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Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 15 - December 7, 1995

Virginia Tech faculty and staff members, and students, are often the subject of significant national and statewide 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.

(Newport News) Daily Press (March 3), (Fredericksburg) Freelance Star (March 4): Architecture professors Bill Green and Scott Gartner were featured in an AP article about Roanoke's passenger railway station designed by famous architect Raymond Loewy.

Lynchburg News and Advance (April 14): Jeff Reed, electrical engineering faculty member and member of the Mobil and Portable Radio Research Group, was quoted in an article on the future of cellular phones and other forms of personal communication.

(San Jose, CA) Mercury News (April 30): Virginia Tech's Department of Mining and Minerals Engineering was noted for achieving 100-percent employment for its graduates.

Richmond Times-Dispatch (April 23 and May 3): The Robert B. Pamplins were featured in a story and column about the opening of Pamplin Park, a Civil War site and interpretive park in Dinwiddie.

Charlotte Observer (July 16): Comments from George Thorn of theatre arts appeared in "Innovative Theatre Partners Split, But the Show Will Go On," and "Plans Drawn in `75 Led to Today's Booming Arts Scene."

Your Money (Aug./Sept.): Barry O'Donnell, associate director of the MBA Program, Pamplin College of Business, was quoted in a story about the job outlook for business graduates.

Charlotte Observer (Aug. 20): George Thorn was quoted in the article, "A Theatrical Flair: Love Him or Begrudge Him, Charlotte's Keith Martin Makes Things Happen."

Blue Ridge Business Journal (Sept. 1995): John M. Carroll, head of computer science, was profiled in an article titled "Humans, Computers: Making the Marriage Work."

Richmond Times-Dispatch (Sept. 17): Management assistant professor Christopher Neck was quoted in a story on coping with corporate downsizing and layoffs.

(Beckley, WV) The Register-Herald, (Sept. 24): Marketing professor Ruth Smith was quoted in a two-part series on collectors and their hobby.

The Economist (Oct. 1995): Robert Bodnar, professor of geochemistry, was quoted extensively in an article about volcano eruptions.

The Washington Post (Oct. 8): Marketing alumnus Kathy Cox was featured in a story on people who work two jobs to meet their career and financial goals.

Richmond's Talking Business (October 13): Business law professor Janine Hiller was cited in a story on how regulations affect small businesses.

Richmond Times-Dispatch (October 25): The Pamplin College of Business was featured in a news story about the college's partnership with First Union bank to offer MBA classes in Richmond next fall via satellite downlink.

Entrepreneur (Nov. 1995): Management assistant professor Christopher Neck was extensively quoted in a story about "toxic employees."

(Washington, D.C.) News Channel 8 (Nov. 1): VISIT Virginia, a new World Wide Web site designed by Virginia Tech for the state office on tourism, was featured.

Richmond Times-Dispatch (Nov. 5): Marshall Fishwick in communication studies and humanities was the sole expert in a story about heroes.

(VA) National Public Radio (week of Nov. 6): Jim Parkhurst, assistant professor of fisheries and wildlife science and Extension wildlife specialist, was interviewed on the fall hunting season.

Washington Post (Nov. 11): Matthew Sibol, geophysicist at the Virginia Tech Seismological Observatory, was quoted in a story about conclusions drawn from a study of the 1886 earthquake in Charleston.

(NPR) Virginia Currents (Nov. 11): Head of the Communication Studies Department Robert Denton was part of a round-table of political experts analyzing Virginia election returns.

Cleveland Plain Dealer (Nov. 12): Family and child development professor Janet Sawyers' research on creativity was the focus of a story in the Sunday edition.

Hard Copy (Nov. 13): The syndicated television program aired a report on a study at "the prestigious Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University" that proved the need for more restroom facilities for women than for men because of time differentials noted in the study.

Chemical & Engineering News (Nov. 13): Chemistry professor Brian Tissue was featured for his development of the "Chemistry Hypermedia Project," which provides supplemental educational material to undergraduate chemistry students as one of its functions on the World Wide Web.

Richmond Times-Dispatch (Nov. 13): Bevlee Watford, associate professor of industrial and systems engineering and director of minority engineering programs, was quoted several times in a feature article on women working in male-dominated fields. Several Virginia Tech College of Engineering alumni also were featured in the article.

ABC's Good Morning America (Nov. 16): English professor Nikki Giovanni was interviewed regarding race relations in the south.