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Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 27 - April 11, 1996

Fred Lee recently attended a reception hosted by Vice President Gore and Mrs. Al Gore at their residence in Washington, D.C. The reception was part of the symposium, "Electric Power Systems for the Next Generation Vehicle," held at the White House Conference Center. This symposium was the fifth in a series of automotive technology symposia sponsored by Gore. Lee is the Lewis A. Hester chair professor in electrical engineering and director of the Virginia Power Electronics Center.

Robert Dorgan was named one of the winners in the "ReForming Social Space: A Call for Public Works" competition sponsored by Surface magazine. Each winner received $1,000, and their projects will be published in the first issue of Surface.

Susan Piedmont Paladino will present a paper titled "Design/Build in Context" at the 1996 ACSA Annual Meeting in Boston. The paper is an excerpt from her upcoming book on the Jersey Devil design/build group. Also, she has been nominated to be the national executive vice president of Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility, a position which is also that of president elect. She has been a member of the organization's national board for six years.

Pia Sarpaneva was recently elected to the editorial board of the Finnish Architectural Review.

Alvar Aalto: The Complete Catalog of Architecture, Design and Art," by Goran Schildt was reviewed by Scott Poole in the 1995 third issue of Inform magazine. He also had a paper accepted at the 1996 ACSA Europe Conference in Copenhagen called "The Tectonic: An Infinite Silence at the Core of Things."

John Browder continues to direct the Rondonia Agroforestry Demonstration Project in Brazil, now in its third year. He also serves on the national doctoral dissertation fellowship committee of the Inter-American Foundation. His paper, "Surviving in Rondonia: The Dynamics of Colonist Farming Strategies in Brazil's Northwest Frontier," appears in the Journal of Comparative International Development.

Professor James Woods, director of the Indoor Environment Program, has been chosen to receive the "IndustryPerson of the Year" award at the Indoor Environment '96 Conference. It will be held at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland, April 15-17.

Bill Hyde, forestry professor, presented the wrap-up paper, "Policies, Today and for the Future," at a symposium on the Environmental Implications of Wood as a Raw Material. He also participated in the final round table discussion at the forum, sponsored by the National Research Council's Board on Agriculture in Irvine, Calif., March 14-15. Hyde calculated that the largest environmental savings in the forest originate from new technologies in the wood-processing industry, which save on industrial wood consumption and therefore on timber harvest. He suggested that policies designed to take advantage of this observation could serve the interests of consumers, the industry, and environmentalists.

John Carroll, professor of computer science and psychology and head of computer science, has published two books on design and computer technology. Scenario-Based Design: Envisioning Work and Technology in System Development, published by John Wiley & Sons, presents arguments and techniques for taking the envisioned and observed use of technology as a central planning representation in the development process. Design Rationale: Concepts, Techniques and Use, published by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates and co-edited with Thomas P. Moran of the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, presents a survey of approaches for utilizing tradeoffs, negotiations, and history as explicit resources for project management and technology development throughout the system lifecycle.

Richard Burian, director of the Center for the Study of Science in Society at Virginia Tech and a member of both the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies and the Department of Philosophy, is co-editor of the second volume of the proceedings of a meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association (of which Burian was program chairman). He also recently published a chapter in Biological Sciences: The Second Pittsburgh-Konstanz Colloquium in the Philosophy of Science. He also co-authored with Denis Thieffry (from the Free University of Brussels and the Universidad National Autónoma de México) an article titled "Jean Scheme for Protein Synthesis," forthcoming in the next issue of the monthly journal Trends in the Biochemical Sciences.

Eric Watkins, assistant professor of philosophy, has received a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant for a research project titled "Kant's Justification of Newtonian Science."

John Christman, associate professor in philosophy, read a paper titled "Autonomy, Poverty, and Welfare Reform" at the Pacific Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association.

Edward Fox of the computer-science department presented a talk titled "Digital Library Support for Education--A Case Study of Advanced Networked Information Systems" at the Dagstuhl Workshop on Networked Information Systems in Dagstuhl, Germany. Fox presented a tutorial entitled "Information Retrieval and Hypertext" with Robert Akscyn as part of Digital Libraries '96: 1st ACM International Conference on Digital Libraries, where he served as program chair. He also attended a workshop on User Needs Assessment at the conference.

J.A.N. Lee, professor of computer science, participated in the IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors meeting and several other IEEE administrative meetings in Santa Clara. He made a presentation at the reception of CompCon (The Computer Conference) on "Great Events in Computing," a multi-media presentation he developed that will be repeated throughout the world this year by other presenters. Lee also served as chair of the IFIP (International Federation for Information Processing) WG9.7/TC-3 Task group on History in the CS Curriculum Meeting at University of Warwick, Warwick, UK. He also attended the IFIP TC-9 (Impact of Computers on Society) Annual Meeting in Ma'ale Hachmiasha Kibbutz, Abu Gosch, Israel, March 15-19. He serves as secretary to TC-9 and gave a presentation on Electronic Villages and the Educational Infrastructure Project at the meeting. He also participated in the TC-9/TC-3 Meeting on "Putting Technology to Practice" in Israel.

For the fourth time in five years, Kenneth Rystrom, professor of communication studies, has been awarded the Henry W. Grady Award for the Best Research Paper on 19th Century Southern Journalism at the Southeast Colloquium of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. The award is offered by the Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. Rystrom's paper, titled "Southern Editors Ask: Can the Freeman Work? Should He? Will He?" was presented at the 18th annual colloquium in Roanoke. Rystrom also presented a paper on "Suffrage for Freedmen: The Specter of Dred Scott."

A piano trio by Kent Holliday titled In Memoriam: Karlrobert Kreiten will be performed by members of the St. Petersburg Chamber Ensemble at the Talloires International Composers Conference in Talloires, France. The works of 17 composers from different countries will be presented at the conference. Holliday also will give a lecture on Karlrobert Kreiten, a promising German pianist whose career was cut short in the early 1940s by the Nazi regime.

Larry T. Taylor of the chemistry department presented a plenary lecture at the 6th Latin American Congress on Chromatography in Caracas, Venezuela. The title of the presentation was "Quantitative Recovery of Trace EPA Method 525.1 Analytes From Brackish Water, Marine Sediment, and Mussel Tissue by Supercritical Fluid Extraction." Taylor also presented several posters that described specific aspects of research that is on-going in his laboratory. The posters and their graduate-student authors were as follows: "Effect of Helium in Helium Headspace Carbon Dioxide Cylinders by Packed-Column Supercritical Fluid Chromatography," Eric Leichter and J. Thompson Strode III; "The Application of Supercritical Fluid Extraction to Ionic Compounds," Phyllis Eckard; "Supercritical Fluid Extraction of Sulfonamides from Different Food Matrices," M. Ashraf-Khorassani (research associate); and "Primary Factors Affecting the Supercritical Fluid Extraction of Digoxin From the Digitalis Lanata Leaf," W.N. Moore.

Donald Shoemaker of the sociology department has had the third edition of his book Theories of Delinquency published by Oxford University Press. The book has been a popular text for undergraduate and graduate courses in sociology and criminal justice and has been adopted by colleges and universities in North America, Asia, Africa, and Europe.

Margie Lawrence, executive housekeeper for Residential and Dining Programs, was named Executive Housekeeper of the Year, 1995 by the Central Virginia Chapter of the National Executive Housekeepers Association (NEHA). Lawrence has the responsibility of leading and directing the houskeeping services provided by Residential and Dining Programs. She has given presentations at national conferences and won several awards of excellence including the NEHA Educator of the Year, 1994 and the Virginia Tech Heroine Award.

Hanif D. Sherali, the Charles O. Gordon professor of industrial and systems engineering, has been selected to receive the Fellow Award of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE). The award, which recognizes outstanding leaders of the profession among members of IIE, will be presented to Sherali during the 1996 International Industrial Engineering Conference in Minneapolis, Minn., in May.

As part of its Filmmakers Series, Scarecrow Press recently published Michael Bliss's book The Word Made Flesh, Catholicism and Conflict in the Films of Martin Scorsese. Bliss is a member of the English faculty.

The Crane Log: A Documentary Life of Stephen Crane 1871-1900, co-written by Paul Sorrentino of the English faculty and Stanley Wertheim, has been reissued in paperback by Simon & Schuster Macmillan.

Two members of the English faculty have published in the Blackwater Review. Lisa Norris's story "In the Room of My Brother" and Jeff Mann's poems "Busing through the Frostburg Highlands," "Aeolian," and "Allen" were published in the Fall 1995 issue.

Mann has had his poem "Serviceberry" published in bite to eat place: an anthology of contemporary food poetry and poetic prose. Mann's poem "Pupae" was published in Issue 229 of Christopher Street. His poem "Biscuits and Honey" was published in the 1996 Winter/Spring issue of Amethyst.

An article titled "Public Perception Issues in Agricultural and Environmental Biotechnology" by Sue Hagedorn of the English department and Charles Hagedorn of the agriculture college was published as a Virginia Cooperative Extension publication by Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences.

Katherine Soniat's poem "Primer in the One-Room Schoolhouse" was published in Vol. 26 of Licking River Review. Soniat is a member of the English faculty.

Joe Eska's article "Rethinking the evolution of Celtic constituent configuration" has been published in vol. 55 of Munchener Studien zur Sprachwissenschaft. His article "Segmenting Gaul. tomedeclai," written in collaboration with Michael Weiss of UNC-Chapel Hill, has been accepted for publication in the journal Studia Celtica. His reviews of Rudolf Thurneysen's Gesammette Schriften and the volume In Honorem Holger Pedersen will appear in the journal Language. Eska is a member of the English faculty.

Tom Gardner of the English department has been named the Fulbright Bicentennial Chair in American Studies at the University of Helsinki for 1996-97. He will teach courses in American poetry and culture and do curriculum-development work. He has recently published two articles: "Bishop and Ashbery: Two Ways Out of Stevens" in The Wallace Stevens Journal and "Elizabeth Bishop and the Powers of Uncertainty" in Review.

Paul Heilker's book, The Essay: Theory and Pedagogy for an Active Form, was recently published by the National Council of Teachers of English. Heilker, of the English department, also recently has had two chapters accepted for edited volumes: "What I Know Now: The Personal and the Emotional in Teaching English," to be included in Great Beginnings, and "Rhetoric Made Real: Civic Discourse and Writing Beyond the Curriculum," to be included in Service Learning and Composition.

Lisa Norris of the English department has had her story "Lotus Flower" published in the Fall/Winter 1996 issue of So To Speak: a feminist journal of language and art published at George Mason University.

Osman Balci of the computer-science department has recently been awarded a grant of $50,000 and selected to serve as representing academia on the Verification, Validation and Accreditation (VV&A) Technical Support Team of the Defense Modeling and Simulation Office (DMSO). The nationally selected team is composed of seven members representing Air Force, Army, Navy, industry, and academia. Balci is the only member representing academia. The team is working together to develop the "VV&A Recommended Practices Guide" that will be used by all branches of the Department of Defense in conducting verification, validation, and accreditation of simulations.