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In this Issue:

Ann Wehmeyer
New Chair of African and Asian
Languages and Literatures .......... 3

Women's Studies:
Past, Present, Future ...................... 4

Gender Research Highlights............ 5

Ntozake Shange
Brings A Voice of Hope.................. 6

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

Grants................................... ...10

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

McQuown Scholars ......................12

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
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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: Buffy Lockette
Design & Photography: Jane Dominguez
Intern: Amy Floyd
Copy Editor: Lynne Pulliam
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Courtesy Roger Fillingim: p. 5 (Fillingim)
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The Dean's


Why Florida Needs a
Great Top Tier University
As academics we understand and value the prestige and impor-
tance of leading in one's discipline and the need for a healthy
and prosperous future. What is less well articulated, but clearly of
critical importance, is the value of a top research university to the
economic, physical and cultural well being of the citizens and to
the State.
Examples from the past abound: Stanford University and its
partners that formed Silicon Valley; MIT and Route 128 around
Boston; North Carolina universities and their Research Triangle.
But what about Florida? We are certainly a young institution
compared to those of New England and the Bay area, but we are
the flagship university for the fastest growing state in the nation.
Florida is a state that often serves as the bell-weather for many of
the new challenges facing the nation. Fresh water needs, fragile
ecosystems, children and violence, care for the elderly and the
importance of gender issues all come to mind.
These issues all represent critical societal concerns that need
to be understood and addressed rapidly if we expect to even
sustain the quality of life we have at present. Many researchers
believe they understand some of the problems, but solutions or
even possible solutions seem beyond our current reach. The solu-
tions to these issues, if we are to judge from history, are most
likely to originate from research in fundamental areas that ask
elementary questions, rather than only from planned applied
research: The discovery of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance lead to
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI); the study of the basic prop-
erties of silicon lead to modern electronics; the sequencing of the
human genome is leading to therapies that will correct inheritable
diseases. All of these breakthroughs follow the same path with
fundamental research of challenging questions later leading to
new technologies and industrial revolutions.
The advanced high technologies and societal well-being that
we aspire to cannot develop and thrive in any state without at
least one truly great and inspiring institution. The will to succeed
exists. Many of the basic ideas are there, as the state is hungry for
development. The University of Florida is ready to pick up the
challenges, and as one before us said, "Give us the tools, and we
will finish the job."

Neil Sullivan
sullivan@phys. ufl. edu

On the Cover:
CLAS Associate Dean and Sociology Professor Connie Shehan, English Professor Mildred Hill-Lubin
and Jana Bailey, a master's student in women's studies.

CLASnotes October 2002

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Ann Wehmeyer

New Chair of

African and Asian

Languages and Literatures

Ann Wehmeyer is the new chair of the Department of Afri-
can and Asian Languages and Literatures. She has been at
UF since 1988 and is an associate professor of Japanese and
linguistics. Wehmeyer's research focuses on the social and
cultural aspects of Japanese language and origins of

linguistic investigation in Japan.

Signs in the humanities abound that
we are becoming a more visually
oriented culture. This is the reason why
we are seeing more and more graphic
signs instead of written indicators in
public spaces. Whether images will
take precedence over text in this cen-
tury-as a way of circulating the sorts
of meaning related to understanding
cultures-remains to be seen. Popular
culture and technology already show a
shift from written text, such as fiction
and poetry, to visual images, and from
spoken and written word to digitally
processed sound and script. How to
define the object of study in a language
and literature department in the midst
of such changes is one of the intriguing
challenges facing the Department of
African and Asian Languages and Litera-
tures (AALL) at present.
The waxing and waning of the
symbiosis between the two disciplines
of linguistics and literary criticism is
also open to negotiation. Decades have
passed since the heyday when struc-
turalism constituted the framework for
analysis in both disciplines. At present,
the disciplines seem to meet common
ground in theories of cultural space
and hegemonies of political and eco-
nomic power, which have to do with
the dynamics of cultural production,
consumption, and interpretation. As
the boundaries of cultural space shift

beyond national borders, a further layer
of complexity is added to the study of
second and third languages and cultures.
AALL explored some of the issues last
year in a mini conference on "Identity,
Assimilation, Displacement: The Litera-
ture of Minorities within Hegemonic
Cultures," which was sponsored by the
nascent Center for the Humanities and
the Public Sphere. Among the invited
literary critics, authors, and filmmakers
were those identified as Israeli, Palestin-
ian, Japanese, or Chinese by country of
origin, yet American, German, or multi-
national by current domicile. The state
of Florida is no stranger to such mix:
many of the languages taught in our
department have a sizable population of
native and heritage speakers in the state,
among them, Vietnamese, Chinese,
Swahili, and Arabic. On a practical level,
how to attend to the needs of novice
learners versus heritage learners is one of
the challenges we face.
We are pleased to welcome six new
faculty to AALL this year: Akintunde
Akinyemi in Yoruba language and lit-
erature; Todd Hasak-Lowy in Modern
Hebrew language and literature; Fiona
McLaughlin in African language and
linguistics; Andrea Pham in Vietnamese
language and literature; Baozhang He
in Chinese language and pedagogy; and
Kazuko Loroi in Japanese language and
pedagogy. In addition, we are fortunate

to have two visiting faculty this year, Yuko Yamade in
Japanese language and literature, and Salem Aweiss in
Arabic language and pedagogy. All told, a very excit-
ing time for us. Enrollment supported this expansion,
and we look forward to the infusion of this new energy
to expand even more the number of students study-
ing non-western languages and cultures at UE Several
centers on campus have been instrumental in fostering
this growth: African Studies, Asian Studies and Jewish
Studies. We plan to develop new degree programs and
new study abroad programs which target specific inter-
ests in conjunction with all of these centers.
We also hope to strengthen initiatives developed
through the Center for International Business Educa-
tion and Research (CIBER) to place foreign language
and culture studies within the business curriculum.
Chinese and Japanese have participated thus far, in the
form of business-related language courses, and faculty
have participated in development-training seminars.
CIBER also has provided us with resources to enhance
our technological expertise in language instruction, a
field that is changing rapidly. Along these lines, one of
our faculty, Mohssen Esseesy, has been lured away this
academic year to participate in a cutting-edge, interac-
tive, multimedia curriculum project in intermediate
Arabic at the University of Michigan. We will need to
take advantage of such opportunities in language and
technologies as they come along. New technologies
develop by leaps and bounds, but the languages with
complex, left-to-right or up-and-down scripts, precisely
those in AALL, are always the last and most expensive
to get on board. The price, though, is ignorance of
large parts of the world.
-Ann Wehmeyer
wehmeyer@aall ufl. edu

CLASnotes October 2002

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Cultivating Knowledges

The Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research is
celebrating its 25th anniversary with a research symposium
featuring University of Florida faculty and students as well as
Gainesville community members. Please join us for three days
of celebration, growth and enlightenment.

Reclaiming Knowledges
Thursday, October 24th, 2002
1:00 pm Reclaiming Knowledges:
The Work of Zora Neale Hurston
Irma McClaurin, University of Florida
Reitz Union Auditorium
2:45 pm Breakout Sessions
Reitz Union Seminar Rooms
4:00 pm Women on the Verge:
Cultivating Knowledges
Opening Reception for exhibit of original work
from the Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami
University Gallery
7:00 pm Citizenship or Bondage? Considering Wom-
en's Work, Law and the Constitution
Historical reenactment and moot court oral argu-
ments about gender, lawyering and prostitution
Sponsored by UF Levin College of Law
University Auditorium

Creating Knowledges
Friday, October 25th, 2002
10:30 am Breakout Sessions
Reitz Union Seminar Rooms
1:00 pm Gender Vertigo
Barbara Risman, Sociologists for Women in
Society 2002 Feminist Lecturer
Co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology
Reitz Union Auditorium
2:45 pm Breakout Sessions
Reitz Union Seminar Rooms
7:30 pm An Evening with Ntozake Shang6
Ntozake Shange
Samuel P Ham Museum of Art

Action Knowledges
Saturday, October 26th, 2002
10:30 am Cultivating Networks
A morning of community
networking and action plans
Holiday Inn University Center Ballroom
12:00 noon Friends of Women's Studies Luncheon
Tickets: (352) 392-3365
Holiday Inn University Center Ballroom
1:00 pm Action Knowledges: Radical Feminism in
Gainesville, Florida, 1964-89
Carol Giardina
Co-sponsored by the Department of History
Holiday Inn University Center Ballroom
3:30 pm Do I Look Fat in This?
Jessica Weiner (www.jessicaweiner.com)
Sponsored by the UF Panhellenic Council
Reitz Union Auditorium
7:30 pm Happiness
Laurie Anderson
Tickets: (352) 392-2787
Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Visit http://web.wst.ufl.edu for more information.

Women's Studies

Past, Present, Future

s the University of Florida celebrates the 25th anniversary of the women's
studies program this year, it may be hard for some to imagine the opposi-
tion the "founding mothers" of the program faced. But in the mid-1970s-just
30 years after the university opened its doors to female students-the tradition-
ally all-male campus had trouble accepting the idea of a course of study dedi-
cated to exploring the perspectives of women.

"There was a lot of skepticism
about what women's studies was
all about," says Jaquelyn Resnick,
director of UF's Counseling Center.
"There wasn't as much gender con-
sciousness, and women's studies was
a foreign idea." Mildred Hill-Lubin,
an English professor, also remembers
what a struggle it was to bring the
program to campus. "Most men fac-
ulty didn't think it was important,"
she says. "They thought it was a fad
and that it certainly did not deserve a
place in the university curriculum."
But in 1977, after much ado, the
state senate and the university autho-
rized the program, and an undergrad-
uate certificate in women's studies was
instituted on a probationary status.
The program is the only one on cam-
pus ever to begin on probation. "One
could argue that if the university was
looking to truly create a new pro-
gram, this was a peculiar way to go
about it," says Resnick. "It was clearly
a reflection, I think, of the skepticism
and the limited amount of support."
But the program forged ahead,
lead by its first director Irene Thomp-
son, an English professor, and sup-
ported strongly by Ruth McQuown,
the first female associate dean in the
college. A steering committee was
formed to guide the program, which
included Thompson, McQuown,
Hill-Lubin, Resnick, Economics Pro-
fessor Madelyn Lockhart and Anthro-
pology Professor Maxine Margolis.
The core course, Interdisciplin-
ary Perspectives of Women, was
approved, and courses were offered
in many different departments all
over campus. Hill-Lubin was one of
the professors who taught this course
because, as an African-American,
she wanted to "make sure the black
woman's voice was present." Since no
funding was provided to hire faculty,
existing professors like Hill-Lubin
were counted on to teach courses in
their field related to women's studies.
"What we were trying to do was to
see what we could teach in our own

disciplines that was from a female
perspective," says Lockhart, who
taught Economics of Women to a
group of about 60 students, half of
which she says were male.
The program was taken off
probation a few years later, and by
the time Connie Shehan, a sociol-
ogy professor, took over as director
in the mid-1980s, it was starting to
take shape. "When I came on board
in 1985, the program had made a lot
of progress," she says. "There were
more women faculty on campus who
were interested in gender studies, and
nationally the discipline of women's
studies was catching on." The 1990s
proved to be a time of major growth
for the program. The interdisciplinary
BA in women's studies was approved,
and in 1992 a minor was passed. A
PhD concentration was also approved
and three associate professors were
hired. In 1994, the program was
changed into a Type II center and
was renamed the Center for Women's
Studies and Gender Research. This
fall, the program admitted its first
two students into a newly created
master's program.
"The program has been on a
path of steady growth for the past
several years, adding new minors and
degrees," says Angel Kwolek-Folland,
director of the program since 2000.
"We hope to be able to move towards
a PhD program in the near future.
We feel that women's studies is firmly
anchored at UF, and we're extremely
proud of the early work done by all of
those who made the program fly."
Hill-Lubin, who will retire at the
end of this year, is pleased at how the
university has changed in the past 25
years. "When I used to go to meet-
ings, they thought I was the wife of
a professor and would ask where the
professor was and I would say 'I'm
the professor'," she says. "Now, when
I go to meetings and see all those
women, it's iI1. -ln 'I'
-Buffv Lockette

CLASnotes October 2002

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During the past several decades, gender has emerged as one of
the primary research classifications of virtually every academic field.
More than 50 faculty from 15 colleges are affiliated with the Cen-
ter for Women's Studies and Gender Research at UF Often, these
researchers may explore somewhat similar topics with vastly differ-
ent approaches, as proven by the work of two affiliated faculty in
women's studies and gender research, Debra Walker King in English
and Roger Fillingim in dentistry

Gender Research


English Professor Debra Walker
King is currently researching and writ-
ing a book-length study of pain and its
influences on African-American lives
and literature. African Americans and the
Culture ofPain is a work that investi-
gates frag-
ments of
recorded in
music, film,
and other
that reveal
when the
a black body
in pain
Debra Walker King functions
as a rhetorical device and as political
strategy. "My primary hypothesis main-
tains that, in the US, black experiences
of the body in pain ("black pain") are
as much a construction of social, ethical
and economic politics as it is a physi-
ological phenomenon," King says. "Pain
promotes racial stereotypes, increases
the sale of movies and other pop culture
products and encourages advocacy for
various social causes."
King's research examines black
pain's usefulness in various social move-
ments from the 19th century through
the 1960s. "The anti-slavery move-
ment, for instance, was populated with
images of black bodies in pain intended
to encourage the support of Northern
sympathizers. Abolitionists emphasized
slaveholder's methods of exerting power
and authority by drawing graphic pic-
tures of the daily pain and suffering
slaves endured. For abolitionists, the
rhetorical use of black pain proved to be
the strongest tool available for illustrat-
ing the horrors of slavery."
King will also look at how women
and men experience and react to black

pain differently. "With the exception
of scholars like Franz Fanon, African-
American women were the first to open
a public discussion concerning the psy-
chological and spiritual effects of black
pain. They were also the first to suggest
the need for healing various aspects of
black pain by revealing its damaging
effects in self-help books, novels and
television programs," King says. "Black
men, on the other hand, have not
engaged the issue of black pain in the
same public manner. The majority of
them remain silent, not because denial
is standing in their way, but because the
creed of masculinity they follow says it
is unmanly to admit the pain of racism,
uncover its deepest wounds before the
curious eyes of strangers and thereby
make oneself and one's children vulner-
able to a hostile world."
King's book will cover a variety of
topics, including introducing black pain
as a metaphor maintained by American
propaganda, examining the influence
of films and contact sports on the ste-
reotypical relationship black pain shares
with black bodies, summarizing how
racism affects medical care and review-
ing various forms of public healing such
as comedy and the blues.
Roger Fillingim, a professor in the
Division of Public Health Services and
Research in the College of Dentistry at
UF is also examining the role of pain.
However, his studies look at gender and
ethnic differences that may influence
the experience of pain. "Pain is perhaps
the most widespread and expensive
health problem in the United States,"
Fillingim says. "My research uses stan-
dard psychophysical, or sensory testing,
procedures to assess people's responses
to pain. We focus on how women
and men experience pain differently."
Chronic pain, which partially or totally
disables 50 million Americans, is a
major public health problem in the US,
according to the American Pain Society.

Forty-five percent of all Americans seek care for persis-
tent pain at some point in their lives.
Currently, Fillingim is working on a study funded
by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders
and Strokes, an institute of the National Institutes
of Health. He is testing healthy women and men to
see how they respond differently to pain, and more
specifically pain-relieving medications. In order to test
this difference, subjects first undergo a pain procedure
to measure their pain thresholds. These procedures
include heat pain, where the subject touches a hot sur-
face, or pressure pain that develops when subjects are
exercising their hands with a tourniquet on their arm,
creating sore muscles. After the procedure, one of two
common pain-relieving
medications, morphine
or pentazocine, is admin-
istered, then patients are
asked about the levels of
pain they are experienc-
"Women usually
report more pain in daily
life than men, and they
also show lower pain
thresholds. This doesn't
mean that all men have a
higher tolerance to pain oer Fil
than all women, but Roger Fillingim
women do tend to be more pain sensitive," explains
Fillingim. "We're still compiling and examining the
data, but we believe there is a possibility of a certain
genetic marker that influences women and men dif-
ferently. It's rather complicated." By testing the two
different pain medications, Fillingim also can test the
differences in side effects on women and men. "My
guess is that women will report more side effects."
Since the Federal Drug Administration requires data to
be submitted about the differences a drug has on men
and women, Fillingim's research could help determine
how to provide the best pain control for women and
men. "Women might be able to take a lower dose of
a medication than men, and it would have fewer side
effects as well. We're learning that one size doesn't fit
Fillingim and his colleagues have received addi-
tional funding to look at the ethnic differences in pain
perception among whites, blacks and Hispanics and
will start this study soon.
-Allyson A. Beutke

CLASnotes October 2002

page 5

Ntozake Shange Brings

A Voice of Hope

The name "Ntozake Shange" means "she who brings her own things."
To UF, Shangd brings a long and celebrated career as one of the world's
foremost black feminist poets. With great pride, the university wel-
comes the renowned poet to campus as a visiting professor in African
American Studies and the Department of Theatre and Dance.

Cha l.r. is best known for her chorco-
i ... for colored girls who have con-
sidered suicide when the rainbow is enuf
which became the .. collection of
poetry translated onto .I .when
it in New York's Booth Theatre
in 1976.
"I was just looking at issues that
concerned women at the time," i. .
says. "Humiliation, child abuse, rape,
fantasy, the historical exploitation of
women and the joys that are found in
childhood." Shang6 wrote about abor-
tion before it was legal and rape before
people = about it. She took on
the issue of women rights long before
other black women had the courage to
do so. The production earned her .::
Broadway's greatest honor-the Obie
Award-and was nominated for a Tony,
Grammy and Emmy.
S was born Paulette Wil-
liams in Trenton, New Jersey in 1948
and later moved to St. Louis, Missouri.
Her father was an Air surgeon
and her mother an educator and psy-
chiatric social worker. Shang6 grew up
in a household where her intellect was
stimulated and her love of the arts nur-
tured. Chuck Berry lived next door, and
many famous black artists were friends
of the family, : ... ... Miles Davis,
Duke ii: .., and Dizzy ( i. ,.
who doted on the .. :. .. "It was just
wonderful because we didn't know how
famous they were, we just knew the art
they did," she says. "They were guests of

our home because hotels at that point in
time didn't take black people. You had
to just sleep at people's houses, if you
could .: people. We had a big enough
house to hold guests, and we
developed good
relationships with

w-rote a little
poetry as a
a piece
But it
wasn't until
she enrolled
in Barnard
( ii that

In 1971, at the age of 23, ShangC was renamed
by two South African exiles xlwho observed her for four
months and decided upon "Ntozake ..." which
has a 12-page meaning in the Zulu language Xhosa,
I "she who comes with her own
things" and "she who walks like a lion."
The name change served as a way

Shang6 wrote about

abortion before it was legal

and rape before people talked

about it. She took on the issue

of women's rights long before

other black women had the

courage to do so.

she became inter-
ested in the art form
again. in the 1960s,
. attended the .i .
university located in New York City. She
became actively involved in the black
power movement on campus and partic-
ipated in demonstrations. "1 found my
i to be ] 1 ..... ." she says. "The
time was so violent and giddy with lib-
eration and pride in black people, that
I wanted to be a propagandist for the
black power movement. That's what got
me started writing again. i wanted to
do something to free our people, and i
knew art was one of those elements."

of redirecting her life but i
her parents at first. i .,,
the whole family got used
to it, and her two sisters
ended up 1... their
names as
i.... got
her start in oral art by
warming up the cro wds
with poetry at .
rallies. She then began
to create productions
involving ritual music and
poetry. She wrotefor colored

girls.. over a two-year period
and hired a band, dancers and
poets to perform the work with her.
A buzz formed around her work, and by
1974 she was performing the choreopoem in .:
Broadway theaters. In 1976, it landed on. .
way. "When they told me i had done a theater
piece I was astonished, and when they started
.::.. me a playwright I was insulted," she says.
"i wanted to insist that I was a poet, and that's
what I am.
i .. does not mind being called a play-
wright as much these days since she has produced
five plays since then. She also has i : four
children's books, three novels, one cookbook and four
books of poetry. A, :. .. book she authored about

aLASnotes October 2002

page 6

the childhood of Muham-
mad Ali called Float Like a
Butterfly is currently being
turned into a movie by Disney
Studios to be included in the
"Jump at the Sun" series.
This academic year, Shang6 is
serving as a visiting professor at UF
and is working on a new choreopoem
called Lavender Lizards & Lilac Landmines
that will premiere at the university April
4-13, performed by UF theater students. "All the
characters are poets and they're talking to us as poets
about what poets want and what happens to us and what we
take joy in and what gives us pain," Shang6 says. "I can't tell you more
because it will give it away."
Shang6 is jointly appointed between
the African American Studies program
in the College of Liberal Arts and
Sciences and the Department of
Theatre and Dance in the Col-
lege of Fine Arts. She is also
affiliated with the Center
This academic year, for Women's Studies and
Gender Research. She
,ng is serving as a visiting will spend this semester
fessor at UF and is working working on the choreo-
poem, but will teach
new choreopoem called Lav- Poetry by Women of
Color in the spring.
er Lizards & Lilac Landmines Her new colleagues
Her new colleagues
will premiere at the univer- appreciate what an
honor it is to have her
ty April 4-13, performed on campus.
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CLASnotes October 2002

name is not known in
many households, her work,
especiallyfor colored girls ...,

did away
with the
notion that black
women's oppression
came only at the hands of
whites and differed none from
that of black men," says Daryl Scott,
director of the African American Studies program.
"She made the black community painfully aware of the
unique struggles of black women against oppression
within and without the black community."
Barbara Korner, associate dean of the College of
Fine Arts, shares Scott's sentiment. "Her work provides
a voice of identity, hope and challenge," she says. "She
builds bridges between different people, and her work
poses difficult questions for audiences and readers to
grapple with. As a white woman, I cannot know what
it is like to be an African-American teenage girl, but
for coloredgirls... opens a window that helps me have
some understanding and allows me to realize where
there are similarities and differences in our experi-
Shang6 will make her first public appearance at
UF on October 25 as part of the Cultivating Knowl-
edges symposium sponsored by the Center for Wom-
en's Studies and Gender Research. The event will begin
at 7:30 pm at the Ham Museum of Art, where Shang6
will read from her work. It is free and open to the pub-

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Introducing New Faculty

rrp rL ao
Jason Karlin is an assis- Stacey Langwick joined
tant professor of history UF in January as a joint

who received his PhD
from the University of
Illinois at Urbana-Cham-
paign in May 2002. He
completed part of his
dissertation research as
a research fellow at the
University of Tokyo in
Karlin's current
research explores the
relationship between
nationalism and aesthetics
through the categories of
taste and style in order
to understand the con-
struction of gender iden-
tity and the invention of
national culture in mod-
ern Japan. Specifically,
he has analyzed how the
intensification of fashion
in late 19th-century and
early 20th-century Japan
created a new awareness
of the concept of "every-
day life" as a nostalgic site
of refuge from the hard-
ships of modern change.

appointment in the
Department of Anthro-
pology and the Center
for Women's Studies
and Gender Research.
She received her PhD
in inrl,..p. .1 :. from
the University of North
Carolina, Chapel Hill in
2001 and also holds a
master's degree in public
health from UNC.
Her work, which
focuses on issues of heal-
ing and women's health
in sub-Saharan Africa,
particularly Tanzania, is
located at the intersec-
tion of issues concern-
ing science, gender and
politics. Currently, she is
examining the making of
women's bodies and other
objects of therapeutic
practice through tradi-
tional and biomedical
medicines dedicated to
maternal and infant care
in southern Tanzania.

Michelle Mack is an Ted Schuur, an assistant
assistant professor of professor of ecosystem

ecosystem ecology in
the botany department
who joined the faculty
in January 2002. She
received her PhD in inte-
grative biology from the
University of California,
Berkeley in 1998. Before
coming to UF, Mack was
a research associate at the
Institute of Arctic Biol-
ogy at the University of
Alaska, Fairbanks.
Her current research
addresses the effects of
disturbance on ecosystem
nutrient dynamics. Sev-
eral of her current proj-
ects are funded by grants
from the National Sci-
ence Foundation and the
USDA and involve study-
ing the effects of fire on
nutrient cycling in forests
in Alaska and Siberia as
well as the Arctic tundra.

ecology in the botany
department, earned his
PhD in ecosystem ecol-
ogy in 1999 from the
University of California,
Berkeley. Before coming
to UF in January of this
year, Schuur held a two-
year National Science
Foundation Postdoctoral
Research Fellowship in
bioinformatics at the
University of California,
His research focuses
on the interaction
between carbon cycling
in terrestrial ecosystems,
global biogeochemical
cycles and climate change.
He is particularly interest-
ed in the exchange of car-
bon between plants, soils
and the atmosphere, and
the response to changes in
climate and disturbance

Jane Southworth is an
assistant professor of
geography who joined
the department in Janu-
ary 2002. She earned her
PhD in environmental
science from Indiana Uni-
versity in 2000 and also
earned a master's degree
from Indiana in 1996.
Her research interests
include modeling the
impacts of climate change
on agricultural and forest
ecosystems, remote sens-
ing of land cover change
and land cover change
modeling, and human-
environment interactions.
Southworth is one of the
editors of the new book
Effects of Climate Change
and Variability on Agricul-
tural Production Systems.

The Career Resource Center is holding two career fairs in the Reitz Union Ballroom during October Octo-
ber 16 is Graduate and Professional School Day, and more than 70 graduate schools from across the country
will present information about their programs from 9 am 3 pm. October 30 is Opportunities Fair, which
brings non-profit, government and local businesses to UF Check the CRC Web site at www.crc.ufl.edu for
more information about the fairs and a list of schools and companies that will be attending.

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African and Asian
Languages and Literatures
Yumiko Hulvey presented a talk, "Eiyaku-
sareta Nihon Koten Bungaku" (Classical
Japanese Literature in English Translation),
at Kawamura Gakuen University in Tokyo
in July. The presentation was part of a sum-
mer lecture series focusing on Japanese lit-
erature sponsored by the Faculty of Letters.

Susan Gillespie has received the Gordon R.
Willey Award from the American Anthro-
pological Association. The award recog-
nizes Gillespie's outstanding contribution
to archeology for her article "Rethinking
Maya Social Organization: Replacing 'Lin-
eage' with 'House'," published in American
Anthropologist in September 2000. The Wil-
ley award carries a $1000 prize and will be
presented at the association's annual business
meeting in November.

Robert Wagman gave a presentation titled
"An Inscribed Votive Relief to Pan from Epi-
dauros" at the XII International Congress
on Greek and Latin Epigraphy in Barcelona
in September.

Criminology and Law
A UF news release about Alex Piquero and
Karen Parker's recent study on how mar-
riage can reduce a life of crime was picked
up by media outlets around the world. In
a study of paroled men, the UF research
team led by Piquero found that the most
hardened ex-cons were far less likely to
return to their crooked ways if they settled
down into the routines of a solid marriage.
During September, Piquero was interviewed
by several international newspapers and
broadcast networks, including EFE Inter-
national News in Spain and the Australian
Broadcasting Company's "Life Matters"
radio program.

Cesar Caviedes was a professor at the Insti-
tute of Geography of the Humboldt at the
University of Berlin this summer. The Alex-
ander von Humboldt Foundation in Bonn
sponsored Caviedes' professorship. He has
been a fellow of the foundation since 1967.
Caviedes also served as one of the scientific
consultants on a new exhibit at the Smith-

sonian Institution called "El Nifio's Powerful
Reach," which opened in July.

German and Slavic Studies
German Professor Sharon DiFino deliv-
ered two lectures this summer in Utrecht,
The Netherlands titled "German Culture
from the 18th Century to the Present" and
"Minorities and Identities in European Soci-

German Professor Hal Rennert has received
a 2002 Certificate of Merit from the Ameri-
can Association of Teachers of German for
his outstanding achievement in furthering
the teaching of German in schools, colleges
and universities in the US. This prestigious
award has been presented annually since
1978 to a select group of educators. Rennert
was one of six winners this year who will be
honored at the association's annual meeting
in November.

Russian Professor Galina Rylkova published
"Okrylyonnyy Soglyadatay-The Winged
Eavesdropper: Nabokov and Kuzmin" in
David H.J. Larmour's Discourse and Ideology
in Nabokovs Prose.

Murat Aydede was a participant and
speaker at a six-week National Endowment
for the Humanities Institute on Conscious-
ness and Intentionality at the University
of California, Santa Cruz this summer. He
presented the paper "Phenomenal Concepts,
Introspection, and Consciousness: An Infor-
mation-Theoretic Account."

Kirk Ludwig presented his paper, "Ratio-
nality and First Person Knowledge," at the
International Conference on Rationality in
Bled, Slovenia in June.

Greg Ray presented the paper "On the
Matter of Essential Richness" to the annual
meeting of the International Society for
Exact Philosophy in St. Louis this summer.

Kathy Kanuck, a graduate student, present-
ed her paper, "Gendler on Why We Can't
Trust Thought Experiments in Personal
Identity," at the 25th International Wittgen-
stein Symposium in Austria in August. The
paper has been selected for publication in

Persons: An Interdisciplinary Approach.

Graduate students Daniel Boisvert and
Ellen Maccarone were selected to par-
ticipate in a national Teaching Seminar for
Advanced Graduate Students co-sponsored
by the American Association of Philosophy
Teachers and the American Philosophical
Association this summer. Maccarone's book
review of Bent F, b-. -y Making Social Sci-
ence Matter was published in a recent issue
of The Social Science Journal.

Paul Avery's article "Data Grids: A New
Computational Infrastructure for Data-
Intensive Science" was published in Philo-
sophical Transactions, one of the premier
journals of the Royal Society. Avery's paper
and others like it were the result of a Royal
Society meeting last fall on "New Science
from High Performance Computing." Philo-
sophical Transactions is the world's longest-
running scientific journal, dating back to

Political Science
An article by Ido Oren appeared in the
August 29th edition of the Chronicle of
Higher Education. "How America's Foreign
Policy Affects Its Political Science" is adapt-
ed from his book, Our Enemies and US:
America' Rivalries and the Making ofPolitical
Science, which will be published in Decem-
ber by Cornell University Press.

Romance Languages & Literatures
French Professor Raymond Gay-Crosier
gave a keynote presentation titled "D6fense
et illustration de la pens&e de midi" at the
international conference on Camus and
Revolt in September organized by the Uni-
versity of Ulster in Northern Ireland. He
also gave a lecture at the Center for Euro-
pean Studies at Cornell University on "Les
fissures discursives du Premier home" at its
September 26-29 symposium on Albert
Camus. On October 7, Gay-Crosier was an
external examiner at the defense of a Univer-
sity of Toronto dissertation on "Du dialogue
au dialogique: l'6coute de l'Autre qu'est le
texte litt&raire."

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through the

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Grant awards for August 2002 by department

Improving Health Care for Minorities

Having a doctor
you feel comfort-
able with is as important
to your health as good
nutrition. Unfortunately,
many low-income minor-
ity patients do not receive
the care they deserve from
their physicians due to
cultural disparities in the
health care system. Psy-
chology Professor Carolyn
Tucker and her research
team are working to
make the doctor-patient
relationship a better one
for minorities.
They have discov-
ered that for African
Americans, comfort
with a physician and
a perceived control in
the health care process
are strong predictors of
whether patients will take
their medications and
show up to their doc-
tor appointments. After
conducting a study of
ethnically diverse patients,

Tucker concluded that
health care providers need
sensitivity training in the
views, values and beliefs
of minorities.
In 2000, Tucker was
awarded a grant from
the Agency for Health
Care Research and Qual-
ity to get started on her
research, and in July of
this year, she and her col-
leagues from the College
of Medicine were granted
an additional $895,000
to implement a solu-
tion. With the help of
the graduate students on
her Behavioral Medicine
Research Team, Tucker
has created an interven-
tion plan to improve
the cultural sensitivity
of health care providers
called the "Patient-Cen-
tered Culturally Sensi-
tive Care" model. The
model suggests altering
the physical environ-
ment of clinics, training

health care professionals
and teaching patients to
respectfully obtain cultur-
ally sensitive health care.
The effectiveness of this
model will be evaluated
using the Tucker Cultur-
ally Sensitive Health Care
Inventories, which Tucker
and her team have been
developing during the
past two years.
"This research is
extremely exciting for
me," says Tucker. "It is
an empirical test of my
strong belief that, to
be effective, health care
must reflect an awareness
of and respect for cul-
tural differences, involve
patients as health care
partners, and occur in a
place that is welcoming
and where providers have
an ear for the beat of dif-
ferent hearts. What is par-
ticularly rewarding about
this research is seeing how
extremely passionate both

my majority and minor-
ity student researchers
are about this research. It
is this enthusiasm, their
diligent work, and their
true desire to become cul-
turally sensitive research-
ers and practitioners that
gives me hope that I
really will see a significant
reduction in culture-
related health disparities
in my lifetime."
Tucker is a distin-
guished alumni profes-
sor and the director of
the counseling program
in the Department of
Psychology. She has
lead many initiatives in
Gainesville to help the
minority community,
including the creation of
the Mt. Olive Education
Center to self-empower
young African American
school children.
-Buffy Lockette

Carolyn Tucker

Read the full grants
listing at http://clas
news.shtml in this
month's issue of
CLASnotes online.

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Recent publications from CLAS faculty

Incorporating Women: A History of Women and Business in the United States

When a colleague approached Angel Kwolek-Folland about writing
a book on the history of women and business, she saw it as a chal-
lenging opportunity. Kwolek-Folland is the director of the Center for
Women's Studies and Gender Research, and her first book, published
in 1994, focused on men and women in the corporate world from
1870-1930. "We decided there would be a market for a survey on
women's business history, but since very little of the primary research
had been done, I had to do a fair amount before I could put it
together," she says. "It was a different direction for me, since up to
then I had approached the subject with
a background in women's history, not
j r s 1 business."
INcoRPORATING Kwolek-Folland's book, Incorporat-
A --OME ing Women: A History of Women and Busi-
E &T R ness in the United States, was published
BUSINESS in paperback this year and focuses on
IN THE UNITE...D two themes: the diversity of women's
business experiences and the effects of
legal and social conditions on their busi-
ness opportunities. "You read so often in
newspapers and magazines about women
in business today, and they talk about
it as if it's a brand new phenomenon.
But women have always engaged in business, from the smallest home
industries to some of the biggest manufacturing concerns," she says.

Nonfinite Structures in Theory and Change
Gary Miller, Classics and Linguistics

This book investigates the precise nature of
nonfinite structures and explores the ways in
which they change. Gary Miller examines a
broad range of structures, including traditional
infinitives, gerunds and participles across dif-
ferent Indo-European (and some non-Indo-
European) languages now and in the past.
As structures which are nonfinite in some
languages are not so in others, the question
arises whether the concept 'nonfinite' has any
meaning or explanatory power In seeking an
answer to this conundrum, the author shows
that infinitives with subject person agreement, such as in West Greenlandic,
Modern Greek, Portuguese, Welsh and Hungarian, share properties with pro-
totypical nonfinite formations. Miller examines languages with morphologically
marked tense on infinitives, including Ancient Greek and Latin, and Modern
Turkish. He demonstrates that nonfinite structures that can be assigned non-
structural (inherent or semantic) case differ systematically from those with
either structural or no case. -Book Jacket

The book covers the business experi-
ences of 17th-century Native American
fur traders to the producer of the film
Top Gun. Throughout the book, read-
ers learn about some of the women-
famous, infamous and forgotten-who
have engaged in business throughout
US history. Kwolek-Folland also argues
that although women suffer the effects of
structural inequalities and institutional
discrimination, they are further divided Angel Kwolek-Folland
by racial, economic and class boundar-
ies. "I've talked to business women who've read the book, and they
are really turned on by the idea that what they're doing now has a
connection to women's history. The book emphasizes that ordinary
people make history, and not surprisingly, ordinary people like that!"
As a possible next project, Kwolek-Folland is interested in explor-
ing the gendered cultural differences that emerge in different business-
es and particularly workplace rights in the global economy. "Many
countries have equal pay or anti-sexual harassment laws. Both Japan
and South Africa have gender equity written into their constitutions,
for example, but they operate differently. I'm curious about how these
seemingly similar laws emerged in such different places, and their rela-
tionship to women's position in business."
-Allyson A. Beutke

Worldviews, Religion, and the Environment
Richard C. Foltz, Religion
(Wadsworth/Thomson Learning)

What do the various cultural traditions of the
world say about human responsibility toward
the natural environment? Western civilization
has long seen nature as an adversary to be
overcome, and resources as existing only to wNirnc i:ila I nmi<:nil
benefit human beings. Consequently, many
contemporary debates have begun from the A E.n, IA 0mL
assertion that Western values and Christian-
ity in particular are to blame for the present
global crisis. Is this accusation valid? Are other ia,J c,
traditions more "eco-friendly"? Is an ecologi-
cal Christianity possible?
In an age when our very life support systems are in jeopardy, the rela-
tionship of humanity to nature needs to be re-addressed in spiritual as well as
material terms. Within the world of faith institutions, there has been increasing
attention in recent years to environmental stewardship issues. The religious
dimension of the environmental crisis is increasingly acknowledged by those
working in other areas of environmental studies as well. Many scientists and
policy makers now concede that in their work they frequently run up against
problems resulting from differences in culture and values. As a result, there
is an ever-increasing interest on campuses across the country in adding envi-
ronmental studies courses within the humanities to balance those in the sci-
ences and policy making. Many philosophy departments now offer courses in
environmental ethics; religion scholars, however, have a distinct and perhaps
broader perspective to offer, especially those who teach world religions.

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The Ruth McQuown
Scholars were recog-
nized recently at the fall
reception of the Center
for Women's Studies and
Gender Research. Twelve
female undergraduate
and graduate students
were given scholar-
ships in honor of Ruth
McQuown, a former
political science professor
and the first woman to
serve as an associate dean
of the college.
McQuown, who
received her PhD from
UF in 1961, was known
for her activism on
campus, particularly for
her support of affirma-
tive action and women's
rights. She died in 1984
and is remembered
fondly by her friends and
colleagues as a strong,
influential administrator

with a great sense of
humor and infectious
laugh. "Ruth had that
really rare quality of
being able to support
an issue without alienat-
ing people," says Phyllis
Meek, retired associ-
ate dean of students.
McQuown proved to
be a key player in bring-
ing the women's studies
program to campus. "If
it hadn't been for Ruth,
that program would
have never gotten off
the ground," says Meek.
"She was the one working
behind the scenes who
got the faculty to accept
the program."
At the reception, the
center also honored the
recipients of the Irene
Thompson Scholar-
ship, the Alice Charlotte
Hogsett Award and the


Carol Osterhoudt Fabel
Scholarship. The women's
studies graduate certifi-
cates were also awarded.
Kenneth Roberts, owner
of Custom Copies and
Textbooks in Gainesville,
sponsored the event and
announced that between
now and January 1, 2003,
he will match donations

Ruth McQuown Scholarship Recipients
Left to right: Laia Mitchell, Nour Kawa, Yvonne Combs,
Brooke Schoeffler, Nadia Abdulhaq and Julia Albarracin.
given to the program up Center for Women's Stud-
to $2000. If you would ies and Gender Research,
like to contribute, make PO Box 117352, Gaines-
checks payable to the ville FL 32611.

University of Florida
Foundation, with "Wom-
en's Studies Challenge"
written in the memo
section, and mail to the

-Buffy Lockette

Honoring the past, shaping the future

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

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