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Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 28 - April 18, 1996


Thursday, 18

Tour de Tech, 9 a.m., Squires Commonwealth Ballroom.

Roanoke Electric Steel Lecture, 4 p.m., 100 Hancock: "Active Control of Sound and Vibration: Overview and Applications," by Chris Fuller.

Staff Senate Meeting, 5:30 p.m., Vet Med College Center.

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: Servant of Two Masters. Through 4-21.

Friday, 19

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

Tour de Tech, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Squires Commonwealth Ballroom.

Bach's Lunch, noon, Chapel: Classical Piano Music by Ruth Young and Friends.

Founders Day Convocation, 3:15 p.m., Burruss auditorium.

Student Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Michelle Santiago, flute.

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: Servant of Two Masters. Through 4-21.

Saturday, 20

Vet Med Stampede and Stroll, 9 a.m., Smithfield Plantation Rd.

Non-copyright Coursepack Material due for Summer I '96.

Grant Writing Workshop, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Museum of Natural History: Presented by Laurie Ruberg.

Vet Med Open House, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Vet College.

Book Reading, Signing, 2-4 p.m., Volume Two Bookstore: Howard Owen.

Student Ensemble, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: The Meistersingers.

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: Servant of Two Masters. Through 4-21.

Sunday, 21

BOV Meeting.

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

TAUT Production, 2 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: Servant of Two Masters.

Faculty Recital, 3 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Jay Crone, trombone and euphonium, and Mary Louise Hallauer, piano.

Student Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Peter Pickett, trumpet.

Monday, 22

BOV Meeting.

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

Nicholas Mullins Memorial Lecture, 4 p.m., Squires Haymarket Theatre: "FemaleMan(c) Meets OncoMouse(TM): Scanning the Millennium in Feminist Science Studies," by Donna Haraway, California-Santa Cruz.

"With Good Reason," 7:30 p.m., WVTF-FM: "Turf Wars: The Debate Over Regional Government," with William Winter, CNU, and John Moeser, VCU.

Earthday Program, 8 p.m., 300 Whittemore: "Endangered Peoples-A Visual Journey with Art Davidson," by Art Davidson.

Tuesday, 23

Faculty Senate, 7 p.m., 32 Pamplin.

VTU Broadway Series, 7:30 p.m., Burruss auditorium: 42nd Street.

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: Servant of Two Masters. Through 4-27.

Wednesday, 24

Service-Learning Center Dedication, 4-6 p.m., Owens Banquet Room.

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: Servant of Two Masters. Through 4-27.

Deet's Place Concert Series, 8-10 p.m., Deet's Place: Critical Adjustment, saxophone quintet.

Natural History Museum Program, 8:30 p.m., Horton Center Observatory: "Spring Sky at Night," by Brian Dennison.

Thursday, 25

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: Servant of Two Masters. Through 4-27.

TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: The Renaissance Man. Through 4-27.


Thursday, 18

Parenting Seminar, noon, 404 Clay St.: CANCELLED.

Science Study Center, 12:30 p.m., 132 Lane: "Coming of Age in the `Dark Ages': American Women in Mathematics in the '40s and '50s," by Margaret Murray.

Physics, 3:30 p.m., 2030 Pamplin: "Simulated Annealing and the X-ray Phase," by W.P. Su, Houston.

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "Internal Pilot Studies in Clinical Trials," by Janet Wittes, Statistics Collaborative Inc., Washington, D.C.

Botany, 4 p.m., 2020 Derring: "Genetic Analysis of Ovule Development in Arabidopsis," by Kay-Robinson-Beers.

Entomology, 4-5 p.m., 220 Price: Student Proposals by Stephen Hiner and Adam Finkelstein.

Plant Physiology, 4 p.m., 102 Fralin: "Lipoxygenase Activity in Soybeans," by Ali Mohamoud.

Friday, 19

Statistics, 10 a.m., 209 Hutcheson: "How I Learned to Live Without Malpractice Insurance," by Janet Wittes, Statistics Collaborative Inc., Washington, D.C.

MCBB, noon, 102 Fralin: "Cell Cycle Regulation of Chromosome Segregation," by Sandra Holloway, University of Pennsylvania Medical School

Human Nutrition/Foods, 2 p.m., 102 Fralin: "Folate in Health and Disease," by Lynn Bailey, Florida.

Monday, 22

Biochemistry, 4 p.m., 223 Engel: "Novel Alternative Splicing of a Precursor mRNA Regulates Expression of a Nuclear Gene Encoding Chloroplastic Glutamate Dehydrogenase Isozymes," by Bob Schmidt, Florida.

CSES, 4 p.m., 232 Smyth: "Introduction of Fungal Phytase in Transgenic Soybeans," by E.A. Grabau.

Horticulture, 4 p.m., 102 Saunders: "Ecology of Plant Interactions in Crop Systems," by Bob Jones.

Mechanical Engineering, 4 p.m., 110 Randolph: "CO Formation and Transport in Building Fires," by B. Latimer.

Wednesday, 24

Clothing/Textiles, noon, 100 Wallace: "Interview with Sandi Spika, Designer for Reba McIntire," by Leanne Alexander, and "Assessment of Thermal Comfort and Thermal Stress" by Angie Tultrairat.

Computer Science, 4 p.m., 129 McBryde: "Kansas: A Large, Flat, Multi-User Virtual World for Interactive Simulations," by Randall Smith, Sun Microsystems.

Thursday, 25

Science Study Center, 12:30 p.m., 132 Lane: "Burying the (Anti)Bodies and Living in the World," by Gary Downey.

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "Optimal Experimental Designs for Two-Variable Logistic Regression Models," by Yan Jia.

Entomology, 4 p.m., 220 Price: Grayson Award Winners.

Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "Seismic Anisotropy of the Upper Mantle and Mountain Building," by David Mainprice, MIT and Montpellier, France.

Plant Physiology, 4 p.m., 102 Fralin: TBA, by Shep Zedaker.


Leadership award nominations sought

The Academy for Leadership Excellence announces a call for nominations for the Academy for Leadership Excellence Outstanding Leader Award.

The purpose of the award is to reward those leaders who have exhibited outstanding leadership qualities through superior job performance; job-related extra-curricular activities, such as participation in university governance; university, college, and departmental committee work; and other areas of service to the university. Supplemental activities outside the university which enhance the nominee's overall profile of service to the university and community may be considered, but outside activities will be secondary to university activities.

All university employees, both on and off campus, may nominate individuals for the award. Nominations will consist of a one-page typed, signed letter outlining the leadership qualities of the nominee.

Endorsements of the nomination by supervisors or others are not required and will not be considered as further strengthening the nomination. An employee may nominate as many individuals as he/she wishes; however, each nomination must be on a separate letter and each must be signed by the nominator.

Eligibility for nomination will be limited to middle-management employees in administrative/professional faculty positions or classified staff positions. Tenured and tenure-track faculty are not eligible, since other awards are available to these groups. The definition of "middle management" will be left open to the interpretation of the nominators and the screening committee. Self nominations are ineligible. This award should not be seen as competitive with the President's Award for Excellence.

Letters of nomination will be read and considered by the Leadership Award Committee of the Academy for Leadership Excellence. The Leadership Award Committee will select three finalists from the letters of nomination.

Committee members will verify the qualifications and then make a final selection.

The person selected for the award will be honored at the Academy's year-end banquet in June. The award will be announced in Spectrum and other area media.

Letters of nomination should be sent in a sealed envelope to Lisa Johnson, mail code 0302. Deadline for nominations to be received is April 30, 1996.

Distance education teleconference to be aired

The teleconference "Quality Distance Education (Q.D.E.): Lessons Learned will be broadcast on April 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. The executive conference room at the CEC has been reserved for on-campus viewing. The program can also be viewed on campus cable channel 6.

This teleconference is a capstone to a five-month process that examined the issues of quality distance education. Through interaction with panelists and participants representing a variety of professional and geographical settings, the rich array of lessons learned about quality distance education will be examined, as will the way to apply these lessons to our present and future distance education efforts. Also discussed will be what has been learned from each other and where we go from here.

This program is sponsored by Virginia Cooperative Extension.

Broomin' and Bloomin' scheduled

Montgomery County's 13th annual Broomin' and Bloomin' County-Wide Cleanup will be held this year on Saturday, April 20, between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m., with a picnic afterwards at the Montgomery County Parks and Recreation Center.

Last year, Broomin' and Bloomin' volunteers cleaned up 191.5 tons of garbage, debris, and recyclables, and cleaned 180 miles of roadway.

For more information, call 382-5793.

Practicing Policy workshop planned

The Science Policy Discussion Group and the Center for the Study of Science in Society will host the Practicing Policy Workshop to critically explore the techniques and implications of public policy making for issues involving the environment, health and safety, information, and urban renewal. Saturday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Squires Brush Mountain Room A.

The workshop will bring together academics, community organizers, government officials, business representatives, and others to discuss tensions between technocratic and democratic views on making public policy in these areas.

Four working groups will be set up to discuss the four specific policy areas around broad thematic questions. Group members will be rotated throughout the day so that participants may engage in at least three of the four topic areas.

The workshop is open to the public with no registration fee. Pre-registration by April 25 is encouraged. For further information or to pre-register, call Amy Crumpton at 951-5254 or respond by e-mail (acrumpto@vt.edu).

Half-price sale scheduled at Thrift Shop

The YMCA Thrift Shop will have a half-price sale on dated men's, women's, and children's clothing Wednesday, May 1, from 10 a.m.-4:50 p.m. The Thrift Shop is located at 1336 S. Main St., in the Gables Shopping Center.

For more information call 552-2633.

Spring Sky at Night program offered

Brian Dennison of the Department of Physics will lead an orientation about the night sky of southwestern Virginia in the Horton Center Observatory Wednesday, April 24, at 8:30 p.m.

Pre-registration is required for this bi-yearly event sponsored by the Virginia Museum of Natural history.. The program is limited to 25 people and costs $4 for adults, $2 for museum members and students. To register or for more information, call 1-3001.

Credit Union holding annual meeting

The Credit Union of Virginia Tech will hold its annual meeting Saturday, May 4, at 7 p.m. in the Salem Civic Center. Refreshments will be served and door prizes will be given out. Children 12 years old and under will receive silver dollars.

For more information call 552-1802.

Science Saturdays for kids scheduled

The Virginia Museum of Natural History is offering a Saturday morning program for children ages 7-12 the last Saturday of each month beginning April 27. The programs will be held from 11 a.m.-noon at the museum at 428 N. Main St. In the first program, museum volunteers will lead activities about endangered wildlife.

The programs are free and open to the public. For more information or to pre-register, call 1-3001.

Travel Clinic being expanded

The University Student Health Services opened the Travel Clinic for students planning international travel in August 1995. The clinic has been well received and is now being expanded to offer travel information unavailable elsewhere to Virginia Tech faculty and staff members.

The clinic staff enters the traveler's itinerary into a travel software program which prints out required and recommended immunizations for each destination, general and site-specific travel information, and current State Department travel advisories for each location. Immunization requirements and travel advisories are updated weekly from information provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the State Department to insure that the information provided is the most comprehensive, current, and factually correct available.

The Travel Clinic recommends that travelers carefully review the information provided with their personal physician. Interested faculty and staff members can obtain a personal travel information packet by calling the Travel Clinic at 1-7621.

There is a $15 charge for the complete packet. Immunizations cannot be provided at the Student Health Services for faculty or staff members; however, needed immunizations can be obtained from the Montgomery County Health Department in Christiansburg.

Service-Learning Center dedication planned

The Service-Learning Center at Virginia Tech will be dedicated in a ceremony Wednesday, April 24, from 4-6 p.m. in the Owens Banquet Room. The program will include displays of successful community service-learning partnerships, testimonies by exceptional student volunteers, and a presentation of future endeavors.

The Service-Learning Center was established in January 1995 to promote students' learning through hands-on, face-to-face, interactive experiences in the communities and schools of southwest Virginia.

If you plan to attend the dedication, please call the center by April 20.

Office Manager's Development Group forming

A classified staff Office Managers' Development Group is forming on campus.

The Office Managers' Development Group will consist of approximately 25 members of classified staff employees in upper-level clerical fields. The purpose of this professional development program is to provide members with a way to exchange ideas and to develop their skills and abilities. Participants will become more valuable assets to their departments by increasing their knowledge of campus policies, procedures, and programs; becoming aware of computer software that might be advantageous to departmental needs; improving supervision skills; and developing more self-confidence in carrying out complex roles.

Twenty-five core members will be selected from nominations by deans, directors and department heads. Selected members will be notified by no later than June 1.

Nomination forms should be returned to Richard Harshberger, Director, University Leadership Development, Building 459, Tech Center Drive, Campus 0538, no later than May 1.