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    Around the college
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    New CLAS faculty
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    New CLAS director
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    Grants awarded through Division of Sponsored Research
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September 2000

Quality Foremost
Embracing a new academic year
is a time of excitement, of renewing
old friendships and building new rela-
tionships, and a time for forging new
opportunities. With one of the largest
enrollments (both undergraduate and
graduate) in many years and with the
changing relationship of the University
to the state, this year more than ever
before we need to take careful stock of
where we are going.
Our College and the University as
a whole are at the threshold of taking
major steps forward to become one of
the leading public institutions in the
US and to be more widely recognized
abroad. In order to realize these goals,
one theme stands out above all others:
putting quality first. In the classroom,
in making new appointments, and in
building the basic infrastructure we
need to be competitive at a new level
of excellence. The sheer force of num-
bers won't do it. We need to empha-
size the strengths that make UF unique
and carefully plan for where we can be
leaders in the future.
An important part of the drive
to move our College programs to a
higher level will be the development
of much wider global perspectives and
more effective international interac-
tions. We need to develop innovative
interactive technologies (including
internet 2) that will provide mean-
ingful dynamic participation in the
frontiers of research with scholars
and students from around the world.
Examples can include participating
on-line in ocean drilling in the Pacific,
recording observations from the UF
campus using the Gemini telescopes in
Chile and Hawaii, studying images of
ancient documents at remote sites, or

Vol. 14 The University of Florida College of Liberal Arts and Sciences No. 9

Is There Method in This Madness?

Undergraduate Eli Chudnoff Tackles Metaphysics

P philosophy is a subject that is
rarely taught in high school. If
students are exposed to philos-
ophy it is often within the context of a
related discipline. I ,uiill the wedge
in is through some sort of literature
that you are reading in an English
class, for example, that is interrelated
to philosophy," Eli Chudnoff, senior
philosophy major, explains.
In eleventh grade, Chudnoff read
works by Nietzsche and other major
thinkers recommended by some of
his high school teachers. By the time
he started his freshman year at UF,
he knew that he wanted to major in
philosophy. He has been going strong
ever since.
Chudnoff's focus is metaphys-
ics and the philosophy of mind and
language, so far as they intersect with
metaphysics. He knows his subject
is considered obscure by some and is
misinterpreted by others. "Whenever
you say 'I study metaphysics,' you
sound like a freak. It is such a horrible
term, isn't it? Spoon bending and levita-
tion, it sounds so mystical and weird."
But Gene Witmer, one of Chudnoff's
closest mentors in the Philosophy
Department, explains that the sort of ques-
tions that Chudnoff wants to address are
very important methodological questions
to philosophers. "When Eli talks about
metaphysics, he means asking, 'What is
the nature of justice, of the mind, of eth-
ics, of self, or of personal identity?' All of
those things that come up typically in phi-
losophy. These are hot and controversial
Chudnoff uses investigating the nature
of pain as an example to explain the kinds
of intellectual processes that he engages

Eli Chudnoff in Library West's philosophy stacks.

in. "It is not as if you have a pain and that
a part of the pain is a piece of your brain
and therefore it is clearly physical. It is
not so clear that pains have physical parts,
so there must be some other relationship
and it is mysterious what exactly that
relationship is. It is a substantive question
that philosophers would ask: 'What is the
relationship between pain and being in a
certain brain state?'"
Chudnoff, who clearly enjoys his
work, is motivated by the satisfaction he
gets from his dynamic involvement with
his subject. "If I were to step back and
ask myself why I like doing this, I guess
I would say because it is quite engaging.
The problems may have a nice logical
structure to them or, sometimes, you can

See Chudnoff, page 12

See Musings, page 12

Around the College


John H. Moore presented a paper on May 11 to the
Anthropology Department at Oxford University entitled "Gene
How in the Paleolithic." In April, he delivered the Leigh
Lecture at the University of Utah entitled "Ethnogenesis of the
Cheyenne and Mvskoke Peoples."

Geoffrey Giles was a fellow at a two-week workshop in June,
organized under the auspices of the Holocaust Educational
Foundation at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Marilyn Holly has been nominated to the American
Philosophical Association Committee on the Status of American
Indians in Philosophy. Her nomination was made on the basis
of her publications in American Indian philosophy and her
introduction of a course on American Indian philosophy in UF's
Department of Philosophy.

Kirk Ludwig returns this fall from a year's sabbatical. He was
a visiting professor at the Universit6 de Bourgogne, France
in May and gave a series of presentations in Europe includ-
ing "An Ontologically and Epistemically Conservative Modal
Semantics" at the Universit6 de Provence on May 19, and
"Necessities" at the Universit6 Paris on May 29. He is also this
year's vice president of the Florida Philosophical Association.

Gene Witmer presented his paper "Conceptual Analysis,
Circularity, and the Commitments of Physicalism" at the Bled
2000 Conference on Philosophical Analysis in Bled, Slovenia,
the week of June 5-June 10.

Romance Languages and Literatures
Bernadette Cailler organized and chaired a session on "La
Tunisie dans les Litt6ratures non tunisiennes" for the annual
meeting of the International Council for Francophone Studies
from May 27 to June 4 in Sousse, Tunisia. Her own paper was
titled "De Virgile a Glissant: Quels reves? Quelle Carthage?"

Harvey Lillywhite presented a paper on "Patterns of Gut
Passage Time and the Chronic Retention of Fecal Mass in
Viperid Snakes" at the Biology of the Vipers Conference in
Uppsala, Sweden in May. Lillywhite's research suggests that
chronically retained feces, exceeding a full year in some spe-
cies, contribute "inert ballast" that complements the charac-
teristic relative mass of different species. Studies of "adaptive
constipation" in certain viper species might contribute to the
understanding of pathological constipation in humans.

Chemistry's Leigh Hall
Courtyard Complete

UF Students (above
from left) Rachelle
Sanchez (CLAS),
Mariam Andar (Health
Sciences), and Ayanna
O'Connor (Business)
wait for their first chem-
istry lecture of the
semester in the newly
refurbished Leigh Hall
courtyard. Left: Leigh
Hall courtyard before the
addition of landscaping
and picnic tables.

Graduate Student's
Interdisciplinary Work Wins Prize
Eric Gaucher, a graduate student working with profes-
sors Steven Benner (Chemistry) and Michael Miyamoto
(Zoology), and enrolled through the Interdisciplinary Program
in the College of Medicine, was awarded the "Walter Fitch
Prize" by the Society of Molecular Biology and Evolution
at its annual meeting in New Haven, CT in June. Gaucher's
work combines evolutionary theory with structural biology and
organic chemistry in order to understand how proteins function.
The methods he has developed offer scientists a more compre-
hensive understanding of human diseases and explanations for
the wide genetic diversity found within organisms on Earth. His
work will have a broad impact, especially as the human genome
is sequenced, bioinformatics tools are developed, and more is
learned about the chemistry behind genetics.

Around the College

Psychology Department Hosts
International Students
This summer, for the seventh year, the psychobiology
group within the Psychology Department hosted nine under-
graduate students from other institutions, including two from
France, in the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
program funded by the National Science Foundation.
The students were at University of Florida from mid-May
through the beginning of August. Each completed a research

Sullivan Settles In

The nine psychobiology REU students
together with Yijun Liu (Psychiatry, back row
second from left), Neil Rowland (Psychology,
program director, back center), and graduate
teaching assistants Dana Byrd (back row,
second from right) and Connie Colbert (front
left). Both Dana and Connie are "alumni" from
previous years.

project within the
lab of a faculty
mentor. They also
attended various
lectures and infor-
mation sessions,
many of which
focused on ques-
tions about going to
graduate school.
The fac-
ulty who mentored
students were
Betty Capaldi,
Darragh Devine,
Ira Fischler, Neil
Rowland and

Don Stehouwer (Psychology); Yijun Liu (Psychiatry); Satya
Kalra and Tiana Leonard (Neuroscience); and Mike Katovich
Other REU programs on campus include Chemistry,
Physics, Engineering (Particle Physics), the Whitney Lab, and
UCF's Optics Program (CREOL). Several former REU par-
ticipants are now graduate students in these programs, includ-
ing psychobiology TAs Dana Byrd and Connie Colbert.
Psychobiology's website is and all
sites are linked through .


Laura Griffis is the new CLAS
Coordinator of Information and Publication
Services, having replaced Jane Gibson.
Along with publications experience both
within and outside of academia, Laura has
an undergraduate and a graduate degree in
Comparative Religion.
Laura is new to Gainesville and for
the past three years has been living and
working in Africa. She was a Peace Corps
volunteer in Guinea Bissau and then moved
to Tanzania where she was the coordinator
for the East African division of a develop-
ment organization that focuses on education,
youth, and unemployment.

Interim CLAS Dean Neil Sullivan in his new office, 2014 Turlington Hall.

2000 Annual Meeting of the Society for the
Study of Ingestive Behavior
Department of Psychology professors Neil Rowland and
Alan Spector recently returned from the 2000 Annual Meeting
of the Society for the Study of
Ingestive Behavior held July 25-29
at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.
Rowland chaired and spoke in a
session on brain amines and feed-
ing, and also displayed two posters.
Graduate student Connie Colbert
and CLAS undergraduates Erin
Nemecek, Elvis Rema and Jeanette
Lo were co-authors on these presen-
tations. Spector's graduate students Alan Spector's graduate
Laura Geran and Stacy Kopka, who students, Stacy Kopka (left)
each received a competitive Young and Laura Geran (right),
Investigator Award from the Society, received travel awards to
present papers at Trinity
gave oral presentations in the Young College, Dublin, Ireland.
Investigator Symposium.

Office Staff

Karen Gill is the dean's administrative assis-
tant. She has taken over from Carol Binello,
who is on leave for the academic year.
Among her many duties, Karen is respon-
sible for organizing major CLAS events such
as convocation, homecoming barbecue, fac-
ulty receptions and baccalaureate.
For the last three years, Karen was
a staff assistant for Congresswoman Lois
Capps of the 22nd District of California. She
has recently moved to Gainesville with her
husband, UF professor of Political Science
Jeff Gill, and their two children.

New CLAS Faculty

The 2000-20001 school year will see more new hires than ever before

Not only is 46 new faculty a record high
for CLAS, but the type of hires make
for a striking year: Women's Studies,
Asian Studies, and African American
Studies all have new directors; the History
Department alone has eight new faculty;
and there were a number of senior hires
made throughout the College. In the com-
ing months, CLASnotes will be introducing
all the new faces that have joined CLAS in
this record year.

Assistant professor of Spanish in the
Department of Romance Languages
Montserrat Alas-Brun received her PhD
from the University
of Virginia. Her
special interests
are contemporary
literature in Spain
and modern fiction
in Latin America.
She has published
several studies on
Spanish playwrights
and Latin American '
novelists. Her 1995 Alas-Brun
book De la comedia
del disparate al teatro del absurdo (1939-
1946) deals with postwar comedy in Spain
and the Theater of the Absurd. Her current
research focuses on the effects of censorship
in the performing arts during Franco's regime
in Spain and the representation of Otherness in
the propaganda literature during the Spanish
Civil War.

Assistant professor of Religion and Jewish
Studies Leah Hochman came to UF from
Boston University,
where she completed
her PhD in Religion
and Literature. She r
wrote about the
18th-century figure
Moses Mendelssohn,
who scandalized his
contemporaries by
offering a defense
of Judaism based
on the principles ritwo
of natural religion. Hochman
Her present research
looks at the political implications of 18th- and

19th-century obsession with the study of the
Beautiful and its flip side, the Ugly. In her free
time, she reads cookbooks and romance nov-
els. She loves candy and the Red Sox.

David Julian, an assistant professor of
Zoology, received
his PhD in
Physiology at UCSF,
where he investi-
gated retinal devel-
opment. He came to
UF after completing
post-doctoral work
in invertebrate phys-
iology at Heinrich-
in Duesseldorf,
Germany and San Julian
Francisco State
University's Tiburon Center for Environmental
Studies, where he was an adjunct assistant
professor. David studies the biochemical and
physiological adaptations of coastal and deep-
sea invertebrates to extreme, toxic or challeng-
ing environmental conditions. He has not yet
figured out what to do in his free time, so he
tries to keep it to a minimum.

Beth Rosenson, an assistant professor of
Political Science, came to UF from the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
where she earned
her PhD in 2000.
Rosenson's disserta-
tion addressed the
enactment of conflict
of interest laws for
legislators in the
American states
during the period
1954-1996. Her
research interests
include American
political develop- Rosenson
ment, political
and electoral reform and the general issue of
political accountability, political ethics, media
and politics, and American political thought.
This fall she will teach an introductory course
in American federal government and a new
course entitled Perspectives on American
Political Development. In her free time she
enjoys the outdoors, dogs, playing the piano,
tennis and listening to music of all kinds. She

is happy to leave behind the cold weather of
Boston for the warmer climate of the Sunshine

Galina Rylkova is an assistant professor
of Russian. She was born in Moscow and
received her MA
from Moscow
State University in
Languages and
Literatures. She then
moved to Canada
and continued her
graduate work at
the University of
Toronto, majoring I
in Russian language
and literature. Upon Rylkova
receiving her PhD,
she was awarded a two-year postdoctoral
fellowship from the Social Sciences and
Humanities Research Council of Canada,
which she held at Ohio State University.
Rylkova's research and teaching interests are
in the areas of cultural studies, Russian litera-
ture and theory. She has published articles on
a wide range of topics including cultural mem-
ory about the Silver Age (1890-1917) and the
writings of Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Nabokov and
Pasternak. She is currently writing a book on
literary evolution and cultural memory about
the Silver Age, one of the most mysterious and
debated periods in Russian history.

Provisional assistant professor of Statistics
Alex Trindade just received his PhD from
Colorado State
University three
weeks before begin-
ning his appoint-
ment at UE He
is originally from
Portugal but has also
spent considerable
periods of his life in
South Africa and the
United Kingdom.
His research inter-
ests are varied and Trindade
include, most nota-
bly, time series analysis, spatial statistics, and
Monte Carlo. His hobbies, which are oriented
towards the outdoors, include running, swim-
ming, soccer, tennis, sailing, and surfing.

New CLAS Director

Angel Kwolek-Folland, Women's Studies and Gender Research

W omen make up over 51 percent of
the world's population. Yet we know
less about them as a group than
about any other population. Whether
the topic is creativity, biological
development, history, psychology,
political motivation, the impact of
poverty on health, or the epidemiol-
ogy of cancer and heart disease, we
know less about women than about
men, and less about women of color
than white women. The systematic

If you are teaching,

doing research, or

working in the com-

munity beyond the

University on issues

related to women or

gender, we want to

know about you. One

of the Center's most

important roles is to

foster collaboration,

both within CLAS and


study of gender
differences, and
of women in
particular, is one
of the academy's
newest, and most
urgent, epistemol-
ogies. The Center
for Women's
Studies and
Gender Research
is one of many
similar interdisci-
plinary programs
and centers called
into existence
in the 1970s at
universities and
colleges around
the country to
enhance our
ing of the life
experience of
women and girls.
It is a sister to
other centers
at UF such as
the Center for
Research on
Women's Health

and the Center for World Arts that
work both directly and indirectly
to advance research on women and
gender. As its new director, I antici-
pate that the CWSGR will continue
to expand its outreach capabilities,
to serve undergraduate and graduate
students, and to identify and encour-
age quality research and teaching
projects on women and gender both
within CLAS and beyond.
My own background is as an
historian of US women, especially

women's cultural and economic his-
tory. I'm not only new to the Center,
but to Florida. I was a resident of
Kansas for 20 years and for the past
13 I served on the faculty of the
University of Kansas. At KU, I was
involved in the Women's Studies
Program, was active in graduate
education, and gained experience
in departmental and university
administration. The invitation to
join the CLAS team as director of
the CWSGR came at a moment
when I was looking for new chal-
lenges and intellectual directions.
The enormous potential of and solid
support for the Center excited my
interest, and my experience here
has increased that enthusiasm. UF
has an extraordinary resource in
the commitment, accomplishments,
and professionalism of the Center's
staff, students, faculty, and affiliates.
The CWSGR currently has
four regular faculty, three adjuncts,
a small but dedicated staff, several
teaching assistants and nearly 30
affiliated faculty offering courses
through the interdisciplinary major
and a Graduate Certificate program.
Because our subject of
study is so inclusive,
research and teaching
interests can spring from
any disciplinary perspec-
tive. Indeed, it is dif-
ficult to imagine a topic
without a gender dimen-
sion. Faculty and stu-
dents associated with the
Center and Program rep-
resent a cross-section of
the University: in CLAS,
from Anthropology to
Zoology, with stops
in between for music,
literature, and linguis-
tics, among others; and
beyond CLAS to the
Colleges of Architecture,
Agricultural and Life
Sciences, Education,
Law, and Health
Sciences. Thanks to the
generosity of a major
donor and to the efforts

of the UF Foundation, former CLAS
dean Will Harrison, and others, in
the next five years we will have a
new home in Ustler Hall, formerly
the Women's Gym. We have started
the hiring process for the first of
what will be six new colleagues
over the next five years. In the next
two years, we will submit a plan
for a Master's Degree in Women's
Studies to the State Board of
Regents. We will be identifying and
seeking public and private funding
for a variety of research initiatives
created through the collaborative
efforts of faculty and students from
across the University.
If you are teaching, doing
research, or working in the com-
munity beyond the University on
issues related to women or gender,
we want to know about you. One of
the Center's most important roles is
to foster collaboration, both within
CLAS and beyond. Stop by our
temporary home in 3357 Turlington
and tell us what you are up to. %
-Angel Kwolek-Folland

New Women's Studies Director
Angel Kwolek-Folland

2000-2001 CLAS Term Professors

Term professorships are used to reward outstanding CLAS faculty who excel in both scholarship and teaching. These
professorships, funded entirely by private sources, allow the College to recognize faculty who are making a signifi-
cant difference in the classroom as well as through their scholarship. Faculty cannot apply for a term professorship and
do not know they are even being considered for this recognition, making it a special award. Each term professor will
receive a one-year supplement of $5,000 in salary and $1,000 in research support. This year, owing to the continued
success of the campaign, the College was able to award twelve professors, up from ten last year and six in 1998.

Paul Avery, Physics
John C. Slater Commemorative Term
Avery's major research area is High
Energy Physics. He studies the properties
of quarks and leptons which are the fun-
damental particles
that make up all
matter. Recently,
he became leader
of the GriPhyN
Project, a $70M
effort that aims to
build the first large-
scale "computa-
tional data grid" in
which supercomput-
ing centers and uni-ry
versity computing
facilities would be linked by high-speed
networks and new software to form a
single, vast computational resource.

Robert Baum, Philosophy
Dr. David Williams Term Professor
Robert Baum studies the ways in which
philosophical concepts and theories are
relevant to "real world" situations. In
addition to teaching and doing research
in applied ethics, he is the editor of two
scholarly jour-
nals: Business
and Professional
Ethics Journal and
Professional Ethics:
A Multidisciplinary
Journal. Previous
honors include
the Distinguished
Service Award
from the National
Science Foundation
and Mellon and Baum

Michael Binford, Geography
Robin and Jean Gibson Term Professor
Professor Binford is interested in human-

environment interactions that occur in
large areas over extended periods of time.
Through his research he has shown how,
in the South American Andes climate
variation over the
past 3500 years
initially drove the
development of new
agricultural tech-
nologies but then
led to the drought-
induced collapse
of the Tiwanaku
civilization. One of
his current projects 5
focuses on Thailand
and is an interdis- Binford
ciplinary study of the economic conse-
quences of droughts and floods, variations
in soil fertility, and vegetation quality. He
is also working on a project that measures
how carbon storage in southeastern US
coastal plain forests has varied over the
past 25 years as a function of land owner-
ship. He teaches courses in physical geog-
raphy, geographic information systems,
and satellite remote sensing.

George Casella, Statistics
Arun Varma Commemorative Term
The new Chair of the Statistics
Department, George Casella has contrib-
uted to theoretical
statistics in the
areas of decision
theory and statisti-
cal confidence as
well as to environ-
mental statistics,
including running
an NIH-funded mo
doctoral training
program in that sub-
ject. More recently, Casella
Casella has concen-
trated his efforts in statistical genomics.
He also maintains active research interests
in the theory and application of Monte

Carlo and other computationally-inten-
sive methods. He has been very active in
teaching and has developed a number of
courses, including a freshman-level intro-
duction to mathematical and statistical
modeling in biology. He has also served
on numerous statistical editorial boards
and committees, and has authored four

Lauren J. Chapman, Zoology
David L. Williams Term Professor
Chapman combines ecological and physi-
ological approaches in her research in
order to understand
freshwater fishes.
Her current work
in East Africa

of wetlands in the
maintenance of fish
faunal structure
and diversity. She
is also involved in
the conservation
and management of
tropical waters with Chapman
an emphasis on pat-
terns of species loss and resurgence in the
Lake Victoria basin.

Franz 0. Futterknecht, Germanic and
Slavic Studies
Robin and Jean Gibson Term Professor
Professor Futterknecht, who is the
Graduate Coordinator of German, teaches
courses in German
literature and cul-
ture, and maintains
an active research
agenda. He has
been a director,
administrator and
instructor in study
abroad programs
in Germany and
the "Deutsche
Sommerschule im
Stidosten." He has Futterknecht

currently developed an online reading
course and is working with colleagues on
computer-supported beginning German
language courses.

Raymond Gay-Crosier, Romance
Languages and Literatures
Delton L. Scudder Commemorative Term
Professor Gay-Crosier is currently
involved in three projects: a book-length
critical introduction to Albert Camus's The
Stranger (to be published by Bruccoli,
Clark, Layman in 2001 ; as ecial issue
of the Revue des
Lettres Modernes
(Paris) on The Rebe
to commemorate
the 50th anniversary, a
of the latter's pub-
lication; and, in the
longer range, signif-
icant contributions
to the revamped
Pl6iade edition of
Albert Camus's
complete works in arosi
4 volumes. His latest book on Paradigmes
de l'ironie: rdvolte et ,,... -i. 0 ,/fi; ..# ..#. i, ,.
(Toronto, Paratexte) appeared last January.
This fall he is teaching graduate courses
on methodology and "Penseurs et pens6es
du XVIIIe si&cle."

Alice Harmon, Botany
Michael Zerner Commemorative Term
Professor Harmon studies the molecular
biology of plant
responses to the
Specifically, she
studies a family of
proteins (calcium-
dependent protein
kinases) that regu-
late the molecular
chain of events that
link environmental J
stimuli to physi- Harmon
logical responses.
She is also involved in research on the
genomics of plant protein kinases. She
teaches introductory biology, metabolic
regulation, and plant metabolism.

Michael Moseley, Anthropology
Edward R. Flint Commemorative Term
Professor Moseley teaches methods and
theory of American archaeology and
focuses his research
on human evolu-
tion in the Andes
Mountains. His
active research
agenda supports
undergraduate and
graduate students
in investigations of
cultural responses
to El Nifio events,
earthquakes and Moseley
other natural
disasters in South America. In April he
was elected to the National Academy of

Greg J. Neimeyer, Psychology
Elmer P. Hinckley Term Professor
Professor Neimeyer has published
more than 150 articles, books and book
chapters in the areas of constructivist
counseling and personality. He edits an
international jour-
nal and book series
and is the recipient
of the American
Association's Award
for Outstanding
in Career and
Research. Dr.
Neimeyer teaches
undergraduate and Neimeyer
graduate courses
in abnormal psychology and has been
honored with a University Award for
Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching.
He currently serves as the Graduate
Coordinator in the Department of

Christine Sapienza, Communications
Sciences and Disorders
Catherine Yardley Term Professor
Professor Sapienza studies the mechanism
of normal and disordered voice produc-
tion. She has presented her work in the
area of spasmodic dysphonia and pedi-

atric laryngeal dysfunction at numerous
national and international conferences.
Currently, with
funding from
the University
of Florida Brain
Institute, she is
working with
a group of col-
leagues on study-
ing the effects apienza
of a muscle-
strengthening program on the speech of
ventilator-dependent, spinal cord-injured
patients. Since 1998, she has served
as Associate Editor to the Journal of
Speech, Language and Hearing Research.
She is the author of the forthcoming
book Management of Vocal Health and
is currently co-editing For Clinicians
by Clinicians: Vocal Rehabilitation in
Medical Speech-Language Pathology.

Maureen Turim, English
O. Ruth McQuown Commemorative Term
Maureen Turim is a professor of English
and Film Studies. She is the author of
Abstraction in Avant-Garde Films (Ann
Arbor: UMI Research Press), Flashbacks
in Film: Memory and History (New York:
Routledge), and The Films of Oshima
Nagisa: Images of a Japanese Iconoclast
(Berkeley: University of California Press).
She has also published over sixty essays in
anthologies and journals on a wide range
of theoretical, his-
torical and aesthetic D Fc
issues in cinema and
video, art, cultural
studies, feminist
and psychoanalytic
theory, and com-
parative literature.
She has also written
catalogue essays
for museum exhibi-
tions. In her new
book project entitled
Desire and its Ends: The Driving Forces
of Recent Cinema, Literature, and Art
she will look at the different ways desire
structures narratives and images in various
cultural traditions, and the way our very
notion of desire may be shaped by these


Thinking About a Candidate's Religion

W hen Senator Joseph Lieberman was first announced
as the Democratic vice-presidential nominee, I was
bombarded with telephone calls from reporters. They
wanted to know how Lieberman would influence Jewish vot-
ers, what difference he would make in Florida, how African-
Americans would react to the nomination.
In time, I encountered a more important question. How
would Judaism affect his performance as vice president or, if it
should happen, as president?

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Lieberman's web page on the official Gore/Lieberman
Campaign site

Many commentators drew comparisons with 1928 and 1960,
when Roman Catholics first appeared on major party tickets. I
find the election of 1976 a better analogy.
In 1976, voters encountered a Democratic presiden-
tial nominee outside the religious mainstream. Jimmy
Carter was an evangelical Protestant, a self-described
"born again" Christian who made no secret of his faith

and its priority A st infe. Though not the first Southern
oBaptist in the White House (Harry Truman), Carter was
unusual in his open embrace of the Baptist tradition.
What effect did Carter's religious affiliation have
on his behavior in the White House? As far as I can
tell, there was only one thing that clearly marked him
as a Baptist. At state dinners, wine was served in lieu ofb
cocktails. I have yet to discern a common thread to the

political behavior of the three subsequent presidents (Reagan,
Bush, Clinton), all of whom claimed a personal rebirth through
Do I mean to suggest, then, that a candidate's religious
affiliation is irrelevant to behavior in public office? No. I wish
to argue instead that it is not the candidate's religious affiliation
that matters as much as how the candidate understands and inter-
prets his or her own religious tradition.
For some candidates, faith is essentially a private matter
outside the public realm. For others, faith speaks to broad ques-
tions of values that impinge on public policy. Yet even few of
the latter would draw a direct line between a particular religious
doctrine and a specific public policy.
Our major religious traditions focus on overarching ques-
tions about who we are and what we are meant to do in life.
Applying these insights to politics is another matter altogether.
Consider the commandment against killing in the
Decalogue. Does it mean that life is never to be taken on pur-
pose, that animal life is as sacred as human existence? Are there
circumstances under which life may be taken-self-defense, just
war, capital punishment? Obviously, there is no consensus about
how to apply this sacred commandment. Each tradition and each
individual works out the meaning as circumstances require.
Judaism is no different; it, too, focuses more on principles
of Godly living than guidelines for public policy. Jews venerate
tzedakah, commonly translated as charity, but debate whether
welfare or workfare is more compatible with that concept. Does
the commandment to be fruitful and multiply enjoin Jews to pro-
create without limit or does it leave room for birth control? Are
Jews bound to support a Jewish state that does not follow Jewish
law in its statutes?
It matters less that Joseph Lieberman is an orthodox Jew
than how he understands and applies the principles of ortho-
doxy to his political values. To understand that, we do not need
a crystal ball. We need simply to ask how he has behaved in a
long career of public service as a state's attorney, state senator,
and US Senator. In other words, we should ask exactly the same
questions about Senator Lieberman's politics that we ask about
Richard Cheney's, no more and no less.%
-Ken Wald

Ken Wald is the Director of the
Center for Jewish Studies and a
professor of Political Science. On
Sl : August 9, he was a panelist on
The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer in
Sa discussion about the significance
Lieberman's Orthodox Judaism
would have on his behavior in

2000-2001 UFRF Professors Named

The University of Florida Research Foundation (UFRF) recently recognized its fourth annual class of UF Research
Foundation Professors. The three-year awards, designed to recognize excellence in research, include a $5,000
annual salary supplement and a $3,000 research grant. Six of this year's awards went to CLAS faculty (see below).
UFRF professors are chosen based on recommendations from department chairs, a personal statement, and an eval-
uation of their recent research productivity, measured by such criteria as publications in books and scholarly journals,
external funding, and development of intellectual property. The professorships are funded from the University's share of
royalty and licensing income on UF-generated products like Gatorade and Trusopt (a glaucoma treatment). UFRF cur-
rently manages more than 800 grants and 60 licensed technologies and plans to fund a total of up to 90 active profes-
sorships at any given time.

Zoology professor Doug Levey's work
focuses on how habitat fragmentation and
the presence of habitat corridors affect
two ecological processes-seed dispersal
and pollination-necessary to maintain
biodiversity. The US Forest Service has
created a series of 40 habitat patches at
the Savannah River
in South Carolina,
some of which are
connected by cor-
ridors of identical
habitat and some of
which are completely
isolated. By tracking
butterflies and birds
as they move from
patch to patch carry- Levey
ing pollen and seeds,
Levey quantifies how corridors affect pol-
lination and seed dispersal.

Jonathan J. Shuster is a professor of
Statistics, Director of the UF Center
for International
Childhood Cancer
Research, and
Director of the
Children's Oncology
Group's (COG)
Research Data Center
(RDC). Every major
childhood cancer
research hospital in
Shuster the US and Canada
belongs to COG, the only pediatric cancer
trials group amongst the nine National
Institute of Health/National Cancer Institute
funded cooperative clinical trials groups.
Each year, the COG RDC receives over $2
million from the federal government, mak-
ing this one of the largest funded projects
at UF. Shuster has published over 200 peer
reviewed articles, mostly on cancer and sta-
tistical methods for clinical trials, and has
published a book on the design of clinical
trials of survival.

Astronomy professor Charles Telesco
studies the origins of planetary systems.
He uses cameras
sensitive to mid-
infrared wavelengths
(five to 30 microm-
eters) that he and
his colleagues at UF
built to image disks
of starlight-warmed
dust orbiting other
stars. Planets form
through coagulation Telesco
of this warm, infra-
red-emitting dust. The images obtained at
large telescopes on Mauna Kea, Hawaii
and in the Chilean Andes trace the devel-
opment of planetary systems. Among his
team's discoveries is an unusually promi-
nent disk with a central hole thought to be
carved out by a giant planet. Telesco cur-
rently leads the UF effort to build several
mid-infrared cameras and spectrometers
for many of the world's largest telescopes
in Hawaii, Chile, and the Canary Islands,

Brian Iwata is a professor of Psychology
and Director of the Florida Center on
Self-Injury, a program funded through
a combination of
federal and state
grants since 1986.
The center conducts
clinical research on
self-injurious behav-
ior and related dis-
orders in individuals
with developmental
disabilities. It is the
Iwata leading program of
its type in the coun-
try. Iwata pioneered the development of
experimental (functional analysis) models
of behavioral assessment, which have
become the standard in the field.

Robert B. Ray is a professor of English
and the Director of Film and Media
Studies. His writing has focused on what
has come to be
known as Classical
Hollywood, the peri-
od from 1930-1980.
His books include
A Certain Tendency
of the Hollywood
Cinema (Princeton)
and The Avant-Garde
Finds Andy Hardy
(Harvard). His book Ray
How a Film Theory
Got Lost and Other Mysteries in Cultural
Studies will be published by Indiana in the

History professor Ronald P. Formisano
is the author of four books, the co-editor
author of a fifth, and has written numerous
articles in historical, social science and
humanities journals. Although recognized
as a leading historian of early national and
nineteenth-century United States politics
and society, his publications include two
books treating the post-World War II era,
one of which is Boston Against Busing:
Race, Class, and Ethnicity in the 1960s
and 1970s (Chapel Hill, 1991). In 1999
the Journal of American History published
"The 'Party Period' Revisited," the lead
article in a forum reevaluating citizen
participation in the nineteenth century
public sphere. Next year, the Journal of
Interdisciplinary History will publish
"The Concept of Political Culture," an
essay that continues Formisano's pattern
of cross-disciplinary scholarship. These
articles form part of a project leading to a
history of United States populisms from
the Shays Rebellion to Jesse Jackson and
Ross Perot in the 1990s.


(through the Division of Sponsored Research)

July 2000 Total: $1,455,800


Katritzky, A.
Wagener, K.
Moncrieff, D.

Monkhorst, H.
Scicchitano, M.

Bernard, H.
Gravlee, C.
Williams, P
Moseley, M.
Elston, R.
Gottesman, S.
Gottesman, S.
Hunter, J.
Kandrup, H.
Lada, E.
Reyes, F

Duran, R.
Duran, R.
Duran, R.
Scott, M.
Martin, C.
Richardson, D.
Eyler, J.
Yost, R.

Yost, R.

Gerhardt, K.
Babeu, L.
Binford, M.,
Conway, K.
Martin, J.

Giles, G.
Sin, P
Klauder, J.
Epting, F
Neimeyer, G.
Epting, F
Neimeyer, G.
Carter, R.
Shuster, J.
Kepner, J.
Bolten, A.
Bjorndal, K.

Bowes, G.
White, N.
White, N.
Streib, G.

Dept Agency

CHE Multiple Companies
CHE Milliken Chemical Co
CSD Am Acad of Audiology

PHY Tri Alpha Energy Inc
POL Ag Inst of Florida

ANT Am Heart Association




Award Title

3,500 Software research support.
20,400 Milliken research project.
5,000 Functional magnetic resonance imaging of children during monaural binaural and
dichotic listening tests.
19,500 Support for the research and development of the colliding beam fusion reactor.
7,135 A survey of the attitudes of Florida residents about agriculture issues in the state.

16,500 Skin color, social status, and blood pressure in southeastern Puerto Rico.

4,400 REU supplement, imperial interaction in the Andes, Wari and Tiwanaku Cerro Baul.











A near infrared study of a z=3-3.5 galaxies in four quasar fields.
A dynamical study of NGC 1784.
Determination of bar pattern speeds.
A computational study of interfacial instabilities and their role in star formation.
Structure and stability of cuspy triaxial galaxies.
A determination of binary frequencies in young embedded clusters.
Live and archived data on the internet from observations of the low frequency radio
emission of Jupiter and the Sun.
Operations funding for the material research collaborative access team.
Research experiences for undergraduates in Chemistry at the University of Florida.
Research experiences for undergraduates in Chemistry at the University of Florida.

103,193 Nanotuble-based molecular recognition membranes.
14,400 Supplemental equipment funding for CHE9727571.

10,000 Miniature ion trap mass spectrometer for space-related biological and environmental



Analysis of human host animal emanations for the presence of attractants to
hematophagous diptera.
Protective effects of antioxidants against noise exposure and ototoxic drugs in the

guinea pig.
10,000 Human use and potential conservation of river turtles in eastern lowland Bolivia.

5,930 Deep-sea benthic foraminifera associated with methane seeps-clues to modern and
ancient methane release.

US Holocaust Memorial




BOT UF Foundation
MAT GTE Foundation
MAT GTE Foundation
SOC Retirement Research Fdtn


Shapiro senior scholar-in-residence at the center for advanced holocaust studies.
Modular representations finite groups, codes and projective geometry over finite fields.
Affine quantum gravity.
Faculty consultant: psychological assessment at the North Florida evaluation and
treatment center.

11,658 Psychology assistant: psychological assessment at the North Florida evaluation and
treatment center.
60,481 Informatics: database management for Florida birth defects registry.
406,684 Pediatric Oncology Group statistical office.

5,652 Management of the Sea Turtle Online Bibliography.


Miscellaneous donors.
Say It program.
Say It program.
Retirement communities in context: aging people in aging places.

Miscellaneous $149,474
Gustafson, B. AST Miscellaneous Donors
Dermott, S.
Pina, R. AST UCF
Devine, D. PSY University Of Michigan
Karney, B. PSY Fetzer Institute
Tucker, C. PSY FL Chamber of Commer

ce 7

7,000 University of Florida-Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm fellowship in astro
physics and space technology.
2,000 A high-resolution, mid-infrared survey of the nuclei of luminour infrared galaxies.
2,695 The role of orphanin fq in motivational functions in the rat.
2,779 Memory bias in early marriage.
75,000 Statewide teacher training to improve grades and reduce behavior problems of African
American and Latino American children.

Book Beat

Recent publications from CLAS faculty

Criminological Theories: Introduction,
Evaluation, and Application
Ronald L. Akers (Criminology and Law)
Roxbury Press

(from cover)
The third edition of Criminological Theories:
Introduction, Evaluation, and Application is a con-
cise but thorough review and appraisal of the lead-
ing theories of crime and criminal justice. In this
best-selling book, esteemed criminologist Ronald L.
Akers offers a knowledgeable and insightful intro-
duction to and critique of each theory.

To many students, criminal justice practitioners, and
other people, theory has a bad name. In their minds, the word theory means
an irrelevant antonym of fact. Facts are real, while theories seem to involve
no more than impractical mental gymnastics. Theories are just fanciful ideas
that have little to do with what truly motivates real people. This is a mistaken
image of theory in social science in general and in criminology in particular.
Theory, if developed properly, is about real situations, feelings, experience,
and human behavior. An effective theory helps us to make sense of facts that
we already know and can be tested against new facts.

What Works: A New Approach to Program and Policy Analysis
Kenneth J. Meier and Jeff Gill (Political Science)
Westview Press

(from cover)
What Works: A New Approach to Program and Policy Analysis is a concise
methods text that represents a new approach for policy program analysis.
The authors, Kenneth J. Meier and Jeff Gill, combine statistics with norma-
tive concerns. They consider how things might be, and they focus on subsets
of cases that differ from the norm. The case examples the authors employ
and evaluate are especially helpful. This book will appeal to anyone seriously
interested in policy analysis.

A New AppJo .
and Policy Anayi

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to both audiences. This orientation relies heavily on real and practical exam-
ples as a way of illustrating SWAT techniques.


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(excerpt from preface)
This book is intended to introduce a new methodologi-
cal approach, substantively weighted analytical tech-
niques (SWAT), to analyzing data. This approach is
focused on investigating subgroups in a given sample
with the idea that what makes them different can be
important. The differences are often of key substan-
tive importance, such as which programs or agencies
are performing at an unexpectedly high level given
their available resources. This investigation of "what
works" is typically interesting to both researchers and
practitioners in public administration. Consequently
we have written this book in such a way as to appeal

Hearing Many Voices
M.J. Hardman (Anthropology) and
Anita Taylor
Hampton Press

(from cover)
The goal of this volume is to hear,
record, and help others hear some of
the breadth and strength of voices of
women often not heard. The chapters
speak to some aspect of women and
in Japan,
Santa so
Domingo, Many
Egypt, as
well as
and the

An anthro-
in the early part of the 20th century,
[Zora Neal Hurston] accomplished
extraordinary feats considering
how few women, and especially
Black women, achieved any level of
academic recognition during those
years. Widely praised for her work by
some of her contemporaries, Hurston
persisted in working with language
communities of poor and Black
people. And she persisted in writing
novels as well as "scholarship." The
not surprising result is that she was
unknown to succeeding generations
as well until very recently....
The metaphor of voice and
its recovery has been powerful in the
20th-century women's movement.
Coming to realize we had voices
that count and struggling to exercise
those voices is in many ways "THE"
story of this modern women's move-

Musings, continued from page 1

taking data at the large accelerators
at CERN in Switzerland.
With the opportunity for
selected growth, we can move
forward-and move forward sig-
nificantly-if we insist on the
highest standards for all of our
programs. CLAS students today are
more sophisticated, better quali-
fied and much more demanding
than a few years ago, and are chal-
lenging many of our programs to
match the changing world. These
changes involve critical analysis
of the impact of modern research
and enquiry on the human condi-
tion and the world at large, which
is a fundamental raison d'etre of
Liberal Arts and Sciences. There
can be no compromise in meeting
this challenge head-on and with all
our energy and wisdom.
Building excellence depends
not only on resources but on a
determination to succeed and a
willingness to change. The leader-
ship among the faculty to make
those changes is present and the
time is right to energize that leader-
ship. Our sights for the future and
the changes we want to make must
be set beyond the region to the
national and the international lev-
els. We have some fledgling inter-
national exchange programs for
students and faculty and we need to
expand these into long-term rela-
tionships with the best institutions
abroad so that ten years hence, an
alum from CLAS can stand and be
recognized among the best of her
or his peers.
Neil Sullivan,


CLASnotes is published monthly by the College
of Liberal Arts and Sciences to inform faculty
and staff of current research and events.

Interim Dean: Neil Sullivan
Editor: Laura H. Griffis
Contr. Editor: John Elderkin
Graphics: Jane Dominguez
Copy Editor: Bill Hardwig

Chudnoff, continued from page 1

figure out the logical structure and impose it
on what at first seem like very murky prob-
lems. Then you come to understand what
was before quite unclear-and that yields its
own pleasure."
Chudnoff's academic achievements
last year were remarkable. As a junior, he
began delving into graduate level courses
in philosophy. He won the Robert Long
Essay Scholarship from the Mathematics
Department for his paper on Alfred Tarski, a
mathematician who cleared the way for the
study of semantics. He was the recipient of
the Philosophy Department's Ellen Haring
Undergraduate Major Award, which honors
outstanding students for their community
participation. Also, he was accepted to the
University Scholars
Program for 2000-
2001, which allows I w t
"If I were to st
him the opportu-
nity to spend the myself why I li
year working with guess I would
a faculty mentor on is quite engagi
scholarly research lems may havg
with the support structure to tht
of a stipend and
research funds. times, you can
Clearly, Chudnoff logical structure
has come a long on what at firs
way in his short murky problem
stint as a student of come to under
philosophy, before quite ui
Witmer, who
has had Chudnoff yields its own
in at least one of
his courses every
semester since
Chudnoff's first
spring at UF, notes, "He is incredibly quick
at picking up important things." Not only
that, Chudnoff has diligently developed him-
self as a scholar and has made remarkable
progress. "I think that there was a transition
point between his sophomore and junior
years," says Witmer, "where before he was
gathering information and afterward he had
the logical geography mapped out. He did
not need someone just to go through the
readings with him anymore."
Chudnoff spent the summer work-
ing with Witmer, who also serves as his
University Scholars Program mentor, on
the first phase of his year-long University
Scholars Program research project.
Chudnoff's project, which grew out of a
physicalism seminar that he took last year, is
titled, 'The Nature of Conceptual Analysis

and Its Relevance to Metaphysics."
Witmer explains that the objective of
the research is not simply to find answers to
difficult philosophical questions. 'There is
controversy over the answers, of course, but,
more importantly, there is controversy over
how you are suppose to go about finding the
answers. Eli's project is in large part directed
to the latter controversy."
Chudnoff describes his summer as a
time of "setting up" for the work that is to
come in the remainder of the academic year.
He and Witmer read and discussed an enor-
mous amount of material in order to have
a strong grasp of what questions and issues
they want to focus on and how they will
develop their investigation this semester.

ep back and ask
ke doing this, I
say because it
'ng. The prob-
e a nice logical
em or, some-
Sfigure out the
-e and impose it
t seem like very
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-Eli Chudnoff

"The summer was
great. I love talk-
ing to Professor
Witmer. We call
him-some of the
undergraduates that
I talk with-'the
pedagogical power-
house.' You should
probably quote that
too," Chudnoff
adds with a smile.
Chudnoff plans
to pursue a PhD in
philosophy. "I want
to continue inves-
tigating the general
questions and
exactly how it is
we do philosophy.
I am also interested

in getting into some specific problems in
aesthetics as well as questions about repre-
sentation and meaning, and the philosophy
of language. I have a personal interest in art
and art history and I'd like to see what I can
Witmer has no hesitations encourag-
ing Chudnoff to continue. Even though the
market for philosophers is very tight, he is
confident that Chudnoff, with his abilities
and his drive, will succeed. Chudnoff him-
self credits the Philosophy Department for
encouraging him to explore his interests and
giving him the tools that he needs to go for-
ward. "As far as the Philosophy Department
goes, I love it. I had a lot of attention from
my professors. I couldn't have asked for a
better experience."%
-Laura H. Griffis