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    Welcome Dr. Lonn Lanza-Kaduce as Interim Director
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    In the spotlight
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    Focus on research
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        Page 4
    Outstanding students
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CSCL Newsletter

Welcome Dr. Lonn Lanza-Kaduce as

Interim Director!

Welco me to the Center for Studies in
Criminology and Law. We have
changed a lot since our inception as a
small criminal justice teaching pro-
gram in the 1970s. Back then, majors
had to select courses fro m approved
listsin three separate departments.
In the 1980s our undergraduate te ach-
ing program and interdisciplinary ap-
proach were expanded to encompass
criminology and legal studies gener-
ally. A center structure was adopted
to invigorate research. The Center
continues to evolve its teaching and
research missions. It now has 12 vot-
ing faculty member rs who have v various
links to the Departments of History,
Psychology, and Sociology and who
have degree s in criminology, educa-
tion, history, law, psychology, social
ecology, and sociology.

Our Center supports the largest inter-
disciplinary degree program at UF,
serving over 600 majors, dual-degree
students, and minors. Because

we have a "limited access" major, our
students truly are above average. The
Cente s interdisciplinary thrust is
reflected in its undergraduate
curric ulu m-it re quire s course s in
criminal justice, theory, re search
method ds, law, and law and society.
Seven of our faculty have receive d
teaching awards.

The Center continues to develop its
research programs. Last year, it inau-
gurate d the Institute for Crime, Jus-
tice, and Policy Rese arch. Recent
fun ding has co me from v various F ed-

eral, state, and private agencies in-
cluding the National Institute of Jus-
tice, the Florida Department of
Juvenile Justice, the U.S. Department
of E duc action, and the Spencer and
MacArthur Foundations. Our re-
search has been well receive d by pub-
lishers and appears in a variety of dis-
ciplinary and interdisciplinary jour-

The Center's capable and productive
young faculty members embrace the
ideal of the teacherischolar. They
have forged teaching and rese arch re-
cords that bring growing recognition
to the Center and pro mise a bright
future. We welco me bright energetic
individuals with an interest in
criminology and legal studies to help
us build that future.

Center for
Studies in
Criminology and

Volume 1, Issue 1
F all 2001

Special points of inter-
* We have a new director?
* CongradJations to Dr.
RonlcdAkersforner Di-
retor of he Center, who
ha accepted the position as
Assocate Dean of CLAS?
* Nkew Facity at nhe Center
* Curretresearch agendas
of some of our faculty
* PositkionAnnouncement?

In side this issue e

New Larator

Laan Akers

New aic Lity

Focus on PFBu1ty

c&tstandPy Stu-

PJ itifon Awraunce-

Walker Hall houses The Center for Studies in
Criminology and Law

Volume 1, Issue 1

In The Spotlight:
Associate Dean Akers, Professor of Sociology and Criminology

Dr. Ronald L Akers, Professor of
Sociology and former Director of the
Center for Studies in Criminology
andLaw, has accepted the position of
Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs in
the College of Liberal Arts and Sci-
ences! Though we miss him in the
Center, we know that this is a gre at
opportunity for him! Congratulations
Associate Dean Akers!
Of course, Dr. Akers' new ad minis-
trative responsibilities are not inter-
fering with his academic involve -
ment. He is currently serving on the
Program Committee for the annual
mee ting of the American Society o f

Criminology this year in Atlanta. He
is organizing several sessions on
learning and process theories. As
usual, he will also be performing in
the annual bluegrass show to benefit
the ASC Minority Fellowship Fund.
Dr. Akers is co -editor of a forthco m-
ing book entitled "Social Learning
Theory and the Explanation of
Crime: A Guide for the New Cen-
tury," with G ary F. Jensen. This book
is part of the Adv ances in Crimino-
logic al Theory series s, Volume 11, to
be published by Transaction Publish-
ers. We look forward to this new
scholarly addition.

New Faculty: Alex Piquero, Ph.D., Criminology

Associate Professor

Welcome to Alex Piquero, associ-
ate professor of criminology in the
Center! Alex complete d his PhD. in
1996 at the University of Maryland,
College Park. He has been on the fac-
ulties of Temple and Northeastern
Universities prior to co ming to UF.
Currently, Piquero is involved in sev-
eral longitudinal studies that exam-
ine the patterns of lifetime criminal
activity, as well as the factors that
account for changes in criminal activ-

ity. He is also an expert in crimino-
logic al theory, quantitative research
methods and policing. He is working
with Karen Parker, another member
of the criminology faculty, and the
Meto -Dacde Police Department in
Miami for the first-ever study of ra-
cial profiling among ethnic groups.
More on Alexs re search in the Fac-
ulty Research section.

New Faculty: Nicole Leeper Piquero, Ph.D., Criminology
Assistant Professor

Welconm to Nicole Leeper
Piquero, one of our two new faculty
in the Center this year! She joins the
departm ent as a new assistant profe s-
sor of criminology and sociology She
completed her Ph.D. in criminologyin
May2001 from the University of
Maryl and, C college P ark. She was an
assistant professor at Northeastern
University in B ostonbefore comingto

UF, and her current research focuses
on the techniques of neutralization
usedby white-collar offenders to miti-
gate or justifytheir criminal behavior.
She is also working on a project that
examines coping strategy e s utilized by
police officers in re spending to on-the-
job stress and strain. More on Nicky's
research in the Faculty Research sec-


Volume 1, Issue 1

Focus on Research:
JodiLane, Ph.D., Social Ecology/Criminology

Jodi Lane, Ph.D., assistant professor ofcriminology, has
had abusy summer! Along with Lonn Laza-Kaduce,
Charles Fraier, andDonnaBishop, she presented a paper
entitled, "Findings from the Florida Juvenile Transfers to
Criminal Court Study," at the meetings of the FloridaBar
Commission on the Legal Needs of Children This conference
took pla e in Orlando, Florida in June. She attended the
ICPSR DataWorkshop on LISRE L Mo ling from July 29
through August 4. Then she attended the annual meeting of
the American Sociological Association in Anaheim, Califor-
nia, and presented a sole authored paperentitled, "Fear of
Gang Crime: A Quditative Examinationof the Four Perspec-
Jo i' s re se arch focuses primarily on fe ar of crime, juvenile
justice, gangs and crime policy. She will be presenting three
papers at the annual meeting of the American Society of
Criminology in November in Atlanta The titles of the pres-

entations are as follows: "Effects of Mediaon PerceivedRisk,
Fear of Gang Crime, and Resulting Protective Behaviors,"
with Jim Meeker; "Ev aluating the South Oxnard Challenge
Project: Findings," with RAND colle gues, Amber Sc hroeder,
Susan Turner aid Terry Fain; as well as two other co-
authored publications related to a funded project ly Office of
Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJDDP) enti-
tled, "Juvenile Transfers to Criminal Court Stucl,."
In addition to these accomplishment, Jodi has mentoredtwo
outstanding students: Katie Brauss, who won the award for
"Excellence in Qualitative Research" it the University Schol-
ars Symposium this past spring; and Racole Henry, a lMNar
scholar, dho is doing recidivism research usng the OJJDP

Mark Fondacaro, J.D., Ph.D., Psychology

Congratulations to Dr. Mark Fondacaro, who was recog-
nized as a 2001 Anderson/CLAS Scholar Faulty Honoree! In
addition to this accompli shment, he has recently pre senate d a
paper entitled, "Integrating Behavioral Science and the Law:
Toward a Ecolcgical Jurisprudence," as part of a symposium
he co-chaired at the Biennial Conference of the Society for
Community Re se arch and Action. This conference was held
in Atlanta in June. Jennifer Lue sher and Penny McNatt,
both graduate studentsin psychology, presented a poster
with Dr. Fondac aro entitled, "Ethnicity and Procedural Jus-
tice in Resolving Family Conflict," at the Annual Meeting of
the American Psychological Association in San Francisco,
California, August 25, 2001.

Mark Fonda aro will present a paper entitled
"Reconceptualizing Due Process in Juvenile Justice: Contri-
butions from Law and Behavioral Science" at conference on
"Children and the Law," to be held at the Universty of Flor-
ida Levin College of Law in December.
The U.S. Department of Education will fund a $297, 572
grant reque st 1y Principal and Co-Principal Investig aors
Scott Miller, Mark Fondac ar and Jennifer Woolard to stucb
"School Violence and Beliefs About Self, Others, and the Fu-
ture." The one-year grant covers the first phase of what is
expected to be a multiwav e, national longitudinal stubd of
middle school students.

Joseph Spillane, Ph.D., History

In addition to serving as Undergraduate Coordinator in the
Center, Dr. Spillane has been excelling in student mentor-
ship andresearch. In the spring, two students completed
their honors theses with Dr. Spillane. Diane Cohen wrote,
"Cognitive Intervention Prcgrams in Segregate Confinement:
F ailitating Inmate Reintegration," as part of the University
Scholars Program. In addition, Lauren Mc Bride wrote
"Opportunity and Failure: An Historical Analysis of Mari-
juanaDecriminalization in the Carter Administration." Both
students have begun UF Law School this fall.

Dr. Spillane's research interests include the history of crime
and criminal justice, corrections, drug policy, and the his-
tory of U.S. social policy. This November, he will present
a paper entitle d, "Defining a Drug Epidemic: Heroin in
Po stw ar Urban America" as part of a panel on
"Trafficking in Illegal Drugs." This will take place at the
annual meeting of the Social Science History Association
in Chicago.


Volume 1, Issue 1

Alex Piquero, Ph.D. Criminology and Criminal Justice

Alex Piquero, Ph.D., is one of our
new additions to the Center. He will be
attending the annual meeting of the
American Society of Cri rnology in At-
Sant a this fall and pre senting 4 p apers:
"Drinkirg and Drift: AnE mpiricd Ap-
plication of Soft Determinism," with
Timothy Brezina; "Beyond Stafford and
Warr s Reconceptualiz action of Deter-
rence: Personal andVicarious Experi-
ences, I mpulsivity, and Offending Be-
havior," with Greg Pagarsky; "Race Dif-
ference s in Life-Cour se Per sistent Of-
fending," with Terrie Moffitt and Brian
La ton; and "Understanding the
Causal Pathway s of Violent B behavior:
The Contribution of Prenatal Factors,

Cognitive Functioning, and Behavior
Problems to Violent Offending."
Alex has been very successful in pub-
lishirg. He has seventeen current peer
reviewed articles in addition to anew
book entitled Rationa Choice and
Criminal Behaoir with Stephen Tib-
betts. He has sev en recent publications,
ten in press, and seven articles written
with graduate students.
Selected publications are as follows:
"Crime in E merging Adulthood," with
Robert Brame, Paul Mzerolle, and
Rudy Haaparen, in COimindoy;
"Applying Tittld s Control Balance The-
ory to Police Deviance," with Brian

Lawton, Matthew Hickman, and Jack
R. Greene in Podicig "An Empirical
Test of Agnews Macro-Strain Theory,"
with Timothy Brezina and Paul Mae-
rolle, in Journal of Research in Cime
and Denquency; "On the Relationships
Between Gender, Early Onset, andthe
Seriousness of Offending," with He Len
Chung in Journal of COimina Jusice;
"Asses sing Moffitt s Adole scene -
Li mite dOffending Hypothe as," with
Timothy Brezina, in Criminology; and
"The Validity of a Self-Reported Delin-
quency Sc ale," with R. MacI ntosh and
M. Hickmanin Sociological Methods
and Research. Dr. Piquero is also an
associate editor for Jstice Quartery.

Jen Woolard, Ph.D., Psychology

Congratulations to Dr. Woolard for
recently receiving two grants: The Uni-
versity of FloridaOportunity Fundis
providing support for"The Atorney-
Client Inter action and Disciplinary
Sanction: Understanding Floridd s
Regulatory Process" with Co-Principal
Investigators Fondacaro and Lanza-
Kaduce. The Founders Trust Founda-
tion, though the Association of Private
Correctional and Tre atment Org aniza-
tions, has funded the research project,

"Justice for Juveniles: The Effective-
ness of Sanction and Intervention,"
with Wool ar d as Principal I nve stigator
and Lanza-Kaduce as co-PI.
Dr. Wool ard s publications include:
"Toward an expanded definition of ado-
lescent competence in legal contexts,"
with C.S. Fried andN.D. Reppucci, ap-
pearingin Psyhology in the Courts:
Internatic a Advances in Knowledge;
"Informing Juvenile Justice Policy: Di-
rections for Behavioral Science

Research," with Fondacaro aid C. Slo-
begin in Law and Human Behavior.
Jen Woolard has a so given four recent
presentations at conferences such as
the Biennial Conference of the Society
for Co immunity Research and Action.
She appears regularly in the media as
well. She has recently mentored several
honors thesis students and aMcNair

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Nicole Leeper Piquero, Ph.D., Criminology/Crim Justice

Welcome to Nicky Piquero, Ph.D.,
one of our new faculty in the Center.
Nicky will be attending the annual
meeting of the American Society of
Criminology, hed in Atlanta, Georgia
this November. She will be present-
ing the following papers: "Low Self-
Control and Corporate Crime: A Test
of a General Theory," with Sally
Simpson, and, "Mandatory Sentenc-
ing and Adjudication Outcomes: Ex-
amining the Role of Extra Legal De-
fendant Characteristics." with

Miriam D. Sealock.
In addition, Dr. Piquero has several
recent and forthcoming publications.
She and her husband, Dr. Alex
Piquero, are publishing two chapters in
the Ehnyclopedia of Crime and Justice.
The first one is called "Research Meth-
ods in Criminology and Criminal Jus-
tice," and the other is c called "Crime
and Criminal Justice Research: Or-
g anizations."
Dr. P iquero has a publication in pre ss
with Sally Simpson and Raymond Pa-

te foster entitle d, "Rationality and
Corporate Offending Decisions" in a
book c called Rational Choice and
Criminal Behavior, edited by Alex
Piquero and Stephen Tibbets. Fi-
nally, she has a forthcoming article
in Journal of Criminal Justice, enti-
tle d, "Calibrating and Measuring
Theoretical Integration in Drug
Tre atment Programs."


Volume 1, Issue 1

Karen F. Parker, Ph.D., Sociology

Congratulations to Dr. Parker for
being nominated for Who's 1ho in
America 2002! Additionally, she is
currently Research Associate and
Consultant on an exciting project in
Miami. With Geoffrey Alpert and
Alex Pique ro, Karen is working with
the I tro -Dade police department to
learn about racial profiling in Miami
Karen recently pre sented a paper
entitled, "Structural Determinants of
Police Use of Force," with John Mac-
Donald and Geoffrey Alpe rt, at the
annual meeting of the American So-
ciological Association in Anaheim,
California. She will present "Gender,

Labor Market Stratification, and Ur-
ban Violence: Assessing the Direct
and Indirect Linkages," at the an-
nual meeting of the Americ an Society
of Criminology in Atlanta this No-
ve mber.
Dr. Parker' s recent publications are
impressive. Among her recent and
forthc o ming public ation s are:
"Exploring the Racial Discrimination
and Competition Processes of Racial
Violence in the Urban Context," with
Patricia L. McCall and Jodi Lane, in
Critical Sociology; "Applying Black' s
Theory to the Study of Homicide
Clearance Rate s," with Marian Borg,
in Law and Society Review;

"Structural Determinants of Justifi-
able Homicides, in Ho micide Studies
with John MacDonald; "Racial Bias
and the Conviction of the Innocent,"
with Mari Dewees and Michae
Radelet in Wrongly Convicted: When
Justice Fails, edited by SaundraD.
Westervelt and John Humphrey.
Dr. Parker has also been awarded a
grant in the amount of $32,440 by
the National Institute of Justice to
conduct re search on Women, Indus-
trial Restructuring and Urban Vio-
lence: Estimating the Direct and In-
direct Linkages between the Eco-
nomic Transformation and Violence
of Urban Areas."

Institute for Crime, Justice and Policy Research

Dr. Woo lard was appointed as the
Director of the Institute for Crime,
Justice and Policy Research (I CJPR)
in 2000. The Institute for Crime, Jus-
tice, and Policy Rese arch (I CJPR) is a
new initiative designed to develop
the rese arch infrastructure of the
Center. The Institute's two main
go als are to bring five mapr data-
bases on criminal justice research to
usable states, and to support two ma-
jor grant propo sales. Several grant

proposals to fe deral agencies and
foundations were funded in the 2000-
01 acade mic year, and more sub mis-
sions are planned for the 2001-02
The Institute already has at least
one funded proposal that will help
secure a portion of the Institute's
funding for the next two ye arr s!
Under the direction of Dr. Woolard
are staff members, who include: Dr.
Kathy Berg and Dr. Sunghyun

Hwang. However, Dr. Hwang has
recently finished his post-doc with
the Institute and returned to his na-
tive Korea. We wish him continued
success. Look for an Institute web-
page to be developed during Fall

Outstanding Students!

Students are an integral part of the
Center for Studies in Criminology and
Lam. Though the Center de s not pres-
ently have a graduate program, faculty
often work with graduate students from
Sociology, Psychology, Lawm and His-
tory. The following graduate students
are currently involve din research at
the Center Mari Dewees: Sociology,
Lisa Holland Sociology, Jennifer
Luesc her: Pschology, Allison Chappell:

Sociology, Scott Maggard Sociology,
Jen Crick: Sociology, and Leslie Schae-
fer: Sociology.
Additionally, there are 23 McNair
scholars University-wilde and the Cen-
ter faculty are sponsoring three of
them. Damian Daley, sponsoredby Dr.
Karen Parker, is working on project
entitle d"Racial Disparities and Arrest
in Florida The Impact of 10-20-Life.

Dr. Jodi Lane is sponsoring Racole
Henry, who is using data from the
OJJDP to conduct research on recidi-
vism. Finally, Dr. Jen Woolardis spon-
soring Ka e Sloan on project with
juvenile delinquency. Katie Brauss,
another student of Dr.Lane's, received
an award for"Excellence in Qualitative
Research" at the University Scholars
Sy mpo sium in the Spring.


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