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Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 10 - October 31, 1996


Thursday, 31

Differing Abilities Awareness Days Student Panel Discussion, 10 a.m.-noon, Squires Brush Mountain Room: "My Educational Experience as a Student with a Hidden Disability at Virginia Tech."

YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell Center: "Touring Holland, Belgium, and Luxembourg," by John Ashby.

Differing Abilities Awareness Days Student Panel Discussion, 3-5 p.m., Squires Brush Mountain Room: "My Educational Experience as a Student with a Hidden Disability at Virginia Tech."


Friday, 1

Salary and Wage Paydate.

Organization of Women Faculty Coffee Hour, 8:30-9:30 a.m., Mill Mountain Coffee.

Women's Health Month Program, noon, Women's Center: "Women and HIV," by Carolyn Penn and John Fritsch.

New River Valley Symphony Concert, 8 p.m., Burruss auditorium: Fall Concert.

Saturday, 2

"With Good Reason," 7:30 a.m., WVTF-FM: "Power to the People? Direct Democracy and the Electoral College," with Victor Fingerhut, Mary Washington, and Charles Steenburgh, VMI.

Mineral, Fossil Gift Sale, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 2062 Derring.

Football, vs. Southwestern Louisiana, 1 p.m.

Sunday, 3

YMCA Hike, 1:30 p.m., Meet at Y Parking Lot: John's Creek, led by Bill Richardson.

CANCELLED. Student Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Jason Price, trumpet.

Monday, 4

University Council Meeting, 3-5 p.m., 1045 Derring.

Tuesday, 5

Art Exhibit Opening, noon, Perspective Gallery, Squires. NCECA 1995 Clay National. Through 12-11.

Women's Health Month Program, 12:30 p.m., Women's Center: "Older Women's Health Issues," by Karen Roberto.

Wednesday, 6

YMCA Thrift Shop Half-Price Sale, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 1336 S. Main.

Extension Teleconference, 1:30 p.m.: Call 675-3619 for information.

CEUT Activity, 3-5 p.m., Hillcrest Dining Room: New Faculty Roundtable.

YMCA Native American Program Speaker, 7 p.m., Squires Old Dominion Ballroom: "Interracial Relationships and Multi-racial Identities," by Terry P. Wilson, UC Berkeley.

Thursday, 7

Excellence in Education Conference, 9 a.m., DBHCC.

YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell Center: "Southern Utah," by Clara and Bill Cox.

CEUT Activity, 2-4 p.m., DBHCC auditorium: Videoconference, Critical Thinking.

Excellence in Education Conference Keynote Address, 7:30 p.m., DBHCC: Gary Fenstermacher.

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: The Tempest. Through 11-10.


Thursday, 31

Science Study Center, noon, 132 Lane: Open Discussion.

Physics, 3:30 p.m., 2030 Pamplin: "Atomistic Studies of Deformation and Behavior in Metallic Materials," by Diane Farkas.

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "Experimental Design Issues In Impaired Reproduction Application," by Lisa Chiacchierini.


Friday, 1

Finance, 2 p.m., 1003 Pamplin: TBA, by Sanjiv Das, Harvard.

Economics, 3:30 p.m., 3008 Pamplin: "Growth Effects on a Flat Tax," by Steve Cassou, Kansas State.

Botany, 4 p.m., 1076 Derring: "Genetics, Biochemistry and Photogeography of Sarracenia," by Philip Sheridan, VCU.

Monday, 4

Biochemistry, 4 p.m., 223 Engel: "RNA Degradation by Bleomycin," by Sidney Hecht, UVA.

Horticulture, 4 p.m., 102 Saunders: "Growth Regulator Research for Nursery Crop Production," by Tom Banko, Hampton Roads Research Center.

Wednesday, 6

PPWS, 4 p.m., 503 Price: "A Johnsongrass Strain Resistant to the Herbicides Sethoxydim and Fluazifop," by Kevin Bradley.

Thursday, 7

Science Study Center, noon, 132 Lane: "Teaching in the Television Age: Students Who Don't Study," by Henry Bauer.

Human/Computer Interaction Center, 3:30 p.m., 218 McBryde: "HCI Issues for Safety-Critical Systems," by Wolfgang Dzida.

Biology, 4 p.m., Fralin auditorium: "The Role of Fossil Fungi in Enterpreting a 400-Million-year-old Ecosystem," by Thomas Taylor.


Chamber music concert to feature American composers

The Department of Music at Virginia Tech presents "American Music" on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 10, at 3 p.m. This University Chamber Music concert will take place in the Squires Recital Salon, honoring American Music Month and celebrating American composers who have won the Pulitzer Prize.

Included are Sonata in Three Movements for Violin and Piano by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich (1983 winner) and Vox Balaenae by George Crumb (1968 winner.)

Admission is $10 for the general public and $7 for students and senior citizens. For more information, call 1-5200.

TAUT to present The Tempest

Virginia Tech Theatre Arts-University Theatre presents The Tempest, Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 7-9, at 8 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m., and Tuesday-Saturday, Nov. 12-16, at 8 p.m.

Directed by Gigi Rivkin, a theatre arts third year MFA candidate in directing, this production of The Tempest brings together a cast of 26 student actors and more than 40 crew members. Rivkin has included original student compositions in the musical score.

Ticket reservations may be made through the Squires UUSA Ticket Office by calling 1-5615. Admission prices are $8 for general public and $6 for students and senior citizens. For more information call 1-5200.

Copyright workshop scheduled

Sally Wiant, professor of law and director of the law library at Washington & Lee University, and Lee Hollaar, professor of computer science at the University of Utah and scholar-in-residence at the Dean Dinwoodey Center for the Study of Intellectual Property Law at George Washington University, will present a copyright workshop Monday, Nov. 11. The workshop will run from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., in the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center rear auditorium

From 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Wiant will discuss the history and philosophy of copyright; exemptions of rights; fair-use coursepacks, distance learning; shrink-wrap licenses; exclusive rights; general guidelines; electronic reserve; interlibrary loan; and computer software.

From 3-5 p.m. Hollaar will discuss the NII (National Information Infrastructure) Act; issues related to Senator Orin Hatch's proposed copyright legislation; proposed changes to copyright law; and the future of and possible alternatives to copyright law.

The workshop is sponsored by the Center for Textual and Editorial studies, the University Libraries, and the Virginia Tech Information Center.

A registration fee of $4 includes refreshment breaks. The fee must be received by Friday, Nov. 8. Send registration to Brenda Hendricks, Virginia Tech University Libraries, P.O. Box 90001, Blacksburg, VA 24061-9001. For more information, call 1-6730.

Forest, paper industry subject of seminar

Mitch Dubensky of the American Forest & Paper Association will present a seminar on Monday, Nov. 11, at 3 p.m. in the Fralin Biotechnology Center auditorium. He will speak on the Environmental Perspectives of the Forest and Paper Industry.

Dubensky is the director of Policy and Research for the American Forest and Paper Association, the national trade association representing the forest, pulp, and paper industry. His responsibilities are water-quality and wetland legislative and regulatory policies, forest inventory and analysis, global climate change, and special projects on international wood products trade and international environmental compliance. For the past seven years, Dubensky has represented the forest, pulp, and paper industry before Congress, EPA, NOAA, Army Cops of Engineers, and in other forums and conferences.

Before joining the AF&PA, Dubensky was a regulatory analyst and economist for five years with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the Office of Water and the Office of Solid Waste.

Dubensky has a B.S. degree in law and natural-resource policy from the University of New Hampshire, and an M.S. degree in forest resource management from the State of New York College of environmental science and forestry in Syracuse, New York and an M.B.A. from Syracuse University.

CEUT sets grant proposal deadline

Proposals for Instructional Enhancement Grants must be submitted by Friday, Nov. 1, at 5 p.m. for consideration this semester. Call the Center for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (1-9109) or check the CEUT Webpage for more information.

CEUT schedules new faculty roundtable

A CEUT New Faculty Roundtable Discussion is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 3-5 p.m. in Hillcrest

All faculty members new to Virginia Tech are invited to join in this discussion of issues related to teaching and learning. The session will include topics previously identified by new faculty members and also the opportunity to raise new questions and concerns.

Videoconference to focus on critical thinking

The Center for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching invites all faculty members, administrators, and graduate students to a videoconference, "Critical Thinking, Required Learning for the 21st Century," Thursday, Nov. 7, from 2-4 p.m. in the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center front auditorium

This PBS Professional Development Program will focus on various elements of critical thinking and strategies for classroom use.

DERC available in Williamsburg, Hampton

The Department of Employee Relations Counselors will meet with interested employees in Williamsburg on Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p. m. at the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC), 5235 John Tyler Highway. The VEC office is located in the Williamsburg Crossing Shopping Center at the intersection of State Routes 5 and 199.

The counselors will also be in Hampton on Thursday, Nov. 7, from 8:15 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. at Thomas Nelson Community College in the College Board Room of Moore Hall.

The counseling program provides employees outside the Richmond area with an opportunity to meet individually with a staff counselor and to receive assistance in options for dealing with work-related concerns; discussion of applicable state policies; information on the Grievance Procedure; and/or referral for further assistance.

Half-hour appointments must be made in advance. To arrange an appointment, call the Department of Employee Relations Counselors at 1-800-552-9720.

Lecture to focus on bats

Flittering about the twilight skies, bats fascinate some and terrify others. Those wishing to learn more about these unusual creatures may wish to attend a lecture at Virginia Tech featuring one of the nation's leading experts on bats.

George D. Pollack of the Department of Zoology at the University of Texas in Austin will present a talk entitled "Diverse Systems of Echolocation in Bats" on Monday, Nov. 4, at noon in the Virginia-Maryland Regional college of Veterinary Medicine's classroom 102.

Pollack's lecture should be of interest to laymen interested in bat biology and behavior, as well as faculty members and students in biology, veterinary medicine, and other fields, according to Carl Pfeiffer, a professor in the College's Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology.

For more information about the lecture, call Pfeiffer at 1-7112.