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Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 10 - October 26, 1995


Thursday, 26

Horticulture Club Fall Plant Sale and Pumpkin Fest, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Greenhouses, Washington Street.

YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell International Center: "Japan Re-visited," by Jim Wightman.

Service-Learning Program, noon, Solitude: "Developing Partnerships with Local Communities," by Elizabeth Fine.

Graduate Women's Gathering, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Women's Center, Price House:

Hokie Hour, 5:30 p.m., Top of the Stairs.

OSI Meeting, 7 p.m., 147 Squires.

Friday, 27

New River Valley Symphony Concert, 8 p.m., Burruss Auditorium.

Saturday 28

YMCA Hike, 9 a.m., meet at Y Parking Lot, 403 Washington St.: Bottom Creek, led by Don Michelsen.

Football at West Virginia, noon.

Book Signing, 2 to 4 p.m., University Volume Two Bookstore: James I Robertson Jr. with Jackson and Lee: Legends in Gray.

Sunday, 29

Virginia Tech Expo, noon-4 p.m., Tysons Corner Marriott.

Monday, 30

Soup and Substance, noon, 116 Squires: "Celebration for Suffrage," by Beth Waggenspack.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Film, noon, Price House: "Date-rape Backlash."

"With Good Reason," 7:30 p.m., WVTF 89.1: "Controlling Interest: The '96 General Assembly Race," with Elsie Barnes, Norfolk State, Robert Holsworth, VCU, and John Morello, Mary Washington.

TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: "The Sleep of Reason." Through 11-1.

Tuesday, 31

TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: : "The Sleep of Reason." Through 11-1.


Wednesday, 1

Center for Transportation Research Open House, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., CRC.

YMCA Thrift Shop Half-Price Sale, 10 a.m.-4:50 p.m., 1336 S. Main.

Women's Network Meeting, noon, Women's Center, Price House.

College of Education Excellence in Education Conference Keynote Speaker, 7:30 p.m. DBHCC: Vito Perrone, Harvard.

TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: "The Sleep of Reason."

Thursday 2

Student Health Services 120th Birthday Celebration, 8:30 a.m., Henderson Hall.

Excellence in Education Conference, 9 a.m., DBHCC.

YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell International Center: "Lithuania in 1992," by Alan Raflo.

OSI Meeting, 7 p.m., 219 Squires.

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Studio Theatre: "He Who Gets Slapped." Through 11-5.

Thursday, 26


Science Study Center, 12:30 p.m., 427 Major Williams: "Is the Medium the Message?" by Marshall Fishwick.

Physics, 3:30 p.m., 2030 Pamplin: "Seismic and Other Searches for Strange Quark Matter," by professor Teplitz, Maryland, SMU.

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "Threshold Models for Mixture Data Using Fixed-Ratio Ray Designs," by Chris Gennings, VCU.

Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "The Role of Sequence Stratigraphy in Petroleum System Analysis," by Jim Markello, Mobil.

Friday, 27

MCBB, noon, 102 Fralin: "Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphism Analysis (AFLP) of Resistance Genes in Soybean," by Jeff Maughan.

Botany, 4 p.m., 1076 Derring: "Gypsy Moth Experiments: Slow the Spread," by George Anderson, VDACS-STS.

Signals and Systems, 4 p.m., 457 Whittemore: "Time Optimal Control of Crane Loads," by Myung Soo Moon.

Saturday, 28

Economics, 11 a.m., 2030 Pamplin: "The Evolution and Collision of Cultures," by Akihiko Matsui, Pennsylvania.

Monday, 30

Economics, 3:30 p.m., 2001 Pamplin: "The Social Evolution of Adaptive and Rigid Behavior," by Joseph Harrington, Johns Hopkins.

Biochemistry/Anaerobic Microbiology, 4 p.m., 223 Engel: "40 Years of Nutritional Biochemistry," by G. Edwin Bunce.

Horticulture, 4 p.m., 102 Saunders: "Horticulture in Elementary Education: A Hands-on, Thematic Teaching Tool," by Laurie DeMarco.

Mechanical Engineering, 4 p.m., 110 Randolph: "Laser Diagnostics," by Gabriel Laufer, UVa.


Wednesday, 1

Water Sciences, noon 104 Seitz: "Wetlands and Watersheds: Camouflaging the Target," by Connie Hunt, World Wildlife Fund, Washington, D.C.

Economics, 3:30 p.m., 2001 Pamplin: "Status in Coordination Games," by Catherine Eckel.

BEV, 4 p.m., 542 Whittemore: "Schools as Community Centers: The Role of the Blacksburg Electronic Village," by Stephen Parson.

Computer Science, 4 p.m., 114 Holden: "IV & V (Independent Verification & Validation): To Be or Not to Be?" by Markus Groener.

Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "High and Medium Temperature Evolution of Alkali Feldspar Microtextures," by Ian Parsons, Edinburgh.

Science Study Center, 4 p.m., 321 McBryde: "What Do We Talk About When We Talk About Invention?" by Bernard Carlson, UVa.

Thursday, 2

Science Study Center, 12:30 p.m., 427 Major Williams: "Academic Discipline and Administrative Philosophy," by Jim Wolfe.

Biology, 3:45 p.m., 136 Norris: "Should Polygynous Males Be Choosy?" by Jeanne Altmann, Chicago.

Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Discovery of X-rays," by Maureen Julian.


Health Services offering immunizations

Student Health Services is offering immunizations for faculty and staff members, students, and the general public on Wednesday, Nov. 1 in Squires Old Dominion Ballroom. Flu vaccine is $5, pneumonia, $15; and tetanus/diphteria, $3.50. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Women faculty members to meet for coffee

The Organization of Women Faculty Coffee Hour will be held the first and third Friday of each month, from 8-9 a.m. at Mill Mountain Coffee. The Organization of Women Faculty is a group of women in academic and administrative faculty positions at Virginia Tech.

The Friday coffee hour is a time to network informally and get to know each other. Meetings are at Mill Mountain Coffee Shop on North Main Street. All women faculty members are welcome. Dates of fall coffee hours are November 3, November 17, and December 1.

For more information, call Tamara Kennelly at 1-9214.

CTR open house scheduled

Virginia Tech's Center for Transportation Research (CTR) will hold an open house November 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Open-house activities will include a presentation by CTR Interim Director Ray Pethtel about the local "smart-highway" project, for which the CTR serves as research manager. The center also will offer discussions of other intelligent-highway-system technologies, as well as tours, demonstrations, and refreshments.

The CTR was established in 1988 as an interdisciplinary research center and was selected in 1993 by the Federal Highway Administration as one of only three Intelligent Vehicle Highway Systems Research Centers of Excellence in the nation.

The CTR is located in the Corporate Research Center at 1700 Kraft Drive, Suite 2000. For more information, call 1-7740.

Proposals for Black History Month solicited

The Virginia Tech Black History Month Steering Committee invites proposals for speakers, presentations, and exhibits for the 1996 Black History Month Celebration. The theme is "Learning from our Past, Preparing for our Future."

Program proposals will be selected on the basis of how they reflect the theme. Collaborative efforts are encouraged. Program proposals may be submitted to Haywood Farrar, History Department, (0117), or by e-mail to HFARRAR@vt.edu no later than Friday, Oct. 27.

Night sky program tonight

Brian Dennison of the Department of Physics will lead an orientation lecture at Horton Center Studio followed by an evening in the observatory tonight, October 26, at 7:30 p.m.

Preregistration is required, and the program is limited to 25 participants. The cost is $4 for adults and $2 for members and students. Call 1-3001 to register. Maps and additional information will be provided.

Student Health Services celebrates 120th birthday

University Student Health Services will celebrate its 120th birthday Thursday, Nov. 2, at 8:30 a.m. in Henderson Hall.

The celebration will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony honoring the recent awarding of the certificate of accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care Inc.

Brian Warren, director of University Student Health Services and University Counseling Center, will officiate at the ceremony.

YMCA Thrift Shop extends hours

The YMCA Thrift Shop will have extended shopping hours for Halloween October 27, 28, and 30 from 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. The YMCA Thrift Shop is located at 1336 S. Main St., Gables Shopping Center.

Research on aging topic of lecture

John R. Nesselroade, the Hugh Scott Hamilton Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia and a recipient of the 1994 American Psychological Association's Division 20 (Adult Development and Aging) Distinguished Contribution Award, will speak Thursday, Nov. 2, at 3 p.m. in Wallace Hall Atrium.

Nesselroade will speak on"Short-Term Variability: Some Methods, Findings, and Implications

for Research on Aging." His visit is sponsored by Sigma Phi Omega Academic Honor and Professional Society in Gerontology and the Center for Gerontology.

In conjunction with the lecture, Sigma Phi Omega will hold its first annual initiation ceremony, also at 3 p.m. in the Wallace Hall Atrium.