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Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 30 - April 27, 1995

Professors Kern Alexander and Richard Salmon recently co-authored Public School Finance, published by Allyn and Bacon. It is a graduate textbook designed for educational professionals aspiring for positions as principals, central-office personnel, and local school superintendents. The textbook should also prove useful to policy analysts, state department of education officials, and those persons seeking to reform public-school finance systems.

C.W. Smith, a distinguished professor emeritus of engineering science and mechanics, has been selected by the national Society for Experimental Mechanics Inc. to receive the Lazan Award. The award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding original technical contributions to experimental mechanics. The society is honoring Smith for "significant achievements over the years" with his work in three-dimensional photoelasticity and fracture mechanics.

Steven J. Thomson, an assistant professor of biological systems engineering, recently received the Faculty Achievement Award from Alpha Epsilon, the biological-systems honor society; and the Outstanding Faculty Award from the Virginia Tech student chapter of the American Society of Agricultural Engineering (ASAE). Thomson was honored by Alpha Epsilon for his professional accomplishments during 1994, and by the ASAE chapter for his service as a teacher and student advisor.

Several faculty members from the College of Architecture and Urban Studies presented papers at the 83rd Annual ACSA Meeting in Seattle in March.

Scott Gartner and Bill Green presented "Industrialized Housing: Vernacular and Utopian"; Jack Davis and Michael O'Brien presented "Re-Presentation of Design Technical Courses," and Paul Clark spoke on "The Critical Techne of the Structural Frame and Equipment (pragmata)."

At the recent annual meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians held in Seattle, Humberto Rodriquez-Camilloni, associate professor of architecture and director of the Henry H. Wiss Center for Theory and History of Art and Architecture, chaired a session titled "The Twentieth Century Charters and their Impact on Architecture and Urbanism."

In the same session, Leonard J. Currie, FAIA, professor emeritus from the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, presented the paper, "The Charter of Machu Picchu, 1977," and Peter Ozolins, instructor and Ph.D. candidate in environmental design and planning, presented the paper "The Machu Picchu Charter in Context: Architectural Practice in Tanzania and Madagascar."

Also at the conference, architecture professor Milka Bliznakov delivered "National in Form and Socialist in Content: Bulgarian Architecture During the Communist Regime."