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This article was originally printed in the March 2006 issue of CLASnotes.

Geography Student Cambridge Bound

Justin BangsUF senior Justin Bangs has received a full scholarship to the University of Cambridge as one of 40 Gates Cambridge Scholars from the US. He will pursue a master’s degree in environment, society and development in the department of geography. An Orlando native, Bangs graduates in May with a double major in political science and history and a minor in women’s studies.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation established the Gates Cambridge scholarship in 2000 to enable outstanding young men and women from outside the United Kingdom to study as graduate students at the University of Cambridge. The trustees award scholarships on the basis of leadership, intellectual ability and desire to use knowledge to contribute to the well-being of society.

A Second Fulbright for Scher

Political Science Professor Richard Scher has received a Fulbright Senior Scholar award for the 2006–2007 academic year. Scher, who previously received the honor for the 2002–2003 academic year, plans to use his new award in conjunction with his current sabbatical from UF. “The senior specialist program is for scholars who want to visit or teach in a foreign country but for a limited time,” says Scher, who plans to be in Hungary in the fall.

The senior award is for a maximum of six weeks per semester, and it is typical for the senior scholar to reside at a host institution and give three or four lectures at universities in the country.

Physicist to Lead World’s Largest High Energy Project

Jacobo KonigsbergUF physicist Jacobo Konigsberg has been invited to head the Collider Detector at Fermilab (CDF) collaboration for the next two years. The CDF international experimental collaboration is committed to studying high energy particle collisions at the world’s highest energy particle accelerator, near Chicago. Physicists use the accelerator to uncover the identities and properties of the particles that make up the universe and to understand the forces and interactions between those particles.

Konigsberg’s formal title is spokesperson, which is a title “commonly used in particle physics experiments to denote the leader of the experiment,” says Konigsberg, who has worked on the CDF for 16 years.

Konigsberg will lead the scientific and managerial team, and his duties include monitoring scientific results, including research publications. He also is charged with ensuring the smooth running of the technology underpinning the experiments. His other roles include overseeing all other high-level management positions, setting the lab’s priorities and ensuring the CDF gets the money and support it needs to carry out its mandate.

In Memory

James Lynwood EadesJames Lynwood EadesProfessor Emeritus of Geology James Lynwood Eades died January 21 at Harbor Chase Assisted Living Facility in Gainesville. He was 84. Eades joined UF as an associate professor in geology in 1970, and served as chair from 1973 to 1980. He retired in 2001.

He was internationally known for his work on lime stabilization of soils. In his teaching role, he chaired and served on many graduate committees.An adjunct faculty member in the Department of Civil Engineering, Eades also served on many engineering society committees.

A memorial service will be held April 11 at Highlands Presbyterian Church in Gainesville.

Submit Your Accolades Online

Have you recently published a journal article or presented your research at a conference? We’d like to know about it and include this information on a new Web page dedicated to listing faculty and graduate student journal publications and conference presentations. You can submit your information online at
http://clasnews.clas.ufl.edu/news/clasnotes/papersform, and the listing will appear at http://clasnews.clas.ufl.edu/news/clasnotes/papers.html.

Mark Your Calendars

The UF Debate Team, housed in the Dial Center for Written and Oral Communication, is hosting the 29th Annual American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament for the first time since 1996 on March 31–April 3. An estimated 2,000 students and faculty members from all 50 states are expected to attend this prestigious event. The debates are free and open to the public. For a schedule of events visit http://www.cwoc.ufl.edu/debate/tournament.htm

CLAS Staff Sweep Superior Accomplishment Awards

Six CLAS employees have received a divisional UF Superior Accomplishment Award in recognition of their outstanding and meritorious service to the university. They are: Debbie Butler, communication sciences and disorders office manager; Barbara Dyer, France-Florida Research Institute and Paris Research Center program assistant; Jolee Gibbs, linguistics office assistant; Kimberly Holloway, botany program assistant; Melvin Horton, physics senior engineering technician; Sue Lawless-Yanchisin, political science program assistant.

Each of the awardees received $200, a certificate of appreciation and a memento coffee mug. They also are under consideration for the university-wide awards, which will be announced on April 25.

Colburn Selected as Senior Adviser

State University System of Florida Chancellor Mark Rosenberg has appointed History Professor David Colburn to serve as his senior adviser, a newly created position in the State University System. Colburn, who served as UF’s provost and senior vice president for academic affairs from 1999 to 2004, will advise the chancellor and the Florida Board of Governors on higher education issues related to access and diversity.

“Mark has asked me to examine the process by which students apply to the state universities and how they are admitted,” says Colburn. “I also will work on strengthening the global competitiveness of the state university system. With a new chancellor in place, this is an opportune time to be involved in higher education in the state of Florida. It’s hard to build strong universities if they all are competing against each other, so we need to find ways to improve the entire system.”

The new position was announced at the end of January, and Colburn expects to serve two to four years in this capacity. He will remain a faculty member at UF, maintaining a campus office and teaching courses. Colburn currently directs the Reubin O’D. Askew Institute on Politics and Society at UF, which provides public programs to civic leaders and citizens of Florida on critical issues confronting the state. Former Governor Reubin Askew and Colburn have collaborated in this effort since 1994.

“David Colburn is a historian of high regard, and as provost of the University of Florida he provided distinguished leadership and earned respect throughout the state as a gifted administrator,” says Chancellor Rosenberg. “As senior adviser, he will bring his wisdom and experience to bear on some of the leading challenges we face as the State University System—including developing broad issues of strategy and building partnerships throughout the state of Florida.”

As chancellor, Rosenberg leads a system of 11 public universities with more than 280,000 students and helps the Florida Board of Governors provide guidance and set statewide policies on higher education. Previously, Rosenberg was provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Florida International University. The Florida Board of Governors is the constitutional body created by voters in 2002 to provide leadership and coordination of Florida’s public universities.

Department News

Anthropology

The January 2006 issue of Anthropology News profiled UF’s anthropology department as one of four exemplary “integrative departments in pursuit of holism” in the article “Models for the Future of Anthropology.” The article addresses the issue of whether departments should divide along subdisciplinary lines. The other exemplars for integration were Emory University, the University of Pennsylvania and Arizona State University.

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Laura B. Demetree, a Doctor of Audiology student, recently received the 2005–2006 Outstanding Second-Year Au.D. Student Scholarship from the Audiology Foundation of America (AFA). She is one of two students nationwide to receive the $4,500 award in recognition of her academic achievement and professional potential. The AFA is committed to fostering the education and training of audiologists and to promoting the autonomous practice of audiology for the benefit of the general public.

Geography

Several students swept statewide awards during the Florida Society of Geographers Meeting held in St. Petersburg in February. In addition, five faculty members, four undergraduates and 12 graduate students made presentations at the meeting. The winning topics range from physical science to political geography.

Phillip Morris, Ashish Patel and Matthew Graham won the Best Poster Award for “Physical Geography on the Net: Interactive Laboratory Learning.” The award for Best Undergraduate Presentation went to Joshua Berger and Jordan Wright for “Estimation of Spatial Variability of Monthly Precipitation Within the Tiribí Basin, Costa Rica.” Each student received a $100 prize. Cerian Gibbes received $200 and the Best Graduate Presentation award for “Assessment of Land Cover Change and Conservation Effectiveness in Trinidad.” Samuel (Saemi) Lederman received an Honorable Mention for Best Graduate Presentation for “The World Trade Organization’s Doha Round: An Historical Breakthrough for Africa’s Cotton Farmers?”

Physics

The UF chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) has received an Outstanding Chapter Award from the national office for the third time in the past four years. The honor is due, in large part, to the strong leadership of President Catherine Yeh and Vice President Layla Booshehri, who each were awarded national SPS leadership scholarships in Spring 2005. The club is advised by Yoonseok Lee and membership is open to all UF undergraduates with an interest in physics. For more information, go to www.phys.ufl.edu/~sps.

Credits

Photos

Bangs photo courtesy David Blankenship
Koningsberg photo courtesy Physics
Eades photo courtesy Geology
David Colburn photo by Jane Gibson
all others by Jane Dominguez

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