CLAS Convocation

2006 Convocation

UF Research Foundation Professors

Six college faculty have been named to the 2006 class of UF Research Foundation (UFRF) professors for their distinguished record of research and strong research agendas expected to lead to continuing distinction in their fields. The three-year professorships, funded by the university’s share of royalty and licensing income from UF-generated products, include a $5,000 annual salary supplement and a one-time $3,000 grant.

Leslie Anderson

Leslie AndersonAssociate Professor of Political Science Leslie Anderson’s research specialty is the study of democratic development in newly democratic settings, particularly in Latin America, and her findings have proved to be globally applicable and relevant. Her 2005 book, co-written with Lawrence Dodd, Learning Democracy: Citizen Engagement and Electoral Choice in Nicaragua, 1990-2001, is regarded as a model of how to do comparative research within modern political science. She is currently writing “Politics on Faith,” exploring the role of citizen values in furthering democratic development.

Michael Heckenberger

Michael HeckenbergerMichael Heckenberger is an associate professor of anthropology whose research in the Amazon redefined anthropology’s outdated conceptions of “primitiveness” and its relationship to “progress.” His 2004 book, The Ecology of Power, revealed the existence of regional chiefdoms in the ancient Amazon that rivaled the complexity of any comparable age across the globe—stirring debate among those with western notions of wilderness and primitiveness. He leads the Southern Amazon Ethnoarchaeology Project and is an affiliate curator for the Florida Museum of Natural History.

Jonathan Martin

Jonathan MartinAssociate Professor of Geology Jonathan Martin is a world leader in the field of hydrology and is working to help the state better manage its water resources. He has been appointed by Governor Jeb Bush as one of 16 scientists on the Florida Springs Task Force and had a leadership role in the development of the UF Water Institute.

Martin’s work focuses on understanding the chemically complex interactions between fluids and rocks in both marine and terrestrial environments. He is associate editor of the journal Ground Water.

Ata Sarajedini

Ata SarajediniAta Sarajedini is an associate professor of astronomy and a world-renowned leader in the area of stellar populations. His research is focused on understanding the star formation and chemical enrichment histories of the local group of galaxies to which the Milky Way belongs.

He is president of the star clusters commission of the International Astronomical Union and principal investigator on an international team of astronomers studying globular star clusters and creating an archive of images and data using the Hubble Space Telescope.

Kirk Schanze

Kirk SchanzeProfessor of Chemistry Kirk Schanze is a leader in the field of organic and inorganic photochemistry and his research focuses on the interaction of light with small molecules, polymers and materials. Most of his current work, funded by the NSF, the Department of Energy and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, explores the phenomenon of luminescence and solar energy conversion. Schanze edited the premier set of books in his field, Molecular and Supramolecular Photochemistry, and serves as senior editor of the American Chemical Society’s journal, Langmuir.

Pierre Sikivie

Pierre SikiviePierre Sikivie is a professor of physics who has spent his long and distinguished career seeking to understand the mysterious dark matter of the universe. He has created novel experimentation methods to detect axions and has also helped develop a new model for studying the structure of galactic halos and the distribution of dark matter enveloping the luminous components of spiral galaxies.

In 1996, he was awarded the Jesse W. Beams Award from the American Physical Society for his work on dark matter detection.

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