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Table of Contents
        Page 1
    The Dean's musings
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    CLAS introduced new chairs and directors
        Page 3
    CLAS welcomes new faculty
        Page 4
        Page 5
        Page 6
        Page 7
    Around the college
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College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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New Chairs & Directors.................... 3

New Faculty.................................. 4

After the Storm .............................. 6

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

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

Grants................................... ...11

Einstein's Miracle Year................... 12


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Allyson A. Beutke
Buffy Lockette
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Michal Meyer

The Dean's


Reaching Across the Gulf
The devastation wrecked by Hurricane Katrina along the Gulf Coast of
Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama has uprooted many lives and the effects
will be with all of us for many years. UF faculty, students and staff have
responded generously and spontaneously to help where they can to allow
students in need from the devastated regions to continue their education.
Many departments in our college volunteered additional seating to accom-
modate emergency transfer students. This spirit of reaching out to our
students in need arose in every corner of campus, from faculty, staff and
On September 2, after careful consideration, our college decided we
could accommodate at least 50 full-time students in upper division arts and
sciences courses. Overall at UF, we had 103 emergency transfer students
from the Gulf Coast enroll in the university, 18 of whom are in CLAS-12
undergraduates and six graduate students. We are indebted to Associate
Dean Albert Matheny and others in the Academic Advising Center for
responding to the needs of these students and assisting them in enrolling in
classes in our college or in others.
The Department of Zoology led an effort to gather more than 3,700
pounds of non-perishable food items and other supplies for storm victims,
which they donated to America's Second Harvest Food Bank. Assistant Pro-
fessor of Anri. .p .1...;, Michael Warren has been deployed to the region as
a member of the Homeland Security/FEMA Region IV Disaster Mortuary
Team and is assisting in the recovery and identification of Katrina's casual-
ties, as he did following the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.
To learn more about those spending time at UF this semester, and
how you might assist, see page 6. To those who are spending the semester
as honorary Gators, we offer our heartfelt sympathy for what you have been
Neil Sullivan
sullivan@phys. ufl. edu

On the Cover:
Many UF and CLAS units lent a helping hand to the victims of Hurricane Katrina by gathering
more than 3,700 pounds of non-perishable food, bottled water, diapers, baby formula and per-
sonal hygiene items for America's Second Harvest Food Bank. Organized by zoology department
senior secretary Vitrell Sherif, nearly $8,000 in supplies were donated, and zoology staff, students
and faculty loaded the truck, which made its way to parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

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page 2

CLAS Introduces

New Chairs & Directors

Jack Kugelmass is the
new director of the Cen-
ter for Jewish Studies.
He comes to UF this
year from Arizona State
University and holds
the Melton Professor-
ship at UF and also is a
member of the anthro-
pology department.
Kugelmass earned a PhD
in inrlr. .p. .1. ,' from the
New School for Social
Research in New York
City, and for a number
of years directed the
folklore program at the
University of Wisconsin.
He has published widely
on Polish Jewish culture,
American Jewry, urban
i, rl-.i. J.p. ,1 .., and other
areas of American and
public culture.

Dragan Kujundzic is
the new chair of the Ger-
manic and Slavic studies
department. He received
a BA from the Depart-
ment of Comparative Lit-
erature and Literary The-
ory at Belgrade University
and a PhD in Russian
and literary theory from
the University of South-
ern California in1986.
He comes to UF from the
University of California at
Irvine, where he served as
director of Russian stud-
ies and founding direc-

tor of the International
Center for Writing and
Translation. His cur-
rent research involves
analyzing the empire and
vampirism, which he
calls vEmpire. He also is
examining Fyodor Dos-
toevsky's novel The Idiot,
as well as the films of the
Japanese filmmaker Akira
Kurosawa and Serbian
filmmaker Dusan Maka-
vejev. He plans to offer
an undergraduate course
called Vampire Stories,
which will include a
reading of Bram Stoker's
Dracula and psychoanaly-
sis, cinema, and post-
colonial issues related to
the topic.

Milagros Peiia is the new
director of the Center
for Women's Studies and
Gender Research. An
associate professor of soci-
ology, she earned her MA
and PhD from the State
University of New York
at Stony Brook in 1985
and 1990, respectively,
and has taught at UF
since 1999. Her research
interests include women's
studies, social move-
ments, race and ethnic
relations, and the sociol-
ogy of religion.

Christine Sapienza is the

new chair of the com-
munication sciences and
disorders department.
She received a BA and
MA in speech p rl-..l..;,'
and audiology from the
State University of New
York at Buffalo in 1987
and 1989, where she
also earned her PhD in
speech science in 1993.
She came to UF in 1993
and is the associate direc-
tor of UF's Institute for
Advanced Study of the
Communication Process-
es and a research health
scientist with the Brain
Rehabilitation Research
Center at the Veterans
Affairs Medical Center in
Gainesville. Her research
interests include the study
of normal and disordered
speech and voice produc-
tion in both the adult and
pediatric populations.

Kenneth Sassaman is
the interim chair of the
anthropology depart-
ment. He came to UF
in 1998, after receiving a
PhD from the University
of Massachusetts-Amherst
in 1991. His research
interests center around
the prehistory of hunter-
gatherer societies in the
American Southeast, par-
ticularly aspects of social
organization, technology

and monumentality. He
is well recognized as an
expert on the Archaic
period in Southeastern

Robert Wagman is the
new chair of the classics
department. He earned
his master's and PhD
from The Johns Hopkins
University in 1984 and
1989, respectively, and his
research focuses on Greek
religion, poetry and pale-
ography. Before coming
to UF in 1990, he taught
at the University of Vir-
ginia for one year.

Carolyn Wiltshire is the
interim director of the
linguistics program. She
earned her PhD in 1992
from the University of
Chicago and specialized
in phonology, phonetics
and Dravidian languages.
Before coming to UF in
1995, she taught at Yale
and Brown Universities.
Her current teaching
and research involves
phonological theory,
word structure, phrasal
syllabification, expressive
language, and Dravidian
and Romance language

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page 3

CLAS Welcomes New Faculty

Sean Adams, an
assistant professor of
history, received his
bachelor's degree in
history from Purdue
University in 1990
and his master's and
PhD in US History
from the University of Wisconsin in 1992
and 1999, respectively. His specialization is
in 19th-century US History, with a particular
emphasis on political economy. Adams was
a fellow with the National Historical and
Public Records Commission and has taught
at the University of Wisconsin and the Uni-
versity of Central Florida.
His current book project is a study of
the consumption of heat in early America.
He is teaching The Age of Jackson, America's
Industrial Revolution, and the History of
American Capitalism. He also plans to teach
classes on the history of technology and a
course on American slavery and abolition.

Stewart Duncan is
an assistant professor
of philosophy who
earned his PhD from
Rutgers University in
2003 and his master's
degree from the Uni-
versity of St Andrews
in Scotland in 1997. He works primarily on
the history of philosophy, focusing on the
17th and 18th centuries. Prior to coming
to UF, he was a lecturer at the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln for two years.
His research focuses on the philosophy
of Thomas Hobbes and the ways in which
other 17th-century philosophers such as
Cudworth, Leibniz, and Locke reacted to
Hobbes' materialist views. He is teaching
Introduction to Philosophy for honors stu-
dents and Skepticism in Modern Philosophy,
an upper-level special topics course.

Luis Alvarez-Castro
is an assistant profes-
sor in the Romance
languages and lit-
eratures department.
His specialization is
19th-century Spanish
literature and culture,
and he earned a PhD from the University
of Valladolid in Spain in 2002 and a second
PhD from The Ohio State University in
2005. Both of his dissertations dealt with the
works of Spanish writer and thinker Miguel
de Unamuno, and he also is interested in
literary representations of national identity,
metafiction, and reader-response approaches
to literature.
Alvarez-Castro is teaching an under-
graduate and graduate course on 19th-cen-
tury Spanish novels. His new book, The Word
and the Being in Unamuno' Poetics, will be
released this fall.

James Essegbey is an
assistant professor in
the African and Asian
languages and litera-
tures department. He
earned his PhD from
Leiden University in
The Netherlands in
1999 and specializes in descriptive linguistics,
syntax-semantics interface, pragmatics and
contact linguistics. He came to UF last year
as a visiting assistant professor after serving
as a lecturer and postdoctoral researcher at
He is researching the influence of the
Gbe languages of West Africa on the syntax
and semantics of Surinamese Creoles and
documenting the use of Nyangbo-a minor-
ity language spoken in Ghana. Essegbey is
teaching Akan, a Ghanaian language.

Catherine Cottrell,
an assistant profes-
sor of psychology,
received her PhD
from Arizona State
University in August
2005. She specializes
in social psychology,
and her research interests focus on prejudice
and emotions, stereotyping, discrimination
and stigma.
Much of her current research involves
specific emotions-such as respect, anger
and envy-that members of different ethnic,
religious, political and social groups may feel
toward each other, and the positive beliefs
that members of different groups may hold
for one another. Cottrell is teaching Research
Methods in Social Psychology.

James Gillooly is an
assistant professor of
zoology. He earned
his bachelor's degree
in English literature
from the University of
Michigan in 1988 and
completed his PhD in
zoology at the University of Wisconsin-Madi-
son with a specialty in ecology. Before join-
ing UF, he was a postdoctoral associate and
research assistant professor at the University
of New Mexico.
Gillooly's research interests span the
subdisciplines of physiological ecology, com-
munity and ecosystem ecology, and evolu-
tion. He examines how physical constraints
on the survival, growth and reproduction of
individual organisms influence the ecology
and evolution of populations, communities
and ecosystems. Most recently, he has been
developing what is referred to as the meta-
bolic theory of ecology.

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page 4

Anthony Gonzalez
is an assistant profes-
sor of astronomy. He
received his PhD in
astronomy and astro-
physics from the Uni-
versity of California at
Santa Cruz in 2000.
Prior to taking a faculty position in the
astronomy department, Gonzalez was a post-
doctoral fellow at UF and at the Harvard-
Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. His
research focuses on galaxy cluster evolution
and observational cosmology. This semester,
he is teaching a graduate course, Physical

Julie Kim, an assistant
professor of English,
completed her PhD
this year at Duke Uni-
versity. Her research
interests include early
American and 18th-
century British litera-
ture and culture, theories of race and ethnic-
ity, Asian American studies, and the history
of n rl-,. .p..1.. ;, food and consumption, and
postcolonial studies.
Her current book project, Consumer
Anthropology: New World Foods and Identities
in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic Empire,
examines the relationship between descrip-
tions of New World foods and attitudes
towards racial and cultural difference in
18th-century Britain, North America and the
Caribbean. She is teaching Strange Attrac-
tions in Early American Literature and Theo-
ries of the Human.

Michael T. Heaney
is an assistant profes-
sor in the political
science department.
He earned his PhD
from the University
of Chicago in 2004
and specializes in
political science and public policy. He was a
postdoctoral fellow at Yale University during
Heaney's research focuses on organiza-
tional processes in American politics and pub-
lic policy, with particular attention to interest
groups, political parties, social movements,
bureaucracies and legislatures. He has com-
pleted studies on the role of lobbyist networks
in shaping federal health care policy and the
organizational politics of the anti-Iraq war
movement in the US. He is teaching Current
Controversies in Public Policy, Bureaucratic
Politics and Interest Group Politics.

Lora Levett is an
assistant professor in
the ciii n, ... ,, law
and society depart-
ment. She completed
her bachelor's degree
at Central Michigan
University in 2001
and her graduate education through Florida
International University, earning a PhD in
legal p, c:..l.. .-, idrl a minor in social psy-
chology, in 2005. She has taught at John Jay
College of Criminal Justice and Barnard Col-
lege at Columbia University.
Levett's research interests are juror and
jury decision making, scientific evidence,
eyewitness testimony, juveniles and the justice
system and persuasion theory. She is teach-
ing Law and Society and Psychology and the

Sukwon Hong, an
assistant professor of
chemistry, earned his
PhD in organometal-
lic chemistry with
a specialization in
asymmetric catalysis,
in 2003 from North-
western University. He received his bachelor's
and master's degrees in chemistry from Seoul
National University in South Korea.
Hong was a postdoctoral research associ-
ate at the Scripps Research Institute in La
Jolla, California before coming to UE His
research focuses on the development of new
asymmetric catalysts for use in the total
synthesis of biologically important natural
products and in olefin polymerization. Hong
teaches Organic Spectroscopy.

Victoria Pagan is an
associate professor of
classics. She earned
her PhD from the
University of Chicago
in 1997 in classical
languages and litera-
tures with an emphasis
on Latin literature and Roman historiogra-
phy. Pagan taught at UF from 1997-1998
and then spent seven years at the University
of Wisconsin-Madison.
Her research focuses primarily on Latin
prose authors of the classical period, from
Cato to Augustine. She is finishing Rome and
the Literature of Gardens, a book that explores
the way Romans wrote about gardens in a
wide variety of genres. She is teaching Sal-
lust's Conspiracy of Catiline and The Letters
of Pliny.

CLASnotes October 2005

page 5

after the storm

UF opens its doors to students & faculty displaced by Katrina

At a time when most US college students were returning to campus and gearing up for the start of the fall semester,
those hailing from the Hurricane Katrina battered Gulf Coast found themselves without a university. Setting aside what-
ever intercollegiate rivalry may have existed, colleges and universities from across the country opened their doors and
hearts to those displaced by the storm. At UF, 103 students-nearly all from New Orleans institutions-are calling UF
home this semester, as well as a number of faculty looking for a safe place to continue their research. This is their story.

Staying on Track, When
On August 28, as Hurricane Katrina
was preparing to bear down on the
Louisiana/Mississippi coastline, Tulane
University junior Cody Adams and
seven friends packed several days worth
of clothing and headed to Nashville to
ride out the storm.
"We hadn't actually started to
school yet, so we thought it was going
to be a last minute vacation before the
semester began," Adams says. The group
crammed into two cars and left most of
their belongings behind. To date, they
have been unable to return to the devas-
tated area.
Adams is spending this semester at
UE and he and his girlfriend, Amanda
Wittenberg, a Loyola communications
major, are renting a room in a house off
campus. Adams is a native of Keystone
Heights, so spending the semester in
Gainesville seemed like a logical choice.
"Growing up 20 minutes away, I have
been a Gator fan since the day I was

Your University Has Been
born," he says. "The only reason I didn't
go here was because it was too close to
A political science major at Tulane,
Adams is taking a full course load in
CLAS this semester. While many dis-
placed students from the Gulf Coast
chose to take the semester off, Adams
did not feel it was an option. He plans
to apply to dentistry school next year
and does not want to fall behind in his
course work. "I didn't want to graduate
a semester late," he says. "I like to stay
on track. It's hard, though, because one
of the classes I needed this semester was
organic chemistry, and there's no way I
could have started it this late at UF, so
I had to put it off a semester. I'm sup-
posed to take the dental aptitude test
this year, and I'm not sure how it's going
to turn out."
Tulane neuroscience senior Brooke
Johnson found herself in a similar
predicament when Hurricane Katrina

page b

forced her university to shut down during the fall
semester. Slated to graduate in May, Johnson was gear-
ing up to apply to medical school this fall. But with
Tulane operating from Houston, Texas and its faculty
scattered in temporary housing across the country,
obtaining transcripts and letters of recommendation
seems impossible. "This is probably going to set me
back a year," she says. "I'll either take a break or get a
master's while waiting to apply for the following year."
One might wonder why Johnson did not just take
the semester off, since her life plan is already going to
have to be altered. Her answer shatters the stereotype
of the privileged private school student. "Tulane is a
very expensive school, and I am on need-based finan-
cial aid and have a ton of student loans I have taken
out every year," says Johnson, who supports herself as a
bartender at the Margaritaville restaurant in the French
Quarter. "I really want to stay on track because I can't
afford not to finish on time."
An Orlando native, Johnson and Tulane room-
mate Megha Pandit, a psychology major, have
crammed into a small one-bedroom apartment this
semester and are taking courses in CLAS. "Everybody
has been really understanding. Our cognitive neurosci-
ence teacher, Linda Hermer-Vazquez, was so great. She
said 'if you need a ride somewhere-anything-let me
Both Adams and Johnson plan to return to Tulane
as soon as it reopens in the spring. In the meantime,
UF is offering tuition at the reduced in-state rate,
saving undergraduates $470 a credit hour and some
graduate students as much as $630 per credit hour.
The university is assisting displaced students with get-
ting their financial aid moved to UF and has extended
their payment deadline to November 18.
"We are doing everything we can to make this as a
positive and productive experience for you as possible,"
Dean of Students Gene Zdziarski told a group of dis-
placed students in a special orientation session held for
them in mid-September. A support group has been orga-
nized by the UF Counseling Center to help these students
cope with the tragedy and meets on Tuesday nights, from
6 to 7 pm, in 301 Peabody Hall. Contact the Counseling
Center at 392-1575 for more information.
CLASnotes October 2005

Loyola Religion Professor Timothy Cahill lectures on "Love, Logic and the Twin Concepts of
Positive and Negative Concordance" in Sanskrit poetry at the invitation of the Center for the
Study of Hindu Traditions, allowing him to keep his research alive while he is displaced this

Research Deadlines Loom, Despite Dislocation

When Loyola University English Profes-
sor Kate Adams evacuated from New
Orleans with her son, Cole, at around
1 pm on August 28-right as Katrina
strengthened briefly into a Category 5
hurricane-she only had time to grab a
few changes of clothes, her laptop com-
puter, and her beagle, Rudy.
"We left a little later than we
should have," she admits. "Last year we
left during Hurricane Ivan, and it was so
awful evacuating that we decided to try
to stay-until it kept getting bigger and
But Katrina did not spare New
Orleans as Ivan and other storms have
in the past. After staying a few days with
friends in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Adams
drove down to Gainesville to stay with
her father, UF Emeritus Professor of
English James Hodges. Unsure about
the condition of her home and unable
to return to work at Loyola, Adams did
what any conscientious university pro-
fessor would do-used the downtime to
work on her research.
Thankful to have her laptop in tow,
Adams has been busy completing two
book projects due in October-one on
American suffragist Alice Paul and the
other on the representations of women
in the New York Herald Tribune. The UF
CLASnotes October 2005

Smathers Library assigned her a library
card, and she has poured herself into her
work, eagerly attempting to meet both
deadlines despite being dislocated. "I
haven't minded it," she says. "It's some-
thing that feels real, a connection to my
former life."
Her stay in Gainesville has been
a return home for the 1972 graduate
of P.K. Yonge Developmental Research
School, who spent her first two years
as an undergraduate at UE She plans
to return to New Orleans at the earliest
possible occasion.
Loyola Assistant Professor of Reli-
gion Timothy Cahill is also beginning
to get homesick. A colleague of UF
Religion Professor Vasudha Narayanan,
Cahill spent a week on campus in late
September, at the invitation of the UF
Center for the Study of Hindu Tradi-
tions (CHiTra)-of which Narayanan
is the director-to present a series of
"My area of research is Asian
religion and Sanskrit literature, but
right now I am basically not doing any
research," Cahill says. "I am hoping to
be able to go back to New Orleans for a
day or two and get some materials, or to
take advantage of the hospitality offered
here." Cahill and his wife are currently

How You Can Help
Donate to the American Red Cross at (800)
HELP-NOW or to the Salvation Army at
(800) SAL-ARMY. You also can contribute to
the rebuilding of some Gulf Coast universities
through www.justgive.org.
Adopt or Foster a displaced pet through the UF
Veterinary Medical Center, or volunteer your
time to the effort, at http://vmc.vetmed.ufl.edu.
Participate in the Gator Nation Canned Food
Drive. Bring non-perishable food items to one
of three drop-off locations on campus-the
Institute for Hispanic-Latino Cultures on
University Avenue, the Center for Leadership
and Service in room 202 Peabody Hall, or the
Student Activities Center on the third floor of
the Reitz Union. Donations will be given to
America's Second Harvest, a network of food
banks responding to the needs of residents.
Volunteer through the North Central Florida
Chapter of the American Red Cross. Help is
needed locally caring for the 500 families relo-
cated to Alachua County after the storms. Volun-
teers are also being dispatched to the Gulf Coast.
Call Kathleen at (352) 376-4669 to sign up.
Organize a relief effort on campus. Want to have
a car wash, bake sale or other fundraiser for the
cause? You can register your project through the
Dean of Students Office at www.dso.ufl.edu/
Sport your gator spirit while helping hurricane
victims by purchasing a set of Gator Nation
wristbands for $5 through the UF Alumni Asso-
ciation. All proceeds go to the American Red
Cross. Wristbands can be purchased on game
days, beginning three hours before kick-off, at
Emerson Alumni Hall. For more information,
visit www.ufalumni.ufl.edu.

living with his sister in St. Petersburg. When Narayan-
an found out he was in Florida, she offered him office
space, access to her books and resources in addition to
a library card at Smathers, and the opportunity to earn
a small stipend while presenting a lecture series for
At this point in time, Cahill is more worried
about the survival of his university than his own career.
"Really, what I am concerned with is the future of the
institution more so than my own research," he says.
"How are we going to make our university come back?
We don't have a lot of physical damage to facilities, but
parents might be concerned about sending their kids
to any university in New Orleans. This year we had
the largest incoming freshman class ever, and a lot of
us are concerned whether these students will return in
the spring."
-Buffy Lockette
page 7

Ambassador Visits UF
French Ambassador to the US Jean-David Levitte
spoke about relations between America and France, as
well as the future of the European Union, to a crowd
of more than 400 UF faculty and students on October
3. His visit was sponsored by the UF France-Florida
Research Institute and organized by its director Carol
Murphy, a professor of French.
Levitte, who has been a French diplomat for more
than 30 years, discussed the need for France and the
US to move on from their disagreements over the war
in Iraq, stating that although the French people did not
support the war, they remain committed to the US, as
evidenced by the millions of dollars in aid the country
has poured into the Hurricane Katrina ravaged Gulf
Coast. "The events were covered in an extraordinary
way by the French media, as though it were happening
in France," Levitte said. In addition to monetary contri-
butions, France also is adopting jazz orchestras from the
New Orleans area and paying them to travel overseas
to play at venues across the country to raise money for
Katrina relief efforts. Levitte's campus visit came on the
heels of a three-day diplomacy visit to Louisiana.

Latin America Writes Back
Authors, filmmakers and critics from around the world
will converge at UF on October 27-29 for Latin
America Writes Back: Science Fiction and
the Global Era, a symposium reflecting
the growing interest in the science
fiction of Latin America. Con-
temporary cinematic and
literary works of Latin
American science fic-
tion and fantasy will be
discussed, focusing on
S the genre's challenge to the
literary canon, its trans-
formation of the concepts
of city and urbanization,
the growing presence
of female characters
and feminist approaches, and the role of technology in
developing countries.
Visit www.clas.ufl.edu/events/writesback/ for more

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the College

In Memory:
James Button, Professor of Political Science
Political Science Professor James Button died on
September 26 after suffering from a long illness. He
was 63. Button, who was born in Rochester, New
York, came to UF in 1973. He earned his PhD from
the University of Texas in 1975 and specialized in the
study of minority politics, urban politics and the pro-
cess of social change.
Over the course of his career, Button authored
numerous publications and books, including Private Lives, Public Conflicts: Bat-
ties Over Gay Rights in American Communities, Black Violence: Political Impact of
the 1960s Riots and Blacks and Social Change: The Impact of the Civil Rights Move-
ment in Southern Communities. He served as interim chair of his department in
1990-1991 and served on the editorial board of the University Press of Florida.
As a teacher, Button enjoyed offering courses such as Politics and Poverty,
Minorities and Change, Urban Politics and Race, Gender and Politics. In 2004,
he was named the CLAS Teacher of the Year.
Button is survived by his wife, Barbara Rienzo, a professor in UF's College
of Health and Human Performance, and sons Matt and Adam Bennett, both
of Chicago. A scholarship fund in Button's memory has been established,
and checks made out to the "James Button Scholarship Fund" can be mailed to
the political science department, PO Box 117325, Gainesville, Florida, 32611. A
memorial service was held in Button's honor at the United Church of Gainesville
on September 30.

Irene Thompson, Founding Director of I
Women's Studies
Irene S. Thompson, who served as the founding
director of the Center for Women's Studies and Gen-
der Research when it was created in 1977, died on
September 17 of cancer in Syracuse, New York. She
was 86. Born in New York City, she lived in Gaines-
ville from 1955 until 2001.
Thompson was a 1939 magna cum laude gradu-
ate of Adelphi College in Garden City, New York, and earned master's degrees
from both New York University and UF, where she completed additional gradu-
ate study in American literature. She taught high school for many years, and
then at UF for two decades, beginning in 1966.
As the university's first Gender Equity Officer, Thompson wrote extensively
in the fields of women's literature and feminist issues. As a founding member of
the Modern Language Association's Committee on Women's Concerns, she co-
edited two books: Stepping Off the Pedestal: Academic Women in the South (1982)
and The Road Retaken: Women Re-enter the Academy (1985).
Thompson is survived by her daughter, Margaret Susan; her brother,
Eugene Siegel; and several nieces and nephews. The Irene Thompson Scholar-
ship for undergraduate and graduate students has been established in her honor,
and donations can be sent to the Center for Women's Studies and Gender
Research, 3324 Turlington Hall, PO Box 117352, Gainesville, FL 32611.

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African American Studies
William Conwill recently presented "The
Black Community: Intersections of Gender,
Race, and Class" at the 29th Annual Confer-
ence of the National Council for Black Stud-
ies. He also presented "Domestic Violence in
the Black Community: Issues for the Train-
ing Curriculum," a two-hour professional
development workshop, at the 37th Annual
International Convention of the Association
of Black Psychologists.
In August, the USA Martial Arts Hall
of Fame honored him as the Martial Artist of
the Year in a ceremony in Jacksonville.

Mike Heckenberger's research in the Amazon
is a prominent part of an article that appeared
in a recent issue of The New Yorker. "The Lost
City of Z: Can an Expedition to the Amazon
Uncover its Secrets-and the Fate of a Van-
ished Explorer?" discusses the search for what
happened to a 1920s-era explorer who disap-
peared while looking for an alleged lost city
deep in the Amazon. The reporter concluded
the piece with Heckenberger's work, suggest-
ing that he probably discovered the city the
explorer was seeking.

Anthony Oliver-Smith was recently selected
to hold the MunichRe Foundation Chair
on Social Vulnerability at the Institute for
Environment and Human Security of United
Nations University in Bonn, Germany for
the 2007-2008 academic year. He and three
other chair holders will comprise the team
responsible for leading the training and
research initiatives of the institute during the
next four years.

At the recent Society of Erl-n. .1-.i.1. meet-
ings in Anchorage, Alaska, Richard Stepp
was named editor-in-chief for the Journal of
-'.. ...' '.. -', His term begins in the spring of

Sciences and Disorders
Lori J.P. Altmann has received a $5,000
Advancing Academic Research Careers Award
from the American Speech and Hearing Asso-
ciation for her project "Grammatical Sentence
Production in Alzheimer's Disease."

Undergraduate Rachel Lauren Hogue has
received a 2005 Minority Student Leadership
Award from the American Speech-Language-
Hearing Association that will allow her to
travel to San Diego this November to partici-
pate in the organization's national convention.
She will take part in a leadership-focused
educational program with other undergradu-
ate and graduate students enrolled in com-
munication sciences and disorders programs
across the country.

Linda Lombardino was a keynote speaker
at the Rite Care Language and Literacy con-
ference at Baylor University at the end of
September. She also spoke at the Assessing
Literacy and Language: Leadership Perspec-
tives conference at California State University
in Monterey, California in August.

Norman Holland and Andrew Gordon were
the chief organizers of the 22nd International
Conference on Literature and Psychology held
at the University of Cordoba, Spain in July.
Participants presented more than 50 papers
from 17 countries. Peter Rudnytsky spoke in
the keynote session, with a talk on "Facts and
Interpretations: The Quest for Truth in the
History of Psychoanalysis." Gordon spoke on
"Envy: Cynthia Ozick Meets Melanie Klein,"
while Holland lectured during the closing ses-
sion on "Don Quixote and the Neuroscience
of Metafiction." Also participating from UF
was Martin Sorbille (Spanish), who spoke
on "The Slaughterhouse: Echevarria and the
Anxiety of Castration." The 23rd Interna-
tional Conference on Literature and Psychol-
ogy will be held in Finland at the University
of Helsinki on June 28-July 3, 2006. For
information, contact Andrew Gordon at ago-

Paul Mueller and Dave Foster, along with
a colleague from Montana State University,
recently held a workshop funded by the
National Science Foundation in Bozeman,
Montana on EarthScope, a 10-year, multi-
million dollar NSF project aimed at imaging
the crust and upper mantle in the US through
the use of thousands of seismometers. Ray
Russo participated as an invited speaker at

the event.

David Colburn has been elected to serve a
two-year term as chair of the board of direc-
tors for the Florida Humanities Council. The
non-profit organization, established in 1973,
is the state affiliate of the National Endow-
ment for the Humanities and uses the dis-
ciplines of the humanities to develop public
programs and resources that explore Florida's
history, literary and artistic traditions, cultural
values and ethics.

Guido Mueller has been selected to co-chair
the interferometry working group of the Laser
Inteferometer Space Antenna (LISA) Interna-
tional Science Team. LISA is a joint observa-
tory between NASA and the European Space
Agency, aimed at detecting low-frequency
gravitational waves. The LISA International
Science Team serves as the scientific coordi-
nating and advisory committee to the Office
of Space Science, NASA, European Space
Agency and the LISA study office and has six
groups, including the interferometry group,
placing Mueller in charge of 1/6 of LISA sci-

Political Science
Ido Oren traveled to China in June in con-
nection with the recent publication of the
Chinese translation of his book, Our Enemies
and US: America's Rivalries and the Making of
Political Science. He lectured at Fudan Univer-
sity (Shanghai), Remin University (Beijing),
Jilin University (Changchun, Manchuria),
and Guandong University of Foreign Studies
and Zhongshan University (both in Guang-

Manfred Diehl has been appointed to serve
a four-year term on the Behavior and Social
Science of Aging Review Committee of the
National Institute on Aging (NIA). This com-
mittee advises the directors of the National
Institutes of Health and the NIA, providing
technical review and evaluation of research,
research training, grant applications, and
contract proposals concerned with research
on aging in the basic biological, clinical, bio-
medical, social and behavioral sciences.

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Bookbeat Recent publications from CLAS faculty

Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature
Editor-in-Chief Bron R. Taylor (Religion), Thoemmes Continuum, 2005

Religion, says Bron Taylor, has evolved with human
beings from nature, and in turn, religion plays a role
in the ways humans relate to and transform nature.
The effort to understand these reciprocal dynamics
led UF's Samuel S. Hill Eminent Scholar of Reli-
gion and Christian Ethics to create a two-volume
encyclopedia that draws together the emerging disci-
pline of religion and nature.
"Part of constructing this field is re-conceptual-
izing what we understand religion to be," Taylor
says. "If religion is most fundamentally about
belonging and connecting, which is clear when we
look at the roots of the word, then religion need
not only be about connecting to divine beings. It
can also be related to people's felt connection to the
biosphere. Indeed, whenever human beings rely on
metaphors of the sacred to describe what they most
deeply feel, then we are in the orbit of religion, and
quite often, this has a lot to do with nature."
As editor-in-chief of the world's first Encyclo-
pedia of Religion and Nature, Taylor's vision was to
build an interdisciplinary work that explores the

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relationships among human beings,
their environments and their religions,
and to do so by drawing together
voices from the natural sciences, the
social sciences and the humanities.
The encyclopedia, he explains, pro-
vides a place where scholars from a
wide array of disciplines can wrestle
together about the religious dimen-
sions of human-nature relations.
"For example, atmospheric sci-
entist James Lovelock [originator of
the Gaia hypothesis] has an entry in
which he describes his surprise at the
extent to which people resonated with
what he understood to be a scientific
theory in a spiritual or religious way.
He confesses in his entry that he has
come to value that way of looking at
Ever since medieval historian
Lynn White published his 1967 Sci-
ence article blaming monotheistic
religions in general and the dominant
streams of Christianity in particular
for fostering environmentally destruc-
tive attitudes and behaviors, there has
been robust scholarly debate about the
role of religion in transforming ecosys-
tems. Until Taylor began his encyclo-
pedia there had been no place to bring
together such a debate, track its evolu-
tion, and suggest further research.
The encyclopedia has 1,000
entries with 520 contributors from
around world, including 11 religion
faculty members and students from
UE "One of the things I'm proud-
est of is that this is an international
encyclopedia," Taylor says. "Places that
often get short shift, such as Africa,

Bron Taylor

did not. There are entries on the
religious aspects of such activities as
mountain climbing and surfing. There
is an entry on space and the way many
astronauts have been transformed reli-
giously by their experiences."
Taylor arrived at UF in 2002,
recruited to help establish the univer-
sity's unique graduate program in reli-
gion and nature. His research is in reli-
gious ethics and religion and political
mobilization, with extensive fieldwork
exploring grassroots environmental
movements. Apart from the encyclo-
pedia, Taylor is leading an initiative
to establish an International Society
for the Study of Religion, Nature, and
Culture and will be the editor of its
new journal, which will begin publish-
ing in 2007.
-Michal Meyer

CLASnotes October 2005

Handbook ofAttitudes, Edited by Dolo-
res Albarracin (Psychology), Lawrence
Erlbaum Associates
This new handbook presents, synthe-
sizes, and integrates the existing knowl-
edge of methods, theories, and data in
attitudes. The editors' goal is to promote
an understanding of the broader principles
underlying attitudes across several disci-
plines. Divided into three parts: one on
definitions and methods; another on the
relations of attitudes with beliefs, behav-
ior, and affect; and a final one that integrates these relations into the
broader areas of cognitive processes, communication and persuasion,
social influence, and applications, the handbook also features an inno-
vative chapter on implicit versus explicit attitudes.

The Gospel of Thomas in English, THE GOSPEL OF
Haitian Creole and French, Edited by
Benjamin John Hebblethwaite (Haitian
Creole), Classic Editions
The Gospel of Thomas was discovered
in 1945 with a cache of books in Nag
Hammadi, Egypt. The Christian and
Gnostic books had been hidden on a hill-
side for 1,600 years. The Gospel of Thomas
is of immense value because it dates from
the same period as the canonical gospels
and because it is a remarkable record of
what numerous scholars claim are the actual teachings of Jesus.
This book is designed for general readers, students and scholars
of English, French and, for the first time, Haitian Creole. This vol-
ume is an excellent tool for accelerated learning and for diving into
the depth of the Apostle Thomas' tradition.

Selbstkritik der Moderne. Habermas
und Foucault im Vergleich (Self-Critique ThomBbriche
of Modernity: Habermas and Foucault in Selbstkritik
der Moderne
Comparison), Thomas Biebricher (Politi- FoueutndHabmas
cal Science), Campus Verlag imvgei
Michel Foucault (1926-1984) and
Juergen Habermas (1929-) are considered
the most influential philosophers/social
scientists of our time. While both agree on
many political issues and share a diffuse I" - ....
leftist sentiment, in their works they have
pursued different paths in constructing
critical approaches to society, morals, science as well as politics and
The book is a comparative study of the major works of both
authors. It analyses and compares the 'critiques' that they have devel-
oped over time and places them in historical and critical context.
-Author summary

The Shadowlands of Conduct: Ethics
and State Politics, Beth Rosenson (Polit-
ical Science), Georgetown University Press
The linking of ethics and politics is
an issue that affects every American-
especially when it comes to state politics,
where the cynical might say ethics can
never survive. Scandals have been ubiqui-
tous since the beginning of the Republic,
but it wasn't until 1954 that ethical self-
regulation began to move legislatively
beyond bribery statutes to address deeper
issues-those which, in New York Governor Thomas Dewey's words,
skulked in the "shadowlands of conduct." Rosenson begins her explo-
ration with that moment when New York became the first state to
enact a general ethics law, setting standards and guidelines for behav-
ior. She examines the many laws that have been enacted since and the
reasons that many of these laws came into being.



Grants cD 1 1
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June, July and August 2005
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Celebrate Einstein's Miracle Year

In 1905, Albert Einstein published a series of papers that revolutionized the way scientists think
about and study the universe. In honor of the 100th anniversary of Einstein's "miracle year," the
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Department of Physics are sponsoring the seminar
on Einstein's Miracle Year on October 18 at the Keene Faculty Center. Professor of Physics Jack
Sabin is chairing the event.

2:30-3 pm
"Einstein: The Making of a Physicist"
Fredrick Gregory, History

3-3:30 pm
"Who Ordered Theorists?
Einstein and the Photoelectric Effect"
Arthur Hebard, Physics

4-4:30 pm
"Einstein's Remarkable Insight on Brownian
Motion-Its Context and Impact"
Jim Dufty, Physics

4:30-5 pm
"Einstein's Relativity and
Our View of the Universe"
Steve Detweiler, Physics

Also in celebration of Einstein's miracle year, the History of Science Society has created an attrac-
tive display-including Einstein papers, artifacts and memorabilia-on the first floor of Turling-
ton Hall. Drop by and check it out!


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