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Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 11 - November 7, 1996

Rengin Holt, assistant professor in the architecture department, has won the Faber Birren National Color Award Show competition. Her work is exhibited in the Stamford Museum through November 10 in Stamford, Conn. Her work was selected by juror Andre Emmerich of the Emmerich Galleries, New York City from among 751 entries to become one of the 49 pieces in the show. The museum is showing her mono print called "When I was 13." For the past nine years, Holt has exhibited in Barcelona at the international art show in the Taller Galeria Fort. Once again she has won with the mono print called "Will you dance?" The Waserburocenter in Zurich obtained rights to publish two of the works from her show in Zurich's Arteba Gallery. They are titled "Light of the White" and "In the Hiding." She also exhibited her work recently at Roanoke College.

Pia Sarpaneva had a recent design project published in the June issue of Finnish Architectural Review, Arkkitehti, No. 2-3, on "Social Rental Housing in Downtown Helsinki, Finland."

Heinrich Schnoedt, a professor in the graduate architecture program, presented a paper, "Craft of the Digital Discourse on a New Potential in Contemporary Tectonics," at the ACSA European Conference: "Construction of Tectonics for the Post-Industrial World" in May 1996 at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, Denmark. He also presented a lecture entitled "Culture and Architecture: A Synopsis of Post-War Germany" at the University of Munich, JYM, Germany, in June 1996.

Also at the ACSA conference, Scott Poole delivered a paper titled "On the Coherence of Extremes: Lessons from Painting in a Room by Le Corbusier." At this same conference, he was moderator for the session, "Materiality and Representation."

During early July, Robert Dyck presented "A Coevolutionary Approach to Sustainable Adaptive Reuse of the Abandoned American Skyscraper City" at the Union of International Architects (UIA) Congress in Barcelona, Spain. He is currently co-editing a book with Matjaz Mulej of the College of Business at the University of Maribor (Slovenia), entitled "Self-Transformation of the Forgotten Four-Fifths," a compilation of case studies on self-reliant, community-based, innovative development.

Joseph L. Scarpaci, associate professor of urban affairs and planning, made an invited presentation at the U.S. State Department and various federal agencies on public-service delivery in Cuba. The talk is part of an "Invited Experts" series taking place in the nation's capital this fall.

Assistant professor of landscape architecture Eran Ben-Joseph coauthored Streets and the Shaping of Towns and Cities which was recently published by McGraw-Hill. The book explores the changing nature of street design in America and Great Britain over the past two centuries. The publication shows how streets have changed over the years in response to social concerns and new technology, as well as to aesthetic values.

Gary Wamsley, professor in the Center of Public Administration and Policy, wrote a book "Refounding Democratic Public Administration," which was recently published by Sage Publications. The volume offers a revisualization of the relationship between public servants and the citizens they serve, a well as a continuing discourse of how public administration can constructive balance forces of change and stability for democracy to evolve and mature.

Theo Dillaha, associate professor in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering, was an invited speaker at a conference entitled "Watershed Management-Interdisciplinary Aspects for Planners and Engineers" on November 6 at Rutgers University. Dillaha's presentation was entitled: "Limitations of Currently Available Nonpoint Source Models." The conference was sponsored by the New Jersey Chapter of the American Water Resources Association.

Saied Mostaghimi, professor of Biological Systems Engineering, spent one week in the Republic of Korea as a guest of the National Instrumentation Center for Environmental Management (NICEM). He advised NICEM and a group of researchers from five national universities on assessment and control of nonpoint source pollution.

Mostaghimi also delivered two graduate seminars at Seoul National University on nonpoint-source pollution problems in Korea and suggested a framework for its control. While in Korea, Mostaghimi attended the annual meeting of the Korean Society of Agricultural Engineers (KSAE) and presented an invited talk on "Monitoring Strategies for Evaluating Contamination of Groundwater by Agricultural Chemicals." During this visit, he also met with the KSAE Executive Committee and discussed the concept of "biological engineering" as a discipline and its potential importance to KSAE.

In mid-September Mostaghimi participated in a workshop on natural-resource management in West Africa in Dakar, Senegal. The workshop was conducted by the Virginia Tech Office of International Research and Development. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) sponsored the workshop in an effort to promote collaborative research among West African countries.

During this workshop, Mostaghimi and researchers from Senegal and Gambia developed a pre-proposal on integrated land and water management in Sudano-Sahelian Zone and submitted it to USAID.

Theo Dillaha, associate professor of Biological Systems Engineering, was an invited speaker at the "Buffer Zones: Their Processes and Potential in Water Protection" conference held in Oxford, England. He spoke on the effectiveness of buffer zones in controlling sediment loss. The conference had more than 140 participants from 20 countries.

The Land and Water Resources Engineering group in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering received the 1996 Merit Award from the Virginia Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society. This award was in recognition of 10 years of continuous leadership, education, research, and development of graduating professionals in the field of soil and water conservation.

Members in the group receiving the recognition are Jan Carr, Eldridge Collins, Dexter Davis, Theo Dillaha, Conrad Heatwole, Phil McClellan, Saied Mostaghimi, John Perumpral, Blake Ross, and Vernon Shanholtz.

Jean Eaton, secretary senior in the Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences, has been named the October 1996 recipient of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' Employee Recognition Award. Eaton is an eight-year employee of the department.

She joined the department's central advising office two years ago and quickly became an integral part of the office team. She joined the office at a time when the department went from two undergraduate programs to one, from two faculty and one staff member to three faculty and two staff members, and from 350 students to 425. Along with her colleagues, she has worked to create an environment of sharing, camaraderie and partnership in the central advising office.

Eaton was cited as the key to the efficiency of the office as it serves its undergraduate and graduate students; carries out the administrative details of the undergraduate program; and assists four faculty members.

Wendy Farkas presented a half-day workshop, "Designing Pages for the World Wide Web," at the annual meeting of the international Society of Research Administrators in Toronto, Ontario. Farkas designed the research-opportunities information system for research and graduate studies. She also developed the electronic version of the project authorization notice, MacPAN, for the office of sponsored programs. She is currently working in the CALS Agriculture and Natural Resources Information Systems group.

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 in June.

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 also was an instructor in Casablanca, Morocco, for an FDA approved Low-Acid Canned Foods School. All low-acid, canned foods sold in the U.S. 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 and Extension specialist in 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.

He also jointly conducted a short course for the meat industry in the southeastern U.S. and presented information on the topics of sanitation and sanitation operating procedures.

Marriott presented a research paper at the International Congress of Meat Science and Technology which was held in Lillehammer, Norway. His presentation was on microbial-proliferation control in ground beef.

Marriott, Cameron R. Hackney, and Susan Sumner of the Department of Food Science and Technology recently conducted an educational training session for Virginia meat firms to assist them with new meat inspection requirements.

Sumner, Merle Person, and Hackney recently developed and delivered three workshops on writing sanitation standard operating procedures to the poultry industry of Virginia. The workshops were designed to help the industry comply with new regulations that become effective in January 1997.

Wine Analysis and Production, Zoecklein et al. (1995), will be translated into Spanish for the emerging Latin and South American markets, according to the publisher Chapman and Hall of New York. Bruce Zoecklein, assistant professor of food science and technology, has participated in several government-sponsored symposia in South America, including in Argentina, the world's fourth-leading wine producer.

Zoecklein was an invited quest to VINSAUD, the international wine exhibition of the southern hemisphere held in Santiago, Chile. The week-long program involved wines and winemakers from Latin America, and included technical discussions and equipment exhibitions. Zoecklein also participated in two technical programs sponsored by the Argentine government to help upgrade the technical base of their grape and wine industry.

He was an invited speaker to the Fourth International Symposium on Cool Climate Viticulture and Oenology. The congress was attended by more than 700 delegates from 20 wine-producing nations.

Zoecklein was elected a director of the American Society for Enology and Viticulture. The position with the eastern section is for a three-year term. Zoecklein previously served as a director from 1984-1987.

Merle Pierson, professor of food science and technology, is serving as chairman of the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point Committee for the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF). The committee is advisory to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Commerce, and the Department of Defense.

Pierson gave an invited symposium presentation on "Establishing Critical Limits for Critical Control Points" at the American Meat Institute's annual meeting in Toronto, Canada.

Susan Duncan, assistant professor of food science and technology, worked with Kansas State University professor Karen Schmidt to organize a technical symposium entitled "Understanding Dairy Emulsions" for the American Dairy Science Association annual meeting in Corvallis, Ore., in July. The symposium was sponsored by Unilever Inc. of Great Britain.

Prentice Hall recently published a new book by Leonard Meirovitch, university distinguished professor of engineering science and mechanics. Principles and Techniques of Vibrations is the eighth book by Meirovitch that has been published.

Peter Eyre, dean of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, was awarded the 1996 "Compass Award" from the Blue Ridge Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. The Compass Award recognizes leaders who demonstrate support and appreciation for the role effective public relations plays in modern organizational success.