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News from Geological Sciences

UF Foundation Research Professor Joseph Meert attended the annual meeting of the International Association for Gondwana Research in Beijing, China in September 2014. He gave a talk entitled "Lonely Wanderers and Gondwana" which discussed the relationship between various elements of China (North China, South China, Tarim) and how they might have fit together with India and Australia when the continents were connected to each other.

Professor Joseph Meert was one of four U.S. researchers who attended the 2014 Nordic Supercontinent Workshop at Haraldvangen near Oslo, Norway in October 2014. This workshop brought together 30 leading international researchers to spend a week on focused research into specific cutting edge issues related to magnetism, paleomagnetism, and the Earth's magnetic field. He led the research subgroup on "The Ediacaran paleomagnetic nightmare: Resolvable?" and co-moderated panels on Rodinia and Gondwana.

Professor Joseph Meert gave the 60th Annual Sir Alfred C. Seward Memorial Lecture at the Birbal Sahni Institute of Paleobotany in Lucknow, India on November 14, 2014. His topic was the evolution of the Earth's magnetic field and its effect on the Cambrian substrate revolution. The lecture is named for the late Sir Alfred C. Seward, who was a professor of botany at Cambridge University and was elected a fellow of the Royal Society because of his studies of Mesozoic paleobotany. The late Birbal Sahni, who founded the institute in 1946, studied with Seward.

Distinguished Professor of Geological Sciences James E.T. Channell was recently awarded the Capellini Medal by the Società Geologica Italiana (Geological Society of Italy). Channell was recognized for articles published in 2010 and 2013 described by the society as important contributions to understanding the geological evolution of the Mediterranean over the last 160 million years and also for significant work on Italian geology spanning almost 40 years.

Founded in 1881, the Società Geologica Italiana is Italy's oldest professional society for geoscientists. The society established the Capellini Medal in 2007 as a biennial prize for foreign scientists who make significant contributions to Italian geology. The award ceremony was held in Milan on September 10, 2014

A researcher from the Department of Geological Sciences helped young people learn about geology at the Alachua County Library District's Summer Reader Palooza at the downtown library on August 9. Postdoctoral researcher Caitlin Young set up an attractive display of rocks, minerals, and fossils and talked about them with the elementary school aged children. About 40 children participated. This science themed event included several other activity stations and was the end of the library's 2014 Summer Reading program.

2014–2015 CLAS Term Professors

Provost's Excellence Award for Assistant Professors for 2014-2015

Ryan D. Duffy, Psychology

The Provost's Office offers the Excellence Awards for Assistant Professors, pending available funds. The awards are focused on junior faculty and recognize excellence in research. Each award is a one-time allocation of $5,000 in support of research that can be used to fund travel, equipment, books, graduate students, and other research-related expenses.

CLAS faculty named UF Research Foundation Professors for 2014–2017

Clarence C. Gravlee, Associate Professor of Anthropology
Andrey Korytov, Professor of Physics
Michelle Cailin Mack, Professor of Biology
Joseph G. Meert, Professor of Geological Sciences
Victoria Emma Pagán, Professor of Classics
See announcement and complete list of faculty from other colleges

2014 NACADA Outstanding Advising Awards

CLAS Academic Advisors won two of the eight awards presented by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). Mr. Nicholas Mrozinske and Ms. Miranda Santos have been awarded "Winner of the Outstanding Advising Award – Primary Advising Role". Both are Academic Advisors in the CLAS Academic Advising Center. The NACADA Annual Awards Program for Academic Advising honors individuals and institutions making significant contributions to the improvement of academic advising. NACADA with over 10,000 members is a representative and advocate of academic advising and those providing that service to higher education.

2014 Guggenheim Fellowships
  • John Palmer, Professor of Philosophy
  • Lillian Guerra, Professor of Cuban and Caribbean History and Director of Cuba Program, Center for Latin American Studies
  • Dr. Guerra's Guggenheim project, entitled "Ideal Citizens: Political Rehabilitation and the Cuban Revolution", deepens her previous scholarly efforts to explore the creation of a hegemonic revolutionary state in Cuba after 1959 "from below", i.e., through the experiences of average citizens. Based on previously sealed or unknown archives as well as oral history, she examines the often paradoxically critical and resistant responses of former slum dwellers, maids, and prostitutes as well as the equally paradoxical embrace of the revolutionary state by former enemies, such as political prisoners and officials of the Batista dictatorship, who slipped easily into the structures of Cuban state surveillance and intelligence. In the end, she argues that the state deliberately included and sought out counter-hegemonic elements like the batistianos in order to consolidate itself in sectors previously seen as anathema to state goals.
    More on Lillian Guerra

    Michael Schulz, Chemistry PhD student, wins the Three Minute Thesis Competition

    The event was featured in the Gainesville Sun on April 4, 2014. The competition challenges students to present their doctoral research to a lay audience in 3 minutes or less. Established by The University of Queensland in 2008, 3MT is now held in universities around the globe.

    2014 Outstanding Postdoc Mentoring Award Winners

    Michelle Mack, Department of Biology
    Doug Soltis, Department of Biology
    Weihong Tan, Department of Chemistry

    The postdoc mentoring awards are established to encourage and reward excellence, innovation, and effectiveness in the mentoring of UF postdocs. Each year, up to three faculty members will receive awards of $2000 each. Faculty awardees will serve on a Postdoc Mentoring Committee two years to provide guidance and advice to the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs regarding postdoc mentoring issues. Past Postdoc Mentoring Award winners will also serve as the review committee for the Postdoc Mentoring Awards.

    Lillian Guerra of the Department of History awarded American Council of Learned Societies fellowship for 2014–15

    Her book project, "Making Revolutionary Cuba", addresses a gap in scholarly and public understandings of the origins of Cuban social and political radicalism by exploring the pivotal period between 1946 and 1959 when a consensus on the need for anti-imperialist revolution reached its peak. She analyzes the social policies of the state before and during the Batista dictatorship as well as the role of messianic discourse in shaping public support for a radical program of dramatic socio-economic change. Based on previously unknown archival collections and oral history, this book reveals that the civilian-led struggle was far more responsible for Batista's fall than Fidel Castro's guerrillas; the opposition movement's success hinged more on morally defeating Batista in the public's mind than on defeating the state militarily.

    UF Graduate School's 2013–14 Doctoral Dissertation Advising/ Mentoring Awards

    Leslie Anderson, Professor of Political Science and Kenneth Sassaman, Professor of Anthropology have been named by Dr. Henry Frierson, Associate Vice President and Dean of the Graduate School as winners for the 2013/14 Doctoral Dissertation Advisor/Mentoring Award. The life of the university is greatly enhanced by the quality of our doctoral students, and they take their direction from our many outstanding faculty members. In an effort to continue to promote doctoral studies and to recognize excellence in doctoral student mentoring by our faculty, awards are given each year to at least five faculty doctoral advisors selected on a competitive basis.

    Each winner receives a $3,000 cash award plus $1,000 to support their graduate students. Please join the Graduate School in recognizing these outstanding doctoral faculty advisors/mentors. You can find their photographs and personal statements at:

    Students in CLAS winners at CASE

    We are pleased to announce that 6 undergraduate students representing labs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences were winners at the 2014 Creativity in the Arts and Science Event (CASE) on February 1st. The CASE is sponsored by the UF-HHMI Science for Life Program and the UF College of Fine Arts. Students competed in either the science poster, visual arts, or science/art collaboration categories. A total of 20 projects were selected for awards (8 science, 6 arts and 6 collaborators).

  • Science 1st place: Madeleine Turcotte - Studying the Breakdown and Rebuilding of the Cell's Skeleton – Mentor Dr. David Oppenheimer
  • Science 2nd place: Juan Serrano - Synthesis and Antimalarial Activities of a Diverse Set of Triazole-Containing Quinine Analogues – Mentor Dr. Alan R Katritzky
  • Science 2nd place: Jacob Renuart - Long-Range Electron Transfer in Oxalate Decarboxylase – Hypothetical Enzymatic Mechanism – Mentor Dr. Alexander Angerhofer
  • Science 3rd place: Benedetto DiCiaccio - Photomediated Growth and Characterization of Plasmonic Nonomaterials – Mentor Dr. W. David Wei
  • Science 3rd place: Alexis Boulter - Interaction of Alu Polymorphisms with Hypertension within the Context of Racism and Social Inequity in African-Americans – Mentor Dr. Connie J. Mulligan
  • Collaboration 3rd place: Billy Schap and Zac Thompson (CFA Student) - Uncertain Space – Mentor Dr. Peter Barnes
  • Please contact Grace Burmester ( if you would like any additional information on the awards or event.

    2014 Teaching and Advising Award Winners

    *These faculty members were also submitted for the University-wide competition.

    2014 Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars

    Each year the Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars (ADTS) honors University of Florida's exceptional teaching and scholarship accomplishments by inducting into its membership faculty members who have demonstrated sustained innovation and commitment in both areas. Please join me in welcoming the 2014 inductees:

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