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    The Dean's musings
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    UFRF professors
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    Around the college
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In this Issue:

Meet Terry Mills
Associate Dean for
M minority Affairs .............................. 3

Astronomy's Star Runner.............. 4

UFRF Professors .............................. 5

Job Hunting for Two.................... 6

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

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

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

CLAS Honors Staff..........................12

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The Dean's


Making it Work:
The Challenges of Dual Hires
The hiring of new faculty and staff members is one of the
college's most important actions in strengthening academic
programs, increasing diversity and building bridges across
departments and colleges that are key to new interdisciplin-
ary endeavors. In order to be competitive among our peers
in attracting the best faculty and staff, it is no longer suf-
ficient to consider the individual alone. In an increasing
number of cases, candidates are making their choices based
on opportunities for their partners at the university or in the
surrounding area. The quality of life for a couple can weigh
as importantly as career opportunities at the institution. As
a competitor we need to be sensitive to the issue and willing
to be creative.
Dual hires thus raise a number of challenges. One nor-
mally seeks to fill a vacancy in a particular field where there
is a well-defined need. The partner, meanwhile, will in most
cases have expertise in a totally different area in a different
department, and even a different college, and many times
there will be no current openings. Fortunately at UF, there
is a strong spirit of cooperation between colleges and depart-
ments to try to meet these needs whenever possible, since
each unit faces the same challenges at one time or another.
Most significantly, the Office of the Provost has stepped
forward to help provide some resources for hiring faculty
partners in cases of high merit.
Funding and the willingness to make dual appoint-
ments does not constitute the final decision-department
reviews of credentials are followed rigorously to ensure the
academic integrity of the individual and that the partner is a
good fit for the department. Faculty members have the final
say, and proper university procedure must be followed if the
position was not previously advertised.
Despite these formidable challenges, we do succeed in
making a number of dual appointments, though they are
only a fraction of the total number of requests each year. As
we seek to appoint new faculty who will make a difference
to the university and the college, especially in leadership
positions, these requests will increase greatly. The best faculty
and staff have high expectations, and we need to rise to the
-Neil Sullivan
sullivan@phys. ufi.edu

On the Cover:
Married zoologists Greg Pryor and Tamatha Barbeau have struggled to find jobs
together in academia after earning their PhDs at UF

CLASnotes June / July 2004

page 2


Terry Mills

Associate Dean for

Minority Affairs

Associate Professor of Sociology Terry Mills
is the new CLAS associate dean for minor-
ity affairs and director of the Office for
Academic Support and Institutional Services
(OASIS). Mills has been at the University of
Florida since 1996, and most recently was the
Assistant Dean of the Graduate School with
responsibilities for the Office of Graduate
Minority Programs, and the Ronald E. McNair
Post-baccalaureate Scholars Program.
Mills' current research examines how
physical health, functional disability and
demographic and socioeconomic factors
influence the levels of depressive symptoms
among older adults. Also, he is involved in
research that examines intergenerational
relationships between grandchildren and
their grandparents.
He earned his PhD from the University of
Southern California in 1996, where he was a
National Institute on Aging Pre-doctoral Fel-
low at the Andrus Gerontology Center. Prior
to completion of his doctorate, Mills held
corporate positions in information technol-
ogy for more than 20 years. In 2002, he was
recognized as a CLAS Teacher of the Year.

As I embark on my new appointment
as the associate dean for minority affairs
and special programs in CLAS, I am
excited about the challenges facing me
and the university as we enter a period
of new beginnings. One of my chal-
lenges is following in the footsteps of
Harry Shaw who served in this capacity
for nearly three decades. In this regard,
I am faced with the task of integrat-
ing my own vision for the Office for
Academic Support and Institutional
Services (OASIS), while also maintain-
ing the momentum of existing academic
support programs, such as PAACT, Stu-
dent Enrichment Services and the UF
Upward Bound Program.
Part of my vision for the future of
OASIS is to create an academic pipeline
extending from high school through
post-baccalaureate education. Several
parts of this pipeline are already in
place. For example, the Upward Bound
Program helps prepare high school
students for post-secondary education.
The various other support programs
such as tutoring and peer counseling
that are administered through OASIS
are designed to assist students to
achieve academic success and earn their
bachelor's degree. I see a need to extend
these services in ways that will create a

climate that encourages and facilitates
pursuit of advanced degrees, especially
the PhD. One way to accomplish this
goal is to provide more research training
opportunities for undergraduates, such
as OASIS administered NSF Research
Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs).
Another approach would be to create
a hub of activity where students and
faculty can interact in intellectual, social
and cultural conversations that promote
the importance of scholarship.
During my nearly eight years at
UF, I have enjoyed working with many
students from virtually every corner of
our campus. However, I recognize that
minority students, faculty and staff at
major research universities have distinc-
tive needs, which must be addressed if
they are to achieve academic and profes-
sional success. Part of my challenge is
to continue to identify these needs and
develop appropriate programming and
support. I cannot move OASIS forward
without the help and support of my col-
leagues and members of the community,
and I look forward to hearing from each
of you and discussing ways that we can
achieve the strategic missions of OASIS,
CLAS and the university through col-
laboration and cooperation.
-Terry Mills
tlmills@ufl edu

CLASnotes June / July 2004

page 3


Star Runner
When astronomy PhD student Ashley Jeanne Espy was in the second grade,
her doctor diagnosed her with asthma and told her parents that running
could help her breathe better. This year, at age 26, Espy ran the 2004 Bos-
ton Marathon and is training for her next long-distance race. "I started
running when I was seven and haven't really stopped," she says. "Running
helps me clear my head, and I've actually thought about complex math and
physics problems while I'm running because I have the time to think."

The Summerville, Georgia native
was a member of her high school track
team and also competed for Georgia
Tech's cross country track team during
her undergraduate years. Back then,
Espy only ran four to six miles in races
and could not imagine why someone
would want to compete in a marathon.
"I used to think marathon runners were
psycho because 26 miles is so long and
hard to do. I couldn't even imagine run-
ning a half marathon."
But moving to Gainesville for
graduate school changed Espy's mind.
For the first time in her life she was
not a member of a track team, so she
decided to start training with the com-
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petitive division of the Florida Track
Club. In December 2003, Espy ran her
first marathon in Jacksonville in 3 hours
and 27 minutes. She competed in other
races in Florida, but soon set her sights
on the 2004 Boston Marathon, a race
with 20,000 runners. "I run twice each
day or about 100 miles every week on
the track, treadmill and around Gaines-
ville. This city is actually a running hub,
and Olympic runners have trained here
because of the mild weather during the
winter, and there are quite a few hills on
8th and 16th avenues," explains Espy,
who says she has run all but about five
days during the past ten years.
After several months of intense

Astronomy graduate student Ashley Espy trains for her next
marathon by running an average of 17 miles each day. She
recently competed in the Boston Marathon, placing 325 out
of 7,697 women.

training, Espy competed in the 108th Boston Mara-
thon on April 19, the day after her 26th birthday. She
started as number 9,058 out of 20,344 based on her
qualifying time. "A computer chip in my shoe marked
the time I actually crossed the start line because with
that many people, it took me almost seven minutes to
start the race, and the runners at the back of the pack
had to wait about 20 minutes," says Espy. "The race
started at noon, and at mile 17, I vomited because
I ate a different kind of energy bar that didn't agree
with me. I fell down twice after that, and my legs were
really cramping, but I kept pushing myself to finish."
Espy did finish after 3 hours, 34 minutes and 29
seconds, placing 2,932 out of 20,344 runners and 325
out of 7,697 women. The Russian woman who won
the women's division finished in 2 hours, 24 minutes,
and 93 percent of the runners finished the race. After
competing, Espy had to walk two miles back to her
hotel and even though she was elated, she did not
feel much like celebrating. "Your body needs time to
recover, and I couldn't even eat dinner that night. I was
hungry and wanted to eat, but my body wasn't ready
for food yet." And when Espy returned to UF, she had
to walk down the stairs in the Bryant Space Science
Center backwards for a week because her leg muscles
were still cramping. "Running is really tough on your
body. I've had stress fractures and knee surgery, and I
can't walk barefoot anymore because my heels hurt too
Also competing in this year's Boston Marathon
was UF Assistant Professor of Italian Mary Watt, a
veteran marathon runner who has competed in more
than a dozen marathons and Ironman triathlons since
1996. "I started running in law school to help me
sleep at night and also to keep my weight down," says
Watt. "Running gives me several hours of uninter-
rupted contemplative time-with no phones or dis-
tractions, just the sound of my feet and the rhythm of
my breathing."
An Ironman competition, which includes swim-
ming, biking and running a marathon, is the next feat
Espy wants to accomplish. "I want to run a marathon
in under three hours first, and there is an Ironman
competition in Panama City in November 2005 that
I'd like to train for," she says.
Espy has been able to draw several comparisons
between marathon training and her graduate research
on light scattering to determine the structure of aster-
oids. Jokingly she says, "They both make you sweat
a lot, you feel as if something or someone is always
chasing you, and there is always one more mile to go
before you're finished."
-Allyson A. Beutke

CLASnotes June / July 2004

The University of Florida Research Foundation (UFRF) has selected its annual class of UF
Research Foundation Professors. The three-year professorships were created in recogni-
tion of 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 fac-
ulty have been named UFRF professors, and each has been awarded a $5,000 annual
salary supplement and a one-time $3,000 research grant.



Colin Chapman is
an associate professor
of zoology who has
made many impor-
tant contributions to
understanding tropical
biology and primate
ecology. His research
has used experimental
and observational
approaches to address
questions related to
how plant communi-
ties influence animals
and how animals
influence their envi-
ronment. Most of his
research has focused
on primates, and he
has conducted field-
work in Canada, the
Caribbean and Costa
Rica, and has estab-
lished a long-term
research and training
program in Kibale
National Park in
Chapman, has been
at UF since 1993 and
has received numer-
ous grants in support
of his work from
the National Sci-
ence Foundation, the
Leakey Foundation
and the Wildlife Con-
servation Society, and
has research collabora-
tions with his wife,
Lauren Chapman, a
fellow zoology profes-
sor and 2003-2004
UFRF professor.

David Foster is an
associate professor of
geology, with schol-
arly achievements
primarily in the fields
of tectonics and
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Since arriving at UF
in 1997 his research
has combined detailed
field observations with
high precision radio-
active dating measure-
He is one of a select
group of geoscientists
who has success-
fully integrated data
to lead to a better
understanding of the
physical, chemical and
geodynamic processes
that control the evo-
lution of continents
and continental fault
zones. In particular,
Foster's lab is one of a
handful in the world
that has the capabil-
ity to characterize
the thermal history
of rocks from 50 to
500 degrees C. His
research has a strong
international com-
ponent, with active
projects and research
collaborations in Aus-
tralia, Austria, Nam-
bia and New Zealand.

Arthur Hebard is a
professor of physics
who specializes in
condensed matter.
His research focuses
on the fabrication and
characterization of
thin-film structures
and the unusual phys-
ical phenomena that
occur within restricted
Much of his work
is done through
the facilities of the
National High Mag-
netic Field Laboratory
and consists of four
key areas-trans-
port in thin films,
in semimetals, novel
interfacial effects in
thin-film capacitors
and magnetic semi-
He has been issued
six US patents for his
work and has received
numerous grants from
the National Science
Foundation. Hebard
came to UF in 1996,
after spending most
of his professional
career as a member of
the technical staff at
AT&T Laboratories.

Weihong Tan is a
professor of chemistry,
and he specializes
in the areas of bio-
analytical chemistry,
biomedical engineer-
ing and biophysics.
His work combines
molecule manipula-
tion and bioanalytical
instrumentation with
biochemistry and
molecular biology to
develop technologies,
molecular probes and
advanced materials
for biomedical prob-
lems affecting human
health and funda-
mental biomolecular
He has ten active
grants from agencies
including the Nation-
al Institutes of Health,
the NSF and the
Packard Foundation.
Tan came to UF in
1996, and is the asso-
ciate director of UF's
Center for Chemical
Research at the Bio/
nano Interface.
In 2004, the Pitts-
burgh Conference rec-
ognized his work in
biosensors, molecular
recognition, molecular
engineering and bion-

Timothy Vollmer is
an associate professor
of psychology. His
contributions to the
field have involved
extending research on
basic behavioral prin-
ciples to the applica-
tion of treatment for
both severe and mild
behavior disorders
displayed by children.
In the past five years,
this work has been
supported by two
research grants from
the National Institutes
of Health and more
than $4 million in
funding from the
Florida Department
of Children and
Families (DCF).
Vollmer has taught
at UF since 1998.
Currently, he is creat-
ing laboratory models
of common behav-
ioral treatments, as
well as evaluating par-
ent-child interactions
based upon known
principles of behavior
and learning. For
the DCF, his work
involves teaching
foster parents basic
behavioral parent-
ing skills to be used
when interacting with
previously abused and
neglected children.

Luise White is a
professor of history,
specializing in eastern
and southern Africa.
Her work spans, and
often integrates, polit-
ical, social and cul-
tural history, folklore,
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ethnography, gender
studies, oral history
and the history of
She has published
several books, includ-
ing The Assassination
of Herbert Chipeto
in 2003 and Speak-
ing with Vampires:
Rumor and History
in ColonialAfrica in
2000. Her first book,
The Comforts of
Home: Prostitution in
Colonial Nairobi, pub-
lished in 1990, won
the Herskovits Prize
of the African Studies
White's current
research project is a
book-length study of
the Rhodesian army
as it struggled to
defend Rhodesia's ren-
egade independence
in the 1960s and
1970s. White came
to UF in 1998 and
teaches undergraduate
and graduate courses.

CLASnotes June / July 2004

page 5

Job Hunting

For Two

When the PhD ends,

the search begins

When zoologists Tamatha Barbeau and Greg Pryor began their job search for tenure-track
faculty positions in the same departments at the same colleges a year ago, they were
called naYve, unrealistic and out-of-touch. "As a married couple, our quest to find two fac-
ulty positions in the same department seemed to many like a pipe dream," Greg says. "We
are thrilled that the pipe dream has become a reality-we have both landed positions as
assistant professors of biology."

On their own terms
Zoologists Greg Pryor and
Tamatha Barbeau's year-long
search resulted in tenure-
track faculty positions at the
same liberal arts college.

Flexibility is key
Audiologists Brian and
Nicole Kreisman are willing
to work outside academia
in order to keep their family
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Greg and Tamatha have spent the past year apply-
ing for jobs and writing about the process for the
Chronicle of Higher Education' job search diary pro-
gram. The couple received discouraging feedback from
their readers, warning they were being overly optimistic
about their chances of landing a dual appointment
straight out of graduate school. The couple recently
proved the naysayers wrong when they were hired
by Frances Marion University in Florence, South
Carolina, for two tenure-track positions, beginning in
But Tamatha and Greg realize their good fortune
is not typical, or easily acquired. For many PhD stu-
dents at UF who find their soul mate gazing across
a research lab, starting a life together after graduate
school can prove to be a very trying process.
Laura Sirot, a zoology PhD candidate, and spouse
Peter Piermarini, who received his PhD in zoology in
May 2002, spent much of their first year of marriage liv-
ing apart in 2003, while she finished her PhD research
in Gainesville and he started a post-doctoral fellowship
at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Though
they are currently cohabitating in New Haven while
Laura writes her dissertation, they will be separated again
for another year while Peter continues to work at Yale
and Laura starts a post-doctoral fellowship at Comell
University in Ithaca, New York in January.

"Many people have asked me why I don't find a
position in New Haven where Pete has his post-doc-
toral position," Laura says. "I thought about this for
a while, but I found a person with whom I am really
interested in working at Cornell and secured a position
there. Both Pete and I think that it would be better
for our relationship if we both pursue what makes us
Engaged couple Joanna Levine, an astronomy
PhD candidate, and Tim Spahr, who received his PhD
in astronomy in May 1998, find themselves in the
same predicament. They met during the fall semester
of 1997, when Joanna was entering the PhD program
and Tim was finishing his dissertation. After dating
most of the academic year, Tim graduated and took
a post-doctoral position at the University of Arizona.
Unwilling to break off the relationship, the couple has
spent six of their nearly seven years together living in
separate states.
"It has definitely been a challenge," Joanna says.
"Sometimes you wonder why you are with this person
you never see. It has been hard." Joanna will defend her
dissertation in December, and is hoping to join Tim in
Cambridge, Massachusetts-where he is now working
for the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophys-
ics-if she can find a job nearby. They have not set
a wedding date yet, and do not plan to until Joanna

CLASnotes June / July 2004

finds a job. "I want to graduate and get my degree first
and then live together for a while, or at least in the
same state, before we get married," she says. "It really
depends on the job hunt. If I get a job in Massachu-
setts that starts in the fall, we'll probably go ahead and
get married sooner than if I get a job elsewhere."
Sacrifices like these have become common to
couples in the academic career field. "The opportuni-
ties for two spouses in the same general discipline are
extremely limited," says Craig Osenberg, a zoology
professor who is married to fellow faculty member
Colette St. Mary. "As a result, compromise is almost
always necessary. Making it work takes an incredible
amount of goodwill and mutual respect, to say nothing
of forward-thinking departments and administrators
who are willing to find creative ways to accommodate
these couples."
For Tamatha and Greg, it was a question of being
taken seriously as scientists, since neither wanted to
be labeled as the "trailing spouse"-the one hired by
a university in order to get the other person on the
faculty. "When we applied for jobs, we did not put
anywhere in the applications that we were married,
and we didn't apply for the same positions," Greg says.
Tamatha adds, "We wanted to be sure that any offer
was made on our merit, not on the basis of our marital
status. We wanted to both be wanted-I didn't want
to be the dinghy on someone else's yacht."
The two, who met while working at a veterinary
clinic in upstate New York, came to UF in 1996 when
Greg was accepted into the zoology PhD program.
A year later, Tamatha beat the odds by being admit-
ted into the same program. When Greg graduated in
summer 2003, he took an adjunct professor position
at UF to give Tamatha time to finish up her disserta-
tion. When they started applying for jobs last August,
their search was further complicated by the fact that
Tamatha had not yet defended her dissertation.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, intrigued by
the couple's story, picked them out of 400 applicants
to write columns for its job search diary program. The
couple wrote three columns for the academic publica-
tion, expressing their desire for a dual appointment at
the same university, preferably in the South. Though
they discussed in detail their application and interview
experiences, they refrained from identifying the col-
leges at which they applied. After a year of ups and
downs, the couple landed their dream jobs-tenure-
track faculty positions in biology at a small liberal arts
college in the South.
"People said we were naive, but I think we were
actually very realistic," Tamatha says. "We know that
we were lucky, but we strategized and devoted every
moment of the past year to this and did our homework.
We decided not to be negative until proven otherwise."
Brian and Nicole Kreisman are also optimistic
about their career options. Nicole is starting her quali-

fiction exams in audiology, and Brian is working as a post-doctoral associate, having
earned his PhD in 2003. Proud parents of Anna, 2, and Josiah, who was born on
Memorial Day this year, a long distance marriage just is not feasible. Nicole hopes to
finish up her PhD within a year, and the couple then plans to look for jobs in larger
cities, where if they cannot both find faculty positions, they can work in a clinical
"Even if I were to find a really great teaching position, he could get a job with
a hearing aid manufacturer, so there's a lot of flexibility," Nicole says. "We are not as
closed off as couples in the sciences or humanities."
Donovan German and Lisa Crummett, who met in high school and got mar-
ried in June 2001 while working on their master's degrees in California, just finished
their first year in UF's zoology PhD program. They hope to follow in the footsteps
of Greg and Tamatha and get a two-body appointment at a university upon gradua-
"For those of us starting off our academic careers together as couples, to have
role models within the department is a really amazing thing," Lisa says. "We doubt-
ed whether we could have children if we both went into academia because the work
is quite demanding when you are constantly applying for grants, writing papers,
teaching, doing research and advising. So how would we ever have time to raise a
family? Seeing that there are other couples who are making it work, like Craig Osen-
berg and Colette St. Mary, is very encouraging."
For other couples hoping to land jobs together in academia, Greg and Tamatha
have some advice. "Sit down as a couple and decide what you want, not the semes-
ter before you graduate, but years before you enter the job search," Tamatha says.
"Know who you are and what you want to do, and apply to universities where you
can make that happen."
-Buffy Lockette

CLASnotes June / July 2004

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Retiring Faculty
Eleven CLAS faculty members from eight depart-
ments retired at the end of the academic year. These
professors were honored at the CLAS Baccalaureate
ceremony on April 30, and each retiree received a chair
emblazoned with the seal of the university and an
attached plaque giving the faculty member's name and
years of service.

Walter R. Cunningham, Psychology
David A. Jones, Botany
Murdo J. MacLeod, History
Stephen A. Saxon, Mathematics
Harry Shaw, English and Office of Academic
Support and Institutional Services
L. Elizabeth Seiberling, Physics
Douglas L. Smith, Geology
Eldon R. Turner, History
Henri A. Van Rinsvelt, Physics
Anne M. Wyatt-Brown, Linguistics
Bertram Wyatt-Brown, History

Psychology Junior is a
Beinecke Scholar
Adena Rottenstein, a junior psychology and business
administration double major, is one of 18 national
winners of the prestigious Beinecke Scholarship. Rot-
tenstein is the first UF winner of the scholarship,
which is awarded to students who have demonstrated
superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic
achievement and personal promise during their under-
graduate careers and plan to enter a master's or doc-
toral program in the arts, humanities or social sciences.
Each scholar receives $2,000 prior to entering graduate
school and an additional $30,000 while attending
graduate school.
Rottenstein has conducted research through the
psychology department on first-generation college
students, and is working on two theses for both psy-
chology and business administration. She is proficient
in American Sign Language, which has allowed her to
serve as a volunteer interpreter as well as an instruc-
tor for an ASL Leisure course. She is a member of the
University Honors Program and has completed intern-
ships with the City of Gainesville, Famous Footwear
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the College

Anthropology Professor
Named AAAS Fellow
David Grove, a courtesy professor in the
Department of Anrll-. .ip. .1. .-, and a professor
emeritus at the University of Illinois, Urba-
na-Champaign, has been named a fellow of
the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Founded by John Adams and John
Hancock in 1780, the academy has elected
some of the finest minds and most influ-
ential leaders in US history, including George Washington, Benjamin Franklin,
Daniel Webster, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill.
Grove joins 177 other fellows and 24 foreign honorary members elected to the
academy this year. "David Grove is the recognized specialist on ancient Mexico,
especially the central highlands and the Olmec culture there," says Allan Burns,
chair of inrl-.. p..1..;-,. "His election to the academy is fitting recognition of his
profound and influential scholarship on the birth of the great civilizations of
Mexico, including the Olmec, Aztec and Maya." Grove will be honored at the
academy's annual induction ceremony in October at its headquarters in Cam-
bridge, Massachusetts.

Physics Graduate
Receives National
The Society of Physics Students (SPS)
has awarded Colin Shepherd a 2004-
2005 SPS Leadership Scholarship.
Each year, the national organization
recognizes physics undergraduates who
have achieved high levels of scholarship
in both physics and overall studies,
exhibited potential for continued scholastic development in physics and actively
participated in SPS programs. Shepherd, who graduated in May with a BS in
physics, served as president of the UF chapter of SPS. He was chosen as one of
only three students nationally for the scholarship and will receive $2,000 to pur-
sue his graduate studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
The American Institute of Physics recently named UF's SPS chapter an
Outstanding SPS Chapter for 2002-2003. Less than 10 percent of SPS chapters
are recognized annually. Yoonseok Lee serves as the faculty advisor of UF's chap-
ter. The group also recently received a Marsh W. White Award from the national
SPS for its Physics on Fire outreach program that brings a series of shows to
primary and secondary schools, illustrating the physics of heat-related topics with
visually stunning demonstrations.

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Academic Advising
The National Academic Advising Association has
awarded the Academic Advising Center a 2004
Outstanding Electronic Advising Publication Cer-
tificate of Merit for its new Preview Prep Web page,
www.preview.ufl.edu/prep, which prepares new
students for orientation. Tim Young, the director of
advising information systems, and academic advisor
Lynn O'Sickey, designed the page to go along with
the university's newly designed Web site, launched
on February 11, 2004. The center will be honored
at the association's annual conference in Cincinnati,
Ohio, this fall.

Paul Doughty has received the Malinowski Award
from the Society for Applied Anthropology. Regard-
ed as the highest award in applied anthropology,
Doughty will deliver the distinguished Malinowski
lecture next March at the society's meeting in Santa
Fe, New Mexico.

Steven A. Brandt, Connie J. Mulligan and gradu-
ate student Drew Kitchen gave invited talks at the
2nd Conference of the African Genome Initiative,
Genomics and Society, held in Giza, Egypt at the
end of March. Brandt spoke on "Proto-Semitic
Languages: An Alternative Model." h.lli, 'i. talk
was on "Mitochondrial D-loop Analysis of Bovine
Skeletal Material from Eritrea," and Kitchen spoke
on "Linguistic and Genetic Phylogenetic Recon-
structions as a Means of Investigating the Evolution
of the Semitic Language Family."

Francis E. "Jack" Putz was recently appointed as
the Prince Bernhard Chair for International Con-
servation at Utrecht University in The Netherlands.
During his five years as the Prince Bernhard Chair,
he will retain his position at UF but will work
closely with faculty and students from Utrecht and
other Dutch universities. He will spend approxi-
mately one month per year in The Netherlands
and in research sites in Bolivia, Indonesia, Vietnam,
Zimbabwe, and elsewhere in the tropics.
Putz spent the spring 2004 semester in Massa-
chusetts after receiving a Harvard University Bullard
Fellowship to study at the Harvard Forest.

James D. Winefordner has received the 2004 Les-
ter W Strock Award from the Society for Applied
Spectroscopy in recognition of his outstanding
work in the development of resonance fluorescence
imaging monochromators. He will receive the
award at the Federation of Analytical Chemistry
and Spectroscopy Societies meeting in Portland,
Oregon in October.

Karelisa Hartigan presented the Robert J. Murray
Lecture at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio
on March 20. Her speech, "Drama and Healing,
Ancient and Modern," included a discussion of her
work with the Arts-in-Medicine program at Shands
Hospital at UF and a demonstration of her impro-
visational acting.

Criminology and Law
Paul Magnarella contributed a chapter tied "The
Consequences of the War Crimes Tribunals and an
International Criminal Court for Human Rights in
Transitioning Societies" to the book Human R-i',
and Societies in Transition, published this year by the
United Nations University Press.

Grant Thrall was invited to present the annual
Reginald G. Golledge Distinguished Lecture to
the Department of Geography at the University of
California, Santa Barbara in May. The title of his
presentation was "Business Geography of the GIS
Industry." He also presented a luncheon address
tied "Spatial Ii'r-.Ili. i .. in the Calculation of
Absorption for Real Estate Market Analysis."

A Fort Myers high school student mentored by
Michael Perfit was awarded an Intel Young Sci-
entist Award, one of three awarded internationally,
on May 14 at the Intel International Science and
Engineering Fair. Rose Langberg, 17, who just
completed her junior year at Canterbury School,
spent a year analyzing volcanic rock samples from
the deep ocean floor for her earth and space sci-
ences project. She has been awarded a $50,000
scholarship and a high-performance computer and
plans to attend UF for her college education after
graduating in 2005.

Alexander Dranishnikov has been appointed
to the editorial board of the journal I
of the American -1 one of the
most widely circulated mathematics journals in
the world. In addition, one of his papers, "Large
Riemannian Manifolds which are Flexible," recently
appeared in the prestigious Annals ofMathematics.

David Copp presented his paper, "The Normativ-
ity of Self-Grounded Reason," in April at a confer-
ence on personal identity at the Social Philosophy
and Policy Center at Bowling Green State Universi-
ty. He also presented "Moral Naturalism and Three
Grades of Normativity" at St. Louis University in
March for the St. Louis Philosophy of Social Sci-
ence Roundtable.

Dan Kaufmann recently presented "Locke on Indi-
viduation and the Corpuscular Basis of Kinds" at
Oxford University for a conference commemorating
the 300th anniversary of John Locke's death. He
also recently published "Infimus Gradus Libertatis?:
Descartes on Indifference and Divine Freedom" in
the journal, Religious Studies, and "Divine Simplicity
and the Eternal Truths in Descartes" in the British
Journalfor the History of Philosophy. In April, he
hosted a two-day conference at UF, the "Southeast-
ern Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy."

Kirk Ludwig presented "A Conservative Modal
Semantics with Applications to De Re Necessities"
at the Pacific Division meeting of the American
Philosophical Association in Pasadena, California
in March.

Political Science
Peggy Conway has been selected by the American
Political Science Association to receive the 2004
Frank J. Goodnow Distinguished Service Award in
honor of her outstanding service to the community.
The award is named in honor of the association's
first president, Frank J. Goodnow, a former presi-
dent of Johns Hopkins University who exemplified
the public service and volunteerism represented by
the award. Conway will be recognized at the orga-
nization's annual meeting in Chicago in September.

Leah Hochman has been invited to join the
Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies at
Oxford University for the Spring 2005 semester.
Every year, the Skirball Fellows Program invites
seven scholars from around the world to stay at the
Yarnton Manor estate, where the Centre is located,
to pursue research projects in all areas of Jewish
history, literature, languages and thought. She will
have the opportunity to finish her book project and
plans to take advantage of the rare book holdings of
the Bodleian Library.

Romance Languages and Literatures
Retired Professor of French Raymond Gay-Crosier
recently gave an invited seminar on "Preparing a
Multi-volume Camus Pldiade Edition: Critical and
Methodological Problems" at Harvard University's
Humanities Center.

The National Council on Family Relations
(NCFR) has acknowledged Felix Berardo's many
years of leadership in the field of family studies by
creating the Felix M. Berardo Award for Mentor-
ing in his honor. The award will recognize faculty
members in family studies for extraordinary efforts
to provide students and colleagues with the guid-
ance and social support essential to their career
development and advancement. It will be given
every two years and will include a cash prize. A cele-
bratory dinner to kick off the fundraising campaign
for the award will be held on November 18 at the
annual meeting of the NCFR in Orlando.

The Southern Gerontological Society has created
the Gordon Streib Academic Gerontologist Award
in honor of Gordon Streib's scientific career and
contributions to the field. The award recognizes
outstanding career contributions to the advance-
ment of gerontology through excellence in research
that has contributed to the quality of life of older
people, teaching of students and professionals and
service to professional organizations.

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Galaxy Gazing
Astronomer Receives CAREER Award

When Halley's Comet made its most recent trip through the night sky
in 1986, Assistant Professor of Astronomy Vicki Sarajedini, then just
in high school, proudly set up her Sears, Roebuck & Co. telescope-
paid for with money earned doing odd jobs around her parent's dairy
farm in rural Ohio-and invited the entire neighborhood to come out
and take a look at the highly anticipated celestial object. As a recent
winner of a National Science Foundation CAREER grant, Sarajedini
plans to use part of her $480,000 award to purchase a portable
planetarium to share with the Gainesville community.

Vicki Sarajedini examines the deepest, most detailed optical view of
the universe-provided courtesy of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.

Grants through the Division
of Sponsored Research

March 2004 Total: $3,192,825
April 2004 Total: $4,347,983

In her spare time, Sarajedini
will present planetarium shows
to local schools and civic groups,
teaching children how to look at
stars and constellations. Her own
research focuses on galaxies bil-
lions of light years away, invisible
to the naked eye and undetectable
by most telescopes on Earth. Using
images from NASA's Hubble Space
Telescope, Sarajedini is examin-
ing "active" galaxies, which have a
super-massive black hole in their
center millions of times larger than
the sun.
"There are black holes in our
own galaxy that are on the order
of the mass of our sun, caused by
the remnants of a dying star," she
says. "But we are not sure how these
super-massive black holes that wind
up in the center of these galaxies
form." During the next five years,
Sarajedini will look at thousands
of galaxies and determine whether
or not their central luminosity has
changed over time. "What we are
wondering is how these galaxies
fit into the whole galaxy evolution
scenario," she says. "I want to know
how this stage fits into every galaxy's
life, and ultimately, our own galaxy."

Sarajedini came to UF in 2001,
after completing post-doctoral fel-
lowships at Wesleyan University and
the University of California's Lick
Observatory. She received her PhD
in astronomy in 1997 from the Uni-
versity of Arizona and her MS in
astronomy from Yale University in
1992, where she met husband and
fellow UF astronomer Ata Saraje-
dini, who also received a CAREER
award in 2001. The Sarajedini's are
among seven UF astronomy profes-
sors who have won the award in the
past six years.
"No other astronomy depart-
ment in the US has achieved this,
as far as I have heard," says Depart-
ment Chair Stan Dermott. "Since
only the top 10 percent of young
tenure-track faculty in the United
States get CAREER awards, we can
safely say that we are hiring some of
the best new faculty in the nation."
Other astronomy faculty to
receive CAREER awards in recent
years are: Elizabeth Lada, Richard
Elston, Fred Hamann, Steve Eiken-
berry and Jonathan Williams.
-Buffy Lockette

Grant Awards for March and April 2004 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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Recent publications from CLAS faculty

Do Animals Think?
The question that might naturally occur to many humans has become
the main focus of a two-year project by Associate Professor of Psychol-
ogy Clive D.L. Wynne. Having studied animal psychology for more
than 20 years, Wynne says the idea for the new book, Do Animals
Think?, actually came from his students. "Students naturally ask ques-
tions about their animals and about myths they have heard and want
to know more," says Wynne. "My previous work is more technical, but
with this project my students forced me to be
a better scholar."
Readers will be amazed to learn what cer-
tain species are capable of, Wynne says. The
honeybee, for example, with just a sand grain-
sized brain, has a complex system to deter-
mine whether it has collected good nectar. "It
is no secret that honeybees communicate to
each other where they found nectar, but what
is astonishing is that only those who found
above average nectar share their information,"
explains Wynne.
Clive Wynne, author of Do What about the belief that dolphins can
Animals Think? (Princeton tell if a swimmer is pregnant? No evidence,
University Press). Wynne says. It is also not true that dolphins

have an elaborate form of communication.
They do, however, help fishermen with their
catch, as is well-documented in southern Bra-
zil, by swimming to create a wave that sweeps
fish closer to shore. "These are the things
that are fascinating," Wynne says. "It's truth
versus fantasy. Fifty years ago it was thought a
dolphin could not swim with someone holding its fin, but now we see
quite differently at several popular attractions. So it is possible that the
many legendary tales of dolphins rescuing humans from drowning are
also true."
So, how do you test if an animal is thinking? The process is dif-
ficult to explain, Wynne says, but there are several simple experiments
that tell a lot. For example, a chimpanzee, considered to be one of the
smartest animal species, is placed in front of two people with food.
One of them has a bucket over her head, while the other looks directly
at the chimp. Whereas a dog knows it must be acknowledged to get
the food, the chimp will just as happily beg from the person with the
bucket over her head. "Animals do not think the same way people do,"
says Wynne. "Each and every species has its own way of thinking, but
animals do have minds and their own ways of dealing with the world."
-KimberlyA. Lopez

Combinatorics of
Permutations, Coni
Miklos Bona (Math- PERI
ematcis), CRC Press

There are 650 articles
with the word permuta-
tion in the title whose
primary classification is
combinatorics, but, until
now, there have been no books a
topic. The very first book to be p
the subject, Combinatorics ofPerr,
contains a comprehensive, up to
ment of the subject. Covering bo
tive and external combinatorics,
can be used as either a graduate ti
reference for professional mathen
The book includes many applicat
computer science, molecular biol
bilistic methods, and pattern avoi
the numerous exercises show read
comprehensive list of recent resul

binatorics of

Studying Speaking
to Inform Second
Language Learning,

Edited by Diana Boxer
(Linguistics) and Andrew
D. Cohen, Multilingual
Matters Ltd.
In a series of stud-
ies specially written for
this volume, Studying
addressing the Speaking to Inform Second Language Learning
published on offers the applied linguist research on spoken
stationss, interaction in second and foreign languages
date treat- and provides insights as to how findings from
th enumera- each of these studies may inform language
his book pedagogy. The volume is organized to offer
ext or as a empirical studies never before published,
laticians. and overviews for each section that weave
ions from together the important issues dealt with in
ogy, proba- the different chapters. An important contri-
dance, and bution is the focus on methodological issues.
lers a fairly The authors provide pedagogical applications
ts from the emerging from their studies whilst the editors
spell out the key insights that can be gleaned
-Amazon.com from those studies. As such, the volume
offers an interweaving of perspectives rarely
seen in applied linguistics texts.
-Book jacket

Stepdads: Stories
ofLove, Hope, STEPDADS
and Repair, William a o
Marsiglio (Sociology),
Rowman & Littlefield
Publishers, Inc.
This book addresses
provocative and timely
questions facing step-
fathers, single mothers,
and remarried couples today. It speaks to
those who study and work with stepfamilies
as well as persons who have ever thought
about or lived in a stepfamily. The issues are
complex and diverse: How do men become
romantically involved with women who have
children from previous relationships? What
enables these men to see themselves, and have
others perceive them, as acting in a fatherly
way toward other men's children? What types
of commitments, privileges, and obligations
do men develop toward stepchildren? Draw-
ing on revealing in-depth interviews with a
diverse mix of stepfathers and their partners,
years of doing research on fathers, and his
personal experience, Marsiglio examines these
and related questions.
-Book jacket

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CLAS Honors Staff
On June 2, CLAS honored its employees for their
commitment and years of service to the university at
a reception in the Keene Faculty Center. CLAS Dean
Neil Sullivan and Personnel Services Director Larry Ellis
each offered words of gratitude and encouragement.
Recognized employees received a UF pin, a certificate
and a CLAS mug.
At the ceremony, office managers Paula Maurer,
botany, and Debbie Wallen, political science, received
the 3rd annual CLAS Employee Excellence Award.
Dean Sullivan presented each with a $1,500 check.

The following 39 staff members were recog-
nized for their years of service to CLAS and UF.

5 years
Kevin Hanna, astronomy; Matthew Glover, Sharon
Hughes, Lidia Matveeva and Melinda Olszak, chemistry;
Geoff Gowan, CLASnet; Julia Porchiazzo, mathematics;
John Bennett, Connie Kirkpatrick and Irina Maslova,
physics; Dwayne Williams, Romance languages and litera-

10 years
Linda O'Donnell, Academic Advising Center; Kenneth
Sallot, astronomy; Pamela Williams, botany; Lawrence
Hartley and Arlene Rodriguez, chemistry; Donald Bren-
nan, physics; Jacqueline Rollins, psychology.

The honorees gathered
after the ceremony for
a group photo. RPM 1


15 years
Julia Reiskind, botany; Beverly Lisk
and Joseph Shalosky, chemistry; Linda
Opper, history; Martha Love, LUECI;
Sandra Gagnon, mathematics; William
Axson, physics; Debbie Wallen, political

20 years
Glenda Smith, astronomy; Glennis
Bryant, Maribel Lisk and Gwendolyn
McCann, chemistry; Arlene Williams,
dean's office; Bernice Pruitt-Wilson,

25 years
Steven Miles, chemistry; Gloria Bolinger,
cri-iirn..1..;-,, William Malphurs, physics.

30 years
Paula Maurer, botany; Carolyn James,

35 years
Russell Pierce, chemistry; Frank Davis,


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