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Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 19 - February 9, 1995


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: "Can There Be an Objective Social Ethic?" by Fred Foldvary.

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

Architecture/Urban Studies Video Series, 7 p.m., 100 Hancock: "Versailles."

Friday, 10

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

CPAP Roundtable, 3:30 p.m., 104 Draper Rd.: "Postmodernism and Political Theory," by Stephen White.

International Club Coffee Hour, 5 p.m., Cranwell Center: "A Naturalized Citizen Looks at Politics in America," by James O. Glanville.

Women's Basketball vs. USM, 7 p.m., Cassell Coliseum.

Black History Month Activity, 7 and 9 p.m., and midnight, Squires Colonial: "The Lion King."

Saturday, 11

Surplus Property Auction, 9 a.m., Surplus Property Warehouse.

Men's Basketball at South Florida, 1 p.m.

Black History Month Activity, 7 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Joe Kennedy's Family Affair and Friends.

Sunday, 12

YMCA Hike, meet at Y parking lot, 1:30 p.m.: Bald Knob, led by Michael Beaghen.

Women's Basketball vs. Tulane, 2 p.m., Cassell Coliseum.

Music Department Concert, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Brass Quintet Festival.

Monday, 13

Soup and Substance, noon, 116 Squires: "The Allen Budget: Its Effect on Virginia Tech," by Jim Wolfe.

Let's Talk, noon, Cranwell Center.

Women's Studies Lecture Series, 7 p.m., 3 Davidson: "The Creative Process," by Muriel Lederman, Linda Plaut, Peggy Turner, and Jane Varley.

With Good Reason, 7:30 p.m., WVTF-FM: "Straight to the Heart: Ideals of Love Throughout the Ages," by Scott Christenson, Radford, and Larry Richman, Virginia Highlands.

Tuesday, 14

Women's Network Speaker, 7:30 p.m., Blacksburg Area Library: "Love Bugs, Menopause, and Other Health Issues."

Wednesday, 15

Women's Network Luncheon Discussion, noon, DBHCC Blue Ridge: "Virginia Legislative Update on Women's Issues."

Bach's Lunch, noon, Chapel: Jay and Betsy Crone.

NSF Science/Technology Center program, 7-9 p.m., 2003 Pamplin.

Black History Month Activity, 8 p.m., Squires Colonial: "Ain't I a Woman." One-woman show on the life of Sojourner Truth.

Thursday, 16

Salary and wage paydate.

Art Exhibit Opening, 10 a.m., Armory Gallery: Catalina Arocena: Painting Constructions. Through 3-11.

Blood Donor Hours, noon-6 p.m., NRV Donor Center.

YMCA Slide Show, 12:10 p.m., Cranwell Center: "My Favorite Patients in Virginia," by Jay Stipes, tree doctor.

Science Study Center Discussion, 12:30 p.m., 101 Price House: "Controversies over Evolution and Creationism: Toward a Post-Modern Historiography of Science," by Mike Seltzer.

Staff Senate, 5:30 p.m., Vet Med College Center.

Black History Month Activity, 6-8 p.m., 341 Squires: "A Tribute to African Americans." Version of Jeopardy game show.

Multidisciplinary Design Charette, 7 p.m., Hancock auditorium: Call 1-5940 for information.

VMNH Activity, 7:30 p.m., N. Main St.: "Oh Deer!" by James Parkhurst.

Men's Basketball, 7:30 p.m., at UNCC.


Thursday, 9

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 2030 Pamplin: Assessing Impacts of Environmental Stimuli via Animal and Microbial Laboratory Studies," by Walter Piegorsch, South Carolina.

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.

Friday, 10

Molecular Cell Biology/Biotechnology, noon, 30 Pamplin: "Sperm Egg Binding and Fusion," by Judith White, UVa.

CSPISE, 3:30 p.m., 304 Robeson: "An Analytic Approach to Biased Diffusion of Two Species," by G. Korniss, B. Schmittmann, and R.K.P. Zia.

Botany, 4 p.m., 1076 Derring: "Old World Diseases that Devastated the Indigenous People of the New World: Demographic, Socio-political, and Economic Impacts," by Linda Arnold.

Monday, 13

Biochemistry and Anaerobic Microbiology, 4 p.m., 223 Engel: "Biochemical and Molecular Dissection of Nitrogen Metabolism in Alfalfa," by Carroll Vance, ARS, Minn.

Food Science/Technology, 4 p.m., 132 Food Science Building.

Horticulture, 4 p.m., 102 Saunders: "Today's Practice of Landscape Architecture," by Rodney Robinson, CLRdesign.

Tuesday, 14

GTA Training, 3:30 p.m., 100 GBJ: "Coping Skills for Graders," by Hugh Munson and Paul Heilker.

Biology, 3:45 p.m., 303 Davidson: "Physics and Physiology of Vocalization in Birds," by Steve Nowicki, Duke.

Wednesday, 15

Gerontology, noon, 150 Squires: "Women in the Workforce: A Life Course Perspective," by Elaine Carter and Sallee Ebbett.

Thursday, 16

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "The Establishment and Operation of the Virginia Tech Center for Survey Research," by Alan Bayer and Deborah Strickland.

Plant Physiology, 4 p.m., 400 Price: "A Review of Organosilicon Surfactants Performance in Herbicidal Spray Applications," by Susan Sun.


Gerontology forum examines women in workplace

The Virginia Tech Center for Gerontology holds its first Lunchtime Forum of the spring semester Wednesday, Feb. 15, from noon to 1 p.m. in 150 Squires. The forum will open with director Penny L. Burge providing information on the Virginia Tech Women's Center.

"Women in the Workforce: A Life Course Perspective," will be led by Elaine Dowe Carter, a Ph.D. candidate in public administration and policy with an emphasis on human-resource policy development, and Sallee Ebbett, a Ph.D. candidate in vocational and technical education with an emphasis in gender equity.

Ebbett has an extensive history of work in both the public and the private sectors. She is a graduate assistant in vocational and technical education. Carter brings 30 years of experience in the public and private sectors as a specialist in human development policy and practice. She is a graduate assistant in the Women's Center.

Everyone interested in the subject is invited to attend the forum and bring a lunch. For more information, call Charlene Freeman-Coker at 1-6817.

Roanoke office relocates

Virginia Tech's Roanoke Office has relocated to the Hotel Roanoke. To contact Constance Meck (program director) or Erma Williams (conference coordinator), write Virginia Tech Division of Continuing Education, 110 Shenandoah Avenue NE, Roanoke, VA, 24016-2025; call 703/857-6055; fax 703/857-6057; or send e-mail to meck@vtvm1 or erma@vtvm1.

Museum review meetings planned

The university committee currently reviewing the Virginia Tech Museum of Natural History will hold two general meetings/discussions for faculty members interested in expressing opinions or giving advice about the objectives, operations, and effectiveness of the museum. The meetings will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, in 315B Cheatham and Wednesday, Feb. 15, in 315 Cheatham.

For more information, contact Bonham Richardson at

1-5514 or by e-mail at borichar@vt.edu.

Luncheon to honor leaders

The Black Caucus will host a luncheon in honor of Leroy and Johnnie Miles Friday, Feb. 10, at the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center.

Leroy Miles is associate professor of administrative and educational services. Johnnie Miles is associate professor of counselor education. They came to Virginia Tech in 1974 and worked in Blacksburg for several years before moving to the Northern Virginia Graduate Center. While in Blacksburg, they were active members of the Blacksburg community and the Black Caucus, formerly the Black Faculty and Staff Caucus, which was created under the leadership of Leroy Miles in the late 1970s.

Both Leroy Miles and Johnnie Miles will participate in the university's Incentive Transition Option Plan.

For more information, call Annie Byrd at 1-5812.

Architecture video series planned

The Center for Theory and History of Architecture announces its spring semester Thursday Video Series held in 100 Hancock auditorium at 7 p.m.

The series features the following videos: February 9, Versailles; February 23, Rococo Architecture; March 9, Saint-Genevieve, Pantheon of Domes, John Nash and London; March 30, Brooklyn Bridge; April 13, Frank Lloyd Wright; and April 27, Louis I. Kahn.

Conversation series on service learning offered

The Service-Learning Center will host a Conversations Series on service-learning and its implications for the university.

The first topic, "What is Service-Learning?" will be discussed Friday, Feb. 17, at noon in the Honors Living Room at Hillcrest.

Service learning is the integration of community service or community-based research with traditional academic study. For more information, call Michele James-Deramo at 1-4071 or deramo@VT.EDU.

Central Stores schedules open house

Central Stores will hold an open house March 2 and 3 from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Virginia Correctional Enterprises and Virginia Industries for the Blind will have displays of furniture, seating, and writing instruments. There also will be refreshments and door prizes.

All faculty and staff members are invited to attend.