UF faculty are recognized as experts in their fields
of research in both academia and the private sector. Following is
a sampling of the many CLAS researchers whose work has appeared recently
in the media.
Dr. Rick Knight (left) and his nephew Mark Masters (right) present philosophy professor Marilyn Holly (center) with an alligator foot after their visit to her American Indian Philosophy class. Knight is executive director of the Native American Cultural Center in Bradford County, where he works to share, preserve and archive national Native American culture.
1928 - 1997
On the 5th of December, 1997, the University
of Florida lost one of its most distinguished research scientists and teachers
when graduate research professor of chemistry, Russell S. Drago suffered
a fatal heart attack. He was leading a national conference of industrial
and academic chemists on environmental chemistry at Palm Coast, Florida,
at the time. He was 69.
Provided by Dr. David Richardson, Chair of Inorganic
Division, Department of Chemistry.
B. Smith Retires
Al Smith, professor of French, retired recently from the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. "Al was as accomplished as an undergraduate advisor as he was as a decade-long graduate coordinator," says Smith's colleague Raymond Gay-Crosier. "Students and colleagues alike appreciated his warmth and friendliness."
Smith earned a BA in German and an MA in French from Emory and a PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures at UNC-Chapel Hill. He began his professorial career in 1961 at the University of Chicago, but quickly accepted an offer from UF later that year, where he rose through the ranks to become a full professor by 1977. Author of two noted books and many articles, Smith also made it a priority to maintain the links between UF and secondary schools by acting as a judge for nearly 20 years (1968-87) in State High School French Competitions.
Says Gay-Crosier: "We hope he'll frequently visit
the very halls he just left because his friends and colleagues will find
it hard to endure the absence of his infectious laughter."
Don Williams Honored in Special Program
At the October conference of the Florida Communication Association, Don Williams, Professor Emeritus (Communication Sciences and Disorders), was honored in a special session featuring participation by five of his former students and a former colleague.
Williams came to UF from Cornell in 1959. In his
department, he served as founding director of the Communication Studies
Division. Although he retired in 1995, Williams continues to be active
in academe. Last year, he served as visiting professor at The Linguistic
University in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia; this year, he presented a research
paper at an international conference in Spain; and in 1998, he plans to
present a paper at an international conference in Hungary. Since
1976, Williams has held teaching/lecturing appointments in 16 countries
on six continents.