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Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 5 - September 22, 1994


Thursday, 22

YMCA Slide Show, 12:10 p.m., Cranwell Center: "Hiking in Scotland and Wales," by Allen and Judy Bame and Emily and Bob Stuart.

Science Study Center Discussion, 12:30 p.m., 101 Price House: "Cuba's Built Environment During the `Special Period,'" by Joseph Scarpaci.


Football, 8 p.m., Lane Stadium: West Virginia.

Friday, 23

Human Resources Program, 1 p.m., Wallace Atrium: "Diversity Issues in Business," by Jim Durham, New River Industries.

Feminist Research and Pedagogy Conference, 5 p.m., Best Western Red Lion Inn: "Bridges and Applications: Linking Feminist Research and Pedagogy," with Sue Rosse, South Carolina.

Student Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Grayson Fore, saxophone.

Saturday, 24

Undergraduate Admissions Fall Open House, 8 a.m., Squires.

Vet Med Dogwash, 8 a.m., Vet Med Phase II.

CPAP Round Table, 4 p.m., seminar room, Thomas-Conner House: "The challenges of Reconstruction and the Dismantling of the Apartheid System in South Africa," by Josiah TLou.

Feminist Research and Pedagogy Conference, 8:30 a.m., Best Western Red Lion Inn: "Bridges and Applications: Linking Feminist Research and Pedagogy."

Faculty Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Plaut and Holliday.

Sunday, 25

Undergraduate Admissions Fall Open House, noon, Squires.

YMCA Hike, 1:30 p.m., Y Parking Lot: Bald Knob/Bear Cliffs, led by John Roach.

Monday, 26

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

Women's Studies Featured Topic Series, 7 p.m., 136 Norris: "Foot Notes and Anecdotes," by Ann Kilkelly.

"With Good Reason," 7:30 p.m., WVTF-FM: "Mountain Passages," with Thomas Costa, Clinch Valley, and Raymond Burgin, Mountain Empire Community.

Wednesday, 28

Mobilizing for Freedom, Choice, and Civil Liberties, noon, Library Plaza.

Women's Network/Women's Undergraduate Network Fall Reception, 5-7 p.m., Squires Williamsburg Room.

Thursday, 29

Human Resources IYF Panel Discussion, noon, Wallace Atrium: "Children: An Asset or Liability," by Andy Stremmel, Connie Kratzer, and Mike Sporakowski.

YMCA Slide Show, 12:10 p.m., Cranwell Center: "Nights in Tunisia: Inside Look at Culture and Religion," by Chris Colvin.

Science Study Center Discussion, 12:30 p.m., 101 Price House: "The Superimposition of Quasi-Objects/Quasi-Texts: Some Thoughts on Bruno Latour," by T. Hugh Crawford, VMI.


Thursday, 22

Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "Experimental Deformation of Granitic Rocks: Implications for the Brittle-Ductile Transition and Strain Localization," by Jan Tullis, Brown.

Friday, 23

MCBB, noon, 100 Johnston: "The Science, Practice, and Politics of Bringing Biotechnology-developed Plants to Market," by Sue Tolin.

Materials Science and Engineering, 3:05 p.m., 114 Holden: "X-ray Diffraction and Computer Modeling Studies of Polymers," by Barry Farmer, UVa.

Botany, 4 p.m., 1076 Derring: "Reproductive Biology of Archaeopterid Progymnosperms," by Stewart Hill.

Monday, 26

Horticulture, 3:45 p.m., 102 Saunders: TBA

Dynamical Systems Interdisciplinary, 4 p.m., 316 McBryde: "Local and Global Bifurcations for Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations," by Messoud Efendiev, Stuttgart.

Biochemistry/Anaerobic Microbiology, 4 p.m., 223 Engel: "Expressions of Meme-Biosynthetic Enzymes in Saccharomyces cerevisiae," by Teresa Keng, Apex Bioscience.

Wednesday, 28

Computer Science, 4 p.m., 113 McBryde: "Mosaic and the World Wide Web," by Susan Olivier.

Thursday, 29

Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: TBA


Flu shots available on campus

The Radford City Health Department will be providing flu shots on campus October 4 from 1-3 p.m. in the Bowman Room in Jamerson Athletic Center. The fee is $10. This event, sponsored by CommonHealth, is open to all employees and their families. For more information or to reserve a time for a shot, call 1- 7810.

Biotechnology showcase presents new developments

Two internationally prominent keynote speakers will be featured at the second annual Southwest Virginia Biotechnology Showcase, Monday, Oct. 3, at the German Club. The program is sponsored by university's Biotechnology Center.

Carl Feldbaum, president of Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) will speak at 8:30 a.m. on "The National Perspective on Biotechnology." BIO, the largest biotechnology trade organization in the world, has dealt extensively with the impact of health-care reform on the the biomedical branch of the biotech industry.

Hugh Robertson, professor of biochemistry at Cornell University Medical College, will talk at 11 a.m. on "The Role of Ribozymes (RNA) in Gene Expression Therapy." The possibility of breaking RNA molecules at a particular sequence by enzymatic means could be used to interrupt the expression of "bad" genes such as a cancer causing gene. In agriculture a slightly different approach along a similar line has resulted in the CALGENE (FlavR SavR) tomato, which is supposed to resist rotting, allowing it to be picked when ripe. Following his presentation at Virginia Tech, Robertson will address the Pasteur Institute on Wednesday.

There will also be short talks by Virginia Tech faculty members and southwest Virginia biotechnology company representatives, regarding new developments and new uses of biotechnology, including a talk about the use of forensic DNA technology in Virginia, by Paul Ferrara of the State Division of Forensic Science.

For more information, call Don Ball at the Biotechnology Center, 1- 6934. RSVP for luncheon and for a Sunday evening barbecue by Friday, Sept. 23.

Vet- Med students to hold dogwash

Veterinary students enrolled in the Virginia- Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine will present a community dogwash and animal care clinic on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 8 a.m.- 3 p.m. on campus.

Dogs can be bathed, towel- dried, and have their ears cleaned for $8. Nail- trimming is $2 extra. Animals will be washed on a first- come, first- served basis and no appointments are necessary. Dogs will be washed while owners wait.

Dogs must be on a leash, and be at least five months old with current vaccinations.

Sponsored by the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association (SCAVMA), the dogwash will be held outside the Phase III building, located off Southgate drive, near the 460 bypass.

In the event of inclement weather, the dogwash will be moved to the MDL area of the Phase II building. Signs will direct visitors to the event.

Proceeds will benefit SCAVMA and the college's Wildlife Fund. For more information, call 552- 8315 weekdays from 8- 5 p.m. and leave a message. Your call will be returned.

AAUW to present program on Lyric Theatre plans

The Blacksburg area branch of the AAUW will hold its September meeting Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 7:30 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church. The speaker will be Gibson Worsham, preservationist and architect, presenting "A New Lease on Life for the Lyric Theatre: A Look at Downtown Blacksburg."

Psychologist to speak on burn-out

William C. White Jr., a licensed clinical psychologist, will speak on stress management and burn- out Friday, Sept. 30, at noon in 1670 Litton- Reaves. The presentation, sponsored by CommonHealth, is open to all employees.

White is a former director of Psychological Services at Cornell University. Currently he consults nationally on stress management and maintains a private practice in Radford and Roanoke.

For more information, call 1-