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Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 21 - February 22, 1996


Thursday, 22

Bloodmobile, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Squires.

YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell Center: "Wild Life in the Brazilian Pantanal," by David Notter.

CSI Counselor Ed Afternoon Workshop, noon-1:30 p.m., 301 E. Eggleston: "Play Therapy for Children," by Jeff Cochran.

Black History Month Activity, 7 p.m., Squires Jamestown Room: Black History Quiz.

Women's Basketball vs. St. Bonaventure, 7 p.m., Cassell Coliseum.

Men's Basketball at La Salle, 7:30 p.m.

Economics Lecture, 7:30 p.m., Squires Colonial Hall: "Is the U.S. Trade Policy Toward Japan on the Right Track?" by John Taylor, Stanford.

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Studio Theatre: "True West." Through 2-25.

Friday, 23

Last Day to Drop.

Women's Center Program, noon, Price House: Ann Kilkelly reading from her work.

Philosophy Lecture, 3 p.m., 225 Major Williams: "Discourse Ethics and Public Policy," by Jane Braaten, College of Charleston.

International Club Coffee Hour, 5 p.m., Cranwell Center: "Crime, Culture, and Design in the Urban Environment," by Diane Zahm.

Book Reading and Signing, 7 p.m., University Volume Two Bookstore: Robert Wrigley, Lewis-Clark State.

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Studio Theatre: "True West." Through 2-25.

Saturday, 24

YMCA Hike, 9 a.m., Meet at 403 Washington St.: Audie Murphy Monument. Led by John Roach.

Women's Basketball vs. Dayton, 7 p.m., Cassell Coliseum.

New River Valley Symphony, 8 p.m., Burruss Auditorium: Virginia Tech Choirs and the NRVS.

TAUT Production, 2p.m., Studio Theatre: "True West." Through 2-25.

Sunday, 25

Men's Basketball at Temple, 1:30 p.m.

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Studio Theatre: "True West."

Monday, 26

Soup and Substance, noon, 116 Squires: "Unequal Peace: Where are the Women in the El Salvador Peace Accord?" by Ilja Luciak.

"Let's Talk," 4 p.m., Cranwell Center.

Black History Month Activity, 7 p.m., Squires Colonial: Keynote speech by Dick Gregory.

"With Good Reason," 7:30 p.m., WVTF-FM: "From Camelot to Watergate: The President and the Media," by Joyce Hoffman, ODU.

Tuesday, 27

Women's Basketball at George Washington, 7 p.m.

AAUW Meeting, 7:30 p.m., New Media Center, Newman Library: "Challenges and Opportunities on the Internet," by Mary Beth Oliver.

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Studio Theatre: "True West." Through 3-2.

Wednesday, 28

Black History Month Activity, 7:30 p.m., Squires Haymarket Theatre: UJIMA with Contemporary Dance Ensemble.

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Studio Theatre: "True West." Through 3-2.

Thursday, 29

YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell Center: "Glacier National Park," by Clara and Bill Cox.

Black History Month Activity, 7:30 p.m., Squires Haymarket Theatre: UJIMA with Contemporary Dance Ensemble.

Men's Basketball vs. Xavier, 8 p.m., Cassell Coliseum.

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Studio Theatre: "True West." Through 3-2.


Thursday, 22

Science Study Center, 12:30 p.m., 132 Lane: "Judaic Studies: An Interdisciplinary Field," by David Barzilai.

Economics, 3:30 p.m., 3010 Pamplin: "Monetary Policy Implications of Greater Discipline," by John Taylor, Stanford.

Physics, 3:30 p.m., 2030 Pamplin: "Supersymmetric Dark Matter," by Marc Lamionkowski, Columbia.

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "Modeling Strategies for Cylindrical Data," by Christine Anderson-Cook, Ontario.

Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "Garnet: A Metamorphic Petrologist's Best Friend," by Robert Tracy.

Entomology, 4 p.m., 220 Price: "Insects Did It First!" by Greg Paulson, Shippensburg.

Plant Physiology, 4 p.m., 102 Fralin: "Engineering Soybean and Canola with a Synthetic Bacillus thuringiensis Endotoxin Gene and the Resulting Insect Resistance," by Neal Stewart, UNC Greensboro.

Friday, 23

MCBB, noon, 102 Fralin: "The Molecular Basis of Pathogenesis of Mouse Adenovirus Type 1," by Katherine Spindler, Georgia.

Botany, 4 p.m., 1076 Derring: "Creating and Evaluating Transgenic Soybeans," by Neil Stewart, UNC Greensboro.

Monday, 26

CSES, 4 p.m., 232 Smyth: "International Agriculture Programs at Virginia Tech," by S.K. DeDatta.

Biochemistry, 4 p.m., 223 Engel: "Biochemistry of Selenoproteins with Emphasis on Selenoprotein W," by Phil Whanger, Oregon State.

Mechanical Engineering, 4 p.m., 110 Randolph: "Adaptive Distributed Structural Vibration Sensors/Updating FEM Using Vibration Test Data," by H. Sumali and Brian Lindholm.

Horticulture, 4 p.m., 102 Saunders: "The Joy of Being an Off-campus Faculty Member," by Ross Byers.

Wednesday, 28

Science Study Center, 4 p.m., 230 McBryde: "Why Was There No Stealth Bomber in the Sixteenth Century? The Reluctance to Adopt New Military Technology in the Early Modern Period," by Fred Baumgartner.

Computer Science, 4 p.m., 129 McBryde: "Moiré Patterns in Scanned Halftones," by Xiangdong Liu.

Thursday, 29

Science Study Center, 12:30 p.m., 132 Lane: "From Charitable Initiative to Economic Gamesmanship: The `Unseemly' Transformation of Recycling," by Larry Bechtel.

Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "Imaging Discontinuities," by Laura Pyrak-Nolte, Notre Dame.

Plant Physiology, 4 p.m., 102 Fralin: "The Ecology and Evolution of Shade Adaptation," by Tom Lei.

Entomology, 4 p.m., 220 Price: Student Proposal, by Jose Lopez-Collado.


U.S.-Japanese trade topic of lecture

John Taylor of Stanford University will examine U.S.-Japanese trade policies tonight, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Squires Colonial Hall when he speaks on "Is U.S. Trade Policy Toward Japan on the Right Track?"

Taylor is a senior member of the U.S. delegation to U.S.-Japan trade talks, senior advisor to the Bank of Japan, and director of the Center for Economic Policy Research. He is a former member of the Council of Economic Advisors and is the architect of the Taylor Multicountry Model.

His talk will address the nearly zero economic growth that has plagued Japan since 1990 . "This dismal performance contrasts sharply with the high growth of the 1970s and the 1980s," Taylor says. He will examine what caused the change, what the implications are for U.S. trade policy toward Japan and the Asia/Pacific region in general, and whether the approach of the Bush administration, the Clinton administration, or some other policy is best for the future.

Taylor's lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Economics Club. A reception will follow in the Multicultural Center.

This afternoon, Taylor will present an economics seminar from 3:30-5 p.m. in 3010 Pamplin. He will speak on "Monetary Policy Implications of Greater Discipline."

Dick Gregory to present keynote speech

The Virginia Tech Black History Month Committee presents Dick Gregory, author, activist, philosopher, comedian, recording artist, actor, nutritionist, and anti-drug crusader on Monday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. in Colonial Hall.

Gregory's sense of justice has led him from Louisiana to Iran, and from Ireland to Detroit, working for human rights.

He is known for his mobilizations for social change, his Bahamian diet, his comedy career, and his anti-drug activities. His participation in the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s is well documented, as are his efforts for world peace, against hunger, and on behalf of the American Indians. His work on behalf of better nutrition has spanned the globe.

Women faculty organization schedules coffee hours

The Organization of Women Faculty, a group of women in academic and administrative faculty positions at Virginia Tech, meet for coffee at the Mill Mountain Coffee Shop of North Main Street the first and third Friday of each month from 8-9 a.m.

The Friday coffee hour is a time to network informally and get to know each other. All women faculty members are welcome.

Dates of spring coffee hours are February 16, March 1, April 5, April 19, and May 3. A coffee hour also will be held on Thursday, March 21. For more information contact Tamara Kennelly at tjk@vt.edu or by phone at 1-9214.

AAUW program to focus on women and the Internet

The Blacksburg-area branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will hold their February meeting Tuesday, Feb. 27, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the New Media Center on the second floor of Newman Library. The guest speaker will be Mary Beth Oliver, professor of communication studies.

The interactive program, titled "Challenges and Opportunities on the Internet," will touch on some issues of concern to women using the Internet and describe available resources for women on the Internet. The public is invited. For more information, call Kathy Terlesky at 552-1860.

Geological sciences offers student research symposium

The Geological Sciences Student Association announces the first annual Geological Sciences Student Research Symposium (GSSRS). The GSSRS is open to the public and is designed as a "practice" professional meeting for students in the geological sciences to present their research in an oral format and to promote a better general understanding of graduate research in the Geological Sciences Department.

The symposium is a day-long event to be held March 1 in the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center. Talks are 15 minutes and will be ongoing from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thirty-two students will present their research on topics that vary from large scale ideas on plate tectonics (earth and Venus) to small-scale differences in element substitution in single minerals (garnets) and their implications for temperatures and pressures of formation.

For more information contact the Department of Geological Sciences at 1-6521 or records@mail.vt.edu.

Writing Center offers new, expanded services

The Writing Center, located in 213 Williams, offers new and expanded services for university faculty and staff members, and students. Regular tutoring sessions can still be scheduled from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. during the week. The center also is now open Monday evenings from 6-8 p.m. Appointments and walk-ins are accepted.

A new on-line writing lab (OWL) is available at the URL http://athena.english.vt.edu/OWL_WWW/owl.html. Electronic handouts are available 24 hours a day on the OWL on topics ranging from punctuation to writer's block to documentation styles.

The center operates a Grammar Hotline, available by phone at 1-5436 or electronically at gram@vt.edu. Mail is checked frequently during business hours, and responses are made as quickly as possible.

Tutoring sessions are available on-line, for those who cannot come to Williams Hall. To schedule an electronic tutoring appointment, call 1-5436 or send an e-mail note to the Grammar Hotline.

Local music database being developed

The Office of Program Advising and Student Entertainment (PASE) has developed a database of local music. One purpose of the database will be to provide entertainment for the annual Brush Mountain Arts and Crafts Fair, sponsored by the Voluntary Action Center of Montgomery County. The fair is scheduled for Friday, March 29-Sunday, March 31, at Rector Fieldhouse.

If you are part of or know a local musical group or children's act, such as puppets or clown, and would be interested in performing at the fair on a volunteer basis, call Beth Nolte or Judy Cooper at 1-5661.

If you would prefer to be included in the database for future events only, call the above number or write to the Office of Program Advising and Student Entertainment, 323 Squires Student Center, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0138.

True West to be presented

TA-UT will present True West, a play written by Sam Shepard, Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 22-24, and Tuesday-Saturday, Feb. 27-March 2 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. Performances will be held in Squires Studio Theatre.

The play portrays the relationship between two brothers who struggle to succeed and explores the comedy existing in a tragic world where the rules of survival constantly change. One brother, a young script writer, comes home in hopes of optioning his film. The other brother, an accomplished thief, has just returned from a three-month stay in the desert. The two, from seemingly opposite worlds, envy what the other has and, in the end, decide to become each other.

Greg Justice and Jack Dudley direct the play.

Ticket reservations may be made through the Squires Ticket Office at 1-5615. Admission is $8 for general admission and $6 for students and senior citizens. For more information call 1-5200.

Anger control group for men forming

The Psychological Services Center at Virginia Tech is continuing its anger-control program. The group is designed to help men deal with feelings of anger and frustration that may be disruptive to their lives and their relationships with others.

The program is designed to help men recognize the sources of their anger and to identify alternative ways of dealing with situations that cause it. A group atmosphere is used to help men share their feelings about stress related to their anger and to receive suggestions about ways to deal with this stress.

Membership in the group, as well as all issues discussed, is held in the strictest confidence by group members and therapists.

Men who experience repeated difficulty in expressing feelings of anger and frustration or who find themselves behaving in an argumentative, aggressive, or violent manner may be candidates for the group.

The program is sponsored by the Psychological Service Center and is offered at no cost. For more information, call the center at 1-6914. All inquiries will be confidential.

Author to read, sign books

Robert Wrigley, a professor of English and poet-in-residence at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho, will read and sign copies of his book, In the Bank of Beautiful Sins, at University Volume Two Bookstore Friday, Feb. 23, from 7-9 p.m. The reading is part of the Visiting Writers Series sponsored by the English department.

The book is a collection of poems that explore nature, the sublime, and the realm of human emotions.

The event is free and open to the public. Volume Two Bookstore is located in University Mall, next to Kroger. For more information, call 1-5213.