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    The Dean's musings
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    CLAS welcomes new faculty
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    Around the college
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The University of Florida

The Dean's



A Home for Public Service............... 3

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

Surnames and the
Modern Woman........................... 6

CLAS Students
Sweep Leadership Awards ........... 7

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

G rants ........................................... 10

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

New Perspectives
in M mathematics ...................... .... 12


The Foundation for The Gator Nation.
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
News and Publications
2008 Turlington Hall
PO Box 117300
Gainesville FL 32611-7300

CLASnotes is published by the College of Liberal
Arts and Sciences to inform faculty, staff and
students of current research, news and events.
Dean: Neil Sullivan
Editor: Allyson A. Beutke
Contributing Editor: Buffy Lockette
Design: Jane Dominguez
Web Master: Jeff Stevens
Copy Editor: Michal Meyer

SPrinted on
recycled paper

As we wrap up another fall semester, we celebrate the achievements of
our class of 2005, which graduated on December 17. Judging from the
awards and distinctions bestowed on our students, including CLAS
sweeping the Outstanding Male and Female Leader and Scholar
Awards (see page 7), this group has broken records, and we wish them
every success for the future. The career opportunities for these gifted
graduates, equipped with the broad skills of the liberal arts and sciences
degree, are impressive as private and public sectors seek new hires who
are expressive and proficient in languages, analytical abilities and can
interact with people of all backgrounds.

One of the new opportunities we are creating for students who wish to
have careers in public service and public leadership is the nascent Bob
Graham Center for Public Service (see page 3). We are planning new
bachelor's and master's degree programs and certificates in public policy
and public affairs. These studies will prepare graduates for careers in
the federal government and offer internships in Washington, DC.

The Graham Center programs, coupled with a new BA in international
studies and one of the nation's best set of offerings in foreign languages
instruction and area studies (with five Title VI National Resource
Centers), will make UF attractive to students seeking international and
leadership careers.

Whatever promising careers our graduates choose, we congratulate
them on a job well done at UF and hope to have them back on campus
again soon. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday season.

Neil Sullivan
sullivan@phys. u f. edu

On the Cover:
A $6 million grant from the National Science Foundation's Plant Genome Research Program funds
decoding of the loblolly pine genome. See page 10.

CLASnotes December/January 2005-2006

page 2

A Home for Public Service

$5 Million Donation Funds New Facility to House Bob Graham Center

The new Bob Graham Center for Public
Service at UF will have a home thanks to
a $5 million gift from a UF alumnus. Jim
Pugh, chairman of Epoch Properties in
Winter Park, Florida, and his wife, Alexis,
have made the donation to CLAS for the
building, which will be named Jim and
Alexis Pugh Hall.

"Bob and I have been friends for more than 50
years, and my wife and I want to support the
Bob Graham Center," says Pugh, who earned his
bachelor's degree in building construction from UF
in 1963. "We feel this is an opportune time to do
something for Bob Graham and the University of
Florida." Pugh and Graham met at UF as fraternity
brothers in Sigma Nu.
Pugh Hall will be constructed between New-
ell and Dauer Halls on campus. With anticipated
matching state funds, construction could start as
early as the summer of 2006 and be completed by
Pugh was a US Army Airborne Ranger from
1963 to 1966 and commander of a Special Forces
unit. Since 1970, he has owned Epoch Properties, a
company that builds hotels, time shares and rental
housing, developing more than 30,000 multi-family
living units in 56 cities from Florida to California.
He also is the chairman of Epoch Management, a
comprehensive real estate management firm estab-
lished in 1973.
He was named one of the "Most Influential
Floridians" by Florida Trend magazine in 2004 and
"Most Influential Businessman" by Orlando Business
Journal in 2005. Pugh is involved with numerous
civic organizations, including the Orlando Utili-
ties Commission, the Orlando-Orange County
Expressway Authority, the Greater Orlando Aviation
Authority Board and the Orange County chapter of
the UF Alumni Association. He is an avid bluewater
sailor, having sailed long-distance voyages through

the Atlantic and Pacific
Oceans, as well as a
licensed jet pilot with
more than 4,000 hours
of flying time.
"With the Pugh's
timely gift, we will
construct a building
that will serve as a focal
point for one of the
major entrances to the
campus' historic dis-
trict," says CLAS Dean
Neil Sullivan. "The
Bob Graham Center
will serve as a magnet
to attract and host
distinguished scholars,
international leaders and
policy makers to create
a dynamic pool that will
help train UF students
for leadership positions

in public service."
Graham, who
earned a bachelor's
degree in history from
UF in 1959, is working
with UF and the Uni-
versity of Miami to cre-
ate two centers that will
focus on public leader-
ship, the Americas and
homeland security. The
mission of the Graham
Center at UF will be to
provide students with
the broad training nec-
essary for careers in the
public sector. The Cen-
ter will promote research
on public policies and
the policy-making
process, and will foster
the public discussion of
important policy issues

facing the state, nation
and the world.
Other proposed
components include new
degree programs and
certificates in public pol-
icy and public affairs, a
Program and a leader-
ship institute.
Graham retired
from the US Senate in
January 2005 after serv-
ing for 18 years. He also
served as Florida's gover-
nor for two terms from
1979 to 1987. He visited
UF in July to discuss the
new center and is teach-
ing at Harvard Univer-
sity for the 2005-2006
academic year.
-Allyson A. Beutke

CLASnotes December/ January 2005-2006

page 3

CLAS Welcomes New Faculty

Badredine Arfi is an
assistant professor in the
Department of Political
Science. He holds two
PhDs from the University
of Illinois at Urbana-
Champaign, the first in
theoretical condensed
matter physics, 1988, and
the second in political
science, 1996. He comes
to UF from Southern
Illinois University, Car-
bondale, where he served
as an assistant professor
from 2003-2005.
Arfi's area of
research is interna-
tional politics and secu-
rity, ethnic conflict and
human rights, US for-
eign policy and national
security, and Middle
Eastern, North African
and Islamic politics.
This year, he published
a book, International
Change and the Stabil-
ity of Multiethnic States:
Crises of Governance in
Yugoslavia and Lebanon.
He is teaching an
undergraduate honors
class, International Rela-
tions, and a graduate
course, Formal Theory in
Political Science/Game

Amy Bard, an assis-
tant professor, is jointly
appointed in the Depart-
ment of African and Asian
Languages and Literatures
and the Asian Studies Pro-
gram. She received a PhD
in Middle East and Asian
languages and cultures
from Columbia Univer-
sity in 2002, specializing
in Indic languages and
literature. She served as
a senior research fellow at
the American Institute of
Indian Studies in 2004-
2005 and was the Mellon
Lecturer in Humanities at
Columbia in 2002-2004.
Bard works on lit-
erature and language use
in both Hindi and Urdu,
paying particular attention
to expressive traditions
among women and to
literary forms that gained
prominence in the 19th or
early 20th centuries and
still have vibrant, often
religious-based, perfor-
mance contexts today.
She is currently working
on a book about the piety
and poetic performance
among South Asian Shi'i
Muslim women.
She is teaching
Intermediate Hindi and
Advanced Hindi. Bard
also plans to develop
courses centered on medi-
eval North Indian devo-
tional literature and Urdu
ghazal poetry.

Hansjoerg Dilger is an
assistant professor jointly
appointed in the Center
for African Studies and
Department of Anthro-
pology. He received his
PhD in anthropology
from the Free University
of Berlin in 2004, where
he served as a lecturer
and research associate at
the Institute for Social
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Dilger specializes
in the anthropology of
HIV/AIDS in Africa and
is a former consultant for
the German Society for
Technical Cooperation
on the German Ministry
for Development and
Economic Cooperation's
initiative "Mainstreaming
HIV/AIDS in Develop-
ing Countries." His PhD
dissertation on AIDS in
Africa was published as a
book in German.
He is teaching
HIV/AIDS and Social
Relations: The Politics
of Illness and Healing in
Contemporary Africa.

Hani Doss is a profes- Hana Filip is an assistant
sor in the Department professor jointly appoint-

of Statistics. He received
his PhD in statistics from
Stanford University in
1982 and comes to UF
from The Ohio State
University where he
taught for 11 years, after
serving 12 years as a fac-
ulty member at Florida
State University.
Doss' area of exper-
tise is biostatistics and
meta-analysis, particu-
larly the Markov chain
Monte Carlo and Bayes-
ian methods. One of his
recent projects involved
allergic condition bio-
markers and glioma risk
and was funded by the
National Institutes of
He is a fellow of the
Institute of Mathematical
Statistics and associate
editor of Statistica Sinica.
Doss is teaching an hon-
ors section of Introduc-
tion to Statistics I.

ed in the Department
of Germanic and Slavic
Studies and the Center
for European Studies
with an affiliation in the
Program in Linguistics.
She received her PhD
in linguistics from the
University of California
at Berkeley in 1993 and
has held positions at the
University of Illinois at
University of Rochester,
Northwestern University
and Stanford University.
Filip's main area of
specialization is seman-
tics, but she also is inter-
ested in pragmatics, syn-
tax-semantics interface,
typology, morphology,
psycholinguistics and
computational linguistics.
Combining formal lin-
guistics with literary and
socio-cultural analysis,
her current interdisciplin-
ary research also focuses
on the modern Czech
language, literature and
culture. Her publications
include the 1999 book
Aspect, Eventuality Types,
and Nominal Reference.
She is teaching
Czech Cultural and
Political History from
1948 to Present and
Advanced Czech: Con-
temporary Language,
Culture, History.

CLASnotes December/January 2005-2006

page 4

Michael Jury is an
assistant professor in the
Department of Math-
ematics. He received a
PhD in mathematics
from Washington Uni-
versity in 2002, special-
izing in operator theory
and operator algebras.
Prior to joining UF's
faculty, he spent three
years on a National
Science Foundation
VIGRE postdoctoral
fellowship at Purdue
Jury's research
concerns operators and
operator algebras that
are related to complex
function theory. He is
currently applying the
techniques of non-com-
mutative geometry to the
study of operator algebras
arising from complex
dynamical systems. He is
teaching two sections of

Christine Overdevest is
an assistant professor in
the Department of Soci-
ology. She received her
PhD in sociology from
the University of Wis-
consin-Madison in 2005.
Her specialization is envi-
ronmental and natural
resources sociology and
economic sociology, and
she has worked for the
USDA Forest Service's
Outdoor Recreation and
Wilderness Assessment
Overdevest's research
evaluates institutions of
environmental gover-
nance that improve the
democratic accountability
and participatory nature
and quality of environ-
mental management. She
is currently evaluating
forest certification and
participatory standard
setting in the US, Sweden
and Finland. In 2001, she
published a book titled
Footprints on the Land: An
Assessment of Demographic
Trends and the Future
of Natural Lands in the
United States.
She is teaching Social
Institutions and Environ-
ment and Social Institu-
tions and Economy.

Won-ho Park, an assis-
tant professor, has a
joint appointment in the
Department of Political
Science and the Asian
Studies Program. He
earned his bachelor's and
master's degrees from
Seoul National University
and his PhD from the
University of Michigan.
Park's research inter-
ests include quantitative
methods involving ecolog-
ical inference techniques
on aggregate electoral
data, electoral dynamics
in new democracies with a
special focus upon South
Korea and East Asia, and
how voting technology
affects voting behavior.
He was a Fulbright
Scholar and a Rotary
International Ambas-
sadorial Scholar from
South Korea, as well as an
American National Elec-
tion Studies Fellow. In
2003, he won the Harold
Gosnell Prize for the best
poliric; 1 n-.. rl-... ..l..l. ,
paper of the year.
Park is teaching two
graduate courses-Linear
Models and Maximum
Likelihood Theory-and
two undergraduate cours-
es-Politics of East Asian
Countries and Politics of
South and North Korea.

Tarek Saab is an assis-
tant professor in the
Department of Physics.
He received his PhD in
physics from Stanford
University in 2002 and
has spent the past three
years on a fellowship
at the NASA Goddard
Space Flight Center
developing x-ray detectors
with high-energy sensitiv-
ity to be used in upcom-
ing x-ray telescopes.
Saab's research inter-
ests focus on cosmology
and particle astrophysics.
Using cryogenic detec-
tors, he is designing and
constructing experiments
that will allow for the
observation of subatomic
particles, or Dark Mat-
ter, which have yet to be
observed in a laboratory.
The same technology
used for detecting these
particles will be modified
and developed for use
as high sensitivity x-ray
detectors, searching for
evidence of Dark Matter
in intergalactic and inter-
cluster gas.
He is teaching an
honors section of Physics I.

Brian Silliman is an
assistant professor in the
Department of Zoology.
He received his PhD in
ecology and evolution-
ary biology from Brown
University in 2004 and
held a postdoctoral fel-
lowship at The Nature
Conservancy before arriv-
ing at UF.
A marine ecologist,
Silliman studies the com-
munity and ecosystem
ecology of salt marshes
and temperate and tropi-
cal rocky shores. The
majority of his work
has been with plant and
animal communities on
temperate shorelines of
the Western Atlantic. He
currently has a book in
press with the University
of California Press titled
Human Modification
of North American Salt
Next year, he will be
teaching Marine Ecology,
and later, Community
Ecology and Conserva-

Robin Wright is an associate professor in the Department of Religion. He earned a PhD from Stanford University <
in 1981 and served as a professor at the State University of Campinas in Brazil from 1985-2005. He also was a
librarian at the Tozzer Anrl-...p...._., Library at Harvard University from 1983-1985.
Wright's area of research is the relationships of myth, ritual and history among native peoples of the Americas;
prophetic movements among native peoples; comparative mythology and cosmology of native peoples; and relations _
of religion, nature and culture. He has published eight books, including In Darkness and Secrecy: The,. .-' .A:.. 'I: of
Assault Sorcery and Witchcraft in Amazonia, and Cosmos, Self and History in Baniwa Religion: For Those Unborn.
He plans to teach Indigenous Religions, Myth and Ritual, Religions of the Americas, and Religions of Latin
America. &

CLASnotes December/ January 2005-2006

page 5


and the

modern hyphenate.


What's in a name-or two names? Quite a bit, says Linguistics Professor Diana Boxer,
whose research finds that a growing number of brides are returning to tradition when
taking a man's hand in marriage, assuming his name instead of keeping their own as a
symbol of independent identity.

"Adopting a husband's last name
remains an entrenched tradition
that is on the upswing, despite
a temporary blip in the '70s,
'80s and early '90s when many
young women tended to want to
hold on to their birth names,"
says Boxer, who led a series of
studies. "I think it reflects how
men's power continues to influ-
ence American society despite
the fact that women have made
great advances economically and
The survey involved 134
married women ranging in age
from their 20s to their 70s who
lived in various parts of the
United States. Boxer found that
only 24, or 18 percent, had kept
their own names, compared with
107, or 77 percent, who took a
husband's name. The rest used
hyphenated or other names.
Family unity was the most fre-
quently mentioned reason.
"Taking on my husband's
last name was an outward sign
of our union," explained one
woman. "It served to make me
feel that I was 'really married'

and that we were forming a
brand new family."
Children were the most
important issue of family unity
for these women, who sought to
avoid the hassle and confusion of
having more than one surname
in the family, Boxer says. But
while divorced women would
not return to their birth surname
because they wanted the same
name as their children, they
did not hesitate to adopt a new
husband's name at remarriage,
even though it meant their name
now differed from that of their
children, she says.
While all the women who
retained their birth surnames
were satisfied with their choice,
some who changed expressed
regret, Boxer says. "I associate my
new surname with my husband's
relatives, whom I dislike," says
one participant. Another woman
was disappointed to lose a sym-
bol of her ethnic heritage in giv-
ing up her Italian name.
Understanding naming
traditions is important because
they give clues about underly-

ing social patterns and shifts in
attitudes about expected roles
for women, says Boxer, who
presented some of the findings
at the International Association
of Applied Linguistics meeting
in Madison, Wisconsin, in July.
"People say 'It's only a name,
what's in a name?' Well, we think
there's a lot in a name," she says.
"Linguistic symbols tell us how
people are treated in society."
The practice of women
automatically taking their hus-
band's surnames was first chal-
lenged in the mid-19th century
by abolitionist Lucy Stone, Boxer
says. From then on, women who
retained their birth names after
marriage came to be called "Lucy
Stoners," with negative connota-
tions, she says.
"In a 1997 study of more
than 10,000 Midwesterners,
men thought women who kept
their surnames were more likely
to work outside the home, less
likely to enjoy cooking, less likely
to attend church and-this is
the clincher-less likely to make
good wives," she says.

Other cultures are more
accepting, Boxer says. In rural
Pakistan, women retain their
birth names unless they need to
request a government document,
while in Norway children auto-
matically receive the mother's
name unless a couple tells
authorities otherwise, she says.
Among 18 female students
in Boxer's sociolinguistics class
that she interviewed as part of a
separate study, 11 say they would
take their husband's surname,
three would hyphenate, three
would use both names, and only
one says she would retain her
birth surname.
While women say taking
their partner's surname symbol-
izes their union, few men have
such sentiments, says Boxer,
noting that it is rare for the male
partner to consider changing his
surname. "Why do even young
women who hold feminist view-
points look forward to taking
their husband's surname?" she
asks. "Why do women do the

-Cathy Keen, UF News Bureau

CLASnotes December/January 2005-2006

page 6

CLAS Students Sweep Leadership Awards

Several CLAS undergrads lined up with more
than 1,200 graduating students at the O'Connell
Center early on Saturday morning, December 17
and were recognized as UF Outstanding Male
and Female Leaders and Scholars. Each fall, four
Outstanding Male and Female Leaders are cho-
sen for their academic record and service to UF,
and this year all four are CLAS majors. In addi-
tion, the college has two Four-Year Scholars, hon-
ored for maintaining a 4.0 grade point average.

Stephanie Bates is an Outstanding Female Leader
and has earned a classical studies degree from CLAS
and a degree in family, youth, and community scienc-
es from the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.
She is pursuing her master's degree in CALS. Bates
is the co-founder and executive director of Campus
Connect, an honors organization designed to inspire
incoming students to network and find their niche
on campus. She also has served as a Hume Hall resi-
dential advisor and as an honors staffer for the 2004
Preview orientation team. Memorable UFMoment:
S i for the first time with the Fil.t ig Gators.

Denise Bird also is an Outstanding Female Leader
with a major in psychology and minors in women's
studies and pre-law. During her tenure as president of
the Women's Leadership Council, the group earned
the Most Improved Organization at UF award in
2004. She also served as president of Recurso, a
student organization raising awareness for children
afflicted by AIDS, cancer and malnutrition. Bird has
been a Florida Cicerone and First-Year Florida peer
leader. She plans to pursue her master's degree in
conflict analysis and resolution and also attend law
school. Miss least about UF: Surprise afternoon rain

Joshua Gellers is honored as both a Four-Year Scholar
and an Outstanding Male Leader. Having maintained
a 4.0 grade point average, Gellers has earned a degree
in political science and a minor in geography. He was
a University Scholar, and after studying abroad at the
Universiteit Utrecht, he returned to UF as an official
recruiter for the program. He also has served as vice
president of the CLAS Student Council, associate jus-
tice of the Student Honor Court and editor-in-chief
of the UF International Review. Gellers was a finalist
for the prestigious national Marshall Scholarship and
plans to pursue a PhD in international relations with

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aspirations of becoming a university the winters and appreciating the beauty of
administrator. Memorable UF Moment: the buildings and the landscaping.
Staying up until 4 am to build the

CLASSC homecoming parade float.

Melissa A. Moukawsher has main-
tained a perfect 4.0 grade point aver-
age and is recognized as a Four-Year
Scholar, graduating with degrees
in history and political science. She
interned on a defense contract with the
National Guard in June of 2005, and
her position required her to assist in
the standardization and evaluation of
55 National Guard units responsible
for responding to threats from weapons
of mass destruction. Moukawsher has
mentored elementary school students
through CHAMPS and volunteered
with UF's Arts in Medicine Program.
Having scored in the 99th percentile
on the Law School Admissions Test,
Moukawsher intends to pursue a degree
in international and national security
law and has applied to Harvard, Yale,
Georgetown and UF. A Favorite UF
Memory: 'i 1 through campus during

Justin Zumsteg, a scholar and a talent-
ed athlete, is honored as an Outstand-
ing Male Leader for his service to bene-
fit student-athletes and the community.
He is graduating with dual degrees in
physics and astronomy. A member of
the UF Men's Swimming and Diving
Team, Zumsteg finished fourth in the
400m medley relay at the US Spring
National Championships. He earned
academic All-Conference and All-
American honors and also was named
the 2005 Southeastern Conference
Men's Swimming and Diving Scholar
Athlete of the Year. Zumsteg has been
inducted into the UF Sports Hall of
Fame and the University Hall of Fame.
He was a nominee for the prestigious
Rhodes scholarship and plans to attend
medical school at UCLA, Duke, Har-
vard, or Vanderbilt Universities. Miss
Most About College: Community feel at
UF and Gatorfriends
-AllysonA. Beutke

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page 7

"Tea" with the
English Department
The English Society, a student-run organization in the
Department of English, is accepting submissions for
its literary magazine "Tea" through December 31. Any
UF student-undergraduate or graduate-can submit
poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction and graphic design
pieces for consideration in the spring 2006 issue. Send
your submissions to society@grove.ufl.edu or drop
them in The English Society mailbox in room 4310
Turlington Hall. Please do not include more than
three to four poems per application and limit prose to
12 pages. For more information on the society, visit

New Faces in CLAS
Emily Rasch is a new
secretary in the CLAS
Dean's Office who serves
as the main receptionist in
2014 Turlington Hall. She
also schedules the Dean's
Conference Room in 2014
and rooms 215 and 219
S i in Dauer Hall; coordi-
nates agendas for chairs
and directors meetings;
processes annual CLAS
Dean's Office scholarships; handles annual adminis-
trative evaluations and college committee selections;
and assists Administrative Assistant Carol Binello with
special events. A native of Michigan, Rasch graduated
from James Madison College at Michigan State Uni-
versity in May 2005 with a degree in social relations.

Kathryn Reed is the new
facilities manager of the
Keene Faculty Center
(KFC) responsible for
keeping the center open
from 9 am-3 pm every
Monday through Friday
during normal semester

weeks. Faculty members
are welcome to use the
center during this time for
research and reading. Reed also is an adjunct instruc-
tor in the College of Journalism and Communications
and teaches graphic design courses. If you are inter-
ested in reserving the KFC for an event, please send an
E-mail to Executive Secretary Evelyn Butler, evelyn@
clas.ufl.edu, in the CLAS Dean's Office.

CLASnotes encourages letters to the editor. E-mail
editor@clas.ufl.edu or send a letter to CLASnotes, PO
Box 117300, Gainesville FL 32611. CLASnotes reserves
the right to edit submissions for punctuation and length.

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the College

Accolades for Advancing Physics
Three physics faculty members have been named
Fellows of the American Physical Society. The APS
Fellowship Program was created to recognize mem-
bers who have made advances in knowledge through
original research and significant contributions to
the application of physics to science and technology.
Only one half of one percent of the total APS mem-
bership is selected for Fellowship in the society each
Hai-Ping Cheng joined the physics faculty in
1994 and was cited for her "insights from pioneer
nanoscale simulations, notably on cluster phase
transitions, surface melting, and nanocrystal-surface
interactions, especially the interplay between struc-
ture and dynamics and between structure and con-
Jim Fry has taught at UF since 1983 and was rec-
ognized "for important contributions to the theory
of large-scale cosmological structure, emphasizing
nonlinear effects and
higher order correla-
Khandker Muttalib,
who joined UF in 1987,
was honored "for pioneering the transfer matrix
approach to study mesoscopic fluctuations in elec-

tronic transport in disordered systems."
The American Physical Society was founded
on May 20, 1899, when 36 physicists gathered at
Columbia University for the first meeting.

Graduate Student
Honored with National Scholarship
Michelle S. Troche, a second-year master's student in speech-language pathol-
ogy, has received the 2005 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
(ASHA) Minority Graduate Student Scholarship. The award is given to one
minority graduate student who demonstrates excellence as a student, clinician,
and/or researcher. Troche will be recognized at the 2005 ASHA Convention in
San Diego. She also received a Minority Student Leadership Program Award
from the organization that will allow her to participate in a leadership-focused
educational program with other students in the field.

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Susan D. ..i .... was inducted as president
of the /i Division of the American
Anthropological Association at the group's
recent annual meeting in -* DC.
She was ceremoniously awarded the Golden
Marshalltown Trowel as a symbol of office
and :: serve a two-year term.

Augusto Oyuela-Caycedo recently gave a
talk at an international colloquium in Ber-
lin titled oward a Historical 1 of
Religion: The Lessons from the Kogui of the
Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and the Sha-
manistic Societies of the Northwest Amazon."

PhD candidate Sybil Dione Rosado com-
pleted her dissertation research this summer,
aided by a 2004-- United Negro (
Fund/Mellon Faculty Doctoral: "i
The $50,000 award i her to research
women of African descent in the Southeastern
US and their perceptions of hair. While com-
pleting her degree at UF, Rosado has simul-
taneously served as an instructor of anthro-
and at Benedict ( ; in
Columbia, South Carolina. Her dissertation
committee chair is Irma McClaurin.

Dial Center for Written
and Oral Communication
Two CLAS undergraduates took top honors
at the Florida Communication Association's
75th annual conference in Kissimmee in
October. The Top -. .-. :i...- Student
Paper Award was given to Barbara Tomlian,
a psychology major and communication
minor, for her paper on dysfunctional
communication in a family with an alcoholic
parent titled "When I Grow Up, I Don't
.: to be Just Like Daddy."
The Top Undergraduate Poster Award
went to Julianne Curran, an English major
and communication studies minor, for her
poster on nonverbal communication between
men and women in the workplace titled
"Nonverbal Communication at Work: The
.... : : .. : Behaviors
ing Professional. .i .' and Success."
Tomlian and Curran tied for the Best
Poster Oral Presentation Award, and Tomlian
also received the award for best poster visual
appeal. Both students are ... *i ..' in commu-

CLASnotes December/ January 2005-2006

nications courses taught by Dial Center Lec-
turer Diana Karol Nagy, who also presented
a paper at the conference titled "Reducing
Communication Apprehension Through the
Use of a Peer Facilitator in the Basic Public
Speaking Course" that was co-authored by
communication studies minor Jeffrey Hecht.

Corene Matyas presented her paper "Relat-
ing Tropical Cyclone Rainfall Patterns to
Storm Size" in a special session, Storms of the
South, at the annual meeting of the South
East Division of the Association of American
Geographers held in West Palm Beach in

Grant Thrall was the keynote luncheon
speaker at the Florida Association of( ::
and Universities annual meeting. He spoke
on : Future Face of Higher Education in

Ray G. Thomas has been nominated by the
Florida Department of Education to serve on
the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test
(FCAT) Science Standard Setting Business/
Organization Leader Panel. On November 2,
a meeting was held in Tallahassee to gather
input from state business and organization
leaders on the establishment of achievement
standards for FCAT science in 5th, 8th and
llth grades. panel reviewed Florida
educator's proposals for these standards and
made recommendations for *..... of
the achievement standards.

Germanic and Slavic Studies
Graduate students Aneka Meier and Sven-
Ole Anderson each presented papers at the
Southeast Atlantic Modern .. ... Asso-
ciation's conference in Atlanta in November.
Meier presented "A Time Before Ally, 1." 1 .
Carrie & Co.: The .. i .. Girl in
Weimar Berlin as an Icon of Modernity,
Urbanity, and Mass Culture," and Ander-
son presented "Poems, Permanency & Peril:
Homage to Peter Huchel."

Paul Ehrlich participated in an international
research ... on Global Problems in

Mathematical Relativity at the Isaac Newton
Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Cam-
bridge, F. in October. He delivered a
plenary survey lecture on "Comparison Theo-
rems in Lorentzian Geometry.'

John Klauder has been elected a foreign
member of the Royal '" : Society of
Sciences and Letters, within the class of natu-
ral sciences. Founded in 1760, it is the oldest
scientific society in Norway.

Kyoungchul Kong has received the 2005
Korean Graduate Student Research
Award from i s Korean Student Scholarship
and Loan Fund. The award recognizes the
best research by a Korean graduate stu-
dent at UF, and Kong will receive a certificate
and $500.

Terry Mills has received the '' .
R. Jones C' ..... .. Mentor Award from
the Florida Education Fund. Given -. ::
during its .T :. '. Doctoral :. i con-
ferences, the award is based on nominations
from students. ii who also serves as the
colleges associate dean for minority affairs,
was nominated by his former student Afua
Arhin and honored for his support of gradu-
ate education.

Women's Studies/History
Angel Kwolek-Folland i spend six weeks
at the University : -, ..... in Febru-
ary and March as a .. .Senior Scholar.
She :: lecture to students and faculty at the
university and other places in England and
also will work with administrators on pro-
gram development, sharing ideas and learning
about issues confronting higher education in
the UK. She also plans to conduct further
research on cross-cultural gender rights.
i i i ..i's article "Women and
the New Corporate Governance: Pathways for
( i : ....... Positions of Corporate Leadership"
*:: be i...'1'. i soon in the Maryland Law
Review. "Women's Businesses, New and Old,"
a book chapter, also : be published in
Major, in American Business'' V
in 2006.

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The Genetics of Pine

The symbol of life in the dead of winter,
the evergreen, is used for more than just
holiday decorations. In fact, the loblolly
pine is the most widely cultivated tim-
ber species in the Southeast, accounting
for more than half of the nation's total
wood production. Statistics Professor
and Chair George Casella, along with
IFAS colleagues, is working to decode
the loblolly pine genome in hopes of
building a better tree.
"The goal is to try to associate
phenotypic traits, or traits you can
see-such as how the tree grows and its
chemical composition-with the genet-
ics, in the ultimate hope of actually
manipulating the genetics to have stron-
ger, more disease resistant trees," Casella
says. He and faculty in the UF School
of Forest Resources and Conserva-
tion-Gary Peter, John Davis, Dudley
Huber and Matias Kirst-have received
a $6 million grant from the National
Science Foundation's Plant Genome
Research Program to study loblolly pine
While the IFAS researchers on the
team will be identifying gene sequences
and collecting trait information-such
as growth rate, wood quality and dis-
ease resistance-Casella will use his
expertise as a statistician to make mean-
ingful associations between the identi-

fled genes and those traits. His work is
part of the growing field of statistical
genetics, which uses statistical methods
to help geneticists organize the vast
amount of information found in genetic
codes, and relate it to traits in a mean-
ingful way. A university-wide gradu-
ate program in genetics was recently
approved by the Faculty Senate and is
slated to begin training future PhD's in
statistical genetics in the fall of 2006.
"Fundamentally, we have gotten
to a point where our technology gener-
ates an enormous amount of data, so
much that we need help organizing
and handling it," says Kenneth Berns,
director of the UF Genetics Institute.
"When you are dealing with something
like population genetics that has so
many variables, you need to have special
approaches to process all those variables
and their applications. That's where sta-
tistical genetics comes in."
Casella, Peter, Davis, Kirst and
Huber are all members of the Genetics
Institute and have worked together on
several projects since Casella arrived at
UF in 2000. The team holds a weekly
discussion group on biological and sta-
tistical genetics and genomics for faculty
and graduate students in CLAS, IFAS
and Medicine. According to Berns, the
grant is one of the largest the Genetics

Institute has received since its creation in 1998.
The team will be comparing 5,000-10,000 of
the 50,000 genes in the loblolly pine for relationships
to hundreds of traits-focusing on those that unveil
the secrets of the tree's disease resistance and wood
quality. The findings will not only help growers pro-
duce a better crop, the researchers say, but also reduce
pressure to harvest America's sensitive forest ecosys-
tems, including old-growth forests.
"It is important for our economy to become more
efficient, so we are identifying genetically superior
trees that can grow on a smaller footprint of land,"
Davis says. "If we can grow more wood on fewer
acres, it should take the pressure off of harvesting
trees that should not be harvested."
-Buffy Lockette

Grants through the
Division of Sponsored Research

October 2005
Total: $2,777,482

Read the full grants listing at
in this month's issue of CTASnnt^ online.

CLASnotes December/January 2005-2006

page 10

Bookbeat Recent publications from CLAS faculty

Nonlinear Dynamics in Astronomy & Physics: In Memory of Henry Kandrup
Edited by Stephen T. Gottesman, J.R. Buchler, and M.E. Mahon, The New York Academy of Sciences, 2005

Over the years, UF Astronomy Professor
Henry Kandrup helped organize many of
the workshops on nonlinear astronomy held
by the Departments of Astronomy and Phys-
ics. When Kandrup died unexpectedly in
2003, the departments decided to honor the
professor and his achievements with a work-
shop in his memory, followed by a book.
"We wanted more than just the workshop,
we wanted a published record," says astrono-
my professor Stephen Gottesman, co-editor
of the workshop proceedings titled Nonlinear
Dynamics in Astronomy & Physics.
Any researcher studying galactic
structure, whether graduate student or
established scholar, would find this book
of interest, says Gottesman. "There are
very noteworthy papers in here." The
papers come from an interdisciplinary
mix of applied mathematics, astrophysics,
galactic dynamics, plasma physics, and
cosmology. The application of accelerator

Black Lenses, Black
Voices: African Ameri-
can Film Now, Mark
Reid (English), Row-
man & Littlefield Pub-
lishers, Inc.
Black Lenses, Black
Voices is a provocative
look at films directed
and written-and
sometimes produced-by African Americans,
as well as black-oriented films whose direc-
tors or screenwriters are not black. Mark Reid
shows how certain films dramatize the con-
temporary African American community as
a politically and economically diverse group,
vastly different from film representations of
the 1960s. Tracing the development of African
American independent filmmaking before and
after World War II, he illustrates the unique
nature of African American family, action, hor-
ror, female-centered, and independent films,
including Eves Bayou, Jungle Fever, Shaft, Souls
of Sin, Bones, Waiting to Exhale, Monster's Ball,
Sankofa. -Publisher

CLASnotes December/ January 2005-2006

beams to the study of galactic halos and
how they evolve was the project on which
Kandrup was engaged when he died. One
of his dreams was the creation of a strong
theory program inside the astronomy
department and the development of inter-
disciplinary projects, especially with the
physics department.
"The ideal is still there," says Got-
tesman. "We've hired the first of what
we expect will be a powerful group in
theoretical astrophysics." New faculty has
added to the interests of the department,
which include stellar evolution, quasars,
and extra-solar planetary searches, as well
as part ownership of a telescope in Spain.
Gottesman's own work also is galactic; a
radio astronomer who studies emissions
from atomic hydrogen, his work is part
of an evolving discussion about the total
mass of galaxies and the amount of dark
matter in the universe.

Elitesy desplaza- ELITES Y DESPLAZADOS
dos en el Valle del
Cauca, Alvaro Fdlix
Bolafios (Sociology),
This book is a
reading of histori-
cal and literary texts
about Spanish con-
quests in relations .........
with the crisis of displaced people in Modern
Columbia. By considering Sebastian de
Benalzcazar's conquest of the Cauca river val-
ley as a first wave of displacement of people
from their lands, this essay intends to show
a similar pattern of representation of Span-
ish conquest in historical and literary texts
written during the 16th century and today.
The premise is that his kind of representation
naturalizes displacement as an essential step
in the formation of the modern nation.
-Author Summary

drup, a pro-
fessor at UF
since 1990,
Award in
of his teach-
ing abilities
in 1994.

V. e

Nonlinear Dynamics in
Astronomy & Physics
In Memory of Henry Kandrup
StpheT. Gotm
M.E. n

was a very gifted teacher, and the stu-
dents were deeply shocked by his death,"
says Gottesman. "Anyone interested in
Henry and his work can get a sense of his
achievements through these papers.
-Michal Meyer

Situated Fathering:
A Focus on Physical
and Social Spaces
Edited by William
Marsiglio (Sociology),
Kevin Roy and Greer
Litton Fox, Rowman
& Littlefield Publish-
ers, Inc.
Situated Father-
ing proposes a new framework for studying
how various contingencies of physical space,
in conjunction with social/symbolic issues,
affect men's identities as fathers and their
involvement with children. Consistent with
public interest in men's efforts to "be there"
as providers and caregivers, this book explores
issues associated with the barriers and sup-
ports to involvement that are part of the phys-
ical and social environment. Written largely
for family scholars and students, it emphasizes
a future-oriented perspective by outlining
directions for theoretically guided research in
specific, often gendered fathering sites.

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New Perspectives

in Mathematics
Tony Chan, co-founder of the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathemat-
ics at the University of California, Los Angeles met with members of the
UF Mathematical Sciences Committee on December 8 to give advice on
creating such an institute in Gainesville. He also presented a talk on the
advantages to and obstacles preventing interdisciplinary research in the
mathematical sciences.
"What each university should do depends on its local strengths,"
Chan says. "Facilitating interdisciplinary research requires a cultural
acceptance, a change in how things have been done in the past."
The UF Mathematical Sciences Committee brings together faculty in
the mathematical sciences in CLAS, the College of Engineering and the
College of Medicine to identify emerging scientific fields that have strong
mathematical components, promote education in these fields, encourage
and support research collaborations and interdisciplinary projects, and
explore ways to bridge the mathematical sciences and their applications.
The committee holds bi-monthly lectures for the UF mathematical
community. The next talk will be held on February 15 in room 2205 of
the New Physics Building, where Leo Kadanoff, the John D. MacArthur
Distinguished Professor of Physics and Math at the University of Chicago,
will present "The Good, the Bad and the Awful."
-Buffy Lockette