ALUMNI CLASnotes Fall, 1999


Around the College

Monika Ardelt

Sociologist Awarded National Fellowship

Monika Ardelt (Sociology, Center for Gerontological Studies) was recently awarded a prestigious 1999 Brookdale National Fellowship. The Brookdale Fellowships are given to promising scholars in geriatrics and gerontology at the beginning of their careers (typically 5-7 years after receiving the PhD or MD). The Fellowship provides salary support that will allow Ardelt to spend 80% of her time for the next two years on her research, which includes studying the relationship between aging and dying well.

CLAS Baccalaureate Honors Graduates

At the 17th Annual CLAS Baccalaureate Ceremony held Friday, April 30, in University Auditorium, hundreds of CLAS graduates, along with family, friends and faculty, gathered to celebrate Spring Commencement.

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Fall Convocation Honors Scholars

The CLAS Fall Convocation, held September 23 to welcome faculty and students back to campus after a summer of dispersal, honored over 600 student scholars.

Convocation ScholarsConvocation Scholars

Classics Team Wins National Championship

The Certamen team (the classics equivalent of a "Brain Bowl" team) of UF's Epsilon Iota Chapter of Eta Sigma Phi, the national undergraduate classics honorary society, won the 1999 National Certamen Championship at their national convention in Athens, Georgia, the weekend of April 10-12. Over 30 teams from universities all over the nation vied for the prize. Competitors fielded brain teasing questions about all aspects of Greek and Roman civilization.


Weihong Tan

CLAS Chemist Named Cottrell Scholar

Chemistry professor Weihong Tan has been named a 1999 Cottrell Scholar. The award, given annually by the Research Corporation to only 13 academics nationwide, seeks to recognize faculty who excel in both teaching and research. The award comes with a $50,000 stipend to further recipients' work. CLAS Chemist Jeffrey Krause received the award last year.

New Physics Building Awarded

At an April 21, 1999 Ceremony held at the Thomas Center, Gainesville Mayor Pro-Tem Pageen Hanrahan presented a City Beautification "Gold" Award in the Institutional Facilities category to the new Physics Building. Liz Seiberling (Physics) accepted the award on behalf of the department and college. The City Beautification Awards, designed to publicly commend projects of outstanding aesthetic and artistic appeal, are given annually by the City Beautification Board. Projects are evaluated on originality, innovation and creativity, as well as long-term strategy, maintenance and serviceable materials. An anonymous student nominated the building for the award.

New Physics Building

Symposium Gives Undergraduates Practice

On April 10, 18 students and their faculty mentors participated in the 9th Annual CLAS Undergraduate Research Symposium, which provides interested young scholars the opportunity to practice presenting their research results in a symposium-like setting. At the luncheon following the symposium, Dean Harrison presented participants with plaques, and three students were awarded $100 cash prizes for excellence in their written and oral work. Faculty mentors Mike Binford (Geography), Lou Guillette (Zoology), Brandy Kershner (English), and Louise Newman (History) were also recognized and awarded.


Bartram StampBartram Stamp

Though many of us are familiar with UF's Bartram Hall, perhaps fewer of us know for whom the building is named. There were in fact two Bartrams. John Bartram (1699-1777) and his son William Bartram (1739-1823) traveled together throughout the South searching for plants, seeds, and wildlife after John was commissioned as King George III's botanist in the colonies. The younger Bartram illustrated their findings with ink and watercolors and later wrote the influential book Bartram's Travels.

During his extensive exploration, William Bartram almost certainly walked where the University of Florida now stands. He studied Payne's Prairie and interacted with Native Americans near Micanopy who named him Puc-Puggy, the flower hunter. Thus, it is quite fitting that Bartram Hall--named for William--houses the UF Department of Botany.

This year marks the 300th anniversary of John Bartram's birth, and in recognition of this event, the US Postal Service has issued a stamp honoring both father and son.

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