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Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 07 - October 6, 1994


Thursday, 6

YMCA Slide Show, 12:10 p.m., Cranwell Center: "A Danish Sampler," by Bill Hohenboken.

Science Study Center Discussion, 12:30 p.m., 101 Price House: "The Best Years of the Internet: Already Past or Yet to Come?" by Steve Weiss.

CAUS Video Series, 7 p.m., Hancock auditorium: "The Taj Mahal."

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Studio Theatre: "A Doll House," by Henrik Ibsen. Through 10-9.

Friday, 7

CPAP Round Table, 4 p.m., Thomas-Conner House: "Deforestation: What are the Real Policy Issues?" by William Hyde.

Student Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Darren Kirsch, clarinet.

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Studio Theatre: "A Doll House," by Henrik Ibsen. Through 10-9.

Saturday, 8


YMCA Hike, 9 a.m., meet at Y parking lot: Chateau Morrisette, led by Barry Anderson.

Football vs. Temple, 1 p.m., Lane Stadium.

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Studio Theatre: "A Doll House," by Henrik Ibsen. Through 10-9.

Sunday, 9

TAUT Production, 2 p.m., Studio Theatre: "A Doll House," by Henrik Ibsen.

Music Special Event, 3 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Delta Omicron Musicale.

Monday, 10

Columbus Day holiday for staff.

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

Native American Program Rally, 3:30 p.m., Gables Shopping Center.

Women's Studies Featured Topic Series, 7 p.m., 136 Norris: Katherine Allen, "Families We Choose."

"With Good Reason," 7:30 p.m., WVTF-FM: "A Need-to-Know Bias," by E.D. Hirsch, UVa, and Fay McNair-Knox, VCU.

VTU Entertainment Series, 7:30 p.m., Burruss auditorium: "Romeo and Juliet," by the American Repertory Ballet of Princeton Ballet, Inc.

TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: Student Playwright Works, "GD" by Sabrina Leckner, and "Lenses and Carburetors," by A. Bryan Guthrie. Through 10-12.

Tuesday, 11

McComas Staff Leadership Seminar, 8:30 a.m., Squires Brush Mountain Room.

Bloodmobile, 10 a.m., Squires Commonwealth Room.

Lambda Horizons National Coming Out Day, 5 p.m., Henderson lawn.

Music Department Guest Lecture Recital, 7 p.m., Squires Recital Salon, "The Music of Thelonious Monk," by Gary Wittner, guitarist.

TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: Student Playwright Works, "GD" by Sabrina Leckner, and "Lenses and Carburetors," by A. Bryan Guthrie. Through 10-12.

Wednesday, 12

Bloodmobile, 10 a.m., Squires Commonwealth Room.

Commission on Classified Staff Affairs meeting, 1:30 p.m., Burruss board room.

TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: Student Playwright Works, "GD" by Sabrina Leckner, and "Lenses and Carburetors," by A. Bryan Guthrie.

Thursday, 13

Women's Center Program, 8:30 a.m., Lane Hall Front Porch.

Art Department Faculty Show, 10 a.m., Armory Gallery: Through 11-5.

Bloodmobile, 10 a.m., Squires Commonwealth Room.

YMCA Slide Show, 12:10 p.m., Cranwell Center: "Hiking the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine," by Melissa DeVaughn.

Science Study Center Discussion, 12:30 p.m., 101 Price House: Commons Room discussion.

New Directions in Technology Policy and Management of Technology Reception/Program, 6:30 p.m., 102 NVGC-Telestar.

Natural History Museum Program, 7 p.m., Horton Center: "Star Gazing."

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Studio Theatre: "A Doll House," by Henrik Ibsen. Through 10-15.


Thursday, 6

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "On the Use of Computing and Multimedia Technologies in Self-Paced Laboratories to Meet the Challenge for Continual Improvement in Quality and Increase in Efficiency of Instruction," by Panikos Palettas.

Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "Seismic Hazard Assessment in Virginia and the Southeastern U.S.," by Martin Chapman.

Friday, 7

MCBB, noon, 100 Burke Johnston: "Targeting and Retention of Golgi Membrane Proteins," by Carolyn Machamer, Johns Hopkins.

Materials Science/Engineering, 3:05, 114 Holden: "Industry Perspectives in MSE," by John Brennan, Texas Instruments.

Botany, 4 p.m., 1076 Derring: "Maize Beta-glucosidase Gene," by Mohammed Shahid.

Geography, 4 p.m., 136 McBryde: "The Successful Challenge to British Telecommunications Hegemony: Submarine Telephony and Communications Satellites, 1956-80," by Peter J. Hugill, Texas A&M.

Monday, 10

Economics, 3:30 p.m., 3010 Pamplin: "Economic Mobility in a Growing Economy," by Herve Moulin, Duke.

Horticulture, 4 p.m., 102 Saunders: "Environmentally Safe Alternatives in Vegetable Production," by Aref A. Abdul-Baki, USDA-ARS.

Biochemistry/Anaerobic Microbiology, 4 p.m., 223 Engel: "Bacterial Pathogens of Oral Infections," by Frank Macrina, MCT/VCU.

CSES, 4 p.m., 331 Smyth: "Resistance of Wild Barley Accessions from Israel to Leaf Rust Isolates Prevalent in Sweden and Virginia," by Wynse Brooks.

Mechanical Engineering, 4 p.m. 110 Randolph: "Cooperative Learning: What, Why, and How," by Harley Cudney.

Dynamical Systems, 4 p.m., 316 McBryde: "Dynamics and Control of Flexible, Multiple-body Systems," by Leonard Meirovitch.

Wednesday, 12

Economics, 3:30 p.m., 3010 Pamplin: "Cross-City Evidence on the Relationship Between Immigration and Crime," by Kristin Butcher.

ESM, 4 p.m., 136 Norris: "Misconduct by Scientists? What's the Fuss About? What to Do About It?" by Henry H. Bauer.

Computer Science, 4 p.m., 113 McBryde: "Newton-Krylov-Schwarz: An Implicit Solver for CFD Applications," by David Keyes, ODU and ICASE, NASA Langley.

Thursday, 13

Materials Science/Engineering/Physics, 3:05 p.m., 2030 Pamplin: "CEBAF's Free Electron Laser Facility," by Fred Dylla, CEBAF.

Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: TBA by Matt Mikulich, Chevron.


Black History Month participants sought

The Program Committee for Black History Month invites proposals for speakers, presentations, and exhibits for Virginia Tech's Black History Month celebration in February.

Proposals must include a description of the program, organization and proposed date, target audience, place and time. Proposals should be limited to 75 words, or less.

Please send to Hayward Farrar, History Department, 0117, no later than October 24. The e-mail address is farrar@vtvm1.

Performing arts recitals cancelled

Recitals for the Division of Performing Arts, "The Kennedy Family," and "The Alumni Recital," scheduled for October 15 and 16 have been cancelled.

Faculty Women plan fall luncheon

The Virginia Tech Faculty Women's Club fall luncheon will be held Thursday, Oct. 13, at noon at the Farmhouse in Christiansburg. The program will feature Bill Meck, WSLS-Channel 10 weatherman, on "Bill's Weather 101." The luncheon costs $10.50 per person.

For more information or to make a reservation, call Carolyn Carson at 953-3841, by October 10.

Native American Program activities scheduled

There will be a rally Monday, Oct. 10, beginning at 3:30 p.m. at Gables's Shopping Center to support changing Columbus Day to Indigenous People's Day.

Native American author Gabriel Horn will speak at 8 p.m. in Squires Colonial Hall on "Native vs. Western Mind." The activities are sponsored by the Native American Program, through the YMCA.

Subjects needed for remote control usability experiment

People between age 50 and 70 who wear reading glasses, bifocals, or trifocals, are invited to participate in a study to evaluate how different features on a remote control affect its usability. Due to the special nature of the experiment, participants must need corrective lenses to read.

The study is being conducted in the Human- Computer Interaction Laboratory within the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department. The experiment will take approximately an hour. Subjects who complete the study will receive a Kodak single-use camera for their participation.

For more information, call Juli Lin at 1-9089. If no one answers, please leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible. You may also send an email message to julilin@vt.edu.

Weight Watchers at Work program to begin new session

A new session of the Virginia Tech Weight Watchers at Work Program will begin on Monday, Oct. 24. This session will meet for 10 weeks from noon to 1 p.m. in 1810 Litton Reaves. The cost of this session is $100. If you are interested in participating in this session, please contact Gloria Smith at 1-4181 or by e-mail at GRAHAMGD.

Preservation Week celebration planned

The Preservation Committee of University Libraries will sponsor a Preservation Week celebration October 10-14 to educate the university community about proper ways to handle materials in the libraries' collection.

"With dwindling support from the state and the growing expense of library materials, we all need to be responsible for protecting the libraries' collection of books, periodicals, microforms, and other media," said Laura Katz Smith, manuscripts curator in the Special Collections Department and chair of the Preservation Committee.

Among the week's events will be a book-mending demonstration in the Newman Library lobby in the afternoons of October 11 and 12 and a talk, "Automation for Preservation That Really Works," by Errol Somay of the Library of Virginia in the Newman Library director's suite at 1:30 p.m. on October 14.

"The libraries' collection of more than 1.8 million books is too valuable to the university community and the state, in both its monetary value and its informational value, not to protect it in any way available to us," Smith said.

She said the in-house mending unit repairs more than 1,000 books each year that were damaged because of neglect or deliberate abuse. "This doesn't count those books that had to be replaced or were beyond repair. It is far cheaper to take the few steps needed when handling a book to ensure its preservation than to replace or repair an item after it is damaged," she said.

The university community is invited to attend the Preservation Week events.

For more information, call Smith at 1-9215.

Services for speech, hearing impaired presented

As part of the continuing effort to educate the campus community about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Communications Network Services will sponsor several presentations highlighting the Virginia Relay Center (VRC) and text telephones. There will be four presentations given on Wednesday, Oct. 12, and four on Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.

Located in Norton, the VRC allows "specially trained communications assistants to act as confidential `bridges' between hearing users of standard telephones and text telephone users with hearing or speech disabilities" (Bell Atlantic). These presentations will be particularly helpful for personnel who answer main departmental numbers and may receive a call through the VRC; however, all Virginia Tech employees are welcome to attend.

The VRC presentations will be interactive. Reservations, although limited, are still available. For more information and reservations, call Scott Settle at 1-4930.

Exporting-for-Profit seminars scheduled in Roanoke

Decision makers from Virginia businesses who want to explore the prospects of increasing profits through international sales can get the information they need in a series of export trade seminars scheduled in Roanoke on October 19 and 26 at the Appalachian Power Auditorium, 40 Franklin Road S.W.

Sponsored by the Virginia Department of Economic Development and Virginia Tech's Public Service Programs, the two 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. seminars will cover marketing, financing and transporting export products.

"We have many companies in Virginia that should be exporting for profit but are not doing so. This seminar series should provide the information these companies need to enter the international market. It also should serve as excellent initial training for individuals who have recently begun career positions within existing international operations of Virginia companies," said Joe Adams, economic development specialist at Virginia Tech.

The series will provide basic information on exporting. In the first seminar, participants will learn about planning successful international trade, direct marketing and indirect sales.

The second seminar will focus on various aspects of export financing and methods of international payment. Governmental financial assistance programs, export credit insurance, letters of credit and other financial assistance options will be discussed as well as management of risk and controling payment problems. The second seminar will also feature the export transportation process, from selecting the most appropriate carrier to using standard shipping terms, obtaining insurance, fulfilling documentary requirements, and packing and labeling export products.

Instruction will be provided by practicing professionals with recognized expertise in the areas of international marketing, international finance and international transportation.

The registration fee is $89 for both seminars or $49 for a single seminar. The fee includes all materials, a continental breakfast and refreshments during breaks.

For more information, call Karen Burkholder at 1-6638.

Library Friends sponsors Odyssey of the Mind demo

Virginia Tech's Odyssey of the Mind team, which garnered third place in the 1994 World Finals, will demonstrate its problem-solving capabilities on Homecoming Saturday, Oct. 8, 9-11a.m., on the Library Plaza.

"The team will demonstrate its performance in the competition, and members will explain what they are doing as they proceed through each task. By sponsoring this event, we hope to bring attention to the University Libraries as the center of intellectual and academic life on campus," said Margaret Shuler, executive secretary of the Friends of the Virginia Tech Libraries, which is sponsoring the event.

The Odyssey of the Mind is a problem-solving competition that pits teams against each other in developing creative solutions to certain tasks. Each team chooses one of three problems to solve.

The Virginia Tech team selected a problem that required it to design, build, and run a minimum of three vehicles to accomplish certain tasks in eight minutes or less.

For more information on the demonstration or about the Friends of the Virginia Tech Libraries, call Shuler at 1-3427.

Volunteers needed for intelligence testing

The clinical psychology training program at Virginia Tech is currently offering a graduate-level course in the assessment of human intelligence. As part of the course, students learn to administer, score, and interpret standard intelligence tests and achievement tests. Volunteers, specifically children and adolescents between the ages of 6 and 16, are encouraged to participate.

The testing will be conducted by a graduate student under the supervision of a graduate teaching assistant, Christina Rock or Erik Everhart, and the course instructor, Thomas Ollendick, a licensed clinical psychologist. Participation will require two approximately two-hour sessions. The first session will be during the week of October 29-November 4, and the second during the next week, November 7-11. The tests will be administered at the Virginia Tech Child Study Center located at 3110 Price's Fork Road.

If you desire, general feedback about your child's performance will be provided to you and your child upon completion of the report. To volunteer or receive more information, call Rock at 1-6914 or Ollendick at 1-6451.

`Romeo and Juliet' ballet to be staged

The Virginia Tech Union Lively Arts Entertainment Series presents "Romeo and Juliet" performed by the American Repertory Ballet Monday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m. The performance will be in Burruss auditorium.

Tickets, on sale at the UUSA Ticket Office in Squires, are $4 for Tech students, $14 for general public, $11 for faculty and staff, and $7 for children 12 and under.

For more infomation, call 1-5615.

Fall Sky at Night program planned

An evening of sky-gazing is being sponsored October 13 at 7 p.m. at the Flossie Martin Observatory, Horton Center, in cooperation with the department of physics. A brief orientation lecture at the Horton Center Studio will precede observation. Maps and more information will be sent to all pre-registrants.

Pre-registration is required for the event, which is limited to 25 participants. The cost is $4 for adults and $2 for members and students. For more information or to pre-register, call 1-3001.

Thursday video series to begin tonight

The Center for Theory and History of Architecture in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies will begin its Thursday Video Series tonight.

The schedule is as follows: October 6, The Taj Mahal; October 20, The Alhambra; November 3, Romanesque and Gothic Architecture; November 17, Renaissance Florence; and December 1, Renaissance in Rome and Venice. All programs will be held at 7 p.m. in Hancock auditorium.