Alumni CLASnotes Winter 2003-2004

Around the College

Agresti is Statistician of the Year
Distinguished Professor of Statistics Alan Agresti has been named the Statistician of the Year for 2003 by the Chicago chapter of the American Statistical Association. He was recognized at an awards luncheon held in his honor in Chicago in October, during which he delivered the lecture "Binomial Confidence Intervals." Agresti holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and he has been at UF since 1972. His primary research interests are in categorical data analysis, and he holds grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. Agresti also devotes a significant amount of time and energy to statistical education, particularly the presentation of statistical ideas to non-statisticians, and he was a 1995 recipient of a CLAS Teaching Improvement Award, which honors faculty who exemplify exceptional teaching quality and productivity.

Robert A. HatchHistory Professor Named UF Teacher of the Year
History Professor Robert A. Hatch has received a 2002-2003 UF Teacher of the Year award for his outstanding achievement in teaching the history of science. The award is given annually to two professors who demonstrate excellence, innovation and effectiveness when teaching undergraduates. Hatch, who has taught at UF for 25 years, teaches courses aimed at critical and creative thinking, including Origins to Newton and Science, Sex and Race.

In addition to Hatch, CLAS had 10 college-level teaching and advising award winners. Nominations were collected from students, faculty, department chairs and administrators. The teaching award winners are: Darragh Devine, psychology; James Horvath, chemistry; Konstantinos Kapparis, classics; Benjamin Karney, psychology; David Metzler, mathematics; Ido Oren, political science; Sergei Pilyugin, mathematics; and Brian Ward, history. Selman Hershfield, physics, and Kathy Rex, from the Academic Advising Center, received advising awards.

Barbeau and PryorStudents Write "Trailing Spouse" Chronicle
The Chronicle of Higher Education has selected zoology graduates Tamatha Barbeau and Greg Pryor out of more than 400 applicants nationwide to participate in its job search diary program. Barbeau, a PhD candidate, and Pryor, an adjunct professor who recently received his PhD, are a husband and wife duo hoping to begin their careers as college professors. During the next year, the couple will apply for jobs and write about their experiences for the academic magazine. Follow their job search online at

Michael L. CowanVice Admiral Visits UF
Naval Vice Admiral Michael L. Cowan brought his medical experience to campus in September as part of the Florida Frontiers Lecture Series organized by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. As surgeon general of the Navy, Cowan has experienced a career of challenges across a wide spectrum--conducting malaria research in subtropical environments, serving as a professor of academic medicine, commanding a coalition of medical forces in military operations in Somalia, managing a teaching hospital, and directing a multi-billion dollar military health plan. His lecture at UF, "Navy Medicine: Living the Experience," touched on some of these topics and how the threat of bioterrorism is affecting the national health care infrastructure.

From left to right: UF Naval ROTC graduate students Lieutenant Commander Luis Benevides and Lieutenant Marie Parry, Nurse Corps candidates Officer Candidate Chad Phipps and Midshipman Meredith Keller, Vice Admiral Michael Cowan, ROTC Unit Executive Officer Commander Sheila Scarborough, and Lieutenant Commander Jeff Plummer. Plummer is a Flag Aide in Cowan's office and received his BA in economics from CLAS in 1987.

Hélène CixousFrench Feminist Lectures on Campus
The France-Florida Research Institute sponsored a visit by French feminist thinker Hélène Cixous to campus in October. An author known for her writings on gendered language, literary theory, and social and political issues, Cixous revolutionized feminist studies in 1975 with two important essays, "Laughter of the Medusa" and "The Newly-born Woman." She is a professor of English and women's studies at the University of Paris VIII, where she is also the founding director of the university's Center for Research on Feminist Studies, established in 1974 as Europe's first doctoral program in women's studies. Cixous participated in three days of activities, including a reading from her novel, Dreams of a Wild Woman, pictured above.

International Society Calls UF Home
History alumnus Jay Malone (BA, MA and PhD in 1982, 1991 and 1996) has come back home to UF, and he has brought the premiere society in his field along with him--the History of Science Society. Formerly located at the University of Washington in Seattle, the society moved this summer to its new home in Turlington Hall on the UF campus. The 3,000-member society is the world's largest and oldest society dedicated to understanding the historical context of science.

Chuck DAfrican American Studies Turns 35
The African American studies program kicked off its year-long 35th anniversary celebration on January 18 with "Speaking in the Name of Martin," a concert honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Held in observance of the civil rights legend's birthday, rap artist Chuck D, co-founder of the pioneering rap group Public Enemy, performed in a free public concert held at the Gainesville Downtown Community Plaza. The Boys Choir of Tallahassee, spoken word artists Kayo and Iyeoka, and gospel hip hop group Platinum Souls also joined in the festivities, paying tribute to King and his persuasive power of speech.

The event was sponsored by the General Motors Acceptance Corporation and is one of many planned for 2004 in honor of the program's anniversary. Established in 1969, at the height of the civil rights movement, UF's program was one of the first of its kind in the nation. Other events planned for this spring include an art exhibit, poetry project, and several conferences and lecture series. For more information, contact the African American studies program at (352) 392-5724 or visit

Rap legend Chuck D, frontman of the political hip-hop group Public Enemy, visited with African American studies faculty, staff and students in one of many events he participated in for the program during Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend. Pictured, from left to right, are: Stephanie Evans, assistant professor; Dawn-Elissa Fischer, African American studies adjunct professor and anthropology PhD student; Chuck D; Faye Harrison, a University of Tennessee anthropology professor; Marilyn Thomas-Houston, interim director; and Sharon Burney, program assistant.

Jane Dominguez: Hatch, Cixous
Buffy Locktte: Barbeau and Pryor, Chuck D
Allyson A. Beutke: Cowan

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