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    The Dean's musings
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    CLAS welcomes new faculty
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    New department chairs and directors
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    Around the college
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The University of Florida
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


4. -

In this Issue:

Allan Burns Named
New Associate Dean
for Faculty Affairs ....................... 3

CLAS Welcomes
New Faculty.................................... 4

Introducing New
Chairs and Directors......................... 5

Faculty Honors................................ 6

UF Students Get
a Taste of Japan ........................... 7

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

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

CLAS Sponsors Symposia for
Machen's Inauguration ................. 12

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

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

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The Dean's


Welcome Back to CLAS
The faculty and staff members of the College of Liberal
Arts and Science offer a warm welcome to our new and
returning students for the commencement of a new aca-
demic year. The return of students to campus adds an
atmosphere of excitement and anticipation, as the univer-
sity shifts into top gear.
This semester will be a special one as we inaugurate
our new UF president, Bernie Machen, and embark on
his plan to move the university to a higher level of excel-
lence, not only in academics, but also in the way we gov-
ern ourselves and work together. We have already taken
some important first steps in that direction.
CLAS is pleased to have more than 60 new faculty
members joining us this year in all areas of the college.
With the strengthening of our new international pro-
grams, many exciting new course offerings are available to
students in studies of societies, global economies, politi-
cal science and civilizations. There also are new language
offerings, including Czech, Hungarian and Polish-all
offered for the first time at UF-and a major expansion
of courses in African languages and literatures-Yoruba,
Swahili, Akan, Xhosa and Wolof-many of which are in
heavy demand.
The college makes a special effort to provide all
interested students with a modern, high quality interna-
tional experience, both in language instruction, as well as
the study of different societies and cultures, complement-
ed by the availability of a wide variety of study abroad
programs around the world. CLAS is growing to prepare
UF students for the global world in which we all live and
compete in an increasingly more highly connected soci-
ety. Have a great year!
Neil Sullivan
sullivan@phys. uflfedu

Neil Sullivan
Allyson A. Beutke
Buffy Lockette
Jane Dominguez

Additional Photography:
Trang Tran: Cover
Allan Burns: p. 3 (Trash Truck)
David Kennedy: p. 7 (Tokyo)
Todre Allen: p. 7 (Kyoto)
Buffy Lockette: p. 8 (Matchev)
Courtesy Lou Guillette: p. 8 (UF in France)
Courtesy Theo Colborn: p. 8 (Colborn)

Printed on
recycled paper

On the Cover:
UF Lombardi Scholars enjoy hot bowls of ramen noodles and pork dumplings at a Tokyo
restaurant during their first night in Japan in June. Guided by Asian Studies Interim Director
Joseph Murphy, the scholars spent two weeks studying ancient and modern architecture
there this summer. Read more on page 7.

CLASnotes August / September 2004

page 2

Allan Burns

Named New

Associate Dean

for Faculty Affairs

Anthropology Professor Allan Burns is the new
CLAS associate dean for faculty affairs, succeeding
Criminology and Sociology Professor Ron Akers.
Burns has served as chair of the anthropology
department since 1998 and also is an affiliate fac-
ulty member with the Program in Linguistics and
the Center for Latin American Studies. He chairs
the Global Health Committee in the health scienc-
es colleges and is an applied anthropologist with
interests in immigration, health and human rights.
Burns received his BS in sociology from Iowa
State University in 1968 and his MA and PhD
from the University of Washington in anthropol-
ogy in 1970 and 1973. Before coming to UF in
1977, he worked for a private research company
based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, conduct-
ing evaluations of bilingual education programs
in the Southwest. Throughout his career, Burns'
research has focused on the Mayan language and
culture in the Yucatan region of Mexico, Chiapas,
Guatemala, El Salvador, and among Guatemalan
refugees in Florida. He has received grants from
the National Science Foundation, the Department
of Labor, various governments of Micronesia, the
National Park Service and the Florida Humanities
Council. Burns also has consulted for the National
Geographic Society and several Native American
He is the director of the Yucatan program
at UF, which sponsors a six-week summer study
abroad experience for undergraduate and gradu-
ate students in Merida, Mexico at the Universidad
Auton6ma de Yucatan. Burns wrote the following
article in Mexico during a recent trip.

My colleague Carlos Viera, chair of the
Spanish program at the University of the
Yucatan, was asking me about my new
position as the CLAS associate dean for
faculty affairs. "Won't you miss being
chair of ,inrl....p..1..; ', he said, and I
replied, "I will, especially seeing how
faculty recruitment and great students
can energize a department, bring out
new ideas and create knowledge. But
I will continue to work at recruiting,
retaining, promoting and celebrating
professors in all departments in my
new job." Carlos looked at me and said,
"Pero, that takes money, right?" "Si," I
replied, "But the beauty of a college of
liberal arts and sciences is that support
can come from the art of private and
foundation fundraising, as well as the
science of grants and contracts. I hope
that the college will have many named
professorships that each department can
use to keep their top scholars, not just
at the full professor ranks, but all ranks
as well."
"But how about your graduate stu-
dents? Will you still work with them?"
Carlos asked. "Of course, and what I
learned as chair of anthropology will be
important in this new job," I answered.
"I had a policy of funding all gradu-
ate students giving papers at important
conferences as chair. I have a goal of
finding the funds to do this at the col-
lege level as well." "What
about awards?" Carlos
wondered. Alumni awards,
teaching and research assis-
tantships, and other awards
have got to keep pace with
the growth in our gradu-
ate programs. I think that
research support for gradu-
ate students, especially in
the humanities and social

sciences, has to be addressed. I want
to work on this issue with the depart-
ment chairs as well as with Dean Neil
Sullivan, Associate Dean for Research
Lou Guillette, and Interim Dean of the
Graduate School Ken Gerhardt.
"What else will you do, mi .
Carlos inquired. "Well, I strongly believe
that since our college is a college of lib-
eral arts and sciences, these two cultures
compliment each other. I'll do my best
to work with everyone in the college
so that we become known as the place
where both flourish together. This is
what can set UF apart from other uni-
versities. In inrl.. .p..1..l;,, I did this by
building both scientific and humanistic
labs for faculty and student research."
"Ah, but I heard you also have to deal
with problems and complaints?" Carlos
asked. "You know, bringing students
on this trip and doing research here in
Mexico for the past 20 years has given
me lots of practice solving problems and
even dealing with complaints."
Just then a truck went by in front
of us. "Look," Carlos said, "There's
someone with your job, Allan, driving
around picking up complaints and deal-
ing with them. See what it says on the
back of that little truck?" "Yes, I see,
'queas y sugerencias-complaints and

-Allan Burns

CLASnotes August / September 2004

page 3

CLAS Welcomes

New Faculty

CLAS welcomes more than 60 new faculty members this year. Over the next few months,
CLASnotes will be introducing these new faces.

Ho Bun Chan
is an assistant
professor in the
of Physics. He
earned his PhD
in 1999 from the
Institute of Tech-
nology. Before
coming to UF,
he was a member
of the technical staff at Lucent Technologies.
His research involves using microelectro-
mechanical systems (MEMS) to study funda-
mental interactions between surfaces, includ-
ing Casimir forces and non-contact friction.
He also examines the interaction between
nanomechanical components and surface
plasmon polaritons. Chan teaches Physics 2.

Edith Kaan
is an assistant
professor for
the Program
in Linguistics
who came to
UF in Decem-
ber 2003. She
earned her PhD
in linguistics in
1997 from the
University of
Groningen in The Netherlands, and has held
postdoctoral positions at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, Duke University and
the Utrecht University in The Netherlands.
Her research interests center on lan-
guage processing, particularly how words are
combined during reading to form sentences
and text. She is teaching several courses at
UF, including the undergraduate courses
Brain and Language and Structure of Human
Language and the graduate course Cognitive
Neuroscience of Language.

SJames Davidson
is an assistant
professor in the
of Anthropol-
ogy, with a joint
in the African
American Stud-
ies Program. He
earned his PhD
from the Uni-
versity of Texas at Austin in August 2004 in
n, rli. ..p....:,, with a subdiscipline in archaeol-
ogy. His research focuses on mortuary archae-
ology, mainly studying burial sites dating from
the mid-19th century to early 20th centuries.
His graduate research involved exhuming
Freedman's Cemetery in Dallas, Texas, a burial
ground for former black slaves from 1869 to
Davidson teaches an undergraduate
course, Ari -, .. .. ', of African American Life
and Culture, and an honors course, Develop-
ment of World Civilization.

is an assistant
professor in the
Department of
tion Sciences
and Disorders.
She earned her
PhD from Indi-
ana University,
in June 2004, where she served as a research
assistant before coming to UE
Her research interests center around
factors related to speech-understanding prob-
lems in elderly hearing-impaired listeners.
She teaches an undergraduate course, Funda-
mentals of Hearing.

Angela Gover
is an assistant
professor in the
Department of
C ri ni in. J. .l 1 ,-
Law and Society.
She earned her
PhD in crimi-
nology from
the University
of Maryland in
2000 and served
as an assistant professor from 2000 to 2003
at the University of South Carolina before
coming to UE
Her main areas of research include
family violence, victimization and juvenile
delinquency. This fall, she is teaching an
undergraduate course, Advanced Principles of
Criminal Justice, and she will teach Victimol-
ogy in the spring.

Adam Veige
is an assistant
professor in the
Department of
Chemistry. He
earned his PhD
in inorganic
chemistry from
Cornell Uni-
versity in 2003
and worked as
a postdoctoral
associate at the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology from 2003-2004.
His research focuses on the synthesis
and study of transition metal complexes that
improve upon or catalyze new industrially
relevant transformations. He is particularly
interested in the critical bond making and
breaking events of important transformations
such as dinitrogen fixation and hydrocarbon
functionalization. This fall, he is teaching the
graduate level course Advanced Inorganic

CLASnotes August / September 2004

page 4


New Department Chairs and Directors

David Hackett
is the new chair
of the Depart-
ment of Reli-
gion, succeeding
Sheldon Isenberg
who served in
the role for nine
years. Hackett
came to UF
in 1986, after
receiving his
PhD from Emory University.
An associate professor, his research
focuses on North American religious history
and the sociology of religion. He is currently
exploring the relationship between men's
religious lives in Freemasonry and their par-
ticipation in organized religious life. He has
received the Brewer Prize from the American
Society of Church History and a National
Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship.

Kellie Roberts
has been named
the interim
director of the
Dial Center for
Written and
Oral Com-
succeeding Brian
McCrea who
served as director
for four years.
Roberts, a UF education alumna,
returned to the university in 1988 and
became associate director of the Dial Center
in 1996. In addition to teaching courses in
speech communication, Roberts is an advisor
for the UF Honors Program and she coaches
the nationally competitive UF Speech and
Debate Team. In 1996, she was honored as
the Florida Communication Association's
Teacher of the Year, and she also recently
received the American Forensics Association's
Distinguished Service Award in recognition
of her contributions in coaching, scholarship
and service to the forensics community.

Will Hasty has
been named the
interim chair of
the Department
of Germanic
and Slavic Stud-
ies, succeeding
Keith Bullivant
who served as
chair of the
department for
Nine years.
Hasty came to UF in 1993 and is a pro-
fessor of German studies and co-director of
UF's new nascent Center for Medieval and
Early Modern Studies. He received his PhD
in 1987 from the University of California,
Berkeley and his research focuses on medieval
and early modern German literature and
cultural history, and medieval and modern
Arthurian literature.

Peter Waylen is
the new chair of
the Department
of Geography,
succeeding Nigel
Smith who
served in the role
for five years.
Waylen came to
UF in 1985 and
was promoted
to full professor
in 1997. He earned his PhD from McMaster
University in Canada in 1982.
His research focuses on hydrology,
cln1, r 1 .. and quantitative methods. His
primary research area is the effect of El Nifio
on the bh,, .,,Jlit, ir..l,:. of Latin America.
He is an affiliated faculty member with UF's
Center for Latin American Studies. In 2002,
he was named the UF Teacher of the Year.

Joseph Murphy
is the interim
director of the
Asian Studies
Program, suc-
ceeding Michael
Tsin who served
as director for
two years. Mur-
phy came to UF
in 1995, after
receiving his
PhD from Cornell University.
An associate professor in the Depart-
ment of African and Asian Languages and
Literature, he is the author of the recent
Metaphorical Circuit: Negotiations Between
Literature and Film in 20th Century Japan,
as well as numerous articles on the relation
between literature, film and media in Japan.

Philip Williams
is the new chair
of the Depart-
ment of Politi-
cal Science, suc-
ceeding Michael
Martinez who
served as interim
director for two
years. Williams
came to UF
in 1989, after
receiving his PhD from the University of
Oxford in 1986.
A full professor, his major research inter-
ests are religion and politics, democratization,
social movements, and transnational migra-
tion. As co-director of the Latino Immigrants
in Florida project through the UF Center for
Latin American Studies, Williams recently
received a major grant from the Ford Foun-
dation to support a three-year study on reli-
gion and transnational migration in Florida.

CLASnotes August / September 2004

page 5

Faculty Honors

Ohrn named UF Teacher/
Scholar of the Year
Professor of Chemistry and Physics N. Yngve Ohm has
received the 2003-2004 UF Teacher/Scholar Award, the
highest honor bestowed upon a faculty member at the Uni-
versity of Florida. The award is given annually to the person
who best demonstrates excellence in teaching and scholarly
activity and exhibits visibility within and beyond the universi-
ty. Ohrn has taught at UF for the past
38 years and is recognized worldwide
for his fundamental and important
contributions to quantum chemistry.
He has served as chair of the Depart-
ment of Chemistry, director of the
Quantum Theory Project, and has
been the editor of the International
Journal of Quantum Chemistry since
Ohrn has been awarded a gold
medal from the King of Sweden, the Florida Academy of
Sciences Medal, and the American Chemical Society Florida
Award. In 1999, a volume of the journal Advances in Quan-
tum Chemistry was published in his honor, titled "A Tribute
to Yngve Ohrn." He is a fellow of the American Physical
Society and a foreign member of the Finnish Academy of Sci-
ences, the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and the Swed-
ish Royal Science Society.
"Professor Ohrn is one of our most outstanding faculty
members," says David E. Richardson, chemistry chair. "His
combined record of excellence in scholarship, teaching and
service are unsurpassed in our department. No other has a
longer history of dedication and service to the University of
Also recognized by the university recently was Botany
Professor Jack Putz, who received a 2003-2004 UF Teacher
of the Year Award for his outstanding achievements as a
teacher of botany, ecology and forestry for the past 21 years.
The award is given annually to two professors who demon-
strate excellence, innovation and effectiveness when teaching
"As is evident from his Teacher of the Year Award, Jack is
one of the best mentors we have," says Botany Chair George
Bowes. "He is very creative in the manner in which he teach-
es both ecology and introductory botany. He does not just
teach a series of botanical facts, but presents them from very
unexpected perspectives, thus encouraging students to really
think about the subject in a way they may never have done

Honoring a UF Legend:
Historian Samuel Proctor
Receives an Honorary
UF honored one of its own
in July when it bestowed
an honorary degree of
public service on
Samuel Proctor, the
university's official
historian and a dis-
tinguished service
professor of history.
UF President Ber-
nie Machen con-
ferred the honor-
ary degree on Proctor in
front of an audience of
more than 150 guests in UF President Bernie Machen (right) presents
the Keene Faculty Center, and Samuel Proctor with an honorary degree of
a video message from Proctor's public service diploma.
former student, US Senator
Bob Graham, was played during the ceremony.
Proctor earned his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in his-
tory from UF in 1941, 1942 and 1958. After serving in World War II,
he started as a lecturer at the university in 1946, and was named UF's
official archivist and historian in 1951. In 1967, he established the
Oral History Program in the Department of History to preserve eye-
witness accounts of the economic, social, political, religious and intel-
lectual life of Florida and the South.
Proctor was a founding member of the Southern Jewish Histori-
cal Society, and served in several capacities for the Southern Historical
Association and the American Association for State and Local History.
He has authored six books, published more than 80 articles and essays
and served for 30 years as the editor of the Florida Historical Quarterly.
Although he officially retired from UF in June 1996, Proctor has
continued to serve as director emeritus of the Samuel Proctor Oral
History Program, which is going digital, thanks to a generous $25,000
donation from UF alumni Caleb and Michele Grimes. In collaboration
with the UF Digital Library Center and the Florida Center for Library
Automation, the program is currently working to produce a digital
catalogue of its archive.
With more than 4,000 interviews and thousands of pages of tran-
scripts, the program is the largest program of its kind in the South
and one of the largest in the nation, eclipsing renowned programs at
the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of
California, Los Angeles. This new initiative will allow the program to
place its vast holdings on the Internet, making it easily accessible and
About half of the collection should be accessible online by Decem-
ber 2004 and the remainder within the next year. Visit www.history.
ufl.edu/oral for more information.

CLASnotes August / September 2004

page 6

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

UF Students Get a

Taste of Japan

Three summers of world travel have had a gregarious
effect on Lombardi Scholars Jennifer Bonds and Todre
Allen. On a research trip to Japan this summer, the two
hopped in a car with a couple of Japanese 20-year-olds
and spent an entire day with them touring the city of
Hakodate, though neither spoke a word of English.
"We asked them for directions to an architectural
site we were supposed to visit, and they took us there,"
says Bonds, a health and human performance third-
year senior. "They ended up buying us a $70 dinner
and showing us around the entire city. They couldn't
speak English, and Todre and I couldn't speak Japanese,
so we had to use phrasebooks to communicate. In the
US, I wouldn't drive around with a stranger, but in
Japan it felt okay. People there were so nice."
Bonds and Allen, along with six of their fellow
scholars, spent two weeks in Japan in June with Joseph
Murphy, interim director of the Asian Studies Program.
The group took a 13-hour airplane ride into Tokyo
and then traveled to various cities within the country,
studying classical and contemporary Japanese architec-
ture. Divided into pairs, the scholars were assigned dif-
ferent locations to write web-based reports on, which
were later placed on Murphy's Web site at www.clas.ufl.
The trip was the first time that Murphy-who
teaches courses in Japanese literature, film and media
at UF-had taken a group of students abroad. He
required the scholars to do some preparatory reading
beforehand and, once in Japan, had them visit a list of
sites in major cities, negotiating their way around the
country by themselves, compiling data for their reports.
"One thing I wanted to introduce the students
to was a country where the stereotyped perception of
the American traveler going around the globe trying to
solve everything by waving around dollars and speak-
ing English doesn't apply," Murphy says. "The interest-
ing thing about Japan is that it is a place where neither
English nor the dollar carries much weight-and I
think it can give an American student a little bit of an
idea of a future global environment where there are
many different centers to the world, not just those of
the US and Europe."
The Lombardi Scholars Program, now in its third
year, was established in 2002 in honor of John V. Lom-
bardi, former UF president and history professor. Each
year, eight entering freshmen from across Florida are
chosen to be part of the prestigious scholarship pro-
gram. In addition to a generous financial package, the
students participate in four, all-expense-paid summer
research adventures tailored especially for them. The
idea behind requiring the scholars to travel each sum-
CLASnotes August / September 2004

mer is to expose them, as
future leaders of America,
to what life is like in the
rest of the world. So far, the
inaugural group of Lom-
bardi Scholars has visited
Mexico, Greece and Japan.
"Every summer I
learn something new about
myself," Bonds says. "We
study something differ-
ent and see another part
of the world and learn to
appreciate different kinds of
people." Next summer, the
inaugural group of Lom-
bardis will get together for
one final trip, possibly to
Also traveling to Japan
this summer were zool-
ogy PhD students Keith
Choe and Matthew Milnes,
who were selected by the
National Science Foun-
dation and its Japanese
counterpart, the Japan
Society for the Promotion
of Science, to participate
in the 2004 East Asia and
Pacific Summer Institutes
Program. They spent eight -
weeks this summer in the
Tokyo area, working on science projects they proposed Contemporary and classical
and gaining international laboratory experience. Japanese architecture formed
Administered by the NSF's Office of International the Lombardi Scholars' cur-
Science and Engineering, the program has sent more riculum this summer Pictured
Sr above are just two of the
than 1,000 American graduate students abroad in the many sites they explored
past 14 years. Choe and Milnes were two of 65 stu- during a two-week trip in
dents sent to Japan this summer. June: the Aoyama Technical
-Buffy Lockette Institute in downtown met-
ropolitan Tokyo (top) and the
gateway to the Kyoto Impe-
rial Palace (bottom).

Explore Ancient Japan
World-renowned expert on prehistoric Japan, J. Edward Kidder, will be on campus in late
September to present two talks sponsored by the Asian Studies Program. An archaeologist
and art historian, Kidder was the director of 15 archaeological excavations for the Tokyo
metropolitan government from 1972 to 1993. He will present "Digging Prehistory in West
Tokyo" on September 29 at 10:30 am in room 282 of the Reitz Union and "The Enigma of
Japanese Imperial Tombs" on September 30 at 6:30 pm at the Harn Museum of Art. Both
events are free and open to the public.

page 7

Zoologist Will
Deliver Convoca-
tion Address
Please join CLAS for
Convocation in the Uni-
versity Auditorium on
September 28 at 4 pm as
we recognize outstand-
ing students and faculty.
A reception on the west
lawn will follow.
The keynote speaker is Theodora Colborn, a
former senior scientist with the World Wildlife Fund
and a current UF zoology professor. Colborn's widely-
acclaimed 1996 book, Our Stolen Future, has been
translated into more than 15 languages, and stimulated
global concern about chemicals that affect the hor-
monal and neural systems of developing embryos and
children. She has received numerous awards, including
the International Blue Planet Prize, considered the
Nobel Prize in environmental science.
In addition the convocation address, Colborn also
will give the scientific talk, "Endocrine Disruptors:
From Personal to Global Implications In Your Body?
In The Products You Use? In Your Future?" at 4 pm
on September 29 in the DeWeese Auditorium at the
McKnight Brain Institute.

Matchev Receives
Top Honor from
the Department
of Energy
The Department of
Energy Division of
High Energy Physics has
selected Assistant Phys-
ics Professor Konstantin
Matchev to receive a 2004
Outstanding Junior Inves-
tigator (OJI) award. These
competitive grant awards are given to the best young
researchers in high energy physics. Matchev's award
will support his research in particle and astroparticle
physics. He came to UF in 2002 and earned his PhD
from Johns Hopkins University in 1997.
Matchev was one of eight awardees this year. UF
Associate Physics Professor Darin Acosta received an
OJI award in 2001.

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the College

UF Delegation Visits France to Build Collaborations
At the invitation and expense of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a delega-
tion of college representatives traveled to Paris in June to present proposals for
research collaborations. UF was one of only four US research institutions chosen
to participate in the day-long workshop, which was organized by the French
During the session presided by French Ambassador Jean-David Levitte (second
from right), Carol Murphy, (second from left) director of the UF France-Florida
Research Institute, introduced Zoology Professor Craig Osenberg (left) and
CLAS Associate Dean for Research Lou Guillette, (right) who each presented
grant proposals for funding from the French government to establish new part-
nerships between UF and French universities, including research on the French
Polynesian island of Mo'orea and bringing French researchers to Merida, Mexico
to work with UF's Land Use and Environmental Change Institute (LUECI). The
French government is reviewing their proposals and plans to make a decision
about funding sometime during the fall 2004 semester.

CLASSC Sponsors Majors Fair
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Student Council (CLASSC) is hosting
its 2nd Annual CLAS Majors Fair on September 22 from 11 am to 4 pm on the
Reitz Union colonnade. M-Fair is specifically designed for students whose major
is undecided. More than 30 academic departments and student organizations will
have tables set up with representatives on hand to answer questions and provide
information. Visit http://grove.ufl.edu/classc for more information.

History of Science Society Hosts Open House
The Executive Office of the History of Science Society (HSS) invites friends
and associates of CLAS to its Open House on September 21 from 10 am to 2
pm in room 3310 of Turlington Hall. The HSS is the largest such organization
in the world, with an international membership that includes historians, scien-
tists, philosophers, public historians and others with an interest in the history
of science. The executive office relocated to UF last year and is directed by Jay
Malone, who earned his BA, MA and PhD in history from UE

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..i Me.. LI V
Alan Katritzky received an honorary
doctorate from the University of Wro-
claw in Poland at a ceremony in July.
He now holds 12 honorary doctorates
from universities in Belgium, England,
France, Germany, India, Poland,
Romania and Russia.

The World Technology Network has
selected Charles Martin as a nomi-
nee for this year's World Technology
Awards, being held in association with
Nasdaq, Microsoft, TIME magazine,
Science magazine and CNN. Winners
will be announced on October 8 in
San Francisco at the conclusion of the
two-day World Technology Summit.
The awards honor individuals and
corporations from 20 technology-
related sectors viewed by their peers as
being the most innovative and doing
the work with the greatest likely long-
term significance.

Criminology, Law and Society
After many successful years as the
Center for Studies in Criminology and
Law, this unit is now the Department
of Criminology, Law and Society.
Lonn Lanza-Kaduce, who served as
interim director of the center, has been
appointed as the first chair of the new

Dial Center for Written
and Oral Communication
Associate Director Creed Greer has
been named editor of UF's online
Journal of Undergraduate Research
(JUR). Established in 1999, the
JUR publishes the research papers of
students in the University Scholars
Program and other undergraduates
who wish to submit research papers
for review. The editor has the responsi-
bility of reading all submitted research
papers and working with students
and their faculty mentors throughout
the editorial process. Greer is the
second editor in JUR history, follow-
ing recently retired physics professor
Henri Van Rinsvelt. To read the cur-
rent issue of the JUR or view submis-
sion guidelines, go to www.clas.ufl.

James Haskins has received the 2004
John and Patricia Beatty Award from
the California Library Association for
his book Cecil Poole: A Life in the Law.
He also was profiled in the seventh
edition of Kenneth L. Donelson and
Alleen Pace Nilson's book, Literature
for Tocday' YoungAdults in the section,
"Outstanding Authors of Nonfiction
for Young Adults."

CLASnotes August / September 2004

Mark A. Reid presented a paper titled
"Migrating PostNegritude: French
Cinema and its Afro-francophone
(dis)equivalent," at the Fictions
frangaises et Francophones: Petits et
Grands Ecrans Colloque International
AFECCAV, at l'Universit6 de Lyon
II in July.

Cesar N. Caviedes gave a lecture on
El Nifo during the seminar "Land
and Nature in Latin America" at the
University of Vienna this summer. In
June, the History Channel's Investigat-
ing History series broadcast an episode
titled "Napoleon's Mass Grave," in
which a chapter of Caviedes' 2001
book, ElNiio in History, was utilized
as a central source.

The Charles A. and Anne Morrow
Lindbergh Foundation has awarded
PhD student Carlos Valerio Gomes a
2004 Lindbergh Grant for his project
titled "Evaluating Sustainable Land
Use Strategies to Economically Sustain
Brazilian Rubber Tappers Who are
Turning to Cattle Ranching and Cash
Crop Agriculture in Amazon Rain
Forest Reserves." He was one of seven
out of 201 applicants chosen to receive
the grant this year. Lindbergh grants
are made in amounts up to $10,580, a
symbolic number representing the cost
of building Charles Lindbergh's plane,
the Spirit ofSt. Louis, in 1927.

Graduate student Jacqueline Baron,
who is an incoming trainee in the UF
Aging Training Program, has received
the 2004 American Psychological
Association Division 20 (Adult Devel-
opment and Aging) award for writing
the best master's thesis proposal. Bar-
on's thesis proposal is titled, "Auto-
biographical Memory Sharing in
Everyday Life: Do Older Adults Tell
Better Stories?" Her mentor is Susan
Bluck, a faculty member in the Cen-
ter for Gerontological Studies and the
Department of Psychology.

Bonnie Moradi has received the Dr.

Madelyn M. Lockhart Faculty Fel-
lowship in Women's Studies. The
award is designed to simultaneously
assist faculty research programs and
the development of graduate students'
teaching portfolios.
Moradi, an assistant professor,
and her collaborator, Jamie Fun-
derburk, a counselor with the UF
Counseling Center, will be working
on a project that addresses several
important gaps in the literature on the
relationship between women's reported
experiences of sexist events and psy-
chological symptomatology.

PhD student Claire St. Peter has
received a prestigious Adele Lewis
Grant Fellowship from the national
society Graduate Women in Science/
Sigma Delta Epsilon. The fellowship
will support St. Peter's dissertation
research on the effects of treatment
integrity failures on common behav-
ioral treatments. Only one Adele
Lewis fellow is chosen each academic

Professor Emeritus Richard Hiers'
article, "Institutional Academic Free-
dom-A Constitutional Misconcep-
tion: Did Grutter v. B',...'., Perpetu-
ate the Confusion?" appeared in a
recent issue of the Journal ofC ,.,#,' r
University. A few lower federal courts
and several US Supreme Court justices
have stated recently that the First
Amendment entitles public colleges
and universities, themselves, to either
"academic freedom" or "institutional
autonomy." Hiers' article demonstrates
that the US Supreme Court has never
so determined, and that the Constitu-
tion cannot be construed to sustain
such concepts.

Romance Languages
and Literatures
Professor of French William Calin is
spending the 2004-2005 academic
year as a fellow at the Centre for
Reformation and Renaissance Studies
at the University of Toronto. He is
working on two books, The Humanist

Critics, from Spitzer to Frye and The
French Tradition and the Literature of
Medieval and Renaissance Scotland, and
also will give lectures in Canada and at
the University of Maryland.

Professor Emeritus of French Ray-
mond Gay-Crosier was the contribut-
ing editor ot A.!,, Camus 20: Le Pre-
mier Homme en perspective. His article
tied "'Sculpter dans l'argile': la fiction
de l'absurde exige une esth6tique de
la rivolte" appeared in the May issue
of the Japanese journal Etudes camusi-

Alan Agresti presented the keynote
address at the 24th Conference on
Applied Statistics in Galway, Ireland
in May and at the 2004 Hawaii
International Conference on Statistics,
Mathematics and Related Fields in
Honolulu in June. He was the first
honoree of the Herman Callaert Lead-
ership Award in Statistical Education
and Dissemination from Limburgs
University in Belgium.

Women's Studies
and Gender Research
Director Angel Kwolek-Folland
attended two international conferences
in June, one in Le Creusot, France and
the other in Nottingham, England.
She chaired a session in France, and
in England presented a paper titled
"The Personal is International: Gender
Rights, Globalization, and Sexual
Harassment." The trip was partially
funded by awards from CLAS and the
Center for European Studies.

Ntozake Shang* will be on leave this
fall, and possibly during the spring,
recovering from several small strokes
that have affected her balance, speech
and memory. She is staying in Cali-
fornia to be near her daughter, and
her therapy is going well. Letters can
be mailed to 1560 Alice #8, Oakland,
California, 94612.

New Responsibities for King as Associate Provost
Associate Provost and English Professor Debra Walker King was
appointed director of the Office of Affirmative Action this summer. She
has been with the Provost's Office since 2002, when she was chosen to
participate in the Provost Faculty Fellowship Program, which gives faculty
members firsthand experience in university administration by working on
special projects in addition to their regular teaching schedules. She offi-
cially became an associate provost in fall 2003 and oversees the university's
equal opportunity programs.

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Recent publications from CLAS faculty

When the summer Olympic Games began in Athens dur-
ing August, the event marked a return not only to the games'
ancient roots but also to its modern ones, so says a UF clas-
sics professor who argues in a recently published book that the
French man long credited with originating the modern Olympics
actually got the idea from, among others, a Greek philanthropist.

A Brief History of the


Normandy native Baron Pierre de Coubertin
assiduously promoted himself as the lone
force behind the Olympics-and deliber-
ately obscured the contributions of Evangelis
Zappas and a handful of other, now mostly
forgotten Greek and British advocates for the
games, says David Young.
"He took an idea that others had been
failing at, but working at for decades-he
took that idea and claimed it as his own and
made it work," Young says. "The credit for
the Olympics really goes to the good luck
and hard work of several people."
Young's book, A Brief History of the
Olympics, was published this summer by
Blackwell Publishing. It contains a history
of the ancient Olympics as well as Young's
revisionist history of how the modern ones
began. Young first presented his arguments
about the origins of the Olympics in his
1996 book, The Modern Olympics: A Struggle
for Revival.
The first modern international Olym-
pic games were held in Athens in 1896.
Coubertin, a French aristocrat and physical
education advocate who founded the Interna-
tional Olympic Committee, remains officially
enshrined as the games' sole founder.
"Coubertin was a very active sportsman
and practiced the sports of boxing, fencing,
horse-riding and rowing," according to the
committee's Web site. "He was convinced
that sport was the springboard for moral
energy and he defended his idea with rare
tenacity. It was this conviction that led him
to announce at the age of 31 that he wanted
to revive the Olympic Games."
Left unsaid in this and other tradition-
alist histories, according to Young, is that
Coubertin got his idea from several earlier
proponents of an Olympic revival. Prominent

among these were Zappas and British physi-
cian William Penny Brookes, both of whom
organized national game festivals modeled on
the ancient Olympics.
The Zappas Games of Athens began
in 1859, four years before Coubertin was
born. They were inspired by the writings of
Panagiotis Soutsos, a Greek poet who saw the
Olympics as a way of helping Greece return
to its pre-eminence in Europe, Young says.
A British version of the national Olympic
games were first held in London in 1866, he
Both featured ceremonies, rituals and
competitions, such as foot races, wrestling,
jumping and javelin throwing. Neither drew
competitors from outside their native coun-
tries, but that hardly disqualifies them from
Olympic status, Young says. "People will say,
'Well if all the athletes in the Zappas games
were Greeks then they weren't international,
and so they weren't really Olympics,' but
then I'll then I'll ask, 'Do you say the original
ancient Olympics weren't really Olympics
either, because all of the participants were
Although the games were held periodi-
cally, neither series persisted into the 1900s,
Young says. That said, Brookes proposed
holding International Olympic Games as
early as 1881 and worked diligently to per-
suade Greek authorities to hold it in Athens
through the early 1890s, Young says.
Young based his conclusions on exhaus-
tive research of newspaper articles dating
back over a century, correspondence, minutes
of organizational meetings for early Olympic
events and other primary sources in Eng-
land, Switzerland and Greece. He says his
research-which he launched after learning
of the Zappas games while researching a book

on e origins or amateur sports-snows tat
Coubertin not only knew about the British
and Greek games but also maintained a long
friendship with Brookes, whom he visited in
England in 1890 and saw the "Much Wen-
lock" Olympics that Brookes developed.
Despite that, Coubertin's "Olympic
Memoirs," never mentions a word about
Brookes, Zappas, or either of the earlier Brit-
ish or Greek games.
"Coubertin never says anything bad
about Brookes, but he wouldn't admit what
Brookes had done," Young says. "Brookes
died three months before the 1896 games,
and by then Coubertin wasn't even answering
his (Brookes') letters. And he denied in print
that there had ever been any Zappas games.
Alexander Kitroeff, an associate professor
of history at Haverford College in Haverford,
Pennsylvania, and the author of the recently
published book, Wrestling with the Ancients:
Modern Greek Identity and the Olympics,
credits Young with being the first scholar to
cement the important role of the pre-Cou-
bertin Olympics. Kitroeffsays, "Young is the
one who really documented these claims that
the Zappas Olympics were an inspiration to
Coubertin, and he was able to expose the fact
that Coubertin was unwilling to acknowledge
his antecedents, including both Zappas and
-Aaron Hoover,
UF News and Public Affairs

CLASnotes August / September 2004

page 10

In an effort to showcase his strong interest in promoting racial
diversity on campus, UF President Bernie Machen has asked all
faculty to read the national bestseller Why Are All the Black
Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations
About Race, as part of his inauguration festivities this fall. Writ-
ten by the president of Spelman College, Beverly Daniel Tatum,
the book provides readers a framework for stimulating healthy
discussions on racial identity and race relations.

"I think it is an excellent book, in that
it provides us with a way to have conversa-
tions regarding race and race identity without
polarizing participants," says Terry Mills,
CLAS Associate Dean for Minority Affairs.
"It does not raise issues that would make
individuals feel like they were under attack.
There is nothing, in my opinion, that an
individual can take as a personal affront,
from the position that the book takes."
Mills will moderate a roundtable discus-
sion on the book during a symposium held
on September 9 as part of the activities sur-
rounding Machen's inauguration. A panel
of 12 UF faculty members, representing a
number of colleges across campus, will have
a conversation about the book and discuss
issues of racial identity and the curriculum.
In addition to Mills, other CLAS faculty
members on the panel are Brian Ward, chair
of the history department and a civil rights
historian, and religion professor Vasudha
Held at the Phillips Center for the
Performing Arts at 1:30 pm, the roundtable

is intended to model what a conversation
on race looks and sounds like across racial
groups. Following the discussion, at 3:30
pm, author Beverly Daniel Tatum will give a
30-minute talk, followed by a question and
answer session. The event is free and open to
the public.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for us
to talk to one another about issues that typi-
cally are difficult to talk about across race,"
says Katheryn Russell-Brown, a law professor
and director of the Center for the Study of
Race and Race Relations, which conceived
the idea for the reading initiative. "This
really shows the genius of President Machen
because we presented the idea of having a
faculty reading initiative on campus, and it
was his idea that it be included as part of
his inauguration. He has really given us an
opportunity to showcase these issues."
Russell-Brown says that, depending on
the success of the initiative, Machen is con-
sidering allowing it to continue and become
an annual event. "We recommended that
the first book address issues of race," she says

'"'ISCUN "W hy Are

ONC All the

Black Kids

S Sitting

dI:lI: Together

,in the

Next year's book, however, could be on
religion or war, for example. Based upon the
response and involvement of the faculty this
year, President Machen will consider whether
to continue it next year."
The book is available for purchase at the
UF Bookstore for $15.95. For more infor-
mation, contact the Center for the Study of
Race and Race Relations in the Levin College
of Law at csrrr@law.ufl.edu or 392-2216.
-Buffy Lockette

Monte Carlo Statistical Methods
George Casella (Statistics)
and Christian P Robert
Springer-Verlag New York, Inc.

Monte Carlo statistical methods, particularly
those based on Markov chains, have now
matured to be part of the standard set of
techniques used by statisticians. This book
is intended to bring these techniques into
the classroom, being a self-contained logical
development of the subject. This is a textbook
intended for a second-year graduate course. It
does not assume that the reader has any famil-
iarity with Monte Carlo techniques (such as
random variable generation), or with any Markov chain theory. Chapters 1-3 are
introductory, first reviewing various statistical methodologies, then covering the
basics of random variable generation and Monte Carlo integration. Chapter 4 is
an introduction to Markov chain theory, and Chapter 5 provides the first applica-
tion of Markov chains to optimization problems. Chapters 6 and 7 cover the
heart of MCMC methodology, the Metropolis-Hastings algorithm and the Gibbs
sampler Finally, Chapter 8 presents methods for monitoring convergence of the
MCMC methods, while Chapter 9 shows how these methods apply to some
statistical settings, which cannot be processed otherwise. Each chapter concludes
with a section of notes that serve to enhance the discussion in the chapters.

Apalachicola Bay
Kevin M. McCarthy (English)
Pineapple Press, Inc.

From the union of the Chattahoochee and
Flint Rivers at the Georgia-Florida state line, the
mighty Apalachicola River flows unimpeded for
about 100 miles to the Gulf of Mexico. At the
river's mouth lies Apalachicola Bay and Florida's
"Forgotten Coast," known for world-class sea-
food and seemingly endless miles of pristine
beaches, shallow estuaries, and protected forests.
In Apalachicola Bay, author Kevin McCarthy APALACHICOLA BAY
takes us through the history of the bay's sites Kevin M. Mccathy
.nltratios by William L. Trotter
and communities. Come along and discover the lio a .T
cities and communities of Franklin County and the area's barrier islands. Explore
the Apalachicola River, Apalachicola National Forest and Apalachicola National
Estuary Research Reserve, as well as sites such as Fort Gadsden, Cape St. George
Lighthouse and Crooked River Lighthouse. With vibrant color paintings by Wil-
liam L. Trotter, Apalachicola Bay will let you savor some authentic Florida history
and see what makes this "Forgotten Coast" memorable for residents and visitors
-Book jacket

CLASnotes August / September 2004

page 11

To honor the inauguration of UF's 11th president, Bernie
Machen, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences presents
the following symposia on September 9.
A reception follows each presentation.

The Ethics, Politics and Science
of Environment and Ecology
J. Wayne Reitz Union Room 282
1-3 pm

Bill McKibben, best-selling author, journalist
and visiting scholar in environmental studies at
Middlebury College, Vermont speaks on "How
Big Should We Be: Global Warming, Genetic
Engineering and the Scale of Human Enterprise"



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

Building Global Academic Com-
munities: UF Partnerships with
African Universities
Keene Faculty Center, Dauer Hall Room 103
1-2:30 pm

Roundtable discussion with Lettice Rutas-
hobya, Director of Post Graduate Studies, Uni-
versity of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Livingstone
Serwadda Luboobi, Vice Chancellor, Makerere
University, Uganda; Ndiawar Sarr, Rector,
University Gaston Berger, Senegal; and Burton
Mguni, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Student
Affairs, University of Botswana

Astrophysics in the New
Millennium: The Legacy of
Newton and Einstein
New Physics Building Lobby and Room 1001
1-3:30 pm

Talks by Michael S. Turner, University of Chi-
cago Professor of Astronomy, Astrophysics and
Physics and Assistant Director for Mathematical
and Physical Sciences, National Science Founda-
tion; Charles Telesco, UF Professor of Physics;
Steven Beckwith, Director of the Space Tele-
scope Science Institute, Baltimore, Maryland;
David Tanner, UF Professor of Physics

Please visit www.clas.ufl.edu/CLASannounce/machen.html for more information.