University of Florida vertebrate paleontologist Jonathan Bloch holds two cranial fragments of the extinct mammal L. kayi to show how the complete skull would have looked, similar to the skull of the present-day Pen-tailed Tree Shrew from Southeast Asia, at right. Unlike the cast of an extinct apatemyid in the background, the specimens used in the UF study are preserved in three dimensions.
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Fall 2010 Outstanding Leadership Awards for Undergraduate Male and Female Graduating Seniors

Three graduating seniors from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences were recognized by the 2010 Outstanding Leadership Awards.


Julie N. Dumbroff
Sociology & Criminology and Law

While maintaining a 4.0 grade point average, Julie Dumbroff has contributed to the campus and the community by being a role model for other students and aspiring leaders. As an intern for the Alachua County courthouse, Dumbroff handles post conviction relief motions as a Guardian ad Litem. She serves on the O'Connell Center Advisory Board and ont he Student Conduct Committee, hearing cases and recommending consequences for violations. As a director and secretary of Golden Key, Dumbroff put together a successful charity rock concert, raising over $1,400 with only a $100 budget by getting the venue, flyers, and raffle gifts donated. She also serves as a study abroad peer advisor.

Honorable Mentions

Olvin Carias

Olvin Carias has been making a positive difference in both the Gainesville and university community through organizations like Florida Alternative Breaks, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Project MASCOT. He was the founding Director of ACTIONS!, an organization dedicated on educating the University community on societal issues such as AIDS and homelessness. As the undergraduate student coordinator of First-Year Florida, Carias helped redesign the training curriculum, taught the peer-leader training course, and planned a day-long retreat for over 60 peer leaders.

Lance W. Legel
Physics, Astronomy

During his sophomore year, Lance Legel created a student-run public policy think tank recognized by the Roosevelt Institute and affiliated with the Bob Graham Center for Public Service. He was appointed by the Gainesville City Commission to the Gainesville Energy Advisory Committee which investigated and recommended improvements in the city’s energy consumption patterns. Legel served as the President of the Undergraduate Astrophysics Society, in which capacity he designed and hosted dozens of public events about exploring the Universe. As coordinator of NASA’s Student Training in Astronomy Research Skills (STARS) program, Legel lead an executive board of $13,000 UF workshop program for high school students. As a Project Leader at NASA’s Space Florida Academy at Cape Canaveral, he directed 14 engineering students over 6 days in a balloon launch of telecommunications equipment.

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