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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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Invading ant threatens unique African ecosystem
Associate Professor of Biology Todd Palmer shows how the bigheaded ant can bring down the Serengeti. Read the original paper in Ecology journal.

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Alexander Burak, Assistant Professor of Russian, Department of Languages, aims to clarify some important aspects of translation theory and practice in order to make translating and evaluating translations more transparent and more widely understood.

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Rosemary Hill Observatory is #4 on the list of 25 Best College Astronomy Observatories. See full story here.

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Dror Abend-David, Lecturer, Department of Languages, published a collection of essays that considers an interdisciplinary approach to Media and Translation Studies, and expands the theoretical range of audiovisual translation. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2014.

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After Newspeak width=After Newspeak: Language Culture and Politics in Russia from Gorbachev to Putin
Michael S. Gorham, Associate Professor of Russian Studies, presents a cultural history of the politics of the Russian language from Gorbachev and glasnost to Putin and the emergence of new generations of Web technologies. Gorham begins from the premise that periods of rapid and radical change both shape and are shaped by language.

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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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Explore Our Majors

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.

Inside Higher Education website: Liberal Arts Degrees Have Proven Economic Value

Call for 2014-2015 Teaching and Advising Award Nominations

College Deadline for Nominations: Friday, November 21, 2014.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is now accepting nominations  for the Undergraduate Teacher/Advisers of the Year awards for the current academic  year. Access Teaching and Advising Nomination Forms.

Please return nomination forms to  arlenew@ufl.edu or 2014 Turlington Hall.

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.
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    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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