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Newsmakers

Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 19 - February 1, 1996

Virginia Tech faculty and staff members, and students are often the subject of significant national and state-wide news coverage. To better inform the university community about these accomplishments, the Office of University Relations has compiled this monthly report. This report excludes coverage in the Roanoke news-media market. For more information about the articles mentioned, call Julie Kane, university public relations coordinator, at 1-9934, or contact your college public relations office.

(Finland newspapers) Helsingin Sanomat and Sydan-Hameen lehti (Aug.): Jim Johnson, forestry Extension leader and associate professor, was featured for the innovative eco-system education program he just developed for the United States.

The Virginian-Pilot (Nov. 9): Finance professor Don Chance was cited in a story on investment advice from Wall Street guru Peter Lynch.

Syracuse (NY)Post Standard (Nov. 11): Architecture professor Robert Graeff commented on the need for design changes of the American bathroom.

Washington Post (Nov. 23): Humanities professor Marshall Fishwick was quoted in an article on the cultural aspects of aluminum siding.

Electronic Engineering Times (Nov. 13): The national weekly professional publication featured an article about a National Science Foundation grant received by the Virginia Tech Mobile and Portable Radio Research Group (MPRG). Electrical engineering professor Ted Rappaport, founder of the MPRG, and visiting professor Bill Tranter of the University of Missouri at Rolla were interviewed for the article. The MPRG will use the $289,000 grant to create a curriculum that will shape the training of future wireless communications engineers.

The Minnesota Daily (Nov. 17): English professor J.D. Stahl was quoted in the article, "Children's Book Symposium Lures World Scholars."

Miami Herald (Nov. 26): Joe Scarpaci, an associate professor in urban affairs and planning, was quoted in a front page article on Havana's changing economy, "Dollar Fuels Gains and Inequalities in Cuba's Economy."

Washington Post (Nov. 27): Geological sciences professor Richard Bambach was quoted in a feature article about the mass extinction of marine animals 250 million years ago.

Chicago Sun Times (Nov. 29): Mahmood Khan, head of the department of hospitality and tourism management, was quoted in a story on the rules of tipping.

Washington Post (Dec. 1): R. Lee Pyle was quoted in a story on veterinary specialization.

Blue Ridge Business Journal (Dec. issue): Pamplin College of Business faculty member Herb Cork was cited in a profile story on the Business/Technology Center, which Cork directs.

Derivatives Strategy (Dec./Jan. 1996): Finance professor Don Chance was cited in a story about a new type of option.

Science and Technology Satellite News (Dec. 12): A segment called "Genetically Engineered Tobacco Plant Medicine" focused on professor Carole Cramer's tobacco research.

Science Daily (Dec. 15): Plant pathology professor Carole Cramer's research and the opening of the Fralin Center was featured in the inaugural edition of a World Wide Web page devoted to breakthroughs in science and technology. Cramer's work on transgenic tobacco was profiled.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Dec. 17): Finance professor Don Chance was cited in a story about the extent of ownership by big institutions of local companies.

Richmond Times-Dispatch (Dec. 18): A story on the longevity of post-war marriages quotes Michael J. Sporakowski, director of graduate programs in the Department of Family and Child Development. His quote is featured as a pull quote on the front page of the "Prime Living" section.

San Francisco Examiner (Dec. 24): Building construction professor James Woods was quoted in a story about new cures for sick-building syndrome.

(Va.) NPR (week of Dec. 31): "With Good Reason," a half-hour program aired on all of Virginia's public-radio stations, profiled the Blacksburg Electronic Village.

Richmond Times-Dispatch (Jan. 1): Civil engineering professor Clifford W. Randall was featured in an article about current scientific and political issues of the Chesapeake Bay cleanup.

Circle K Magazine (Jan./Feb. 1996): Ruth Lytton of housing, interior design, and resource management is quoted extensively in "Earning Credits the `Card' Way" on how students should select and use a credit card.

Esquire (Feb. issue): The Blacksburg Electronic Village was the subject of a major feature called "Life in Cyburbia. In the seven-page article, Andrew Cohill, BEV director, and several Blacksburg residents were interviewed.