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The University of Florida
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


In this Issue:

Florida Blue Key
Honors UF's Best & Brightest........... 3

Onward & Upward.........................

Collecting Latin America on Film.... 5

Forensics Unwrapped..................... 6

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

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

Career Showcase is for
Liberal Arts & Sciences Too! .......... 12

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

CLASnotes is published by the College of Liberal
Arts and Sciences to inform faculty, staff and stu-
dents of current research and events.

Contributing Editor:
Web Master:
Copy Editor:

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

Jeff Stevens: cover (Walsh-Haney)
Jane Gibson: p. 3 (Iwata)
Jane Dominguez: p. 3 (Kwolek-Folland); p. 4
(McCloud, McDade, Anderson); p. 5 (Vera);
p. 7 (Mock Crime Scene); p. 8 (Kreppel); p. 10
(Ward); p. 11 (Ginway)
Courtesy Department of Chemistry: p. 3 (Vala)
Courtesy Upward Bound: p. 4 (Students)
James Murrell: p. 7 (Sarcophagus);
Courtesy Career Development Services: p. 12
(Career Showcase)

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CLAS The Dean's


yof o Unlike Any Other Before
Of all the fall semesters, no other in recent memory has been more turbu-
lent, strained or filled with new beginnings-sometimes exciting, sometimes
challenging-than the fall of 2004. With the wrath and disorder of the
state's hurricanes, the impact of a new software management system, and
the excitement of new leadership, tensions and emotions have been at an
all-time high on campus.
Staff members who help us on a daily basis have borne the brunt of
the new changes brought on by PeopleSoft, and we need to give our spe-
cial gratitude to all of them. They do not always share in the credit for the
academic accolades that are the mark of our community, but without our
staff's dedication and hard work-our grants, payrolls, reimbursements and
many other tasks would come to a standstill and certainly not reach the
level needed for us to attain our ambitious academic goals. Yet, many of
our staff members have dealt with disarray at home and on campus. They
arrived on campus for work at the usual times for work as UF opened after
the storms, without mention of any special troubles, only for us to find later
that many of these tranquil, never-complaining workers were without water
and power for days and even weeks. In this festive season, please think of
your supporting staff, especially those you may not always see every day,
who keep the power and plumbing and all the basic utilities functioning
and the university running. Just take time to say thank you.
Of course, the coincidence of the storms occurring a couple of months
after the university switched to a new software system only amplified the
pressure on our staff. We are now overcoming these challenges, and in
the new year, can look forward to fresh opportunities as President Bernie
Machen continues to map the path for the future. The energy and impa-
tience to move forward is palpable, and one year from now we will be
tasked to show what we have done to move the institution toward the top
tier of public universities in the US. Impossible, say the curmudgeons, but
let us remember that it was only a short time ago that we were struggling to
have UF accepted as the state's flagship university, with the need to become
a first-rate public university. The first statement is now readily accepted (and
echoed publicly by our governor), and the second is now taken by many as
achievable with effort. We have programs that are national leaders and rec-
ognized worldwide, and we will continue to expand these. In brief, as one of
my favorite curmudgeons said, "give us the tools and we will finish the job."
Have a safe and enjoyable holiday season, and as you plan your future,
academic or otherwise, dare to be original.
Neil Sullivan
sullivan@phys. ufiedu

On the Cover:
Anthropology PhD candidate Heather Walsh-Haney examines skeletal specimens at the C.A. Pound
Human Identification Laboratory at UF She is one of five expert investigators on the new Discovery
Channel series, Mummy Autopsy, which premiered December 7. Walsh-Haney presents her work
in four of the 13 episodes this season and has signed a five-year contract with the cable network.
CLASnotes December 2004 / January 2005

Florida Blue Key Honors

UF's Best & Brightest

During the UF homecoming festivities in November, three CLAS professors were honored for
their outstanding service and dedication to the university with a 2004 Distinguished Faculty
Award from Florida Blue Key. Psychology Professor Brian Iwata, History Professor and Director
of the Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research Angel Kwolek-Folland and Chemis-
try Professor Martin Vala were three of four faculty members chosen from across campus to
receive the honor.

"I was very impressed by
not only the time each nominee
has dedicated to his or her field
of study and teaching efforts,
but also to community service,"
says Matthew Wein, an econom-
ics and geography senior who
chaired the five-member awards
committee comprised of faculty
and undergraduate and graduate
students from across campus. "I
was sorry we could only recog-
nize four of them."
The winners were recog-
nized at the 75th Annual Home-
coming Banquet, a highlight
of which was an appearance by
US Senator Bob Graham. They
also were honored at a special
event, Education Celebration,
designed specifically to thank
distinguished faculty for their
hard work throughout the year.
Iwata, Kwolek-Folland and Vala
also had the opportunity to ride
in the homecoming parade.
Iwata has been a professor
at UF for the past 18 years. He
received a PhD in psychology
from Florida State University
in 1974, and was an associ-
ate professor in pediatrics and
psychiatry at Johns Hopkins
University before coming to UF
in 1986. He is a licensed psy-
chologist and certified behavior
analyst and is a leading authority
on experimental approaches to
behavioral assessment. During
the past decade, more than 80
undergraduate students from
Iwata's laboratories have gained
admission into top graduate

programs, and half of the recipi-
ents of the B.F Skinner Award
from the American Psychological
Association have been his former
PhD students.
"Given the very large size
of our faculty and the excel-
lence evident in their work, I
was very honored to receive this
award and realize that there are
many who are equally deserv-
ing," Iwata says. The thing he
likes best about the university, he
says, is its interdisciplinary col-
laborative spirit among faculty
across departments.
Kwolek-Folland came
to UF in 2000 to assume the
directorship of the Center for
Women's Studies and Gender
Research. She served as a profes-
sor of history and women's stud-
ies at the University of Kansas
from 1987 to 2000, after receiv-
ing her PhD in women's history
from the University of Minne-
sota in 1987. Her specialization
is women in business, and she
has published two books on
the topic, Engendering Business:
Men and Women in the Corporate
Office, 1870-1930, which won
the 1995 Sierra Prize for best
historical monograph from the
Western Association of Women
Historians, and Incorporating
Women: A History of Women and
Business in the United States.
"Being recognized by stu-
dents and colleagues whom I
respect so highly is an incredible
honor," she says. "I was bowled
over by the nomination and am

so proud to be selected. It's espe-
cially meaningful to me that the
award comes in part from stu-
dents, knowing that they value
my contributions to the life of
the institution."
Vala has been a professor
at UF for the past 37 years.
He received his PhD from the
University of Chicago in 1964,
and came to UF in 1966 after
completing two postdoctoral
fellowships with the National
Science Foundation. His areas of
specialization are spectroscopy
and photochemistry, and the
main thrust of his work is on
the preparation and spectro-
scopic study of unstable species
that may contribute to signals
observed from interstellar space.
He received the Undergraduate
Teacher of the Year Award in
1991 and a Teaching Incentive
Program Award in 1994 and
"There are many things
I like about being a professor
here," he says. "But I suppose
the thing I like best is trying
to stir up students' curiosity, in
particular about chemistry and
science, but also about anything
and everything. And this goes
equally for when I am teach-
ing or doing research with my
students or giving a demonstra-
tion on some neat reaction that
changes color or blows up! It is
very flattering to be honored this
way, especially since I love what
I do."
-Buffy Lockette

CLASnotes December 2004 / January 2005

Brian Iwata

Angel Kwolek-Folland

Martin Vala
Martin Vala

page 3

When Pamela Barr was in middle school, she remembers her mother bringing her to UF to see her older
sister participate in numerous activities sponsored by the Upward Bound program. Now, more than
10 years later, Barr has completed the same program and followed in the footsteps of her three older
siblings who all attended UF "My mom always had all of us going to events and being around the
Upward Bound program while my older sisters were in it, so I knew that I was going to be a part of this

wonderful program," she says.

Upward Bound, which has been
funded by the US Department of
Education since 1971, originated
from the Economic Opportunity
Act of 1964 in response to President
Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty.
"Our objective is to increase the
number of students from low-
income households, including first
generation college students and eth-
nic minorities, who attend college,"
says Barbara McDade, a geography
professor and the program's interim
director since August.
The program is administered
through UF's Office of Academic
Support and Institutional Services
(OASIS) and targets high school
students from low-income house-
holds in Alachua, Bradford and
Levy counties. Students can partici-

pate for all four years of high school
or apply as late as their junior year.
Up to 80 students meet almost
every Saturday during the fall and
spring at UF and attend three
55-minute classes taught by high
school teachers and UF graduate
Courses in English, computer
science, biology, chemistry, algebra,
geometry, trigonometry and Span-
ish are offered, and the students
usually take classes that correspond
with their high school curriculum.
Two counselors also attend the
Saturday tutoring sessions to enrich
the personal development of partici-
Upward Bound programs exist
at hundreds of colleges and univer-
sities around the country. However,

some only offer tutoring sessions
and not the Saturday classes, so
UF is somewhat unique, explains
Annetta McCloud, the program's
assistant director. "These students
have a tough schedule to follow, and
once admitted they are expected
to attend classes regularly. If they
do not perform well, they are not
invited back the next semester."
"We have a success rate of
more than 90 percent, meaning this
is the percentage of our students
who complete the program and
then enroll in a two or four-year
college," says McDade. "One of my
objectives is to identify alumni and
to continue tracking our students
after college graduation.
Barr, a junior nursing student
who graduated from Buchholz

High School in Gaines-
ville in 2001, is the
fourth child in her fam-
ily to participate in the
program. Her two older
sisters have already earned
degrees from UF and her
brother, Anthony, gradu-
ates this spring. Barr says
she also has two cousins
in high school who are
participating now. "The
staff told us about our
different college options,
gave us SAT and ACT
prep help, and even took
us through the process of
applying to the university
or college of our choice,
and applying for financial
aid," says Barr. "The pro-
gram helped to influence
my life by sending the
message that in order to
excel in life you need to
do more than just gradu-
ate from high school. You
need to go to college, be
involved, volunteer, and
even go on to get your
masters, which is what I
plan to do."
-Allyson A. Beutke

CLASnotes December 2004 / January 2005

page 4


Latin America on Film

The film collections of the George Smathers Library
have received a big boost thanks to the pioneering
efforts of Sociology Professor Hernin Vera. Armed
with a $40,000 grant from the UF Office of Research
and Graduate Programs, the College of Liberal Arts
and Sciences and the Center for Latin American
Studies, Vera has assembled the university's first Latin
American feature film collection to enhance the
research and educational experiences of faculty and
Comprised of nearly 1,200 titles on VHS and
DVD, the collection contains classic Latin American
films dating back to the 1920s, as well as contempo-
rary selections. What makes the new collection unique
is that half of its contents are films that have never
before been imported into the US. "It is not the big-
gest collection of Latin American films in the nation,
but we do have the best selection," says film librarian
John Van Hook, who served as Vera's counterpart at
Smathers on the project. "We have had places like
Harvard University call and ask where we were able to
get some of our films."
Due to the scarcity of Latin American films in the
US, Vera traveled to Mexico and Chile to acquire the
bulk of the collection in person. A native of Santiago,
Chile, he was able to draw from personal experiences
when working on the project. "A large part of my
knowledge of Latin American films comes from the
fact that I watched them when I was young," he says.
"I know all of the names of the great directors and
actors I grew up with."
As a law student in Chile in the 1960s, Vera
became a cine forum leader and held public discus-
sions on popular films of the day. When he later
moved to the US, he was surprised at the paucity of
Latin American films imported into the country. "I
was astonished to discover our library did not have a
collection of Latin American films," he says. "Over a
third of the population of Florida has Latino ancestry,
so we cannot, as a university in Florida, not have a
Latin-American film collection."
With the assistance of Van Hook and Smathers
Library Director for Technology Services Martha
Hruska, Vera spent the past two years building up the
UF Latin American film holdings. Jewels in the collec-
tion include 22 films by Mario Moreno, better known
as Cantinflas, the Mexican comedian who starred in
the original version of Around the World in 80 Days.
The early films of Argentine actors Libertad Lamarque,
Hugo del Carril and Carlos Gardel, Vera says, are also

among the most interesting films in the collection. About two thirds of the films
have already been cataloged, and can be easily browsed on shelves surrounding the
front counter of Library East and checked out for up to three days at a time. The
collection can also be searched in the library's online catalog, WebLUIS, using "latin
america" or the name of a particular country as search words.
"They fly off the shelves quicker than possibly anything else in our film collec-
tions," Van Hook says. "We have so many Latino and Latin American students here
who enjoy them. Just a few months ago we had a new student who had just moved
here from Ecuador come in, and I was able to find him five popular movies-two of
which he had never seen and was looking forward to watching. No other institution
has anything like this and the library owes a huge debt of gratitude to Dr. Vera for
lighting a fire under us and taking the initiative to get this done."
-Buffy Lockette

CLASnotes December 2004 / January 2005

page b

Forensics Unwrapped

Mummy Investigators Solve the Ultimate Cold Case Files

To look at doctoral candidate Heather Walsh-Haney-a vivacious and outgoing woman so full of life-
you would never guess she is an up and coming expert in the science of the dead. The Chicago native
originally pursued a career in hotel and restaurant management, moving to Florida in her early 20s to
oversee operations at a St. Petersburg Hilton hotel. Now 36 and only a few months shy of defending
her doctoral dissertation, the anthropology student has been tapped by the Discovery Channel to co-
host a new series, Mummy Autopsy, in which she uses cutting-edge forensic science to unwrap clues
about some of the world's most intriguing mummies.

Walsh-Haney enrolled as an undergraduate at
the University of Florida in 1994 with the intention
of studying cultural inrlr. '.p. 1 ..,. But after William
Maples, then director of the C.A. Pound Human
Identification Laboratory at UF, paid a visit to her
biological inrl-i. p.. l... ,class, she became deeply fas-
cinated with the field of forensic anthropology. "I was
just swept away by the notion that what we learn in
in rli-. .p. l... and studying bones and human behav-
iors can be used to solve a crime," she says. Shortly
after that, Walsh-Haney set up an appointment to talk
with Maples about the possibility of volunteering in his
lab. He took her on as an assistant and she has worked
for the Pound Lab ever since.
One of the busiest forensic inrli. ..p l.1 'labo-
ratories in the US, the Pound Lab handles between
100-120 cases annually. Under the direction of Antho-
ny Falsetti, the lab works with 24 medical examiners
in Florida, and has offices in New York, Georgia, Texas
and Alabama to help law enforcement officers answer
questions about how a person died. Experts in skeletal

remains, forensic anthropologists are able to examine
clues as to how populations of people might have lived,
how old they were when they died, if they were female
or male, diseases they might have had, and types of
trauma they may have experienced and relate their
traumas to climate, warfare or occupation.
Working closely with local law enforcement and
the government, forensic anthropologists often help
solve crimes and identify individuals who died in mass
disasters, wars, homicides, suicides or accidental deaths.
The Pound Lab, recognized internationally as one of
the world's best training grounds for forensic anthro-
pologists, has handled a series of high profile cases since
its inception in 1991-including the investigations of
the circumstances surrounding the deaths of US Presi-
dent Zachary Taylor, Spanish explorer Francisco Pizarro
and civil rights advocate Medgar Evers. It was the
Pound Lab's international reputation that inspired Kate
Botting, series producer of Mummy Autopsy, to look at
UF when recruiting hosts for her show.
"Towards the end of 2003, we began a mass

search to find the right
presenters," Botting says.
"It took two months,
looking throughout
Europe and America.
We were looking for
presenters who had an
adventurous spirit, were
well respected in their
field, and had the ability
to convey complex ideas
in a way the audience can
understand. Heather has
been fantastic."
Walsh-Haney was
asked by Botting to
audition and was cho-
sen as one of five expert
presenters on the series'
mummy investigation
team Anrl-.r. .p. .. ,l -
alumnus John Schultz,
who received a PhD
in 2003 and is now an
assistant professor at the
University of Central
Florida, is also a co-host.
The show premiered
on December 7 during
Egypt Week and will
continue for 13 weeks,
with a new episode airing
each Tuesday night at 9
p.m. A complete episode
guide can be accessed
online at www.discovery.
com. Walsh-Haney pres-
ents her work in four
shows this season and has
a five-year contract with
the Discovery Channel.
"It has been fantastic
because I have been able

CLASnotes December 2004 / January 2005

page b

to look at skeletonized
remains that I would
never have had the
chance to see this early
in my career," she says.
"I got to look at an Iron
Age warrior, Egyptian
mummies, and help solve
cases in Wyoming of
cowboys long dead."
One of only a hand-
ful of graduate students
at UF majoring in
forensic anthropology,
Walsh-Haney is among
a select few in a field
that is becoming more
popular. Undergraduates
interested in becoming
forensic anthropologists
usually major in psy-
chology, inrl-. p. .1. .',l
or biology and then, if
admitted into graduate
school at UF, they can
pursue an MS and PhD
in inrli-. p. .1. ',with a
focus in forensics.
According to Allan
Burns, who served as
chair of the Department
ofAn, rl-.i p. .1. 1.,- from
1998 until assuming his
current post as the CLAS
associate dean for faculty
affairs this fall, roughly
one-third to one-half of
UF in rlr-. p. 1 ..,' under-
graduates are interested
in becoming forensic
anthropologists, though
the department is only
able to take on one or

two new forensic inrl.-.. p .1., ,-graduate students each
year. To better prepare students for graduate school,
the department is in the process of adding a BS degree
in addition to its BA in iinrl,-i. .p. ...;,. He says the col-
lege also is considering creating an interdisciplinary
bachelor's degree in forensic sciences.
"This field is hot right now. With shows like CSI
and Patricia Cornwell novels, the popular interest has
greatly increased," Burns says. "I think the newfound
interest in forensics also reflects a change in students'
worldview. Forensic inrl.. -.p. 1. .;, is a place where
you can use very hard sciences-like DNA work and
chemistry-and have a very applicable social impact.
Today's students are bringing a broader skill set to the
university, and forensic anthropology allows students
with a very strong science background to use molecular
biology to solve crimes and human rights cases."
Forensic anthropologists can even help solve mys-
teries hundreds of years old. In the 1990s, experts from
the Pound Lab were invited by the Russian govern-
ment to serve on the team of international scientists
that positively identified the newfound remains of the
Russian Imperial family-the Romanovs-executed by
Bolsheviks in 1918. Maples and Falsetti were able to
identify the remains of Russia's last tsar, Nicholas II, as
well as those of his wife Alexandra, their older daugh-
ters Olga and Tatiana, the family doctor and three
servants. Two bodies were missing-the young prince,
Alexei, and one of the two younger daughters, Anas-
tasia or Maria. Though the remains of one of the two
younger princesses were discovered in the mass family
grave, it is widely disputed whether they were those of
Maria or the legendary Anastasia.

Connie Mulligan, a biological anthropologist in
the Department ofAnrl-.i .p. 1. .;., and associate director
of UF's Genetics Institute, was recently commissioned
by the Hispanic television network Univision to deter-
mine whether the 24-year-old remains of a Colombian
woman were those of Maria. By comparing DNA
evidence of the living daughter of the woman who had
claimed in life to be the missing Maria Romanov to
samples recovered from Empress Alexandra, Mulligan
was able to debunk the Colombian family's claims. She
was interviewed on the hit Univision newsmagazine,
Primer Impacto, which aired in late November.
Walsh-Haney, in the first episode of Mummy
Autopsy, traveled to the National Museum of Scotland
in Edinburgh to determine whether the 3,500-year-
old remains of an Egyptian woman and a young child
are those of a queen and her descendent. It is a far cry
from her days at the Hilton. During the past ten years
Walsh-Haney has spent at UF, she has worked on
numerous forensic cases, including identifying victims
from the airplane crash of ValuJet flight 592 that went
down in the Florida Everglades in 1996 and victims
from the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the
World Trade Center. To keep her wits when dealing
with such heartbreaking cases, Walsh-Haney says it
helps to debrief with co-workers.
"Unfortunately, we deal on a smaller scale with
that kind of human tragedy every day," she says.
"There is a banter that exists between us that keeps
everyone going-we know that we are helping this per-
son and bringing them justice. Part of living is dying,
and since we will always have people who die before
their time, we will always need people to investigate it."
-Buffy Lockette

CLASnotes December 2004 / January 2005

page 7

Mills Appointed to
National Advisory
US Secretary of Health and
Human Services Tommy Thomp-
son has appointed Sociology Pro-
fessor Terry Mills to the National
Advisory Council on Aging. His k
appointment begins on January 1 Terry Mills
and continues until 2008. As one
of 18 members on the council, Mills will advise the
secretary and the directors of the National Institutes of
Health and the National Institute on Aging on mat-
ters relating to the conduct and support of biomedi-
cal, social, and behavioral research, training, health
information dissemination, and other programs with
respect to the aging process. The council meets at least
three times each year in Washington, DC.
At UF, Mills serves as the CLAS associate dean
for minority affairs and director of the Office for Aca-
demic Support and Institutional Services. His research
examines how physical health, functional disability and
demographic and socioeconomic factors influence the
levels of depressive symptoms among older adults.

Jewish Studies Launches
Lecture Series
UF's Center for Jewish Studies and the Jewish Fed-
eration of Volusia County are sponsoring a series of
public lectures designed to expand the understanding
of Judaism and strengthen ties between the center and
the community. The three lectures are free and will be
held at the Museum of Arts and Sciences of Daytona
Beach at 2 pm on each date.
Known as the "Lehrhaus Judentum" (Adult
Continuing Jewish Education), the series will feature
speakers from academia and cover topics as diverse as
Kristallnacht and the Dead Sea Scrolls.
The first lecture, "The Ghosts on the Wall," by
Ken Wald, former director of the Center for Jewish
Studies and a professor of political science, was held
on December 5. The February 6 lecture on Jewish
denominationalism will be given by Mitchell Hart,
the Alexander Grass Eminent Scholar in Jewish Stud-
ies and an associate professor of history. On April 10,
James Mueller, an associate professor of religion, will
share his research on the Jewish world depicted by the
famous scrolls discovered in a cave at Qu'umran.

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the College

Faculty Honored with
International Educator Awards
At the third annual UF Internationalization Seminar on
November 15, President Bernie Machen awarded an Inter-
national Educator of the Year Award to Amie Kreppel,
associate professor of political science and director of the
Center for European Studies. This is the first year the award
has been given, and it recognizes outstanding senior and
junior-level scholars making significant contributions to the
internationalization of the UF campus and curriculum. Amie Kreppel
Each college was allowed to nominate one or two
candidates, depending on its size, and all nominees were recognized during the
award ceremony, including the other candidates from CLAS, Zoology Profes-
sor Karen Bjorndal, and Chemistry Professor Randy Duran, the Honors
Program's nominee. A campus-wide selection committee organized by the UF
International Center chose the top two overall winners-Kreppel, at the junior
level, and College of Education professor Thomas Oakland at the senior level.
Kreppel was awarded a plaque and a $5,000 prize.

Register Now for
Women's Leadership Conference
Registration is open for the 18th annual Women's Leadership Conference to be
held Sunday, February 13 in the J. Wayne Reitz Union. Organized by the Wom-
en's Leadership Council through the Dean of Students Office, this year's event,
"Women by Chance, Leaders by Choice," will offer 30 workshops, a mentoring
program with community professionals, a keynote speaker (to be announced in
January), networking activities and an organization fair.
The cost is $20, which includes all activities, breakfast and lunch. Atten-
dance is open to the entire community. A limited number of need-based scholar-
ships are available for students who require assistance with the conference regis-
tration fee. Visit www.dso.ufl.edu/wlc for more information and to register.

McQuown Scholarship
Applications Due in February
The college is currently accepting applications for the 2005-2006 O. Ruth
McQuown scholarship program, created in honor of the first woman associate
dean in CLAS, O. Ruth McQuown. The scholarship recognizes outstanding
female students in the humanities, social sciences, women studies and interdisci-
plinary studies in these areas, and is open to current undergraduate and graduate
students, as well as incoming graduate students.
Up to five undergraduates will receive between $500 and $3,000 and two
graduate students, one incoming and one current, will receive a substantial mon-
etary award. The deadline to apply is February 21 for current UF students and
February 7 for incoming graduate students. Application forms are available in
2014 Turlington Hall and online at web.clas.ufl.edu/scholarships/
ruthmcquown.htm. For more information, contact Yumiko Hulvey at
yhulvey@aall.ufl.edu or 392-6800.

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H. Russell Bernard attended the International
Federation of Science Editors (IFSE) meeting in
Merida, Mexico in October. The group meets
every two years and brings together science editors
from across the world to discuss new technologies
in publishing and how to improve scientific com-
munication in developing nations. Bernard created
a panel of social scientists for the meeting, the first
time since its founding that IFSE has invited social
scientists to participate.

James Winefordner was recently named a fellow
of the Society of Applied Spectroscopy, one of the
first to receive this honor. He has also received the
Strock Award from the Federation of Analytical
Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies, given by
the New England Section of the Society of Applied
Spectroscopy in recognition of a selected publica-
tion of substantive research. In March, Wineford-
ner will receive the Maurice Hasler Award at the
Pittsburgh Conference, an annual conference on
analytical chemistry and spectroscopy.

Jennifer Rea gave an invited talk titled, "Aratus
and Augustus: Astrology in the Age of Saturn," at
the Varietates Lectionum: Approaches to Roman
Religion conference at the University of Mississippi
on October 23.

Criminology, Law and Society
Paul Magnarella presented the paper "Reconciling
the US with a Fugitive Black Panther in Africa"
at the annual meeting of the Association of Third
World Studies in October at Mercer University. He
has been legally representing Black Panther Pete
O'Neal, a fugitive living in Africa, in Federal Court
since 1997. Magnarella also recently published
"Internationally Protected Human Rights: Fact or
Fiction?" in the journal Human R.-'., and Human

Alex R. Piquero has been appointed to the edito-
rial boards of eight journals including, Criminology,
Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Jour-
nal of Quantitative Criminology, Youth Violence &
Juvenile Justice, Justice Quarterly, Journal of( It, .',
Therapy and Comparative Criminology Journal of
Youth and Adolescence, Crime &Delinquency, and
Youth & Society.

Dean's Office
Margaret Fields has been named to the Associa-
tion of Psychological Type's Board of Directors as
director of education. The group is an international
membership organization which promotes the

CLASnotes December 2004 / January 2005

practical application and ethical use of psychologi-
cal type by linking members and others interested
in type with opportunities for continuous learning,
sharing experience and creating understanding and
knowledge through research.

Ron Carpenter received the 2004 Douglas Ehnin-
ger Distinguished Rhetorical Scholar Award at the
National Communication Association's annual
convention recently in Chicago. The award recog-
nizes Carpenter's multiple publications and pre-
sentations around a rhetorical topic or theme that
have demonstrated intellectual creativity, persever-
ance and impact on academic communities. Doug-
las Ehninger is a former UF speech professor who
moved to the University of Iowa. When Carpenter
came to UF in 1971, he was hired into Ehninger's
former position.

Debora Greger and William Logan have been
honored by Centenary College in Shreveport,
Louisiana with the Corrington Award for Literary
Excellence. As the 15th and 16th recipients of the
award, named in memory of Centenary alumnus
John William Corrington, the two received bronze
medals designed by renowned sculptor Clyde Con-
nell at a ceremony on November 9, during which
they read from their works.
The award also carries a special feature-a
book by each winner is incorporated into all sec-
tions of the fall first-year experience courses at
Centenary. More than 300 students and faculty at
the university are reading Logan's ) Battles and
Greger's Desert Fathers, Uranium Daughters.

Germanic and Slavic Studies
Franz Futterknecht, Will Hasty, and Christina
Overstreet gave a panel presentation at the nation-
al meeting of the American Association of Teachers
of German titled "Approaches to Linguistic and
Cultural Competence in the Hypermedia Environ-
ment" on November 20 in Chicago.

Graduate students Aneka Meier and Sven-Ole
Anderson each presented papers at the recent
Southeast Atlantic Modern Language Association
conference in Roanoke, Virginia in November.
Meier delivered a paper titled "Second Cul-
ture Acquisition and Cutting-Edge Technology."
Andersen's paper was titled "Between Book and
Computer: Divergent Positions on Teaching Meth-
odologies and Possible Benefits."

Jewish Studies
English Professor Judith Page will serve as interim
director of the Center for Jewish Studies start-
ing on January 1. Page came to UF in 2000 and
received a Skirball Fellowship to spend the spring

2003 semester in England at the Oxford Centre
for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. The center's new
permanent director, Jack Kugelmass, will assume
duties on July 1, 2005. Known for his studies
of Jewish communities in America and Eastern
Europe, Kugelmass formerly was the Irving and
Miriam Lowe Professor of Holocaust and Modern
Jewish Studies and Director of the Jewish Studies
Program at Arizona State University.
Political Science Professor Ken Wald has
served as director since 1999 and will spend a sab-
batical as a visiting fellow at Harvard University's
Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
before returning to full-time teaching and research
at UE

Gerard Emch presented a lecture titled "Quan-
tum Statistical Mechanics" at the Foundations of
Physics Handbook Workshop, held at the Center
for Philosophy of Science at the University of
Pittsburgh in late October. In early November, he
also presented two talks on special philosophy of
physics, "Not What Models Are, But What Models
Do" and "Spontaneous Symmetry Breakdown in
Statistical Mechanics" at Princeton University.

Romance Lanauaaes and Literatures
Sylvie Blum-Reid (French) presented a paper on
"Linda Le: Cuisine rutilante/cordons bleus expa-
triees" at the annual Pacific and Modern Language
Association conference at Reed College in Port-
land, Oregon on November 5.

Bernadette Cailler (French) chaired a session and
presented a paper, "Kebir M. Ammi et Augustinus
After: A propos de terres plurielles, de cultures com-
posites, et de pens6es de l'Un," at the joint annual
meetings of the African Studies Association and the
Canadian Association for African Studies in New
Orleans on November 11-14.

Charles Perrone (Portuguese) was the guest
speaker at Santa Fe Community College's Interna-
tionalizing the Curriculum workshop on Novem-
ber 30. The second annual workshop was designed
for faculty to collaborate with Perrone to enhance
global awareness.

David Pharies (Spanish) presented an invited
paper, "Zur Typologie der Suffixentstehung im
Spanischen," at the October 19th meeting of the
Vienna Linguistics Society. On October 21, he
presented "Redacci6n de una nueva edici6n de un
diccionario bilingiie" at the Vienna University of
Economics and Business Administration.

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page 9

Bookbeat Recent publications from CLAS faculty

Radio and the Struggle for Civil Rights in the South
Brian Ward (History), University Press of Florida

For History Professor Brian Ward, there are
certain moments in the civil rights struggle
that are impossible to understand fully with-
out appreciating the role of radio. Ward's new
book, Radio and the Struggle for Civil Rights
in the South, examines both well-known and
obscure sites and events in that struggle.
"Even during
some of the best-
known campaigns
and events," he
says, "there are
things that don't
make any sense
without recogniz-
ing the role that
radio played,
especially in the
Brian Ward community. It
helps to explain
some otherwise inexplicable parts of the
The book grew out of Ward's earlier
work on the connections between music
and civil rights. "It became clear there was a

hidden story about how radio, in particular
black-oriented radio, had interacted with
the civil rights movement," explains Ward.
"Radio has been important in raising funds,
mobilizing people to protest and register
to vote, and as a vehicle for spreading ideas
about how the struggle might be waged. It
had done all that at the same time as enter-
taining African Americans-creating a sense
of pride in community and self-respect that
was vital to the trajectory of the movement."
While historians of the civil rights
movement have been interested in the role
of the media, they have tended to dismiss its
impact on white American racial attitudes
and not paid much attention to how the
media worked in the black community. One
of the arguments of the book, says Ward, is
that radio was demonstrably more effective
than television or the print media in reaching
black southerners.
Ward relied on a variety of sources for
his social and cultural history: traditional
archival sources, such as the papers of civil
rights organizations and activists; radio sta-
tion records (which proved erratic due to the

frequency with
which stations
were bought and
sold); the papers
of the Federal
tions Commis-
sion; contempo-
rary newspapers
and magazines, and interviews with activist
disc jockeys and station executives.
Although the book focuses on how radio
worked in the African-American community,
Ward argues that it also had authority with
and impact on white listeners. "Once the
signal is up there, if you have a receiver you
can tune in and listen, whether it's politi-
cal messages or pop culture. If you're white,
especially a white southerner, that can change
your perspective and provide a little breach in
the wall of prejudice."
Radio was not just a tool in the struggle,
says Ward, it was also a site of the struggle-a
struggle for better pay and greater employ-
ment and ownership opportunities.
-Michal Meyer

Sound Matters: Essays on the Acoustics of
German Culture, edited by Nora M. Alter
(German) and Lutz Koepnick, Berghahn Books
The sounds of music and the German
language played a significant role in the devel-
oping symbolism of the German nation. In light
of the historical division of Germany into many
disparate political entities and regional groups,
German artists and intellectuals of the 19th and
early 20th centuries conceived of musical and


linguistic dispositions as the nation's most pal- IM I 1 El
pable common ground. According to this view,
the peculiar sounds of German music and of Nora M. Alter Lutz Koepnick
the German language provided a direct conduit
to national identity, to the deepest recesses of the German soul. This volume
gathers the work of scholars from the US, Germany, and the United Kingdom
to explore the role of sound in modern and postmodern German cultural pro-
duction. Working across established disciplines and methodological divides, the
essays of Sound Matters investigate the ways in which texts, artists, and per-
formers in all kinds of media have utilized sonic materials in order to enforce or
complicate dominant notions of German cultural and national identity
page 10

Brave New Neighborhoods: The Privati-
zation of Public Space, Margaret Peggy
Kohn (Political Science), Routledge
Fighting for First Amendment rights is
as popular a pastime as ever, but just because
you can get on your soapbox doesn't mean
anyone will be there to listen. Town squares
have emptied out as shoppers decamp for
mega malls; gated communities keep pesky -gbho
signature gathering activists away; even most
internet chatrooms are run by the major
media companies. Brave New Neighborhoods S
considers what can be done to protect and
revitalize our public spaces. In recent years,
courts have upheld prohibitions preventing homeless people from begging
in the subway, tenants from distributing newsletters to their neighbors, and
activists from leafleting in front of the post office. Brave New Neighborhoods
lays out the blueprints of the future towns these changes have created, and in
this new geography, the First Amendment comes from the wrong side of the

CLASnotes December 2004 / January 2005

Brazilian Science Fiction: Cultural Myths and Nationhood in the Land of the Future
M. Elizabeth Ginway (Portuguese), Bucknell University Press

Professor of Portuguese Libby Ginway sees
Brazilian science fiction as a tool for discov-
ering and describing the South American
nation's experience of modernization in
her new book, Brazilian Science Fiction.
Her study, which spans the period between
1960 and 2000-from before the military
through the
reintroduction of
democracy, and
up to the pres-
ent day-shows
Brazilian science
fiction respond-
ing to issues of
identity, forced
economic devel-
opment, colonial-
Libby Ginway ism and global-
In Brazil as elsewhere, science fiction
is considered somewhat marginal as a lit-
erary phenomenon, but Ginway believes
this lack of prestige heightens the genre's
usefulness as a cultural barometer. "Popular

genres tend to have the pulse of the politi-
cal unconscious. They reveal cultural trends
long before literary fiction begins to reflect
them," explains Ginway. "It has a sociologi-
cal value for me, and it is very useful for the
way it reflects Brazilian thinking on such
issues as globalization, postcolonialism, for-
eigners and fear of technology."
Ginway points out that Latin Ameri-
can science fiction is often taken more
seriously outside Latin America than in its
home territory. This is particularly true of
Brazilian science fiction, which has a small
readership in Brazil. Ginway attributes this
relative lack of interest to the popularity of
magic realism in Spanish America and the
strong realist and naturalist traditions in
According to Ginway, Brazilian sci-
ence fiction has changed over time. "In the
past, it was used as a way to try to protect
the traditional national identity from the
inroads of the 'brave new world' of technol-
ogy," she says. "Contemporary authors, in
contrast, are more interested in the decon-
struction of these traditional myths of race,

gender and
class." A clear
example is the
use of robots.
Early robot
stories, she says,
portray their
through the
Brazilian myth
of benevolent
slavery, while
current robot
stories deal with violent crime, class issues,
and the possibility that robots will replace
human workers.
Ginway came to the University of Flor-
ida in 1995. Along with science fiction, her
interests also include 19th-century Brazilian
literature and the formation of the Brazilian
identity. She is currently collaborating on
a bibliography of science fiction in Latin
America and teaching an undergraduate
and graduate class on science fiction in Bra-
-Michal Meyer

Metaphorical Circuit: Negotiations
Between Literature and Science in 20th jI rj
Century Japan, Joseph A. Murphy (Asian
Studies), Cornell University Press
Metaphorical Circuit follows a series of e and ce
first-rank 20th century Japanese thinkers as A n "
they pose the question of whether the tech-
niques and modes of reasoning of the sciences
can provide more substantive knowledge
claims in the realm of culture. Beginning from
the rapid institution of late 19th century Japan
of a modern university system, this study
argues that the clean separation of literature an.
and science in the new space was a point of
acute and continuing concern for intellectuals. Despite the vigor and sustained
science-literacy of their engagement, Mori Ogai, Natsume Soseki, Terada Tora-
hiko, Edogawa Rampo, Maeda Ai and Karatani Kojin offer no easy answers as
one after another these thinkers run their analyses into fragmentation, discon-
tinuity and contradiction.
-Book jacket

The Hindu World, edited by Sushil Mittal and
Gene Thursby (Religion), Rutledge
The Hindu World is the most authorita-
tive and up-to-date single volume on Hindu-
ism available today In 24 chapters, written
by leading international scholars, it provides a
comprehensive and critical guide to the various
literature, traditions, and practices of Hindu-
ism. Ideally tailored as an introduction to key
topics in Hinduism and for use as a definitive
reference source, the book offers fresh insights
into many aspects of Hindu life. It reflects
upon the impact of recent poststructuralist
approaches while emphasizing Hinduism's
classical heritage and everyday customs in ways that will be familiar to Hindus
themselves. Exploring the enormous diversity of Hinduism's multi-dimen-
sional culture while considering its status as a category for analysis, the book
achieves a distinctive creative balance between scholarly "outsider" perspec-
tives and the beliefs and values of practicing Hindus.

CLASnotes December 2004 / January 2005

page 11

Career Showcase is

for Liberal Arts and

Sciences Too!

Many liberal arts and sciences students struggle with the question "What should I
do with my life?" because they define themselves by their major, and consequently
only consider careers that directly relate to their own field of study. For example,
most crin iin..1. ._,- majors tend to think of law enforcement, intelligence agencies and
law as the only career options available to them. Sociology and philosophy majors
sometimes believe the only thing they can do with their major is teach or go to grad-
uate school. This approach to career exploration and job searching is too limiting.
Many employers who attend UF's Career Showcase are interested in students
who have the ability to communicate effectively, think critically and creatively and
solve problems-skills that CLAS graduates possess. In a study published by the
National Association of Colleges and Employers, employers rated verbal and written
communication skills as the most important skill they look for in candidates. Other
skills and qualities that employers value include honesty and integrity, the ability to
work in a team effectively and get along with others, enthusiasm and motivation,
critical thinking, adaptability, leadership, creativity and organization skills.
CLAS students should stop defining themselves by their major and start think-
ing about careers that value their skills. All students are strongly encouraged to
attend Career Showcase on February 1-2 from 9 am to 3 pm in the Stephen C.
O'Connell Center. There will be full-time, co-op and internship opportunities dur-

Career Showcase: The O'Connell Center is filled with oppor-
tunities-you just have to attend.

ing the two-day fair. The first day will feature oppor-
tunities in technical fields such as computer science,
construction, engineering, information systems/tech-
nology and scientific research. The second day is for
non-technical fields that include accounting, banking,
consulting, government, human services, management,
retail, sales and other fields without a scientific or tech-
nical focus. Visit www.crc.ufl.edu for more informa-
-Farouk Dey Assistant Director for
UF Career Development Services


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