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  • In The News 2011 | UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences News
    Japanese Sense of Home April 3 2011 Languages Literatures and Cultures professor Joseph Murphy discusses the tsunami and the relationship of Japanese philosophy and natural disasters in a special op ed to the St Petersburg Times Vasudha Narayanan Huffington Post The Many Flavors of the Hindu New Year April 14 2011 In an op ed to the Huffington Post Religion chair Vasudha Narayanan looks at the multiple days and ways in which Hindus around the world celebrate the new year Lisa E Hasel Philadelphia Inquirer How useful are police composite sketches April 25 2011 Assistant professor of criminology Lisa E Hasel was quoted in an April 25 Philadelphia Inquirer story on the effectiveness of the composite sketch in police investigations Andrew Rinzler MSN Gather Around the Nanotubes of the Future April 28 2011 Physics professor Andrew Rinzler was interviewed in an April 28 MSN news story on his research paper in Science on carbon nanotubes and their potential for use in next generation television screens and computer monitors using organic light emitting diodes Peter Adams WUFT FM Mississippi River Flooding May 25 2011 Assistant professor of Geological Sciences Peter Adams was interviewed by WUFT FM on May 25 about this year s historic Mississippi River flooding He said the increased flows of water and sediment could change both the above ground and underwater landscapes of the area Flooding can cause avulsion a process in which the river s route and course are altered he explained Manmade control structures increase the risk of an abrupt change with the potential for coastal erosion impacts on water resources habitat alterations and other consequences downstream Joseph Meert Earth Creationism Creeps into Mainstream Geology June 10 2011 Associate professor of Geological Sciences Joseph Meert s confrontation with a creationist during the October 2010 Geological Society of America meeting was mentioned in an article in the July 2011 issue of Earth The article is entitled Creationism Creeps into Mainstream Geology At the meeting Meert took issue with the creationist s view that the Earth is only 6 000 years old Michelle Mack Nature Carbon loss from an unprecedented Arctic tundra wildfire July 28 2011 Michelle Mack and colleagues report measurements of carbon loss from an Alaskan Arctic wildfire in 2007 which burned an area equal to the total that had been burned since 1950 The authors find that about 2 1 teragrams of carbon was released to the atmosphere an amount similar to the net amount of carbon absorbed each year by the entire Arctic tundra biome The results show how a single fire can rapidly change the net carbon balance of the tundra and provide a mechanism for amplification of climate warming Audio article and blog with photos Alex Hastings Gainesville Sun MSNBC and more Giant extinct crocodile discovered September 15 2011 Information on Geological Sciences and Florida Museum of Natural History Ph D candidate Alex Hastings research about the discovery of an extinct crocodile originally published in the September 15 issue of Palaeontology has

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  • In The News 2012 | UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences News
    by analogy with previous ice ages that the next ice age will be postponed indefinitely because of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere Research by Channell and co authors in the United Kingdom and Norway just published in Nature Geoscience explains that the high current levels of carbon dioxide will prevent the natural cycle of cooling that would in the absence of high carbon dioxide levels cause the onset of the next ice age within 1500 years The delayed cooling will result in melting of continental ice sheets and sea level rise Comments on the study were also published by the Wall Street Journal which interviewed Channell and BBC News Michael Perfit WCJB TV and Gainesville com Collectors Day at Florida Museum of Natural History January 22 2012 Geological Sciences UF Research Foundation Professor and Chair Michael Perfit was interviewed on WCJB TV talking about his volcano souvenir collection during its display at the Florida Museum of Natural History s annual Collectors Day A photo of Perfit explaining the geology of volcanos to museum visitors at the event appeared on Gainesville com Mark Brenner PBS Quest for the Lost Maya special March 28 2012 Geological Sciences Professor Mark Brenner appeared on PBS s National Geographic special Quest for the Lost Maya Archaeologists found evidence of previously unknown early Maya occupation hidden under an ancient pyramid in the Yucatan jungle Structures included a huge palace complex This ancient Maya community lacked nearby surface water sources and relied on rainwater stored in cisterns especially in the protracted dry season The classic Maya abandoned the area around 900 AD without an obvious reason Studying sediment cores taken from a lake 50 miles away Brenner and colleagues Senior Associate in Geology Jason Curtis and former Geological Sciences Professor David Hodell now at University of Cambridge discovered there had been a series of severe droughts probably lasting from three to 20 years including one that occurred coincident with the Maya departure from the area Because the cisterns could store a limited water supply it is believed drought forced the residents to leave Political instability probably prevented their return The special can be seen at http www pbs org programs quest lost maya Geological Sciences PhD graduate faculty and graduate students Smithsonian Channel Titanoboa Monster Snake special April 1 2012 Information on research about the discovery of the world s largest snake will be presented on Titanoboa Monster Snake on the Smithsonian Channel premiering April 1 at 8 pm A team co organized by Florida Museum of Natural History Associate Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology and Associate Professor of Geological Sciences Anthropology and Zoology Jonathan Bloch and UF Geological Sciences PhD graduate and Smithsonian staff scientist Carlos Jaramillo found fossils of 28 snakes in a Colombian coal mine but researchers did not realize they were snakes until 2007 because they were so large The 48 feet long 2 500 pound Titanoboa lived 58 million years ago Other UF team members include Geological Sciences and Florida Museum of Natural

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  • History of the College - Mission | UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    in 1948 He retired from the university in 1971 In 1 962 UF admitted its first group of African American students Seven were admitted In 1 964 UF opened the first African Studies program in the south and the eleventh in the nation In 1968 Marshall Nirenberg Alumnus Marshall Nirenberg Zoology BS 48 MS 52 won the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for his work on deciphering the genetic code In 1968 Harry Hall Sisler was named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences He was born in 1917 in Ohio and earned a BS from Ohio State University in 1936 He earned his MS and PhD from the University of Illinois in 1937 and 1939 He taught chemistry at the University of Kansas and Ohio State University before becoming professor and chair of the UF chemistry department in 1956 He also served as dean of the Graduate School and vice president of the university Sisler retired in 1985 but continued to be an active part of the UF chemistry community until his death in December 2006 1969 The UF African American Studies Program was founded and offered its first course In 1970 John Thompson UF hired its first black faculty and staff The small group of eight included English professors Ronald C Foreman and Betty Ingram Mathematics Professor John Thompson won the Fields Medal the highest prize for mathematics equivalent to the prestigious Nobel Prize In 2001 Thompson was awarded the highest honor bestowed upon a scientist by the US government the National Medal of Science by President Bill Clinton In 1972 Calvin Anthony VanderWerf was named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Born in 1917 in Wisconsin he earned a BA from Hope College in 1937 and a PhD from Ohio State University in 1941 He served as professor and chair of the chemistry department at the University of Kansas before returning to his alma mater Hope College in 1963 to serve in the role of president He came to UF as the dean of Arts and Sciences in 1972 In 1973 The Center for Jewish Studies was established and in 1987 was approved by the Board of Regents to offer degrees The center provides an undergraduate interdepartmental curriculum which serves as a basis for understanding the broad spectrum of Jewish culture religion and civilization The Center for Studies in Criminology and Law was established as a joint venture between sociology psychology and political science The center actually began this year as a criminal justice program evolved by 1983 into the Institute for Studies in Criminology and Law and was named the Center for Studies in Criminology and Law in 1985 The center which is now part of the Department of Sociology and Criminology Law offers an interdisciplinary BA in criminology and law and gaduate degrees In 1976 Ruth McQuown Having served as an assistant dean since 1971 Ruth McQuown became the first female associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences McQuown a political science professor and local political activist died in August 1984 Room 219 in Dauer Hall one of the nicest conference facilities on campus was named in her honor in April 1993 In 1977 The Women s Studies Program was established offering classes dedicated to exploring the perspectives of women English Professor Irene Thompson served as its first director In 1990 an interdisciplinary BA in women s studies was approved and in 1992 a minor was passed The program was changed into a Type II center in 1994 and was renamed the Center for Women s Studies and Gender Research In fall 2002 a master of arts program was established and the center currently offers several graduate degree options Pictured from left to right Jaquelyn Resnick Ruth McQuown Madelyn Lockhart Maxine Margolis Faye Harris and Irene Thompson Philosophy student Billy Kynes was named a Rhodes Scholar In 1978 University College was abolished after a long and acrimonious struggle and its faculty were absorbed into the College of Arts and Sciences which was renamed the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences became responsible for the supervision of general education and for awarding the associate of arts certificate Charles F Sidman Charles F Sidman was hired as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences He came to UF from the University of Kansas where he served for 18 years as a professor of history and then as chair of the history department Sidman was born in 1931 in Cleveland Ohio He earned a BA and MA in history from John Carroll University in Cleveland in 1953 and 1956 respectively He received a PhD in history from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 1960 At UF Sidman served as dean of both the College of Arts and Sciences and University College and had the job of integrating the two colleges into the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences After stepping down as dean in 1988 Sidman taught German history in the Department of History before retiring in 1996 He currently resides in Gainesville Construction of Ralph Turlington Hall was completed on the site of one of the first structures on the University of Florida campus The building was originally called General Purpose Building A GPA but was renamed Ralph Turlington Hall in honor of the former State Education Commissioner and UF business professor Today Turlington Hall is home to the college dean s office and to many CLAS departments and programs In 1982 Donald Justice joins the English Department and teaches until his retirement in 1992 Justice won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1980 for Selected Poems He resides in Iowa City with his wife Jean Ross The African and Asian Languages and Literatures department was founded Although Arabic Chinese Hebrew Japanese and Swahili had been taught on campus since the late 1960s the college recognized the need to promote and enhance non Western languages and cultures by a department committed to

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  • Distinguished Alumni | UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    the National Institutes of Health as a fellow of the American Cancer society During the next year he held a Public Health Service Fellowship and in 1960 became a research biochemist in the Section of Metabolic Enzymes headed by Dr Gordon Tompkins at the National Institutes of Health In 1959 he began to study the steps that relate DNA RNA and protein These investigations led to the demonstration with H Matthaei that messenger RNA is required for protein synthesis and that synthetic messenger RNA preparations can be used to decipher various aspects of the genetic code In 1962 he became head of the Section of Biochemical Genetics at the National Institutes of Health He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences Patricia Walker O Connor Romance Languages 1962 Is considered one of the top scholars of the field 20th century Spanish theater and literature She received both her MA and her PhD in Spanish from UF She has published 11 books and approximately 100 scholarly articles in the US Spain Germany and Latin America A professor at the University of Cincinnati and an honorary fellow of the prestigious Spanish Royal Academy correspeondiente de la Real Academia Española she directed the journal Estreno Premiere for seventeen years During her tenure it grew to be the top journal devoted to contemporary Spanish theater on both sides of the Atlantic Dr O Connor has received many awards and honors for her research Her ground breaking studies on the effects of government censorship on Spanish theater the long ignored contributions of female dramatists and the plays of Antonio Buero Vallejo the most important Spanish playwright of the second half of the 20th century among other topics have become indispensable sources for specialists in Spanish theater Moreover she has been a mentor and an inspiration for a new generation of scholars in her field Joan D Ruffier English 1961 Joan Joan Dial Ruffier was the first woman to chair the State University System Board of Regents Ruffier is the first female president of the University of Florida Foundation She is active in the leadership of many civic organizations and corporate boards including Shands Hospital at the University of Florida the Central Florida Community Services Network the University of Central Florida Foundation the Collins Center for Public Policy the Florida Progress Corporation the Florida Power Corporation and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Named a distinguished alumna of the University of Florida in 1994 Ruffier earned her bachelor s degree summa cum laude from Florida and also earned a Master of Business Administration from Rollins College in 1982 Eleanor C Smeal Political Science 1963 A political analyst strategist and grassroots organizers Eleanor Smeal co founded and became president of the Feminist Majority Foundation and The Feminist Majority in 1987 The group was established to encourage feminists to take power and to win equal representation for women in decision making in all arenas She led the first

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  • Distinguished Scholars | UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    as a Hubble Telescope Fellow at the University of Maryland and three years as an astrophysicist at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics She has a bachelor s in physics from Yale University and a doctorate in astronomy from the University of Texas at Austin Her current work includes trips around the globe to work with an array of telescopes and imaging equipment that can peer through dust clouds in space and provide pictures of new stars Neil Opdyke Geology When Neil Opdyke first began his research in the early 1960s the concept of an Earth where you could walk from Florida to Africa of supercontinents like Pangaea and Godwanaland and Laurasia was still the subject of much scientific debate Geology Professor Neil Opdyke a member of the National Academy of Sciences helped prove that the continents were once assembled into two great land masses before drifting apart into their current configuration As late as 1963 when Opdyke was beginning his research at Columbia University s Lamont Doherty Geological Observatory in Palisades N Y an article in Scientific American reported that opinions on the theory of continental drift divide most sharply between the position that the Earth has been rigid throughout its history and the opinion that the Earth is slightly plastic with the continents slowly drifting over its surface fracturing and reuniting and perhaps growing in the process Five years later another article in Scientific American that cited Opdyke s research was titled The Confirmation of Continental Drift and subtitled After years of debate many lines of evidence now favor the idea that the present continents were once assembled into two great land masses Godwanaland in the south Laurasia in the north In recognition of his work in the field Opdyke who came to UF in 1980 was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1996 The academy citation on him reads Opdyke s pioneering studies of the Earth s ancient magnetic field confirmed the hypothesis of continental drift and provided insight into the timing of mammalian evolution and migration and into the nature of paleoclimatic conditions His study of geomagnetic reversals in deep sea cores led to the theory of plate tectonics Now Opdyke and his colleague Kainian Huang are using paleomagnetism to track continental drift in Southeast Asia With support from the National Science Foundation the two researchers are studying the Indian subcontinent s northern shift into Asia John Slater Quantum Theory Project In Fall 1964 a major influence on the Quantum Theory Project s evolution arrived in the person of John C Slater appointed as Graduate Research Professor of Physics and Chemistry Slater had been Professor and Chairman of the Department of Physics at MIT and had established the Solid State and Molecular Theory Group SSMTG there The arrival of Slater meant a considerable strengthening of QTP in the area of condensed matter theory Slater received his PhD in physics from Harvard University in 1923 He then studied at Cambridge and Copenhagen and returned to

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  • Deans of the College | UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    UF educational psychologist until his death in 2007 Calvin Anthony VanderWerf 1972 1978 Calvin Anthony VanderWerf Calvin Anthony VanderWerf was named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 1972 Born in 1917 in Wisconsin he earned a BA from Hope College in 1937 and a PhD from Ohio State University in 1941 VanderWerf served as professor and chair of the chemistry department at the University of Kansas before returning to his alma mater Hope College in 1963 to serve in the role of president He came to UF as the dean of Arts and Sciences in 1972 Charles F Sidman 1978 1988 Charles F Sidman Charles F Sidman was hired as dean the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 1978 He came to UF from the University of Kansas where he served for 18 years as a professor of history and then as chair of the history department Sidman was born in 1931 in Cleveland Ohio He earned a BA and MA in history from John Carroll University in Cleveland in 1953 and 1956 He received a PhD in history from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 1960 At UF Sidman served as dean of both the College of Arts and Sciences and University College and had the job of integrating the two colleges into the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences After stepping down as dean in 1988 Sidman taught German history in the Department of History before retiring in 1996 He currently resides in Gainesville with his wife Margaret Ann the retired executive director of the Ronald McDonald House of Gainesville Willard W Harrison 1988 2000 Willard W Harrison Willard W Harrison was hired as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 1988 He came to UF from the University of Virginia where he served as the chair of the chemistry department and as associate provost Harrison earned a BA in 1958 and MA in 1960 both in chemistry from Southern Illinois University In 1964 he earned a PhD in analytical chemistry from the University of Illinois Harrison served as dean of CLAS for 12 years before stepping down in July 2000 to devote more time to his chemistry research and teaching He is currently on faculty at UF as a professor of chemistry Neil Sullivan 2000 2006 Neil Sullivan Neil Sullivan was named dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 2001 after serving as interim dean for the 2000 2001 academic year Sullivan came to UF in 1982 from the Centre d Etudes Nucleaires in Saclay France where he worked as a physicist He earned a BS in 1964 and a MS in 1965 both from Otago University in his homeland New Zealand In 1972 he earned a PhD from Harvard University Sullivan served as chair of UF s physics department for four terms and as CLAS associate dean for research before officially taking over the reins as dean in June 2001 He is a co founder of

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  • Unit Directory | UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    the Bio Nano Interface Center for Macromolecular Science and Engineering Center for Nanostructured Electronic Materials Innovative Teaching Lab Inorganic Chemistry Quantum Theory Project Classics Department 125 Dauer 352 392 2075 x 273 Chair Victoria Pagan See Also Greek Studies Center for Economics 224 Matherly Hall 352 392 0151 Chair Roger D Blair econ warrington ufl edu English Department 4008 Turlington 352 392 6650 x 230 Kenneth Kidd See Also Center for Children s Literature and Culture Film and Media Studies ImageText Institute for the Psychological Study of the Arts IPSA Program in Creative Writing Subtropics Magazine Geography Department 3141 Turlington 352 392 0494 x 203 Chair Michael Binford See also Land Use and Environmental Change Institute LUECI Geological Sciences Department of 241 Williamson 352 392 2231 352 392 6595 Chair David Foster See also Land Use and Environmental Change Institute LUECI History Department 25 Keene Flint 352 392 2686 Chair Sean Adams See Also Oral History Program Languages Literatures and Cultures Department of 301 Pugh Hall 352 392 2422 Chair Mary Watt See also Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies Linguistics Department 4131 Turlington 352 392 0639 x 224 Director Fiona McLaughlin English Language Institute Mathematics Department 358 Little 352 392 0281 x 236 Chair Doug Cenzer See also Center for Applied Mathematics Center for Applied Optimization Philosophy Department 330 Griffin Floyd 352 392 2084 Chair Gene Witmer Physics Department of 2201 New Physics Building 352 392 0521 Chair Kevin Ingersent See Also Institute for Fundamental Theory Quantum Theory Project Political Science Department 234 Anderson 352 392 0262 Chair Ido Oren Psychology Department 114 Psychology 352 392 0601 Chair Lise Abrams Religion Department 107 Anderson 352 392 1625 x 232 Chair Manuel Vasquez Sociology and Criminology Law Department 3219 Turlington 352 392 0265 Chair Barbara Zsembik Spanish and Portuguese

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