Spectrum - Volume 18 Issue 25 March 28, 1996 - Achievers

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Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 25 - March 28, 1996

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) has selected Robert C. Hoehn, professor of civil engineering, as the recipient of the 1996 A.P. Black Research Award.

The AWWA, the largest national association of water supply and treatment professionals, established the Black Award in 1967 to recognize long-term, outstanding research contributions to water science and water-supply practices.

In selecting Hoehn, the AWWA Board of Directors cited his "significant achievements in water research and his effective advancement of water science through scholarly publications, teaching and training of water-supply professionals, and particularly for his outstanding contributions to understanding of disinfection byproduct formation and control, the use of chlorine dioxide, reservoir management, and taste and odor control."

Hoehn will receive the award June 24 during the opening session of AWWA's annual conference in Toronto, Canada.

S.T. Oyama, associate professor of chemical engineering, edited The Chemistry of Transition Metal Carbides and Nitrides , a book publishedrecently by Blackie Academic & Professional Publishers of London.

Don H. Morris, professor of engineering science and mechanics, is a co-author of Statics and Mechanics of Materials: An Integrated Approach, recently published by John Wiley & Sons Inc. Morris wrote the book with William F. Riley and Leroy D. Sturges of Iowa State University.

William G. Sullivan, professor of industrial and systems engineering, co-authored Capital Investment Analysis for Engineering and Management, Second Edition, a book recently published by Prentice Hall Inc.

John Robertson of the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology earned top honors in a competition sponsored by the Lyme Disease Foundation. His paper was recognized for "contributing significantly to the understanding of spirochetal and tick-borne diseases."

Robertson's paper, "Canine Lyme Borreliosis I. Gross clinical observations of laboratory beagles infected with Borrelia burgdorferi, will be published in the Journal of Spirochetal and Tick-borne Diseases.

Robin Dabareiner, a graduate student working at the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center, has won first place in the VMRCVM Phi Zeta competition for graduate students.

Dabareiner's paper, "Microvascular permeability and endothelial cell morphology associated with low-flow ischemia/reperfusion injury in the equine jejunum" will now be entered in the national Phi Zeta Research Award competition.

Wolfgang Glasser , associate dean for research and graduate studies in the College of Forestry and Wildlife Resources, was a presenter at the prestigious American Chemical Society's national meeting. Glasser delivered his research findings, titled "A pre-established lignin-carbohydrate bond is not a prerequisite for inhibiting enzymatic cellulose degradation," in New Orleans on March 25.

E. George Stern, the Earle B. Norris research professor emeritus of wood construction, is the author of a 63-page chapter on nails, spikes, and staples in Manual 84 of the American Society of Civil Engineers on "Mechanical Connections in Wood Structures," published during January 1996. Stern is a life member of this professional society and a member of the task committee on fasteners of the committee on wood of the Society's Structural Division. The purpose of the book is to provide the designer of wood structures with the information needed to design wood connections assembled with driven fasteners in the most effective and efficient way.

Joe Roggenbuck, associate professor of forestry, organized and chaired the 1996 Southeastern Recreation Research (SERR) Conference in Savannah, Ga., in February. The annual SERR conference has participation from the area's major land-grant universities and federal and state agencies providing outdoor recreation and amenity resources. A major purpose of the conference is for graduate students in the region to give papers based on their thesis and research.

Judith H. Jones , associate director of Virginia Cooperative Extension, has been named president of the Board of Directors of the Journal of Extension . She was instrumental in moving the refereed journal from a print to a completely electronic format in 1994.

Several members of the Department of Entomology participated recently in the Eastern Branch Meeting of the Entomological Society of America in Williamsburg.

Rick Fell, associate professor, was organizer and moderator of a symposium titled "Teaching Symposium-Award Winners Reveal Their Secrets." Timothy Mack, department head, organized and ran a symposium on "Making and Using Electronic Presentations." Peter Schultz , associate professor, was co-chair of a workshop on "Advances in Managing Insect Pests of Landscapes, Nurseries, and Greenhouses."

Faculty members presenting papers were Fell, Ames Herbert, Loke Kok, Curt Laub, Mack, Doug Pfeiffer, Bill Ravlin, Schultz, Paul Semtner, Nick Stone, Reese Voshell, and Rod Youngman . Staff members who presented papers included Eric Day, Tom McAvoy, Keith Tignor , and Warren Mays . Students participating in the meeting with presentations were: Kathy Knowles, Tom Kuhar, Jarrod Leland, Sean Malone, Tracy Negus , and Prabhakar Bhogaraju. Kuhar also served as moderator of a paper session.

Co-authoring papers were faculty members Jeff Bloomquist, Fell, Herbert, Laub, Don Mullins, Pfeiffer, Mary Ross , Schultz, Youngman, and students Bill Petka and Richard Hermann

Cameron Hackney, professor and head of the department of Food Science and Technology, is the 1996 Gamma Sigma Delta winner of the Award of Merit for Extension.

Joe Marcy, associate professor of food science technology, received the group's 1996 Award of Merit for Teaching

Bruce Zoecklein, assistant professor food science and technology, has been asked by the Oenological Institute of San Juan, Argentina, to write two articles on new grape and wine technologies. Zoecklein participated in two technical conferences in Argentina in 1995.

He recently served as 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.

Norman G. Marriott, professor of food science and technology, has been selected to judge the American Cured Meat Championships (ACMC) in Louisville, Ky., July 25-27, 1996.

The ACMC, held annually in conjunction with the American Convention of Meat Processors, is the only national cured-meat competition for meat plant operators. Marriott will help evaluate and choose meat products that most nearly represent perfection in various categories. The American Association of Meat Processors sponsors the event.

He 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 short course on hazard analysis and critical control points in Salt Lake City last month and in Kansas City early this month. The course is sponsored by Virginia Tech, the American Association of Meat processors, the National Association of Meat Purveyors, and the University of Georgia.

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

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

The 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.

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.

The team is under the direction of Paul Graham , associate professor of food science and technology,

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 representing food processors, government agencies, and universities throughout the world. The Codex meeting that was held in 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 Symposium, 75th Annual Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases, held recently in Chicago. The title of his presentation was "An Overview of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point and its Application to Animal Production Safety."

He gave the opening presentation at the Netherlands Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point Conference, The Hague, Netherlands.

James R. Claus, associate professor of food science and technology, was appointed by American Meat Science Association as chair of 1996 Achievement Award Committee and member of the Ad hoc Committee on Growth and Relationships.

He made a presentation last month titled "Low-fat Processed Meats" at the VII International symposium of Food Science and Technology at the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Monterrey , Mexico.

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.

Mahmood A. Khan

, professor and head of the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management, was the invited chair of a session on Hospitality and Tourism Management at the XII Pan Pacific Business Conference in Dunedin and Queenstown, New Zealand. At that conference he also presented a paper titled "Hospitality and Tourism Development in Vietnam: Trends and Future Potential."

Khan was invited to present a workshop on franchising at the Third Middle East International Convention on Franchising in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where he also presented two papers: "Applying and Adapting the International Fast Food" and "Restaurant Franchising Industry Success Stories in the Middle East Market." Investors from various Middle Eastern nations attended this seminar. All workshop participants received a copy of Khan's book, Restaurant Franchising . Exhibitors as the convention included several U.S. franchise firms.

Khan was an invited judge at the 1996 March of Dimes Gourmet Gala held at Marriott Hotel in Roanoke. Various hotels and professional organizations participate in this competition by preparing and displaying food items in specially decorated booths. Funds realized from the gala are used for the Campaign for Healthier Babies through educational, research, and community services programs .

Eric Wiedegreen

, associate professor of housing, interior design, and resource management, was awarded a mini-grant from the Virginia Tech Center for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. The grant, which was matched by the College of Human Resources, will be used to upgrade the memory capacity of his office computer. Wiedegreen has been working with Peter Laws , the college programmer/analyst, on multi-media presentations that require large computer-memory capacities.

Dan Ludwig, director of engineering fundamentals, has been appointed vice-president of the Virginia Society of Professional Engineers (VSPE). In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of VSPE, his responsibilities include coordination of society activities for professional engineers in education within Virginia and service as the state representative to the Board of Governors of Professional Engineers in Education of the National Society of Professional Engineers.