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Unpopular SovereigntyUnpopular Sovereignty: Rhodesian Independence and African Decolonization
Luise White, Professor of History. In 1965 the white minority government of Rhodesia (after 1980 Zimbabwe) issued a unilateral declaration of independence from Britain, rather than negotiate a transition to majority rule. In doing so, Rhodesia became the exception, if not anathema, to the policies and practices of the end of empire.


The Male ClockThe Male Clock: A Futuristic Novel about a Fertility Crisis, Gender Politics, and Identity
William Marsiglio, Professor of Sociology and Criminology & Law. The Male Clock propels readers into a futuristic, yet believable world transformed by SGEV – a debilitating virus that drastically compromises men's ability to procreate.


Aging in the Right PlaceAging in the Right Place
Stephen Golant, Professor of Geography. Aging in the Right Place highlights the profound significance of where older people live and receive care, placing particular emphasis on the often overlooked emotional challenges aging adults face when their living situations need to be evaluated.


Lucian and His Roman VoicesLucian and His Roman Voices: Cultural Exchanges and Conflicts in the Late Roman Empire (Routledge Monographs in Classical Studies)
Eleni Bozia, Visiting Lecturer of Classics. Lucian and His Roman Voices examines cultural exchanges, political propaganda, and religious conflicts in the Early Roman Empire through the eyes of Lucian, his contemporary Roman authors, and Christian Apologists.

Samuel Proctor Oral History Program

OHA Annual Meeting
Jessica Taylor, one of SPOHP's graduate coordinators, recently wrote for the Oxford University Press's blog about their recent trip to the Oral History Association conference in Madison.

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Classics, Stats and ClarinetsClassics, Stats and Clarinets
What are the odds that two students who play clarinet in the marching band are also Classics majors?

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Improving Science and Social Literacy
The Impact of Materials on Society subcommittee partnered with faculty from Engineering, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Education at the University of Florida to develop an introductory level undergraduate course.


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Sean Patrick Adams, Professor in History. Home Fires tells the fascinating story of how changes in home heating over the nineteenth century spurred the growth of networks that helped remake American society.


Palms and People in the AmazonPalms and People in the Amazon
Nigel J. Smith, Professor Emeritus in Geography. Palms and People in the Amazon explores the degree to which landscapes have been enriched with palms by human activities and the importance of palms for the lives of people in the region today and historically. Palms are a prominent feature of many landscapes in Amazonia, and they are important culturally, economically, and for a variety of ecological roles they play.


Jewish Histories of the HolocaustJewish Histories of the Holocaust: New Transnational Approaches
Norman J.W. Goda, Norman and Irma Braman Professor of Holocaust Studies in the Center for Jewish Studies. Jewish Histories of the Holocaust is a collection of fifteen research essays by leading scholars in North America, Europe, and Israel, which analyze the use of Jewish sources for understanding the Holocaust. The essays range in topic from buried Jewish records in the Warsaw Ghetto, to the place of Jewish resistors in the French Communist underground, to memories of the Holocaust in Jewish travel and in artistic forms such as film. The book is based on a conference hosted by the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Florida in March 2012, titled "Rewriting the Jewish History of the Holocaust", which was made possible through the generosity of Norman and Irma Braman.

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An education in the liberal arts and sciences prepares students for a wide range of careers. Learn more about our majors and the career opportunities they provide.
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Assistant Professor of Anthropology Awarded NEH Summer Stipend

Congratulations to Richard Kernaghan, assistant professor of anthropology, for a recent grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Professor Kernaghan will use the NEH Summer Stipend Award to continue his research on land, territory and law in post-war Peru this summer.

2015 Teaching and Advising Award Winners

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

Two Physics Distinguished Professors Win Top Awards in Their Fields

Pierre Ramond has been awarded the 2015 Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics for his "pioneering foundational discoveries in supersymmetry and superstring theory, in particular the dual model of fermions and the theory of the Kalb-Ramond field."

Arthur Hebard and colleagues Allen Goldman (U. Minnesota), Aharon Kapitulnik (Stanford U.), and Matthew Fisher (U. California, Santa Barbara) have been awarded the American Physical Society's 2015 Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize for "discovery and pioneering investigations of the superconductor-insulator transition, a paradigm for quantum phase transitions."

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Anthropology Professor Wins Extraordinary Professor Award

Peter Schmidt, Professor of Anthropology and Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science, has been honored with an appointment as Extraordinary Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa. See more.

Inaugural CLASSC Teaching Awards,
Fall 2014

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Student Council (CLASSC) instituted a new teaching award this fall to recognize the importance of outstanding teaching for the student experience. Each year, the student council will select one faculty member from the humanities, social sciences and sciences to receive this honor.
See Winners for 2014

Outstanding International Student Awards


Sponsored by a fund established in honor of the late Alec Courtelis by his wife

  • Razan Al Fakir, Syria, College of Public Health and Health Professions – $3,000
  • Mónica Santisteban, Switzerland, College of Medicine – $1,500
  • Khanh Ha, Vietnam, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – $1,500

    Sponsored by the Scarborough Insurance Company

  • Mandisa Haarhoff, South Africa, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – $1,000
  • 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
  • Prof. Palmer's Guggenheim project, entitled Plato's Pythagorean Theory of Value, takes up themes from "The Pythagoreans and Plato," his contribution to The History of Pythagoreanism (Cambridge, 2014). The book will explore how Plato understood the Pythagoreans as advocating a conception of value, goodness, and well-being that was adaptable to his own purposes as he began to move beyond his Socratic inheritance. The project will have significant implications for value theory and ethics more generally, for it will involve elucidation of Plato's naturalistic conception of value as well as critical reflection on how ancient ethical theories have been cast as the primogenitors of so-called "virtue ethics." During the first half of 2015, Prof. Palmer will conduct research at Cambridge University as a Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall.

  • 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.

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