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December 2001 /January 2002

C LA Sno es
Vol. 15/16 The University of Florida College of Liberal Arts and Sciences No. 12/1

Around the College ................................ 2
The Dean's Musings ....................... ... 3
New Faculty ............................................... 4
Stephen McKnight
CLAS Term Professor ................................ 6
John Henretta
New Sociology Chair.............................. 7
Jewish Studies Benefits
from Million-Dollar Gift......................... 7
Internet2 Links CLAS
Researchers to the World ..................... 8
CLAS in the New s .................................... 10
CLAS Forensic
Anthropologists Describe
Experiences in NYC................................. 12
In Memory
Marvin Harris........................... ........... 12
Representing CLAS & USA................... 13
Grants ........................... ............. .............. 14
Bookbeat .................................................. 15
Homecoming 2001 ............................ 16

Around the College


Dial Center for
Written and Oral
In October, Diana Karol
Nagy presented the
paper "The Framing of
the Medicare Prescrip-
tion Drug Issue During
Campaign 2000" at the
71st Annual Convention
of the Florida Com-
munication Association,
held in Fort Lauderdale.
She also presented her
activity "Impromptu
Cut and Paste" to a
roundtable discussion for
communication teachers
called "Teachers' Idea

Mark A. Reid presented
the paper "Imagining
Blackness in Recent
French Cinema" at the
November meeting of the
Chicago Film Seminar
(CFS). CFS is a monthly
gathering of film, media
and television scholars
from Chicago-area edu-
cational institutions.

In November, Mark
Brenner presented the
paper "Paleoclima de la
region Maya: sintesis del
conocimiento basado en
registros paleolimnologi-
cos" at the XI Encuentro
International: Los Inves-
tigadores de La Cultura
Maya in Cameche, Mex-
ico. Brenner co-authored
the paper with fellow
UF geology professors
Michael E Rosenmeier,
David A. Hodell and
Jason H. Curtis.

Germanic and
Slavic Studies
Hal H. Rennert recently
gave a lecture to the
Historical Institute at the
University of Innsbruck
in Austria titled "German
Prisoners of War or War
Criminals (?) in France:
Wilhelm Hausenstein's
Most Difficult Task after
May 1st 1951."

Luise White was one
of six finalists for the
2001 Herskovits Award.
The African Studies
Association presents
the Herskovits Award to
the author of the most
important scholarly
work in African studies
published in English dur-
ing the preceding year.
White's qualifying book,
Speaking with Vampires:
Rumor and History in
East and Central Africa,
was published by Univer-
sity of California Press
last year. She received
the Herskovits Award
in 1991 for her book
The Comforts of Home:
Prostitution in Colonial

Howard E.A. Tinsley
and Diane J. Tinsley
recently delivered a
series of lectures and
conducted a graduate
seminar for students in
the Leisure and Envi-
ronments Program at
Wageningen University's
International Center of
Excellence in the Neth-
erlands. The lectures

focused on social and
psychological perspec-
tives on leisure and work
and the seminar explored
cross-cultural influences
on perceptions of leisure
and work. Students from
Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria,
China, Colombia, Ger-
many, Ghana, Indonesia,
Korea, Mozambique,
Nicaragua, Nigeria,
Pakistan, Poland, Puerto
Rico, Romania, Taiwan,
Tatarstan, Thailand and
Turkey participated. The
Tinsley's presentations
were sponsored by the
World Leisure and Rec-
reation Association and
funded by a grant from
the Dutch government.

Vasudha Narayanan
was recently named
president of the Ameri-
can Academy of Religion
(AAR) for 2002-2003.
She was inaugurated
at the group's annual
meeting in November
and is the first person
of a non-Judeo-Chris-
tian religion to serve
as president since the
academy was established
in 1909. The 9,000-mem-
ber organization is the
major scholarly society
and professional associa-
tion of religion teachers
and research scholars.
Its members are mainly
faculty and graduate
students from more than
2,000 colleges, universi-
ties and divinity schools
in North America. All
of the world's major
religious traditions, as
well as indigenous and
historical religions, are

explored in the work of
AAR members.

Languages and
Sylvie E. Blum attended
the Pacific Ancient
& Modern Language
Association's 2001 con-
ference at Santa Clara
University in California,
held November 9-11.
She chaired the panel
"Theme of Voyage" and
presented the paper "Un
regard d'Asie" during the
Autobiography Session II
sponsored by the Women
in French organization.

In November, Berna-
dette Cailler presented
a paper titled "Du Musee
de Carthage au poeme de
Glissant: Scipion, Baal,
et la flamme du brasier"
at the 4th International
Conference on Caribbean
Literature in Martinique,
France. She also chaired
the session "Texte, Para-
texte, Etudes culturelles."

Raymond Gay-Crosier
convened and chaired
an international panel
on Albert Camus' The
Rebel, the highly con-
troversial philosophical
essay published 50 years
ago. The event was
sponsored by the Societe
des Etudes Camusi-
ennes/ Camus Studies
Association and held
under the auspices of the
South Atlantic Modern
Language Association's
annual meeting in Atlan-
ta, held from November
9-11 in Atlanta.

The Department of
Statistics will host its
fourth annual winter
workshop, titled "An
IMS Mini-Meeting on
Imaging, Classifica-
tion and Clustering," on
January 11 and 12. The
workshop will focus on
developments in clas-
sification and clustering
and their applications.
Distinguished speakers
from around the country
will present a series of
talks. Visit www. stat.ufl.
edu symposium/2002/icc/
for more information.

In October, gradu-
ate students Daniel C.
Fisher and Diana P.
Hallman presented the
poster "Oxygen Isotope
and Growth Laminae
Analysis of Pleistocene
Mammoths from the
Southwestern United
States" at the 61st annual
meeting of the Society of
Vertebrate Paleontology
in Bozeman, Montana.

On the Cover: UF Astronomy Professor Charles Telesco looks at data gath-
ered through the high-speed Internet2 connection his department uses for col-
laborating, troubleshooting and gathering data. See the full story on page 8.

page 2

Does your department have an online newsletter or journal?
If so, we would like to feature it on our newly designed CLAS
Publications Web page. E-mail editor@clas.ufl.edu with the link.

CLASnotes December 2001 / January 2002

FLAS Fellowships Awarded
The Center for African Studies has awarded Foreign Lan-
guage and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships to 10 gradu-
ate students for 2001-2002. These fellowships, which pay
for tuition and provide an $11,000 stipend, are funded by
the US Department of Education and support graduate
students combining foreign language and area studies
along with their major. This year's recipients are:
Cara Anderson, History and Xhosa
Christine Apodaca, Zoology and Swahili
Elizabeth Beaver, Anthropology and Swahili
Matthew Behrend, Anthropology and Amharic
Leah Cohen, Geography and Swahili
Kevin Fridy, Political Science and Akan
Andrew Lepp, Parks & Recreation and Swahili
Stephen Marr, Political Science and Swahili
Christie Rawlins, Political Science and Swahili
Kharyssa Rhodes, Anthropology and Swahili

Distinguished Math
Professor Gives Lecture
World-renowned mathematician and SUNY Institute of
Mathematical Sciences Distinguished Professor John
Milnor gave "Complexity in the Sciences," the fourth
department Ulam
Colloquium, on
November 19.
Part of his talk
focused on the
important role
that the math-
ematical fields
of combinatorics
and information
theory will con-
tinue to play in
the study of DNA
sequencing in the
human genome
project. Milnor,
a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a
former member of Princeton's Institute for Advanced
Study, has received numerous awards including a Fields
Medal, a National Medal of Science and the American
Mathematical Society's Steele Prize.

Jewish Studies
UF's Center for Jewish Studies
presented a plaque to David
and Nan Rich at a reception
held in their honor on Novem-
ber 1. Their contribution to
the center will be used to fund
the Harry Rich Foundation for
Holocaust Studies.

Developing International Technologies

sing advanced technology for sharing information
and networking has been at the forefront of major
CLAS research initiatives and is playing a vital role in
revitalizing key areas in the humanities and social sci-
UF's partnership in building the world's largest optical
telescope is ultimately related to the world leadership
of Florida astronomers, who are building the infrared
detectors that these instruments will use. Our astronomy
department will eventually use advanced networking to
link the world's premier telescopes so that students and
researchers can access and interact with these remote
systems from one location.
CLAS scientists are also providing leadership for
exploring ultra-fast high-volume data exchange on an
international basis. A multi-university group of physicists
and computer scientists working with UF Physics Profes-
sor Paul Avery is currently developing petabyte-scale vir-
tual data exchange.Their International Virtual Data Grid
Laboratory (iVDGL) is exploring new approaches to the
analysis of large data collections.
These technologies, if properly developed, will also
play several important roles in the humanities.We
anticipate the digitization of rare historical records, bold
exploration of new media of expression and, above
all, the teaching of languages and literatures through
advanced networking technology.This last development
will be especially exciting in an era where it is critical
that we offer our students expanded learning oppor-
tunities in the languages, cultures and beliefs of other
It is difficult to imagine how we can strengthen our
international role in education and research without
embracing these activities. These efforts are not limited
to pure research, instruction or learning, as we are pre-
paring to use these tools to share courses as well as rare
and costly resources with our colleagues around the
It is worthwhile to pause and note that in all these
efforts, we are ensuring that advanced technologies
benefit students and researchers and not vice-versa.
We should not be driven by a need to use more sophis-
ticated technology, but by a need to find and develop
technologies that help us find new, dramatic and effec-
tive methods for teaching and carrying out research.

Neil Sullivan

Read CLASnotes online at web.clas.ufl.edu/CLASnotes/

CLASnotes December 2001 / January 2002

page 3

New Faculty

Alex Berkovich is an assistant professor
of mathematics who received his PhD
in physics from New York University in
1987. Since then, he has held positions
at the State University of New York at
Stony Brook, the Instituto de Matemati-
cas y Fisica Fundamental in Spain,
the Universitat Bonn in Germany and
Penn State University. His research has
focused on two-dimensional integrable
models, quantum groups and conformal
field theory in mathematical physics.
While a visiting professor at UF from
1999-2000, Berkovich was part of the
major breakthrough in the theory of par-
titions and q-series.

Brenda Chalfin is an assistant profes-
sor of ..,,,iiii .. ... ,_ who specializes
in gender, development and applied
.,11ill, p1. ,1... within Ghana and West
Africa. She earned her PhD from the
University of Pennsylvania in 1998.
After that, she taught at the Graduate
School of International Studies at the
University of Denver. Last year she
began NSF-funded research on customs
and state sovereignty in Ghana, and she
continues to work on this project.

Robert Holt is an eminent scholar in
zoology and the Arthur R. Marshall Jr.
Chair in ecological studies. He received
his PhD in biology from Harvard Uni-
versity in 1979. Holt held several posi-
tions on the faculty at the University
of Kansas from 1979-2001, including
professor, museum curator and senior
scientist. His research focuses largely
on theoretical issues at the population
and community levels of ecological
organization, and on the task of linking
ecology with evolutionary biology. His
current work includes studies of the
implications of infectious disease for
conservation and community ecology,
spatial aspects of food webs and habi-
tat fragmentation.
page 4

Aida Hozic, an assistant professor of
political science, received her PhD in
1997 from the University of Virginia's
Department of Government and Foreign
Affairs. Her area of specialization is
international relations, and she teaches
courses in international security. Before
coming to UF, Hozic taught at Hobart
College and William Smith College
in Geneva, NY and Ithaca College in
Ithaca, NY. Last year she was a MacAr-
thur Fellow at Cornell University. Her
current research explores the relation-
ship between media representation of
violence and the politics of military
intervention in Bosnia, Rwanda and

Gywnn Kessler is an assistant professor
of religion. She earned her PhD from
the Jewish Theological Seminary in
New York City in May 2001. During the
last year, Kessler was a lecturer at the
University of North Carolina at Greens-
boro. Her dissertation is titled "The
God of Small Things: The Fetus and
Its Development in Palestinian Aggadic
Literature," and she is currently working
on a book about this topic. Kessler is
also researching constructions of God's
gender in Rabbinic literature.

CLASnotes December 2001 / January 2002

George Christou is a professor of
chemistry. In 1978 he earned his PhD
in organic chemistry from Exeter Uni-
versity in London. After a postdoctoral
fellowship at Manchester University
and a NATO Fellowship at Stanford and
Harvard Universities, he held his first
faculty position in 1982 at Imperial Col-
lege in London. Before coming to UF,
he served on the faculty of Indiana Uni-
versity for 18 years. Christou has been
a leading figure in the development
of single-molecule magnetism, or the
ability of individual molecules to func-
tion as nanoscale magnetic particles.
This has vast potential applications for
ultra-high-density information storage,
quantum computing and other special-
ized areas.

Eric Kligerman is an assistant profes-
sor in the Department of Germanic and
Slavic studies. He received his PhD
from the University of Michigan in the
spring of this year. Kligerman spent
several years studying in Germany at
the University of Freiburg on a Ful-
bright Fellowship. His research focuses
on 19th- and 20th-century German
literature, philosophy and visual arts,
and he is especially interested in Ger-
man-Jewish literature and Holocaust
studies. Kligerman is currently looking
at how poetic invocations of trauma
in the works of Paul Celan have been
translated into the space of visual media,
especially the architecture of museums
and memorials in Berlin.
CLASnotes December 2001 / January 2002

Mohssen Esseesy is an assistant profes-
sor in the African and Asian languages
and literatures department. He earned
his PhD from the Department of Arabic
Language, Linguistics and Literature at
Georgetown University in April 2000.
Before coming to UF, Esseesy was a
visiting assistant professor at George-
town and a language consultant at the
Center for Applied Linguistics in Wash-
ington, DC. His current research areas
are the historical evolution of numeral
systems with an emphasis on Arabic,
linguistic theory of numerals, language
testing and the development of tests for
less-commonly-taught languages.

John Krigbaum, an assistant professor
of ..,lii.l i ... earned his PhD in bio-
logical ..,1ii., .|i. ..._ this year from New
York University. His research focuses on
human and faunal skeletal remains from
archaeological and paleontological sites
in Southeast Asia. He is interested in the
spread of modern humans through the
Old World, specifically into Eurasia and
Southeast Asia, and in learning about
their lifestyles. Part of his work involves
analyzing the chemical composition
(stable isotopes of carbon, nitrogen and
oxygen) of bones and teeth to infer pre-
historic diet.

Stephen Hill, an assistant professor
of physics, received his PhD from the
University of Oxford in 1994. For two
years he held a postdoctoral position
at the National High Magnetic Field
Laboratory in Tallahassee and joined
the faculty at Montana State University
before coming to UF this year. The
majority of his research is experimental
in nature and involves using spectros-
copy to study strong magnetic fields.
He is currently working on two NSF-
funded projects. One focuses on the
electrodynamic properties of highly
anisotropic organic superconductors in
strong magnetic fields, and the other is
a Nanoscale Interdisciplinary Research
project dealing with quantum effects in
single molecule magnets.

Andrew Lynch is an assistant professor
of Spanish in the Romance languages
and literatures department. With a dis-
sertation focused on Spanish-English
language use and variation among
Cuban immigrant families in Miami, he
earned his PhD from the University of
Minnesota in 1999. His specializations
are Hispanic linguistics, sociolinguistics
and applied linguistics. Prior to coming
to UF, he spent two years directing the
Spanish for Heritage Speakers program
at University of Miami. Lynch's current
research deals with Spanish-English
bilingualism in the US.

See New Faculty, page 6

page 5

Stephen McKnight

CLAS Term Professor

History Professor Stephen McKnight
has been named the Waldo Neikirk
Term Professor. He will receive a one-
year, $6000 salary supplement as well
as $2,500 in research support. McKnight
teaches classes on human nature and gen-
der, the Renaissance, the Scientific Revo-
lution and aspects of the intellectual and
cultural history of Europe's early modern
period. His research focuses on the inter-
play of science, religion and political
ideology in Europe's early modern and
modern periods. McKnight is currently
working on books about the religious

foundations of Francis Bacon's scien-
tific program and Eric Voegelin's effort
to establish a new science of politics
and history. He has received the Mahon
Undergraduate Teaching Award, a CLAS
Teacher of the Year Award and two UF
Teaching Improvement Program (TIP)
Awards. For the past two years he has
been selected by the Earhart Foundation
to serve as a mentor/sponsor in its PhD
fellowship program, which supports the
training of new teachers by senior faculty
in the social sciences and humanities.

New Faculty, continued from page 5

Carlos Rojas, an assistant professor in
the African and Asian languages and
literatures department, received his PhD
from Columbia University in 2000. He
also held a postdoctoral fellowship at
Columbia for one year before coming to
UE Rojas specializes in modern Chinese
literature, film and cultural studies. His
current research examines themes of
visual perception and reproduction in
19th- and 20th-century Chinese fictional
texts, with a parallel consideration of
related technological developments and
cultural practices.

Leah Rosenberg is an assistant profes-
sor of English. She received her PhD in
comparative literature, with a concentra-
tion in women's studies, from Cornell
University in January 2000. Her area
of specialization is Caribbean studies.
Before coming to UF, she was an assis-
tant professor of English at Grinnell
College in Iowa. Rosenberg is currently
writing a book titled Creolizing Woman-
hood: Building National Literatures in
the Anglophone Caribbean, 1899-1938.
It is a study of the development of
national literature in Jamaica, Trinidad
and Dominica, focusing on the promi-
nence of women and domesticity in the
emergence of national literatures.

page 6

Marilyn Thomas-Houston, an assistant
professor of ..iili...p. !. ... earned her
PhD in cultural ..,iiiiii. ..., from New
York University in 1997. She has also
an appointment in the African American
Studies Program. Before coming to
UF, Thomas-Houston was an assistant
professor of ..iil, .|!. .._ and African
American studies at the University of
South Carolina. Her current research
is on social action in the black com-
munities of Nova Scotia, Canada, and
she will direct a summer study abroad
program in Nova Scotia focusing on the
African Diaspora.

CLASnotes December 2001 / January 2002

John Henretta

New Sociology Chair

The first sociology course at
the University of Florida
was offered in 1905, but it took
two decades until an independent
Department of Sociology was cre-
ated in 1926. The department's
first chair, Lucius Bristol, served
for twenty years. Chairs were
clearly made of sterner stuff in
those days! Our graduate pro-
gram, which now enrolls more
than 60 students, is nearly as
old as the department itself. The
department granted its first MA in
1931 and its first PhD in 1954.
As we celebrate our 75th
year as a department, we face a
set of challenges and opportunities
quite different from those early
years. In recognition, the depart-
ment began a strategic-planning
exercise last year to identify its
current strengths and set direction
for the future. Our undergraduate
program has grown to about 600
majors and 225 minors, making
us the sixth largest undergraduate
concentration in the college. We
have met this challenge of rapid
growth by developing an effective
advising system to ensure that our
undergraduates have information
easily available and are able to

register for our required courses
at an appropriate time in their pro-
Equally important, we
have an answer to the perennial
question: "What can I do with
a sociology major?" We present
answers each semester during
a Sociology Career Workshop.
Advising on career linkages is
particularly important in sociol-
ogy because students often choose
us out of intellectual interest
in the field, not from a clearly
defined career goal.
The department's faculty
is organized into four specialty
areas: aging and health; criminol-
ogy and deviance; families and
gender; and race and ethnicity.
Sociology is unique in the college
because of its extensive links with
centers and programs on campus.
A large number of our faculty
have affiliations with the Center
for Women's Studies and Gender
Research, the Center for Studies
in Criminology and Law, the Cen-
ter for Gerontological Studies, the
Institute on Aging and the Cen-
ter for Latin American Studies.
These linkages are a major source
of strength for our department

they articu-
late well
with the
ment's spe-
areas. They
also provide
ties for our
faculty and
and help
our gradu-
ate training
One of our main goals for
the next five years is to diversify
and expand external funding in
the department. Our faculty have
held about two dozen externally
funded research grants during the
past five years. However, there
is broad agreement among our
faculty that we need to expand
our funding in order to provide
greater research opportunities for
students and diversify graduate
student funding opportunities.

This task will be a particular chal-
lenge in an era that will likely
see some reductions in federal
research funding.
Our department's planning
process has given us a good sense
of our strengths as well as the
tasks that lie ahead. In meeting
these challenges, we are most
fortunate to have a large contin-
gent of capable, productive and
energetic junior faculty who have
joined us in recent years. We've
made a good start on the next 75

Jewish Studies Benefits

from Million-Dollar Gift

) ite Aid drugstore chain founder
I\Alex Grass (left) recently gave
UF's Center for Jewish Studies
$1 million to establish an eminent
chair position. Grass, who gradu-
ated from UF's law school in 1949,
says he hopes the donation will
allow the center to expand its
efforts. "It will make the program
stronger by enabling it to have pro-
fessors that are known in the field,"
Grass says. "Hopefully it will
induce those both Jewish and non-
Jewish to become more interested
in the program."

Center Director Kenneth D.
Wald says the gift will attract well-
known scholars and researchers to
UE "The endowment will allow the
center to enhance its three-pronged
mission of attracting more stu-
dents and scholars to its programs,
increasing the university's ability to
serve the educational demands of
Florida's growing Jewish popula-
tion-already the third largest in
the nation-and to conduct research
on wide-ranging topics such as
the Holocaust and the Middle East
peace process.

In 1973 CLAS established the
Center for Jewish Studies to pro-
vide an undergraduate, interdepart-
mental curriculum covering Jewish
culture, religion and civilization.
Grass' donation will help the cen-
ter initiate a graduate program,
enhancing the center's research
capabilities and heightening its vis-

-Patrick Hughes

CLASnotes December 2001 / January 2002

page 7

Internet, Too

Internet2 Links CLAS Researchers to the World

t has happened to all of us: you are happily surfing the Inter-
net when you click on an unfamiliar Web page, causing "pop-
up windows"to appear all over your screen like flies at a picnic.
Now instead of catching up on insider movie news or check-
ing weather forecasts, you are frantically clicking all over your
screen, trying to "swat" down advertisements for dubious prod-
ucts while the information you want to read is obscured and
your connection speed slows to a crawl.

This is just one example of Internet congestion.
Now imagine how researchers must feel when trying to
use the Internet for heavy-duty academic work. The bot-
tom line is the Net is just too clogged up with Spamm,"
pop-up ads and all kinds of other electronic gunk to be
much good for serious networking.
That is where Internet2 comes in. David Pokorney,
Assistant Director of Network Services for the Office of
Information Technologies at UF, says 34 major universi-
ties launched the Internet2 project in October 1996 and
that UF came on board as a charter member in February
1997. "At this meeting researchers noted how the Inter-
net had grown in size and had become congested to a
point that it could no longer sustain the kind of research
collaboration the academic community required. It was
decided that a new network was needed to facilitate the
high-end applications that were under development but
impossible to conduct over the commercial Internet.
Internet2 will enable collaboration among researchers
and interactive access to information and resources in
ways never before possible."
In CLAS, these high-end applications include
..projects being developed by the physics and astronomy

departments. "We are the lead institution on two large
grid projects that involve a number of institutions taking
part in some very high-end experiments in physics and
astronomy. These experiments involve massive trans-
fers of large amounts of data," UF Physics Professor
Paul Avery says. "The idea of having a grid is having
one computing resource that, even though it consists of
a whole bunch of computers all over the nation or all
over the world, you can think of it as a single computer
resource that can be used from any one place. We need
Internet2 as an enabling infrastructure."
Avery says the ability to transfer large amounts of
data also makes Internet2 ideal for remote operation of
equipment and facilities. "You need an enabling infra-
structure like Internet2 just to carry the basic data around
that is needed to operate instruments remotely. And that
is not to mention all the standard things like video con-
UF Astronomy Professor Charles Telesco says
Internet2 can be used for the remote operation of large
telescopes like Gemini North in Hawaii and Gemini
South in Chile. For now, security issues make remote
operation prohibitive. This does not stop Internet2,
however, from being useful. Even though video and
data links using Internet2 to connect the astronomy
department with telescopes around the world have been
in place less than one year, they have quickly become
invaluable. "When I first broached the subject of a
remote observation center people thought, 'Yeah, that
might be useful,'" Telesco says. "But there was simply
nobody who wanted to put time into it. Now we can't
imagine how we ever lived without it."
Telesco says there are two different ways of using
and reserving time on telescopes. "In classical mode,
you are awarded specific nights. Normally you would
go to the observatory and be at the telescope with the

LLASnotes December 2001 / January 2002

page 8

on-staff operator. Data would come in and you would
see at least some superficial aspects quickly and be able
to judge whether things were going well. There is also a
new mode that is being used more and more called the
queue mode. You define the conditions that you want,
and if those conditions pop up the operator finds the
highest-priority program that requires them and does
those observations. So in the queue mode, you could be
fast asleep in your warm bed in Gainesville and they're
making your observations in Chile."
It turns out that having the Internet2 link to the
observatory helps with both modes. "If I'm awarded
three nights in the classical mode, I can send a student
and eavesdrop in. Through the video link I can interact
with the student and observatory staff as though I were
there, so as the student is working on a lot of the tasks
I can monitor and give advice. The student is gaining
experience and doing work associated with his or her
thesis-it immerses them more in the whole process,"
Telesco says. "If a telescope uses the queue mode and
I get a call that my conditions are coming up I can run
over to our remote observation center, hook right in and
start working with the assigned observatory astronomer."
Either way there is a limited window of opportu-
nity, so the decision-making process is important. "It's
always better if you can participate in the acquisition
of data. The reason is the observer who requested the
telescope time can best alter the observing run if things
don't turn out as expected," Telesco says. "Sometimes
other things are discovered in the process, and you have
to make those decisions on how to proceed based on
what is happening at the time."
Telesco says that the Internet2 links also help
provide ongoing support for the telescope cameras and
other instruments UF's astronomy department builds.

no- 1F 1

CLASnotes December 2001 / January 2002

engineers, mechanical engi- r
neers-is often working on
several multi-million dollar
machines at a time. We've
had our engineers come onto
the video link and trouble-
shoot problems. For example,
an electronics engineer can
look at an oscilloscope trace
that can't be described over
the phone and help solve a
problem. This is important
because sending an engineer
to South America is a week-
long shot. During that time
he is not doing anything but
that task. A lot of money for
our programs comes out of
the instrumentation we do,
and we need to run that with
sound, efficient business
Being in two places at
the same time isn't just useful
for observation or trouble-
shooting. "It so happens that
I'm teaching a graduate course next semester, and at the
same time I have to be in South America for a variety of
instrumentation development issues. So what I'm going
to try and do is teach this course from the observatory,"
Telesco says. "This is a graduate course in observation
techniques in astronomy, so teaching from the observa-
tory will allow me to show them around the building and
the telescope."
For his purposes, Avery says Internet2 is useful
- 1-.... F-.. ..... .. h 1 ..... .. .. ounts of data in high-energy
physics. "High-energy

i:. where you collide parti-
cles together at very high
energies. For example,
you may collide two pro-
tons together and in the
s middle of the collision
you produce new kinds of
particles and new kinds
,of matter. And the only
way to do that is in large
laboratories using very,
See Internet2, page 10

Left:The astronomy department's Internet2 connection
enables real-time collaboration between Telesco in Gaines-
ville and his graduate students in Hawaii.

page 9

CLAS in the News

CLAS Staff Receive Davis Productivity Awards

Internet2, continued from page 9

very high energy."
Although Avery describes high-energy
physics as "pure research," he says people not
directly involved in the study of physics still
reap a benefit from it. "We have extremely
demanding requirements for our experiments,
so the things we do drive a lot of electronics
and computing advances. We develop tremen-
dously advanced tools that eventually find their
way into the marketplace, so you can call that
a trickle-down effect. This whole area of col-
laborative research is an area businesses take a
lot of interest in. In high-energy physics we do
global collaboration-not just international but
worldwide. The mechanisms that we use push
those technologies, like video conferencing and
other collaborative tools."
While Telesco finds his video link essential
now, eventually he hopes to work in one of the
advanced collaborative tools Internet2 develop-
ers call virtual laboratories. "I'd really like to
see a room people could walk into here at UF
and in every direction they look, what they see
is essentially what they would see if they walked
under the dome of a telescope or into its control
room. They could walk right up and interact
with life-size images of scientists and engineers
as though they were really in that environment."
Telesco says a virtual laboratory can help
show the public why science is important.
"Throughout the years I've had a lot of opportu-
nity to literally and figuratively introduce people
to a whole new, exciting universe. Astronomy is
one of those fields where something as simple as
photographs can awe people. You show people
things and all of a sudden they have such a dif-
ferent perspective on their own universe. If you
put people in the environment where those pho-
tos are taken and the data is collected, they real-
ize what the excitement of science is all about.
I think Internet2 may revolutionize the way at
least astronomers and maybe scientists every-
where interact with students and the community
at large. That's the direction we're moving in."

-Patrick Hughes

Several individuals and groups
within CLAS have received
2001 Davis Productivity Awards.
The awards recognize state
employees who have shown
exemplary performance or whose
creativity has led to new cost-sav-
ing procedures.
The Preview Prep Task
Force, which includes Academic
Advising Center (AAC) staff,
received a plaque for the creation
of Preview Prep. AAC advisors
Lynn O' Sickey and Kathy Rex
and AAC staff members Tim
Young and Mark Sciallo worked
with Jeanna Mastrodicasa, the
associate director of the Honors
Program, and Kellie Roberts, from
the Dial Center for Written and
Oral Communication, to devise
the program.
Preview Prep helps students
navigate the basics of UF advis-
ing, including immunization
holds, GatorLink e-mail accounts,
calculus placement and the basic
vocabulary of curriculum require-
ments. AAC Director Albert
Matheny nominated the team and
says the program benefits every-
one at UF who works with new
students. "Preview Prep reaches
students before they get here and
gives them interactive feedback.

Informed students who don't have
to scramble to get their immuniza-
tion records, who have their UF
e-mail accounts set up and who
know what math to take are hap-
pier students. Staff members are
also happier dealing with better-
prepared students."
Dori Faust, a program
assistant in the physics depart-
ment, received a certificate of
commendation for coordinating a
search for two new faculty mem-
bers. This search was considered
unusually demanding because it
involved two positions instead of
the usual one, and it was in addi-
tion to the normal requirements of
her job.
Chemistry staff members
Joseph Carusone and Matthew
Glover received an honorable
mention award. After the loss of
two full-time employees, the pair
kept the chemistry department's
computing and networking
systems functioning for a year.
In addition to their normal day-
to-day management work, they
provided network hardware and
administrative and computing
technical support to more than
400 users in three buildings and
one remote site.

The Preview Prep Task Force includes (left to right) Kellie Roberts, Jeanna Mast-
rodicasa, Mark Sciallo (top), Lynn O'Sickey (bottom),Tim Young and Kathy Rex.

CLASnotes December 2001 / January 2002

page 10

Levey Named UF Teacher/Scholar of the Year
Zoology Professor Doug Levey has been named the 2000-2001
Teacher/Scholar of the Year. This award is the highest honor
bestowed upon a UF faculty member. Levey is among the 17 CLAS
professors who have received the award since it was established in
Levey earned his PhD from the University of Wisconsin in 1986.
His research focuses on the behavioral ecology of fruit-eating birds.
He joined UF's zoology department in 1988 and has taught numer-
ous undergraduate and graduate courses including Ecology, Evolution
and Behavior, Avian Biology, Darwinian
Medicine and the Graduate Orientation
Seminar. Levey says receiving the award
is a special honor since he enjoys teaching
and research. "I appreciate the opportunity
to teach a diverse group of students, from
freshmen to graduate students. I feel fortu-
nate that the university encourages many
different paths of learning, from classroom
lectures to field research."
UF President Charles Young will
formally recognize Levey at the December
commencement ceremony. The Teacher/
Scholar of the Year award is based upon
recommendations from faculty members
and academic deans, with final approval from the president, the provost
and the Faculty Academic Advisory Council.

Math Professor Receives NSA Grant
n early November Mathematics Professor Chat Ho received a two-
year grant from the National Security Agency's (NSA) Mathematical
Sciences Program for his research project "Translation Planes of Odd
Order and Simple Groups."
Mathematics Chair Krishnaswami Alladi says the award is a sig-
nificant accomplishment because it is becoming increasingly difficult
for full professors to obtain federal research funding in pure mathemat-
ics. "Ho is a very dedicated member of our department and has liter-
ally built the algebra group for us. This
award from the NSA concerning his own
research proposal is a real achievement."
The Mathematical Sciences Program
awards research grants in mathematics
and cryptology, funding high-quality indi-
vidual research in algebra, number theory,
discrete mathematics, probability and sta-
Ho's work is in the abstract area of
group theory, a field with diverse applica-
tions in physics, chemistry, coding theory
and cryptography. Group theory has its
origins in the study of symmetries in i
geometry and in the solutions of polyno-
mial equations. Ho's NSA research proposal is aimed at a long-standing
question in the theory of translation planes, namely, to determine which
simple groups can arise as groups of symmetries of planes. Such groups
are called collineation groups, and Ho is considered an expert in this
field. He is one of the main speakers at the International Congress of
Chinese Mathematicians, held December 17-22 in Taiwan.

CLASnotes December 2001 / January 2002

CLAS Botanist Leads NSF-Funded Project
otany Professor Alice Harmon and colleagues from four other
institutions have received $2.8 million from the National Science
Foundation to conduct research for its 2010 Project. The four-year grant
will fund a study on genes in the Arabidopsis thaliana plant that encode
protein kinases, or enzymes that regulate
and coordinate chemical reactions in cells
that are necessary for life. Harmon will be
working with colleagues from the Scripps
Research Institute in California, the Uni-
versity of Nevada, Reno, the University
of New Hampshire and the University of
Wisconsin, Madison.
The overall goal of the 2010 Project
is to determine the function of all 26,000
genes that make up the genome of Arabi-
dopsis. The project will have broad impli-
cations for biology because Arabidopsis is
widely used as a model organism in plant
biology. By studying this plant, scientists
can better understand how all sorts of living organisms behave geneti-
cally This will have potentially widespread applications for agriculture,
medicine and energy.
Harmon leads a team studying a large gene family that encodes
calcium-dependent and related protein kinases. They will determine
where the protein kinases are found within cells and identify proteins
that interact with the enzymes. This knowledge will help the researchers
determine the exact jobs each protein kinase performs.
In early October the NSF gave 28 awards totaling almost $44 mil-
lion to Project 2010 researchers from 43 institutions in 20 states. An
article about the project appeared in the October 29th issue of The Sci-

Murphy Honored by French Government
LAS Associate Dean and Professor of French Carol Murphy has
received the French government's highest honor for academic
achievement. Murphy has been named Chevalier dans l'ordre des Palm-
es Academique for advancing the cause of French culture, education
and the arts. The Cultural Attache of the
Consulat General de France in Miami will
formally present the diploma. The Palmes
Academiques was established in 1808 by
Napoleon and is seldom awarded to for-
eign scholars.
Murphy received the honor for pro-
moting French language and culture in
the US. Her work focuses on 20th-century
French prose and critical theory, and her
latest project is a study of the intellectual
exchange between French author Jean
Paulhan and French artist Jean Fautrier on
questions concerning rhetoric in painting
and written texts.
Murphy is the third CLAS faculty
member to receive the Palmes. French Professors Albert Smith and Ray-
mond Gay-Crosier each garnered the honor in 1990 and 1993, respec-

-Allyson A. Beutke

page 11

CLAS Forensic Anthropologists

Describe Experiences in NYC

Three days after the World Trade Center catastrophe, three forensic anthropolo-

gists from UF were at Ground Zero. They spent several weeks helping recover
and identify victims of the terrorist attacks. After returning to Gainesville at the
end of September the trio talked with CLASnotes about their experiences.

Anthony Falsetti,
director of UF's C.A.
Pound Human Identifica-
tion Laboratory, says it
felt like a war zone. "My
first impression was like
many others. I simply
couldn't believe it. When
we arrived the fire was
still burning fiercely and
smoke was billowing out
of lower Manhattan."
Falsetti, UF Anthro-
pology Professor Michael
Warren and ...iii. i. ..
graduate student Heather
Walsh-Haney were three
of the many volunteers
who were mobilized
as part of the federal
Disaster Mortuary Opera-
tional Response Team
(DMORT), which assists
areas experiencing mass
fatality incidents.
Although not

assigned to Ground Zero,
Warren visited there twice.
He saw debris piles tow-
ering many stories taller
than Gainesville's Seagle
Building. "I was prepared
to see extensive wreck-
age and debris. I was not,
however, prepared for the
scale of the site. Portions
of the towers remained
standing and were 20 to
30 stories tall."
Warren says his
role was different from
his activities in previous
mass fatality incidents.
"A decision was made to
rely almost completely
on DNA to determine
the identity of the dead.
As such, the contribution
made by anthropologists
was limited. My primary
role was to examine all
of the organic mate-

rial brought to me by the
investigators searching
through the wreckage and
determine whether or not
the tissue was human or
non-human. Non-human
remains would simply pro-
long the identification pro-
cess and unnecessarily add
to the tremendous expense
of DNA testing."
Falsetti was assigned
to Ground Zero. "I was
part of a seven-member
team that included a foren-
sic pathologist, three body
trackers, two evidence
technicians and myself as
a forensic anthropologist,"
he says. "My mission was
to examine all remains and
make a tentative identifi-
cation as to whether they
represented a member of
the NYPD, FDNY or Port

Heather Walsh-Haney and Michael Warren at the Staten Island
landfill where they were stationed.

The entire DMORT
team was housed at a hotel
near the LaGuardia air-
port. Like everyone else,
the UF anthropologists
worked hard under dif-
ficult circumstances. "The
facilities at the landfill
consisted of a tent city,
but adapting to different
environments is a corner-
stone of anthropological
study," Walsh-Haney says.
"The greatest challenge
was working day after day
on little sleep and making
sure that the fatigue did
not add to the emotional
challenge I was already
under. The scale of the

disaster was emotionally
taxing, but those emotions
have to be put in check
while working. Otherwise
I would have been unable
to use my skills to help."
Despite the enormous
challenges, Warren says
the UF team managed to
find something positive to
take away from the experi-
ence. "You needn't be a
New Yorker or have been
at Ground Zero to have
seen some examples of
the strength of the human
spirit manifested as a
result of this tragedy."

-Patrick Hughes

In Memory
Marvin Harris 1927-2001
U F Anthropology Graduate Research
Professor Emeritus Marvin Har-
ris passed away on Thursday, October 25 in
Gainesville at the age of 74. Harris was an
influential theorist in the field of ..lii .|p, .i..
for the past 50 years. In 1953, he received his
PhD from Columbia University, where he also
taught and served as chairman of the anthro-
pology department before coming to UE
Harris joined UF's ..iii.l ., p. .._ department
in 1981 and retired last year. His research
spanned the topics of race, evolution and cul-
ture, and often focused on Latin America and
Harris was the author of 17 books.
Among these is the frequently used textbook
The Rise of Al-,,i. -.. ., ., Theory. The
book, first published in 1968 and reissued this
year, explains Harris' theory of cultural mate-
rialism, the view that social and cultural pat-
terns arise out of necessary practices for sur-
vival. Harris maintained, for example, that the

Hindu elevation of the cow to sacred
status, which might seem strange to
beef-eating Westerners, could be viewed
as a practical matter in a society where
the animal's milk and usefulness for
agricultural cultivation is essential for
human survival. Killing a cow for its
meat would do more harm than good,
so a religious taboo developed that has
an underlying benefit to Indian society.
Harris served as president of the
general ....il..|!i. .1 ._ section of the
American Anthropological Association,
and he was also a distinguished lecturer
of the organization. He directed the
Columbia/Cornell/Harvard/ Illinois Summer
Field-Studies Program in Brazil.
Allan E Burns, chair of UF's anthropol-
ogy department, says Harris commanded a
great deal of professional respect. "Colleagues
regularly looked to Harris for guidance, and
even when they opposed him in print or in

a faculty meeting they knew that he had a
serious and sincere commitment to the depart-
ment and to the discipline."
Harris is survived by his wife Madeline
and daughter Susan.
-Patrick Hughes

CLASnotes December 2001 / January 2002

page 12

Representing CLAS & USA

Political Science Student Travels to Slovenia for NATO Conference

T imothy Tinnesz is the president of the CLAS Student
Council. While i.. .1..- '. it is hardly the last of his
political aspirations.
A senior majoring in political science and minoring in
Spanish and education, Tinnesz has been planning a career
in politics for a long time. "I've been a fan of politics since
I began reading Time magazine when I was in elementary
school," he says. "After going to graduate school I hope to
get involved in political campaigning and government ser-
vice. Ultimately I want to serve as an elected public official,
either at the state or national level."
Recently Tinnesz was one of four US college students
selected to attend the week-long 47th Annual Atlantic Treaty
Association conference in Bled, Slovenia. The Atlantic
Treaty Association is the public-relations arm of the North
Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO. "Its members con-
sist of community leaders, retired military personnel and
former diplomats from various NATO and NATO-affiliated
countries. They hold annual assemblies in order to hear pre-
sentations on and debate NATO and international issues in
various forums and plenary sessions," Tinnesz says.
Tinnesz got some practice for his budding political
career while in Slovenia. He says the conference was a great
networking opportunity and that he met heads of state and
diplomats. "I was able to learn quite a bit about the impor-
tant issues confronting many different European nations and
see how they view the US. I really enjoyed being a represen-
tative of my country and American culture."
Although Tinnesz found the official forums and debates
on globalism, international humanitarian efforts and ter-
rorism to be educational, he most appreciated the informal
interaction with other students at the conference. "They
were very concerned with the terrorist attacks in New York
and wanted to discuss them with me to hear how Americans
were reacting.In many cases, the extent of their knowledge
about Americans didn't go much farther than the 'Jerry
Springer' and 'Baywatch' episodes that are on European
Tinnesz adds that these conversations helped him learn
quite a bit about life in European countries. "I learned the
intricacies of negotiation on prices from an Italian student.
I spoke with a Russian student about his country's shift to
democracy and free market liberalism. More than ..i li...
though, actually speaking with students my age from Serbia
and Croatia who grew up through the terrible civil wars of
the 1990s was absolutely amazing," he says. "The confer-

ence really proved to be a mind-opening experience and
gave me a completely new perspective on how I view the
world and our country's relationships with the world."
Tinnesz found out about the conference through UF
Associate Provost and Honors Program Director Sheila
Dickison. Tinnesz says, "I'm a member of the honors pro-
gram and work in its office. I have also worked with Dr.
Dickison on various CLAS student council initiatives, so she
was familiar with my political interests and people skills."
When he is not overseas meeting foreign dignitaries,
Tinnesz volunteers with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of

Tinnesz (second from left) and the US delegation.

Gainesville program and the Civitan Regional Blood Center.
A member of the University Scholars Program and the recip-
ient of numerous academic awards and honors, he says the
CLAS Student Council is what keeps him the busiest. "Our
group works as an advocate and representative for all CLAS
students. We fund about 30 different groups, from the Grad-
uate Student Astronomy Society to the Florida Undergradu-
ate Comics Club, and we provide travel assistance to confer-
ences and host programs here at UE We also have members
on the CLAS Petitions Committee and Teacher/Advisor of
the Year Committee. I served as the CLAS Student Council
student representative on the Dean Search Committee last
year. I stay busy, but that is what I enjoy."
-Patrick Hughes

CLASnotes December 2001 / January 2002

page 13

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November 2001 ..................................................... Total: $4,651,787

Dept. Agency

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Katritzky, A.
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Richardson, D.
Miller, S.
Moncrieff, D.
Binford, M.

Andraka, B.
Avery, P.
Acosta, D.
Dorsey, A.
Hooper, C.
Haynes, D.
Korytov, A.
Abrams, L.
Bradley, M.
Fischler, I.

CRI US Dept of Education

DSS US Dept of Education
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Award Title


Post-Precambrian geobiology based on genomic sequences databases.
Software research support.
Miles compound contract.
Miles compound contract.

2,387 Kingsley plantation ethnographic and ethnohistorical program.




Synthesis of aminonitro heterocyclic compounds.
SBIR/STTR Phase 2.
3-D architectures from electronchemical power sources.
Formulations for chemical biological agent decontamination solutions.
National middle school survey.

Event-related potentials as objective measures of cognitive processing.
University of Florida Upward Bound.
Integration of patch-size NEE using experimental and modeling footprint
National Humanities Center fellowship.
Oral history of the Florida ecosystem restoration project.
Heavy fermion materials synthesis and characterization.
ITR/AP: International Virtual Data Grid Laboratory.

119,322 Dynamics of vortices and interfaces in condensed matter.
94,039 Atomic physics of hot ultra-dense plasmas.

31,392 US CMS endcap MUON research project-FY 2001.



Contextual relevance in detecting misspellings in old age.
The center for the study of emotion and attention project 3.
The center for the study of emotion and attention project 4.

American Chemical Society division of organic chemistry fund.
Democracy exchange between UNC and the University of Asmara.
Functional genomics of plant protein phosphorylation.
The design synthesis and evaluation of small-molecule modulators.
Bulk sedimentation and nutrient accumulation rates in lakes.

40,000 Detection of autism and Asperger's Syndrome in 4-10 month old infants.
12,000 Nutritional determinants of population density in redtail monkeys.

50,903 Factors influencing the dynamics of vallisneria americana.

CLASnotes December 2001 / January 2002


page 14


Recent publications
from CLAS faculty

African-American Mayors:
Race, Politics, and the American City
Edited by David R.Colburn (History) and
Jeffrey S. Adler (History)
University of Illinois Press

On November 7,1967, the voters of Cleveland,
Ohio,and Gary, Indiana, elected the nation's
first African-American mayors to govern their
cities.Ten years later more than 200 black
mayors held office,and by 1993,67 major
urban centers, most with majority-white pop-
ulations, were headed by African Americans.
This is the first comprehensive study
of African-American mayors in the nation's
major urban areas. Offering a diverse por-
trait of leadership, conflict and almost
obstacles, this vol-
ume assesses the
political alliances
that brought black
mayors to office as
well as their accom-
bly, increased
minority hiring and
funding for minori-
ty businesses-and
the challenges
that marked their
careers. Mayors profiled include Carl B. Stokes
(Cleveland), Richard G. Hatcher (Gary),"Dutch"
Morial (New Orleans), Harold Washington
(Chicago),Tom Bradley (Los Angeles), Marion
Barry (Washington, D.C.), David Dinkins (New
York City), Coleman Young (Detroit), and a
succession of black mayors in Atlanta (May-
nard Jackson, Andrew Young, and Bill Camp-
"This excellent new collection of original
essays on black big-city mayors provides
essential historical perspective on racial
change in late twentieth-century urban poli-
tics. Deeply researched and well written, this
volume represents a major step forward in
recent urban political history."
-Raymond A. Mohl, Editor of The Making
of Urban America

Jean Froissart Chroniques: Livres I et II
Edited by George T.Diller (French)

(translated from Iean Fmi
introduction) CHRONIQUES
The immense
Chronicles by Jean
Froissart, which
cover the years
1325-1400, consti-
tute an essential
source for knowl-
edge of the 14th
century and of the
Hundred Years War.
They provide exciting reading, by the shear
mass of facts recounted, by their dramatic
style, by the intensity of their narration, by
their episodic abundance, by their rich details,
by their sophisticated composition, by the
unusual character of their narrator.They are
divided into four Books. In this volume the
major parts of Books I and II will be found.
A succinct initiation to Froissart's Middle
French,a very copious annotation and an
extensive glossary allow all readers to directly
experience the original text's language.A rich
introduction, indexes, genealogical tables and
maps furnish a full complement of informa-

Black Feminist Anthropology: Theory,
Politics, Praxis, and Poetics
Edited by Irma McClaurin (Anthropology)
Rutgers University Press

The three words BLACK FEMINIST
that launch the ANTHROPOLOGY
title of this book
have not always
kept company with
each other-and in
the minds of many ,
both inside and
outside the acad-
emy,they should
remain separate.
In this sense, Irma
McClaurin and her
sister anthropologists have given us a work
that is not only pioneering but also bold....
Each of the essays in this impressive anthol-
ogy is in some way a response to mainstream
anthropology and "the way we've always
done it."While the goal of objectivity is not

simply tossed to the side, the sister anthro-
pologists are in tune with the view of the
sociologist C.Wright Mills,who said that while
he would strive for objectivity, he would
never claim to be detached from the people
and the problems he was studying.
"Irma McClaurin and her colleagues
bring Black Feminist Anthropology into the
center of the discipline. Each of these care-
fully crafted essays combines personal biog-
raphy with ethnographic insights to forge a
feminist analysis of the complex relationship
of race, class and gender in the lives of Black
women. Black Feminist Anthropology is an
essential text for those who want to read cut-
ting-edge anthropological theory."
-Louise Lamphere, Professor of Anthro-
pology, University of New Mexico,and
President, American Anthropological
Association (1999-2001)

El Niho in History: Storming Through the Ages
Cesar N.Caviedes (Geography)
University Press of Florida

Cesar Caviedes
provides the first
historical account
of El Nio, the
fascinating and
disruptive weather
that has affected
weather cycles all
over the globe for
thousands of years.
Combining scien-
tific accuracy with


Stoming Ithoafiy tie /ie

readable presentation, he brings together
all existing information, references and clues
about past El Niho occurrences and their
impact on political, military, social, economic
and environmental history.This sweeping
demonstration of the impact of climatic fluc-
tuation on human history will be fascinating
to the scientific community as well as to the
general public.
"The most thorough and up-to-date
analysis of the impact of El Niho on human
events. It cogently explains El Niho, La Nina,
South Oscillation and other concepts to the
-Ben Finney, Emeritus Professor of
Anthropology, University of Hawaii

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Homecoming 2001

Left: Gator fans of all ages had the chance to look at the demonstrations set
up by the Society of Physics Students during the annual alumni barbeque
held in the O'Connell Center.The"Physics is Phun"display table featured
hands-on activities related to electricity and magnetism, mechanics and

Right: Dean Neil
Sullivan shows .w
his Gator spirit
with Alberta the

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Contr. Editor: Patrick Hughes
Layout/Illustration: Jane Dominguez
Copy Editor: Lynne Pulliam
Carol Binello: p. 16 (Hands-On Physics)
Alan Burns: p. 16 (Sullivan and Alberta)
Jane Dominguez: p.1, p.4-6, p.7 (Henretta), p. 9-10,
p. 11 (Levey, Ho, Murphy)
Patrick Hughes: p. 3
Jane Gibson: p. 11 (Harmon)
Charles Telesco: p.8
Courtesy Anthropology: p. 12 (Harris)
Courtesy Alex Grass: p. 7 (Grass)
Courtesy Timothy Tinnesz: p.13
Courtesy Michael Warren: p. 12 (Staten Island)
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