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June / July 2005
Volume 19

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The University of Florida
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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In this Issue:

Simply the Best:
UF Names Research
Foundation Professors................. 3

Summer Excursions:
CLAS Professors Escape to
Life Outside the Classroom .............4

Graduation Spring 2005 ................

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

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

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

UF's Highest Honor for Avery:
Teacher/Scholar of the Year.......... 12

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

Contributing Editor:
Web Master:
Copy Editor:

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

Courtesy Michael Tuccelli: cover
Jane Dominguez: p. 3 (Boinski, Channell, Clark,
Marsiglio, Vasquez); p. 8 (Austin, Harland-
Jacobs); p. 9; p. 10; p. 12
Courtesy Chemistry Department: p. 3 (Martin)
Courtesy Gene Dunnam: p. 4
Courtesy Karelisa Hartigan: p. 5
Jean Bennett: p. 5 (Kwolek-Folland)
Courtesy Mary Watt: p. 6
University Photography: p. 7
Courtesy Benjamin Love: p. 8 (Love)
Courtesy Daniel Villanueva: p. 8 (Villanueva)

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The Dean's


The Larger Picture
The college has made noteworthy strides in building new
research programs in recent years that cover a wide range of
areas, from the basic sciences to the social sciences and the
humanities, but what is often neglected is the need to integrate
the research with our educational programs.
As we build exciting new research endeavors, we need to
keep in mind that we are an educational institution and our
research programs need to be an integral part of our educational
mission. Graduate student training, particularly in the interdisci-
plinary areas, is a critical part of that integration, and our success
in placing our graduate students is a major factor in the national
assessment of our research stature. These graduate students also
provide the workforce for the new technologies and policies that
the state will depend on for a healthy economy.
In this age, undergraduate students also can play an appre-
ciable role in research. Through the University Scholars Program,
almost 200 undergraduates from across campus have the oppor-
tunity to work one-on-one with a faculty mentor on selected
research projects and complete a research paper each year. Many
other students also undertake a research project with a faculty
member during their senior year and write an honor's thesis. Par-
ticipation in these projects prepares our undergraduates for life
after graduation and is often critical in their admission to gradu-
ate and professional schools.
The leading institutions with which we aspire to compete
have a very "complete" educational-research program that pres-
ents young students with research opportunities early in their
careers, as well as bringing the excitement and motivation of
discovery into the classroom at the elementary levels. Research
buildings are designed not only to carry out research, but also to
integrate the teaching and the research and provide the complete
university experience.
Neil Sullivan
sullivan@phys. ufl. edu

On the Cover:
Sign language instructor Michael Tuccelli is driving to Alaska and back on his Honda Silver Wing
motorcycle this summer to raise money for deaf infants and senior citizens. Tuccelli is one of many
CLAS professors who use the summer months to catch up on interesting hobbies and activities.
See page 4.
CLASnotes Month June / July 2005

Simply the Best
UF Names Research Foundation Professors
The University of Florida Research Foundation (UFRF) recently recognized
its annual class of 33 UF Research Foundation Professors. The three-year
professorships are based on nominations from department chairs, a per-
sonal statement and an evaluation of recent research accomplishments as
evidenced by publications in scholarly journals, external funding, and honors
and awards. This year, six CLAS professors received UFRF awards, which
include a $5,000 annual salary supplement and a one-time $3,000 research
grant. The professorships are funded from the university's share of royalty
and licensing income on UF-generated products.

Sue Boinski, associated geologic events, the motion of
an associate the continents across the earth's surface

professor of
In rerl-. r, p. .1, a "
has developed
a world-class
career with her
active program
of research and
scholarly pro-
ductivity in New World p, rin-i Lr. J. and
evolutionary and historical ecology. First
hired by the university as a researcher in
1993, Boinski holds a PhD in zoology
from the University of Texas at Austin,
as well as bachelor's and master's degrees
in inrl-, rP..p. -,. She is regarded as a
world authority on the biology, ecology
and behavior of capuchins and squir-
rel monkeys. Her current research is on
how wild brown capuchins in the South
American republic of Suriname produce
signals important in sexual selection by
striking sticks and hard fruits against
large tree branches.

Jim Channell,
a professor of
geology, is a
who has made
to the field of
earth science. He received his PhD in
geophysics from the University of New-
castle-upon-Tyne, England, in 1975
and came to UF in 1982. Channell is
conducting cutting-edge research in
several areas, including the ordering in
time and space of the fossil record and

and their interaction, the behavior of
the earth's magnetic field through time,
and the relationship between variations
in magnetic mineral susceptibility and
environmental change. One of his recent
findings is that the intensity of the
earth's magnetic field can be used as a
global means of correlating sedimentary
climate records at thousand-year scales.
Such correlations are important for the
study of abrupt climate change.

Ira Clark, a
professor of
English, is a
leader in the
field of Renais-
sance studies,
drama studies.
He published
his fourth book in 2003, Comedy, Youth,
Manhood in Early Modern England, and
is currently writing Rhetorical Read
ings, Dark Comedies, and Shakespeares
Problem Plays. He received his PhD in
English from Northwestern University
in 1966 and came to UF in 1972.
Clark's work is aimed at engaging well-
conceived discussions within the field
of Renaissance studies and how it is
affected by drama. He has published 20
essays and 16 reviews.

William Marsiglio, a professor of sociol-
ogy, is an accomplished and productive
researcher whose work focuses on the
social psychology of men's experiences in
the areas of sex, fatherhood and repro-
ductive health. He received his PhD

CLASnotes Month June /July 2005

in sociology in 1987 from
Ohio State University. He
has authored and co-edited
six books, and his research
has been cited more than 700
times in scholarly literature.
His two qualitative studies
resulted in path-breaking
books published in 2002 and
2004, Sex, Men and Babies and
Stepdads: Stories ofLove, Hope, and Repair Marsigio
also has a book in press entitled Situated Fathering: A
Focus on Physical and Social Spaces.

Charles Martin, the Colonel
Allen R. and Margaret G.
Crow Professor of Chemis-
try, is a recognized expert in
nano-materials and their role
in chemical analysis. Director
of the UF Center for Research
at the Bio/Nano Interface, his
work involves both bioanalyti-
cal chemistry and materials science. He has pioneered
the application of nanomaterials to biosensor design
and electrochemical energy storage and production.
Martin is a fellow of the Electrochemical Society
and is listed among the top 20 cited authors in nano-
technology. He received his PhD in chemistry in 1980
from the University of Arizona and came to UF in
1999. He also serves as a professor in the Department

Manuel VAsquez, an associ-
ate professor of religion, is
widely recognized within the
field of religious studies for his
research on issues of immigra-
tion, transnationalism and
globalization. He came to UF
in 1994, upon the completion
of his PhD in religion from
Temple University that same year. His research focuses
on the intersection between Christianity and the diverse
economic, political and cultural manifestations of
globalization, with the aim of developing theoretically
sophisticated and innovative approaches to the social
scientific study of religion.
He has published four books, including 2003's
Globalizing the Sacred: Religion Across the Americas and
2005's co-edited volume Immigrant Faiths: Transforming
Religious Life in America.
-Buffy Lockette
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exc U rs I n Qs 5CLAS professors escape to
life outside the classroom

It has been said that the best thing about being a teacher is June, July and August, but for many CLAS professors the pressure to
publish new research or obtain additional grants often keeps them confined to their laboratories and offices during the summer,
ignoring the allure of the Florida sunshine. The following faculty members have found ways to schedule in a bit of fun each year-
nourishing hobbies and activities that often take a backseat to the rigorous demands of scholarship. Come along with them as
they cruise through the Mediterranean, drive cross-country on a motorbike, train for triathlons, perform in European concert halls
and travel to the not so Wild West, and maybe, just maybe, you will find yourself penciling in a sojourn of your own.

Traveling in Harmony
In his free time, in a new spare room he has built in
his house, Physics Professor Gene Dunnam is building
a pipe organ. His wife requested the additional room
since his previous pipe organ occupied most of their
living room. And while this harmonious hobby is time
consuming, it is only part of Dunnam's musical ven-
tures. A charter member of the Gainesville Civic Cho-
rus, he has traveled the past two summers to Europe
to perform with a small group of members under the
direction of chorale conductor Will Kesling, a UF
professor music. In June, they performed Carl Orff's
"Carmina Burana" in the Smetana Hall in downtown
Prague along with the Czech Philharmonic and three
other choral groups.
The group also toured other parts of Europe,
including the German cities of Dresden and Leipzig,
where classical composer and famed organist Johann
Sebastian Bach spent the last years of his life. "All
organists want to make a pilgrimage to Leipzig," says
Dunnam, who served as vice president of the chorus in
the 1980s as well as on its board of directors.
The chorus started in 1976, under the direction
of UF Professor of Music Elwood Keister, as the US
Bicentennial Choir, playing a major role in the com-
munity's celebration of the 200th anniversary of the
Declaration of Independence. Around 80 members per-
form throughout the year in events such as the annual
Messiah Sing-A-Long and fall and spring concerts.
When CLAS holds its annual spring Baccalaureate cer-
emony, this group always
performs. Members must
audition, and the group
practices several hours
each week when prepar-
ing for a performance.
Dunnam's musical

Gene Dunnam, a member of
the Gainesville Civic Chorus,
traveled to Europe to per-
form in Prague.

interest dates back to his childhood.
"My grandfather, mother, and my aunts
and uncles all loved to sing," he says. "I
remember Mama teaching me all the
verses to America when I was around six
years old. I've sung in school and church
choirs ever since." Dunnam's wife and
children also sing, and his youngest son
is a member of a band. In addition to
the organ, the baritone singer also plays
the recorder, bassoon and piano.
Dunnam has even engineered a
way to bring music into his physics
classroom. This fall, he will be teaching
a course that he created more than 20
years ago. The Physical Basis of Music,
PHY 2464, is a basic science class that
explores such concepts as how sound
waves work and why we hear certain
sounds differently. Even though he
has found a way to combine his two
interests, Dunnam admits that music
is actually an escape from his research
laboratory. "Performing well requires
concentration and, at least temporarily,
switching off other cares and concerns.
I am rewarded by being part of a recre-
ation of a great work of art."

Lecturing at Sea
Between semesters and during class
breaks, many UF professors enjoy a rest
from the classroom. But Classics Profes-
sor Karelisa Hartigan and English Profes-
sor Kevin McCarthy cannot seem to stop
lecturing, though they do get away from
it all-on luxurious ocean liners. When
their UF teaching and research schedules
allow, the married couple can be found
aboard various cruise ships around the
globe, serving as highly sought after des-

tination lecturers.
Wed in 1992, after having met
while teaching courses during back-to-
back class periods at Carleton Audito-
rium, the couple has spent nearly every
summer, spring break and winter break
since 1996 educating cruise ship passen-
gers on special topics, such as lighthouses
or pirates, or on the history and culture
of ports of call. They have worked
aboard 21 cruises so far, visiting more
than 30 countries, for cruise lines such
as Crystal Cruises, Princess Cruises and
Celebrity Cruises.
"First we look at our schedules and
then we get to choose an itinerary," Har-
tigan says. "We have done the Western
Caribbean, Eastern Caribbean, the Unit-
ed Kingdom through the Mediterranean,
Bermuda and the Black Sea. In May, we
boarded in Dover, England and went to
Ireland and then through ports in Por-
tugal, Gibraltar, Barcelona, the French
Riviera, Livorno, Sorrento, Corsica and
Treated as both passengers and staff,
Hartigan and McCarthy have the same
dining and cabin accommodations as
passengers, but follow the crew's code
of conduct, which prevents them from
striking it rich in the onboard casino or
living it up in the nightclub. They must
represent the ship at all times, wear a
cruise line nametag and be accessible to
the passengers. On sea days, they present
lectures that are recorded and replayed
throughout the cruise so passengers
unable to attend can enjoy them from
the privacy and comfort of their cabins.
"We also do what is called 'sail-ins',"
McCarthy says. "When we are coming

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Married couple Karelisa Hartigan and
Kevin McCarthy enjoy lecturing aboard
luxury ocean liners whenever they can
catch a break from their academic careers.

into a port like Lisbon, for example, we will get on the
bridge with the captain and have as many as 2,000 to
3,000 people on the upper decks while one of us will
explain over the loudspeaker system what we are look-
ing at as we are coming into port."
In between lectures, the couple mingles with the
guests or accompanies groups on port excursions. They
usually wear University of Florida shirts and introduce
themselves as UF professors. They almost always meet
at least one UF alumnus on a cruise. "Go Gators! is
almost an international code or password, it seems
like," Hartigan laughs. They plan to continue working
the cruise lecture circuit for the "foreseeable future"
and each has talent agents who call almost weekly with
a new offer, more than the couple could ever accept.
Says Hartigan, "It is a nice reward, at the end of a long
career, to be able to do this."

Scoring History
Every July, thousands of high school students across
the country eagerly await the results of their Advanced
Placement (AP) exams to find out if they will receive
any college credit for the AP courses they took in
school. And every June, professors and teachers from
around the US gather to grade the essay and problem-
solving portions of these exams. Professors like CLAS
Associate Dean Angel Kwolek-Folland, who most
summers since 1988 has spent two weeks scoring US
history essays-all day, every day. "It's a great experience
but quite grueling," says Kwolek-Folland. "We are read-
ing essays seven days a week from 8 am until 4:30 pm.
I have higher stacks of papers on my table than I ever
do at UE"
This year, Kwolek-Folland was one of 927 read-
ers who gathered at Trinity University in San Antonio,

Angel Kwolek-Folland spent two weeks in June scoring thou-
sands of AP US history essay exams along with hundreds of
other history teachers from around the country.

Texas to score almost 875,000 US his-
tory exam essays. As a veteran reader,
Kwolek-Folland has moved up the ranks,
holding titles of table leader and exam
leader, with responsibilities that include
arriving early to organize the process and
helping set standards for scoring.
The AP program was established in
1955 and gives high school students the
opportunity to take college-level courses
followed by an exam at the end of the
course. Based on the score, colleges
can choose to award students certain
amounts of college credit. More than 30
courses in 19 subject areas are offered at
high schools around the country.
"I have read some stunning essays
each year, and they amaze me because
students have a limited amount of time
to write their responses. Some are defi-
nitely beyond even the college level in
their answers," says Kwolek-Folland.
"However, sometimes it's hard when
an essay question addresses my area of
research, US women's history. I find

CLASnotes Month June /July 2005

myself wanting to give the essay a tough-
er critique, but that's why we set up stan-
dards at the beginning about what each
of the five essays should include, and we
have to stick to it."
The AP program pays for the
professors' travel to San Antonio and
puts them up in dorms. They eat all
their meals in the cafeteria and receive
a modest stipend, and the program
often arranges activities and tours after
the reading ends each evening. "What I
enjoy most are the people," says Kwolek-
Folland. "They keep me coming back
each year. We have discussions about
not only history, but issues facing today's
high school students, so I'm getting a
heads-up on what to expect when these
kids start college."
Kwolek-Folland is not the only
UF faculty member to spend part of
her summer scoring exams. Associate
Professor of Spanish Shifra Armon has
assisted with AP Spanish exams during

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Summer, continued from page 5
the past 10 years and actually met her husband through
the experience. "He taught Spanish at California Poly-
technic State University and sat right next to me for
seven days of non-stop scoring," explains Armon. "I
recall that one of the questions our team was assessing
that year was an essay analyzing a love poem by Pablo
Neruda." The couple's wedding program included the
AP icon of an acorn to recognize the role the organiza-
tion had in bringing them together.

The 10,000-mile Fundraiser
Many Americans dream of driving cross-country at
least once in their lives. For sign language instructor
Michael Tuccelli, it is an annual tradition.
On July 1, Tuccelli sets out on his burgundy
Honda Silver Wing motorcycle for a 19-day, 10,000-
mile pilgrimage from St. Augustine, Florida to Hyder,
Alaska and back to raise money for deaf infants and
senior citizens, as well as Florida's disabled. He and a
small group of fellow bikers hope to raise $5,000 for
charity as part of the fourth annual Alaska Bike Run.
The event was created by Tuccelli in 2002 and has
raised $10,000 so far for the UF Cochlear Implant
Team, Child Find of America, Ephphatha Deaf Min-
istries, the Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and
Technology and for the Gresham, Oregon retirement
home for the deaf, Chestnut Lane.
"I would like this to eventually bring in $100,000
or more annually," Tuccelli says. "Bikers who join the
charity run collect pledges per mile, beginning at one-
tenth of a cent per mile. I also collect sponsors. I know
this will start slow but with more than 130,000 hits on
my Web site and with other bikers knowing that this
will take place yearly beginning the last weekend of

May or first weekend of June, this will
Tuccelli, who has been deaf since
birth, will cross 17 states and two
Canadian provinces this summer, with
fellow bikers joining him along the way
as he travels through the Southeastern
US, across Texas, and up through New
Mexico, Utah, Nevada and the west
coast through California, Oregon and
Washington. Tuccelli says he will drive
400 to 600 miles a day, avoiding major
cities when possible and opting for more
scenic routes, including a trip through
Yellowstone National Park. Last year, the
charity run started in Key West and trav-
eled up the east coast to Maine and then
across Canada to the Arctic Circle and
then down to Mexico.
A biker since age 14, Tuccelli shares
the hobby with his 92-year-old father
and 18-year-old daughter. He plans to
continue the Alaska Bike Run well into
his twilight years. "Maybe this is no big
deal right now, but when I am fortunate
enough to do this in my 80s and 90s this
may gain more attention and support,"
he says. "My father's attitude is 'If you
think you can't do something, just do
it!' and I believe if I set yearly goals and
enjoy doing it, that will give me incen-
tive and motivation to keep healthy and
active so I can actually teach my current
students' grandchildren!"
For more information on the Alaska
Bike Run or to sign up for next year's
event, visit www.alaskabikerun.com.

Iron Woman
On a blistering hot summer day, many
Gainesvillians would not choose to battle
Florida's heat and humidity by running
15 miles or taking a 30-mile bike ride,
but for Assistant Professor of Italian
Mary Watt, training for a triathlon is a
considerable part of her summer routine.
"My summer schedule is more
intense since most of the triathlons are
in the summer or early fall," explains
Watt, who says she started running in
law school to help her sleep at night and
keep her weight down. "By the time I
was in graduate school, I was running
a lot of 5 km and 10 km races for fun.

When I received a fellowship to study in
Italy, my then boyfriend (now husband)
and I thought it might be fun to run a
marathon, so we signed up for Venice
and started training." In 2000, to cel-
ebrate her husband's 40th birthday, the
pair competed in an Ironman competi-
tion. "We thought it would be a great
way to mark the occasion."
An Ironman competition involves
running 26.2 miles, swimming 2.4 miles
and cycling 112 miles, all on the same
day. Watt is training for her next event,
a much shorter triathlon on July 9 in
Ponte Vedra Beach. "In that race, we will
swim in the ocean and run and bike on
county roads."
Typically, Watt trains six days a
week during the summer. "A usual week
looks like this: Monday, bike an hour or
so; Tuesday, swim 45 minutes to an hour
in the morning and run approximately
six miles during the evening; Wednesday,
bike about 20 miles during the morning;
Thursday morning, a longer swim and
running about six to eight miles during
the evening; Friday, off; Saturday, run
10-15 miles; and Sunday, bike 40 to
50 miles then a short run of about 2-3
Watt says the closer the date to an
Ironman competition, the longer the
workouts become. "It culminates in a
100-mile bike ride followed by an 18-
mile run about three weeks before the
race. Then I will start to 'taper' by reduc-
ing my workouts to rest my body for the
big effort."
Having already competed in five
events this year, Watt says her dream
competition is the Hawaii Ironman, held
annually in October. "I think that run-
ning, especially with a detailed training
plan, gives you the discipline and the
organization needed to complete large
projects like dissertations, books, etc."
says Watt. "It also gives me a sense of
accomplishment each day which puts
me in a pretty positive frame of mind. I
believe training helps with my research,
my teaching and sets a good example for
my students."

-Allyson A. Beutke and Buffy Lockette

vlary Watt competed in the Disney Half Ironman triathlon in May, where she com-
Dleted her fastest bike ride ever, cycling 57 miles in three hours and seven minutes.
CLASnotes Month June / July 2005

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G t* SSpring 2005
The college presented 1974 political science
PhD graduate Byong Man Ahn (right) with
a UF Distinguished Alumnus Award during
ent c mion ie- o ethe graduate commencement ceremony.
Ahn, who serves as president of Hankuk
SUniversity of Foreign Studies in Seoul,
Korea, was also the ceremony's keynote

SMathematics Professor John Thompson
S(right) was honored by CLAS Dean Neil
Sullivan with the college's first CLAS Distin-
^ *r r^ gushed Scholar Award during the graduate
ceremony. The college created the award
: P11 this year to honor the lifetime achievements
of outstanding faculty members. Thomp-
Eson, who came to UF in 1993, received
the Fields Medal in 1970 and the National
eI r t P i Medal of Science in 2001.

Seven CLAS undergraduates were honored as UF Outstanding Female and Male Leaders, chosen
to *gra*^ du e s e^ n by a campus-wide selection committee for the quality and scope of their leadership activities dur-
ing the course of their undergraduate careers. Pictured, from left to right, are: Jamal Sowell, reli-
gion; Ariel Stein, political science; Kristen Detwiler, chemistry and criminology; Dean Sullivan;
Michael McNerney, former president of the UF Alumni Association; David Duncan, chemistry;
and Carin Brown, English and political science.

Several of the CLAS Teachers and Advisors of the Year attended commencement and were rec-
ognized during the ceremony. From left to right are: Masangu Matondo, African and Asian lan-
guages and literatures; Walter Judd, botany; Dean Sullivan; Sharon Austin, political science;
and Jessica Harland-Jacobs, history. Austin was recently named the UF Advisor of the Year, and
Harland-Jacobs received a UF Teacher of the Year Award.

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UF's Top Teacher and Advisor
Two CLAS faculty members have received univer-
sity-wide teaching and advising awards. Associate
Professor of Political Science Sharon Austin was
honored with the Advisor of the Year Award, while
Assistant Professor of History Jessica Harland-
Jacobs received a Teacher of
the Year Award. These awards
were announced at a reception
hosted by President Bernie
Machen at Emerson Alumni
Hall in May. Robert Thieke,
an associate professor of civil
and coastal engineering, also
received a teaching award.
Austin and Harland-Jacobs Sharn
each have taught at UF since haron Austin
2000. Currently, Austin serves
as a faculty advisor for the political science depart-
ment, advising more than 100 undergraduates each
year. She also is the advisor for the Black Political
Science Association and the McNair Scholars and
Gatorlaunch programs.
Harland-Jacobs is the undergraduate coordina-
tor for the history department.
Her courses have ranged from
Modern Britain and The His-
tory of the British Empire to
British Imperialism and Cul-
ture and Atlantic Exchanges.
She recently received the
Department of History's
Walensky Teaching Award for
her effective teaching and men-
Jessica Harland-Jacobs touring of graduate students.

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summer. Please call 392-2041 for an appointment.
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In Memorium: Martha Love
Martha Love, the former office assistant of the Land
Use and Environmental Change Institute (LUECI), died
on May 26 after a yearlong battle with brain cancer. She
was 55, and retired in March 2005 after 30 years of ser-
vice to the University of Florida, the last four of which
she worked at LUECI. She previously worked for the
Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences from the
late 1980s through 2000, as well as with UF's College of
LUECI Director Mark Brenner describes Love as an outstanding colleague
who executed her job responsibilities efficiently and with good humor. "She
loved a good challenge and savored the extraordinary responsibilities that came
her way in LUECI, such as interacting regularly with multiple departments,
organizing international workshops and hosting foreign visitors," he says. "Her
standard response to any problem that arose was 'I am sure there is a way we can
do that,' and indeed, she would find a solution. Everyone left Martha's office
feeling better than they did when they entered."
Love is survived by her husband of 38 years, Benjamin Love of Alachua;
her mother, Ruby Odom of Tallahassee; a daughter, Buffy Love VanGelder of
Gainesville; a son, Benjamin Tony Love of Alachua; a brother, Randall Odom of
Tallahassee; sisters Elizabeth Johnson, Peggy Cannon, Charyl Scott and Darlene
Green, all of Tallahassee; and two grandchildren.

Political Science Student
Picked for a Pickering
Daniel Villanueva, a political science sophomore, has
received the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellow-
ship. The award is administered by the Woodrow Wilson
National Fellowship Foundation and is funded by the
State Department. Villanueva was one of 20 recipients
selected out of close to 1,000 applicants.
The goal of the Pickering program is to attract
outstanding students from diverse ethnic, racial and social
backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing a career with the US Foreign
Service. The award will cover Villanueva's tuition, room, board and mandatory
fees during his junior and senior years at UE and one year of graduate studies in
international affairs. Additionally, he will participate in a summer institute and
two summer internships with the State Department-one in the United States,
the other abroad. After completing his graduate studies, Villanueva will join the
US Foreign Service for a minimum of four and a half years.
The fellowship is named after one of the most distinguished American diplo-
mats of the latter half of the 20th century, Thomas R. Pickering. He held the rank
of Career Ambassador, the highest rank in the US Foreign Service, and served as
ambassador to Nigeria, El Salvador, Israel, India, and the Russian Federation, fin-
ishing his career as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs.

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Susan Gillespie presented the 2005 Archaeo-
logical Research Facility Lecture at the
University of California, Berkeley in May
titled "History in Practice: The La Venta
Complex A Excavations 50 Years Later." The
talk discussed excavations at a major center
of the Olmecs, an ancient culture of the East
Mexico lowlands.

Sciences and Disorders
Jaeock Kim, a PhD student specializing in
voice sciences and disorders, has received
$2,500 from the Florida Association of
Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiolo-
gists (FLASHA) for her proposed research
project, "The Physiological Effects of Respi-
ratory Muscle Strength Training with the
Elderly." On May 28, FLASHA presented the
department with a plaque in recognition of

its attaining the highest number of new mem-
bers this year, five.

Political Science
Undergraduate Lauren Murphy, a junior
double-majoring in political science and
Spanish, has received a $20,000 Cultural
Ambassadorial Scholarship from the Rotary
Club to serve as a goodwill ambassador in
Quito, Ecuador for six months, beginning
in the fall of 2006. Her duties will include
participating in community events, giving
speeches, and promoting international under-
standing, goodwill and peace.

Richard Hiers has been selected to serve a
second year in the Distinguished Fellows
Program at Eckerd College's Center for
Spiritual Life. The program sponsors speakers
and conferences related to questions of faith

and understanding, and this year the fellows
are working on a book project focusing on
religious dimensions or aspects of justice and
compassion in social policy.
Hiers' article, "The Death Penalty and
Due Process in Biblical Law," was published
in April by the University of Detroit Mercy
Law Review. It discusses how opponents and
proponents of capital punishment often quote
biblical texts, generally out of context, to sup-
port their respective positions.

Romance Languages and Literatures
Bernadette Cailler (French) chaired a ses-
sion and presented a paper at an international
conference on poet Edouard Glissant, held
at the Tunisian Academy Belt al-Hikma in
Carthage, Tunisia in April. Her paper was
titled "De ruptures en &chos: Virgile, Broch,

New College Web Site
Aids in Relocation
The redesigned CLAS Web site at www.clas.ufl.edu,
unveiled in May, has a new Web page that lists property
rentals of UF faculty and staff. If you have rental property
available in the Alachua County area, the information can
be placed on the New/Visiting Faculty Web page at www.
clas.ufl.edu/faculty/visiting.html. Please send all informa-
tion to www@clas.ufl.edu. The page also contains helpful
information and links about the Gainesville area.

Bidding Farewell to UF
Nine CLAS faculty members and four staff members have retired this year. As a
group, the following employees collectively have completed more than 400 years of
service to UE

Jim Dufty, physics, 37 years
Eva Eichhorn, Germanic and Slavic
studies, 22 years
Gerard Emch, mathematics, 19 years
John Oliver, astronomy, 35 years
Howard Rothman, communication sci
ences and disorders, 36 years
Gareth Schmeling, classics, 35 years
John Sommerville, history, 34 years
Marvel Townsend, mathematics, 24
Sam Trickey, physics, 37 years

CLASnotes Month June /July 2005

Sharon Greene, chemistry, 24 years

Sheran Flowers, sociology, 35 years
Martha Love, Land Use and Environ-
mental Change Institute, 30 years
Ray Thomas, physics, 35 years

Celebrating Death of Nature
In honor of the 25th anniversary of the publication
of Carolyn Merchant's influential book The Death
of Nature: Women, Ecology & the Scientific Revolu-
tion, the History of Science Society and the Center
for Women's Studies and Gender Research recently
held a three-day symposium at UF The Scientific
Revolution: Between Renaissance and Enlighten-
ment. Scholars from across the US and England par-
ticipated in the event, including Merchant, who was
honored at the opening reception. Pictured above
are: Merchant; Angel Kwolek-Folland, professor of
history and women's studies; Jay Malone, executive
director of the History of Science Society; and Mila-
gros Pefia, director of women's studies.

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

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Getting to the Heart

of Medical Imaging

The heart, the powerful and unceasing
engine of the circulatory system, can be
a mystery. Advanced medical imaging
has replaced the need for invasive sur-
gery for an up-close view of the organ,
but even the best technology leaves
doctors and researchers with gaps in
their knowledge. University of Florida
Mathematics Professor Bernard Mair,
in collaboration with David R. Gilland,
an associate professor in the College of
Engineering's Department of Nuclear
and Radiological Engineering, has
received a three-year, $600,000 grant
from the National Institutes of Health to
develop algorithms to fill those gaps.
Their research team is developing
algorithms that will help radiologists
make better decisions about the health
of the heart wall and will better detect
the abnormalities in motion produced
by an ailing heart. To obtain an image of
the heart through gated emission tomog-
raphy, a patient is injected with a safe
radioactive isotope that has a half-life of
about two hours. This isotope, called a
tracer, emits minute positrons, or posi-

tively charged particles.
Mair first became interested in
positron emission tomography in 1995,
after arriving at UF in 1989. He had
lunch with a colleague from the Col-
lege of Engineering, and the pair talked
about beginning emission tomography
research. "At the time, I thought this
would be a mathematical area of research
with practical applications," Mair says.
"Tomography produces a three-dimen-
sional image of the heart or other organs
by recording the effects of those energy
waves produced by the decaying radio-
isotope in the organ and using numeri-
cal algorithms to invert the data."
Mair says the tomographic imag-
ing produces a higher resolution image
than ultrasound, but it requires more
equipment. Magnetic resonance imaging
or MRI, perhaps the most commonly
used method of visualizing the heart,
provides complementary information.
Unlike an MRI-which only shows the
organ's structure-positron emission
tomography allows medical professionals
to observe the metabolic functions of the

The major difficulty, Mair says, is reducing the
blurring of the reconstructed images caused by the
complex motion of the beating heart. "Preliminary
results of research, which relies on biomechanical mod-
els of cardiac motion and fairly sophisticated numerical
algorithms, have demonstrated that their techniques
can significantly improve the current technology."
-Warren Kagarise and Buffy Lockette

Grants through the
Division of Sponsored Research

April-May 2005
Total: $8,031,448

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

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Bookbeat Recent publications from CLAS faculty

Women and Public Policy: A Revolution in Progress
M. Margaret Conway (Political Science), David W. Ahern, Gertrude A. Steuernagel, CQ Press, 3rd edition

An art historian acquaintance once told M.
Margaret Conway that keeping up with
public policy must be like trying to nail Jello
to the wall. Conway, professor emeritus of
political science, wrote the first edition of her
book, Women and Public Policy: A Revolution
in Progress, in 1995-with two of her former
students as a response to the lack of under-
graduate texts on women, policy and politics.
All chapters begin with examples of dif-
ferent individuals being affected by policy
decisions, and some start by comparing past
and present examples. "One of the reasons
we cover the history is that people have to
understand how women were treated in pub-
lic policy, and how much has changed." The
aim, says Conway, is for readers to develop an
awareness of policy problems that affect them
and their families.
One of the biggest policy changes since
the first edition was published was the ending
in 1996 of the Aid to Families with Depen-
dent Children program and its replacement
with the Temporary Assistance to Needy
Families program-pushing more single
mothers with young children into the work-
force. As well, the nature of some policies has
shifted. "Even after a law has been enacted,
regulations can be changed, the implemen-

station process weakened or the policy de-
emphasized. That has happened with some
policies as the political climate has changed
from 1995 to 2005."
The pressure for major policy change
affecting women grew out of the Civil Rights
Movement, says Conway, and it was not until
the mid-1960s that significant changes were
made. Some changes took longer. It wasn't
until 1979 that universities and colleges
were required by law to treat women equally.
"Most people don't realize that there was
discrimination in hiring, pay and pensions
until regulations were finally put into effect
and enforced. Discrimination also existed in
student admissions and scholarships." Before
changes were enforced, Conway says anti-
nepotism rules always favored the male half
of an academic couple.
One of the major changes in American
society in recent history is the proportion of
women working outside the home, but poli-
cies reflecting that change have lagged. The
availability of child care, its affordability, and
its quality are unsolved problems in the US,
says Conway. "It's a problem for the working
poor and it's a problem for middle class fami-
There are two ways to change policy,

says Conway:
the first is sim-
ply to equalize
access, such as
to education or

jobs, the second
is to fundamen-
tally change the
purpose of a
policy. Society
and lawmakers tend to be more comfortable
with the first than with the second, hence
the unsolved issues in health and childcare,
the most critical issues, along with retirement
funding, according to Conway. "Many peo-
ple perceive providing child care as promot-
ing role change; traditionalists see women's
role as staying home and taking care of the
children, therefore governments should not
be involved in providing child care as that
would be role change."
Retiring in December 2000 has not
slowed Conway down. "I'm treating retire-
ment like permanent sabbatical," she says.
Conway continues to write articles and
attend conferences and is continuing her col-
laborative research on the political behavior
of Asian Americans.
-Michal Meyer

Rhetoric in Martial Deliberations and
Decision Making: Cases and Conse-
quences, University of South Carolina
Press, Ronald H. Carpenter, English
In this study of the discourse involved
in martial deliberations, Ronald H. Car-
penter examines the rhetoric employed by
naval and military commanders as they
recommend specific tactics and strategies
to peers as well as presidents. Drawing on
ideas of rhetorical thinking from Aristotle
to Kenneth Burke, Carpenter identifies
two concepts of particular importance to
the military decision-making process: prudence and the representa-
tive anecdote. Carpenter suggests that attention to these two concepts
enables an understanding of how military commanders settle on a
course of action and persuade others to support them.
Carpenter suggests that the trend in contemporary society from
authoritarianism toward management by persuasion, explanation, and
expertise similarly permeates the military. He contends that rhetorical
CLASnotes Month June /July 2005

proficiency in martial deliberations can be as important for a military
leader as tactical and strategic expertise. -Publisher

Western Art, Penguin Books,
Debora Greger, English
In her seventh book of poetry, Deb-
ora Greger walks out of art history class
and into Europe, even to the edge of Asia.
A night wedding in Venice, an encounter
with a girl on an aqueduct in Istanbul,
a walk into the emptiness of the Florida
prairie, standing before a Rembrandt or a
tomb in Ravenna-these portraits of travel
reveal a poet never at home even when
home. Debora Greger's poems love the
accident of discovery; she is a poet whose
intimacies are expressed in whispers,
whose secrets come in sidelong glances.
-Book jacket

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UF's Highest Honor for Avery

Teacher/Scholar of the Year

Physics Professor Paul Avery has
been named the 2004-2005
Teacher/Scholar of the Year, the
highest faculty honor bestowed
by the University of Florida.
The award is given annually to
a professor who demonstrates
excellence in both teaching and
scholarly activity and whose
accomplishments extend beyond
the university.
"It is always hard to select
one person among the many
talented and deserving faculty,"
says Associate Provost and Eng-
lish Professor Debra Walker
King, who chaired the selection
committee. "Dr. Avery emerged
as winner based upon what the
committee saw as his longstand-
ing dedication to research, teach-
ing, and service at the university
and in the community, as well as
the excellence he demonstrates in
each area. This university, as well

as the state of Florida, is honored
to have someone of his ability
and sincere dedication touching
the hearts and minds of those we
Avery has served the uni-
versity for 20 years and is a
world-recognized scholar for
his fundamental contributions
to high-energy physics. He has
published more than 390 refer-
eed publications and supervised
23 PhD students, postdoctoral
associates, and scientists while
maintaining consistent extramu-
ral funding. He is the director of
two National Science Founda-
tion projects-the Grid Physics
Network and the International
Virtual Data Grid Laboratory.
Avery's primary research
in high energy physics is on the
production and decay of new
"quarks" in elementary particles
and the fundamental forces that

govern both their behav-
ior and the underlying
structure of the universe.
He collaborates on two
major experiments,
CLEO, based at Cornell
University, and Compact
Muon Solenoid (CMS),
located in Geneva's
CERN laboratory.
Avery teaches a variety
of undergraduate and
graduate physics courses
and was recently named
a fellow of the American
Physical Society.
"I am pleased and
honored at being selected for
this award," Avery says. "I have
benefited throughout my career
from the strong support of my
colleagues and the administration
at the University of Florida. I
especially appreciate the collegial
environment within the Depart-

ment of Physics and the ease in
forming collaborative projects
with members of other depart-
ments and colleges. These inter-
personal relations, more than
anything else, have made my
working life so enjoyable here."
-Buffy Lockette


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