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Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 28 - April 13, 1995


Thursday, 13

Staff Development Program, 8:30-10 a.m., Squires Brush Mountain Room A: A prespective of leadership opportunities within the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets.

Science Study Center Discussion, 12:30 p.m., 101 Price House: Report on research, by Doug Taylor.

Diggs Teaching Roundtable and Award Ceremony, 3 p.m., 341-45 Squires: Presentation and discussion led by Peggy Meszaros.

Architecture/Urban Studies Video Series, 7 p.m., 100 Hancock: Frank Lloyd Wright.

TAUT Play, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: Bells are Ringing. Through 4-16.

Friday, 14

Salary and wage paydate.

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

CPAP Round Table, 3:30 p.m, Thomas-Conner House: "The Future of the Public Service," by Louis H. Blair, Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation.

TAUT Play, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: Bells are Ringing. Through 4-16.

Student Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Quintessence Woodwind Quintet.

Saturday, 15

TAUT Play, 2 and 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: Bells are Ringing. Through 4-16.

Student Ensemble, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: University Symphonic Wind Ensemble.

Sunday, 16

Easter Brunch, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., DBHCC.

YMCA Hike, 1:30 p.m., Meet at Y parking lot: Prices Mountain, led by Su Clauson-Wicker.

Student Recital, 3 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Pat Driscoll, horn.

TAUT Play, 2 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: Bells are Ringing.

Monday, 17

Black Cultural Center Art Exhibit, Squires: Student Art Exhibit featuring work of Maurice Braxton. Through 5-13.

Soup and Substance, noon, 116 Squires: "Sudan Update," by David Bernard and David Jenkins.

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

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

Women's Studies Lecture Series, 7 p.m., 3 Davidson: "The Cost of Free Speech," by Detine Bowers.

With Good Reason, 7:30 p.m., WVTF-FM: "The Orient Expresses: Religious and Ethnic Turmoil in Asia," by John Peale, Longwood, and Lewis Fickett Jr., Mary Washington.

Tuesday, 18

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

TAUT Play, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: "Bells Are Ringing." Through 4-22.

Wednesday, 19

Tentative Grade Sheets Due.

Women's Network Meeting, noon, DBHCC: "Breaking the Glass Ceiling," by Peggy Meszaros.

Holocaust Remembrance Day Activities, 7:30 p.m., Squires Brush Mountain: Schindler's List survivor Anna Perl.

TAUT Play, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: "Bells Are Ringing." Through 4-22.

Thursday, 20

Art Exhibit Opening, 10 a.m., Armory Gallery: Student Exhibition. Through 5-13.

AAUW Used Book Sale, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Gables Shopping Center. Through 4-22.

Faculty Women's Club Spring Luncheon, noon, DBHCC.

Science Study Center Discussion, 12:30 p.m., 101 Price House: "Who's Listening? And to Whom? A Study of the Worldviews of Biotechnology Executives and Scientists toward Public Relations and Communication," by B.J. Altschul, Richmond-based public-relations counselor.

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

VMNH Fifth Anniversary Celebration, 7:30 p.m., VMNH, N. Main St.

Holocaust Remembrance Day Activities, 7:30 p.m., 150 Squires: Mark Schewel, Anti-Defamation League.

TAUT Play, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: "Bells Are Ringing." Through 4-22.


Thursday, 13

Physics, 3:30 p.m., 2030 Pamplin: "Condensed Matter, Theory," by B. Chakraborty, Brandeis.

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "Dynamic Sampling Control Charts with Optional Sampling at Fixed Times," by Zachary Stoumbos, Rutgers.

Plant Physiology, 4 p.m., 400 Price: "Mycorrhizal Symbiosis and Nonhydraulic Signaling of Soil Drying," by Bob Auge, Tennessee.

Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "Perturbed Garnets: Records of High-grade Metamorphism and Fluid Flow within Garnet Interiors and in the Middle to Lower Crust," by Donna Whitney, UNC.

Friday, 14

Women's Center and Women's Research Institute, noon, 132 Lane: "The Research Process."

Molecular Cell Biology/Biotechnology, noon, 30 Pamplin: "Molecular and Cellular Basis of Light Control of Arabidopsis Development," by Xing-Wang Deng, Yale.

Botany, noon, 1076 Derring: "Mycorrhizal Ecology of Rock Mountain Aspen," by Cathy Cripps.

Monday, 17

CSES, 3 and 4 p.m., 232 Smyth: "The Relative Effects of Petunia and Tobacco Sucrose Esters on the Growth and Development of Tobacco Hornworm," by Eugenio Lamba, and "Geological History of the Ti-Sands Area and Phosphorous Adsorption on Ti-Sands Mine Tailings," by Zenah Wilson.

Economics, 3:30 p.m., 3001 Pamplin: "The Economics of Revolutions," by Herschel Grossman, Brown.

Biochemistry/Anaerobic Microbiology, 4 p.m., 223 Engel: "Application of Multimedia to Instruction in Biochemistry," by David Bevan.

Horticulture, 4 p.m., 102 Saunders: "Issues in Turf Management: A Perspective," by Dave Chalmers.

Mechanical Engineering, 4 p.m., 110 Randolph: "Computer Aided Fluid Mechanics Instruction," by F.J. Pierce.

Wednesday, 19

Gerontology, noon, 150 Squires: "Housing Alternatives for Elders: Responding to Environmental Press," by Julia Beamish.

Dynamical Systems, 4 p.m., 216 McBryde: "Nonlinear Dynamics of Classical Gases, or, What's New in Fluid Mechanics?" by Mark Cramer.

Thursday, 20

Parenting, noon, 404 Clay St.: "Creative Discipline," by Debora Schneller, Counseling Associates of Southwest Va.

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "Criteria for Model Selection and Experimental Design in Response Surface Modeling of Process Mean and Variance," by Kristi Griffiths.

Plant Physiology, 4 p.m., 400 Price: "Physiological Aspects of Host-plant/boomrape (Orobanche Spp.) Interactions," by Vijay Nandula.

Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "Soils and Terraces of the James River," by Lee Daniels.


Credit Union holds annual meeting

The Credit Union of Virginia Tech will hold its annual meeting Saturday, April 22, at 7 p.m. in the Salem Civic Center.

For more information, call 552-1802

Chilled water line replacement nearly complete

Work on the chilled water line replacement down Turner Street is about 30 days ahead of schedule. Chilled water will be available to all affected buildings by May 1, rather than June 1 as previously announced. As part of this project we have been able to enlarge the line size going to McBryde Hall, and residents of that building should experience increased cooling during the summer months.

Area Code to change in July

Given the heavy customer demand for telephone numbers in the 703 Area Code, the supply of seven-digit numbers is nearly exhausted. Therefore, on July 15, 1995, Bell Atlantic will open Area Code 540 for Western Virginia from Lee County to Frederick County. A list of the particular exchanges affected will be updated on a monthly basis by Bell Atlantic. CNS can provide a copy to you at your request.

The 703 Area Code will continue to serve all Bell Atlantic-Virginia customers in Arlington, Fairfax, and eastern Loudoun counties, the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, and Falls Church, and the towns of Herndon and Vienna. In addition, there are customers served by GTE who will retain the 703 area code.

Please start thinking now about the changes you will need to make prior to Jan. 27, 1996, when the permissive dialing period for the old area code ends. Things to consider include letterheads, business cards, and any other materials with your phone number on them. Also, changes to your communications systems, such as FAX settings and automatic dialing features on your phone, will have to be updated.

Please remember this change is required by Bell Atlantic to generate more telephone numbers for a growing market and will not increase the cost of calls or change local calling areas or the way local calls are dialed. Phone numbers in the 804 area code will not be affected by this change.

For more information, call John Grant, CNS Faculty/Staff Billing, at 1-4258.

Telecommunications requests due in May

Summer is a very busy time for the university--CNS included. To ensure your telecommunications orders are completed by August 16, Communications Network Services would appreciate receiving your completed Telecommunications Service Requests (TSR's) NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, MAY 19.

Orders for telephone, data or video moves, additions, or changes received at CNS later than May 19 risk not being completed until after the 1995 Fall Semester begins.

For more information about telecommunications orders, call your department's CNS System Designer at 1-6460.

Forum addresses housing for elderly

The Virginia Tech Center for Gerontology holds its Lunchtime Forum on Wednesday, April 19, from noon to 1 p.m. in 150 Squires. The forum will feature Julia Beamish, associate professor of housing, interior design, and resource management, speaking on "Housing Alternatives for Elders: Responding to Environmental Press."

Beamish teaches a wide variety of housing courses, specializing in universal design, barrier-free design, and housing for the elderly. She also teaches residential space planning and works with the kitchen and bath-design emphasis in the department's interior design program. She has a Ph.D. in family housing from Virginia Tech. Her research interests include the acceptance of housing alternatives among consumers and within communities, including housing options for the elderly. She is also currently involved in research to investigate compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act among facility managers throughout the United States. She was recently named a universal design associate of the Universal Design Education Project.

The public is invited to attend the forum and bring a lunch. For more information, call Charlene Freeman-Coker at 1-6817.

Participants needed for childhood-behavior study

A Virginia Tech master's student is seeking the participation of children between the ages of 7 and 12 with behavior problems and the primary caretaking parent of those children for a study of the relationship between childhood behavior and family environment.

The study by Katie Ingman, with Thomas Ollendick, will look at the behavior problems of anxiety, depression, withdrawal, hyperactivity, aggression, and oppositional, defiant, and conduct-related problems. Only one child and one parent are needed from each family. If a child and parent qualify for the study, they will receive a free comprehensive assessment of the child's problems and family environment. The parent will receive feedback on the results of the assessment, which may provide information about the child's problems and what can be done about them.

For information or to participate in the study, call Ingman at the Psychological Services Center at 1-6914.

Businesses register for global marketing conference

Twenty companies from six foreign countries and the United States have already registered for Virginia Tech's Fifth Annual Global Market Opportunities Conference.

According to Ned Lester, director of business and community relations at Virginia Tech and chair of the conference planning committee, businesses from Trinidad, Mexico, Chile, Brazil, Uruguay, and Guyana as well as U.S. Customs, International Finance Corporation, Inter-American Bank, and several Virginia companies are already scheduled to attend the May 1-3 event at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center.

Many of the companies, including Brazilian Air and Inland Motors, will also exhibit their products and services, Lester said. "This is the first time we have included an exhibition as part of the conference, and it is proving to be quite popular," he said.

Ambassadors from Chile, Argentina, Guyana, and Venezuela have notified Lester that they will attend the conference. He said he anticipates at least two more acceptances from embassies in Washington.

The embassies help select firms in their respective countries that have a high interest in developing trade with the United States. Those firms will complete a business profile sheet outlining specific trade interests, which will be discussed with U.S. firms at the roundtable sessions of the conference," Lester said.

Each year, the conference focuses on a different region of the world and provides information for trading with countries in those regions. This year's event features the Latin American and Caribbean countries of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Guyana, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

The event is sponsored by Tech's Office of International Programs and Division of Continuing Education in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Economic Development. Other sponsors include the Inter-American Development Bank, Organization of American States, NationsBank, and the Roanoke law firm of Woods, Rogers, and Hazelgrove.

For more information, call Lester at 1-5631.

Opportunities offered for teaching in Indonesia

In association with a proposed budget to strengthen Indonesian universities, Education Development Center (EDC) is seeking to identify potential faculty to teach at colleges and universities in several locales for one or two years and to work with local colleagues in areas such as curriculum design and evaluation, methodology, and educational administration. Qualified faculty are being sought for one year positions in accountancy, animal science, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, fisheries, and forestry.

Positions for two years (renewable), are available in agriculture, biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, business, and management.

A two-year position is also potentially available for a specialist in career counseling/job placement for university graduates.

Advanced degree and several years teaching experience at U.S. or Canadian colleges required; international experience is very highly desirable. Detailed information about starting dates is not available. A number of positions will be available for the 1995-96 academic year; most positions will be available for the 1996-97 academic year. U.S. citizenship is not required.

EDC is an Affirmative Action/EEO employer. We encourage all potentially qualified individuals to apply. Resumes (short) can be sent to Dr. Hal Freeman, Education Development Center, 1250 24th Street N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037.

For more information, call (202) 466-0540, fax (202) 223-4059, or send via e-mail to edallan@edc.org.

Holocaust Remembrance Day planned

A series of events on campus will commemorate the Holocaust and provide an opportunity to examine prejudice against not only the Jews but also other victims of hatred and discrimination.

On April 19, Schindler's List survivor Anna Perl will discuss her experiences in the Plazou concentration camp. On April 20, Mark Schewel of the Anti-Defamation League will discuss prejudice, black-Jewish tension, and the influence of Louis Farrakhan. Original choreography (by a Tech student) and script will be featured on April 24 when the Southwest Virginia Ballet, actors from Theatre Arts, the Ujima Dance Company, and others will present "Arts to Fight Prejudice." On April 25, visitor Claudia Stevens will present a musical/dramatic account of one Holocaust survivor's story, titled "An Evening With Madame F."

All of these events are free and will start at 7:30 p.m. in Squires Student Center. On April 24-25, Squires will also feature a photographic exhibit on the history of the Holocaust from 9 a.m.-10 p.m. The program has been organized by Danya Conn, a senior in family and child development, with help from Brian Storrie, biochemistry professor. Sponsors include Hillel, Judaic Studies, the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, the Dean of Students, Women's Studies, the EO/AA Office, the Provost's Office, the Black Cultural Center, the Honors Program, and LSOP.

MRH emergency room to participate in health plans

In the Key Advantage Directory of Providers distributed last week, the emergency room at Montgomery Regional Hospital was listed as a non-participating specialty at this hospital.

The emergency room is contracted by the parent company of Montgomery Regional and apparently the paperwork to sign this group onto Key Advantage did not get processed in time for the printing of state directory. However, we have been advised that the emergency room and its physicians ARE participating in Key Advantage, and they will be shown in the next update.

Pamplin College hosts international conference

The Pamplin College of Business International Conference, "Financial Markets in Emerging Market Economies," will be held Friday, April 21, from noon to 6:30 p.m. at the German Club.

Gordon Binns, chairman of the Virginia Retirement System's (VRS) Investment Advisory Board, will be a panelist at the annual international conference

This year's conference focuses on financial markets in emerging market economies. Binns, the former president of General Motors' Investment Management Corporation (the nation's second largest private pension plan), will serve on a panel that will discuss investing in emerging markets.

The other participants on the panel are Mark Brickell, managing director of J.P. Morgan, and Clarence Hanes, vice president of Pryor, McClendon, Counts & Co. Inc., one of the nation's largest black-owned investment-banking firms. Finance professor Robert Mackay, who also directs Pamplin's Center for Study of Futures and Options Markets at the Northern Virginia Graduate Center, will be the moderator.

The conference starts at noon with a luncheon and welcoming remarks from Pamplin Dean Richard E. Sorensen and Vice Provost for Outreach and International Programs Patrick Liverpool. William Albrecht, an economics professor at the University of Iowa and a former official with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, is the featured luncheon speaker. Albrecht currently chairs a technical committee on international regulatory coordination for the International Organization of Securities Commissioners.

The practitioner panel discussion will begin at 1:30 p.m. It will be followed by a panel on research in emerging financial markets. The panelists, representing academic perspectives, are finance professors Stephen Brown from New York University and Chris Barry from Texas Christian University, and Jack Glenn, senior economist with the International Finance Corporation. Pamplin finance professor Don Chance will serve as moderator.

The conference will conclude with a keynote speech by the governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, Leonard Tsumba (Ph.D./ECON '76). Tsumba's speech will be followed by a reception at 5:30 p.m.

The conference is open to the public at no charge. For more information, please call the MBA office at 1-6152.

Commonhealth offers breast cancer talk

Angie Gunther, MS, a health educator for the New River Health District, will lead an informational program on breast cancer. Participants will have an opportunity to practice self breast-exam techniques on synthetic breast models with identifiable lumps. This talk will be held on Tuesday, April 18, from 12:05 to 12:55 p.m. in the Personnel Classroom at Southgate Center. Space is limited; call 1-7810 to register.