Spectrum Logo
A non-profit publication of the Office of the University Relations of Virginia Tech,
including The Conductor, a special section of the Spectrum printed 4 times a year


Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 12 - November 14, 1996


Thursday, 14

YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell Center: "Jamaica: Beaches, Mountains, People," by Ken Stein.

CEUT Activity, 4-6 p.m., Hillcrest dining room: "Curriculum-based Service: Adding Value to Your Teaching," by Lay Nam Chang, Peter Mecedo, Elizabeth Creamer, Ted Koebel, Joe Burch, and Peggy Meszaros.

Women's Basketball, 7 p.m., Cassell Coliseum: Athletes in Action.

Writer's Harvest Benefit, 7 p.m., Volume Two Bookstore: Ed Falco, Jeff Mann, Lisa Norris, Simone Poirier-Bures, Lucinda Roy, Katherine Soniat, and Gyorgyi Voros.

African Film Festival, 7:30 p.m., Lyric Theatre: Hyenas.

Natural History Museum Program, 7:30 p.m., 428 N. Main Street: "Sharing Our Local Water Supply."

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: The Tempest. Through 11-16.

Friday, 15

Salary and Wage Paydate.

Women's Center Program, noon, Price House: "Safe Sex in the 90s," by Maureen Peters.

Core Curriculum Workshop, 3 p.m., Hillcrest living room: Critical Issues in a Global Context Workshop.

African Film Festival, 3:15 p.m., 110 Randolph: These Hands, Femmes aux Yeux Ouverts, and Reassemblage.

Self Study Presentation, 3:30-5 p.m., DBHCC rooms D and E: "Distance Learning," by Jim Bowen.

Core Curriculum Workshop, 4 p.m., Hillcrest living room: Critical Issues in a Global Context Workshop.

International Club Coffee Hour, 5-7 p.m., Cranwell Center.

African Film Festival, 7:30 p.m., Lyric Theatre: Udja Azul Di Yonta (The Blue Eyes of Yonta).

Faculty Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: David Jacobsen, saxophone, and Caryl Conger, piano.

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: The Tempest. Through 11-16.

Saturday, 16

Admissions Open House Program: Information and tours throughout campus. Through 11-17.

"With Good Reason," 7:30 a.m., WVTF-FM: "So Sue ME: The Demise of Common-Sense Law," with David Berstein, GMU, and David Lydick, Paul D. Camp Community.

Surplus Property Auction, 9 a.m., Surplus Warehouse.

Natural History Museum Program, Science Saturdays, 11 a.m.-noon, 428 N. Main Street: "What Animals Do in the Winter."

African Film Festival, 2 p.m., Lyric Theatre: Camp de Thiaroye.

Football at Miami, 3:30 p.m.

African Film Festival, 7:30 p.m., Lyric Theatre: Quartier Mozart.

Virginia Tech Museum of Natural History Program, 7:30 p.m. 428 N. Main Street: Water Forum, with a panel of local experts, co-sponsored by Virginia Tech Choices and Challenges Project.

Student Ensemble, 8 p.m., Squires Old Dominion Ballroom: University Symphonic Wind Ensemble.

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: The Tempest.

Sunday, 17

Admissions Fall Open House Program.

YMCA Hike, 1:30 p.m., meet at Y parking lot: Huckleberry Trail, led by Su Clauson-Wicker.

Monday, 18

CEUT Activity, 1-4 p.m., DBHCC conference room F: Workshop: Promoting Student Involvement.

CANCELLED University Council, 3-5 p.m., 1045 Derring Hall.

CEUT Activity, 5-7 p.m., Hillcrest Honors Office: Advisory Board Meeting.

Student Ensemble, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Early Music Ensemble.

Tuesday, 19

University Leadership Development Workshop, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., DBHCC: "A Hard Hitting Two-Day Workshop," with Rebecca Gonzalez, Cornelius and Associates. Through 11-20.

CEUT Activity, 1-4 p.m., DBHCC Conference Room F: Workshop: Promoting Student Involvement.

Faculty Senate, 7 p.m., 32 Pamplin.

VTU Program, 7:30 p.m., DBHCC auditorium: Abortion Debate with Phyllis Schlafly and Sarah Weddington, moderated by Charles Taylor.

TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: Multi-Media and On-line Theatre Project. Through 11-20.

Wednesday, 20

University Leadership Development Workshop, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., DBHCC: "A Hard Hitting Two-Day Workshop," with Rebecca Gonzalez, Cornelius and Associates.

Self Study Presentation, 3:30-5 p.m., 102 GBJ: "Information Technology Initiatives at Virginia Tech," by Anne Moore.

Rain Forest Program, 3:45 p.m., 136 McBryde: "Rain Forest Medicine: Promises, Practicalities, and Policies," by David Kingston.

TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: Multi-Media and On-line Theatre Project.

Thursday, 21

YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell Center: "B and B in Britain," by Christine and Jack Muench.

CAS Open House, 3-5 p.m., Arts and Sciences Administration Building.

Staff Senate Meeting, 5:30 p.m., 1810 Litton Reeves.


Thursday, 14

Science Study Center, noon, 132 Lane: "Administration: Mechanisms by Which Hell Gets Paved with Good Intentions," by Larry Bechtel.

Parenting, noon, 404 Clay St.: "Breastfeeding and Working," by Evalin Trice, Columbia Montgomery Regional Hospital.

Physics, 2:30 p.m., 211 Patton: " Dancing With Protons: Waveguides, Quantum Dots, and Some Unresolved Questions in the Physics of Light," by Robert Schwerzel, Georgia Institute of Technology.

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "Smoothing: Past, Present and Future," by J.S. Marron, UNC.

Entomology, 4 p.m., 220 Price: TBA, by Dick Dickens, USDA.

Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "The Lachlan Fold Belt, Australia: Example of mid-Paleozoic Accretion in a SW Pacific Setting," by Dave Gray, Monash University, Australia.

Friday, 15

Finance, 2 p.m., 1003 Pamplin: TBA, by Don Chance and Raman Kumar.

MSE, 3:10 p.m., 114 Holden: TBA, by Richard Bradt, Alabama.

Economics, 3:30 p.m., 3008 Pamplin: "Globalization Tax Competition, and the Future of Tax Systems," by Vito Tanzi, IMF.

Botany, 4 p.m., 1076 Derring: "The World's Most Important Forest. Hint: You Probably Live In It!" by Robert Jones.

Biochemistry/Chemistry, 4 p.m., "Tandem Mass Spectrometry in Mechanistic Studies of Drug-Mediated Toxicities," by Thomas Baillie, Merck Research Labs.

ESM/Mathematics, 4:15 p.m., 136 Norris: "A Diversion of Eversion," by Stuart S. Antman, Maryland.

Monday, 18

Economics, 3:30 p.m., 3008 Pamplin: "Small Sample Structural Econometric Analysis of Bidding for Contracts," by George Deltas, Illinois.

Biochemistry, 4 p.m., 223 Engel: "Chemical Arrows for Enzymatic Targets," by Roberta Coleman, Delaware.

CSES, 4 p.m., 232 Smyth: TBA, by Najwa Smith.

Horticulture, 4 p.m., 102 Saunders: "Searching for Celatoria," by Jason Platt.

Tuesday, 19

BEV, 4-5 p.m., DBHCC room G: "Public Access to the Internet: An Evaluation of Use and Impact via the Public Library," by Kimberly Vendrick, Montgomery Floyd Regional Library.

International Research/Development Office, 4 p.m., 1810 Litton Reaves: "Integrated Pest Management Activities in Ghana," by Kwame Afreh-Nuamah, University of Ghana.

Wednesday, 20

Science Study Center, 4 p.m., 304 McBryde: "Rituals of Multidisciplinary Practice: Building Consensus on the Child Guidance Team (1920-1940), by Kathleen Jones.

Economics, 3:30 p.m., 3008 Pamplin: "Price Grouping at the Pump? Asymmetries in the Response of the Retail Gas Market to Wholesale Price Changes," by George Deltas, Illinois.

Thursday, 21

Science Study Center, 12:30 p.m., 132 Lane: "The Psychological Round Table, 1936-1940: A Case Study of Scientific Study," by Gary Hardcastle.

Entomology, 4 p.m., 220 Price: "Molecular Systematics of Mosquitoes," by Dawn Wesson, Tulane.

Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "Structural and Depositional Setting of the Late Proterozoic Mechum River Formation, Virginia," by Chuck Bailey, William & Mary.


Virginia Space Grant scholarships/fellowships available

Students pursuing studies in fields related to aerospace may qualify for scholarships and fellowships offered by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) for the 1997-98 academic year.

The VSGC awards about $170,000 annually to qualifying undergraduate and graduate students in aerospace-related disciplines at the five Virginia Space Grant colleges. The awards require that a student participate in an active, identified research experience with a faculty advisor.

Funding has been provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the Bionetics Corporation of Hampton, Va.

Management course full

Due to heavy demand for the Project Management Skills and Techniques course on November 19-20, University Leadership development has closed the course. According to Director Richard Harshberger, "We are negotiating with Rebecca Gonzalez, the instructor, for a set of dates after the first of the year for a second offering. As soon as we have definite dates, we will notify you. Thank you for your continuing support of the leadership development program."

Giovanni to read, speak

Nikki Giovanni will read her poetry and discuss other issues Monday, Nov. 18, at 8 p.m. in Haymarket Theatre. Admission is free, and the event is open to the public. A reception will be held after the program.

DERC to visit Chesapeake/Norfolk area

The Department of Employee Relations Counselors will meet with interested employees in Melfa on Dec. 5, 8:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in the conference room of the Eastern Shore Community College, 29300 Lankford Highway; Virginia Beach on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 8:45 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Virginia Tech Hampton Roads Center in classroom 1 of Suite 401 in Pembroke Four at the Pembroke Office Park; and in Norfolk on Thursday, Dec. 12, 10:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m. in the meeting room of the Larchmont Branch Library, 6525 Hampton Boulevard.

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.

Abortion debate scheduled

Phyllis Schlafly and Sarah Weddington will debate the issue of abortion in a program sponsored by VTU Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center auditorium.

Schlafly is one of the most recognized female leaders in the conservative movement. Weddington is the lawyer who argued the winning side in the landmark "Roe v. Wade" case. The debate will be moderated by Charles Taylor of the political science department..

Help offered for panic disorder, agoraphobia

The Virginia Tech Psychological Services Center is offering a comprehensive evaluation and group treatment for panic disorder and agoraphobia.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, panic attacks are characterized by "brief episodes of intense fear accompanied by multiple physical symptoms...that occur repeatedly and unexpectedly in the absence of external threat." Nausea, choking sensations, shaking or trembling, chest pain, and sweating are also symptoms of panic attacks. Typically, the onset of these symptoms occurs very quickly and can last for several minutes or several hours. The symptoms are similar to those of someone having a heart attack.

The on-campus group treatment will continue for eight weeks, at which time participants will be offered a self-help and maintenance program to prevent relapse. Treatment will focus on reducing panic symptoms and increasing participants' ability to cope with anxiety. The evaluation and group treatment will be conducted by graduate students in clinical psychology who will be closely supervised by a licensed clinical psychologist who is an expert in evaluating and treating anxiety disorders. For more information, call the Psychological Services Center at 1-6914 and ask about the panic group treatment.

New student ensemble to perform

The premier performance of the Virginia Tech Music Department's newest ensemble will feature an evening of varied chamber music from the 16th, 17th, and early 18th centuries. The Early Music Ensemble, directed by John Howell, will perform Monday, Nov. 18, at 8 p.m. in Squires Recital Salon.

Featured will be chamber music enjoyed by the English courts of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I and the French court from the mid-16th to the late-17th century. The performers will play both modern and period instruments.

This new ensemble follows in the footsteps of the Virginia Tech Collegium Musicum of the 1970s and the Schola Cantorum of the early 1980s. John Howell headed the program of historical-instrument instruction and performance at the Indiana University School of Music before coming to Virginia Tech in 1979 to direct the New Virginians program.

Admission to the performance is free. For more information call 1-5200.

CAS schedules open house

The Dean's Office of the College of Arts and Sciences will host an open house in the Arts and Sciences Administration Building (ASAB) Thursday, Nov. 21, from 3-5 p.m.

Faculty and staff members and students from across the university are invited to tour the offices and enjoy light refreshments. The dean's staff will be on hand to greet guests during the open house.

ASAB is a new one-story modular building located behind Major Williams and Lane Hall in the upper quad. It now houses all the dean's staff members formerly located in Derring Hall and Williams Hall.

From Williams Hall, the Office of Student Academics and Records, with Associate Deans David Stetler and Ellie Sturgis and staff, has moved to ASAB. Also relocated, from Derring Hall to ASAB were the administrative offices of Dean Robert Bates and his staff, the office of George Crofts, associate dean for budget and finance; the office of Lucinda Roy, associate dean for curriculum, outreach, and diversity; the office of Adelene Kirby (research, facilities, and grants); the office of Nick Conner, development director; and the office of Sally Harris, public-relations coordinator.

Rain forest medicine topic of talk

The School of Public and International Affairs presents a public lecture on "Rain Forest Medicine: Promises, Practicalities, and Policies," Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 3:45 p.m. in 136 McBryde.

The lecture will be presented by David Kingston, professor of chemistry. It is free and open to the public.

ILL department to close for winter break

The ILL department of Newman Library will be closed from December 21 to January 2. Materials may be picked up during library hours at the Photocopy Service Window.

Animals in winter topic of children's program

"What Animals Do in the Winter" is the subject of Science Saturday on November 16. The program, presented by the Virginia Tech Museum of Natural History, is designed for children ages 4-10. It will be held at the museum, 428 N. Main St., from 11 a.m.-noon.

Discussion focuses on sharing local water supply

"Sharing Our Local Water Supply" is the topic for a program Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Virginia Tech Museum of Natural History, 428 N. Main St.

A model demonstrating ground-water flow will be followed by a panel discussion featuring local experts on geology and well-water testing.

The program is sponsored by the Virginia Tech Choices and Challenges Project, the League of Women Voters, and the museum. For more information call 1-3001.