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Virginia Tech Spectrum, Feb. 1, 1996

Michael D. Olsen, a professor in the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management, was named an Officier de la Confrerie des Amis de l'Hotellerie (Officer of the Brotherhood of the Friends of the Hotelier) by the International Hotel Association. He also received the 1995 Meek Award from the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (CHRIE). This award is given annually to a CHRIE member in recognition of the individual's lifetime contributions and outstanding service to hospitality education. Olsen was cited for his research articles--the most published author in two of the four major journals in the field; his current associate editorship of the International Journal of Hospitality Management published in Oxford, England; the five books he has authored, co-authored, or edited; and for being the second-most-cited author in the field. Olsen has held several leadership positions with CHRIE, including the presidency; has been a visiting scholar at hospitality schools in Europe and Asia; and was the founding department head of the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management.

Michael J. Sporakowski, professor of family and child development, assumed the presidency of the National Council on Family Relations at its annual meetings in Portland, Ore., in November. NCFR has a membership of about 4,000 interdisiplinary professionals from more than 40 countries who are interested in theory, research, and practice application work related to families and children across the lifespan and across diverse cultures. Sporakowski also had his article, "Assessment and Diagnosis in Marriage and Family Counseling," published in the Journal of Counseling and Development, 74(1), 60-64.

Rosemary C. Goss, associate professor of housing in the Department of Housing, Interior Design, and Resource Management, is the 1995-96 president of the American Association of Housing Educators. She also served as the annual AAHE conference program chair.

Goss and housing faculty members associate professors Julia O. Beamish and Kathleen R. Parrott, assistant professor Michael K. Johnson, and professor Rebecca P. Lovingood co-authored the symposium paper "Building on Success: Editors', Authors', and Reviewers' Roles in the Journal Process" presented at the conference. Goss was also a co-author of "Scale Models: Methodology for Comparing Housing Related Behaviors and Attitudes," another paper presented at the conference.

Graduate student Elizabeth A. DeMerchant and professor Rebecca P. Lovingood of the Department of Housing, Interior Design, and Resource Management (HIDM) co-authored the paper "Restructuring Electric Utilities: Analysis of Past Deregulation to Facilitate Future Projections," which they presented at the Association of Home Equipment Educators annual conference. They, along with HIDM associate professor Ruth H. Lytton and graduate student Charles H. Lytton of the College of Education in curriculum and instruction, co-authored the presented the paper "Science Experiments for Residential Settings."

The editor of the Financial Counseling and Planning journal reports that E. Thomas Garman, professor in the Department of Housing, Interior Design, and Resource Management, is the "most-cited" author in that journal for the last six years. The FCP is the official journal of the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education.

Scott Johson, assistant professor of family and child development, was a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy panel which answered questions for the USA Today Marriage and Family Therapy Reader Write-in. Every year, USA asks readers to send in questions for therapists at the AAMFT national conference to answer. The questions and anwers ran in the Nov. 15, 1995, issue of the paper.

Renata Frank de Verthelyi, an adjunct professor in family and child development, had two articles published: "The Role of the Psychologist in Multicultural Assessment: Bilingual Evaluation of Hispanic Children in the U.S.A." in the Revista Iberoamericana d Diagnostico y Evaluacion Psicologica, 1(1), 141-164; and "International Students' Spouses: Invisible Sojourners in the Culture Shock Literature" in the International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 19(3), 387-411.

David Orden, associate professor of agricultural and applied economics, was elected chair of the International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium (IATRC) at its December meeting. The IATRC was founded 15 years ago to provide a forum for exchanges between university and government economists working on agricultural trade issues. It played an important institutional role in developing measures of protection and instruments for reform for the Uruguay Round of GATT negotiations and has grown into an association with more than 150 members.

Paul Graham, associate professor of food science and technology, was appointed to the American Meat Science Association's Carcass Assessment Task Force through 1996.

The Virginia Tech intercollegiate meat judging team, composed of Naomi Pryputniewicz, Tim Clark, Mark Tolbert, and Joe Roberts, placed twelfth in this year's contest at Dakota City, Neb. The team is under the direction of Paul Graham, associate professor of food science and technology.

In addition to serving as coach, Clark led the team in total score, beef grading (ninth in contest), total beef and institutional meat products evaluation (twelfth in contest). Tolbert ranked eighth in lamb judging. The team ranked seventh in lamb judging, tenth in beef grading, eleventh in institutional meat purchasing specifications and oral reason presentations, and thirteenth in pork judging. It also placed thirteenth in beef judging and in placing classes.

Expenses related to the activities for meat judging were reimbursed by grants from the Student Budget Board and the Virginia Beef Cattle Industry Board.

Merle D. Pierson, professor of food science and technology, served as the delegate for the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) at the 28th Session of the Codex Committee on Food Hygiene. IFT is a 26,000-member organization represented by food processors, government agencies, and universities throughout the world.

The Codex meeting, held at the U.S. State Department, Washington, D.C., included representatives from the governments of 35 countries and 14 non-governmental organizations. Codex serves as an international organization for establishing codes of practice for food production and is the reference organization under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.

Pierson also gave the opening paper at the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) Symposium, 75th Annual Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases, at Chicago, Ill. The title of his presentation was "An Overview of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point and its Application to Animal Production Safety."

On December 15, he gave the opening presentation at the Netherlands HACCP Conference held at The Hague, Netherlands. The title of his presentation was "HACCP, USA Status and Trends in the Food Industry.

James R. Claus, associate professor of food science and technology, was appointed by American Meat Science Association as chair of 1996 achievement award committee. He was also appointed as a member of the organization's 1996 Ad Hoc Committee on Growth and Relationships.

Claus recently received a certificate of achievement for successfully completing a HACCP meat and poultry products course sponsored by the American Meat Institute Foundation and The Food Processors Institute.

Norman G. Marriott, professor of food science and technology, recently spoke on "Privatization of the Food Processing Industry in Armenia" at an International Agricultural Marketing Conference held in Yerevan, Armenia. He also worked in an advisory capacity with the meat industry in that country.

Marriott conducted a meat-sanitation seminar in Sioux Falls, S.D., for approximately 190 meat industry representatives January 13.

He has been nominated for Who's Who in the Eastern U.S.

The Virginia Tech Dairy Products Evaluation Team placed second in evaluation of milk products at the 74th Annual Intercollegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest on November 6 in Chicago, Ill. The team also placed sixth in evaluation of cottage cheese, seventh in butter evaluation and ninth in the "All Products" category. Ivonne Nill (FST senior) placed first in milk evaluation and cottage cheese evaluation and seventh in "All Products" category. Susan E. Duncan, assistant professor of food science and technology, is the faculty coach.

Duncan also presented the topic "New Dairy Products: Meeting Consumer Needs" at the 51st annual Maryland Dairy Quality Control Conference in Beltsville, Md., on November 14.

Bruce Zoecklein, assistant professor in food science and technology, recently was senior editor of the book Wine Analysis and Production, published by Chapman and Hall. This book presents 621 pages of information important to the wine industry.

Zoecklein was invited and sponsored by the Oenology Institute and the Government of the San Juan, Argentina, to attend a conference in December on Wine Technology for Argentina.