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This article was originally published in the June - July 2005 issue of CLASnotes.

UF’s Top Teacher and Advisor

Sharon Austin
Sharon Austin

Jessica Harland-Jacobs
Jessica Harland-Jacobs

Two CLAS faculty members have received university-wide teaching and advising awards. Associate Professor of Political Science Sharon Austin was honored with the Advisor of the Year Award, while Assistant Professor of History Jessica Harland-Jacobs received a Teacher of the Year Award. These awards were announced at a reception hosted by President Bernie Machen at Emerson Alumni Hall in May. Robert Thieke, an associate professor of civil and coastal engineering, also received a teaching award.

Austin and Harland-Jacobs each have taught at UF since 2000. Currently, Austin serves as a faculty advisor for the political science department, advising more than 100 undergraduates each year. She also is the advisor for the Black Political Science Association and the McNair Scholars and Gatorlaunch programs.

Harland-Jacobs is the undergraduate coordinator for the history department. Her courses have ranged from Modern Britain and The History of the British Empire to British Imperialism and Culture and Atlantic Exchanges. She recently received the Department of History’s Walensky Teaching Award for her effective teaching and mentoring of graduate students.

Free Hearing Screenings

UF’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the Speech and Hearing Clinic are offering free hearing screenings for UF faculty and staff this summer. Please call 392-2041 for an appointment. Times offered are Monday–Thursday from 8 am to 5 pm and on Friday from 8 am to 12 pm.

More than 28 million Americans—about 10 percent of the population—experience hearing loss. Approximately 95 percent of these individuals can correct the problem with hearing aids.

In Memorium: Martha Love

Martha LoveMartha Love, the former office assistant of the Land Use and Environmental Change Institute (LUECI), died on May 26 after a yearlong battle with brain cancer. She was 55, and retired in March 2005 after 30 years of service to the University of Florida, the last four of which she worked at LUECI. She previously worked for the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences from the late 1980s through 2000, as well as with UF’s College of Medicine.

LUECI Director Mark Brenner describes Love as an outstanding colleague who executed her job responsibilities efficiently and with good humor. “She loved a good challenge and savored the extraordinary responsibilities that came her way in LUECI, such as interacting regularly with multiple departments, organizing international workshops and hosting foreign visitors,” he says. “Her standard response to any problem that arose was ‘I am sure there is a way we can do that,’ and indeed, she would find a solution. Everyone left Martha’s office feeling better than they did when they entered.”

Love is survived by her husband of 38 years, Benjamin Love of Alachua; her mother, Ruby Odom of Tallahassee; a daughter, Buffy Love VanGelder of Gainesville; a son, Benjamin Tony Love of Alachua; a brother, Randall Odom of Tallahassee; sisters Elizabeth Johnson, Peggy Cannon, Charyl Scott and Darlene Green, all of Tallahassee; and two grandchildren.

Political Science Student Picked for a Pickering

Daniel VillanuevaDaniel Villanueva, a political science sophomore, has received the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship. The award is administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and is funded by the State Department. Villanueva was one of 20 recipients selected out of close to 1,000 applicants.

The goal of the Pickering program is to attract outstanding students from diverse ethnic, racial and social backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing a career with the US Foreign Service. The award will cover Villanueva’s tuition, room, board and mandatory fees during his junior and senior years at UF, and one year of graduate studies in international affairs. Additionally, he will participate in a summer institute and two summer internships with the State Department—one in the United States, the other abroad. After completing his graduate studies, Villanueva will join the US Foreign Service for a minimum of four and a half years.

The fellowship is named after one of the most distinguished American diplomats of the latter half of the 20th century, Thomas R. Pickering. He held the rank of Career Ambassador, the highest rank in the US Foreign Service, and served as ambassador to Nigeria, El Salvador, Israel, India, and the Russian Federation, finishing his career as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs.

New College Web Site Aids in Relocation

The redesigned CLAS Web site at, unveiled in May, has a new Web page that lists property rentals of UF faculty and staff. If you have rental property available in the Alachua County area, the information can be placed on the New/Visiting Faculty Web page at Please send all information to The page also contains helpful information and links about the Gainesville area.

Bidding Farewell to UF

Nine CLAS faculty members and four staff members have retired this year. As a group, the following employees collectively have completed more than 400 years of service to UF.

Jim Dufty
, physics, 37 years
Eva Eichhorn, Germanic and Slavic studies, 22 years
Gerard Emch, mathematics, 19 years
John Oliver, astronomy, 35 years
Howard Rothman, communication sciences and disorders, 36 years
Gareth Schmeling, classics, 35 years
John Sommerville, history, 34 years
Marvel Townsend, mathematics, 24 years
Sam Trickey, physics, 37 years

Sharon Greene
, chemistry, 24 years
Sheran Flowers, sociology, 35 years
Martha Love, Land Use and Environmental Change Institute, 30 years
Ray Thomas, physics, 35 years

Celebrating Death of Nature

The History of Science Society and the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research recently held a three-day symposium at UF, The Scientific Revolution: Between Renaissance and Enlightenment.In honor of the 25th anniversary of the publication of Carolyn Merchant’s influential book The Death of Nature: Women, Ecology & the Scientific Revolution, the History of Science Society and the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research recently held a three-day symposium at UF, The Scientific Revolution: Between Renaissance and Enlightenment. Scholars from across the US and England participated in the event, including Merchant, who was honored at the opening reception. Pictured above are: Merchant; Angel Kwolek-Folland, professor of history and women’s studies; Jay Malone, executive director of the History of Science Society; and Milagros Peñ, director of women’s studies.

Department News


Susan Gillespie presented the 2005 Archaeological Research Facility Lecture at the University of California, Berkeley in May titled “History in Practice: The La Venta Complex A Excavations 50 Years Later.” The talk discussed excavations at a major center of the Olmecs, an ancient culture of the East Mexico lowlands.

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Jaeock Kim, a PhD student specializing in voice sciences and disorders, has received $2,500 from the Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (FLASHA) for her proposed research project, “The Physiological Effects of Respiratory Muscle Strength Training with the Elderly.” On May 28, FLASHA presented the department with a plaque in recognition of its attaining the highest number of new members this year, five.

Political Science

Undergraduate Lauren Murphy, a junior double-majoring in political science and Spanish, has received a $20,000 Cultural Ambassadorial Scholarship from the Rotary Club to serve as a goodwill ambassador in Quito, Ecuador for six months, beginning in the fall of 2006. Her duties will include participating in community events, giving speeches, and promoting international understanding, goodwill and peace.


Richard Hiers has been selected to serve a second year in the Distinguished Fellows Program at Eckerd College’s Center for Spiritual Life. The program sponsors speakers and conferences related to questions of faith and understanding, and this year the fellows are working on a book project focusing on religious dimensions or aspects of justice and compassion in social policy.

Hiers’ article, “The Death Penalty and Due Process in Biblical Law,” was published in April by the University of Detroit Mercy Law Review. It discusses how opponents and proponents of capital punishment often quote biblical texts, generally out of context, to support their respective positions.

Romance Languages and Literatures

Bernadette Cailler (French) chaired a session and presented a paper at an international conference on poet Edouard Glissant, held at the Tunisian Academy Beït al-Hikma in Carthage, Tunisia in April. Her paper was titled “De ruptures en échos: Virgile, Broch, Glissant.”

Courtesy Benjamin Love (Love)
Courtesy Daniel Villanueva (Villanueva)
All others Jane Dominguez

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