March 2006 CLASnotes
In This Issue:
Assistant Professor Kate Sweeny reflects on her experiences at UF.
100 Years of Students
Two of the clearest measures of a university’s success are its history and the achievements of its students—we take a moment to explore the birth of the college and reflect on the lives of those who have helped shape CLAS’ reputation at home and abroad.
A Birthday for CLAS
Seven short portraits of some of the students who call UF’s CLAS their alma mater.
You’re not in Kansas Anymore!
CLAS’ new dean, Paul D’Anieri shares his views, coming in from the outside.
The World’s Most Ambitious Science Experiment
A team of UF physicists has a leading role in a major experiment planned for the Large Hadron Collider.
World’s Largest Computing Grid Launched
The world’s largest computing grid, pioneered in part by University of Florida researchers, was launched on October 3 to crunch the mammoth amounts of data produced by the Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator in Europe.
A Measure of Success
U.S. Ambassador to Panama, Barbara Stephenson, tells stories of life as a diplomat.
Campus Views
Gator Tales hits the shelves, the Journal of Undergraduate Research turns 10, new device aids Parkinsons patients, the Department of Astronomy keeps breaking records, and the Chemistry Research building is renamed in honor of Harry H. Sisler.
Updates from CLASmates
News correspondent, public servant, lawyer, teacher—are just a few of the remarkable careers our alumni lead.
Alumni Bookshelf
From mysteries, both fiction and real, to analysis of library performance, the latest books by CLAS alumni are sure to thrill.
100 Years of CLAS

Above: Moving onto campus, early 1960s.
University Archives

About CLAS

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Florida is the largest college on campus, with more than 700 faculty members responsible for teaching the majority of the university’s core curriculum to at least 35,000 students each year. CLAS has more than 12,000 undergraduate students pursuing a variety of disciplines through its 42 majors and 42 minors. Additionally, nearly 2,000 graduate students are attaining advanced degrees in the college.

About Alumni CLASnotes

Alumni CLASnotes is published twice a year by the University of Florida College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for its alumni and friends. Please send all correspondence to Editor, CLAS Dean’s Office, PO Box 117300, University of Florida, Gainesville FL 32611-7300 or

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