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Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 18 - February 2, 1995


Thursday, 2

YMCA Slide Show, 12:10 p.m., Cranwell Center: "Views of Arches, Canyonlands, Capital Reef, and Natural Bridges in Utah," by Beth Thomas.

Science Study Center Discussion, 12:30 p.m., 101 Price House: Report on the New Orleans meetings, by Doug Taylor and others.

Black History Month Activity, 4 p.m., 251 Lane: "Cultural Expressions." African artifacts and designs.

Urban Design and Planning Cuba Tour information, 5 p.m., Architecture Annex.

Men's Basketball vs. USM, 7:30 p.m., Cassell Coliseum.

Friday, 3

Black History Month Activity, 4 p.m., 251 Lane: "Cultural Expressions" continues.

Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, 4 p.m., Alumni Hall, CEC: Reception for CIS participants.

Women's Basketball at UNCC, 7 p.m.

Student Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Mark Greeley, clarinet.

Saturday, 4

Men's Basketball vs. Florida, 7:30 p.m., Cassell Coliseum.

YMCA International Folk Dances, 7:30-10 p.m., 37 WMG: Line dances, circle dances, etc.

Sunday, 5

YMCA Hike, 1:30 p.m. meet at Y parking lot: Indian Run Walk, led by Su Clauson-Wicker.

Monday, 6

Soup and Substance, noon, 116 Squires: "School Reform: Charter, Alternative, and Home Schools," by Tom Sherman.

Let's Talk, noon, Cranwell Center.

CEUT Brown Bag Lunch Discussion, noon, Hillcrest living room: "What is Good Teaching?"

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

VTU Entertainment Series/BHM Activity, 7:30 p.m., Burruss auditorium: "An Evening of Motown with the Drifters and Shirelles."

With Good Reason, 7:30 p.m., WVTF-FM: "Toward 2000: Virginia's Economic Prospects," by April Young, GMU, and Roy Pearson, William and Mary.

Tuesday, 7

Women's Network General Meeting, noon, 133 Lane, middle bay.

Wednesday, 8

Faculty/staff academic regalia representative, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., University Bookstore, lower level.

Faculty Women's Club Winter Luncheon, noon, Marriott.

Classified Staff Affairs Commission, 1:30 p.m., 400D Burruss.

Black History Month Activity, 7:30 p.m., 341/345 Burruss: "Just Speak" forum.

Four Stages of Drinking, 7:30 p.m, Burruss.

Thursday, 9

YMCA Education Seminar, Richmond: "What Governor Allen is Doing to Education." Through 2-10. For information, call 1-6860.

YMCA Slide Show, 12:10 p.m., Cranwell Center: "Service in Calcutta," by Martha Merrill.

Science Study Center Discussion, 12:30 p.m., 101 Price House: TBA, by Dana Hamel.

Black History Month Activity, 7 p.m., Black Cultural Center, 126 Squires: Opening reception for landscape design artist Jennifer Vickers.


Thursday, 2

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "Application of Markov Chain Monte Carlo Methods in Animal and Human Genetics," by Ian Hoeschele.

Plant Physiology, 4 p.m., 400 Price: "Characterizing Woody Tissue Respiration of Three Hardwood Species in the Great Smoky Mountains," by Zoltan Rakonczay.

Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "Can Molecules Tell us Anything about Crystals?" by Gerald V. Gibbs.

Friday, 3

Molecular Cell Biology/Biotechnology, noon, 30 Pamplin: "Targeting of Soluble Proteins to Vacuoles," by Natasha Raikhel, DOE Plant Research Lab.

Botany, 4 p.m., 1076 Derring: "Insolubility of Beta-glucosidase in Maize," by Nerval Erturk.

Mathematical Physics Days, noon, 304 Robeson: "Quantum Stability," by James Howland, UVa.

Mathematical Physics Days, 4 p.m., 113 McBryde: "The Dynamics of Quantum Twist Maps," by Gunther Karner.

Saturday, 4

Mathematical Physics Days, 8:45 a.m., 2030 Pamplin: "Recent Developments in Conformal Field Theory," by Giovanni Felder, UNC.

Mathematical Physics Days, 10:15 a.m., 2030 Pamplin: "Quantum Stability II," by James Howland, UVa.

Mathematical Physics Days, 11:30 a.m., 2030 Pamplin: "Self-Avoiding Walk and Related Models in One-Dimension," by John Imbrie, UVa.

Monday, 6

Biochemistry/Anaerobic Microbiology, 4 p.m., 223 Engel: "Neurotoxicity of Insecticides and Drug Metabolites on the Mammalian Nigrostriatal Pathway," by Jeff Bloomquist.

Tuesday, 7

GTA Training Program, 3:30-4:30 p.m., 100 GBJ: "Different Presentation Styles: What Works to Motivate Students?" by Marjorie Norton and Jack Dudley.

Thursday, 9

Statistics, 2030 Pamplin: TBA.

Plant Physiology, 4 p.m., 400 Price: "Freezing Resistance in High Elevation Plants in Hawaii," by Cindy Lipp.

Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "Attempted Kidnap of California by the Pacific Plate," by Art Sylvester, UC-Santa Barbara.


Energy Center in Electrotechnology Expo planned

The Virginia Tech Industrial Energy Center (IEC) is one of 20 state- of- the- art electrotechnology providers to be showcased during an exposition and seminar presented for legislators and business leaders Wednesday, Feb. 8, at the Richmond Marriott.

The IEC was established by the university, Virginia Power, United Cities Gas Co., and Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology to help students prepare for careers in energy management and to help manufacturers increase their energy efficiency.

The exposition is sponsored by the Virginia Electric Energy Council, which includes representatives from the state's electric utilities and government agencies. The theme of the exposition is energy efficiency, and displays will range from geothermal systems to plasma torch technology for sterilization of medical waste.

Counselors available in NOVA

The Department of Employee Relations Counselors will meet with interested employees in on Tuesday, Feb. 14, and Wednesday, Feb. 15, in Room 202 on the second floor of the Virginia Tech Northern Virginia Graduate Center at 2990 Telestar Court, located near the Capital Beltway (I495) and Arlington Boulevard (Rt. 50) off Gallows Road

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.

State personnel policy allows time off from normal work hours for a counseling interview provided reasonable notice is given to your supervisor and permission is granted.

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

VTLS Help Sessions scheduled

Newman Library will present VTLS Help Sessions throughout the semester. Those interested in participating should sign up at the information desk in the library lobby.

Sessions are held in the Newman Library second-floor classroom. One-hour sessions are scheduled for: Monday, Feb. 6, 2 p.m.; Wednesday, Feb. 15, 9 a.m.; Tuesday, Feb. 21, 6 p.m.; Thursday, March 2, 10:30 a.m.; Monday, April 3, 3 p.m.; Wednesday, April 19, 10 a.m.; Tuesday, April 25, 6 p.m.

For more information, call 1-4975.

Brass Quintet Festival planned

The Department of Music presents a "Brass Quintet Festival" Sunday, Feb. 12, at 8 p.m. in Squires Recital Salon. It will feature performances by Virginia Tech's Brass Dominion, Brass Five From Roanoke, and Quantum Brass, Virginia Tech's student quintet. In addition, there will be a special performance by the Air Combat Command Heritage of America Brass Quintet from Langley Air Force Base.

Mark Camphouse of Radford University will lead the groups in a combined performance of works by Edward Grieg, Giovanni Gabrieli, and Pierluigi Da Palestrina.

For more information, call 1-5200.

Joe Kennedy to perform with family, friends

Joe Kennedy's Family Affair and Friends will be featured Saturday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. in Squires Recital Salon.

The concert, part of the Black History Month Celebration, honors and celebrates the music of American composers. It will feature violinist Joe Kennedy Jr., and his son, pianist/composer Joe Kennedy III, supported by bassist Clarence Seay and percussionist Bill Ray. The performance will include two original compositions by Joe Kennedy III.

For more information, call 1-5200.

Bursar announces policy change

Effective March 1, the bursar's office will no longer allow departmental representatives to pick up paychecks for their entire department.

The decision is a result of procedure review mandated by Phase II initiatives. The process of pulling departmental paychecks requires a significant amount of time and is no long efficient or cost effective.

The bursar's office suggests all employees participate in the direct deposit program. Copies of the direct deposit form have been distributed to deans, directors, and department heads.

For additional copies of the direct deposit forms or more information, call Jeanette Grubb or Janet Moran at 1-6257.

STS calling for papers for conference

The Science and Technology Studies (STS) Policy Group Conference is calling for papers for its April 7-9 conference, "Issues in the Politics of Science and Technology: Environmentalism and the Politics of Nature."

The conference theme embraces the widely diverse issues and concerns attentive to the history, philosophy, sociology, and politics of the environment.

Subjects of interest include community organizing and the environment, critiques of environmentalism, ecofeminism, and environmental policy.

Summaries of presentations, no longer than 500 words, are due by February 17 to: Science Policy Group Center for STS, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0247. The fax number is 1-7013.

For more information, contact Douglas Taylor by e-mail at <taylordk@vtvm1>.

Pool hours announced for semester

The pool in War Memorial Hall will operate on the following schedule during spring semester: Monday through Friday, noon-1 p.m., lap swim for the faculty and staff only; 2-3 p.m., lap swim for students only; and 7-9 p.m., open rec swim. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, open lap swims are 11 a.m.-noon and 3-4 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, open rec swim is from 2-4 p.m.

Lap swim includes lap swimming in the diving well. All lap swim open times are available to students, paying members, and dependents over 18. Diving boards are available during open rec swimming Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. During all open rec swims, dependents and guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian.

For more information, call 1-6856.

Department of Recreational Sports schedules programs

The Department of Recreational Sports will offer classes in swimming and personal fitness training. Limited space is available in the swimming classes.

A swim program for children ages 3-12 will meet Monday and Wednesdays from 6:15-7 p.m. from Feb. 8-March 8. The class costs $40. Registration is required.

An instructional swim program for adults will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays March 28-April 20. The class, which will hold registration February 8 beginning at 8 a.m. in 125-E War Memorial, costs $35.

The Hokie Fitness Personal Trainer Program is designed to provide a physiologically and scientifically sound fitness program tailored to an individual's needs. The three-part program includes application, assessment, and training. Total assessment, which includes body-composition analysis, costs $20 for the faculty, staff, and spouses, and $12 for students; body-composition analysis alone costs $7.50 for the faculty, staff, and spouses, and $5.50 for students. Training sessions cost $7.50 per hour for the faculty, staff, and spouses, and $5 for students.

For more information, call 1-6856.

Resource and referral list updated

The Virginia Tech Resource and Referral center has updated lists of students who can provide babysitting services, centers or family child-care providers, respite-care providers of disabled individuals, and providers of care and companionship for the elderly.

These providers work full-time, part-time, evenings, or weekends. For more information, call 1-3213.