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Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 37 - August 8, 1996

Virginia Tech faculty and staff members and students are often the subject of significant national and state-wide news coverage. To better inform the university community about these accomplishments, the Office of University Relations has compiled this monthly report. This report excludes coverage in the Roanoke news-media market. For more information about the articles mentioned, call Julie Kane, university public relations coordinator at 1-9934, or contact your college public relations office.

Washington Post (May 30): Tom Grizzard, associate professor of civil engineering and director of the Occoquan Watershed Monitoring Laboratory, was quoted in an article about potential effects of a proposed computer-chip plant on the water supply in Northern Virginia.

Houston Chronicle (June 96): Pamela Yip quoted Ruth Smith, associate professor of marketing, in a story about the value of collecting Olympic memorabilia.

Washington Post (June 3): Fred Ricci, a professor of electrical engineering at the Northern Virginia Graduate Center, was cited in an article about the demand for employees with technological know-how.

Richmond Times Dispatch (June 16): A story featured Mark White and his wood analysis work at his Pallet Lab, Brooks Center, for the FBI in the unabomber case.

Ladies Home Journal (July): Associate Professor of Communication Studies Mary Beth Oliver discussed why we like horror movies.

Washington Post Sunday Magazine (July 7): Psychology Professor Scott Geller was featured in a front page story on the rise of bad driving in the Washington area.

Virginia Public Radio (week of July 7): Associate Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences Professor Richard Neves discussed the quality of Virginia's rivers on "With Good Reason," a half-hour interview program.

Los Angeles Times (July 8): Psychology Professor Scott Geller was quoted on the changing nature of traffic speed limits in the western states.

Mutual Radio (July 9): Physics Professor Dale Long discussed the physics of "road mirages" on "Why is It?," a radio program produced by AAAS.

Richmond Times-Dispatch (July 11): An article on the front page of the Health & Science section about the College of Engineering's Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team winning first place in the national Future Car Challenge in Detroit featured the team's faculty advisor Doug Nelson, professor of mechanical engineering (ME), and team co-leaders, Matt Merkle, master's candidate in electrical engineering, and Randy Senger, master's candidate in ME.

Blue Ridge Business Journal (August 1996): An article about the College of Engineering's new Practice-Oriented Master's Program featured Norm Eiss, a professor of mechanical engineering and one of the program's directors.