Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 15 - December 7, 1995
A. Keith Furr, professor emeritus of nuclear science and retired director of environmental health and safety, earlier this year published the 4th edition of the comprehensive reference manual "Handbook of Laboratory Safety." Also, this summer he had three articles on laboratory design, laboratory equipment and laboratory safety published in the English "Encyclopedia of Analytical Methods." In addition, he is now contributing a regular column to the publication," Laboratory Safety & Environmental Management."
Mark Schaefermeyer of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions is one of 12 authors recognized as contributors to the award-winning book, Eisenhower's War of Words, edited by Martin J. Medhurst. The book has been selected as a winner of the 1995 Marie Hochmuth Nichols Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Public Address by the Speech Communication Association.
Joe Mashburn, a professor in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, won a design award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. His entry, "4 Houses," was one of five selected from 95 submissions.
Research and Graduate Studies administrators John Eaton, Don McKeon, and Wendy Farkas presented a panel describing Virginia Tech's "Training the Future Professorate" program to the 5th National Conference on the Education and Employment of Graduate Teaching Assistants in Denver.
Daniel J. Inman, an endowed professor of engineering science and mechanics , has been selected by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) as a distinguished lecturer for 1995 through 1997. Inman will present lectures on "Smart Structures for Vibration Suppression" and "Mechanics Reform" to ASME chapters and university audiences throughout the U.S.
Daniel Ludwig, head of the Engineering Fundamentals Department, was made an honorary member of the Golden Key National Honor Society during an induction ceremony held November 8. Ludwig was selected by the academic honors organization for his contributions to the community and the university and its students. Other Golden Key honorary members include President Bill Clinton, former first lady Barbara Bush, and author Alex Haley.
Hanif Sherali, the Charles O. Gordon professor of industrial and systems engineering, received the 1995 Thomas L. Saaty Prize for Applied Advances in the Mathematical and Management Sciences. The award is based on "contributions of exceptional merit appearing in the American Journal of Mathematical and Management Science." The paper for which this award was made is titled "Bioconvex Models and Algorithms for Risk Management Problems," and is co-authored by A. Alameddine and T. Glickman.
Karen M. Hult, associate professor of political science, has been elected secretary-treasurer of the Organized Section on Presidency Research of the American Political Science Association.
Charles E. Walcott, associate professor of political science, has been elected to the executive committee of the Organized Section on Undergraduate Education of the American Political Science Association.
Faculty members of the department of political science participated in the 1995 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association in Chicago this fall. Assistant Professor Wayne D. Moore delivered a paper titled "Constitutional Change Through Unofficial Remaking of the Fourteenth Amendment." Professor Timothy W. Luke delivered a paper titled "Liberal Society and Cyborg Subjectivity: The Politics of Environments, Bodies, and Nature at Century's End." Associate Professor Charles E. Walcott chaired a roundtable discussion on "Studying the White House Over Time," and Associate Professor Karen M. Hult was a discussant on this panel. Professor Stephen K. White was a discussant on a panel on "The Aesthetic Dimension in Political Theory."
Klaus Hinkelmann, of the statistics department , presented an invited tutorial on "Design and Analysis of Experiments with Clinical Applications" at the 50th Deming Conference on Applied Statistics in Atlantic City, N.J. The conference is sponsored by the American Society for Quality Control and the American Statistical Association. Hinkelmann was appointed the new editor of The Current Index to Statistics. This annual publication, sponsored jointly by the American Statistical Association and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, provides comprehensive indexing coverage of the field of statistics (approximately 10,000 entries per year). Hinkelmann was named associate editor of the Biometrical Journal, official publication of the German region of the International Biometric Society, published by the Akademie Verlag in Berlin. Hinkelmann also gave an invited talk, "Trend-free Box-Behnken designs," at the "R.C. Bose Memorial Conference on Statistical Design and Related Combinatorics" (an international conference) at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo.
Raymond Myers of the statistics department was appointed an associate editor of the Journal of Quality Technology, a journal emphasizing statistical contributions to quality and productivity. Myers presented a featured talk, "Cooperation Between Academia and Industry In the Statistical Profession-A Historical View," at the Research Conference on Statistical Quality and Productivity in Phoenix. Myers also presented a one-day seminar entitled "Generalized Linear and Other Nonlinear Models" at Temple University to statisticians from the Pharmaceutical Industry.
Clint Coakley of the statistics department gave a presentation, "Robust Regression by Design," at the Second North American New Researchers' Meeting, sponsored by the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
Marion Reynolds of the statistics department gave a talk on "Statistical Techniques Used for Quality Improvement" at the University of Ulm, Ulm, Germany, where he served as the Hans-Kupczyk guest professor.
Several members of the statistics department participated at the Virginia Academy of Science Meeting in Lexington. Presenting papers were Jeffrey Vest and Clint Coakley, "Robust Estimation of Scale in the Two-Sample Model," a presentation that won the Best Student Paper Award for Vest in the statistics. William Letsinger and Ray Myers presented "Optimal Experimental Designs for the Logistic Regression Model"; Jen Davison and Ray Myers presented "Response Surface Methods Under Randomization Error Structures"; Quinton Nottingham and Jeffrey Birch presented "Model Robust Quantal Regression"; and James Mays and Jeffrey Birch presented "On Combining Parametric, Nonparametric, and Semiparametric Methods in Regression."
Several members of the statistics department participated at the Joint Statistical Meetings of the American Statistical Association, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and the Biometrics Society in Orlando. Presenting papers were Kristi Griffiths and Ray Myers, "Response Surface Methods for Analysis of Process Variance"; Matt Rotelli, Eric Smith, and Ray Myers, "Use of Neural Networks for Response Surface Analysis"; James Mays and Jeffrey Birch, "Model Robust Regression"; William Letsinger and Ray Myers, "Optimal Experimental Designs for the Logistic Regression Model"; Jen Davison and Ray Myers,"Response Surface Methods Under Randomization Error Structures"; Quinton Nottingham and Jeffrey Birch, "Model Robust Quantal Regression: Theory and Applications."
Peggy Meszaros, senior vice president and provost, received the Outstanding Alumnus Award from the University of Kentucky College of Human Environmental Sciences Alumni Association. The award was presented at the association's 25th annual meeting in October. Meszaros earned an M.S. in home economics from the University of Kentucky in 1972 and served as dean of the College of Human Environmental Sciences from 1985-1993.
Jim Claus, assistant professor of food science and technology, is currently serving as a member of the Institute of Food Technologist's Junior/Senior Scholarship Competition Committee. The committee is responsible for selection of national scholarship recipients from 126 applications received for this year's awards.
John Warburton, a student at the Southwest Governor's School in Dublin, has been awarded first place at the school's science fair for a project entitled "Resistance to High Temperature Extremes in Escherichia coli Bacteria." His project was completed under the direction of Merle Pierson, professor of food science and technology. Warburton will next enter his project in the state-wide Science Fair, which features projects from all Governors' Schools throughout the commonwealth.
Susan Duncan, assistant professor of food science technology; Denise Brochetti, assistant professor of human nutrition and foods; and student Amy Heer had a manuscript published in the August issue of Dairy, Food, and Environmental Sanitation entitled "Sensory Evaluation of and Consumer Response to Off-Flavors in Milk." This was Heer's senior research project, funded by a Pratt Scholarship.
An abstract and presentation were provided for the College of Human Resources Fall Symposium on Collaboration by Susan Duncan, assistant professor of food science technology; Denise Brochetti, assistant professor of human nutrition and foods; and graduate students Veronica Wu and Tracy Sutton.
The presentation, "Quality, flavor, and acceptability of a fluid custard mix made with lactose-reduced milk," was made by Wu, a graduate student in human nutrition and foods, and Sutton, food science and technology graduate student.
E. George Stern, Earle B. Norris professor emeritus of wood construction, published a requested 47-page paper on "Performance of nails and staples in resisting axial withdrawal forces," which is the most up-to-date review of the subject. The chapter appears in a book on the wood structures designed in line with Eurocode 5, the proposed standard timber design specification for the countries in the European Union. Dedicated to retiring Professor Juergen Ehlbeck, who was a visiting professor in Virginia Tech's Department of Wood Science during 1979, the book was published by the Association Holz in Duesselsdorf, Germany, in cooperation with the Technical University of Karlsruhe, Germany. Last month Stern was a guest of honor at the international symposium on engineered European wood construction at that university.
Stern received the coveted Walter C. Voss Award during the October meeting of the Committee on Buildings of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) for his "distinguished contributions to knowledge in the field of building technology through research, development of national and international standards, and the teaching of a new generation of engineers and architect about wood construction and fasteners for wood." Selected for his significant advances and innovations that benefit the construction industry, Stern joined ASTM during 1940 and became a fellow during 1985 when he received the ASTM Award of Merit.
Faculty members from the departments of forestry and wood science and forest products participated prominently in the 20th World Congress of the International Union of Forestry Research Organizations (IUFRO), the world's premier group of forestry and wood science professionals. Harold Burkhart, Robert Bush (speech topics pertained to the determination of customer-preference functions for wood products), Timothy Gregoire, Harry Haney, Geza Ifju, James Johnson, David Klemperer, Robert Smith, Daniel Schmoldt, and Robert Youngs made presentations at the World Congress, held every five years, in Tampere, Finland. Ralph Amateis and Burkhart also made a poster presentation. Burkhart chaired the Forest Growth and Yield Working Party, Johnson chaired the Extension Working Party, and Klemperer and Youngs chaired sessions. Youngs also led a panel discussion on networking in forest-products research. Bush served as the U.S. Deputy Leader for the Forest Products Marketing Group. Burkhart received the IUFRO Distinguished Service Award for his leadership.
Robert Smith, wood science department, was appointed co-chairman of the Virginia Forest Products Association's Wood Machinery Exposition Committee and also appointed to the Strategic Planning Committee for Wood in Transportation by the Timber Bridge Initiative Program.
Smith, Robert Bush, and Daniel Schmoldt had an article, "A hierarchical model and analysis of factors affecting the adoption of timber as a bridge material," published in the July issue of Wood And Fiber Science.
Robert Shaffer, associate professor of forestry and timber harvesting Extension specialist, was installed as president of the Virginia Forestry Association for 1995-96.
Wolfgang G. Glasser, professor of wood chemistry in the department of wood science and forest products, recently presented one of three invited plenary lectures at the Eighth International Symposium for Wood and Pulping Chemistry in Helsinki, Finland. The lecture addressed opportunities for chemically modified wood, pulp fibers, and wood constituents. Glasser's work has focused on the chemistry of wood-derived polymers and their use in structural materials, adhesives, and composites. The conference was attended by 500 researchers from more than 25 countries.
Vijay S. Reddy, post-doctoral research associate, and Robert J. Bush, associate professor in wood science and forest products, presented a paper, "Assessing the Importance of Product and Service Attributes in Softwood Lumber: An Application of Conjoint Analysis to the Measurement of Value Perceptions," at the 49th annual meeting of Forest Products Society in Portland, Oregon, last summer. They also had a poster presentation, "The Influence of Softwood Lumber Attributes, Services, and Price on Perceive Value: An Investigation of the U.S. Treating Industry," at that meeting.
Jim Johnson, associate professor of forestry and forestry Extension project leader, visited the Cape Verdean Island of Santiago at the request of the U.S. AID Mission in the capital city of Praia. Johnson helped to develop an agroforestry research project in the Agua de Gato Watershed. At the request of the Directorate General for Agriculture, Silviculture, and Animal husbandry, he traveled to the island of Santo Antao and conducted a review of silvicultural practices on several thousand hectares of plantation forests.
Bill Hyde, forestry professor, was among a group of distinguished economists and ecologists invited by the Beijer Institute for Ecological Economics and the Swedish Academy of Sciences to Stockholm in September. The objective was to initiate an international journal focusing on environment and development, particularly in developing countries and with a special focus on enhancing the skills of scientists from developing countries. Among other presenters on the theme of natural resources, Hyde gave a paper on fuelwood consumption and deforestation. He also discussed a second paper on agricultural production and the environment. The papers were written with Tech assistant professor Greg Amacher and colleagues from Nepal and China. Hyde will serve as a member of the Editorial Review Board of the new journal.
In August, Hyde worked on a World Health Organization (WHO) research project in Ethiopia and then attended an international forestry research meeting in Finland. WHO is interested in economic measures of health impacts arising from natural resources development activities. It has arranged a research contract between Hyde, Amacher, and faculty members of Mekelle College in Ethiopia. to study microdam water impoundments and watershed afforestation in the northern Ethiopian region that has suffered the last 17 years from civil war and famine. The two natural resources improvements will enable farmers to shift from dryland to irrigated agriculture, and to increase the production of fuel and construction wood. Hyde and his master's student Lire Ersado have organized the data collection part of the project.
Along with other forestry faculty, Hyde presented a paper at the International Union of Forestry Research Organizations in Finland. His paper dealt with "The socioeconomic importance of timber and non-timber forest products." Hyde also attended the board meeting of Silva Fennica, the Finnish international forestry research journal for which he is an associate editor, discussed potential collaborative research ventures on sustainability with the European Forestry Institute, and served as an invited reviewer for a forest economics dissertation proposal on land use change in China.
Hyde and Amacher served as hosts for Jari Kuuluvainen of the Finnish Forest Research Institute. Kuuluvainen, considered the foremost authority on the economics of non-industrial forest landowners, visited Tech for a week and presented a seminar on his new research on forest products trade.
Extension forestry faculty members from the College of Forestry and Wildlife Resources last week received the 1995 video award from the National Woodland Owners Association for their "Tree Crops for Marginal Farm Land." The video is a series of vignettes on the economics and mechanics of growing and harvesting specialty tree crops. Featured species are black walnut, paulownia, Eastern white pine, and a selection of Christmas tree species.
At the annual meeting of the Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects in Richmond, Professor Gregory K. Hunt, AIA, of the Washington/Alexander Architecture Consortium, College of Architecture and Urban Studies, and Peter I. Karp, AIA, university architect, were elected vice presidents of the society for the upcoming year. G.T. Ward '49, a long-term benefactor of the university and active alumnus, was elected treasurer.
The National Association of Extension 4-H Agents presented awards to four Virginians at its annual meeting in Billings, Mont. Courtney Schwertz of Blacksburg, a retired Extension 4-H specialist, received the 1995 America Spirit Award, the highest honor bestowed by the national association. Mike Clifford, 4-H agent in Nottoway County, and Mike Geisinger of Vernon Hill, Central District director, were honored with Distinguished Service Awards. Leslie Robinson, Roanoke City 4-H agent, received two distinctive honors, the 1995 Achievement in Service Award and one of the National Communicator awards.
The National Association of Extension Home Economists also recognized Virginians at its annual meeting in Dallas. Joella Barbour of Louisa County and Doris Trant of Virginia Beach received Distinguished Service Awards; Linda Robinson of Hampton and the recently retired Edmonia Brown of Petersburg received the Continued Excellence Award; Deloris Pourchot of Blacksburg, the retired assistant director of Home Economics Extension, was recognized as a life member. Margaret Hackler of Fluvanna County was nominated for president and Kay Burke of Amelia County was nominated for a vice-presidential position.
Judith L. Midkiff of Abingdon, family and consumer sciences Extension agent in the Southwest District, and associate professor Irene E. Leech and assistant professor Connie Y. Kratzer, family and consumer science specialists in the Department of Housing, Interior Design, and Resource Management, presented a paper at the National Association of Extension Home Economists. It was titled "Financial Attitudes of Limited Income Households in Virginia" and was based on Midkiff's research. Assistant professor and 4-H Extension specialist Margaret Amos was a panel member for a discussion of "Models of Mentoring" at the meeting.
Joe Mashburn, a professor in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, won a design award for his residence in a competition held by the Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects. The VSAIA presented him with an honor award at their awards program on November 3 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Only two honor awards were given in the competition, which was open to architects throughout the state.
Stephen A. Smith, an assistant professor their "significant career accomplishment, their hard work and dedication to quality performance."
Lisa Norris of the English department has had her story "Prisoner of War" published in the Summer 1995 issue of Westview and her poem "My Friend's Parted Lips" published in the Fall 1995 issue of Parnassus Literary Review.
Simon Poirier-Bures of the English department has had her book That Shining Place published by Oberon Press, an excerpt, "Crete, 1966," published in the summer 1995 issue of The Dalhousie Review, and her stories "Gift" and "He's The One" published in the spring and fall issues of Eureka Literary Magazine.
Jeff Mann of the English department has had his poem "Tomato Stakes" published in the Spring 1995 issue of Antietam Review. Mann, instructor of English, and Tonia Moxley, a graduate teaching assistant, participated in the Appalachian Writers Workshop held at Hindman, Ky., in August.
Ann Cheney of the English department has had her poem "Hospital" published in the Fall 1995 issue of Another Chicago Magazine and her article "Deadheads, Dylan Fans, and Pearl Jammers: Rock Studies in the South" published in the journal Popular Culture in Libraries. Cheney chaired a panel, "Contemporary Rock and Film Studies" and read a paper, "Pink Floyd and American Culture," for the American Culture Association in the South Conference in Richmond in October.
J.D. Stahl of the English department has had his translation, "The Limits of Literacy Criticism of Children's and Young Adult Literature," of the work by Hans-Heino Ewers published in the June 1995 issue of The Lion and the Unicorn.
John Christman, associate professor of philosophy, has been invited to speak at a conference called "Consumers, Spectators of Citizens: The Audience of Politics, Mass Media, and the Arts" at the University of South Carolina.
Mark Gifford, assistant professor of philosophy, delivered a paper titled "A Fallacy in Aristotle's Ethics?" at the Twenty-Fourth Annual Conference of the Israeli Society for the Promotion of Classical Studies at the University of Haifa.
Deborah Mayo, associate professor of philosophy, has a book, Error and the Growth of Experimental Knowledge, forthcoming from The University of Chicago Press in its Series in Conceptual Foundations of Science.
Joseph Pitt, professor of philosophy and head of the philosophy department, gave an invited paper, "The Wages of Sin; King Arthur and Civil Society," at Clemson University.
Valerie Gray Hardcastle, assistant professor of philosophy, has a book, Locating Consciousness, forthcoming from John Benjamins Press in their Advances in Consciousness Research Series. She has a two-part series of articles forthcoming in Philosophical Psychology: "Discovering the Moment of Consciousness? I: Bridging Techniques at Work" and "Discovering the Moment of Consciousness? II: An ERP Analysis of Priming Using Novel Visual Stimuli."
John Cairns Jr., university distinguished professor of environmental biology emeritus, has been appointed a member of the Certification Review Board of the Academy of Board Certified Environmental Professionals. This organization certifies environmental professionals in all professions from law to various fields of science and engineering. Cairns also was a member of the 17-person advisory board that put together the three-volume Encyclopedia of Environmental Biology published by Academic Press. The three volumes totaled 2,100 pages. Cairns also was one of the organizers of the recently published Houghton Mifflin Publishers' The Encyclopedia of The Environment.
John Christman, associate professor of philosophy, recently published the book The Myth of Property with Oxford University Press. He also gave a talk, "Public Funding for the Arts in a Liberal Culture," at the Thirteenth Annual International Congress of Aesthetics in Lahti, Finland.
Gary Hardcastle, assistant professor of philosophy and science studies, recently published "S.S. Stevens and the Origins of Operationalism" in the journal Philosophy of Science.
Richard M. Burian, director of the Center for the Study of Science in Society, and Jean Gayon, chair of the philosophy department at the University of Burgundy, co-organized an international symposium in honor of Marjorie Grene, honorary distinguished professor and adjunct professor of philosophy and science studies. The symposium, held at the University of Burgundy, was devoted to "Conceptions of Science: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow." It featured symposiasts from eight countries, four from Virginia Tech: Grene, "The Life of Science and the Science of Life"; Roger Ariew of philosophy, "Pierre Duhem and the German Spirit"; Joseph Pitt of philosophy, "Seeing Nature: The Emergence of Scientific Observation"; and Burian, "`Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution' (Th. Dobzhansky)." Ariew and Pitt also served on the program committee.
Burian gave three presentations in Europe this past summer. He presented "Coutagne, Delage, and the Reception of Weismann in France" at the second meeting of a new French Society for History and Philosophy of Biology. "The Role of Technique: Some Transformations Wrought by Use of RNAse and Staining Techniques, 1938-1952" was one of six papers in a symposium organized by Burian and Denis Thieffry of the Free University of Brussels at a meeting of the International Society for History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology in Leuven, Belgium. "On Conflicts Between Genetic and Developmental Viewpoints--and their Resolution in Molecular Biology" was an invited address at the 10th International Congress of Logic, Methodology, and Philosophy of Science in Florence. Burian also has published "Ontological Progress in Science," with co-author J.D. Trout, in The Canadian Journal of Philosophy; "Comments on Hans-Jorg Rheinberger's `From Experimental Systems to Cultures of Experimentation'" in Concepts, Theories, and Rationality in the Biological Sciences: The Second Pittsburgh-Konstanz Colloquium in the Philosophy of Science.
Rachel Holloway of the communication-studies department is one of 12 authors recognized as contributors to the award-winning book Eisenhower's War of Words, edited by Martin J. Medhurst. The book has been selected as a winner of the 1995 Marie Hochmuth Nichols Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Public Address by the Speech Communication Association.
Sam Riley of the communication-studies department offered a workshop for graduate students and new faculty members on "Avoiding the Delivery of Verbal Chloroform: How to Do a Skillful Conference Presentation" at the annual National Convention of the American Journalism Historians Association in Tulsa, Okla.
Edd Sewell of the communication-studies department presented two papers at the International Humour Conference in Birmingham, England. One was on editorial cartoon images of Pope John Paul II and the other on the effect of varying levels of language intensity on joke appreciation. He also chaired a panel on international comics and cartoons with participants from Romania, South Africa, and the United States. Sewell also attended the annual meeting of the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists and is the only "academic" who is an associate member and attends annual meetings of the professional association of Canadian and U.S. editorial cartoonists. Cartoonists from Ireland, Israel, Palestine, South Africa, Hong Kong, and the Philippines attended.
Jacqueline Bixler, associate professor of foreign languages, presented a paper on the theater of Mexican playwright Hector Azar at the Third Annual Congress on Latin American Theatre in Puebla, Mexico, in July. She later was a member of a special panel on "Emilio Carballido Abroad," which formed part of a national homage being paid to Carballido throughout Mexico as he celebrates his 45th year of playwriting. The roundtable was presented in both Mexico City and Queretaro, Mexico. Bixler recently published two essays: "Signs of Absence in Pavlovsky's `Theatre of Memory'" in Latin American Theatre Review and "From Indecency to Ideology: Sociosemiotic Subversion in Secret Obscenities" in an edited collection of play translations and essays on Chilean dramatist Marco Antonio de la Parra. She also had an essay on Carballido's play Photograph on the Beach in a collection of essays and Mexican plays published in German translation in Berlin.
John M. Carroll, professor of computer science and psychology and computer science department head, and Edward A. Fox, professor of computer science, were invited participants at the NSF-sponsored 37th Allerton Institute, "How We Do User-Centered Design and Evaluation of Digital Libraries: A Methodological Forum," in Monticello, Ill. Carroll gave a talk on "How to avoid designing digital libraries: A scenario-based approach," and Fox served on the organizing committee.
John Christman, associate professor of philosophy, had an article called "Feminism and Autonomy" in the anthology Nagging Questions: Feminist Ethics in Everyday Life.
For the second year in a row, Mark Gifford, assistant professor of philosophy, will deliver an invited paper on Aristotle as a Symposium at the Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association in December.
Deborah Mayo, associate professor of philosophy, has two papers forthcoming: "Severe Tests, Arguing From Error and Methodological Underdetermination" will be in Philosophical Studies; "Ducks, Rabbits, and Normal Science: Recasting the Kuhn's-Eye View of Popper" will be in the British Journal for Philosophy of Science.
Roger Ariew, professor of philosophy, and Majorie Grene, honorary distinguished professor of philosophy, have co-edited a book titled Descartes and His Contemporaries: Meditations, Objections, and Replies. As well as contributions from a number of scholars elsewhere, the book also contains articles from both Ariew and Grene and an article they co-authored. The book is forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press.
Barbara Carlisle, associate professor of theatre arts, was invited to be a founding director of a new Rockefeller Foundation initiative, The Learning Communities Network, a project to improve teaching and learning in urban schools with a focus on creating an environment for continued effective adult learning. Carlisle has been leading retreats, doing planning with staff of the foundation, assisting in structuring the application process and rethinking all the issues around professional development. Ten school districts participate in the network, whose center is now in Cleveland, Ohio. Carlisle will now be doing work on leadership issues as well as alternative strategies for addressing adult learning. Carlisle also continues to work with schools in Tennessee, the seventh year of a project to encourage more absorption arts learning in elementary schools. She is advising three schools in Cleveland and Maryville, Tenn., that are making major curriculum and structural changes that put the arts more at the center of the school experience.
George Thorn, director of the MFA programs in arts administration and stage management and co-director of Arts Action Research, was invited to the White House ceremony honoring the recipients of the National Medal of Arts and the Charles Frankel Prize. The hosts of the ceremony and reception were President and Mrs. Bill Clinton.
Patricia Raun, associate professor of theatre arts, has recorded five essays on "My View of the World" that will be aired during National Public Radio's "Morning Edition." Raun wrote and recorded the human-interest essays.
Stephen K. White, professor of political science, has published an edited volume, Cambridge Companion to Habermas, with Cambridge University Press. He has also had his article "Diskurs Ethik" published in Deutsche Zeitschrift Fur Philosophie. He also gave an invited lecture at Harvard University on "Weak Ontology and Liberal Political Reflection."
Charles E. Walcott and Karen M. Hult, associate professors of political science, have had their book, Governing the White House: From Hoover Through LBJ, published by the University Press of Kansas.
Richard C. Rich, professor and chair of the political science department, gave an invited address to the Community Involvement section of the International Congress on Hazardous Waste in Atlanta. He discussed the ways communities respond to environmental contamination, and recommended public policies to promote positive outcomes.
Wayne D. Moore, assistant professor of political science, has had his article "Taking a Stand for Speech" published in the Magazine of History, Winter 1995 issue. Moore also recently presented a paper entitled "A Case for Expanding Constitutional Theory and Practice to Account for Unofficial Sources of Law" at a conference on Constitutional Politics held at Princeton University.