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Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 05 - September 26, 1996

Events

Thursday, 26

YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell Center: "Sabbatical in Lithuania," by Lucy and John Levy.

CEUT Activity, 2-5 p.m., DBHCC Room F: "Lectures that Keep Learning Alive."

President's Address, 4 p.m., DBHCC auditorium.

Friday, 27

Horticulture Gardens Grand Giveaway, 5:15 p.m., Washington St.

Saturday, 28

"With Good Reason," 7:30 a.m., WVTF-FM: "New Developments in Detecting and Treating Breast Cancer," by Susan Meisfeldt, UVa, Harry Bear, VCU, and Margaret Saha, William and Mary.

YMCA Hike, 9 a.m.: Meet at Y Parking Lot, 403 Washington St.: Tinker Cliffs, led by Michael Beaghen.

Virginia Tech Museum of Natural History Program, 11 a.m.-noon, 428 N. Main Street: "Science Saturday for Kids: Plant Finders!"

Football at Syracuse, 3:30 p.m.

Faculty/Guest Artist Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: David Jacobsen, flute, Caryl Conger, piano, and Robert Trent, guitar.

Sunday, 29

Virginia Power Electronics Seminar, 11 a.m., DBHCC. Through 10-1.

Monday, 30

Salary and Wage Paydate.

Virginia Power Electronics Seminar. Through 10-1.

Women's Center Program, noon, Price House: "Women and Migration," by Beverly Bunch-Lyons.

Freedom of Speech Teleconference, 1-2:30 p.m., Squires Brush Mountain Room: "Freedom of Speech in the Cyberspace University."

OCTOBER

Tuesday, 1

CPI Workshop, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., DBHCC: "Meeting Management and Organizational Communication."

Virginia Power Electronics Seminar.

Book Signing, noon-1 p.m., Volume Two Bookstore: Lee Smith, author of The Christmas Letters.

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Haymarket Theatre: Six Characters in Search of an Author. Through 10-6.

Wednesday, 2

Book Signing, 5-6 p.m., Volume Two Bookstore: John Welter, author of I Want to Buy a Vowel.

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Haymarket Theatre: Six Characters in Search of an Author. Through 10-6.

Thursday, 3

YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell Center: "Languedoc by Boat: Canal du Midi in Southern France," by Gibson and Richard Worsham.

Faculty Women's Club Fall Luncheon, noon, Mt. Lake Hotel.

TAUT Production, 8 .p.m., Squires Haymarket Theatre: Six Characters in Search of an Author. Through 10-6.

Seminars

Thursday, 26

Science Study Center, noon, 132 Lane: "Risk Assessment: Is There a Difference Between Ethical Rationality and Scientific Rationality?" by Deborah Mayo.

Human-Computer Interaction Center, 2 p.m., 211 Patton: "A Web Storybase: Dimensions of Sharing over the Internet," by Mary Beth Rosson.

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "A Generalized Fourier Analysis of Time Series Data," by Robert Foutz.

Entomology, 4 p.m., 220 Price: "Tick-borne Disease in Virginia," by Suzanne Jenkins, Virginia Department of Health

Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "Iceland: A Spreading Episode and Volcanism," by Selwyn Sacks, Carnegie Institution of Washington.

Friday, 27

Finance, 2 p.m., 1003 Pamplin: TBA, by Sam Priyadarshi.

MSE, 3:10 p.m., 114 Holden: "Stress Redistribution and Notch Sensitivity in Ceramic Matrix Composites," by Tom Mackin, Illinois.

Botany, 4 p.m., 1076 Derring: Comparative Ecology of a Narrowly Endemic and a Geographically Widespread Species of Echinacea (Asteraceae)," by Jerry and Carol Baskin, Kentucky-Lexington.

Monday, 30

Forestry, 3 p.m., Fralin auditorium: "The Southern Global Change Program's Integrated Modeling Project," by Robert Luxmoore, Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Economics, 3:30 p.m., 3009 Pamplin: "Bifurcations in Industrial Location," by Larry Getzler.

Horticulture, 4 p.m., 102 Saunders: "Pesticide Programs and Issues," by Pat Hipkins.

OCTOBER

Wednesday, 2

Microbiology/Immunology, 4 p.m., 1076 Derring: "Lignin Degradation in Paper and Pulp Industry," by Raja Muzumder.

Science Study Center, 4 p.m., 304 McBryde: "The ABC's of Computing at Los Alamos Laboratory: Atoms, Bombs, and Calculations in the Early Nuclear Weapons Program," by Anne Fitzpatrick.

PPWS, 4 p.m., 503 Price: "Isolation and Characterization of Soybean Phytase," by Carla Hegeman.

Thursday, 3

Science Study Center, noon, 132 Lane: "Teaching Large Classes," by Al Mandelstamm.

Biology, 4 p.m., Fralin auditorium: "Functional Cavities in Proteins," by Steven Boxer, Stanford.

Entomology, 4 p.m., 220 Price: "Pest Control of Plantation Crops in South East Asia," by George Varghese, Regal Fruits Malaysia Ltd.

Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "Continental-scale Allocyclic Controls on Carboniferous Sedimentation and Stratigraphy," by Blaine Cecil, USGS.

Bulletins

Voter registration campaign continues

The Women's Center will continue its voter-registration drive through October 3 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Price House.

The Women's Center will be sponsoring other voter-education activities until election day.

Electronic thesis, dissertation workshop planned

A workshop on "How to Submit your Electronic Thesis or Dissertation" is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 30, at 4 p.m. in 136 Norris. The program, offered by the Virginia Tech Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (EDT) Project, is open to students and faculty members.

The seminar will answer the following questions: What is an ETD? Why should I submit one? How do I print my ETD to a PDF file? How do I connect pictures and video to my ETD? How do I fill in the ETD submission form?

If you plan to attend, please send a note to: etd@vt.edu.

Teleconference to be broadcast

On Monday, September 30, the university will broadcast the national teleconference "Freedom of Speech in the Cyberspace University" in Squires Brush Mountain Room from 1-2:30 p.m. Donald Gehring from Bowling Green State University is the teleconference coordinator. The featured presenters are William Kaplin, Gary Pavela, and Peggy Sanday.

A panel discussion immediately following the teleconference from 2:30-3:30 p.m. includes members of the university community with expertise in this area.

This event is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, the Dean of Students Office, Residential and Dining Programs, and University Libraries.

For more information, call Stacey Schnure at 1-3790.

Environmental scientist to speak

David E. Blockstein, senior scientist on the Committee for the National Institute for the Environment, will present a seminar on "Science for the Environment of a New Century: A Proposal for a National Institute for the Environment" Monday, Oct. 14, at 3 p.m. in the Fralin Biotechnology Center auditorium.

"The 21st century and the new millennium bring unprecedented environmental challenges as a still-exploding human population strives to live in an increasingly resource-limited world," Blockstein said. "The challenge of sustainability requires an increased investment in science that is more interdisciplinary, more focused on real environmental problems, and has a much greater interplay between scientists and other citizens. The proposed National Institute for the Environment (NIE) would meet this challenge by improving the scientific basis for making decisions on environmental issues."

The seminar is sponsored by the College of Forestry and Wildlife Resources.

Children's science program focuses on plants

The Virginia Tech Museum of Natural History will present "Science Saturday for Kids: Plant Finders!" Saturday, Sept. 28, from 11 a.m.-noon at the museum, 428 N. Main St.

The program will challenge children ages 5-12 to see how many different plants they can find growing in a local meadow. Preregistration is required. Call 1-3001.

Faculty Women's Club schedules luncheon

The Virginia Tech Faculty Women's Club fall luncheon will be held Thursday, Oct. 3, at noon at Mountain Lake Hotel. The featured speaker is James. Robertson Jr., a Pulitzer Prize nominee and winner of the American Library Association's Best Book for Young Reader's Award.

Membership to the VTFWC is open to women members of, or wives of administrative, instructional, research, and extension faculty and staff members at Virginia tech. Retired faculty and administrative staff women, wives or widows or retired administrative staff and faculty members as well as mothers or mothers-on-law of Virginia Tech administrative staff and faculty members are also welcome to join.

Membership information can be obtained from Kathy Brown at 961-3187 or Liz Ritchey at 552-1963.

Fall medical screenings offered

The CommonHealth program is offering fall medical screenings from October 2-4. This is the last time screenings will be offered until summer 1998. The screening checks total cholesterol, good cholesterol, bad cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose, blood pressure, and weight.

The screening costs $5 for an employee or retiree and $7 for an employee or retiree and any number of adult (18+ years) family members living in the same household.

To schedule a screening, attend an employee meeting in the Bowman Room of Jamerson Athletic Center today from 8:30-9:30 a.m., or register at one of the following locations during the time indicated: September 27, 9-10:30 a.m., 1810 Litton Reaves, and 3-5 p.m.; 325 Burruss; or September 30, 8-9 a.m., Physical Plant classroom, or noon-1:30 p.m., 101 War Memorial Hall.

Plant give-away, sale scheduled

The Horticulture Gardens will open its beds of annual plants for free give-away Friday, Sept. 27, at 5:15 p.m. Bring your own trowel and boxes. The event will be held rain or shine.

This sale is a fund raiser for the general operations and maintenance of the Virginia Tech Horticulture Gardens.

The gardens are located at the corner of West Campus Drive and Washington St., adjacent to the greenhouses. Parking around the gardens is limited, so please use the Litton-Reaves lot across the street.

Faculty/Guest Artist Recital scheduled

A Faculty/Guest Artist Recital will be presented Saturday, Sept. 28, at 8 p.m. in Squires Student Center Recital Salon featuring David Jacobsen, flute, Caryl Worthington Conger, piano, and Robert Trent, guitar.

Ticket prices are $5 and can be purchased at the door only. For more information, call the School of the Arts at 1-5200.

CPI workshop offered

University Leadership Development (ULD) is offering a new one-day Continuous Process Improvement (CPI) workshop with emphasis on Meeting Management and Organizational Communication. The workshop is scheduled for Oct. 1, 1996, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center. This new workshop is second in a series of training and education programs and builds on learnings and material presented in our first CPI offering. Participation in the first CPI offering is not required, however, it is recommended.

The day-long workshop, conducted by Steve VanAken and Dick Harshberger, director of ULDP, focuses on meeting management skills and organizational communication. Participants will receive information and training on how to plan, manage, and conduct a meeting. Additionally, participants will receive instruction on how to improve and manage organizational communication. Meeting management and organizational communication will be linked to our model of Continuous Process Improvement.

Training will include video instruction, activities, lecture and anecdotes, participant sharing of problems and solutions, and a communication-style inventory.

Registration is required. There will be a $25-per-person fee charged to cover the cost of the manual and incidental expenses. ISR's or personal checks will be accepted and must be received by September 25. Morning and afternoon breaks will be provided. For reservation contact Sue Fast by at 1-6727 or by E-mail, fast@vt.edu. Enrollment will be limited.