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Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 10 - October 27, 1994


Thursday, 27

YMCA Thrift Shop Costume Room, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m., 1531 S. Main.

YMCA Slide Show, 12:10 p.m., Cranwell Center: "Biking in Denmark," by Douglas and Lydia Warren.

Science Study Center Discussion, 12:30 p.m., 101 Price House: "Thagard's Computer Simulation of Scientific Chance," by Hanne Anderson, Universities of Aarhus and Konstanz.

Friday, 28

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

YMCA Thrift Shop Costume Room, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m., 1531 S. Main.

International Club Coffee Hour, 5 p.m., Cranwell Center: "New and Old Diseases in the World," by Joseph Falkinham.

Saturday, 29

YMCA Thrift Shop Costume Room, 10 a.m -6:30 p.m., 1531 S. Main

Football at Miami, 3:30 p.m.

Sunday, 30

YMCA Hike, 1:30 p.m., meet at Y parking lot: Madison Marye farm, led by Dottie Abashian.

Student Recital, 3 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Chris Bretches, voice.

Faculty Guest Artist Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: "Easter and Easter," with Wallace Easter, horn, and Margo Easter, oboe.

Monday, 31

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

CEUT Monthly Brown Bag, noon, Hillcrest Living Room: "Restructuring How Faculty Teach to Enhance Student Learning."

Women's Studies Fall Featured Topic Series, 7 p.m., 136 Norris: "Poetry by Two Women," with Jane Varley and Reetika Vaziran.

"With Good Reason," 7:30 p.m., WVTF-FM: "Beyond Limits: Research to Help People with Sensory Handicaps," by Roger Bourdon, Mary Washington, and Brenda Ryalis, JMU.

Tuesday, 1

Salary and wage paydate.

Boiler Permit Public Hearing, 7 p.m., DBHCC: Public briefing and opportunity for public comment.

Racism/Discrimination Program, 7 p.m., DBHCC: "Eye of the Storm: Examining Issues of Racism and Discrimination," by Jane Elliott.

Wednesday, 2

YMCA Thrift Shop Half-price Sale, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 1531 S. Main St.

Bach's Lunch, noon, Chapel: "Simple Gifts."

Thursday, 3

YMCA Slide Show, 12:10 p.m., Cranwell Center: "Living in Jamaica," by Vernon Baldwin.

Science Study Center Discussion, 12:30 p.m., 101 Price House: "Downsizing the Private and Public Sectors," by William Snizek.

Valuing Diversity Project, p.m., Wesley Foundation: "Diversity in Education: Where Do We Go from Here?" by John Ogbu, Cal-Berkeley.

Center for Theory and History of Architecture Thursday Video Series, 7 p.m., Hancock Auditorium: "Romanesque and Gothic Architecture."


Thursday, 27

Blacksburg Electronic Village, 4 p.m., 102 Burke Johnston: "Blacksburg Electronic Village: User Profiles and Expectations," by Scott Patterson and Andrea Kavanaugh.

Friday, 28

MCBB, noon, 100 Burke Johnston: "Life in the Dry Lane," Malcolm Potts.

Materials Science/Engineering, 3:05 p.m., 114 Holden: "Tribology of Normal and Artificial Orthopaedic Bearing Surfaces," by Martine Laberge, Clemson.

Economics, 3:30 p.m., 3010 Pamplin: "Revealed Preference of the Federal Reserve: Using Inverse Control Theory to Interpret the Policy Equation of a Vector Auto regression," by Michael Salemi, UNC.

Botany, 4 p.m., 1076 Derring: "The Harvard Forest Soil-warming Experiment," by William Peterjohn, W.Va.

Monday, 31

Economics, 3:30 p.m., 3010 Pamplin: "Spatial Competition with Sequential Entry," Amos Kats.

CSES, 4 p.m., 331 Smyth: American Society of Agronomy practice presentations.

Horticulture, 4 p.m., 102 Saunders: "No-till Plant Establishment with the Subsurface Tiller-Transplanter," by Ronald Morse.

Mechanical Engineering, 4 p.m., 110A Randolph: "Laser Ignition and Combustion of Pulverized Coals," by John Chen, NC A&T.

Tuesday, 1

Biology, 3:45 p.m., 210 Robeson: "Tokens of Love: Proteins That Are Transferred by the Male Fruit Fly to the Female during Mating: Their Regulation and Reproductive Function," by Mariana Wolfner, Cornell.

Wednesday, 2

University Writing Program, noon, Hillcrest First-floor Conference Room: "Communicating Across Disciplines," by Jim Collier.

Economics, 3:30 p.m., 3010 Pamplin: "Franchising and Company-ownership in Multi-store Retailing," by Nancy Lutz.

Computer Science, 4 p.m., 113 McBryde: "Views in Object-oriented Environments," by Kamal Eldahshan.

ESM: 4 p.m., 136 Norris: "Materials Property Modelling for Textile Composites," by C.M. Pastore, NC State.

Science Study Center, 4 p.m., 101 Price House: "WIMPS and MACHOS: The Dark Side of Cosmology," by Steve Weiss.

Thursday, 3

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "Process Adjustment Strategies Using Variable Sampling Intervals," by Shanthi Sethuraman.

Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "Crustal Growth, Surface Processes and Atmospheric Evolution on the Early Earth," by Ken Eriksson.


Creative Match Grants continues annual winter review

The Creative Match Grants Program, which helps academic units support faculty members newly embarked on their research careers to establish their research programs, will accept proposals from colleges February 1.

Any full- time, tenure- track member of the faculty is eligible to submit an application. Because funding is limited, the program committee chooses to assist minority and women applicants first; other applicants are considered subject to the availability of funds. Previous recipients are not eligible to compete for new awards.

Awards are determined by the Creative Match Grants Committee, chaired by Carol Burger, director of the Women's Research Institute. Support of a modest nature is provided as seed money for research that would attract external funding.

Funded by Research and Graduate Studies and the Virginia Tech Foundation, the program has made 123 awards totaling more than $260,000 since its inception in 1987.

Details about eligibility, proposal preparation, and deadlines are contained in application materials available from departmental offices. Departments sign off on proposals and forward them to the colleges by January 5. Colleges must submit their request packets to the program administrator by February 1. Awards are announced by March 1.

For more information, call Wendy Farkas at 1- 9353.

Health Fair makes learning fun

The third annual Department of Human Nutrition and Foods Health Fair offers many activities for both adults and children. Everyone can have some fun while learning how foods affect their health and well- being. The Saturday, Nov. 5, fair begins with registration for the 5K/10K Fun Run/Walk at 8 a.m. in Wallace Hall. The registration fee is $10; runners/walkers can bring two cans of food for donation to local food banks and receive $2 off the fee.

Other fair activities are free and open from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the Wallace atrium. There will be a "Kid's Korner" with "Kids Helping Kids," free cholesterol and blood-pressure checks, body fat analyses, diet analyses, and much more.

Hokie Muffins will be among the many low- fat food items available for sampling. Everyone is invited to taste test the two versions of the muffins and vote in the referendum on the "Official" Hokie Muffin recipe. Recipes for the muffins and other low- fat foods will be available for those who would like to make their own treats.

For more information on the Health Fair and the Fun Run/Walk, call 1- 4672.

Lecture to focus on racism, discrimination

Nationally known educator Jane Elliott will examine issues of racism and discriminaion in a lecture Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. in the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center. The lecture, titled "Eye of the Storm: Examining Issues of Racism and Diversity," will include information about the discrimination exercise "Blue Eyes, Brown Eyes," which Elliott developed.

In Elliott's exercise, partipants live for a day under the assumption that people with blue eyes are inferior and those with brown eyes are superior. She developed the exercise in 1968, immediately after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., for use in her third-grade classroom in all-white, all-Christian, Riceville, Iowa.

According to Elliott, the U.S. education system perpetuates racism.

Elliott is a recipient of the National Mental Health Association Award for Excellence in Education and the Peabody Award. Several television documentaries, including two Emmy-award winning programs, have focused on Elliott's work.

The program is free and open to the public. Individuals with disabilities desiring assistance or accommodations should call the EO/AA office at 1-7500, TDD 1-9460.