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 CLAS act
 Table of Contents
 100 years of students
 You're not in Kansas anymore
 The world's most ambitious science...
 A measure of success
 Updates from CLASmates
 Campus views
 Mark your calendar


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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
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    CLAS act
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    Table of Contents
        Page 3
    100 years of students
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    You're not in Kansas anymore
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    The world's most ambitious science experiment
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        Page 11
    A measure of success
        Page 12
        Page 13
    Updates from CLASmates
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        Page 15
        Page 16
        Page 17
        Page 18
    Campus views
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    Mark your calendar
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Few can dispute the central role played by the arts and sciences in any university.
Since the earliest incarnation of the university system, the skills offered by study within the
realm of the arts and sciences-from rhetoric and grammar to philosophy and astronomy-
have played an essential role in the concept of higher learning. Although it might be a
cliche to refer to the arts and sciences as representing the heart of the university, there is
little doubt that the University of Florida would be an entirely different place without its
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The history of CLAS stretches back
almost as far as the founding of the
university itself. It was 157 years ago
when the state legislature of Florida,
which itself had only been around for
six years, voted to set up two institutions
of higher learning in Florida: one to
the east of the Suwannee River and
one to the west. In setting up these
institutions, the local government
looked to the community to assist with
cash or land donations. Although the
IIn I- ....... .... of Floridians were not
overly enthusiastic in their support of
Florida's fledgling higher education,
one property was offered for use: a small
private school for children in Ocala
called the East Florida Seminary. This
was the only proposal that the state of
Florida received.
Despite the rather humble
beginnings, two years later, in 1853,
which is given today as the university's
founding date, Governor Thomas
Brown signed off on legislation that
enabled the state to provide financial
backing for the East Florida Seminary.
Essentially, this marks the birth of the
University of Florida. Many of the core

courses that make up areas of study in
the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
today-such as history, English, and
zoology-began at the seminary.
However, the Civil War subsequently
interrupted the development of the
university and it wasn't until 1866 that
the university moved to Gainesville,
starting on the path towards becoming
the institution we know now.
By the end of the 1800s, the state
of Florida was having some difficulty
supporting eight institutions of higher
learning. Interviewed by Alumni
CLASnotes in 2003, the late Samuel
Proctor, who was the University of
Florida's official historian, argued that
the number of schools contributed to
a weak educational system. "The state
was trying to support these institutions
and was not doing a very good job at it,"
Proctor said. "None of them compared
well with other schools in the South,
much less the nation."
That all changed with the passing
of the Buckman Act in 1905. Created
by Henry H. Buckman, chairman of the
Florida House Judiciary Committee,
the bill combined the eight institutions

in Florida into three: the University
of Florida, Florida State, and Florida
A&M universities. After UF was
established in Gainesville (Lake City
had also bid to be the home to state's
future :1 I.,1 university), arts and
sciences classes were taught in the
School of Language and Literature and
the General Scientific School.
The demarcation of UF's College
of Liberal Arts and Sciences as a specific
entity within the greater university
occurred in 1909. It was during that
year that the four original colleges were
first created-Agriculture, Engineering,
Law, and Arts and Sciences. Perhaps one
of the most remarkable aspects of the
earliest incarnation of the college is that
while there were only 12 staff members,
the college offered degrees in 15 separate
disciplines. Showing the fluidity of
academic definitions, some departments
moved in and out of the college, while a
number of new departments were added
over time: religion, biology, sociology,
psychology and speech are just some of
the disciplines that came to exist under
the arts and sciences banner.
Since that time, a number of other




i -..11. ... moments in the college's history have helped it
become what it is today. University College, created in 1935 by
UF President John J.Tigert, was an initiative that attempted to
bolster the liberal arts education of freshman and sophomores
at UF Through the University College, students could earn
an associate's degree before undertaking a bachelor's degree in
the college of their choice. "Tigert believed you needed less
specialization," Proctor said. "A doctor needed to know more
than just medicine; he needed to know about the arts, literature
and so on."There was another major reason behind University
College: it allowed poorer students, who might not have had
the means to study for four years, a more general education
than specializing before dropping out.
Shortly after the end of World War II, UF became a co-
educational institution. In 1947, CLAS was the first college to
hire woman faculty member-Dorothy Rethlingshafer joined
the psychology department to assist in the development of the
Ph.D. program and to teach courses in learning, testing, and
motivation. In 1962, UF integrated with the first enrollment
of African-American students. Eight years later, UF hired
its first African-American staff and faculty members: two of
whom, English professors Ronald Foreman and Betty Ingram,
became CLAS'first African-American faculty.
In 1978, University College became a part of CLAS,
merging to establish the largest college on campus.
Furthermore, the home of CLAS,Turlington Hall,was built at
a cost of $5.7 million dollars the same year. Named in honor of
the former UF business professor and state education minister
Ralph Turlington, the building now serves as the center of the
College of liberal Arts and Sciences.


Birthdays are often as much a time for reflection as celebration. While
acknowledging the passing of the years, it also allows the opportunity to think
about events and achievements, as well as the people and interactions that make up
the course of one's life.
The birthday of an institution is no different. In the case of the academic
institution, the most important products are not the research reports or
publications but rather the students. Although most only spend four years within
the lecture halls, libraries, and grounds that make up a campus, the influence of the
university experience on the individual is immense. As proven by the strong ties
that alumni feel to UF, while the students make the university, the university also
shapes the students.
Although many universities across the United States boast of particular
strengths in particular areas, one of the University of Florida's most attractive
features is its array of renowned programs. From the Levin College of Law to the
College of Journalism and Communication, the Warrington College of Business
Administration to the College of Nursing, the University of Florida has managed
to promote excellence across many fields.
Yet it is the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the achievements
of the many thousands of students who have taken courses and graduated with
majors from within its numerous subject areas, which might best display the
type of scholastic diversity fostered at UF Whether in the study of changes and
preservation in the Everglades or the necessity of new critical approaches to
Shakespeare studies, measuring quantum mechanical forces or examining the role
of Florida in national elections, the wide spectrum of subject areas offered within
CLAS is represented by the eclectic types of careers that CLAS Gators pursue.
Thus, on the 100th birthday of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences,
Alumni CLASnotes presents seven short portraits of some of the students who call
UF's CLAS their alma mater:

Dexter Filkins, BA., Political Science
Driving north toward Baghdad in a rented SUV,
foreign correspondent Dexter Filkins scans the
horizon. The luminescent orange of the burning
oil wells flickers against the backdrop of the sky.
He drives on. For some time he counts the Iraqi
uniforms that have been abandoned on the side
of the road by Saddam Hussein's retreating army.
Empty trenches and discarded tanks and trucks
litter the immediate landscape. Soon after, Filkins
happens upon some marines and three Iraqi
prisoners. The Iraqis had been sleeping under
a bridge when the marines came upon them.
Filkins takes out his notebook, asks the marines
and the Iraqis some questions, and begins to jot
down notes for his next story for the New York
Times, one of the world's most renowned news

Marshall Nirenberg, BA., MA., Zoology
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prepares to receive one of the most prestigious
prizes in any field in the world. His
groundbreaking work in deciphering the genetic
code has led him to be recognized by both his
peers and the scientific world, resulting in his
being awarded with the Nobel Prize in Physiology
or Medicine. Despite the publicity surrounding
N.. ...I .. ., research, it is difficult at the time
to anticipate just how far reaching his work will
turn out to be. After winning the Nobel Prize,
Nirenberg will be awarded the National Medal
of Honor, go on to research within the expanding
realm of neuroscience and neural development,
and eventually be elected to the American
Philosophical Society.

Jonathan Demme
With the pale winter light and craggy trees of
rural Pennsylvania providing a spooky backdrop,
Jonathan Demme calls for quiet on the set. The
cast and crew take position and ready themselves
for the director's next words. Demme is in the
process of directing a dark thriller, The Silence
of the Lambs, which will introduce one of movie
history's most infamous and iconic characters,
the murderous genius Dr. Hannibal Lecter, to
a worldwide audience. A couple of years later,
Demme will repeat his success by directing
Tom Hanks' Oscar-winning performance in
Philadelphia, one of the first films to deal with the
discrimination suffered by those with HIV and
AIDS. As well as directing feature films, Demme
will travel to the impoverished capital of Haiti,

Port-au-Prince, to make the critically acclaimed
TheAgronomist, an account of the life of Jean
Dominque, the assassinated Haitian journalist and
activist. (Demme studied chemistry at UF in the

Deborah Dunger, BA, English
After her appointment as the president of Disney
Publishing Worldwide, Deborah Dunger takes
a moment to explain to an interviewer that in
Italy Mickey Mouse is known as Topolino and is
a truly Italian character. She also mentions how
in Finland another of Disney's "American"icons,
Donald Duck, is not American but Finnish: a
character who embraces all the specifics of Finnish
culture. As the head of the largest children's book
publisher in the world, with publications in more
than 55 languages and spread across 74 nations,
Dunger continues Disney's legacy of reaching
across cultures.

Bill Nelson
As he hurtles through the sky towards outer space,
Bill Nelson prepares to join some elite company.
Not only is he one of a very small percentage
of people to have experienced ..... l. l, I..: is
just the second sitting member of the United
States Congress to do so. After returning from
his time aboard the space shuttle Columbia as a
payload specialist for NASA, Nelson continued
his career in politics. After unsuccessfully running
for Governor of Florida in 1990, ten years later
Nelson aimed for a position in the Senate. In
2000, he defeated Bill McCollum and becomes
Senator, a position he continues to hold to this
day. (Nelson attended UF in the early 1960s.)

Shere Hite, MA, History
Few scientific reports sell 48 million copies
worldwide. Shere Hite, the sex researcher/ cultural
historian behind The Hite Report.:A Nationwide
Study of Female Sexuality, achieved just that, and
in the process became one of the leading voices
of the sexual revolution. Following in the steps
of Alfred Kinsey and Masters and Johnson, Hite
focused primarily on female sexuality and used
personal questionnaires to investigate sexual
practices amongst women from a variety of
different backgrounds. Although controversial
and considered shocking by some facets of society,
Hite's work stands as an important moment in the
study of human sexuality.
Christopher Garland

I've heard these words often since coming to UF in July from the
University of Kansas to be Dean of the College of Liberal Arts
and Sciences. Sometimes the humorous remark has an ominous
undertone, referring to the budget problems facing the state and
UF. Implied are two questions: What do UF and CLAS look like to
someone coming in from the outside? How worried are you about
the budget? Having answered the questions many times in person,
I thought I should answer them for readers of Alumni CLASnotes.

The qualities of UF and of CLAS are real and enduring, and
they have made a deeper impression on me than the budget
issues. As I get to know the College and the University two
things strike me: quality and passion. Both of these things
refer primarily to people. CLAS has immensely talented
students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends-much more
talented than is often recognized on campus or beyond.
These talents are converted into accomplishments through
passion-passion for inquiry, for discovery, for changing the
The student body at UF is among the most talented in
the nation. We know this from measures such as SAT scores.
The 2008 freshman class has an average combined SAT score
of 1293.This puts UF on the heels of the very top public
universities, such as Virginia and Berkeley, and not far behind
some of the elite private schools. Beyond the numbers,
however, I am repeatedly bowled over by the students I meet
at various events I go to around campus. At a reception for
the Florida Opportunity Scholars, I met first-generation
college students from disadvantaged backgrounds who spoke
with great clarity and vision about what they hoped to do
with their college education. Talking with students outside
University Auditorium following the Convocation ceremony,
I met a young student going into nursing who is also taking
advanced Chineseand carrying a 4.0 grade point average-
who talked about how a visit to Mongolia had spurred her
desire to improve health care in East Asia. Meeting with the
Political Science undergraduate student organization, I was
put on my heels by incisive questions about the links between
academic political science and policy making. Visiting UF's
innovative Undergraduate Core Lab for freshman science
students, I had a freshman explain to me in detail how
she was preparing a sample of her own DNA for a set of
procedures that would compare her genetic composition
to that of the overall population distribution. Students in
CLAS are "scary smart," but they're not only smart. They are
passionate about what they are doing, and they are committed
to making a difference.
I am trying to meet with every department, and
therefore every faculty member, this year. While I am only
part way through, I again am amazed by what I see. The
impression I have halfway through my first semester is that
when the reputation of CLAS catches up with reality, we will
be seen as one of the very best public research universities in
the world. We are, in many respects, already there. Shortly
after arriving, I toured the lab in the Space Sciences Building
where Steve Eikenberry and his colleagues were building
an infrared detector for a gigantic new telescope being built
in Chile. I was amazed not only by the complexity of the
task and the fact that UF's instrumentation program had
been asked to build it, but by the fact that Steve and his
colleagues could explain the science behind the project in a
way that a layman such as myself could easily understand.
Later, I met David Leavitt from our highly ranked Creative
Writing Program, whose recent novel The Indian Clerk was
featured on the cover of The New York Times Book Review.

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CLAS continues to attract top-notch
new talent as well. Among new faculty
in CLAS this fall is Alyson Young, a
medical anthropologist who studies
preventive medicine among pastoral
populations in East Africa-work that
will have profound impact on people's
lives, as well as being of scholarly value.
Beyond the scholarly
accomplishments of these faculty
members is their commitment to
their students. Stop a faculty member
walking across campus, and ask "what
are you teaching this semester," and
they are likely not only to tell you the
names of the courses, but how they are
trying a new approach this semester,
about the innovative projects they
are requiring of students, and about
the issues they're grappling with.
This brings us back to the students:
when I sat down to dinner recently
with a group of students at a Graham
Center event, several of them talked
with great excitement about a policy
analysis course they were taking. Their
professor had them developing policy
proposals for an issue facing the city
of Gainesville. Clearly the passion of
the professor had engaged that of the
students. This was work they were
eager to throw themselves into.
Among the most rewarding parts
of my new job is meeting with alumni,
to hear about their experiences at UF,
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many years ago. My favorite question
to ask alumni is what class at UF had
the most impact on their lives. Almost
everyone can answer that question
immediately. Some point to a professor
who set off a spark in them-UF
legends like Manning Dauer, Bob
Ryan, andJulian Pleasants seem to
come up often. Others talk about a
class that provided a skill that has been
essential in their success, and writing
courses are mentioned often. Alumni
tell me over and over again that "this is
a special place."They are right, and they
continue to make it so.
I have not had space to discuss
everything that has impressed me
in my first months at UF-the
beautiful campus, the staff(who are
as committed to UF as anyone), the
academic programs, and the progress
on the Florida Tomorrow campaign.
All these things merit attention and
will get it in future issues of Alumni
For all these reasons, it is a great
time to be at CLAS, despite the budget
problems. The budget occupies a great
deal of my time, and it should. The
more frugally we spend our money,
the more we will have to invest in our
students and faculty. But the budget
does not define us. We are defined by
our people, and by our passion for what
we do and our commitment to UF
-Paul D'Anieri


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When the world's largest particle accelerator went live, University of Florida
physicists joined thousands of scientists working to crack the last major mys-
teries of the physical universe.

A team of UF physicists has a
leading role in one of the two
major experiments planned for the
Large Hadron Collider, a 17-mile-
long, $5 billion, super-cooled
underground tunnel that has been
under construction outside Geneva,
Switzerland, for 14 years. It has been
described as the largest scientific
project in history. The European
Organization for Nuclear Research
propelled the first beam of protons
through the accelerator on September
10-the official start of experiments
designed to reveal the origin of mass,
the nature of mysterious dark matter
and to solve other conundrums of the
physical universe.
"The Large Hadron Collider

will give us a deeper understanding of
what's going on with the basic forces
of nature," said Darin Acosta, a UF
professor of physics and one of more
than two dozen UF faculty or students
involved in the experiment.
The accelerator is intended to
smash together protons energized with
seven trillion electron volts-recreating
in miniature the conditions thought
to have existed in the first moments of
the "Big Bang" more than 13 billion
years ago. Physicists hope at least a few
of those collisions will result in new,
if extremely rare and :1... i, i... ...
of matter. They believe subsequent
analysis could yield clues to the most
fundamental mysteries in physics-
mysteries about which there are many

theories but few observations.
For example, Acosta said,
physicists have explained the presence
of mass by theorizing the existence of
the Higgs boson, a subatomic particle
believed to endow particles with mass.
But the Higgs-sometimes called the
"God particle" because it is the last
unobserved particle in the so-called
Standard Model of particle physics-
has so far eluded other colliders.
Physicists hope the Large Hadron
Collider is powerful enough to give
them a first glimpse.
Also, there is considerable
evidence that the universe contains
abundant "dark matter"-matter that
has never been observed but that
obeys gravity and other physical forces.

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Physicists hope some smashed particles
will yield the first observation of the
mysterious stuff.
"We could directly see a neutral
particle which could be what makes up
90 percent of the universe," Acosta said.
More than 30 UF physicists,
postdoctoral associates and graduate
students are involved in the collider's
Compact Muon Spectrometer, or
CMS, experiment, one of its two major
experiments. About 10 are stationed
in Geneva. The group is the largest
from any university in the U.S. to
participate in the CMS experiment,
said Guenakh Mitselmakher, a UF
distinguished professor of physics who
heads the project. All told, the Large
Hadron Collider involves about 600
U.S. physicists and 5,000 physicists
The CMS is the collider's
workhorse: It is designed to capture and
measure all phenomena resulting from

the proton collisions in the collider,
Acosta said.
The UF team designed and
oversaw development of a major
detector within the CMS. The detector,
the Muon system, is intended to
capture subatomic particles called
muons, which are heavier cousins of
electrons. Among other efforts, UF
scientists analyzed about 100 of the
400 detector chambers placed within
the Muon system to be sure they were
functioning properly. The bulk of the
UF research was funded by the U.S.
Department of Energy.
The UF team will remain very
much involved with the collider and
its experiments throughout the next
decade, Mitselmakher said.
"We expect to continue playing
leading roles in these experiments
and contribute strongly to future
discoveries," he said.
-Aaron Hoover, UF News Bureau



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Barbara Stephenson measures success by the humdrum activities of daily life: toddlers and mothers
playing in local parks, children from different neighborhoods learning at the same school, and even
bureaucrats using Microsoft Excel as a budgeting tool. Stephenson, the newly appointed United
States Ambassador to Panama, has lived through earthquakes, floods, and illness. It's a part of her
working life she can't change. What she does aim to change is the daily experiences of those around
her-a desire triggered by her experiences as a student at the University of Florida.

"I grew up in a small town south of
Gainesville and never went anywhere,"
says Stephenson. "I had a wanderlust
and UF gave me the opportunities,
intellectual and actual."
University life gave Stephenson
the opportunity to live in a wider
world and the skills to understand it.
Summers abroad in Colombia, Greece
and Austria as part of UF's study
abroad program for undergraduates
sparked a sense of adventure and an
appetite for more.
Rene Lemarchand, a political
science professor, fed some of that
appetite with his classes in comparative
politics. It was Lemarchand, says
Stephenson, who suggested a career
as a diplomat. In 1985, the day after

Stephenson defended her dissertation
in English, she began work at the State
Department. "I developed a fascination
with American foreign policy. I feel I
was born to be an American diplomat
and can't think of anything that would
have suited me as well."
Diplomacy does have its
downsides, Stephenson admits.
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friends behind-especially hard for
her two children, and the difficulties
of day-to-day life in a foreign
language take their toll. Once, during
Stephenson's time as Consul General
and Chief of Mission in Curacao from
1998-2001, the normally desert-like
island turned into a mosquito-ridden
swamp, sickening members of her

family. Earlier, in El Salvador, a war
combined with an earthquake produced
contaminated water, little food, and an
unreliable electricity supply.
Stephenson quickly returns to the
upbeat aspects of her job-the ability
to see the world and the lives and
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it's hard work and small improvements,
as during her time in Northern
Ireland, where she played a part in the
peace process. By the time she took
up her duties as Consul General in
2001, violence had faded. "But," says
Stephenson, "the political process
had stalled. The two communities,
Protestant and Catholic, were getting
more separated. Most kids went to
separate schools and neighborhoods

Ambassador Stephenson in Panama, clockwise from left: signing documents to provide
support to GOP efforts to improve policing, including community policing; receiving
book on Panama Canal from Alberto Aleman, ACP administrator; seated with President
Torrijos at credential presentation; admiring that new baby in Chorrera.

saw increasing segregation."
On the other side of the
Atlantic, Stephenson drew on her
childhood in Wildwood and her
experiences of school integration to
help others. Working with community
leaders on both sides of the religious
divide produced one of her biggest
highlights-increasing public support,
including financial support from
American donors, for integrated
schools in Northern Ireland. American
integration and Irish integration
worked in ironically different ways,
says Stephenson. While here the U.S.
government pushed for integration,
in Northern Ireland the government
refused to fund integrated schools
for their first three years of existence.
"Parents had to trail blaze and we
became an important force for breaking
down barriers and taking risks for the
future," she says.
Slow and steady characterized
Stephenson's work in El Salvador,
where she worked on a peace
agreement from 1990 to 1992. Despite
the distractions of shootings and a sky
lit up by tracer bullets, Stephenson
continued to work on Legislative
Assembly elections. "They didn't attract
massive attention, but the elections
were hugely important as they allowed
El Salvador's leftist politicians to come
home and campaign safely."
But Stephenson's largest
canvas must surely be Iraq. Based
in Washington, from late 2006 she
coordinated the interagency effort
for reconstruction, with the official
title of Deputy Senior Advisor to the
Secretary and Deputy Coordinator for
Iraq at the U.S. Department of State.
As well as leading the U.S. delegation
at international meetings, she
synchronized all donor contributions,
American and foreign.
"I came in at a grim time, with
violence going up, the displacement
of people, and a high death toll all
1... 1.,.. ,lJ._," says Stephenson. Her
group expanded the scope of provincial
reconstruction teams, basically small
consulates whose job is to overcome

obstacles that keep provincial
governments from functioning.
"Sometimes it was as simple as training
people how to do Excel spreadsheets so
they could come up with a budget."
One of her greatest contributions,
Stephenson believes, was her efforts
to measure success in Iraq by numbers
and by quality. How many mothers and
toddlers in the parks this week versus
last week? Can this government deliver
services to its people?
Says Stephenson: "I'm a huge fan
ofjudging achievements by whether
people can live their lives in peace,
whether ethnic tensions are diminished,
and whether people have confidence in
their government."
Panama brings Stephenson full
circle. She began her diplomatic career
there, during the final years of General
Manuel Noriega's reign. The changes
since then, she says, are astonishing,
from the Hong-Kong-like skyline to
the people's humdrum expectations
of generally free and fair elections.
Despite their occasionally tense history,
Stephenson holds high hopes for
U.S.-Panama relations. Education,
political and economic accountability,
and keeping the Panama Canal safe for
world commerce head the ambassador's
to-do list of cooperative projects. In
addition, given Panama's geographic
position, Stephenson must battle narco-
trafficking and money laundering.
As to the future, Stephenson, casts
a nostalgic eye back to her English
teaching days at UF. "I'd love to come
back to a teaching environment, it's
one of the richest ways to spend
your days. The grass isn't always
greener elsewhere; it's pretty green
in Gainesville. I learned a lot from
teaching-how to present information,
how to bring a group along, how to
portray complex ideas that make people
excited about learning."
Such experiences help Stephenson
in her public speaking before dozens or
hundreds of people. For the next three
years, though, she'll be speaking in
-Michal Meyer


Charles Dils (M.A., Psychology,
1956) recently completed 4 years
on Board ofTrustees ofTacoma
Unitarian Congregation, with
one as president. He is a retired
marriage and family therapist.
BettyAnn Good (B.A., Liberal
Arts, 1954) is the founder
of Youth Crime Watch of
America. She previously founded
organizations including the Crime
Commission of Greater Miami's
Court Watchers in 1968 and
Citizens'Crime Watch of Miami-
Dade County in 1975. The
Florida Grand Jury Association,
the International Society of
Crime Prevention Practitioners,
and President Ronald Reagan,
have recognized her work. In
1977, B'nai B'rith named her as
the Dade County Outstanding
Citizen of 1977. In 1996,
President Bill Clinton honored
her with the Presidential Service
Award. She was a national Points
of Light Award recipient in 1994.

John P. Hudock (B.S., Biology,
1969) joined the management
staff of the Arizona Department
of Financial Institutions (AzDFI,
then known as the Arizona State
Banking Department) where
he revised, and modernized
the chapter of Arizona's
Administrative Code. He has
served as the President of the
Public Lawyers Section of the
Maricopa County Arizona Bar
Association, and was recently
promoted to Administrative
Counsel of AzDFI.
CapersJones (B.A., English,
1961) published a translation
of his 14th book, Estimating
Software Costs, in both Japanese
and Chinese. He was the keynote
speaker at the annual Japanese
Software Testing Conference in
Tokyo in February and was the
keynote speaker at the World
Quality Congress in Washington,
DC, in September. His 15th book,
Applied Software Measurement, was
published earlier this year.
Henry S. Katz (M.S., Physics,

1962 and Ph.D., International
Studies, 1982) was hired by the
Boeing Company to work on the
Apollo mission, after receiving
his master's degree. In 1963, he
moved to the Martin Company
to work on re-entry of nuclear-
powered Navy satellites. This
was followed by a stint at the
Goddard Space Flight Center
working on the Delta Launch
vehicle, then by the National
Security Agency, working as a
director of an overseas deep space
Collection site. He also was a
part-time faculty member at the
University of Maryland Baltimore
County in the Computer Science

Thomas R. Lindlof(B.A.,
English, 1973) is a professor in
the School ofJournalism and
Telecommunications at the
University of Kentucky. The
University Press of Kentucky
published his latest book,
Hollywood Under Siege: Martin
Scorsese, the Religious Right, and the
Culture Wars, in 2008.
Wallace L. McKeehan (B.S.,
Chemistry, 1965) is the Endowed
John S. Dunn Professor and
Director of the Center for
Cancer and Stem Cell Biology
at Texas A&M Health Science
Center's Institute of Biosciences
and Technology in the Texas
Medical Center in Houston.
Dr. McKeehan was named
Texas A&M Regents Professor
in 2003, the highest honor for
service in the system. This year
he was named Texas A&M
Distinguished Professor, the
highest academic honor in the
RichardJ. Oman (M.A., Theater,
1970) was married to Jennie
Marie Naffie on May 6,2008.
He retired in July from a 37-year
career as college instructor, the last
34 years of which were spent at
Muskegon Community College in
Michigan where he served more
than twenty years as Director of
Theatre and five years as Chair
of the Creative & Performing
Arts Department. As scenic and

lighting designer he designed
more than 150 productions for the
college as well as community and
professional theaters.
David B. Richman (Ph.D.,
Zoology, 1977) was named
Curator of the Arthropod
Museum in the Department of
Entomology, Plant Pathology
and Weed Science, New Mexico
State University, Las Cruces
New Mexico in 2006. He was
promoted to faculty as a College
Associate Professor in 2007.
He was also presented with a
Lifetime Achievement Award
from New Mexico Cooperative
Extension and made a Friend of
New Mexico 4-H in 2007. He
authored three chapters in the
Encyclopedia ofEntomology (2008)
and co-authored eight chapters in
Spiders of NorthAmerica (2005).
Bruce Rocheleau (Ph.D., Political
Science, 1974) is the author of
two books: Public Management
Information Systems (2006) and
Case Studies in Digital Government
(2007). He is Professor of Political
Science at Northern Illinois
Michael Shay (B.A., English,
1976) was chosen to represent
Wyoming in the State Blogger
Corps at the 2008 Democratic
National Convention. His blog,
blogspot.com, focuses on
Wyoming politics.
Chuck Sheehan (B.A., Political
Science, 1978) has worked
for the Hazelden Foundation
Treatment center in Palm Beach,
Florida and recently was hired as
a Case Manager in the Synergy
Substance Abuse Module of the
Oakwood Mental Health Center
of Palm Beach County.
John W. Sheets (B.S., Zoology,
1975) was recently named
Corporate Vice President and
ChiefTechnology Officer of
Bausch & Lomb.
Carol M. Towbin Greenberg
(B.A., English and Speech, 1976)
is the founder and Creative
Director of MorningStar Cultural
Arts Group which will be
celebrating its 20th year in 2009.

An educator for over thirty years
and a Cultural Arts commissioner
for Savannah for nine years, she
holds many local, regional and
national civic positions, has won
many awards, and is a consultant
for grant writers, curriculum
developers and event planners.
It's always a beautiful day in her
neighborhood (though she is a
proud Gator among Bulldogs)
because she has made her home
with her high school sweetheart
of 36 years-the last 22 in
Savannah-and is most proud of
the accomplishments of her two
wonderful children.
Geoffrey S. Yarema (B.S.,
Environmental Sciences, 1975)
is the chair of the Infrastructure
Practice Group at the law
firm Nossaman, LLP. He was
appointed by U.S. Transportation
Secretary Mary Peters to
serve on a congressionally
mandated commission to study
transportation infrastructure.
The blue ribbon commission is
expected to issue its report with
recommendations to the Congress
and the Administration in
November 2008.

Preston L.Allen (B.A., English,
1987) received his MFA in
creative writing from Florida
International University in
1994. Since 1994, he has been
Associate Professor of English
at Miami-Dade College. His
short story collection Churchboys
and Other Sinners (2003) was
awarded the Sonja H. Stone Prize
in Fiction, and was shortlisted
for the Hurston-Wright. His
novel All or Nothing (2007)
received great reviews from the
New York Times Sunday Book
Review (Sunday June 15, 2008).
His short stories have appeared
in the literary journals Seattle
Review, Crab Orchard Review,
Gulfstream Magazine, Drum Voices
2000, andAsili. He has also been
published in anthologies Miami
Noir, Las Vegas Noir, Here We Are:
Si .i Southern Florida
Writers, and Brown Sugar. A
Collection ofErotic Black Fiction.

HarryAverell (B.A., English, 1985)
lives in Gainesville, Florida, where he
has his own consulting practice. He
is a single father, raising his two high
school children and coaching high
school basketball in his spare time.
Catherine Russo Cobb (B.A.,
Political Science, 1986) is currently
Southeast Bureau Chief with Nation's
Restaurant News (wwwnrn.com),
a subsidiary of NY based publisher
Lebhar Friedman.
LauraJane Deleruyelle (B.A., Speech
FP .1..1...'. and A.i,...1... ,,1984) is a
family nurse practitioner in Palmetto,
Florida. She is currently completing
a doctorate in Nursing Practice from
Case Western Reserve University.
Jeffrey Hocutt (B.A., Political
Science, 1985) owns Hocutt's
Chemical Company and, in 2008,
wrote a book Stories From the Back of
an Envelope.
MarkW. Klingensmith (B.A.,
Political Science, 1982) was elected
in March 2008 to a four-year term
as Commissioner for the Town of
Sewall's Point, Florida.
David P. Milian (B.A., Political
Science, 1986) was selected as one of
the Best Lawyers in America in the
specialty of Commercial Litigation. In
September, David joined the Miami/
Washington, D.C., commercial
litigation and intellectual property
firm Carey Rodriguez Greenberg &
Paul as a partner, following 15 years as
a partner with the Miami firm Kozyak
Tropin &Throckmorton. David is
a member of the Florida Bar's Civil
Rules Procedure Committee and was
listed by Florida Trend Magazine
as one of Florida's Legal Elite in
commercial litigation.
Sandra Pavelka (B.S., Political
Science, 1985) is an Associate
Professor and Division of Public
Affairs and Director, Institute for
Youth and Justice Studies at Florida
Gulf Coast University.
Mitchell Roop (B.A., Philosophy,
1989) graduated in 1991 from the
University of South Florida with a
Master's Degree Eastern Religion
and a Master's Degree in Information
Sciences. In 2003 he was a graduate
of Leadership Tampa. In 2005 he
was a graduate of Leadership Tampa
Bay. In 2003 he formed Mitch Roop
Inc., a management-, -..... ,h, 1i..
in areas of operations, internal audit,
and management accounting. He
has a corporate partnership in NPC
Creative Services LLC, a public

relations firm which focuses on
technology and healthcare technology.
GregoryThompson (B.A., Political
Science, 1981) is currently Director
of Sponsored Research Services at
Florida State University.
Larry Nash White (B.A., History
1988) was named Program
Director of the Master in Library
Science program at East Carolina
University and recently received a
2008 Excellence in Teaching Award
from the North Carolina Distance
Learning Association.
Dwight D. Wilson (B.A.,
Criminology, 1988) graduated from
Leadership St. Petersburg Class of
2008. Wilson feels that leadership is
his strong suit, as he has graduated
from Leadership Gainesville, Focus
on Leadership, American Council
of Young Political Leaders, and the
Executive Leadership Institute.

Tyrone L.Adams (B.A., Speech
Communication, 1990) is the
D'Aquin Endowed Professor of
Journalism and Communication
at the University of Louisiana,
Lafayette. He specializes in computer-
mediated communication and
Internet discourse, but has a deep
love for all things rhetorical. He is
currently working on a book (which
is being translated into Spanish)
with the University of San Martin
de Porres Research Institute titled
Communication Shock: TheAcceleration
andIntegration ofEverything. His
latest book, Electronic Tribes: The
Virtual Worlds of Geeks, Gamers,
Shamans, and Scammers, was published
summer 2008.
Cheryl PriestAinsworth (B.A.,
Political Science, 1998) practiced
law with Holland & Knight LLP in
Tampa for a few years, but recently
accepted a position with Gibson,
Dunn & Crutcher LLP in Los
Angeles. She practices in the areas of
commercial litigation, antitrust and
trade regulation litigation.
Larissa R. Baia (M.A., Latin
Am. Studies, 1996 and Ph.D.,
Political Science, 2004) worked as
an administrator in international
programs and admissions at Lynn
University in Boca Raton, Florida, for
5 years. She and her family recently
moved to Concord, New Hampshire
where she accepted a position
as Associate Vice President of
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Congratulations to Kristen Downs
IBA 2006, Chemistivy and Fienchli who recently won a
Jack Kent Cooke Fellowship foi upl to s:X yeals of giadu-
ate study at 550,000 a yea This scholarship is one of the
laIgest and most competitive graduate scholarships in
the county She is attending Johns Hopkins Lniveisity
pu)lIIIICn a master s degree in Enviionmental Sciences
Engineering Nominated for the awaid based on hei
outstanding peI for mance in a challenging majoi, wvidce-
ranging undeigiaduate leseaich, and extensive nlte nla-
tional expel lence, she has a powveiful motivation to make
a difference in the developing world in the area of watel
and sanitation
Rec united to UF as a National Meiit Scholai, in hei
second semester Ki sten began undergraduate I eseaich
with Piofessoi Valerla Klelman She spent heI junior
yeal in Glenoble studying cheimisty taught in Fienchi
Hei senior thesis on biophysics allowed her to graduate
summa cum laude Hel professor s have called K listen a
citizen of the woi Id Before the age of nine she lived foi
six yeais in Japan and Palau She spent her junior yeal
of high school in Glenoble After graduation, the Peace
Corps took hei to Kenya as a secondary math and sci-
ence teacher wheie she worked with students to address
issues related to AIDS On heI retu n she volunteered in
Ecuadol in a Child Family Health Project Each of these
intel national expe lencess has helped hei accluitle a highly
developed sense of the nuances of different cultures,
which have shaped hei intense desne to make an impact
on the developing vwoi Id

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Enrollment Management at Manchester
Community College. She is .,.i i., 1...
challenge that the position brings, but missed
the warmth of Florida this past winter!
Aileen Easterbrook, formerly Cheryl Aileen
Russo, (B.A., English, 1990) was published in
AppleSeeds Magazine for children. Her article,
"Pathways into the Library," detailing the
life of former UF professor James Haskins
appeared in their February 2008 Civil Rights
Mike Garner (B.A., M.A., and Ph.D.,
Political Science, 1990, 1992, and 1999)
was appointed President and CEO of the
Florida Association of Health Plans (FAHP).
Garner spent years analyzing Florida health
care policy in his role as analyst at BCBS,
OPPAGA, and most recently as the chief
health policy staff person within the state
Gavin I. Handwerker (B.A. and M.A.,
Political Science, 1991 and 1993) is a principal
of Nissenbaum Law Group, LLC and the
head of its litigation practice. He is a member
of the New York, NewJersey and Pennsylvania
State Bars. He was also admitted in the U.S.
District Court for the Southern District of
New York, the U.S. District Court for the
Eastern District of New York, the District of
New Jersey, and the Second and Third Circuit
Court of Appeals.
Rebecca L. Harris (B.A., Anthropology and
Classics, 1993) was appointed to UF/IFAS
Extension Faculty, 4-H, Youth Development,
Orange County Extension in May 2008.
BobbyJ. Hollis, II (B.A., English, 1996)
is Assistant General Counsel of Invenergy
LLC, a leader in the field of renewable energy
generation, which is based in Chicago.
Richard Hujber (B.A., Political Science, 1993)

recently opened his law firm, Law Offices of
Richard Hujber, PA., in conjunction with
the Hujber Law Group, in Boynton Beach,
Florida. He previously worked as an Attorney-
Advisor in the U.S. Department ofJustice,
Executive Office for Immigration Review, at
the Miami Immigration Court and the Board
of Immigration Appeals.
Robert McCormes-Ballou (B.A., Political
Science, 1992) received his Master of Science
in Management with a concentration in
Leadership from the Huizenga School of
Business at Nova Southeastern University
in 2006. In 2007, Minority Business
News named him one of the Top 100
Men Impacting Supplier Diversity and
DiversityBusiness.com named him one of
America's Top Diversity Advocates.
Melinda (Myrick) McMaster (B.S., Zoology,
1995) received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and
Instruction of Science Education from the
University of Central Florida in May 2007.
Jason D. Montes (B.A., English, 1991)
graduated from Nova Southeastern University
School of Law in 2002. In August, he ran for
Circuit Court Judge in Hillsborough County,
Florida. He is currently an associate with the
law firm of Luks, Santaniello, Perez, Petrillo &
Gold in Tampa.
LuisJ. Perdomo (B.A., Political Science,
1992) is a trial litigator and resides in Palmetto
Bay, Florida, with his wife,Julie, and twin
girls, Kaitlyn and Kelsey. He recently became
a named partner at Lane, Reese, Summers,
Ennis & Perdomo, PA.
M. Maximillion Wilson (B.A. and Ph.D.,
Sociology, 1990 and 2000) works as the
Statewide Evaluation Consultant in the
Florida Department of Health's Bureau of
HIV/AIDS. His role is to provide research
expertise to community-based agencies
around the state that are developing new and
innovative strategies for fighting HIV and

FlorentAllais (Ph.D., Chemistry, 2004) was
nominated as a Senior Scientist at the French
Institute of Agronomics and Food sciences
in Versailles, France, in September 2007. She
received a tenured position in July 2008.
Leslie (Schaefer) Ballard (M.A., Sociology,
2002) is an Instructional Design Specialist
at the home office of Cracker Barrel Old
Country Store in Lebanon, Tennessee. She is
also the Southeast Region Director of Cadet
Programs for Civil Air Patrol, the USAF
Auxiliary. She was the escort and coach of
the 2008 Civil Air Patrol National Color
Guard Competition champion team from
Victoria Eads (B.A., Religion, 2006)
graduated from the University of Texas
Medical Branch's School of Nursing and
received her registered nurse license. She
began work in August at Duke University
Hospital as a Medical Intensive Care Unit
Michael Gale (B.S., Zoolo,., .
has completed his Masters of Public
Administration from the Maxwell School of
Syracuse University and currently works for
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a Special
Assistant in the Office of External Affairs,
Washington, D.C.
James Andrew Andy" Howard (B.A.,
Criminolo. ,. 2?,"'" was recently promoted
to Director of Education and Community
Relations for the Orlando Opera Company.
Alexis Lambert (B.A., Spanish, 2000) has
a "day job" as Deputy General Counsel
to Attorney General Bill McCollum of
Florida, but is also an adjunct professor of
Communication at Florida State University,
teaching media law. She was recently featured
in Florida Trend on the subject of public
records law.

Clifton Molina (B.S., Computer Science,
2006) is webmaster for the City of Pensacola,
Management Information Services
Thaddeus D. Phillips (B.A., Political Science,
2002) graduated from the Thomas Jefferson
School of Law in 2005. From 2005 to 2007, he
was the Assistant State Attorney for the 19th
Circuit State Attorney's Office of Florida. He
is currently an ....II. 1..... officer in the United
States Navy.
Eva Rosales (B.A., Political Science
and French, 2005) enrolled in Columbia
University's School of International and
Public Affairs master's program. Her main
concentration is in International Security Policy
with a regional concentration in the Middle
East, focusing research in the military doctrine,
political policy, and counterterrorism strategies
in countries such as Saudi Arabia, Somalia, and
Matthew Schaefer (B.A., English, 2000)
resides in Franklin, Tennessee, and is working
for Cisco Systems as a Channel Account
Manager covering Central and East Tennessee.
Tara (Williamson) Underwood (B.A., Political
Science, 2000) is a budget analyst for SAIC at
the Kennedy Space Center for Constellation
program. She earned a Master of Science in
Management from FIT in 2005. She and her
husband had a little girl in November 2006,
who is already a huge Gator fan.
Brian P. Williams (B.A., Political Science,
2004) previously worked for the Executive
Office of the Governor (2004-2008) and is
now at the U.S. Department of Commerce
David E. Winchester (B.S., Microbiology,
2000) (B.A., Sociolo',, 2nnnm is completing
his residency in Internal Medicine at the
University of Virginia and will be returning to
Shands for a fellowship in Cardiology. He was
recently appointed to the American Medical
Association's Council on Legislation.

Mosul, Iraq

are currently cond acting combat operations in
the pivotal city of Mosul, Iraq. One of our primary
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3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment"Brave Rifles"who
are currently conducting combat operations in
the pivotal city of Mosul, Iraq. One of our primary
roles is to conduct route clearance, basically hunt
roadside bombs or Improvised Explosive Devices
(lED) that injure and kill so many soldiers. Togeth-
er, with Explosive Ordnance Detachments we
have found over 250 and provided much of the
current force protection in Mosul.

Easter Island
I graduated in 1991 with a B.A. in
Criminal Justice and have been
employed as an international cur-
rency trader since 1992. I was in
Iceland 6 months prior to heading
to Easter Island. In Iceland I had
a Gator Hat but no banner, then
someone asked how far I would
go to take a picture with a Gator
banner and that is when Easter
Island came into the picture. From
Iceland it is almost as far as one
can go in the opposite direction.
I decided to take my own photo
of the most remote place in the
world in front of the Maoi
(statues) with my Gator Flag.
-Howard Goldstein

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Gator and I
have been instrumental in developing a positive
security situation for the one-time insurgent
stronghold of Mosul, Iraq. It is pretty rare that
two members of the same university are sta-
tioned together. Here's a photo of us pictured on
a Bradley Fighting Vehicle. Go Gators!
-Benjamin J.Weaver, 1 LT, EN, U.S. Army

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Journal of Undergraduate Research Turns 10
In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the Journal of Undergraduate Research is publishing a special issue,
The Ten Best, including the most impressive academic articles appearing in the on-line journal since
its inception. The Journal of Undergraduate Research is a cross-disciplinary journal seeking to publish
outstanding research of University of Florida undergraduates and showcase University Scholars. As part of
the celebration, two of the scholars recognized in the anniversary issue will speak at the spring symposium
and awards ceremony of the University Scholars Program. Creed Greer, the editor of the journal, hopes
that this celebration will bring recognition to the work of undergraduate scholars and highlight the quality
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