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November 2000

Building the Basics
As we develop new and far-reaching
interdisciplinary programs, it is perhaps
wise to reflect on the roots and origins of
our successes (and our failures) in these
multifaceted programs. New multidisci-
plinary projects are often considered the
jewels of university programs, particu-
larly in the arts and sciences.
Most of us will agree that the eco-
nomic boom and prosperity we enjoy
today can, in many ways, be traced to the
investment that universities and research
institutions made in basic research during
the fifties and sixties. For instance, tech-
nological advances in electronics were
not likely to have been achieved without
basic research in simple elementary
materials sciences in the fifties. Nuclear
magnetic resonance was just a sophisti-
cated research technique (thought to be
of no real practical importance even in
the seventies) well before its application
was developed for magnetic resonance
imaging. MRI, as it is known today in
the popular press, is a commonplace tool
found in every moderately sized hospital
in the country. It is also the basis of a
worldwide multi-billion dollar industry.
These modern technological
achievements were not planned by
bureaucrats but grew out of fundamental
research in areas where there was no
thought given to future economies. A
curiosity of science or scrutiny of ancient
scripts today can lead to new technolo-
gies tomorrow. In fact, this has happened
sufficiently often without planning or
prediction that one may wonder if the
current emphasis on funding research in
areas selected as the most promising for
new technologies will really succeed.
Will such an approach train young minds
to be original and have the openness to
question standard lore and look to new
paradigms? Perhaps not.
With this in mind it is important,

Vol. 14 The University of Florida College of Liberal Arts and Sciences No. 11

Empowering People
Psychologist Carolyn Tucker Studies Culturally Sensitive Health Care

6 6 rowing up, I saw many problems
Related to economic stress and
poverty in my own community. I wanted
to be able to help families deal with these
issues," says Carolyn Tucker, a profes-
sor of psychology whose current research
is aimed at identifying what low-income
minority patients want from their health
care providers.
Tucker's "Patient-Defined" Culturally
Sensitive Health Care Project is the first
of its kind in the country. Previous studies
have examined how health care profes-
sionals define culturally sensitive health
care, but Tucker's research is the first to
directly ask patients how they feel about
their health care. "The patients are the true
experts on what they want from their phy-
sicians," she says. "So it makes sense to
ask them what they expect out of a visit to
the doctor."
The project began in 1998 when
Tucker and graduate student Tyler
Pederson wanted to establish a link
between how comfortable patients felt
with their doctors and how closely they
followed the doctors' orders. Tucker
explains, "We were interested in what role
certain factors, such as the level of trust
in and comfort with the patient's belief in
God, might play in the issue of medica-
tion adherence." They discovered that
for African-Americans comfort with and
trust in the physician were both strong
predictors of medication adherence. For

Caucasians, however, comfort was predic-
tive of adherence but trust was not. "We
also found that the belief that God helps
you take your medicines was a predictor
of medication adherence for African-

patients, but
the same was
not true for
says Tucker.
"These find-
ings lead me
to believe
that maybe
there really
are some dif-
ferent factors
that influ-
ence adher-

Tucker's "Patient-

Defined" Culturally

Sensitive Health

Care Project is the

first of its kind in the


ence and health outcomes in general for
African-Americans versus Caucasians, and
likely versus Hispanic-Americans."
In an extensive literature search,
Tucker also found that many medical
schools in the country are demanding cul-
tural competence from their physicians.
Only nine percent of medical schools in
the US offer at least some cultural compe-
tence training, and it is often minimal or
not required. There has also been a recent
decrease in the number of ethnic minor-
ity students gaining entrance to medical
schools, coupled with the fact that only

-See Tucker, page 6

In Memorium: As CLASnotes was going to press, we learned that Per-Olov
Ldwdin, graduate research professor emeritus of chemistry and physics at UF,
died October 6,2000, in his birthplace, Uppsala, Sweden. He was founder of UF's
Quantum Theory Project,an interdisciplinary group in chemistry and physics that
does theory and computation regarding molecules and materials. In our next issue,
we will devote a page to the work and accomplishments of Dr. L6wdin.

See Musings, page 12

Around the College


African and Asian Languages
and Literatures
Cynthia Chennault, Elinore Fresh, and
Zuyan Zhou were featured speakers at the
recent China Unlimited business and cul-
tural seminar series at the Koger Gallery
and Gardens in Jacksonville. The seven
week series was aimed at business profes-
sionals, educators, students, and others
interested in furthering their understanding
of China. Chennault and Fresh spoke at
the "Exploring Chinese Tradition" semi-
nar on October 17 and Fresh presented
at the "Bringing China Home" lecture on
October 31.

Allan Burns led a workshop on human
rights and anthropology in Chiapas,
Mexico, October 13-21. The program,
sponsored by several Mexican academic
institutions, brought together 25 indig-
enous leaders for training with anthropolo-
gists who specialize in human rights issues
and visual anthropology.

Paul Magnarella's book, Justice in
Africa: Rwanda's Genocide, Its National
Courts and the UN Criminal Tribunal,
has won the Association of Third World
Studies' 2000 annual book award. The
award was presented on October 20 at the
association's annual meeting in Denver
and consists of a plaque and a check,
which Magnarella is donating to Rwandan
humanitarian relief.

Kenneth Wagener has been given a rare
grant extension from the National Science
Foundation. The "Two Year Extension
for Special Creativity" extends three-year
grants to five years without requiring a
renewal proposal. The NSF grant will
fund Wagener's research on the study of
branching in polyethylene, the world's
largest volume polymer.

Geological Sciences
Ray G. Thomas has been appointed a
principal editor for the Journal of Earth
System Science Education (JESSE). JESSE
is a peer-reviewed electronic publica-
tion sponsored by the National Science
Foundation. Its aim is to establish an
orderly collection of reviewed resource
materials for both the broadly defined
discipline of geoscience as well as related
disciplines involved in Earth system and
global change education.

Jay Gubrium is the recipient of this
year's Distinguished Career Contribution
to Gerontology Award. The award is given
by the Gerontological Society of America
to a scholar "whose theoretical contri-
butions have helped bring about a new
synthesis and perspective or have yielded
original and elegant research designs
addressing a significant problem in the

Mike Radelet received the Stephen
Goldstein Justice Award from the Florida
Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
This is the association's top award for
human rights work.

Carlos A. ludica recently gave two pre-
sentations related to his research on sys-
tematics and evolution of a Neotropical
fruit bat of the genus Sturnira. He pre-
sented partial results of his research at the
American Society of Mammalogists' meet-
ing at the University of New Hampshire
on June 19. On September 29, he gave
a presentation at the North American
Symposium on Bat Research at the
University of Miami. The presentations
summarized the goal of his PhD project,
which was to resolve the phylogenetic
relationships among species of the genus
Sturnira, an important seed disperser in
the Neotropical rain forest. ludica, who
defended his dissertation in August, is the
Interim Assistant Curator of Mammalogy
at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

CLAS Professor Collaborates with
College of Business
The Center for International Business and Education
Research (CIBER) in the Warrington College of Business
is expanding its outreach to UF faculty involved in busi-
ness-related research across the disciplines. Carol West,
professor of economics, is director of CIBER. Barbara
McDade, CLAS professor of geography, is an affiliate of
the program and is developing a course on the geography
of entrepreneurship in developing countries with a focus
on Africa. McDade was involved in bringing guest speak-
er Nana Asante Frempong to speak at a CIBER work-
shop on September 29. Mr. Frempong, who is a member
of parliament in Ghana and has been in the export busi-
ness for over 25 years, spoke about business prospects
and difficulties for US entrepreneurs in Ghana.

From left to right: Barbara McDade (associate professor of geography), Nana
Asante Frempong (guest lecturer and member of parliament from Ghana), and
Agnes Leslie (outreach director at the Center for African Studies)

Two CLAS Professors
Named AAAS Fellows
Alan R. Katritzky
(Chemistry) and Leslie Sue
Lieberman (Anthropology)
have been named fellows of
the American Association for
the Advancement of Science.
Katritzky received
the award for his studies
of chemical reactivity and
its application to synthetic
methodology, as well as for
his research on chemical
structure-property relations.
Lieberman earned the dis-
tinction for her scholarship
in the fields of anthropology
and women's health, and for
her distinguished leadership
in scientific organizations,
including the presidencies
of the University of Florida
chapter of Sigma Xi, the
Council on Nutritional
Anthropology and the
National Association of
Academies of Science.
Founded in 1848, the
AAAS represents the world's
largest federation of scien-
tists. Its goal is to advance
science for human well-being
through its projects, pro-
grams and publications.

UF-Utrecht Faculty
Exchange Deadline
The UF-Utrecht Faculty
Exchange Committee invites
faculty from UF to apply
to the exchange program
in 2001-2002. Faculty may
teach in the fall or spring
semester. A letter of interest
with some indication of the
courses or research that one
would conduct in Utrecht
should be sent to Albert
Matheny, AAC 100, PO
Box 112015, no later than
December 1. If you have
any questions about the pro-
gram, you can contact Albert
through email at polisci.ufl.edu>.

New Student Scholarship
Awards in Aging Presented
On October 17, UF's Institute on Aging held a breakfast meeting to announce the recipients of
the new Student Scholarship Awards in Aging. The awards, which are sponsored by the Institute
on Aging, the Center for Gerontological Studies, and a
donation by Dr. Leighton E. Cluff, recognize outstanding
scholarship on topics related to late life, aging, and older
citizens. Former CLAS student Cindy Hamilton (BA,
psychology, December 1999) and current CLAS graduate
student Katherine White (psychology) were two of the
award recipients. Robin West (associate director of educa-
tion at the Institute on Aging and director of the Center for
Gerontological Studies) was on the review committee and
assisted in the presentation of the awards.
At the meeting Michael A. Smyer, dean of the
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Boston College,
gave the first Whittington Endowed Guest Lecture. His
presentation was the first in a series of annual lectures to be
Undergraduate Student Scholarship Award given by individuals whose scholarship in the field of aging
winner Cindy Hamilton is congratulated is nationally recognized.
by Robin West.

Ethics Lecture Sponsored Across Disciplines
On September 29, in the Friends of Music Room,
Professor Kofi Agawu (right) of Princeton University
gave a university-wide ethics lecture titled "Ethical
Issues in the Representation of African Music: Can
the Production of Musical Ethnographies Ever Be
an Ethical Process?" The lecture was sponsored by
the Center for Applied Ethics, the Center for African
Studies, the Center for World Arts, and the Department
of Anthropology.

Dean's Office Staff
Kim Pace, an assistant instructor in the dean's office, has accepted a position in Academic
Affairs at UF. Pace held several posts in the dean's office for the past 11 years, and was most
recently responsible for maintaining the office's web pages, analyz-
ing statistical data about the college, and organizing the Journal of
Undergraduate Research for the University Scholars Program.
Former CLAS Dean Will Harrison says the college has lost one
of its best. "Kim is one of the most talented, charming, and accom-
plished people I know. As dean, it was my habit to assign her the
most difficult jobs, which she invariably made look easy."
"I'm going to miss working in CLAS very much," says Pace.
"It's difficult to leave the dean's office after so many years. However,
I'm excited to move on and try new things."
Pace will be working with the provost's office in Tigert Hall on
academic issues and special projects related to campus planning and
development. She will also continue working with the University
Scholars Program.

CLAS Alumnus Talks

About his Experiences

in the Middle East

Cn: What happened when you broke the
news to Yasser Arafat of Yitzhak Rabin's
EA: I was at a party that evening in
Jerusalem when someone called me on
my cell phone to tell me that Rabin had
been shot. I immediately went home
and called Arafat in Gaza and told him
the news. The first thing that he asked
me was whether it was an Israeli or a
Palestinian. Quite obviously, he felt
that if it were a Palestinian who had
shot Rabin the repercussions would
be extremely serious. I told him that it
appeared to be a young Israeli who was
opposed to the peace process.
When the American ambassador,
Martin Indyk, phoned and told me that
Rabin had died, I called Arafat back and
told him the news. He asked me two
or three times, "Are you sure? Are you
really sure? How can you be sure?" Then
he started crying. He was just overcome
with emotion. He said, "I have lost my
partner. What will become of the peace
process now?" He was really shaken by
it. Even now as I think about it, it was a
tremendously emotional event.
Needless to say, it was an extremely
difficult period. The Israelis put on
what was in essence a state funeral. If
a Jew dies, he or she is supposed to be
buried within 24 hours. Because Rabin
was so widely admired, however, they
delayed it for 48 hours. President Clinton

went, Hosni Mubarak, King with thE
Hussein-many, many people. opportt
Arafat really wanted to go and enced
he kept asking me whether ing pea
in histc
or not he should. I told him, Sin
"This is something that has had a
to be worked out with the Foreigr
Israelis. I cannot tell you yes the Mic
or no." with thE
Through the American assign
ambassador we talked to as the
Shimon Peres, who was then senior,
the acting prime minister. Pes
Peres was really torn. He felt tiate v
that if Arafat were to come to include
Jerusalem, the security impli- 1997 H
cations of trying to protect from th
him would be tremendous. In Washir
the end, Peres decided that the Pal
he could not agree to allow tions w
Arafat to attend. Or
I think Arafat was genu- tells
tells CL
inely disappointed and felt rounding
very badly. In part because
in Islamic culture, and also
among Jews, part of the cul-
ture is to pay condolence calls on people
who die, much more so than in the US. If
you are Jewish you sit shivah (in mourn-
ing) for seven days after the person has
been buried. Everyone comes and calls
on you. It is much the same in Islamic
society. I think that Arafat, as a sign
of respect, genuinely wanted to attend
Rabin's funeral. He wanted to bid fare-
well, but that didn't happen.
The day after the funeral, Arafat
asked me to come see him in Gaza. When
I got there, he asked me if I would smug-
gle him in disguise, in my car, through
the Israeli checkpoints, and take him
to Tel Aviv to pay a condolence call on
Rabin's widow. I was stunned by it-if
you can imagine going through an Israeli
military checkpoint with Yasser Arafat in
disguise. I said to him, "Mr. President I
cannot do that. It is too dangerous. What
if something happened to you? Rabin has
just been assassinated and God knows

d Abington, BA (Political Science,
and MA (Political Science with a concen-
in International Relations, 1967), spent
ays at UF in October and gave a series
inars and lectures about topics such
Middle East peace process, negotiat-
gious conflict, and choosing a Foreign
e career. His visit, which was sponsored
Center for Jewish Studies in conjunction
e political science department, was an
unity for CLAS to learn from an experi-
insider about the struggles of negotiat-
ace in one of the most contested regions
nce graduating from UF, Abington has
distinguished 30-year career in the
n Service, most of which was spent in
idle East and Washington DC dealing
e Arab-Israeli dispute. His last overseas
ment was in Jerusalem from 1993-97
American Consul General. He was the
American representative dealing with
ent Arafat and other members of the
nian National Authority. He helped nego-
rious Israeli-Palestinian agreements,
ng the 1995 Interim Agreement and the
lebron Agreement. Abington has retired
e Foreign Service and now lives in
gton, DC where he provides counsel to
estinian National Authority on its rela-
ith Washington.
SNovember 4, 1995, Yitzhak Rabin was
inated. In the following article, Abington
LASnotes about his experiences sur-
ig that event.

what would happen to the peace process
if something happened to you. You have
to put yourself in Israeli hands. They will
have to do this for you."
So again I called the American
ambassador. He agreed with my position.
He talked with the Israelis and they flew
a helicopter down to Gaza. They picked
up Arafat and a couple of his colleagues
and secretly flew them up to Tel Aviv.
The Israelis took them to Rabin's apart-
ment and Leah Rabin was there, along
with her son and daughter.
It was a remarkable event. There is
an incredible photograph of Arafat, sit-
ting without his keffiyah (headcover)
on-and it's the only photograph I
have ever seen of him without his kef-
fiyah-with Leah Rabin, a small group of
Israelis, and a group of his colleagues. It
was stunning. There was Arafat, sitting in
Tel Aviv, paying a condolence call on the
family of Yitzhak Rabin.%

New CLAS Director

Daryl Michael Scott, African American Studies

Over the last decade,
academe has wit-
nessed a renaissance
in African American studies.
Across the country new life has
been breathed into moribund
programs. Old fears of ghet-
toization have given way to an
ebullient embrace of diversity.
The field attracts scholars and
students from various racial and
ethnic backgrounds, and can be
found at the center of intellec-
tual life in the humanities and
social sciences.
Under the leadership of
former Dean Will Harrison and
Interim Dean Neil Sullivan,

As director, it is my charge to

marshal the resources of the

college and the university and

to build a program that serves

the university and is recognized

as outstanding by peer institu-

tions.... Rather than concen-

trating on a single trend, our

program will seek to attract an

intellectually diverse faculty

that produces quality work

in the social sciences and the


CLAS has com-
mitted itself to
rebuilding African
American studies.
Over the next sev-
eral years, African
American studies
will take its place
among other pro-
grams and cen-
ters, contributing
to the university's
intellectual life
and enhancing
its reputation.
My confidence
is a reflection of
the support that
most everyone
has extended to
the program. My
belief is that the
university already
has a sound basis
on which to build.

As director, it is my charge
to marshal the resources of the
college and the university and to
build a program that serves the
university and is recognized as
outstanding by peer institutions.
Recently, programs and centers
that focus on cultural and dias-
pora studies have dominated
the field. Yet research on social

problems and their solutions
continues to be important,
especially outside of the
academy. Rather than concen-
trating on a single trend, our
program will seek to attract
an intellectually diverse fac-
ulty that produces quality
work in the social sciences
and the humanities.
For students, it is always
best to build a program that
reflects the breadth of the
field. By recruiting a core
faculty with broad research
interests, the program will be
able to develop a strong major
and a well-rounded graduate
program. As a major, African
American studies will concen-
trate on cultural studies (broadly
defined), society and social
policy (including critical race
theory), and African Americans
as part of the African diaspora.
Students who major or minor
in this field will be able to take
their knowledge into various
professions ranging from social
work to policy making, and from
primary and secondary teaching
to law and law enforcement.
While there is much work
to be done, UF is poised to
become a national leader in
African American studies. The
university is rich in faculty
resources in the field and in
cognate fields. In the various
departments of the college, there
are many scholars who have
done groundbreaking research
on people of African descent in
the New World and on related
topics such as racial and ethnic
studies. From Joe Feagin in
sociology and Jon Sensbach in
history to Irma McClaurin in
anthropology and Jim Haskins
in English, to name just a few,
CLAS faculty members have
already made major contribu-
tions to the field. UF can boast

of having a past president, John
Lombardi, and a current pro-
vost, David Colburn, who made
pioneering contributions to the
study of African Americans
before it was academic fashion.
In anthropology, the university
has a department responsible
for producing the lion's share of
the nation's anthropologists of
African decent.
The university is also
fortunate to have research cen-
ters that are related to African
American studies. UF's long-
standing excellence in African
and Latin American studies
places our program in an envi-
able position among programs at
other major research institutions.
With a number of prominent
scholars who focus on people
of African descent, the Latin
American Studies Center, along
with the African American
Studies Program, will make
UF a leading institution for the
study of the African disapora in
the New World.
Given the university's
strengths in this field, the pro-
gram will seek to develop an
infrastructure that will bring the
existing faculty into its activi-
ties. Once this is accomplished,
the resources of the college
and the university will be more
effectively utilized.%
Daryl Michael Scott

Other CLASnews...

Tucker, continued from page 1

Sociology Prof's 1966 Ground-breaking
Book Named a Classic in Family Studies
In its August edition, the Journal of Marriage and the Family
honored sociology professor Felix M. Berardo's ground-
breaking work in Emerging Conceptual Frameworks in Family
Analysis (1966, 1981), which he co-authored with F Ivan
Nye, as one of the great classic books on family studies. The
Journal stated that Nye's and
Berardo's was the first full-length
book devoted entirely to family
e theory, and noted that it was one
of the major works that shaped the
field of family science and allied
"Nye and Berardo's Emerging
Conceptual Frameworks in Family
Analysis made an important con-
tribution to subsequent theorizing
by helping bring order to the field,
by demonstrating how graduate
students and distinguished 'edito-
rial consultants' could be used to
both the field and the students' advantage, and by foreshadow-
ing important theoretical development in the 1990s."

Zoology Department Well Represented
at International Symposium
The Zoology department was well represented at the Third
International Symposium on Frugivory and Seed Dispersal,
which took place in Sao Pedro, Brazil, August 6-11.
Participants included two faculty members (Doug Levey and
Colin Chapman), eleven current or former graduate students,
and seven current or former postdoctoral fellows. All presented
talks or posters, most of which focused on tropical fieldwork.
The symposium highlighted the importance of fruiting plants
for maintenance of vertebrate populations and, likewise, the
importance of fruit-eating vertebrates for dispersal of seeds.
Doug Levey is editing a book that resulted from the sympo-
sium, which will be published in 2001.

four percent of physicians in
the US are African-American.
"All of these factors suggest
that we need to train the pres-
ent and future health care
providers to be sensitive to
the views, values and beliefs
of minorities," she says.
Previous research had
likewise shown that ethnicity
influences the type of treat-
ment patients receive. "One
recent study, published in
the New England Journal of
Medicine, demonstrated that
African-American patients
were less likely to get more
advanced treatments, such
as cardiac catherization, than
their Caucasian counterparts.
This study confirmed my
belief that we need to pay
more attention to the health
care being provided to ethnic
Tucker studied the
responses of 20 African-
American, Hispanic, and
Caucasian focus groups com-
prised of mostly low income
patients from 15 primary care
health clinics in North Florida.
Their responses revealed that
regardless of ethnicity, patients

Some African-Americans were

also afraid they would be given

experimental drugs or used as

guinea pigs and thought that

doctors were uncomfortable

touching them.

felt they needed more time
with their doctors to discuss
problems and have their ques-
tions answered.
There were, however,
some important ethnic group
differences. Caucasians
wanted to be on equal status
with their doctors, whereas
African-Americans felt it was
important for the physician
to show respect for their reli-
gious beliefs, provide them
with health care education, and
avoid stereotyping them. Some
African-Americans were also
afraid they would be given
experimental drugs or used as
guinea pigs and thought that
doctors were uncomfortable
touching them.

Doug Levey (back row, fourth trom lett) and Colin Chapman (back
row, seventh from right) with current and former graduate students
and postdoctoral fellows from the zoology department in Brazil.

"I have always taken life very seriously and have wanted to give back to the
lives of others.I classify myself as a counseling clinical health psychologist
since I'm always working in one of the three areas and many times I'm working
in all three at once."

Hispanics who par-
ticipated in the focus group
expressed their desire for
friendly doctors who know
their names and ask questions
about the families. It was also
important for Hispanics that
the doctor or someone on the
staff could speak Spanish.
They also felt they had to
wait longer than Caucasians
to see a doctor. Both African-
Americans and Hispanics
mentioned the lack of minori-
ties among the clinic staff and
the need for more culturally
diverse music and magazines
in the waiting area.
Tucker is using these
findings to develop a
Culturally Sensitive Health
Care Inventory for each eth-
nic group. A version of each
inventory will be constructed
for physicians to self-evaluate
their level of cultural sensitiv-

ity in health
care delivery.
Based on the
focus group
data, Tucker
will develop
a course and
workshop for
and other
health care
She will then
assess the
impact of the
workshop to
how the phy-
sicians relate
to minority
patients. She
expects the
project to be
within two years

"The patients are the true experts on what they want from their physicians," says Tucker."So it makes
sense to ask them what they expect out of a visit to the doctor."

ates. "We are a team, and
this project could not happen
without them. I have worked
really hard to put together a
culturally diverse group. We
have nearly equal representa-
tion of African-Americans,

Hispanics who partici-

pated in the focus group

expressed their desire

for friendly doctors who

know their names and

ask questions about

the families. It was also

important for Hispanics

that the doctor or some-

one on the staff could

speak Spanish.

Tucker has not undertaken
this project alone. She has
enlisted a group of graduate
and undergraduate students
to be her research associ-

Hispanics, and
which is
crucial since
we're working
on a project
directly related
to ethnicity
and culture."
research asso-
ciates have
great admi-
ration and
respect for her.
Graduate stu-
dent Rhonda
who is cur-
rently working
with Tucker
on the health
care project,

says Tucker's first goal is to
cultivate the person, then the
professional. "When a woman
as accomplished as she is
interacts with you as a peer, it
raises the standard for all that

you do."
Since Tucker's research
is the first of its kind in the
country, it has received a lot of
attention from many different
groups. After a press release
was distributed providing a
summary of the project, she
was inundated with requests
from doctors, health care
workers, psychologists, and
patients for more informa-
tion. Psychology department
chair Martin Heesacker says
Tucker's research has brought
visibility to UF because it
serves to help minority groups
regain personal power. "Not
only is her research devoted
to empowerment, her research
process is also devoted to
empowerment-of colleague
researchers, of student inves-
tigators, and of the systems
and structures she investi-
gates," he says. "This process
of re-empowering people has
triggered private, state, and
federal funding and has led to
real improvements in the lives
of people."
Tucker has received a
federal grant from the Agency
for Healthcare Research
and Quality and a state
grant from Florida's Area

Health Education Center
Program. She was also
recently invited to discuss
her health care research at the
Congressional Black Caucus'
Health Braintrust Meeting in
Washington, DC. In addition,
she was asked to enter a sum-
mary of her research into the
congressional record for the
Minority Health bill.
Tucker hopes that one of
the outcomes of her research
will be the establishment of
a Culturally Sensitive Health
Care Institute at UF that will
promote more patient-involved
research and training.
However, Tucker says her
ultimate goal is to improve
the health quality of people's
lives. "This project is the
most important thing I've ever
done professionally because
we're talking about people's
lives," she says. "I look at my
own family and see common
health problems, so it's an
issue that hits home for me.
If our research results help
empower patients and improve
the health-related quality of
life for anyone, then we've
accomplished what we set out
to do."%
-Allyson A. Beutke


CLAS Welcomes

New Faculty

Efrain Barradas, a professor
of Spanish-American literature
and Latino stud-
ies in the romance
languages depart-
ment and the
Center for Latin
American Studies,
comes to UF from
the University of
at Boston.
Barradas, who
earned his PhD
from Princeton Efrain
University, has
been a visiting professor at the
University of Puerto Rico, his
alma mater, and at Harvard.
His research focuses on the
relationship between literature
and the visual arts.
He enjoys watch-
ing Mexican mov-
ies from the 1940s
and 1950s and
tries to keep his
new garden from
becoming a tropi-
cal jungle.

David Daegling,
an associate pro-
fessor of anthro- David
pology, received
his PhD in 1990
from the State University of
New York at Stony Brook. He
spent nine years on the faculty
at Yale University and brings
to UF a laboratory to investi-
gate the biome-
chanics of the
primate skeleton
using strain gauge
analysis. In addi-
tion to his inter-
est in functional
morphology, he
also uses morpho-
metric techniques
to examine pri-
mate growth and
development as Elizab



well as taxonomic issues in the
primate fossil record. He has
conducted paleon-
tological fieldwork
in Turkey, South
Africa and the
western interior of
the US.

Elizabeth Dale,
an assistant
professor of his-
tory, comes to UF
from Clemson
irradas University in South
Carolina where she
taught US legal history for five
years. She received her PhD in
US history from the University
of Chicago in 1995, and before
returning to graduate school
in 1990, she
worked as a civil
rights attorney.
Dale's research
has emphasized
criminal and con-
stitutional law, and
she has two books
on these subjects
under contract.
One is a study of
the evolution of
egling the constitutional
order in early sev-
Massachusetts Bay. The other
is an examination of a murder
trial that took place in late
nineteenth-century Chicago. In
her second book, she considers
the extent to which
public opinion,
as expressed in
mob action, pro-
test meetings, and
news accounts,
influenced the
outcome of the
trial. Her next
project, a study of
the judgments of
what she refers to
h Dale as "the informal

court of public opinion" in the
antebellum South, continues
her exploration of the way that
popular forces interact with
formal law.

Peter Delaney is a new assis-
tant professor in psychology.
This year he graduated from
Florida State
University with
a PhD in cogni-
tive and behav-
ioral science. His
research is cur-
rently centered
on how people
make plans while
solving problems.
He also studies
broader aspects
of memory and Peter
skill, including the
methods of the famous memo-
rist Rajan, who was once listed
in the Guinness Book of World
Records for learning thousands
of digits of pi. Outside of the
office, he enjoys
outdoor activities,
playing games of
all sorts, reading
widely, and drink-
ing good beer.

Jeff Gill is an
assistant profes-
sor in politi-
cal science. He
earned his PhD
from American Je
University in
1996. His major
areas of research include
American politics, European
politics, political methodol-
ogy, public policy, statistical
computing, research meth-
ods, and public
Currently Gill's
research focuses
on projects such
as Bayesian hier-
archical models,
budgetary behav-
ior in the House of
political entropy,
generalized linear -
model theory, Jessica Ha



and simulation techniques. He
is the author of three books,
including his most recent,
Bayesian Methods for the
Social Sciences. Gill has been
a research fellow at Harvard
University and teaches in the
Intra-University Consortium
for Political and Social
Research summer
training program
at the University
of Michigan.

Jessica Harland-
Jacobs, an assis-
tant professor of
history, comes to
UF from Duke
University. Her
research spe-
elaney cialization is
modern British
and imperial history, and she
teaches courses in British,
Irish, Atlantic, Australian, and
general imperial history. Her
current research project is on
Freemasonry in
the British Empire
from the mid eight
teenth-century to
the First World
War and is broadly
concerned with
the role of cul-
tural institutions
in imperialism
and processes of
identity formation.
Gill For three years at
Duke University
she served as the
program coordinator for the
Oceans Connect project, an
international, inter-disciplinary
initiative that fosters discussion
and investigation of trans-oce-
anic exchanges
in history. In
this capacity,
she co-edited an
Oceans Connect
special issue of
the Geographic
Review (to which
she also contribut-
ed an article). She
is also the author
of Balancing
nd-Jacobs Tradition and



Innovation: Botany and Duke
and The Story of Durham 's
Public Libraries. She enjoys
spending time outdoors with
her husband, Matt, their daugh
ter, Alexandra, and Cameron,
the family dog.

Terry Harpold is an assistant
professor of film
and media stud-
ies in the English
department. He
received his PhD
in comparative
literature and liter-
ary theory from
the University
of Pennsylvania
and taught for
five years at the
Georgia Institute Terry
of Technology
before joining the UF faculty.
His primary areas of research
and scholarship are cultural
theory and narratology of new
media, and psychoanalytic
criticism. He is
currently fin-
ishing a book,
Links and Their
Vicissitudes, which
is about structures
of knowledge in
hypertext fiction
and multimedia
games. He is
beginning work
on a collection of
essays of postco- Tanya Ko
lonial critique of
cyberculture. An
unregenerate computer nerd
and lapsed Esperantist, his
extra-academic interests also
include cryptozoology, the
scientific study of legendary
and little-known

an assistant profes-
sor of sociology,
received her PhD
in sociology and
demography from
the University a
of Pennsylvania.
Her research Davi




examines the support networks
and psychosocial well-being
of older adults, focusing on
the experiences of childless-
ness or parenting over the
life course. She comes to UF
after completing post-doctoral
work in the demography of
aging at the Johns Hopkins
University School
of Public Health in
Baltimore. While
there, she began
a cross-national,
analysis of child-
lessness, family
supports, and liv-
ing arrangements
of the elderly in
Eastern Europe.
arpold Koropeckyj-Cox is
also collaborating
on a study of the well-being
of a group of middle-aged
women in Baltimore who were
first interviewed as young teen
mothers in the late 1960's. She
enjoys hiking, the-
ater, and exploring
the outdoors and
the arts with her

David Metzler is
an assistant profes-
sor of mathematics
and received his
PhD from MIT. He
comes to UF after
peckyj-Cox a three-year post-
doctoral instruc-
torship at Rice,
where he received his under-
graduate degree. His research
interests are in differential
geometry, more specifically
symplectic geometry, which is
a kind of geometry
that is based on
classical mechan-
ics. His work has
focused on the use
of symmetries in
simplifying the
analysis of classi-
cal and quantum
mechanical sys-
tems. His other
interests include
Metzler mountaineering,

classic film, and social dance.

Judith W. Page, an associate
professor of English, comes to
UF after serving as a profes-
sor and associate dean of Arts
and Letters at Millsaps College
in Jackson, Mississippi.
She earned her PhD from
the University
of Chicago
where she wrote
Wordsworth and
the Cultivation
of Women. She
has also written
numerous articles
and reviews on the
Romantic period.
Her current
research interests
include a study of Judith
the representation
of Jews and Judaism in Britain
during the Romantic period
and a project on the infor-
mal and mostly unpublished
writings of women in the
Wordsworth circle.
Page will teach
courses in these
areas of literature
and will also work
with the Center for
Jewish Studies.

Patriarca, an
assistant pro-
fessor of his-
tory, received Silvana
her PhD from
Johns Hopkins
University and comes to UF
from Columbia University.
She is the author of the prize-
winning book Numbers and
Nationhood: Wi ir. Statistics
in Nineteenth-
Century Italy
University Press,
1996), which is
a study of the
role of statistical
knowledge in the
construction of the
nation state. She
has also written
numerous articles
and book chap- Briar


ters on the social and cultural
history of modem Italy. Her
principal research interests
include the genealogy of social

representations, categories, and
modes of inquiry, and the cul-
tural history of nationalism and
national identities. Patriarca is
currently working on a book
about the politics
of the discourse of
national character
in modern Italy. In
her free time she
enjoys swimming,
reading novels,
and watching mov-

Brian Ward,
an associate
SPage professor of his-
tory, was Reader
in American History at the
University of Newcastle
upon Tyne before coming
to UE When not agonizing
over the failings of the West
Ham United
soccer team, he
researches and
teaches the his-
tory of the modem
American South
and the postwar
African American
experience. His
include Just My
Soul Responding:
atriarca Rhythm and
Blues, Black
Consciousness and
Race Relations (1998), which
won an American Book Award,
the James A. Rawley Prize for
the best book on the history
of US race relations, and the
American Studies
Network Prize
for the best first
book in American
Studies. He is cur-
rently completing
a book on black-
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Recent publications from CLAS faculty

Religions of the Silk Road: Overland Trade
and Cultural Exchange from Antiquity to the
Fifteenth Century
Richard C. Foltz (Religion)
St. Martin's Griffin

Ever since the label was coined in the late
nineteenth century,the idea of the Silk Road
has captivated the Western imagination with
images of fabled cities and exotic peoples.
Religions of the Silk Road looks behind the
romantic notions of the colonial era and tells
the story of how cultural traditions, especially
in the form of religious ideas,accompanied
merchants and their goods along the over-
land Asian trade routes in pre-modern times.
As early as three
thousand years eli
ago Hebraic and -fe ions
Iranian religious of the
ideas and practices Z i%
traveled eastwards O
in this way, to be
followed centuries
later by the great
missionary tradi-
tions of Buddhism,
Islam. But the Silk
Road was more
than just a conduit along which these reli-
gions hitched rides East; it was a formative
and transformative rite of passage,and no
religion emerged unchanged at the end of
the journey.

Religions are not monolithic, fixed institutions
existing each in their own realm of dominance,
although we often speak of"Christendom,""the
Islamic World,"and so on. In reality, religions
are like organisms: They are bor into this
world at a point in time, they grow, develop,
undergo diverse influences, and adapt to their
environment. They quibble with their neighbors,
experience periods of painful soul-searching,
have good days and bad. At some point they
may split like cells, each taking on a new life.
Over time, having proven themselves, they may
settle into the self-confident stasis of maturity.
Sometimes, eventually, they die. Nothing could
better illustrate the organic nature of religious
traditions than the example of their experiences
along the Silk Road.

Journeys Beyond the Standard Model
Pierre Ramond (Physics)
Perseus Books

Journeys Beyond the Standard Model starts
with a detailed and modern account of the
Standard Model of elementary particle phys-

ics,the paradigm
of particle physics
for the last twenty
years. Its timely
release coincides
with the recent
dramatic discovery
that the neutrino
has a finite mass,
which is the first
indication that the
Standard Model
is an incomplete
description of fun-
damental physics
at short distances.


This book presents in detail three
generalizations of the standard r
extension to accommodate neutr
its extension to avoid CP violation
strong interactions by introducing
tide, the axion; and finally, its gen
to low-energy supersymmetry, w
vides a link between the Standar
Einstein's theory of general relative

Our presentation of the standard n
not follow historical lines, since its s
is the standard model Lagrangian.
form is the result of the inspired wo
experimentalists and theorists, ove
seventy years or so. It is notpossibl
to their contributions in the short d
that follows.... Suffice it to say that
of the standard model is remarkab
mirrors the scientific effervescence
sciences in this century.
The first third of the XXth century
unparalleled scientific activities, sp
the dramatic experimental discover.
resulted in the establishment of qu
mechanics, and general relativity. T
stage for the intense bursts of expe
theoretical breakthroughs, that led
later to the formulation of the stan
of the fundamental interactions.

Designing Families: The Search for Self and
Community in the Information Age
John Scanzoni (Sociology)
Pine Forge Press

"Does the nuclear family style fit with the
information age? That is the question that
drives this thought-provoking book....
Scanzoni exhorts us to be innovated in creat-
ing family life for the future rather than trying
to revert to ways that appeared successful in
the past....This book is a catalyst to thinking
more creatively about the never-ending fam-
ily revolution."
Marilyn J. Coleman, University of Missouri,

[T]he principal reason [the family revolution]
is ceaseless is that the revolution reflects strug-
gle-the battle to be emancipated from the
domination of others. First, it was the nuclear
family (husband, wife, children) seeking free-
possible dom from the unwanted control of blood kin.
odel: its In the West, at least, that's nowpretty much an
*ino masses; accomplished fact. It is analogous to the inde-
n in the pendence that the
g a new par- United States wrest-
eralization ed from England in
which pro- the 1780s. That was
d Model and and is an unques-
/ity. tioned reality. But
ever since that time,
citizens inside the
odel does United States have
starting point been struggling for
Yet, its final greater freedom.
'rk of many Those who have
r a period of struggled include
e to do justice less-advantaged
descriptionn white men, women,
t the history blacks, and immigrants-first European and
ly rich as it now Latino and Asian. Because of their past,
of the natural present, and future battles to participate in the
American Dream, our democracy is in continual
y witnessed flux, or nonviolent revolution.
urred on by Similarly, although the nuclear family has
ries which been liberated from kin domination, a great
antum deal of struggle has been occurring inside the
hese set the family itself The principal battle, of course, is
rimental and between women and men. This ancient struggle
five decades predates the nuclear family's liberation and will
dard model persist no matter what styles of family the citi-
zens of the 21st century somehow manage to

Book Beat

Going Back to School

typical day for Ruby Kehayias begins at five o'clock in the morning when she
gets up to go for her morning run. Soon after that, she wakes up her 13-year-old
on and gets him ready for school. All the while, she is busy cooking breakfast,
preparing lunches, and making sure homework is done-not just her son's homework

but her own assignments as well.
Kehayias is a dilnt -
something" mother of five and
a senior geology major at UF.
She finds time to do just about
L II thiinii.' including main-
taining a 3.8 GPA and writing
her senior thesis,"an act of
self-discipline," as she calls it.
When Kehayias graduated
from high school, her parents
insisted she start college. She
did, but studying was not her
top priority so she quit. She
served in the US Navy for ten
years, and that is where she
met her husband. When she
left the military, she started
her own day care center. Once
her kids, who range in age
from 13 to 21 (including a set
of twins), were old enough
not to need constant care, she
started thinking about what
she wanted to do with the rest
of her life.
Kehayias had always
enjoyed working with kids
and had an interest in science.
With this in mind, she began
taking classes and developed
a fascination with the physi-
cal sciences. "One of the first
classes I took was astronomy,"
she says, "but I am a kines-
thetic learner. The two didn't
coincide since I can't touch

the stars. However, I have
always had a love of nature
and enjoyed the outdoors. I
became interested in geology
and chose this path."
While at UF, Kehayias
has excelled both in and out
of the classroom. She has
received several scholar-
ships and awards, includ-
ing the Brayfield Award for
Invertebrate Paleontology that
provided her with a research
grant. Kehayias has also
volunteered at the Florida
Museum of Natural History,
and works as a sixth grade sci-
ence aide at Westwood Middle
School in Gainesville.
Kehayias wants to teach
earth space science at the
middle school level after she
graduates, with honors, in
December. She has a minor in
education and chose to write
a senior thesis in case she
decides to return to school for
her master's degree.
Kehayias worked closely
with Roger Portell at the
museum on her thesis. Over
several months, the two sam-
pled an unusually high con-
centration of rare gastropod
snails in Okeechobee County
hoping to determine the paleo-

cological mecha-
nisms responsible
for their abundance
in this area.
describes Kehayias
as a very focused,
highly productive
and self-moti-
vated student,
qualities that are
not always refined in
younger students. "I
believe Kehayias's maturity
has helped her take responsi-
bility for setting goals, staying
focused and accomplishing
these goals. She is not afraid
to ask questions and to ques-
tion the answers she receives,"
he says.
Kehayias presented the
preliminary results of her
research at the Southeastern
Section of the Geological
Society of America Meeting
in Charleston, SC last March.
She is currently conducting fur-
ther studies in order to submit
her research for publication.
While there was a period
of adjustment for Kehayias
and her family when she
returned to school, they have
supported her throughout.
Kehayias's 19-year-old daugh-

Ruby Kehayias

ter, Kammy, is also an under-
graduate at UF. She says she
is proud of her mom, because
she has set an example for her
kids and other moms who are
thinking about going back to
school. "This is something that
she really wants to do. Even
though she hasn't always had
as much time to spend with us,
she has worked really hard for
this and deserves it."
Kehayias admits it has
been a difficult balancing act
between school and family, but
says she would do it all over
again. "There have been times
when I ask myself, 'Why am I
doing this?' but then I realize
it's what I really want. I think
age has been one of my big-
gest advantages. I'm ready to
-Allyson A. Beutke

Musings, continued from page 1
at least in the arts and sciences, that we maintain and strengthen our empha-
sis on research and studies in the very basic disciplines: languages and
literatures, elementary sciences and mathematics, and the basic social and
behavioral sciences. Building the bridges to new endeavors based on strong
roots in these disciplines is the key to developing successful interdisciplinary
programs. If we have learned something from history, it is that investment in
basic research has, in the long run, paid the very best dividends.

Neil Sullivan


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