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Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 18 - February 2, 1995

E. Thomas Garman, professor of housing, interior design, and resource management, was named a distinguished fellow by the American Council on Consumer Interests for his "long and outstanding service to ACCI, being a nationally recognized leader in the consumer field, and display(ing) high standards of professional and ethical conduct throughout his career."

Peggy S. Meszaros, dean of the College of Human Resources and newly named Virginia Tech provost and senior vice president, was named to Kentucky's Hall of Distinguished Alumni by the University of Kentucky.

George Thorn, associate professor of theatre arts, along with Nello McDaniel, has published a new book, Arts Boards: Creating a New Community Equation. The book is available from ARTS Action Issues.

Thorn has held a number of conferences and workshops recently. At the Theatre Communications Group National Conference, he and McDaniel discussed the theme of "Theatre and Community." Thorn was the guest speaker at the recent Pennsylvania Theatre Conference at which he spoke about "Re- envisioning Theatre Management." At the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network Pre- conference, Thorn gave the keynote address, "Growing the Organization--Non- profit Organizational Development in the 1990s." Finally, Thorn was invited to the White House to attend a ceremony honoring the recipients of the National Medal of Arts and the Charles Frankel Prize Awards.

Ellsworth Fuhrman of the sociology department presented a paper on "Feyerabend and Multiculturalism" at the meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science in New Orleans.

Toni Calasanti of the sociology department presented a paper on diversity and aging at the American Sociological Association meeting in Los Angeles. She also collaborated in a performance of "The Militant Ambivalents" at the annual Feminist Pedagogy conference in Blacksburg. Calasanti is the division chair for the Youth, Aging and Life Course division of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, which she serves as membership chair. She is also on the editorial board of Gender and Society.

Rachel Parker of the sociology department served as chair and discussant on the panel "Social Movements: Long Term and Large Scale Perspectives" at the annual meeting of the Social Science History Association in Atlanta.

Bradley Hertel of the sociology department presented a paper on "Authenticity in Hinduism--Who, What, and How?" at the annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, in Albuquerque. The paper's co- author is Meeta Mehrotra.

Clifton D. Bryant of the sociology department gave a paper on "The Gun and Social Behavior: New Directions in a Research Frontier" at the 20th annual meeting of the Mid- South Sociological Association in Lafayette, La. He also chaired a session on Firearms in American Society. He also gave two talks at Southeastern Louisiana University on "The Gun and American Culture" and "The Future of Crime and Deviance in the United States."

Kristi L. Hoffman, David H. Demo, and John N. Edwards of the sociology department have had their article "Physical Wife Abuse in a Non- Western Society: An Integrated Theoretical Approach" published in the Journal of Marriage and the Family.

Li Li, a former doctoral student at Virginia Tech, and Clifton Bryant of the sociology department have had their article "Impact of Job Characteristics and Coping Prossesses on Well- Being of American Lawyers" published in Applied Behavioral Science Review.

Bradley Hertel of the sociology department and M.J. Donahue, a psychologist with the Search Institute in Minneapolis, have had their article "Parental Influences of God Images Among Children: Testing Durkheim's Metaphoric Parallelism" published in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.

Joyce Rothschild of the sociology department and Celia Davies edited a special issue of Human Relations on Gender and Organization Life

Clifton D. Bryant of the sociology department, Craig J. Forsyth of the University of Southwest Louisiana, and C. Eddie Palmer, former Virginia Tech doctoral student and now head of sociology and anthropology at the University of Southwest Louisiana, have had their article "Sociology: Issues, Problems, and Solutions for the 21st Century" published in Sociological Spectrum. Bryant also published "Crime and Punishment: Looking at Alternatives" in Virginia Issues and Answers: A Public Policy Forum.

Jill Kiecolt of the sociology department has been invited to serve a two- year term as a consulting editor for the American Journal of Sociology.

Dale Wimberley of the sociology department was named to a three- year term on the editorial board of Social Forces. He also started a three- year term as the secretary- treasurer of the American Sociological Association's section on the Political Economy of the World- System.

Lisa Norris of the English department has had her story "Thanksgiving After the Fallout" published in The New Press Literary Quarterly.

Katherine Soniat of the English department has given poetry readings and workshops at Mount Holyoke College, Brown University, Providence (R.I.) Public Library, and in Framingham, Mass.

As an invited guest of the Institute for Historical Research at the Mexican national university, Linda Arnold, associate professor of history, attended the International Colloquium on the Church, State, and Economy During the 16th through 19th Centuries. She also delivered a commentary on the history of elections in Mexico at the ninth Conference of Mexican, United States, and Canadian Historians in Mexico City and a paper on the history and roots of Mexican international legal theory at the sixth Congress on the History of Mexican law in Guanajuato, Mexico. Her article, "In Search of Mexico: Conflict, Jurisprudence, and the Mexican Supreme Court (1825- 1853)," has been published in a history- of- law journal issued by the Institute for Judicial Research in Mexico City.

Tom Gardner of the English department has won a 1995- 1996 poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He was one of 37 fellows selected from a pool of 1,400 applicants.

At the Modern Languate Association meeting, the D.H. Lawrence Society of North America presented the Harry T. Moore Distinguished Scholar Award to Michael Squires, head of the English department, in recognition of a lifetime contribution to and encouragement of D.H. Lawrence Studies.

Jeff Mann of the English Department has had his poem "Piece" published in the Fall 1994 issue of Amethyst.

Klaus Hinkelmann of the statistics department presented an invited tutorial on "Design and Analysis of Experiments with Clinical Applications" at the 50th Deming Conference on Applied Statistics in Atlantic City, N.J. The conference is sponsored by the American Society for Quality Control and the American Statistical Association. Hinkelmann was appointed new editor of The Current Index to Statistics. This annual publication, sponsored jointly by the American Statistical Association and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, provides comprehensive indexing coverage of the field of statistics. Hinkelmann also was named associate editor of the Biometrical Journal, official publication of the German region of the International Biometric Society.