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NEWSMAKERS

Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 26 - April 4, 1996

Virginia Tech faculty and staff members and students are often the subject of significant national and statewide 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.

Human Resource Executive Magazine (January 1996): Ella Mae Vaught, personnel analyst in personnel services, was quoted in an article entitled "Worthy Cause," concerning the Leave Sharing Program at Virginia Tech.

Virginia Engineer (February 1996): Doug Nelson, associate professor of mechanical engineering, and the students of the Virginia Tech Car Factory were featured in an article about their conversion of a Chevrolet Lumina into a hybrid electric vehicle for the national government/industry-sponsored "Future Car Challenge."

Virginia Engineer (February 1996): Ted Rappaport, professor of electrical engineering, and the Virginia Tech Mobile and Portable Radio Research Group (MPRG) were featured in an article about a three-year, $289,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for the development of a new curriculum at the senior and graduate levels for wireless engineers.

Pallet Enterprise (February 1996): E. George Stern, the Earle B. Norris research professor emeritus of wood construction, was called an "industry innovator, giving nails a whole new meaning," in an illustrated editorial.

(Newark, NJ) Star-Ledger (February 1996): Carole Cramer, associate professor for plant pathology, physiology and weed science, was the subject of an extensive feature for her research on genetically engineered tobacco plants.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution (February 1996): The Blacksburg Electronic Village was the subject of a feature story. In addition, communications studies professor Mary Beth Oliver's Internet-based class, "Introduction to Communications Research," was profiled.

(Baltimore) The Sun (Feb. 25): Ted Koebel, director of the Center for Housing Research in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, was quoted extensively in the Real Estate Section front-page feature article on long-term tenants.

USA Today (March 1996): The Blacksburg Electronic Village was the cover story on a Sunday supplement. Similar in design to Parade magazine, the supplement appeared in some 250 newspapers with a readership of 39 million.

(Washington, D.C.) ABC Radio Network, Virginia News Network, WTOP Radio (March 4): William Ochsenwald, professor of history, was interviewed on the continued Palestinian bombings in Israel, and their threat to Middle East peace negotiations.

(Richmond) WRVA Radio (March 4): Ochsenwald was interviewed regarding recent terrorist bombings in Israel.

Voice of America (March 5): Ochsenwald commented about terrorist bombings in Israel.

The Chronicle of Higher Education (March 8): John Eaton, associate provost for graduate studies, discussed the advantages of the electronic thesis and dissertation.

(FL) The Orlando Sentinel (March 13): Loretta Buffer, assistant professor of family and child development, was quoted in a Living Section front-page story on how grandparents can keep in touch with grandchildren when they live a long distance away.

WCMS Radio (March 15): George Simmons, alumni distinguished professor, discussed his research on the pollution of the Chesapeake Bay.

Richmond Times Dispatch (March 22): Mike Vaughan, wildlife professor, and his study of the black bear population in western Virginia were featured.

Virginia News Network (March 25): Physics professor Brian Dennison discussed Comet Hyakutake on VNN, which serves more than 50 radio stations in and around Virginia.