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Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 25 - March 28, 1996

Events

Thursday, 28

YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell Center: "Wildflowers in Colorado and New Mexico," by Beth Thomas.

Hispanic Awareness Week Activity, Time TBA, 150 Squires: Amnesty International.

Special Guest Artist, 9 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: "Box," by Keith Hennessey.

Friday, 29

Hispanic Awareness Week Activity, Details TBA: Modern Hispanic Fiesta.

Brush Mountain Crafts Fair, Rector Fieldhouse. Through 3-31.

University Club Concert, 7:30 p.m., DBHCC: Gerry Timlin, Irish folksinger, with Sharon Scully, Celtic harpist.

Student Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Mark Greeley, clarinet.

Saturday, 30

Brush Mountain Crafts Fair, Rector Fieldhouse. Through 3-31.

Vet Med Dogwash, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Hispanic Awareness Week Activity, Time TBA, Drillfield: Talent Show and Picnic.

Virginia Museum of Natural History Program, 10 a.m.-noon, VMNH, 428 N. Main St.: "Caring for Your Own Collections: Storing, Packing, and Moving," by Llyn Sharp.

Chamber Music, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Grand Piano, Opus III, with Mary Louise Hallauer and Teresa Ehrlich.

Sunday, 31

Brush Mountain Crafts Fair, Rector Fieldhouse.

YMCA Hike, 1:30 p.m., meet at 403 Washington St.: Kelly's Knob, led by Dottie Abashian.

Chamber Music, 3 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Grand Piano, Opus III, with Mary Louise Hallauer and Teresa Ehrlich.

APRIL

Monday, 1

Salary and Wage Paydate.

Art Gallery Opening, Armory Art Gallery: ARTECH: Reflections on the "Virtual" Gallery.

"Let's Talk," noon, Cranwell Center.

Soup and Substance, noon, 116 Squires: "Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement," by Beverly Bunch Lyons.

University Council, 3 p.m., 1045 Pamplin.

"With Good Reason," 7:30 p.m., WVTF-FM: "Between Iraq and a Hard Place: The Fifth Anniversary of the Persian Gulf War," with James Bill, William and Mary, and Steve Yetiv, ODU.

Student Ensemble, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Percussion Ensemble.

Tuesday, 2

Science Policy Discussion Group Telecommunications Roundtable, 3 p.m., 142 Squires: "What Matters Who Wires?"

Wednesday, 3

YMCA Thrift Shop Half-Price Sale, 10 a.m.-4:50 p.m., YMCA Thrift Shop, Gables.

Bach's Lunch, noon-1 p.m., Chapel: Organ Recital by Dorothy Parker, St. Olaf College.

VTU Entertainment Series, 7:30 p.m., Burruss auditorium: Capitol Steps.

Faculty/Guest Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Keith Jackson, trombone.

Thursday, 4

Family/Child Development Colloquium, 10 a.m., Wallace Atrium: "Future Families: Renegotiation, Reinvention, or Rediscovery?" by Robert Emery, UVa.

YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell Center: "Sicily: An Archeological Tour," by Kent Holliday.

Performing Arts Special Event, 8 p.m., Lyric Theatre: Arts Advocacy Open Mike Night.

Student Ensemble, 8 p.m., Squires Commonwealth Ballroom: Symphony Band.

Seminars

Thursday, 28

Science Study Center, 12:30 p.m., 132 Lane: "Dewey's Vocational Theory of Experience: Labor, Tools, and Language," by Jim Garrison.

Physics, 3:30 p.m., DBHCC front auditorium: "New Advances in Forensic Sciences," by Henry Lee, Conn. State Police Forensic Lab.

Entomology, 4 p.m., 220 Price: "The Virginia Tech Pesticide Programs Unit," by Mike Weaver.

Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "Engineering Geology of Dams: The Timberlake Dam Failure in Virginia and Construction of the Seven Oaks Dam on the San Andreas Fault in California," by Skip Watts, Radford.

Plant Physiology, 4 p.m., 102 Fralin: "Environmental Regulation of 2,4-diaminobutyric Acid in Flatpea Herbage," by Joyce Foster, USDA, Beckley, W.Va.

Friday, 29

MCBB, noon, 102 Fralin: "Programmed Cell Death During Plant Development," by Alan Jones, UNC-Chapel Hill.

Physics/MSE, 3:30 p.m., 114 Holden: "Interface Tension, Stress, and Enthalpy," by Frans Spaepen, Harvard.

Botany, 4 p.m., 1076 Derring: "Systematics of Bracken: Isozymes and the World's Most Common Fern," by William Speer.

APRIL

Monday, 1

Biochemistry, 4 p.m., 223 Engel: "Tool Making for the Life Sciences-A Voyage on the Road Less Traveled," by Kent Stewart.

CSES, 4 p.m., 232 Smyth: "Corn Production in North China: Research and Practice," by Xunzhong Zhang.

Horticulture, 4 p.m., 102 Saunders: "Developing Economic Alternatives and Enterprises for Virginia Farmers," by Charles Coale

Mechanical Engineering, 4 p.m., 110 Randolph: "PDF Analysis of Turbulent Boundary Layers," by J. Wallace, Maryland.

Tuesday, 2

Biology, 3:45 p.m., 136 Norris: "Hormonal Aspects of Biological Rhythms in Birds," by Michael Zeman, Czechoslovakia.

Wednesday, 3

Water Science, noon, 102 Fralin: "Environmental and Agricultural Legislative Update, "by Norm Berg, legislative liaison, Soil & Water Conservation Society.

Computer Science, 4 p.m., 129 McBryde: "Object-Oriented Programing: Common Object Models in Distributed Environments," by Siva Challa.

Science Study Center, 4 p.m., 230 McBryde: "Scientific Experimentation and the Technological Infrastructure of Science: Radiation Genetics, 1943-63," by Michael Seltzer.

Thursday, 4

Science Study Center, 12:30 p.m., 132 Lane: "Can We Learn About Science from a Canceled Project? A Perspective on the Superconducting Super Collider," by Steve Weiss.

Entomology, 4 p.m., 220 Price: "Peanut and Soybean Insect IPM," by Ames Herbert.

Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "Building Green," by Suzanne Conrad, Rebuild Inc.

Plant Physiology, 4 p.m., 102 Fralin: "High Temperature Stress Effects on Fertility in Tomatoes: Pollen vs. Ovule Limitations," by Mary Peet, N.C. State.

Bulletins

New Weight Watchers At Work session starting

A new Weight Watchers At Work session will begin on Monday, April 8, from noon to 1 p.m. Interested persons may attend a free information meeting on Monday, April 1, from noon to 1 p.m. in 1810 Litton Reaves. For more information, call Gloria Smith at 1-7810.

Telecommunications Reform Act topic of discussion

A roundtable discussion, "What Matters Who Wires?" on Tuesday, April 2, from 3-6 p.m. in 142 Squires will focus on what the Telecommunications Reform Act of 1996 means for the information society.

The act, passed on February 1, and signed into law on February 8, was built on a series of previous pieces of legislation. It further deregulates the telecommunications industry by allowing more competition for wiring and local and long-distance phone service.

Participants will include Andrea Kavanaugh of BEV, Tim Luke of political science, Michael Mandigo, legislative council for Rep. Rick Boucher, and Don Reid, are manager for Bell Atlantic.

Discussion will focus on implications of the act from several different directions. Questions to be explored include: What will increased competition do to the telecommunications industry? How do we balance free competition with universal service? Will it change the character and content of what is on-line? And does it matter who provides these services?

The discussion is sponsored by the Science Policy Discussion Group.

Mullins memorial lecture scheduled

Donna Haraway of the University of California, Santa Cruz, will present the eighth annual Nicholas Mullins Memorial Lecture Monday, April 22, at 4 p.m. in Squires Haymarket Theatre. The topic is "FemaleMan(c) Meets OncoMouse(TM): Scanning the Millennium in Feminist Science Studies."

Haraway is department head for the interdisciplinary Board on the History of Consciousness. She is author of two award-winning books, Primate Visions: Gender, Race, and Nature in the World of Modern Science and Simians, Cyborgs, and Women.

In the lecture, she will present her vision of how an emerging world order combining the biosciences and corporate capitalism is redefining life itself. She explores some surprising new forms of kinship in the late 20th century and outlines the stakes feminists have in these lifeforms.

Thrift Shop announces half-price sale

The YMCA Thrift Shop will have a half-price sale on dated men's, women's, and children's clothing Wednesday, April 3, from 10 a.m.-4:50 p.m. The store is located at 1336 S. Main St. in the Gables Shopping Center.

For more information, call 552-2633.

Smithfield Plantation, Garden open for tours

Smithfield, an 18th-century plantation and garden, is open Thursday through Sunday from 1-5 p.m. through the end of October. Admission is $4 for adults and $1.50 for children 12 and under.

Costumed guides interpret the main house with its period-furnished rooms, a winter kitchen, and herb and kitchen garden. A museum store features souvenir and gift items.

A smokehouse and cabin on a one-acre site features period fencing styles and landscaping designed by the Garden Club of Virginia.

The plantation is located adjacent to campus off U.S. Rt. 460 by-pass.

Special group tours and school tours for 10 or more may be scheduled throughout the year.

For more information or to arrange a tour, call 1-3947.

Leave donations sought for employees

Employees in Residential and Dining Services and University Libraries have requested leave donations.

These employees are eligible to receive leave through the Leave Sharing Program. If you are a salaried classified or 12-month faculty employee, you have an opportunity to participate by donating annual leave in increments of eight hours.

There is no maximum donation limitation per year, nor is there a minimum balance that must be maintained.

To protect recipients, the names and details of medical conditions will remain confidential. However, you MUST donate your leave to either a specific individual or area.

Other areas that currently have employees requesting leave donations are College of Arts and Sciences, College of Forestry and Wildlife Resources, Physical Plant, and Vice President for Student Affairs.

You may obtain a donor form from your department administrative office or from the Personnel Services Department at 1-9331. Please return the completed form to Ella Mae Vaught, Leave Administrator, Personnel Services, Southgate Center, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0318.

Human resources, education connections topic of talk

Richard L. Lynch, director of the school of leadership and lifelong learning at the University of Georgia, will be the keynote speaker for the University Research Symposium.

Lynch will speak on "Human Resources and Education: Connections for the 21st Century" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, in Squires Colonial Hall. His presentation is co-sponsored by the Graduate Student Assembly and the Colleges of Human Resources and Education.

The twelfth annual University Research Symposium (formerly the Graduate Research Symposium) is April 2, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Squires Commonwealth Ballroom.

To highlight the excellent research that takes place at Virginia Tech, the Graduate Student Assembly, Commission on Research, and Center for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching are sponsoring an undergraduate division as part of the symposium. This is the second year undergraduates have been invited to participate.

The graduate posters will be evaluated by a team of judges from the colleges. Cash prizes of $100 for first, $75 for second, and $50 for third place will be awarded in both the humanities and science sections.

Undergraduate posters will be judged in one category by members of the Commission on Research. Cash prizes of $100, $75, and $50 will be awarded.

DERC counselors available in Lynchburg

The Department of Employee Relations Counselors will meet with interested employees in Lynchburg on April 18 from 10 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. in room 3111 of the Bedford Learning Resources Center at Central Virginia Community College, 3506 Wards Road, Lynchburg. Free parking is available in the Student Parking Lot 2.

The counseling program provides employees outside the Richmond area with an opportunity to meet individually with a staff counselor and to receive assistance in options for dealing with work-related concerns, discussion of applicable state policies, information on the Grievance Procedure, and/or referral for further assistance.

Half-hour appointments must be made in advance. To arrange an appointment, please call the Department of Employee Relations Counselors on the toll-free line 1-800-552-9720.

DERC counselors available in Northern Virginia

The Department of Employee Relations Counselors will meet with interested employees in Annandale on Wednesday, April 10, from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. in room 202A of the Godwin Building at Northern Virginia Community College--Annandale Campus. Take the Capital Beltway (495) to exit 6 West (Fairfax, Little River Turnpike).

The counseling program provides employees outside the Richmond area with an opportunity to meet individually with a staff counselor and to receive assistance in options for dealing with work-related concerns, discussion of applicable state policies, information on the Grievance Procedure, and/or referral for further assistance.

Half-hour appointments must be made in advance. To arrange an appointment, please call the Department of Employee Relations Counselors on the toll-free line 1-800-552-9720.

Deet's Place Concert Series scheduled

Residential and Dining Programs and the Division of Performing Arts' Artists Registry kick off their annual Deet's Place Concert Series this week. Each Wednesday night from March 27 through April 24 from 8-10 p.m., you can enjoy the sounds of various student performers. There is no admission charge.

Scheduled are: March 27, Brown Earth Quartet; April 3, Ebonwood Quartet; April 10, Sound Advice; April 17, Quintessence Woodwind Quintet; and April 24, Critical Adjustment.

For more information, call 1-6204.

Powell River Project requests proposals

The Powell River Project is a cooperative program of Virginia Tech and southwest Virginia's industry. The Powell River Project sponsors research and education programs to benefit communities and businesses in southwestern Virginia's coalfield region. Those programs develop land reclamation and environmental protection practices for use by the region's natural resource industries, support efforts by existing industry to remain competitive, encourage economic diversification, and enhance educational quality within the coalfield region.

Persons wishing to submit applications to Powell River Project for FY 96-97 funding should contact Carl E. Zipper, associate director-programs, at 1-9782 or czip@vt.edu. Proposals will be accepted through April 17.

Lecture to focus on Hamlet

The Department of English and the Center for Textual and Editorial Studies will sponsor a talk by Leah Marcus of the University of Texas at Austin, Friday, April 5, at 4 p.m. at the University Club. Marcus will speak on "The Skull and the Scrivener: Orality and Writing in Hamlet."

Future of family subject of colloquium

Robert Emery, professor of psychology and director of clinical training at the University of Virginia, will present a departmental colloquium, open to the public, Thursday, April 4, at 10 a.m. in the Wallace Hall atrium. He will speak on "Future Families: Renegotiation, Reinvention, or Rediscovery?"

Emery also is an associate faculty member in the Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy at UVa. He is the author of more than 75 scientific articles and book chapters and three books: Marriage, Divorce and Children's Adjustment, winner of an Outstanding Academic Book award from Choice magazine; Renegotiating Family Relationships: Divorce, Child Custody, and Mediation; and Abnormal Psychology.

In addition to his research, teaching, and administrative responsibilities, Emery engages in a limited practice as a clinical psychologist and divorce mediator.

Electronic thesis, dissertation workshop offered

Learn how to prepare and submit your dissertation, thesis, or project and report in electronic format.

The Graduate School is presenting an Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Workshop on Friday, March 29, for graduate students planning a spring, summer, or fall final exam. The program will be in 100 McBryde from 4 to 6 p.m.

Topics will include the benefits of an electronic dissertation, the savings, how to prepare an electronic document, where to access equipment, and where to find help.

More information is available http://gserver.grads.vt.edu/edman.html

Students planning to attend should RSVP to gssvv@vt.edu to assure that there will be the right number of handouts.