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We've all seen the bumper stickers proclaiming, "My dog is smarter
than your honors student" We've seen bomb-sniffing dogs in action.
We've heard stories about dogs alerting their owners to a seizure or
heart attack before it happens. But, what sort of intelligence do dogs
"I love those bumper stickers because I think
everyone instantly recognizes that there must
be something wrong here: the ... IIIo...... of
a dog cannot be compared to the !:ll..l.. 1....
of a child," said Clive Wynne, UF associate
professor of psychology. Wynne has been
conducting research in canine cognition and
has authored a book in the field titled Do
Animals Think? "And, that's a theme that is
close to my heart:: -il..ll. .... isn't a quantity,
like temperature, that different species have
more or less of, it's something that differs
qualitatively between species."
Canine cognition has appeared in the
news recently, featured in articles in the
New York Times, the St. Petersburg Times
and the New York Post, to name a few. And
small wonder-with 75 million dogs in the
United States, the equivalent of 40 percent of
American households own a dog, many more
than have children.
"My impression is that we know far less
about dogs than about children,"Wynne said.
"So it doesn't surprise me that whenever we or
another research group have a result, the public
wants to know about it."
Wynne and his research team are
currently conducting several different
experiments to study cognition and the
sociability of dogs and whether or not their
sociability changes over time. These tests
involve looking both at domesticated canines
and wolves to note differences between the
groups; Wynne visits with wolves several times
a year for his research.
"Wolves have intensity and focus that I
find lacking in dogs,"Wynne said. "My ideal
would be to live someplace where I could visit
with wolves on a daily basis."
One experiment involves testing the use
of clickers, a popular form of dog training,
and whether or not it has an impact on
accelerating learned responses. Another
experiment investigates how easily a dog can
learn to go to the opposite location to where a
"We have found that dogs are very
resistant to the idea of going where the human
is not pointing,"Wynne said. "Wolves are
more willing to do this."
Wynne's team is also studying the ability
of dogs and wolves to look at people's eyes,
a concept called "eye gaze," to track whether
dogs can understand when a person can or
cannot see them. In the experiment, a dog
receives a treat if the person can see them. The
research has shown that a dog's response is
based on how the person's vision is obscured. If
the person's back is turned or they have a book
in front of their face, the dog will not ask for
a treat. However, if the person's face is covered
in a bucket, the dog fails to understand that
this means they cannot see them and asks for a
"The argument has been made that dogs
are more willing to look at people's eyes than
wolves are,"Wynne said. "We haven't tested
wolves for this yet, but we doubt the claimed
difference between wolves and dogs will stand
up to systematic test."
"Aside from the intrinsic interest in the
research itself-which is always new, because
you never really know what is going to
happen-I like seeing how owners respond to
their dog's performance,"Wynne said.
Owners sometime bring two dogs to the
studies, convinced that one is smarter than
the other. However, Wynne and his team
often find that the results of their tests are the
opposite of what the owner expects.
Wynne and his graduate student
Monique Udell first delved into canine
cognition after reading about the minds of
apes, chimps, orangutans, and gorillas, our
closest animal relatives. A research project
started by European scientists 10 years ago
applied cognition tests that have been used to
measure cognition of apes to dogs, and found
that the dogs responded better to many of
"Actually their thinking is not all that
similar to ours-and the human relationship
with apes is slight,"he said.
Wynne was born on the Isle of Wight,
a small island off the south coast of England.
He did his undergraduate studies in Human
Sciences at University College London. He
then received his Ph.D. in psychology from
the University of Edinburgh.
"I learned a lot in Edinburgh,"Wynne
said, "but I rate my experiences as a post-doc
as even more important to my development as
As a post-doctoral student, he worked
under Juan Delius in Germany and John
Staddon at Duke. Delius had studied
under Niko Tinbergen, the most important
European figure in the study of animals in
their natural environment; Staddon had
studied at behaviorist B. F. Skinner's lab at
Harvard. "I had the good fortune to have
mentors in both the North American and
European traditions of studying animal
behavior and I consider that plurality to be
one of my strengths,"Wynne said.
Since moving to the United States,
Wynne has not owned any dogs. However, he
enjoys the day-to-day benefits of seeing his
"Dogs bring a lot of pleasure to a
lot of people, and probably provide some
health benefits,"Wynne said. "I would like
to contribute to maximizing the upside and
minimizing the downside of dog keeping."
Wynne hopes his research will help
people learn more about how dogs react to
humans. This may lead to the prevention of
dog attacks, especially on children.
"I have contemplated working directly on
what factors precipitate dog attacks, but this
would be rather dangerous research,"Wynne
said, "so, I'm sticking to basic factors about
dogs'reactions to people."
Each year, a group of about 25
students study at one of the oldest
universities in Mexico through
the UF in Merida program during
Summer B-late June through
However, the relationship goes
much farther than just a study
Twenty-five years ago, the University of Florida and the
Universidades Autonoma de Yucatan (UADY) signed an
agreement that has greatly benefited both universities.
What began as a relationship between the .. 11. ..1 ...1.. _
departments now encompasses many other fields including:
education, medicine, dentistry, animal husbandry, and veteri-
As a result of this agreement, UF and UADY have been
awarded collaborative grants, such as the McArthur grant.
Under this grant, the Center for Latin American Studies
developed a Master of Arts program in development studies
in Latin America and Africa. UADY is the partner institu-
tion in Latin America under a 25-year agreement.
"These 25 years of cooperation have served the students
and teachers, enriched their knowledge, and broadened their
vision, but above all, found friends and partners," said UADY
Director Alfredo Dajer Abimerhi in a news release.
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"Burns is a professional who is committed to the Mayan
culture and who has persuaded more than 1,000 students to
stay in UADY,"Abimerhi said.
The original agreement was signed in 1984 by Salvador
Rodriguez Losa, director of UADY School of Anthropologi-
cal Sciences; Alicia Gonzalez G. Canton, director of UADY's
Language Center; and Allan Burns, chair of UF's Depart-
m ent of ,.1 ...... 1.._,.
Since that original agreement, Burns has carried out
research and developed student exchange programs not only
in Mexico, but also in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador,
"I remember the first group of students very well," said
Burns. "One day during the program, I saw their picture in
the Merida newspaper. They were outside of the U.S. consul-
ate protesting U.S. military involvement in Central America!"
According to Burns, about half the students that go to
UADY on the UF in Merida program study ..11..1 ...1.. .-
or environmental studies and about one-third are incoming
Lombardi Scholars. Part of the Lombardi Scholars Program
is summer-enrichment programs.
Burns' interest in Mexican culture began when he was
young. He grew up in Chicago in a Mexican immigrant com-
munity. As a graduate student, he spent several years of his
fieldwork among the Mayan people in Mexico on a Fulbright
"The friends I made there are still among the closest
I've had in my life," he said.
He lived in a Mayan community for two years while
learning the contemporary language. He has lived in com-
munities and cities all over the Yucatan including, Senor,
Quintana Roo,Ticul, and Merida.
"I can't think of anything I don't like about the Yucatan,"
he said. "It is quite hot during the summer, but like Yucate-
can people jokingly say, 'the climate is wonderful if you don't
think about the heat!'"
Burns and the students who have been immersed in the
Yucatan culture have been impressed
with the people and families of the
"What I like most is the openness
and friendship of the people there, and
their spirit of creativity and innovation,"
Students of the UF in Merida
program are housed with host families
in the region.
"The students in the program
are always surprised and impressed at
the lengths to which the families go to
make them comfortable in their homes
and to go out of their way to take them
to family events such as trips to the
beach, family parties, (and) events in
the city,"he said.
Some students regularly e-mail
Burns about how their lives have
changed as a result of the program.
"About six or seven students have
found Yucatan so interesting, that they
have married people they met while in
Mexico," Burns said.
The benefits of the program go
both ways, enriching the experience of
both the students and teachers.
Educator Alicia Peon Arceo, a
native of Merida, Mexico, gave several
lectures for the program on the history
of the Yucatan and ethnography of the
"Burns' enthusiasm for UF and
love for the program and Mexico in-
spired me to be part of the UF-UADY
relationship,"Arceo said. "During the
program, he not only constantly shares
all his knowledge on Mexico and the
Yucatan, but also his enthusiasm and
As a teacher, she was able to see
how both UF and UADY students
benefited from the partnership.
"The program opens a new
window in their lives since they have to
experience a new culture day to night,"
Arceo said. "(And) since I am from
the Yucatan, my interaction with UF
students helped me to have a better un-
derstanding of U.S. culture and student
Aside from student experiences,
both universities have collaborated on
science research. For example, Mark
Brenner of UF was a lead author on an
article showing the collapse of classic
Mayan society was brought about by a
200-year drought in the Yucatan penin-
sula. In addition, Professor Guillermo
de Anda of UADY, has done work that
is reshaping archeological knowledge of
the ancient Maya with his discoveries
of structures in underground rivers and
And, all of this has been done
through collaborations between the
Abimerhi, UADY director, said,
"I have no doubt that the collabora-
tion agreement with the University of
Florida is one of the most successful
and dynamic, with beneficial results for
sciences and education."
Salamanders: able to replace lost limbs, damaged lungs, sliced spinal cord-
even bits of lopped-off brain. But it turns out that this remarkable ability
isn't so mysterious after all-suggesting that researchers could learn how to
replicate it in people.
Scientists had long credited the diminutive amphibian's
outsized capabilities to "pluripotent" cells that, like human
embryonic stem cells, have the uncanny ability to morph into
whatever appendage, organ or tissue is needed or is due for a
But in a paper published in the journal Nature, a team
of seven researchers, including a University of Florida
zoologist, debunks that notion. Based on experiments on
genetically modified axolotl salamanders, the researchers
show that cells from the salamander's different tissues
retain the "memory" of those tissues when they regenerate,
contributing with few exceptions only to the same type of
tissue from whence they came.
Standard mammal stem cells operate the same way,
albeit with far less dramatic results-they can heal wounds
or knit bone together, but not regenerate a limb or rebuild
a spinal cord. What's exciting about the new findings is
they _.... I. i. harnessing the salamander's regenerative
wonders is at least within the realm of possibility for human
"I think it's more mammal-like than was ever expected,"
said Malcolm Maden, a professor of biology, member of the
UF Genetics Institute, and author of the paper. "It gives you
more hope for being able to someday regenerate individual
tissues in people."
Also, the salamanders heal perfectly, without any scars
whatsoever, another ability people would like to learn how to
mimic, Maden said.
Axolotl salamanders, originally native to only one lake
in central Mexico, are evolutionary oddities that become
sexually reproducing adults while still in their larval stage.
They are useful scientific models for studying regeneration
because, unlike other salamanders, they can be bred in
captivity and have large embryos that are easy to work on.
When an axolotl loses, for example, a leg, a small bump
forms over the injury called a blastema. It takes only about
three weeks for this blastema to transform into a new, fully
functioning replacement leg-not long considering the
animals can live 12 or more years.
The cells within the blastema appear embryonic-like
and originate from all tissues around the injury, including
the i ,I .., ,i,, i ....i muscle. As a result, scientists had
long believed these cells were pluripotential meaning
they came from a variety of sites and could make a variety of
things once functioning in their regenerative mode.
Maden and his colleagues at two German institutions
tested that assumption using a tool from the transgenic kit:
the GFP protein. When produced by genetically modified
cells, GFP proteins have the useful quality of glowing livid
green under ultraviolet light. This allows researchers to follow
the origin, movement, and destination of the genetically
The researchers experimented on both adult and
With the embryos, the scientists grafted transgenic
tissue onto sites already known to develop into certain body
parts, then observed how and where the cells organized
themselves as the embryo developed. This approach allowed
them to see, literally, what tissues the transgenic tissue
made. In perhaps the most vivid result, the researchers
grafted GFP-modified nerve cells onto the part of the
embryo known to develop into the nervous system. Once
the creatures developed, ultraviolet light exams of the adults
revealed the GFP cells stretched only along nerve pathways
- like glowing green strings throughout the body
With the adults, they took tissue from specific parts or
organs from transgenic GFP-producing axolotls, grafted it
onto normal axolotls, then cut away a chunk of the grafted
tissue to allow regeneration. They could then determine the
fate of the grafted green cells in the emerging blastema and
The researchers' main conclusion: Only'old' muscle
cells make 'new' muscle cells, only old skin cells make new
skin cells, only old nerve cells make new nerve cells, and so
on.The only hint that the axolotl cells could revamp their
function came with skin and cartilage cells, which in some
circumstances seemed to swap roles, Maden said.
Maden said the findings will help researchers zero in
on why salamander cells are capable of such remarkable
regeneration. "If you can understand how they regenerate,
then you ought to be able to understand why mammals don't
regenerate," he said.
Maden said UF researchers will soon begin raising and
experimenting on transgenic axolotls at UF as part of the
Regeneration Project, an effort to treat human brain and
other diseases by examining regeneration in salamanders,
newts, starfish, and flatworms.
A UF doctoral student's
research project in an envi-
ronmental park in India
could mean big things for
tigers in that area.
Pinki Mondal, a pre-doctoral fellow in the
UF Department of Geography researched
forest cover in and around the Pench Tiger
Reserve-Maharashtra in central India and
found a promising increase in forest cover.
Much research has been done
on global deforestation trends and its
implication on climate change and species
extinction; however, no research had been
done on the changing landscape dynamics
of the Pench Tiger Reserve-Maharashtra.
The Pench Tiger Reserve-
Maharashtra became a national park in
1975 and was declared a tiger reserve in
"Regular monitoring of these parks is
needed," Mondal said, adding, "particularly
in developing countries with high human
population density because parks are often
threatened with encroachment, ineffective
management, and lack of financial aids."
It is essential for tigers to have
adequate habitat and forest cover. The
Pench Tiger Reserve-Maharashtra is only
257 square kilometers, or about 100 square
miles, which is a relatively small area to
hold a sustainable tiger population. The
forest cover within the park is adequate as
it is strictly protected, but more forest cover
in the surrounding areas is necessary for
continued viability of the tiger population.
"It is not possible to bring all
"It is not possible to bring all the surrounding areas
under protection because of high human population,
so it is critical how surrounding areas are being man-
aged ... clearing in the surrounding areas will make the
park more and more isolated."
the surrounding areas under
protection because of high human
population," Mondal said. "So, it
is critical how surrounding areas
are being managed ... clearing in
the surrounding areas will make
the park more and more isolated."
Changes in government
policies and World Bank-
funded projects have encouraged
planting in the surrounding areas,
which is good news for the tiger
"So, we can be hopeful that
connectivity of this park with
other forested tracts, essential to
hold a viable tiger population,
would be retained and improved
over time,"Mondal said.
Mondal chose to work
with the Pench Tiger Reserve-
Maharashtra after a suggestion
from Harini Nagendra, a member
of her advisory committee.
Nagendra is associated with the
Ashoka Trust for Research in
Ecology and the Environment in
Nagendra said, "I suggested
(the Pench Tiger Reserve-
Maharashtra) as an option to
(Mondal) as this is an interesting,
forest habitat in central India,
and through Ghate I(\ ,*,. irI .
colleague), we (had) an
experienced and knowledgeable
Once Mondal had settled
on the location for her research,
she began to analyze satellite
images from 1977,1989,2000,
and 2007 to generate land change
Between 1977 and 1989,
the total area of forest cover had
decreased by 8 percent within the
park. The increasing forest-cover
trend began in 1989, after tree
felling in the park ceased.
"This is i,. ..i i.:, .., the
national forest policy was revised
in 1988 and tree felling became
completely banned in any national
park (in India),"Mondal said in
In her comparative-
observational study, Mondal
found that forest cover within the
park increased in total area over
30-year span. Between 1977 and
2007, the total area of forest cover
increased from 78 percent to 87
Mondal based her research
on Geographic Information
Systems data provided by the
SHODH, and field data she
collected herself when she visited
the Pench Tiger Reserve in 2008
on a UF Tropical Conservation
and Development Field Research
"I must have looked
intimidating with my face totally
covered with a scarf to i.1 I .11..
heat of central India," Mondal
said of her experience. "It used to
be 118 degrees out in the field,
believe it or not. And I survived
Mondal has already
presented her findings in several
local and national meetings,
including the Association of
American Geographers' annual
meeting and the U.S. Regional
Association of the International
Association for Landscape
Nagendra said of Mondal's
research, "Tigers are 1 1I. 1
species for conservation, and their
protection is important not just
for the people of India or the
United States, but indeed for the
Mondal is quick to point out
that she is not a wildlife ecologist,
and that her research doesn't
necessarily apply to the tiger
population at Pench.
"Forest cover and tiger
habitat are not synonymous,"
Mondal said."Tigers need more
than just the forest ... My study is
about forest cover, and not about
tiger habitat, which is more of a
wildlife ecologist's job."
She does, however, welcome
the prospect of extending her
findings to the tiger population.
"I would love to extend my
findings to wildlife ecology and
to collaborate with anybody who
is interested in mapping tiger
habitats in the future,"Mondal
Mondal sees her research
environmental policy and social
"My study suggests that with
more international financial aid
and proper national-level policies,
awareness can be raised within
the local populace to protect the
forest and the tigers. Nobody
would care for forests or tigers
if their own livelihoods are not
sustainable," she said.
But what Mondal really
wants from her study is
interdisciplinary cooperation to
improve the world.
"Since tiger conservation
is equally important to India,
the U.S., or any other country
in the world," Mondal said, "my
study sheds a ray of hope that
worldwide effort of establishing
parks to protect biodiversity is
working and all the different
scientific communities ... can
work together in interdisciplinary
settings to make the world a
as having an impact on -Aubrey Siegel
Many young children grow up with ever-changing answers to the ques-
tion,"What do you want to be when you grow up?"They change from
professional athlete to firefighter to astronaut to lawyer. But one UF
astronomy professor always had an unwavering answer to this question.
"My mother says that I wanted to be a scientist
since the day I found out that there was such a
thing as a scientist," said Stephen Eikenberry, UF
professor of astronomy. "I think that astronomy,
in particular, became an interest for me based
on a lot of space-oriented fiction books and
TV shows (both fictional and documentary) -
especially Carl Sagan's'Cosmos'series."
Eikenberry boasts an impressive resume,
from his academic training to leading research
to mentoring doctoral students. He received two
bachelor's degrees in physics and literature from
Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1990.
"In college, I found that (the literature and
physics) combination seemed to exercise different
parts of my mind in a way that neither one could
do alone, and that was very stimulating and
refreshing for me," Eikenberry said. "If you can't
communicate your scientific discoveries to others,
they don't really matter much."
He did his graduate studies in astronomy
under Giovanni Fazio at Harvard University. In
1997, Eikenberry completed his doctoral thesis
on infrared instrumentation and pulsar studies.
Eikenberry then moved to Southern
California and completed his postdoctoral studies
in physics at California Institute of Technology
whereupon he switched coasts again, and
took a position as an assistant professor in the
Department of Astronomy at Cornell University.
In 2003, he moved to Gainesville to become a
professor in the Department of Astronomy at
His research interests include studying
black holes, neutron stars, and massive stars that
create them, with a special interest designing and
building imaging systems to locate black holes.
In fact, he recently built a new infrared
camera system, called FLAMINGOS-2. It
is considered to be one of the most powerful
astronomical instruments of its kind ever built.
Cameras he has built have already produced more
than 100 scientific articles and his recent designs,
like the FLAMINGOS-2, are some of the most
anticipated and promising astronomical tools in
"I hope that this work can excite and
inspire the general public with the general
awesomeness of the things that happen
(in space), like warping spacetime, tearing
holes in the fabric of the universe, and
blasting out jets of material at the speed of
light," Eikenberry said.
His work has appeared in the
Guinness Book of World Records 2008 edition
for his discovery of LBV 1806-20, a star
believed to be the biggest and largest ever
"The Guinness Book of WorldRecords
was definitely a neat and completely
unexpected thing," Eikenberry said. "Of
course, my bet is that there may be even
bigger beasts out there, waiting to be
Here, at one of the largest astronomy
departments in the country, one of his
other roles is to mentor Ph.D. candidates.
Eikenberry mentors anywhere from three
to six students in various projects at a time.
"Since the whole point of the Ph.D. is
to signify that a person is now a competent
independent researcher in the field, my job
is primarily providing advice and guidance,"
he said. "I usually play a pretty important
role in helping a student select and define
their thesis topic, one that is sufficiently challenging to be of
real scientific interest, but not so hard that they will spend
decades in graduate school trying to solve it."
His students are working on a range of projects, mostly
related to black holes and using infrared camera systems to
study them. One student is working on studying relativistic
jets, a question of how black holes produce particle streams
moving at nearly the speed of light. Another student is
working on how massive black holes form in the centers of
galaxies, such as the Milky Way. And, another student of his
is studying the use of micro-satellites to study black holes and
search for Earth-mass planets around nearby stars.
One of Eikenberry's past students actually moved with
him from Cornell to UF to complete his Cornell Ph.D.
studies here at UF in 2004. That student was Joseph Carson.
Despite not having a degree from UF, his ties with UF are
"I consider myself very fortunate to have worked with
Professor Eikenberry in a world-class astronomy research
environment," he said.
Carson was part of an international team that captured a
direct image planet-like object orbiting around a sun-like star.
This is the first image of such an object with a temperature
most similar to our solar system's warmest planets ever seen
around a star much like our sun. The discovery was listed as
one of Time magazine's "Top Ten Scientific Discoveries of
\. ,l... i, a snapshot of a planet around a star is
exceptionally difficult," Carson said. "One might compare it
with trying to study the light of a firefly
circling a distant lighthouse."
To better understand the
commonness of our own solar system
and agreeableness to fostering life,
scientists need to be able to explore sun-
like stars with orbital separations similar
to our own solar system planets, he said.
"And, the discovery of GJ 758 B
is : '0i"i... ', step in trying to achieve
this goal," Carson said. "My present
work in extra-solar planet imaging is
essentially a next-generation version of
the Ph.D. thesis work that I conducted
under the supervision of Professor
Eikenberry thinks that Carson's
discovery has implications for
astronomy. According to him, it is a big
step toward finding "habitable"planets.
"The key issue here is that previous
objects detected around sun-like stars
have been pretty hot-far too hot for
things like liquid water to exist under
normal conditions, which means they
are unlikely to be hospitable places for
life to have evolved,"he explained.
Eikenberry also points out that
this discovery shakes up theories about
the planet-formation process. It's
too close to the star to form by "core
accretion" and too far to have formed by
Scientists don't really understand
what is happening in this system, but it
is definitely not what is expected based
on our current theories.
In addition, other researchers
within the UF astronomy department
have recently made several discoveries.
In September, a team including
several UF astronomers pinned down
the unusual orbit of HD 80606b, a
Jupiter-sized planet located about 200
light years away. The find came from the
Rosemary Hill Observatory-a modest
teaching observatory located less than
140 feet above sea level in nearby Levy
Also, Professor Jian Ge and
his team constructed a computer
simulation to show that rocky moon-
sized proto-planets could form after
about one-million years.The project
was started due to questions over the
Alpha Centauri dual-star system and its
formation through turbulent conditions.
Department of Energy
Awards $1.275 Million Grant to
Quantum Theory Project
University of Florida researchers in call it a "messy system" because the
physics and the Quantum Theory matter is composed of a mixture of
Project have received a new $1.275 atoms, ions, and free electrons, in
million research grant from the U.S. addition to liquid-like and crystal-like
Department of Energy to predict the regions. This ever-changing landscape
properties of "warm dense matter" makes current methods of observation
by theory, modeling, and computer used for solids and plasmas difficult to
Over the next three years, the The project is one of only
researchers will use the award to four grants given to more than 300
develop new concepts and practical applicants for the Theory, Modeling,
computational methods to address and Simulation Initiative, offered by the
the exceptional complexities of warm Department of Energy's Division of
dense matter, a state of matter between Materials Sciences and Engineering.
solid and plasma that normally occurs The University of Florida research
in temperatures between 90,000 to team is made up of Sam Trickey,Jim
270,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Dufty, Frank Harris, and Keith Runge.
Warm dense matter appears in They will be working on orbital-free
the cores of gas giant planets such Density Functional Theory, a scheme
as Jupiter, Saturn, and the newly that makes the complicated quantum
discovered extrasolar planets. It mechanics of warm dense matter
also appears in the initial stages of resemble the equations of ordinary
controlled nuclear fusion. Better liquids. The group will develop new
understanding of its processes could approximations, program them, and
lead to fusion as a clean energy source, test them on simple examples of warm
The study of warm dense matter dense matter. Their computer codes
poses a challenge because of its will be made available as open-source
inherent lack of equilibrium. Physicists software to the scientific community.
Chemistry Joins Forces
with UF's Clinical
The Chemistry department has joined a new campus-
wide research initiative that has the potential to make
major research advancements in a variety of fields,
including human health, and to stimulate development of
new technologies across UF
The Clinical and Translational Science Institute
(CTSI) Metabolomics Core combines the resources
of analytical facilities across campus with the biostatics
core in the health center. The chemistry department has
established a collaborative research agreement with the
Core to utilize the High Resolution Mass Spectrometry
Core. The Core will provide biomarker identification and
quantification for biomedical and biochemical research
throughout UF David Powell, Director of Spectroscopic
Services in the Department of Chemistry, is the Director
of the CTSI Metabolomics Core.
Metabolomics is a relatively recent field which
has developed rapidly over the past decade due to the
remarkable sensitivity and rich information content of
two analytical chemistry technologies: nuclear magnetic
resonance spectroscopy and mass spectrometry The latter
has the ability to detect and quantify the concentration
of nearly 3,000 compounds in a third of a drop of blood.
By determining the differences in the concentration of
these compounds in plasma or other tissue, patterns can
be established that delineate the blood plasma of healthy
versus unhealthy people. This approach has the potential
to not only alter the diagnosis of disease, but also to point
the way to biological mechanisms of disease and impact
many other areas of research in translational medicine and
Examples of on-going metabolomics studies in
the Chemistry Mass Spectrometry Core include: a
collaboration with the Department of Nursing to find
biomarkers for autism in children; a study of the effects
of a very high fat diet (called the ketogenic diet) on the
blood plasma of healthy adults; and a study of the changes
in blood plasma constituents during the first week of
life.The latter two projects are in collaboration with the
Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition.
These studies are supported by a grant to the Chemistry
department from the CTSI.
NASA Awards $870,000 to
Study Land Use Cover Change
University of Florida researchers have received a To better illustrate the human suffering
NASA Land Use Land Cover Change Program in this area, six Ph.D. students created a video
grant totaling $870,000. documentary called "Living With Thirst," which
The grant will fund an interdisciplinary looked at the Vende people in the Limpopo
project that will analyze relationships among Province of South Africa and their troubles
climate variability, climate change, land use, related to climate variability. The video was
and land cover change. Using remote sensing funded by an Integrative Graduate Education and
applications and socio-economic surveys, the Research Traineeship grant, pertaining to adaptive
project aims to create models that could enhance management, water, wetlands, and watersheds.
planning for sustainable resource use and help the "We hope this video provides an
people in these areas adapt to climate change. introduction to the uncertainty and trade-offs
"We hope the grant allows us to better faced in a region with high variability in rainfall
understand the social-ecological system's response and how that will affect conservation initiatives
to climate variability and to allow us to develop balanced with sustainable livelihood decisions
understanding for future climate scenarios," towards water allocation and resources," said
said principal investigator Jane Southworth, UF Andrea Gaughan, one of the Ph.D. students who
professor of geography, worked on the video.
"Ideally, it will allow for better adaptation
strategies for local communities under changing Watch the "Living With Thirst" videos:
environmental conditions," said Southworth. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v R5NXokdb78A
The grant will support graduate students and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v HXO-il-ulzU
allow the project participants to conduct summer
fieldwork in Botswana, Namibia, and Zambia.
UF to Teach History On
Location to Local Educators
Thanks to a new federal grant, Polk County high school teachers will be taught a
new perspective on history by Sean Adams, UF professor of history.
Over the next three years, Adams will travel with 108 -1111.- i .. i. teachers
to historical sites such as Charleston Museum and Fort Sumter in Charleston,
S.C. The visits will allow the teachers to experience first hand some of the places
integral to American history. Following these trips, Adams will instruct the
teachers on new ways to approach teaching history, using in part their new insights
from visiting these sites. Adams expects that these site visits will enable teachers to
better engage their students in historical lessons.
Polk County was awarded a $998,640 federal grant over the next three years
for 5th-, 8th- and 11th-grade teachers. Out of more than 400 districts applying
for the grant, Polk county was one of 60 nationwide, and one of five in Florida, to
receive the grant.
Institute of Justice Recognizes
Sociology and Criminology & Law Professor
Chris Gibson received the prestigious WE.B. Du Bois Fellowship from the National
Institute ofJustice. During his fellowship, Gibson will be conducting research on
victimization and delinquent involvement among Hispanic children and adolescents
residing in various Chicago neighborhoods. .... 1i1. I., 1I.: and his colleague, Holly
Ventura-Miller at the University of Texas San Antonio, will be using data from
the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods (PHDCN) to
understand how assimilation and acculturation processes affect victimization and
delinquency, while at the same time attempting to capture the neighborhood context
in which these processes occur. This work extends Gibson's current research on how
neighborhood influences impact children and adolescents, with a specific focus on one
particular ethnic group. Further, this work will extend his empirical research testing
various theories of criminal and deviant behavior.
University of Florida Professor
Wins International Education Award
The History of Science Society has awarded the 2009 Joseph H. Hazen Education
Prize, for excellence in education, to Frederick Gregory, professor of history of science
at the University of Florida. Gregory's distinguished accomplishments as an educator
in history of science range across a remarkably broad range of media, including not just
conventional lectures, seminars, textbooks, and web resources but also film, television,
DVD, and theatrical role-play. Through these energetic activities, his rich insights from
history of science in all periods have inspired many high school teachers and their
students, as well as undergraduates, graduate students, scientists, and the general public.
An outstanding educator in the history of science, Gregory has been able to cultivate
a high level of expertise in communicating history of science across diverse audiences,
and with a consistently .i. 1l ,I .11 effect. For example, after his pre-collegiate
lectures, Florida 7th-graders have surrounded Gregory-apparently unwilling to let
him leave the building until all their questions have been answered. And as one of
Gregory's graduate students recalled,"I will always consider Gregory to be not only my
intellectual mentor but one of my most important role models for teaching."
Frederick Gregory is the author of numerous books and articles, including the
textbook Natural Science in Western History (2007) with Wadsworth, Cengage Learning
and appears in the audio-visual lecture courses History ofScience: 1700 1900 (2005)
and The Darwinian Revolution (2009) with The Teaching Company. The History of
Science Society, established in 1924, is the world's largest society devoted to fostering
interest in the history of science.
Back to the Delta:
Ongoing Documentation of the
Civil Rights Movement
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continue research on the civil rights movement with veteran
civil rights activists and leading scholars of the Mississippi
Freedom Movement. SPOHP's research team of UF
undergraduate and graduate students, as well as students
from FSU, collaborated with the Sunflower County
Civil Rights Organization, focusing on the movement's
origins and researching its impact, as well as documenting
contemporary legacies in a region that gave birth to one of
the most vibrant social movements in American history.
Under the supervision of Mississippi Valley State
University Professor StacyJ. White and legendary civil rights
activist Charles McLaurin, the SPOHP team expanded
the geographic scope of their 2008 research in which they
interviewed veterans of the civil rights movement on the
formation of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party
(MFDP), the establishment of freedom schools to teach
voter literacy to the youth of the time, the leadership of local
African Americans in the civil rights movement, and the
personal histories from participants in Mississippi's Freedom
Summer of 1964.
The 2009 research trip included a public panel on the
legacies of the Civil Rights and Black Power eras, held at
Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi. Participants
joining SPOHP Director Paul Ortiz included: Professor
Hasan Jeffries, author of Bloody Lowndes: Civil Rights
and Black Power in Alabama's Black Belt, Professor Emilye
Crosby, author ofA Little Taste ofFreedom: The Black Freedom
:: In Claiborne County, Mississippi; and Professor
Curtis Austin, author of Up Against the Wall: Violence in the
Making and Unmaking of the Black Panther Party.
"The history of the black freedom struggle in the Deep
South is undergoing a scholarly revolution," Ortiz said, "and
UF students will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to
chronicle the history of a movement that changed American
history. Our students will gather oral history interviews that
will be used by future generations of students and scholars
interested in learning the lessons of civic engagement,
citizenship and social change taught by courageous activists
who risked their lives in the face of tremendous odds."
To highlight the event, SPOHP produced a podcast
in early August featuring selected segments from 2008,
including interviews of longtime Student Nonviolent
Coordinating Committee (SNCC) activists and civil rights
movement educators Margaret Block and Hollis Watkins on
the history of SNCC, the importance of music in the civil
rights movement, and the *.. .*,.1- -i 1_1 I 1I.. racial equality.
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Reaching Out and Growing U
CLASnotes caught up with Ann Henderson,
new director of the Bob Graham Center
for Public Service, and Bonnie Effros, new
director of the Center for Humanities and the
Public Sphere, learn more about the direction
in which they are leading these cutting-edge
Before she became director of the
Bob Graham Center for Public Service,
Ann Henderson was executive director of
the Florida Humanities Council where she
negotiated topics and funding for humanities
and its influence on the public sphere.
Through this job, she met then-Governor
Bob Graham in 1984.
"I was impressed that the governor
would spend time talking to me about
humanities," Henderson said. "(Graham) loves
the world of ideas."
She continued to work with Graham
through his years as Governor and Senator
for Florida. She became director of the
Bob Graham Center in July 2009. When
Henderson arrived, there was already a small
team running the Bob Graham Center. They
created the academic program, which has
now evolved into a minor. The Bob Graham
Center offers internships and academic
programs and brings high-profile speakers to
Henderson continues to work closely
with the former Senator to actualize the goals
and mission of the Bob Graham Center, to
ensure that UF graduates can be effective,
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actively participating citizens.
"Effective citizens come from all
colleges," Henderson said. "You don't have to
be in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
to work with the Bob Graham Center."
Henderson's goals are to better support
the Bob Graham Center's academic
programs, create informed citizenship
among UF students, and focus on electronic
Her aim for greater electronic
communication was actualized when former
Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-
SD) spoke in Pugh Hall about the debate
over health care reform on January 19, 2010.
The speech was streamed live on the Web site.
"A strong Web presence is important,
since the public policy center is located in
Gainesville, which is such a small town. Our
center needs to be an electronic and global
community," Henderson said.
Henderson also plans to assist UF in
becoming more global-in 2010 the Bob
Graham Center will host an Americorps
program. The program pairs up students with
one of the 1,400 UF employees who are not
US citizens. These employees often didn't
learn English as their first language or don't
have the educational background to pass the
citizenship test, so the students assist the
employees in studying and preparing.
"The program fits well with both
making effective citizens and making our
workforce stronger,"Henderson said.
Chevalier de la Ldgion d'honneur for Carol Murphy
Carol Murphy, director of the France-Florida
Research Institute (FFRI) and a professor
of French in the Department of Languages,
Literatures, and Cultures, received the title
Chevalier de la Legion d'honneur, or Knight
of the Legion, for her work in facilitating
academic and research collaboration between
France and the U.S. The decoration ceremony
took place in November in Washington, D.C.
"I am truly honored and humbled to be
recognized by France for my efforts, but no
one stands alone in such enterprises,"Murphy
said. "I have many colleagues in French
studies at UF to thank for their collective
energy and expertise in making the FFRI a
Founded in 2002 though a grant
procured by Murphy, the France Florida
Research Institute is one of only 14 centers
of excellence in French studies in the U.S.
recognized by the French Ministry of Foreign
Affairs. The FFRI serves as an umbrella
organization to promote partnerships between
the University of Florida and French and
Francophone research centers and academic
institutions, including the Institut d'tudes
politiques and the Ecole pratique des hautes
6tudes. The institute has sponsored numerous
lectures, two international conferences, 18
visiting professorships, film festivals and
concerts related to France and Francophone
Bonnie Effros began as director of the Center
for Humanities and the Public Sphere in
mid-August 2009. CLAS began exploring the
idea for the center in 1999.
The Humanities Center aims to
promote research, provide a place for
discussion, and reach out to the community.
It does this through research funding and
lecture series. All programs are free and open
to the public.
"Faculty and students should take
advantage of our programs," Effros said.
"We help them to bring in speakers from all
disciplines of the humanities."
For example, the Humanities Center
has organized the Caleb and Michele Grimes
Conference on Liberal Arts and Public Affairs,
called "Tracking Citizens and Subjects:
Evolving Technologies of Identity."The
Humanities Center is also sponsoring a talk
on the state of humanities byJ. Hillis Miller
and co-sponsoring several events including,
FLEXfest, an experimental film festival.
"I plan to generate more activities
that address the needs of the general public
through promotion of public humanities
and enhancement of the university's current
commitment to civic engagement," Effros said.
Effros plans to apply for grants and
privately raise funds to assist in these goals.
"I thought that contributing to the
creation of a humanities center would be both
exciting and rewarding," she said of her new
position. "I enjoy a challenge and the current
economic climate has provided one."
"One of the immense pleasures of
directing the FFRI is the opportunity to
increase international visibility for the
excellence of UF's academic mission,"
Established by Napoleon Bonaparte
in 1802, the Legion of Honor recognizes
civilians and the military for serving the state
or upholding the ideals of France. Other
Americans who have been named to the
Legion include Generals George S. Patton
and Douglas MacArthur, chefJulia Child,
inventor Thomas Edison and aviator Charles
Imagination and Innovation, The Story of
Weston Woods. John Cech (Professor of
English). A nonfiction work that follows
trailblazers in the children's entertainment
industry: Weston Woods and Mort Schindel.
A rival to Walt Disney and the Disney
studios, Woods and Schindel have introduced
kids to Maurice Sendak, Rosemary Wells,
tMo Willems, and may other notable authors.
Heroic Measures. Jill Ciment (Professor of
English). In this Oprah Winfrey Book Club
2009 summertime reading pick, a gasoline
tanker truck is "stuck" in the Midtown
Tunnel. Is this the next big attack? Alex, an
artist, and Ruth, a former school teacher
must get their beloved dachshund, whose
back legs have suddenly become paralyzed,
to the animal hospital sixty blocks north. But
the streets of Manhattan are at a standstill.
Their dog is the emotional center of Alex
and Ruth's f I..,' I .. -.. -1.. .. childless marriage. In shifting points of
view man, woman, and one small tenacious beast try to make sense of
the cacophony of rumors, opinions, and innuendos coming from news
anchors, cable TV pundits, pollsters, bomb experts, hostages, witnesses,
real estate agents, house hunters, bargain seekers, howling dogs,
veterinarians, nurses, and cab drivers.
Albert Camus, Oeuvres Completes. Edited by
Raymond Gay-Crosier (Professor Emeritus
of French). The publication of volumes III
and IV of Camus' complete works constitutes
the completion of a twelve-year project of
which Gay-Crosier was contributing editor for
volumes I-IV and editor-in-chief of volumes
III and IV. This edition, including numerous
heretofore unpublished writings of the 1957
Nobel Prize in Literature winner, features
extensive introductions, footnotes and variants.
Une saison en enfer /Yon sezon matchyavel by
Arthur Rimbaud. Translated by Benjamin
Hebblethwaite (UF Assistant Professor of
Haitian Creole) and Jacques Pierre.This
t powerful literary text transposes the creative
and violent love affair of the younger Arthur
Rimbaud with the older and married
Paul Verlaine into whirling poetry that is
piercing, hallucinatory and mysterious. The
juxtaposition of the French original with the
Haitian Creole allows readers to compare
the languages to see how the cultural and idiomatic expressions in the
source text were rendered in the Haitian Creole target text. This volume
is designed for students, scholars and lovers of French and Haitian
Creole, and the bilingual format is designed for accelerated study.
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Literature and the Brain. Norman N. Holland
(Marston-Milbauer Eminent Scholar
Emeritus at UF). Literature and the Brain
goes straight to the human core of literature
when it explains the different ways our brains
convert stories, poems, plays, and films into
pleasure. When we are deep into a film or
book, we find ourselves "absorbed," unaware
of our bodies or our surroundings. We don't
doubt the existence of Spider-Man or Harry
Potter, and we have real feelings about these
purely imaginary beings. Our brains are behaving oddly, because we
know we cannot act to change what we are seeing. And this is only one
of the special ways our brains behave with literature.
Languages of Urban Africa. Fiona
McLaughlin (Associate Professor of African
Linguistics). Languages of Urban Africa
is a series of case studies addressing four
main themes: the history of African urban
languages; theoretical issues in the study of
African urban languages; the relationship
between language and identity in the urban
setting; and evolution of urban languages in
Brazil, Lyric, and the Americas. Charles
A. Perrone (Professor of Portuguese and
Luso-Brazilian Culture & Literatures).
In this highly original volume, Perrone
explores how recent Brazilian lyrics engage
with counterparts throughout the Western
Hemisphere in an increasingly globalized
world. This pioneering, tour-de-force
study focuses on the years from 1985 to
the present and examines poetic output--
from song and visual poetry to discursive
verse-across a range of media.
Everyday Ethics and Social Change: The
Education ofDesire. Anna Peterson (Professor
of Religion). Americans increasingly cite
moral values as a factor in how they vote, but
when we define morality simply in terms of a
voter's position on gay marriage and abortion,
we lose sight of the ethical decisions that
guide our everyday lives. In our encounters
with friends, family members, nature, and
a nonhuman creatures, we practice a non-
utilitarian morality that makes sacrifice a
rational and reasonable choice. How can we move past the irreconcilable
conflicts of culture and refocus on issues that affect real social change?
The Interrogative Mood.A Novel? Padgett
Powell (Professor of English). Powell is
fascinated by what it feels like to walk
through everyday life, to hear the swing and
snap of American talk, to be both electrified
and overwhelmed by the mad cacophony-
the "muchness"-of America. A playful and
profound bebop solo of a book in which
every sentence is a question.
One D.O.A, One on the Way.A Novel. Mary
Robison (Professor of English). Oprah
Winfrey's Book Club for 2009 summertime
reading pick is an effortlessly smart,
deliriously off-kilter story of an extended
New Orleans family trying to reclaim a
shadow of their former selves.The story
opens on Jay, a location scout for a movie
production company. Standing left of center
of this prosperous but mortally wounded
family does not get easier as Jay finds more than the Louisiana heat
getting to be oppressive.
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Dark Green Religion: Nature Spirituality and
the Planetary Future. Bron Taylor (Professor
of Religion). In Dark Green Religion, Taylor
provides detailed evidence that many of
the innovative responses to the Darwinian
revolution are forms of religious or religion-
resembling expression, in which nature is
considered sacred and worthy of reverent care,
and non-human organisms are considered
kin and as having intrinsic value.
The Language of the Heart:A Cultural History
of the Recovery Movementfrom Alcoholics
Anonymous to Oprah Winfrey. Trysh Travis
(Assistant Professor of Women's Studies
and Gender Research). Travis explores
the rich cultural history of Alcoholics
Anonymous (AA), its offshoots, and the
"recovery movement"that has grown out
of them. From AAs beginnings in the
mid-1930s as a men's fellowship that met
in church basements to the commercialized
addiction treatment centers of today, Travis chronicles the development
of recovery, examining its relationship to the American tradition of self-
help, and highlighting the roles that gender, mysticism, and print culture
have played in that development.
Life Between Two Deaths, 1989-2001. US.
Culture in the Long Nineties. Phillip E.
Wegner (Associate Professor of English).
Through virtuoso readings of a,.,II ...
works of American film, television, and
fiction, Wegner demonstrates that the
period between the fall of the Berlin Wall
in November 1989 and the bombing of
the World Trade Center in September
2001 fostered a unique consciousness and
represented a moment of immense historical
possibilities now at risk of being forgotten in the midst of the "war on
J. Charles (B.A. Arts & Sci-
ences, 1955) and Saundra Gray
were honored at Leadership
Florida's annual conference
when they became the first cou-
ple to receive the LeRoy Collins
Lifetime Achievement Award.
The award recognizes those who
have demonstrated exemplary
leadership abilities in an effort
to improve the quality of life for
current and future generations
of Floridians.J. Charles Gray is
one of the founding partners of
GrayRobinson, PA. and gradu-
ated from UF as a Hall of Fame
inductee with both a B.A. and a
J.D. He has established himself
as a leading philanthropic, legal
and political figure in Central
Florida, with leadership roles in
a broad range of organizations
from the Florida State Turnpike
Authority to the Economic
Development Commission of
Mid-Florida. His wife, Saundra,
is a leader in the agricultural
industry in Florida, where she
held leadership roles on the Beef
Cattle Advisory Committee for
Volusia County and the Florida
Santa Gertrudis Association.
Saundra also makes time for
charitable work, especially work
for the protection and advance-
ment of disabled or under-
-.i il.....1 children."This unique
couple truly represents the
heart and soul of Florida," says
Keith Houck, Vice President
for Administration of Valen-
cia Community College and a
Leadership Florida member.
"They represent not only the
wonderful heritage of Florida,
but its glorious future as well."
Robert L. Parks (B.A. Political
Science, 1960), a veteran trial at-
torney, was selected by his peers
for inclusion in the 2010 edition
of The Best Lawyers in America
in the specialties of Personal
Injury Litigation and Product
Liability Litigation. Parks is
an appointee to the Gover-
nor's Commission on Property
Rights, he serves as vice chair
on the Board of Visitors for The
National Judicial College, he is
on the Board of the Historical
Association of South Florida He
is principal of The Law Offices
of Robert L. Parks, PL. in Coral
Gables, Florida and is co-chair
of fundraising for Legal Services
of Greater Miami. A native of
Nassau, The Bahamas, Parks is
a long-time South Florida resi-
dent, who currently resides with
his wife, Lyn, in Coconut Grove.
Evan Aidman (B.A. Psychol-
ogy, 1979), principal at the Law
Offices of Evan Aidman, he has
accepted an adjunct professor
position to teach civil litigation
at Peirce College.
Mary Wood Bridgman (B.A.
English, 1978) read her original
essays and short stories on In
Context, a program of WJCT
89.9 FM, National Public Radio
affiliate in Jacksonville. Bridg-
man's work has appeared in
national and local publications
and recently received recogni-
tion from the Florida Writers
Association. She retired in De-
cember 2008 as vice president,
after twenty-two years with Blue
Cross Blue Shield of Florida,
ErikViker (B.S. Psychology,
1987) was promoted to associate
professor of theatre with tenure
at Susquehanna University in
Pennsylvania, as of 2009. He
teaches courses in theater pro-
duction, stage management, and
dramatic literature and serves as
faculty technical director for the
Department of Theatre. Viker
received an M.F.A. in theater
technology from the University
of Texas at Austin, and is an
elected member of the town
council of Selinsgrove, Pennsyl-
Lucy B. Wayne, (M.A. An-
thropology, 1981) will serve a
two-year term as president of the
American Cultural Resources
Association (ACRA) where
she was elected at the annual
conference held in September
in Providence, RI. Wayne is an
archeologist and architectural
historian at SouthArc, Inc., a
company that she co-owns in
Gainesville, FL (www.southarc.
com). ACRA is the only trade
association for cultural resource
management firms; it provides
input on cultural resource issues,
compiles information, maintains
a searchable database of consul-
tants and employs a wide range
MelissaAubin (B.A. Classics &
Religion, 1992), the 2008-2009
Supreme Court Fellow assigned
to the Supreme Court of the
United States, formerly a staff
attorney for Magistrate Judge
Thomas M. Coffin on the U.S.
District Court for the District
of Oregon, has been selected to
continue her fellowship at the
Supreme Court for 2009-2010.
As the fellow at the Supreme
Court, Aubin's duties include
researching and providing
background information for
speeches and reports, briefing
visiting dignitaries, preparing
analytical reports, and overseeing
the Judicial Internship Program.
Before starting her legal career,
Aubin was assistant professor at
Florida State University in the
Department of Religion from
1998-2001. After law school,
Aubin was a law clerk to Judge
David Schuman on the Oregon
Court of Appeals. In addition
to working for Judge Schuman
and Judge Coffin, she has been
a legal researcher for Professor
Laird Kilpatrick of the Univer-
sity of Oregon School of Law.
Aubin was also a part of a team
that evaluated the District of
Oregon Drug Court, a reentry
program for drug offenders.
In addition, she serves on the
Boards of Directors for the
Relief Nursery and Oregon's
Federal Bar Association.
Caryn Clark (B.A. English,
1994), known as "The Hip
Chick Voice" and a professional
voice over actress in Fort Myers,
Florida, was honored with UF's
2009 Outstanding Young Alum-
na Award. Clark's work includes
network television commercials
for the Rooms To Go Disney
furniture line, the voice of
Hasbro/Milton Bradley's "The
Littlest Pet Shop Mall Madness"
electronic board game, televi-
sion commercials on The Disney
Channel for Hannah Mon-
tana products, and many other
credits. Clark is also very active
in her community as a member
of the Junior League of Fort
Myers, in the past serving on
their Board of Directors as their
Membership Vice President,
Treasurer, and Finance Vice
President. She is currently active
with the Southwest Florida Ga-
tor Club, and the University of
Florida Alumni Association as a
member of their national Board
of Directors and a Regional Vice
JenniferJ. Campbell (B.A.
English, 2006) was awarded the
National Council of Teachers
of English (NCTE) Leadership
Development Award at the 99th
Annual NCTE Convention in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on
November 21, 2009. The $500
award to attend the NCTE An-
nual Convention is given to early
career teachers who have demon-
strated a capacity for professional
leadership. The organization of
50,000 members is dedicated to
improving English education
at all levels. Campbell is in her
fourth year of teaching language
arts and journalism at Suwannee
Middle School. She serves in
several different leadership posi-
tions in teaching councils and
Stephen K. Rice (Ph.D. Sociol-
o.. I I- i. an Assistant Profes-
sor at Seattle University, is lead
editor for the NYU Press volume
Race, Ethnicity and Policing: New
and Essential Readings (2010).
The Lakes of
Their History and
Robert W. Hastings
(B.S. Biology, 1965).
Hastings provides a
of the historical and
environmental research on the basin, with
emphasis on its environmental degradation and
the efforts to restore and protect this estuarine
system. He also explores the current biological
condition of the lakes. Hastings begins with
the geological formation of the lakes and the
relationship between Native Americans and
the water they referred to as Okwa'ta, the
"wide water." From the historical period, he
describes the forays of French explorer Pierre
Le Moyne D'Iberville in 1699 and traces the
environmental history of the basin through the
development of the New Orleans metropolitan
area. Using the lakes for transportation and
then recreation, the surrounding population
burgeoned, and this growth resulted in severe
water pollution and other environmental
problems. In the 1980s the Lake Pontchartrain
Basin Foundation led a concerted drive to
restore the lakes, an ongoing effort that has
proved .i ....
Inquiry, Argument, &
Change A Rhetoric with L
Readings. Paul G. Saint-
Amand (B.A. English,
1972), with Krieger,
Neal, and Steinberg.
Designed for college
Inquiry, Argument, &
Change provides a process-oriented, stasis-
based approach to argument, presenting
,, . 1.. ,1 I and foremost as a means of
inquiry, not simply as a means of winning
assent, and making its role in the process of
This Brittle Existence.
English, 1984). This
Brittle Existence is a
look at the odd and
insular world of a
detective who attempts
to uncover the intimate life of an obscure 20th-
Andean Civilization. A
Tribute to MichaelE.
Moseley. Edited byJoyce
Marcus and Patrick
Ryan William (Ph.D.
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1995.) These new
studies cover the
enormous temporal span of Moseley's own
work from the Preceramic era to the Tiwanaku
and Moche states to the Inca empire. And,
like Moseley's own studies-from Maritime
Foundations of Andean Civilization to
Chan Chan: The Desert City to Cerro
Baul's Brewery-these new studies involve
settlements from all over the Andes-from
the far northern highlands to the far southern
Stephen G. Tibbetts
and Law, 1991).
the best of both
but brief authored sections on all of the major
course topics, followed by carefully edited,
policy-oriented, original research articles
covering criminological theory from past to
present and beyond. The 39 articles reflect both
classic studies and state-of-the-art research.
Pedagogical tools include the helpful "How
to Read a Research Article" before the first
reading, article introductions, photographs,
and discussion questions that capture student
interest and help them develop their critical
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What is Florida Tomorrow?
Here at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, we believe it's an opportunity, one filled with promise and hope.
It's that belief that informs CLAS's capital campaign to raise $65 million. The Florida Tomorrow campaign will
shape our college, but its ripple effect will also touch the state of Florida, the nation and the entire world. Florida
Tomorrow is pioneering research and spirited academic programs. It's a fertile environment for inquiry, teaching, and
learning. It's being at the forefront to address the challenges facing all of us, both today and tomorrow.
A unique feature of this campaign is that donors can support the university in non-traditional ways such as
gifts of real estate, planned giving, IRA gifts under the pension protection act, and gift-matching opportunities.
Recently, two individuals
answered the call of action and
contributed to CLAS through
a deferred life insurance policy:
Dr. Shaun P Herness and Dr. M.
Ivan Rusilko jointly manage this
investment trust fund, which will
eventually equal a sum much larger
than the $1 million base amount.
The funds are specifically
intended for a program in visual
communications to teach and
research visual politics and political
campaigning. The program will
be overseen in conjunction with
the Bob Graham Center for
Public Service and the College of
Journalism and Communications.
Herness, a public relations
and political consultant and college
professor, graduated from UF in
1996 with a Ph.D. in Political
Science. Rusilko, a graduate of
Mercyhurst College and Lake Erie
College of Osteopathic Medicine
in Erie, Pennsylvania, is a sports
nutritionist and personal trainer.
Both wanted to make a positive
The Dean's Circle recognizes the
generosity of alumni, friends, faculty, and staff who
make annual gifts of $500 or more to the Dean's
Fund for Excellence. As a member of the Dean's
Circle,your investment helps meet the educational
needs of our students; take advantage of extraordinary
opportunities; and meet new challenges in teaching,
research, and service. The Dean's Fund for Excellence
provides the resources needed to fund scholarships for
undergraduate and graduate students; offer students
and faculty seed grants for pursuing new research
impact at UF and, by including
CLAS as a beneficiary of their
policy, the impact of their generosity
will be immense.There is a need
to bring the study of visual culture
together with the study of politics.
The research conducted as a result
of this gift will be a tI i11 .I. -i."
addition to the study of politics.
"We hope to see UF
reach out to a set of younger,
professionally based alumni in an
effort to cultivate positive donor
relationships," said Herness.
interests and other academic endeavors; provide
scholarships and awards to students for travel abroad
experiences and experiential learning; invest in new
technologies and equipment; and improve classrooms,
labs, and other facilities.
To demonstrate our appreciation, members receive
invitations to events hosted by the Dean and on-campus
lectures and symposiums. In addition, Dean's Circle
members are recognized in CLASnotes magazine, the
e-newsletter of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences,
and online on the Dean's Circle honor roll.
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Please enclose a check made payable to the
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As of October 31,
CLAS has raised $50 million
of its $65 million goal.
The university, as a whole,
hopes to raise $1.5 billion
Donors can choose to make
a gift to 29 different specific
areas across the university.
The donations go to support
faculty, campus enhancement,
to learn more.
Scholar $500-$999 -
Membership is based on fiscal year
calendarfrom July 1 to June 30.
To join the Dean's Circle or to make a
contribution, please visit www.uff.ufl.edu/
OnlineGiving/CLAS.asp. or complete
the form and mail to: College of Liberal
Arts & Sciences, University of Florida
Foundation, PO Box 14425, Gainesville
FL 32604. For more information, please
contact Christy Popwell or Melissa Tyrone
in the CLAS Office of Development and
Alumni Affairs: 352-392-5471, 1. ... II. *
Can't afford to join the Dean's Circle at
this time? We still need your help, even if
you only have a few dollars to share. Gifts
of any size are greatly appreciated and
may be eligible for a charitable income tax
ARE YOU IN THE CIRCLE?1
WE'VEALL HEARDTHE MANTRA:
THE GATOR NATION
But how true is it?
One UF alumnus found this mantra to be extremely true
through several first-hand experiences. He even helped
spread Gator spirit across the globe.
Rear Admiral Richard B. Landolt is the Commander of Amphibious Force 7th
Fleet in Okinawa,Japan, and earned his B.A. in Political Science from UF in 1981.
He has command of nine ships in Japan and refers to five of his amphibious ships as
Through his job in the navy and his past work with NATO, Landolt has
traveled extensively through Europe and Southeast Asia.
"I always bump into the Gator Nation wherever I am overseas,"Landolt said.
For example, in Fukuoka,Japan, Landolt worked with Margot and William
Carrington, both UF graduates. Margot Carrington is the Principal Officer of the
U.S. Consulate in Fukuoka. They reminisced about teachers they both had.
"We refer to our endeavors together in Japan as 'Gator diplomacy' even,"
While working overseas, Landolt interacted with some children in an
Indonesian hospital. He explained to them the concept of a college mascot and
football games. He even taught them the Gator chomp, after noticing his friend, a
University of Georgia graduate, about a hundred yards away.
"We marched down to the other end of the hospital and we all demonstrated
our Gator spirit to my Georgia friend," he said. "It was great and the kids loved
Landolt is a big Gator sports fan even through thick and thin.
"The football team went 0-10-1 my senior year,"he said. "It was a tough time."
In addition to his commitment to Gator athletics, Landolt is committed to
PADANG, Indonesia (October 10, 2009)
Commander, Amphibious Force Seventh
Fleet, Rear Adm. Richard Landolt teaches
the"Gator Chomp"to children outside the
Humanitarian Assistance Rapid Response
Team (HARRT) medical facility in Padang,
Indonesia. Landolt visited the hospital,
which provided free medical treatment
to Indonesian citizens of west Sumatra
following two earthquakes. Amphibious
Force Seventh Fleet is directing the U.S.
military response from a request by the
Indonesian government for assistance
and support for humanitarian efforts. (us
Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd
Class Byron C Linder)
humanitarian assistance too.
Three ofLandolt's ships were en
route to the Philippines for an exercise
when disaster struck. In a span of three
days, September 29 to October 1, a
typhoon hit Manila, Philippines; three
earthquakes hit Sumatra, Indonesia; and
a tsunami hit the Samoan Islands. U.S.
ships from Hawaii assisted in Samoa,
while two of Landolt's ships were sent to
the Philippines and one ship was sent to
Indonesia (and was later joined by two
other ships from the 7th Fleet).
Landolt was assigned as the
Mission Commander for all U.S.
forces in Indonesia. He was constantly
surprised at the- ilII ,.... people to
help out. One day, as part of the relief
effort, he boarded a Marine Corps
heavy-lift helicopter to help deliver
relief supplies. They found a very small
landing spot in the forest.
"After we landed, people came
out from the forest and a spontaneous
conga line'was started to help move
material out of the helicopter to a
nearby staging area," Landolt said. "Very
spontaneous and very orderly."
Although Landolt loves his job
and his time spent overseas, there's still
nothing like home.
"I've enjoyed every aspect of living
overseas but it does make you more
appreciative of what we have in the U.S.
after you return," he said.
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