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Women of Achievement

On January 29, sociology professor and director of the University Center for Excellence in Teaching (UCET) Connie Shehan was presented with the UF Faculty Women of Achievement Award at the 2000 Florida Women's Leadership Conference. Maria Teresa Baquero, an undergraduate with a double major in sociology and molecular biology/biochemistry, received the UF Student Women of Achievement Award.

Maria Teresa Baquero

Five CLAS Professors Named Fulbright Recipients Honor

CLAS faculty won five of the six Fulbright awards given to UF professors this year. The Fulbright Scholarship Program is a flagship international exchange program that allows award recipients to teach and conduct research in foreign countries, as well as offering scholars from other countries the opportunity to work in the United States. Sponsored by the United States Government and reaching over 140 nations, the program is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the US and other countries. CLAS Fulbright scholar Diana Boxer (Linguistics) is working in Paraguay, Stephen Golant (Geography) is working in Canada, Robert McMahon (History) is working in Ireland, Helen Safa (Anthropology) is working in Spain, and Andrew Vince (Mathematics) is working in Turkey.

History Honor Society Turns 50, Wins International Honor

Gamma Eta, the UF Chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta International History Honor Society, recently won Best Chapter in the Society's major universities division. The UF chapter--which just turned 50--organizes educational lectures, co-sponsors the Bridget B. Phillips Scholarship Fund, and assists the History department in various activities, such as administering the John Mahon undergraduate teaching award.

History Honor Society

John Moore

Anthropologist Honored

In October, CLAS anthropologist John Moore was named an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow. Moore is an expert on the kinship and demography of hunting and gathering societies and is currently chair of the North American Committee of the Human Genome Diversity Project.

Zoologist Chosen as Distinguished Alumni Professor

Lou Guillette (Zoology) was selected as the eleventh Distinguished Alumni Professor. The Distinguished Alumni Professor program was established in 1978 by the University of Florida Alumni Association with the cooperation of the Office of Academic Affairs. Distinguished Alumni Professors serve a two-year term and are asked to work with the Alumni Affairs office in the recruitment of National Merit Scholars.

Lou Guillette

Statistics Students

Statistics Students Win National Championship

A team of UF statistics graduate students became the 1999 College Bowl Champions at the International Joint Statistics Meetings held in Baltimore last summer. Pictured left are team members Angel Novikov, Brian Caffo, Ziyad Mahfoud, Philip McGoff and Galin Jones. The faculty advisor for Mu Sigma Rho is CLAS statistics professor Dennis Wackerly.

Seahorse Key Marine Laboratory Christens New Research Vessel

On Saturday, October 9, The Seahorse Key Marine Laboratory, directed by zoology professor Harvey Lillywhite, held a special ceremony to christen its new research vessel, the R/V Discovery, a 42' custom-built Newton dive boat equipped with navigational electronics. The craft will be used for trawling and dredging, for on-board instruction and research, for teaching and outreach, and for diving and access to offshore sites and coastal rivers. Right: Lillywhite prepares to christen the R/V Discovery with Frank J. Maturo (Seahorse director from 1970-98).

Seahorse Key Marine Laboratory

Allan Burns

Burns Works with Crow Indians

Allan Burns (Anthropology) was invited by the Crow Tribe of Crow Agency, Montana to conduct a workshop on cultural preservation, which emphasized the development of computer and video programs. Workshop projects included a documentary about the Indian perspective on Custer's last stand, a video on intertribal trade, and a project on Crow migration history. Left: Burns works with members of Crow Tribe.

Religion Professor Speaks at Smithsonian

In January, religion professor Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons was invited to speak at the Smithsonian Institute's "Of Songs, Peace, and Struggle," a celebration of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The event was presented by the Program in African American Culture at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. Simmons is pictured right with Dr. James Forman, the executive secretary of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) during the thick of the Civil Rights Movement. As part of her presentation, Simmons, also a SNCC member, shared stories of her civil rights work in Mississippi and Georgia in the mid-1960s.

Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons

Keene-Flint Hall Groundbreaking

Keene-Flint Hall Groundbreaking

CLAS alumnus Ken Keene (Math, 1947) and his wife, Janet, were honored at the Keene-Flint Hall groundbreaking ceremony held January 18th. The project, set in motion by a $3 million gift from the Keenes, includes restoration of Keene-Flint and Anderson Halls and a Keene-Flint Hall addition. Pictured, left: Dean Harrison, Janet Keene, President Charles Young and Ken Keene officially kick off the construction.

Political Science Student Receives First Campbell Leadership Award

Political campaigning graduate student Lee Concha was awarded the first "Campbell Leadership Award" at a luncheon honoring state senator and CLAS donor Walter Campbell (BA '70, JD '73) on November 19, 1999, during the UF vs. FSU football weekend. Campbell spoke on campaign ethics during the event. From left: CLAS Dean Will Harrison, Lee Concha, Walter Campbell and Steve Craig, director of the UF's political campaigning program.

Campbell Leadership Award

Vasudha Narayanan

Women's Studies Director Visits White House

Vasudha Narayanan (left) was invited to breakfast with Bill and Hillary Clinton in September of 1999. The event drew together a small group of religion teachers, heads of organizations dealing with religion, and religious leaders (ministers, rabbis, etc.) from around the country to converse with the Clintons. "The president spent two and a half hours with us discussing resources for understanding violence, especially in schools," Narayanan says. "I was seated next to Andrew Riley, Secretary for Education. Donna Shalala and other members of the Cabinet were also there."

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