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This article was originally printed in the December 2005 issue of CLASnotes.

"Tea" with the English Department

The English Society, a student-run organization in the Department of English, is accepting submissions for its literary magazine “Tea” through December 31. Any UF student—undergraduate or graduate—can submit poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction and graphic design pieces for consideration in the spring 2006 issue. Send your submissions to or drop them in The English Society mailbox in room 4310 Turlington Hall. Please do not include more than three to four poems per application and limit prose to 12 pages. For more information on the society, visit

New Faces in CLAS

Emily Rasch
Emily Rasch

Kathryn Reed
Kathryn Reed

Emily Rasch is a new secretary in the CLAS Dean’s Office who serves as the main receptionist in 2014 Turlington Hall. She also schedules the Dean’s Conference Room in 2014 and rooms 215 and 219 in Dauer Hall; coordinates agendas for chairs and directors meetings; processes annual CLAS Dean’s Office scholarships; handles annual administrative evaluations and college committee selections; and assists Administrative Assistant Carol Binello with special events. A native of Michigan, Rasch graduated from James Madison College at Michigan State University in May 2005 with a degree in social relations.

Kathryn Reed is the new facilities manager of the Keene Faculty Center (KFC) responsible for keeping the center open from 9 am–3 pm every Monday through Friday during normal semester weeks. Faculty members are welcome to use the center during this time for research and reading. Reed also is an adjunct instructor in the College of Journalism and Communications and teaches graphic design courses. If you are interested in reserving the KFC for an event, please send an E-mail to Executive Secretary Evelyn Butler,, in the CLAS Dean’s Office.

Accolades for Advancing Physics

Khandker Muttalib
Khandker Muttalib

Jim Fry
Jim Fry

Hai-Ping Cheng
Hai-Ping Cheng

Three physics faculty members have been named Fellows of the American Physical Society. The APS Fellowship Program was created to recognize members who have made advances in knowledge through original research and significant contributions to the application of physics to science and technology. Only one half of one percent of the total APS membership is selected for Fellowship in the society each year.

Hai-Ping Cheng joined the physics faculty in 1994 and was cited for her “insights from pioneer nanoscale simulations, notably on cluster phase transitions, surface melting, and nanocrystal-surface interactions, especially the interplay between structure and dynamics and between structure and conductance.”

Jim Fry has taught at UF since 1983 and was recognized “for important contributions to the theory of large-scale cosmological structure, emphasizing nonlinear effects and higher order correlations.”

Khandker Muttalib, who joined UF in 1987, was honored “for pioneering the transfer matrix approach to study mesoscopic fluctuations in electronic transport in disordered systems.”

The American Physical Society was founded on May 20, 1899, when 36 physicists gathered at Columbia University for the first meeting.

Graduate Student Honored with National Scholarship

Michelle S. Troche, a second-year master’s student in speech-language pathology, has received the 2005 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Minority Graduate Student Scholarship. The award is given to one minority graduate student who demonstrates excellence as a student, clinician, and/or researcher. Troche will be recognized at the 2005 ASHA Convention in San Diego. She also received a Minority Student Leadership Program Award from the organization that will allow her to participate in a leadership-focused educational program with other students in the field.

Department News


Susan D. Gillespie was inducted as president of the Archeology Division of the American Anthropological Association at the group’s recent annual meeting in Washington, DC. She was ceremoniously awarded the Golden Marshalltown Trowel as a symbol of office and will serve a two-year term.

Augusto Oyuela-Caycedo recently gave a talk at an international colloquium in Berlin titled “Toward a Historical Ecology of Religion: The Lessons from the Kogui of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and the Shamanistic Societies of the Northwest Amazon.”

PhD candidate Sybil Dione Rosado completed her dissertation research this summer, aided by a 2004–2005 United Negro College Fund/Mellon Faculty Doctoral Fellowship. The $50,000 award allowed her to research women of African descent in the Southeastern US and their perceptions of hair. While completing her degree at UF, Rosado has simultaneously served as an instructor of anthropology and sociology at Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina. Her dissertation committee chair is Irma McClaurin.

Dial Center for Written and Oral Communication

Two CLAS undergraduates took top honors at the Florida Communication Association’s 75th annual conference in Kissimmee in October. The Top Undergraduate Student Paper Award was given to Barbara Tomlian, a psychology major and communication studies minor, for her paper on dysfunctional communication in a family with an alcoholic parent titled “When I Grow Up, I Don’t Want to be Just Like Daddy.”

The Top Undergraduate Poster Award went to Julianne Curran, an English major and communication studies minor, for her poster on nonverbal communication between men and women in the workplace titled “Nonverbal Communication at Work: The Significance of Nonverbal Behaviors Regarding Professional Relationships and Success.”

Tomlian and Curran tied for the Best Poster Oral Presentation Award, and Tomlian also received the award for best poster visual appeal. Both students are enrolled in communications courses taught by Dial Center Lecturer Diana Karol Nagy, who also presented a paper at the conference titled “Reducing Communication Apprehension Through the Use of a Peer Facilitator in the Basic Public Speaking Course” that was co-authored by communication studies minor Jeffrey Hecht.


Corene Matyas presented her paper “Relating Tropical Cyclone Rainfall Patterns to Storm Size” in a special session, Storms of the South, at the annual meeting of the South East Division of the Association of American Geographers held in West Palm Beach in November.

Grant Thrall was the keynote luncheon speaker at the Florida Association of Colleges and Universities annual meeting. He spoke on “The Future Face of Higher Education in Florida.”


Ray G. Thomas has been nominated by the Florida Department of Education to serve on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) Science Standard Setting Business/Organization Leader Panel. On November 2, a meeting was held in Tallahassee to gather input from state business and organization leaders on the establishment of achievement standards for FCAT science in 5th, 8th and 11th grades. The panel reviewed Florida educator’s proposals for these standards and made recommendations for modifications of the achievement standards.

Germanic and Slavic Studies

Graduate students Aneka Meier and Sven-Ole Anderson each presented papers at the Southeast Atlantic Modern Language Association’s conference in Atlanta in November. Meier presented “A Time Before Ally, Bridget, Carrie & Co.: The Single Working Girl in Weimar Berlin as an Icon of Modernity, Urbanity, and Mass Culture,” and Anderson presented “Poems, Permanency & Peril: Homage to Peter Huchel.”


Paul Ehrlich participated in an international research program on Global Problems in Mathematical Relativity at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Cambridge, England in October. He delivered a plenary survey lecture on “Comparison Theorems in Lorentzian Geometry.”


John Klauder has been elected a foreign member of the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters, within the class of natural sciences. Founded in 1760, it is the oldest scientific society in Norway.

Kyoungchul Kong has received the 2005 Korean Graduate Student Research Award from UF’s Korean Student Scholarship and Loan Fund. The award recognizes the best research effort by a Korean graduate student at UF, and Kong will receive a certificate and $500.


Terry Mills has received the 2005 William R. Jones Outstanding Mentor Award from the Florida Education Fund. Given annually during its McKnight Doctoral Fellows conferences, the award is based on nominations from students. Mills, who also serves as the college’s associate dean for minority affairs, was nominated by his former student Afua Arhin and honored for his support of graduate education.

Women's Studies/History

Angel Kwolek-Folland will spend six weeks at the University of Nottingham in February and March as a Fulbright Senior Scholar. She will lecture to students and faculty at the university and other places in England and also will work with administrators on program development, sharing ideas and learning about issues confronting higher education in the UK. She also plans to conduct further research on cross-cultural gender rights.

Kwolek-Folland’s article “Women and the New Corporate Governance: Pathways for Obtaining Positions of Corporate Leadership” will be published soon in the Maryland Law Review. “Women’s Businesses, New and Old,” a book chapter, also will be published in Major Problems in American Business History, in 2006.

Chen, Fry, and Muttalib photos courtesy of Physics
All other photos by Jane Dominguez

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