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2013-14 Teacher/Scholar of the Year

Sid Homan, Professor of English, has been selected as the 2013-14 Teacher/Scholar of the Year. This annual award is given in recognition of excellence in teaching and distinction in scholarly activity. It is the university's hightest faculty honor and recognizes the qualities most valued by the University of Florida.
Sid Homan marks 42 years as teacher, scholar, father figure

UF's Teacher-Scholar of the Year, Homan, sees confirmation in career recognition

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In celebration of its centennial anniversary, science historian Betty Smocovitis takes a look back through time at the socio-politics, personalities, institutions, educational reforms, and global events that came together around the 1914 founding of the AJB.


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Stephanie A. Smith, Professor of English, has published the third book in her trilogy which chronicles the parallel stories of two women from the same family who bear the same Puritan name, Content Burns, and who are separated by three centuries.

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Pre-Health Post-Baccalaureate Program (PHPB)
The University of Florida's new Pre-health Post-Baccalaureate Program (PHPB) offers dedicated and motivated students an opportunity to complete academic pre-requisite courses for admission to medical school, dental school, and other health professional graduate programs.


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David G. Hackett, Associate Professor of Religion, has published this powerful study which weaves the story of Freemasonry into the narrative of American religious history.

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2014 Guggenheim Fellowships

  • John Palmer, Professor of Philosophy
  • 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.

    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.

    Lillian Guerra of the Department of History awarded American Council of Learned Societies fellowship for 2014–15

    Her book project, "Making Revolutionary Cuba", addresses a gap in scholarly and public understandings of the origins of Cuban social and political radicalism by exploring the pivotal period between 1946 and 1959 when a consensus on the need for anti-imperialist revolution reached its peak. She analyzes the social policies of the state before and during the Batista dictatorship as well as the role of messianic discourse in shaping public support for a radical program of dramatic socio-economic change. Based on previously unknown archival collections and oral history, this book reveals that the civilian-led struggle was far more responsible for Batista's fall than Fidel Castro's guerrillas; the opposition movement's success hinged more on morally defeating Batista in the public's mind than on defeating the state militarily.

    UF Graduate School's 2013–14 Doctoral Dissertation Advising/ Mentoring Awards

    Leslie Anderson, Professor of Political Science and Kenneth Sassaman, Professor of Anthropology have been named by Dr. Henry Frierson, Associate Vice President and Dean of the Graduate School as winners for the 2013/14 Doctoral Dissertation Advisor/Mentoring Award. The life of the university is greatly enhanced by the quality of our doctoral students, and they take their direction from our many outstanding faculty members. In an effort to continue to promote doctoral studies and to recognize excellence in doctoral student mentoring by our faculty, awards are given each year to at least five faculty doctoral advisors selected on a competitive basis.

    Each winner receives a $3,000 cash award plus $1,000 to support their graduate students. Please join the Graduate School in recognizing these outstanding doctoral faculty advisors/mentors. You can find their photographs and personal statements at: http://graduateschool.ufl.edu/academics/doctoral-mentoring-awards

    Students in CLAS winners at CASE

    We are pleased to announce that 6 undergraduate students representing labs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences were winners at the 2014 Creativity in the Arts and Science Event (CASE) on February 1st. The CASE is sponsored by the UF-HHMI Science for Life Program and the UF College of Fine Arts. Students competed in either the science poster, visual arts, or science/art collaboration categories. A total of 20 projects were selected for awards (8 science, 6 arts and 6 collaborators). All winners will be recognized at our annual reception on Monday, April 7 from 5-7 pm at the UF Presidents House. We hope you are also able to attend the reception to recognize these students' achievements.

  • Science 1st place: Madeleine Turcotte - Studying the Breakdown and Rebuilding of the Cell's Skeleton – Mentor Dr. David Oppenheimer
  • Science 2nd place: Juan Serrano - Synthesis and Antimalarial Activities of a Diverse Set of Triazole-Containing Quinine Analogues – Mentor Dr. Alan R Katritzky
  • Science 2nd place: Jacob Renuart - Long-Range Electron Transfer in Oxalate Decarboxylase – Hypothetical Enzymatic Mechanism – Mentor Dr. Alexander Angerhofer
  • Science 3rd place: Benedetto DiCiaccio - Photomediated Growth and Characterization of Plasmonic Nonomaterials – Mentor Dr. W. David Wei
  • Science 3rd place: Alexis Boulter - Interaction of Alu Polymorphisms with Hypertension within the Context of Racism and Social Inequity in African-Americans – Mentor Dr. Connie J. Mulligan
  • Collaboration 3rd place: Billy Schap and Zac Thompson (CFA Student) - Uncertain Space – Mentor Dr. Peter Barnes
  • Please contact Grace Burmester (graceb@ufl.edu) if you would like any additional information on the awards or event.

    2014 Teaching and Advising Award Winners

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

    2014 Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars

    Each year the Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars (ADTS) honors University of Florida's exceptional teaching and scholarship accomplishments by inducting into its membership faculty members who have demonstrated sustained innovation and commitment in both areas. Please join me in welcoming the 2014 inductees:

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