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phe Sociology


Launching the

Conference of the Social Sciences

William Marsiglio with Ramon Hinojosa and Namita Manohar

664AW hat do you think about
V graduate students and faculty
developing some type of in-house con-
ference for next year?" Ray Hinojosa,
a Ph.D. student of mine, asked me
this question while we chatted in
the lobby, between sessions at the
National Council on Family Relations
meetings in Orlando, November 2004.
Though somewhat skeptical at first,
the idea grew on me during the next
few months as I edited versions of
Ray's written proposals for the project.
Professor Charles Gattone joined our
email exchanges midway through the
process and he and I became faculty
advisors to the project.
Last spring, 2005, Ray became
the Chair of the original student
steering committee comprised of
Matt Van Voorhis, Namita Manohar,
Colleen Cain, William Jawde, Orli
Zaprir, Danielle Dirks, Dana Berkowitz,
JeffriAnne Wilder, and Billy Jeffries.
Without a pre-existing roadmap to fol-
low, the steering committee creatively
sought to turn the proposal into a
conference. Matt agreed to build a
website and took web design semi-
nars and did independent reading to
polish his skills. Budgets were com-
piled and presented; public relations
teams (Billy, Colleen, JeffriAnne, and
Namita) went out to drum up inter-
est in the conference; and incoming
abstracts, papers, and inquiries were
managed (William). Ray, Matt and Orli
acquired funding for the conference
while Dana was involved in publicity
management and in soliciting par-
ticipants for the conference. Orli lent
her expertise to design and publish
the conference program. Thus, by fits
and starts, the committee worked to
turn an idea into an annual happen-
ing-the Conference of the Social Sciences.
The conference morphed into an
event providing graduate and under-

graduate students an opportunity to
present their research in a profes-
sional setting while gaining invaluable
experience in all aspects of organizing
a professional meeting. The initial
meeting on Saturday, October 29,
2005 was by all accounts a great suc-
cess. It included five sessions (Race
and Ethnicity; Sociology of Health and
Illness, Public and Political Sociology;
Culture; and Families, Gender, and
Sexualities). A total of 19 papers were
presented by sociology graduate stu-
dents as well as students from other
departments. Graduate students also
served as session moderators. About
too students and faculty attended the
all-day affair that included a buffet
lunch. Generous financial support to
sponsor the event was provided by
Ms. Mika Harris, a former undergradu-
ate student in the Department and
local realtor.
Looking to the future, the orga-
nizing committee has been busy mak-
ing plans for the second conference
scheduled for Saturday, October 21,
20o6. The student committee, now fif-
teen students strong, with Namita as
Chair, is in the process of establishing
the conference event as an annual
Department and University function.
To ensure the conference becomes an
annual event, the students success-
fully applied to the University for for-
mal organizational status: Society of the
Social Sciences at the University of Florida
(SSS at UF). At this point, the organi-
zation's key mission is to organize the
meeting. The organizing committee
has five formal subcommittees: logis-
tics, publicity management, fund rais-
ing, media management, and presen-
tation. In addition, the committee is
exploring options for making the con-
ference more interdisciplinary while
expanding it to include several other
universities in Florida. Anticipating an

even bigger turnout,
next year's program
will incorporate con-
current paper session

In this issue

Launching the Conference of
the Social Sciences

Funding the Road
to Research:


and a separate poster
session for both graduates c
and undergraduates.
The faculty and students
will consider options for inte-
grating the event more directly
into the Department's training
mission. Because professional
socialization is an important
facet of graduate education,
the Conference of the Social Sciences
should come to play a unique role
in training our Masters and Ph.D.
students, as well as our under-
graduates who have ambitions to
pursue advanced degrees. Most of
these students have their sights
set on becoming university profes-
sors, researchers, or leaders in
organizations dealing with impor-
tant social issues.
Reflecting on that November
afternoon lobby chat, when I ini-
tially responded with a cynically
arched brow and scrunched
face to Ray's query, little did I
know what a truly remarkable
project would emerge from
that conversation.

collaborations boost
federal grants for

Celebrating an


Alumni Award
for Eric Wagner

Alumni Updates

Please Consider
a Gift to the

Graduate Student Conference Organizing Committee: (front row, left
to right) Dana Berkowitz, JeffriAnne Wilder, Colleen Cain, Orli Zaprir,
Namita Manohar; (back row, left to right) William Jawde, Billy Jeffries,
Ray Hinojosa, Matt vanVoorhis


Funding the

Road to Research

Interdisciplinary collaborations

boost federal grants for CLAS

Dreaming about roads is what keeps Stephen Perz
awake at night. The associate professor of sociology has
received five grants to date to help solve a simple ques-
tion with complex answers: What happens when you
build a road in the middle of the Amazon?
"I came out of graduate school as a social demographer studying
environmental issues," he says. "The more I studied various popula-
tions, the more I started to see the larger picture in terms of how
populations use and, in some cases, abuse the land, and how they
impact the environment and vice versa."
Since 2001, Perz has collaborated with colleagues in many dis-
ciplines playing the research grant lottery and hitting the jackpot
five times, receiving more than $800,000 from the National Science
Foundation (NSF) and NASA to fund research in Amazonian portions of
Brazil, Bolivia and Peru.
Perz makes up a growing number of CLAS faculty who are apply-
ing for and often receiving federally funded research dollars. For the
2004-2005 fiscal year, CLAS experienced a 26 percent increase in fed-
eral awards, and the current fiscal year is no different according to the
college's associate director of research and grants, Margaret Fields.
"External funding awards from federal agencies has continued to
increase during the first quarter of the new fiscal year," she says. "We
have a total of $13,424,934 from federal agencies that represents 90
percent of total awards to date."
Last year, UF garnered $494 million in research funding, and
CLAS accounted for roughly o1 percent with $47.4 million, behind the
Health Science Center with $257.1 million (52 percent), the College of
Engineering with $63.3 million (13 percent) and IFAS with $84.4 mil-
lion (17 percent). All other UF colleges and units earned a combined
$41.8 million (8 percent).
"When research grants are talked about in a liberal arts and sci-
ences college, the traditional hard sciences tend to get more atten-
tion," says CLAS Associate Dean for Research Lou Guillette. "While
they do bring in big dollars, there is a growing trend in the number
of faculty within the social sciences and humanities applying for and
obtaining federal grants, and many times their research proposals are
quite interdisciplinary, pooling expertise from across departments and
colleges, which I think accounts for much of their success."
Perz is working with colleagues in CLAS, including geographer
Jane Southworth, as well as faculty and graduate students in other
colleges at UF who meet regularly as the "ROADIES" working group.
Perz also has colleagues at other US universities, including Michigan
State and Columbia, as well as several universities in South America,
all teaming up in what he describes as a complex series of projects.
"Essentially, we're looking at how, where and why people build
roads, and what new roads and road paving will mean for the future
of the Amazon in terms of positive and negative social and environ-
mental processes," explains Perz. While roads in the Amazon are gen-
erally built to gain access to natural resources, the specific resources
sought, the benefits they bring to local communities, and the ecologi-
cal implications of exploiting them differ from place to place.
"Roads help people earn livelihoods, but they can also cause
social conflicts and degrade the ecosystems on which local residents
depend," he says. The Amazon has enormous biological diversity, so

'00 1 e ID

UF Sociologist Stephen Perz stands in front of a sign in Assis, Brazil near the
tri-national frontier where Brazil, Bolivia and Peru meet. At right is the Trans
Oceanic Highway before it was widened and paved. When completed, it will
link the tri-national frontier to the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

road-building projects are prompt-
ing new conservation efforts,
making the region especially
important for us to be studying
right now."
A section Perz is particularly
interested in is known as the
MAP region, made up of areas in
three countries that are dealing
with road-related issues-Madre
de Dios (Peru), Acre (Brazil)
and Pando (Bolivia). "When the
TransOceanic Highway is finished
there, the MAP region will be
linked to both Atlantic and Pacific
ports, and through them exposed
to the global economy, which is
hungry for natural resources."
Perz says MAP is the most
biodiverse region in the world,
and the stage is now set for
unprecedented changes there.
"The question is whether changes
facilitated by roads will improve
or worsen forest conservation,
economic performance and social
equity. MAP now has a social
movement to address these
issues through participatory
environmental planning, and that
movement is calling for more
research on which it can base its
planning proposals to ensure the
best possible outcomes."
More research is what Perz
would like to pursue, as well as
focus on establishing networks

among scientists. "There is a clear
science agenda here. We're work-
ing with faculty and students from
four universities in Brazil, Peru
and Bolivia. There are many social
actors in this complex scene,
so we have to get the social
scientists down there talking to
the botanists, and the residents
talking to the scientists, and the
politicians listening to and under-
standing the science."
At the end of the day, Perz
says his sleepless nights are for a
good cause. "I'm doing all this to
advance a model of environmen-
tal science that is interdisciplinary
enough to take the social sci-
ences seriously," he says. "Ideally,
research should be paired with
democratic processes for environ-
mental governance, as facilitated
by popular social movements to
which policy makers will listen.
This means that research must be
directly linked with investments
in building regional universities to
strengthen their ties to stakehold-
ers, politicians and state agencies.
Otherwise, governance, sustain-
ability and similar notions about
a sound environmental future are
pretty words, but nothing more."
A longer version ofthis article
appeared in the November 2005
CLASnotes, the newsletter ofthe UF
C ,..'y ofLiberalArts andSciences.

Celebrating an Anniversary

The end of the spring term
marked the looth anniversary of
the first sociology course taught
at the University of Florida in 1906
and the 8oth anniversary of the
creation of a separate Department
of Sociology in 1926. As the cam-
pus shifts from the hubbub of
the academic year to the quieter
pace of the summer term, it's
natural to reflect in this anniver-
sary year on what we are doing
today to ensure the success of the
Department in the next decade.
On May 6, I attended the
College of Liberal Arts and
Sciences commencement cer-
emony to greet the new sociology
graduates as they walked across
the stage. I find the ceremony
truly delightful as the students'
energy, optimism and joy spreads
to everyone in attendance.
Commencement is also a reminder
of the enduring commitment we
have to our undergraduate and
graduate students. The most vis-
ible commitment is seen in the
classroom, but there's so much

more involved in developing and
maintaining an undergraduate
and graduate program. I'd like to
highlight three activities of the
past year that will help ensure the
Department's success in coming
The Department granted its
first MA degree in 1931 and its
first Ph.D. in 1954. A critical task
for the future is ensuring that we
provide students with opportuni-
ties to become professional soci-
ologists. An important component
of this task is encouraging them
to present their research before
professional audiences. On the
front page of this issue of the
Investigator, Bill Marsiglio writes
about the research conference
that graduate students organized
last October and which promises
to become an annual event. In
addition, our graduate students
are very active in attending and
presenting papers at professional
conferences. More than 20 of our
students have presented papers at
national or regional professional

meetings this year.
Another task is ensuring that
we offer an up-to-date curriculum
to our undergraduates and gradu-
ates. Over the past few years,
the Department has focused on
developing a research and teach-
ing program in environment and
resource sociology, a topic that
we're convinced will become
more central to public policy
in coming years. With the start
of the fall term, Brian Mayer, a
2006 Ph.D. from Brown University
will be joining our environment
group-Stephen Perz, Christine
Overdevest, and Charles Wood.
His arrival will mean a greater
variety in environmental courses
that we can offer as well as an
increase in the research oppor-
tunities available to undergradu-
ates and graduates. This issue
of the Investigator reprints an
article on Stephen Perz's research
that appeared earlier this year
in the College of Liberal Arts
and Sciences alumni newsletter,

As that article makes clear,
external funding of research grants
is increasingly important to a vari-
ety of disciplines, including the
social sciences. Research grants
allow faculty to do their research
and play an important role in
graduate education. We're able to
support more students on assis-
tantship than would otherwise be
possible and provide them with
research experience. This year
marks a high point in the level
of funding awarded to our fac-
ulty. We have received a total of
$880,000 in research funds during
this fiscal year so far, dwarfing
the $80,000 we received just five
years ago.
As always, we value your
support and interest in the depart-
ment. If you'll write to us about
the exciting developments in your
lives, we'll share them with your
friends in a future issue of the
Investigator. Best wishes for a relax-
ing and enjoyable summer.
John Henretta
Chair; Department ofSociology

Degree Recipients 2005-2006

Ph.D. Degrees
Guillermo Rebollo-Gil Stephen Rice
Advisor: Hernan Vera Advisor: Alex Piquero
"Entre Cafres y Balnquitos: Perceptions of "General Strain Amid Restoration: An
Race and Racism in Puerto Rico" Examination of Instrumental and Retaliatory

Master's Degrees
Rajesh A. Ghoshal
Advisor: Kendal Broad
and Charles Peek

Monica J. Morris
Advisor: Constance

Colleen R. Cain
Advisor: Hernan Vera

Jean T. Callihan
Advisor: Hernan Vera

jaminette Dejesus
Advisor: Milagros Pena

Robin P. Dungey
Advisor: Monika Ardelt

Adam Garcia
Advisor: Hernan Vera

William P. awde
Advisor: Hernan Vera

Bradley G. Tripp
Advisor: Constance Shehan
"Fatherhood and Crime: Examining Life
Course Transitions Among Men in Harlem"

William L. Jeffries IV
Advisor: Barbara Zsembik

Namita N. Manohar
Advisor: Barbara Zsembik

Maura M. Ryan
Advisor: Kendal Broad

Ana C. Siqueira
Advisor: Charles Wood

Sabrina J. Ward
Advisor: Marian Borg

Outstanding Alumni Award for Eric Wagner
At the UF Homecoming in November 2005, Dean Neil S. Sullivan honored Dr. Eric
A. Wagner with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Outstanding Alumni Award.
This award, given annually, rec-
ognizes the distinguished career
contributions made by University of
Florida graduates.
After earning his bachelor's
degree from The Ohio State
University in 1964, Dr. Wagner
became a graduate student at the
University of Florida, receiving a
master's degree in political science
in 1968 and a Ph.D. in sociology
in 1973. He was named to the
sociology faculty at Ohio University
in 1968 and became chair of the
department of Sociology and
Anthropology in 1974, serving three consecutive terms until his retirement in 1997.
Throughout his career, Dr. Wagner has written numerous articles and books
on Latin America, the sociology of sports, and urbanization. In 2004, he received
the Founders Citation, the highest honor presented by the Ohio University Board of
Trustees, for his years of service to the university. He has served as president of the
Planned Parenthood of Southeast Ohio and as president of the Midwest Association
of Latin American Studies.
Following his retirement, Dr. Wagner moved to Gainesville and is active in the
First Presbyterian Church. He also publishes a Turkey Creek neighborhood newsletter
and is the director of the Gainesville Duplicate Bridge Club.

Please Consider a Gift to the Department
Gifts from our alumni and friends allow us to fund a wide array of activities to
enrich the life of the department that otherwise would be impossible. In addition
to covering the production and postage expenses associated with our departmental
newsletter, the InvestiGator, we use the funds in a variety of other ways that benefit
our students. We provide a cash award to accompany the "J.S. Vandiver Teaching
Assistant of the Year Award," and we hold an annual reception to welcome our new
students. A solid base of alumni support is one of the principal factors that distin-
guishes the best universities and departments from the rest, and we hope you will
be able to help us this year with a gift of $50, $100, or more.
Gifts may be made online or by mail. To give online, point your browser to the
Sociology Department contribution page (www.soc.ufl.edu/support.htm) and follow
the link to the secure online giving site.
Or, mail your gift to the Department (Department of Sociology, PO Box 117330,
University of Florida, Gainesville FL 32611-7330). Checks should be made payable
to the "University of Florida Foundation-Sociology."
Thank you for your continued support to the Department.

Alumni Updates
Jeff Appel, BA 1989, MA 1993, JD 1993. Jeff opened the
Law Offices of Jeffrey E. Appel, PA. in Lakeland, Florida
on January i, 2006.
Joseph Felt, MA 1972. Joseph writes, "I have been
retired since June 2002, after 33 years with the
Probation Division of the State of New Jersey."
Virginia Mulle, Ph.D. 1993. Ginny is now Associate
Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences at the
University of Alaska-Juneau. This is her 12th year at
the university, where she is also an Associate Professor
of Sociology.
Keep your classmates up to date! Please use this form
for address changes and/or to tell us what you are up
to. Mail your update via post to the address below
or email Professor John Henretta . We
want to hear from you!


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