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The University of Florida
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Facebooking: The New Fad
in Campus Communication .............3

Then & Now: Celebrating 75
Years of Latin American Studies.....4

CLAS Leads Global
Gators in Rankings......................... 5

Team Teaching
Spices Up the Classroom................ 6

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

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

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

Gators Give
More than $1 Million................... 12


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Teachers Without Borders

While we all take pride in teaching the basics of our core dis-
ciplines, and in doing it very well, some of the most novel and
thought-provoking courses arise when we can bring opposites
together to challenge our students and bring them into a research
arena at an earlier stage in their careers. Our faculty are teaching
these types of courses, combining astrophysics, religion and health
in The Cosmic Dance: The Integration of Science, Religion and
Compassionate Love, as well as exploring democracy, drugs and
identity issues in Jamaica utilizing the expertise of dozens of our
faculty. (See pages 6-7.)
All of these classes show how contemporary topics of sci-
entific and global cultural importance can sometimes only be
understood and taught in the context of an overlap of expertise
from apparently distinct areas. The ability and willingness of
our faculty to work together to bridge these areas creates greater
opportunities for our students and provides a critical strength
to our research efforts that cannot be realized otherwise. These
teachers and researchers without borers are also experts in their
basic disciplines, and it is the richness of their scholarly pursuit
that is giving UF a competitive edge in developing challenging
research frontiers and supplying the inspiration that our student
body needs in today's multidimensional world.
These educational programs without rigid boundaries also
teach our students the importance of tolerance and respect for
different cultures, lifestyles, and belief systems. Perhaps in today's
world, this is the most important lesson we can teach our stu-
dents, who will become our future leaders.

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Many CLAS faculty have turned to co-teaching as a way of enhancing course curriculum.
Some team up with colleagues in complementing fields to offer courses that feature the
expertise of both professors, while others bring in guest speakers to deepen class discussions.
Both methods foster a multi-dimensional exploration of the course material, taking the learn-
ing experience to the highest level of inquiry. See page 6.

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facebooking: the new fad

What Web site connects students, faculty and staff and has more than 60

percent of its members sign in at least once per day? Facebook.com is a In c mp u s
national site created for college students to connect with each other. As of

September 2005 it had more than 37,000 registered users connected to the co m m u n icatio n

University of Florida, including the vast majority of the freshman class, which
had 6,021 members signed up by the end of their first month at UF!

You might remember those hard-copy
face books you got in college, where you
perused the photos of your classmates
(and of course made judgments about
their appearance). Facebook.com pro-
vides an online version-allowing users
to post photos, albums and a profile,
and connect to others as friends and as
classmates. Participants post comments
on the profiles and send messages to
each other. It's now even a verb-"face-
booking" someone means to check out
his or her profile and photo online.
Students list their courses, and Facebook
automatically connects them to others
in the class via a link. They also can cre-
ate and join virtual groups-such as by
major, interests, or much sillier things
like the groups I belong to, including
"Seinfeld Maniacs" and "Beastie Boys
are the Rulingest." Facebook.com also
allows for paid advertisements specific
to UF-which might be the new way to
advertise on campus, as the rates are $20
per day. The Web site projects 111,000
views per day at UE
UF faculty and staff can benefit
from it in several ways. First, a profile
provides students with a slightly more
personal look at you as an individual,
making you more approachable. (You
might want to leave out some of your
REALLY personal preferences, of
course.) Second, it is a much more
reliable resource for student contact
information, including e-mail addresses,
physical location and cell phone num-
bers. Third, it is another way to help you
remember students' names and faces, as
they have their photos posted. You can
also create your own group for a class or

However, the trend of posting a
tremendous amount of personal infor-
mation online also presents security
considerations. The Wall Street Journal
reported on December 8 that universi-
ties are discussing harassment, threats
and even disciplinary incidents related to
the use of Facebook.
Photos of underage students drink-
ing at parties is one example of what
can be found online. Also, the infor-
mation students choose to put online
about themselves can be problematic.
The advice at Brandeis University for
students is "post only things you would
want your grandmother to see and limit
sharing to what can already be found in
the public domain."
At UF, the computer lab for student
athletes in the Office of Student Life has
blocked Facebook from its computers,

along with other popular time-wasting sites that tempt
students away from their academic work.
One effect of the Web site was the huge jump at
UF in pre-move-in requests to change roommates this
year, with the Department of Housing and Residence
Education reporting more than 100 roommate change
requests that it believes were due to the ability of high
school students to create and view potential roommate
profiles and photos on facebook.com. Once a student
has a Gatorlink address, he or she can get onto the UF
site on Facebook.
Whatever the reason, facebook.com is the newest
craze on college campuses. Check it out yourself and
see what all the fuss is about. Don't be shy-your stu-
dents will be happy to see you online!
-Jeanna Mastrodicasa, Associate Director of UFs Honors Pro-
gram. Mastrodicasa consults nationally about millennial college students
and will be co-authoring a book with ReynolJunco, a 1994 UF psychol-
ogy graduate, on this topic for NASPA, student affairs administrators in
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Celebrating 75 Years of

Latin American Studies

At the University of Florida's
commencement ceremonies
June 2, 1930, President John J.
Tigert announced the creation
of the Institute for Inter-Ameri-
can Affairs (IIAA), and as a
demonstration of UF's commit-
ment to international good will,
awarded an honorary degree to
the Cuban Ambassador to the
United States, Orestes Ferrara.
Over the next 75 years the insti-
tute evolved into what is known
today as the Center for Latin
American Studies. In honor of
its first conference-held in
February 1931-the center is cel-
ebrating its 75th anniversary this
month. February also marks the
75th anniversary of The Plaza of
the Americas
Back in 1931, some naysay-
ers thought it novel that UF, a
small land-grant institution in
the Deep South, would seek to
become a leader in foreign rela-
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tions. President Tigert wanted to
show that UF's location and its
curriculum of applied arts and
sciences made it especially suited
to such work. In the summer of
1928, even before he had arrived
in Gainesville, Tigert began
to discuss his plans for a Latin
American program at UF with
Leo S. Rowe of the Pan Ameri-
can Union. Though Tigert had
little background in Latin Amer-
ican affairs, he understood from
personal experience the impor-
tance of international study.
He had been a Rhodes Scholar
at Oxford University and was
later an educational officer with
the US Army in Europe during
World War I. Having served as
US Commissioner of Education
(1922-1928), he was well aware
of the growing interest in foreign
affairs in the nation's academic,
political and commercial centers,
anticipating the "Good Neigh-

bor Policy" of the Roosevelt
During Tigert's first year
as president, a small delegation
of journalism students visited
Havana with the support of the
Associated Dailies of Florida,
and upon their return, The
Alligator proclaimed on April 6,
1929, "First International Good
Will Mission of Florida a Suc-
cess." Tigert recognized his plans
would require political support
in Florida, as well as external
funding from private founda-
tions, and he carefully promoted
his ideas in the press. His efforts
were eventually rewarded with
many more favorable reviews, in
Florida and beyond.
Rollin S. Atwood, a 26-
year-old assistant professor of
economic geography, was named
acting director of the institute.
One of his responsibilities was to
oversee international exchange

agreements and the enrollment
of foreign students from Latin
America and elsewhere. During
the 1929-1930 academic year,
there were only four interna-
tional students at UF, among
a total enrollment of 2,257
(three from Cuba and one from
France). After Tigert announced
the institute would provide sup-
port to foreign students, the total
rose to 13 in 1930-1931. This
included eight students from
Latin America, and efforts were
made to recruit more.
The institute also was active
in outreach work. The universi-
ty's new radio station, WRUF,
was used to educate the general
public about Latin American
cultures. On Pan American Day,
April 14, for example, the pro-
gramming included Latin music
and interviews with students
from the region.
In 1933, just three years
CLASnotes February 2006

CLAS Leads Global Gators in Rankings
The University of Florida ranks 11th nation- To earn the rank of 11th, UF had 1,537 Kwolek-Folland says CLAS has increased
ally in the number of students studying students studying abroad in the 2003-04 the number of students and faculty involved
abroad, according to the Open Doors report school year, and 499 (32 percent) were in in study abroad by adding courses, creating
by the Institute of International Education. the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. UF new kinds of abroad experience such as mini-
This annual report provides comprehensive ranked 12th the previous year and was not courses, and raising funds for scholarships.
data on the number of international students even in the top 20 in the year before that. "We have a research center in Paris, and are
and scholars in the United States and on US "Experiencing different cultures is an supporting efforts to create similar centers in
students who study abroad. important stimulus to personal growth and Beijing and Munich. CLAS faculty develop
"The statistics demonstrate we are mak- learning, and so CLAS has made study about 10 new courses each year for our study
ing progress in our goal to internationalize abroad offerings a priority," says Angel abroad roster."
our campus and curriculum," says Kwolek-Folland, CLAS associate dean for The Open Doors report also ranked UF
Dennis Jett, dean of UF's International Cen- centers, institutes and international affairs. seventh in leading institutions to host inter-
ter. "President Bernie Machen and Provost "As the largest college at UF, and the most national researchers and faculty members,
Janie Fouke recognize the importance of diverse in terms of curriculum, CLAS plays a and 18th in the number of international stu-
internationalization with regard to improving very important role in providing a rich inter- dents, rising from ranks of eighth and 24th,
our standing as a major research university national experience for students and faculty. respectively, last year. In 2004-05, UF hosted
and in preparing our students to compete in We want to offer students courses that are 1,886 international scholars and enrolled
an ever more globalized world, and this shows fun and just as challenging as any they would 3,492 international students.

our efforts are working."

take on campus."

after the founding of the institute,
Tigert's efforts were widely recognized
when an international association of vet-
erans of the First World War presented
a medal to UF for its efforts to promote
peace through education. The Carnegie
Institution also made a grant to fund
Atwood's research in Guatemala. In
1951, the functions of the institute were
absorbed by the School of Inter-American
Studies, which in 1963 became the Cen-
ter for Latin American Studies.
Today, the center has 20 center-
based faculty and professional staff
members, and nearly half of the center's
140-plus affiliate faculty, spread across 50
departments and schools, are in CLAS.
It offers an undergraduate certificate and
minor in Latin American studies (LAS),
as well as a master's degree and graduate
certificates in Latin American, tropical
conservation and development and trans-
lation studies. In 2004-2005, 11,790
undergraduate and graduate students
were enrolled in 326 Latin American
content courses, and more than 300 stu-
dents pursued graduate work related to
Latin America and the Caribbean.
Carmen Diana Deere has served as
the center's director since 2004 and says
that among her main initiatives have been
the development of the center's first-ever

Strategic Plan and its plan for the upcom-
ing UF Capital Campaign. "Working
together with the deans and directors of
more than a dozen campus units, we have
put together a comprehensive plan for
Latin American studies that targets some
30 endowed chairs or professorships across
the campus -both in the core disciplines
of CLAS and other colleges and in inno-
vative cross-campus programs," explains
Deere. "With CLAS, we are in the process
of building a Latino studies program
that adopts a comparative approach to
the study of different Hispanic/Latino
groups in the US and that is grounded in
the study of the interdependence between
the US and Latin America. Towards this
end we filled a joint position this year in
Latino politics with the Department of
Political Science."
Since 2000, the center's research and
training programs have received more
than $10 million in external grants. UF
now has 110 international linkage agree-
ments in 20 Latin American and Carib-
bean countries. The "jewel" of LAS at UF
is its Latin American Collection, housed
within the Special Collections unit of the
Smathers Libraries. It is the sixth largest in
the nation and the largest collection inter-
nationally on the Caribbean.
-Paul Losch, Assistant Librarian,
Latin American Collection

Latin America Today
In celebration of the 75th anniversary of
Latin American studies at UF, the Center
for Latin American Studies has organized
a commemorative event on Thursday,
February 16 at 4 pm in Emerson Alumni
Hall. UF's Latin Americanist emeriti fac-
ulty will be honored, and Arturo Valen-
zuela, a political scientist and director of
the Center for Latin American Studies at
Georgetown University, will deliver the
keynote address on "The US and Latin
America in the Post-Cold War Era: More
of the Same?"
Valenzuela is the former senior direc-
tor for Inter-American Affairs at the
National Security Council and served as
deputy assistant secretary for Inter-Ameri-
can Affairs in the State Department under
the Clinton Administration. A special-
ist otn the origins and consolidations
of democracy, Latin American politics,
electoral systems, civil-military relations,
political parties, regime transitions and
US-Latin American relations, he has
advised on political and constitutional
reform issues in Bolivia, Chile, Brazil,
Ecuador and Columbia.
The talk is free and open to the pub-
lic. For more information, please call 392-
0375, ext. 800.

CLASnotes February 2006

-Allyson A. Beutke

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creative curriculum

team teaching

spices up the classroom

When UF Pharmacology Professor Allen Neims was attending medical school at Johns
Hopkins University, he never imagined himself teaching a college course on "cosmic
dance," but that is just what he is doing this semester alongside Religion Associate
Professor Shaya Isenberg and Sociology Associate Professor Monika Ardelt.

But the course isn't how it sounds.
Don't expect to see these distin-
guished professors donning leotards
and moving to the new age tunes
of Enya. The course focuses on
the integration of science and reli-
gion-taking its name from the
2000 book written by quantum
chemist Giuseppe Del Re, The
Cosmic Dance: Science Discovers the
Mysterious Harmony of the Universe.
To adequately teach a course
that attempts to bridge the gap
between science and religion, the
faculty members involved felt it was
important to each bring in their
own areas of expertise-Neims in
hard science, Isenberg in religion
and Ardelt in human development.
The result is a multi-dimensional

classroom that features the lecturing
of all three professors.
"The class is designed to
encourage students, in academic
and experiential ways, to take an
inner journey and examine how
their personal and individual belief
systems or worldwide views impact
their being and doing," says Neims,
director of the UF Center for Spiri-
tuality and Health. "A critical com-
ponent of the course is co-teaching
because each of us-from careers
in religion, sociology and biomedi-
cine-model ways for people of dif-
ferent, yet overlapping, worldviews
to participate in mutual inquiry."
The course is one of several
being co-taught by multiple CLAS
faculty this year. This creative way

of enhancing the curriculum seems
to lend itself particularly well to
the humanities, where students can
benefit tremendously from hear-
ing complementing sides of critical
"I find it very exciting that
CLAS faculty are involved in these
creative teaching efforts, involving
an interdisciplinary approach," says
Associate Provost Sheila Dickison.
"Students will find an interdisci-
plinary perspective offers fresh, new
insights into issues. I am certain
that lively interactions among stu-
dents and faculty are a characteristic
of such classes. I applaud the faculty
members who have taken the initia-
tive to provide these cutting-edge
experiences for students. I know we
have all found that it often is not
easy to try something new at UF!"
As German Professor Franz
Futterknecht prepared to teach a
course on early modern German
literature last fall, From Luther to
Lessing, he worried how he was
going to teach Martin Luther's Ref-
ormation without exploring how
he was influenced by the Renais-
sance-an area Futterknecht has
not studied since living in Italy 30
years ago. "I knew I needed more,
so I walked down the hallway and
asked our resident medievalist,
Mary Watt, if she would co-teach a
course with me that focused on the
Renaissance, the Reformation and
the Baroque."
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Watt, an assistant
professor of Italian and
co-director of the Center
for Medieval and Early
Modern Studies, says "It
worked perfectly because
I had been teaching a
course for several years
on Rome and the city's
continual transformations
and had noticed how
the fortunes of Rome so
often interacted with the
fortunes of Germany.
I had always felt, how-
ever, that my knowledge
of Luther's reaction to
Rome, for example, and
the role such reaction
played in the Protestant
movement was not exten-
sive and certainly not my
area of expertise. I had
often thought how help-
ful it would be to have
someone to comment on
the German side. It was a
perfect fit."
In creating the
course, Watt simply
offered her course Italy
and Pilgrimages and had
her class move to the
location of Futterknecht's
Luther to Lessing. Both
professors attended every
class and lectured tag-
team style. While their
students had separate
assignments and exams,
all benefited from the
teachings of both faculty.
"With each of them
bringing in their knowl-
edge of the countries'
cultures, you get a much
wider picture," explains
Dominik Jaschke, a
master's student in Ger-
man. Journalism graduate

student Mike Tyler says, "They have two different wells
of knowledge, and it has been interesting to see both
the Italian and German perspectives on things."
In Cosmic Dance: The Integration of Science,
Religion and Compassionate Love this spring, Isenberg,
Ardelt and Neims all attend the weekly seminar class
and contribute to the lecture. A number of religion
and sociology majors are enrolled, but students from
varied fields-including finance, education and medi-
cine-are also in attendance. The course is funded by
the Center for Spirituality and Health.
Political Science Associate Professor Leann Brown
is experimenting with another creative way of spicing
up the curriculum this semester. In her graduate course
on governance and crime in Jamaica, she turns her
podium over to other experts from across campus each
week and moderates as the classroom dives into critical
discussions on related topics, including human smug-
gling and trafficking, US foreign aid, governance and
democracy, drugs, and identity issues.
"Most of the presenters' work is not specifically
about Jamaica," Brown says. "But this will help my
students think more clearly about their own work, and
that is what comparative work is all about. It forces you
to think outside the box." The course is one among
several activities the UF Working Group on Advocacy
in Jamaica has undertaken in partnership with Manage-
ment Systems International, a contractor for the US
Agency for International Development (USAID). The
group is awaiting funding from USAID to allow several
students in the course to benefit from internships this
summer in Jamaica to work with USAID to help allevi-
ate crime in the island country.
"One of the reasons I am so excited about this
course is because of its innovative format," says politi-
cal science master's student Jessica Peet, who interned
in Jamaica last June and is enrolled in the course. "I

feel that having a guest lecture every week will enhance
the learning experience and contribute to greater, more
comprehensive understandings of the subject matter. If
there is one thing I learned about Jamaica when I vis-
ited there last year it is that it has an eclectic mix of cul-
tural influences. I feel the format of this class will bring
that to the forefront while keeping things interesting."
Greek studies instructor Nicholas Kontaridis also
is offering a podium of rotating expert lecturers this
semester in his course, Greece: Yesterday and Today,
with nine speakers scheduled to share their areas of
expertise on the subject matter, including Greek trag-
edy, the Olympics, Greek science and technology,
ancient Greek religion and more.
Whether interested in partnering with a colleague
to co-teach a course or bring in different lecturers each
week, faculty interested in stepping away from tradition
when planning their courses should start by having a
talk with their department chair. In some cases, courses
need the CLAS Curriculum Committee's stamp of
For faculty thinking of following in her footsteps,
Watt offers some words of advice. "While it might
seem like it would be easier because you're sharing the
teaching load, it's not," she says. "The teaching hours
are the same, but it is a lot more work. You have to
research each other's topics, and meeting weekly to plan
the lecture is an additional time constraint you don't
normally have."
At the same time, Watt and other co-teachers
agree the experience can be deeply rewarding. "I learned
from this course," Watt says. "I am a student in Franz'
class and he is a student in mine. To actually learn from
another professor is not typically part of the teaching
experience. For me, it is the most rewarding aspect of
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CLAS Honors
Top Teachers and Advisors
CLAS recently presented 11 awards to its top teachers and
advisors for 2005-2006. Students, faculty and staff nominated
the winners, who exhibited qualities such as innovation,
dedication and the ability to engage students. Three of the
professors have been chosen to advance to the university-wide
Yoonseok Lee, an assistant profes-
sor of physics who was named Physics
Teacher of the Year in 2004, will compete
for the UF Advisor of the Year award.
Since Lee began teaching at UF in 2001,
he has received several awards and grants,
including a $450,000 grant to support
his research from the National Science
Foundation's CAREER program. Lee teaches Applied Physics
2 and Advanced Laboratory 1.
John Krigbaum, an assistant
professor of anthropology, began teach-
ing at UF in 2002 and earned his PhD
in biological anthropology from New
York University. Krigbaum, who teaches
Introduction to Biological Anthropology
and a graduate course on lab methods,
Biological Anthropology Laboratory, was
chosen as a candidate for the campus-wide Teacher of the
Year Award.
Amy Ongiri, an assistant profes-
sor of English, also will compete for UF
Teacher of the Year. Before coming to
UF in 2003, Ongiri received a PhD from
Cornell University and was an assistant
professor at the University of California,
Riverside. Her research interests include
gender and sexuality studies, as well as
African-American literature. She teaches African-American
Literature and also has taught courses through UF's Paris
Research Center.
The other CLAS advising award winner was Keith Berg
from psychology. The college teaching award winners also
include: Jeffrey Keaffaber, chemistry; Khandker Mutalib,
physics; Kathy Navajas, Romance languages and literatures;
Nicole Piquero, criminology, law and society; Nigel Rich-
ards, chemistry; Ewa Wampuszyc, Germanic and Slavic
studies; and Barbara Zsembik, sociology.


the College

Straight From the
(Prehistoric) Horse's Mouth
Sarah Veeck, a high school junior from Kalamazoo, Michi-
gan, spent a week conducting research in Anthropology
Assistant Professor John Krigbaum's lab in December as
part of a science project she is entering in the 2006 Intel
International Science and Engineering Fair. Working
with Western Michigan University anthropologist Robert
Anemone, she obtained 55 million-year-old primitive horse
teeth recovered from the Great Divide Basin in Wyoming.
At UF, she ran stable isotope analysis on the tooth enamel
from these teeth to elucidate the horses' past diet and ecol-
ogy. Krigbaum and Anemone plan to use Veeck's findings
in a pilot study that will also contribute to collaborative
work on Paleocene-Eocene fauna with Jonathan Bloch at the Florida Museum of Natural
"The methods and techniques are being done here because they don't have the right
equipment at Western Michigan," says Krigbaum. "When Sarah gets back to Michigan,
Bob will help her analyze the data."
Veek is a 17-year-old student at Loy Norriz High School and a member of the Kal-
amazoo Area Math and Science Center, which paid for her trip to Gainesville. The fair will
be held in Indianapolis in May and the top prize is a $50,000 college scholarship. "I have
had a great experience here at UF," Veeck says. "Dr. Krigbaum has been wonderful." A bio-
logical anthropologist, Krigbaum uses methods of bone chemistry to address paleodiet and
paleoecological questions in human evolution. He recently received a CLAS Teacher of the
Year Award and has been nominated for the university-wide competition.

Woodrow Wilson International Scholar
Brenda Chalfin, an assistant professor of anthropology, is a Fellow at the Woodrow Wil-
son International Center for Scholars this semester. Chalfin, who works in the center's
African Program, is finishing a book on bureaucrats and neoliberal
reform in Ghana and is researching a new project examining the
politics, technologies and systems of meaning shaping international
standards of border control.
The center was established by an act of Congress in 1968 and is
the official living memorial to President Wilson, who emphasized the
common enterprise" of scholars and policymakers. The center awards
approximately 20-25 residential fellowships annually to individuals
with outstanding project proposals in a broad range of the social sciences and humanities
on national and/or international issues.

CLAS Employee Excellence Award Nominations Due March 3
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has established a program to honor support staff (USPS/TEAMS employees) for outstanding and meritorious
service. Two $1,500 (pre-tax) awards and plaques will be presented this spring. Nominations will be accepted from any faculty, staff or student in the
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Self-nominations also will be accepted. Nominations are due to Mary Anne Morgan in the CLAS Dean's Office
no later than Friday, March 3. Nomination forms and award guidelines are available online at www.clas.ufl.edu/stafffaculty.html.

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African and Asian
Languages and Literatures
Cynthia Chenaault (Chinese) delivered a paper
titled "The Making of I i : Landscapes in
Poems of the Liang to Sui Dynasties" at a confer-
ence on medieval Chinas intellectual history and
culture, held January 6-8 at the National Uni-
versity of .: In December, she spoke on
a related topic at the Department of East Asian
Studies at Princeton University.

Sciences and Disorders
Pat Kricos was elected chair of the Board of Gov-
ernors of the American Board of Audiology. The
ABA is dedicated to enhancing audiologic services
to the public by promoting universally recognized
standards in professional practice. The board con-
sists of seven elected members whose work settings
represent the diversity of .. I 1 practice. She
will serve a two-year term.

...book The Undiscovered Country:
Poetry in thee fAge oin is a finalist for the National
Book Critics Circle award in the criticism category.
It was named '- books of the year in
Newsdaiy and The M/ilwaukee journal -Sentinel. His
new book of poems, 7he C was
named among the books of the year in The Times
Literry Supplement. The National Book Critics
Circle, founded in 1974, consists of nearly 700
active book reviewers, and the centerpiece of the
group's activities is the annual awards for the best
book in five categories, which :: be announced
on March 3.

Mark A. Reid presented a paper titled "(
ing and Resisting the Everyday Narratives of the
Arab Male in Recent French Cinema" as part of
the "Arab Pop Culture Speaks Back" panel at the
Modern Language Association's annual convention
in : DC in late December. Barbara
Mennel, who is jointly appointed in the depart-
ment of Germanic and Slavic studies, presented
a paper at the convention titled "The Global
Elsewhere: Ursula Biemann's Multimedia Counter-

Cesar N. Caviedes, a professor emeritus, is spend-
ing two semesters at the University of : .
Germany, at the ] 4 i 4 Center for American
Studies and the Institute of Geography. The Alex-
ander von Humboldt Foundation is sponsoring his
stay, and he also has given lectures at the universi-
ties of ..: : (Germany), Innsbruck (Austria),
Basle (Switzerland) and the Austrian Geographical
Society in Vienna.

Jim Channell received the- .i: .... Gilbert Award
of the Geomagnetism and Paleomagnetism Section
of the American Geophysical Union at the group's
annual meeting in San Francisco in December. The
award recognizes '... work in magnetism
of Earth materials, and of the Earth and planets,"
and consists of a certificate and a "terrella," or little
earth. The award is named for .::.. Gilbert
(10 : who can arguably be called the
founder of both experimental rock magnetism and

Germanican nd Slavic Studies
Nora Alter presented a : -: 1 "From Film
Theater to Art Gallery" at the Modern Language
Association's annual meeting in late December.
:. ,-.:..... : a ;also presented several papers
at the MLA meeting, ... :. "Kicslowski as
a Franco-Polish Film Director" at the session on
Franco-Polish Relations and "Absalute" at the
Salute to Jacques Derrida session. Kuiundzic was a
roundtable participant at the American Association
of Teachers of Slavic and Eastern 7... i ... Lan-
guages' "Are We Post-Colonial Yet?" Hana '
also was a roundtable discussant for "Czech Studies
in American .: :. -. Education" and a panelist for
Negative Yes/No-Questions with the Positive Epis-
temic .. ... .. at the same conference.

Ingrid .1. : .. presented "Russia's Wild East:
Images of the Russian Frontier in Goncharov's
Pallada'" on the panel East and West: Liter-
ary Explorations of Imperial Russia's Boundaries
at the annual conference of the American Associa-
tion for the Advancement of Slavic Studies in Salt
Lake City in November. Galina ).: :: ..... gave
a presentation at the conference titled "Limits of
Representation in Semyon Aranovich's 'The Anna
Akhmatova File.'" Rylkova presented "The Anxiety
of Non-influence: Blok, Chekhov and Akhmatova"
at the Aleksandr Blok 125th Anniversary Confer-
ence in Pushkinskii Dom, St. ; ... Russia.

Eric Kligerman presented a paper titled -".. _
for the \Word: Heidegger Celan"
at the Association for Jewish Studies in
ton, DC, on December 20.

Hal Reiiert presented a talk on "Friedrich
Schiller's Use : of European History in
His Plays and Poems" at a meeting of a chapter
of the Europa-Union in Backnang, Germany in

Chair Krishnaswanmi Alladi played a key role in
the creation of the SASTRA Ramanujan Prize,
which was awarded for the first time in December
during the International Conference on Number
Theory and Mathematical Physics in Kumbako-

nam, India. The international award is given to
mathematicians not i.. the age of 32 for
contributions to areas influenced
by the Indian mathematical genius Srinivasa
Ramanujan. Based on Alladi's suggestion, the
..... Science, Technology, Research
Academy, known as SASTRA, is .. .. .
annual $10,000 prize, and Alladi chaired the selec-
tion committee this year. He is closely associated
with SASTRA as one of the main organizers of its
international conferences each December, and is
also the principal investigator on a grant from the
Indo-US Forum of Science and that
supports these conferences.
Alladi was one of four leaders of the Chairs
Workshop conducted by the American Mathemati-
cal Society on January 11, in conjunction with
the annual meeting of the society in San Antonio,
Texas. This years workshop discussed topics such
as budget management, strategic planning, self
assessment, and outreach. This is the second con-
secutive year that Alladi was invited by the AMS to
lead the workshop.

Elizabeth Athens, a doctoral student, was named
the 2006 recipient of the prestigious Bijou
ship from the Association for Behavior Analysis
International. The : ; is awarded to gradu-
ate students studying child development from a
standpoint of behavior analysis, and only one or
two awards are given annually. Athens' advisor is
Timothy Vollner.

Manfried Diehl was elected a Fellow of the Ameri-
can F i ociation's Adult Development
and Aging Division. Fellow status is awarded on
the basis of evaluated evidence of .. .. .. con-
tributions to the field of psychology.

Bethany Raiff, a doctoral student in psychology,
has received the Experimental Analysis of Behavior
rom the Society for the Advancement
of Behavior Analysis. This honor is given annually
to one graduate student who displays exemplary
promise for conducting experimental research in
behavior analysis. Raiff's advisor is Jesse Dallery,
and she also collaborates with Timothy Hacken-

MamnelV' ... the possible dramatic
consequences of.. .. dynamics between the
Americas on the public radio program : ..
of Faith" on January 19. He talked about how
religion will shape US population, as well as how
religion itself may change in the global age.

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page 9

Professor Jian Ge and the
W.M. Keck Exoplanet Tracker
(photo courtesy Gainesville
Sun) against the backdrop of
an artist's rendition of a very
young, active star orbited by
a planet like the one recently
discovered by UF astronomer
Jian Ge. Named ET-1, the plan-
et is one of the first compan-
ions ever found with a star just
600 million years old (drawing
courtesy of P Marenfeld and

Planet ET-1 Discovered by UF Astronomer

If there is life on distant planets in our universe, Astronomy Professor Jian Ge may very well be involved in its discovery.
Ge and his team of planet trackers have just confirmed the existence of a new planet and, thanks to an $875,000 grant
from the W.M. Keck Foundation, finding life outside our solar system may not be so far behind.

Ge and colleagues within the
department are in the process
of building the world's best
planet tracker, which will
increase the current planet
survey speed by two orders
of magnitude over traditional
technology. Named the W.M.
Keck Exoplanet Tracker, the
researchers plan to use the
new Doppler instrument to
search roughly 1 million stars
to detect thousands of planets
and discover new solar systems
where life may be possible.
The tracker will be used at
the Sloan Digital Sky Survey's
telescope at the Apache Point
Observatory in Sunspot, New
Mexico for the next two years,
and the team is hoping to
receive additional funding to

extend the survey to 15 years.
On January 11, Ge and
colleagues at UF, Pennsylvania
State University, Tennessee
State University, the University
of Texas and the Institute of
Astrophysics in Spain's Canary
Islands announced the discov-
ery of a new planet orbiting
a young star 100 light-years
away, located in the direction
of the constellation Virgo.
The team used a single-object
planet tracker located at Kitt
Peak National Observatory in
Arizona. The new Keck Exo-
planet Tracker will allow for
the observation of 60 objects
at one time and look roughly
1000 light years into space,
versus the current technology
of 200 light years.

"Planet detection is a very
challenging job," Ge says. "We
need high precision, therefore
you aren't able to look at many
objects. This new instrument
will allow us to get a much
bigger sample and in 10 to 15
years we hope to have looked at
a million stars. This is the first
time this has ever been done in
human history."
Ge received his PhD in
astronomy from the University
of Arizona in 1998 and served
as an assistant professor at
Pennsylvania State University
before coming to UF in 2004.
He and colleagues in the Sloan
consortium at the Apache
Point Observatory will col-
laborate on the largest ground-
based astronomical survey in

human history, in hopes of
discovering thousands of new
planets where life may be pos-
While planet ET-1-so
named in part as an abbre-
viation for Exoplanet Tracker
but also as a tribute to Steven
Spielberg's cinematic crea-
ture-is too close to its partner
star to produce life, Ge is opti-
mistic about finding life on at
least one of the 10,000 planets
his team hopes to discover.
"This is extremely impor-
tant scientifically, but it is cul-
turally important to the public
as well," he says. "We always
wonder whether we are alone
in the universe. This project is
a huge step toward answering
that question."
-Buffy Lockette

Grants through the Division of Sponsored Research
November 2005 Total: $2,525,189
Read the full grants listing at http://clasnews.clas.ufl.edu/news.html in this month's issue of CLASnotes online.

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CLASnotes February 2006

Bookbeat Recent publications from CLAS faculty

The Fate of Africa's Democratic Experiments: Elites and Institutions
Edited by Leonardo A. Villal6n and Peter VonDoepp (Indiana University Press, 2005)

Living in Niger in the early 1990s, Leonardo
Villal6n experienced African-style democra-
tization first hand-the first-ever presidential
elections, the sheer precariousness of the pro-
cess and its stubbornness.
When a wave of democracy, linked
to the fall of the Soviet empire, swept over
Africa, change, and its possibilities, con-
fronted a continent accustomed to autocratic
rule. Some states, like Somalia and Rwanda,
disintegrated, while others reinvented them-
selves. "One set of countries made what can
be called-at
least in a narrow
sense-a demo-
cratic transition,"
Villal6n says.
"They adopted
a new set of
institutions and
elected new lead-
ers." Ten coun-
tries that shared
this experience
are examined in
The Fate ofAfricas Democratic Experiments:
Elites and Institutions, edited by Villal6n,
director of the UF Center for African Studies

and a political science professor. "In some the
democratic system more or less took hold, in
others it fell apart," he says. "The relationship
between elites and democratic institutions
was critical in shaping these countries' fates."
While the book project predates
Villal6n's arrival at UF in 2002, it includes
strong UF connections, reflecting the
university's reputation as a center for the
study of African politics. Villal6n's co-edi-
tor, Peter VonDoepp, is a UF alumnus; and
other contributors include Michael Chege
who directed UF's Center for African Studies
from 1996 to 2002; Richard R. Marcus who
earned his PhD from UF; and Abdourah-
mane Idrissa, a current PhD student.
A limited number of countries underpin
much of the theory of democracy, and that
needs to change, says Villal6n. "Africa, argu-
ably the least studied region when it comes
to democracy, has a lot to contribute to
the broader theoretical discussions precisely
because it challenges the conventional wis-
dom. By that wisdom Benin, Niger and Mali
should have zero chance to establish or main-
tain democracies: they are extremely poor
with histories of authoritarianism, ethnic and
linguistic divisions, a difficult colonial heri-

tage and-in the case of Mali and Niger-
overwhelmingly Muslim. However, today
they are functioning democracies-despite
and problems."
The fate of
democracy in
Africa matters, T
Villal6n says, H
to the lives of
Africans and
to historical
processes. States
that collapse
brutally affect
not only their
own citizens;
the waves of migrations and environmental
disasters that follow affect the entire world.
In the struggle between Afro-pessimists
and Afro-optimists, Villal6n urges readers to
look squarely at the challenges. "There is a
lesson here-there is no choice but to con-
tinue to struggle. What these cases suggest
is that people can sometimes, if not always,
make their own history, despite the odds."
-Michal Meyer

The Tattoo Artist,
Jill Ciment (English),
Pantheon Books
In her new novel,
Jill Ciment turns her
eye to a painter's world
in the early years of
the twentieth century
and tells the story of
an American woman,
an acclaimed artist
who's been stranded on an island for thirty
years. The novel opens in New York in the
1970s. Sara Ehrenreich, who had been living
on a remote speck in the South Pacific for
three decades, has returned to New York to
much fanfare. As Sara experiences all of the
sensations of entering a new world, the novel
flashes back to tell the story of her life.

Ambivalence, Politics,
and Public Policy,
Edited by Stephen C.
Craig and Michael
D. Martinez (Politi-
cal Science), Palgrave
Exploring the
extent and nature of
attitudinal ambivalence
on public policy issues,
these essays by distinguished scholars of public
opinion examine citizens' conflicting attitudes
about abortion, gay rights, environmental
protection and property rights, crime and the
police, and church-state relations. Using mul-
tiple approaches to measurement and research
design, this volume helps build a sturdy foun-
dation of knowledge about the phenomenon of
r ambivalence and its effect on politics.

The Wild World of4-
Alexandru Scorpan THE -MN OLD F
(Math), American
Mathematical Society
This is a pan-
orama of the topology
of simply connected
smooth manifolds
of dimension four.
Dimension four
is unlike any other dimension; it is large
enough to have room for wild things to hap-
pen, but too small to have room to undo
them. For example, only manifolds of dimen-
sion four can exhibit infinitely many distinct
smooth structures. Indeed, their topology
remains the least understood today.

CLASnotes February 2006

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Gators Give More Than $1 Million

The 2005 University of Florida Community Cam-
paign, themed "Gators Give in a Million Ways,"
surpassed its $1 million goal by nearly $89,000, cam-
paign officials recently announced. The new total also
marks the first time the campaign, first launched in
1993, has topped $1 million. The official final figure
is $1,088,952.94.
Teresa Dolan, chair of the 2005 UF Community
Campaign and dean of UF's College of Dentistry, says

the campaign exceeded her already high expectations.
"The faculty and the staff of the University of Florida
truly care about their community. Their record-break-
ing generosity is yet another example of how the
Gators give in a million ways," Dolan says.
In addition, the leadership campaign
aspect of the drive, in which employees were
encouraged to donate $500 or more, broke
another record. Almost 500 UF employees met
that challenge and raised a total of
$507,575 toward the million-
dollar goal. "UF fac- ulty and
staff members have stepped
up to the challenge this year in
an extraordinary manner to show their com-
mitment to our community and have helped
secure a better tomorrow for many of our
neighbors," says CLAS Dean
Neil Sullivan, who chaired the
leadership cam- paign and will
serve as next year's campaign chair.
The 76 local agencies
That benefit from this year's
campaign cover a wide spectrum of sup-
port services, ranging from child care,
recreational opportunities, counseling and
legal help to environmental protection, dis-
ease prevention and medical assistance.


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