her home state of
Florida several times to cover three major storms.
A year later she was given her own prime-time
show, which premiered Sept. 25 as the first in the
channel's 25-year history named after its person-
alities. It airs nightly at 8 p.m., EST.

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Interim Dean Joe Glover may be
new in his role as leader of the Col-
lege of Liberal Arts and Sciences,
but his relationship with CLAS dates
back 25 years when he was first
hired at UF as an assistant professor
of mathematics. Since then, Glover
has gone on to serve in the highest
ranks of university administration,
and he comes to the college having
spent six years in Tigert Hall as asso-
ciate provost for academic affairs.

A native of New York, Glover holds a B.A. from
Cornell University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from
the University of California, San Diego. He
taught at the University of California, Berkeley
and the University of Rochester before joining the
UF faculty in 1982. His career accomplishments
as a mathematician include two postdoctoral
fellowships from the National Science Founda-
tion and a mentoring award from the McKnight
In 1993, Glover was named chair of the UF
Department of Mathematics and found his true
calling in higher education administration. He
answered the next call in 1998 to become CLAS
associate dean for faculty affairs. Just four years
later he was tapped to serve among the univer-
sity's top brass as associate provost for academic
affairs, where his responsibilities included student

enrollment management and faculty tenure and
As an associate provost, Glover chaired the
Task Force on the Future of the University of
Florida, helped develop the university's current
strategic plan, and represented UF on the execu-
tive board of the New World School of the Arts.
For much of 2005, Glover was second in com-
mand of the university as interim provost and se-
nior vice president.
Glover became interim dean of CLAS in
January 2007, following the resignation of Dean
Neil Sullivan who has returned to the Depart-
ment of Physics to resume his career in teaching
and research. Glover will oversee the college for
the next year while a new permanent dean is re-
cruited.To read a message from Dean Glover, see
page 3.

in memory
Father of UF Chemistry Dies
at Age 89
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S-'-...,, ,.... h Il....... .., h.. served in manyleadership roles, including dean of
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I heir job at the top is to allow the students and
I .oulty to be able to perform their functions."
Sisler retired in 1985 but continued to be an
active part of the UF chemistry community un-
til his death. "Harry Sisler was widely regarded
as the 'father' of the modern UF Department
of Chemistry," said chemistry professor and
former chair David Richardson. "Much of
our current success as a department in re-
search and teaching can be traced to the
standards he set 50 years ago.

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In the field of mathematics,logic departments have held weekly talks the special years were based on the
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has entered a new phase of increased spanning a wide variety of topics in areas of our strengths and traditions,"
applications with other parts of math. logic. Math has also hosted five major he said."Each special year featured
On May 511, the UF Department conferences, including the 2007 annual international conferences on the
of Mathematics will draw to a close meeting of the Association for Sym- latest advances, training workshops
its Special Year in Logic-a series of bolic Logic, funded by a grant from the for students and young researchers,
activities devoted to opening new lines National Science Foundation. and lectures throughout the year by
of communication between the area of Mathematics Chair Krishnas- eminent researchers. The special year
logic with the rest of the mathemati- wami Alladi said the Special Year in program has invigorated the research
cal sciences--with the International Logic is the sixth and final installment atmosphere in the department, brought
Conference on Set Theory of the Reals. of a series of themed annual events us increased visibility and recognition,
The event is free and open to the focusing on different areas of interest in and helped in the placement of our
public, the field. graduate students."
Throughout the 2006-2007 "The department has several For more information on the
academic year, the math, philosophy internationally recognized research Special Year in Logic, visit www.math.
and computer and information science groups and the topics for each of ufl.edu/~jal/logicyear/.
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summer camp gives voice to kids

Virginia Dixon-Wood is a board-certified speech pathologist, respected
college instructor and clinical researcher. She can also lead a hearty
round of Kumbayah as director of a summer camp for children with
speech disorders.

The UF Craniofacial Speech Camp provides
intensive speech therapy to kids ages 5-13 with
congenital craniofacial anomalies, including
cleft lip and palate. Held in rural North Central
Florida, outside of Keystone Heights, the lake-
side retreat also offers children a classic camp
experience, with swimming, boating, archery,
arts and crafts, and nature hikes.
Dixon-Wood opened the camp in 2003,
frustrated with the lack of progress she was
seeing in her patients at the UF Craniofacial
Clinic. "The majority of children who come to
the UF diagnostic center live over a hundred
miles away," she said. "They don't have speech
pathologists who know how to treat them and
they don't get enough therapy time in public
To bridge the gap, Dixon-Wood created
a four-day overnight camp where children can
have fun with new friends while receiving a

minimum of 20 hours of treatment, equivalent
to 40 private speech sessions. Each camper suf-
fers from congenital craniofacial anomalies,
which occur in one of every 500 births and lead
to severe speech disorders due to late diagnosis,
poor or ineffective treatment and education,
and inadequate follow-up by caregivers.
Once at the speech camp, Dixon-Wood's
team evaluates how each child makes certain
sounds and develops an individualized plan for
them to follow. The children go through indi-
vidual therapy to see if they are capable of mak-
ing new sounds, then interact in a group setting
with other campers where they practice what
they've learned while playing cards and board
"It is more than speech -1... 1.T" said
Tammy Lee, mother of 8-year-old Jayce who
has attended the camp for the past two sum-
mers. "It also builds their self esteem to meet

and bond with other kids who are having the
same problems."
Speech pathologists from around the state
make referrals to the camp and children seen
at the UF Craniofacial Clinic are also selected
for treatment. In addition to providing direct
speech therapy services to Florida children, the
camp also serves as a training program for UF
graduate and undergraduate students.
Future plans include offering camps in
additional areas around the state to help more
children and train speech pathologists from
rural areas where service availability is limited.
"The best thing would be a camp in the Pan-
handle and in South Florida, keeping them
small so we can continue to take a personal ap-
proach," Dixon-Wood said. For more informa-
tion, visit www.cleftspeech.com.
-Heather Read

Throughout his 28-year career, sports producerWilliam -
Her bstman has collected 7 Emmy Awards and covered i I
almost every major sporting event in the world From l
the Kentucky Derby to the Super Bowl, he has worked
more than 2,000 shows and flown over 2 million miles around the globe-
but one of his favorites places continues to be the UF campus

-AC What does an associate director of spoi ts production do and
how did you tap into this field?
WH. I am the person responsible for integiating all the corn- -
nmeicils and sponsored items. If you have evel seen a TV
control ioom, I m the one with all the stopwvatches counting
down to and back from commercial. I started out as a goplihe
foi ABC Sports as a high school senior in Miami in 1979 and
have been doing it evel since.

ACn: Which sporting genie do you enjoy the most?
WH My favorite event to cover is the Olympic Games,
because you are on site foi a month and really get to
understand and experience the city and its people.

ACn: What are some of your favorite memories of your time
at UF?
WH: Watching movies on the Reitz Union lawn, eating at Skeetels in
the middle of the night (loved those big biscuits, going to bas-
ketball games at the Florida Gym just before the OConnell Centei
was built, and realizing that it really does get cold in Gainesville in
January and Febi uary.

ACn: What do you think about this spectacular year for Gatoi athletics?
WH Following our football team's huge win back in January, I was
proud to wear my Gatoi football jersey the next day for a 30-
hour trip to Melbourne for the Australian Open-explaining to
others fiom around the world how wonderful and powerful is
the Gatoi Nation. I have never had the opportunity to cover
Gator spoi ts in recent years, but hopefully someone is listen-
ing out there and will send me to Gainesville foi an event in
the next yeal.

\Cn: What impact did UF make on your life?
WH Making the decision to go to UF was one of the easiest I have
ever made. It is a gieat school, with outstanding professors and
administrators, an incredible student body and a beautiful cam-
pus. I have always beenpribudwLw,, aI Florida Gator and will until
the day I pass onf.ln4 TF.iol."ion in me as I travel the
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