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    The Dean's musings
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    CLAS welcomes new faculty
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    Around the college
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CLAS Welcomes New Faculty........... 3

The Great Debate........................... 6

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

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

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

Junk Mail Be Gone! ....................... 12

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The Fundamentals
As important as our cross-disciplinary interactions are,
especially in the applied sciences and social sciences,
we need to remind ourselves of the critical importance
of the fundamental academic disciplines-the essential
units of mathematics, English, philosophy, history, the
languages, natural sciences, behavioral sciences and
social studies.
It is these core units that engage in the basic
research that historically has led to some of the most
far-reaching discoveries and the formation of new
interdisciplinary programs. Inventions which have
led to revolutionary technologies and analyses that
have changed our understanding of societies and their
behaviors have often had their as their origin the
research of a challenging academic problem.
Our college has the responsibility of advancing
these basic areas of inquiry by energizing fundamental
research with support for promising interdisciplinary
programs. These new areas will bring experts together
in an environment that is free to challenge traditional
thought and encourages the exploration of new fron-
tiers. To emerge as a leading international research
institution, we must succeed in this endeavor by select-
ing areas that are unique for UF and can attract the
world's best scholars and students.

Neil Sullivan

Neil Sullivan
Allyson A. Beutke
Buffy Lockette
Jane Dominguez
Jeff Stevens
Michal Meyer

Robert Muller, Case Western
Reserve University: cover, p. 7
Courtesy William Baber: p. 3 (Baber)
Jane Dominguez: p. 3 (Barr, Baudis, Bergmann,
Caes), p. 4 (Ceobanu, Ge, Hermer-Vazquez,
Link, Mennel), p. 5, p. 8 (Dukes), p. 10, p. 11
Buffy Lockette: p. 4 (Liu)
Jeremy Clark: p. 8 (Fugate)

On the Cover:
UF junior LaToya Edwards, a political science and public relations major, debates US domes-
tic policy against Cedric Logan, a student at the University of Rochester, during the National
Student Vice Presidential Debate held at Case Western Reserve University as part of the
events surrounding the vice presidential debate between US Vice President Dick Cheney and
opponent John Edwards on October 5. See page 6 for full story.

@1 Printed on
F recycled paper

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More than 60 new faculty
members have joined
CLAS this year.

Baber is a
professor in
the Depart-
ment of
A nrl-. Ip l. .
He earned
his PhD from
University in
1979 and has
held positions at Tuskegee University, Purdue
University and the University of North Caro-
lina, Greensboro.
His most recent research is on African
American masculinity and HIV risk behav-
ior. He also is working on a book-length
manuscript, "The Social Ecology of Booker
T. Washington," based on research funded
by the Department of the Interior from
1997 to 1999 and research conducted at the
Booker T. Washington National Monument
in Franklin County, Virginia. Baber is teach-
ing an African American studies course, The
Social Ecology of Booker T. Washington, and
Introduction to Applied An, rl ..p ..1 He is
also developing a course for the spring 2005
semester on environment and disease.

Juliana Barr
is an assistant
professor in
the Depart-
ment of His-
tory. After
earning her
PhD in 1999
from the
University of
Madison, she held a one-year postdoctoral
fellowship at Southern Methodist University
in Dallas, Texas before becoming an assistant
professor at Rutgers University.
Barr is currently revising a book
manuscript, "Peace Came in the Form of a
Woman: the Power Relations of Spanish and
Indian Nations in the Early Southwestern
Borderlands," that explores the gendered
dynamics of European-Indian political and
economic interaction in 18th century Texas.
She is teaching two courses this fall, Early
America and Native American History I, and
will teach Native American History II and a
graduate course on American history in the

Laura Baudis
is an assistant
professor in
the Depart-
ment of
Physics. She
earned her
PhD in 1999
from the
University of
Heidelberg in
Germany, and completed a postdoctoral fel-
lowship at Stanford University in 2003.
Her main research interests are particle
astrophysics and cosmology, in particular the
domain of particle dark matter. Her present
work is focused on the direct detection of
non-baryonic dark matter with the cryogenic
dark matter search experiment and with
liquid xenon. Baudis teaches Physics with
Calculus and Mechanics 1.

CLASnotes November 2004

Peter Berg-
mann is an
associate pro-
fessor jointly
between the
Center for
Studies and
the Depart-
ment of
History. He received his PhD in 1983 from
the University of California, Berkeley, and
his area of specialization is modern German
intellectual history.
Before coming to UF, Bergmann was a
professor at the University of Connecticut for
15 years. His present research project exam-
ines German and American exceptionalism.
He is teaching Modern European Intellectual
History, Nationalism and the Idea of Europe,
and War and Society.

Chris Caes
is an assis-
tant profes-
sor, jointly
between the
Center for
Studies and
the Depart-
ment of Ger-
manic and Slavic Studies. His specialty is Pol-
ish studies, and he received his PhD in 2004
from the University of California, Berkeley.
Caes' current research focuses on con-
ceptions of selfhood and agency in the lit-
erature and cinema of Polish Stalinism. This
fall he is teaching Polish Culture and Society
of the 20th Century. In the spring, he plans
to teach Modern Polish Cinema and The
Absurd in 20th Century Polish Literature and

continued on page 4
page 3

New Faculty continued from page 3

Ain Ceo-
banu is an
assistant pro-
fessor jointly
between the
Center for
Studies and
the Depart-
ment of Soci-
ology. He earned his PhD in sociology from
the University of Illinois at Urbana-Cham-
paign in May 2004, with a certificate of grad-
uate specialization in Russian language and
area studies. His dissertation was on the pub-
lic sentiment of immigrants and immigration
policies in Central and Eastern Europe.
Ceobanu's current research focuses on
post-communist societies of East-Central
Europe and enlargement of the European
Union, cross-national aspects of national-
ism, inter-group relations, and collective
action and social movements. He is teaching
Nationalism and Ethnicity in Europe and
Culture and Identity in the New Europe.

Jian Ge is a
professor in
the Depart-
ment of
He received
his PhD in
from the Uni-
versity of Ari-
zona in 1998
and served
as an assistant professor at The Pennsylvania
State University. He also has held research
positions at the Lawrence Livermore National
Laboratory, the Steward Observatory and the
Beijing Astronomical Observatory.
Ge's research involves extrasolar planet
searches, planetary disks, brown dwarf and
faint companion searches, quasar absorption
line systems and optical and infrared instru-
ment techniques.

Vazquez is an
assistant pro-
fessor in the
of Psychology.
She earned
her PhD
from Cornell
in 1997 in '-.i..p, 1-..1..'_, v ir- a minor in
cognitive studies. Before coming to UF she
was a research assistant professor in the lab of
renowned neurophysiologist John Chapin at
the State University of New York at Brook-
Her research includes studies of olfac-
tory-based perception, learning, deci-
sion-making and motor execution. She
collaborates with her husband Raymond
Hermer-Vazquez, a new assistant scientist
in psychology, and the two are studying the
physiological basis for how different brain
regions involved in these behaviors commu-
nicate with one another, in both frequency
and time. They also are teaching a graduate
seminar, Current Controversies in Neurosci-

William Link
is the
Scholar in the
of History.
He received
his PhD in
history from
the University of Virginia in 1981, and his
specialization is the 19th- and 20th-century
American South. Before coming to UF, he
spent 23 years as a history professor at the
University of North Carolina, Greensboro.
Link has written four major books, most
recently, Roots of Secession: Slavery and Politics
in Antebellum Virginia, in 2003. He currently
is working on a project on the life of Jesse
Helms and teaches a graduate seminar, Race
and Politics in the American South Since

Xueli Li is
an assistant
professor in
the Depart-
ment of
Statistics. She
her PhD in
2002 at the
University of
Davis, and was a postdoctoral researcher at
the University of California, Los Angeles for
two years before coming to UE
Liu's current research focuses on bio-
informatics, specifically on gene expression
data and tissue micro-array data. She also
works on statistical genetics and functional
data analysis and has collaborations with the
McKnight Brain Institute.

Mennel is an
assistant pro-
fessor in the
of Germanic
and Slavic
Studies. She
received her
PhD in Ger-
man studies
from Cornell University in 1998 and has
held positions at Bates College and the Uni-
versity of Maryland.
She currently is completing a book proj-
ect on masochistic aesthetics in 19th- and
20th-century German language, literature
and film. Mennel's next research project con-
cerns the cinematic representation of cities.
She is teaching a graduate course on modern
German literature, Gender and Sexuality at
the Fin-de-Siecle, and an undergraduate film
seminar, From Berlin to Hollywood: Film

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O'Dwyer is
an assistant
sor, jointly
between the
Center for
Studies and
the Depart-
ment of Political Science. He recently earned
his PhD in political science from the Uni-
versity of California, Berkeley, specializing
in comparative politics with a regional focus
on European and East European politics. In
2004, his dissertation paper won Best Dis-
sertation in the American Political Science
Association's European Politics and Society
O'Dwyer has held a postdoctoral fel-
lowship position at Harvard University. His
current research considers the connection
between democratization and state build-
ing in post-communist Eastern Europe. He
teaches The Politics of Post-Communist East-
ern Europe and Introduction to Comparative

Mary Robison is a professor of creative
writing in the Department of English. She
received her master's degree from Johns
Hopkins University, and was a professor at
the University of Southern Mississippi before
coming to UE She also has held appoint-
ments at Harvard University, Oberlin Col-
lege, Ohio University, Bennington College,
the University of Houston and the University
of Southern California, Irvine.
Robison has worked as a screenwriter
and script doctor in Hollywood and is the
author of three novels and four collections
of stories. She also has published around two
dozen stories in The New Yorker. At UF, she
is teaching Introduction to Screenwriting and
a graduate writing workshop.

Ray Russo is
an assistant
professor in
the Depart-
ment of
Geology. He
received his
PhD in geo-
physics from
University in
1990, where he served as an assistant profes-
sor until coming to UF in 2004. He also has
held positions at Universite de Montpellier
II in France, the Carnegie Institution of
Washington in Washington, DC and the
University of the West Indies in Trinidad and
Russo's research focuses on the flow of
the Earth's upper mantle and its effects on
tectonics of the surface plates. Currently, he
has ongoing projects in Southeast Asia and
China, Chile, Venezuela, Hawaii, Romania,
the Caribbean and the central US. This
semester he is teaching Introduction to Geo-

Smith is an
assistant pro-
fessor in the
of Political
Science. He
received his
PhD from
the Univer-
sity of Washington in 2002 and served as an
academy scholar at the Harvard Academy for
International and Area Studies at Harvard
Smith is working on a book manuscript
on the politics of oil and state building and is
teaching Introduction to Comparative Poli-
tics, Southeast Asian Politics, and Authori-
tarianism in an Era of Democratization.

Sorbille is an
assistant pro-
fessor in the
of Romance
and Lit-
eratures. He
received his
PhD in His-
panic languages and literatures from the Uni-
versity of California, Los Angeles in spring
Sorbille specializes in 19th-century
Spanish American literature, Spanish Ameri-
can film studies and psychoanalytic theory.
He is teaching an undergraduate seminar,
Poetry and Essay of 19th Century South
Cone Literature.


an assistant

guages and
specializing in
Chinese. He received his PhD from the Uni-
versity of Chicago in 1999. Wang has taught
at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and
at Swarthmore College.
His current research focuses on the reli-
gious dimensions of traditional Chinese fic-
tion, and his most recent book is The Roman-
tic Sentiment and the Religious Spirit: The Late
Ming Literature and the Intellectual Currents,
published in 1999. He is teaching Chinese
Culture and Third-Year Chinese.

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page 5

The Great Debate

Gators get an inside ook at politics

S: not have been a clear winner of the vice presidential debate
between incumbent Dick Cheney and Senator John Edwards on : ier
5, but i-.. Roberts, : of the UF '- and Debate Team, says -
I :: / of Florida stole the show at the 2004 National Student Vice Presi-
dential i : which took place at Case Western Reserve U:.1 i on .
days ii:. : up to :i .. Edwards face-off.

As part of the festivities surround-
ing the only vice presidential debate this
election cycle, UF was one of 15 univer-
sities asked to participate in the Race at
Case-a program of activities organized
by Case i :vc University in
Cleveland, Ohio, the chosen venue of
the Cheney-Edwards debate. "When
we got the invitation to be part of this
event, I knew it was a big deal," says
Roberts. "But I didn't realize how big a
deal it .: until we arrived. We,
had no concept of how unique and how
special it was that we were invited."
UF President Bernie Machen and
Michael Rollo, associate vice president
for student affairs, chose a delegation
of five students to take part in the
event, including two members of the
UF Speech and Debate T i --
cal science and public relations junior
LaToya Edwards and economics junior
Scott Stewsart. The other three .
leaders chosen to join the group were
history and 1: i senior Max. .i
a ... ... Scholar; classics and finance
senior Bryson 7 president of
the .. Senate; and. I senior
Jamal Sowell, student body president. As
director of the UF Speech and Debate
Team and interim director of the Dial
Center for Written and Oral Commu-
nication, Roberts was asked to lead the
In addition to UF 14 other schools
from across the nation converged on

the Case Western Reserve campus the
first week of October to debate the
issues central to the 2004 presidential
campaign. UF was one of only a few
public universities invited to partici-
pate. Other schools included Carnegie
Mellon University, Cornell University,
Duke University, Emory University, Fisk
University, Johns Hopkins University,
University. .i ... Massachusetts
Institute ofT, .' .1! Ohio State Uni-
versity, University of Rochester, ... .
University, Vanderbilt University, Wash-
ington University in St. Louis, and Case
Western Reserve University
Upon ..' '.. in Cleveland, the
group : delegates from across the
nation split into two '. parties-
Democratic and Republican, depend-
ing on personal preference. Each party
elected a chair, press secretary and party
secretary and formed four ; .1: groups
to prepare for debate on key issues-
domestic policy, the economy, national
security and social issues. "When we
arrived on campus, our Gators just took
S' Roberts says. "They sought out
:. immediately "
1': i .r was elected chair of the
economic subcommittee for the F ..1 -
lican Party. On the Democratic side, the
delegates elected Edwards chair of the
subcommittee on domestic issues and
Stewart secretary of the subcommittee
on the economy.
During the live student debate

on October 4, which was later televised on C-SPAN,
Edwards and Miller represented their peers as two of
eight debaters chosen to argue the views of their sub-
committee during the actual debate. UF was the only
university to have more than one student take part in
the live debate. Edwards debated for the Democrats on
domestic issues and Miller for the same party on social
issues. CNN's Judy : .:: in front of an audience
of 500, moderated the 90-minute event.
"The most remarkable aspect of this experi-
ence was being able to watch these students really get
involved in the process," says Roberts. "i doubt that
any of them had ever been to an event like this before,
so to watch them n .:, deep into the issues and
the evidence, facts and opinions on the issues and then
develop a ... .... that represented them and that
would uphold the Constitution was very .i .
And our Florida delegation was just shining."
During the afternoon :. i ... the National Stu-
dent Vice Presidential Debate, only a few hours prior
to Cheney and Edwards taking the stage, reporter Judy
i.. :interviewed UF's own LaToya Edwards live
on CNN, .' .. with three other debaters from the
night before. :.- the most amazing moment of the
trip for me," Edwards says. "Only four participants
out of this sea of:... '.i : ... !,. : students were
chosen. I was beside .. -...: excitement and pride.
i remember : '.. on the stage with Judy saying to
me, 'So, Miss Edwards, University of :i i what are
your ... .. and it suddenly hit me that I was not
just : ... n. myself or my team, but the whole
university. That is a huge responsibility, but exciting
Edwards and .. with the six other
debaters-were the only people involved in the stu-
dent debate invited to attend the Cheney-Edwards

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debate. Everyone else enjoyed a VIP reception where
they watched the debate together on a big screen. "We
probably had more fun than they did," laughs Roberts.
"We were able to eat and laugh and hoot and holler at
the debate while those attending the actual event had
to sit in their seats, stiff as a board, for the 90-minute
televised event."
Though the National Student Vice Presidential
Debate is now history, the UF delegation says it will
not soon forget the experience. "I will take away great
memories and a better understanding of both sides of
the political spectrum's ideology," says Ridgway. Miller
says he came back to Florida with an eye-opening view
of American politics. "It was a good experience for
me in that I started to understand the rigidity of party
dogma, and I found with my debate preparation that it
does not come down to taking a stand on an issue, but
spinning it correctly. For this reason, I highly doubt I
will ever be involved with party politics, and instead
will focus on issue advocacy."
For Edwards, the event was a great networking
opportunity. "I am convinced that I have now made
connections with the future movers and shakers of my
generation," she says. "They were all so impressive,
insightful and energized about politics. I know many
of them will run for office, and when they do, I will
gladly give them my vote."
According to Roberts, many of today's successful
politicians, lawyers, journalists and entertainers first
learned how to make arguments and give speeches on
their college debate teams, including Janet Reno, Rich-
ard Nixon, Tom Ridge, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Brokaw

CLASnotes November 2004

Of the 73 college delegates at the National Student Vice Presidential Debate, only eight
were chosen to argue the issues in the live debate on October 4. UF was the only uni-
versity to have more than one student serve as a live debater. Pictured here, from left
to right, are all eight students with the event's moderator, CNN's Judy Woodruff: Adam
Hosmer-Henner, Duke University; Max Miller, UF; Ken Nesmith, Massachusetts Institute
of Technology; Cedric Logan, University of Rochester; Judy Woodruff, CNN anchor;
Fitzgerald Heslop, Fisk University; Shaan Ghandi, Case Western Reserve University;
LaToya Edwards, UF; and Sarah David, Johns Hopkins University.

and Johnny Cochran. At UF, the Speech and Debate
Team has helped fine-tune the speaking skills of US
Senator Bob Graham and former US Senator George
Housed under the Dial Center for Written and
Oral Communication in the College of Liberal Arts
and Sciences, the UF Speech and Debate Team is open
to all undergraduates and competes nationally against
other colleges and universities from September to
April each year. It prepares students for three areas of
debate-policy/team debate, parliamentary debate and
individual speech and oral interpretation events. Travel
is funded entirely by UF Student Government, cover-
ing all transportation, hotel and entrance fee costs for
the debaters.
Roberts has coached the team for the past 17 years
and serves as its director, van driver, travel coordinator
and bookkeeper. "I am frugal," she says. "Some might
even call me a tightwad when we travel. We certainly
pack in those hotel rooms and minivans so that we are
able to do this. Our travel budget is small in compari-
son to our counterparts who are able to fly everywhere
when we cannot. I will drive 15 hours one-way, but
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Tucker's National

Health Care Solution
Cristina Beato, the Acting Assistant Secre-
tary of the US Department of Health and
Human Services, visited campus on October
20 to award Psychology Professor Carolyn
M. Tucker an additional $286,539 exten-
sion to a grant from the Agency for Health
Care and Research Quality she first received
in 2000. Beato met with Tucker and the
graduate students on her behavioral medi-
cine research team to learn more about their
work on cultural sensitivity in the health
care system. "I try to go around the country
and find what I consider to be the best prac-
tices and solutions for the nation," Beato
told Tucker in the one-hour meeting.
The next phase of Tucker's research
involves implementing an intervention
plan to improve the cultural sensitivity of
health care providers by altering the physi-
cal environment of clinics, training health
care professionals, and teaching patients to
respectfully obtain culturally sensitive heath


the College

CLAS Assembly Meeting November 15
The college will hold an assembly meeting at 4 pm on Monday, November 15 in
the Keene Faculty Center. The agenda, prepared by the CLAS Steering Commit-
tee, is a panel discussion on faculty self-governance and rights with presentations
by Kim Tanzer, Department of Architecture; Kim Emory, Department of Eng-
lish; and Gary Ihas, Department of Physics. Questions and comments are wel-
come after each short presentation. Visit www.clas.ufl.edu/governance/ minutes.
html to review the minutes of the September 14 meeting.

Education Specialist Joins
Academic Advising Staff
Kim Fugate is a new advisor for the Academic Advising
Center. She holds an education specialist degree from UF
and is a PhD candidate in mental health counseling, special-
izing in crisis intervention. Before arriving at UF in 1998,
she served as a resident director for Semester at Sea, an
adjunct writing instructor at Santa Fe Community College,
and an area coordinator for Appalachian State University and
Murray State University.
At UE Fugate has served in several graduate positions while attending school
full-time, including hall director and leader/scholar program coordinator for
Trusler Hall, crisis intervention consultant for the Department of Housing, and
teaching assistant for counselor education courses. She also has completed intern-
ships with the UF Career Resource Center and the Student Mental Health Care

CLAS Dean's Office
Welcomes New Support Staff
Rebecca Dukes has joined the administrative staff of the
CLAS dean's office. She comes to CLAS from the College
of Medicine, where she has held positions in the chairman's
office of the Department of Psychiatry and the chief's office
in the U..1.. : Division.
She will be handling various projects for the dean's
office, including teacher evaluations, scholarship processing,
annual administrative evaluations, elections, data gathering
and reporting, academic activity reports, instructor workload reports, non-aca-
demic activity reports, class rolls, and Grade-a-Gator. She will also be assisting
Associate Dean Jim Mueller on space assignments and physical plant projects.

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CLASnotes November 2004

Adam Veige has received a $50,000 New
Faculty Award from the Camille and Henry
Dreyfus Foundation, Incorporated. He is
one of nine professors nationwide to receive
the honor. Established in 1946 by chemist,
inventor and businessman Camille Dreyfus
as a memorial to his brother and fellow
chemist, Henry, the foundation's purpose is
to advance the science of chemistry, chemi-
cal engineering and related sciences. Veige
was chosen based on his proposed research
program, which aims to exploit structural,
electronic and reactivity tenets to design
reactive early transition metal complexes for
the purpose of small molecule activation
and catalysis.

Criminology. Law and Society
Paul Magnarella received the Distinguished
Service and Leadership Award from the
president of the Association of Third World
Studies at its annual meeting in October.

Germanic and Slavic Studies
Nora M. Alter presented a paper, "Bring-
ing Back Aesthetics and its Implications,"
at the German Studies Association's annual
conference held in Washington, DC in early
October. Eric Kligerman also presented a
paper at the conference titled, "Ethics is an
Optics: Anxiety and the Gaze in Resnais and
Celan." During a chairs meeting at the con-
ference, Will Hasty made a presentation on
UF's nascent Institute for the Online Study
of German Language and Culture and its
web-based German studies courses.

Franz Futterknecht recently made a presen-
tation on UF's web-based German studies
courses at the 7th International Colloquium
on International Engineering Education,
held in Rhode Island.

Christina Overstreet presented the paper,
"Effects of Question-Glossing in Online
Reading and Look-up Behavior" at the 2004
University of Hawaii National Foreign Lan-
guage Resource Center summer symposium.

James K. Brooks recently received an award
from the London Mathematical Society,
which included support for a lecture tour
on his research on von Neumann algebras
and abstract stochastic processes. He gave
lectures at the University of London, Christ
Church College, The Mathematics Institute
and Reading University.

A research workshop conducted in March
2004 by students of the mathematics
department has been reported prominently
in the October 2004 issue of the Society for
Industrial and Applied Mathematics News. A
special grant of $9,000 from the National
Science Foundation enabled the UF chapter
of the Society for Industrial and Applied
Mathematics (SIAM) to host student partic-
ipants from as far away as Korea and India.
Topics discussed at the conference included
optimization, imaging science, homogeniza-
tion and finite element methods. The work-
shop was organized by graduate students
Jungha An, Beyza Asian, Weihong Guo,
Feng Huang, Shu Jen Huang, Sukanya
Krishnaswamy, Arun Krishnaswamy,
Adnan Sabuwala, and Hongchao Zhang.
The faculty advisors were Yunmei Chen,
Jay Gopalakrishnan, William Hager and
Shari Moskow. The conference was the first
organized by the UF SIAM chapter.

Dwight Adams has received the 2005
Keithley Award from the American Physi-
cal Society. The award recognizes physicists
who have played an important role in the
development of measurement techniques or
equipment that has had an impact on the
physics community. Adams was recognized
for his development of the capacitive pres-
sure transducer, and for its application to
the helium melting pressure thermometry
and other scientific uses. He will receive
$5,000 and a certificate citing his contribu-
tions, both of which will be presented at the
2005 APS meeting in March.

Lise Abrams was selected as one of the three
recipients of the 2004 Women in Cognitive
Science Mentorship Award from Women
in Cognitive Science, an affiliate of the Psy-
chonomic Society. The awards are designed
to encourage established scientists, both
male and female, to develop the research
and publication skills of female students in
cognitive science. Up to three awards are
given each year to scientists who have dem-
onstrated sustained, effective mentorship of
female students and who also have served
as a research advisor or supervisor to one or
more female students during the academic
year immediately preceding the nomination.

Mario Poceski has received a Center for
East Asian Studies Fellowship in Chinese
Studies at Stanford University for 2004-
2005. At Stanford, he will be working on
a book that explores the attitudes toward
morality and monasticism within the Chan
school of late medieval Chinese Buddhism.
He will return to UF in the fall of 2005.

Romance Languages and Literatures
Professor of Spanish Shifra Armon has
received a grant for her project, "Fray
Antonio de Guevara: A Wake-Up Call to
Courtiers," from the Spanish Ministry of
Education, Culture and Sport's Program
for Cultural Cooperation. She will conduct
research in Madrid at the National Library
of Spain.

Women's Studies
and Gender Research
Angel Kwolek-Folland has been selected as
a J. William Fulbright Senior Specialist can-
didate, which will allow her to work with
college and university departments outside
the US on research and program develop-
ment and curricular transformation. Senior
specialists lead seminars, give lectures and
hold workshops at host institutions.

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

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More than 33,000 people in the United
States are expected to be diagnosed with
leukemia this year, and once stricken
with the malignant cancer of the bone
marrow and blood, patients, on aver-
age, have only about five years to live.
Chemistry Professor Nigel Richards
and his colleagues in the College of
Medicine have received a grant from the
National Institutes of Health to lay the
groundwork for the development of new
methods of diagnosing and treating the
"If you get leukemia, the treat-
ment has really been fairly standard
over the last 40 years," Richards says.
"What physicians do is give you anti-
leukemia drugs and inject an enzyme
into you that breaks down asparagine
in the blood. By removing asparagine
in the blood, the leukemia cells appear
to be more sensitive to treatment with
the drugs. The problem is that the
enzyme injected into the blood causes an
immune response-giving rise to severe
side effects. In the event that the initial

Grants through the Divisi
Sponsored Research

August-September 2004
Total: $8,663,056

treatment does not fully cure the leu-
kemia, it begins again, and is then very
likely to be resistant against renewed
Richards and fellow researchers
Stephen Hunger, associate professor of
pediatrics, and Michael Kilberg, profes-
sor of biochemistry and molecular biol-
ogy, have been awarded $100,000 a year
for two years to explore a hypothesis
they have developed for better treating
drug resistant leukemia. More specifi-
cally, the researchers will examine an
enzyme called asparagine synthetase and
the onset of drug resistance in leukemia
cells. Using proteomics methods-a
new science of coding human proteins
revealed through the Human Genome
Project-they hope not only to develop
new methods for diagnosis but also to
unravel the biological processes that
cause human cells to become resistant to
the drugs oncologists use to treat leuke-
Through his prior research, Kilberg
has discovered that patients become drug
resistant because leukemia
cells at some point start
)n of producing an enzyme

called asparagine synthesize, which makes asparagine
inside the cells. It is unknown why this increase in the
enzyme makes leukemia cells resistant to drugs, and
this is the question Richards hopes the team's research
will answer. "We would like to find out what happens
to the cell when it becomes drug resistant," he says.
"How does that even work-how does increasing one
enzyme cause a cell to go from drug sensitive to drug
resistant? That is an amazing thing-just one cellular
event can result in a situation whereby we can no lon-
ger treat the disease."
Richards, who has taught at UF since 1991,
received a PhD from Cambridge University in Eng-
land in 1984. In addition to this new project, he has
long-term grant funding from the NIH for his studies
of enzymes that have potential clinical use in treating
and preventing kidney stone formation and related dis-
-Buffy Lockette

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

Debate, continued from page 7

beyond that we fly. We try not to have the students miss class, but
that does happen. Most of the other programs in the Southeast have
major scholarships for the students that compete for them and very
large budgets for travel. We are working with our alumni in hopes of
providing scholarships in the future."
Typically 70-80 students get involved with the team each year,
though not all travel and compete in events. Before Roberts will allow
a debater to compete in a national event involving air travel, he or
she must have a strong performance record at the regional level. Rob-
erts, however, takes as many students as she can pack in a minivan to
regional competitions.
"Debate is an amazing activity," she says. "A lot of students get
page 10

involved because they did it at the high school level and they are
addicted. But we have many students who seek us out because they
want to enhance their speech skills. Having a competitive speech pro-
gram at a major university is a very important characteristic, I believe,
because it demonstrates that our extracurricular activities can be aca-
demic and skill building."
Students interested in joining the UF Speech and Debate Team
are invited to attend one of its weekly meetings, held each Tuesday
at 6:15 pm in room 211 of Rolfs Hall. Visit http://grove.ufl.edu/
-debate/ for more information.
-Buffy Lockette

CLASnotes November 2004

Bookbeat Recent publications from CLAS faculty

....... Mourning a Father Lost A Kibbutz Childhood Remembered
,-E.c ,I ,,___

Mourning a Father Lost is an account of
o parents who never experienced parent-
hood and children who missed out on
childhood. Along with other kibbutz chil-
dhoo dren of his generation, the book's author,
P Avraham Balaban, grew up in this type
S- of Israeli community that included the
1 collective ownership of property, com-
l 'munal living, and the rearing of children
by people assigned to the job by the kib-
butz rather than by their parents alone.
Balaban, professor of modern Hebrew literature in the Department
of African and Asian Languages, stepped out of his academic role to
write this very personal memoir in the aftermath of his father's death.
Published in Hebrew in 2000 and this year in English, the book
has caused quite a stir with its vivid portrayal of the costs to children
and parents of a kibbutz society that imposed an ideological straight-
jacket on its members. It was a social experiment where everything
was communally owned and children lived and slept together with
little adult supervision in a building known as the children's house. It
was a place where parents were allowed to see their children for only
one hour a day and where Balaban's mother, a teacher, could not even
leave her kindergarten group long enough to comfort her son once
when he had fallen and hurt himself.
A childhood memoir was not the sort of book Balaban originally
thought he could write. The book is based on actual events during his
childhood but also includes fictitious names and conversations to con-
vey certain aspects of kibbutz life. "I didn't want to write a documen-
tary, but fiction, and it was difficult to satisfy the literary critic in me,"
he says. "It's a very demanding process. When I write scholarly works,
I know my pace. I know that at the end of the day I will have three

MakingAmerican Boys: Boyology and
the Feral Tale, Kenneth B. Kidd (Eng-
lish), University of Minnesota Press
Will boys be boys? What are little
boys made of? Kenneth B. Kidd responds
to these familiar questions with a thor-
ough review of boy culture in America ro
since the late nineteenth century. From
the "boy work" promoted by character-
building organizations such as scouting
and 4-H to current therapeutic and pop
psychological obsessions with children's
self-esteem, Kidd presents the great variety of cultural influences on
the changing notion of boyhood. Analyzing icons of boyhood and
maleness from Father Flanagan's Boys Town and Max in Where the
Wild Things Are to Eliin Gonzilez and even Michael Jackson, Kidd
surveys films, psychoanalytic case studies, parenting manuals, historical
accounts of the discoveries of "wolf-boys," and self-help books to pro-
vide a rigorous history of what it has meant to be an all-American boy.

CLASnotes November 2004

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or four typed pages. When I started writ-
ing fiction it was frustrating to sit from
morning to evening and end up with a
But the writing brought its own sat-
isfactions. "I received so many letters from
people who thanked me for telling their
own stories. So many are sure these stories
are about themselves." Some, however, are
angry that he has ruined their idyllic view
of kibbutz life. "I tried to say something
about the flaws of the second generation, Avraham Balaban, African
about the psychological toll, and I think and Asian Languages and
this is what some people don't like." Literatures, author of Mourn-
The book is not the first to criticize ing a Father Lost (Translated
by Yael Lotan, Rowman and
the kibbutz educational system, but its Littlefield Publishers)
literary power has given it a far greater
impact in the public mind, as described
by author and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel and Columbia Uni-
versity Professor Dan Miron, who each provided an endorsement
quote about the book, with Miron writing, "An important, sensitive,
extremely well-written literary work.... This crystallized elegy is writ-
ten with restraint, wisdom, piercing insight, and impressive narrative
and skill."
Publishing his memoirs has turned Balaban into a semi-official
expert on kibbutz life. He was interviewed by the BBC and has been
asked to write an introductory chapter for a book accompanying an
exhibition on the children's house to be held next year at the Tel Aviv
Museum in Israel.
-Michal Meyer

Environmental Politics and Policy, m"'mc.
Walter A. Rosenbaum (Political Science),
CQ Press
Coming to grips with today's envi-
ronmental policy challenges is no small
feat. What are the major environmental
policy changes under the George W.
Bush administration, and how do they
compare with policies of previous admin- iT s
istrations? What are the merits-and
limits-of recent market approaches to
environmental regulation and manage-
ment? How can students best understand the concept of "acceptable
risk" and other scientifically-based decision making tools with regard
to the regulation of toxic substances? Rosenbaum's classic, compre-
hensive text-now in a totally revised sixth edition-offers definitive
coverage of environmental politics and policy, lively case material, and
a balanced assessment of current environmental issues.

Junk Mail Be Gone!

CLASnet Launches New Anti-Spam
and Anti-Virus E-mail System

CLASnet has implemented a new anti-
spam and anti-virus e-mail system for
everyone using the CLAS server for e-
mail. These changes are designed to catch
more spam messages than the previous
system and result in fewer misclassified
The anti-virus system errs on the
side of caution, so you will see more
informational notices than in the past.
However, rather than the cryptic "permis-
sion denied" message used in the former
system, the subject line of your e-mail
message will read VIRUS ALERT, which
means someone tried to send you a virus,

someone tried to send you a
forbidden attachment, most
likely an executable one. If
you were expecting an attach-
ment from the sender, contact
the sender and ask for the file
to be sent as a ZIP attachment.
At this time, about three percent
of the total e-mail traffic is viruses
or banned attachments.
The anti-spam system scores each
message, using multiple criteria. If the
score reaches a certain level, the message
subject is prefixed with SPAM. If the
message score exceeds the criteria, it is
blocked. At this time, about 72 percent of

r the total
ber of incoming


e-mail messages are blocked or tagged as
spam. Please visit www.clasnet.ufl. edu/
howto/mail-filtering for more information
about these new e-mail features.


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