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NEWSMAKERS

Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 27 - April 10, 1997

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 Virginian Pilot (Sept. 1): George Morgan, professor of finance, was interviewed in a story on Trigon Blue Cross/Blue Shield's conversion to a for-profit, publicly-traded company.

Blue Ridge Business Journal (Sept. 96): Robin Russell, professor of management science and information technology, and her research on breakthrough performance were the focus of a feature story.

San Jose Mercury News (Oct. 9): Chris Neck, assistant professor of management, made comments in a story on office-worker morale.

Investor's Business Daily (Oct. 10): John Easterwood, assistant professor of finance, was cited in a column on the recent wave of divestitures and new manager-owners.

Richmond's Talking Business (Oct. 10): Barry O'Donnell, associate director of the MBA Program, was quoted extensively in a feature story on how to "network" and the benefits of networking.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Oct. 21), The Washington Post (Oct. 30): Carroll Stephens, assistant professor of management, was quoted in a Reuters column on job opportunities for elderly workers.

Derivatives Strategy (Oct. 30): A message from the editor cited Don Chance, finance professor, and his article on the unwarranted focus by regulatory authorities on a company's financial risks (as opposed to other business risks).

Los Angeles Times (Nov. 4): Chris Neck, assistant professor of management, was interviewed in a feature story on teamwork.

The Scientist (Dec. 9): Chris Neck was extensively quoted in a feature story, "The Key to a Happy, Productive Lab: Let Scientists Lead Themselves."

Fortune (Dec. 9): Richard Wokutch, professor of management, remarked in a feature story on the influx of Japanese manufacturers in small towns such as Columbus, Indiana.

Pensions & Investments (Jan. 6): A news item cited a study by finance professors Don Chance and Randy Billingsley that found the benefits of adding managed futures to an institutional investor's portfolio could be obtained with fewer managers than previously thought.

Richmond Times-Dispatch (Jan. 29), The Virginian Pilot (Jan. 29): Steve Markham, management professor, and the new AT&T-funded Center for Scientific Visualization of Organizations at the Pamplin College of Business were featured in news stories.

Richmond Times-Dispatch (March 3): Management Assistant Professor Carroll Stephens, Sociology Professor William Snizek, and History Professor Burton Kaufman were all quoted in the Metro Business section cover story on the demise of the "Organization Man."

Virginia News Network (March 11): Insect Identification Laboratory Manager Eric Day discussed ladybug infestations in Virginia houses.

New York Times (March 11): William Hueston, associate dean-Maryland campus of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, was quoted in an article on "Mad Cow Disease."

AgriTalk Radio (March 11): A live interview on cloning sheep featuring D. Phillip Sponenberg was aired on 46 stations around the country. Sponenberg is a professor in the VMRCVM's Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences,.

Richmond Times-Dispatch (March 13): James Marchman, professor of aerospace and ocean engineering, commented about the aerodynamics of race cars.

Virginia News Network (March 21), Richmond Times-Dispatch (March 24): Physics Associate Professor John Simonetti discussed Comet Hale-Bopp's spectacular showing.

Mutual Radio (March 25): James Marchman discussed the aerodynamics of flight on "Why is It?", a nationally-syndicated radio feature produced by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Fox News (March 27): A live interview was conducted with History Professor James I. Robertson Jr., on his new book about Stonewall Jackson.

ABC Radio (March 27): History Professor William Ochsenwald remarked on increased tensions between Arabs and Israelis in the Middle East.

Discovery Channel "World of Wonder" and Arts and Entertainment Channel "The Unexplained" (March 25, 27, 28, and 30): Psychology Professor Helen Crawford discussed pain control through hypnosis, and the nature and value of hypnosis, respectively.

University Science (March 27-April 2): An article appeared as the lead story about a patent granted to the Center for Intelligent Materials Professor Craig Rogers and former Ph.D. student Jeff Paine for development of a material that will deflect impacts,.

Voice of America (April 1): William Ochsenwald was interviewed on continuing violence in Israel.