summer 2008ENTheMan,thedreamand the half-inchdecision thatchanged it allp. 20The 3.6 Millionbudget cutand how it affects your almamater, your degree and our futurep. 16Gator EngineersRULEFlorida’s Economyp. 13gINEERT H E F LO R I DAvolume 93
summer 2008publisher /Pramod P. [email protected] adviser /Cammy R. AbernathyAssociate Dean for Academic [email protected] of communications /Megan E. [email protected] / Nicole Cisneros [email protected] editor / Marilee [email protected] designer / Holly GibbsTaking a few minutes to look for something in an old Florida Engineercan turn a five-minute task into an afternoon nostalgic time sink. Thisis how we came across this picture of John Atanasoff signing an oldissue of The Florida Engineer, and just had to include this time capsule— with an excerpt from the story — into the 2008 Florida [email protected] / John [email protected] Prodigy Huck FinnPrinted in the January 1984 issue of The Florida Engineer“Dormitory living had its interesting moments, too, and Atanasoff likes to recant what he feels is anamusing episode in campus life. “I was awakened one night by a strange scratching noise,” he said.“I got out of bed and searched the room, several times. I could find nothing so I went back to bed.”Again, he heard the noise and went to the window to investigate. This time, he found the sourceof the sound. It seems that on their way to class in the mornings some of the students had thrownbiscuits, left over from breakfast, at each other. Some of the food fight material invariably landedon the roof. The strange noise was roaches scurrying across the tin roof to get their share of thebiscuit remains. “They were as big as mice!” So much for the insect life in Florida!”advisory board / Bala Balachandar,Jennifer Curtis, Mike Foley, Joseph Hartman,Meg Hendryx, Aaron Hoover, AngelaLindner, Liesl O’Dell, Paul Pegher, MarkPoulalion, Rey Roque, Erik Sander, Ted SpikerprintingBoyd Brothers, Inc.gthe florida en ineer is published twice a year by the University ofFlorida College of Engineering, keeping alumni, students and friendsof the College connected with Gator Engineering by reportingon issues relevant and timely to engineering and the University.Contact Nicole McKeen (352-392-0984 or [email protected])for information about advertising with The Florida Engineer.Office of EngineeringCommunications & MarketingUniversity of Florida349 Weil HallP.O. Box 116550Gainesville, FL 32611-6550VOLUMIZINGRead the whole article on our Web eer.eng.ufl.eduHow do we know it’s our 93rd volume? Becausewe counted every issue from the last 58 years. Ittook a while, but knowing just feels so right.
fetable of contentsa turesPhotos: Atanasoff from The Florida Engineer 1984, headshots College of Engineering file photos, Monopoly board by Megan Gales, Seymour Block by Inigo de Amescua, Manny Fernandez by Inigo de Amescua, economy illustration by Jim Harrison, Hjalma Johnson by Jason Henry.summer 200816/Playing the budget GameIt’s all on the table: the College of Engineering’srankings, curriculum and enrollment. It’s a game withincredibly high stakes and no ‘Get Out of Jail Free’cards. Will the 3.6 million budget cuts cause a dominoeffect? More importantly, can the College possibly win?26/Hip to be squareBen Franklin’s magic trick isn’tso tricky, so says chemicalengineer and Franklin historianSeymour Block. In Block’snew book he breaks down thefounding father’s enchantmentwith magic squares, thecolonial sister to Sudoku.28/A Lost Ballin High WeedsHjalma Johnson wouldhave to survive his secondday of college beforehe could be namedDistinguished AlumnusEntrepreneur of the Year.13/engineeringflorida’s economyThey’re less conspicuousthan oranges, yet they’reinfluencing billions of dollarsin the Sunshine State’seconomy. Gator Engineersare Florida’s lesser-knownnatural resource.20/in search of thenext best thingon the coverThe world’s first laptop computerwas the brain child of GatorEngineer Manny Fernandez, butthat’s only one accomplishmenton a fairly long list that just keepsgetting longer.www.thefloridaengineer.eng.ufl.edu1
ta ble of contentsEN g AGEheadlines/06Gators engineering the news.08/texting 101Nowadays teens aren’t the only ones expected to know what“G2G” (got to go) means. We take a look at the new languageinfiltrating the workplace.engineering goes pop/09Cool things happen when “the outsiders”realize how exciting engineering really is.10/The coolest research younever knew existedMetal that heals itself and hats that can pinpoint epilepsy? Youwon’t believe what researchers are working on across campus.The savvy engineer/12204/from 300 weil hallA sit-down with Dean Pramod Khargonekar29/YOUR LIFE — UP TO DATE / ALUMNI42/Your life — up to date / faculty43/friends we’ll missGator engineers share their livesAccolades and things that make us proudA tribute to the Gator Engineers who are gone but not forgotten44/once in a weil The editor throws in her two cents and gives readers a penny for their thoughtsPhotos: Magazine pages by Holly Gibbs, headshots contributed.DE p A RT ME NTSLooking for your dream job? Six tips tohelp you find your best fit.
Jim HarrisonBetty CortinaBetty Cortina was named one of New York’s most powerful women a few years ago. Cortina started at The Miami Herald and was soon hired by Peoplemagazine, where she began her career in magazines. The first story she filed for People was about murdered Tejano singer Selena. The overwhelmingresponse to the magazine’s coverage inspired People en Espanol. She went on to Entertainment Weekly and eventually found herself as the foundingnews editor at O, The Oprah Magazine. Cortina’s most significant role has been at Latina, where she served as editor-in-chief. During her tenure shedoubled circulation and advertising revenue. She recently left Latina and spent the spring 2008 semester teaching magazine management and featurewriting at UF’s College of Journalism and Communications.John W. CoxJohn Cox’s resume reads like a lifetime of achievement awards. He is 23. He won the Hearst Journalism Award for in-depthwriting in The Independent Florida Alligator called “Student Death Still Unsolved.” He received the Scripps Howard Foundation’s Top-Ten Student Journalist 10,000 award; the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass CommunicationStudent Magazine Contest; the Jim Murray Memorial Foundation Scholar 5,000 Award; the Florida Council on CompulsiveGambling Media Award for the Alligator series, “Out of Luck;” and the Hearst Journalism Awards Certificate of Special Merit inFeature and Profile Writing and in June was named National Champion in the William Randolph Hearst Writing Competition.Wayne GarciaWayne Garcia has worked in Florida journalism and politics for nearly 25 years. He is currently political editor for the Creative Loafingalternative-weekly newspaper in Tampa, where he writes an award-winning column and blog, The Political Whore. He previously wrote for theSt. Petersburg Times, The Tampa Tribune, The Gainesville Sun, and Warfield’s Tampa Bay Review business weekly. From 1996-2004, he was apartner in Repper, Garcia and Associates, a bipartisan political and public affairs consulting firm headquartered in Tampa Bay, and was consultant to more than 100 political campaigns. Additionally, he has served as an adjunct professor of journalism at the University of Tampa and theUniversity of Florida. He is completing coursework toward a master’s degree in journalism at the University of South Florida-St. Petersburg.John MarvelJournalist, photographer, juggler. Born in Madrid, he goes by the name Indigo while livingin the states attending UF working on a master’s degree in communication. His favoriteartists today are: Bob Dylan, Tom Waits and Nick Cave. Yesterday: Cat Power, ArethaFranklin and Miles Davis. Tomorrow: Jonathan Richman, Howlin’ Wolf and Jorge Ben. Hehas worked for Vanity Fair Spain and the Benicassim’s International Music Festival. He lovesphotos of Terry Richardson, Cartier-Bresson, the desert, motorbikes and neon lights.PicturesIllustrationsStorytellingJim Harrison is an award-winning graphic designer and artist from Gainesville, Florida. Specializing in corporate communications and brand identities, he has created logos, posters, identity systems, brochures, Web sites, annual reports and otherunique items for a wide variety of local, regional and national clients. His work has earned numerous local silver, gold and bestof show Addy awards, as well as a national SAPPI Paper “Ideas That Matter” grant. Harrison is also known for creating the“Gainesville Fruit Company” series of art prints featuring Gainesville landmarks.John Marvel is a journalist and educator in the San Francisco Bay Area. He spenteight years at ESPN the Magazine and ESPN.com. Educated at Boston Universityand Metropolitan State College, he spent his early journalism years on the HoustonPost, Arizona Republic, Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News sports staffs. He was areporter and sports columnist at the Contra Costa Times and lead sports columnist atthe Peninsula Times Tribune.WilliamMcKeenWho They AreInigo deAmescuaCo n tributorsWilliam McKeen is a professor and chair of the UF Department of Journalism, as well as the author of six books and editor of four more. Hislatest book, Outlaw Journalist, is a biography of the late writer Hunter S. Thompson. He is working on an anthology about childhood in Florida.Highway 61 is a memoir of a 6,000-mile road trip with his college-aged son. Rock and Roll is Here to Stay, a mammoth music history, appearedin 2000. McKeen has written four other books: critical biographies of Tom Wolfe, Hunter Thompson, Bob Dylan and the Beatles. He has written for Gourmet, Maxim, American History, Holiday, The Saturday Evening Post, and the World Book Encyclopedia. He was a copy editor andreporter at several newspapers, staff editor at The Saturday Evening Post and production editor at The American Spectator.What They Dowww.thefloridaengineer.eng.ufl.edu3
ea l tter from the deanfrom 300weil hallwith pramod khargonekar4 You asked the questions,here are the answers.Unscripted, unrehearsed and upfront answersto your most pressing questions.Photos: Dean Khargonekar by David Blankenship, television and photo illustration by Megan Gales, background by iStockphoto.comgthe florida en ineerInterview by Nicole McKeen
difficult time applying their academics toactual problems. How can we prevent thistrend from affecting Florida Engineers?I am aware of this concern. Our College does still offer verystrong lab experience undergraduate education. We are alsoemphasizing design experience. The Integrated Product & ProcessDesign program is an excellent example of the real-world designexperience. The program is linked directly to industry. In each department we have an advisory board helping with curriculum. Weneed to be diligent on this issue. Active involvement from alumnican be very beneficial here.Ok, so beyond contributing money, what arethe best ways for Gator Engineering alumnito help the College of Engineering and keepit among the best in the U.S.? Get connected. Visitthe departments. Meet the department chairs. Offer the studentsyour expertise. You see the world from a very different perspectivethan we do in academia. Get to know each other. Find areas wherewe can improve. Look for new opportunities to work together. Itcan all be of great benefit for everyone. I hope that you will derivesomething of value to help improve your professional future.How do we increase the pool of engineeringstudents to be more competitive on a globalscale? The pipeline, that’s the first place. We need to do a lotmore work in making engineering more attractive to youngerchildren — middle and high school. Once they come to UF weneed to give them a balanced education with strong fundamentals.But this is not enough. Our students need a keen awareness ofglobal trends. The ability to work in global teams and the ability tolead that will distinguish our students. Also, being highly competitive, highly independent, and savvy about the global economy willallow our students to work with employers and customers aroundthe world.On a lighter note, what about you? Did youalways want to become a teacher? Yes. Since Iwas 16 or 17 years old.What was your first love in life? I have always beenan avid reader. I enjoy learning. I am really happy when I am learning something.what drives you today? Using my God-given talentsand energy to improve anything that I come in contact with. I liketo use my abilities to improve student experience, faculty successand be involved in things that will stand the test of time. I am verymuch a team player. I want to make the team play better by beingon it.How do you like being a Florida Gator?It’s great to be a Florida Gator. I love the University of Florida. Iam a graduate of UF, so I am a Gator in at least two ways — as analumnus and as faculty member. I am very pleased and grateful formy graduate education and the opportunity to lead the College.I am very pleased with the progress the College has made duringmy tenure. It has exceeded my wildest mmer 2008What do you consider to be the biggest challenge in your job? Keeping the faculty, students and staffmotivated, energized, encouraged and enthusiastic — especiallyduring this time of budget cuts.Speaking of the budget and the cuts, whatreal effect is this going to have on the college? The College enjoys a great reputation. It is still an attractive engineering college to come to for students and faculty.However, for the short-term, as far as faculty go, there are noresources to recruit faculty. But when the economy improves, wewill be in a good position.Well, what about the College’s nationalrankings? Can we rise in national rankingswith such a daunting budget crisis?Our ranking for graduate education is 24th for private and publicinstitutions and 14th for public. We have risen significantly in theU.S.News & World Report rankings in the past seven years. Thereare very few engineering colleges that have seen this kind of rise.However, we are very ambitious. Our approach is to do the rightthings from academic and research perspectives. We’ve hiredmore than 90 faculty since 2001. But there’s a lot more we can do,like ensuring the success of our junior faculty, growing graduate programs and — for Ph.D. students interested in becomingfaculty — facilitating and nurturing that desire. Also, improvingthe undergraduate program is essential. We’ve invested a lot in research. The new Nanoscience Institute for Medical and Engineering Technologies will present huge opportunity for the Collegeand University. There’s also the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering and the new Biomedical SciencesBuilding. But, the perception of the University is a challenge. I amcautiously optimistic. With a balanced approach, the improvementshould continue.Do you recommend students pursue graduate degrees? Pursuing graduate eduction is a very good idea.Engineering is becoming more and more complex. So yes, if itmakes sense for the individual and it’s feasible, a graduate degreeis a good idea. It doesn’t have to be immediately after graduation,but it is a very, very good investment.Let’s talk about the corporate world. Whatis the college doing to prepare young engineering graduates for the politics of corporate America? Each program puts a special emphasis onsoft skills like ethics, communication and teamwork. The universityenvironment is removed from the world of corporate politics. Sothrough the education in the humanities and social sciences, all ofthis provides a strong foundation for students to succeed in thecorporate atmosphere. We do bring students together with industry members throughout their college experience.Some senior engineers said new hires don’twant to get their hands dirty and have a
ENgAGEH E A D L IGator engineers in the news SUF’s student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers hosted the 17thannual National Student Steel Bridge Competition at the O’Connell CenterMay 23-24. The event drew 42 universities and a crowd of approximately 650,said chapter president Jimmy Falls. Each university was judged on 1/10 scale steelgthe florida en ineerbridges. Each bridge had to withstand 2,500 pounds, and each team had to assembletheirs as quickly as possible. They were also judged on factors such as lightness,economy and display. UF’s team placed second overall, made the top 10 within fiveof the six categories and were awarded 3,000. —M.W.G.Moving up in the RankS Good MorningAfter two years at No. 26 in the U.S, News & WorldReport graduate rankings, Gator Engineering movedup two spots to a three-way tie for No. 24. In rankingsdetermined by department heads of other universities,UF’s materials science and engineering programwas ranked No. 8 in a tie with Georgia Tech. PramodKhargonekar, the college’s dean, said he was particularlypleased the college moved up to No. 14 among publicuniversities, up two slots from last year. —N.C.M.Creating QuietGator Engineering studentscreatednoise-cancelingheadphones that can be usedduring an MRI. Part of theIPPD program, this projectpresented an extra challenge:no metal could be usedbecause it interferes withMRI equipment. —N.C.M.the nuclear surgeAs the search for alternative energy sources continuesat a feverish pace, Nuclear Energy is set for a comeback.In January, the Tampa Tribune reported expandingnuclear engineering departments across the country.UF’s Department of Nuclear & Radiological Engineeringhas more than doubled its enrollment in the past decade.—N.C.M.6Hurricane SeasonGood Morning America’s co-anchor SamChampion experienced hurricane-force winds firsthand recently at the University of Florida, whereGator Engineers simulate hurricanes to improveconstruction practices.The GMA crew cameto Gainesville June3 and broadcast livefour times duringthe two-hour show.Civil and CoastalEngineering assistantprofessor ForrestMasters simulated aCategory 4 hurricanewith eight industrialfans connected to fourmarine diesel enginesand a 5,000-gallonwater tank. Assistantprofessor David Prevatt demonstrated howretrofits can help older homes better stand up tostrong storms. Several other media organizationshave come to visit Gator Engineering hurricaneresearchers in recent weeks, including TheWeather Channel, FOX News, and severalarea newspapers. —M.E.G.for the full stories,visit our web site.www.thefloridaengineer.eng.ufl.eduPhotos: Bridge building competition by Jason Henry, headphone illustration by John Dunne, hurricane by iStockphoto.com, gas man by iStockphoto.com, Semmoto contributed, flying saucer illustration by John Dunne.winning bridges
N E SSummer 2008And the Winner is Diesel FuelWilliam Lear sets the record straightabout diesel-guzzling vehicles, citing theefficiency of diesel engines even thoughthe cost is usually higher. Lear, an associateprofessor in the department of mechanical& aerospace engineering, is an expert onenergy systems. —N.C.M.Compute thisthe gatorImproving Quality of Lifewww.jonesedmunds.com 1.866.827.3653Gainesville Jacksonville Tampa TitusvilleEntrepreneurJapanese business mogul SachioSemmoto (Ph.D. EE ‘71) tells Forbesmagazine he owes much of hissuccess to his time at UF. Forbeswasn’t the only magazine to recognizethe entrepreneurial greatness ofthis Gator Engineer, he was alsofeatured in the Economist in February.—N.C.M.Flying saucers—the real dealMechanical Aerospace Engineering associate professorSubrata Roy invented a circular, spinning aircraft designreminiscent of the spaceships seen in Hollywood films.The “wingless electromagnetic air vehicle,” can be used forsurveillance and navigation. While possibly soaring throughother atmospheres, the aircraft is an ideal exploration vehiclefor Saturn’s sixth moon. —N.C.M.Join the LANE Family as a Graduate Engineer with a Civil or Construction Management Degree. Engineering positions are available in theCarolinas, Texas and throughout the East Coast.For more information contact: Mr. Dan Leone, Manager College Relations or look us up on the web at www.laneconstruct.com. We will beat the UFL BCN Career Fair on October 21, 2008. See you there!Corporate Office: 90 Fieldstone CourtCheshire, CT 06410Tel: (203) 235-3351, Fax: (203) 439-2995Orange and. green?Florida Gov. Charlie Crist signed a bill in June that places UFat the front of a statewide effort to develop biomass, solar andother renewable energy technology, reported The GainesvilleSun. The bill, which formed the Florida Energy SystemsConsortium, provides five state universities with funding andasks them to bring together their areas of expertise. UF, whichis heading the consortium, was given 15 million — more thanany other university. —M.W.G.www.thefloridaengineer.eng.ufl.edu7summer 2008UF’s was awarded a Center for Automatic Computing, anational research center, by the National Science Foundation.The area center helps industry by automating and engineeringIT systems, thus bringing about large savings in recurrentpersonnel costs and preventing large economic losses due tosystem crashes. —N.C.M.
gAGETGXIET Ngthe florida en ineerCan the text generation adapt tocorporate America? Or is the oldercrowd simply going to have toDARFC (duck and run for cover)?8by John Marvel101There used to be a time in corporate America when the biggest saboteur ofpotential was the botched cover letter or pitch query.One simply can’t count the number of rising stars who never landed in theirdream jobs at ESPN because they couldn’t spell my name correctly. Brilliantresumes came addressed to Marvell, Marvele, Marvelle, Marvle or, my personalfavorite, Marble. These packages were immediately deep-sixed to the garbage,even if the candidate seemed to be the next Donald Trump, Steve Jobs or RickReilly.But now there appears to be a new issue within the battle of the generationsin the real world, and it is driving both sides crazy.LOL Funny? U got that rite. Problem? TTYL.The lexicon of e-mail, instant messaging and text shorthand has beendescending on the job world during the past few years. Those hitting the workplace for the first time out of college were likely born in the mid-1980s, so cellphones, e-mail and text messaging are tools they have grown up with. Olderexecutives, managers and colleagues are playing catch-up, so it has become agenerational dilemma.BFF might mean Best Friend Forever to the 21-year-old applying for a jobwith Dow Chemical, but the 45-year-old VP with six advanced degrees readingthe e-mail just spent 45 minutes trying to figure out what the hell it means.But instant messaging, texting and the art of SMS occasionally have alsofound a place. IMing someone is a quick alternative to picking up the phone orwalking down the hall, which can be perceived as time-wasters. Need an immediate answer, and the IM can be your BFF.“IMing is a great tool in the workplace,” says Gary Kurtz, CEO of KurtzEntertainment. “It can save your ass when you need something ASAP, but it canalso be a crutch. It’s OK to sit in your office or cube all day getting stuff done.But there’s something to be said for person-to-person contact, too.”The key for the generations to succeed and co-exist is simple: use commonsense. If a colleague is using text-speak and it’s nothing that’s going to embarrassthe company or themselves, hey, who cares? It’s 2008 and we just have to dealwith it.But if SSDD or RBAY start to creep into important memos, reports or communications to the CEO, well, it’s time to have a talk about professionalism inthe workplace. QYB isn’t a sign of the times, it’s a reflection on the writer’s ability to either get real or grow up.“I sometimes have to catch myself while in business conversations so that Idon’t slip in any of the Internet lingo I’ve grown so accustomed to,” says RyanWong, a recent UC-Santa Cruz graduate and a direct marketing specialist. “Idon’t think ‘I did it for the lulz’ is something a manager or a VP would like tohear.”Of course, chances are the executive wouldn’t get the “lulz” reference. If theydid, it might be L8R for the offending party. Or the response might be LMAO.Who knows? Someday it might simply be NBD.for more text lingo,visit our web site.www.thefloridaengineer.eng.ufl.eduPhotos: iPhone by Zachary Bennett, iPhone photo illustration by Megan Gales, cell phones by iStockphoto.com, Super soaker illustration by John Dunne, Mythbusters contributed, Jerry Zucker contributed.EN
EngineeringDid you know?The Super Soaker was invented bymechanical engineer Lonnie Johnson byaccident. According to Johnson Researchand Development’s Web site, “This wildlysuccessful toy was brought into beingin 1982 when Lonnie Johnson, founderand president of Johnson Research, wasexperimenting at home with anotherinvention, an environmentally friendlyheat pump. He attached a high-pressurenozzle to the bathroom sink and when itshot a powerful stream of water across thebathroom into the tub, his first thoughtwas, “This would make a great water gun!”Acting on that idea, he made a water gunprototype for his daughter. It proved tobe a huge success with her neighborhoodfriends, he began the search for a potentialmanufacturer. After several false starts,the Super Soaker was licensed in 1989 toLarami Corp. In 1995, Larami sold SuperSoaker to Hasbro Corp. With the SuperSoaker , Hasbro remains the undisputeddominator of the water gun market in theworld today. The competitive advantageof this toy has been maintained worldwideby an array of intellectual property rightsowned by Lonnie Johnson.” —N.C.M.POP!entertaining with engineeringTwo of the country’s most famous unofficialengineers visited UF in April and wowed theaudience with tales of their exploits while givingtheir thoughts on engineering.The Benton Engineering Council and UF’sbranch of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers teamed up with ACCENT, UF’sstudent government speaker’s bureau, to bringJamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, stars of theDiscovery Channel’s hit TV show “MythBusters,”to the Stephen C. O’Connell Center on April 14.The performance nearly filled the O’Dome,which holds 12,000. Audience members wereeven sitting behind the myth-busting duo becausethere were no more seats facing the stage.At one point in the presentation, Hynemanand Savage asked if there were any engineers inthe audience. They were greeted with a chorus ofcheers and hollers.“I could tell by the audience reaction therewere a lot of engineers in the audience,” saidBrian Sapp, past president of IEEE.In the rest of their presentation, which wasmoderated by a UF physics professor, Hynemanand Savage shared what they’ve learned from the550 myths they’ve tested, 2,000 distinct experiments they’ve conducted and 2,200 explosionsthey’ve witnessed since the show began.—Deborah Swerdlowsummer 2008Inventor,Chemist, Engineer,Entrepreneur, Husband,Father, Mentor,Philanthropist,Billionaire,Gator — this is JerryZuckergoes(Quint ) Essential EngineerGator Engineer Jerry Zucker, whopassed away in April, made the worldbetter through philanthropy and science. Zucker was chief executive ofthe Hudson Bay Co., and founderof The InterTech Group, the geniusbehind PBI — a high-performancefiber and polymer with extreme heatresistance. PBI is used by NASAshuttle insulation, firefighter protective gear, automotive braking, aircraftand flame-resistant clothing used inthe military and NASCAR.Zucker’sadolescentsuccessseemed to reverberate through hisshort 58 years. He engineered his firstinvention while still in high school — arevolutionary tracking design systemfor NASA involving telemetry andguidance that won him top prize at theinternational science fair. He workedon television technology involvingthe bluescreen. He invented a prongsystem for toilet paper production,using tiny holes to secure the lastsquare to the rest of the roll insteadof using glue that ultimately shredsthe paper when it is first opened(tail-tie system). He then developedthe PBI formula in the ‘80s, almosttwo decades before it really becamesuccessful. He’s also responsible forinsulation used in cryogenics.Zucker, a practical joker, carriedtubes of polymers in his pocket sohe could demonstrate science to hisfavorite audience — children. Hewould empty the cylinder of powderinto a glass of whatever liquid wasnear just to show how the polymercould transform the liquid into a solid.He was dedicated to the hope, wonder and success of children.“He loved making a difference inpeople’s lives, especially children,”said his widow, Anita Zucker, whois a graduate of UF’s College ofEducation.Education and science were hismuses — they were his loves.Anita, who has taken over TheInterTech Group as chairwoman andchief executive, said her husbandis being memorialized by having amiddle school named in his honor.The Charleston, S.C., School Boardvoted to name the school the JerryZucker Middle School for Scienceand Math. It will open within the year.—N.C.M.www.thefloridaengineer.eng.ufl.edu9
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He is working on an anthology about childhood in Florida. Highway 61 is a memoir of a 6,000-mile road trip with his college-aged son. Rock and Roll is Here to Stay, a mammoth music history, appeared in 2000. McKeen has written four other books: critical biographies of Tom Wolfe, Hunter Thompson, Bob Dylan and the Beatles. He has writ-