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Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 08 - October 13, 1994


Thursday, 13

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

Art Department Faculty Show, 10 a.m., Armory Gallery: Through 11-6.

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

Pilot Mentoring Program for Staff Women Information Session, noon to 1 p.m., 1810 Litton Reaves.

Faculty Women's Club Luncheon, noon, Farmhouse: "Bill's Weather 101," with Bill Meck.

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.

Friday, 14

Salary and wage paydate.

Last day to resign.

VTU Family Weekend: Through 10-16.

Organization of Women Faculty Coffee Hour, 8:30 a.m., Mill Mountain Coffee: Weekly.

CPAP Round Table, 4 p.m., Thomas-Conner House: "The Smart Road: Is It Smart or Dumb?" by Ray D. Pethtel.

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

Student Showcase Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon.

Saturday, 15

VTU Family Weekend.

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

YMCA Hike, 9 a.m., meet at Y parking lot: McAfee Knob.

Art Department Exhibit Opening, 2 p.m., Perspective Gallery: "English Silver: Masterpieces by Omar Ramsden," Through 12-8.

Football at East Carolina, 1:30 p.m.

TAUT Production, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Studio Theatre: "A Doll House," by Henrik Ibsen.

Sunday, 16

Undergraduate Admissions Fall Open House, noon, Squires.

Monday, 17

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

University Council, 3 p.m., 1045 Pamplin.

Pilot Mentoring Program for Staff Women Information Session, noon to 1 p.m., DBHCC room G.

Women's Studies/Black Studies Course and Faculty Showcase/Reception, 4:30 p.m., Hillcrest Living Room.

Cuba Study Orientation session, 5 p.m., 106 Architecture Annex.

Women's Studies Fall Featured Topic Series, 7 p.m., 136 Norris: "Women's Center Update," by Susan Shome.

"With Good Reason," 7:30 p.m., WVTF-FM: "Pardoning Ford: A Re-evaluation of Our 38th President," by James Cannon, Joe Whitehorn of Lord Fairfax Community, and Mark Rozell, Mary Washington.

Tuesday, 18

Faculty Senate meeting, 7 p.m., 32 Pamplin.

Registration for Spring 1995 begins: Through 10-25.

Wednesday, 19

College of Education Excellence in Education Conference, 7:30 p.m., DBHCC: Through 10-21.

Faculty/Guest Artist Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Alan Hersh, piano.

Thursday, 20

College of Education Excellence in Education Conference, 9 a.m., DBHCC.

YMCA Slide Show, 12:10 p.m., Cranwell Center: "Within a Day Away," by Su Clauson-Wicker.

Science Study Center Discussion, 12:30 p.m., 101 Price House: "How to be a `Real Boy': Constructing Masculinity in a 1930s Child-Guidance Setting," by Kathleen Jones.

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

Center for Theory and History of Architecture Thursday Video Series, 7 p.m., Hancock Auditorium: The Alhambra.

1994 Dean's Lecture, 7 p.m., 300 Whittemore: "Global Co-evolution of Natural Systems and Human Society," by John Cairns Jr.


Thursday, 13

Materials Science/Engineering/Physics, 3:30 p.m., 2030 Pamplin: "Industrial Applications of High Average Power Ultraviolet and Infrared Free Electron Lasers," by Fred Dylla, CEBAF.

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "Design and Statistical Analysis of Experiments in Human Factors Engineering," by Robert C. Williges.

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

Friday, 14

MCBB, noon, 100 Burke Johnston: "Plant Microsatellite DNA Polymorphism and Mapping Soybean Mosaic Virus Resistance Genes," by M.A. Saghai Maroof.

Mathematical Physics, noon, 304 Robeson: "On the Spectrum of the Harmonic Oscillator with a (delta)-type Perturbation," by Silvestro Fassari.

Materials Science/Engineering, 3:05 p.m., 114 Holden: "High Temperature Materials for Aircraft Engines and Land-based Gas Turbines," by Chip Blankenship, General Electric.

CPISE and Theory, 3:30 p.m., 122 Robeson: "Phase Diagrams of Staggered Six-vertex Models and Surface Properties of Ionic Crystals," by H. van Beijeren, Institute of Theoretical Physics, Netherlands.

Economics, 3:30 p.m., 3010 Pamplin: "Economic Mobility in a Growing Economy," by Anne Owen, Federal Reserve Board.

Botany, 4 p.m., 1076 Derring: "Origin, Evolution and Dispersal of Crops: Old and New Evidence," by Khidur Hilu.

Monday, 17

Biochemistry/Anaerobic Microbiology, 4 p.m., 223 Engel: "Regulation of the Activity of HMG-CoA Reductase by a Novel Phosphorylation-Based Mechanism," by Victor W. Rodwell, Purdue.

Horticulture, 4 p.m., 102 Saunders: "Plant Analysis for Anti-Cancer Drug Discovery," by Leslie Gunatilaka.

CSES, 4 p.m., 331 Smyth: Topic TBA, by Alex Hayes.

Wednesday, 19

Gerontology, noon, 150 Squires: "The Patient Self Determination Act: Exploring the Humane through Utilitarian and Feminist Ethics," by Pamela B. Teaster.

Parenting, noon, 142 Southgate Center: "Parenting at a Young Age," by Rae Jean Gilmore.

CASS, 3 p.m., 219 Williams: "Tailoring Adhesion-Tethered Polymer Chains at Impenetrable Interfaces," by Lynn Penn, Kentucky.

Economics, 3:30 p.m., 3010 Pamplin: "Economies with Multiple Public Projects," by Kyungdong Hahn.

ESM, 4 p.m., 136 Norris: "Mode III Propagation of Adiabatic Shear Bands," by Thomas W. Wright, Army Research Laboratory.

Computer Science, 4 p.m., 113 McBryde: "Media-rich Collaborative Learning Environments," by Rachel Bellamy, Apple Corp.

Science Study Center, 4 p.m., 101 Price House: "Technologically Mediated Collaborative Work: Social Change and Ethical Issues," by Scott Cook, San Jose State and Xerox Parc.

Thursday, 20

Statistics, 4:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson; "Optimal One and Two-stage Designs for Logistic Regression Model," by William Letsinger.

Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "Who Will Die? Range, Abundance and Species-richness in Extinction Selectivity," by Michael McKinney, Tennessee.


Tennis courts to undergo repair

The university has received funding for repair of the tennis courts on Washington Street. Word of this funding was not received until after Labor Day. Bids are currently being solicited for the work, and every effort will be made to complete the project before the advent of poor weather. If conditions permit, work will probably begin during early to mid-November, and will last approximately two to four weeks. The construction schedule will accommodate academic classes, but court access for recreational play during resurfacing will be limited.

The cooperation of the university community is appreciated in assisting the Physical Plant Department to complete this much-needed work.

Leave donations sought

Virginia Tech employees in the following areas have requested leave donations: Residential and Dining Programs and Vice President for Student Affairs.

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 12-month 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. If, however, you are aware of a specific person in the unit referenced above, you may restrict your donation to that individual.

You may obtain a donor form from your department administrative office or from the Personnel Services Department at 1-9331. Please return the completed form by October 17 to Ella Mae Vaught, Leave Administrator, Personnel Services, Southgate Center, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0318.

For more information, call Vaught at 1-5304.

Department has new name

On March 1, 1994, the Department of Agricultural Engineering became the Department of Biological Systems Engineering.

The department asks that all university personnel update their records to reflect the new name, and that, in all correspondence or references, the new name be used.

Counselors available in Charlottesville

The Department of Employee Relations Counselors will meet with interested employees in Charlottesville on Tuesday, Oct. 18, and Wednesday, Oct. 19, at the Virginia Transportation Research Council on the University of Virginia campus.

The counseling program provides employees outside the Richmond area with an opportunity to meet individually with a staff counselor and to receive assistance in options for dealing with work- related concerns, discussion of applicable state policies, information on the grievance-procedure process, and/or referral for further assistance.

Half-hour appointments must be made in advance. To arrange an appointment, call 1- 800- 552- 9720.

Women Faculty group Coffee Hour held weekly

The Organization of Women Faculty is a group of women in academic and administrative faculty positions at Virginia Tech. The group holds a Friday coffee hour each week from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at Mill Mountain Coffee on North Main Street.

The coffee hour is planned as a time to network informally and get to other women faculty members. Old and new members are welcome.

For more information, call Tamara Kennelly at 1-9214.

Orientation offered for trip to Cuba

An orientation session will be held Monday, Oct. 17, at 5 p.m. in 106 Architecture Annex to provide information about an upcoming trip to Cuba. "Urban Design and Planning in Cuba" is a not-for-profit program sponsored by the Department of Urban Affairs and Planning. It aims to introduce contemporary issues about urban and regional planning, economic development, and the changing face of socialism to all interested and qualified parties.

The next trip to Cuba will take place in June 1995, with approximately 10 days in Havana and a week in the cities of Cienfuegos and Trinidad. Lectures and field trips will be directed by Cuban professionals at the Grupo para el Desarrollo Integral de la Capital and the Institute Superior Politecnico Jose Antonio Echeverria. Because of problems obtaining public transportation, bicycles will be used for transportation within Cuba.

The program offers three semester-hours credit. Spanish is desirable, but not a prerequisite.

For more information, contact Joseph L. Scarpaci at 1-7504, Fax 1-3367, or by e-mail, SCARP@VTVM1.

DEQ to hold public hearing on boiler permit

The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will hold a public briefing November 1 at 7 p.m. in the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center on Virginia Tech's application for a boiler permit. The session will include a public briefing from DEQ on what is in the permit application and a public hearing, at which time DEQ will listen to public comment.

Family life education in Africa topic of lecture

David Nyamwaya, one of the premier social scientists in Africa and a director of the African Medical and Research Foundation in Nairobi, will visit Virginia Tech Thursday and Friday, Oct. 20-21.

Nyamwaya will give a public lecture on "Meeting the Challenge of Family Life Education in East Africa: the Special Problems of Youth, Teen-age Pregnancy, and AIDS," on Friday, Oct. 21, at 4 p.m. in 136 McBryde. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Nyamwaya, who was born in western Kenya, says he believes the run-down schools of East Africa can be rebuilt and the curriculum restructured to include family life education and guidance for young people.

The visit is sponsored by the Center for Public Administration and Policy, the African Studies Association, the Department of Geography, and Urban Affairs and Planning. To schedule a meeting with Nyamwaya, call Robert W. Morgan at 1-4071 or 951-3796.

Pilot Mentoring Program information session set

Two information sessions for persons interested in the Pilot Mentoring Program have been scheduled. Sessions will be held from noon-1 p.m. October 12 in 1810 Litton-Reaves and October 17 in Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center room G.

The program is intended to sponsor and support professional development for staff women in all types of jobs through mentoring activities. The program will match male and female faculty and staff members with classified staff women in a mentor-protege setting.

Anyone interested in being a mentor or becoming a protege is invited to attend either of the sessions.

YMCA Open University registration scheduled

Registration for YMCA Open University courses will begin Tuesday, Oct. 18, and continue through Friday, Oct. 20. Dates, times and locations are: Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., University Mall; Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., War Memorial Gym; and noon to 6 p.m., Christiansburg Public Library; Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., YMCA Office.

Call 1-4208 for more information.