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In this Issue:

CLAS Honors Women's
Movement Pioneer ........................ 3

CLAS Students Make the Grade...... 4

A Chosen Few .................................. 5

University of Botswana
Dean Visits U F.................................. 6

Facing Challenges Together............ 6

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

Bookbeat ....................................... 10

G rants............................. ........... 11

Zoology Professor is
Teacher/Scholar of the Year.......... 12

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Neil Sullivan
Allyson A. Beutke
Buffy Lockette
Jane Dominguez
Simone Williams
Kimberly A. Lopez
Elise Jacobus
Lynne Pulliam

The Dean's


Honoring the Past,
Shaping the Future
Graduation brings an especially joyous occasion to the
college as we celebrate the achievements of our graduating
students and set them on the commencement of their jour-
neys toward their chosen careers. In 2003, as the University
of Florida celebrates its 150th anniversary by honoring
the past and shaping the future, we see a new cadre of
students with a broad education and a clear understanding
of the challenges facing an ever-shrinking global environ-
ment. With the almost instantaneous connections available
through advanced technology at all levels of interaction
between different nations, our students today, who will
emerge as tomorrow's leaders, must have a world perspec-
tive. They cannot succeed, or even compete successfully,
without a real understanding of the cultures, traditions and
needs of the different societies around the world.
The broad education of the liberal arts and sciences
gives our students the training in critical thinking and an
appreciation of different cultures and belief systems needed
for the modern world. These skills make them keenly
sought after by international business leaders, government
agencies and foreign developers for top jobs in all fields.
This interest in the CLAS graduate is not just because of
their language skills or knowledge of different cultures,
but because of their training in problem solving and their
abilities to clearly articulate problems. These skills make
our students ideal for management and leadership posi-
tions. Our students are better prepared for international
affairs, have a better understanding of ethics in the conduct
of business and science, and an appreciation of socio-eco-
nomic factors on a global scale that were not imagined 150
years ago.
We congratulate the Class of 2003 and wish all of you
every success in your endeavors, and we hope to hear from
you as you help shape the future.

Additional Photography:
Courtesy Feminist Majority Foundation:
p. 3 (Smeal)
Simone Williams: p. 4 (Phi Beta Kappa);
p. 8 (Employee Excellence Awards, Burns
Lecture Series)
Courtesy Betty Stewart-Dowdell: p. 7 (OASIS)
Courtesy chemistry department: p. 8 (Kiltie)
Richard Frasier, Courtesy National Endowment
for the Humanities: p. 8 (McKnight)
Jane Gibson: p. 10 (Marsiglio)
Printed on
recycled paper

Neil Sullivan
sullivan@phys. ufl. edu

On the Cover:
Awarding-winning CLAS students (back to front) Teresa Porter (Truman Scholarship winner); Wil-
liam Sexton (2003 UF Outstanding Male Leader); Teesha McCrae (Four-Year CLAS Scholar); and
Anup Patel (Goldwater Scholarship winner) prepare to shape the future.

CLASnotes April / May 2003

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CLAS Honors

Women's Movement Pioneer

As former president of the National Organization for
Women and co-founder and president of the Femi-
nist Majority Foundation, Eleanor Smeal's name has
become synonymous with the women's movement.
But as a political science graduate student at UF in the
early 1960s, the word "feminism" was not part of her
vocabulary. "I started reading about women's history,
and I was so staggered by the fact that I thought I was
so educated, but I had never really read about Susan B.
Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton," she says. "This
whole period of history had been dismissed."
Smeal decided to attend UF for a master's degree
instead of going to law school. "A professor at Duke
University told me if I went to law school, I would
probably only find work as a law librarian, and I didn't
see the point in that."
While she grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania, Smeal's
family also had a home in Melbourne, Florida, so she
was familiar with UE "When I came to UF in 1961,
I was the only woman in the political science graduate
program, and I worked with Ruth McQuown. Ruth
was definitely a feminist. She wanted a women's party
and encouraged me to write about the women's move-
ment for my PhD work."
In addition to reading about women's history,
something personal happened that caused Smeal to get
involved with the women's movement. After the birth
of her children in the mid-1960s, Smeal went through
a period of illness. "With almost anyone who really
gets turned onto a cause, something has to hit home,"
she says. "For me, it was my medical situation. Women
couldn't get disability insurance. I asked a doctor what
happens to women when they get sick and have little
children, and he told me they just have a lot of relaps-
es. The attitude of some male doctors and how they
treated women as neurotic complainers was horrible."
Smeal says this attitude, probably more than anything,
led to her involvement with the women's movement.
Smeal finished her PhD classes at UF in the early
1970s and started working on her dissertation. She
moved to Pittsburgh and became active in NOW,
going from a local officer to the national board in
1973 and elected chair in 1975. The research Smeal
started at UF eventually led to her discovery of the

At the CLAS commencement ceremony
on May 3, Eleanor Smeal received an
honorary Doctor of Science degree from
UF. She was also the keynote speaker.

gender gap in election results in 1980.
She found an eight percent difference
between men's and women's votes for
Ronald Reagan in his election over
Jimmy Carter. "It was clear there were
a lot of differences between male and
female attitudes on a host of issues," she
says. "Everything from social security
and women's rights to Medicare and
committing troops abroad. Women had
been voting since 1920, but our voting
power had been ignored for 60 years."
Smeal wrote her dissertation, which
was published, with co-author Audrey S.
Wells, as a chapter in Women in Politics
edited by Jane S. Jaquette. However,
she decided not to come back to UF to
defend it. "I needed about two more
months to add in footnotes, but there
was so much to be done with NOW, so
I didn't finish. Ruth always said I should
call myself'doctor' because I essentially
got the degree."
Smeal served as NOW's president
from 1977 to 1982 and 1985 to 1987.
In 1987, she co-founded and assumed
the presidency of the Feminist Majority
Foundation (FMF). The organization
specializes in programs that combine
research and action to develop long-
term, cutting-edge strategies for the
political, economic and social empower-

ment of women. The foundation was
the first women's group to launch a Web
site (www.feminist.org) and has devel-
oped five additional sites since 1995. It
also owns Ms. Magazine and started a
legislative advocacy arm, the Feminist
Majority, as well as the Feminist Major-
ity political action committee.
For Smeal, there are still many
issues she wants to tackle. "I would like
to eliminate discrimination in social
security benefits," she says. "One of the
reasons older women are in poverty is
that they get about 60 percent of what
men get. We still have the job of closing
the wage gap, and women still aren't in
sufficient numbers in leadership roles.
We also need to solve the childcare
problem in this country and make a big-
ger dent on violence towards women."
Smeal says jobs like hers won't
make someone rich, but the work is too
rewarding not to do. "If you're the kind
of person injustices really bother, you
shouldn't just feel helpless," she says.
"You should empower yourself. Get
more education because you can use it
in many different ways. When you're
going through school, you don't appre-
ciate it enough, but I've certainly used
mine in countless ways."
-Allyson A. Beutke

CLASnotes April / May 2003

page 3

NSF Fellowships
Several current and former CLAS students have
received a National Science Foundation Graduate
Fellowship. These fellowships provide three years of
support for advanced study to approximately 900 out-
standing graduate students in the mathematical, physi-
cal, biological, engineering, and behavioral and social
sciences, and to research-based PhD degrees in science
Overall, UF had nine winners this year, and five
of them are from CLAS. The fellows are listed below,
along with the year they graduated from UF and the
university they plan to attend for graduate school.
Kate C. Dollen, computer engineering and quantita-
tive sciences, 2003; Colorado State University
John Dominy, interdisciplinary studies, neurobiologi-
cal sciences, 2002; Cornell University
Fabian Fernandez, interdisciplinary studies, neurobio-
logical sciences, 2002; Stanford University
Christopher Osovitz, zoology, 2001; University of
California-Santa Barbara
Michael Wasserman, nrl i-. .p. .1... 'and zoology,
2002; University of Washington

The following CLAS students received an honorable
mention from the NSF:
Tracy Bucholz, chemistry and chemical engineering
Sara Gamble, physics
Stephen Hicks, math and physics
Maren Jimenez, sociology
Shaela Jones, physics
Hope Klug, psychology and zoology
Desika Narayanan, astronomy and physics

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

Graduate Recipients of $3,000-$10,000
Sara Villaneuva Abraham, psychology
Lela Felter Kerley, history
Indira Rampersad, political science
Guillermina Sofia Seri, political science

Julie Ann Sinn, English
Rosa Esther Soto, English
EriSugita, in rl'r. .p. 1..

Undergraduate Recipients of $500-$1,500
Sarah Rose Bartlett, history
Lindsey Megan Evans, inrlr..p..l ,
Frances J. Ingram, political science

Incoming Graduate Recipient of $10,000
Rabia Nafees Shah, English

CLAS Students

Make the Grade

CLAS Students

Receive Prestigious Scholarships
Teresa Porter, a junior double-majoring in political sci-
ence and sociology, has been named a Harry S. Truman
Scholar. One of just 76 winners nationwide and the only
recipient from Florida, Porter will receive $3,000 to use
during her senior year of college and $27,000 for graduate
Truman Scholars are selected for their extensive record

of community service and for their commitment to
careers in government and public service. A St. Augustine
native, Porter is president of the Panhellenic Council and
a member of Phi Mu sorority. She has studied abroad at
Portr the University of Cambridge and teaches intermediate and
advanced level dance at a local studio.
Robert Abel, a junior from Davie, Florida, and Anup
Patel, a junior from Altamonte Springs, Florida, have each
received a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. The award
was created to encourage outstanding students to pursue
careers in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineer-
ing, and foster excellence in those
fields. Abel is a mathematics
major and chemistry minor who
intends to pursue a doctorate
in theoretical or computational
chemistry. Patel is double-major-
ing in biochemistry and molecular Abel
genetics and economics. He hopes
to pursue an MD/PhD specializing in molecular genetics.
Each scholarship covers expenses for tuition, fees,
books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500

International Awards
On April 24, certificates were presented in the Reitz Union Auditorium to eight
international graduate and undergraduate students in CLAS who were nominated
by their departments for outstanding academic achievement. The recipients are:
Avni Argun, Isa Benitez, Naichao Li, chemistry; Marco Gemignani and Anca
Mirsu-Paun, psychology; Parakh Hoon, Fredline McCormack, Guillermina Seri,
political science.

Graduate Student Teaching Awards
On April 24, nine CLAS graduate students received university-wide recognition for
outstanding teaching. This year's Graduate Teaching Award winners are: Katie Ama-
ral, chemistry; Luis Cruz, physics; Jennifer Gillett, plant pathology; Mark Hove
and Stephen Ortiz, history; Laura Ruiz, Romance languages and literatures; Derek
Merrill, Bernard O'Donnell, and Harun Thomas, English.

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This group of students was
recently inducted into Phi
Beta Kappa, one of the old-
est honor societies in the

A Chosen Few
UF Students Inducted Into Honor Societies

As spring commencement approaches, undergraduates have the chance to add one last accomplishment to their
resumes before graduating-membership in an honor society. The best and brightest students in the college are
invited to join Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi, two of the nation's oldest and most prestigious societies.

"Membership is not
something we give;
students earn it," says
Felix Berardo, sociology
professor and chapter
president of both groups
this academic year. "Stu-
dents work very hard and
sometimes go unnoticed.
This recognizes them in
a very scholarly way, and
it's something they can be
proud of. They become
part of a very select group,
and it gives them a peg to
put on their resumes that
sets them apart."
Phi Beta Kappa,
which has been on cam-
pus since 1938, recog-
nizes students who have
attained a high standard
of scholastic achievement
in a liberal arts curricu-
lum. "Students are nomi-
nated entirely on the basis
of their transcripts," says
Richard Hiers, religion
professor and historian
of Phi Beta Kappa since
1992. "An elected faculty
membership committee
gathers information, such

CLASnotes April / May 2003

as overall GPA and elec-
tives taken outside the
major. There's a strong
emphasis placed on a
liberal education. We've
rejected people who have
a 4.0 GPA but didn't
venture beyond courses
required for their major."
Emily Taylor, a grad-
uating senior majoring in
English and pre-medicine,
says she is excited to join
an honor society that
awards scholastic diversity.
"When I came to UF,
I knew I wanted to go
to medical school, but I
also loved English," she
says. "A lot of people have
teased me about that, but
Phi Beta Kappa actually
values the fact that I have
a lot of different interests.
And, looking back, I
wouldn't change anything.
I feel my liberal arts edu-
cation has prepared me
for life, not just a career."
Although 95 percent
of those invited to join
Phi Beta Kappa are liberal
arts and sciences students,

no particular major is
required. On occasion,
students studying eco-
nomics, agriculture, jour-
nalism and other fields
are offered membership if
their transcripts reflect a
liberal course of study. All
nominees must stand in
the top 15 percent of their
graduating class in their
college. Undergraduates
are elected during their
senior year and inducted
during the fall or spring,
prior to commencement
exercises. "We usually
don't see them again,"
says Hiers. "The principal
thing that happens is that
it is noted on their tran-
scripts so it follows them
around and is a nice thing
to have on their CVs."
Phi Kappa Phi oper-
ates much like Phi Beta
Kappa, with the excep-
tion of requiring students
to have a liberal arts
emphasis. The organiza-
tion has been on campus
since 1912 and encour-
ages superior scholarship

in all academic disciplines
and draws membership
from all colleges and
departments. During the
fall and spring semesters,
the registrar's office pulls
a list of the top 7.5 per-
cent of juniors and the
top 10 percent of seniors
university-wide and
inducts them in a formal
Both organizations
have been in operation
nationally for many years.
Phi Beta Kappa was
established at William and
Mary College in Virginia
in 1776 as the nation's
first university honors
society and Greek letter
fraternity. Phi Kappa Phi
was founded in 1897 at
the University of Maine.
In addition to honoring
undergraduates and a
limited number of PhD
students, Phi Beta Kappa
also extends alumni and
honorary memberships to
those making a contribu-
tion to liberal arts fields.
Phi Kappa Phi inducts the

top 10 percent of gradu-
ate students who didn't
get the chance to join
while they were under-
"Both of these
organizations have been
around a long time and
potential employers know
what they are," says Berar-
do. "But more and more
of these groups are spring-
ing up all over and com-
peting for these students.
What we have to do is
inform students who we
are and that we are legiti-
mate." Phi Kappa Phi and
Phi Beta Kappa are also
hoping for more involve-
ment of faculty members
on campus who joined
these societies while they
were students. Berardo
and Hiers both retire this
year and younger faculty
are needed to step up
and run these programs.
"We operate entirely with
faculty sponsors," Berardo
says. "We're looking for
new volunteers."
-Buffy Lockette

page 5

University of Botswana
Dean Visits UF
For 10 days in April, Nobantu Raseotsa,
University of Botswana Dean of the Fac-
ulty of Humanities, got a taste of how the
University of Florida runs business. Raseot-
sa shadowed CLAS Associate Dean for
Academic Affairs Yumiko Hulvey and met
with different groups on campus. The trip
was a measure to begin preparations for
an agreement between the two universities
that would allow for an exchange program.
Raseotsa, who earned a PhD in Eng-
lish from the State University of New York,
says there are structural differences between
UF and her university. Only 12,000 stu-
dents attend the 21-year-old University of
Botswana, which is the only university in
the country of 1.7 million.
"The good thing is that both universi-
ties recognize the importance of collabo-
ration and diverse interdependence that
comes from a shared responsibility of going
beyond and joining hands with the rest of
the world." Raseotsa says her students will
have chosen the right place if they choose
to study abroad at UF because of the
countless opportunities available here in a
variety of disciplines. "There are benefits
for both groups culturally and with knowl-
edge," she says. Ideally the program would
begin during the 2004-2005 school year,
however, it is likely that UF students will
be able to travel to Botswana before vice-
versa travel takes place.




OASIS Provides

Guidance to Success

Tucked in the walls of Walker Hall, some students find
an oasis that provides nourishment. But the refreshment
found here is not the H20 variety. Instead, these walls
house the Office for Academic Support and Institutional
Services (OASIS). From tutoring to counseling, OASIS
becomes the hub where many students begin to find the
resources they need to succeed at UF.

CLAS Associate Dean Harry Shaw, who has
served as OASIS director since its start in 1989, says
the office has given students the opportunity to suc-
ceed in numerous ways. "OASIS is a good name to
summarize what we do," Shaw says. "The office pro-
vides refreshment, rescue and resuscitation when need-
ed. We provide students with the drive to succeed in
an environment that otherwise might be very daunting
and perhaps discouraging."
The office's objective is to enhance the recruit-
ment, retention, follow-up support and graduation of
minority students. With such services as counseling,
tutoring and academic workshops, OASIS educates
students on how to succeed and fights against factors
that may impede academic success.
Shaw says the success stories of OASIS are numer-
ous and varied, and its services have reached beyond
CLAS. Morgan Ellis, a junior microbiology and cell
science major in the College of Agricultural and Life
Sciences, says that while she has never been a CLAS
major, she took advantage of tutoring services her
freshman year when she faced the challenge of many
first-year students-general chemistry.
"The tutors were very knowledgeable and were
open to assisting me in any way they could," Ellis says.
"Classes like chemistry can be difficult for a freshman,
but reaching out to services like OASIS can make
all the difference." Ellis says that while she has not
returned to the tutoring services since her freshman
year, it gives her a sense of security to know she could

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Peer counselors in the PAACT program receive training from OASIS staff. These counselors facilitate training sessions for first-year students at UF

always turn to OASIS. Shaw says that fresh-
men and sophomores mainly use tutoring
services because OASIS can readily provide
tutors for the general subjects these students
take. Upper-division courses require more
specialization; nonetheless, OASIS seeks such
tutors for these courses if necessary.
Certain OASIS programs reach out to
students before they even set foot on campus.
Outreach efforts include Upward Bound, a
federally-funded program that aims to assist
low-income high school students in develop-
ing academic and personal skills as well as to
motivate them in pursing and succeeding in
higher education. To succeed in retaining the
university's minority enrollments, OASIS has
an advocacy service that intervenes on behalf
of minority students who have not succeeded
in solving a problem within reasonable and
recommended means.
One of the most successful and known
programs of OASIS is Pledging to Achieve
Academic Competence Together, more com-
monly known as PAACT. African-American
students are invited to a one-week session
prior to the beginning of the fall semes-
ter-or a two-day session for students begin-
ning in Summer B term-where they engage
in numerous activities and workshops that
promote leadership and academic success.
"PAACT is best seen as an academic boot
camp," Shaw says. "We want to make sure
students know whom to seek for assistance

and learn how to avoid the pitfalls that often
lead to academic mediocrity, or even aca-
demic failure. The program fills students with
the spirit of empowerment to achieve."
During the program, students tour cam-
pus and are pointed in the right direction for
frequently asked questions. Beginning the
semester with such a motivation to succeed,
many PAACT students become involved in
leadership opportunities on campus. Shaw
says he has seen many student leaders excel
over the years and knows that programs like
PAACT provide an extra push for some
students who need it. "It could make all the
difference in success," Shaw says, mentioning
success stories such as former Student Body
Vice President Suzette Maylor who complet-
ed the PAACT orientation and immediately
became involved with Student Government.
To continue the pledge made during
the orientation program, PAACT leaders
organize several activities throughout the year
in order to keep tabs on students and also
help students recognize the support system is
there. So strong are the bonds students cre-
ate in PAACT that several former students
have formed the PAACT Alliance for Service
and Scholarship (PASS). PASS continues to
implement the goals of PAACT through ser-
vice, scholarship and social activities.
While structured services such as
tutoring and counseling are great assets to
students, many find the best comfort in

knowing someone is there to ensure they
achieve a successful undergraduate career.
Classics junior Brandy Jones has been amazed
by how often Shaw and OASIS staff have
contacted her, even though it has been three
years since she completed PAACT. "Dr. Shaw
does a really good job of keeping track of
the students," she says. "He and the OASIS
staff make sure that you have the neces-
sary resources to succeed." Jones says she
still receives many e-mails from Shaw and
has been on several listservs that keep her
updated on opportunities and events. The
communication and effort ensures students
are headed in the right direction, she says.
Shaw says providing support for stu-
dents is perhaps the most important aspect of
OASIS, and over the years he has developed
a close relationship with many students. "It
becomes a home away from home," he says.
"It is good for students to know someone is
here to listen, give encouragement and pro-
vide practical guidance."
The needs of students vary greatly, and
many times all a student lacks is information
about what office to contact to solve a prob-
lem. But in the end, Shaw believes his efforts
can make the difference in UF retaining and
producing successful students. "It is gratifying
to have students indicate that OASIS is the
difference between graduating and not, or
having a successful career versus no career."
-Kimberly A. Lopez

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page 7

CLAS Staff
Receive Superior
Balkcom Four CLAS employees recently
received UF Superior Accomplish-
ment Awards. The program rec-
ognizes staff and faculty members
who contribute outstanding and
meritorious service to the univer-
sity and have improved the quality
of life for students and employees.
Binello The four divisional winners are:
Donna Fay Balkcom, program
assistant, physics
Carol Binello, administrative assis-
tant, dean's office
Grace Kiltie, grants assistant,
Kathy Rex, advisor, Academic
Kiltie Advising Center
Binello and Kiltie each
received a university-wide Superior
Accomplishment Award. Binello
was given a Gabor Employee
Recognition Award, and Kiltie,
an HRH Employee Recognition

Three Receive CLAS
Employee Excellence Awards
At a recognition ceremony in April, three staff mem-
bers received the Second Annual CLAS Employee
Excellence Award for their service to the college. CLAS
chose the winners
based on their
strong work ethics,
attitudes, dedica-
tion to their jobs
and willingness to
assist beyond nor-
mal expectations.
Winners receive $1,500 and a plaque. This year's win-
ners are (left to right): Karen Jones, office manager,
In r -,..-p.J1.. ,- department; Cindy Powell, accountant,
psychology department; and Dianne Bolinger, office
manager, Center for Studies in Criminology and Law.

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the College

History Professor Visits White House
In late February, History Professor Stephen McKnight and his wife Rebecca
traveled to Washington, DC for the National Council on the Humanities induc-
tion ceremony. During the
trip, the McKnights met First
Lady Laura Bush and other
council members. President
George W Bush nominated
McKnight to serve on the
25-person advisory council
last fall, and the US Senate
unanimously confirmed his
nomination in January. He
will serve a six-year term on
the council, which is an inde-
pendent grant-making agency of the federal government dedicated to supporting
research, education, preservation and public programs in the humanities.

Major General Visits Campus
Marianne Mathewson-Chapman, the first woman to be promoted to the rank
of Major General in the Army National Guard, visited campus in late March in
honor of Women's History Month. Hosted
by the Center for Gerontological Studies,
Mathewson-Chapman is a UF alumnus with
a PhD in nursing sciences and a gerontology
minor. She gave two lectures on her experi-
ences rising through the ranks of the military
and on her career as a nurse executive for
the Veterans' Health Administration. She is
pictured with her two daughters who are UF
students, Helena (left) and Heather (right).

Burns Lecture Series
The history department's 4th
Annual August M. Burns Lecture
Series held on April 1 was a debate
between the chief Florida attorneys
for Al Gore and George W Bush
during the 2000 Presidential elec-
tion recount. UF History Professor Julian Pleasants, who has interviewed the lawyers
as part of an elections project, organized the debate. Pictured above (left to right) are
Barry Richard, Bush's attorney; Professor Emeritus of History Michael Gannon,
who served as moderator; and Dexter Douglass, Gore's attorney. The men spoke to
a crowd of several hundred and provided interesting details. For example, Bush spoke
to Richard only twice and did not influence the legal strategy, while Gore microman-
aged his legal team and twice went against the advice of his Florida attorneys.

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Academic Advising Center
Albert Matheny has received a National
Academic Advising Association (NACA-
DA) Outstanding Advising Award in the
academic advising administrator category
as part of the 2003 NACADA National
Awards Program for Academic Advising.
Kathy Rex has received a 2003 NACA-
DA Outstanding Advising Certificate of
Merit in the academic advising primary
role category. Matheny and Rex will be
honored at the group's annual conference
in October.

Alan Katritzky gave the lecture "The
Universal Importance of Chemical
Structure" this spring at Florida Atlantic
University's Frontiers in Science series.
He also visited Cuba at the invitation
of the University of Havana and gave
lectures about his research.

Sciences and Disorders
Speech pathology senior Alyssa Rade-
man was one of five individuals across
Florida recognized in February with the
Governor's Mentoring Initiative Award
of Excellence for being an outstanding
school-based mentor. She is the only
collegiate winner of the award and will
receive a cruise for two from Carnival
Cruise Lines and get to stay in the presi-
dential suite.
As director of Project MASCOT,
she helps place college students in school
settings to serve as mentors to children
in need. Rademan has also helped
recruit more than 800 mentors to the
CHAMPS program and worked on the
governor's Front Porch Initiative, which
encourages mentoring in communities
across Florida.

David C. Young was quoted extensively
in a March 30th article in the Los Ange-
les Times on the origin of the modern
Olympic Games.

Alex Piquero has been appointed to
serve on the editorial boards of the top
four journals in the criminology/criminal
justice field. Piquero is the deputy editor

of Justice Quarterly and on the boards of
Criminology, Journal ofResearch in Crime
and Delinquency, and the Journal of
Quantitative Criminology.

MarkA. Reid presented "French Cin-
ema, Postnegritude and Black Paris"
at The Black Atlantic: The Making of
Black Diasporas conference held at King
Alfred's College in Winchester, England
in April.
His photographs of the premier
punk rock group the Ramones appear
in the CD booklet that accompanies the
2003 album A Tribute to Ramones: We're
a Happy Family.

Germanic and Slavic Studies
German Professor Keith Bullivant
lectured on the German-Turkish author
Zafer Senocak at the international con-
ference Crossing Borders: German-Lan-
guage Literature of Ethnic Minorities,
which was organized by the University
of Istanbul in late March. He also gave a
talk on EC. Delius' German Autumn tril-
ogy at a conference on Violence in Ger-
man Culture since 1945, held at Lincoln
C II Oxford (UK) in April.

German Professor Otto W Johnston
was elected president of the Florida
chapter of the American Association
of Teachers of German. He will serve
a two-year term during which he will
supervise projects devoted to securing
funding from various government and
private agencies. Johnston also served as
president from 1981-1982.

Center for Gerontoloaical Studies
Susan Bluck, who is also appointed in
the psychology department, has edited
the volume Autobiographical Memory:
Exploring its Functions in Everyday Life,
which appears as a stand-alone vol-
ume and a special issue of the journal
Memory. The volume includes empirical
and theoretical work that examines why
adults of all ages recall so much about
their own personal past. Nicole Alea, a
psychology doctoral candidate, contrib-
uted a paper that proposes a conceptual
model of the social function of autobio-
graphical memory.

Land Use and
Environmental Change Institute
The American Society of Limnology and
Oceanography awarded Claire Schelske
the Ruth Patrick Award for Environ-
mental Problem Solving at its Aquatic
Sciences meeting held in Salt Lake City
in February. Schelske was recognized for
his research on the Great Lakes during
his 20-year tenure with the Great Lakes
Research Division at the University
of Michigan and for his more recent
research on Lake Apopka and Lake
Okeechobee conducted at UE

Graduate student Ana Maria Andrei
presented her paper, "A New Account of
Unbound Anaphora," at the City Uni-
versity of New York Graduate Student
Conference in New York City in March.

Graduate students Daniel R. Boisvert
and Christopher M. Lubbers' paper
"Frege's Commitment to an Infinite
Hierarchy of Senses" is published in the
March issue of the journal Philosophical

Marilyn Holly has completed the text-
book Introduction to Philosophy and is
under contract for a second textbook on

Graduate student Kathy Kanuck
presented her paper, "On the Context
Dependence of Phenomenal Concepts,"
at the Southern Society for Philosophy
S1 I. I *. I i in Atlanta in

Dan Kaufman recently gave lectures on
"Masses, Organisms, and Individuation:
Locke and the Intractable 'Kinds Prob-
lem'" at Auburn University, the Univer-
sity of Utah, and Texas Tech University.

Graduate student Ellen Maccarone pre-
sented "The Ethical Case for Scientists as
Advocates for Environmental Policy" to
the Western Social Sciences Association
in Las Vegas in April.

The American Council of Learned Soci-
eties has awarded John Palmer a Fred-
erick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship
for Recently Tenured Scholars. The fel-

lowship carries a $65,000 stipend, which
he plans to use during the 2004-2005
academic year to develop a new narrative
for the history of early Greek philoso-
phy. He will conduct his research at the
National Humanities Center in Research
Triangle Park, North Carolina.

Several faculty members and graduate
students recently presented papers at the
American Philosophical Association's
meeting in March. Palmer presented the
paper "The Method of Hypothesis and
the Arguments of Plato's Phaedo." Greg
Ray presented "Tarski, Soames and the
Metalinguistic Liar," which will be pub-
lished in the journal Philosophical Studies.
Graduate student Catherine Galko,
presented "Stark on Justice as Fairness,"
and graduate student Kelly Trogdon
presented "Dualism, Mental Causation,
and Counterfactuals."

Undergraduate Stacy Eitel's paper, "The
Effects of Phonological Priming on Tip-
of-the-Tongue Resolution," received sec-
ond place in the quantitative category of
the University Scholars Program's annual
writing competition. Eitel will receive
$250, and her mentor is Lise Abrams.

Romance Languages
and Literatures
French Professor Bernadette Cailler
presented the paper "Les transfigurations
d'Elissa/Didon. Etudes de textes par
Fawzi Mellah et Moncef Ghachem" at
the recent 29th Annual Meeting of the
African Literature Association in Egypt.

The International Association of Land-
scape Ecologists has named Douglas
Levey and Joshua Tewksbury as
recipients of the Outstanding Paper in
Landscape I .. Award for the paper
"Corridor Affects Plants, Animals, and
Their Interactions in Fragmented Land-
scapes." The award is a given annually
in recognition of the most outstanding
contribution to literature in the field of
landscape ecology.

In Memory
Amy Doucha, a 21-year-old junior majoring in sociology, died
in a car accident on March 23 in Levy County near Williston.
Doucha was in her first semester at UF, having transferred from
Smith College in Northampton, Mass. She was a member of the
UF Women's Chorale and spent the fall semester at SFCC before
starting at UF this spring. Condolences can be sent in her name to
Adopt-A-Pet, to the attention of R. Levin, at 720 NE 69th Street
Apt 9F, Miami FL 33138.

CLAS Faculty Receive Mentoring Awards
Two CLAS faculty members have each received the UF Doctoral Dis-
sertation/Mentoring Award. Psychology Professor Carolyn Tucker
and History Professor Bertram Wyatt-Brown are two of five univer-
sity-wide recipients. The award recognizes innovation, effectiveness
and excellence in doctoral dissertation advising/mentoring. Each win-
ner receives $3,000, plus an additional $1,000 to support graduate

Read CLASnotes online at http://clasnews.clas.ufl.edu

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page 9

Recent publications
from CLAS faculty

William Marsiglio, Sociol-
ogy. Author of Sex, Men,
and Babies, New York Uni-
versity Press

Catastrophe & Culture The Anthropology of
Disaster, Edited by Anthony Oliver-Smith
(Vnrl-r. .p .1. .1, and Susanna M. Hoffman.
School of American Research Press.

At a time of increasing globalization and
worldwide vulnerability, the study of disasters
has become an important focus for anthropo-
logical research.
Using a variety Catastrophe & Culture
of natural and
Mexican earth-
quakes, drought
in the Andes
and in Africa,
the nuclear
meltdown at ...... ....
Chernobyl, the
Exxon Valdez
oil spill, the
Oakland firestorm, and the Bhopal gas disas-
ter-the authors of this volume explore the
potentials of disaster for ecological, politi-
cal-economic, and cultural approaches to
n, rl-. .p..1.._, along with the perspectives of
archaeology and history.

Sex, Men, and Babies
In his most recent book, Sex, Men, and
Babies, William Marsiglio delves into the
psyche of the young American male. The
book records the sexual awareness of men
between the ages of 16 and 30, in order to
present a conceptual analysis of the social
and psychological experiences of young males
learning about their reproductive ability.
"The thrust of the book is designed to
encourage males to become more mindful
and to develop the ability to think in more
nuanced ways about the meaning of procre-
ation," Marsiglio says. The book builds on
his former work, Procreative Man. Marsiglio
and his colleague Sally Hutchinson, a recent
retiree from UF's nursing program, recruited
their participants from various public offices,
clinics, fliers, and by word of mouth. Individ-
uals were asked to describe their experiences
regarding procreation: abortion, miscarriage,
pregnancy scares, pregnancy and births. Much
of the focus of Marsiglio's research was to
determine a man's "fatherhood readiness." He
describes this as "men's readiness to not only

Plato' Reception ofParmenides, John A. Palm-
er (Philosophy). Oxford University Press.

John Palmer presents a new and original
account of Plato's uses and understanding of
his most impor-
tant Presocratic
predecessor, Par-
menides. Adopt-
ing an innova-
tive approach to
the appraisal of
intellectual influ-
ence, Palmer
first explores
the Eleatic
of central ele-
ments in Plato's
middle-period epistemology and metaphys-
ics. By tracing connections among the uses
of Parmenides over the course of several
dialogues, Palmer both demonstrates his fun-
damental importance to the development of
Plato's thought and furthers understanding of
central problems in Plato's own philosophy.
-Book jacket

procreate but to
be a father to the
hope for both
male and female
readers is that
they would com-
municate with

their partners
and become
more mindful of what it means to be able to
create human life and to embrace not only
the magic of it, but also the responsibility.
Marsiglio earned his PhD from Ohio
State University and has taught at UF for
15 years. He has been a consultant to three
major national surveys in the US and Canada
focusing on men and sexuality/fatherhood
issues. His next book, Stepdads: Stories of
Love, Hope, and Repair, will be released by fall
-Elise Jacobus

Hearts of Darkness, Bertram Wyatt-Brown
(History). Louisiana State University Press.

In this beautifully realized study, Bertram
Wyatt-Brown explores the defining role of
melancholy in southern literature from the
early nineteenth century to the early twen-
tieth, when it evolved into modernist alien-
ation. Deeply
marked by high
death rates,
social dread, and

bitter defeat,
white southern
ers imposed
a climate of


parochial pride,
stifling conven-
tions of mas-
culinity, social
and mistrust of intellectualism. Many writ-
ers experienced a conscious or unconscious
alienation from the prevailing social currents,
and they expressed emotional turmoil in and
through their writing.
-Book jacket

-Book jacket

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Zoology Duo is a

Spending a summer scuba diving in the French Polynesian islands
sounds like a vacation to most people. For husband and wife zool-
ogy research duo Craig Osenberg and Colette St. Mary, it is a way of
unraveling the perplexities of fish populations.

Winning Team

The couple, along with
Assistant Zoology Pro-
fessor Ben Bolker, has
received a $697,000 grant
from the National Sci-
ence Foundation to study
density dependence in
reef fish. They will spend
the next four summers
on the island of Mo'orea,
near Tahiti, researching
how a marine fish's choice
of where to settle on a
reef affects its ability to
"Marine ecologists
have typically thought
that fish larvae are spread
throughout the ocean
entirely at the will of the
currents," says Osenberg,
a professor of zoology.
"Fish larvae exhibit much
more complex behav-
iors than we originally
"This grant is about
trying to find out what
happens to early settlers
on reefs and how this, in
turn, affects fish popula-
tions," says St. Mary, an
associate zoology profes-
sor. "Marine fish release
fertilized eggs into the
water column and those
larvae settle onto reefs
and become juvenile fish.

We're studying where
they settle on the reef and
how larval and habitat
quality affects the overall
fish population."
At the Gump
Marine Laboratory,
Osenberg and St. Mary
will study the six-barred
wrasse using a series of
tagging studies and field
experiments. This project
builds on their previous

Grants through the Division
of Sponsored Research

January-March 2003
Total: $9,250,860

CLASnotes April / May 2003

research in the Florida
Keys, where they studied
marine ornamentals,
fishes and invertebrates
captured and sold for use
in the aquarium trade. In
the long term, they hope
to find better ways of
restoring degraded coral
reef systems, like those
found in the Florida Keys
and the Indo-Pacific.
Their work could also
lead to better manage-
ment of marine fisheries.
Osenberg and St.
Mary met at the Uni-
versity of California at

Santa Barbara, where St.
Mary was completing her
PhD and Osenberg, hav-
ing already received his
doctorate from Michigan
State University, was
doing post-doctoral work.
The couple came to UF
in 1995. They have two
sons, ages 3 and 7, and
plan to take them to
Mo'orea this summer.
"Aside from the abil-
ity to have our family
with us, which is nice,
the good thing about
working together on this
project is that Craig and

I have quite different
areas of expertise," says St.
Mary. "He's a population
and community ecologist,
and I am a behavioral
ecologist, so we bring
very different things to
The grant also
will fund two gradu-
ate students and two
undergraduates each year,
some of whom will have
the chance to conduct
research in Mo'orea.
-Buffy Lockette

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

page 11

Zoology Professor is

UF Teacher/Scholar of the Year

UF Zoology Professor Karen Bjorndal has been
named the 2003 Teacher/Scholar of the Year, the high-
est honor bestowed upon a faculty member by the
University of Florida. The award is given annually to a
faculty member who demonstrates excellence in both
teaching and scholarly activity.
"A superb group of faculty members was nomi-
nated, so the selection committee had an extremely
difficult task," says Colin Sumners, a physiology pro-
fessor in the College of Medicine. Sumners served on
the Faculty Academic Advisory Committee that select-
ed Bjorndal from a group of candidates comprised of
one nominee from each college on campus. "What sets
Karen Bjorndal apart is her outstanding performance
in all aspects of her job-teaching, research, mentoring
of graduate students and directorship of the Center for
Sea Turtle Research," he says.
Bjorndal, who received a PhD from UF in 1979,
joined the faculty in 1987. As director of the Archie
Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research, she conducts a
wide range of studies on the ecology, physiology and
behavior of sea turtles. She has written more than 100
scientific publications and edited several books on a vari-
ety of topics, from sea turtle biology and conservation
to digestive processing in herbivorous reptiles. Bjorndal
teaches an undergraduate course for non-science majors
called Ecology, Evolution and Behavior. She also teaches
graduate-level courses and seminars on nutritional ecol-

ogy and sea turtle biology.
Bjorndal is the second woman to
be named Teacher/Scholar of the Year
since its inception in 1959. Mary Budd
Rowe, a science education professor,
became the first woman to receive the
award in 1980. Bjorndal stands among
an impressive number of zoologists to

receive the award-four have been rec-
ognized in the past 10 years alone.
UF President Charles Young will
honor Bjorndal formally by presenting
her with the Presidential Medallion at
the university's August commencement
ceremony. The honor includes a $3,000

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