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Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 12 - November 10, 1994

Lehlohonolo Tlou, assistant professor of political science, presented a paper titled "Bringing People into Regional Integration: The Case of SADC" at the 12th Annual Conference of the Association of Third World Studies in Williams-burg in October.

Khidir Hilu, associate professor of botany, gave an invited talk at the Second International Conference on the Systematics of Poaceae (Grasses) in Krasnudar, Russia, in September. The conference was organized by the Main Botanic Gardens of the Russian National Academy of Science.

Tomas Hudlicky, professor of chemistry, organized the Sixth Biennial Symposium on the Latest Trends in Organic Synthesis. The conference attracted widespread participation from the United States and Canada (120), as well as from overseas (31). Altogether, 26 lectures and 45 posters were presented September 29- October 1 at the Red Lion Inn in Blacksburg.

Jacqueline Bixler, associate professor of foreign languages, presented "Carballido's I, Too, Speak of the Rose in Postmodern Retrospect" at the Mid- American Conference on Hispanic Literature at the University of Kansas in September. She presented "For Women Only?: The Theatre of Susana Torres Molina" at A Stage of Their Own conference in Cincinnati in October.

Richard Rich, chair of political science, has recently published the fourth edition of Empirical Political Analysis with Longman Publishers. The book was co- written with Jarol Manheim of George Washington University.

Raymond H. Myers, professor of statistics, was recently elected a member of the International Statistical Institute. He was cited for textbook writing and his contributions to the development of response- surface methods. Myers gave two invited presentations in August at the annual meeting of the American Statistical Association in Toronto. He spoke on "Design of Experiments In Stages" and "Academia and Industry: Communication and Cooperation."

Jeffrey Birch, associate professor of statistics, gave an invited presentation on "Important Principles in the Teaching of Public Statistics Short Courses" at the annual meeting of the American Statistical Association in Toronto.

George E. Terrell, associate professor of statistics, recently gave two seminars, presenting the talk "Linear Methods in Density Estimation" to the statistics departments at Oklahoma State University and at the University of Texas, Austin.

The International Sociological Association elected Patricia K. Edwards, dean of the College of Agriculture and Urban Studies, to the executive council as a U.S. representative and as secretary for the research committee for Housing and the Built Environment.

Charles T. Goodsell, professor in the Center for Administration and Policy, was recently elected to the National Academy of Public Administration.

Alan E. Bayer, professor of sociology and director of the Center for Survey Research at Virginia Tech, has earned two Distinguished Alumnus of the Year awards. He received the 1994 Excellence in Education Award from the College of Education at Penn State University, where he received his bachelor's degree in educational and development psychology in 1961. He also was co- recipient with former Florida Governor Reuben Askew of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the College of Social Sciences at Florida State University, where Bayer had received his master's and doctorate degrees in sociology. His research is primarily on college impact on student growth and development, and the role of the professoriate. He has been principal investigator for several large- scale national longitudinal survey projects addressing issues in American higher education, funded by NIH, NSF, Carnegie Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Education.

George J. Flick, Virginia Sea Grant researcher and Virginia Tech professor of food science, received a rare award at the Atlantic Fisheries Technologies meeting in Massachusetts recently. The Canadian and the American Fisheries Technology Societies presented Flick the Earl P. McFee Award for his scientific contributions to the fisheries and seafood industries.In the societies' 60- year history, the organizations have made the award less than 20 times.

Because of his effectiveness in putting research into the marketplace, Flick has also been invited by the State Council of Higher Education (SCHEV) to participate on November 22 in its federally funded faculty forum, "Teaching and Learning in the New Academy."

Josiah Tlou, associate professor of elementary education and reading in the College of Education, attended the International Social Studies Conference in Nairobi, Kenya. He presented papers on "Africa Through an African's Eyes" and "Perceptions of Students and Teachers Regarding Social Studies in Botswana." During the trip to his native South Africa, Tlou also visited the University of Zimbabwe in Harare to discuss collaborative projects and research. In Bulawayo, at the National University of Science and Technology, he laid the groundwork for a student exchange program with Tech. On behalf of the South East Consortium for International Development, Tlou visited the USAID in Pretoria and the Universities of Cape Town, Western Cape, and the Peninsula Technikon to plan the Tertiary Education Linkage Project which will establish institutional linkages among South African Universities and U.S. institutes of higher education.

Wayne Worner, interim dean of the College of Education, received the Lamp of Knowledge Award from the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals. Worner was also recognized for outstanding contributions to the Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals.

William E. Dugger Jr., professor of technology education in the College of Education, was selected for inclusion in the International Technology Education Association Academy of Fellows, the highest recognition the association can bestow to those who have gained prominence and brought honor to the profession of technology education. Dugger was also one of 40 leaders in the technology education profession nationwide selected to participate in the Technical Foundation of America's Technology Education Leadership Development Program. Additionally, Dugger was reelected to the board of directors and as district VIII representative of Phi Delta Kappa, an international fraternity for professional educators. Dugger will be responsible for working with about 14,000 Kappans in the five states of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky.

B. June Schmidt, professor of business education in the College of Education, served as a delegate from the United States to the International Society of Business Education Conference in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. The organization was founded in 1901 to form an international bridge between business education and the business world.

Curtis R. Finch, professor of vocational and technical education and director of the Virginia Tech office of the National Center for Research in Vocational Education (NCRVE), was presented the Meritorious Achievement Award by Pittsburg State University. The award is the most prestigious given by the PSU Alumni Association and is presented in recognition of outstanding professional and civic achievement. Finch earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in trade and industrial education from PSU. At Tech, Finch manages NCRVE research and development projects and conducts research focusing on leadership and human resource development. He has co- authored more than 190 books, chapters, articles, reports, and papers on vocation and technical education and human resource development.

James L. Hoerner, professor of vocational and technical education in the College of Education, was one of three educators nationwide to receive an Outstanding Service Award from the American Vocational Association. A prolific writer and researcher, Hoerner has become a much-sought-after workshop presenter. During the past three years, Hoerner conducted 40 state and regional conferences in 32 states on tech prep, education reform, work- based learning, professional development, outcome based education, the role of business and industry in education, and school- to- work transition.

Donald Cordes, a professor in the Virginia- Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine's Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology, presented two papers at the Pan American Veterinary Sciences Congress in Acapulco, Mexico. They were "The Government and Corporate Educational Program in Veterinary Medicine at the VMRCVM" and "SNOMED International, a Systematized Nomenclature of Human and Veterinary Medicine for use in Computerized Data Management Across Countries and Cultures."

Kent Roberts, an associate professor in the Virginia- Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine's Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, was presented the Virginia Animal Control Officer Association's "President's Award" in appreciation for his many years of dedication and support during their annual meeting in Charlottesville.

Stephen Boyle, a professor in the Virginia- Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine's Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology, presented a paper titled "Rough Brucella abortus deficient in copper/zinc superoxide dismutase is as avirulent as its rough parent in Balb/c mice" at the Pan American Veterinary Sciences Congress in Acapulco, Mexico.

Ali H. Hayfeh, a professor in the Engineering Science and Mechanics Department, has received the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Pendray Aerospace Literature Award for 1995. Hayfeh was nominated for the award by a member of the faculty of Texas A&M University, and was selected as the recipient for his contributions to the body of aeronautical research literature. The award will be presented in January 1995 during the Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit in Reno, Nev.