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Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 22 - February 29, 1996


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.

Fisheries/Wildlife Program, 8:30 p.m., WTOB Blacksburg Cable: "America's Pearly Mussels" with Richard Neves.


Friday, 1

Salary and Wage Paydate.

Women's History Month. Through 3-31.

75th Anniversary of Admission of Women Celebration. Through 3-3.

Art Gallery Opening, Armory Gallery: "SUMP," by Jerome Neuner. Through 3-31.

Women's Basketball Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament, Cassell Coliseum. Through 3-4.

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

Organization of Women Faculty Meeting, 8-9 a.m., Mill Mountain Coffee.

Geological Sciences Student Research Symposium, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., DBHCC.

Celebration of History of Black Women at Virginia Tech, noon-1:30 p.m., Squires Black Cultural Center.

Women's Center Dedication, 3-4:30 p.m., Hancock auditorium.

International Club Coffee Hour, 5-6:45 p.m., Cranwell Center: "Why Go to the Rainforest? Some Medicinal Plants of the Appalachians," by Kenneth Stein.

Women's Celebration Supper, 5-6:30 p.m., Owens Banquet Hall.

Student Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Robin Middleton, clarinet, and Tom Springer, horn.

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

Saturday, 2

Women's Basketball Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament, Cassell Coliseum: Quarterfinals.

Men's Basketball at Dayton, 2 p.m.

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

Sunday, 3

Women's Basketball Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament, Cassell Coliseum: Semifinals.

YMCA Hike, 1:30 p.m., Meet at 403 Washington St.: Dragon's Tooth, led by Craig Smith.

Faculty/Guest Artist Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Brass Blowout '96.

Monday, 4

Women's Basketball Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament, Cassell Coliseum: Final.

Soup and Substance, noon, 116 Squires: "Race and Gender," by Black Studies Faculty Advisory Group.

"Let's Talk," noon, Cranwell Center.

University Council, 3 p.m., 1045 Pamplin.

"With Good Reason," 7:30 p.m., WVTF-FM: "Words to the Wise: African-American Oral Traditions," by Jacqueline Brice-Finch, JMU, and Lucius Edwards, VSU.

VTU Entertainment Series, 7:30 p.m., Burruss auditorium: "Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble."

TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: Status Quo Portfolio. Through 3-6.

Tuesday, 5

TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: Status Quo Portfolio. Through 3-6.

Wednesday, 6

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

Men's Basketball Atlantic 10 Tournament at Philadelphia. Through 3-9.

Women's Month Planning Committee Meeting, 5:30 p.m., Price House.

TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: Status Quo Portfolio.

Thursday, 7

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

YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell Center: "Ancient Mosaics in Italy and Tunisia," by Jewell and Paul Field.


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.

Physics, 3:30 p.m., 2030 Pamplin: "Polyrotaxanes: Recent Advances," by Harry Gibson.

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

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

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


Friday, 1

MCBB/PPWS, noon, 102 Fralin: "Regulation of Virulence Gene in Pseudomonas solanacearum," by Caitilyn Allen, Wisconsin-Madison.

Botany, 4 p.m., 1076 Derring: "Barrier Islands: Vegetation Patterns, Succession, and Controlling Mechanisms," by Donald Young.

Monday, 4

Biology, 3:30 p.m., 100 Hancock: "Symbiogenesis and the Origin of Cells," by Lynn Margulis, Massachusetts-Amherst.

Biochemistry, 4 p.m., 223 Engel: "Sulfite Oxidase," by Lew Siegel, Duke.

CSES, 4 p.m., 232 Smyth: TBA, by Sesha Sai Kristipati.

Horticulture, 4 p.m., 102 Saunders: "Apple Fruit Abscission: What Don't We Know?" by Dan Ward.

Mechanical Engineering, 4 p.m., 110 Randolph: "Ammonia as an Engine Fuel," by H. Gilreath, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory.

Wednesday, 6

Water Sciences, noon-1 p.m., Fralin 102: "Shared Visions-Shame or Shaman of the Watershed?" by William Werick, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Computer Science, 4-5 p.m., 129 McBryde: "Pattern Search Methods for Nonlinear Optimization on Parallel Machines," by Virginia Torczon, William and Mary.

Science Study Center, 4 p.m., 230 McBryde: "Perverting Evolutionary Narratives of Heterosexual Masculinity," by Martha McCaughey.

Thursday, 7

Science Study Center, 12:30 p.m., 132 Lane: "`A Cage of Ovulating Females': Clinical Trials of Enovid at the Frontier Nursing Service," by Heather Harris.

Entomology, 4-5 p.m., 220 Price: "A Brief View of Charles Darwin," by Duncan Porter.

Plant Physiology, 4 p.m., 102 Fralin: "Root Development in a Heterogeneous Environment and its Effect on Plant-to-plant Competition," by Paul Mou.


Feminist vegetarian to speak

As part of National Women's Month, Carol Adams will speak Tuesday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Squires Colonial Hall. Adams will provide an ecofeminist analysis of the interconnected oppressions of sexism, racism, and speciesism. In her book, The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory, she argues that the treatment of animals is parallel to and associated with patriarchal society's objectification of women and people of color. This presentation/slide show will explore the way women, and especially women of color, are depicted as animals, and the way that animals, especially those animals destined to become "meat," are represented as female.

Adam's lecture is sponsored by NRV-CARE and Womanspace.

Service-Learning listserv established

The Service-Learning Center has established a listserv discussion group, SERVLERN, to promote dialogue around issues related to service-learning and course-based service and outreach on the Virginia Tech campus. To subscribe to this list, contact Michele James-Deramo (deramo@vt.edu). More than 40 faculty members, administrators, and graduate students participate in the list at this time.

Service-Learning Center announces grant opportunity

The Service-Learning Center is pleased to announce a second opportunity for faculty members to pursue incentive grants of $3,000 each to assist in the integration of community-service objectives in credit-bearing courses.

Letters of application are due March 30, 1996. Contact Michele James-Deramo, director, at 1-6947 (deramo@vt.edu) for a copy of the criteria and guidelines for application.

This incentive grant opportunity is made possible by a Learn and Serve America: Higher Education grant to the Service-Learning Center. Thus far, the center has awarded incentive grants to:

* the Virginia Center for Housing Research to support a Property Development Research course whereby housing, interior design and resource management students provide detailed market studies for housing development projects initiated by the Lynchburg Neighborhood Development Foundation and Virginia Mountain Housing, Inc., a nonprofit housing developer in the state;

*the Community Design Assistance Center to support a Community Design Practicum whereby landscape architecture students prepare a conceptual master plan for Garst Mill Park in Roanoke. The students' involvement with the community includes participatory design facilitated through citizen surveys, presentations to neighborhood groups, engagement with secondary students and presentations to community agents such as Roanoke County Parks and Recreation;

* the Women's Center and Women's Studies program to enhance reflection and training activities for its service-learners.

Faculty women sponsoring dance, barbecue

The Virginia Tech Faculty Women's Club is sponsoring a Country Western Dance and Barbecue Saturday, March 2, from 6:30-11 p.m. at Custom Catering on North Main Street in Blacksburg.

The event, which costs $19 per person, is open to everyone in the community. To make a reservation or for more information call Priscilla Koelling at 951-1017 or Claudia Wicks at 951-1991.

Fisheries/Wildlife program to air on Blacksburg Cable

WTOB, the public-access channel for Town of Blacksburg cable, will show "America's Pearly Mussels," a half-hour documentary on the history and ecology of freshwater mussels, Thursday, Feb. 29, at 8:30 p.m. Fisheries and wildlife science professor Richard Neves is among the scientists profiled in the video.

Leave donations sought

An employee in the Vice President for Student Affairs Office has requested leave donations. This request is in addition to those already receiving donations.

This employee is eligible to receive leave through the Leave Sharing Program. If you are a salaried classified or 12-month faculty employee, you have an opportunity to participate by donating annual leave in increments of eight hours.

There is no maximum donation limitation per year, nor is there a minimum balance that must be maintained.

To protect recipients, the names and details of medical conditions will remain confidential. If, however, you are aware of a specific person in a unit referenced above, you may restrict your donation to that individual.

You may obtain a donor form from your department administrative office or from the Personnel Services Department at 1-9331. Please return the completed form to Ella Mae Vaught, Leave Administrator, Personnel Services, Southgate Center, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0318.

For more information, call Vaught at 1-5304.

Writing Center announces new services

The Writing Center announces the following new services: 1) Evening hours have been added from 6-8 p.m. Mondays; 2) On-line grammar hotline. Using gram@vt.edu, you can send quick, grammar-related questions to the center during normal business hours. 3) Self-help style sheets on topics ranging from punctuation to citation are available at the following Internet address: http://athena.english.vt.edu/OWL_WWW/owl.html; 4) An electronic tutoring environment, where we can meet on-line to discuss your writing should you be unavailable to come into the Writing Center, is now available. For more information, call 1-5436 to schedule an appointment.

AgEcon/NAMA Club fund-raising auction planned

Items donated from local businesses will be sold to the highest bidder at the AgEcon/NAMA Club fund-raising auction Thursday, Feb. 29, at 5 p.m. in 146 Smythe. Faculty, staff, and students are welcome.

Training program rescheduled

The "Training the Future Professorate Program," which was snowed out in January, has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 30, in Litton Reaves auditorium.

The program is designed for graduate students who are finishing up in the near future and for new faculty members. There is no charge.

Please RSVP to Wendy Farkas at 1-9353 or wfarkas@vt.edu so that there will be enough materials and food.

The agenda follows:

8:30 a.m. Welcome, by Len Peters, vice provost for research and dean of the Graduate School

8:35 "The Job: Getting It and Getting Started," by Audrey Zink of wood science and forest products

9 "Promotion and Tenure, by Jim Wolfe of chemistry

9:25 "Balancing Your Personal and Professional Lives," by Beth Grabau, plant pathology, physiology, and weed science


10:15 "Funding Your Work," by Wendy Farkas, Research Opportunities Office

10:50 "The Proposal-Writing Process, by Kerry Redican, teaching and learning

11:35-12:50 Pizza and drinks provided during break-out sessions on funding issues. Choose from:

* Agriculture and life sciences by Ernie Stout, formerly biology; John Eaton, formerly entomology; and Patt Hobbs, Office of Sponsored Programs

*Physical sciences and engineering, by Mike Vorster, engineering; Laynam Chang, physics, and Harold Robins, formerly of NASA

* Social sciences and humanities by John Ballweg, sociology; Roger Ariew, philosophy, and Ginger Clayton, Office of Sponsored Programs

1 p.m. Session Summary. Discussion leaders will share comments from their groups.

1:25 Panel: Alternate Career Paths in a Liberal Arts College, Industry, or in Government: Len Peters, moderator; Ron Kander, industry; Howard Robins, government; Jenny Bradley, director of Academic Grants and Foundation Relations, Roanoke College.

2:45 BREAK

3 "Mentoring: The Joy of It," by Richard Saacke, dairy science

3:30 "Publication: The Mechanics," by Walter O'Brien, mechanical engineering

4 "Publication: Educating the Public," by James Wightman, chemistry

4:30 Wrap-up, Len Peters