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Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 07 - October 5, 1995

Virginia Tech faculty, staff members, and students are often the subject of significant national and state-wide news coverage. To better inform the university community about these accomplishments, the Office of University Relations has compiled this monthly report. This report excludes coverage in the Roanoke news-media market. For more information about the articles mentioned, call Julie Kane, university public relations coordinator, at 1-9934, or contact your college public relations office.

The Winchester Star (July 7, 1994): A story on the importance of play in children's development quotes the Virginia Tech Child Development Lab about teaching children through play new skills and preparing them for life.

The Virginian-Pilot (Feb. 1): The "General Assembly 1995" column included an item on the report Michael D. Olsen of Hospitality and Tourism Management prepared for the Virginia Riverboat Council. Olsen is quoted on the positive impact of riverboat casinos on other local businesses in the regions he studied in preparing his report.

Daily Press (Feb. 1): A story about the pro and con partisans on riverboat gambling in Virginia mentions that Michael D. Olsen of the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management conducted a study on riverboat gambling that concludes it would bring 3.9 million out-of-state visitors every year.

Martinsville Bulletin (Feb. 5): A story on "Ideas To Help Save `At-Risk' Teens" credits a "Ph.D. at Virginia Tech's Child Development Institute" with recommending a book on parenting.

Richmond Times Dispatch (May 1): Janine Hiller, business law professor, was cited in a story on workplace diversity. Hiller was also featured in an article in the June issue of Virginia Business that discussed a study she co-authored. The study found that companies that implement "quality affirmative action programs" benefit economically through a higher valuation of the company's stock by investors.

Associated Press (June): J. Paxton Marshall, professor of agriculture and applied economics in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, was quoted in a wire-service article published throughout Virginia concerning tax breaks some private and public golf courses receive due to local interpretations of a state program to preserve family farms and open spaces.

Richmond Times-Dispatch (June 7) and (Harrisonburg) Daily News Record

(June 8): Eric Day, manager of the insect identification lab in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, was featured in articles about the cyclic return of cicadas to the region.

(Fredericksburg) Free Lance Star (June 10): Walter L. Daniels, associate professor of crop and soil environmental sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, was quoted in an article concerning wetlands management.

Pensions & Investments (June 12): Finance professor Don Chance was cited in a story on a new strategy used by officials of the San Diego County Retirement Association pension plan for its managed futures program. Chance was also cited in a story released by the Bloomberg Business News agency on the troubles at the agency that manages Wisconsin's pension fund.

(Harrisonburg) Daily News-Record (June 27): Karen Poff, Extension agent in family and consumer sciences, was quoted in an article about teen-pregnancy prevention.

Associated Press (July): Ike Eller, professor of animal and poultry science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, was quoted in a wire-service article published throughout Virginia concerning market problems facing the state's cattlemen.

(Florida) Bradenton Herald (July 10): Christopher Neck, assistant professor of management, was quoted extensively in a story on employee empowerment.

WRVA Radio (July 13, 1995): The Lou Dean show aired a five-minute interview with agricultural and applied economics professor Wayne Purcell on falling beef prices.

Chronicle of Higher Education (July 14): Associate humanities and the study of science in society professor Doris Zallen was pictured and quoted in an article on the future of gene therapy.

(Leipzig, Germany) MDR Radio (August): The Blacksburg Electronic Village was the subject of a 21-minute report.

Safety and Health Management (August 1995): Management professor Richard Wokutch was cited in a story on the importance of managerial leadership for the success of safety and health programs.

Futures Industry (August/September 1995: Finance professor Don Chance and the Center for the Study of Futures and Options Markets were cited in a story on the impact of university research and education on the futures industry. Virginia Tech's courses and research program in futures and options were highlighted with the programs of six other universities. Also cited was finance professor and center director Robert Mackay.

(Richmond) WRVA Radio (August 4): History professor Burton Kaufman was interviewed on the immediate and long-range impact of dropping atomic bombs on Japan at the end of World War II.

(Public TV in Chicago) WYCC (Aug. 6): A half-hour documentary on "Saving America's Freshwater Mussels" was broadcast, featuring fisheries and wildlife professor Richard Neves.

"Epcot: Journey of Discovery," (Aug. 6): A one-hour documentary on future technology featured a segment on the Blacksburg Electronic Village. BEV director Andrew Cohill was interviewed, and the segment discussed Virginia Tech's role as the focal point of the project. The documentary aired on television stations throughout the country.

Woman's Day magazine (Aug. 8): Irene Leech, professor in the College of Human Resources, was quoted in an article on the question: "Can you be too stingy?"

New York Times (Aug. 15): Professor Owen Hughes of aerospace and ocean engineering was quoted in an article about new designs in ship hulls.

(Richmond) WRVA, (Norfolk) WNIS (August 16): Cooperative Extension Safety Specialist Glen Hetzel discussed safety precautions Virginians could take prior to Hurricane Felix hitting the Virginia coast.

Washington Post (Aug. 17): Peter Warren, a graduate entomology student in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Rajandra Waghray, an entomologist with Virginia Cooperative Extension in Fairfax; and Charles W. Goodman, an Extension agent in Charlottesville, were quoted in an article about the emergence of the Asian tiger mosquito in Virginia.

NBC Radio (Aug. 18): History professor Bill Ochsenwald was interviewed regarding Kuwait and Iraq.

Public Radio (week of Aug. 28): Assistant economics professor Charles Michalopoulos discussed the labor movement on "With Good Reason," a weekly half-hour radio show featured on eight public radio stations in Virginia.

Wall Street Journal (Aug. 28): Sheryl Ball, assistant professor of economics, and graduate student Jonathan Cohodas of econometrics, were quoted extensively in a story about the political stock market.

Richmond Times-Dispatch (Aug. 30): Professors John Randolph and Bob Schubert in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies were featured in an article discussing the results of a test to determine when it makes economic sense to use solar energy. The research involved monitoring 16 state-subsidized solar power systems for a year and a half.

The Association for Women in Science magazine (September/October `95): An article featured the Virginia Chapter of AWIS, praising its president, Virginia Tech's Carol Burger and describing the chapter's effective programs.

(Washington) WTOP Radio (September 6): The groundbreaking for the new Tech-U.Va. Graduate Center in Northern Virginia was reported.

CBS News (Sept. 8): Retired Blacksburg resident Earl Craven discussed Virginia Tech and the Blacksburg Electronic Village on the "Up to the Minute," overnight news program.

Public Radio (week of Sept. 9): History professor Crandall Shiflett discussed the history and culture of coal towns in southwest Virginia on "With Good Reason."

Public Radio (week of Sept. 24): Electrical engineering professor Ted Rappaport discussed new advances in telecommunications on "With Good Reason."

U.S. News & World Report (Sept. 28): The College of Engineering's undergraduate program was ranked 17th in the nation in the magazine's first survey of undergraduate engineering and business schools. Seven of the college's departments were ranked in the top 25 nationwide.

Forbes Media Critic (Fall 1995): Robert Mackay, finance professor and director of the Center for Futures and Options Markets, was cited in a story critiquing the generally negative press coverage of derivatives.