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Studying at UF

In record numbers
Each year, several hundred students from UF's
exchange partner schools throughout the world
come to the University of Florida to study. While
they pursue an education on the UF campus, they
also bring their cultures and unique knowledge to
share with domestic students. As the need for a
global education increases, so does the number of
international students coming to UF through ex-
change programs.
Lyn Straka, UFIC's coordinator of exchange ser-
vices, has seen the highest number of exchange stu-
dents ever at UF this year. The numbers have been
increasingly steadily since the university started
tracking exchange students a decade ago. This fall,
147 exchange students began a semester or year of
study at UF. An additional 106 arrived for the spring
semester. These are record numbers, Straka said.
Another record is the number of students who
come for a semester and decide to stay for an aca-
demic year. This academic year about a third of the
fall exchange students have extended their stay for
another semester.
Rene Magerboeck, an Austrian student studying
in the Warrington College of Business, came to UF
this fall with plans to spend a semester. He decided
to stay for two.
"I liked it so much the learning system, how the
classes are prepared and organized that I wanted
another semester's experience," said Magerboeck,
who is focusing on international marketing and
advertising. Many of his course topics at UF have
a strong international component. International
advertising, international business law, international
marketing and other classes will be useful when
he returns to Fachhochschule Wiener Neustadt to
complete his master's degree.
Equally important is the interaction and cultural
exchange with UF students, Magerboeck said. He
See Exchange students, p. 2


Photo Competition

SHAVING ON THE BUS by Tamas Kolos-Laka-
International Students Category
Location: Gainesville, Fla.

UFIC recognizes photographers
The UF International Center and the Transnational and
Global Studies Center recognized outstanding photography by
faculty and students in the 2008 Global Culture Photography
Competition. Judges awarded first, second and third prizes as
well as honorable mention in four categories at a reception
Jan. 9. First prize winners received $200; Second prize win-
ners, $100, and third prize winners, $50. First prize winning
photographs are featured and this issue.
Winners by category are:

Study Abroad Students
Photographs taken by UF students while studying abroad
First prize
"Look Inside" by Brian Nelson
Merida, Mexico
Second prize
"The Rowing Child" by Dawson Henry
Siem Reap, Cambodia
See Photos, p. 4

Exchange students share their cultures and experiences at UF
From p. I
shares his culture and language with other students inside Bringing the World to Weaver Hall
and outside the classroom. As a resident of the Inter-
national House at Weaver Hall, Magerboeck and about
70 other international students live with U.S. students
and share everything from movies to food in their social
"This has been a very good experience for me and
American students," Magerboeck said. "They are very
interested in learning about my culture and background.
They were very helpful when I came here and did not
know where to go for things I needed."
This international exchange contributes to the edu-
cation of domestic students, Straka said. Not every
domestic student can study abroad, but every student ...... ,
who graduates from UF should have some international International and U.S. students share an international
experience and understanding. Exchange students help meal outside Weaver Hall.
to provide that experience, she said. They share their
cultures in the classroom, in social activities on campus ences at UF through personal check-out meetings and
and in their interaction with the community. a survey. Exchange students view their time at UF
"These exchange students come to campus and con- in a very positive way. The most frequent reply to
tribute to our education by sharing their cultural tradi- the question "What was the worst thing about your
tions, their language, their educational traditions," Straka experience here is, "Having to leave!"
said. "In turn they absorb what our academic and cultural As they think about their time here they real-
environment has to offer. At the end of their time here, ize that they have grown and learned things about
they return home and share their experiences here with themselves and about the U.S. and Americans. They
those in their home country." have formed friendships with UF students that often
The academic experience is rewarding enough that result in trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific visits and in
some exchange students return to UF to pursue graduate interest on the part of their UF friends in travelling

Exchange students come to UF under a reciprocal
agreement between their institution and a college at the
University of Florida. The UFIC assists colleges in es-
tablishing exchange agreements. International exchange
students studying at UF pay their fees to their home
institution, and UF students studying abroad at UF's ex-
change partner schools pay their fees to UF. The courses
exchange students take away from their home institution
count as credits toward graduation at their home institu-
tion, so these students add a rich cultural experience to
their studies.
UF has 121 active exchange agreements, and an ad-
ditional three pending approval.
The Warrington College of Business is the largest
recipient of exchange students, enrolling about half of the
exchange students each year.
Before exchange students leave for their home institu-
tions, the UFIC gathers information about their experi-

and studying abroad. The UFIC exchange student
program is a win-win for all involved!

International News
is published by the University of Florida Interna-
tional Center.
Interim Dean: Lynn Frazier
Executive Editor: Sandra Russo
Editor: Larry Schnell
We welcome submission of articles and photo-
graphs on international themes from faculty and
students. Send to srusso@ufic.ufl.edu.
The University of Florida International Center
P.O. Box I 13225
Gainesville, FL 3261 I
(352) 392-5323, Fax: (352) 392-5575

2 Winter 2009

noaries m-. wood, lelt, receives nis senior i-acuity internation-
al Educator of the Year award from Provost Joe Glover.

Educators recognized

for international work
Charles H. Wood, professor of sociology and Latin
American studies in the Center for Latin American
Studies, was named Senior Faculty 2008 International
Educator of the Year. Juan Carlos Molleda, assistant
professor of public relations in the College of Journal-
ism and Communications, was named Junior Faculty
2008 International Educator of the Year.
The awards were established by the UF International
Center to recognize outstanding international endeav-
ors by faculty. The awards support UF's strategic goal
of internationalizing the campus and curriculum. Each
college was asked to nominate two candidates in the
categories of tenured and untenured/recently tenured
faculty. Consideration was given to research, teaching,
and service. Provost Joe Glover presented the awards at
a reception in November in the Keen Faculty Center.

Charles Wood
Wood was recognized for his contributions to the
internationalization of the university through his schol-
arship, teaching and mentoring, as well as program de-
velopment. As director of the Center for Latin American
Studies from 1996 to 2004, he enhanced the external
funding for its research and graduate student programs.
He has demonstrated an ability to identify emerging
issues of global importance, including deforestation of
the Amazon in the 1980s and the impact of crime and
violence on economic and political development in the
Americas in this decade. He translated these themes into
innovative, interdisciplinary programs grounded in col-
laboration between U.S. and Latin American scholars.
He also contributed to the internationalization of UF by
enhancing Latin American expertise through the devel-
opment of joint appointments throughout the university.
International News

Juan Carlos Molleda
Molleda has developed
a groundbreaking research
agenda on international public
relations, resulting in 25
peer-reviewed publications,
12 invited publications, 26
research papers, 38 lectures
at national and international
events, and two teleseminars.
Since his first academic year in
2000-2001, he has conducted
research in Brazil, Colombia,
Mexico, Panama, Venezuela,
and Nigeria, incorporating
international research in his
classes. He has presented
his research at universities
throughout Latin America and Juan Ca
in Taiwan. In 2005, he was named
given the International Award Internat
for Excellence in Research and .,.

Education from the Association
of Public Relations of Cuba.

rlos Molleda was
junior Faculty
ional Educator of

tne rear.

See Educators, p. 8

G1To 6aCulture

Photo Competition

Faculty, Staff and Alumni Category
Location: Port-au-Prince. Haiti

UF student wins photo competition

with picture of abandoned hotel

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N 'Photo Competition

LOOK INSIDE by Brian Nelson
Study Abroad Students Category
Location: Merida, Mexico

While UF graduate student Brian Nelson was taking an
ecology class in Merida, Mexico, he took pictures mostly
of flora and fauna. But the photograph that won first prize
in the 2008 Global Culture Photo Competition was of an
empty building.
"The shot was just a magical event," Nelson said. "It
was the first photo I took while exploring the downtown
area of Merida, the cultural capital ofYucatan."
The photograph "Look Inside" was taken in the lobby
of an abandoned hotel near the heart of downtown. Aban-
doned hotels provide a unique opportunity for expression,
both architecturally and personally, he said.
"The interest for me was the writing on the walls,"
Nelson said. "Travelers from around the world had visited
this place since it closed, and they left messages express-
ing their gratitude to the manager of the hotel and love for
the city. The whole building was interesting, however,
especially from the outside. It had a distinct architecture
- very ornate. It seemed to me to be a cinema that might
show independent and foreign films. This was based on
some of the words I was able to make out from a sign on
the door. Inside was just as interesting and ornate, with
See Hotel photo, p. 5

Photos, from p. 1

Third prize
"Subsistence Comes from Weathered Hands" by Alex
Rural Swaziland, near Ngonini
Honorable Mention
"Flamenco in the Caves" by Nicole Birch
Granada, Spain
Honorable Mention
"Father's Hand and Son" by Elizabeth Freeman
Dublin, Ireland
Honorable Mention:
"Tibet Prayer Flags" by Gesi Schilling

International Students
Photographs by international students while studying
in the United States
First Prize
"Shaving on the Bus" by Tamas Kolos-Lakatos

Gainesville, Fla.
Second prize
"Life on the Edge" by Tamas Kolos-Lakatos
Gainesville, Fla.
Third prize
"Phoenix" by Mujde Erten
Yosemite National Park, California
Honorable Mention
"American Dream" by Mujde Erten
Yosemite National Park, California

Faculty, Staff and Alumni
Photographs by faculty, staff and alumni taken while
traveling abroad
First prize
"Prayer for Tomorrow" by Sarah Kiewel
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Second prize
"Fante Boy on Hyaman" by Courtnay Micots
Winter 2009

Hotel photo, from p. 4

"It was the first photo I ever took while my camera was
on the floor," he said. "This perspective became my favor-
ite angel to take photographs from."
In an age of high-tech communication, this primitive
form of expression writing on a wall remains a viable
medium, he said.
"I think the photo says a lot about our 'global culture,"'
Nelson said. "We want to be heard, or at least believe that
we are heard, so we write. In this day and age, with the
speed of communication and its pervasiveness, it is quite
a thought to imagine all the people who traveled from all
covers of the globe to make their mark and express their
"This process takes infinitely more time and effort than
text-messaging or mailing, or chatting online."
Nelson, a master's student in the School of Forest
Resources and Conservation studying ecotourism, said the
scene in the abandoned hotel reminds him of the process
of choosing options that are not mainstream.
"I wonder if any of the many patrons to the Hyatt Hotel
in Merida when it closes in the future will return to
find it inoperable and feel compelled to express their
thanks to the people who helped manage it.
"The photo says to me that travelers on our planet
appreciate small-scale and local businesses in a way that
larger multinational corporations will never enjoy."

gfo6af Culture

SPhoto Competition


WWII by Chen Wang
Photography & Journalism Students Category
Location: Berlin, Germany

Ghana, West Africa
Third prize
"Civilized Mirage" by Wendy King
Panama City, Panama
Honorable Mention
"Stuck in the Past" by Sarah Kiewel
Havana, Cuba

Photography & Journalism Students
Photographs by UF photography and photojournalism
First Prize
"Wander in the Memory ofWWII" by Chen Wang
Berlin, Germany
Second Prize
"From a Bucket" by Jeremiah Stanley
El Modelo, Zacapa, Guatemala
Third Prize
"Caged from the Victory" by Chen Wang
International News

Berlin, Germany
Honorable Mention
"Red Labor" by Jason Henry
Teculutan, Guatemala
Honorable Mention
"A Boy and a Boat" by Jeremiah Stanley
Santa Maria, Iquitos, Peru
Honorable Mention
"Mtinchen Surfers" by Jasmine Luoma
Munich, Germany

The photographs were judged by Randy Batista, Erica
Brough, Louise Brown, Jorge Ibafiez and Hector Puig.
UFIC Interim Dean Lynn Frazier presented the awards at
a reception in Grinter Hall.

To view all the photography winners visit the UFIC website,

Top international students
The University of Florida International Center
honored outstanding international students with three
awards. The Alec Courtelis Awards, Diane Fisher Ser-
vice Scholarships, and Scarborough Awards were given
out at the 14th International Student Academic Awards
ceremony in November as part of the International Edu-
cation Week.

Alec Courtelis Awards
Ferhat Ay, a doctoral student from Turkey in the Col-
lege of Engineering, won the Alec Coutelis Award for his
outstanding academic achievements at the University of
Florida and contributions to the community.
Felipe Carvalho, a master's student from Brazil in
the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, and Tolga
Barker, a doctoral student from Canada in the College of
Medicine, were runners up for the award.
Ferhat Ay has maintained a 4.0 GPA in his study of
computer and information sciences and engineering. In
his first year at UF Ay published two articles, one for
the Conference on Computational Systems Biology at
Stanford University. It was named "The Best Research
Ay has volunteered for student organizations and has
served on the executive board of the Turkish Students
Association, designing and maintaining the association's
website. He also has volunteered for the Agency for Peo-
ple with Disabilities and with the Turkish community.
Felipe Carvalho has maintained a 3.64 GPA while
studying fisheries and aquatic sciences and working on
his research project involving the assessment and move-
ment of blue sharks in the South Atlantic. He has given
14 presentations and 21 posters at international, national
and regional meetings. He was awarded Best Poster for
his presentation at the annual meeting of the Florida
Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. He also has
published papers in research journals and is co-author of
two books.
Carvalho's public service includes serving as Brazil-
ian representative on the Food and Agricultural Organi-
zation and the International Commission of the Conser-
vation of Atlantic Tuna.
Tolga Barker is in the Interdisciplinary Program in
Biomedical Sciences, where he has maintained a 3.75
GPA while researching mechanisms of the human
autoimmune disease lupus in the Division of Rheumatol-
ogy and Clinical Immunology. He has co-authored 10
peer-reviewed papers in biomedical research journals.

honored with three awards
Barker has presented posters and given presentations at
the American Association of Immunologists and pub-
lished in the FASED Journal. His public service includes
volunteering for local charities.

Diane Fisher Service Scholarships
Diane Fisher Service Scholarships were awarded to
Katiuska Lourenco, a senior from Portugal in the Col-
lege of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and to Mats Petersson,
a senior from Sweden in the College of Fine Arts.
Katiuska Lourenco, a political science major, has
maintained a 3.75 GPA. She has participated in a Brus-
sels study abroad program and a University Scholar
Program to study Romanian immigrants in Portugal. She
has volunteered with UF's Center for European Studies
and the Modem Polish Culture class. She is a member of
Model United Nations.
Mats Petersson has maintained a 3.89 GPA while
studying ethnomusicology in his pursuit of a doctorate in
music. He is a member of UF's World Music Ensemble,
Jacare Brasil, the department's Brazilian music en-
semble, and has performed hand drumming and singing
in Agbedidi Africa in Gainesville and Miami. He assists
undergraduate jazz string players. He has contributed to
the local pop, rock and jazz scenes and volunteers with
students at the Lowell Institute for Creative Arts.

Scarborough Awards
Christian Barrientos, a doctoral student, and Lucrecia
Masaya, a master's student, both from Guatemala and
both in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences,
won Scarborough Awards.
Christian Barrientos, a former Fulbright Scholar, is
majoring in fisheries and aquatic sciences. Barrientos
maintains a 3.65 GPA while conducting his research
involving nonnative fish species in large lakes in Gua-
temala through the Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory at
Ruskin. Since 2007 he has been a member of Students
United in Fisheries Research. He volunteers in youth
clubs at his church.
Lucrecia Masaya is majoring in wildlife ecology and
conservation. She maintains a 3.88 GPA while research-
ing tropical conservation biology in Guatemala. She is
a member of the Wildlife Graduate Student Association,
Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related
Sciences, the Guatemalan Biology Association, and Jag-
uars Without Borders Conservation Group for the Maya
Winter 2009

UF students learn German

at Mannheim University
In July 2008, the Department of Germanic and Slavic
Studies, now housed within the Department of Lan-
guages, Literatures and Cultures, hosted its first Inten-
sive Intermediate German program in at Mannheim
University, Germany. During the six-week program,
students earned six credits in Intensive Intermediate
German language and three credits in culture studies.
Mannheim is an ideal setting for studying German.
The urban environment offers a unique blend of cul-
tural and economic activities in the heart of the historic
Palatinate region. One of the most unique parts of this
program is the option for students to sit for the 'Zertifi-
kat Deutsch" exam while overseas. This internationally
recognized certificate proves a working knowledge of
German, the ability to negotiate all kinds of everyday
situations, and the command of basic grammatical struc-
tures and vocabulary.
All 2008 program participants passed the exam, with
four of them achieving the highest score possible.

New staff members at UFIC
E Katrina Marie Koenig has joined the
UF International Center as a document
preparation specialist. Among her respon-
sibilities is processing student visas. She
has a bachelor of science degree in psy-
chology from the University of Florida.
Koeng Contact: kkoenig@ufic.ufl.edu

Visitors to the UFIC are likely to meet Adam Green-
field when they enter the office. Greenfield is the new
senior clerk. Among his responsibilities are greeting
visitors and directing guests to their destinations. Con-
tact: agreen@ufic.ufl.edu

Adriana Sanchez has joined UFIC as senior secretary.
She is assistant to Susanne Hill, UFIC interim execu-
tive director and coordinator of Study Abroad Services.
Contact: asanchez(@ufic.ufl.edu
International News

Fish Out of Water
By Joe Kays
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to kill in France. You could (a) dnnk champagne on the
Champs-Elysees, (b) soak up the sun on the Riviera,
or (c) ride your
bicycle 400 miles
through unfamiliar
countryside to raise
money for diabetes
UF swimmer
Kevin Nead in
France at the Institut
Pasteur de Lille last
year as part of the
university's HHMI-
funded Science Ki N
ded Sience Photo by Daron Dean
for Life program -
chose the third option. From his broad shoulders and
apparent lack of body fat, it's clear Nead is no stranger
to strenuous physical activity. As a member of his col-
lege swim team, he typically swims as much as 20,000
yards (more than 11 miles) a day. So when his labora-
tory in Lille closed for a week last August, he decided
to do something different.
"Originally, I got on a bike when I realized I
couldn't just go to a swimming pool whenever I
wanted, like I can here," says the soft-spoken Nead
as he sits in the lobby of the University of Florida's
swimming and diving complex.
Soon Nead was cycling hundreds of miles a week.
He had already started mapping out a cycling vacation
when he stumbled on an article about cycling fundrais-
ers. That night he brainstormed the entire project.
Nead drafted letters to family, friends, teammates,
and others he had met during a college career that
included athletic and academic All-America honors as
well as numerous awards for community service and
scholarship. He steered anyone interested to a blog he
created on the Website ofa Gainesville, Florida, news-
paper. Nead's efforts raised $4,000 for the American
Diabetes Association.
August 2008 HHMI Bulletin (c) 2008 Howard Hughes Medical

Science students have international opportunities through Science for Life

Undergraduate science students seeking international
education can apply for the Science for Life Extramural
Program for the 2009 academic year. Applications are
available at http://sfl.chem.ufl.edu.
The Science for Life Extramural Program is supported
by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and is designed
to strengthen and transform undergraduate research and
interdisciplinary laboratory education in life sciences.
Administered through the Honors Program and Office of
the Provost, the program involves 10 colleges, 50 depart-
ments and 300 faculty. Chemistry professor Randy Duran
is program director.
The program is designed to enhance early undergradu-
ate research and transform laboratory teaching in the life
sciences. Participants are encouraged to co-author a peer-
reviewed publication and share their advanced scientific
research with other UF students and faculty. Below are the
12 UF participants, the universities they attended and their
research projects.
Matthew Downs, ETH Zurich
Quantifying the influence of cargo/cargo linkers on microtubule
gliding motility
Michael Gajdeczka, University College Dublin, Ireland
Maple DNA Barcodes Assembling the Encyclopedia of Life
Mehrnoosh Arrar, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales
University of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Computational study of ligand binding characteristics of Trypto-
phan 2,3-dioxygenase (TDO) and Indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase
Beck Frydenborg, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Induction of cell division in terminally differentiated cells
Christiana Lee, University Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France
En Route to Molecular Motors: Synthesis of a porphyrin- based
molecular gate.
Jeanette Polcz, Fundacion Instituto Leloir, Buenos Aires,
Effects of AB on Synaptic Dysfunction
Jasmine Betz, Fundacion Insituto Leloir, Buenos Aires, Argen-
The role of blue-light-activated histidine kinases in activation of
the activation of brucella virus
Matthew O'Rielly, University Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg,
Molecular recognition properties of synthetic receptors
Marzana Ahmed, ICDDR Dhaka, Bangladesh
Pathogenesis of enteric pathogens
David Moore, University of Sao Paolo, Brazil
Biosensors from intrinsically conducting polymers
Cherlsea Catania, University Pierre & Marie Curie, Paris
Evaluation of collagen matrices as bone repair material by cra-
nial defects implants in rats.
Steve Robinette, Imperial College, London
The evaluation of covariance TOCSY-based mixture profiling to

Educators are recognized for their international work
From P 3
Nominees for International Educator of the Year culture Sciences
from individual colleges are: Esther Obonyo, College of Design, Construction &
Alba Amaya-Burns, College of Public Health and Planning
Health Todd Palmer, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Thomas T. Ankersen, Levin College of Law Yong G. Peng, College of Medicine
Scott Banks, College of Engineering Randy Ploetz, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sci-
Enrique Bimstein, College of Dentistry ences
Oana Cazacu, College of Engineering Francis E. "Jack" Putz, College of Liberal Arts and
Sylvia Chan-Olmsted, College of Journalism and Sciences
Communications Paul Richards, School of Music, College of Fine Arts
C. Richard Conti, College of Medicine Diane Ryndak, College of Education
Joseph Funderburk, Institute of Food and Agricul- R. Terry Schnadelbach, College of Design, Planning
tural Sciences & Construction
Lauren Garber Lake, College of Fine Arts Gregory Schultz, College of Medicine
Robert Gilbert, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sharleen Simpson, College of Nursing
Sciences Ian R. Tebbett, College of Pharmacy
Bob Hatch, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences For more information, visit the UFIC website at
Rafael Mufioz-Carpena, Institute of Food and Agri- http://ufic.ufl.edu/iea.htm
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