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        Page 1
    Message from the associate dean
        Page 2
    The Age of Bernie Machen
        Page 3
        Page 4
        Page 5
    2004-2005 McNari Scholar' research
        Page 6
    Spotlight on McNair alum Jessica Jones
        Page 7
    Back Cover
        Page 8
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McNair Scholars End the 2004-2005 Year Strong
By Earl J. Wade, McNair Scholars Program Coordinator

The Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program at
the University of Florida has completed the
2004 2005 academic year with much suc-
cess. The purpose of this program is to in-
crease the number of low-income and first-
generation college students or students un-
derrepresented in doctorate study. In this
academic year, the program admitted 25
junior and senior scholars to participate dur-
ing the 2004 2005 academic year. During
the academic year, the McNair Scholars
participated in several activities that sup-
ported and prepared the scholars for gradu-
ate school. These scholars participated in
monthly workshops, informal meetings with
faculty and graduate students as well as
attended different cultural and educational

The Spring Semester was quite busy for our
Scholars. In February, Verlisa Ward and I
accompanied twelve Scholars to the Univer-
sity of North Texas' McNair Conference.
3 McNair scholar Abigail Sewell presented
her research at this conference. Ms. Sewell
gave an excellent presentation on "How
3 Long Will We Last? An Analysis of the
Impact of Workplace Isolation, Occupa-
4 tional Stress, and Stereotypes on the Experi-
ence and Expression of Anger among Black
6 Workers." The conference proved to be both
invaluable and enjoyable for the attending
McNair Scholars.
On March 30, 2005, the McNair Program
hosted a poster presentation day which

showcased the
research of four
McNair Scholars.
For more informa-
tion on this event,
please refer to the
article in this is-

On April 9, 2005,
the 2004-2005
McNair Program
year culminated
year culminated Mr. Earl J. Wade, McNair
with an explosive Scholars Program Coordinator
end of the year
Recognition Banquet and Research Presentation
Day. The program was held in the Reitz Union,
and for the first time, the Recognition Banquet and
the Presentation Day were combined. The Re-
search Presentation Day event followed the Recog-
nition Banquet 30 minutes later. Ms. Ainee Taylor,
News Anchor for WCJB TV-20, was the evening's
Mistress of Ceremony. This was Ms. Taylor's third
year being the Mistress of Ceremony for the Rec-
ognition Banquet. The Keynote Speaker was Dr.
Catherine Emihovich, Dean of the College of Edu-
cation. Over 100 guests were in attendance at both

It is hard to believe that the year has come to a
close. We would like to acknowledge the hard
work, dedication, and excellence of the 2004-2005
outgoing McNair Scholars. Thank you for a won-
derful year, and best of luck in your future endeav-
ors! TRO


showcase their
esentation Day

m Schola, s

Jessi:ca Jones,

Message from the Associate Dean

Change. It has the power to uplift, to heal, to
stimulate, surprise, open new doors, bring fresh
experience and create excitement in life. Certainly,
it is worth the risk.
--Leo Buscaglia

The 2004-2005 McNair Scholars program can best be character-
ized by the terms change, transition, and growth! This year we
welcomed a new McNair team! In July 2004, I started my posi-
tion as Associate Dean and Director of the McNair program.
Since then, we have hired Mr. Earl Wade as Program Coordi-
Dr. Vivian I. Correa, nator, Mrs. Edna Daniels as Program Assistant, Ms.
McNair Director Investigator JeffriAnne Wilder, and Pierre St Juste as graduate assistants
and peer advisors.

The newly formed McNair team has worked diligently to assure that McNair Scholars re-
ceive the support and guidance necessary for their academic achievement. Indeed, the
change has created excitement in our lives! Everyone was new-all of us anxious about
opening new doors; many of us worried about the risks we would take ... risks that ended in
positive outcomes for all!

This year, 20 scholars completed the program and presented their research at the 10th Annual
Research Presentation Day followed by the celebration banquet that evening. The scholars'
research and the day's events are highlighted in the lead article of this issue of the McNair

We also want to give special thanks to our faculty mentors! Their support and guidance led
to high quality research projects. The success of the program can also be credited to the 5
peer advisors: Corey Campbell, Gerald Irving, JeffriAnne Wilder, Timi Tuamokumo
and Shahnjaylah Connors. They served not only as mentors and friends, but as excellent
role models for this year's scholars.

Finally, we are pleased to report that 25 scholars have been selected for the 2005-2006
McNair Scholars program. This year we will launch a new feature in the program, which
allows juniors to continue into their senior year with McNair support. We welcome back
Sheila LaMarre, and Vanessa Fabien, our 2nd year McNair scholars. The goal for these
scholars will be to expand their research experiences and disseminate their findings through
professional journals and national presentations.

One measure of the success of the McNair program is students' admission to graduate
school. It is with great pride and pleasure that we congratulate all McNair graduates for
their successful admissions into graduate school. The specific universities that scholars will
be attending in the fall are highlighted in this issue of the McNair Launcher.

We want to wish all McNair graduates well and invite them to stay connected to the UF
McNair family.

We look forward to a wonderful and productive 2005-2006 school year!

Best Wishes and Saludos!

Vivian I. Correa, Ph.D.
Associate Dean and Director McNair Program

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The Age of Bernie Machen

At the beginning
of the academic
school year, Dr.
James Bernard
Machen was
inaugurated as
the University of
Florida's 11th
president. He
took over the
position January
5th of 2004, and
was inaugurated
Dr. James B. Machen, in September
11th President of the during a week-
University of Florida long celebration.
Mr. Manny Fer-
nandez, chairman of the UF Board of
Trustees, said "It is not only a celebration
for the University of Florida, but also for
our peer institutions to be able to wel-
come Dr. Machen as president of one of
the largest institutions in the country."

The inauguration was reflective of Presi-
dent Machen's vision of making UF a
bigger part of the global community. Part
of the celebration included a faculty read-

ing initiative, where faculty members were
asked to read Why Are All the Black Kids Sit-
ting Together In the Cafeteria? And Other Con-
versations About Race, written by Dr. Beverly
Daniel Tatum, president of Spelman College. A
roundtable discussion with faculty members
and a keynote address from Dr. Tatum was held
at the Center of the Performing Arts. Students
and faculty turned out in great numbers to hear
Dr. Tatum speak. Dr. Machen is passionate
about diversity and has been making huge
strides towards making UF an inclusive com-
munity. Also included in the week's events
were the Inaugural Dinner in the Grand Ball
Room of the Reitz Union, and the Installation
Ceremony held at the O'Connell Center.

Before arriving at the University of Florida, Dr.
Machen was president at the University of
Utah, where he served as president for six
years. He received his doctorate in dental sur-
gery from St. Louis University, and a doctorate
in educational psychology from the University
of Iowa. Dr. Machen, or Bernie as he is affec-
tionately known, and his wife, Chris, have two
sons and a daughter.

Council Reception.................. 23 Sept

Ballet Flamenco
Cultural Event......................... 29 Nov

Mc ai d iso

Dr. Ronald E. McNair Biographv

Dr. Ronald Erwin McNair, physicist and
astronaut, dared to dream. As an African-
American growing up in a poor community
in the South, he encountered discrimination
early in his youth. Yet this did not stop him
from pursuing his dream of becoming a

In 1971, he graduated magna cum laude
from North Carolina AT&T State Univer-
sity with a B.S. degree in physics. Ronald
McNair then enrolled in the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology. In 1976, at the age
of 26, he earned his Ph.D. degree in laser

After his death in the Challenger explosion
in January 1986, members of Congress pro-
vided funding for the Ronald E. McNair
Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program

to encourage college students with similar
backgrounds to Dr. McNair to enroll in
graduate studies.

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McNair Scholars Showcase Their Work at Poster Presentation
On Wednesday, March 30, 2005, McNair Scholars Errno Cherenfant, Jacky Lagrace, Ama Mathewos, and Allison Monyei had an op-
portunity to present their research to the UF community at the Annual McNair Poster Presentation Day. These scholars developed research
posters and highlighted their work during this time. This event was well attended by more than 100 UF students, faculty, staff, and mentors.
McNair Scholar Jacky Lagrace had a second opportunity to present his research poster to a group of prospective students visiting from the
University of Alabama at Birmingham.

An Investigation of Sources of Variance in Frequency of Physician Visits Among Ethnically Diverse Adult Populations
Erro Cherenfant McNair Scholar
Dr. Terry Mills McNair Faculty Mentor
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

:This research examines variance in healthcare access and utiliza-
tion among racial/ethnic adult populations. Using the Andersen
Behavioral Model of Healthcare Utilization, analysis of variance
(ANOVA) was used to examine statistically significant categori-
cal variables. Ordinary least squares regression was used to model r r..nm
the effects of independent and control variables on frequency of
physician visits. The data are from the 2002 National Health Inter-
view Survey with a probability sample of 31,044 adults, age 18-
85+. The findings of this study reveal the independent effect of r
being white is associated with nearly two-times greater frequency
of physician visits, compared to being black. Further, an increase mam
in family size was linked with less frequent physician visits.
Moreover, living in the Northeast was also connected with more
frequent physician visits. As expected, advancing age and being
female were related to more frequent physician visits. Future re-
search should explore the cultural influences on health beliefs and
behaviors of African Americans and Hispanics; and also further
examine reasons for geographic region differences in access to

The Insanity Plea and Mental Illness: Redefined?
Allison Monyei McNair Scholar
Dr. Mickey Schafer McNair Faculty Mentor
Department of Oral and Written Communication

Amidst a climate of professional indecisiveness, the American public
attempts and fails to establish the relationship between mental illness
and insanity. While there are many factors that may explain the ori-
gin of this discrepancy, television was selected as a primary factor
because of its universality and reach. The proliferation of prime time
shows featuring criminal justice themes (e.g., CSI, Law & Order, etc.)
suggests a strong public interest in criminality. This research asked:
How much influence does television have on the public's definition of:
mental illness and criminal behavior? Results show that participants
find mentally ill people dangerous, but common, and claim that men-
tally ill criminals should be institutionalized, yet are competent to
stand trial. Further research is needed in this area to dispel the myths
about the mentally ill, mentally ill criminals, and the insane so that
advancements can be made in the areas of mental health and improve-
ments can be made in America's criminal justice system.

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Stress-Related vs. Non stress- Related Causal Attributions for HTN among Women by SES, Race, and Level of Perceived Stress
Ama Mathewos McNair Scholar
Dr. Shawn Kneipp McNair Faculty Mentor
College of Nursing

The purpose of this study is to better understand women's be-
vi liefs about the etiology of hypertension (HTN), and whether
these vary by socioeconomic status (SES), perceived stress, and:
race. According to Attribution Theory, beliefs regarding what i
causes select conditions influence the course of action taken to
address them. Anecdotally, women who believe HTN is caused:
by stress may be less likely to take aggressive action to control:
it, and studies have shown disadvantaged groups report more i
stressful living conditions than others. Thus, understanding
women's beliefs about the role of stress (versus other known risk:
factors) as an etiology of HTN may have relevance for eliminat-
ing HTN-related health disparities related to SES and race. To
examine this issue, secondary analysis of data from two recent
studies (with n=92 women total) was conducted. The sample
Swas composed of 47% African American (AA) and 45% European American (EA) women. Mean age was 29 years old; 74% were lower-
Sincome, and 72% had more than a high school education. ANCOVA models were used to examine group differences in beliefs regarding
various etiolog(ies) of HTN. Common covariates in all models included age and education; race and SES were added where appropriate.
No significant differences were found by race or SES in women's' beliefs about the causal role of genetics, obesity, salt intake, "stress/
worry/nerves," or not having time for oneself with respect to an attribution for HTN development (p<.05 for all). Moreover, there were no
differences in the stress-related attributions by level of perceived stress among women (p<.05). These findings indicate women do not dif-
fer in stress-related versus non stress- related causal attributions for HTN by race, SES, or level of perceived stress. Further research that
examines actions taken to control blood pressure among women with HTN that differ in their causal beliefs regarding stress is needed to:
more fully explore relationships among perceived stressors, SES/race, and HTN-related health disparities.

SRacial and Ethnic Differences in Health Insurance Coverage Among Adult Workers in Florida
Jacky Lagrace McNair Scholar
Dr. Allyson Hall McNair Faculty Mentor
College of Public Health and Health Professions

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to investigate the extent to
which various socioeconomic and employment related factors ex- .;
plain racial and ethnic differences in rates of insurance coverage
among adult workers in Florida. We explore whether minorities
remain at a disadvantage in obtaining insurance coverage even when
: controlling for other variables. This study is important because we
know that health insurance is a major predictor of appropriate health-
* care utilization. Method: The primary data source for this analysis
is the 2004 Florida Health Insurance Study Telephone Survey, a
Stratified random-digit dial sample. The analysis was limited to
working adults age 19-64 (N=23, 395). Bivariate analysis calculated
the rates of uninsurance across racial and ethnic groups. Logistic I
* regression analysis was conducted to predict the likelihood of being
: uninsured while controlling for demographic factors, SES, employ-
ment-related characteristics, and geographic location. The data management software Stata was utilized to assess weighted observations.
Results: Overall, among adult workers, Hispanics have the highest rate of uninsurance (37.2%), compared to 27% of Blacks, 17.8% of .
other racial groups, and approximately 14.6% of Whites. This trend held regardless of the sociodemographic or employment-related char-
acteristics. For example, 29.7% of Hispanics working full-time were uninsured, while 18.2% of Blacks, 12.2% of other racial groups, and
11.1% of Whites lacked coverage. The regression analysis showed that even after controlling for the sociodemographic and employment:
related characteristics, Hispanic working adults were almost one and a half times more likely to be uninsured compared to their white
counterparts. There was no difference between African American and white workers in the likelihood of being uninsured. Conclusion:
Hispanic adult workers are more likely to be uninsured, and socioeconomic and employment characteristics do not entirely explain this
phenomenon. Future research is needed to better understand why Hispanic workers have lower rates of health insurance coverage.

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i 2004-2005 McNair Scholars' Research

Huma Ahmed
Major: Psychology
Attitudes Toward Women in Relation to
Religious Practices
Pursuing a PhD in psychology at Brown
Mentors: Dr. Kitty Fallon, Dr. Nora Murphy,
Dr. Gwendolyn Zoharah-Simmons

Errno Cherenfant
Major: Health Science
An Investigation of Sources of Variance in
Frequency of Physician Visits Among Eth-
nically Diverse Adult Populations
Completing her undergraduate program
Mentor: Dr. Terry Mills

Gabriel Davila
Major: Animal Science
Is there a role for the Luteinizing Hor-
mone (LH) Receptor in the Uterus of the
Cow? Mixed Procedure Analysis of Re-
peated Measures Data
Pursuing a PhD in animal science at the
University of Florida
Mentor: Dr. Michael J. Fields

Charlotte Dow
Animal Biology
Selective Role of Seminal Plasma in the
Modulation of PMN-phagocytosis of Vi-
able andApoptotic Equine Spermatozoa
Pursuing a PhD in animal biology at the
University of Florida
Mentors: Dr. Mats H.T. Troedsson, Mrs.
Andria L. Desvousges

Vanessa Fabien
Major: Anthropology
Evaluation Study of Implementation and
Effectiveness of Executive Order 12898
in Alachua County
Returing McNair Scholar
Mentor: Dr. Stephanie Y. Evans

Vincson Harris
Major: Business Administration
Influences on Young African American
Males' Consumer Perceptions ofBrand
Name Fashion
Pursuing a PhD in business administra-
tion at the University of Florida
Mentor: Dr. Marilyn Roberts

Audrey L. Jackson
Major: Sociology & Spanish
The Effect of Organizational Structure on
Member Participation
Pursuing a PhD in sociology at Penn State
Mentor: Dr. Terry L. Mills

Chloe M. Jackson
Major: Sociology & Spanish
MANDE? Barriers to Immigrants' Access
to Adult Language Programs and Lan-
guage Assistance
Pursuing a PhD in sociology at Penn State
Mentor: Dr. Jessica De Leon

Lina Jacques
Major: Food Science
Classification Vibrio Vulnificus Strains
by Different Typing Systems
C. ,,'i,. ini her undergraduate program
Mentor: Dr. Anita C. Wright

Rudy Lacosse
Major: Microbiology
Can Bone Marrow Derived Mesenchymal
Stem Cell Line be Differentiated into In-
sulin-expressing Cells to Cure Type 1
Completing his undergraduate program
Mentors: Dr. Vijay Ramiya, Dr. Desmond
Schatz, and Mr. Hylan Zhou

Jacky Lagrace
Major: Health Science
Racial and Ethnic Differences in Health
Insurance Coverage Among Adult Work-
ers in Florida
Completing his undergraduate program
Mentor: Dr. Allyson Hall

Sheila LaMarre
Major: Political Science/Women's Studies
African American Women in the United
States Congress
Returning McNair Scholar
Mentors: Dr. Stephanie Y. Evans, Dr.
Lynn H. Leverty

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Manuel Lopez
Major: Psychology/Anthropology
Perceived Family Cohesion and Conflict,
and Parents' Health-Promoting Behav-
iors as Factors in Hispanic and Adoles-
cents' Health-Promoting Behaviors
Pursuing a PhD in psychology at the Uni-
versity of Florida
Mentor: Dr. Carolyn M. Tucker

Tashara Martin
Major: Food Science/Nutrition
Investigation the Sources from Which
Undergraduate Students at the University
of Florida Receive HIV/AIDS Informa-
C. ,,-iij. ir,, her undergraduate program
Mentor: Dr. Barbara McDade

Ama Mathewos
Major: Health Science
Stress-Related vs. Non-Stress Related
Causal Attributions for HTN among
Women by SES, Race, and Level of Per-
ceived Stress
C. ,,fi.,. ,, i her undergraduate program
Mentor: Dr. Shawn Kneipp

Allison Monyei
Major: Health Science
The Insanity Plea and Mental Illness:
C. ,,-iij,. r,, i her undergraduate program
Mentor: Dr. Mickey Schafer

Roseberte Pierre
Major: Political Science
Forecasting the Black Vote: A Study of
Probable Voter Turn-Out in Future Presi-
dential Elections
Pursuing a JD degree at the University of
Florida Law School
Mentor: Dr. Sharon D. Austin

Abigail Sewell
Major: Sociology
How Long Will We Last? An Analysis of
the Impact of Workplace Isolation, Occu-
pational Stress, and Stereotypes on the
Experience and Expression of Anger
among Black Workers
Pursuing a PhD in sociology at Indiana
Mentor: Dr. Kendal L. Broad

Pierre Tony St Juste
Major: Computer Engineering
Powerline Networking, Bridging the Tele-
communications Gap in Developing
Pursuing a PhD in computer engineering
at the University of Florida
Mentor: Dr. Haniph A. Latchman

Amaris White
Major: History
The International Factor: Black Re-
sponses to International Israeli Events
Pursuing a PhD in history at Michigan
Mentor: Dr. Brian Ward

Spotlight on McNair Alum Jessica Jones
The opportunities and experiences I have gained through the Ronald E.
McNair Scholars Program have served a pivotal role in my professional
and personal growth. During my time as an undergraduate McNair
Scholar I was able to engage in professional seminars that prepared me
for a future in academia and to work with supportive and inspiring col-
leagues who shared my same passion for research. The program's direc-
tors and my own McNair mentor gave me the tools necessary to ensure
success in a Ph.D. program and strongly supported me in my pursuit to
become a top-rate researcher. Undoubtedly, the McNair program has contributed to my
success in my current doctoral program by helping me create a strong foundation of schol-
arly writing and professional confidence.

As a counseling psychology doctoral student, I have committed research and my practice to
the enhancement of the underserved and the empowerment of ethnic-minorities. I hope to
one day spearhead a corporation that addresses the mental and physical health needs of
these populations. I believe the McNair program also strives to give these same opportuni-
ties to minorities to increase diversity in the doctoral academic arena. I thank the McNair
Program for being nothing but supportive of my future endeavors and wish the future pro-
gram scholars much success.
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