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Table of Contents
        Page 1
    The Dean's musings
        Page 2
    New chair
        Page 3
    UFRF professors
        Page 4
        Page 5
        Page 6
        Page 7
    Around the college
        Page 8
        Page 9
        Page 10
        Page 11
    UF teacher of the year
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The University of Florida
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences



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In this Issue:

Brian Ward
New History Chair........................... 3

UFRF Professors ............................ 4

McCarthy Receives
Distinguished Alumni
Professorship .................................... 5

Cuba Quest:
A Roadmap to Eliminating
W est Nile in Florida ......................... 6

G rants................................ ............ 7

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

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

UF Teacher of the Year.................12

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
News and Publications
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CLASnotes is published bimonthly by the Col-
lege of Liberal Arts and Sciences to inform fac-
ulty, staff and students of current research and

Contributing Editor:
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Contributing Writers:
Copy Editor:

Neil Sullivan
Allyson A. Beutke
Buffy Lockette
Jane Dominguez
Brenda Lee
Dede Bergen
Heather Grieg
Lynne Pulliam

The Dean's


Civic Engagement:
Being a Responsible Academic
In a world tightly focused on goals and the bottom line,
one of the most admired aspects of American society, and
a highlight of academics, is becoming an endangered spe-
cies-the role of citizens in active participation in planning
their own futures. The tradition of town hall meetings
where concerned citizens from all ranks would gather to
express their ideas and plan for a better future is almost in
the remote past. As a college that brings together people
of many diverse interests, career goals, and life experiences,
we can and should model for our students how concerned
individuals with differing agendas can work together to
imagine and shape the next decade and the next century.
Our main task as a college is to teach our students the
basics and give them a strong foundation for their research
and professional careers. But if we focus too narrowly on
preparing students for their careers, we will miss an oppor-
tunity to engage them in their broader responsibility as citi-
zens, to encourage them to examine with open minds the
many different possible pathways to the future. We need
citizens who are interested in the community beyond their
own area of expertise, who can learn from people different
from themselves, and who can communicate their ideas
and passions to others. As part of our efforts to prepare
our students for the world beyond college, we need to help
them learn good interpersonal communication skills, and
the willingness to work with our fellow citizens to discuss
our problems, share concerns and plan for the next genera-
tion and beyond.
Planning for tomorrow only, difficult as it is, is too
shortsighted. As citizens, we have a responsibility to help
shape our society's long-term future, and our obligation
becomes even more acute in this time of fast-changing
technology, globalization and increased opportunities.

Neil Sullivan
sullivan@phys. ufl. edu

Additional Photography:
Amy Floyd: cover
Herb Press: p. 5 & 11 (McCarthy)
James Maruniak: p. 6
Jane Gibson: p. 7
Courtesy Betty J. Stewart-Dowdell:
p. 11 (Stewart-Dowdell)

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recycled paper

On the Cover:
During the Summer A, B and C semester sessions, roughly 23,000 students are enrolled in
classes at UF Of that total, CLAS students form about one quarter of the enrollment for each
session. In the fall, UF expects its largest enrollment ever-50,000 students.

CLASnotes June / July 2003

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Brian Ward

New History Chair

I wonder if there has ever been an incoming chair of any

department who did not feel he or she was taking over at a
"moment of transition" in the history of their department, col-

lege, or university. Since in this context "transition" is often a
euphemism for "crisis," I feel fortunate in taking over as chair
of the Department of History at a moment when it denotes
"opportunity." I am confident that over the next few years, the

department will be able to consolidate its existing strengths and
extend its repertoire of research and teaching into exciting new

Much of my optimism, even in
these times of budgetary stringency,
comes from three main factors. The first
is the overall quality of the faculty, which
boasts an impressive range of award-
winning teachers and scholars with
national and international reputations.
The other two factors reflect the history
department's natural alignment with the
international and interdisciplinary priori-
ties of the university's strategic plan. The
department has an intrinsically interna-
tional character in terms of both faculty
research interests (well over half the
faculty specialize in non-US history) and
courses taught (at the time of the last
SACS report, the catalog listed 103 his-
tory courses with a non-US focus). We
will be working hard in the years ahead
to increase the access of students and fac-
ulty alike to international influences and
experiences. The final cause for optimism
is the unique place history occupies in
relation to other academic disciplines in
CLAS and beyond. It is hard to imagine
a department or center in the entire
university with which we do not share
certain intellectual or pedagogic interests.
Again, we will be proactive in developing
these sorts of interdisciplinary exchanges

and collaborations.
In some respects, these are not new
departures. Rather, they simply high-
light thematic concerns and research
questions that already connect our
faculty's research across time and space,
not only with each other, but also with
faculty outside the department. Our
outstanding history of science program
has always been interdisciplinary and
transnational in outlook, as are many
of the department's individual faculty
members. Our longstanding cooperation
with the Centers for African Studies,
African American Studies, Asian Studies,
Jewish Studies, Latin American Stud-
ies, and Women Studies and Gender
Research-where historians have often
played key leadership roles-exemplify
how the department interacts with a
variety of constituencies within CLAS.
We will want to develop and expand
these links, offering support and, where
appropriate, leadership in the new Euro-
pean studies center initiative and the
humanities center. At the same time as
we forge these kinds of bureaucratic and
intellectual bonds beyond the depart-
ment, we will continue to champion the
many virtues of specialization, whereby
faculty and students explore in depth

the histories of particular parts of the world, peoples,
and time periods, from ancient to modern.
In terms of teaching, the department already has
an enviable reputation for the quality of its under-
graduate provision. It will remain committed to excel-
lence in that area, where, in addition to serving its
own students, it offers vital tracking courses for other
departments and schools. At the graduate level, there
are unmistakable signs of a growing strength. In the
fall of 2003, more than twice as many students will
join the PhD program as did in 2002. The increase in
MA students is even more dramatic, with over three
times more students coming to UF this year than last.
Perhaps more encouraging still, the general caliber of
the graduate intake, as measured by GRE scores, is
higher than ever before. I have no doubt that there is a
close correlation between a first-rate graduate program
in history and a first-rate, research-oriented history
department: they feed off each other, cause and effect.
Thus, we will be seeking the resources necessary to
continue to grow and service our graduate program
In sum, the Department of History is well placed
to meet the challenges and grasp the opportunities of
this particular "moment of transition." Indeed, if I may
end on a note of bullish pride, the department has the
potential to become precisely the kind of dynamic top-
rated research department that CLAS and the univer-
sity covets.
-Brian Ward

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page 3



The University of Florida Research Foundation (UFRF) recently
recognized its annual class of UF Research Foundation Profes-
sors. The three-year professorships were created by the UFRF
to recognize faculty who have established a distinguished
record of research and scholarship that is expected to lead to
continuing distinction in their field. This year, six CLAS profes-
sors received the awards, which include a $5,000 annual salary
supplement and a one-time $3,000 research grant.

Marc Branch, a profes-
sor of psychology, has
taught at UF since 1973.
His area of specialization
is behavioral pharma-
cology and behavioral
psychology. The focus
of his current research
is the identification and
characterization of behav-
ioral effects of long-term
repeated exposure to psycho-active drugs. He is espe-
cially interested in how the circumstances under which
behavior develops can alter the way drugs influence
that behavior. Branch has received a five-year senior
scientist grant from the National Institute on Drug
Abuse to support his research.
He teaches Principles of Behavior Analysis, Labo-
ratory in Behavior Analysis, Behavioral Pharmacology
and specialty seminars.

Lauren Chapman is
a professor of zoology
whose research combines
ecological and physiologi-
cal approaches to under-
standing the evolution
of freshwater fishes and
applies these approaches
to current conservation
issues in tropical fresh
waters. Her current work
emphasizes links between the physico-chemical envi-
ronment and patterns of variation among populations.
In the field of aquatic conservation, Chapman has
focused on patterns of biodiversity loss and recovery
in the Lake Victoria basin of East Africa and manage-
ment options that reconcile fishery sustainability with
biodiversity conservation. She has received grants from
the National Science Foundation (NSF), Wildlife
Conservation Society, National Geographic and the
Ford Foundation.
Chapman, who has been at UF since 1993, teach-
es General Ecology, Vertebrate Zoology and the Eco-
logical Basis of Tropical Conservation. In 2000-2001,
she received the David L. Williams Term Professorship.

Yunmei Chen is a profes-
sor of mathematics who
specializes in partial dif-
ferential equations (pde).
Her current research
focuses on developing
theories and methods of
nonlinear partial differen-
tial equations arising from
the problems related to
i ..- image analysis. She also is
developing mathematical models and efficient numeri-
cal algorithms for image analysis with applications in
biomedical images. She is working on several projects
with UF's Brain Institute, the cardiology department at
Shands Hospital, and the computer and information
science and engineering department.
Chen, who has been at UF since 1991, teaches
courses at all levels, including calculus, differential
equations and special topic courses on pde-based image
analysis. In 2001-2002, she received the Gibson Term

William Dolbier is a
professor of chemistry
and specializes in physi-
cal organic and synthetic
organofluorine chemistry.
His current research inter-
ests relate to studies of the
reactivity of compounds
containing fluorine, in
particular free radical,
carbene and pericyclic
reactions of organofluorine compounds. Much of his
research has been devoted to the development of new
synthetic building-block strategies in organofluorine
chemistry, including difluorocarbene, nucleophilic tri-
fluoromethylation and SF5 chemistry. He has received
funding from the NSE the National Institute of
Health, the US Air Force and various companies.
Dolbier has been at UF since 1966 and teaches
undergraduate introductory organic chemistry and
graduate-level mechanistic organic chemistry. In 2000,
he received the American Chemical Society Award for
Creative Work in Fluorine Chemistry.

CLASnotes June / July 2003

page 4

David Reitze, a profes-
sor of physics, came to
UF in 1993. His area of
specialization is laser-mat-
ter interactions, including
the development of lasers
and their use in gravita-
tional wave astrophysics,
femtosecond spectroscopy
of quantum systems and
high-resolution imaging of
biological systems. Reitze is the project manager for the
design, assembly and installation of the Laser Interfer-
ometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO).
He teaches an electromagnetism class for physics
majors, as well as introductory physics, an advanced
physics lab and a graduate course in optical properties
of materials. During the 2000-2001 academic year,
Reitze was a visiting professor at the California Institute
of Technology and the Laboratoire d'Optique Appli-
qu&e in Palaiseau, France.

n Maureen Turim is a
t professor of English who
specializes in film history
and theory. Her research
has focused on bringing
together philosophical
and psychoanalytic inves-
tigations of desire with a
Snew approach to feminist
concerns. She is the author
of the book, The Films
of Oshima Nagisa: Images
of a Japanese Iconoclast, which explores the politics of
desire in Japanese films as well as the representations of
women in Japanese society.
Turim's upcoming fourth book, Desire andIts
Ends: The Driving Force of Cinema in Relation to Lit-
erature andArt, looks at the different ways desire struc-
tures narratives and images in various cultural tradi-
tions. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses,
including Movies as Narrative Art, Language of Film
and Films of Godard.

McCarthy Receives

Distinguished Alumni

In the midst of the Vietnam War, Kevin McCarthy chose to serve his
country and enter the Peace Corps. His mission-to teach English to
Turkish children and adults. During the first year, two other English
speakers accompanied him, but by the second year, McCarthy was
the only American among 40,000 Turks. The experience sparked a
desire within him to teach. Now, forty years later, the English profes-
sor and author has become UF's 13th Distinguished Alumni Professor.

"I hope I can go out more to
talk about the history of the school,
where we are now, what kind of stu-
dents come to UF, what the quali-
ties of this university are," he says.
"It really makes me proud to see
how much UF has to offer."
Past recipients of this award
have been highly influential faculty
members who have positively influ-
enced students for at least 10 years
and have also worked to benefit the
university and made contributions
on local, statewide and national lev-
Current faculty, alumni and
community representatives were
on the selection committee, and
candidates were solicited by college
deans and alumni through the UF
Today magazine, Florida tabloid and
GatorNews electronic newsletter.
Beginning in July, McCarthy
will succeed Laurence Alexander,
a professor of journalism, and will
take on the two-year responsibility
of recruiting National Merit Schol-
ars and participating in different
alumni programs, including the
Outreach Program, Back to College
Weekend and the Distinguished
Alumni Professor lecture series.
"The award of Distinguished
Alumni Professor is a really exciting
way to finish my career because it's
a recognition by the alumni and the
university that what I do is worth-
while," McCarthy says.
In 1963, McCarthy received
his bachelor's degree in English from
LaSalle College and entered the

Peace Corps after graduation. After
returning from Turkey, he earned his
master's degree in 1966 in American
literature and a PhD in 1970 in lin-
guistics at the University of North
Carolina. In 1971-1972, McCarthy
taught as a Fulbright Professor in
Lebanon, and in 1982-1984 as a
Fulbright Professor in Saudi Arabia.
He also spent a summer studying
Arabic in Cairo, Egypt.
McCarthy has authored and
co-authored 29 books, including
Native Americans in Florida, Florida
Lighthouses and Guide to the Univer-
sity of Florida and Gainesville. Pres-
ently, he is working on five books,
including the history of women
at UF, sites on the St. Johns River,
Miami and the Everglades from an
airplane, aviation in the state, and
fish tales of Florida.
Father of four and husband to
Classics Professor Karelisa Hartigan,
who is also a Distinguished Alumni
Professor (1987-89), McCarthy
vacations each summer on cruise
ships. On board, he tells the passen-
gers about the history, culture and
art of their destination spots, which
are usually European countries. He
and his wife also sport Gator shirts
and tell others about UE
"We invariably meet Gators
from the college, from the univer-
sity, and they're often surprised to
see people from UF spreading the
word about the university."
-Brenda Lee

CLASnotes June / July 2003

page 5

Cuba Quest

A Roadmap to Eliminating West Nile in Florida

With summer here and mosquitoes swarming, people across
America are bracing themselves once again for the spread of
West Nile encephalitis. Some CLAS students have picked up
tips on dealing with the disease in an unlikely place-Cuba.

The Society of Viral Studies, made
up largely of CLAS undergraduates,
spent spring break in Havana research-
ing how Cubans were able to eradicate
the mosquito-transmitted disease den-
gue fever in the island nation. The goal
of the trip was to identify prevention
techniques used by Cubans to reduce
the infection of dengue, in hope of
learning ways to prevent the spread of
the similar virus, West Nile, in the US.
"Cuba's resources are amazing," says
David Fleischman, a junior majoring in
microbiology and history and the presi-
dent of the Society for Viral Studies.
"They have turned the entire country
into a workforce for preventing dengue
transmission within the community."
With Institutional Review Board
approval and an academic research
license that allowed them to enter the
country, the group of young scien-
tists surveyed citizens on the streets of
Havana. They learned that Cubans were

able to eradicate dengue fever in March
2002 through a very aggressive public
health education program.
"Cuba has a strong public educa-
tion system," says Helena Chapman,
a senior majoring in biology and the
principal investigator on the project.
"Television programs teach community
members about health risks in epidemics
or other health concerns, such as dengue
fever. In addition, the community doc-
tor performs house calls to educate the
family members on personal hygiene."
The students conducted 63 inter-
views with Cuban adults, asking a series
of 26 questions-in Spanish-on how
familiar they were with dengue fever
and what measures they were taking to
prevent themselves from contracting
the disease. "If we went to the beach or
walked to the market, we interviewed
people we met along the way," says
The group found that Cubans do

not spray themselves with bug repellent or cover them-
selves in clothing to prevent mosquito bites. They do
not even have screens covering open windows. Instead,
they stop the spread of the disease by practicing good
hygiene and cleanliness, which prevents mosquito
breeding grounds from developing in communities.
Through a neighborhood watch program, citizens
work to eliminate garbage, tires and standing pools of
water in villages. School children are trained and orga-
nized to look for mosquito nesting areas around their
homes on weekends. Campaign inspectors enforce
hygienically safe housing through weekly visits and
potential fines.
James Maruniak, a ir. 1..;, professor in the Col-
lege of Medicine and advisor to the group, initiated
contact with scientists from the Cuban government,
who gave the students information on how public
health officials have educated Cuban citizens on the
health threat of dengue. The students learned that
Cubans are taught how to identify mosquito larvae,
spray for infestations and protect themselves from
bites. During epidemics, doctors go door-to-door to
educate their patients about the symptoms of dengue
fever and how to prevent the transmission of disease to
family members.
The students say they were impressed by how
well informed the Cuban citizens were on dengue. "I
believe if we interviewed the same number of people
here, they wouldn't know anything about West Nile,"
says Fleischman. "There, everyone knows what dengue
fever is, how it is spread, what the symptoms are and
how to prevent it."
When they were not surveying citizens, the stu-
dents say they took time to enjoy the rare opportunity
to explore Cuba. Since the US trade embargo of 1961,
Americans have not been allowed to travel freely to
the country without special permission from the US
government. They stayed in the heart of Havana at
the Hotel Lido and familiarized themselves with the
Cuban lifestyle. "Cuba is rich in heritage and culture as
can be seen in community activities around Havana,"
says Heather Chapman, a sophomore majoring in Ger-
man. "I enjoyed this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to
discover Cuba."
-Buffy Lockette

Pictured in front of a Havana police station are, from
left to right, Helena Chapman, Lindsey Dunn, Anna
Maria Copeland, Ali Kandil, Heather Chapman,
Greg Simon, L.J. O'Donnell, David Fleischman, Aissa
Doumbouya, Tommie Albright and Shaun Opie.

CLASnotes June / July 2003

page b

Demographics of Homicide
Black or white, male or female, rich or poor. How do these factors affect a person's
likelihood of committing a violent crime? Karen Parker, an associate professor of
cri nin. ...l and sociology, is researching the answer. She has received a $32,000
grant from the National Institute of Justice to research how change in urban areas
impacts homicides committed by different race and gender groups.
Parker started teaching at UF in 1996 and has researched homicide-related top-
ics since she was in graduate school at North Carolina State University. Her current
research project examines what affect economic status has on black males, black
females, white males and white females who have committed homicide in urban
cities. The project is unique for Parker because it is the first time she has combined
race and gender characteristics in her research. "I haven't pulled it all together until
this particular study," she says. "Funding for this project allowed me to combine my
different research interests in race, gender and economic conditions into one study
of urban violence."
According to the data Parker has compiled, black males have the highest
involvement in homicides, followed by white males, black females and lastly white
females. "Most research of violence focuses on males," Parker says. "One of the
things I wanted to do was include females. They don't engage in a large number of
homicide offenses, but we shouldn't ignore the occurrences.
Mari DeWees, a sociology PhD student, also worked on the project. She and
Parker gathered race and gender-specific data on characteristics of urban areas, police
presence and homicides for 1980 and 1990. The National Institute of Justice has
published Parker's final report titled "Gender, Economic Transformation and Urban
Homicide." Visit www.ncjrs.org for more information.
-Heather Grieg


through the
Division of Sponsored Research

April-May 2003
Total: $10,813,341
Percentage by department

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

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Karen Parker

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the College

Affiliation Announced
Between UF Speech and
Hearing Clinic and Scottish
Rite Foundation of Florida
A reception was held recently at the University
of Florida to officially recognize the affiliation
between the UF Speech and Hearing Clinic
(UFSHC) and the Scottish Rite Foundation of
Florida. The foundation will provide funding
to help cover the cost of providing speech and
language therapy services to children and youth
ages 3 to 21. US Congressman Mike Bilira-
kis, Robert Goldsmith-the Sovereign Grand
Inspector General of Florida-and more than 45
Masons and their wives representing the Scot-
tish Rite Foundation attended the ceremony,
where a check for $20,000 was presented along
with a bronze plaque designating the Childhood
Language Disorders Clinic. In the photo above,
Communication Sciences and Disorders Depart-
ment Chair Sam Brown and UFSHC Director
Betsy Vinson accept the check from Robert
The new affiliation marks the first time the
Scottish Rite Foundation of Florida has desig-
nated a clinic on a university campus. It is the
12th clinic in Florida.

Women's Studies Art Exhibit
Through her mixed media art, Barbara Matusik
explores her passion for the environment, animals
and nature. Matusik's show, presented by the Cen-
ter for Women's Studies and Gender Research,
will be on display until August 9 in 3324 Turl-
ington Hall. The exhibit is free and open to the

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-Y --- --

Maiden Voyage of the R/V Elliot
On April 26, CLAS christened the Land Use and Environmental Change Insti-
tute's (LUECI) newest research vessel, the R/VElliot, thanks to a generous gift
from a UF alumnus. The traditional christening ceremony took place on Lake
Wauburg as LUECI welcomed the new Kullenberg coring rig purchased and
renovated with a donation from geology graduate Gary Myers.
The donation is the first of its type for LUECI since its inception in 2000.
The vessel will allow LUECI researchers to obtain longer core samples from deep
lakes in order to research past climatic and environmental changes. It will be
accessible to graduate students and faculty across many disciplines needing such
samples for their research.
"Our attitude at the institute is to facilitate research for graduate students
and faculty, not only from the department or college, but across the college and
university," says LUECI Director Mark Brenner. "The vessel will further enhance
interdisciplinary research in geology, geography, inrli.. p. .1..; ,and other fields."
A 1974 geology graduate, Myers learned of LUECI and its concept in 2001
when the institute was new and had little history. "The more I learned about
LUECI, the more I realized what a novel and unique program it is," Myers said.
"Having a coring rig that can operate in deeper water will allow the institute to
reach its full potential and get all the pieces of the puzzle in place."
Myers requested the coring rig be named after his son Elliot, who celebrated
his 11th birthday the same day as the christening.

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CLASnotes June / July 2003

African and Asian
Languages and Literatures
Joseph Murphy recently gave lectures at
the University of Michigan and Ohio State
University. The first, "The Physics ofTerada
Torahiko and a Non-Reductive Creativity,"
was presented at the University of Michigan
Center for Japanese Studies, and the second,
"Manga as an Extension of the Senses," was
delivered this spring as part of an ongoing
symposium on manga and robotics orga-
nized by the Ohio State Cartoon Research

Irma McClaurin was a panelist for a televi-
sion program produced by Nashville Public
Television. The series, Race-The Power of
an Illusion, aired in May, and McClaurin
joined four other panelists to discuss the
idea of race through the distinct lenses of
science, history and social institutions. Visit
www.wnpt.net/race for more information.

The research of Elizabeth Lada and Rich-
ard Elston was highlighted in a New York
Times article on May 27. The pair has
uncovered seven planet-forming disks in
clusters of young stars, doubling the number
of such disks discovered and expanding the
territory that might yield new planets. They
presented their research at an American
Astronomical Society meeting in Nashville
in May.

Alex Piquero gave a presentation about
careers in coinin..1.._-, to the British Home
Office, which is equivalent to the US
Department of Justice, in July.

Krishnaswami Alladi was featured in an
article in the Times of India on May 23 for
his discovery of a new play about Indian
mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan. While
attending an American Mathematical
Society conference in San Francisco, Alladi
heard about the play "Partition" running at
the Bay area's Aurora Theatre. Alladi, who
edits the periodical The Ramanujan Journal,
attended the play with George Andrews, a
mathematics professor at The Pennsylvania
State University and the world's foremost
expert on the work of Ramanujan. In
addition to being featured in the entertain-
ment section of the Times of India, Alladi
published an opinion column about the
experience in India's national newspaper,
The Hindu.

PhD student Ju-Hyun Park has been
admitted to the Boulder Summer School
for 2003 on the Frontiers of Magnetism.
The Boulder School in Condensed Matter
and Materials Physics was established to
provide education for advanced graduate
students and postdoctoral fellows working
in condensed matter physics, materials sci-
ence and related fields. The school, which is
supported by the National Science Founda-
tion, the University of Colorado and the
National Institute of Standards and Technol-
ogy, meets annually during July in Boulder,

ate students in the mathematical, physical,
biological, engineering, and behavioral and
social sciences, and to research-based PhD
degrees in science education. Hughes will
attend graduate school at the University of
California, Santa Barbara.

Romance Languages and Literatures
The members of the Instituto Internacional
de Literature Iberoamericana have elected
Alvaro Bolaiios as a member of the edito-
rial board of Revista Iberoamericana, the
organization's official journal.
Bolanios also presented a paper titled
"El intellectual de Occidente y las comuni-
dades indigenas en el pals del Plan Colom-
bia," at the Latin American Studies Associ-
ation's international conference in Dallas in

Bernadette Cailler presented the paper
"Relire (Juin 2003): 'Ma bouche sera la
bouche ...', ou qui dit 'je' chez C6saire?"
at an international conference organized
in honor of Martinican creative writer and
politician Aimd C6saire in Martinique in
late June.

Women's Studies
Angel Kwolek-Folland was featured in a
documentary about America's first woman
industrialist Rebecca Lukens. The film,
Rebecca Lukens: Woman of ron, aired in late
March on WHYY, Philadelphia's public tele-
vision station.

Taylor Hughes, who earned his bachelor's
degree in physics in May, has received
a National Science Foundation Gradu-
ate Fellowship. These fellowships provide
three years of support for advanced study
to approximately 900 outstanding gradu-

Chemistry Professor Receives CAREER Award
Assistant Chemistry Professor Valeria Kleiman has received a $500,000 CAREER
grant from the National Science Foundation. The award is based on her research pro-
posal "Ultrafast Studies of Exciton Transport in Conjugated Polymers," and her project
is designed to seek an understanding of the basic principles governing the interaction
between light and materials and to find materials that can gather and transport energy
"The CAREER award is a fantastic opportunity given to junior scientists to devel-
op our areas of research and education," Kleiman says. "It has a strong educational
component, which in my case will be achieved through an intensive effort to include
young women in chemistry and science, where they are vastly underrepresented."

Chemistry Professor Valeria Kleiman (left) and graduate student
Evrim Atas assemble instruments for their laser research.

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Boo bThe Politics of Youth, Sex, and Health
Bookbt Care in American Schools
James Button (Political Science) and Barbara Rienzo (Health Education)
Recent publications Haworth Hospitality Press

James Button

The Many Costs
Joe Feagin
(Sociology) and
Karyn McKin-
Rowman &

What is it like
to be a black
person in America today? The voices of
middle class African Americans heard in
this book will surprise many citizens who
thought the era of racial discrimination was
past. The Many Costs ofRacism is a vivid and
startling account of the mental and physical
health effects of racism. Drawing on well-
documented studies, it vividly portrays the
damage done to individuals, families and
communities by stress from workplace dis-
crimination. It shows the strong connection
between discrimination and health problems,
describing these as "costs" above and beyond
the economic trials of discrimination. The
book is an ideal text, accessible to students in
sociology, law, psychology and medicine.


Trom LL/-A TacuIty

Screen Saviors:
Fictions of
Andrew M.
Gordon (Eng-
lish) and Hernain
Vera (Sociology)
Rowman &

This collaboration by a sociologist and a film
critic offers a bold and sweeping critique of
almost a century's worth of American film,
from Birth ofa Nation (1915) through Black
Hawk Down (2001). Screen Saviors argues
that films are part of broader projects that
lead us to ignore or deny the nature of the
racial divide in which Americans live. Even
as the images of racial and ethnic minorities
change, Hollywood keeps portraying the
ideal white American self as good-looking,
powerful, brave, cordial, kind, firm and gen-
erous: a natural-born leader worthy of the
loyalty of those of another color.

Forty-one million Americans do not have
health insurance, and many of these Americans
are children. This is just one startling statistic
that James Button, a political science professor,
and Barbara Rienzo, a UF health education
professor, uncovered while researching and
writing their book The Politics of Youth, Sex,
and Health Care in American Schools.
The book focuses on a project the duo
started in the early 1990s, when they began
a national study of 350 schools with school-
based health clinics (SBHCs). The project
included in-depth case studies at five schools
across the US. "We found that SBHCs are
very controversial, especially among more con-
servative religious organizations, since many
offer forms of reproductive health care, includ-
ing birth control," says Button.
The clinics can operate at a relatively
low cost to the government because they are
housed within the school and often function
with the help of volunteers. "SBHCs can offer
students basic primary health care, mental

A Companion
to Gottfried Von
Edited by Will
Hasty (German
and Slavic)
Camden House

The legend of
Tristan and
Isolde-the archetypal narrative about the
turbulent effects of all-consuming, passion-
ate love-achieved its most complete and
profound rendering in the German poet Gott-
fried von Strassburg's verse romance "Tristan"
(ca. 1200-1210). Over the centuries von
Strassburg's "Tristan" has lost none of its ability
to attract with the beauty of its poetry and to
challenge-if not provoke-with its sympa-
thetic depiction of adulterous love. The essays,
written by a dozen leading von Strassburg
specialists in Europe and North America, pro-
vide definitive treatments of significant aspects
of this most important and challenging high
medieval version of the Tristan legend.

CLASnotes June / July 2003

health care, dental
care, physical,
and pregnancy
and STD test-
ing," says Button.
"If children are
healthy, they perform better in school." Some
SBHCs have expanded their hours and ser-
vices to provide health care to parents in the
community as well.
The clinics have been slow to increase in
number since most of their funding comes
from state, local and private sources. With
recent budget cuts, it has been difficult to
receive adequate funding for the clinics to
expand, although recently the federal govern-
ment has started to allocate funds for SBHCs.
Button's next project and possible book
examines affirmative action and black employ-
-Dede Bergen

. dMT1 M & W


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African Americans at the University of Florida
Betty J. Stewart-Dowdell (OASIS) and Kevin M. McCarthy (English)
Whitehall Printing Company

at theUniversity of FLORIDA

It was a sad but important day in UF's history-stu-
dents were arrested and gassed and three policemen
were injured when African American students took
over the president's office on April 15, 1971. This and
other incidents documenting the struggles and achieve-
ments of African Americans on campus are highlighted
in the new book African Americans at the University
ofFlorida by Betty J. Stewart-Dowdell and Kevin
McCarthy. The book provides details about the history
of African American groups on campus and African
Americans who were the first to participate in previ-
ously "white only" activities.
The pair wrote the book as part of UF's sesqui-
centennial celebration in 2003 and collaborated on the
project, delving into archives and interviews to uncover
African American history at UE
"I thought there should be a history of individual
groups," McCarthy says, referring to the book's rela-
tionship to the celebration. "It always surprised me
how little we have documented the history, for exam-
ple, of Native Americans and African Americans."
Living in Gainesville for most of her life and
teaching at UF since 1974, Stewart-Dowdell provided
photographs, videos, brochures and other bits of infor-
mation about the African American community since
the 1960s.
While organizing the information, Stewart-

etimoldgico de
los sufijos Espa-
David Pharies
(Spanish and
Editorial Gredos

Ido Oren challenges American political
science's definition of itself as an objective
science attached to democracy. The mate-
rial Oren unearthed in his research into the
discipline's ideological nature may discomfit
many: Woodrow Wilson's admiration of
Prussia's efficient bureaucracy; the favor-
able review of Mein Kampfpublished in
the American Political Science Review; the
involvement of political scientists in village
pacification and interrogation ofViet Cong
prisoners during the Vietnam War. Oren
urges academics to be more sensitive to the
moral ramifications of their work and to
reflect on issues fundamental to the identity
of political science.

The work pre-
sented here is
the culmination of more than 12 years of
continuous work in the field of Spanish suf-
fixation by the major specialist in this area,
Professor David Pharies. As a work of fun-
damental importance for the field of Spanish
linguistics, the dictionary is an alphabetical
compilation of a series of entries that explain
the origins of final derivational elements in
Spanish. Clarity and an abundance of exam-
ples are the principal characteristics of this
work. It completely supersedes the technical
literature on Spanish suffixation and brings
us to the level of similar important works
realized by English and French etymologists
and lexicographers.

Dowdell and McCarthy
met their toughest chal-
lenge when choosing
which photographs to put
in the book.
"I really believe the
pictures make the book so...
much more readable," says
McCarthy. Not wanting to create a factbook, Stewart-
Dowdell and McCarthy picked information that would
convey the perseverance needed to overcome racial
"We included the struggles, but also the achieve-
ments," Stewart-Dowdell says. "There were and there
are still great achievements being made by African
Stewart-Dowdell has been the adviser for the
Black Student Union for about 25 years. She also has
directed the Student Enrichment Services Program,
which helps undergraduate minority students adjust to
college life.
McCarthy, an English professor, has taught at UF
for 34 years. Writing mainly about Florida history, he
has published 29 books. He was recently named the
13th UF Distinguished Alumni Professor (see page 5).
-Brenda Lee

Gareth Schmel-
ing (Classics)


Translated by David Pharies


The popular-
ity of the study
of the ancient Volume I
(2000 2001)
novel, the
quality of the research, and the number of
courses taught in universities, encouraged an
international consortium of classics scholars
to establish the journal Ancient Narrative.
Because classics has been an international
subject (as strong in Britain and Germany,
e.g., as in the United States), four scholars
from four different countries were chosen as
editors: Maaike Zimmerman (University of
Groningen), Gareth Schmeling (University of
Florida), Heinz Hofmann (University of Tue-
bingen) and Stephen Harrison (University
of Oxford). This book covers classical topics,
including the ancient novel, ancient fiction
and narrative, early Jewish and Christian nar-
ratives and Medieval and Byzantine novels.
-Gareth Schmeling

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Betty J. Stewart-Dowdell

Kevin M. McCarthy

Our Enemies
and US:
Rivalries and
the Making of
Political Science
Ido Oren (Polit-
ical Science)
University Press

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UF Teacher of the Year

History Professor Robert
A. Hatch has received a
2002-2003 UF Teacher
of the Year award for
his outstanding achieve-
ment in teaching the
history of science. The
award is given annually
to two professors who
demonstrate excellence,
innovation and effec-
tiveness when teaching
undergraduates. Hatch,
who has been at the uni-
versity for 25 years, says
what he likes most about
teaching is challenging
his student's preconceived
"I enjoy sharing new
ideas and seeing students
go 'wow' when seeing
something familiar in a
new way," he says. "All
of us are so busy that we
don't have time to think
about things that are
fundamentally important.
In order to participate in
my classes, students must

be able to communicate
what they think and
believe. They need to
defend their assumptions
about how they think."
As an associate
professor, Hatch teaches
courses aimed at critical
and creative thinking
such as Origins to New-
ton, which covers the his-
tory of science from the
pyramids to the modern
age. He also teaches New-
ton, Darwin and Freud,
a study of the makers of
the modern mind, and
Science, Sex and Race,
which explores how sci-
ence has shaped our
assumptions about sex,
race and gender.
"Most of my courses
ask 'what is nature, what
is out there, what is
true,"' he says. "Some
people say that science is
an avenue to truth, and
this is what we try to get
at in my classes. All of my

courses deal with difficult
issues, but we try to make
it fun."
Hatch came to UF
in 1978 after earning all
three of his degrees from
the University of Wiscon-
sin at Madison-a BS in
history in 1970 and an
MA and PhD in the his-
tory of science in 1972
and 1978. He helped
establish the history of
science program in the
Department of History
at UF and later launched
History of Science in
Secondary Curriculum,
a program that brought
high school teachers to
campus for three-week
seminars in 1989-1992.
Hatch currently
chairs the History of
Science Committee on
Education and is a long-
standing member of the
editorial board for the
journal Science and Edu-
cation. His research deals

with the scientific revolu-
tion, from Copernicus to
Newton, and he is pres-
ently working on several
book-length projects deal-

ing with French polymath
Ismael Boulliau.
-Buffy Lockette

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