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The University of Florida
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In this Issue:

CLAS Students Share
Their Secrets of Success ................. 3

A Capitol Idea............................... 4

Pursuing Nonprofit and
Government Career Options........... 7

Around the College ....................... 8

CLAS Students ................................ 10

Bookbeat ...................................... 11

People Who Keep
CLAS W orking................................. 12

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
News and Publications
2008 Turlington Hall
PO Box 117300
Gainesville FL 32611-7300

CLASnotes is published monthly by the College
of Liberal Arts and Sciences to inform faculty,
staff and students of current research and
Dean: Neil Sullivan
Editor: Allyson A. Beutke
Contr. Editor: Patrick Hughes
Design & Photography: Jane Dominguez
Intern: Jenny Oberhaus
Copy Editor: Lynne Pulliam
Additional Photography:
J.R. Hermsdorfer: p. 3 (Sippio)
Courtesy Krishnaswami Alladi: p. 8
Allyson A. Beutke: p. 9 (Tobin)

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The Dean's


Congratulations to the Class of 2002!

Every graduation is a special occasion as we celebrate
the accomplishments of our students and the com-
mencement of their careers following years of dedi-
cated work and study. It is also a chance for everyone
to have a little fun. This year is no exception, as more
than 1,600 students representing 22 departments and
25 graduate degree programs receive degrees from our
college on May 3.
Whether it has been in the classroom, in an
interdisciplinary program, through interactions with
fellow students and scholars, at a community function
or even on the soccer field, the knowledge, abilities
and character our students have acquired during their
time at UF places them in an extraordinary position
among their peers. The liberal arts and sciences cur-
riculum our students experience is broad and diverse,
equipping graduates with skills that will enable them
to make smart decisions, compete with the best any
school has to offer and embrace the new global soci-
ety. Because our students possess these qualities, our
graduates have been keenly sought by employers and
national institutions as future leaders. Despite the
slowdown of the economy, we believe this is true this
year just as much as in the past.
The college extends its congratulations to all of
our graduating seniors and graduate students, and to
their families and friends who have helped make this
day possible. We hope that as members of the Class of
2002, you will carry forward fond memories of your
college and student days into future years. With the
will to succeed and the courage to follow your hearts
and minds, we are confident that you are well posi-
tioned to succeed in your future endeavors.

Neil Sullivan
sullivan@phys. ufl. edu

On the Cover:
Michael Swick, Scott Kennelly and Nour Kawa in Turlington Plaza.
Learn how their experiences as interns helped them stand out on page 4.

CLASnotes May 2002

page 2

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CLAS Students Share Their


of Success

Tomea Sippio will graduate from UF's law school on
May 18. At the age of 23, she has a clear idea of what
she wants to do with her life. "I want to work with
senior citizens and pursue a career in elder law. Some-
times we forget that older people have needs too."
As part of Sippio's career path, she chose to earn
a graduate certificate in gerontology, a goal she has
been working towards since she was an undergraduate a/
at UE "I was a political science major and sociology
minor. I also wanted to earn the gerontology certifi-
cate, but I found out about it two semesters before
graduating, and I was one class short at graduation
time. After entering law school, I decided to earn the
certificate at the graduate level."
Sippio's interest in working with senior citizens
is a direct result of her childhood. "I grew up in
Miami, and my family is a close-knit group. When On May 3, Paula Palmer's kids will be cheering for
I was young, my mother lost her eyesight, so my her from their seats at the O'Connell Center as she
grandmother and her sisters helped raise me and my receives her bachelor's degree in sociology. "I want my
two younger sisters. Since they were all involved in kids to know that you just keep doing what you need
senior citizens' clubs, I spent a lot of time with older to do, and you can achieve what you want," she says.
folks," Sippio explains. "My mom even went back "I'm going to walk at graduation because I want them
to school to become an adult education instructor, to see what it's like and how excited everyone is for the
and she teaches basic reading and writing skills at a graduates."
senior citizens center. Since she is blind and not able Palmer, who is the office manager for the Center
to do her paperwork, I was responsible for writing for Women's Studies and Gender Research, has been
see Sippio on page 6 working toward her degree at UF since 1995. She has
taken one class each semester and has also earned a
minor in c i i ni.. .1.. ,. "I received my two-year degree
in 1984 from Santa Fe Community College, and I was
tired of school at that point. I felt I would one day go
back, and I did. However, I just kept taking classes at
Santa Fe. I was really scared to enroll at UE The enor-
mity of it all frightened me."
Palmer eventually overcame her fears when Sandra
Russo, who works at UF's International Center, offered
her a piece of advice. "I'd met Sandra when I worked
at the International Center, and I told her about want-
ing to take classes at UE One day she said, 'Paula, just
take a class,' and I did." Russo says she thought Palmer
needed an extra vote of confidence. "Having done all
4 that work without having the piece of paper is not
.. good for one's self-esteem.-The fact that she took those
i classes while working full time and being a single mom
has told me that she has a curiosity and intellect to
explore and learn."
Palmer decided to major in sociology because of
her interest in how people relate. "After taking a class
on deviance with Marion Borg, I knew I had chosen
see Palmer on page 6

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A Capitol Idea

CLAS Students Stand Out In Washington, DC

With one internship already completed, political science major Scott Ken-
nelly is no stranger to firsthand experience in politics. But now he is looking
forward to hitting the big time. "This summer, I'll be interning with Congress-
man Ray LaHood from Illinois for two months at his Washington, DC office,"
he says. "I interned with him for a month during the summer after my sopho-
more year at his Peoria office, which helped me, but I think being in DC is
going to be a lot more exciting. It's where the action is taking place."

In addition to managing the
general office duties he handled in his
earlier internship, Kennelly anticipates
tackling some new, exciting tasks this
summer. "Congress will be in session
when I am there, and I will definitely be
doing some research on issues that are
being considered on the House floor.
Congressman LaHood likes to know
what his constituents are feeling and
what is in the newspapers to get all the
information he needs before he votes.
And I hope to be an integral part of that
In Washington, Kennelly also
expects to meet people who will help
him achieve his career goals. "I definitely
want to be involved in politics in the
future, ideally as a congressman. But
I am also interested in lobbying and
political analysis," he says. "I think this
internship will help me make contacts
not only with people that are in the
field now, but also with other interns. A
lot of interns in Washington are older,
graduate-level students, so when I am
getting ready to graduate I will be in
contact people who are already involved
in the political process."
Nour Kawa, a UF senior major-
ing in political science and finance,
interned at the FBI's Washington, DC
headquarters last summer. Making con-
tacts was one of the things she enjoyed
about her experience there. "I was one
of 56 interns nationwide. An intern was
chosen by every FBI field office to go to
headquarters in DC. The other interns
came from all of the country and were

involved in a wide array of disciplines.
I met so many phenomenal, intelligent
people, and I am still in contact with
my former supervisors and the people
who sponsor the program."
Kawa says she was able to apply
ideas she learned in political science
classes during her internship. "The FBI
recruits people from different back-
grounds, including accounting, law and
foreign-language study. Political science
is one of the disciplines that is looked
upon highly. Being pre-law, having
experience in finance and being multi-
lingual helped me fit the mold of what
they wanted."
Of course, Kawa also learned
a great deal during her experience.
"Because of security reasons it is hard for
me to go into detail about what I did,
but I worked under an agent and an
analyst and had the chance to see what
it's like to be both an agent and a mem-
ber of the support staff. FBI employees
are very detail oriented, and working
with them sharpened my analytical and
investigative skills immensely. Following
strict procedure is a large part of the FBI
process, and ensuring that things went
through proper channels gave me some
insight into how government works."
Even as an intern, Kawa got to
take part in actual casework at FBI
headquarters. "Interns are assigned to a
division to work on projects. You get to
help the unit you are working for and
undertake specific tasks," she says. "We
also received some training similar to
what new hires receive. For example,

the people who trained us on how to use firearms were
FBI firearms instructors. It's not the same as being a
trainee, but we got a little taste of it."
Overall, Kawa says it was a good learning experi-
ence. "I would definitely encourage all students to
pursue an internship in DC. Students should at least
pursue some kind of an internship-and if it is in DC,
that is even better."
Sophomore Michael Swick, who is majoring in
physics and philosophy, interned at Florida Congress-
man Mark Foley's Washington, DC office in the sum-
mer of 2001. Swick says that it is not only political
science students who can benefit from an internship
in Washington. "No matter what major you are, you
never know where you might end up when you get
out of school. An internship in DC could prepare you
for law school, and even if working for a con-
gressperson on Capitol Hill does not appeal to
you, you could always work for a special inter-
est group. Every profession has a special inter-
est out there, and legislation affects everyone,
from every single profession. The job
opportunities are endless," he says.
"An internship is worth more
than any class, and even
if you are not a politi-
cal science major, your
knowledge of the basic
working of government
is furthered by working
in DC. You actually see
the legislative process in
Swick says his Wash-
ington experience gave him
a better understanding of
what he is able to do with
his major. "Will my intern-
ship help me in physics classes? Not

CLASnotes May 2002

page 4

necessarily, but it certainly will
help me in some applications of
physics. One thing that I did in
my internship was study energy
policy, and energy policy is an
application of physics in terms of
research of new types of energy.
I got an interesting feel of what
the political climate, interest and
attitude is toward the develop-
ment of new sources of energy."
UF Political Science Profes-
sor David Hedge, who is under-
graduate coordinator and intern-
ship coordinator for the political
science department, agrees with
Swick. "Obviously from a politi-
cal science perspec- tive, the
fit between the A major

and the intern-
ship is clear.
a big city,
with a lot
of people *



doing different things con-
nected to government. It would
not surprise me to see someone
involved in the sciences benefit
from an internship in Washing-
ton," he says. "Keep in mind the
number of scientific institutes,
defense contractors and software
computing firms in DC. More
and more of what businesses and
scientists do is related to govern-
ment. Whether it is the Depart-
ment of Energy, the Office of
Naval Research or different think
tanks, an internship in Washing-
ton is not just for political scien-

Hedge says the number of
UF political science students
interning in Washington has
doubled in the last two to three
years. "In a typical year, we now
have 70 or 80 students going off
to Tallahassee, Washington or
to government offices in their
hometowns. It is a real priority
for us to get students out there
for this kind of learning experi-
ence," he says. "My job is to
make that happen, and to
expand the number
of opportuni-
ties and the
,i number J

of students taking advantage
of those opportunities. And it's
been easy. A lot of students want
to do internships, and we have
been able to facilitate that. There
are many people in Washington,
including alumni and members
of Congress, that are excited

about working with our stu-
UF alumnus Holly Camp-
bell, who graduated June 2001
with bachelor's degrees in politi-
cal science and economics, has
certainly found that to be the
case. "I did two internships. The
first was in the fall of 2000, in
Washington, DC at Women's
Action for New Directions
(WAND). WAND is a women's
peace group, and it does a lot of
different things. Interning there
gave me insight into how the
different groups in Washington
work. It had a grassroots orga-
nization, a political action
committee and an educa-
tional arm. It was a really
great experience," she says.
Campbell's second
internship made a big
difference in land-
ing her a job with US
Senator Bob Graham after
graduation. "When I came
Back to Gainesville, I interned
at State Senator Rod Smith's
office a few days a week,"
she says. "When I was
interviewing for jobs,
a legislative aide
There said to me,
'We'll write a let-
ter saying you are
an intern of ours and
That we think you are
wonderful and then
put it on our letter-

head and fax it to Congressional
offices along with your resume.
They did that, and I think that
when people get a fax from a
state senator it makes them look
at it a little more closely than
the dozens of other resumes they
receive every month."

In addition to many learn-
ing and career opportunities, the
culture, pace and general climate
of Washington has a lot of appeal
for students. "Most students that
have interned in Washington say
they want to stay in Washing-
ton," Hedge says. "For political
scientists, it is one of the most
important and exciting cities in
the world. It is a neat city, and
the rate and velocity of govern-
ment and politics there is just
Campbell likes the interna-
tional flavor of the city. "I ride
the subway every morning, and
see people from all around the
world. I work next to a couple of
embassies and always see interest-
ing people passing by."
Swick says that DC is his
favorite city. "It has so much to
offer, it is unbelievable. There
is all the tourist stuff, but after
a while you realize there are all
these other places there such as
nice restaurants and shopping
districts. In DC, you can have
the aura of all the things going
on and the hectic pace of Capi-
tol Hill, but then if you need
a break, other areas are a little
calmer. I do think I might look
into another internship experi-
ence there. I would go back in a
-Patrick Hughes

CLASnotes May 2002

"An internship is worth more than any


-Michael Swick

page 5

dr" d/

SippiO continued from page 3
the assignments and lesson plans, so I got to work with the senior citizens as

Learning how to work with senior citizens is a i i thinks everyone
should acquire. "Everyone is aging. It's estimated that in the year 2050, 25%
of the population .: be over age 65. It doesn't matter what field you go into,
you're going to work with senior citizens. are living longer, and they're
staying in the workforce longer," she says. The law school :i students to take
six credits outside the law curriculum, and Sippio chose gerontology courses.
"I took a health and disease course and an introduction to ... 1. class.
Since UFs law school doesn't have an elder law program, I also took classes
that would help me work with the elderly, such as health care law, poverty law,
estates and trusts, and taxation."
.says she did not pursue the .... certificate simply to boost
her resume. "Underneath it :: you're .! .1.. with people, and if you don't
know how to address their needs, then you cannot effectively work with them
and for them. I don't know how I could be a legal advocate for the elderly if I
don't know what problems they face, so I wanted to supplement my legal educa-
tion with this i.. .** i will also receive a pro-bono.. :.- because
she has volunteered for 60 hours at the State Attorney's Office in ( .. .
working on cases related to the Department of Children and Families.
Betty Goodson, the office manager for the Center for C' .1
Studies, was the first person -i met when she -:: into the center as an
undergraduate four years ago. Goodson says just knowing Sippio has been an
inspiration. .i;... seems to stand in the way of Tomea meeting her goals.
With all these accomplishments, I know she is not about to rest now. She is
extremely focused on what she wants out of -' Pat Kricos, director of the cen-
ter, agrees. "Even though I have only recently become .. : .' with Tomea,
I have been amazed with her dedication and passion for law and the elderly. It
is always a joy to see students meld their career preparation with the study of
gerontology. In Tomea's case, the combination of legal studies with gerontologi-
cal course work ensures she .i: be .. i to meet the. .. i of ...
legal services to the older adult population."
ultimate goal is to create a place : i ". Academy. "I want
to establish a day-care center for both children and senior adults in one build-
ing, so the sandwich generation can drop off their kids and their parents and
not have to worry about them. A medical center will be there as i and the
children will learn from the older generation. That's what Im .' : for," she
says. "I'd like to open Heritage Academy in Miami. Even "' I'm fed up
with the city, I have to do .. '.:. about it. As the old saying goes, 'If you
can't say .I.'.. nice, then don't say ... :' at all,' or else change it, and I
plan to change it."
After graduation, Sippio plans to return to Miami and practice elder law.
"I'm more interested in working with legal aid or .. .1 firms where you know
your clientele. I feel that after :. .. law for three or four years and then
earning a master's degree in health care administration, I : be .: : : to
open Heritage Academy," -_ says. "I'm not : impressed with : I
won't be until my dream is realized, and Heritage Academy is up and running."
is engaged to her high-school sweetheart, and her 80-year-old great
aunt .:: be the maid of honor at her 1.. in November. "As you can prob-
ably see, my family is the most important !' : to me. They have :: influenced
me in many positive ways. From my mom, I have learned that you can over-
come just about .-.'.. No matter how hard your life has been, you can find
something positive to do with it."

Palmer continued from page 3
the '. major, and then I decided to minor in
1 I've also taken a few family classes
because it .i: comes together." Palmer does not
plan to stop with her bachelor's degree, noting that
. !. school is most likely in her future. "I'll stay
here or attend Florida State University. FSU has a
social-work weekend program that I'm interested in,
and getting a PhD is not out of the question. I've
always liked school a lot, and I've had some really
great support from my family and co-workers."
Angel Kw' i i .. is .i... supervisor
and the director of the Center for Women's Stud-
ies and Gender Research. She recently nominated
Palmer for the CLAS USPS Employee : ::
Award, and it comes as no surprise to Kwolek-Fol-
land that Palmer received one of the two awards.
"Paula is the backbone of our center. She is the one
who is there when others can't be, who :. meets
the public on the phone and in the office, who
deals .... -.. I with students, faculty and other
university .. 1 every day. I :...' can't imag-
ine doing my job without her there making great
suggestions and making me laugh."
Even :' ... '. Palmer will graduate with honors,
back to school while working full time and
raising two children has not always been easy. "A
few times missed classes for several days because
I've had sick kids at home, or I've missed a meet-
: at work because I've had a class,' she .' ":
"Sometimes my kids and I are doing homework
together. I'm : on the computer, and I have
another kid behind me working on a science proj-
ect, or we both need to use the computer at the
same time!"
In honor of Palmer's, i graduation, her
daughter's 5th grade graduation and her son's 8th
. 1 graduation, the three :: reward themselves
with a white-water rafting trip to North Carolina
in May. i i... Palmer plans to accomplish another
feat. "I'm going to train for a marathon. I've run
some small races, but I'd like to run a' .. one.
Palmer says the advantage of coming back
to school has simply been learning. i. are so
many -1.:. I never would have known if I hadn't
taken classes and earned this degree. I feel very for-
tunate to have been given such an opportunity, and
sometimes I :. i can't believe I'm -.... : graduat-
ing. Even though I had some initial fears, I'm over
them now, and it :: started when I just took that
first :

-Allyson A. Beutke

CLASnotes May 2002

page 6

Pursuing Nonprofit and Government

Career Options

There is a growing concern among new college graduates about the state of
the economy. Many are expressing their fears about finding a job in the cur-
rent market. However, while it is true that many businesses will continue to
cut back on the number of new hires, the federal government and nonprofit
organizations are marching to a different beat.

With opportunities
in the federal govern-
ment on the rise, this is a
perfect time to break into
the field. The National
Association of( :
and Employers (i ..
recently reported an
anticipated increase in
job openings during the
next three years. The
Availability is due
both to the : of
government opportuni-
ties, particularly in the
area of post- .
11 security services, and
the growing number of
current workers who will
be retiring in the : -
years. It is projected that
up to 30% of current
workers will be i 1: for
retirement by 2005.

Many students have
veered away from govern-
ment positions because
greater compensation
could be earned working
for private industry. Cur-
rently, the gap between
salaries in the public
and private domains has
narrowed ..
... to the NACE
Job Outlook 2002 survey,
nine out of 10 govern-
ment employers plan to
increase starting salaries
for new professionals this
year. The average starting
salary for a new employee
with a bachelor's degree
in a non-technical field is
$33,175, only 2% lower
than private industry.
Career options in
.,. .- organizations are

Renewed interest in .'- !- service has been brew-

ing arr --;- the A.. populace in ...' :,

among students in particular Government

.. .. ... ...: !.. .' can offer a plethora of ".

tunities for professionals to help .'.'. .'. carry-

Sout their, :.; work r- ;

also on the increase. Non-
profits include a wide
range of organizations
covering topics as diverse
as advocacy and political
activities, art and cul-
;... I I. .concerns,
community development,
fundraising, education,
science and research,
health care, religion and
spirituality, and social ser-
Since September 11,
a renewed interest in pub-
lic service has been brew-
ing .. .. the American
populace in general, and
among i students in
particular. Government
and nonprofit careers can
offer a .' -.. of oppor-
tunities for profession-
als to help others while
carrying out their daily
work responsibilities. For
example, a public relations
specialist working for a
j ... ... health organiza-
tion can write newsletters
and brochures to help
inform the 1: about
the :... :. of safe sex.
An information specialist
trained in gerontology can

work with elders and their
caregivers to ensure quality
of care. A volunteer coor-
dinator and trainer can
ensure that a shelter is well
staffed and that volunteers
provide the highest quality
of service to those in need.
A lobbyist can persuade
government officials of the
S.' of passing laws that
.ii protect the natural
habitats of endangered
species from future devel-
S'ii this is good news
for CLAS majors. These
students are sometimes the
best candidates for public-
service positions. Many
. ......":. call for skills
in written and verbal com-
munication, interpersonal
interactions, persuasion,
organization, grant writ-
ing and research. These
are precisely the i: .
that CLAS students learn
within their curriculum.
For more information
on government and non-
.:. careers, visit wwx .
crc.ufl.edu or the Career
Resource Center library.

-Elaine Casquarelli,
Assistant Director for Career Development,
Career Resource Center

CLASnotes May 2002

page 7

Dispatches to the Alma Mater

The following e-mail letter was sent to Math Pro-
fessor Bruce Edwards from a former student.

Dear Professor Edwards,

I graduated in August 2000 from the College of
Liberal Arts and Sciences with a major in quantita-
tive sciences. I believe I was the first student to
graduate with this fairly new major, and I thought
I would give you an update on my career so it
may be used as a reference for students currently
involved in quantitative sciences, especially those
approaching graduation.

I was hired by BankAtlantic's Investments Depart-
ment as a financial analyst two weeks after gradu-
ation. I work in the corporate office in downtown
Fort Lauderdale. When I interviewed with the
Chief Investments Officer, my current boss and an
extremely straightforward man, he told me that I
did not have enough knowledge in the areas of
accounting and finance. I, being a very straight-
forward person also, replied that both accounting
and finance are initially based in mathematics, and
because I had extensive knowledge in that area,
as well as computers, I would not only be able to
perform the required tasks for the position, but
also excel in them.

I have been at BankAtlantic just over a year and
a half now and have lived up to my above com-
ment. I am consistently commended for my daily,
weekly and monthly achievements. I was pro-
moted less than a year from my hire date and am
starting a masters of science in finance program
this fall. I was worried when I was looking for a
job that no one would understand how much my
degree in quantitative sciences would enable me
to do, but the investments department at BankAt-
lantic has given me a chance to prove my abilities.

I hope this information will serve as some encour-
agement for students either already in this program
or students entertaining the idea of entering it.

Luciana C. Lawson

There are currently 19 students who are pursuing
a degree in quantitative sciences through CLAS.

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Fields Medalists Week in the Mathematics Department
The mathematics department's Special Year in Topology and Dynamical Systems
came to a conclusion on April 12 with the fourth annual Erdis Colloquium.
1970 Fields Medalist Sergei Novikov, a faculty member at the University of
Maryland as well as Moscow University, gave the talk "Topological Phenomena
in Metals." His lecture attracted a wide audience, and he revealed surprising
applications of topol-
ogy, one of three core

that deals with the study
of geometric shapes and
structures. UF Graduate
Research Professor John
Thompson, who also
won the Fields Medal in
1970, made introductory
remarks before Novikov's
During the same week,
another Fields Medalist,
Fields Medalist (left to right):
John Thompson, Daniel Quillen and Sergei Novikov. Daniel Quillen of Oxford
University, gave the lecture
"The Geometry of the Poisson Summation Formula." Quillen, who spoke at the
second Erdis Colloquium in April 2000, received the medal in 1978.
Fields Medals, named in honor of famed mathematician John Charles Field,
are awarded every four years at the International Congress of Mathematicians to
mathematicians under the age of 40. The award recognizes existing mathematical
work and future promise.
A collection of refereed papers from the math department's series of speak-
ers will be published in a special issue of the journal Topology and its Applications.
Math Professor James Keesling is the journal's managing editor.

USP Award Winners
On April 12-13, the University Scholars Program held its annual research sym-
posium, where undergraduate student participants present their research find-
ings. Each year at the symposium, the Dial Center for Written and Oral Com-
munication presents awards for the two best qualitative and two best quantitative
papers. This year, all four winners are CLAS students.
Biochemistry senior Alan Tesson was first-place winner of the Best Quan-
titative Paper with "Computer Simulations of the Kinetic Mechanism of Gluta-
mine-Dependent Asparagine Biosynthesis." He graduates in May, and his mentor
is Chemistry Professor Nigel Richards. The second-place winner for Best Quanti-
tative Paper was Helene Flohic, who earned a degree in astronomy in December
2001. Her paper is titled "Studying the Formation of Stars in the Milky Way: A
Comparison Between Molecular Cloud Structure and Its Embedded Stellar Con-
tent." Jonathan Williams, an astronomy professor, is her mentor.
English senior Heather Lawson received first place for Best Qualitative
Paper for "A Reconsideration of the Impetus for John Locke's Replies to John
Norris of Bemerton." Her mentor is English Professor Melvyn New. The sec-
ond-place Best Qualitatative Paper winner was sociology senior Daniel Rose.
His paper is titled "Primary Lifetime Occupation and Late-Life Health," and his
mentor is Sociology Professor Chuck Peek.

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NSF Graduate Fellowships
The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced its 2002-2003
Graduate Fellowship Award winners. NSF Graduate Fellowships provide
three years of support for advanced study to approximately 900 outstanding
graduate students in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering and
behavioral and social sciences, as well as to research-based PhD degrees in
science education.
Five of the seven winners from UF are former or current CLAS Stu-
dents. Jason Alicea graduated in December 2001 with a major in physics
and a minor in mathematics. He plans to attend the University of Califor-
nia, Santa Barbara. Botany major Nicole Benda, who graduated May 2000,
minored in entomology and nemotology and attends North Carolina State
University. Psychology major Arielle Borovsky, who graduated May 2001
with highest honors, had a minor in classical studies and plans to attend
the University of California, San Diego. Physics major James Maloney
graduates May 2002 and will attend the California Institute of Technology
Zoology major Marshall McCue, who graduated August 2001 with highest
honors, attends the University of California, Irvine.
Several other CLAS students received honorable mentions from the
NSF They are: Fabian Fernandez, interdisciplinary studies, May 2002;
Colleen Hanlon, interdisciplinary studies, May 2001; Melissa LaLiberte,
inrli-. .p. 1...;,, May 2001; Matthew Locey, philosophy and psychology,
May 2000.

CLAS Students Receive Prestigious Scholarships
Zoology junior Michael Gale has received a pursue graduate studies. Graduating seniors
$5,000 scholarship from the Morris K. Udall Timothy Tinnesz and Jocelyn Tobin are two
Foundation. The program recognizes out- of only 50 national winners. They will attend
standing juniors and seniors in fields related an intensive six-week institute at Georgetown
to the environment, and Gale was one of 80 University on constitutional history this
winners nationwide. summer and each receive $24,000 to attend
Gale was also selected as a finalist for graduate school.
the 2002 Florida College Student of the Year Tinnesz, who has minors in Spanish and
Award given by Florida Leader magazine, secondary education, wrote his application
This competition essay about the need to teach high school
honors Florida col- students a significant understanding of the
lege students who United States in order to be effective citizens.
excel academically, While at UF, he has served as president of the
support themselves College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Student
financially and vol- .l Council and on several university com-
unteer in the com- i. mittees, including the CLAS Dean Search
munity. Gale was Committee last
one of seven final- year. Tinnesz has
ists selected out of maintained a 4.0
150 applicants. GPA during his
Gale has a Gale undergraduate
minor in wildlife career and is the
ecology and conservation as well as music CLAS Valedicto-
performance. He is the director of the Stu- rian for the Spring
dent Government Environmental Affairs 2002 semester. He
Cabinet and volunteers at the Florida Muse- plans to attend
um of Natural History at UE Gale serves as a Georgetown Uni-
resident advisor on campus. versity or George Tinnesz
Two political science students have Washington Uni-
received 2002 James Madison Fellowships to versity to earn a master's degree in American

In March and April, Geoffrey Giles gave lectures on behalf of
the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum at the Univer-
sity of Denver and the University of Colorado at Boulder. He
also gave talks at the Hippodrome Theatre in Gainesville and
at the opening of a new exhibition at the Florida Holocaust
Museum in St. Petersburg about the persecution of homosexuals
in Nazi Germany. Giles presented a paper at the University of
Mississippi in Oxford at an international symposium on post-
war Germany and spoke at the Yom Ha'Shoah commemoration
at Tufts University in Massachusetts. Giles has been interviewed
for two television documentaries that will air later this year on
HBO and the History Channel.

Randall Stephens, a PhD candidate in the history department,
has received a 2002-2003 Lilly Dissertation Fellowship through
the Louisville Institute. The $12,000 award supports the final year
of writing of promising PhD and ThD dissertation projects deal-
ing with aspects of American religious life which are related to the
concerns of the Louisville Institute. Stephens' dissertation is titled
"The Fire Spreads: The Origins of Southern Pentecostalism."

government. Tinnesz plans to teach American
history or government at the high school
level and would like to become involved in
Tobin has a minor in secondary edu-
cation, and her
essay discussed the
lack of extensive
coverage of the
US Constitu-
tion in secondary
schools and the
need to restore
the knowledge
of constitutional
history to sustain
a representative Tobin
democracy. She has
served as vice president of Pi Sigma Alpha
Political Science Honor Society, secretary of
Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society
and director of The Children's Table Com-
mittee, a nonprofit organization that provides
food and other emergency services to Alachua
County children and families in need. Tobin
will attend Teachers College at Columbia
University this fall to obtain her master's
degree. She would like to teach social studies,
US history or government at the middle or
high school level.

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Dissertation Fellows
Each year CLAS invites students pursuing PhDs
to apply for dissertation fellowships for the spring
and summer terms. Awardees receive tuition waiv-
ers and a $3,750 stipend for the spring or sum-
mer term. This year's recipients are:

Aschoff Dissertation Fellow
Thomas Wunderli, Mathematics

Gerson Dissertation Fellows
Adam Howard, History
Cynthia Koenig, Psychology
Dean Swinford, English

Gibson Dissertation Fellows
Stephen Carino, Chemistry
Margit Grieb, Germanic and Slavic Studies
Carrie Hamilton, Linguistics

Holmes Memorial Scholar
Raina Joines, English

Massey Dissertation Fellows
Barbara Carlsward, Botany
Pimol Moth, Astronomy


CLAS Students

Graduate Student Council Awards
The Graduate Student Council held its 2002 Graduate Student Forum on April 4
at the Reitz Union. The forum is a multidisciplinary symposium that gives students
the opportunity to present research projects and creative works to other members
of the university community. Presenters competed for first, second and third place
awards, and university faculty judged the entries based on the presenter's ability to
adequately represent their work. Nine CLAS students received top honors for their
oral presentations and poster presentations.

Oral Presentations
1st place, Education
Carmen Tekwe, Statistics

1st place, Engineering and
Physical Sciences
Douglas Ratay, Astronomy

2nd place, Engineering and
Physical Sciences
Paige Eagen, Chemistry

3rd place, Social Sciences
Jason Gainous and Kevin Wagner,
Political Science

McGinty Dissertation Fellow
David Kennedy, Anthropology

McLaughlin Dissertation Fellows
Brian D. Baker, Physics
Mark Brechtel, Psychology
Juan Carlos Callirgos, History
D. John Chadwick, Geological Sciences
Kristen Conway, G ..
Emilia Gioreva, Political Science
Kristin E. Joos, Sociology
Oana Mocioalca, Mathematics
Suhel Quader, Zoology
Diana Serrano, Romance Languages and Literatures

O'Neill Dissertation Fellow
Daniel Boisvert, Philosophy

Russell Dissertation Fellow
Roos Willems, Anthropology

Threadgill Dissertation Fellows
Sarika Chandra, English
Matthew Peters, Chemistry

Poster Presentations
1st place, Environment,
Agriculture and Life Sciences
Patricia Townsend, Zoology

2nd place, Health and
Human Performance
Susan Baker, Communication
Sciences and Disorders

1st place, Social Science
John Schultz, Anthropology

2nd place, Social Science
Nicole Alea, Psychology

3rd place, Social Science
Nancy Frye, Psychology

McQuown Scholarship Winners
The O. Ruth McQuown Scholarships honor CLAS female scholars
in the humanities, social sciences, women's studies and interdisci-
plinary majors in these areas. Graduate and undergraduate women
are selected based on their academic achievement and promise.

Undergraduate Recipients of $500-$1,000
Ronique Bundrage, Psychology
Nour Kawa, Political Science
Laia Mitchell, Anthropology
Kavita Rajasekhar, Sociology
Brooke Schoeffler, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Graduate Recipients of $2,000-$8,000
Nadia Abdulhaq, Speech-Language Pathology
Julia Albarracin, Political Sciences
Yvonne Combs, Sociology
Heidi Lannon, C.
Ellen Marie Maccarone, Philosophy
Shuala Martin, Anthropology

Incoming Graduate Recipient of $15,000

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International Awards
On April 25, in the Reitz Union Ballroom, Associate
Dean Ron Akers presented certificates to 10 interna-
tional graduate and undergraduate students in CLAS
who were nominated by their departments for out-
standing academic achievement. The recipients are:
Diana C. Alvira, botany; Jeanne Cho, mathematics;
Mohamed Al Khairy, linguistics; Bernard Klingen-
berg, statistics; Rongland Liu, physics; Roberto Porro,
anthropology; Guillermina Seri, political science; Xin
Wang, geological sciences; Shufang Yu, chemistry; Kari-
na Vasquez, Romance languages and literatures.
Two CLAS students also received the Alec Cour-
telis Award, which is given each year to exceptional
international students by Louise Courtelis in honor of
her late husband, who was the former chairman of the
Board of Regents. Juan Carlos Callirgos (history) and
Mohamed Al Khairy (linguistics) each received this


Recent publications

from CLAS faculty

Aida A. Hozic, author of
Hollyworld (Cornell University

Graduate Teaching Awards
The following CLAS graduate students recently received university-wide
recognition for outstanding teaching: Jeff Chase, physics; Jodi Grace, psychol
ogy; Adam Howard, history; RainaJoines, English; Darin Penneys, botany;
Barbara Petrosky, Romance languages and literatures; Diana Serrano, Romance
languages and literatures.

Calvin A. VanderWerf Award Recipient: Helena Alden, sociology.

Anthropology Scholarships
Two forensic inrlir. .p..l.;, graduate students have each received a 2002 Wil-
liam R. Maples Memorial Scholarship to pursue their dissertation research.
With the funding, Suzanne Abel will travel to Greece this summer to collect
data on recent human skeletal populations. John J. Schultz will complete soil
analyses related to his work on the utility of ground-penetrating radar in site-
formation processes and locating clandestine graves.
Several archeology graduate students are winners of 2002 Charles H.
Fairbanks Scholarship awards. Each will receive $900 to further their graduate
careers. They are: Keith H. Ashley, Bradley E. Ensor, C. Andrew Hemmings
and Sharyn Jones O'Day.

Hollyworld: Space, Power, and Fantasy in the American Economy

For Aida A. Hozic, an interest in the film
industry began early. Her father was an art-
ist, and she studied theater directing at the
University of Belgrade's Academy of Dramatic
Arts. Before coming to the US, Hozic wrote
theater and film reviews in Sarajevo and
worked in various aspects of television, from
serving as a production assistant to translating
and writing subtitles for foreign movies.
"I grew up in the former Yugoslavia
thinking about politics in terms of arts and
culture," she says. Her book, Hollyworld:
Space, Power, and Fantasy in the Ameri-
can Economy, is an expansion on her early
A product of her dissertation, the book
was six years in the making, including a year
spent in Los Angeles interviewing people in
the industry and researching archives at the
Margaret Herrick Library at the Academy of
Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
"Hollywood is an industry that is very
often neglected in analysis of the American
economy, and yet it is incredibly fast-growing
and strategically important, particularly in
terms of exports," she says.
The book suggests that Hollywood's
organization affects our everyday life more
than we know, notably with respect to censor-

ship and moral surveillance.
When asked about the intended impact
of her book, Hozic says, "I do hope it makes
at least some people puzzle over the fact that
we are nothing but a captive audience and/or
extras in a big
Hozic's cur-
rent project, a
book tentatively
titled Making of
the Unwanted
Colonies, has
grown directly
out of Hol-
lyworld. It will
explore the rela- Hollyworld Space, Power,
tionship between and Fantasy in the American
Economy, Aida A. Hozic
media represen- (Political Science), Cornell
station of ethnic University Press.
violence and
military intervention. "It looks at places that
are being turned into undesirable quagmires,
such as Bosnia, Kosovo and even Afghanistan,
and how these places at the same time are
being exploited by the media."
J--enny Oberhaus

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People Who Keep

CLAS Working

After the ceremony, President Young and Dean Sullivan with
the USPS honorees.


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A select group of CLAS University Support Personnel System (USPS) employees
were honored at a reception in the Keene Faculty Center on April 18 for their com-
mitment and years of service to the university. UF President Charles Young, CLAS
Dean Neil Sullivan and Personnel Services Director Larry Ellis each offered words of
gratitude and encouragement. Recognized employees received a UF pin and a cer-
tificate signed by the dean.
At the ceremony, two CLAS employees also received the inaugural CLAS USPS
Employee Excellence Award. Dean Sullivan presented a $1,500 check to Kevin
Hanna, a senior engineer in the astronomy department, and Paula Palmer, the
office manager for the Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research.
Hanna, who has been at UF since 1996, initially did not place too much
importance on his nomination. "When I first heard about the nomination, I
thought, 'It's just me. There's no chance I'll win anything unless everybody wins,"'
he says. "When a friend of mine said, 'This is the first year they've had this, and
you're one of the first ones to get it-that should tell you something,' then the sig-
nificance dawned on me. It was quite an affirming and humbling experience."
Hanna oversees the design and construction of electronics systems that are
used by infrared cameras on the biggest telescopes on Earth. "Kevin is one of only
a few engineers in the world who can design and build these unique, state-of-the-
art electronics systems," Astronomy Professor Charlie Telesco says. "During the last
five years, Kevin has worked extremely long hours, often at distant observatories, to
build, test and implement these advanced systems. His work ensures that astrono-
mers can carry out the observational programs that have put UF's Department of
Astronomy on the map. His dedication to his job is outstanding, and he has always
succeeded in his tasks, overcoming all difficulties." Telesco and Astronomy Professor
Robert Pifia nominated Hanna for the award.
Palmer has worked at the Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research
since 1997. In addition to working full time, Palmer is graduating this semester with
her bachelor's degree in sociology. To read more about Palmer, see page 3.

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