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Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 31 - May 9, 1996

Hanif D. Sherali, the Charles O. Gordon professor of industrial and systems engineering, has been selected to receive the 1996 Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) Computer Science Technical Section Research Prize. INFORMS is recognizing Sherali for "promoting the development of high-quality work advancing the state-of-the-art in the operations research and computer-science interface." The prize will be awarded jointly to Sherali and Warren Adams, a former Ph.D. student of Sherali and a graduate of Virginia Tech, for their research on the reformulation-linearization technique. The award will be made at the INFORMS National Meeting, May 5-8, in Washington, D.C.

Penny Cook, program support technician at the Women's Center, and Teresa Quesenberry, program support technician senior for the Counseling Center, originated the idea of the Office Managers' Development Group that is currently being formed.

"Teresa and I have relied upon each other's expertise," Cook said. Cook is good with computers, while Quesenberry excels at dealing with forms. "So, we share our knowledge and help one another," Cook said. Cook, who used to work with Quesenberry, moved to the Women's Center in the fall, and the two have relied on phone calls to share ideas and advice.

The idea for the group grew out of conversations Cook and Quesenberry had after they attended a conference in November. "We thought it would be nice to have a small group of classified staff members that did the same things that we did that we could call when we needed help," Quesenberry said.

Cook and Quesenberry submitted a proposal for the office managers' group to Pat Hyer, who brought in Richard Harshberger of University Leadership Development. His office will provide a facilitator for the group, for which 25 members will be selected by June 1.

Potential members were nominated by deans, directors, and department heads.

Janet Walberg Rankin, associate professor of exercise science in the Department of Human Nutrition and Foods, was recently elected to the Board of Trustees of the American College of Sports Medicine. She was also invited to give the Carl Blythe lecture at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The title of her lecture was "Nutritional Practices and Needs of Bodybuilders."

Joan McLain-Kark, associate professor in the Department of Housing, Interior Design, and Resource Management, presented the paper "Reducing the Learning Curve for Computer Modeling" at the international conference of the Design Communication Association held in Tucson, Ariz. She is also editing the proceedings of the conference.

Rosemary M. Blieszner, professor of family and child development and acting director of the Center for Gerontology, received the 1996 Academic Gerontologist Award from the Southern Gerontological Society. Blieszner was the unanimous choice of the committee, comprised of previous award winners. The award is given to a scholar affiliated with an academic institution who is involved in training others and in conducting research that has significantly contributed to the quality of life of older people. Among the many letters written in support of Blieszner's nomination, her history of extensive scholarship, teaching excellence, and national and international service to gerontology was cited continuously as evidence that she, indeed, "is the kind of person for whom this award was created."

Lillian O. Holloman, assistant professor in the Department of Clothing and Textiles, presented a paper on "Black Clothing Practices in the Second-Order Market" at the National Association of African American Studies Conference in Houston, Texas. She also presented a paper on "Resale Shopping among African Americans: Attitudes and Practices" at the Association of Social and Behavioral Scientists Annual Conference in Greensboro, N.C.

Constance Y. Kratzer, assistant professor and Extension specialist in the Department of Housing, Interior Design, and Resource Management, has been selected as an Emerging Leader of the College of Human Ecology at Michigan State University. The award will be presented as part of the MSU Centennial Celebration in October.

Joann Boles, associate professor of clothing and textiles, has been named a fellow of the International Textile and Apparel Association for her exceptional contributions to the association and the discipline. She will be honored at the ITAA meeting in Canada in August.

Ruth H. Lytton, associate professor of housing, interior design, and resource management (HIDM), and Peter H. Laws, programmer analyst, of the College of Human Resources, have received a Teaching-Learning Grant Funded from the Center for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching for "Incorporating Computer-Assisted Learning in HIDM Courses."

Four faculty members from the College of Human Resources have received $3,000 Faculty Incentive Grants from the Service-Learning Center to assist in the implementation of integrating community service projects into their courses. The Faculty Incentive Program is funded through a grant from the Corporation for National Service.

Lennie Scott-Webber, assistant professor, and Eric Wiedegreen, associate professor, of the Department of Housing, Interior Design, and Resource Management (HIDM) received a $3,000 grant to assist in the implementation of integrating a community service project into the HIDM 4984: Fourth Year Interior Design Studio. This course will be designated as a "service-learning course" and demonstrate to students that one need not look far to find areas in need of their unique design talents. In this case, the community service is being applied to the near environment of the Virginia Tech campus. The office of the university architect has supported this endeavor and, as such, has agreed to work with the interior design students regarding current and future projects.

Mahmood A. Khan, professor and head of the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM), received a $3,000 grant to incorporate a community-service component into HTM 4454: Hospitality Marketing Management. Next fall, students enrolled in the course will be helping the City of Galax develop hospitality operations as one of their class projects.

C. Ted Koebel, director of the Virginia Center for Housing Research at Virginia Tech, received a $3,000 grant to incorporate a community-service component into the spring 1996 HIDM 4984, a special study course in the Department of Housing, Interior Design, and Resource Management that covered market analysis for real-estate development. The service-learning component provided assistance to two nonprofit housing organizations, VMH Inc., and the Lynchburg Housing Development Foundation, for two affordable housing projects. In the Lynchburg project, students conducted a market study of single family, in-fill development in the Tinbridge neighborhood, a low-income, predominately African-American neighborhood in the inner city. For the VMH project, students did an analysis of a proposed apartment building for low-income elderly residents in the Lansdowne development in Loudoun County.

Lee H. Drowne, assistant director of admissions, served as a session recorder for the session titled "The Educational Systems of the Philippines" and a moderator for the session titled "Credit, Creditors, and Credibility: News from Australia" at the 82nd Annual Meeting of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), held April 15-19, Reno, Nevada.

At the same meeting, Z. Kelly Queijo, public relations specialist in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, co-presented "Applying to College on the Web Through CollegeNet" with Jim Wolfston, president, Universal Algorithms.

Todd Pukanecz, a 10-year employee of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, has been named the college's employee of the month for April. He is a programmer with the Agriculture and Natural Resource Information Systems department of CALS.

Pukanecz assists faculty and staff members and graduate students with programming problems; installs and configures software to run on the CALS servers; maintains the operating system on two of those servers; and designs, codes and tests special applications.

In addition to the his formal responsibilities, Pukanecz initiated several new services: a set of utilities that assist the staff in dealing with the complexities of the network operating systems; a suggest facility to obtain feedback from users; one-on-one staff training; and a "how to" document for WIN 95.

Wayne M. Worner, interim dean of the College of Education, was a featured speaker at Emory and Henry College's Forum on Education. The topic of the forum was "The Manufactured Crisis in Education; Rethinking the Reform Movement." The forum, sponsored by Emory and Henry and several school divisions, was attended by about 400 education leaders, school boards, teachers, parents, and other interested persons.

George Graham, faculty member in the College of Education, received the Honor Award presented by the Curriculum and Instruction Academy of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education at its conference in Atlanta, Ga. The Honor Award, presented to one individual each year, is "in recognition of outstanding contributions to curriculum and instruction research and practice in physical education." Graham is the sixth scholar to receive this prestigious award.

B. June Schmidt, faculty member in the College of Education, has been selected national president of Delta Pi Epsilon for the 1996-97 biennium. As the leading research organization for business educators, Delta Pi Epsilon publishes several journals, sponsors a national research conference, and funds, disseminates, and recognizes outstanding research. It has 7,500 members. Schmidt is a charter member of the Virginia Tech chapter, which was founded in 1959. The theme Schmidt has selected for 1996-97 is Delta Pi Epsilon-Developing a Professional Edge.

John Wenrich, a doctoral student in instructional systems development in the College of Education, is one of 100 educators nation-wide named Apple Distinguished Educator by Apple Compute, Inc. Wenrich is a teacher at the Southwest Virginia Governor's School for Science, Mathematics, and Technology. He is also network director for the Governor's School in Dublin and works with NASA Langley Research Center to connect New River Valley schools to the Internet. During his two year term as Apple distinguished educator, Wenrich will work with schools to help train teachers in integrating technology into the classroom.

Josiah Tlou, faculty member in the College of Education, has been chosen as a member of the steering committee for the Virginia Association of Multicultural Education. He will assist in raising money, formulate policy and procedures, plan and implement state-wide meetings, and provide leadership in multicultural education to educators and other interested persons. Tlou also presented the keynote speech at the sixth conference of the Virginia Association for the Education of the Gifted. He spoke on "Multicultural Education in Our Schools," which included different ways of evaluating and identifying the talented and gifted in diverse cultural settings and groups.

Patrick Carlton, faculty member in the College of Education and interim director of International Education and Outreach, is the author of Interest-Based Collective Bargaining at Youngstown State University: an Oral History. The work was published by the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor, part of the Ohio Historical Society. The study is based on extensive interviews with 27 persons centrally involved with the collective-bargaining movement at Youngstown State University. It assesses the relative effectiveness of interest-based collective bargaining over the more traditional adversarial approach.

The Virginia VIEW World Wide Web site has been accessed more than 4,200 times since its inception one year ago. Carl McDaniels, faculty member in the College of Education and founder and director of Virginia VIEW, says the web site is yet another avenue through which clients can obtain accurate, up to date career information. Virginia VIEW is the second-largest career-information delivery system in the United States. It recently surpassed 47,000 calls to its telephone hotline. In addition, Virginia VIEW provides information via microfiche, interactive computer programs, workshops, and several newspaper tabloids, available at no cost to users in more than 1,300 locations throughout the commonwealth. The Virginia VIEW website can be reached at: http://www.nrvcom.com/business/vaview/

R.L. Youngs, retired wood science and forest products professor, is co-chairing the committee organizing a conference of the Forest Products Division of the International Union of Forestry Research Organizations (IUFRO). Conference theme is "Forestry Products for Sustainable Forestry. It will be held in Pullman, Wa., in July.

Bob Bush, assistant professor of wood science and forest products, was invited to present a paper, "Quality: The Ultimate Added-Value," to the faculty of the Pennsylvania State University College of Agricultural Sciences in April.

E. George Stern and J. Daniel Dolan, emeritus professor and assistant professor of wood science and forest products, are the principal authors of a research paper in the field of wood engineering. The seven-page, peer-reviewed paper on "bridge plate girder assembled with continuous connector plates" was published in the April 1996 issue of the Forest Products Journal. The innovative research undertaken confirms the prediction that the use of continuous steel connector plates, instead of bolts in over-size holes, results in considerably more effective and efficient girders. The improved assemblies proved to be 2 1/2 times as stiff and 1 3/4 times as strong as the prototypes previously suggested for use in bridges spanning secondary and rural roads. This observation as well as numerous other reasons suggest that consideration be given to use the innovative solid-lattice, wood plate girders where suitable lumber is readily available.

Stern chaired the annual meeting of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers' Standard Committee on "pallets, slip sheets, and other bases for unit loads," held in Washington, D.C., in April. He held the chair for 25 years. His successor will be Marshall S. White, director of the internationally active William H. Sardo Jr. Pallet and Container Research Laboratory at Virginia Tech's Brooks Center. The committee's goal is to promote world-wide standardization in the field of pallets and related products.

Stephen K. White, professor of political science, has been selected the recipient of the 1996 Sturm Award for Excellence in Faculty Research sponsored by the Mu Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at Virginia Tech.

The award, endowed by and named for the late Al Sturm, Phi Beta Kappa member and university research professor in political science, annually honors scholarship by faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences that contributes significantly to the advancement of liberal learning.

White's book Political Theory and Postmodernism, published in 1991 by Cambridge University Press, has achieved the kind of broad reputation, both within and beyond the academic community, that the award seeks to recognize. White's study participates in the on-going discourse of democratic political theory, seeking to engage both positive and negative tensions in the term "postmodernism" as a way of illuminating ethical and political questions.

The award will be presented at the annual Phi Beta Kappa induction ceremony Friday, May 10, at 5 p.m. in 100 McBryde.