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Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 3 - September 8, 1994


Thursday, 8 Bloodmobile 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Squires Commonwealth.

Science Study Center Discussion, 12:30 p.m., 101 Price House: "Post-Modernism," by Stephen White.

ASPA Kickoff Reception, 5 p.m., Thomas-Conner House.

Friday, 9

CPAP Round Table, 4 p.m., Thomas-Conner House: "Administrative Highs and Lows," by Joyce Williams-Green.

Saturday, 10

Football, 5 p.m.: At Southern Miss.

Sunday, 11

VPEC Power Electronics Seminar, 11 a.m., Owens Dining Hall: Through 9-13.

YMCA Hike, 1:30 p.m., Y Parking Lot: Alta Mons, led by Jan McGilliard.

Monday, 12

"Let's Talk," Cooper House, noon.

"With Good Reason," 7:30 p.m., WVTF-FM: "Social Insecurity," by Marshall Booker, Christopher Newport, and Thomas Meeks, Va. State.

Guest Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Alan Black, cello, with Sungil Lee, violin, and Jean Roberts, piano.

Tuesday, 13

Gerontology Forum, noon, 150 Squires: "The New Generation Gap in American Society: Generational Equity and the Coming War between the Generations," Vern L. Bengtson, USC.

ITO Plan Open Session, 2 p.m., DBHCC Conference Room G.

Wednesday, 14

Yom Kippur Begins (Sundown).

Student Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Aaron Snyder, percussion.

Thursday, 15

Yom Kippur.

YMCA Slide Show, 12:10 p.m., Cranwell Center: "New Mexico--Visits to Santa Fe, Taos, and in Between," by Beth Thomas.

Staff Senate meeting, 5:30 p.m., Vet Med College Center.

VMNH Program, 7:30 p.m., VMNH: "Southwest Virginia's Biological Treasure Chest," by Dick Neves.


Thursday, 8

Physics, 3:30 p.m., 2030 Pamplin: "Scraping Bottom for Dark Matter," by David Besson, Kansas.

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "The Hot Air in R2 and Consistent Measures of Explained Variation," by Anya McGuirk.

Friday, 9

MCBB, noon, 100 Johnston: "Molecular Genetics and Genomic Mapping of Loblolly Pine," by David O'Malley, N.C. State.

Materials Science and Engineering, 3:05 p.m., 114 Holden: David Beach, ORNL: "Synthesis of Electronic Materials."

Botany, 4 p.m., 1076 Derring: "Are Kangaroo Rats Fungal Mutualists?" by Lauraine Hawkins, Penn State.

Monday, 12

Biochemistry/Anaerobic Microbiology, 4 p.m., 223 Engel: "Cy--A Unique Catalytic Subunit Isozyme of Protein Kinase A," by Stephen Beebe, EVMC.

Horticulture, 4 p.m., 102 Saunders: "A Perspective on Teaching, Advising, and Recruiting after 30 Years at the Trade," by Jim McKenna.

Dynamical Systems, 4 p.m., 316 McBryde: "Transfer of Energy from High Frequency to Low Frequency Modes," by Ali Nayfeh.

Family/Child Development, Wallace atrium, 7:30 p.m.: "The USC Longitudinal Study of Generations: 24 Years of Following Families," by Vern L. Bengtson, USC.

Thursday, 15

Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "Enigmas of the Limpopo Belt, Southern Africa," by Tom Blenkinsop, Zimbabwe.


Novelist to read from her works

Carolyn Chute, author of The Beans of Egypt Maine and, most recently, Merry Men, will read from her works September 19. The reading at 7 p.m. at the University Club is open to the public. For more information, call 1-5138.

Poetry reading planned

Poet Alberto Rios, author of several books of poetry, will read at Virginia Tech September 30.

Rios has published four volumes of poetry, most recently Teodoro Luna's Two Kisses. His other poetry books are Whispering to Fool the Wind, Lime Orchard Woman, and Indiscretions. He has also published a book of short stories titled The Iguana Killers, which won the 1984 Western States Book Award.

The poet, who lives in Arizona, will read at 7 p.m. in the University Club. His reading is open to the public. For more information, call 1-5138.

Theatre design display, lecture offered

Theatre design is on display through September 16 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday, in the Wallace Hall Gallery. Co-curators of the exhibit are Eric Wiedegreen of the Department of Housing, Interior Design, and Resource Management, and Felice Proctor of the Department of Theatre Arts.

On Thursday, Sept. 8, Proctor will lecture on "Design in the Theatre: A Look at the Costume and Set Design Process," at 7 p.m. in the Wallace atrium.

Forum presents ethical issues in aging

The Center for Gertontology Lunchtime Forum discusses "Ethical Issues in Aging," on Wednesday, April 13, in 150 Squires, from noon to 1 p.m. The forum will be led by Edward M. Spencer, M.D., of the Center for Biomedical Ethics at the University of Virginia. He will focus on ethical issues and aging from the "generalist's" perspective, including the role of ethics in the care of the aging, life, death, and choices. The forum will include case studies and involve the audience in analysis and decision making. Spencer will also discuss the National Outreach Program that he directs for the ethics center.

Everyone interested in the subject is invited to attend and bring a brown-bag lunch. For more information, call Charlene Freeman-Coker at 1-6817.

Affirmative Action Plan complete

Virginia Tech's 1994 Affirmative Action Plan has been completed, as required by Executive Order No. 11246. The plan reaffirms the university's commitment to equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Please feel free to review the plan at one of the following locations: EO/AA Office--336 Burruss; President's Office--210 Burruss; Provost's Office--201 Burruss; Carol Newman Library--1st Floor, Reserves Section; Personnel Services Department--Southgate Center.

If you have questions or comments, please call Elyzabeth Holford or Michele Clark Holmes at 1-7500, 336 Burruss.

Biological treasure chest presentation planned

Southwest Virginia s fresh waters are home to a rich diversity of animal life. The Virginia Tech Museum of Natural History, 428 N. Main St., invites you to discover these unique treasures. Learn how and why they are so diverse and how life in Virginia s freshwater environment has changed over time. Dick Neves from the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife will give a presentation at the museum Thursday, Sept. 15, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and there will be shells and live specimens of stream life on display. For more information, call 1-3001.

European studies information session scheduled

There will be an information session on the European Studies Center at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13, in 100 McBryde.

Attending will be faculty members who will be teaching during the spring 1995 session and students who have participated in the program during its first year of operation. A video will be shown that includes footage from the center, located in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland, and a student study tour to Florence. On-site photographs will also be displayed.

Professors selected to teach core curriculum courses during spring semester are Kent Holliday, associate professor of music, and Charles L. Taylor, professor of political science. Holliday will offer classes in the Classical Age and the Renaissance, while Taylor will teach Western European governments and politics and introduction to government and politics. A class in basic Italian, taught by a Swiss national, will also be offered.

According to Holliday, his course on the Classical Age will focus on "understanding the elements that combined to create great cultural synthesis in Western Civilization: the Classical Tradition," while his other course "will give an overview of the age called Renaissance by sampling achievements in science, art, architecture, religion, philosophy, music, public affairs, and theatre.

Taylor said his introductory course "will introduce students to the ideas of political culture, constitutions, political parties, and other means for articulating political interests, multiple versus single party systems, parliamentary systems versus presidential systems, and public policy." The Western European governments course, he said, "will investigate the internal politics and governing structures of selected European countries."

Both professors are scheduling travel to sites in Europe relevant to the courses.

The European Studies Center first opened to students in fall 1993. Participants live and take classes in Casa Maderni, a newly renovated, 200-year-old Swiss villa owned by the Virginia Tech Foundation.

Students must be at the sophomore, junior, or senior levels to participate.

For more information, call 1-9054. Application forms are available from University Outreach and International Programs, 134 Burruss.

Crew Club seeks support

The Virginia Tech Crew Club is seeking faculty and community members interested in the sport of rowing. Since the club's recent re-emergence, student support has increased dramatically. The club is gearing up for what promises to be another great season.

Last year's team earned many top finishes, including a fourth place in one category at the Dad Vail Regatta, the largest collegiate race in America.

Anyone with experience or enthusiasm is urged to lend support. Assistance is needed in advising, coaching, and various other areas. Interested and available faculty and community members should call co-presidents Missy Farmer at 232-5316 or Brian Wiersema at 552-0736.

Workforce hearing scheduled on campus

The joint commission studying the management of the state's workforce will hold a public hearing here Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 2 p.m. in Squires Brush Mountain Room. The commission will receive comments on compensation and benefits, career development and training, work and family policies, human-resource planning and organization, and quality improvement.

This is NOT the group which is addressing possible changes in the sick-leave policy.