Alumni CLASnotes Spring 2006
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Dean's Musings

Greetings from Turlington Plaza!

Neil Sullivan
Dean Neil Sullivan
Much like the bustle of students in this vibrant part of campus (which you can revisit anytime via our live webcam at, the college has been busy with a variety of many new activities this spring.

In the humanities, a new literary magazine, subtropics, was successfully launched, and the first issue features a number of prominent writers, bringing the already highly esteemed UF Creative Writing Program into the company of some of the best in the world. In addition, poetry professor William Logan has received a National Book Critics Circle Award, which highlights the strong tradition of writing and poetry at the university.

The sciences also have been the scene of many prestigious new discoveries and awards. Alumnus Robert Grubbs was honored with the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, while Math and Physics Professor John Klauder was recognized internationally for his contribution to the foundation of quantum optics, for which the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Roy Glauber at Harvard University.

One of the most significant steps undertaken in CLAS this spring has been the formalizing of the creation of the Bob Graham Center for Public Service, as well as laying the groundwork for the construction of its home in the future Pugh Hall. This new center will create special opportunities for students seeking careers in public service by providing training in leadership, critical thinking and policy making. It also will host visits from national and international leaders and give students the opportunity to participate in internships in the United States capitol. With the extraordinary quality of UF students, we have every expectation this program will be pre-eminent in the nation.

The combination of Senator Bob Graham’s vision for a new and more effective method of preparing the next generation of leaders complements well our college’s desire to produce even more alumni like yourselves who are active in improving our world community.

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