Every year for the last four years, a UF astronomy professor has received a Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation. CAREER awards are given to junior faculty in order to support career development, education and outreach, and they are usually in the range of $500,000, which is given out over a five-year period. "Winning a single CAREER award is a boon for a department, and four in a row is truly amazing," says Astronomy Department Chair Stan Dermott.
Ata Sarajedini won the award this year, and Fred Hamann received it in 2000. Richard Elston garnered the honor in 1999, and he also received the distinguished Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) award. Each year, a select group of CAREER winners are recognized by the President with PECASE awards, which is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers. In 1998, Elston's colleague and wife, Elizabeth Lada, was recognized with a CAREER award. Less than a year later, she too went to the White House to receive the prestigious PECASE award.
faculty (clockwise from top)
Fred Hamann, Ata Sarajedini,
Richard Elston, Elizabeth Lada
Levey Named UF Teacher/Scholar of the Year
Zoology Professor Doug Levey has been named the 2000-2001 Teacher/Scholar of the Year. This award is the highest honor bestowed upon a UF faculty member.
Levey earned his PhD from the University of Wisconsin in 1986. His research focuses on the behavioral ecology of fruit-eating birds. He joined UF's zoology department in 1988 and has taught numerous undergraduate and graduate courses including Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, Avian Biology, Darwinian Medicine and the Graduate Orientation Seminar. Levey says receiving the award is a special honor since he enjoys teaching and research. "I appreciate the opportunity to teach a diverse group of students, from freshmen to graduate students," he says. "I feel fortunate that the university encourages many different paths of learning, from classroom lectures to field research."
UF President Charles Young will formally recognize Levey at the December commencement ceremony. The Teacher/Scholar of the Year award is based upon recommendations from faculty members and academic deans, with final approval from the president, the provost and the Faculty Academic Advisory Council.
Women's Studies Center Joins National Research Group
The Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research at UF has been invited to join the prestigious National Council for Research on Women (NCRW). Founded in 1981, the NCRW is a working alliance of 92 university-based research centers, national policy organizations and educational coalitions. Members include institutes at Harvard, Stanford and the University of Michigan, as well as policy and advocacy groups such as the Institute for Women's Policy Research and the National Council of Negro Women. In addition, the council has 3,000 affiliates and links with over 200 international research centers. UF's center is the only member in the state of Florida.
Murphy Honored by French Government
CLAS Associate Dean and Professor of French Carol Murphy has received the French government's highest honor for academic achievement. Murphy has been awarded France's Palmes Academiques--a diploma given to those who have advanced the cause of French culture, education and the arts. The Palmes Academiques was established in 1808 by Napoleon and is rarely awarded to foreign scholars.
Murphy received the honor for promoting French language and culture in the US. Her work focuses on 20th-century French prose and critical theory, and her latest project is a study of the intellectual exchange between French author Jean Paulhan and French artist Jean Fautrier on questions concerning rhetoric in painting and written texts.
Murphy is the third CLAS faculty member to receive the Palmes. French Professors Albert Smith and Raymond Gay-Crousier each garnered the honor in 1990 and 1993, respectively.
Webb Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Psychology Professor Emeritus Wilse B. (Bernie) Webb will receive the Ernest R. Hilgard Award for distinguished contributions to general psychology next year. The award recognizes lifetime contributions to the study of psychology and is given by the Society for General Psychology, a division of the American Psychological Association. Webb will be honored at the group's annual meeting in August 2002.
Webb came to UF in 1958 as chair of the psychology department, and he was appointed graduate research professor in 1969. He is known for pioneering work in sleep research. His efforts focused on sleep as a biological rhythm, sleep-deprivation effects and viewing sleep as an evolutionarily developed adaptive process.
Webb's first article on sleep research was published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology in 1957. Since then he has authored eight books and more than 40 book chapters and 225 journal articles. In 1992 he received the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Sleep Research Society.
UF Leads International Grid Project
Physics Professor Paul Avery and the University of Florida will lead a consortium of 15 universities and four national laboratories in a $13.65 million bid to build the International Virtual Data Grid Laboratory or iVDGL. The Physics Division of the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded the grant at the end of September, and the iVDGL will form the world's first true "global grid," providing an integrated computational resource for major scientific experiments in physics, astronomy, biology and engineering. The announcement comes a year after the NSF provided $11.9 million for the Grid Physics Network, or GriPhyN, which launched the basic computing research that will underpin the construction and operation of the far-reaching grid. UF also leads that effort, along with the University of Chicago. The Particle Physics Data Grid, or PPDG, a Department of Energy-funded grid, will also provide needed resources. "This new grant gives us the wherewithal to build a truly global facility," says Avery. "To operate the iVDGL, we will use the software developed by GriPhyN, PPDG and other projects and take advantage of new supercomputing resources and ultra high-speed networks linking the US and Europe." An early version of the grid is expected to be online next year. Visit www.ivdgl.org for more information.
Washington Named Advisor of the Year
LaCusia Washington, an advisor in the Academic Advising Center (AAC), won the university-wide 2001 Advisor of the Year award. Washington was recognized at a reception at UF President Charles Young's home in April. She had also received the CLAS Advising Award this year and was in competition with advisors from other university departments for the top honor. Washington has worked at the AAC for five years. She is one of the Achievement In Mainstreaming (AIM) advisors and works with first-year minority undergraduates. The AIM program's mission is to assist at-risk students with their transition into a higher education institution. Washington helped design the AIM advising process when the program was transferred to CLAS in 1997. Her other job responsibilities include serving as the budget coordinator for Preview orientation for new UF students and editing the CLAS Act newsletter for students and the Advising Update newsletter for departmental advisors.