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Newsmakers

Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 11 - November 7, 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.

The Scientist (June 1996): Doris Zallen, associate professor for the Center for the Study of Science in Society, and Sue Tolin, plant pathology professor, were quoted in an article "Academic Biologists Finding Many Rewards In Consulting For Industry."

R&D magazine (July 1996): An article on biomedical technology featured an invention by Professor Tom Diller and Associate Professor Elaine Scott of mechanical engineering. Diller and Scott are developing a sensor to measure blood perfusion that can be taped onto the skin, rather than inserted in the body, and can be worn for long periods of time without discomfort. The Tech researchers are working on the project with Vatell Corporation of Christiansburg.

Fredericksburg Free Lance Star (July 20): Industrial and Systems Engineering Professor Walter Wierwille was featured in an article about research he is conducting with Carnegie Mellon University researcher Richard Grace on how to prevent truck driver fatigue.

The Washington Post (July 31): An article about the effects of development on Northern Virginia's Occoquan Basin included comments from Tom Grizzard, a Virginia Tech civil engineering professor and director of the Occoquan Watershed Monitoring Laboratory.

Associated Press (August 13): The news wire ran a story on the establishment of the Air Transportation Center of Excellence at Virginia Tech and three other universities. The center, funded by the Federal Aviation Administration, will be headed at Virginia Tech by Antonio Trani, associate professor of civil engineering, and Hanif Sherali, professor of industrial and systems engineering.

Dallas Morning News (August 30): Entomology Professor Judith A. Mollet was featured in an article concerning dust mites and other household pests.

ABC Evening News (September 23): Nancy Lutz, associate professor of economics, received coverage in a story on the federal law requiring the Department of Defense to purchase a warranty on any major weapons system. Lutz was introduced as a warranty expert.

Richmond Times-Dispatch (September 30): Agricultural and Applied Economics Professor Wayne Purcell was quoted in article on a multi-state conference held in Roanoke concerning the future of tobacco. Purcell is director of the Rural Economic Analysis Program in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, which co-sponsored the conference. The conference was featured in numerous publications across the South and was the subject of a column in the October 7 edition of the U.S. News & World Report. The article quoting Purcell was distributed nationally by Knight-Ridder/Tribune Business News.

Woman Engineer (fall 1996): Nancy Love, assistant professor of civil engineering; Bevlee Watford, director of Minority Engineering Programs; and Audrey Zink, assistant professor of wood science and forest products, were featured in an article about how companies and universities offer support to women engineers.

Woman Engineer (fall 1996): Pamela Kurstedt, assistant dean of enrichment and international programs for the College of Engineering, was acknowledged for her appointment as director of engineering programs at the Northern Virginia Graduate Center.

National Public Radio (October 5): Horticulture Associate Professor Bonnie Appleton of the Tidewater Agricultural Research and Extension Center was included in a story about the design of hand lawn-and-garden tools. Appleton discussed the ergonomics of such tools and the problems they cause, such as carpal-tunnel syndrome.

Arts and Entertainment Channel (October 14): Alumni Distinguished Professor of History James I. Robertson discussed Robert E. Lee on "Biography."

The Virginian-Pilot (October 21): Comments from Theodore Koebel, director of the Center for Housing Research, were included in an article about a Virginia Beach Housing Authority referendum.

With Good Reason (week of October 26): English Instructor Jeff Mann discussed ghost stories. The half-hour program airs on public radio in and around Virginia.

Philadelphia Inquirer (October 27): Entomologist Heather Wren (retired) and Virginia Tech were credited for her work on cockroach birth control.

Why Is It? (national radio show of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, October 29): Jim Marchman, assistant department head of aerospace and ocean engineering, was interviewed about airplane smoke trails.

CNN, NPR, Virginia News Network, WTVR-TV (Richmond) (October 29): Reform Party Presidential Candidate Ross Perot received coverage on his talk and visit to Virginia Tech.