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Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 24 - March 21, 1996


Thursday, 21

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

Luncheon Program, 10 a.m., Smithfield Plantation: New Accessions Seminar and Interpretation Revisions, by Frances Russell and Donna Ludwig.

YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell Center: "Honeymoon on Crete," by Mary Ann Hansen and Andy Roberts.

Technology Education Lecture, 7 p.m., DBHCC front auditorium: "Technology Education: Beyond the `Technology as Applied Science' Paradigm," by Marc de Vries, Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands.

YMCA Native American Program, 7 p.m., 1670 Litton-Reaves: "The Search for Sitting Bull," by Ron McNeil, president of the American Indian College Fund.

Friday, 22

Native American Program/CEUT Discussion, 8-10 a.m., Hillcrest living room: Ron McNeil, president, American Indian College Fund.

Permanence Symposium, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Hancock auditorium: Lectures by artist James Turrell, architect Juhani Pallasmaa, and philosopher Karsten Harries.

Saturday, 23

Student Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Jeff Mangels, composition.

Sunday, 24

Permanence Symposium, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Hancock auditorium: Colloquium.

Hispanic Awareness Week Activity, Details TBA: Movie, Mi Familia.

YMCA Hike, 1:30 p.m., Meet at 403 Washington St.: Paris Mountain, led by Su Clauson-Wicker.

Student Recital, 3 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Michelle Santiago, flute. POSTPONED.

Monday, 25

Hispanic Awareness Week Activity, Time TBA, 152/54 Squires: Student Panel.

Smithfield Orientation, 10 a.m.-noon, Smithfield Plantation.

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

Soup and Substance, noon, 116 Squires: "Women and the Catholic Church," by Lisa Connelly, Mary Ann Novascone, and Katy Scott.

"With Good Reason," 7:30 p.m., WVTF-FM: "Simply Irresistible: The Changing Face of Popular Culture," with Marshall Fishwick, Virginia Tech, and Richard Bausch, GMU.

TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: "Camille." Through 3-27.

Tuesday, 26

Hispanic Awareness Week Activity, Time TBA, Squires Brush Mountain Room A: Guest Speaker.

Women Artists/Scholars Discussion, 1-2 p.m., DBHCC room C: "Women in Technical Professions: How Can We Move Beyond Legal Opportunity Toward Real Equality?" led by JoAnn Silverstein, Colorado-Boulder.

TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: "Camille." Through 3-27.

Wednesday, 27

VCESSA Professional Development Workshop, 8:30 a.m., DBHCC: "Diversity...Another Word for...Different."

Bach's Lunch, noon, Memorial Chapel: Quantum Brass.

Faculty and Staff Senate Open Forum, noon, 341/345 Squires: President Paul Torgersen.

Hispanic Awareness Week Activity, Time TBA, Squires Old Dominion Room: "Bolivia."

Public Lecture, 7:30 p.m., 30 Pamplin: "The United States and Iran: Permanent Hostility?" by Gary Sick, Columbia.

Student Ensemble Concert, 8 p.m., Squires Haymarket Theatre: Highty Tighties. CANCELLED.

TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: "Camille."

Thursday, 28

YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell Center: "Wildflowers in Colorado and New Mexico," by Beth Thomas.

Hispanic Awareness Week Activity, Time TBA, 150 Squires: Amnesty International.

Special Guest Artist, 9 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: "Box," by Keith Hennessey.


Thursday, 21

Parenting, noon, 404 Clay St.: "Teachable Moments: Responding to Your Children's Questions and Behaviors Regarding Sexuality," by Maureen Peters, Planned Parenthood.

Science Study Center, 12:30 p.m., 132 Lane: "The Fault Lies Not in Them, but in Their Stars," by Henry Bauer.

Physics, 3:30 p.m., 2030 Pamplin: "Rare B Meson Decays at CESR: by Karl Berkelman, Cornell.

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "Bayesian Design for Dose Responses with Penalized Risk," by Dongchu Sun, Missouri-Columbia.

Biology/Botany, 4 p.m., DBHCC front auditorium: "The Energetics of Ecosystems Management," by Eugene Odum, Georgia.

Entomology, 4-5 p.m., 220 Price: "Tobacco Insect IPM," by Paul Semtner.

Plant Physiology, 4 p.m., 102 Fralin: "Herbicide Mineral Nutrition Interactions," by Rakesh Chandran.

Friday, 22

Biochemistry/MCBB, noon, 1670 Litton-Reaves: "Protein Phosphorylation Cascades and Intracellular Signaling," by Edwin Krebs, Washington.

Botany, 4 p.m., 1076 Derring: "Assessing the Ecological Integrity of Rocky Mountain Streams Impacted by Heavy Metals," by William Clements, Colorado State.

MCBB, 4 p.m., 102 Fralin: "Metabolite Control of Gene Expression in Higher Plants," by Ian Graham, Glasgow.

Monday, 25

CE/Women Artists and Scholars Lecture Series, 3-4 p.m., 100 Hancock auditorium: "Biofilm Denitrification of Drinking Water-Progress from Lab Research to Development and Demonstration of a Full-scale Commercialized Process," by JoAnn Silverstein, Colorado-Boulder.

CSES, 4 p.m., 232 Smyth: "Depositional Environment of the Old Hickory Heavy Mineral Deposit," by Philip Schroeder.

Horticulture, 4 p.m., 102 Saunders: "Living Mulch Strips as Habitats for Beneficial Insects in the Production of Cucurbits," by Jean-Pierre Amirault.

Mechanical Engineering, 4 p.m., 110 Randolph: "Recent Advances in Active Isolation Systems," by L. Miller, Lord Corporation.

Wednesday, 27

Computer Science, 4 p.m., 129 McBryde: "pHPF, a High Performance Fortran Compiler for the IBM Sp-2," by Samuel Midkiff, IBM.

Science Study Center, 4 p.m., 230 McBryde: "Making Scientists and Engineers for America," by Juan Lucena.

Thursday, 28

Science Study Center, 12:30 p.m., 132 Lane: "Dewey's Vocational Theory of Experience: Labor, Tools, and Language," by Jim Garrison.

Physics, 3:30 p.m., DBHCC front auditorium: "New Advances in Forensic Sciences," by Henry Lee, Conn. State Police Forensic Lab.

Entomology, 4 p.m., 220 Price: "The Virginia Tech Pesticide Programs Unit," by Mike Weaver.

Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "Engineering Geology of Dams: The Timberlake Dam Failure in Virginia and Construction of the Seven Oaks Dam on the San Andreas Fault in California," by Skip Watts, Radford.

Plant Physiology, 4 p.m., 102 Fralin: "Environmental Regulation of 2,4-diaminobutyric Acid in Flatpea Herbage: Implications for Forage Utilization by Ruminant Livestock," by Joyce Foster, USDA.


Senates schedule open forums

The Faculty Senate and Staff Senate are sponsoring two open forums for all Virginia Tech faculty and staff members. Forums will be co-hosted by Staff Senate President Wyatt Sasser and Faculty Senate President Tom Sherman. Everyone is welcome to bring lunch. Drinks and light refreshments will be provided.

The first forum, on March 27 at noon in 341/345 Squires, will have President Paul Torgersen as the guest. While there is no formal agenda and everyone is welcome to raise any issue, offer any advice, and ask any question of the president, budget negotiations will be completed and the president will be able to inform us where we stand relative to new resources and salary adjustments.

At the second forum, April 9 at noon in Owens Dining Hall Banquet Room, Provost Peggy Meszaros will be available to answer questions and engage in discussion. Once again, there will be no formal agenda, so all issues, advice, and questions are welcome. The provost may be able to give an update on the status of differential resource allocation, the thinking behind the distribution of salary adjustments, and the progress on the self study.

Virginia Press Women to meet

Kenneth Tomlinson, editor-in-chief of the Reader's Digest and a native of Southwest Virginia, will speak at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 13, at the Airport Marriott in Roanoke. Tomlinson's talk will be the keynote address for the spring conference of Virginia Press Women, and the organization is opening his talk to the public free of charge.

The conference also will feature three seminars and a luncheon address. There will be a charge for participating in events other than Tomlinson's lecture.

Seminar topics are "Using the Internet for Research," which will be led by Jim Ellison, the Roanoke Times online editor; "The Essence of Words," led by Lucinda Roy, an award-winning poet who has written two books; and "After Your Book Is Written," led by Simone Poirier-Bures, an award-winning writer with a published novel and book of memoirs to her credit.

The luncheon address will be delivered by Anita Perez Ferguson, president of the National Women's Political Caucus and two-time candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from California.

To attend the seminars and/or luncheon, please contact Clara Cox at 1-9054 (phone); 1-4040 (fax); csquare@vt.edu (e-mail). No paperwork or reservations are required for those who plan only to attend Tomlinson's talk.

University Unions and Student Activities on WWW

UUSA, a division of Student Affairs, can now be accessed on the World Wide Web at http://www.uusa.vt.edu. University Unions and Student Activities complements the academic program and enriches the quality of student life at Virginia Tech by providing a variety of educational opportunities, programs, and services that enhance student development.

Areas of UUSA that can be accessed on the Web Page are the War Memorial Chapel, Cranwell International Center, Event Planning Office, Leadership and Student Organization Office, Johnston Student Center, Leisure Services, Program and Student Entertainment Office, Program Support Office, Recreational Sports, Squires Student Center, Student Media, and UUSA Ticket Office.

For more information, call 1-5431.

Lockers available for rental renewal

The Department of Recreational Sports 1996-97 lockers will be available for rental renewal beginning Monday, April 1, in room 125E War Memorial Hall from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The fee is $30 for one year.

Please make checks payable to Treasurer of Virginia Tech. Cash payments cannot be accepted. For more information, call 1-6857.

Continuous Process Improvement workshop offered

The University Leadership Development Program (ULDP) is offering a one-day workshop on Continuous Process Improvement (CPI) for work teams (experienced or newly formed teams) on March 28 at the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center. While some individuals have attended previous workshops, this workshop represents a new phase of CPI training focused exclusively on the use of teams. This workshop is designed specifically for intact groups of individuals wanting to engage in, or already involved with, team-based process improvement.

The day-long workshop, conducted by Steve Van Aken and Dick Harshberger, director of ULDP, includes instruction, activities, and interactive discussion on process improvement, team start up, chartering, customer focus, and quality. Newly formed teams will have the opportunity to work together on important issues such as clarifying their mission, team roles and responsibilities, meeting management, and a methodology for process improvement.

Workshop leaders will share success stories and challenges encountered by other teams at Virginia Tech and answer questions participants might have about the team process. The workshop also will prepare participants to later take full advantage of a series of short two-to-four-hour "Just In Time" CPI workshops on subjects such as "Charter Building," "Role Definition and Assignment, "Agenda Building," "Meeting Skills," and "tools" sessions on statistical, management, and planning tools as needed.

As was the case in previous workshops, this CPI workshop is designed to support Leadership Development's CPI manual which will be distributed to workshop participants.

The workshop will seek to create a "seamless" process in combining University Leadership Development's team building model with its CPI model laid out in the manual. Highlights include the basics of CPI; what quality tools to use when, where, and how; key elements of a CPI initiative; and a basic CPI methodology.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. There will be a $20-per-person fee charged to cover the cost of the manual and incidental expenses. ISR's or personal checks will be accepted. Morning and afternoon breaks will be provided. Participants will be on their own for lunch.

Please reserve slots for your team by Friday March 22, with Deborah Jones by phone at 1-6727 or by e-mail at dejones3@vt.edu. Enrollment will be limited. Early registration is advised.

Program to focus on Native American leaders, people

The YMCA Native American Program at Virginia Tech is sponsoring a lecture by Ron McNeil, the president of the American Indian College Fund.

McNeil's lecture, "The Search for Sitting Bull," explores the lessons of Native American leaders and the experiences-past and present-of Native American people. The program is scheduled for Thursday, March 21, at 7 p.m. in 1670 Litton-Reeves.

The event is free and open to the public and there will be a reception after the lecture. For more information call Jean Lorber at 232-3552 or Melody Kirkendall at 951-3091.

Native American discussion planned

The YMCA Native American Program and CEUT will host a morning discussion group with Ron McNeil, president of the American Indian College Fund, in the living room of Hillcrest Hall from 8-10 a.m. Friday, March 22. There is no charge, and coffee and pastries will be served.

Macintosh training available

Exclusively for Virginia Tech faculty and staff members, New River Community College in collaboration with Virginia Tech Information Systems is offering quick courses in Microsoft Office products on the Macintosh. The classes meet one night each week (Tuesdays or Thursdays from 6-9 p.m.) for five weeks in the classroom of the Andrews Information Systems Building, 1700 Pratt Drive, in the Corporate Research Center.

The next available sections of the one-credit, pass/fail courses are scheduled to begin March 26 and/or March 28 but the content has yet to be determined. If you are interested in a class in Microsoft Word, Excel, or Powerpoint, please make your interest known so we know which courses to offer.

The courses cost $50.65 per person plus the cost a text. Tuition and fees are normally billed through Personnel Services and then to your individual department.

For more information, or to put your name on a want list for training in one or more or these packages, call 382-4595 (ext. 222 or 459) or send a FAX to 381-7128 before Friday, March 22. Please include your name, department, phone number, e-mail address, and the class(es) you would be interested in taking.

Discussion to focus on women's equality

JoAnn Silverstein, associate professor at the University of Colorado-Boulder, will lead a discussion as part of the Women Artists and Scholars Lecture Series from 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, in Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center Conference room C. Refreshments will be provided. The event is co-sponsored by the Department of Civil Engineering and the Society of Women Engineers.

Silverstein also will present a Department of Engineering seminar Wednesday, March 27, at 3 p.m. in 100 Hancock.

Powell River Project requests proposals

The Powell River Project is a cooperative program of Virginia Tech and southwest Virginia's industry. The project sponsors research and education programs to benefit communities and businesses in southwestern Virginia's coalfield region. Those programs develop land reclamation and environmental protection practices for use by the region's natural resource industries, support efforts by existing industry to remain competitive, encourage economic diversification, and enhance educational quality within the coalfield region.

Persons wishing to submit applications to Powell River Project for FY 96-97 funding should contact Carl E. Zipper, associate director-programs, at 1-9782 or czip@vt.edu. Proposals will be accepted through April 17.

Expert on Iran to speak

Gary Sick, who served on the National Security Council staff under Presidents Ford, Carter, and Reagan, will present a public lecture, "The United States and Iran: Permanent Hostility?" Wednesday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m. in 30 Pamplin.

Sick was the principal White House aide for Iran during the Iranian Revolution and the hostage crisis and is the author of two books on U.S.-Iranian relations. Sick is a captain (retired) in the U.S. Navy, with service in the Persian Gulf, North Africa, and the Mediterranean. He was the deputy director for International Affairs at the Ford Foundation from 1982 to 1987, where he was responsible for programs relating to U.S. foreign policy.

Sick has a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University, where he is senior research scholar and adjunct professor of international affairs. He is a member of the board of Human Rights Watch in New York and chairman of the advisory committee of Human Rights Watch/Middle East. He is the executive director of Gulf/2000, an international research project on political, economic, and security developments in the Persian Gulf, being conducted at Columbia University on behalf of the W. Alton Jones, Rockefeller, and MacArthur Foundations.

The lecture is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Iranian Club and co-sponsored by the GSA, Department of Political Science, Cranwell International Center, and the University Office of International Programs.

Third annual Hispanic Awareness Week starts Sunday

The third annual Hispanic Awareness Week begins Sunday, March 24, and continues through Saturday, March 30.

Daily events are scheduled. For more information or a complete schedule of events, call Rachel York at 2-4119, or by e-mail, amylynn@vt.edu.

Heifer Project subject of talk

Robert Pelant will discuss the work of Heifer Project International (HPI) on Thursday, March 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine's room 100.

Founded in 1944, Heifer Project International is a Christian-based international-development organization that has worked with communities in 110 different countries and 35 of the states in the United States to relieve hunger.

HPI provides agricultural animals, training, and community-development support for indigent populations in an effort to help them develop a source of sustenance, not just short-term relief.

Pelant is HPI's program director of Volunteers in International Veterinary Assistance. His talk is sponsored by the regional College's International Veterinary Students Association, the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Food Animal Practitioner's Club.

The public is invited to attend. For more information, contact Kelly Woodworth at 951-9671 or e-mail kwoodwor@vt.edu.

Dogwash scheduled for March 30

Veterinary students will present a community dogwash and animal-care clinic on Saturday, March 30, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on campus.

Dogs can be bathed, towel-dried, and have their ears cleaned for $8. Nail-trimming is $2 extra. Animals will be washed on a first-come, first-served basis and no appointments are necessary. Dogs will be washed while owners wait. Dogs must be on a leash, and be at least five months old with current vaccinations.

Sponsored by the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association (SCAVMA), the dogwash will be held adjacent to the equine receiving area of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. The hospital is located on the far right-hand side of the veterinary college complex.

In the event of inclement weather, the dogwash will be moved inside the hospital. Signs will direct visitors to the event.

Proceeds will benefit SCAVMA and Canine Caring Companions. For more information about the dogwash, call 552-8315 weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and leave a message. Your call will be returned.

Lecture to focus on Hamlet

The Department of English and the Center for Textual and Editorial Studies will sponsor a talk by Leah Marcus of the University of Texas at Austin, Friday, April 5, at 4 p.m. at the University Club. Marcus will speak on "The Skull and the Scrivener: Orality and Writing in Hamlet."

Future of family subject of colloquium

Robert Emery, professor of psychology and director of clinical training at the University of Virginia, will present a departmental colloquium, open to the public, Thursday, April 4, at 10 a.m. in the Wallace Hall atrium. He will speak on "Future Families: Renegotiation, Reinvention, or Rediscovery?"

Emery also is an associate faculty member in the Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy at UVa. He is the author of more than 75 scientific articles and book chapters and three books: Marriage, Divorce and Children's Adjustment, winner of an Outstanding Academic Book award from Choice magazine; Renegotiating Family Relationships: Divorce, Child Custody, and Mediation; and Abnormal Psychology.

In addition to his research, teaching, and administrative responsibilities, Emery engages in a limited practice as a clinical psychologist and divorce mediator.

He serves on the editorial board of seven journals and has served as a consultant to television, domestic relations courts, advisory committees, and community centers.

In 1989 he received the Outstanding Research Publication Award from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and in 1993, he received the Citation Classic Award from the Institute for Scientific Information for more than 320 citations.

Emery's visit is sponsored by the Department of Family and Child Development.

Electronic thesis, dissertation workshop offered

Learn how to prepare and submit your dissertation, thesis, or project and report in electronic format.

The Graduate School is presenting an Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Workshop on Friday, March 29, for graduate students planning a spring, summer, or fall final exam. The program will be in 100 McBryde from 4 to 6 p.m.

Topics will include the benefits of an electronic dissertation, the savings, how to prepare an electronic document, where to access equipment, and where to find help.

For more information, check the URL http://gserver.grads.vt.edu/edman.html.

Students planning to attend should RSVP to gssvv@vt.edu to assure that there will be the right number of handouts.

Louis Sullivan Exhibit dedicated to Butke

The Henry H. Wiss Center for Theory and History of Art and Architecture, College of Architecture and Urban Studies, announces the special exhibition "Masterpiece: Henry Louis Sullivan and the National Farmer's Bank in Owatonna, Minn," from March 25-29, in the Cowgill lobby.

The exhibition, which originated at Iowa State University, features photographs and several monumental blueprint drawings that document the design and construction of one of the great American architect's later buildings, dating from 1907-08. Because the originals are lost, most of the prints in the exhibit are the only copies remaining. For this reason, the architectural working drawings in the exhibit provide a unique record of pictorial renderings or ideograms that help bridge the gap between drawing and building.

This exhibition is dedicated to the memory of Walter J. Butke, associate professor emeritus of architecture and member of the Wiss Center, who died last December. For more information, call center Director Humberto Rodriguez-Camilloni at 1-5324, or e-mail: hcami@vt.edu.