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Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 01 - August 29, 1996

Three researchers in the College of Engineering's Fiber and Electro-Optics Research Center have received a Commendation for Excellence in Technical Communications from Laser Focus World, a leading optoelectronic magazine. Martin de Vries, research scientist, Vivek Arya, research associate, and Richard O. Claus, director of the fiberoptics center and professor of electrical engineering, won the commendation for their article "Fiber sensors guard highways of the future." The article described the center's research being conducted in the area of intelligent-highway systems, including development of fiberoptic sensors for traffic counting and vehicle classification.

Aicha Elshabini-Riad, professor of electrical engineering, has been selected by the International Society for Hybrid Microelectronics (ISHM) as a recipient of the John A Wagnon Jr. Technical Achievement Award. Elshabini-Riad is being recognized for contributions to the microelectronics industry in the fields of microwave hybrids and thin-film technology, and for her commitment to the dissemination of knowledge as a professor and as editor of the ISHM International Journal of Microcircuits & Electronic Packaging.

Theodore S. Rappaport, a professor of electrical engineering and founding director of the Mobile and Portable Radio Research Group, received an honorable mention from the Eta Kappa Nu Association as a candidate for the C. Holmes MacDonald Outstanding Teaching Award. The national award recognizes accomplishments in the teaching of engineering subjects.

Alan Armstrong, reference librarian of e University Libraries, contributed a chapter to Every Student's Internet Resource Guide, edited by Sara Amato and published by McGraw-Hill, 1995.

Mary Hansbrough, technical services librarian, had her article "FUNdamental Skills: The Library Training Program at Virginia Tech" published in Virginia Libraries, 4(2) April/May/June 1996: 9-10.

Eileen Hitchingham, dean of University Libraries, published an article, "Collection Management in Light of Electronic Publishing," in Information Technology and Libraries, 15(1) March 1996.

Diane Kaufman, supervisor of the processing/preservation unit, University Libraries, had her article, "Building Preservation Awareness," published in the November 1995 issue of College & Research Libraries News.

Tamara Kennelly, university archivist, had her article, "Restoring the Cracked Mirror," published in the Northeast Document Conservation Center News, vol. 6, no. 2 (winter 1996):1-2.

Paul Metz, professor and principal bibliographer, and John Stemmer, reference librarian of the University Libraries, co-authored the article, "A Reputational Study of Academic Publishers," published in the May 1996 issue of The College & Research Libraries News.

Gail McMillan, head of Special Collections, University Libraries, published a paper, "A New Service from Libraries: Electronic Publishing," in Continuity & Transformation: The Promise of Confluence; Proceedings of the 7th National Conference of the Association of College and Research Libraries, published by ACRL/ALA. Her article, "Electronic Theses and Dissertations, Merging Perspectives," was published in Cataloging and Classification Quarterly, 22(3-4).

James Powell and John Lewis, programmer/analysts of University Libraries, coauthored a chapter for a new book from John Wiley & Sons, Developing CGI Applications with Perl. The chapter is titled: "ORG: Oracle Gateway."

Powell had his book, HTML Plus! published by the Integrated Media Group imprint of Wadsworth Publishing, 1996.

Virginia Young, reference librarian of University Libraries, co-authored with Usha Mehta an article, "Use of Electronic Information Resources: A Survey of Science and Engineering Faculty" in Science & Technology Libraries 15/3 (1995). Young also co-authored with Bobbie Carr "Videotapes and Movies on Fluid Dynamics and Fluid Machines in Handbook of Fluid Dynamics and Fluid Machinery edited by Joseph Schetz and Allen Fuhs published by John Wiley, 1996.

Lowell E. Ashley, principal cataloger of University Libraries, is the editor of Cataloging Musical Moving Image Material: a Guide to the Bibliographic Control of Videorecordings and Films of Musical Performances and Other Music-Related Moving Image Material published by the Music Library Association in its MLA Technical Reports series. Ashley chaired the MLA Working Group on Bibliographic Control of Music Video Material, charged in 1991 to consider special requirements and problems in cataloging musical moving image material and to draft a guide for catalogers.

Chester L. Foy, professor in the Department of Plant Pathology, Physiology and Weed Science, received the International Weed Science Society's 1996 outstanding achievement award--developed countries. The award was presented at the 2nd International Weed Control Congress in Copenhagen.

A charter member and past president of the society, Foy is active in a number of professional organizations and has served as editor of several scientific journals. He has traveled extensively and presented invited lectures in a number of countries.

Joe Boling of the Food Science and Technology Department gave a paper titled "The Effect of Operational Procedures on Fish Grown in Recirculating Aquaculture Systems" at the Commercial Recirculating Aquaculture conference in Roanoke, July 19-21.

Joe Marcy, associate professor of food science and technology, presented a symposium paper titled "Biological Validation of Multi-phase Aseptic Foods" at the National Institute of Food Technologists meeting in New Orleans on June 23.

This presentation was the result of a year-long effort by university, government agency, and industry scientists to produce guidelines for the biological validation of thermal processes to safely produce multi-phase aseptic food products. The working group led by Marcy was instrumental in developing industry standards for this emerging technology in food processing.

Marcy was an instructor in Casablanca, Morocco, for an FDA approved Low-Acid Canned Foods School. All low-acid, canned foods sold in the US must by produced under the supervision of personnel certified by FDA through Low-Acid Canned Foods Schools. This school, conducted in July, was the first time food processors have been FDA certified in Morocco to produce canned foods for the U.S. market, and it was the first school to have been presented and tested in French.

Norman G. Marriott, professor of food science and technology, judged the Cured Meats Show during the recent annual meeting of the American Association of Meat Processors held in Louisville, Ky.

Michael Leib, a professor in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine , recently presented a series of lectures in three Japanese cities. As a guest of the Japanese Small Animal Veterinary Association, he presented a four-hour presentation on the "Diagnosis and management of chronic large bowel diarrhea in dogs" in Sapporo. Sponsored by Hill's Pet Products and Dianippon Pharmaceuticals, he presented similar lectures in Osaka and Tokyo.

D. Phillip Sponenberg, a professor in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech, made a presentation titled "Making a Breeding Plan" at a workshop concerning the genetic management of horse and donkey breeds called "Preserving Your Part of the Global Herd" which was presented by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy and the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky.

Spencer A. Johnston, an assistant professor in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine's Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, presented a lecture on antiinflammatory medications at the "International Symposium on Hip Dysplasia and Osteoarthritis in Dogs" held at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.

Becky Rice, a veterinarian who is conducting a residency in laboratory animal medicine at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, has passed her examination for board certification in the American Board of Veterinary Toxicology. Rice earned her D.V.M. and Ph.D degrees from the VMRCVM.

Hara Misra, a professor in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech, has earned diplomate status from the American Board of Forensic Examiners. The ACFE awards certification to forensic scientists who have demonstrated the highest standards of professional excellence and ethical standards through examinations and other criteria.

New staff-association officers have been elected in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Ted Leinhardt has been elected president, Linda Price has been elected vice president, and Rich Dietz has been elected secretary-treasurer. Donna Arnold, Cindy Day, Nick Jones-Lezama and John McQuiston have been elected staff-association representatives.

John L. Robertson, an associate professor in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine's Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology, has co-authored a new textbook on equine pathology. Equine Pathology was published by the Iowa State University Press.

Administrators in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine presented two major papers at the 10th Biennial Symposium of the American Academy of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics which was recently held at the University of Maryland at College Park. VMRCVM Dean Peter Eyre and Center for Government and Corporate Veterinary Medicine Director Edward Stephenson presented papers titled "The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine: Development of a Concept" and "The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine: A Clinical Curriculum in Partnership with Government and Industry." The meeting was co-sponsored by the VMRCVM and the United States' Food and Drug Administration's Center for Veterinary Medicine.

Four faculty members in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine have been appointed program leaders in four new Research Focus Units created within the College's Office of Research and Graduate Studies. Gerhardt Schurig will lead Molecular Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Marion Ehrich will lead Environmental Medicine and Toxicology, Craig Thatcher will lead Population and Food Safety, and Michael Leib will lead Companion Animal Health and Human Disease Models. The units were established following a year-long strategic planning effort intended to develop successful strategies for dealing with a funding crisis facing academic research in colleges and universities across the United States, according to John C. Lee, associate dean for research and graduate studies.

Klaus Elgert, associate professor of biology at Virginia Tech, has had his book, Immunology: Understanding the Immune System, published by John Wiley & Sons.

The book covers cell biology, clinical science, genetics, and molecular biology of the immune system. The publishers say the 480-page introductory reference text is "distinguished by its logical, systematic organization, and unique study-aid features," and say "This book promises to be the singular source to turn to for an authoritative and clear explanation of complicated concepts in this ever-evolving field."

Elgert is the first Wiley & Sons author to be featured on the company's Internet site (Feature Article & News at http://www.persimmon.com/wiley).