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Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 31 - May 4, 1995

Ann Hertzler, professor in the Department of Human Nutrition and Foods, presented a paper titled "Food Guide Pyramid Menus Planned for Preschoolers: Coding Agreement and Nutritional Analysis" at the Second International Conference on Dietary Assessment Methods sponsored by Harvard School of Public Health in collaboration with The World Health Organization.

Hertzler spoke on "Assessment of Calcium Intakes of Adults and the Elderly" at the 21st annual Public Health Nutrition Update Conference on The Role of Nutrients in Bone Health and Osteoporosis Prevention.

Hertzler and instructor Kathleen M. Stadler co-authored "Sensory, Academic, and Creative Nutrition Education Activities for Preschoolers," which was published in the Journal Nutrition Education.

Associate professor Joan McLain-Kark, assistant professor Anna Marshall-Baker, and instructor Joan Dickinson of the Department of Housing, Interior Design, and Resource Management, had their paper "The Effect of Visual Barriers on Exiting Behavior in a Dementia Care Unit" published in The Gerontologist.

Lillian Holloman, assistant professor in the department of Clothing and Textiles, presented a paper titled "Dressing to Kill: A Dilemma for Public Schools" at the National Association of African American Studies conference at Virginia State University.

Rosemary Blieszner, professor of family and child development, is co-editor of the Handbook on Aging and the Family published by Greenwood Press in Westport, Conn.

Katherine R. Allen, associate professor of family and child development, published two articles in the February 1995 issue of the Journal of Marriage and the Family: The first article, co-authored with Karen R. Blaisure, a former doctoral student in the department of Family and Child Development and currently an assistant professor at Western Michigan University, is "Feminists and the Ideology and Practice of Marital Equality." The second article, co-authored with David H. Demo, a former professor in the department of Sociology and now at the University of Missouri, is "The Families of Lesbians and Gay Men: A New Frontier in Family Research."

E. Thomas Garman, professor in the Department of Housing, Interior Design, and Resource Management (HIDM), was named a distinguished fellow of the American Council on Consumer Interests at the organization's 41st annual conference. Garman served on the conference planning committee, was a presenter at the closing session, and presented the paper "On Taking a Value-Focused Approach to the Teaching of Consumer Economics," which was co-authored with Irene Leech, an assistant professor of HIDM, and Michael J. Ellerbrock, associate professor of agricultural and applied economics. Leech, assistant professor Connie Y. Kratzer, and associate professor Ruth Lytton served on the paper review committee for the conference.

Faculty members and graduate students from the Department of Housing, Interior Design, and Resource Management presented papers at the annual meeting of the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) held in Nashville.

Assistant professors Anna Marshall-Baker and Eric Wiedegreen presented the paper "Putting Universal Design in its Place." Wiedegreen presented the poster "Checkmate: Chess Sets Teach Design History."

Ph.D.candidate Pat Lindsey and associate professor Joan McLain- Kark gave a poster presentation on "Virtual Reality Simulation for Interior Design Evaluation and


Instructor Joan Dickinson and McLain-Kark presented the poster "Signage Design For Dementia Care Facilities."

Student projects from the classes of department head Jeanette Bowker, Marshall-Baker, and Wiedegreen were shown in a presentation on innovative teaching techniques.

Associate professor Bob Parsons served as juror for poster presentations.

William Hyde, forestry professor, spent two weeks in March examining forestry sector policies in Bolivia. He and a colleague from the Charlotte Group were invited by the Bolivian government, which is currently revising its forestry sector policies. They shared their recommendations on tax, export, and forest-concession policies with senior cabinet members of the government.

Robert L. Youngs, professor emeritus of the forestry and forest products departments, has been appointed editor of Wood and Fiber Science, the journal of the Society of Wood Science and Forest Products. He recently presented three seminars on improved wood utilization in Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

John Siau, adjunct professor of wood science and forest products, is a member of the executive board of the Society of Wood Science and Technology. He attended the spring board meeting in Boca Raton, Fla., this spring.

Fred M. Lamb, professor and Extension specialist in wood processing, was invited by the Malaysian Timber Industry Board to participate in the first international furniture seminar and show in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in March. During the seminar prior to the furniture show, Lamb presented a program on furniture wood, styles, and finishes in the United States. While in Malaysia, he visited furniture and manufacturing companies to discuss manufacturing technology and wood-processing trends.

Larry Freeman, an associate professor in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, has been elected membership secretary- treasurer of the American Association of Veterinary Anatomists.

Jeffrey S. Douglas, APR, public relations coordinator for the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, has been elected president-elect of the Blue Ridge Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

Clifford W. Randall, the C.P. Lunsford professor of environmental engineering, has been invited to present the keynote lecture at a symposium in May in Seoul, Korea. In addition to the keynote address, "Estuarine Water Quality Control and Ecosystem Restoration: The Chesapeake Bay Project," Randall will conduct seminars on wastewater treatment and pollution reduction methods for use in fresh waters. The symposium is held in celebration of Korea University's 90th anniversary and its establishment of an Environmental Research Institute.

James K. Mitchell, a professor and eminent scholar in the Charles E. Via Jr. Department of Civil Engineering, will receive the Norman Medal, the highest award presented by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for scholarly publications. The ASCE will award the medal in recognition of a paper, "Working Stress Design Method for Reinforced Soil Walls," which was co-authored by Mitchell and Mauricio Ehrlich, an associate professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. The paper was published in the Journal of Geotechnical Engineering, Vol. 120, No. 4, 1994. The ASCE awards the Norman Medal each year to the authors of the paper judged to have made the greatest contribution to engineering science.

Diana L. Weigmann, interim director of the Virginia Water Resources Research Center, was elected to the board of the National Institutes for Water Resources. She will represent the Mid-Atlantic Region, which includes Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, West Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.

Weigmann also was invited to become a member of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC)/EPA Research Task Force. The purpose of the task force is to assist EPA in developing short-and long-term major research themes. EPA is increasing its peer-reviewed extramural research grants to universities from $22 million to $100 million by 1997 and the number of graduate fellowships to 300.

David Kapp, a Ph.D. candidate in the Bradley Department of Electrical Engineering, has received the Blackwell Award for the best seminar presented by a graduate student in the department. Kapp's seminar focused on his research into the development of new numerical techniques for accelerating the computation of electromagnetic scattering from rough surfaces. The research is conducted in university's ElectroMagnetic Interactions Laboratory, and is sponsored by the U.S. Army Research Office, the Office of Naval Research, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The Blackwell Award is funded by donations made to Virginia Tech.

Donna Dunay and Robert Dunay, professors of architecture in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, were recently recognized by the Virginia Masonry Council at the group's 1994 Design Awards Program. The Dunays' entry, Pear Hall, won a 1994 Excellence in Masonry Award. The design, a children's addition consisting of a playroom and a pair of bedrooms, was cited for its innovative use of materials. This statewide competition is held annually to recognize the best projects utilizing masonry as a primary building material.