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Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 11 - November 3, 1994

Doris H. Kincade, assistant professor in the Department of Clothing and Textiles (CT), and Cindy Regan, a CT doctoral student, presented a paper at the fourth annual International Fexible Automation and Integrated Manufacturing Conference. The presentation was based on Kincade's research of Quick Response. Their presentation, "The Use of Technology by Apparel Manufacturers," focused on the new technologies being used to improve the competitive positions of apparel manufacturers. Kincade and Regan were the only apparel researchers at the international conference.

The Virginia Tech Department of Clothing and Textiles was well represented at the "Wearable Art '94" juried show at the Cuneo Museum and Gardens in Libertyville, Ill. Among the designs accepted were associate professor Joann Boles and Ph.D. candidate Karen Watson's "Raincolor"; Boles and assistant professor Valerie Giddings' "Kente- Caitlyn"; Boles and laboratory specialist Peggy Quesenberry's "Hillary II"; Boles and assistant professor Lillian Holloman's "Celebration Union"; Boles, Giddings, and University of Wisconsin interior design faculty member Joy Blake's "Kente- Caitlyn Bride."

Several faculty members from exercise science in the Department of Human Nutrition and Foods made presentations at the ninth annual meeting of American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) in Portland, Ore.

William G. Herbert presented a session on "Overview: Concepts, Computers and Treatment Outcomes."

Douglas R. Southard presented sessions on "Update on Certification for Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Professionals"; "Dealing with Anger and Hostility"; and "Examples of Patient Tracking Systems: Applications Software."

"The Exercise Standards and Malpractice Reporter," October/November issue, published "The Outcomes Movement in Health Care: Causes and Consequences for Cardiac Rehabilitation" by Herbert and "Assessing Outcomes: Psychological Functioning, Risk Factor Modification and Quality of Life" by Southard. Herbert and Southard were also contributing editors for the second edition of Guidelines for Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs published by the AACVPR.

Wing Ng, professor of mechanical engineering, was an invited speaker at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Public Affairs Leadership Conference in Seattle, Wash. Ng discussed his recent testimony before the U.S. Congress concerning the government's hypersonic flight program.

Karen A. Cronin, senior producer in the Visual Communications unit of University Relations, has been recognized by the Agricultural Communicators in Education (ACE) with three awards, including the organization's national Outstanding Professional Skill Award for 1994.

Cronin's entry in the regular radio category drew the top Gold Award, while an entry in the radio news program category received the Silver Award. Winning the gold placed her in competition for the best of the best in the ACE radio awards. Cronin, who also won the Outstanding Professional Skill Award in 1992, was presented with her awards at the national ACE meeting in Moscow, Idaho.

John M. Carroll, professor and head of computer science, received the Rigo Award from the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on Computer Documentation at its annual meeting in Banff, Alberta. The award is for individual contribution to the field of computer documentation over an extended period of time. Carroll won the award for his research on and development of the minimalist approach to instruction and documentation, as described in his 1990 book The Nurnberg Funnel: Designing Minimalist Instruction for Practical Computer Skill. Carroll gave the conference keynote address, "Making history, Giving Reason: Technical Communicators at the Great Divide".

Carroll also visited the Department of Instructional Technology of the University of Twente, in Enschede, The Netherlands, in September. He gave a departmental colloquium titled "Capturing design history and rationale in multimedia narratives." He was an invited participant in the conference plenary panel at the Seventh European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics in Bonn, Germany. He gave an invited talk at the workshop on Integrating Cognitive and Organizational Approaches to the Study of Computer- Based Systems, (also in Bonn). His talk was titled "Becoming social: Integrating cognitive and organizational approaches toward human- computer interaction."