March 2006 CLASnotes
In This Issue:
Chris Leak and William Herbstman share more than just a love for the University of Florida, these alumni have made a major impact on the world of sports.
Get a Clue
Don’t believe everything you see on TV. CLAS criminologists take on CSI-style crime dramas, sharing their knowledge as the true experts in the field.
The Peculiar Relationship Between Image and Text
The UF English department pioneers the scholarly study of comic art and the medium’s reflection of cultural values.
Giving Turtles a Fighting Chance
The Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research works to secure the survival of the endangered species around the globe by serving as a resource to the scientific community.
Camping Out
A summer speech camp created by the UF Craniofacial Clinic gives voice to children with cleft lip and palate.
Alumni Spotlight
Renowned photographer Fred Ward andchieves a special place in history by capturing the later half of the turbulent 20th century on film. Professor Patricia O’Connor has also made a name for herself, revealing the secret author of several famous Spanish plays.
Updates from CLASmates
From performing liver transplants to writing rap music, your old college buddies share their news and accomplishments.
Alumni Bookshelf
Check out the latest reads published by CLAS alumni.
CLAS News in Brief
Check out the latest reads published by CLAS alumni.
A Gator star lands in the Guinness Book of World Records, CLAS gets a new dean and sociology celebrates its 85th anniversary. Read all the latest headlines from UF’s largest college.

Get a Clue: Criminologists Bust TV Myths

UF’s top-ranked Department of Criminology, Law and Society challenges the misconceptions perpetuated in popular crime dramas.

About CLAS

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Florida is the largest college on campus, with more than 700 faculty members responsible for teaching the majority of the university’s core curriculum to at least 35,000 students each year. CLAS has more than 12,000 undergraduate students pursuing a variety of disciplines through its 42 majors and 42 minors. Additionally, nearly 2,000 graduate students are attaining advanced degrees in the college.

About Alumni CLASnotes

Alumni CLASnotes is published twice a year by the University of Florida College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for its alumni and friends. Please send all correspondence to Editor, CLAS Dean’s Office, PO Box 117300, University of Florida, Gainesville FL 32611-7300 or

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