Simply the Best
UF Names Research Foundation Professors
This article was originally published in the June - July 2005 issue of CLASnotes.
The University of Florida Research Foundation (UFRF) recently recognized its annual class of 33 UF Research Foundation Professors. The three-year professorships are based on nominations from department chairs, a personal statement and an evaluation of recent research accomplishments as evidenced by publications in scholarly journals, external funding, and honors and awards. This year, six CLAS professors received UFRF awards, which include a $5,000 annual salary supplement and a one-time $3,000 research grant. The professorships are funded from the university’s share of royalty and licensing income on UF-generated products.
Sue Boinski, an associate professor of anthropology, has developed a world-class career with her active program of research and scholarly productivity in New World primatology and evolutionary and historical ecology. First hired by the university as a researcher in 1993, Boinski holds a PhD in zoology from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees in anthropology. She is regarded as a world authority on the biology, ecology and behavior of capuchins and squirrel monkeys. Her current research is on how wild brown capuchins in the South American republic of Suriname produce signals important in sexual selection by striking sticks and hard fruits against large tree branches.
Jim Channell, a professor of geology, is a distinguished geophysicist who has made important contributions to the field of earth science. He received his PhD in geophysics from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, in 1975 and came to UF in 1982. Channell is conducting cutting-edge research in several areas, including the ordering in time and space of the fossil record and associated geologic events, the motion of the continents across the earth’s surface and their interaction, the behavior of the earth’s magnetic field through time, and the relationship between variations in magnetic mineral susceptibility and environmental change. One of his recent findings is that the intensity of the earth’s magnetic field can be used as a global means of correlating sedimentary climate records at thousand-year scales. Such correlations are important for the study of abrupt climate change.
Ira Clark, a professor of English, is a leader in the field of Renaissance studies, particularly drama studies. He published his fourth book in 2003, Comedy, Youth, Manhood in Early Modern England, and is currently writing Rhetorical Readings, Dark Comedies, and Shakespeare’s Problem Plays. He received his PhD in English from Northwestern University in 1966 and came to UF in 1972. Clark’s work is aimed at engaging well-conceived discussions within the field of Renaissance studies and how it is affected by drama. He has published 20 essays and 16 reviews.
William Marsiglio, a professor of sociology, is an accomplished and productive researcher whose work focuses on the social psychology of men’s experiences in the areas of sex, fatherhood and reproductive health. He received his PhD in sociology in 1987 from Ohio State University. He has authored and co-edited six books, and his research has been cited more than 700 times in scholarly literature. His two qualitative studies resulted in path-breaking books published in 2002 and 2004, Sex, Men and Babies and Stepdads: Stories of Love, Hope, and Repair. Marsiglio also has a book in press entitled Situated Fathering: A Focus on Physical and Social Spaces.
Charles Martin, the Colonel Allen R. and Margaret G. Crow Professor of Chemistry, is a recognized expert in nano-materials and their role in chemical analysis. Director of the UF Center for Research at the Bio/Nano Interface, his work involves both bioanalytical chemistry and materials science. He has pioneered the application of nanomaterials to biosensor design and electrochemical energy storage and production.
Martin is a fellow of the Electrochemical Society and is listed among the top 20 cited authors in nanotechnology. He received his PhD in chemistry in 1980 from the University of Arizona and came to UF in 1999. He also serves as a professor in the Department of Anesthesiology.
Manuel Vásquez, an associate professor of religion, is widely recognized within the field of religious studies for his research on issues of immigration, transnationalism and globalization. He came to UF in 1994, upon the completion of his PhD in religion from Temple University that same year. His research focuses on the intersection between Christianity and the diverse economic, political and cultural manifestations of globalization, with the aim of developing theoretically sophisticated and innovative approaches to the social scientific study of religion.
He has published four books, including 2003’s Globalizing the Sacred: Religion Across the Americas and 2005’s co-edited volume Immigrant Faiths: Transforming Religious Life in America.
Jane Dominguez: (Boinski, Channell, Clark, Marsiglio, Vásquez)
Courtesy Chemistry Department: (Martin)