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Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 23 - March 9, 1995


Thursday, 9

Women's Basketball at Metro Tournament, Louisville. Through 3-10.

YMCA Slide Show, 12:10 p.m., Cranwell Center: "Exploring Four Ecosystems in Australia," by Laura Hart.

Science Study Center Discussion, 12:30 p.m., 101 Price House: "Appropriated Appropriations: On-going Conversations," by Marianne de Laet.

Architecture/Urban Studies Video Series, 7 p.m., 100 Hancock: "Saint-Genevieve, Pantheon of Domes."

Friday, 10

Last day to resign.

Men's Basketball at Metro Tournament, Louisville: Through 3-12.

Women's Basketball at Metro Tournament, Louisville.

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

University Club Program, 7:30 p.m., DBHCC: Gerry Timlin, Irish folksinger, instrumentalist, and entertainer, with Sharon Scully, celtic harpist.

Saturday, 11

Spring Break Begins.

Men's Basketball at Metro Tournament, Louisville: Through 3-12.

Sunday, 12

Men's Basketball at Metro Tournament, Louisville.

YMCA Hike, 1:30 p.m., Meet at Y parking lot: Pine Swamp, led by Jean Cairns.

Monday, 13

With Good Reason, 7:30 p.m., WVTF-FM: "Structural Reform: New Architecture for a New Age." Part one by Sanford Lopater, Christopher Newport. Part two by William McDonough, U.Va.

Thursday, 16

Salary and wage paydate.

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

Sunday, 19

Spring Break Ends.

YMCA Hike, 1:30 p.m., Meet at Y parking lot: Angels Rest, led by Barry Anderson.

Monday, 20

Soup and Substance, noon, 116 Squires: "Rethinking the Rite of Passage: Alcohol Issues at Va. Tech," by Carolyn Penn.

"Let's Talk," noon, Cranwell Center.

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

"With Good Reason," 7:30 p.m., WVTF 89.1: "Heroes and Hate-Mongers: The Rise of Southern Vigilantism," by Brian Wills, Clinch Valley.

Tuesday, 21

Registration for Summer/Fall 1995 Begins. Through 3-28.

Faculty Senate meeting, 7 p.m., 32 Pamplin.

Art Exhibit Opening, 10 a.m., Armory Gallery: Fritz Buehner: Wood Carvings and Drawings. Through 4-14.

Wednesday, 22

Women's Network Meeting, noon, DBHCC: "Gender Roles in the Workplace."

Bach's Lunch, noon, Chapel: "Sound Advice," a capella vocal quintet.

Thursday, 23

YMCA Slide Show, 12:10 p.m., Cranwell Center: "Turkey from a Native's Point of View," by Dileh and Cahita Coruh.

Science Study Center Discussion, 12:30 p.m., 101 Price House: Report on the Conference of the National Association for Scientific and Technological Literacy, by Joe Pitt.

TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: Judevine. Through 3-24.


Thursday, 9

Gerontology, noon, 150 Squires: "African-American Women in Retirement: Their Story," by Kathleen F. Slevin, William & Mary.

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "Addressing Impacts of Environmental Stimuli via Animal and Microbial Laboratory Studies," by Walter Piegorsch, S.C.

Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "Processes of Ophiolite Genesis and Emplacement with Special Reference to the Brooks Range Ophiolite Alaska, and Timor, Indonesia," by Ronald Harris, W.Va.

Plant Physiology, 4 p.m., 400 Price: "Plant-microcrosstalk during the Induction of Nitrogen-Fixing Nodules on Legumes," by Frantz deBruijn, MSU-DOE Plant Research Lab.

Friday, 10

Molecular Cell Biology/Biotechnology, noon, 30 Pamplin: "Moving Along the Axon: Microtubule-based Motor Proteins and Membrane Bound Organelle Transport," by Kevin Pfister, UVa.

Monday, 20

Molecular Cell Biology/Biotechnology, noon, 102 Johnston Student Center: "Recombinant Antibody Phage Display Technology: Tools for the Transgenic Interdiction of Defined Protein-protein Interactions," by William Crosby, Plant Biotech Institute, National Research Council, Canada.

Biochemistry/Anaerobic Microbiology, 4 p.m., 223 Engel: "Structure, Function, and Assembly of the Nickel Metallocenter in Urease," by Robert Hausinger, Michigan State.

CSES, 4 p.m., 231 Smyth: "Using Decision Cases in Agriculture: A Comparison of a Case Method and a Traditional Lecture Method," by Marlo Allen.

Horticulture, 4 p.m., 102 Saunders: "Botanical Gardens of the 21st Century," by Teresa Norford, Lewis-Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond.

Mechanical Engineering, 4 p.m., 110 Randolph: "An Artificial Intelligence Shell Development of 3-D CFD Design: A Case Study," by Z. Yuan.

Wednesday, 22

Sciences Studies Center, 4 p.m., 101 Price House: "Science and the Politics of INTERNET working: A History of the Computer Networking Agenda," by Juan Rogers, VCU.

Thursday, 23

Parenting, noon, 404 Clay St.: "Budgeting/Money Management to Reduce Household Stress," by Ruth Lytton.

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "Multivariate Nonparametric Control Charts Using Small Samples," by Aleka Kapatou.

Plant Physiology, 4 p.m., 400 Price: "Improvement of Phosphorus Utilization in Soybean Meal through Introduction of a Fungal Phytase Gene," by Jia Li.


NEH program director to visit

A program director from the National Endowment for Humanities (NEH) will be at Virginia Tech Friday, March 24. Jane Rosenberg will give a public address on NEH programs, policies, and procedures at 2 p.m. in Squires Recital Hall.

Rosenberg will meet with individuals to discuss their research programs in a series of private meetings from 8 a.m. until noon in 240 Squires (the music department conference room). Very few slots are left for individual meetings. Call Adelene Kirby at 1-6738.

A lunch will be held from noon until 2 p.m. at Donaldson Brown with a small group of already-invited researchers. This will be followed by a 3:30 p.m. address on electronic publication for members of the Center for Textual and Editorial Studies only. It will be held in the Recital Hall.

Sponsors of Rosenberg's visit are the College of Arts and Sciences, the university Research Division, and the Center for Textual and Editorial Studies. Researchers from other colleges and universities throughout Virginia have been invited to participate in the visit, and several area schools have indicated plans to send representatives.

For more information, call 1-6738.

African-American women topic of forum

The Virginia Tech Center for Gerontology will hold its Lunchtime Forum Wednesday, March 22, from noon to 1 p.m. in 150 Squires. The forum will feature Kathleen F. Slevin, professor and director of the Department of Sociology at the College of William and Mary, speaking on "African-American Women in Retirement: Their Story."

This presentation is also sponsored by Women's Center at Virginia Tech and the Department of Sociology with a grant from the Women Artists and Scholars Lecture Series. 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.

Capitalism and ethics lecture topic

Ed Freeman of the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, will speak on "Capitalism and Ethics: Towards a New Understanding," Tuesday, March 21. Freeman will be the keynote speaker at the Student Research Symposium. He will speak at 7 p.m. in Squires Colonial Hall.

The research symposium is sponsored by the Graduate Student Assembly. Undergraduate and graduate students will display their work during a poster session from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Squires.

"The symposium is an opportunity for students campus-wide to present their research in a professional poster format and to highlight the excellent research that takes place at Virginia Tech," said Maureen Bezold, chair of the 1995 symposium and president of the Graduate Student Assembly. The university's Commission on Research, and Center for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching are co-sponsors.

The graduate posters will be evaluated by a team of judges representing the nine colleges. Cash prizes of $100 for first, $75 for second, and $50 for third place will be awarded in both the sciences and the humanities sections. The undergraduate posters will be evaluated by members of the Commission on Research, with cash prizes of the same value as in the graduate divisions awarded to the top three presenters in the undergraduate division.

Counselors available in Petersburg area

The Department of Employee Relations Counselors will meet with interested employees on Thursday, March 23, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Rodof Shalom Public Library, 1865 Sycamore St., in Petersburg.

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.

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

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.

Academic regalia rental orders due

March 24 is the last day to place ordrs through the University Bookstore for rental of academic regalia for Founders Day and Commencement. Orders placed after March 24 cannot be guaranteed.

Satellite downlink on volunteers scheduled

Staff members who manage programs that use volunteers are invited to attend a satellite downlink on "A High Stakes Affair: Managing Risks in Volunteer Programs" March 15 from 1-4 p.m. in Donaldson Brown Room A.

The program originates at Ohio State University. The teaching team includes Dale Safrit, Niki Nestor McNeely, Mary Merrill, and Steven McCurley. There is no charge. For more information, call Courtney Schwertz at 1-6371.

ODK soliciting nominations for membership

The Alpha Omicron Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) is seeking nominations of juniors, seniors, graduate students, faculty members, and alumni for membership. Nominees should demonstrate outstanding leadership and service, exemplary character, and academic excellence.

Student candidates must demonstrate leadership in any two of the following areas: scholarship, athletics, performing arts, student media, and student activities. Seniors must have a minimum QCA of 2.98 and juniors must have a minimum QCA of 2.87.

Faculty candidates are evaluated on their professional and community activities. Alumni candidates are evaluated on their contributions to Virginia Tech and their professional accomplishments.

Nominations must be made on official forms, available from the Dean of Students Office in 105 Brodie. All nomination and application forms must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, March 23, to 309 Cassell Coliseum.

For more information, call Shannon Milliken at 951-9692 or Jerry Via at 1-6165.

Nominations sought for Derring scholarship

National leadership honorary Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) invites nominations for the Paul N. Derring Scholarship recognizing outstanding leadership and service by a member of the current sophomore class (class of 1997). A scholarship of $1,200 will be awarded for the 1995-96 academic year to the individual selected.

The scholarship, honors Derring, former executive secretary of the YMCA program at Virginia Tech. Under his leadership for nearly half a century, the YMCA served as a center for campus life programming.

According to information distributed ODK, nominees "should possess impeccable character" and have exhibited leadership in one or more of the following areas: scholarship, campus government, local and religious affairs; publications, performing and applied arts, and athletics. A minimum cumulative-quality-credit average of 3.0 is required.

Nominations must be made no later than March 23. For an official nomination form, call 1-4652.

ODK seeks nominations for awards

Nominations are invited the G. Burke Johnston Award and the Alfred C. Payne Award, two awards to be presented by Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) during spring semester. Nominations are due by March 23.

The Johnston award was established in 1977 to honor a member of the faculty or administration. Each recipient must have excelled as a teacher and as a leader in the academic community. They must have exhibited a variety of talents and interests and be dedicated to helping students develop a love for learning. Johnston, who died in 1994, served Virginia Tech for 27 years and was the first dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

The Payne award was established in 1986 to recognize a student, faculty or staff member, alumnus or alumna, or a member of the local community. The recipient must have demonstrated an exemplary spirit of volunteerism. Payne, who served the university for 23 years, worked in various positions in the YMCA before becoming counselor of religious affairs.

For a nomination form, call 1-4652.