CLAS Convocation

2007 Convocation

UF Research Foundation Professors

The University of Florida Research Foundation (UFRF) recently recognized its annual class of UF Research Foundation Professors. The three-year professorships were created to recognize faculty who have established a distinguished record of research and scholarship that is expected to lead to continuing distinction in their field. Six CLAS professors received the award this year:

Peter Hirschfield

Peter HirschfieldPhysics Professor Peter Hirschfeld is a condensed matter theorist whose research interests include properties of heavy fermion and, more recently, high temperature cuprate superconductors. He received a Ph.D. in physics from Princeton University and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. Both an active scholar and mentor, he has authored 119 research articles and served as director of his department’s graduate admissions program. In 2001, he was awarded the Friedrich-Bessel Prize by the Alexander Humboldt Foundation for his outstanding research accomplishments.

David A. Hodell

David HodellGeology Professor David Hodell's research utilizes deep-sea and lake sediment cores collected globally to unravel the climatic history of the Earth from decades to millions of years in the past. His current research is focused on the influence of climate change on the cultural evolution of the Maya civilization in Mesoamerica, and the history of glacial-to-interglacial climate change in the polar oceans during the last several million years.  He holds a Ph.D. in oceanography from the University of Rhode Island.


Walter Judd

Walter JuddWalter Judd, Professor of Botany, has conducted fieldwork in the Southeastern U.S., the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. His research focuses on the systematics and evolution of flowering plants and he is currently involved in a taxonomic revision of Miconia sect. Chaenopleura. He is also one of the organizers of the Generic Flora of the Southeastern U.S. project. Judd holds a Ph.D. in biology from Harvard University and was named CLAS Teacher of the Year in 1997.


Lisa McElwee-White

Lisa McElwee-WhiteChemistry Professor Lisa McElwee-White’s research applies organometallic chemistry to problems in materials deposition, methodology for organic synthesis, and catalysis. She holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology and her recent areas of study include organometallic precursors for the chemical vapor deposition of inorganic films, heterobimetallic catalysts for the electrochemical oxidation of alcohols with applications to direct methanol fuel cells, and catalytic carbonylation of amines as an alternative to the use of phosgene and its derivatives.

Milagros Peña

Milagros PenaMilagros Peña is a professor of sociology and women’s studies and director of the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research. She earned a Ph.D. in sociology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and her research interests include women’s studies, social movements, race and ethnic relations. She is the author of a new book, “Latina Activists Across Borders: Women’s Grassroots Organizing in Mexico and Texas,” and serves as associate editor of the “Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.”

Jane Southworth

Jane SouthworthJane Southworth, Associate Professor of Geography, is a land change scientist. Her research addresses land use/land cover change analyses which question how economic development, accessibility and protected areas impact changes in land cover and land use; improved techniques for the analysis and incorporation of remote sensing into geostatistical and modeling studies; and modeling the effects of climate change and changing climate variability on both natural and agricultural systems. She holds a Ph.D. in environmental science from Indiana University.

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