Alumni CLASnotes Winter 2003-2004

A Note from the Dean


Greetings from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for 2004

SullivanThe new year brings a sense of excitement and promise along with a new president. President Bernard Machen's vision will lead our university to a new level of excellence. In 2004, we are taking our first steps on a bold strategic path, advancing selected areas of research and education that will distinguish UF and serve as models for the state.

Our first success is in the expansion of new programs in international studies. We have established two new National Resource Centers funded by the US Department of Education: the Center for European Studies and the Transnational and Global Studies Center. These grant awards will enable us to offer several new languages, such as Czech, Hungarian and Polish, as well as teach our students about political economics, international trade and global studies in the 21st century.

Another area in which UF is emerging as a world leader is in infrared astronomy, where our research team leads the design and construction of detectors for the world's largest telescopes; the eight-meter telescope in Chile and Hawaii, and also is a partner with Spain and Mexico for the completion of the world's largest telescope on the Canary Islands. If you want to seek a career in instrumentation astronomy, UF is the place of choice.

Areas of focus where there is great state need are the environmental sciences and the study of ecology. Our scientists are working with other institutions to create a National Ecological Observatory Network in the southeast as part of a national network built by the National Science Foundation. This group will work with zoologists, biologists, botanists, computer cartographers and social scientists to study land use and environmental change.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences forms the academic core of any institution, and if UF is to emerge as a top public institution, we must build excellence in the fundamental academic disciplines: basic sciences; languages and literatures; and studies of social values. It is from these basic disciplines that great discoveries and applications have emerged. Today's liberal arts and sciences students will be tomorrow's discoverers, and we are dedicated to giving them the best tools to emerge as leaders in their fields.

 

Neil Sullivan, Dean
sullivan@phys.ufl.edu


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Jane Dominguez

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