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Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 17 - January 23, 1997

Events

Thursday, 23

YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell Center: "Wildlife in the Black Hills of South Dakota," by Dave Notter.

Take Our Daughters to Work Committee Meeting, 5-5:30 p.m., Women's Center, Price House.

Women's Basketball at La Salle, 7 p.m., Philadelphia, Pa.

Men's Basketball at Liberty, 7:30 p.m., Lynchburg.

Natural History Museum Program, 7:30 p.m., 428 N. Main St.: "'Batman' to the Rescue!" by Bob Lewis, Bat Advocacy Team.

Friday, 24

Music Special Event, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Air Force Woodwind Quintet.

Saturday, 25

"With Good Reason," 7:30 a.m., WVTF-FM: "Both Sides Now," by Lawrence Levine, GMU.

Men's Basketball at St. Joseph's, 7 p.m.

Women's Basketball at Duquesne, 7:05 p.m., Pittsburgh, Pa.

University Chamber Music, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: The Audubon Quartet. Through 1-26.

Sunday, 26

YMCA Hike, 1:30 p.m., meet at YMCA parking lot, 403 Washington St.: Huckleberry Trail to Warm Hearth, led by Su Clauson-Wicker.

University Chamber Music, 3 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: The Audubon Quartet.

Monday, 27

Black Caucus Activity, 4:30-6 p.m., Black Cultural Center: Building Bridges, faculty and student mixer.

Tuesday, 28

Educational Equity Conference, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., DBHCC: "Girls in the Middle: Working to Succeed in School."

Red Cross Bloodmobile, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Squires Student Center.

Men's Basketball at Wake Forest, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, 29

Red Cross Bloodmobile, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Squires Student Center.

Women's Basketball vs. Massachusetts, 7 p.m., Cassell Coliseum.

Thursday, 30

Red Cross Bloodmobile, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Squires Student Center.

YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell Center: "Costa Rica and Panama," by Steve Taranto.

Take Our Daughters to Work Committee Meeting, 5-5:30 p.m., Women's Center, Price House.

Seminars

Thursday, 23

Science Study Center, 12:30 p.m., 219 Squires: "John Flamsteed at the Royal Greenwich Observatory: Dilemmas and Concerns of a Seventh-century Astronomer," by Voula Saridakis.

Plant Physiology, 4 p.m., 102 Fralin: "A Review of Bioremediation of Contaminated Soils," by John Novak.

Friday, 24

Geological Sciences, 3 p.m., 30 Pamplin: "Progress by Chance," by Richard Bambach.

Botany, 4 p.m., 1084 Derring: "Wine Grape Production and Research in Virginia," by Anthony Wolf.

Monday, 27

CSES, 4 p.m., 232 Smyth: "Genetically Engineered Plants and Microbes: What's Coming to Market?" by Charles Hagedorn.

Thursday, 30

Plant Physiology, 3 p.m., 102 Fralin: "Function of the Yeast FLB/FRT Site-specific Recombinase in Plants," by Tom Hodges, Purdue.

Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "Stratigraphic Records of Quaternary Sea-Level Fluctuations as Imaged by GPR and High-Resolution Seismic Profiling," by Sue McGeary, Delaware.

BEV, 4-5 p.m., 202 Williams: "An Overview of Community Network Technology," by Luke Ward, BEV.

Bulletins

Bats subject of museum program tonight

The Virginia Museum of Natural History presents "`Batman' to the Rescue!" tonight, January 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the Virginia Tech branch of the museum on 428 N. Main St.

Bob Lewis of the Bat Advocacy Team will explain how his organization transfers bats from undesirable locations to suitable homes. Lewis, a member of the Virginia chapter of the National Speleological Society, is an experienced caver and bat watcher.

The program is free. To pre-register, call 1-3001.

CEUT series focuses on cooperative learning

The Center for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (CEUT) invites faculty members to join this series of discussions about cooperative learning.

This four-part series provides the basics for setting up and using cooperative learning strategies in the classroom. Margaret Hable, CEUT Faculty Development Specialist, will provide opportunities to learn theory and practical strategies for implementation of cooperative learning as well as a system for peer support and professional reflection necessary for success.

Participants in this semester-long development activity will learn the basic theory of cooperative learning, team-building strategies, small- and large-group cooperative structures, ways to hold individuals accountable at the same time they contribute to group interdependence, and assessment strategies.

Throughout this series, opportunities for issue-raising, problem-solving, and success-sharing with colleagues will be provided. Meetings will be held on Thursdays from 3-5 p.m. Specific dates and locations are as follows:

Part 1--January 30, Donaldson Brown, conference room A. Theory of cooperative learning, basic elements, classroom environment and management, building groups and teams, teaching and promoting group skills.

Part 2--February 13, Hillcrest dining room. Structures and strategies which promote individual accountability and positive interdependence. Lesson design. Instructor's role. Students' roles.

Part 3--March 13, Hillcrest dining room. More structures and strategies. Group products. Assessment issues.

Part 4--April 10, Hillcrest dining room. Altering current teaching designs to include cooperative structures. Planning. Reflection and problem-solving.

Participants who complete the series will receive certificates for teaching portfolios or personnel files. To register or for more information, contact CEUT at ceut@vt.edu or 1-9109.

DERC to visit Southside area

The Department of Employee Relations Counselors (DERC) will meet with interested employees in Martinsville on Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 8:30-4:15 p.m. in conference room B of the Walker Building, Patrick Henry Community College; in Danville on Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 8:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m. in the McGovern Room of the Learning Resource Center, Danville Community College, 1008South Main Street; and in Alberta on Thursday, Feb. 27, from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in A Building conference room, Southside Virginia Community College (Christianna Campus).

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, call the DERC at 1-800-552-9720.

DERC to visit Northern Virginia area

The Department of Employee Relations Counselors (DERC) will meet with interested employees in Annandale on Thursday, March 27, from 8:15 a.m. to 4:15p.m. in 202A Godwin Building, 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, call the DERC at 1-800-552-9720.

Biology research reports solicited

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) invites submissions for the 1997 AIBS Media Award.

The AIBS Media Award was established in 1995 to recognize outstanding reporting on research in biology. This year's winner will receive $500 and expenses to attend the AIBS annual meeting, Aug. 3-7, 1997, in Montreal, Canada, where the award will be presented.

The award is limited to non-technical journalism, including the print and broadcast media. Both freelancers and staff writers are eligible. Articles published in newspapers and magazines are eligible, as are stories broadcast on radio and television. Books and articles in technical journals will not be considered. Articles appearing in BioScience, the AIBS publication, are not eligible. For the purposes of the award, biological research is broadly defined to include laboratory and field work as well as theoretical advances. It does not include testing of medical or veterinary treatments. A panel of science journalists and scientists will judge the entries on the basis of accuracy, clarity, insight, fairness, resourcefulness, and appeal to the general public.

Applicants may submit a single contribution or a series. Stories must have been published or broadcast between Jan. 1, 1995, and Dec. 31, 1996. A series will be accepted if more than half of it appeared between those dates. Applications may be submitted by the writer or on his or her behalf.

For information and an entry form, send a self-addressed envelope to: AIBS Media Award, 1444 I St. NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20005. All applications and submissions must be received by March 14, 1997, and the winner will be notified by June 2, 1997.

Center presents Architecture Video Series

The Henry H. Wiss Center for Theory and History of Art and Architecture in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies announces its spring semester video series at 7 p.m. in 100 Hancock auditorium.

The schedule includes the following: January 30: "Rome and Sixtus V, Baroque Architecture"; February 13: "Versailles"; February 27: "Sainte-Genevieve, Pantheon of Domes, John Nash and London"; March 13: "Thomas Jefferson"; March27: "Brooklyn Bridge"; April 10: "Frank Lloyd Wright"; April 17: "Barcelona Pavilion, Villa Savoy"; and April 24: "Louis I. Kahn."

Admission is free, and viewing is open to the public. For information, contact Humberto Rodriguez-Camilloni at 1-5324.

UAP features lecture on the impact of the web

The Department of Urban Affairs and Planning in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies is sponsoring a lecture by Sally J. Goerner. She is the director of the Triangle Center for the Study of Complex Systems, based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Her presentation, "Web World and the Turning of Times: New Science to New Society," is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 4p.m. in DBHCC conference room A.

Her remarks will be derived from her new book on complex dynamics, which is expected to be released this spring. The talk is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Robert Dyck at 1-6042 or by e-mail: bobdyck@vt.edu/.