2007 Awardees

Joan Frosch

Professor of Theater and Dance, College of Fine Arts
Campus Winner - Senior Faculty
Dance ethnographer and Certified Movement Analyst, Frosch is Professor of Dance, Assistant Director of the School of Theatre and Dance and co-founder/co-director of the Center for World Arts in the College of Fine Arts. No other professor of dance in the United States has achieved a record to approach the international accomplishments of Professor Frosch. It is in the area of her creative research, as evidenced by such achievements as her documentary feature Movement (R)evolution Africa: A Story of an Art Form in Four Acts, that she has impacted not only her field of inquiry, but also the lives and careers of her students and a vast number of artists to whom the United States may have been previously viewed as impenetrable. Her numerous grants and awards have generated hundreds of thousands of dollars in external funding for the University of Florida, and include the inaugural EMPAC commission to produce a new film project Nora Chipaurnire: A Physical Biography. Professor Frosch has set upon a holistic pathway of achievement in the areas of creative research, teaching and service that has not only brought UF to the world, but the world to UF.

Victoria L. Rovine

Assiatant Professor of Art History (African Art History)
Campus Winner - Junior Faculty

Her dedication to international research and education is evident in a wide range of her activities, from her research agenda and her service to the University and her profession, to her mentorship and teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels. A consistent theme runs through all of these areas of activity: Prof. Rovine's commitment to using visual art as a window onto cultures, individuals, and histories that are too often treated as remote from the lives and concerns of Americans. While African and other non-Western artistic practices are the ostensible subject of all of Prof. Rovine's classes and her research, she aims to make an impact beyond the field of art history. She believes that by illuminating cultures through their art, she demonstrates to each of her students that despite many outward differences, the distance between their lives and the lives of people in Africa is not so vast; people all over the world use art to improve their lives, to express themselves, and to better understand their world. Of course, vast differences do separate the lives of most Africans from those of most Americans in fact, many Africans lack access to economic opportunities, education, and healthcare. However, despite the important differences, African art provides a window onto concerns and beliefs that are shared across cultures. Prof. Rovine believes that her responsibility as an international educator is to do more than impart knowledge; she works to create understanding.

2007 Nominees

Wesley Bolch. Dept. of Nuclear and Radiological Engineering
College of Engineering
Professor Bolch is an internationally recognized expert in the area of Radiation Dosimetry Studies. He serves on important committees of the International Commission of Radiological Protection (ICRP), and in 2006, he was appointed to the main council of the National Council on Radiological Protection (NCRP). Because of the reputation of his laboratory (ALARDS - Advanced Laboratory for Radiation Dosimetry Studies) in the area of the development of whole-body computational phantoms of humans for use in organ dosimetry, recently, the ICRP has requested that the UF ALRADS laboratory provide state-of-the-art skeletal models of the adult male and female for use within their new reference adult phantoms. This work, which is funded by the European Union, is a testament to the international recognition of Prof. Bolch. He has done an outstanding job in attracting and supervising several international students from France, Korea and Sweden, who have worked on their, BS, MS, and PhD research projects. His internationally recognized research activities have attracted outstanding visiting scholars to Nuclear & Radiological Engineering (NRE) Department.

Brian Child
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Dr. Child joined the faculty at UF as a joint hire between African Studies and the Department of Geography in 2004 after a distinguished career working in the field in various locations in South Africa on projects involving community participation in the management of wildlife parks and preserves. His work is well-known and respected by both governmental and non-governmental organizations throughout South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia. In addition to his strong academic background (Rhodes Scholar, D.Phil., Oxford University) Dr. Child brings a wealth of "on the ground" experience to graduate and undergraduate students at UF. Last summer he coordinated a program supported by NSF, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Danish universities that took students to the field in Namibia and Botswana where they were paired with African professionals to work on research projects that will be published. His active involvement in international service activities also provides unparalleled opportunities to his students. On campus Dr. Child has been instrumental in forging interdisciplinary links in the area of environmental issues in Africa with Tropical Conservation and Development, School of Natural Resources and Environment, Land Use Environmental Change Institute, as well as the IGERT grant run by the Wetlands Center. CLAS recognizes Dr. Child for his outstanding international endeavors, as well as his ability to influence decisions at the national and international level.

Daniel P. Connaughton. Associate Professor of Sports Management
College of Health and Human Performance
He has significantly contributed to and provided effective leadership in many international exchange activities. He was one of the primary faculty members that re-started the exchange program between the UF and the University of Darmstadt in Germany. Under this exchange program, faculty and students of the two universities conduct mutual visits and academic exchange activities on an annual basis. Similarly, he has played a major role in the establishment of academic exchange programs between the College of Health and Human Performance and two Chinese universities (Tsinghua University and Tianjin Foreign Studies University). He has also developed the International Tourism, Recreation and Sport Topics in China course. Other study-abroad programs that Dr. Connaughron has initiated and served as a lead teacher include Sport and Physical Education History in Athens, Greece and Sports in Rome. Currently, he is making plans and recruiting students for the Sports in Rome course to be offered during spring 2008.

Hartmut Derendorf. Professor and Chair, Dept. of Pharmaceutics and Director, Center for Drug Food-Drug Interaction Research and Education.
College of Pharmacy

He has years of service in recruiting, training and educating students from both the European and South American continents in basic and clinical aspects of pharmacokinetic and Pharmacodynamic modeling of drugs. This endeavor, on average, has brought between 20-30 undergraduate pharmacy students per year to the College of Pharmacy and other Colleges in the University of Florida for 3-4 month research training experiences. What is remarkable is that, because of the wonderful experiences the students have during their early research activity, many of the students have returned to UF to complete their graduate training. Furthermore, Dr. Derendorf maintains a very close relationship with all of his former graduate and undergraduate pharmacy students through his biannual Global Gator meetings. The Global Gator meetings provide a medium for scientific exchange of current pharmaceutical topics through both platform and poster presentations and can approximate 150-200 participants.

John Freeman. Associate Professor of Journalism.
College of Journalism and Communications
Dr. Freeman's Berlin journalism program embodies the essence of the criteria listed for this award. The Berlin journalism program is a stellar example of how a faculty member's teaching increased student awareness of international issues and involved them in study and research (in this case creative) activities abroad. Dr. Freeman's sustained effort at developing and implementing this program is significant. This was not a one-time endeavor. Dr. Freeman's continued commitment to the Berlin journalism program has indeed helped raise the University of Florida's profile as a major university and been a transformative experience for our students.

Franz Futterknecht.
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
His teaching and research have concentrated on German literature and literary theory from the Enlightenment to the 20th century. He co-founded UF's study abroad program in Mannheim, and his continuing involvement with this program since the early 1990s has enriched the international education of dozens of students at both the graduate and undergraduate level. He has also pioneered the development and use of new technologies, specifically the World Wide Web and digital communications media, for the teaching of German language and culture. He has been the principle force behind the creation of a new beginning/intermediate German language and culture sequence in which all course resources have been developed in and are located on the World Wide Web. In addition, he has created advanced courses in German literature and culture which combine on-line resources with classroom instruction. CLAS recognizes Dr. Futterknecht's comprehensive contributions to international education, including his sustained commitment to study abroad and his innovative work with digital technologies.

E. Paul J. Gibbs. Professor of Virology.
College of Veterinary Medicine
Since his appointment in 1979, the focus of his work has been international. Indeed that was why he was appointed, to assist the State in the protection of its agriculture and public health.. During his tenure as Director of the Office of International Studies and Programs he established the concept of the International Center and then renamed and moved the office recommending (upon his election to return to the College of Veterinary Medicine to focus on Emerging Diseases) that the Director's position be renamed a Deanship and that the appointment be 100% FTE. During his time in the International Center, he established the Coca Cola World Citizenship program at UF, a program that is now extending to other universities. The above information is historical, but defines his long term commitment and provides the context for his recent activities.

Mark Jamison. Lecturer in Economics and Director of the Public Utility Research Center
College of Business Administration
He was a key figure in developing the PURC/World Bank International Training Program on Utility Regulation and Strategy which takes place twice a year in Gainesville for two years. Mark's leadership has kept the program fresh and relevant for over a decade. Mark has expanded the sector training and research to include the development of leadership in infrastructure policy. Under his direction, PURC helps government officials and industry managers worldwide identify the best strategies for promoting efficient utility infrastructure.

William F. Keegan. Curator of Caribbean Archaeology
Florida Museum of Natural History
Keegan has a long, distinguished, and very productive record of international education in the Caribbean Basin, where he is one of the world's leading authorities on prehistoric archaeology. His international accomplishments include field research with students of highly diverse backgrounds, advising graduate students, teaching formal and informal courses, and being a most respected figure at international scientific meetings. Dr. Keegan's application was approved unanimously by our department's Advisory Committee, which consists of three Full Curators who advise the Chair on such matters.

Joseli Macedo. Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Urban and Regional Planning
College of Design, Construction and Planning.
Dr. Macedo brings her experience teaching Architecture and Urbanism students in Brazil to UF, which has added an international and interdisciplinary dimension to our college. She received an Internationalizing the Curriculum Award to redesign a core course in Urban and Regional Planning, developed a new graduate-level course, offered in URP, the College’s Historic Preservation Concentration, the Master of Arts in Latin American Studies and the Transnational and Global Studies Graduate Certificate in the area of Development and Area Studies. She single-handedly developed and directs a summer program in Urban Planning and Design in Curitiba, Brazil which attracts over 25 students from UF and universities across the United States. This program serves as a critical recruiting tool for the Urban and Regional Planning Masters and PhD programs. The Curitiba Program has solidified relationships between UF and Brazilian universities through cooperative agreements and potential exchange programs. Dr. Macedo’s research focuses on Latin America’s informal settlements, issues of land tenure and affordable housing in the planning of urban settlements. In 2005, she was commissioned by the World Bank to conduct a housing study in Brazil together with researchers from UF’s Shimberg Center for Affordable Housing. This project has resulted in numerous lectures at national and international conferences and several key publications and has expanded into the International Housing Research Initiative. In recognition of her international record, Dr. Macedo was recently appointed co-director of the Center for Tropical Architecture, Planning and Construction in DCP.

Prabhat Mishra. Assistant Professor
Dept. Computer and Information Science and Engineering
College of Engineering
He has been chosen for the International Educator Award due to his outstanding international contributions in teaching, research as well as services. He has done an outstanding job promoting international activities in the department. For example, his international collaboration has allowed him to develop a successful embedded systems course in the department which is able to attract students from various departments in the college. Moreover, the lecture materials developed by Dr. Mishra are used by many universities around the globe. His research contributions have been recognized by several international awards. Furthermore, he has active research collaborations with many research institutes in various countries including China, India, Japan, France and Singapore. Dr. Mishra spent last summer and fall at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore (India) to teach and collaborate with international researchers/educators from India and abroad.

W. Steven (Steve) Otwell.
Florida Sea Grant Seafood Extension Specialist
He is a professor in the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Dr. Otwell has created a program that has an international reputation. His efforts have had significant impacts on the international seafood industry, he has contributed greatly to the advancement of seafood research and extension capabilities of FSHN, included raising funds for the Aquatic Food Products Lab and he has contributed to the advancement of graduate students through a focus on the practical application of the research they have conducted. Dr. Steve Otwell has always had the vision to predict and initiate research and Extension training in advance of the time they needed to be implemented. When Otwell's program began at UF, the domestic Florida seafood industry was significant. As both state and world conditions changed, they also changed the seafood industry. The industry is still significant in the state, but focuses largely on the processing and retail sector and relies very heavily on imported seafood, instead of wild-caught product from the state or region. Otwell adjusted his research and education program to serve the changing industry.

Natalia Peres, Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology located at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Wimauma, FL
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
Dr. Peres has actively worked in the international arena for the past 5 years. Dr. Peres is well known in Brazil for her research and extension activities on disease control in strawberry, citrus and ornamentals. More specifically she has done considerable research in the area of Colletotrichum diseases and worked on the development of various computer models to assist growers in scheduling fungicide applications. Her work in Colletotrichum diseases has been recognized nationally and internationally. Dr. Peres also has an excellent record for securing grants to support her program. Since 2004 she has brought in $1,199,213 from competitive grants which involve international cooperators and international students. Dr. Peres has received various awards including the 2007 American Phytopathological Society’s William Boright Hewitt Early Career Award, Ministry of External Relations Brazil Trade Promotion Operations Division Award, three outstanding Extension Publication Team Awards from the American Society of Horticultural Science, National Association of Country Agricultural Agents, and Florida Association of County Agricultural Agents.

Alfonso Pérez-Méndez. Professor in the School of Architecture
College of Design, Construction and Planning
Dr. Pérez-Méndez has a distinguished career of international work in architectural practice, teaching and research. His work as a Senior Associate of Richard Meier & Partners, recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, has been internationally recognized, including two Progressive Architecture Awards, one American Institute of Architects Award, and one FAD award, among the top awards in the field. His writing combines his professional experience with exacting archival research: a rare and important combination in the writing of architectural history. As co-director of the Preservation Institute: Caribbean (PIC), Professor Perez’s research efforts have strengthened the program’s emphasis on cultural preservation and ecologically sustainable construction practices and created a renewed appreciation of the modern movement achievements. His ability to engage in innovative teaching was highlighted in an experimental class co-taught with faculty of the International University in Barcelona. His lectures in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean have opened new and exciting avenues of collaboration for the School of Architecture and the University. Most recently as invited International Jury to the 8th Seminarios Internacionales de Montevideo 2006.

Alice Poe, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Women's, Children's, and Family Nursing and her nomination is due largely to her international work with nurse midwives and nurse midwifery students. Dr. Poe currently serves as the Director of the Nurse Midwifery Specialty in the Masters Degree Program in the UF College of Nursing, based on our Jacksonville campus. Her program of research which began as her doctoral dissertation focuses on predictors of spontaneous lacerations during childbirth among women having their first baby (primigravidae). She has presented her findings at international conferences in six countries to-date. This research can lead to greatly improved health outcomes for new mothers and decreased cost for their health care. Her findings are easily translated to a variety of types of health care systems and resources, making her work particularly important as an international focus.

Jiunn-Jye Sheu. Associate Professor.
College of Health and Human Performance
The department's Health Informatics Laboratory helps students develop the skills needed to function as professionals in an information-based society. The Health Informatics Laboratory uses interactive computer technology and instructional media, as well as high-technology applications in areas of health education and health promotion, such as computer-related instruction, computer simulation, and innovative gaming techniques. Dr. Sheu deserves credit for developing the Laboratory from the conceptual stage to its current level of sophisticated capabilities in communications and instructional technology. Dr. Sheu's most notable contribution to international education through technology involves developing Project DIAMOND (Digital Instruction and Multimedia Over-the-Net Database). The complex and innovative project features interface and search capabilities in 6 languages: English, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean, and Japanese. The project collected and evaluated over 6,500 media clips from the Internet, thus providing a reviewed and reliable media resource available in the world's principal languages. Students enrolled in HSC 4302 (Methods and Materials of Health Education) use the project database as a resource for application of digital multimedia to developing health education programs.

Michael Weigold. Professor of Advertising.
College of Journalism and Communications

Dr. Weigold's leadership and vision for our Study Abroad program embody the essence of the criteria listed for this award. The long-term commitment, the number of countries visited, the large number of students participating, and the positive effect on our students are compelling evidence for how this program has raised student awareness of international issues and impacted our curriculum. It's truly remarkable that students who have participated are offering to help fund current students. This trend demonstrates how Dr. Weigold's work has created an experience for our students that is obviously life altering. The evidence is also clear that this program has raised University of Florida's profile given that Dr. Weigold has developed this program from infancy to its current status as the largest study abroad program, tied with the College of Business Administration, at UF.

Carol West. Professor of Economics and Director of the UF Center for International Business Education and Research
College of Business Administration

West led the team which obtained initial funding from the U.S. Department of Education as a Title VI Center. Since then, she has led the way on many initiatives. Noteworthy activities of CIBER include supporting non-business courses with international business components (in areas as diverse as Anthropology and Health and Human Performance), introducing area studies into business courses, providing new study abroad options for business students, and supporting FLAC (Foreign Language Across the Curriculum) courses. UF's CIBER was successful in obtaining renewal of its funding at a higher rate when many programs were cut.