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The University of Florida
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences



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In this Issue:

Studying Hindu Traditions............... 3

Putting the SPICE in Science............4

Serving Up Success....................... 5

CLAS Students
Receive Top Honors........................ 6

CLASSC Gets Involved ......................7

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

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

Boo kbeat ........................................ 11

Join Us for Spring
2005 Graduation .......................... 12

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The Dean's


Congratulations to the Class of 2005!

The end of the academic year is upon us, and we take spe-
cial pleasure at this time in recognizing the achievements
and dedication of our graduating class. These students
represent the best of an extraordinarily gifted group who
can clearly succeed wherever they go with the right direc-
tion, the right impulse and their dedication to serve. The
number of distinctive awards won by our undergraduates
continues to grow this year with two Goldwater, one Udall
and four Beckman scholars, among others. (see page 6).
While we have come to expect high academic stan-
dards from our students in all areas, the commitment on
their part to serve society at large has really impressed me.
We have several students who have dedicated themselves
to serve the Teach for America program, forgoing a start
on their careers in order to give others less fortunate than
them a chance by using their skills and knowledge to assist
low-income neighborhood schools. Others are serving the
country in different ways, through the military services,
in hospitals, in the remote areas of the underdeveloped
world, and in our nation's Capitol as interns to your rep-
resentatives. Perhaps one of our most inspiring graduates
is Donald Rosenberg, a 70-year-old PhD student who has
earned his degree in Spanish literature after working in the
restaurant business for more than 50 years and deciding
anything is possible (see page 5).
Our graduates are tomorrow's leaders, and we should
be very proud of them. They are the standard bearers
of new ethical issues and are determined to build a bet-
ter world, more connected, and, if they succeed, more
humane. Please join me in congratulating our graduating
class of 2005, as we wish them all the success they fully

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

Jane Dominguez: Cover, p. 4, p. 5, p. 7,
p. 8, p. 11 (J. Page)
Vasudha Narayanan: p. 3
Alan Bolten: p. 10
Courtesy Hankuk University
of Foreign Studies: p. 12

On the Cover:
Seventy-year-old waiter Donald Rosenberg is graduating from UF April 30 with a PhD in Spanish lit-
erature (see page 5). More than 1,800 CLAS students are graduating this semester, with over 300
of them earning a master's or doctorate. For the first time, CLAS is holding two commencement
ceremonies this spring-one for undergraduates and another for graduate students (see page 12).

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CLASnotes April / May 2005

Neil Sullivan
sullivan@phys. ufi.edu

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Centr for indu tudie, wit whic UF wll hae colaboraions

"Oxford has been encouraging us to do this
for a while and is very supportive of our
venture," says Religion Professor Vasudha
Narayanan, who will serve as the center's first
director. "Many universities in this country
are just opening up to the idea of Hindu
studies and, since our program is inter-
disciplinary and we are not just looking
at it through one set of lenses, I believe
we will create new inter- est."
Drawing from
UF's richly diverse
resources, CHiTra
will offer a series of
interdisciplinary courses
and lectures to UF stu-
dents focusing on Hindu
traditions and the arts, Hinduism and
environmental concerns and Hinduism
and health-related issues. It also will offer
regular instruction in one of the old-
est Indo-European languages, Sanskrit,
which remains an official language of
India. The acronym CHiTra is the San-
skrit word for "beautiful work of art."
The center will not initially offer
an undergraduate major or minor, but
will work towards offering a certificate
program. Its first three courses will be
offered in the fall-an honors course,
Introduction to Hindu Culture, taught
by Narayanan; and Beginning Sanskrit,
taught by graduate student Michael
Gressett, as well as Second-Year San-
skrit, taught by Govinda Rangarajan, an
adjunct professor who holds a PhD in
Sanskrit from Madras University in India.
Much like the word "Hindu" itself-
which serves as an umbrella term for

several religious and cultural traditions that
originated from India-the center will bring
together faculty from across campus, collabo-
rating extensively with the Department
of African and Asian Languages
and Literatures, the Asian Stud-
ies Program, the Center for
Women's Studies and Gender
Research, and the School of
Theatre and Dance. "By
gathering faculty and
students with diverse
interests and limited
resources from multiple
units in the university,
the center will get the
synergy for organizing
programs and develop-
ing the curriculum,"
says Narayanan.
The center will
have strong ties with
Oxford and is plan-
ning to co-host a
series of lectures and
programs for the
research community,
as well as possible
faculty and student
exchanges. It also
will collaborate with
the Indira Gandhi
National Centre for
the Arts in New
Delhi to pursue
joint research proj-
ects in India and
the possible exchange
of visiting scholars. The

Gainesville community will benefit from
CHiTra by attending sponsored art exhibits
and dance and musical performances offered
in conjuction with the Center for World
Arts, the Samuel P. Ham Museum of Art,
and the Phillips Center for the Performing
Arts. The center also aims to help expand the
Hindu studies collection at UF's Smathers
The creation of the center was the
idea of Narayanan, the former president of
the American Academy of Religion and a
researcher of the Hindu traditions of India,
Cambodia and America. "She has extensive
connections internationally because of her
research, and in some ways her presence
makes it possible for us to do this in ways we
might not be able to were she not here," says
CLAS Associate Dean for Centers, Institutes
and International Affairs Angel Kwolek-Fol-
An ad hoc advisory committee has been
established to guide the center and includes
Joan Frosch, associate professor and assistant
director of the School of Theatre and Dance;
Charles Mason, curator of Asian art at the
Ham; David Hackett, associate professor and
chair of the Department of Religion; Shaya
Isenberg, associate professor of religion; and
Bron Taylor, associate professor of religion.
"The center promises to provide impor-
tant intellectual and artistic leadership in the
internationalization of the university," says
Frosch. "No US institution, as far as I know,
has such a center in place. I would expect
CHiTra to play an increasingly national, if
not international, role in the understanding
of Hindu culture, its traditions and innova-
tions." -Buffy Lockette

CLASnotes April / May 2005

page 3

putting the

in science

Twice a week, nine UF graduate students trade the quiet of their offices and
the solitude of their microscopes for the clamor of middle school classrooms.
These students head to a trio of middle school campuses across Gainesville to
bolster science programs and turn kids on to science.

The program, Science Partners in
Inquiry-based Collaborative Education,
or SPICE, is a three-year project funded
by the National Science Foundation
to encourage inquiry-based learning of
science, technology, engineering and
mathematics in middle schools that do
not have the resources to provide hands-
on, in-depth science programs. The $1.7
million grant that supports SPICE is up
for renewal this year, having first been
established at UF in 2003.
"We focus on the middle schools
because studies have shown that early
adolescents-especially airls-begin to

lose interest in science, technology, engi-
neering and mathematics," says Doug
Levey, the UF zoology professor who
serves as the principal investigator on the
NSF SPICE grant. "We know that this is
the time to keep kids interested."
Currently, Howard Bishop, Lincoln
and Westwood are the middle schools
benefiting from the program. Inquiry-
based labs, the centerpiece of SPICE,
are carefully planned, enthusiastically
received by the middle schoolers and
occasionally edible-one about atomic
structure uses miniature marshmallows
for protons and electrons. "Getting the

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kids interested isn't a challenge," says Jennifer Stokke, an
environmental engineering PhD student who teaches at
Westwood. "Even the kids who don't really like science
are interested."
SPICE, one of about 100 such NSF-funded pro-
grams nationwide, serves as a proving ground for gradu-
ate students who, in the not-so-distant future, will face
lecture halls full of college undergraduates. "A goal is to
turn out graduate students who are better equipped to
be teachers," Levey says.
Graduate students and middle school teachers
apply to the program annually, and a UF faculty advi-
sory committee selects nine students and nine teachers
each year to work together in the classroom. Graduate
students receive a one-year $30,000 fellowship plus
tuition and fees while the teachers receive a $3,325 sti-
pend, and both receive $2,500 for supplies.
"What drew me to the program was the ability to
do research, teaching and outreach," says Larisa Grawe,
a zoology PhD student who teaches at Lincoln. "With
this program, NSF is sending a message that all three are
Balancing their SPICE commitments with their
individual research is difficult, the graduate students
agree. But they look for ways to integrate their fields of
study into the middle school classrooms. Grawe, whose
focus is paleontology, brings in fossils for her students
to examine and study. Christine Stracey, a zoology PhD
student, studies the effects of urbanization on the com-
mon mockingbird-Florida's state bird-and says she
would like one of her students from Lincoln to aid with
her research this summer.
"The program gives us opportunities to do things
we would not otherwise be able to do," says Sara Char-
bonnet, a Westwood sixth grade science teacher in
her second year with SPICE. "In order to do labs and
inquiry-based learning, it takes a lot of preparation, and
the SPICE fellows are a big help."
On each of their two days a week in the classroom,
the graduate students teach about 125 or 130 middle
schoolers. Next year, the program will expand to two
more Alachua County middle schools: Hawthorne and
Oak View.
Levey says the program and the interest it fosters
could steer underprivileged middle schoolers toward
higher education-and that SPICE could be a well-
spring of future engineering, math and science majors at
UE "If we can get these kids into these disciplines early
on, there is a chance they'll stay in the field," he says.
"It's only a matter of time before it provides a wealth of
resources for the university."
-Warren Kagarise

"I like the feel-good factor, the fulfillment of seeing the
lights turn on in kids with topics that are traditionally dif-
ficult to learn," says Donovan German, a PhD zoology stu-
dent who teaches at Howard Bishop and plans to teach
in the program next year as well. "Of course not every
single kid gets it right away, but I think the majority are
impacted and that has to be important."
CLASnotes April / May 2005

serving up


Following UF's commencement ceremonies on
April 30, many graduates and their families will
no doubt flock to Amelia's Italian restaurant in
Downtown Gainesville to celebrate. But this year,
70-year-old waiter Donald Rosenberg will not be
there to serve them. Instead, he will be celebrating
his own success after receiving a PhD in Romance
languages and literatures. After 52 years in the
restaurant business, he is starting a new life.

Born and raised in Boston, Rosenberg dropped
out of high school on his 16th birthday. "I was exer-
cising my so-called right to be a rebellious teenager,
he says. He immediately left home and began sup-
porting himself as a busboy and then, after two years,
promoted to waiter and he has not changed careers
since. It was not until age 46 that he decided to earn
his GED. A few years later, he began taking courses at
Palm Beach Community College in West Palm Beach,
enrolling in classes that interested him, such as French
literature and classical music.
"When I was young, I loved to read and research
and study, but only on my own terms at my own
pace," Rosenberg says. "Back then, I had a strong
rebellious antipathy against authority or regimentation.
Once I got into college I realized how wrong I was."
After two years, he had accumulated so many credits
that an associate's degree was easily within grasp. He
earned an AA in 1987, and then moved on to Florida
Atlantic University, where he received a BA in languag-
es and linguistics in 1989 and a master's in the same
discipline in 1991. "Then I thought, I'm not going to
stop now," he says. "I'm going to go for *.., ,irn''
He was accepted into UF's PhD program in Romance
languages and literatures in 1992 and decided to con-
centrate in Spanish literature.
Rosenberg's dissertation is on the use of paradox
in the writings of Miguel De Unamuno, a writer and
philosopher from the Basque Region of Spain who
lived from 1864 to 1936 and served as president of the

University of Salamanca. "He thought
that he could deal with the challenges of
life by taking a very self-contradictory
perspective, and in many senses it seems
to have worked for him, as I feel it is
working for myself," Rosenberg says. He
has worked under the guidance of dis-
sertation chair Montserrat Alas-Brun, an
associate professor of Spanish. "Donald
has a job with a demanding schedule,"
she says. "He has worked tenaciously
and tirelessly to complete his disserta-
tion on time, in order to graduate this
For more than eight of the 13 years
Rosenberg has lived in Gainesville, he
has supported himself by working as a
part-time waiter at Amelia's. He has also
worked at the former Capriccio Restau-
rant in the University Centre Hotel and
what is currently the Paramount Hotel
on 13th Street. Following graduation,

however, he plans to begin his job search
and start a new life for himself. He is
hoping to teach, but would also consid-
er using his education and years of expe-
rience in a non-academic setting. No
matter his career path, he is not going to
let society's preconceptions about his age
hold him back.
"I have been trying to change the
attitude that a person's ability is com-
mensurate to a number on a calendar,"
he says. "The majority of people as they
reach their last years internalize these
societal attitudes, so they tell themselves
that they cannot do this or that because
they are of a certain age. I think this is
very tragic because a lifetime of experi-
ence is something that should not go to
-Buffy Lockette

CLASnotes April / May 2005

page 5

CLAS Students

Receive Top Honors

USP Best Paper Awards: At the University Scholars ... sixth
annual i :- banquet in April, two CLAS students were awarded Best -..
Awards out of the four scholars honored. Laura Belle :' "...i a Spanish and
sociology senior, who was mentored by Spanish lecturer Greg Moreland, won for
her ;... "The ::. .- of Ethnicity on the Development of Cultural Awareness
and Identity in a Study Abroad .:. ." Abigail Sewell, a senior men-
tored by / and Wiomen's Studies Assistant Professor Kendal Broad, won
for i i Impact of Workplace Isolation, Occupational Stress, and Stereotypes on
the Experience and Expression of Anger Among Black Workers." Each received a
commemorative certificate and $250. Assistant Professor of Religion and Jewish
Studies Nina Caputo was named an C. i Mentor, nominated by senior
history major Angelica Acosta.

Goldwater Scholarships: Two UF students have received 2005 Barry M.
Goldwatcr Scholarships. Edwin A. Homan is a junior chemistry major who intends
to pursue a PhD in organic chemistry. He is currently working in the laboratory of
Jean-Marie Lehn, a Nobel Laureate in chemistry (1987), at the University of Stras-
bourg in France, through the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) pro-
gram. Joseph P. '..'"........ is a sophomore electrical .. major with a physics
minor who plans to pursue a PhD in ... :... ".. .'.. He has .. :. ..
in the REU at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Wilson is a John V. Lombardi
Scholar, president of the Honors Ambassadors and former director of the :: .
on the ii project.
The Goldwater Scholarship was created to encourage outstanding students to
pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering, and to foster
excellence in those fields. Only 320 Goldwater scholarships were awarded this year
from 1 '. .: ..- ... --and each scholarship covers s ._. : expenses for tuition,
fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annual.

Beckman Scholar Awards: For the second year in a row, UF was one of
13 universities selected to receive a Beckman Scholar Award from the Arnold and
Mabel Beckman Foundation, based on its commitment to quality undergraduate
research. i. awards program provides scholarships, .. and travel '.. for
undergraduates majoring in chemistry, biochemistry, the biological and medical sci-
ences or an interdisciplinary combination of these sciences.
Each student is paired with a faculty mentor and required to perform 10 hours
of research each week during the academic year and work : i .. for 10 weeks dur-
ing two summers. All four Beckman Scholars selected for 2005 are CLAS students:
Casie Hilliard, chemistry and mathematics sophomore, mentored by Chemistry
Professor Lisa McElwee-White; Lari McEdward, an interdisciplinary neuroscience
sophomore, mentored by Zoology Professor Lou Guillette; Edward Miller, a chem-
istry sophomore, mentored by Assistant Professor of Biochemistry Mavis Agbandje-
McKenna in the ( : of Medicine; and Kristen Misiak, a biochemistry and
English sophomore, mentored by Assistant Professor of Zoology David Julian.

Graduate Student Teaching Awards:
Each year, up to 20 UF teaching assistants are rec-
ognized with a Graduate Student Award
based on : in teaching. The TAs are nomi-
nated by their departments, and a faculty committee
makes the final selections. This year's winners from
the are: Jung-ha An, mathematics; Jonathan
Barnes, Germanic and Slavic studies; Peter Barry,
philosophy; Timothy Bonnet, mathematics; Kate
Dockery, i .. Ramon Hinojosa, sociology;
Robin Nuzum, "':. Alegria Ribadeneira, Span-
ish; Jace Stuckey, history; Joemer Ta-ala, K....
Alison Van Nyhuis, English; Heather Walsh-Haney,
The top three ranked winners receive a Calvin A.
VanderWerf Award established in memory of Profes-
sor VanderWerf, dean of the ii. of Liberal Arts
and Sciences from 1971 to 1978 and chemistry pro-
fessor from 1978 to 1988, who served several years
on the selection committee for the teaching awards.
Bonner and Ribadeneira were two of the winners
this year and :: receive $1,000. :: other winners
are awarded

McQuown Scholarships: o. Ruth
McQuown Scholarships honor CLAS female scholars
in the humanities, social sciences, women's studies, and
: : ..... majors in these areas. The award is
named in honor. : ...i. McQuown, the .. first
female associate dean. Graduate and undergraduate
women are selected based on their academic achieve-
ment and promise, and this year's winners are listed

Graduate student recipients of $4,000 to $8,000
Lin Cassidy, geography
Kenly Fenio, political science
Lisa Hager, _'. '.
Fredline M'Cormack, political science
Ana Pomeroy, sociology

LU:. : :..i : 1Istudent
Emily Friend, .
Allison Kole, .': .i science
i ;. .: ,. ..'. women's studies
Jessica'., .:.. *. linguistics

-ts of I'!: !to$1,000

CLASnotes April / May 2005

page 6

Udall Foundation
Scholarship: Justin Bangs, a
senior political science and history
double major, has received a $5,000
scholarship from the Morris K. Udall
Foundation. The program recognizes
outstanding juniors and seniors in
fields related to the environment, and
Bangs was one of 80 winners nation-
He has spent this spring as an
intern in Washington, DC with the
Student Conservation Association in
the office of New Jersey Representa-
tive Steven Rothman. This summer
he will intern with the National Parks
Service in California.

All-USA College
Academic Team: Senior
French and political science student
Eva Rosales has received an honor-
able mention in the 2005 All-USA
College Academic Team of USA
Today. Rosales founded the student
organization RECURSO, a non-
profit group to help underprivileged
children in underdeveloped countries.
She also has served as cabinet direc-
tor for community involvement with
Student Government and service
committee chair for the Student
Honors Organization.
Four times a year, USA
Today honors outstanding students
and educators with the All-USA Aca-
demic and Teacher Teams. Rosales
was one of 24 students nationwide to
receive an honorable mention.

CLASSC Gets Involved

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Student Council
(CLASSC) is the representative body for all CLAS students and
represents their interests and concerns when working with the
administration. Our primary responsibility, however, is to manage
budgets and provide guidance for our 27 member organizations.

I am proud to say that after
a brief period of inactivity,
CLASSC has experienced a
phenomenal growth during
the past year. We began the
academic year with 21 student
organizations, most of which
were geared towards under-
graduate students. In nine
months, however, we gained
six new organizations, with
four primarily designed for
graduate students, illustrating
our commitment to represent-
ing the entire student body
within CLAS. Our organiza-
tions, unlike other college
councils, vary greatly across
the academic spectrum, rang-
ing from the Student Affiliates
of the American Chemical
Society to the Political Science
Graduate Student Council to
the Students in the Healing
Arts. Through our member
organizations and using Stu-
dent Government funds, we
have been able to bring 13
guest speakers to UE host
eight conferences here, send 95
students to conferences else-
where, and have sponsored 10
other events on campus.
Internally, CLASSC has
been able to put on a number
of events itself. We participated
in the Homecoming Parade
for the second year in a row
and plan to do so again this
fall. We also organized our
second Majors Fair this past

fall. Structured like an orga-
nizational fair, this event
gives CLAS an opportunity
to showcase its departments
and centers to incoming and
returning students who are
undecided majors. It also
gives our member organiza-
tions a chance to recruit new
members among those who
are already part of their depart-
ment. Another recurring activ-
ity that CLASSC continued
this year was the CLAS Hall
of Fame. This award is given
to six graduating seniors to
recognize scholarship, campus
involvement and leadership,
and service to CLAS and UF
The award winners will be rec-
ognized in front of their peers
at the undergraduate com-
mencement ceremony on April
In addition to continuing
existing programs, CLASSC
instituted three new events this
year, all of which were aimed
to increase our relationships
with other organizations on
campus. First, we held the
Gator Town Hall Meeting with
the Benton Engineering Coun-
cil to facilitate student interac-
tion with university adminis-
trators, including CLAS Dean
Neil Sullivan, Associate Vice
President for Student Affairs
Michael Rollo, CLAS Associ-
ate Dean for Student Affairs
Albert Matheny, and Associate

Provost and Honors Program
Director Sheila Dickison. Sec-
ond, we held a spring barbecue
with the College of Agricul-
tural and Life Sciences and the
Warrington College of Busi-
ness. With more than 150 stu-
dents in attendance, this event
was a huge success. Finally,
we brought in a speaker in
conjunction with the Volun-
teers for International Student
Affair's International Month to
speak on the tsunami disaster
in Eastern Asia and its impact
on the communities of the
CLASSC is extremely
proud of everything it and its
member organizations have
accomplished during the
2004-2005 academic year.
We hope to continue in our
endeavor to assist students of
all levels in enhancing their
collegiate experience. We
encourage students to contact
CLASSC if they would like
more information on how to
become involved or if they
have any concerns they would
like to see addressed in the
future. Please visit our website
at http://grove.ufl.edu/-classc.
-Kristin Detwiler
2004-2005 CLASSC President

2005-2006 CLASSC Officers: President, Allison Cullin, economics junior; Vice Presi-
dent, William Beeson, chemistry senior; Secretary, Paul Boyd, English junior; Treasurer, Ryan
Gassaway, political science junior; Executives-at-Large: Rebecca Guerra, history senior; Rachel
Murphy, crii in. .l.. sophomore; and Stacey Rubel, political science junior

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CLAS Faculty Receive
Mentoring Awards
Two CLAS faculty members have each received a UF
Doctoral Mentoring Award. Zoology Professor Jane
Brockmann and Psychology Professor Greg Neimeyer
are two of five university-wide recipients. The award
recognizes innovation, effectiveness and excellence in
doctoral dissertation advising/mentoring. Each winner
receives $3,000, plus an additional $1,000 to support
graduate students.

Harrison Receives International
Anthropology Award
Faye Harrison, a professor of African American stud-
ies and in rl-.i. .p. 1..;,, has received the 2004 Society
for the Anrl... p. .l..:,1 of North America (SANA) Prize
for Distinguished Achievement in the Critical Study of
North America. The award is given annually in honor of
a senior-level anthropologist who has made broad-based
contributions to the field.
"She has the rare distinction of being a productive
and respected scholar, an award-winning teacher and
a beloved mentor, and a skilled leader who never loses
sight of engaged activism," says Lee D. Baker, SANA
president and Duke University cultural anthropologist.
"I think if you look closely at the depth and breadth of
her research, selfless service, and gallant leadership, there
are very few scholars who can match her inestimable
energy and impact on the discipline of -nrl-,I. Ip. '1. ,."
Harrison officially will be presented the award at
the 2005 annual meeting of the American Anthropo-
logical Association in Washington, DC to be held this

New Student Group
Promotes Diversity Awareness
A new student organization at UF aims to connect
national and cultural organizations on campus and raise
cultural awareness. The Cultural House of Representa-
tives (CHR) held its first assembly in February Twenty-
eight organizations attended, ranging from the Jamaican
Student Association and the Filipino Student Associa-
tion to cultural student unions like the Pride Student
Union to organizations that provide support for minori-
ties such as Students Taking Action Against Racism.
Miguel Porto, a political science freshman, devel-
oped the idea for the CHR and serves as its president.
He says there are many benefits to student organizations
that want to join, including leadership training, net-
working, workshops and access to a master database of
events on campus to prevent overlapping activities.
The CHR plans to hold another assembly in Sep-
tember. Visit http://grove.ufl.edu/-chr for more infor-


the College

CLAS Staff Honored for Excellence and Service
John Mocko, a senior teaching laboratory specialist in the physics department, has
received a 2005 UF Davis Productivity Award, which is given to individuals and
work units for initiating new projects as well as adapting and implementing previ-
ous years' achievements to create added value. Mocko, who received a $1,000 cash
award, was recognized for acquiring and installing a student response system to be
used in instruction throughout UE
Cindy Powell, an accountant in the psychology department, has received a
university-wide Superior Accomplishment Award. The program recognizes staff
and faculty members who have contributed outstanding and meritorious service
to the university and have improved the quality of life for students and employees.
Powell won in the administrative/supervisory category and received $1,500 and an
invitation to the President's Box during an upcoming UF football game.
In April, CLAS honored its employees for their commitment and years of ser-
vice to the university at a reception in the Keene Faculty Center. CLAS Dean Neil
Sullivan offered words of gratitude and encouragement. Recognized employees
received a UF pin and certificate, as well as a CLAS pen and keychain. The follow-
ing 46 staff members were recognized for their years of service to CLAS and UE 5
years: David Hon, Roger Julian and Tracey Phillips, astronomy; Denise Caswell
and Margaret Joyner, botany; Dianne James, Oleg Matveev and Renda Springs,
chemistry; Linda Hunter and Addie Pons, communication sciences and disorders;
Luz Mieses, dean's office; Kevin Hard and Mary Ploch, geological sciences; John
Vanleer, physics; Elizabeth Holcomb, psychology. 10 years: Joanne Jacobucci
and Julie Ann Steffens, chemistry; Cindy Carrion, dean's office; Brian Roberts,
mathematics; Suzanne Lawless-Yanchisin, political science; Anne Newman, reli-
gion; Terry Lopez, Romance languages and literatures; Paula Ambroso, women's
studies; Mike Gunter, zoology. 15 years: Annemarie Sykes, Germanic and Slavic
studies; Virginia Dampier, philosophy; Edward Storch, physics; Mircea Garcea
and Leonard McDonald, psychology; Karen Pallone, zoology. 20 years: Debra
Hunter, astronomy; Marty Swilley, Jewish studies; Sharon Easter, mathemat-
ics; Cathy Knudsen, physics; Carlon Elton, Romance languages and literatures;
Cathy Moore, zoology 25 years: L. Beth Douglas, chemistry; Carol Binello,
dean's office; Dori Faust and Lawrence Phelps, physics; Henry Coulter, Diana
Davis, Peter Eliazar and Kenetha Johnson, zoology 30 years: Cheryl Phillips,
psychology. 35 years: Carol Rozear, statistics.

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Academic Advising Center
The National Academic Advis-
ing Association (NACADA)
has honored Sara Mock with a
2005 NACADA Outstanding
New Advisor Award. She will be
recognized at the special awards
ceremony during the annual
NACADA conference in Las
Vegas in October. Mock, a pre-
law advisor, is one of the 2004
CLAS Advisors of the Year.
AAC advisors Brian Cullaty
and Glenn Kepic have received
a NACADA Best of Region
Conference Presentation award.
In March, the pair presented
"Parents: Friend or Foe," which
addressed the increase they have
seen in parental involvement at
UE They will make their presen-
tation again in Las Vegas at the
annual conference.

African American Studies
Marilyn Thomas-Houston, who
is jointly appointed in anthropol-
ogy, was featured in the Winter
2004/2005 issue of FlaVour, a
black Florida life and style maga-
zine, in a five-page feature on her
research and new book, Stony
the Road to Change: Black Missis-
sippians and the Culture of Social
Relations (Cambridge University
Press, November 2004).

Susan Gillespie presented a
paper on Olmec culture at the
Olmec Round Table: Balance
and Perspectives conference spon-
sored by the National Institute of
Anrl-.,. -p. J1. ,' and History at the
National Museum of Anthropol-
ogy in Mexico City in March.
David C. Grove also was the
keynote speaker for the panel on
Olmec religion. The Olmecs were
an ancient culture of the East
Mexico lowlands.

Charles Martin has received the
2005 Florida Award from the
American Chemical Society, in
honor of his contributions to the
advancement of the chemistry
profession. Established in 1952,
the award is given each year by
the vote of the Florida section of
the society and honors a chem-
ist in the Southeast. Martin will
be recognized at the Florida
annual meeting and exposition
in Orlando on May 5-7, where a
symposium centered around his
research interests will be held in
his honor.

Criminology, Law
and Society
An article by Paul Magnarella,
titled "Diasporas and Human
Rights," appears in the newly
released Encyclopedia of Diasporas:
Immigrant and Refugee Cultures
Around the World (2004).

Germanic and
Slavic Studies
Nora M. Alter (German) recently
presented "Acoustic Dimensions:
Sound in Sculpture and Film"
at the 2005 annual College Art
Association conference in Atlanta.

PhD candidate Ben Houston
has received a dissertation fellow-
ship from the Louisville Institute
funded by the Lilly Endowment.
Up to 10 awards of $18,000 each
are given to students who are
entering their final year of disser-
tation writing. Houston's research
is a study of race relations and
civil rights activism in Nashville
from 1945-1974. His disserta-
tion chair is Brian Ward.

Sheryl Kroen has received a
Frederick Burkhardt Residential

Fellowship for Recently Tenured
Scholars from the American
Council of Learned Societies,
funded by the Rockefeller Foun-
dation and the Andrew W. Mel-
lon Foundation. The $75,000
award will allow Kroen to work
on her proposed research project,
"Capitalism and Democracy: The
Lessons of the Marshall Plan,"
during the 2006-2007 academic
year in residence at the National
Humanities Center in Research
Triangle Park, NC. She also
received a $30,000 fellowship
from the German Marshall Fund
to work on the same project in
Paris next year.

Lisa Everett, a postdoctoral
research associate, has received
a 2005 Women in Science Fel-
lowship from L'Oreal USA. She
was one of five young women
from across the nation selected
to receive the $20,000 fellow-
ship and was honored at a special
ceremony on April 12 at the
American Museum of Natural
History in New York City. Everett
researches the theories of fer-
mion masses with mentor Pierre

Stephen Hagen has been elected
to the executive committee of the
American Physical Society's Divi-
sion of Biological Physics. The
committee is responsible for over-
seeing all activities of the division,
including giving members a voice
within the larger society, organiz-
ing the division's section at annual
meetings, outreach and nominat-
ing members for fellowships and
prizes. Hagen was elected as a
member-at-large and will serve
a three-year term, which began
during the division's annual meet-
ing in Los Angeles in late March.

Two undergraduate students,
Catherine Yeh and Layla
Boosherhri have each received
a 2005-2006 Society of Physics
Students (SPS) leadership schol-
arship. Each year, the national
organization recognizes phys-
ics undergraduates who have
achieved high levels of scholarship
in both physics and overall stud-
ies, exhibited potential for con-
tinued scholastic development in
physics and actively participated
in SPS programs. Boosherhri is
the president ofUF's SPS chapter,
and Yeh is the vice president.

Claire St. Peter, a PhD student,
has received a 2005 Sidney W
and Janet R. Bijou Fellowship
from the Association for Behav-
ior Analysis. The award is given
annually to two doctoral students
in psychology or education study-
ing child development from a
behavior-analytic perspective.
St. Peter, who received her BS in
psychology from UF in 2001, is
working under the supervision
of Timothy Vollmer, and her
research centers on the develop-
ment and implementation of
interventions for children who
exhibit problem behavior or have
fallen behind academically.

Romance Languages
and Literatures
Alvaro F6lix Bolaiios (Spanish)
recently took part in a sympo-
sium titled "Reinventing Hispan-
ism in the Age of Globalization,"
organized by the Center for
the Study of Cultures and the
Department of Hispanic Studies
at Rice University. He lectured on
"Hispanism and its Literary Icon's
Exclusions: Moors and Indig-
enous Peoples in Reading Don
Quixote Today."

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Disney Lends

UF a Hand

When a gator wants to help a turtle
he calls on a mouse. Not just any
mouse, but the mouse, Mickey
Mouse. And it's not just any gator
either, but the University of Florida,
home to the Archie Carr Center for
Sea Turtle Research. The center is
striving to find innovative ways to
save and increase the earth's endan-
gered sea turtle populations and has
received support from the Disney
Wildlife Conservation Fund over the
Since 1998, shortly after its incep-
tion, the wildlife fund began awarding
$10,000-20,000 grants each year in
support of research conducted by the
director of the center, Zoology Professor
Karen Bjorndal, and Research Assis-
tant Professor Alan Bolten. Disney has
allocated more than $170,000 to the
center to date, which the husband and
wife research duo has used in support of
numerous projects directly resulting in
14 published papers. The center, in turn,
has shared its expertise with the Walt
Disney World Resort.
"What makes the Archie Carr Cen-
ter for Sea Turtle Research special is the
high quality of work, the results they get
and the positive impact they have on
sea turtle conservation," says Anne Sav-
age, conservation biologist at Disney's
Animal Kingdom. "And the thing that is
wonderful about Karen and Alan is that
they have been great about sharing their
knowledge and helping train the next

A W inning Combination: Director of the Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research
Karen Bjorndal (center) was recently named the university's 14th Distinguished Alumni Professor. The
award is given annually to a faculty member who demonstrates excellence in both teaching and scholarly
activity. Bjorndal was chosen from a group of professors who have taught at UF for at least 10 years and
also have worked to benefit the university and made contributions at local, state and national levels. She will
work with the Alumni Association in the recruitment of National Merit Scholars and help with university out-
reach programs. Bjorndal is pictured above with Randolph "Casper" Burrows (left) and Henry Nixon (right),

wardens of the Bahamas National Trust Park.
The center, which is housed in the
Department of Zoology, brings together
sea turtle biologists from across campus
to conduct research, train graduate stu-
dents and further conservation by shar-
ing research results with the scientific
community. Affiliate faculty come from
not only the College of Liberal Arts and
Sciences, but also the colleges of Medi-
cine, Veterinary Medicine and Agricul-
tural and Life Sciences. The team meets
monthly and also organizes international
conferences with other scientists in the
"We have a very broad program,"
says Bjorndal. "We look at the genetic
structure of sea turtle populations and
different demographic parameters, such
as growth, survival and immigration, in
order to better develop models of popu-
lation dynamics that are so important
for developing management programs

Grants through the Division of Sponsored Research
January-March 2005 Total: $10,884,154

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

for sea turtles."
Disney grants have funded all aspects of Bjorndal
and Bolten's research, including their work on the "lost
year" phenomenon, in which they use satellite telem-
etry to track where juvenile turtles spend their first
year of life. The grants also have funded their recent
work on the role of sea turtles in ecosystems. "This
is very important," Bjorndal says. "Since all sea turtle
species are now endangered, they appear as charming
anachronistic leftovers of previous populations and are
not seen as critical to the function of ecosystems today.
In reality, sea turtles were once the major predators in
marine ecosystems and had tremendous impacts before
humans came in and totally destroyed their popula-
Through their research and experience, Bjorndal
and Bolten have helped governments designate pro-
tected areas for sea turtles and set up guidelines for
the fishing industry to better handle turtles caught as
by-catch in shrimp nets and hooked on swordfish and
shark lines. They also have lent expert advice to Walt
Disney World, particularly to The Living Seas aquar-
ium at Epcot, which takes in injured or stranded sea
turtles and rehabilitates and releases them back into the
wild. "One of the things about Disney that has made
me enjoy working with them is that they understand
there is a right way and wrong way to do things, and
they like to do it right," Bolten says.
-Buffy Lockette

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Recent publications from CLAS faculty

Imperfect Sympathies: Jews and Judaism in British Romantic Literature and Culture
Judith W. Page (English & Jewish Studies), Palgrave Macmillan

Judith Page, a scholar of the poet William
Wordsworth, came to sympathy by a round-
about route. While working on an obscure
poem by the poet called "A Jewish Family,"
she uncovered an unpublished journal by
Wordsworth's daughter which discusses the
real family. "I became curious," she says.
"What did Word-
sworth think of
Jews and did he
have any kind
of contact with
For the 18th
century, sympathy
was a way of view-
ing the world, says
Page. When peo-
ple spoke about
Judith W. Page human action and
behavior they often used sympathy as a point
of reference. "The Romantics picked it up
and even extended the notion by politicizing
it, so it gets connected in the imagination
of the period with political revolution and
growing democracy. The interesting question
to ask is how does it relate to that culture's
treatment of others and how others' lives are

Page, an associate professor of English
and interim director of the Center for Jew-
ish Studies, used canonical writers and Jew-
ish writers of the period to explore Jewish
relationships to Englishness. She was struck
by the limitations of sympathy; for the non-
Jewish writers an endorsement of sympathy
was tied to a strong ambivalence about Jews
and Judaism. "Jews presented a difficult chal-
lenge-they were part of the culture, not
some distant colonized other. Jews couldn't
win either way; well-dressed Jews were
criticized for trying to be like Englishmen,
and the poorer, less well-dressed Jews were
demeaned because they were poorer and did
not speak English well. In theory, sympathy
worked very well, but specific instances pre-
sented a challenge."
Page found Edmund Kean's Shylock
in the Merchant of Venice to be one of the
most intriguing and successful examples of
Romantic sympathy for the outcast. For Wil-
liam Hazlitt, the critic and political radical,
writing about Kean as Shylock was a pivotal
moment, says Page. "It's as if he takes the
inspiration of seeing Kean and develops the
possibility of civil emancipation of Jews from
the dignity he finds in the Merchant of Venice.
In a more general sense it is a kind of conver-

gence between
psychology and
philosophy of
sympathy with
the revolution-
ary ideas that
the Romantics
Closer to
our own times,
Page believes a personal connection with
sympathy brought many post-Holocaust
scholars to the Romantics. She realized that
the scholars who influenced her most when
she began her career were all Jewish. In try-
ing to answer why, Page found the idea of
sympathy important. "In Wordsworth there
is this sense that sympathetic connection is
a way of repairing loss. There is a real tragic
sense of loss that pervades the Romantics.
But there is also a constant attempt to find a
way to repair the world and bring wholeness
to it, very much in line with a major Jew-
ish idea that we are placed in a world that is
shattered and that part of human responsi-
bility is to find a way to begin to repair it. I
think that these writers in the mid part of the
20th century were attracted to that."
Michal Meyer

Transforming the American Polity:
The Presidency of George W Bush
and the War on Terrorism
Edited by Richard S. Conley (Political
Science), Pearson Prentice Hall
The horrific events of September 11, 2001
fundamentally altered the course of Amer-
ican politics. As the symbols of the nation's
economic and military power came under
attack in New York and Washington, the
presidency of George W. Bush was swiftly
transformed into a wartime administra-
tion. Many factors-including Bush's use

of prerogatives as commander in chief, Congress's delegation of broad
authority to him, and his political skill-decisively shifted the balance
in the constitutional order to the White House. Evaluating Bush's use
of constitutional and extraconstitutional power in the first wartime
presidency of the 21st century, and the impact on governance, is the
objective of the contributions in this volume.
-Book introduction

Greek Americans of Florida
Kevin McCarthy (English) and Karelisa
V. Hartigan (Classics/Greek Studies),
Whitehall Printing Company
A study of the Greeks and Greek Ameri-
cans in Florida is long overdue. That his-
tory has several unique points. It can claim
the site of the first large-scale Greek immi-
gration to the New World (New Smyrna
Beach), the only National Shrine of the
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North
and South America (St. Photios National
Greek Orthodox Shrine), the one true
Greek village in the United States (Tarpon Springs), and a vibrancy
that has seen more than thirty parishes established in the state. This is
the story of one of the many immigrant groups that came to Florida:
the Greeks.
-Book introduction

CLASnotes April / May 2005

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Join Us for

Spring 2005 Graduation
CLAS Dean Neil Sullivan invites all faculty, staff and students to
attend the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Spring 2005 com-
mencement ceremonies. For the first time, the college will hold two
ceremonies. The undergraduate commencement takes place Satur-
day, April 30 at 9 am in the Stephen C. O'Connell Center. The CLAS
Hall of Fame, CLAS valedictorians, CLAS Teachers and Advisors of the
Year and UF Outstanding Leaders and Scholars will be recognized.

The CLAS graduate ceremony
honoring master's and PhD students is
at 7 pm on April 30 in the Curtis M.
Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.
The college will present 1974 political
science PhD graduate Byong Man Ahn
with a UF Distinguished Alumni Award,
and Ahn will be the ceremony's keynote
Ahn is recognized as a national
leader in South Korea and throughout
the world for his innovative approach
to language instruction and research.
He is currently the president of Han-
kuk University of Foreign Studies in
Seoul, one of the premier institutions of
higher education in Korea. He is the first
president elected to serve a second four-
year term, and during his tenure he has


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developed top-notch programs, includ-
ing the Department of Information and
Communication, the Graduate School of
Global Business and the Campus Faculty
Research Center.
The college also will present the
first CLAS Distinguished Scholar Award
to UF Graduate Research Professor of
Mathematics John Thompson at the eve-
ning ceremony. Dean Sullivan created the
award to honor the lifetime achievements
of outstanding faculty members.
Thompson, who came to UF in
1993, received the Fields Medal in 1970,
the highest prize in mathematics, equiva-
lent in prestige to the Nobel Prize. In
2001, former US President Bill Clinton
presented Thompson with the National
Medal of Science in a special ceremony

UF Distinguished Alumnus Byong Man Ahn (PhD, political sci-
ence, 1974) will be the graduate ceremony's keynote speaker

at the White House. According to the National Science
Foundation, which administers the awards, Thompson
is "considered a world leader in algebra and a foremost
group theorist."
If you have questions about the CLAS com-
mencement ceremonies, please visit www.clas.ufl.edu/
events/commencement/spring or call the dean's office
at 392-0780.