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Criminologist Earns Top Rank
The study also looked at the productivity of institutions. UF ranked 16th in the number of published articles written by faculty. The University of Cincinnati ranked first, followed by the University of Maryland.
Piquero, who earned his PhD from the University of Maryland in 1996, came to UF this year after serving on the faculty at Temple and Northeastern Universities.
Religion Professor Leads American Academy of Religion
CLAS Teacher of the Year Awards
CLAS had nine college-level teaching award winners for 2001-2002. The awards recognize excellence, innovation and effectiveness in either teaching or advising. Nominations were collected from students, faculty, department chairs and administrators. The winners were then selected based on an evaluation of their teaching portfolio.
Ronald H. Carpenter, English; Marsha Bryant, English; Peter Waylen, Geography; Steven Noll, History; Pham Huu Tiep, Mathematics; Alexandre Turull, Mathematics; Lise Abrams, Psychology; Terry L. Mills, Sociology; Marta L. Wayne, Zoology.
The following CLAS professors are retiring this year: Harry Paul, History; Jonathan Shuster, Statistics; Julian Smith, English; William Stern, Botany.
Asian Studies Granted Room to Grow
Tsin, who came to UF January 2001, says the grant will enable the program to expand. "We want to use the money to further develop a bachelor's degree in Asian studies, and maybe introduce a master's degree as well. We're also going to hire new faculty, increase our library resources, support students studying abroad, encourage curriculum development among faculty and bring in speakers to enhance the visibility of the program." The majority of the classes in UF's Asian Studies Program focus on the language, culture, religion and history of East Asia, primarily China and Japan. Other offerings include courses on South, Southeast and West Asia.
The New York-based Freeman Foundation focuses its donations on fostering an understanding and enhancing relationships between the US and the countries of East Asia. Schools must be invited by the foundation to apply for funds.
Enriching Botany's Garden
In addition to their work with the FGP, the couple is involved in other projects at UF and will co-teach classes in molecular systematics through the botany department this fall. "In molecular systematics, we use DNA sequences to try and unravel the family tree of plants. Using the same type of data that is used in the FGP, we're trying to figure out how different species are related to each other," Florida Museum of Natural History Curator Pam Soltis says.
Botany Professor Doug Soltis says coming to UF is a great opportunity. "We'd like to be the first to sequence the entire genome of a flowering plant. Hopefully we can put together a whole picture for how the flower evolved and diverged," he says. "These are things that can be important for crop improvement, and we think we can do that at UF. We wouldn't have been able to do it at Washington State University, where we were before."
CLAS Junior Wins Prestigious Scholarships
Gale has also received a $5,000 scholarship from the Morris K. Udall Foundation. The program recognizes outstanding juniors and seniors in fields related to the environment, and Gale was one of 80 winners nationwide.
In addition to receiving these scholarships, Gale was selected as a finalist for the 2002 Florida College Student of the Year award given by Florida Leader magazine. This competition honors Florida college students who excel academically, support themselves financially and volunteer in the community. Gale was one of seven finalists selected out of 150 applicants.
Gale is from Charleston, West Virginia and has a minor in wildlife ecology and conservation as well as music performance. He is the director of the Student Government Environmental Affairs Cabinet and volunteers at the Florida Museum of Natural History at UF. Gale also serves as a resident advisor and works with student associations within the residence halls on campus.
Political Science Student Travels to Slovenia for NATO Conference
Tinnesz, who volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Gainesville and the Civitan Regional Blood Center, is also president of the CLAS Student Council. "Our group works as an advocate and representative for all CLAS students. We fund about 30 different student groups, provide travel assistance for conferences and host programs, and have members on various CLAS committees. I served as the CLAS Student Council student representative on the Dean Search Committee last year,"
Tinnesz, who graduates this spring, recently received a James Madison Junior Fellowship to pursue graduate studies in political science. He is also this year's CLAS Valedictorian and will speak at the college's graduation ceremony on May 3.