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    The Dean's musings
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    Around the college
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November 2005
Volume 19

The University of Florida
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


UF's Nobel Prize
Winning Connections ....................

CLAS Welcomes New Faculty........... 4

Funding the Road to Research........ 6

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

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

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

Homecoming Festivities................ 12


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dents of current research, news and events.

The Dean's


Research Thrives in CLAS
While maintaining the quality of our educational programs is very important to
our college, the growth of our research endeavors-especially in modern inter-
disciplinary areas, with a subsequent growth of graduate students-has been
our major focus in recent years. Our success in building nationally recognized
research activities will, in large measure, determine the advancement of the col-
lege in national rankings.
By all accounts, whether by individual investigation awards, new center
initiatives or cross-college collaborations, CLAS researchers continue to be
successful, boasting one of the largest percent increases in grant money of any
cluster at UE In fact, our college has seen a steady increase in the number of
research dollars since 2000 and an even sharper increase in federal grants, jump-
ing from $18.7 million in 1999-2000 to $39.3 million in 2004-2005 (see
page 6).
While awards from federal agencies account for 90 percent of our college's
grant dollars, the humanities and social sciences have successfully sought major
research funds in new areas and have been largely successfully in securing fed-
eral grants and support from major foundations and groups. These awards are
highly competitive, and it is a testament to the growth of our research programs
that we now have a number of prestigious awards from philanthropic founda-
The hallmark of our recent research strengths has been the integration
of research and education programs that introduce undergraduate students to
research at an early stage in their careers and foster multi-disciplinary interac-
tions that can not be created by any single, traditional department.
UF must take the lead in developing fundamental research studies if we are
to continue to build the state's economy. The research efforts in CLAS are key
to establishing and maintaining long-lasting relationships with individuals and
groups at the local, state, national and international levels.
Neil Sullivan
sullivan@phys. ufl. edu

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On the Cover:
A farmer walks along a road in Brazil which soon after was widened and paved in 2002, result-
ing in the TransOceanic Highway near the tri-national frontier border Brazil shares with Peru and
Bolivia. UF sociologist Stephen Perz and colleagues have received federally-funded research grants
to study this area and find out what new roads and road paving will mean for the future of the
CLASnotes November 2005

UF's Nobel Prize



Robert H. Grubbs, who earned degrees in chemistry from UF, has received
the 2005 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. An organic chemist whose work on
catalysis has led to a wide variety of applications in medicine and industry,
Grubbs is currently the Victor and Elizabeth Atkins Professor of Chemistry at
the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. He shares the award with
Yves Chauvin, a professor at the Institut Francais du Petrole in Rueil-Mal-
maison, France, and Richard Schrock, a professor of chemistry at the Mas-
sachusetts Institute of Technology. The winners will split a $1.3 million prize,
which will be presented in December at a ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden.

The trio was cited specifically for "the
development of the metathesis method
in organic synthesis." Metathesis is an
organic reaction in which chemists selec-
tively strip out certain atoms in a com-
pound and replace them with atoms that
were previously part of another com-
pound. The end result is a custom-built
molecule that has specialized properties,
which can lead to better drugs for the
treatment of disease or better electrical
conducting properties for specialized
plastics, for example.
In particular, Grubbs has worked
on olefin metathesis. Prior to his work,
metathesis was poorly understood and
of limited value to scientists. Grubbs
developed powerful new catalysts for
metathesis that enabled custom synthesis
of valuable molecules, such as pharma-
ceuticals and new polymers with novel
materials properties.
Grubbs earned his bachelor's and
master's degrees in chemistry from UF
in 1963 and 1965, respectively. After
completing his PhD in chemistry at
Columbia University, he spent a year
at Stanford University as a postdoctoral
fellow and then joined the Michigan
State University faculty in 1969. He has
taught at Caltech since 1978.
As a UF student working in an ani-
mal nutrition lab, Grubbs was convinced

by a friend to work with Chemistry
Professor Merle Battiste. To Grubbs' sur-
prise, he enjoyed working in a chemistry
lab. "I liked the mechanical aspects of
working in the lab and the combination
of physical and intellectual challenges,"
he says. Battiste, who is now a professor
emeritus of chemistry, became Grubbs'
The two will have the chance to see
each other again soon. Grubbs received
15 tickets to the Nobel awards dinner in
Stockholm, and Battiste will be among
his guests.
Grubbs has been a member of the
National Academy of Sciences since
1989, and was the 2000 recipient of
the Benjamin Franklin Medal. He is the
second UF graduate to receive a Nobel
Prize. The first was Marshall Nirenberg,
who earned a bachelor's degree from UF
in 1948 and a master's degree in zoology
in 1952.
In 1968 Nirenberg was honored
with the Nobel Prize for Physiology or
Medicine for his investigations with the
National Institutes of Health that led to
the demonstration that messenger RNA
ribonucleicc acid) is required for protein
synthesis and can be used to decipher
various aspects of the genetic code.
Another UF connection to a Nobel
Prize this year is the 2005 Nobel Prize

m aSI
in Physics, partially awarded to Roy Glauber, the
Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics at Harvard Univer-
sity "for his contribution to the quantum theory of
optical coherence."
UF Physics and Mathematics Professor John
Klauder helped to work out the mathematical theory
of this phenomenon.
Part of the citation reads: "The mathematical
formalism of quantized fields was developed in paral-
lel with Glauber's work on their applications. E.C.G.
Sudarshan drew attention to the use of coherent state
representations for the approach to classical physics; at
this point he refers to Glauber's work. Together with
J.R. Klauder he proceeded to develop the mathemati-
cal formalism of Quantum Optics; their approach is
presented in their textbook. After the initial contribu-
tions, many authors applied Glauber's results to the
rapidly evolving experimental situation in optical
physics, thus creating the field today called 'Quantum
The book by Klauder and Sudarshan titled Fun-
damentals of Quantum Optics is considered a classic in
the field and was originally published in 1968. It will
soon be reprinted by Dover Press.
Klauder has known Glauber for many years.
"We have met at many conferences over the years,
says Klauder, who received his PhD from Princeton
University in 1959. "Since Glauber's original work was
done more than 40 years ago, I must admit I was sur-
prised that he received the award now. Naturally, I am
pleased for him and for the recognition that this award
brings to the field of quantum optics."
-Allyson A. Beutke

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CLAS Welcomes New Faculty

John Chambers is an
assistant professor in
the psychology depart-
ment. He received
a PhD from the
University of Iowa in
2005, and his area of
specialization is social
Chambers' research interests involve
how people make inferences about their own
and other people's abilities, traits, and risks
for events. He also examines the illusions
and biases that characterize people's judg-
ments about themselves and others. He plans
to teach a graduate-level social psychology
course and a judgment and decision-making
course to advanced undergraduates.

Corene Matyas, an
assistant professor of
geography, earned
her PhD from The
Pennsylvania State
University, focusing
on cln1 tr. .1.. ,, in
2005. Before coming
to UF she served as a
graduate lecturer at Penn State and a visiting
assistant professor at Ohio University.
While Matyas' research interests include
all types of severe weather and natural hazards
in general, her current work focuses on hurri-
canes. Specifically, she is investigating the use
of geographical methods such as GIS and the
calculation of shape indices to quantify tropi-
cal cyclone rainfall patterns. Her long-term
goal is to develop a model to forecast these
rainfall patterns as storms make landfall. She
teaches Cliir. a..1 ._:, and Weather and Fore-
casting and also is developing a course on
hurricanes for fall 2006.

H. Wind Cowles is
an assistant profes-
sor in the linguistics
program who earned
her PhD in cognitive
science and linguistics
from the University of
California, San Diego
in 2003. Before com-
ing to UF, she was a postdoctoral research
fellow in the psychology department at the
University of Sussex, England and a visiting
faculty member in linguistics at the Univer-
sity of California, San Diego.
Cowles' research interests involve how
people produce and comprehend sentences
as part of a larger discourse. In particular, her
work has focused on the interaction of infor-
mation structure categories like topic and
focus with the processing of syntactic struc-
ture and coreferential category terms. This
fall, she is teaching Psycholinguistics and a
graduate seminar on sentence and discourse

Kenneth Merz is
a professor in the
Department of Chem-
istry and a member of
the Quantum Theory
Project. He comes to
UF from The Pennsyl-
vania State University,
where he had taught
since 1989. From 1998 to 2001, he also held
positions at Pharmacopeia, Incorporated, a
drug development company.
Merz earned his PhD in organic chem-
istry in 1985 from the University of Texas at
Austin and held postdoctoral fellowships at
Cornell University and the University of Cal-
ifornia, San Francisco. His research interests
include computational chemistry and biol-
ogy, and he is a fellow of the American Asso-
ciation for the Advancement of Science and a
member of the editorial board for the Journal
of Molecular Modeling. At UF, he is teaching
Physical Chemistry and Organic Chemistry.

Atiqa Hachimi is
an assistant professor
in the African and
Asian languages and
literatures department.
She completed her
PhD in spring 2005
at the University of
Hawaii at Manoa and
specializes in Arabic sociolinguistics, with a
particular focus on North Africa. Prior to UF,
Hachimi directed and coordinated the Ara-
bic Language Program at the University of
Hawaii, where she also was an instructor of
Arabic language and culture.
Hachimi's research interests include
Arabic sociolinguistics, language and dialect
contact and change in complex multilingual
settings, particularly in North Africa, and
language and gender. This fall, she is teach-
ing Arabic 1 and 2 and plans to teach Arabic
Sociolinguistics and Arabic 3 during the
spring semester.

Aneta Petkova is an
assistant professor in
the physics depart-
ment. She earned
a PhD in chemical
physics in 2000 from
Brandeis University
and, before arriving
at UF, was a research
fellow at the National Institutes of Health,
holding a postdoctoral research fellowship
there from 2000 to 2004.
Petkova's research interests are in experi-
mental biophysics, in particular protein fold-
ing and amyloid folding. Her group will be
using solid state nuclear magnetic resonance
and other spectroscopic techniques to study
membrane and amyloid-forming peptides
and proteins. She is teaching Physics with
Calculus 2.

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page 4

Maria Portuondo is
an assistant profes-
sor of history who
earned a PhD in the
history of science and
technology from The
Johns Hopkins Uni-
versity in 2005. Prior
to entering graduate
school, she worked as an electrical engineer
for 12 years, holding a BS in electrical engi-
neering from the University of Miami.
Portuondo's research interests include
early modern European science and technol-
ogy, 16th and 17th century Spain, invention
and technology, and science and exploration.
She is teaching The Practice of Science Dur-
ing the Scientific Revolution and New Lands,
New Science: Exploration and Science.

Jonathan Tan is an
assistant professor in
the astronomy depart-
ment who received his
PhD in astrophysics
from the University of
California at Berkeley
in 2001. He held
postdoctoral research
fellowships at Princeton University from
2001 to 2004 and also at the Swiss Federal
Institute of Technology in Zurich from 2004
to 2005.
Tan's research is focused on the origin
of stellar systems, ranging from the very first
objects that formed in the universe follow-
ing the Big Bang to local star clusters such
as in the Orion Nebula. This semester he is
teaching Discover the Universe, with plans of
teaching the graduate course, High Energy
Astrophysics, in the spring.

Helena Alves
Rodrigues is an
assistant professor in
the Department of
Political Science with
a joint appointment in
the Center for Latin
American Studies. She
earned her PhD from
the University of Iowa in 2005, and her area
of specialization is Latino politics, particularly
Latino political participation and the political
circumstances of Latino immigrants in the
Rodrigues' research interests are within
American politics and political behavior,
including minority politics and minority
political power. This fall, she is teaching Lati-
no Politics in the United States. In the spring,
she will teach Politics and Public Opinion
and Introduction to Latino Studies.

Brigitte Weltman-
Aron is an associate
professor of French
in the Department of
Romance Languages
and Literatures. She
received a PhD in
French from the Uni-
versity of Southern
California in 1991, and her two main areas
of specialization are the Enlightenment and
20th-century Francophone studies.
Weltman-Aron comes to UF from the
University of Memphis, where she served as
an associate professor of French from 2000
to 2005. Her research primarily focuses
on literature-often through a feminist or
postcolonial approach-and she is currently
investigating French colonialism and cultural
representations of Algeria through the works
of contemporary Algerian women writers and
of French women who grew up in Algeria.
She is teaching undergraduate and graduate
courses on Francophone language, literature
and culture.

Ratll Snchez is an
associate professor of
English. He comes to
UF from the Univer-
sity of Utah and spe-
cializes in composition
studies. He received
his PhD from the
University of South
Florida, and his research interests include
composition theory and critical theory.
In 2005, Sanchez published The Func-
tion of Theory in Composition Studies through
SUNY Press. This semester, he is teaching a
variable topic course called The End of Iden-
tity and the Beginning of Writing.

Ed White is an associ-
ate professor in the
English department.
He received a PhD
from Cornell Uni-
versity in 1998 and
taught at Louisiana
State University for six
years before coming
to UE He specializes in colonial American
literature and culture, with an emphasis on
transcultural contact.
White has a book in press titled The
Backcountry and the City: Colonization and
Conflict in Early America. He is teaching an
undergraduate course on myth and histori-
cal writing and a graduate seminar on public
opinion in 18th-century America.

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page 5

Funding the Road to Research

Interdisciplinary collaborations boost federal grants for CLAS

Dreaming about roads is what keeps Stephen Perz awake at night. The associate pro-
fessor of sociology has received five grants to date to help solve a simple question with
complex answers: What happens when you build a road in the middle of the Amazon?

"I came out of graduate school as a
social demographer studying environ-
mental issues," he says. "The more I
studied various populations, the more I
started to see the larger picture in terms
of how populations use and, in some
cases, abuse the land, and how they
impact the environment and vice versa."
Since 2001, Perz has collaborated
with colleagues in many disciplines
playing the research grant lottery and
hitting the jackpot five times, receiving
more than $800,000 from the National
Science Foundation (NSF) and NASA
to fund research in Amazonian portions
of Brazil, Bolivia and Peru.
Perz makes up a growing number
of CLAS faculty who are applying for
and often receiving federally funded
research dollars. For the 2004-2005
fiscal year, CLAS experienced a 26 per-
cent increase in federal awards, and the
current fiscal year is no different accord-
ing to the college's associate director of
research and grants, Margaret Fields.
"External funding awards from federal

agencies has continued to increase
during the first quarter of the new fis-
cal year," she says. "We have a total of
$13,424,934 from federal agencies that
represents 90 percent of total awards to
Last year, UF garnered $494 mil-
lion in research funding, and CLAS
accounted for roughly 10 percent with
$47.4 million, behind the Health Sci-
ence Center with $257.1 million (52
percent), the College of Engineering
with $63.3 million (13 percent) and
IFAS with $84.4 million (17 percent).
All other UF colleges and units earned a
combined $41.8 million (8 percent).
"When research grants are talked
about in a liberal arts and sciences col-
lege, the traditional hard sciences tend
to get more attention," says CLAS Asso-
ciate Dean for Research Lou Guillette.
"While they do bring in big dollars,
there is a growing trend in the number
of faculty within the social sciences and
humanities applying for and obtaining
federal grants, and many times their

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research proposals are quite interdisciplinary, pooling
expertise from across departments and colleges, which
I think accounts for much of their success."
Perz is working with colleagues in CLAS, includ-
ing geographer Jane Southworth, as well as faculty and
graduate students in other colleges at UF who meet
regularly as the "ROADIES" working group. Perz
also has colleagues at other US universities, including
Michigan State and Columbia, as well as several uni-
versities in South America, all teaming up in what he
describes as a complex series of projects.
"Essentially, we're looking at how, where and why
people build roads, and what new roads and road pav-
ing will mean for the future of the Amazon in terms
of positive and negative social and environmental
processes," explains Perz. While roads in the Amazon
are generally built to gain access to natural resources,
the specific resources sought, the benefits they bring
to local communities, and the ecological implications
of exploiting them differ from place to place.
"Roads help people earn livelihoods, but they can
also cause social conflicts and degrade the ecosystems
on which local residents depend," he says. The Ama-
zon has enormous biological diversity, so road-build-
ing projects are prompting new conservation efforts,
making the region especially important for us to be
studying right now.
A section Perz is par-
ticularly interested in
is known as the MAP
region, made up of areas
in three countries that are
dealing with road-related
issues-Madre de Dios
(Peru), Acre (Brazil) and
Pando (Bolivia). "When
the TransOceanic High-
way is finished there,
the MAP region will be
linked to both Atlantic
and Pacific ports, and
through them exposed
to the global economy,
which is hungry for natu-
ral resources."
Perz says MAP is the

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most biodiverse region in
the world, and the stage is
now set for unprecedented
changes there. "The ques-
tion is whether changes
facilitated by roads will
improve or worsen forest
conservation, economic
performance and social
equity. MAP now has a
social movement to address
these issues through par-
ticipatory environmental
planning, and that move-
ment is calling for more
research on which it can
base its planning proposals
to ensure the best possible
More research is what
Perz would like to pursue,
as well as focus on estab-
lishing networks among
scientists. "There is a clear science agenda here. We're
working with faculty and students from four universi-
ties in Brazil, Peru and Bolivia. There are many social
actors in this complex scene, so we have to get the
social scientists down there talking to the botanists,
and the residents talking to the scientists, and the
politicians listening to and understanding the science."
The social actors in UF Geography Professor Abe
Goldman's research portray a wilder side-chimpan-
zees, monkeys and an occasional elephant. Goldman,
Southworth and UF geographer Michael Binford, as
well as former UF zoologists Colin and Lauren Chap-
man, have received a two-year $166,000 grant from
the NSF, with additional funding from CLAS and UE
They are working with colleagues at the Universities
of Colorado and North Carolina and with Ugandan
and Tanzanian researchers to study farmers and others
in landscapes around national parks in Tanzania and
The group has chosen Kibale National Park
in western Uganda and Tarangire National Park in
northern Tanzania, and the research includes extensive
interviews with farmers and other land users, surveys
of land use and land cover, analysis of satellite imagery
dating back over three decades, and sampling of plant
and animal species in the same areas to assess biodi-
versity conditions outside the parks.
"One of the innovative features of the project
is the use of a uniform spatial sampling scheme for
data collection across the disciplinary components of
the project," explains Goldman. "Farmer interviews,
surveys, and biological sampling are all based in a set
of randomly selected nine hectare 'superpixels,' which
are randomly dispersed through the landscapes of the


research areas."
Goldman credits the group's inter-
disciplinary approach to obtaining the
grant on the first try. "By combining
work by geographers, anthropologists,
and zoologists, I think we were quite
successful in integrating the various dis-
ciplinary components," says Goldman.
"This is one of the critical features of
a successful interdisciplinary proposal,
and it requires a lot of time and usually
many iterations of working together. It
took us more than a year of working
together to complete the proposal, but
the end result paid off."
At the end of the day, Perz says
his sleepless nights are for a good

cause. "I'm doing all this to advance a
model of environmental science that
is interdisciplinary enough to take the
social sciences seriously," he says. "Ide-
ally, research should be paired with
democratic processes for environmental
governance, as facilitated by popular
social movements to which policymak-
ers will listen. This means that research
must be directly linked with invest-
ments in building regional universities
to strengthen their ties to stakeholders,
politicians and state agencies. Other-
wise, governance, sustainability and
similar notions about a sound envi-
ronmental future are pretty words, but
nothing more."
-Allyson A. Beutke

2004-2005 CLAS Research Awards

Federal Agencies
Florida State Agencies
Corporations & Companies $861,229.00
$1,263,372.00 All Other Local & Regional Foundations & Societies
$382,294.00 Government $1,951,313.00

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page 7

Mark Your Calendar
The next CLAS Assembly is Wednesday,
November 16 at 4 pm in room 282 of the
Reitz Union. Dean Neil Sullivan will discuss
the state of the college, and Interim Dean of
the Graduate School Kenneth Gerhardt will
talk about graduate education at UE

CLAS Scientists
Named AAAS Fellows
Physics Professor Arthur Hebard and Chemistry
Professor Weihong Tan have been awarded the dis-
tinction of Fellow in the American Association for the
Advancement of Science (AAAS) along with 374 other
scientists this year. The association annually elevates its
top members to the rank of Fellow in recognition of
their distinguished efforts in the advancement of sci-
ence. To date, 24 UF faculty have received this honor.
Hebard, who has been a physics professor at
UF since 1996, specializes in condensed matter. In
his awards citation from the
AAAS, he is honored for
his "seminal studies in thin-
film physics, especially in
magnetism, dilute magnetic
semiconductors, fullerenes
and superconductors." Much
; of Hebard's work is done
through the facilities of the
National High Magnetic Field
Laboratory, and he has been
issued six US patents.
Tan also has taught at UF since 1996. His areas
of specialty are bioanalytical chemistry, biomedical
engineering and biophys-
ics, and his citation recog-
nizes his "work in biosensors,
molecular recognition, and
Sbio-nanotechnlogy, covering
I molecular-beacon design,
biosensor development, and
studies in intracellular mRNA
monitoring." Tan is the associ-
ate director of UF's Center
for Research at the Bio/nano
Interface and has been issued four US patents for his
work in the past two years.
Hebard and Tan will be honored during a special
ceremony at the 2006 AAAS Annual Meeting in St.
Louis on February 18, where they will receive an offi-
cial certificate and a gold and blue rosette pin symbol-
izing science and engineering.
Founded in 1848, the AAAS began its tradition of
designating Fellows in 1874. The non-profit organiza-

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the College

Florida Blue Key Honors CLAS Professors
As part of the university's homecoming festivities in
October, three CLAS professors were honored with
2005 Distinguished Faculty Awards from Florida Blue
Key for their outstanding service and dedication to UE
German Professor Nora Alter, Psychology Professor
Marc Branch and Communication Sciences and Dis-
orders Professor Kenneth Gerhardt were among three
of the six professors selected from across campus for the
prestigious award. In the past four years alone, 11 of
the 18 faculty members who have received these awards
have been CLAS professors.
"I believe you have the most for a couple of rea-
sons," says Danny Miller, chair of the awards committee
and UF advertising senior. "As seen in the individuals
chosen, CLAS puts a real emphasis on students-that
is what is important to us. You have well-rounded can-
didates, and you are motivated to nominate them to see
the hardworking faculty be
College deans, department
chairs or university vice presidents nominate faculty
members, who are then selected by a campus-wide
committee comprised of UF faculty and undergraduate
and graduate students. Winners are announced at the
Homecoming Education Celebration and are honored
throughout homecoming weekend-riding in the
homecoming parade, participating in a special Presi-
dent's Brunch and experiencing a round of applause from Gator
fans on the football field following the first quarter of the homecoming game.

Welcome New Advi-
The Academic Advising Center wel-
comes two new advisors this year. Cath-
erine Thibodeau Lawton (right) is a
general CLAS advisor, but also serves
as an AIM advisor and a member of
the provost's Community College Rela-
tions Team. She holds two degrees from
UF-a BS in human resource develop-
ment and a Master of Education. Naomi Adaire Parker (left) is a pre-law advisor.
She earned a BA in ., ,i. .1,. .-, ir- a concentration in Inrl-. p. 1. -:,- from North
Carolina State University and an MA in education with a specialization in adult
education from East Carolina University.

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CLASnotes November 2005

African American Studies
The program is pleased to announce the
addition of a new 18-credit minor and is
registering students now for the upcoming
spring semester. On October 17, more than
50 people gathered at a special reception in
Dauer Hall for the official announcement of
the new minor, during which the program's
faculty each gave an overview of their back-
ground, area of expertise and courses. The
event was highlighted with cultural music and
catered by Reggae Shack Cafe and Junior's

Sciences and Disorders
Jaeock Kim, a PhD student working with
Christine Sapienza, has received a scholar-
ship to attend the International Conference
on Aging, Disability and Independency in
February in St. Petersburg. She will present
her dissertation work titled "Physiological
Effects of Respiratory Muscle Strength Train-
ing on Breathing, Cough and Swallow Func-
tions in the Elderly."

Criminology. Law and Society
Paul Magnarella recently published "The
Background and Causes of the Genocide
in Rwanda" in a special issue of the Journal
of International Criminal Justice devoted to
Rwanda. Antonio Cassese, the first president
of the International Criminal Tribunal for the
former Yugoslavia and a member of the Appel-
late Chamber of both the Yugoslavian and
Rwandan Criminal Tribunals edited the issue.

William Logan has received the first-ever
Randall Jarrell Award in Poetry Criticism

from the Poetry Foundation. He received
$10,000 for his poetry criticism, which is
aimed at a large general readership rather
than an audience of specialists. Logan is the
author of four books of criticism and a regular
critic of poetry for the New York Times Book
Review. Upon conferring the honor, Christian
Wiman, editor of Poetry magazine, noted
"William Logan has been called 'the most
hated man in American poetry,' but the truth
is that even those who can't stand his opinions
can't keep themselves from reading him. He
is provocative, incisive, inventive, and, best of
all, he is a great prose stylist."

Geological Sciences
LUECI Director Mark Brenner presented a
paper titled Cambios climdticos en la region
del Caribe durante los -36,000 anos pasados:
implicacionespara la distribucidn de humedales
y fauna acudtica" (Climatic Changes in the
Caribbean Region During the Last -36,000
Years: Implications for the Distribution of
Wetlands and Aquatic Fauna) at the fifth
International Symposium on Wetlands in
Playa Larga, Matanzas, Cuba in October.
The meeting brought together scien-
tists from Florida, Cuba, Mexico, Argentina,
Colombia and Ecuador to help develop a man-
agement plan for the Zapata Swamp in south-
west Cuba. The aquatic ecosystem shares many
characteristics with the Florida Everglades.

Germanic and Slavic Studies
Nora Alter (German) has received one of
the most prestigious honors in German stud-
ies, the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch
Dienst (DAAD) German Academic Exchange
Service Prize for Distinguished Scholarship
in German and European Studies from the
American Institute for Contemporary Ger-

man Studies at The Johns Hopkins Universi-
ty. The aim of the prize is to foster a new gen-
eration of American scholarship on Germany
and to encourage innovative contributions to
the interdisciplinary scope of German studies.
She will receive $5,000 and will be honored
at the institute's Global Leadership award din-
ner on November 10 in New York City.

Otto Johnston (German) was inducted into
the Florida Foreign Language Association's
Teacher Hall of Fame at its annual conference
in October. The Hall of Fame recognizes the
accomplishments of Florida's foreign language
and English for Speakers of Other Languages
(ESOL) educators at all levels of instruction.

The department's student-run journal, Alpata:
A Journal ofHistory, recently won second
place in the national Phi Alpha Theta his-
tory honors society's publications competi-
tion. Only in its second year of publication,
Alpata is overseen by a student editorial board
headed by graduate student Jace Stuckey
and undergraduate Brandon Stelck. Last
year's inaugural issue was guided by graduate
student Samuel Pierce and undergraduate
Anne Osborn. Professor Jack Davis serves
as the publication's advisor. Copies of Alpata
are available for purchase in the department's
main office in room 25 Keene-Flint Hall.

Romance Languages and Literatures
On October 5-6, Professor Emeritus of
French Raymond Gay-Crosier gave two
invited lectures and a faculty seminar on
"Questions de mithode critique et de stratdgie
editoriale dans lapreparation de la nouvelle
Pliade Camus" at the University of Ulster-
Corelaine in Northern Ireland.

Top Statistician to Speak at UF
Bradley Efron, a professor of statistics and biostatistics at Stanford
University, will present the 2005 Challis Lecture at UF on November
30 from 4-5 pm in room 282 of the Reitz Union. The lectureship is
sponsored by the Gill Foundation of Texas, in cooperation with the
UF Department of Statistics, and is presented annually by a premier
statistician who has made profound contributions to the field. Efron
will lecture on "Fifty Years of Empirical Bayes" to a general audience.
On November 29, he will deliver a more technical speech on mul-
tiple testing problems from 4-5 pm in room 349 of the Reitz Union.
Both events are free and open to the public.
Efron is best known for his work proposing the bootstrap resa-

mpling technique, which has been applied
in many quantitative disciplines beyond
statistics. He has published more than 100
papers and served as president of both the
Institute of Mathematical Statistics and
the American Statistical Association. Efron
also is a member of the National Academy
of Sciences and the American Academy
of Arts and Sciences and a Fellow of the
Institute of Mathematical Statistics and the
American Statistical Association.

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Helping Parkinson's Patients Swallow Easier

While lodging at a Gainesville hotel
during the filming of the hit movie
Doc Hollywood in the fall of 1990,
actor Michael J. Fox experienced his
first symptoms of early onset Parkin-
son's disease. Now, 15 years later, the
Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkin-
son's Research has awarded UF Com-
munication Sciences and Disorders
Professor and Chair Christine Sapienza
a $280,000 clinical discovery grant to
examine the outcome of a strength-
training program on the swallowing
muscles of patients with Parkinson's
"Patients with Parkinson's have
difficulty swallowing and, as the
disease progresses, the dysfunction
gets worse and worse," Sapienza says.
"When you can't swallow, you can
aspirate-which can lead to a lung
infection." Aspiration pneumonia is
the number one cause of death among
patients with Parkinson's, and while
medications can help alleviate other
symptoms of the illness, they do not
substantially improve the muscles
involved with swallow function.
"While we are waiting for a cure for
Parkinson's, we need to help them deal
with swallow dysfunction now and
work to improve not only the quality
of life, but longevity."
Sapienza and colleagues Paul Dav-
enport, a professor in the Department

of Physiological Sciences, and Danny
Martin, a professor in the Department
of Physical Therapy, have developed
a patent-pending handheld device
that trains the expiratory muscles, and
have created an accompanying train-
ing program that is easy to follow and
complete at home. Once participants
receive preliminary training on how to
use the device, they are free to exercise
with it on their own. "You can't go to
the gym and work out your breathing
and swallowing muscles," Sapienza
says. "So this is basically a weightlift-
ing device for your respiratory and
swallowing muscles."
From previous research completed
by Sapienza and colleagues, the device
is already known to improve expiratory
muscle strength, toning the muscles
needed for exhaling. The new grant
will fund a two-year study to docu-
ment whether the device also cross-
trains the suprahyoid muscles used for
Using x-ray technology, Sapienza
and colleagues at the Gainesville VA
Medical Center, Nan Musson and Jay
Rosenbek, will record before and after
images of participants' swallow-cap-
turing as many as 60 frames per
second-to analyze whether strength
training improves their ability to swal-
low. They will analyze swallow func-
tion during a variety of tasks, includ-

ing the ability to swallow foods of different thicknesses.
They also will examine other issues, including variability
of swallow function in Parkinson's disease.
The invention already has been tested on healthy
adults, a subset of whom are musicians, as well as those
with voice disorders and multiple sclerosis patients. Sapi-
enza hopes, if proven effective, the device will be found
applicable to a number of illnesses. "It's Parkinson's
today, other neurological disorders tomorrow."
-Buffy Lockette

Grants through the
Division of Sponsored Research

September 2005
Total: $4,365,289

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

Norman Holland y la articulation literatura/psicoanalisis
Diana Paris (Madrid: Campo de Ideas, 2004)

The man who writes books on how readers
respond to literature has now had a reader
write a book on his work. For Norman
Holland, UF's Marston-Milbauer Eminent
Scholar of English and author of 14 books,
it came as a surprise. "I was looking on Ama-
zon to see which of my books were available,
and lo and behold there was a book about
me, written in Spanish."
The author, Diana Paris, was a student
at the University of Mor6n in Buenos Aires,
studying literary criticism and psychoanalysis,
when she first encountered some of Holland's
essays. She says learning of Holland's work
was like finding a twin soul. "It wasn't long
before I was interested in all of Holland's
work," she says. "I felt it was necessary to
communicate all of his investigations on psy-
choanalysis and reading into a book."
Paris, who writes about psychoanalysis
and its relation to art and literature, sent an
E-mail to Holland when she began her book
project. He answered her query, but involved
in many projects, soon forgot about it. Still,
even without his participation, the book, says
Holland, is a neat summary of his work.

Holland always has been fascinated by
the way individuals respond differently to
jokes, books, movies and art. Of the many
theories he examined early in his career, only
one made sense to him. "Freud went back to
the actual words, and that was compelling
to me as literary critic." He has since used
psychoanalytic theory to study responses to
Holland came to the University of
Florida in 1983 and in recent years has
immersed himself in neuroscience, even tak-
ing two courses in the subject in the College
of Medicine. He is now using the tools of
brain science to study how people respond to
He recently completed The Brain and
the Book, which he is currently pitching to
publishers, while another book, Meeting
Movies, will appear in 2006. The Brain and
the Book examines how the human brain
responds when creating or responding to
literature. Literary ideas such as form and
content are given a neurological basis, as are
answers to questions such as why we enjoy
literature. "I hope both literary critics and

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neuroscientists will read it," he says. "I think
science tells us objective things about our-
selves-about our neurons or dopamine cir-
cuits-and I think psychoanalysis addresses
our subjective experience. I see the combina-
tion as a very powerful way of thinking about
human beings and how we look at literature."
-Michal Meyer

Immigrant Faiths:
Transforming Religious Life in America M
Manuel A. VAsquez (Religion), Karen I.
Leonard, Alex Stepick and Jennifer Hold-
away, AltaMira Press
Recent immigrants are creating their
own unique religious communities within
existing denominations or developing
hybrid identities that combine strands of
several faiths or traditions. These changes
call for new thinking among both scholars
of religion and scholars of migration. This
book responds to these changes with fresh
thinking from new and established scholars from a wide range of
disciplines. Covering groups from across the US and a range of reli-
gious traditions, Immigrant Faiths provides a needed overview to this
expanding subfield.


Paradise Lost?
The Environmental History of Florida
Edited by Jack E. Davis (History) and
Raymond Arsenault, University Press of

This collection of essays surveys the
environmental history of Florida, from
Spanish exploration to the present, provid-
ing an organized, detailed overview of the
relationship between humans and Florida's
unique ecology. It is divided into four
thematic sections: explorers and natural-
ists; science, technology, and public policy;
despoliation; and conservationists and
environmentalists. Drawing on methodologies from the fields of histo-
ry, political science, cultural inrl-... p..1..:, and sociology, the contribu-
tors describe the evolving environmental policies and practices of the
state and federal governments and the interaction between the Florida
er environment and many social and cultural groups including the Span-
ish, English, Americans, Southerners, Northerners, men, and women.

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During the 82nd annual UF Homecoming Parade on October 7, CLAS hosted its traditional homecoming barbeque in front of Keene-Flint
Hall off University Avenue. Thanks to a generous donation from Kathy Amick Cardwell (BA, English, 1969), Joe Ganey (BS, Zoology,
1973) and Joe Jacoby (BA, Political Science, 1974), hungry Gator fans were treated to a free Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q lunch and potato chips
provided by Golden Flake Snack Foods while enjoying display tables and exhibits set up by CLAS departments and organizations. The CLAS
Student Council (CLASSC) entered a float in the parade, while linguistics alumna Kendra Todd (BA, 2000) served as a grand marshal.
Winner of season three of Donald Trump's The Apprentice, Todd was awarded a CLAS Outstanding Alumni Award during a special awards
brunch on campus on October 8 preceding the homecoming football game. She served as keynote speaker at the ceremony and was honored
along with nine fellow alumni: Ava G. Byrne (BA, sociology, 1976), Ulla M. Connor (MA, English, 1971), Juan C. delValle (BA and MA,
geography, 1993 and 1996), Manuel L. Diaz (BA and MA, Latin American studies, 1969 and 1970), Robert O. Kincart (BS, chemistry,
1972), JohnW. Mintmire (BS and PhD, physics, 1976 and 1980), Glenn M. Parker (BS, zoology, 1986), Albert A. Sanchez, Jr. (BA, phi-
losophy, 1975), and Eric A. Wagner (PhD, sociology, 1973).


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