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Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 36 - July 13, 1995

Joseph C. Pitt, head of the philosophy department, organized and chaired a symposium on "Technological Infrastructure of Science" at the Virginia Beach annual meeting of Southern Society of Philosophy and Psychology.

John M. Carroll, head of the computer- science department, attended the Association for Computing Machinery's Conference on Computer- Human Interaction, CHI''95, in Denver. He served as discussant for the session on "Usability Analysis: From Research to Practice" and as a panelist for sessions on "Discount Usability Evaluation" and "Perspectives on the Information Superhighway." In the latter panel, he gave a talk on the Blacksburg Electronic Village. Carroll served on the Papers Review Committee for the conference. Also at this conference, John Wiley and Sons held a reception to celebrate the publication of Carroll's new book, Scenario- Based Design: Envisioning Work and Technology in System Development, which was published in April.

Carrol and Mary Beth Rosson of the computer- science department presented a full- day tutorial, "Introduction to Object- Oriented Design: A Minimalist Approach," and a paper, "Integrating Task and Software Development in Object- Oriented Applications." Rosson chaired the session on "Cognitive Models." She also served as conference- papers chair.

Raymond H. Myers, professor of statistics, was invited to give one of two feature talks at the Annual Research Conference For The Quality and Productivity Section of The American Statistical Association in Tempe, Ariz. The title of his talk was "Cooperation Between Academia and Industry In Statistics: An Historical Overview." Myers has been asked to serve as associate editor of The Journal of Quality Technology, a journal featuring applications of statistical methodology to process and product quality.

Richard C. Rich, chair of political science, addressed the Community Involvement section of the International Congress on Hazardous Waste. The address, which was by invitation, was delivered in Atlanta, and Rich discussed the ways communities respond to environmental contamination and recommended public policies to promote positive outcomes.

The Economic Development Assistance Center (EDAC), a unit in Public Service Programs, has received the Student/Class Planning Project Award from the Virginia Chapter of the American Planning Association for its Town of Hillsville Economic Development Strategy. The strategy was developed in the center's economic development studio class, which is taught by EDAC Director Michael Hensley. Commissioned by the Hillsville Town Council and published by EDAC, the plan provides strategic actions that have a maximum impact on the local economy while considering the town's limited resources. Presentation of the award was made in May at the annual spring conference of the Virginia Chapter APA.

Paul Metz, professor and principal bibliographer of the University Libraries, published an article in the January issue of Change: "Revolutionary Change in Scholarly Communications: The View from a University Library."

Vicki Kok, associate professor of the University Libraries, received a Recognition Award from the Veterinary Medical Libraries Section of the Medical Library Association on May 7, 1995, in recognition of her services in fostering communication among national and international veterinary medical librarians by establishing and moderating VETLIB-L since 1991. She also presented "Variations on a Theme: Survey of the Veterinary Medical Librarians in the United States and Canada," at the 1995 Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association in Washington, D.C.

Charles Litchfield, assistant professor of the University Libraries, gave a presentation at a meeting of the Association of College and Research Libraries in Pittsburg, Virginia. His talk was on "Technical Issues of the Virginia Virtual Library Project (VIVA)."

Joyce Nester, library assistant of the University Libraries, co-led a session, "Training and Cross Training," at the Virginia Library Association Paraprofessional Annual Conference at the University of Richmond.

James Powell, programmer/analyst of the University Libraries, had his article, "Spinning the World Wide Web: An HTML Primer," published in Database Magazine.

Ginger Young, reference librarian of the University Libraries, was elected Treasurer of the Virginia Chapter of the Special Libraries Association. She also co-authored an article with Linda G. Ackerson which was published in Research Strategies, "Evaluating the Impact of Library Instruction Methods on the Quality of Student Research."

Susan Ariew, reference librarian of the University Libraries, published an article in the Virginia English Bulletin, "Sources for Teaching Adolescent Literature: A Selective Guide."

Bruce Obenhaus, reference librarian of the University Libraries, published an article in the Virginia Librarian, "Bold and Beautiful? Virginia State Documents."

Tamara Kennelly, university archivist of the University Libraries, published an article in the Virginia Librarian, "Restoring the Cracked Mirror."

Ed Lener, reference librarian of the University Libraries, co-authored an article with Flora Shrode Cobb, University of Tennessee, published in College & Research Libraries News, "Internet Resources for Earth Sciences."

Douglas R. Southard, an associate professor of exercise science in the Department of Human Nutrition and Foods, College of Human Resources, was awarded a Summer Faculty Fellowship by the Center for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching to pursue work on the project "Interactive Health Counseling Simulations." He also presented a lecture on "Psychosocial Aspects of CHD: Risk Factors and Interventions" during Psychiatric Grand Rounds at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

Charlene Freeman-Coker, an Extension specialist with the Center for Gerontology in the College of Human Resources, presented research on "Adolescents Aging I.Q.: Implications for Education And Research" at the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education Educational Leadership Conference in Fort Worth, Tex. She also presented a paper on "African American Grandparents as Surrogates: A Pyrrhic Alternative or a Pragmatic Victory?" at the Association for Gerontology and Human Development in Historically Black Colleges and Universities 13th Annual Meeting and Conference in Washington, D.C.; and presented research and the paper "Grandparents: The Oldest Surrogates" and "Virginia Adolescents Knowledge on Aging" at the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland at the invitation of the Institute For Educational Research.

Mary Patsel, an instructor in the Department of Human Nutrition and Foods, gave a presentation at the Virginia State Department of Corrections training academy. Her topic, "Diet, Addiction and Recovery" was presented to a wide variety of therapists, parole officers, and correctional-facility counselors. Patsel has given several presentations at the prisons as they try to enhance their drug- and alcohol-treatment programs.

Katherine Allen, associate professor in the Department of Family and Child Development, gave an invited colloquium on qualitative research methods titled, "When the Subject Really Matters: Validity and Subjectivity in Ethnographic Research" to the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore.

Peter Kipp and Howard Feiertag of the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management and the Virginia Tech Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center, were recently re-certified as Certified Hotel Administrators by the Educational Institute of the American Hotel and Motel Association.

Dove Robertson was the first recipient of the College of Human Resources Annual Employee Recognition Award for the classified staff. Robertson has been employed in the Virginia Tech college for more than 12 years, and is a secretary in the Department of Housing, Interior Design, and Resource Management. She received a plaque and a New River Valley Mall gift certificate. Nominations for the award were reviewed by the award committee, which made the final selection.

William G. Herbert, a professor of exercise science in the Department of Human Nutrition and Foods, was appointed to a national consulting panel to make recommendations on standards of quality, performance measures, and medical review for the Clinical Practice Guidelines for Cardiac Rehabilitation being developed by the Federal Agency for Health Care Policy Research. Herbert attended the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine in Minneapolis. He chaired a seminar on "The Search for Outcomes of Cardiac Rehabilitation," spoke on the topic "The Outcomes Movement in Health Care: Expectations and Implications for the Practice of Cardiac Rehabilitation," and participated in a clinical colloquium entitled "Exercise Testing by Non-Physician Health Care Providers: Competency, Safety and Legal Considerations."

Interior design faculty members and graduate students from the Department of Housing, Interior Design, and Resource Management presented CEU sessions for interior designers at NEOCON, North America's largest commercial furnishings exposition, held in Chicago June 12-14.

Cindy Beacham Edwards, master's student, presented "Why Reinvent the Wheel? How Research Can Help Designers Save Time and Money."

Joan Dickinson, instructor, presented "Design Strategies for Alzheimer's Care Units."

Elizabeth Rylan, doctoral student, presented "Design Requirements for Assisted Living and Nursing Home Environments."

Joan McLain-Kark, associate professor, presented "Computer Modeling/Rendering in the Design Process."

Geza Ifju, head of the wood science and forest products department, was recently was voted president-elect of the Forest Products Society.

Thomas W. Reisinger, assistant professor of forestry, conducted a session on evaluating a chainsaw-safety training program in Southwestern Virginia at the 1995 Council on Forest Engineering Annual Meeting in North Carolina in June. He was part of the program on accreditation, training, and certification of forest workers.

At the same meeting, Robert M. Shaffer, associate professor of forestry, and Greg Meade, his graduate student, presented a paper titled "Effects of C.T.I. on Mud Transfer." The theme of the annual meeting was "Sustainabilty, Forest Health, and Meeting the Nation's Needs for Wood Products."

Warren L. Stutzman, the Thomas Phillips Professor of Engineering in the Bradley Department of Engineering, has received the 1995 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Alumni Association of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The award was given in recognition of Stutzman's outstanding contributions to the electrical and computer engineering progfession and his support of that field of study at the University of Illinois.

The Advertising Federation of the Roanoke Valley presented ADDY awards to four Virginia Tech projects.

A brochure for the College of Engineering, "The Strength That Endures": Polymer Brochure, received an ADDY for a catalog of less than four color. Creative director was Michele Moldenhauer; editor was Lynn Nystrom; photographers were Bob Veltri, Rick Griffiths, Gary Colbert, Mark Nystrom, and Moldenhauer; contributing editor was Harry Yeatts.

The Virginia Land & Life Magazine Winter 1994 issue received an ADDY for a newsletter--four color. Creative director was Moldenhauer; editor was Charlie Stott; associate editor was Mary Holliman; illustrators were Moldenhauer and Ben Garbi.

A poster, "Summer Session 2, 1994," received an ADDY in the four-color poster category. Art director and illustrator was Creed Taylor; editor was Yeatts.

An illustration, Agriculture and the World Economy, won an ADDY in the illustration--flat/dimensional category. Creative director and illustrator was Moldenhauer.