Faculty in the News
In a 1997 Publicity Watch poll of respected universities like Stanford, Georgetown and UNC, UF ranked fifth for most academic news ("air and ink") coverage. Countless CLAS faculty were among those cited or interviewed in the media. Here are a few of the many CLAS professors who made news in 1998:
English professor Jim Haskins and his books I Am Rosa Parks (written with Rosa Parks, Dial 1997) and Bayard Rustin: Behind the Scenes of the Civil Rights Movement (Hyperion 1997) were featured in a live, interactive broadcast sponsored by Educational Management Group of Scottsdale, Arizona, and carried via satellite to schools across the country.
A study by psychologist Robin West about differences in memory between men and women was featured on March 13 on NBC's "Tonight Show With Jay Leno," CBS News, CNBC and the Fox News channel.
NPR's "Weekend Edition" interviewed UF sociologist Michael Radelet on the pending execution of Judy Buenoano on March 29.
On April 22, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Los Angeles Times, The Dallas Morning News, The Baltimore Sun, The Star Tribune, The Boston Herald and many other papers mentioned Scott Fisher, Robert Piña and/or Charles Telesco, the astronomy team from UF who observed young planets forming in a disk in the Milky Way. Their discovery also made the cover of Newsweek.
On June 5, zoologist Lou Guillette was featured in a PBS "Frontline" documentary about the effects of commonly used chemicals on our health. The Herald (Glasgow) June 13 issue mentioned Guillette and how his study of Lake Apopka conclusively proved the long-suspected link between a chemical spill and an alligator population crash.
The July 20 Gazette (Montreal) quoted Chauncey Chu, professor of linguistics, who explained the legend of Mulan.
On September 20, NPR's "Morning Edition" interviewed UF political scientist Stephen Craig on the impact of the president's controversy on the Democratic party.
An article about computer anxiety in The Cleveland Plain Dealer's September 28 issue mentioned psychology professor Barbara Probert, who has studied cases of math and science anxiety for more than a decade.
An October 6 report on research by UF chemist Nigel Richards on a new drug that will improve the effect of asthma medication aired in the New York, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Columbus and Florida markets.
Vasudha Narayanan, professor of religion, was mentioned in the November 30 Publishers Weekly in an article about feminism and world religions.
The December 7 Newsweek reported on botanist David Dilcher's discovery of the oldest flower fossil.