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Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 2 - September 1, 1994


Thursday, 1

Salary and Wage Paydate

Art Gallery Opening, Armory Art Gallery, through 10-7: Paintings by Bill Gorsica.

YMCA Open University Registration, noon-6 p.m., Christiansburg Public Library.

Science Study Center Discussion, 12:30 p.m., 101 Price House: "What Should Science Studies Be? Some Questions, Some Answers, Some Provocations," by Henry Bauer.

Friday, 2

YMCA Open University Registration, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Open University Office.

VT Adult Day Care Caregiver Support Group Meeting, noon, Wallace Intergenerational Room: Stress: How to Cope with It and Manage It."

Saturday, 3

YMCA Hike, 9 a.m., Y parking lot: Tinker Cliffs.

Football, 4 p.m., Lane Stadium: Arkansas State.

Chamber Music, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: New River Chamber Winds.

Sunday, 4

Chamber Music, 3 p.m. Squires Recital Salon: New River Chamber Winds.

Monday, 5

Labor Day holiday for staff

Rosh Hashanah begins (sundown)

"With Good Reason," 7:30 p.m., WVTF-FM: "Net Profit: The Future of Virginia's Seafood Industry," by Bill De Paul, William Mary, and George Flick, Va. Tech.

Tuesday, 6

Rosh Hashanah.

Bloodmobile, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Squires Commonwealth.

Wednesday, 7

Rosh Hashanah.

YMCA Thrift Shop Half-Price Sale, 1531 S. Main.

Bloodmobile, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Squires Commonwealth.

Virginia Tech Faculty Women's Club Welcome Tea, noon, The Grove.

Thursday, 8

Bloodmobile, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Squires Commonwealth.


Thursday, 1

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "Statistical Decoding of Chaotic Timer Series," by Richard Krutchkoff.

Friday, 2

MCBB, noon, 100 Johnston: "Recombinant Protein Expression in the Transgenic Mammary Gland," by Julien Cooper, TransPharm.

Botany, 4 p.m., 1076 Derring: "Developing Multimedia Tools to Assist Students in Learning to Identify Woody Plants in the Field," by Richard Croft.

Monday, 5

Biochemistry/Anaerobic Microbiology, 4 p.m., 223 Engel: "Development of New Polymetallic Platinum Complexes as Anti-Cancer Agents," by Karen Brewer.

Horticulture, 4 p.m., 102 Saunders: "Studies of Androgenic Processes in Diploid Potato," by Yin Shen.

Tuesday, 6

Biology, 4 p.m., 118 McBryde: "Explosive Speciation of Lake Malawi Cichlids," by Jay Stauffer Jr., Penn State.


World-renowned gerontologist lectures

One of the world's most distinguished gerontologists will spend four days on campus meeting and consulting with faculty members and graduate students in the Department of Family and Child Development.

Vern L. Bengtson, the American Association for Retired Persons/University professor of gerontology at the University of Southern California (USC), will also present two public lectures sponsored by the College of Human Resources and the Virginia Tech Center for Gerontology as well as the Department of Family and Child Development.

Bengtson's first lecture will be held on Monday, Sept. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Wallace atrium. His topic will be "The USC Longitudinal Study of Generations: 24 Years of Following Families," which covers the dynamics on intergenerational relationships among children, parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents. It is based on research that began in 1971 with Bengtson as the lead investigator and studies the transmission of values, attitudes, and traits among three generations--recently expanded to four generations--in over 300 American families. The study has been funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

His second lecture will be at the monthly Gerontology Noontime Forum on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at noon in 150 Squires. In "The New Generation Gap in American Society: Generational Equity and the Coming War between the Generations," Bengtson will ask several provocative questions. Will the lengthening life span of the older generations create strained relationships between older and younger people as they compete for society's scarce resources? As opportunities for occupational achievement shrink, how do families manage conflict and promote self-esteem and well-being? How do families transmit basic values across the generations to provide for social justice and support for all members?

Bengtson has twice received two of the most prestigious awards in his field: the MERIT Award of the National Institute on Aging and the Reuben Hill Award of the National Council on Family Relations. He is the past president of the Gerontological Society of America and a Danforth Foundation Fellow. He has received several research and teaching awards, including the Wilson Abernathey Award and Lectureship from the Programme in Gerontology at the University of Toronto; the Sandoz Lecture Award in Gerontology, Basel, Switzerland; the Distinguished Teaching Award in Letters, Arts, and Sciences, the Henry F. Salvatori Award for Innovative Teaching, and the Associates Award for Creativity in Research from the University of Southern California.

He is the author and co-editor of many books, including The Social Psychology of Aging; Grandparenthood; The Measurement of Intergenerational Relations; Emergent Theories of Aging; The Course of Later Life: Research and Reflections; The Changing Contract Across Generations; Intergenerational Issues in Aging; and Hidden Connections: Intergenerational Linkages in American Society.

Baliles, Boucher to address conference

Former Virginia Governor Gerald Baliles, currently chair of the Southern Regional Education Board's Commission on Educational Quality, and Ninth District Congressman Rick Boucher will be featured speakers at the Third Annual Western Virginia Strategic Development Conference, scheduled September 15-16 at the DBHCC.

The theme of the conference is "Resources for Enhancing Development of Western Virginia."

Baliles will deliver the keynote address at the opening luncheon on September 15. Boucher will provide the capstone address at the conference luncheon the following day. Virginia Tech President Paul E. Torgersen and James Madison University President Ronald E. Carrier are also scheduled to speak.

"The conference targets individuals and organizations interested in the long-term well-being of natural and human resources in Western Virginia," said Shirley Gerken, leadership development specialist in Public Service Programs, a unit in Virginia Tech's University Outreach and International Programs Division, and an organizer of the two-day event.

Sponsors include the Interstate 81 Corridor Council, Center on Rural Development, Virginia Tech, James Madison University, JMU's Center for Business and Economic Development, Valley of Virginia Partnership for Education, and Planning District Commissions 1-7. Co-sponsors are the Blue Ridge Economic Development Commission, Forward Southwest Virginia Inc., New Century Council, and Virginia Council on Child Day Care and Early Childhood Programs.

Gerken said the conference and the two preceding it resulted from a study by the I-81 Corridor Council. "It was concluded," she said, "that the communities along the corridor will be challenged by unprecedented social, political, and economic change and that the survival of communities will depend upon their ability to think critically, plan strategically, and prudently manage change."

To aid those communities in gathering critical information, each conference has focused on major development issues, she said. Issues targeted for the September meetings will be higher education as a resource for development, telecommunications in the I-81 region, and capital development and capacity building for small business development.

For lodging reservations call 1-8000. The conference registration fee is $55. To register for the conference call Mary Lois Hill at 1-5183.

For more information, call Wayne Strickland at 343-4417, John Noftsinger at 568-6715, Bill Strider at 885-5174, or Gerken at 1-7966.

Employees request leave donations

Employees in the following areas have requested leave donations: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Business, and Physical Plant.

These employees have been on leave without pay for more than 10 work days and are eligible to receive leave through the Leave Sharing Program. If you are a salaried classified or faculty employee, you have an opportunity to participate by donating annual leave in increments of eight hours. There is no maximum donation limitation per year, nor is there a minimum balance that must be maintained.

To protect recipients, the names and details of medical conditions will remain confidential. However, specific persons in the units referenced above may be designated to receive donated leave. Donor forms are available from department administrative offices or from the Personnel Services Department at 1-9331.

Welcome Tea to be held

The Virginia Tech Faculty Women's Club will hold a Welcome Tea at The Grove Wednesday, Sept. 7, from noon to 2 p.m. Newcomers are encouraged to attend. Childcare is available; call Pam Forsyth at 552-0687 for more information.

Temporary positions may be available

Applications are invited for possible part-time, temporary positions of one semester duration teaching one course or more in Arabic, Chinese, Classical Greek, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish language and/or literature.

An M.A or equivalent teaching experience is normally required. A Ph.D is desired for teaching upper-division language and/or literature courses.

For more information, contact Chris Eustis, 119 Femoyer.

DPMA to host open house

The New River Chapter of DPMA, the Association of Information Systems Professionals, will host an open house at Owens Banquet Room September 8 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Guests are welcome, especially past members of this and other DPMA chapters who live in the area. The open house will feature time for "networking" with the members, demonstrations of several information-superhighway technologies available to residents of the New River Valley Call Ron Angert at 1-6819 or e-mail rangert@vt.edu for more information.

Feminist research, directory available

A directory of people involved in feminist research, writing, and pedagogy is being produced for the upcoming "Bridges and Applications: Linking Feminist Research and Pedagogy" conference to be held Friday, Sept. 23, from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 24, from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Best Western Red Lion Inn.

The directory will be distributed to conference participants and will be available for purchase after the conference through the Women's Programs Office. This directory will facilitate collaboration among scholars across disciplines and in different institutional settings.

To submit information for inclusion in the directory, send a typed, one-to-two-paragraph summary describing your writing and/or research to Constance Goehle, CEUT, 129 Hillcrest, mail code 0453. Summaries can also be faxed to 1-4522 or sent via e-mail to GOEHLECD@VTVM1. Include your name, title, department, campus address, campus telephone, and e-mail userid. The deadline for submissions is September 7.

Conference registration materials are available through the Women's Programs Office at 1-7615. Registration deadline is September 16. For more information about the conference or directory, call 1-7615.